Nectar IPA | Humboldt Brewing Co.

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Nectar IPANectar IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Humboldt Brewing Co.
California, United States
humboldtbrewingco.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
60 IBU

Added by avylover on 10-03-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
871
Reviews:
344
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
10.79%
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
95
For Trade:
0
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4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love an old shcool left coast IPA and this fits the bill perfectly.Poured one and a half bottles into an imperial nonic a burnt orange color with a nice tight one finger white head atop.Aromas of pine resin and citrusy hops over top of a sweetish doughy caramel malt base,just like it should be in my opinion.Flavors of big pine resin and grapefruit rind with a bit of herb to go along with a caramel malt base wich is almost as big as the hops.I love the old school IPA's and this is something I could drink all night,wich I likely will.

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look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Honey amber color with decent clarity and a one finger sudsy off-white head. Lots of good lacing.

Aroma: Generic bitterness and earthy orange. Sort of dank.

Taste: Huge bitterness on this one, so much that the hop flavor is almost hidden by it. Dark earthy pine and some orange are able to come through. Not much for malt to be found and almost a watery flavor that does nothing to balance out the tongue-thrashing bitterness. Actually surprisingly thin for a 6.7% ABV brew.

Mouthfeel: Just below medium in body with average carbonation and good drinkability.

Final Thoughts: Unfortunately there was no bottling date to be found and I've never had another Nectar Ale. I'd wager a guess that this is at least six months old. The faded hop flavor and lack of much malt to stand up to the bitterness is a bit of a let down. That being said, there is an something likeable about this seemingly mediocre IPA. Would I drink it again? Yes, if fresh.

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3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Goose Island tulip. The beer pours out very nicely. It's very clear and has a light copper color. The head is at least 2 fingers thick, fine, and retains fairly well. The nose is typical American IPA: dank and resiny with intense notes of flowers, lemons, grapefruit, and pine trees.

Medium-bodied beer with a hop-forward flavor and substantial malt backbone. Some toasty, caramel-like flavors up front and considerable bitter citrus fruit and floral hop notes at mid-palate and beyond. The malty sweetness renders the beer somewhat medicinal. Dry finish and nice lingering hop flavor. No excessive booziness or alcohol warmth.

A nice IPA that will not replace any of my favorites anytime soon. A bit too much sweetness for my palate and it lacks the intense orange and peach notes that distinguish the better IPAs in my book.

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Nectar IPA from Humboldt Brewing Co.
3.8 out of 5 based on 871 ratings.
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