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Red Nectar - Humboldt Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
82
good

488 Ratings
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Ratings: 488
Reviews: 250
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.46%
Wants: 9
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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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Reviews by avylover:
Photo of avylover
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I would call this one a red pale ale. It's reddish amber in color and translucent with a nice off white head that died quick.Smell is of sweet maltiness, then the taste kicks in some crisp hops. Not IPA hoppy, but nicely hopped. Nice tartness in the mouthfeel, actually slightly fuzzy. I've tried two "Nectar Ales" from humbolt and both have had the peach fuzz mouthfeel and an overall nice quality to them. Good brew but a bit pricey at $10 a sixer

avylover, Apr 18, 2003
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

oberon, Aug 09, 2003
Photo of boston2bburg
4.45/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

boston2bburg, Apr 27, 2008
Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.65/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

ArrogantDeadGuy, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of tbryan5
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

tbryan5, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of GiannaG
4/5  rDev +9.9%

GiannaG, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.05/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

lordofthewiens, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of SD-Alefan
3.75/5  rDev +3%

SD-Alefan, Jul 17, 2014
Photo of Fiore757
2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

Fiore757, Jun 05, 2013
Photo of JakerLou
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

JakerLou, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of Beerswag
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Beerswag, May 04, 2013
Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

merlin48, Feb 07, 2004
Photo of Billolick
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Billolick, Sep 12, 2009
Photo of aquazr1
4/5  rDev +9.9%

aquazr1, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of dogfishandi
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

dogfishandi, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of juicebox
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

juicebox, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

BurgeoningBrewhead, Jun 18, 2013
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Beerandraiderfan, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of williamjbauer
3.75/5  rDev +3%

williamjbauer, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of ADR
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Source: Liquid Solutions

ADR, Feb 16, 2004
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.89/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

WVbeergeek, May 18, 2013
Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.75/5  rDev +3%

stereosforgeeks, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of sgttibbs
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

sgttibbs, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of beatenbyjacks
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
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

beatenbyjacks, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(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.

rhoadsrage, Feb 20, 2012
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Red Nectar from Humboldt Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 488 ratings.