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Nectar IPA - Humboldt Brewing Co.

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Nectar IPANectar IPA

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very good

667 Ratings
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Ratings: 667
Reviews: 322
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 11
Gots: 25 | 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 Bookseeb


3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance holds a golden amber color supporting a fair head that dissipates leaving fair lace. Smell has a very nice sweet malt aroma balanced by the grapefruit bitter of the hops. Taste again has the sweetness of the malt with the grapefruit piney bitter of the hops. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. A sweet tasty IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2014 03:13:22 | More by Bookseeb
Photo of treehugger02010


3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The best girlfriend in the world got me a mixed six pack and this bottle happened to be in it. I just poured it into a flared pint glass.
Appearance: A beautiful transparrent dark gold or light amber colored body with a trendous head full of huge bubbles and super sweet retention and the stickest of lacings all the way down.
Smell: A brilliant alpha hop aroma that became muted as it warmed.
Taste: Very well balanced beer, with the strong presence of floral hops, but again as the beer warmed this also was muted.
Mouthfeel: A typical ridgid and crisp IPA mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Absolutly superb.
Don't drink and review.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2007 23:49:59 | More by treehugger02010
Photo of hero27


3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.

Glowing light copper color. Light khaki head.
Fresh hop aroma of pine & grapefruit. Resiny hop bite right from the first sip. The malt lingers well in the background, but leaves this aggressively hoppy while not being completely unbalanced. Plenty of hop character and a very drinkable IPA from Humboldt Brewing Company.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2006 21:58:07 | More by hero27
Photo of dogfishandi

New York

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, fridge temp, pint glass. bottled on 10/17/11 (2 1/2 months?). listed as 6.7% ABV on the bottle.

a nice deep golden color, some orange when the light hits it just right. small head off the pour, but very retentive with some thick lacing. the slightest haze, pretty much clear.

nice west coast aroma. citrus being at the forefront, grapefruit and orange like. floral and piney as well. slightly woody as it warms. just a hint of malt.

citrus turns into a piney then floral, woody hop taste. some light bready malts noticable. a nice dry lingering bitterness in the finish.

light to medium bodied, highly carbonated, makes for a refreshing beer. the more i drank this beer i got a slight tartness in the aftertaste.

pretty basic IPA, but very well done. true to style.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 23:03:53 | More by dogfishandi
Photo of StlHopHead77


3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a nearly translucent,deep amber/crimson body beneath a proud,three fingers of bone white foam.Good head retention with nice waves of lacing left on the tulip.

S-Sweet citrus upfront.Blood orange and red grapefruit with a balanced caramel malt backbone and hint of wet pine and floral hops on the nose.

T-Candied grapefruit,tangelo,soft pine,perfumey hop oils and toffee.

M-Decent feel here with moderate carbonation and a subtle bitter slickness but lacking a little in the way of body and complexity.

O-A nice,sessionable IPA that I would definitely purchase again.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2011 17:48:09 | More by StlHopHead77
Photo of stephendr


3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber color – white frothy thick big bubble head – nose of nice bitter hopps , tobacco , grapefruit , floral , and slight various grains – taste of bitter hopps , resiny , floral , and citrus in the background malt – sour / acidic body – aftertaste slightly bitter with hopps and citrus lingering

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2006 04:46:29 | More by stephendr
Photo of beachbum1975


3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

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


3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 23:20:42 | More by arizcards
Photo of CHSLBrew


3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Enjoyed while overlooking the Pacific on a friend's patio bar in Santa Barbara on a beautiful afternoon on vacation.

A-Hazed amber brew, orange-tinted. Off-white head rose a finger off the pour, then reduced to a nice, consistent bubble layer.

S-Lots of toffee, with some herbal hoppy notes.

T-Resiny, herbal hop flavors bring in a firm hop bitterness. Almost berry-like nuance comes in alongside a dry, nutty-bready malt. Finishes with some residual hoppy flavor and a lasting bitterness.

M-Moderate mouthfeel, somewhat slick with a hint of roughness brought on by the hoppy bitterness. Carbonation level is spot-on medium.

D-The semi-moderate nature of the hoppiness allows this brew to be quite quaffable. A very enjoyable beer on a very enjoyable vacation :D

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2010 17:12:37 | More by CHSLBrew
Photo of woosterbill


3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Crystal clear, radiant copper body with 2 fingers of creamy off-white head. Strong retention and a decent amount of lace.

S: Hellooo, grapefruit. Pure citrus hops here - juicy grapefruit and apricot are the most prominent. Some floral notes as well. No malt to be found. Beautiful.

T: The hop profile is just like the nose: fruity citrus. Just a bit of malt sweetness sneaks in ahead of the cleanly bitter finish. Nice, but nowhere near as intense as the nose. A bit dull, actually.

M: Smooth medium body with plenty of soft carbonation.

D: Not bad, but not the best, either.

Notes: Excellent beer, but I should have played it safe with Nugget Nectar for the same price.


Serving type: bottle

03-08-2010 01:27:53 | More by woosterbill
Photo of secondtooth


3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, rich amber. Superb off-white head and attractive, ornate lace.

Nose is a lovely floral with citrus hops rounding it all out.

Taste is deliciously bitter grapefruit with some pine tones as it warms up. Hops definitely dominate this West Coast IPA, but there's a palate-pleasing balance with the malts here that manage to steer it clear of being simply a "hop bomb".

Solid, delicious, and one I'll revisit again.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 19:06:59 | More by secondtooth
Photo of davewlfpckfan29


3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Never seen this beer in person before, but remembered hearing about it. So I picked a couple bottles up when I saw it in New York City.

Its a filtered golden color with really nice carbonation.

Sappy smell from the malts, which is apparent in the taste as well. Really pleasant taste and mouthfeel with what I would describe as sappy malt. For being a "west coast" IPA, its not what I expected.
Although, I guess the whole "west coast IPA" thing is kind of subjective, and often times can give a false impression on what somethings going to be.

Well done. Glad I tried this.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2013 22:06:31 | More by davewlfpckfan29
Photo of MadScientist

New York

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2012 01:43:56 | More by MadScientist
Photo of Gusler


3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice reddish-copper color, translucent, the head average in size, frothy in consistency with the residual lace fine sheets to cover the glass. A nice floral aroma with underlying malt, citrus crisp and clean, quite a treat, and the front lightly malt sweet, top is middling in feel. Finish has pleasant hop spiciness, not overpowering, just nice, carbonation moderate, quite dry aftertaste and a good representative to the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2003 07:30:42 | More by Gusler
Photo of RBorsato


3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"IPA Nectar" brewed by Nectar Ales (Firestone Walker), Paso Robles, CA

Dark gold to amber with a nice tan head, good carbonation, and nice lace rings. A hop aroma that leans a bit much to the bitter side. Well balanced, yet hoppy, flavors. Medium bodied with a bitter hop finish.

Good but probably not a re-buy... Not much different than the Red Nectar and Pale Necter. I'd be hard pressed to identify these 3 blindly.

Per NA website:
Gold - 2003 GABF

Bottled(?): 02/15/05 (lasered on neck)
Tasted: 10/16/05

($1.99 / 12 oz.)

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2005 18:37:45 | More by RBorsato
Photo of jmvecchio1


3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nectar IPA pours out tangerine in color with a thick fluffy head perched on top. As the beer drinks down, the head doesn't dissipate much and generous amounts of lacing are left clinging to the glass. The aroma off this beer is aggressively citrusy and piney thanks to the generous use of Cascade, Centennial, Chinook, and Mt. Hood hops. The beer drinks similar to the heavily hoppy smell, but the brewers have paid careful attention to balance the drink of the beer with a hearty dose of biscuity malts. On the swallow, the beer finishes dry, leaves a notable amount of hop oil on the tongue, and a resin after-taste characteristic. Overall, this is an excellent American IPA that hop-heads should seek out and drink up.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2011 02:55:07 | More by jmvecchio1
Photo of FickleBeast

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours very pale amber with one finger of foam that sticks to the sides of the glass. Aroma is a distinct floral hoppiness.

This beer has a very nice hop flavor, but it doesn't have the bitterness to back it up. It has a great, sticky, mouthfeel with a good amount of residual sweetness. It just needs that extra bitter kick to round out the other flavors.

Very drinkable, and pretty good overall. More of an APA than an IPA in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 03:41:02 | More by FickleBeast
Photo of ummswimmin

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer with barbeque and it paired really well. One of my friends at the restaurant asked if any beer didn't pair well with barbeque... I said that really good barbeque makes the beer pair with it. I would almost want to avoid the beer that takes attention from these ribs. This good, middle of the road IPA did the job very well.

You get all of the normal smell and taste of a normal IPA. There is floral and citrus hopping. The look is a light orange, but there was very minimal head on this beer. Bitterness wasn't very present.

This was a good IPA. Not very challenging. I almost would point to this as a good bridge from BMC drinkers to craft.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 02:19:16 | More by ummswimmin
Photo of bnes09


3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful goldenrod color with lots of visible bubbles. Thick and creamy head blankets the top of the liquid and clings to the glass in thin threads of lacing.

Bright floral, mild citric and sweet honey aromas.

Bready malt, pine and citrus hop bitterness, honey and apricot nectar sweetness. Well balanced with medium bitterness overall.

Light to medium bodied and a bit sticky. Quick burst of carbonation disappears leaving a void on my tongue. Somewhat dry in the finish.

Interesting IPA. Definitely one of the sweeter examples I have yet to try.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 04:30:58 | More by bnes09
Photo of SD-Alefan

South Dakota

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint from a 12 oz. glass.

A hazy reddish-amber color with a creamy, off-white head that quickly disspates to some lingering lacing.

Very nice aroma of citrus, candied tropical fruit,a little grassiness and some sweet malt.

The taste is not quite as good as the smell, but not bad. I get a quick resinous hop bite, then a little candied fruit sweetness and a lingering spicy finish. The is a lasting bitter dryness.

Mouthfeel is decent, a little creamy maybe? And a little sticky.

Overall, a decent IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2014 01:06:00 | More by SD-Alefan
Photo of spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Wegmans Syracuse NY for 2$

Appearance - Slightly hazy light copper colour with an above average size fizzy/frothy off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, hops, grapefruit, oranges

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste hops and malts mixed with caramel. There is also some pineapple mixed with oranges and grapefruit. It ends with a sweet and mildly hopped aftertaste.

Overall - Not that much different from a Union Jack in my opinion. I'd like to open the 2 side by side. My bottle was a little out of date but I can tell this is still a fantastic IPA. I'll try it again.

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2012 01:31:42 | More by spinrsx
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2012 23:01:00 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of Nugganooch


3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz to pint glass
Bottle date 08/17/11 - $6.99 for a sixer

A: Pours a rich caramel color with good clarity and a thin soapy head. Streaming with carbonation. Lingering lace.

S: Smells of bready pale malts and a fruity floral hop profile. Touch of caramel sweetness.

T: Tastes juicy. Hoppy with pine resins and a spice note that spikes with bitterness mid-palate. Some lingering stone fruit flavors. A sweet caramel bready malt base leaves a residual sweetness. Dry puckering finish. Manages some good balance. Pretty good and juicy.

M: Light to medium body feel with a smooth texture and good carbonation. Dry crisp finish.

D: This is a pretty good everyday IPA that has some juicy hop flavors even at two months old. I really couldn’t pass for the price tag.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2011 23:22:46 | More by Nugganooch
Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan


3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 06:28:35 | More by BerkeleyBeerMan
Photo of superspak


3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 6/4/2013. Pours hazy deep orange amber color with a 1-2 finger dense cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, orange zest, tangerine, lemon zest, pine, floral, grass, caramel, bread, toast, and floral earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity of citrus/pine hops and moderate malt balance; with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, orange zest, lemon zest, floral, grass, pine, caramel, toast, bread, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, orange/lemon zest, floral, grass, pine, caramel, toast, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity of citrus hop flavors and moderate malt balance; with a moderately crisp malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall, despite the age of the bottle, this was a very nice IPA. Nice complexity of hop flavors with moderate malt balance; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 00:05:02 | More by superspak
Nectar IPA from Humboldt Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 667 ratings.