Tröegs Nugget Nectar - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Ratings: 7,748
Reviews: 2,469
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 9.47%
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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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Ratings: 7,748 | Reviews: 2,469
Photo of angemyma
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Perfectly balanced and delicious! Gets a lot of well deserved attention.

Photo of Rick_Ryan
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

In my top 5. Just love this beer. Don't like that all the beer sites classify it in the IPA, or double IPA category. It is an Imperial Amber, and in a class of it's own.

Photo of dorosjim
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Brilliant clarity and a bright orange hue. Off white super sticky and clingy head. Aromas of pine, citrus, watermelon, and honey dew. Rich and slick yet drinkable body. Big bitterness balance bright fruity hop flavors. Tropical fruits, woodsy and piney, with a faint note of cotton candy.

Photo of 31Sam13
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best, most firmly delivering a hoppy complex brew that transcends the piney, fruit, descriptions...a whole other level....this should be sought out and murdered for...JK...great though...

Photo of Harrison862005
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my favorites! Top shelf aphrodisiac!!!!!Refilled my troegs growler after a eating a great dinner and sampling a dozen of there beers! Great stop after Hershey park!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Photo of george1128
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The King of Beers. Just sucks I can only get it 2 months a year!!!! Some people look forward to lat Jan early Feb for football playoffs and Super Bowl. I see it as the single greatest time of year. Mad Elf bye bye hello Nugget Nectar. I'm getting the piss shivers just thinking about it.

Photo of bball208
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Appearance- It looks like the nuggets of nectarines were dunked into what began as a deep golden ale, giving it a sexy red hue. The vanilla colored lacing on the glass is straight up porn. I loooove this beer already.

S - Smell - Like you're skiing, and the freshness of the snow accompanied with breezes of peach, hops, malt, and a little booze, which is always okay with me

T - Taste- As soon as I took my last pretaste inhale, I went ahead and took in a mouthful without bothering to exhale until the beer had already passed by.

Absolutely Incredible.

Aroma and taste is as solid as steak and red wine. I get that nectarine that has been upgraded to this boozy, juicy fruit that has the funkyness of weed, while I sled down a slide of malts, more hops, and a mystery flavored exhale that I have never been able to describe but love very much. Needless to say, I was over-the-top impressed.

M - Mouthfeel - This was the best part of the beer. THIS is the mouthfeel I expect from a beer I want refreshment from. It's the type of fizz that is gentle to the front of your mouth, but more intense in the back of your mouth; it hits your back throat with this fizz that you just need when tasting something so damn good, something that hurts a little is there to wake you up just a bit. Just awesome. I just loved letting it sit on my tongue for a second, let the entire tongue just saturate it all in, think about how awesome it is, and then take it in. Am I even talking about beer anymore?

O - Overall - Would I buy this again? Dear God, YES. Would I buy a case? Uh, yes.

Photo of SBCBUCA21
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

To me, one of the best Imperial Reds I've ever had. I have driven across state lines to buy this beer.(not currently sold in CT) From start to finish you are beaten up by the hops. The tongue, the nose, and I think I can even hear the hops calling out to me. Troegs Brewery is definitely on my bucket list!

Photo of inacht10
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Never thought I'd give an ale a 5/5

Tastes great, smells great, has a nice reddish/orange glow. Apparently this review needs to be 250 characters, so I'll just babble for as long as necessary about how great this beer is. Did I mention that I enjoy Troegs Nugget Nectar?

Photo of ToddKaiser
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thought it was going to taste like a usualy IPA, I was wrong, it tasted hoppy but not too hoppy and was smooth going down. No bite. Did not have the bitter taste of a usual IPA. The color was a nice tint of red and the scent was of a nice aroma. Best beer I have had in awhile.

Photo of dwren89
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: orange reddish with fizzy off white head and good clarity

Aroma: citrus and pine explosion with nice toasted bread and caramel notes

Taste: every time I sip this beer, that song "Feel Like the First Time" by Foreigner erupts into my brain. I love this beer. Delicious pine and citrus hop character perfectly balanced with toasted bread and caramel malt character. Clean yeast

Mouthfeel: medium-full body, medium carbonation, smooth but with a crispness to it

Overall: One of my favorites of all time. Perfect balance and perfect flavors. I could drink this all day.

Photo of pgofman
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best beer ever made. Hoppy and clean. Amber in color but the taste is way more complex.

Have had it on tap but just brought home my reserved case of bottles.

Flavor is immaculate. On tap pours with great head color.

ABV is just right. A few beers will give you the right buzz.

Love this stuff. Too bad it such a limited release.

Photo of chiliboy98
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Every January, my friends and I begin to stalk our local beer shops as if we were on an FBI surveillance duty looking for contraband. And sooner or later, cell phones begin to buzz and unchecked hooting and hollering can be heard by startled and well adjusted merlot drinkers two aisles over - it can only mean one thing: Nugget Nectar is here!
I will admit, I was hyped on this beer before the first sip, and had very high expectations, all of which were met and then some with this hoppy, rich and balanced Imperial Amber ale. This beer is the Bo Jackson of brews - it can do anything. It can stand alone as a quiet sipping beer on a late winter evening. It can be drunk heartily as you watch your favorite sporting event. It is enjoyed by beer snobs and non beer snobs alike. If you find this, get it. And don't tell anyone, lest they break into your home and steal it.
And be warned, if your friend steals your beer gets caught and I am on his jury. I will vote to acquit, as long as he promises to give me one.

Photo of derekmorris7
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Found at Wine Nation in Millbury, glad..i have been looking for a while now.

A> light reddish garnet color in appearance, some lacing head

S > sublte hop, pine

T> some piney hop flavors that balance out a hefty caramel malt backbone that really evens it out nicely

M> Clean and makes you want to take another sip

D> More Please!! I loved this beer, would drink all night if I could find more

This is a top 3 beer for me of all. If only I could find both Pliny's

Photo of MadHopz
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

When I asked the bartender at RattleNHum on 33rd Street in NYC for a Nugget Nectar she told me that they killed the keg that they got on the first night. Lucky for me the owner overheard and produced a couple of bottles from the back.

No long review here. If you love Bell's Hopslam you may love this a little more. Where Hopslam is Grapefruit, Nugget Nectar is Mango. I give them both a perfect score but I like this one just a little more. Can't wait to find it on tap someplace.

Photo of traillme
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Regional brewer kills it. Nugget Nectar is unfortunately a seasonal beer that is only available in the spring.

The bitterness of this imperial amber ale is forward and obvious but melds with a malty body. Head is exceptional and stays with the beer throughout the glass. Aroma again, pulls you back to the beer.

Photo of Johnnyfacelift
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Ultra clear amber color (like stain glass) and a nice strong head that grabs a hold on the glass. Did I mention super clear!

S - Has the aroma of a fresh hop flower. Citrus and sweet notes tickle your senses.

T - Great fresh hop taste with just the right amount of bitter. You can get just a hint of alcohol if you focus your pallet enough towards the back-end. Does not tire your taste buds.

M - Not to thin or to syrupy. Light on the throat with a full body structure

D - This is a fantastic brew that always gets me exited for the first and the second and so on. The bitterness is low enough to not become overwhelmed but the taste is so pure and fresh that having another goes without saying. It's called an amber ale but it's more IPA to me... maybe it's the lack of a heavy bitterness that keeps it in the amber category, nevertheless, this is a great beer!

Photo of DenverW1
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is by far the best beer I have ever tasted. Its a Hop Head's dream. It's the Hop Backs older, bigger, better brother. The only downfall for this brew is that its SEASONAL!! You can only get this tasty beverage in the spring. I highly recommend this brew, everyone should try it.

Photo of dubinsky
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Yeah, i know you all think this beer past its prime after sitting in my fridge for such a long time, well you know what, YOU'RE WRONG. This beer simply kicks as much ass today as it did the day it was bottled, the only difference is that its now mellow.

A- Pours a clear, delicious golden-amber-orange color, with a one finger head that dissipates quickly, and leaves a nice lace on the glass.

S- Um, do i really need to tell you all how awesome this smells? Well, in case you don't already know, its amazing. Strong floral hops, honey blossoms, lavender and lemon. Underneath it all hides a wonderfully sweet malt aroma.

T- Um, do i really need to tell you all how awesome this tastes? Taste is delicious. A hop BOMB! The same flavors as the smell: floral hops, honey, and malt.

M- Great carbonation, and medium body.

D- I love this beer and cant wait to get another trade in with an East Coaster. Its incredibly drinkable, and dangerously session-able. One of my top 10 beers

Photo of davidhilgen
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best beer ever. Believe the hype.

Had many of these in 12 oz. bottles, some in larger bottles.

Appearance: Clear orange. Never seen anything like it.

Smell: Hops and citrus.

Taste: Hops on top, but it finishes like a delicious citrus fruit juice. A lot of hoppy beers leave a bitter hoppy aftertaste, but not the Nectar.

Mouthfeel: Feels great, especially the fruity aftertaste.

Overall: My favorite beer, bar none. Too bad it's only available in January and February. Next year, I'm buying a truckload.

Photo of chumba526
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to JPWV for this beer, Thanks for getting this though they do not distribute to your state.

It appears dark orange and translucent there is a small off white head.

It smells of grapefruit, sweet caramel, grassy hops. There is also a slightly spicy hop flavor as well. It smells amazing. It has a bold smell, but it is not overwhelming.

It tastes initially of sweet smooth caramel malt. The sweetness is good because it is not overly strong. I also get a slight bread like malt flavor. The malt flavor of the beer is bold but it does not take away from the hop flavor. There is a wonderful grassy slightly citrusy hop flavor that goes perfectly with the malt flavor. The blend of the malt and hop flavor is fantastic. The beer ends with a subtle hoppy bitterness that is balanced with a nice malty sweetness.

There is a crisp but somewhat thick mouthfeel to this beer.

Overall this really shows that ambers do not have to be boring it is a shame that more breweries do not experiment with ambers like troegs does. I heard good things about this beer but it is even better than I expected

Photo of jmerloni
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a deep, rich orange that looks pure as ever. The head is pretty nice and laces very well.

S - Pretty awesome. Hoppy and brisk smelling. Some pine and citrus with malt. Very nice. Pleasant and quite fresh smelling.

T - Awesome. How an imperial red should be. Doesn't resemble an imperial IPA like a lot of imperial reds end up doing. Follows the nose pretty close but not as overpoweringly flavorful as the aromas suggest (thank god). Everything is in balance. A lot of hops but not too much. bold, balanced brown sugar malts. So much freshness. Truly pristine tasting. This is the only other beer I've ever had that is on the level of Pliny the Elder in pure pristineness. It is so utterly clean tasting. This is phenomenal.

M - Couldn't be better. Medium bodied and very nice and smooth. Carbonation is right on. So are the hops. They dance in your mouth. It's biting in a sexy, sexy way.

D - Wildly drinkable. I would love to have 3 or 4 of these in a session. Maybe my favorite beer of all time. And despite all the hoppiness, they don't kill your tastebuds. Every beer is just as one as the one that came before it. This is an awesome beer. Just awesome.

Photo of kmoore149
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best beers for hop heads. I love everything about this beer; aroma, taste, drinkability, and even got a nice kick at 7.5%, and since these go down very smooth with a bit of sweetness to them, it is easy to knock off a few. Being a seasonal makes it even better as you need to wait for it, usually showing up in early February, and is gone by late March. Well done Troegs!

Overall a fantasic beer. Possibly the best in America.

Photo of ken2cart1
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

a- amber, orange, light brown, big frothy 1.5 inch head

S- tropical paradise of fruit, grapefruit, citrus

T- wow I taste every taste that could possibly come from American hops. with a solid sweet light caramel backing throughout. Unreal, best ipa I have ever tasted. This was bottled less than a month ago which could be the reason. Bitter grapefruit upfront, then goes into a piney grass taste, back to the tropical citrus variety. Lingering bitter piney grapefruit.

m- real smooth and creamy

D- drink this all day, cant wait for every sip


3-14...just had it on tap, best ipa ever. period

Photo of mains
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Serving Type: Bottle

Appearance: Nice Amber red color. Nice.

Smell. Fruity/Tropical Fruit/Hops. Nice.

Taste. Peach, Mango. Tropical fruits. Hoppy. It's great. Citrusy. A little Piney. Fucking tasty, and fucking great.

Mouthfeel. Medium. Great mouthfeel.

Overall. Fucking great. Amazing. Nice.

Reviewed on March 18th, 2012.

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