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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: 530
Reviews: 219
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 14.45%
Wants: 10
Gots: 50 | 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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Ratings: 530 | Reviews: 219
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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.

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3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Enjoyed this 12 oz bottle out of a porter glass.

A: Pours a brown-amber hue with a thin white head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lace or trail.

S: Dark roasted malt aroma.

T: Roasted malt flavor with some mild hints of chocolate and coffee.

M: Medium body and minimal carbonation.

O: I have no idea what hemp actually tastes like but it didn't add much flavor or aroma to this brew. Not a bad brown ale but nothing remember-able.

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

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3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant brown with deep caramel highlights and a foamy quarter inch beige head that dissipates somewhat quickly into a thin layer of film.

Dark malt fruitiness and toasted malt notes are accompanied by hints of chocolate and floral hops. There's a touch of roast and a bit of nuttiness. Malt dominates the balance.

Flavor is also very malt dominant. Fruity malt notes begin the profile and linger throughout, becoming nutty, deeply toasted, and finishing with a bit of lightly roasted coffee. Floral goods surface at the dry finish, but bittering hops are kept in balance. Cola notes emerge.

Body is moderate, with carbonation a touch low, and a hint of alcohol warmth. The fruity malt undertones could be astringent.

Decent malt complexity, but lacking a bit in hops for the style. The fruity notes were a bit offputting. Not a big cola fan, either.

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

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3.87/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Date tasted: May 24, 2013... Glassware: Victory Hop Devil nonick... Occasion: recognizing baseball coaching season is almost over... Appearance: dark brown body with a monstrous brown two-finger head that foams significantly--welcoming!... Aroma: lightly toasted, brightly hopped--a bit of mild sweetness too... Palate: smooth--too smooth?--with mild effervescence late, and little more... Taste: quite mild and unassuming--mellow to the point of nondescription; I recall having a Hempen Ale and wondering the similar thought--hemp doesn't seem to alter much... Overall: a pleasant, easy-drinking brew that has little in its complexity (it is a brown, after all), and yet its promise to be anomalous doesn't quite pan out....but for its price point, about right.

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3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is an OK brew, but it feels like it is going to give me heart burn. Why is that?

It comes out very brown and has a thin head and very little lacing. The aroma is slightly roasty, but not like burnt bud (wouldn't that be nice). The taste is of brown ale with a little extra. Malty, slightly hoppy (almost none).

The aftertaste is not particularly outstanding. So I would not seek this out again.

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Humboldt Brown (Hemp Ale) from Humboldt Brewing Co.
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