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Tröegs Nugget Nectar - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Reviews: 2,393
Hads: 7,827
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 4.61%
Wants: 1,315
Gots: 1,425 | FT: 30
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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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Reviews: 2,393 | Hads: 7,827
Photo of BranfordBound
4.01/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Homegrown Cafe in Newark, DE right before Easter sunday. Pours into a pint glass a dark amber with hints of ruby. Pretty potent hop aroma on this one, very leafy and herbal. I expected this to be a hop bomb based on the reviews but I was surprised. It's a very good red ale, but it is very bitter and the hops don't give off too much flavor. Big sweet malt backbone and some leafy and piney hops. Medium body leaning towards heavy. A good beer but I'm a bit disappointed. I'll have to try again to see if it is a fluke. (537 characters)

Photo of wmcnallyvt
1.96/5  rDev -54.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer is one of the more highly rated beers that somebody in the DC area can get at a regular grocery store, so I'm disappointed that I do not enjoy it more. Too malty for my taste, I do not recommend. (206 characters)

Photo of mrblonde37
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I thought this beer was good, but I was not blown away by it. I actually like their Perpetual better. I didn't really think that this beer lived up to the hype. (160 characters)

Photo of reds2harleys
4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The best brew from Troegs. Similar to one of my faves - Hop back amber ale - but better. Nice light - easy to drink beer with superb flavor throughout. One of those beers that lives up to the hype. I get a case every year (223 characters)

Photo of Slack
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Amber to copper in color with an inch of head that diminished to about an eighth. Lacing present as the beer goes down.

Smell is strong citrus, pine, hops, and mild sweetness.

Taste is mildly bitter at first mixed with sweetness in the middle and a bitter finish. Am getting the same citrus, pine, and hops notes throughout.

Mouthful is light and crisp with higher carbonation. Finish is a strong lingering bitterness.

Overall an excellent IPA that is well balanced. The sweet notes help to smooth things out and provide non hop heads like me a reason to try more of these. (581 characters)

Photo of AngryPenguinBrewCo
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Exceptional clarity, beautiful Amber color and fully laces the glass. Dangerously drinkable at 7.5 abv and showcases some of the best of American hops. Demonstrates that you can make an amazing hop forward beer outside of the standard pale ale or ipa classification. (266 characters)

Photo of Fear4Beer
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I'm not a big fan of very bitter beers and I'm just pleasantly confused about this beer. This beer has 93 IBU which would make you think this beer will turn your face inside out with bitterness but for whatever reason (perhaps it being a red ale?) the malts counter the bitterness to the point where this beer is actually enjoyable without giving you a bitter beer face. It has the aspects of an IPA (the hop taste and grapefruit note) but the malts really make this beer great. The pine notes are usually the ones that are the most unpleasant to me in IPAs and the pine taste is very subtle in this beer. I'm not sure if my palette is changing though. 93 IBU normally means I'm not going to like the beer. This beer has proven that theory wrong. Although I'm drinking this beer 2-3 months after I bought it. I'm not sure if it aged the beer at all. Hopefully I can try a fresh beer in the future and remember how this tasted. (926 characters)

Photo of SaltofOH
3.65/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

3-27-15. Water goblet. Bottled on 1-20-15.

Appearance: Smoke on the pop. Pours a deep copper with a 1.5 finger rocky, sandy head. Moderate carbonation. Clear with a few lazy bubble streams. Very nice lacing. A few islands of retention.

Aroma: Guava, Mango, resin, floral, sweet, sugary, definitely hoppy aroma. High on the hops, high on the malt, too.

Taste: Dryer arrival than expected, but malty. Malty with some caramel across mid-palate, turning to a solid, bitter finish, but overly so. Bitternes at the end is a bit much for me.

Mouthfeel: Hefty, but not heavy. Decent/moderate carbonation. Not much slickness.

Overall: Definitely an imperial amber; balanced, with Big Hops and Big Malt. Just a very BIG beer all the way around. I like it, but I can't see myself drinking this regularly. (805 characters)

Photo of MA_hops
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In season this is an outstanding ale/IPA! Citrusy flavors galore with a strong hoppy goodness to finish off the drinking experience! Has a dry, bitter finish complemented with the citrus taste. Classic Fall seasonal choice! (223 characters)

Photo of keithmurray
4.06/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - amber color body with white head

Smell - pine, grapefruit, caramel

taste - caramel, grapefruit, tangerine, pine, resin

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, high carbonation, sweetness upfront from the citrus and caramel and bitterness out back

Overall - good beer that borders closely on IPA territory

Price Point - $10.99/4 pack 16 oz cans (348 characters)

Photo of do_ob
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle into a snifter. Pours a clear, deep copper with a thin white head of foam. Quickly fades into a light lacing. Good carbonation. Strong aroma of pine resin and grapefruit along with notes of citrus, peaches, and green apples. Light weight and decently creamy mouthfeel. Sweet yet bitter with lots of pine and grapefruit. Sweet, malty finish with a bit of bitterness on the back end.

I'm not a huge fan of amber/red ales, but I decided to give this one a try because of all the hops that are used to brew it. I'm glad I did. This beer, in my opinion, drinks like an IPA in most aspects. Maybe a little more malty than your standard IPA, but just as good in terms of flavor. Either way, definitely a quality brew. (725 characters)

Photo of chinchill
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can. Nice and fresh with a Feb. 2015 canning date on the bottom.

Very hoppy aroma. I could smell hops right after popping the top on the can even at a good two feet from my nose. The hoppy aroma strengthened when decanted into my nonic glass. The appearance is just as impressive, with a deep, clear amber body topped by an especially creamy tan head, The head had excellent retention and coated the glass with nice lacing patterns. The flavor is less bitter and less hoppy than the aroma suggests. This drinks like a highly aromatic, relatively malty APA, although the bitterness and hoppiness build a bit in the aftertaste to suggest an IPA. The three(?) hop varieties play well together.

Feel: excellent, with medium+ soft carbonation in a medium body. Dry finish.

O: exceptional (802 characters)

Photo of danh53
3.99/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bill for sending this as an extra. Pours a crystal clear amber with a three finger head. Aroma has caramel malts and some vanilla, burnt sugar, pine, and pineapple. The caramel is the strongest part of the smell and reminds me a little of a barley wine. Taste is a nice balance of sweet malts and bitter hops with a slight alcohol kick which is nice. I was expecting more of a pale ale, but this is a nice change of pace. (431 characters)

Photo of mabermud
4.16/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Deep amber body...imperial amber...burnt orange...Very clingy and pillowy, slightly off-white head.
Smell: Sweet and spicy hop aromas.
Taste: The taste is sweet and smooth throughout. Laid back hops and laid back tropical fruit tones. The taste fades away nicely.
Feel: Medium body. The semi-dense carb comes in at the back end.

Overall: Not bad. Not over-the-top in any category. Balanced and obviously, a go-to type of beer. (453 characters)

Photo of IPAGeorge
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a tulip

A. Pours a mostly transparent amber beer with 2 finger khaki head. Very nice head retention. Cobblestone lacing.

S. Sweet biscuity malts and tropical hops. Some pine, and pineapple.

T. Nice hop flavor. Juicy, grape, pine, pineapple, and sweet malts. Some nice bitterness. Followed by green leafy aftertaste.

M. 5 out of 10 on body thickness. Some pretty good carbonation. Finishes pretty clean.

O. A very nice beer. Drinks more like an APA than an amber to me but it does have a decent amount of malt flavor. Hops are the star though i'd say. Smells like it tastes and that's nice. The mouthfeel is also very nice IMO. Very nice beer. (690 characters)

Photo of Reds76
3.37/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I was expecting more hops and less malt with the name and label. Good beer but not outstanding. I prefer a lighter malt bill and let the hops shine through - the beer seemed a bit heavy on the malt. (200 characters)

Photo of TheBeerMaster1
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Perfectly balanced beer, makes me want to use nugget in my next homebrew. So smooth that I put down 3 of them like they were low abv brews. Very enjoyable and will buy again. (174 characters)

Photo of spoony
4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 16 oz can (canned January 27, 2015) to a tulip.

A-The beer is a nice-looking medium-amber color. It is crystal clear with about one and one-half fingers of off-white head on top. The head is dense and leaves a nice ring of lacing on the glass

S-The aroma is hoppy with zesty, juicy citrus flavors like orange and white pepper. As it warms I get a bit more pine and bitterness. The malts are semisweet and smell like caramel. Nice balance.

T-The taste is similarly hoppy with orange, tangerine, vague suggestions of pineapple, and a sharp pine needle flavor that grows more assertive as the beer warms. The finish is more bitter and pine-forward than the first gulp. Malts are caramel and provide a nice, balancing sweetness.

M-The body is medium in heft with a smooth, moderate carbonation. The beer drinks very easily and leaves just a bit of oily hop coating on my palate.

O-This is a tasty beer: it is flavorful without being lopsided in any one direction. The ABV sort-of sneaks up on you as you drink it, but I could see sitting down and drinking a few of these over the course of an afternoon with friends. It is good looking too; love the clarity. (1,166 characters)

Photo of JBMD
3.79/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Honestly, for the past few years this has been a beer I wait for, both on tap and in bottles. But for some reason, this year both the aroma and taste seem to be off, not nearly what I recall. So for 2015 I can only say average at best... (237 characters)

Photo of G_Z_a
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reminds me of some of my favorite Ambers from WI (Capital, Sprecher), but with an aggressive hop profile. For a West Coast Hop-head, I thought it was really well done. (167 characters)

Photo of leantom
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A classic. Maybe a tad overrated, but it's still a great beer. Here goes:

A: Beautiful, dark orange-amber with a large head and great lacing. Pretty well carbonated as well.

S: Very sweet. Albeit, the beer's a month old, but there should still be more hops than this. Honey, caramel, a smattering of piney and citrusy hops. Overly malt-forward.

T: Follows the nose. Very sweet and malty; rich and creamy. Lots of honey and caramel against a faint malt background. What hops are present are very piney.

F: Rich and creamy. Good.

O: Good beer. Solidly above-average. (586 characters)

Photo of jakewatt135
3.84/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not much going on in the way of hops here, or maybe that's just just the west coast in me talking. Very malty wish there was a lot more hop aroma and flavor. Overrated for sure. (177 characters)

Photo of BergBeer
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: A bright clear amber with a thick egg shell head. Mild activity and lacing.

Smell: Pungent citrus, grassy hops, and a strong malt that pleasantly balances on the nose. Smells excellent.

Taste: The taste buds a smacked alive with big citrus hops that's fades to let a strong tasty amber body then there is a second rush of bitter earthy hops that lingers on the tongue. Mouthfeel: Big, juicy, wet on the tongue with a lingering bitter. Overall: An excellent brew. I love the nice balance between the big hops and the Amber body. They play very well and it's evident that this beer has been fine tuned to let both shine. A very well crafted brew that is fun to find but not a pain the in ass to get. Will definitely be on the search for it next year and should not be looked over. (788 characters)

Photo of JPowell712
4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a fantastic beer. It had a lot of hype behind it and it certainly lived up to it. The pour was a deep amber color with a white creamy head to it. The aromas was of soft hops and citrus and pine. The taste was almost identical. It was a beautiful combo of hops, citrus, pine and something sweet like honey. It worked beautifully. I like this beer because it was refreshing and tasted of liquid happiness! (419 characters)

Photo of GregJ
4.07/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Rich malty smell, floral and pine. Tastes of malt, barley, floral, earthy and pine resin. Nice medium/heavy body from the heavy malt base. Pine resin aftertaste. (161 characters)

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Tröegs Nugget Nectar from Tröegs Brewing Company
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