drjay44 (3740) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JUN 25, 2014
12 oz. bottle. Pours a medium, well retained, light beige head, over a clear brown (SRM 25) body......nose is light with cocoa, chocolate, toffee/caramel, hints of coffee, no esters, minimal hops........taste is light cocoa, chocolate, hints of toffee/caramel, slight roasted coffee, minimal esters, light herbal hop bitterness to finish, dry throughout......mouth feel, light of medium body, no astringency, soft carbonation. This is a nice rendition of a Brown Ale, with pleasant complexity in both aroma and flavor. The malts are dominant in both aroma and flavor, which is entirely appropriate for Northern English Brown. BJCP 7/3/14/4/7 JHeath99 (1679) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - JUN 16, 2014
Tap from Lazy Dog. Pours a dark brown with a thick ring of beige head. Taste is not too shabby, malty and nutty. Aroma of caramel and malt. beerguy00 (186) - Fountain Valley, California, USA - JUN 4, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2014 Dark brown pour with small head. Floral and spruce smell. A bit of a caramel and rosted nutty flavor with bitter finish. nike (966) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 13, 2014
12oz bottle, dark brown pour, small thin head, little lacing. Light body, slightly sweet taste coming through, grain, thin feel, with a slight bitter finish. Lively co2. Decent overall. forthebirds (26) - - MAY 10, 2014
Medium brown with thick head. Metallic. Sweet. Blech. Not my choice for a brown.
Lutz2jm (277) - North Carolina, USA - MAY 3, 2014
Got at wine 101 in wf nc. Ok brown ale. Carmel taste is slightly to overpowering and give the beer a very sweet overall taste. chinchill (5073) - South Carolina, USA - APR 16, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2014 12 oz bottle dated 26 July 2012 served in a snifter. "Brewed and bottled by Nectar Ales" on the label.
Pours clear, deep mahogany in color, with a large and durable tan head and excellent lacing (1st sample had a fragile and small head).
Aroma; a mix of with caramel and toffee malts, with a hint of alcohol infused dark fruits and an off aroma that may indicate I left this in my refrigerator for too long.
Flavor: hmm, a buttery (diacetyl?) component that is not entirely bad. Medium and dark roasted malt base. I believe I can taste the hemp seeds too; at least there’s an unusual nutty-herbal note. Slightly sweet until the balanced finish. Mild malty-toffee aftertaste.
Feel: Very smooth, with excellent, soft medium carbonation.
O: perhaps not at its best but likely not to exceed very good.
(revisited with fresh bottle in Nov. 2014 -- rating upgraded) AbbeyRoade (547) - Missouri, USA - APR 7, 2014
Sweet, malty smell and malty taste. Taste isn’t very sweet and leaves something to be desired. Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 20, 2014
Oh it looks like a brown ale that could come from my ancestral home of the North of England, but I doubt my ancestors would have contemplated adding hemp to their beer... they make ropes out if that don’t they?
This beer is on the ruby side of brown with an off-white head that left sporadic spiderweb lace down the glass. A good niff of the aroma reveals something I wasn’t expecting or was pleased to find. It smells of hydrochloric acid and partially digested food, In short, like newly chucked vomit. Faintly sweet and vegetal with chlorophyll on caramel. Mercifully, it took me a few niffs and some sips to draw this conclusion. Fortunately, it wasn’t too late. This is a beer style that carries the hemp in a ’you’ll love it or hate it’ way. Equally fortunately, it does it fairly well. The finish is a balance of that brown ale nuttiness, the caramel and the green astringency of the hemp. It’s a beer of contrasts rather than harmony and worth trying at least once on that basis.
Is it worth trying twice? Not unless the next edition gives you some sort of dizzying high as well. ronaldtheriot (1953) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - MAR 13, 2014
Humboldt Hemp Ale (Humboldt Brown) has a very thick, soapy, beige head, a straightforward brown appearance, with a bit of haze and some lacing left behind. The aroma is of overriding sweetness, medium-roasted barley malt, and it’s pungent. Taste is of those elements, with a nice, noticeable, but not harsh, hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and a tad slick, and Humboldt Hemp Ale finishes mostly dry, refreshing, and easy going. No alcohol detected. Also, I did not detect anything that I would associate with the hemp seeds. RJT