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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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Ratings: 498
Reviews: 214
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 14.16%
Wants: 8
Gots: 40 | 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:
Formerly called "Hemp Ale".

(Beer added by: boatshoes on 04-04-2010)
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1/5  rDev -71.1%

Bryanwit, Mar 04, 2012
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1/5  rDev -71.1%

Philmarrojr, Monday at 12:53 AM
Photo of JustinQ
1/5  rDev -71.1%

JustinQ, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of mhaugo
2/5  rDev -42.2%

mhaugo, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of Nattybrah123
2/5  rDev -42.2%

Nattybrah123, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of trickynicky
2/5  rDev -42.2%

trickynicky, May 23, 2014
Photo of AleWatcher
2.05/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Grabbed this one for the tick.
I'll openly state that I'm not the biggest fan of brown ales, though I have had (and even enjoyed) many.
12 oz bottle into pint.

Pours a deeep red. Like so red it looks brown, but it isn't brown. It is definitely red. Light brown sugar colored head rose up less than a finger, didn't stick around long, and barely left any lacing.
Smells chocolatey and coffee-y with a little dank earthiness to follow. The taste follows suit. I'm unsure if there is a real hop contribution here because the finish has this really powdery, teeth coating feel that covers up most flavor by distracting me. It feels dirty, not gritty, just dirty. The earthiness comes through on the finish too, with only a slight bitterness that reminds mr of dry, bitter, dark cocoa.

The body is a hair light of medium, has low carbonation, and the sickly chalky feel I previously mentioned.

Overall-- I won't be getting this beer again. It simply isn't a pleasurable experience.

AleWatcher, May 30, 2011
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2.25/5  rDev -35%

ljthockey7, Oct 01, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -35%

GraduatedCashew, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of beachbum1975
2.3/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Got this as an extra from EinWeizenbitte - thanks, man!

Pours a clear brown with amber hues when raised to the light. Nice to look at with an average tan head with decent head retention.

Smells of mild Earthiness and malts. Not sweet or sour.

Light to medium body with medium flavor, much like the nose. Slight coppery or metallic aftertaste that lingers. Smell and taste were reminiscent to DFH's Theobroma to me, especially because of a light spiciness I detected on the nose and tongue. I wasn't impressed with this beer, but a friend I shared it with was!

Good for a one time review, but nothing great.

beachbum1975, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of benito
2.33/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

The jokes to be made about this beer are too easy: did you know they sell it for only $4.20 a six pack? Ah, America's most famous pot-producing county puts out a Hemp Ale. Is this brewery run by teenagers?

As for the beer itself, it is a deep amber with aromas of alcohol and and caramel. This seems to be a brown ale flavored with hemp, though the base style isn't indicated anywhere on the bottle. The hemp tries to impart a drying finish to the beer as well as a nice oaky flavor. Overall, it's feel is smooth and creamy, though it doesn't really go anywhere from start to finish. Malts reign king at both the beginning and end, almost
overpowering the hemp presence. By the end of a full pint, the feel is a little tiresome and comes across as heavily viscous.

I'm a big fan of spiced beers and have always defended chile, spruce, and other herb beers in the face of aspersions ("they're made for tourists;" "they're a gimmick"). Humboldt's Hemp Ale hasn't convinced me that those criticisms should be ignored for hemp beers.

benito, Jun 20, 2006
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
2.42/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

22oz bomber, served in a pint glass.

A - deep brown color with a light beige head that thinned to a layer, leaving small bits of lacing.

S - malty aroma, very faint spiced smell.

T - tastes like a watered down Winter Ale.

M - thin and light, flat carbonation feel.

D - not impressed

Final Note: I was looking forward to trying this 'novelty' beer, but the 'novelty' quickly wore off

JoeyBeerBelly, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of liveandletdie
2.48/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

liveandletdie, Jun 01, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

Fiore757, Jun 05, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

smi, May 10, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

Thomas_562, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of IntriqKen
2.58/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Looks very dark amber in the glass with a small half finger of dark tan head that disappears quickly but leaves a sticky lacing.
Aroma is sort o a pale toasted malt but little else.
Taste is toasted malt with a hop sharpness and bite on the end.
Mouthfeel seems weak and thin to me.
Aftertaste is disappointingly lacking. Dry hop bite simply disappears to nothing.
Just a minor step above a macro, IMHO.

IntriqKen, Sep 08, 2006
Photo of ccrida
2.63/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance is dark caramel brown with a small off-white collar that leaves scattered lace.

Smell is sweetish caramel malts and a hint of citrus.

Taste is very muted, some bitterness, maybe a touch of nutty malt character, but really bland, with some light phenolics. Served cold, this really struggled to open up, just a hint of caramel coming through as it warmed. Reminds me of a bad dubbel or something.

Mouthfeel is pretty dry, crisp, but with creamy carbonation. Medium bodied.

Drinkability isn't too hot. It's certainly not offensive, there's just nothing particularly redeeming about it, with a mostly acrid character that certainly doesn't beget seconds. Not even worth the novelty.

ccrida, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of VelvetExtract
2.71/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A-Pours brown and slightly clear. Nearly zero head. Looks a bit watery despite its color.

S-Very soft and I also don't really like what I can decipher. Some wet cardboard, toast and another slightly off-putting aroma.

T-About the same. There seems to be two different flavors that I am having trouble describing; both are not tasty. Behind that lies some of the usual Brown flavors.

M-Semi-light. Not very crisp.

O/D-Not a fan of this one at all.

VelvetExtract, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of yeahnatenelson
2.73/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

420th Review - how apropos.

Appearance -- Pours a transparent chestnut hue with a slim sudsy cream head. Lacing is surprisingly good.

Smell -- Not much to report on: slight roast malt, earthy hops, rope bundle? Aromas is bordering on vacuous it is so weak.

Taste -- Not much flavor to this beer, honestly. Malt roastiness, earthy and floral hops, modicum of plum-like sweetness. Bitterness is forceful for the style. There is definitely a, uh, hemp character to this beer, but more akin to sucking on a rope than coughing up a lung at a Cypress Hill concert. Lingering flavor of gas station coffee and plum skin.

Mouthfeel -- Body is about equal to water with ample carb. Meh.

Drinkability -- Finally tried it, but could honestly take it or leave it, really. Nothing too special with the base, plus the hemp addition was a weakness rather than an asset.

yeahnatenelson, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of centbeerfest
2.75/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

centbeerfest, Mar 30, 2011
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2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

chefbigjon, Jul 20, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

Kuongming, Jan 15, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

crobinso, May 09, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

TheBigBoy, Nov 12, 2012
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Humboldt Brown (Hemp Ale) from Humboldt Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 498 ratings.