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Red Nectar - Humboldt Brewing Co.

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460 Ratings
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Ratings: 460
Reviews: 248
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 9
Gots: 8 | 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:
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Photo of IchabodcraneIpa


3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

The color of this one was a nice clear amber red color with a finger of off white foam on top.

The smell of this one was a orange peel smell with a nice bit of maltiness, and a sweet scent is also detected.

The taste of this one is a little hop bitterness at first that recedes into a nice brown sugar malt flavor.

The mouthfeel is a little on the heavier side but it is a slightly dry feel.

Overall this is a decent brew but not my favorite

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2011 23:15:13 | More by IchabodcraneIpa
Photo of 9InchNails

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice looking beer. Copper body, tiny bubbles all going the same speed. Khaki color head that fades into a film.

Toffee, hazelnut, sweet caramel and chocalate. This smells amazing! So many flowing aromas mixing really well together.

Burnt smoky caramel, some chocolate, pine, and hazelnut. The taste seems more bland than the smell. It's not bad. A slight bitterness at the very end.

Medium body. Feels good in the mouth. Easy going down. Leaves the lips somewhat sticky.

I could have another one. Easy drinking and a tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 06:59:55 | More by 9InchNails
Photo of TMoney2591


3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a flared pokal at Bliss.

Felt it was time for some nectar. Yeah. This color pours a clear sunrise amber topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises pine, grapefruit, toffee, orange peel, and a tiny touch of leek. The taste holds notes of orange peel, sweet toffee, and light pine sap. The body straddles the line between heavy light and light medium (otherwise known as discord and rhyme), with a very light moderate carbonation and a dry-ish finish. Overall, an okay brew, nothing close to spectacular, but drinkable enough to get by on its own in the big city.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 23:18:21 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of Bouncingsoul1682


3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Given as a sample from my waitress at Capital Ale House - Midlothian

Pleasant fruity tasting notes, nicely balanced sweetness.

A nice change from the dryer Irish Reds I've had in the past.

I could see putting this in my normal 6-pack rotation for when I want something lighter to drink. Would definitely have again.

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2011 21:01:48 | More by Bouncingsoul1682
Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan


3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aappearance: Nice auburn brown color. Didn't have much head. Light carbonation.

Smell: Sweet roasted malts. Nutty hints. Rose flowerly smell. Light citric hoppiness.

Taste: Well balanced. Light in taste. Not super hoppy. Sweetness is it's selling point. Hints of apricot and with a sugary finish.

Mouthfeel: Slighty watery good. The hops tingle on the tounge and the rest of the beer dissolves.

Drinkability: This a tasty easy drinking beer. A great begginera beer for people interested in trying a micro-brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2011 09:08:54 | More by BerkeleyBeerMan
Photo of david18

New York

3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had a sixteen ounce glass of this at the Amsterdam Ale House in Manhattan. I think it said something about being related to Firestone Walker but I could be mistaken. Not a bad red ale but not a real standout in any way, however a real easy decision when i don't know what I'm in the mood for and don't want something too strong.

Color is a lightish amber with a low level of carbonation. Aroma is nice, malty, light hops. Flavor is the same, easy to drink, not too hoppy. Good but not great. Drinkability is very easy, however, and I've enjoyed a lot of these in the last week.

Serving type: on-tap

12-25-2010 20:30:28 | More by david18
Photo of arizcards


3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up as part of a sixer at Total Wine in late October for $7.99.

Beer poured a copper-red with a nice tan head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose has hints of hop flower.

Taste is pretty well balanced between the caramel malts and the citrus-pine hop finish.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and fairly smooth.

Drinkability is very good. This is one of the cleaner finishing beers I have had in awhile. ABV makes this sessionable. Nice beer, would do again!

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2010 23:37:25 | More by arizcards
Photo of BARFLYB


3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Lancaster Brewing Company pint glass.

Red Nectar is a simple enough name and a simple enough beer. The look on this is a mix between red and bronze/orange as well. It's a red ale alright. A hard pour yielded only a cap of burnt sugar color, no lace. Smell is typical for the style meaning simple, plae malts, caramel on top of some earthy hops. A bit of a candy like scent coming through as well. Taste is malty sweet with caramel and some apple with some earth hop bitterness thats not bitter at all now that I think about it. Once again, simple. Feel is medium with light carb, kinda boring, needs more pizazz. I drank the bottle, I enjoyed this, but won't be picking it up again, not when Nugget Nectar is right around the corner. But all in all, this hit the spot refreshing wise.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 22:16:56 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of Thorpe429


3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Pizzeria Paradiso - Alexandria.

Pours a reddish amber color with a nice white head that quickly recedes without too much lacing. Nose brings some citrus and pine notes with a bit of a floral character. Taste is mostly hops as well with some lightly-toasted malt coming through in the background. Good bitter feel with nice carbonation and a bit of toasted malt. Drinks well and is quite sessionable.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2010 01:10:40 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy


4.65/5  rDev +27.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2010 13:37:48 | More by ArrogantDeadGuy
Photo of JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Totowa since I'd never seen anything from these guys available in the neck of the woods. Hard to believe this this is an American Amber/Red Ale since this poured and tasted so dark, but I was pleasantly surprised at how easygoing this was nevertheless!

The head on this was good and the hue reminded me of a Brown Ale more than anything else since it was a nice, rich almond color. Not a lot of lacing on my glass and the taste was primarily that of a caramel nut, followed by roasted, floral, and just a bit of a metallic hoppiness underneath everything. The mouthfeel was a bit thin but never felt watered-down, and the consistency of this was a bit more buttery than other beers of this style.

That buttery feel combined with the relatively low ABV% made this a beer that reminded me of Sierra Nevada without being as light or as having as strong an aftertaste. This was a pleasant surprise and not like anything else out there that I can currently place on a retail shelf. For the warm days and cool nights that are characteristic of this time of the year, this fits in perfectly!

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2010 23:48:01 | More by JerzDevl2000
Photo of industrialswill


4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color? What sits in front of me is a murky brown with minimal head.
Smells like beer, I kid you not.
As hoppy as most pale ales I've tried with some malty goodness thrown in.
This is good beer, some reviewers could call it average for the style...but I would hate to call this beer anything less than good.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2010 02:43:35 | More by industrialswill
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2010 01:52:57 | More by Sammy
Photo of ocelot2500


3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with a tight white head that leaves enough lacing on the glass.

Smells of caramel malt with some grassy hops.

Tastes of the caramel malt layered with some hops. Caramel malt is toasted and offers some sweetness. Hops are grassy and floral with a smaller amount of bitterness. Some yeast fruit comes through as well.

Mouthfeel is light with a smooth amount of cabronation.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2010 01:04:44 | More by ocelot2500
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A burgundy pour yields a 1 finger spongey, light beige head that displayed good retention. Clarity was good revealing a fine mist of effervesce. The head left sparse, spongey patches of light coverage for a lacing.

S: A nice show of citrusy hops appear, particularly that of dried lemons mixed with evergreen and pine notes. Light dry toasty grains, pie-crust and a light grassiness is also evident. Fair show of strength here.

T: Toasty munich grains, dry pine with a dry breadiness opens up the flavor. Citrusy flower hops surface, mixed with a bit of sweet and dry grains. The hopping is moderate in strength, finishing with a bit of fresh grassy-grapefruit notes.

M: A good fullness is realized, malty and fairly lush, with a warming of citrus coming through on the swallow with a flowery coating. Light effervesce is detected on the tip of the tongue.

D: Decent drinkability, nothing that is outstanding, but rather a laid back red for that outdoor picnic that was fairly non-discriminatory but packs enough malt and hops to warrant another one with little complaint.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2010 23:36:08 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of BretSikkink


3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reddish hue to this orange brew. Clear and colorful, with a fairly sticky white head. Nice look. The nose is fairly hoppy, with lots of citric zest, and even some sweetish tropical notes. Malts are subdued. In the mouth, the caramel notes emerge, but don't stick around. Lingering hop bitterness, slightly metallic finish. Zesty, even a little succulent. It's like just a hint of something that makes you want more...fairly light body with a lot of carbonation. Pretty good balance considering the husky grain note in the finish. Not bad.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2010 04:12:13 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of philbertk


3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Humboldt Brewing Company--Red Nectar Ale--1999 Release--12 oz. Bottle--5.00% ABV. (4.0 / 5.0) Red Ale--Clear red amber color. Light floral hop aroma. Toasted body with light fruity caramel nut flavor. Rich texture but dry not sweet. Hints of chocolate. Light hop profile is floral over spice. Sampled 7/27/1999.

Humboldt Brewing Company--Nectar Ales--Firestone Walker Brewing Company--Red Nectar--2005 Release--12 oz. Bottle. 5.40% ABV--44 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Red Ale. Beer of the Month Selection June 2005. Lacy head. Clear bright amber red color. Floral hop malty front. Creamy earthy rich light toasted caramel biscuit hop mild sweet fruit body. Clean dry hop spice mild citrus end. ESB? Sampled 6/29/2005.

4 oz. Taster @ Portland, Oregon Spring Beer & Wine Fest April 3rd, 2010. 6.5% ABV. 55 IBU's.? Clear rich amber red color. Rich earthy floral hop front. Crusty sweet caramel fruit body. Crisp tangy malt hop spice end. (4.5 / 5.0)

Nectar Ales--Firestone Walker Brewing Company--Red Nectar All Natural Ale 2010 12 oz. Bottle. 5.40% ABV. 35 IBU's (4.0+ / 5.0) Red Ale. No sediment. Off white mild lace medium head. Clear rich bright dark bronze red color. Toasted mild floral hop front. Slightly crusty mildly earthy caramel toffee dry sweet mild fruit biscuit roasted Red Ale body. Crisp refreshing mild hop spice crusty Red end. Sampled 8/2/2010. 6 -Pack $9.69.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2010 05:44:42 | More by philbertk
Photo of dcook11


4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a-two finger white head. nice lacing, almost like an ipa.

s- hops, tropical fruit, not much else but very pleasent none the less.

t-nice hop character up front, with a a little alcohol present at the finish. gets a little water toward the middle of the pint.

m- light bodied

d- pretty good.

would drink again, but would not buy again.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2010 23:00:03 | More by dcook11
Photo of Fillpott

North Carolina

3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a Leffe glass just to see what the different glassware would do.

Appearance: Deep, red-copper color. Head is tan, but dissipates quickly. Very clear beer. No lacing.

Aroma: Hop brings citrus and an earthy scent with the malt providing a good bready backbone. It has a well-balanced aroma, but nothing shocking.

Taste: Follows suit with the aroma. The malt and the hops are very balanced and average. There is no evidence of fruitiness. The finish is very dry, but the alcohol is meshed nicely with the malt and the hops to prevent an alcohol taste. Very little of the hop lingers afterward.

Mouthfeel: It was a very dry beer that did not finish as hoppy as I would have expected for an American Red. Everything was average to good.

Overall: This is a decent beer that I would have again. In fact, at least 5 more times.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2010 04:14:24 | More by Fillpott
Photo of Stunner97

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- dark copper to very dark brown, nice white/tan head pours pretty thick, very slight carbonation to be seen,

Smell- plenty of malts, and a bready doughy smell, slight citrus hops but nothing very strong on the nose

Taste- slight bitter hops on the finish, but overall just pretty bland flavor, i was expecting alot more flavor then i wound up gettin on this one, the malts are there but nothing great and the hops are there too but again just nothing that flavorful or impressive, just very bland and lackluster, its okay its got decent balance but just falls a little flat,

Mouthfeel- smooth and creamy mouthfeel, light amount of carbonation, leaves a growing bitter hop finish that slightly intensifies as you go

Drinkability- this beers not tough to drink but just lacks that second layer of complexity that really wows you, its a decent beer simply put and one could make okay session in that it gives you bit flavor with out having to take to much though, grew on me a bit as i went on,

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2010 05:10:37 | More by Stunner97
Photo of TangTKE402

New York

3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours the color of cherry wood stain with a 1cm head that dissipates to a thin foamy ring around the edges. I consumed this product out of a beer mug.

The smell is faint, slightly fruity with a touch of bread on the end.

The taste is light and sweet on the lips, but finishes with a crisp bitterness typical of a pale ale. This beer is not as sweet as I would expect from a red ale, and has an aftertaste of pasta or some other carbohydrate-heavy meal.

The mouthfeel is smooth, a touch watery, but finishes well and is quite drinkable. This beer is like an old horse: not as good as you would expect, but reliable and every so often pleasantly surprising.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2010 19:27:45 | More by TangTKE402
Photo of chumba526


3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a red amber color with a thin white head.

Smells of spicy hops, a bit like grapes, a bit of cinnamon and a bit like caramel.

The taste is slightly fruity; there is a slight spiciness to it. A slight but pleasant sourness is present as well. There is a strong grape taste to it which is weird but good at the same time. This has a fairly unique flavor to it.

The carbonation seems to be moderate. The drinkability is ok but it's not the easiest thing to drink at the same time.

Overall a different red ale with a nice flavor though it is nothing amazing. It's a little rough around the edges but is still enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2010 05:15:51 | More by chumba526
Photo of Pinto21


3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured dark amber with lots of head, 3 fingers. a bit dark brown for an amber but still good.

Nose caramel malts heavily with hops that follow. Taste follows. dark sweet malts. Biscuit and caramel with good sweetness. Bitter hops follow, but balanced though hops are dominate. the hops are a bit citrus, piney, and noticeable.

A very solid amber overall. No Hopback or Nugget. More bready malts to it, and the hop taste is less strong, but the bitterness is near even with the hopback

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2010 00:23:47 | More by Pinto21
Photo of IPAisBliss


5/5  rDev +37%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The appearance is a beautiful reddish amber color with a nice medium head.

Smell is awesome! A bit of a floral note with pleasing hoppy aroma.

As for taste, this is by far my favorite IPA. The hops used provide the perfect blend of bitterness and taste. It's not overly bitter like some IPA's tend to be. A very clean finish, and multitude of flavors on the palate keeps you going back for more.

The Mouthfeel is silky yet crisp with a bit of effervescence. Very smooth.

Drinkability is exceptional! This is a great IPA that will please most IPA lovers. It's not overly bitter and is not plain in the least. It's easy to drink and drink and drink.

The only fault I can give Red Nectar is the price. Expect to pay between $9 and $12 for a six pack.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2010 23:08:01 | More by IPAisBliss
Photo of sfprint


4.4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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....

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2010 08:15:33 | More by sfprint
Red Nectar from Humboldt Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 460 ratings.