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Ratings: 7,748
Reviews: 2,469
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 9.47%
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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 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.

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.

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 .

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. : )


Photo of pavandal
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler I got earler today from the brewery. The beer poured a nice apple juice like color, with a thick 1 inch head that dissipated down to a 1/4 inch. A nice lacing formed on the walls of the glass. Fantastic looking beer!

Interesting smell here. Very piney, with a backbone of honey and soft tea like notes.

Once sipped, my mouth was full of that pine hop scent I detected earlier. It's not overbearing though, as there is a strong malty background to back up such a hopped up brew. The hoppy flavors are very piney, and the malty flavors are rather honeylike and smooth.

Soft, thin mouthfeel here. It wasn't too thin, though, but just the right viscosity for this beer. I'll give this a five in this catagory.

I can't reccomend a session of this, simply because of the ABV being so high, but it is good enough to warrant a 2nd pint.

Such a wonderful brew by Troegs. I'm very lucky to live by these guys, as they have a bunch of awesome beers to offer.

Photo of Enola
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of mntlover.

This is a real treat. The beer is cloudy light orange and there was a small head. Fair amount of lacing. The smell is citrusy. The taste is a sweet hoppy taste. To me, this is really more of a pale ale gone extreme. Very good, smooth mouthfeel. The hops seem subdued a little. Very drinkable. The 7.5% abv is not evident at all. This is Troegs finest that I have tried yet. I will certainly seek this beer out in the future.

As a neat note, the neck label says 93ish I.B.U.'s.

Photo of ByTor2112
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Brouche, for this one acquired through trade.
Aroma- Hop aromas of citrus, pine and some grassy notes as well, sweet malt notes are present also.
First sip- just like the label says, this is NECTAR! Great sweet malt flavors and all the hop aromas are transformed into flavors here as well. A nice hop astringency is felt towards the finish. A good froth on the palate sweetens this up real nice. Listed as an Imperial Amber on the bottle, this is tasting and feeling like some killer IPA's with just the right touch of sweetness. Great hop profiles and I am digging Troeg's as I can git my hands on their beers.

Photo of JohnnyM2002
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled at the brewery, poured into several tasting glasses. Freshly tapped this week - was sure to bring home a case!

A - Pours an orangish copper with an off-white head; good retention with a thick, sticky lace that followed the beer down the glass.

S - Powerful, complex aroma built on top of the hoppy goodness. Tangy fruit and sweet malt are both very strong and work very nicely with the spiced hops. Very inviting.

T - My tastebuds really got a workout today. Juicy hops come rushing out right away, but there's no super-bitterness. Instead, they're met with tea leaves, honey, and a plethora of fruits, until finally a malty-caramel kicks in. The end result? A very hoppy beer that doesn't rip the tastebuds right off your tongue with bitterness...wonderful flavor combinations.

M - Medium body with good carbonation...flavors are much more pronounced as the beer warmed. A very tasty aftertaste of sweet and tangy hops. Only a slight alcohol would be tough to cram any extra flavors in there!

D - It's been a long wait for this one, but now I've stocked my closet for the winter. This is one I can't wait to share with those less fortunate (i.e. the other 45 states that doesn't get Troegs!). I'd love to see more Imperial Ambers out there.

I'd normally expected a higher ABV than 7.5%, but this makes it much easier to drink. Excellent!

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid is pure gold, nice carbonation, a full 2 finger head that leaves nice lace.

The smell is sweet malt and big hops.

The taste is Awesome. Pure perfection for a hop head that demands balance.

The mouthfeel is thicker then medium, great carbonation and lingers just right.

The drinkability is excellent. I seldom drink 2 of the same in a night. This is 3 today and I have a growler on Masala Mama in the fridge. What a great brew. Prosit und Zum Wohl. MK

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

12 oz. Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Deep orange with a slight copper hue. Impressive off white two finger thick head. Ample head retention. Nice sticky lace clings to the glass throughout the serving.

S: Floral and juicy hops. A slight smell of honey. Caramel malts.

T: Juicy citrus hops with a nice clean bite. Pine resin is followed by rich balanced caramel malts. Finish has a slight honey taste and is very earthy. Mouth watering!

M: Crisp and clean. Smooth medium mouthfeel. Pleasant dryness.

D: A thirst quencher! Frighteningly clean and refreshing for a beer with some pop to it! A well balanced brew that can be enjoyed during any occasion!

Photo of BlindPig
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A bit cloudy darker golden body with a thin off white head. Thin lacing covering the whole top.
S- Big citrus hops with a balance of caramel malt. Grapefruit and a bit of orange too.
T- Big blanace of caramel malt of citrus hops. Big grapefruit. Some grass hops in there too.
M- Medium to full body with medium carbonation.
D- It is pretty good. It's more of a IPA with a bigger malt backbone.

Photo of WeisGuy
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Capital Ale House

a - dark copper color, clear, large off-white head, good retention and lacing

s - very floral hops balanced nicely with sweet malts, not very strong aroma though

t - nice sweet maltiness up front with a prominent piney bitterness to follow, long bitter finish, alcohol very masked

m - low carbonation, very smooth, medium-bodied

d - very drinkable, very balanced flavor with little noticeable alcohol

Great beer all-around. Abv might be a little hight to be a session beer, but I could drink this all night.

Photo of Generik420
4.69/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First off.. WOW this is some good beer! Much thanks to BuckeyeNation for throwing this one in with a trade!

Nugget Nectar pours a nice deep coppery color. Mine didn't produce much of a head even with a semi-vigorous pour, but the little that was there was off-white. There was a modest bit of lacing as this was consumed.

The smell is something wonderful, full of citrusy hops and a bit floral. I couldn't wait to take the first sip.

No letdown from the smell in the taste department. Full of very citrusy hops, and if I had to guess I would think there was a fair bit of amarillo hops in there. Awesome! Bit of malt and a nice well rounded bitterness from the hops.

Medium body and very drinkable. I could drink these all night long and not get tired of it.

Photo of dherling
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out orange copper, with a nice fizzy off white head, pour retention, minimal lacing. The nose offers some sweet hops, orange and a touch of honey. I also get some herbal sage, grapefruit, and tangerine. The taste is hoppy, with ruby red grapefruit, sweet malt, and a sort of fresh cut grass.

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

Slightly hazy deep amber color. Two fingers foam in mild dissipation. Spotted lacing after several quaffs.

Outstanding herbal and floral hop aroma. Mildly spicy, but not in the traditional German Tettnanger/Hallertauer peppery spicy. More of a pungent American hop spiciness, with an indication of a strong bitterness ahead.

Remarkable balance in taste. Biscuity toasted malts (most likely from Vienna or Munich malts) which lends the perfect amount of caramel flavor for a VERY aggressively hoppy beer. Perfect balance of bitterness and sweetness throughout every quaff.

Mouthfeel - moderately carbonated, but smooth as silk.

Drinkability - is this beer really 7.5% ABV? I damn near finished my glass in less than 2 minutes. An outstanding session ale, I feel deprived not having this beer on tap at my local bar. Bravo.

Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Bitterbill for the 2 bottles. I could swear this is an IPA. Pours a slightly cloudly orange/golden color, nice carbonation, small foamy white head that dissappears quickly, not much lacing afterwards. Scents of hops, sweet malts, some citrus, and slight caramel. The taste is nice and hoppy with a sweetness thrown in, slight citrus/caramel hoppy finish. Medium body, nice balance. Very drinkable, if this is a amber than all other's are something else, lol I really enjoyed this one.

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

Not a big fan of Red/Amber ales unless they have a big, juicy hop profile but since this is titled "Imperial Amber Ale" i thought i'd give it a chance.

Recieved in a trade from....i forgot who, but whoever it is thanks.

Pours dark red with orange hues around the edges. Beautiful color. Decent head appeared with small amount of lacing sticking to the glass.

Smell is very nice. Juicy hops with sweet malt. Smells like a nice west coast DIPA to be honest. Nothing too complex but way above where the style typically goes.

Taste is very good. Juicy citrus hops are bittering up front then the malt profile gives this beer a great balance. They didn't hold back on the hops in this one but while most Reds typically have a numbing-of-the-palate type of bitterness, the hop profile here is juicy and sweet creating a mouth-watering effect on the flavor that is excellent.

Mouthfeel is great. Carbonation is almost perfect.

Drinkability is also great. I could kill a sixer of this stuff easily.

Overall: Very impressive. I wish they distributed this in San Diego. This is the only Imperial Red/Amber i've tasted that can compaire to the Winter Yulesmith.

Highly recommended.

Photo of mmmbeer
4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found the six-pack in June and almost shit myself as I knew that up until then it was a draft-only release. Naturally, I had to buy it because not only is Tröegs one of my favorite breweries, but I am also a hophead, so this was a real find. Four bottles later I've finally done a full review: 12 oz. bottle with no freshness date and a declaration of "93ish IBUs." It pours an unfiltered red/copper with a half-inch ecru head and low carbonation. The aroma consists of fairly strong piney/citric (orange) hops that have a minty or herbal element. On the palate it is almost syrupy, drying, and lightly numbing, with low to medium carbonation, starting with strong pine/citric hops, notes of orange, apricot?, and pear, well balanced by sugary, biscuity, caramelly, and toasty malts that tame the hops, seemingly reclaiming some of their IBUs. As it warms I find notes of coffee and the bouquet becomes more pronounced. The finish is nice and lingering, making me not want to eat or drink anything that would erase any last traces of this wonderful brew. I wonder if anyone else will try an "imperial amber ale," or, for that matter, if they could make it as tasty. I doubt it.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Acquired via trade from SilentSabre, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: Healthy hops aroma blended nicely with some good malt and citrus sweetness as a compliment.

T: Just like with the smell, the taste is extremely well-balanced with hops bitterness and citrus sweetness. Both flavors remain in harmony the whole time you drink this beer. Even the after-taste maintains the balance between the two.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, very clean finish.

D: Very tasty, extremely easy to drink, there's a good kick to it, this is an excellent beer to drink all night long.

Photo of orfeu
4.82/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Many, many thanks to hoppymeal for this excellent surprise he included in our recent trade!
Pours a slightly hazy dusky orange into my nonic; a densely-packed just-off-white head sits on top. Magnificent citrus aromas: Satsuma pith and grapefruit rind scents predominate. A sweet smell lurks beneath, caramelly I think, but for the most part inscrutable. Fantastic bitterness with the hop profile: the main flavors I pick up are citrus (grapefruit and bergamot), but there is also a killer earthy mineral flavor which emerges after the initial citric flavors burst forth -- this is unlike any other bitter flavor I've experienced. Medium-light body, juicy and refreshingly dry mouthfeel -- just what I was wanting tonight. I've been growing pretty tired of thick syrupy IPAs lately -- Nugget Nectar is not at all of that ilk and truly hits the spot. I'd like to pick up a case of this next time I'm in PA this coming winter. Excellent beer; highly recommended.

Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.62/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12-ounce bottle courtesy of bitterbill.

Pour is a hazy intense deep orange-amber under a thick off-white one-finger head. Pretty. I LOVE cloudy beers -- the cloudiness seems to foretell a depth of flavor. Am I right in this case?

Smell is intense. Grass, hay, spicey clove, some citrus. Really nice aroma, like a Hefe-weizen on steroids.

Taste is intensely hoppy. Pine hops. Citrus hops. Bitter hops. However, there's a solid malt foundation here that evens everything out. There is a huge load of Nugget, Warrior and Tomahawk hops, to be sure, but there's also some interesting balance. I'm not sure I'm crazy about it, but it's interesting. Long bitter finish, but not dry-bitter. More like orange-flavored bitter with some peppery spice.

Mouthfeel is very refreshing, almost cleansing.

Drinkability? Well, I don't know whether to give it a 5 because of the cleansing, refreshing feeling or a 2 due to the long bitter finish: so, I compromised with a 3.5.

As a malt lover, I admit to being statistically outside the first standard deviation on this one. So, take my numbers with a grain of salt -- or a pound of malt.

Photo of techdiver
4.61/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep cloudy amber with a modest head. Smell is fantastic with floral hops aroma to die for. Delicious hops tast with grapefruit overtones. A well balanced brew with a lingering finish I can't seem a way to describe. An extremely drinkable ale that does seem more of an IPA.

Photo of brewcrew76
3.92/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to BeerBeing for delivering a case of this to Beerinator at DarkLord day.

A - Pours a strawish golden orange with a small 2 finger white head.

S - Delicious juicy hops. Pine, citrus, and grapefruit. Some grassiness mixed in. This would make a tasty IPA aroma.

T - Piney, citrus, grapefruit, earthy hops. There is a slight sweet malt background but the hops truly take over on this one. There is a weird after taste that I can't place. Dirty earthiness?, metallic?, I just can't tell but it is just enough to ruin the delicious hop flavor.

M - Coats the mouth nicely without being syrupy. A little on the high end for carbonation. Very dry finish.

D - This one really baffles me. I have never tasted a beer that was so pleasant but left such a weird taste in my mouth. I waited until I tried all 8 I had over several months and I still can't put my finger on this one. This beer is my Jeckyl and Hyde. Some sips very good and some sips leaving me wanting to move on to another beer. More of an IPA than Amber in my mind.

Photo of jrb1001
3.79/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

The Troegs beers are really good, however I was not impressed with this beer. I am not sure why. Everyone I have talked to said that it was really good. Maybe I got a bad bottle or something. However the appearance was really good and the color looked really good too. The small was not so great and neither was the mouthfeel. I guess the take home message for this beer to watch where you get it and check the born on date.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle a clear amber gold with lots of bubbles and a huge head of foam that likes to start coming out of the bottle upon opening. The foam *does* settle down after a while but there's still a solid layer and lots of lacing right through the entire session.

The smell is all hoppy with lots of citrus and some sweet malt.

The taste is big on hops up front...the citrus in the smell is there but it's not super bitter as I expected and wait, the malt shows up mid way through with some caramel sweetness and it does a good job of balancing out the overall flavour. Nice. Very nice indeed.

The finish just reiterates the balance in flavours that I mentioned and makes for a pretty darned delectable aftertaste. Wow. This is a goody!

Bottom line: This is an awesome Amber that is so drinkable despite the rather high %abv and a *must* try in my book!

Thanks to ggaughan and jwc215 for the samples I got in trade!!

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