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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

674 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 674
Reviews: 322
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 11
Gots: 28 | 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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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
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2012 04:13:29 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

11-22-2012 22:12:20 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5%
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
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Translucent tangerine topped with an orange-influenced dark cream head. The foam has some substance to it and is beginning to stick. It eventually falls to a thick film and leaves a modest amount of lace. The aroma isn't the least bit shy and is loaded with juicy grapefruity and orange. I hope that the beer is as hoppy on the palate as it is in the nose.

Well-balanced with a firm nod toward hops. The toasted caramel malt provides a solid foundation, stopping just short of too much while the citrusy hops provide the lion's share of the flavor without overdoing it on the other side of the ledger.

That's a good thing if one likes friendly, balanced IPAs. That's not such a good thing if one has a hop itch that needs to be scratched. The body/mouthfeel follows the quality theme. It favors medium-full for the style and has absolutely no rough edges. Supremely drinkable.

Nectar Ales IPA is another good West Coaster, although it doesn't have the full-bore hoppiness of some of its better known competitors. I'll grab something else if I need a quick hop fix, but this one will do just fine the rest of the time.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2004 00:57:58 | More by BuckeyeNation
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metter98

New York

3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear light copper in color and has a very light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that slowly dissipated into lacy patterns.
S: There are aromas of citrus and pine resin hops in the nose; grapefruit stands out in particular.
T: The overall taste has a moderate amount of bitterness and flavors of caramel malts and grapefruit hops.
M: It feels medium-bodied, crisp and a bit sticky on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer isn't that difficult to drink because the hops do not overpower the taste.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 01:11:55 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a nice cap that fades to a big bubbled head with a ring of foam and plenty of lace

Smell: Pine dominant, with hints of grapefruit and toasted bread

Taste: After an initial burst of toasted bread, the resinous pine bursts out with some grapefruit developing by mid-palate; after the swallow, there is also a grassy element that blends with tobacco, adding complexity to the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Re-reviewed this beer in Aug 2013 based on a fresh example - either the recipe has changed or this beer is much better when fresh

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2008 02:08:48 | More by brentk56
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

05-02-2013 00:08:45 | More by nmann08
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This seemed like the most logical choice for me to roll into dinner with so away we went! Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 12/21/2009.
 
The pour was very nice with a nice dark amber color and smooth even carbonation bubbling up from the bottom of the glass. A nice head of about an inch and a half then formed over the top and settled down with spider web like lacing all along the sides and bottom of the glass. Aroma is sharp, oranges, grapefruits, a light hint of pine all mixing in quite nicely and producing a wonderful bouquet of rich hoppy notes. Warming brought a subtle balance to it adding in hints of biscuit like malts and a touch of light herbal notes. Crisp, clean flavor here, not terribly biting, but very nicely done. A nice and smooth orange flavor greets you at first and rolls across the tongue gently. Light touches of citrus are all over this, but a mellow balance is struck as it begins to warm, evening things out and really letting the flavor come into its own. Fantastic carbonation here, never a flat or dull moment as each sip seems to get fuller. Superb drinkability and this one practically goes down like water.
 
Overall this is beyond a solid IPA. Classic for the style and just a great example. I would have no issue putting this one down again any day.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2009 13:57:09 | More by mikesgroove
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

With a not-quite "pedal-to-the-metal" attitude, this mostly hoppy ale has a malt balance that prevents sheer hop dominance. Its sweet and bready tendencies provide a somewhat balanced taste that's common to Midwestern and East Coast varieties.

As the caramel and sponge-cake flavors wrap around the tongue and seep into the olfactory senses, a bread crust savoriness does likewise. That toasted bread flavor invites a sharp counter from hops, giving an introduction of grapefruit and orange.

While its sweet and bready character saturates the tastebuds, the hops begin to morph- turning from the bright citrus character and into a sharper and much more resinous bittering, seemingly of grapefruit pith and orange peel. With a grassy and piney attitude rising, the malts begin to trail as the balance shifts further and further toward the hops.

As only a skeleton of toasted malt remains, the firm hop bitterness dominates the finish- gripping the throat with sticky pine resins, fresh-cut grass and penetrating citrus oils. Its moderate alcohol is spicy and lurks just behind the bitterness.

Nectar IPA is a beautifully balanced IPA. However, if balance is any part of the IPA recipe, then its percieved as an inherent flaw nowadays. Lacking the dryness, utter hop attention, and smoother citrus character limits the likability of the IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2014 05:16:33 | More by BEERchitect
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womencantsail

California

3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2012 06:55:11 | More by womencantsail
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

06-27-2013 04:18:27 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev +5%

06-27-2013 05:12:23 | More by Texasfan549
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jaydoc

Kansas

4/5  rDev +5%

11-29-2013 18:28:52 | More by jaydoc
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.58/5  rDev -6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 20:08:21 | More by kylehay2004
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spycow

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

04-28-2013 22:07:42 | More by spycow
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oberon

North Carolina

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

I love an old shcool left coast IPA and this fits the bill perfectly.Poured one and a half bottles into an imperial nonic a burnt orange color with a nice tight one finger white head atop.Aromas of pine resin and citrusy hops over top of a sweetish doughy caramel malt base,just like it should be in my opinion.Flavors of big pine resin and grapefruit rind with a bit of herb to go along with a caramel malt base wich is almost as big as the hops.I love the old school IPA's and this is something I could drink all night,wich I likely will.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2013 23:11:15 | More by oberon
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GRG1313

California

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

05-18-2014 17:43:44 | More by GRG1313
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2012 20:33:20 | More by Knapp85
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Yet another random single picked up on one of my many beer runs. *sigh* It's a charmed life, really... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear copper-brass topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises pine resin, grapefruit peel, orange zest, light pineapple flesh, and a touch of light biscuit. The taste seems to bring in more of the same, with the fruits really dominating the biscuit something fierce. But then the pine comes in, guns blazing, piercing the tongue with sharp, resin-y scythe-swaths. The result is an astringent, almost acidic bitterness from the middle through the finish. Very unpleasant to me. Luckily there's more to things here, or this would really be a shameful product. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, an okay IPA, but that harsh bitterness just ruined things for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2011 01:50:57 | More by TMoney2591
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zeff80

Missouri

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a one-finger, off-white head of foam. It left thin rings of sticky lace.

S - It smelled strongly of pine and grapefruit. Some caramel maltiness in the nose, too.

T - It had a good spicy hop bite with orange and grapefruit flavors. It had a nice burnt toast malt backbone.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a snappy dry finish.

D - This is a really good, sessionable IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2011 01:25:11 | More by zeff80
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largadeer

California

3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle with a "bottled on" date (bottled 2 months back FYI).

Appearance: Golden amber with a bit of foggy haze, though clear on the whole. An inch of head rises and falls pretty much immediately thereafter, leaving some sticky lace before settling to a ring. Standard IPA appearance, not bad.

Smell: A mild hop aroma of grapefruit and orange. Light sweetness and resin. Not exactly jumping out of the glass.

Taste & mouthfeel: Mildly hoppy up front, very grapefruity with a fructose sweetness that gradually turns into more of a blood orange flavor. Slight graininess, but leaning toward the fruit. Somewhat oily but light in body overall. Gentle hop bitterness in the finish; this is no West Coast hop bomb. Pretty decent, but lacking in character, especially hop character. The malt base is solid and clean, it just needs a bigger hop profile.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2008 06:44:04 | More by largadeer
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -21.3%

01-08-2014 18:50:09 | More by JAHMUR
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nickfl

Florida

3.46/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2013 09:14:43 | More by nickfl
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma consists of a nice blend of fruity citrus, caramelized malts and floral hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with strong flavors of citrus and caramel and makes you realize why they use the name “Nectar.” Then a strong but not over powering hops presence comes in. The malt character is hearty and brings a good balance. The after-taste is likewise pretty sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, nice representation of style, as a hop-head I can see how some might not appreciate this beer because it’s so much sweeter than most IPA’s, but I feel the sweetness works very well in this beer and overall it’s worth pounding down for a whole evening.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2011 04:27:01 | More by TheManiacalOne
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Nectar IPA from Humboldt Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 674 ratings.