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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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526 Ratings
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Ratings: 526
Reviews: 216
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 14.16%
Wants: 10
Gots: 49 | 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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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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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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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.
79 out of 100 based on 526 ratings.