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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Ratings: 594 |  Reviews: 262
Photo of philbertk
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Humboldt Brewing Company--Red Nectar Ale--1999 Release--12 oz. Bottle--5.00% ABV. (4.0 / 5.0) Red Ale--Clear red amber color. Light floral hop aroma. Toasted body with light fruity caramel nut flavor. Rich texture but dry not sweet. Hints of chocolate. Light hop profile is floral over spice. Sampled 7/27/1999.

Humboldt Brewing Company--Nectar Ales--Firestone Walker Brewing Company--Red Nectar--2005 Release--12 oz. Bottle. 5.40% ABV--44 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Red Ale. Beer of the Month Selection June 2005. Lacy head. Clear bright amber red color. Floral hop malty front. Creamy earthy rich light toasted caramel biscuit hop mild sweet fruit body. Clean dry hop spice mild citrus end. ESB? Sampled 6/29/2005.

4 oz. Taster @ Portland, Oregon Spring Beer & Wine Fest April 3rd, 2010. 6.5% ABV. 55 IBU's.? Clear rich amber red color. Rich earthy floral hop front. Crusty sweet caramel fruit body. Crisp tangy malt hop spice end. (4.5 / 5.0)

Nectar Ales--Firestone Walker Brewing Company--Red Nectar All Natural Ale 2010 12 oz. Bottle. 5.40% ABV. 35 IBU's (4.0+ / 5.0) Red Ale. No sediment. Off white mild lace medium head. Clear rich bright dark bronze red color. Toasted mild floral hop front. Slightly crusty mildly earthy caramel toffee dry sweet mild fruit biscuit roasted Red Ale body. Crisp refreshing mild hop spice crusty Red end. Sampled 8/2/2010. 6 -Pack $9.69.

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Photo of dcook11
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a-two finger white head. nice lacing, almost like an ipa.

s- hops, tropical fruit, not much else but very pleasent none the less.

t-nice hop character up front, with a a little alcohol present at the finish. gets a little water toward the middle of the pint.

m- light bodied

d- pretty good.

would drink again, but would not buy again.

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Photo of Fillpott
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a Leffe glass just to see what the different glassware would do.

Appearance: Deep, red-copper color. Head is tan, but dissipates quickly. Very clear beer. No lacing.

Aroma: Hop brings citrus and an earthy scent with the malt providing a good bready backbone. It has a well-balanced aroma, but nothing shocking.

Taste: Follows suit with the aroma. The malt and the hops are very balanced and average. There is no evidence of fruitiness. The finish is very dry, but the alcohol is meshed nicely with the malt and the hops to prevent an alcohol taste. Very little of the hop lingers afterward.

Mouthfeel: It was a very dry beer that did not finish as hoppy as I would have expected for an American Red. Everything was average to good.

Overall: This is a decent beer that I would have again. In fact, at least 5 more times.

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Photo of Stunner97
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- dark copper to very dark brown, nice white/tan head pours pretty thick, very slight carbonation to be seen,

Smell- plenty of malts, and a bready doughy smell, slight citrus hops but nothing very strong on the nose

Taste- slight bitter hops on the finish, but overall just pretty bland flavor, i was expecting alot more flavor then i wound up gettin on this one, the malts are there but nothing great and the hops are there too but again just nothing that flavorful or impressive, just very bland and lackluster, its okay its got decent balance but just falls a little flat,

Mouthfeel- smooth and creamy mouthfeel, light amount of carbonation, leaves a growing bitter hop finish that slightly intensifies as you go

Drinkability- this beers not tough to drink but just lacks that second layer of complexity that really wows you, its a decent beer simply put and one could make okay session in that it gives you bit flavor with out having to take to much though, grew on me a bit as i went on,

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Photo of FeloniousDrunk
3.46/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours the color of cherry wood stain with a 1cm head that dissipates to a thin foamy ring around the edges. I consumed this product out of a beer mug.

The smell is faint, slightly fruity with a touch of bread on the end.

The taste is light and sweet on the lips, but finishes with a crisp bitterness typical of a pale ale. This beer is not as sweet as I would expect from a red ale, and has an aftertaste of pasta or some other carbohydrate-heavy meal.

The mouthfeel is smooth, a touch watery, but finishes well and is quite drinkable. This beer is like an old horse: not as good as you would expect, but reliable and every so often pleasantly surprising.

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Photo of chumba526
3.47/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a red amber color with a thin white head.

Smells of spicy hops, a bit like grapes, a bit of cinnamon and a bit like caramel.

The taste is slightly fruity; there is a slight spiciness to it. A slight but pleasant sourness is present as well. There is a strong grape taste to it which is weird but good at the same time. This has a fairly unique flavor to it.

The carbonation seems to be moderate. The drinkability is ok but it's not the easiest thing to drink at the same time.

Overall a different red ale with a nice flavor though it is nothing amazing. It's a little rough around the edges but is still enjoyable.

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Photo of Pinto21
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured dark amber with lots of head, 3 fingers. a bit dark brown for an amber but still good.

Nose caramel malts heavily with hops that follow. Taste follows. dark sweet malts. Biscuit and caramel with good sweetness. Bitter hops follow, but balanced though hops are dominate. the hops are a bit citrus, piney, and noticeable.

A very solid amber overall. No Hopback or Nugget. More bready malts to it, and the hop taste is less strong, but the bitterness is near even with the hopback

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Photo of IPAisBliss
5/5  rDev +38.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The appearance is a beautiful reddish amber color with a nice medium head.

Smell is awesome! A bit of a floral note with pleasing hoppy aroma.

As for taste, this is by far my favorite IPA. The hops used provide the perfect blend of bitterness and taste. It's not overly bitter like some IPA's tend to be. A very clean finish, and multitude of flavors on the palate keeps you going back for more.

The Mouthfeel is silky yet crisp with a bit of effervescence. Very smooth.

Drinkability is exceptional! This is a great IPA that will please most IPA lovers. It's not overly bitter and is not plain in the least. It's easy to drink and drink and drink.

The only fault I can give Red Nectar is the price. Expect to pay between $9 and $12 for a six pack.

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Photo of sfprint
4.44/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Upon opening this beer, it promptly nearly exploded with almost 1/3 escaping on to the floor. Hmm.

A: Hazy nut brown in color, with a sizeable head of medium size bubbles.

S: Very Pale Aleish, although sweeter. Doesn't smell like an amber at all to me. Just a tad sweet, hints of fruit, but nothing overwhelming. It's really a perfect smell for this kind of beer.

T: Doesn't live up to the smell, but quite good. It's very similar to Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale, although slightly less bitter. Very hoppy.

M: Very nice, almost foamy when it goes down, but somehow not. Interesting and very pleasant.

D: Very drinkable, great beer. Just as good as Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale, and very similar.

I'm surprised no one has posted a pic yet. I bought it because the bottle was so beautiful, will have to post one....

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Photo of colts9016
3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a nonic at 37 degrees.

Appearance: A thin foamy bubbly tan head that has poor retention. The color of the beer is medium brown color with mahogany hues. The clarity of the beer is is clear with a touch of opaque. There is a lot of effervescence bubbles in the beer. There is only a thin ring around the glass.

Nose: A fragrant floral aroma with grapefruit, lemons, and pine. The malt is well blended and has notes of biscuit, toasty, and yeast. There is a slight solvent note.

Taste: A descent malt flavor that has bread crust, yeast, and toast. The hops are mellowed out giving way to grapefruit, floral esters, and pine. There are note of solvents and phenols.

The mouth feel is carbonated, dry, and slightly astringent.

Overall: The body of the beer is medium light and the finish is medium. To me, this beer has its highs and lows. The high is the nose, the low is the appearance, and the tastes is just so so.

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Photo of tchenery
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a glass from the bottle.

This beer has little to no head retention. It looks reddish/amber. The beer has a fairly dry taste to it. The malt character is prominent (hence the darker color) and has a bit of a roasted flavor, but that plays off the bitterness well.

There is a bitter bite to this beer much like a pale ale, which is a nice surprise. There must be a fair amount of bittering hops used as well as finishing hops as the hops character shines through the malt especially on the nose.

I would rather this beer have a bit more head retention than it does for my personal taste but other than that it is a fine beer.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.41/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Maybe its because of the nectar name, but I feel compelled to call this a sticky beer, sticky lace, a little thick sticky honey taste to it.

Amber in appearance, nothing to speak of in the nose, taste is sessionable, enjoyable. Glimmer of hops for an amber. Unlike many, it goes malty to hoppy rather than the other way around, neither of which, over the top style.

Price is usually 7.99 or more, which is a little more than I would desire to spend on this stuff. Not a ripoff, not a deal.

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Photo of JamisonM
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: a nice amber color and a 2 finger head in my Duvel tulip glass

S: floral hops for sure a bit of spice mixed in on the back end

T: balanced beer is the first thing that strikes me here hops mixed with malts and pleasing to drink, a crisp finish with no after taste here its just gone

M: light mouth feel brings flavor to the party but still its light

D: oh yea this is super drinkable put down a 6 pack in 1 night easy if one was so inclined to do so.

overall: a well crafted good beer that makes a nice session beer and its quite refreshing a nice summer and spring beer

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

A - Pours a clear amber color with a light tan two finger head. looks appealing.

S - Floral hops and a nice clean scent.

T - Pretty basic floral hop profile. Some faint unidentifiable fruit notes a pressent. Nothing overly fantastic, but noting off either. The malt is a wee bit over powered by the hops. So, it's not a balanced as i like a beer, but others might like it even more for that reason.

M - Crisp and mod-light in body.

D - This is a good session beer for spring/summer. It's basic enough to down a few, and tasty enough to sip. Again, for me, i wish it was a bit more balanced in the malt/hop depeartment, but overall, not to shaby.

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Photo of obywan59
3.76/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle.

Beautiful clear amber with a 4 finger white head from a hard pour that dissipates, but never totally disappears. minimal lacing.

Sweet caramelly bitter hop aroma.

Rather dry with transitory florals on first swallow which don't return. Steady light bitterness. It seemed a bit sweeter later on, nicely balancing the hops.

Moderate body. Somewhat astringent and drying. Some nice warming alcohol on occasion.

Excellent drinkability.

Not a lot going on here, but very pleaant nonetheless. It would be a good beer for a warm afternoon down by the lake.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Surly pint glass.

A: Vigorous pour yields a 1 finger, coarse, very light brown head with giant bubbles all over the place. Head fades rather quickly but maintains a super coarse layer at the top. Beer is a crystal clear red. On a side note, this is one of the only amber ales that I've had that's actually amber... Lacing is frothy at the very top and drips downwards from there. Like my own personal Niagra Falls in a glass. Pretty.

S: Nose is cane and brown sugar, candied hops (if you can imagine that), and a slight hint of grapefruit. Very rich though not all the impressively clean.

T: Opens with a rather intense astringent hop flavor that fades nicely over time into a coarse brown sugar maltiness. I imagine this to be what leaves in the Fall taste like in Candy land. Coarse, sweet, and red. Finish is one of the cleanest I've had in a while. This beer really doesn't leave anything after I swallow.

M: Light to medium bodied, very coarse and carbonated and watery in the mouth. Super clean and crisp on the finish.

D: This one really impresses me. Even though it doesn't technically qualify as a session beer, still I'd have no problem having multiples of these in one night. Clean finish is the key for me here since this beer possesses a richness in taste that doesn't saturate the taste buds. Worth seeking out in my opinion.

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Photo of JayQue
3.86/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice Red Ale. Appearance is really impressive. Big pillowy slightly off white head with good retention. Good lacing and nice dark amber clear color. A real winner. Smell is a bit too mild, a little malt and a little skunkiness.

The taste makes up for it. Much stronger presence than the smell and no skunky taste. More malty than hoppy, slightly sweet. I'm figuring that the sweetness comes from honey rather than caramel malts. There is a little bitterness that balances out the malt taste but not enough to say this is anything close to hoppy.

Mouthfeel is ok, really smooth but not that crisp or rich.

Drinkability is good. This one goes down real well and I would consider it a session beer for me, even if it is too high in abv for the mathematicians in our group. Nice. Would love to try it on tap.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep but luminous amber with good clarity, and a very thick meringue-like head that jiggles nicely. Nose has a nice mix of citrusy hop aromas along with a whiff of candied aromas in the background. On the palate there's a sweet toffee component that is behind this nice citrusy hops, as well as a black tea resemblance overall. Finish is somewhat thin and light.

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Photo of nickd717
3.64/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the Bottle Shop in South Lake Tahoe. Pretty crappy selection there, but I made do (or made did?).

Excellent appearance, deserving of a perfect 5. Clear reddish-amber in color with a creamy off-white head that leaves some foam sitting on top of the beer and awesome lacing. Lucky for this beer, appearance is 20% on this site for some incomprehensible reason.

Aroma is caramel malt, herbal notes, and floral and citrusy hops.

Flavor is caramel malt, like you expect in this style, along with black/herbal tea. Not too hopped-up, as brewers like to do with this style now, but does have some noticeable floral and citrusy hop qualities.

Medium-full body with a really smooth finish.

Drinkability above average. Overall a pretty solid beer, as I expect from Firestone Walker.

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Photo of donniecuffs
3.66/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Pony Bar, Manhattan: poured a deep amber red into an American pint glass, which looked ruby when held up to a candle. A finger of off-white head, which laced fairly well. The aroma was dominated by malt and caramel, with some hints of leather and oak. However, the flavor revealed more of a subtle bitter hop presence, and a nice dry finish. The big pleasant aspect of this beer that hit me was the balance between hops and malt; there wasn't any one dominating essence or a pronounced flavor progression in the beer, just a nice rich malt/hop balance throughout. The body was borderline medium/thick, but very smooth and pleasant. Might be a little too thick though to session.

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Photo of LibraryTom
3.02/5  rDev -16.3%
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 Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with a slight hop note, and caramel. The taste is sweet, slightly bitter, very slight dark fruits. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a nice brew.

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Photo of pants678
2.6/5  rDev -28%
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 Dogbrick
3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sample at Alan's HSC initation. Bottle from Howard's Market in Tehachapi, CA. Pours a clear orange-amber color with a medium foamy light khaki head that dissipates steadily. Sticky patches of lacing on the glass. The aroma is mildly malty with notes of caramel and citrus. Medium-bodied and evenly bitter and sweet with hops and malt flavors. Touches of citrus as well. The finish is mostly sweet toasted malt with a bit of hops left over. Average overall.

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Photo of nerow
3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Deep red, with a nice khaki head, some latticing. Absolutely characteristic for this type of beer. Regardless of this fact however, it's still quite pretty.

S- Bitter, perhaps a bit underwhelming for a beer with the word "Nectar" in it's name.

T- More hoppiness then I expected. There were some mild floral notes to the pour, also, perhaps a bit of citrus. A very pleasant, if rather simple beer.

M- Creamy, very nice.

D- Quite drinkable, perfect for a quiet afternoon with some buddies. Certainly not an overwhelmingly good beer, but a very nice one, nonetheless.

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Red Nectar from Humboldt Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.61 out of 5 with 594 ratings