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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

691 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 691
Reviews: 322
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 12
Gots: 36 | 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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Zorro

California

3.48/5  rDev -8.4%

Pours a clear red brew.

Smell is sharp hop and malt with a tea. Has a pine and oranges scent.

Taste is hoppy with a strong malt flavor too. Has a big hops and caramel flavor going. Taste like maybe some milk sugar was added to this.

Mouthfeel is good.

An OK brew, but I don't really like this one.

03-17-2004 05:10:26 | More by Zorro
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Wasatch

Utah

3.2/5  rDev -15.8%

A - Pours a clear dark amber color, nice carbonation, tiny head, a little bit of lacing throughout the drink.

S - Scents of slight hops, sweet malts.

T - I'm disappointed in the taste, not hoppy at all like an IPA should be. The taste is sweet malts. This does taste very nice, especially if it was an amber ale instead.

M - Medium body, nice carbonated feel.

D - Drinkable. Humboldt fell short on this one, should be an amber ale, instead of an IPA.

06-11-2006 00:36:03 | More by Wasatch
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

11-07-2010 15:35:48 | More by BARFLYB
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superspak

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 6/4/2013. Pours hazy deep orange amber color with a 1-2 finger dense cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, orange zest, tangerine, lemon zest, pine, floral, grass, caramel, bread, toast, and floral earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity of citrus/pine hops and moderate malt balance; with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, orange zest, lemon zest, floral, grass, pine, caramel, toast, bread, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, orange/lemon zest, floral, grass, pine, caramel, toast, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity of citrus hop flavors and moderate malt balance; with a moderately crisp malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall, despite the age of the bottle, this was a very nice IPA. Nice complexity of hop flavors with moderate malt balance; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

12-31-2013 00:05:02 | More by superspak
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BillRoth

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

12-11-2013 03:38:36 | More by BillRoth
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afsdan

Colorado

4/5  rDev +5.3%

08-17-2014 20:09:35 | More by afsdan
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Latarnik

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

06-01-2014 14:16:28 | More by Latarnik
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plaid75

New York

4/5  rDev +5.3%

On tap at The Waterfront, Brooklyn, New York.

Poured a medium to dark copper hue with a one and a half finger foamy white head. There was good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured an oily citrusy hop and an understated caramel.

The taste consisted of juicy orangy, piney and slightly herbal hop.

The mouthfeel wax typical of the style but mildly undercarbonated.

Overall a tasty and hop forward IPA.

08-11-2009 15:46:00 | More by plaid75
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.03/5  rDev -20.3%

A: A bright orange pour is topped off by an eggshell white head that was one part frumpy, and one party frothy. A medium show of effervesce rises at a moderate pace. Some nice stickage occurs of moderate coverage for a lacing.

S: Pine underbrush, sweet caramel nut toast, with a mixture of dried orange and lemon peels first appears on the nose. Some complexity is only hindered by the light offering coming off very reserved per style.

T: For Flavor the malting was thin, of lightly toasted caramel grains, with an underwhelming amount of bitterness that was more on level of a macro-interpretation and undefined. It does however increase somewhat with some grapefruit/citrus bitterness on the finish but again, felt a bit underwhelming and washy. Not bad, but really nothing definable in anyway earning average regards.

M: Medium bodied with very little effervesce. A citrusy flower coating possibly saves this from subpar mediocrity. Lacked a crispness and sharpness in delivery and was rather laid back and lazy in the mouth.

D: Unlikely repeat. A possible starter/tweener beer for those just starting to get into craft. An ipa with training wheels if you may, that will no doubt fail to raise an eyebrow for the seasonal drinker.

08-20-2010 23:38:45 | More by beerthulhu
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Clear copper. Thin bone white head. Lace is sparse. Nice aroma mix of thick caramel malts and piney, resinous hops. This is one IPA not lacking in the malt department. And not that it's a bad thing. This one has some serious balance. Caramel malts and slightly toasted malts lay an awesome foundation. The hops are resiny, piney and citric. The hop burps put on burn on my nostrils. Bitterness?? Oh yeah. There's some of that. Quite clean though. Mouthfeel is full. Big body and nicely carbonated. All in all, this is very enjoyable. One that I'd make a regular if it were available in these parts.

06-27-2004 03:57:10 | More by Bighuge
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.63/5  rDev -4.5%

A citrus orangey copper appearance. Soapy look. Sticky lace. Sweet aroma, but not the ooomph of hop aroma.

Taste a little hoppier, less sweetness. Substantial malt bill. Not super roasted by any means though. Quickly fades, as you're wondering if it just got more drinkable, or if it just thinned out rapidly. A little bit more expensive than some better choices for the money. More balanced than many CA ipas you'll come across. Not as traditional as Mendocino, but close.

03-26-2010 21:59:13 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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dmorgan310

Panama

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

06-25-2013 04:10:16 | More by dmorgan310
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Gusler

Arizona

3.93/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

01-02-2003 07:30:42 | More by Gusler
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Brad007

Vermont

4.15/5  rDev +9.2%

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.

06-17-2012 23:14:53 | More by Brad007
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

07-23-2012 03:03:36 | More by rolltide8425
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THECPJ

Delaware

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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.

cheers,
The CPJ

09-04-2011 22:59:26 | More by THECPJ
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

04-29-2011 18:17:57 | More by scruffwhor
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.4/5  rDev -10.5%

12 oz. bottle poured into a Russian River -tion glass.

Appearance - Deep amber body with a small white head that laces sparingly, but attractively. Very clear, but looks like a malty beer.

Smell - Smells like a malty beer too. A lot of caramel sweetness in the aroma. I almost smell alcohol, too, which is unheard of for such a low ABV beer. I get a small amount of pine hops, but not a lot for an IPA.

Taste - I get a lot more hops in the flavor. Pine hops in the front, a slight bit of caramel sweetness in the middle, and a bit of pine bitterness in the finish. Strange that it is quite different from the aroma.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium bodied with medium to medium-low carbonation. It's easy drinking and finishes clean.

Overall - An unexciting IPA, but a well made one. No faults, just boring.

08-08-2011 19:38:38 | More by Alieniloquium
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ccrida

Oregon

3.15/5  rDev -17.1%

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?

03-29-2009 01:14:23 | More by ccrida
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GraduatedCashew

California

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

08-28-2013 22:24:47 | More by GraduatedCashew
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flagmantho

Washington

3.51/5  rDev -7.6%

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: darkish orange hue with a moderate haze and effervescence. Head is a thick finger of frothy ivory foam. Pretty attractive!

Smell: there's a quite-sweet maltiness with an undertone of resiny, citrusy and dank hops. Decent, but a little muddled for my taste.

Taste: much like the aroma; sweet malt with a bit of caramel character, then a dose of dank, resiny hops underneath. Not a big, sharp bouquet, but rather a seething underbelly of hop flavor and bitterness. That said, it's still pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with an OK carbonation and concomitant creaminess, which isn't so bad for an IPA.

Overall: this beer is decent, but it doesn't really tickle my fancy.

06-16-2014 00:42:33 | More by flagmantho
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

09-20-2013 02:21:23 | More by WoodBrew
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

08-01-2013 02:57:18 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

01-20-2012 01:06:52 | More by DrDemento456
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -5.8%

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is hoppy, some citrus. Taste is milder than the smell. Some hop bitterness, a touch of citrus, light pine as well. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good but unspectacular beer.

07-10-2014 12:07:47 | More by tone77
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