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Tröegs Nugget Nectar - Tröegs Brewing Company

Tröegs Nugget NectarTröegs Nugget Nectar

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Ratings: 5975
Reviews: 2287
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.63%

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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:
No notes at this time.

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

New York

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

2-26-11 gravity draw from cask @ Rattle 'N' Hum in NYC:

A: beautiful amber; much cloudier than from bottle & head less voluminous & quicker dissipating than from bottle, both expected from cask
S: a bit more malt than from bottle, but hops aroma still very aggresive in multi-dimensional citrus, pine, floral way
T: excellent flavor differentiation with the hops elements of citrus, pine, and flowers predominating, but stronger bread & other malt characteristics than on nose, including faint sweetness in the mid-palate; hops took over in the finish, which is dry
M: soft carbonation plus a flow of yeast & malt sediments made this my best cask-ale experience in the U.S.; I literally felt like the amber "nectar" was gently dancing over my tongue, with the memory lingering long after swallowing
D: the above combination makes this an ale I would be happy to drink almost any time; the alcohol is so well cloaked in the other elements that palate fatigue should not be relied upon as a guage for when to stop

Serving type: cask

03-01-2011 00:18:25 | More by Zinsk
Photo of musicforairports

New York

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

Firkin at The Ruck in Troy.

Pours clear amber, like the bottled version but with less bubbles and more head. Big and fluffy head; some of it persists the whole way and there's lots of lacing.

Smell is a bit more subdued, semi-sweet crystal malts and a bunch of hops, more floral than the bottled version.

Taste is way too cold at first for cask, but I can't fault Troegs for that. Smooth flavors, rich crystal malt and a bunch of hops. Hops start of very floral and become stickier and much more citrus at warms. By the end, it's delicious grapefruit hop flavors.

Mouthfeel is lightly creamy and smooth, nearly zero carbonation. Goes down easy.

I can always drink this beer no problem, and I'm always up for another one.

Serving type: cask

02-26-2011 01:57:09 | More by musicforairports
Photo of paulozanello


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

Pours the same gorgeous clear copper red color that you get from pouring a bottle. Head is tan and persistent with amazing lacing all over. Perfect.

Aroma is fresh! Wow! Grapefruit, orange, citrus, pine and also some caramel malt, honey and bread.

Taste is hoppy upfront with grapefruit and pine. Malts kick in the middle with moderate sweetness. Then comes a mild hop bitterness that progresses to the finish. Aftertaste is again very citric with lots of orange.

Mouthfeel on cask is amazing. Way silkier and smoother than the bottle. Carbonation is also lower, as expected.

Drinkability is extremely high. It took me 10 min to finish the pint.

Serving type: cask

02-22-2011 22:53:41 | More by paulozanello
Photo of oline73


4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this on cask at Frisco Grille. This is the first time I've had this beer on cask, and I was not disappointed.

Appearance: Pours a reddish amber with a finger of off white head that went away completely.

Smell: Quite simply put, this beer smell awesome! There is a sweet herbal hop smell initially with a nice malty background. The hops and malt are in a perfect balance.

Taste: There is a wonderful herbal hop bitterness throughout the whole sip, but it doesn't wipe out the other flavors. In the background there is a bready malt sweetness and a little bit of alcohol at the very end.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium and there is little to no carbonation (this is a cask ale after all). There is a very little bit of dryness at the end of each sip.

Drinkability: This is the best beer on cask that I can remember drinking. It is very well balanced and I would love it if I could find more.

Serving type: cask

02-17-2011 03:33:40 | More by oline73
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4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On cask at Market Cross Pub on 2/11/11.

A - Beautiful amber with a thick white luscious head. Heavy lacing.
S - Citrus with a touch of caramel. Not particularly aromatic (in this version; much more grapefruit on tap or bottle) in this form. I am doing this review from notes, and actually just had a NN bottle. Interestingly, I much prefer the smell from the bottle.
T - Pine, grapefruit and a very green aftertaste. A strong mint element that doesn't come through in the other formats.
M - Super creamy, perfect temp and carbonation. Very well stored/served.
DB - Way too high for me!!

Serving type: cask

02-13-2011 04:57:21 | More by mountsnow1010
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New York

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

I think having this on cask made a big difference. The malt was more readily accessible and more up-front. Excellent texture.

A - deep amber/copper; slightly hazy; off-white head that faded quickly

S - hops and malt dancing together; lots of floral/citrus/pine hop notes with a backing of sweet malt; very appealing

T - layers of sweet malt balanced by a full spectrum of hop flavors and soft-palate aromatics emerging in waves; really well-crafted; caramel and hints of toastiness

M - excellent tension on the palate with malt and hops just barely keeping each other in check - not too heavy and not too sharp; coming off cask, the mouthfeel was creamier than it would be otherwise, I imagine

D - quite drinkable for me though others may find it a little heavy-going

Serving type: cask

02-06-2011 00:35:15 | More by nezelrac
Photo of CaptDavyJones

New York

4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this 'on the engine'. Nice dark copper color with deep ruby red hue. Solid two finger head on this one.
Holy moly, the aroma is so very hoppy, so floral with hints of citrus coming through. Exceptional to say the least.
Taste is again all floral. Dang, this is one of the best examples of what can be done with different kinds of hops.
Hands down one of the best red ale's and one of the best ale's Troegs has to offer.
A must try for every hop-head, an absolute must. Glad I got a chance to try this. Very highly recommended.

Serving type: cask

02-02-2011 05:35:55 | More by CaptDavyJones
Photo of orangesol


4.73/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served on cask hand pull at Al's of Hampden into a standard pint. This firkin is about ten days old.

A - Pours dark amber orange with a thick, creamy, one finger tall head leaving thick sheets of lacing down the entire length of the glass.

S - This thing is absolutely dank. Huge punch of strong citric hops up front with a lightly toasted caramel malt center. So much hops in this one it is really hard to put down. This takes the normal version to a whole new level.

T - Plenty of citric hops up front, that linger throughout, mix well with the caramel malt core of this beer. It gets a bit dry after multiple servings but still very nice. Finish is pretty bitter with plenty of it lingering for some time. One of my all time favorite beers. It does not get much better than this.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Nice creamy feel with plenty of hop bitterness in the finish. When fresh, this is the perfect serving style for this beer.

D - Insanely high. Other than straight from a firkin, this is my favorite serving style for this beer. If the normal version is a five this is a seven. I would love to drink this every day.

Serving type: cask

01-24-2011 01:40:45 | More by orangesol
Photo of SourBatchKid


4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-This looks like dehydrated human pee after a long night of drinking.The color of this brew reminds me of the color of soco.

S- sweet glourous hops, the smell is driving me to create a dessert recipe in my mind.Green hops, fresh like they just came off the bush.

T- Tart and funky that lingers on and on and on.

M- smooth with medium carbination that lingers on.

D- I could drink this on cast on a regualer bases. God bless the cast.

Serving type: cask

04-19-2010 01:02:07 | More by SourBatchKid
Photo of Harry72


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

Poured from a Firkin into a pint glass.

This is all about balanced flavors, with the malty sweetness meeting the hoppy tastes right down the middle. For an ale drinker, the best of all worlds represented in this offering. I have had it at the brewery, the bottle and now from a Firkin, and consistently good each time

Serving type: cask

03-08-2010 15:02:15 | More by Harry72
Photo of Kendo

New York

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

Got it from the cask at Wolf's 1-11 in Colonie. Thursday night is apparently "Firkin Night" there. . . .

A: Served in a pint glass. No head at all, no bubbles. Body is orangey-amber. Oddly enough, despite the lack of head, there's a decent ring of lace left behindup top, some splotchy lace thereafter.

S: I wrote "awesome." Sweet caramel malt with candied oranges -- Cointreau? Southern Comfort? Also big on citrusy hops. Very nice.

T: Spicy and citrusy hops over caramel malt foundation. Good strong lingering bitterness, remins me of pine resin, even pine tar. Results in a drying feel in the aftertaste.

M: A bit slick in feel, moderately oily, but also smooth and creamy. Medium in weight.

D: Excellent. Goes down very easily, though there seemed to be a bit of spiciness in the hops that was more prevalent than when sampled from the bottle. That slight "bite" seemed to slow me down a tiny bit, and so I dropped this to a 4.5 rather than the 5 I gave it in the bottle.

Notes: Not sure if this is any better in the cask over the bottle, but I'm glad I had a chance to try it.

Serving type: cask

02-19-2010 16:25:07 | More by Kendo
Photo of PBoegel

New York

4.72/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Firkin at Wolff's 111 in Albany.

The hop essence really shines through big tropical fruits and melon, with a nice smooth bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is much more velvety smooth than forced Carb, and it helps achieve bolder flavors for the hops. Very nice thick cap and good lacing.

Serving type: cask

02-18-2010 22:02:58 | More by PBoegel
Photo of ToddT


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

AA- Clear copper colored liquid topped with a one finger off white head. Head fades quickly to a cap and then to a ring but leaves some spotty lace on the glass.

S- Sweet grapefruit hops, floral esters and a slight notes of alcohol and pine.

T- Bitter grapefruit hops play back and forth with a malt backbone. Pine hops take over for a lingering final bitter note and a crisp finish.

M- Medium in body and well carbonated. Finish is very clean and crisp with a lingering final note of the hop bitters and very little oily residue..

D- Oh so drinkable and a little dangerous at a 7.5% ABV.

This is a beer that taste so perfect on cask that you must seek it out and try it this way.

Serving type: cask

02-14-2010 20:54:58 | More by ToddT
Photo of BitterBrian


4.88/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this from the Hand Pump at Ortino's north Side. My friends always rave about Nugget Necatar , but I don't think I had it before. Anyway, it was on hand pump, so we made a night out of it.

Pured an orange/amber with thick 2 inch head - unusual for cask. Head was very sticky and left heavy lacing.

Smell was of pine, soap and citrus, Taste was divine.

This is where the cask comes in, because the mouthfeel and taste were intertwined. this was hands down the smoothest over-hopped amber I have ever had. Not too carbonated, not flat, but more of like a deliciously hopped amber ale wrapped in velvet and delivered to the tongue. I'd probably drink this all the time if always available.

Highly drinkable. Delicious. Hard to beat. I'd take it over a two-hearted any day, that is saying something.

Note to self: need handpump at home.

Serving type: cask

10-12-2009 14:55:47 | More by BitterBrian
Photo of cyraxx


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

Zeno's cask fest in State College, poured into a pint glass...

A- Beautiful amber color with a nice 2 finger white head.

S- Smells of citrusy, piney hops...delicious.

T- Tastes much like the smell with huge amounts of hop coming through, but a non-bitter mellow flavor from the cask aging.

M- Probably the weakest part of the beer, but still very good.

D- Exceptional. I could drink this all night.

Instantly became one of my favorite beers.

Serving type: cask

09-26-2009 21:10:46 | More by cyraxx
Photo of Amalak

New York

4.63/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had off cask at Barcade in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
A- It has a red color with a good bubbly head and probably the best, thickest lacing I've ever seen.
S- Nice hoppy, floral scent.
T- This has one of the most well-balanced hoppy tastes I've ever had. Nice floral undertones that match the scent.

Definitely the best cask beer I've ever had. (I've only had a few so it's not saying all that much.)

Serving type: cask

09-17-2009 16:25:05 | More by Amalak
Photo of bwd110


4.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On cask at Drafting Room Springhouse, PA 09/12/09
arrived at the table in a 14oz wide pint/pils glass

A: A vibrant orange/amber color with awesome bright white head. Some really sudsy and clingy stuff. Great lacing throughout.

S: Explodes with floral, pine, citrus hops... Almost puts off a tropical nose, but is very grounded in the floral aspect. A real strong undercurrent of toffee and caramel malts come through as well. My 2nd or 3rd favorite nose on a beer ever!

T: Sublime. Hop bomb with a great balance, if that is possible. Floral and citrus hops fight for dominance, floral wins out, but the melange of hop varieties really works in this beer. The malt backbone is very strong and pleasant.

M: On cask, the mouthfeel of this beer is outrageous, so much better than the standard tap or bottle. Big and creamy smooth with good coating and hop slickness.

D: Always leaves you wanting more, but the tongue smacking and abv make it tough to enjoy too many.

Serving type: cask

09-16-2009 16:15:15 | More by bwd110
Photo of nickd717


4.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cask at Blind Tiger in NYC. From Harrisburg, like me (sort of).

A - Golden-amber appearance with a nice white head and good lacing.

S - Aroma of sweet malts, floral piney hops, and maybe even a little of the "wacky weed" if you know what I'm saying.

T - Pure heavenly Nugget hops blended perfectly with sweet caramel malts. Also light toffee, honey, and tropical fruits. Incredibly good.

M - Medium palate, a little syrupy with hoppy oiliness. Very smooth.

D - This beer keeps you wanting more.

Serving type: cask

09-10-2009 17:18:14 | More by nickd717
Photo of Kadonny


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

I was lucky enough to get to the CAH in Limerick for the very limited summer release of NN. Troegs brought down a firkin for us to drink. Poured from firkin on the bar into a NN standard pint glass (free glass too, cool).

A: A medium orange color with a 2 finger fluffy billowy white head. Pretty full glass lacing.

S: Ah, the smell of fresh NN in August is sublime. Huge citrus and pine hop notes with that nice full sweet caramel malt.

T: Sweet citrus flavors up front with huge pine notes mixed in. The hops hit first but the heavy caramel malt sweetness really keeps them held down. Some light floral hop notes as well. The mid taste is pretty much the sweeter caramel malt flavors but mixed with a sweet tropical fruit flavor. The finish is where the hops really shine here as some bitterness sets in. This cask version is so much smoother and less prickly than the tap or bottle. The hops are much more subdued in the flavor and the sweetness really blends almost perfectly with the hops. Creamy smooth, awesome.

M: Creamy smooth, full and coating. No alcohol and slight bitterness on the finish. The sweetness lingers with just a hint of hops.

D: Need I even say this? From cask/firkin it was the ultimate in drinkability.

Overall what a treat to be able to enjoy this fresh from the brewery firkin. Thank you Troegs. You know I love this beer, and being able to enjoy a few of these from the top of the bar was amazing. I love you Troegs.

Serving type: cask

08-27-2009 13:28:16 | More by Kadonny
Photo of PEBKAC

New York

4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served at the most recent Chelsea cask event

One of the most satisfying beers I've ever experienced on cask.

Still remembered how faint I felt after trying this at the last cask event, I made it a priority to impose upon some patrons & nudge my way into their booth for this one.

Cask was actually a bit more unsettled then I remember. I think they were tipping it at this point, & I got one of the next to last draws. No matter, just more of what I want. A muddled brown leather color. A heavy quarter-inch ring of meringue head that I wasn't expecting.

Smell at first was solvent-y, but quickly warmed into a macerated glass of stollen, with plenty of extra orange & pit-y zest.

Taste was immensely doughy & packed with crusty loaves & stale cake. Citrus bitterness roamed the background, a bit muddled, but more intertwined then it's straight edged bottle self. A little lactic maybe, filled in with some stale pepper. Finish was a tad leafy, but very grainy & hearty as well.

Drinkability isn't quite as good as it should be just because of my love/hate relationship with cask, but wow, this is better then the bottle. Carbonation is about the same, but I just don't sense the hops that everyone points out. Much more juicy & bittersweet, & delicately peppered, then shudderingly masochistic.

Serving type: cask

05-14-2009 00:55:41 | More by PEBKAC
Photo of bulletrain76


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

12oz bottle from newest release. Appearance: amber with a small white head and some lace.
Aroma: Grapefruit, blood orange, light pine or cypress sawdust.
Flavor: Hoppy, citrus, fruity, just enough malt sweetness to stand up to the hops. Sweet grainy caramel touch.
Palate: Medium bodied with fine bubbles.
Overall: Doesn't really have the malt you would expect in an imperial amber, but the massive hops do make it hard to tell. Pretty tasty stuff.
Rerate: Cask at Birerria Paradiso. Huge hop nose seemed more expressive than the bottle. Have to give that a boost.

Serving type: cask

05-11-2009 19:29:38 | More by bulletrain76
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4.72/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on cask last night at Rustico's Glassware Giveaway event, immediately following HopSlam. Tough act to follow, but I think Nugget Nectar held up quite well. Hazy copper with basically no head. Smelled fantastic. Amazing hop freshness, as with the HopSlam, but this had a little more malt balance. Tasted wonderful. I might enjoy this beer more every time I have it, and drinking it from a cask was definitely an experience. So amazingly fresh, so pure hops, so sweet malt, so well balanced. Not sure if there was a fault in this one. Thick but not too thick, very silky with no carbonation, strong but no noticeable alcohol. This is a perfectly tamed beast. It's the porridge that's just right. Some people might prefer HopSlam for it's more extreme bitterness. But I personally prefer the perfect balance that Nugget Nectar brings.

Serving type: cask

03-11-2009 16:19:35 | More by Pencible
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4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had this at General Sutter's recent cask night, poured from the firkin into an imperial pint.

A - Clear copper w/ light haze and broad band of cream. About 1 1/2 inches capping, the lace spots the glass like confetti

M - Mild creamy feel w/ a gentle bitter texture and warmth in the back of the throat w/ sweetness on the sides of the cheeks. The feel seemed less yeast soft than some casks I have tasted

S - The citrus and subtle sour hop notes are pithy w/ notes of grapefruit peel and sourdough bread. There is gentle orange sweetness under the pungent hop aroma

T - The taste is sweet and creamyw/ a nice tangerine taste and the hops have acidity in the flavor w/ plenty of citrus notes. The malt seems muted in the cask as the hops a slightly amplified, but fresh resinous and green with bitter flavors of an IPA.

D - Just as tasty, probably even more drinkable in the cask which is off the charts for me. The drinkability of Nuggect Nectar is superior, just a tasty ale anyway you slice it

Serving type: cask

03-08-2009 23:31:15 | More by Slatetank
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5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Holy (Beer) Spit (and Cursing), Batman! I cannot believe that I have never reviewed this beer in any of its forms. Last night was probably the best-attended Cask Night at Lititz's GEN Sutter Inn to date and it was thanks to a couple of locals, including this one. Many thanks to the incomparable Paul Pendyck for hosting an event that so many look forward to on a monthly basis!

Onward. This came out of a hand-pump manned by Mr. Pendyck. It had two fingers of light-tan head with decent retention. The color was a beautiful BUPGOO amber with NE-quality clarity. The nose was oozing with pine. My mouth began to water like that of Pavlov's dogs upon hearing a bell. Yow! The mouthfeel was silky smooth, caressing my tongue in its gentle grip. The taste was like licking a pine tree. Mmmm. I loved it, but it may not be for everyone. The finish lingered with a sticky, pine-y, resinous aftertaste.

Serving type: cask

02-28-2009 13:04:13 | More by woodychandler
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4.63/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From a firkin/pin at Max's last night.

The beer pours the expected hazy orange color with pretty good head retention and sticky lacing. As always, this beer has just a gorgeous nose of orange hoppy citrus and lots of underlying spice. You know right off this is going to be great stuff. On the palate this beer is just excellent. Cask conditioning softens this beer, but it loses none of its delicious flavor profile. There is still that wonderful marriage of fruity, bitter hoppiness one gets from the excellent balance of malt and hops. The beer finishes with a nice dry hoppy bitterness, but the cask conditioning gives this beer a creaminess that is just amazing. The finish is quite long and is exceptional. Alcohol is well disguised and you could easily fool yourself into believing that it would be OK to drink pint after pint after pint (which I nearly did).

One of the finest beers made here on the East Coast and well deserving of its accolades and place on the BA top 100. Excellent stuff.

Serving type: cask

02-26-2009 13:16:41 | More by johnmichaelsen
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Tröegs Nugget Nectar from Tröegs Brewing Company
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