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Nectar IPA - Humboldt Brewing Co.

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Nectar IPANectar IPA

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very good

698 Ratings
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Ratings: 698
Reviews: 323
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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Photo of StoneTSR
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

APPEARANCE: Bright, crystal clear orange in color with a half-inch head that fell very quickly, settling into a wispy cap.

SMELL: Pine and caramel are out front in this one, with the caramel really taking over as the head fades away.

TASTE: This is pretty solid. The pine and caramel from the nose remain the stars of the show, but some grassy flavors get through as well, adding to the hop flavor profile. There is a touch of diacetyl towards the end that makes for a finish that isn’t quite as pleasant as it otherwise could be, again, pretty solid overall.

MOUTHFEEL: Bigger bodied for an IPA with a round sweetness. The finish is a little on the sticky side as well.

OVERALL: Pretty decent IPA. I can definitely do this one again when I see it.

StoneTSR, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of davewlfpckfan29
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Never seen this beer in person before, but remembered hearing about it. So I picked a couple bottles up when I saw it in New York City.

Its a filtered golden color with really nice carbonation.

Sappy smell from the malts, which is apparent in the taste as well. Really pleasant taste and mouthfeel with what I would describe as sappy malt. For being a "west coast" IPA, its not what I expected.
Although, I guess the whole "west coast IPA" thing is kind of subjective, and often times can give a false impression on what somethings going to be.

Well done. Glad I tried this.

davewlfpckfan29, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of thomascj
4/5  rDev +5.3%

thomascj, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of jrenn
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

jrenn, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of wertschy
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

wertschy, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of Immortale25
4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Bottleneck says 10/11/12.

A- Pours a copper color with a 3/4 inch beige head that retains very well before becoming an 1/8 inch head and thick, sudsy lacing adheres to the glass.

S- Sharp, citrusy hop aroma with a sweetness from the malt following through. Decent-sized alcohol fume commingles with the intense hop punch.

T- Balanced hop/malt duality with the hops displaying a tangy, zesty characteristic and once again the malts being sweet and toasty. Alcohol is nicely subdued and bitterness is there but restrained and somewhat lingering.

M- Semi-slick with some noticeable twang from the hops and alcohol. Medium carbonation and a light-medium body.

O- Pretty good for being over 4 months old. Caught this one right at the last minute.

Immortale25, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of bdtva
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

bdtva, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of Lare453
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Lare453, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of WDJersey
4/5  rDev +5.3%

WDJersey, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of shand
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nectar IPA pours out copper with a small head. The aroma features a sharp citrus, spicy and floral hoppiness over caramel malts. The taste delivers on the nose, with a well integrated spicy and floral hop packed up by a decently strong, slightly toasted caramel malt backbone. Light citrus tones lurk until the finish, where they amplify slightly. The mouthfeel is light and crisp, and the drinkability is great. Overall, a solid, fresh tasting floral forward IPA. Tastes much lighter than the ABV suggests.

shand, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of Swim424
4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoying this one on the porch to sabbaths paranoid album. Pours a nice copper oranga into my sam adams perfect pint glass. Has a nice small head that seems to be hanging around for the past few minutes. Smells quite delicious. Smells like a sweet, flowery, honey. Damn thats tasty. Has a taste similar to the aroma upfront, become sweetly bitter as it slides down the esophagus. Nice bit of carbonation with a well balanced hop bite. Nothing overpowing for a IPA but very well balanced. Has a nice drinkable medium body that fits the taste or the beer how it should. Overall I highly recommend this beer, and maybe even as an intro into IPAs. I could see myself having enjoyed this before I fell in love with the hops.

Swim424, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of jpd026
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

jpd026, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of uturn
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

uturn, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of leedorham
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

leedorham, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of Azteceinstein
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Azteceinstein, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of nickfl
3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - Poured with one finger of white foam on top of a clear, amber brown body. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves light lace.

S - A spicy aroma of hops with a touch of pine and lots of caramel malt in the background.

T - Thick, sweet malt up front with lots of bready notes and toffee in the middle. Finishes with a bit of pine, spice, more toffee and moderately strong bitterness.

M - A moderately thick body, average carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - Not terribly good, the hop character is subdued and the malt is just a bit too heavy for my taste. Very bland, I almost wonder how fresh this is, but since it has no packaging date I am forced to assume it is fresh.

nickfl, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of brbrocc
3/5  rDev -21.1%

brbrocc, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of ryser2k
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

ryser2k, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of sloelco
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

sloelco, Jan 04, 2013
Photo of Weekiwachee
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Weekiwachee, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of blindpiggie
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

blindpiggie, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Single finger head on a clear orangey copper body. Aroma of citrus hops and toasted malt, very simple. Flavors are also of citrus, mostly orange and floral notes, on a toasted and caramel malt base. Well balanced overall. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Not a very memorable IPA. Not a bad beer, just a little simple and boring.

kylehay2004, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of JPerruccio
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

JPerruccio, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of larrynevins
4/5  rDev +5.3%

larrynevins, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of babaracas
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange with two fingers of cream colored foam, thin rings down the glass. Smell: lemon, sweet tea, grapefruit, soft pine. Fine, but subdued. Taste: honeyed biscuit, grapefruit, pine, lightly herbal. Feel is fluffy and prickly, leaving a semi-oily grapefruit and pine residue. It's maybe a tiny bit sweeter than appropriate, but the main flaw is the subdued aroma. Otherwise it's quite enjoyable and an easy drinker. Bottle date 10/23/12 (just hit area shelves last week) so if it's a fast-fader, has potential for a re-try.

babaracas, Dec 19, 2012
Nectar IPA from Humboldt Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 698 ratings.