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 CaptainTripps
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Semi clear, amber/orangish in color. Pour comes with about 1 fingers worth of off white head. Leaves a great amount of lacing.

S: With the first whiff, you can really sense the balance in the beer. A sweet honey malt paired with citrus/floral hops.

T: A great pairing of citrus hops and a honey malt back bone. Slight lemon grass in the back. Great smooth taste. Everything flows nicely.

M: Light to medium bodied beer with great carbonation. Taste is very smooth and no alcohol is present.

O: A great IPA that seems to be yet discovered. The beer is very smooth and a great pick for a warm summer day.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear copper-orange color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of grapefruit, citrus, and pine hops with some sweet caramel and biscuit malts.

T - Starts off with a mix of grapefruit and citrus hops with some bitterness and sweet caramel malts. Through the middle, some pine hops with more bitterness and some biscuit malts. The finish is a mix of grapefruit and pine hops with bitterness and sweet caramel and biscuit malts.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. Good hop profile and bitterness with good overall balance.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.41/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A = best looking IPA I've seen. Beautiful clear copper with 3 finger super head. Excellent retention. For and American IPA, this is a perfect appearance.

Smell - Somewhat malty for an IPA and a nice combo of citrus and pine notes. Somewhat subdued.

Taste - Very nice IPA. Sweet flavorful and hoppy but very little bitterness in aftertaste. Very great.

Mouthfeel - Creamy and pleasant. Very buttery on the toungue.

Overall - Definitely one of the best American IPA's I've had to date. Its on the upper treshold of standard IPA without straying into Imperial/Double territory but its really a good one.

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Photo of Herdhophead
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of Pencible
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This poured a clear amber with light tan head. It smelled like sweet floral (rose) hops and bitter copper, with sweet honey malt and a bit of refined yeast and pine. It tasted like caramel and fresh wheat malts blended with floral (rose) and copper hops, with a bit of honeysuckle. It was oily with a bit of carbonation, and had a bittersweet aftertaste. Overall this was another delicious Nectar ale. It wasn't terribly different from their pale ale, and could have used a bit more hops character for sharper bitterness. But this was still very clean and tasty with great body, and simply wonderful to drink.

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Photo of CJNAPS
4.39/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.37/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nectar IPA has a thick, creamy, off-white head, a mostly clear, golden-orange, bubbly appearance, and fairly thick lacing left behind on the glass. The aroma is of sweet, somewhat fruity, hop oil, white bread, and sugar. Taste is of fairly strong and bitter hops, sweet malt, bread crust, slight fruit (oranges), and unsalted cracker. The hop oil bitterness is strong, but not overly so. Mouthfeel is medium and oily, and Nectar IPA finishes dry, easy drinking, and sweet. Overall, this is a mellow and delicious ale.


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Photo of OldSock
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance and Presentation – Thanks to oggg for this bottle. 12 oz’s poured into my pint glass, it has a 1 finger white head that sticks around for a few minutes, the beer itself is dark for an IPA, a slightly hazy orange/brown. Good lacing coats the sides of the glass.

Smell – Citrus and a little pine hops with a strong, sweet, malt undertone. Well balanced, not over the top hoppy as I was expecting from a west-coast IPA.

Taste – Great balance, toasted malts mixed with bitter floral and citrus hops. The bitterness is reserved, it is present, but it does not linger long in the after taste. Solid flavor, but definitely not what I was expecting. 6.7% alcohol is hidden well.

Mouthfeel – Medium-heavy body with medium carbonation.

Drinkability and Notes – Nectar IPA has great drinkability because of the balance. It is Definitely not what I expected from a California IPA, malty and pleasingly bitter hops that are not over done. This combo of a biscuity English and a citrusy American IPA is, in my eyes, a gem of a beer. If I had more I would definitely drink another right now.

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Photo of pjwilson
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: deep amber color, darker than your typical Ipa. Head is minimal but good for style.

smell: great. nice bready malt smell as you get closer...hops dominate from farther away...but don't over power.

taste: I'll just say it: this is my favorite single IPA. Balacned is the key word here. You taste both the malt and the hops equally. Also, the hops taste different than most west coast IPA's. I have no idea what kind they are but they something different than anything else.

mouthfeel and drinkability: man can i put these things back. goes down so smooth. This beer is areadly a staple for me and it was a total fluke that i tried it in the first place: Safeway was out of the beer i wanted (lost coast ipa which i didn't like) when i came back and since i was in a ipa mood i got this. I've bought a sixer weekly this month of this stuff...i just love it for some reason. It tastes good cold out the fridge and it tastes good room temp. I can pull it right out of the fridge and enjoy and i left some at our my friends house . just pulled it right out the cuboard and drank it. (it's better cold though_

i don't mean to overhype this beer. It's not super complex....just a great, great session beer. This is from a guy who doesn't really like Seirra Nevada Pale ale and most IPA's just don't have a great taste...but this one is great...i got to try the pale ale from these guys i think...

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Photo of RebeccaNez
4.34/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of noknife83
4.34/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Honestly wasn't expecting much from this beer, but I was pleasantly surprised.

12 oz Bottle poured into a beer mug
Pours nicely into the glass
Intense fruity aroma
There's just the slightest bit of cloudiness to it
Strong Alcohol taste but not over powering, nice hop taste too...

definitely worth a try if you have not yet.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.34/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a chalice

(Great color!) Pours a bright, copper-rust hue with a thin, fleeting, off-white head. However, I see very little carbonation and there are no remnants of lacing. The aroma improves my initial impression: sweet, candy-caramel malts, floral hops, vanilla, banana and toffee. "Nectar Ale", indeed.

Bittering hops hit the tastebuds first, followed by notes of grapefruit, sweet biscuity malts, and more hops (mostly the floral variety). The flavor is really solid in this beer, and it maintains its presence throughout. The mouthfeel was apparently hiding the carbonation level I so desperately sought in the appearance, and it's spot on. Perfectly crisp body, medium thickness, and a lingering hoppy bite. All in all, this is a very good IPA. The bitterness is a bit too much for me to imagine having Nectar Ales as a daily staple, but it's definitely a beer I'll be looking out for in the future.

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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 Dogstickfetch
4.31/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 ManWithNoName
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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Nectar IPA from Humboldt Brewing Co.
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