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Nectar IPA - Humboldt Brewing Co.

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Nectar IPANectar IPA

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very good

694 Ratings
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Ratings: 694
Reviews: 322
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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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

ironstein, Jun 24, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

khargro2, Jun 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Brabander, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of theDrunkenSailor
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

theDrunkenSailor, Jun 22, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

drinkin-beeers, Jun 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Cjdawson, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of kjrod20
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

kjrod20, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of Dhamma73
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Dhamma73, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of SD-Alefan
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

SD-Alefan, Jun 16, 2014
Photo of flagmantho
3.51/5  rDev -7.6%

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.

flagmantho, Jun 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

davegray, Jun 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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.

jabergess, Jun 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

RangnaR, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of BEERchitect
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

BEERchitect, Jun 13, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -40.8%

Rlhinson2104, Jun 11, 2014
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3.69/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

vette2006c5r, Jun 11, 2014
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3.21/5  rDev -15.5%

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.

croixian1, Jun 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Snellgg5, Jun 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Chucker17, Jun 06, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

kristougher, Jun 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Triklino, Jun 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Latarnik, Jun 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Dilbert65, May 31, 2014
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3.56/5  rDev -6.3%

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

hophugger, May 24, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

rworkman, May 22, 2014
Nectar IPA from Humboldt Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 694 ratings.