RATINGS: 497   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15/5   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
Affiliated with the Nectar Ales experience through shared origins at Humboldt Brewing Company, Hemp Ale is a one-of-a-kind brew that boasts an incredibly rich profile and unique herb-accented flavor that is attributable to the incorporation of hemp seeds into the brewing process. A wonderful brown ale full of complexity Hemp Ale is great with food or by itself. American hops create a perfect balance to the darker malts used in this brew. This brown ale is the Gold Medal winner for first place in its category at both the 1999 and 2000 California State Fair Craft Brewing Competitions.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beertholomeus (1750) - California, USA - JUN 19, 2013
Pours brown with thick off white head. Malt, bread, hop, nut and caramel aromas. Malt, caramel, bread and nut flavors. Bready finish. Medium full body.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
JPDIPSO (5796) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 28, 2016
Brown color with a quickly diminished head. After a re-pour the head was light tan for a second. Quite sweet from the start with a bit of toasted malt and brown sugar. Not much bitterness to back things up and has a worty/underattenuated flavor. Bleeeck! 2/11

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tfontana (810) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 16, 2016
Bottle pour into nonic pint glass from Greg & Janes Beer and Wine. Aroma is cherry and caramel. Appearance is beautiful clear, dark red with decent sparkle, 1/2 finger-width off-white fleeting head and no lacing. Taste is sweet dark fruits/cherry and caramel with late mild herbs. Palate is medium bodied with thick texture, average carbonation and sweet finish. Overall, perhaps picked up a slight contribution of the hemp in the taste but is not major. Is OK but nothing noteworthy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
oldrtybastrd (5002) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 8, 2016
Pours a medium brown color. Aromas of light chocolate, hops, and a touch of nut. Flavor has a smooth chocolate/coffee blend with a hint of nut, and a nice hop finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
MetalNHopHead (1581) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - MAY 6, 2016
I dont know much about hemp. It used to be my summer job to exterminate wild hemp and noxious weeds from my late grandmothers farm. (Her name was Mary Jayne - you cant make that up). Hemps a hearty plant and a damned nuisance to remove. It smells sweet like oregano when fresh. Its absolutely foul when burned. (Sadly, given the dismally low THC content burning it was not a pleasant removal method at all.) Humboldt Brown had a bit of that sweet, herbal character I remembered, but other than a faint aroma the hemp doesnt really add much. In the end, this brown ale ends up being, well, a brown ale. Nothing remarkable but totally okay.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BrownALEx (436) - Portland, Michigan, USA - APR 1, 2016
Not great, not bad. Would be great to drink a whole six pack around a fire. Probably would not get again.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
geologyguy (1383) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - FEB 25, 2016
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2016 Cant really smell but hint of something good in there...just so mild...dark reddish appearance... Smooth malty taste with no hops...mild straightforward with no complexity though, kinda a burnt taste...x2 Dark malty smell, taste is good toasted malt on front end but then finish is carbonated water, boo...tastes normal to me.. cant tell what hemp brings

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ChadPolenz (1726) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - FEB 9, 2016

AROMA: Overtly sweet, but restrained. Light chocolate. Light toast. Hint of dark fruit. 9/12

APPEARANCE: Deep mahogany/blood red. Clear. Large tan foam. 3/3

FLAVOR: Low sweetness. Some chocolate. Bit nutty. Faint spice on finish. Noticeable tang (old bottle). Not sure what hemp tastes like. Not as sweet as most browns. Decent. 11/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body, well carbonated. Smooth. Watery texture. Clean finish. 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: A fresher bottle probably would be a lot more interesting. This isnt bad. 7/10


   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tmoney99 (13776) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 15, 2015
Bottle. Poured a clear brown color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate roasted malt and soft hop aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium roasted sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. Soft brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jb (3010) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 31, 2015
Pretty good for a brown. Plenty of body, and a bit of Porter-like grit and character. Fruitiness in nose and taste, along with malty notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tnkw01 (1729) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 20, 2015
Bottle. Cola colored with a tan head that quickly disappears and not much fizz. Aroma is caramel and roasted grains. Taste is roasted nuts, roasted grains and caramel.

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