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Nectar IPA | Humboldt Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Humboldt Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
60 IBU

Added by avylover on 10-03-2002

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Avg:
3.8
pDev:
17.11%
 
 
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Reviews: 342 | Ratings: 859
Photo of avalon07
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.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
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.

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Photo of user785335
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.

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Photo of Suds
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.

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Photo of delta490
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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
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.

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Photo of JLaw55
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

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Photo of gonzo000
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.

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Photo of Beejay
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.

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Photo of Darbycopenhaver
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.

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Photo of Boca-X
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 old...one 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.

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Photo of Lucnifter
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.

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Photo of mothmanscott
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.

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Photo of Moonrise
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.

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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 Stinkypuss
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.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
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+

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Photo of JDFarley
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.

O:

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Photo of HamdenHector
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;

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Photo of tone77
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.

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Photo of mverity
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a nice light amber brown with half an inch of cream colored head that faded into wisps, a medium collar and very good lacing. Aroma is toasty/bready malt, with faint pint and citrus hops. Taste is appropriately bitter, with the bready malt taking main stage. There's some earthy and piney hops behind the big malt presence. Nice bitter bite on the tongue, medium body and med-high carbonation.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint from a 12 oz. glass.

A hazy reddish-amber color with a creamy, off-white head that quickly disspates to some lingering lacing.

Very nice aroma of citrus, candied tropical fruit,a little grassiness and some sweet malt.

The taste is not quite as good as the smell, but not bad. I get a quick resinous hop bite, then a little candied fruit sweetness and a lingering spicy finish. The is a lasting bitter dryness.

Mouthfeel is decent, a little creamy maybe? And a little sticky.

Overall, a decent IPA.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: darkish orange hue with a moderate haze and effervescence. Head is a thick finger of frothy ivory foam. Pretty attractive!

Smell: there's a quite-sweet maltiness with an undertone of resiny, citrusy and dank hops. Decent, but a little muddled for my taste.

Taste: much like the aroma; sweet malt with a bit of caramel character, then a dose of dank, resiny hops underneath. Not a big, sharp bouquet, but rather a seething underbelly of hop flavor and bitterness. That said, it's still pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with an OK carbonation and concomitant creaminess, which isn't so bad for an IPA.

Overall: this beer is decent, but it doesn't really tickle my fancy.

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Photo of jabergess
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A decent IPA, but nothing to write home about. It is well balanced, People wanting super bitter beers should move on. The malt sweetness nullifies the finishing bitterness. Nothing super discernible for hops. Not spicy, not citrusy. That being said, it is drinkable, though I prefer grapefruit and such in my IPAs.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

With a not-quite "pedal-to-the-metal" attitude, this mostly hoppy ale has a malt balance that prevents sheer hop dominance. Its sweet and bready tendencies provide a somewhat balanced taste that's common to Midwestern and East Coast varieties.

As the caramel and sponge-cake flavors wrap around the tongue and seep into the olfactory senses, a bread crust savoriness does likewise. That toasted bread flavor invites a sharp counter from hops, giving an introduction of grapefruit and orange.

While its sweet and bready character saturates the tastebuds, the hops begin to morph- turning from the bright citrus character and into a sharper and much more resinous bittering, seemingly of grapefruit pith and orange peel. With a grassy and piney attitude rising, the malts begin to trail as the balance shifts further and further toward the hops.

As only a skeleton of toasted malt remains, the firm hop bitterness dominates the finish- gripping the throat with sticky pine resins, fresh-cut grass and penetrating citrus oils. Its moderate alcohol is spicy and lurks just behind the bitterness.

Nectar IPA is a beautifully balanced IPA. However, if balance is any part of the IPA recipe, then its percieved as an inherent flaw nowadays. Lacking the dryness, utter hop attention, and smoother citrus character limits the likability of the IPA.

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Nectar IPA from Humboldt Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 342 ratings.
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