Nectar IPA | Humboldt Brewing Co.

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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

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Reviews: 346 | Ratings: 877
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
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 +11.6%
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 RootedFool
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Six pack purchased at local Safeway.

Head is dense, ruddy tan, over two inches high and falls leaving a fine husk of lace on the glass. Body is radiant copper. Smell: grape and plum sweetness encompasses a raspy, twangy bitterness. Taste opens on the back of my palate with a flat bitterness and flows outward. The bitterness sharpens considerably through the middle, closing on a crusty sweetness crumbling around the jolt of earthy, solid bitterness. Mouthfeel is pleasing, doesn't over-stay its welcome, and the carbonation is perfectly balanced with the mellow, almost slow, rugged movement of the flavor.

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

from notes fall of 03
Interesting label with a humming bird, labeled organic. Nice fluffy head and reddish orange color, nice and fairly typical for IPAs. The aroma is dominated by hops, with little else, nothing stellar here, but far from bad. The taste has nice crisp hop bitterness as i expected. Not all that well balanced. Nothing blew me away here, but far from bad. The mouthfeel and drinkablility were also solid. So how do i score this? I think i've had too many IPAs lately such that they aren't impressing me now. I enjoyed this one, but it tastes as i expected with nothing all that above average. Everything was as it should be. I would call it an above average to good IPA.

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Photo of oggg
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cask @ Real Ale Fest 6/04 Carlsbad

This beer came to me a hazy orange with a low head. The aroma was of a huge pine tree forest with a million pine cones on the ground. The beer has an oily start which gives way to strong hop bitterness and restrained hop flavor. There is a steady malt backbone that comes through a bit as the bitterness fades to a dry dry finish. <Hop Burp> nice.

Overall: bitterness is a bit harsh.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: a 12oz bottle plucked from a six-pack at Whole Foods in Pasadena (love how they let me do that!).
Appearance: clear dark amber color, nearly red with abundant carbonation stoking a large foamy off-white head. The head lasted through the entire beer, leaving sticky clumps behind.
Nose: Floral, fruity nose. Potent aromas of grapefruit rinds and, to a lesser degree, pine sap. Nearly hidden away was the smell of caramel and grassy malts.
Taste: fruity-sweet up front with a taste of orange and caramel. Some underlying biscuity malt present before the hops bitterness ramped up. The grapefruit peel and pine needle flavors build yet are not overwhelming. Nice balance.
Feel: medium/light body with an initial creaminess thanks to the carbonation. Tailed off mid-palate to a rather thin feel.
Overall: highly drinkable. Well balanced and had a good nose in keeping with the west coast IPA genre. I'd pick up a full sixer now that I've tried it and found it likeable.

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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 Zorro
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear red brew.

Smell is sharp hop and malt with a tea. Has a pine and oranges scent.

Taste is hoppy with a strong malt flavor too. Has a big hops and caramel flavor going. Taste like maybe some milk sugar was added to this.

Mouthfeel is good.

An OK brew, but I don't really like this one.

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Photo of KingSlender
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Just cracked open a Humbolt IPA last night. This is one of the tougher Humbolt brews to get in my area. The brew poured a deep amber cherry-like color, which was very different from the other reviews on this beer. Different batch maybe?? Thick white head remained the same and the nose was very good...probably the best aspect of this IPA. After taking a few sips it reminded me more of a Pale than an IPA. Hopped pretty good, but nothing to get excited about. I had this beer a few years ago and thought it tasted alot better. Maybe it WAS the batch???

The King recommends drinking this beer with slice of peppered beef jerkey.

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Photo of ADR
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear dark copper appearance, flat 1/4 inch head that last for about 50 seconds. Laces in dripping strings. Strident hoppy aroma, oily with grapefruit components. Medium carbonation, lighter mouthfeel. Good balance, malts are decently thick if ordinarily honey-caramel, hops are lively and give a leomon pepper acidity to the close. Orange peel sweetness and sharpness rounds out the aftertaste. Nothing extremly notable in the apparent IBUs or the malt department -- but the balance is good and its hoppy without being a cartoon of the style.

Source: Liquid Solutions

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Photo of marc77
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Lightly hazy orange amber hue, with a thick, frothy ivory white head. Rough, muddled lace remains. Mildly sweet, juicy tangerine flesh laced with lemon like citric acidity upfront in aroma. Unfortunately, the hop nose is quickly fleeting, and is replaced by soft, ho hum light caramel malt. Swirling releases a trace bready yeast presence. In flavor, a combination of orange flesh, shaper rind and floral, rose - like hop flavors dominates. Malt character is of token, but aptly hop - supporting light caramel sweetness with subtle underbaked biscuit tones. Hop bitterness is moderate, but seems thin and unenveloping; however, the goal here seems to be a near malt / hop balance, with a slight upperhand to the hop presence. Lightly bodied, with a lightly dextrinous mouthfeel and high carbonation lending a lasting carbonated tangerine juice impression. Finishes bittersweet, with a citric, orange and lemon est tones, perhaps from an Amarillo and Centennial combination. A rather gentle IPA, with pronounced sweeter citrus notes and lanky malt backbone. Quite tasty, innocuous, and highly drinkable.

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Photo of WetCoaster
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: A light pour produces a medium-full pure white head that dissipates surprisingly quickly, but leaves behind a nice lacing. Beer is a rich, medium amber/copper; definitely one of the prettier IPAs out there.

Smell: Starts almost gin-like before mellowing into a more traditional tropical fruit/pineapple, spicy, hoppy fragrance. Nice, though not exceptional.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Medium body, mildly carbonated, slightly oily; pretty typical for an IPA. Very nice balance of sweet malt and citrus hop bite. Won’t change your life, but won’t offend you, either.

Drinkability: Medium body and great balance make this a very easy beer to drink. Flavorful, but not overpowering.

Definitely one of my favorites and a great way to introduce someone unfamiliar with the strong flavors of hops to IPAs.

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

Another good brew from Humboldt brewing. This is a lovely glowing orange colour with a nice, off-white head. The aromas are of hops and malt in nice unision. The taste is very citric with the hops being acidic in nature. The malt is their hardcore but it does not really stand out in anyway. The mouthfeel is a bit thin for this style, but it still works quite well. The drinkability is very good on this brew!

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Photo of freed
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle with an attractive label. Pours a bit dark for an IPA, just about perfect for an amber though. Not much head, but it's consistent through the beer.

Smell is lacking. Almost non-existent for an IPA. Could really benefit from some fresh hop aroma. In fact, fresh hop aroma and taste are both missing. The nice rusty malt flavor is very reminicent of a British style IPA, as is the mellow hopping. There's a bitter back end, but its unbalanced without the aromatic hops. Not quite my pint of IPA.

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Photo of Rumrunner
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very fine IPA. Not as hoppy as some but well balanced.

It pours with a nice head. Great lacing. It has a clear orange copper color. Not too carbonated. The scent is strong on grapefruit with lemon and even a very mild orange to it. The malt is there hiding in the hops as well. The scent is solid but not overpowering.

The flavors are robust grapefruit with a slight bit of lemon. The lemon is more mild in the taste than in the scent. It has a hop bite but not too much bitterness. The malts balance it out quite nice. Maybe even a bit too much malt for some Hop heads. It is very refreshing and I am certain it would go great with many types of food.

It drinks impecably well. It feels great and just goes down smooth. This IPA is probably a bit mellow for the 'hop head' who wants to be attacked by hops but it is crisp, and refreshing and is just a plain and simple well made IPA.

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Photo of beernut7
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Among the hundreds of variations on the Northwest IPA, this makes somewhat of a momentary impression. Pours a red-golden color with a thin lace. The aroma is heavily spicy and wreaks of grapefruit and orange. The first taste brings forward the grapefruit spice from the aroma and grows through the beer. A mellow malt presence backs up the hoppiness and grows with it into a quick, sharp finish.

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Photo of avylover
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Peach fuzz in an IPA. A bit pricey at 9.99 a sixer but worth it to the adventurous IPA fan. Very hoppy as expected, but resins taste and feel like peach, including skin, adding a slight sweetness to the overall taste and a thickness to the mouthfeel. Thick enough to get your attention but stays refreshing. A good india pale ale with a very unique taste. Worth trying for any hophead.

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

A very nice civilized IPA from Humboldt. A very deep copper bordering on red, only IPA darker is Lost Coast's. Off white head lasted nicely and rings of lace coated the glass. Pronounced hoppy aroma was inviting, taste was smoother with hops more restrained on the palate. Good rounded mouthfeel and I can see having this again one day. Very refreshing.

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Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
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 mickeymac
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Yard House in Long Beach. It is a rather dark red with a nice off white head. Hops are pronounced in the smell, with a bit of malt sweetness backing it up. It opens with hop bitterness but seems to settle down after the first few sips, with subtle notes of pine and a bit of citrus. I'll certainly order this again if I see it on tap.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In general, I have developed a healthy respect and affection for the Humboldt Beers I have had. So the first after getting home from work tonight was a bottle of IPA - my first time. Immediate reaction was Surprise, at the "reddish" color. It poured well, reasonable carbonation that contributed to teh mouthfeel - but with little head. A dark copper color with an almost red hue as the background light is refracted through my pint glass. Complex Hoppy nose that seemed to change to me as the beer warmed up ! Bitterness is aggressive at first, from the Chinooks allegedly, but not to any overt degree. The bitterness is long lasting and slowly recinds to a smoother bitterness, with the Cascades coming through at the end. really nice beer that did not last long I can tell you. I was just so amazed at how "red" it is. I would purchase IPA, in fact any Humboldt beer, again for sure. I just think I need to learn the difference between English and American IPA's !!!!

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Nectar IPA from Humboldt Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 877 ratings