Nectar IPA
Humboldt Brewing Co.

Nectar IPANectar IPA
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IPA - American
Ranked #5,235
Ranked #29,347
3.8 | pDev: 10.79%
Humboldt Brewing Co.
South Carolina, United States
Very Good
Nectar IPANectar IPA
Notes: 60 IBU
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penguinsgoboom from California

4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly darker shade of marigold. Nice lacing

S: Immediately starts with the fruity, citrusy sweetness. Honey, banana, mint, a little bit of herbal grass.

T: Starts with a bitterness and the sharpness of rind. It's tempered by a bready maltiness that never let the hops run away with the drink.

O: A much maltier beer than expected. A more balanced IPA.

Aug 20, 2019
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a becher pint glass, the appearance was a semi-murky burnt orange color with a cap of a little white foamy head. Light touch of messy lace.
The aroma had some grassy chilled hops, light citrusy hop effects, some pine, and ended with a little bit of earthiness.
The flavor was moderately sweet with a touch of bitterness to round out the edges. Light aftertaste pulling in a bit more malt, but nice and clean.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied, perhaps a touch under with a good sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt on par. Semi-bitter citrusy to earthy finish.
Overall, it's a pretty good AIPA that I could come back to.

Oct 28, 2017
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erk0607 from Colorado

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy brownish gold body with foam that subsides relatively quickly. Smell - flowery, cherry, grassy, citrusy hops, with no pine or bitterness. Taste: Soft hops balanced with nice malt body. Slight citrus but more grassy like a fresh spring day. Feel: Good - medium light body and very drinkable. Overall: A good non-hopbomb IPA. Wouldn't seek it out, but would not turn one down.

Jan 03, 2017
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jeffdr123 from Florida

3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Exactly what it says it is. A sweet IPA. Pours Honey brown with a half inch head that leaves lots of lacing. Not much of a scent. But a nice light sweet honey taste with enough hops for it not to taste silly. Not a go-to, but a nice change of pace.

Sep 11, 2016
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avalon07 from South Carolina

3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a clear texture. There was a big, rocky, long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: A nice aroma of hops, honey, citrus, and some malt.

T: Tasted of a little bit of malt, citrus (grapefruit, especially), a bready quality, some honey, and light hops. Not as hoppy as your normal IPA, which gives the honey and citrus a chance to shine. There's a slightly medicinal quality to the finish, especially in the finish and aftertaste, but this is a minor point.

F: A highly carbonated beer with a dry, slightly harsh finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

O: On the whole, this is a solid IPA, if a little uneven. Worth a try, if you're looking for something different.

May 27, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.21/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours copper and orange. Good 1/2" head, decent lacing. Aroma had surprisingly some sweetness moreso than hoppy notes.

Taste quickly recalibrated the sweet/hoppy inversion. Heavy crystal malt. Comes dangerously close to approaching balance, something no CA ipa should really try to do unless they're going English I guess.

Caramel and some residual honey sweetness, tempered by around 45-50 ibu of bitterness I'd guess. Pass. Nothing bad here, just nothing exceptional in the land of exceptional.

May 11, 2016
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user785335 from Florida

3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tastes like the label implies. Honey taste is foremost. I'm not a big honey fan, so something I don't care for, but if you're looking for honey flavor, this is probably something you should check out.

Mar 26, 2016
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Suds from Missouri

4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer is crystal clear, with a thick white head and a scent of fruit, and soft, floral hops. The scent has a very nice undertone of pale malt. It is a dry beer...drier than expected, but still nicely balanced with a malt and hop juxtaposition. The mouthfeel has a solid heft, with a bitter finish. Very nice beer.

Nov 21, 2015
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delta490 from Virginia

3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy orangey-amber with a cap of off-white head. The head has good retention and leaves small soapy lacing. The smell is light but has some distinctive aspects of pine and floral hops and caramel malts. The taste is much the same but with a little more oomph to it. The body is thicker and slick, with just a hint of carbonation.

Oct 19, 2015
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.34/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle at America on Tap Saturday
Deep golden color with a decent bubbly white head. Floral earthy hops, rich bready caramel maltiness. Decent enough IPA.

Oct 11, 2015
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VABA from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a dark color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has hop and malt hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a hop and malt flavor
M-A medium bodied decently carbonated beer
O-A good beer

Sep 15, 2015
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JLaw55 from Missouri

2.5/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This was thick and cloying. It definitely had an immense malt presence, but it also kept true to it's name with a very present honey like flavor and consistency. It was thick and slick, very filling for an IPA. You hardly taste the hops as the cloying sweet flavor takes over and sticks on your tongue.

Would Drink Again: No
Would Purchase Again: No

Aug 31, 2015
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gonzo000 from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On the pour - Golden orange color with a two finger head. Great lacing. On the nose - there is some spice that does not sit right with me, but overall good, not just OK. I assume this beer is dry hopped. It poured thick (someone described a beer pouring this way the other day and I thought they were nuts, but it did seem thick). The beer tasted better as it warmed - would have given the taste a 3.5 when at 36- 38 degrees but at 40 it looses some thickness and drinks easier. Feel at the higher temp is excellent. Good - Very good beer.

Aug 01, 2015
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Beejay from Virginia

3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Medium amber in color, with a light tan head.

S: Piney with orange peel, and a touch of floral notes in the back.

T: Grapefruit and citrus peel up front, which eases into a pine thing. There is definitely some caramel sweetness, but I think the balance works well.

M: Medium, with aggressive carbonation, I think without the carbonation this would start to become alittle too sweet.

O: Overall enjoyable, but not earth shattering. Something new and interesting.

Jul 24, 2015
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Darbycopenhaver from Florida

1.46/5  rDev -61.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Absolutely disgusting. Save yourself a few bucks and just buy Pine Sol, put it on ice, and pour it in a glass. This is the worst beer I have ever tasted.

Jul 20, 2015
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Boca-X from Missouri

4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's ridiculous to read the negative reviews and then realize they actually say the beer they are drinking is review says the beer is a year old? Really? Please dump that crap...and in the process feel free to dump this review...the beer was good...better than an average IPA.

Jul 03, 2015
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Lucnifter from California

2.98/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle dated 09/04/14. 9 months old. A baby was conceived and born between when this IPA was bottled and me prying off the cap to reveal the sad, WELL past it's prime beer. Nearly no hop aroma. Malty and stale. I really need to look for bottling dates.

Jun 27, 2015
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mothmanscott from Georgia

3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear medium amber producing 2+ fingers of frothy, eggshell, somewhat lasting head that leaves thin streaks & wisps of lace. Aroma is floral, orange & tangerine zest & pulp citrus hoppiness with caramel malt tones & hints of dog urine. Taste is leafy floral, tropical fruits, orange & tangerine citrus, lively spice & backed by sweet caramel malts & thin toffee that come close to the nose for balance. Starts hoppy & slightly sweet, balancing toward bitter hops/sweet malt in the middle, gravitating slowly towards bitter again in the finish, slowly transitioning to mostly bitter in the aftertaste until the sweet is replaced by astringency. Just enough hop bittering & malt sweetness here to call this brew balanced. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, a little slick/oily, spicy & faintly drawing in the aftertaste.

Feb 12, 2015
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4.6/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Not bad at all. Was actually a bit surprised. Good balanced IPA, kind of on a lighter side but very satisfying none the less. Well balanced hops with a rather sweet aftertaste. Highly drinkable and worth the while.

Feb 07, 2015
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curasowa from New York

3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear, copper color with one finger of head that fades with rings of lace.

Aroma: Toasted malt, a little bready, lots of citrus hops.

Taste: A quick flash of malt then right to a bitter blast. Lots of grapefruit rind, pine, a little resinous. The finish comes quick with lingering bitterness.

The Rest: A pretty decent hop bomb. Body is on the thin side of medium, and it could use a bit more malt to help balance out the bitterness.

Jan 31, 2015
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Stinkypuss from Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium dirty golden brown color with a white head and lacing. Slight chill haze. The aroma is citrusy, grapefruit like and has a touch of nutty malts. Sweet, bitter, hoppy, nutty, and pretty decent overall. Just a mild IPA with more of a brown ale base than some examples.

Dec 19, 2014
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BucannonXC5 from California

3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Lagunitas mason jar
From: Albertson’s in Alpine, Calif.
Price: $1.67 ($9.99 for a mix 6-pack)
Purchased: Sept. 30, 2014
Consumed: Oct. 1, 2014
Misc.: N/A

Poured a caramel, orange, clear color with 3-to-4 fingers of khaki white head. Tons of good looking streams of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Good amount of layered foamy lacing on the sides of the glass all the way down. Great retention on the top all the way down as well. (Sight - 4.00)

Smelled a pleasant whiff of hops right away. Got floral hops, Citra hops, caramel, toffee, pine, good deal of bitterness, Cascade hops and some even some roasty smokiness. Very nice on the nose. (Smell - 4.25)

Tasted toffee, caramel, roasty malts, buttery notes, floral hops, Citra hops, orange rind and rye hops. Almost seems more like a strong ale than an IPA. (Taste - 3.75)

Medium body. Oily texture. Average-to-lively carbonation. Long, slightly bitter finish. (Feel - 3.75)

This was a very nice IPA. Big fan here. I’d have it again for sure. (Overall - 3.75)

3.89 | 87 | B+

Oct 02, 2014
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JDFarley from Arkansas

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

A: Golden copper. Darker than your run of the mill west coast ipa. Single finger head.

S: Citrus fruit and pine. Powerful punch.

T: Oh, yeah.. Maltiness holds things down for wonderful hops. Pine hits you first then immediately into a lemon citrus flavor. Pretty bitter for 60IBU but not lingering.

M: The maltiness gives a full mouthfeel, while still being clearly a westcoast ipa.


Sep 23, 2014
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: hazy; bronze colored; 1 finger pillowy off white head that receded slowly to a thick collar; thick lacing;

S: candied tropical fruit, especially banana and orange;

T: not quite as good as the smell, but still nice; bitter orange all the way through with a touch of pine in the background;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: very enjoyable; well balanced; nice complexity of flavors;

Sep 20, 2014
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is hoppy, some citrus. Taste is milder than the smell. Some hop bitterness, a touch of citrus, light pine as well. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good but unspectacular beer.

Jul 10, 2014
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