Nectar IPA | Humboldt Brewing Co.

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Nectar IPANectar IPA
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Brewed by:
Humboldt Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

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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342
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860
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
17.11%
 
 
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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a lightly hazed amber color. Smaller white head sits atop the beer and rest for the entire drink. Marginal lacing.

S-Lighter aromas of juicy citrus and other fruits. Sweet and perfumey. Smells balanced. Attractive aroma but reserved.

T-The flavor is also a bit reserved. Although the flavor is mild, it is pretty tasty in its own right. Citrus and some floral hop flavors. Also some pine hops. Sweetness from the malt balances this beer out quite well. This one is all about balance. The hot and malt profile is pretty tasty; but I prefer my IPAs with some more hop-punch.

M-Medium bodied with mellow carbonation. Slightly sticky from the malt and slightly resinous from the hop. Good feel. Not very bitter and isn't overly dry either.

O/D-I think this one is pretty decent. I think I may have liked their Amber better. Either way, neither one of these beers is worth $12. Worth a try but I can get ten different six-packs of IPAs that I enjoy more. Its good, but when I can get a Smuttynose Finest Kind for about $3 dollars cheaper, or a Bear Republic Racer 5 for about the same price; IPA Nectar gets lost in the muddle of the middle.

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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 scruffwhor
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Copper and bronze in color with nice bubbling and a tan head of two fingers that leaves a thick foam throughout all twelve ounces.

Very earthy hop aroma. Makes me think of gardening. Planting annuals with lots of dirty on my hands along withyour normal grden flower and organic matter aroma.

Teh taste starts with earthy citric notes of dried orange peel and grass. The malt adds some toasted biscuit sweetness to hop earth and bitterness. The palate makes me think of a syrupy hop resin. A good earthy with citrus tasting IPA.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A clear amber brown with a nice yellow tint and a half an inch of head that quickly turns to a heavy lace ring. Nice sticky lacing.

S - Well out of the bottle I get a strong smell of citrus and pineapple. Equal amounts of caramel soaked gram cracker keeps it in check. Smells good.

T - Ow darn it's kind of old! The Juicy hops flavors of the smell transition into a smooth lackluster malt beer mostly sweet with only a slight twang of bittering hops in the finish. Gave it a 4 since it's still clean and balanced.

M - Light to medium very easy to drink.

Overall upon further inspection I see a fine layer of sediment in the bottom of my bottle so it's at least 4 months old. Pity since I got a fairly fresh bottle of Union Jack but it's not a complete loss since old this beer is still rather tasty. Will have to have it again fresh.

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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 avalon07
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a clear texture. There was a big, rocky, long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: A nice aroma of hops, honey, citrus, and some malt.

T: Tasted of a little bit of malt, citrus (grapefruit, especially), a bready quality, some honey, and light hops. Not as hoppy as your normal IPA, which gives the honey and citrus a chance to shine. There's a slightly medicinal quality to the finish, especially in the finish and aftertaste, but this is a minor point.

F: A highly carbonated beer with a dry, slightly harsh finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

O: On the whole, this is a solid IPA, if a little uneven. Worth a try, if you're looking for something different.

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Photo of Brad007
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice mild golden color with a one finger head.

Aroma is crisp with grassy/ citrusy hops and a bit of a malt backbone

There's some hops upfront with just a bit of malt. Laid back. Nothing offensive.

Lingering citrus character. Not much else I couldn't ask for much better on a hot day.

An easygoing example of the style.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear copper. Thin bone white head. Lace is sparse. Nice aroma mix of thick caramel malts and piney, resinous hops. This is one IPA not lacking in the malt department. And not that it's a bad thing. This one has some serious balance. Caramel malts and slightly toasted malts lay an awesome foundation. The hops are resiny, piney and citric. The hop burps put on burn on my nostrils. Bitterness?? Oh yeah. There's some of that. Quite clean though. Mouthfeel is full. Big body and nicely carbonated. All in all, this is very enjoyable. One that I'd make a regular if it were available in these parts.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"IPA Nectar" brewed by Nectar Ales (Firestone Walker), Paso Robles, CA

Dark gold to amber with a nice tan head, good carbonation, and nice lace rings. A hop aroma that leans a bit much to the bitter side. Well balanced, yet hoppy, flavors. Medium bodied with a bitter hop finish.

Good but probably not a re-buy... Not much different than the Red Nectar and Pale Necter. I'd be hard pressed to identify these 3 blindly.

Per NA website:
Gold - 2003 GABF

Bottled(?): 02/15/05 (lasered on neck)
Tasted: 10/16/05

($1.99 / 12 oz.)

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A citrus orangey copper appearance. Soapy look. Sticky lace. Sweet aroma, but not the ooomph of hop aroma.

Taste a little hoppier, less sweetness. Substantial malt bill. Not super roasted by any means though. Quickly fades, as you're wondering if it just got more drinkable, or if it just thinned out rapidly. A little bit more expensive than some better choices for the money. More balanced than many CA ipas you'll come across. Not as traditional as Mendocino, but close.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in a Spieglau nonic. 2/22/11 printed on the neck of the bottle. Pours a burnt-orange hue with a semi-hazy clarity and a dense, half inch, cream-colored head embedded with craters and pinpricks. Nose expresses lemon zest, toasted malts and caramel notes. Taste consistent with nose - there's definitely a lemony quality on a malty backbone. I'm also getting a kind of earthy/ashy flavor towards the back. Flavor profile is definitely a bit muddled. Mouthfeel is light-medium in consistency with a slightly sharp carbonation, some acidity that stimulates the salivary glands along the cheeks and a slight oiliness to the texture. As IPAs goes, this brew isn't really something to write home about. Definitely a bit malt-centric for the style and balance just seems a bit off. Not bad, but not really something I would seek out again either.

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Photo of cbutova
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Amber body with a nice frothy head. Great retention and a nice creamy looking cap. Nice spots of thick lace.

S- Hops are fairly big with a sharp pine, floral, citrus and weed profile. Very distinct pine and lemon zest feel here. Caramel malt backbone to support it.

T- Floral and pine hops dominate with that sharp pine feel in the finish along with very strong, intense lemon zest. Caramel malt and bread notes from the yeast support this pretty well.

MF- Light end body with a semi-creamy feel and nice carbonation. Pretty big bitterness in the finish.

Lemon zest and pine all the way here. It almost starts to remind me of a floor cleaner but I still like it. Different than most IPAs nowadays, definitely worth a shot for the distinct flavors.

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Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice reddish-copper color, translucent, the head average in size, frothy in consistency with the residual lace fine sheets to cover the glass. A nice floral aroma with underlying malt, citrus crisp and clean, quite a treat, and the front lightly malt sweet, top is middling in feel. Finish has pleasant hop spiciness, not overpowering, just nice, carbonation moderate, quite dry aftertaste and a good representative to the style.

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Photo of maximum12
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to baconsausage for this extra in a recent trade...I'm running low on IPAs amongst all this big-beer madness, perhaps a Furious run is in order.

Pours the color of falling leaves, golden, with a nose that's on the floral side of the IPA register, with a bit too much malting.

IPA Nectar is a routine IPA, which isn't a bad thing. The hops do indeed run to the floral-garden variety, touch of spice, & the malts do a one-two combo of sweetness & a breadiness that sticks to the palate like gum arabic. The sweetness is really the controller here, sweeping into the aftertaste & leaving barely a trace of IPA bitterness.

A pretty good but wholly unremarkable brew that doesn't stand out of the universal fabric of IPAs.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: copper orange with a 1 finger off white head

smell: citrus, floral, hops, malts

taste: bitter, dry, hops, caramel, biscuit, malts

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: alright IPA. nothing to impressive. glad I got to try it.

cheers,
The CPJ

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a rocks glass at Mellow Mushroom. From notes. Reviewed 2 July 2011.

A: Clearish golden-amber. Nice head, decent retention, good lacing.

S: Hops. A tad of pine. It's okay.

T: Decent IPA. Piney hops and mediocre supporting malts. Enjoyable, but nothing special.

M: Malty-round with a dry end/aftertaste.

O: It's alright, but not great. Drinkable. It's something I might sip on again, but not recommended.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

In a pint glass this beer was an amber color with a thick off-white head. The head retained well and left a fair amount of lace.

Aroma of citrus and piney hops. Peppery on the nose. Some sweet malt.

Grapefruit and piney hops. Sweet malt. The taste was a little toned down compared to the aroma.

Mouthfeel was thin and on the oily side.

An OK beer, not grest

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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 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 ArrogantB
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle I picked up for $1.69. Bright orange, very clear. Good sticky lacing on the glass. Smell is a little too subtle for me, slight hops, eh. A bit of orange in the flavor and then bitterness then some malt at the end. Overall this is a good IPA but nothing too crazy.

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Photo of Durge
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found at Yesterday’s Ale House in Newport, RI this IPA shows a clear golden amber color with a very healthy light tan head and tons of lacing. The aroma offers a scrumptious citrus toffee blend that seems near perfect. A subtle floral sweetness and bready malt. Just a well blended concoction that any hop lover will appreciate. The flavor comes on with more of the same, luscious citrus-pine hops and malt biscuit. There’s a touch of mild seaweed and sweet vegetable but those are nuances for the imagination, the hops dominate without challenging anyone. So perfectly fused and easy drinking. It’s medium bodied, pleasantly carbonated for a lightly lush feel. The usual “A” for a Firestone related product!

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Photo of Suds
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer is crystal clear, with a thick white head and a scent of fruit, and soft, floral hops. The scent has a very nice undertone of pale malt. It is a dry beer...drier than expected, but still nicely balanced with a malt and hop juxtaposition. The mouthfeel has a solid heft, with a bitter finish. Very nice beer.

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Photo of mynie
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to tevering99 for the trade.

Pours damn near perfect--dark, rosiny red with a giant off-orange head that sticks around.

Smells of big, piney east coast hops. Strong, but not too bitter. Very good, but a little more complexity might have helped push the scent up a notch.

The taste starts with a perfect syrupy malt against a wonderful hop blend. Here's the complexity! A big blend of west coast hops, with fresh, sticky, green cascades coming to the forefront, letting in more subtle nodes of fruit and leaves. The whole shebang ends with with a sweetly dry malt and an even sweeter kick of yeast.

Whew! Almost a perfect example of its style--perfectly balanced, superbly crafted.

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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 mrfrancis
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
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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Nectar IPA from Humboldt Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 342 ratings.
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