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 cswhitehorse
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The IPA Nectar as it is called on the bottle with what looks like a hummingbird. It poured a clear honey color with a solid 2 finger foam head and some decent lacing. Head retention was moderate. It had a stamped on date on the bottle, nice.

The aroma was delicate and I could pick up Centennial variety with citrus.

The taste was really smooth and the balanced. It was definitely more sugary then I have tasted in many other offerings but uniquely good. The bitterness level was really low and it was close to pale ale with a little more hops. I guess I am used to the in your face hop kick. This would be a session beer for me and would be a good entry point for those who are not really familiar with the style.

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Photo of bulletrain76
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Clear red amber with a small white head. Tobacco, leather, citrus and pine aroma. Piney, citrusy hops over semi-sweet malts, with a little earth. The hops are a little dominant, but not too bitter for an IPA. Medium light body with crisp carbonation. Pretty nice IPA, but typical California style, and uneventful.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Head was on the short side over a dark amber pour, leaving a thin trim around the edges and a light, swirling sheet on top. 3.5

S: Lighter, somewhat floral, a little bit of a mild piney scent.

T + M: Canned pineapple, oily evergreen flavours. Medium bodied, and the oiliness holds on through the mouth, finish lingers with some nice hoppiness.

D: A decent, fairly solid IPA. There's others out there, but this is quite a tasty one, and certainly a decent choice when out on a beer run. Worth a try.

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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 SurlyDuff
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yum. A real good west coast IPA.

Intense hoppy aroma. A lot of sweet resiny and highly floral. Tangerine, grapefruit, flowers/purfume.

Again, in the taste there is massive fruity and floral hops.

Great silky mouthfeel and aftertaste. Bitterness is balanced by a floral fruity kick.


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Photo of wagenvolks
4.34/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a chalice

(Great color!) Pours a bright, copper-rust hue with a thin, fleeting, off-white head. However, I see very little carbonation and there are no remnants of lacing. The aroma improves my initial impression: sweet, candy-caramel malts, floral hops, vanilla, banana and toffee. "Nectar Ale", indeed.

Bittering hops hit the tastebuds first, followed by notes of grapefruit, sweet biscuity malts, and more hops (mostly the floral variety). The flavor is really solid in this beer, and it maintains its presence throughout. The mouthfeel was apparently hiding the carbonation level I so desperately sought in the appearance, and it's spot on. Perfectly crisp body, medium thickness, and a lingering hoppy bite. All in all, this is a very good IPA. The bitterness is a bit too much for me to imagine having Nectar Ales as a daily staple, but it's definitely a beer I'll be looking out for in the future.

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Photo of DIM
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: This beer is a medium orange color with some amber hilights. Pours with a smallish white head.

s: The hop aroma here is superb, fresh, prickly, and piny. The sweetness from the malts smells a wee bit artificial, however.

t: The malts here are somewhat too sweet and have a faint metallic tone to them. As with the smell, however, the hops are fantastic, fresh and sticky.

m: Both the body and carbonation are adequate.

d: A pretty good beer, certainly, but there are better IPAs to be found.

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Photo of Minkybut
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer from into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was a red/gas looking color and it seemed to sustain a decent head. The bubbles were were fine and white. Smell was hoppy and i was expecting a hop bomb. Taste was not too hoppy though and in fact I thought this was pretty good for an IPA which I generally do not care for. So yes I would possbly buy this again.

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Photo of csmiley
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a light, copper clear color. Got an inch of head. Lacing was minimal.

S - Good aromas for an IPA. Hops are there but in no way are they over powering. A little bit of citrus and a little bit of pine come through on the nose. I expected some alcohol given the 6.7% abv, but it just was not there.

T - Pretty strong hop profile comes through first. There is the alcohol I was expecting in the smell. Flavor is rounded out with a sweeter malt taste.

M - There is no doubt this is a medium bodied beer. Carbonation is good. Finishes dry just like I would expect from an IPA.

D - This is a good IPA with a good flavor balance. It is pretty strong but still comes across as very drinkable given the abv. It has the characteristics the I tend to like for an IPA.

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Photo of mwolfe
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought 6 pack at vons for only 6.99 (regular price)

This is a great all around IPA.
Its a bit stronger than a Pale ale, but not quite as strong as some IPA's.
Easy to drink one or more in a sitting.
Mouthfeel is great. After trying the amber ale by the same brand, I feel as if this has a bit of the same taste to it, but stronger in hops. Its also fairly amber colored for an IPA. Its not a real unique beer, nothing i can really pick out as out of the ordinary, but at the same time it has a good balance of hops in the mix, and the flavor i've come to love and enjoy. If the price stays this low it will be in my fridge regularly.

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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 ElGordo
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Body is a rich golden color and rather still, without a whole lot of head. Aroma of slightly fruity hops and a bit of pale malt, with notes of grass and grapefruit. Palate is mostly lightly sweet malt up front, with the assertive hops emerging mid-palate. Grapefruit, grass, and a light biscuit character are evident towards the finish. Body is a bit creamy and lacks the unpleasant stickiness often associated with highly-hopped beers. A nicely hopped west coast IPA; I'll probably buy this again soon.

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

Had this on tap at the Firestone Taproom in Buellton.

Pours a deep clear orange with a fluffy white eggshell colored head sitting on top of it. The smell is fresh and pungent for an IPA. Resiny hop oil aroma and you can tell it is super fresh.

The taste is hoppy- oily, piney, but sweet too. The mouthfeel almost feels like halfway between your standard IPA and a double IPA, being somewhat slick but not too heavy. It does have a touch of that double IPA slick sweetness in it, but not too much.

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Photo of akorsak
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle purchased from Liquid Solutions.

A: The IPA is an amber color, situated nicely between orange and brown. The ale is crystal clear, from the angle of the sun and the glass, there is a brilliant glare coming through. The head was quite large, 3.5 fingers or so, with a nice lace ring remaining.

S: The nose is a thick resiny hop profile mixed with a thick caramel malt body.

T: The ale has a big, malty mouthfeel. So much so that it could easily be mistaken for a barleywine. Those malts are cereal grainy, full of bread-like sweetness. The hops add quite an element of depth on top of the malts, big and citrusy, with some resiny thickness and a lot of grapfruit flavors. The balance between the malts and hops is striking, holding both in check and not getting out of hand.

M: The beer is a mouthful, lot o' hops and lots o' malts.

D: A bottle is enough for me, the beer is too over-the-top for an IPA.

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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 treehugger02010
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The best girlfriend in the world got me a mixed six pack and this bottle happened to be in it. I just poured it into a flared pint glass.
Appearance: A beautiful transparrent dark gold or light amber colored body with a trendous head full of huge bubbles and super sweet retention and the stickest of lacings all the way down.
Smell: A brilliant alpha hop aroma that became muted as it warmed.
Taste: Very well balanced beer, with the strong presence of floral hops, but again as the beer warmed this also was muted.
Mouthfeel: A typical ridgid and crisp IPA mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Absolutly superb.
Don't drink and review.

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Photo of geographie
4.57/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pushing the definition of "pale", but a very tasty looking brew nonetheless. Pours a slightly hazy amber with a tough, moussy head that takes some time to come down.

aroma is very sweet malty and hoppy as well. Comes off as an extract-like smell - akin to an imperial ipa, but is quite pleasant. Malty front complimented with roasted notes and a mid-light viscosity to boot. Bitterness is like ripping a very wet bandaid off, please mind the allusion to the visual, only slightly intense but you're damn glad you did it. As i am damn glad to haf quaffed this brew.

Nectar? Not really, but overall well constructed - only point loss is because it doesn't conform to style guidlines perfectly. A great drinker and very very pleasing to the palate.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, pretty dark amber ,for an IPA,clear with an attractive,l;arhe thick creamy eggshell coloured head. Very spicy aroma slighly piney but with good undercurrents of malt, red grapefruit. Crisp taste , mainlly of grapefruit hops and some good underlying maltiness, actaully turns out to be somewhat balanced in the end. Very nice mouthfeel, smooth and ends well. Overall a pleasant West Coast IPA.

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Photo of Barleywhiner
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Just for some perspective, I consider this my house beer, I like to have a six pack of it around. It's good enough for beer snobs, but relatively cheap enough to share with people who don't care so much about beer.

It's a pretty average looking beer with an orange tinge to it. The head recedes pretty quickly. The strengths of this beer are the taste and the smell, which is a pungent citrus aroma that crawls up your nose. I always like to take a whiff from the bottle before pouring it into the glass, and then take another whiff. The taste is almost as good as the smell. There is just enough malt to provide a balanced contrast to the hops, allowing just a hint of sweetness before the hops take over and linger a little bit on your tongue. The mouthfeel is very nice and smooth going down. Overall this is a very drinkable beer.

The hop aroma is excellent for an American IPA, but it is not as bitter as an IPA should be, which I think is what I like about it. If your looking for an IPA with a with a wall of hop bitterness you should probably look somewhere else.

This is an extremely well balanced beer with a very nice flavor profile.

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

This poured a nice amber color with a good small head that stuck around for a while. Some nice lacing as well. the smell is wonderfully hoppy, citrusy, piney, and sweet as well. The taste follows suit - very tasty brew - zero alcohol taste. Mouthfeel is very smooth but also has a nice dryness. I could drink this beer all day and/or night, seriously. If you like the style you will like this most excellent example.

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

This beer pours a very slightly cloudy golden color. It has a thick white head. The head fades a little quickly, leaving a slight lacing.

This beer has a citrusy hop aroma. It also smells slightly fruity. Maybe apricot? A slight honey aroma is also present. t has a slight malty aroma also.

As with the aroma, this beer tastes slightly odd. It has a citrus hop flavor, but there is more to it. It tastes fruity. Some apricot, and maybe some orange. Odd. Not much malt to it.

This beer is very mild. It is refreshing. It goes down smooth, leaving a fruity, hoppy aftertaste.

I doubt this beer would make a great session beer. The flavor is off for the style. Alcohol wise, it would be easy to put down a few.

Overall: This beer is odd. It is not bad, but it is very different. I doubt I will buy it again.

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Photo of bthompuz
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber, head dissipated quickly but left some lacing

Smell: Great initial aroma of hops, but like the head it went away quickly

Taste: Bitterness lingers and comes across as harsh and almost aspirin like in the aftertaste. Seems like the bitterness is emphasized more than the aroma or flavor. Some biscuity malt flavor works to balances the hops, but does not quite do it.

Mouthfeel: Light mouthfeel, almost watery

Drinkability: Drinkable, nothing special, but a pretty good IPA

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Photo of stephendr
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber color – white frothy thick big bubble head – nose of nice bitter hopps , tobacco , grapefruit , floral , and slight various grains – taste of bitter hopps , resiny , floral , and citrus in the background malt – sour / acidic body – aftertaste slightly bitter with hopps and citrus lingering

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Photo of tattooedtolley
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber in color, white head left little lacing.

Smell: Very sweet smell of hops and malts.

Taste: Decent hop flavor, maybe a bit too backed up by the malts. The bitterness is a bit lower than I expected but I really like'em bitter and super hoppy. Maybe this could be a good stepping stone for those not really into hoppy beers. Seems a bit too sweet for me.

Mouthfeel: Light/medium body, nice carb crispness.

Drinkability: Very drinkable if the taste is on par with what you like.

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Photo of bwyker
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed thanks to bennetj17. Shining golden orange with practically no head whatsoever. A slightly lighter yellowish hue around the glass. Very little carbonation. In the first whiff I noticed lots of citrusy hops. After it sat in the glass a bit, the hop aroma gave way to caramel. Taste was similar. Mostly caramel malts with a slight roasted flavor and a decent bitterness from the hops. Mouthfeel was pretty smooth. Light to medium body, with a bit of syrup-like stickyness in the finish. Easy to drink. Nothing overwhelming. Balanced malts and hops. Not too bad.

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Nectar IPA from Humboldt Brewing Co.
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