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Tröegs Nugget Nectar - Tröegs Brewing Company

Tröegs Nugget NectarTröegs Nugget Nectar

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Ratings: 5934
Reviews: 2286
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.63%

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:
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(Beer added by: Edwin on 02-13-2004)
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Photo of RobertHolley


4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

An outstanding beer with a wonderful orange/ red color. The smell was wonderful with hints of citrus. A great taste with a strong finish. My first sip I was impressed but I always judge a beer when I am 3/4 done with it. This beer kept getting better.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2014 15:18:16 | More by RobertHolley
Photo of Givemebeer


4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Clear amber/ Red with a 2 finger head and sticky lacing with lively carbonation. Can't dream of a prettier beer.

S: Citrus, pine

T:the citrus and pine dominate but there is a caramel type sweetness and a slight bready quality. Finish has the essence of peaches.

M: Starts sweet, finishes dry. Medium bodied - goes down smooth.

O: This is labeled an imperial amber ale, but what it is is an IPA. Hoppy for sure and hides the ABV very well - almost too drinkable. The appearance is the highlight in this one. Great beer but sligtlty overrated.

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2014 02:50:24 | More by Givemebeer
Photo of mikeg67

New Jersey

4.48/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap. Pours dark red with tall, long-lasting, fluffy white head. Aroma is of citrusy hops, caramel malt and black cherries. Body is full and tangy. Citrusy, piney hops, caramel malt and ripe fruit combine on the palate. Finish is long and bitter. Nectar it is.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2014 13:57:00 | More by mikeg67
Photo of hodsongolf


4.94/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

So we here in the mid-atlantic basically get screwed on limited releases but i must say the people at troegs take good care of us when it comes to this one. I think that most of the "limited" stuff gets more press than its worth (i.e. bells hype slam) but believe me when i say that this one just gets better & better (no offense bells but the hopslam doesn't compare to the earlier (2009 & 2010) releases. if you are ever near Hershey PA forget the chocolate & go to Troegs Brewery - voted best brewery to hang out and eat & drink by...Me :)

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2014 19:18:52 | More by hodsongolf
Photo of Mrlhodson


4.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is a really good IPA that is very smooth and drinkable. Not too hoppy, not too malty...just right. Have been enjoying this for years and it never disappoints. I also love the fact that the ABV is at a very reasonable level for an IPA. I haven't tried it in a bottle yet (hard to come by where I live) but I'm sure it's great.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2014 18:50:58 | More by Mrlhodson
Photo of Flounder57


4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served in a bonus at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured and reduced to a puffy layer with nice lacing on the glass already. It is a nice deep copper color with good clarity and vision of a plethora of tiny bubbles coming up through the glass. Looks awesome. Nice frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank too.

Smell: Nice citrusy, resiny, and piney Nugget hops followed by caramel, chocolate, and toasted malts.

Taste: Boy do I love Nugget hops. Tangerine, pine, resiny, tingly bitterness, pine, grassy, and spicy. Nice compliment of caramel, chocolate, and bready malts.

Mouthfeel: Super smooth, medium bodied, tingly bitterness, medium carbonation, and a little chewy.

Overall: From one year to another, this beer never fails. World class and top notch. Definitely having several more before it's gone for the season. It is good to know that they have a few kegs of this. Definitely having a fee more.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2014 06:41:38 | More by Flounder57
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Ontario (Canada)

4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap in Philly. A delicious strong amber IPA with a refreshing fruity citrus profile, lots of earthy spice. Notes of lemon mixed with woody aspects, leafy with a robust body and finish with a big resinous hit. Really tasty, malts are smooth, drinkable with a strong fresh hop profile, worth trying.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2014 02:57:54 | More by mick303
Photo of dexterk1


4.19/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at one of the finer beer bars in the district. Color was an amber to rust red. Head was moderate and left good lacing.
Aroma is slightly sweet yet funky as well. Some hop stink with maybe a little citrus fruit.
Taste is sweet up front and flowing to more complex notes of grapefruit and pine. Blend of sweet and bitter is excellent. Finishes with some green hop notes and leaves a fresh hop after taste. Mouth feel is pretty smooth with moderate carbonation and pleasing.
Overall, and excellent beer in my opinion. Balanced with both sweet and bitter. Good flow while tasting and nice ending.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2014 01:10:02 | More by dexterk1
Photo of BeerHo


4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tasted the 2014 Nugget Nectar at the Troegs Brewery in Hershey, PA fresh from the tap on Jan 10th, 2014 and I must say it wasn't the same Nugget Nectar from the past. Still a good amber ale. The color was a gorgeous copper penny color with perfect clarity. The smell was roasted malts with mild citrus. The taste is bitter orange peel, piny & herbal with with a lingering marmalade finish. I found the 2014 version of the Nugget Nectar to be lacking in the caramel, nutty finish it was know for and I had grown to love but nonetheless it's still a top flight beer from a top flight brewery!
Last year I rated the Nugget at 95 and the Nugget Firkin at 97. This year I would rate this Nugget at around a 90. Still a good beer bust missing something! Still love it!

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2014 20:12:29 | More by BeerHo
Photo of WheelsPSU

New York

3.95/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at The Gate in Brooklyn on a sweltering day in July.

A - Copper, but in an orangey way.

S - It has the classic hops scent, but it is more citrus than pine.

T - Some tropical fruits but this time there is a pine profile. There is also a bitterness that lingers.

M - carbonation is light but no coating. Goes doesn smooth.

It was good but not great. As it warmes the sweetness dissipates.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2013 14:54:51 | More by WheelsPSU
Photo of indieliker


4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer is very hoppy but also sweet. It smells flowery and taste very crisp. One of my favorite beers. I had it on tap at Fat Heads and I remember when they first got it in stock, there was a huge line waiting for it and it sold out very right away.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2013 23:09:14 | More by indieliker
Photo of pjkelley82

New York

3.41/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer was very hyped. A lot of people told me to try it so I did. Hoppy but does not stick around. Great mouthfeel, good on smell... thought it would taste better to me. Overall excellent beer that I would recommend to try but far from my favorites.

Serving type: on-tap

05-23-2013 05:43:29 | More by pjkelley82
Photo of JAlvy


4.59/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another great beer from the brothers. I look forward the this beer every year. It is a hoppy, juicy imperial amber ale. Most people would call this an IPA. A nice play off of one of their flagship beers. The hop back puts this beer over the top. It pours a nice orangish color and lacing head. The best part is it tastes like it smells, fruity, hoppy and citrusy. Hops and malt are very well balanced for this beer. Coming in at 7.5 ABV. it drinks easy. If you are hop head like me (93 IBU's) you need to get this brew when it's available. I am on my second 1/6 this year!

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2013 04:18:36 | More by JAlvy
Photo of Leo

New York

3.98/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy copper-amber hue with a one finger head foamy head. The head is a beautiful caramel color. Good lacing and decent retention.

S- Mostly citrus and pine fragrances from the hops. Slight malt sweetness undertones.

T- Good doses of cascade hops. Malt backbone balances nicely with the bitterness. Finishes clean with a few lingering hints of the hops bitterness.

M- Slightly thin, but very drinkable. Weight is adequate to support the flavor profile.

Overall, this is a terrifically balanced brew that could be easily sessioned.

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2012 12:28:33 | More by Leo
Photo of InlandTaipan


4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Beautiful crystal clear deep amber color with a white frothy head

S- HOPS, wow a lot of hops. Resinous, citrusy, and vibrant

T- Hop bitterness is not overwhelming. it is a very clean bitterness. Subtle sweetness with some caramel overtones. The flavor is extremely well balanced

M- Carbonated perfectly for me. nothing lacking, a full flavored beer

O- just an excellent example of a well hopped imperial amber way to go Troegs!

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2012 21:03:44 | More by InlandTaipan
Photo of gadam33


4.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Great cloudy appearance and a nice strong hop taste & smell. This beer is very hoppy, but still maintains a good tatste unlike some beers that are very hoppy for the sake of hops, but have very little taste otherwise.

I think Troegs has been consistently improving their quality. Many of their beers have great flavor and finish.

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2012 18:54:58 | More by gadam33
Photo of qcbrewer

North Carolina

4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

While I've had this fine brew in bottles for a few years now, I've not had this on draft before tonight (at Rattle N Hum in NYC). This is a classic beer in my book, a textbook hop blast, and I look forward to picking up a case of this each year in my hometown of Blacksburg, Va (at the great Vintage Cellar).

The appearence is a beautiful ruby red with a finely carbonated white head, which in my case poured a little thick off the tap. The aroma knocks your nose back away from the glass with hops and it's possible you might be able to detect the abv in a few sniffs. What comes from your first sip is a full throttled hop experience that seems pleasurably wet hopped and malty at first which then receeds to a dryer body, and then finishes with a very thick after taste that will stay with you for a while. The lacing resembles that of spray can fake Christmas snow frosting on windows, while a slim ring of foam persists throughout the experience. The mouthfeel is solid and there isn't a hint of a watered down feeling.

Once again this is a classic to me that should be tried by all hop heads. Great job Troegs!

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2012 00:45:20 | More by qcbrewer
Photo of 57md


4.69/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance is a striking copper with half a finger of head that lingers a bit. The nose is pungently hoppy for an amber. The flavor is a perfect balance of malt and hops with a pleasing bitter finish. This is a distinctly full-bodied offering with just a touch of sweetness. There is also just enough of an alcohol presence to let you know you have a potent beer in your hands.

Not only is this the best amber ale out there, but this may be the beer that is the most head-and-shoulders above any other of its style.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2012 03:58:07 | More by 57md
Photo of NiceTaps

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a stem tulip glass.

A- medium-dark copper orange color with a minimal head and very little lacing.

S- caramel malt with the slightest note of alcohol. At 93 IBUs I pick up the least amount of hops in the aroma.

T- just the right amount of sweet malt balanced by an earthy backround and a little hop tang.

M- very full body. Sweet yet thick and creamy. Good carbonation. Not much hop bitterness to me.

A good American red ale. lots of flavor and body. Drinkable as well.

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2012 01:06:38 | More by NiceTaps
Photo of ThePortlander

New York

4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a pint at the Columbus Circle Whole Foods "Tap Room" of places. Not an ideal spot, but my fiancée and I were walking in the park, and swung by for some food.

The head and the color were both pleasant, the microfoam-like white head contrasting nicely with the amber hued beer. The nose is a little spicy and citrusy, with a nice caramel malt presence. But, the nose is misleading–this thing is packed with complexity (though it's still balanced). Bread and sweet malt mix with pine, spices, and orange-and-grapefruit citrus bitterness. The mouthfeel is nice, though I feel like it could be a little less carbonated (but that's my bias for ambers). Still, almost perfect, and definitely amazing. I wish I could brew something like this: so balanced and so complex.

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2012 01:25:09 | More by ThePortlander
Photo of BuxMontBeerLover


4.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this on-tap at Revivals Restaurant in Perkasie, PA.
Enjoyed from a standard pint glasss.

A - The beer is a deep copper/ amber color. It came to our table with a one finger, beige colored head that faded to a light skim on top. Good amount of sticky lacing left on the glass.

S - The aroma is very IPA-like. Lots of citrus and hops. Smell is very inviting.

T - This is a really good beer. Tons of hop bite with a nice citrus flavor. A nice maltiness as well that gives it a toffee-like sweetness. The hops are dominate but not to the point that the beer is unbalanced . The alcohol is not noticeable.

M - A medium consistency. Lightly carbonated.

O - A top-notch beer. Troegs has hit on all cylinders with this brew. I would drink this again and highly recommend it.


Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2012 22:18:40 | More by BuxMontBeerLover
Photo of Mounty4Life


4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Clear light amber with disapating head but significant lacing
All kinds of malt and subtle hops that linger in aftertaste with alcohol present for sure
Delicious malt backbone with medium Carb and nice Imperial taste. Different than what I'm expecting for amber but great job by troegs, lucky local hole has surplus so I will indulge in this seasonal.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2012 19:45:45 | More by Mounty4Life
Photo of leansean88

New York

4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear, slick amber body. Wonderfully distributed head.

S - Sharp, bitter hops. I knew I'd enjoy it from the first smell.

T/M - Powerful, biting hops. Bitter as can be, and I couldn't be more pleased with it. Hard to finish from the rough taste, but I got by. Oddly similar to an IPA. Surprised to see it wasn't.

O - You know, I just realized what it reminded me of; Dogfish Head 90! Yeah, this amber ale is oddly similar to one of my favorite IPAs on the market. Nevertheless, it's a fantastic brew. You hop heads should definitely check it out.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2012 01:34:48 | More by leansean88
Photo of Hoptometrist


3.63/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap into a nonic glass at the B Spot

A- Poured a clear deep red color with frothy head that left no lace

S- Light grapefruit, pine, and malty aroma

T- Big malt backbone, big caramel and toffee flavor, juicy citrus and pine hops, some floral notes. Very astringent and bitter

M- Very smooth, prickly carbonation, and finishes very dry

O- A nice balanced hoppy amber with a big astrigency. Very drinkable, but not as exciting as I was expecting. Nosferatu is still the best hoppy amber ale in my book.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2012 01:15:08 | More by Hoptometrist
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a vibrant, crystal clear, copper gold coloring with a tight, dense, foamy white head that clings all over the glass. Aromas of rich, resiny, wet, green hops on a subtle caramel backbone, with some subtle grapefruit highlights. Flavors are extremely complex and layered, with a hop forward blast of peppery and resiny hops, with grassy and cedar characteristics as well. Caramel malt backbone remains subtle, serving as a canvas for the diverse hops profiles more than anything. This is a tasty beer. The aftertaste is rich and bitter, with a resiny, oily, and peppered hop profile that helps to dry the tongue, transitioning to a clean, slightly slick finish. You get a bit of a cut grass and cedar linger on the roof of the mouth, which is very pleasant. Very solid, tasty brew!

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2012 17:58:53 | More by GarthDanielson
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Tröegs Nugget Nectar from Tröegs Brewing Company
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