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Tröegs Nugget Nectar - Tröegs Brewing Company

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6,455 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,455
Reviews: 2,302
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 1,061
Gots: 676 | 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 TheMultiYeast


4.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear amber/orange with one finger of beige head. Decent retention with little lacing.

Aroma carries a lot of weight for this one. Fresh juicy hop oils with a fruity, almost medicinal, quality. Moist tropical fruits, mint, pineapple, grapefruit, peach sweetness, sappy pine.

Fantastic layering of flavors. Hefty amounts of steeped hops, more tropical fruit essence upon a slab of malt. Quick stab of bitterness doesn't hit like 93 IBUs. Bitterness is balanced perfectly.

Prickly, fast carbonation, fairly light. Good for a brief session and fantastic overall. Troegs has mastered the subtleties of a heavily hopped brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 03:42:18 | More by TheMultiYeast
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4.65/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Amber body, transparent, thick off white head that stays around.

S- Strong fresh hops. Piney with a little bit of citrus. Maybe a hint of some caramel malt.

T- Hops come through from the beginning to the end with a smooth malty body. Tastes exactly as it smells.

M- Incredibly smooth. A hint of carbonation comes through with a smooth body. Stickiness from the hops is left behind after each sip.

O- I had high hopes for this beer and I wasn't let down. Incredible mix of being hop forward with smoothness from the malt.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 03:12:40 | More by stephenjmoore
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

02-25-2012 03:12:26 | More by AJD1201
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5/5  rDev +14.9%

02-25-2012 02:46:38 | More by hockenbeer
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours an orange amber color with a finger of off white head. Solid retention.

S- super juicy pungent pink grapefruity hop aromas with notes of floral and resiny pine blend in as well. Balancing malt backbone provides a touch of malt sweetness to the nose while still allowing the hops to shine. Finishes with some tangerine and sticky hop oils.

T- again super juicy citrus hop flavors envelope the palate with notes of pink grapefruit, tangerine and resiny pine. Subtle malt sweetness is there mid palate with a honey coated toasted bread quality. Finishes with a lingering almost tangy grapefruit peel and assertive hop bitterness leaving hop oils and grapefruit in the after taste forever.

MF- smooth full mouthfeel. Medium body and average carbonation.

D- extremely drinkable. Balanced very hop forward brew.

Overall a phenomenal imperial amber that I look forward to every year. Really love the addition of Simcoe this time around.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 02:36:05 | More by Viciousknishs
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4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This copper ale pours with a nice rich, sticky off-white head. Small carbonation bubbles are present all throughout the glass. Once the head dissipates, the stickiness shows with a web-like lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is really nice, but taunting. You just want to keep your nose in the glass. Citrus and pine dominate the nose giving it a brilliant character that is balanced with sweet caramely malts.

T: This is so well-balanced considering the strong hoppy aroma. The hops are complex with flavors like grapefruit and earthy floral tones. It is not bitter at all, but grounded with caramel malts and a warm backbone.

M: The stickiness also carries over to the mouthfeel. It's medium bodied, but with a crisp light carbonation.

O: It is well crafted and I can clearly see why people hold it up with some of the best hoppy beers.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 01:28:26 | More by KMcG
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

02-25-2012 00:38:23 | More by jminch
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New York

4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- a very dark orange body with a three inch head of tight off white bubbles.

S- aroma is a citrusy hit of hop and pine, light malt, fruit kind of like blueberry, citrus peel.

T- huge hop presence as well as a really nice malt back bone which gives the beer incredible balance. Really an unbelievably good tasting beer.

O- one of my all time favorites, this beer really is incredible. This is the freshest I've had it, and it is the best it has ever tasted.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 00:28:15 | More by Tschnab
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

02-24-2012 23:40:43 | More by samccoy
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5/5  rDev +14.9%

02-24-2012 21:00:28 | More by HamGlade10
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5/5  rDev +14.9%

02-24-2012 20:21:52 | More by rogueleonardi


5/5  rDev +14.9%

02-24-2012 20:14:16 | More by ROWDYMELT
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4.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled on 2/21/12 (3 days old)

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my brand new Nugget Nectar pint glass.

A: Pours a beautiful amber colour. Two finger fluffy egg shell head with good retention and some lace.

S: Piney and floral hop notes. Some citrus. Nice nose at first but really drops off as drink.

T: The taste however is not mild (thankfully). Big juicy hop profile. Lots of pine and grapefruit. Finishes piney and floral with lots of lingering bitterness.

M: Very nice full bodied brew. Just the right amount of carbonation. Crisp with lots of lingering flavors.

This is a top notch example of the style! Just a fantastic hop profile and mouthfeel. An easy choice whenever it's on the shelf. 23 more to go. Thanks Troegs!

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2012 20:09:39 | More by muletrane
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

02-22-2012 04:56:03 | More by n00blar
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4.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Picked up a 6 pack today. Poured into a pint glass. Not much of a head but the orangish-amber color was pleasing to the eye.

S: Very very citrusy and hoppy. One of the most aromatic beers ive smelled!!

T: Very unique and balanced. The first sip I had reminded me of a carbonated grapefruit juice with tons of hops. The bitterness is present but far from overpowering.

M:Pretty normal, medium carbonation. Goes down very smooth for the amount of hops.

O: Absolutely love this beer. Ive had almost all of the offerings from troegs, and this is my favorite. Its balance and drinkablity really make this beer one of the best!

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2012 03:51:53 | More by bdl10
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4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful, clear, rich orangish amber color. Many carbonation bubbles quickly floating to the top to a thin off-white head.

S: Piney hops, citrus, and hint of sweet malts. Smell is nice and strong!

T: Follows closely to smell - absolutely delish. Orange, grapefruit, and other citrusy tones mingle with a sweet malt flavor and a very present, yet not in your face hop bite. It is very well balanced and leaves a sweet, slightly spicey aftertaste in the mouth.

M: Smooth and creamy with moderate carbonation. Carbonation does not have much of a bite though. Goes down very well and is highly drinkable.

O: This is one of the best amber ales I've had. I'm not much of a hop-head, but with the nicely balanced sweetness/bitterness, this brew won over my heart. I only wish it was available over a longer period of time. Definitely pick it up if you get the opportunity to do so!

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2012 03:32:25 | More by Scourge07
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

02-22-2012 03:31:25 | More by cynical1027
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4.66/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz. bottle poured into HopDevil pint. Stamp indicates it was bottled 2/6/12.

A - Totally translucent dark amber/auburn color with a two finger off-white head that dies rather quickly. Leaves a sporadic lacing down the glass as I drink. Bonus points in this category for great bottle art.

S - Smells of pineapple, with emphasis on the pine. Nice sweet caramel malts and earthy hops make this very fragrant. Good stuff.

T - Amazing. The combination of tangerine, grapefruit, malt, and hops is intoxicating (to say nothing of the 7.5% alcohol). The flavors culminate into something akin to a spicy sweet cinnamon on the finish. It is incredibly balanced and as others have said leaves a magnificent aftertaste unlike any other. Very well hopped, but wouldn't have guessed 93(ish) IBU because it goes down so smooth. Dangerously drinkable as each sip leaves me craving more.

M - Highly carbonated but feels as if there are nano-bubbles, making it velvety smooth. Medium bodied with a great finish. I can't decide if it is moist or dry on the finish, but whatever it is, it is refreshing.

O - I have been waiting since last year for this release and picked it up as soon as it got off the truck today. Nugget Nectar has such a unique flavor that works on every level. It is no wonder it has such a high rating on BA. Very balanced and I believe it drinks as an imperial amber, despite the popular opinion that it is actually an IPA. I can't get enough and always grab a case or two right when it comes out. I wish it was around for longer, but the limited release adds to the allure. Among the best beers I have ever had.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2012 03:15:08 | More by NoLeafClover44
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4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Nugget Nectar pint glass. Pours a deep orange/amber with a nice 1/2" tan head that lingers a while, leaving lacing on the glass as it dissipates. Lacing sticks around all the way through the beer.

First thing you notice is the smell. Wow! Huge citrus hop presence you can smell a mile away. Mango, grapefruit, and also some pine in the nose. This may be an imperial amber but the smell ranks up there with the best IPAs I've had.

Taste is citrus, pine, caramel malt, sweet up front then bitter on the finish, but extremely well balanced for 93 IBUs. You would think a beer with that many IBUs would be a palate crusher, but not the Nectar, it's smooth and remarkably balanced. Just enough bitterness to make you want another sip... And another, and another. The bitterness does linger in the back of the throat. Overall, the best way I can describe the Nectar is an Amber Ale/IPA hybrid.

Not thick or syrupy on the mouthfeel, medium bodied and juicy!

I was hoping that this beer would live up to the hype, but was afraid it wouldn't. I've been let down by other similarly seasonal and much-hyped beers in the past. I'm pleased to say I'm not disappointed. I won't say it's the best beer I've ever had because I've had too many great ones. I will say that it's a great beer, and I can see why so many people love it. I'm glad I bought two cases because it was flying off the shelves. Now I'm just wondering if that will be enough. Can't wait to try this from the tap at the brewery.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2012 02:48:38 | More by RnRManifesto
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4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass.
Bottled imprinted: Bottled 021012 Batch#120125

A-First off I love the label! Poured a amber orange color with a thick tan head. Which left thick lacing down the glass.

S-Citrus/grapefruit smells with pine right away. Picking up a little amount of malts after letting it sit and drinking it.

T-Surprised to get a nice malty flavor, but still with great hops all over the place.

M-Getting a slight malt bready aftertaste at first then a great lingering hop.

O-A winner! Great tastes and makes you want to go back for more and more and more. This could definitely go into the regular rotation when it's available! Go out and get some if you can!

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 23:15:19 | More by jhartley
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4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into nonic. Pours a great frothy head...golden amber. Smell is fantastic! Mango citrus hops...really unique and delicious. Taste is of fruity citrus hops and classic malty amber notes. Slightly bitter but otherwise nice mouthfeel.
Superb brew. Hand down best Amber out there.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2012 23:13:16 | More by DrinkSlurm
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4/5  rDev -8%

02-21-2012 21:53:51 | More by Trailmix242
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4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: a transparent amber with a thin white head
S: very citrus hop aroma fallowed by bready malts
T: hops are piney with some citrus fruit thrown balanced by some sweet and bready malts
M: high carbonation and med body make this a very refreshing beer and one you can drink several of :)
O: once again troegs delivers one of my favorite breweries ill probably pick up a case of this stuff

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 04:36:26 | More by RappAttack
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4/5  rDev -8%

02-20-2012 22:42:05 | More by Brown120
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4.98/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into Troegs chalice glass

A- Transparent deep amber, almost copper color with a one and a half finger frothy off-white to an ever so light beige head that hangs around.

S- Mango, pine, grapefruit, pineapple, and tangerine. Amazing!

T- Pine, caramel, grapefruit, bready malt. Hoppy like crazy, but balanced with the malt. It combines west coast citrus with the piney, resiny east coast taste. Some bitterness on the finish, but not what you'd expect from 90+ IBU's. Complex and enjoyable.

M- Smooth, medium bodied brew with a nice bready malt backbone. Resiny, sticky type of feel to it. Perfect.

O- A true winner and one I look forward to. Shame its available only once a year. Also very well-priced at under $50 a case at my wholesaler. This takes the concept of the amber ale to the Nth degree. This stuff makes me quite glad to be a Pennsylvania resident.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 21:58:58 | More by BeerFiend2002
Tröegs Nugget Nectar from Tröegs Brewing Company
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