Nectar IPA - Humboldt Brewing Co.

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Nectar IPANectar IPA

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86
very good

800 Ratings
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Ratings: 800
Reviews: 341
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 17
Gots: 64 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Humboldt Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: avylover on 10-03-2002

60 IBU
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Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of MadScientist
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This pour an orange tinted medium amber with excellent clarity. The off-white head of rocky bubbles is not persistent and settles to a thin film on top rather quickly.

S: A moderately-high citrus and piney hop aroma that smell kind of flat from age. A clean malt sweetness and a light orange and peach ester with a soft alcohol aroma. No diacetyl.

T: A malt sweetness with a touch of caramel dominate flavor slight over the moderately-high bitterness and strong piney and resinous hops flavors. The balance slightly favors the bitterness but the malt is more prominent than the typical American IPA. The finish is medium-dry with a lingering slight rough bitterness. Some soft alcohol sweetness is noted.

M: Moderate bodied with a moderate carbonation. There is a a light alcohol warmth and some hop derived astringency.

O: A pretty good example of the style, I think a younger bottle might have a more pronounced hop flavor and aroma but eve if it doesn't I'd still be happy to bump into this every once and a while.

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours from draft orange to amber with a one
finger head that showed little stamina.

S: Piney, floral, alcohol, etc etc it's an IPA

T: Not as overpowering as many an American IPA
but none the less showing no shortage of
hops hops hops.

M: This is an easy drinker with good body and
a no film left behind policy.

D: A very drinkable American IPA that won't kill
you with ABV while possessing the all other
qualities of a well crafted AIPA.

Photo of sellmeagod
2.7/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A decent IPA that drinks well at 6.7 abv.

The cute hummingbird draws you in and the decent head retention is good enough to pass for a decent appearance.

It tastes bitter, but not overly so, and sweet enough to give legitimacy to that hummingbird. I don't think I'll drink it again though, just because of the underwhelming overall feel and ordinariness of this IPA.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

In a pint glass this beer was an amber color with a thick off-white head. The head retained well and left a fair amount of lace.

Aroma of citrus and piney hops. Peppery on the nose. Some sweet malt.

Grapefruit and piney hops. Sweet malt. The taste was a little toned down compared to the aroma.

Mouthfeel was thin and on the oily side.

An OK beer, not grest

Photo of SD-Alefan
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint from a 12 oz. glass.

A hazy reddish-amber color with a creamy, off-white head that quickly disspates to some lingering lacing.

Very nice aroma of citrus, candied tropical fruit,a little grassiness and some sweet malt.

The taste is not quite as good as the smell, but not bad. I get a quick resinous hop bite, then a little candied fruit sweetness and a lingering spicy finish. The is a lasting bitter dryness.

Mouthfeel is decent, a little creamy maybe? And a little sticky.

Overall, a decent IPA.

Photo of mverity
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a nice light amber brown with half an inch of cream colored head that faded into wisps, a medium collar and very good lacing. Aroma is toasty/bready malt, with faint pint and citrus hops. Taste is appropriately bitter, with the bready malt taking main stage. There's some earthy and piney hops behind the big malt presence. Nice bitter bite on the tongue, medium body and med-high carbonation.

Photo of merlin48
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle pours a hazy orange golden body with a medium sized beige head that sticks around several minutes and leaves some collar lacing.

Aroma is citrusy and floral, with apricots and pink grapefruit and a hint of orange blossom. Some toasted caramel underneath.

Medium body has a smooth carbonation.

Taste is well balanced, but on the candied apricot side of the scale. Grapefruit hops bitter out things pretty well but some honeyed caramel malt keeps pushing some sweetness. A hint of bitter grassiness underneath saves the balance. Finishes smooth and even.

If you like your IPAs to have a tropical fruit sweet component to dominate the bitter dryness you will like this one. I did.

Photo of aquazr1
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of jakester
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this as a single at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. I drank it in a pilsner glass. Date is clearly stamped on the label. YAY!

Pours an almost clear light reddish copper with a two finger head of cream colored foam. The head drops to islands and a ring, with pieces of lacing on the glass. Carbonation looks average.

Aroma is strong grassy/citrusy hops, very clean, with a deep biscuity caramel malt background. Smells inviting.

The first flavor is caramel and biscuity malt sweetness, followed by big, but not too big, hop bitterness. Notes of hay, pine, and lemons all blend together nicely. A well balanced IPA. Aftertaste is citrusy hops and malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with just a touch of carbonation. There is a pretty good grab at the back of the throat from hop bitterness. Finish is semi-sweet and bitter.

This is a real good IPA. It's well balanced, with hops and malt complimenting each other nicely. It's not overdone in any way. It's an all day slammer!

Photo of magictrokini
3.36/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The one I had was from Humboldt, with the same label. I don't know why the brewer has changed omn this site, but okay. Amber with a nice bubbly head. Sweet floral aroma with some citrus. Sticky sweet taste with a good grapefruit/orange hop bite. Lots of caramel malt, but a decent balance. Long grapefruit finish.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, fridge temp, pint glass. bottled on 10/17/11 (2 1/2 months?). listed as 6.7% ABV on the bottle.

a nice deep golden color, some orange when the light hits it just right. small head off the pour, but very retentive with some thick lacing. the slightest haze, pretty much clear.

nice west coast aroma. citrus being at the forefront, grapefruit and orange like. floral and piney as well. slightly woody as it warms. just a hint of malt.

citrus turns into a piney then floral, woody hop taste. some light bready malts noticable. a nice dry lingering bitterness in the finish.

light to medium bodied, highly carbonated, makes for a refreshing beer. the more i drank this beer i got a slight tartness in the aftertaste.

pretty basic IPA, but very well done. true to style.

Photo of mj001jk
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber in color with a very light-brown creamy foam. Immediately the lack of soapy character in the foam gives away the hint that this may be lighter on the hops and a little heavier on malt. Let's sniff and taste.

Immediately I think of nuts, walnut and hazelnut to be specific , which is nicely buffered by caramel and hops. The hops have a little more subdued role in this beer. Not so much of the citrus character of a west coast IPA but rather it blends with the malts and grain components and doesn't stand out as much. Nose is pleasantly rich yet light and satisfying.

Smooth and tasty, not so much bittering upfront but rather towards the mid-palate and finish. It leaves an astringent mark on the tongue at the end which makes this a nice beer to pair with food rather than as a dessert (I drink beer for appetizer, main course and dessert...I admit)

A very nice style, lighter on hops and a tad light on complexity but still a very nice brew.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A citrus orangey copper appearance. Soapy look. Sticky lace. Sweet aroma, but not the ooomph of hop aroma.

Taste a little hoppier, less sweetness. Substantial malt bill. Not super roasted by any means though. Quickly fades, as you're wondering if it just got more drinkable, or if it just thinned out rapidly. A little bit more expensive than some better choices for the money. More balanced than many CA ipas you'll come across. Not as traditional as Mendocino, but close.

Photo of ADR
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear dark copper appearance, flat 1/4 inch head that last for about 50 seconds. Laces in dripping strings. Strident hoppy aroma, oily with grapefruit components. Medium carbonation, lighter mouthfeel. Good balance, malts are decently thick if ordinarily honey-caramel, hops are lively and give a leomon pepper acidity to the close. Orange peel sweetness and sharpness rounds out the aftertaste. Nothing extremly notable in the apparent IBUs or the malt department -- but the balance is good and its hoppy without being a cartoon of the style.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of OStrungT
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a very slightly cloudy golden color. It has a thick white head. The head fades a little quickly, leaving a slight lacing.

This beer has a citrusy hop aroma. It also smells slightly fruity. Maybe apricot? A slight honey aroma is also present. t has a slight malty aroma also.

As with the aroma, this beer tastes slightly odd. It has a citrus hop flavor, but there is more to it. It tastes fruity. Some apricot, and maybe some orange. Odd. Not much malt to it.

This beer is very mild. It is refreshing. It goes down smooth, leaving a fruity, hoppy aftertaste.

I doubt this beer would make a great session beer. The flavor is off for the style. Alcohol wise, it would be easy to put down a few.

Overall: This beer is odd. It is not bad, but it is very different. I doubt I will buy it again.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a hazy dark orange body with a bubbly tan head that fades to a thick ring after a bit. There is a gentle carbonation of microbubbles gliding to the surface.

S- The citrus and green earthy hops have some tropical fruit notes and a watermelon hint that is interesting. As the beer opens there is some dry pale malt and caramel malt aromas underneath.

T- The sweet pale malt flavor lays a base for the soft green hops that have fruity notes and a slight watery taste when it warms.

M- The medium mouthfeel with a gentle fizz has no alcohol heat noticed.

O- This beer has a nice malt flavor with some good complex hop smells. This is a nice solid pale ale even though the hops are a bit soft in the taste. The good malt flavor makes up for that. I wouldn't call it an IPA.

Photo of pwoods
3.21/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. brown bottle poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours an average coppery amber with good clarity. Decent sized off white head on the pour with decent retention. Some lacing.

S: Ok American hopping. Plenty of pine but not enough citrus or resin. Lots of biscuity, caramelly malts... over balancing.

T/M: More of the hops. Still plenty of pine and a bit more citrus than in the nose but still not very dominant. The malts definitely over balance the hops with lots of caramel and biscuit and even a rye like flavor. Body is medium or so with mellow carbonation.

D: ABV is exceptable but it's not overly drinkable and just isn't what I look for in an IPA.

Photo of Brenden
3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Photo of BittRnessabounds
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from notes fall of 03
Interesting label with a humming bird, labeled organic. Nice fluffy head and reddish orange color, nice and fairly typical for IPAs. The aroma is dominated by hops, with little else, nothing stellar here, but far from bad. The taste has nice crisp hop bitterness as i expected. Not all that well balanced. Nothing blew me away here, but far from bad. The mouthfeel and drinkablility were also solid. So how do i score this? I think i've had too many IPAs lately such that they aren't impressing me now. I enjoyed this one, but it tastes as i expected with nothing all that above average. Everything was as it should be. I would call it an above average to good IPA.

Photo of nige4958
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aroma is pleasant, light fruit, mellow. I agree with a previous review, for an IPA this beer really doesn't have the bite. I would say the body is light to medium. It could use more hops. I wouldn't really call this an IPA. It's more like a bitter. Alcohol is nicely masked. Doesn't drink its strength.

Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spot on the style. Citrus and very hoppy. Decent drinkability, decent mouthfeel. Golden with an eighth of head and lace droplets.Long citrus-grapefruit tangerine finish. Neutral aroma.Good malt backbone. Fresh bottle from Super Price Right, Jersey City.

Photo of brewerburgundy
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, Sam Adams glass, bottled on 1/5/10.

This is the average copper and white headed American IPA. The head is sticky but not prominent.

At first the aroma seemed very hoppy, but it has struck a balance with the malt now. In fact, it's leaning towards the malt now, rich and sweet buttered toffee. The hops present a little weed, orange, and lemon peel.

The body is strong with buttered toffee and biscuit and is relatively sweet. The same orange and lemon peel become flavors and bitterness that isn't very pronounced.

The mouthfeel has strength on lower carbonation and a velvety texture for 6.7% ABV.

I'm impressed. Firestone Walker's 'other' brand is also quality judging by this IPA.

Photo of secondtooth
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Nectar IPA from Humboldt Brewing Co.
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