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Humboldt Brown (Hemp Ale) - Humboldt Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 532
Reviews: 219
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 14.45%
Wants: 10
Gots: 52 | 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: 532 | Reviews: 219
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A ruby red sea is capped with a foamy, tan froth. Has a caramel, nut, help and medium fruit aroma. Tastes sweet and smooth with some grain, candy and fruits that mingle with a metallic nuttiness. Somewhat mineraly in the aftertaste. Reminds me of Pynchon's Vineland for some reason... A true underdog beer that deserves better than it's lot.

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Purchased from the Wolf Stop in Aberdeen, SD. Poured into my new Miller Pilsner glass.

Appearance (4) : Pours a dense, creamy three fingered head with a nice creamy cap on top. Body is dark honey brown with about 70% opacity. Leaves lacing on the glass and a memory foam like appearance complete with a couple of "finger poke tests", on the head.

Aroma (4) : Barley heads, honey, barrel aged malt, a little ginger spice. Some rainforest and/or moss. A very clean and pleasing aroma. Bouquet is light to medium strength.

Taste (3.75) : Coffee bean bitterness hits first, mixed in with some barley malt. Behind that is a grapefruit bitterness, which follows through to the finish. Faint honey and ginger notes float around in there, too. I was not expecting the bitterness that came from this beer - in fact I was expecting a malt-forward brown, but actually the flavor isn't bad at all. It's quite enjoyable. Belches taste like wheat chex.

Mouthfeel (3.75) : Medium bodied, fairly creamy yet still watery, ends grapefruity and dry.

Overall (3.77) : This brown has hop presence, there's no denying that. It's a good beer overall. I don't think I'm swayed enough to buy a six pack, but it is a pretty decent beer. I would have it again if offered.

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12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark burgundy color. The head is a finger high, and off-white in shade, maybe slightly leaning towards mocha. It has a nice texture but low retention. A bit of lacing is left on the glass. (3.5)

Smell: There are a couple of interesting notes to be found. It's decently chocolaty (usually my favorite feature in a brown ale), with some lesser brown sugar. It also has a maltiness similar to an amber ale (i.e.: burnt caramel and toffee) which is a bit more offputting. If I really concentrate, I get hemp seed. It's a *very* subtle addition, though. All in all, there isn't much here that helps it stand out from the pack. (3)

Taste: The initial caramel flavor here is rather sweet, blending with a brown sugar note. Its finish smacks of cola, while there's a gentle biscuit tone throughout. Really, this is all the beer is offering: its advertised adjunct isn't coming through very well at all. Easygoing, just not remotely exciting. (3)

Mouthfeel: If nothing else, it's somewhat light in body. This helps to make it drinkable. The actual texture has a cake-like density to it - if I had to pick my favorite feature of this brew (and it's tough, frankly), that would be it. Carbonation is medium. (3)

Overall: This is pretty damn forgettable. In many ways, it's reminiscent of Fat Tire - which is more or less the most average beer on the planet. Just like Fat Tire, I'll have no trouble drinking this, nor any trouble drinking a free one offered to me. I just won't buy it for myself, that's all. Still, something like this would make a decent gateway beer for BMC drinkers. (3)

3.03/5: If nothing else, a good Fat Tire alternative

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Humboldt Brown (Hemp Ale) from Humboldt Brewing Co.
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