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Nectar IPA - Humboldt Brewing Co.

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Nectar IPANectar IPA

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very good

698 Ratings
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Ratings: 698
Reviews: 323
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.53%
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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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

nmann08, May 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

whatname, May 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

tbryan5, May 01, 2013
Photo of JMScowcroft
4.51/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nectar Ales - Nectar IPA (Not sure why it's listed as "IPA Nectar")

Look - Poured into my new Dogfish Head IPA glass (yay). Pours a clear darker reddish amber with a terrific soapy head. Nice sticky lacing.

Smell - Aroma is malty sweet and citrus hops. Mouth-watering.

Taste - Carbonation hits first but not too hard. Smooth malts ride in on the bubbles, quite sweet. Hops come in piney and citrus after.

Mouthfeel - Floral hops rest on the palate, as well as sweet sticky malts. Very drinkable. Honey seems to stick a bit here, which is OK but not a great aspect.

Overall - Unique blend of malts and pungent hops creates a great IPA experience. Would recommend, worth a try. This brew is a bit underrated, but if you really want the wow factor for this kind of style, give Troegs Nugget Nectar a try. I prefer to call this style an amber DIPA.

JMScowcroft, Apr 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

spycow, Apr 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

LambicPentameter, Apr 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

aflies, Apr 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

gbrill, Apr 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

DrunkinYogi, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of hopheadhoward
4.49/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

hopheadhoward, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of macrosmatic
4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into an Upland pint glass.

A: Clear, burnished deep copper in color, with a half-finger of white foamy head that fades quickly. This is so clear that the medium visible carbonation is the only thing reminding me I'm not looking through a tinted window.

S: Pine hops up front, some caramel bready malt, then some citrus and grassy hops.

T: Pine, grass and citrus hops, moderately caramelly malts, and a bit of spice and earthy hops. Significant hop bitterness at the end but not overdone.

M: Medium body for style, alcohol noticeable but doesn't detract, and a great amount of carbonation sensation.

O: A tasty IPA, and well-executed...but far from the best in the class. Still, I'm glad to have it available on shelves around here.

macrosmatic, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of Hendry
4.14/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The brown bottle shades the fact that Nectar looks, pours and smells more like an Amber IPA, which is not necessarily a bad thing depending on what you are looking for in an (West Coast) IPA. As such (despite the "American IPA" moniker), I am reviewing Nectar in the Amber IPA style.

There is a close resemblance in style to Troegs Nugget Nectar in terms of sweetness (although @ 93 IBUs,Nugget Nectar is much more tangy compared to the relatively pedestrian 60 IBUs in Nectar), and more pointedly, the Amber style ,which may come as a surprise to those expecting something similar to other Southern California offerings by AleSmith or Stone.

Clear as a bell amber with a small white head,minimal lacing,mostly sweet malts in the nose with a faint touch of hops ,and a slight floral/honey character to it.

As for taste, it follows suit and is a caramel covered soft pretzel: little in the way of a" hop zing," a touch of honey in the swallow that has floral hints, with just a slight spiciness behind it all. I find the flavor and aftertaste pleasant, and this clear amber IPA goes down exceptionally smooth with little to no trace of alcohol.

Those that enjoy Troegs Nugget Nectar would likely give Nectar IPA high marks in the Amber IPA style, but those hop hounds seeking a cloudy tart citrus infusion are unlikely to slake their thirst with Nectar.

Hendry, Apr 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

oldedog, Apr 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

hopkrid, Apr 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

drgonzo2k2, Apr 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

montag30, Apr 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Trish, Mar 31, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

beernads, Mar 28, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

LLMOORE88, Mar 25, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

z brown glass bottle served in a pint glass, reviewed live:

A - pours a tempting transparent copper color With lively carbonation and a frothy cream color head. Retention is amazingly good. Appealing.

S - Sweet floral and grassy notes alongside heavy caramel and crystal malts. Incredibly simple but well balanced.

T - light, fresh floral hops. Sweet orange peel. Buttery caramel and sweet base malts. Simple as I'd guessed, but incredibly refreshing. Never oily. No alcohol is detectable.

M - buttery and smooth. A bit to thick.

D - a highly drinkable, albeit simple IPA. Never approaches bitter. Won't satisfy hop heads but a good, easy drinking beer.

blakelive784, Mar 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

bacher468, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of BradMacMullin
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at Horse Brass in PDX. Nice looking copper color, with a large head. Very flowery smell. Seems like a different CA IPA. The taste is less intense than what I was expecting...I may have had expectations of Firestone in Pasa Robles. The hops and fruit finish are a nice finish. Stayed well carated, and a nice beer for a hot day. I'd come back to this again

BradMacMullin, Mar 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

snohojimbo, Mar 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Hopmodium, Mar 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

mttdls, Mar 08, 2013
Nectar IPA from Humboldt Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 698 ratings.