Neptunes Nectar Strong Ale | Coronado Brewing Company

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Neptunes Nectar Strong AleNeptunes Nectar Strong Ale

Brewed by:
Coronado Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Bitterbill on 12-09-2008

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Ratings: 21 |  Reviews: 20
Reviews by dwilson01:
Photo of dwilson01
4.65/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a bomber into my new belgium tulip glass, so much head on this brew it always ceases to amaze me, creamy white with an off peachy color to it the body has a nice orange-pink peach coloration, malty thick and not completely clear.

The scent is like the nectar of the gods, fruity and malt sweetness hit my nostrils first with a ton of floral aroma hops thrown in there as well. I get apricot, peach, pear, and sweet brown sugar combined with honey smells to it.

The flavor is awesome, Sweet honey malts throw down with a ton of fruity flavors, the same as from the nose as well as a slight orange flavor. It reminds me of the Kern's canned juices I used to drink as a kid; 100% a combo of the mango and apricot ones. Smooth, sweet, and just all around great on the flavor.

The mouthfeel is just how I like it, creamy and robust, lets you know your drinkin something malty and high alcohol without the flavors or hotness that usually come about because of it.

This beer is dangerously drinkable, it's one of my favorites from Coronado. Such a great smell and flavor I have found myself getting up from a sitting of drinking it and noticed myself a bit more buzzed than I would have expected...imagine that. They got the name on the money by calling it Neptune's Nectar, brewed by the sea on Coronado and seriously you could not get much closer to literal Nectar in my mind. If you want to get some girls to drink something other than a wheat beer give them one of these.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of magictrokini
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got to go with scottoale, I thought this was an APA when I bought it. Pours hazy auburn with a thick, rocky off-white head. Heavy, sticky lacing. Peach/apricot aroma with tart grapefruit and toasted bread in the nose. Sharp taste. The toastiness is more biscuit-like; drier and tongue-smacking. More citrus with a lingering peach flavor gives it a nice bittersweetness. The orange peel gives it a touch of spice, but not enough to turn it into a "Belgian inspired" brew. An easy-drinker. Very smooth and dry enough to keep coming back for more. Its because of that I'm having a really hard time believing this was a Strong Ale, despite the higher ABV.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy tea colored amber with several billowous fingers of foamy off-white head. Retains into a big creamy dollop that then spreads out, leaving big sticky swathes of lacing back. The aroma is floral and very peppery, with some citrus and hefty smelling bready malts standing out.

The taste is similar, with a silky mix of citrus and thick breadiness being balanced by a moderate bitterness, that once again brings a lot of spicy character to the table, which completely dries the profile out. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good bit of alcohol heft to it that gives this a flat feel at times in the mouth.

The flavors in this started out promising enough, but the combo of thick malts, high ABV, and peppery spices just created a brick wall on the drinkibility scale that was tough for me to get over. Not a big fan of this.

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Photo of scottoale
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not quite sure why this beer is listed as Neptune's Nectar Strong Ale, as the words Strong Ale appear nowhere on the label. It does however say Hearty Pale Ale and also mentions that it is a seasonal ale...whatever. 22 oz. brown bomber with a bottle/date code of: 110708. It pours an orange amber-gold with some murkiness and lots of carbonation. A thick two-finger off-white head that lasts and leaves some heavy lace clinging to the glass. Good looking ale for sure.

The smell is sweet, floral and fruity of apricot, mango, caramel, some citrus and grassy hops with a bit of a funky yeast at the end. A very nice honeysuckle sweetness throughout.

The taste is much the same with an added note of pineapple and peach. The tropical fruit sweetness with mild hoppiness and the yeast flavor make it taste a lot like a Triple. Aftertaste lingers of orange peel.

Medium bodied, alcohol well masked, good carbonation and flavor make this ale a very drinkable one. I must say that it doesn't really seem like an American strong ale as the alcohol is barely noticable. Give it a try.

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Photo of hopdog
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this one on tap. I believe they also have these in 22oz bottles (I'll have to get one of those to compare it to).

Poured a medium and hazy amber color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of citrus, orange peels, and a little toasty. Tastes of citrus, pine, with caramel.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Carlos sent me this beer as an extra a while back. Thanks, friend!

A:In my Duvel tulip, this beer sits a hazy amber with a massive (4 fingers thick!) off-white head. Plenty of carbonation is visible. Plenty of attractive lace is left as the head slowly subsides

S: Sugar syrup, candied oranges and mildly floral notes are immediately apparent, with a spice character coming through in the back. There's some mace and nutmeg, probably from the hops. Interesting stuff

T: Opening up with a combination of lighter caramel and a mild citrus bitterness, this beer is pretty solid on the palate. The alcohol, while not absurdly high, adds a bite to the mid-palate along with more citrus character (candied oranges) and a little spice. Finishes medium-dry with a combination of alcohol, mild bitterness and sweetness. As it warms up, the spice character moves to the forefront, dominating the palate.

M: Medium bodied with carbonation that's higher than it needs to be, this beer is very respectable on the palate. The finish is good too.

D: An interesting beer to try, I will sip on this for a while.

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Photo of Hopeeo
1.6/5  rDev -55.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A: Overcarbonated. I gave it a gentle pour and it gave 3/4 glass foam. Gold/Amber color. Thick head enough to hold up a bottle cap. Left suds scraps as I drank it.

S. Not much smell to detect. Boozy and malty

T: I was hit with fruit punch flavors at first that turned into malty caramel barley wine notes. Sweet into malty, not much hop flavor at all until the very end.

M: Lots of carbonation and hearty malt thickness. Apricot notes. Not complex. It got yeasty on the last half of the bottle.

D: Too fizzy. Fruit Punch. Dry finish.

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Photo of Beerzebub
4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to seaoflament for this extra on a trade.

22 oz bottle poured in a big wine glass at 57 F/ 14 C.

Rich amber color, big beige head, lots of fine sticky lace.

Aroma of tart apple and stone fruit, bright citrusy and floral hops, and caramel malt. A mineral aspect, like wet rocks. Fresh and goodly.

Tastes like fresh apples and stone fruits, yeast, citrusy and floral hops, toasty biscuity grain, caramel, and a gravelly mineral twang caught up with a moderate dose of bitterness. Only moderately sweet; the bitterness grows a bit, and the finish is quite dry. Unusual, complex, a bit disjointed, but tasty.

Good smooth texture with some powderiness. The dry finish makes for very good drinkability.

Reminds me a bit of some Belgian IPAs. Good interesting beer, I enjoyed this.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Big POP, lots of head, small beaded tight lace. Cascading bubbles like crazy. Orange, honey appearance. Crazy action.

S - Light on smell, sugary malt.

T - Almost Belgian in the yeast flavor, highly attenuated, I think, lots of booze in the flavor and thin on the malt.

M - VERY carbonated, fizzy, hard to get much out of it.

D - Tasty, but boozy and too damned fizzy!

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: slight gusher when the bootle was opened. Poured a golden orange with yellow highlights that had a 3 finger head wtih great retention and left good frothy lacing.

S: wheat malt peach aromas citrus and booze notes with hints of caramel. There was also a bit of spice in the nose as well.

T: orange zest and spice flavors up front with mild hop bitterness hints of caramel and coriander.

M: medium to full body with lots of carbonation with a sweet spicey and slight bitter finish.

D: good strong ale from coronado brewing and was glad I had it on tap at the brewery as well. I will try to grab some more of this beer soon.

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Photo of callmemickey
3.26/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My notes from my book are pretty straightforward on this one...

"Boozey. Not much else. Suffering in drinkability. Sweet malts. Disappointing."

The pour into the glass looked good... unfortunately not much else was... I enjoyed a Coronado Idiot IPA earlier and this thing just fell flat and failed to deliver up to expectations.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.01/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz undated bottle at 50 degrees.

Pours hazy copper with a three inch head in the tulip glass. Dense white foam retreated slowly to reveal ringed ropes of clingy lacework and a thick skim coat on the surface.

Aromatics have a lightly floral, hoppy aroma with a light malt base. Peach skins, orange zest, and dried apricot.

Medium bodied with a crisp, creamy mouthfeel.

Citrus fruit and a firm, drying bitterness lead off the palate. Light malt to balance. A mild blend of grapefruit, orange, and peach in the middle.

Finishes with lingering citrus overtones, a persistant drying bitterness, and barely warming.

Very tasty, fresh, and drinkable. The light malt and mildish hopping allow the brew to be dangerously drinkable.
Reminiscent of a "double pale ale"..Shy of the hopping expected in an West Coast IPA, but certainly bigger than your average Pale.

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Photo of joe1510
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz Bomber

This is another fine looking brew courtesy of one of the best traders out there BitterBill, thanks Bill! According to the bottle this is a "hearty pale ale", we shall see. A tarnished copper beer fills my pint glass with a particularly fast growing eggshell, off-white head that rose to two fingers and slowly fell while becoming craggy. Both orange highlights and a chill haze adorn the body with carbonation rushing to the head from every surface of the glass.

I have a hard time pulling the nose through the dense head but what I get is a nice mix of spicy floral hoppiness and caramel maltiness. The hopping leans more toward the spicy side than the floral with notes of cinnamon, pepper and coriander. There's a little orange peel and floral qualities here and there. This beer doesn't smell like spices were added, it's noticeable these aromas are all hop driven. As it warms an overripe fruitiness becomes noticeable that I can't put my finger on along with a clean booziness.

The flavor has the same spicy kick that the aroma was showing off in that crazy unusual way. This beer hits its stride when it warms up. Caramel is still the dominant maltiness with the hop profile being the star of the show. Floral notes come in behind the spiciness but the spiciness takes the cake. When this beer was on the colder side there was a faint plastic flavor that was a turn off. Now that it nears room temp that artificial flavor is long gone and the beer is much more enjoyable.

The carbonation is a touch too high on this beer which I was afraid of on the pour. The body is moderate but the carbonation comes across as a little prickly and the alcohol dries out the tongue which I enjoy.

This bomber went down smooth enough but that's plenty for me in a sitting. The spiciness of the hops makes this one tear the tongue up a bit after the first glass.

This is my first from Coronado and it's a strange brew. The hop profile is very unique and I can see it being polarizing. I'd drink this again but it needs a little tweak here and a little emphasis there to become a good brew. It's on the right track. Thanks for another treat Bill!

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Photo of drpimento
2.52/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottle was a gusher. Label says hearty pale ale and I do get some hops in the nose, but flavor is absolutely dominated by sweetness. Poured a glassfull of light tan foam that was thick, foamy, frothy that has staying power and some lace. Color is a medium clear amber with some large bubble trails. Aroma is a bit musty, wet leather, hops, caramel malt. Flavor is massively sweet, but without much depth; just hints of hop and bitterness. Body is ok and carbonation could be a tad more active. Finish is like flavor and a little medicinal. Proly would be good for cooking but I'm not drinking any more.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours from 22oz bottle a cloudy orange gold with a 2 finger head of foam.

The smell has notes of citrus, oranges and some light grapefruit, with some carmel malt sneeking through. The malt nose got bigger as the session went on.

The taste has an orange citrus tart/bitterness going on up front with a solid malt sweetness bring up the rear. I also get some bready notes from further sips and more citrus with some light grapefruit. Interesting flavours.

The more I sip, and as the beer warms up, the caramel moves to the forefront and the hop bitterness eases back some and that's fine by me. I was hoping that this wouldn't be just another hop dominated brew so it fits into the style nicely. There is quite a bit of warming going on here but seeing as old man winter reared its ugly head today, it's welcome. I could see this one as a good candidate for aging.

The mouthfeel is very close to being full, the carbonation is fairly high, and it finishes sweet with just a slight bit of tartness.

Drinkability? It goes down easy enough but I don't see myself drinking more than 1 bottle at a sitting.

Btw, head retention is excellent as is the lacing. Nice solid AMerican Strong Ale, me thinks.

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.22/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: a hint of haze on a bright, vibrant orangish amber. moderate off-white head with an outstanding retention rate. very strong lacing.

S: mixture of aromas, some belgian yeast and spice aromas with a nice earthy and floral aroma from some hops. nice caramel aroma from the malts.

T: big bold flavors. I get a lot of citrus from the hops, with some nice floral flavors. I am getting a lot of spices, some clove and some orange peel. Big yeasty flavors as well, I get some Belgian characteristics along with everything else.

M: medium to full bodied. solid carbonation level, with an inviting palate, sip after sip. very smooth for the ABV.

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Photo of HopDerek
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kegatron for sharing this one.

Pours a slightly hazy iced tea amber color with big foamy cream colored head. Good retention and some lacing. Smells of citrus fruits, pale malts, peppery spices, and honey. Tastes of oranges and apricot up front, followed by pale malts, caramel, and some spices. As it warms up more hop presence comes out, including grapefruit and light pine, as well as a touch of alcohol. Medium to medium full in body with good carbonation. Smooth and sweet with a bitter, crisp finish. A nice strong pale ale that is pretty easy drinking and hides most of its abv well.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Halcyondays
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a dark maple syrup amber, with a solid white head, leaves solid good lacing.

S: Lighter than I expected, but has nice fermented malt notes, some phenols.

T: Strong caramel with a nice bit of alcohol. Sweet fruit, some nectarine and apricot notes. Not very hoppy, but they give a nice backing bitterness.

M: Medium/full body, lightly resinous, very smooth.

D: A nice strong ale from Coranado. It's booziness limits drinkablity, certainly a sipper. The first beer I have reviewed from them and I'm anxious for more.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Glittering persimmon with a generous amount of carbonation that has created a generous amount of soft and pillowy foam. The airy cap isn't very sticky, so no more than several scattered scraps of suds make it to the glass.

This ale contains a 'slight hint of hops' according to Coronado. Unfortunately, they don't make much of a splash in the nose. Not much else does either (including alcohol). What's left is a whiff of very lightly toasted malt and an ale yeast fruitiness, both of which have some serious work to do on the palate.

Neptune's Nectar Hearty Pale Ale tastes like a pale-malted barleywine that has a modest amount of caramel and/or Munich malt thrown into the mix. Hops are essentially absent, which is never going to make me happy if we're talking American strong ale... which we are. This brew needs a flavor hook in the worst way.

Specifics include lightly toasted cereal grains and ripe apricots macerated in Stolichnaya. Complex it ain't. Malt flavor is moderate, hop flavor is absent and yeast flavor is absent. Warming brings nothing new to the party, although it does take the edge off the initial ethanol bite.

As was feared on the pour, the carbonation is too bright and sparkly. It's beginning to fade, but not quickly enough. In addition, a little more heft is needed for a beer of this style and ABV.

Hoppy Daze IPA and Islander IPA are outstanding. Since the CBC brewers appear to know their way around a hop cone, I find it odd that they added so few to a beer that obviously could have used them. Even big beer lovers will find this American strong ale to be tough sledding. Unless they hate hops.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a less than clear, dark amber body capped off with a tall, off-white head.

Smell: The aroma is mainly fruity, smelling of stone fruits and pink grapefruits and backed by meager notes of pale and caramel maltiness as well as an altogether light pinch of spice.

Taste: Pale and caramel malts display a taste of brown sugar sweetness and make way for fruity flavors of apricot and, though lightly, even some grapefruit. Vague touches of spice come and go. Restrained hop bitterness. Slight hint of the alcohol presence. Final taste of dried apricots on the bittersweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Well carbonated.

Drinkability: Fair to middling and it's a bit of an odd duck, with it's bolstered pale ale qualities, above average alcohol content, and quasi-Belgian hints.

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Neptunes Nectar Strong Ale from Coronado Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 21 ratings