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Tröegs Nugget Nectar - Tröegs Brewing Company

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7,618 Ratings
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Ratings: 7,618
Reviews: 2,449
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 9.7%
Wants: 1,271
Gots: 1,324 | FT: 40
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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:
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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Ratings: 7,618 | Reviews: 2,449
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of PSUHops
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of troysoy2
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Mad Med on McKnight Rd. 22 oz. "pint" glass. Yes!

This wonderful, tall glass of Nugget Nectar is deep amber in color with a gorgeous finger of fluffy white head. The lacing was top notch, and when I had finished the glass, I literally saw notches where I had taken each sip. Of course, I had to order up another.

The smell is a bit subdued. Piney, citrus over a base layer of light roasted malt.

Smooth sweetness on the front, with a flavorful, yet under control piney, resiny hop blast. Not a smack in the face, but very enjoyable, and oh so drinkable. Also some citrus, and a hint of honey. The mouthfeel is surprisingly creamy. A moderately dry finish makes the next sip just that much more desirable.

Overall, this was just what the doctor ordered. No, it's not a hop bomb of epic proportions, and I don't think this brew pretends to be one. It's tasty, it's scary drinkable for 7.5%, and I wish I could have more. Darn.

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of nycwinter
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

Photo of sheman10
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

on tap... at home!

A - clear amber with off white head that sticks to the glass

S - sweet malt, sweet hops, subtle booze

T - intense tangerine hop with solid bready malt to back it up. slightly boozy, sweet, but so well balanced... utterly fantastic.

M - lots of carbonation and very sticky. stays in your mouth a while... and that's a good thing.

O - Two Hearted was my former #1. Now given the choice, i'd take Nugget. Forgive me Bell's!

Photo of JCaweinstein
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful amber colored beer with a one finger white head and a nice amount of carbonation. This is absolutely crystal clear.
The nose seems to be floral, I can also smell alcohol and also earthiness.
A very bitter pine and resinous like hop flavor, it has a very subtle malty taste taht follows the big hop punch.
Crispness right at first followed by the resinous bitter hops and then an effervescence that seems to lift off my tongue.
This is a great beer for those who like extreme hop flavors. They are som pungent and bitter in the best possible way, and it has absolutely gorgeous clarity.

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5/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of kuhndog
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mjtiernan
4.69/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a NB globe. Bottled 2/20/12. Served right out of the fridge.

A: Pour resulted in a short white head that hurried away pretty quickly. Maybe that’s just because this is fridge temp. Left a small ring around the edge and a small cap in the center. Body is (it may be the color of the label influencing me) sort of a rusty orange-red and hazy. Some lacing follows the way down.

S: Dank hop resin and sweet malt. Citrus and pear. The over-the-top hop and honey sweetness combo makes it comparable to Hopslam but it’s to a lesser degree with NN. Slight bubble gum scent. Some undertones of spice.

T: Somewhat sweet and flowery at the start, then a flash of light fruit. Transitions quickly to a hefty dose of pine bitterness but the bitter is held up nicely by the slightly sweet malt. This has a real malt backbone to it even as fresh as it is. I think the spice from the nose came from the piney hops. Finish is dry, astringent and resinous.

M: Medium body, medium to low carb. This is somewhat of a tongue drier but it all works together so well that you can’t wait for your next sip. Sneaky drinkable.

O: I love this beer. It keeps calling to me as I drink it. This is one of only a handful of truly great hop-centric beers that gets distributed to my area, so before I started trading this was pretty much the holy grail. Some of the excitement has worn away now that I’ve tasted so many other world-class hop bombs but Nugget Nectar will always be special.

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5/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of StoryOfTheGhost
3.06/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- amber, like it should be, with a very white lacing, and a pillowy head, and lacing left on side of the glass

S- Pretty one dimensional. Some citrusy and piney hops. Not smelling all these things everyone else is pointing out. Maybe I'm the one missing it

T- Piney, and citrusy. Some sweetness, more of the amber taste than I expected. Probably my fault expecting something hoppier and more caramel hops. Very malty, which usually means something good in my world, but it does not work in this one.

M- Medium body, good carbonation, does not leave a very good taste in the mouth

O- probably the most disappointed I have ever been by a "Top Beer". Usually the top beers, even when they are not my taste I can at least appreciate the flavors. This beer was very one dimensional and just not that good

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4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a very beautiful deep amber color with a big billowy just off white head. The head has some very nice retention lasting some time, which after fading leaves some nice lacing.

Smell – In the front of the nose is some nice citrus aromas. These mix with some more piney aromas and a bit of roast malt aroma. The aromas are nice.

Taste –There is a smooth malt flavor up front which is quickly engulfed by some hoppiness. The hoppiness is mainly citrus in nature, but some more earthy tastes are present as well. The pine hops come in more toward the end. To finish, the end of the taste is rounded out quite nicely with a little bit of sweetness of caramel.

Mouthfeel – The mouthfeel of this one is very nice. It is much more creamy then I would have originally anticipated. The creaminess coasted the tongue while the more mild level of carbonation enhanced the feel on the tongue. Very soothing and nice.

Overall – This is a nice brew, but I think it is a bit overrated overall. It has a very nice look and mouthfeel and the flavors are very smooth, but for something touted as being a “hopheads nirvana”, it was a bit mild to be a nirvana, maybe just a paradise.

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3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

Photo of mwill7287
3.85/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on February 3, 2012. Enjoyed on Sunday, February 26th. Poured from a 12oz longneck into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a crisp autumnal amber color. Reminds me of the amber color that fossils would be preserved in. An off-white head sits half a finger’s worth deep atop the brew after a fairly vigorous pour. A small army of carbonation bubbles march up the glass. Plenty of residual lacing is left behind. A thin layer of head retains very well throughout the brew. 4.5/5

Smell: On draft, this had an absolutely fantastic nose – the hallmark of the brew, in my opinion. Brightly hoppy, juicily citrus. The bottled version is a little more subdued and has more of a caramel maltiness to it for balance. 4.25/5

Taste: The taste seems to be much more balanced than the nose. In fact the taste is much more to the caramel malty side than hoppy. The “nectar” comes in more on the back end, showing through towards the aftertaste, building up sip by sip. The brew overall ends up being much more standard amber than I expected. Quite good, but worth the hype? 3.75/5

Mouthfeel: Smooth and easy flowing on the palate. Low bitterness and mild carbonation keeps it easy drinking. 4/5

Overall: A good beer, for sure, but I was a little disappointed with it compared with the hype made about it. Definitely a solid brew but not sure why it seemed to sell out instantly. I’ll take it, though! Definitely quite drinkable, even at 7.5%. 3.75/5

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4.82/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a copperish hue. Decent head that dissipates to a thin layer. Good lacing.

S - Very hoppy (citrus, tropical fruit, and pine notes) with a background of amber/caramel malts.

T - Great blend of citric and piney hops meet the amber/caramel backbone. It is both sweet and bitter (hoppy) at the same time. Extremely well balanced and very tasty. This is the pinnacle of how an amber should taste.

M - Medium bodied, pitch-perfect carbonation. Slightly chewy with a nice dry, hoppy finish. It feels perfect in the mouth and is very drinkable.

O - Nugget Nectar lives up to the hype. This is one of my "I have to at least get a six-pack of it every year" beers. It's really drinkable and is the best Amber beer I've ever had. So glad this isn't as rare as some similarly hyped beers...I'll echo everyone else, please make this a year-rounder!

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of kawilliams81
4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle thanks to kecarl7!
Served in a Half Acre tulip.

A- Pours a nice copper/amber color with a 2 finger off-white head. Small blotches of lacing linger.

S- Nice amber and caramel malts. Lots of citrus, grapefruit, oranges, pineapple, passion fruit.

T- Wow! Tastes like citrus super fruit of some kind. Sweet tangerines and pineapple all comes together and gives a passion fruit taste as well. Nice amount of sweet amber malts and just enough pine & citrus hop bite to balance this beer.

M- Medium body with lower carbonation. Creamy and slick at the same time.

O- Absolutely love this beer! The citrus flavors are just perfect along with a nice hop presence that doesn't over power the sweet malts.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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5/5  rDev +15.5%

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5/5  rDev +15.5%

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