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Red Nectar | Humboldt Brewing Co.

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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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Ratings: 590 |  Reviews: 262
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4.35/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nectar Ales is brand new to Florida so I know this is fresh, but this beer blew away my expectations. Red Nectar pours a beautiful deep red color with tons of carbonation bubbles. The aroma jumps out of the glass, with a solid citrus hop presence over a wonderful caramel malt with some slight toasted aspects. The taste is, again, excellent. The hops are the front line here at first, providing some nice citrus flavors along with a little bit of spiciness and grass. Then, the aftertaste provides a nice mixture of caramel and toasted malts, with a bit of hoppiness lingering, leading to a smooth finish.

The mouthfeel is perfect, the body has just enough heft to it while the carbonation level makes it go down easy. The drinkability is also great. Overall, this is one of the better, more traditional American Reds I've had in a while. It's not hopped to the point of being an IPA as is trendy right now. Instead it provides an excellent balance of caramel malts and citrus hops to make a truly tasty and easy-drinking brew.

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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
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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3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz, 4/26/12

A: Pours a pretty crimson copper color. Finger of off white fluffy head. Leaves some sticky lacing.

S: Smells fairly malty. Caramel nutty malt notes. Some pine notes behind it but subdued.

T: Up front you get a touch of piney hop bitterness, so they are still there! Then those staple red ale malts kick in. Crisp and nutty. Maybe a little almond flavor. The finish isn't totally dry.

M: Medium bodied. Easy drinking.

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4.06/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with a date of 5/21/12 poured into my perfect pint.

Appearance: A drop dead gorgeous ruby/amber with a three finger rocky head that settled slowly. The head had large bubbles that left splotchy lacing.

Smell: Pine and orange hops mingle with toasted caramel hops. A bit of a metallic smell also.

Taste: A clean straightforward beer. A lingering bitterness all through the taste is faintly citric. The caramel malts bring some sweetness to balance.

Mouthfeel: The body is light to middling while the carbonation is tingly.

Overall: Not my favorite red ale, but a very good one none the less. I can easily get this one and will visit it again. Solid!

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4.32/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a just barely clear copper-amber with a finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel malts with grapefruit, citrus, and light pine hops with a bit of bready malts.

T - Starts off with a mix of sweet caramel malts with grapefruit and citrus hops and a bit of bitterness. Through the middle, some pine and lightly floral hop with a bit more bitterness and a bit of bready malts. The finish is a mix of sweet caramel malts, pine and grapefruit hops, bitterness, and a bit of bread.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really nicely balanced with a good hop profile and bitterness.

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3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
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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Red Nectar from Humboldt Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.61 out of 5 with 590 ratings
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