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

I had off gravity cask at Muggs Tavern in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
A-- Nice clean redish brown, amber. Good foamy head and lacing.
S-- Nice sweet hoppy scent. Hint of honey.
T-- Pure, crisp hop taste. Just the way an IPA should taste. Slight spice with a nice sweet honey taste. Nice biting sour aftertaste. Very good stuff.

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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 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 corby112
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I received an extra of this in a recent trade courtesy of EinWeizenbitte. Thanks a lot man!

Pours a clear golden orange/amber color with some pale golden yellowish orange hues when held to a light source. One finger light yellowish head with decent retention, slowly fading to a lasting ring.

Uber-fresh floral oily hop aroma with a lot of citrus character as well as some subtle pine. Hints of mango, grapefruit, lemon and orange peel. Slight malt presence with hints of caramel, biscuit and graham cracker.

Dry resinous medium body with lots of incredibly fresh floral hops complimented by a subtle malt backbone and a nice dry finish. The hops are incredibly juicy, bursting with a lot of complex flavors. Lots of sweet fruit and citrus notes. Hints of lemon and orange peel, mango, grapefruit and pineapple with amount of dry pine presence to balance out the sweetness. The bitterness lingers throughout over the subtle caramel, biscuity graham cracker malt backbone into a long dry finish. No detectable alcohol heat and excellent balance make this beer incredibly quaffable.

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

Had on tap at the Richmond Capital Ale House. It's one of the juicier IPAs I've had, looking orange, smelling like orange and apricot, and tasting like nice, gentle citrusy hops with an earthy finish and a medium body.

I like the fact that this is a BALANCED West Coast IPA--the hops are very tasty and fresh, but don't have the bitterness or the electricity of some of the bigger West Coast IPAs, making it a really good beer for someone who likes hops but doesn't need the sting of a true hop addict. I wish it were more widely available.

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Photo of vtgrad03
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This lives up to it's name "nectar" with subtle aromas and flavors of honey and flowers with a medium long hoppy finish reminding you that it's an IPA. The color is a cloudy golden yellow with a nice long lasting head. Mouthfeel is bright at first and a little bitter in the end, more bitter the longer you leave it in your mouth. All in all, a nice floral IPA.

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Photo of HOPPYKC
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Bottled on date of 3-24-11.

Pours a nice and thin, Gold to light amber color. Transparent. Nice good thick head, stays around for about 2 minutes, 2 fingers in depth. A few bubbles rising from carbonation.Sweet a fruity. Amazing. I really like the aroma of this brew. Bittersweet fruits with a sugary punch. Hops are great with a small but balancing malt tone as well. Another amazing aspect of this brew. A really great brew all around. This is the first brew ive had from Nectar Ales but this is easily one of my favorite IPA's.

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Photo of kbub6f
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
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 Boilermaker88
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
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 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 JDFarley
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

A: Golden copper. Darker than your run of the mill west coast ipa. Single finger head.

S: Citrus fruit and pine. Powerful punch.

T: Oh, yeah.. Maltiness holds things down for wonderful hops. Pine hits you first then immediately into a lemon citrus flavor. Pretty bitter for 60IBU but not lingering.

M: The maltiness gives a full mouthfeel, while still being clearly a westcoast ipa.


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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep orangish with a thinner frothy head than from the bottle version. Nose of hops, grapefruit , floral , and slight various grains Taste was floral, citrus and shoppy as Hell. It had a nice hop bite on the end to remind you that is a damn good IPA. I liked this IPA from the bottle, bet the tap tastes even better. This is how I like my IPAs-very hoppy, slightly bitter finish and smooth with citrus and floral throughout.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma consists of a nice blend of fruity citrus, caramelized malts and floral hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with strong flavors of citrus and caramel and makes you realize why they use the name “Nectar.” Then a strong but not over powering hops presence comes in. The malt character is hearty and brings a good balance. The after-taste is likewise pretty sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, nice representation of style, as a hop-head I can see how some might not appreciate this beer because it’s so much sweeter than most IPA’s, but I feel the sweetness works very well in this beer and overall it’s worth pounding down for a whole evening.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a duvel glass.

A: pours a remarkably clean looking amber witha finger if slightly tanned head, dissapates nicely and leavses some nice lacing.

S: wow, this smells delicious, tropical fruity hop deliciousness, mostly pinneapple, a nice light touch of pine a well... I don't know what exactly it is but I love the aroma of this beer. Nice and juicy... Like hop nectar

T: taste is nice with lightly floral/grassy hops on the front going into the pine and citrus on the finish... The finish is what mostly reminds me of the nose, lightly sweet citrusy hop juice... Nicley rounded

M: medium bodied and very drinkable, has medium creamy carbonation, and a lightly sweet citrusy finish to round it off.

O: this is a great ipa, I really like this one, particuarly the aroma... I can deffinatly see myself drinking these alot more regularly. Glad i tried it.

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Photo of mlazzaro
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear beer. Deep amber color with some off white head. Not much for head retention. Smell has a piney, citrusy, almost cheesy hoppy aroma. Like Chinook or Simcoe hops. Pretty good whatever it is. A very refreshing sip. Bitterness is strong, but not obnoxious or lingering. Mouthfeel is not too watery. Very American in character, neutral flavored yeast and a strong grapefruit hop presence. Highly drinkable IPA.

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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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Photo of Swim424
4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoying this one on the porch to sabbaths paranoid album. Pours a nice copper oranga into my sam adams perfect pint glass. Has a nice small head that seems to be hanging around for the past few minutes. Smells quite delicious. Smells like a sweet, flowery, honey. Damn thats tasty. Has a taste similar to the aroma upfront, become sweetly bitter as it slides down the esophagus. Nice bit of carbonation with a well balanced hop bite. Nothing overpowing for a IPA but very well balanced. Has a nice drinkable medium body that fits the taste or the beer how it should. Overall I highly recommend this beer, and maybe even as an intro into IPAs. I could see myself having enjoyed this before I fell in love with the hops.

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Photo of mj001jk
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber in color with a very light-brown creamy foam. Immediately the lack of soapy character in the foam gives away the hint that this may be lighter on the hops and a little heavier on malt. Let's sniff and taste.

Immediately I think of nuts, walnut and hazelnut to be specific , which is nicely buffered by caramel and hops. The hops have a little more subdued role in this beer. Not so much of the citrus character of a west coast IPA but rather it blends with the malts and grain components and doesn't stand out as much. Nose is pleasantly rich yet light and satisfying.

Smooth and tasty, not so much bittering upfront but rather towards the mid-palate and finish. It leaves an astringent mark on the tongue at the end which makes this a nice beer to pair with food rather than as a dessert (I drink beer for appetizer, main course and dessert...I admit)

A very nice style, lighter on hops and a tad light on complexity but still a very nice brew.

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Photo of jwinship83
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle picked up as a single. drank from my samuel adams perfect pint glass.

A- this one pours out a clear copper colored body with a large bright white head on top. the head is long lasting, and leaves behind complete rings of lacing. very nice.

S- the nose starts out with a rather large blast of hops. lots of grapefruit, orange zest, and pine. after that i pick up some sweet caramel malts and a little bit of toasted bread.

T- the taste starts out with sweet caramel malts and a little bit of toasted bread before moving into hop country. lots of bitter grapefruit and pine. a little bit of orange zest.

M- medium bodied. the carbonation was a bit harsh and could use some toning down. nicely bitter. the alcohol is well hidden.

D- i really enjoyed this one. its at a nice price point, and seems to be readily available in my city. this might be making its way into my regular IPA rotation. very impressed.

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Photo of mickeymac
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
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 popery
4.19/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very good IPA. It shouldn't be any surprise that a company with ties to Firestone Walker can make a good IPA. Nectar IPA fits in nicely as sweeter, more floral counterpoint to FW's hoppy pales. The beer is a rich golden color without too much head, not that I really care. The aroma is floral and piney with a touch of citrus. Caramel and bread malt flavors creep in along the edges of the hop barrage, albeit a friendly, pleasant hop barrage. The flavor is rather dry with a raspy bitter aftertaste. This is an enjoyable, easy to like IPA.

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Nectar IPA from Humboldt Brewing Co.
3.8 out of 5 based on 870 ratings.
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