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Tröegs Nugget Nectar - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Ratings: 5943
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 schoolboy


3.99/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is quite the luscious treat! It pours medium brown, with an amazing head. The aroma is hoppy and malty.

The taste is a robust full bodied, hoppy thing. Wonderful and unique. The aftertaste is strong and sweet.

Overall, it is a good, robust brew, but a bit overpowering for many foods.

Serving type: growler

03-16-2014 00:25:40 | More by schoolboy
Photo of Keng47


4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler at Roger Wilco in Pennsauken today. Just put on tap this week. Good hop flavor and taste. Not overly hoppy. Nice amber color, well balanced.
Of the 12 beers at the growler station, I liked this one best.
They have a good selection and it changes weekly.

Serving type: growler

03-09-2014 01:22:29 | More by Keng47
Photo of mtomlins

Ontario (Canada)

4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured, my times, from a growler into a pint glass

A: A fantastic bright orange, copper color that pours to a big, off-white head, dissipating quickly and leaving great lacing.

S: A big hop nose for an Amber Ale (wink wink). Lots of big juicy hops, citrusy and tropical (oranges, tangerines, lemon, mango, papayas). There is a nice, soft bready malt there as well.

T: Gimme more! An excellent mix of sweet, bready malt and fresh juicy hops; a very balanced beer. There is a big hop hit of juicy fruit but also tight bitterness again, balanced nicely.

M: Medium body, smooth and round. Normal/moderate carbonation.

O: I am very impressed with the balance of Nugget Nectar. Large hops in the nose and taste, but always balanced by sweet, bready malt. It is a very drinkable beer, so happy I had a full growler!

Serving type: growler

05-31-2013 18:12:55 | More by mtomlins
Photo of inacht10

5/5  rDev +14.7%
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?

Serving type: growler

05-05-2012 04:18:30 | More by inacht10
Photo of palma

New York

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color of this beer is beautiful. Amber with gold highlights.extremely clear for an ale. Unique. Nose is very malty but with some zesty american hops and caramel fragrance.
This has got to be one of the most balanced american ipas out there. Very malty with caramel and bready notes in the start. Piney fruity hops in the middle. Great mouthfeel. Juicy. Pairs well with almost any food with flavor. This beer is up there as one of the best amber ipa's I've had.

Serving type: growler

04-01-2012 21:46:00 | More by palma
Photo of drperm


3.98/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler fill from the taps at Billy Jack's Wings, Harrisonburg, VA.

A delicious American Ale:

Ap: Dark-copper glimmery temptation in the glass with a lovely white head.

Smell: extremely floral and grassy, smells like my hop vines in mid-August. A nice sweet biscuit/honey finish to the nose.

Taste: Sweet, hop explosion with a nice malt backbone to keep it multi-dimensional. Nugget nectar, indeed. Although the other non-nugget hops are noticeable as well, the Nuggs definitely take center stage. Pleasantly bitter and well-rounded.

Mouthfeel: almost too thick and syrupy, but it's such a pleasantly delicious taste I can forgive that.

Overall: I'm biased towards session beers, and for me this is definitely in the "one-and-done" category, both for ABV and flavor intensity. But what a One it is!

Serving type: growler

03-16-2012 22:36:41 | More by drperm
Photo of jimmy82063


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

Via a growler thanks DeCicco's! Poured into a tulip glass.

A) Amber with a very nice fluffy head.

S) Kind of muted a little piney.

T) Nice hop resiny. No real floral notes but there is some very nice honey sweetness with a lemony sour taste going on.

M) Love the sweet and sour!

O) The alcohol is well hidden. This is a must try and worthy of its ranking!

Serving type: growler

03-03-2012 21:46:02 | More by jimmy82063
Photo of JohannBock


4.9/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big props to JBK for grabbing me a growler of this beauty.

A: Poured into my Bucknell pint glass. Pours a beautiful 3 finger head with some sticky lacing all the way down the glass. Ruby amber color that you can see through. Looks great.

S: Sticky smelling hops up front followed by some toasty malt. It's got some sweetness in there too and ends off with some extra hop resins.

T: Just great! Opens up with some hop presence maybe a bit floral. Backed up really nicely by those toasty malts I was smelling earlier, biscuity. That sits around for just long enough to balance it out and then is immediately hammered out of there by hop bitterness. Just a wonderful ride of flavors for the palette.

M: Medium mouthfeel with enough carbonation to wash the flavors over your tongue but leave you with a long finish.

O: Wonderful brew. Love that I had a chance to try it this year. Great brewery that doesn't disappoint with this selection. Only suggestion is make it year round? Either way this rocked and definitely something I would recommend.

Serving type: growler

03-02-2012 00:28:53 | More by JohannBock
Photo of ThePorterSorter


4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Red amber with a coppery shine in the light. A thick and fluffy yellow-tinted head of approximately 2 fingers. How appropriate that I'm listening to black and yellow while I unwind and write this review. The beer is looking good, nice and rich with good carbonation...exactly what I want in an amber ale on a night like this.

I have smelled beers hoppier than this, but this is still quite hoppy. Sweet, bitter, and spicy with a little bite from the alcohol. This beer comes off like a wine, complex oils playing off a rich amber malt. I definitely appreciate the fact that they have pushed the limits on a drinkable imperial amber, but have still salvaged some of the beer for me to smell and taste while drinking.

Heavenly hops with delicious balance between the bitter and sweet on my palate. Definitely a beer I could drink all night and not get sick of. The ragingly spicy hops followed by a sticky and bitter aftertaste. The entire sip is clean and doesn't leave a gross aftertaste...my kind of beer. In fact, I am already on my second pint by this point in the review.

Crisp, bitter, medium bodied beer with a good aftertaste that coats the palate and leaves me satiated after each sip. It is definitely on the border between what I desire in an IPA and what is over the top, but I appreciate its intensity. This is definitely not a watery beer, the alcohol is potent and the malt is there to match. Damn tasty imperial amber that feels great to drink down.

Value wise, this beer is overpriced, but worth trying. The growler fill was about $14, so it's clearly a better buy for a six pack. However, the beer was quite tasty and worth sampling nonetheless. I have respect for a beer that is as strong as this one, as most similar IPAs tend to be 7 pushing 9%abv, but sometimes I do prefer to have a beer I can drink a few of before being unable to operate heavy machinery...thankfully I'm sitting at home writing a review only using light machinery so I can continue to drink more beer.

Serving type: growler

03-12-2011 06:25:53 | More by ThePorterSorter
Photo of Johnnyfacelift

New York

5/5  rDev +14.7%
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!

Serving type: growler

03-11-2011 23:55:33 | More by Johnnyfacelift
Photo of Creeoss

New York

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-side from the horrendous pour of a close friend (too much head), the beer looks nice, amber and translucent. Once the head settled...it's thin with some nice lacing.

S-itrus and Pines baby...rock the fuck out!!!!

T-his beer has a bitter front taste of hoppy beauty, mas pines...tiny little bits of fruits and a magnet that wants you to take another sip.

M-edium body, crisp.

D-RINK lots of these...I will...

Serving type: growler

03-07-2011 20:32:57 | More by Creeoss
Photo of AleWatcher


4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Blind beer #1 from Sitarist-- thanks man!

I cracked this open and smelled... Decided a tulip pint was the way to go...

This is a nice orangey color with hints of copper. Two finger light beige head has good retention and nice lacing. This is a hoppy brew... For sure. I'm thinking an IPA, or perhaps Nugget Nectar...

The aroma has huge hops-- citrus and grapefruit, slight pine, fresh and clean. Malts are there too, but the hops are awesome! Malts have a caramel malt and sweet breadiness - Haiwaiian Bread.

Taste is sweet maltiness and big citrus hops. This drinks like a great IPA-- well balnced in terms of flavor profile, but this certainly has some assertive hoppiness. Nice pleasant bitterness is perfect-- it lasts for a while, but doesn't linger excessively. Very nice flavor and aftertaste. Medium full body holds some oily feel and a good prickly carbonation. This beer is tasty and refreshing.

I could drink this all day. It is a spectacular beer that has enough flavor to keep me interested, but light enough to spend a few hours with... I'm still thinking this an IPA-- or possibly Nugget Nectar... Either way, I feel like I've had this before!

--- reveals--
Troeg's Nugget Nectar.
Man do I love this beer. Drinking it blind made me totally think IPA (I cracked a bomber of this yesterday at the HiFi release, and it wasn't as hoppy as it was today!)
What a great beer! Thanks sitarist!
A -4, S -4.5, T -4.5, M -4, D -5

Serving type: growler

02-27-2011 17:48:49 | More by AleWatcher
Photo of Tucquan


4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this from a growler on 2011-02-18 just 45 minutes after being filled at the brewery from a new batch rolled out yesterday. It doesn't get much fresher than this! Had this in 20112 and just now on 2013-01-05 from bottles released yesterday. The 2013 version is much like the 2011 version and better than 2012; perhaps because they were dialing in their new brew house. The 2013 has the sharp citrus, earthy spice and solid bitterness that was missing a bit in 2012. I like this a bit better than their Perpetual IPA. The review that follows is from 2011 and the ratings reflect an average of the 2011 and 2013 tastings.

A - Clear amber/red with a 2-finger white head into a Russian River snifter glass. Good lacing.

S - Tropical fruit, floral hop buds, mild grain, earthy. Very nice but not overpowering by any means, even when warm.

T - Tropical fruit, pine, tart citrus and caramel malt are first out of the gate with the orange peel bitterness and earthy/herbal, bright, vibrant hop cones closing in from behind. There's a lingering orange/pineapple/mango and malt sweetness to compliment the also-lingering orange zest bitterness that ultimately remains in-balance with a little "sour tart" note at the end as it dries out. Very fresh tasting. Reminds me of a sunny day in California. Delicious.

M - Medium body and carbonation with a substantial and resinous feel. This growler has more carbonation than when I had it on cask but not quite as much as directly on-tap or from the bottle. It could be just this particular keg and not the growler. It didn't have much time to outgas in my sealed Russian River, swing-top growler.

D - This is a wonderful beer and would be close to, or at the top of my list of beers to represent Pennsylvania in a head-to-head completion against other great beers from around-the-world. It's got everything going for it.

Notes: The brewery said they were close-to-the-end of Nugget Nectar availability for 2011 so I picked up a case, which was just bottled yesterday. Case prices at the brewery are $41.99 and a 64oz growler is $11.00, which are both quite a buy for a beer of this caliber. Get it while you can!

Serving type: growler

02-19-2011 00:28:52 | More by Tucquan
Photo of DoubleSimcoe

New York

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

Appearance: Served in a Sierra snifter, produces a thick, fluffy and exuberant head that remains long after pouring. Amazing retention and the most exceptional lacing I've ever experienced. Color is a hazy orange-copper, like aged orange juice. Slightly transparent and utterly mysterious.

Smell: Citrus all around. Pomelo, orange, soap. Mild hops. Not as interesting as the appearance and taste. Some sweetness in the back, like bubblegum or gummy bears.

Taste: Similar to taste, citrus all over. Pure hop juice, but of a mild kind, never overpowering. The freshness is evident. Wet, not dry, thirst-quenching, satisfying. Not pungent or brutal like other hop-based ales. If anything, a little too sweet, too much pineapple syrup taste.

Mouthfeel: Low-to-medium carbonation, medium body. More of both, carbonation and body, would be appreciated. Sweet but not sticky, though, well balanced, never ever out of control.

Drinkability: Enormous. This is as smooth as a 5% American Pale Ale, and while I would like a bit more body and flavor and a little more excitement beyond the hop orchestra, this brew is irreproachable, particularly the superb drinkability.

Serving type: growler

02-06-2011 02:04:04 | More by DoubleSimcoe
Photo of edwardhenry


4.9/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

got a Growler from Hawthorne's in Philadelphia. Poured into an oversized wine glass.

To begin, both the appearance and the smell of this beer are outstanding. Truly copper colored, with oily lacing and a thin head with tons of grip to it. Gorgeous. That being said, the smell is even better: nectar is really the right word. Huge hop scent, and the complexity of the smell really showcases the five separate hop varieties, with the nugget hops with which its dry-hopped doing most of the work.

Taste: stunning. Very little bitterness, despite it's technically being 93 IBUs. Hop-forward, but with a darker backbone that allows it to sink back into the tongue without bruising it on the way down.

Again, mouthfeel and drinkability are off-the-charts. Smooth and easy, and it lingers delightfully. One of the most astonishing things about this beer is that the ABV is "only" 7.5%, which is remarkable considering its flavor has an intensity that easily matches 9-10% Imperial IPAs.

I fondly remember this beer as being one of my absolute favorites, and each time I drink it I'm blown away.

Serving type: growler

02-06-2011 01:15:41 | More by edwardhenry
Photo of pburland23


4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into a standard pint glass.

Despite being a lifelong Pennsylvanian, this is the first time I've gotten my hands on Nugget Nectar and I'm pretty psyched.

The beer pours an orange/amber with a thick finger of off-white head that took its time to recede to some great lacing.

The nose is dominated by citrusy hops. There is a strong grapefruit/orange smell with a slight touch of pine. The taste is quite similar. The hops dominate the taste, but they are well balanced. A healthy dose of fresh citrus flavor helps to keep the hops from being overpowering. A great tasting beer.

The mouthfeel is thick and oil. The beer seems to cling to the sides of mouth. The drinkability is through the roof. This is a great tasting, easy to drink beer.

Troegs really hit a home run with Nugget Nectar. I can't believe I haven't had it before now. I'll be running out to get more for certain.

Serving type: growler

01-22-2011 00:11:01 | More by pburland23
Photo of bs870621345

New Jersey

4.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I have had a lot of this today...Bought 2 cases and drinking a growler with a friend on this fine evening.

Pours amber with an inch of head. Leaves uneven lacing down the glass, but still beautiful.

Smells like hops with a strong caramel backbone. Hops smell piny, citrus, and harbal. Beautiful caramel mixed in.

Tastes like some serious hop. Kegged 2 days before and really can't get much fresher on the hop profile. Strong malt backbone to hold the hops up.

Mouthfeel is a little thick with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is exceptional. I love this beer and could drink it all day. No alcohol burn, which makes it a little dangerous.

Serving type: growler

01-13-2011 03:27:55 | More by bs870621345
Photo of lovindahops

New York

4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked up a growler off tap... Poured into pint glass.

A- pours a reddish amber. Decent head that soon disappears

S- strong citrus hops presence. Some malty scents as well. The scents are very, very strong and impressive

T- great blend of sweet malt and bitter hops. Citrus, pineapple, and caramel flavors blend into a tasty profile. This is very drinkable and delicious too. The malt remains as the brew goes down

M- medium bodied and carbonated

D- no question about it. This beers lives up to the hype. The consistent combo of malts and hops makes the theme of a sweet hop bomb come into fruition. Wish this was available all the time.

Serving type: growler

04-11-2010 01:00:14 | More by lovindahops
Photo of Brownsfan7

New York

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the pinnacle of beers in my opinion.. Grabbed it on tap in to a growler at my local dealer.. It had a great mouthfeel like delicious fruit and sugar..I could drink this like Kool-Aid.. A huge Grapefruit taste and smooth citrus taste.. I have thrown down several growlers of Nugget Nectar on several different occasions.

Serving type: growler

08-08-2009 02:16:44 | More by Brownsfan7
Photo of steelerguy

New York

4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice amber, very clear, with a one finger head, and light carbonation. The head faded quickly leaving just a coating on top, but it still laced the glass as I drank.

S - One of the best smelling beers ever. It smells like they used a lot of late hop additions of a few different kinds. Lots of citrus and pine aroma with floral undertones. Just a great smelling beer.

T - Lots of hop flavor and bitterness but very well balanced with the toasted malt flavors. Nice citrus finish without much sweetness.

M - Dry, crisp beer. Not a lot of sugars left over in there so it is a tad thin. Wish it was a little more carbonated, but could have been the keg my growler was filled from.

D - Lot of IBUs and alcohol don't usually mean very drinkable, but this finishes so crisp it doesn't fill you up. Would like a little more carbonation to make it finish even better.

Serving type: growler

05-17-2009 00:09:32 | More by steelerguy
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

fresh filled growler served in a standard pint glass.

Clear orange color with a fluffy off-white head that left a good coating of lacing behind. The aroma is full of piney and citrus hops. The taste of the hops is balanced out well with a bold malty back bone. Medium bodied brew with mild carbonation is very drinkable.

Serving type: growler

05-09-2009 20:17:53 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of Pinto21


4.85/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a pretty pretty red amber pretty. It just looks fantastic pouring it out of the growler. Nice head to it as well.

Smells of citrus hops with malts coming through it. The hops dominate though.

Taste is mind blowing! The hops are show cased, just like the smell, but the malts, biscuit and carmel, are there to keep everything balanced. I would say this is a IPA that the malts are kicked up more to balance the hops and alcohol. I'm not a huge fan of most IPA because of this lack of balance. That being said I think this is the best beer that I have had.

There is a fair amount of alcohol in it, and I couldn't drink the nectar like hopback. I wouldn't want to though. This brew should be savored and enjoyed.

Serving type: growler

01-19-2009 22:40:53 | More by Pinto21
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North Carolina

4.83/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A growler thanks to akorsak...what a kind trader!

Pours crystal clear just like from the bottle. A glowing amber, startling and beautiful. Slow, steady carbonation from the growler pour. Sticky lacing down the glass throughout the session (entire growler, yessir). This beer is just gorgeous.

Smells of fresh hoppy goodness. Clean and green. More green than the bottled version to me. Citrus greatness and malt, too.

Taste is the same incredible sensation that I get from the bottle. Crisp, mouth watering, just perfect. So damn unique, even today. The hops used make this a stand out.

Slightly bitter feel, lower carbonated from the growler, more silky smooth than crisp at first. Still a somewhat dry finish.

Infinite drinkability. It's one of those...one of the best. This beer is truly one of a kind. A permanent stay in my Top 10 most likely, something I'll always be searching for.

Serving type: growler

03-20-2008 04:15:21 | More by ncvbc
Photo of Mudpuppet


4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for gwong for the chance to try this.

A- Poured from a 32oz growler into a pint glass. Pours a amber color with little to no head.

S- Definite hops in this. Cirtus, spruce and some sweet malt too.

T- Hops for sure. But I am not a huge hop fan but I really dig this one. Cirtusy, spicy, and malty. Nice red ale backbone with extra hops.

M- Good carbonation and a bit thicker mouthfeel from the sweet malts.

D- Yeah I could have a few glasses of this. The hops would get to me personally after a certain amount of time though.

Serving type: growler

02-18-2008 01:10:24 | More by Mudpuppet
Photo of gwong

New York

4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a beautiful golden amber color with minimal off-white head. A tiny bit of lacing stays on the glass when drinking.

S: Strong hop and citrus aroma.

T: It's certainly hoppy but the citrus does a good job mellowing it out a bit.

M: Medium body with little carbonation - goes down smoothly.

D: Not too carbonated and just short of being too hoppy makes for a very drinkable beer.

Serving type: growler

02-15-2008 02:21:55 | More by gwong
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Tröegs Nugget Nectar from Tröegs Brewing Company
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