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Red Nectar - Humboldt Brewing Co.

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498 Ratings
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Ratings: 498
Reviews: 252
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.46%
Wants: 9
Gots: 19 | 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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4/5  rDev +9.9%

ineva, Nov 17, 2011
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

codynevels, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

Lawnboy33, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

funkel81, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of russpowell
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Remember having this on draft about 15 years ago in San Fransisco & loving it...

Pours copper with 3 fingers of tan head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Orange peel & pine

T: Follows the nose, nice caramel notes & tangerine. Woody hop notes, dryness & a touch of biscuitty malt as this warms, along with a touch of astrigency. Finishes with piney hops & malt sweetness

MF: Medium bodied, assertive carbonation, decent balance

A drinkable red that doesn't quite live up to old memories, but a sessionable offering to be sure

russpowell, Nov 09, 2011
Photo of Tilley4
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured at a tasting at Maria's in Chicago...

A nice blend of sweet caramel malts and piney hops... A touch of chocolate present in the aromas...

Very balanced blend of chocolate malts and piney hops... Rather sessionable but not something I would want to session as the sweetness of the malts would catch up to me rather quickly...

A nice brew but one that I would pass over in a situation where there were others available to me...

Tilley4, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of sweethome
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very deep, dark red. Rather large, pillowy head - light tan.

Sweet, malty nose. Carmel maltiness and backing of hops.

Entry is rather full bodied - a sweet maltiness envelopes the palate - then a rooty - dry flavor...some spicy hopiness, and a woody charachter.

The hop bittering is rather muted for this style - at least what I think of this style. Some nice aspects, but the dry, woody aspect doesn't quite deliver for me. Still, a well crafted brew that will appeal to malt oriented fans.

sweethome, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of neophilus
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark copper with a dense and fluffy tannish head. Big bubbles on top, the head hangs around the sides but the middle starts to fall in as I drink. Eventually it wastes away to a thin film on top, watermark waves clinging to the sides marking each sip.

The aroma is very light and refreshing. At first it speaks of fresh fruit - bright but not as citrus scented as an orange or lemon tree. Perhaps like ripe plums, or it smells the way grape kool-aid tastes. While sweet it definitely perks you up.

First sip is greeted with a balanced hop bite up front and gentle sweetness underneath. The hops do not overpower, but gently curtail the light and sweet flavor of the ale. Just enough bitterness to balance the flavor without standing out from it. Hop heads may be left looking for more, but those afraid of a malty taste need not worry. This light and sweet flavored brew does not cloy the palate while sipping.

Mouthfeel is sufficient up front, but thins out a little bit in the aftertaste. The hops disappear first and leave behind a mildly sticky-sweet flavor, like candy. That lingers a little as the thin body washes away. Strange that the brew can have sufficient body with each sip but in the aftertaste seems a little thin for the amount of sweetness left behind.

Coppery colored, mildly bitter, nearly-juicy brew that goes down very smoothly and doesn't raise a ruckus or overstay it's welcome. Perhaps a bit sweet in the aftertaste, but very approachable up front. I would not have a problem downing a few of these in succession. As I finish the glass the sweetness of the beer is the loudest thought left in my mind, but certainly not cloying or heavy on the palate. Refreshing and tasty for sure.

neophilus, Oct 28, 2011
Photo of RJLarse
4.38/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a couple bottles of Red Nectar while traveling in Nevada. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a copper/bronze color and is clear. The beer is toped by a resilient frothy off-white head.

Smell is a pine and citrus scent.

Taste is a blast of bitter hops up front, with a sweet bread and caramel finish.

Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied for the style, and very drinkable.

A nice hoppy read ale. Well done.

RJLarse, Oct 10, 2011
Photo of zeff80
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, bubbly, reddish orange color with a two-finger, tan head of bubbly, long-lasting head. It left sticky rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled floral with a nice piney aroma. Some citrus and caramel, too.

T - Nice bitter piney hop bite up front with sweet caramel and a touch of chocolate.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied amber ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a very tasty red ale. Not surprised that Nectar Ales did another good ale.

zeff80, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of Jwale73
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in a Spieglau nonic. 02/28/11 indicated on the neck of the bottle. Pours a deep copper hue with a semi-translucent clarity and a loose, quarter inch, tan-colored head embedded with ringlets. Nose expresses caramel malt, citrus and a faint earthiness. Taste reveals an earthy bitterness, citrus rind and a suggestion of light malt, but no caramel flavors to speak of. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a coarse carbonation and citrus astringency that leaves a light burn along the sides of the cheeks. Overall, nothing to write home about. Balance is a bit off (not sure if it might have something to do with the age of the bottle), but there's a little too much acidity and bitterness for my liking.

Jwale73, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of Nerudamann
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a stein glass.

Look – dark red color, clear when held up to the light a bit, and with about a finger and a half’s worth of frothy, slightly darker than off-white colored foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell – very spicy and hoppy. There is a hint of something sweet in the smell, probably a syrup with red color to it, thus the name.

Taste – spicy and hoppy, just like the aroma, but with a odd, but interesting, kick to it. It must be something different that they’re doing with the sugar or maybe from the start with the barley or hops. A little bitter, but it’s more of a crisp bitter.

Mouthfeel – pretty well balanced in general.

Overall – not a bad brew at all. It’s got an interesting taste, and the taste itself is pretty decent.

Nerudamann, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of sethmeister
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

clear deep red - brown with a khaki head. well laced. nice looking beer.

scent is mildly herbal - could swear i smell fresh garden carrot greens

taste is caramel malt with a slight hop zing. again herbal and green. again i could swear i taste fresh-from-my-garden carrot greens. this is odd but not unpleasant lightly sweet and nutty. light bitterness.

mouth is a creamy light medium

A pleasant brown ale but not among my favorites.

sethmeister, Aug 02, 2011
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 OBeerMeGreatOne
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very clear dark amber, soda pop head that's gone pretty quick, no lace.

I smell some slight fruity malts and earthy hops. Very light smell, simple, but not bad.

I taste plum, caramel and earth. Again, very simple. Light and fizzy in the mouth.

Super simple red ale along the lines of Fat Tire. Not at all bad, just not rememberable.

OBeerMeGreatOne, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of homebrew311
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: deep clear red, tab head, good lacing

S: deep earthy malts, notes of tea leaves, pine, and other rustic notes

T: spicy earthy malts, big hop bitterness, decent balance

Mf: medium to high carbonation, crisp body

O: decent balance, a little to earthy for my liking

homebrew311, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of samie85
2.73/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes; originally 6/21/11

A-Pours a burnt sienna color with two fingers of rocky, off-white head.

S-Pine resin and grapefruit with some caramel malt on the back end.

T-A little bit of bitter grapefruit upfront with some light caramel malt notes.

M-Very thin and watery with light carbonation and a slightly sticky feel.

D-The flavor profile is a little weak and the mouthfeel doesn't help it at all.

samie85, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out with a nice red color, a light tan colored head. The lacing was pretty good along the glass. The smell of the beer was a little on the sweet side but has some hop aromas too. The taste of the beer seemed a lot like an IPA. The other flavors are sweet like caramel. The mouthfeel was well balanced and pleasing. Overall I found the beer to be enjoyable.

Knapp85, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of jwinship83
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle picked up at a local binnys. drank from my samuel adams perfect pint glass.

A- the beer pours a reddish copper colored body with a small eggshell colored head that quickly becomes no more than a skin on the top of my glass. small spots of lacing are left behind.

S- the nose starts off with toasted bread and a little bit of caramel sweetness. after that i get a little bit of earthy and spicy hops. quick and to the point.

T- the taste begins with some caramel malt sweetness and a hint of freshly toasted bread. light fruits come in towards the end. the finish is all about spicy and earthy hops.

M- medium bodied. medium carbonation.

O- this is an average beer. not meant to be the most complex or cater to the craft beer enthusiast. easy enough to drink, and not overly strong or offensive to reach for a couple more. very functional for what it is.

jwinship83, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of Reagan1984
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this bottle up while working in Phoenix recently. 3/18/11 Stamped on bottle.
Hoping it’s a bottled date.

Even with a hefty pour just a scant head forms... Fades pretty quickly. The beer is a bright clear amber color with...OK... Reddish tones. No lacing to speak of.

Aroma was quite fruity. A bit of baked bread as well in the nose.

Well, it’s a basic Amber/Red ale. THe bread notes come through and it reminds me of a crusty rustic bread. A little toasty with a balanced bitterness in the background. A session beer if there was ever one.

A prickly carbonation, not quite astringent, but a “dry” snappy finish.

A decent beer. Not one to chase.

Reagan1984, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of teromous
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: The beer is brown the color of walnut wood, and I really don't see much red in it. There is a very small head at first, and it quickly dissipates into a ring.

S: It has a wood-like aroma, and a resin quality about it. The nose is very thin though.

T: I get a lot of hop character, with more of a pine-like flavor. It's not too strong or bitter. There is a light astringency though.

M: The mouthfeel is very peppy and feels good. It's medium balanced with a good carbonation. The hops leave a pleasant punch in the mouth.

O: Overall it was pretty good; it wouldn't be my first choice but I wouldn't turn it down.

teromous, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of Dope
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A nice red (duh) that is almost opaque since it is so dark. Fluffy white head that sticks around nicely. Not bad.

S: Pretty much just grapefruit and not much else. Not particularly strong but it's there.

T: Grapefruit with some sweet malt backing it up. Some sort of tea element in there. A lot of it. Tastes like someone put a teabag in my beer when I wasn't looking. Offputting as I don't particularly like tea.

M: Medium mouthfeel with a bit of stickiness. A bit too carbonated I think.

O: Honestly would be a pretty solid beer if not for the tea flavor. It's really overpowering and detracts from it in my opinion.

Dope, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of Ezone024
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

deep red/ mahogany color very thick density with a thin head.
smells of light pine and a bit bready. really not too much stands out, actually as soon as i took a sip i could no longer smell this beer. the taste is very good tho. very well balanced between sweet and bitter. the hops make an appearence in the back notes, not much up front as it is smooth and transparent.
mouthfeel reminds of a newcastle or something simalar to that. decent brew overall

Ezone024, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of 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.

VelvetExtract, May 31, 2011
Red Nectar from Humboldt Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 498 ratings.