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Red Nectar - Humboldt Brewing Co.

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505 Ratings
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Ratings: 505
Reviews: 252
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.46%
Wants: 9
Gots: 22 | 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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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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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
Red Nectar from Humboldt Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 505 ratings.