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Tröegs Nugget Nectar - Tröegs Brewing Company

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6,615 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,615
Reviews: 2,305
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.68%
Wants: 1,093
Gots: 721 | FT: 26
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 hoppyhobby
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%

Pours to an off-white two finger creamy head. The head disappears after a few minutes. The body has a translucent deep amber color. As you sip this excellent hoppy ale, the lacing residue leaves rings around the glass letting you know where you have been in this wonderful experience.

As you near the glass for your first sip you immediately smell the citrusy hops wafting from the glass. There's some bitterness but not biting or overpowering. It has a good balance and lasting flavor. Troegs has an excellent beer here, it's just too bad that it' is seasonal so most likely will you not be able to find it year round.

Definitely one worth trying again and again.

hoppyhobby, Mar 13, 2009
Photo of WilliamD
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%

Another bottle courtesy of Corby112.

Pours a light amber into my pilsner glass. Small white head that gradually dissipates, though never fully disappears. A few columns of bubbles rising from the bottom.
Smells very much like a good IPA. Strong scent of hops & pine. Pineapple is present as well.
And it tastes much like an IPA. Hops, little bit of pine, citrus and slight bitterness. Very nice.
Mouth feel is slightly sticky- okay overall.
This is a tasty beer- reminds me a bit of Hopslam- and (unlike Hopslam) I could handle a few of these on any given night. Were it available here in MN, I'd definitely pick up some more.

WilliamD, Mar 13, 2009
Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.6/5  rDev +6%

A beautiful crisp and clean amber brown mixed with copper color. Poured aggressively into my pint glass, it produces only a half cm of head, but the lacing is phenomenal. It looks absolutely amazing.

The smell is far hoppier than any amber ale that I have ever experienced. I pegged this one as a higher gravity pale ale, even an IPA when I smelled it. When they called it Nugget Nectar, they knew what they were talking about. The incredible bitter and sweet smells of hops waft up from the beer as it sits in front of me. I want to chew the hops as I smell them. There is a strong hop character there, but it isn't too overwhelming. You can tell there is a nice backbone in here.

The taste is phenomenal. It has been a while since I have tried a beer like this. You get all of the hop flavors that you think you will based on the smell, but you don't get nearly the bitterness. I can really feel every bit of the character that these hops contribute. There is a malty presence in the background that mellows the hop bitterness perfectly.

The entire experience was phenomenal. Wow.

NittanyBeerFan, Mar 13, 2009
Photo of Hoagie1973
3.8/5  rDev -12.4%

Pours a nice golden amber with a big fluffy uneven head. Stellar retention; reduced to about 3/8 of an inch and stayed there until the last drop. Nice patchy lacing.
Hop aroma is insanely citric. Smells like a fresh peeled grapefruit. A touch of pine in there too.
Taste is soft and citrus fruity. Hops are dominant, but not too harsh or biting at all. Pretty smooth and rounded. Malt is a bit thin, could use a little more flavor in that department. There is however a mild sugary sweetness that fights its way through. Long bitter hop finish. The fairly hefty ABV is well blended and barely perceptible.
Feel is nice and smooth. Medium body.
A nicely drinkable choice if I'm in the mood for something hoppy. One of the better hop-heavy beers I've tried without question.

Hoagie1973, Mar 12, 2009
Photo of k3n
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%

12 oz bottle, dated Dec-ish, 2008.

A: Crystal clear burnt reddish gold. Pours up with a 1/2" cap of tight bubbles. Little glops of lacing on the way down.

S: Pow! Hops! Citrus, pineapple...really invigorating, really.

T/M/D: Starts out nicely slick. Entry of malt sweetness quickly transitions to oily/citrus-rind hops, and ends with a pleasant bitterness. Dry finish. Pleasant weight on the tongue, feels as good as it tastes. Exceptional.

k3n, Mar 12, 2009
Photo of Douglas14
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%

Pours a tawny, burnt orange color with an awesome fluffy, white head that's leaves great lace. The smell is such a great mix of hops and malt. It smells like a super malty IPA and tastes like that too. It has a fresh hop bite followed by a rich maltiness that smoothens it out. It's got a great aftertaste. Definitely a great beer bit in my opinion it is a bit overrated. Still effing awesome.

Douglas14, Mar 12, 2009
Photo of SFLpunk
3.85/5  rDev -11.3%

22oz brown glass pry-top with no date. Picked this up on my recent trip to Wine Gallery Brookline (MA).

Appearance: A clear, medium brown with hints of red around the edges. The head is mostly white, recedes quickly, but leaves a little lacing.

Nose: Caramel malt, pine nettle, sweet grapefruit, and maybe fig?

Palate: Medium to light carbonation, medium bodied. There's some round caramel malt sweetness up front, but the hop bitterness creeps right in and is prickly on the tongue. It's a little boozy, but in a dry, prickly way, not a sweet way. Flavors are similar to the aromas, with sweet lemon on the midpalate, and very dry on the finish. The finish is dry and long, but focused on the dried leaves and pine needle notes.

Notes: This is a seriously tasty beer for the money. Glad to see it comes in affordable 6 packs. I could definitely see sessioning this for a least part of a night without getting sick of it. I just wonder with how dry the finish is, if it might dry my mouth out too much after two or three? Guess I'll just have to find out sometime!

SFLpunk, Mar 12, 2009
Photo of JimmieFrisbee
4.83/5  rDev +11.3%

Poured into a pint glass from a 22 oz. bottle. Not the entire contents of the bottle, obviously...

Big, frothy head forms with a hard pour, off-white almost orange tinted. Beer itself is an unusual color... looks almost like a very light pink, maybe. Maybe it's the light in this room, but I'd swear it looks pink...

Smells hoppier than I expected, but with a real sweetness to the hops, as well. I've heard "grapefruit" used to describe hop smells before, maybe I understand now what that means? In any event, definitely some sort of a fruity hop presence in the aroma.

First sip is absolutely delicious. I had to take two more before I could put the beer down to write these thoughts. I thought for sure the use of the word "nectar" was going to be a misnomer, but it really has a delicate sweetness that absolutely merits the name. Looking at the beer in the glass now, it looks less pink but certainly an unusual color, like an ultra-light copper. The odd thing about this beer is that despite the hops, it really doesn't taste bitter to me, just flavorful and well-balanced. And delicious. Just realized, too, that I'm not even getting a hint of alcohol.

Feels about right in the mouth -- slightly heavier in the carbonation than some other beers, but not too much. Good body. I could definitely seeing drinking more than a few of these -- or, I could if they were cheaper or I made more money.

Pleasantly surprised by this beer, will definitely make all my friends try it next time I have some sort of a tasting. I'd recommend this to anyone (well, just about...). This has been my first experience with Tröegs, but it probably won't be the last.

JimmieFrisbee, Mar 11, 2009
Photo of dude
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Nothing beats beer with lunch on a weekday. Amber color, clear with a floral hoppy nose. Taste is outstanding. Similar to Stone IPA (which is a personal fave) but with better balance, malty sweet. Mouth-wateringly delicious. Mouthfeel is perfectly smooth and finishes dry. Drinkability is fantastic and the ABV is hidden quite well.

On tap this is an absolute gem and I finally get what all the rage is about!

dude, Mar 11, 2009
Photo of Pencible
4.72/5  rDev +8.8%

Had this on cask last night at Rustico's Glassware Giveaway event, immediately following HopSlam. Tough act to follow, but I think Nugget Nectar held up quite well. Hazy copper with basically no head. Smelled fantastic. Amazing hop freshness, as with the HopSlam, but this had a little more malt balance. Tasted wonderful. I might enjoy this beer more every time I have it, and drinking it from a cask was definitely an experience. So amazingly fresh, so pure hops, so sweet malt, so well balanced. Not sure if there was a fault in this one. Thick but not too thick, very silky with no carbonation, strong but no noticeable alcohol. This is a perfectly tamed beast. It's the porridge that's just right. Some people might prefer HopSlam for it's more extreme bitterness. But I personally prefer the perfect balance that Nugget Nectar brings.

Pencible, Mar 11, 2009
Photo of DannyS
3.95/5  rDev -9%

Served in a tulip glass, poured from a 12 oz. bottle

A - A translucent reddish orange with a fairly thin head that goes away quickly, leaving only a little bit of foam on top.

S - Very hoppy, almost piney floral aroma. One of the strongest smelling beers I've had. Also slightly sugary/fruity on the nose.

T - The first couple sips almost knocked me over with their hoppy intensity, but continued drinking mellowed the kick into an interesting resiny sweetness. It's pretty much all hops, but that's definitely not a bad thing.

M - Leaves little aftertaste and doesn't finish dry. A very interesting, clean mouthfeel.

D - After the first vicious sips, this one proves to be quite drinkable. But I don't know if I'd want to drink more than one of this one. Just too hoppy for me.

Overall - This could definitely be a repeat drinker for me. I'm decidedly not a hop head, however. Still, this one was definitely worth a taste; now to wait for the opportune time to try my bottle of Hopslam.

DannyS, Mar 11, 2009
Photo of madtowndmb1
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%

A: Looks like an amber. redish/brown with a nice little white head that dissapates quickly.

S: A mixture of citrus and sticky/piney hops. there is a nice malt backbone.

T: Very balanced. Again the mixture of citrus and piney hops right away. Then they linger to a very tasty sweetness

M: Smooth. Doesn't over coat your tongue like some big hoppy beers can

D: Dangerously drinkable!!!!

madtowndmb1, Mar 10, 2009
Photo of chilly460
4.9/5  rDev +12.9%

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pours an impressive copper, with a very thick cream colored head. Good lacing, nice and clear. It's the "prettiest" beer I've ever poured.

S - Huge citrus hop aroma, some pine in the background. Lemon and oranges. Nice caramel and biscuit malts as well.

T - Hard to describe how good this one is. Huge hop profile, but it doesn't hit with the "rip the enamel off your teeth" acidity as other hop bombs. Gives way to a pure orange/lemon flavor. My favorite part of this beer is the perfect transition to the malts, which is like an orange flavored ginger cookie, but isn't overly sweet. This beer lives up to the hype, and more.

M - About as expected, medium body and carbonation.

D - Easily drinkable due to the balance, very nice beer that doesn't weigh down. Tae taste makes you want to drink a twelve pack.

chilly460, Mar 10, 2009
Photo of alovesupreme
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%

Poured into a Portsmouth Snifter this beer yields the most beautiful amber I have ever seen. A white head sits on top of the glass and leaves a sticky mess around the edges of the glass as an indicator that "NugZ has been here"
Lots of fruit flavors, citrus to begin mostly Grapefruit and Lemon which then leads into some apricot and mango aromas followed by hints of honey.
Hops are very present but so well balanced with malt that I didnt even realize how bitter this beer was until a friend pointed it out. A grapefruit flavor leads the pack followed quickly by a caramel maltyness that complements the initial bitterness perfectly. Alcohol has a slight presence that prevents a perfect 5.
A full body that is perfectly carbonated with a slight syrupy character.
I love this beer. One of my favorites. This is the most impressive beer to grace a six pack that I have ever seen. I just bought a case and when it is gone will lament its loss until next years arrives. This beer is early flawless.

alovesupreme, Mar 10, 2009
Photo of LeftyBWS
4.68/5  rDev +7.8%

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a pint glass.
A: Bright orange/amber colored brew with a good 1.5 inches of thick foamy white head that settles slowly and leaves some sticky lacing fingers down the glass. Very enticing.
S: Piney and citrusy hops, plenty strong but with a caramel-sweet malt backbone. Also very enticing! Strong whiffs reveal some deep fruit scents and some light honey.
T: Sweet malts at first, but this leads right into the piney hops. The middle is a bit more leafy/oily, and the finish brings everything together in a harmonious hop/malt extravaganza. This beer manages to blend a bunch of flavors without overdoing any of them.
M: Malty, hoppy, malty, hoppy. Almost too sweet at times, but the bitter hop nip is quite nice.
D: Very good. Tasty and satisfying and really no hint of the 7.5% ABV.

LeftyBWS, Mar 10, 2009
Photo of surfer4life
4.85/5  rDev +11.8%

Given to me from a friend and the owner of Beverages 4 less in Santee. THANKS FREDDY!

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle

A - Pours golden brown with a nice thick head. Decent lacing.

S - OMG, so so hoppy, would mistake this for pliny at first sniff. some nice sweet maltiness in there with a little citrus fruit sour smell.

T - So delicious. I can see what the fuss was about. So smooth and balanced. Plenty of hops but not so overbearing. It has a decent sweetness to it, like toffee.

M - Medium to heavy body with medium carbonation, perfect, it coats the mouth and give it the tingles. Wonderful.

D - So very very drinkable, if only it were a little more widely available.

surfer4life, Mar 10, 2009
Photo of RickKrumenacker
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%

A - Crystal clear bronze with a 1-finger off-white head...decent head retention that settles into small groups of large bubbles surrounded by a thin layer of foam

S - Lots of up-front citrus...orange peel and somegrapefruit...sweet maltiness comes out as it warms

T - Well balanced between the hop flavors and malt backing...similar to the aroma...more orange rind...toffee comes out the more I drink

M - A little bit of tartness...very creamy...moderate carbonation...just enough lingering hops to make me want to keep drinking it all night

D - One of the most drinkable beers that I have had...hoppy, but not a one-trick pony...keep 'em coming

RickKrumenacker, Mar 10, 2009
Photo of mterrence5
3.3/5  rDev -24%

Clean amber color ale with good head. Smells a bit orange/citrus. Doesnt taste as smooth or sweet as other amber ales due to the hops. A strong toasted malt takes followed by a bitter hoppy taste. Good clean taste that is light in the mouth. Good drinkability. Reminds me of a slightly malty ipa with less spice. Would like to try a few more but bought it in a sampler pack.

mterrence5, Mar 10, 2009
Photo of grayburn
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%

Had this with lunch the other day, poured a pretty light amber with a moderate head on top, the head stuck around well, and laced up nicely.
The smell was grapefruit, orange, light mint, delicious.
The taste started with bitter citrus, was balanced quickly by the maltiness. Well rounded beer.
The mouthfeel was pretty crisp, nice carbonation, very fresh tasting. Definitely something I could drink quite a few of. I am glad I had the opportunity to sample this. Money well spent.

grayburn, Mar 09, 2009
Photo of LarryV
3.95/5  rDev -9%

This is an update to my original review. After drinking several more of these, I've come to like it and realized that it's more than one dimensional. As it warms up a bit, the malt backbone does make it's presence known and is ample enough to balance the huge hoppiness.

Poured a deep amber color with a fluffy light head. Pungent, piny, resiny, herbal hop aroma greets the nose. I enjoyed this beer but felt it was a little bit one dimensional. The hops overwhelm the malt resulting in an unbalanced taste. I would have liked a bit more of a malt backbone to balance things out. Mouthfeel and body are on the thinner side. On the pricey side at $12.00 a sixer.

LarryV, Mar 09, 2009
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.83/5  rDev +11.3%

12oz bottle from The Liquor Shop in Tyngsboro, Mass. Pours a crystal-clear amber with nearly an inch of off-white head that leaves some decent lacing. Leafy grassy citrussy minty, pithy hops dominate with a good amount of caramel and toffee to balance it out. Citrussy minty pithy grassy hops dominate at first, with plenty of caramel toffee malt, with hints of chocolate and caramel malt to balance this beer and make it not a complete hop bomb, though it's definitely hop-forward. Super flavorful, no flaws to be found. Medium in body with ample carbonation makes this one very drinkable considering the ABV and complexity. Possibly the best American amber I've ever had. Absolutely phenomenal.

MrHurmateeowish, Mar 09, 2009
Photo of Slatetank
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%

I had this at General Sutter's recent cask night, poured from the firkin into an imperial pint.

A - Clear copper w/ light haze and broad band of cream. About 1 1/2 inches capping, the lace spots the glass like confetti

M - Mild creamy feel w/ a gentle bitter texture and warmth in the back of the throat w/ sweetness on the sides of the cheeks. The feel seemed less yeast soft than some casks I have tasted

S - The citrus and subtle sour hop notes are pithy w/ notes of grapefruit peel and sourdough bread. There is gentle orange sweetness under the pungent hop aroma

T - The taste is sweet and creamyw/ a nice tangerine taste and the hops have acidity in the flavor w/ plenty of citrus notes. The malt seems muted in the cask as the hops a slightly amplified, but fresh resinous and green with bitter flavors of an IPA.

D - Just as tasty, probably even more drinkable in the cask which is off the charts for me. The drinkability of Nuggect Nectar is superior, just a tasty ale anyway you slice it

Slatetank, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of mempath
4.72/5  rDev +8.8%

yep, amber...lustrous head, micropitted hyperclingy lacing. head falls off to about a good fat 1/4 inch and stays firm...the lacing is just a beauty to behold.

smell, from the start, is hops, yep. of course! but seems, initially, unidimensional. i love bitter, but that's all i'm catching. maybe it is a tad too cold. malts be shivering in their bed, still asleep. there is an odd funk smell which sn't a bad thing...very organic, almost secreted (i.e., pheromones?!), but at least it's not prevalent unless you sniff big. if so, would scare off some folks, i imagine.

no mistaking this is a taste masterpiece. malts are roused, but keep it minimal. they marry well with the hop blast thus revealing massive balance. i can see why the rave reviews. this is up there with Sierra Nevada, Troegs' own Pale, Dogfish Head 60 not in comparison, but for all-out greatness.

feel is rich but mellow carbonation that keeps the sweetness under the surface and snappy.

very drinkable (esp. for hopheads) though it's certainly more complex than expected. no need to savor standing still. let it roll around, go down and don't stop. a session brew for the brave (7.5%).

highly recommended.

as the 6 pack went down, things only got better...

mempath, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of williamherbert
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%

Out of a 22 oz bottle...

A very clear carrot orange color. Big puffy head; rocky and pure white. Little bubbles of carbonation. The color is just ok; the head retention is great.

The aroma is a tremendous piney hop smell. Sweet bready malt. Like a very malty IPA, or a sweet amber with a ton of hops. English malts, but with a major hop acccent. Great!

The taste is sweet bready malts with an accent of some orange peel and sweet tangerine. The base is very sweet, with slightly sour grapefruit as well. Flowery esters and tart flavors.

The thick and creamy feel has a bitter bite on the way down. It's really more like an IPA than an Imperial amber. The hop/malt ratio is absolutely perfect. It's a great great beer, drinkable and delicious and bursting with flavor. Greater than the sum of its parts.

williamherbert, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of marvin213
2.75/5  rDev -36.6%

The color is bronze. For an amber ale, I think it's kinda light. I was expecting a dark red that wouldn't be translucent. The head is good and white. It has a fullness I've come to expect from these hoppy ales. In keeping with my characteristic label consideration in the appearance of beer, I'm disappointed in the fingers holding a hop nugget...definitely inferior to the Hopslammed man and the solitary 120 hop.

The smell is sweet hoppiness. That's good...very good. Perhaps the only thing preventing it from perfection is a citrus or similar smell present in many of the west coast hoppy beers. I don't care if that's not supposed to be there--I like it, and I miss it.

Since I know this one's hyped and an "A" recipient on this site, I'm most disappointed with the taste. The sweet hoppiness I smelled when I poured the beer has changed to something burnt. I still like the hoppiness, but there's burned woodchips or something I find uncomfortable. It's not even close to a bad beer, but I'm sadly disappointed based on what I've heard about this beer. The aftertaste is almost abrasive to me, and it's not the alcohol.

The mouthfeel is okay, but I just mentioned the aftertaste--it's like I'm charred after I swallow the beer. When you think of charred, you might think of something good off the grill, but this is like a nasty piece of brisquet off an old, seldom-cleaned grill grate. Not impressed doesn't cut it--I really just don't like it.

Now how can I comment on the drinkability of this beer? I feel like I did when I reviewed the Victory Prima Pils--is it that I just don't like the style? I love selections that vary from coffee stouts to light (even macro) ales. It's odd (based on my experience with this site, anyway) that I don't really like Belgians, and it's (relatively) odd that I don't really like this beer. I'll drink it again just out of respect for the people that rate it here--so I can judge it again. For now though, I'm unimpressed with Nugget Nectar.

marvin213, Mar 07, 2009
Tröegs Nugget Nectar from Tröegs Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 6,615 ratings.