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Nectar IPA - Humboldt Brewing Co.

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Nectar IPANectar IPA

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very good

689 Ratings
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Ratings: 689
Reviews: 322
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 10.5%
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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4/5  rDev +5%

06-21-2014 04:03:42 | More by Cjdawson
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New York

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

06-18-2014 19:01:40 | More by kjrod20
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

06-17-2014 21:38:10 | More by Dhamma73
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South Dakota

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

06-16-2014 01:06:00 | More by SD-Alefan
Photo of flagmantho


3.51/5  rDev -7.9%

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.

06-16-2014 00:42:33 | More by flagmantho
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

06-15-2014 01:28:43 | More by davegray
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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.

06-14-2014 20:02:17 | More by jabergess
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

06-13-2014 16:37:38 | More by RangnaR
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3.74/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

06-13-2014 05:16:33 | More by BEERchitect
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North Carolina

2.25/5  rDev -40.9%

06-11-2014 06:21:37 | More by Rlhinson2104
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South Dakota

3.69/5  rDev -3.1%

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.

06-11-2014 02:42:31 | More by vette2006c5r
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3.21/5  rDev -15.7%

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.

06-10-2014 19:12:35 | More by croixian1
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New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

06-06-2014 20:35:48 | More by Snellgg5
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South Dakota

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

06-06-2014 16:52:19 | More by Chucker17
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North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

06-04-2014 15:56:21 | More by kristougher
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5%

06-02-2014 23:29:48 | More by Triklino
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

06-01-2014 14:16:28 | More by Latarnik
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

05-31-2014 00:35:42 | More by Dilbert65
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3.56/5  rDev -6.6%

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

05-24-2014 01:19:48 | More by hophugger
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

05-22-2014 14:03:33 | More by rworkman
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3.89/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

05-22-2014 04:12:17 | More by RockAZ
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

05-21-2014 04:52:24 | More by MakeMineADoubleJack
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

05-19-2014 00:19:09 | More by boondogglefob
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

05-18-2014 17:43:44 | More by GRG1313
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

05-16-2014 22:03:24 | More by MidwestBA
Nectar IPA from Humboldt Brewing Co.
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