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Tröegs Nugget Nectar - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Reviews: 2,393
Hads: 7,828
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.29%
Wants: 1,316
Gots: 1,427 | FT: 30
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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: 2,393 | Hads: 7,828
Photo of IntriqKen
4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful crystal orange in the glass with a half finger of white sticky head on top.

Aroma is fruity hops...orange peel, lemon, grapefruit and a touch of pine oils.

Taste is a DELICIOUS sweet malt with pleasantly bitter hops...lots of fresh orange, lemon, and grapefruit...nothing too sharp or bitter...just wonderfully fresh and alive and perfectly balanced with the sweet malt.

This is one very, very yummy beer. (432 characters)

Photo of kajerm
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful orange-amber that would be a 4.5 or a 5 for sure, but the beer is too clear and the head is a little bit smaller than I was expecting. Lacing is perfect though, forming an ivory white plate around the inside of the glass.

The aroma is one of the most unusual hop profiles I've smelled in an America IPA--and BA style designation be damned, this IS an IPA (or a DIPA)-- a pine, mango, and citrus base with a decent-sized dosed of herbal, Saazy smell. I like it a lot, and if it smells this good again, I'll rate it up accordingly.

Opens up with hop-derived fruity sweetness that comes into focus mid-palate as a peach-apricot hop flavor. Finishes with measured bitterness. This is one of the best examples of flavor-hopping I've tasted. Most IPAs (Stone is a notable offender here) beat you over the head with citrus in the nose, then beat you over the head again with bitterness without having any mid-palate at all.

Nugget Nectar doesn't fall into that trap-- Troëgs brewed this to make every aspect of the hops shine, and the flavor is one of the big factors in it.

The mouthfeel is another one-- creamy, with very fine, subtle carbonation; soft, slick, smooth, perfect.

7.5%ABV is actually pretty light for a beer like this, and lends it a lot of drinkability.

Now if the damn brewery would just start releasing more of it... (1,367 characters)

Photo of pieper
3.7/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As I said before, I am only beginning to learn about beer reviewing...
I have a poor sense of smell so all beers get a '3' until I am able to distinguish different aromas.

This beer had poor head retention after I cleaned my pint glass thoroughly with h2o. It is a bit cloudy (not a bad thing for me). And definitely sticks to its guns being a hopped up beer. I want to say a nice taste of crystal malts mixed with a copious amount of hops -not balanced, but don't think that is what the brothers were going for here. To me, it taste a bit like an IPA and has a malty aftertaste.

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Photo of BeerTruth
4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to lackenhauser for this treat, six of them to be exact :)

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a somewhat clear light copper hue with a one finger white fluffy head that dies down to a thin layer. Stickiness is all over the place, good lacing. Smell is of a very piney, grassy, citrusy hop explosion. This is an amber ale? Taste is one of a kind. Delicious piney hop burst up front but then ending with a very smooth caramel malt goodness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fair to good amount of carbonation. Somewhat oily in the mouth as well, but not discouraging at all. Drinkability is pretty good, by no means a session beer, but I could definitely have a couple in a sitting.

Question: Why the hell is this a seasonal?

One of a kind beer, pick it up for sure. (791 characters)

Photo of scott
4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5


Fresh picked cotton on top of a clear but dark copper, tons of sticky lacing. Nicely carbonated, and it delivers a nice bitter punch that is clean, and refreshing, but lingering. Pine, grapefruit rind.
Aromatics could be a little less subdued. Another skillfully crafted offering from the Troeg Brothers. I could drink these all day, but they're not available in Ohio regrettably, so I owe many thanks for Tony for sharing these. Only, I want more! Highly recommended. (478 characters)

Photo of Reed415
4.85/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to ClockworkOrange for this exceptional beer

A - Pours a golden copper color with a sizable head

S - Very smooth hoppiness in the nose, Citrus

T - Very hoppy up front with an amazingly smooth ending. It tastes like a very hoppy Amber Ale.

M - Full bodied and extremely smooth

D - This beer can only be called "amazing". I rated the drinkability so high because how flavorful and exceptionally smooth this beer is. Super Refreshing. (454 characters)

Photo of chadspivey
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to upsjeff for the opportunity

I guess this is about 5 months old by now. poured into a mug

A: pours a golden-copper color with a one finger offwhite head that dissapates to a nice looking film on top.

S: smells like a really well made IPA, even though it's not. Fresh hops, good malty tones to bring away from the bitterness. pretty simple, really...

T: A little dissapointed here. Semes like this one would have been better fresh. The hops just don't deliver like I know they should. That being said, it's still a damn good beer with a damn good taste. No particular flavor triumphs over the others, just a balanced, well crafted brew. Still pretty hoppy conisdering the age.

M: Exceptional mouthfeel. Carbonation is fantastic. Just a little swirlinng of the mug, and I've got a brand new one finger head. Amazing. It's balanced and it just works well for the beer.

D: This beer keeps tasting better with every sip.

I can only assume that this beer was better fresh. Still, it's great now. The werid thing about this beer being so good is that no one flavor lashes out at you. Its just a well balanced brew. A pleasure to drink. (1,165 characters)

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a 6 pack from Frontier Liquors in Hackensack, NJ.

Bottle poured into a standard pint glass. While pouring, I was already blessed with the smell of those wonderful graperfruity hops. The color was a true amber color- a deep orange (almost red)- tons of spiderweb lacing and a small amount of head, although after the first sip it disappeared.

Oh so bitter- oh so hoppy- oh so good.

The 7.5% abv is well hidden but after two it crept up on me. This is a beer that is so drinkable it is almost scary- I'm in love.

A great offering from Troegs- wish this stuff was brewed year round-thank you sir may I have another! (635 characters)

Photo of crwills
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big, bad, hoppy red ale. This one I received from zrrbrrt as part of Secret Santa 2007.

Poured into a standard pint glass one cool spring evening. Attractive amber/brown colour with a small, quickly fading head. Lots of sticky lacing on this one. Aroma is powerful citrus hops, right from the get go (as soon as the bottle was uncapped). A little bit of soapiness and earth in there as well. Flavour is surprisingly balanced after the hop blast, with a solid backbone of caramel/vanilla malt supporting the grapefruit-and-pine hops. Some definite yeasty and roasted notes in there as well. Great body, oily mouthfeel, and a bitter but not astringent aftertaste. Would love to have a supply of this! (702 characters)

Photo of nlmartin
4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer was served in a Imperial Pint glass. This review is based off of the second Nugget Nectar poured into this glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a clear amber coloration. The head is dense and has a biege coloration. The head was 2 fingers thick with very good staying power. Thick streams and webs of lacing remain behind on my glass.

Smell: The hops produce a three way assault on my sense of smell. The hops are grassy, grapefruit citrus and pine resin. This smells like a hop heads delight. The hops tag along with a major malt backbone. The toasted caramel maltyness supports the hops well.

Taste: The taste of the beer is exceptional. The hops come on strong with grapefruit citrus and a long lasting pine resin. The caramel maltyness has a great toasted flavor. The flavors are long lasting and balanced.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The body of the beer is medium. The carbonation complements the beer well. This has quickly become one of my beer glasses constant companion. some folks may not be able to session this beer due to ABV; however, I am a fairly big guy and it sessions fine for me. When my inlaws move to Cincinnati from Pennslyvania I will have to come up with a regular supply of this beer. (1,229 characters)

Photo of boxofepilepsy
4.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into standard pint glass. pours golden with rapidly disappearing head. looks like a typical amber. smell is crazy hops. pine also present.
this is a seriously tasty beer. hop bitterness dominates up front and draws attention to its own complexity. not overly biting, floral, resinous, or dry. everything in moderation. woody tastes and a little biscuity malt. finishes sweet in balance with the hops. carbonation pretty strong and the beer is a little surprisingly light. despite the hops in this, it doesn't slaughter the mouth so I could sip this one for a good while. (579 characters)

Photo of alexgash
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bronzed amber body with golden edges. Thick finger or sticky, glass-crawling, off-white head. Nose is pure, unadulterated hops. Wow. The only thing I can compare it to is opening a fresh, 1-ounce package of juicy hops. Pungent, herbal, resinous, funky, piney and blissfully hoppy. Ahh, but I can now also pick up traces of caramel and butterscotch malt.

Hop flavors and bitterness explode onto the palate. Juicy, resinous, funky, and delicious. Did I mention juicy? Some pine and a little citrus in there too. Toasted caramel malts combine with slightly boozy fruit to give some semblance of balance. Finish is cookie dough and pine resin citrus hop bitterness. Wow. Great stuff! Medium body with a creamy feel. Would buy this by the case if I lived in PA! Thanks upsjeff! (775 characters)

Photo of northernbrews
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle recieved via trade from BeerBeing. Thanks Alex!

Appearance: Pours a beautiful one finger white creamy head. The body is orangish-brown with a red tint around the edges. The head fades to a nice layer leaving nice lacing on my DFH snifter.

Aroma: Starts with slightly sweet and biscuity malts. This is followed by some nice hops. Mostly pine and citrusy flavors. I wish the hops were a little bit more pronounced.

Taste: The taste is kind of mild even compared to the aroma. There is a nice balanced blend of malts and hops. The biscuity malts balance out the gentle pine and citrusy hops.

Mouthfeel: This starts slightly creamy. The sweetness of the malt and the piney hops hang around for a while.

Drinkability: See as this is 7.5%, this goes down very smooth. If this were available locally, I'd buy this as a regular in my beer fridge.

Overall: A very nicely balanced IPA (Imperial Red). I'm glad I got to try this and even happier I picked up another bottle when I was in Virginia last weekend. Worth picking up if you see it. (1,063 characters)

Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a goblet. A nice pale orange color with a finger's worth of white head that leaves a nice lacing. Pretty.

This has got a big grassy hop aroma with a sharp bitter edge that is seriously inviting to a hophead. The nose is balanced nicely with malt.

More balance in the flavor than the nose. A nice malty character mixed with the grassy and a little citrusy hops. Hops finish with a heavy bitter grapefruit taste, and the malt stays along for the whole ride.

This (Imperial?) Amber Ale is medium bodied and very smooth in the mouth with a slightly carbonated feel. Nice.

Nugget Nectar is rejuvenating in a way and I could drink a few of them no problem. (694 characters)

Photo of cooncat
4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sample from a 12 oz. bottle, well within fresh date.

The pour produces a copper hued brew, with a good sized creamy head. The head is moderately long lasting, and leaves ample rings of sheeting along the glass sides.

With 4 kinds of hops (Nugget, Warrior, Simcoe & Palisades), this "Imperial Amber" (as Troeg's describes it) has a real hop nose! Mostly floral in content, but also very citric (grapefruit rinds).

The taste is HUGE, with a floral hop presence, and a solid malt background. With the many varieties of hops used, the hop taste is also varied, with a citric taste behind the floral. The hops dominate all the way down to the last sip. This is a hop head's delight. This is the first "Imperial Amber" I've had, and even if it's a statement beer from Troegs, it's a good statement! Mouthfeel is medium full, with carbonation that is right on. Alcohol content is not 'over the top' (7.5%) and was not detectable in the taste. I would rate this rather high on the drinkability scale .. with caution, as even 7.5% abv can sneak up on you! Highly recommended!

Cheers (1,085 characters)

Photo of grub
3.88/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

got this bottle in a trade with ClockworkOrange at dark lord day. thanks jason!

pours a nice amber colour with a bit of dense off-white head. drops slowly and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is good. bit floral hops, with a little citrus and pine. biscuity malt. hint of alcohol. hint of dms.

taste is good. medium bitterness. biscuit malt. touch of alcohol. floral and earthy hops. touch of grapefruit.

mouthfeel is good. medium body and nice med-low carbonation.

drinkability is good. balanced and enjoyable. (519 characters)

Photo of steamingheap
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured amber with a pitted white head. Beautiful lace left on the glass. The aroma is a mix of pine and citrus, with the pine fading faster leaving citrus and some type of sweet malty aroma hiding somewhere under those hops. The flavor starts sweet and malty. Then a quick hit of hop bitterness flies in before a prolonged period of hop flavor, which gives a profile that covers everything from grassy to fruity. The hop bitterness comes back for the aftertaste and lingers long enough to make you want another sip... which you will take.

I love the beers that bring several distinct waves of flavor. Even though this has "93ish" IBU's I do not think that the bitterness overwhelms the malt and hop flavors. Everything has a chance to take center stage for a second. Highly drinkable. Amazing. (796 characters)

Photo of bruachan
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

ooooeee, that's a nice head. tall, rocky and it releases some fine aromas (the lacing is spotty, however). big warrior aroma

sweetness presents itself up front, but i soon learn it's attached to some juicy hop flavors. the sweetness is more than enough for the hops to merely latch onto, offering itself to the beer as a significant contributor. it's not all that dynamic, however it is yummy. i dig that the bitterness is minimal (at least compared to the magnitude of hop aroma and flavor)

despite its strength, i feel i could drink a few of these. a six pack would be a very tasty way to spend a drunk evening (618 characters)

Photo of BeerRun13
4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super clear golden with a just off white head. Decent lace.
Hopville, hello! Piney and citrus hop aroma.
Malty with a heavy handed hop flavor. Bitter balance and finish. Darn good!
Medium-light bodied with low to moderate carbonation. Bitter finish and bite, but overall smooth like few other.
This opne really warms up nicely. Hops and malt dance well with eachother. One of the better beers I've had lately. (413 characters)

Photo of dmamiano
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful, clear golden color. Great head and carbonation.
Hops hit the nose like a ton of bricks. Simcoes are wild in the aroma.
Outstanding hop flavor, citrus, floral with a extra bottir finish.
Wonderful if you like hops. Malty ,almost bready flavor to balance the slam of hops.
Excellent beer for us hop heads out there. (329 characters)

Photo of argock
4.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into pint glass

Appearance: orange-amber with very thin head with no lacing

Smell: piney aroma with sweetness and honey underlying

Taste: balanced as well as any beer -- malt, crispness, bite, and pleasant aftertaste are all here. The smoky malt flavor is exceptionally balanced by the hop combination.

Mouthfeel: silky smooth with low carbonation and medium body

Drinkability: I could drink these all day -- no other beer tastes like it.

1/18/10: I held onto one bottle from a case I purchased last year out of curiosity. It is still decent beer, but a shadow of its complex, hoppy self. The hops have distilled down to mainly bitterness and spiciness. The enjoyable floral and citrus notes are long gone. It's a very harsh beer, especially when consumed side-by-side with this year's NN, which continues the nuanced, toasted maltiness paired with tropical fruit and floral hoppiness that makes it a special brew. (951 characters)

Photo of number1bum
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a crystal clear, vibrant orangey amber with a nice 2 finger ivory head. Retains a nice lace and leaves a ton of, but there's sticky lacing. Smell is hoppy but not bitter, with big citrus aromas of tangerine, orange and grapefruit, along with some sweet malts to round it out. Taste is a wonderful cornucopia of flavor...yes that's right I said cornucopia. Citrusy hops, some piny flavor, mild honey sweetness, caramel maltiness...but very little hoppy bitterness! Incredible...I love the emphasis on finishing hops and not bittering hops. So much wonderful flavor. Moutfeel is very nice...creamy from all the hop oils, but also very crisp and clean on the finish. Simply the most drinkable 93 IBU beer you will ever find, I think.

Amazing, delicious beer. It's hard to imagine how anything could be better. (814 characters)

Photo of tjthresh
3.96/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours crystal clear amber with not much to speak of in head. The hop aroma is really clean. Lots of pine. The flavor seemed more on the earthy side. Maybe a touch of pine. Really kind of thin and oily. The bottle said imperial amber. I dig it. (253 characters)

Photo of heathtm
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What a fantastic beer. A great mix of warrior and tomahawk hops. Without a doubt one of the best beers, if not the best, I've ever had. The aroma of this hoppy beer is like nothing I've whiffed before. Hats off to the brewmaster at Troges in Harrisburg. Can't wait to shake the had of whoever is at their booth at the BrewErie MicroFest in Erie PA. (348 characters)

Photo of showpe01
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One of the best ales that I have had so far. I wish that it was produced more than just in Feb. since I was only able to get one case of it where I work. The alcohol content does not really impact the flavor and this is very typical in most of Troeg's products. (261 characters)

Tröegs Nugget Nectar from Tröegs Brewing Company
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