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Tröegs Nugget Nectar - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Ratings: 7,617
Reviews: 2,450
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 9.47%
Wants: 1,272
Gots: 1,328 | FT: 42
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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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Ratings: 7,617 | Reviews: 2,450
Photo of SickGnar
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Warm orangey amber to leaning slightly golden copper. Clear with a few rising bubbles. Huge light pastel mango (sort of light yellow sherbet) head of foam that turns rocky. It keeps a cap and leaves really great lace.

S: Pungent orange, tangerine, grapefruit citrus nose. Caramel & pale malt in the background with a light sweetness. Aromatic and strongly inviting.

T: Bitterness is there for sure, but it is more hop flavor focused. Great robust and rounded citrus. Some orange, some tangerine, some grapefruit juice, some rind… There is also some tropical fruit and a general juicy fruit effect going on. Just a bit of resin comes through in the end. Malts are just the barest step behind with juicy pils, some steely light caramel, some lighty toasty grains and hints of bread crust. Not complicated malts, but robust, punchy, and appealing. Peppery alcohol sneaks in as it warms, as does the herbal/grassy/floral hops.

M: A bit over medium body with CO2 a touch underbalanced. Creates a mildly viscous, chewy feel with a fair amount of residual sugars. Yet, the obviously plentiful hops lead to a semi-dry finish. Super faint alcohol warmth creeps in toward the end.

D: Juicy, balanced (in a big way of course) & beautiful. Robust & refreshing at the same time - while it almost completely hides its substantial abv. This is one dangerously drinkable brew.

Photo of vandemonian
3.83/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nugget nectar is a crisp amber ale with plenty of hops.

A: Clear orange colour and excellent head. 4

S: Nice bitter citrus smell. Slightly metallic. 3.5

T: Crisp Citrus up front into a crisp, bitter finish. 4

M: Slightly foamy and yum. 4

O: Quite nice. The bitterness builds a bit. 4

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

Reviewed from notes of 3/11/11

Received this tasty number from my friend Toby in a 6 Pack Grab.

A = Beautiful amber orange color. Appearance on the order of a Nut Brown Ale. Nice 2 finger head. Strong lace. Bubbly.

S = Hops, carmel, honey, unripe cashew nut.

T = Hops hops hops, honey, roasted butter nut squash, tinge of smoke and carmel.

M = Good carbonation, nice dry and nutty finish.

O = Great amber ale. The blend of Nugget, Warrior, and Tomahawk hops are a great American brown ale blend. I would happily serve this to my best of friends!

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

Appearance: Nice clear amber glass holds a thin dirty head that clumps a bit and leaves some tidemarks.

Smell: Loads of hops here, some mild sugary base. Hops are all west coast, yummy pine, grapefruit, bit grassy.

Taste: Pretty much the smell, hops take the lead with a little crystal malt sweetness. Not too heavy, like a smoother Arrogant Bastard.

Mouthfeel: Oily, medium carbonation, lighter than expected body.

Overall: Big yum. Highly recommended.

Photo of TCgoalie
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my sister for bringing this back from Maryland.

Poured into a pint glass, no head or lacing from this bottle. The color is a peachy-red which is a bit cloudy.

After smelling this several times I am noticing a few additional things. Backed by caramel malts, I smell apricot, peach, pine...even some cinnamon and black pepper.

The taste includes a good deal of apricot with some peach. Some celery like bitterness comes in after the fruit to offset the sweetness. The balance is very nice as malts pleasantly round out the back end.

I am pleased with the way that this fills my mouth. Slightly creamy and plenty full with a pinch of drying in the end.

This is very drinkable for 7.5%. I believe I could drink several of these without getting tired of the taste. This is an excellent beer and one of the best Ambers/Reds that I've had.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not sure why I haven't reviewed this. Must have went through a 12 pack of it this year.

A - Looks like a decent amber. Tinted amber tones with a solid inch of the white stuff. Lacing throughout this beer was crafted with awesomeness.

S - You get mostly hops grapefruit and citrus with very little bitter pine and a solid caramel base that almost smells of toffee.

T - Taste is described better by others but to me it's an incredibly balanced red almost in the same vein as an IPA. You get hops but not overly bitter but sweet balanced with a caramel and gram cracker like malt that delivers a great finish bitter yet not cloying.

M - Light to medium. they makes a great beer them Troeg bros.

Overall this beer is a great balance of hop and malt and I will look forward to tracking down a case next year. As this years batch ends the best of this beer can be found in bombers so if you want an offering the freshest it can be grab a bomber (one or two months old I believe) Other than that you will just be one of those guys that give a A rating beer a B+ or something. Remember hops fade!

Photo of beergod1
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured clear amber/orange, nice large white head that lasts. Good lacing. Excellent balance in the nose: grapefruit, other tamer citrus notes like tangerine, quite floral, sweet toffee/malt. Taste is a bit tilted to the malt upfront: caramel sweetness, fruits, but in the mid-palate and finish the hops shine through in Grapefruit and Pine, and a subtle lasting bitter aftertaste. High carbonation, nice and sessionable. Nice surprise, and 7.5% is an added bonus.

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Surly Imperial Pint Glass.

A- Two finger off white head, excellent lacing, dark amber/orange bronze appearance, slight carbonation
S- Excellent aroma, nutty, malty, hints of citrus and grapefruit, slight sweetness as well.
T- The taste on the other hand is very one sided. The malts and nutty flavor are most evident, hints of citrus but nothing very strong, bitter upfront but fades right away.
M- Smooth and creamy mouth feel.
O- Nice aroma, the malts and nuttiness take over this beer, hops are very hidden, slight bitterness, overall easy drinkability and a beer I would drink if it were available in MN.

Photo of Mississipping
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks a ton to a fellow Buckeye for sending a couple of these as extras. 12oz bottle poured into a Sleeping Lady Brewing Co. pint glass.

A: Pours a clear but dense copper color. Light has a hard time making its way from one side of the glass to the other and really creates a nice glowing orange effect. A violent pour produces a small one finger head of off-white foam that settles to a somewhat sticky film and ring.

S: Floral hops, a touch of pine resin, and delicious citrus fruits ... grapefruit and sweet tangerine. The hoppiness, pine, and citrus are balanced very well by a medium malt profile that adds a bit of sweetness most closely matching caramel.

T: Starts out really sweet. Tangerine is the first thing I taste, along with caramel. It remains sweet through the middle and slowly transitions to subtle grapefruit, hops, pine, and pepper. The smell and taste are almost complete complements of one another, however, it provides a surprising deliciousness. I really like the fruity and malty sweetness up front that gives way to a more bitter finish. The finish lasts for quite a long time.

M: Medium bodied. Smooth and creamy with a moderate level of carbonation that makes it tingle just a bit on the tongue. Very nice feel. Slightly bitter at the finish and a moderate drying effect.

D: This is almost too easy to put down. After a couple sips, it starts to taste a little watery, but it regains a little complexity as it warms a bit. Overall, it's delicious and quite refreshing. What a tasty treat!

Photo of Ezone024
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured out a deep crystal amber with a 1/2 inch aromatic off white head.

smells of earthy hops and sweet candy malts. extreme grapefruit cuts through all of that.

The taste of this beer is out of this world...completely "hopped up" on beer steroids this brew has a wide variety of hop tastes with a very sweet and smooth malt backbone. so well balanced.

An Imperial amber ale for the I.P.A lover as myself has become a huge fan of this beer, one of the best i've had.

Photo of azdback
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Spaten tumbler glass. Bottled on 02/07/11. Color is orange/red with the emphasis on red. Not very many carbonation bubbles, that leave a small one finger head. Lace is looking a bit sticky at this point.

The smell is of sweet malts. Also piney and citrus blossom aromas. I grew up in a house that was built in an old grapefruit orchard and it kind of smells like the spring time blossoms. I do also get just a hint of alcohol. Very nice!!

Taste is smooth, sweet malts. Kind of tart more that bitter with the hops, but enjoyable. I think the bitter may be like orange pith sprinkled with sugar. Not really getting much alcohol.

The feel is very nice for an "amber". I will grade as one, but it tastes and drinks more like a big IPA. As an IPA I give this one a very high mouth score, as an American Amber I must give it a bit higher score. Rich, silky and full. Not a bit watery and "drinkable". Getting a bit of alcohol warmyness late.

Overall I really enjoyed this. Funny thing living in Arizona I don't get this one in stores, but trading with people from the East and Midwest I have received many bottles of this as extras. Stuff must grow on trees out there. Thanks to mater or maybe tsblack05 for this one. Highly recommended!!

Photo of scotvega18
4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip

A- Ruby red and crystal clear with an off white half fingers worth of head

S- Mostly pine, but also very floral hop aroma. Very smooth caramel, but overall the hops dominate

T - Hops up front from after the bitterness and pininess fade, the malt really kicks in providing a nice backbone to it

Notes- My favorite beer. Excelent beer and any rumor about this needing to be fresh is a myth, the malt backbone is very nice and will do fine over a few months. I keep kicking myself for not buying a few cases of this.

Photo of rmalinowski4
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Alexander Keiths pint glass.

Pours a clear deep amber color with two fingers of fluffy tanish head. As the head recedes it leaves lots of sticky lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell is citrus hops, pine and sweet malts. Smells absolutely delicious. Makes my mouth water.

Taste starts with citrus malts, then Carmel and toffee, finally finishes with pine bitterness. Very smooth and tasty.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, the carbonation is good and lively. Sweet but not cloying. Very nice.

Overall this is a very tasty beer. Good malt sweetness, big hop profile, good mouthfeel., very nice. Will definitely trade for this again.

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

Thanks again to GallowsTheif for the extra!!

Pours a picture perfect amber and settles the same. Two fingers of white head sits and leaves polk a dot lacing throughout.

The nose offers pine hop oil with a bit of sweet malt. The hop flowering is noticed above all else.

The taste is bitter up front and laced with some citrus fruits such as grapefruit and is matched with a bit of bready malt.

The mouthfeel is very crisp and dry throughout with ample carbonation.

Overall, awesome example of the style. I wish they distributed to the midwest!

Photo of ryanfitz47
4.94/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A great beer in between an amber and an american IPA. Sweet and thirst quenching yet hoppy enough to satisfy even imperial fans. Pours a nice amber color with a pretty and spotted lace. The aroma gives you an idea of the citrusy sweetness that's on it's way. The balance of crisp and hop in the finish is astounding - you just keep going back for more.

If you find this beer, grab it.

Photo of cratez
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Fresh 22oz bomber from Premier Gourmet in Buffalo, NY. Bottled in late February 2011.

Pours a clear amber hue with one finger of bubbly, cream-coloured froth and sporadic dots of lacing on the tulip glass. Head retains for the duration of the beer.

Smell is pine sap, perfume, clementine, honey, orange rind, taffy, oily and resiny hops, cake dough, nectarine, and red grapefruit. Faint hints of tropical fruit and cotton candy can also be detected. Just a massive blast of hops; very impressive.

Taste is resinous, citric, and floral hops upfront; complex flavours of nectarine, navel orange, tangerine, and mango mid-palate; balancing sweetness imparts caramel, honey, and taffy; solid bitterness lingers in the finish but never overpowers the palate. Delectable.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, firm carbonation, juicy middle transitions to a clean bitterness with more citrus on the cough. Awesome.

Overall, this Imperial Amber is one of the best hop-forward ales that I've come across. An iconic brew that must be sampled in one's lifetime.

Photo of jbertsch
4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Straight amber in color. Head dissipates fairly quickly.

Nice aroma of citrusy hops (mostly pineapple and lemon, a little orange). A little pine in there but it’s not very bitter, which is nice. There’s some bready and caramel malt in the back.

Citrus hops comes through, but it’s holding hands with some bready and caramel like malts. The pine comes through as well. What’s nice is that the hop profile isn’t very bitter, which is nice. Finishes on the dry side.

Mouthfeel is proper. A bit creamy. Carbonated with a crisp snap on the tongue.

No quarrels on the drinkability. Its tastiness beckons repeated sips quicker than normal.

Photo of dmsohyea
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Kadonny, thanks! Poured from 12 oz bottle to pint glass. No bottle date.

A: Dark orange/yellow with minimal off-white head and very little lacing. It does say "imperial amber" even though it's really a red IPA.

S: Brown sugar and honey with some hops and bread.

T: taste almost exactly follows the nose. Some hoppy bitterness at the first sip, but very bready and piny for this style. Sweetness cuts through any hop bitterness mid palette, but the finish is very bitter.

M: Mouthfeel is fantastic. Very creamy with just the right amount of carbonation. Quite a winner here.

O: The taste is a bit too sweet for me, but there is a good balance of bitterness afterward. Not my favorite by any means, but a good hoppy red ale.

Photo of Nugganooch
3.92/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasting notes from 04/15/11 - Bottled 12/21/10 and still tasting great.

*This review made possible by my very first trade with user Shuggy. Many thanks! A brew I would probably otherwise never get my hands on...how fucking cool is that!

A: Very light for an Amber. More of a darkened goldish pale hue with a 1 finger fluffy khaki colored head. Some soft carbination going on. Light lacing that washed back down into the brew with every sip.

S: Sweet caramel malt notes up front with some big juicy citrus aroma blasts that just take over. Damn smell reminds me of a CactusCooler. Really nice.

T: Caramel roasted malt flavors really come through first on this one but a very nice bite of hops on the palate. I am getting lots of herbal and spice notes but mostly dominant pine and citrus. Its all there really. Has a good peppering on the tongue that dries things out a bit with ABV's coming through nice and subtle.

M: Very nice. A smooth and creamy mouthfeel that puckers out with the IBU's coming in finishing things out a bit dry.

D: Pretty solid. I can easily see myself getting nicely toasted off of a full sixer here.

I can definitely see the attraction to the Nectar as there is some solid bitterness in this brew. I can only imagine how much better this stuff is off of a fresh tap or a Double dry hopped cask even. This beer could easily toe the line and pair well with spicey foods and other big flavored dishes.

Photo of chiliboy98
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Every January, my friends and I begin to stalk our local beer shops as if we were on an FBI surveillance duty looking for contraband. And sooner or later, cell phones begin to buzz and unchecked hooting and hollering can be heard by startled and well adjusted merlot drinkers two aisles over - it can only mean one thing: Nugget Nectar is here!
I will admit, I was hyped on this beer before the first sip, and had very high expectations, all of which were met and then some with this hoppy, rich and balanced Imperial Amber ale. This beer is the Bo Jackson of brews - it can do anything. It can stand alone as a quiet sipping beer on a late winter evening. It can be drunk heartily as you watch your favorite sporting event. It is enjoyed by beer snobs and non beer snobs alike. If you find this, get it. And don't tell anyone, lest they break into your home and steal it.
And be warned, if your friend steals your beer gets caught and I am on his jury. I will vote to acquit, as long as he promises to give me one.

Photo of mattgreger
4.82/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked up this bottle at Capone's Bottle Shop in East Norriton, PA

The pour on this brew was a wonderfully clear, amber color. It had very nice, light tan , fluffy head. It left some great sticky lacing as the brew slides down the sides of the glass. The head had some nice retention.

The aroma is great from the start. I can detect some nice resiny pine aromas at the front, then a bit of malt that lighten the hops just enough to give this brew a nice balanced aroma. As it warms, it has a little bit of a boozy aroma finishes it off really well.

This is the first time I have had this brew. I from the name, I was expecting a huge hop brew, that might be kinda of hard to take. But I got something better. I got a brew with a wonderful hops flavor, but not overly bitter. As the brew warms, there are some great pine flavors that just come out and hit your taste buds, followed by a a nice bready/biscut like malt that just balances everything out. It makes the brew almost creamy.

This brew has a medium body, that is a bit slick and creamy. It has a nice carbonation that goes well with the small slap of alcohol warmth that comes with the brew. Its makes the mouth water for more after each sip.

This brew is great. It was hard to get my hands on, well at least the 22 that I got for this review. I can tell this brew is extremely fresh, and would recommend it to anyone, especially as fresh as this brew is. I would have to say this is one of my favorites thus far by Troegs, but I am sure they will impress me again. Great job.

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

Pours a deep golden/amber with a dense foamy head that very slowly subsides.

Absolutely wonderful aroma. Lots of citrus and pine notes against a subtle malty sweetness.

Nice hop bite hits first. Follows the nose with pine and citrus that's balanced by a mild caramel sweetness. Finishes dry with a lingering bitterness that sits softly on the tongue. Very pleasant and little to know hint of the alcohol.

Nice medium body with a slightly low amount of carbonation that doesn't get in the way or mute the hops.

This is a wonderful beer that I'm very glad I got to the chance to try. Although I've only been able to try two brews from Tröegs (this one and Scratch #43), I have been throughly impressed by this brewery and look forward to having others from them in the future. Tons of hops that are balanced very well against a subtle caramel backbone. A wonderful Amber that's an even better IPA.

Photo of dbossman
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Redish-brown hue with generous head and great retention; lacing is great

S: Bready malty backbone with the grapefruit, pineapple, and floral hop presence you expect; the hops just sit so nicely on top of the bready--sweet sugary bread--and caramel malts

T: Such a nice balance of the bready malts and the grapefruit and tropical hops--much more balanced than most hop-centric beers

F: Creamy mouth feel--one of the creamier hop-forward-non-cask beers I have ever had; the beer sits on top of the mouth so nicely after it has already gone down the hatch

O: Great beer; very balanced and delicious; alcohol is well masked and I can't say enough of how well-balanced and drinkable this beer is

Photo of Pellinore1
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to brees6221 for sending this my way.

Pours a nice, clear amber, and produces about a finger of white foam. This fades, leaving some lacing down the side of the glass.

Floral, fruity hops really define the aroma here, backed up by hints of caramel malt. This really smells great, it's hard to put it down.

As in the smell, the taste begins with a nice balance of floral hops and caramel sweetness. Some pleasant bitterness comes in for the finish.

Medium-bodied with good carbonation, the mouthfeel is just fine.

While I haven't tried lots of amber ales, this is certainly the best in my experience. Hops are clearly the star of the show, but they are not overpowering. I'll be looking for this one again.

Photo of birderbeerer
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clean, near-translucent amber with a two-finger white head.

Whoa! Super hops in the aroma. Beautiful. Sweet, blooming flowers, some citrus, mango, pine, and grass. Nice and clean and not really pungent but lush and fruity.

Taste follows the aroma. Juicy and clean hops rest on a solid amber malt body. The malts are rather dry and follow after the initial hops. The flavors all blend and complement each other very well. This seems like a perfect example of a craft beer. It's own identity in that it is an amber but also approaching a DIPA, and put together well and obviously with great care. The tastes are just so well blended. Very refreshing and clean.

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Tröegs Nugget Nectar from Tröegs Brewing Company
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