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Red Nectar - Humboldt Brewing Co.

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Red NectarRed Nectar

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485 Ratings
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Ratings: 485
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 plaid75
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%

On draft at T.J. Finley's, Bayshore, New York.

Poured a light amber hue with one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a resinous hop and a light graininess.

The taste was rather neutral and did not pack the hop pinch experienced in the aroma.

The mouthfeel was toward the thinner side of the style.

Overall a decent and easy to drink amber.

plaid75, Jul 16, 2009
Photo of Amalak
4/5  rDev +9.9%

I had a 12 oz. bottle of the Red Nectar.
A- No bubbles to it. It had a dark red/brown color, with a thick, bubbly head and lace.
S- Bitter malt scent to it.
T- Decent malt beer with a smooth taste and a mild bubbliness to it.

Very well rounded beer.

Amalak, Jul 13, 2009
Photo of Lexluthor33
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%

Amber color with a medium size head and full,even lace.
The aroma of floral hops with a dose of grapefruit. Some malts on the back add to overall balance.
The taste begins with a bitter sweet flavor that is full of hops. Malts hold up well.
The overall feel was medium body,incredibly smooth with a good medium carbonation and a mild,bitter finish.

Notes: A really well brewed beer with good balance. A will gladly stock these any day.

Lexluthor33, Jul 05, 2009
Photo of DiabolikDUB
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%

Poured from Bottle into Pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear glowing copper with a finger of creamy slightly off-white head that eventually leaves a nice layer atop the glass. The aroma is caramel and toasted malts with some dried fruit and sticky hops. The flavor is sweet malt upfront and finishes with a nice piney bitterness that lingers. Its medium bodied with light carbonation. The nose on this is fantastic and the flavor backs that up. Very tasty stuff, I just wish it was more widely available here.

DiabolikDUB, Jun 28, 2009
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.

charlzm, Jun 13, 2009
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.

Haybeerman, Jun 09, 2009
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.

Spikester, May 02, 2009
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.

SetarconeX, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
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)

LilBeerDoctor, Mar 10, 2009
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.

mralphabet, Feb 15, 2009
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.

losangelesacefac, Feb 05, 2009
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.

BarleyMine, Jan 09, 2009
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

ssam, Dec 25, 2008
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.

largadeer, Nov 25, 2008
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.

tempest, Nov 18, 2008
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.

Offa, Oct 28, 2008
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.

argock, Oct 21, 2008
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.

Pencible, Oct 10, 2008
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.

bbothen, Oct 06, 2008
Photo of kshankar
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.

kshankar, Oct 05, 2008
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.

cswhitehorse, Sep 30, 2008
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.

boralyl, Sep 29, 2008
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.

flannelman808, Aug 22, 2008
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.

illidurit, Jun 08, 2008
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.

JBogan, May 17, 2008
Red Nectar from Humboldt Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 485 ratings.