Red Nectar | Humboldt Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Humboldt Brewing Co.
California, United States
humboldtbrewingco.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-25-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
587
Reviews:
261
Avg:
3.65
pDev:
13.42%
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
51
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 587 |  Reviews: 261
Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Half Time. An amber tinge colour, lots of creamy head. Hop aromas. C-hopped, good malt backing, tasty stuff. Drying aftertaste. Carbonation right there. Very good for the style. Average mouthfeel. Good drinkability. Two-for-two with this brewery.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single finger head on a clear amber body. Earthy and subtle citrus hops with toasted and caramel malts as the aroma. Flavor follows aroma with additional metallic hops otherwise very similar. This is like a sweet pale ale as far as hoppiness degree. Good hop degree but too much metallic flavor. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Very drinkable, good flavor. Better than I was expecting.

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Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of GRG1313
3.49/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 5/21/12.

Pours a clear dark amber with a 1 inch foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, and some herbal hop aromas. Taste is of toasted malt, burnt caramel, and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild hop bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is pretty tasty and drinkable but not something I would likely go after again.

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Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

killer amber. pours dark dark red, almost burned in color, with a smal tan head. smells a bit dry like an irish red, but has some noticable hops in the nose. tastes deep and rich and ancient. not sweet at all, although the malts leave some residual sugars, its all pretty tame. like a conversation with an old man who has seen it all, this beer is experienced and well refined. very very sessionable and good with grilled sausage. nice spin on a red ale, hard to describe, just try it

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of Knapp85
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out with a nice red color, a light tan colored head. The lacing was pretty good along the glass. The smell of the beer was a little on the sweet side but has some hop aromas too. The taste of the beer seemed a lot like an IPA. The other flavors are sweet like caramel. The mouthfeel was well balanced and pleasing. Overall I found the beer to be enjoyable.

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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2/5  rDev -45.2%

Photo of metter98
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is relatively clear reddish amber in color and has a light amount of carbonation along with some fine particulates visible floating in suspension. It poured with a finger high beige colored head that died down, leaving a thick collar around the edge and lacing on the surface and down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of caramel and toasted malts are present in the nose along with hints of floral hops.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell and has a light to moderate amount of bitterness along with additional notes of spicy hops.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The taste of this beer has a very nice balance between the malts and hops.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

In true Californian style, the brewers behind the Nectar Ales brands aren't content on allowing the common acceptance of what amber ale are prescribed to be; no longer the sweeter brethren of American pale ale, but a drier, crisper and toastier session that lets the hops shine on!

Red Nectar's aesthetics are nearly rusty rudish-brown with that classic dry-hopped haze. Its creamy froth unleashes an array of earthen bouquet. Toasty, nutty and kettle caramelized malt links up with herbal fresh-hung tobacco and a dried apricot ester character. Its taste mimics that of the nose, but much less sweet than anticipated.

Over the middle, the caramelized malts continue to trail as the hops pull forth. Its shadow of roasted peanuts, medium toast and crusted bread carries the slimmest balance of beautifully burnt sugar. So much as to promote an undertow of blackberry jam with those esters dancing about the periphery of taste.

Its finish comes quick as its medium-dry and creamy body turns absolute dry with urgency. The acrid nature of toast amplifies its dryness and props up those sharp, grapefruity hop bitternesses that extend in aftertaste.

Its easy to see why this American amber ale has garnered accolades in recent Great American Beer Festival competitions.

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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 zeff80
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
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 dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of LXIXME
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

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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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 6/12/2013. Pours slightly cloudy orange copper color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of caramel, toast, toffee, grapefruit, orange zest, brown sugar, biscuit, floral, grass, light nuttiness, and toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of malt and hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, grapefruit, orange zest, brown sugar, floral, grass, light pine, light nuttiness, and floral/toasted earthiness. Light pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, citrus, biscuit, floral, and light nuttiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and robustness of malt and hop flavors; with a very balanced hop/malt flavor profile and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body with a lightly creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice amber ale. Good balance and robustness of malt and hop flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Boone757
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A crystal-clear, deep-copper body is capped by a short but creamy off-white head that holds fairly well and leaves some nice, but sparse, rings of lace. The aroma offers a delicate blend of caramel malt and lightly floral, citrusy, and grassy hops. The body is medium and it's lightly crisp on the tongue with a fine, median-level carbonation. In the flavor a well-balanced combination of fresh caramelish malt; yeasty fruitiness (strawberry, apple); and floral/citrusy/grassy hops are backed by a firm, and almost bold, balancing bitterness. The hop flavor appears more distinct in the finish which is long and lingering with some residual malt and dry bitterness. A solid, drinkable beer!

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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 Thorpe429
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Pizzeria Paradiso - Alexandria.

Pours a reddish amber color with a nice white head that quickly recedes without too much lacing. Nose brings some citrus and pine notes with a bit of a floral character. Taste is mostly hops as well with some lightly-toasted malt coming through in the background. Good bitter feel with nice carbonation and a bit of toasted malt. Drinks well and is quite sessionable.

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Red Nectar from Humboldt Brewing Co.
3.65 out of 5 based on 587 ratings.
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