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Nectar IPA | Humboldt Brewing Co.

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Nectar IPANectar IPA
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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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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of mrfrancis
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear, light golden amber with a thin, creamy white mousse that lingers for some time, leaving a modest amount of white lace around the sides of the glass.

S: Gentle aromas of toffee, cream, caramel, biscuit, lemon, lime, grapefruit, pine, and spruce are present on the nose.

T: Notes of lemon, lime, bitter orange, grapefruit, pine, spruce, and cedar are balanced by flavors of heavy cream, caramel, crackers, biscuits, and toffee. The finish is pleasantly balanced with bitter, citrusy, resinous hop notes of lemon, grapefruit, pine, and spruce underscored by mild, sweet malty notes of caramel, cream, and biscuit.

M: Medium in body, oily, and a bit sticky. Carbonation is decidedly firm. Has a decidedly smooth feel to it. I could drink this all day.

O: A nice little American IPA. The fact that the appearance is nothing special and the smell is a bit on the mild and mellow side is more than made up for by the unique texture and exquisitely balanced flavor. I could see this one being easily overlooked, but I would recommend it highly to fans of the style nonetheless.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of cjoc83
3.26/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle purchased at Spinnerstown Hotel in Spinnerstown, PA for $3 to-go. Can't find a bottled on date anywhere.

A - pours a slightly hazy copper/amber color with a 2 finger off white head that sticks around for a while before receding to a cap. Nice patches of lace are left behind on the tulip after each sip.

S - the nose is a bit subdued on this one, with mostly floral hops intermingling with a strong caramel, bready malt backbone. Some faint sweet fruit is detectable, mostly apricot.

T - again, a little on the maltier side, with biscuity, caramel malt hitting the palate first, followed by earthy, floral hop notes. The more juicy fruit hops come in on the back end, mostly apricot and some mango, along with more malt flavor, but they blend particularly well here at the end.

M - slightly creamy, easy drinking, no noticeable alcohol really. Semi-dry finish with a slight, bittersweet hop/malt aftertaste.

O - the IBUs could definitely be punched up a bit on this, and the malts are a little much when the hop presence isn't there enough to balance it out. That being said, it's quite drinkable, and not a bad beer by any means. But definitely drinks more like a malty APA than an IPA.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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

This one is bright burnished gold, short of amber in darkness. A bubbly, decently-sized head is created and rests on top without fading too quickly. Spotting and patching are dropped in moderation.
This has what seems to me like a West-East coast hybrid sort of profile. The hops bouquet is mostly citrus with a little pine and something more floral. It's got plenty of malts, providing balance but taking away from the bite of the hops as well as their strength in the overall profile. Mostly biscuity but with a hint of caramel, and alongside an additional sweetness, this beer does just manage to display bitterness as the essential, most forward aspect. Something lightly sour sneaks into the finish on the tongue.
All in all, this beer seems more focused on smoothness than crispness without abandoning it. Carbonation hits the median in a medium body.

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Brilliant copper with a frothy one inch cream head that's dense and lingers.

Resin, floral hops, mango, nectarine, and pine form the initial aroma. There's a solid caramel malt sweetness present.

Flavor tarts things up a bit, with underpinnings of grapefruit, lime, and tart orange preceding a deep caramel malt, bready backbone, finishing resiny and fairly bitter.

Body is a tad light, with moderate carbonation and a touch of alcohol warmth.

Good balance of flavoring and bittering hops, with enough malt to balance, as well. Not the most complex, but a solid ipa. Could use a bit more body.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

Nectar IPA from Humboldt Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 873 ratings
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