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Nectar IPA - Humboldt Brewing Co.

Nectar IPANectar IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

604 Ratings
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Ratings: 604
Reviews: 311
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.47%


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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Brad007

Vermont

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

Pours a nice mild golden color with a one finger head.

Aroma is crisp with grassy/ citrusy hops and a bit of a malt backbone

There's some hops upfront with just a bit of malt. Laid back. Nothing offensive.

Lingering citrus character. Not much else I couldn't ask for much better on a hot day.

An easygoing example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2012 23:14:53 | More by Brad007
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mooseo

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into tulip.

A - Hazy orange amber with a small white dense head.

S - Light citrus, grapefruit, and floral hops. A little grainy with hints of caramel malt.

T - Lightly hopped with lots of citrus and grapefruit flavor. Burnt caramel and bready malts provide a solid backbone. Has a short mildly bitter finish.

M - Medium bodied, smooth, a little sticky. Nice lively, prickly carbonation.

O - Decent IPA. Nothing really stands out, but it does have good flavor and drinkability. I wish it was a bit more hoppy.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2012 00:27:32 | More by mooseo
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woemad

Washington

3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at Bottles in Millwood, WA, for $1.99. No obvious freshness date.

Poured a somewhat hazy golden amber color with a good-sized, creamy off-white head that took it’s time dropping. Lots of lace.

Very hoppy in the nose, with pine and grapefruit scents dominating.

This is one of those IPAs that have a big, citrusy flavor up front. While there are bitter hop flavors, the taste of this beer is very “fruit-forward” to borrow a wine term. There’s also a fairly discernable malt backbone to this.

Medium bodied, with a sticky, oily mouthfeel.

This is one of those semi-sweet, sticky IPAs that are tasty to drink but might be a bit much to have several of. I’m glad I bought a bottle but can’t see myself sessioning it.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2012 19:07:31 | More by woemad
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bubseymour

Maryland

4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A = best looking IPA I've seen. Beautiful clear copper with 3 finger super head. Excellent retention. For and American IPA, this is a perfect appearance.

Smell - Somewhat malty for an IPA and a nice combo of citrus and pine notes. Somewhat subdued.

Taste - Very nice IPA. Sweet flavorful and hoppy but very little bitterness in aftertaste. Very great.

Mouthfeel - Creamy and pleasant. Very buttery on the toungue.

Overall - Definitely one of the best American IPA's I've had to date. Its on the upper treshold of standard IPA without straying into Imperial/Double territory but its really a good one.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2012 00:45:25 | More by bubseymour
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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle I picked up for $1.69. Bright orange, very clear. Good sticky lacing on the glass. Smell is a little too subtle for me, slight hops, eh. A bit of orange in the flavor and then bitterness then some malt at the end. Overall this is a good IPA but nothing too crazy.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2012 20:53:59 | More by ArrogantB
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rfbenavi80

Missouri

3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into pint glass.

A- Pours a orange/ yellow color more orange than yellow. There is some foamy bubbly head that went away rather quickly leaving nice lacing on the glass.

S- Really get a citrus smell up front. A pine smell is there also. Quite hoppy.

T- Well balanced. The malts and the hops are really in unison. One does not overpower the other.

M- Good carbonation. Medium light body. Refreshing.

O- Solid IPA. Would recommend trying.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 10:45:46 | More by rfbenavi80
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CTBeerPope

Connecticut

3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 03:19:18 | More by CTBeerPope
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 17:09:44 | More by rhoadsrage
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-golden amber color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-citrus and pine with some bitter notes

T-juicy citrus and pine with some yeasty bread and nice bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation

O-a solid IPA with good flavors and decent balance

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 17:16:36 | More by MDDMD
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muskiesman

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a nice amber to copper color with a nice off white foamy head that retained well and remained a solid lacing

Smell is sweet tropical fruits with citrus. Rich and piney, grassy hop oils

Taste follows the nose with a citric fruit and bitters sweet and tart. Mild toasted malts in there too a nice balance between the two s and s.

Mouthfeel is medium light for an IPA with a nice dry finish not too tart or sweet very refreshing overall

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 16:13:45 | More by muskiesman
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devinoconnor

New Jersey

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

Really nice IPA from the northern California area. Pours an amber brown color with two fingers of head from the bottle.

Taste is a nice mellow citrus flavor with oak and walnut flavor. Yeast is present as well, creating a bread-like note.

Well-balanced and a rather easy drinking IPA. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 00:02:51 | More by devinoconnor
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JerseyKirk

New Jersey

2.73/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: cooper to red. White head that settled quickly.

S: citrus, pine, grapefruit, lemon. All subtle and weak.

T: Citrusy hop flavors with a slight caramel malt taste. Not very fresh tasting.

M: Medium bodied, good carbonation, lends to the sweeter side.

O: I love bold, hit me in the face ipas. The style dictates really strong smell and taste however this beer doesnt have either. Could be an older bottle or just an average ipa. I'm leaning towards the latter.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 19:53:13 | More by JerseyKirk
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JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 00:01:10 | More by JerzDevl2000
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A clear amber brown with a nice yellow tint and a half an inch of head that quickly turns to a heavy lace ring. Nice sticky lacing.

S - Well out of the bottle I get a strong smell of citrus and pineapple. Equal amounts of caramel soaked gram cracker keeps it in check. Smells good.

T - Ow darn it's kind of old! The Juicy hops flavors of the smell transition into a smooth lackluster malt beer mostly sweet with only a slight twang of bittering hops in the finish. Gave it a 4 since it's still clean and balanced.

M - Light to medium very easy to drink.

Overall upon further inspection I see a fine layer of sediment in the bottom of my bottle so it's at least 4 months old. Pity since I got a fairly fresh bottle of Union Jack but it's not a complete loss since old this beer is still rather tasty. Will have to have it again fresh.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 01:06:52 | More by DrDemento456
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CaptDavyJones

New York

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear copper color from a 12 oz bottle, with ABV on the label. The date of bottling is visible only when the bottle is emptied.
Towering head that dissipates slowly and leaves behind some really nice lace.
Aroma upfront is predominantly pine. In between the pine, there are tropical fruits, citrus notes. Very aromatic IPA. As the beer warms up, the malt notes come through.
Taste is slightly bitter on the tongue upfront. Compared to the aroma, the taste is nowhere as bitter. Fruity, citrusy notes in the middle with a nice, clean crisp finish.
Overall, this is a decent IPA. Very good drinkability and mouthfeel is not the most pleasant, but it isn't bad either. Good IPA for those who are venturing into the hop territory. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 22:39:22 | More by CaptDavyJones
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ummswimmin

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer with barbeque and it paired really well. One of my friends at the restaurant asked if any beer didn't pair well with barbeque... I said that really good barbeque makes the beer pair with it. I would almost want to avoid the beer that takes attention from these ribs. This good, middle of the road IPA did the job very well.

You get all of the normal smell and taste of a normal IPA. There is floral and citrus hopping. The look is a light orange, but there was very minimal head on this beer. Bitterness wasn't very present.

This was a good IPA. Not very challenging. I almost would point to this as a good bridge from BMC drinkers to craft.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 02:19:16 | More by ummswimmin
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dogfishandi

New York

3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 23:03:53 | More by dogfishandi
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a deep honey color with a minimal head. smells all sweet and malty, pollenated like the label indicates. taste is so sweet and piney hoppy. malts are amber in nature with a particular sweetness and a palatable thick mouthfeel that highlights the hops. well carbonated and strong. this is a good ipa, but not sure i feel like drinking a six pack. also not their best brew, but a little bit different for an american ipa. sweet and sticky, not fully memorable...

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 06:30:17 | More by StonedTrippin
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fmccormi

New York

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight pour from 12oz bottle (pry-off) to Bruery tulip—bottling date of October 17, 2011 (at 1:55PM, if you must know) printed on the shoulder of the bottle (“10/17/11 13:55”)

Appearance (4.0): Three and a half fingers of eggnog colored head dies down in fat little bubbles to about one finger with loose, gobby spots of lacing. Body is clear and orange-honey-colored. Really pretty beer, actually.

Smell (4.0): Orange and pineapple hops mixed with a sweet floral character make for a very West Coast-style hop note in the nose; a little resinous. A lightly toasted malt body with just a little bit of a honey note make for the rest of the nose.

Taste (4.0): Great burst of citrus bitterness mixed with some dank / pine needle bitterness on the palate—very nice hop bite. There’s a long finish, with a grassy-floral bitterness that hangs around for a long time. No alcohol or yeast noticeable—standard for the style. Malt is simple and clean, just sweet enough to carry the hops and not too toasted to distract from them, either. The result is a very good West Coast hop delivery, but the malt is a bit simple.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Great, dry finish. Very dry, actually. Lighter side of medium bodied and very clean. Nice simultaneously foaming and prickly carbonation.

Overall (4.0): This is a great, albeit straightforward, West Coast style IPA. Really pulls off everything you look for in the style, even if it doesn’t add much to the category. This feels like it should be a staple in my fridge—incredibly reliable hop bomb. Very nice, and I’m impressed by my first Nectar Ales offering!

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 23:39:46 | More by fmccormi
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 01:32:34 | More by Sammy
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braski

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance- nice copper tone with an off white head that leaves little lacing.

smell- mixture of citrus and pine hopes.

tastes- bready malt flavors with plenty of hops, a little tangy and a bitter end.

mouthfeel- meadium body finishes a little dry.

overall- a well balanced beer start to finish, a great example of a ipa.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 02:23:17 | More by braski
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UncleAddie

Arizona

3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pouted from the bottle a nice mahogany amber red. Two fingers worth of off white head and left slight lacing.

Aroma of fruity hops and spicy hops.

Balanced piney taste with hints of caramel hops.

Moderately carbonated with medium body mouthfeel.

I am not a huge ipa fan but this one was not bad.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 16:49:53 | More by UncleAddie
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 14:29:02 | More by russpowell
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jtierney89

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy amber with a thin lace of head with lots of oily citric hops on the nose. Little bit of grapefruit in their as well. Lots of tropical sweetness up front with tastes including grapefruit and pomegranate. There's also some malty sweetness up front. finishes with a nice floral bite, the flavors all go really really well together, im impressed.

High in carbonation and medium in body. Super drinkable. Super surprising find.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 23:57:07 | More by jtierney89
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Tilley4

Tennessee

3.03/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured at a recent tasting at Maria's in Chicago...

A blend of sweet caramel malts meld with citrusy hops... More malt forward than I was expecting from an IPA... This reminds me more of a hoppy Red Ale...

Piney hops are quickly dominated by a sweet caramel maltiness... Rather balanced for an IPA which I would expect in a Pale Ale but not in an IPA...

Enjoyable but not memorable...

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 03:08:32 | More by Tilley4
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