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Tröegs Nugget Nectar - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Nugget NectarTröegs Nugget Nectar

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6,874 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,874
Reviews: 2,307
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.91%
Wants: 1,161
Gots: 791 | FT: 22
Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

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

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
IBU: ~93

(Beer added by: Edwin on 02-13-2004)
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Reviews by russwbeck:
Photo of russwbeck
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up from the brewery, bottled on 1/18/11

A: Clear amber pour with a frothy white head that rests atop throughout the entire drink, a few lacing. 4

S: Smell is filled with hops. Lots and lots of hops! Nice malty backbone to balance it out. 4

T: Like the smell, the taste is full of hops and has a nice bitterness to it up front, a bit piney even. It's all held together by a maltiness that rears its head at the end, and stays with you. 4.5

MF: Light and crisp, keeps you coming back for more. 4.5

D: Really high. Extremely enjoyable beer. 4.5


Since the above review, I have had Nugget Nectar on firkin twice. The first at Z Bar at the Deli and the second at Zeno's Pub. I wanted to update my review to match that.

The firkin version is much more balanced. The drop in carbonation produces a much less hop forward beer, and a much more drinkable one as well. The balance is truly amazing and I could drink it all night. For me, the firkin version is what puts this beer in an elite category.


2012 Vintage, bottled (I believe) on 1/27/12, reviewed on 3/23/12

A: Deep red-orange pour with around a finger of wispy white head, filled with large bubbles. The retention here is really phenomenal and and leaves behind lacing on the glass to remind you of where its been. 4.5

S: Citrus, grapefruit and piney hops rest on top of your caramel malt backbone that is more typical of the Amber Ale style. Smells much more like an IPA than an Amber. 4.5

T: The taste this year is a bit stepped back from previous years. I posit it comes from the different water Troegs used to brew it. The hops just seem toned down from what I remember. The balance is there with the malts playing a small, but important role. The taste is much more fruity than I recall, with a lot of citrus and an average amount of bitter hops taking over. This seems to be more like a strong Amber than the Nugget Nectar I learned to love. 4

MF: Light to medium body with an average amount of carbonation. This has a nice dry finish and leaves a nice taste on the palate for a good while. The best quality of Nugget Nectar is its drinkability, which is perfect. 5

O: I look forward to this every year. It's priced well, delicious, and well regarded. I do, however, hop next year returns this beer to its former glory.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Photo of aszatk01
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Photo of Smokesnotes
3.9/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Photo of tectactoe
4.26/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of DavyJones
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of punkindrublic50
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
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!

Photo of HopKing14
5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of boston2bburg
4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of MadScientist
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Photo of brownbeer
4.43/5  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.

Photo of Schlais
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of adamleeeck
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of hopsleeroy
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to the Kempleton as part of the Virgin BIF.

A-More Aamber than copper with a small white head. Looks inviting.
S-Pine, citrus, mild malt underneath, smells really good
T-Same smell with orange and grapefruit mixed in. Great sweet malt/honey like taste that balances great with the hops. Slightly bitter on the end with a great finish.
M-Smooth in the mouth, good carbonation, easy in the mouth while sipping
D-Got more flavor as it warmed. A beer that I want to keep drinking and was smooth enough and flavorful enough to keep drinking all day.

Great beer. One of my new favorites.

Photo of tbryan5
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Dabeel
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of GameOfBeers
4.76/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of ricksrealm
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of sgoodship
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

100th review today. Celebrating with this little number that was graciously sent to me by Hophead101. Thank you very much for your kindness Greg.

A: Nice hazy reddish amber. Lighter and more orange toward the bottom with some carbonation bubbles sticking to the bottom of the glass. A frothy, creamy off-white head. The head reduces but sticks around. Lacing is really nice.

S: Lovely. Reminds me of the Hop Slam I had last night. Grapefruit but with a hint of pine. Caramel malt coming through in the background.

T: Wow. I love this beer. Instant piney bite, goes into some grapefruit and caramel sweetness and settles into the finish and aftertaste with a more bready malt but retains the dry bitter hop which keeps the palate wanting more. Just got tastier and tastier as the drink went on. I was sad when it ended. Delicious.

M: Amazingly smooth. Feels slick and buttery as it slips down. Medium light body. Medium carbonation that adds interest without getting in the way. Perfect.

D: Interesting brew. It's an Indian Amber Ale of sorts. I like the balance of malt and it's definitely not sacrificing the hops. I wish more breweries would take Ambers to this very happy place. If I could get this beer easily, I would drink it all of the time. Nuff said.

Photo of SkiBum22
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear amber colour with an ivory coloured head that very slowly reduces to a lacing film.

S - Aromas of mango, grapefruit, bready malt, piney hops, herbs, and subtle citrus rind.

T - Same punch of a wide variety of hop flavors, perfectly accentuated by the sweet malt's not quite balancing out, but backing up the strong hop flavor.

M - Medium-bodied feel with moderate carbonation and a bit of alcohol warmth. I was looking for a bit more smoothness.

O - Great beer that lived up to the expectations I had for it.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

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Tröegs Nugget Nectar from Tröegs Brewing Company
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