Red Nectar | Humboldt Brewing Co.

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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 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 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 Nichols33
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of redfox405
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 lupercmda
3.5/5  rDev -3%

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 Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of sd123
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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 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 afsdan
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Whiskeydeez
3/5  rDev -16.9%

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

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 Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of BARFLYB
3.74/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Lancaster Brewing Company pint glass.

Red Nectar is a simple enough name and a simple enough beer. The look on this is a mix between red and bronze/orange as well. It's a red ale alright. A hard pour yielded only a cap of burnt sugar color, no lace. Smell is typical for the style meaning simple, plae malts, caramel on top of some earthy hops. A bit of a candy like scent coming through as well. Taste is malty sweet with caramel and some apple with some earth hop bitterness thats not bitter at all now that I think about it. Once again, simple. Feel is medium with light carb, kinda boring, needs more pizazz. I drank the bottle, I enjoyed this, but won't be picking it up again, not when Nugget Nectar is right around the corner. But all in all, this hit the spot refreshing wise.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled March 2007
This was one of those brews that hooked me on that fresh hoppy taste back in the first few years of my drinking craft beer, lets see how it has held up over the years. The beer pours with a darkish tan colored head that billows up to three-fingers in height. The head has some staying power to it and even leaves a touch of lacing on the sides of the glass. The beer is a brilliantly clear, reddish cranberry color. The aroma has a nice fresh hoppiness to it that is on the sweet side. Aromas of candied orange peel, brown sugar glazed grapefruit and touches of biscuit malt are the most dominant parts of the aroma, though you have to dig for that last bit.

The beer has a nice malty sweetness to it up front, and the malt character is quite clean and bright. I don't remember the malt being quite this refined, I seem to remember a bit more muddy crystal malt character & I am glad that either my memory is hazy or that the beer has changed for the better. Still it is the hops that lead the way here; a nice bright bitterness starts out as a hop bite and lingers on through the finish. The bitterness is nicely balanced by a crystal malt character that adds fruity overtones to this brew. A citrus hop focus also adds more fruit character to this brew with notes of grapefruit, orange and tangelo.

This is still quite a solid drinking beer, a lot of others beers have come along since this brew, but this is one of those that led the way from me, especially with its citrus hop focus. Ultimately this beer is still the session brew that I remember, even if it has lost some of its once, cutting edge vibrancy.

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Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +10.8%

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