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Tröegs Nugget Nectar - Tröegs Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

6,731 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,731
Reviews: 2,305
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.68%
Wants: 1,115
Gots: 752 | FT: 24
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 Docer
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle thanks to Ranbot for the trade! No freshness date? Surprised..

- Dark copper/amber color... clear as a bell... little to no head as poured at a 45 deg. into my tumbler glass. Minimal lacing spread about.

- Smell is of robust hop... citrus orange, bit of pine.. and a floral backing. Quite nice..

- Wonderfully rich hop flavor.. smooth, citrus-like, and not overly bitter... very well balanced.. hint of sweetness and bittering.. and slight sour.. but overall hoppy as heck! On a back note.. there is a slight urine-like presence in the flavor.. don't know why, but it's there!

- Not chewy much.. like flowing hop clear waters.. little bitter and sweet leftovers.. leaves the palate dry and wanting more.

- Very drinkable.. a great strong session.. overall a well balanced, yet complex amber colored IPA.. but a nice smooth sweet malt to make it an amber! A bit confused I am.. but nevertheless a great ale.

Docer, Apr 02, 2009
Photo of DIPAbrewer
4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes of freshly bottled Nectar.

Brilliantly clear amber color with a creamy off white head. The luscious froth leaves a healthy lacing on the glass, it looks delicious! The head lasts the whole way through.

Sweet malt aroma starts the party, quickly followed by bright citrus (tangerine, pineapple) spicy minty herbs, and smooth piney hops. Wow. The aroma is vivacious and enticing, everything I had hoped.

Deliciously sweet and bitter flavors. Perfectly balanced! The notes from the aroma explode and intensify on the palate. Slight roasted sweet flavor plays nice with all the hops. Can't wait for the next sip. Seriously drinkable, this one lives up to all the hype. I always wondered why there were so many threads about NN. NN release date? Where to find NN? Etc. etc. Now I know, and it is instantly one of my favorite beers. Can't wait till next year's release!

DIPAbrewer, Apr 02, 2009
Photo of Gyle41386
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Acquired in a trade with jnn4v. Thanks buddy!

Pours a golden amber with two fingers of creamy head.

Aroma is hop-dominated. Citrus and pine. Some bready malt in the background.

Taste follows the nose. Big hop taste, mostly pine up front. Solid malt backbone. Probably too resinous for my tastes. I was hoping for more citrus.

Medium bodied, pretty nice feel. Slick, oily feel from the hops. Smooth enough to be a very easy drinker.

Gyle41386, Apr 02, 2009
Photo of Lambstrong
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice dark copper color. Head is white, foamy. Very bubbly when poured. Little head retention.

Aroma: Grapefruit/piney aroma. A hint or orange.

Taste: Lots of citrus. A wonderful hoppy grapefruit explosion on the front and middle of the tongue. Residual sweetness. I really think this is a well balanced beer considering the amount of hops in it. Definitely different, in a good way.

Mouthfeel: Very well carbonated. I really think that for the amount of hops, a higher carbonation is the way to go and this hits the nail on the head. Somewhat chewy. Very satisfying.

Lambstrong, Apr 01, 2009
Photo of kshankar
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a carbonated orange amber with decent head. Lacing is good too.

Aroma: Hops burst on this one. Pine, citrus, floral, perfectly balanced. Well done. I hope the taste doesn't disappoint...

Taste: Doesn't at all. Hops dominate, and the bitterness works really well. Amber ale? Maybe. Whatever, its still good. Some malt sweetness too

Mouthfeel: Lighter side, crisp, goes down really well.

Drinkability: Excellent. Tastes great, goes down well. Highly recommended

kshankar, Apr 01, 2009
Photo of olmatty
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Obtained thru trade with Gibby in PA. Thanks bro.

Appearance- Pours a frothy one finger, white head with minimal lacing, beer is orange amber.

Smell- Spicy, resinous, piney hops.

Taste- Hops are very prevalent throughout. Very resinous tasting, malts lurk in the background and just don't stand much chance with all those bitter hops.

Mouthfeel- Moderately carbonated, hop resins are sticky and mouthcoating leaving a long, pleasant aftertaste.

Drinkability- high ABV and huge mouthcoating hops limit sessionability, but this brew would make a great end after a couple of lighter IPAs.

olmatty, Apr 01, 2009
Photo of BeerCon5
4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a slightly dark strong amber color with some good white head that left lacing throughout the beer.

There was a good hoppy scent with some citrus.

Good citrusy, hoppy taste with kind of a bitter finish.

Medium-bodied feel with high carbonation, maybe a little too much.

Very good beer, although, I could only drink one or two, they are quite filling.

BeerCon5, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of PhillyStyle
4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served on-tap at Birreria Paradiso, Washington DC:

The beer served up a clear amber color with a nice dense white head that was well retained. Solid in appearence, bit not especially so.

The beer gave off an exceptional hoppy aroma that was spot on. Citrus, pine and floral hops all noted. The aroma was really well done and very well balanced.

The flavor was exceptional. All hops but at the same time, not overly hoppy. It had a slight hint of sweetness. The beer had a nice bitter aftertaste, but it was not overpowering, just a nice gentle finish.

The beer was smooth, rich and creamy. The beer had a medium body to it. It was also very, very easy to drink even with the slighly elevated ABV. Overall, this is an outstanding beer, one that all BA's should try.

PhillyStyle, Mar 30, 2009
Photo of wiseguy142
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

MMM nugget nectar. Had a sample at EBF 2009 and thought it was great. Was happy to pick up a bottle in Rochester.

Pours mandarin-orange amber iwth a luxurious off white head and good lacing. Medium visible carbonation.

Aroma is of fresh pineapple and grapefruit. Like smelling a freshly cut fruit salad. A little lollypop sweetness from the amber malt in there too.

Taste surprisingly retains the amber ale flavor along with the hops which is great. A more intense pineapple flavor from the hops with only medium bitterness but with full hop flavor. The slight bitterness keep things in "beer perspective" and distract a bit from the slightly soda like mouthfeel. I've found that to be a continuing problem with Troegs beers. Well made but the texture of the water doesn't remind me of beer. I like that the beer retains a sweet and clean amber flavor on top of the crazy hops. Not just "imperial" as in let's make this as alcoholic and hop loaded as possible. Definitely a well throught out beer.

wiseguy142, Mar 30, 2009
Photo of WalrusJockey
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into DT snifters.

A- bright, clear orange, with a thin, slightly sandy white head.

S- smells a whole lot like guava, with grapefruit as the secondary aroma.

T- Bitter, but very fruity, with guava and grapefruit flavors underpinned by a sweetness that must come from the malt. Swallow is a wash of the fruit flavors, leading out to a more bitter, dry finish.

M- light, crisp, goes down easily. The aftertaste has a hint of the alcohol, but it is mostly behind the hop bitterness. Very crisp, enjoyable, bright beer.

D- pretty high. I wouldn't normally drink more than one 7.5% in a day, but if I had more of these, I would definitely consider it.

Notes- I'm not an "add more hops" guy. I actually skipped over buying this in a 6 pack, because I was sure I wouldn't like it, and didn't want a whole bunch of expensive bottles in the fridge, not being enjoyed. When I saw the 22, I was glad to be able to try it, without having to worry about a bunch of leftovers. Then, low and behold, I love this beer. I'm completely surprised.

EDIT: Why do they sell such a perfect warm weather beer before it gets warm, though?

WalrusJockey, Mar 30, 2009
Photo of ThirdLap
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks go out to Ineedabeerhere for including this as an extra in a recent trade. I've been eager to try this for months! Served in a North Coast nonic and first sipped after ten minutes out of the fridge.

Pours a golden amber with a short-lasting off-white head. A good amount of lacing looks like it will stick around.

The nose is filled with an awesome bouquet of citrusy, piny, and floral hops, with a light malt balance present. The only thing that keeps me from giving it this part a '5' is the lack of oomph; the nose just seems a bit muted.

The Amber ale drinker's IPA. What an incredibly well-balanced and flavorful beer. What sets it apart is that no one characteristic in any way overpowers the others. It's quite hoppy, but the finish and balance make for a beer unlike any other. A sweet malt presence replaces the hop bitterness on the swallow, leaving the mouth both clean and slightly sweet.

Body is creamy smooth and relatively full-bodied for the style, with carbonation right where it should be. Alcohol warmth is noticeable considering the abv.

If this were available out in California I'd be buying it by the case. This is a fantastic beer.

ThirdLap, Mar 29, 2009
Photo of jdhilt
3.58/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger white head that fades slowly, leaving a good lace. Nice crystal clear amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Piney nose. Flavor is piney hops, grapefruit but some sweetness, this imperial pale has 93 IBUs but it is nearly balanced with the malt making it much better than the usual pale. $6.20 for a 22oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

jdhilt, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of endincolorado
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Deep orange-amber, thick off-white head, good retention, and great lace.

Smell- Powerful, fragrant hop olil dominates, with citrus, pine, light grassiness, and a grapeskin fruitiness. Minimal malt aroma.

Taste- Again, dominated by fruity hop-bitterness. Balanced by decent amount of toasty, nutty maltiness. -clean flavors.

Mouthfeel- Medium body. Clean. Does not stick to the palate. Leaves a dry crisp aftertaste.

Drinkability- Moderate, given the style and ABV.

endincolorado, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of tr4nc3d
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served from a 1 Pint 6 Fl.OZ bottle. 7.5% alc

My first Nugget Nectar thanks to "masterhomebrewer".

This pours a murky yellow/orange color with a 1 inch slightly off-white head. The head looks creamy and can see tiny bubbles rising to the top of the beer. Noticable lacing clings to my glass.

Honey, lemon, grapefruit(strong smell of this),orange peels, apples, tangerines. This has a very ripe smell of fruits and some floral notes to it. Smells oh so delicious. Smells just like an IPA.

Upfront taste of honey and grapefruit, very sweet citrusy taste that mellows out to a warm biscuity taste and then theres the backbone of that hop bitterness which really does not bite that much.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with good amounts of carbonation. The hop bitterness in this one is not strong at all to my suprise.

I would recommend people to try this beer, very good and very addictive.

tr4nc3d, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of JoBoTo
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Comes out a really pretty orangish-gold hue. Hints of red. Little head, again, my pouring skills more than likely. Appears to be no lacing. Seems lightly carbonated. The head dissipates quickly.

I know it says Imperial Amber, and I am trying not to judge this as an IPA. The smells gives away the hop flavor in this beer. Sayinng "skip this step, TASTE ME" Must be strong. Theres a sweet smell too. A caramel, grapefruity, citrus. But there is something else. A flowery something. I have smelled this on a flower before, but I can't place it. Very appealing to the nose. Only if I could get my wife to put this into a perfume...

Enters mouth, and just hangs out. Don't let it roll back, it will get your uvula/tonsils and try to be drank. Carbonation seems low, as per the appearance. There is low tongue tingle. And seems to coat the tongue in this, layer. The second drink seemed dulled by the current coat. Makes your mouth salivate shortly after drinking. Like the bitterness, good bitterness, sucks your tongue of it moisture, and it need to be replaced, but waits for all that scary beer to be gone, then floods back. Very pleasant sensation.

There is very little flavor on the initial drink. Not a hop slap, or a malt dance. Just a carbonated liquid filling your mouth. There is a mild hop flavor, and you have to play with the beer, letting it hit all the taste areas to get an overall taste. Doesn't seem to be content in only on area. I was expecting much more hop flavor, but also, this is my first imperial amber, so this may be the style. The label says there is a trifecta of hop flavors, and it is a good combination. Nugget, tomahawk, and Warrior. There is a pine, hop flavor that stays in the mouth. And a sort of barley roast in the high after taste. Not like a dark roast, but pleasantly done.

The overall drinkability of this beer is very high. If they distributed outside of the northeast, I would guarantee this would be a constant staple in my fridge. For those that like hops, this is an interesting change of pace, but still getting that beloved flavor we all crave. Acquired through a trade with masterhomebrewer. I was sitting on 3 bottles of Abyss, and he asked, so I got 2 bottles of NN. I haven't had an Abyss so, I am not sure who got the better end of the deal, but I thank him for this experience. Says 7.5% alcohol, and it isn't detectable. So I could enjoy a long night of this great brew.

Bomber, into a pint glass

JoBoTo, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of kmo1030
4.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

the beer pours an attractive reddish amber with a nice thikn white head.
the aroma has got some serious flowery citrus hoppiness going on, though the whole spectrum of hop aromas are represented. you get grapefruit, tropical fruits like apricot, pineapple and citrus skin. you also get flowery pine touched with an almost sage like herbal-ness.
the taste is sweet and light up front, like a nicely crafted red, it's got some nice toasted bready caramel going on. the hops kick in by early mid palate. there is a very defined grapefruit. while the citrus is quite dominant, it maintains a balance and softness which keeps it refreshing, the same tropical fruits move in behind the grapefruit, followed finally by a no greater than moderate bitterness. pine in the aftertaste. a very well put together beer, it's got loads of hop flavor, but there is a fantastic delicate quality to it all. plus, there's no kick you in the teeth bitterness, which while i usually don't mind it can get tiresome. it hits all the right notes plain and simple.
the mouthfeel is light and airy... medium bodied with a delicate, but active carbonation, which plays of the pleasant hop flavor very well.
the drinkability is fantastic. it doesn't taste a bit over 4% abv, and disappears from the glass alarmingly quickly. the craftsmanship is off the charts, there's not a thing out of place. it lives up to the hype.

kmo1030, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of YoYoPete
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First time I had this beer... Looks and tastes great... citrus, crispy... Not too sharp or bitter... Smooth and refreshing. I recommend this to friends and strangers.

Recently turned to IPA's and this is an exceptional example of a delicious and refreshing beer. Plus the name is exceptionally funny if your a head.

Listen to live music and drink good beer!

YoYoPete, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of Brent
4.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

After years of abusing my palate with over the top hop monsters, it seems harder and harder to find a beer that comes across as forcefully hopped without being so heavy-handed that the subtle flavors are lost. This struck me as one of the best put-together beers I've run across in quite a while. Wonderful citrus notes to the hops that were a delight.

Brent, Mar 26, 2009
Photo of gabeerfan
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear medium-light amber with a nice head that falls to a thin ring and wispy cap. Some lacing down the glass.
Pine and citrus hit first with some tropical fruit and caramel following. A little bit of wet grass sneaks in too. I even caught a little coconut on one whiff. Lots of hops, as expected, but a pretty sweet aroma tries to balance.
Like the aroma, the hops dominate the flavor too. Pine and citrus followed by the tropical fruit flavors again. Strangely, the coconut that was only a passing aroma seems to be more prominent in the flavor. Caramel/brown sugar sweetness come through as a nice balance.
Good mouthfeel. Somewhat sticky and resiny. Good carbonation.
Quite drinkable. This is a hop bomb, but a balanced one. At 7.5%, only 1 or 2 would be enough for an evening.
Probably one of the most complex ambers I've ever had. If I didn't look at the style, I would have thought this was an IPA. Great beer for hopheads, but probably not a good "crossover" beer.

gabeerfan, Mar 26, 2009
Photo of Wackyfoot
3.63/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle brought over from the east coast to be consumed by me in San Fran. Probably the most disappointed I've ever been by a beer, this one had been getting hyped up all over RB and BA and it just didn't live up to it for me. Messy pine aroma, it smells somehow sticky if that even makes sense. Strange earth and pine flavor with a citrus bite that makes it too sweet for my tastes. Hopefully I'll get another chance at this sometime to see if my opinion changes.

Wackyfoot, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of FishGetter
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After trying other offerings at Night of the Barrels from the Troegs brothers, really have high expectations on this one plus somewhat recently available in Massachusetts. Poured a deep golden color with a hint of burnt orange.
Very nosey brew with loads of peach/mango sweetness backed by nice caramel maltiness. Very nice aroma on this one!
Brilliance from the first drink! The peach aroma transfers quite nicely to hoppy/peach fussion. Suttle sweet maltiness smooths things out for the finish.
Medium bodied brew that build slightly when rolled around the tounge. Remains clean and refreshinng throught.
This one did not disapoint! One of the best amber ales I've experienced. Troegs is a winner!

FishGetter, Mar 24, 2009
Photo of kbnooshay
4.93/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I would have reviewed this faster but every week the six pack i buy is consumed before i get the chance to sit in front of the computer and review it. Had this on tap in Philly last may, when this became available here in Rochester I flipped out!

This poured a fairly clear orange amber with a huge, frothy off-white head. The lacing is super sticky and awesome. Aroma is floral, doughy, citric and of course hoppy.
Taste upfront is gorgeously hoppy but at the same time there is the perfect amount of bready and toasty malt flavor to blow the mind. A refreshing hint of grapefruit is present. Feel is sticky and smooth with a light tingling from the carbontion. This is a brilliant imperial hopback! Hopback is as drinkable as it gets and this is pretty close!

kbnooshay, Mar 24, 2009
Photo of jonziefle
4.93/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Apperance: Poured a clear slightly reddish amber. One finger head with a semi-aggressive poured. Just off-white with decent retention; reduced a thinner layer but stuck around. Some visible carbonation. Excellent lacing all the way down.

Smell: A perfect nose of sweet hops, with pine, grapefruit, and other citrus the strongest. All sorts of floral and fruit hops as well, with no bitterness at all. Not really much in the way of malts, but that's just fine with me.

Taste: A perfect balance between the balance betwen the hops flavor and bitterness and the overall sweetness of the beer. Not too bitter, not too sweet or syruppy. The malts seem to add perfect sweetness, but little else; mostly floral hops throughout.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, and very smooth. A little carbonation tingle on the tongue up front, and a very light and smooth hop bite.

Drinkability: An excellent beer. Perfectly balanced hops and malts, very appealing. My only knock would be that it is somewhere between an IPA and an amber, but that doesn't make it any less of a fantastic beer. A must try.

jonziefle, Mar 24, 2009
Photo of TheNightbird
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A clear deep amber.

S- Smells just like hops pellets. Very citrusy, floral and grassy. Raw apricots.

T- Taste just like hops smell. Nice up front bitterness, followed by a burst of citrus and floral/grassy taste. A sharp and clean finish.

M- Medium body with a lively carbonation

D- Good Poundability.

TheNightbird, Mar 23, 2009
Photo of beerfanbill
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

my favorite brew from troegs. they have nugget nectar and mad elf on tap at my favorite bar so i get to have this somewhat frequently. last night the head was at least 2 fingers and very light. i love sticking my nose in it and taking a deep whiff. the hops come through but dont assault the senses as some others do.
like i said, the smell is excellent yet not overpowering, but once you take the first full sip, the hops come through solidly. very smooth for a beer with hops like this and is suprisingly ...bubbly isnt the word.. but definitely pretty active. great aftertaste and very drinkable. were it not 6 dollars a pint i could easily drink several of these in a row

beerfanbill, Mar 23, 2009
Tröegs Nugget Nectar from Tröegs Brewing Company
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