Red Nectar | Humboldt Brewing Co.

Red NectarRed Nectar
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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

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

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Ratings: 589 |  Reviews: 261
Photo of Thingus
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
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 -3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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2/5  rDev -44.6%

Photo of udubdawg
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours bright, vibrant amber color, excellent clarity, topped by a moderate creamy light-yellowish-tan head. Retention is very good.

citrus, something more spicy and "dank", and a background caramelized sugar/toasty aroma. Mild fruitiness might be the hops, crystal, or even the yeast showing up here, not sure. Fairly clean, no real alcohol aroma, distinctive aromas and not muddled. Overall strength is moderate and depth is at least fair for the style. Very pleasant. Reading the ingredients I don't know where the toasty note came from unless they toasted the wheat? Strange, but I get it immediately.

minor sweetness quickly overcome by bittering hops, which last into the finish. Very mild metallic character, and the hops are relatively sharp. Somewhat of a grassy flavor, suspect from dry hopping but who knows. Fruitiness is restrained, a vague light "yeastiness" that adds character and doesn't detract.

Medium body, medium high carbonation, no warming alcohol and despite the hop rate got only occasional astringent notes. It's mostly a winner, though the grassiness became a bit distracting. Could be showing its age; another beer I bought with no idea of its age.
I'd drink it again.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.97/5  rDev +10%
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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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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5/5  rDev +38.5%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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5/5  rDev +38.5%

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of ineva
4/5  rDev +10.8%

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of russpowell
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Remember having this on draft about 15 years ago in San Fransisco & loving it...

Pours copper with 3 fingers of tan head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Orange peel & pine

T: Follows the nose, nice caramel notes & tangerine. Woody hop notes, dryness & a touch of biscuitty malt as this warms, along with a touch of astrigency. Finishes with piney hops & malt sweetness

MF: Medium bodied, assertive carbonation, decent balance

A drinkable red that doesn't quite live up to old memories, but a sessionable offering to be sure

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Photo of Tilley4
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured at a tasting at Maria's in Chicago...

A nice blend of sweet caramel malts and piney hops... A touch of chocolate present in the aromas...

Very balanced blend of chocolate malts and piney hops... Rather sessionable but not something I would want to session as the sweetness of the malts would catch up to me rather quickly...

A nice brew but one that I would pass over in a situation where there were others available to me...

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Photo of sweethome
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very deep, dark red. Rather large, pillowy head - light tan.

Sweet, malty nose. Carmel maltiness and backing of hops.

Entry is rather full bodied - a sweet maltiness envelopes the palate - then a rooty - dry flavor...some spicy hopiness, and a woody charachter.

The hop bittering is rather muted for this style - at least what I think of this style. Some nice aspects, but the dry, woody aspect doesn't quite deliver for me. Still, a well crafted brew that will appeal to malt oriented fans.

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Photo of neophilus
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark copper with a dense and fluffy tannish head. Big bubbles on top, the head hangs around the sides but the middle starts to fall in as I drink. Eventually it wastes away to a thin film on top, watermark waves clinging to the sides marking each sip.

The aroma is very light and refreshing. At first it speaks of fresh fruit - bright but not as citrus scented as an orange or lemon tree. Perhaps like ripe plums, or it smells the way grape kool-aid tastes. While sweet it definitely perks you up.

First sip is greeted with a balanced hop bite up front and gentle sweetness underneath. The hops do not overpower, but gently curtail the light and sweet flavor of the ale. Just enough bitterness to balance the flavor without standing out from it. Hop heads may be left looking for more, but those afraid of a malty taste need not worry. This light and sweet flavored brew does not cloy the palate while sipping.

Mouthfeel is sufficient up front, but thins out a little bit in the aftertaste. The hops disappear first and leave behind a mildly sticky-sweet flavor, like candy. That lingers a little as the thin body washes away. Strange that the brew can have sufficient body with each sip but in the aftertaste seems a little thin for the amount of sweetness left behind.

Coppery colored, mildly bitter, nearly-juicy brew that goes down very smoothly and doesn't raise a ruckus or overstay it's welcome. Perhaps a bit sweet in the aftertaste, but very approachable up front. I would not have a problem downing a few of these in succession. As I finish the glass the sweetness of the beer is the loudest thought left in my mind, but certainly not cloying or heavy on the palate. Refreshing and tasty for sure.

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Red Nectar from Humboldt Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 46.9% out of 100 with 589 ratings
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