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Tröegs Nugget Nectar | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by Edwin on 02-13-2004

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

Happy Hoppiness! Poured from bottle into a glass. Great Amber color with white head. The hops aroma fills the nose and the taste is medium, well balanced with a wonderful finish.

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Photo of pkalix
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

nice, orange-y color! good aroma and flavor. pungent and sticky. have been wanting to try one of these for a long while! super-brew of yesteryear, though, obviously. still, it filled the list...

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Photo of TheElectricOne
3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass:

Appearance: pours a copper-orange in color, with a completely translucent body. Nice, thick head on top, which leaves plenty of lacing while drinking.

Aroma: lots of pine, mixed in with some solid fruity notes as well. Pretty potent mango sweetness, with some bitter pineapple skin. Lots of pine.

Taste: the only issue I had here was that it finishes sooo sweet. The initial flavor is bitter piney-ness, followed up by some really nice mango. Some beers blast you with an array of fruitiness, but this one is totally focused on the mango. Finishes with some more bitterness, but also a ton of sweetness, which isn't my favorite flavor.

Feel: medium-bodied and pretty sticky on the finish. Crisp carbonation.

Overall: a very good brew. I didn't even know it was a "Red ale" until jotting down this review, although it really was more IPA than red anyway. In any case, I'd drink it again any day.

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Comes in a crystal clear copper color with effervescent carbonation and a pillowy, off white head. The nose offers fresh squeezed tangerine juice, grapefruit pith, perhaps a touch of papaya, sweet bready malts, caramel, and sticky pine.
Big grapefruit, tangerine, and lemon notes hit you upfront. Juicy in texture and lively. The mid-palate starts to shift to the malts, which turns into a big toasted brown bread and caramel sweetness near the finish, but just before it gets cloying, the hop resin kicks in, leaving mouth-smacking lingering flavors of orange peel and pine sap.

The mouthfeel is medium-plus, medium-carbonated, with an oily, slick feel that approaches creaminess at times. Very drinkable.

While I wouldn't consider this a whale anymore, this still remains a rock solid beer and one of the best commonly available hop-forward red ales. Worth seeking out at least once a year.

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Photo of mnrider
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours crystal clear amber color with a red hue. Large two fingers of light tan head. Good retention with pretty good lacing.

S: Citrus. Sweet. Some Pine. Light hops. Sweet juices. Mostly on the sweet malty side of the aroma scale.

T/M: Bitter hops. Dry yet still pretty smooth. Pine. Sweet fruits. Mango. Malts seem to dominate the beer. Hop flavors are nice but subdued. The balance could be better. has a nice piney aftertaste. Alcohol is hidden well.

O: This is an excellent beer. Yet, it is definitely slightly overrated. I find that it is also not as good as previous years. The hop and malt flavors work well together. Not a beer for the hop bomb people, as it is subdued in that department. I would still recommend this beer, especially when had fresh.


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Photo of irrevjim
3.83/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

from a can to a teku;
look; translucent light mahogany (very pretty) , thick beige head, 1 1/4+" good retention, moderate lacing
smell; pine, caramel sugar malt, hint of unripe peach or apricot
taste; caramel sugar malt, pine, a little grapefruit, a little sweet overall
feel; full bodied and smooth, hint of stickiness in a good way
overall; full bodied and somehow fresh tasting but too sweet

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Photo of fscottkey
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: [4.50] Deep red color approaching a light cola color. Forms 1 finger of dense white head. The beer is really transparent and looks inviting in a glass. The bottle lists the ABV (7.5%) and the created date (01/04/16).

S: [3.50] Mild pine, peaches, malted scent, hints of caramel.

T: [4.50] Lemon rind, peppery pine, pineapple, not much in the way of malty sweetness. Finishes with a nice bitter tinge.

M: [4.25] Nice medium+ coating mouthfeel. Really good carbonation level. Finally has a good hop bitter finish that is good but doesn't linger past its welcome.

O: [4.25] The nose on this one is a little subdued and doesn't hint at how great this beer tastes. The beer is really nice with some solid hop notes throughout the beer. The beer also has a really solid mouthfeel that makes it feel hearty and adds to the overall enjoyment. This is a great beer.

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Photo of GregA135
4.14/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've had this so many times, I couldn't believe I never reviewed it LOL

Pours a dark red amber color with a white head
Smells of sweet malt, orange, grapefruit.
Taste of pine, citrus, sweet malt - a little bit of bread, hops and a slight taste of caramel
Medium body and crisp, easy to drink and always delicious!

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Photo of 11-52_4hops
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I am not normally an Amber guy, but this one drinks more like a DIPA with a touch of extra malt. A ton of resin/piney hop love here, but doesn't leave that "just smoked a cigar" mouth residue that you can sometimes find with high IBU brews. Somehow manages to be balanced even with the hops assault. Nicely done.

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Photo of pagriley
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear golden amber
old school piney resinous goodness - big old school hop aromas
A touch sweet, then pow - more resinous bitter hops
Medium to full feel - well balanced given how aggressively bitter this is.

Old school to the core - big pine and resin, no holding back hop punch. Great stuff

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Photo of thepenguin
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a very clear dark red-amber, kind of a burnt orange, with a white head and very good head retention.

S: Nice balance of grapefruit and pine, with some bready malt behind it all and a mild metallic hope note. Powerful, resinous, fresh, classic.

T: Resinous American hop varieties, toasty bready malt and bitter grapefruit rind. Clean flavor profile and a semidry, citrusy bitter finish. This is kind of one of those beers where there’s not ton you can remark on with the flavor profile, it’s simply great.

F: Medium body with pretty abundant carbonation that lends to the drinkability. A slick resinous mouthfeel and a touch of warmth between sips.

Thoughts: Glad I finally got to review an old personal favorite. Such a great beer to look forward to each year, and you don’t have to kill a man to get your hands on it. Highly recommended for those who have not tried NN.

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Photo of Sandalwood
3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2016 Version - pours an amber orange color that is very clear. A large slightly off white head. There is some frothy lacing with some carbonation. The odor for me is sweet, malty, grapefruit, tropical fruits, mandarin, pineapple, apricot, floral, slightly sugary. The taste for me is refreshing, yet malty, grapefruit, bread like, grassy, floral, candy like, mandarin, slightly melon and slightly floral. Barely any bitterness.

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Photo of Raidersox
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 12 ounce bottle (fridge temp approx. 38 degrees) to goblet-style stemmed glass. Bottle legend says best by 5/14/16, unsure of bottled on date.

Look: Pours a copper/orange color with a thick, creamy, slightly off-white 3/4 inch head that dissipated fairly quickly but left behind a nice lasting lace with moderate carbonation.

Smell: Pine and resins dominate with fruity citrus in the background. Nice overall hoppy aroma hints at what is to come.

Taste: Hoppy pine flavor hits hard and fast, fading to citrus and a faint metallic (but not unpleasant) aftertaste. Caramel malt flavor comes along for the ride and helps balance the bitterness. Favors intensified as the glass warmed.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied and crisp from first sip to last. Almost a creaminess I attribute to the continual carbonation and lacing that lasts to the end.

Overall: It is almost like a red/amber ale trying to pass itself off as an APA, but in a very good way. This is my first opportunity to try Nugget Nectar and I was drawn to the hype as well as the Troegs brand. I've always liked red ales, my first love in craft beers, but now my go-to beer is an IPA. This brew satisfies both ends of that particular spectrum. Very drinkable despite the 7.5 ABV, I could see myself putting away a sixer over the course of an evening but would be equally satisfied having one or two before dinner. I gotta shop the other distributors in the area to see if they have any left and stock up.

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Photo of ppvora
3.63/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a cold 12 oz. bottle into a lager glass.

Look: A brown colored beer with some tinge of copper. Two fingers of head and a bit of aeration. The head takes a minute or two to dissipate.

Aroma: Orange, fruits, grapefruit, some mango.

Taste: Hops, pine, fruit, orange with a pleasant hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: A pleasant hoppy bitterness.

Overall: An excellent beer which should be regularly consumed. Not sure why the company creates so much hype surrounding the annual release of this beer. It's an excellent beer, but cut the hype please. Thanks.

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Photo of kalosjakar
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had this about 2-3 years ago and remember not liking it. Well my tastes have definitely changed since then.

Pours a beautiful amber color with a white frothy, slightly creamy head.

Aroma: pine/citrus/ and perhaps even fruity hop aroma. I pick up a decent malt sweetness as well.
Taste: interesting and hard to tell whats going on. theres bitterness, sweetness, bite, pine, resinous, astringent type of thing going on all at once. Medium mouthfeel, full bodied I guess you would say?

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Photo of zonker17
4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Amber color with thin head that remains and leaves lacing. Mild nose with some citrus and pineapple. Malt with balanced hop flavor leaves a sweet ands fruity finish along with bitter. Above medium mouthfeel and above average carbonation. I could really crush these if I had more than one.

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

I really liked it, nice looking, wonderful aroma, great taste, and the new label is nicer looking as well, not as busy and bright red as the one in the picture. My bottle said IBU 96 (same ABV).

(L) Beautiful amber color, clear, 2-3 inch thick off white head.

(A) It has a very distinct pleasant aroma of pine, caramel, also a bit floral.

(T) Awesome taste of bread, pine, caramel, and grapefruit, and not a hint of alcohol.

(F) It is crisp and easy drinking despite the IBU. I think it is top notch.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.74/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had a glass at the Hangar in Westfield. The beer had a dark copper appearance with some great lacing on the sides, but a generally thin head. Aromas included a sharp spiced, floral hops. Great, overall flavors that were well-balanced: orange-citrus mixed with a hint of earthy bread. The beer was decently crisp and had good carbonation. Overall, pretty refreshing with a meal.

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Photo of PatrickKellyCT
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Is it the best beer I've ever had? No. But if I wanted to explain what good beer is supposed to taste like I would probably turn to this one. Perfect balance of hops and malt.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottled 1/20/16, about a month old. Purchased in Attleboro, MA.

Pours a crystal clear amber body with a 2 finger white head - this is exactly what an amber should look like. Perfect color, extreme clarity, nice head and nice lacing. Ring of retention.

Aromas are piney, resinous, dank, rind, caramel, rye, biscuits. Taste is light bitterness, lots of pine and resinous hop oils, citrus rind, followed by a light bitterness on the tongue. Extremely drinkable mouthfeel, body is medium and alcohol is well hidden. Medium carbonation. Pleasantly soft for 7.5%.

Nugget Nectar never disappoints, where it shines is how easy to drink and flavorful it is. Benchmark for the style.

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Photo of smbslt
3.74/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

While there is nothing wrong with making a terrific beer, there should be some deference given to the style it is purported to be. Chrystal clear orange amber and a creamy off-white head that clings to the glass as if its life depended on it is striking. Smell and taste while a hop head's dream is unbalanced and heavy-handed. Lacks the complexity that can be achieved with imperial reds. Feel is fine but a bit thick. Overall a good beer but not in this style.

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Photo of W_Des
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours amber with a piney citrusy aroma. The body has a piney citrus bitterness with a medium sweet malt bill finishing with a light lingering bitterness.

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Photo of beantown_hopster
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - such a rich amber color. beautiful!

S- Very fragrant. Floral hops.

T - Tart on the front, hops in the middle, bready finish. Very drinkable for the abv.

M- fuller than I expected which is surprising and pleasant. Sits medium-heavy in the mouth, low carbonation. Feels good man.

O - Not a huge amber guy but full bodied imperial ambers done with hops apparently are something delightful.

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Photo of JMD
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A: Clear amber color with foamy white head that covers the glass as you drink, leaving big thick lacing.

S: All hops. Pine, and citrus dominate.

T: Pine, and earthy resin. Ruby red grapefruit, and sweet mandarin oranges. Honey are caramel are present as well, with nice malt backbone.

M: Medium bodied and crisp. Lighter than I expected.

O: Great flavor and character, and light enough to drink many in one sitting.


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Photo of Hetty
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The 16' batch is absolutely delicious. Beautiful golden amber color. Pretty decent head, almost an inch. A fruity, somewhat citrusy, hit. Definitely hoppy, with a perfectly balanced malt. Possible honey hint? Absolutely delicious. The Nectar seems to get better every year! One of my favorites.

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