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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 Bmoyer0301
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Popped the cap off this super fresh bottle which is dated only two weeks ago. I was greeted with a generous amount of carbonation gasses and hissing from the 12oz bottle. Poured into my DFH bubbled pint glass straight on and was left with a one finger thick bone white head that stayed around for a while. When I hold my glass up to the light there is a deep amber almost orange hue to this crystal clear ale. Lots of tiny bubbles streaming from the bottom of my glass which reminds me of champagne. On the swirl the viscosity is medium and not to heavy leaving whit streaks on the walls.


Bright copious amounts of pine and citrus loaded hops. Oranges, lemons, pine sap, slight alcohol, caramel and toffee notes. Something that resembles grapefruits skins and pulp are floating around my nose. Very good!


Ohhh man sooo fresh...Pliny ain't got shit on this beer when its right from the brewery fresh. Slick and waxy coating of fresh hops stick to my teeth and I'm enjoying licking them clean! Tropical fruits, minty, some earthy spice and slight alcohol in the middle round out all the fresh clean flavors. The finish is long and dry and makes me come back for more.

Photo of Axic10
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been enjoying this beer for a couple of years now, but haven't reviewed it until now. Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber red with a finger of fluffy white head.

Smell: Nice bitey hop aroma, floral and sweet grapefruit notes. Smells very clean.

Taste: Bitey bitter hops, bitter grapefruit mixed with some malty sweetness towards the end.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied and smooth.

Drinkability: Neck and neck with Flying Mouflan as my favorite beer from Troegs. I look forward to the beginning of each year so that I can enjoy this great brew and I shed a lot of tears when it isn't around.

Photo of victory4me
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured bottle dated 1/3/11 into a standard shaker.

About a week ago I deleted all 75 of my reviews. I didn't like them, it was time for a change. I held out for my all time favorite beer to do my first review.

Pours orange-amber, perfectly clear with a one-finger head. A quality looking beer for sure, although nothing spectacular. Smell is not as overwhelming as I remember, but the memories it brings are pleasant. My least favorite thing about ultra-fresh NN is the pronounced Simcoe in the aroma (some will call it cat piss or urinal cakes). I can get past the Simcoe as I've gotten quite used to it over the years.

Taste is right there where I remember. Tons and tons of fresh, bitter, citrusy hops. The malt is there, but completely overpowered. Nice dry finish with a slight lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is thin, but not cloying. Strong drinkability.

Looking forward to drinking this on cask sometime in the following weeks. Not the best beer in the world, but still my all-time favorite. I am one of the few that believes the quality of this beer increases over the first month before going down hill. May make adjustments when I drink this same bottling date 2-3 weeks from now.

Very affordable for the quality of the product.

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer several times in different places - on tap and by bottle. Pours a hazed orange with a nice cream colored head. Aroma was resinous pine and citrus hops with a good amount of caramel malt to back it up. Flavor was malty yet very bitter and hoppy at the same time. Such a good balance of sweet malts and hops made me want to keep comming back for more. Among one of my favorite amber red ales.

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

I haven't reviewed a beer in a long time, and while it deserves much more than my pathetic attempt at a review, it was a gift and I'd like to record my impressions.

First and foremost, thanks to cmurren25 for the awesome beers.

This beer was poured from the bottle into my duvel tulip. It's clarity is brilliant and the color is a garnet-hued amber. The head wasn't huge, and mostly disappeared, leaving a small white ring that clings to the sides leaving a trace of lacing as the glass empties.

As I jam my beak into the tulip and inhale deeply, i get grapefruit and pine followed by a bit of alcohol - but this may simply be an aftertaste from my last sip.

In drinking the beer, pine and grapefruit grace the tongue. As the sip passes the back of the tongue, the rye and amber malt shows itself. But then as the sip leaves the mouth on its way to the tummy, the delicious hop bitterness assaults the senses and leaves the mouth dry. The hop presence stays on the palate even after the glass is empty.

The mouthfeel is substantial yet finishes dry and nicely bitter.

I drank the entire beer while writing this review. And while this beer is dangerously drinkable, I'm a light-weight and could probably only drink two in a sitting. Which is fine. This beer is made for enjoying.

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

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Burnt orange, much like grapefruit juice, 1 inch head that disappered quickly. Some lacing.

Smell - Hops, rye, lots of citrus fruits. Some carmal and plenty of malts

Taste - A great combination of hops, rye and amber ale as you can get. Its a bold sweet hop kick with amber rye flavor and bold strong malts. Hops are very present but the malts sweeten them up. Not bitter at all.

Mouthfeel - A real treat for you mouth. Bitter hops tickle tounge, sweet malts and carmael cover palette and balance this all together. Aftertaste is mild and bitter from hops, leaving you wanting more!

Drinkability - This is awesome. Only reason i didnt give this a 5 is cause it is 7.5 %, just strong enough to not suck down like water. This is probily the best beer troegs makes. Troegs really needs to make this year round beer. This beer is better straight out of the fridge of tap, dont let it warm up cause it tends to get a very sour flavor though.

Photo of bs870621345
4.78/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I have had a lot of this today...Bought 2 cases and drinking a growler with a friend on this fine evening.

Pours amber with an inch of head. Leaves uneven lacing down the glass, but still beautiful.

Smells like hops with a strong caramel backbone. Hops smell piny, citrus, and harbal. Beautiful caramel mixed in.

Tastes like some serious hop. Kegged 2 days before and really can't get much fresher on the hop profile. Strong malt backbone to hold the hops up.

Mouthfeel is a little thick with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is exceptional. I love this beer and could drink it all day. No alcohol burn, which makes it a little dangerous.

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

Bottle shared by Chris. Poured into LA tumbler, a burnt orange color with some golden hues and a small off white head with ok retention and some lacing. Smell is malty caramel, some bitter pine hops, but very sweet and sugary. Taste is very sweet and malty with an ok hoppy bitter finish, lots of caramel malts and a slight rye flavor. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a medium/light carbonation. A decent amber ale, but I dont see what all the fuss is about. Not as hoppy as I expected it to be and the sweetness was a little over the top for the style.

Photo of jorg2619
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have drank lots of this beer but have never reviewed it yet new release today so why not have a super fresh nn and review it.

I poured this beer into an 8 oz tasting glass. A wonderful amber light reddish color with a slight hop haze in the center. Two fingers worth of fluffy white head quickly dropped to a solid ring of foam. I smell an intense pine aroma along with lime and citrus notes. The smell of nugget hops plumed out of this beer upon opening. Taste is important with this brew, and I feel that I fail to describe the complexity of it. I detect at the front of the mouth intense bitter/ sweet hopness that opens into a pine grapefruit peel like flavor that moves and changes into an awesome hoppy afterflavor and burps! Mouthfeel is not thin or thick and leaves a nice coat of hop flavor on my lips enticing me to drink more. I will prob buy two cases or more of this seasonal!

Photo of JayS2629
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Copper color with a fine white head that leaves a thin creamy wall of lace.

S- Musty, earthy tones, sweet caramel, floral notes of hops, citrus hints and pine.

T- Musty floral hops in the front, notes of caramel and biscuit in the middle, followed by earthy tones, grapefruit, pine, and orange zest.

M- Balanced well, bitter finish, bright and medium bodied

D- Very easy to drink. Well balanced in flavors, nothing offensive. High alcohol unnoticable. Dangerously delicious

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

Now that I'm locked into heading towards the Splinter Black release, I thought it might be time for a review from notes of this bad beer. Michael Jackson bad. Michael Jackson the musician.

It pours reddish amber with a bubbly head that settles and dissipates but maintains lacing and legs. Smells like citrus, rich malts and despite Nugget Nectar being a red ale, the hops are still present. At the start you taste the sweetness, caramel, toffee, like your typical red ale. But it's more complex than usual, and the hops also bite. By the end, the alcohol hits in at 7.5% but you don't notice because you're still enjoying the malty hop blend. It's just plain well-crafted.

Medium-bodied, deceptively drinkable, Nugget Nectar is a top100 for a very good reason.

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

a broad malted amber that seems double that of anything i've had. this is a completely clear pour with a sticky head of an off white... almost the color of melted butter. nose is brown sugar and pineapple hoppiness. palate is that with a nice mild quality of nougat. not particularly malt rich but substantial. palate is a bit floral that blends into something quite similar to clove honey. not at all as bitter as expected. a bit of assam tea bitterness with a sweet apple cider quality. autumn feel to it.

Photo of pmoore311
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked some up at Rozi's on a roadtrip back from Cleveland.

Overall this beer is fantastic great hop profile and beautiful malts shine though the beautiful clear amber color.

Yes, I would be satisfied having this as my go-to beer, great balance and hops make it just an overall well-rounded beer suitable for all occasions.

Definately going to seek this one out often.

Photo of OakedCanuck
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz poured into shaker. From notes.

A - A very slightly hazy apricot color, one finger white head that dissipated too quickly

S - Fruity, yeasty and a touch of sweetness

T - Great balance between the bitter, tropical fruits (grapefruit and orange) and the malt sweetness (caramel and some toffee)

M - Higher in carbonation but doesn't affect the mouthfeel, medium body, semi-dry with a smooth finish.

D - Very nice beer and an easy drinker despite the high(er) ABV for the style. Will be seeking out more in the early spring.

Photo of calir1
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very good beer. This beer is one of my favorite beers, but I lump it into the category of Torpedo, Celebration and Blind Pig. Although not reds, I think they are all about the same as far as wow factors go. For a once a year seasonal, I buy it, but most of the time would just buy a Torpedo as to not have to drive to Va for it. It is good and I really enjoy it, but not the wow as far as FEB releases like PtY and Hopslam

Photo of Homebrew35
3.78/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Half finger head on the pour. Nice Golden/Copper color very clear. Head fades to a thin spotted lacing cap.
S:Citrus fruit, "C" hops, bready with some slight sweetness.
T: Initially citrus sweet, malty, that transitions to a bitter orange juice like dry finish. This is fairly complex for me and keeps me wanting more to see what else I can find.
M: Medium/Light body, fairly high carbonation for the style that stream up my Sam Adams 12oz glass.
D: Fairly drinkable for a bomber but not much more than that.

Note: I'm not sure of the age of this one but know it's not fresh so I think the smell is not as great as it could be.
The taste and smell of this changes quite a bit from the time of the initial pour and as it warms up, so I think this could be interesting to try a few times to see any other flavor that may be hidden.

Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 2/12/10

A. Pours a somewhat hazy orange with amber hues. The creamy off white head dissipates leaving bits of residual lacing.

S. Lots of bitter citrus hops upfront with some caramel and some yeasty breadiness.

T. Bitter citrus hops are dominant with a nice caramel malt backbone. Orange rind comes through on swallow and remains.

M. Medium body with a medium level of somewhat brisk carbonation.

D. I know that it's a bit late in the year for this beer (8 months out from bottling date), but it was stored in the cooler the whole time and I couldn't wait until spring to try one. I'll update this review in spring if I deem it necessary.

Photo of hophead247
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium amber color with a thick off white head that laced down the glass nicely. aroma has an initial blast of citrus hops, grapefruit, pineapple, caramel malt, and floral sweetness. Mouth feel is a hefty medium with great full coating and plenty of carbonation. flavor kicks in with the hop blast but a good dose of malt meets it head on. Floral, medium bitterness, and a long resiny finish. Been wanting to try this for some time now since alot of people make it seem like an IPA and hoppy as hell. I didn't get that at all, but I did get a nicely well balanced red ale.

Photo of Lldeegan
4.88/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a copper amber hue with a white finely bubbled head.
Malt and a floral/fruity hop harmony in the aroma. Notes of red apple, cherry, peach and some musty and earthy hop tones.
On the palate, sweet malt upfront that seamlessly moves into a fruity and floral hop presence and leaves a very minor bitter taste. Toasty bread and biscuit flavors wrap around the fruity hop center and lead to a lasting finish that is sweet and breadlike with more of a nice hop bitterness.
The mouthfeel is bright, with a medium body a flavorful and refreshing beer.
Balance and simple flavors combine to make a nice display of the varied ingredient's flavors. The sweet maltiness up front and the floral hops and their eventual bitter bite make every sip a nice journey through the brewing process. As you drink you stay intrigued by all the flavors, so it's a hard one to put down. One of my favorite beers.

Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 9-27-10
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A - Poured one finger of foam, copper amber in color. Nice creamy foam head, little carbonation present

S - Good hop presence with hints of orange peel and with some slight malt notes

T/M - Smooth flavored, medium hop flavor but really tasty. Got this as an extra in a trade so not sure how old this was but still tasty

D - Enjoyable Amber/Red ale, not over powering in the hops department but noticeable. A brew for sure I would like to have again and of course recommend anyone to try it!

Photo of wedgie9
3.68/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tasted from bomber bottle obtained in a trade. Pours a clear orange with a thick off-white head that lasts for quite a while. Nose of sweet hops with some orange and caramel malt. This beer is hoppy, but balanced with caramel malt and orange rind up front, and nice hops bitterness and orange pith on the back. The body is rather thin with average carbonation and a longish bitter and fruity finish. This beer smells better than it tastes.

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

Has a light copper body with a nice off white head.

I found this single bottle on the shelf of a local beer store. It's out of date, but I figured I try it anyway.

The smell was nice and malty, I was surprised because I was expecting hops, not the sweet smell of malt.

It didn't taste like a 93 IBU beer either. It was very smooth and had a late bitterness but well balance and malt forward.

I'm not sure what the Nuggets are supposed to taste like with this beer, but it does make for a nice bittering hop.

I say if see an old bottle of Nugget around go ahead and buy it. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.

Photo of SuperNova777
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from 09/19/10

A:Pours a nice hazy amber/orange color with a small head that resides fairly quickly,
scattered lacing down the glass as I drank it down

S:Smells of citrus and floral hops that is fairly subtle along with sweet malts as well

T:Starts off with a nice mild bite on the tongue that reminds me a lot of some west coast ipas. Followed up by sweet malts and then another kick of hops on the back burner.

M:Solid medium body with fair carbonation throughout, leaves palate fairly moist
and not to dry

D:I received this for free from one of my local shops when I was picking up some single
bottles, I was informed it was out of date but still good non than less. They weren't joking,
I can only imagine the fresh ones in February being even better. Very easy to dink and tasty.
If someone would have just gave me a glass of this and didn't tell me what it was I would have guessed a well done IPA but never a Imperial Amber. Can't wait to try this out next year fresh and more from Troegs in general.

Photo of Luk13
3.9/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle. Slightly hazy red-orangey pour. Aroma is very tropical lots of mango-pineapple scents, some pine notes as well. Taste is fruity, quite sweet for the style, biscuity with a nice bitter earthy finale. It definitly could use more hop bite though, I think my bottle isn't super fresh. Palate is average, could be more carbonated. Still very enjoyable.

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

For starters, I put a case of this aside at my father's shop and finally realized where I had hid it...I've been a huge fan of this beer for about 3 years now.

Appearance: Amber, with a nice frothy head.

Smell: The aroma of this beer is so distinct I could almost just smell it blind and know its Nugget Nectar. Great nose on this beer.

Taste: On the palate, definitely notes of caramel, subtle citrus and most definitely hops.

Mouthfeel: For an imperial amber, exceptionally smooth, you can put this stuff down pretty easy for a 7.5% ABV beer.

Drinkability: Dangerous. What else can I say its 7.5% and drinks like a domestic.


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