Nectar IPA | Humboldt Brewing Co.

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Nectar IPANectar IPA

Brewed by:
Humboldt Brewing Co.
California, United States

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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Ratings: 871 |  Reviews: 344
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 florisj135
2/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I give this beer a two.

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Photo of mithrascruor
2/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy dark amber color, darker than an IPA should be. Off-white head is decent, but has little retention.

Smell: Deep, strangely sweet malts with a light piney/citrus hop aroma.

Taste: Similar to the taste, but the malt flavor has this mild and sickly sweetness to it. The finish and aftertaste are similar. It is really gross.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and slightly syrupy. Minimal carbonation.

Drinkability: Undrinkable. One of the worst.

Awful and undrinkable. It is rare for me to say that. Looks and smells decent enough, but the taste is awful. I don't know if it is a spoiled batch, but I notice that the taste has a similar nature to that of their Hemp Ale (also not good). I've enjoyed their Red Nectar ale in the past, but the rest of this 6-pack is going down the drain asap.

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Photo of Rlhinson2104
2.25/5  rDev -40.8%

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 Dcunicelli
2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

Photo of KevT
2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

Photo of smi
2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

Photo of JayAre46
2.58/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - 12oz short stubby bottle with a vibrant humming bird on the label that reeks of...Oh Yeah big ups to IPALOVR for this extra appreciated to the fullest, anyway pours transparent deep amber with ruby highlights, good color. off white 1 1/2 finger head that falls leaving spotty lacing and a thick ring around the edges

A - is rather weak, get a sweet caramel malt up front with some sweet fruits fused in and out rather absent, not a big hop presence more of a maltiness.

T - im not sure about the bottling date, but extremely watery and slightly oxidized, fruity and floral, the caramel malt that was in the nose is almost absent, not very bitter at all. again very watery.

M - light bodied a bit too thin for my liking, the carbonation does not help the lacking body where it is almost not existent. ss

O - assuming this is not very fresh and if it is, this is one of the worst ipa's ive had. ill give it the benefit of the doubt and say it can't be fresh and that this one has seen better days. possible avoidance.

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Photo of sellmeagod
2.7/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A decent IPA that drinks well at 6.7 abv.

The cute hummingbird draws you in and the decent head retention is good enough to pass for a decent appearance.

It tastes bitter, but not overly so, and sweet enough to give legitimacy to that hummingbird. I don't think I'll drink it again though, just because of the underwhelming overall feel and ordinariness of this IPA.

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Photo of thefluker
2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

Photo of JerseyKirk
2.75/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: cooper to red. White head that settled quickly.

S: citrus, pine, grapefruit, lemon. All subtle and weak.

T: Citrusy hop flavors with a slight caramel malt taste. Not very fresh tasting.

M: Medium bodied, good carbonation, lends to the sweeter side.

O: I love bold, hit me in the face ipas. The style dictates really strong smell and taste however this beer doesnt have either. Could be an older bottle or just an average ipa. I'm leaning towards the latter.

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Photo of Hellpop65
2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

Photo of ljthockey7
2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

Photo of ygtbsm94
2.8/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Aroma of malt, honey, bready, tropical fruit, floral hops. Taste pine, bready malt, slight earthy grapefruit, grassy, citrus. Ok APA!

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Photo of Lucasrjoel
2.8/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of zak333
2.92/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of JDelder
2.94/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Looks good, nice mouth feel but the taste and smell just aren't there.

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Photo of ALLISON01
2.94/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

not very hoppy. No date on bottle. Could be old

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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 AD17
2.99/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Freehouse
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of jtierney89
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy amber with a thin lace of head with lots of oily citric hops on the nose. Little bit of grapefruit in their as well. Lots of tropical sweetness up front with tastes including grapefruit and pomegranate. There's also some malty sweetness up front. finishes with a nice floral bite, the flavors all go really really well together, im impressed.

High in carbonation and medium in body. Super drinkable. Super surprising find.

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Photo of Dirt
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of largadeer
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle with a "bottled on" date (bottled 2 months back FYI).

Appearance: Golden amber with a bit of foggy haze, though clear on the whole. An inch of head rises and falls pretty much immediately thereafter, leaving some sticky lace before settling to a ring. Standard IPA appearance, not bad.

Smell: A mild hop aroma of grapefruit and orange. Light sweetness and resin. Not exactly jumping out of the glass.

Taste & mouthfeel: Mildly hoppy up front, very grapefruity with a fructose sweetness that gradually turns into more of a blood orange flavor. Slight graininess, but leaning toward the fruit. Somewhat oily but light in body overall. Gentle hop bitterness in the finish; this is no West Coast hop bomb. Pretty decent, but lacking in character, especially hop character. The malt base is solid and clean, it just needs a bigger hop profile.

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Nectar IPA from Humboldt Brewing Co.
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