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Tröegs Nugget Nectar - Tröegs Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

6,423 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,423
Reviews: 2,300
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 1,056
Gots: 665 | FT: 25
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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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TomGavin

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle.

A: Transparent red-orange hue with the head akin to the color of the foam on a mocha-latte. Head retention is minimal leaving tiny gaps.

S: Fresh apricot. Reminds me of the Mott's fruit packs from kindergarden--peach, pineapple, a touch of cherry, and like I previously stated, loads of apricot. Perfumey.

M: Light and easy.

T: Fruity at first with pineapple and apricot fading into one of the best malt characters I've come across in a highly hopped beer. The malt takes the edge off of the hops--which are slightly bitter, nothing tongue-biting--and add a vanilla touch to the end and lasting through the finish of this beer.

Comment: Thanks to MasterSki for the bottle. The Troegs Brothers have made one world-class beer and it is worth seeking out. Thank god I have a few of them.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2009 23:15:22 | More by TomGavin
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Jimbo87

Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful clear copper, off-white 1.5 inch head. left pretty good lacing.

smell is zesty, piney hops and some detectable malt.

taste: sweet malt, with nice bitter hops that balance it at the end.

mouthfeel is very silky smooth. medium bodied.

drinkability: fairly drinkable with it's its modest abv. A very nice change from the hopslam I was previously drinking.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2009 04:22:27 | More by Jimbo87
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beerorRIP

New Jersey

4.65/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this is based on a 12 oz bottle, although also had on tap recently (ahh, memories)...

pours a remarkably clear (i recall the previous being a bit cloudy, no longer bottle conditioned?) amber that shows a good 1.5 finger, off-white head. the head does fall back, but a thin layer remains on top. lacing is sticky, and hangs in plenty of spots. small bubbles occasionally creep to the top.

now this is high-alpha american hop aroma! citrus (grapefruit, and a big one), with a bit of pine here and a bit of sweetness from the malt base. reminds me of putting a bucket of warrior hops to my nose in my LHBS!

when i first tried this beer (not this release), i recall being amazed. i wasn't fully ushered into really high hopped beers, but this is the one that made it stick i think. it's awash in hop flavors and bitterness. citrus, pine, spicy and resinous hops abound... but a touch of caramel sweetness to offset just a bit. a drying, and somewhat almost slight tinge of numbness on the backend. lots going on here. lots.

the mouthfeel is nothing too nuts really. not super carbonated, so there's a bit of an oily coating of the tongue. really helps the flavors to remain on the palate. not stinging carbonation either, gentle. makes larger swigs and gulps very very easy.

too drinkable. at 7.5% abv, it's goes down like nothing. seriously. i really noticed that when i had it on tap, since they can always get you more. next thing i knew, i'd had 3 of them and said "really?" a dangerously delicious beer. hence the 22 oz bombers that started to come out are a tempting purchase... it is as they said in oak tree buyrite; the perfect size for this beer!

like plenty of the east-coasters, this is a damn good one and i think plenty of others would like it. is it up to all the hype? i don't give a damn. i likes it, so i drinks it.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2009 01:58:07 | More by beerorRIP
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gory4d

New York

4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper color with a high, off-white head that dissipates but leaves a lot of thick lacing. The smell is cedar, juniper, clean minerals, and citrus. The taste starts off somewhat savory, moving into fruity notes, then goes into some powerful bitterness. It's highly carbonated and fairly viscous. A fine beer, but one or two of these is plenty.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2009 01:24:18 | More by gory4d
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DrewOSU

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Purchased from Root Cellar in Cincinnati, OH

A: Pours a medium amber to dark orange with a ½ inch amber head. Spider like lacing at the top of the glass on initial pour that continues down the glass after completion.

S: Large orange, grapefruit and citrus colors on the nose, big hop presence.

M/T: Light to medium body on the tongue. Big bitter hop and citrus punch, followed by a "piny" flavor on the tongue after swallow. Hops are really felt on the after taste.

D: Big flavor for an amber, this beer is not delicate. However, this being an amber beer, it really balances out the "hop bomb" factor, making it very drinkable and pretty session able. By far, one of my favorite beers of the season.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2009 22:39:49 | More by DrewOSU
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smanders

Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not being well-versed in the style I was fortunate enough to have a buddy suggest this beer to me...otherwise I may not have taken the opportunity to enjoy such a fine ale.
This bottled beer was poured into an American Pint glass for evaluation.

Appearance - A darker shade of amber with a nice, white head. Although the head leaves quickly, there is some nice lacing throughout.

Smell - Yum! Sweet grapefruit. Lots of sweet grapefruit! I can't wait to try it...

Taste - There are definitely 4 types of hops in this ale. Wow, I need another sip. Yep, hopheads will love this pseudo-IPA labeled an Imperial Amber. Great balance with the three varieties of malt.

Mouthfeel - Silky smooth even with the oiliness of all those hops.

Drinkability - High! This just might challenge SN's Bigfoot for space in the fridge! And that's saying a lot.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2009 21:10:22 | More by smanders
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tmoneyba

Ohio

4.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Hyde Park Wine.

Poured clear copper color with a large frothy off-white head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy sour citrus hop and small malt aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Moderate to heavy citrus bittersweet flavor with a moderate to heavy bittersweet finish of medium to long duration.

Very good brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2009 20:37:06 | More by tmoneyba
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clayrock81

Virginia

4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A seethru amber red with two-finger white head that dies quickly with minimal lace. An intense hop smell, and I'm not quite good with differentiating between certain kinds of hops, but is the kind of hop smell that is citrusy, piney, floral and soapy. Plus a little spice in the smell and hints of sweet malt. The taste, like the smell, is almost all hops with citric fruit and grapefruit. Some caramel and other sweet and bread malts are minimal but in there to keep a balance (bread, cake or gum...sugary stuff). so the beer maintains its dryness but is also a little syrupy yet also a little creamy. Finishes dry, remaining constant w/ the beer's feel. I look forward to this beer's release every year.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2009 05:00:11 | More by clayrock81
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mgp80

Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Lighter side of amber, a pretty vibrant orange. Head is white, with a whole lot of lacing.
S - Ever bought a bag of hop pellets and stuck your nose in it? Pretty much that, with a tad of sweetness. Awesome.
T - Hops. Citrusy, some pine, just tons of grapefruit. Bitterness is there too, and blends perfectly with the hop flavor. I'm not getting much malty flavor, and not too much sweetness. I wouldn't call this "balanced" per se, and don't really care.
M- Very oily. In a good way.
D - Not too shabby. Hard to follow with anything else, anyway, as your mouth is now coated with hop oils.

This is an excessive, over-the-top, obsessive love letter to hops in a bottle. Very, very good. Mine happened to have been bottled 3 days ago, so I don't know how it holds up with some time, but fresh, this is it for hop lovers.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2009 01:15:03 | More by mgp80
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beveritt

Ohio

4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. Label depicts a hand squeezing a large hop cone. Hard to read ink on the label looks like this was bottled on 01/19/09.

Appearance: Pours with 1 finger of nearly white head. This settles slowly to a thin coating with several island of foam, leaving behind complete lacing. The beer itself is a nice deep amber and perfectly clear. No sediment in the bottle.

Smell: Very strong aroma, wafts up I am sitting here at my desk. Sweet, pungent grapefruit. Hands down, the best pure hop aroma I have ever come across.

Taste: Strong and spicy grapefruit hops upfront blend seamlessly into bitter flavoring hops. Lower sweetness in the taste than anticipated by the smell.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is great. Thick, leaving a nice coating in the mouth.

Drinkability: Yum. A great mix of the various iterations of the hop flavor. Reminds me of spring and makes me anxious for its arrival.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2009 01:00:20 | More by beveritt
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phantomwyse

Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Going to school a half hour away, I definitely was spoiled by my proximity to Troegs...with wide availability all over the area, and being able to ride up with a few of my fraternity brothers to refill our growlers, yeah, those were the days.

A: Orange caramel body, languid carbonation. Frothy off white head of about a finger and a half segues into picturesque, classic lacing, later on.

S: Highly aromatic, a wickedly floral brew -- it really does fill the room with its perfume. Luscious, sultry, and most of all, seductive, hops -- dark ruby red grapefruit, pine sap, candy like orange, JuicyFruit gum, all of this and more at the first whiff. Such a sweetness dominates the back end, it's almost choking.

T: A tidal wave of hops, tangy grapefruit, pine extract, an acidic lemon citrus touches down briefly. Butterscotch and baked bread coated in brown sugar make up the malty spine of this hop heavy beer. Leaves off in a wash of sour bitterness that begs you to have another sip to wash it it down, with another, and another...

M: Medium bodied, starts of creamy and ends a bit dry.

D: It has stopping power at 7.5 ABV, but it's so evilly good, you drink it quickly and just want another. This beer, plain and simple, is a temptress.

As a friend of mine pointed out, it seems sweeter than last years. However, this may be in part due to it being a bottled, rather than a fresh, sample -- a conundrum we plan to remedy excitedly soon.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2009 00:09:21 | More by phantomwyse
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albern

Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At first take, this strikes me as a very juicy, sweet, and citrusy IPA, but alas this is an imperial amber by label. This is really more of a nouvelle IPA, but what's in a name anyway. The beer pours a clear, slightly orangy red and copper color with a modest foamy and creamy head that doesn't retain all that well, and laces just a tad. The nose is very pungent and wonderful. This is a giant orange burst, piney notes, grapefruity tartness, with just an overlay of biting florals throughout. There might be a bit of malty breadiness underneath.

The taste will not disappoint. The only downside I detected was when the beer was a touch too cold and some metallic notes emerged. They disappeared quickly enough when the beer settled into its natural temperature range. This is a sweet, nouvelle IPA with juicy, oily, and estery hops with lots of orange and floral bursts; there are plenty of citrusy acerbicness to the hops. There are some slight caramel malts underneath, and they are sweet, so the whole just wonderfully complements each of the constituent components. This is a medium bodied beer with a 7.5% ABV that is well hidden. You won't know the strength of the beer otherwise. The finish is sweet, the aftertaste quite mild and refreshing, more than biting and lasting. There is a touch of drying nuttiness in the finish. This beer has few flaws and is a great red IPA, if there is such a thing, but absent that I will accept the imperial IPA label as aptly suitable. L'Chaim.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2009 22:47:51 | More by albern
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Clydesdale

District of Columbia

4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a tawny copper-orange color with just a slight haze. The head is fairly large, dense, and frothy, with an off-white tint. Retention is very nice, and there's plenty of lacing left on the glass.

S: Wow, what an aroma. Some toasted malts are available, but they're dominated by the extremely fragrant hops. Mostly citric, with an orange rind character. Definitely also some strong floral notes. Some more subdued herbal hints as well.

T: This is a hoppy and bitter beer for sure, but it's not even close to being a one-dimensional hop bomb. There's a fairly solid dose of toasted malt flavor that gamely contends with the massive load of hops. Also a bit of bready yeast at times. Citric and floral flavors dominate. Again, I detect orange rind and a strong floral bitterness. As the bottle says, 93 IBUs, so there's certainly an aggressive bitterness, but it never becomes too much to handle.

M: Medium to somewhat full-bodied with average carbonation. A resiny mouthfeel that leads to a very dry finish.

D: I'm really impressed with this beer. I was slightly skeptical given the incredible hype it receives here, but it is definitely warranted. A memorable, wonderful brew from Troegs.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2009 22:17:22 | More by Clydesdale
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xxHelderxx

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nugget+Warrior+Tomahawk Hops, ~93 IBUs. Being a fan of hops, I had to try this one out.

Poured it into a flared pint glass. The color and clarity of this beer are striking. A nice dark amber/organey color with generous amounts of head (though not quite 2 fingers) that didn't hang around all that long and receded to a nice thin film. I got lacing throughout the entire drink.

The nose is dominated by hops, its a very floral/cirtusy aroma that is offset slightly by some malt in the background.

This beer's taste is nearly identical to its smell. A nice kick of hops right up front, but its not overwhelming (93 IBUs). This beer is extremely well balanced especially given its higher alcohol content (7.5%)

The carbonation is great on this beer. Theres no "sting" anywhere to be found, and the post-hop bitterness is not overwhelming at all but rather a slight lingering reminder of the well balanced trifecta of hops.

Drinkability is definitely here. If you're a hop fan, you'll love this beer. I could put back a few of these in a night with no problem. Again its extremely well balanced and goes down very smooth. Great beer that I'll try again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2009 20:50:32 | More by xxHelderxx
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sprucetip

Alaska

3.88/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. On cask at the Blind Tiger in NYC> Hazy copper, minimal head fades fast to thin film and partial ring, no significant lacing. SMELL is soft, earthy, slightly floral hop aromas. Faint, however. Hard to find a nose on this one. TASTE is very smooth and balanced. Hop flavor is richly floral, backed well by malt that never quite gets sweet, and only ever so vaguely bitter. Very clean finish. FEELS lightly carbonated, pleasant soft texture, med/light body. Clean finish. DRINKS smooth and easy, but overall didn't dazzle me at all. Maybe being on cask had something to do with it? Or maybe my bias toward aggressive west coast IPA's had something to do with my ambivalence toward this one? I'll try her again, given the chance.

Serving type: cask

02-20-2009 07:01:52 | More by sprucetip
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dfolmste

New York

4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Frothy head covering a crystal clear amber beverage. Very low carbonation. Lacing is good and so is head retention.

Smell: I'm sitting about two feet away and I can still detect the hoppy aroma. Smells strongly of hops (Nugget, Warrior and Tomahawk) and maybe a little honey. Hops take over.

Taste: Hop juice. It doesn't make you pucker up like some hoppy brews, in fact the hops play off each other well. Not much else in terms of flavor though. A bit of sweetness and citrus/grapefruit from the hops. Good but not mind blowing.

Mouthfeel: Even though the hops steal the show, its the sweetnesss that lingers on the tongue. Smooth feel and a good selection of hops.

Drinkability: Higher alcohol, but I could go for a while with this beer. For a hoppy beer, I may look in another direction, but I would have no problem recomending this or buying more. A good go-to-beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2009 02:18:23 | More by dfolmste
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GbVDave

Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a DT tulip. Thanks to Ineedabeerhere for the trade and hook-up! Extra special thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours an absolutely crystal-crear, dark-amber/burnt-orange color with a light-orange dallop of creamy meringue-like foam on the top. The head recedes quickly to a filmy skim that leaves droopy sheets of lace stuck to the glass.

S: Tantilizing aromas of hops. Piney, tropical fruity hops. Herbal hop notes as well as caramel malt, tangerine, mango, fresh mown lawn, and apricot.

T: Taste follows the smell pretty much lock-step. Gloriously fresh hops, tropical fruit, dried wildflowers, and a nicely paired malt backbone featuring toasted and caramel flavors.

M: Peppery, juicy, sticky, and oily. This thing coats the mouth with a wonderfully spicy, fresh squeezed hop essence. I can feel a peppery tingle on the tongue during the long finish.

D: Yes! I'm so glad to finally have tried this. What a treat!

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2009 00:44:51 | More by GbVDave
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mbunje

California

3.53/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into hi-tech Sam Adams glass
Bottled on 12/23/06...just over two years ago...so keep that in mind.

A - Med-light amber color, 1/2 inch head becomes a thin film relatively quickly. Very clean and clear with medium carbonation

S - Mile hop aroma. Orange peel. I expected a stronger hop presence in the smell given the label has a giant hop nugget on it.

T - Interesting. Very Tart/bitter right up front, becomes a mildly sweet taste in the middle. Finish is extremely dry with little flavor...wait after about 1/2 way through, the finish is there and it is pure grassy bitterness. These hops were in the kettle for a long time.

MF - Medium body with crisp, dry finish. A bit light for an "amber" beer. Leaves some hop oil.

D - One or two at best. The lingering bitter finish is too much and overpowers the over taste/flavor of the beer. Don't know about the price as this was a trade.

Overall I expected a heavier body and more of a malt balance given the "Amber" label. I think the age of the beer has changed the hop profile as well taking out some of the nose, and fruitiness of the intended flavor.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2009 17:55:39 | More by mbunje
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rdub

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Holy moley. Hop-o-rama. Poured a beautiful copper/amber color in my snifter (been into the snifter lately for some reason). Nice head fading into nothing with a bit of lacing. Really nice color. Nose was of pine and a bit of citrus. Taste was very complex and delicious. Would love to try this on tap. Mouthfeel was creamy and medium with a great drinkability for 7.5%. A solid choice.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2009 03:45:36 | More by rdub
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ABOWMan

Ohio

4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle, this beer is amber in color as well as in name. Looks a lot like tea. Easily produced a full three/four fingers if fluffy white haed that lingers just a little while. Lacing is apparent on the walls of the glass.

The aroma is piney with dried pruit. Smells more like an IPA than a American Amber.

Wonderful full flavor of hops hits you first, am I sure this isn't an IPA? After the hops hit fades I begin to notice roasted malts, and then dried fruit ... apricots I think and some honey. The mouthfeel is rich and full on the palate, and comes across creamy in texture.

I wasn't sure what to think when I first tried this beer, but as I sat and sipped, I began to see some real appeal. I engoyed the hop hit upfront and then also the roasted and sweet notes that added to the complexity of flavor. I can easily see enjoying several of these amber ales.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2009 03:18:57 | More by ABOWMan
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abents

Wisconsin

4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to mikereaser for sending this in a trade.
12oz bottle with a hand squeezing a hop nug on the label.

sits a sweet copper amber in the glass with huge white head that peaks up over the glass and laces well. Smells like a hope bomb, I double check to make sure I didn't pour an IPA out, big citrus, but also some grass and spices in there too. Big hop nose on this one, maybe there's some malt in there, I can't really pick it out. Taste is nothing like the nose, and in a very good way. Very refreshing smooth sweet malty brew with a beautiful bitter finish. I think I like this because even with the floral grassiness it lacks that pine tree bitterness that would lead to this being a little out of reach for most people. Very well balanced smooth creamy beer. The hops are very nicely balanced with smooth carmamel malt backbone that makes this an extremely drinkable brew. Pleases the hopheads with the bitterness and pleases everyone with it's drinkability. This would be an amazing everyday brew if I could get it everyday. I like this one a lot, nice smooth pleasant brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2009 01:29:41 | More by abents
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LunaChick

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Beerzombie for getting us over to the Tap to have this gem on cask.

Presented in a pint glass, beautiful rich amber color with a 2 finger fluffy head that retained very well and laced the glass so nicely I wanted to take a picture.
Very rich aroma of citrus and some florals. Slight pine aromas in the end.
Flavor is predominantly citrus--grapefruit and orange zest. Very smooth. Lingering resinous pine in the end. Nicely balanced by malts which imparts a paletable sweetness. Not sticky though.
Bitter finish.
Very smooth in the mouth. Flavors transition very well. Alcohol is not obvious at all.
A highly drinkable brew even at 7%.

Serving type: cask

02-18-2009 18:26:12 | More by LunaChick
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Atricapilla

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer was served in a pint glass. Was a light amber color with a medium sized white head which diminished over time.

Aroma: Smelled very floral, almost like lilacs. Very powerful. A little pine and citrus was also present.

Taste: Very hoppy, but not nearly as proportional in its bitterness, which really surprised me. Slightly sweet, with a little maltiness. Some slight citrus notes. Very pleasing and good in the mouth.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2009 04:22:08 | More by Atricapilla
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slk22

Maryland

4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear amber with a well portioned white head

S - The aroma jumps right out of the glass having a wonderful and inviting combination of citrus (orange and grapefruit) and pine.

T - Taste was unfortunately unable to live up to the aroma, but was very nice. Citrus, mainly grapefruit, and pine is obvious from the start and finishes with an oaky flavor, leaving a somewhat lingering bitterness.

M - Medium bodied and appropriately carbonated.

D - Very refreshing. Could easily have a second although the high ABV (7%) would keep me from having more than that.

Overall, this is a very nice Imperial IPA. Very refreshing, but a bit more bitter on the finish than I would like.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2009 18:23:35 | More by slk22
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JeffV

Virginia

4.88/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The remarkable thing about this beer is not just its hop punch but its smoothness. I bet a lot of that has something to do with how the hops are added late (through a hopback) for aromatics.

The only nits I would pick on this beer are

1. The head could be a little more substantial. Sometimes it dissipates after a while.

2. Ummm... I guess it isn't sessionable at 7%...

I like this beer also on a more philosophical level. This beer is not a mere impersonation of the hoppier West coast ales. It has it's own distinct taste and character and creates its own Hop infused world view. I know its hard to back up a statement like that but try it next to a Pliny and you'll see what I mean.

Exceptional.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2009 18:16:21 | More by JeffV
Tröegs Nugget Nectar from Tröegs Brewing Company
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