Humboldt Brown (Hemp Ale) - Humboldt Brewing Co.
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3.5/5 rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
APPEARANCE: Typical Brown Ale with the exception of the enormous amount of bubbling. Thousands of large bubbles sparkle and dash towards the top. The head quickly rises and falls, leaving behind just enough foam to very thinly cover about 80% of the surface of the beer. The color is a darkish brown with a decent amount of lighter brown light getting through around the edges and up top. There is no lacing to speak of.
SMELL: The aroma is fairly light, but again, spots on for a Brown Ale. A mostly sweet, but slightly roasted malt dominates the nose while a hint of grassy and citrusy hops are buried somewhere in the background.
TASTE: The flavor is where this beer sets itself apart from the other American Brown Ales. Although it is a little lighter in color than others in the category, the Humboldt Brown is closer to a stout than the rest. Chocolate is one of the first flavors I notice; it is not the dominating flavor, but it is certainly present. The roasted malt flavor is also more pronounced than usual in a Brown Ale, but the strong nuttiness does pull it back into the category. The finish is marked by a somewhat strong bitter citrus taste.
MOUTHFEEL: Despite the big bubbles early in the glass this beer mellows fairly quickly and by mid-glass the carbonation has settled. There is still a decent tickle on the palate however and the body is closer to medium than full. The only unpleasant piece of the feel is the finish. That bitter citrus close brings a pucker that I could do without.
OVERALL: Nicely done Brown Ale from Nectar. I cannot say that the hemp changes it too much, maybe I just don’t know what I’m looking for, but it certainly does not take anything away from it.
Serving type: bottle
08-07-2013 05:05:56 | More by StoneTSR
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