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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 BerkeleyBeerMan
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 10 oz. Goblet

Appearance: Burnt rusty orange color. Nice creamy head with strong retention and some lacing. A bit too carbonated.

Smell: A strong scent of honey. Floral hops, cereal grains, and bready yeast.
There is a weird Vegetable smell that overpowers the slight citric hops. Pleasant with some flaws.

Taste: Texture is the key here. This is the highlight of any nectar beer the nice sweet hop flavor that just slides down your tongue. Then comes some grain. The flavor is like honey that lingers on the tongue with just a slight bitterness. There is some grapefruit flavor. It's snappy. It taste better than it smells. Good balance.

Mouthfeel: It's medium-bodied and creamy. Great finish.

Drinkability: This is a great sipping IPA. It's different from the standard faire but is a good west coast beer. Comparable in taste but better than 21st amendment IPA. Nectar Ale is healthy tasting (I'm serious), fresh and refreshing. I will revisit this beer.

Photo of OtherShoe2
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark amber with a light foamy head that leave some lacing. The color of this beer struck me. Bright, dark orange, just...great.

Floral hops, toasted malt, and some citric notes in the nose.

Toasted malt leading to citric hops, light fruit, but more malt and bitterness. Not overly complex, but this really helps drinkability. This is a straightforward, malt and hop IPA. Reminds me of some North Coast products.

Medium body, good carbonation.

Great drinkability. Bitter enough, but not too much. You know this is an IPA, but nothing extreme, good balance. I liked this alot, and will revisit.

Photo of RonfromJersey
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slighty hazy pale yellow gold body. Level off-white three finger medium size bubble head.

Mild pine aroma, not abrasive.

Strong semi-sweet coating on the tongue. Piney hops at the swallow and beyond. Hint of soap.

Medium-to-light mouthfeel. Ok drinkability.

Not a California classic of an ipa, but not bad.

Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a one-finger, off-white head of foam. It left thin rings of sticky lace.

S - It smelled strongly of pine and grapefruit. Some caramel maltiness in the nose, too.

T - It had a good spicy hop bite with orange and grapefruit flavors. It had a nice burnt toast malt backbone.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a snappy dry finish.

D - This is a really good, sessionable IPA.

Photo of jwinship83
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle picked up as a single. drank from my samuel adams perfect pint glass.

A- this one pours out a clear copper colored body with a large bright white head on top. the head is long lasting, and leaves behind complete rings of lacing. very nice.

S- the nose starts out with a rather large blast of hops. lots of grapefruit, orange zest, and pine. after that i pick up some sweet caramel malts and a little bit of toasted bread.

T- the taste starts out with sweet caramel malts and a little bit of toasted bread before moving into hop country. lots of bitter grapefruit and pine. a little bit of orange zest.

M- medium bodied. the carbonation was a bit harsh and could use some toning down. nicely bitter. the alcohol is well hidden.

D- i really enjoyed this one. its at a nice price point, and seems to be readily available in my city. this might be making its way into my regular IPA rotation. very impressed.

Photo of Tucquan
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on 2011-03-19 in Columbia, PA

A - Hazy orange with 1/2-finger off-white head and good lacing.

S - Peach, pine and mild citrus. Can smell from 3' away. An inviting aroma.

T - Peach, pine, spice, then some biscuit and caramel, lemon zest, mild-moderate bitterness about equally balanced with some candied orange. It mostly dries out leaving a decent-but-not-great, lingering bitterness.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Smooth and a bit thick. Not prickly and not as palate-cleansing as I'd like.

O - It's a very good brew. Not top shelf, but it has a lot of smell, flavor and feel for a reasonable price. Stays too candied to be a favorite for me.

Photo of StLThrash
3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into my Schlafly pint glass. STL just got distribution of this and was first put on the shelf yesterday.

A - Very nice! Extremely crystal clear light orange. Poured with a 2 finger head that dissipated to a small cap throughout. Light lacing.

S - Floral, west coast hoppy, citrus. After having my first Pliny last night, most will have a hard time living up! Some malt character as well. Nice aroma though.

T & M - Malty, a bit hoppy. Lots of carbonation. Leaves a dry feeling in my mouth. Not much on alcohol kick at 6.8%. Taste seems to hit you fast then it's gone quickly. Medium body.

D - A nice IPA, but nothing special. In the last couple weeks, I've had my first Pliny, along with a DFH 60 and 90 minute IPA, along with some Two Hearted... so it's hard to do much better than that. I probably won't buy it again, but don't regret trying it.

Photo of rrski198
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Awesome deep amber/brown color. This is a very dark IPA suggesting a dark roasted malt.

S: West coast hops all the way. Fresh spice and orange peel.

T: Very nice sweet malt up front with a huge amount of spicy hops following it right up. Not much left in terms of taste after the swallow bu the spice. Very nicely done. Floral, spicy, herbal, and that sweetness comes through at the right time.

M: Average to high carbonation carries the hops forward. The only thing I don't dig about this beer is that the flavor comes and goes so quickly. I think it would benefit from a slightly more heavy body and maybe a little more balance.

D: Although I could drink quite a few of these in one sitting, I think I would prefer some other IPA's with similar ABV's and drinkabilities (see Torpedo, green flash west coast). Overall, very nice offering and Im glad I purchased.

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From notes.
Look:Orange with a thick white head, nice lacing. The carbonation is a little like soda (Sprite).
Smell: Very citric and floral with a nice malt background. Very inviting.
Taste: Pine makes the first appearance with citrus and floral notes following. Has a pretty balanced malt background.
Mouth: A little thin and carbonation heavy.
Drink: Not a bad IPA at all but not at the top of my list either.

Photo of Daniellobo
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice soft IPA

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle. Yellow label with a slightly tacky seal representing a landscape where a hummingbird hoovers framed by brewing vegetation. Shows bottling date (01/17/11 14:51), and 6.8% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Deep gold pour with a nice frothy white head. Medium retention, nice surface memory and good rich lacing.

S - Notes of citrus, pine, grapefruit and caramel malt. A bit soft.

T - Taste follows with grapefruit, resin... Malty background, grassy touch.

M - Medium-light body, with fair carbonation and a fair bite.

D - Quaffable, nice flow.

Notes: Well, glad to have tried this one. It came rather fresh, and while nothing outstanding this is another quality US IPA.

Photo of maximum12
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to baconsausage for this extra in a recent trade...I'm running low on IPAs amongst all this big-beer madness, perhaps a Furious run is in order.

Pours the color of falling leaves, golden, with a nose that's on the floral side of the IPA register, with a bit too much malting.

IPA Nectar is a routine IPA, which isn't a bad thing. The hops do indeed run to the floral-garden variety, touch of spice, & the malts do a one-two combo of sweetness & a breadiness that sticks to the palate like gum arabic. The sweetness is really the controller here, sweeping into the aftertaste & leaving barely a trace of IPA bitterness.

A pretty good but wholly unremarkable brew that doesn't stand out of the universal fabric of IPAs.

Photo of engagechad
3.21/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This bottle was purchased as a single from Total Wine in Richmond, VA - Poured into a Victory tulip

Pretty beer with good head retention. Dark bourbon color but clear as a bell, well filtered. Smelled of faint hops and lots of malt. Other reviews say that this is a well balanced IPA but personally I think it's a bit too far on the malt side. Tasted good, but as said in the previous sentence, it's a bit malty. Mouthfeel and drinkability are okay, it was smooth but not incredible.


I would recommend this beer to a amber ale, brown ale drinker who wants to step into the world of IPAs. Not amazing but I certainly wouldn't turn it down if offered again.

Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear light copper in color and has a very light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that slowly dissipated into lacy patterns.
S: There are aromas of citrus and pine resin hops in the nose; grapefruit stands out in particular.
T: The overall taste has a moderate amount of bitterness and flavors of caramel malts and grapefruit hops.
M: It feels medium-bodied, crisp and a bit sticky on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer isn't that difficult to drink because the hops do not overpower the taste.

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

Picked up as part of a sixer from Total Wine in late October for $7.99.

Beer poured orange with a nice head initally that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is citrusy hops, a bit faded after 4 months in the fridge - doh!

Taste is hop forward with citrus and mango notes, the malt backing is definitely in the background.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly carbonated.

Overall drinkability is good. This is a good representation of the west coast ipa, pretty good 4 months old, would like to try a bottle that is fresh!

Photo of Marty30
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to baconsausage for this brew! 12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A. Nice Dark orange color with 1.5 inch fluffy head that dissapates quickly,nice sticky lacing on the glass. Good carbonation.

S. Pine, slight citrus not very strong smelling some bread and grains. I'm not getting much else.

T. Nice bitter hop citrisy lemon taste and some pine,has a nice earthy tone to it.Bitter aftertaste that lingers.

M. Mouthfeel is kind of light,
smooth,corbonation is gone after about five minutes after pouring.

D. I could drink alot of these, very easy drinking I've had alot of better IPA's but this is a solid brew worth trying.

Photo of ChadQuest
3.47/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours nice and clear, not a huge head/cap but nice looking otherwise. Aroma is rather fragrant and pleasent and packed with grapefruit and citrus. the flavors come in with the same citrus flavors backed by some toasty malts making this one balanced in a great way that doesn't stray to far either way, and would be great for a Pale Ale lover to start with. As drinkable as any 7% ipa would be, no surprises.

Solid above average IPA.

Photo of countrocula
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

had two of these on tap at The Mason Jar in Mahwah. As a side note, this night is like St. Elmo's Fire in here with old people like me singing Mick Jagger 'She's the Boss' songs. Huge snow storm impending....

Anyway, came to my table with nary a head and no residual lacing. Could be that the glass has some cleaner/detergent residue... Dunno. Very amber in hue with a slight mistiness to it. Not crystal clear but pretty transparent.

Beyonce is now on the juke

smell is slightly astringent. No big bouquet here. Little malt and booze aroma.

This maybe due to the cold temp this was served at but the inital taste is slightly plasticky. Tad bit of orange rind bitterness on finish. Sweet in a way. Surely orange rind over graprfruit...

Mouth is cleanish. Not cloying but a syrupy sensation develops after a few gulps. Not an exemplar of the style.

As much as this isn't an ultimately satisfying representation of the style, it's watery and booze deficient enough to be a solid pounder. I'd like to try another session with it warmed up to about 45 F

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

A: Poured a very peppery orange color, but once I inspected it in front of a strong light source, I noticed that it was a mildly cloudy, yet very uniform in color. The head had a mild orange tinge to it, but overall it was slightly off-white. The retention was good.

S: Citrusy, almost a melted orange sherbet scent, with a slight hint of mango embedded in the brew that I totally dug. The sweetness was of the candy sugar variety.

T: Sugary-sweet as opposed to hoppily bitter, which kind of surprised me considering that its twin brother (this IS a Firestone Walker product after all) is Union Jack, which is about as hoppy and "West Coast" as it gets. Solid orange flavor, with a hint of mango, but not as much as on the nose.

M: Sugar bomb for sure, but the carbonation cut through it somewhat. This was not a bitter brew AT ALL. To be honest, I wish it was more bitter and hoppy - it might have offset some of the sweeter elements.

D: Very solid IPA, but if I were to go down to the store and shop for an IPA to entertain my peeps during an event (sports or otherwise), this would not be the one I would choose.

Photo of BigPlay1824
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a mug

A: pours a light amber color that is entirely clear, pours with a nice amount of foamy head that is entirwly white and lingers nicely. Leaves a nice amount of lacing

S: beautiful citrus scent, nice hop notes

T: nice citrus taste, slight depth of flavor also backs it up

D/M: slight carbonation tingle, nice taste and depth, drinks smooth, nothing that really blew me away

Photo of beerphan
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle -> sa taster
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Pours a mostly clear pale orange with a fluffy white head that settles down to a lopsided pillow. Thick rings of lace. Carbonation is intense and steady.

Nose: Hop bomb. Pungent citrus hops give grapefruit and orange rind along with fresh floral notes

Creamy body. Smooth strong caramel malts quickly give way to a blast of floral hops. The flavor doesn't quite match the citrus notes of the nose, as floral dominates. Mild bitterness balances but does not interfere.

A good slightly tilted toward hops IPA. Interesting, most of the reviews I've looked at say this beer appears a 'dark amber'? No way. Either the malt profile has changed or most of the reviewers on this site don't hold their beer up to light. Just sayin'.

Photo of merlin48
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle pours a hazy orange golden body with a medium sized beige head that sticks around several minutes and leaves some collar lacing.

Aroma is citrusy and floral, with apricots and pink grapefruit and a hint of orange blossom. Some toasted caramel underneath.

Medium body has a smooth carbonation.

Taste is well balanced, but on the candied apricot side of the scale. Grapefruit hops bitter out things pretty well but some honeyed caramel malt keeps pushing some sweetness. A hint of bitter grassiness underneath saves the balance. Finishes smooth and even.

If you like your IPAs to have a tropical fruit sweet component to dominate the bitter dryness you will like this one. I did.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass

Nectar IPA is a dark golden slight bronzish color with a fair amount of white stuff up top. Small lines of lace on the way down. Scents include alot of floral arraingements under a bed of citrus hops and caramel malt. For being two months old since bottling, this has a fair amount of hop citrus and a bit less bitterness than I need, but this is still some good stuff. The lower bitterness makes way for a very floral appeal. Flowers, grapefruit, slight sweet caramel, nothing to extreme. Feel is less than medium with some life. I liked this enough to hope that Nectar Ales makes it's way to SEPA sometime.

Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice amber color with an off white head. A few fingers at first falling somewhat quickly and leaving some pretty good lacing behind. The nose brings forward a good amount of grapefruit and zest plus a bit of other citrus. Taste is more C hops with grapefruit being the most predominant flavor. Some slight toffee and caramel notes in the background. Good bitter feel with really nice drinkability.

Photo of vtgrad03
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This lives up to it's name "nectar" with subtle aromas and flavors of honey and flowers with a medium long hoppy finish reminding you that it's an IPA. The color is a cloudy golden yellow with a nice long lasting head. Mouthfeel is bright at first and a little bitter in the end, more bitter the longer you leave it in your mouth. All in all, a nice floral IPA.

Photo of mcann2pu
4.14/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: kind of a hazy straw/ amber color with about a finger and a half of eggshell head floating on top, minimal lacing.

Smell: strong hop smell, very pleasant, citrus mostly a grapefruit aroma, also a little bit of the malty sweetness comes through.

Taste: very good, has that great oily hop taste without going too far, good malt balance, great beer taste.

Mouthfeel: appropriate.

Drinkability: very drinkable, good beer all around.

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Nectar IPA from Humboldt Brewing Co.
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