Nectar Ales — Paso Robles, CA
- Style: Amber Ale
- Bitterness: 35 IBU
- ABV: 5.4%
- Malts: Premium Two Row, Wheat Malt, Crystal 75
- Hops: Chinook, Mt. Hood, Cascade
- Sampled: 12 oz. bottle
Description: "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." — Nectar Ales
Random thoughts: I picked this one up at Main Street Homebrew. New Seasons also stocks this in some locations. Love the label artwork.
The tasting: Color is a gorgeous reddish-amber. Aroma is very hoppy, more than I expected for an Amber Ale—but I like it. Lots of nice malty flavors, but I can't make out what they are. The hop flavor is strong, and in nice layers. Body is medium. After the beer warmed up, the bitterness was a bit more noticeable, but still nice. Red Nectar surprised me because I expected it to have a much higher IBU count—closer to IPA levels.
Rating: 4 star. Really Good! I want this again. Prior to this tasting, I had never heard of Nectar Ales. But this is exactly the type of beer I had envisioned when I selected the recipe for my first homebrew. I wanted a red ale (that my wife likes) with a more hoppy profile (that I like). If my brew turns out as half as good as this, I will be very pleased. Great selection by the guys at Main Street Homebrew!