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Tröegs Nugget Nectar - Tröegs Brewing Company

Tröegs Nugget NectarTröegs Nugget Nectar

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Ratings: 5962
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 SilentSabre

North Dakota

4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is pretty much what I thought it would be. I poured a slightly cloudy orange bronze colour with a white soapy head that faded away in a matter of seconds. It laced the edges of my glass quite nicely. This really isn't *my style* of brew, but it looks nice, for what it is. I have heard so much about this and seen it discussed so much in the forums, I had to have it. But anyhow, back to the beer. The one thing I like most about this style, and this one in particular, is the smell. That grapefruit / pine resin smell. I have to be in the mood for it, but when I fancy this style, nothing else will do. This offering from Tröegs is quite possibly the most fantastic display of the grapefruit / pine resin smell I have experienced to date. In fact, it almost smells like sweetened grapefruit juice with a bit of pine sap in the background, as well as a touch of malt. The taste is more of the same. Again, this isn't really my style, but given what this is, it's absolutely fantastic!! The mouthfeel is wonderful, for the style, with a perfect amount of carbonation.
Many thanks to BeerBeing for the trade which has allowed me to try this fantastic brew!!

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2006 02:35:57 | More by SilentSabre
Photo of PSUDREW


3.65/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

POurs a clean, opaque amber, tanish-head, that disapates quickly and leave some lacing.

Very deep citrus/grassy nose. reminds me of summer. The various hop scents blend very nicely together

Semi-sour citrus flavor is the 1st thing I get. somewhat grapefruit like. But there is some sweet maltiness mixed in, and hints of honey. all mix together rather well. Has a chewy mouthfeel, but that doesn't detract from the beer's drinkablilty at all. While I thing this could be an all nighter, I believe this is best served in 1 or 2 at a time, to really appreciate this beer, you need to draw out the expeirence

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2006 03:27:47 | More by PSUDREW
Photo of ellisdee97


4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a crystal clear yet opaque amber, with a frothy one to two finger head. Slight lacing.

S: Pungent almost moldy hops and heavy malt. Citrus hop notes. Definately a mold like quality to the hops but in a very good way. This brew has five different hops and they work together beautifully.

T: Stinging floral hops followed by an excellent malt base, then finishes with a citrusy hop bite. Nice dry finish. Caramel and toffee undertones.

M: Light at first from the hops, then a heavy kick of malt. The hop finish makes this brew insanely refreshing.

D: Could drink this all night. In my opinion not as well balanced as Rouge's Am. Amber but is a very close second. Fantastic beer, you must try this at least once.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2006 13:34:28 | More by ellisdee97
Photo of cbl2

New York

4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$10.25 6 pack 7.50% No best by date, but this is a fresh winter seasonal.


Pours a crystal clear orange-brown in color with a half inch of tight white foam. Nicely effervescent.


Billed at 93 IBU's, the grapefruit aroma smacks you in the face with an intensity rivaled by few beers in my experience. A nice malty sweetness is present as well.


Not as hoppy as I anticipated, with a definite grapefruit character, though somewhat muted, and balanced by a sweet malt backbone. This is yet another excellent offering from Troegs, which is rapidly becoming a favorite of mine. Too bad this is only a seasonal.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2006 17:05:48 | More by cbl2
Photo of DaPeculierDane


4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Once upon a time there was a jolly BA named AutumnalDave who drove around the upper Midwest handing out phenomenal beers to people he hardly knew. That is how this review began…

Preamble: I have a bias against this beer because of how it’s categorized. I think it’s insane to put this hop bomb in the same category as Leinie’s Red, Bell’s Amber, and Fat Tire. That being said, this is a pretty awesome hop monster.

Appearance: Orange copper body that goldens as if touched by Midas himself when held to direct light. Nice fizzy off white head, pour retention, minimal lacing.

Aroma: Very sweet hops – like somebody took a variety of fresh hops, stringed them up, and dipped them in orange snow cone syrup and a touch of honey. The hop profile is as broad as the tidal wave that swept Madison in a freak flood yesterday. Juniper, mountain flowers, sage, grapefruit, tangerine, etc… are all present and accounted for. Despite this, caramel remains nicely available in the nose.

Taste: Hoppy to be sure and bitter like ruby red grapefruit but much of the bitterness is balanced by a strong presence of candy like sweet malts so that the final flavor comes out more like a piece of chewy, sugar coated Sunkist grapefruit candy than that half a grapefruit that I often see hippies eating in the mornings. Other hop flavors of lawn clippings, apricot, and tangerines are as bold as that last sentence was run-on and yet caramel and even a little pastry dough still find a place.

Mouthfeel: Nearly a full body, creamy yet bitter, rich and smooth. No alcohol presence.

Drinkability goes without saying.

Postscript: I’m still bitter that this beer is listed as an Amber/Red. Personally, I think it’s closer to an American IPA but at the end of the day who cares. This beer rocks. Thanks again for AutumnalDave for the unsolicited but much appreciated sample.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2006 17:17:51 | More by DaPeculierDane
Photo of rowew


4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck. No date information, but plenty of other info.

Appearance: Poured into a Stone IPA glass. Clear amber color with a very solid, large head. Almost no haze. Good retention, quite a bit of lacing.

Smell: Pine, citrus, and a good amount of sweet malt. Very strong, but not quite overpowering.

Taste: Way too drinkable - this could get dangerous given the ABV. Very nicely balanced with quite a bit of malt backbone. The hops are strong and prevalent, but nowhere near overpowering.

Overall impression: Great beer - drinkable enough to be a session beer, but it could get ugly fast. Nicely balanced with plenty to keep the hopheads interested.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2006 23:07:52 | More by rowew
Photo of jamie2dope


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

It's been a while since I've had anything red, so this should be a nice treat. Pours a cool orange, pumpkin color, with a small white lace head. At first with this beer, I didn't detect much in the smell, other then the fact that it was very clean. As i let it warm up though, I noticed that the aroma was chocked full of hoppy resins and oils, giving it a zesty, spicy character. My anticipation that this would be a damn hoppy beer was fulfilled the second the glass tocuhed my lips...this is one hoppy red ale. At first I thought that it was much more IPA like then anything else, but in the end I see the red ale traits. Mouthfeel was medium bodied. Drinkability was spot on, for me this would be a beer that I could sit down and drink in comfort all night long. Awesome beer, worth seeking out. Thanks to warriorsoul for the sample. Cheers

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2006 21:42:14 | More by jamie2dope
Photo of aaron

District of Columbia

4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one is really delicious -- pairing a citrusy hops taste with some sweetness. The hops aren't overdone. They really create a great flavor more than a sense of hops-for-hops sake.

Nugget Nectar pours with a big airy, foamy head. The color is golden orange. Tiny bubbles are everywhere and you can really feel them. The smell in the glass is like orange juice or maybe even cotton candy. It's sweet from start to finish.

I probably wouldn't label this as an amber at first glance. The citrus taste and the hoppiness would fool me into calling it an American pale ale. But names aside... it is truly tasty. I could drink quite a few back to back if it weren't for the respectable 7.5% alc.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2006 03:23:42 | More by aaron
Photo of Westsidethreat


4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Well carbonated, well formed white head with grey tints. Dark golden orange, slightly hazy.

S: Orange juice, grapefruit and wheat bread.

T: Various hop resin flavors blend with the pronounced malty backbone. Good, overall bitterness that picks up about half way thru the swallow then stays long into the aftertaste. Specific hop flavors are not that pronounced.

M: Medium bodied and full viscous

D: Good beer. Only thing that could make this beer better would be an increased hop profile. I forget that this beer is an amber not an IPA though.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2006 01:59:33 | More by Westsidethreat
Photo of sabrills70

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date. Pours a clear amber with a creamy 1 finger head, good longevity and lace. First whif is of a sweet caramel malt, second whif brings big spicy hop aromas. Upon drinking the initial sweet malt quickly explodes into a citrus and peppery hop flavor which leaves a nice biterness in the aftertaste. It is a bit weak on the malt end though, it just needs stroger malt characteristics. I realize that this is intended to be a hoppy beer, but it can still be acheived with a aggresive malt complexity. A fine beer, but just a bit out of balance.

Thanks to AKSmokedPorter for this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2006 00:33:02 | More by sabrills70
Photo of mcallister


4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Lou91 for this brew.

Pours a satin copper, very dense, with an off white head that held little retention yet left behind thin engulfing lace.

Big citrusy hop aroma. Also hints of bubblegum, tangerine, sweet malt, alcohol and even some anise. Very complex refined aromas.

Complex, resiny hops, very well balanced with the malt, not as hoppy as I was anticipating but very good, and drinkable. Big citrus fruit profile, a creamy long finish concludes. Overall great beer. Unlike most "amber ales" i've ever tried but like the direction Troegs chose to go with this one.

Will have to try and acquire more of this as well as the other brews in the Troegs lineup.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2006 22:35:59 | More by mcallister
Photo of hero27


4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle.
7.5% abv, "93-ish" IBU's.

Labeled as an Imperial Amber Ale.

Iridescent orange...
Nugget, Warrior, and Tomahawk hops are displayed beautifully in this extremely hopped Amber ale.. like a first kiss, the array of hop flavors leave an immediate impression on you. The combinations of fresh pine resin and mouthwatering grapefruit are truly superb. Very creamy and smooth despite the bitterness having it's way with my tongue. Certainly the best brew I've had from Tröegs..and if they have anything close to as good, I want to try it right now.

A couple bottles of this nectar were very graciously provided by ski271.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2006 06:02:03 | More by hero27
Photo of dirtylou


4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, Much thanks to Hoppymeal for the long awaited sample

appearance: i love the bottle, not much more I can say about that. The drawing serves as a fantastic label. I figured I would spoil this beer and serve her from a chalice...pours a glowing orange-amber, light bubbly white head forms with a small layer of lace

smell: pungent hop aroma, very tropical aromas - mango, apricot, passion fruit, bitter grapefruit chunks, pine resin, certainly smells the label would suggest

taste: strong bitterness noted right away. It's so well hopped that it really stands aside from the style, not really resembling any american amber I have ever tasted. At the same time, it has a biscuit/malt backbone that separates it from an IPA. So what we have here is a very interesting brew. Bitter juicy grapefruit chunks, strong pine bite, apricot-mango and other tropical tastes.

mouthfeel: strong bitterness present, abv quite disguised, on the higher end of a medium body

drinkability: quite

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2006 00:02:16 | More by dirtylou
Photo of lackenhauser


4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very nice orange color. No real head to speak of. Good aroma-very piney and resiny. Great hop flavor. A huge burst of bitterness followed by a smooth, silky, oily hop slickness. Extremely well balanced between the maltiness and the hops. Great mouthfeel. Very full bodied though not thick and chunky. A terrific beer-very drinkable, almost frighteningly so. I had tried this at the Extreme Beer Fest but couldnt really appreciate it in all it's glory. Fan-freakin-tastic.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2006 21:26:01 | More by lackenhauser
Photo of sulldaddy


4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a gift from fish113d for being in his wedding. I am pouring at room temp into a pint glass. The beer pours a bright clear tangerine color with fluffy off white head of 2 cm foaming up easily and creating large craters as the bubbles recede. Hop aroma is immediately evident. I get a clean mix of grass clippings, pine sap, and rindy grapefruit. There is just a bit of caramel and sweet fruit underneath.
First sip reveals thinner body than expected but smooth silky almost creamy texture and VERY fine carbonation that foams up immensely when swished in my mouth.
The flavor is briefly caramel and some orange citrusy sweet and then rolls to all hops. The beer has pine sap, and rindy grapefruit hits before it rolls to a drying astringent bitter finish. The finish leaves an aspirin flavored coating on my tongue which encourages me to take another sip. The 7.5% is hidden I think mostly by the hoppiness of the beer. It is very drinkable and I enjoy it, the beer is a palate killer with the hop coating so dont try reviewing other brews after this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2006 02:13:52 | More by sulldaddy
Photo of dhchatfield


4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Yet another from BitterBrians "megaton hop bomb" trade. Thanks

Chilled for about 10 minutes.

A- Really nice reddish gold. Crystal clear.

S- Hops Hops and more Hops. Actually smells bitter. Definately some apricot as well. Mango?

T- Yummm, this is good stuff. Runs from sweet at the start to bitter and then back some.

M- Very active across the palate. Bitter in the middle but a broad malty finish. Well balanced for sure.

D- Very drinkable. I If had more than this single bottle, I'd run with this one all day.

A very pleasant first beer of the day for Father's Day (I waited until 12:07). My tastes run to DIPA's but this is an eye-opener with regard to alternative styles. I love discovering new genre's.

Give me a case of this!

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2006 17:19:56 | More by dhchatfield
Photo of deejaydan


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

Thanks to Imstillthegman for the sample during BIF 33.

Pours a lighter amber color, brilliantly clear. Head is fluffy at first, moderate lacing, and the head subsides quickly. Aroma is piney/citrus hops. Clean, a slight hint of toasted malt in there as well. Taste is a hint of malt then a hop explosion! Alcohol is hidden in taste, but a slight burning as it goes down. Mouthfeel is very nice, clean carbonation, and just rich enough. Drinkablity is very high to me, very nicely balanced.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2006 01:59:13 | More by deejaydan
Photo of nflmvp


4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy copper/orange with minimal head.

Smell is citrusy/nutty with little hint of the alcohol content.

Taste is citrusy with a pine backrground and not much alcohol bite.

Mouthfeel is full but not too heavy...almost creamy.

Drinkability is NICE. I very much enjoy this...considering that I'm not a big fan of hoppy beers I find it very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2006 03:43:55 | More by nflmvp
Photo of TastyTaste


4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I expect a lot from this beer, being in the same style, but rated higher than Santa's Private Reserve, Surly Furious, and Red Rocket Ale (some of my favorite ales, and my benchmarks of the style). Thanks to AKSmokedPorter for the sample. Cool 12 oz. bottle of a tat'd fist squeezing hop juice out of a hop nugget like it was trying to steal it's lifeforce.

Appearance: Copper-red body, small head rises and fades quickly leaving a skin of white foam. Fairly clear, maybe a little haze.

Smell: Initial too cold, but you can still get the hop profile from this one. Fresh, resinous, sticky hops, very herbal and reminiscent of cannabis. Not as strong as the others in the field, but has a full and deep smell that has many shades of hop aroma.

Taste: A sessionable but not overpowering amber ale. Carmel sweetness is there along with some biscuit maltiness, the hops steal the show, bitter, medicinal and sharp. Very good.

Drinability: While a good amber ale this is, the best of the style this ain't. Still, I will enjoy finishing this beer, and appreciate the ode to hops that is this beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2006 16:23:31 | More by TastyTaste
Photo of MeLikeBeer


4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasting this one courtesy of warriorsoul, a big thanks indeed!

Pours a yellow/caramel color, with light carbonation and a frothy white head, indeed.

Smells like sweet citrus and caramel. A tender hop aroma pervades as well.

Toffee(?) and pine race across my tongue. Very nice. The bitterness I was expecting when I first breathed this beer quickly succumbs to it's citrus (grapefruit, O.J.) sweetness. Quite a nice surprise! Great malt flavors give some weight to this hoppy brew.

The flavors are sticky-sweet and linger on the palate for quite awhile after each sip. Delicious. This is one enjoyable drink. If I had regular access, I 'd probably be in heaven.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2006 20:18:13 | More by MeLikeBeer
Photo of dfiliaggi


5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Do not take this as exageration, but in my opinion, THIS IS THE BEST BEER IN THE WORLD!!! No doubt about it.

Strawberry/orange in color. Perfect tecture in your mouth. I know some people that don't even really like hoppy beers but loved it anyway. It is the perfect balance of an ultra-hoppy beer and one with a malty sweetness. I know some of the people that work at Troegs and I keep urging them to brew this all year-round. I bought two cases and hoarded them for as long as could. They didn't last because I couldn't help myself. Next February, do yourself a favor and buy as much of it as you can!

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2006 06:08:24 | More by dfiliaggi
Photo of idlepress


4.97/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This brew is absolutely delicious! It was recommended over a message board I post on so I had to try it. One problem, I lived in California. One solution. Move back to Pennsylvania! Okay that wasn't the reason I moved back but you can be assured it was on my mind the entire ride.

I headed on up to this place I like to call "Beer Heaven", as they have tons of great brews in this distributer. Purchased a case and went home and took out 12 bottles to let it cool in the fridge.

Great label on this brew. Nice tangy smell. Nice color judging from the bottle. I busted one out while eating dinner with my parents. My mom asked about it so I gave her a taste. The expression on her face was pure disgust. I laughed and continued to drink it with pride and joy. Absolutely one of the tastiest brews I've had. Nice hoppy flavor. HEADY, even! Very easy to drink for me. I'm really into Ales and the hop taste. I have a feeling I can down these quickly. The first one was gone in a matter of minutes. I know I know I need to enjoy these fine creations in life. I was anxious to try it, though. I'm going to take a 6er over to a buddies house later tonight to spread the love.

I give this a perfect rating!

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2006 22:28:44 | More by idlepress
Photo of sopor


4.72/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brilliantly clear amber with a full finger of active and creamy off-white dimpled head that leaves foamy rings and lots of lace.

Your nose is greeted with an assertive bitterness supported by yummy floral hop and fruity sweet malt.

Malts know their place in this brew... THE HELL OUT OF THE WAY! There is just enough toasty-sweet malt t let you know it's there, but the hops lead the way with a smooth and assertive bitterness and loads of herbal hop flavor. Really spectacular hoppy brew!

Moderately heavy body is slightly slick, just carbonated enough to be very pleasant.

This is one awesome brew! This bottle (one of four acquired from Artusory, thanks!) lasted all of about 20 minutes. The only reason this doesn't get a 5 on Drinkability too is the ABV.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2006 14:44:02 | More by sopor
Photo of BillyB

New Jersey

4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nectar of the gods!
This is just an awesome beer! Maybe one of my top 5.

Copper/Amber pour with a frothy white head.

The most floral, piney, citusy aroma I've ever come across.

Tastes of orange or grapefruit with a nice sweet malt balance.

Medium bodied, puckering mouthfeel.

Drinkability is just awesome. Be careful though, it will catch up with you.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2006 02:07:14 | More by BillyB
Photo of Vancer


3.65/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice looking bee hive honey amber pour, topped by an frothy ivory head. Very nice sticky lacing. Nose of intense pine & citrus.

Quaff also noted above, and also a floral kick (which, unfortunately for me, is not one of my favorite flavors). Something about the floral hops that doesn’t come across for me.

A medium bodied brew, somewhat surprised at the lack of an oily slickness in this one. And I sure don’t know why BA has it down as an amber ale. Geez, this one is IPA/DIPA all the way.

Another great sample provided by beerbeing.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2006 19:22:54 | More by Vancer
Tröegs Nugget Nectar from Tröegs Brewing Company
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