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

Glass - Pint

A - A perfect Amber colored brew with a 1-finger head that dissipated quickly. Clarity of the beer is high, and you can see some lite carbonation. I got a spot here and there left on my glass.

S - A kick of herbal and rind like hop aroma's upfront. A bit of lemon juice. Soft caramel underneath the hop notes upfront. About it.

T - Herbal, lemon and pine hop characteristics hit me first. Immediately following is a stronger than expect note of caramel, with this weird kinda astringent after taste. Bitterness is pretty mild and a faint cocoa bean flavor lingers on the tongue a bit.

M - Smooth and medium bodied lite-moderate crispness.

O - Not my favorite of the style, but a decent example. I didn't like the astringent thing going on in the flavor profile, after awhile I got sorta tired of it. Overall though I liked the beer, and I'd buy it again if the price was right.

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Photo of JosiahS
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

glass: Pint

Pours a clear copper-brown color with a tan 1 finger-head. Minimal lacing, only a few spots retain. Smells like cherries, lemon zest and caramel. Mouthfeel is medium with medium carbonation. Flavors of cherry, caramel, faint chocolate, lemon zest and faint pine. Finishes clean with a slight lingering bitterness. Decent red.

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Photo of intensify
3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a good looking foamy white head. The head didn't stick around for long, but left lacing.

S- Grapefruit, peaches, honey and hops. A small earthy smell but nothing special.

T- Peach,tangerine, grapefruit, and caramel. Hoppy backbone, with a finish that was barely bitter. Spices in the beer kicked it up a notch, but still an average beer.

O- Not bad. A good one to pair with food or while fishing. An average beer for an average occasion.

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Photo of TWStandley
2.99/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into my Portsmouth tulip (which I proceeded to break immediately following this beer while washing it).

Poured a beautiful amber color with a small off white head.

Smelled of some mild sweet malts and mild hops, very subtle aroma.

Taste followed the smell - was hoping for a bigger hop bite but failed to find it. Overall a relatively boring taste.

Mouthfeel was alright.

Overall this was ok. Don't think I would ever buy again but glad to try it. This beer just lacked depth and character. It was very light. I could polish off a 6 pack of these without a problem, and in a pretty quick time period. Meh...

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.16/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Another average red. What can I say? Nice red color but the smell left something to be an aroma! Ok maybe I smelled some malt but was seriously too subtle. Taste was borign as well, nothing stood out. I guess I could knock this back ata barbeque but I won't buy anymore of it.

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Photo of Drinkerofales
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear cinnared, with a big light tan head that leaves tons of lacing.

Smell is crisp roasted malts, followed by floral, and lightly piney hops.

Taste follows closely behind, with plenty of flavor for 5.5%. Dry roasted malts, a nice bitter dry hop finish. Not overly complex, but well balanced and clean.

Texture is where it should be, smooth and light. Good carbonation.

A long time favorite here, one of the first craft brews I drank in my early 20's. It was nice to revisit, I just wish it had more punch, but, it's not an imp red, so it fits right where it should be.


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Photo of horshack7
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: This one is a rich dark garnet with a head around an inch thick and is off white.

Aroma: Citrus hop forward, grapefruit, caramel malts, wisp of carob, notes of tropical fruits.

Taste: Medium to full bodied and a relativly smooth mouthfeel. Tropical fruit, grapfruit and piney notes. A good malt sweetness with a touch of caramel and chocolate.

Notes: A very solid beer all the way through. Cheers.

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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 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 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 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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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 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 udubdawg
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
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 +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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Photo of russpowell
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
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 -3.3%
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 0%
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 +7.4%
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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Photo of RJLarse
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a couple bottles of Red Nectar while traveling in Nevada. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a copper/bronze color and is clear. The beer is toped by a resilient frothy off-white head.

Smell is a pine and citrus scent.

Taste is a blast of bitter hops up front, with a sweet bread and caramel finish.

Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied for the style, and very drinkable.

A nice hoppy read ale. Well done.

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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 Jwale73
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in a Spieglau nonic. 02/28/11 indicated on the neck of the bottle. Pours a deep copper hue with a semi-translucent clarity and a loose, quarter inch, tan-colored head embedded with ringlets. Nose expresses caramel malt, citrus and a faint earthiness. Taste reveals an earthy bitterness, citrus rind and a suggestion of light malt, but no caramel flavors to speak of. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a coarse carbonation and citrus astringency that leaves a light burn along the sides of the cheeks. Overall, nothing to write home about. Balance is a bit off (not sure if it might have something to do with the age of the bottle), but there's a little too much acidity and bitterness for my liking.

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