Red Nectar - Humboldt Brewing Co.

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Red NectarRed Nectar

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Ratings: 544
Reviews: 262
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.54%
Wants: 11
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Humboldt Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-25-2001

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Reviews by spinrsx:
Photo of spinrsx
3.84/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle from Bristol Farms Palm Springs CA for 3$

Appearance - Clear red/copper with an average size fizzy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes.

Smell - Hops, malts, caramel, apricots, pineapple

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel, malts, and hops. There is also some toffee, cherries, and a slight herbal flavour. It ends with a malty sweet aftertaste with a mild amount of hop bitterness.

Overall – This along with their IPA are both solid and tasty brews. Nothing over the top but a nice balanced fruity and hoppy taste. I'd drink it again.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of boston2bburg
4.44/5  rDev +22.7%
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.

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.6/5  rDev +27.1%
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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.06/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
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

Photo of dogfishandi
3.73/5  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.

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.41/5  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.

Photo of ADR
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
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

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of kwkdmk
2.68/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Not a bad beer, nothing spectacular

Photo of chinchill
3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle with a July 2014 date stamp.
Poured deep reddish amber topped by a fine bone-colored head that leaves some webby lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Dank, earth English hops with some biscuit in the background.

Flavor: hop forward for style, Mildly bitter.

Feel: both crisp and smooth.

Photo of beatenbyjacks
3.36/5  rDev -7.2%
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

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Photo of Brenden
3.44/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a nice, bright dark orange-red body with a light head that's both fluffy and creamy and leaves pretty good lace behind.
The smell is good, with some blend of fruits mingling with caramel. It's lightly sweet with an herbal counterpoint to the malts. While leaning malt-heavy, the hops balance this beer well, at least in the aroma.
The taste goes weird, though. It's got mostly an odd burnt cereal grains taste with a lingering sourness. Other sweeter elements are pushed aside but still come out. I have to wonder what happened. At least the bad off-flavors don't dominate, and some of the goodness makes its way in. It's a strange transition from smell to taste, though.
The feel is crisp with some smoothness in a medium body with a little overzealous bite of spritz.

Photo of SetarconeX
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I usually tend to think of Paso Robles as a wine town, but why shouldn't it do beer? Lets see if it lives up to the vino from the area...

Looks just fine, almost perfectly transparent, fairly nice foam on top. Smells particularly nice, slightly hoppy with a fair amount of sweetness. This is funny, because the taste is almost the opposite, being lightly malt-sweet, with a fair amount of hops.

This one's nicely balanced, not going too extreme in any one direction. What we have here is a solid, very drinkable, basic red ale. Well worth a space on your shelf.

Photo of IntriqKen
2.62/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light orangish amber with a nice single finger full tan head that melts to a nice lacing.
Aroma is only faintly sweet malt and honey.
Taste is stronger than the aroma but still very light...malt, followed by a honey cloying, then a mild hop bitterness.
Aftertaste of honey and hops.
Just a very average beer of this style in my opinion. I don't know if they actually used honey in this beer, but to me it was distinct and distracting for the style.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Humboldt- Red Nectar Ale

On tap at Isaac Newton's. Newton, PA.

Appearance- ruby red with very little head. Looked like flat Dr. Pepper.
Smell- Decent caramel malt. Bold.
Taste- light caramel malt. Slight sweetness, watery.
Mouthfeel- slightly watery up front, bold malt that turns sugary, and finishes with a slight dryness.

Overall- didn't WOW me but was a refreshing beer to drink on a hot afternoon. Mediocre at best.

Doesn't compare to Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.49/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours out a clear, pure amber color with an off-white finger width head. Fair retention, resulting in a broken layer of suds across the surface. Lacing is small and spotty, with little stick.

Smell - Aroma is a nice mix of caramel, fruity esters and some floral hoppiness.

Taste - Starts with earthy and floral notes, backed by a moderate caramel backbone. Honey sweetness. Hops turn grassy and bitter in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium in body with moderate carbonation. Goes down easy enough, then a semi-dry finish.

Overall - Eh, it's okay. The flavor is a bit too sweet at times, then too grassy/waxy in bitterness for my liking. Decent, but probably not something I'd buy again.

Photo of asabreed
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Caliente in Richmond, served in a cold-ass pint glass.

Appearance: A pretty ruby / amber color that looked very nice in the light. Head dissipated rather quickly, though the glass was very cold, and I know that was a factor. Not tons of lacing, but the color's great, and I still think the glass being pretty cold screwed that up.

Smell: I'd heard this beer was hoppy, and yes, it is -- almost like a pale ale / IPA concoction rather than a red. But very nice nonetheless. Rather than an assault of hops (though they're there), it's balanced by some carmalized and sweeter smelling malts.

Taste: More like an IPA once again, to me. So I guess that's weird it's really called a red, though it's certainly an interesting take on the style. A balance of sweeter malts and cascade hops come through pretty well, and it went really well with my smoked turkey sandwich.

Mouthfeel: Not too slick, slightly creamy, and moderate carbonation levels.

Drinkability: I would've made it a session, though I wanted to try other beers. A tasty and pretty singular style, I think, on the red ale.

Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Half Time. An amber tinge colour, lots of creamy head. Hop aromas. C-hopped, good malt backing, tasty stuff. Drying aftertaste. Carbonation right there. Very good for the style. Average mouthfeel. Good drinkability. Two-for-two with this brewery.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A crystal-clear, deep-copper body is capped by a short but creamy off-white head that holds fairly well and leaves some nice, but sparse, rings of lace. The aroma offers a delicate blend of caramel malt and lightly floral, citrusy, and grassy hops. The body is medium and it's lightly crisp on the tongue with a fine, median-level carbonation. In the flavor a well-balanced combination of fresh caramelish malt; yeasty fruitiness (strawberry, apple); and floral/citrusy/grassy hops are backed by a firm, and almost bold, balancing bitterness. The hop flavor appears more distinct in the finish which is long and lingering with some residual malt and dry bitterness. A solid, drinkable beer!

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Surly pint glass.

A: Vigorous pour yields a 1 finger, coarse, very light brown head with giant bubbles all over the place. Head fades rather quickly but maintains a super coarse layer at the top. Beer is a crystal clear red. On a side note, this is one of the only amber ales that I've had that's actually amber... Lacing is frothy at the very top and drips downwards from there. Like my own personal Niagra Falls in a glass. Pretty.

S: Nose is cane and brown sugar, candied hops (if you can imagine that), and a slight hint of grapefruit. Very rich though not all the impressively clean.

T: Opens with a rather intense astringent hop flavor that fades nicely over time into a coarse brown sugar maltiness. I imagine this to be what leaves in the Fall taste like in Candy land. Coarse, sweet, and red. Finish is one of the cleanest I've had in a while. This beer really doesn't leave anything after I swallow.

M: Light to medium bodied, very coarse and carbonated and watery in the mouth. Super clean and crisp on the finish.

D: This one really impresses me. Even though it doesn't technically qualify as a session beer, still I'd have no problem having multiples of these in one night. Clean finish is the key for me here since this beer possesses a richness in taste that doesn't saturate the taste buds. Worth seeking out in my opinion.

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