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RATINGS: 518   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
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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.)


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 17, 2005
Pours amber with a white head. Smells of cookie dough. Tastes peppery with some rosey notes. Sweet, watery finish. More balanced than most ambers I’ve had.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fordest (2017) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - AUG 9, 2005
Bottle. Copper Clear with a decent head that left decent lacing. Malty aromas, and some spice added to the flavor. Hoppy citrus, and an aftertaste with a very nice bite.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JUL 29, 2005
12 oz bottle - as a bonus beer from Firemoose15 - Thanks Mel - Pours copper with a small offwhite head. Nose of caramel malts and honey along with a touch of grapefruit hops. Flavor is quite floral with a nice honey sweet malt background. Nice hoppy slightly bitter finish. On the palate this is medium bodied and crisp and clean on the finish. A dandy amber ale... I’m not usually too into this style but this one is very drinkable!

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bubbleflubber (1935) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JUL 23, 2005
Oh, how I do love a red ale! And this one doesn’t dissapoint. The nose is very comforting..... plumbs, honey and spice. Pours dark amber into glass with a decent head and thin spiderweb lace. Notes of syrupy fruit and caramel in the mid-palate with a nice floral hop back. After sitting 10 minutes or so, this brew (as most reds) really begins to open up. Great session beer, and one that’s very comforting to have all year round. Kudos!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2005
Out of a bottle, aroma light malt and floral. Poured dark copper full tan head. Taste was good sweet and I thought hoppy. Hop character was nice though not overbearing or bitter. Nice clean finish. Overall solid and good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (8376) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2005
Heavy copper/burgundy pour with good-sized tan head. Aromas of caramel malt, cabernet, cognac, plums, hops. Tastes red winey, with some plums, hops, and caramel malt in the finish. One of my top 10 red ales of all time.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
frankenkitty (1971) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - JUL 12, 2005
Medium to deep copper-colored body under a fluffy, almost-beige head that took awhile to fade. Aromas held roasted malts with light, grassy hops as well as a sharp, sour dose of blue cheese. Moderate bitter flavor with a wee bit of acidity late and a fairly short, dry finish.

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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - JUL 9, 2005
Reddish/copper off white head. Malt notes were mainly sweet like honey, a good hop balance in the finish. really smooth and easy to drink. Not watered down at all.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 4, 2005
12 oz. Bottle. Clear light red/amber in color. Not much head or lacing. Slightly citrus nose with some malt. Smooth malt flavor with a slight hop bite. Not bad. Nothing too exciting.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JUL 1, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2005 I liked the reddish-copper color and the healthy head. Nice lacing. The aroma is sweet & malty with a plummy fruitiness with just a touch of floral hops. This is a hardy, medium-bodied drink with a toasty malt flavor and a cherry sweetness nicely balanced with the hop bitterness. This has a snappy, dry finish. Not bad at all.

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