Nectar IPA | Humboldt Brewing Co.

Nectar IPANectar IPA
872 Ratings
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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Ratings: 872 |  Reviews: 344
Photo of Reed
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of kojevergas
3.32/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on-draught into a nonical half-pint glass at the Firestone Walker taproom in Paso Robles (on its second day of operation). Paired with a steak and fries. Expectations are average; I don't particularly care for Firestone Walker's beers. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a half finger head of nice cream, decent thickness, and fair retention. Colour is a clear copper.

Sm: Hops - floral more than bittering. A simple but pleasant moderate strength aroma.

T: Hoppy. Floral hops, spice, citrus hop notes, and clean bright malts. Balanced to a degree. Well built for the style, with no bitterness overall. Pleasant and enjoyable, with a tolerable hop burn.

Mf: Coarse and wet. Adequately carbonated. Suits the flavours alright, but certainly isn't tailored to them. A bit too thick. Entirely too coarse, reducing drinkability.

Dr: Drinkable for the style, but unremarkable. Nothing special here. Hides its ABV well. I like it, but it's far from great. Not at all unique or experimental.

Low B-

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Photo of Kendo
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from the growler into a pint glass. Body is coppery-amber (orangey when backlit) with very small off-white head. Left some small patches of lace.

S: Not terribly strong in the nose. Some caramel malt, some citrus and a touch of grassiness or pine.

T: Caramel malt foundation then a spicy, leafy hop bite with some citrus (mainly orange).

M: Modestly creamy; call it medium-bodied in heft.

O: Good, just nothing earth-shattering. In a world full of great IPAs, this one's just good. That's not necessarily a knock against it; if it were local and I could get it fresh and relatively cheap, it'd be a go-to. But it's not going to make you divorce your wife to shack up with this mistress.

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Photo of electtodefer
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of rfbenavi80
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into pint glass.

A- Pours a orange/ yellow color more orange than yellow. There is some foamy bubbly head that went away rather quickly leaving nice lacing on the glass.

S- Really get a citrus smell up front. A pine smell is there also. Quite hoppy.

T- Well balanced. The malts and the hops are really in unison. One does not overpower the other.

M- Good carbonation. Medium light body. Refreshing.

O- Solid IPA. Would recommend trying.

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Photo of shelby415
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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

12oz bottle to pint glass
pours hazy glowing orange
aroma of watered down oj and hops
taste is citrus and earthy hops balanced by a light malt flavor with some yeast flavor underneath
mouthfeel is slightly watery with lower carbonation which works well for this beer

Overall I don't know what it is but I really like this. It's not over the top but it is a little different than most ipa's. As it warms it gets better than when I first poured it which pulls it all together for a pretty nice brew.

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Photo of RyanCoonan
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Popp24
4/5  rDev +5.8%

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

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a hazy dark orange body with a bubbly tan head that fades to a thick ring after a bit. There is a gentle carbonation of microbubbles gliding to the surface.

S- The citrus and green earthy hops have some tropical fruit notes and a watermelon hint that is interesting. As the beer opens there is some dry pale malt and caramel malt aromas underneath.

T- The sweet pale malt flavor lays a base for the soft green hops that have fruity notes and a slight watery taste when it warms.

M- The medium mouthfeel with a gentle fizz has no alcohol heat noticed.

O- This beer has a nice malt flavor with some good complex hop smells. This is a nice solid pale ale even though the hops are a bit soft in the taste. The good malt flavor makes up for that. I wouldn't call it an IPA.

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

A-golden amber color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-citrus and pine with some bitter notes

T-juicy citrus and pine with some yeasty bread and nice bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation

O-a solid IPA with good flavors and decent balance

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Photo of muskiesman
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a nice amber to copper color with a nice off white foamy head that retained well and remained a solid lacing

Smell is sweet tropical fruits with citrus. Rich and piney, grassy hop oils

Taste follows the nose with a citric fruit and bitters sweet and tart. Mild toasted malts in there too a nice balance between the two s and s.

Mouthfeel is medium light for an IPA with a nice dry finish not too tart or sweet very refreshing overall

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Photo of Edgewater
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of bluetrevian
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of devinoconnor
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really nice IPA from the northern California area. Pours an amber brown color with two fingers of head from the bottle.

Taste is a nice mellow citrus flavor with oak and walnut flavor. Yeast is present as well, creating a bread-like note.

Well-balanced and a rather easy drinking IPA. Very nice.

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Photo of brokentee
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of heffnate77
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of JerseyKirk
2.75/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: cooper to red. White head that settled quickly.

S: citrus, pine, grapefruit, lemon. All subtle and weak.

T: Citrusy hop flavors with a slight caramel malt taste. Not very fresh tasting.

M: Medium bodied, good carbonation, lends to the sweeter side.

O: I love bold, hit me in the face ipas. The style dictates really strong smell and taste however this beer doesnt have either. Could be an older bottle or just an average ipa. I'm leaning towards the latter.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finally got around to trying this after having a bunch of the other Nectar Ales lately. This reminded me a bit of the Hemp Ale but there wasn't much else that was memorable about this. With so many IPA's coming out of California now, there wasn't much to distinguish this from the others and it went down pretty easily, which is not something that I say about this style often!

The pour to this was pretty dark with a decent amount of head and some opaqueness to the hue. There wasn't much of an aroma to this and the taste was relatively typical of the style. Some pine and citrus were found here with a bit of the "skunk" from the weed mixed in. This reminded me of the Hemp Ale from these guys, but this didn't have the caramel or herbal notes to go with it. Because there wasn't much bitterness or carbonation to be found here, this just went right down like flat soda.

As for the alcohol, it was present but not complementary for the notes or for the style. Fan of IPA's looking for a hop bomb or an avalanche of flavor will be disappointed here but for anyone who enjoyed the Hemp Ale and wants a slightly more aggressive take on it, this ended up fitting that bill.

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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 CMack
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of bluntedboywonder
4.5/5  rDev +19%

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

Poured a clear copper color from a 12 oz bottle, with ABV on the label. The date of bottling is visible only when the bottle is emptied.
Towering head that dissipates slowly and leaves behind some really nice lace.
Aroma upfront is predominantly pine. In between the pine, there are tropical fruits, citrus notes. Very aromatic IPA. As the beer warms up, the malt notes come through.
Taste is slightly bitter on the tongue upfront. Compared to the aroma, the taste is nowhere as bitter. Fruity, citrusy notes in the middle with a nice, clean crisp finish.
Overall, this is a decent IPA. Very good drinkability and mouthfeel is not the most pleasant, but it isn't bad either. Good IPA for those who are venturing into the hop territory. Worth a try.

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Nectar IPA from Humboldt Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 872 ratings
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