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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Photo of Brenden
3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
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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Photo of barczar
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Photo of bnes09
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful goldenrod color with lots of visible bubbles. Thick and creamy head blankets the top of the liquid and clings to the glass in thin threads of lacing.

Bright floral, mild citric and sweet honey aromas.

Bready malt, pine and citrus hop bitterness, honey and apricot nectar sweetness. Well balanced with medium bitterness overall.

Light to medium bodied and a bit sticky. Quick burst of carbonation disappears leaving a void on my tongue. Somewhat dry in the finish.

Interesting IPA. Definitely one of the sweeter examples I have yet to try.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This was initially so good and I was so thirsty, that I pretty much guzzled it.

The appearance is very appealing, with nice lace, good color, and it is very clear.

The initial taste is somewhat creamy with no bite. It is a well balanced, not very over the top AIPA, still that is the correct style as it is very full bodied.

The aftertaste is very foodie. There is a thick substantial feel to this ale. Overall, it is not as good as it's parts, but it is a very nice ale.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a "stubby" 12oz. bottle with an attractive hummingbird label.
Clear, copper-gold with a moderate head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Faint floral hop note
Taste-Toasted malt, soft floral hops. Nicely balanced but more of a pale ale feel than an IPA. Innofensive and pleasant, would make a good "starter" IPA for those just venturing into the wonderful world of the hophead.

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Photo of Bucktron18
3.42/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle, no freshness date. Light coppery orange with an off white head that quickly settles down to a fine lace. Slightly hazy. Not much of an aroma. Surprisingly more malty than hoppy at first. Up front there is light hop and some syrupy malt notes. Good solid bitterness at the end that doesn't linger. Mouthfeel has a slight viscosity that seems to go along with the syrupy malty note in the flavor. Overall a solid, easy drinking IPA. Could definitely use a little more hop aroma to really feel like an IPA as you drink it.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.53/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nectar Ales - Nectar IPA (Not sure why it's listed as "IPA Nectar")

Look - Poured into my new Dogfish Head IPA glass (yay). Pours a clear darker reddish amber with a terrific soapy head. Nice sticky lacing.

Smell - Aroma is malty sweet and citrus hops. Mouth-watering.

Taste - Carbonation hits first but not too hard. Smooth malts ride in on the bubbles, quite sweet. Hops come in piney and citrus after.

Mouthfeel - Floral hops rest on the palate, as well as sweet sticky malts. Very drinkable. Honey seems to stick a bit here, which is OK but not a great aspect.

Overall - Unique blend of malts and pungent hops creates a great IPA experience. Would recommend, worth a try. This brew is a bit underrated, but if you really want the wow factor for this kind of style, give Troegs Nugget Nectar a try. I prefer to call this style an amber DIPA.

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Photo of hopheadhoward
4.49/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Come on - this is a nice IPA. Not sure why there is such mild praise.

If you like floral hops, a nice finish, you will really enjoy this. I've had it on tap a couple of times in Orlando and I think this is an ideal IPA.

Not pretentious, not complicated, but a great IPA!

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into an Upland pint glass.

A: Clear, burnished deep copper in color, with a half-finger of white foamy head that fades quickly. This is so clear that the medium visible carbonation is the only thing reminding me I'm not looking through a tinted window.

S: Pine hops up front, some caramel bready malt, then some citrus and grassy hops.

T: Pine, grass and citrus hops, moderately caramelly malts, and a bit of spice and earthy hops. Significant hop bitterness at the end but not overdone.

M: Medium body for style, alcohol noticeable but doesn't detract, and a great amount of carbonation sensation.

O: A tasty IPA, and well-executed...but far from the best in the class. Still, I'm glad to have it available on shelves around here.

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Photo of Hendry
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The brown bottle shades the fact that Nectar looks, pours and smells more like an Amber IPA, which is not necessarily a bad thing depending on what you are looking for in an (West Coast) IPA. As such (despite the "American IPA" moniker), I am reviewing Nectar in the Amber IPA style.

There is a close resemblance in style to Troegs Nugget Nectar in terms of sweetness (although @ 93 IBUs,Nugget Nectar is much more tangy compared to the relatively pedestrian 60 IBUs in Nectar), and more pointedly, the Amber style ,which may come as a surprise to those expecting something similar to other Southern California offerings by AleSmith or Stone.

Clear as a bell amber with a small white head,minimal lacing,mostly sweet malts in the nose with a faint touch of hops ,and a slight floral/honey character to it.

As for taste, it follows suit and is a caramel covered soft pretzel: little in the way of a" hop zing," a touch of honey in the swallow that has floral hints, with just a slight spiciness behind it all. I find the flavor and aftertaste pleasant, and this clear amber IPA goes down exceptionally smooth with little to no trace of alcohol.

Those that enjoy Troegs Nugget Nectar would likely give Nectar IPA high marks in the Amber IPA style, but those hop hounds seeking a cloudy tart citrus infusion are unlikely to slake their thirst with Nectar.

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Photo of blakelive784
3.26/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

z brown glass bottle served in a pint glass, reviewed live:

A - pours a tempting transparent copper color With lively carbonation and a frothy cream color head. Retention is amazingly good. Appealing.

S - Sweet floral and grassy notes alongside heavy caramel and crystal malts. Incredibly simple but well balanced.

T - light, fresh floral hops. Sweet orange peel. Buttery caramel and sweet base malts. Simple as I'd guessed, but incredibly refreshing. Never oily. No alcohol is detectable.

M - buttery and smooth. A bit to thick.

D - a highly drinkable, albeit simple IPA. Never approaches bitter. Won't satisfy hop heads but a good, easy drinking beer.

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Photo of BradMacMullin
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at Horse Brass in PDX. Nice looking copper color, with a large head. Very flowery smell. Seems like a different CA IPA. The taste is less intense than what I was expecting...I may have had expectations of Firestone in Pasa Robles. The hops and fruit finish are a nice finish. Stayed well carated, and a nice beer for a hot day. I'd come back to this again

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Photo of StoneTSR
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

APPEARANCE: Bright, crystal clear orange in color with a half-inch head that fell very quickly, settling into a wispy cap.

SMELL: Pine and caramel are out front in this one, with the caramel really taking over as the head fades away.

TASTE: This is pretty solid. The pine and caramel from the nose remain the stars of the show, but some grassy flavors get through as well, adding to the hop flavor profile. There is a touch of diacetyl towards the end that makes for a finish that isn’t quite as pleasant as it otherwise could be, again, pretty solid overall.

MOUTHFEEL: Bigger bodied for an IPA with a round sweetness. The finish is a little on the sticky side as well.

OVERALL: Pretty decent IPA. I can definitely do this one again when I see it.

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Photo of davewlfpckfan29
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Never seen this beer in person before, but remembered hearing about it. So I picked a couple bottles up when I saw it in New York City.

Its a filtered golden color with really nice carbonation.

Sappy smell from the malts, which is apparent in the taste as well. Really pleasant taste and mouthfeel with what I would describe as sappy malt. For being a "west coast" IPA, its not what I expected.
Although, I guess the whole "west coast IPA" thing is kind of subjective, and often times can give a false impression on what somethings going to be.

Well done. Glad I tried this.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Bottleneck says 10/11/12.

A- Pours a copper color with a 3/4 inch beige head that retains very well before becoming an 1/8 inch head and thick, sudsy lacing adheres to the glass.

S- Sharp, citrusy hop aroma with a sweetness from the malt following through. Decent-sized alcohol fume commingles with the intense hop punch.

T- Balanced hop/malt duality with the hops displaying a tangy, zesty characteristic and once again the malts being sweet and toasty. Alcohol is nicely subdued and bitterness is there but restrained and somewhat lingering.

M- Semi-slick with some noticeable twang from the hops and alcohol. Medium carbonation and a light-medium body.

O- Pretty good for being over 4 months old. Caught this one right at the last minute.

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Photo of shand
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nectar IPA pours out copper with a small head. The aroma features a sharp citrus, spicy and floral hoppiness over caramel malts. The taste delivers on the nose, with a well integrated spicy and floral hop packed up by a decently strong, slightly toasted caramel malt backbone. Light citrus tones lurk until the finish, where they amplify slightly. The mouthfeel is light and crisp, and the drinkability is great. Overall, a solid, fresh tasting floral forward IPA. Tastes much lighter than the ABV suggests.

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Photo of Swim424
4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoying this one on the porch to sabbaths paranoid album. Pours a nice copper oranga into my sam adams perfect pint glass. Has a nice small head that seems to be hanging around for the past few minutes. Smells quite delicious. Smells like a sweet, flowery, honey. Damn thats tasty. Has a taste similar to the aroma upfront, become sweetly bitter as it slides down the esophagus. Nice bit of carbonation with a well balanced hop bite. Nothing overpowing for a IPA but very well balanced. Has a nice drinkable medium body that fits the taste or the beer how it should. Overall I highly recommend this beer, and maybe even as an intro into IPAs. I could see myself having enjoyed this before I fell in love with the hops.

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Photo of nickfl
3.47/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - Poured with one finger of white foam on top of a clear, amber brown body. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves light lace.

S - A spicy aroma of hops with a touch of pine and lots of caramel malt in the background.

T - Thick, sweet malt up front with lots of bready notes and toffee in the middle. Finishes with a bit of pine, spice, more toffee and moderately strong bitterness.

M - A moderately thick body, average carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - Not terribly good, the hop character is subdued and the malt is just a bit too heavy for my taste. Very bland, I almost wonder how fresh this is, but since it has no packaging date I am forced to assume it is fresh.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Single finger head on a clear orangey copper body. Aroma of citrus hops and toasted malt, very simple. Flavors are also of citrus, mostly orange and floral notes, on a toasted and caramel malt base. Well balanced overall. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Not a very memorable IPA. Not a bad beer, just a little simple and boring.

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Photo of babaracas
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange with two fingers of cream colored foam, thin rings down the glass. Smell: lemon, sweet tea, grapefruit, soft pine. Fine, but subdued. Taste: honeyed biscuit, grapefruit, pine, lightly herbal. Feel is fluffy and prickly, leaving a semi-oily grapefruit and pine residue. It's maybe a tiny bit sweeter than appropriate, but the main flaw is the subdued aroma. Otherwise it's quite enjoyable and an easy drinker. Bottle date 10/23/12 (just hit area shelves last week) so if it's a fast-fader, has potential for a re-try.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is amber to brown. Finger thick head at pour. Sticky and strong lacing on the glass. The nose is promising with lots of hop aroma. Piney. Some sweet malt presence. Malts come through on the taste as well - not totally dominated by the hops. Sweet Belgian candy flavor with a strong bitter backbone.

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Photo of DocJitsu
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a gorgeous, crystal clear, deep golden color with a cotton foam, eggshell colored head. Clumpy asymetrical foam laces the glass as the head subsides. The head is perpetually fed by carbonation bubbles migrating from the bottom of the glass. This is avery nice looking brew. Vibrant, citrusy and piney nose, without any abrasiveness at all. Very pleasant bouquet. Mouthfeel is extremely wet and slick with some carbonation scrubbiness and a little hop hotness on the back of the tongue. Nothing utterly remarkable about the flavor, but it is tasty. Pine is ushered along by some sweeter citrus as well as an underlying grapefruit bitterness. Painfully drinkable.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a duvel glass.

A: pours a remarkably clean looking amber witha finger if slightly tanned head, dissapates nicely and leavses some nice lacing.

S: wow, this smells delicious, tropical fruity hop deliciousness, mostly pinneapple, a nice light touch of pine a well... I don't know what exactly it is but I love the aroma of this beer. Nice and juicy... Like hop nectar

T: taste is nice with lightly floral/grassy hops on the front going into the pine and citrus on the finish... The finish is what mostly reminds me of the nose, lightly sweet citrusy hop juice... Nicley rounded

M: medium bodied and very drinkable, has medium creamy carbonation, and a lightly sweet citrusy finish to round it off.

O: this is a great ipa, I really like this one, particuarly the aroma... I can deffinatly see myself drinking these alot more regularly. Glad i tried it.

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Photo of khooke
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: foamy head, light carbonation, toasted brown color

S: piney hops, but hints of honey sweetness

T: piney hops, not overly bitter. Bitterness doesn't linger, gives way to honey sweetness aftertaste

M: light, dissipates quickly, no lasting bitterness, leaves honey sweetness on tongue

overall: very drinkable, easy going - the sweet aftertaste is the selling point of this beer. The hops are not too agressive but are very present, but the fact that it gives way in the mouth the lasting sweetness is unexpected for an IPA. Very drinkable.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. Almost white head on a clear, bright copper body. Clear, oily lacing sticks to the glass. Aroma is beautiful grass and pine. Taste is simply delicious. Nicely hopped, citrusy on tasting, nice malt sweetness for balance. No alcohol taste or smell. Rediculously good.

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Nectar IPA from Humboldt Brewing Co.
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