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Tröegs Nugget Nectar - Tröegs Brewing Company

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6,872 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,872
Reviews: 2,306
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.91%
Wants: 1,157
Gots: 784 | FT: 23
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 Cmack15
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow I really like this beer. Stumbled upon a six pack at a random store and promptly purchased it. When I got home to sample this beer I was not disappointed. The beer is a nice amber color and looks beautiful in my tulip glass. The aroma is so enticing of a strong piney, hoppy smell. The taste starts smooth and sweet and finishes with the hop bite that you expect from this beer. this is a really good beer and I wish it was an all year beer and not a seasonal.

Photo of bpalfrey10
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Light copper coloring with gorgeous clarity. moderate lasting slightly off-white head.
S: big nose, citrus upfront (might be orange)
T: incredible, a good amount of pine in the middle taste and maybe a little bit of pineapple, very well balanced for such a hoppy beer, very little lasting bitterness. alcohol is hardly noticeable.
M: smooth carbonation and a moderate body
O: fantastic mouthwatering beer. the balance is what jumps out at me as I wasn't expected it in an imperial amber. can't wait to have another.

Photo of HattedClassic
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A nice amber red and light head when poured that dissipates quickly.

Smell: My nose detects a nice pine smell with a hint of light grapefruit that come out citrusy sweet.

Taste: HOPS!! I taste pine, citrus and a hint of grapefruit. I also get some sweet flavor which I think may be malts, which balance out the hops really well.

Mouthfeel: Very light carbonation on the tongue to the point where there isn't any.

Overall: I will say that this is actually a pretty good beer to have every once and a while. It looks good, smells good and tastes good. The price itself isn't too shabby either. I think the Troeg Brothers manage to get hoppy enough satisfy most hopheads but too hoppy that it's undrinkable for the rest of us.

Photo of rootbeerman
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours amber with a reddish hue. the head is about a finger thick and fell to a thin lacing layer.
S: a nice sweet mix of hop and malt, with the hop being mostly pine and citrus. almost wants to be an IPA
T: hops are first noticed with pine then grapefruit. malt is a good balancing factor to the hops, providing enough sweetness to round out the flavor.
M: smooth carbonation, seem a little coating but not overly.
O: yet another bomber i wish i was not splitting with someone. its great flavor makes it go down very well.

Photo of Preismj
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: pours a rich amber color with a two finger head. Settles after a minute or two and leaves heavy lacing on the way.

s: very spicy hop aroma. very flora with a nice sweetness of fruit scent. not a citrus smell of fruit...smells more like apples and pears. Thinking it may be a blend of smells with the hops and fruit that make it smell more like apples and pears.

t: very nice hop flavor...comes on strong but well balanced. Now I get the citrus. Almost like orange peel or grapefruit. A sour taste, but there is definitely some sweetness in there as well. very bitter in the end.

m: nice carbonation makes this a pleasure to drink.

o: very good brew. I'm enjoying the flavor of this and can see myself having a few on a nice summer day. The hoppiness could get overwhelming after a while though. Definitely gets a better taste going as it warms. Very nice brew by Troegs.

Photo of ratedz
3.53/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden amber color with about an inch of off-white colored head. The head fades fairly quickly and leaves behind a lot of lacing on the glass.

S - Starts with some citrus and slightly bitter hops. Some sweetness. As I breathe in deeper, the scents fade...not much there if you take a deep whiff.

T - Citrus and piney hops up front before some sweet caramel malts come in to balance it out. A slight bitterness lingers in the aftertaste. Definitely straddles the line between an amber and an IPA.

M - Light to medium bodied and slightly below average carbonation. Very drinkable, but much hoppier than other amber ales I've had.

Overall, an enjoyable beer, but very different given the style. Grading to the style and not to personal tastes, I had to knock my scores down a bit since this is labeled an Imperial Amber even though it reminds me more of of an IPA/DIPA.

Photo of hopheadjuice
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, Bottled 2/22/11

Pours a perfect amber copper body with a gorgeous 2 finger head that caps and laces in thick rings.

Very heady hoppy with a huge burst of pine needles and grapefruit pith. Malt is restrained but their and trying to pop up with its sweet breadyness.

Taste is a hopheads wet dream, huge pine and citrus flavours with a nice dose of bitterness. This hop profile is very flavorful not just in your face bitter. Malt is restrained yet again making its amber caramel like presence known as it tries so hard to tame the wicked hops.

Medium mouthfeel with great prickly carbonation. slightly dry in the finish.

Overall this is a great beer and any hopheads fix.

Photo of LtCracker20
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Taken from notes.

A- Pours a deep rich amber body with a 2-finger off white head that slowly drops to a thick cap with great lace. The cap stays for the whole beer.

S- Citrus hops, fruity, and sweet. Very IPA-ish, as well as a hint of belgian yeasty-fruitness.

T- Citrusy and grassy hops up front. A little floral as well. Very hoppy and borders, if not crosses, the American IPA line..

MF- Medium to full bodied with flavor that lingers. Good carbonation level as well.

Photo of stoutluvr420
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- A golden-amber color with a cream colored head. The head disappears, but here is some lacing that stays to the bottom.

S- Mostly grassy hops with some citrus. Cannibus. Has some hints of pine and a tad bit of fruitiness in there, too. A great boquet for hop heads!

T- Hops abound throughout. Some pine, caramel and bitterness. Amazing sweet/bitter contrast. Herbal sweetness first, finishing with creme brule bitterness. Complex yet balanced somehow.

M- Easy going, smooth, some of that great bitterness from the hops, yet a silky smooth finish.

D- Yeah, this is a very drinkable beer- especially for the style. At 7.5% I could drink this all day. And night. I was tempted to sit and down the rest of my sixer, but resisted the urge. I'll be grateful tomorrow...

Photo of jwinship83
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from the six pack i picked up while in boston for EBF/NotB. drank from my samuel adams perfect pint glass. very excited to try this one for the first time.

A- this one pours out of the bottle a dark amber colored body with a rather large light khaki colored head on top. the head takes its time falling, and leaves behind small rings of lacing. very nice.

S- the first thing i pick up on after taking a whiff is hops. mostly floral and grassy but there are citric and pine notes in here as well. after that i get some bready malts with a little bit of sweet caramel also.

T- the sweet caramel and toasted bread like notes come to the front of the taste. after that i get large amounts of spicy, earthy, and grassy hops. there are lesser amounts of floral, citric (grapefruit), and piny hops also. very hoppy.

M- medium bodied and well carbonated. very hoppy without coming off as overly bitter.

D- very enjoyable to drink, and i can see why this is so highly regarded. if it wasnt so strong, i could see drinking the whole sixer in an evening and going looking for more. check this one out.

Photo of TheBrewo
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

We pour a brew of deep golden orange, not dissimilar to the color of the label. The pale yellow head stands two fingers high, and is of big, sticky bubbles. They cake the glass all the way around as the head disappears at a medium pace. While the beer isn't hazy, and no sediment is noted, the translucency is not complete. Carbonation looks to be fairly active. The aroma explodes with floral, somewhat grassy hops up front. There is a strong fruity, nectar-like sweetness about it, with notes of honey, strawberry, and passion fruit. As the beer warms the alcohol increases in presence. The hops also add wisps of citrus that float to the back of the nose. As we sip, flowery hops hit first. These are accompanied by fresh tropical fruits, with a heavy sweetness that really digs into the tongue. This acts to carry the flavors to the middle, where sugary sweetness runs with biting citrus, all contained within a hop-whirl. The taste evens out towards the end, and the hops cool down to take on an earthiness, with a bit of lingering bitterness. The aftertaste breathes of fresh hops that are bittering and sweet. The barky earthiness is also retained, but so is some fruit. It is like licking a sap covered, tropical fruit bearing, hop bush, in the best way. The body is medium and the carbonation is medium. The bubbles create a heavy froth to each sip. The sweetness and hops on the other hand lend a syrupy feel, which leaves the mouth partially coated, and happily wet and satiated. The abv is slightly above average as the beer is an "Imperial", but it is hidden expertly.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the aroma. It was as hoppy as promised, but included some wonderfully fruity, sweeter notes, to cut any bitterness that may have been presented otherwise. Not only was the aroma refreshing, but the taste followed through to attest to the aromas boasted for. The feel was creamy and smooth, and made drinking this beer, which is a standout for the style, that much easier.

Photo of notchucknorris
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark amber color with a wisp of a head that turns into a small patch eventually.

S: Pretty amazing. A lot of pine hops along with some mango, peach and caramel.

T: Nice hit of piney hops upfront and a good amount of caramel malts to balance the hops. Slight sweetness towards the finish of peach and caramel and then a nice bitter finish that is all grapefruit pith. This is a tasty one. Really glad I got to try it.

Photo of ccm414
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle...

A- Pours a golden amber color, but also still appears to show some darker tan color as well. 1 and a half finger dark cream colored head that leaves amazing lace around the whole glass.

S- Hop lovers dream. Heavy pine and floral notes. Citrusy, but all scents work together and do not overwhelm.

T- The hops and malt compliment one another here. Spicy hop flavors are immediate with a slight sweetness from the malt. Leaves a slight bitter finish that is rather nice. Well balanced beer here for the hop lovers. A VERY slight alcohol burn is noticed after the finish, but that should be expected at 7.5% ABV.

M- Clean and crisp. Enough said. But really, this beer drinks very clean and smooth. Almost feels like a lighter bodied beer, but is more towards a medium weight.

D- This beer is very drinkable. Not too strong, not too light. I can find myself reaching for this one more and more.


Photo of danmcg62
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-A deep orangey, red with a decent head

S-Pine needles come to mind a first sniff. Flowers of some variety, can't seem to place a specific flower. Super interesting smell, like nothing I've smelt before with a beer.

T-Super hoppy. It says it's brewed with a "trifecta of Nugget, Warrior, and Tomahawk hops". I don't know if that's made up or real, but whatever they are they taste amazing. Oranges and peaches are evident as well.

M-A little creamy, mildly thick.

D-Super drinkable. I could drink this all day long. Completely different from anything that I've tasted before. Definitely lives up to the hype.

Photo of CampusCrew
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance: deep reddish garnet color in apprearnce, some lacing head

smell: sublte hop presence, pine

taste: some piney hop flavors that balance out a hefty caramel malt backbone.

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: wish I knew the date on this. add some hop power and this would be world class. nice hopped up amber ale

Photo of thedoubler55
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A -Had on tap at maloney's pub in matawan NJ, Pours a nice amber color with about a finger worth of head that leaves a bit of lacing around the glass.

S -First smell is citrus, with strong notes of grapefruit. Strong scent of some good hops as well.

T - Same as the nose, a slight hint of burnt sugar very minimal, but strong citrus notes and good hop bitterness at the tail end.

M - Great beer, very smooth, mid carbonation and medium bodied

D - Awesome brew, I loved this beer from TROEGS! Will definitely be buying more of this.

Photo of celticfutblclub
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - pours a nice golden-orange with a slight brown tint to it. head fades quickly but sticks on the edge for the remainder. the appearance doesnt quite prepare you for whats to come in my opinion.

S - this thing is just completely chock full of things. hops, citrus, peach, grapefuit, some sort of bubblegum/candy/cotton candy thing going on as well.

T - citrus hits first then grapefruit and hops come in at the same time and the hops are definitely what sticks around at the end. great combination.

M - good carbonation almost too much but its still very good. nice and smooth too.

D - extremely drinkable. while its got a lot of stuff going on it retains a great level of crispness and smoothness that means i could drink this all night with zero complaints.

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

A: Pours an off white creamy 2 finger head. Color is a nice deep amber. Extremely clear. Mild carbonation bubbles present.

S: Citrus hops, pine, little bit of alcohol but all of which are nice an subdued. Scent is well crafted and not overwhelming. All elements seem to complement one another well.

T: Hoppy but not bitter. Starts very clean with citrus notes. Slight bitterness towards the end. No alcohol is present. Once again everything is going together extremely well.

M: Nice and full bodied. On par with other good commercial IPAs.

D: OMFG this thing is drinkable. Although I know session beers are supposed to be less than 5%, I have an incredibly hard time not just smashing through a 6 pack of this beer. It's so delicious. Once again it's because everything seems so blended. All elements of the beer work together in harmony. Exceptional beer.

Photo of PicoPapa
4.59/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle. Pours a dark amber color with an inch of frothy head. Smells unbelievable. Great aroma of citrusy hops, namely grapefruit and sweet orange. Very sweet smelling. Tastes just as great as it smells. Big sweet, citrus hop flavor of orange and grapefruit. Bitter at the end. Slightly bready. Extremely drinkable. Hard to find many faults with this brew. Basically everything I look for in a beer. Outstanding.

Photo of output01x
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A 2-finger creamy head sits atop a clear dark honey body but diminishes in minutes. Globs of foam remain as the glass empties. A constant trickle of small bubbles slowly rise. Remnants of the foamy head covers the side of the glass.

Malt, honey, some hops, spices, and caramel are detected from the smell.

Non-overpowering hops are immediately noticed, followed by spices. A slight hoppy bitterness is detected near the end but fades quickly. The 7.5% ABV is not noticable in the least.

This beer is not crisp and refreshing as one would assume. Instead it is very creamy and somewhat sticky. Not a bad thing, but definitely different for the style.

I am not pulled into this beer but I could enjoy multiple. It is dark enough for a winter occasion and yet hoppy enough for a summer retreat. This beer is very flexible as it can fill multiple roles and is thusly good for different drinkers.

Photo of kaips1
3.78/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a small stein

A-dark ruby,very nice, one finger one an a half finger head nice thick white, very lively
S-smells like hopslam but not with all the hops but a good amount of citrus
T- just like the smell but a bit lacking in comparison to what I expect from the smell
M-nice bitter tingling fades fast, wet finish
D-very easy it seems to get out hand and start pounding them, too much hopslam this year and anything under 8% feels a little light

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

Red amber with a coppery shine in the light. A thick and fluffy yellow-tinted head of approximately 2 fingers. How appropriate that I'm listening to black and yellow while I unwind and write this review. The beer is looking good, nice and rich with good carbonation...exactly what I want in an amber ale on a night like this.

I have smelled beers hoppier than this, but this is still quite hoppy. Sweet, bitter, and spicy with a little bite from the alcohol. This beer comes off like a wine, complex oils playing off a rich amber malt. I definitely appreciate the fact that they have pushed the limits on a drinkable imperial amber, but have still salvaged some of the beer for me to smell and taste while drinking.

Heavenly hops with delicious balance between the bitter and sweet on my palate. Definitely a beer I could drink all night and not get sick of. The ragingly spicy hops followed by a sticky and bitter aftertaste. The entire sip is clean and doesn't leave a gross aftertaste...my kind of beer. In fact, I am already on my second pint by this point in the review.

Crisp, bitter, medium bodied beer with a good aftertaste that coats the palate and leaves me satiated after each sip. It is definitely on the border between what I desire in an IPA and what is over the top, but I appreciate its intensity. This is definitely not a watery beer, the alcohol is potent and the malt is there to match. Damn tasty imperial amber that feels great to drink down.

Value wise, this beer is overpriced, but worth trying. The growler fill was about $14, so it's clearly a better buy for a six pack. However, the beer was quite tasty and worth sampling nonetheless. I have respect for a beer that is as strong as this one, as most similar IPAs tend to be 7 pushing 9%abv, but sometimes I do prefer to have a beer I can drink a few of before being unable to operate heavy machinery...thankfully I'm sitting at home writing a review only using light machinery so I can continue to drink more beer.

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

A - Ultra clear amber color (like stain glass) and a nice strong head that grabs a hold on the glass. Did I mention super clear!

S - Has the aroma of a fresh hop flower. Citrus and sweet notes tickle your senses.

T - Great fresh hop taste with just the right amount of bitter. You can get just a hint of alcohol if you focus your pallet enough towards the back-end. Does not tire your taste buds.

M - Not to thin or to syrupy. Light on the throat with a full body structure

D - This is a fantastic brew that always gets me exited for the first and the second and so on. The bitterness is low enough to not become overwhelmed but the taste is so pure and fresh that having another goes without saying. It's called an amber ale but it's more IPA to me... maybe it's the lack of a heavy bitterness that keeps it in the amber category, nevertheless, this is a great beer!

Photo of uustal
4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

150th Review

Pours a standard amber with a really bright white head. Nice lacing throughout. Mango, pineapple, grapefruit and orange are all present in the nose. Smells wonderful. Flavor starts off with those tropical fruit hops, some grapefruit as well. Also some more spicy and piny hops shine through to a much lesser extent. Great amber malt background. Carmel and a bit of sweet bread balance this huge tasting beer out perfectly. A little heat on the finish. Really big hop flavor and great malt, there is just so much cohesion in this beer. Excellent.

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

Pour from 12 oz bottle dated 2-8-11. Thanks to mike as this was an extra.

Pours a deep amber with nice head

Smell is of nice citrusy hops and apricots

Taste follows the nose and is smooth and tasty

Mouthfeel is great, perfect carbonation and not too thin

Drinkability is great. My glass is gone and wish I had another.

Tröegs Nugget Nectar from Tröegs Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 6,872 ratings.