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Tröegs Nugget Nectar - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Ratings: 6,977
Reviews: 2,332
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.68%
Wants: 1,222
Gots: 902 | FT: 33
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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

IBU: ~93
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Photo of nobeer4u
4.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I look forward to this beer every year, truly one of my favorites. I just picked up a case of the 2011 brew and found it slightly different than previous years. Not bad, just different. First off, the smell of this beer never disapoints. Apricots and the smell of hops enough that my mouth waters just thinking about it. The taste is exceptional, although I do have to say that it may take two to get the full appreciation of the flavor. This is where this years is a little different. Previous years seemed to have a slightly sweeter mouth-coating feel to them where this years doesn't have that. Not sweet, but just enough to ensure the hops bite stays with you for a few extra seconds. All in all, still one of my favorites and I look forward to trying it on tap to see how different that may be than this years bottles.

Photo of mcann2pu
4.09/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottled on 01.14.11 Batch:101221.
Appearance: Pours into pint glass a clear amber color, with nice white head with some lacing.

Smell: delicious hops, some citrus aroma maybe a little pine aroma, very pleasant.

Taste: great taste, nice hoppy taste, holds up to the name, some malt comes through.

Mouthfeel: smooth.

Drinkability: very drinkable, very tasty when fresh.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Crystal clear amber pour, offwhite finger of head, laces well, dissipates to a creamy film. Lots of little bubbles float gracefully up the glass.

Hops! Nice bit notes of citrus, and maybe even equal notes of caramel malt goodness.

Loads of woodsy, citrus attack your tongue at the start. Plenty of bitterness, sweet caramel malts. Finish is naturally additionally bitter, and lingering. Causes you to smack your lips! You can feel a tinge of heat after a couple of good sips.

Feel is creamy, crisp, light - medium, and a smooth texture.

The drink is killer. Excellently balanced, but still very intense!

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just moved from Connecticut to Maryland, always heard about this beer, never got a chance to try it. Walked into a MD liquor store and saw a huge display of it.

Pours a nice amber color, medium sized head to it. Smell is of nice piney hops. Taste is medium bodied and full of flavor. Some absurd amount of hoppiness but a great malt backing to it. Finishes clean and smooth with a great, tasty bitterness. Superior drinkability for a 7.5% ABV beer. A little expensive at $11.99 a 6 pack but it is well worth it, easily met my expectations. A nice malty, hop bomb that goes down smooth... perfect.

Photo of goalie33
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into Duvel tulip glass. Beer is a fresh 2011 release.
A) Beautiful looking beer. Crystal clear, deep amber in color with 1 finger of off-white head. Lacing clings to the glass. Low in carbonation.
S) Very hop forward. Peach and mango with an underlying astringency. Some sweet, malt notes are in the background, but the aroma is all about the hops.
T) Well balanced beginning. Just a slight hint of bitterness. The finish is malty sweetness, but right before that, there is a huge burst of juicy fruit flavor. The aftertaste starts with a slight return of the bitterness but then shifts to pleasant bready taste.
M/D) Medium body. There is very little if any of the dryness in the mouth that tends to accompany very hoppy beers. Very easy drinking beer. Borderline sessionable depending on how well you can tolerate the higher alcohol content.

This is an exceptional beer. Nothing wrong with it at all and very little room for improvement. Nice job Troegs!

Photo of gopens44
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Thick frothy head and crystal clear. Coppery color.

S - Big hoppy fun grapefruit bitter bite comes across first with a slight hint of floral goodness.

T - Musky, earthy, piney hop taste with a honey sweet finish. Malt bill was slightly muted until the honey finish.

M - More thick than thin with medium at best carbonation. Smooth with a bit of bitter aftertaste.

Very nice creation this one is. Definitely one to be looked forward to every year!

Photo of Wisconsinality
3.25/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to BrewerDan23 for this one.

A- Pours a tangerine orange with no haze and a small, one finger head. The head dies down quickly but leaves some good soapy lacing on the side of the glass.

S- Big amounts of piney hops with a sweet malt backbone. There is a little biscuit presence and some soapiness which is a little off putting.

T- Much of the same as the nose. Big piney hops with a sweet malt backbone. There is a decent bitterness to it and there is the lingering soap notes that I keep picking up.

M- Medium bodied with decent carbonation. There is a good bitterness from the hops and dry on the finish.

D- A decent offering but I had had this once before but wasn't the same beer. The more I drank of this beer, the more I couldn't get by the soap presence which almost became overwhelming.

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

Reddish orange in color with a frothy white foam that hovers for minutes. Hops jump out of the glass, wonderful aromas that fill the room the second the tap is opened. Taste is lushious, piney and resiny hops linger for a while. Love this beer, glad to have my own keg at home, wish they made it year round.

Photo of billyshears
4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5


a: dark reddish amber , nice lacing and retention. you can tell this is a quality brew by looking at it.

s: it's been said but candied hops for sure. really nice citrus bouquet (with some pine apparent too) plays nicely with the sweet malt.

t: hops are front and center; hoppy, but not ridiculously so. hints of orange and grapefruit from. tasty pine. nice bitterness. caramel malt begins where citrus hop flavor ends and any alcohol apparent plays off the flavor so well. a very well designed beer. very clean and direct.

m: light medium slick resiny mouthfeel. goes down so easily despite the carbonation being apparent. great.

d: for 7% this is outrageous. Could drink multiple bottles easily. I'd love a keg of this.

Been all over this the past week. I prefer this over a lot of quality ipas.

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

12 oz bottle into DFH snifter and then another into a pint glass!

A - Gorgeous amber color with a finger of whitish head with average retention. Not tons of carbonation going on here. I really love the color. Nice lacing.

S - Sweet and hoppy. Smells like an IPA crossed with an amber ale. A light citrusy hop is most prominent, with a solid sweet caramel malt backbone.

T - Hoppy bitterness up front, followed by a citrus and a sweeter maltyness. Finish is a bit grainy. Touch of caramel in the middle. Not hoppy enough to be considered an IPA like I have heard some people suggest it should be re-classified as. Bottle is only a week old. I was really expecting more hops, from what I've heard about this beer.

M - Medium body and little carbonation. Too wet throughout, but it leads into a nice dryness in the back end.

D - Very very easy to down. The beer is lower ABV for something considered an "Imperial". That said, it is a very drinkable brew. I can't get to my next sip soon enough, I want more, I always want more. However, I don't really think it deserves the praise it gets, but it's definitely a great beer. I won't go out of my way to get it in the future, that is for sure.

You should just drink Hopback, it's almost exactly the same, and NN has only a slightly higher ABV and really only a bit more hop to it. I just don't quite get it. I'll be buying Hopback a lot in the future, but I don't need to get the rarer and pricier NN.

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

Pours a beautiful reddish amber. A good amount of white head and tons and tons of bubbles. Smells of grapefruit hops and some pine. Tastes crisp and clean.. lots of great hop profile but a solid malt backbone as well. A great balanced beer. Thick mouthfeel and very drinkable. The beer is a very good drink!

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

12oz. bottle to snifter.

A: Pours a perfectly clear dark orange/amber color with about two fingers of eggshell colored head.

S: A bit of astringency, but lots of hop sweetness. Tropical fruits, citrus, and some caramel notes from the malt.

T: Hop bitterness up front that moves into a lot of citrus/tropical fruit sweetness mixed with a bit of caramel. There's a slight grainy taste, almost like a pilsner. Dry, bitter finish.

M: Good carbonation, light/medium body, lots of hop, alcohol's very well hidden.

D: So drinkable it's not even fair. You could drink a ton of this and have a great time doing it.

Photo of Thanby
3.7/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crisp amber with a finger of off-white soapy head that dies quickly.

Pine and citrus hops up front on the nose. There's a vaguely Czech smell to the hop bouquet. After that is a sickly sweet caramel syrup smell, with a bit of spicing, clove, coriander, slightly peppery when you get really deep.

The taste is strong on the pine hops, backed by the citrus. The malt impression I get is a long boil with lots of caramel 120, very sweet and a little maple syrup texture and flavor.

Pretty smooth but spiced from carbonation and slightly astringent from the citrus. Nice crisp pine hop finish with just a tad bit of lingering sweetness. Not at all what I was expecting, way hoppier and not as malty as the title "Imperial Amber" leads me to believe. I see why people compare this to a DIPA, that's even what my roommate thought it was at first.

Overall I think it is unique and delicious. But I don't think it fits the style they label it with.

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

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pours a beautiful clear deep reddish-orange with a 1.5-finger off-white head which squandered itself fairly quickly to nothing more than a rim around the glass. Decent lacing.

S - Big citrus and piney hops right in your face. Sweet caramel-y malts also shine.

T - I'm not sure why people are comparing this to a DIPA. It's not. There is a strong citrusy hop presence that is akin to the smell, but it's not overpowering at all. It's very well balanced. The taste is sweet with a grapefruit like dryness on the finish. Great flavors. Only a light alcohol presence on the back-end.

M - Light to Medium body with a medium carbonation. Again, well balanced. Has a slight stickiness.

D - This one drinks very easily. Doesn't taste/feel like 7.5% at all.

This is a great beer and it's reasonably priced. I'd say it's worth the hype.

Photo of pmlondrigan
4.26/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty, pretty beer in my glass. Orangeish red below a one finger head in my tulip glass. White lacing grows as my beer decends. Hops faintly approach my nose, pine, resin, herbacious and slightly minty. The flavor is where this beer shines. Pleasantly bitter with a well crafted malt body that tastes slightly sweet like graham crackers. Then hops, piney, zesty, zingy, herbacious and finish of pine. Beautiful full mouthfeel that is silky without being buttery. This is easy to imbibe of, but I could see how a few may lead to palate exhaustion.

Photo of AwYeh
3.83/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear, copper amber color. One finger of foamy white head with decent retention and good lacing.

S: This beer is hoppy, but not as in your face as I expected from hearing about it. Moderate pine and citrus/grapefruit hops, with a lighter caramel malt backbone. Have I been desensitized by too many DIPAs? I don't think so; this might just be a tad over-hyped up.

T/M: Once again not as hoppy as I was expecting; I'm met mostly by sticky caramel malts. While it's not bad at all, it's hard to notice a big difference from a 'typical' amber; if anything, it's just a bit sweeter and stickier. Grapefruit hops do appear on the finish (though not much before that); when they do, "nectar" is a great word to describe the mouthfeel, as this beer is quite thick, syrupy, and sticky.

D: Even though I didn't like this as much as I expected, it's still a good beer and tasty enough to have more than one in a single night; I'll be returning to it in the future.

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

A: Poured into my pint glass, this brew pours an orange/yellow (amber) with a head that is just a little lack luster, and can just be a little sturdier.

S: The hop aroma is great, just a little toned down, but doesn't over power the beer for the style. Nugget Nectar is like a nectar of grapefruit and light pinny hops. A smoothing malt character is present.

T: The flavor is what you love in an IPA without it being a pallet buster. The hops are west coast style, more dynamic and grapefruit/citrus/pine like. There is a lovely smooth caramel malty character that really sets this brew apart. It is so balanced, everything is smoothing out.

MF: mouthfeel is smooth and enjoyable, spot on.

D: drink is just ask good as the MF. Again, not a pallet buster here.

Photo of Jesse13713
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to AwYeh for sharing a bottle of this with me.

Appearance - Pours a bright orange-amber color with about half an inch of head. When viewed through the glass, it looks very inviting and carbonated.

Smell - I was overwhelmed with citrus hops at first; but after a few more attempts I could smell a sweeter caramel hint as well. It also had a yeasty smell to it.

Taste - Initially, it overwhelms your palate with hops; just as the scent does. The taste gets quite bitter before changing to a sweet and balanced orange peel finish. It also had a hint of caramel or toffee to it.

Mouth feel - It is very hoppy at first but then smooths out. It is very carbonated and leaves a bitter hoppy citrus taste to your palate.

Drinkability - The alcohol is hidden quite well. It has a very complex taste and would be perfect to continuously sip throughout the afternoon. While the complex taste can overwhelm you at first, it is an extremely well-balanced beer.

At thirteen dollars for a six pack, Nugget Nectar is quite reasonably priced for how unique and complex its taste is. Its bottle art is a good description for how it will taste. The art depicts a hand squeezing nectar out of an enlarged hop, which perfectly describes its strong hop start dripping to a sweet nectar finish.

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

A: Brilliant, shining golden. Bubbles in rapid ascension reminiscent of a soda. One and a half inch white head that fades over a few minutes, leaving a trail of lace.

S: Citrus, hops, malt in the background

T: Hops and malt working together, though hops is in the driver seat. The amber aspect is apparent, though this does gravitate into IPA territory. Excellent notes of grapefruit with mild tartness. Alcohol is slightly present in each sip, though not offensive. The beer is very well balanced.

M: Good feel with plenty of carbonation. Sticky hop flavors coat the palate. Alcohol is disguised well and will sneak up on you.

D: A really tasty brew that goes down like water. I'm debating the drinkability score and suddenly realize that my glass is almost empty. I guess that answers that question. I look forward to Nugget Nectar every year. Oh how I wish this was available year round.

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

Appearance- pours a nice amber color with lots of lacing.

Smell- Lots of hops and pine.

Taste- Very malty and smooth but with the hop kick.Very unique.

Mouthfeel-Hops are there but not overbearing.

Drinkability- One of the best beers ever time for another.

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

About damned time. I keep missing this one, so it's finally time to review.

Appearance- A nice deep copper, amber color. A full inch of off-white head settles into a very thin cap. It laces well. Very clear.

Smell- Big hops. Sticky, pine, a hint of caramel. But mostly pine trees, almost dank. Some citrus and grapefruit comes on. Like a pine cone.

Taste- Some big hops come up front. More of that pine bitterness. Definitely some citrus. A strong amount of toasty malt. It balances it out pretty nicely. The hops are not overpowering. Definitely some apricot.

Mouthfeel- Nice, a little thick and syrupy.

Drinkability- Pretty damned easy.

A very nice beer. Good toastiness balances the hops. Very drinkable. Nothing mind blowing, but I'll enjoy the rest of this sixer for sure.

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

A. Pretty amber/light cooper pour that comes to a nice head that lingers and leaves a light lace.

S. First thing to jump out is a cool apricot/citrus aroma backed by some fresh hops

T. Same as the smell really...good fresh clean hop flavor with the apricot sweetness and slight nudge of citrus.

M. Well balanced bitter and sweetness. Decent carbonation and not too light.

D. If it wasn't as balanced I think the sweetness would ruin me knocking down 6-10 but as it stands this stuff is a great drink...albeit for a high price.

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

Poured into a tulip.

Orange body with a nice sized white head on top. Big juicy hop aroma, nice citrus/ tropical notes in the nose. Nice juicy hop flavor. Grapefruit and tropical fruit notes shine through a nice balanced base. Not incredibly bitter though the hop flavor is phenomenal. medium mouthfeel with a fair amount of carbonation. This is really drinkable. I see why people love this beer. It has a fantastic hop presence without being overly bitter. I'd drink this one again for sure.

Photo of Arithmeticus
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: copper color; no head or carbonation; really, it looks inert (just this batch?)
S: rosy, hoppy, and luscious
T: very sharp, bitter hoppiness; this is a very complex imperial amber; streaked through with sweet grapefruit; alcohol and hop content gives the power of a DIPA.

A very inviting beer, very powerful.

Photo of engagechad
4.06/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This 22oz bottle was purchased as a single from Corks and Kegs in Richmond, VA - poured into a DFH snifter

Poured great with great head manipulation. Perfect carb and marvelous foam. The brew itself looks like a chalice of melted jello or something.. It's just such a beautiful amber red. Smells BIG TIME of hops, lots of hops and some other subtle nuances that my palate isn't sophisticated enough to pick up. Tastes great, bitter but the malt balance is right on. Something about a hoppy amber.. it's really interesting and nice, there is a tart bitter as opposed to a dry bitter. Feels smooth, great malt balance and is decently drinkable.

Tröegs Nugget Nectar from Tröegs Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 6,977 ratings.