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Tröegs Nugget Nectar - Tröegs Brewing Company

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6,662 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,662
Reviews: 2,305
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.68%
Wants: 1,101
Gots: 737 | FT: 26
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:
IBU: ~93

(Beer added by: Edwin on 02-13-2004)
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Photo of C20Percent
4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

*Last bit of Nugget Nectar from this year*

A: Pours a slightly pale amber red with a thick head of cream-amber color head. The body is so very clean, but some bubbles dance a bit right below the foam. Nice preliminary lacing, which doesn't quite hold up throughout the experience. Very good feature, overall.

S: A sweet caramel hoppy aroma. Like something you'd smell in a candy store - candied fruits. Some definite spice in there -- maybe cloves. Almost a perfect smell.

T: A quality caramel malt flavor that gives way to a hoppy punch before leaving a slightly bitter finish. Hop punch is not overwhelming, though. Very refreshing. Crisp. No booziness. Super quality.

M: Medium body feel. A nice medium to light carbonation that let's the flavor stand above all else. Nothing bad here -- I'd say it's good -- but nothing that stands out as special really.

O: This brew is wonderful. Drank quite few before reviewing, and this beer definitely grew on me. It's a yearly buy for sure. Typically, not a big amber ale fan, but the hop characteristic puts this beer over the top. Great!

C20Percent, May 06, 2012
Photo of baybum
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

baybum, May 05, 2012
Photo of williahd
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

williahd, May 05, 2012
Photo of WillCarrera
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, no bottled on date, poured into a tulip glass. Thanks to BFro for hooking this up.

A- Pours a reddish amber color with a tall off-white head, leaves excellent lacing.

S- Hops, grapefruit rind, bready amber malt and caramel, the hop aroma is incredibly fresh and vibrant, smells delicious.

T- Big hops up front, grapefruit, rind, a decent amount of spice, not quite as piney/resinous as I had imagined but still very nice. Solid dose of sweet amber malts, some caramel. Has a bitter grassy finish with lingering malt sweetness and a bit of booziness.

M- Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, very smooth feel.

O- A really tasty beer, super drinkable, I'm a big fan of this one.

WillCarrera, May 05, 2012
Photo of inacht10
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Never thought I'd give an ale a 5/5

Tastes great, smells great, has a nice reddish/orange glow. Apparently this review needs to be 250 characters, so I'll just babble for as long as necessary about how great this beer is. Did I mention that I enjoy Troegs Nugget Nectar?

inacht10, May 05, 2012
Photo of Thurman1
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Thurman1, May 04, 2012
Photo of greengorilla
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

greengorilla, May 04, 2012
Photo of TheHopHeadGirl
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

7.5% etoh & 93ish IBU, great amber beer from Hersey PA! It has an awesome bottle label that's orange and a fish holding a handful of hops. Beer itself is cooper/orange color. After being pored into a glass it doesnt hold a carbination. It's still a great beer!

TheHopHeadGirl, May 04, 2012
Photo of olympicgatorade
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

olympicgatorade, May 04, 2012
Photo of Souleman
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this bottle shipped to me. Don't know the date of the batch, so have to keep that in mind while tasting. Guess I am doing a potential buffer.

A- This would have rated higher, but the head was a little flat.

S- Really nice right out of the bottle, but dissipated right away. Hoppy aroma right off the bat, thought it was gonna be a lot more bitter.

T- Pretty tasty stuff, and definitely original/ Got some red running through it, but very well balanced. A hint of bitter right away, which mellows into a nice overall flavor profile.

M- Talked myself into a higher rating on this one. First taste was amazing, but thought it lacked a bit of carbonation. After a swirl, seemed to bump things up a bit, or maybe just got more acquainted with what the beer was offering. Smooth, silky texture and nothing off-putting.

Overall, I rated this beer pretty leniently because I thought it was really more original than most of the IPA's I have been tasting lately and there was the infamous, "buffer" factor that I added into the equation because I had the beer shipped and didn't get a batch date.

Souleman, May 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Jamcrae16, May 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Momar42, May 03, 2012
Photo of jethrodium
3.7/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours a reddish copper with a three finger white head that has good retention and leaves tons of lacing on the glass. The aroma is caramel, pine, orange, tangerine, and some sugar cookie. The initial taste has quite a bit of caramel sweetness. There is also pine, orange as well some sugar cookie. The finish has a decent bitterness. Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Not bad, but it certainly didn't blow me away. I would prefer a little less sweetness.

jethrodium, May 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

deonreds, May 03, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

huskermike12, May 02, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

bpfrush, May 02, 2012
Photo of jaasen64
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2nd Review, this time from the bottle and reviewed live instead of from notes.

Purchased locally, last 6-pack left! Bottled on 3/21/12. Last bottle of the 6-pack (drank 3, shared 2 others).

A- Pours a slightly orange reddish amber with about a finger of white frothy head. Lightly carbonated, definitely a little bit below average. Leaves slightly layered lacing.

S- Sweet hoppy fruity smell. Smells of nectar (no surprise), melons, honey, papaya, guava, and other fruits. Definitely unique and great smelling. Not the most aromatic beer in the world.

T- Sweet and slightly bitter taste of hops and mixed fruits- melon, papaya, guava, etc.. A little bit of sweet honey. Slightly sweet bitter aftertaste.

M- Medium bodied, light carbonation, smooth, goes down very easily.

O- I love the Nugget Nectar, probably my favorite amber ale that I've tried. I love the unique nectar taste of mixed tropical fruits that is balanced very nicely with the hops high abv. Would definitely like to get my hands on more of this stuff if I ever see any in the future. From the bottle it is almost just as good as from the tap.

jaasen64, May 02, 2012
Photo of cmq103
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel Belgian Tulip glass. I just picked up a case of this a few weeks ago from the local Joe Canals. This highly anticipated seasonal wasn’t displayed for sale on the floor. I had to ask for it by name to see if it was in stock. Now I’m going to sit back and enjoy & rate this fine selection.

Appearance: A semi-aggressive pour yielded a nice ½” beige head that really stuck to the side of my glass. It poured a dark reddish amber color with some tight cling lacing as I tilt my glass. So far, so good.

Smell: Mildly sweet citrus and floral hops come to mind right away, following with hints of caramel and malt. Very mild grapefruit-pine middle, but not overwhelming in any sense. Actually it’s kind of light on the nose.

Taste: Sweet floral-citrusy hops with a moderate pine bite, followed by an equally as sweet malt backbone. This is just an extremely well-balanced beer. Bitterness shows briefly before taking a backseat to the malty sweetness. I’m very surprised how well they hide the 7.5% ABV.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and creamy for a beer that briefly stings the tongue with hoppy bitterness then cleans it up with sweet malts. Mild carbonation with a moderate body, blended with the aforementioned flavors, make each sip very much welcomed. 7.5% ABV, where the heck did they hide it??

Overall: Top shelf in my opinion. This American Amber has me coming back for more every year. This beer is a “big brother” to their Hopback Amber, which is also a mighty fine beer. I just wish I could get the Nugget Nectar in a 1/6th keg, as it would clearly make me and the dual-tap basement bar kegerator quite happy. If you can find it, go buy yourself a case before it’s all gone until next year. Rest assured you won’t be disappointed. I know I made a wise choice!! Well done Troeg’s, well done

cmq103, May 02, 2012
Photo of jegross2
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the Nugget Nectar from Tröegs Brewing Company.
Score: 91

Batch #120117. Bottled 02/06/12, served in a Half Ace tulip and enjoyed on 04/12/12. A hearty thank you to Joseph over at ProperHops for sending me this brew. You can check out Joseph's YouTube video reviews by clicking here.

Appearance: Pours a translucent orange-amber color with just under a finger of creamy cream colored head that settles to a thin layer. Above average lacing and average retention. 4/5

Smell: Piney hops, nutty malt, walnut, toffee, caramel, grapefruit and barley. The citrus and hops aroma is a lot more muted than expected. Very malty aroma, but in a pleasant way. 4/5

Taste: Strong mix of malty caramel, barley and piney hop oils. Layering bitter grapefruit and lemon. Earthy nut flavor on the midpalate and back half. Residual spice. There are a lot more hops in the taste then in the nose. Lingering lemon, nut and barley finish. Nugget Nectar is similar to Zoe in that it’s an IPA-like amber, but I think I preferred Zoe more. Not sure how much of that preference has to do with the fact that this bottle is just over two months old, however. 4.25

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied with carbonation on the higher end (but not overcarbonated). The carbonation makes the bitterness of the hops perky on the tongue. Very oily and smooth mouthfeel. Malty, bitter and modestly dry finish. 4/5

Overall: Quite tasty, but I imagine this is even better fresh. I will have to revisit this one in 2013. Best described as a nutty and malty IPA. This is one of only two amber ales (the other being Zoe) that I have ever truly enjoyed. I imagine that I would also like Brian Boru and Ginger Twin.

Recommendation: Casual beer drinkers are less likely to enjoy this one, but beer geeks should seek this beer out when it’s fresh.

Pairings: Gruyere cheese

Cost: $12-14 for a six pack.

jegross2, May 02, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

totoropanda, May 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

chamm14, May 01, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

adroberts01, May 01, 2012
Photo of TechTriumph
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes on 03/13/12:
Bottled: 02/24/12; Poured in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A - One inch off-white creamy head with good retention; Clear appearance with an amber color; Nice lacing left behind

S - Very balanced smell, but still loaded with citrus, herbal, grassy, and floral hops; Nice presence of sweet caramel as well

T - Really good dose of hops here, just like the smell, but with plenty of malt character to bring a well crafted balance; Hop flavors include the grapefruit, grassy, herbal, and piney varieties, accompanied by pretty mild bitterness; There's lots of sweet caramel malts as well that become more toasty and biscuity towards the end of the taste

M - Moderate carbonation; Medium bodied; Just a bit dry in the finish; Leaves a slightly hoppy, slick feeling within the mouth

O - This is just an all-around excellent beer that deserves every bit of praise it receives. It's super drinkable and very well balanced, but still manages to pack a big, delicious hop flavor. As a result, it's quite the challenge to stop after having just one. I'll be looking forward to when this beer comes around next year as it's truly an offering that's worth stocking up on.

TechTriumph, May 01, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

bvlaminck, May 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

whittw, May 01, 2012
Tröegs Nugget Nectar from Tröegs Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 6,662 ratings.