Red Nectar - Humboldt Brewing Co.
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Reviews by VelvetExtract:
4.18/5 rDev +14.5%
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.
05-31-2011 18:14:35 | More by VelvetExtract
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3.75/5 rDev +2.7%
Pours a lighter amber color with a medium slightly sticky head,the aroma is nicely balanced od sweet malt and zesty hop.The taste starts out grassy and zesty with a nice malty finish,a little fruity complexity makes this beer pretty darn good.Mabey would have liked a little toastiness to it but all in all a good beer.
08-09-2003 18:36:16 | More by oberon
4.45/5 rDev +21.9%
Pours a murky, sediment-filled auburn color with a finger of beige head that covers the glass fairly well. The unfiltered characteristic gives the impression you're drinking a homebrew, but I wish I could make 'em this good. Very jazzy label by the way.
Smell is lively, citrus hops blended with candied, buttery caramel malt. Chocolate presents itself with warmth.
Candy on the palate as well, with a chocolaty caramel flavor, and it goes very well with the citrusy hops. For me, the most distinguishing character is the chewy, tangy, and slightly bready mouthfeel. This beer definitely has it's share of specialty malts, which give it a soft, unique flavor, but it is balanced with the hops enough to be quite drinkable.
I hadn't seen this one for a couple years so I picked it up when I found it in town (at Sumdat Farmer's Market). Still impresses now as it did then. Excellent version of the style.
04-27-2008 21:01:21 | More by boston2bburg
4.65/5 rDev +27.4%
Ruddy auburn pour into a pint glass with a nice single finger head. The head leaves behind a sticky thin lace. The hop aromas are the most prevelant with some candy sweetness from malts underlying. The hop flavors are wonderful both piney and citrusy. The malt character of the beer is. Noticable along with some notes of grass and grain. The mouthfeel is sticky but not syrupy...a real nectar quality. The slickness of the brew makes for easy drinkin as does the lowish abv. I could drink this one all day and all year.
09-28-2010 13:37:48 | More by ArrogantDeadGuy
3.05/5 rDev -16.4%
In a Sam Adams pint glass this beer was a dark amber color with a medium-sized tan head.
Caramel malt aroma. Earthy. Citrus hops. On the meek side.
Caramel taste. Piney. Some grapefruit. Again, very muted.
Medium-bodied, not that interesting. Kind of a "meh" beer.
07-31-2011 19:03:35 | More by lordofthewiens
4/5 rDev +9.6%
Colorful hummingbird on the bottle cap and label. Pours a beautiful, clear, copper/red amber with a moderate beige head. Good head retention eventually falls into patchy sheet lacing. Aroma features caramel up front, then an array of hops take over. Floral and pine scents are dominant in the hops department. Light bodied and medium carbonation in the mouth. Hops are assertive on the tongue, without biting. Tatse is caramel sweetness with plenty of hops boldness. Pine and grapefruit notes give this a lot of pale ale characteristics, but the caramel malt is able to maintain its balance throughout. I found this one very enjoyable and very well balanced. This would be a nice session ale.
02-07-2004 20:31:37 | More by merlin48
3.9/5 rDev +6.8%
16 ounce bottle filled at DeCiccio's in Ardsley, NY. Pours the expected red tinged amber, decent looking khaki head, that behaves in a pretty standard fashion, then leaves better then average sheets of lace. Non exciting nose, perhaps a hint of dusty hops. Enjoyable ale, on the hoppier side then the typical example of the style. Notes of caramelike sweet malt. Nicely balanced and quite highly drinkable offering. Well done and worth a try. Nice sessioner
09-12-2009 00:04:51 | More by Billolick
3.75/5 rDev +2.7%
12oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. bottled on 10/19/11 (about 3 months old).
pours out a nice deep red, bronze color, maybe even a little brown. nice 2 fingers of off white head. pretty good retention with a little lace. good clarity.
not a huge aroma, mostly hoppy. citrus, slightly woody hops, biscuit, toffee malt, just a hint of butter.
nice hoppy with an ipa like bitterness. citrus, maybe some piney and woody hops as well. malt is second to the hops with some biscuit and toffee notes. slightly fruity finish with a lingering hop bitterness.
light bodied, carbonation just a touch too high.
pretty decent hoppy red, a bit more body and malt this might be a real winner, but as is not really something ill seek out again.
01-13-2012 23:00:30 | More by dogfishandi
3.65/5 rDev 0%
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.
06-18-2013 02:51:05 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
3.43/5 rDev -6%
Maybe its because of the nectar name, but I feel compelled to call this a sticky beer, sticky lace, a little thick sticky honey taste to it.
Amber in appearance, nothing to speak of in the nose, taste is sessionable, enjoyable. Glimmer of hops for an amber. Unlike many, it goes malty to hoppy rather than the other way around, neither of which, over the top style.
Price is usually 7.99 or more, which is a little more than I would desire to spend on this stuff. Not a ripoff, not a deal.
04-18-2010 01:30:36 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.25/5 rDev -11%
Bright clear copper color, luminous. Head is persistant and settles at about 1/8 of an inch after a moment. Lace is fairly intricate. Fruity aroma, apple skins and pale but noticeable citrus. Body is slightly thin with moderate to high carbonation. Decently balanced between indroductory caramel malt qualities, but the astringency of slightly unripe fruit wins over by the end of the profile. Hops are distinct by the aftertaste. A little light and slightly sourish for me, but not unpleasant and not over-assertive in the long run.
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02-16-2004 16:47:47 | More by ADR
3.89/5 rDev +6.6%
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.
05-18-2013 00:05:03 | More by WVbeergeek
3.38/5 rDev -7.4%
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
01-31-2014 23:26:54 | More by beatenbyjacks
4.1/5 rDev +12.3%
(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer pours a slightly dense walnut color has a sea of micro-carbonation racing to a bubbly light tan head.
S- The soft green hops aroma has some brown malt character with a hint of wood in the finish.
T- This beer has a fresh brown malt with some crystal malt and pale malt underneath. The green hop finish is bright and floral with only a note of bitterness. There is a nice fresh raw grain came through as the beer opens up.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol heat and a gentle fizz.
O- The fresh malt and gentle hop support really make this a great session beer and the depth of malt holds my interest for sever glasses.
02-20-2012 18:21:29 | More by rhoadsrage
Red Nectar from Humboldt Brewing Co.
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