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Tröegs Nugget Nectar - Tröegs Brewing Company

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6,445 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,445
Reviews: 2,301
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 1,058
Gots: 670 | 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 Buggies


4.22/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: golden orage with a nice finger length head.

S: Smells wonderful! Floral hops with a hint of citrus. A little pine and some sort of fruitiness there too. A small bit of sweet malt comes through as it warms a little.

T: Tastes wonderful. Awesome hops taste which dominates. But some citrus and pine there as well. The malt balances out the bitterness nicely too. It has a bitter finish, but it isn't too overpowering.

Hell this amber is better than most IPAs out there. I WILL buy this every year!

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2009 00:08:12 | More by Buggies
Photo of mtnbikerpa


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

I purchased this case during Feb. the only time it is released. I stored some in my dark basement. Super sweet hoppy aroma reveals the 90+ IBU's. Taste has fresh peach and citrus flavors in the nose. Smooth mouthfeel makes this rare find easy to drink. A seasonal to look forward too every year.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2009 20:38:20 | More by mtnbikerpa
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4.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic Beer. They call it an Imperial Amber, but it could be an IPA by any other measure. Beautiful amber color in the glass with a fluffy white head, great lacing and head retention all the way to the bottom of the glass. The nose is filled with citrusy hop aroma and the taste follows accordingly. Though this beer is filled with hop aroma and taste it's not overly bitter at all, in fact it's rather sweet. Yet another deceptive beer at 7.5% abv. Very easy to drink a six pack and get yourself in trouble.

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2009 14:44:49 | More by tgdigital
Photo of Bobbydigi


4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into an Ommegang glass.

Pours a nice amber color with just under 2 fingers of head. Great lacing clings to the side of the glass. Floral hops are upfront on the nose, some piny and fruity hops along with the bready malt. Very floral hops on the tongue, so good, after taste brings in the piny hops and the malt, much like the nose only far more intense. Very nicely carbonated and very smooth. I could drink these all night, it drinks like a 5% beer. Very well done beer, i wish i could get it here.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2009 03:48:42 | More by Bobbydigi
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4.93/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

All I can say is this is one of the best beers I've ever had. I bought it on a roadtrip and wish I could get it where I live.

A - Orangish amber with a fluffy white head and fantastic lacing on the glass I poured it in to.

S - You can smell the hops and the fruity citrus.

T - Very floral with just the right touch of hops. Peachy grapefruity flavors that aren't overpowering.

M - Medium carbination with just a hint of bitterness sliding down the back.

D - Exceptionally drinkable, not overly hopped. I'd have a keg of this on tap if I could get it.

Serving type: 22oz. bottle

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2009 22:30:12 | More by beerfairy
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4.13/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light amber in color with a well established, highly retentive, bubbly light tan head. A few strands and sheets of lace are left behind when the froth finally dissipates. Citrus hops hit the nose first, followed by some sweet malts and spice and oddly enough, a very subtle butterscotch. Smells like and IPA obviously. Tastes of more citrusy and oily hops which are wrapped with lemon, some banana and other fruits, and some malts. Goes down silky, despite the overall bitter nature it has. Nothing really mind-blowing going on here, but this beers smoothness and the cooperative nature of all the elements make it what it is, which is just a damn good brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2009 20:54:40 | More by stephens101
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4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a- bomber poured into a pint, amberish coloring, one finger long-lasting head, decent carbonation.

s- great floral hops, underlying pine, unique sweetness, citrus.

t- present not overwhelming hop bitterness, delicious but hard to peg fruity sweetness, citrus notes, balanced malt underneath, very intriguing, no trace of the 7.50%.

m- well rounded and full, goes down super easy.

d- extremely drinkable, it lived to to the hype, will buy again, could session a couple bombers, glad this is a local brew for me.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2009 19:05:27 | More by thecarster1
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4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to RblWthACoz for this great trade. Tröegs Nugget Nectar pours a yellow/amber color with a somewhat rocky head. The smell is of malts and hops mixed with citrus overtones. The taste is very good with tongue pleasing mixture of hops, malts, and citric flavors. While this beer is obviously well crafted, I must say that I find this one to be a little overrated.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2009 01:41:05 | More by BeerMark
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United Kingdom (Wales)

4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received this as a birthday gift from Bill (ScobbyDank).

Poured into my La Chouffee tulip.

Pours a 1/2 finger slightly off-white yellowish head. Color isn't very amber. It is more of a clear golden color with the slightest touch of amber. Good head retention and some great lacing.

Aroma: Very hoppy. Pine hops. Very earthy. A little honey pokes out. Pineapple and citrus. Bready malts.

Taste: At first this reminded me a lot like Surly 16 Grit, which is amazing, but I like this one more. Earthy hops and very bready. Honey. A little bit of citrus. A very great tasting beer.

Mouthfeel:A little bitter. But I can tell it has aged a bit. Medium bodied. Carbonation is good for this type of beer. Leaves a very dry aftertaste.

Overall, this is one amazing beer. I am really glad I got to try this one. A big thanks goes out to Bill! Very drinkable at 7.5% abv and I am really wanting more. This bottle just doesn't have enough beer in it!

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2009 17:17:21 | More by mothman
Photo of LTS

New York

5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Being touted as an Imperial Amber I expected a darker color, it's golden, pale ale color. Huge head form the pour (I went straight down the glass). Head is snowy white and laces the glass on the way down.

Smell is exceptional, all kinds of citrus in the nose. There is no hint of being overwhelmed with hops, just an anticipation of what's to come.

Mouthfeel is great, there's a body there that lets you know the malts are used properly to offset the hops. Citrus and pine flavors are there. Very little bitter aftertaste which is surprising given the hops.

The beer is not overcarbonated, it's smooth and stays true to the end of the glass.

Overall this beer is wonderful to consume. At 7.5% I'm good for a double bomber before I'd have to back off, but what a wonderful experience it is.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2009 01:41:14 | More by LTS
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North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this as an 'extra' in a trade with fatboyjim1.

A 12 ounce bottle poured into a Surly Pint glass.

A- Pours an amber yellowish color. There is a one finger white lace with a little carbonation activity after the pour. Little to no cling after the pour.

S- Strong hop presence with a citrus mixture of orange and grapefruit.

T- Nice hop flavor that is followed by a citrus note. A little bitter throughout but nothing overwhelming. The strong alcohol flavor has been masked very well be the hoppy citrus notes.

It was nice to finally get a chance to taste this famous brew. I consider this as more of an IPA than amber ale. This was a good beer and wish that it was available down here in NC. I would have this again but I wouldn't consider having it on a consistent basis.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2009 00:07:22 | More by cbros
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4.65/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had on Tap at JP{ McGrady's in Bethlehem. Served in pint glass with a nice 2 finger head. Looks and smell are near perfect. Hoppy and honey with slight maltiness in the backround. Taste is outstanding and is by far my favorite offering from Troegs. Mostly citrus notes followed by minimal pine undertones. Mouthfeel is perfect and I could definitely make this a session beer. Way to go Troegs!!! AWESOME!!!

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2009 20:27:47 | More by dublife1
Photo of LauraAlberts

South Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear Mango - nice head retention throughout me enjoying this beverage

Smell: Honey - cyan pepper, peach, melon, grapefruit

Taste: Grapefruit, hops up front - nice honey finish - hint of wheat/barley on finish

Mouthfeel: Nice Medium Bodied

Drinkability: Most Balanced Imperial Amber I've had - very drinkable and enjoyable. I highly recommend if you can get your hands on it.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2009 16:17:49 | More by LauraAlberts
Photo of mynie


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

Released a few months ago, and while I've heard that this, like Hopslam, is much better fresh, I'm wiling to judge it as an aged brewed.

But, man, it don't look aged (and in my head I'm pronouncing the term fancy like, age-ed). Bit on the light side for an APA--but, hey, this is an imperial amber! My mistake. It's awfully pale for an amber, too, but it's not at all unappealing, just the right amount of haze, large head.

Sure as hell don't smell like it's aged too much. Heavy, hearty, green hops and doughy yeast. Not picking up any of the earthiness or sweet cereal nodes I usually associate with an amber or red, but the yeast done a great job of balancing out the hops.

Tastes like a large, varied, and well composed blend of high alpha hops (surprise surprise). Some nodes are more traditional--grapefruit, generic citrus, pine, but there's something to this blend. Warrior hops produce the exact same aftertaste as Alpha King, Simcoe gives it the same explosive start as 60 min... but still, there's something else, something fantastic that I can't put my finger on. Maybe it's that the malt is so subdued, that the beer lets the yeast do the balancing so the hops can frolic freely. I dunno. It's damned amazing, though.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2009 06:44:55 | More by mynie
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4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Excellent hopped-up amber. I generally like an aggressively hopped amber, and this is a good version of that subdivision of the nebulous style. I wish that I had a Green Flash Hop Head Red on hand to taste against this beer because it's a similarly hop forward amber and, well, it's a good beer. I suspect that Nugget Nectar would come out on top. It's really an excellent beer.

The beer is a clear amber liquid with a frothy head. If it wasn't labeled as an "Imperial Amber," I'd probably just guess it was a DIPA, as I have seen DIPAs darker than this. The aroma is a lovely blend of hops. I suspect that Simcoe found its way into the mix. Every hoppy beer brewer should consider Simcoe in their recipes. Anyway, the aroma is floral/citric hops, like honeysuckle and grapefruit rind. The flavor is similar but adds in a nice sweet malt that keeps the beer away from over-bitterness. The feel is clean with a good bitter bite in the aftertaste. For my money, this is an exceptionally drinkable beer. It tastes great, there's complexity in the hops to make you want more and it doesn't overwhelm in any capacity. One of the best hoppy East coast beers that I've tried so far (Double Simcoe being the other that comes to mind). Also, it paired excellently with a DiGiornio Mushroom and Spinach pizza, so yeah, my beer was significantly better than my dinner.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2009 04:05:00 | More by popery
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North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear golden-orange (more orange than gold), with lots and lots of bubbles and two fingers of slowly dissipating frothy white head. Incredibly thick lacing. Beautiful looking beer.

Smell: This baby's intense. As soon as I poured, notes of pine and honey began to fill the room. Very bready and grassy smelling as well - a good balance of hops and malt.

Taste: A grassy bitterness, backed by bready/honey malt sweetness. The initial bitter bite fades quickly, but there's a lingering bitter aftertaste. Considering how strong the smell is, however, the flavors are somewhat mild. I have to remind myself that this is an amber, and it's not supposed to be an IPA.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thin, which might be why I think the flavors are a little muted. Might be a tad undercarbonated as well, but again, as this is classified as an amber, they are supposed to be smooth and easy drinking, and not thick and chewy.

Drinkability: A very easy drinking beer. A nice attempt at a compromise between an IPA and an amber ale. I'm not sure if I'm a fan of the hybrid style though - it's close enough to a DIPA that I want the real thing. That being said, I did enjoy the beer, and I would have it again - but I probably wouldn't go to great lengths to seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2009 01:32:09 | More by StarlightSeraph
Photo of alphanon


3.95/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance of this when poured was really on the low end of amber really quite pale. The nose was nothing but hops, some floral maybe a little nutty note. The flavor, although quite good was more like an IPA then an Amber, I expected more of a malt backbone to balance out this beer, instead I got an IPA. The moutfeel and drinkability of this beer are great and I would gladly drink this beer again, but not if it was an Amber that I wanted.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2009 22:05:28 | More by alphanon
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4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark copper-amber color. Head is creamy, and lacing is nothing short of superb. I've never had a pint pour maintain such a nice coat of lacing through the entire sipping experience, especially an amber ale.
Sweet malts and floral hops dominate the nose.
Sweet malt, tart yeast and a residual but present hoppiness blend together very well for a tasty experience. This is much more bold than I'm accustomed with an amber ale.
The feel of the brew is its only downside. It was somewhat watery, in which the carbonation more resembled that of a nitro-tap. Still, said carbonation is likely what likely produced such a wonderful creamy head/lace.
Very drinkable, very well-balanced. The type of beer which grows on you more & more as you drink it.

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2009 18:55:46 | More by Natural510
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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

Pours a very clear copper with tons of rising bubbles. This beer has the kind of head that only comes from an abundance of hops. Thick, cratery, and sticky.

The nose contains notes of candied pineapple, deep earthiness, candied grapefruit.

Tastes like caramel, candied pineapple, pine, oranges and fresh pear. YUM TOWN! On the whole, it is more sweet than bitter, but a sharp, bitter edge is always present.

It has a full, creamy body; nice carbonation.

I have nothing bad to say about this beer. I can't wait to try it fresh next year!

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2009 14:21:02 | More by sarahspat
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4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonik pint glass at my house

Pours a hazy copper color with a thick, frothy white head.

Lots of pine floralness in the nose, bread-like malt comes next, with a small touch of coriander.

The floral hops are strong in the flavor, with the balanced maltiness. The pine is mellow compared to the nose.

A crisp finish, a touch of sweetness. A strong and superb beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2009 01:34:00 | More by mhatters
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New Jersey

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

A - Dark amber with a huge white fluffy head that retains and laces.

S - Hop citrus zest, floral notes

T - Hop blast, citrus notes, very floral. Nice malt background without being sweet.

M - Medium carbonation and medium in body.

D - Extremely drinkable because it's so damn good. Very balanced, not super hops, but enough to be perfect for a hoppy beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2009 01:03:52 | More by Martin2D
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4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'd heard a lot of good things about this beer and was really excited to try it.

I had a 22oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Color was an appetizing clear orange/amber with a nice head that dissipated rather quickly. This did not in any way detract from my enjoyment of it.

I was blown away by the hop aroma. I detected subtle caramel and malt aromas, as well. Simply put, it smells delicious and way more complex than I'm letting on with this brief description.

I was hoping that the flavor would live up to what the aroma promised, and It did. Sweet malt and caramel-like flavors compliment the hops beautifully. This brew would be great with many a meal. This brew would be great FOR many a meal...

The moderate carbonation lends itself to a very pleasant mouth feel. The sweetness gives an illusion of syrupy thickness that intensifies as it gets warmer. I say "illusion" because I actually found it to be quite refreshing and not in any way heavy or sticky. The fact that it has a moderate ABV (compared to a lot of the high powered double IPAs that I usually drink) is a definite plus, too (in that you can have a couple of these and not have them sneak up on you too badly).


Serving type: bottle

05-19-2009 20:53:47 | More by mmmdonuts12000
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3.55/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From notes 4-10-09

Eye: This brew is clear and is pretty much orange in color. Head formation was nice, yet retention could use some work. Formed at about 1.5 fingers then collapsed to a bubbly flim. Lacing left behind is in sheets.

Nose: Hop aroma takes the foreground here, some catty hop aromas, as well as some heavy citrus aromas. Malt aroma is evident, its very strong giving support to hops, caramel and sweet wort aroma are very prevalent. This one almost smells like the wort during the boil as the first hop addition is made. Overall nice aroma, pretty much what can be expected from the "imperial amber" label.

Tongue: Hop bitterness and flavor are foreground supported by a very strong malt presence that makes its way through. Caramel and a general malt sweetness give the hops something to compete with. Hop flavor is floral, grassy and earthy. To me it almost seems that there are two specific things going on here, hops and malt. They don't really blend, hop bitterness is huge and it is countered by malt sweetness, one follows the other. They don't happen at the same time. Were the hops absent or the malt absent I think that this would be a poorly crafted beer. As it is I think that the overall blend of hops and malt should be more universal, it could be blended better. There are three single minded aspects to this beer: malt sweetness, hop bitterness, and hop flavor-three different stages of brewing: mashing, hopping the wort and boiling to get concentrated sweetness and hop bitterness, dry hopping. It seems that its all real clear how this beer was crafted....not too much complexity.

Feel and Drinkability:Heavier than should be body with an almost syrupy quality, low carbonation adds to this feel, really this one almost feels if it is under attunated...thick, there are unfermented sugars here that should be fermented. This beer is good, but I think that it could be better, there's some things I'd change about it were I able. Not too sure I like the feel here, a little too heavy, more carbonation would help to lighten it. This is another one of those beers thats reputation is huge, you hear that its completely awesome and blows everything away....then you taste it and find that the only thing that is blown away is this specific beer's reputation. Too much street cred. This is a good beer, don't get me wrong, but I think that now, its riding its own coattails. Not that I won't buy it agian, but when I do I'll know that its not worth $12.99-13.99. Glad I tried it, but really not worth the dollars. Should be cheaper if you ask me, its not all that well crafted....

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2009 18:40:20 | More by becktone
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New York

4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice amber, very clear, with a one finger head, and light carbonation. The head faded quickly leaving just a coating on top, but it still laced the glass as I drank.

S - One of the best smelling beers ever. It smells like they used a lot of late hop additions of a few different kinds. Lots of citrus and pine aroma with floral undertones. Just a great smelling beer.

T - Lots of hop flavor and bitterness but very well balanced with the toasted malt flavors. Nice citrus finish without much sweetness.

M - Dry, crisp beer. Not a lot of sugars left over in there so it is a tad thin. Wish it was a little more carbonated, but could have been the keg my growler was filled from.

D - Lot of IBUs and alcohol don't usually mean very drinkable, but this finishes so crisp it doesn't fill you up. Would like a little more carbonation to make it finish even better.

Serving type: growler

05-17-2009 00:09:32 | More by steelerguy
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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

At my local liquor store pickin' up a 6er for the night and magically stumbled upon this Nectar of the Gods. Woe is me... This beer gets an automatic +1 for the label, no question about it. A fist sized hop! Unreal. God knows what I'm getting myself into here. I can't wait

The pour is a beautiful golden amber with a frothy white head and some of that sticky icky lacing all down the sides as it settles.
This beer smells complex, honest to god. Malts and hops vying for my attention throughout. I can't help but keep my nose buried in this one. When I'm looking for it, I can smell some caramel malt- then biscuit- then some sweeter malts. Then I adjust and can practically taste all of the hops- citrus, floral, and even some grassy notes. Yowza.
First thought upon tasting- Almost the perfect session brew? If it weren't for the drunkability factor with 7.5 abv, I think it'd undoubtedly be the perfect session beer. But hey, some nights I'm looking for that drunkability factor...some afternoons even...ok ok ok some mornings.
What a complex taste. That's not all that unbelievable, though. After everything in the nose on this one, it's almost expected. Too many beers out there nowadays just taste gray, with no real discernible flavors. Nugget Nectar is a mix of brown, red, green, yellow...you get the picture. The caramel and biscuit malts are certainly there, but take a back seat to the 3 or 4 separate hop flavors that take their turns on my palate.
What can I say about mouthfeel or drinkability that hasn't been said already? Nothing.... So great in those regards.

Nectar of the Gods, I'll certainly be seeing you again sometime soon...and as often as I can after that.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2009 21:07:19 | More by originalsin
Tröegs Nugget Nectar from Tröegs Brewing Company
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