Humboldt Brown (Hemp Ale) - Humboldt Brewing Co.
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Reviews by GClarkage:
3.5/5 rDev +1.2%
Consumed in October 2004 at the Toronado in San Francisco, CA. Came back from the restroom and said to my best friend. "Hey, I thought I told you to get me a Hemp Ale". He said. "I did"?!?! Confused as I looked at the brew and saw a deep dark red brown beer in front of me. Hell, it almost looked like a dark brown ale in front of me. I didn't expect such a dark coloring. I didn't see the pour, but it still had a considerable head on it and some lacing creeping down the side after a few sips. Tasted a bit bitter. Some heavy malt tastes as well as some fruityness and some hops in there too. Nice carbonation. Didn't really stike me as a great beer. Maybe a decent ot good beer. Wouldn't waste my time with a pint of it on tap again, but at the same time, I would think about it if it went on sale for a good price at the local Safeway. Moderate beer that I am glad I tried.
10-20-2004 23:37:06 | More by GClarkage
More User Reviews:
3.18/5 rDev -8.1%
I think this the hemp infused beer I have had,poured into a standard pint glass a mix of deep brown and amber a thinner wispy white head atop.Very light aromas I pick up a little spice and brown sugar but really not much going on,flavors are malt tilted no doubt and quite mild a hint of chocolate and roasted nuts with a lingering earthy finish with a cola quality as well.Not much complexity to the beer and very faint hops glad I tried it but to me its just a standard brown ale with a touch of "herb".
11-01-2007 22:11:48 | More by oberon
3.05/5 rDev -11.8%
Bomber from the Berkeley bowl. Wasnt sure about this brew but when in Rome
Pours a pretty dark crimson color with ruby hues. Rapid bubbles, really wicked carbonation but almost no head. What there is of it is white.
Nose is grassy and dull. Taste is malty and nutty, walnuts I think, and reminiscent of an American Brown Ale. Mouthfeel is light because of the carbonation but surprisingly round as the beer warms and flattens.
There are no marijuana flavors to speak of and really not much of any flavor. Pretty dull beer that I will pass on in the future.
05-15-2006 23:39:28 | More by DaPeculierDane
2.48/5 rDev -28.3%
I hadn't realised this was a brown ale from passing it by on the shelf at albertsons. However it was on sale and a closer look revealed it was infact a brown ale and not the pale ale one might think of with a green cardboard cutout. So since I usually like browns I decided to try it out. Looked pretty thin, not a lot of head on the beer. Slight hempness smell though not like the weed smell you get from some green bottles- more of a foresty smell. Flavor was not good and not bad- just rather lacking. Made me wonder why they called it a brown ale. This one does go down pretty easily but that's about it, not much flavor to speak of and hardly a brown ale.
05-31-2011 23:18:42 | More by liveandletdie
3.83/5 rDev +10.7%
22 oz bottle courtesy of srandycarter. Many Thanks! Pours a clear, copper body with a small beige head that leaves some minimal lacing. Aroma is subtle, notes of chocolate and herbal hops. Mouthfeel is light medium with moderate carbonation. Taste is cola and chocolate with some nuttiness and restrained earthy and leafy hops. Didn't really notice any hemp character. A fine drinking brown ale here, but nothing hempy about it.
03-31-2007 22:46:49 | More by merlin48
3.98/5 rDev +15%
12 ounce bottle, w/o freshness info. Purchased as part of a sixer at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY. Pours a familiarl brown ale brown, light khaki head, loose and frothy, leaves ample spotty lacing. Earthy, nutty nose. Pleasant brown, malty, nutty, more earthiness picked up. Musty light chocolate note also detected. I'm not exactly sure what Hemp smells like or tastes like so I cant comment on how much of a hemp character this beer exhibits. Balanced, drinkable, sessionable and quite pleasant brown.I'd like to try this one as the base for a marinade for chicken/pork tenderloin, cuz of the moderate sweetness and earthy notes. Nice new offering from Nectar Ales.
05-17-2010 01:01:13 | More by Billolick
2.9/5 rDev -16.2%
Appearance: light brown in color, 1/2 inch head, clear, moderate carbonation
Smell: nuts, earth, leaves, and toasted malt
Taste: nuts, earth, leaves, and toasted malt
Mouthfeel: light bodied, medium carbonation, slightly bitter, dry
Drinkability: An average brown ale at best. The hemp helps make the beer super dry. While present towards the end this really does not distinguish itself. I will pass in the future.
08-22-2010 23:33:34 | More by tigg924
2.88/5 rDev -16.8%
Tap @ Clocktower in Mammoth. Pours murky brown with an off-white head. Dank malty aroma with the noticeable vegetable-hemp aroma. Same goes for the taste. BIg caramel malt flavors mixed with peppery hops. The straw/vegetable/hemp flavor is throughout, but doesn't really add anything in a positive way.
12-09-2008 22:45:42 | More by magictrokini
3.25/5 rDev -6.1%
12oz bottle, fridge temp, snifter, bottled 10/19/11.
pours out a dark ruby reddish brown with a thin light tan/ off white head. thin lace and thin retention. good clarity.
toasted, light biscuit malts, fruity esters, maybe a hint of an herbal, earthy hop but thats streching it.
similar to the aroma, toasted grains, biscuity, the slightest hint of roast, fruity esters, slight earthiness. somewhat sweet mid palate then the slightest bitterness in the finish.
bland average mouthfeel, light bodied.
pretty average brown ale. wheres the hemp?
01-15-2012 19:55:33 | More by dogfishandi
3.25/5 rDev -6.1%
Received this in a really generous random box from papollo, thanks again!
Appearance- Pours a deep ruby brow with a finger and half of slightly off white head sitting on top. Dies back in short order to a minimal sheet across the top of the beer. Very small amount of lacing as well.
Smell- Very mild smelling and I have a hard time detecting a lot in this one. I picked up a little roasted coffee and malt with a small whiff of hops as well. Not a whole lot going on but doesn't smell unpleasant.
Taste- Again, very mild beer. Some roasted malt, again a little bit of coffee, some mildly bitter hops coming through again. Pleasant enough all around but nothing to really wow me.
Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is nice actually and fairly substantial for the style. Carbonation is good as well. This one went down easy but gets docked a little on drinkability for being a bit boring.
Overall, a decent brown ale. Nothing particularly distinguishing but not bad.
04-04-2010 22:31:59 | More by boatshoes
3.78/5 rDev +9.2%
Burnished copper color with a thick and tightly bubbled head of beige lumpy foam.
Aroma of biscuity malt, a little toasty, mild corn notes, some cinnamon and floral notes.
Rich flavor of toasted malt, some toffee and cinnamon, hints of brown sugar, rye-like spiciness, good bitterness offsetting the malt, faint citrus flavors, finishes a bit piney, some grapefruit rind lingers. Would not know there was hemp in the recipe if not for the label.
Full and rich mouthfeel, nice and creamy. Tasty and drinkable, thanks to barleywinefiend for sharing.
08-28-2009 23:09:16 | More by far333
2.75/5 rDev -20.5%
Another sample provided for the restaurant. Poured into a pint glass. Not much head. Color is a deep brown with a reddish ting. Little to no bubbles and looks like a warm coca cola without ice.
Taste was just okay. Sat for a while on the tounge without ever developing much Pretty flat finish.
Take home scale, I'd leave this one on the shelf.
03-30-2011 01:47:00 | More by centbeerfest
2.98/5 rDev -13.9%
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 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: Smooth, with medium-low carbonation.
O: perhaps not at its best but likely not to exceed very good.
04-17-2014 01:08:53 | More by chinchill
3.6/5 rDev +4%
Had on-tap at the Yardhouse in Long Beach, CA.
Pours an amber-brown color with a half-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.
Smells of sweet caramel and pale malts with a hint of nondescript fruits and herbal hops.
Tastes alright. Sweet caramel/pale malt flavors up front are joined by herbal hop flavors midway through the sip. There's a light bitter ending with some medium fruit flavors lingering in the aftertaste. Nothing bad here but nothing really good either.
Mouthfeel is alright. It has a slightly thin thickness with above average carbonation.
Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without a problem and wouldn't be averse to having another.
Overall this is a middle of the road beer that certainly has nothing disagreeable about it, but I'm not sure I would order this again.
07-29-2009 02:52:00 | More by glid02
3.33/5 rDev -3.8%
(Served in an American pint glass)
A- This beer has a deep reddish-brown body that is crystal clear with a strong soda-pop carbonation of fast, big bubbles. The head is a light yellowish-white mousse that turns to a thin even layer floating on top but clinging to the sides.
S- A soft note of brown malt comes through with a note of sweetness.
T- This beer has a smooth brown malt body with some chocolate notes and a dry pale malt hint. The finish has a soft noble hop bitterness but there is no hops aroma of flavor other than the bitterness. There is a slight tangy flavor in the malt that is almost cidery but it is a bit more dry . This might be from the hemp or it might be a slight off flavor.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a slight fullness in the texture that is not quite a creamy texture but has some presents.
D- The malt characteristic has some good depth and flavor but the hop component were singular in flavor. It was interesting as a novelty but with a bit more enhancing it has potential to be a good beer.
03-24-2006 02:49:56 | More by rhoadsrage
3.53/5 rDev +2%
Medium to big light brown head settles into a decent lacing above a clear reddish amber colored beer.
Light roasted malts, nuts of some kind, and not much else in the aroma.
This brown isn't bad, it has a slight nutty taste that comes through with the light roasted malts and the taste of the hemp. I don't recall ever drinking a hemp beer before, so not really sure what I can compare the taste to.
An almost dryish aftertaste with some of the nutty and hemp taste sticking around with this medium bodied drink.
This ale brewed with hemp isn't to bad, sort of tastes like a slightly washed out Newcastle or something along those lines. I don't know what the purpose of adding hemp but what the heck give it a try.
01-28-2013 06:22:14 | More by LXIXME
3.88/5 rDev +12.1%
This medium brown-colored beer's body lies in the median between clear and opaque. A soft, bubbly tan head reaches half a finger, shows reasonable retention while it slowly fades off, and deposits spotty lacing.
The nose is sturdy, neither too weak nor too strong, but in a good range for a brown. It doesn't have unnecessary roast, char or the like. It's got a steady, firm foundation of malts, as it should. The smell most prominently displays nut and earth.
The flavor offers the same, with an additional slight sweetness and finishes with a pleasant sesame/nut combination.
There's a bit too much spritz, but otherwise the medium body holds together well.
06-23-2013 15:18:22 | More by Brenden
Humboldt Brown (Hemp Ale) from Humboldt Brewing Co.
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