Red Nectar | Humboldt Brewing Co.

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Red NectarRed Nectar

Brewed by:
Humboldt Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-25-2001

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Reviews: 261 | Ratings: 587
Photo of largadeer
2.17/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

"Bottled on" date reads 8/27/08.

Appearance: Perfectly clear amber with two fingers of off-white foam. Nice and frothy with good retention and stickage.

Smell: Soap. That's pretty much it. What the hell? This is one of the least aromatic beers I've ever smelled.

Taste & mouthfeel: Biscuit-like malts, minerals, husky grain, a bit estery in the background. Slight astringency from the malt. Mild floral hop flavor with a dry bitterness in the finish. Light bodied, fairly crisp on the palate but not especially clean. Not the worst beer around, but not exactly good either. Meh.

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Photo of ouser31
2.3/5  rDev -37%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

From what i remember about this beer is the taste... It wasnt the best or a fav of mine but it was drinkable! think i had it during a sit down while trying new beers and it was just ok... little different been a red ale or hemp ale but thats how it was different in its own way! try it out see what you think!!

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Photo of jdhilt
2.36/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a three finger cream head that fades to a shallow layer and leaves some lace. Cloudy dark amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Hoppy nose. Starts mildly hoppy, looking for sweetness and not finding it, hoppy, resiny finish, with bitter aftertaste. $1.69 for a 12oz bottle from John's Market Tigard, Or.

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Photo of krimsontide1
2.41/5  rDev -34%
look: 5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Just not my kinda brew. The hop flavor is very "cascade-y". It over powers the smell and flavor. Nothing much beyond that smell and flavor profile. It tastes like one of my not so great home brews. Not an enjoyable drink for me.

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Photo of McAfee85
2.58/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Unfiltered, copper color with little lacing. Very faint to no aroma with a flat taste. Maybe I just got a bad batch but based on this beer there are much better choices in this style.

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Photo of pants678
2.6/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint from a normal 12oz bottle. Color is deep brown with a white head that's frothy but does not retain.

The smell is more complex than the palate with strong hops mixed with fruit and bread.

Boring. Complexity is minimal, the complementing flavors are all hardly subtleties. There are tinges of cinnamon behind the bitter hops with a backend that is almost non existent.

The carbonation is light that still leaves this drinkable but without a distinct feel. It's something I'd go to on a hot day, but doesn't seem a choice red.

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Photo of IntriqKen
2.62/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light orangish amber with a nice single finger full tan head that melts to a nice lacing.
Aroma is only faintly sweet malt and honey.
Taste is stronger than the aroma but still very light...malt, followed by a honey cloying, then a mild hop bitterness.
Aftertaste of honey and hops.
Just a very average beer of this style in my opinion. I don't know if they actually used honey in this beer, but to me it was distinct and distracting for the style.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
2.66/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Ruby copper body. Cream colored head, little retention. Little or no lacing.

Aroma: Sweet caramel, wet cardboard, sweet corn.

Taste: Sweet malts and a caramel candy presence at first. A tangy, woody finish, faint hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, really dry.

Overall: I just did not dig this brew that much. The caramel sweetness was good, but what came directly after that was hard to pin down on the palate.

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Photo of samie85
2.78/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes; originally 6/21/11

A-Pours a burnt sienna color with two fingers of rocky, off-white head.

S-Pine resin and grapefruit with some caramel malt on the back end.

T-A little bit of bitter grapefruit upfront with some light caramel malt notes.

M-Very thin and watery with light carbonation and a slightly sticky feel.

D-The flavor profile is a little weak and the mouthfeel doesn't help it at all.

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Photo of JerseyKirk
2.8/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: almost no head. White no lacing. Carbed. Copperish to amber.

S: citrus, bread, biscut. Very subtle and not really noticeable.

T: sweet caramel malt, bitterness in finish, citrus fruits. Malty backbone.

M: carbed and medium bodied. Sweeter side.

O: doesn't cut it. Too little aroma and flavor. I like bolder beers like troegs hopback. Much better amber.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.85/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I had this at Beachwood BBQ, where it was labelled "Humboldt Red Nectar Ale". Humboldt's page suggests it's now brewed at Firestone Walker, but Firestone Walker owns Nectar Ales. It's a confusing contract brew/ownership of brand situation, but I believe I've found the right listing. Served on-draught into a 5 oz taster. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a one finger head of nice white cream, good thickness, and great retention. Colour is a dark copper-gold.

Sm: Dry toasted malt and cream. Simple and mild, but appealing.

T: Toasted malt, cream, and some amber hops. Some caramel. Simple, but decently balanced. Hops - mainly bittering - are present but mild, supplementing the balance. Decently built but unremarkable. Not unique or special.

Mf: Smooth and a touch dry - especially on the climax. Complements the flavour profile to a moderate extent. Not tailored to it, but suitable.

Dr: Drinkable but unremarkable. Boring for the style. I wouldn't have it again (knowingly). Pairs decently with barbecue.


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Photo of shivtim
2.85/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This is a clear reddish-orange with a nice tan head. There are lots of tiny bubbles and ok lacing. Nose is hoppy and sweet. Taste is metallic with some malts. Not nearly as much hops as the nose. There's an odd grainy aftertaste that's like bitter honey. Complicated taste, but not in a good way. Mouthfeel is ok, drinkability would be better if it weren't for the odd cacophony of the taste.

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Photo of PhageLab
2.88/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a standard pint glass.

A - Beautiful crystal red with a brownish hue. Nice fingertip of head, fair retention and some really pretty lacing.

S - Mostly hops in the nose, with some cherries and other dark fruits. Not too potent but certainly not bad.

T - Crisp and citrusy, with a mildly bitter finish. Yeah, wasn't too bad, but there was an odd character in the aftertaste that reminded me of medicine. I'm not sure what it was, but it really causes a hit here.

M - Medium bodied, low carbonation level, oily residue left in the mouth.

D - Wouldn't be bad were it not for the odd aftertaste. Can't see a reason to try this one again. Sorry, no reco's here, but if you're eating a burger and you need something to wash it down with, by all means grab one.

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Photo of M216
2.9/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very light taste. Mild red ale. Not as developed as I was expecting. Almost no head. Slight hops at the front then taste almost completely disappears.

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Photo of sacfly
2.97/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Code 255D12035 stamped on the bottle, so no freshness date of note.
“All Natural Ale”
Pours a hazy amber/red. Particles noted in suspension. Thin head of tan bubbles. Lightly citrus nose with a hint of herbal character.

Taste is light. Seems “Dusty”? Very light crystal malt blends with a dusty tree bark and grass. Might be annoying, but not enough of any flavor to rank that high. Aftertaste is lightly bitter with a lingering sensation that you ate the white part of a grapefruit peal. Not grapefruit mind you, just the white part.

Uninteresting but not overly terrible. Not one I would seek out, “All Natural” or not.

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Photo of teromous
2.98/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: The beer is brown the color of walnut wood, and I really don't see much red in it. There is a very small head at first, and it quickly dissipates into a ring.

S: It has a wood-like aroma, and a resin quality about it. The nose is very thin though.

T: I get a lot of hop character, with more of a pine-like flavor. It's not too strong or bitter. There is a light astringency though.

M: The mouthfeel is very peppy and feels good. It's medium balanced with a good carbonation. The hops leave a pleasant punch in the mouth.

O: Overall it was pretty good; it wouldn't be my first choice but I wouldn't turn it down.

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Photo of TWStandley
2.99/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into my Portsmouth tulip (which I proceeded to break immediately following this beer while washing it).

Poured a beautiful amber color with a small off white head.

Smelled of some mild sweet malts and mild hops, very subtle aroma.

Taste followed the smell - was hoping for a bigger hop bite but failed to find it. Overall a relatively boring taste.

Mouthfeel was alright.

Overall this was ok. Don't think I would ever buy again but glad to try it. This beer just lacked depth and character. It was very light. I could polish off a 6 pack of these without a problem, and in a pretty quick time period. Meh...

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Humboldt- Red Nectar Ale

On tap at Isaac Newton's. Newton, PA.

Appearance- ruby red with very little head. Looked like flat Dr. Pepper.
Smell- Decent caramel malt. Bold.
Taste- light caramel malt. Slight sweetness, watery.
Mouthfeel- slightly watery up front, bold malt that turns sugary, and finishes with a slight dryness.

Overall- didn't WOW me but was a refreshing beer to drink on a hot afternoon. Mediocre at best.

Doesn't compare to Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale.

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Photo of LibraryTom
3.02/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer doesn't really strike me as particularly great in any way, but is easy drinking, and not too sweet on the palette.

Nice roasty malt character up front, which quickly dissipates to a slightly hoppy, dry, bitter finish.

Not overly complex but pleasant.

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Photo of mralphabet
3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz Bottle poured into Pilsner Glass

A: Deep amber in color. About 2 fingers worth of head. Nice lacing... sticks around.

S: Hops and floral notes, with some sweet malt and maybe cherry.

T: Lots of Hops here... It is well balanced with sweet malt... with a little hint of cherry? After taste is a little odd... A little on the bitter side...

M: Nice carbonation, medium bodied.... It has a little thickness to it.... Not bad

D: Taste a little to much like a IPA.... Which I'm not a big fan of.... Not my cup of tea but other may like it a lot. I thought the aftertaste was not very good... a little to bitter and medicine like.

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Photo of chinchill
3.05/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle with a July 2014 date stamp.
Poured deep reddish amber topped by a fine bone-colored head that leaves some webby lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Dank, earth English hops with some biscuit in the background.

Flavor: hop forward for style, Mildly bitter.

Feel: both crisp and smooth.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.06/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

In a Sam Adams pint glass this beer was a dark amber color with a medium-sized tan head.

Caramel malt aroma. Earthy. Citrus hops. On the meek side.

Caramel taste. Piney. Some grapefruit. Again, very muted.

Medium-bodied, not that interesting. Kind of a "meh" beer.

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Photo of BeerManDan
3.06/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

At first sight, the color was of a nice reddish amber, but the smell was not that impressing. The aroma of hops and citrus was what I got. Then the taste was of hops with a hit of citrus. That was all that I could taste of this beer. Also, there was a feeling of a sour bitterness in my mouth. Not impressed with this beer. Will not purchase it again! Where's the honey?

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Photo of Blargimus
3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass. Bottled 4/2/2012.

Pours a crystal-clear brownish red. Not much head and not much carbonation in general.

Not much smell to speak of. The head faded very rapidly, so there's nothing to keep the aromas in. What little I can smell is some faded hops.

Tastes much better than it smells. Good balance of malt and hops. Not a particularly strong flavor.

Mouthfeel on the thin side. Carbonation is light.

I can't say I would buy this again. The flavor is fine, but there's just not much of it.

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Photo of intensify
3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
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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