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

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Humboldt Brown (Ale Brewed With Hemp)Humboldt Brown (Ale Brewed With Hemp)

Brewed by:
Humboldt Brewing Co.
California, United States

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

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Ratings: 613 |  Reviews: 229
Photo of wethead
4.25/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Smell like a nice brown ale with some hits of spice and coffee.

Taste: Great ! - Its a must try beer, I could say all kinds of things about this beer, but lets put it this way, my friend who just recently tried Guinness a few weeks ago said: "Wow, I like this beer better, Its got a great taste and feel".

Its true, Its an interesting but not a super overpowering taste that so many other smaller beer companies put out, I have had some really hard to drink beers,

This beer is a fun, delicious nut brown that is great to drink at 3am if you can't sleep.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of 57md
3.4/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So, I saw “hemp” ale on the menu at my favorite watering hole and I simply could not resist ordering one.

Appearance is a brownish color with ruby edges. There is a thin layer of head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing. In spite of the thin head, there is fizziness that remains. The nose is light – some malt and a touch of nuttiness. The flavor is mild. I am not sure what hemp is supposed to taste like, but this just tastes like a basic thin brown ale.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz, 6/15/12

A: Pours out a deep dirty brown amber color. One finger of off white head. Seems to be nice carbonation.

S: I like the nose in this one. Really nice nutty character. Definitely some hops underneath. Some mild roast hints. Maybe a touch of chocolate.

T: On the tip of the tongue, I get a little bit of coffee or roast bitterness. It's very mild. Then you get the nice nuttiness in the mid palate. Again, a touch of chocolate on the back end. Not the overly dark rich stuff, just mild hints. Finish is dry and as aspects of a very light porter.

M: Medium bodied.

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Photo of halo913
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a fairly clear mahogany-brown color with a hinger of frothy off-white head. THe head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of caramel malts, nuttiness, with some brown sugar and roastiness, with a bit of floral hop.

T - Starts off with a mix of sweet sweet caramel malts with some nuttiness and brown sugar. Through the middle, some floral hop comes through with some bitterness and some bready malt and a bit of roastiness. The finish is a mix of sweet caramel malts with some bready malts, floral hop, and a bit of brown sugar.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice malty brown ale. Good mix of flavors and balance.

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Photo of alric0smi
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not as thick as it initially seems. I am usually not a fan of darker brews just because a lot of them seem to be too 'meaty', after one beer the sound of another doesn't sound too appetizing, but Humboldt Brown is actually very light. The top note still has that classic brown ale flavor, but it dissipates into a very smooth, refreshing middle, leaving an equally refreshing aftertaste. Its light with a robust flavor and yet maintains a 5.7% alcohol content. I really enjoyed it. It seems to go well with everything(food, other drinks, etc.)

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Photo of Nattybrah123
2/5  rDev -42.5%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review from 6/2010 notes. Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a deep ruby amber with a small, fine head and light lacing. Roasted malt and light hop aroma. A bland, slight malt, slightly fruity taste with an abrupt finish with slight hops. A light earthy, interesting flavor in the background, but it stays far enough away to not catch my interest. Kind of boring, really. Adequate.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.36/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours dark brown with a deep, reddish hue. Head is a light tan color, about 3 fingers thick with decent retention. Resulting lace is thick and sticky.

Smell - Lightly roasted malts, a touch of spice and a subtle underlying hop aroma.

Taste - Mostly light cocoa, and with faint hints of roasted malt and somewhat nutty... otherwise, this is a fairly bland beer. Decent hop character does well to give it some balance. A little spice toward the finish and into the aftertaste, felt mostly on the lips, otherwise there's nothing of real interest here.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Smooth. Underwhelming carbonation.

Overall - It's drinkable, but I don't think I'd buy it again unless my options were severely limited.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of cashmier
4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of ZorPrime
3.67/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received this as a gift from my boss.

The beer is amber, quite dark and on top of it a good beige foamy head. Dense and sticky. The aroma is dominated by hops. Piny. Some caramel malts too. I notice also some roasted malts. Good. The taste I get some nuts, hazelnuts. The finish is slightly bitter. Refreshing and very sessionable. This one I would buy quite often for day to day drinking. A good beer overall.

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Photo of Brad007
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light brown color with a thin head into my glass. A beer brewed with hemp seems like a novelty.

Flowery with a touch of sweet malt. I want to say brown sugar. Not a bad thing for the style.

Flavors in the mouth are essentially that of brown sugar and molasses. Not much else

Simple mouthfeel too. Hmm. Not sure if I should have expected more?

Not boring. Just not interesting enough to write home about

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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of metter98
3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear dark amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high tan head that slowly died down, leaving a large collar of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of brown, nutty and roasted malts in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has some hints of bitterness and herbs towards the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a bit smooth and thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink but there’s nothing overly special about the taste.

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Humboldt Brown (Ale Brewed With Hemp) from Humboldt Brewing Co.
3.48 out of 5 based on 613 ratings.
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