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Tröegs Nugget Nectar - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Reviews: 2,423
Hads: 8,029
Avg: 4.33
pDev: 17.32%
Wants: 1,378
Gots: 1,586 | 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: 2,423 | Hads: 8,029
Photo of JPowell712
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a fantastic beer. It had a lot of hype behind it and it certainly lived up to it. The pour was a deep amber color with a white creamy head to it. The aromas was of soft hops and citrus and pine. The taste was almost identical. It was a beautiful combo of hops, citrus, pine and something sweet like honey. It worked beautifully. I like this beer because it was refreshing and tasted of liquid happiness!

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Photo of GregJ
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Rich malty smell, floral and pine. Tastes of malt, barley, floral, earthy and pine resin. Nice medium/heavy body from the heavy malt base. Pine resin aftertaste.

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Photo of SierraFlight
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into nonic. Perfectly clear, bright copper-orange liquid with a finger of orange tinged white head that settles to a thin layer of foam that stays around but doesn’t lay down any lacing. The aroma consists of orange juice, citrus peel, melon, strawberry, pine, caramel, and herbal hops. The taste is initially sweet with strong caramel, toasted grain, and tropical fruit flavors. The bitterness grows with each sip and features citrus, herbal, and pine hops. Medium body, resinous, sticky texture, soft carbonation, and a dry finish from hops and alcohol.

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Photo of Ploohblaah
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Excellent representation of the category. Lighter drinking with a pleasing refreshing that keeps you coming back for more. Not the hoppiest of brews, and the malt is well balanced with the hops but the malt comes through more.

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Photo of RoyaleWithCheese
1.84/5  rDev -57.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Was very excited to pick this up and try. Initially tried two bottles, just finished the second one. Pours amber with a hint of red. Smells very nice when you really get a good whiff, but that's about it. Can't say how disappointed I was with this one. The first few sips left a sort of... gas-like, almost sulfur like after taste. Had to really force it down. I've had water problems before at my house, and our water tank had to be cleaned with chlorine to get the gasious sulfur like smell out of our water. The after taste of this beer reminded me of that smell. Terrible. I'm sure it is possible I simply got a bad batch but it really wasn't very good. Now I'm not sure what I'll do with the other four bottles.

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Photo of munnster76
3.29/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

After reading the reviews I was psyched to try this. The initial impression was good but not great...but that was just my mind wanting to believe it was a great beer. After that wears off, you're left just an OK avg. amber beer.

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Photo of Andymac28
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I've only had mad elf from troegs which is ehh pretty good, but this I can see that these guys really like what they do. Masterfully crafted brew! Really really good. Very ipa esque with wonderful citrusy hops thought and a slight malt finish. Smooth. Red Amber ale/IPA...what ever the f. *^ it is it's delicious ....oh only downer was the 16$ sixer price here in NY..enjoy gentlemen!

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.82/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into Speigelau glass

A: nice clear auburn color, nice head

S: got the hoppy smell with a lot of caramel malts

T: I don't know whether the hops taste fades on this quickly because you get a flash of hops but a lot of bitterness and very malty

M: about the same as most IPAs

O: this beer is average if you want a hoppy amber ale get you some Modern Times Blazing World that beer is fantastic or even Tocobago from CCB is much better.

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Photo of untitledeuphoria
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled: 1.20.15. Drank 2.7.15. Poured from a 12oz bottle to a tulip glass.

A: Pours a clear straw orange color with one and a half fingers of paper white head. Just a few sparse bubbles of carbonation. Fades to a thin, oily, cap with a thick collar.

S: Dank pine, sweet caramel malt, bready brown sugar, grapefruit, orange peel. Well balanced between sweet malt and rambunctious hops.

T: Deliciously sweet malt, soft brown sugar, thick breadiness. Hops load up in the background, creating a nice reversal of profiles from DIPAs. Smooth pine resin with a acidic bite.

M: Great balance, even better than expected. Medium body, tad oily, soft mouthfeel, smooth finish...albeit a sweet one. Leaves a malty sugar coating with the faintest of hop bitterness.

O: Really damn good. I had not heard of this beer until recently, and decided I needed to try it without a whole lot of coercion. Delicious, and a very welcome addition to my stable of favorite brews. A great oddball amber, that excels no matter how you classify it.

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Photo of Pukstopper
3.94/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at a local restaurant as a free bottle from the manager who just got it in. Had to look at BA to get an idea as I never heard of this from Troegs. I must say I was impressed. It said 93 IBU but you sure couldn't tell. It had a nice pleasant hop taste and went down smooth. Head faded but left lacing
I would get another for sure

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Photo of 31Sam13
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best, most firmly delivering a hoppy complex brew that transcends the piney, fruit, descriptions...a whole other level....this should be sought out and murdered for...JK...great though...

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

A seasonal classic that does not disappoint .

Thick hoppiness with a solid malty backbone. Not a bitter one dimensional IPA.
Depth, warmth, citrus, pine, balance.

An East Coast answer to the dry West Coast IPA ( ala Torpedo). Both great, but different. Fresh hop brews are close to this in palate perfection. I keep mine cold for up to 6 months with stability, freshness. Easy to get in Upstate NY, and Troegs seems to be losing some interest according to my local good beer shop. They are very quality brewers,

Bring back Flying Mouflan to wider distribution!!!!

Very much recommended

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Photo of patpbr
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - Deep amber and orange bringing out a reddish color.
S - Lots of fresh hops
T - Lots of citrus and pine a little honey and pleasantly bitter
M - Medium to heavy body
O - Very good and maybe the first "imperial" amber i have had.

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Photo of pangefous52
4.64/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Excellent beer. Love that I get hit with a face full of hops but I can still get that malt finish on the back end. Mouthfeel makes you take notice, but no chemical aftertaste. Beware the alcohol content as this is a highly drinkable beer and goes down way too easy.

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Photo of kkleu357
4.64/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bought this while on a work trip in Pennsylvania. After popping the top, the whole hotel room filled up with this huge berry aroma. Very nice. One of the best smelling beers ever. Taste was great too. Lots of citrus and berry taste, with a good sweet touch. Almost like a hint of honey. Excellent beer.

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Photo of kmfoley1975
3.35/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Good beer and would buy again but this one just didn't hit me as I was expecting at this price. Not bad but came across with little complexity just all hops. But hey maybe that's what they were after.

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Photo of datalager
4.69/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Stumbled upon this beer at my local store. Grabbed the last two four packs they had in stock. Poured from a 16oz can, crystal clear Amber body and a tightly frothed bone colored head about one inch thick. Lacing is reasonable, leaving surface lines with each sip. Smell is awesome citrus and evergreen goodness. Taste is a 50/50 balance of bitter hops and malty backbone. Feel is smooth and resiny. Overall just an awesome beer. You could easily session or pound this ale, whichever method suits your fancy.

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

The hop character of an IPA and the sweetness of an amber in perfect balance. It is the best of both worlds. This is another one of those brews I'll be hunting down every year during its release.

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Photo of BeerEsquire
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Delicious... for my $ perfectly balanced. Think of a Smithwick's meeting an American IPA - definite hop presence but with little bite and the mouth feel, finish of classic amber.

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Photo of aleigator
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to Ron for the can!

Has a huge, froth white head, with a crystal clear dark orange color.

The aromas release an interesting interaction between ripe blood orange and fresh cut grass with a noteable dank aspect. The intense hoppy aromas get a sweet touch to them by a bready, slightly biscuity malty arise, intensifying the fruit appearance by a adding a gentle ripeness to them. Citrus zest blending well into the dankness evokes a subtle, sour peak.

Drinks very smooth, with soft, dough malts up front, accompanied by citraic, bitter hops. While the malts remain in a supportive role, they develop a decent sweetness adding to juicy orange and tangerine. Grass and zingy lemon get introduced to the tastebuds by a lively carbonation, completing the sublime, surprisingly bitter hop character. Finishes with toffeeish malts, which get overpowered by a bitter, tropical hop onslaught in which pricky lime stands out among grass, pine and blood orange, leading to a long lasting bitterness. Drinks shockingly easy, while establishing a great depth in flavours with a beautiful smooth mouthfeel to it.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: crystal clear; amber colored; 1 finger light khaki head that receded slowly to a thin, uneven cap; sheets of lacing;

S: mostly pine with a touch of grapefruit behind it;

T: pine up front; mixes quickly with white grapefruit; pine fades toward the finish; moderate bitterness;

M; medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: very distinctive aroma and flavor;

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Photo of -Rick
3.91/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: a nice bright amber
S: mango, guava, pine, with some sweet notes
T: not like the nose. very malty, and not much of a hop profile
F: decent carbonation. a little heavy
O: Was expecting more of a tropical profile on this because of the nose, but it was much more malty than expected. Not my favorite

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Photo of Jamie05051973
4.9/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Grabbed this brew on a whim because of the bottle artwork...

Couldn't believe how amazing it was... Try it if you're a hops person.. Will not disappoint...

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Photo of zander4dawin
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Fabulous looking beer, a slow receding pillowy head with great lacing. Bright Amber with great clarity. Smell is a little dull but the taste is complex. Creamy butter scotch notes at first with a burst of bright citrus hops that hit the tongue sharp but don't linger. Overall a great beer worth the praise.

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Photo of EvoRich
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Two fingers of head, which lingers for a long time. A very clear reddish amber color.

Smell: Hops are obvious. Very citrusy and favors a very orange aroma. Almost as if there is an orange peel floating in this beer. Slightly piney.

Taste: Very hop forward. Again with a touch of orange peel as the finish. It has a very bitey bitter start, and finishes with a refreshing sweetness.

Feel: Medium feel, carbonation is mild. Thr hops give it a dry feel:

Overall: I HATED this beer when I first tried it years ago. I also had a slightly dislike for most hoppy IPA's. (I know this isn't an IPA). After a few years, I gave this beer a second try and I must say, it's better than I remember it being.

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Tröegs Nugget Nectar from Tröegs Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 2,423 ratings.