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Tröegs Nugget Nectar - Tröegs Brewing Company

Tröegs Nugget NectarTröegs Nugget Nectar

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5,966 Ratings

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Ratings: 5966
Reviews: 2287
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Edwin on 02-13-2004)
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Photo of RobertHolley


4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

An outstanding beer with a wonderful orange/ red color. The smell was wonderful with hints of citrus. A great taste with a strong finish. My first sip I was impressed but I always judge a beer when I am 3/4 done with it. This beer kept getting better.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2014 15:18:16 | More by RobertHolley
Photo of timmy2b

New York

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
Perfect amber color with a half a finger of white head at the top of the glass.
Hoppy scent takes the front of the scent with a little bit of malt in the nose.
Nice mix of hops and the amber malt. Hops and bitterness take the back of the taste after the Amber/Red flavor.
This is an easy to drink Double and it is light in the mouth for what it is.
I love drinking this beer and highly recommend it to fans of Ambers, and IPAs!

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 02:37:40 | More by timmy2b
Photo of emyers


3.81/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a Founders snifter.

Appearance: Pours a clear medium amber with a 1 inch fluffy off-white head.

Smell: Bright citrus hops along with a nice floral component take the forefront. Malt is definitely present, with undertones of caramel and biscuit. Spicy hop bite finishes the nose.

Taste: Similar to the smell, but a little less hop-forward. Strikes a nice balance between citrus/floral hops and a slightly spicy malt backbone. Pleasant bittering hop bite on the finish No alcohol heat.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, medium carbonation. Finishes dry and fairly crisp.

Overall: Very good beer. Strong hop presence backed up by a solid malt base.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 00:33:03 | More by emyers
Photo of BradtheGreat7


4.41/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Review taken Beginning of March 2014(day it arrived)

12 oz brown bottle with a really stellar label. A hop head no doubt absolutely squeezing the life along with all the fresh hop juices and oils straight from the hop itself. Label is of reds, oranges, and yellow. Just a fantastic bottle to look at. Poured into a standard American pint glass.

A - nearly crystal clear body. Amber red in color with shades of copper orange when in the light. Thick white head on the pour carries a really nice creamy appearance to it. Head slowly turns into a lovely covering of creamy white lace leaving very good stick to the walls of this pint glass.

S - citrus and grapefruit up front with orange and a whiff of mellow mango. Grapefruit bite really steps to the side letting the fruitiness take control while the caramel malts blend and balance this aroma to perfection.

T - luscious flavor. Getting the hop notes we love across then balancing them in a magnificent way. Fruity and citrusy up front with mild mango, big orange and grapefruit. Sweet caramel and bread like malts really shift things into that next gear. Hop spice and a peppery note only add character to the flavor. Candied citrus and fruit pop back up just before the quick but sharp grapefruit bitter finish. This has everything anyone could ever want from a big Amber ale. Fresh hop tasting and packed full of flavor.

M - medium bodied with excellent texture. Smooth and drinkable. Texture isn't overly thick, but somehow finds its way into 'the way its supposed to be' category. Coats the mouth with its luscious flavor, gushing hop notes, and sweet malt balance.

O - Nugget Nectar is one of those very few won't absolutely fall in love with. It's the best thing going in the Amber/Red world these days and few could argue its greatness. It's easily one of the most enjoyable and overall best ales I've ever had. I look forward to having more Nugget Nectar experiences in the future and also seek out some of this fine brewery's other offerings. Troegs have a winner here. It's that great

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 13:28:15 | More by BradtheGreat7
Photo of MattSweatshirt


4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber body and a long lasting off-white head with drippy lacing.

Big citrus and pine hop aromas matched up with big caramel malt.

Lots of yummy hoppiness with bite grapefruit and pine flavors.

Definitely the big bro to Hopback. I loved that for it's big hop character and amber backbone. I love Nugget Nectar even more for it's even bigger hop load.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2014 19:44:14 | More by MattSweatshirt
Photo of TheSSG


4.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a huge, off-white head with tons of hop resin and great persistence. Collapses to a puff of head. A really bright, almost tropical fruit aroma of hops; sweet, floral, and citrus. This smells so lovely. A nice copper-orange color. Starts with lots of hops; bitter, citrus, then it moves into a slightly pine character and medium-high bitterness. The malt pops through just before the finish; lingering citrus rind.

This is nice. I really like the aroma and the front of this. The back half isn't my favorite (too citrus rind bitterness), but it's still quite nice.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2014 02:59:27 | More by TheSSG
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New Jersey

4.19/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a copper/amber color. Off white, egg shell colored head.
Nice lacing left behind on the sides of my glass.
The smell is fantastic. Sweet, mango, peach, and tropical fruits.
Sweet malt backbone, Tropical fruits and citrus up front. Hoppy, bitter finish but not over done.
This is a full bodied ale full of complex flavors with the hops taking center stage.
A most excellent beer.


Serving type: bottle

03-19-2014 02:57:07 | More by JohnFatAss
Photo of schoolboy


3.99/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is quite the luscious treat! It pours medium brown, with an amazing head. The aroma is hoppy and malty.

The taste is a robust full bodied, hoppy thing. Wonderful and unique. The aftertaste is strong and sweet.

Overall, it is a good, robust brew, but a bit overpowering for many foods.

Serving type: growler

03-16-2014 00:25:40 | More by schoolboy
Photo of Boggdogg


4.05/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a crystal clear light amber color with a nice white head that leaves a nice ring of lacing around the glass.
Smell is very citrusy up front with some sweet and bitter notes added in. A very complex sleeping beer.
Taste is excellent. Tastes just like it smells, bitter yet sweet. An absolute perfect balance of flavors. Starts out sweet citrus followed by slightly bitter hops taste.
Overall an excellent beer with a lot of aroma and flavor balanced perfection. I heard great things about this beer and it did not disappoint. Best beer I've had from Troegs by far. Highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 03:22:36 | More by Boggdogg
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours crystal clear and sappy amber in color, forming a sandstone colored 2 finger head that exhibits good retention, leading to a thin layer of suds across the surface. Shows solid lacing around the glass, with great stick.

Smell - Citrus forward aroma with a helping hand of caramel and faint, light toasted notes.

Taste - Prominent sweet and slightly sour citrus flavors upfront and throughout; like orange with a bit of lemon zest. Juicy sweetness. Malts are present, with hints of caramel and toasted bread peeking through the thick hop bite. Finishes with a solid amount of orange pith bitterness, and it lingers well into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full in body with fair, lively carbonation. Super smooth. Goes down with a light buttery ease.

Overall - A hell of an Imperial Red/IPA. Very hoppy, but manages to keep a nice drinkable balance. Yeah, drink this beer if you can get your hands on it. It really is time to recognize the Imperial Red as a classifiable beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 03:02:29 | More by TheSixthRing
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New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So after many years of looking forward to and drinking Nugget Nectar, I'm finally getting around to a review. Excellent beer! The hops are very forward and impart an amazing aroma and killer taste to this red ale. Fresh would be a word that describes the beer. Great crisp feel with a sharp hop bite. Malty, but not over the top. At 7.5% the alcohol sneaks up on you, but in no way is detected in the taste. It's a delicious brew! A late Winter tradition I look forward to yearly---highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2014 17:21:35 | More by DJED69
Photo of magictacosinus


4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Finally get to try this - a huge thanks to jdhowe for sharing two bottles of this! Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Both bottles were about 3-4 weeks old, if I'm not mistaken.

Yeah, that's an amber ale alright - reddish amber in color, with some light golden hues at the rim. Pours a frothy white head that sticks around for a while, leaving a ton of sticky lacing as it dissipates. It never fully recedes, however, which is nothing less than awesome given the relatively high ABV and apparent hop oiliness this contains. There's some slight sediment at the bottom, but otherwise, this is really solid. As far as I'm concerned this is a gold standard for how any self-respecting American amber ale should look.

Whoa! I've heard that the aroma on Nugget Nectar was one to be reckoned with, but I had no clue that it would be this fruity, dank, and breezy. Huge, and I mean HUGE orange rind notes immediately grace the nostrils, followed by tangerines, passion fruit, pine, and tons and tons of floral and earthy notes. White flowers, light white pepper, and a robust caramel and toffee finish that rounds up anything that would otherwise become too acidic or bitter. There's a sharp sweetness due to the extra alcohol on this, and combined with the malt profile, it really accentuates the fruity and floral aspects of the hops used in this. Really fantastic stuff - highly aromatic and inviting in every way possible.

Yeah, this is the stuff! I love hoppy amber ales as it is, but this takes the cake in terms of everything I've had before in the style. Big citrus notes grace the palate, ranging from orange to tangerines to apricots, in a juicy and ripe manner akin to actually eating the fruit itself. Huge pine, and lots of floral notes, combined with a brief cardamom and ginger spiciness at the finish. Then, as soon as the malt backbone comes in, delivering a sweet toffee and caramel goodness, it finishes off the initial bitterness and dankness in a biscuit-like manner, with toasted notes that further feel caramelized in flavor due to the higher ABV. Carbonation is really good, and the beer feels crisp and slightly chewy, with the hops always cleansing the palate while leaving the toasted malt notes at the end. Creamy and oily - I would kill to see this on nitro-tap or something. For a beer that's pretty straightforward, this is just fabulous.

This isn't the most complex beer in the world, but it delivers on all accounts on exactly what a hoppy imperial amber is supposed to be - highly fruity and oily, with a underlying hop dankness, as well as a sweet caramel profile that melds with it and softens the initial astringency. This is so easy to drink, I could pound so many of these in one evening perhaps only to my detriment. Amber beers probably don't get any better than this, and I really wish we got six packs of this distributed in California. My favorite new amber, and one of my favorite new single hop beers for sure.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2014 08:30:29 | More by magictacosinus
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Rhode Island

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a La Fin Du Monde tulip glass.

The color is a golden orange/copper with three fingers if foamy white head and some nice thick lacing left on the glass.

The nose is piney with hints of sweetness and juicy fruit aromas. The pine aroma turns into a grassy goodness that is teasing my nose.

The taste has a nice twang of bitter hops at the edges poking in between the malty sweet biscuit flavor. Each sip has its own touch of bitterness with a pop of citrus flavor a late smack of grassy, earthy hops giving of tangerine flavor.

The feel of this beer is medium bodied but goes down well and a beer that does not wreck your pallet. A slight hoppy aftertaste is pleasing.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2014 04:46:03 | More by Duhast500
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4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle purchased from CJ's Doghouse in Lansdale poured into a Weizen glass (why? because the whole bottle fit into the glass...). Bottled on 1/21/14 and purchased on 4/1/14.

A-clear amber color. sticky, thick off white head. good retention. great lacing. continuous carb bubbles.

S-IPA like. hoppy. grapefruit. citrus. pine.

T-sweet caramel. bready malts. spicy hops. citrus flavors.

M-medium body. nice texture-smooth. good balance between hops and malt.

O-I enjoy this beer a lot. its not a favorite, but a solid go to local(ish) beer. easily my favorite from Troegs. ive been to the brewery and tried most of their offerings and this is really the only standout for me. it has some qualities of an IPA, but without feeling like the hops are kicking you in the teeth. plus sweeter malts which create a nice balance. definitely one of the best in the great beer state of PA.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2014 00:08:54 | More by Zetcha7x
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3.89/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours a crystal clear amber color with 2-3 fingers of creamy head. Nice little bit of visible carbonation streams upwards. The head retains for a good amount of time and leaves this lacing on the side of the glass.

S - A deep earthiness emanates from this beer. It's not an aroma that I am particularly fond of.

T - Dank, earth hops. The flavor is fairly consistent throughout. I feel a strong bitterness that creeps in at mid-palate and persists through the finish. Nothing much in the way of sweetness, although I seem to remember a bit more sweetness in previous bottles.

M - Medium-bodied. A bit of softness/squishiness. Strong residual clinginess from the hops. Long, lingering aftertaste.

O - Not my favorite hop profile. Seems somewhat comparable to Smuttynose Finestkind. Glad I tried it, enjoyable beer, but I can find better beer at a better price point.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 17:36:45 | More by Andrew041180
Photo of Givemebeer


4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Clear amber/ Red with a 2 finger head and sticky lacing with lively carbonation. Can't dream of a prettier beer.

S: Citrus, pine

T:the citrus and pine dominate but there is a caramel type sweetness and a slight bready quality. Finish has the essence of peaches.

M: Starts sweet, finishes dry. Medium bodied - goes down smooth.

O: This is labeled an imperial amber ale, but what it is is an IPA. Hoppy for sure and hides the ABV very well - almost too drinkable. The appearance is the highlight in this one. Great beer but sligtlty overrated.

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2014 02:50:24 | More by Givemebeer
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4.04/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Great hoppy amber beer. From the nose to the last sip, this is a great one. Only negative would be the stronger alcohol taste that I notice in this year's version that I don't recall from last year. It was masked as the beer warmed up and the sweet & hop flavors came out a little more. There's so many strong flavors that it's not a major deterrent.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 18:14:25 | More by mrz200
Photo of nodder

New York

4.51/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A-Pours an amber/copper color with a white head and some nice lacing going on.

S-Peach, mango, citrus and some pine. Smells amazing.

T-Nice. Lots of citrus and pine with a sugary/caramel backbone. Im not a "hophead" by any means but this beer tastes incredible.

M-Medium body with a slightly bitter piney aftertaste.

This beer drinks like an IPA and is one of the best "hoppy" beers Ive ever tasted.
Highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 15:25:47 | More by nodder
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New Jersey

4.48/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap. Pours dark red with tall, long-lasting, fluffy white head. Aroma is of citrusy hops, caramel malt and black cherries. Body is full and tangy. Citrusy, piney hops, caramel malt and ripe fruit combine on the palate. Finish is long and bitter. Nectar it is.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2014 13:57:00 | More by mikeg67
Photo of hodsongolf


4.94/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

So we here in the mid-atlantic basically get screwed on limited releases but i must say the people at troegs take good care of us when it comes to this one. I think that most of the "limited" stuff gets more press than its worth (i.e. bells hype slam) but believe me when i say that this one just gets better & better (no offense bells but the hopslam doesn't compare to the earlier (2009 & 2010) releases. if you are ever near Hershey PA forget the chocolate & go to Troegs Brewery - voted best brewery to hang out and eat & drink by...Me :)

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2014 19:18:52 | More by hodsongolf
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4.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is a really good IPA that is very smooth and drinkable. Not too hoppy, not too malty...just right. Have been enjoying this for years and it never disappoints. I also love the fact that the ABV is at a very reasonable level for an IPA. I haven't tried it in a bottle yet (hard to come by where I live) but I'm sure it's great.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2014 18:50:58 | More by Mrlhodson
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler at Roger Wilco in Pennsauken today. Just put on tap this week. Good hop flavor and taste. Not overly hoppy. Nice amber color, well balanced.
Of the 12 beers at the growler station, I liked this one best.
They have a good selection and it changes weekly.

Serving type: growler

03-09-2014 01:22:29 | More by Keng47
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4.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Perhaps the best beer to come out of the state of PA?

Pours an excellent amber/copper with a nice fluffy white head that produces awesome lacing.

Smell is of peach, honey, resiny hops, pine, straw/grass backing.

Flavor follows the nose nicely with a clean semi wet spicy finish.

Sticky medium body liquid with proper amount of carbs for an IAA.

Excellent and worth seeking out. Especially with a very reasonable price point.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 23:19:17 | More by oldmankoch
Photo of Alextricity


4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I wish I had more of this. My dad got a single bottle in a mix-a-six, and I got half the bottle. I wish I had some notes to take when I was drinking it. This is one of the better IPAs I've had. The nose is great and all, but the taste is the best part. Nugget Nectar promises and delivers some massive hops, but it has plenty of sweetness from malts with the tropical notes on the nose and palate. Really a delight to drink. It's got an incredible balance. It has that IPA bitterness, but the juiciness cuts through it almost just as quickly. Pine, tropical fruits, and definitely citrus come through a lot on this one. This is most definitely more of a midwest tasting IPA with its super enjoyable bittersweet combo. Truly excellent, and one of the best beers I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 22:31:55 | More by Alextricity
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New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite beers. Can't get enough of it during its season. Nice balanced taste with a nice hop bite on the back end, not too overpowering, correct for the style. I'll be depressed when its off the shelves! Better stock up while it's around!

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 03:17:42 | More by Beardman102088
Tröegs Nugget Nectar from Tröegs Brewing Company
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