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Tröegs Nugget Nectar - Tröegs Brewing Company

Tröegs Nugget NectarTröegs Nugget Nectar

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5,945 Ratings

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Ratings: 5945
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 Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -7.1%
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..

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2006 00:49:52 | More by Sammy
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4.35/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 06:01:45 | More by UCLABrewN84
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4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2006 23:24:51 | More by BuckeyeNation
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South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2007 17:39:40 | More by mikesgroove
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4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of a recent trade with TroyG2352.

A: The pour is a crystal clear dark amber color with a small off-white head which recedes fairly quickly to a thin layer.

S: The nose is what I was expecting. A big punch of citrus and pine hops with a noticeable but not overpowering caramel sweetness from the malt.

T: The flavor is very similar to the nose, but a bit more intense. The hops really steal the show here and give you a nice bitter pine and grapefruit combination both on the front end and on the finish. In between there is a bit of sweetness from the malt.

M: The body is medium with a nice moderate level of carbonation that tingles the tongue.

D: This is my kind of amber/red ale: nice and hoppy. I found the bitterness to be pleasant and refreshing. I'm glad to have a few more of these in the fridge.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2010 19:06:07 | More by womencantsail
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North Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2009 03:40:44 | More by brentk56
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Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -14%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2007 15:25:27 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of BEERchitect


4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2006 16:04:24 | More by BEERchitect
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4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2009 02:19:57 | More by Thorpe429
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New York

4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2010 16:50:08 | More by metter98
Photo of ChainGangGuy


4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out a clear, orange-amber body with a tall head of off-white, long lasting foam. Thin delicate sheets of lace on the descent.

Smell: Sure, there're some mild notes of bready malt to be sniffed up, but, for the most part, it's a nose of fresh, moist, juicy hops. All at once, it's richly floral, grassy, citrusy, and spicy. Nice.

Taste: Lightly bready, toasty, but adequately sweet malts jump-start the taste. Next, in charges a vibrant, multi-faceted American hop character: fresh florals, light pine saplings, ground spices, refrigerator-chilled ruby red grapefruit, and fresh, juicy tangelos. Moderate bitterness, though while it's jam-packed with hops, it thankfully never becomes harsh or unpleasantly astringent. Soon, a staunch, firm grassiness enters the taste. Finishes predominately bitter, though a bit more malty sweetness is encountered, with a lingering grassiness and ever-so-slight alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel: Just a hair above medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth, soothing mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Top notch expression of hops. For me, it's just the right amount and right blend of hops to make for a very enjoyable brew, with enough malts and not a drop more alcohol than is needed. Well done, Tröegs!

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 23:36:37 | More by ChainGangGuy
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North Carolina

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

Poured a clear deep copper with a creamy-like white one finger head that settles slowly leaving a sheet of lace behind.Sharp citric,piney hop aromas abound there was a very noticable nutty malt character underneath as well.I like the almost creamy mouthfeel its full in body but smooth and pleasant going down.Although a big hop profile flavor wise going on its neither brash or bitter its just a long smooth piney,herbal character that lasts from beginning till end.Lightly sweet caramel malt base holds up well to the hops.It a very enjoyable beer to drink just smooth as hell and of course hoppy enough to keep me happy.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2006 02:22:55 | More by oberon
Photo of TMoney2591


3.53/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Finally typing up this damn review. God knows when it was scrawled on this paper here. (I know you can't see the paper, but just sit back and let the words paint a picture for ya.) It pours a hazy orange amber topped by a short-lived finger of white micro-foam. The nose is all up in your face (...as are most noses, now that I think about it...) with pine backed by what seems like some creamy caramel. Yes, I can smell creamy. Deal with it. The taste follows almost exactly, heavy on the pine, a decent backbone of smooth and creamy caramel. (Told ya.) A hint of flowers is in there as well, but not in much abundance. The body is light but weighty (...), with a mild carbonation and a kinda sticky finish. Overall, not bad, but I just don't see the reason for the hooplah.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2010 00:16:53 | More by TMoney2591
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4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I think what most people miss about the beautifully hop-dripping Nugget Nectar ale is the malt base underneath. It's not the common, normally expected pale and crystal malt base (and that may seem a bit odd given the "amber" designation - at the very least it's not expected, more English malts are the usual) but this is really a beautifully formulated "lager-type" malt base. Of course they use an ale yeast, but the malts are so much softer and smoother and, in actuality, not really caramelish. It's really more of an Oktoberfest with ale yeast and bold American hops - and that's what sets it apart.

The hop selection of bold Americans (Nugget, Warrior/Tomahawk, Simcoe, Palisade), and the fact that they haven't slammed you over the head with them is the second half. But that's what Troeg's have always done... they take their beers to the edge and stop, giving you just enough to make you want to jump over the ledge, but also enough to make you want to stay and have another one before you go more! They keep it drinkable! Arrrghhhh.... perhaps TOO drinkable!!! You raise the glass to your nose and you smell that pungent, resinous, fruity, citrusy, grassy, and piney/spruce-like hop chharacter and it's like sticking your face in the opening of a freshly opened 44 pound bag of hops!

The flavor is velvety smooth in its roundness of flavor, despite the rock solid bitterness (once again, not overdone!), and displays the malts first and the hops second (at least until you get halfway into the glass). It finishes with a film of lingering maltiness and grassy, citrusy, and piney hops left on the palate.

In conclusion, I've found this beer to be a personal favorite for all-around drinkability due to depth of character (both in malt and hops), and drinkability. It packs strength, but it's still along the lines of an IPA. It's got a great malt and hop component, and it's superbly balanced. I enjoy it on tap any time I can find it, and I highly recommend you give it a try!

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2007 14:15:43 | More by NeroFiddled
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4.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome growler, the ultimate send of GiF 5, much praise unto RonfromJersey...a magnificent vessel, I undo the top, and am ready to rock!
appearance: a gorgeous golden amber hue, clear, with a huge frothy cap above, lookin' nice, indeed.
Aroma: pine mixed with caramel, a bright, hoppy amber-y nose, rife with hops, a mellow citric blend, but leavened with other sensations, as well, apple meets toffee, etcetera...and I like that.
Let's drink, shall we?
Mmmmm! Big, bristling caramel-coated hop feel on the palate, very spicy and slick, with a thick feel on the mouth, a never-ending twang that resounds throughout the senses. Excellent malt back-up. Damn, this is tasty! Slightly sweet, but with no relenting from the hop department, it's a continual kick, riding on the bready, malty, toffee-like underpinning, a thoroughly tasty tango.
The first IPA in a long time to really remind me of my hometown favorite, Masala Mama.
Close, but not quite...I kid...but rejoice, Pennsylvanians, you've got a good one in Troeg's!
Medium to full in body, with a long, hoppy finish, and a rich, unparallelled flavor...well,except when compared to...nope, not going there...
I haven't even gotten halfway through the growler, so perhaps there are wonders yet to be had...who knows, but the pleasure has been felt, the bell has been rung. Great friggin' IPA, Troeg's, well done!!!

Serving type: growler

03-08-2005 06:18:33 | More by feloniousmonk
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4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got a bunch of these in a trade with rpohagan - thanks dude! Served in a pint glass.

A - This is about as good looking as they come. Two fingers of light-orange-y white foam - almost like peaches & cream. It sticks around for quite a while - almost 10 minutes! - and leaves tons of lacing. Transparent reddish-orange color with a few bubbles lazily rising to the top.

S - Fresh hops, with tons of citrus like orange & grapefruit, as well as other fruits like pineapple and peach, and a hint of pine. There's a little bit of malt as well. It's yummy but doesn't really come alive until I get my nose up against the glass.

T - After such a great setup the taste is a little bit of a letdown. There's lots of citrus again here, with a balance of tropical and malty sweetness as well. Not overly bitter, and not a lot of aftertaste. It's very good, but not super-strong in flavor.

M - Thin body, crisp and tingly, refreshing, nice moderate carbonation. I usually like a little more viscosity to my brews. Goes down easy.

D - I have a feeling all this Nugget Nectar I've traded for isn't going to last very long. Terrific session brew - this is up there with some of my favorite IPAs and APAs ease of consumption. Not overly bitter or carbonated, well-hidden ABV, inexpensive, delicious. What more do you want?

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2009 04:05:40 | More by MasterSki
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Rhode Island

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

Acquired via trade from SilentSabre, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: Healthy hops aroma blended nicely with some good malt and citrus sweetness as a compliment.

T: Just like with the smell, the taste is extremely well-balanced with hops bitterness and citrus sweetness. Both flavors remain in harmony the whole time you drink this beer. Even the after-taste maintains the balance between the two.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, very clean finish.

D: Very tasty, extremely easy to drink, there's a good kick to it, this is an excellent beer to drink all night long.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2006 04:48:56 | More by TheManiacalOne
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4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice hoppy Amber courtesy of markgugs ('07) & PEBKAC ('08)...

Two fingers of thick foam appear, some yeast/sediment floats under the surface, without dispersing into the full body of the liquid. Sticky lacing coats the sides of the pint glass. Color is a deep amber with fine clarity.

Piney, resiny aroma of fresh picked hop cones, some vague citrus and malt also.

Taste has a big grapefruit component, some tangerine, with a light malty back end. Hoppy bitterness lingers briefly. Very malty and smooth on the palate. Sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2007 04:25:29 | More by emerge077
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4.88/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got this from beeronthebrain, mad props!!

Pours an effervescent orange/amber with 1+ finger of cream colored head. Great head retention & lacing

S: Tons of citric hops & really nice honey & biscuitty malt hiding underneath the hops

T: Piney & citric hops, then honey & biscuitty malt, plus just a touch of alcohol warmness up front. Some caramel, grapefruitty & piney hops, plus mild fruittyness ( peach ). Finishes with great citric hops, a touch of biscuitty malt & some mineral dryness

MF: Medium-bodied with assertive carbonation that really shows off the hops. Creamy with great balance, skews hoppy, but really works

Drinkablity is through the roof! The ABV would eventually get you, but it you wouldn't regret it! This is easily one of the best beers I've tried in a while. Lives up to the hype

Thanks Khen!

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2008 05:50:22 | More by russpowell
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New York

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

The beer pours a nice golden color with a one finger white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is awesome. It is well balanced with a thick and rich pale and carapils malt scent and a heavy load of floral hops that tantilize the nose. The taste is great also. It has a very malty core that is the base for this brew. The hops hit you hard and often. They are so intense and add a sweetness to the brew. It is bitter and refreshing and lingers in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is great. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a kick ass beer. It has excellent hop qualities and a nice maltiness to boot.

Thanks Chris Castle for this sample all the way from Harrisburg, PA. I really enjoyed it; an awesome beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2005 18:34:21 | More by WesWes
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have had this beer in many different forms and I have only written a review for it from the bottle. I really like this beer, my bottle review gave it look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | drink: 4.5 for a total of 4.2. I had it on cask the other night and it fell way short of expectations.

The beer looked about the same but the head was soapy and diffuse and left very little lacing. The aroma was off. I could smell some hops but it was mostly a thin malty aroma.

Taste was not as hoppy as remembered, it seemed flat and thin and had a harsher bitterness at the back. The bar I had it at was also serving it at 50 degrees F, IMO that's a little too warm especially considering how hot the bar was that night. I would and will drink this beer again and again from the bottle but not on cask.

Serving type: cask

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Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a snifter. Beer does not have a born on date and with a beer that fades so quickly that fact is REALLY ANNOYING. Get with the program Troeg's and put a damn date on the bottle already. I'm penalizing you for that.

Beer is clear and forms a thin white head that falls away quickly leaving a diffuse single layers of bubbles. Some lacing on the glass. Carbonation appears to be low and the beer is CLEAR and red. Really beautiful from clarity and color.

Interesting smell. Hops and of the citrus variety. Kind of sharp, almost grapefruit flavored, slight pinapple. Smells great.

Medium body, nice hop flavor and some mild back of the mouth bitterness, no aftertaste, overall a really drinkable beer. Mouthfeel is good with minimal carbonation helping to carry the flavors through the mouth. Second taste, not much up front but there is a lingering hop flavor and some bitterness. Overall a really fine beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2010 03:08:38 | More by drabmuh
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4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Hophead101 for trading me this beer.

The beer pours an orangish-amber color with a white head. The aroma is orange and grapefruit. The flavor is very complex, with the major components being orange and grapefruit. At times I also get some pineapple and pine notes. The bitterness is about medium for the style and the finish is bitter orange. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation. Truly an outstanding beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 19:21:49 | More by Mora2000
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Can't wait to try this, it's my first!

A: Pours a light frothy head into my snifter. It fades quickly. It's a golden amber orange color with hints of a reddish hue and very clear.

N: Fresh hops glaore! Fresh musty wet hops hit right away. It's got some spicey hops, slight citrus and pine, as well as a juicy chewy hop aroma. A slight juicy fruit as well.

T: Spicy chewy juicy hops hit right away. More musty fresh hop taste. Slight juicy fruit taste. Very chewy fresh hop taste. A very slight malty flavor adds a slight sweetness and maltness. A bitterness hits a peak quickly and sits there, its a nice bitterness, not too heavy. No booze at all, its very pleasant and tasty.

M: Pretty thick for the type, decent carbonation.

F: It finishes slightly dry, with lingering heavy bitterness, but it doesnt grow beyond the point where its too bitter. It has some lingering juicy fruit tastes as well. A chewy fresh hop taste also lingers. With the hype behind this beer, I was a little worried it wouldn't stack up. I was also worried it would be too heavily hopped for being an amber. On the contrary, this is an awesome beer! It has some great hop characteristics, flavors, keeps itself light and doesn't go overboard. The only thing I can possibly see wrong is I would have liked a little more head and carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2010 02:39:31 | More by jlindros
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3.8/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is absolutely brilliantly clear, and I mean brilliant. It is a deep copper color with reddish over-tones. The head is initially two-fingers thick, but seems to disappear to a thin layer fairly quickly, it is a pale tan color. The aroma is raw and hoppy, which is quite apparent even as I am pouring this beer into my glass. Aromatic notes of sweet grapefruit, lychee, apricot are up front, but there is a raw, grassy, almost herbal, pine-like note here that plays a supporting role to all of the sweet fruit-hop notes.

The taste is sharp and bitter from the get go. Sharp herbal notes hit the tongue as the beer becomes lightly astringent, and ends with a tongue flagellating bitterness that lingers on for quite some time. There are lots of fruity hop notes here as well, a smooth lychee, almost apricot note seems to lead, but ample notes of sweet citrus fruit are also found here. This beer is missing a lot of that raw, grassy hop character that one would expect in a beer like this, but I have a feeling a lot of that was filtered out. There is just enough malt here to give a touch of sweetness, which certainly helps with the fruit notes. This beer is quite light feeling and goes down easily, it is almost on the thin side, but does manage to live up to the hop character.

I can't help but feel that a lot of the life has been filtered out of this beer (or perhaps it was never here to begin with). Don't get me wrong it is tasty, but it is missing a lot of complexity, even for a hop bomb, that would make this beer quite a bit better. Luckily, I can be a hop head, so this beer is still quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2006 02:01:34 | More by Gueuzedude
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4.51/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 16:01:32 | More by Knapp85
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Tröegs Nugget Nectar from Tröegs Brewing Company
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