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RATINGS: 495   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   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.)


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 (1417) - 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 (5591) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - FEB 27, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2004 Appearance is certainly appropriate, that is being reddish and all. Good roasted sweet maltiness, some bitterness, clean finish. Not great, but quite enjoyable.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bb (6784) - Alamo, California, USA - FEB 19, 2004
Bottle. Reddish/brown color with a good off-whiter head. Malty aroma with a little pine. Flavor has more hops than I thought. A little acidity and a little roastiness/nuttiness. There's a slight astringincey in the beer that isn't quite so smooth, but it's still easy to drink.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 18, 2004
Nice and sweet with a smooth malty flavor. I could detect hints of caramel, cherries and apples. Overall very smooth and crisp.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (29168) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - FEB 7, 2004
A red or amber beer with a fine beige head. The aroma is sweet malty with notes of straws, caramel, and hints of roasted bread. The flavor is of roasted malt and good hops - both aroma and bitter - with fruit and caramel notes in the middle. It ends on an OK bitterness. The body is a little thin.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 31, 2004
Deep amber color with tan head. Head dissipates quickly. A nutty aroma. Flavor is hoppy but not bitter. Very smooth session beer.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2004
This was a pretty decent beer. Poured a nice dark amber and was moderately hoppy. This would make a nice session beer in both taste and alcohol content.


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