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Nectar IPA - Humboldt Brewing Co.

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Nectar IPANectar IPA

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very good

717 Ratings
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Ratings: 717
Reviews: 325
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 12
Gots: 38 | 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 mikesgroove
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This seemed like the most logical choice for me to roll into dinner with so away we went! Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 12/21/2009.
The pour was very nice with a nice dark amber color and smooth even carbonation bubbling up from the bottom of the glass. A nice head of about an inch and a half then formed over the top and settled down with spider web like lacing all along the sides and bottom of the glass. Aroma is sharp, oranges, grapefruits, a light hint of pine all mixing in quite nicely and producing a wonderful bouquet of rich hoppy notes. Warming brought a subtle balance to it adding in hints of biscuit like malts and a touch of light herbal notes. Crisp, clean flavor here, not terribly biting, but very nicely done. A nice and smooth orange flavor greets you at first and rolls across the tongue gently. Light touches of citrus are all over this, but a mellow balance is struck as it begins to warm, evening things out and really letting the flavor come into its own. Fantastic carbonation here, never a flat or dull moment as each sip seems to get fuller. Superb drinkability and this one practically goes down like water.
Overall this is beyond a solid IPA. Classic for the style and just a great example. I would have no issue putting this one down again any day.

mikesgroove, Dec 23, 2009
Photo of corby112
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I received an extra of this in a recent trade courtesy of EinWeizenbitte. Thanks a lot man!

Pours a clear golden orange/amber color with some pale golden yellowish orange hues when held to a light source. One finger light yellowish head with decent retention, slowly fading to a lasting ring.

Uber-fresh floral oily hop aroma with a lot of citrus character as well as some subtle pine. Hints of mango, grapefruit, lemon and orange peel. Slight malt presence with hints of caramel, biscuit and graham cracker.

Dry resinous medium body with lots of incredibly fresh floral hops complimented by a subtle malt backbone and a nice dry finish. The hops are incredibly juicy, bursting with a lot of complex flavors. Lots of sweet fruit and citrus notes. Hints of lemon and orange peel, mango, grapefruit and pineapple with amount of dry pine presence to balance out the sweetness. The bitterness lingers throughout over the subtle caramel, biscuity graham cracker malt backbone into a long dry finish. No detectable alcohol heat and excellent balance make this beer incredibly quaffable.

corby112, Dec 17, 2009
Photo of aibkstaff
4.83/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nectar IPA pours with a bright clear copper color. The aroma is sweet malty and of floral hops. The taste is dry and crisp with floral hops. It has a nice clean bright medium body. You can tell it's about 6.7%. The overall mouthfeel is fine being a little light in carbonation with a dry finish. This is a great beer with a ton of drinkability!

aibkstaff, Dec 10, 2009
Photo of popery
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very good IPA. It shouldn't be any surprise that a company with ties to Firestone Walker can make a good IPA. Nectar IPA fits in nicely as sweeter, more floral counterpoint to FW's hoppy pales. The beer is a rich golden color without too much head, not that I really care. The aroma is floral and piney with a touch of citrus. Caramel and bread malt flavors creep in along the edges of the hop barrage, albeit a friendly, pleasant hop barrage. The flavor is rather dry with a raspy bitter aftertaste. This is an enjoyable, easy to like IPA.

popery, Dec 07, 2009
Photo of whahoppened
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Decent head that recedes quickly. Fine bubbles, moderate carbonation. Translucent medium amber color.

Nice fruit on the nose, substantial hoppiness is more herbaceous than piney. I get a little whiff of coffee towards the bottom of the glass--this may just be the beer oxidizing?

Classic IPA flavors, nothing too intense but you can't call this wimpy either. Malt character isn't totally obscured by the hops like some other IPAs. A nice bitter kick on the finish fades surprisingly quickly, but this ends up being an asset as you don't have to "recover" from each sip before taking the next one.

Not a life-changing American IPA, but a very solid example of the style.

whahoppened, Dec 07, 2009
Photo of alleykatking
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle. Many thanks go out to mjl21 aka Mike for this one! Review from notes.

A- Pours a dark amber almost light clear brown color. Little 1/2 finger tannish white head that dies down to little lacing on the sides that seem to slide right back down into the glass.

S- There is some sweet caramel malts coming through the underbelly of the aroma. Some earthy piney hops in the front of the nose along with some fruity mango-ish notes here and there as well. Alcohol was present as well once this beer warmed a little.

T- Sweet malts come through more than what I thought and almost crash right up against a fruity hop kick in the front of this beer. This makes the beer kind of unbalanced in the mouth from time to time. Good tasting hops in the back end that is a little earthy in taste.

M- This is a light- medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is not lacking in this beer at all. A mix of mango fruity hops and sweet malts bring the palate a little balance during this beer. Clean taste throughout but alcohol taste comes though in the tail-end.

D- This is a decent beer. I was glad I got the chance ot try this one. A decent drinker that is a pleasant surprise. Nothing over the top but not a bad beer either.

alleykatking, Nov 24, 2009
Photo of LibraryTom
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

For a west coast IPA, this one really doesn't stand up, but could be great for someone new to the style.

The malt is sweet, a bit one dimensional, but flavorful and pleasant. Up front you get all that grain which is met a few seconds in by a mild hop profile that continues on into mellow yet fulfilling bitter finish.

Not a very floral IPA, but some hops are present. Very little of the pine and citrus one would expect. Drinkability is good, mostly due to lack of complexity.

LibraryTom, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of dsa7783
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Twelve-ounce, short, stout bottle just purchased from New Beer Distributors on Chrystie Street...
First-ever beer sampled from this west-coast, Californian brewery...
First-taste impressions: Medicinal, spicy, and pungent, both in the nose and on the tongue... Wet hops and effervescent florals dominate the palate... Overall, a clean, crisp, and warming IPA but nothing above and beyond...

dsa7783, Oct 26, 2009
Photo of jdense
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into Piraat tulip.

Amber-brown brew, less than a finger white head, quick dissipation. Citrusy hop notes in the nose, with nutty malts providing fairly good balance. A bit sweet on the tastebuds, citrusy hops are upfront, the sweetness is a bit cloying, but a nice hoppy finish helps. Not the most active mouthfeel, but pretty decent carbonation. Drinkability is ok, maybe if I had more than one to sample I could get a better grasp around this. I know this is supposed to be a pretty good beer, fairly complex, but having a hard time working through the sweetness.

jdense, Oct 16, 2009
Photo of bonbini26
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Spuyten Duyvil

A - Pours a clear dark amber color, nice carbonation, tiny head, a little bit of lacing throughout the drink.

S - Pretty strong hop presence and sweet malts coming thru.

T - It doesn't hit the hop bill of an IPA like the smell promises, more of an amber ale, with malts to make it sweet and toasted caramel malt

M - Medium body, nice carbonated feel.

D - Drinkable. Humboldt fell short on this one, should be an amber ale, instead of an IPA.

A lot better west coast IPA's out there than this one, it misses the mark

bonbini26, Oct 15, 2009
Photo of jklinck
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: initial aroma of fruity esters and floral/piney hops, as
the beer warms some citrus aromas like tangerines begin to come out, after swirling very faint alcohol aromas are present, as warms more the tangerine aroma is dominant, low level of caramel aroma present

Appearance: brilliant clarity, deep gold in color, roughly
13 SRM, initial tan white head that does not maintain thickness put does have a thin layer of retention, medium amount of lacing

Flavor: medium level of floral and fruity hop character, on
the aftertaste some tangerine hop flavors are present, medium high hop bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste but is not harsh but slighty astringent, low level of caramel sweeteness, medium low level of bread crust like malt flavor that is nicely balanced but does not get in the way of the hop flavor, finishes dry

Mouthfeel: medium light body with medium high carbonation, slight astringency present from the hops and no carbonic bite present, some noticeable alcohol warming

Overall impression: excellent representation of an American IPA, the hops shine in this beer but there is also a complimentary malt background that doesn't get in the way, in the aroma the hops and fruity esters meld together perfectly and give a very balanced aroma


jklinck, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of DiabolikDUB
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from Bottle into Tulip glass.

Pours a medium orange that glows in the glass and has a finger of off-white head that slowly dissolves into a fine layer atop the glass. Aroma is full of resinous hops, pine, sap, and some touches of bready malt. The flavor is a nice combination of malt and sticky hops upfront and finishes with nice piney bitterness. Its medium bodied and lightly carbonated with a slight dry finish. Pretty tasty stuff. The nose is very hoppy and the flavor is nicely balanced.

DiabolikDUB, Sep 10, 2009
Photo of david18
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good summer ipa but a little bit of an also ran. Nothing bad about it, decent color, flavor, carbonation and mouthfeel. The hoppiness is also good but nothing too special. It's definitely light enough to enjoy in the summer. I would recommend trying it.

david18, Aug 20, 2009
Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Waterfront, Brooklyn, New York.

Poured a medium to dark copper hue with a one and a half finger foamy white head. There was good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured an oily citrusy hop and an understated caramel.

The taste consisted of juicy orangy, piney and slightly herbal hop.

The mouthfeel wax typical of the style but mildly undercarbonated.

Overall a tasty and hop forward IPA.

plaid75, Aug 11, 2009
Photo of MetalHopHead6
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a shaped pint glass.

Nectar Ales Nectar IPA poured a deep copper with a two-finger sticky head. The color had the perfect deepness.

The smell and taste were earthy, with wet grass and pine. There was a little bit of a sweet finish, but not a lot of citrus. The feel was perfectly bitter and the sweet finish made this a very drinkable IPA.

Nectar Ales Nectar IPA was a pleasant surprise. It's more aggressive than the label indicates and has a great balance of complexity and drinkable.

MetalHopHead6, Aug 03, 2009
Photo of ffejherb
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Toronado, San Francisco, CA on 7/12/09. I understand this is now brewed by Firestone Walker, and was listed as such on the beer board.

A - Clear amber/orange with reddish tones and thin off-white head that reduced to a patchy film and left a decent patchwork of lace around the glass.

S - Citrus hops with a fruity sweetness reminiscent of mango and tree fruit. Malt is sweet and caramely. Subtle waft of alcohol also emerges after a while.

T - Very sweet and fruity flavor overall, yet still remains a hoppy character with prevalent citrus hop bitterness. A sweet and syrupy caramel malt presence helps keep the bitterness a bit restrained.

M - Medium bodied and moderately carbonated with a syrupy texture an some oily slickness. Sweet on the palate with minimal bitterness that doesn't really linger much.

D - Sweet nectar indeed, and definitely on the sweeter side of the IPA spectrum. Not overly bitter at all, though there is a pretty substantial hop presence overall. However, it remains well-balanced throughout.

ffejherb, Jul 28, 2009
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

Clear orange/amber color with a with a beige head that thinned to a layer and left a few spots of lacing here and there.
Aroma is full of sweet citrus hops.
Taste is balanced out nicely with enough malt to keep one from puckering up on every delightful sip.
Lighter side of medium bodied with mild carbonation and a somewhat slick feel.
It's very easy to drink this tasty IPA.

JoeyBeerBelly, Jul 26, 2009
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle, bottled on 05/19/09. Pours a clear orange with a small white head. Aroma of caramel malt, tropical fruits, sweet citrus, and grassy hops. Flavor of sweet caramel and crackery malt initially with some citrus and bitter hops in the finish. Nice IPA, very drinkable, good hops/malt balance.

LilBeerDoctor, Jul 21, 2009
Photo of Lexluthor33
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear and copper colored. Small head and thin lace.

The aroma of floral hops and fruit/grapefruit.

The taste was sweet,hops,piney and has a good malt base. Some obvious fruit hints.

The feel was medium body,good balance,mildly bitter with some alcohol in the finish.

Notes: A strong,flavorful beer with awesome qualities. Good ABV,balance and drinkability. I really enjoyed this one and hope to get more. I got this one at New Beer distribution and I think I will be there very soon.

Lexluthor33, Jul 08, 2009
Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours from draft orange to amber with a one
finger head that showed little stamina.

S: Piney, floral, alcohol, etc etc it's an IPA

T: Not as overpowering as many an American IPA
but none the less showing no shortage of
hops hops hops.

M: This is an easy drinker with good body and
a no film left behind policy.

D: A very drinkable American IPA that won't kill
you with ABV while possessing the all other
qualities of a well crafted AIPA.

ArrogantDeadGuy, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of Nedjimb0sTavern
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big fan of Firestone beers in Paso, I was surprised to find another local beer produced here in the central coast, and I wasn't dissapointed.

Appearance: rich coppery hue with a thick head

Smell: the citrusy hops stand out, overall pleasant with no odd aromas

Taste: very well balanced, piney/grapefuity flavors up front and finishes with a smooth malty flavor

mouthfeel: damn good

drinkability: oh I could end up going through half of my six pack real easy and not think twice about it

I really don't know where all the average ratings are coming from, this is definitely one of my favorite IPAs alongside the Union Jack, and I've had my share of IPAs. I don't really pick up on the off flavors people keep on mentioning, maybe it's just me but it sounds like a lot of people got old beer because the fresh bottled nectar IPA is very tasty and refreshing. The best bargain micro I've ever had.

Nedjimb0sTavern, Jun 02, 2009
Photo of ItMakesMeHappy
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

No born on or best by date. Its a deap copper color and very hazy with a non existant head but it does leave alittle lacing down the glass. Smells biscuity with a small citrus hop presence. The malt backbone is bready and toasty. It ends with a light spicy and citrusy hops presence. Slight hint of wet card board in the finish. For an Ipa the hop aroma and taste was much less then I expected. I am pretty sure this is an older bottle so I am going to give them the benefit of the doubt. The beer has low carbonation and a slick mouthfeel. Although its not the tastiest beer,I must say its got drinkability and I could see haveing a few of these with out much hesitation.

ItMakesMeHappy, Jun 02, 2009
Photo of washburnkid
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Two fingers frothy ivory head over clear amber with light golden edges. A bit of retention and some good lacing on the glass.
S: Citrus hops with ripe grapefruit and tangerines. Bready malts to balance. Tangy and exciting on the nose.
T: Very subtle flavors. Same citrus notes as found in aroma. Big bready, somewhat toasted malts. It's a good balance for the most part (the hops and malts seem to trade dominance with each sip). I get a bit of florals, but have to dig a bit deeper to get at them. Some metallic notes pull through.
M: Medium body with crisp (but not high) carbonation. A very smooth mouthfeel.
D: I bet this is one of those IPAs where bottles just won't do. It's rather tasty, but I'd love to have this fresh on tap someday!

washburnkid, May 28, 2009
Photo of barleywinefiend
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep orangish with a thinner frothy head than from the bottle version. Nose of hops, grapefruit , floral , and slight various grains Taste was floral, citrus and shoppy as Hell. It had a nice hop bite on the end to remind you that is a damn good IPA. I liked this IPA from the bottle, bet the tap tastes even better. This is how I like my IPAs-very hoppy, slightly bitter finish and smooth with citrus and floral throughout.

barleywinefiend, May 16, 2009
Photo of pinotboy007
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Crystal clear amber/copper with a nice, rocky white head that settles and leaves decent lacing.

S - Grapefruit, pine, leather and a hint of tea.

T/M - Much like its aroma. The hops are there for sure but don't kock you over the head. The alcohol is there on the finish. This ale is missing some richness on the mid-palate that in my opinion is overshadowed by carbonation. I've come expect more "depth" and creaminess from American IPAs, which might make this food friendly.

D - Perfectly drinkable year 'round.

pinotboy007, Apr 13, 2009
Nectar IPA from Humboldt Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 717 ratings.