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Tröegs Nugget Nectar - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Reviews: 2,396
Hads: 7,855
Avg: 4.33
pDev: 17.09%
Wants: 1,325
Gots: 1,444 | FT: 30
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Tröegs Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Edwin on 02-13-2004

Squeeze those hops for all they're worth! Nugget Nectar will take hopheads to nirvana with a heady collection of American hops. Our Imperial Amber Ale is further intensified with whole flower Nugget hops added to our hopback vessel, resulting in an explosion of citrus, resin and pine.

93 IBU
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Reviews by BradtheGreat7:
Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Review taken Beginning of March 2014(day it arrived)

12 oz brown bottle with a really stellar label. A hop head no doubt absolutely squeezing the life along with all the fresh hop juices and oils straight from the hop itself. Label is of reds, oranges, and yellow. Just a fantastic bottle to look at. Poured into a standard American pint glass.

A - nearly crystal clear body. Amber red in color with shades of copper orange when in the light. Thick white head on the pour carries a really nice creamy appearance to it. Head slowly turns into a lovely covering of creamy white lace leaving very good stick to the walls of this pint glass.

S - citrus and grapefruit up front with orange and a whiff of mellow mango. Grapefruit bite really steps to the side letting the fruitiness take control while the caramel malts blend and balance this aroma to perfection.

T - luscious flavor. Getting the hop notes we love across then balancing them in a magnificent way. Fruity and citrusy up front with mild mango, big orange and grapefruit. Sweet caramel and bread like malts really shift things into that next gear. Hop spice and a peppery note only add character to the flavor. Candied citrus and fruit pop back up just before the quick but sharp grapefruit bitter finish. This has everything anyone could ever want from a big Amber ale. Fresh hop tasting and packed full of flavor.

M - medium bodied with excellent texture. Smooth and drinkable. Texture isn't overly thick, but somehow finds its way into 'the way its supposed to be' category. Coats the mouth with its luscious flavor, gushing hop notes, and sweet malt balance.

O - Nugget Nectar is one of those very few won't absolutely fall in love with. It's the best thing going in the Amber/Red world these days and few could argue its greatness. It's easily one of the most enjoyable and overall best ales I've ever had. I look forward to having more Nugget Nectar experiences in the future and also seek out some of this fine brewery's other offerings. Troegs have a winner here. It's that great

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More User Reviews:
Photo of EricLiPuma
4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From the new 16oz cans.
One of the best beers I've had. The smell is like sticking your nose in a bag or hops and the taste reflects the smell. Crystal clear orange beer.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Quite possibly the best IPA I've ever had. A serious bronze, copper, golden hue; mostly clear except a light haze; with a dense bleached white head. Difficult to want to drink--you just want to keep your nose in the glass; the aroma is that good! Serious grapefruit, grassy, and citrus characters in the aroma travels flawlessly into the flavor. Could be easily mistaken for grapefruit juice if not for a moderate, yet firm malt base. Citrus flavors with low level bitterness and bite-eyness because of the caramel barley sweetness. Smooth and silky to the mouth with a lightly alcoholic and hop drying sensation. The perfect summertime refresher and a treat for the senses at any occasion.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Copper-amber color with an off-white head and a decent amount of lace.

S: Lots of hops back up by sweet amber malt.

T: Lots of hops going on here as promised. A very unique taste, and I really, really wish that more breweries would get behind this and start up the Imperial Amber style.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation. Hoppiness throughout.

D: Much more drinkable than the typical IPA. There's something very smooth about this one and I look forward to having it fresh again next year.

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Photo of G_Z_a
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reminds me of some of my favorite Ambers from WI (Capital, Sprecher), but with an aggressive hop profile. For a West Coast Hop-head, I thought it was really well done.

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Photo of BigRizz62
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is one of my favorite all time beers. I look forward to the release of this beer every year. The combination of hops makes this beer really work

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Photo of brentk56
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a brilliantly clear light amber color with a billowy head that sticks and laces nicely

Smell: Loads of grapefruit but there is more; floral and slightly herbal, too

Taste: The toffee malt jumps out but is quickly joined by the grapefruit, though the hops bring an herbal element, too; after the swallow, this is all about the bitterness, although there is some residual sweetness on the tongue at the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Tasted within two weeks of bottling, it doesn't get much better than this for hoppy beers

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jmpizzo for sending me this one!

Bottled 2/20/12.

Pours a clear copper/amber with a 1 inch foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks and dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of lots of citrus zest, herbal hops, and some tropical fruit aromas. Taste is super hoppy with citrus zest and tropical fruit flavors up front with a herbal hop quality on the finish. There is a pretty assertive bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a light level of carbonation with a medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a wonderful hop presence in the aroma and taste.

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Photo of beertunes
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to hops1337 for sharing this with me. I've been a fan of Troegs for a long time and I miss their beers a lot since I've moved west.

The beer poured a clear, coppery-amber color, with a decent off-white head that had good retention and OK lacing. The aroma was mostly piney hops with a noticeably solid malt foundation. The flavor had that solid malt base to build upon and the hops do just that very well.

The body was solid, full and sticky in the good way. Drinkability was very good, I could have several of these with ease. I know the brewery calls this an Imperial Amber, but really this is a solidly built IPA that would be at home in any beer lovers fridge.

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Photo of BradMatton13
3.46/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Solid beer, was a lil let down after all the hype

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Photo of oberon
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear deep copper with a creamy-like white one finger head that settles slowly leaving a sheet of lace behind.Sharp citric,piney hop aromas abound there was a very noticable nutty malt character underneath as well.I like the almost creamy mouthfeel its full in body but smooth and pleasant going down.Although a big hop profile flavor wise going on its neither brash or bitter its just a long smooth piney,herbal character that lasts from beginning till end.Lightly sweet caramel malt base holds up well to the hops.It a very enjoyable beer to drink just smooth as hell and of course hoppy enough to keep me happy.

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Photo of aszatk01
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Once upon a time there was a jolly BA named AutumnalDave who drove around the upper Midwest handing out phenomenal beers to people he hardly knew. That is how this review began…

Preamble: I have a bias against this beer because of how it’s categorized. I think it’s insane to put this hop bomb in the same category as Leinie’s Red, Bell’s Amber, and Fat Tire. That being said, this is a pretty awesome hop monster.

Appearance: Orange copper body that goldens as if touched by Midas himself when held to direct light. Nice fizzy off white head, pour retention, minimal lacing.

Aroma: Very sweet hops – like somebody took a variety of fresh hops, stringed them up, and dipped them in orange snow cone syrup and a touch of honey. The hop profile is as broad as the tidal wave that swept Madison in a freak flood yesterday. Juniper, mountain flowers, sage, grapefruit, tangerine, etc… are all present and accounted for. Despite this, caramel remains nicely available in the nose.

Taste: Hoppy to be sure and bitter like ruby red grapefruit but much of the bitterness is balanced by a strong presence of candy like sweet malts so that the final flavor comes out more like a piece of chewy, sugar coated Sunkist grapefruit candy than that half a grapefruit that I often see hippies eating in the mornings. Other hop flavors of lawn clippings, apricot, and tangerines are as bold as that last sentence was run-on and yet caramel and even a little pastry dough still find a place.

Mouthfeel: Nearly a full body, creamy yet bitter, rich and smooth. No alcohol presence.

Drinkability goes without saying.

Postscript: I’m still bitter that this beer is listed as an Amber/Red. Personally, I think it’s closer to an American IPA but at the end of the day who cares. This beer rocks. Thanks again for AutumnalDave for the unsolicited but much appreciated sample.

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Photo of Fear4Beer
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I'm not a big fan of very bitter beers and I'm just pleasantly confused about this beer. This beer has 93 IBU which would make you think this beer will turn your face inside out with bitterness but for whatever reason (perhaps it being a red ale?) the malts counter the bitterness to the point where this beer is actually enjoyable without giving you a bitter beer face. It has the aspects of an IPA (the hop taste and grapefruit note) but the malts really make this beer great. The pine notes are usually the ones that are the most unpleasant to me in IPAs and the pine taste is very subtle in this beer. I'm not sure if my palette is changing though. 93 IBU normally means I'm not going to like the beer. This beer has proven that theory wrong. Although I'm drinking this beer 2-3 months after I bought it. I'm not sure if it aged the beer at all. Hopefully I can try a fresh beer in the future and remember how this tasted.

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Photo of Smokesnotes
3.92/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Nice golden amber, good head.

S - Hops

T - Nice upfront, hops come through, some caramel.

M - Not as smooth as I'd prefer.

O - Very good. Has some pale characteristics for being an amber. Great first sip. Not a great finish.

I had to buy this in Ohio as I've never seen it here in GR. I would definitely drink it next time I'm in PA, but probably won't seek it out otherwise.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Finally found a pack of these in Toledo - the search is finally over. Pours a sickeningly perfect copper color with crazy-exceptional clarity. A big, foamy, eggshell head posts up on top of the beer and lasts seemingly for days. Amazing traces of lacing on the way down as carbonation bubble streams continuous flow from bottom to top. This beer looks stunning.

The aroma starts off with strong, weedy hops that jump up and spike your nostrils. Resinous, oily, and mildly dank. There is a good amount of caramel malt to be noted, providing a perfectly sound and balanced sweetness to the hoppy bitterness. Biscuits, roses, grass, and toffee are all things I would compare this aroma to. Lots more going on here than you might think from the first whiff. The hops gets stronger and the malts get sweeter - this is starting to make my mouth water.

Nugget Nectar contains an extremely solid, seemingly 50/50 mix of "bitter hop rush" and "sweet malt balance", right out of the gate - this is a very good sign. The hop profile consists of pine resin, hop oils, slight dankness, and mild grass flavors. The malts are packed with caramel, bread, and mild toffee. The execution of flavor envelopment between "bitter" and "sweet" is nearly flawless, as each contributor brings a nearly equal amount to the table, making this an unbelievably drinkable beer. After taking several sips, my mouth is left with a leafy resin and heavily soaked bread - once again, in nearly perfect harmony. Medium bodied, carbonated well, slightly sticky and coating to the palate.

There's no denying that this may be one of the best executed "reds" or "amber ales" out there. Hoppy enough for hop-heads, yet balanced enough for people afraid of D/IPAs. So damn drinkable it's nuts. This stuff needs to make its way to Michigan, pronto.

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Photo of DavyJones
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of punkindrublic50
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Speaking as someone who doesn't normally care for hoppy beers Nugget Nectar is absolutely delicious and I highly recommend it to beer drinkers everywhere. Tastes pretty much like what the picture on the bottle shows - like someone managed to squeeze all of the oily essence out of some hops and bottle it up. Somehow not overpowering while maintaining its intensity, a hint of citrus from the hops used and a creamy texture add up to a brew I cant wait to have more of in the future!

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Photo of HopKing14
5/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of t2grogan
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of boston2bburg
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep orange-amber hue with a tight creamy finger of off-white head that's sticky and leaves giant swaths of tiny-bubbled lacing while not quite covering the width of my snifter.

Smells a whole lot like Simcoe, and although the bottle only lists Nugget, Warrior and Tomahawk, the website notes Simcoe and Palisade as well. True to its name, it is very resiny, with grapefruit, citrus and pine, and a sweet malty character that reminds me of a lot of west coast DIPAs.

The flavor tops most of them. Beautifully balanced but with a huge hop character. The sweetness of the malts complement the hops in such a way that yields mostly flavor and only subtle bitterness. It really is like drinking hop juice.

Mouthfeel is a bit sharp up front and dry on the finish. Not real syrupy which allows for excellent drinkability. This is a beer that those who enjoy well done hops need to seek out. It may seal up a trip to the brewery for me this summer.

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Photo of MadScientist
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: A light copper colored beer with great clarity. The persistant head is made of rocky, off-white foam with an orange hue.

S: Moderately strong hops aroma of citrus, pineapple and some resinous pine. The malt brings moderately-light biscuit and caramel aromas. The light alcohol note is foral and soft.

T: Bitter hop bliss on the first sip with a moderately-high hops bitterness and high hops flavors again mostly citrus and pineapple with some pine. A bit of malt character is able to make itself know under all the hops being initially sweet followed by some caramel character. The balance is pretty strongly towards the bitter but there is some malt sweetness for support. The finish is dry with a linger hop bitterness and piney, citrus flavors in the aftertaste. A slight touch alcohol sweetness towards the finish.

M: Medium bodied with a moderately-strong level of carbonation. A slight alcohol warmth in the back of the throat.

O: This beer brings out a huge amount of citrus hops character with more malt character and a bit less bitterness than a typical American IPA and is a go to favorite for the hops lover in me. If you like hops you should get your hand on this.

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Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brownbeer
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours orangey amber with a small, white head.

The aroma is quite citrusy, with mandarin orange and pine shining through fairly easily. Really nice for the style but not monumental for beer.

The taste is packed with orangey citrus and is very drying on the palate.

For this style it's going to be tough to beat, but as an overall beer it's not all that exciting.

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Photo of Schlais
4/5  rDev -7.6%

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Tröegs Nugget Nectar from Tröegs Brewing Company
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