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Nectar IPA - Humboldt Brewing Co.

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Nectar IPANectar IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

732 Ratings
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Ratings: 732
Reviews: 325
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 13
Gots: 42 | 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 Chaney
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a very peppery orange color, but once I inspected it in front of a strong light source, I noticed that it was a mildly cloudy, yet very uniform in color. The head had a mild orange tinge to it, but overall it was slightly off-white. The retention was good.

S: Citrusy, almost a melted orange sherbet scent, with a slight hint of mango embedded in the brew that I totally dug. The sweetness was of the candy sugar variety.

T: Sugary-sweet as opposed to hoppily bitter, which kind of surprised me considering that its twin brother (this IS a Firestone Walker product after all) is Union Jack, which is about as hoppy and "West Coast" as it gets. Solid orange flavor, with a hint of mango, but not as much as on the nose.

M: Sugar bomb for sure, but the carbonation cut through it somewhat. This was not a bitter brew AT ALL. To be honest, I wish it was more bitter and hoppy - it might have offset some of the sweeter elements.

D: Very solid IPA, but if I were to go down to the store and shop for an IPA to entertain my peeps during an event (sports or otherwise), this would not be the one I would choose.

Chaney, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of BigPlay1824
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a mug

A: pours a light amber color that is entirely clear, pours with a nice amount of foamy head that is entirwly white and lingers nicely. Leaves a nice amount of lacing

S: beautiful citrus scent, nice hop notes

T: nice citrus taste, slight depth of flavor also backs it up

D/M: slight carbonation tingle, nice taste and depth, drinks smooth, nothing that really blew me away

BigPlay1824, Jan 06, 2011
Photo of beerphan
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle -> sa taster
no date

Pours a mostly clear pale orange with a fluffy white head that settles down to a lopsided pillow. Thick rings of lace. Carbonation is intense and steady.

Nose: Hop bomb. Pungent citrus hops give grapefruit and orange rind along with fresh floral notes

Creamy body. Smooth strong caramel malts quickly give way to a blast of floral hops. The flavor doesn't quite match the citrus notes of the nose, as floral dominates. Mild bitterness balances but does not interfere.

A good slightly tilted toward hops IPA. Interesting, most of the reviews I've looked at say this beer appears a 'dark amber'? No way. Either the malt profile has changed or most of the reviewers on this site don't hold their beer up to light. Just sayin'.

beerphan, Dec 02, 2010
Photo of merlin48
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle pours a hazy orange golden body with a medium sized beige head that sticks around several minutes and leaves some collar lacing.

Aroma is citrusy and floral, with apricots and pink grapefruit and a hint of orange blossom. Some toasted caramel underneath.

Medium body has a smooth carbonation.

Taste is well balanced, but on the candied apricot side of the scale. Grapefruit hops bitter out things pretty well but some honeyed caramel malt keeps pushing some sweetness. A hint of bitter grassiness underneath saves the balance. Finishes smooth and even.

If you like your IPAs to have a tropical fruit sweet component to dominate the bitter dryness you will like this one. I did.

merlin48, Nov 11, 2010
Photo of BARFLYB
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass

Nectar IPA is a dark golden slight bronzish color with a fair amount of white stuff up top. Small lines of lace on the way down. Scents include alot of floral arraingements under a bed of citrus hops and caramel malt. For being two months old since bottling, this has a fair amount of hop citrus and a bit less bitterness than I need, but this is still some good stuff. The lower bitterness makes way for a very floral appeal. Flowers, grapefruit, slight sweet caramel, nothing to extreme. Feel is less than medium with some life. I liked this enough to hope that Nectar Ales makes it's way to SEPA sometime.

BARFLYB, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice amber color with an off white head. A few fingers at first falling somewhat quickly and leaving some pretty good lacing behind. The nose brings forward a good amount of grapefruit and zest plus a bit of other citrus. Taste is more C hops with grapefruit being the most predominant flavor. Some slight toffee and caramel notes in the background. Good bitter feel with really nice drinkability.

Thorpe429, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of vtgrad03
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This lives up to it's name "nectar" with subtle aromas and flavors of honey and flowers with a medium long hoppy finish reminding you that it's an IPA. The color is a cloudy golden yellow with a nice long lasting head. Mouthfeel is bright at first and a little bitter in the end, more bitter the longer you leave it in your mouth. All in all, a nice floral IPA.

vtgrad03, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of mcann2pu
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: kind of a hazy straw/ amber color with about a finger and a half of eggshell head floating on top, minimal lacing.

Smell: strong hop smell, very pleasant, citrus mostly a grapefruit aroma, also a little bit of the malty sweetness comes through.

Taste: very good, has that great oily hop taste without going too far, good malt balance, great beer taste.

Mouthfeel: appropriate.

Drinkability: very drinkable, good beer all around.

mcann2pu, Sep 30, 2010
Photo of thebrood1987
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The smell is that amazing citrus juicy fruits like smell but instead of just that (like other IPAS) it also has that piney grapefruit smell to it that makes it like a Hop Stoopid smell meets 60 minute meets a bit of Sierra Nevada torpedo ale. The taste is that smell but is balanced out with a nice bodied malt taste. This is an outstanding IPA. The bitterness stays on the back of the tongue not as much as a Stone IPA but similar just with more malts in it to balance it. The malt is sort of reminiscent of caramel but its hard to tell with all the hops going on. You can definitely notice that the malt backing is enough to hold up to the hops though. Very nice beer and it tastes like actual care was put into the taste of this This, Stone, and Sierra so far are my favorite IPAs from California. Although I havent tried Pliney The Elder since we don't get that in New Jersey. Otherwise I'll stick with the ones that do come to New Jersey. The Nectar IPA being one of them.

thebrood1987, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of CHSLBrew
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Enjoyed while overlooking the Pacific on a friend's patio bar in Santa Barbara on a beautiful afternoon on vacation.

A-Hazed amber brew, orange-tinted. Off-white head rose a finger off the pour, then reduced to a nice, consistent bubble layer.

S-Lots of toffee, with some herbal hoppy notes.

T-Resiny, herbal hop flavors bring in a firm hop bitterness. Almost berry-like nuance comes in alongside a dry, nutty-bready malt. Finishes with some residual hoppy flavor and a lasting bitterness.

M-Moderate mouthfeel, somewhat slick with a hint of roughness brought on by the hoppy bitterness. Carbonation level is spot-on medium.

D-The semi-moderate nature of the hoppiness allows this brew to be quite quaffable. A very enjoyable beer on a very enjoyable vacation :D

CHSLBrew, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of sellmeagod
2.68/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A decent IPA that drinks well at 6.7 abv.

The cute hummingbird draws you in and the decent head retention is good enough to pass for a decent appearance.

It tastes bitter, but not overly so, and sweet enough to give legitimacy to that hummingbird. I don't think I'll drink it again though, just because of the underwhelming overall feel and ordinariness of this IPA.

sellmeagod, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of philbertk
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nectar Ales--Firestone Walker Brewing Company--Nectar IPA All Natural Ale--2010 12 oz. Bottle. 6.80% ABV. 60 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Lacy thin white head. Clear bright thin amber color. Sweet floral flowery hop front. Thin textured dry sweet spicy fully fermented rich crisp hop resin infused tangy pale pilsner malt body. Hot hop spice dry clean end. Nice. Sampled 9/2/2010. 6-Pack $9.99.

philbertk, Sep 03, 2010
Photo of beerthulhu
3.03/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: A bright orange pour is topped off by an eggshell white head that was one part frumpy, and one party frothy. A medium show of effervesce rises at a moderate pace. Some nice stickage occurs of moderate coverage for a lacing.

S: Pine underbrush, sweet caramel nut toast, with a mixture of dried orange and lemon peels first appears on the nose. Some complexity is only hindered by the light offering coming off very reserved per style.

T: For Flavor the malting was thin, of lightly toasted caramel grains, with an underwhelming amount of bitterness that was more on level of a macro-interpretation and undefined. It does however increase somewhat with some grapefruit/citrus bitterness on the finish but again, felt a bit underwhelming and washy. Not bad, but really nothing definable in anyway earning average regards.

M: Medium bodied with very little effervesce. A citrusy flower coating possibly saves this from subpar mediocrity. Lacked a crispness and sharpness in delivery and was rather laid back and lazy in the mouth.

D: Unlikely repeat. A possible starter/tweener beer for those just starting to get into craft. An ipa with training wheels if you may, that will no doubt fail to raise an eyebrow for the seasonal drinker.

beerthulhu, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of DJED69
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Friend gave me a bottle to try after he purchased a case. Nice beer, but not something that I found outstanding. I found it to be quite malty and in need of a touch more hops and bitterness. It's fairly smooth and touch sweet for an IPA. Mouthfeel was nice and a bit creamy due to the lingering head--certainly fresh. In some ways I related this more to a typical West Coast Pale Ale vs IPA. Def worth a shot if you like the above style. I would certainly drink again.

DJED69, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of millikeith
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance: copperish-orange color and clear with a two finger foam that dissipated fairly quickly and left some nice lacing.

smell: pine and citrus hops up front with malt in back--malt is much less prominent.

taste: piney hops up front followed by some mild citrus. malt is present but behind the hops. bitter finish.

mouthfeel: light body with a sticky, astringent finish.

Nice for the summer, i'd have it again.

millikeith, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy gold with a thick one-finger head that slowly died and left some lace patches. A hoppy smell that is citrusy and there is some caramel malt as well as a lil' bit of spice. Like the aroma the taste and mouthfeel are textbook IPA w/ a floral, citric hop taste that is balanced in a medium body with caramel malt sweetness and finishes dry and crisp due to good carbonation. Nothing exceptional or outstanding but for pricepoint and representation of this style you can't go wrong with this beer.

clayrock81, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of Gavage
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours an orange color with a 2" head that slowly falls. Some spotty lace develops.

Smell: light orange citrus and some soft floral bitterness are pleasant on the nose.

Taste: caramel, orange, plum sweetness, a hint of grapefruit, and some mild floral bitterness make up a straight forward IPA.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp throughout with some hints of dryness late.

Drinkability: this is a very easy IPA to drink through a long session. Not a great IPA, but it hits the spot.

Gavage, Jun 16, 2010
Photo of brewerburgundy
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, Sam Adams glass, bottled on 1/5/10.

This is the average copper and white headed American IPA. The head is sticky but not prominent.

At first the aroma seemed very hoppy, but it has struck a balance with the malt now. In fact, it's leaning towards the malt now, rich and sweet buttered toffee. The hops present a little weed, orange, and lemon peel.

The body is strong with buttered toffee and biscuit and is relatively sweet. The same orange and lemon peel become flavors and bitterness that isn't very pronounced.

The mouthfeel has strength on lower carbonation and a velvety texture for 6.7% ABV.

I'm impressed. Firestone Walker's 'other' brand is also quality judging by this IPA.

brewerburgundy, Jun 12, 2010
Photo of tchenery
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer looks and smells wonderful. Nice orange color and ample carbonation from the looks of it keeping a thin lacing head on top. It smells like tropical fruits like grapefruit and passionfruit. A hint of bubblegum on the end.

The taste starts with a punch of bitter up front, followed by a smooth, almost syrupy, malt taste, immediately followed by the floral hop taste. It's pretty tasty.

It leaves a dry mouthfeel and is very drinkable. Well done.

tchenery, Jun 03, 2010
Photo of Amalak
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had off gravity cask at Muggs Tavern in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
A-- Nice clean redish brown, amber. Good foamy head and lacing.
S-- Nice sweet hoppy scent. Hint of honey.
T-- Pure, crisp hop taste. Just the way an IPA should taste. Slight spice with a nice sweet honey taste. Nice biting sour aftertaste. Very good stuff.

Amalak, May 29, 2010
Photo of kgs
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange-amber color that fringes the glass with long-lasting lacing.

Surprisingly hop-fragrant for a beer that is not a hop powerhouse.

With the hops not over-dominant, the malts and citrus flavors get equal billing. But the hops are definitely there with a grapefruity presence.

The mouthfeel is pleasantly slick and creamy.

This isn't Hop Stoopid and it's not an APA with too many hops; it's a gateway IPA that is a good introduction for people new to IPAs but also a welcome break even for those of us who like the hoppy brews.

kgs, May 21, 2010
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap at 1702, Tucson, April 2010
The beer arrives with a clear copper hue and is topped by a thin, pale tan head. The aroma smells of grapefruit, tangerine and lychee up front, but is backed by solid pine aromatics as well as some sharp citrus oil and herbal notes.

As it hits my tongue for the first time it feels dry, with a peppery carbonation and has a biting bitterness. The middle has some malt sweetness to it that accentuates flavors of grapefruit and lychee from the dominant hops. The finish dries out quit a bit and has a clean bitterness as well as a lingering herbal / pine character to it. The body is medium in heft and has some chewiness to it that is almost a bit heavy for how I prefer an IPA. Soft malt notes contribute a certain biscuit-like character, some light caramel notes as well as some sweet grain character.

This is nice; pungently hoppy with a clean, though somewhat thick malt character.

Gueuzedude, May 05, 2010
Photo of JamisonM
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into stone IPA glass love this glass for IPAs

A: copper color with an off white head lacing looks good

S: caramel malt citrus hops smells rather sweet and hoppy not a hop blast here

T: I get the malt first here more caramel malt after that you get a rush of pine citrus orange and grapefruit. not as hoppy as I was hoping for but a real solid taste here

M: mouth is great on this one its sort of slick it goes down easy carbonation is right on

D: slick as I said it goes down nice and is easy to drink

overall: a solid beer that is pretty well balanced its not going to tear your face off with hops its a great IPA for people that are new to the style.

JamisonM, May 01, 2010
Photo of ocelot2500
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear copper color with a decent white head that leaves plenty of lacing on the glass.

Smells of a decent dose of citrus hops.

Tastes of light citrus hops and a bit of caramel malt. Hops have enough bitterness, but I find there to not be enough hop flavor to back it up. Caramel malt is perhaps a little too understated, but offers a touch of sweetness on top.

Mouthfeel is medium and has a smooth mouthfeel.

ocelot2500, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of CHickman
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber to copper in color with a creamy tan head; decent lacing on the glass.

Smells of floral hops, sweet malt, grass, caramel, grapefruit and light yeast.

Nice balance, with a taste of floral hops, piney hops, sweet malt, grass, caramel, orange peel, grapefruit, mild hoppy spices and a semi bitter finish.

Little to no carbonation with a creamy mouthfeel that goes down very smooth and easy.

Very nice and light IPA that's well balanced and not as hoppy as I thought it would be, but none the less still a very refreshing, enjoyable and good beer!

CHickman, Apr 14, 2010
Nectar IPA from Humboldt Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 732 ratings.