Tröegs Nugget Nectar - Tröegs Brewing Company

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6,875 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,875
Reviews: 2,307
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.91%
Wants: 1,169
Gots: 793 | FT: 23
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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 bertram
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle from HuskyinPDX

Pours a rich amber color with a decent amount of head, which dissipates quickly leaving some nice lacing. tons of hops in the aroma with an overwhelming scent of pine; decent carbonation, but would be better with more; taste isn't nearly as "hoppy" as I expected from the smell, but it may be just that the bottle isn't truly "fresh." Nice sweetness and hop profile.

I really enjoyed this beer, especially with a little age on it. Would love to have again.

(updated with second tasting)

Photo of DividedAvery
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml poured into New Belgium sniffer

A: Amber in color, a little thin and translucent. When poured gives about a one finger white head that doesn't linger too long.

S: Lots of caramel, light citrus and fruit notes. Really nice aroma

T: Light citrus hop notes, grapefruit-like giving way to a nice caramel background. There is a nice lingering bitterness that is not overwhelming. Got some real nice carbonation on it too.

M: Much lighter than I was expecting, nice carbonation with a gentle warming.

O: This beer gets a lot of hype. This was received in a trade and was bottled on the 19th of January it looks like. So not ideally fresh but I can imagine how wonderful this beer is newly bottled. There is a nice caramel dimension with the age on it. I will have to snag a fresh bottle some time in order to truly enjoy this beer as it is meant to be. Really glad I got an opportunity to try it though. For $5 this would be one of my go-tos if I lived in area where it was widely available.

Photo of jisom123
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the Best beer I have had from Troegs.

Very hoppy, but well balanced through the entire sip. It doesn't "kick-in" heavy at any one particular point. Its a great beer from the first sip to the last.

If you like Hoppy beers, you must try. This one is a standard to judge other Hoppy Reds.

O: must buy for Hop heads.

Photo of AllHatDavidson
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber, with slightly off-white head. Aroma of sweet floral hops, resiny, with some fruit like apricot and mandarin orange. This beer has a great smell, just sweet dank hops. Taste is sweet but bitter hops, mellowed by sweet malts, with very subtle caramel notes. Mostly hops on the finish, leaving you with hoppy breathe. Though this beer is sweet, it’s not sickly sweet, molasses / sugar-cane like or anything. Not like a barley-wine. Rather, it has a remarkable bittersweet character that really distinguishes this one from other beers. Full bodied but not heavy in the sense of a stout or imp. ipa, soft but bitter mouth feel. "Nugget nectar" really does accurately describe this brew. Cheers.

Photo of SkiBum22
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear amber colour with an ivory coloured head that very slowly reduces to a lacing film.

S - Aromas of mango, grapefruit, bready malt, piney hops, herbs, and subtle citrus rind.

T - Same punch of a wide variety of hop flavors, perfectly accentuated by the sweet malt's not quite balancing out, but backing up the strong hop flavor.

M - Medium-bodied feel with moderate carbonation and a bit of alcohol warmth. I was looking for a bit more smoothness.

O - Great beer that lived up to the expectations I had for it.

Photo of Beerenauslese
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, to produce a 3/4 inch head. Body appearance is a translucent hazy orange amber. Foamy off-white head, condenses a bit, eventually dissipating to a ring while leaving some sticky lacing on the glass.

Smells of lightly toasted barley malt, hay, a little orange and citrus hops.

Taste follows the nose, with an intense amount of sweet bready malt that is balanced by an equally intense amount of hops. Hops taste predominantly of grapefruit rind and orange. I find this rather harsh.

Body is medium and carbonation is light, giving this a slightly creamy mouthfeel. A bit of a hop burn on the tongue.

Overall, this is an over-the-top malty and bitter hopped beer that lays a solid claim on the amber/red world, while giving chase to many west coast style IPAs. There are many finer examples of highly hopped and malty IPAs--I find this rather brash and overbearing.

Photo of Rippeddisc
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shipped out from a friend in NY...sat around for a while so not overly fresh so feel like this is missing some of the hop kick that should be prevalent.

However, very very well balanced beer. Very drinkable and even at 93?? ibu the bite is hidden (or is that the older bottle talking).

Scary seasonable? Esp at 7.5%

Try it!!

Photo of CWBlues
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. Heard a LOT of good things about this one--looking very forward to it!

A: Gorgeous golden amber. Finger of white creamy head that dissipates. Minimal lacing.

S: Smells caramelly and malty and awesome.

T: Holy hell. That's like a caramelized grapefruit. So drinkable.

M: Feels exactly like I would expect it to. Fills the mouth nicely. I'm going to go ahead and drink this.

O: I want more. I want a LOT more. I'm sad these aren't distributed to Indy.

Photo of jondeelee
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smells strongly of hops, with a nice grapefruit scent overlaid on a malty, sugary backdrop. Small hints of apricot and berry flavors also reside in the nose.

On the tongue, the flavors are by far dominated by grapefruit bitter hops, but the bitterness is not so much as to be overbearing. Instead, it's comparable to any medium-strong IPA, providing a nice tart tang. As with the nose, a malty, sugary layer lies just beneath, providing the apricot and berry flavors hinted at earlier. These are joined by lightly toasted grains and just the slightest hint of caramel. The aftertaste is almost exclusively hops.

Overall, this is an excellent beer, and though it's listed on the bottle as an "Imperial Amber," it seems to me that it more resembles an IPA, though with a distinctive and wonderful fruitiness. The bitterness may be too strong for anyone who doesn't like IPAs in the first place, but for hop lovers, this is a great beverage.

Photo of beerman999999
4.93/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was one of my favorite beers of the year. I had it back in the fall, and it was on tap for a good two weeks at Cambridge Commons, so naturally I was there 4+ times over the course of those two weeks--just for nugget nectar. Gave some to my girlfriend at the time (who ordered a Flower Power) at one point, and she took it from me, and I ended up with the flower power. The drinkability is incomparable, and it has an amazing light grapefruit, herbal type flavor to it that is indescribable. I would drink this all day if I could just get my hands on some more.

Photo of Duff27
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Two-fingered creamy head atop a ruby red DIPA. Clumptastic lacing and good head retention.

S- Caramel malts, sweetness.

T- Big taste of pineapple, caramel malts...and oh, the hops! Doesn't hide the booze so well that's okay with this kid.

M- Biting carbonation with a smooth forefront. Medium to medium/heavy mouthfeel.

D/O- Loved it. Even for a style that is beginning(?) to be quite watered down, this stands out. Have had this since Dark Lord Day...time to pop it, overdue actually. Wouldn't mind getting a fresher bomber next year. Troegs!

Photo of fdkayti
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- A two fingered head made up of itty bitty bubbles sits atop a hazy burnt orange colored beer. Dissipates quickly into a ring around the edges, with a nest of bubbles left in the center that looks like when a beta fish happy.

S- This thing smells like hoppy pineapple.

T- Candied pineapple right outta the gate, its AWESOME. Sweet and tart with a peppery flavor to the end. I can't get over the pineapple in this, if you couldn't tell. The hops come through in a way that's different than I've tasted before. Has a certain sticky maltiness that is a real crowd pleaser (I'm the crowd).

MF- It's sticky and with a heavy mouthfeel. Well carbonated.

O/D- This is one bomber that I'm glad I'm sharing, because it's boozy. An excellent, wonderful beer but not one that I could or should drink more than a glass of. Way tasty and I will savor every sip.

Photo of curasowa
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber color with 1 finger of head that fades slowly with chunky lacing.

Aroma: Delectably potent piney hops with some earthiness in the background.

Taste: A big punch in the face of resinous hop bitterness right off the bat that doesn't let up the whole way through. There's some sticky sweet malt in the middle, but it gets pushed out towards the back end and the all-mighty bitterness comes back for the finish, which is lingering and slightly sweet.

The Rest: A nice creamy body and just an absolute blast of piney hops makes this one of my top three seasonals. One of its only flaws is a slightly muted aroma compared to the taste. Never the less, I look forward to this beer every year.

Photo of BlackMath
4.85/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I tried this beer for the first time last February and has become one of my favorite beers. Its got everything I love about an amber ale. When opened, it hits you in the face with a very pungent citrus aroma It pours a rich dark amber color with a thick caramel head. Not only is the amount of mouthwatering nugget hops present, but also holds well as an overall balanced beer. Overall this is an exceptional beer and I cannot wait until it comes out again this winter.

Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I’ve gotta say, this is some awesome bottle art. A big, juicy hop flower in a guy’s hand, squeezed with such enthusiasm that it’s spitting out an amber liquid; quite literally, he’s squeezing the juice out of a hop. I’m in love already.

This is yet another one of my finds while in Cleveland; I was a bit sad that I couldn’t find any Columbus IPA, but this (and a bottle of Speedway Stout) totally made up for it. The bottle reads “Hopheads Nirvana,” and at “93ish I.B.U.’s,” I have no doubt that what I have right here will thrill my bitter senses to the core. Hit it!

Brewed six months before the date of this tasting (“Bottled on Jan. 24th, 2011”).

A: Not surprisingly, this “Imperial Amber” has a solid amber body. A gorgeous shine reminds me of Bell’s Two Hearted and, though the two brews aren’t the exact same style, it certainly brings back good memories. The head, while thin, arrives with a satisfying foaminess. It trickles down in no time, though it leaves delicate tracks of lacing all around the rim of the glass. It could stand to be a little more spirited in its appearance, but only slightly.

S: Am I imagining it, or does this one even have an amber nose? Seriously, the malts I get from this are mostly roasted, and the hops themselves are even dark. Anyway, I can certainly imagine why this is perfect for a hophead like me: the nose is an earthy flavor bomb of bitterness. These flowers are in top form. Fresh fruits make their statement, too, promising a sweet malty character to the palate. I can’t wait.

T: Slow and fiery, the army of hops in this brew come marching through the palate from front to back. Incredible. I don’t know how they did it, but this is the least overwhelming high-IBU beer I’ve ever had. I like it, a lot; it’s enjoyable, not demanding. That doesn’t mean it’s not hoppy or intense – it just takes its time to hit your palate. Before that, there’s a heavily roasted grainy backbone, supporting even darker sugars. A slight fruity edge gives this a unique element, too, almost like it is imported. Belgium or Germany, maybe, because the fruit presence is as mellow and yeasty as a good abbey dubbel or a bock. Either way, it’s blended very well, with a very dry aftertaste. A surprisingly well-balanced (though still hop-centric) ale.

M: Abundant micro-fizz…perfect for this beer. Slightly tongue-numbing at times, but that just adds to the experience. Flawless execution.

O: Well-rounded is an understatement with this beer; it hits the spot in so many ways. My favorite Amber Ale to date, and it will be hard to beat. I can’t see it getting any better than this; that is, of course, unless I can get it fresh.

Photo of RodneyX
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber red colored beer that wasn't opaque and had a nice ince of white foam on it. It disappeared to some nice spots and other lace on the side. Smell of some caramel backbone with good hopps. This is a really great smelling hoppy red. It tastes about like it smells, which is just a really good hoppy amber/red ale. Fantastic for the style, I really enjoyed this one and am glad I have a few bottles left. Goes well with pizza.

Photo of traillme
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Regional brewer kills it. Nugget Nectar is unfortunately a seasonal beer that is only available in the spring.

The bitterness of this imperial amber ale is forward and obvious but melds with a malty body. Head is exceptional and stays with the beer throughout the glass. Aroma again, pulls you back to the beer.

Photo of ajsdad06
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

Pours a slightly hazy orange/amber color with a creamy yellowish beige head. Great retention and lacing.

The aroma is a heavy dose of fruity hops(citrus and tropical) with moderately sweet caramel malt.

The flavor is more of the wonderful fruity hop (citrus/tropical) goodness from the aroma with the caramel malt balancing things nicely.

Full mouthfeel with good carbonation. The finish is on the dry side, but does contain some fruity notes as well. This was much better than expected, and I expected it to be good.

Photo of angrybabboon
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review adapted from notes taken 3/17/11

Appearance: Deep orange/amber, clear, little off-white head with some lacing

Smell: Super hoppy, as I hoped - some grapefruit, a lot of pine resin - somewhat herbal, leafy, too - some substantial caramel/amber malts in the background

Taste: Very bitter with a nice lingering bitterness - malts balance well, as they are toasted and impart a nice amount of sweetness - a light breadiness - hops are resiny, also leafy, very much in your face - juicy grapefruit and some serious rind

Mouthfeel: Very smooth with a medium body, nicely carbonated, refreshing and very drinkable

Overall: Great, but not something I would buy a case of

This is a great beer, but I personally don't think it is an "A+" beer. For my tastes, I think the combination of sweetness and bitterness and leafiness is slightly off. But I can definitely understand why people drool over this.

Update: Drinking a fresh bottle, 2/24/13. This is a consistently charming beer, when I can get my hands on it. Thanks to the new .25 increments, I can bump up the taste to 4.25. It's where it always belonged...

Photo of tobelerone
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Awesome, awesome beer. Golden amber color with small head, nice lacing and retention. The nose is totally aromatic hoppy bliss full of pine and citrus. One of the best smelling beers you'll find. Taste is just as nice. Flavors blend beautifully, hops and bitterness are kept in check by a malty sweetness that balances everything perfectly. Great floral and citrus flavors.

Mouthfeel is full without being too think. Super drinkable. Overall a fantastic beer, the paragon of the new breed of american ambers.

Photo of deaconoflove
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been drinking this wonderful stuff for two or three years...can't believe I've never reviewed it.
Ap. Beautiful golden amber with a little pink in there. Off white head, nice lacing.
Sm. FRESH. Fresh grapefruit, citris, tart fruity candy, very pleasant.
Ta. Candy, malt, candy, hops, candy with a long tart finish. Nicely hoppy, but mild. It's like a hop/malt/red grapefruit candy...and not in a sticky sweet way.
Mf. Good body and carbonation.
Dr. Oh so good. One of my all time favorites.

Photo of Cavery
3.9/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

What a pleasant surprise to have had this on this fateful night!

Bottle share between Klym, Chambic, and myself. Thanks to Chambic for whipping this out so generously.

This bottle is a bit old, 12oz shared on 7-11-11, review from notes

Poured into Stone Nonic.

A: Pink/red body with an off-white head, stained with the colors of the body. Looks like a slightly deluded grapefruit juice, maybe with a dash of some guava nectar. Otherwise quite clean looking, just an unusual color of yellowish foam and ruby-red body.

S: Light hops with a juicey body that comes off a bit mellowed. Light fruit flesh that comes off lightly baked. The alcohol comes through a bit in smothering notes of fruit juices. Resins that seem at the end of their lifespan fight their way into my nose, and they let me know they were kind of a big deal in their day.

T: Really delicious zesty citrus fruit juices with some pineapple juices. This is not like that pineapple note you get in a lot of IPAs or Belgian IPAs, it's a rather less acidic and more marmalade like note. Soft notes of mango flesh in pineapple juice punch through the noticeably weaker hop character. An adorable hop background is almost too slight to notice.

M: the mouth is a bit light with the body slightly diminished. I imagine the age of the beer has hurt this. There's still enough to make drinking this quite enjoyable, but the body is disproportionately weaker than the flavor.

O: All in all I have to revisit this with a fresher offering. The flavors are really so spot on, and the only things that are slightly off with it could be improved with freshness. There's nothing wrong with this beer even with some age on it, it's just that the volume is a bit too low on things that certainly are much brighter in their youth.

Photo of Klym
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks again to Chambic for this unexpected but much loved share! Poured into a Stone nonic.

According to Chambic this bottle was near 2 years old, so I've tried to be very lenient in my rating of this. To keep it short, I really enjoyed this beer. I typically don't like hop-bombs but this just delivered such a flavorful heavy hop-centric smell and flavor that mellowed out a bit in the taste and allowed the other flavors to bloom out a bit. I would love to have this fresh and would love even more to have this fresh and on-tap. To think that this is an imperial amber just leaves me stunned. High marks to this original and delicious beer.

Photo of DustinPowers74
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I’m convinced after having 10+ bottles of this that it is infinitely better in bomber format. Pours a clear orange amber with a dense, sticky lacing, yellow, creme head. Insane retention and sticky lace. Aroma is fresh starfruit, coconut, oily tropical nuts, vanilla, ruby red grapefruit. Taste is fruity, fresh, juicy, oily, lightly sweaty, lots of melon and mango peel. Softly bitter. No dry bitterness and no astringency. Simple, fresh, fruity. Probably the best east coast IPA aside form batch 1 super fresh Humidor Jai Alai, which I will never have again.

Photo of Rifugium
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First had: on tap at Eulogy, Philly, PA

I've seen this labeled as "amber ale," "imperial amber ale" (which I believe is what the bottle says), "American IPA," "imperial IPA" "hopped red ale" (?) ... Whatever it really is, is up to the imbiber, I suppose, but needless to say, one thing it surely is, is a freakin' tremendous beer, and easily one of my favorite off-the-shelf selections.

Pours a orangey golden-amber, often with a slight haze. A nice rocky, white head retains well, and leaves a nice layer of lacing on the glass and your lips. Aroma of fresh citrus and pine, hops of all's so juicy and tantalizing. Explosion of hops on the tongue, yet mellow enough to just ride under the border of being an IPA, even with a 90+ IBU count. Orange zest, orange blossom, sweet pale malts, grapefruit, tangerines, pine, resin,'s all here in perfect quantities. Medium body, full flavor, finishes smooth and dry and leaves you wanting more.

Tröegs Nugget Nectar from Tröegs Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 6,875 ratings.