Tröegs Nugget Nectar - Tröegs Brewing Company
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4.75/5 rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
So here I am in 2011. Out of college for 10 months, jobless, and not a lot of prospects on the horizon. Those of you in the northeast who are reading this can vouch that we've had another "winter from hell" with a ton of ice, salt and gray days. Of course, I've been drinking my heavy Stouts and leftover holiday beers during this time but now that March is here, the days are growing warmer and longer. Sure enough, there must be something to look forward to, right?
As you probably surmised, that's where this beer comes in. I first brought this to my lips 5 years ago and from that point on, there was no looking back. Sure, Hoegaarden, the Sam seasonals, and the Ommegang Hennepin will always be the beers that showed me what was possible with 4 ingredients and some TLC in the brewing process, but if there was anything that served as the tipping point in my journey through the malted barley beverages of the world, there's no doubt that this was it.
I always get my beers from the same local store here in Jersey where they take beer seriously and attempt to match the brews up with the customer preferences. I was never picky and would try anything at least once - which remains true to this very day - but this came in late late February of 2006, I was told that this was the real deal and worth the hype. Being the skeptic that I was and still am to a slight extent, I wasn't sure what to expect.
As you can probably guess, this is where I get my bluff called. Bought it, brought it home, and gave it a good crack on a somewhat mild night not unlike the one we're having in New Jersey tonight. To say that nothing compared to this would be an understatement. For starters, the aroma was so perfect that I swear that this was brewed as a unit and not a collection of different hops. Not only did it fill my pint glass, but I could smell it from at least a foot or two away once I opened the bottle up.
To top it off, the hue was a gorgeous, radiant amber with a fluffy head that lasted quite a while. Tasting this beer was so difficult because of the multitude of cascading flavors that meshed so well together. The pine, citrus, resin, metallic, grassy, and earthy notes are all here but nothing shouts out over the others. Rather, the music that they create is that of the sphere as they all fit in perfect harmony, leading to an aftertaste that only has a hint of alcohol and all of the warming and beautiful bitterness that one would expect from a bright, hoppy beer.
It didn't even matter that this didn't qualify as a session beer. Every time I've opened one of these since the first time I tried it, it's been damn near impossible to keep this in my glass for any extended period of time. To me, that's a mark of a beer's drinkability - how long is lasts in my glass and how I feel while drinking it, regardless of how long it takes to work my way to the bottom.
Since that day 5 years ago, I've had quite a few beers and have done a lot of reading on this site regarding what's popular and what people think of this. Sure, this is beat out on the rankings but a lot of Stouts and Imperial Pale Ales that are strong and more potent in the alcohol and flavor departments. No matter - like any great craft beer, this varies a bit year by year but I still get the same sense of wonder and amazement every year when I crack one of these open and realize that another winter is nearly in the books. Say what you wish, this may never be #1 in anyone else's book but it'll always hold a special place in mine. The way it's taken a grip on me is the same way I feel when I have the last one of these ever year in early April and given how much I love this beer, I wouldn't want it any other way. Nothing makes me smile quite like this, even after all of these years.
Serving type: bottle
03-15-2007 07:54:42 | More by JerzDevl2000
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3.88/5 rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Bought this one in Baltimore on advice of my son. Pours a hazy amber with white head. Aroma is more malty than expected. Biscuity, sweet and some pine notes. Taste is more bitter than the nose, moderate to heavily bitter. The caramel sweetness and biscuits make a nice backbone to the pine, resin hoppy bitterness. Crisp mouthfeel. A solid effort for a hoppy IPA.
Serving type: bottle
07-27-2014 23:39:31 | More by stoutman
Tröegs Nugget Nectar from Tröegs Brewing Company
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