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 mikesgroove
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This seemed like the most logical choice for me to roll into dinner with so away we went! Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 12/21/2009.
The pour was very nice with a nice dark amber color and smooth even carbonation bubbling up from the bottom of the glass. A nice head of about an inch and a half then formed over the top and settled down with spider web like lacing all along the sides and bottom of the glass. Aroma is sharp, oranges, grapefruits, a light hint of pine all mixing in quite nicely and producing a wonderful bouquet of rich hoppy notes. Warming brought a subtle balance to it adding in hints of biscuit like malts and a touch of light herbal notes. Crisp, clean flavor here, not terribly biting, but very nicely done. A nice and smooth orange flavor greets you at first and rolls across the tongue gently. Light touches of citrus are all over this, but a mellow balance is struck as it begins to warm, evening things out and really letting the flavor come into its own. Fantastic carbonation here, never a flat or dull moment as each sip seems to get fuller. Superb drinkability and this one practically goes down like water.
Overall this is beyond a solid IPA. Classic for the style and just a great example. I would have no issue putting this one down again any day.

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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 Brad007
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice mild golden color with a one finger head.

Aroma is crisp with grassy/ citrusy hops and a bit of a malt backbone

There's some hops upfront with just a bit of malt. Laid back. Nothing offensive.

Lingering citrus character. Not much else I couldn't ask for much better on a hot day.

An easygoing example of the style.

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

Poured 45 degrees Fahrenheit into a shaker pint.

Pours a hazy red-orange with almost no head. No lacing.

Smells slightly of pine and some orange. Not tremendously well projected.

Tastes of the same orange, lemon, and cloves with a round maltiness in the back seat. Malts extend relatively well into the relaxed finish. Pleasantly floral though, with a delicacy and an attention to spotlighting the more secondary notes within that's typically unseen in the American IPA style.

Overall clean and sharp, definitely well crafted and revisitable.


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

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date.

A: Inviting orange-amber with 1-2 finger ivory head with average retention and lacing for an IPA.

S: Delectable floral, citrus, and pine hops aromas are admirably backed by loads of pale malt sweetness.

T: This beer's flavor is exceptionally well-balanced and exemplifies a very well-made IPA for those who like equal malt and hops in the West Coast style. Thick and delicious pale malt backing is met head-on with a burst of grapefruit and pine hops flavor.

M: The fullness of bodies belies the attention to adequate malting that is a trademark of the Humboldt beers. Aftertaste is grapefruit with pale malt sweetness.

D: Another excellent beer from the Humboldt clan. Not particularly distinguishing, but high-quality and delicious.

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Photo of CaseyR22
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. brown bottle poured into a SN "Hop Tulip" glass.

Look- Coppery orange color. White fluffy head that settle to a thins ring. Speckled lacing all over.

Smell- Yum, An initial malty sweetness followed immediately by zesty citrus and a slight hint of pine.

Taste- Some slight bitterness right off the bat that slides into a big thick bready malt flavor. Follows up with a bunch of citrusy and floral hops and a moderately bitter finish. Delicious! And not overwhelmingly hoppy.

Mouth- Smooth and oily, medium thickness without much carbonation

O/A- Much better than expected! I think I'll have another. :)

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Photo of MiScusi
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Firestone Taproom in Buellton.

Pours a deep clear orange with a fluffy white eggshell colored head sitting on top of it. The smell is fresh and pungent for an IPA. Resiny hop oil aroma and you can tell it is super fresh.

The taste is hoppy- oily, piney, but sweet too. The mouthfeel almost feels like halfway between your standard IPA and a double IPA, being somewhat slick but not too heavy. It does have a touch of that double IPA slick sweetness in it, but not too much.

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Photo of MetalHopHead6
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a shaped pint glass.

Nectar Ales Nectar IPA poured a deep copper with a two-finger sticky head. The color had the perfect deepness.

The smell and taste were earthy, with wet grass and pine. There was a little bit of a sweet finish, but not a lot of citrus. The feel was perfectly bitter and the sweet finish made this a very drinkable IPA.

Nectar Ales Nectar IPA was a pleasant surprise. It's more aggressive than the label indicates and has a great balance of complexity and drinkable.

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Photo of Durge
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found at Yesterday’s Ale House in Newport, RI this IPA shows a clear golden amber color with a very healthy light tan head and tons of lacing. The aroma offers a scrumptious citrus toffee blend that seems near perfect. A subtle floral sweetness and bready malt. Just a well blended concoction that any hop lover will appreciate. The flavor comes on with more of the same, luscious citrus-pine hops and malt biscuit. There’s a touch of mild seaweed and sweet vegetable but those are nuances for the imagination, the hops dominate without challenging anyone. So perfectly fused and easy drinking. It’s medium bodied, pleasantly carbonated for a lightly lush feel. The usual “A” for a Firestone related product!

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Photo of Hendry
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The brown bottle shades the fact that Nectar looks, pours and smells more like an Amber IPA, which is not necessarily a bad thing depending on what you are looking for in an (West Coast) IPA. As such (despite the "American IPA" moniker), I am reviewing Nectar in the Amber IPA style.

There is a close resemblance in style to Troegs Nugget Nectar in terms of sweetness (although @ 93 IBUs,Nugget Nectar is much more tangy compared to the relatively pedestrian 60 IBUs in Nectar), and more pointedly, the Amber style ,which may come as a surprise to those expecting something similar to other Southern California offerings by AleSmith or Stone.

Clear as a bell amber with a small white head,minimal lacing,mostly sweet malts in the nose with a faint touch of hops ,and a slight floral/honey character to it.

As for taste, it follows suit and is a caramel covered soft pretzel: little in the way of a" hop zing," a touch of honey in the swallow that has floral hints, with just a slight spiciness behind it all. I find the flavor and aftertaste pleasant, and this clear amber IPA goes down exceptionally smooth with little to no trace of alcohol.

Those that enjoy Troegs Nugget Nectar would likely give Nectar IPA high marks in the Amber IPA style, but those hop hounds seeking a cloudy tart citrus infusion are unlikely to slake their thirst with Nectar.

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Photo of mcann2pu
4.14/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: kind of a hazy straw/ amber color with about a finger and a half of eggshell head floating on top, minimal lacing.

Smell: strong hop smell, very pleasant, citrus mostly a grapefruit aroma, also a little bit of the malty sweetness comes through.

Taste: very good, has that great oily hop taste without going too far, good malt balance, great beer taste.

Mouthfeel: appropriate.

Drinkability: very drinkable, good beer all around.

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Photo of whahoppened
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Decent head that recedes quickly. Fine bubbles, moderate carbonation. Translucent medium amber color.

Nice fruit on the nose, substantial hoppiness is more herbaceous than piney. I get a little whiff of coffee towards the bottom of the glass--this may just be the beer oxidizing?

Classic IPA flavors, nothing too intense but you can't call this wimpy either. Malt character isn't totally obscured by the hops like some other IPAs. A nice bitter kick on the finish fades surprisingly quickly, but this ends up being an asset as you don't have to "recover" from each sip before taking the next one.

Not a life-changing American IPA, but a very solid example of the style.

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Photo of JayQue
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very good, balanced IPA. Pours a totally clear orange/copper color with a big pillowy white head. Head retention is average and the beer leaves thick ladder like lacing. Overall a very good visual effect. I got some smell even while opening the bottle. Overall mild sweetness and grassy hops.

Tastes good. This is a balanced IPA with a good shot of hops bitterness up front followed by slightly sweet malt. Everything blends nicely and the result is a rich, crisp mouthfeel. Drinkability is very good. It is tasty, balanced and complex enough to warrant drinking more despite the same abv as Celebration Ale. This would be a great introduction to American IPAs for the "less than enthusiastic about hops" crowd. Very nice!!

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Photo of Rumrunner
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
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 Lexluthor33
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear and copper colored. Small head and thin lace.

The aroma of floral hops and fruit/grapefruit.

The taste was sweet,hops,piney and has a good malt base. Some obvious fruit hints.

The feel was medium body,good balance,mildly bitter with some alcohol in the finish.

Notes: A strong,flavorful beer with awesome qualities. Good ABV,balance and drinkability. I really enjoyed this one and hope to get more. I got this one at New Beer distribution and I think I will be there very soon.

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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 brstls4drmrs
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to dpowers for this IPA.

A - Pours a gold copper color with a white frothy head. A good amount of lacing.

S - Sweet caramel, apple and some hints of lemon as well. Just a great smelling beer.

T - Pine, hops with some grapefruit tones in there as well. Some of the caramel comes out but not as much. Good amount of hops.

M - Crisp but coats the tongue nicely and a slight bitter and dry finish.

O - Very nice IPA~~~~would love some more of these.

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Photo of merlin48
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle pours a hazy orange golden body with a medium sized beige head that sticks around several minutes and leaves some collar lacing.

Aroma is citrusy and floral, with apricots and pink grapefruit and a hint of orange blossom. Some toasted caramel underneath.

Medium body has a smooth carbonation.

Taste is well balanced, but on the candied apricot side of the scale. Grapefruit hops bitter out things pretty well but some honeyed caramel malt keeps pushing some sweetness. A hint of bitter grassiness underneath saves the balance. Finishes smooth and even.

If you like your IPAs to have a tropical fruit sweet component to dominate the bitter dryness you will like this one. I did.

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Photo of Nedjimb0sTavern
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big fan of Firestone beers in Paso, I was surprised to find another local beer produced here in the central coast, and I wasn't dissapointed.

Appearance: rich coppery hue with a thick head

Smell: the citrusy hops stand out, overall pleasant with no odd aromas

Taste: very well balanced, piney/grapefuity flavors up front and finishes with a smooth malty flavor

mouthfeel: damn good

drinkability: oh I could end up going through half of my six pack real easy and not think twice about it

I really don't know where all the average ratings are coming from, this is definitely one of my favorite IPAs alongside the Union Jack, and I've had my share of IPAs. I don't really pick up on the off flavors people keep on mentioning, maybe it's just me but it sounds like a lot of people got old beer because the fresh bottled nectar IPA is very tasty and refreshing. The best bargain micro I've ever had.

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Photo of avylover
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
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 JMad
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper, orange color with a filmy, off white head.

Smells sweet and candy caramel-like with juicy, citrusy hops.

It's nice and bitter up front with tangerine and grapefruit with a hint of caramel and citrus peel.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a perfect amount of carbonation and a crisp, dry finish.

I really enoyed this beer, it's an easy drinking and flavorful IPA that has a high enough abv to do the trick.

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Photo of jayfarley3
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a slightly hazy clear amber color with a frothy white head. Smells strongly of piney hops. Tastes of bitter hops with some sweet malts. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. This is a very easy drinking IPA, I could easily put down a few of these.

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Photo of TheJollyHop
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber appearance with a quarter inch worth of head. Leaves behind a nice collar of lacing.

Floral hop aroma that is mixed with resiny pine. Definitely hop forward with only a faint scent of malt sweetness.

Tastes of both citrus and tropical fruits, biscuit malts, and pine. Burst of bitterness is not harsh and balances out the malt quite nicely.

Creamy and medium carbonated mouthfeel.

As far as drinkability is concerned, each sip is as good as the last, and I wouldn't mind have multiples in one sitting.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

Clear orange/amber color with a with a beige head that thinned to a layer and left a few spots of lacing here and there.
Aroma is full of sweet citrus hops.
Taste is balanced out nicely with enough malt to keep one from puckering up on every delightful sip.
Lighter side of medium bodied with mild carbonation and a somewhat slick feel.
It's very easy to drink this tasty IPA.

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Photo of csmiley
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a light, copper clear color. Got an inch of head. Lacing was minimal.

S - Good aromas for an IPA. Hops are there but in no way are they over powering. A little bit of citrus and a little bit of pine come through on the nose. I expected some alcohol given the 6.7% abv, but it just was not there.

T - Pretty strong hop profile comes through first. There is the alcohol I was expecting in the smell. Flavor is rounded out with a sweeter malt taste.

M - There is no doubt this is a medium bodied beer. Carbonation is good. Finishes dry just like I would expect from an IPA.

D - This is a good IPA with a good flavor balance. It is pretty strong but still comes across as very drinkable given the abv. It has the characteristics the I tend to like for an IPA.

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Nectar IPA from Humboldt Brewing Co.
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