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RATINGS: 535   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
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.)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bubbleflubber (2164) - 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!

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (9999) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
frankenkitty (2006) - 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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   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.

   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.

   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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - JUN 30, 2005
Excellent ale for the price! Nice 1/2" head, pleasant nose. Mildly hoppy, somewhat dry finish (which I like). Bought this on a whim, could not be happier!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hooker (467) - Coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 19, 2005
Clear reddish copper colour with thick frothy light tan head. Mild hop nose with hint of peach. Mild hop taste with lingering dry slightly bitter peach finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bsawatzky (153) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2005 on tap. the flavor of this amber was quite surprising. an explosion of citrus as a result of lots of hops. a really good amber with the underlying maltiness.

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