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Tröegs Nugget Nectar - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Reviews: 2,430
Hads: 8,046
Avg: 4.33
pDev: 17.32%
Wants: 1,381
Gots: 1,602 | FT: 30
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Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States | website

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: 2,430 | Hads: 8,046
Photo of ragnar3
3.81/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. Copper color, citrus and pine on the nose but was expecting more hops and a less malty taste. Solid offering, but nothing I would seek out again.

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Photo of stevoj
3.62/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big and hoppy up front, but hops don’t follow through to finish (which isn’t a bad thing). Reddish copper color, small tight off white head. Citrus nose, initial hop blast, fades to malt, slightly dry. (RateBeer rated as an IPA)

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Photo of Alequine
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Copper in color with an inch of head that diminished to about an eighth. Lacing present on the side of the glass. Smell is strong citrus, pine, hops, and very mild sweetness. I would say mostly hop forward. Medium carbonation with a smooth finish. A very drinkable beer.

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Photo of Hayward
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

After years of tasting and appreciating various West Coast IPAs, I've grown to appreciate beers with an eye towards hops, but with attention and variation in their malt characters. Whereas the traditional West Coast IPAs seem as an expression of hops over a blank malt, Red IPAs or Amber IPAs such as Nugget Nectar offer some complexity and contrast between the body and aroma of the beer.

Tröegs Nugget Nectar, I believe, does this very well.
The nose hints at mostly sweet honey amber malt, but it is sweet, malty and bitter (slightly floral) in taste.

As with Hopback Amber, it is a delicious beer with desire for a quick follow-up.

Only thing wanting somehow in this beer is a slightly more aggressive carbonation. It tends to feel mild on this level. If it had a little bit more of a bite it would be absolutely stellar, although once you're halfway through the pint as it is, you already want another.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.01/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Homegrown Cafe in Newark, DE right before Easter sunday. From notes. Pours into a pint glass a dark amber with hints of ruby. Pretty potent hop aroma on this one, very leafy and herbal. I expected this to be a hop bomb based on the reviews but I was surprised. It's a very good red ale, but it is very bitter and the hops don't give off too much flavor. Big sweet malt backbone and some leafy and piney hops. Medium body leaning towards heavy. A good beer but I'm a bit disappointed. I'll have to try again to see if it is a fluke.

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Photo of mrblonde37
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I thought this beer was good, but I was not blown away by it. I actually like their Perpetual better. I didn't really think that this beer lived up to the hype.

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Photo of reds2harleys
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The best brew from Troegs. Similar to one of my faves - Hop back amber ale - but better. Nice light - easy to drink beer with superb flavor throughout. One of those beers that lives up to the hype. I get a case every year

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Photo of Slack
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Amber to copper in color with an inch of head that diminished to about an eighth. Lacing present as the beer goes down.

Smell is strong citrus, pine, hops, and mild sweetness.

Taste is mildly bitter at first mixed with sweetness in the middle and a bitter finish. Am getting the same citrus, pine, and hops notes throughout.

Mouthful is light and crisp with higher carbonation. Finish is a strong lingering bitterness.

Overall an excellent IPA that is well balanced. The sweet notes help to smooth things out and provide non hop heads like me a reason to try more of these.

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

Exceptional clarity, beautiful Amber color and fully laces the glass. Dangerously drinkable at 7.5 abv and showcases some of the best of American hops. Demonstrates that you can make an amazing hop forward beer outside of the standard pale ale or ipa classification.

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Photo of Fear4Beer
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I'm not a big fan of very bitter beers and I'm just pleasantly confused about this beer. This beer has 93 IBU which would make you think this beer will turn your face inside out with bitterness but for whatever reason (perhaps it being a red ale?) the malts counter the bitterness to the point where this beer is actually enjoyable without giving you a bitter beer face. It has the aspects of an IPA (the hop taste and grapefruit note) but the malts really make this beer great. The pine notes are usually the ones that are the most unpleasant to me in IPAs and the pine taste is very subtle in this beer. I'm not sure if my palette is changing though. 93 IBU normally means I'm not going to like the beer. This beer has proven that theory wrong. Although I'm drinking this beer 2-3 months after I bought it. I'm not sure if it aged the beer at all. Hopefully I can try a fresh beer in the future and remember how this tasted.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.65/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

3-27-15. Water goblet. Bottled on 1-20-15.

Appearance: Smoke on the pop. Pours a deep copper with a 1.5 finger rocky, sandy head. Moderate carbonation. Clear with a few lazy bubble streams. Very nice lacing. A few islands of retention.

Aroma: Guava, Mango, resin, floral, sweet, sugary, definitely hoppy aroma. High on the hops, high on the malt, too.

Taste: Dryer arrival than expected, but malty. Malty with some caramel across mid-palate, turning to a solid, bitter finish, but overly so. Bitternes at the end is a bit much for me.

Mouthfeel: Hefty, but not heavy. Decent/moderate carbonation. Not much slickness.

Overall: Definitely an imperial amber; balanced, with Big Hops and Big Malt. Just a very BIG beer all the way around. I like it, but I can't see myself drinking this regularly.

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Photo of MA_hops
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In season this is an outstanding ale/IPA! Citrusy flavors galore with a strong hoppy goodness to finish off the drinking experience! Has a dry, bitter finish complemented with the citrus taste. Classic Fall seasonal choice!

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Photo of keithmurray
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - amber color body with white head

Smell - pine, grapefruit, caramel

taste - caramel, grapefruit, tangerine, pine, resin

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, high carbonation, sweetness upfront from the citrus and caramel and bitterness out back

Overall - good beer that borders closely on IPA territory

Price Point - $10.99/4 pack 16 oz cans

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Photo of NizzleEGizzle
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a snifter.

L: Gorgeous. Delicate amber.

S: getting some juiciness and some pine. Nicely balanced but pretty tame.

T: get a little tropical juiciness, a little pine and resin. Starts juicy, finishes a little bitter. Again, nicely balanced but uninspiring.

F: there's some creaminess here -- but also a pretty thin body.

O: a very fine drinkable beer. Honestly I can get better year round shelf IPAs in NY, which is confusing given this beer's hype. I bought one can to try at the bar, and quickly put my six pack back on the shelf. Just no need to spend my money here when I can get Singlecut with relative ease, not to mention Captain's Daughter, Pipeworks, Sixpoint, Jai Alai, etc. on a regular basis. I recognize that my overall write-up is commenting on the unworthiness of this beer's hype, but I note that this hype and missed expectation did NOT AFFECT MY REVIEW SCORE (even my overall score).

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Photo of do_ob
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle into a snifter. Pours a clear, deep copper with a thin white head of foam. Quickly fades into a light lacing. Good carbonation. Strong aroma of pine resin and grapefruit along with notes of citrus, peaches, and green apples. Light weight and decently creamy mouthfeel. Sweet yet bitter with lots of pine and grapefruit. Sweet, malty finish with a bit of bitterness on the back end.

I'm not a huge fan of amber/red ales, but I decided to give this one a try because of all the hops that are used to brew it. I'm glad I did. This beer, in my opinion, drinks like an IPA in most aspects. Maybe a little more malty than your standard IPA, but just as good in terms of flavor. Either way, definitely a quality brew.

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Photo of rorykanderson
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in an 8 oz glass. Amber pour with a nice head. Nose and taste of orange peels, pine, mango, tea leaves and tobacco. Great brew that's easily accessible from Feb - April. A treat.

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Photo of chinchill
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can. Nice and fresh with a Feb. 2015 canning date on the bottom.

Very hoppy aroma. I could smell hops right after popping the top on the can even at a good two feet from my nose. The hoppy aroma strengthened when decanted into my nonic glass. The appearance is just as impressive, with a deep, clear amber body topped by an especially creamy tan head, The head had excellent retention and coated the glass with nice lacing patterns. The flavor is less bitter and less hoppy than the aroma suggests. This drinks like a highly aromatic, relatively malty APA, although the bitterness and hoppiness build a bit in the aftertaste to suggest an IPA. The three(?) hop varieties play well together.

Feel: excellent, with medium+ soft carbonation in a medium body. Dry finish.

O: exceptional

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Photo of danh53
3.99/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bill for sending this as an extra. Pours a crystal clear amber with a three finger head. Aroma has caramel malts and some vanilla, burnt sugar, pine, and pineapple. The caramel is the strongest part of the smell and reminds me a little of a barley wine. Taste is a nice balance of sweet malts and bitter hops with a slight alcohol kick which is nice. I was expecting more of a pale ale, but this is a nice change of pace.

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Photo of mabermud
4.16/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Deep amber body...imperial amber...burnt orange...Very clingy and pillowy, slightly off-white head.
Smell: Sweet and spicy hop aromas.
Taste: The taste is sweet and smooth throughout. Laid back hops and laid back tropical fruit tones. The taste fades away nicely.
Feel: Medium body. The semi-dense carb comes in at the back end.

Overall: Not bad. Not over-the-top in any category. Balanced and obviously, a go-to type of beer.

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Photo of IPAGeorge
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a tulip

A. Pours a mostly transparent amber beer with 2 finger khaki head. Very nice head retention. Cobblestone lacing.

S. Sweet biscuity malts and tropical hops. Some pine, and pineapple.

T. Nice hop flavor. Juicy, grape, pine, pineapple, and sweet malts. Some nice bitterness. Followed by green leafy aftertaste.

M. 5 out of 10 on body thickness. Some pretty good carbonation. Finishes pretty clean.

O. A very nice beer. Drinks more like an APA than an amber to me but it does have a decent amount of malt flavor. Hops are the star though i'd say. Smells like it tastes and that's nice. The mouthfeel is also very nice IMO. Very nice beer.

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Photo of Reds76
3.37/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I was expecting more hops and less malt with the name and label. Good beer but not outstanding. I prefer a lighter malt bill and let the hops shine through - the beer seemed a bit heavy on the malt.

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Photo of TheBeerMaster1
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Perfectly balanced beer, makes me want to use nugget in my next homebrew. So smooth that I put down 3 of them like they were low abv brews. Very enjoyable and will buy again.

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Photo of spoony
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 16 oz can (canned January 27, 2015) to a tulip.

A-The beer is a nice-looking medium-amber color. It is crystal clear with about one and one-half fingers of off-white head on top. The head is dense and leaves a nice ring of lacing on the glass

S-The aroma is hoppy with zesty, juicy citrus flavors like orange and white pepper. As it warms I get a bit more pine and bitterness. The malts are semisweet and smell like caramel. Nice balance.

T-The taste is similarly hoppy with orange, tangerine, vague suggestions of pineapple, and a sharp pine needle flavor that grows more assertive as the beer warms. The finish is more bitter and pine-forward than the first gulp. Malts are caramel and provide a nice, balancing sweetness.

M-The body is medium in heft with a smooth, moderate carbonation. The beer drinks very easily and leaves just a bit of oily hop coating on my palate.

O-This is a tasty beer: it is flavorful without being lopsided in any one direction. The ABV sort-of sneaks up on you as you drink it, but I could see sitting down and drinking a few of these over the course of an afternoon with friends. It is good looking too; love the clarity.

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Photo of JBMD
3.79/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Honestly, for the past few years this has been a beer I wait for, both on tap and in bottles. But for some reason, this year both the aroma and taste seem to be off, not nearly what I recall. So for 2015 I can only say average at best...

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Photo of G_Z_a
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reminds me of some of my favorite Ambers from WI (Capital, Sprecher), but with an aggressive hop profile. For a West Coast Hop-head, I thought it was really well done.

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Tröegs Nugget Nectar from Tröegs Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 2,430 ratings.