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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Photo of KristaHall
1/5  rDev -72.6%

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1/5  rDev -72.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of DM1293
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Smells of strong malt with a light light floral hop in the backscent. And taste is just like it smells, but not as overpowering as I expected. Was rather smooth and didn't leave a bitter aftertaste. Sweet, but not as dark as I'd like it, and it overpowers the caramel note I like in my reds.

It also doesn't sit well, as the second half was a little stronger; so chill it properly and don't take too long to finish it, and it'll be a solid enough drink.

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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 LiquidAmber
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review from 7/2011 notes. Poured into a He'brew small shaker pint. Pours a medium red brown amber, thin off-white head that quickly dissipates, no lacing. Light sweet malt aroma. Light caramel malt, some dry malt flavor and a moderate dry hop kick at the end. Light to medium bodied. Not complex, but satisfactory amber ale.

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Photo of Edgewater
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of steve8robin
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of shelby415
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of tirlzx
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a slightly dense walnut color has a sea of micro-carbonation racing to a bubbly light tan head.

S- The soft green hops aroma has some brown malt character with a hint of wood in the finish.

T- This beer has a fresh brown malt with some crystal malt and pale malt underneath. The green hop finish is bright and floral with only a note of bitterness. There is a nice fresh raw grain came through as the beer opens up.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol heat and a gentle fizz.

O- The fresh malt and gentle hop support really make this a great session beer and the depth of malt holds my interest for sever glasses.

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Photo of Shilt
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of MrBillyMac
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Photo of rwill2001
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of bubseymour
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - 1 finger head with a reddish brown hue

Smell - Piney hops with some floral scents

Taste - Very unique flavoring and very pronounced. Very sweet but also balanced with hop crispness. I'm tasting some belgian yeast perhaps?

Mouthfeel - THe one downside of this beer is its thin body and watery mouthfeel.

Overall - I think this is a very uniquely crafted beer unlike any I've sampled to date. I'd give a 5 for originality but with all things said a 4 overall is worthy.

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Photo of Giovacchini
4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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 DrDemento456
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A nice deep clear amber brown, has a nice shade of ruby red which looks sweet. Head has some good sticky lacing and about 1/2 inch.

S - Like their IPA it is nice to see this is hop forward but the malts to assert themselves to give it a nice caramel and toffee notes.

T - I was actually impressed with the hop to malt balance. First you get floral hops not too bitter to leave a lingering taste on the palate and a smooth sweet finish with biscuit, caramel, and toffee flavors.

M - ABV seems about right for this with a light to medium body.

Overall it's a simple yet balanced red ale that I would buy again if found locally.

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2/5  rDev -45.2%

Photo of dogfishandi
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. bottled on 10/19/11 (about 3 months old).

pours out a nice deep red, bronze color, maybe even a little brown. nice 2 fingers of off white head. pretty good retention with a little lace. good clarity.

not a huge aroma, mostly hoppy. citrus, slightly woody hops, biscuit, toffee malt, just a hint of butter.

nice hoppy with an ipa like bitterness. citrus, maybe some piney and woody hops as well. malt is second to the hops with some biscuit and toffee notes. slightly fruity finish with a lingering hop bitterness.

light bodied, carbonation just a touch too high.

pretty decent hoppy red, a bit more body and malt this might be a real winner, but as is not really something ill seek out again.

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Photo of beestes
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Thingus
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
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 Pellinore1
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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