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Tröegs Nugget Nectar - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Ratings: 7,420
Reviews: 2,419
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 9.7%
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Gots: 1,232 | FT: 46
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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

Squeeze those hops for all they're worth! Nugget Nectar will take hopheads to nirvana with a heady collection of American hops. Our Imperial Amber Ale is further intensified with whole flower Nugget hops added to our hopback vessel, resulting in an explosion of citrus, resin and pine.

93 IBU
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Photo of busterthecat
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz poured into a stemmed ale glass. Dated: 2/15/11

A- Pours a transparent orange/ amber color. A nice fluffy white head that leaves sticky lacing.

S- Lots of orange, pineapple, some piney resin. A mild sweetness of ripe fruit and a twinge of soft caramel.

T- Big burst upfront of fruity and piney hops. Grapefruit that fades to orange in the finish. Mild caramel malt in the backbone is present but the hops take center stage. Bitterness is most like pine. Tastes fresh and clean,.

M- The initial burst of hop flavors quickly resides to mellow mouth feel. Bitterness is mild in the finish and lingers. Some tingling of palate. Not overbearing.

D- No alc. Tastes like the label; like freshly squeezed juicy hops. So easy to drink. Get a 6er over a bomber, you will probably want this more then once.

Photo of Sachsenfreude
2.42/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

appearance; a beautiful, clear amber. Fine white head that retains throughout the drink. Sparce, yet quality lacing.

smell; upfront quite sweet but fizzles out to very herbal and spicy hops. Hops dominate but an exceptable balance is present.

taste; at first resiny hops, then an odd sweetness from the malts. Very spicy hops in the finish, mostly a bitter hoppy beer but not enough so to be an IPA, the balance is much better but still off.

mouthfeel; very froathy carbonation, with a medium body and slick finish.

drinkability; hop bitters are just annoying, one is enough. I was really let down by this beer. Unless one is a hophead, I suggest to avoid this brew.

Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up an 22oz bomber in a trade with Dawson's Liquor in Severna Park, MD and poured it into a tulip glass - thanks fellas!

A: Pours a clean orangish copper hue with an amazing head that dissipates slightly but sticks around for the entire glass leaving solid lacing from start to finish.

S: Good amount of fresh grain and sweet malt up front, grassy hop, a bit of citrus and a slight hint of apricot, peach or the likes.

T: Man, one of the best Ambers i've ever had - no lie! Not generally a big fan, but it came highly recommended by a person who's taste I generally side with. Very fresh tasting - nice grainy flavor, sweet malt and tropical fruit followed up with and balanced nicely with a good amount of earthy mossy hop.

M: Medium-bodied, sticky with a mellow carbonation (maybe could have been a bit more), with a noticeable bitterness from the hop.

D: Very enjoyable and wished I had traded for two of these instead of just one - easy all night drinker.

Photo of IronMickey
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: bronze to copper; light foam that vanishes quickly to clusters of bubbles

Smell: hops, hops, hops. Little else- at all. Some vague hints of nuts-- probably walnuts.

Taste: bruising hops, slight alcohol at finish. Aftertaste is a complex mix of hops.

Mouthfeel: While swirling, it's like liquified fir. After swallowing, the mouth feels as of it's been evacuated of all moisture. Nice, light carbonation.

Drinkability: Extremely tasty, very drinkable, a great one to find cold in the fridge. The dryness of the mouth after each swig makes the next swig more and more inviting.

I almost felt as though this is what Hopslam claims to be. See my review of Hopslam for why.

Photo of lbf
4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best ales you'll ever enjoy because of the perfect balance of hops, bright aroma with a clean finish.
An excellent easy drinking beer and can sneak up on you at 7.5%. Should be brewed year round but you can only buy it January through March.

Photo of vapodge
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass

A - clear, reddish tint to a deep amber color; thin head; lacing is fairly minimal

S - super-duper fruity hoppiness is overwhelming -- couldn't really pick up anything else

T - very hop-forward with the bitterness fading to a malty finish; very Jekyll-Hyde

M - crisp and clean -- finish is rather dry; moderate carbonation

D - very, very tasty and super-drinkable; the hops don't linger on the tongue and continually batter it, but they're there

thanks to shufon for the trade -- bottled 2/7/11

Photo of chriswilkes33
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from bottle. Thanks stakem for the bottle.

Appearance: Pours more golden than amber but a deep gold. Crystal Clear. Small head quickly dissipates.

Aroma: Hops. Piney, resiny hops. Glorious hops.

Taste: Wow, very hop forward, tastes exactly as it smells, very very good.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is spot on. There is a nice almost thickness to this beer despite it finishing nice a dry.

Drinkability: This beer could be dangerous. Very tasty and each sip leaves me looking for another. Very, very well made beer.

Photo of sentomaster
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 2-15-11. Poured into a tulip

A- Wow, right off the bat this beer looks gooood. Deep golden amber color. Nice fluffy cream colored 2 finger head. Great start.

S- Wowzer. lots of piney, citrus. lemon, orange peel...wow. A touch of bready malt sweetness intermingles with all of the hops.

T/M- Wowie wow. Keeps getting better! Awesome creamy, almost cream soda like, fluffy body. Coats the palate and makes you think there's gonna be a lingering finish. All of the hoppy smells comes through in spades, but the malts make a showstopping entrance up front- Toasty biscuit and sweetbread like character. Nice grainy texture which the piney, citrus and slight grapefruit flavors play very nicely off. There's even a touch of vanilla like sweetness from the malts and a rye like spiciness from the alcohol in the middle. As it travels from front to back there's a slight prickling on your tongue from the bitter hops, carbonation and alcohol combo. Finishes with a bit of spicy rye, baked caramel cookies, drying grapefruity hop bitterness which mops everything up.

D- Wowfest. This beer is freaking awesome. I would ask it to bear my children if I thought it would have me. Alas, I must be content to drink of it's succulent Nectar- and content I am. Easy to put this down until it puts you down.

Photo of ajfa531
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle. Bottled on 1-20-11. Basically 50 days ago.
I contemplated not reviewing it until next year, but, I think it's still tasting awesome. Maybe lacking a bit in the nose. I can always update this.

Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Deep red-orange with a finger-sized head. A calmer pour tonight. The head recedes to a ring with some sheets across the top. Held up to the light brings out the orange. A nice looking beer.

A piney nose with slight citrus. (I found a cap from 2 weeks ago that still held an aroma of orange and tangerine.) Definitely piney resin. Some grapefruit - moreso as it warms. Sweet malts and slight toasty malt notes. Small, small alcohol notes. The "lack of freshness" probably hurts this area the most.

Grapefruit bitterness is the most present flavor for me. The malts are there, but, slightly out of my reach. Maybe I can't taste tonight. However, since the bitterness starts strong and finishes weak, I know that this beer is balanced. The malts in the finish remind me of an ESB malt profile. Definitely, a toasty flavor. Maybe biscuit or Munich malt. The color is telling me Munich. Tiny reminders of Marzen beer.
It doesn't matter it's good.

Medium body. The remaining sugars and the resinous in the mouthfeel contribute a lot. It stays nicely. I'm in no rush to rinse it away. Unless it's with more of this beer.

Very drinkable. I could easily put away a six in a sitting if the alcohol doesn't knock me out. This beer goes down too quickly.

Very glad I'm in a heavily distributed area. Sad that I waited a month to pick any up.

Photo of ejyoung
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Bruery glass.

Pours a great coppery/amber color with a nice amount of off-white head. The head falls pretty quickly into a nice ring around the glass that clings to the edges.

Smell is grapefruit/citrus with some sweetness from the crystal malt.

The taste is bitter with notes of citrus/grass at first, like an IPA, but definitely finishes more true to style. Nice carmel right before the finish, which is of hop.

Good mouthfeel that is crisp and easy to drink. I could have quite a few of these.

Photo of CuttDeez
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - It's a beautiful amber color. Incredibly clear. Off white cream colored head that pours to about a figer.

S - I could spell this one from the pour without getting close to it. Very nice citrus hop nose. I can pick up apricot, peach, and grapefruit. There is a syrupy pine sweetness to it as well.

T & M & D - Hoppy without a bitter bite. There are fruit flavors of grapfruit, some orange and other citrus notes. The pine is in the taste and there is a carmalized malty sweetness on the tounge. There is a little bit of bread flavor on the middle. The taste finishes smootha nd does not leave a sour back throat feel. Incredibly smooth and very well balanced.

This beer was incredibly balanced with sweet notes, hop, and depth. I think I could drink it any time of the year becuase it appeals to so many parts of the palate.


Photo of jman892
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on 3/8, bottled on date of Feb 15, so about 3 weeks old.

A - Poured into a DogfishHead pint glass, 1 finger head. Clear amber color. Head fades quickly but nice lacing is left on the glass on the way down

S - Smell is straight grapefruit, hoppy. One of the better smelling beers I have had

T - Taste is grapefruit and maybe some other citrus fruit mashed together. Hop prescense makes itself known on the back end. Slight bitterness compared to the smell.

M - Very smooth mouthfeel, alcohol not very noticeable at all. Well balanced

D - Easy drinking beer, this could sneak up on you at 7.5%

Photo of quine
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery, poured into a pint glass.

A: Poured a beautiful amber color. Head was slightly off-white and had good retention and lacing.

S: Aromas of fruity, citrusy hops. Rather sweet, actually.

T: Tastes of citrusy hops up front along with a sweetness that balances out the bitterness of the hops. Can't taste the alcohol at all.

M: A little dry, with medium carbonation.

D: Fantastically drinkable. The hops are nicely balanced with the flavors and mask the alcohol completely.

Photo of MLasoski
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really can't say anything bad about this beer. In that case, I'll stick to positivity.

Bottled: 1/18/11 at 11:45am

A: Out of my 22 oz. bomber, I slow-poured the beer into my Dogfish Head tulip. Very minimal head stayed around as I poured glass number one. The bubbly head that stayed remained on the borders of the glass. Quite a bit of lacing hung around too as I took a few generous sips. The body reminds of Jurassic Park. I say this because in Jurassic Park they find a mosquito preserved in amber. The body of Nugget Nectar withholds the same characteristic. Call me crazy! I've only had 6 sips!

S: Unripened apricot/peach and hops bombard me as I sniff from atop my glass. What lies beneath is what intrigues me more. I'm happy in that my nose smells more than just a hopped up brew that boasts the addition of nectar in its title.

T: Floral hops that have been laced with apricots/peaches make themselves known right off the bat.

M: Mildly syrupy in the beginning with a crisp, clean, and a dry-hoppy finish in the end.

D: Honestly I wish I bought the 6-pack instead. I still can I believe! There have been close to 1800 reviews on this beer and the A average is a perfect fit. I'd enjoy this beer in any season. Well worth it!

Photo of DevilsCups
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

After being a proud beer lover for years, finally...my first review.

After hearing about this beer many times, It finally came into my local brew-mall.

A: This is a beautiful brew. I noticed how it wasn't labeled as an IPA or DIPA, but rather an Imperial Amber. After pouring, I'm glad it's classified as such. The body is a gorgeous, crystal clear amber color with a nice frothy white head. Plenty of lacing on this baby.

S: Heavenly. Mostly grapefruit hop scent. Not too pungent, but just right.

T: Wow. This is where she shines. Up front you get the perfect amount of grapefruit hop bitterness, and it's followed by a clean malty backbone. Alcohol is there, but the hops mask the initial burn perfectly. It's probably one of the most balanced beers I've had yet. Delightful.

M: This is one that stands out. Most of the times hoppy beers leave my mouth very dry, but this one wets the palette. It leaves a nice watery feeling in your mouth.

D: Dangerously drinkable. You could easily quaff a sixxer of this.

Exceptional brew, and I wish it was available year round!

Photo of nanertak
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours clear rosy amber, not much head. Seemingly low carbonation.

Smell: Pine and citrus. Some murky earthiness. Smells fantastic.

Taste: Pop of hops up front, a nice malty backbone in the middle, then dry citric hop finish. Very refreshing, very nice.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, somewhat round. Pleasant.

Drinkability: Excellent. Very well crafted beer, just beautiful. Will find this whenever I can.

Photo of GallowsThief
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Obtained in trade from HeadyHops81. Much thanks.

Poured out of a 1 pint 6 oz bottle into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a light caramel brown color. Head reached about 2 inches and receded but left a bubbly thin covering. Sticky lacing.

S - Immediate citrus aroma smelling of grapefruit. Seems to be a bit of sourness as well. Piney.

T - Strong grapefruit taste with a good deal of tart fruit behind it. Hop bitterness of course but not overwhelming at all. Just a bit of sweetness. Perhaps a bit of peach in there as well.

M - Pretty decent carbonation. Medium bodied. Dry.

D - Yes indeed. No trace of the ABV at all. Remarkably smooth.

Photo of Creeoss
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-side from the horrendous pour of a close friend (too much head), the beer looks nice, amber and translucent. Once the head settled...it's thin with some nice lacing.

S-itrus and Pines baby...rock the fuck out!!!!

T-his beer has a bitter front taste of hoppy beauty, mas pines...tiny little bits of fruits and a magnet that wants you to take another sip.

M-edium body, crisp.

D-RINK lots of these...I will...

Photo of Outchillen
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ST: ive had this on bottle, and on tap
A: This beer is beautiful, orange reddish hue, clear, good head retention
S: Very hoppy aroma, you can smell the different hops columbus, and warrior
T: for a very hoppy beer, this beer is not overly bitter, its very balanced with crystal malts and multiple types of hops
M/D: Good mouthfeel, and very drinkable, i look forward to when this beer comes around in february

Photo of SirRuss
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Massive respect to the man who made two cases of East Coast's finest miraculously appear on my LA doorstep.Let the "Rhettroactive East Coast Series" begin....

A - The deep copper body boasts crystal clarity, and a solid, dirty-white head. The retention is less robust than I had hoped, but it still remains respectable to the last, and is accompanied by exemplary lacing.

S - Although I have yet to experience this analogy first hand, I will safely assume that the aroma is like having a prize grapefruit catapulted into your face...just less painful...presumably. Somewhere in the dazed confusion of recovery, flashes of bread and citrus wisp about as though the attending paramedic had hurriedly stuffed his interrupted lunch of marmalade sandwiches into his top pocket.

T - Beautifully balanced. Soft malts serve up light slices of bready flavors, and the bittering hops to provide a lavish topping. Grapefruit, orange rind, and pine intermingle with a background of juicy papaya notes, and a deep primal earthiness adds a rustic layer of old mushroom box on the finish.

M -The carbonation is lively, sharp, and well matched to the acidity. A creamy body lends substance, the alcohol is all but imperceivable, and the overall effect is a harmoniously full mouthfeel.

D - Nugget Nectar is quite simply a seriously solid amber ale. It isn't the most complex of profiles, but it's by no means one dimensional, and the intensity and contrast scream out character. The only lacking aspect that causes disappointment, is this brews availability on the West Coast.

Photo of Phelps
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received from hophead101 in the Blind Beers BIF. This here's a 12-ouncer, poured into a tulip and reviewed blind.

The liquid's a handsome light caramel color with perfect clarity. Atop sits a foamy, one-finger head of khaki bubbles that dissipate at a moderate pace, leaving a moderately-sized and sticky ring along with some clingy strips of lace.

The nose is a good blend of fruity hops and nutty malt. I'm getting lots of juicyfruit along with honey, orange peel, hints of basil, some caramel and roasted almond.

Hops lead the flavor as well, with juicyfruit, grapefruit and a newly-emerged herbal character that reminds of mint and basil leaves. Pithy bitterness swoops in at the swallow and remains on the tongue between sips. The malt has been relegated to the background, but the notes of toasted sourdough and light almond are enough to offer some semblance of balance.

Medium-light in body, but with a nice silkiness that makes it seem more substantial than it is. A soft carbonation causes the beer to fizz up just a little bit as it moves about. Alcohol is only slightly noticeable as a warming in the throat.

The hoppiest of amber ales. I've had a few sips of this beer on occasion, but this bottle's given me the best flavor I've ever gotten from it. Bright, sweet hops backed with just enough malt, and letting it warm up a few degrees brings added complexity.

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

Served in a 1 pt 6 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Beautiful clear amber/honey color in the glass. The head was white and about 2-3 fingers with medium retention, had a good amount of lacing throughout drinking.

S - Heavy hop aroma - lots of pine and citrus smells. Slight maltiness with floral tones. There was also a very subtle honey aroma.

T - Much maltier than expected, especially after smelling it. Very excellent smooth flavor, there's a lot of hop flavor but not a lot of hop bitterness. Some pine flavor with a good amount of floral honey flavor, especially after it sits and warms up a bit. Very balanced between bitterness and sweetness.

M - Very smooth, it starts fairly carbonated but loses the bubbles after a few minutes. It doesn't feel as full-bodied as other imperial beers, and it's very easy to drink.

D - Very drinkable! Not too heavy, not too light. None of the flavors dominate the other one.

Side note - I had this beer with a fried Walleye dinner, and it tasted EXCELLENT with it! I'd recommend this beer if you are going to have something like fish and chips - it was excellent.

Photo of Kudashov
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

While having the Manic Street Preachers on the Hi-Fi and the Kobalt Tools 400 on the TV it was time to review this wonderful brew . Poured into my Spaten seidel , nice thick off white head and a clear amber head . Taste is a combo of pine and peppery . There is no alcohol burn / feel to this brew at all which makes drinkability great but also scary . Drinkability also may take a hit due to price point from store to store . Gouge maybe ? This beer is a joy to drink . Hoppy and smooth . By far Troegs best brew .

Photo of dgfair
3.8/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into Golden Monkey snifter

Beer pours a golden copper color with a big white head that leaves beautiful lacing all over the glass. Not quite amber in color, but still a nice looking beer. The smell is fantastic with tons of pine and citrus in the nose. Probably the most aggressive aroma of both pine and citrus that I have smelled in one beer. There is a non-descript sweetness that balances the hops...it's almost sugary in nature. The taste is nice and bitter up front, but comes up a little too sweet in the back. Brown sugar and simple syrup that leave it a little cloying even with all the hops in there. Even with the sweetness and the hops, the taste is very empty to me and doesn't provide a lot of the nice complexity of some of the best hop bombs. Drinkability is decent but an oily mouthfeel and an oversweet finish leave me wanting a little more from this brew.

Photo of farrago
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Large, close to three finger head, mostly tan to eggshell white froth and medium-sized bubbles, above average retention, the lacing breaks into thin streaks and splotches but stays put thereafter. Spotless metallic zinc to copper color, as orange as red, multiple beads of active bubbles stream upwards. Sweet honey, pine, rose petals and then pineapple, nectarine, peach fruit blossom into the nose, the more bitter herbaceousness does not swing the pendulum too far in the other direction, the tangerine and grapefruit notes stick in the middle ground, slight cocoa to mocha powder maltiness before it all dissolves, does an excellent job of expressing hoppiness without any burn. Medium-bodied, semi-creamy texture with gently massaging carbonation, freshening lift too. Here the more tart tangelo, pink grapefruit fully equal to the pineapple, apricot, peach, apple fruit. At the same time the dusty cocoa, chocolate adds to its general dryness and erect posture. This not to ignore the quiet presence of cane sugar, molasses and caramel. Pine and tea leaves come through at the end, not especially spicy. Has the I.B.U.'s to satisfy the hophead while staying accessible to the layperson.

Tröegs Nugget Nectar from Tröegs Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 7,420 ratings.