Humboldt Brown (Ale Brewed With Hemp) | Humboldt Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Humboldt Brewing Co.
California, United States
humboldtbrewingco.com

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly called "Hemp Ale".

Added by boatshoes on 04-04-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
606
Reviews:
227
Avg:
3.47
pDev:
14.12%
 
 
Wants:
14
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81
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Photo of BigSmooth12
4.09/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Ryften
4.04/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Noelito76
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of akopczyk
4.18/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ardeer
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Bdel34
3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I guess they ran into some problems with some governmental regulatory body over just calling it hemp ale. Fucking California.

Appearance is a mix between dark copper and light brown. Ruddy. Off white 1/4" head. Aroma of earthen brown malts.

Taste, eh, its a brown ale. Nothing offensive, nothing noteworthy. Unsweetened toffee, shitty grandma "candy" kind of vibe. Goes malty and nutty all over this one. In terms of hemp, it appears to add nothing to the beer beyond marketing purposes. There's a bitterness there that doesn't seem hop derived, but at least it gives the beer some oomph.

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Photo of MonkeyPilates
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Edie
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Branlott42
3.36/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Zylod
3.59/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DMarlinJ
4.38/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stofko1992
3.52/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of crow
3.82/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Sabtos
3.16/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Dark copper with a moderate tan head.

Almost exclusively spent grain on the nose like walking up to a large lager brewery. There is also some nuttiness.

The taste of this beer is big and heavy on the malt, with some toffee notes as well.

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Photo of RHVC59
4.47/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Parksworker
2.56/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Taste ok, dark beer, light white head..

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.51/5  rDev +30%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Humboldt Brown (Hemp Ale) brewed by Humboldt Brewing Co., with an ABV of 5.70% This brew pour out a deep brown color with a nice small off white head. This brew kinda looks like root beer, not saying that is bad thing. The smell of Humboldt Brown (Hemp Ale) is rich with roasted sweetness of malt and grains. You also pick up a hit of hops in the smell of this brew. This brew has the look and smell of most American Brown Ales on the market, not saying that is a bad thing. Now for the taste it is bold and rich with flavors. You pick up on roasted grains and malts. There is also a nice smooth sweetness to this brew. The mouthfeel of Humboldt Brown (Hemp Ale), is rich bold, clean, and refreshing. I really like the taste of this brew and how smooth it is. There is nothing overpowering about this brew. It has has a real nice balance to it. It is hard to pick up on the 5.70% ABV in this brew. Overall I'm giving Humboldt Brown (Hemp Ale) a 4.5 out of 5 . I would buy this brew again . Humboldt Brewing Co., did a real nice job with this brew. Thank You.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.5/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Humboldt Brown (Hemp Ale) | Humboldt Brewing Co. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this beer's head is two fingers thick and light tan, with solid lacing ,and a clear deep reddish brown body.

Smells like not very much "hemp" IMO, but more of a toasted malt complex and full bodied grains. Not very much hop annunciation either.

I taste a very well made brown ale. Nothing more, nothing less. The only remnant of "hemp" flavor comes towards the end and it isn't very noticeable.

The mouthfeel here is medium-light with mild carbonation.

Overall, I'll rate Humboldt Brown (Hemp Ale) | Humboldt Brewing Co. with a 4.5.

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Photo of EdgarGerik
4.06/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zhreger
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beertraveler08
3.01/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of DanLane
4.28/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beginner2
3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like finding under-rated beers... it reminds me that I follow the beat of a different drummer.
Being a California hippie in the 1970s (I was in my twenties, just to date me), I suppose nostalgia makes me like a brew started on the Mendocino Coast (a hippy hot-bed) and then uses the marijuana plant.
But nostalgia is neither a big motivator for me, nor why I like this beer.

It has an interesting history. This modest second generation brewer has gone through a few relationships (Firestone Walker being primary as their current base of operations) and now owned by a beer and wine importer. Breaking the business model of the brewpub, Humboldt has built some healthy relations in the distribution chain. (Experimenting with the business model may be as important as experimenting with recipes in the coming period when America's 3200 craft brewers have to sort themselves out.)

Oh, yes... about the beer...
I like American editions of British styles that stick more closely to the originals (largely that means, "don't go crazy with the hops".) Humboldt Brown actually reminds me of how British Browns blend the malts so the taste buds continue to salivate as the beer warms. The hops and other spicing never take over. I like being left with the taste of malt.

This beer was listed in the "1001 Beers" because of its unique owner and because of the special ingredient (the stuff that gets you high from marijuana actually is not in this beer.) Should this be on the list? Yes, because of its story and its following in what I call the "Anchor tradition" of making minor innovations from the masters instead of extreme leaps.
Let us all praise moderation.

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Photo of Jaygrant1387
3.77/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good look, had great head retention and nice brown color. Smell of toasty malts. Toasty malts not overpowering but there with a malty finish. great flavor overall and would recommend.

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