Nectar IPA
Humboldt Brewing Co.

Nectar IPANectar IPA
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American IPA
Ranked #4,801
Ranked #24,201
3.8 | pDev: 10.79%
Humboldt Brewing Co.
California, United States
Very Good
Nectar IPANectar IPA
Notes: 60 IBU
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3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid $1.59 for a loose 12 oz bottle from Monument Liquor in Concord, CA. Poured into a pint glass.

Upon cracking this one, the very frothy foam started slowly oozing out of the top. Head retains quite well. Strong lacing. Fairly carbonated and cloudy. Orangish gold color.

Faint barley hints reminiscent of a B-level brewpub ale. Your standard IPA aroma; citrus hops. Nothing too special here.

The taste is pretty good on this one. Better than the nose certainly. The hops taste fresh and fairly dank. The average smells I detected are no longer present in the mouth.

Medium body. Decent carbonation. Good mouthfeel. Good drinkability. Not a bad offering, but there certainly is some room for improvement.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dsa7783
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Twelve-ounce, short, stout bottle just purchased from New Beer Distributors on Chrystie Street...
First-ever beer sampled from this west-coast, Californian brewery...
First-taste impressions: Medicinal, spicy, and pungent, both in the nose and on the tongue... Wet hops and effervescent florals dominate the palate... Overall, a clean, crisp, and warming IPA but nothing above and beyond...

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Photo of brbrocc
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of bcuz7
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy gold with a thick one-finger head that slowly died and left some lace patches. A hoppy smell that is citrusy and there is some caramel malt as well as a lil' bit of spice. Like the aroma the taste and mouthfeel are textbook IPA w/ a floral, citric hop taste that is balanced in a medium body with caramel malt sweetness and finishes dry and crisp due to good carbonation. Nothing exceptional or outstanding but for pricepoint and representation of this style you can't go wrong with this beer.

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Photo of Sensaray
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's darker than I thought for west coast. Pours an amber orange color with off white fluffy head that last quite awhile

Smells like big flowery citrusy american hops. Some sweetness there too.

Nice spice leads to a sweet caramel malt which is closed by a grapefruit citrus with the malt, into the decent bitter finish.

Finishes a bit too thin almost. Pretty smooth though.

Overall I've had better that are similar but it's still pretty good.

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2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

Photo of bulletrain76
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Clear red amber with a small white head. Tobacco, leather, citrus and pine aroma. Piney, citrusy hops over semi-sweet malts, with a little earth. The hops are a little dominant, but not too bitter for an IPA. Medium light body with crisp carbonation. Pretty nice IPA, but typical California style, and uneventful.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Tilley4
3.03/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured at a recent tasting at Maria's in Chicago...

A blend of sweet caramel malts meld with citrusy hops... More malt forward than I was expecting from an IPA... This reminds me more of a hoppy Red Ale...

Piney hops are quickly dominated by a sweet caramel maltiness... Rather balanced for an IPA which I would expect in a Pale Ale but not in an IPA...

Enjoyable but not memorable...

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Photo of EdTheEdge
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Mphis
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of ummswimmin
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer with barbeque and it paired really well. One of my friends at the restaurant asked if any beer didn't pair well with barbeque... I said that really good barbeque makes the beer pair with it. I would almost want to avoid the beer that takes attention from these ribs. This good, middle of the road IPA did the job very well.

You get all of the normal smell and taste of a normal IPA. There is floral and citrus hopping. The look is a light orange, but there was very minimal head on this beer. Bitterness wasn't very present.

This was a good IPA. Not very challenging. I almost would point to this as a good bridge from BMC drinkers to craft.

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Photo of JoeMans
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of curasowa
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.

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Photo of braski
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance- nice copper tone with an off white head that leaves little lacing.

smell- mixture of citrus and pine hopes.

tastes- bready malt flavors with plenty of hops, a little tangy and a bitter end.

mouthfeel- meadium body finishes a little dry.

overall- a well balanced beer start to finish, a great example of a ipa.

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep orangish with a thinner frothy head than from the bottle version. Nose of hops, grapefruit , floral , and slight various grains Taste was floral, citrus and shoppy as Hell. It had a nice hop bite on the end to remind you that is a damn good IPA. I liked this IPA from the bottle, bet the tap tastes even better. This is how I like my IPAs-very hoppy, slightly bitter finish and smooth with citrus and floral throughout.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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

Photo of JDV
3.22/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper pour with offwhite head. Smell is a bit metallic. Hoppy, and honey sweetness. Nice hop flavor. Kind of a gummy flavor to it. Not as enjoyable for me as the 94% would make me think. Kind of a tea like, hibiscus flavor to it, and probably needs a bit more sweetness. Mild bitterness. Decent.

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Nectar IPA from Humboldt Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 878 ratings