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Red Nectar - Humboldt Brewing Co.

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82
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482 Ratings
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Ratings: 482
Reviews: 250
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.46%
Wants: 9
Gots: 12 | 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 sfprint:
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sfprint

Germany

4.4/5  rDev +20.9%

Upon opening this beer, it promptly nearly exploded with almost 1/3 escaping on to the floor. Hmm.

A: Hazy nut brown in color, with a sizeable head of medium size bubbles.

S: Very Pale Aleish, although sweeter. Doesn't smell like an amber at all to me. Just a tad sweet, hints of fruit, but nothing overwhelming. It's really a perfect smell for this kind of beer.

T: Doesn't live up to the smell, but quite good. It's very similar to Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale, although slightly less bitter. Very hoppy.

M: Very nice, almost foamy when it goes down, but somehow not. Interesting and very pleasant.

D: Very drinkable, great beer. Just as good as Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale, and very similar.

I'm surprised no one has posted a pic yet. I bought it because the bottle was so beautiful, will have to post one....

06-22-2010 08:15:33 | More by sfprint
More User Reviews:
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oberon

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +3%

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
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boston2bburg

Virginia

4.45/5  rDev +22.3%

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
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ArrogantDeadGuy

Virginia

4.65/5  rDev +27.7%

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
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tbryan5

Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

04-15-2013 04:34:40 | More by tbryan5
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GiannaG


4/5  rDev +9.9%

04-13-2012 23:58:55 | More by GiannaG
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.05/5  rDev -16.2%

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
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SD-Alefan

South Dakota

3.75/5  rDev +3%

07-16-2014 23:32:45 | More by SD-Alefan
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Fiore757


2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

06-05-2013 01:14:06 | More by Fiore757
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JakerLou

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

08-10-2013 22:21:44 | More by JakerLou
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Beerswag

California

3.75/5  rDev +3%

05-04-2013 06:22:26 | More by Beerswag
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merlin48

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +9.9%

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
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Billolick

New York

3.9/5  rDev +7.1%

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
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aquazr1

California

4/5  rDev +9.9%

08-03-2013 20:56:02 | More by aquazr1
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dogfishandi

New York

3.75/5  rDev +3%

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
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juicebox

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

07-06-2013 02:08:01 | More by juicebox
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BurgeoningBrewhead

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev +0.3%

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
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.43/5  rDev -5.8%

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
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +3%

02-11-2013 21:20:56 | More by williamjbauer
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ADR

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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

02-16-2004 16:47:47 | More by ADR
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.89/5  rDev +6.9%

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
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stereosforgeeks

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +3%

12-17-2012 22:20:19 | More by stereosforgeeks
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sgttibbs

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

11-16-2013 16:10:07 | More by sgttibbs
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beatenbyjacks

Colorado

3.38/5  rDev -7.1%

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
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +12.6%

(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
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Red Nectar from Humboldt Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 482 ratings.