Humboldt Brown Hemp Ale | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by LittleDon on 10-15-2010

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Poured into a mug, the appearance was a sturdy dark brown color with a finger’s worth of a light tan foamy head. Dissipated fairly easy to leave some light lingering stringy lace. The aroma had some roasted nuts, slight dark malts, some caramel/toffee qualities, light earthiness and some hay. The flavor leaned towards a dry malty sweetness. Light bitterness came in for a decent balance. The aftertaste was somewhat malty and dry with a nice woody dry sort of finish. The feel was about medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Good carbonation. ABV felt fine. It’s dry yet somewhat smooth. Overalll, one of the drier brown ales on the market. Maybe again for me, not sure.

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On tap at a beer festival poured into a sampler glass. From notes: Pours a dark, rich brown slight ruby color with an off-white head that dissipates rather quickly. light lacing. S: earthy malt aroma, some slight nutty characteristics. T: Nutty, oily, and bitter taste with malt background. Finish is a little bit more mellow, but the flavors wears down after a while. M: Light to medium body and rather oily and smooth, with little carbonation

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Served on-draught into a nonical half-pint glass at the Firestone Walker taproom in Paso Robles on its second day of operation. Reviewed from notes. Expectations were average given the brewery - which I'm not too fond of.

Paired with a steak and fries.

A: Pours a half finger head of nice thickness, nice cream, and awful retention. Colour is a cola amber.

Sm: Amber hops, cream, caramelized malts, and dark malts. A mild strength aroma. Hemp doesn't at all come through.

T: Clean dark malts, amber hops, hints of cherry fruit esters, cream, and amber malts. Hints of nut. Balanced but simple. Built strangely for a so-called brown ale. No hemp comes through, nor does any alcohol or yeast. Enjoyable, but not subtle or complex.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A bit overcarbonated. A biteen too thick. Complements the flavours in a general sense, but certainly doesn't feel tailored specifically to them. Nothing unique or special here.

Dr: Drinkable but a bit boring. The hemp doesn't come through, and feels more like a gimmick than a flavour profile choice. For a brown ale, it's quite amber-esque. I wouldn't have it again.


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Humboldt Brown Hemp Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
3.24 out of 5 based on 58 ratings.
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