Tröegs Nugget Nectar - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Reviews: 2,388
Hads: 7,784
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.29%
Wants: 1,310
Gots: 1,398 | 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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Reviews: 2,388 | Hads: 7,784
Photo of Andymac28
4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I've only had mad elf from troegs which is ehh pretty good, but this I can see that these guys really like what they do. Masterfully crafted brew! Really really good. Very ipa esque with wonderful citrusy hops thought and a slight malt finish. Smooth. Red Amber ale/IPA...what ever the f. *^ it is it's delicious ....oh only downer was the 16$ sixer price here in NY..enjoy gentlemen! (385 characters)

Photo of SomethingClever
3.82/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into Speigelau glass

A: nice clear auburn color, nice head

S: got the hoppy smell with a lot of caramel malts

T: I don't know whether the hops taste fades on this quickly because you get a flash of hops but a lot of bitterness and very malty

M: about the same as most IPAs

O: this beer is average if you want a hoppy amber ale get you some Modern Times Blazing World that beer is fantastic or even Tocobago from CCB is much better. (458 characters)

Photo of untitledeuphoria
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled: 1.20.15. Drank 2.7.15. Poured from a 12oz bottle to a tulip glass.

A: Pours a clear straw orange color with one and a half fingers of paper white head. Just a few sparse bubbles of carbonation. Fades to a thin, oily, cap with a thick collar.

S: Dank pine, sweet caramel malt, bready brown sugar, grapefruit, orange peel. Well balanced between sweet malt and rambunctious hops.

T: Deliciously sweet malt, soft brown sugar, thick breadiness. Hops load up in the background, creating a nice reversal of profiles from DIPAs. Smooth pine resin with a acidic bite.

M: Great balance, even better than expected. Medium body, tad oily, soft mouthfeel, smooth finish...albeit a sweet one. Leaves a malty sugar coating with the faintest of hop bitterness.

O: Really damn good. I had not heard of this beer until recently, and decided I needed to try it without a whole lot of coercion. Delicious, and a very welcome addition to my stable of favorite brews. A great oddball amber, that excels no matter how you classify it. (1,025 characters)

Photo of Pukstopper
3.94/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at a local restaurant as a free bottle from the manager who just got it in. Had to look at BA to get an idea as I never heard of this from Troegs. I must say I was impressed. It said 93 IBU but you sure couldn't tell. It had a nice pleasant hop taste and went down smooth. Head faded but left lacing
I would get another for sure (337 characters)

Photo of 31Sam13
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best, most firmly delivering a hoppy complex brew that transcends the piney, fruit, descriptions...a whole other level....this should be sought out and murdered for...JK...great though... (198 characters)

Photo of Jjski
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A seasonal classic that does not disappoint .

Thick hoppiness with a solid malty backbone. Not a bitter one dimensional IPA.
Depth, warmth, citrus, pine, balance.

An East Coast answer to the dry West Coast IPA ( ala Torpedo). Both great, but different. Fresh hop brews are close to this in palate perfection. I keep mine cold for up to 6 months with stability, freshness. Easy to get in Upstate NY, and Troegs seems to be losing some interest according to my local good beer shop. They are very quality brewers,

Bring back Flying Mouflan to wider distribution!!!!

Very much recommended (594 characters)

Photo of patpbr
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - Deep amber and orange bringing out a reddish color.
S - Lots of fresh hops
T - Lots of citrus and pine a little honey and pleasantly bitter
M - Medium to heavy body
O - Very good and maybe the first "imperial" amber i have had. (235 characters)

Photo of pangefous52
4.64/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Excellent beer. Love that I get hit with a face full of hops but I can still get that malt finish on the back end. Mouthfeel makes you take notice, but no chemical aftertaste. Beware the alcohol content as this is a highly drinkable beer and goes down way too easy. (265 characters)

Photo of kkleu357
4.64/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bought this while on a work trip in Pennsylvania. After popping the top, the whole hotel room filled up with this huge berry aroma. Very nice. One of the best smelling beers ever. Taste was great too. Lots of citrus and berry taste, with a good sweet touch. Almost like a hint of honey. Excellent beer. (302 characters)

Photo of kmfoley1975
3.35/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Good beer and would buy again but this one just didn't hit me as I was expecting at this price. Not bad but came across with little complexity just all hops. But hey maybe that's what they were after. (200 characters)

Photo of datalager
4.69/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Stumbled upon this beer at my local store. Grabbed the last two four packs they had in stock. Poured from a 16oz can, crystal clear Amber body and a tightly frothed bone colored head about one inch thick. Lacing is reasonable, leaving surface lines with each sip. Smell is awesome citrus and evergreen goodness. Taste is a 50/50 balance of bitter hops and malty backbone. Feel is smooth and resiny. Overall just an awesome beer. You could easily session or pound this ale, whichever method suits your fancy. (508 characters)

Photo of thehooksman
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The hop character of an IPA and the sweetness of an amber in perfect balance. It is the best of both worlds. This is another one of those brews I'll be hunting down every year during its release. (197 characters)

Photo of BeerEsquire
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Delicious... for my $ perfectly balanced. Think of a Smithwick's meeting an American IPA - definite hop presence but with little bite and the mouth feel, finish of classic amber. (180 characters)

Photo of aleigator
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to Ron for the can!


Has a huge, froth white head, with a crystal clear dark orange color.


The aromas release an interesting interaction between ripe blood orange and fresh cut grass with a noteable dank aspect. The intense hoppy aromas get a sweet touch to them by a bready, slightly biscuity malty arise, intensifying the fruit appearance by a adding a gentle ripeness to them. Citrus zest blending well into the dankness evokes a subtle, sour peak.

Drinks very smooth, with soft, dough malts up front, accompanied by citraic, bitter hops. While the malts remain in a supportive role, they develop a decent sweetness adding to juicy orange and tangerine. Grass and zingy lemon get introduced to the tastebuds by a lively carbonation, completing the sublime, surprisingly bitter hop character. Finishes with toffeeish malts, which get overpowered by a bitter, tropical hop onslaught in which pricky lime stands out among grass, pine and blood orange, leading to a long lasting bitterness. Drinks shockingly easy, while establishing a great depth in flavours with a beautiful smooth mouthfeel to it. (1,115 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: crystal clear; amber colored; 1 finger light khaki head that receded slowly to a thin, uneven cap; sheets of lacing;

S: mostly pine with a touch of grapefruit behind it;

T: pine up front; mixes quickly with white grapefruit; pine fades toward the finish; moderate bitterness;

M; medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: very distinctive aroma and flavor; (361 characters)

Photo of -Rick
3.91/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: a nice bright amber
S: mango, guava, pine, with some sweet notes
T: not like the nose. very malty, and not much of a hop profile
F: decent carbonation. a little heavy
O: Was expecting more of a tropical profile on this because of the nose, but it was much more malty than expected. Not my favorite (305 characters)

Photo of Jamie05051973
4.9/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Grabbed this brew on a whim because of the bottle artwork...

Couldn't believe how amazing it was... Try it if you're a hops person.. Will not disappoint... (157 characters)

Photo of zander4dawin
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Fabulous looking beer, a slow receding pillowy head with great lacing. Bright Amber with great clarity. Smell is a little dull but the taste is complex. Creamy butter scotch notes at first with a burst of bright citrus hops that hit the tongue sharp but don't linger. Overall a great beer worth the praise. (307 characters)

Photo of EvoRich
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Two fingers of head, which lingers for a long time. A very clear reddish amber color.

Smell: Hops are obvious. Very citrusy and favors a very orange aroma. Almost as if there is an orange peel floating in this beer. Slightly piney.

Taste: Very hop forward. Again with a touch of orange peel as the finish. It has a very bitey bitter start, and finishes with a refreshing sweetness.

Feel: Medium feel, carbonation is mild. Thr hops give it a dry feel:

Overall: I HATED this beer when I first tried it years ago. I also had a slightly dislike for most hoppy IPA's. (I know this isn't an IPA). After a few years, I gave this beer a second try and I must say, it's better than I remember it being. (706 characters)

Photo of Apellonious
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle bottled on 1/26/15 poured into a tulip glass.

A - Ruby red with orange highlights, clear, with a thin half finger head that moves to a creamy lace.

S - Can't quite put my finger on it, but it's good. Definitely some hop like citrus notes, backed by a dark fruit sweetness and biscuit notes.

T - Follows the nose, but with caramel and pine being more prevalent. Bread. Faint orange.

M - The mouthfeel is clean, if slightly dense from the hops, and the carbonation is in the medium range. Finishes somewhat dry.

O - Definitely an interesting take on the style, and like some other "imperial reds" I have tried, there are positive results. This one definitely pushes the red IBU level. (707 characters)

Photo of chris_throws_pots
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

With most breweries' attention focused on IIPAs/DIPAs (at least in my area), it's nice to see the Amber beer given some extra love. I received a 16oz can as an extra in a trade and I'm hooked. Hopefully Tröegs will get distribution in Vermont and bring the Nugget Nectar north! (278 characters)

Photo of ibmman
4.69/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Sometimes when I drink this, I just have to smile.
My first experience with Nugget Nectar was on draft a few years ago. Since then, I make sure to get at least a few bottles every spring. I have made the mistake of trying to drink one bottle a month or so- don't do that, this is one that needs to be fresh, otherwise you loose much of the flavor of the hops.
I just really like the hops on this one. I have noticed that it's a little different every year, and some years have been better than others. But either way it's still one of my favorites. I just wish it wasn't 7.5%, so that it wouldn't kill me to drink more than one.
I've tried Hopback and it's just not the same! (675 characters)

Photo of OatmattStout
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

There is no, i repeat NO armpit in this beer from any can or bottle and the vast majority of taps. Those are dirty the tap lines my friend.

The nose is fresh green hops.

The mouth feel is solid and not to heavy for quaffing even being an imperial.

Taste s drenched with fresh hops and the key is that it is not overly bitter. Just juicy hops.

Overall a top notch beer in every way. (389 characters)

Photo of BigJdizzle
3.64/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 1 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had on draft. Great in all categories except smell. Smells like your armpit after a hard workout. Can't get the BO smell out of my mind, but great beer otherwise. (162 characters)

Photo of GFM
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into pint glass. Pours a clear orange amber color with two fingers of off-white dense head. Solid lacing. A sweetness to the scent. Dense body and resiny texture. Sweet undertone battles with the hops but the hop prevalence wins out. Smoother and less bitter than hop forward IPAs. Hop profile is more pine than citrus. Very good. (9.0) (355 characters)

Tröegs Nugget Nectar from Tröegs Brewing Company
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