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Red Nectar - Humboldt Brewing Co.

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526 Ratings
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Ratings: 526
Reviews: 254
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.19%
Wants: 10
Gots: 27 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-25-2001

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Ratings: 526 | Reviews: 254
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3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - 1 finger head with a reddish brown hue

Smell - Piney hops with some floral scents

Taste - Very unique flavoring and very pronounced. Very sweet but also balanced with hop crispness. I'm tasting some belgian yeast perhaps?

Mouthfeel - THe one downside of this beer is its thin body and watery mouthfeel.

Overall - I think this is a very uniquely crafted beer unlike any I've sampled to date. I'd give a 5 for originality but with all things said a 4 overall is worthy.

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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2.8/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: almost no head. White no lacing. Carbed. Copperish to amber.

S: citrus, bread, biscut. Very subtle and not really noticeable.

T: sweet caramel malt, bitterness in finish, citrus fruits. Malty backbone.

M: carbed and medium bodied. Sweeter side.

O: doesn't cut it. Too little aroma and flavor. I like bolder beers like troegs hopback. Much better amber.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A nice deep clear amber brown, has a nice shade of ruby red which looks sweet. Head has some good sticky lacing and about 1/2 inch.

S - Like their IPA it is nice to see this is hop forward but the malts to assert themselves to give it a nice caramel and toffee notes.

T - I was actually impressed with the hop to malt balance. First you get floral hops not too bitter to leave a lingering taste on the palate and a smooth sweet finish with biscuit, caramel, and toffee flavors.

M - ABV seems about right for this with a light to medium body.

Overall it's a simple yet balanced red ale that I would buy again if found locally.

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2/5  rDev -45.1%

Photo of dogfishandi
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Live tasting, bottle into tulip.

Appearance; pours a beautiful reddish amber color, two fingers of off white foamy head hthag quickly dissipate to a thin film. Lacing is good.

Smell; hoppy, slightly skunky, grass, earth and hints of citrus and honey.

Taste; taste follows the smell almost to a T, hops, grass earth, hints of citrus and honey.

Mouthfeel; a medium full body, came as a bit of a surprise (a good one IMO)

Overall; a rock solid amber, nothing extraordinary in my opinion, but certainly not a beer I'd shy away from... Would be a great beer to have on a sunny day with the BBQ going in my opinion!!

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours bright, vibrant amber color, excellent clarity, topped by a moderate creamy light-yellowish-tan head. Retention is very good.

citrus, something more spicy and "dank", and a background caramelized sugar/toasty aroma. Mild fruitiness might be the hops, crystal, or even the yeast showing up here, not sure. Fairly clean, no real alcohol aroma, distinctive aromas and not muddled. Overall strength is moderate and depth is at least fair for the style. Very pleasant. Reading the ingredients I don't know where the toasty note came from unless they toasted the wheat? Strange, but I get it immediately.

minor sweetness quickly overcome by bittering hops, which last into the finish. Very mild metallic character, and the hops are relatively sharp. Somewhat of a grassy flavor, suspect from dry hopping but who knows. Fruitiness is restrained, a vague light "yeastiness" that adds character and doesn't detract.

Medium body, medium high carbonation, no warming alcohol and despite the hop rate got only occasional astringent notes. It's mostly a winner, though the grassiness became a bit distracting. Could be showing its age; another beer I bought with no idea of its age.
I'd drink it again.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

killer amber. pours dark dark red, almost burned in color, with a smal tan head. smells a bit dry like an irish red, but has some noticable hops in the nose. tastes deep and rich and ancient. not sweet at all, although the malts leave some residual sugars, its all pretty tame. like a conversation with an old man who has seen it all, this beer is experienced and well refined. very very sessionable and good with grilled sausage. nice spin on a red ale, hard to describe, just try it

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Red Nectar from Humboldt Brewing Co.
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