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 FuzzyGuy84
4.62/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Great orange-brown color, darker than I would expect from an IPA. Amazing smell of citrus and hops, very strong and very pleasant. I love the taste of this beer. It is very much Humbolt's more popular "Red Nectar" kicked up a notch. Nice and hoppy without being overpowering, this is one of the best IPAs I've ever tasted. Mouthfeel is a little thin, but the carbonation and hoppyness feel good on the tongue. Overall just a stellar beer I would reccomend to any fan of Pale Ales in general.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper color with a touch of amber. Slim head dissolves into a film atop the beer. Mild aroma of toasted nuts and pine-like, citrus hops. Sweet carmelly malt flavor with a hint of roasted character, it blends well with a medium hoppiness. There is not that much bitter toward the finish, but a touch of sourness lingers and detracts some. Medium body, the carbonation starts out decent but falls somewhat flat. I liked the balance of malt and hop flavors in this IPA but overall it was just decent, only worth a try...

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Photo of hero27
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
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 DogFood11
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Copper with orange outer. White head is tight and leaves tons of coating, eventually it falls to a thin cover.

A bit of a funky wet towel type smell hits me up front. Beneath that there is tons of citrus hops. First drink produced plenty of hops, sugary malts, and a rather large warm ending. This is a unique IPA for my taste buds in that it actually starts out with the moderate hop profile and then about 3/4 of the way through there is this barleywine'ish, super sweet, syrupy, sugared malt that just diffuses the brew alltogether. I kinda liked it but boy its one rich IPA.

Notes: I enjoyed this product. It's one of those beers that tastes nice but I could only handle a couple at the most in one sitting, not because of the alcohol splash but because it would start to wear on my palate. Aggressive but in need some refinement. Close to being an excellent beer.

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Photo of dickroop
4.67/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I visited the Crown City Brewpub in Pasadena. Their wheat beer was only 1 step above lawnmower brew, so I cast my eye to the other taps in search of HOPS! There was Nectar IPA with the bright-colored hummingbird on the tap saying "sample a pint".

It was bronze color and clear, with a full 1-finger head that produced exquisite lacing. The nose was very promising, piney, resinous, hoppy. Initial flavor was more of same, supported by mystery bitterness in the mid-palate, but not such a bitter finish, a delightful sweet/bitter balance. This is good! A perfect complement to the lunch veggieburger that just arrived. Mouthfeel is light and easy, nice. Altogether, the not-too-high alcohol makes for outstanding drinkability. I coulda sipped this nectar all afternoon.

I can hardly say enough good things about this ale. I WISH I would see bottles of this brew on the east coast. What a great discovery.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.21/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear dark amber color, nice carbonation, tiny head, a little bit of lacing throughout the drink.

S - Scents of slight hops, sweet malts.

T - I'm disappointed in the taste, not hoppy at all like an IPA should be. The taste is sweet malts. This does taste very nice, especially if it was an amber ale instead.

M - Medium body, nice carbonated feel.

D - Drinkable. Humboldt fell short on this one, should be an amber ale, instead of an IPA.

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Photo of idlepress
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I must start off by saying that IPA''s are my favorite type of brew. They are delicious! The hops are not as present in this bottle as I would prefer -- I like that little bite on the tounge an IPA gives you. However, this beer is smooth on the way down and settles well.

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Photo of nige4958
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aroma is pleasant, light fruit, mellow. I agree with a previous review, for an IPA this beer really doesn't have the bite. I would say the body is light to medium. It could use more hops. I wouldn't really call this an IPA. It's more like a bitter. Alcohol is nicely masked. Doesn't drink its strength.

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

11/10/05 stamped on the bottle.

Pours a clear golden/orange color with a thin head of white bubbles. Aroma is fresh and citrus. Sweet oranges dominate.

Flavor is lacking a bit. Bitterness abounds, but not much to back it up. Just a gentle malt sweetness toward the end, but its gone almost as soon as you notice it. Finish is long and bitter. Overall, an average IPA.

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Photo of deuschbag
4.26/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a beautiful dark orange/copper color with a good head retention and lacing. i love the color of this beer. smell is of hop sweetness. a hint of alcohol as well. taste is very nice. excellent hop taste. not too sweet, yet not too bitter. very nicely balanced..i like it. the alcohol shows its pressence as it gets warmer though. overall, a very nice ipa.

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Photo of Iguana
3.16/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearence - Poured a nice shade of amber with a 1 inch head that laced up nicely.

Smell - Smell's of honey, malt, and slight hoppy aroma.

Taste - Taste kinda missed the mark of what I was lookin for, this one seemed more like a amber than an IPA. I was hoping for a nice hoppy beer which this was not.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, nice bitterness finish.

Drinkability - Dont know as i'd session it, but overall not too bad

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

I bought this as a single at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. I drank it in a pilsner glass. Date is clearly stamped on the label. YAY!

Pours an almost clear light reddish copper with a two finger head of cream colored foam. The head drops to islands and a ring, with pieces of lacing on the glass. Carbonation looks average.

Aroma is strong grassy/citrusy hops, very clean, with a deep biscuity caramel malt background. Smells inviting.

The first flavor is caramel and biscuity malt sweetness, followed by big, but not too big, hop bitterness. Notes of hay, pine, and lemons all blend together nicely. A well balanced IPA. Aftertaste is citrusy hops and malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with just a touch of carbonation. There is a pretty good grab at the back of the throat from hop bitterness. Finish is semi-sweet and bitter.

This is a real good IPA. It's well balanced, with hops and malt complimenting each other nicely. It's not overdone in any way. It's an all day slammer!

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Photo of OldSock
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance and Presentation – Thanks to oggg for this bottle. 12 oz’s poured into my pint glass, it has a 1 finger white head that sticks around for a few minutes, the beer itself is dark for an IPA, a slightly hazy orange/brown. Good lacing coats the sides of the glass.

Smell – Citrus and a little pine hops with a strong, sweet, malt undertone. Well balanced, not over the top hoppy as I was expecting from a west-coast IPA.

Taste – Great balance, toasted malts mixed with bitter floral and citrus hops. The bitterness is reserved, it is present, but it does not linger long in the after taste. Solid flavor, but definitely not what I was expecting. 6.7% alcohol is hidden well.

Mouthfeel – Medium-heavy body with medium carbonation.

Drinkability and Notes – Nectar IPA has great drinkability because of the balance. It is Definitely not what I expected from a California IPA, malty and pleasingly bitter hops that are not over done. This combo of a biscuity English and a citrusy American IPA is, in my eyes, a gem of a beer. If I had more I would definitely drink another right now.

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Photo of lostbearbrew
4.77/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: beer pours a reddish-amber color, slightly darker than most IPA's, not the copper you'd look for by style, but fine by me. Nice lacing down the glass after nice 1/2" head.

Smell: Floral/citrusy aroma wafts off the head, along with a biscuity malt smell, much like a Belgian might have. Something here makes you want to tip back and grab that first sip. Really good smell, and unique enough to make it stand out.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Ok, once you take that first sip, you're glad you did - this is about perfect on balance between malt and hops in the taste and the mouthfeel is smooth, almost liquid gold when combine the two aspects. Great lingering bitter finish that smacks of earthy hops.

Drinkability: This is simply, an amazingly good IPA. Not overdone, very well balanced and about perfectly carbonated for my tastes. I think I could drink these for days on end if I could get tham all the time. LOL! Big IF!

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Photo of weeare138
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a clear amber with a fluffy white head. Tons of scattered lacing stick boldly to the sides of the glass. Tiny bubbles come up to the top.
Smell is of hearty biscuits, sweet and bitter hops, and a creamy, warming aroma. Excellent!
Taste is of malty biscuits blended with a balanced hop resin that kicks much butt!
Mouthfeel is creamy with a balance of hop and malt. The only thing that is weird is the finish, which is slightly like wet cardboard.

Finger licking good.

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Photo of winpig3
4.52/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: nice red copper color, reminds me of ruby red grapefruit - which is fitting of its smell, light carbonation, weak head retention

Smell: the beer has a sweet malt smell, hops smell of citrus and floral aromas, would like a fuller nose...not more bitterness, just a stonger presence

Taste: excellent balance between hop bitterness and malt taste, not over-hopped, and fitting of an IPA

Mouthfeel: the beer is smooth and full with just enough carbonation to liven up the flavor

Drinkability: highly recommended, think I'll have another

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Photo of pjwilson
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: deep amber color, darker than your typical Ipa. Head is minimal but good for style.

smell: great. nice bready malt smell as you get closer...hops dominate from farther away...but don't over power.

taste: I'll just say it: this is my favorite single IPA. Balacned is the key word here. You taste both the malt and the hops equally. Also, the hops taste different than most west coast IPA's. I have no idea what kind they are but they something different than anything else.

mouthfeel and drinkability: man can i put these things back. goes down so smooth. This beer is areadly a staple for me and it was a total fluke that i tried it in the first place: Safeway was out of the beer i wanted (lost coast ipa which i didn't like) when i came back and since i was in a ipa mood i got this. I've bought a sixer weekly this month of this stuff...i just love it for some reason. It tastes good cold out the fridge and it tastes good room temp. I can pull it right out of the fridge and enjoy and i left some at our my friends house . just pulled it right out the cuboard and drank it. (it's better cold though_

i don't mean to overhype this beer. It's not super complex....just a great, great session beer. This is from a guy who doesn't really like Seirra Nevada Pale ale and most IPA's just don't have a great taste...but this one is great...i got to try the pale ale from these guys i think...

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

The beer pours an amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a wonderful floral hop aroma that balances nicely with the malty base. It's refreshing to the nose. The taste is good. It has a very good malt palate that boasts of pale, crystal, and bisquit malts. It is well balanced full of hop flavor as well. This is an excellent IPA. It has a nice earthy finish. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This brew rocks. It's full of hops and a nice malt bill; a good drinker.

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Photo of rowew
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz long neck bottle. No description on the label, no freshness info.

Appearance: Pours reddish with a nice thick white head.

Smell: Citrus (grapefruit) aroma with heavy hop notes.

Taste: Very nice citrusy hop taste with a great balance of malt. Slightly oily mouthfeel that goes great with the hops - good carbonation.

Overall impression: Nice drinkable IPA - slightly off the beaten path of flavors. Very nice balance of strong hop flavors and tasty malt.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.24/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/02/04- Purchased from my local Safeway in San Mateo, CA

Appearance- Pours a nice golden color with a 3/4 inch white head and fair lacing.

Smell- Mmmmm, nice floral and citrus scents hit you right away. Lots of bitter hops also in the mix.

Taste- At first it seemed a little watery, but as I kept sipping, it became clear that this was a good IPA. Citrus and hops abound. Not too harsh, but about what you should expect out of an IPA. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel- Nice carbonation level. Hops are not huge, so it doesn't burn going down.

Drinkability- As with most brews from Humboldt, this one doesn't dissapoint. Very yummy beer that I will be buying again.

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Photo of BrewMaster
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wonderful hoppy aroma that just screams GOOD IPA. I was tasting it from the aroma before I even put the glass to my lips.

Very well balanced and sweet hop flavor with some tangy fruits in there. Rose and even lemon grass come through the carry the flavor to the end.

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

The beer arrived a clear amber golden with an off-white head which lasted to lace the glass.

The aroma was malty with a citrus base, mainly grapefruit. The aroma was mainly hops.

The flavor was sweet, like honey, which diminished over time into a citrus (grapefruit) flavor and bitterness.

The finish was dry with lingering grapefruit into the aftertaste and the body was medium, but seemed just a smidge lighter.

Pint at Mellow Mushroom in Charlottesville, VA.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Translucent tangerine topped with an orange-influenced dark cream head. The foam has some substance to it and is beginning to stick. It eventually falls to a thick film and leaves a modest amount of lace. The aroma isn't the least bit shy and is loaded with juicy grapefruity and orange. I hope that the beer is as hoppy on the palate as it is in the nose.

Well-balanced with a firm nod toward hops. The toasted caramel malt provides a solid foundation, stopping just short of too much while the citrusy hops provide the lion's share of the flavor without overdoing it on the other side of the ledger.

That's a good thing if one likes friendly, balanced IPAs. That's not such a good thing if one has a hop itch that needs to be scratched. The body/mouthfeel follows the quality theme. It favors medium-full for the style and has absolutely no rough edges. Supremely drinkable.

Nectar Ales IPA is another good West Coaster, although it doesn't have the full-bore hoppiness of some of its better known competitors. I'll grab something else if I need a quick hop fix, but this one will do just fine the rest of the time.

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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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Nectar IPA from Humboldt Brewing Co.
3.8 out of 5 based on 866 ratings.
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