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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 allÖ 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 didnít. 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. (Editorís Note: originally brewed by Humboldt Brewing Company as "Humboldt Red Nectar Ale" until their acquisition by Firestone Walker.)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DarkElf (3038) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 11, 2005
(12 oz bottle: Cost Plus in La Jolla, CA) Solid, flavorful amber ale with a nice balance between mildly sweet maltiness and a moderately bitter hops. The nose, however, is much more tipped toward the sweet, malty and caramely side of the spectrum. Medium in body with a round, enveloping, pleasant mouthfeel. Dark amber in color and fully clear. Light tan head pours to an inch in height, and retains a thin layer until the beer is gone. This is a very capable amber, solid in all respects.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 21, 2004
This beer is very red, but not quite as red as that sugar water taht you put out for the hummingbirds. Sweet malty cookies with amoderately strong citrus hop finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 18, 2004
Poured amber with a medium tan head...smell was quite malty with cookie dough and a hint of flowery hops...taste was sweet and malty with an aggressive hop finish...not bad, but seemed quite peculiar as far as balance goes...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5402) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 6, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2006 I am not very familiar with this brewer as their products have only recently become available to me locally. Being as I am rather hummingbird obsessed I had to jump at the chance to try this one. Yeah, I know, not the best of reasons to choose a brew, but I am satisfied with my decision. Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a bright bronze color with a medium sized yellow-cream colored head. The aroma was wonderfully sweet and fruity. The texture is thick. The flavor is sweet and contains ripe fruit, floral and fruity hops and caramel elements. There is a sugary hop finish. Really found this beer to be rather delightful and I will certainly try it again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2004
Appearance: bright, dark ruby color, a lovely jewel, aided by an enormous head, off-whitish shade, nearly cocoa, honeycombed with lace. Aroma: fresh, yeasty, citric, slightly sour, tasty, too. Taste: smooth-going at first sip, untroubled, and tasty. Minor-key fruit factor. Adequate malt, excellent balance. Delicious, but mild enough, too, to enter the session ale field. Every sip and swallow is itís own reward, flavor returns and is enjoyed again and again.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rentalman (103) - British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 24, 2004
(Draft) Red dark golden color with a small white head. Slightly hopped aroma but smells really clean with not a lot of hints of what is to come. Malty flavor with a small aromatic hop bite. Really quite floral. Needs a bit more hops.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ricardowess (25) - Sedona, Arizona, USA - OCT 6, 2004
I have dreams about this stuff... hoppy, copper colored ale. Full flavored, balanced - damn, thinking about it makes me want another!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - OCT 1, 2004
Got this one as a single at Trader joes, money well spent, nice flavor, hoppy, flowery, good finish, no aftertaste, but thatís ok too! Would drink again!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ubiquibeer (140) - Cleveland, USA - SEP 10, 2004
Donít get a chance to drink this often since I moved from California, but it will always hold a special place in my heart. Beautiful amber color, malty with a good dose of hops in the aroma, a rich malty citrus hop flavor, and a smooth, clean, and bitter finish. Nice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jasonp (1556) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - SEP 5, 2004
Pours a fiery amber with a dissapating off white head. Aroma is floral and malty. Taste is of caramel malt, citrus and floral hops. Moderately sweet with a bitter aftertaste. Bold and full bodied-very satisfying. Nice lacing. This is one of the better ambers Iíve had. Very well balanced- recommended.

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