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Tröegs Nugget Nectar - Tröegs Brewing Company

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6,622 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,622
Reviews: 2,305
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.68%
Wants: 1,093
Gots: 723 | FT: 26
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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:
IBU: ~93

(Beer added by: Edwin on 02-13-2004)
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Photo of Hoser77
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a brilliant, bright copper-orange with ruby highlights. Dense off-white head, persistant. Strong lacing. Crystal clear. Effervescent bubbles cascade up glass to support the head.

Smell-Bright hop nose of floral, citrus, and spice. Balance with bready, toasty, biscuit malt notes. Slight crystal candy-like sweetness. Subtle fermentation esters of fresh fruit. More balanced and inviting than the Hopback.

Taste-Taste follows and elevates the aroma. Slight hop bitterness up front and lingering, but balance with the malt. Spice, floral, and citrus hop notes are all in balance with each other. Sweet, bready malt notes up front give way to the hops. Finish is slightly sweet as it fades to very subtle dryness and pucker. Balance is towards hops, but more inviting and balanced than the Hopback. Slight alcohol warming. Sweet, fruity fermentation notes.

Mouthfeel-Very balanced, chewy, but finishes dry. Effervescent, but full-bodied. Appropriate carbonation level.

Overall-Very enjoyable and inviting beer. When paired side-by-side with the Hopback, the Nugget Nectar wins hands down. More balanced, more inviting. One of my new favorites. It is just too bad I live in Nebraska and we are not in there distribution area:(

Hoser77, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of 2BDChicago
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear, rich golden amber. Delicate white foam

S: Caramel malts, then fruity (mango) and citrus (mostly orange, than faint grapefruit). Very appealing

T: Luscious is my first impression. Rich fruitiness of mango, apples, and orange is first. The balance of soft sweetness and mild hop bitterness is perfect, in my opinion. Low to medium mouthfeel, not sticky in any way. Carbonation is good.

D: Without much excess to Troegs, I wasn't sure if all the accolades for this brew weren't just provincialism. Now, I know it isn't just hype, this is a really good brew. The Imperial Amber style designation threw me off a little, but I'm not really into style if it tastes good. It's a fresh and fruity brew that subtle in it's sweetness. I was lucky enough to trade for 3-bottles, wish I could have had more.

2BDChicago, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got my first bottle thanks to Dreadnaught33 and my second bottle being reviewed by stakem. Thank you.

A - The most attractive beer I have had. It is like taking the most beautiful sunset you have ever witnessed and right when its getting to the end with the dark orangish color you laso it, multiply it and stuff it in a glass. Slap an off white half finger head and you got Nugget Nectar.

S - Malts first, citrus. Not an overpowering smell, really have to woft it in here.

T - There is no more appropriate name for this beer.
Nectar definitions- 1. A sweet liquid secreted by flowers of various plants, consumed by pollinators, such as hummingbirds and insects, and gathered by bees for making honey.
2. Greek & Roman Mythology. The drink of the gods.
3. A delicious or invigorating drink.
The beer tastes of wonderful citrus with an extremely balanced taste from malts. Very slight hint of a piny taste.

M - This beer goes down easy and hangs around in your mouth for awhile. The luscious liquid dissapears down my throat and the grapefuit bitterness hangs around minutes later. In a very good way.

O - So sad I don't have access to this beer. Next release I plan on trading for large quantities.

BdubleEdubleRUN, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of YouSkeete
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a beautiful copper/orange color with some opaqueness. Short off white heads, fades quickly without any lacing.

S: Great complex fruit arrangement, honey and caramel malts, yeast. Notes of cherry and vanilla bean.

T: Big grapefruit and pineapple flavor up front, mild and fresh, and also floral hop bitterness, molasses, caramel malt. Very earthy body. Mildly fruity sweetness and citrus zest in aftertaste.

M: sticky, thick, and on the fruity side. Medium body with medium carbonation.

D: Absolutely delicious. A fantastic brew.

YouSkeete, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of superspak
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip. Pours slightly hazy orange-amber color with a fairly dense 2 finger off white head with amazing retention that reduces to a lacing cap. Some good lacing on the glass. Aromas of strong grapefruit, with orange, pine, caramel, and spices. Taste of strong sweet grapefruit and orange with light caramel up front, that leads to a very strong citrus and pine bitterness on the finish that lasts. No alcohol was noticed at all in the taste or finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full body. Very smooth drinking as well, and very tasty. Overall I highly enjoyed this one, very drinkable and delicious.

superspak, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of vgarneth
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful reddish-golden appearance with a clean, light head. Nice citrusy aroma that teases your nose for a taste. Upon taking the first sip, this beer drinks like an India Pale Ale more than a Red Ale. What a great twist for the traditional Ambers. It feels as if I've been eating a luscious grapefruit. Thank you, Tröegs, for making this Nugget Nectar!

vgarneth, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of MarkIntihar
4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into my Half Acre pint glass.

A - Pours a gold orange that nearly matches the label on the bottle. Has a finger plus of slightly golden white head. Beautiful beer!

S - Initial smell is very citrus, with the dominant scent being grapefruit. Also detect a wonderful hop profile.

T - Taste is super citrusy, again with grapefruit being the most present taste. Very hoppy as well, complementing the citrus phenomenally well. An excellent tasting beer!

M - Not overly carbonated, with a more medium body. Very nice on the palate.

O - Overall an exceptional beer. Drinks more like an IPA than an Amber, but I'm definitely good with it!

MarkIntihar, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of SirSketch
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into my shiny new Bell's pint glass. Thanks, chrizzle! Brilliantly clear orange and deep yellow color. About a finger's worth of off-white head.

S - No lie, one of the best aromas on a beer, ever! Tons of resinous, sappy, piney hops along with pineapple, grapefruit and lemon. Basically a massive fruit salad of smells!

T - Juicy grapefruit and grassy, piney hops meld well with the doughy caramel malts. Actually pretty balanced as far as bitterness goes. Also, just a little spicy, almost rum-like kick.

M/O - For how much flavor is in this beer, it is still so easy to put back! Dry with a smooth, almost creamy mouthfeel. I really wish this beer was available year round. Damn good beer!

SirSketch, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of Arinthos
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle from Budget beverage in warwick N.Y.

A- copper with a thick head and great lacing.

S- citrus ( grapefruit ) and sweet if you can smell sweet....

T- Bottom line they lied this is a Ipa and probably one of the best I've ever had. Grapefruit and citrus hops I believe simcoe and centenial amoung others.

M- medium to full body

D- one of the best beers I've ever had at a great price.Winning.lol

Arinthos, Mar 29, 2011
Photo of JayRey
4.78/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 22oz. bomber into pint glass.

Appearance: Golden copper color with half finger head the reduces within about 30 seconds. Good lacing left on the top as well as down the glass as it drinks.

Smell: Citrus hops - mostly orange and grapefruit come through initially. Some floral hops come through at the end, but the smell is mostly citrus.

Taste: Huge citrus taste up front with an almost piny finish. Some toasted malts come through at the very end, but the hops are present throughout. For a beer that is technically not an IPA, this is about as close as you can get.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a highly carbonated and creamy taste. The bitterness from the hops really never subsides at all.

Overall: Currently one of my favorite beers in the world. Had never had it before it's release this year, and have gone through about 3 cases so far. As long as it's on the shelves I will always buy it, and I am already looking forward to next years release.

JayRey, Mar 29, 2011
Photo of Durchfall
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a transparent copper, with almost a finger of head. Head reduces after pour leaving a small lacing on top.

Smell - This is what really sold me on this beer even before I tasted it. Very hoppy smell, with lots of citrus, and some pine aromas. Hints of fruity aromas as well.

Taste - Citrus and hops hit first with some caramel maltiness. Nice hop bite that stays on the tongue for a while, which keeps me coming back for more.

Mouthfeel - Very nice mouthfeel with moderate carbonation, and nice bitterness from the hops.

Drinkability - What and excellent brew. Thoroughly enjoyed this one from pour to the last sip. Very easy to drink even though it's 7.5%. The hoppiness combined with the citrusy flavors are what really make this a great beer for me.

Durchfall, Mar 29, 2011
Photo of ngeunit1
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear and bright copper-orange color with a finger of white frothy head. The head retention is okay, reducing down to a ring and lacing nicely on the glass.

S - Aroma is full of rich citrus and floral hops. Lots of grapefruit. Also a nice caramel malt backbone to the aroma.

T - Starts off with some nice caramel malts and some really nice citrus hops with some nice grapefruit flavors. Through the middle there are more floral hops coming through with some really nice bitterness. The finish has a really nice balance of sweet caramel malt flavor and citrus and floral hops and some nice bitterness that lingers.

M - Medium bodied with moderate lively carbonation. Feels really nice and crisp with a really dry and satisfying finish with excellent bitterness.

D - Very drinkable. Excellent hop profile throughout the beer. The malt and hop balance here is also really nice with enough malt backbone to support the hop bitterness.

ngeunit1, Mar 29, 2011
Photo of gdrydenc
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a medium amber with a half finger of white head that doesn't stick around long.

S - Great smelling! Lots of nice fruit and hoppy deliciousness.

T - A little disappointed by the taste. If this tasted the way it smelled, it would be one of my favorite beers. The fruitiness is there, but it's muted slightly and more bitter.

M - Slightly creamy mouthfeel, but there's a bit of bitterness that lingers on the tongue that it slightly disappointing.

Overall, a fantastic beer. It's odd that it's an amber, as it tastes a lot like an IPA. It's great fresh, but it diminishes quickly with time.

gdrydenc, Mar 29, 2011
Photo of lnashsig
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Dfh snifter. Pours a amber color, with big head that fills the top of the glass, receding somewhat and leaving some lacing. Smell- citrus hops, tropical fruit, blood orange? Taste- the blood orange is first, with some nice hops bite and carbonation, a buttery and bitter finish. Mouthfeel- moderately syrupy, nice carbonation. Drinkability- this is a real pleasure, an incredibly unique take on the IPA style that I really enjoyed.

lnashsig, Mar 29, 2011
Photo of rgcmusic
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Shared with a friend in a small glass but looked nice with a small head.
S- Nice Aroma even thought I am recovering from a cold. Even opened my nose a bit with bright citrus and floral notes.

Taste- Better than it smelled nice layers of hops with a good amount caramel from the malts.

Mouthfeel nice and refreshing even at 7.5

Overall I really like this beer and will seek out when outside of Texas.

rgcmusic, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of Arenbeer
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a goblet glass at fridge temp.

Bottled 02/15/11 Batch #110217 Only a month or so old.

A- Pours a nice golden honey orange with a 1 finger white head. Underneath it is a crazy amount of carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass and sticking to the side. Some slow moving lacing and slight alcohol feet on the side of the glass.

S- Up front you get some really nice grassy and earthy hop notes with a nice sweet citrus profile behind it. Definitely some tropical fruits in there as well.

T- Wow. Strong citrus and fruity hops up front that fades into a nice bitter earthy hop profile that I assume makes this beer so great. The citrus is almost a little bit to much for me, has that lemon pledge flavor that I'm not a big fan of. But the bitterness and grassy flavors make up for it big time. Also pretty happy that it's not to malt forward like most hopped up beers. The malts are subtle and light and don't take away from the main attraction of this beer. Definitely perfectly balanced.

M- Medium lighter body with a good amount of carbonation and a really nice strong bitter finish.

Overall I understand the hype of this beer but like i stated above I really don't like hopped up beers that overdo it on the citrus to the point where it tastes like cleaner or a summer wheat beer.


Arenbeer, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of BeerNinja007
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Been looking to try this brew for quite a while. Picked up this 12oz single last weekend for $2.25 at Pamplemousse in Salem, MA. Bottled on 020311. There's also a code # but it is smeared and illegible. Served cold in a standard pint glass.

A: Clear dark amber brew with 1/2" of ivory head.

S: Huge super fruity tropical aroma, wow. A ton of fresh apricot, then coconut and mango. Sweet and juicy but not cloying or overly thick. Again, wow. Fantastic.

T: Taste leads with a big bite of generic bittering hop, a bit jarring and unexpected after the rich fruity smell. My palate adjusts after a few sips. The fruity tropical stuff is present but takes a back seat to the raw bitterness. Sweetness is subdued and a bit dry like scorched caramel.

M: Mostly dry with a long dry finish. Bittering hop lingers for quite a while. Slight peppery EtOH on my breath.

D: I really wish this tasted more like the smell. Cut back on the bittering hop and the alcohol, make this as a fruit bomb and it'd be super interesting. 7.5% ABV is a bit small to be called "Imperial".

BeerNinja007, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of BennyL1
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a NB globe. Couldn't find any freshness info on the bottle.

A - Nugget Nectar pours a deep copper color with some hints of orange. The head on this beer is nice, white and foamy and about two fingers worth. A thin sheet of lacing is present too.

S - What a wonderful aroma that is coming from this beer. Tons of citrus hop notes up front. Some floral notes in the background with a good amount of malt that also makes its presence known.

T - I am loving this beer. Toasted malts combine with a very nice multifaceted hop presence. Citrus and floral flavors linger never leave your palate imparting a strong, but not overpowering bitterness.

M - Medium bodied, leaving a nice smooth and slick finish.

O - What took me so long to try this one out? The drinkability and complexity of this brew make me want even more of it. I'll be seeking this one out in the future.

BennyL1, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of dragonWhale
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now that I've had this several times in the past week, I truly feel qualified to speak on this beer's behalf. Sort of more of an IPA but I'm down with any brewery that calls this an Amber, cuz this is what a brewery's amber should taste like. Props to Moose's Tooth up in the AK for recognizing this as well. Light amber in color, a long lasting sexy foamy head. Some sweet malt, some toasty malt, some caramel, a bunch of juicy hops, citrus galore with a little floral. Flavor is right, excellent balance of malt and bitter with the hops taking it on home for the evening. Very drinkable, juicy, sexy..Diggin having this beer around.

dragonWhale, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of trappistlover
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(12oz bottle courtesy of pnkRed!). Pours hazy dark coper with moderate off-white head and active carbonation. Aroma has some succulent malts, bread, pepper, orange and the spicy, aggressive hop notes coming through. Taste is sweet malt, and a quick burst of hop bitterness that mellows and lingers. Medium bodied with oily texture. Finish is pleasantly bitter. This is a good tasty beer that I would gladly drink again.

trappistlover, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of burnstar
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice clear copper with a medium head. Smell is amazing. Huge hops. Sweet grapefruit. Other citrus. Intense. Taste is also huge hops. Fairly sweet. Nice well rounded flavor and much lower bitterness than you might expect. Caramel. Nice citrusy bite. Full bodied. Moderate carbonation. Easily drinkable. Reminds me a lot of the most recent home brew we've made (Beast) which was easily the best we've made thus far. Great beer

burnstar, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of chumba526
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to JPWV for this beer, Thanks for getting this though they do not distribute to your state.

It appears dark orange and translucent there is a small off white head.

It smells of grapefruit, sweet caramel, grassy hops. There is also a slightly spicy hop flavor as well. It smells amazing. It has a bold smell, but it is not overwhelming.

It tastes initially of sweet smooth caramel malt. The sweetness is good because it is not overly strong. I also get a slight bread like malt flavor. The malt flavor of the beer is bold but it does not take away from the hop flavor. There is a wonderful grassy slightly citrusy hop flavor that goes perfectly with the malt flavor. The blend of the malt and hop flavor is fantastic. The beer ends with a subtle hoppy bitterness that is balanced with a nice malty sweetness.

There is a crisp but somewhat thick mouthfeel to this beer.

Overall this really shows that ambers do not have to be boring it is a shame that more breweries do not experiment with ambers like troegs does. I heard good things about this beer but it is even better than I expected

chumba526, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of JohnnyS17
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Okay, so I am trying to get into hoppy beers and a friend suggested Nugget Nectar as a good kick off beer. He has not let me astray yet, so hopefully this is no different.

The pour yielded just under an inch of creamy, tan head. The beer is a gorgeous red/amber. Just after opening the bottle I can immediately smell the sweetness and hoppiness. The blend is enticing and a balanced aroma. After it is poured I can detect further hints of sweetness like cherries . Additionally, there is a definite earthy pine smell. Great lacing throughout the beer.

The first sip bombards you with a sweet fruity taste with a honey hint that lasts while you hold the beer in your mouth. Upon drinking down the beer a piney, hop tastes subsides the sweetness and leaves your mouth crisp and slightly dry. It's like drinking a two course beer. You can tell a lot of time was put into balancing the tastes. The beer seems thin at first, but a few swishes around it appears to have a medium-light consistency.

Superbly crafted and refreshing. My friend gave me a great jump-off beer for my dive into the hoppy world of beers I have thus avoided in my life. The only problem now, is that it might all be downhill from here.

JohnnyS17, Mar 26, 2011
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4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a HotD tulip on 2/23/11.

Pours a medium to light amber color with a powdery white head that leaves little to moderate lacing on the glass.

Smells of lots of citrus hops, a little pine, and some malt sweetness to attempt a balance but mostly all hop bomb.

Taste is of citrus hops but the malt balance is awesome. There is some bitterness but not much I get nice citrus and pine taste without the palate over load. Nicely done.

Mouth feel is medium. A little abrasiveness as it moves through the mouth but not much. It has a nice resin that sticks to the palate and leaves a touch of hops bitterness.

Drinkability is high on this on ladies and gents. Moderate ABV, easy on the palate, nice resin after taste, and just enough dry bitterness to get you to take another sip. Daddy likey. Good job Troegs.

UMNbeerhunter, Mar 25, 2011
Photo of dmfrench
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Balanced, very drinkable, sweet creamy resiny Amber-and-a-half

A: Pretty and very hazy Tequila Sunrise red/orange body with a somewhat persistent two finger yellowed white head. Love the body, but I would expect better head retention.

S: Big hop nose... grapefruit, pine, resinous, acrid, a bit of floral/perfume, and hints of spices. Malt is way down below and is of the lightly toasted, sticky sweet caramel variety. A varied and delicious nose, shown off very well in my brand new Speigelau Tulip :)

T: The sweet, toasted, almost smoky caramel meets you up front, quickly followed by piney, resinous hops, finishing on a blend of the two. Both flavors simultaneously fill your mouth from corner to corner. All in all, a great balance between sweet creamy caramel and resiny hops.

M: Perfect middleweight... satisfying, yet not too heavy. I could perhas use a bit more texture to hold on to, but as it is, it sure makes for some easy drinking.

O: A great middle ground between Amber and DIPA... a perfect balance.

dmfrench, Mar 25, 2011
Tröegs Nugget Nectar from Tröegs Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 6,622 ratings.