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Tröegs Nugget Nectar - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Ratings: 7,613
Reviews: 2,449
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 9.7%
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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 StLThrash
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally got a chance to try a Nugget Nectar - received in a trade from richalexander78.

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter.

A - Beautiful, clear amber with frothy white 1 finger head. Dissipated quickly but left a nice cap with some light lacing.

S - Lots of juicy hops along with some nice citrus tones and balanced with some slight malt hints. Great aroma.

T & M - Very close to the smell. Starts out malty and sweet, and finishes with some hop bitterness. Very close to an IPA, but it's called an Imperial Amber. The extra maltiness balances well with the hops so that it's not a hop bomb, but close. Medium bodied and very drinkable. After it warms a bit, the alcohol and malt tend to come out of the woodwork and sneak up on you. Great beer.

Overall - very glad I got the chance to try it. A great beer.

Photo of roadhouse
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is definitely overdue for me, finally came across some while in Cleveland last weekend. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

Appearance is a glorious clear sparkling amber with lots of carbonation rising up keep a very nice 1/4" head on the beer throughout.

Aroma is very resiny with some light piney notes but a glaring tropical fruit explosion that is just off the charts in deliciousness. But wait - it's not all hops! There is a really nice sweet caramel maltiness in there as well - a welcome thing in most of these hoppy beers of late.

The taste starts off rather bland in the mouth with some piney notes before I swallow but immediately upon swallowing I am hit by the tropical fruit and more pine flavor with the malt sweetness kicking in for just a second before finishing bittersweet with a nice lingering juicy hop taste.

Mouthfeel is good, medium body, really smooth and slightly creamy.

Really nice brew for sure, can't say I'd rate it up there with Hopslam or something, but it's definitely up there.

Photo of jsanford
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass. Sampled this before but didn't review it, huge thanks to THECPJ for coming through big. Cheers Shane!

A - Pours a clear dark amber with a generous head of sticky-looking white foam that leaves a TON of lacing clinging to the glass as it recedes. Gorgeous!
S - Oh, baby! This is just what I want in a hoppy beer : sticky, resinous hop aromas of pine resin, grapefruit, mandarin orange, and pineapple with a crisp caramel malt backbone.
T - Taste is spot on with the nose, more huge hop flavors of grapefruit, pine resin, tangerine, and pineapple with a sweet, malty caramel backbone. This is so well balanced between the hops and the malt, just an expertly crafted beer.
M - Slightly sticky with a medium mouth-feel and fairly crisp carbonation. There's a very slight alcohol warming sensation in the finish, but nothing to sweat about.
O - Such a great beer, stands tall with Pliny, Hopslam, and Boy King as my favorite examples of a hoppy beer.

Photo of kk73
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into my glass. Bottled 2/8/11. Thanks to Gfunk720 for the bottle.

A - Pours a clear amber color with less than a finger of soapy white head. Head disappeared and left a white ring around glass. A little lacing.

S - Smells of citrus and piney hops, along with some sweet maltiness.

T - Not quite a hop bomb, imo. But at two months this has a nice hop malt balance. First taste of citrus and pine, balanced by a sweet, sticky caramel malt. Not overly sweet, only a little alcohol detection.

M - Seems light and crisp, but the malt gives this more of a medium body. Carbonation is appropriate.

D - Drinkability is off the charts. No problem with the one and only bottle I have, but a sixer of this sweet nectar could be dangerous.

Photo of neophilus
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle - a frothy white head eagerly erupts from the pour and climbs its way to the top of the glass. As it dies down it leaves a delicate web of lacing on the sides of the glass. The color has an amber hue, more on the orange side than yellow. Light shines through the beer clearly.

The smell of juicy hops greets my nose, gently backed up with a sweet malt aroma. The hop smell takes the lead though, I catch hints of grapefruit. The armoa is quite intoxicating actually - as it warms the malt sweetness lays down a rich base for the citrus hops to play on.

The taste is rather bitter at first, but a malty sweetness washes down the back of my palate and cleans up the bitterness. The pungent taste of citrus hops dances on the malt sweetness, reminiscent of the bitterness up front but not so overpowering after that malt has had a chance to tone things down.

The beer warms some more and the bite of the bitterness is somewhat lessened. The amber body of the beer begins to step forward and assert itself with a medium chewiness - neither thick or thin. Carbonation is perfect and the bubbles do not get in the way of the taste sensations.

This is a great beer - I love that it isn't a true IPA and the amber malt body is the perfect foil for the heavy IBU's this brew carries. The citrus hops take on a rich, juicy character when highlighted against the malt body that I find missing in most pale ales. The bitterness at first threatens to overpower the beer but with a little patience the true character begins to shine through. A perfect balance of rich malt body and aggressive citrus hops.

Photo of jmshulk
4.79/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smell: Nugget Nectar has a really strong and nice fresh citrus scent with a little pine and a hint of caramel malt.

Appearance: Awesome crystal clear orangish/amber matches the aroma very well. It has a nice white head that falls to a ring leaving a nice trail of lace.

Taste: Starts off with a hint of bitterness, but gets right to the caramel, malty sweetness and gradually builds in hop flavor. The real hopiness is in the aftertaste which comes off as bit piney and lingers just long enough. This beer definitely leaves you craving another taste.

Feel: Nice medium body, not too much carbonation, very drinkable.

Overall: Its got a really nice balance with enough of a hop punch to make you take notice and a sweetness that makes you want more. I've really enjoyed every one of these from the six pack that I picked up in late Feb. The hops have softened, but are still there. There is no reason to ever turn down an opportunity to drink one of these.

Serving: 12oz in shaker
Date: 04/7/2011

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a clear, lively copper hue with an eggshell colored head. The head is thick and creamy a retains a nice frothiness for some time after the pour. Bubbly lacing crops up all over the sides of the glass upon each sip. A very refreshing looking beer.

S: Sweet piney and resiny hops blast the nose up front, giving way a waft of sweet caramel malts hiding away in the background. You can smell this beer from a ways away and seems to draw you in with pleasant aromas of orange peel and tangerine.

T: Aggressive hops dominated by notes of thick pine resin, orange/lemon peel, come through up front making for a delightful blend of sweet, refreshing, and intriguingly earthy tastes. The beer departs the palate with slightly sweet notes of caramel malts and ends with a definitive crisp character. Surprisingly low bitterness in the aftertaste given the dominance of the hops.

M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation and a certain stickiness upon the lips. Clean and dry in the finish with a moderate warming sensation passes down the throat.

O: Definitely one of the better beers I have had. Superbly drinkable and well crafted in my opinion, I couldn't think of an occasion where I would turn one down. The full and refreshing flavor will keep me coming back for more.

Photo of TangTKE402
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bomber bottle into a pint glass. Coppery amber in color with a nice, thick 1-finger head and a very slight haze. Like the trunk of a thick red pine.

S: Wow, lots of hop aromas here! Pine, grapefruit rind, a touch of orange, and an undercurrent of malted barley to round it out. Great aroma right out of the bottle!

T: Rich, "IPA" flavor up-front, with a nice amber ale swallow. Grassy, pine tar, citrus flavors, with a toasted bread crust middle, and a nice floral aftertaste. Great balance of hops and malt keep this beer interesting.

M: This feels just right: robust enough without being off-putting, and gritty enough without feeling chewy. A bit of a tinny feel on the swallow, however.

O: I will definitely drink this beer again, and applaud the effort of creating an "Imperial Amber" of sincere interest and credibility.

Photo of Trilogy31
3.53/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Guessing i dont have the freshest bottle as i received it as an extra in a trade. Pours a ruby red with a slight finger of foam giving way to decent lacing. The nose is some hoppy pine tones, sweet bready malts and really not much else, very muted and what im guessing is passed its time. Taste is a one dimensional hoppy bitterness with a touch of coffee and malt on the back end. With faded hop esters the malt really comes to the forefront. I would rather review this NA as i dont think im tasting this at its best based on previous reviews.

Photo of KevinBrewer
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cheers to millerbuffoon for this one. Batch #110203. bottled approximately a month and a half before tasting.

A- Clear reddish copper with a moderate off-white head that dissipates fairly quickly, but leaves a good amount of lacing down the glass.

N- Aromas of mango, grapefruit, bready malt, hop resins, herbs, and subtle citrus rind.

T- Wow, this is way smoother than I was expecting. Big toasty caramel malt and fresh baked bread up front balanced by an exceptionally smooth and slightly spicy herbal and grassy hop bitterness. Citrus notes brighten up the palate and add a thirst quenching character to the beer. All the flavors stay well balanced from beginning to end, lingering long into the aftertaste.

M- Medium-light mouthfeel with smooth carbonation and a bittersweet finish. Coats the mouth and throat with hop oils.

D- Overall, a fantastic beer. Elegant, thirst-quenching, and bursting with deliciousness. Buy it by the case.

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

A: Deep luscious red, thin head, slightly disappointed in the head but it could just be this bottle.

S: Sugary malts and a sweet subdued sweet cognac-like scent. Nice but muted. Some tropical fruit. A little malty smelling for my taste but it does have a delicate aroma.

T: Rich red ale cough syrup sweet beginning and astringent bitter hoppy finish. There is something alluring about the unusual taste experience. It is incredibly refreshing and satisfying with each and every sip.

M: Nice balance between slightly creamy red ale, and thinner sharper bitter IPA. Very nice.

D: Definitely drinkable , I could have 2 of these in a row without flinching, maybe 3.

O: This beer has really latchd onto my heart. At first I thought it was pretty good, but I appreciate it more and more with each sample, now feeling as if I wish it were available year round :) This beer is awesome.

Photo of ghetto90007
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into standard pint glass.

Pours a brownish amber, white to off-white head. Some lacing.

I smell it and - oh, nice. Pleasant smell of aromatic hops - floral and citrusy. Mouthwatering appeal with mild hints of malt lurking below the surface. I want to drink this beer.

Sweet malt and hop bitterness in fairly even proportions. You get the sweet maltiness up front, touches of the floral and citrusy hops come midway, followed by that bitter hoppy aftertaste. Then a soft, dry finish as it fades away. Flavors are bold, but balanced. Nicely done.

Just mildly carbonated yielding a fairly soft mouthfeel. Coupled with the great taste and lighter body you are looking at a very drinkable beer.

Troegs does not distribute in California, but I will definitely be seeking this one out in the future.

Photo of goblue3509
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color with a one finger frothy head which gives way to some lace. The aroma is big and beautiful, there is big whiff of grapefruit and oranges and a slight sweet floral aroma. The taste has a nice caramel malt backbone to balance the beer out, and over the top is a nice hop presence. Citrus and earthy hops dominate the flavor. The mouthfeel is lowly to moderately carbonated. Overall the beer is very solid, the aroma is great and draws you in, the taste is very solid and nice. The abv is well hidden, easily you can have more than one.

Photo of birchstick
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a nice amberish orange color with a beautiful looking head...looks delicious, can't wait to jump in

S - a blast of grapefruit right out of the gates, big, juicy, and fresh. A bit of spicy floralness and caramel malt is hiding beneath the grapefruit aroma. This is a dream of a DIPA in the nose...let's see if this translates to the palate...

T - the nose was a bit deceiving. Starts off with a bit of spiciness (Warrior hops?) that fades to a bit of toasted and a dash of bready malts. Next up is a bit of grapefruit citrus bitterness that wraps this one up and lingers on the palate for a while. It doesn't have quite the punch I was expecting it to have, but that's not to say it isn't big and bold - this beer needs respect.

M - nice, full, and creamy. Excellent body

D - pretty solid Imperial Amber / IPA (?). The nose had me very excited for an awesome beer...although the nose got a little lost in translation, this was still a very tasty, enjoyable brew. I can see why this is a highly anticipated release every late Winter / Early Spring. Gotta give props to SamuelJackson45 for the opportunity...

Photo of claspada
4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful clear amber color and a wonderfully frothy, stable head. Lacing is adequate as well.

Aroma is of earthy and piney hops, but I don't get that dank, unpleasant resinous notes that I get from some beers of this style, something I enjoy.

Taste is dominated by the piney, earthiness of the hops. The malts seem to be there simply just to smooth out the beer, which is fine because they do just that. Caramel malts are the only noticeable ones I can clearly make out.

The carbonation seems a tad light, but it works here. This doesn't kill you palate which is sometimes a problem with high IBU beers, Nugget is a great hop and this is a great way to get acquainted with it. Drinkability is extremely high for the ABV, which is always good yet dangerous. Yum.

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

a - a nice non transparent honey blond with copper appearance. a decent amount more soapy looking head and medium carbonation.

s - a floral hoppy aroma at first. sweet fruit and a little citrus. slightly piny and grassy, not too overwhelming.

t - not nearly as strong as the smell lead me to believe. slightly dank and rusty as far as the hops. kinda sweet and pumpkin/squash/veggie, less fruity aftertaste that fades pretty quickly. definitely an ale i would be able to drink quite a few of if i was trying to go down that route.

m - medium body and carbonation.

o - very nice ale. i would definitely buy this if it were available to me. sessionable, full, flavorful, and not too filling. great balance of bitter and sweet like i want from an ale.

gotta give a thanks to larryi86 for this one! thanks man!

Photo of dlap
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured a beautiful dark amber color with a perfect off white head
smell is rich and fruity
taste is hoppy excelence with a balanced malt middle
finish is a hint of bitter
this is by far one of my favorite ambers,LOVE IT !!!!
troegs you are the man, too bad its a seasonal

Photo of Katulus7
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden brown with just a wisp of foam. Mild scent with non-unique hop, citrus, and floral notes. Crisp balanced hoppiness with light body. Drier than expected with a short taste profile. Tastes like the love child of an IPA and an amber ale with both hop and malt characteristics. Extremely drinkable -- gone too fast.

Photo of flannelman808
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Amber in color and very bright. A sticky white foam hangs around on top for a while and clings to the glass pretty good. Head disappears somewhat but keeps around the rim of a pint.

S: Smells pretty damn fantastic. Citrus fruit shows up all over the place. Tangerine leads the way and not just zesty notes, it has a citric pulp like quality. Just the faintest hint of a caramel note finishes off the bouquet.

T: Not overwhelming in an one way or the other this is a very balanced brew, though I will note that it is distinctly bitter and hop driven for the style. Orange peel and citrus fruit meet a touch of burnt sugar. Dry overall but this would be a great introductory beer to someone interested in trying double IPA's or who thinks Arrogant is too sweet ... this ought to be a crowd-pleaser.

M: Light carbonic tang

O: I think this is a darn good one perhaps the my favorite example of the style in fact. Frankly I cant think of another American amber/red I like more!

Photo of Hoser77
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a brilliant, bright copper-orange with ruby highlights. Dense off-white head, persistant. Strong lacing. Crystal clear. Effervescent bubbles cascade up glass to support the head.

Smell-Bright hop nose of floral, citrus, and spice. Balance with bready, toasty, biscuit malt notes. Slight crystal candy-like sweetness. Subtle fermentation esters of fresh fruit. More balanced and inviting than the Hopback.

Taste-Taste follows and elevates the aroma. Slight hop bitterness up front and lingering, but balance with the malt. Spice, floral, and citrus hop notes are all in balance with each other. Sweet, bready malt notes up front give way to the hops. Finish is slightly sweet as it fades to very subtle dryness and pucker. Balance is towards hops, but more inviting and balanced than the Hopback. Slight alcohol warming. Sweet, fruity fermentation notes.

Mouthfeel-Very balanced, chewy, but finishes dry. Effervescent, but full-bodied. Appropriate carbonation level.

Overall-Very enjoyable and inviting beer. When paired side-by-side with the Hopback, the Nugget Nectar wins hands down. More balanced, more inviting. One of my new favorites. It is just too bad I live in Nebraska and we are not in there distribution area:(

Photo of 2BDChicago
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear, rich golden amber. Delicate white foam

S: Caramel malts, then fruity (mango) and citrus (mostly orange, than faint grapefruit). Very appealing

T: Luscious is my first impression. Rich fruitiness of mango, apples, and orange is first. The balance of soft sweetness and mild hop bitterness is perfect, in my opinion. Low to medium mouthfeel, not sticky in any way. Carbonation is good.

D: Without much excess to Troegs, I wasn't sure if all the accolades for this brew weren't just provincialism. Now, I know it isn't just hype, this is a really good brew. The Imperial Amber style designation threw me off a little, but I'm not really into style if it tastes good. It's a fresh and fruity brew that subtle in it's sweetness. I was lucky enough to trade for 3-bottles, wish I could have had more.

Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got my first bottle thanks to Dreadnaught33 and my second bottle being reviewed by stakem. Thank you.

A - The most attractive beer I have had. It is like taking the most beautiful sunset you have ever witnessed and right when its getting to the end with the dark orangish color you laso it, multiply it and stuff it in a glass. Slap an off white half finger head and you got Nugget Nectar.

S - Malts first, citrus. Not an overpowering smell, really have to woft it in here.

T - There is no more appropriate name for this beer.
Nectar definitions- 1. A sweet liquid secreted by flowers of various plants, consumed by pollinators, such as hummingbirds and insects, and gathered by bees for making honey.
2. Greek & Roman Mythology. The drink of the gods.
3. A delicious or invigorating drink.
The beer tastes of wonderful citrus with an extremely balanced taste from malts. Very slight hint of a piny taste.

M - This beer goes down easy and hangs around in your mouth for awhile. The luscious liquid dissapears down my throat and the grapefuit bitterness hangs around minutes later. In a very good way.

O - So sad I don't have access to this beer. Next release I plan on trading for large quantities.

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

A: Pours a beautiful copper/orange color with some opaqueness. Short off white heads, fades quickly without any lacing.

S: Great complex fruit arrangement, honey and caramel malts, yeast. Notes of cherry and vanilla bean.

T: Big grapefruit and pineapple flavor up front, mild and fresh, and also floral hop bitterness, molasses, caramel malt. Very earthy body. Mildly fruity sweetness and citrus zest in aftertaste.

M: sticky, thick, and on the fruity side. Medium body with medium carbonation.

D: Absolutely delicious. A fantastic brew.

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

12 ounce bottle into tulip. Pours slightly hazy orange-amber color with a fairly dense 2 finger off white head with amazing retention that reduces to a lacing cap. Some good lacing on the glass. Aromas of strong grapefruit, with orange, pine, caramel, and spices. Taste of strong sweet grapefruit and orange with light caramel up front, that leads to a very strong citrus and pine bitterness on the finish that lasts. No alcohol was noticed at all in the taste or finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full body. Very smooth drinking as well, and very tasty. Overall I highly enjoyed this one, very drinkable and delicious.

Photo of vgarneth
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful reddish-golden appearance with a clean, light head. Nice citrusy aroma that teases your nose for a taste. Upon taking the first sip, this beer drinks like an India Pale Ale more than a Red Ale. What a great twist for the traditional Ambers. It feels as if I've been eating a luscious grapefruit. Thank you, Tröegs, for making this Nugget Nectar!

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Tröegs Nugget Nectar from Tröegs Brewing Company
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