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Nectar IPA - Humboldt Brewing Co.

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Nectar IPANectar IPA

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very good

699 Ratings
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Ratings: 699
Reviews: 324
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.53%
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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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
Photo of Martin2D
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Light amber with a huge head that retained quite well

S - Floral notes, sort of weak

T - Definitely not a hop bomb or anything, slight nuances of those floral hop notes

M - Possibly a little too much carbonation, fine mouthfeel

D - You could drink a lot of these, but there are so many better IPA's out there. This ranks as simply average for me. This one was on the weak side for an IPA

Martin2D, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of ccrida
3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic pint, Nectar IPA is a brassy bronze with an off-white head that decent lace.

Smell is pretty strong, wet floral and watermelon hops, some sulfer. Not that great.

Taste is also a little off...there's a metallic bight or something here. More leaf and melon hop flavor, some sweet caramel malt, waxy phenols. Not spoiled or bad, but just really not that well crafted IMHO, and rather generic.

Mouthfeel is oily and a bit chewy, medium bodied.

Drinkability is ok, there's a bite to it that I don't love, almost grassy. Maybe it's a little long in the tooth?

ccrida, Mar 29, 2009
Photo of Spikester
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper with a one finger white head. Very abundant lacings. Aroma is pine needles. Taste is fruity citrus bitter piney hops with a good sweet malt structure. I get waves of bitterness then a while later the sweet malt seems to dominate. The bottling date is 11/03/08 which means it is about four months old. I will try to find a more recent example and do this again.
Edit: 8/22/2013- Just finishing a bottle (04/30/13 date) and must say I enjoyed it. It seems more like an Imperial Amber or uber Pale Ale. Hops are tasty but not relentlessly bitter like many popular IPAs.

Spikester, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of JBogan
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice looking caramel color with a one finger slightly off white head. Good lacing left behind.

Smells of caramel and citrus.

Tastes along the same lines, with some piney hops in there as well. Still, there's a somewhat muted quality which keeps it from getting a better score here.

Mouthfeel was very smooth, but kind of flat. Also, at first it seemed medium to thick, however as it passes the tongue it feels almost on the thin side.

Drinkablity was fair. This is a good brew, but in a very crowded segment there's nothing special about it. Still, it's a better than average IPA which doesn't go overboard on the hops, which is nice.

JBogan, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of Chelsea1905
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice amber colour, with orange hues. Minimanl effervescense, but very clearly presetn. Can see right through this, no haze at all. This claims to be an all natural beer, so I am wondering if the differences in review are because of skunky beers.

Nice and piney, little bits of floral, and then a solid malt backbone.

Tastes as it smells.

A bit bubbly for an IPA, but drinks fine with medium bodied mouthfeel.

I picked this up just because it was the best the grocery store seemed to have, and it was one I'd not tried. Not a bad offering


Chelsea1905, Feb 05, 2009
Photo of jayfarley3
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a slightly hazy clear amber color with a frothy white head. Smells strongly of piney hops. Tastes of bitter hops with some sweet malts. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. This is a very easy drinking IPA, I could easily put down a few of these.

jayfarley3, Jan 21, 2009
Photo of aforbes10
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a tawny brown with hints of amber. Milky, bubbly white head is a little unattractive. Sweet malt and lemony citrus nose. A bit of grapefruit. Flavor is clean and about an even mix of sweet caramel malt and lemon-tinged green hop juice. Moderate bitterness, on the finish, but hops are used mostly for the flavor. I like the taste, and I think I see it more as an English style IPA (or at least not a west coast IPA) because of the hops. Drinks well. Yeah, I think I like it.

aforbes10, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of mithrascruor
1.93/5  rDev -49.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy dark amber color, darker than an IPA should be. Off-white head is decent, but has little retention.

Smell: Deep, strangely sweet malts with a light piney/citrus hop aroma.

Taste: Similar to the taste, but the malt flavor has this mild and sickly sweetness to it. The finish and aftertaste are similar. It is really gross.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and slightly syrupy. Minimal carbonation.

Drinkability: Undrinkable. One of the worst.

Awful and undrinkable. It is rare for me to say that. Looks and smells decent enough, but the taste is awful. I don't know if it is a spoiled batch, but I notice that the taste has a similar nature to that of their Hemp Ale (also not good). I've enjoyed their Red Nectar ale in the past, but the rest of this 6-pack is going down the drain asap.

mithrascruor, Jan 01, 2009
Photo of CrellMoset
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Beer Run, Charlottesville, VA. Served in a traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: Comes a cyrstal clear copper with a fair amount of medium sized effervescence that rises to the top at a reasonably slow speed. The initial one-finger tan head has average retention and leaves some nice, sticky, bubbly foam and an interesting spider-web splatter pattern of fluff on the surface of this one. The lacing is similarly sticky, frothy, but delicate and runny at the same time. Nice looking.

Aroma: A pungent but not overstated combination of resinous pine and medium-weight citrus notes - equal parts orange and grapefruit - and a few dry biscuity malt notes in the background.

Taste: A solid and tasty if uninspiring offering. A mild to moderate amount of slightly coarse bitterness is accompanied by a sweet, doughy, roasted caramel backbone. The hops notes are similarly enjoyable if not insanely complex or robust - light pine, plenty of lighter citrus, with some lighter floral flourishes (say that five times fast).

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and with ample crispiness. Thick enough that the effervescence results in an even, pleasant mouth.

Drinkability: A very pleasant surprise. This is one I always walked by on the shelf, never really giving it a second thought - not sure why. Turns out it's a solid, drinkable, reasonably-abv%ed IPA with a number of great aromas and flavors. And though it's not groundbreaking, there's nothing wrong with it at all. Very sessionable.

CrellMoset, Dec 21, 2008
Photo of ibbjamin
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid $1.59 for a loose 12 oz bottle from Monument Liquor in Concord, CA. Poured into a pint glass.

Upon cracking this one, the very frothy foam started slowly oozing out of the top. Head retains quite well. Strong lacing. Fairly carbonated and cloudy. Orangish gold color.

Faint barley hints reminiscent of a B-level brewpub ale. Your standard IPA aroma; citrus hops. Nothing too special here.

The taste is pretty good on this one. Better than the nose certainly. The hops taste fresh and fairly dank. The average smells I detected are no longer present in the mouth.

Medium body. Decent carbonation. Good mouthfeel. Good drinkability. Not a bad offering, but there certainly is some room for improvement.

ibbjamin, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of beachbum1975
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, I just got done decorating the Christmas tree with the family and my hands reak of delicious pine scents... Can you think of a more perfect time to have a piney and resinous IPA? Well, I know that I certainly can't.

After reaching into the magical beer fridge, I pulled out a lovely appearing Nectar IPA.

This one came as a delightful extra from a recent trade with EinWeizenbitte. Thanks for the extra Todd, you know the way to my beer heart is an IPA. Many thanks! In beermails from EinWeizenbitte, I also learned this is a contract brewed beer from Firestone Walker - well that just peaked my curiosity a little more!

I love the peaceful imagery on the beer's label. Very nature-centric and shit - gotta love it! Oh, and this is the first beer of my evening, so no, I am not writing this drunk (yet).

Anyhow, this one pours the slightest bit hazy with a dark copper being the primary color. Hues of orange and blonde can be seen at times while a nice, fluffy ¾ inch sits atop my Sammy Adams perfect pint glass. The head retention is average, leaving a nice halo with thin layer foaminess resting in its' center.

I get some freshly lemon and orange zest on the nose, followed by some pine. The pine may be leftover scents from the recent tree decorating madness, but it goes well in the nasal mix.

To my surprise, this tasted much better and richer than I was expecting after a fair amount of initial sniffing. The flavor is medium to full bodied for an IPA and medium to full body. I get a lingering dryness after drinking which added to the "prolong=able" drinkability factor. I get a mix citrus hops and lightly toasted malts in the beginning with high carbonation throughout. It finishes slightly dry and resinous, as a well-crafted IPA should...

If I had more that this one, I can see myself putting about 4 of these away on any given night. This beer was by no means "out of the ordinary", "extreme" or "spectacular", but a solid IPA through and through. Good stuff - recommended!

beachbum1975, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of magictrokini
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The one I had was from Humboldt, with the same label. I don't know why the brewer has changed omn this site, but okay. Amber with a nice bubbly head. Sweet floral aroma with some citrus. Sticky sweet taste with a good grapefruit/orange hop bite. Lots of caramel malt, but a decent balance. Long grapefruit finish.

magictrokini, Dec 09, 2008
Photo of argock
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date.

A: Inviting orange-amber with 1-2 finger ivory head with average retention and lacing for an IPA.

S: Delectable floral, citrus, and pine hops aromas are admirably backed by loads of pale malt sweetness.

T: This beer's flavor is exceptionally well-balanced and exemplifies a very well-made IPA for those who like equal malt and hops in the West Coast style. Thick and delicious pale malt backing is met head-on with a burst of grapefruit and pine hops flavor.

M: The fullness of bodies belies the attention to adequate malting that is a trademark of the Humboldt beers. Aftertaste is grapefruit with pale malt sweetness.

D: Another excellent beer from the Humboldt clan. Not particularly distinguishing, but high-quality and delicious.

argock, Dec 08, 2008
Photo of noknife83
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Honestly wasn't expecting much from this beer, but I was pleasantly surprised.

12 oz Bottle poured into a beer mug
Pours nicely into the glass
Intense fruity aroma
There's just the slightest bit of cloudiness to it
Strong Alcohol taste but not over powering, nice hop taste too...

definitely worth a try if you have not yet.

noknife83, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of largadeer
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle with a "bottled on" date (bottled 2 months back FYI).

Appearance: Golden amber with a bit of foggy haze, though clear on the whole. An inch of head rises and falls pretty much immediately thereafter, leaving some sticky lace before settling to a ring. Standard IPA appearance, not bad.

Smell: A mild hop aroma of grapefruit and orange. Light sweetness and resin. Not exactly jumping out of the glass.

Taste & mouthfeel: Mildly hoppy up front, very grapefruity with a fructose sweetness that gradually turns into more of a blood orange flavor. Slight graininess, but leaning toward the fruit. Somewhat oily but light in body overall. Gentle hop bitterness in the finish; this is no West Coast hop bomb. Pretty decent, but lacking in character, especially hop character. The malt base is solid and clean, it just needs a bigger hop profile.

largadeer, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of praufs01
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Clear golden brew with a fluffy off white head..

Aroma - Carmel and honey with a hint of pine in the background.

Mouthfeel - Thin bodied beer with medium cabonation.

Taste - Smooth and sweet. Tastes a lot like it smells. Lots of caramel and honey up front with a hint of pine resin in the finish.

Overall - This is not a typical IPA. I can see why they call it Nectar because of the honey flavors, but I'm not sure I classify this as an IPA. This is a really good, highly drinkable brew.

praufs01, Nov 16, 2008
Photo of benclimbs
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a bit weak on the nose for me, carbonated in the mouthfeel. It isn't a bad beer, but it isn't great either. As IPAs go, I think this one is pretty boring - it kind of tastes like an amber ale with more hops and a lot of carbonation. Not my fave, but not awful.

benclimbs, Nov 06, 2008
Photo of mj001jk
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber in color with a very light-brown creamy foam. Immediately the lack of soapy character in the foam gives away the hint that this may be lighter on the hops and a little heavier on malt. Let's sniff and taste.

Immediately I think of nuts, walnut and hazelnut to be specific , which is nicely buffered by caramel and hops. The hops have a little more subdued role in this beer. Not so much of the citrus character of a west coast IPA but rather it blends with the malts and grain components and doesn't stand out as much. Nose is pleasantly rich yet light and satisfying.

Smooth and tasty, not so much bittering upfront but rather towards the mid-palate and finish. It leaves an astringent mark on the tongue at the end which makes this a nice beer to pair with food rather than as a dessert (I drink beer for appetizer, main course and dessert...I admit)

A very nice style, lighter on hops and a tad light on complexity but still a very nice brew.

mj001jk, Oct 31, 2008
Nectar IPA from Humboldt Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 699 ratings.