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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

746 Ratings
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Ratings: 746
Reviews: 328
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 13
Gots: 47 | 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:
Beer added by: avylover on 10-03-2002

60 IBU
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Photo of BARFLYB
3.83/5  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.

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep orangish with a thinner frothy head than from the bottle version. Nose of hops, grapefruit , floral , and slight various grains Taste was floral, citrus and shoppy as Hell. It had a nice hop bite on the end to remind you that is a damn good IPA. I liked this IPA from the bottle, bet the tap tastes even better. This is how I like my IPAs-very hoppy, slightly bitter finish and smooth with citrus and floral throughout.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium dirty golden brown color with a white head and lacing. Slight chill haze. The aroma is citrusy, grapefruit like and has a touch of nutty malts. Sweet, bitter, hoppy, nutty, and pretty decent overall. Just a mild IPA with more of a brown ale base than some examples.

Photo of akorsak
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle purchased from Liquid Solutions.

A: The IPA is an amber color, situated nicely between orange and brown. The ale is crystal clear, from the angle of the sun and the glass, there is a brilliant glare coming through. The head was quite large, 3.5 fingers or so, with a nice lace ring remaining.

S: The nose is a thick resiny hop profile mixed with a thick caramel malt body.

T: The ale has a big, malty mouthfeel. So much so that it could easily be mistaken for a barleywine. Those malts are cereal grainy, full of bread-like sweetness. The hops add quite an element of depth on top of the malts, big and citrusy, with some resiny thickness and a lot of grapfruit flavors. The balance between the malts and hops is striking, holding both in check and not getting out of hand.

M: The beer is a mouthful, lot o' hops and lots o' malts.

D: A bottle is enough for me, the beer is too over-the-top for an IPA.

Photo of Zorro
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a hazy dark orange body with a bubbly tan head that fades to a thick ring after a bit. There is a gentle carbonation of microbubbles gliding to the surface.

S- The citrus and green earthy hops have some tropical fruit notes and a watermelon hint that is interesting. As the beer opens there is some dry pale malt and caramel malt aromas underneath.

T- The sweet pale malt flavor lays a base for the soft green hops that have fruity notes and a slight watery taste when it warms.

M- The medium mouthfeel with a gentle fizz has no alcohol heat noticed.

O- This beer has a nice malt flavor with some good complex hop smells. This is a nice solid pale ale even though the hops are a bit soft in the taste. The good malt flavor makes up for that. I wouldn't call it an IPA.

Photo of chinchill
3.1/5  rDev -18.4%

Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of atrocity
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Wasatch
3.21/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.03/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Photo of Boone757
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Bighuge
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of flagmantho
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.83/5  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.

Photo of IPAchris
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Brad007
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Nectar IPA from Humboldt Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 746 ratings.