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Nectar IPA - Humboldt Brewing Co.

Nectar IPANectar IPA

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604 Ratings
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Ratings: 604
Reviews: 311
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.47%

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 LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle, bottled on 05/19/09. Pours a clear orange with a small white head. Aroma of caramel malt, tropical fruits, sweet citrus, and grassy hops. Flavor of sweet caramel and crackery malt initially with some citrus and bitter hops in the finish. Nice IPA, very drinkable, good hops/malt balance.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2009 15:24:37 | More by LilBeerDoctor
Photo of Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 22:02:49 | More by Jwale73
Photo of GClarkage


4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/02/04- Purchased from my local Safeway in San Mateo, CA

Appearance- Pours a nice golden color with a 3/4 inch white head and fair lacing.

Smell- Mmmmm, nice floral and citrus scents hit you right away. Lots of bitter hops also in the mix.

Taste- At first it seemed a little watery, but as I kept sipping, it became clear that this was a good IPA. Citrus and hops abound. Not too harsh, but about what you should expect out of an IPA. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel- Nice carbonation level. Hops are not huge, so it doesn't burn going down.

Drinkability- As with most brews from Humboldt, this one doesn't dissapoint. Very yummy beer that I will be buying again.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2004 05:33:59 | More by GClarkage
Photo of Brenden


3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 15:05:49 | More by Brenden
Photo of maximum12


3.4/5  rDev -11%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 04:28:23 | More by maximum12
Photo of ArrogantB


3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2012 20:53:59 | More by ArrogantB
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

Clear orange/amber color with a with a beige head that thinned to a layer and left a few spots of lacing here and there.
Aroma is full of sweet citrus hops.
Taste is balanced out nicely with enough malt to keep one from puckering up on every delightful sip.
Lighter side of medium bodied with mild carbonation and a somewhat slick feel.
It's very easy to drink this tasty IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2009 18:38:31 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of mynie


4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2007 02:55:58 | More by mynie
Photo of lordofthewiens


3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 17:43:44 | More by lordofthewiens
Photo of ffejherb


4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Toronado, San Francisco, CA on 7/12/09. I understand this is now brewed by Firestone Walker, and was listed as such on the beer board.

A - Clear amber/orange with reddish tones and thin off-white head that reduced to a patchy film and left a decent patchwork of lace around the glass.

S - Citrus hops with a fruity sweetness reminiscent of mango and tree fruit. Malt is sweet and caramely. Subtle waft of alcohol also emerges after a while.

T - Very sweet and fruity flavor overall, yet still remains a hoppy character with prevalent citrus hop bitterness. A sweet and syrupy caramel malt presence helps keep the bitterness a bit restrained.

M - Medium bodied and moderately carbonated with a syrupy texture an some oily slickness. Sweet on the palate with minimal bitterness that doesn't really linger much.

D - Sweet nectar indeed, and definitely on the sweeter side of the IPA spectrum. Not overly bitter at all, though there is a pretty substantial hop presence overall. However, it remains well-balanced throughout.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2009 00:57:12 | More by ffejherb
Photo of clayrock81


4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2010 11:17:31 | More by clayrock81
Photo of Durge


4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2012 16:23:20 | More by Durge
Photo of merlin48


4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle pours a hazy orange golden body with a medium sized beige head that sticks around several minutes and leaves some collar lacing.

Aroma is citrusy and floral, with apricots and pink grapefruit and a hint of orange blossom. Some toasted caramel underneath.

Medium body has a smooth carbonation.

Taste is well balanced, but on the candied apricot side of the scale. Grapefruit hops bitter out things pretty well but some honeyed caramel malt keeps pushing some sweetness. A hint of bitter grassiness underneath saves the balance. Finishes smooth and even.

If you like your IPAs to have a tropical fruit sweet component to dominate the bitter dryness you will like this one. I did.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2010 22:38:52 | More by merlin48
Photo of Reidrover


3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, pretty dark amber ,for an IPA,clear with an attractive,l;arhe thick creamy eggshell coloured head. Very spicy aroma slighly piney but with good undercurrents of malt, red grapefruit. Crisp taste , mainlly of grapefruit hops and some good underlying maltiness, actaully turns out to be somewhat balanced in the end. Very nice mouthfeel, smooth and ends well. Overall a pleasant West Coast IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2007 20:17:36 | More by Reidrover
Photo of BARFLYB


3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass

Nectar IPA is a dark golden slight bronzish color with a fair amount of white stuff up top. Small lines of lace on the way down. Scents include alot of floral arraingements under a bed of citrus hops and caramel malt. For being two months old since bottling, this has a fair amount of hop citrus and a bit less bitterness than I need, but this is still some good stuff. The lower bitterness makes way for a very floral appeal. Flowers, grapefruit, slight sweet caramel, nothing to extreme. Feel is less than medium with some life. I liked this enough to hope that Nectar Ales makes it's way to SEPA sometime.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 15:35:48 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

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

The beer arrived a clear amber golden with an off-white head which lasted to lace the glass.

The aroma was malty with a citrus base, mainly grapefruit. The aroma was mainly hops.

The flavor was sweet, like honey, which diminished over time into a citrus (grapefruit) flavor and bitterness.

The finish was dry with lingering grapefruit into the aftertaste and the body was medium, but seemed just a smidge lighter.

Pint at Mellow Mushroom in Charlottesville, VA.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2004 00:49:53 | More by GCBrewingCo
Photo of ngeunit1


4.43/5  rDev +16%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 05:10:42 | More by ngeunit1
Photo of oline73


3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a finger of fluffy off white head. This beer has some great head retention.

Smell: Hops dominate, but there aren't a ton of them. There is a fairly strong malt presence as well. Hops are a bit herbal and there is a hint of caramel and bread.

Taste: Bitter citrus peel hops, perhaps a hint of pine. There is some bready malt that shows up in the middle of each sip. The finish is quite bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Good amount of smooth and fluffy carbonation. Finish is a bit slick.

Overall: This is a decent ipa. The hop profile isn't super interesting, but not bad. I would have another if it was served to me.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 02:32:14 | More by oline73
Photo of argock


4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date.

A: Inviting orange-amber with 1-2 finger ivory head with average retention and lacing for an IPA.

S: Delectable floral, citrus, and pine hops aromas are admirably backed by loads of pale malt sweetness.

T: This beer's flavor is exceptionally well-balanced and exemplifies a very well-made IPA for those who like equal malt and hops in the West Coast style. Thick and delicious pale malt backing is met head-on with a burst of grapefruit and pine hops flavor.

M: The fullness of bodies belies the attention to adequate malting that is a trademark of the Humboldt beers. Aftertaste is grapefruit with pale malt sweetness.

D: Another excellent beer from the Humboldt clan. Not particularly distinguishing, but high-quality and delicious.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2008 12:03:58 | More by argock
Photo of Pencible


4.43/5  rDev +16%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2008 16:47:35 | More by Pencible
Photo of Floydster


3.18/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My dad gave me a twelve ounce bottle out of the six pack he bought from BevMo in Torrance

Pour was a golden brown with a 1/2 inch head that settled quickly

Taste was not that bitter for an IPA and I was expecting more since their Hemp Ale is so spicy

Could drink several of these, light for an india pale ale

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2007 20:52:12 | More by Floydster
Photo of VelvetExtract


3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2011 23:42:38 | More by VelvetExtract
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Twelve-ounce, short, stout bottle just purchased from New Beer Distributors on Chrystie Street...
First-ever beer sampled from this west-coast, Californian brewery...
First-taste impressions: Medicinal, spicy, and pungent, both in the nose and on the tongue... Wet hops and effervescent florals dominate the palate... Overall, a clean, crisp, and warming IPA but nothing above and beyond...

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2009 19:44:25 | More by dsa7783
Photo of WoodBrew


3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The Nectar IPA is the best IPA that I have tried this evening...and I had some good ones in the line up this evening. The Nectar pours a lighter copper with white head that is lacing....very very nicely. The scent is malty with fresh hop presence that leans toward the piney side. The taste is a great mix of smei sweet malt and bitter piney citrus. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall this is a decent beer and recommended to IPA fans.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2013 02:21:23 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of ADR


3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear dark copper appearance, flat 1/4 inch head that last for about 50 seconds. Laces in dripping strings. Strident hoppy aroma, oily with grapefruit components. Medium carbonation, lighter mouthfeel. Good balance, malts are decently thick if ordinarily honey-caramel, hops are lively and give a leomon pepper acidity to the close. Orange peel sweetness and sharpness rounds out the aftertaste. Nothing extremly notable in the apparent IBUs or the malt department -- but the balance is good and its hoppy without being a cartoon of the style.

Source: Liquid Solutions

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2004 20:27:48 | More by ADR
Nectar IPA from Humboldt Brewing Co.
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