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Nectar IPA - Humboldt Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Nectar IPANectar IPA

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very good

338 Reviews
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Reviews: 338
Hads: 826
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 16.8%
Wants: 19
Gots: 72 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Humboldt Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: avylover on 10-03-2002

60 IBU
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Reviews: 338 | Hads: 826
Photo of DIM
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: This beer is a medium orange color with some amber hilights. Pours with a smallish white head.

s: The hop aroma here is superb, fresh, prickly, and piny. The sweetness from the malts smells a wee bit artificial, however.

t: The malts here are somewhat too sweet and have a faint metallic tone to them. As with the smell, however, the hops are fantastic, fresh and sticky.

m: Both the body and carbonation are adequate.

d: A pretty good beer, certainly, but there are better IPAs to be found.

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Photo of Minkybut
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer from into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was a red/gas looking color and it seemed to sustain a decent head. The bubbles were were fine and white. Smell was hoppy and i was expecting a hop bomb. Taste was not too hoppy though and in fact I thought this was pretty good for an IPA which I generally do not care for. So yes I would possbly buy this again.

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Photo of csmiley
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
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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Photo of mwolfe
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought 6 pack at vons for only 6.99 (regular price)

This is a great all around IPA.
Its a bit stronger than a Pale ale, but not quite as strong as some IPA's.
Easy to drink one or more in a sitting.
Mouthfeel is great. After trying the amber ale by the same brand, I feel as if this has a bit of the same taste to it, but stronger in hops. Its also fairly amber colored for an IPA. Its not a real unique beer, nothing i can really pick out as out of the ordinary, but at the same time it has a good balance of hops in the mix, and the flavor i've come to love and enjoy. If the price stays this low it will be in my fridge regularly.

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Photo of Floydster
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My dad gave me a twelve ounce bottle out of the six pack he bought from BevMo in Torrance

Pour was a golden brown with a 1/2 inch head that settled quickly

Taste was not that bitter for an IPA and I was expecting more since their Hemp Ale is so spicy

Could drink several of these, light for an india pale ale

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Photo of ElGordo
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Body is a rich golden color and rather still, without a whole lot of head. Aroma of slightly fruity hops and a bit of pale malt, with notes of grass and grapefruit. Palate is mostly lightly sweet malt up front, with the assertive hops emerging mid-palate. Grapefruit, grass, and a light biscuit character are evident towards the finish. Body is a bit creamy and lacks the unpleasant stickiness often associated with highly-hopped beers. A nicely hopped west coast IPA; I'll probably buy this again soon.

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Photo of MiScusi
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
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 akorsak
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle purchased from Liquid Solutions.

A: The IPA is an amber color, situated nicely between orange and brown. The ale is crystal clear, from the angle of the sun and the glass, there is a brilliant glare coming through. The head was quite large, 3.5 fingers or so, with a nice lace ring remaining.

S: The nose is a thick resiny hop profile mixed with a thick caramel malt body.

T: The ale has a big, malty mouthfeel. So much so that it could easily be mistaken for a barleywine. Those malts are cereal grainy, full of bread-like sweetness. The hops add quite an element of depth on top of the malts, big and citrusy, with some resiny thickness and a lot of grapfruit flavors. The balance between the malts and hops is striking, holding both in check and not getting out of hand.

M: The beer is a mouthful, lot o' hops and lots o' malts.

D: A bottle is enough for me, the beer is too over-the-top for an IPA.

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Photo of mynie
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
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 treehugger02010
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The best girlfriend in the world got me a mixed six pack and this bottle happened to be in it. I just poured it into a flared pint glass.
Appearance: A beautiful transparrent dark gold or light amber colored body with a trendous head full of huge bubbles and super sweet retention and the stickest of lacings all the way down.
Smell: A brilliant alpha hop aroma that became muted as it warmed.
Taste: Very well balanced beer, with the strong presence of floral hops, but again as the beer warmed this also was muted.
Mouthfeel: A typical ridgid and crisp IPA mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Absolutly superb.
Don't drink and review.

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Photo of geographie
4.57/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pushing the definition of "pale", but a very tasty looking brew nonetheless. Pours a slightly hazy amber with a tough, moussy head that takes some time to come down.

aroma is very sweet malty and hoppy as well. Comes off as an extract-like smell - akin to an imperial ipa, but is quite pleasant. Malty front complimented with roasted notes and a mid-light viscosity to boot. Bitterness is like ripping a very wet bandaid off, please mind the allusion to the visual, only slightly intense but you're damn glad you did it. As i am damn glad to haf quaffed this brew.

Nectar? Not really, but overall well constructed - only point loss is because it doesn't conform to style guidlines perfectly. A great drinker and very very pleasing to the palate.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, pretty dark amber ,for an IPA,clear with an attractive,l;arhe thick creamy eggshell coloured head. Very spicy aroma slighly piney but with good undercurrents of malt, red grapefruit. Crisp taste , mainlly of grapefruit hops and some good underlying maltiness, actaully turns out to be somewhat balanced in the end. Very nice mouthfeel, smooth and ends well. Overall a pleasant West Coast IPA.

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Photo of Barleywhiner
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
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 grego
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured a nice amber color with a good small head that stuck around for a while. Some nice lacing as well. the smell is wonderfully hoppy, citrusy, piney, and sweet as well. The taste follows suit - very tasty brew - zero alcohol taste. Mouthfeel is very smooth but also has a nice dryness. I could drink this beer all day and/or night, seriously. If you like the style you will like this most excellent example.

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Photo of OStrungT
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a very slightly cloudy golden color. It has a thick white head. The head fades a little quickly, leaving a slight lacing.

This beer has a citrusy hop aroma. It also smells slightly fruity. Maybe apricot? A slight honey aroma is also present. t has a slight malty aroma also.

As with the aroma, this beer tastes slightly odd. It has a citrus hop flavor, but there is more to it. It tastes fruity. Some apricot, and maybe some orange. Odd. Not much malt to it.

This beer is very mild. It is refreshing. It goes down smooth, leaving a fruity, hoppy aftertaste.

I doubt this beer would make a great session beer. The flavor is off for the style. Alcohol wise, it would be easy to put down a few.

Overall: This beer is odd. It is not bad, but it is very different. I doubt I will buy it again.

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Photo of bthompuz
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber, head dissipated quickly but left some lacing

Smell: Great initial aroma of hops, but like the head it went away quickly

Taste: Bitterness lingers and comes across as harsh and almost aspirin like in the aftertaste. Seems like the bitterness is emphasized more than the aroma or flavor. Some biscuity malt flavor works to balances the hops, but does not quite do it.

Mouthfeel: Light mouthfeel, almost watery

Drinkability: Drinkable, nothing special, but a pretty good IPA

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Photo of stephendr
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber color – white frothy thick big bubble head – nose of nice bitter hopps , tobacco , grapefruit , floral , and slight various grains – taste of bitter hopps , resiny , floral , and citrus in the background malt – sour / acidic body – aftertaste slightly bitter with hopps and citrus lingering

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Photo of tattooedtolley
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber in color, white head left little lacing.

Smell: Very sweet smell of hops and malts.

Taste: Decent hop flavor, maybe a bit too backed up by the malts. The bitterness is a bit lower than I expected but I really like'em bitter and super hoppy. Maybe this could be a good stepping stone for those not really into hoppy beers. Seems a bit too sweet for me.

Mouthfeel: Light/medium body, nice carb crispness.

Drinkability: Very drinkable if the taste is on par with what you like.

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Photo of bwyker
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed thanks to bennetj17. Shining golden orange with practically no head whatsoever. A slightly lighter yellowish hue around the glass. Very little carbonation. In the first whiff I noticed lots of citrusy hops. After it sat in the glass a bit, the hop aroma gave way to caramel. Taste was similar. Mostly caramel malts with a slight roasted flavor and a decent bitterness from the hops. Mouthfeel was pretty smooth. Light to medium body, with a bit of syrup-like stickyness in the finish. Easy to drink. Nothing overwhelming. Balanced malts and hops. Not too bad.

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Photo of FuzzyGuy84
4.62/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Great orange-brown color, darker than I would expect from an IPA. Amazing smell of citrus and hops, very strong and very pleasant. I love the taste of this beer. It is very much Humbolt's more popular "Red Nectar" kicked up a notch. Nice and hoppy without being overpowering, this is one of the best IPAs I've ever tasted. Mouthfeel is a little thin, but the carbonation and hoppyness feel good on the tongue. Overall just a stellar beer I would reccomend to any fan of Pale Ales in general.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper color with a touch of amber. Slim head dissolves into a film atop the beer. Mild aroma of toasted nuts and pine-like, citrus hops. Sweet carmelly malt flavor with a hint of roasted character, it blends well with a medium hoppiness. There is not that much bitter toward the finish, but a touch of sourness lingers and detracts some. Medium body, the carbonation starts out decent but falls somewhat flat. I liked the balance of malt and hop flavors in this IPA but overall it was just decent, only worth a try...

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Photo of hero27
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.

Glowing light copper color. Light khaki head.
Fresh hop aroma of pine & grapefruit. Resiny hop bite right from the first sip. The malt lingers well in the background, but leaves this aggressively hoppy while not being completely unbalanced. Plenty of hop character and a very drinkable IPA from Humboldt Brewing Company.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Copper with orange outer. White head is tight and leaves tons of coating, eventually it falls to a thin cover.

A bit of a funky wet towel type smell hits me up front. Beneath that there is tons of citrus hops. First drink produced plenty of hops, sugary malts, and a rather large warm ending. This is a unique IPA for my taste buds in that it actually starts out with the moderate hop profile and then about 3/4 of the way through there is this barleywine'ish, super sweet, syrupy, sugared malt that just diffuses the brew alltogether. I kinda liked it but boy its one rich IPA.

Notes: I enjoyed this product. It's one of those beers that tastes nice but I could only handle a couple at the most in one sitting, not because of the alcohol splash but because it would start to wear on my palate. Aggressive but in need some refinement. Close to being an excellent beer.

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Photo of dickroop
4.67/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I visited the Crown City Brewpub in Pasadena. Their wheat beer was only 1 step above lawnmower brew, so I cast my eye to the other taps in search of HOPS! There was Nectar IPA with the bright-colored hummingbird on the tap saying "sample a pint".

It was bronze color and clear, with a full 1-finger head that produced exquisite lacing. The nose was very promising, piney, resinous, hoppy. Initial flavor was more of same, supported by mystery bitterness in the mid-palate, but not such a bitter finish, a delightful sweet/bitter balance. This is good! A perfect complement to the lunch veggieburger that just arrived. Mouthfeel is light and easy, nice. Altogether, the not-too-high alcohol makes for outstanding drinkability. I coulda sipped this nectar all afternoon.

I can hardly say enough good things about this ale. I WISH I would see bottles of this brew on the east coast. What a great discovery.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.21/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear dark amber color, nice carbonation, tiny head, a little bit of lacing throughout the drink.

S - Scents of slight hops, sweet malts.

T - I'm disappointed in the taste, not hoppy at all like an IPA should be. The taste is sweet malts. This does taste very nice, especially if it was an amber ale instead.

M - Medium body, nice carbonated feel.

D - Drinkable. Humboldt fell short on this one, should be an amber ale, instead of an IPA.

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Nectar IPA from Humboldt Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 338 ratings.