Tröegs Nugget Nectar - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Reviews: 2,388
Hads: 7,787
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 4.61%
Wants: 1,310
Gots: 1,401 | 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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Photo of psinderson
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in pint glass.

Appearance: Clear, light rust/copper color. Thick white head that dissipated quickly.

Smell: Lots of citrusy hops with a slight caramel note. Floral background.

Taste: Hop wallop up front then balanced with a honey-like background sweetness. Some alcohol as well as a spicy hop bitterness in the end.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat thin. Hops play in the mouth with good carbonation.

Drinkability: Feels good to drink. The thinner body helps. (475 characters)

Photo of velo343
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Poured into a pint glass. A crystal clear amber/orange with a medium white head. Not too much lacing. The color is almost like a raging fire, tempting me to touch it. Or drink it, as the case may be.

Smell - A whole lot of citrus hops. Oranges, tons of grapefruit, a lemony pine smell. Definitely a lot of sweet, caramel fragrances too.

Taste - A malt character not unlike toasted flatbread--lots of flavor, but not so much body and richness that it overwhelms the senses. The grapefruit smell also makes its presence known in the taste, and there's an underlying bitterness that just noticeable as the sip is finished and lingers on for a little bit longer.

Drinkability - Too tasty and delectable for 7.5%. This one is trouble. And I mean that in a very good way. While it has a strong hop aroma, the taste is not overpowering by any means and won't dull your tastebuds for another. Well-rounded and very satisfying. (942 characters)

Photo of mobud
4.02/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled in a pint glass. Nice clear orange color; light head that lingers to the end. Muted hops smell; not the overwelming nose of a hopbomb. The first sip is nice on the tongue and has a malty feel rather than the over the top pine resin notes of a overhopped beer. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and goes down real nice. A lite hop tingle remains on the tongue afterwards. The ABV of this beer around 7.5, but you would not know it from the sample and it could get you if you are not on your game.. Better to slowdown and enjoy this treat. This beer does a fine job of combinding heavy hops with a nice malt foundation. (622 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The color of this beer was a very clear orange and I immediately thought it looked like an IPA. The head was large, fluffy, and off-white. I waited a dew minutes for the head too settle and took a whiff. The smell was of nice dank, grassy hops and a little floral. The taste did not disappoint and also had a floral and grassy taste. It was very herbal, dank, and completely delicious. Nugget Nectar is very easy to drink given the smooth mouth-feel and the fact that the alcohol doesn’t seem to be present to the taste. I would buy several cases when it is released every year but alas I live in Colorado and not Pennsylvania. The other two bottles I have left will be thoroughly enjoyed. Many thanks go to Todd1 for sending this my way. (739 characters)

Photo of matthewfuchs
4.76/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

AMAZING BEER ON CASK!!! Very smooth, lots of flavor with very little bite on cask. Golden Amber in color. Peachy goodness all up on my tongue. The sweetness sticks around and turns into a nice growing hop finish. Fills your mouth perfectly. If you see this on cask, try it. I had mine at Fatheads in southside Pittsburgh. (321 characters)

Photo of kush6875
4.94/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A beer for hop heads!

served out of a bottle:

orange-tangerine color, smells of intense hops and fresh citrus, well hops explode on the palate followed by a nice sweet maltiness. mouthfeel is nice and smooth. tastes like a sweet pink grapefruit. very very drinkable for a hop-head but be aware of the alcohol content it is very well hidden. (342 characters)

Photo of BrewAStorm
4.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 12oz bottle. Bottle has "Bottled 02/20/2007" printed on rear neck. Poured into 16oz pint glass.

A: Pours a clear golden/amber with moderate carbonation, slight head around 1/4 inch, that shrinks in size but remains well after the pour. There is no reason why I shouldn't give this a "5" but I haven't seen a "5" and can't say any beer has had the perfect appearance.

S: Major hints of Grapefruit and citrus, the Nugget, Warrior, and Tomahawk hops make their presence known immediately. This is balanced out with just the slightest hint of malts. This beer has to be excellent based on smell alone.

T: Wow again! Lots of hops, but the malts do not let the bitterness get out of hand. This isn't the hoppiest beer I've ever had but one of the best balanced.

M: Again with the balance. The bitterness doesn't distract ruin anything. This it is so crisp that I don't mind letting it remain in my mouth for a little longer.

D: The 7.5% abv makes this beer a sipper. Its a beer to relax and enjoy a meal with. Any more then three or four pints would give too much of a kick.

Overall a 98 in my mind. I liked this beer so much I went back and bought a case the day after I purchased the first 6-pack. Definitely worth a try! (1,247 characters)

Photo of Alkey
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured a clear dark golden color with some slow moving bubbles and a large white head that leaves rings of lace around the glass. The smell is mostly made up of some fresh floral hops. The taste is kind of watery at first but finishes with lots of grassy hop flavors and a decent amount of bitterness. The feel seems a little light and watery but makes it thirst quenching and very easy to drink. (409 characters)

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

12oz. bottle.

A clear, deep gold-amber colored fluid filled my glass, and was topped by a large, creamy off-white head. Very lively carbonation. Bottle tells me the hops are Nugget, Warrior & Tomahawk, and that it is 93ish IBUs.

Pine & grapefruit almost exclusively in the aroma. A bit of bread for the hops to sit on. Pineapple and tropical fruits as it warmed (pointed out by non-beer drinking wife who has a much better nose than I do).

Taste is grapefruit, with a better balance than the aroma suggests. However, this beer is about the hops, make no mistake. Bit of biscuity character. Faint sweetness after about half the glass, maybe oranges. Alcohol very well hidden.

Medium + in body. Medium carbonation. Refreshing, and a bit drying. Very smooth.

Easy to drink despite hop level and ABV. Reminds me just a bit of Two Hearted. For me, dangerously sessionable. (882 characters)

Photo of jaxon53
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to markgugs for this beer!

Served slightly chilled in a pint glass. Poured a somewhat hazy copper amber color with tiny carbonation bubbles rising up from the bottom of the glass. About a finger of tight bubbly off-white head formed in the glass. Head dissapeared rather quickly into a frothy ring around the glass. Smell: was of piney, citrusy, hops that were nicely balanced with sweet malt. Short blasts of grapefruit, lemon zest, and some slight flowery aromas as well. Taste: Bitter hops. Tons of hops on a rather sweet malty backbone. Grapefruit, orange flavors were also detected. Very well hidden alcohol. Mouthfeel was full, oily, and very smooth. Very complex brew. Drinkability was great. Easy to drink and leaves me craving more. (751 characters)

Photo of umfskibum
4.97/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tried this at the EBF and loved it, and now have opened a 12 oz bottle (thanks to markgugs!) for a proper review.

A: Beautiful dark honey color, great clarity and just the slightest bit of visible carbonation. A couple fingers worth of foam head, which leaves lotsa suds and some nice lacing after it disipates.

S: If it was possible to give the nose of a beer higher than a 5, this Troegs would take the cake. I have no doubt that hopheads 'round the world would line up if the brewers offered some sort of Nugget Nectar air freshener. Pine and citrus hop scents (and you can really pick out the nugget, warrior and tomahawk hops from the nose alone) and some slight sweet mals balance each other out.

T: The hoppiness of this beer, alongside a real absence of the biting bitterness you usually find in these hopmonsters, is unreal. Really nice malt smoothness backs up the initial hop taste. Grapefruit, caramel and honey flavors are most prevalent.

M: Nice and creamy, with a perfect amount of carbonation. A nice little bit of stickyness stays in the mouth for a little while.

D: After having this brew at the EBF, I had to get a bottle to make sure I wasn't imagining the unbelievable qualities of this beer I picked up in a 3 oz pour. Needless to say, it lived up to all my expectations.
D: (1,312 characters)

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

Appearance: Light amber, a bit of medium white head.

Smell: Lots of citric hop aromas. Doesnt smell quite as hoppy as an IPA, just a few notches below. A little sweetness also.

Taste: Strong hops, sweet caramel malts but still overall a mild flavor. A bit of honey and grapes. Goes down very easily. A little bit thick, maybe oily? I really could drink this as a standard and wish it wasnt brewed so infrequently as its hard to find.

Overall: If you like hops but dont want to destroy your pallate so you can enjoy other food or beer, this is the top choice. It has great balance without loosing anything in the process. (629 characters)

Photo of jmalex
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This one's been out for awhile this year, but I've held off trying it on tap until I could sit down with one at home. So after getting 2 in a six-pack swap last week, it's now time.

APPEARANCE: Pours a light amber/red/gold (what a cool color!). A large white head drops to a thick collar around the glass with plenty of foam still dotting the surface. Lacing is tremendous and covers the entirety of the glass.

SMELL: Strong aromas of pungent, bitter hops. Heavy floral notes along with some citrus. The malt is tough to pick out, but it's there... barely.

TASTE: The taste is remarkably quite heavy in maltiness. Oh, the hops are there. Absolutely. But the balance in this beer is achieved wonderfully. The malt and hops race to your palette, each trying to be the first, but they reach it in a delicious and well-balanced tie. Citrusy hops take a brief but big lead lasting until you're ready to swallow. The malt gets the last laugh however, finishing with a bready sweetness. A multi-dementional beer to say the least.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium bodied and only slightly slick and syrupy. The carbonation is great.

DRINKABILITY: Very drinkable. I was shocked to read 7.5% on the label. Goes down way to easy. Well done Tröegs!

Major props to Tröegs for coming up with basically an all new style, Imperial Amber. The balance that this beer achieves is striking. I now wish I hadn't waiting until now to try this. (1,414 characters)

Photo of peabody
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a very clear light amber yellow with very little suds but they are sticking to the side of the pint glass leaving very nice lacing.
Smell is the great thing about this beer! Pine and citrus and yeast and malt. Grapefruit and PINE I mean lots of PINE.
Taste is a very mellow sweet citrusy flavor with the hops just nudging your taste buds toward the bitter. But the sweetness overrides the attack of the orange peel and grapefruit bitterness.
Dryness takes over at the end and you are ready for another.
I can see why this one is rated so high. this would be a great session beer. Too bad it is so hard to obtain. (626 characters)

Photo of rsyberg01
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

S - 12 oz. bottle much thanks to beerbeing for this gem.

A - Soft orange it pours (yoda?), off white head hits about an inch then recedes to a patchy surface heavy around the edges.

S - Hoppy floral and citrus notes, honey, sweet maltiness tucked in the back. I wish this were a bottled fragrance.

T - Bitter and citrus dance on my tongue, honey and malt are along for the ride as well. wow.

M - full, not a watered down aspect of this beer. great carbonation level as well.

D - I wish I had more right now, period. (530 characters)

Photo of DGryger
4.04/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear reddish tan. Minimal head, almost no lacing.

Smell: Heavy grassy hops with a slight citrus backing. Upon opening the bottle my first thought was that it smelled like a lawnmower. Heavy grass scent eases as the beer warms and becomes more floral.

Taste: Unique. This beer has a very complex multi-layered flavor profile. Taste progresses from a bit of nutty malt to bitter hops, grassy hops and finally citrus hops. As the beer warms pine resins become more noticeable in the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: About what I would expect from an amber – lightly syrupy body and a good amount of carbonation make this a smooth easy drinker. Dry finish makes you want another sip. Alcohol sweetness helps to balance a little.

Drinkability: I would say that for the style (massively hopped) it is fairly light and easy drinker. But I would have to say that I think a little more malt would help this beer out. While I had this beer solo, I think having it with food would help mellow out a bit of the in-your-face bitterness. (1,044 characters)

Photo of wcudwight
4.76/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Enola for picking this one up for me while he was in Bristol. I've had this aged but have never had a fresh one.
Pours a crystal clear amber color with some golden hues. Thin sticky head with decent retention and wet sticky lacing.
Mmmmm smells like a Christmas tree farm. Mmmm!!!!
Taste like a tangerine chased with a pine cone. Lot's of hop goodness. This will blow even the most seasoned hop heads minds.
For such a tasty and flavorful beer the body is pretty light.
If you love hops you will think about tasting this beer long after it's gone. Warning: Nugget Nectar has been known to cause Hopcolism in labratory animals!
I think this and Big Hoppy Monster from Terrapin have taken this style to a whole new and exciting level. (750 characters)

Photo of 484dan
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

at first glance this beer has a reddish tint to it w/a nice thick head when poured... the smell is very piney, maybe a hint of citrus... the smell along w/the taste scream hoppy!! the mouthfeel is... well... ok... a little bit of an after taste and the alcohol is apparent... the beer is absolutely worth a try... (313 characters)

Photo of NJpadreFan
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

tröegs- Nugget Nectar

Appearance- Reddish brown with a big foamy heavy lacing head
Smell- Big strong pine and green hops.
Taste- Oily pine with fresh of the vine hop flavor.
Mouthfeel- Oily and sweet up front with a dry body and a slight bitter and oily finish.

Overall- A huge flavored beer! Very good a 6er of this would be sufficient for the night! (361 characters)

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

Poured a bright orange amber with a big billowing white head. Faded quickly leaving a nice layer of swirly, gooey lace on the top. No visible carbonation in the glass, which was crystal clear, no hint of any hazy or cloudiness. Smell was strong bitter hops, pine resin grapefruit, pineapple were the big players here. A very slight tinge of alcohol as it warmed tingled the nose a bit. The taste was a little thin, watery, but not too bad, just would have envisioned a bit fuller based on the smell. Biggest taste here was the grapefruit, big dry piney finish left this very nice. Good well rounded IPA. Overall this is a very good call. Lower ABV makes this very drinkable, and pretty much sessionable for a big time hop head. Very nice beer. (743 characters)

Photo of bigdeuce
4.94/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This brew is ABSOLUTELY PHENOMENAL!!! Pours a nice head and a deep copper color. The nose is sensational, I smelled it before every sip. Leaves tons of lacing down the glass. Is sticky sweet, oily, with massive hops on the back end. Well balanced and dangerously drinkable. Should not be a session beer with the alcohol content, but I cannot stop drinking it. Please Troeg's bros, make this available in Ohio and make it a year round brew, you'd clean up! One of the best beers in the world!! (492 characters)

Photo of nickss
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Light amber hue with very visible highly active carbonation. Big frothy 2 finger head which disipates ever so slowly. A pretty brew indeed.

Big hop aroma... lemon zest and tangerine... but the malt is certainly noticeable....a wonderful scent... very well balanced.

Subtle at first... then ker-plow... a hop-smack to the palate. Once again, though, the balance is quite nice... the malt bringing up a strong backbone to the hop assault... almost reminds me of a rye-IPA.... quite nice.

Perfect mouthfeel. The carbonation is significantly more subdued than the appearance would have led me to believe. Troeg's lets the hops subdue your tongue as opposed to the efferevescent bubbles. Moderately thick, and wonderful.

Though 7.5% is no longer considered to be a huge beer, it is certainly nothing to scoff at. That said, this beer drinks like a 4% session brew... I could drink this all night without any problem. Immenently quaffable, and thoroughly delicious.... certainly my favorite offering from Troeg's thus far. (1,028 characters)

Photo of orsulacp
3.97/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The body was clear light amber with a big fluffy white head. The nose was fruity and piney. A real fresh cut pine sent dominated. The taste started bitter, woody and piney, then a little fruity sweetness in the middle some bready malts, and then a woody bitterness to end it. The mouthfeel seemed a little on the light side, the carbonation was really active. Very high drinkability for a 7.5%abv beer. I liked last years version slightly better, but this is still a great beer. (478 characters)

Photo of klewis
3.7/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to markgugs for this one.

A: Pours a clear amber with a one-finger foamy head that subsides to a frothy ring around the glass. A bit of lacing.

S: Complex hop nose with citrus and floral notes.

T: A hint of maltiness teases you up front before it hits you over the head with hop bitterness. Not nearly as complex as the bouquet.

M: Medium-full bodied with fine carbonation and a nice sticky quality.

D: A nice beer, but this one falls a bit short of the hype for me. A bit more hop flavor (as opposed to bitterness) would make this one better for me. (572 characters)

Photo of Matteox3
4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Beer Mart, Route 10, Reading, PA. Good availability there if looking for it.

Hop, Hop, and more Hop flavor. However, unlike many IPA's, the hoppiness of this brew (although very very hoppy) blends well with the overall fruitiness of the beer. In my experience with sharing this beer with others who do not like hoppy beers, those people really enjoyed this brew.

The hop flavor is piney in nature. The color is a very appealing amber, with healthy (not foamy) head.

More complex in taste than an IPA. Very fruity. Hop flavor works with the flavor, and is not a separate flavor. (601 characters)

Tröegs Nugget Nectar from Tröegs Brewing Company
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