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Tröegs Nugget Nectar - Tröegs Brewing Company

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6,830 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,830
Reviews: 2,306
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.91%
Wants: 1,142
Gots: 774 | FT: 23
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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 illidurit
3.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from the free table at Woodshop 5.0. Pours amber with a nice tan head. Aroma is big on pine and spruce, with lesser lychee and tangerine notes. Toasted caramel basis but not too sweet. Flavors are again very herbal and leafy with a supporting cast of pineapple and grapefruit. Walks a fine line really; many big ambers just taste like crystal malt and C hops but Nugget Nectar has a more interesting hop profile while the malt profile stays restrained and moderately dry. Decent bitterness, could use more of it. Also could use a bit more body.

illidurit, Feb 23, 2010
Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Sunset Grill & Tap pint glass.

A: Poured a bright, fiery copper color with stupendous clarity, a frothy two-finger head of white foam which left tons of clingy lace. Carbonation is steady streaming throughout, looks great.

S: Smell is a full hop bouquet; slightly spicy, herbal and grassy citrus notes all combine in one earthy whiff. Tomahawk hops sure are nice.

T: Very clean, sweet bready flavor at first, with light caramel and toffee sweetness. There are fine, fruity ale esters bumping around to give off a sweet, floral taste. This is balanced with a finely bitter hop presence filled with grapefruit and pine notes. Very minimal alcohol warming near mid palate before finishing nice, dry and with a very slight oily bitterness.

M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied and super clean. The flavor and clarity are awesome so nothing gets in the way of slamming this brew down. Possibly one of the smoothest ales I've ever had.

D: A 7.5% ABV amber ale with hop aggression of an IPA and the smoothness of an English pale? Nugget Nectar is the bomb! The alcohol essentially goes undetected and the light hop and malt balance are so easy to down while never lacking full flavor anywhere. A very well crafted, dangerously drinkable ale.

Gambrinus1184, Feb 22, 2010
Photo of Kaiser81
3.8/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a trade from Stormking47. Thanks!

A - Poured from a bomber in a pub glass. A hazy amber with less than a finger width of head. it settles fairly quickly to leave a nice ring on the top of the beer. There is some nice lacing left on the glass at first, though less and less is left as I drink the beer.

S - I get a lot of piney hops mixed with grapefruit with just a touch of caramel. Not much else...kind of simple...but it does smell good.

T - It follows the nose pretty much. There are hops of front mixed with that touch of caramel. And then a huge boozy aftertaste. The alcohol is not mixed in very well at first, but as it opens, more flavors come out.

M - Medium body with a creamy feel and slight carbonation. Very nice for the style.

D - I think one would be enough, but I don't think I'd turn it down if another was offered.

Kaiser81, Feb 22, 2010
Photo of semibaked
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Pint Glass, thanks to GruELurks for this, ton of thanks.

A - Pours a gorgeous clear copper color with a half an inch of light peach head. Really nice.

S - Smells of super bright hops and grapefruit, just awesome.

T - Bitter orange peeling and hops, with maybe some pear juice. Suprised it was as bitter as it was, I was expecting maybe just a tad more sweetness. Great Carbonation too.

M - Silky smooth, not oil or anything like that just really good.

D - I could definitely put a couple of these back, really enjoyed this and I definitely know why this is rated so highly.

semibaked, Feb 22, 2010
Photo of mutterfudder
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Heard a lot about this one so was glad to find a few sixers. Poured into a dogfish pint.

A - Dark amber color with a one finger head that disappears as quickly as it formed. There was beautiful lacing down the glass as the beer was consumed.

S - Fairly unexciting. Oh, it's all there. The hops are somewhat floral but not pungent. There's a nice , doughy malt nose to it that's balanced well in there. Dried fruit sweetness. Nice but not overwhelming.

T - Follows the nose well. There's a sharp hop bite on the back of the palate, which alternately plays nice with the big malty flavors. It's well balanced and not out of control, with each flavor distinctly present.

M / D - Slick on my palate with a nice, long present mouthfeel. The beer is so well balanced that it's very drinkable despite the big hop notes.

mutterfudder, Feb 22, 2010
Photo of Pahn
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a snifter.

Appearance: 3/4 inch fluffy white head that dissipates quickly, leaving a ring of lacing. Pours a beautiful translucent just-a-bit-dark amber. Leaves continents of lacing all over the glass.

Smell: Tons of hop and malt aroma. Hops are floral, grassy, fruity, with definite notes of grapefruit and berries. Some deep sugary caramel notes in the background. Smells delicious.

Taste: Great balance of hops and malt, though the flavors are a bit less distinctive than in the aroma. Hops give a nice bitterness, with some subdued citrus and oily floral flavors. The malt is rich and occasionally bready. A lot of the flavors are big and bold, but smooth; not abrasive or over the top. Really good balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy. A little oily, and finishes rather dry. Better than that description sounds.

Drinkability: Alcohol is well-hidden, and the beer delivers a lot of what a beer drinker might be craving (strong hops, smooth bread and caramel flavors).

I think I'm a bit hopped out as of late, because I really can't get excited by this beer at the moment. At the same time, it's very plainly well-done, and I don't have any complaints about it. I'm sure I'll have it again.

Pahn, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of hosehead83
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass
Golden/amber in color with a modest, one -inch head of foam
Aroma-Big juicy hops and citrus notes
Taste-Big hops, piney citrus, nicely balanced
Overall, snappy and tasty-
Hop-heads, get the sixer!

hosehead83, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of tjinohio
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: The beer was a beautiful light, golden amber.

Smell: I did not find Nugget Nector (NN) to have a strong bouquet. There was a pronounced peach aroma over the hops.

Taste: Unlike the American Amber it is categorized as, NN is a strong, hoppy beer and this becomes apparent with the first taste. You are hit with the bitterness of an IPA followed by what I found to be a nutty aftertaste. As the beer warmed, more of the peach appeared in the taste.

Mouthfeel: This was the character of the beer I enjoyed the most. Good carbonation combined with the astringency of the hops makes the beer dance in your mouth. But the best came after the beer warmed a bit. It became quite smooth and silky on the pallet.

Drinkability: This was a very drinkable and enjoyable beer. It has a wonderful hoppiness, but I don't find it strong on taste. Additionally, the aroma is small. This is a very good beer, though, for me, I don't think it is among the best.

tjinohio, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of jedahan
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recommended to me after asking for a drinkable beer that still had that hoppy flavor found in beers like Sierra Nevada's IPA.

Pours a rich orange, with a head that disappeared almost immediately. Strong, absolutely delicious floral smell.

Caramel, hops, then a hint of the higher alcohol content right before it 'cleans up'. The aftertaste is nice and oily, not dry and bitter common to most hoppy beers I have tried.

jedahan, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of EtOHMD
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Was looking forward to drinking after a long week and this one did not disappoint. Clear light orange color. Aroma is floral, fruity, grassy. Taste is complex but not overbearing -- hoppy, fruity with grapefruit, apple, pear, bready. Crisp mouth feel with a slightly lingering aftertaste. Very drinkable...onto my 3rd of a 6 pack.

EtOHMD, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of stoutfiend27
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle received from the very generous NittanyBeerFan thanks Dan...poured into pint glass

a-one and half finger soapy white head...lingered for a while then left behind some nice lacing..

s-piney citrusy floral hops up front..and very nice almost graham cracker caramel backbone...finishes on the more floral hop side

t-starts off piney...then the more grapefruit forward side comes out....the middle is a very nice caramel nougat backing before this one finishes bitter and dry

m-nice and oily....almost like pine resin to chew on in the aftertaste...leaves the mouth covered in hop oils...truly pleasant....

d-would make this a regular if we got it here...the abv is totally hidden making it dangerously drinkable...

overall it is not the hopslosion i was expecting and im glad of that...instead what we have here is a very nice fusion of huge hops with a malt bill to support it instead of using the hops to cover up inconsistencies...truly a wonderful beer...

stoutfiend27, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of Kendo
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got it from the cask at Wolf's 1-11 in Colonie. Thursday night is apparently "Firkin Night" there. . . .

A: Served in a pint glass. No head at all, no bubbles. Body is orangey-amber. Oddly enough, despite the lack of head, there's a decent ring of lace left behindup top, some splotchy lace thereafter.

S: I wrote "awesome." Sweet caramel malt with candied oranges -- Cointreau? Southern Comfort? Also big on citrusy hops. Very nice.

T: Spicy and citrusy hops over caramel malt foundation. Good strong lingering bitterness, remins me of pine resin, even pine tar. Results in a drying feel in the aftertaste.

M: A bit slick in feel, moderately oily, but also smooth and creamy. Medium in weight.

D: Excellent. Goes down very easily, though there seemed to be a bit of spiciness in the hops that was more prevalent than when sampled from the bottle. That slight "bite" seemed to slow me down a tiny bit, and so I dropped this to a 4.5 rather than the 5 I gave it in the bottle.

Notes: Not sure if this is any better in the cask over the bottle, but I'm glad I had a chance to try it.

Kendo, Feb 19, 2010
Photo of darklordlager
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Acquired in a trade with BeerWolf77--Thanks Todd!

A: Pours a brilliant dark golden, verging on ruby. Small crown of off white butter coloured head, that dissipates rather quickly. Great colour, but the head (or lack thereof) is slightly disappointing.

S: Rich floral, piney, resiny hops greet you with a bit of toasty malt in the background. Piney, leafy, herbal--you can definitely tell these aren't Cascades or Simcoe. Light "skunky" scent can be noticed as well.

T: Piney bittering hops, the slightest bit of grapefruit peel, some light toasty malt, and a bit of tropical fruit (pineapple) that barely makes its way through in the background before it is drowned by the piney character. A bit more malt comes in at the end, but the scathing bitterness is the main feature. A bit more sweet caramel malt comes through as it warms some and the carbonation dissipates. Hop resins fill the tastebuds leaving you satiated, yet craving more.

M: Medium carbonation with a clean mouthfeel provided by a sweeping wave of hop bitterness.

D: An interesting choice of hops to assault the taste buds with (Tomahawk, Nugget, Warrior), but I'm not complaining. Maybe a bit more 'piney' than I prefer, but a great beer for any hophead.

darklordlager, Feb 19, 2010
Photo of PBoegel
4.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Firkin at Wolff's 111 in Albany.

The hop essence really shines through big tropical fruits and melon, with a nice smooth bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is much more velvety smooth than forced Carb, and it helps achieve bolder flavors for the hops. Very nice thick cap and good lacing.

PBoegel, Feb 18, 2010
Photo of hawks10
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottled January 14th, 2010 - Poured into my Half Acre pint glass, thanks to "yourefragile" for this one...

Pours a nice golden orange with beautiful clarity. A thin finger of soft white head which leaves a little lacing on the way down...

Smell eludes to a well balanced hoppy ale as the abundance of hops is evident on the nose but a sweet malty background lingers, I hope this is how it tastes...

Taste is a little drier than expected, as I thought the sweet malt would be more prevalent. Drying hop bitterness upfront, but not too extreme (nice to have a more subdued hoppy ale every so often)...Pine flavors from the hops with a bit of citrusy sweetness hanging around...very well balanced...

Nice and smooth, very easy drinking beer. No assault to the palette, just high flavored creamy and chewy fun to drink beer...

Drinkability is very high...I think i'll finish this 6pack tonight...

hawks10, Feb 18, 2010
Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got a pretty fresh bottle of this. My past bottles were a little old and I couldn't review it like that.

Pours a filtered clear amber color with a nice thin white head. It dissapated fast though. A little lacing but not much.

Aroma is strong on american hops and with a little light caramel flavor.

Taste is great. This is so smooth and easy drinking. It has the frothiness of a beer with alot of hops but it is not too bitter. The malt works very well with the hops. It's like a light candy sweetness. Great American hop taste.

Mouthfeel is great. Nice maltiness with a frothiness that is only described as that that is in high hop beers.

Overall I could drink a bunch of this. It is very tasty and I will be trading for some every year as long as it's fresh.

PeprSprYoFace, Feb 18, 2010
Photo of sitarist
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a clear copper color with well over two inches of an off white head. The head is slow to recede and leaves heavy true lacing.

S- Smells like Christmas Nuggets, citrus and pine dominate with lemon leading the way. There is a slight funk also.

T- Pine, and pineapple dominate the palate and tongue with just enough malt to balance. Also has a hint of black pepper.

M- Id say it has a light to medium body and carbonation. Dry but not to dry.

D- Alcohol is hidden well, nothing overpowering or offensive, not really quaffable but easy to drink.

2013: Pretty consistent year to year. Pours a clear amber, thick white head. Aromas of biscuit dough, pine, and tropical fruit. Nice balance in flavor between bitter, and sweet; with bitter winning in the end.

sitarist, Feb 18, 2010
Photo of Arbitrator
3.88/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. An extra courtesy of chcfan. Many thanks, Chris.

A: Pours a deep copper color with amber highlights. Lazy carbonation when held to the light. Head is a fluffy 2 fingers, but it recedes into a halo with some film on the top. Lacing is ample and generous.

S: Pine hop bomb at first... Mouth-watering in its pungency. Grass. Citrus (lemon). Then a floral and cinnamon spice aroma that -- and I apologize for saying this -- reminds me of urinal cakes. I had that association last year, and I'm still unable to break it.

T: Green pine-needle hops buoyed by faint grass and a substantial citric flavor. Floral hops in the mid-taste with light cinnamon. Caramel and chocolate malt manifest and become more apparent near the finish. There are a couple of imperial reds I enjoy more than this, but there's no questioning that this is a beer of high caliber.

M: Medium-bodied with good carbonation for an amber ale. Well-masked ABV.

D: This is solid, make no mistake; but the smell association is just a problem for me. I would recommend this beer highly to others (as most don't seem to have the same association I do), but it's not for me.

Arbitrator, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of ledemie
4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A.nice clear copper , fluffy head.

S.Very hoppy and an Apricot nose.

T.the hops, no apricot flavor in the taste, pine and citrus

M.malt taking over by the hops, nice ballance, really refreshing.

D.Very easy to drink, got the kick of the alcool a few minutes later, I think I like it more then "60 minutes IPA" it has more fruitiness....

ledemie, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of KalH
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one a few years ago and never got back around to reviewing it so here we go.

Pour had a thick one finger head and a clear golden color to the body. The smell was intoxicatingly pungent with notes of tart grapefruit and sweet citrus.
The taste is very smooth and well balanced. It starts with sweet subtle malt flavor in the beginning and ends with a clean but lingering hop finish. Toffee and citrus flavors present. Medium-to-light in body, it has an average carbonation level and mouthfeel, but is definitely high on the drinkability level. This is a pretty refreshing beer in my opinion and a good choice anytime of the year.

KalH, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of beerwolf77
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks goes out to three of my trade partners for sending this beer my way.

Poured into my english pint glass the beer is crystal clear bright golden orange. Two fingers of white head slowly fade to leave a thick web of lace around the glass.

The aroma is full on juicy grapefruit and oranges. Mild piney hops but most fruity goodness. This reminds me alot of Hopslam. It has that sweetness that cuts through the hops.

The flavor is not as potent as the nose. Some citrus fruit and light pine hops. Nowhere near the bite I was anticipating. I'm not sure if it's the malt winning the battle of who's more dominant or just the hops not trying hard enough. This just doesn't have the huge hop flavor I expected.

Medium body. Seems a touch thin and slick.

Overall a very nice drinkable beer. Just a bit underwhelming. I have a handful of bottles so I can revisit this one and possibly change my opinion.

beerwolf77, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of leakyfaucet12
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle rcieved in trade. Drank in a Hop Pairing with Hopslam.

A-Orange gold substantial head, With tons of carbonation

S-Same piny citrus you always smell with hops but pretty light

T-Piney hops barrel down on you light enough to enjoy if your not a hopps fan (like me)

M- does not seem as light as most hoppy beers

D-I love this beer I could drink it all day

leakyfaucet12, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of CHickman
4.85/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours copper rust color with a 1/2 inch creamy beige / off white head; a massive hop smell, with a huge floral hop aroma followed by piney hops, citrus, some sweet malt, light spices, grass, pine, yeast and more citrusy hops. Wow, the hop odor is so strong and inviting that it's almost hard to fathom. It smells like holding wet hops in your hand, and this is one of the best smelling beers I've ever encountered. The spotty lacing is good as it clings to the glass as this beer goes down.

The taste is intense and dominated by the floral and citrus hops, followed by some piney hops, orange peel, sweet malt, caramel, fresh cut grass (and or flowers), vanilla, grapefruit and slight spice burn from the insane amount of hops in the mix. The beer has a heavy chewy feel in the mouth, like you just finished chewing the actual hops, but it slides down crisp and creamy to oily with a semi-dry bitter finish which is actually on the lighter side in both carbonation and drinkability. It's very surprising how easy the beer was to down considering the smell and flavor intensity; this beer was actually refreshing and easy drinking, which is a nice contradiction to the potent aroma and taste present throughout this brew.

The balance was near perfect, and while the alcohol presence is noticeable throughout, it is masked well by the hops. Admittedly, after a few of these I felt the alcohol buzz, so be careful as these beers are potent.

I thought that the hype and "A" rating in BA would be just that, hype, but I am quite glad that this beer lived up to the expectations and was a stellar drink. I might even label this a DIPA instead of an imperial amber, but regardless of what it's labeled I will definitely get this beer again as it was so damn good. I hope Tröegs makes this available year round as this is a fantastic beer!

NOTE: After my first review, I had another bottle from this six pack Tröegs Nugget Nectar and drank it from the bottle to see how it would hold up and it passed with flying colors. The odor still burst out of the bottle and the taste was just as excellent as the bottles that I poured into glassware. A top notch beer!

CHickman, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of Popkas
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very attractive bright copper with a small head that sticks throughout.

S: Hops, orange peel, grapefruit and a bit of malt. Nice balance for my tastes - a bit stronger on the hops but not overwhelming.

T: Upfront hops, bit of spice and malt. Very well balanced. I would say moreso than the nose, but not as much to my tastes.

M: Nice carbonation, but a touch on the thin side.

D: 7.5%? Feels like a session beer to me, so I say heck yeah.

Popkas, Feb 15, 2010
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle to wine glass. Bottled on 1/7/10.

A: One finger off-white head, creamy with short retention. The foamy head quickly becomes a sudsy ring with a thin film in between. The color is a brilliant shade of a deep, rich amber. Sparkling clarity. Looking at this glass of beer is not at all unlike looking through a magnifying glass. Lacing was spare at best.

S & T: A very balanced brew boasting a wide spectrum of hop aromas plus a bigger than expected malt bill. The hops are advertised as Nugget, Tomahawk & Warrior. (Interestingly enough all bittering hops even though the result is not an overly bitter flavor, aroma or finish.) Grassy, piney and herbal with high notes of orange and grapefruit. The toasted caramel and hay malts have a rich depth that truly compliments, but does not challenge the hops. Light alcohol comes through on the nose only.

M: Lush and velvety smooth, especially as it warms. The Nugget Nectar becomes really creamy by the end of the glass. Give your glass a few swirls from time to time to witness the transformation of the mouthfeel. Medium-full body with the perfect amount of effervescence.

D: Top notch drinkability. The highlight of the brew is the flavor and the mouthfeel, and how each transforms throughout the drinking experience. A more perfect balance of malts to hops and sweetness to bitterness could not have been achieved.

I won't argue that the Nugget Nectar is an Amber Ale. IT IS! And it's justly classification is the MAIN reason why this brew deserves the high rating it has received. I would, however, love to see another percentage point in the ABV to help justify the imperial title.

FeDUBBELFIST, Feb 15, 2010
Tröegs Nugget Nectar from Tröegs Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 6,830 ratings.