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: 870 |  Reviews: 344
Photo of TonyT
3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(Review taken from notes)

For an IPA, this beer did not offer much in the smell category. The taste was more malt than hops and offered a thin mouth feel. The ABV was hidden pretty well, which made it a drinkable beer. But the more I drank it, the taste actually dissipated. It got to the point, half way through, that I just took it back to the bar and ordered a different beer.

I don't think that I will revisit this one.

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Photo of daygleaux
3.13/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottled 03/19/15. A little too piney for my taste, with a light floral aroma. Not the best IPA I've tried, but smooth and definitely drinkable.

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Photo of Iguana
3.16/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearence - Poured a nice shade of amber with a 1 inch head that laced up nicely.

Smell - Smell's of honey, malt, and slight hoppy aroma.

Taste - Taste kinda missed the mark of what I was lookin for, this one seemed more like a amber than an IPA. I was hoping for a nice hoppy beer which this was not.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, nice bitterness finish.

Drinkability - Dont know as i'd session it, but overall not too bad

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Photo of ccrida
3.16/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic pint, Nectar IPA is a brassy bronze with an off-white head that decent lace.

Smell is pretty strong, wet floral and watermelon hops, some sulfer. Not that great.

Taste is also a little off...there's a metallic bight or something here. More leaf and melon hop flavor, some sweet caramel malt, waxy phenols. Not spoiled or bad, but just really not that well crafted IMHO, and rather generic.

Mouthfeel is oily and a bit chewy, medium bodied.

Drinkability is ok, there's a bite to it that I don't love, almost grassy. Maybe it's a little long in the tooth?

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Photo of jazzer
3.17/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DogFood11
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Copper with orange outer. White head is tight and leaves tons of coating, eventually it falls to a thin cover.

A bit of a funky wet towel type smell hits me up front. Beneath that there is tons of citrus hops. First drink produced plenty of hops, sugary malts, and a rather large warm ending. This is a unique IPA for my taste buds in that it actually starts out with the moderate hop profile and then about 3/4 of the way through there is this barleywine'ish, super sweet, syrupy, sugared malt that just diffuses the brew alltogether. I kinda liked it but boy its one rich IPA.

Notes: I enjoyed this product. It's one of those beers that tastes nice but I could only handle a couple at the most in one sitting, not because of the alcohol splash but because it would start to wear on my palate. Aggressive but in need some refinement. Close to being an excellent beer.

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Photo of Floydster
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My dad gave me a twelve ounce bottle out of the six pack he bought from BevMo in Torrance

Pour was a golden brown with a 1/2 inch head that settled quickly

Taste was not that bitter for an IPA and I was expecting more since their Hemp Ale is so spicy

Could drink several of these, light for an india pale ale

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Photo of udubdawg
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

arrives quite deep amber, nice clarity, topped by a decent off-white head with fair retention and a scant bit of lacing.

citrus, with a surprising amount of caramel behind. Mild alcohol, comes across as a little spicy and generally mixes well with the hops. Clean, no fruitiness, very malt other than sweet caramel.

woah, tons of caramel. Caramel malt bomb. Really detracts from the drinkability. Supposedly fresh, but this is rich, borders on cloying. Sweet background of pale malt, with moderate bitterness with a softened edge. Low hop flavor. Mild alcohol flavor, not too "hot", and a surprisingly big body, creamy in the mouth, moderate carbonation. Not at all the dry IPA I prefer, but nothing really wrong with the style this way. Clean, generally void of faults, but drinkability suffers and the big sweet caramelly body really detract. Decent example, but not one I'll look for again.

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Photo of pwoods
3.21/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. brown bottle poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours an average coppery amber with good clarity. Decent sized off white head on the pour with decent retention. Some lacing.

S: Ok American hopping. Plenty of pine but not enough citrus or resin. Lots of biscuity, caramelly malts... over balancing.

T/M: More of the hops. Still plenty of pine and a bit more citrus than in the nose but still not very dominant. The malts definitely over balance the hops with lots of caramel and biscuit and even a rye like flavor. Body is medium or so with mellow carbonation.

D: ABV is exceptable but it's not overly drinkable and just isn't what I look for in an IPA.

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Photo of 13tido
3.21/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 sparx1100
3.21/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of engagechad
3.21/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This bottle was purchased as a single from Total Wine in Richmond, VA - Poured into a Victory tulip

Pretty beer with good head retention. Dark bourbon color but clear as a bell, well filtered. Smelled of faint hops and lots of malt. Other reviews say that this is a well balanced IPA but personally I think it's a bit too far on the malt side. Tasted good, but as said in the previous sentence, it's a bit malty. Mouthfeel and drinkability are okay, it was smooth but not incredible.


I would recommend this beer to a amber ale, brown ale drinker who wants to step into the world of IPAs. Not amazing but I certainly wouldn't turn it down if offered again.

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

poured from a 12 oz bottle into an IPA glass

A - slightly hazy copperish/orangish color. Not much head (less than a finger)

S - very sweet smelling. Notes of honey and apricot (something fruity)

T - lose a little bit of the honey in the tast but still very fruity (again I'm thinking apricot?)

M - not your typical IPA mouthfeel. Light with a slightly bubbly feel.

O - enjoyable but not my thing. I like my IPA to have more bit/bitterness. This comes in at 60 so a little low for my typical liking. In closing, I would not turn one down if offered but I don't think it will be on my "soon to purchase list"

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Photo of Wasatch
3.21/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear dark amber color, nice carbonation, tiny head, a little bit of lacing throughout the drink.

S - Scents of slight hops, sweet malts.

T - I'm disappointed in the taste, not hoppy at all like an IPA should be. The taste is sweet malts. This does taste very nice, especially if it was an amber ale instead.

M - Medium body, nice carbonated feel.

D - Drinkable. Humboldt fell short on this one, should be an amber ale, instead of an IPA.

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Photo of GermanDisease
3.21/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of croixian1
3.22/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

An okay IPA, but lacks the hops-pop and bitterness I enjoy so much. Aroma is also a bit weak, lacking, again, the hopy/grassy smells. Nice, full mouth feel with plenty of thick carbonation. Very slight hop aftertaste, not as much as I usually enjoy.
Overall a decent beer, something nice to enjoy with a hearty pulled pork sandwich on a hot, sunny Florida afternoon. Would have again.

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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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Photo of Smooth-Hoperator
3.23/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A - A very clear, dark orange colored brew with bubbly white head that quickly dissipates.

S - Malt backbone with slight earthy, piney hops coming though, not a citrusy hop profile.

T - The hop profile is piney, grassy, and dull. Not much brightness. This is more of a malt-forward IPA. There is an up front bitterness and also a bitterness that lingers afterward. It's not incredibly smooth or mind-blowing.

M - Light. It's a little watery and seems too light for such a malt forward brew.

O - Not great. I prefer a different style and for the style, this one isn't a standout.

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Photo of redfish2942
3.24/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of crowsoup
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of rworkman
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of JPerruccio
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of drinkin-beeers
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of Renegawam
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Nectar IPA from Humboldt Brewing Co.
3.8 out of 5 based on 870 ratings.
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