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Tröegs Nugget Nectar - Tröegs Brewing Company

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6,417 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,417
Reviews: 2,300
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 1,053
Gots: 663 | FT: 25
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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 Brenden


4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This brew is a beautiful amber-red that combines clarity and depth very nicely. The color is what I expect. A tan head pours out at about one finger and retains well, leaving moderately thick lacing in equally moderate volume.
I've recently read a forum post questioning the strength and depth of this beer. I inhale deeply and instantly my fears are sated. This one is pure, fresh, raw, and deep, with hops all over the place creating a beautiful mix of citrus, resin, floral and earthy. Combined with a very nice balance from malts adding a slightly sweetening effect, I'm trying hard to imagine how this aroma could be better.
This is a tasty brew. The fresh citrus and pine come out straightaway, just as fresh, bright and clean but perhaps not as strong as I get from the nose. The balancing malts add a sweetness, subduing the high IBU and making this just a really tasty beer rather than the hop bomb some expect. Lots of grassy earthiness comes out in the finish. Delicious.
The body is medium but pretty filling, with smoothness beating out crispness. It seems almost to thicken in the swallow, if that makes sense. A little dryness pulls through, though it keeps smooth. As such, the finish is semi-dry and lingers pretty well.
Overall, this one is really drinkable given a fairly high ABV. It's a delicious beer well worth the hype and which, to be quite honest, I should have gotten more of.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2010 14:30:43 | More by Brenden
Photo of pwoody11


4.03/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from snifter around 54 degrees.

Love the color. Exactly what I picture an amber to be. Bright and translucent. 1 finger head that hangs around for awhile and leaves a little lacing.

Aroma is that of hops and citrus.

Tastes like it smells for the most part. I'm getting an earthy/grassy taste mixed in with some sort of citrus. Can't put a finger on a particualr fruit, but most certainly in the citrus family. Grapefruit maybe?

The beer wasn't nearly as bitter as I had expected with the name and big hop on the label. I found it to be a nice combination of flavors and could see this being one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2010 12:41:06 | More by pwoody11
Photo of ktrillionaire


4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first sampling of the illustrious and debated Nugget Nectar. I can see why it is beloved, and why it underwhelms certain expectations. It is very balanced, and not too heavy handed in any aspect, I am not sure that everyone appreciates that, especially those looking for a hop OD...

A – It pours a very nice hue of amber-red, with good inch of head, less impressive lace.

S – The aroma is quite hoppy; piney and herbal, with a tad of caramel and a bit of alcohol. The aroma is nicely balanced, yet strongly hop-centric.

T – The taste is very well balanced. The red element is nicely expressed in this one, countered with a mostly bitter and herbal hop. A bit of pleasant mineral flavor is present as well. Despite the redness, no peat or butterscotch flavors are there, and that is a very good thing in my book.

M – Very nice; effervescent and on the lighter side of medium-bodied.

D – I will gladly drink this.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2010 06:28:21 | More by ktrillionaire
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4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint.

Beautiful foamy head full of bubbles like cake batter. Nice lace down the glass as well.

Aroma is rich with wet hops. Floral, Earthy, spicy, and piny.

Flavor begins with intense yet well balanced hops and finishes sweet and nutty with the malt. Hints of citrus and cinnamon. This is truly a top notch beer. The balance of crisp hops with a gentle smoothness is rare. Incredibly easy to drink for how hoppy it is.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2010 02:42:00 | More by HugoGrim
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been waiting a long time to try this beer, and the legendary Hopslam. Paid 12.99/six pack for the Nugget Nectar but it was worth it to try my first imperial amber, and one I've heard so much about!

A - Very clear dark golden color with a two finger tan head. Varying sizes of carbonation bubbles, interesting.

S - Loads of floral and citrus hops, but not as heavy on the earthy and grassy notes you tend to get with an imperial pale ale, for instance. Lots of sweet, bready malt follows.

T - Very hoppy but just slightly sweet. Not much bitterness or alcohol taste at all. Not as hoppy as I was expecting but it is so damn well balanced I can't complain! Has a smoky aspect to it that I have found in many craft brewed ambers.

M - Very smooth and the carbonation is just right. Doesn't leave much taste in your mouth which keeps me coming back for another sip.

D - Dangerously drinkable. It just goes down so easy.

Overall I was very impressed. It is a unique take on this whole era of imperial ales and one I'd definitely like to see more of. Very hoppy and flavorful without being so bitter to make your average craft brew drinker wince. I'd love to get some more if it was cheaper! If you are a fellow lover of hoppy beers and see this, get it and treat yourself! Now if only I could track down some Hopslam one of these days...

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2010 02:25:03 | More by BeerPhan86
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4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out a clear, orange-amber body with a tall head of off-white, long lasting foam. Thin delicate sheets of lace on the descent.

Smell: Sure, there're some mild notes of bready malt to be sniffed up, but, for the most part, it's a nose of fresh, moist, juicy hops. All at once, it's richly floral, grassy, citrusy, and spicy. Nice.

Taste: Lightly bready, toasty, but adequately sweet malts jump-start the taste. Next, in charges a vibrant, multi-faceted American hop character: fresh florals, light pine saplings, ground spices, refrigerator-chilled ruby red grapefruit, and fresh, juicy tangelos. Moderate bitterness, though while it's jam-packed with hops, it thankfully never becomes harsh or unpleasantly astringent. Soon, a staunch, firm grassiness enters the taste. Finishes predominately bitter, though a bit more malty sweetness is encountered, with a lingering grassiness and ever-so-slight alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel: Just a hair above medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth, soothing mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Top notch expression of hops. For me, it's just the right amount and right blend of hops to make for a very enjoyable brew, with enough malts and not a drop more alcohol than is needed. Well done, Tröegs!

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 23:36:37 | More by ChainGangGuy
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4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- poured into a pint glass, clear orange-rust color, with minimal head
S- hops, pine
T- the taste is hoppy, but very balanced. no hint of the slightly elevated ABV
M- feel is thin so it goes down easy, moderate to high carbonation.
D - by the label, I was afraid the hops would be overpowering, but they are not. very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 15:24:06 | More by jmdrpi
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4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excited to try this one...

A: Looks perfect. Deep murky copper color with a thick 1 inch white head that fades decently.

S: Smell oaky hops upfront. Grassy notes in the middle. Hints of caramel on the backend. Not too bad.

T: Grapefruit and sugar upfront. Not too hot on the hops which works well for this brew. Port / grassy taste on the backend. Not too bad.

M: Doesn't leave too much in your mouth. Good balance of carbonation and water.

D: Goes down very easy. Super smooth.

All in all, I did like this brew. I didn't know what to expect as I am not a super hop guy. This one had a good balance of everything. Good to try at least once and formulate your own opinion.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 04:56:27 | More by steve8robin
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3.95/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pouring from a 12 oz bottle into a perfect pint glass.

A nice clean orange, leaning more towards straw yellow than amber. Fluffy white head quickly retreates to a nice 1/4" lid.

Smells like the label suggests. as is someone has squeezed out a giant hop nugget into the head of the beer. Very Earthy, with a hint of citrus.

The hops manage a nice Earthy flavor, while still coming across as clean and fruity. Grapefruit sour balances it very nicely.

Feel is decent. Not too much carbonation, which works for me.

Very drinkable. Good hoppy aroma and taste, but no overpowering bitter pucker. Great name as well. Too many beers these days are not what they claim to be, but Nugget Nectar fits this brew perfectly.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 01:30:35 | More by MisterDeeds
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North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another beer i've been looking forward to for a while.

Pours a very pleasant deep amber/copper color. I don't usually put much stock in the appearance of beer unless something is obviously wrong, but this one really stood out to me. Light head with minimal lacing. Looks just wonderful in the tulip glass.

Smell is hop forward but with a sense of sweetness behind it. I've read others saying they get a lot of citrus here, but i'm getting only a small amount. Still pleasant.

Taste is hoppy on the front end, but not overly so (i wouldn't mistake this for a DIPA). It finishes very smooth/sweet, which, i suppose is why the 97ibus are not that overwhelming. The longer you drink it the more the sweet/malty elements come through, never really with any indication of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is pleasant, smooth. No harshness to it like i've started to grown accustomed to in some of the bigger beers. This in turn makes the drinkability relatively high, yet for all the smoothness and well blended elements I don't find this as "easy" to drink as I was hoping. I feel the same way about brown shugga (though granted that's a higher abv and also not as well put together), so perhaps it has something to do with the sweetness.

In total this is a nice change of pace from some of the big beers i've been drinking of late. Due to the hop levels in this one, i see now why so many are so wanting to compare it to a DIPA, but it really is a different experience. A very interesting and, for me, different beer. At $10 a sixer, it's also nice to be able to get something from the top 100 that's affordable (though, of course, I can't get any more in NC, so perhaps that's a mute point).

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2010 15:15:12 | More by mechamifune
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into tulip. Bottled 1/10.
Pours beautifully into my glass forming a rich 2 finger head. Deep copper in color with amber hues. Head retention and lacing are adequate. Smell is amazing with strong fruity hops. Grapefruit, orange, and apricot. Very comparable to some DIPAs. Up front, the hops are very prominent giving a very memorable first impression. Notes of apricot, pine, and honey flavours. Very potent as well. The warmth from the alcohol comes in at the end. However, it doesn't take away from the enjoyment of this beer because of it's complexity of flavours. If anything it makes it better. An amazing and unique brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2010 11:50:53 | More by JunkYardJake
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4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bomber. Pours a very transparent amber color with good carbonation. Thick foamy white head with decent lacing. Smell is hoppy, sweet, and slightly bready. Sweet and somewhat fruity taste with bitter hops coming through towards the end. Mouthfeel is kind of watery but good. Slightly sticky. This is very drinkable. I'd love to have some more.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2010 05:04:04 | More by jdskinns
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4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Body is a copper hue with a slight hint of red. A sliver of white head.

S: Straight fruity hops, some nice orange, a bit of grapefruit, and some lemon. A faint bread in the background, and a bit of floral hops in the nose as well.

T: Straight up, this beer is so easy to drink and has an unreal balance of hops and malt. 97 ibu's, right. The bitterness is there, but doesn't make you rear your head or make you think its a strong DIPA. Great meld of citrus and a bit of grapefruit. Backing of grain and some bread.

M: Spot on.

D: This beer has always been a staple. Grabbed a case the week it came out, and might have to get another one before it goes away.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2010 02:43:32 | More by jslot38
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4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours orangey amber with a small, white head.

The aroma is quite citrusy, with mandarin orange and pine shining through fairly easily. Really nice for the style but not monumental for beer.

The taste is packed with orangey citrus and is very drying on the palate.

For this style it's going to be tough to beat, but as an overall beer it's not all that exciting.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2010 00:46:58 | More by brownbeer
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4.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aggressively poured into tulip...

A: Pours a clear and vibrant bright amber hue with hints of ruby and a nice three finger frothy head that leaves excellent webbed lacing. Falls very slowly...

S: Citrus and pine hops combine with a nice balance of caramel malt to create a well rounded aroma, not as big as I would expect, but very nice.

T: A little more reserved than I expected in the flavor department...follows the nose with a nice balance of citrus and pine hops and caramel malt, but beyond that there isn't much to speak of. Expected a little more from all of the hype, but nevertheless it is very nice, just not the wow factor that I expected....

M: Medium body with very smooth carbonation, dry finish and lingering hops and a little citrus give it a little extra boost. Very nice.

D: You would never guess this is 7.5% abv, very very smooth and clean, could drink several of these and then be in trouble! Wish this were distributed on the West Coast...

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2010 01:21:22 | More by RedBrewer83
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4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle from a trade with BeerMan777 into a Duvel tulip.

A: A brilliantly clear amber body sits calmly underneath a tight ¾" tan head. Average retention and moderate lacing. Nice-looking beer, and definitely within the color range of an IPA.

S: Lovely, balanced aroma of pine and citrus hops (emphasis on orange, with some grapefruit as well) along with a pleasantly restrained note of sweet caramel malt. Delectable, if not quite as explosive as some other hop-bombs.

T: Like the nose, the flavors deliver not a pyrotechnic display of hop intensity, but rather an elegantly woven tapestry of impeccable balance. Pine and citrus hops play back and forth throughout, with just enough sweet malt backbone to set off the smooth bitterness and hint of cinnamon of the finish. This beer doesn't deliver anything I've haven't experienced before, but it definitely provides a profoundly enjoyable drinking experience. Top notch.

M: The lightly sticky body is mouthcoating at first, but soon releases a moderate, lively dose of effervescence that helps keep things relatively crisp. Quite nice, if a bit on the lighter side.

D: I have difficulty imagining a more drinkable beer with this kind of strength and hoppiness. There's no trace of alcohol, and the complexly bitter finish keeps me thirsty for more. Impeccable.

Notes: I was fortunate enough to get three of these in a recent trade (thanks again, BeerMan777), and this was my second (I drank my first back to back with a Hopslam). I just can't get over how utterly smooth and drinkable this amazing brew is. Every single moment drinking it is a pleasure. There's nothing truly spectacular about any one aspect of it, but the overall package is hard to top. If only Troeg's distributed to CT...


Serving type: bottle

03-03-2010 11:49:47 | More by woosterbill
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Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Deep reddish amber colour. Long lasting head with nice lacing down the glass.

S-Citrus and pine notes being the most prevalent....very light malt notes.

T-Hoppy punch to the face by a strong malt presence. I'm not sure if my palate has become more refined or if this latest version of NN is more balanced as I remember it being less balanced in the past.

M-Thicker in keeping with the 7.5% alc.

D-Wow so drinkable despite the higher alc.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2010 02:57:24 | More by Mit
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New York

4.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a clear coppery amber color with one finger of bubbly white head that recedes a little too quickly and leaves bits of lace...once receded the head maintains a nice soapy layer on the top of the beer and never disappears completely
S - Wow...big citrus hop aroma, but interestingly enough i smelled sweet malts before I even poured. Pine notes come out as it warms and smell oh so heavenly.
T - Citrus/grapefruit hop flavors blast up front and then are slowly taken over by sweet chewy malts in the finish. There is something really satisfying about the order of these flavors. Citrus hops linger on the palate long after sipping. Pine comes out as it warms.
M - Hops dance on the tip of your tongue while malts slide down the back of it. Big-bodied (on the higher side of medium, bordering on full), tingly, sticky...a tactile treat for the mouth
D - For a beer with this kind of hop profile and respectable level of alcohol NN is just so damn drinkable. I can't stop sipping it and am resisting the urge to chug. I'm so glad there are 5 more in the fridge.

This is the first beer I've had in a while that left me wanting another before I even finished. I've had some great brews lately, but usually I try one and then I'm on to the next because I get excited about new things. I will be going back again and again...now if only it wasn't $13 for a damn six pack at Wegs. Will be looking elsewhere...

The more I drink the more I feel like my ratings aren't high enough and I have already bumped a couple up because of the emerging traits of this beer. I think I'll leave this review alone for now...

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2010 00:04:14 | More by josefnewsong
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New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this as my local Canal's due to a friends suggestion.

This beer is beautiful. Poured into a pint glass. Red/amber color with a thick rocky head that clings to the side of the glass. Head disappears fast though. The smell is excellent, slightly floral and piney with a hoppy smell.

The taste is complex. Not so hoppy, slightly sweet with a brilliant piney after taste. Like a subtle IPA. Goes down smooth, very drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2010 01:21:16 | More by keanex
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4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter, right off the bat noticed the hue and clarity. Before giving the glass a smell I noticed the floral aroma, wonderful. Getting my nose deep into the glass the aroma smells more meaty, but still very appealing.

It is a hoppy beer, could definitely be considered a big IPA, but very crisp and not too sweet. This beer could pass for a 5% ABV, its light-medium body could definitely sneak up on somebody

Mouthfeel is a bit foamy, especially since the head was almost non-existent.

I will definitely be buying more of this beer, it's very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2010 23:07:38 | More by parris
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New York

4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Ithaca Excelsior tulip

A- Prehistoric amber with lots of golden highlights is what comes to mind when looking at this beer. Thin white head floating on the surface that hangs on all the way to the end. Some noticeable carb bubbles floating to the surface.

S- Mango is the first aroma I pick up on as well as other tropical fruit smells, a bit of spice mixed in with a nice malty backbone.

T- Nugget nectar indeed! Hops are obviously what this beer is about and they do not disappoint. Not obscenely hopped but perfectly balanced with a nice resinous taste with lots of fruit mixed in.

M- Nice carbonation for the style with a touch of hoppy, resinous mouth coating with each mouth full. Medium to full body accompanied with a delicious aftertaste.

D- I love this stuff and look forward to it each year; every beer I finish leaves me wanting another, perfect.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2010 21:07:40 | More by israel
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4.7/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The experience for this began when I first cracked the bottle cap as a rush of citric hops assaulted my nose. Poured a beautiful amber color with a 1" white head that dissipated to a thin layer of sudsy bubbles that remained for the rest of the drink with good lacing.

T - Hops. Citric hops in particular with mostly tastes of grapefruit, with some mango and a hint of cherry, followed by some sweet malts.

M - Medium body, perfect carbonation, smooth consistency, yet a bit abrasive across the palate with the citric, resinous hops.

D - Exceptional aroma, great taste, loads of hops.. Drank three of these easily right out of the gate. Palate destroyed. I don't see how an amber ale could get much better than this.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2010 21:25:08 | More by garuda
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Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber with a moderate off-white foam. Nose is pine, grapefruit, tropical fruit and tangerine. Solidly bitter flavour. Strong toffee and caramel, and lots of grapefruit hops with a resiny pine edge. Hints of apple and fruitiness. Moderate body with a good carbonation level. Smooth, slick and a bit oily. Well balanced and very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2010 21:14:53 | More by allergictomacros
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4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smutty33 brought this by for a taste. thanks dude.

A- pours a nice clear amber-orange with a nice thick white head that settles to leave some beutiful lacing. handsome beer.

S- Alot of hop complexity here with some sweet honey malt background. The hops aroma is everything from citrus, tropical fruit like pinapple and a tid bit of earth and pine.

T- The taste is just as complex as the aroma. same hop characterstic is there. alot of fruit up froont with some of that malty sweetness in the middle and all finished with some nice hop crisp bitterness.

M/D- Medium-full bodied, low carbonation. coats the palate well. one of the better all around ambers i've had. i wish we couldget this stuff in CT, i'd be buyin it on the reg.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2010 04:19:32 | More by Pabs311
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District of Columbia

4.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice bright, clear amber color with a good measure of head.
Smell: Very strong hop aroma with hints of tropical fruit.
Taste: A real explosion of tangerine, mango, pineapple flavor smoothed out by the malt and adds some great notes to the overall hop flavor.
Drinkability and Mouthfeel: Nice crisp carbonation, good weight, and great to enjoy.

This was my substitute for the Hopslam by bells, its a nice alternative that is less pricey but really brings out a lot of the same flavors.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2010 23:00:01 | More by pzrhsau
Tröegs Nugget Nectar from Tröegs Brewing Company
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