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Tröegs Nugget Nectar - Tröegs Brewing Company

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6,874 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,874
Reviews: 2,307
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.91%
Wants: 1,161
Gots: 789 | 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 AgentZero
3.88/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pretty much a clear, golden beer with some orange tinge to it. Nice looking two finger head with some decent lacing to it. Nice looking beer.

S - A lot more hoppy than I would have guessed coming from an amber. Bitter, floral hop profile, with an obvious malt backbone.

T - Taste is pretty much what I would have expected given the nose. Bitter, resiny hops profile with a slightly sweet malt backbone. It's a pretty hoppy amber, almost IPAish.

M - Touch creamy, lighter side of medium bodied, smooth, decent carbonation.

D - Pretty good, although the resiny hops in this knocks this down a touch, the bitterness just starts to feedback a little too much. Very nice though, would seek it out again.

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

C. Clear
H. Amber/Gold in color
N. Hops Hops and more Hops, Sweet Candy, (very balanced)

I was looking forward to this since I got it in on a trade. I looked forward to comparing it to the other semi-hyped Hoppy Beers. Well it stood its ground. An EXTREMELY solid Amber beer with a huge hop backing to it and a nice malt balance. Although personally I would prefer less malt and more hop bitterness. Regardless, I know I say that a lot of beers are easy to drink, but this one just went down soo easy, and was really full of flavor. While I had high expectations for this beer it really did live up to the hype. I would say this is defiantly a beer that you HAVE to try.

Photo of DLReeves
4.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What an interesting find. Pours golden/orange with solid head that recedes somewhat rapidly making it drink as a liquid rather than a foamy nothing. Pleasant full taste, hoppy yet subdued at the same time. With a pretty strong ABV, its soething one has to be careful with so as to enjoy it without passing out or DUI later!!

As my most important criteria for any beer or ale, if I like it, I care less about technical stuff. I like it. So does my better half so its a definite re-buy...from consumer beverages in Williamsville NY

Photo of btorsdog
4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Masterfully balanced work of art. Beautiful depiction of the style. As alwways try to partake this one in it's freshest state!
Beautiful golden orangish color, quite pretty
Smell is IPA like, lots of fruity,hoppy stuff going on
Taste is unique yet balanced and smoooth!
Mouth is medium bodied and mildly carbonated
Drinkibility is stellar. Outstanding Brew!!!!

Photo of beer2day
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Solid gold pour with strong orange tints. Sturdy 2-finger head, leaving behind a nice 1/2 finger well through the glass. Excellent lacing, thick strands lining all sides of the glass.

Big floral hop nose. Slight esters and biscuit as well, from the amber malt. Faintest hint of strawberry licorice.

Hops come out right at the front, with pine more than grapefruit. Strong malt body gives this a thick profile. Creamy and smooth, with a very light astringency in the finish. Hops linger for a nice long ride.

I can easily drink 3 of these at a siting, though at 7.5% I'm not so sure that is such a good idea.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle obtained from Jared. Thanks to Jared for adding this bonus beer.

A: Pours clear golden. Nice creamy half inch head. No real haziness to speak of.

S: Floral and herbal nose. Smells fresh and deliciously hoppy.

T: Great hop bitterness. Nice malty backbone. Slightly sweet, honey, great overall balance with this brew.

M: Medium bodied. Very little carbonation.

D: Excellent smoothness for the alcohol content. Would be easy to drink several of these well balanced brews.

Summary: Excellent hit of hops from the hop combo of nugget, tomahawk, and warrior. Would easily have this one again.

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

Poured a clear, reddish brown with a quickly dissipating white head. This ale was bottled on 2/11/10.

There was a strong resiny aroma competing with the caramel sweetness when I opened the bottle. Poured into a Samuel Adams' pint glass, the malt aroma becomes dominant. As the ale warms there are hints of fruit.

I was surprised by the balanced flavor considering this is called an "imperial amber". While this a hoppier version of an amber style, it can hardly be considered a hop bomb. The pleasing malt flavor complements a little hop bitterness.

This is medium bodied with restrained carbonation. The mouthfeel is slick and a little sweet on the palate.

This is dangerously drinkable at 7.5 ABV. The alcohol is well hidden. I am sure this would carry a greater hop kick if I consumed it just after bottling. I really enjoy the balanced flavor.

Photo of pastradul
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to wchesak for this amazing extra!

now this is my kind of Amber!

Pours a nice copper with a very tight head on it. I can smell the hops as I start to pour! The head dissolves to leave some spotty lacing.

Aroma is sweet malt a bit of a boozy kick to it to finish with a very hop forward finish!

I am not quite sure what makes this beer an "amber" as opposed to an IPA...maybe the type of malt that is used? becuase the hop kick to it is just amazing! Light sweetness to it with strong hop finish on the palate!

By far the best amber I have ever had!

Photo of malthegal
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorite beers. I have only had this beer from a bottle, but it seems like with each new pour, I love this beer more and more (too bad it's seasonal). The aroma is unreal, so floral, it's absolutely amazing - the many varieties of hops mingle nicely together to make a smell that instantly brings a smile to your face. It has a smooth mouthfeel with an exceptional ability to hit all of your taste buds in a very robust, yet soft, way! The appearance of this beer is also phenomenal, a very clear, crisp, light amber hue with an equally impressive head. Hand down, a great beer. Don't wait - if you see it, try it!

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

A: Ruby red copper coloring. Nice fat off white head and very sticky lacing.

S: What a rush to the olfactory glands! Sweet hoppiness. Piney resiney hops. Very close to an IPA.

T: Nice hop zing. Not the hoppiest beer but a nice very clean and balanced hoppy. I am getting a caramel apple touch in the finish with the grassy hops leading the way.

M: Very oily and well carbonated.

D: You can hammer on these all night long. Goes down as easy as a lager. And the abv isn't too crazy high.

Very glad to have finally tried this. I will be buying it again. Seems like a beer that is good for year round weather. Would very much like to see more of something like this. Good change from IPA's.

Photo of DenverW1
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is by far the best beer I have ever tasted. Its a Hop Head's dream. It's the Hop Backs older, bigger, better brother. The only downfall for this brew is that its SEASONAL!! You can only get this tasty beverage in the spring. I highly recommend this brew, everyone should try it.

Photo of mtstatebeer
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle. Pours a completely clear orange-amber color with a small off-white head, ok lacing. Aroma is caramel malts, a good amount of citrus, and some pine. Flavor is caramel, bread, orange, pine, and grapefruit. Mouthfeel is medium, dry and bitter. Overall a good beer, well balanced. Also delicious on cask.

Photo of JoePat
3.9/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a honey like amber color with a thick white head.
It has a huge smell of citrusy grapfruit hops and a hint of the malt sweetness.
The flavor is very bitter the main focus a piney hop flavor. It does have a good sweet malt backbone to handle all that bitterness though.
The mouth feel is almost syrupy from the sweetness with a dry finish.
With all the hops and all the sweetness it is not the most drinkable of IPA's but good none the less.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This beer convinced me as to what a nugget hop can do. Decent appearance, nothing earth-shattering, your standard amber ale, with maybe more carbonation and a little more vibrancy. Very clear.

Aroma was unmistakenly hoppy with some of that amber woody smoothness. Taste came through as a happy balance of the high alpha acid resin nugget hop and the amber malt. Very nice. Gotta pair the nuggets up with substantial malt. Mouthfeel was great, I wanted more. Great interplay of everything.

Drank this at Miller Park, Brewers v. Cubs, so there's some cool lucky wild card points for ya on the drinkability.

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


Thanks to Stevefinny for this one...

Poured into Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: Big time foamy head. Very frothy and off-white in color, with a very light amber / almost transparent hue. 3.5

S: Wet hops, pine, light citrus, and just plain light in general. Nothing overpowering. 3.5

T: Hop overload. Any citrus was demolished on the first drop of hops hitting my tongue. I'm not a big fan of overly hoppy bears, but this is a decent balance overall. 4.0

M/D: Carbonation in present, but subdued. Alcohol presence is fairly non-existant. 4.0, 3.5

One bomber was plenty for me. I prefer a more citrus balanced hop-heavy beer, but I'm glad I got to try this.


Photo of RevereBeer
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this into a 22oz bomber into a tulip.
This pours a clear, deep orange with a two finger off-white head. Moderate retention on the head with spotty lacing.

The nose is incredible. Hop character is very dominant, though the malt base is noticeable and fruity. The hops are citrusy with some piney and floral scents, the variety is a very strong point to this beer.

Primarily hop flavor, but balanced with the malt base. Bitter for sure, but very smooth and actually leaves me with a sweet aftertaste.

This is medium to full bodied with medium carbonation. A smooth drink, and the sweetness and bitterness are well balanced. Makes for a smooth and delicious brew with great drinkability.

Photo of phiberoptik
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasty! This beer is delicious...

Pours a nice amber red and you can smell some piney hops right from the pour. This beer smells sweet with a touch of malt character.

The taste was great. Just a really clean, refreshing piney hop character. I like what someone else said about a certain caramel character. I definitely agree with this.

Felt a little heavier than most traditional IPAs I have tried. Has a bit of meat behind it. Nothing like a stout, but you can tell there is some body to this beer.

I could drink this for an evening. Not sure Id make it a day in the sun type of beer, but it definitely helped me enjoy putting up blinds last night.

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

Pale red/ golden clour with a thick syrupy head.

Smells of resiny/ piney hops. Very slight caramel malt flavour get's through. Just tons of fresh hops, yum!

Taste- you get small dollop of sweet caramel/ bready malt, which just brings the piney resinous hops to the fore even more.

Mouthfeel is just right.

Damn the alcohol content, i'll drink this all day!

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

Poured into a pint glass. Had an orange/amber color with a one finger off white head,with nice lacing. Has aromas of citrus and pine and a nice balance between the hops and the malts. I found it to be light bodied and very easy to drink with a very smooth mouthfeel for 7.5%. I found this to be a very enjoyable ale.

Photo of brendan13
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Smithflipper for sharing this bottle!

A - A very clear amber colour with a 2cm white fluffy head that slowly falls away.
S - Fresh piney and floral hop aromas with some caramel maltiness.
T - Very much like the smell; piney and floral hops balanced by a nice subtle caramel malt quality.
M - Medium bodied with an appropiate carbonation level.
D - Possibly the perfect beer as far as Im concerned.

Photo of Beejay
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Reddish Amber, with a lovely off white head. Fairly clear.

S: Citrus and grassy with a hint of herbal flavor in there as well. A bit of caramel and malt in the background. Nice.

T: Tasty. Nice and earthy/herbal flavor from the hops, with just a bit of grass in there as well. Balanced very well by a malty caramel flavor. Very well rounded.

M: Medium bodied, slightly syrupy, and a lot of carbonation. The carbonation just sits on your tongue and tickles it.

D: Probably wouldn't do more than a couple in a night. But very solid, and worth seeking out.

Photo of WYVYRN527
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first experience with this brew, thanks to DCDevilDancer. 12 oz. bottle, poured into a pint glass.

A: Brilliant amber in color with a two-finger thick off-white head. Head retention is good, as well as thick lacing on the glass walls.

S: Some caramel and toasty malt notes emerge behind all of the hops. Dominant aromas are citrus, pine, pineapple, and some orange peel.

T: Very balanced taste, possibly the most balanced beer of this style I have tasted. Malt gives flavors of toffee, toast, and butterscotch. Hops lend flavors of pineapple, spruce, and rose hips. The finish is crisp, but suprisingly long.

M: NN is medium to full-bodied. It has alot going on in the mouthfeel. Carbonation is fine, yet the malt and hops give the beer a viscosity that rivals many others of the style.

D: Drinkability? Hell yeah! This is what amber ales should taste like. It's one that stands out amongst it's peers. Easy to drink, almost sessionable. This beer is simply delicious!

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

Poured into a Unibroue tulip.

Appearance: Nice hazy amber body, one finger foamy white head, great lacing.

Aroma: Beautiful hop aroma. Both piney, and fruity. Its really nice.

Taste: Ah, wonderful. Hops right off the bat with a nice sweet malt backbone (if you can taste it behind all the hop flavor).

Feel/Drink: Great mouthfeel. I can drink this all day!

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

A- A moderately aggressive pour yielded a 1/2" foamy offwhite head with minimal lacing. The body was a filtered medium amber... with some little bubbles working their way up the sides of the glass.

S- The aroma is massively rich- buckets of floral hops along with aromas of stewed and amber malts. Faint impressions of clean hay. Somewhat balanced on the nose, airing on the side of hop-dominant.

T- The mouth initially replicates the nose- a lot of floral hoppiness up front in balance with amber/stewed malt. Midway, the hops take over with a bitterness that lingers on the palate after the finish. It finishes semi-dry with a resiny bitterness to it. Big rich flavor throughout.

M- Medium body, with some abundant soft carbonation and a slight perceived creaminess. Slight astringency as well.

D- Very drinkable- nay- quaffable; with the alcohol very well hidden. I could easily enjoy several bombers on my own.

Photo of berpwillie
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light Hazey copper/amber color with not much head or lacing and a good bit of carbonation. hoppy floral smell and hoppy citrus like taste with a bit of a bittery bite. this beer is very very delicious, i would highly recommend this beer to anyone. exceptional all around. i could drink this shit all day.

Tröegs Nugget Nectar from Tröegs Brewing Company
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