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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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465 Ratings
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Ratings: 465
Reviews: 212
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 14.16%
Wants: 6
Gots: 34 | 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%

Latarnik, Jun 01, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

pkalix, May 31, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

KevMo84, May 31, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

animal69, May 29, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

bcsbeer, May 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Furlinator, May 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +15.6%

mwar, May 25, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

sebaastionb, May 23, 2014
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2/5  rDev -42.2%

trickynicky, May 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

GRG1313, May 18, 2014
Photo of Slatetank
3.51/5  rDev +1.4%

I purchased this at Brass Rail Deli in Campbelltown, enjoyed chilled in a goblet from the 12oz brown bottle.

The color is deep brown with translucent clarity with crimson hue at base of the glass...the head comes and goes and leaves a ring of tiny pale tan beads. The smell is very fruity -as in dried fruit with woody raisin type aroma. The smell has a light hint of dark cherry. The feel is thin with moderate carbonation with light sweetness and mild phenolic almost medicinal tinge bt the sweetness hides that and finish is lightly spiced.

The flavor is a mix of woody hops with raisin-like taste from the malt and yeast mixing with a strange herbal element that comes of as nutty and slightly earthy with subtle fig-like aspect which is more like dark toffee but not that sweet. The flavor has a mild yeast taste I can't place or perhaps it is the hemp. Overall I like this but would probably not get this again, there are many brown ales I prefer to this in the same abv range.

Slatetank, May 03, 2014
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3/5  rDev -13.3%

berkshire413, May 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

cmwilliq, Apr 30, 2014
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2.98/5  rDev -13.9%

12 oz bottle dated 26 July 2012 served in a snifter. "Brewed and bottled by Nectar Ales" on the label.

Pours clear, deep mahogany in color, with a fragile and small head.

Aroma; a mix of with caramel and toffee malts, with a hint of alcohol infused dark fruits and an off aroma that may indicate I left this in my refrigerator for too long.

Flavor: hmm, a buttery (diacetyl?) component that is not entirely bad. Medium and dark roasted malt base. I believe I can taste the hemp seeds too; at least there's an unusual nutty-herbal note. Slightly sweet until the balanced finish. Mild malty-toffee aftertaste.

Feel: Smooth, with medium-low carbonation.

O: perhaps not at its best but likely not to exceed very good.

chinchill, Apr 17, 2014
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3.28/5  rDev -5.2%

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Muddy brown, a ruby hue comes through in the light. A cream colored head recedes to a film, little or no lacing.

Aroma: Caramel, toffee, and a really good chocolately fudge nose.
Some earthy, wet grassy notes in the back end.

Taste: This beer really is chocolatey, like Tootsie Rolls. Some toffee can be detected too, with a spicy and dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Overall: I really enjoyed all of the malts and chocolate notes on this.

JuicesFlowing, Apr 16, 2014
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3/5  rDev -13.3%

Dave_Treat, Apr 14, 2014
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MinorCharacter, Apr 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

paulish, Apr 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +15.6%

raulstotle12, Apr 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

DuffDaddy, Apr 08, 2014
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3.69/5  rDev +6.6%

Brown reddish color with a thin beige head with short retention, but leaving laces.
Aroma of caramel, pine, licorice and spices.
Flavor of caramels, bold spices including hemp seeds (don’t ask), some cola and dark fruits, American yeast, nuts, toasted malts, mild coffee and dark chocolate, earthy hops and pine. Dry aftertaste with a mild bitterness.
Light body with appropriate carbonation.
Tasty, but not really a bold Brown Ale, partially due to expectations given the unexpected ingredient. I did like the rounded spicy profile.

FLima, Apr 05, 2014
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3.56/5  rDev +2.9%

12oz bottle with a date on it. I will admit that I bought this because of the pot leaf.

Dark brown-amber, clear, small sudsy head that fades pretty quickly. Smell is very light: faraway nuts and fruit. Taste is crisp and nutty, with oily pine, but is mostly a cloying rose flavor that im not digging. And I don't see the hemp or pot influence at all.

jimmah120, Apr 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Andragos, Apr 02, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

CoreyClark, Apr 01, 2014
Humboldt Brown (Hemp Ale) from Humboldt Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 465 ratings.