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Nectar IPA - Humboldt Brewing Co.

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Nectar IPANectar IPA

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667 Ratings
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Ratings: 667
Reviews: 322
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 11
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
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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New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +31.2%

11-26-2011 02:02:43 | More by 11millsown113
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5/5  rDev +31.2%

04-08-2012 00:43:39 | More by Rempo
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5/5  rDev +31.2%

09-08-2013 13:54:17 | More by ejane
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New York

4.83/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nectar IPA pours with a bright clear copper color. The aroma is sweet malty and of floral hops. The taste is dry and crisp with floral hops. It has a nice clean bright medium body. You can tell it's about 6.7%. The overall mouthfeel is fine being a little light in carbonation with a dry finish. This is a great beer with a ton of drinkability!

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2009 01:43:47 | More by aibkstaff
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4.8/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: beer pours a reddish-amber color, slightly darker than most IPA's, not the copper you'd look for by style, but fine by me. Nice lacing down the glass after nice 1/2" head.

Smell: Floral/citrusy aroma wafts off the head, along with a biscuity malt smell, much like a Belgian might have. Something here makes you want to tip back and grab that first sip. Really good smell, and unique enough to make it stand out.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Ok, once you take that first sip, you're glad you did - this is about perfect on balance between malt and hops in the taste and the mouthfeel is smooth, almost liquid gold when combine the two aspects. Great lingering bitter finish that smacks of earthy hops.

Drinkability: This is simply, an amazingly good IPA. Not overdone, very well balanced and about perfectly carbonated for my tastes. I think I could drink these for days on end if I could get tham all the time. LOL! Big IF!

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2005 17:11:15 | More by lostbearbrew
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4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

06-26-2012 23:24:50 | More by mzeld
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4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

11-08-2012 14:49:27 | More by NeutronMan
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4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

04-03-2012 21:45:32 | More by karatebartender
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4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

05-08-2012 12:38:51 | More by beerrooster
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4.7/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I really liked this IPA and it is for me a must try. It hits all the right notes and has a very orangey, citrus burst of floral and estery hop. This is exactly how I like the hop, not so biting and bitter, more juicy, oily, floral, with citrus burts all over the flavor. The malty middle was very complementary. I will add to the review when I go back for another.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2011 21:03:07 | More by albern
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4.7/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I visited the Crown City Brewpub in Pasadena. Their wheat beer was only 1 step above lawnmower brew, so I cast my eye to the other taps in search of HOPS! There was Nectar IPA with the bright-colored hummingbird on the tap saying "sample a pint".

It was bronze color and clear, with a full 1-finger head that produced exquisite lacing. The nose was very promising, piney, resinous, hoppy. Initial flavor was more of same, supported by mystery bitterness in the mid-palate, but not such a bitter finish, a delightful sweet/bitter balance. This is good! A perfect complement to the lunch veggieburger that just arrived. Mouthfeel is light and easy, nice. Altogether, the not-too-high alcohol makes for outstanding drinkability. I coulda sipped this nectar all afternoon.

I can hardly say enough good things about this ale. I WISH I would see bottles of this brew on the east coast. What a great discovery.

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2006 23:54:23 | More by dickroop
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4.63/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Great orange-brown color, darker than I would expect from an IPA. Amazing smell of citrus and hops, very strong and very pleasant. I love the taste of this beer. It is very much Humbolt's more popular "Red Nectar" kicked up a notch. Nice and hoppy without being overpowering, this is one of the best IPAs I've ever tasted. Mouthfeel is a little thin, but the carbonation and hoppyness feel good on the tongue. Overall just a stellar beer I would reccomend to any fan of Pale Ales in general.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2006 19:09:08 | More by FuzzyGuy84
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4.58/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pushing the definition of "pale", but a very tasty looking brew nonetheless. Pours a slightly hazy amber with a tough, moussy head that takes some time to come down.

aroma is very sweet malty and hoppy as well. Comes off as an extract-like smell - akin to an imperial ipa, but is quite pleasant. Malty front complimented with roasted notes and a mid-light viscosity to boot. Bitterness is like ripping a very wet bandaid off, please mind the allusion to the visual, only slightly intense but you're damn glad you did it. As i am damn glad to haf quaffed this brew.

Nectar? Not really, but overall well constructed - only point loss is because it doesn't conform to style guidlines perfectly. A great drinker and very very pleasing to the palate.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2007 08:47:13 | More by geographie
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4.58/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: nice red copper color, reminds me of ruby red grapefruit - which is fitting of its smell, light carbonation, weak head retention

Smell: the beer has a sweet malt smell, hops smell of citrus and floral aromas, would like a fuller nose...not more bitterness, just a stonger presence

Taste: excellent balance between hop bitterness and malt taste, not over-hopped, and fitting of an IPA

Mouthfeel: the beer is smooth and full with just enough carbonation to liven up the flavor

Drinkability: highly recommended, think I'll have another

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2005 01:57:48 | More by winpig3
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4.51/5  rDev +18.4%
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
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

09-02-2013 22:52:30 | More by larryarms847
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

02-12-2012 00:45:32 | More by Edgewater
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

07-19-2014 22:52:36 | More by Steven1024
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

05-06-2012 15:39:43 | More by kevgod
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

01-20-2013 18:10:17 | More by Azteceinstein
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

03-10-2014 01:32:37 | More by chefbigjon
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

02-03-2013 06:15:29 | More by jpd026
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

11-25-2012 22:40:18 | More by shockrocker65
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

03-22-2012 04:59:59 | More by Reed
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

03-31-2012 02:22:23 | More by jhb138
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Nectar IPA from Humboldt Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 667 ratings.