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Tröegs Nugget Nectar - Tröegs Brewing Company

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6,664 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,664
Reviews: 2,305
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.68%
Wants: 1,101
Gots: 737 | FT: 26
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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 sisuspeed
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Clear, amber-red body with a decent white head. A very nice looking Red.

Earthy, piney, grassy hops attack the nose, eventually giving way to sweeter and roastier malts.

The taste is excellent. The best way I can think to describe the flavor is smooth, malty, bitterness. By far, the best Red Ale I have had. Oily, bitter hops mix with sweet, yet slightly bitter malts. Earth and grass notes linger on the finish. Lots of flavor in this Red.

Mouthfeel is fairly smooth and somewhat chewy. Good, full body on this beer.

Drinkability is quite good. The glass in front of me is almost empty. Not quite a session beer, but once you have one of these, it will be hard to resist grabbing another.

Overall, this is a great Imperial Amber/Red Ale. Most definitely my favorite and it almost lives up to the hype. My mind wasn't blown, but I'm really glad I have another six pack of this in the fridge waiting for me. I'm pretty sure Nugget Nectar will become a staple in my drinking routine this time of year, every year. Nice work Troegs.

sisuspeed, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of abuliarose
4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice red-amber color with very little head. Pretty lacing, though. Smells in all respects like an IPA with floraly citrusy fresh hops. Amazing smell, but as the name implies.

Tastes incredibly bitter, but in the best way imaginable. Intense hop flavor at first sip with a little citrus backing to it but mostly in your face hopness, smoothed out so thin it doesn't hurt your tongue by silky maltiness. It's almost light-bodied, but the maltiness bumps it just into the medium range and leaves a gentle, clean finish. How is it so hoppy and so drinkable? I don't know. It's like magic.

Carbonation is small and adds some piercing zing to the beginning, but not enough to KO your tongue. Mouthfeel is a little grainy in with the carbonation, but almost watery smooth on the way out. Very, very drinkable. This bottle will be over entirely too quickly.

Overall, it's a pretty neat brew. I have never tasted a better red ale. I don't know if I ever will.

abuliarose, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of tko741
3.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice ruby-gold, with a rich just-barely-off-white head that dissipated into a thin wisp that remained until the glass was empty. Medium lacing clinged to the slippery sides of the pint glass.

Smells of strong pine and resin, the two most accurate adjectives for describing hops. Nice.

The taste is rich in hop citrus, a bold rush of them, in fact. However it never becomes overpowering and the bitterness is relatively tame. The coldest initial sips were a bit marred by a hint of soapiness in the aftertaste, but this slowly faded. Tastes of biscuit and orange zest blossom as it warms. Mouthfeel is good but nothing unique about it.

I'd order another, but wouldn't be drinking this all night.

tko741, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of zoso1967
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours very nice, orangey amber with resiny foam. This beer has a great aroma that is both malty and full of fresh citrus hops. The taste is very interesting with very nice grapefruit and other citrus flavors as well as some pine, all incorporated with a nice smooth caramel malt backbone. It is quite sweet, but with just enough bitterness to make it all come together. Why can't all ambers have this much hop character? Medium bodied with a finish that is quite nice and not too sweet. A very drinkable beer that is luckily easy to come by in my neck of the world. Recommend for IPA lovers who are looking for something a little different.

zoso1967, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of BetterDarker
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into pint glass.

A- pours a clear polished copper color with a nice off-white head. Some retention, not much

S- Oh yeah, my hop head is already spinning with just the aroma! Earthy and citrus pine, can not detect any malt, I know it's in there, but the aroma is pure hoppiness divinity.

T- Obviously hop dominated with a crisp citrus hop bitterness up front with earthy goodness in the back. Finish is crisp and bitter.

M- Well carbonated and medium body dances on the tongue.

D- Highly drinkable with no taste of alcohol, a beautifully crafted and tasting beer.

BetterDarker, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of oregonskibum
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Brilliant orange-copper color, bright white head with good lacing.

S - really nice citrus flavors - orange or grapefruit with plenty green, 'piney' hop notes. No question this has a hop monster.

T - very well balanced. The big hop presence carries into the taste with more citrus and piney hops. But the hops don't fade to bitterness. Instead, there's just enough sweetness (think honey, not sugar) that balances the hops perfectly. Not cloying or overdone. Instead, the taste just invites another drink.

M - Medium body and very enjoyable. Maybe a little light for an imperial, but works well for this beer.

D - wish I could get this on a regular basis. It would quickly become a go-to beer. Light enough to drink several, but big enough to be a real beer with a nice hop kick. Very enjoyable.

oregonskibum, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of SShelly
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to FooFaa for the bottle.

Pours a medium copper with a nice poofy head.

Aroma is light hops with some malt as well.

Good sweet bitterness dominates, large mouthfull of hop flavor as well. nice smooth bitterness left in the mouth.

very glad I got to try this, its no evil dead red but still damn tasty.

SShelly, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of caresville
4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a- amber orange to copper pour with a fluffy white head. nice amount of lacing throughout the glass.

s- fruity and foresty. grapefruits, guava, mango, straw, hay, pine trees!!

t&m- hop bomb for sure!! lots of hops and woodsy taste going on here. also lots of bittersweet fruits, grapferuits, mango, guava, green apples and clementines. a little syrupy, but very fresh pine tree taste too.

d- slides right down the throat. so smooth, so tasty and so easy to love. hoppy but not super bitter. perfect balance!!

caresville, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of beerbully
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour into a pint glass from 12 oz. bottle

A-Clear copper color with 1/4 inch head that quickly dissipates. Some lacing

S-Citrus, citrus, and more citrus. sweet greatfruit

T-Hops, hints of pine, some citrus flavor but not as much as you get in the nose.

M-Slick and oily

D-very good

beerbully, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of racer2k
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my favorite 20oz. beer glass

A - Beer pours a clear copper color and produces a two finger off white head which dissipates rapidly but leaves continuous lacing around my glass

S - Sweet grapefruit and citrus with a strong resiny pine smell. There is a caramel bread aroma which takes a back seat to the hops aroma.

T - A smooth blast of hop resin with flavors of citrus and pine anchoring the initial taste which fades to a sweet malty bread like flavor which is chewy and caramel like. I can definitely taste more of an amber profile here which is very unique and quite good. The finish is bitter typical of a strong IPA or DIPA.

M - Moderate carbonation with a pretty dry creamy finish. The hop profile really pops in my mouth and is quite tangy and sweet.

D - This is beer has a very pleasant roller coaster of flavor which hits you in all kinds of different directions. You do not even taste the 7.5% abv which can be dangerous. Excellent beer!

racer2k, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of GregSVT
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into a pint glass

A: Pours a clear amber with a big white head that fades to a small layer and leaves a ton of sticky lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is huge with grapefruit, citrus, and hops.

T: Taste is lots of grapefruit puckering bitterness with a surprising amount of sweetness on the finish. The sweetness makes me want to take another sip and balances out the bitterness.

M: Kinda thin but crisp and refreshing.

D: I would reach for this all the time when I am in the mood for a hoppy yet crisp beer. Great stuff.

GregSVT, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of prdstmnky
4.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle (dated 1/7/10) poured into a clean pint glass.

Pours a beautiful orange/amber color with white head and a bit of retention - tons of lacing on my glass. The smell is amazing, with prominent citrus and pine notes. Taste is just as expected after a few sniffs - wonderful citrus/piney hops upfront, the bitterness and sweetness is very well balanced. Decent carbonation, medium bodied, love the mouthfeel on this beer. Very drinkable, alcohol is well hidden.

My favorite Amber Ale hands down, its really not even close (might even be my favorite beer - period). There just isn't anything like it. Most other beers you can find something that has similar qualities and flavors...Nugget Nectar stands alone. I look forward to some fresh cases at the start of every new year.

prdstmnky, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of happybear
3.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Amber colored with good lacing and head retention.

S - Grapefruit and pine. Not over powering and fades over time

T - Good balance of hops and malt. Not a punch in the mouth like a good DIPA but very balanced.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Does feel watery in the mouth with sticky finish.

D - Good beer to lean back several. Alcohol content is high and beware because the balanced flavors and watery mouth feel make these drain fast.

Would like to add that Troegs is getting too pricey for a beer made in Harrisburg. Good beers but price is well above equal offerings from Victory. I look forward to case of Nugget Nectars but at $45 a case, when it is gone, I am back to Dogfish or Victory.

happybear, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of Daniellobo
3.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice hoppy brew, a bit flat and light but in a rather quaffable manner maintaining the rich hoppy profile.

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle. Design pivoting around an almost action cartoonish illustration of a hand squeezing a bunch of hops. Neck label offers a small note on the intent of the brew, and hops used. . Shows a semi erased bottling date (0112...) Notes IBUs ("93ish") Alc. by Vol. (7.5%) Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Deep gold to pale amber clear pour, with a fair head, medium retention and some lacing.

S - There is brief initial whiff that is spectacular, very rich in citrus and fruit notes... Grapefruit, pineapple, floral. Then it fades so quickly that what is left, while nice, is a pale shadow of the initial scent... Retaining a very subdued form of the same floral, fruity, and citrusy hoppy aroma.

T - There is a rich hoppy range with a very particular malty base. In fact, like others point out, it is a well structured lager-like sensation that never overwhelms but neither fades completely. Citrus, pineapple, are woven richly with that soft honey like sweetness.

M - Medium body and carbonation. It feels a bit watery and flat at times with a smooth malty base leaning to a light feel, carbonation picks it up a bit and rescues it around the hoppy finish.

D - Rather nice drink, feels stimulating although some qualities fade to quickly to make it very remarkable.

Notes: A touch over-hyped, although still a rather worthy brew, although it could also be due this year's incarnation. The price-quality ratio is pretty good, and overall is recommendable albeit with a sense of measure. Could be a great step to introduce people to full and sturdier DIPA with a brew that offers a profound hoppy richness but is also sustained over a malty body that is not the thick and profound structure typically associated with them.

Daniellobo, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of chicagoish
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Reddish / Orange color. Nice white head and decent retention.
S: Sweet and Peppery. Citrus.
T: Bitter, Piney and citrus. There is a nice malt balance.
M: Thick, full.
D: I have no problem having three or four a night. This is pretty substantial in alcohol, yet there is no overbearing alcohol esters or tast.

chicagoish, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of Augustiner719
3.5/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2010 vintage:

Appearance: Brownish amber color, crystal clear, small 1 finger head with no lacing and little retention.

Smell: Smells extrememly hoppy. citrusy and piney. big malty background but huge hops aroma.

Taste: This is nothing compared to last years. its off balanced, disjointed and austere on the attack. Hoppy, but bitter and unbalanced. nothing special or out of the ordinary. not the nugget nectar i remembered.

Mouthfeel: Solid carbonation but no head retention. slightly syrupy but overall its good.

Drinkability: good beer, but nothing to go running out for like everyone does. Last years was superiour to this years. Good beer, but you might as well get a hoppy IPA instead of this guy and its pricy this year too.

Augustiner719, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of raverjames
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This has been my new replacement for COAST Hopart since the release.
A: Reddish color and a clear base. Nice white head and decent retention.
S: Weed. Pine. Citrus. There is some caramel in there as well.
T: Piney and citrussy hops. There is plenty or caramel and a nice malty backbone.
M: Bitter yet sweet. Perfectly balanced.
D: I have drank 2 6-packs so far and used this beer to sway non beer drinkers. If this beer was weaker in alcohol it would be my perfect session beer.

raverjames, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of MbpBugeye
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Bright orange heady beer. Lots of lacing.

S- The smell is the best part. You can almost smell each individual kinds of hops. Sweet and citrusy, piney and bitter, oily and astringent.

T- I was a bit let down here. Malty smooth biscuity base up front. The hops arent really around until the finish. Its juicy and quenching. This is a very well balanced beer, I was expecting a little more though.

M- Prickly, medium body, juicy finish

D- Pretty good. Each sip leaves you wanting more. This beer goes down very easily.

MbpBugeye, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of JohnL9013
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is very good, but it is a bit overhyped.

A: This beer has a great appearance. A light amber with a nice head and moderate lacing.

S: The smell indicates that there is a very nice selection of hops used in this beer. My only complaint would be that it simply doesn't smell enough.

T: The taste on this beer is phenomenally balanced, but overhyped nonetheless. Expect an IPA balance with hops up front and roasted malt used in the background. A more complex taste than your average IPA, but not quite as gratifying as I expected for something that has "Imperial" on the label. Don't get me wrong, this is still great.

M: Too carbonated.

D: Very drinkable stuff. This was gone in no time.

Overall, I think this beer is a little overhyped. I whipped out my standard beer, Bell's Two-Hearted Ale after having this and, well, I still prefer the Two-Hearted, I hate to say it. It has more hops, more sweetness, and just more flavor in general. I was considering buying a six-pack of this given the hype, but now I think I will pass. Many have assured me that this is the hop head's delight but as a hop head I was let down.

JohnL9013, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of weller1js
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Always excited for when this comes out; a very surprising beer.

Appearance: distinctly consistent golden-amber color, limited head but more-than-average carbonation.

Smell: hops are dominant which give off a pleasantly sweet, almost tangy aroma.

Taste: start is very clean, the hops do not become evident until towards the finish, with a surprisingly lasting effect.

Drinkability: very pleasant, well balances amongst abv, hops, and taste.

weller1js, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of MetalHopHead6
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Tangerine and pink grapefruit.

Nugget Nectar is the color of tangerines and has the smell of pink grapefruit. It has a thick head and leaves tons of lace. The color is weird, yet striking, and the ale is otherwise beautiful. It should be poured into a smooth clear glass and carefully watched throughout the drink. Really. This ale has great visual complexity.

The aroma is as good as it gets. Grapefruit explodes during the pour and fills the nose with every sip. The flavor doesn't quite hold up to the smell; it's a bit more bland. The feel, however, is aggressive and as explosive as the aroma.

A great ale is a multi-sensory experience, and with the look, aroma, and feel, Nugget Nectar is a pleasure to drink.

MetalHopHead6, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of MikeGill
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a large rocks glass. Clear, deep amber with moderate head.

Good God, what a nose! Nugget, Warrior and Tomahawk hops jump out of the glass. The floral pine and carmel aromas have a hedonistic quality - I actully sat there and smiled while smelling.

The beer is fresh and juicy with lemon zest, pine resin and the faint taste of tropical fruits. The flavors are focused and the alcohol is balanced. Nugget Nectar is clean and luscious with just the right amount of Co2. The mouthfeel is incredible. I caught myself rolling it around serveral times. I will pick this one up again soon.

MikeGill, Jan 28, 2010
Photo of kiddynamite920
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottled 1-14-10...Super fresh Nectar
A: Pours as simple as most amber ales. Nice golden, copper color with a nice inch head. For some reason I remember this beer having a more red hue. Has more of an IPA color.

S: Super sweet malts, hops are super abundant. Nice floral hop smell. I get orange and brown sugar, making for a super malty yet citrusy amber. very nice.

T: Orange zest and floral hops hit first, get a nice sugar kick and its back to the hops. Very fragrant on the palate, strikes the nasal cavity with each sip. Good crisp hops and a nice amber backbone. Super fresh hops yet they dont hide the malts.

M: Just syrupy enough for an amber, not too much for an imperial amber.

D: Don't even think this is disputable. Nugget Nectar is something special. Troegs knows it, as well as us craft beer drinkers. Perfect drinkability, fantastic beer.

kiddynamite920, Jan 28, 2010
Photo of ATGHomebrewer
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle.

Appearence: very nice copper, amber, golden brown. one finger of off-white head.

S: Fresh hoppy smell dominates, with a sweet component behind it.

T: Hard to explain, but intense hoppiness while very smooth. not very knowledgable about imperial ambers, but it tastes like an intense ESB. very heavy hop profile while still a balanced malt body.

M: medium body. approporiate carbonation. nice mouthfeel.

D: very drinkable. complex hop flavors, with a nice, balanced body.

ATGHomebrewer, Jan 28, 2010
Photo of NoBitterFace
3.58/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I usually don't contribute bit I feel compelled on this one. I had this last year and fell in love. I had bought enough to last into spring. So for about 9 months I've been NEEDING this beer. We were reunited yesterday... I wish it tasted as good as I remebered.
It smelled great; very inviting, however my taste buds have been assaulted by these violently hopped beers over the past nine months and now the Nectar falls short on the flavor side. The flavor is watered down, there is no way the same amount of hops was used in this years nectar and I swear it has less carbonation than last year. It all falls apart so fast in your mouth. It's probably my fault I'm used to Arrogant Bastard type beers now so the Nectar is not on the map. I will buy one more six pack of this with hopes that I had a bad batch.

NoBitterFace, Jan 27, 2010
Tröegs Nugget Nectar from Tröegs Brewing Company
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