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Humboldt Brown (Hemp Ale) - Humboldt Brewing Co.

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Humboldt Brown (Hemp Ale)Humboldt Brown (Hemp Ale)

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Reviews: 221
Hads: 569
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 11.85%
Wants: 11
Gots: 63 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Humboldt Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: boatshoes on 04-04-2010

Formerly called "Hemp Ale".
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Photo of ouser31
4.6/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow!! Had this today on tap at a local Pub House... it was amazing! has to be one of my Top 5 of all time... I say that with very little brew tastings compared to alot of others but a GREAT BEER!!!!

Great Taste all the way thru the beer! Just what a brown should be...! (270 characters)

Photo of MisterClean
4.43/5  rDev +28%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz from total wine

A - Pours orange-golden with a nice head. Leaves nice legs.

S - Pine, earthy hops, light maltiness too.

T - Pineapple, pine, malts, and just a touch of earthy hops.

M - Very refreshing. Buttery and light carbonation.

D - Would make a great session beer. (281 characters)

Photo of bradybeer
4.3/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark reddish brown with a thin head. I detect a whiff of hops and a little spice. Taste is unique, reminds me of Dr. Pepper? Malt and hops are in balance-neither are significant, I get more spices than hops and malt. Finishes with a little roast? Not sure, mouthfeel is medium and I think the hemp gives the mouthfeel a certain amount of oiliness. Drinkabiity is high. (376 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.27/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Schooners Patio Grille in Santa Clarita, CA.

Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson-brown with a 1 inch foamy tan head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. A latticework of lace lines the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt, slight cocoa and coffee aromas, and a nutty quality. Taste is of roasted malt, roasted nuts, cocoa powder, and slight coffee beans. A nice roasty bitterness lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with some nice roasty and earthy flavors. I tried this a while ago in the bottle and didn't care for it too much, but on tap this is most excellent. (715 characters)

Photo of wethead
4.25/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Smell like a nice brown ale with some hits of spice and coffee.

Taste: Great ! - Its a must try beer, I could say all kinds of things about this beer, but lets put it this way, my friend who just recently tried Guinness a few weeks ago said: "Wow, I like this beer better, Its got a great taste and feel".

Its true, Its an interesting but not a super overpowering taste that so many other smaller beer companies put out, I have had some really hard to drink beers,

This beer is a fun, delicious nut brown that is great to drink at 3am if you can't sleep. (557 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.2/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at Church Key as part of the Official Firestone Walker DC Launch Party, into a nonic tumbler.

A real nice tan light light brown head which falls at a normal pace. Very dark brown to red hued amber body that is clear. Looks good all around.

Bouquet is a nice faint and subtle chocolate malt, with just a hint of little grain and grassy-ness behind it. Seem like a wet beer is coming.

Really nice chocolate malt sensation, with a full delicious good body at first. THis great balance between chocolate taste and bread, almost bakery feeling on the swallow. Some prickly carbonation but not too bad but just enough to notice. Mellow hops on the finish that are subtle and not dominant just right.

Overall this is a great tasting Brown Ale to be drinking. Would have again no problem, good stuff! (810 characters)

Photo of Bricelyn
4.17/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured nicely into a pint glass with a finger and a half of head.
Keeps a deep brown with highlights of Ferrari red loads of lase all the way down.
It smells of roasted nuts with a light finish of alcohol in the nose.
Tastes of nuts again up front with a finish of coffee and slight twang from the alcohol.
mouth feel is excellent smooth yet not flat.
I would't session this beer almost to rich of a flavor after two or three. (429 characters)

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.13/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ale Brewed with Hemp Seed, is what it says on the Bottle. Pours with almost no head, yet had medium carbonation and was my no means flat. Beautiful stunning deep red color when held up to the light. Malty taste to begin with, but has a great hoppy finish, that lingers for sometimes. Really full of flavors that develop as you work your way down the beer. I would say this is as close as you will get to a Herbal/Spiced Red Ale. I like this beer, bags of taste and mouthfeel, and I will definitely buy it again. I have only tried this and the Humboldt Red so far, but 2 hits out of 2 is good enough for me to try all their other beers. (635 characters)

Photo of yesyouam
4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Humboldt Hemp Ale is a deep raspberry brown in color with a small, dissipating parchment-colored head. The aroma is of piny, resinous hops and sweet malt, perhaps caramel. It is medium-bodied and ever so smooth with soft carbonation. It is not overtly bitter. The flavor is of resinous hops that linger lightly. I'd almost call this a brown ale. A great example of a West Coast ale!
(rated May 3, 2007) (402 characters)

Photo of GrumpyGas
4.07/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Humboldt Brown carries an airy dissipating head over a rich brown body. The smell is fresh and outdoorsy. It has a sweet dark malt flavor that leans more toffee, which I prefer, than coffee. The clean and crisp aftertaste is a nice surprise given the milky, but not clinging, mouth feel.
This is an easy drinking beer with little alcohol burn. (343 characters)

Photo of mentor
4.03/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle was a 2006 GABF left-over that was given to me as a reward for my volunteer efforts. Thanks a million to GABF and to Humboldt for the opportunity. Entered into the GABF judging as category 48 (american brown ale).

Pours a 1.5 finger light brown head over a crystal clear gorgeous brown/light mohogeny liquid. Perhaps more mohgheny than brown. Smells rich wet chocolate. Touch of nut. Little bit of sour and some grassy hops.

Tastes rough grassy hops with noticable roast and an underlying malt sweet. From the smell I was expecting something more chocolate sweet, almost lactosish. Instead a sharp carb sting starts off first hops and then dry chocolate. Hops are a bit woody with some fuggles character. Perhaps wmette used as bittering. Finish is a bit lacking. A touch of iron, which I suspect is a smidgeon of roast grain coming through. Simple and almost chalky. Oh well. Enjoyable, like so many other beers. But not the end all I was hoping for.

Md body with a bit too much carb. Average drinkabliltiy. A fairly easy drinking brown. (1,054 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 (536 characters)

Photo of thebrood1987
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great looking brown ale that is almost mahogany in color with some red coming through the brown. This is a tricky beer to review in my opinion because of the use of hemp seeds in out of all styles a brown ale. On the smell I get a chocolate/caramel sweet malt smell with some herbal earthy notes. The first thing I notice about this beer are the sweet chocolate and caramel tasting malts with a slick oily mouthfeel.

The slick sweet malts dominate the first part of the taste and then it ends with that herbal, grassy (from the hemp seeds), earthy, roasted nut (from the hemp seeds) and maybe a touch of citrus hop all coming together with the malts. That's the best way I can explain this taste because it has a lot of subtle complexities.

This is an underrated beer and I hope to see more hemp ales maybe combined with different styles such as a pale ale or india pale ale so the hemp flavors stand out more. I understand why they chose a brown ale to showcase the hemp seeds because the nutty grassy flavor they seem to give off blend in perfectly with the roasted chocolate caramel malts. Highly recommended. (1,116 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a fairly clear mahogany-brown color with a hinger of frothy off-white head. THe head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of caramel malts, nuttiness, with some brown sugar and roastiness, with a bit of floral hop.

T - Starts off with a mix of sweet sweet caramel malts with some nuttiness and brown sugar. Through the middle, some floral hop comes through with some bitterness and some bready malt and a bit of roastiness. The finish is a mix of sweet caramel malts with some bready malts, floral hop, and a bit of brown sugar.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice malty brown ale. Good mix of flavors and balance. (734 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (663 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, reddish brown color with a one-finger, tan head of foam. It left minimal lacing.

S - It smelled of hemp, malt and grasses.

T - It tasted toasty with sweet caramel and malt. Nice bitter bite and a touch of hemp-like flavors.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a nice brown ale. Easy drinking and tasty. (390 characters)

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.97/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled this at the Firestone Walker Brewing Company last weekend. The following review is based on notes taken at that time.

Served in a 5oz. snifter.

Appearance: Body is crystal clear and brown, with amber shading around the edges. A thin, creamy, khaki-colored crown sits on top. Head retention is pretty weak, and lacing is light. No visible carbonation. Great clarity though.

Smell: Smooth, toasted hemp seed all over. Caramel, sweet hops, toasted almonds and and floral esters add some complexity. Unique, well balanced, and very pleasant.

Taste: Hemp seed, nuts, earth, and grains. Low bitterness. Finishes on a clean, mildly alcoholic, note. Once again, nicely balanced and very pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Light in body, moderately carbonated, and malty. Finishes crisp and clean. Very smooth; easy-going.

Drinkability: This isn't the most exciting ale out there, but it showcases the hemp seed well and is nicely balanced. I'm sure I'll be buying this again. (967 characters)

Photo of Jedimaster1
3.96/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good brew on-tap -- taste a little thin from the bottle.

A: A dark amber with a tan head.

S: LIttle bit of spice in the smell, but not a whole lot.

T: Here is where the brew gets interesting. Nice, malty spice that makes this one an easy drinker. Little bit of sweetness, but not overpowering. It is well carbonated. Not much hops, but that is not what this brew is about anyway.

M: Nice feel to it. Malty.

D: I could have a bunch of these. Great beer, especially for the winter.

Great brew. If you see one (especially on-tap), go ahead and give it a try. You just might like it. (598 characters)

Photo of zoolzoo
3.96/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks chickencoop

A: Dark mahogany, two finger off white head

S: Toasty malts and some slight floral hoppage - not alot going on

T: The same toasty malts but bigger - some really great spice. This thing has some herbal characteristics going on mid palate which im really liking. Its like floral hops backed with cinnamon, maybe a little dark fruit. Finishes lemon zest hoppy bitter.

M/D: Light in body, pretty fizzy. Low ABV but interesting flavors. I would like to have this again. (488 characters)

Photo of RenoZymurgist
3.96/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a frothy white head which didn't last very long. Color is a rich red with a brown tint. Aroma is a creamy malt toastiness with a floral hop balance. Taste is sweet and dark from the malt flavors but there is a nutty character that i believe to be the hemp seeds which is very pleasent. Body is medium which allows the nutty character to come through but the slight hop bitterness leaves a clean finish. Very drinkable and quite pleasent if you are in the mood for a nutty, rich and not roasty dark ale. (509 characters)

Photo of grittybrews
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a reddish-tinged cola brown into a pint glass with a finger of off-white head. Malty, toasty aroma with herbal, grassy notes.

Moderate carbonation and a light, creamy mouthfeel that borders on thin. Flavors of toast, toffee, hazelnut, and hints of vanilla with a slightly spicy, herbal hop finish.

Very light and drinkable with some nice twists on the usual brown ale formula. Doesn't come across as excessively "hempy" but its presence is definitely notable and makes for a nice brew. (494 characters)

Photo of Oakenator
3.94/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown to black yet still can see a bit of light coming through this beer. Some head at pour disappates to almost nothing with no lacing present on the glass. Aroma reveals some earthy tones - grass (no pun intended) and dirt (on the good side). Flavor is mild and not as interesting with a mostly consistent flavor from front to back. Relatively light. (365 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.93/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear but very dark brown brew.

Smell is very heavy malts with a spicy smell; I guess that is the hemp in this.

Taste is sweet heavy malt with a strong caramel flavor. Finishes with a mild bitterness. I don't know what weed tastes like but unless it tastes like malt it isn't in there.

Mouthfeel is good.

I think this is a gimmick brew, despite that it is a good dark ale. (392 characters)

Photo of JayTheFinn
3.93/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had one of these at Alisal Cellars in Solvang, CA USA.

A - Dark, ruby red in the glass. (I missed the head, so I can't say much about that.)
S - Roasty, malty scents.
T - Roasty, malty flavors. Grape or currant, super subtle hemp. Sweetish, but not overbearing.
M - Full.
D - Even with all the flavors, they blend together well and make this quite drinkable. (365 characters)

Photo of gonzo000
3.93/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this in the bottle at a function. Match look score to smell. Beer was creamy, smooth and had an excellent balance of classic brown flavor. Enjoyed this beer very much! (175 characters)

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Humboldt Brown (Hemp Ale) from Humboldt Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 221 ratings.