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Nectar IPA - Humboldt Brewing Co.

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Nectar IPANectar IPA

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very good

338 Reviews
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Reviews: 338
Hads: 826
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 16.8%
Wants: 19
Gots: 72 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Humboldt Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: avylover on 10-03-2002

60 IBU
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Reviews: 338 | Hads: 826
Photo of spinrsx
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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 My bottle was a little out of date but I can tell this is still a fantastic IPA.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.

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

Copper and bronze in color with nice bubbling and a tan head of two fingers that leaves a thick foam throughout all twelve ounces.

Very earthy hop aroma. Makes me think of gardening. Planting annuals with lots of dirty on my hands along withyour normal grden flower and organic matter aroma.

Teh taste starts with earthy citric notes of dried orange peel and grass. The malt adds some toasted biscuit sweetness to hop earth and bitterness. The palate makes me think of a syrupy hop resin. A good earthy with citrus tasting IPA.

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Photo of Brad007
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice mild golden color with a one finger head.

Aroma is crisp with grassy/ citrusy hops and a bit of a malt backbone

There's some hops upfront with just a bit of malt. Laid back. Nothing offensive.

Lingering citrus character. Not much else I couldn't ask for much better on a hot day.

An easygoing example of the style.

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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.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy gold with a thick one-finger head that slowly died and left some lace patches. A hoppy smell that is citrusy and there is some caramel malt as well as a lil' bit of spice. Like the aroma the taste and mouthfeel are textbook IPA w/ a floral, citric hop taste that is balanced in a medium body with caramel malt sweetness and finishes dry and crisp due to good carbonation. Nothing exceptional or outstanding but for pricepoint and representation of this style you can't go wrong with this beer.

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Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice reddish-copper color, translucent, the head average in size, frothy in consistency with the residual lace fine sheets to cover the glass. A nice floral aroma with underlying malt, citrus crisp and clean, quite a treat, and the front lightly malt sweet, top is middling in feel. Finish has pleasant hop spiciness, not overpowering, just nice, carbonation moderate, quite dry aftertaste and a good representative to the style.

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Photo of barczar
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Brilliant copper with a frothy one inch cream head that's dense and lingers.

Resin, floral hops, mango, nectarine, and pine form the initial aroma. There's a solid caramel malt sweetness present.

Flavor tarts things up a bit, with underpinnings of grapefruit, lime, and tart orange preceding a deep caramel malt, bready backbone, finishing resiny and fairly bitter.

Body is a tad light, with moderate carbonation and a touch of alcohol warmth.

Good balance of flavoring and bittering hops, with enough malt to balance, as well. Not the most complex, but a solid ipa. Could use a bit more body.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a lightly hazed amber color. Smaller white head sits atop the beer and rest for the entire drink. Marginal lacing.

S-Lighter aromas of juicy citrus and other fruits. Sweet and perfumey. Smells balanced. Attractive aroma but reserved.

T-The flavor is also a bit reserved. Although the flavor is mild, it is pretty tasty in its own right. Citrus and some floral hop flavors. Also some pine hops. Sweetness from the malt balances this beer out quite well. This one is all about balance. The hot and malt profile is pretty tasty; but I prefer my IPAs with some more hop-punch.

M-Medium bodied with mellow carbonation. Slightly sticky from the malt and slightly resinous from the hop. Good feel. Not very bitter and isn't overly dry either.

O/D-I think this one is pretty decent. I think I may have liked their Amber better. Either way, neither one of these beers is worth $12. Worth a try but I can get ten different six-packs of IPAs that I enjoy more. Its good, but when I can get a Smuttynose Finest Kind for about $3 dollars cheaper, or a Bear Republic Racer 5 for about the same price; IPA Nectar gets lost in the muddle of the middle.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: copper orange with a 1 finger off white head

smell: citrus, floral, hops, malts

taste: bitter, dry, hops, caramel, biscuit, malts

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: alright IPA. nothing to impressive. glad I got to try it.


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Photo of ccrida
3.16/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic pint, Nectar IPA is a brassy bronze with an off-white head that decent lace.

Smell is pretty strong, wet floral and watermelon hops, some sulfer. Not that great.

Taste is also a little off...there's a metallic bight or something here. More leaf and melon hop flavor, some sweet caramel malt, waxy phenols. Not spoiled or bad, but just really not that well crafted IMHO, and rather generic.

Mouthfeel is oily and a bit chewy, medium bodied.

Drinkability is ok, there's a bite to it that I don't love, almost grassy. Maybe it's a little long in the tooth?

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Photo of Jwale73
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in a Spieglau nonic. 2/22/11 printed on the neck of the bottle. Pours a burnt-orange hue with a semi-hazy clarity and a dense, half inch, cream-colored head embedded with craters and pinpricks. Nose expresses lemon zest, toasted malts and caramel notes. Taste consistent with nose - there's definitely a lemony quality on a malty backbone. I'm also getting a kind of earthy/ashy flavor towards the back. Flavor profile is definitely a bit muddled. Mouthfeel is light-medium in consistency with a slightly sharp carbonation, some acidity that stimulates the salivary glands along the cheeks and a slight oiliness to the texture. As IPAs goes, this brew isn't really something to write home about. Definitely a bit malt-centric for the style and balance just seems a bit off. Not bad, but not really something I would seek out again either.

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Photo of Durge
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
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!

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Photo of Immortale25
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Bottleneck says 10/11/12.

A- Pours a copper color with a 3/4 inch beige head that retains very well before becoming an 1/8 inch head and thick, sudsy lacing adheres to the glass.

S- Sharp, citrusy hop aroma with a sweetness from the malt following through. Decent-sized alcohol fume commingles with the intense hop punch.

T- Balanced hop/malt duality with the hops displaying a tangy, zesty characteristic and once again the malts being sweet and toasty. Alcohol is nicely subdued and bitterness is there but restrained and somewhat lingering.

M- Semi-slick with some noticeable twang from the hops and alcohol. Medium carbonation and a light-medium body.

O- Pretty good for being over 4 months old. Caught this one right at the last minute.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

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Photo of Brenden
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This one is bright burnished gold, short of amber in darkness. A bubbly, decently-sized head is created and rests on top without fading too quickly. Spotting and patching are dropped in moderation.
This has what seems to me like a West-East coast hybrid sort of profile. The hops bouquet is mostly citrus with a little pine and something more floral. It's got plenty of malts, providing balance but taking away from the bite of the hops as well as their strength in the overall profile. Mostly biscuity but with a hint of caramel, and alongside an additional sweetness, this beer does just manage to display bitterness as the essential, most forward aspect. Something lightly sour sneaks into the finish on the tongue.
All in all, this beer seems more focused on smoothness than crispness without abandoning it. Carbonation hits the median in a medium body.

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Photo of maximum12
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to baconsausage for this extra in a recent trade...I'm running low on IPAs amongst all this big-beer madness, perhaps a Furious run is in order.

Pours the color of falling leaves, golden, with a nose that's on the floral side of the IPA register, with a bit too much malting.

IPA Nectar is a routine IPA, which isn't a bad thing. The hops do indeed run to the floral-garden variety, touch of spice, & the malts do a one-two combo of sweetness & a breadiness that sticks to the palate like gum arabic. The sweetness is really the controller here, sweeping into the aftertaste & leaving barely a trace of IPA bitterness.

A pretty good but wholly unremarkable brew that doesn't stand out of the universal fabric of IPAs.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear, light golden amber with a thin, creamy white mousse that lingers for some time, leaving a modest amount of white lace around the sides of the glass.

S: Gentle aromas of toffee, cream, caramel, biscuit, lemon, lime, grapefruit, pine, and spruce are present on the nose.

T: Notes of lemon, lime, bitter orange, grapefruit, pine, spruce, and cedar are balanced by flavors of heavy cream, caramel, crackers, biscuits, and toffee. The finish is pleasantly balanced with bitter, citrusy, resinous hop notes of lemon, grapefruit, pine, and spruce underscored by mild, sweet malty notes of caramel, cream, and biscuit.

M: Medium in body, oily, and a bit sticky. Carbonation is decidedly firm. Has a decidedly smooth feel to it. I could drink this all day.

O: A nice little American IPA. The fact that the appearance is nothing special and the smell is a bit on the mild and mellow side is more than made up for by the unique texture and exquisitely balanced flavor. I could see this one being easily overlooked, but I would recommend it highly to fans of the style nonetheless.

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Photo of popery
4.19/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very good IPA. It shouldn't be any surprise that a company with ties to Firestone Walker can make a good IPA. Nectar IPA fits in nicely as sweeter, more floral counterpoint to FW's hoppy pales. The beer is a rich golden color without too much head, not that I really care. The aroma is floral and piney with a touch of citrus. Caramel and bread malt flavors creep in along the edges of the hop barrage, albeit a friendly, pleasant hop barrage. The flavor is rather dry with a raspy bitter aftertaste. This is an enjoyable, easy to like IPA.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle I picked up for $1.69. Bright orange, very clear. Good sticky lacing on the glass. Smell is a little too subtle for me, slight hops, eh. A bit of orange in the flavor and then bitterness then some malt at the end. Overall this is a good IPA but nothing too crazy.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"IPA Nectar" brewed by Nectar Ales (Firestone Walker), Paso Robles, CA

Dark gold to amber with a nice tan head, good carbonation, and nice lace rings. A hop aroma that leans a bit much to the bitter side. Well balanced, yet hoppy, flavors. Medium bodied with a bitter hop finish.

Good but probably not a re-buy... Not much different than the Red Nectar and Pale Necter. I'd be hard pressed to identify these 3 blindly.

Per NA website:
Gold - 2003 GABF

Bottled(?): 02/15/05 (lasered on neck)
Tasted: 10/16/05

($1.99 / 12 oz.)

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Photo of cbutova
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Amber body with a nice frothy head. Great retention and a nice creamy looking cap. Nice spots of thick lace.

S- Hops are fairly big with a sharp pine, floral, citrus and weed profile. Very distinct pine and lemon zest feel here. Caramel malt backbone to support it.

T- Floral and pine hops dominate with that sharp pine feel in the finish along with very strong, intense lemon zest. Caramel malt and bread notes from the yeast support this pretty well.

MF- Light end body with a semi-creamy feel and nice carbonation. Pretty big bitterness in the finish.

Lemon zest and pine all the way here. It almost starts to remind me of a floor cleaner but I still like it. Different than most IPAs nowadays, definitely worth a shot for the distinct flavors.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

In a pint glass this beer was an amber color with a thick off-white head. The head retained well and left a fair amount of lace.

Aroma of citrus and piney hops. Peppery on the nose. Some sweet malt.

Grapefruit and piney hops. Sweet malt. The taste was a little toned down compared to the aroma.

Mouthfeel was thin and on the oily side.

An OK beer, not grest

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Photo of mynie
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to tevering99 for the trade.

Pours damn near perfect--dark, rosiny red with a giant off-orange head that sticks around.

Smells of big, piney east coast hops. Strong, but not too bitter. Very good, but a little more complexity might have helped push the scent up a notch.

The taste starts with a perfect syrupy malt against a wonderful hop blend. Here's the complexity! A big blend of west coast hops, with fresh, sticky, green cascades coming to the forefront, letting in more subtle nodes of fruit and leaves. The whole shebang ends with with a sweetly dry malt and an even sweeter kick of yeast.

Whew! Almost a perfect example of its style--perfectly balanced, superbly crafted.

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Photo of Pencible
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This poured a clear amber with light tan head. It smelled like sweet floral (rose) hops and bitter copper, with sweet honey malt and a bit of refined yeast and pine. It tasted like caramel and fresh wheat malts blended with floral (rose) and copper hops, with a bit of honeysuckle. It was oily with a bit of carbonation, and had a bittersweet aftertaste. Overall this was another delicious Nectar ale. It wasn't terribly different from their pale ale, and could have used a bit more hops character for sharper bitterness. But this was still very clean and tasty with great body, and simply wonderful to drink.

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

Another good brew from Humboldt brewing. This is a lovely glowing orange colour with a nice, off-white head. The aromas are of hops and malt in nice unision. The taste is very citric with the hops being acidic in nature. The malt is their hardcore but it does not really stand out in anyway. The mouthfeel is a bit thin for this style, but it still works quite well. The drinkability is very good on this brew!

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Nectar IPA from Humboldt Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 338 ratings.