Nectar IPA | Humboldt Brewing Co.

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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Ratings: 871 |  Reviews: 344
Photo of jhlosito75
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of EdTheEdge
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of wertschy
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of FickleBeast
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours very pale amber with one finger of foam that sticks to the sides of the glass. Aroma is a distinct floral hoppiness.

This beer has a very nice hop flavor, but it doesn't have the bitterness to back it up. It has a great, sticky, mouthfeel with a good amount of residual sweetness. It just needs that extra bitter kick to round out the other flavors.

Very drinkable, and pretty good overall. More of an APA than an IPA in my opinion.

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4.16/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Straight pour from 12oz bottle (pry-off) to Bruery tulip—bottling date of October 17, 2011 (at 1:55PM, if you must know) printed on the shoulder of the bottle (“10/17/11 13:55”)

Appearance (4.0): Three and a half fingers of eggnog colored head dies down in fat little bubbles to about one finger with loose, gobby spots of lacing. Body is clear and orange-honey-colored. Really pretty beer, actually.

Smell (4.0): Orange and pineapple hops mixed with a sweet floral character make for a very West Coast-style hop note in the nose; a little resinous. A lightly toasted malt body with just a little bit of a honey note make for the rest of the nose.

Taste (4.0): Great burst of citrus bitterness mixed with some dank / pine needle bitterness on the palate—very nice hop bite. There’s a long finish, with a grassy-floral bitterness that hangs around for a long time. No alcohol or yeast noticeable—standard for the style. Malt is simple and clean, just sweet enough to carry the hops and not too toasted to distract from them, either. The result is a very good West Coast hop delivery, but the malt is a bit simple.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Great, dry finish. Very dry, actually. Lighter side of medium bodied and very clean. Nice simultaneously foaming and prickly carbonation.

Overall (4.0): This is a great, albeit straightforward, West Coast style IPA. Really pulls off everything you look for in the style, even if it doesn’t add much to the category. This feels like it should be a staple in my fridge—incredibly reliable hop bomb. Very nice, and I’m impressed by my first Nectar Ales offering!

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Photo of Allurex
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From notes.
Look:Orange with a thick white head, nice lacing. The carbonation is a little like soda (Sprite).
Smell: Very citric and floral with a nice malt background. Very inviting.
Taste: Pine makes the first appearance with citrus and floral notes following. Has a pretty balanced malt background.
Mouth: A little thin and carbonation heavy.
Drink: Not a bad IPA at all but not at the top of my list either.

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Photo of davet100
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Stevie_Janowski
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of mithrascruor
2/5  rDev -47.1%
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 Guitars_and_beer
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of rxthree
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of halo913
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of BeerNDoggerel
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of dgeebs07
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of kbub6f
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

There's a biggish, fine, cream-colored head that leaves thin, sticky lacing. Rosy, orange/amber, clear liquid. Nice. The nose is bitter, fruity, hoppy with a bit of sugar. A super-hoppy front introduces a milky, sweet, darkish malty, full middle. The malt is almost chocolatey at temperature. A big, bitter finish shows a nice roastiness, too. This is just a really nice, fresh, juicy, Cali-IPA. Quite creamy at temperature. Great!

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Photo of bouncepass
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of e30todamax
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of udubdawg
3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
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 hero27
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.

Glowing light copper color. Light khaki head.
Fresh hop aroma of pine & grapefruit. Resiny hop bite right from the first sip. The malt lingers well in the background, but leaves this aggressively hoppy while not being completely unbalanced. Plenty of hop character and a very drinkable IPA from Humboldt Brewing Company.

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Photo of 80x2HopHead
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Goldfishman
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Kadonny
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I picked up a six pack of this in NJ on the recommendation of the beer buyer there. He said he loves hoppy beers and this one was his favorite.

A: A medium orange color with a two finger white head. Nice glass lacing.

S: Based in his description of the beer, I was expecting a west coast hop bomb, but got something different. Smells are of pine, slight citrus, earth and caramel malt sweetness.

T: My first flavors were pine and resin with some darker earthy notes then complimented by some citrus tones of orange and grapefruit. The malt sweetness is pretty big with caramel and even sugar sweetness. Finish turns back to the hops with the spicy piney finish with nice but not huge bitterness on the back end. More bitterness as the beer warms.

M: Medium, resiny, sweet with no alcohol. Nice carbonation.

O: A solid beer, but nothing to write home about. This is a west coast beer that if I were guessing would say is from the east coast. I expected way more bright fruits and got way more dark spicy flavors and way too much sweetness. A balanced IPA, but from the west coast I don't always want balance.

Overall this is an OK beer, but not a standout. Goes to show how one persons taste is way different than another. I would not classify this as an overly hoppy beer as the beer buyer did. Oh well, at least I tried it.

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Photo of Shawnspl
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Nectar IPA from Humboldt Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 63.4% out of 100 with 871 ratings
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