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Tröegs Nugget Nectar - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Ratings: 6,983
Reviews: 2,333
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.68%
Wants: 1,221
Gots: 910 | FT: 35
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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:
Beer added by: Edwin on 02-13-2004

IBU: ~93
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Photo of steve8robin
4.16/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excited to try this one...

A: Looks perfect. Deep murky copper color with a thick 1 inch white head that fades decently.

S: Smell oaky hops upfront. Grassy notes in the middle. Hints of caramel on the backend. Not too bad.

T: Grapefruit and sugar upfront. Not too hot on the hops which works well for this brew. Port / grassy taste on the backend. Not too bad.

M: Doesn't leave too much in your mouth. Good balance of carbonation and water.

D: Goes down very easy. Super smooth.

All in all, I did like this brew. I didn't know what to expect as I am not a super hop guy. This one had a good balance of everything. Good to try at least once and formulate your own opinion.

Photo of MisterDeeds
3.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pouring from a 12 oz bottle into a perfect pint glass.

A nice clean orange, leaning more towards straw yellow than amber. Fluffy white head quickly retreates to a nice 1/4" lid.

Smells like the label suggests. as is someone has squeezed out a giant hop nugget into the head of the beer. Very Earthy, with a hint of citrus.

The hops manage a nice Earthy flavor, while still coming across as clean and fruity. Grapefruit sour balances it very nicely.

Feel is decent. Not too much carbonation, which works for me.

Very drinkable. Good hoppy aroma and taste, but no overpowering bitter pucker. Great name as well. Too many beers these days are not what they claim to be, but Nugget Nectar fits this brew perfectly.

Photo of mechamifune
4.06/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another beer i've been looking forward to for a while.

Pours a very pleasant deep amber/copper color. I don't usually put much stock in the appearance of beer unless something is obviously wrong, but this one really stood out to me. Light head with minimal lacing. Looks just wonderful in the tulip glass.

Smell is hop forward but with a sense of sweetness behind it. I've read others saying they get a lot of citrus here, but i'm getting only a small amount. Still pleasant.

Taste is hoppy on the front end, but not overly so (i wouldn't mistake this for a DIPA). It finishes very smooth/sweet, which, i suppose is why the 97ibus are not that overwhelming. The longer you drink it the more the sweet/malty elements come through, never really with any indication of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is pleasant, smooth. No harshness to it like i've started to grown accustomed to in some of the bigger beers. This in turn makes the drinkability relatively high, yet for all the smoothness and well blended elements I don't find this as "easy" to drink as I was hoping. I feel the same way about brown shugga (though granted that's a higher abv and also not as well put together), so perhaps it has something to do with the sweetness.

In total this is a nice change of pace from some of the big beers i've been drinking of late. Due to the hop levels in this one, i see now why so many are so wanting to compare it to a DIPA, but it really is a different experience. A very interesting and, for me, different beer. At $10 a sixer, it's also nice to be able to get something from the top 100 that's affordable (though, of course, I can't get any more in NC, so perhaps that's a mute point).

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

Bomber poured into tulip. Bottled 1/10.
Pours beautifully into my glass forming a rich 2 finger head. Deep copper in color with amber hues. Head retention and lacing are adequate. Smell is amazing with strong fruity hops. Grapefruit, orange, and apricot. Very comparable to some DIPAs. Up front, the hops are very prominent giving a very memorable first impression. Notes of apricot, pine, and honey flavours. Very potent as well. The warmth from the alcohol comes in at the end. However, it doesn't take away from the enjoyment of this beer because of it's complexity of flavours. If anything it makes it better. An amazing and unique brew.

Photo of jdskinns
4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bomber. Pours a very transparent amber color with good carbonation. Thick foamy white head with decent lacing. Smell is hoppy, sweet, and slightly bready. Sweet and somewhat fruity taste with bitter hops coming through towards the end. Mouthfeel is kind of watery but good. Slightly sticky. This is very drinkable. I'd love to have some more.

Photo of jslot38
4.54/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Body is a copper hue with a slight hint of red. A sliver of white head.

S: Straight fruity hops, some nice orange, a bit of grapefruit, and some lemon. A faint bread in the background, and a bit of floral hops in the nose as well.

T: Straight up, this beer is so easy to drink and has an unreal balance of hops and malt. 97 ibu's, right. The bitterness is there, but doesn't make you rear your head or make you think its a strong DIPA. Great meld of citrus and a bit of grapefruit. Backing of grain and some bread.

M: Spot on.

D: This beer has always been a staple. Grabbed a case the week it came out, and might have to get another one before it goes away.

Photo of brownbeer
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours orangey amber with a small, white head.

The aroma is quite citrusy, with mandarin orange and pine shining through fairly easily. Really nice for the style but not monumental for beer.

The taste is packed with orangey citrus and is very drying on the palate.

For this style it's going to be tough to beat, but as an overall beer it's not all that exciting.

Photo of RedBrewer83
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aggressively poured into tulip...

A: Pours a clear and vibrant bright amber hue with hints of ruby and a nice three finger frothy head that leaves excellent webbed lacing. Falls very slowly...

S: Citrus and pine hops combine with a nice balance of caramel malt to create a well rounded aroma, not as big as I would expect, but very nice.

T: A little more reserved than I expected in the flavor department...follows the nose with a nice balance of citrus and pine hops and caramel malt, but beyond that there isn't much to speak of. Expected a little more from all of the hype, but nevertheless it is very nice, just not the wow factor that I expected....

M: Medium body with very smooth carbonation, dry finish and lingering hops and a little citrus give it a little extra boost. Very nice.

D: You would never guess this is 7.5% abv, very very smooth and clean, could drink several of these and then be in trouble! Wish this were distributed on the West Coast...

Photo of woosterbill
4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle from a trade with BeerMan777 into a Duvel tulip.

A: A brilliantly clear amber body sits calmly underneath a tight ¾" tan head. Average retention and moderate lacing. Nice-looking beer, and definitely within the color range of an IPA.

S: Lovely, balanced aroma of pine and citrus hops (emphasis on orange, with some grapefruit as well) along with a pleasantly restrained note of sweet caramel malt. Delectable, if not quite as explosive as some other hop-bombs.

T: Like the nose, the flavors deliver not a pyrotechnic display of hop intensity, but rather an elegantly woven tapestry of impeccable balance. Pine and citrus hops play back and forth throughout, with just enough sweet malt backbone to set off the smooth bitterness and hint of cinnamon of the finish. This beer doesn't deliver anything I've haven't experienced before, but it definitely provides a profoundly enjoyable drinking experience. Top notch.

M: The lightly sticky body is mouthcoating at first, but soon releases a moderate, lively dose of effervescence that helps keep things relatively crisp. Quite nice, if a bit on the lighter side.

D: I have difficulty imagining a more drinkable beer with this kind of strength and hoppiness. There's no trace of alcohol, and the complexly bitter finish keeps me thirsty for more. Impeccable.

Notes: I was fortunate enough to get three of these in a recent trade (thanks again, BeerMan777), and this was my second (I drank my first back to back with a Hopslam). I just can't get over how utterly smooth and drinkable this amazing brew is. Every single moment drinking it is a pleasure. There's nothing truly spectacular about any one aspect of it, but the overall package is hard to top. If only Troeg's distributed to CT...


Photo of Mit
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Deep reddish amber colour. Long lasting head with nice lacing down the glass.

S-Citrus and pine notes being the most prevalent....very light malt notes.

T-Hoppy punch to the face by a strong malt presence. I'm not sure if my palate has become more refined or if this latest version of NN is more balanced as I remember it being less balanced in the past.

M-Thicker in keeping with the 7.5% alc.

D-Wow so drinkable despite the higher alc.

Photo of josefnewsong
4.94/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a clear coppery amber color with one finger of bubbly white head that recedes a little too quickly and leaves bits of lace...once receded the head maintains a nice soapy layer on the top of the beer and never disappears completely
S - Wow...big citrus hop aroma, but interestingly enough i smelled sweet malts before I even poured. Pine notes come out as it warms and smell oh so heavenly.
T - Citrus/grapefruit hop flavors blast up front and then are slowly taken over by sweet chewy malts in the finish. There is something really satisfying about the order of these flavors. Citrus hops linger on the palate long after sipping. Pine comes out as it warms.
M - Hops dance on the tip of your tongue while malts slide down the back of it. Big-bodied (on the higher side of medium, bordering on full), tingly, sticky...a tactile treat for the mouth
D - For a beer with this kind of hop profile and respectable level of alcohol NN is just so damn drinkable. I can't stop sipping it and am resisting the urge to chug. I'm so glad there are 5 more in the fridge.

This is the first beer I've had in a while that left me wanting another before I even finished. I've had some great brews lately, but usually I try one and then I'm on to the next because I get excited about new things. I will be going back again and again...now if only it wasn't $13 for a damn six pack at Wegs. Will be looking elsewhere...

The more I drink the more I feel like my ratings aren't high enough and I have already bumped a couple up because of the emerging traits of this beer. I think I'll leave this review alone for now...

Photo of keanex
4.06/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this as my local Canal's due to a friends suggestion.

This beer is beautiful. Poured into a pint glass. Red/amber color with a thick rocky head that clings to the side of the glass. Head disappears fast though. The smell is excellent, slightly floral and piney with a hoppy smell.

The taste is complex. Not so hoppy, slightly sweet with a brilliant piney after taste. Like a subtle IPA. Goes down smooth, very drinkable beer.

Photo of parris
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter, right off the bat noticed the hue and clarity. Before giving the glass a smell I noticed the floral aroma, wonderful. Getting my nose deep into the glass the aroma smells more meaty, but still very appealing.

It is a hoppy beer, could definitely be considered a big IPA, but very crisp and not too sweet. This beer could pass for a 5% ABV, its light-medium body could definitely sneak up on somebody

Mouthfeel is a bit foamy, especially since the head was almost non-existent.

I will definitely be buying more of this beer, it's very drinkable.

Photo of israel
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Ithaca Excelsior tulip

A- Prehistoric amber with lots of golden highlights is what comes to mind when looking at this beer. Thin white head floating on the surface that hangs on all the way to the end. Some noticeable carb bubbles floating to the surface.

S- Mango is the first aroma I pick up on as well as other tropical fruit smells, a bit of spice mixed in with a nice malty backbone.

T- Nugget nectar indeed! Hops are obviously what this beer is about and they do not disappoint. Not obscenely hopped but perfectly balanced with a nice resinous taste with lots of fruit mixed in.

M- Nice carbonation for the style with a touch of hoppy, resinous mouth coating with each mouth full. Medium to full body accompanied with a delicious aftertaste.

D- I love this stuff and look forward to it each year; every beer I finish leaves me wanting another, perfect.

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

The experience for this began when I first cracked the bottle cap as a rush of citric hops assaulted my nose. Poured a beautiful amber color with a 1" white head that dissipated to a thin layer of sudsy bubbles that remained for the rest of the drink with good lacing.

T - Hops. Citric hops in particular with mostly tastes of grapefruit, with some mango and a hint of cherry, followed by some sweet malts.

M - Medium body, perfect carbonation, smooth consistency, yet a bit abrasive across the palate with the citric, resinous hops.

D - Exceptional aroma, great taste, loads of hops.. Drank three of these easily right out of the gate. Palate destroyed. I don't see how an amber ale could get much better than this.

Photo of allergictomacros
4.09/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber with a moderate off-white foam. Nose is pine, grapefruit, tropical fruit and tangerine. Solidly bitter flavour. Strong toffee and caramel, and lots of grapefruit hops with a resiny pine edge. Hints of apple and fruitiness. Moderate body with a good carbonation level. Smooth, slick and a bit oily. Well balanced and very tasty.

Photo of Pabs311
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smutty33 brought this by for a taste. thanks dude.

A- pours a nice clear amber-orange with a nice thick white head that settles to leave some beutiful lacing. handsome beer.

S- Alot of hop complexity here with some sweet honey malt background. The hops aroma is everything from citrus, tropical fruit like pinapple and a tid bit of earth and pine.

T- The taste is just as complex as the aroma. same hop characterstic is there. alot of fruit up froont with some of that malty sweetness in the middle and all finished with some nice hop crisp bitterness.

M/D- Medium-full bodied, low carbonation. coats the palate well. one of the better all around ambers i've had. i wish we couldget this stuff in CT, i'd be buyin it on the reg.

Photo of pzrhsau
4.82/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice bright, clear amber color with a good measure of head.
Smell: Very strong hop aroma with hints of tropical fruit.
Taste: A real explosion of tangerine, mango, pineapple flavor smoothed out by the malt and adds some great notes to the overall hop flavor.
Drinkability and Mouthfeel: Nice crisp carbonation, good weight, and great to enjoy.

This was my substitute for the Hopslam by bells, its a nice alternative that is less pricey but really brings out a lot of the same flavors.

Photo of pvsob
3.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A perfect crystal clear, light orange color with a finger and a half off-white head. Leaves great lacing and the carbonation holds up a nice foam ring throughout the whole pint.

S - Spicy earthiness, hops(citrus & pine), malt, and tropical fruit. A very pleasant aroma.

T - Malt and hops; it leans slightly more toward to hop side.

M - Medium to full mouthfeel that coats the tongue, but doesn't become too sticky.

D/O - A well crafted brew from the bros at Tröegs. I could probably drink two or three pints of this beer before I got tired of it. It's not my favorite beer from Tröegs, but it's still worth a try if you haven't had it before. Cheers.

Photo of augustgarage
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to ShogoKawada for this, very excited to get to try one. Bottled January 7th, 2010 - poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

SAE/ECE amber body glows just like the side of a car headlight enshrouded in rain. A hefty sort-of-beige crown recedes to a sloppy tremulous heterogenous smattering of bubbles and then persists quite well. Lacing leaves looping outlines of a series of rolling hills, with no real legs.

Muscular hop presence, spicy and bitter from the namesake variety, along with a cavalcade of pine, earth, and especially citrus from the other strains riding on its back. A touch of caramel and pale malt flavors balance out the bitterness, but this is primarily a showcase for the hops. Dry, twiggy, mildly resinous finish with a final wave of unripe pear, orange zest, and evergreen. Slightly toasty aftertaste as the malt struggles to break through. Over time I notice a peppery quality as well.

Just about medium bodied, with a faint oiliness. Moderate carbonation.

A good amber ale for hop-heads, which highlights flavor over bitterness. Not quite to style maybe, but quite tasty - I'd love to try this on-tap or on-cask some day...

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.54/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to BeerTruth for this fine brew. 12 oz bottle pours a stunning, perfectly clear amber-red color with a creamy tan foam. Retention is average, as is the lacing.

Nose is uber-tropical hoppy goodness. Grapefruit, ganja and pineapple come to mind. Actually, really fresh hops are the best descriptor for the smell of this beer. Malts are light and really let the hops do their thing.

Taste is more restrained than I thought it would be with a claim of 93-ish IBUs. Hops have a nice balance of both flavoring and bittering without going overboard on either. Grassy, citric and oh so juicy! Definitely some caramel malt undertones that add some depth. One of the easiest drinking hoppy beers I have ever had. Very refreshing and clean. I like it alot, but apparently I am not in the minority on that account!

Photo of rayjay
4.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On at at the tasting room.

Just want to start this off by saying that fresh from the brewery's pipes this beer is 2000 times better than the bottles I've gotten in the mail, must be a fragile beer. Now I understand the hype because this lived up.

I love the complex, toasty malt body, which is very crisp and light bodied. There are some noticeable carmel malt and Munich malt undertones, and some other malts i couldn't identify. Pilsner is the base malt, which makes it that much more drinkable.

Of course this beer is all about the hops, though. Fresh and intense aroma, and gentle bitterness. Lots of tropical fruit notes, and soem grape-like Cascade notes. Probably Amarillos and Columbus in there. Wonderful; not too much and not palate-killing, yet more than enough to satisfy any hop lovers thirst. Much restraint making this recipe, bravo.


Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.88/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: beautiful clear red amber body with a column of bubbles in the middle floating up to a think frothy white head that has ok retention and fades leaving foam specked on the side of the glass

s: thick dusty syrupy hops; citrus; some malt backbone; sweet honey; light flower;

t: first it is pretty buttery smooth but as you continue to sip the strong taste of the flowery and citrus hops begins to coat your tongue; some of that smooth honeyness remain in the middle of the sip with some light watery maltiness as well;

m: very smooth; light carb

d: a decent brew; i feel it could do a better job of incoporating some of the malty goodness that you normally associate with an american amber, instead you just get a sort of watered down but still unenjoyable iipa

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.63/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle

Totally clear, dark shade of amber, slow bubbles, a bit relaxed. A clumpy, high rising off-white head with superior retention and lots of lace.

A big juicy-hoppy aroma, pineapple, dark berries, red fruits, earthy pine, honey scented maltiness with rock candy and soft, white pepper.

The flavor is really all about the hop complexity, it's got citric and sweet fruits, very juicy feel, a bit relaxed and slick on the medium side. The hop flavor has decent copmlexity with fruits all over and then changing to a more earthy pine flavor. the malt provides balance with basically just sweetness in the form of honey and candy flavor's. The heat is very mellow, in fact, i'm not sure it's actually 7.5%. Tricky.

This one is much more approachable than i thought, the complexity and balance could be improved and it feels almost like a session brew. $4.50 is a bit steep for a single 12 oz. bottle.

Photo of BeerGodz
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Nice orangey amber color, the head just doesn't quit! , nice lacing

Smell: Hoppy, citrusy, yeasty

Taste: Up Front: Hoppy, tangerine, some pine. Finish: Little malty with a touch of orange

Mouthfeel: Medium thickness

Drinkability: This is a beer I drink as a break from the malty winter beers

Overall Impression: Troegs is one of my favorite brewers and this does not disappoint! Almost an IPA. A good step up hoppy beer for Newbeez.

Tröegs Nugget Nectar from Tröegs Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 6,983 ratings.