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Red Nectar - Humboldt Brewing Co.

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476 Ratings
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Ratings: 476
Reviews: 250
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.42%
Wants: 9
Gots: 11 | 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 beerluvr

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +18.6%

A nice khaki colored head nearly fills the glass before falling to a compact layer sitting above clear medium red liquid. A wonderful fruit and sweet/toasty malt nose. The taste is a great balance of malt to hop bitterness coupled with a medium bodied mouthfeel making this ale very easy to put down. There's just enough hoppiness to provide lip-smacking bitterness among the lightly toasty maltiness underneath it without being super hoppy/bitter. Finishes very balanced but with an emphasis on the hop here...one helluva drinkable red ale!

10-03-2004 16:26:57 | More by beerluvr
Photo of BuckeyeNation


4/5  rDev +9.6%

The beer is a beautiful shade of redorangeamber, bright and clear, and sports a generous, pastel orange-tinted cap of foam has all of the attributes that I look for... persistance, frothy firmness, stickiness and laceability. Red Nectar looks wonderful in the glass, especially with the setting sun behind it.

Hoptastic nose, more so than most red ales, even west coast ones. Orange, lemon and peach are at least as strong as grapefruit. There's more malt on the palate than there is in the nose. Even though the sweet, caramel flavor is right up front, hoppiness carries the day. Just what I like, a red ale that isn't afraid to forego balance and make a committment--even a modest one--in one direction.

Again, the flavor profile consists of lightly caramelized cane sugar syrup flecked with the zest of oranges, lemons and grapefruits. The medium body feels a tad more full than it actually is due to the sweet, slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Drying it out a little would enhance sessionability, but I'd keep it just the way it is.

I don't see, smell, or taste a lot to criticize. Red Nectar isn't in St. Rogue Red's league, but then what is? This is just damn tasty beer, it's as simple as that.

09-16-2004 23:22:10 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of Gusler


3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

The beer as it spills from the 12 ounce brown bottle sets in the glass a transparent copper color with a modest sized white head, which is semi-creamy in texture and the lace a thin white sheet to cover the glass. Nose is sweet and nicely malted, fresh cut red apples comes to mind, crisp and clean, the start is sweet, and has a nice malt presence, the top middling in feel, and its sets nicely on the palate. Finish is moderate in its acidity, the hops mild and pleasant, aftertaste dry and somewhat sweet, a nice summertime beer me thinks.

04-18-2004 19:03:14 | More by Gusler
Photo of RBorsato


4.2/5  rDev +15.1%

Tasting #2 (Nectar Ales):

Much nicer citrusy hop aroma and flavor than I remember and more of a true American Amber Ale.

Rating changes: S 3.5 to 4.0, D 4.0 to 4.5

Bottled(?): 05/18/05 (lasered on neck)
Tasted: 07/14/05

(12 oz. bottle)

Tasting #1 (Humboldt Brewing Co.):
Nice light amber color (with light brownish hues), a full creamy beige head, good carbonation, and good lace. Aroma is mostly of bittering hops with a light malt presence. Nice balanced non-descript malt-hop flavor but definitely a bit more malty. Medium-full bodied and smooth.

A solid Amber Ale but not a recurring one for the price...

Per B.A.B. book: 5.3% ABV. Chinook, Willamette, Mt.Hood, and Cascade hops.

Gold Medal - 1999 GABF - American Amber Ale
Silver Medal - 2004 GABF - American Amber Ale

($3.49 / 22 oz. bottle)

04-16-2004 19:18:50 | More by RBorsato
Photo of Boilermaker88


4/5  rDev +9.6%

A nice find at my local Trader Joe's. This amber ale had a deep copper color and a firm, compact white head that slowly shrank down to a small cap. Some modest lace was in evidence.
The nose was a well-balanced blend of caramel malt, mild apple notes along with some other fruits, and a good dose of floral hops. The taste was also a good mix of caramel and lightly earthy malts and sweetness in the form of apples and a hint of tropical fruits. An equal to the malt character, there was some grapefruit peel and a bit of pine in the finish to hold up the hops profile. The medium body and smooth feel really made this an easy drinking brew.
Humboldt's Red Nectar Ale was a real surprise find at Trader Joe's, where more often than not a beer turns out to be a "miss". Tasty and well-balanced, this is one I'd keep in the fridge for the times I'm in the mood for an amber ale.

03-06-2004 06:05:42 | More by Boilermaker88
Photo of IrishRedRock


4/5  rDev +9.6%

I got exactly what I expected from this. This is your typical "straight 4" beer. Medium bodied amber, toasted caramel malt and a sweet hop presence in both flavor and aroma. Very well balanced. Nothing very interesting, but a tasty brew nonetheless. A session brew if ever there was one.

02-29-2004 02:21:25 | More by IrishRedRock
Photo of ADR


3.25/5  rDev -11%

Bright clear copper color, luminous. Head is persistant and settles at about 1/8 of an inch after a moment. Lace is fairly intricate. Fruity aroma, apple skins and pale but noticeable citrus. Body is slightly thin with moderate to high carbonation. Decently balanced between indroductory caramel malt qualities, but the astringency of slightly unripe fruit wins over by the end of the profile. Hops are distinct by the aftertaste. A little light and slightly sourish for me, but not unpleasant and not over-assertive in the long run.

Source: Liquid Solutions

02-16-2004 16:47:47 | More by ADR
Photo of Zorro


4.03/5  rDev +10.4%

Pours a good-looking red ale.

Smell is strong malt, tea and fruity smell. Smells really good.

Taste is very complex. Malt and tea are the dominant flavors with a nice astringent quality. Fairly dry with a little bit of sweetness to it. There is a lingering tea after taste to this, not unpleasant. Much better than expected.

Mouthfeel is good.

Very drinkable, tasty brew.

02-16-2004 00:34:59 | More by Zorro
Photo of merlin48


4/5  rDev +9.6%

Colorful hummingbird on the bottle cap and label. Pours a beautiful, clear, copper/red amber with a moderate beige head. Good head retention eventually falls into patchy sheet lacing. Aroma features caramel up front, then an array of hops take over. Floral and pine scents are dominant in the hops department. Light bodied and medium carbonation in the mouth. Hops are assertive on the tongue, without biting. Tatse is caramel sweetness with plenty of hops boldness. Pine and grapefruit notes give this a lot of pale ale characteristics, but the caramel malt is able to maintain its balance throughout. I found this one very enjoyable and very well balanced. This would be a nice session ale.

02-07-2004 20:31:37 | More by merlin48
Photo of RootedFool


3.45/5  rDev -5.5%

Poured a bright rusty amber with a fluffy tan head.

An earthy hoppiness found my nose right away.

First notes that play on my tongue are a nearly sour acidity that quickly segues into a very narrow, one-dimensional hop bitterness. And somewhere in the background there's a malt stickiness.

Mouthfeel is slightly watery.

I've had this on tap several times at the brewery, usually during happy hour when it's offered as one of the 2 dollar pint choices, and I do enjoy it, average as it is.

01-22-2004 23:09:03 | More by RootedFool
Photo of pheurton


3.63/5  rDev -0.5%

crystal clear mahogany. slightly tannish 1/4" head that retreats to subtle yet ever present foam. substantial lacing. clean on the nose with whiffs of crystal malts and delicate floral hops. detecting a chocolate undertone. crisply carbonated, slightly thin mouthfeel. big shot of bready carmel malt flavor cut by some really fresh tasting floral hoppiness. rather refreshing. bitterness is light but noticeable. a highly drinkable, balanced red. this is a well built, enjoyable session ale - nothing more, nothing less. find some.

01-09-2004 02:42:31 | More by pheurton
Photo of WetCoaster


4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Appearance: Thick white/tan chunky head with excellent retention and nice lacing. Beautifully clear, deep penny copper color. A better looking red ale you'll be hard pressed to find.

Smell: Hoppy nose with herbal, almost vermouth, scent. Nice.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Yum. Floral and herbal hop spice with a nice malt sweetness; a wonderfully balanced beer. Smooth carbonation and excellent body provide a nice mouthfeel.

Drinkability: This is the most drinkable beer I've come across in many a moon. This may be the session beer to end all session beers. Good job, Humboldt Brewing Company.

12-07-2003 10:43:56 | More by WetCoaster
Photo of feloniousmonk


3.65/5  rDev 0%

Appearance: bright, dark ruby color, a lovely jewel, aided by an enormous head, off-whitish shade, nearly cocoa, honeycombed with lace.
Aroma: fresh, yeasty, citric, slightly sour, tasty, too.
Taste: smooth-going at first sip, untroubled, and tasty. Minor-key fruit factor. Adequate malt, excellent balance. Delicious, but mild enough, too, to enter the session ale field. Every sip and swallow is it's own reward, flavor returns and is enjoyed again and again.
Much thanks to el mocoso!

11-13-2003 05:08:03 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of Mustard

District of Columbia

3.13/5  rDev -14.2%

Presentation: 12oz. brown bottle; no "bottled on" or "best by" warning; purchased as a stray single for $1.19 from the West LA Whole Foods on National and Barrington.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear amber; nice, fine, three-fingered head; very good retention -- at least one of those fingers made it to the bottom of my mug; light, scattered lacing.

Aroma: Largely of sweet, caramel malts and citrusy hops.

Taste: Mildly sweet upfront with a fair dose of bready, biscuity malts throughout; mild to fair hop bitterness in the finish; faint roasty notes; citrusy, grassy hop flavors; medium bodied.

Notes: A decent red and nothing more.

09-06-2003 07:43:23 | More by Mustard
Photo of beerguy101


4/5  rDev +9.6%

Dark copper color, large white foamy head. Aroma is malty, nutty and sweet. Mild hops, medium malts. Mild roasted toffee like flavor. Nice malt flavor. Finish is clean and light. Aftertaste is slightly bitter, nice malt finish. Very drinkable, nice beer.

08-24-2003 03:29:33 | More by beerguy101
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Pours a lighter amber color with a medium slightly sticky head,the aroma is nicely balanced od sweet malt and zesty hop.The taste starts out grassy and zesty with a nice malty finish,a little fruity complexity makes this beer pretty darn good.Mabey would have liked a little toastiness to it but all in all a good beer.

08-09-2003 18:36:16 | More by oberon
Photo of NeroFiddled


3.95/5  rDev +8.2%

A crystal-clear, deep-copper body is capped by a short but creamy off-white head that holds fairly well and leaves some nice, but sparse, rings of lace. The aroma offers a delicate blend of caramel malt and lightly floral, citrusy, and grassy hops. The body is medium and it's lightly crisp on the tongue with a fine, median-level carbonation. In the flavor a well-balanced combination of fresh caramelish malt; yeasty fruitiness (strawberry, apple); and floral/citrusy/grassy hops are backed by a firm, and almost bold, balancing bitterness. The hop flavor appears more distinct in the finish which is long and lingering with some residual malt and dry bitterness. A solid, drinkable beer!

08-08-2003 04:15:30 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of beernut7


3.73/5  rDev +2.2%

This brew pours with a deep red amber with a thick sticky foamy head. The aroma of toffee and caramel is very inviting . The flavor is initial dry and shows little of what the round aroma promises. The bitterness is mellow, round and quite distinct. The light malt grows less dry toward the finish and ends in quite a nice balance with the hops.

05-25-2003 09:13:40 | More by beernut7
Photo of avylover


3.45/5  rDev -5.5%

I would call this one a red pale ale. It's reddish amber in color and translucent with a nice off white head that died quick.Smell is of sweet maltiness, then the taste kicks in some crisp hops. Not IPA hoppy, but nicely hopped. Nice tartness in the mouthfeel, actually slightly fuzzy. I've tried two "Nectar Ales" from humbolt and both have had the peach fuzz mouthfeel and an overall nice quality to them. Good brew but a bit pricey at $10 a sixer

04-18-2003 19:59:52 | More by avylover
Photo of Jarod


3.53/5  rDev -3.3%

This beer poured a red/rusty color with a hint of orange in it, very clear so that the carbonation was very visible. The head was big, full and foamy, it was beige/off white in color and so was the full lace that was left behind. The aroma that it gave off seemed to be fairly faint. I did notice hints of citrus hops, fruit, sweet malt, and a hint of honey. I noticed most of these smells when I took the glass outside in the crisp clean air. The taste was semi sweet in nature, hints of sweet malt, some honey, hops, and a bite of yeast. The finish left a slight hop, semi-dry feel on the tongue. This was a fairly decent beer, better then average in most areas. I would probably get again but not for awhile, I believe there are other beers from that style that I would like to try first though.

02-27-2003 13:43:56 | More by Jarod
Photo of WilliamPhilaPa


4/5  rDev +9.6%

Pours a nice red / amber with a tight off-white colored head… nice lace that sticks around the glass. On the nose there is a slight caramel aroma, slight fruity hop aroma as well. On the palate there is a slight bitterness, fruity essences, honey perhaps, slight spicy/herbal notes in there, slight caramel malt flavor too…good balance. Overall a enjoyable brew…

12-02-2002 15:28:25 | More by WilliamPhilaPa
Photo of BeerManDan


3.05/5  rDev -16.4%

At first sight, the color was of a nice reddish amber, but the smell was not that impressing. The aroma of hops and citrus was what I got. Then the taste was of hops with a hit of citrus. That was all that I could taste of this beer. Also, there was a feeling of a sour bitterness in my mouth. Not impressed with this beer. Will not purchase it again! Where's the honey?

12-01-2002 21:55:34 | More by BeerManDan
Photo of TheLongBeachBum


4.3/5  rDev +17.8%

Very Red in color, but it was cloudy, which sort of spoilt its appearance a bit. Moderate, but acceptable bitterness, with a really nicely balanced malty aftertaste. A very solid beer with an almost silky smooth drinking mouthfeel. So good I had another. I tried the Brace of Humboldt Reds on draft at Heroes Bar in Claremont, CA. I too had an accompanying meal, and its true, it does go really rather well with food, especially Steak.

09-16-2002 23:12:23 | More by TheLongBeachBum
Photo of Mark


4.35/5  rDev +19.2%

Had this today with grilled cheese sandwiches accompanied by chips and salsa. It was a perfect pairing. Cloudy reddish amber, nice lasting head, and exceptional lacing coated my glass. bitterness was moderate and this ale went down very smooth. Good solid maltiness provided the foundation for this fine drinkable ale. I think I have found a new "staple" for my fridge. Since this brewery is in the general area of Anderson Valley and North Coast breweries, I might have to visit them soon.

07-01-2002 19:10:33 | More by Mark
Photo of Murph


4/5  rDev +9.6%

Pours a nice red/amber with a tight off white head that sticks around well. Smell is spicy/herbal hops and strong honey. The honey makes itself known right at the start with a nice malt character as well. As the malt and honey fade there is a nice spicy/herbal hop character that develops. Interesting mouthfeel, I'm not exactly sure how to describe it, but it is nice. A very drinkable brew as well. This would be a damn fine session brew if it was more readily available around here.

05-13-2002 17:43:11 | More by Murph
Red Nectar from Humboldt Brewing Co.
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