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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: 443
Reviews: 210
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 14.16%
Wants: 6
Gots: 25 | 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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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

11-17-2012 01:19:45 | More by WDJersey
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3/5  rDev -13.3%

11-15-2012 02:51:11 | More by PretzelsNBeer
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

11-13-2012 20:27:04 | More by bambam2517
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2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

11-12-2012 02:59:08 | More by TheBigBoy
Photo of Knapp85


3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out as an average looking brown color, good clarity and a white fizzy head. The retention was minimal as well as the lacing. The smell of the beer some sweet malt with a touch of coffee and an herbal note. The taste of the beer is lightly roasted, it's got a subtle chocolate flavor as well as a bitter finish. The mouthfeel of the beer was light, decent carbonation with a soft creamy finish to it. Overall it's not a bad brown ale. It's not the best but it's still worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 23:28:38 | More by Knapp85
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New York

4.28/5  rDev +23.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2012 07:04:31 | More by wethead
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

10-20-2012 04:56:37 | More by BeerBeast
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

10-17-2012 20:51:43 | More by allstar255
Photo of 57md


3.39/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So, I saw “hemp” ale on the menu at my favorite watering hole and I simply could not resist ordering one.

Appearance is a brownish color with ruby edges. There is a thin layer of head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing. In spite of the thin head, there is fizziness that remains. The nose is light – some malt and a touch of nuttiness. The flavor is mild. I am not sure what hemp is supposed to taste like, but this just tastes like a basic thin brown ale.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2012 17:43:37 | More by 57md
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3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz, 6/15/12

A: Pours out a deep dirty brown amber color. One finger of off white head. Seems to be nice carbonation.

S: I like the nose in this one. Really nice nutty character. Definitely some hops underneath. Some mild roast hints. Maybe a touch of chocolate.

T: On the tip of the tongue, I get a little bit of coffee or roast bitterness. It's very mild. Then you get the nice nuttiness in the mid palate. Again, a touch of chocolate on the back end. Not the overly dark rich stuff, just mild hints. Finish is dry and as aspects of a very light porter.

M: Medium bodied.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2012 18:16:51 | More by inlimbo77
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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

09-29-2012 14:26:58 | More by halo913
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

09-18-2012 00:03:00 | More by Chugs13
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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

08-26-2012 03:17:21 | More by johnnyboy76
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4/5  rDev +15.6%

08-21-2012 08:17:36 | More by ryko
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4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

08-20-2012 00:18:26 | More by PGVG
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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.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 00:43:53 | More by ngeunit1
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3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not as thick as it initially seems. I am usually not a fan of darker brews just because a lot of them seem to be too 'meaty', after one beer the sound of another doesn't sound too appetizing, but Humboldt Brown is actually very light. The top note still has that classic brown ale flavor, but it dissipates into a very smooth, refreshing middle, leaving an equally refreshing aftertaste. Its light with a robust flavor and yet maintains a 5.7% alcohol content. I really enjoyed it. It seems to go well with everything(food, other drinks, etc.)

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2012 09:36:40 | More by alric0smi
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2/5  rDev -42.2%

08-08-2012 04:41:54 | More by Nattybrah123
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3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review from 6/2010 notes. Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a deep ruby amber with a small, fine head and light lacing. Roasted malt and light hop aroma. A bland, slight malt, slightly fruity taste with an abrupt finish with slight hops. A light earthy, interesting flavor in the background, but it stays far enough away to not catch my interest. Kind of boring, really. Adequate.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 17:52:44 | More by LiquidAmber
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

08-01-2012 07:22:30 | More by MrMcGibblets
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3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours dark brown with a deep, reddish hue. Head is a light tan color, about 3 fingers thick with decent retention. Resulting lace is thick and sticky.

Smell - Lightly roasted malts, a touch of spice and a subtle underlying hop aroma.

Taste - Mostly light cocoa, and with faint hints of roasted malt and somewhat nutty... otherwise, this is a fairly bland beer. Decent hop character does well to give it some balance. A little spice toward the finish and into the aftertaste, felt mostly on the lips, otherwise there's nothing of real interest here.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Smooth. Underwhelming carbonation.

Overall - It's drinkable, but I don't think I'd buy it again unless my options were severely limited.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 03:53:10 | More by TheSixthRing
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

07-23-2012 03:03:22 | More by rolltide8425
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

07-20-2012 05:04:18 | More by nickfran
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3/5  rDev -13.3%

07-09-2012 09:17:42 | More by Sm00thM0nkey
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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

07-03-2012 04:06:04 | More by javi10653
Humboldt Brown (Hemp Ale) from Humboldt Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 443 ratings.