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Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by Edwin on 02-13-2004

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Photo of klewis
3.7/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

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Photo of Matteox3
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into my shaker pint glass. Appears a clear amber color with a finger of off white foam. Smells of fruity citrus such as orange and lemon, sweet malts. Taste is mildly sweet. There are notes of grapefruit, orange and caramel malt. Medium to full bodied with medium carbonation. Outstanding and highly recommended.

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

12oz bottle into pint glass.

A---It poured golden with a medium white head.

S---Sweet smelling malt, pine, palm sugar and citrus hops.

T---Caramel, slightly sweet, bread, floral and earthy blend of hops. Nice balance of hops and malt.

M---Medium bodied.

D---Very balanced for an imperial ipa and I enjoyed that they showcased the malt instead of all hops forward.

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Photo of vwcraig
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One finger high head to start with from proper pour that fades to a thin cap and some bubbles. Perfectly clear and a deep amber color. Great first smells of fruity hops and sweet, juicy malt. Smells are close to a certain Bell's product. First taste was a quick resiny hop bite followed by a finish that was crisper than I had anticipated. Big hop tastes but not abusive. Medium bodied and very smooth. Dangerously easy to drink and hard to put down. Carbonation is on lower side but it still works. Great bargain for the price, too if you have access to this very fine offering from the Brothers Troegs.

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

Another great bottle courtesy of MuenchenerKindl

Pours a bright amber color, carbonation is visible, and a nice white head settled on top.

Aroma is quite citrus like. Very fruity smelling, and a bit sweet.

Taste is at first fruity, sweet and creamy. Beer then settles into hop flavors, I really notice a bitter hop zing on the finish. The flavors are quite crisp, and long lasting.

Mouthfeel is nice. Carbonation is well done.

Drinkability is up there on this one. It's a very flavorful and well balanced IPA/Amber Ale. But it's not overpowering at all. I could easily drink more than one of these. Good stuff!

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

Into a pint glass, pours a very clear golden amber, nice head that settles to a thin bubbly mass, nice lacing. Aroma is enticing, entrancing, and encouraging of whats to come, a beautiful floral hop shower, caramel and biscut malts, overall, fantastic and I'm ready to drink. Taste is magical, a delicious amalgamation of thick caramel malts, biscut, sweet and slick and almost thick, the hops are strong, citric, pine, floral, everything good that can be said about a nice sweet, malty, hoppy beer can be said of this one. The mouth, the taste, the aroma is phenominal, I want to live next door to this brewery.

Thanks a ton to both leftmindedrighty and upsjeff who each sent me one of these brews.

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Photo of vtfan77
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear orange-tinted gold with about an inch of white head.

S- Huge hop aroma, and I do mean huge. Piney as all hell, with some orange-like citrus. Malt is nonexistent in the nose.

T- Surprisingly mild. The citrus hop flavors blend perfectly with the sweet, bready malt. Supreme balance. Bitterness is very low for a 90+ IBU beer. It's there, no doubt, but it's by no means overwhelming. The overall taste reminds me a little of Bell's Two Hearted. I almost wanted a little more oomph from the taste, but I certainly can't complain.

M- Good, nice and smooth, not too much carbonation, but other than that nothing to write home about.

D- Very good. ABV is a little high, but you'd never know it from the taste. The fantastic balance in the taste gives this beer an equally fantastic drinkability.

Not what I was expecting, but very good nonetheless. I thought I was getting a hop monster, but instead I got a well-balanced, wonderfully drinkable beer. Good stuff. Recommended for sure.

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Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - A nice orange color with a two finger thick off-white head. Nice retention along the glass while drinking.

Smell - Hops and caramel malt mixed with some grapefruit nose and other citrus fruits.

Taste - Up front you taste the hops, which is followed by by some caramel malts and honey. The grapefruit and citrus fruits then appear dissipating any hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with good carbonation throughout. Aftertaste leaves hops but with little to no bitterness.

Drinkability - Delicious! I need more.

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Photo of HossMcGraw
3.93/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Been wanting to try this one for a while. I nearly had to grab a change of underwear when I saw this at my local packie. A damn fine brew, but I guess I built it up too much in my mind. Set the bar a bit too high. That being said, this is just as good as many of its west coast contemporaries, and I'm fortunate to have it produced so close to me.

Pours a lovely orange/amber, with a finger or two of head, and decent lacing. Aroma is a letdown. It's just too faint. I can pick up some grapefruit, strawberry, a large steely character, and the ubiquitous cat urine that seems to make its way into so many IPAs. Not bad, just faint.

The flavor is better. A bit sweeter than I prefer, but retains a good bit of hop flavor. Not bitter, just lots of hop *flavor. More strawberry, grapefruit, and cherry flavor, with a nice hoppy, dry aftertaste that makes you want to reach for another sip.

Mouthfeel is thin and uncarbonated. Needs a bit more pop to it if you ask me. Drinkability is superb. I've had better IPAs, but few this drinkable. The 7.5% is barely noticeable, and the dry finish helps make this a certified session brew. Troegs rarely dissapoint, and this is another winner. A fine example of central PA craftsmanship.

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

Nice bottle, with good artwork. IBU count, with types of hops used on the label, as well as the ABV. No freshness date.

Honey color, with slight head. Lack of head probably due to the frigid temperature of my garage. I let the ale warm for 15 minutes for experiencing.

Smell is floral/fruity hops.

The taste is hoppy. Grassy hops that are usually found in an American IPA, are complimented by a toasty, mildly sweet malt falvour.

Hops are spicy in the mouth, and the ale finishes very clean.

Has a very flavourful bite, that doesn't linger on the palate.

My first review from this brewery and I am impressed.


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

Poured an amber orange with a decent but not giant head. Nice lacing remains on the glass.

Wonderful hop aromas of grapefruit and pine.

Taste is a hop lover's dream. Bitter, fruity hops dominate, with just a hint of malt in the background.

Mouthfeel is slightly dry, with a bitter finish.

Overall, this is a very drinkable beer. Although I'm not a hophead, I enjoyed this beer and would recommend it.

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Photo of jdg204
4.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

After hearing all the praise for this PA brew, I had to give it a shot once I saw it at one of my local brew shops and it was awesome!!

Appearance - It's almost as if the organge color is glowing, it's that bright. This was something to see.

Smell - The citrusy (particularly orange) smells mixed with the spices was fantastic. This was off the hook!

Taste - Ok, this was even better than the smell! The richness of the different types of hops mixed with the orange flavor was superb. The hop combination provided for a great rich start and a nice subtle bitter undertone to finish.

Mouthfeel - Really nice consistent texture, the fullness of the flavor really pleases the mouth.

Drinkability - I flat out loved this beer, I've been quickly consuming my 6 pack in the days since I bought it. This is definetly a classic in the making, really enjoyed this hybrid of an Amber Ale and IPA, this would make a great everyday or special occasion beer. Get some before the season is over!!!

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.37/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head pint glass.
Pours a clear golden amber. Slight head that quickly recedes back into the beer.
Smell is heavenly hops. Not a barrage of hops, but a good hop presence in the nose.
Taste is bittery hops. Some nice, juicy, citrusy hops. Not overly bitter or tongue thrashing. This is a very toned down Dreadnaught. It's quite good, but just isn't the powerhouse that I was expecting.
The mouthfeel is crisp and medium bodied.
This does come across as something that would be highly sessionable. It being more reserved makes it much easier for more than one of these to go down.

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Photo of foureyedgeek
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My 100th review and a beer I've been waiting to try for a year, a perfect combination!

12oz bottle, the case dated best by 6/12/07. Pours a crystal clear orange amber, with light rising carbonation and a fluffy white head of foam, tall and airy. Nice lacing and good head retention as well.

Ooof, the nose is bursting with hops. Fresh and floral, citrusy and juicy. Just a touch of sweetness as well and a whiff of alcohol.

Taste is a sweet and citrusy burst of hops, this is one beer that can easily be described as juicy. There's some maltiness there, the amber part of this imperial amber, a nice subtle wash of malt before the bitterness returns in the swallow. Just delicious.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a nice combination of the sticky hops and the juicy hops, bringing the best of both attributes together. The carbonation level and dry finish make this a very clean and refreshing beer. Only the slightest alcohol warming.

Drinkability is great, this would be a heck of a session beer if you didn't have anything to do the next day or so. Hands down one of my favorite beers and yet another tasty offering from the Trogner brothers.

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Photo of Ieatlambfries
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very clear deep amber. Half inch off white head of very fine bubbles. Each sip leaves a blanket of lace which clings to the glass in a sheet before slipping back into the brew leaving nothing behind.

Resiny hop oils dominate the smell. Followed by hints of grapefruit and ocean or salt water.

Upfront flavors of grapefruit rind and pine resins. Followed by a slightly sweet malt presence. Smoky notes toward the end with some hints of alcohol.

The mouthfeel is slick with hop oils. You can feel a definite coating with the first sip. Little to no bite from the carbonation.

Very drinkable for a brew over 7%. Goes down almost too easy.

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Photo of Ego
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

$12 for a growler of this @ Andy's in Bogota NJ (they still have the nug on cask also as of today)

glowing orange, mesmerizing like c cup boobies on a jogger in the summer, 2 full fingers of white foam adorn this beauty.. and said head stays put, the head is like the blob, you tilt the glass but it remains in one, slowly blobbing down the sides of the glass to reform itself into the head, awesomely packed micro-bubbles sit on top of the beer.. damn the head is not fading. this is about as close to perfection as you can get.

tis better to have hopped and lost than to have not hopped at all.. is apparently the motto of this beer, a great mix of the citrusy type of hops and the floral variety, the sweetness of the malt comes through as a honey odor, the hop smell is just fantastic here. so, maybe it is a touch one dimensional but when you pull off that one dimensional better than most hopped up jobbers you deserve some credit.

taste etc..
medium bodied but the oils coat the mouth immediately delivering their hop packages all over your soon to be numb pallet. not overly bitter, not overly sweet, this beer goes down quicker than Anna Nicole in a hotel room... As you drink a glass you can count how many sips it takes to get to the center of this lollipop based on the O rings of lace left behind.

the Brother's T have crafted one of the finest American beers here, do whatever it takes to get some. if you are into hops this beer is screaming your name, this is one that is not overhyped...

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Photo of kevinhulit
4.79/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a hop of a good beer. kudos to the amber ale from troegs. overall a well made ale... intense in hoppy flavor and a beautiful amber/cooper color. highly aromatic (floral/clove). worth the wait for this seasonal offering. easygoing on the mouth although a slight tingle is apparent.

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

On cask for Troegs promo night at Andy's Corner Bar in Bogota, NJ.

Vibrant apricot orange color with sudsy, clingy head that leaves thick, sticky rings of lacing. Smells like everything wonderful about hops... citrus and florals perfectly intertwined with mild malts. This cask was dry-hopped, which turns the nose from good to fantastic. Mouth-filling, viscous hop nectar (for lack of a better word) that is devoid of excess carbonation and loaded with wonderful balance and amazing presence.

On cask, this beer is sublime. Seek it out. You will be a better beer lover for it!

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Photo of jwc215
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours bright orangish amber with a thin head that descends to a lasting swirling patch. Traces of lacing stick to glass.

The smell is powerful citrus - grapefruit and lemon. Pine and floral notes also come through.

The taste is very citrusy. Sweet, almost honeyish dough balances out the bitterness, with the hops staying well ahead of the noticeable malt. Pine and floral notes interact well, giving the hop profile a wonderful complexity. This is an amazingly hoppy beer with just enough sweet malt to give it a nice depth and complexity. This is an extreme beer that is crazy hoppy, but still retains a nice malt backbone. A pinch of alcohol lends some spice.

Creamy and smooth full body leaves flavors lingering with an alcohol tingle.

The is dangerously drinkable ...Here's to hops...yummy!

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

Poured clear copper with some amber tones. Lots of visible carbonation and a large, frothy head. The head retains well and sticky lacings line the wall of my glass throughout.

Excellent balance of big, citrus, pine hops in the nose along with a big malt character. Sweet caramel, molasses and vanilla become increasingly apparent as this warms to room temp.

Sweet malt tastes balance smoothly with pink grapefruit, citrus rind, bitter hops and an explosion of pine forest bliss. The hops are fantastic in this beer, highly potent without being insanely over-the-top. Not that too much is bad, as I've had this brew dry hopped and it was also amazing! The hop flavors are so fresh that I can envision myself biting into a hop cone, absolutely amazing! The malt character reappears in the finish, along with some caramel flavors but the hop flavors remain throughout. The finish is bitter, smooth and crisp.

I did find this to be slightly too carbonated but not enough to hinder the drinkability to greatly. The smooth, balanced flavors render this brew highly sessionable.

Enjoying this fine beer gives me a great amount of respect for Troegs. I wish they distributed to my state! Many thanks to Sudsdog for sharing this with me.

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Photo of EStreet20
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Stopped in at Oak Tree to stock up on brews and snapped up my case of this year's Nugget Nectar. I loved this beerr last year, here goes...

A -Pours out a fairly transparent golden amber witha slight red tint. Small white head that stays around throughout the drink. Nice rings of lacing remain on the glass.

S - Grapefruity hops hitting you right off the bat. Some pine sticks through there as well. Loads of hop aroma, as always with this brew.

T - Big piny hops up front with a kick of fruitiness. A nice citrusy flavor is met by some sweet malts. The beer finishes rather clean for a hoppy brew leaving a slight, but not overpowering, hop aftertaste.

M - A light to medium body, just what I would desire for an amber. Stays fairly light in the mouth wihout crossing over to watery, coats the tongue nicely allowing the hop flavors to dance around.

D - Unbelievably drinkable and also tough to believe this brew clocks in at 7.5 abv. The alcohol is well hidden between the layers of flavor and this one drinks like a session brew.

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Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.79/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a bright orange which is a little weird but it is labeled as an "imperial amber." Strong smell of hops. Not much head but feels perfectly carbonated going down. The taste is wonderful for hopheads like me. Wow is this a drinkable beer! I could drink this all night and be happy. Not really an amber IMO but a very, very good IPA.

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Photo of yeastpuppet
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours crystal amber with a perfect , clingy , fine head with lacing .The foam has major staying power . Good carbonation .

I can smell the hops in this brew from two feet away. Resiny , pungent , hop candy coated , with a trace of malt .Yummy pine aroma up close .
If Santa has a fav IPA this might be it .

Plenty of hop flavor , with a clean , balanced bitterness . A bit on the dry side with minimal to non existent , esters .Some citrus notes , but not overpowering or cloying . damn good .

Feels good on the tongue , slick , but with a trace of hop stickyness .

Medium density and hoplyness combine to make the beer level drop in the glass quickly .

A very tasty , pungent IPA that is , alas , seasonal .
stock up while you can . I will .

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Photo of emericanchaos
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i've had a few of these guys tonight so bear with me.

served in a 12oz off a sixer. pours a transparent ruby red with generous foamy head that's somewhat short lived.

smells of hops. mostly warrior hop. extremely floral with a slight fruit acidic note.

taste broadens the picture from the aroma. lots of floral spicey hop with a touch of fruitiness from the malt additive to this hopped up brew. tastes like a caramel, malted barley hybrid with maybe some pilsener malt. hard to tell with the warrior hop being the main character here.

thick in the mouth but not overly sludge like or syrupy. very balanced with a heavy earthy hop spice.

extremely drinkable with hints to grapefruit, flowery hop and some melon. alchohol only reveals itself on the the throat. no taste of booze what-so-ever.

overall an awesome brew for the hophead. file this one under session brew with a big effing hammer. heavy hitter with enough flavor to stand against belgians or malty micro's. all hop though, no messing around when it comes to flavor.

this brew is a love/hate. the main character is the warrior hop. in my opinion it's an excellent hop to work around. i love this nugget though. if you're not a fan of warriors i advise to stay away as you'll hate this beer. better interplay with malt and yeast would bring this to unholy 9+/10 levels. awesome brew. must have for hopheads. seek it if you haven't had it. worth every bit of effort, especially for those seeking the flower of the gods that is the hop. : )


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Tröegs Nugget Nectar from Tröegs Brewing Company
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