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Nectar IPA - Humboldt Brewing Co.

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Nectar IPANectar IPA

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661 Ratings
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Ratings: 661
Reviews: 322
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 11
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
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 muskiesman

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
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
Photo of Edgewater

New York

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

02-12-2012 00:45:32 | More by Edgewater
Photo of bluetrevian


3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

02-11-2012 03:19:14 | More by bluetrevian
Photo of Hoolihan


4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

02-10-2012 00:33:21 | More by Hoolihan
Photo of devinoconnor

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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
Photo of brokentee


4/5  rDev +5%

02-05-2012 18:02:20 | More by brokentee
Photo of heffnate77

New York

4/5  rDev +5%

01-30-2012 20:20:12 | More by heffnate77
Photo of JerseyKirk

New Jersey

2.73/5  rDev -28.3%
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
Photo of JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 00:01:10 | More by JerzDevl2000
Photo of kchannel9


4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

01-22-2012 07:23:45 | More by kchannel9
Photo of DrDemento456


4/5  rDev +5%
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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4/5  rDev +5%

01-11-2012 05:03:05 | More by CMack
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

01-11-2012 01:21:01 | More by bluntedboywonder
Photo of CaptDavyJones

New York

4/5  rDev +5%
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
Photo of ummswimmin

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
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
Photo of dogfishandi

New York

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
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
Photo of Etan


3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

12-31-2011 19:37:10 | More by Etan
Photo of verdict603

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +5%

12-27-2011 03:59:30 | More by verdict603
Photo of Shilt


4/5  rDev +5%

12-26-2011 04:00:41 | More by Shilt
Photo of udubdawg


3.13/5  rDev -17.8%
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 andrecrompton

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5%

12-13-2011 12:43:08 | More by andrecrompton
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
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
Photo of fmccormi

New York

4/5  rDev +5%
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
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
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
Photo of jenray


3/5  rDev -21.3%

11-29-2011 03:17:19 | More by jenray
Nectar IPA from Humboldt Brewing Co.
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