Nanticoke Nectar
RAR Brewing (Realerevival)

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American IPA
Ranked #1,274
Ranked #8,656
3.97 | pDev: 9.32%
RAR Brewing (Realerevival)
Maryland, United States
Very Good
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Photo of avalon07
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L: Had this beer on-tap at Growlers to Go - Short Pump, poured into a pint glass. Had an amber / gold color and a slightly hazy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, somewhat long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A decent, but slightly muted aroma of hops, citrus fruit, malt, tropical fruit, and pine.

T: Tasted of decent amount of bready malt (more than expected for the style), a hint of pine (just enough to make things interesting), a moderate amount of hops (more subtle than it had to be), a bit of citrus fruit (lemon, in particular), and some tropical fruit (mango). Not a bad flavor, but it needs a bit of boost in its ingredients.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a sharp finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

O: An uneven, but worthwhile, throwback IPA. Worth a look.

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Photo of detgfrsh
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap. Amber color with white head that dissipates quickly. Citrus and caramel aromas. Medium body. Bready malt flavors with citrus and piney hops. A good classic IPA.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an amber orange color that is fairly clear. A moderate sudsy head shows good retention.
The aroma reminds me of a classic IPA with notes of citrus, particularly orange, grapefruit and a touch of pine. In addition, there are sweet and fruity touches of mango and stone fruit as well as peppery hops.
The taste is hops forward with a clean yet significant bitterness. Flavors of grapefruit rind and orange pulp interact with notes of sharp pine and peppery hops. These flavors are supported by a neutral, clean and dry cracker malt backbone.
Medium bodied, crisp and with a sharp carbonation. A dry finish features a bitter and peppery linger.
As stated, this has a classic IPA feel with a nice bitterness and classic citrus and pine flavors. Very refreshing.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Pearl Street Warehouse, Washington DC

Pours a nearly clear amber with a two-finger head and decent lacing.

The malt backbone in this particular IPA is very solid. Lots of caramel and biscuity toasted goodness on the nose, but with strong dank pine hops and floral notes prominent in the background.

The flavor follows the nose. The malts are present in the bready and caramel malt variety, with the hops arriving with almost no "fruit"--just solid resin and dankness. The touch of fruit is white-pulpy grapefruit.

The mouthfeel is solidly medium with a nice drying but not "crisp" finish. Well balanced.

Overall an excellent take.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned 01/03/19

Appearance - Pours relatively clear and light amber in color with an off-white, near finger width head. Fair retention before dying down to a thin, broken layer of suds. Broken lines and spotting makes for minimal lacing.

Smell - Floral, lightly piney hop aroma with a bready malts sitting beneath that.

Taste - Follows the nose. Mostly a floral hop flavor with touches of spice, pine and citrus. Fair bready malt undertone. Finishes much the way it starts, with a fair lasting aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Slick, easy drinker before a slightly dry finish.

Overall - Good, solid IPA. Very drinkable, but it doesn't do much to excite my taste buds.

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Photo of haines710
4.26/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

First time seeing this beer or brewery in Wilmington. Always glad to try local IPAs. This is a good one. Nice pine and citrus scent when opening the can. Taste is dominated by pine and has a very dry finish with a little maltiness. Great mouth feel. Carbonation and hops are just right.

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Photo of Kendo
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from the can into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. Body is slightly hazy coppery-amber with a 1-finger ivory head on top.

S: Nice old-school-style IPA nose of pine and citrus over caramel malt. Not terribly strong, but pleasant.

T: Bready & caramel malt foundation is followed by modest earthy and piney hops with a touch of citrus (grapefruit peel, oranges). Clean and dry, but with a touch of sweeter fruitiness.

M: Good clean, dry feel to it, with modest carbonation that provides nice "bite." Call it medium in heft.

O: Very good. Been drinking tons of NEIPAs of late, but this is a nice, well-done version of the old American IPA standards.

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Photo of Vegasindependentbeerscene
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tapped a pint at Longboard Cafe in Ocean City Maryland.

One word - delicious
Two words - yes please

One of the better independent beers on the eastern shore of Maryland

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Photo of Buck89
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a snifter. A hazy golden amber color with a medium sized white head. The aroma was somewhat muted with pine and tropical notes. The taste was reminiscent of a standard IPA: the above notes underscored with a firm bitterness and a clean finish. Medium bodied with a standard mouthfeel. Overall a great representation of the style.

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) can into a custom Samuel Adams pint glass; no production information.
A: Pours a slight cloudy, amber to light copper color with a three-quarter inch, white head, low retention, and little lacing.
S: Aromas of nectarine and peach, as well as caramel malts.
T: Remarkably dry. Little fruitiness despite the head. Flavors of caramel, bread, and cocoa. Maybe some apple. Solid but not overwhelming bitterness; really make a nice counterpoise to the malts.
M: Medium bodied with modest carbonation.
O: In flavor characteristics, almost reminiscent of a brown ale, but a very interesting, flavor forward interpretation of American IPA. Glad I have a few more.

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Photo of CHickman
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the can, it pours hazy gold color with a 1-2 finger foamy beige colored head that faded in average time and left good lacing. Smells of lemon zest, orange peel, faint grapefruit, biscuit, graham cracker, mild caramel, some floral notes and earthy spices. Nice balance and solid IPA components.

Flavor follows suit with nice citrus notes, caramel, grapefruit that’s lightly bitter, sweet malt, the graham cracker and biscuit from the nose plus some piney notes. Very smooth and sessionable.

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Photo of darktronica
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours orange with a finger of head and touch of cloudiness. Satsuma and grapefruit on the nose, and a big hit of Citra citrus and bitterness on the initial sip. Malt sweetness anchors the mid-palate. Saturated with flavor.

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Photo of stevoj
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can at R.F.D. Perhaps mid-Atlanric IPA needs to be a new category. Not as hoppy s the NW, not AS juicy as New England.. mellow but flavorful.. Not a palate crusher.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft. Served in a goblet glass. Pours a darker caramel body, slight orange hue, one finger white head, fair retention, bits of lacing. Smell is toasted malt, a bit of toffee, caramel sweetness, bit of citrus and pine. Nothing much going on here, but it does smell and taste like a red ale with a good malt presence, toffee sweetness with a fair bit of a hoppy background with the citrus and pine, slight resinous finish, mild-moderate bitterness. Body is medium-lighter, good carbonation, fairly bitter on the backend. This, I think, hews more towards a hoppy amber/red ale rather than a classic IPA.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a speiglau ipa glass.

Look is a clear amber yellow with a big head.

Aroma is malty with a slight lemongrass hop not at the end, a mixture of grassy herbal and lemon citrus.

Taste is a straight extension of the aroma. Herbal and malty almost like a tea.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Pours orange red with a fluffy white head. Smells of strong citrus and floral hops. Tastes of syrupy hops and sweet grain, fairly good balance. Beer is light bodied, good carbonation, fairly easy drinking. Overall, a very good beer.

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Photo of Beers-es
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap, pours a somewhat hazy deep orange. Pretty classic IPA smell and taste, maybe a touch fruitier than a West Coast beer. Feel is spot on, drinkable but with a little heft. Solid offering.

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap in a pint glass.

Hazy copper color with a thin white film for a head. Heavy rings of lacing.

Pine and other evergreen and earthy aromas. There's a slight funk in the smell...

...and in the taste, just behind the pine, floral, and malt.

Juicy, hoppy, not bitter. Medium body with some evidence of its abv. Clean and snappy.

A good version of the non citrus hop style IPA.

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Photo of Harrison8
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky, fiery orange with a finger of white foam on top. Fair head retention with only a few dots of lacing left behind. Aroma is floral, and flowery hop notes. Flavor profile is floral hop notes throughout. Additional notes of pine, spruce, and flowers interject and fade away throughout the flavor profile. Mouth feel is a touch fizzy, with a little bit of graininess to it. It holds a medium thickness. Overall, it's a well-done floral IPA. The mouth feel is a little rough for session drinking, and the notes aren't all nailed, but it's certainly a tasty brew.

Served in a 12oz snifter in a 12oz can.

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Photo of UPMD_Bill
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy amber, not much head. Honey color appropriate of "nectar" name. Not a lot of smell, but lots of flavor. Sweet malt backbone, followed by a moderate but not too intense hop bitterness. Hop flavor tends more towards floral end of things. Nicely balanced. Feel is moderate and drinkable. Would get again.

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Photo of hiphops
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

slighty hazy copper small head
smells floral pretzel some pine/herbal/medicinal notes touch of malty sweetness
definitely tastes english like it smells it's mostly dry good bitterness with just a hint of malty sweetness very restrained malt use. slightly spicy
feels light and peppy.
a good off trend ipa to give yourself a break from juice bombs. i appreciate this it's like a german english american ipa.

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Photo of BJB13
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can into a nonic pint glass.

Look- Cloudy and golden amber like fresh apple cider. Two fingers of off white fluffy head with some lacing.
Smell- Citrus hops and bready malts with a hint of pine.
Taste- Citrusy and slightly piney. Moderate bitterness balanced with semi sweet malt flavor, no bite or taste of alcohol. Finishes clean with a brief taste of grapefruit.
Feel- Fairly smooth with medium carbonation. Slightly creamy and medium bodied.
Overall- A good refreshing IPA. For me a definite go to, local brew.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With half the beer in an English mindset and the other half in a pacific northwest state of mind, the RAR Brewing flagship IPA is certainly an American hop bomb, but also has the understated balance from malt to make the beer work and without unnecessary sweet distractions.

Nanticoke Nectar pours with a bright copper color, cast agains a moderate hop haze. Its frothy off white head pushes a burst of hop aromatics toward the nose. Bold citrus and clean pine ring the necessary tones of American IPA, but the flavor of shortbread, nutty and butterscotch gently roll onto the early palate for a malty, biscuity upstart.

Across the middle palate, the taste turns rapidly from malty sweet to bitterly hopped. As the sweetness drifts, it leaves behind a toasty, nutty, non-sweet toasted grain character just as the hops latch onto the tastebuds with the sharp fruit flavor of pink grapefruit. A quick followup of orange peel and a finish of pine creates a clean, brisk and piquantly bitter taste that resonates like pine resins and gently muddled spruce needles.

Medium bodied, the beer strives for absolute dryness. But the British malts force a supported malt balance even late. Creamy and malty dry, the IPA closes with a proper hop showcase even with a more granola-like heft than is typical for the style.

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Photo of brentk56
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours hazy and amber hued with a one finger head; splashy lacing hangs around

Smell: Biscuity malt with a hint of caramel; tangerine and pine

Taste: The malt lays down a base, bringing some sweet caramel touches along with the biscuit; tangerine and pine flavors build through the middle, with the bitterness layering in, after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Nectar would be the right word here, as the combination of the malt and the hops blend to create a nectar-like effect; I prefer a dryer style

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Photo of bobv
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Moderate pour yields a huge white head that dissipates to a ring in a few minutes. Nose of pine and slight tropical fruit. Taste follows with a nice mouthfeel. Overall, thanks to John for the IP trade earlier today.

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