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Nectar IPA - Humboldt Brewing Co.

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Nectar IPANectar IPA

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Ratings: 746
Reviews: 328
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 13
Gots: 47 | 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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Photo of philbertk
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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.

Photo of DJED69
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of millikeith
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of brewerburgundy
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Photo of tchenery
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of Amalak
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of CHickman
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
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!

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A citrus orangey copper appearance. Soapy look. Sticky lace. Sweet aroma, but not the ooomph of hop aroma.

Taste a little hoppier, less sweetness. Substantial malt bill. Not super roasted by any means though. Quickly fades, as you're wondering if it just got more drinkable, or if it just thinned out rapidly. A little bit more expensive than some better choices for the money. More balanced than many CA ipas you'll come across. Not as traditional as Mendocino, but close.

Photo of mpensworth
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Light copper orange in the pint glass, 1.5 finger white head, good lacing.

S - Citrus hop explosion! Lots of orange and grapefruit. Really smells amazing.

T - Big on the citrus hop flavor, not a lot of malt. As it warms up a bit the grapefruit really stood out. Tasty.

M - Good carbonation, medium body and excellent aftertaste.

D - I could easily drink quite a few of these.

I was pretty pleased with this purchase. I kinda overlooked it for a long time, maybe because I've never heard of it, maybe because of the hummingbird on the box. I wanted something different in an IPA sixer and the beer store owner recommended this. Very glad he did, I'll purchase this beer again soon.

Photo of kaseydad
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pint glass pour with a hazy bronze, copper pour and a cream colored foamy head with nice lacing around the glass. Sweet grapefruit and orange aroma with a nice malty blend in the smell. Bittering grapefruit taste with a lingering bitter aftertaste. Not huge like some IPA's which is a nice change. High carbonation makes it a rather odd blend and there is quite a dry finish. This was rather easy to drink but the taste could get tiresome after a few.

Overall I remember liking this beer much more years ago than I do today. I'm not sure if the recipe changed, but there is something a little different. Still a nice IPA worth checking out.

Photo of lstokes
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had on tap at the Richmond Capital Ale House. It's one of the juicier IPAs I've had, looking orange, smelling like orange and apricot, and tasting like nice, gentle citrusy hops with an earthy finish and a medium body.

I like the fact that this is a BALANCED West Coast IPA--the hops are very tasty and fresh, but don't have the bitterness or the electricity of some of the bigger West Coast IPAs, making it a really good beer for someone who likes hops but doesn't need the sting of a true hop addict. I wish it were more widely available.

Photo of woosterbill
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Crystal clear, radiant copper body with 2 fingers of creamy off-white head. Strong retention and a decent amount of lace.

S: Hellooo, grapefruit. Pure citrus hops here - juicy grapefruit and apricot are the most prominent. Some floral notes as well. No malt to be found. Beautiful.

T: The hop profile is just like the nose: fruity citrus. Just a bit of malt sweetness sneaks in ahead of the cleanly bitter finish. Nice, but nowhere near as intense as the nose. A bit dull, actually.

M: Smooth medium body with plenty of soft carbonation.

D: Not bad, but not the best, either.

Notes: Excellent beer, but I should have played it safe with Nugget Nectar for the same price.


Photo of sisuspeed
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A thick, foamy, white head sits on top of a clear, light-orange body. Sticky lacing left on the glass.

Smells of lemon citrus, sweet malts and flowery hops. Not overly strong and the hops are on the weaker side, but still enjoyable.

The taste is at first bitter, followed by earthy, sweet, rye malts. The flavor profile transitions from bitter, to sweet and back to bitter on the finish. The taste seems to be lacking some good hop bite and is a bit on the sweet side, but this is a regular IPA, so maybe I am judging to hard. All in all, the flavor stands out from the average IPA and makes this a more enjoyable drink.

Mouthfeel is fairly smooth and a little sticky. Almost has soda like carbonation, but not too over the top.

Drinkability is good. This is an easy IPA to put down, especially since the hops aren't overly dominate. ABV pushes the sessionability limit, but not by much.

Overall, this is my first Nectar brew and its pretty good. I wouldn't go out of my way to find it, but if I saw it on the shelf I'd probably pick it up again. A little sweet, but easy to drink.

Photo of BJscguard32
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a light amber color. The head disappeared rather quickly, a thin head remained.

S: Smells of a earthy citrus, not that potent though. The hop aromas mix in nicely but nothing special

T: It has a bite too it, balanced though. It finishes with the hoppy bite but does not leave a long aftertaste.

M: It feels really light to me and not much of an body too it

D: Overall it is a good beer, not great. I would not have a problem drinking more than one but not the best IPA i have had

Photo of Telix
3.42/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a Sam Adams sensory glass.

A: Pours a hazy apricot, with a steady, thick carbonation rising from the nucleation points. The thin head dissipated quickly.

S: It smells kind of sweet, kind of resinous, with a bit of honey sweetness. There is much less citrus than I usually get out of Cali IPAs.

T: The taste is a bit juicy, with an herbal, resinous bite. The finish is a bit watery as the flavors clear the tongue. The overall impression is a bit harsh and unrefined, but it's not a big sharp bite - it's just a little raw. There is a bit of vanilla creme in there, too, which helps soften it up. "Nectar" fits - it's thick, "planty", herbal, honey-y... but definitely not refined.

M: Nice, rich, palatable, a bit watery on the finish - it doesn't hold up as well as I'd like. It's good for the style, though.

D: I was pretty disappointed by this beer.... really rough around the edges, unrefined, and raw. However, it has some interesting vanilla creme/honey stuff going on and it's worth getting a bottle to try.

Photo of JayQue
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very good, balanced IPA. Pours a totally clear orange/copper color with a big pillowy white head. Head retention is average and the beer leaves thick ladder like lacing. Overall a very good visual effect. I got some smell even while opening the bottle. Overall mild sweetness and grassy hops.

Tastes good. This is a balanced IPA with a good shot of hops bitterness up front followed by slightly sweet malt. Everything blends nicely and the result is a rich, crisp mouthfeel. Drinkability is very good. It is tasty, balanced and complex enough to warrant drinking more despite the same abv as Celebration Ale. This would be a great introduction to American IPAs for the "less than enthusiastic about hops" crowd. Very nice!!

Photo of kels
4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy shade of apricot brown. There's very little clarity and only the faintest visible bubbles of carbonation rising to the 2 finger soapy white head. Huge rings of sticky white lace hang out along the sides of the glass, and a skim of bubbly lace sits atop the beer after the head fades.

Light aromas of citrus make up most of the nose of this beer. They are joined by a dry, biscuity malt presence, and a slight, honeylike sweetness.

This is a very lovely, clean tasting IPA. It is very fruity and juicy. The citrus comes out strong and fresh, like mandarin oranges. It stays light thanks to a little bit of grassy hops and a crispy, toasty malt foundation. The honey sweetness of the nose is also quite present in the taste. Feel is pretty nicely carbonated and light, making the drinkability very high. Really pleasant IPA.

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

Pours a bright & somewhat light copper with medium sized white head that retains well, laces well, and helps emit a nose of freshly sliced oranges. On the palate there's more orange, some miscellaneous citrus, and a candied malt component for some balance in there. Medium to light bodied and rather easy drinking for an IPA.

Nectar IPA from Humboldt Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 746 ratings.