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Nectar IPA - Humboldt Brewing Co.

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Nectar IPANectar IPA

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very good

717 Ratings
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Ratings: 717
Reviews: 325
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 12
Gots: 38 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

fivetime, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of brewerburgundy
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, Sam Adams glass, bottled on 1/5/10.

This is the average copper and white headed American IPA. The head is sticky but not prominent.

At first the aroma seemed very hoppy, but it has struck a balance with the malt now. In fact, it's leaning towards the malt now, rich and sweet buttered toffee. The hops present a little weed, orange, and lemon peel.

The body is strong with buttered toffee and biscuit and is relatively sweet. The same orange and lemon peel become flavors and bitterness that isn't very pronounced.

The mouthfeel has strength on lower carbonation and a velvety texture for 6.7% ABV.

I'm impressed. Firestone Walker's 'other' brand is also quality judging by this IPA.

brewerburgundy, Jun 12, 2010
Photo of erha2
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

erha2, May 19, 2012
Photo of chodinheaven
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Somewhat hazy burnt orange color with very fine bubbles of carbonation from the bottom. Small head on a medium pour that reduces down to a patchy white sea foam head. Pine and grapefruit hops come to mind on the nose, very pleasant. A healthy barley malt backing rounds out the aroma.

Grapefruit and pine hops are most prevelant in the first sips. Lots of bitterness in the back of the mouth, but up front its sweeter but sort of bland as well. It just seems like something is lacking there in the beginning of the taste, and in the end its mostly just bitter, but there is also a sizeable barley and wheat malt character to it also. The mouthfeel doesn't seem to help the taste along either, as it is somewhat watery, neither creamy nor crisp. Overall, its easy enough to drink and the 6.7% ABV is not very detectable, making it an easy beer to drink. But I've definitely had AIPA's that I've enjoyed more.

chodinheaven, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of BeerNDoggerel
4/5  rDev +5.3%

BeerNDoggerel, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of Popp24
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Popp24, Feb 20, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Shawnspl, Oct 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

21Maestro8, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of stephendr
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber color – white frothy thick big bubble head – nose of nice bitter hopps , tobacco , grapefruit , floral , and slight various grains – taste of bitter hopps , resiny , floral , and citrus in the background malt – sour / acidic body – aftertaste slightly bitter with hopps and citrus lingering

stephendr, Sep 15, 2006
Photo of wertschy
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

wertschy, Mar 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

ryser2k, Jan 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

cjac, Jun 22, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

tjcamm, Sep 20, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

rudy0908, Apr 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Snellgg5, Jun 06, 2014
Photo of Greasy
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Greasy, Feb 20, 2014
Photo of KnowYourCraft
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

KnowYourCraft, Oct 06, 2014
Photo of PeterIngemi
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a duvel glass.

A: pours a remarkably clean looking amber witha finger if slightly tanned head, dissapates nicely and leavses some nice lacing.

S: wow, this smells delicious, tropical fruity hop deliciousness, mostly pinneapple, a nice light touch of pine a well... I don't know what exactly it is but I love the aroma of this beer. Nice and juicy... Like hop nectar

T: taste is nice with lightly floral/grassy hops on the front going into the pine and citrus on the finish... The finish is what mostly reminds me of the nose, lightly sweet citrusy hop juice... Nicley rounded

M: medium bodied and very drinkable, has medium creamy carbonation, and a lightly sweet citrusy finish to round it off.

O: this is a great ipa, I really like this one, particuarly the aroma... I can deffinatly see myself drinking these alot more regularly. Glad i tried it.

PeterIngemi, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of kels
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy shade of apricot brown. There's very little clarity and only the faintest visible bubbles of carbonation rising to the 2 finger soapy white head. Huge rings of sticky white lace hang out along the sides of the glass, and a skim of bubbly lace sits atop the beer after the head fades.

Light aromas of citrus make up most of the nose of this beer. They are joined by a dry, biscuity malt presence, and a slight, honeylike sweetness.

This is a very lovely, clean tasting IPA. It is very fruity and juicy. The citrus comes out strong and fresh, like mandarin oranges. It stays light thanks to a little bit of grassy hops and a crispy, toasty malt foundation. The honey sweetness of the nose is also quite present in the taste. Feel is pretty nicely carbonated and light, making the drinkability very high. Really pleasant IPA.

kels, Feb 05, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

chasmandocharles, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of DrewShalvoy
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

DrewShalvoy, Jul 14, 2013
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3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

rfbenavi80, Feb 28, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +25%

mzeld, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of lstokes
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

lstokes, Mar 19, 2010
Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a nice burnt orange color with a two-finger white head.

S - Floral hops with some nice citrus.

T - Bitter upfront with some grapefruit and orange peel coming through. Sweet malt backbone balances everything out.

M - Thin watery mouthfeel. Very light for an IPA.

O - A nice IPA. Nothing mind blowing. Tasty and very easy drinking.

TreyIsWilson, Oct 25, 2013
Nectar IPA from Humboldt Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 717 ratings.