Nectar IPA - Humboldt Brewing Co.

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Nectar IPANectar IPA

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Reviews: 334
Hads: 810
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 17
Gots: 67 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Humboldt Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: avylover on 10-03-2002

60 IBU
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Reviews: 334 | Hads: 810
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 (311 characters)

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

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Body is a rich golden color and rather still, without a whole lot of head. Aroma of slightly fruity hops and a bit of pale malt, with notes of grass and grapefruit. Palate is mostly lightly sweet malt up front, with the assertive hops emerging mid-palate. Grapefruit, grass, and a light biscuit character are evident towards the finish. Body is a bit creamy and lacks the unpleasant stickiness often associated with highly-hopped beers. A nicely hopped west coast IPA; I'll probably buy this again soon. (550 characters)

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

Had this on tap at the Firestone Taproom in Buellton.

Pours a deep clear orange with a fluffy white eggshell colored head sitting on top of it. The smell is fresh and pungent for an IPA. Resiny hop oil aroma and you can tell it is super fresh.

The taste is hoppy- oily, piney, but sweet too. The mouthfeel almost feels like halfway between your standard IPA and a double IPA, being somewhat slick but not too heavy. It does have a touch of that double IPA slick sweetness in it, but not too much. (503 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.82/5  rDev 0%
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. (933 characters)

Photo of mynie
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
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. (699 characters)

Photo of treehugger02010
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The best girlfriend in the world got me a mixed six pack and this bottle happened to be in it. I just poured it into a flared pint glass.
Appearance: A beautiful transparrent dark gold or light amber colored body with a trendous head full of huge bubbles and super sweet retention and the stickest of lacings all the way down.
Smell: A brilliant alpha hop aroma that became muted as it warmed.
Taste: Very well balanced beer, with the strong presence of floral hops, but again as the beer warmed this also was muted.
Mouthfeel: A typical ridgid and crisp IPA mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Absolutly superb.
Don't drink and review. (631 characters)

Photo of geographie
4.57/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pushing the definition of "pale", but a very tasty looking brew nonetheless. Pours a slightly hazy amber with a tough, moussy head that takes some time to come down.

aroma is very sweet malty and hoppy as well. Comes off as an extract-like smell - akin to an imperial ipa, but is quite pleasant. Malty front complimented with roasted notes and a mid-light viscosity to boot. Bitterness is like ripping a very wet bandaid off, please mind the allusion to the visual, only slightly intense but you're damn glad you did it. As i am damn glad to haf quaffed this brew.

Nectar? Not really, but overall well constructed - only point loss is because it doesn't conform to style guidlines perfectly. A great drinker and very very pleasing to the palate. (752 characters)

Photo of Reidrover
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (406 characters)

Photo of Barleywhiner
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Just for some perspective, I consider this my house beer, I like to have a six pack of it around. It's good enough for beer snobs, but relatively cheap enough to share with people who don't care so much about beer.

It's a pretty average looking beer with an orange tinge to it. The head recedes pretty quickly. The strengths of this beer are the taste and the smell, which is a pungent citrus aroma that crawls up your nose. I always like to take a whiff from the bottle before pouring it into the glass, and then take another whiff. The taste is almost as good as the smell. There is just enough malt to provide a balanced contrast to the hops, allowing just a hint of sweetness before the hops take over and linger a little bit on your tongue. The mouthfeel is very nice and smooth going down. Overall this is a very drinkable beer.

The hop aroma is excellent for an American IPA, but it is not as bitter as an IPA should be, which I think is what I like about it. If your looking for an IPA with a with a wall of hop bitterness you should probably look somewhere else.

This is an extremely well balanced beer with a very nice flavor profile. (1,150 characters)

Photo of grego
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured a nice amber color with a good small head that stuck around for a while. Some nice lacing as well. the smell is wonderfully hoppy, citrusy, piney, and sweet as well. The taste follows suit - very tasty brew - zero alcohol taste. Mouthfeel is very smooth but also has a nice dryness. I could drink this beer all day and/or night, seriously. If you like the style you will like this most excellent example. (416 characters)

Photo of OStrungT
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a very slightly cloudy golden color. It has a thick white head. The head fades a little quickly, leaving a slight lacing.

This beer has a citrusy hop aroma. It also smells slightly fruity. Maybe apricot? A slight honey aroma is also present. t has a slight malty aroma also.

As with the aroma, this beer tastes slightly odd. It has a citrus hop flavor, but there is more to it. It tastes fruity. Some apricot, and maybe some orange. Odd. Not much malt to it.

This beer is very mild. It is refreshing. It goes down smooth, leaving a fruity, hoppy aftertaste.

I doubt this beer would make a great session beer. The flavor is off for the style. Alcohol wise, it would be easy to put down a few.

Overall: This beer is odd. It is not bad, but it is very different. I doubt I will buy it again. (819 characters)

Photo of bthompuz
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber, head dissipated quickly but left some lacing

Smell: Great initial aroma of hops, but like the head it went away quickly

Taste: Bitterness lingers and comes across as harsh and almost aspirin like in the aftertaste. Seems like the bitterness is emphasized more than the aroma or flavor. Some biscuity malt flavor works to balances the hops, but does not quite do it.

Mouthfeel: Light mouthfeel, almost watery

Drinkability: Drinkable, nothing special, but a pretty good IPA (502 characters)

Photo of stephendr
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber color – white frothy thick big bubble head – nose of nice bitter hopps , tobacco , grapefruit , floral , and slight various grains – taste of bitter hopps , resiny , floral , and citrus in the background malt – sour / acidic body – aftertaste slightly bitter with hopps and citrus lingering (307 characters)

Photo of tattooedtolley
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber in color, white head left little lacing.

Smell: Very sweet smell of hops and malts.

Taste: Decent hop flavor, maybe a bit too backed up by the malts. The bitterness is a bit lower than I expected but I really like'em bitter and super hoppy. Maybe this could be a good stepping stone for those not really into hoppy beers. Seems a bit too sweet for me.

Mouthfeel: Light/medium body, nice carb crispness.

Drinkability: Very drinkable if the taste is on par with what you like. (505 characters)

Photo of bwyker
3.28/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed thanks to bennetj17. Shining golden orange with practically no head whatsoever. A slightly lighter yellowish hue around the glass. Very little carbonation. In the first whiff I noticed lots of citrusy hops. After it sat in the glass a bit, the hop aroma gave way to caramel. Taste was similar. Mostly caramel malts with a slight roasted flavor and a decent bitterness from the hops. Mouthfeel was pretty smooth. Light to medium body, with a bit of syrup-like stickyness in the finish. Easy to drink. Nothing overwhelming. Balanced malts and hops. Not too bad. (567 characters)

Photo of FuzzyGuy84
4.62/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Great orange-brown color, darker than I would expect from an IPA. Amazing smell of citrus and hops, very strong and very pleasant. I love the taste of this beer. It is very much Humbolt's more popular "Red Nectar" kicked up a notch. Nice and hoppy without being overpowering, this is one of the best IPAs I've ever tasted. Mouthfeel is a little thin, but the carbonation and hoppyness feel good on the tongue. Overall just a stellar beer I would reccomend to any fan of Pale Ales in general. (533 characters)

Photo of bennetj17
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper color with a touch of amber. Slim head dissolves into a film atop the beer. Mild aroma of toasted nuts and pine-like, citrus hops. Sweet carmelly malt flavor with a hint of roasted character, it blends well with a medium hoppiness. There is not that much bitter toward the finish, but a touch of sourness lingers and detracts some. Medium body, the carbonation starts out decent but falls somewhat flat. I liked the balance of malt and hop flavors in this IPA but overall it was just decent, only worth a try... (524 characters)

Photo of hero27
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.

Glowing light copper color. Light khaki head.
Fresh hop aroma of pine & grapefruit. Resiny hop bite right from the first sip. The malt lingers well in the background, but leaves this aggressively hoppy while not being completely unbalanced. Plenty of hop character and a very drinkable IPA from Humboldt Brewing Company. (338 characters)

Photo of DogFood11
3.18/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Copper with orange outer. White head is tight and leaves tons of coating, eventually it falls to a thin cover.

A bit of a funky wet towel type smell hits me up front. Beneath that there is tons of citrus hops. First drink produced plenty of hops, sugary malts, and a rather large warm ending. This is a unique IPA for my taste buds in that it actually starts out with the moderate hop profile and then about 3/4 of the way through there is this barleywine'ish, super sweet, syrupy, sugared malt that just diffuses the brew alltogether. I kinda liked it but boy its one rich IPA.

Notes: I enjoyed this product. It's one of those beers that tastes nice but I could only handle a couple at the most in one sitting, not because of the alcohol splash but because it would start to wear on my palate. Aggressive but in need some refinement. Close to being an excellent beer. (875 characters)

Photo of dickroop
4.67/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I visited the Crown City Brewpub in Pasadena. Their wheat beer was only 1 step above lawnmower brew, so I cast my eye to the other taps in search of HOPS! There was Nectar IPA with the bright-colored hummingbird on the tap saying "sample a pint".

It was bronze color and clear, with a full 1-finger head that produced exquisite lacing. The nose was very promising, piney, resinous, hoppy. Initial flavor was more of same, supported by mystery bitterness in the mid-palate, but not such a bitter finish, a delightful sweet/bitter balance. This is good! A perfect complement to the lunch veggieburger that just arrived. Mouthfeel is light and easy, nice. Altogether, the not-too-high alcohol makes for outstanding drinkability. I coulda sipped this nectar all afternoon.

I can hardly say enough good things about this ale. I WISH I would see bottles of this brew on the east coast. What a great discovery. (909 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
3.21/5  rDev -16%
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. (462 characters)

Photo of idlepress
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I must start off by saying that IPA''s are my favorite type of brew. They are delicious! The hops are not as present in this bottle as I would prefer -- I like that little bite on the tounge an IPA gives you. However, this beer is smooth on the way down and settles well. (271 characters)

Photo of nige4958
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aroma is pleasant, light fruit, mellow. I agree with a previous review, for an IPA this beer really doesn't have the bite. I would say the body is light to medium. It could use more hops. I wouldn't really call this an IPA. It's more like a bitter. Alcohol is nicely masked. Doesn't drink its strength. (302 characters)

Photo of sacfly
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11/10/05 stamped on the bottle.

Pours a clear golden/orange color with a thin head of white bubbles. Aroma is fresh and citrus. Sweet oranges dominate.

Flavor is lacking a bit. Bitterness abounds, but not much to back it up. Just a gentle malt sweetness toward the end, but its gone almost as soon as you notice it. Finish is long and bitter. Overall, an average IPA. (374 characters)

Photo of deuschbag
4.26/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a beautiful dark orange/copper color with a good head retention and lacing. i love the color of this beer. smell is of hop sweetness. a hint of alcohol as well. taste is very nice. excellent hop taste. not too sweet, yet not too bitter. very nicely balanced..i like it. the alcohol shows its pressence as it gets warmer though. overall, a very nice ipa. (359 characters)

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