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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

334 Reviews
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Reviews: 334
Hads: 814
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 18
Gots: 69 | 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: 334 | Hads: 814
Photo of JDFarley
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

A: Golden copper. Darker than your run of the mill west coast ipa. Single finger head.

S: Citrus fruit and pine. Powerful punch.

T: Oh, yeah.. Maltiness holds things down for wonderful hops. Pine hits you first then immediately into a lemon citrus flavor. Pretty bitter for 60IBU but not lingering.

M: The maltiness gives a full mouthfeel, while still being clearly a westcoast ipa.

O: (391 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: hazy; bronze colored; 1 finger pillowy off white head that receded slowly to a thick collar; thick lacing;

S: candied tropical fruit, especially banana and orange;

T: not quite as good as the smell, but still nice; bitter orange all the way through with a touch of pine in the background;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: very enjoyable; well balanced; nice complexity of flavors; (397 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (287 characters)

Photo of mverity
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a nice light amber brown with half an inch of cream colored head that faded into wisps, a medium collar and very good lacing. Aroma is toasty/bready malt, with faint pint and citrus hops. Taste is appropriately bitter, with the bready malt taking main stage. There's some earthy and piney hops behind the big malt presence. Nice bitter bite on the tongue, medium body and med-high carbonation. (399 characters)

Photo of SD-Alefan
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint from a 12 oz. glass.

A hazy reddish-amber color with a creamy, off-white head that quickly disspates to some lingering lacing.

Very nice aroma of citrus, candied tropical fruit,a little grassiness and some sweet malt.

The taste is not quite as good as the smell, but not bad. I get a quick resinous hop bite, then a little candied fruit sweetness and a lingering spicy finish. The is a lasting bitter dryness.

Mouthfeel is decent, a little creamy maybe? And a little sticky.

Overall, a decent IPA. (521 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
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. (738 characters)

Photo of jabergess
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A decent IPA, but nothing to write home about. It is well balanced, People wanting super bitter beers should move on. The malt sweetness nullifies the finishing bitterness. Nothing super discernible for hops. Not spicy, not citrusy. That being said, it is drinkable, though I prefer grapefruit and such in my IPAs. (314 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

With a not-quite "pedal-to-the-metal" attitude, this mostly hoppy ale has a malt balance that prevents sheer hop dominance. Its sweet and bready tendencies provide a somewhat balanced taste that's common to Midwestern and East Coast varieties.

As the caramel and sponge-cake flavors wrap around the tongue and seep into the olfactory senses, a bread crust savoriness does likewise. That toasted bread flavor invites a sharp counter from hops, giving an introduction of grapefruit and orange.

While its sweet and bready character saturates the tastebuds, the hops begin to morph- turning from the bright citrus character and into a sharper and much more resinous bittering, seemingly of grapefruit pith and orange peel. With a grassy and piney attitude rising, the malts begin to trail as the balance shifts further and further toward the hops.

As only a skeleton of toasted malt remains, the firm hop bitterness dominates the finish- gripping the throat with sticky pine resins, fresh-cut grass and penetrating citrus oils. Its moderate alcohol is spicy and lurks just behind the bitterness.

Nectar IPA is a beautifully balanced IPA. However, if balance is any part of the IPA recipe, then its percieved as an inherent flaw nowadays. Lacking the dryness, utter hop attention, and smoother citrus character limits the likability of the IPA. (1,343 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nector IPA pours a golden color, with no head. There is a nice bold sweet, but hoppy aroma, with a lot of earthy tones. The taste has a nice floral flavor, but finishes sweet not bitter, some earthy flavors. Good feel and nice flavors. Overall, it is a sweeter easy drinking IPA. (279 characters)

Photo of croixian1
3.22/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

An okay IPA, but lacks the hops-pop and bitterness I enjoy so much. Aroma is also a bit weak, lacking, again, the hopy/grassy smells. Nice, full mouth feel with plenty of thick carbonation. Very slight hop aftertaste, not as much as I usually enjoy.
Overall a decent beer, something nice to enjoy with a hearty pulled pork sandwich on a hot, sunny Florida afternoon. Would have again. (384 characters)

Photo of hophugger
3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

good amber color. Hop flavor is ok but expected a little more pop from it. carbonation is good, pretty much average. Flavor is good but seems a little light for the ABV. Overall a nice beer and I definitely would recommend it to anyone. Not exceptional, but a very nice beer that lacks just a touch of desired biterness (319 characters)

Photo of RockAZ
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had to go get a second bottle of this and try it another day because I wasn't quite satisfied with the first one, but I do like it. Sweeter than my usual IPA's, but nothing in the realm of "honey". Really liked the smell from both bottles, and the first few sips were the most impressive about it to me. Not so sure about the aftertaste on the first bottle, and the second bottle did not get very high marks from me either. It is like the sweet hop taste left my palate and stuck some sticky bitter juice in the back corners of my tongue afterwards. Oh! That is a terrible exaggeration, I guess I just don't like the aftertaste for some reason.

I did like this overall, would buy it again, and desire very much to try it on draft because the fragrance is very attractive. Recommend others to try, it has some unique fruit notes, grapefruit/apricot, something, something. (871 characters)

Photo of McStagger
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Firestone Walker second label. Woot. Same price as Union Jack. Let's see if the quality is the same.

A: Pours quite a bit darker than anticipated. Beer is essentially an amber. Excellent clarity. Finger and a half of very light brown head. Excellent lacing. Very sticky. Retention is moderate. Carbonation is moderate.

S: The amber colored beer has amber scents. Lightly toasty sweet malts. Sweet, bready, even a bit doughy. Get some banana like phenols in the nose. Hops are a little subdued, but that could be age. I have no idea how old this beer is. Hops that are coming off are mainly stone fruit. Apple, pear, etc. A slight tropical element, but it's very subtle. Not getting much else.

T: Malt splash up front is less sweet and more grainy. Carries through the mid palate, becoming slightly astringent on off putting. Finishes with a burst of fruitiness. Lots of tropical fruit, with that banana flavor coming back up. Takes on a bitter citrus towards the very end. Finishes very dry, with bitter grapefruit rind.

M: Moderate carbonation. The malt is somewhat subdued in the mouth feel, giving this one a slightly thinner presence than one would think for being 6.8% abv. Bubbles are tiny, but invigorating. Carbonation is the main component in the mouthfeel.

O: This one is pretty good. I think it could use some tinkering, especially given the price point it's located at. Can't stand out among the elite IPA's, but is definitely a solid choice. I guess they can't all be Union Jack. (1,502 characters)

Photo of Yeroc
3.21/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

poured from a 12 oz bottle into an IPA glass

A - slightly hazy copperish/orangish color. Not much head (less than a finger)

S - very sweet smelling. Notes of honey and apricot (something fruity)

T - lose a little bit of the honey in the tast but still very fruity (again I'm thinking apricot?)

M - not your typical IPA mouthfeel. Light with a slightly bubbly feel.

O - enjoyable but not my thing. I like my IPA to have more bit/bitterness. This comes in at 60 so a little low for my typical liking. In closing, I would not turn one down if offered but I don't think it will be on my "soon to purchase list" (613 characters)

Photo of GurpSlurp
3.07/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a pint glass.

Was expecting a sweeter beer by the nectar name and having had others with similar descriptions taste differently.

Picked up in a build your own 6 pack and would have to say I probably wouldn't buy again. Quite bitter and lacking any sort of fruit/floral hop taste. Has a bit of a honey taste but not one of my favorite. It's worth a try as I am a bit picky but would not recommend to buy more than a single. May end up as a let down. It was for me. (478 characters)

Photo of Bookseeb
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance holds a golden amber color supporting a fair head that dissipates leaving fair lace. Smell has a very nice sweet malt aroma balanced by the grapefruit bitter of the hops. Taste again has the sweetness of the malt with the grapefruit piney bitter of the hops. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. A sweet tasty IPA. (331 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,374 characters)

Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.83/5  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. (344 characters)

Photo of Smooth-Hoperator
3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A - A very clear, dark orange colored brew with bubbly white head that quickly dissipates.

S - Malt backbone with slight earthy, piney hops coming though, not a citrusy hop profile.

T - The hop profile is piney, grassy, and dull. Not much brightness. This is more of a malt-forward IPA. There is an up front bitterness and also a bitterness that lingers afterward. It's not incredibly smooth or mind-blowing.

M - Light. It's a little watery and seems too light for such a malt forward brew.

O - Not great. I prefer a different style and for the style, this one isn't a standout. (583 characters)

Photo of secondtooth
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, rich amber. Superb off-white head and attractive, ornate lace.

Nose is a lovely floral with citrus hops rounding it all out.

Taste is deliciously bitter grapefruit with some pine tones as it warms up. Hops definitely dominate this West Coast IPA, but there's a palate-pleasing balance with the malts here that manage to steer it clear of being simply a "hop bomb".

Solid, delicious, and one I'll revisit again. (427 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (463 characters)

Photo of JMad
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper, orange color with a filmy, off white head.

Smells sweet and candy caramel-like with juicy, citrusy hops.

It's nice and bitter up front with tangerine and grapefruit with a hint of caramel and citrus peel.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a perfect amount of carbonation and a crisp, dry finish.

I really enoyed this beer, it's an easy drinking and flavorful IPA that has a high enough abv to do the trick. (435 characters)

Photo of aquazr1
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Imbibe. Pours a golden amber with a short head that leaves some nice lace behind. The smell is floral with a lot of citrus notes. The taste is not too hoppy with only a slightly bitter finish. It's a light to medium bodied beer that is very drinkable. (262 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruby copper tinted body floating in my chalice with a big off white cream colored head chunky appearance of clouds floating in the sky. Aroma big earthy hops, citric notes with herbaceous qualities of Humboldt county recipes an provide...I know it's currently brewed and bottled in Paso Robles which is Firestone Walker country can't beat that I hope it means that this beer coming back to Ohio equates to the fact that we want to drink DBA, Union Jack, and the other standard beers that FSWBC makes. Flavor big streaks of undying hops in each sip this is IPA at the West Coast perspective and everyone that enjoys good IPA, hops are bodacious in their undertaking here with big citric, earthy notes, and floral aspects I love this IPA. I'm down for more of this kind of brewing quality control lasts the trip across the country true West Coast IPA. Mouthfeel is medium bodied IPA flowing carbonation good mix of hops and body on the palate great WCIPA, overall solid in every way I want to drink more. (1,002 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.37/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nectar IPA has a thick, creamy, off-white head, a mostly clear, golden-orange, bubbly appearance, and fairly thick lacing left behind on the glass. The aroma is of sweet, somewhat fruity, hop oil, white bread, and sugar. Taste is of fairly strong and bitter hops, sweet malt, bread crust, slight fruit (oranges), and unsalted cracker. The hop oil bitterness is strong, but not overly so. Mouthfeel is medium and oily, and Nectar IPA finishes dry, easy drinking, and sweet. Overall, this is a mellow and delicious ale.

RJT (523 characters)

Nectar IPA from Humboldt Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 334 ratings.