Review: Humboldt Brown, Nectar Ales

Humboldt Brown
Nectar Ales — Paso Robles, CA

  • Style: American Brown Ale
  • Bitterness: 32 IBU
  • ABV: 5.7%
  • Malts: Premium Two Row, Wheat Malt, Crystal 75, Crystal 120, Chocolate Malt, Toasted Hemp Seeds
  • Hops:
    • Bittering:  Chinook
    • Late Kettle:  Tettnanger
  • Sampled: 12 oz. bottle

Description:  "Affiliated with the Nectar Ales experience through shared origins at Humboldt Brewing Company, Hemp Ale is a one-of-a-kind brew that boasts an incredibly rich profile and unique herb-accented flavor that is attributable to the incorporation of hemp seeds into the brewing process.  A wonderful brown ale full of complexity Hemp Ale is great with food or by itself. American hops create a perfect balance to the darker malts used in this brew."  — Nectar Ales

Random thoughts:  A beer with hemp?!?  Is someone going to break down my door as I drink this?  Worry not, according to Wikipedia, hemp contains less than 0.3% THC (the chemical that causes physical and/or psychological effects), while cultivars grown for marijuana contain anywhere from 6% to > 20% THC.  You can decide for yourself if that's good or bad.  I picked this one up at a local homebrew shop.  This is the second beer I sampled from Nectar Ales, which is owned by Firestone Walker Brewing Co. 

The tasting:  Poured a dark reddish brown with an off-white head that dissipated quickly.  No lacing.   Aroma is mainly roasted malts.  Flavor is again roasted malts, with some nuttiness, but without a lot of hops.  I don't know what hemp taste likes, but I expect the nutty flavor is coming from it.  Medium bodied, smooth, and and very drinkable. 

Rating:  3 star.  Good.  I would drink this if someone gave it to me.  I like this beer.  I don't know what the hemp really adds to it.  But if nothing else, it makes for some nice conversation.
Have you tried Humboldt Brown or any other hemp ales?  Any recommendations?

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1 comment:

  1. I tried this last night and I thought it was a really nice flavor. It was a little thick, but the nutiness of the beer is quite enjoyable. As someone who knows what canabis tastes like, I can say the beer has just a subtle note of the flavor which is more noticable in the aftertaste when the nut flavor wanes.


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