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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.)


3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hayduke (3159) - Eureka, California, USA - MAY 14, 2004
As a local brew, this is easy to find here, and a lot of locals purchase it in bottles. I drank one yesterday, and as a newer rater paid a lot of attention to what I was drinking. Poured into a glass it had an interesting amber color that somehow reminded me of honey. Nice white head, and I was greeted by an aroma that I can only describe as a mixture of hops, carmel, and maybe coffee. It had a little bit of a bite at the start that I found a little disconcerting, that went away but returned again right at the end. Yet it was drinkable and overall a decent, but not outstanding ale. There are other ales made and available here in Humboldt County I like better. But if someone hands me one, I will not complain.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Easy2Slip (4) - penngrove, California, USA - MAY 12, 2004 does not count
top notch northern cal micro-beer...crisp, smooth and a bit sweet, as it was once called the nectar of the gods...can’t go wrong

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 5, 2004
(draught at Oliver Twist, Stockholm, Sweden) Pale amber with a large withe head. Sweet amlty aroma of caramel, vanilla, toffee. Some floral hops is also there. Sweet flavour of caramelmalt with a hoppy floral finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 4, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2004 Keg @ Oliver Twist, Stockholm
I agree completely with the commercial description , with t e addition of a long lasting hoppy aftertaste, as is quite common among modern US brews. I think I beat omhper to this one (on tap) ;-)

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 26, 2004
Smells kinda sweet. Nice amber color. Smooth taste with honey and clove flavor with slight hops. Pretty good brew, worth a try.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
labattblueleaf (225) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 25, 2004
Nice smooth amber. Lightly kissed with a floral aroma/flavor and malt. Mine had a big head which I don't know if that was typical.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SiddFinch (155) - Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 14, 2004
Palate is velvety smooth. Flavor is fruity, malty, maybe a bit musty. Beautiful floral hops finish but not overwhelming. Unexpected from the style. Sort of reminded me of a tamer Red Seal Ale. This was great.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IslandHaole (1091) - Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, JAPAN - APR 7, 2004
A nice Amber /Orange color with a thin tan head. Great malty nose with floral & pine undertones. Nice complex malt flavor with a slightly bitter middle, sweetness again follows but the bitternes returns in the aftertaste. Good mouthfeel and body is appropriate for the style. Lot's of fun, I do like this one!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fly (1394) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - MAR 19, 2004
Very strange that I had samples in three different tasting and had a slightly different opinion each time. Didn't care for it at first and next time thought it was a clear winner. Perhaps a bad bottle first time? At any rate, has a nice body with good maltiness and clean bitter finish.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Braudog (5489) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - MAR 16, 2004
My nose is stuffed up today, but this is a nice florally hoppy red ale, with a nice hue. Don't know what happened to the Humboldt name, but this is marketed as a "Nectar Ales" product now ... interesting. Anyway, this is sweet yet bitter, with a slight malty tone. Very nice beer.


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