Humboldt Brown Hemp Ale | Humboldt Brews

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
44 Ratings

Brewed by:
Humboldt Brews
California, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by beertunes on 01-06-2011

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Ratings: 44 |  Reviews: 9
Reviews by gpogo:
Photo of gpogo
3.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear dark brown with a reddish tint. Cream colored head that dissipated to a foam cap.

A- Creamy brown malt smells. Chocolate malt.

T- Earthy flavors. A bit chocolatey, quite sweet. Not much in the way of bitterness. Weird astringency.

M- Medium body, rather smooth mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation.

D- Not bad, but not my first choice. Nothing tasted especially like hemp in this brew.

 393 characters

More User Reviews:
Photo of WoodBrew
3.77/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bconsidine
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Nage37
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of puboflyons
3.02/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Sampled on May 28, 2011. The pour is dark amber to brown with no head. The aroma is full of nutty brown characters along with an herbal quality and a little bit hopped. The body is a lot thinner than I would prefer. The taste has a bread-like character and a bit of a hoppy finish. This was nothing special.

 307 characters

Photo of Pete1991
4.04/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of Dhamma73
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To this point I've never been terribly impressed with the hemp ales I've sampled, generally finding them to rely more on the gimmick of hemp than actual quality of taste. This beer was a pleasant deviation from that trend. Nice, caramel malt body with perhaps a bit more than average level of hopping for the style, but not enought to push the limit by any means. Quite easy to drink. Not something I see as a session ale, but I would certainly pair this with a beef dish.

 472 characters

3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of KeyWestGator
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of ronniebruner
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As with the reviewer stated directly before me, I too have never been a fan of hemp beers. With that being said, Humboldt County and hemp go together perfectly! The aroma is hoppy, the beer pours a rich creamy color, with a hint of earthy spices. Just the right amount of carbonation and a tad bit of sugary malts. By far the best of many hemp ales I've tried to date. A worthy effort indeed!

 392 characters

Photo of ATADakaCHAD
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of IPAchris
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of thatoneguymike
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of carolinabeerguy
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of Shineonsolar
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of jdhilt
3.36/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a four finger off-white head that fades quickly, leaving traces of lace. Clear deep mahogany color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Light toasted malt nose and flavor is roasted malts, not finding any hemp. Typical brown. $2.45 for a 12oz bottle from Bert's Better Beers Hooksett, NH.

 302 characters

Photo of jesus808
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of Hellpop65
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of HoppyHoward
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of Zbeetleman
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of tapman
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ruby and brown. Head is a light, fluffy consistency and tawny color. Head is big and makes a good soap bubble lace. Filtered.

Sweet, woody with a very small earthy hop presence.

Very sweet with a slight tang. Hops have a modest bitterness and the flavor melts in with all the maltose. Weird, chemical-like astringency in the finish.

A little thick for my taste.

Kudos for trying something different, but why so sweet?

 422 characters

Photo of casapy
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.27/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ah. Hemp, that most traditional and requisite of all beer ingredients. Ahem.

Pours a pleasant deep dark brown colour, flashing with red when held to the light. Head is filmy but solid enough, quite fine bubbled and leaving patchy lacing. Pretty fluid, light bodied. Overall, it looks pretty decent. Decent enough, anyway.

Ooh, nose is really nicely nutty and smooth, with a touch of sweet malt holding it all together. Perhaps, there's just a twinge of seltzer acidity, but I may just be projecting what I fear it may taste like. As it stands, the nose is quite pleasant.

Taste is indeed a lot thinner than I expected, although it doesn't have the seltzer water character I was expecting. Instead, there's very little sweetness, and the nutty character when it comes in is laced more with a slightly bitter roasted note, which without any malt to back it up, tastes empty and cold. Clinging grain on the back gives it a slightly unpleasant aftertaste.

Feel is very light and very generic.

It could have been better, but there's something pedestrian about the way this is brewed. It has some pleasant characters that could really have been developed, but it's as though no one cared enough to make it happen.

 1,212 characters

Photo of OCMutt
3/5  rDev -13%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Humboldt Brown Hemp Ale from Humboldt Brews
Beer rating: 3.45 out of 5 with 44 ratings