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 JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of NickThePyro
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 jwc215
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours reddish copper with a thin off-white head that becomes a lasting swirl.

The smell is of caramel, toast - slight berry-like fruitiness.

The taste is of sweet caramel with toasted breadiness. Earthy/spicy hops emerge and become more fruity as the drink progresses. The hop character blends in nicely after a bit of a slow start. This is one of those that I like the more I drink (and decided to bump the score on this one up from my original just a bit.)

Body is a bit thinner than expected, but hangs on to medium and leaves a nice balanced bittersweetness on the palate.

Overall, a satisfying brew - a bit more of a hop spice kick than expected for style, but works well here. Though nothing extraordinary, IMO, it's a notch above a run-of-the-mill amber ale.

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for finding this one!

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

Appearance: bright, dark ruby color, a lovely jewel, aided by an enormous head, off-whitish shade, nearly cocoa, honeycombed with lace.
Aroma: fresh, yeasty, citric, slightly sour, tasty, too.
Taste: smooth-going at first sip, untroubled, and tasty. Minor-key fruit factor. Adequate malt, excellent balance. Delicious, but mild enough, too, to enter the session ale field. Every sip and swallow is it's own reward, flavor returns and is enjoyed again and again.
Much thanks to el mocoso!

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Photo of sd123
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.21/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Amber beer is amber appearance. Deft 1/3" head, white. Nose/aroma isn't really anything to speak of, muted.

Taste comes across as sessionable, real standard amber ale stuff here. Like that generic brewery amber ale. Balanced, neither overly malty nor hoppy or bitter. Nothing off about it, they've been making this accessible beer for at least 20-25 years I would guess.

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Photo of plaid75
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draft at T.J. Finley's, Bayshore, New York.

Poured a light amber hue with one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a resinous hop and a light graininess.

The taste was rather neutral and did not pack the hop pinch experienced in the aroma.

The mouthfeel was toward the thinner side of the style.

Overall a decent and easy to drink amber.

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Photo of lupercmda
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of spinrsx
3.84/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle from Bristol Farms Palm Springs CA for 3$

Appearance - Clear red/copper with an average size fizzy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes.

Smell - Hops, malts, caramel, apricots, pineapple

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel, malts, and hops. There is also some toffee, cherries, and a slight herbal flavour. It ends with a malty sweet aftertaste with a mild amount of hop bitterness.

Overall – This along with their IPA are both solid and tasty brews. Nothing over the top but a nice balanced fruity and hoppy taste. I'd drink it again.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is an interesting Red/Amber to me. It comes across as sweet, by the look of it and the name. I mean, c'mon...nectar. And it starts off that way. It's an amber/reddish color with nice head. Aroma is a bit sticky and malty. Some sweetness comes through. Rosy, almost.

Flavor is sweet up front, but it does stop about half way to introduce a bit of hops. A nice bite on the finish seems grassy and minty.
A good brew, maybe a bit 'syrupy' in the feel throughout.

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Photo of tempest
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Liberty St. Tavern. Poured a clear orange with a white head. Paired with waffles.

I had this after a Sam Adams Boston Lager and was surprised by the similarity. Red Nectar had similar dry biscuit malt notes with light toffee and a spicy hops finish. The Sam had more hops flavor up front with a hit of citrus, but Red Nectar still stood out as a clean, tasty, and drinkable session ale. Worth a try is you like other dry amber ales.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It pours mahogany red with a qucik head burst that dissipates in short order. The aroma is is a festival of floral earth, fallen rotted trees in the forest, malts and hops. It is rather interesting. The body is about medium. The taste is also bitterly hopped.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Bitterbill
2.39/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2

Photo of hozersr
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of Whiskeydeez
3/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of RBorsato
4.21/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasting #2 (Nectar Ales):

Much nicer citrusy hop aroma and flavor than I remember and more of a true American Amber Ale.

Rating changes: S 3.5 to 4.0, D 4.0 to 4.5

Bottled(?): 05/18/05 (lasered on neck)
Tasted: 07/14/05

(12 oz. bottle)

Tasting #1 (Humboldt Brewing Co.):
Nice light amber color (with light brownish hues), a full creamy beige head, good carbonation, and good lace. Aroma is mostly of bittering hops with a light malt presence. Nice balanced non-descript malt-hop flavor but definitely a bit more malty. Medium-full bodied and smooth.

A solid Amber Ale but not a recurring one for the price...

Per B.A.B. book: 5.3% ABV. Chinook, Willamette, Mt.Hood, and Cascade hops.

Gold Medal - 1999 GABF - American Amber Ale
Silver Medal - 2004 GABF - American Amber Ale

($3.49 / 22 oz. bottle)

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Photo of Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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

The beer pours a ruby red color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry, yet malty aroma that boasts of pale, crystal, and bisquit malts along with a nice citrus hop aroma. The taste is good. It has a smooth and bitter hop flavor with a fine malty base. It is a little hop heavy, but that's what I like. It goes down easy and finishes dry and bitter. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a fine red ale. It has a good maltly flavor along with excellent hop characteristics. This is a fine sessions brew.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.27/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Into a pint glass this goes, on to the beer:

It has a copper appearance with a dense, short head. The aroma on this one is very malty, biscuity and bready flavors with a kiss of hops. Now comes the good part, the taste. Good malt presense, light tropical and piney flavors pop around in the back and a hint of caramel. Quite a tasty red ale, reminds me a lighter Arrogant Bastard.

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Photo of Raziel313
2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

Photo of Zorro
4.04/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a good-looking red ale.

Smell is strong malt, tea and fruity smell. Smells really good.

Taste is very complex. Malt and tea are the dominant flavors with a nice astringent quality. Fairly dry with a little bit of sweetness to it. There is a lingering tea after taste to this, not unpleasant. Much better than expected.

Mouthfeel is good.

Very drinkable, tasty brew.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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