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Nectar IPA - Humboldt Brewing Co.

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Nectar IPANectar IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

334 Reviews
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Reviews: 334
Hads: 814
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 18
Gots: 69 | 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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Reviews: 334 | Hads: 814
Photo of blakelive784
3.26/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

z brown glass bottle served in a pint glass, reviewed live:

A - pours a tempting transparent copper color With lively carbonation and a frothy cream color head. Retention is amazingly good. Appealing.

S - Sweet floral and grassy notes alongside heavy caramel and crystal malts. Incredibly simple but well balanced.

T - light, fresh floral hops. Sweet orange peel. Buttery caramel and sweet base malts. Simple as I'd guessed, but incredibly refreshing. Never oily. No alcohol is detectable.

M - buttery and smooth. A bit to thick.

D - a highly drinkable, albeit simple IPA. Never approaches bitter. Won't satisfy hop heads but a good, easy drinking beer. (660 characters)

Photo of BradMacMullin
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at Horse Brass in PDX. Nice looking copper color, with a large head. Very flowery smell. Seems like a different CA IPA. The taste is less intense than what I was expecting...I may have had expectations of Firestone in Pasa Robles. The hops and fruit finish are a nice finish. Stayed well carated, and a nice beer for a hot day. I'd come back to this again (369 characters)

Photo of StoneTSR
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

APPEARANCE: Bright, crystal clear orange in color with a half-inch head that fell very quickly, settling into a wispy cap.

SMELL: Pine and caramel are out front in this one, with the caramel really taking over as the head fades away.

TASTE: This is pretty solid. The pine and caramel from the nose remain the stars of the show, but some grassy flavors get through as well, adding to the hop flavor profile. There is a touch of diacetyl towards the end that makes for a finish that isn’t quite as pleasant as it otherwise could be, again, pretty solid overall.

MOUTHFEEL: Bigger bodied for an IPA with a round sweetness. The finish is a little on the sticky side as well.

OVERALL: Pretty decent IPA. I can definitely do this one again when I see it. (756 characters)

Photo of davewlfpckfan29
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Never seen this beer in person before, but remembered hearing about it. So I picked a couple bottles up when I saw it in New York City.

Its a filtered golden color with really nice carbonation.

Sappy smell from the malts, which is apparent in the taste as well. Really pleasant taste and mouthfeel with what I would describe as sappy malt. For being a "west coast" IPA, its not what I expected.
Although, I guess the whole "west coast IPA" thing is kind of subjective, and often times can give a false impression on what somethings going to be.

Well done. Glad I tried this. (581 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Bottleneck says 10/11/12.

A- Pours a copper color with a 3/4 inch beige head that retains very well before becoming an 1/8 inch head and thick, sudsy lacing adheres to the glass.

S- Sharp, citrusy hop aroma with a sweetness from the malt following through. Decent-sized alcohol fume commingles with the intense hop punch.

T- Balanced hop/malt duality with the hops displaying a tangy, zesty characteristic and once again the malts being sweet and toasty. Alcohol is nicely subdued and bitterness is there but restrained and somewhat lingering.

M- Semi-slick with some noticeable twang from the hops and alcohol. Medium carbonation and a light-medium body.

O- Pretty good for being over 4 months old. Caught this one right at the last minute. (785 characters)

Photo of shand
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nectar IPA pours out copper with a small head. The aroma features a sharp citrus, spicy and floral hoppiness over caramel malts. The taste delivers on the nose, with a well integrated spicy and floral hop packed up by a decently strong, slightly toasted caramel malt backbone. Light citrus tones lurk until the finish, where they amplify slightly. The mouthfeel is light and crisp, and the drinkability is great. Overall, a solid, fresh tasting floral forward IPA. Tastes much lighter than the ABV suggests. (507 characters)

Photo of Swim424
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoying this one on the porch to sabbaths paranoid album. Pours a nice copper oranga into my sam adams perfect pint glass. Has a nice small head that seems to be hanging around for the past few minutes. Smells quite delicious. Smells like a sweet, flowery, honey. Damn thats tasty. Has a taste similar to the aroma upfront, become sweetly bitter as it slides down the esophagus. Nice bit of carbonation with a well balanced hop bite. Nothing overpowing for a IPA but very well balanced. Has a nice drinkable medium body that fits the taste or the beer how it should. Overall I highly recommend this beer, and maybe even as an intro into IPAs. I could see myself having enjoyed this before I fell in love with the hops. (719 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.47/5  rDev -9.2%
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. (691 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Single finger head on a clear orangey copper body. Aroma of citrus hops and toasted malt, very simple. Flavors are also of citrus, mostly orange and floral notes, on a toasted and caramel malt base. Well balanced overall. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Not a very memorable IPA. Not a bad beer, just a little simple and boring. (334 characters)

Photo of babaracas
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange with two fingers of cream colored foam, thin rings down the glass. Smell: lemon, sweet tea, grapefruit, soft pine. Fine, but subdued. Taste: honeyed biscuit, grapefruit, pine, lightly herbal. Feel is fluffy and prickly, leaving a semi-oily grapefruit and pine residue. It's maybe a tiny bit sweeter than appropriate, but the main flaw is the subdued aroma. Otherwise it's quite enjoyable and an easy drinker. Bottle date 10/23/12 (just hit area shelves last week) so if it's a fast-fader, has potential for a re-try. (537 characters)

Photo of Oakenator
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is amber to brown. Finger thick head at pour. Sticky and strong lacing on the glass. The nose is promising with lots of hop aroma. Piney. Some sweet malt presence. Malts come through on the taste as well - not totally dominated by the hops. Sweet Belgian candy flavor with a strong bitter backbone. (309 characters)

Photo of DocJitsu
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a gorgeous, crystal clear, deep golden color with a cotton foam, eggshell colored head. Clumpy asymetrical foam laces the glass as the head subsides. The head is perpetually fed by carbonation bubbles migrating from the bottom of the glass. This is avery nice looking brew. Vibrant, citrusy and piney nose, without any abrasiveness at all. Very pleasant bouquet. Mouthfeel is extremely wet and slick with some carbonation scrubbiness and a little hop hotness on the back of the tongue. Nothing utterly remarkable about the flavor, but it is tasty. Pine is ushered along by some sweeter citrus as well as an underlying grapefruit bitterness. Painfully drinkable. (667 characters)

Photo of PeterIngemi
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a duvel glass.

A: pours a remarkably clean looking amber witha finger if slightly tanned head, dissapates nicely and leavses some nice lacing.

S: wow, this smells delicious, tropical fruity hop deliciousness, mostly pinneapple, a nice light touch of pine a well... I don't know what exactly it is but I love the aroma of this beer. Nice and juicy... Like hop nectar

T: taste is nice with lightly floral/grassy hops on the front going into the pine and citrus on the finish... The finish is what mostly reminds me of the nose, lightly sweet citrusy hop juice... Nicley rounded

M: medium bodied and very drinkable, has medium creamy carbonation, and a lightly sweet citrusy finish to round it off.

O: this is a great ipa, I really like this one, particuarly the aroma... I can deffinatly see myself drinking these alot more regularly. Glad i tried it. (887 characters)

Photo of khooke
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: foamy head, light carbonation, toasted brown color

S: piney hops, but hints of honey sweetness

T: piney hops, not overly bitter. Bitterness doesn't linger, gives way to honey sweetness aftertaste

M: light, dissipates quickly, no lasting bitterness, leaves honey sweetness on tongue

overall: very drinkable, easy going - the sweet aftertaste is the selling point of this beer. The hops are not too agressive but are very present, but the fact that it gives way in the mouth the lasting sweetness is unexpected for an IPA. Very drinkable. (543 characters)

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. Almost white head on a clear, bright copper body. Clear, oily lacing sticks to the glass. Aroma is beautiful grass and pine. Taste is simply delicious. Nicely hopped, citrusy on tasting, nice malt sweetness for balance. No alcohol taste or smell. Rediculously good. (316 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Wegmans Syracuse NY for 2$

Appearance - Slightly hazy light copper colour with an above average size fizzy/frothy off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, hops, grapefruit, oranges

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste hops and malts mixed with caramel. There is also some pineapple mixed with oranges and grapefruit. It ends with a sweet and mildly hopped aftertaste.

Overall - Not that much different from a Union Jack in my opinion. I'd like to open the 2 side by side. My bottle was a little out of date but I can tell this is still a fantastic IPA. I'll try it again. (737 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour for the 4th Annual LA Beer Week Beer Festival at Union Station in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy khaki tan that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest. Taste is much the same with a mild hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink. (499 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured out as a really nice looking orange color, it looked clean and clear with a thin white film on top after the head settled. Not much retention or lacing here. The smell of the beer has a generous amount of hops on the nose as well as some sweet aromas of malt in there too. The taste of the beer starts off sweet with a touch of lemon in there followed by the bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel was a bit thicker than i expected which I enjoyed. The beer felt slick and smooth yet drinkable. Overall I thought this was a pretty good IPA. (546 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz, 5/31/12
Tulip

A: Filtered clear orange color. Half finger of off white head. Good carbonation streaming up the bottom of the glass. Not a lot of lacing initially.

S: Still getting some piney fruity hop character on the nose. Diminished with age, but there. Some orange marmalade. Then some maltiness. Leading to breadiness.

T: Nice sharp bitterness on the tip of the tongue. Fruity and piney hop flavor is still there nicely. Nose has died not the flavor. Getting some of that orange character that I smelled. Nice balancing malt presence, but still more West Coast hop forward for sure. Nice dry piney finish that lingers.

M: Medium bodied with nice mouth coat. (672 characters)

Photo of Petershib85
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have to say I was very impressed with the uniquness of this beer.
Appearance: Creamy head. Lots of carbonation.
Smell: Immediate hoppiness and fruitiness, as if it was infused with grapefruit.
Taste: Tastes like it smells. Pleasently hoppy and a very unique citrus presents especially grapefruit. Hops are definatly west coast.
This is a beer that I would definately try again and again. (391 characters)

Photo of Durge
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found at Yesterday’s Ale House in Newport, RI this IPA shows a clear golden amber color with a very healthy light tan head and tons of lacing. The aroma offers a scrumptious citrus toffee blend that seems near perfect. A subtle floral sweetness and bready malt. Just a well blended concoction that any hop lover will appreciate. The flavor comes on with more of the same, luscious citrus-pine hops and malt biscuit. There’s a touch of mild seaweed and sweet vegetable but those are nuances for the imagination, the hops dominate without challenging anyone. So perfectly fused and easy drinking. It’s medium bodied, pleasantly carbonated for a lightly lush feel. The usual “A” for a Firestone related product! (718 characters)

Photo of CheezyBlaster
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
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. (449 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This IPA pours with a light copper amber hue with a white head on top. Fading quickly it leaves some spotty lacing. Very light carbonation.

Smells of hops and bready toasted malts.

Taste finds a solid malt base similar to the nose with a biscuit or toasted malts. Hops have a floral or citrus aspect but are on the light side.

On the palette it's medium with a grainy husky bitter aftertaste.

Overall a good solid brew. (423 characters)

Photo of MadScientist
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (1,025 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear copper-orange color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of grapefruit, citrus, and pine hops with some sweet caramel and biscuit malts.

T - Starts off with a mix of grapefruit and citrus hops with some bitterness and sweet caramel malts. Through the middle, some pine hops with more bitterness and some biscuit malts. The finish is a mix of grapefruit and pine hops with bitterness and sweet caramel and biscuit malts.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. Good hop profile and bitterness with good overall balance. (696 characters)

Nectar IPA from Humboldt Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 334 ratings.