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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: 451
Reviews: 211
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 14.16%
Wants: 6
Gots: 31 | 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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Photo of jeffjeff1


3.83/5  rDev +10.7%

This was a pretty good beer. I had it on tap at Pizza Port in Morro Bay.

Appearance- dark reddish, good lacing

Smell- herbal hops

Taste- malt, herbal hops

Mouthfeel- light to medium bodied

Drinkability- pretty good, I would drink it again, the lady kept giving us free pitchers

08-06-2009 06:51:49 | More by jeffjeff1
Photo of glid02


3.6/5  rDev +4%

Had on-tap at the Yardhouse in Long Beach, CA.

Pours an amber-brown color with a half-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of sweet caramel and pale malts with a hint of nondescript fruits and herbal hops.

Tastes alright. Sweet caramel/pale malt flavors up front are joined by herbal hop flavors midway through the sip. There's a light bitter ending with some medium fruit flavors lingering in the aftertaste. Nothing bad here but nothing really good either.

Mouthfeel is alright. It has a slightly thin thickness with above average carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without a problem and wouldn't be averse to having another.

Overall this is a middle of the road beer that certainly has nothing disagreeable about it, but I'm not sure I would order this again.

07-29-2009 02:52:00 | More by glid02
Photo of NewGeneric


3.08/5  rDev -11%

Had this about a week ago after work. Poured a reddish brown color with little pearl head that left a small amount of lacing. Smelled of malt and fruity yeast. Tasted of deep malts and fruit. Smooth but a bit fizzy. Could drink if it was the only option, but probably won't reach for this one at the store again.

07-28-2009 16:07:29 | More by NewGeneric
Photo of Bricelyn


4.15/5  rDev +19.9%

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.

07-28-2009 00:55:04 | More by Bricelyn
Photo of cswhitehorse


3.45/5  rDev -0.3%

The Hemp Ale poured a dark amber color with not much in the way of foam head or lacing. The smell was of spice and malt. The taste was pretty well balanced as far as it being a malt all the way beer with a slight tinge of bitterness on the finish. It was lightly carbonated and you felt a little on the back of the throat. Overall a pretty middle of the road brew.

06-09-2009 02:14:25 | More by cswhitehorse
Photo of lacqueredmouse


3.33/5  rDev -3.8%

"Made with real cannabis seeds mixed in the mash"? I figured it might be a smarter idea to drink this here in the states than try to import it back into Australia...

Pours a dark ruddy amber colour, with only a tiny little film of off-white bubbles. No lacing, and the body looks particularly thin. Can't say it's a terribly good looking beer.

Light copper bitterness on the nose, a little bit of roasted sweetness, but it's all very light on, and there's not a great deal of character to it. Not a bad nose, but it's pretty tame.

Some initial sweetness, and a slight carbonic tartness, which is washed away by a late roasted bitterness, and a coppery finish. Mouthfeel is indeed excessively thin, leaving a slight tingle of carbonation, but otherwise going down like iced water. It's not a bad palate, overall, mildly uninteresting, but a stylistically decent Amber ale.

Something tells me this beer does better than it would do otherwise because of its name and its gimmick. There's certainly no noticeable impact from its supposed adjuncts, and while it's not an unpleasant brew to drink, it's certainly quite dull.

06-08-2009 00:24:35 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of HalfFull


3.1/5  rDev -10.4%

Pours a clear deep reddish amber from a 12 oz. bottle. A thin off white head is short lived and lacing is minimal.

Ale?? Has a clean lager nose to it, with some light caramel malts and a hint of chocolate spice. Lighter than the color might suggest and reminds me, I think, of Michelob Amber Bock.

Tastes like it smells, in that there just isn't a whole lot going on. Finishes with a bit of chili powder/red pepper. Nonetheless, to call this an herbed/spiced beer seems a bit of a stretch. There is no hemp in here and hop presence is minimal. Spice consists of a subtle pepper heat. Thin in body and offering moderate drinkability. A bit sweet and viscous with little carbonation.

05-15-2009 04:31:05 | More by HalfFull
Photo of clay003


3.15/5  rDev -9%

I was surprised by the dark, red-amber color. nice off-white/tan head. initial taste reminds me of a brown ale, and malty, then the carbonation comes in which helps. but finishes poor for me, sour carmel lingering a bit too long. tastes fine at first, then leaves me disappointed (only because i really enjoy humboldt brewing company's other brews so much).

05-06-2009 01:09:12 | More by clay003
Photo of Finn


3.55/5  rDev +2.6%

Appearance: A deep ruby/brown with a small off white head

Aroma: EArthy, mild chocolate notes, a bit of malt, caramel

Taste: Mild chocolate/roasted flavors give way to a quick burst of something funky (the hemp?) but the flavor quickly returns to an acrid brown ale sort of flavor.

Mouthfeel: Ample carbonation with a creamy feeling on the tongue.

Drinkability: Pretty good, interesting to try it at least once, but I could think of many other beers in the same class with higher drinkability.

04-25-2009 00:39:18 | More by Finn
Photo of cerveza5150


3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Decent beer. I'm probably drawn to it more by the name than anything else. Sweet taste, followed by some hops, but pretty thin. This tastes like a macro brewed version of a beer that desperately wants to be micro brewed. Overall, just decent, nothing special.

04-10-2009 22:06:33 | More by cerveza5150
Photo of BarleyMine


3.03/5  rDev -12.4%

Poured this into a pint glass. It poured a clear darkish amber with an initial thick, rocky head receeding quickly, leaving a very thin white line and fast lacing.

Smells herby with some malt characteristics.

Tastes of malts, mild herby flavors and notes of weak, flat vanilla soda.

Light body with medium crabonation.

It's what an Amber light might taste like.

02-15-2009 03:49:55 | More by BarleyMine
Photo of seanbhudson


3.43/5  rDev -0.9%

Pours a brown color with a large tan head that dissipates at an average rate. Moderate lacing. A lot darker then I expected.
Light aroma of toasted malt and a little caramel.
Toasted malt and a little caramel sweetness. Finishes with a bit of earthy hops. I don't taste any weird spices here.
Light to medium body beer. Soft carbonation.
A very easy drinking smooth beer. A bit one dimensional for me. I expected a funky tasting beer and what I got was a mix between a pale ale and brown ale.

02-11-2009 03:12:36 | More by seanbhudson
Photo of TheQuietMan22


3.18/5  rDev -8.1%

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle.

Appearance: Poured a ruby brown and a finger of head developed and dissipated gradually, leaving a dense lacing on top.

Smell: Has a weak, indistinct smell. A scent of metallic hop bitterness was prominent at first but sweetened to reveal an evergreen-like aroma, reminding me of a winter warmer. No hemp, unfortunately.

Taste: It wasn't as bitter as the smell first suggests. Smooth caramel maltiness with a hint of spice that mellowed as my taste buds adjusted.

Drinkability: Hemp Ale was better than I expected, though I'd never know it was brewed with something distinct unless it was spelled out. The hemp failed to deliver something unique (for the first time in my life), but it does make for good drinking. It's a well-balanced beer. I think I'll burn a little Nag for the hell of it.

01-17-2009 19:45:28 | More by TheQuietMan22
Photo of Buebie


3.48/5  rDev +0.6%

Bottle courtasy of russpowell.

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a tulip. Brownish in color turning to a ruby red when held to light. 1 finger off white bubbly head. Leaving a thin layer of retention with an assortment of bubbles.
Thin drapes of lace.

Aroma...hmm doesnt really have a smell. Some floral grassy hops and a milkd rose pedal, but other then that, there is really nothing there.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery with a crispness from the carbonation. A bit of brown sugar and some more florral grassy hops. Reminds me of an english ale, or esb. Very laid back flavors and quite sessionable too.
Some mild cereal grain taste with just a touch of bittering chocolate grain flavor that lingers.

Not a bad beer, but just not my style. Glad I got to try it though. Was a nice extra.

01-10-2009 20:13:00 | More by Buebie
Photo of yesyouam

New York

4.1/5  rDev +18.5%

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)

12-14-2008 15:48:44 | More by yesyouam
Photo of beachbum1975


2.3/5  rDev -33.5%

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.

12-12-2008 14:44:36 | More by beachbum1975
Photo of magictrokini


2.88/5  rDev -16.8%

Tap @ Clocktower in Mammoth. Pours murky brown with an off-white head. Dank malty aroma with the noticeable vegetable-hemp aroma. Same goes for the taste. BIg caramel malt flavors mixed with peppery hops. The straw/vegetable/hemp flavor is throughout, but doesn't really add anything in a positive way.

12-09-2008 22:45:42 | More by magictrokini
Photo of Irie


3.55/5  rDev +2.6%

The hemp branding is clever, though it gives you no true hints as to the flavor of the beer, but in hindsight I guess I can see it.

A - This beer pours a very nice red. It almost glows like a Christmas ornament. Little to no head on it, which is fine, and a little carbonation action.

S - A very "herby" aromatic smell to the beer. A very rich smooth smell, but still subtle.

T - A little complexity in the taste of this one. A nice balance that leans toward flavoring and a touch of bitter. Very smooth and a little thick which is an interesting mix that I always enjoy. However, after it goes down I feel like a bit too much of the bitter is left behind. The flavor is still there which is good, but it seems like the bitter gets stuck to your tongue. Also, this beer really find it's calling when it's out of the bottle for a bit and starts to warm up. The bitterness is strong when it's too cold, but a few minutes later it really opens up.

M - Because of the low carbonation it sits wonderfully in the mouth. Keeping it on the tongue is great as it gives time for all the spices to find their way to the taste buds.

D - I do enjoy this beer, but I don't see it as a repeat winner as the night goes on. The sharpness it leaves sort of builds up and I think after a few I would need to move on to something else just to give my taste buds a break.

To conclude: An enjoyable beer that will surprise you if you expect anything related to the name. A smooth crisp drink with a bit of an after-bite. Good in moderation.

11-24-2008 11:26:56 | More by Irie
Photo of OlieIPA


3.1/5  rDev -10.4%

I got this beer from the very awesome PatronWizard...thanks man...I hope you enjoy my Stone 11th I gave you!

A: Amber with a micro-meter of head and almost no lacing.

S: Very malty...nothing more.

T: When cold, you get a very sour taste...but as it warms up...its settles a bit. A deep, dark fruity flavor that I couldn't pick up. Pehlman suggested plum...but I didn't get that at all...but maybe I'm insane.

M: Light to medium body...good carbonation.

D: Easy on the mind and stomach.

Overall: Better then a macro...but not much more then that.

09-06-2008 11:41:55 | More by OlieIPA
Photo of Pehlman


3.65/5  rDev +5.5%

A: A dark amber coloring. Very light head retention. Very slight lacing.

S: Very malty smell. Nothing in particular stands out to me.

T: Initial sour flavor but settels into a nice malty body. Slight notes of plum.

M: Generous carbontation. Like a soda. Leaves a nice coating with a flavor of malty goodness.

D: Honestly, better than I thought it would be. I would have this beer again. But not something I would break my neck to find.

09-06-2008 11:35:51 | More by Pehlman
Photo of PatronWizard


3.2/5  rDev -7.5%

Hemp Ale, huh? How could I not grab a sixer as a former po...uh, yeah, anyway, grabbed a sixer.

Poured and thought immediately, ah, nice color. Deep ruby brown. Soft pour left a tiny head. Hate when I screw up the pour.

Smell of molasses, dark fruits. Something else.

Taste same, some malts. Then the something else hits me. This tastes exactly like iced tea. Wife says "very, very, very watered down stout."

Feel is actually pretty damn nice to me. Thin but nice.


08-26-2008 05:56:12 | More by PatronWizard
Photo of Offa


3.3/5  rDev -4.6%

This is ok, has some flavour, and is drinkable, and it's somewhat interesting but it's rather subdued and ultimately soon gets tiresome

Dark, slightly murky, red, it has a medium, dense, lasting head and a hint of lace.

The aroma is light caramel, leaves, and grain with delicate citrus-flowery hop quality.

The taste is almost porter-like in a way, dark toasted bread with leaves, a little chocolate, light hoppy-herbal bitterness, and hint of grain. It's smooth and mellow, but blurred, very soft and subdued, and half-way through becomes tiresome. i could see how someone might like it, but it's not really my type.

06-27-2008 21:51:44 | More by Offa
Photo of paulthebeerguru


2.93/5  rDev -15.3%

A: snifter. Pours a dark, rich brown slight ruby color with an off-white head that dissipates rather quickly. light lacing.

S: earthy malt aroma, some slight nutty characteristics.

T: Nutty, oily, and bitter taste with malt background. Finish is a little bit more mellow, but the flavors wears down after a while.

M: Light to medium body and rather oily and smooth, with little carbonation.

D: Not a bad beer, but a novelty item to say the least. The flavor tends to get old after a while.

06-15-2008 17:08:46 | More by paulthebeerguru
Photo of bulletrain76


3.68/5  rDev +6.4%

Draught at Woodstocks IV. Dark brown with a medium beige head that laces the glass. Roasty and toasty aroma with some herbal quality. The flavor is between a brown ale and a porter, with some chocolate roasted bitterness showing, but remaining pretty smooth. The hemp is subtle, as has been every example I've had, but it adds a nice dimension, and makes for an interesting and drinkable darker ale. medium to lighter body and lighter carbonation.

06-02-2008 08:20:18 | More by bulletrain76
Photo of currysage1


2.8/5  rDev -19.1%

Got in a local brew trade from Maudite, never had Hemp in this way, cereal yes, beer no.

Poured with a minimal head that quickly dissipated down to just a ring. Great coloring, much darker than I had assumed, nice stained mahogany brown with burgundy.

Malty smell, some light dry cocoa, dark fruits, not very complex but pleasing.

Cocoa flavor right off the bat, then darker malts then in the nose. Bitter coffee, and slightly astringent bitterness towards the end, almost solvent like.

Feel is not to bad, good thickness, slight coating of the tongue, carbonation is creamy.

Drinkability is not so high due to the flavor profile, but certainly glad I got to try it.

05-17-2008 06:29:05 | More by currysage1
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