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Boasting a ruby hue and an exquisite floral aroma, Red Nectar is a robust yet elegant brew with distinctive accents of toasted malt, caramel, spice and residual sweetness. The beer that started it all… Red Nectar was considered a strange bird when it was first released in 1987. After all, where did a robust, handcrafted all-natural amber ale fit into the massive flock of American industrial lagers? Answer: it didn’t. So it blazed its own trail, helping set the pace for the craft brew revolution. Enjoy Red Nectar for its dazzling reddish copper hue, original flavors and caramel spice accents. (Editor’s Note: originally brewed by Humboldt Brewing Company as "Humboldt Red Nectar Ale" until their acquisition by Firestone Walker.)


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GreenDragon (219) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2006
Pours with a medium white head on a golden-brown body. Intense floral hoppy aroma with very light malty undertones. Sweet malty flavor with a mild hoppy finish on a medium thick body.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 9, 2006
Creamy off-white head on a dark amber body. Light floral hops aroma. Light malty flavor with some light bitterness in the end

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kramer (5357) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2005
12 oz bottle via fordest. Pours a clear copper with a small antique white head. Nice floral hoppy nose over a sweet toffee-like malt base. Resiny hop bite with toffee and toasted malt flavor. Medium bodied with a slightly creamy mouthfeel. This one really surprised me, I was prepared for just an average to below average Amber, but this was really good. Not amazing, but above average.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nejhleader (1325) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2005
really nice amber ale. Nice hint of hops, a bit fruity, with a smiliar aroma. faint bitterniss towards the end. Good amber ale.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 27, 2005
Aroma of spice for this beer. Deep amber body with off white small head. Flavor has a malty backbone with enough spice flavor to balance a what might of been a sweet malty ale. Warming effect so on a cool night or day should try this one. Mild spicy aftertaste.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 20, 2005
Bottle: pours with a clear red-amber body and a small, quickly fading, light beige head. The aroma is subtle, but does show floral, earthy, and spicy hops with a hint of residual sugary sweetness. Taste initally has an interesting sweetness, like eating red clover. Quickly afterwards, the hops take over for a bit, establishing earthy, floral, spicy hops. Some chewy caramel and bready malt show up towards the middle, then the hops take back over in the finish with bitter floral grass notes that linger on the tongue. Light-medium bodied, medium carbonation, a nice thirst-quenching amber ale that does showcase some quality hops.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
thelandstander (46) - Davis, California, USA - NOV 5, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2005 Poured a beautiful reddish-brown with a small amount of head. Good mouth feel. Strong hops flavor. Unfortunately it’s too bitter for my taste. A beer that looks this good shouldn’t be so average.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 10, 2005
Bottled. Beer of the month. For any amber this was pretty good. Had a little hope bite over the malt flavor.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dwyerpg (4827) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 5, 2005
This is a very nice amber. Nutty w/caramel - somewhat reminiscent of Anchor steam but with more hops. They didn’t overload the malt, which is probably why I like this so much.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - AUG 24, 2005
Caramel color, tan thin head, light lacing. Nose of sweet candi and bright fruity hops. Strawberry and caramel grains. Rich and malty but something is missing here.


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