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Nectar IPA - Humboldt Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Nectar IPANectar IPA

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

338 Reviews
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Reviews: 338
Hads: 826
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 16.8%
Wants: 19
Gots: 72 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Humboldt Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: avylover on 10-03-2002

60 IBU
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Reviews: 338 | Hads: 826
Photo of CheezyBlaster
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Warning: maybe this is an old bottle. No date I could find easily, but the hop profile seems diminished, and the malt profile just isn't impressive enough to make me think this was intentional. I'll plan another review down the line.

Very malt forward. Mild dark fruits forward, touch of ripe banana. Thin caramel, agave nectar flavors. Some extremely attenuated piney, hop resinous notes force through. Nothing citrus oriented. Meh, serviceable.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This IPA pours with a light copper amber hue with a white head on top. Fading quickly it leaves some spotty lacing. Very light carbonation.

Smells of hops and bready toasted malts.

Taste finds a solid malt base similar to the nose with a biscuit or toasted malts. Hops have a floral or citrus aspect but are on the light side.

On the palette it's medium with a grainy husky bitter aftertaste.

Overall a good solid brew.

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Photo of MadScientist
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This pour an orange tinted medium amber with excellent clarity. The off-white head of rocky bubbles is not persistent and settles to a thin film on top rather quickly.

S: A moderately-high citrus and piney hop aroma that smell kind of flat from age. A clean malt sweetness and a light orange and peach ester with a soft alcohol aroma. No diacetyl.

T: A malt sweetness with a touch of caramel dominate flavor slight over the moderately-high bitterness and strong piney and resinous hops flavors. The balance slightly favors the bitterness but the malt is more prominent than the typical American IPA. The finish is medium-dry with a lingering slight rough bitterness. Some soft alcohol sweetness is noted.

M: Moderate bodied with a moderate carbonation. There is a a light alcohol warmth and some hop derived astringency.

O: A pretty good example of the style, I think a younger bottle might have a more pronounced hop flavor and aroma but eve if it doesn't I'd still be happy to bump into this every once and a while.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear copper-orange color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of grapefruit, citrus, and pine hops with some sweet caramel and biscuit malts.

T - Starts off with a mix of grapefruit and citrus hops with some bitterness and sweet caramel malts. Through the middle, some pine hops with more bitterness and some biscuit malts. The finish is a mix of grapefruit and pine hops with bitterness and sweet caramel and biscuit malts.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. Good hop profile and bitterness with good overall balance.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber color with a white head. Smells of caramel and toffee with a strong grapefruit hoppiness. Some peach and pineapple fruitiness, some orange, and a light tangerine. Just a hint of pine, too. The flavor is a touch on the sweet side with bread and toffee maltiness. Grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine, and pine give a solid hop profile. Light bitterness on the finish.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear golden copper in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall creamy white head that reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thicker ring around the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of caramel malt sweetness upfront followed by moderate amounts of citrus/grapefruit, floral, and pine/resin hops.

T: Upfront this beer is quite sweet with a caramel malt body. After that, the hop flavors come along pretty strongly - citrus/grapefruit, floral, and pine/resin. There is a light to moderate amount of hop bitterness which lingers.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly oily, slightly sticky but smooth.

O: This is an enjoyable American IPA but is a little too sticky and a little too strong in ABV to be sessionable. Glad I had the opportunity to try this one since I saw the news this week about Firestone Walker divesting from Nectar.

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

Makes a one finger thick off white head, and has a clear copper colored body.

The aroma mainly comprises of floral and piny characteristics.

Taste wise it's pretty well balanced between the citrusy hops and toffee malt backbone.

Feels medium in body and dry to the palate; however, in the end the citrus qualities wet the palate.

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Photo of denver10
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a deep caramel with a double thumbs width cream colored head. A deep caramel, bready aroma hangs alongside some orange. Flavor is a big dose of caramel malt providing some doughiness alongside some citric rind and fruit. Both the flavor and aroma are quite tame. A nice creamy, medium body to this. Overall, a decent brew that I'd try again, though probably not one I will be going out of my way to pick up.

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Photo of Brad007
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice mild golden color with a one finger head.

Aroma is crisp with grassy/ citrusy hops and a bit of a malt backbone

There's some hops upfront with just a bit of malt. Laid back. Nothing offensive.

Lingering citrus character. Not much else I couldn't ask for much better on a hot day.

An easygoing example of the style.

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Photo of mooseo
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into tulip.

A - Hazy orange amber with a small white dense head.

S - Light citrus, grapefruit, and floral hops. A little grainy with hints of caramel malt.

T - Lightly hopped with lots of citrus and grapefruit flavor. Burnt caramel and bready malts provide a solid backbone. Has a short mildly bitter finish.

M - Medium bodied, smooth, a little sticky. Nice lively, prickly carbonation.

O - Decent IPA. Nothing really stands out, but it does have good flavor and drinkability. I wish it was a bit more hoppy.

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Photo of woemad
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at Bottles in Millwood, WA, for $1.99. No obvious freshness date.

Poured a somewhat hazy golden amber color with a good-sized, creamy off-white head that took it’s time dropping. Lots of lace.

Very hoppy in the nose, with pine and grapefruit scents dominating.

This is one of those IPAs that have a big, citrusy flavor up front. While there are bitter hop flavors, the taste of this beer is very “fruit-forward” to borrow a wine term. There’s also a fairly discernable malt backbone to this.

Medium bodied, with a sticky, oily mouthfeel.

This is one of those semi-sweet, sticky IPAs that are tasty to drink but might be a bit much to have several of. I’m glad I bought a bottle but can’t see myself sessioning it.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.41/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A = best looking IPA I've seen. Beautiful clear copper with 3 finger super head. Excellent retention. For and American IPA, this is a perfect appearance.

Smell - Somewhat malty for an IPA and a nice combo of citrus and pine notes. Somewhat subdued.

Taste - Very nice IPA. Sweet flavorful and hoppy but very little bitterness in aftertaste. Very great.

Mouthfeel - Creamy and pleasant. Very buttery on the toungue.

Overall - Definitely one of the best American IPA's I've had to date. Its on the upper treshold of standard IPA without straying into Imperial/Double territory but its really a good one.

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Photo of IPAsteveCO
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer a couple years back out of the bottle but found myself on the east coast for business trip and found it on draft there. (which is strange I know) Anyway I really missed this beer. A nice sweeter style IPA that is very drinkable.

Not a BIG NW style IPA with a huge nose but rather a softer, sweeter IPA with enough bitterness to balance things out. There were several other great beers on tap at this location but I found myself really enjoying this beer and it turned into my beer for the night.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle I picked up for $1.69. Bright orange, very clear. Good sticky lacing on the glass. Smell is a little too subtle for me, slight hops, eh. A bit of orange in the flavor and then bitterness then some malt at the end. Overall this is a good IPA but nothing too crazy.

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Photo of musicforairports
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a growler from Oliver's Beverage, poured into a tulip.

Dark golden, nice head forms. Some lacing too.

Aroma of pine and floral hops.

Flavor is mostly floral hops and a decent amount of orange/grapefruit notes. Not bitter. Light cracker-y malt backbone. Flavor is certainly hop-forward, but it's not exactly assertive.

Mouthfeel is medium and a bit creamy in the finish.

Overall this is a really easy-drinking, hop-forward beer--you could drink this all night. But it's not bold, by any means.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.32/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on-draught into a nonical half-pint glass at the Firestone Walker taproom in Paso Robles (on its second day of operation). Paired with a steak and fries. Expectations are average; I don't particularly care for Firestone Walker's beers. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a half finger head of nice cream, decent thickness, and fair retention. Colour is a clear copper.

Sm: Hops - floral more than bittering. A simple but pleasant moderate strength aroma.

T: Hoppy. Floral hops, spice, citrus hop notes, and clean bright malts. Balanced to a degree. Well built for the style, with no bitterness overall. Pleasant and enjoyable, with a tolerable hop burn.

Mf: Coarse and wet. Adequately carbonated. Suits the flavours alright, but certainly isn't tailored to them. A bit too thick. Entirely too coarse, reducing drinkability.

Dr: Drinkable for the style, but unremarkable. Nothing special here. Hides its ABV well. I like it, but it's far from great. Not at all unique or experimental.

Low B-

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Photo of Kendo
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from the growler into a pint glass. Body is coppery-amber (orangey when backlit) with very small off-white head. Left some small patches of lace.

S: Not terribly strong in the nose. Some caramel malt, some citrus and a touch of grassiness or pine.

T: Caramel malt foundation then a spicy, leafy hop bite with some citrus (mainly orange).

M: Modestly creamy; call it medium-bodied in heft.

O: Good, just nothing earth-shattering. In a world full of great IPAs, this one's just good. That's not necessarily a knock against it; if it were local and I could get it fresh and relatively cheap, it'd be a go-to. But it's not going to make you divorce your wife to shack up with this mistress.

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Photo of rfbenavi80
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into pint glass.

A- Pours a orange/ yellow color more orange than yellow. There is some foamy bubbly head that went away rather quickly leaving nice lacing on the glass.

S- Really get a citrus smell up front. A pine smell is there also. Quite hoppy.

T- Well balanced. The malts and the hops are really in unison. One does not overpower the other.

M- Good carbonation. Medium light body. Refreshing.

O- Solid IPA. Would recommend trying.

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Photo of CTBeerPope
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle to pint glass
pours hazy glowing orange
aroma of watered down oj and hops
taste is citrus and earthy hops balanced by a light malt flavor with some yeast flavor underneath
mouthfeel is slightly watery with lower carbonation which works well for this beer

Overall I don't know what it is but I really like this. It's not over the top but it is a little different than most ipa's. As it warms it gets better than when I first poured it which pulls it all together for a pretty nice brew.

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

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a hazy dark orange body with a bubbly tan head that fades to a thick ring after a bit. There is a gentle carbonation of microbubbles gliding to the surface.

S- The citrus and green earthy hops have some tropical fruit notes and a watermelon hint that is interesting. As the beer opens there is some dry pale malt and caramel malt aromas underneath.

T- The sweet pale malt flavor lays a base for the soft green hops that have fruity notes and a slight watery taste when it warms.

M- The medium mouthfeel with a gentle fizz has no alcohol heat noticed.

O- This beer has a nice malt flavor with some good complex hop smells. This is a nice solid pale ale even though the hops are a bit soft in the taste. The good malt flavor makes up for that. I wouldn't call it an IPA.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-golden amber color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-citrus and pine with some bitter notes

T-juicy citrus and pine with some yeasty bread and nice bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation

O-a solid IPA with good flavors and decent balance

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Photo of muskiesman
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a nice amber to copper color with a nice off white foamy head that retained well and remained a solid lacing

Smell is sweet tropical fruits with citrus. Rich and piney, grassy hop oils

Taste follows the nose with a citric fruit and bitters sweet and tart. Mild toasted malts in there too a nice balance between the two s and s.

Mouthfeel is medium light for an IPA with a nice dry finish not too tart or sweet very refreshing overall

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Photo of devinoconnor
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really nice IPA from the northern California area. Pours an amber brown color with two fingers of head from the bottle.

Taste is a nice mellow citrus flavor with oak and walnut flavor. Yeast is present as well, creating a bread-like note.

Well-balanced and a rather easy drinking IPA. Very nice.

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Photo of JerseyKirk
2.75/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: cooper to red. White head that settled quickly.

S: citrus, pine, grapefruit, lemon. All subtle and weak.

T: Citrusy hop flavors with a slight caramel malt taste. Not very fresh tasting.

M: Medium bodied, good carbonation, lends to the sweeter side.

O: I love bold, hit me in the face ipas. The style dictates really strong smell and taste however this beer doesnt have either. Could be an older bottle or just an average ipa. I'm leaning towards the latter.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finally got around to trying this after having a bunch of the other Nectar Ales lately. This reminded me a bit of the Hemp Ale but there wasn't much else that was memorable about this. With so many IPA's coming out of California now, there wasn't much to distinguish this from the others and it went down pretty easily, which is not something that I say about this style often!

The pour to this was pretty dark with a decent amount of head and some opaqueness to the hue. There wasn't much of an aroma to this and the taste was relatively typical of the style. Some pine and citrus were found here with a bit of the "skunk" from the weed mixed in. This reminded me of the Hemp Ale from these guys, but this didn't have the caramel or herbal notes to go with it. Because there wasn't much bitterness or carbonation to be found here, this just went right down like flat soda.

As for the alcohol, it was present but not complementary for the notes or for the style. Fan of IPA's looking for a hop bomb or an avalanche of flavor will be disappointed here but for anyone who enjoyed the Hemp Ale and wants a slightly more aggressive take on it, this ended up fitting that bill.

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Nectar IPA from Humboldt Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 338 ratings.