Red Nectar - Humboldt Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Dope:
3.35/5 rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
A: A nice red (duh) that is almost opaque since it is so dark. Fluffy white head that sticks around nicely. Not bad.
S: Pretty much just grapefruit and not much else. Not particularly strong but it's there.
T: Grapefruit with some sweet malt backing it up. Some sort of tea element in there. A lot of it. Tastes like someone put a teabag in my beer when I wasn't looking. Offputting as I don't particularly like tea.
M: Medium mouthfeel with a bit of stickiness. A bit too carbonated I think.
O: Honestly would be a pretty solid beer if not for the tea flavor. It's really overpowering and detracts from it in my opinion.
Serving type: bottle
06-06-2011 03:14:22 | More by Dope
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3.78/5 rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
In true Californian style, the brewers behind the Nectar Ales brands aren't content on allowing the common acceptance of what amber ale are prescribed to be; no longer the sweeter brethren of American pale ale, but a drier, crisper and toastier session that lets the hops shine on!
Red Nectar's aesthetics are nearly rusty rudish-brown with that classic dry-hopped haze. Its creamy froth unleashes an array of earthen bouquet. Toasty, nutty and kettle caramelized malt links up with herbal fresh-hung tobacco and a dried apricot ester character. Its taste mimics that of the nose, but much less sweet than anticipated.
Over the middle, the caramelized malts continue to trail as the hops pull forth. Its shadow of roasted peanuts, medium toast and crusted bread carries the slimmest balance of beautifully burnt sugar. So much as to promote an undertow of blackberry jam with those esters dancing about the periphery of taste.
Its finish comes quick as its medium-dry and creamy body turns absolute dry with urgency. The acrid nature of toast amplifies its dryness and props up those sharp, grapefruity hop bitternesses that extend in aftertaste.
Its easy to see why this American amber ale has garnered accolades in recent Great American Beer Festival competitions.
Serving type: bottle
07-17-2014 03:05:17 | More by BEERchitect
Red Nectar from Humboldt Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 470 ratings.