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Nectar IPA - Humboldt Brewing Co.

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Nectar IPANectar IPA

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Ratings: 774
Reviews: 335
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 15
Gots: 54 | 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:
Beer added by: avylover on 10-03-2002

60 IBU
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Ratings: 774 | Reviews: 335
Photo of Reagan1984
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 3/24/11.
Assuming/hoping this is a bottled date

Huge bubbles in the sticky head that takes on a spider web like quality as parts of it fade. Its like a skeleton is left after the other parts fade away. A ton of thick clingy lacing. Beer is perfectly clear and a bright amber color.
No carbonation visible leaving a beautiful brightly colored beer staring back at you.

Aroma has lemon just behind a toasted malt note. I'd say lemon grass in addition to the lemon.

Grassy, vegetal, toasted bread crust, lemon are all present. I'm actually quite struck with the lemony aftertaste. Nice.

Fairly thick in your mouth for a standard IPA. Carbonation barely perceptible, but there.

A nice little IPA for a bottle or two. Would never hit my highlight reel. But a nice effort.

Photo of Sky2625
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first tasting at the Washington Brewers Festival.

A - Clear and coppery orange in color. Moderate head, with sticky lacing.

S - Strong citrusy hop with a mild pineyness, picked up some flower and apricot notes as well.

T - Sweet apricot/nectarine with floral notes hit first. The fruit flavor continued strong as a mild hop bitterness became evident. Sugary malt then balanced it. Aftertaste continues with sweet flavor, mild bitterness, and floral hints.

M - Smooth with medium body, and sweet stickiness to the finish. Medium carbonation.

D - A great mild IPA, especially if you're going to drink a few in one sitting, but be prepared for the sweetness.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma consists of a nice blend of fruity citrus, caramelized malts and floral hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with strong flavors of citrus and caramel and makes you realize why they use the name “Nectar.” Then a strong but not over powering hops presence comes in. The malt character is hearty and brings a good balance. The after-taste is likewise pretty sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, nice representation of style, as a hop-head I can see how some might not appreciate this beer because it’s so much sweeter than most IPA’s, but I feel the sweetness works very well in this beer and overall it’s worth pounding down for a whole evening.

Photo of jwhancher
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Stopped by the tasting room since I was in the area. This one looks like a test batch so I gave it a 20 oz try.

A: pours a dark copper with head that faded quickly. Left with nothing more than a few bubbles after a few minutes. Clear with low perceivable carbonation.

S: Relatively strong piney & citrus hops are front and foremost but malt aromas are present as well. Not a hop bomb but good West Coast hop character.

T: Tastes mostly hoppy, a little sticky sweet, but again backed by some nice solid malt flavor. Nice balance with hops a little more on the tastebuds.

M: Nice bitter hop mouthfeel. I was in the mood for some hop bitterness and this one sure came through. Medium to full in body. This was my first beer of the day and it's a little filling.

O: A good beer overall. Very solid and nicely drinkable. Smooth.

Photo of drabmuh
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Yellow, clear, soft white head, no lacing really, low retention, moderate to low carbonation, looks like a beer.

Aroma is sweet with citrus hops and malt.

Beer is medium in body and has a mildly bitter finish, there is also a grainy aftertaste. The leadoff is the malt sweetness and some mild cascade-like hop flavors. Overall it is fine but nothing special.

Photo of brstls4drmrs
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to dpowers for this IPA.

A - Pours a gold copper color with a white frothy head. A good amount of lacing.

S - Sweet caramel, apple and some hints of lemon as well. Just a great smelling beer.

T - Pine, hops with some grapefruit tones in there as well. Some of the caramel comes out but not as much. Good amount of hops.

M - Crisp but coats the tongue nicely and a slight bitter and dry finish.

O - Very nice IPA~~~~would love some more of these.

Photo of Satchboogie
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle (3/24/11) poured into a tulip glass

A: Pours golden copper (dark side of copper, almost red) with about 2 fingers of white, frothy head. Leaves good lacing.

S: Grapefruit rind, tangerine, lemon zest, pine, and caramel.

T: Juicy citrus hops up front (mainly smooth grapefruit and tangerine) with just a touch of pine and a little bitterness. There's a fairly big base of malt and a lot of caramel sweetness, sweet enough to overpower the bitterness throughout the middle. Floral notes come through towards the finish. The finish is wet, a little bitter, with floral and grapefruit rind notes lingering on the palate.

M: Medium bodied, moderate to slightly low carbonation. Very sweet and not that resinous (sweetness just makes it hard to really tell). Wet finish, not crisp.

O: While I do like the citrus hop flavors, there's too much sweetness and not enough pine resin and bitterness. A drier and crisper finish would also help. This is definitely an East Coast style IPA, but it's even sweet for that style! Malt character could be a bit more defined as well (malt taste is bland beyond the caramel). A decent IPA, but nothing worth hunting down or overpaying for.

Photo of mlazzaro
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear beer. Deep amber color with some off white head. Not much for head retention. Smell has a piney, citrusy, almost cheesy hoppy aroma. Like Chinook or Simcoe hops. Pretty good whatever it is. A very refreshing sip. Bitterness is strong, but not obnoxious or lingering. Mouthfeel is not too watery. Very American in character, neutral flavored yeast and a strong grapefruit hop presence. Highly drinkable IPA.

Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours about a half finger head, maybe just slightly off white, but barely. The head has about half small bubbles and half medium sized bubbles, it looks like a pretty normal head, not creamy or pillowy or anything, which kinda sucks. The head is now pretty much gone so that's a bummer, decent lacing. The body is a dark red color, with hints of orange in there as well. Frankly this looks just like their red that I reviewed right before this, with maybe a touch more orange in the appearance. The carbonation looks very small, just as it did in the red ale. It's somewhat transparent, not completely, but a decent amount. A beer being transparent is even worse in an IPA than it is in a red ale, so this is bad for this beer even more than it was for the last one I reviewed. Overall it looks good, fore sure not great, but good, if it's just like the red ale I suppose I'll be happy, but bored since it would just be the same thing. The smell is much like the red ale as well, not much to it, very clean and refreshing smell, but not much going on. The hops are obviously the most present thing, but there clearly aren't enough of them, I get that it's made by "nectar" ales, but still, you can't use that as an excuse for wimping out on hops. I get some malt on the smell, but really a small amount. Overall the smell is just too faint and light, we'll see, but I don't think that this is going to be a great IPA. Yeah on the flavor, well there just really isn't much flavor. I mean you get that tiny tiny distinct nectar or fruit flavor that nectar ales have, but it's just not enough to make this beer that great. I mean it's an IPA, IPA's should have a butt load of hops, and this might be the weakest IPA I've ever had, maybe it's tied with 21st amendments bitter american. I mean there is enough hops, I suppose, but it's just not enough to be a good IPA. I'm sorry, but the nectar flavor works with the red, it's a good mix, but if your making an IPA you can't F around with hops and silly flavors, it's not a witbier. As for other flavors, small malt taste, and I also get a little alcohol kick, which is a little irritating because it's only 6.8%. I guess with all this being said it's still a good beer, just not a good IPA. Maybe if you slapped "nectar pale ale" on this, I would be a lot happier with it, I dunno. As for everything else, the mouthfeel is decent, good carbonation, it doesn't have big enough of a body though for an IPA. Drinkability is better than it should be, not enough hops and overall flavor. Overall on this beer, I get what they were trying to do, and the nectar flavor is nice, just like it was in their red, but I can't rate this beer too high, just because it's an IPA, and they didn't make a good IPA, they made a good pale ale. Maybe I shouldn't downgrade them just for that so much, but hey, IPA's should be hoppy, that's the way it is. Don't make a pale ale and say it's an IPA. Anyways, good beer, bad IPA, wrong label.

Photo of gorby10826
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely worth trying.

While you pour this amber colored ipa you can definitely smell its citrus hopped scent up front. It holds true to this in its flavor as well. It has a bit of a floral note through the end and has some sweetness and hop bitterness. Medium and smooth mouthfeel with a little carbonation. Seems like a really easy beer to drink 2 of while enjoying a patio or deck. Will definitely have again for just that reason.

Photo of jlindros
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice creamy and slightly fizzy 2 finger head that fades semi slowly and reinforced by lots of bubbles rising, over clear toasty amber orange light tan brown color, nice sticky lacing.

Nose has some light fresh hops, touch of citrus, light earthy hops, light fruit including the tropical variety, a slight grassy tone, and a decent sweet malty base.

Taste starts with a sweeter candy like hop taste, light earthy, some citrus and light tropical fruit hops, hits with a decent bitter punch almost right away, touch of a sweet malt flavor with a slight candy flavor, light caramel, and a very slight toasty reddish malt. Finishes pretty bitter which seems to build despite an initial kick of bitterness, long lingering hop flavor especially the candy hop flavor, and some sweet malt flavors but dries just a bit.

Mouth is med bodied with decent carbonation.

Overall pretty good, nice hop flavors, a bit sweet, not sticky though, fairly bitter but doesn't go overboard, mostly drinkable.

Photo of u2carew
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz stubby.
A) Pours with a two finger head. Clear, copper colored body. Lacing is big bubble and semi-sticky.
S) Apricot. Orange. Grapefruit. Great hop aroma overall.
T) Nice hop bite from the start. Begins sharp and bitter then the malt kicks in to bring a pleasant balance. Caramel and nutty. Finishes clean with a lingering malt sweetness and subtle hop bite.
M) Light fizz. Medium light body. Slightly dry in the finish.
O) A decent IPA overall. I would definitely drink another.

Photo of albern
4.65/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I really liked this IPA and it is for me a must try. It hits all the right notes and has a very orangey, citrus burst of floral and estery hop. This is exactly how I like the hop, not so biting and bitter, more juicy, oily, floral, with citrus burts all over the flavor. The malty middle was very complementary. I will add to the review when I go back for another.

Photo of vande
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - a bright, shiny coppery golden amber... looks delish

S - like a decent ipa should. citrus hops up front, a good fresh nose to this beer

T - a blend of orange-grapefruit-citrus hops w/ some bitterness built in.... a beer one could sit down and drink a couple of on the patio.

M - thin-to-medium. carbonation present, kind a rolls off the tongue fairly easy.

O - worth a revisit.

Photo of HOPPYKC
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Bottled on date of 3-24-11.

Pours a nice and thin, Gold to light amber color. Transparent. Nice good thick head, stays around for about 2 minutes, 2 fingers in depth. A few bubbles rising from carbonation.Sweet a fruity. Amazing. I really like the aroma of this brew. Bittersweet fruits with a sugary punch. Hops are great with a small but balancing malt tone as well. Another amazing aspect of this brew. A really great brew all around. This is the first brew ive had from Nectar Ales but this is easily one of my favorite IPA's.

Photo of portia99
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A relatively new arrival in MA...12oz bottle (2/22/11 on the bottle) poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Sparkingly clear medium dark amber color with a small cap of foam that recedes quickly leaving behind an uneven collar and some superficial surface bubbles and no lacing.

S - Quite fruity and citrusy up front. Crisp and pretty clean with an abundance of oranges, fresh grass, a mild spicy aspect, some sweet toffeeish aromas.

T - Still retains some of the citrusy and fruity points from the aroma, but not as prominently. Sweet, orangey, estery...a bit dirty, not as clean as I'd hoped. Bitterness is medium and a bit heavy feeling which I think is this beers biggest issue for me. It seems weighed down by the bitterness instead of being an enhancement and a focal point of the brew.

M - Feels a bit full and heavy. The carbonation is firm gives a big tingle on the tongue. Rough, heavy bitterness and just a general lack of life from the hops is a bit of a detractor.

O - This is an IPA that just misses the mark a bit for me. Probably falls into the category of a beer that uses a hop that just doesn't satisfy my particular hophead needs. Solid and well brewed, but just seems to leave me looking for something that never appears in there. I wouldn't turn this down if offered, but I'll probably not be buying any sixers of this in the future.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Copper and bronze in color with nice bubbling and a tan head of two fingers that leaves a thick foam throughout all twelve ounces.

Very earthy hop aroma. Makes me think of gardening. Planting annuals with lots of dirty on my hands along withyour normal grden flower and organic matter aroma.

Teh taste starts with earthy citric notes of dried orange peel and grass. The malt adds some toasted biscuit sweetness to hop earth and bitterness. The palate makes me think of a syrupy hop resin. A good earthy with citrus tasting IPA.

Photo of silentjay
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a glowing light amber/copper with a large eggshell colored head that sticks around a while and leaves some chunky lacing.

caramel malts with some herbal and citrus zesty hops. smells a bit sweet, and some tropical fruits come through as well.

flavor starts out with caramel malts, lightly toasted, a bit of buttered toast, with hops pretty far behind that. hops are a bit spicy and herbal, with very little citrus.

almost medium bodied, but syrupy with ample carbonation and a sticky finish.

overall, looked good, smelled good, but fell from there. would be a decent amber, but is just an average IPA.

Photo of cbutova
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Amber body with a nice frothy head. Great retention and a nice creamy looking cap. Nice spots of thick lace.

S- Hops are fairly big with a sharp pine, floral, citrus and weed profile. Very distinct pine and lemon zest feel here. Caramel malt backbone to support it.

T- Floral and pine hops dominate with that sharp pine feel in the finish along with very strong, intense lemon zest. Caramel malt and bread notes from the yeast support this pretty well.

MF- Light end body with a semi-creamy feel and nice carbonation. Pretty big bitterness in the finish.

Lemon zest and pine all the way here. It almost starts to remind me of a floor cleaner but I still like it. Different than most IPAs nowadays, definitely worth a shot for the distinct flavors.

Photo of smcolw
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice starting eggshell white head. Recedes in a flat dome. Good ring lace. The color is deep copper and is beautifully clear.

Fresh grassy hop smell, not overly bitter. Decent malt base.

More peppery bitterness than the smell indicates. Starts with a semi-dry malt flavor. The body is as I would expect. A very easy to drink IPA, although it is missing some of the over-the-top aspects of the extreme versions. The swallow is quite bitter with the typical aftertaste lingering.

Photo of StlHopHead77
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a nearly translucent,deep amber/crimson body beneath a proud,three fingers of bone white foam.Good head retention with nice waves of lacing left on the tulip.

S-Sweet citrus upfront.Blood orange and red grapefruit with a balanced caramel malt backbone and hint of wet pine and floral hops on the nose.

T-Candied grapefruit,tangelo,soft pine,perfumey hop oils and toffee.

M-Decent feel here with moderate carbonation and a subtle bitter slickness but lacking a little in the way of body and complexity.

O-A nice,sessionable IPA that I would definitely purchase again.

Photo of GregPearson33
4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: deep reddish amber with a thin head. Delicious looking, but darker than I typically perceive with an IPA. Honestly, an absolute A+ as I see it in the snifter. After a few sips it laced exceptionally, while keeping its thin "I'm still fresh and great to sip" head.

S: Citrusy, with hints of lemon peel, grapefruit, etc. There's a great sweet maltiness in the background backing up the hops.

T: Hoppy as f*ck! delicious! way better balanced and with more pronounced flavors than I would have thought from the nose... the hop profile (Citra, basically the same as the nose) conforms well with the deep amber malt presence.

D/M: Not too thick, not too thin, just a great session-able IPA. Would definitely go for this again!

Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours into my sam adams perfect pint an appropriate golden amber with rather small pillowy pure white head. Thick lacing glues itself to the sides of the glass shortly thereafter.
It gives off a rather thick, oily tangerine/grapefruit that really kind of hits the spot. The longer you stick your nose in the glass the more sticky and thick it comes across. Pretty satisfying.
The flavor profile of rind and grapefruit backs off just a bit and combines with a decent malt backbone. Although fairly juicy and mildly bitter at first, the backend really picks up with a dry bitter punch and yields an apropriate finish. The superfine carbonation halfway through may be just a little too harsh, but i kind of like how sightly aggressive it makes it.
This is a little too off centered for my preference, but i do enjoy many aspects of it individually, i was glad i got to enjoy a fresh 6pk after arriving finally in massachusetts.

Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap tonight at Churchkey in Washington, DC.

a - Pours a clear reddish amber color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sweet fruity malts, citrus hops, and sugar. Kind of reminded me of fruity pebbles, which I liked.

t - Taste is again, sweet fruit, citrus hops, light pine hops, and floral notes.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation.

o - Overall a reall nice IPA; something that was heavy on the sweet fruit and that I would want to have again.

Photo of ms11781
3.36/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Pours a clear copper color with a half finger, foamy, off-white head that has excellent retention. Nice foamy lacing left on the glass as well.

The nose is pretty balanced though the strength of it is middle of the road. Some citrus and floral hops are here, but neither stands out above the other. There is a sweet malt aroma as well. None of them seem all that strong on there own but it provides an ok aroma as a whole.

Surprisingly, some sweet caramel malt is what shows up first in the taste. The same floral and slightly citrus hops take over quickly after. The sweetness seems to ride underneath and allow the hops to com through. There is a slight hint of bitterness in the finish but it's more about the fruity and floral hops along with the sweet malt character.

Medium body with a higher carbonation that. Could be smoother but the carbonation doesn't really allow for that. The finish dries out a bit, not too much, but it's noticeable.

Overall this is a decent take on the style. One of the more balanced IPAs that I've had from the West Coast. Probably could have a couple in a sitting but would want to move on after that.

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Nectar IPA from Humboldt Brewing Co.
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