Nectar IPA - Humboldt Brewing Co.

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Nectar IPANectar IPA

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Ratings: 796
Reviews: 340
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 17
Gots: 63 | 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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Ratings: 796 | Reviews: 340
Photo of Zorro
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear red brew.

Smell is sharp hop and malt with a tea. Has a pine and oranges scent.

Taste is hoppy with a strong malt flavor too. Has a big hops and caramel flavor going. Taste like maybe some milk sugar was added to this.

Mouthfeel is good.

An OK brew, but I don't really like this one.

Photo of CTBeerPope
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Photo of benclimbs
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of hosehead83
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a "stubby" 12oz. bottle with an attractive hummingbird label.
Clear, copper-gold with a moderate head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Faint floral hop note
Taste-Toasted malt, soft floral hops. Nicely balanced but more of a pale ale feel than an IPA. Innofensive and pleasant, would make a good "starter" IPA for those just venturing into the wonderful world of the hophead.

Photo of DiabolikDUB
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from Bottle into Tulip glass.

Pours a medium orange that glows in the glass and has a finger of off-white head that slowly dissolves into a fine layer atop the glass. Aroma is full of resinous hops, pine, sap, and some touches of bready malt. The flavor is a nice combination of malt and sticky hops upfront and finishes with nice piney bitterness. Its medium bodied and lightly carbonated with a slight dry finish. Pretty tasty stuff. The nose is very hoppy and the flavor is nicely balanced.

Photo of nickfl
3.47/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - Poured with one finger of white foam on top of a clear, amber brown body. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves light lace.

S - A spicy aroma of hops with a touch of pine and lots of caramel malt in the background.

T - Thick, sweet malt up front with lots of bready notes and toffee in the middle. Finishes with a bit of pine, spice, more toffee and moderately strong bitterness.

M - A moderately thick body, average carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - Not terribly good, the hop character is subdued and the malt is just a bit too heavy for my taste. Very bland, I almost wonder how fresh this is, but since it has no packaging date I am forced to assume it is fresh.

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 russpowell
3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent amber with 2+ fingers of cream colored head. Very good lacing & good head retention

S: Pineyness, some breadyness

T: Follows the nose, plus a touch tangerine up front. A touch of grapefruit mingles with pine as this warms, & just a touch of toffee sweetness

MF: Medium bodied, slightly over carbonated, starts to turn a touch watery as it warms; okay balance. Finishes with citrussy & piney notes, plus a tad of pineapple. Almost pulled a 4.0

A decent IPA, but the weak body really holds this back. Worth a shot, pretty quaffable

Photo of Kadonny
3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I picked up a six pack of this in NJ on the recommendation of the beer buyer there. He said he loves hoppy beers and this one was his favorite.

A: A medium orange color with a two finger white head. Nice glass lacing.

S: Based in his description of the beer, I was expecting a west coast hop bomb, but got something different. Smells are of pine, slight citrus, earth and caramel malt sweetness.

T: My first flavors were pine and resin with some darker earthy notes then complimented by some citrus tones of orange and grapefruit. The malt sweetness is pretty big with caramel and even sugar sweetness. Finish turns back to the hops with the spicy piney finish with nice but not huge bitterness on the back end. More bitterness as the beer warms.

M: Medium, resiny, sweet with no alcohol. Nice carbonation.

O: A solid beer, but nothing to write home about. This is a west coast beer that if I were guessing would say is from the east coast. I expected way more bright fruits and got way more dark spicy flavors and way too much sweetness. A balanced IPA, but from the west coast I don't always want balance.

Overall this is an OK beer, but not a standout. Goes to show how one persons taste is way different than another. I would not classify this as an overly hoppy beer as the beer buyer did. Oh well, at least I tried it.

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 LibraryTom
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

For a west coast IPA, this one really doesn't stand up, but could be great for someone new to the style.

The malt is sweet, a bit one dimensional, but flavorful and pleasant. Up front you get all that grain which is met a few seconds in by a mild hop profile that continues on into mellow yet fulfilling bitter finish.

Not a very floral IPA, but some hops are present. Very little of the pine and citrus one would expect. Drinkability is good, mostly due to lack of complexity.

Photo of drabmuh
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Yellow, clear, soft white head, no lacing really, low retention, moderate to low carbonation, looks like a beer.

Aroma is sweet with citrus hops and malt.

Beer is medium in body and has a mildly bitter finish, there is also a grainy aftertaste. The leadoff is the malt sweetness and some mild cascade-like hop flavors. Overall it is fine but nothing special.

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 Bucktron18
3.42/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle, no freshness date. Light coppery orange with an off white head that quickly settles down to a fine lace. Slightly hazy. Not much of an aroma. Surprisingly more malty than hoppy at first. Up front there is light hop and some syrupy malt notes. Good solid bitterness at the end that doesn't linger. Mouthfeel has a slight viscosity that seems to go along with the syrupy malty note in the flavor. Overall a solid, easy drinking IPA. Could definitely use a little more hop aroma to really feel like an IPA as you drink it.

Photo of Telix
3.42/5  rDev -10%
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 pinotboy007
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Crystal clear amber/copper with a nice, rocky white head that settles and leaves decent lacing.

S - Grapefruit, pine, leather and a hint of tea.

T/M - Much like its aroma. The hops are there for sure but don't kock you over the head. The alcohol is there on the finish. This ale is missing some richness on the mid-palate that in my opinion is overshadowed by carbonation. I've come expect more "depth" and creaminess from American IPAs, which might make this food friendly.

D - Perfectly drinkable year 'round.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a Russian River -tion glass.

Appearance - Deep amber body with a small white head that laces sparingly, but attractively. Very clear, but looks like a malty beer.

Smell - Smells like a malty beer too. A lot of caramel sweetness in the aroma. I almost smell alcohol, too, which is unheard of for such a low ABV beer. I get a small amount of pine hops, but not a lot for an IPA.

Taste - I get a lot more hops in the flavor. Pine hops in the front, a slight bit of caramel sweetness in the middle, and a bit of pine bitterness in the finish. Strange that it is quite different from the aroma.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium bodied with medium to medium-low carbonation. It's easy drinking and finishes clean.

Overall - An unexciting IPA, but a well made one. No faults, just boring.

Photo of mooseo
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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

12 oz. bottle with an attractive label. Pours a bit dark for an IPA, just about perfect for an amber though. Not much head, but it's consistent through the beer.

Smell is lacking. Almost non-existent for an IPA. Could really benefit from some fresh hop aroma. In fact, fresh hop aroma and taste are both missing. The nice rusty malt flavor is very reminicent of a British style IPA, as is the mellow hopping. There's a bitter back end, but its unbalanced without the aromatic hops. Not quite my pint of 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 StonedTrippin
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a deep honey color with a minimal head. smells all sweet and malty, pollenated like the label indicates. taste is so sweet and piney hoppy. malts are amber in nature with a particular sweetness and a palatable thick mouthfeel that highlights the hops. well carbonated and strong. this is a good ipa, but not sure i feel like drinking a six pack. also not their best brew, but a little bit different for an american ipa. sweet and sticky, not fully memorable...

Photo of david18
3.37/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good summer ipa but a little bit of an also ran. Nothing bad about it, decent color, flavor, carbonation and mouthfeel. The hoppiness is also good but nothing too special. It's definitely light enough to enjoy in the summer. I would recommend trying it.

Photo of magictrokini
3.36/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ms11781
3.36/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Pours a clear copper color with a half finger, foamy, off-white head that has excellent retention. Nice foamy lacing left on the glass as well.

The nose is pretty balanced though the strength of it is middle of the road. Some citrus and floral hops are here, but neither stands out above the other. There is a sweet malt aroma as well. None of them seem all that strong on there own but it provides an ok aroma as a whole.

Surprisingly, some sweet caramel malt is what shows up first in the taste. The same floral and slightly citrus hops take over quickly after. The sweetness seems to ride underneath and allow the hops to com through. There is a slight hint of bitterness in the finish but it's more about the fruity and floral hops along with the sweet malt character.

Medium body with a higher carbonation that. Could be smoother but the carbonation doesn't really allow for that. The finish dries out a bit, not too much, but it's noticeable.

Overall this is a decent take on the style. One of the more balanced IPAs that I've had from the West Coast. Probably could have a couple in a sitting but would want to move on after that.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Yet another random single picked up on one of my many beer runs. *sigh* It's a charmed life, really... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear copper-brass topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises pine resin, grapefruit peel, orange zest, light pineapple flesh, and a touch of light biscuit. The taste seems to bring in more of the same, with the fruits really dominating the biscuit something fierce. But then the pine comes in, guns blazing, piercing the tongue with sharp, resin-y scythe-swaths. The result is an astringent, almost acidic bitterness from the middle through the finish. Very unpleasant to me. Luckily there's more to things here, or this would really be a shameful product. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, an okay IPA, but that harsh bitterness just ruined things for me.

Nectar IPA from Humboldt Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 796 ratings.