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Red Nectar - Humboldt Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 518
Reviews: 253
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.46%
Wants: 9
Gots: 23 | 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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Photo of Billolick
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce bottle filled at DeCiccio's in Ardsley, NY. Pours the expected red tinged amber, decent looking khaki head, that behaves in a pretty standard fashion, then leaves better then average sheets of lace. Non exciting nose, perhaps a hint of dusty hops. Enjoyable ale, on the hoppier side then the typical example of the style. Notes of caramelike sweet malt. Nicely balanced and quite highly drinkable offering. Well done and worth a try. Nice sessioner

Photo of belgianbeerlover
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gave it a vigorous pour from a 22 oz bomber. A solid inch of creamy head with not too much staying power and thin lacing. Very clear, nice amber color in the glass. A subtle but distinctly floral hoppy aroma right off the pour. Creamy mouthfeel with some bite to it. The hops are well balanced by a carmel malt finish.

A bit more hops than most ambers, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. A very drinkable beer.

Photo of ToasterChef
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from my notes. Served at the Capital Ale House in Richmond, VA on a warm afternoon. It has a clear red/rust color and medium white head. There is a good caramel malt aroma; the kind that gets me excited to take my first sip (of course, I have to jot down notes about the aroma first). Plenty of hops in the flavor, also some molasses and maltiness up front. It is full bodied and has an average amount of carbonation. It is a very good beer. I wish I could get 6-packs of this in Maine.

Photo of Nickls
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(From notes)

A - Light coppery color; half-finger of eggshell head

S - Lightly hoppy aroma; bit earthy and bready

T - Hops are pretty faint like in the nose; the grainy/bready nature is a bit of a turn-off for me; heavier malt backing

M - Medium to thinner MF; a little slick

D - Decent but not great drinking; pretty boring and not even really digging the few standout characteristics

Overall, a pretty middle of the road Amber; there are so many other brews in the style that are much better.

Photo of seanbhudson
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Pours a slightly hazy amber/copper color with a medium size off- white head. There is a small amount of lacing.
Caramel and toasted malt.
Caramel, toasted malt and bit of an earthy malt that comes out more the longer you drink it. There is also a slight spiciness.
Medium body beer with that finishes a tad dry. Fizzy carbonation.
Easy drinking beer but needs a little more flavor to make it interesting. If I really want an easy drinking beer, I would probably lean toward a pale ale that had citrusy hop bitterness instead of earth flavors.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer came an orange amber with a thin film of off-white that left a little lace.

Smells of o.j. and canned peaches with some dry woody twigs for balance.

Tastes similar as it leaves touches of oaky dryness along the sides of my tongue, but reveals a subtle sweetness with powdered sugar and green grape. Finishes with a touch of red grapefruit.

Feels a little too busy as the carbonation really swells, but it isn't so bad.

A nice fruity hop experience and also quite unique.

Photo of spointon
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into my DFH stemmed glass.

A= This ale poured a fairly clear dark amber color with some mahogany undertones. With an aggressive pour at fridge temp the head rose just 1/2" and then settled to a thin skim. No lacing to speak of.

S= After this warmed a bit, I found a subdued but pleasant balance of caramel malt sweetness and earthy and spicy hops.

T= Not nearly as good as the smell but still pretty good. The malts were less sweet than expected and showed a slight astringency that wasn't entirely pleasant. Fortunately the hops swooped in every time I was about to protest this flavor and swept it aside with a decent earthy/leafy bitterness. Finished dry and left a lingering reminder of dry leaves, tea, and woodsey earth.

MF= Medium bodied with a relatively moderate carbonation level.

D= This was a decently good beer, but not a great one. Definitely weaker in every category than the regular Firestone Walker lineup.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz stubby bottle served in a standard pint glass.

Clear amber color with an off-white head that thinned out rather quickly but still left spotty lacing.
Strong hoppy smell with some background sweetness.
The taste is a balance of west coast/citrus hops and sweeter malt, it's good.
The body is on the lighter side of medium with a thin feel.
It's quite drinkable.

Photo of plaid75
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Amalak
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Lexluthor33
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of DiabolikDUB
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

Photo of Haybeerman
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Spikester
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of SetarconeX
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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)

Photo of mralphabet
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of losangelesacefac
4.75/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of BarleyMine
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ssam
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of largadeer
2.15/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

"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.

Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Offa
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of argock
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Red Nectar from Humboldt Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 518 ratings.