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Nectar IPA - Humboldt Brewing Co.

Nectar IPANectar IPA

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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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Photo of aquazr1


3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Imbibe. Pours a golden amber with a short head that leaves some nice lace behind. The smell is floral with a lot of citrus notes. The taste is not too hoppy with only a slightly bitter finish. It's a light to medium bodied beer that is very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2013 21:36:28 | More by aquazr1
Photo of hopheadhoward


4.49/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Come on - this is a nice IPA. Not sure why there is such mild praise.

If you like floral hops, a nice finish, you will really enjoy this. I've had it on tap a couple of times in Orlando and I think this is an ideal IPA.

Not pretentious, not complicated, but a great IPA!

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2013 23:44:20 | More by hopheadhoward
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

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2013 01:16:46 | More by BradMacMullin
Photo of KickbacksSteve


4.43/5  rDev +16%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2012 04:04:33 | More by KickbacksSteve
Photo of spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2012 01:31:42 | More by spinrsx
Photo of Durge


4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2012 16:23:20 | More by Durge
Photo of IPAsteveCO

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer a couple years back out of the bottle but found myself on the east coast for business trip and found it on draft there. (which is strange I know) Anyway I really missed this beer. A nice sweeter style IPA that is very drinkable.

Not a BIG NW style IPA with a huge nose but rather a softer, sweeter IPA with enough bitterness to balance things out. There were several other great beers on tap at this location but I found myself really enjoying this beer and it turned into my beer for the night.

Serving type: on-tap

04-25-2012 23:59:44 | More by IPAsteveCO
Photo of kojevergas


3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on-draught into a nonical half-pint glass at the Firestone Walker taproom in Paso Robles (on its second day of operation). Paired with a steak and fries. Expectations are average; I don't particularly care for Firestone Walker's beers. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a half finger head of nice cream, decent thickness, and fair retention. Colour is a clear copper.

Sm: Hops - floral more than bittering. A simple but pleasant moderate strength aroma.

T: Hoppy. Floral hops, spice, citrus hop notes, and clean bright malts. Balanced to a degree. Well built for the style, with no bitterness overall. Pleasant and enjoyable, with a tolerable hop burn.

Mf: Coarse and wet. Adequately carbonated. Suits the flavours alright, but certainly isn't tailored to them. A bit too thick. Entirely too coarse, reducing drinkability.

Dr: Drinkable for the style, but unremarkable. Nothing special here. Hides its ABV well. I like it, but it's far from great. Not at all unique or experimental.

Low B-

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2012 19:14:12 | More by kojevergas
Photo of udubdawg


3.13/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

arrives quite deep amber, nice clarity, topped by a decent off-white head with fair retention and a scant bit of lacing.

citrus, with a surprising amount of caramel behind. Mild alcohol, comes across as a little spicy and generally mixes well with the hops. Clean, no fruitiness, very malt other than sweet caramel.

woah, tons of caramel. Caramel malt bomb. Really detracts from the drinkability. Supposedly fresh, but this is rich, borders on cloying. Sweet background of pale malt, with moderate bitterness with a softened edge. Low hop flavor. Mild alcohol flavor, not too "hot", and a surprisingly big body, creamy in the mouth, moderate carbonation. Not at all the dry IPA I prefer, but nothing really wrong with the style this way. Clean, generally void of faults, but drinkability suffers and the big sweet caramelly body really detract. Decent example, but not one I'll look for again.

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2011 22:57:21 | More by udubdawg
Photo of jmvecchio1


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

Nectar IPA pours out tangerine in color with a thick fluffy head perched on top. As the beer drinks down, the head doesn't dissipate much and generous amounts of lacing are left clinging to the glass. The aroma off this beer is aggressively citrusy and piney thanks to the generous use of Cascade, Centennial, Chinook, and Mt. Hood hops. The beer drinks similar to the heavily hoppy smell, but the brewers have paid careful attention to balance the drink of the beer with a hearty dose of biscuity malts. On the swallow, the beer finishes dry, leaves a notable amount of hop oil on the tongue, and a resin after-taste characteristic. Overall, this is an excellent American IPA that hop-heads should seek out and drink up.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2011 02:55:07 | More by jmvecchio1
Photo of AgentMunky


3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a rocks glass at Mellow Mushroom. From notes. Reviewed 2 July 2011.

A: Clearish golden-amber. Nice head, decent retention, good lacing.

S: Hops. A tad of pine. It's okay.

T: Decent IPA. Piney hops and mediocre supporting malts. Enjoyable, but nothing special.

M: Malty-round with a dry end/aftertaste.

O: It's alright, but not great. Drinkable. It's something I might sip on again, but not recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2011 19:45:45 | More by AgentMunky
Photo of Sky2625


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

My first tasting at the Washington Brewers Festival.

A - Clear and coppery orange in color. Moderate head, with sticky lacing.

S - Strong citrusy hop with a mild pineyness, picked up some flower and apricot notes as well.

T - Sweet apricot/nectarine with floral notes hit first. The fruit flavor continued strong as a mild hop bitterness became evident. Sugary malt then balanced it. Aftertaste continues with sweet flavor, mild bitterness, and floral hints.

M - Smooth with medium body, and sweet stickiness to the finish. Medium carbonation.

D - A great mild IPA, especially if you're going to drink a few in one sitting, but be prepared for the sweetness.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2011 23:28:54 | More by Sky2625
Photo of jwhancher


4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Stopped by the tasting room since I was in the area. This one looks like a test batch so I gave it a 20 oz try.

A: pours a dark copper with head that faded quickly. Left with nothing more than a few bubbles after a few minutes. Clear with low perceivable carbonation.

S: Relatively strong piney & citrus hops are front and foremost but malt aromas are present as well. Not a hop bomb but good West Coast hop character.

T: Tastes mostly hoppy, a little sticky sweet, but again backed by some nice solid malt flavor. Nice balance with hops a little more on the tastebuds.

M: Nice bitter hop mouthfeel. I was in the mood for some hop bitterness and this one sure came through. Medium to full in body. This was my first beer of the day and it's a little filling.

O: A good beer overall. Very solid and nicely drinkable. Smooth.

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2011 22:52:00 | More by jwhancher
Photo of mdfb79

New York

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

Had on tap tonight at Churchkey in Washington, DC.

a - Pours a clear reddish amber color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sweet fruity malts, citrus hops, and sugar. Kind of reminded me of fruity pebbles, which I liked.

t - Taste is again, sweet fruit, citrus hops, light pine hops, and floral notes.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation.

o - Overall a reall nice IPA; something that was heavy on the sweet fruit and that I would want to have again.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2011 01:20:05 | More by mdfb79
Photo of countrocula

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

had two of these on tap at The Mason Jar in Mahwah. As a side note, this night is like St. Elmo's Fire in here with old people like me singing Mick Jagger 'She's the Boss' songs. Huge snow storm impending....

Anyway, came to my table with nary a head and no residual lacing. Could be that the glass has some cleaner/detergent residue... Dunno. Very amber in hue with a slight mistiness to it. Not crystal clear but pretty transparent.

Beyonce is now on the juke

smell is slightly astringent. No big bouquet here. Little malt and booze aroma.

This maybe due to the cold temp this was served at but the inital taste is slightly plasticky. Tad bit of orange rind bitterness on finish. Sweet in a way. Surely orange rind over graprfruit...

Mouth is cleanish. Not cloying but a syrupy sensation develops after a few gulps. Not an exemplar of the style.

As much as this isn't an ultimately satisfying representation of the style, it's watery and booze deficient enough to be a solid pounder. I'd like to try another session with it warmed up to about 45 F

Serving type: on-tap

01-12-2011 02:31:22 | More by countrocula
Photo of Thorpe429


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

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice amber color with an off white head. A few fingers at first falling somewhat quickly and leaving some pretty good lacing behind. The nose brings forward a good amount of grapefruit and zest plus a bit of other citrus. Taste is more C hops with grapefruit being the most predominant flavor. Some slight toffee and caramel notes in the background. Good bitter feel with really nice drinkability.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2010 01:08:57 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of mcann2pu


4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: kind of a hazy straw/ amber color with about a finger and a half of eggshell head floating on top, minimal lacing.

Smell: strong hop smell, very pleasant, citrus mostly a grapefruit aroma, also a little bit of the malty sweetness comes through.

Taste: very good, has that great oily hop taste without going too far, good malt balance, great beer taste.

Mouthfeel: appropriate.

Drinkability: very drinkable, good beer all around.

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2010 18:53:59 | More by mcann2pu
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap at 1702, Tucson, April 2010
The beer arrives with a clear copper hue and is topped by a thin, pale tan head. The aroma smells of grapefruit, tangerine and lychee up front, but is backed by solid pine aromatics as well as some sharp citrus oil and herbal notes.

As it hits my tongue for the first time it feels dry, with a peppery carbonation and has a biting bitterness. The middle has some malt sweetness to it that accentuates flavors of grapefruit and lychee from the dominant hops. The finish dries out quit a bit and has a clean bitterness as well as a lingering herbal / pine character to it. The body is medium in heft and has some chewiness to it that is almost a bit heavy for how I prefer an IPA. Soft malt notes contribute a certain biscuit-like character, some light caramel notes as well as some sweet grain character.

This is nice; pungently hoppy with a clean, though somewhat thick malt character.

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2010 16:35:23 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of CHickman

New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber to copper in color with a creamy tan head; decent lacing on the glass.

Smells of floral hops, sweet malt, grass, caramel, grapefruit and light yeast.

Nice balance, with a taste of floral hops, piney hops, sweet malt, grass, caramel, orange peel, grapefruit, mild hoppy spices and a semi bitter finish.

Little to no carbonation with a creamy mouthfeel that goes down very smooth and easy.

Very nice and light IPA that's well balanced and not as hoppy as I thought it would be, but none the less still a very refreshing, enjoyable and good beer!

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2010 02:59:47 | More by CHickman
Photo of lstokes


4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had on tap at the Richmond Capital Ale House. It's one of the juicier IPAs I've had, looking orange, smelling like orange and apricot, and tasting like nice, gentle citrusy hops with an earthy finish and a medium body.

I like the fact that this is a BALANCED West Coast IPA--the hops are very tasty and fresh, but don't have the bitterness or the electricity of some of the bigger West Coast IPAs, making it a really good beer for someone who likes hops but doesn't need the sting of a true hop addict. I wish it were more widely available.

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2010 17:12:35 | More by lstokes
Photo of bonbini26

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Spuyten Duyvil

A - Pours a clear dark amber color, nice carbonation, tiny head, a little bit of lacing throughout the drink.

S - Pretty strong hop presence and sweet malts coming thru.

T - It doesn't hit the hop bill of an IPA like the smell promises, more of an amber ale, with malts to make it sweet and toasted caramel malt

M - Medium body, nice carbonated feel.

D - Drinkable. Humboldt fell short on this one, should be an amber ale, instead of an IPA.

A lot better west coast IPA's out there than this one, it misses the mark

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2009 15:26:32 | More by bonbini26
Photo of david18

New York

3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good summer ipa but a little bit of an also ran. Nothing bad about it, decent color, flavor, carbonation and mouthfeel. The hoppiness is also good but nothing too special. It's definitely light enough to enjoy in the summer. I would recommend trying it.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2009 19:17:33 | More by david18
Photo of plaid75

New York

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

On tap at The Waterfront, Brooklyn, New York.

Poured a medium to dark copper hue with a one and a half finger foamy white head. There was good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured an oily citrusy hop and an understated caramel.

The taste consisted of juicy orangy, piney and slightly herbal hop.

The mouthfeel wax typical of the style but mildly undercarbonated.

Overall a tasty and hop forward IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2009 15:46:00 | More by plaid75
Photo of ffejherb


4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Toronado, San Francisco, CA on 7/12/09. I understand this is now brewed by Firestone Walker, and was listed as such on the beer board.

A - Clear amber/orange with reddish tones and thin off-white head that reduced to a patchy film and left a decent patchwork of lace around the glass.

S - Citrus hops with a fruity sweetness reminiscent of mango and tree fruit. Malt is sweet and caramely. Subtle waft of alcohol also emerges after a while.

T - Very sweet and fruity flavor overall, yet still remains a hoppy character with prevalent citrus hop bitterness. A sweet and syrupy caramel malt presence helps keep the bitterness a bit restrained.

M - Medium bodied and moderately carbonated with a syrupy texture an some oily slickness. Sweet on the palate with minimal bitterness that doesn't really linger much.

D - Sweet nectar indeed, and definitely on the sweeter side of the IPA spectrum. Not overly bitter at all, though there is a pretty substantial hop presence overall. However, it remains well-balanced throughout.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2009 00:57:12 | More by ffejherb
Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy


3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours from draft orange to amber with a one
finger head that showed little stamina.

S: Piney, floral, alcohol, etc etc it's an IPA

T: Not as overpowering as many an American IPA
but none the less showing no shortage of
hops hops hops.

M: This is an easy drinker with good body and
a no film left behind policy.

D: A very drinkable American IPA that won't kill
you with ABV while possessing the all other
qualities of a well crafted AIPA.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2009 02:53:52 | More by ArrogantDeadGuy
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Nectar IPA from Humboldt Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 604 ratings.