Tröegs Nugget Nectar - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Ratings: 7,750
Reviews: 2,469
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 9.47%
Wants: 1,296
Gots: 1,384 | FT: 33
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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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Ratings: 7,750 | Reviews: 2,469
Photo of MuddyFeet
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been sitting on this for a couple of months. Wishing I had sampled it fresh because there is definitely a drop-off in the hops.

Pours a murky orange brown with plenty of white head. Lace clings in waves around the edges of the glass. Nose has lots of sweet malts but a floral hop presence that has a nice bite to it.

Flavor has a perfect balance between the malts and the hops. Malts have a solid sweetness that clings to the edges of the tongue. Hops are bitter with flowers and clings to the cheeks. Really makes the aftertaste quite nice. However, I think these bottles are a tad old and the hops seem a bit more subdued than intended. Medium mouthfeel that lends toward the lighter side.

Photo of davidt
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours crystal clear reddish-orange with a very thin head. Aroma is crisp citrus and pine. Despite the strong hop aroma, there's a nice maltiness that comes through as well. The nose gives ample forewarning of what is to follow. The taste is a mix of strong pine and citrus hops, with a nice bitterness in the aftertaste. The malt backbone carries the hops well. The mouthfeel is slightly resiny and slick. This is a fine beer that I look forward to each Spring. Troegs calls this an "Imperial Amber Ale". I think that's a better classification than IPA.

Photo of jasonjlewis
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice 2 finger head. I have 2 samples. One is a year old and one is fresh. The year old one is cloudy. The fresh one is clear. Both are amber in color. The fresh one has insane retention.

Smell is of nugget hops and some crystal malts. The nugget hops are intense as hell. I love it.

Nugget hops are insane. Nice citrusy flavor that's not too much. A little pineyness. Very very nice. A little grapefruit flavor underneath with the malts. Nice toasted malts underneath. Very nice brew

Nice mouthfeel, the hop oils are not too much.

Easy to drink. I wish I could drink this all the time.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to EGledhill for the chance to try this beer, especially as it was an extra!

Bottled 01/08/08 (roughly, the stamp was a bit smudged).

Pours a very clear amber color, some head that disappears quickly and leaves a subtle ring around the glass.

Wow, for a Red Ale, the smell is dominated by hops. Strong aroma of piney hops with a slight citrus edge, hardly any malt sweetness at all.

The taste, even though it has a strong hop aroma, is not as bitter as you would imagine. Hops do take the immediate presence and leaves a slight lingering afterwards, but the malt does a fine job of balancing this beer and making it quite smooth to go down. Alcohol is well masked by the smoothness.

Photo of shertz
4.85/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I can't believe I didn't rate this beer last year since I drank a ton of it. However, this case is best by 06/12/08. It certainly won't make it past 2/1/08. Had it on cask this weekend but this review is for the bottle. The cask was amazing and was almost perfect. If I have one complaint(am I allowed?), it is that amber ales are a catch all for a variety of beers. West coast Ambers(Red Rocket comes to mind) are really hop bombs compared to most on the East coast. This one fits in with the great ones on the West.

A- One finger head tops out on this beautiful orange brew. Just a wonderful color.

S- When I opened this, the first whiff I got was some Vienna malts. However, it went to the wayside and the hops took over. Got an overall sweetness that just makes me want to bathe in this. Doubt the wife would enjoy that.

T- HOPS!! 93ish IBU's the Troegs website whispers. Ouch. For a hophead like me, that needs to be preached from the rooftop. Delicious!

M- Nice carbonation, very oily in texture from the hops. Some numbing on the throat.

D- If you plan on drinking a variety of beers and start with this one, forget about it. It will ruin your palate. However, its one of my favs and for the price($37/case), it really can't be beat. If hops are what your after, this is your beer.

Photo of tempest
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is right on the edge of maximum hops and unbalanced hoppy mess and it's on the good side. It's got an orange-amber body with a thick white head and lacing - gorgeous. The immediate aroma is one of big, juicy, fruity hops with pineapple, orange, and grapefuit and then a touch of pine. The flavor is of more juicy hops and citrus rind. If this were an IPA, I'd want more bitterness but as an amber it's pretty good.

Photo of MiScusi
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

After having the new batch of 2009, I've realized this is a pretty good beer, but not really up to par with straight 5's like I thought it was the previous year. Ratings updated.
Major thanks to Markgugs up there in NJ for sending me a 6-pack of this. I'm going to have to get more of this ASAP while it's fresh.

A- crystal clear pale orange with a frothy finger off-white head

S- Resinous *fresh* smelling pine and citrus hops clumped together.

T- Starts really citrusy on the front end then changes into pine on the back. A pretty good bitterness is there, not over or underwhelming. As an amber ale I thought it'd be a little more malty but the malt really takes a back seat to the hops. There is a nice underlying sweetness to it, when you think about it.

M- Really pretty light here. Not viscous as expected from the 7.5% ABV.

D- Very much so.

Comparing this to some of my local IPA's I would say it's along the lines of Alpine Pure Hoppiness especially in the aroma and taste profile, but I think Nugget Nectar has a bit of a better weight to it, given that they are both about the same ABV. This is just one amazing beer, and everything I was hoping it would be.

Straight 5's the first time I tasted it.

Photo of RustyDiamond
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled 1/11/08 and thanks to leftmindedrighty for the goods! And I chose not to review the first bottle I tasted, because I was so blown away.

Poured into a Stone IRS glass. Gorgeous clear golden-orange with 3 fingers of cream colored frothy goodness. Splendid froth, with shiny popping bubbles.

Aroma of fresh picked hops. Not of the floral variety, but of the sticky nasty kind. Another deep whiff, aahhh.

The taste is simply phenominal. I call this a Red IPA, Troegs call it an Imperial Amber. Whatever you call it, this beer is hoppy goodness. The first wave of hop flavor is floral, then comes the bitter, then the sticky coating the mouth and glazing the teeth. Perfectly balanced between 'smack in your face' and 'nice fresh IPA'.

Extremely drinkable for a 7.5% hop bomb. This one deserves 5's across the board. I want a T-shirt.

Photo of dreadnatty08
4.69/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled 12/31/07, thanks for that.
Pours a clear, medium amber color, with some caramel highlights and a good quarter inch, tightly packed head. Oh man, the aroma couldn't be juicier. Tons, and I mean tons of citrusy hops. Though I think the aroma is one dimensional, it is unlike any other beer I've smelled. There is also some candy sweetness rounding it out giving a nod to the toasty malts. On the palate, the hops open up even further. The "trifecta" of hops as they call it do some pretty good assulting, the bitterness is ever present. The finish is just slightly sweet, but man, those hops keep coming. I am so impressed with this beer, and lucky to try it so close to bottling. Perhaps one of the best IPA's out there right now, close to Ruinition.

Photo of EGledhill
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

grabbed a case from the distributor i work at. Poured into snifter

A. Ruby color, little head that with not much retention

S. some fruity and spice mixture, hops prevalent

T. A hops explosion.. pretty good. finish tasted like a hint of grapefruit.

M. Again nothing too too exciting

Great that it doesn't have the high alcohol taste for a 7.5%er easy going down. really liked this one

Photo of rallison
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks leftmindedrighty!

A: Clear amber color with a 1 finger white head.

S: Juicy caramel hops.

T: Piny, somewhat citrusy, juicy hops. Caramel sweetness. Nice balance. Love the hops in this one.

M: Medium carbonation.

D: Very good.


Edit: After having a couple more bottles of this - and I think fresher ones - I definitely get the hype with this beer. Great fresh hops with an eminently drinkable malt backbone. Great beer!

Photo of LittleBreeze
3.03/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks, DIM.

We had consistency issue with this one. Three bottles. We opened two. One bottle was good and the other was horrible.
One bottle has the intense aroma and taste I expected. Caramel. Citrus and floral hops. Crisp bite. Good balance. The other was poorly balanced. A fizzy mess. Even the coloring seemed off. Both were suppose to be 2008 release so I'm rating them together.

Photo of ziggy13
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this fantastic seasonal in a colorful 12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip. This beer is a great winter seasonal every year. I always look forward to its release and its always just as I remember.

Appearence: Pours a deep amber with a modest head.

Smell: Wow what an aroma! The hops (five or so varieties) hits you right in the nose. It's a beautiful complex smell that you know will end up tasting great. No foul hop odors here.

Taste: The balanced hops just roll over your tongue. Each individual hop style is noticeable throughout every sip. It finishes beautifully sweet and the taste just lingers until the next sip.

Mouthfeel: This truly is a little heavy. That may be the beer's only problem. It's certainly not a big problem and really doesn't take away from the experience, but it had a slight molasses consistency which was surprising.

Drinkability: Because of the intense hops and chewier mouthfeel it's really not a session beer for me. One or two is perfect, however. Definitely will take your palate for a crazy ride if you have too many.

This is a fantastic Imperial Amber that is a must have every time it hits the shelves or the taps. Also, as a note, it is a great beer, but it is even better on tap. So if you walk into your local bar and see the handle staring at you, DEFINITELY indulge. Cheers!

Photo of Morey
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours amber-orange in color and smells of citrus fruits as well as having some subtle floral notes going on. The head is about a half of an inch tall following a medium pour. The clarity of this beer is amazing with lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass.
There's some nice head retention going on here too.

The aroma of this beer is amazing, overwhelming, and inviting all at the same time.

Taste has a pleasent citrus kick with the hops combining with the carbonation for a nice sharp bite towards the front. However, this beer finishes much cleaner than most hoppy beers. Very smooth and enjoyable beer.

Morey's Bottom Line: This is a wonderful beer! Easy to drink for a beer that weighs in at 7.5% alcohol. If you're a fan of hoppy amber beers, this is a must try.

Photo of beerbutcher
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appears copper/amber with one finger off white head. sudsy bubbles.

aroma is a beaut. carries the usual americana profile of flowers and citrus, some pine resin... somehow far more elegant than usual. also a fine backing of lightly caramelized malt.

taste is fantastic as well. there's an upfront attack of luscious hop bitterness and citrus tones backed by sweet ethanol and malt. a deliciously balanced palate. the bitterness nor the overall hop impression is not overwhelming, but it is quite distinct. there really is something elegant about this beer, the fruitiness the sublime, dried apricots and somthing tropical, but understated. just enough.

mouthfeel is good. quite rich and balance, almost. the hops are of course in line for the style, but the malt is sufficient to hold it all together. quite fine.

overall drinkability is way up there. for the amount of hop flavor, there is little hateful agression in this beer, which i like. and for the style i think the beer is a very eloquent statement. well done.

Photo of Overlord
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber/orange. Nice viscous mouthfeel. Smells of grapefruit and pine.

Big hop flavor. Perhaps a bit acrid for me, but loaded with grapefruit, pine, maybe a bit of caramel malt for balance, but not much. No real tropical sweetness or any other flavor to balance the bitter hops.

A good beer, but a bit lacking in balance. For some reason, reminds me of the Racer series from Bear Republic.

Photo of bosco7
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copper color with a voluminous sticky head. Clarity is perfect. Attractive to say the least.

The nose on this thing is pretty obvious and pungent. Grapefruit and pine completely overwhelm the senses. Some caramel aromas behind the hops.

The bottle's artwork sums up the flavor profile very nicely. Starts with some sweet caramel and lots of juicy grapefruit flavors. This juiciness quickly becomes pithy. Pine resin flavors sting the tongue. The finish is extremely bitter with some grain husk flavors lingering. The sides of the tongue seem to be a little numb.

Mouthfeel is oily and luscious. Carbonation is perfect.

The strong point of this beer is the bright/fresh/juicy start on the tongue. While I find this beer enjoyable the finish is a little on the harsh side. I was expecting this to have a little fuller body to complement the hops and round things out a little. That being said this is my third bottle tonight and I think I will have another. Definitely a great beer that should be experienced.

Photo of timtim
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

fairly clear orangish amber. white head fades pretty quickly. lace is minimal. still looks good. i like the fact that it smells really, really hoppy, but doesn't knock you out. i also like how well balanced this beer is. not like a hop bomb with malt flavor. like one new flavor of of two equal, undistinguishable parts. medium body. slightly bitter on the finish. good brew. 12.49 hurt a bit fo a six pack, but i am always glad to buy at least one a year. thanx troegs brufas.

Photo of chrismilner20
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 12oz bottle in a Tulip glass

A-- beautiful amber with a nice creamy head, leaves some nice lacing

S-- smells like field floral hops with a little citrus and pine at the end.

T-- perfectly balanced.citrus hops are present along with some woody/earthy bittering hops.

M-- almost a creamy mouthfeel which is made more crisp by the level of carbonation.when it warms it seems more sticky...but is not overwhelming .

D-- one is not enough

Photo of stuckonhops
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

man i new i was gonna kick myself for only buying one bottle of this blissful gettin ready now to go get more though

A-- beautiful amber with a nice creamy bubbly head...leaves some nice lacing

S-- smells like hops..hops...and more hops..i cant really smell anything else in this bad boy except for some nice earthy and floral hops...

T-- almost unbelievably balanced...i was expecting nothing but a hop blowout on my palate but some nice malts came in and evened this brew out so nicely...citrusy hops are present along with some woody/earthy bittering hops...freaking good job by the troegs bros..

M-- almost a creamy mouthfeel which is made more crisp by the perfect level of it warms it seems more sticky...but is not overwhelming sticky...kinda like it is sticky from the amount of hops not malts..

D-- man one is not enough...why would i have thought that when i picked it up?? i am heading out to buy a case of this amazing brew right now..i cant wait...mmm

Photo of markgugs
4.89/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2008 bottling, just released! 12 oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint glass

A: A wonderfully rich-looking dark amber color flows forth from the bottle, loads of variously-sized carbonated bottles floating upwards from the bottom of the glass. Awesome to look at, and the lovely creamy head doesn't change that.

S: Wow, just wow. Can you say, "hops?" I thought you could. This will NOT disappoint. The Warrior & Tomahawk hops really overwhelm the senses here...and just the right touch of malted backbone round out the smell here. Exceptional.

T/M: Fear not worrying that this beer won't taste as good as it smells; it does all that & then some. A tasty, bready malt teases the tongue to begin, and then the hops & body kick in, pulverizing your palate with wave upon wave of resinous, hoppy goodness. An exceptionally balanced level of carbonation simply beckons each additional sip. Just about damned near perfect.

D: At "only" 7.5%, drinking several of these won't kill you. And as good as it is, you WILL want several of these. Like, several dozen perhaps. Another HUGE winner for Troegs. Highly, highly recommended.

Photo of Stoneman78
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from MuenchenerKindl, thanks buddy!
A- Pours a translucent golden orange hue, white thin head dissipates down to a ring, moderate lacing
S- Caramel malts mixed with pine resin, some sweet grapefruit and honey tones come through as well
T- Initial taste bold caramel malts that are quickly followed by milder pine hops, sugary sweet honey comes at the midpoint and it finishes with some slight bitter hopness
M- Medium-bodied, oily and thick texture coats the mouth, moderate carbonation
D- I'm a big fan of the Imperial Red style and this one has great characteristics, the part that sets it apart is the nice sweet honey presence in the middle that really mixes well with the rich malts and bitter hops, overall a blast to drink, I wish I had more!

Photo of Biscuit033
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy golden orange with dense white head and layers of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

S: Fresh tangerine and grapefruit dominate. It is like smelling fresh cut citrus.

T: Fresh grapefruit and tangerine with a malt backbone that makes it very well balanced.

M: Smooth and creamy with a crisp finish.

D: This a very drinkable beer especially for its ABV. This is something that i could drink all day long. It is nice and refreshing.

4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So this is amber? Pours more like a IPA with hazy straw colored body with only a hint of amber tone. Head is half a finger of off white skim. Nose is bursting with lots of woodsy, citrus base hops. Still more like an IPA. Very crisp and clean as it hits the tongue. Middle of the palate shows strong hop presence but even and not overpowering. A noticeable and welcome nuttie mineral feel developes tword the end of the palate. Mouthfeel is a well balanced mix of hops and rugged minerals. A great summer beer, easy to drink. Very out of catagory for the style, though good.

Photo of far333
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Graciously provided to me by MuenchenerKindl

Warrier, Nugget, and Tomahawk hops, "93ish" IBU's

Pours a slightly hazy apricot color with a white head of fine and tight bubbles that sinks quickly, leaving no lace.

Inviting aroma of floral hops, ripe fruit, and butterscotch.

Initial flavor is understated and subtle, but very tasty and complex. Not a wallop to the tongue. Biscuity malt, floral hops punctuated with citric bitter, toffee and butterscotch, cinnamon, ripe pear, and hints of bubblegum.

Mouthfeel is rich and full, creamy and satisfying. Could sip this all night, but damn, it's almost gone. Thanks MK.

Tröegs Nugget Nectar from Tröegs Brewing Company
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