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Tröegs Nugget Nectar - Tröegs Brewing Company

Tröegs Nugget NectarTröegs Nugget Nectar

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5,960 Ratings

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Ratings: 5960
Reviews: 2286
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.63%

Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Edwin on 02-13-2004)
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Photo of JohnFatAss

New Jersey

4.19/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a copper/amber color. Off white, egg shell colored head.
Nice lacing left behind on the sides of my glass.
The smell is fantastic. Sweet, mango, peach, and tropical fruits.
Sweet malt backbone, Tropical fruits and citrus up front. Hoppy, bitter finish but not over done.
This is a full bodied ale full of complex flavors with the hops taking center stage.
A most excellent beer.


Serving type: bottle

03-19-2014 02:57:07 | More by JohnFatAss
Photo of schoolboy


3.99/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is quite the luscious treat! It pours medium brown, with an amazing head. The aroma is hoppy and malty.

The taste is a robust full bodied, hoppy thing. Wonderful and unique. The aftertaste is strong and sweet.

Overall, it is a good, robust brew, but a bit overpowering for many foods.

Serving type: growler

03-16-2014 00:25:40 | More by schoolboy
Photo of Boggdogg


4.05/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a crystal clear light amber color with a nice white head that leaves a nice ring of lacing around the glass.
Smell is very citrusy up front with some sweet and bitter notes added in. A very complex sleeping beer.
Taste is excellent. Tastes just like it smells, bitter yet sweet. An absolute perfect balance of flavors. Starts out sweet citrus followed by slightly bitter hops taste.
Overall an excellent beer with a lot of aroma and flavor balanced perfection. I heard great things about this beer and it did not disappoint. Best beer I've had from Troegs by far. Highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 03:22:36 | More by Boggdogg
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours crystal clear and sappy amber in color, forming a sandstone colored 2 finger head that exhibits good retention, leading to a thin layer of suds across the surface. Shows solid lacing around the glass, with great stick.

Smell - Citrus forward aroma with a helping hand of caramel and faint, light toasted notes.

Taste - Prominent sweet and slightly sour citrus flavors upfront and throughout; like orange with a bit of lemon zest. Juicy sweetness. Malts are present, with hints of caramel and toasted bread peeking through the thick hop bite. Finishes with a solid amount of orange pith bitterness, and it lingers well into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full in body with fair, lively carbonation. Super smooth. Goes down with a light buttery ease.

Overall - A hell of an Imperial Red/IPA. Very hoppy, but manages to keep a nice drinkable balance. Yeah, drink this beer if you can get your hands on it. It really is time to recognize the Imperial Red as a classifiable beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 03:02:29 | More by TheSixthRing
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New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So after many years of looking forward to and drinking Nugget Nectar, I'm finally getting around to a review. Excellent beer! The hops are very forward and impart an amazing aroma and killer taste to this red ale. Fresh would be a word that describes the beer. Great crisp feel with a sharp hop bite. Malty, but not over the top. At 7.5% the alcohol sneaks up on you, but in no way is detected in the taste. It's a delicious brew! A late Winter tradition I look forward to yearly---highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2014 17:21:35 | More by DJED69
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4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Finally get to try this - a huge thanks to jdhowe for sharing two bottles of this! Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Both bottles were about 3-4 weeks old, if I'm not mistaken.

Yeah, that's an amber ale alright - reddish amber in color, with some light golden hues at the rim. Pours a frothy white head that sticks around for a while, leaving a ton of sticky lacing as it dissipates. It never fully recedes, however, which is nothing less than awesome given the relatively high ABV and apparent hop oiliness this contains. There's some slight sediment at the bottom, but otherwise, this is really solid. As far as I'm concerned this is a gold standard for how any self-respecting American amber ale should look.

Whoa! I've heard that the aroma on Nugget Nectar was one to be reckoned with, but I had no clue that it would be this fruity, dank, and breezy. Huge, and I mean HUGE orange rind notes immediately grace the nostrils, followed by tangerines, passion fruit, pine, and tons and tons of floral and earthy notes. White flowers, light white pepper, and a robust caramel and toffee finish that rounds up anything that would otherwise become too acidic or bitter. There's a sharp sweetness due to the extra alcohol on this, and combined with the malt profile, it really accentuates the fruity and floral aspects of the hops used in this. Really fantastic stuff - highly aromatic and inviting in every way possible.

Yeah, this is the stuff! I love hoppy amber ales as it is, but this takes the cake in terms of everything I've had before in the style. Big citrus notes grace the palate, ranging from orange to tangerines to apricots, in a juicy and ripe manner akin to actually eating the fruit itself. Huge pine, and lots of floral notes, combined with a brief cardamom and ginger spiciness at the finish. Then, as soon as the malt backbone comes in, delivering a sweet toffee and caramel goodness, it finishes off the initial bitterness and dankness in a biscuit-like manner, with toasted notes that further feel caramelized in flavor due to the higher ABV. Carbonation is really good, and the beer feels crisp and slightly chewy, with the hops always cleansing the palate while leaving the toasted malt notes at the end. Creamy and oily - I would kill to see this on nitro-tap or something. For a beer that's pretty straightforward, this is just fabulous.

This isn't the most complex beer in the world, but it delivers on all accounts on exactly what a hoppy imperial amber is supposed to be - highly fruity and oily, with a underlying hop dankness, as well as a sweet caramel profile that melds with it and softens the initial astringency. This is so easy to drink, I could pound so many of these in one evening perhaps only to my detriment. Amber beers probably don't get any better than this, and I really wish we got six packs of this distributed in California. My favorite new amber, and one of my favorite new single hop beers for sure.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2014 08:30:29 | More by magictacosinus
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Rhode Island

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a La Fin Du Monde tulip glass.

The color is a golden orange/copper with three fingers if foamy white head and some nice thick lacing left on the glass.

The nose is piney with hints of sweetness and juicy fruit aromas. The pine aroma turns into a grassy goodness that is teasing my nose.

The taste has a nice twang of bitter hops at the edges poking in between the malty sweet biscuit flavor. Each sip has its own touch of bitterness with a pop of citrus flavor a late smack of grassy, earthy hops giving of tangerine flavor.

The feel of this beer is medium bodied but goes down well and a beer that does not wreck your pallet. A slight hoppy aftertaste is pleasing.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2014 04:46:03 | More by Duhast500
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4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle purchased from CJ's Doghouse in Lansdale poured into a Weizen glass (why? because the whole bottle fit into the glass...). Bottled on 1/21/14 and purchased on 4/1/14.

A-clear amber color. sticky, thick off white head. good retention. great lacing. continuous carb bubbles.

S-IPA like. hoppy. grapefruit. citrus. pine.

T-sweet caramel. bready malts. spicy hops. citrus flavors.

M-medium body. nice texture-smooth. good balance between hops and malt.

O-I enjoy this beer a lot. its not a favorite, but a solid go to local(ish) beer. easily my favorite from Troegs. ive been to the brewery and tried most of their offerings and this is really the only standout for me. it has some qualities of an IPA, but without feeling like the hops are kicking you in the teeth. plus sweeter malts which create a nice balance. definitely one of the best in the great beer state of PA.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2014 00:08:54 | More by Zetcha7x
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3.89/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours a crystal clear amber color with 2-3 fingers of creamy head. Nice little bit of visible carbonation streams upwards. The head retains for a good amount of time and leaves this lacing on the side of the glass.

S - A deep earthiness emanates from this beer. It's not an aroma that I am particularly fond of.

T - Dank, earth hops. The flavor is fairly consistent throughout. I feel a strong bitterness that creeps in at mid-palate and persists through the finish. Nothing much in the way of sweetness, although I seem to remember a bit more sweetness in previous bottles.

M - Medium-bodied. A bit of softness/squishiness. Strong residual clinginess from the hops. Long, lingering aftertaste.

O - Not my favorite hop profile. Seems somewhat comparable to Smuttynose Finestkind. Glad I tried it, enjoyable beer, but I can find better beer at a better price point.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 17:36:45 | More by Andrew041180
Photo of Givemebeer


4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Clear amber/ Red with a 2 finger head and sticky lacing with lively carbonation. Can't dream of a prettier beer.

S: Citrus, pine

T:the citrus and pine dominate but there is a caramel type sweetness and a slight bready quality. Finish has the essence of peaches.

M: Starts sweet, finishes dry. Medium bodied - goes down smooth.

O: This is labeled an imperial amber ale, but what it is is an IPA. Hoppy for sure and hides the ABV very well - almost too drinkable. The appearance is the highlight in this one. Great beer but sligtlty overrated.

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2014 02:50:24 | More by Givemebeer
Photo of mrz200


4.04/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Great hoppy amber beer. From the nose to the last sip, this is a great one. Only negative would be the stronger alcohol taste that I notice in this year's version that I don't recall from last year. It was masked as the beer warmed up and the sweet & hop flavors came out a little more. There's so many strong flavors that it's not a major deterrent.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 18:14:25 | More by mrz200
Photo of nodder

New York

4.51/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A-Pours an amber/copper color with a white head and some nice lacing going on.

S-Peach, mango, citrus and some pine. Smells amazing.

T-Nice. Lots of citrus and pine with a sugary/caramel backbone. Im not a "hophead" by any means but this beer tastes incredible.

M-Medium body with a slightly bitter piney aftertaste.

This beer drinks like an IPA and is one of the best "hoppy" beers Ive ever tasted.
Highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 15:25:47 | More by nodder
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New Jersey

4.48/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap. Pours dark red with tall, long-lasting, fluffy white head. Aroma is of citrusy hops, caramel malt and black cherries. Body is full and tangy. Citrusy, piney hops, caramel malt and ripe fruit combine on the palate. Finish is long and bitter. Nectar it is.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2014 13:57:00 | More by mikeg67
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4.94/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

So we here in the mid-atlantic basically get screwed on limited releases but i must say the people at troegs take good care of us when it comes to this one. I think that most of the "limited" stuff gets more press than its worth (i.e. bells hype slam) but believe me when i say that this one just gets better & better (no offense bells but the hopslam doesn't compare to the earlier (2009 & 2010) releases. if you are ever near Hershey PA forget the chocolate & go to Troegs Brewery - voted best brewery to hang out and eat & drink by...Me :)

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2014 19:18:52 | More by hodsongolf
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4.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is a really good IPA that is very smooth and drinkable. Not too hoppy, not too malty...just right. Have been enjoying this for years and it never disappoints. I also love the fact that the ABV is at a very reasonable level for an IPA. I haven't tried it in a bottle yet (hard to come by where I live) but I'm sure it's great.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2014 18:50:58 | More by Mrlhodson
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler at Roger Wilco in Pennsauken today. Just put on tap this week. Good hop flavor and taste. Not overly hoppy. Nice amber color, well balanced.
Of the 12 beers at the growler station, I liked this one best.
They have a good selection and it changes weekly.

Serving type: growler

03-09-2014 01:22:29 | More by Keng47
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4.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Perhaps the best beer to come out of the state of PA?

Pours an excellent amber/copper with a nice fluffy white head that produces awesome lacing.

Smell is of peach, honey, resiny hops, pine, straw/grass backing.

Flavor follows the nose nicely with a clean semi wet spicy finish.

Sticky medium body liquid with proper amount of carbs for an IAA.

Excellent and worth seeking out. Especially with a very reasonable price point.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 23:19:17 | More by oldmankoch
Photo of Alextricity


4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I wish I had more of this. My dad got a single bottle in a mix-a-six, and I got half the bottle. I wish I had some notes to take when I was drinking it. This is one of the better IPAs I've had. The nose is great and all, but the taste is the best part. Nugget Nectar promises and delivers some massive hops, but it has plenty of sweetness from malts with the tropical notes on the nose and palate. Really a delight to drink. It's got an incredible balance. It has that IPA bitterness, but the juiciness cuts through it almost just as quickly. Pine, tropical fruits, and definitely citrus come through a lot on this one. This is most definitely more of a midwest tasting IPA with its super enjoyable bittersweet combo. Truly excellent, and one of the best beers I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 22:31:55 | More by Alextricity
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New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite beers. Can't get enough of it during its season. Nice balanced taste with a nice hop bite on the back end, not too overpowering, correct for the style. I'll be depressed when its off the shelves! Better stock up while it's around!

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 03:17:42 | More by Beardman102088
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4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - This is a reddish orange, clear beer, with an almost white head, not too extensive, but with significant lacing.

S - Whoa! The hit of peach and fruit comes blazing through, chased by grass and citrus, with a hint of pine, as well. The fist wiff made me think of biting into a tart bright, slightly under-ripe peach. Needless to say, I was impressed.

T - Even if the promise of peach in the nose is not fulfilled, this hoppy trip is a wonderful mix of fruits, now more citrus. Think orange and lemon, with sweetness like a peach coming underneath, andcaramel and other malty notes. Pine and grass are present, too, making for a very robust hop experience. A snappy sour and bitter bite closes things out. Nothing to complain about here.

M - Given the explosion of flavor, I was expecting a real drying at the close. It is there, but not nearly as harsh as you might expect.

O - Wish this one was available at home, for sure. This is an excellent beer, with great balance, that nevertheless lays down major hop flavor without compromise. I enjoyed this one, for sure.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 00:10:01 | More by Tsar_Riga
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4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep clear copper color with tight 1 finger head.

Smell us earthy, spicy and pungent. fresh bready malt apparent as well.

First taste is good wack of earthy, grassy hops with prominent citrus and bitterness. Has a sweetness as well and not subdued at all. Some sugary caramel notes. Nice balance here. The sweetness and blend of bitter and citrus hops play of one another back and forth.

Really thick and syrupy. Chewy to say the least. but moderate carbonation. Leaves a tanginess on your toungue

Nicely balanced ale. Has a variety of flavors that blend well together but nothing earth shattering. Well crafted for sure.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 00:00:35 | More by hopflyer
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New York

4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled: 2/5/14
Reviewed: 3/3/14
12 oz. bottle poured into snifter
Purchased 6-pack for $13.99

Red label with the image of a hand holding a "hop grenade". Perfect label for a hop bomb beer like this one. There's a very brief beer description and a bottling date. I won't complain about the bottling date being in black ink...

Deep amber with a big, sudsy, yellowy, off-white head. Good lacing, solid head retention, and a little bubble life.

Sweet tropical fruit, peach, orange, grapefruit, oniony dank, some resiny pine, and sweet bready malt.

Solid hop bitterness, grapefruit, sweet tropical fruit, peach, resiny dankness, toasted malt, and a very solid sweet bready malt backbone. Nice dry finish of resiny grapefruit with a lingering bitterness.

Medium-bodied with a moderate soft tongue-tingling carbonation.

The solid malt backbone balances this one out, sets it apart, and makes it really enjoyable. However, even with the big malt backbone, the hops manage to shine through and steal the show. Any hophead is going to love this "hop grenade". This drinks a lot like an IPA, so if you're a hophead or an IPA lover it's definitely worth it to give this a try. I know I'll be picking up a six-pack every time it's released!

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2014 07:11:46 | More by Aficionado_Shawn
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3.79/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours amber color with a small amount of off white head.

Malt dominates the aroma with a light citrus undertone.

Taste is a heavy malt with a bitter floral hop finish.

Light mouthfeel and a nice amount of carbonation. Very easy to drink.

I can see the potential in this beer, but it just didn't do it for me. Possibly not as fresh as it could/should be? Will certainly have to revisit in the future.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 15:55:27 | More by SiouxBeer
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4.04/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From: Trade with tommyguz, much thanks!
Date: Bottled 2014-01-06
Glass: Tulip

Troegs' Nugget Nectar is a good, hoppy amber ale, with an enjoyably complex aroma that improves as the beer warms. The flavor is primarily dominated by hop-related flavors and associated bitterness. Good, but I was hoping that some flavor aspects of the malts used would be present, but they are completely overshadowed by the hops. Very nice, but I would not go out of my way to pick this up again.

Pours a 2cm tall head of whitish foam, composed of small-sized bubbles that yield a frothy appearance. Retention is about average, the head lasting a bit more than one minute, fading to a thin ring around the perimeter of the glass and a medium-sized island of thin foam lingering atop the body of the beer. Lacing is excellent, with thick washes and medium-sized dots and lines clinging to the walls of the glass. Body is a dark amber red color, with light bringing out brighter orange-brown-red hues. Carbonation visible through the transparent body, moderate in number and activity.

Aroma is lightly fruity and sweet, with accents of grapefruit rind, floral hop scents, light base malt sweetness, and pine resin.

Flavor is of fairly clean bitterness, with a bit of dried grassy, floral, grapefruit, and pine flavor, hooked to a low pale malt sweetness and extremely faint light-colored caramel-like flavors in the background. Front of palate tastes floral and dried grass-like hops, a bit of grapefruit rind, and a bit of lightly toasted malt sweetness. Mid-palate of high hop bitterness, but which is yet not overpowering. This allows for other flavors to show through as well, including grapefruit, flowers, dried grass, pine resin, and ethanol; little to no malt character. Back of palate tastes strong hop bitterness, grapefruit rind, pine resin, hints of toasted malt character, and ethanol. Aftertaste of dry, grapefruit and pine-like bitterness, pine mulch earthiness, and a bit of toasted malt character.

Beer is medium bodied, with carbonation of medium intensity, resulting in a subtly foamy (1/5), mostly smooth (4/5) mouthfeel that suits the beer adequately and is within stylistic boundaries. Ethanol lightly detectable in the nostrils and the back of the throat, but not unpleasant. Closes quite dry, with heavy stickiness on the palate and lips.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 00:38:43 | More by falloutsnow
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4.11/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into SA perfect pint glass.

Appearance is a very clear amber with a reddish tint. Head - couple fingers worth of white fluffy foam that subsided pretty quickly, did leave some lacing but not a lot. Pretty beer in the glass. It was a bubble factory with a constant stream from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma - more laid back than I expected. Hops were not overwhelming - tropical/citrus fruit notes, a faint hint pf pine and earthiness. Stayed true to the amber ale origins with a nice bready aroma from the malts. Felt it was "topped off" by the hops rather than dominated by hops.

The taste followed through with some very clean citrus zest notes - I thought pink grapefruit but could lean to tangerine-like. A nice sweet balance comes through with a pretty hefty hit of bitterness about midway. Some herbal qualities in the taste - just barely there as it warms up a bit. Picked up some tropical notes - seemed to fall into the mango category. Very nicely flavored beer, much more balanced than I expected.

Feel was medium bodied with ore than adequate carbonation to keep it lively. Did not expect it to be so drinkable - goes down smoothly with some bitterness and lingering sweetness and tropical fruit on the end. Aftertaste certainly reminds me of fresh mango.

Overall this is a very good, highly drinkable beer. It met my expectations in an odd way - it did not taste like I expected it to but I was not disappointed in that. If it was just another hop bomb, I would not have enjoyed it nearly as much. A nice "meld" of IPA and amber styles.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 19:51:10 | More by LeRose
Tröegs Nugget Nectar from Tröegs Brewing Company
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