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Nectar IPA - Humboldt Brewing Co.

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Nectar IPANectar IPA

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335 Reviews
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Reviews: 335
Hads: 821
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 16.8%
Wants: 19
Gots: 70 | 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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Photo of deuschbag
4.26/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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Photo of Iguana
3.16/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearence - Poured a nice shade of amber with a 1 inch head that laced up nicely.

Smell - Smell's of honey, malt, and slight hoppy aroma.

Taste - Taste kinda missed the mark of what I was lookin for, this one seemed more like a amber than an IPA. I was hoping for a nice hoppy beer which this was not.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, nice bitterness finish.

Drinkability - Dont know as i'd session it, but overall not too bad

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Photo of RBorsato
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"IPA Nectar" brewed by Nectar Ales (Firestone Walker), Paso Robles, CA

Dark gold to amber with a nice tan head, good carbonation, and nice lace rings. A hop aroma that leans a bit much to the bitter side. Well balanced, yet hoppy, flavors. Medium bodied with a bitter hop finish.

Good but probably not a re-buy... Not much different than the Red Nectar and Pale Necter. I'd be hard pressed to identify these 3 blindly.

Per NA website:
Gold - 2003 GABF

Bottled(?): 02/15/05 (lasered on neck)
Tasted: 10/16/05

($1.99 / 12 oz.)

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Photo of jakester
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this as a single at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. I drank it in a pilsner glass. Date is clearly stamped on the label. YAY!

Pours an almost clear light reddish copper with a two finger head of cream colored foam. The head drops to islands and a ring, with pieces of lacing on the glass. Carbonation looks average.

Aroma is strong grassy/citrusy hops, very clean, with a deep biscuity caramel malt background. Smells inviting.

The first flavor is caramel and biscuity malt sweetness, followed by big, but not too big, hop bitterness. Notes of hay, pine, and lemons all blend together nicely. A well balanced IPA. Aftertaste is citrusy hops and malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with just a touch of carbonation. There is a pretty good grab at the back of the throat from hop bitterness. Finish is semi-sweet and bitter.

This is a real good IPA. It's well balanced, with hops and malt complimenting each other nicely. It's not overdone in any way. It's an all day slammer!

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Photo of OldSock
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance and Presentation – Thanks to oggg for this bottle. 12 oz’s poured into my pint glass, it has a 1 finger white head that sticks around for a few minutes, the beer itself is dark for an IPA, a slightly hazy orange/brown. Good lacing coats the sides of the glass.

Smell – Citrus and a little pine hops with a strong, sweet, malt undertone. Well balanced, not over the top hoppy as I was expecting from a west-coast IPA.

Taste – Great balance, toasted malts mixed with bitter floral and citrus hops. The bitterness is reserved, it is present, but it does not linger long in the after taste. Solid flavor, but definitely not what I was expecting. 6.7% alcohol is hidden well.

Mouthfeel – Medium-heavy body with medium carbonation.

Drinkability and Notes – Nectar IPA has great drinkability because of the balance. It is Definitely not what I expected from a California IPA, malty and pleasingly bitter hops that are not over done. This combo of a biscuity English and a citrusy American IPA is, in my eyes, a gem of a beer. If I had more I would definitely drink another right now.

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Photo of lostbearbrew
4.77/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: beer pours a reddish-amber color, slightly darker than most IPA's, not the copper you'd look for by style, but fine by me. Nice lacing down the glass after nice 1/2" head.

Smell: Floral/citrusy aroma wafts off the head, along with a biscuity malt smell, much like a Belgian might have. Something here makes you want to tip back and grab that first sip. Really good smell, and unique enough to make it stand out.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Ok, once you take that first sip, you're glad you did - this is about perfect on balance between malt and hops in the taste and the mouthfeel is smooth, almost liquid gold when combine the two aspects. Great lingering bitter finish that smacks of earthy hops.

Drinkability: This is simply, an amazingly good IPA. Not overdone, very well balanced and about perfectly carbonated for my tastes. I think I could drink these for days on end if I could get tham all the time. LOL! Big IF!

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Photo of weeare138
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a clear amber with a fluffy white head. Tons of scattered lacing stick boldly to the sides of the glass. Tiny bubbles come up to the top.
Smell is of hearty biscuits, sweet and bitter hops, and a creamy, warming aroma. Excellent!
Taste is of malty biscuits blended with a balanced hop resin that kicks much butt!
Mouthfeel is creamy with a balance of hop and malt. The only thing that is weird is the finish, which is slightly like wet cardboard.

Finger licking good.

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Photo of winpig3
4.52/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: nice red copper color, reminds me of ruby red grapefruit - which is fitting of its smell, light carbonation, weak head retention

Smell: the beer has a sweet malt smell, hops smell of citrus and floral aromas, would like a fuller nose...not more bitterness, just a stonger presence

Taste: excellent balance between hop bitterness and malt taste, not over-hopped, and fitting of an IPA

Mouthfeel: the beer is smooth and full with just enough carbonation to liven up the flavor

Drinkability: highly recommended, think I'll have another

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Photo of pjwilson
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: deep amber color, darker than your typical Ipa. Head is minimal but good for style.

smell: great. nice bready malt smell as you get closer...hops dominate from farther away...but don't over power.

taste: I'll just say it: this is my favorite single IPA. Balacned is the key word here. You taste both the malt and the hops equally. Also, the hops taste different than most west coast IPA's. I have no idea what kind they are but they something different than anything else.

mouthfeel and drinkability: man can i put these things back. goes down so smooth. This beer is areadly a staple for me and it was a total fluke that i tried it in the first place: Safeway was out of the beer i wanted (lost coast ipa which i didn't like) when i came back and since i was in a ipa mood i got this. I've bought a sixer weekly this month of this stuff...i just love it for some reason. It tastes good cold out the fridge and it tastes good room temp. I can pull it right out of the fridge and enjoy and i left some at our my friends house . just pulled it right out the cuboard and drank it. (it's better cold though_

i don't mean to overhype this beer. It's not super complex....just a great, great session beer. This is from a guy who doesn't really like Seirra Nevada Pale ale and most IPA's just don't have a great taste...but this one is great...i got to try the pale ale from these guys i think...

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Photo of WesWes
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours an amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a wonderful floral hop aroma that balances nicely with the malty base. It's refreshing to the nose. The taste is good. It has a very good malt palate that boasts of pale, crystal, and bisquit malts. It is well balanced full of hop flavor as well. This is an excellent IPA. It has a nice earthy finish. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This brew rocks. It's full of hops and a nice malt bill; a good drinker.

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Photo of rowew
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz long neck bottle. No description on the label, no freshness info.

Appearance: Pours reddish with a nice thick white head.

Smell: Citrus (grapefruit) aroma with heavy hop notes.

Taste: Very nice citrusy hop taste with a great balance of malt. Slightly oily mouthfeel that goes great with the hops - good carbonation.

Overall impression: Nice drinkable IPA - slightly off the beaten path of flavors. Very nice balance of strong hop flavors and tasty malt.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of BrewMaster
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wonderful hoppy aroma that just screams GOOD IPA. I was tasting it from the aroma before I even put the glass to my lips.

Very well balanced and sweet hop flavor with some tangy fruits in there. Rose and even lemon grass come through the carry the flavor to the end.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Translucent tangerine topped with an orange-influenced dark cream head. The foam has some substance to it and is beginning to stick. It eventually falls to a thick film and leaves a modest amount of lace. The aroma isn't the least bit shy and is loaded with juicy grapefruity and orange. I hope that the beer is as hoppy on the palate as it is in the nose.

Well-balanced with a firm nod toward hops. The toasted caramel malt provides a solid foundation, stopping just short of too much while the citrusy hops provide the lion's share of the flavor without overdoing it on the other side of the ledger.

That's a good thing if one likes friendly, balanced IPAs. That's not such a good thing if one has a hop itch that needs to be scratched. The body/mouthfeel follows the quality theme. It favors medium-full for the style and has absolutely no rough edges. Supremely drinkable.

Nectar Ales IPA is another good West Coaster, although it doesn't have the full-bore hoppiness of some of its better known competitors. I'll grab something else if I need a quick hop fix, but this one will do just fine the rest of the time.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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

Six pack purchased at local Safeway.

Head is dense, ruddy tan, over two inches high and falls leaving a fine husk of lace on the glass. Body is radiant copper. Smell: grape and plum sweetness encompasses a raspy, twangy bitterness. Taste opens on the back of my palate with a flat bitterness and flows outward. The bitterness sharpens considerably through the middle, closing on a crusty sweetness crumbling around the jolt of earthy, solid bitterness. Mouthfeel is pleasing, doesn't over-stay its welcome, and the carbonation is perfectly balanced with the mellow, almost slow, rugged movement of the flavor.

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Photo of BittRnessabounds
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from notes fall of 03
Interesting label with a humming bird, labeled organic. Nice fluffy head and reddish orange color, nice and fairly typical for IPAs. The aroma is dominated by hops, with little else, nothing stellar here, but far from bad. The taste has nice crisp hop bitterness as i expected. Not all that well balanced. Nothing blew me away here, but far from bad. The mouthfeel and drinkablility were also solid. So how do i score this? I think i've had too many IPAs lately such that they aren't impressing me now. I enjoyed this one, but it tastes as i expected with nothing all that above average. Everything was as it should be. I would call it an above average to good IPA.

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Photo of oggg
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cask @ Real Ale Fest 6/04 Carlsbad

This beer came to me a hazy orange with a low head. The aroma was of a huge pine tree forest with a million pine cones on the ground. The beer has an oily start which gives way to strong hop bitterness and restrained hop flavor. There is a steady malt backbone that comes through a bit as the bitterness fades to a dry dry finish. <Hop Burp> nice.

Overall: bitterness is a bit harsh.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: a 12oz bottle plucked from a six-pack at Whole Foods in Pasadena (love how they let me do that!).
Appearance: clear dark amber color, nearly red with abundant carbonation stoking a large foamy off-white head. The head lasted through the entire beer, leaving sticky clumps behind.
Nose: Floral, fruity nose. Potent aromas of grapefruit rinds and, to a lesser degree, pine sap. Nearly hidden away was the smell of caramel and grassy malts.
Taste: fruity-sweet up front with a taste of orange and caramel. Some underlying biscuity malt present before the hops bitterness ramped up. The grapefruit peel and pine needle flavors build yet are not overwhelming. Nice balance.
Feel: medium/light body with an initial creaminess thanks to the carbonation. Tailed off mid-palate to a rather thin feel.
Overall: highly drinkable. Well balanced and had a good nose in keeping with the west coast IPA genre. I'd pick up a full sixer now that I've tried it and found it likeable.

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Photo of kbub6f
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

There's a biggish, fine, cream-colored head that leaves thin, sticky lacing. Rosy, orange/amber, clear liquid. Nice. The nose is bitter, fruity, hoppy with a bit of sugar. A super-hoppy front introduces a milky, sweet, darkish malty, full middle. The malt is almost chocolatey at temperature. A big, bitter finish shows a nice roastiness, too. This is just a really nice, fresh, juicy, Cali-IPA. Quite creamy at temperature. Great!

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Photo of Zorro
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Photo of KingSlender
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Just cracked open a Humbolt IPA last night. This is one of the tougher Humbolt brews to get in my area. The brew poured a deep amber cherry-like color, which was very different from the other reviews on this beer. Different batch maybe?? Thick white head remained the same and the nose was very good...probably the best aspect of this IPA. After taking a few sips it reminded me more of a Pale than an IPA. Hopped pretty good, but nothing to get excited about. I had this beer a few years ago and thought it tasted alot better. Maybe it WAS the batch???

The King recommends drinking this beer with slice of peppered beef jerkey.

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Photo of ADR
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
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

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Photo of marc77
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Lightly hazy orange amber hue, with a thick, frothy ivory white head. Rough, muddled lace remains. Mildly sweet, juicy tangerine flesh laced with lemon like citric acidity upfront in aroma. Unfortunately, the hop nose is quickly fleeting, and is replaced by soft, ho hum light caramel malt. Swirling releases a trace bready yeast presence. In flavor, a combination of orange flesh, shaper rind and floral, rose - like hop flavors dominates. Malt character is of token, but aptly hop - supporting light caramel sweetness with subtle underbaked biscuit tones. Hop bitterness is moderate, but seems thin and unenveloping; however, the goal here seems to be a near malt / hop balance, with a slight upperhand to the hop presence. Lightly bodied, with a lightly dextrinous mouthfeel and high carbonation lending a lasting carbonated tangerine juice impression. Finishes bittersweet, with a citric, orange and lemon est tones, perhaps from an Amarillo and Centennial combination. A rather gentle IPA, with pronounced sweeter citrus notes and lanky malt backbone. Quite tasty, innocuous, and highly drinkable.

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Nectar IPA from Humboldt Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 335 ratings.