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Red Nectar - Humboldt Brewing Co.

Red NectarRed Nectar

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442 Ratings
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Ratings: 442
Reviews: 248
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.97%

Brewed by:
Humboldt Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-25-2001)
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Photo of JuicesFlowing


2.65/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Ruby copper body. Cream colored head, little retention. Little or no lacing.

Aroma: Sweet caramel, wet cardboard, sweet corn.

Taste: Sweet malts and a caramel candy presence at first. A tangy, woody finish, faint hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, really dry.

Overall: I just did not dig this brew that much. The caramel sweetness was good, but what came directly after that was hard to pin down on the palate.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 14:45:33 | More by JuicesFlowing
Photo of mrfrancis


3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear, ruddy amber with a puffy, thick khaki head.

S: Aromas of lemon, lime, bitter orange, minerals, biscuit, caramel, toffee, roasted nuts, and dark bread are present on the nose.

T: Hoppy notes of herbs, lemon, lime, bitter orange, and pine are present on the entry, but are joined by fleeting notes of dark bread, biscuits, caramel, toffee, and roasted nuts around mid-palate. The finish better showcases the beer's maltier aspects as notes of caramel, toffee, and roasted nuts are underscored by mildly herbal, citrusy hop notes.

M: Medium-bodied and dry for the style. Carbonation is very firm and active. All in all, this is a bit overcarbonated for my tastes.

O: Not a bad amber/red ale, but also not exceptional either. It is exactly what I would expect from a West Coast brewery tackling the style. Try it if you are a fan of hoppy, turbulent amber ales and are willing to overlook the fact that it is a bit two-dimensional.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 13:33:52 | More by mrfrancis
Photo of metter98

New York

3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is relatively clear reddish amber in color and has a light amount of carbonation along with some fine particulates visible floating in suspension. It poured with a finger high beige colored head that died down, leaving a thick collar around the edge and lacing on the surface and down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of caramel and toasted malts are present in the nose along with hints of floral hops.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell and has a light to moderate amount of bitterness along with additional notes of spicy hops.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The taste of this beer has a very nice balance between the malts and hops.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2014 00:48:23 | More by metter98
Photo of beatenbyjacks


3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - Nice amber red color that pours a nice full head of foam

Smell - Oaty maltiness comes across all over this one. Smells like a brewhouse on brew day.

Taste - Get a slight hoppy flavor in the front that leaves quickly to a malty end.

Mounthfeel - Very easy to drink, but kind of flat

overall - Nice sessionable beer, but nothing spectacular

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 23:26:54 | More by beatenbyjacks
Photo of BeerWithMike


3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled last night on 1/16/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a pretty amber in color with a very thin off white head. Some spotty lacing was seen with each sip. The aroma is of toffee, caramel, orange zest and grassy grains. The taste actually has even more going on and is more complex than the aroma. Has a slight bitter aftertaste but didn't linger to long unlike some red ales. Medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 21:04:20 | More by BeerWithMike
Photo of superspak


3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 6/12/2013. Pours slightly cloudy orange copper color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of caramel, toast, toffee, grapefruit, orange zest, brown sugar, biscuit, floral, grass, light nuttiness, and toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of malt and hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, grapefruit, orange zest, brown sugar, floral, grass, light pine, light nuttiness, and floral/toasted earthiness. Light pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, citrus, biscuit, floral, and light nuttiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and robustness of malt and hop flavors; with a very balanced hop/malt flavor profile and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body with a lightly creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice amber ale. Good balance and robustness of malt and hop flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 00:31:18 | More by superspak
Photo of TheSixthRing


3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours out a clear, pure amber color with an off-white finger width head. Fair retention, resulting in a broken layer of suds across the surface. Lacing is small and spotty, with little stick.

Smell - Aroma is a nice mix of caramel, fruity esters and some floral hoppiness.

Taste - Starts with earthy and floral notes, backed by a moderate caramel backbone. Honey sweetness. Hops turn grassy and bitter in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium in body with moderate carbonation. Goes down easy enough, then a semi-dry finish.

Overall - Eh, it's okay. The flavor is a bit too sweet at times, then too grassy/waxy in bitterness for my liking. Decent, but probably not something I'd buy again.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 02:09:05 | More by TheSixthRing
Photo of Bookseeb


3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance has a ruby red color supporting a fair head that slowly dissispates leaving spotty lace. Smell has a nice balance between sweet caramel malt and the floral hop aroma. Taste faulters a bit from the aroma in not having that full flavor balance. Mouthfeel is lighter than medium with good carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2013 01:50:12 | More by Bookseeb
Photo of RonaldTheriot


4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Red Nectar has a thick, foamy, off-white head, a mostly clear, brown-red appearance, with lots of streaming bubbles and some thin lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet, rich, slightly tannic malt and a touch of a hop zing. Taste is of a bit of a citrus aspect, tannin, medium-roasted barley, sweetness, bread crust, and a mild bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium and lager like, and Necatar Ale Red Ale finishes mostly dry, refreshing, and easy drinking. Overall, this is a really nice beer, and I score it most excellent.


Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 22:49:40 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of WyNG


3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I poured the chilled bottle into a pint glass. It has a dark copper color, with a good head of fine bubbles that turned into a nice lacing. This beer was very well balanced. It was malty with some smooth caramel flavors, but it was not sweet. It had a good piney hop presence for a red ale which I really appreciated. This was a nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2013 05:15:49 | More by WyNG
Photo of barczar


3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant amber with a foamy one inch khaki head that dissipates somewhat quickly, leaving minimal lacing.

Amber and caramel malt abound in the aroma, with woody notes and floral and herbal hops adding complexity. There's a hint of citrus.

Toasted, woody malt, with hints of caramel and oats accompanies muted citrus undertones in the flavor. The finish is decidedly dry and lightly bitter, with a hint of roast. Perfumey, floral notes emerge.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation and a hint of alcohol warmth.

Balance is definitely toward the malt side, though the hops prevent the malt sweetness from becoming cloying. Very drinkable, but not spectacular. A touch more bitter than I prefer.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 17:22:57 | More by barczar
Photo of Brenden


3.39/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a nice, bright dark orange-red body with a light head that's both fluffy and creamy and leaves pretty good lace behind.
The smell is good, with some blend of fruits mingling with caramel. It's lightly sweet with an herbal counterpoint to the malts. While leaning malt-heavy, the hops balance this beer well, at least in the aroma.
The taste goes weird, though. It's got mostly an odd burnt cereal grains taste with a lingering sourness. Other sweeter elements are pushed aside but still come out. I have to wonder what happened. At least the bad off-flavors don't dominate, and some of the goodness makes its way in. It's a strange transition from smell to taste, though.
The feel is crisp with some smoothness in a medium body with a little overzealous bite of spritz.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 14:49:06 | More by Brenden
Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead


3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into becker pint glass; dark orange and clear with a huge fluffy off-white hide that fades slowly leaving tons of lacing. Smell is light floral hops, slightly metallic and bready caramel malts. Taste is spot on the smell; clean, crisp crackery malts with just a slight twang of hop bitterness to finish it off. I generally like amber/red ales that are a bit hoppier, but this one is tasty and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2013 02:51:05 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
Photo of schoolboy


3.89/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Overall, I am probably a little harsher on this style than others because it is not my favorite, but a nice red can be refreshing. This one is pretty complex and interesting.

It pours dark with a little head. The aroma is a rich nose full that reflects the chewy mouthful that the taste will be.

It sits nicely in the mouth with a nice mix of malts and hops. The balance is good. There is a slight off taste and aftertaste that could be attributed to sitting a long time on the shelf, but I think it is fresh, it just tastes that way.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 02:55:30 | More by schoolboy
Photo of jkrich


3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a beautiful, clear garnet red with some brown highlights. The foamy off-white head quickly receded with minimal lacing.
The sweet malt aroma competed with a resinous, piney aroma with the malt eventually prevailing after the pour into a pint glass.
As the aroma indicates, this is a balanced and refreshing amber with a somewhat malt forward flavor. The flavor begins with a faintly syrupy (though not cloying) taste that is quickly countered by some faint hop bitterness. The ale has some hints of molasses and caramel but somehow remains light and thirst-quenching.
The ale has a light to medium body with a somewhat thick mouth feel from the malt profile. The zesty carbonation keeps it lively.
Open opening the bottle and smelling the piney aroma wafting upward, I assumed this would be a hop dominated amber. In fact, it is a mild yet flavorful ale this is very quaffable. I am glad to see this is available in southern Indiana.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 23:14:14 | More by jkrich
Photo of hosehead83


3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a "stubby" 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Clear copper with a decent head of airy, off-white foam.
Aroma-Faint toasted malt
Taste-Caramel, toasted malt, soft floral note and faint kiss of hops in the finish. Nicely balnced and subtle with a sessionable feel. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2013 21:45:51 | More by hosehead83
Photo of WVbeergeek


3.89/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Firestone Walker bought the rights to the brand now their brewing in Paso Robles, I was drinking the stuff out of Humboldt County ten years ago, this is still a great introduction ale. I guess it won a 2010 GABF gold medal who knew? Back in Ohio after quite a long departure from the state's distribution I hope Cavalier starts getting some FSWB stuff I'd be amped about even a variety pack of their regular stuff. Appears a dark ruby amber body with light beige head forming thick and dwindling at an appreciable rate, fine speckled lacing coats the sides of my chalice. Aroma pleasant fruitiness sliced red apples and hints citrus greet my nares, with an underlying rock solid malt and hop combo going on. Flavors are dry upfront with a refined caramel breadiness with backend hops that bring earthiness, pine, and mild citrus peel abroad to the forefront of the flavor explosion quite a nice mix of bread, hops, and yeast. Mouthfeel is so dead on hits the palate upfront without overt sweetness and takes the palate on a ride of complexity balanced carbonation, and hop oils all take a ride of glory on the palate nothing bad to say here. Overall I'm missing beers like this that have great flavor complexity that got me into craft beers, that are so good yet often overlooked much appreciated red ale from the folks out around SLO and Santa Barbara brewing world class ales abound.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 00:05:03 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of BeerKangaroo


4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Down in PA, knockin' some wants off my list:

Into a pint glass:

A: clear, light amber with some brown/red highlights, two fingers of foamy whiteness that fades quickly, no carbonation is seen rising, clingy lacing is left

S: bready and caramel malts, hints of citrus

T: sweet through the previously mentioned flavors, smooth sweet aftertaste and finish

M: light, very sessionable, carbonation is spot on

O: I knew why I wanted to try this and am certainly glad I finally did as I would definitely come back to this, its good for its style as well.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2013 17:34:37 | More by BeerKangaroo
Photo of macrosmatic


3.54/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into an Upland pint glass.

A: Pours a clear, light brown with orange highlights. One finger's worth of light brown head forms but fades quickly. Medium visible carbonation.

S: Brown bready malts, hints of citrus hops. Overall fairly muted on the nose.

T: Similar to nose, but has more of the nondescript citrus hoppiness, which is balanced (or perhaps overwhelmed a bit) by the malt sweetness. Still has some bitter hop tingle at the end.

M: Medium-bodied, good carbonation sensation, minimal alcohol.

O: Not objectionable but quite forgettable. It does cross my mind to wonder how old the beer is. It's only quite recently been available in FL, so I assume it's fairly fresh (?). I really wish *all* breweries would date their bottles!

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2013 21:29:55 | More by macrosmatic
Photo of chickenflea


3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. Pours a clear amber body with a medium white head. Floral spicy and mild banana aroma, hints of earth and citrus. Caramel with some light anise. Caramel malt blended with earthy bitterness. Hint of grapefruit. Clean dry finish. Pleasant and refreshing, but just a hint of astringency keeps it from high marks.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2013 00:13:33 | More by chickenflea
Photo of BeerNinja007

New Hampshire

4.44/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Single 12oz bottle for $1.30 off the clearance rack at The Beer Store in Nashua, NH. (I cleared them out over two days, like 9 bottles total). Date "06/07/12 09:16" printed in small letters at the bottom of the label. Served cold in a tulip.

A: A moderate pour gives 1/2" of dirty ivory head that settles after a while, leaving one large iceberg and a thick meniscus along the glass. Candy apple red brew, clear as a bell, shows some carbo floating upward.

S: A very nice pungent resiny hop rides on top of a clean moderately strong fruity candy sweetness. Pine, grass, mixed citrus rind.

T: Very similar to the smell. A fairly strong generic resiny hop takes charge at the tip of the tongue and covers the palate all the way down. Mixed notes of pine, grass, citrus rinds. Light candy sweetness with a touch of light malt provides body, super tasty, somewhat fruity like candied cherries or the coating on a candy apple (without any cinnamon or etc). A bit of the pine and grass hop lingers in the finish for just a bit, but it's not too strong.

M: Medium thickness from the sugar, not too malty or starchy, really nice viscosity for how light it is. Soft carbo. Nicely balanced.

O: I love this stuff but its been kinda hard to find. Glad I came across it.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2013 01:43:48 | More by BeerNinja007
Photo of spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle from Bristol Farms Palm Springs CA for 3$

Appearance - Clear red/copper with an average size fizzy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes.

Smell - Hops, malts, caramel, apricots, pineapple

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel, malts, and hops. There is also some toffee, cherries, and a slight herbal flavour. It ends with a malty sweet aftertaste with a mild amount of hop bitterness.

Overall – This along with their IPA are both solid and tasty brews. Nothing over the top but a nice balanced fruity and hoppy taste. I'd drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2013 01:13:46 | More by spinrsx
Photo of nickfl


3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours with one finger of off white foam on top of a perfectly clear, amber-brown body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves decent lace.

S - A floral, lightly fruity hop aroma with some caramel and toffee malt in the background.

T - Toffee and brown bread up front with some spicy hops in the middle. Finishes with caramel, light roast, and floral hops as well as moderate bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - Not bad, but the hop profile is very old fashioned, with floral notes that don't really stack up against the pine and tropical fruit that most west coast brewers are using in their hoppy red beers today. Drinkable, but forgettable.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2013 07:45:53 | More by nickfl
Photo of pkalix


4.45/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

darker, reddish color; off-white foam which dissipates to almost nothing. thick, clay kind-of pasting on the sides as the glass tilts....
smell is more of a softer, floral-type, and less of the pine-y i've become accustomed to in the more hoppier brews.
taste is a soft kind of hop flavor, very pleasant. still a little piney, but softer in that regard. very easy to let pass the tongue with an earthy kind of flavor along the sides of the palate.
either i'm warming up slowly to the hoppier brews or i'm finding some really subtle brews in that style. i'm surprised at the lower BA score as i feel this is a really smooth and great tasting brew. the only thing that i might object to would be the lowered abv of which i've become accustomed to...

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2013 05:40:56 | More by pkalix
Photo of Bouleboubier


4.06/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: satiny foam, nice stick - the liquid is (a little too) clear and of a brownish-red color

S: piney, slightly floral hops - quite hop over malt, at first - layers of hops in delightful accord - malt seems to be way more apparent later in a dramatic shift, but a very nice balance between the two is eventually realized - pleasant and inviting if a little weak, overall

T: the hops are earthy and piney, however, not very citrus, if at all - bit of an almost cinnamon spice when hops are weighed against the malt - definite red ale roasty malt character, arguable circus-peanut like, tropical flavors - overall a spiced orange tea profile (see: Tazo Wild Sweet Orange tea)

M: med-full body, super smooth with a gentle bubbly wash preceding its light, disappearing finish - lovely to drink

O: this was (maybe not so) surprisingly good - it's nothing mind blowing, however, it's really well-conceived and constructed, and that should be recognized first - i could be rating this lower than it deserves...

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2013 20:46:26 | More by Bouleboubier
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Red Nectar from Humboldt Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 442 ratings.