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Tröegs Nugget Nectar - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Reviews: 2,398
Hads: 7,884
Avg: 4.33
pDev: 9.47%
Wants: 1,335
Gots: 1,471 | FT: 28
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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Reviews: 2,398 | Hads: 7,884
Photo of Fear4Beer
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.65/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

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Photo of MA_hops
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
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!

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Photo of keithmurray
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
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

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Photo of do_ob
4.33/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
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

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Photo of danh53
3.99/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of mabermud
4.16/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of IPAGeorge
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of Reds76
3.37/5  rDev -22.2%
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.

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Photo of TheBeerMaster1
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of spoony
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of JBMD
3.79/5  rDev -12.5%
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...

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Photo of G_Z_a
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of leantom
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of jakewatt135
3.84/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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Photo of BergBeer
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of JPowell712
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
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!

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Photo of GregJ
4.07/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of SierraFlight
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into nonic. Perfectly clear, bright copper-orange liquid with a finger of orange tinged white head that settles to a thin layer of foam that stays around but doesn’t lay down any lacing. The aroma consists of orange juice, citrus peel, melon, strawberry, pine, caramel, and herbal hops. The taste is initially sweet with strong caramel, toasted grain, and tropical fruit flavors. The bitterness grows with each sip and features citrus, herbal, and pine hops. Medium body, resinous, sticky texture, soft carbonation, and a dry finish from hops and alcohol.

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Photo of Ploohblaah
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Excellent representation of the category. Lighter drinking with a pleasing refreshing that keeps you coming back for more. Not the hoppiest of brews, and the malt is well balanced with the hops but the malt comes through more.

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Photo of RoyaleWithCheese
1.84/5  rDev -57.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Was very excited to pick this up and try. Initially tried two bottles, just finished the second one. Pours amber with a hint of red. Smells very nice when you really get a good whiff, but that's about it. Can't say how disappointed I was with this one. The first few sips left a sort of... gas-like, almost sulfur like after taste. Had to really force it down. I've had water problems before at my house, and our water tank had to be cleaned with chlorine to get the gasious sulfur like smell out of our water. The after taste of this beer reminded me of that smell. Terrible. I'm sure it is possible I simply got a bad batch but it really wasn't very good. Now I'm not sure what I'll do with the other four bottles.

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Photo of munnster76
3.29/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

After reading the reviews I was psyched to try this. The initial impression was good but not great...but that was just my mind wanting to believe it was a great beer. After that wears off, you're left just an OK avg. amber beer.

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Photo of Andymac28
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I've only had mad elf from troegs which is ehh pretty good, but this I can see that these guys really like what they do. Masterfully crafted brew! Really really good. Very ipa esque with wonderful citrusy hops thought and a slight malt finish. Smooth. Red Amber ale/IPA...what ever the f. *^ it is it's delicious ....oh only downer was the 16$ sixer price here in NY..enjoy gentlemen!

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.82/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into Speigelau glass

A: nice clear auburn color, nice head

S: got the hoppy smell with a lot of caramel malts

T: I don't know whether the hops taste fades on this quickly because you get a flash of hops but a lot of bitterness and very malty

M: about the same as most IPAs

O: this beer is average if you want a hoppy amber ale get you some Modern Times Blazing World that beer is fantastic or even Tocobago from CCB is much better.

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Tröegs Nugget Nectar from Tröegs Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 2,398 ratings.