Red Nectar - Humboldt Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Nerudamann:
3.5/5 rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a bottle into a stein glass.
Look – dark red color, clear when held up to the light a bit, and with about a finger and a half’s worth of frothy, slightly darker than off-white colored foam that dissipates slowly.
Smell – very spicy and hoppy. There is a hint of something sweet in the smell, probably a syrup with red color to it, thus the name.
Taste – spicy and hoppy, just like the aroma, but with a odd, but interesting, kick to it. It must be something different that they’re doing with the sugar or maybe from the start with the barley or hops. A little bitter, but it’s more of a crisp bitter.
Mouthfeel – pretty well balanced in general.
Overall – not a bad brew at all. It’s got an interesting taste, and the taste itself is pretty decent.
Serving type: bottle
08-27-2011 16:06:46 | More by Nerudamann
More User Reviews:
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 469 ratings.