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Tröegs Nugget Nectar - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Ratings: 7,614
Reviews: 2,449
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 9.7%
Wants: 1,271
Gots: 1,324 | FT: 40
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:
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: 7,614 | Reviews: 2,449
Photo of Sammy
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Double amber, IPA, whatever, it's a terrific beer. An IPA, and not too bitter. Very drinkable. This would be a standard back home, thanks to Dan123 who will correct me, whom I enjoyed a good trade and lots of good beer in Atlanta with. Smooth with orange worked in..

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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5/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jmpizzo for sending me this one!

Bottled 2/20/12.

Pours a clear copper/amber with a 1 inch foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks and dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of lots of citrus zest, herbal hops, and some tropical fruit aromas. Taste is super hoppy with citrus zest and tropical fruit flavors up front with a herbal hop quality on the finish. There is a pretty assertive bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a light level of carbonation with a medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a wonderful hop presence in the aroma and taste.

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of zestar
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -30.7%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of GRG1313
5/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of nmann08
4.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Copper-amber color with an off-white head and a decent amount of lace.

S: Lots of hops back up by sweet amber malt.

T: Lots of hops going on here as promised. A very unique taste, and I really, really wish that more breweries would get behind this and start up the Imperial Amber style.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation. Hoppiness throughout.

D: Much more drinkable than the typical IPA. There's something very smooth about this one and I look forward to having it fresh again next year.

Photo of metter98
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear amber and a thin, white head. Not much carbonation is evident.
S: There's a gentle aroma of piney hops with some subtle hints of citrus.
T: There's a big, rich taste of hops and the finish is somewhat dry and bitter. The hop flavor is rather strong, but balanced to some degree by the underlying malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate.
D: It's relatively easy to drink but I got slowed down to some degree by the bitterness. This beer packed in a lot of hop flavors and I would definitely have it again.

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of brentk56
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a brilliantly clear light amber color with a billowy head that sticks and laces nicely

Smell: Loads of grapefruit but there is more; floral and slightly herbal, too

Taste: The toffee malt jumps out but is quickly joined by the grapefruit, though the hops bring an herbal element, too; after the swallow, this is all about the bitterness, although there is some residual sweetness on the tongue at the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Tasted within two weeks of bottling, it doesn't get much better than this for hoppy beers

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Quite possibly the best IPA I've ever had. A serious bronze, copper, golden hue; mostly clear except a light haze; with a dense bleached white head. Difficult to want to drink--you just want to keep your nose in the glass; the aroma is that good! Serious grapefruit, grassy, and citrus characters in the aroma travels flawlessly into the flavor. Could be easily mistaken for grapefruit juice if not for a moderate, yet firm malt base. Citrus flavors with low level bitterness and bite-eyness because of the caramel barley sweetness. Smooth and silky to the mouth with a lightly alcoholic and hop drying sensation. The perfect summertime refresher and a treat for the senses at any occasion.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Sammy: Poured a deep amber/orangey color ale with nice foamy head with some good retention and light lacing. Aroma of bitter hops is well balance with some malt. Taste is a good enough mix between some semi-sweet malt and some citrus and bitter hops. Full body with some medium carbonation. Overall, while I thought this was interesting beer, I still think it lack some hops to make this as hoppy as they claim it is.

Photo of Knapp85
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This Imperial Red is one of the best out there I think. It pours out as a really nice amberish color with a strong thick head that leaves a great lacing. The aroma on this beer is wonderful. It smells like a citrusy floral IPA. It's makes my mouth water just smelling it. The taste is piney and citrusy. It's very bitter and pretty much a kick in the mouth. The mouthfeel is slightly heavy, not heavy enough to keep you from having multiple over the course of some time. Overall this beer is quite good. Highly recommended upon it's release. Do yourself a favor and try this if you haven't already.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Coppery orange with honey colored trim. The head is the color and texture (visually at least) of tangerine mousse. It's persisting nicely, but isn't laying down much lace. That's surprising since I doubt there's anything close to a shortage of hop resins.

The nose is uber-hoppy with a complementary amount of toasted malt that, for the most part, stays out of the way. Given the hop bill (Nugget, Warrior, Tomahawk, Simcoe and Palisade), I'm not surprised that the aroma is so multi-faceted. It's primarily citric, with spicy, floral and herbal notes as well.

Nugget Nectar is exceptional, hoptastic beer. I wonder why Troegs chose to put the words Imperial Amber Ale in small print under the word Nectar. Even though the malt backbone is solid, it isn't big enough for this to be an Imperial <anything>. There's a fair amount of toasted maltiness that keeps the hop flavor from entering the stratosphere and *really* impressing me. Come to think of it, it does taste like a generously hopped amber ale.

I love almost all hoppy beer. My enthusiasm, however, is often dependant on the makeup of the hop bill. This one doesn't absolutely floor me like I though it might. That may be because there's too much floral grassiness and not enough citric spruciness. It's still delicious beer, but I would have designed it differently.

The mouthfeel is a fraction larger than medium, comfortably mid-range for an IPA (sorry, an Imperial Amber). I'm enjoying the sticky, resinous feel on the swallow and the carbonation is nicely muted as well. This is a hoppy drinker par excellence. Sessionabililty is questionable at 7.5%, but I'd be happy to give it a go.

Nugget Nectar is very good beer that should appeal to hopheads of all sorts. Lovers of the 'super citrics' will be happy, as will lovers of the more European varieties. I have no trouble at all recommending this fine ale to anyone and everyone who craves beautifully brewed, hopilicious beer.

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a bright orange amber with a big billowing white head. Faded quickly leaving a nice layer of swirly, gooey lace on the top. No visible carbonation in the glass, which was crystal clear, no hint of any hazy or cloudiness. Smell was strong bitter hops, pine resin grapefruit, pineapple were the big players here. A very slight tinge of alcohol as it warmed tingled the nose a bit. The taste was a little thin, watery, but not too bad, just would have envisioned a bit fuller based on the smell. Biggest taste here was the grapefruit, big dry piney finish left this very nice. Good well rounded IPA. Overall this is a very good call. Lower ABV makes this very drinkable, and pretty much sessionable for a big time hop head. Very nice beer.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

its like the hopback on steroids. the pour is almost ruby red, super radiant amber color with a few inches of fading white fluff. it looks pretty dense. the nose is real hoppy, more like an imperial ipa than the red its listed as here, piney and resinous, like strong ganja, with a nice dusty caramel red malt underpinning. i like the hop flavor of this beer, its complex and tricky, some citrus in there amongst the trees, pleasantly refreshing for its gravity, and really well balanced by the malts. troegs has gotten the big beers down pat, with the mad elf and the troegenator, in your face beers that still retain some degree of drinkability. id happily attempt a sixer of this! nice carbonation and a lot of body, long sticky hop finish. the label is just right for this beer, it tastes like what comes to mind when looking at the bottle, its perfect really. i like the red malt bill for this, it makes the standard big ipa a whole lot more interesting. very well done.

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