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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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
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 TheSixthRing
3.36/5  rDev -3.2%
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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Photo of ZorPrime
3.67/5  rDev +5.8%
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 +6.6%
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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Photo of metter98
3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
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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Photo of thepliceisright
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Poured a dark brown color with a one inch light brown head.

Roasted malt comes through right away, with a slight hop aroma.

The roasted malt smell translates well into taste. Along with the roasted malt, there is prevalent nutty and slight biscuit flavor. I didn't notice much hoppiness, but there is a slight bitter finish.

A very creamy mouthfeel to this beer, which for me is not a bad thing. It is quite thick for a brown ale.

Overall, I'm pleased with this beer. The thick, creamy taste is backed up with roasted malt and nutty flavor. I didn't notice many hoppy characteristics, but this is a brown ale, so I'm looking for more of a malty flavor.

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Photo of codsmith
3.44/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle from Armanetti's in Chicago

A: Very dark brown that is still light enough to see through and very clear. Light tan head that is very minimal and laces the glass nicely. Perfect for the style

S: Malty, sweet, and dark fruit aromas are very forthcoming. No noticeable hop aroma. Fruit esters are over done for this.

T: Medium malty flavor. There is an odd acrid taste and finish that doesn't agree with everything.

M: Medium-to-full body. Slightly bitter with a dry, resiny impression.

O: Not sure the malt, hops, and adjuncts really worked together on this.

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Photo of soju6
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a reddish brown color with an off-white head that fades to decent lacing.

S: Mild aroma of roasted malt and quite grainy.

T: MIld chocolate tatse mixed in with some roasted malt. There is a bitterness in the background with a dry finish.

F: Medium body, smooth and a bit creamy.

O: Fairly average for the style.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.26/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap at a local pub. Reviewed from notes.

A- Poured dark brown with half a finger cream colored head. Laces very well.

S- Rich and roast smells. Definitely doesn't smell like I thought it would.

T- Tasty roast malts and thick flavors of nuttiness and toffee.

M- Thick and wet.

O- I honestly avoided this beer for quite a while because I didn't want to drink a glass of marijuana. This was pretty good though.

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Photo of ouser31
4.6/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow!! Had this today on tap at a local Pub House... it was amazing! has to be one of my Top 5 of all time... I say that with very little brew tastings compared to alot of others but a GREAT BEER!!!!

Great Taste all the way thru the beer! Just what a brown should be...!

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Photo of muskiesman
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From my notes:
draft poured into a tulip glass

A - A nice dark opaque brown that built a significant egg shell head that faded rather quickly and left lite lacing

A - Mild Hop scent with big spoonful of hemp nuttiness, sweets toffee and dark fruits.

T - The hemp of course is present in an earthy malt and nutty taste. There is a nice biterness that may be the hemp or the intro of hops. Also lots of roasted malts and a little cocoa. Hops come in with grass notes and mild florals

M - The body is mid range or a tad light with fair carbonation. Finish is very nice with a bitterness and nutty feel that keeps you drinking.

O - A solid go at a Hemp Ale. Certainly not my favorite of the bunch but a good representation of what can be done. I particularly love the finish with a bitter nuttiness and roasted malt fisn
nutty quality.

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Photo of celticfutblclub
3.29/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A - a dark brown with a thin off white to light brown head that disappears really quickly leaving nothing coating the glass.

S - toffee, dark fruit (prunes and figs), bit of hemp in there, caramel.

T - hemp is very noticeable throughout. with a piney/grass hop flavor as well. some nuttiness creeps in there as well. its ok but the hemp is a bit too pronounced and everything else needs to be more pronounced.

M - medium to light bodied. medium carbonation. some decent astringency here.

O - a decent beer. one i'll probably not revisit but would certainly drink if it was handed to me.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.23/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, fridge temp, snifter, bottled 10/19/11.

pours out a dark ruby reddish brown with a thin light tan/ off white head. thin lace and thin retention. good clarity.

toasted, light biscuit malts, fruity esters, maybe a hint of an herbal, earthy hop but thats streching it.

similar to the aroma, toasted grains, biscuity, the slightest hint of roast, fruity esters, slight earthiness. somewhat sweet mid palate then the slightest bitterness in the finish.

bland average mouthfeel, light bodied.

pretty average brown ale. wheres the hemp?

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a slightly heady clear brown color that smells like a light chocolate malt and some agricultural produce. earthy and mild, tastes like a basic brown ale with a bit of organic matter. not composty per se, but not hempy either. mouthfeel is thin and only moderately carbonated. not as good as some of their other brews, this one didnt amaze me

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Photo of homebrew311
2.85/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a light chestnut brown with ruby highlights, appears thin, minimal head, zero retention

S: nose has muted brown malts, a touch of roasty character along with pumpernickel bread.

T: taste starts off with the brown malts and is overtaken by a somewhat chalky bitter flavor. The hop profile seems out of synch, or perhaps it is the hemp in the beer, but something tastes a bit off.

MF: light body, medium carbonation, a bit prickly

O: This brew is pretty uninspiring and has some weird things going on. Too many other good browns out there...

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Photo of HosP
3.71/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Burger Bar in Vegas the last day in town. 12oz into a pint glass.

Dark brown pour with a lighter brown head to it. Sticky lace was left all the way down the glass. Nice roasted aroma in the nose. Malts mostly prevalent along with some light cocoa notes. A little something extra at the end that makes you wonder what the taste will be like. At first the flavor follows the nose. Roasted malts, slight cocoa and coffee flavors mix well together. Earthy taste to it, with a bit of spice dotted here and there. The spice comes out a little more at the end with a decent hop bitterness. Not sure what the spice is, but meshed well with the other flavors to create an enjoyable beer for sure. Medium body with good carbonation. I enjoyed drinking this and would have another if the opportunity arose.

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Photo of russpowell
3.42/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent brown/crimson with 3 fingers of tan head. Pretty good lacing, near zero head retention

S: Toasty & grainy notes

T: Follows the nose, dirty brown sugar notes & dryness up front. Toasty & nutty notes as this warms, hints of nutmeg. Finihes toasty & malty, with some brown sugar/caramel sweetness

MF: Somewhat watery with creamy carbonation

Not a bad American Brown, starts slow but comes around

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Photo of Tilley4
3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the Firestone Walker tasting at Maria's in Chicago...

Malty sweet aromas present with a slight chocolate touch... Very subtle...

Slightly sweet malty flavors dominate and make this brew an easy sessionable brown ale without separating it from the crowd...

Not the strongest brew I've had from these guys... Servicable? Absolutely! A masterpiece? Nope...

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Photo of Seanibus
2.9/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A perfectly serviceable brown ale, but nothing worth getting excited about, and certainly nothing as exciting as its gimmick.

Pours deep coppery brown with a mediocre head. The aroma is slight and woody. The flavor is thin, with a woody, brown sugar flavor that fades away essentially to nothing. The finish is watery, with a faint bitterness. The mouthfeel is slick and watery.

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Photo of Rschis16
3.18/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark ruby-brown beer with a small slightly tan head on top that reduces down to not much. Some nice lacing evident. The smell is of caramel malts and a hint of chocolate, with bready undertones that set it off. Not overly aromatic, but smells okay.

The taste is malty and bready, with a small hop bite in the middle. Caramel malts give it a balanced sweetness up front while the breadiness comes through in the back end mostly, giving it a full body, almost too full for the style. A little bit of spiciness, probably from the hemp, adds a bit of character to a sort of bland brown ale. Somewhat creamy in the feel in the back, but tingly on the top of the tongue. Definitely leaves and unwanted and lingering mouthfeel that actually makes the experience much less enjoyable. It seems to be the main problem with a decent beer, definitely docking points in my book. Overall, I probably wouldn't buy this again, but worth a try.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.27/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Schooners Patio Grille in Santa Clarita, CA.

Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson-brown with a 1 inch foamy tan head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. A latticework of lace lines the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt, slight cocoa and coffee aromas, and a nutty quality. Taste is of roasted malt, roasted nuts, cocoa powder, and slight coffee beans. A nice roasty bitterness lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with some nice roasty and earthy flavors. I tried this a while ago in the bottle and didn't care for it too much, but on tap this is most excellent.

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Photo of paperbackfoster
3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A lively, if thin, head comes up to one and a half fingers before clumping down to a half. It tops off a body that looks much more like a red ale than a brown, with deep translucent ruby tones.

S - Earthy. Grassy/woody hops in a wash of bread malts. Detectable yeast.

T - A pleasant snap of roast and bitterness greets you, followed by a grassier body that’s on the sour side. The finish is bitter with a fair bit of nuttiness. It has the characteristics of a good brown, perhaps with a different hop profile. I think it’s a welcome twist.

M - On the thinner side. Feels more carbonated than it is. Definitely lingers on the tongue.

Overall - A refreshing brown, both in taste and in being a different player in a tried and true field. Again, this beer really is close to style, with all of the elements of a solid brown beer. However, the tweaks on the formula - a noticeable hop profile (part of which perhaps coming from the hemp) and altered body (in taste and feel) are worth a go. Really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of elNopalero
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Standard brown ale flavors dominate—lot of malt, light carbonation—with a bit of what I am guessing is a hemp aftertaste? Not entirely sure as it's not hoppy but there's definitely a distinct flavor that comes across in the finish. Drinkable, enjoyed it as a shared bottle, but otherwise just there. No complaints, nor cause for celebration.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brewed with hemp....

A dark brown, 1" pretty standard formed head, dissipates pretty quick.

A sweet, dark malt scent, gentle chocolate, zippy herbs, slightly spicey...mild rootbeer scent too.

A very herbal and spicey edged hop flavor first, roastie malt after, the malt is very crispy and light feeling with decent complexity for a brown. Really nice balance, dark malt, sour-ish yeast in the finish.

The Hemp must add a certain complexity to the herbal and maybe even spice-like effect.Enjoyable brown.

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Photo of vonghost
3.15/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Color was a nice brown a little hazy creamy head that is not long lasting.

I got mostly carmel aromas.

Carmel was the dominant flavor but I got a little bit of a toasty taste at the finish. Silky mouthfeel, light with an average finish.

Overall a good beer, If someone really enjoys Hemp Beer this is one I would say give it a try.

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