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Tröegs Nugget Nectar - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Ratings: 6,959
Reviews: 2,326
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.68%
Wants: 1,217
Gots: 890 | FT: 33
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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 NicholasSchell
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a medium amber color with a dense 2 1/2 finger head that slowly dissipates to half a finger leaving lacing clinging for dear life on the way down.

S- Pine, it's like being on a christmas tree farm. Faintest citrus or floral aroma.

T- Still get lots of pine and resins but this is brilliantly balanced with the ever so light sweetness of the malt. Hops are not bitter at all, just packed with flavor.

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, both fit well with this brew.

D- Flavor is great and not overwhelming, I'll have a few aware of the ABV.

Photo of boatshoes
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber of this at Whole Foods Bowery on a recent trip to New York. My first experience with the beer and quite excited.

Appearance- Pours a translucent orange-amber with lots of bubbling carbonation about a finger and a half of off-white head sitting on top. Minimal head retention but some lacing left as I drink and beading carbonation throughout.

Smell- Lots of piney hops initially in the nose. However, definitely some detectable sweet caramel in there as well. Was not as much of a hop punch in the face as I was expecting and smelled almost like a barleywine. That being said, it was a very nice and well blended combination that showed lots of promise for the beer.

Taste- As with the nose, it is piney, resinous hops that are first across is flavor. A nice hop bite. Again however, really more balanced than I was expecting. Lots of sweet caramel and bready malt comes through to balance out the hops so that it isn't a complete punch in the tongue. I for one found this to be a very tasty and well balanced combination that lent itself well to my love of both extreme hops and malt. Once again I find myself almost comparing it to a hoppy barleywine.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is very solid with a thick and slick body but a touch of drying finish from the hops. Dangerously drinkable for the ABV as well if you are into big and balanced beers.

Overall, a pleasure to drink. May be a let-down to some hopheads, but I found the extra little balance to make this beer a real winner.

Photo of Kelp
3.65/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber red color with minimal head and lacing to it. Head recedes quickly.

Smells of hops, citrus(grapefruity), and pine.

It reminds me more of an IPA than an amber/red ale. Hopes right out front, followed by grapefruit and pinesol. No real after taste which is nice since I don't really like grapefruit.

It is a bit watery to me. Nothing overly impressive here. Feels a bit slick though only saving point.

I could have one or two, but not my favorite type. I know alot of people are talking about this or Hopslam right now, and let me tell you i would take a Hopslam 9 out of 10 times hands down. It's a good beer to me, but not a great beer. Maybe the next one will change my mind.

Photo of atremains
4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a very pristine looking clear amber with a fluffy white head that diminishes rather fast reducing to a ring. Modest lacing. Carbonation is visible and attractive.
Smell is a slap of citrus with some earthy floral feel to it and malt. Fantastic!
Citrus hops join up with the with the carbonation and dance around on my tongue creating a deliciously enjoyable experience. Big malt body to it as well, synergistic with the bitterness of the hops to balance the extreme. Some earthen hoppy notes as well and a bit of caramel.
Bit thin on the feel, but nothing significant that I miss. The carbonation is dead on. Very! smooth beer, the taste is big and full and the finish leaves you thirsty for another one.

Photo of nhopkin
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Rich red-orange. Kind of light for an amber ale. Smallish offwhite head, with a little sticky lacing.

Smell: pungent hops and a sweet orange citrus aroma come through in the nose.

Taste: Nugget Nectar is far more subtle than I expected but delicious. Lots of fruity hop flavor; especially orange/grapefruit. Restrained but complementary sweet malt backs it up. Bitter, but not as bitter as many an IPA or other hoppy ale. Tiny amount of alcohol burn as well. Sweetish, balanced, and subtly complex. Nectar indeed.

Mouthfeel: On the lighter side, considering it's strength. Carbonation is adequate. A very juicy beer.

Dirnkability: Goes down startlingly easy. Great stuff, doesn't bash you on the head; balance wins the day.

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

Bottled on 01/12/10. Courtesy of Kadonny.

Pours a clear amber color with one inch of white head that had excellant retention before settling to a thick cap. Surprising lack of lacing considering the abundance of hops. Still has a little sticky lacing though. Big blast of hops in the aroma. Mostly pine scents but also a touch of citrus and grass. The malt adds some toasted qualities. No surprises with the hop flavor. Pungent and resinous. Pine and citrus battle it out for supremacy. The malt actually adds its own qualities to this beer so it is more than a lot of the hop bombs populating the shelves. Bitterness is high but not out of control considering the 93 IBUs. Medium body but hard to consider this an Imperial beer. Just enough carbonation to give some life, nice texture. Questionable drinkability at 7.5% ABV but with such nice hop flavor, I would give it my best effort. I do not think this would wear out a palate like other hop bombs.

Photo of CharlatanSin
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Snagged a bottle at Whole Foods. Been hearing great things about it, and it's finally time to give it a try.

The beer pours into a pint glass a perfectly clear amber. The pour creates a big, airy off-white head. The head falls pretty quickly into a minimal cap, and the beer leaves patchwork lacing.

The smell is primarily citrus and herbal hops. The hoppiness is complimented by a sweet, bready malt backbone. Not too shabby. The taste is better. The citrus hops reveal themselves to be a succulent, juicy smorgasbord. Possibly the best straight-up fruity hop profile I've yet sampled. I'm picking up orange, grapefruit and nectarine strongly. The malt balance is a little weak, which surprised me for a strong amber. Still, the tremendous citrus hop profile is a rare treat for a hophead like me. The alcohol is noticeable, but not distracting.

The mouthfeel is definitely the beer's weak point. It's a bit light and watery for the style, and carbonation is a point too low. I'd like a beer with this gorgeous a hop profile to be a bit stickier. But it's not bad enough that it detracts from the taste. I finished the bomber gladly, and will happily do so again in the future.

Photo of PretzelCity
3.53/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ericwo for the chance to try this years batch. Pours a very nice clear honey amber color into the glass with a fluffy one inch white head. Nice and crystal clear, this is a pretty attractive beer. The nose is nice, some malt in there but mostly hops, oily hoppy resin. The taste is pretty similar to the nose, there's some malt in there but mainly it all nugget. Not a lot of complexity, not an overwhelming hop bite or kick, just a nice solid flavor. Mouthfeel is good, light to medium body, the beer just kind of rolls over your tongue with a little bit of a piney aftertaste. Pretty drinkable, I could easily see having a bunch of these with some non beer loving buddies.

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

12oz bottle, served in a standard pint glass

A - somewhat aggressive pour yields about a finger of off-white loosely packed foam. the beer itself is crystal clear, strong amber colored with active bubbly carbonation.

S - best part of the beer. could just sit there and smell this for days. loads and loads of juicy citrus hops with some grass and pine notes, and a big malty caramel backbone. just delicious.

T - full of fruity citrus hops then a swift bittering bite of grassy hops. malts kind of fall flat as after the hop attack everything finishes kind of eh, watery. still good, just doesnt develop into anything out of this world.

M - mildly carbonated, which i love. medium bodies with a nice slick and oily feel.

D - crazily drinkable (and dangerous). can put down many of these and not get weary. only thing slowing me down is stopping to take a few good snifs between almost every sip.

Photo of riversider76
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden amber with a thin white head. Decent retention and very nice laceing. Aroma is of piney hopps and ripe fruit. Body is medium and carbonated. Taste is of grapefruit and piney hops. There is also a underlying fruity sweetness about it. Excellent.

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

Bottled 1/12/2010.

Pours golden amber in color with a foamy, albeit thin white head. The head quickly dissipates leaving a haze across the surface. A bit of lacing and good carbonation.

Strong, sticky aromas of pine tree, grapefruit, and orange. Nice and hoppy, as I expected. Floral, planty, and refreshing. As the beer warms, some malt notes become more noticeable.

Tastes of nice hops up front more bitter pine flavor, with grapefruit and orange again. Nicely bitter. What is surprising is the sweeter malt notes which immediately back up the hop presence. The aftertaste is pleasantly bitter with hoppy pine flavors making a comeback.

The body is nothing spectacular, but backs up the other aspects of the beer nicely. Light to perhaps medium body, the carbonation is not overwhelming.

Overall I was very pleasantly surprised. I expected a hop bomb which this definitely was not. It had good hoppiness for sure, but the malt flavors backed and balanced it perfectly.

Photo of ProudBeerSnob
4.11/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Never thought I'd find the Nectar at Wegman's !!! Poured into a pint glass, not much carbonation, thin head disappears quickly, very little lacing.

Aromas of very sweet citrus, just a touch of pine. A little like white grape juice, almost a little too sweet which hurts drinkability.

A good beer, but I'm not sure it's deserving of the hype. I paid 12 bucks for the six pack, and I'm kind of wishing I'd spent the same on Victory's Yakima Twilight.

Photo of 220emaple
4.02/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 12 0z bottle. Very nice amber/copper color with little retaining head.
The smell is my least favorite part--hoppy, yet seaweed-like, if that makes any sense.
The taste is very nice with tons of sweet hop flavors with a subtle bitter finish.

Would buy again and I recommend it to others. Cheers!

Photo of HURTemHIZZY
4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 24 oz bottle into a standard pint.

Pours a great looking amber color with a nice foamy off white head. Nice looking pour. Would have given a 5 but was hoping for a bit more from the lacing. Did leave some spotty lacing tho.

Smells great, floral, pine, citrus notes, little bit of sweet malts hidden behind the hop aromas.

Tastes of citrus and pine hoppiness, great flavor. This is definitely one of my favorite brews. Great balance for an ipa (although it says imperial amber it really tastes more like an ipa.)

Really enjoyable brew, with a great amount of hops but enough malty sweetness to keep its balance.

Photo of MrDanno96
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice amber color with about a finger of white head. Some spotty lacing down the sides of the glass.

S: Freshly cut grass, piney hops, and some sweet earthy malts. Pleasant.

T: Some sweet malts transition to a citric hoppy finish. Finish is also pretty bitter. To be honest, I was expecting more.

M: A solid medium body with a nice bite of carbonation in the finish.

D: Am I missing something here? This is by no means a bad beer, but I've seen lots of people raving about this one for months and I wasn't really impressed. I drank it kind of warm, 50ish degrees. Maybe I just need to drink it at a colder temperature, but as of right now I'm a little disappointed. Hype aside, however, it's a decent beer.

Edit 3/14/10: I've had this a few more times since my first disappointing experience and I admit it's grown on me some. I still don't agree that this is an amazing brew, but it's tasty and fairly drinkable. I've come to enjoy the nice mix of bitter hops and amber ale malt backbone. It's very refreshing on tap too. I'm changing taste and drinkability from 3.5s to 4s, raising the score from 3.75 to 4.

Photo of zackcg
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

(bomber into pint glass)

Appearance: clear coppery-amber-red. moderately carbonated with a nice healthy off-white head. Weak retention though, it dissipated pretty quick, however the lacing lasted the whole session.

Smell: I was mostly picking up on the hoppy madness.

Taste: sweet nectar start, finishes with a pleasant presence of bitterness. smell = taste!

Mouthfeel: thin yet flavorful.

Overall highly enjoyable!

Photo of animal69
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a crystal clear burnished copper color w/ a thick off-white head that settles a little quick and leaves a fair lacing in my snifter

S- smell is loaded with "catty" grapefruit & pine needles, faint malty aromas picked up in the background include bread and nuts

T- taste is also hop dominated w/ a soapy citrus hop bitterness up front which fades into an herbal note mixed with fresh baked health-nut bread, some notes of caramelish toffee and a dried fruit come into play at some point, finish is crisp, bitter and a bit minerally

M- a surprisingly dry med. body on this one, plenty of co2 gives it a rather creamy feel

D- a damn fine beer, very drinkable without a trace of alcohol, well deserving of the all the hype

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

Troegs: Nugget Nectar (Bottled 01/07/10) (Tasted 01/23/10)
12 oz. Bottle, poured into a tulip pint.

Appearance: Brilliantly clear golden amber, bubbles rushing up to feed the even, frothy off-white head. Sticky lacing clings on the sides of the glass like a first time boyfriend.
Odor: Waxy grapefruit pith, orange zest, some perfumy floral aromas in the background with hints of breadiness. Intense and focused hop aroma.
Consistency: Light body, hop oils and bready malt lift the body up a bit, a few tics shy of being medium. Carbonation is perfect, not intrusive, but enough to lift the flavors into view.
Flavor: Juicy, fresh hop flavor, similar to the aroma but leaning more towards orange with a waxy grapefruit back-end. Malt is an afterthough, but that's ok! There's some definite complexity going on with the mixed German base malts, a layered breadiness that doesn't push too much sweetness. Finish is very clean, some hop and bready malt flavors linger, very refreshing.

This beer is remarkable. As per the recipe listed on their site, the subtle malt complexities in this beer come from a mix of pils, vienna and munich malt, with no specialty malts to muddy up the hop flavor, pretty brilliant. I look forward to looking forward to this beer hitting shelves every year.

Photo of david18
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I guess as an "imperial amber", as the brewery says, this beer is in the same category as Arrogant Bastard and Red Rocket (even though some of them might be called "strong ales". I would have to say that it definitely is as good as both of those others.

I haven't been a big fan of Troegs but this one is really worth trying. Alcohol by volume is strong but not overwhelming, flavor is an excellent balance of malt sweetness with light hops.

I would recommend this one.

Photo of CaptinRedBeard
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Duvel tulip. Pours with a nice one finger reddish white head. Some lacing. This may be the most beautiful beer I have ever seen in a glass. The dark yet translucent amber color is simply gorgeous. Aroma is strong with scents of apricot, citrus and hops. I recently reviewed Troegs Hop Back amber ale and this to me truly does seem to be an Imperial version of that beer. For the most part I'm getting the same flavors (caramel malt, citrusy hops) but much stronger and definitely a lot more hops. This stuff is great. I'm going to tour the brewery today, and I can't wait to try this fresh on draft there.

Photo of MirkoCroCough
4.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is beer.

Bottle poured into pint glass. Great lacing and beautiful copper/amber color.

That's the stuff. Sweet, sweet hops.

Nectar of the Gods.

Balanced, smooth, and slick.

Not filling at all, but pace yourself. You can whack these back with ease, but the abv% will eventually find you. A glorious beverage.

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

Poured with vigor into an over-sized pub glass.

Massive white head that leaves lots of sticky lacing. The color is an amber-coppery color.

Complex hop flavors in the nose - burnt woody, herbal, citrus, earthy...

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Complex hop flavors, yet not at all overpowering in the least bit. Predominantly herbal, but again complex...burnt caramel or toffee, bready yeasts, mild citrus with a nicely bittered finish. The alcohol is well hidden...

Medium light mouthfeel with nice creamy carbonation.

A very good American Amber - possibly the best of the style that I've had, or at least in a long while...can get quite a few of these down rather easily...



Poured into a pint glass.

This brew is amber in color, clear and sports a finger thick off-white head that disappears into a complex, clumpy, wispy lace that clings to the sides of the glass and also lingers on the top of the brew.

Smells of citrus, maybe pink grapefruit, pine resin and earthy, herbal hopiness.

There a lots of complex hop flavors here; clearly present and in force, yet not overpowering at all. There are citrus, grapefruit-like hops, resinous, herbal, earthy hop notes as well as a mild bready maltiness in here as well.

Crisp, medium bodied and good carbonation.

I could take one of these every time. Very good stuff.

Photo of magine
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours an reddish amber color, with a off white head that is thick and leaves lots of lace.

Brew smells of floral hop, pine and citrus. Has a a slight malt scent as well.

Brew tastes crisp initially, very smooth after you drink. Has a great balance of the hops and a malty background flavor. Finishes clean, slightly bitter, a little dry.

This is a very good brew, very well balanced. This is a serious session brew. Excellent.

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

A - Crystal clear dark ruby with a little brownish orange. Not a lot of foam, but a good amount of bubbles. Some lacing.

S - Smells amazing. Lots of big ripe citrus. Tangerines and grapefruits with some piney notes as well.

T - Follows the nose but with a nice bready malt backbone. Very toasted malt profile with a small amount of caramel. Lots of bitter grapefruit as well.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Good mouthfeel but nothing totally outstanding.

D - Very tasty with only a hint of booziness. Definitely could knock back a sixer without thinking about it.

A fine imperial amber. Maybe not hands down the best I've ever had but definitely in the top 2-3.

Photo of OneDropSoup
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker: finger of head over a clear, bright copper-ish orange, clearer than I remember. Heads drops to just a dusting, moderate amount of tiny, fast bubbles. Leaves spotty "world map" lacing.

Smell is real nice: mellow, sweet citrus--orange & ruby red grapefruit, a touch of piney potpourri. Very good aroma, but less "in-your-face" than I remember, doesn't jump out at you. As it warms, a kind of resin-y hop smell builds, still subtle though.

Again, bright citrus notes in the taste, rounded out by just enough clean malt to be detectable & balancing. Kind of a barely noticeable cola caramel taste to it. Aftertaste has hints of sweetness while still being on the bitter & refreshing side. Booze creeps in about halfway through the glass.

Medium-light body, enough carbonation & acid to entertain without becoming prickly or sharp.

Honestly not quite as good as I remember, but still pretty damn good. The smell & taste didn't jump out & wow me like in the past, but there are still some pretty awesome things going on here. The alcohol is enough to make things nice & relaxed without kicking your butt. Two or three easily, definitely worth back-to-back drinking.

Tröegs Nugget Nectar from Tröegs Brewing Company
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