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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

736 Ratings
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Ratings: 736
Reviews: 326
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 13
Gots: 43 | 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 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
3.75/5  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!

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
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
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
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
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
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
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Cheers!

Photo of sisuspeed
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
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
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
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
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
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
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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

I have a friend that only buys beers with animals on the bottles and this came highly recommended by him.

Clear, pale orange with a fair white head. Thin film retention and modest lace. Don't see too many orange beers nowadays.

Maybe it's the power of suggestion but it smells like nectar; i.e. sugary Pooh-bear honey with caramel raisin and sticky citrus hops.

Where'd the hops go? Has a a very mild prickly pear bitter in back but the hops contribute mainly as an orange citrus chamomile flavor. Thick and chewy caramel raisin malt. Odd mineral water profile.

Personally, I would regard this as a balanced to malt driven pale ale rather than an IPA. That said, I reviewed it as a pale and I like it a lot regardless of any hop shortcomings as the malt is that good.

Photo of pwoods
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. brown bottle poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours an average coppery amber with good clarity. Decent sized off white head on the pour with decent retention. Some lacing.

S: Ok American hopping. Plenty of pine but not enough citrus or resin. Lots of biscuity, caramelly malts... over balancing.

T/M: More of the hops. Still plenty of pine and a bit more citrus than in the nose but still not very dominant. The malts definitely over balance the hops with lots of caramel and biscuit and even a rye like flavor. Body is medium or so with mellow carbonation.

D: ABV is exceptable but it's not overly drinkable and just isn't what I look for in an IPA.

Photo of FickleBeast
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours very pale amber with one finger of foam that sticks to the sides of the glass. Aroma is a distinct floral hoppiness.

This beer has a very nice hop flavor, but it doesn't have the bitterness to back it up. It has a great, sticky, mouthfeel with a good amount of residual sweetness. It just needs that extra bitter kick to round out the other flavors.

Very drinkable, and pretty good overall. More of an APA than an IPA in my opinion.

Photo of TheJollyHop
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber appearance with a quarter inch worth of head. Leaves behind a nice collar of lacing.

Floral hop aroma that is mixed with resiny pine. Definitely hop forward with only a faint scent of malt sweetness.

Tastes of both citrus and tropical fruits, biscuit malts, and pine. Burst of bitterness is not harsh and balances out the malt quite nicely.

Creamy and medium carbonated mouthfeel.

As far as drinkability is concerned, each sip is as good as the last, and I wouldn't mind have multiples in one sitting.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

Nectar IPA from Humboldt Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 736 ratings.