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Nectar IPA - Humboldt Brewing Co.

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Nectar IPANectar IPA

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very good

338 Reviews
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Reviews: 338
Hads: 827
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 16.8%
Wants: 19
Gots: 72 | 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 ocelot2500
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear copper color with a decent white head that leaves plenty of lacing on the glass.

Smells of a decent dose of citrus hops.

Tastes of light citrus hops and a bit of caramel malt. Hops have enough bitterness, but I find there to not be enough hop flavor to back it up. Caramel malt is perhaps a little too understated, but offers a touch of sweetness on top.

Mouthfeel is medium and has a smooth mouthfeel.

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Photo of LibraryTom
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

For a west coast IPA, this one really doesn't stand up, but could be great for someone new to the style.

The malt is sweet, a bit one dimensional, but flavorful and pleasant. Up front you get all that grain which is met a few seconds in by a mild hop profile that continues on into mellow yet fulfilling bitter finish.

Not a very floral IPA, but some hops are present. Very little of the pine and citrus one would expect. Drinkability is good, mostly due to lack of complexity.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Yellow, clear, soft white head, no lacing really, low retention, moderate to low carbonation, looks like a beer.

Aroma is sweet with citrus hops and malt.

Beer is medium in body and has a mildly bitter finish, there is also a grainy aftertaste. The leadoff is the malt sweetness and some mild cascade-like hop flavors. Overall it is fine but nothing special.

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Photo of russpowell
3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent amber with 2+ fingers of cream colored head. Very good lacing & good head retention

S: Pineyness, some breadyness

T: Follows the nose, plus a touch tangerine up front. A touch of grapefruit mingles with pine as this warms, & just a touch of toffee sweetness

MF: Medium bodied, slightly over carbonated, starts to turn a touch watery as it warms; okay balance. Finishes with citrussy & piney notes, plus a tad of pineapple. Almost pulled a 4.0

A decent IPA, but the weak body really holds this back. Worth a shot, pretty quaffable

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Photo of Kadonny
3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I picked up a six pack of this in NJ on the recommendation of the beer buyer there. He said he loves hoppy beers and this one was his favorite.

A: A medium orange color with a two finger white head. Nice glass lacing.

S: Based in his description of the beer, I was expecting a west coast hop bomb, but got something different. Smells are of pine, slight citrus, earth and caramel malt sweetness.

T: My first flavors were pine and resin with some darker earthy notes then complimented by some citrus tones of orange and grapefruit. The malt sweetness is pretty big with caramel and even sugar sweetness. Finish turns back to the hops with the spicy piney finish with nice but not huge bitterness on the back end. More bitterness as the beer warms.

M: Medium, resiny, sweet with no alcohol. Nice carbonation.

O: A solid beer, but nothing to write home about. This is a west coast beer that if I were guessing would say is from the east coast. I expected way more bright fruits and got way more dark spicy flavors and way too much sweetness. A balanced IPA, but from the west coast I don't always want balance.

Overall this is an OK beer, but not a standout. Goes to show how one persons taste is way different than another. I would not classify this as an overly hoppy beer as the beer buyer did. Oh well, at least I tried it.

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Photo of nickfl
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - Poured with one finger of white foam on top of a clear, amber brown body. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves light lace.

S - A spicy aroma of hops with a touch of pine and lots of caramel malt in the background.

T - Thick, sweet malt up front with lots of bready notes and toffee in the middle. Finishes with a bit of pine, spice, more toffee and moderately strong bitterness.

M - A moderately thick body, average carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - Not terribly good, the hop character is subdued and the malt is just a bit too heavy for my taste. Very bland, I almost wonder how fresh this is, but since it has no packaging date I am forced to assume it is fresh.

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Photo of ChadQuest
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours nice and clear, not a huge head/cap but nice looking otherwise. Aroma is rather fragrant and pleasent and packed with grapefruit and citrus. the flavors come in with the same citrus flavors backed by some toasty malts making this one balanced in a great way that doesn't stray to far either way, and would be great for a Pale Ale lover to start with. As drinkable as any 7% ipa would be, no surprises.

Solid above average IPA.

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Photo of Zorro
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear red brew.

Smell is sharp hop and malt with a tea. Has a pine and oranges scent.

Taste is hoppy with a strong malt flavor too. Has a big hops and caramel flavor going. Taste like maybe some milk sugar was added to this.

Mouthfeel is good.

An OK brew, but I don't really like this one.

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Photo of CTBeerPope
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle to pint glass
pours hazy glowing orange
aroma of watered down oj and hops
taste is citrus and earthy hops balanced by a light malt flavor with some yeast flavor underneath
mouthfeel is slightly watery with lower carbonation which works well for this beer

Overall I don't know what it is but I really like this. It's not over the top but it is a little different than most ipa's. As it warms it gets better than when I first poured it which pulls it all together for a pretty nice brew.

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Photo of benclimbs
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a bit weak on the nose for me, carbonated in the mouthfeel. It isn't a bad beer, but it isn't great either. As IPAs go, I think this one is pretty boring - it kind of tastes like an amber ale with more hops and a lot of carbonation. Not my fave, but not awful.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Photo of DiabolikDUB
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from Bottle into Tulip glass.

Pours a medium orange that glows in the glass and has a finger of off-white head that slowly dissolves into a fine layer atop the glass. Aroma is full of resinous hops, pine, sap, and some touches of bready malt. The flavor is a nice combination of malt and sticky hops upfront and finishes with nice piney bitterness. Its medium bodied and lightly carbonated with a slight dry finish. Pretty tasty stuff. The nose is very hoppy and the flavor is nicely balanced.

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Photo of BittRnessabounds
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle. Many thanks go out to mjl21 aka Mike for this one! Review from notes.

A- Pours a dark amber almost light clear brown color. Little 1/2 finger tannish white head that dies down to little lacing on the sides that seem to slide right back down into the glass.

S- There is some sweet caramel malts coming through the underbelly of the aroma. Some earthy piney hops in the front of the nose along with some fruity mango-ish notes here and there as well. Alcohol was present as well once this beer warmed a little.

T- Sweet malts come through more than what I thought and almost crash right up against a fruity hop kick in the front of this beer. This makes the beer kind of unbalanced in the mouth from time to time. Good tasting hops in the back end that is a little earthy in taste.

M- This is a light- medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is not lacking in this beer at all. A mix of mango fruity hops and sweet malts bring the palate a little balance during this beer. Clean taste throughout but alcohol taste comes though in the tail-end.

D- This is a decent beer. I was glad I got the chance ot try this one. A decent drinker that is a pleasant surprise. Nothing over the top but not a bad beer either.

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours about a half finger head, maybe just slightly off white, but barely. The head has about half small bubbles and half medium sized bubbles, it looks like a pretty normal head, not creamy or pillowy or anything, which kinda sucks. The head is now pretty much gone so that's a bummer, decent lacing. The body is a dark red color, with hints of orange in there as well. Frankly this looks just like their red that I reviewed right before this, with maybe a touch more orange in the appearance. The carbonation looks very small, just as it did in the red ale. It's somewhat transparent, not completely, but a decent amount. A beer being transparent is even worse in an IPA than it is in a red ale, so this is bad for this beer even more than it was for the last one I reviewed. Overall it looks good, fore sure not great, but good, if it's just like the red ale I suppose I'll be happy, but bored since it would just be the same thing. The smell is much like the red ale as well, not much to it, very clean and refreshing smell, but not much going on. The hops are obviously the most present thing, but there clearly aren't enough of them, I get that it's made by "nectar" ales, but still, you can't use that as an excuse for wimping out on hops. I get some malt on the smell, but really a small amount. Overall the smell is just too faint and light, we'll see, but I don't think that this is going to be a great IPA. Yeah on the flavor, well there just really isn't much flavor. I mean you get that tiny tiny distinct nectar or fruit flavor that nectar ales have, but it's just not enough to make this beer that great. I mean it's an IPA, IPA's should have a butt load of hops, and this might be the weakest IPA I've ever had, maybe it's tied with 21st amendments bitter american. I mean there is enough hops, I suppose, but it's just not enough to be a good IPA. I'm sorry, but the nectar flavor works with the red, it's a good mix, but if your making an IPA you can't F around with hops and silly flavors, it's not a witbier. As for other flavors, small malt taste, and I also get a little alcohol kick, which is a little irritating because it's only 6.8%. I guess with all this being said it's still a good beer, just not a good IPA. Maybe if you slapped "nectar pale ale" on this, I would be a lot happier with it, I dunno. As for everything else, the mouthfeel is decent, good carbonation, it doesn't have big enough of a body though for an IPA. Drinkability is better than it should be, not enough hops and overall flavor. Overall on this beer, I get what they were trying to do, and the nectar flavor is nice, just like it was in their red, but I can't rate this beer too high, just because it's an IPA, and they didn't make a good IPA, they made a good pale ale. Maybe I shouldn't downgrade them just for that so much, but hey, IPA's should be hoppy, that's the way it is. Don't make a pale ale and say it's an IPA. Anyways, good beer, bad IPA, wrong label.

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Photo of portia99
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A relatively new arrival in MA...12oz bottle (2/22/11 on the bottle) poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Sparkingly clear medium dark amber color with a small cap of foam that recedes quickly leaving behind an uneven collar and some superficial surface bubbles and no lacing.

S - Quite fruity and citrusy up front. Crisp and pretty clean with an abundance of oranges, fresh grass, a mild spicy aspect, some sweet toffeeish aromas.

T - Still retains some of the citrusy and fruity points from the aroma, but not as prominently. Sweet, orangey, estery...a bit dirty, not as clean as I'd hoped. Bitterness is medium and a bit heavy feeling which I think is this beers biggest issue for me. It seems weighed down by the bitterness instead of being an enhancement and a focal point of the brew.

M - Feels a bit full and heavy. The carbonation is firm gives a big tingle on the tongue. Rough, heavy bitterness and just a general lack of life from the hops is a bit of a detractor.

O - This is an IPA that just misses the mark a bit for me. Probably falls into the category of a beer that uses a hop that just doesn't satisfy my particular hophead needs. Solid and well brewed, but just seems to leave me looking for something that never appears in there. I wouldn't turn this down if offered, but I'll probably not be buying any sixers of this in the future.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: copper orange with a 1 finger off white head

smell: citrus, floral, hops, malts

taste: bitter, dry, hops, caramel, biscuit, malts

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: alright IPA. nothing to impressive. glad I got to try it.


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Photo of jabergess
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of OStrungT
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in a Spieglau nonic. 2/22/11 printed on the neck of the bottle. Pours a burnt-orange hue with a semi-hazy clarity and a dense, half inch, cream-colored head embedded with craters and pinpricks. Nose expresses lemon zest, toasted malts and caramel notes. Taste consistent with nose - there's definitely a lemony quality on a malty backbone. I'm also getting a kind of earthy/ashy flavor towards the back. Flavor profile is definitely a bit muddled. Mouthfeel is light-medium in consistency with a slightly sharp carbonation, some acidity that stimulates the salivary glands along the cheeks and a slight oiliness to the texture. As IPAs goes, this brew isn't really something to write home about. Definitely a bit malt-centric for the style and balance just seems a bit off. Not bad, but not really something I would seek out again either.

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Photo of CheezyBlaster
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Warning: maybe this is an old bottle. No date I could find easily, but the hop profile seems diminished, and the malt profile just isn't impressive enough to make me think this was intentional. I'll plan another review down the line.

Very malt forward. Mild dark fruits forward, touch of ripe banana. Thin caramel, agave nectar flavors. Some extremely attenuated piney, hop resinous notes force through. Nothing citrus oriented. Meh, serviceable.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finally got around to trying this after having a bunch of the other Nectar Ales lately. This reminded me a bit of the Hemp Ale but there wasn't much else that was memorable about this. With so many IPA's coming out of California now, there wasn't much to distinguish this from the others and it went down pretty easily, which is not something that I say about this style often!

The pour to this was pretty dark with a decent amount of head and some opaqueness to the hue. There wasn't much of an aroma to this and the taste was relatively typical of the style. Some pine and citrus were found here with a bit of the "skunk" from the weed mixed in. This reminded me of the Hemp Ale from these guys, but this didn't have the caramel or herbal notes to go with it. Because there wasn't much bitterness or carbonation to be found here, this just went right down like flat soda.

As for the alcohol, it was present but not complementary for the notes or for the style. Fan of IPA's looking for a hop bomb or an avalanche of flavor will be disappointed here but for anyone who enjoyed the Hemp Ale and wants a slightly more aggressive take on it, this ended up fitting that bill.

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Nectar IPA from Humboldt Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 338 ratings.