1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Nectar IPA - Humboldt Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Nectar IPANectar IPA

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

688 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 688
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 688 | Reviews: 322 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of jhb138


4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

03-31-2012 02:22:23 | More by jhb138
Photo of zekeman17


4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

06-06-2013 01:05:56 | More by zekeman17
Photo of bluntedboywonder

New York

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

01-11-2012 01:21:01 | More by bluntedboywonder
Photo of muchloveforhops3


4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

05-26-2012 07:24:26 | More by muchloveforhops3
Photo of snohojimbo


4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

03-12-2013 01:46:11 | More by snohojimbo
Photo of kchannel9


4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

01-22-2012 07:23:45 | More by kchannel9
Photo of agreenman19


4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

09-19-2013 00:33:38 | More by agreenman19
Photo of cfinch2


4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

11-20-2011 20:47:30 | More by cfinch2
Photo of Hoolihan


4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

02-10-2012 00:33:21 | More by Hoolihan
Photo of Lukass


4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

06-06-2013 01:15:01 | More by Lukass
Photo of hopheadhoward


4.49/5  rDev +17.8%

Come on - this is a nice IPA. Not sure why there is such mild praise.

If you like floral hops, a nice finish, you will really enjoy this. I've had it on tap a couple of times in Orlando and I think this is an ideal IPA.

Not pretentious, not complicated, but a great IPA!

04-16-2013 23:44:20 | More by hopheadhoward
Photo of khooke


4.48/5  rDev +17.6%

A: foamy head, light carbonation, toasted brown color

S: piney hops, but hints of honey sweetness

T: piney hops, not overly bitter. Bitterness doesn't linger, gives way to honey sweetness aftertaste

M: light, dissipates quickly, no lasting bitterness, leaves honey sweetness on tongue

overall: very drinkable, easy going - the sweet aftertaste is the selling point of this beer. The hops are not too agressive but are very present, but the fact that it gives way in the mouth the lasting sweetness is unexpected for an IPA. Very drinkable.

11-21-2012 06:19:23 | More by khooke
Photo of jakester


4.47/5  rDev +17.3%

I bought this as a single at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. I drank it in a pilsner glass. Date is clearly stamped on the label. YAY!

Pours an almost clear light reddish copper with a two finger head of cream colored foam. The head drops to islands and a ring, with pieces of lacing on the glass. Carbonation looks average.

Aroma is strong grassy/citrusy hops, very clean, with a deep biscuity caramel malt background. Smells inviting.

The first flavor is caramel and biscuity malt sweetness, followed by big, but not too big, hop bitterness. Notes of hay, pine, and lemons all blend together nicely. A well balanced IPA. Aftertaste is citrusy hops and malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with just a touch of carbonation. There is a pretty good grab at the back of the throat from hop bitterness. Finish is semi-sweet and bitter.

This is a real good IPA. It's well balanced, with hops and malt complimenting each other nicely. It's not overdone in any way. It's an all day slammer!

09-23-2005 19:19:13 | More by jakester
Photo of mpensworth


4.47/5  rDev +17.3%

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.

03-26-2010 21:32:05 | More by mpensworth
Photo of Petershib85

4.43/5  rDev +16.3%

I have to say I was very impressed with the uniquness of this beer.
Appearance: Creamy head. Lots of carbonation.
Smell: Immediate hoppiness and fruitiness, as if it was infused with grapefruit.
Taste: Tastes like it smells. Pleasently hoppy and a very unique citrus presents especially grapefruit. Hops are definatly west coast.
This is a beer that I would definately try again and again.

09-28-2012 02:40:44 | More by Petershib85
Photo of KickbacksSteve


4.43/5  rDev +16.3%

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. Almost white head on a clear, bright copper body. Clear, oily lacing sticks to the glass. Aroma is beautiful grass and pine. Taste is simply delicious. Nicely hopped, citrusy on tasting, nice malt sweetness for balance. No alcohol taste or smell. Rediculously good.

11-19-2012 04:04:33 | More by KickbacksSteve
Photo of bubseymour


4.43/5  rDev +16.3%

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.

04-26-2012 00:45:25 | More by bubseymour
Photo of grego


4.43/5  rDev +16.3%

This poured a nice amber color with a good small head that stuck around for a while. Some nice lacing as well. the smell is wonderfully hoppy, citrusy, piney, and sweet as well. The taste follows suit - very tasty brew - zero alcohol taste. Mouthfeel is very smooth but also has a nice dryness. I could drink this beer all day and/or night, seriously. If you like the style you will like this most excellent example.

11-16-2006 01:40:27 | More by grego
Photo of CaptainTripps


4.43/5  rDev +16.3%

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Semi clear, amber/orangish in color. Pour comes with about 1 fingers worth of off white head. Leaves a great amount of lacing.

S: With the first whiff, you can really sense the balance in the beer. A sweet honey malt paired with citrus/floral hops.

T: A great pairing of citrus hops and a honey malt back bone. Slight lemon grass in the back. Great smooth taste. Everything flows nicely.

M: Light to medium bodied beer with great carbonation. Taste is very smooth and no alcohol is present.

O: A great IPA that seems to be yet discovered. The beer is very smooth and a great pick for a warm summer day.

09-20-2011 19:11:14 | More by CaptainTripps
Photo of ngeunit1


4.43/5  rDev +16.3%

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.

08-19-2012 05:10:42 | More by ngeunit1
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 Herdhophead

4.4/5  rDev +15.5%

08-19-2014 04:42:58 | More by Herdhophead
Photo of RonaldTheriot


4.38/5  rDev +15%

Nectar IPA has a thick, creamy, off-white head, a mostly clear, golden-orange, bubbly appearance, and fairly thick lacing left behind on the glass. The aroma is of sweet, somewhat fruity, hop oil, white bread, and sugar. Taste is of fairly strong and bitter hops, sweet malt, bread crust, slight fruit (oranges), and unsalted cracker. The hop oil bitterness is strong, but not overly so. Mouthfeel is medium and oily, and Nectar IPA finishes dry, easy drinking, and sweet. Overall, this is a mellow and delicious ale.


07-30-2013 12:39:05 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of OldSock

District of Columbia

4.38/5  rDev +15%

Appearance and Presentation – Thanks to oggg for this bottle. 12 oz’s poured into my pint glass, it has a 1 finger white head that sticks around for a few minutes, the beer itself is dark for an IPA, a slightly hazy orange/brown. Good lacing coats the sides of the glass.

Smell – Citrus and a little pine hops with a strong, sweet, malt undertone. Well balanced, not over the top hoppy as I was expecting from a west-coast IPA.

Taste – Great balance, toasted malts mixed with bitter floral and citrus hops. The bitterness is reserved, it is present, but it does not linger long in the after taste. Solid flavor, but definitely not what I was expecting. 6.7% alcohol is hidden well.

Mouthfeel – Medium-heavy body with medium carbonation.

Drinkability and Notes – Nectar IPA has great drinkability because of the balance. It is Definitely not what I expected from a California IPA, malty and pleasingly bitter hops that are not over done. This combo of a biscuity English and a citrusy American IPA is, in my eyes, a gem of a beer. If I had more I would definitely drink another right now.

09-09-2005 20:26:12 | More by OldSock
Photo of pjwilson


4.38/5  rDev +15%

appearance: deep amber color, darker than your typical Ipa. Head is minimal but good for style.

smell: great. nice bready malt smell as you get closer...hops dominate from farther away...but don't over power.

taste: I'll just say it: this is my favorite single IPA. Balacned is the key word here. You taste both the malt and the hops equally. Also, the hops taste different than most west coast IPA's. I have no idea what kind they are but they something different than anything else.

mouthfeel and drinkability: man can i put these things back. goes down so smooth. This beer is areadly a staple for me and it was a total fluke that i tried it in the first place: Safeway was out of the beer i wanted (lost coast ipa which i didn't like) when i came back and since i was in a ipa mood i got this. I've bought a sixer weekly this month of this stuff...i just love it for some reason. It tastes good cold out the fridge and it tastes good room temp. I can pull it right out of the fridge and enjoy and i left some at our my friends house . just pulled it right out the cuboard and drank it. (it's better cold though_

i don't mean to overhype this beer. It's not super complex....just a great, great session beer. This is from a guy who doesn't really like Seirra Nevada Pale ale and most IPA's just don't have a great taste...but this one is great...i got to try the pale ale from these guys i think...

04-16-2005 04:28:53 | More by pjwilson
Nectar IPA from Humboldt Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 688 ratings.