Red Nectar
Humboldt Brewing Co.

Red NectarRed Nectar
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Style:
American Amber / Red Ale
Ranked #500
ABV:
5.4%
Score:
82
Ranked #40,481
Avg:
3.64 | pDev: 13.46%
Reviews:
263
Ratings:
595
From:
Humboldt Brewing Co.
 
South Carolina, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  14
Gots
  54
SCORE
82
Good
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Reviews by tgoldian:
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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Photo of jwc215
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours reddish copper with a thin off-white head that becomes a lasting swirl.

The smell is of caramel, toast - slight berry-like fruitiness.

The taste is of sweet caramel with toasted breadiness. Earthy/spicy hops emerge and become more fruity as the drink progresses. The hop character blends in nicely after a bit of a slow start. This is one of those that I like the more I drink (and decided to bump the score on this one up from my original just a bit.)

Body is a bit thinner than expected, but hangs on to medium and leaves a nice balanced bittersweetness on the palate.

Overall, a satisfying brew - a bit more of a hop spice kick than expected for style, but works well here. Though nothing extraordinary, IMO, it's a notch above a run-of-the-mill amber ale.

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for finding this one!

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Photo of allstar255
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of schoolboy
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Overall, I am probably a little harsher on this style than others because it is not my favorite, but a nice red can be refreshing. This one is pretty complex and interesting.

It pours dark with a little head. The aroma is a rich nose full that reflects the chewy mouthful that the taste will be.

It sits nicely in the mouth with a nice mix of malts and hops. The balance is good. There is a slight off taste and aftertaste that could be attributed to sitting a long time on the shelf, but I think it is fresh, it just tastes that way.

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Photo of drno904
5/5  rDev +37.4%

Photo of RJLarse
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a couple bottles of Red Nectar while traveling in Nevada. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a copper/bronze color and is clear. The beer is toped by a resilient frothy off-white head.

Smell is a pine and citrus scent.

Taste is a blast of bitter hops up front, with a sweet bread and caramel finish.

Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied for the style, and very drinkable.

A nice hoppy read ale. Well done.

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Photo of rudy0908
2/5  rDev -45.1%

Photo of m0unds
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Barrchon
5/5  rDev +37.4%

Photo of scottoale
4.02/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Out of a 750ml bottle pours a copper colored, pristinely transparent liquid with a small amount of off-white head. Head diminishes rapidly leaving a light lacing behind.

In your face, robust roasty malt flavor fills the nose. Earthy and full, I love this kind of malty smell. Perfectly balanced by the hops and yeast, the sweetness of the malt is nil. It just tastes hearty and malt rich, full malt flavor...mmm!

Velvety smooth feel in the mouth, full of body and very pleasant! Carbonation is perfect in this tasty ale.

Not to strong but kind of filling, goes down easily. I definitely recommend, especially to those that love malt.

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Photo of intensify
3.08/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a good looking foamy white head. The head didn't stick around for long, but left lacing.

S- Grapefruit, peaches, honey and hops. A small earthy smell but nothing special.

T- Peach,tangerine, grapefruit, and caramel. Hoppy backbone, with a finish that was barely bitter. Spices in the beer kicked it up a notch, but still an average beer.

O- Not bad. A good one to pair with food or while fishing. An average beer for an average occasion.

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Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, bubbly, reddish orange color with a two-finger, tan head of bubbly, long-lasting head. It left sticky rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled floral with a nice piney aroma. Some citrus and caramel, too.

T - Nice bitter piney hop bite up front with sweet caramel and a touch of chocolate.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied amber ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a very tasty red ale. Not surprised that Nectar Ales did another good ale.

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Photo of TrickkyGangsta
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of nickfl
3.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours with one finger of off white foam on top of a perfectly clear, amber-brown body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves decent lace.

S - A floral, lightly fruity hop aroma with some caramel and toffee malt in the background.

T - Toffee and brown bread up front with some spicy hops in the middle. Finishes with caramel, light roast, and floral hops as well as moderate bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - Not bad, but the hop profile is very old fashioned, with floral notes that don't really stack up against the pine and tropical fruit that most west coast brewers are using in their hoppy red beers today. Drinkable, but forgettable.

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Photo of brokentee
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of macrosmatic
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

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

A: Pours a clear, light brown with orange highlights. One finger's worth of light brown head forms but fades quickly. Medium visible carbonation.

S: Brown bready malts, hints of citrus hops. Overall fairly muted on the nose.

T: Similar to nose, but has more of the nondescript citrus hoppiness, which is balanced (or perhaps overwhelmed a bit) by the malt sweetness. Still has some bitter hop tingle at the end.

M: Medium-bodied, good carbonation sensation, minimal alcohol.

O: Not objectionable but quite forgettable. It does cross my mind to wonder how old the beer is. It's only quite recently been available in FL, so I assume it's fairly fresh (?). I really wish *all* breweries would date their bottles!

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Photo of Oakenator
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is amber in color with a healthy head at pour. Some lacing on the glass. Mouthfeel is good but not particularly noteworthy. Smells hoppier than anticipated - nice piney aroma. Flavor leans more towards malts and the hops fade to the back. A hint of molasses. Good for a red ale but tempts with the hoppy aroma - overall a good balance.

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Photo of leedorham
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Chugs13
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Pinto21
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured dark amber with lots of head, 3 fingers. a bit dark brown for an amber but still good.

Nose caramel malts heavily with hops that follow. Taste follows. dark sweet malts. Biscuit and caramel with good sweetness. Bitter hops follow, but balanced though hops are dominate. the hops are a bit citrus, piney, and noticeable.

A very solid amber overall. No Hopback or Nugget. More bready malts to it, and the hop taste is less strong, but the bitterness is near even with the hopback

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Photo of Thingus
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Live tasting, bottle into tulip.

Appearance; pours a beautiful reddish amber color, two fingers of off white foamy head hthag quickly dissipate to a thin film. Lacing is good.

Smell; hoppy, slightly skunky, grass, earth and hints of citrus and honey.

Taste; taste follows the smell almost to a T, hops, grass earth, hints of citrus and honey.

Mouthfeel; a medium full body, came as a bit of a surprise (a good one IMO)

Overall; a rock solid amber, nothing extraordinary in my opinion, but certainly not a beer I'd shy away from... Would be a great beer to have on a sunny day with the BBQ going in my opinion!!

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Photo of number1bum
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My contribution to NEPA BC split #10.

Pours a somewhat hazy reddish amber color with about one finger of light beige head. Head retention is decent and it leaves a bit of stick too.

Smell is a combination of caramel and biscuit malt with citrus and earthy, almost musty hop aromas.

Taste is really the same as the smell but a bit cleaner. Caramel malt sweetness and a toasty, biscuity malt base combine with primarily citrus but also earthy hops and a medium level of bitterness. Clean, drying finish and a creamy medium mouthfeel.

This makes a great session beer, and is a pretty tasty and solid brew overall. I'd have it again.

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of BretSikkink
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reddish hue to this orange brew. Clear and colorful, with a fairly sticky white head. Nice look. The nose is fairly hoppy, with lots of citric zest, and even some sweetish tropical notes. Malts are subdued. In the mouth, the caramel notes emerge, but don't stick around. Lingering hop bitterness, slightly metallic finish. Zesty, even a little succulent. It's like just a hint of something that makes you want more...fairly light body with a lot of carbonation. Pretty good balance considering the husky grain note in the finish. Not bad.

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Photo of savagepm
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Red Nectar from Humboldt Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 595 ratings