Nectar IPA - Humboldt Brewing Co.

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Nectar IPANectar IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

333 Reviews
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Reviews: 333
Hads: 807
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 17
Gots: 67 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Humboldt Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: avylover on 10-03-2002

60 IBU
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Photo of Beejay
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Medium amber in color, with a light tan head.

S: Piney with orange peel, and a touch of floral notes in the back.

T: Grapefruit and citrus peel up front, which eases into a pine thing. There is definitely some caramel sweetness, but I think the balance works well.

M: Medium, with aggressive carbonation, I think without the carbonation this would start to become alittle too sweet.

O: Overall enjoyable, but not earth shattering. Something new and interesting. (473 characters)

Photo of Darbycopenhaver
1.46/5  rDev -61.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Absolutely disgusting. Save yourself a few bucks and just buy Pine Sol, put it on ice, and pour it in a glass. This is the worst beer I have ever tasted. (153 characters)

Photo of Boca-X
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's ridiculous to read the negative reviews and then realize they actually say the beer they are drinking is old...one review says the beer is a year old? Really? Please dump that crap...and in the process feel free to dump this review...the beer was good...better than an average IPA. (289 characters)

Photo of Lucnifter
2.98/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle dated 09/04/14. 9 months old. A baby was conceived and born between when this IPA was bottled and me prying off the cap to reveal the sad, WELL past it's prime beer. Nearly no hop aroma. Malty and stale. I really need to look for bottling dates. (252 characters)

Photo of mothmanscott
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear medium amber producing 2+ fingers of frothy, eggshell, somewhat lasting head that leaves thin streaks & wisps of lace. Aroma is floral, orange & tangerine zest & pulp citrus hoppiness with caramel malt tones & hints of dog urine. Taste is leafy floral, tropical fruits, orange & tangerine citrus, lively spice & backed by sweet caramel malts & thin toffee that come close to the nose for balance. Starts hoppy & slightly sweet, balancing toward bitter hops/sweet malt in the middle, gravitating slowly towards bitter again in the finish, slowly transitioning to mostly bitter in the aftertaste until the sweet is replaced by astringency. Just enough hop bittering & malt sweetness here to call this brew balanced. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, a little slick/oily, spicy & faintly drawing in the aftertaste. (843 characters)

Photo of Moonrise
4.6/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Not bad at all. Was actually a bit surprised. Good balanced IPA, kind of on a lighter side but very satisfying none the less. Well balanced hops with a rather sweet aftertaste. Highly drinkable and worth the while. (214 characters)

Photo of curasowa
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear, copper color with one finger of head that fades with rings of lace.

Aroma: Toasted malt, a little bready, lots of citrus hops.

Taste: A quick flash of malt then right to a bitter blast. Lots of grapefruit rind, pine, a little resinous. The finish comes quick with lingering bitterness.

The Rest: A pretty decent hop bomb. Body is on the thin side of medium, and it could use a bit more malt to help balance out the bitterness. (453 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium dirty golden brown color with a white head and lacing. Slight chill haze. The aroma is citrusy, grapefruit like and has a touch of nutty malts. Sweet, bitter, hoppy, nutty, and pretty decent overall. Just a mild IPA with more of a brown ale base than some examples. (283 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Lagunitas mason jar
From: Albertson’s in Alpine, Calif.
Price: $1.67 ($9.99 for a mix 6-pack)
Purchased: Sept. 30, 2014
Consumed: Oct. 1, 2014
Misc.: N/A

Poured a caramel, orange, clear color with 3-to-4 fingers of khaki white head. Tons of good looking streams of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Good amount of layered foamy lacing on the sides of the glass all the way down. Great retention on the top all the way down as well. (Sight - 4.00)

Smelled a pleasant whiff of hops right away. Got floral hops, Citra hops, caramel, toffee, pine, good deal of bitterness, Cascade hops and some even some roasty smokiness. Very nice on the nose. (Smell - 4.25)

Tasted toffee, caramel, roasty malts, buttery notes, floral hops, Citra hops, orange rind and rye hops. Almost seems more like a strong ale than an IPA. (Taste - 3.75)

Medium body. Oily texture. Average-to-lively carbonation. Long, slightly bitter finish. (Feel - 3.75)

This was a very nice IPA. Big fan here. I’d have it again for sure. (Overall - 3.88)

3.89 | 87 | B+ (1,078 characters)

Photo of JDFarley
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

A: Golden copper. Darker than your run of the mill west coast ipa. Single finger head.

S: Citrus fruit and pine. Powerful punch.

T: Oh, yeah.. Maltiness holds things down for wonderful hops. Pine hits you first then immediately into a lemon citrus flavor. Pretty bitter for 60IBU but not lingering.

M: The maltiness gives a full mouthfeel, while still being clearly a westcoast ipa.

O: (391 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: hazy; bronze colored; 1 finger pillowy off white head that receded slowly to a thick collar; thick lacing;

S: candied tropical fruit, especially banana and orange;

T: not quite as good as the smell, but still nice; bitter orange all the way through with a touch of pine in the background;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: very enjoyable; well balanced; nice complexity of flavors; (397 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is hoppy, some citrus. Taste is milder than the smell. Some hop bitterness, a touch of citrus, light pine as well. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good but unspectacular beer. (287 characters)

Photo of mverity
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (399 characters)

Photo of SD-Alefan
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (521 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: darkish orange hue with a moderate haze and effervescence. Head is a thick finger of frothy ivory foam. Pretty attractive!

Smell: there's a quite-sweet maltiness with an undertone of resiny, citrusy and dank hops. Decent, but a little muddled for my taste.

Taste: much like the aroma; sweet malt with a bit of caramel character, then a dose of dank, resiny hops underneath. Not a big, sharp bouquet, but rather a seething underbelly of hop flavor and bitterness. That said, it's still pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with an OK carbonation and concomitant creaminess, which isn't so bad for an IPA.

Overall: this beer is decent, but it doesn't really tickle my fancy. (738 characters)

Photo of jabergess
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A decent IPA, but nothing to write home about. It is well balanced, People wanting super bitter beers should move on. The malt sweetness nullifies the finishing bitterness. Nothing super discernible for hops. Not spicy, not citrusy. That being said, it is drinkable, though I prefer grapefruit and such in my IPAs. (314 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

With a not-quite "pedal-to-the-metal" attitude, this mostly hoppy ale has a malt balance that prevents sheer hop dominance. Its sweet and bready tendencies provide a somewhat balanced taste that's common to Midwestern and East Coast varieties.

As the caramel and sponge-cake flavors wrap around the tongue and seep into the olfactory senses, a bread crust savoriness does likewise. That toasted bread flavor invites a sharp counter from hops, giving an introduction of grapefruit and orange.

While its sweet and bready character saturates the tastebuds, the hops begin to morph- turning from the bright citrus character and into a sharper and much more resinous bittering, seemingly of grapefruit pith and orange peel. With a grassy and piney attitude rising, the malts begin to trail as the balance shifts further and further toward the hops.

As only a skeleton of toasted malt remains, the firm hop bitterness dominates the finish- gripping the throat with sticky pine resins, fresh-cut grass and penetrating citrus oils. Its moderate alcohol is spicy and lurks just behind the bitterness.

Nectar IPA is a beautifully balanced IPA. However, if balance is any part of the IPA recipe, then its percieved as an inherent flaw nowadays. Lacking the dryness, utter hop attention, and smoother citrus character limits the likability of the IPA. (1,343 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nector IPA pours a golden color, with no head. There is a nice bold sweet, but hoppy aroma, with a lot of earthy tones. The taste has a nice floral flavor, but finishes sweet not bitter, some earthy flavors. Good feel and nice flavors. Overall, it is a sweeter easy drinking IPA. (279 characters)

Photo of croixian1
3.22/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

An okay IPA, but lacks the hops-pop and bitterness I enjoy so much. Aroma is also a bit weak, lacking, again, the hopy/grassy smells. Nice, full mouth feel with plenty of thick carbonation. Very slight hop aftertaste, not as much as I usually enjoy.
Overall a decent beer, something nice to enjoy with a hearty pulled pork sandwich on a hot, sunny Florida afternoon. Would have again. (384 characters)

Photo of hophugger
3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

good amber color. Hop flavor is ok but expected a little more pop from it. carbonation is good, pretty much average. Flavor is good but seems a little light for the ABV. Overall a nice beer and I definitely would recommend it to anyone. Not exceptional, but a very nice beer that lacks just a touch of desired biterness (319 characters)

Photo of RockAZ
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had to go get a second bottle of this and try it another day because I wasn't quite satisfied with the first one, but I do like it. Sweeter than my usual IPA's, but nothing in the realm of "honey". Really liked the smell from both bottles, and the first few sips were the most impressive about it to me. Not so sure about the aftertaste on the first bottle, and the second bottle did not get very high marks from me either. It is like the sweet hop taste left my palate and stuck some sticky bitter juice in the back corners of my tongue afterwards. Oh! That is a terrible exaggeration, I guess I just don't like the aftertaste for some reason.

I did like this overall, would buy it again, and desire very much to try it on draft because the fragrance is very attractive. Recommend others to try, it has some unique fruit notes, grapefruit/apricot, something, something. (871 characters)

Photo of McStagger
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Firestone Walker second label. Woot. Same price as Union Jack. Let's see if the quality is the same.

A: Pours quite a bit darker than anticipated. Beer is essentially an amber. Excellent clarity. Finger and a half of very light brown head. Excellent lacing. Very sticky. Retention is moderate. Carbonation is moderate.

S: The amber colored beer has amber scents. Lightly toasty sweet malts. Sweet, bready, even a bit doughy. Get some banana like phenols in the nose. Hops are a little subdued, but that could be age. I have no idea how old this beer is. Hops that are coming off are mainly stone fruit. Apple, pear, etc. A slight tropical element, but it's very subtle. Not getting much else.

T: Malt splash up front is less sweet and more grainy. Carries through the mid palate, becoming slightly astringent on off putting. Finishes with a burst of fruitiness. Lots of tropical fruit, with that banana flavor coming back up. Takes on a bitter citrus towards the very end. Finishes very dry, with bitter grapefruit rind.

M: Moderate carbonation. The malt is somewhat subdued in the mouth feel, giving this one a slightly thinner presence than one would think for being 6.8% abv. Bubbles are tiny, but invigorating. Carbonation is the main component in the mouthfeel.

O: This one is pretty good. I think it could use some tinkering, especially given the price point it's located at. Can't stand out among the elite IPA's, but is definitely a solid choice. I guess they can't all be Union Jack. (1,502 characters)

Photo of Yeroc
3.21/5  rDev -16%
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" (613 characters)

Photo of GurpSlurp
3.07/5  rDev -19.6%
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. (478 characters)

Photo of Bookseeb
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (331 characters)

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Nectar IPA from Humboldt Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 333 ratings.