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Red Nectar - Humboldt Brewing Co.

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Red NectarRed Nectar

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Ratings: 481
Reviews: 250
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.46%
Wants: 9
Gots: 12 | 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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Photo of charlzm


3.85/5  rDev +5.8%

Consumed 06/09/09.

Drunk from a bottle, so I can't give an accurate appearance rating from this partcular encounter. I have had this beer before, however, and recall it was clear and properly-tinted with good carbonation.

Malty, caramel aroma. Lots of spicy, floral hops.

Flavor is sharp! Some mellow, caramel malt in there, but this beer is dominated by fresh-tasting, bitter, resiny, floral hops. Almost a red IPA in flavor, this deviates from the expected flavor profile for the style.

So what?

It tastes good, but you have to like hops. Otherwise, stick to Fat Tire.

Texture is unremarkable, though well carbonated.

Overall, I don't think I'd want to session this one, though one glass/bottle is a nice zinger to get you going or to create contrast with something less hoppy. I do like my red/amber ales with more malt/hop balance.

06-13-2009 02:13:24 | More by charlzm
Photo of Haybeerman


3.7/5  rDev +1.6%

A: Cleare, deep red/amber color. Poured a 2 finger tan head with fair retention. Patchy lacing.

S: Big floral hops with this amber; citrus and grapefruit. Sweet malts.

T: Resiny hops up front. Sweet malts in the foundation. Finishes sharply bitter to balance.

M: Medium body. Balanced carbonation. Bitter and bit dry in the finish.

D: As much an APA as an amber, but an inetersting drink. Easily drinkable with a reasonable abv.

06-09-2009 01:17:30 | More by Haybeerman
Photo of Spikester


3.7/5  rDev +1.6%

Poured clear dark amber with almost no head. Very modest lacings. Aroma is mild floral hops. Taste is slightly sweet caramel but a strong amount of bitter hops pushes the sweet to one side. The date was 11/12/08 which I believe to be the bottling date. The hops held up well for a five month old beer. I believe the appearance and aroma suffered from the age. Still a easy drinker and enough hops to make it interesting to drink.

05-02-2009 03:00:43 | More by Spikester
Photo of SetarconeX


3.7/5  rDev +1.6%

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.

03-31-2009 02:17:14 | More by SetarconeX
Photo of LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.38/5  rDev -7.1%

Growler. Pours copper with a thick white head. Aroma of fresh apple skins and floral hops. Flavor of floral and caramel malts with a lot of bitter hops in the finish. Palate is a little watery. On the bitter side for me. It was just ok.
7/4/7/3/14 (3.5/5)

03-10-2009 16:23:11 | More by LilBeerDoctor
Photo of mralphabet


3.03/5  rDev -16.8%

12 oz Bottle poured into Pilsner Glass

A: Deep amber in color. About 2 fingers worth of head. Nice lacing... sticks around.

S: Hops and floral notes, with some sweet malt and maybe cherry.

T: Lots of Hops here... It is well balanced with sweet malt... with a little hint of cherry? After taste is a little odd... A little on the bitter side...

M: Nice carbonation, medium bodied.... It has a little thickness to it.... Not bad

D: Taste a little to much like a IPA.... Which I'm not a big fan of.... Not my cup of tea but other may like it a lot. I thought the aftertaste was not very good... a little to bitter and medicine like.

02-15-2009 20:13:26 | More by mralphabet
Photo of losangelesacefac


4.75/5  rDev +30.5%

Why is this beer not higher up the rating scale? This is what amber/red ale should taste like! It tastes incredibly FRESH and exciting. It goes down smooth with good malty mouthfeel but with a thin body. Why is Red Rocket Ale (an Arrogant Bastard wannabe) on the top ten and not this? This is one of my favorite session beers, and a great segway beer for people who don't think they like hoppy beers.

02-05-2009 11:40:01 | More by losangelesacefac
Photo of BarleyMine


3.3/5  rDev -9.3%

This beer pours a nice amber (go figure) mahogony with a fluffy head that rapidly receeds to a thin line leaving sparse lacing. Smell is of sweet malts and a hoppy floralness with hints of melon. The initial taste is a nice balance of floral hops and sweet malts and finishes with an evr-so-slight resiny (but not offensive) finish. Medium bodied with nice carbonaton. A nice example of an amber.

01-09-2009 05:53:52 | More by BarleyMine
Photo of ssam


3.63/5  rDev -0.3%

A- nice red, amber color and a full frothy head that left very nice lacing all the way down the glass

S-metallic but still okay and quite fruity

T-semi-sweet and had a lot of hop character, spiciness and a little bitterness

M-quite pleasant

D-good drinkability

12-25-2008 00:25:25 | More by ssam
Photo of largadeer


2.15/5  rDev -40.9%

"Bottled on" date reads 8/27/08.

Appearance: Perfectly clear amber with two fingers of off-white foam. Nice and frothy with good retention and stickage.

Smell: Soap. That's pretty much it. What the hell? This is one of the least aromatic beers I've ever smelled.

Taste & mouthfeel: Biscuit-like malts, minerals, husky grain, a bit estery in the background. Slight astringency from the malt. Mild floral hop flavor with a dry bitterness in the finish. Light bodied, fairly crisp on the palate but not especially clean. Not the worst beer around, but not exactly good either. Meh.

11-25-2008 04:54:46 | More by largadeer
Photo of tempest


3.88/5  rDev +6.6%

Picked up a single at Liberty St. Tavern. Poured a clear orange with a white head. Paired with waffles.

I had this after a Sam Adams Boston Lager and was surprised by the similarity. Red Nectar had similar dry biscuit malt notes with light toffee and a spicy hops finish. The Sam had more hops flavor up front with a hit of citrus, but Red Nectar still stood out as a clean, tasty, and drinkable session ale. Worth a try is you like other dry amber ales.

11-18-2008 14:47:37 | More by tempest
Photo of Offa


3.53/5  rDev -3%

This was one of the beers I grew up on and one of the first ales I had but I almost never have it now. It's pretty basic and very standard, although not bad and fairly drinkable.

Brownish-reddish copper, it has a medium light-tan head that slowly shrinks to a lasting, thin foamy top and leaves some nice lace. It looks nice.

The aroma is malty fruity with caramleized fruit, flowery-juicy citrus, mostly grapefruity. It's fairly nice but simple and very standard.

The taste is similar, fairly light with a light caramelly-fruit and juice quality then a fair amount of grapefruity citrus that dominates the finish. It is a little on the bitter side for the light body and has only a light grain taste with a hint of cracker. As it warms a bit, it gets a little smoother and more complex, with the bitterness slightly more balanced and with a light earthy-leaf quality as well. Overall, though, it's mostly grapefruity with hints of juice, fruit, and grain, and a little on the bitter side for the light, simple character, yet still with decent flavours and body to hold up well.

10-28-2008 18:20:02 | More by Offa
Photo of argock


3.95/5  rDev +8.5%

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a clear pint glass. No freshness date.

A: Pretty amber-red with light off-white 1-finger head with several levels of lace.

S: Nutty, caramel, and lightly toasted malts are most prominent with the slightest citrus hops note. The aroma overall, however, is a bit on the soft side.

T: Delicious nutty, caramel, toffee flavor that is sugary without being overwhelming because of the careful, generous malting not allowing any one flavor to be too heavy and the grapefruit hops contribution that provides enough counterpoint to balance the brew.

M: Another great, low carbonation ale with medium body with great malting and pleasant sweet, nutty aftertaste.

D: An excellent amber ale with good drinkability although there are others that surpass it. It is still a solid go-to beer that doesn't disappoint.

10-21-2008 03:55:24 | More by argock
Photo of Pencible


4.03/5  rDev +10.7%

This poured a clear, dark cherry color with some tan head. It smelled like barley malt with burnt yeast and some copper hops. It tasted like roasted barley malt with brown sugar and fresh, wet copper hops. It was fairly thick with a bit of carbonation, and had a bittersweet aftertaste. Overall this beer had a nice, clean flavor and good body. They weren't kidding when they called it "nectar" with the generally sweet character, but this was kept in good moderation and is very easy to drink. This is probably one of the best red ales I've had, even if it's not terribly bold or unique.

10-10-2008 19:33:18 | More by Pencible
Photo of bbothen


3.28/5  rDev -9.9%

Pours a light & clear caramel color with thick & fluffy 2 finger deep off white head.

Sweet malt, faint floral hops, slightly bready. All aromas subdued.

Sweet caramel flavor, bisquity, slight bitterness, nicely balanced.

Smooth, creamy, medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Fine.

Drinks fine. Not overwhelmingly flavorful. An okay representation of the style. Middle of the road. User friendly. Your friends that don't like craft brew would probably like it. Nothing wrong with that.

10-06-2008 01:00:52 | More by bbothen
Photo of kshankar

District of Columbia

3.7/5  rDev +1.6%

Appearance: Dark amber, not very clear, no real head or foam. Not much lacing either. Overall it looks okay. Nothing really special going for it.

Aroma: Malts, some amount of sweetness. There is also a scent of hops, floral. Smells pretty good.

Taste: The hops and the sweetness take up most of the flavor. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel: Lightish, and has a good mouthfeel to it. Overall it goes down well, the hops show up more towards the finish.

Drinkability: Not too much alcohol in it, plus its light bodied, so its drinkable. Overall a good beer.

10-05-2008 01:51:09 | More by kshankar
Photo of cswhitehorse


3.08/5  rDev -15.4%

The Red Nectar poured, you guessed it red, with a small foam head and some decent lacing.

The aroma was a biscuity malt with a faint hop smell. The taste was malty and real amber like with toasted malts ringing true. It was semi dry in the mouth and tongue. Overall I found it to be pretty average in the catch all category.

09-30-2008 04:40:55 | More by cswhitehorse
Photo of boralyl


3.68/5  rDev +1.1%

A - Pours a dark amber into the glass. It has one finger of beige head that leaves a good deal of lacing and has a great retention.

S - Caramel malt, and floral hops make up the nose.

M - A light-medium bodied beer with a creamy feel to it.

T - Begins with the caramel malts, then a surprising amount of citrusy hops kick in. A pretty good balanced beer.

Overall this is a decent brew. It has a fairly low abv, and is smooth and has a good taste, making it very session-able. Worth checking out.

09-29-2008 00:13:17 | More by boralyl
Photo of flannelman808


3.43/5  rDev -5.8%

I'm surprised to say that this is not a bad little beer. A friend bought it and I had one on a whim.

Beer pours a dark reddish brown color with a foamy white head. It looks like beer. It smells faintly like flowers, and oats.

It is actually a surprisingly hoppy beer, caught me off guard. It is right up there with any pale ale (being dark red its self I was not expecting it.

Not very much alcohol in the beer, so drinkability is naturally pretty high. all and all this beer is worth a shot, Im going to try their IPA next.

08-22-2008 22:01:26 | More by flannelman808
Photo of illidurit


3.78/5  rDev +3.8%

On tap at 99 Bottles in Santa Cruz. Poured into a pint glass. Amber in color with a beige head of about 2 fingers' height. Some lacing and decent retention. Aroma is caramel with some pine hoppiness. Flavor is malty and sweet; caramel and honey set the basis for the tangy citrus hops to lay atop. Smooth and easy drinking.

06-08-2008 02:24:47 | More by illidurit
Photo of JBogan


3.88/5  rDev +6.6%

Poured a murky and dull brownish/amber with almost no head or lacing to be found. Not a pretty sight. Certainly nothing here to make me want to put it to my lips.

Thankfully it smelled far better than it looked. Malty and sweet, with a bit of caramel and some hops present.

Tasted pretty good too. Mostly a sweet malt flavor with the hops showing up at the end. Nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel was also pretty good, especially considering what it looked like. Actually had some decent carbonation to offset a rather thick feel.

All in all a rather drinkable brew. Nowhere near my favorite of this style, but it probably would be more appealing to me if it didn't look so darn ugly. If a beer's appearance are not high on your list, then you'll likely enjoy this one. I'll probably have this again at some point, but it will be a while.

05-17-2008 03:13:24 | More by JBogan
Photo of boston2bburg


4.45/5  rDev +22.3%

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.

04-27-2008 21:01:21 | More by boston2bburg
Photo of Maudite


3.65/5  rDev +0.3%

A- Amber, brown, with ruby hues. A creamy tan head about 1 finger thick with sticky lacing formed, stuck around for most of the beer.

S- Sweet hoppiness, biscuity, malty, and tangy. A fine nose, but nothing amazing. It was well balanced, and presented itself well of the style.

T- The hop bitterness was the most prevalent part of this brew, which kind of killed it. Like most California beer, this was all about the hops, and not necessarily in a good way... The hops were not imbalanced, but just overpowering....the standard biscuity, toasty, sweet and dry maltiness one comes to expect from an Amber was quite buried beneath the aggressive American hops. Perhaps a few less IBUs, or a more proper hop/malt balance would improve this ale. Not terrible, just not terribly enjoyable.

M- Acidic, hoppy dryness with a clean, residual mouthfeel.

D- I'm sure to many this beer is worth a frequent drink, but I've found many better ambers out there...

04-17-2008 21:02:25 | More by Maudite
Photo of Vansmack


4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

This is definitely a great beer. It has a nice smooth taste. You can taste the redness in this one. I highly recommend this one for an all night drinkathon.

I made some filet mignon the other night with some asparagus and served it with the Red Nectar. I have to say, this beer goes really well paired up with meat. Don't take my word for it... try it yourself!

03-13-2008 19:16:18 | More by Vansmack
Photo of SurlyDuff


3.88/5  rDev +6.6%

Quite reddish, crystal clear.

Clean hops to the nose. A lot of grassy notes.

Smooth full body with bright hops and a tart finish. Resiny cannabis taste in there, tea leaves, not to much citrus.

Good depth and certainly not one-dimensional. I really like this one, and I wish I had gotten a 6pack intead of a single bottle.

Great drinkability. A really nice red, I wish there were more of this style out there in the market.

03-09-2008 02:08:15 | More by SurlyDuff
Red Nectar from Humboldt Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 481 ratings.