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Red Nectar - Humboldt Brewing Co.

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519 Ratings
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Ratings: 519
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 CharlesDarwin
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Originally reviewed April 9, 2007. 12 Oz Bottle. Aroma a rich crispy, floral sweet cascade orange and light peach. Perfumey and drawing. Pours a ruddied amber with a soapy head of off-white. Flavor is crisp, nice bright malt with candied lemon, pear juice, a run of caramel malts and a punch of gingered hop flows. All of this very alive and bright, with astounding drinkability. I could pound these back all day. It’s fresh, clean, clear and flavorful with just the right balance of hop flavor, instead of unending bitterness and aroma. It seems that if you can impart massive hop flavor, instead of just bitterness, you’re doing something right. And this beer achieves that in hands with great flavor, while preserving sweet drinking quality. Damn good Amber!

Photo of Night
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber with crimson and brown tones. Medium, foamy, blonde head; light to medium lacing. Aroma is floral and grapefruit hops, spices, plum, raisin, sudsy dough malts. Mouthfeel is on the light and fizzy side. Flavor is well-balanced: thick bread (sweet, then sour) and buttery malts followed by grapefruit, bitter resin, and earthy-woody hops. Notes of cocoa in finish; bitter aftertaste with hints of spice.

Photo of adowney523
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz brown bottle brought back from the plane from CA.

Deep amber in color, moderate carbonaton, and an off-white head with good rentention.

Smells of bready malt along with raisins, and piney and citrusy hops.

Very well-balanced and clean with a good touch of citrusy hops in the finish.

Medium-bodied with a slightly sweet finish and quite drinkable. Recommended.

Photo of jeffjfindley
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A red stunner, with not-so stunning head retention. Not bad, just not great. Smell is rich in caramel malt, and tart citrus. Hops are evident. This is a superbly crafted beer with an eviable balance of thick amber malt and none-too-subtle west coast hops. Mouthfeel is satsifying if a little sticky. Drinks itself, and at 5.99 a sixer at Trader Joe's, I defy anyone to find a better value for a way above average session beer.

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

A- Dark Amber in color, crystal clear. Three finger head, off-white, multisized bubbles. decent rentention. incredible lacing stuck all the way down the glass and hung around until i washed it.

S-bicuit malt and green hops, not very complex.

T-biscuit and carmel malt, green and earthy hops, finishes a little sour. Marginnaly more complex that the aroma.

M-light body, a little watery than I expect from a hoppier amber ale. Nice carbonation though.

D-Aside from my mild gripes above, this one is quite drinkable

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

Sampled March 2007
This was one of those brews that hooked me on that fresh hoppy taste back in the first few years of my drinking craft beer, lets see how it has held up over the years. The beer pours with a darkish tan colored head that billows up to three-fingers in height. The head has some staying power to it and even leaves a touch of lacing on the sides of the glass. The beer is a brilliantly clear, reddish cranberry color. The aroma has a nice fresh hoppiness to it that is on the sweet side. Aromas of candied orange peel, brown sugar glazed grapefruit and touches of biscuit malt are the most dominant parts of the aroma, though you have to dig for that last bit.

The beer has a nice malty sweetness to it up front, and the malt character is quite clean and bright. I don't remember the malt being quite this refined, I seem to remember a bit more muddy crystal malt character & I am glad that either my memory is hazy or that the beer has changed for the better. Still it is the hops that lead the way here; a nice bright bitterness starts out as a hop bite and lingers on through the finish. The bitterness is nicely balanced by a crystal malt character that adds fruity overtones to this brew. A citrus hop focus also adds more fruit character to this brew with notes of grapefruit, orange and tangelo.

This is still quite a solid drinking beer, a lot of others beers have come along since this brew, but this is one of those that led the way from me, especially with its citrus hop focus. Ultimately this beer is still the session brew that I remember, even if it has lost some of its once, cutting edge vibrancy.

Photo of Slatetank
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear deep garnet with a sizeable head that leaves generous lacing.

S - The aroma is a goodly amount of malt that has roasted scents with a nose of subtle woodsy hops.

M - Creamy malt textures are the main elements with bitter qualities that gradually eclipse the sweet dry feel alongside liberal effervescence.

T - Toasted notes of dry malt -almost rye-like. Sweet, but ever so slightly creamy. Substantially bitter with tasty, woody hops and fruity floral hints intermingling with at malty sweetness that is matched oz. for oz. with bittering that is slight on the dry side. A slightly medicinial effect is apparent after short swallows that adds to the dryness in the mouth.

D - A roasty red ale that is not undrinkable with pleasant hops and a spicy peppery essence. Not my favorite style but a decently made ale.

Photo of drpimento
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From an oldish beer-of-the-month shipment. No sediment. Medium to small head; a bit of lace. Very hazy copper color. Nice hoppy, citrusy, fruity, slightly malty nose. Sweeter in the mouth. Great balance between the hops and sweetness. Good mouth. I like this beer! Easy session.

Photo of Boto
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle: This pours a hazy amber color. It has a small off white head on it. This has a very appealing nose. A nice mix of caramel malts, spiciness, floral and some breadiness also. The taste is a bit of a letdown from the aroma, although still good. A somewhat harsh, bitter taste to it.

Photo of Phocion
3.1/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark amber with a thin off-white head which quickly disappears leaving slight lacing around my pint glass.

Aroma is weak but nicely balanced. Caramel and bready malts combine with floral and citrus hops.

The taste could be described the same as the nose. Grapefruit and roasted malts create a nice balance, but it is very weak and lacking complexity.

Thin, watery, and a little oily mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. Not much to this brew, but it is very crisp and unoffensive. If I had to describe this beer in one word, it would be "average." It's not bad, but don't waste your time.

Photo of jdhilt
2.3/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a three finger cream head that fades to a shallow layer and leaves some lace. Cloudy dark amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Hoppy nose. Starts mildly hoppy, looking for sweetness and not finding it, hoppy, resiny finish, with bitter aftertaste. $1.69 for a 12oz bottle from John's Market Tigard, Or.

Photo of shivtim
2.75/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This is a clear reddish-orange with a nice tan head. There are lots of tiny bubbles and ok lacing. Nose is hoppy and sweet. Taste is metallic with some malts. Not nearly as much hops as the nose. There's an odd grainy aftertaste that's like bitter honey. Complicated taste, but not in a good way. Mouthfeel is ok, drinkability would be better if it weren't for the odd cacophony of the taste.

Photo of vtfan77
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Deep reddish orange with a big, frothy beige head. Lots of lacing, too.

S- Very hoppy aroma. Some toasty malts take a backseat to the citrusy hops.

T- Not as hoppy as the aroma would suggest. Citrusy hops and toasted malts balance each other out nicely. There's a touch of sweetness up front that carries through to the finish and is somewhat honey-like (or, perhaps, nectar-like?). Finish is fairly bitter. Nice.

M- Good carbonation in this medium-bodied brew. Nice and smooth.

D- Darn good drinkability. Not too high in alcohol and tastes great. Sure, I'd have another.

Good drinking red ale. Nothing spectacular, mind you, but solid. A nice, hoppy beer. Recommended.

Photo of techdiver
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Overall a very acceptable brew. Pours a deep amber with modest head that dissipates quickly. Modest hops, well blended. Nothing stands out as unforgettable, but seems a good session brew. Goes down smooth. Brewed by Nectar Ales, Paso Robles, California. What's up with the difference from "Humboldt"?

Photo of Beerzebub
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear orange-amber, almost white head goes down to blotches fairly fast. Smells like orange creamcicles a little bit, which is great. Also, butternut/pumpkin, custard, orange, coriander seed, green tea, black pepper, bagels. Not a very strong smell, but complex, intriguing, and delicious.

Tastes of fresh fruit salad, bready/bagely malt, tea, with citrusy hops like grapefruit with hints of orange and bergamot. A vague custardy creaminess holds it together, but the taste has more hop bitterness and less custard than the smell. The hops are welcome, this is well balanced. Kind of watery, though.

The mouthfeel is its only real fault, this is stll an excellent beer.

Photo of SethB2
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A - Deep Amber in color, clean looking with a decent 1/2" head.

S - Sweet initially and very malty. Caramel, raisins, and toasted grain. There is a slight hop bitterness on the nose, but not a lot.

T - Good stuff. Hoppier than I was expecting after the smell. Definite west coast hop bite is the first thing I noticed, which is washed away by the sweetness about halfway through the swig.

M - Pretty good, but a bit on the thin side. Could use a few more bubbles.

D - Nice. Easy drinker that is very sessionable.

Photo of TheLiterati
3.13/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I’d originally had this on tap a while ago, and decided to buy a six-pack for a casual gathering I was having for some beer newbies.

The characteristics that stood out in the tap variety are muted in the bottled version. It does have the reddish amber color, thinnish tan head, and even offers a bit of lacing that sticks around.

The aroma hints at a nice hoppiness with caramel undertones. There’s also an undertone of something reminiscent of sweet cream that I can’t put my finger on. Sounds weird but it’s in there somewhere!

Mouthfeel is a little fizzy, almost like soda pop – lots of bubbles and effervescence, but not necessarily unpleasant. Tastes of hops, burnished caramel and malt. The finish is dry, but turns a little flat after it warms a bit.

Red Nectar is bigger than many of the red ales available, which sometimes tend to be big on color and light on taste. This one has some promise, and is mostly OK.

Photo of cbl2
3.1/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

6/30/2005 $6.99 6 pack 5.40% No best by date.

Appearance:

Pours a clear medium brown with a very thin tan head that settles rapidly. Course bubbles perforate the surface, swirling carbonation in the center.

Aroma:

Mildly nutty aroma with some sweet malt presence.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

No flavors truly stand out, though there is a nutty sweetness midsip, that bleeds into a somewhat bitter finish. Easy to drink, but as soon as you've swallowed, you forget what the beer tasted like.

Photo of DogFood11
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a shiney, highly filtered, amber to copper color. Offwhite head leaves behind pock marked lacing.

Fruity esters are the first thing to grab my attention. Solid body and depth. Malts are sweet but they do have a toasted edge to them. Hops snap in towards the end and complete this brew. Hops are in like a flash and gone, mostly bittering but they do a nice job of balancing this out and cleaning up. A bit of lemon towards the finish as well. Aftertaste tends to linger a bit but nothing annoying at all to offend.

Notes: Well, it is what it is...an Amber that is on the aggressive side of things, still maintaining its ultra drinkability in the process. Priced fairly at trader joe's this is a staple type offering.

Photo of ski271
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Zeno’s in State College, PA. Pours a clear medium-dark ruby-amber with a very small, slightly off-white, foamy head. Hardly any lacing. Smell is of moderate malt and light pine, with a touch of honey sweetness. Taste-wise, there’s much more of a hops presence that the nose suggests. Pine, citrus rind and caramel with a light berry finish. It has a medium body, dry texture and soft carbonation. Nothing here that wows me, but it’s a nice, evenly balanced & refreshing ale.

Photo of deuschbag
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle pored into a pint glass. pores a dark orange/light amber red color. head fades away after a few mins to leave a nice white ring.

smell is a nice mellow citrus hoppy smell. lightly malty and grainy.

this has a very mellow taste overall. has a light malty taste. honey and a earthly hop character.

feels so great in the mouth. very very thick and chewy. almost a meal by itself.

very drinkable. perfect for the summer time weather. great for any season.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Humboldt- Red Nectar Ale

On tap at Isaac Newton's. Newton, PA.

Appearance- ruby red with very little head. Looked like flat Dr. Pepper.
Smell- Decent caramel malt. Bold.
Taste- light caramel malt. Slight sweetness, watery.
Mouthfeel- slightly watery up front, bold malt that turns sugary, and finishes with a slight dryness.

Overall- didn't WOW me but was a refreshing beer to drink on a hot afternoon. Mediocre at best.

Doesn't compare to Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale.

Photo of Skidz
4.45/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My bottle states that this is brewed and bottled by "Nectar Ales, Paso Robles, CA," but holds the same label as shown here. Contract brewed, or what?

Pours out bright amber and sits a brilliant copper brown in the glass with a large creamy beige head, fading to a light skimming with solid lacings up and down the glass. Excellent presentation.

Smells rich and malty, bursting with caramel and toasty grains. Hints of orange meld with golden raisins and spicy, leafy green hops.

Solid malt presence up front, caramel, light toffee, toasty, toasty. toasty. Intricate fluid hops deliver subtle notes of oranges, plum skin and grapefruit rind. Finishes with moderate bitterness, totally leveling out on all angles. Absolutely delightful.

Smoooth, light, soft and fine carbonation and a full-felt medium body. This gets it all moving, every gulp.

I am happily savoring every last drop. I was not expecting much, but this is absolutely brilliant. Wonderfully balanced, fully delivering every gram of flavor held within.

Photo of IntriqKen
2.63/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light orangish amber with a nice single finger full tan head that melts to a nice lacing.
Aroma is only faintly sweet malt and honey.
Taste is stronger than the aroma but still very light...malt, followed by a honey cloying, then a mild hop bitterness.
Aftertaste of honey and hops.
Just a very average beer of this style in my opinion. I don't know if they actually used honey in this beer, but to me it was distinct and distracting for the style.

Photo of thaichile
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle 22oz. Pours an amber color with scents of malt. Not a brew that you’ll remember, but not a brew that you hated drinking either. Middle of the road, not overly hoppy or malty. I wouldn’t go out of my way to get this but if it got in my way I’d have it again. Thanks to Zorro for the bottle.

Red Nectar from Humboldt Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 519 ratings.