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Nectar IPA - Humboldt Brewing Co.

Nectar IPANectar IPA

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very good

604 Ratings
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Ratings: 604
Reviews: 311
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.47%

Brewed by:
Humboldt Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
60 IBU

(Beer added by: avylover on 10-03-2002)
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Photo of Yeroc


3.19/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

poured from a 12 oz bottle into an IPA glass

A - slightly hazy copperish/orangish color. Not much head (less than a finger)

S - very sweet smelling. Notes of honey and apricot (something fruity)

T - lose a little bit of the honey in the tast but still very fruity (again I'm thinking apricot?)

M - not your typical IPA mouthfeel. Light with a slightly bubbly feel.

O - enjoyable but not my thing. I like my IPA to have more bit/bitterness. This comes in at 60 so a little low for my typical liking. In closing, I would not turn one down if offered but I don't think it will be on my "soon to purchase list"

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 01:28:11 | More by Yeroc
Photo of GurpSlurp


3.09/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a pint glass.

Was expecting a sweeter beer by the nectar name and having had others with similar descriptions taste differently.

Picked up in a build your own 6 pack and would have to say I probably wouldn't buy again. Quite bitter and lacking any sort of fruit/floral hop taste. Has a bit of a honey taste but not one of my favorite. It's worth a try as I am a bit picky but would not recommend to buy more than a single. May end up as a let down. It was for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 02:57:01 | More by GurpSlurp
Photo of Bookseeb


3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance holds a golden amber color supporting a fair head that dissipates leaving fair lace. Smell has a very nice sweet malt aroma balanced by the grapefruit bitter of the hops. Taste again has the sweetness of the malt with the grapefruit piney bitter of the hops. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. A sweet tasty IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2014 03:13:22 | More by Bookseeb
Photo of superspak


3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 6/4/2013. Pours hazy deep orange amber color with a 1-2 finger dense cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, orange zest, tangerine, lemon zest, pine, floral, grass, caramel, bread, toast, and floral earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity of citrus/pine hops and moderate malt balance; with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, orange zest, lemon zest, floral, grass, pine, caramel, toast, bread, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, orange/lemon zest, floral, grass, pine, caramel, toast, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity of citrus hop flavors and moderate malt balance; with a moderately crisp malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall, despite the age of the bottle, this was a very nice IPA. Nice complexity of hop flavors with moderate malt balance; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 00:05:02 | More by superspak
Photo of TreyIsWilson


3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a nice burnt orange color with a two-finger white head.

S - Floral hops with some nice citrus.

T - Bitter upfront with some grapefruit and orange peel coming through. Sweet malt backbone balances everything out.

M - Thin watery mouthfeel. Very light for an IPA.

O - A nice IPA. Nothing mind blowing. Tasty and very easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 01:38:53 | More by TreyIsWilson
Photo of Smooth-Hoperator


3.2/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A - A very clear, dark orange colored brew with bubbly white head that quickly dissipates.

S - Malt backbone with slight earthy, piney hops coming though, not a citrusy hop profile.

T - The hop profile is piney, grassy, and dull. Not much brightness. This is more of a malt-forward IPA. There is an up front bitterness and also a bitterness that lingers afterward. It's not incredibly smooth or mind-blowing.

M - Light. It's a little watery and seems too light for such a malt forward brew.

O - Not great. I prefer a different style and for the style, this one isn't a standout.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2013 01:27:42 | More by Smooth-Hoperator
Photo of secondtooth


3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, rich amber. Superb off-white head and attractive, ornate lace.

Nose is a lovely floral with citrus hops rounding it all out.

Taste is deliciously bitter grapefruit with some pine tones as it warms up. Hops definitely dominate this West Coast IPA, but there's a palate-pleasing balance with the malts here that manage to steer it clear of being simply a "hop bomb".

Solid, delicious, and one I'll revisit again.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 19:06:59 | More by secondtooth
Photo of WoodBrew


3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The Nectar IPA is the best IPA that I have tried this evening...and I had some good ones in the line up this evening. The Nectar pours a lighter copper with white head that is lacing....very very nicely. The scent is malty with fresh hop presence that leans toward the piney side. The taste is a great mix of smei sweet malt and bitter piney citrus. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall this is a decent beer and recommended to IPA fans.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2013 02:21:23 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of JMad


4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper, orange color with a filmy, off white head.

Smells sweet and candy caramel-like with juicy, citrusy hops.

It's nice and bitter up front with tangerine and grapefruit with a hint of caramel and citrus peel.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a perfect amount of carbonation and a crisp, dry finish.

I really enoyed this beer, it's an easy drinking and flavorful IPA that has a high enough abv to do the trick.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 06:13:20 | More by JMad
Photo of aquazr1


3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Imbibe. Pours a golden amber with a short head that leaves some nice lace behind. The smell is floral with a lot of citrus notes. The taste is not too hoppy with only a slightly bitter finish. It's a light to medium bodied beer that is very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2013 21:36:28 | More by aquazr1
Photo of WVbeergeek


4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruby copper tinted body floating in my chalice with a big off white cream colored head chunky appearance of clouds floating in the sky. Aroma big earthy hops, citric notes with herbaceous qualities of Humboldt county recipes an provide...I know it's currently brewed and bottled in Paso Robles which is Firestone Walker country can't beat that I hope it means that this beer coming back to Ohio equates to the fact that we want to drink DBA, Union Jack, and the other standard beers that FSWBC makes. Flavor big streaks of undying hops in each sip this is IPA at the West Coast perspective and everyone that enjoys good IPA, hops are bodacious in their undertaking here with big citric, earthy notes, and floral aspects I love this IPA. I'm down for more of this kind of brewing quality control lasts the trip across the country true West Coast IPA. Mouthfeel is medium bodied IPA flowing carbonation good mix of hops and body on the palate great WCIPA, overall solid in every way I want to drink more.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 21:30:54 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of RonaldTheriot


4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nectar IPA has a thick, creamy, off-white head, a mostly clear, golden-orange, bubbly appearance, and fairly thick lacing left behind on the glass. The aroma is of sweet, somewhat fruity, hop oil, white bread, and sugar. Taste is of fairly strong and bitter hops, sweet malt, bread crust, slight fruit (oranges), and unsalted cracker. The hop oil bitterness is strong, but not overly so. Mouthfeel is medium and oily, and Nectar IPA finishes dry, easy drinking, and sweet. Overall, this is a mellow and delicious ale.


Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 12:39:05 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love an old shcool left coast IPA and this fits the bill perfectly.Poured one and a half bottles into an imperial nonic a burnt orange color with a nice tight one finger white head atop.Aromas of pine resin and citrusy hops over top of a sweetish doughy caramel malt base,just like it should be in my opinion.Flavors of big pine resin and grapefruit rind with a bit of herb to go along with a caramel malt base wich is almost as big as the hops.I love the old school IPA's and this is something I could drink all night,wich I likely will.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2013 23:11:15 | More by oberon
Photo of JamesMN


3.34/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Honey amber color with decent clarity and a one finger sudsy off-white head. Lots of good lacing.

Aroma: Generic bitterness and earthy orange. Sort of dank.

Taste: Huge bitterness on this one, so much that the hop flavor is almost hidden by it. Dark earthy pine and some orange are able to come through. Not much for malt to be found and almost a watery flavor that does nothing to balance out the tongue-thrashing bitterness. Actually surprisingly thin for a 6.7% ABV brew.

Mouthfeel: Just below medium in body with average carbonation and good drinkability.

Final Thoughts: Unfortunately there was no bottling date to be found and I've never had another Nectar Ale. I'd wager a guess that this is at least six months old. The faded hop flavor and lack of much malt to stand up to the bitterness is a bit of a let down. That being said, there is an something likeable about this seemingly mediocre IPA. Would I drink it again? Yes, if fresh.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2013 03:35:11 | More by JamesMN
Photo of deadonhisfeet


3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Goose Island tulip. The beer pours out very nicely. It's very clear and has a light copper color. The head is at least 2 fingers thick, fine, and retains fairly well. The nose is typical American IPA: dank and resiny with intense notes of flowers, lemons, grapefruit, and pine trees.

Medium-bodied beer with a hop-forward flavor and substantial malt backbone. Some toasty, caramel-like flavors up front and considerable bitter citrus fruit and floral hop notes at mid-palate and beyond. The malty sweetness renders the beer somewhat medicinal. Dry finish and nice lingering hop flavor. No excessive booziness or alcohol warmth.

A nice IPA that will not replace any of my favorites anytime soon. A bit too much sweetness for my palate and it lacks the intense orange and peach notes that distinguish the better IPAs in my book.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2013 17:48:27 | More by deadonhisfeet
Photo of mrfrancis


4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear, light golden amber with a thin, creamy white mousse that lingers for some time, leaving a modest amount of white lace around the sides of the glass.

S: Gentle aromas of toffee, cream, caramel, biscuit, lemon, lime, grapefruit, pine, and spruce are present on the nose.

T: Notes of lemon, lime, bitter orange, grapefruit, pine, spruce, and cedar are balanced by flavors of heavy cream, caramel, crackers, biscuits, and toffee. The finish is pleasantly balanced with bitter, citrusy, resinous hop notes of lemon, grapefruit, pine, and spruce underscored by mild, sweet malty notes of caramel, cream, and biscuit.

M: Medium in body, oily, and a bit sticky. Carbonation is decidedly firm. Has a decidedly smooth feel to it. I could drink this all day.

O: A nice little American IPA. The fact that the appearance is nothing special and the smell is a bit on the mild and mellow side is more than made up for by the unique texture and exquisitely balanced flavor. I could see this one being easily overlooked, but I would recommend it highly to fans of the style nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2013 15:18:03 | More by mrfrancis
Photo of cjoc83


3.26/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle purchased at Spinnerstown Hotel in Spinnerstown, PA for $3 to-go. Can't find a bottled on date anywhere.

A - pours a slightly hazy copper/amber color with a 2 finger off white head that sticks around for a while before receding to a cap. Nice patches of lace are left behind on the tulip after each sip.

S - the nose is a bit subdued on this one, with mostly floral hops intermingling with a strong caramel, bready malt backbone. Some faint sweet fruit is detectable, mostly apricot.

T - again, a little on the maltier side, with biscuity, caramel malt hitting the palate first, followed by earthy, floral hop notes. The more juicy fruit hops come in on the back end, mostly apricot and some mango, along with more malt flavor, but they blend particularly well here at the end.

M - slightly creamy, easy drinking, no noticeable alcohol really. Semi-dry finish with a slight, bittersweet hop/malt aftertaste.

O - the IBUs could definitely be punched up a bit on this, and the malts are a little much when the hop presence isn't there enough to balance it out. That being said, it's quite drinkable, and not a bad beer by any means. But definitely drinks more like a malty APA than an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 23:46:38 | More by cjoc83
Photo of Brenden


3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This one is bright burnished gold, short of amber in darkness. A bubbly, decently-sized head is created and rests on top without fading too quickly. Spotting and patching are dropped in moderation.
This has what seems to me like a West-East coast hybrid sort of profile. The hops bouquet is mostly citrus with a little pine and something more floral. It's got plenty of malts, providing balance but taking away from the bite of the hops as well as their strength in the overall profile. Mostly biscuity but with a hint of caramel, and alongside an additional sweetness, this beer does just manage to display bitterness as the essential, most forward aspect. Something lightly sour sneaks into the finish on the tongue.
All in all, this beer seems more focused on smoothness than crispness without abandoning it. Carbonation hits the median in a medium body.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 15:05:49 | More by Brenden
Photo of barczar


3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Brilliant copper with a frothy one inch cream head that's dense and lingers.

Resin, floral hops, mango, nectarine, and pine form the initial aroma. There's a solid caramel malt sweetness present.

Flavor tarts things up a bit, with underpinnings of grapefruit, lime, and tart orange preceding a deep caramel malt, bready backbone, finishing resiny and fairly bitter.

Body is a tad light, with moderate carbonation and a touch of alcohol warmth.

Good balance of flavoring and bittering hops, with enough malt to balance, as well. Not the most complex, but a solid ipa. Could use a bit more body.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2013 21:29:55 | More by barczar
Photo of bnes09


3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful goldenrod color with lots of visible bubbles. Thick and creamy head blankets the top of the liquid and clings to the glass in thin threads of lacing.

Bright floral, mild citric and sweet honey aromas.

Bready malt, pine and citrus hop bitterness, honey and apricot nectar sweetness. Well balanced with medium bitterness overall.

Light to medium bodied and a bit sticky. Quick burst of carbonation disappears leaving a void on my tongue. Somewhat dry in the finish.

Interesting IPA. Definitely one of the sweeter examples I have yet to try.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 04:30:58 | More by bnes09
Photo of schoolboy


4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This was initially so good and I was so thirsty, that I pretty much guzzled it.

The appearance is very appealing, with nice lace, good color, and it is very clear.

The initial taste is somewhat creamy with no bite. It is a well balanced, not very over the top AIPA, still that is the correct style as it is very full bodied.

The aftertaste is very foodie. There is a thick substantial feel to this ale. Overall, it is not as good as it's parts, but it is a very nice ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 02:03:40 | More by schoolboy
Photo of hosehead83


3.51/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a "stubby" 12oz. bottle with an attractive hummingbird label.
Clear, copper-gold with a moderate head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Faint floral hop note
Taste-Toasted malt, soft floral hops. Nicely balanced but more of a pale ale feel than an IPA. Innofensive and pleasant, would make a good "starter" IPA for those just venturing into the wonderful world of the hophead.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2013 21:52:42 | More by hosehead83
Photo of Bucktron18


3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle, no freshness date. Light coppery orange with an off white head that quickly settles down to a fine lace. Slightly hazy. Not much of an aroma. Surprisingly more malty than hoppy at first. Up front there is light hop and some syrupy malt notes. Good solid bitterness at the end that doesn't linger. Mouthfeel has a slight viscosity that seems to go along with the syrupy malty note in the flavor. Overall a solid, easy drinking IPA. Could definitely use a little more hop aroma to really feel like an IPA as you drink it.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 00:22:28 | More by Bucktron18
Photo of JMScowcroft


4.51/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nectar Ales - Nectar IPA (Not sure why it's listed as "IPA Nectar")

Look - Poured into my new Dogfish Head IPA glass (yay). Pours a clear darker reddish amber with a terrific soapy head. Nice sticky lacing.

Smell - Aroma is malty sweet and citrus hops. Mouth-watering.

Taste - Carbonation hits first but not too hard. Smooth malts ride in on the bubbles, quite sweet. Hops come in piney and citrus after.

Mouthfeel - Floral hops rest on the palate, as well as sweet sticky malts. Very drinkable. Honey seems to stick a bit here, which is OK but not a great aspect.

Overall - Unique blend of malts and pungent hops creates a great IPA experience. Would recommend, worth a try. This brew is a bit underrated, but if you really want the wow factor for this kind of style, give Troegs Nugget Nectar a try. I prefer to call this style an amber DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2013 11:57:34 | More by JMScowcroft
Photo of hopheadhoward


4.49/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Come on - this is a nice IPA. Not sure why there is such mild praise.

If you like floral hops, a nice finish, you will really enjoy this. I've had it on tap a couple of times in Orlando and I think this is an ideal IPA.

Not pretentious, not complicated, but a great IPA!

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2013 23:44:20 | More by hopheadhoward
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Nectar IPA from Humboldt Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 604 ratings.