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Nectar IPA - Humboldt Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Nectar IPANectar IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

746 Ratings
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Ratings: 746
Reviews: 328
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 13
Gots: 47 | 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:
Beer added by: avylover on 10-03-2002

60 IBU
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Photo of Mazarate
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Durge
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
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!

Photo of hoptitsbrews
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of CheezyBlaster
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Photo of andrewborstein
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of micromaniac129
3.8/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of JRBecks
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of BWILCOX
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of Stevie_Janowski
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of MadScientist
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of beerpadawan
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Photo of bumchilly25
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber color with a white head. Smells of caramel and toffee with a strong grapefruit hoppiness. Some peach and pineapple fruitiness, some orange, and a light tangerine. Just a hint of pine, too. The flavor is a touch on the sweet side with bread and toffee maltiness. Grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine, and pine give a solid hop profile. Light bitterness on the finish.

Photo of halo913
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Horbar
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of durlta
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear golden copper in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall creamy white head that reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thicker ring around the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of caramel malt sweetness upfront followed by moderate amounts of citrus/grapefruit, floral, and pine/resin hops.

T: Upfront this beer is quite sweet with a caramel malt body. After that, the hop flavors come along pretty strongly - citrus/grapefruit, floral, and pine/resin. There is a light to moderate amount of hop bitterness which lingers.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly oily, slightly sticky but smooth.

O: This is an enjoyable American IPA but is a little too sticky and a little too strong in ABV to be sessionable. Glad I had the opportunity to try this one since I saw the news this week about Firestone Walker divesting from Nectar.

Photo of MathNut
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of TheSarge
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Makes a one finger thick off white head, and has a clear copper colored body.

The aroma mainly comprises of floral and piny characteristics.

Taste wise it's pretty well balanced between the citrusy hops and toffee malt backbone.

Feels medium in body and dry to the palate; however, in the end the citrus qualities wet the palate.

Photo of Mikecap
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of chgobear
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of PthPndr
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of denver10
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a deep caramel with a double thumbs width cream colored head. A deep caramel, bready aroma hangs alongside some orange. Flavor is a big dose of caramel malt providing some doughiness alongside some citric rind and fruit. Both the flavor and aroma are quite tame. A nice creamy, medium body to this. Overall, a decent brew that I'd try again, though probably not one I will be going out of my way to pick up.

Nectar IPA from Humboldt Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 746 ratings.