Red Nectar - Humboldt Brewing Co.
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Reviews by VelvetExtract:
4.18/5 rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
A-Pours a clear and lively crimson. The head is white and about one finger in height. Large bubbles race to the top of the brew in a very erratic fashion. The head leaves good lacing as well. An attractive brew.
S-Aromatic grapefruit flavored hops sit atop a very sweet malt backbone. Fruity and floral. A bunch of sweetness, especially when you key onto the scent. This beer also has a subtle smell of sweet tea.
T-The flavor is like the nose but a bit livelier. The taste is more floral. Long herbal, tea-like aftertaste. The grapefruit and sugary maltiness adds depth to the flavor. The flavor is also a bit spicy too. There a a bunch of different aspects that make up the entire flavor profile here.
M-The carbonation is fairly mellow. Slightly sticky. Smooth, lasting dryness. Fairly bitter on the tongue.
O/D-Well, I will definitely say this this beer is pretty underrated. The individual flavor and the good aroma are quite attractive. I love the almost herbal, tea-like qualities of this beer. I only bought a single of this, seeing that a 6-pack in MA is about $12.50. I will not be shelling out the money to buy a six-pack, but this beer is well above decent in my book.
Serving type: bottle
05-31-2011 18:14:35 | More by VelvetExtract
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3.78/5 rDev +3.8%
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.
82 out of 100 based on 468 ratings.