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Nectar IPA - Humboldt Brewing Co.

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Nectar IPANectar IPA

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very good

689 Ratings
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Ratings: 689
Reviews: 322
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 10.5%
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 JBogan


3.7/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

02-21-2009 21:24:52 | More by JBogan
Photo of Chelsea1905


3.85/5  rDev +1%

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


02-05-2009 04:01:19 | More by Chelsea1905
Photo of jayfarley3


4.1/5  rDev +7.6%

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.

01-21-2009 22:49:47 | More by jayfarley3
Photo of aforbes10


3.73/5  rDev -2.1%

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.

01-04-2009 22:53:48 | More by aforbes10
Photo of mithrascruor


1.93/5  rDev -49.3%

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.

01-01-2009 04:54:39 | More by mithrascruor
Photo of CrellMoset


3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

12-21-2008 22:35:22 | More by CrellMoset
Photo of ibbjamin


3.7/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

12-12-2008 03:40:48 | More by ibbjamin
Photo of beachbum1975


3.95/5  rDev +3.7%

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!

12-11-2008 01:24:02 | More by beachbum1975
Photo of magictrokini


3.35/5  rDev -12.1%

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.

12-09-2008 22:44:47 | More by magictrokini
Photo of argock


4.15/5  rDev +8.9%

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.

12-08-2008 12:03:58 | More by argock
Photo of noknife83


4.33/5  rDev +13.6%

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.

12-05-2008 04:00:57 | More by noknife83
Photo of largadeer


3/5  rDev -21.3%

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.

11-25-2008 06:44:04 | More by largadeer
Photo of praufs01


3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

11-16-2008 00:32:10 | More by praufs01
Photo of benclimbs


3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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.

11-06-2008 02:05:16 | More by benclimbs
Photo of mj001jk


4.22/5  rDev +10.8%

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.

10-31-2008 02:08:13 | More by mj001jk
Photo of Pencible


4.43/5  rDev +16.3%

This poured a clear amber with light tan head. It smelled like sweet floral (rose) hops and bitter copper, with sweet honey malt and a bit of refined yeast and pine. It tasted like caramel and fresh wheat malts blended with floral (rose) and copper hops, with a bit of honeysuckle. It was oily with a bit of carbonation, and had a bittersweet aftertaste. Overall this was another delicious Nectar ale. It wasn't terribly different from their pale ale, and could have used a bit more hops character for sharper bitterness. But this was still very clean and tasty with great body, and simply wonderful to drink.

10-18-2008 16:47:35 | More by Pencible
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a nice cap that fades to a big bubbled head with a ring of foam and plenty of lace

Smell: Pine dominant, with hints of grapefruit and toasted bread

Taste: After an initial burst of toasted bread, the resinous pine bursts out with some grapefruit developing by mid-palate; after the swallow, there is also a grassy element that blends with tobacco, adding complexity to the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Re-reviewed this beer in Aug 2013 based on a fresh example - either the recipe has changed or this beer is much better when fresh

10-03-2008 02:08:48 | More by brentk56
Photo of boralyl


3.73/5  rDev -2.1%

A - Pours a light amber that you can see through. It has 1 1/2 fingers of white head that leaves a little bit of lacing and has a decent retention finishing as a ring.

S - Sweet caramel malt and citrus make up the nose, pretty balanced between the two aromas.

M - A light-medium bodied beer with a slight creamy feel to it.

T - The hops are much more prevelant in the taste than in the aroma. The malts hit first, caramel first then some bready malts. Next up is citrus and it finishes with a grapfruit like bitterness.

A well rounded IPA. It just above average all around. This is my second offering from the Nectar Ales, and I would certainly try more of their brews.

10-01-2008 02:20:57 | More by boralyl
Photo of TonyT


3.1/5  rDev -18.6%

(Review taken from notes)

For an IPA, this beer did not offer much in the smell category. The taste was more malt than hops and offered a thin mouth feel. The ABV was hidden pretty well, which made it a drinkable beer. But the more I drank it, the taste actually dissipated. It got to the point, half way through, that I just took it back to the bar and ordered a different beer.

I don't think that I will revisit this one.

09-21-2008 04:29:50 | More by TonyT
Photo of johnd513


3.88/5  rDev +1.8%

Big thanks go to barleywinefiend for this one.
This Beer pours a red amber color with a small white head that quickly disappears. Smells and tastes of citrus almost like pineapple. This beer has a medium body and a very crisp and refreshing taste. Not my favorite IPA by any means but it is damn good and drinkable.

08-03-2008 21:22:43 | More by johnd513
Photo of cswhitehorse


3.63/5  rDev -4.7%

The IPA Nectar as it is called on the bottle with what looks like a hummingbird. It poured a clear honey color with a solid 2 finger foam head and some decent lacing. Head retention was moderate. It had a stamped on date on the bottle, nice.

The aroma was delicate and I could pick up Centennial variety with citrus.

The taste was really smooth and the balanced. It was definitely more sugary then I have tasted in many other offerings but uniquely good. The bitterness level was really low and it was close to pale ale with a little more hops. I guess I am used to the in your face hop kick. This would be a session beer for me and would be a good entry point for those who are not really familiar with the style.

06-30-2008 03:08:45 | More by cswhitehorse
Photo of bulletrain76


3.53/5  rDev -7.3%

12oz bottle. Clear red amber with a small white head. Tobacco, leather, citrus and pine aroma. Piney, citrusy hops over semi-sweet malts, with a little earth. The hops are a little dominant, but not too bitter for an IPA. Medium light body with crisp carbonation. Pretty nice IPA, but typical California style, and uneventful.

06-02-2008 08:18:49 | More by bulletrain76
Photo of Proteus93


3.88/5  rDev +1.8%

A: Head was on the short side over a dark amber pour, leaving a thin trim around the edges and a light, swirling sheet on top. 3.5

S: Lighter, somewhat floral, a little bit of a mild piney scent.

T + M: Canned pineapple, oily evergreen flavours. Medium bodied, and the oiliness holds on through the mouth, finish lingers with some nice hoppiness.

D: A decent, fairly solid IPA. There's others out there, but this is quite a tasty one, and certainly a decent choice when out on a beer run. Worth a try.

05-30-2008 22:44:20 | More by Proteus93
Photo of JDV


3.2/5  rDev -16%

Clear copper pour with offwhite head. Smell is a bit metallic. Hoppy, and honey sweetness. Nice hop flavor. Kind of a gummy flavor to it. Not as enjoyable for me as the 94% would make me think. Kind of a tea like, hibiscus flavor to it, and probably needs a bit more sweetness. Mild bitterness. Decent.

03-15-2008 19:05:56 | More by JDV
Photo of SurlyDuff


4.33/5  rDev +13.6%

Yum. A real good west coast IPA.

Intense hoppy aroma. A lot of sweet resiny and highly floral. Tangerine, grapefruit, flowers/purfume.

Again, in the taste there is massive fruity and floral hops.

Great silky mouthfeel and aftertaste. Bitterness is balanced by a floral fruity kick.


03-09-2008 02:49:31 | More by SurlyDuff
Nectar IPA from Humboldt Brewing Co.
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