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Tröegs Nugget Nectar - Tröegs Brewing Company

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6,531 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,531
Reviews: 2,302
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 1,074
Gots: 699 | FT: 26
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 BigIrishman

New Jersey

4.8/5  rDev +10.3%

Poured into standard pint glass

Appearance: Very clear amber red with 1 finger head, leaves good amount of lace.

Smell: Wow, what a rush of hops, everything under the rainbow here. Can't really explain much more, just overwhelming.

Taste: Taste is right in line with the smell. They may have dry hopped for a richer aroma but the taste is even more extreme, just full of hops. There are some fruity hops (maybe some grapefruit), there are some nugget hops, earthy, etc...Just amazing,

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel, bitter but still extremely smooth.

Drinkability: Unbelievable, no traces of alcohol and like already said, oh so smooth.

Notes: Expectations are most likely very high for this beer but trust me, you will not be let down at all. Buy a case and try your very best to drink it over a 2-3 month period and you can pull out little differences as the beer "ages". Wait now that I think of it, buy 2 cases because 1 will not get you to 3 months.

01-27-2009 05:52:23 | More by BigIrishman
Photo of gciccarelli


4.65/5  rDev +6.9%

12oz bottle into pint glass.

A - Clear pale orange/amber with huge fluffy white head. Excellent head retention.

S - Hops, hops, hops. Citrus hop smell, pine hop smell, grapefruit. Very impressive.

T - Considering the hops and IBU, it's surprisingly balanced. Sweet, bready malts give way to a citrus, floral hop taste. Finishes slightly bitter. There is more hop taste than bitter taste, if that makes sense. Very good.

M - Feels amazing. Medium body, medium carbonation, nice pleasant feeling afterward - a rare occurrence that you want to hold the beer in your mouth for a while.

D - Highly drinkable. Great mouthfeel and combination of taste and balance...could get tricky with this one because you wanna drink it all night (it's 7.5% abv).

I'm very impressed with this brew...not quite up to the RIDICULOUS amount of hype it gets, but what could be? A fantastic beer overall and worth picking up even a case.

01-27-2009 00:13:49 | More by gciccarelli
Photo of smedley


4.88/5  rDev +12.2%

A - Crystal clear orangish amber, nice head which lasts and leaves beautiful lacing

S - Fresh grapefruit, floral hops, delicious goodness

T - Major grapefruit taste, hoppy but not overly bitter

M - Medium body, medium carbonation

D - Can't...stop...drinking....

A lot of hype around this beer, which can lead to disappointment....but not in this case. Easily one of the best beers I ever had. I absolutly love this.

01-26-2009 23:52:49 | More by smedley
Photo of bonkers

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev -0.5%

I poured from 12 ounce bottle into my SA pint glass. It pours a clear amber in color with a moderate white head and a little lacing. The aroma is heavy on citrus and pine. The flavor follows. The taste is nicely balanced and has a nice hoppy finish. Every sip leaves a thin pine resin on your tongue, giving the beer a fuller feel. A very good and drinkable brew.

01-26-2009 22:27:44 | More by bonkers
Photo of BeerSox


4.43/5  rDev +1.8%

12oz bottle into nonic.

Crystal clear deep amber hue with a one finger light tan head, which leaves behind a solid wall of lacing as it settles to a thin cap with bubbles sprinkled around.

The aroma of this seems to fill the room. The amount of hops in this beer are amazing. Sharp pine along with grapefruit, and a good amount of pineapple.

I could write a couple sentences describing the malts (slightly toasty, balancing to the hops), but why bother? The hops are citrusy, plentiful, sharp, spicy, bitter, imparting a little bit of pineapple like in the aroma. Both the bitterness and flavor is on the high end. Full bodied, with citrus fruit lingering for a while after each sip.

Certainly one of the more sought out ultra-hoppy beers. Plenty of hop flavor and bitterness without it becoming overwhelming. Surprisingly drinkable, but not quite sessionable. Still, it's a beer that can sneak up on you with its high drinkability. It's actually somewhat refreshing as well. Recommended.

01-26-2009 02:59:15 | More by BeerSox
Photo of FrothyBeverage


4.03/5  rDev -7.4%

Nuggets and nectar? nothing pleases me more. The bottle has very cool artwork, i would personally title it "hop grenade." Has a very citrusy fruity smell. It has a very lovely "summer taste". I think this would be a great bbq beer. Goes down very smoothly and pleasantly. Overall a solid beer.

01-26-2009 00:54:40 | More by FrothyBeverage
Photo of LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.63/5  rDev -16.6%

Bottle. Pours a clear deep orange/amber with a thick, foamy white head. Aroma of grassy and garlicky hops. Flavor of sweet caramel malt and grassy hops with a bitter finish. Nice and drinkable. The hop profile isn't my favorite, but this is a decent IPA.
7/4/7/4/15 (3.7/5)

01-26-2009 00:14:47 | More by LilBeerDoctor
Photo of Biggness

New York

4.43/5  rDev +1.8%

This beer pours a very clearm amber with a 1 fingered head with nice amounts of lacing. The smell consists mostly of a citrusy hop smell with notes of vanilla. For being such a high IBU beer this beer is very smooth and the flavors in my opinion are very well balanced. There is a large citrus flavor but it balances well with the nice malt base. The mouthfeel is nice, but it has a slight dry aftertaste and is a little undercarbonated. I certainly look forward to when this comes on tap locally because I wanna try it all night long it is that drinable and that yummy :)

01-25-2009 23:38:05 | More by Biggness
Photo of Hokies

Rhode Island

4.38/5  rDev +0.7%

12oz bottle poured into a SA perfect pour glass. Pours an orange amber colour with nice white head and a sticky lace.

Straight grapefruit and pines even though the grapefruit is quite pungent and overpowering which isn't a bad thing.

The taste is somewhat tamed compared to the aroma with the presence of grapefruit and pine with a nice malt taste that balances the brew and lets it finish nice and clean.

A very nice beer and another creation of another style of beer the imperial amber.

01-25-2009 18:41:24 | More by Hokies
Photo of roscoehnj

New Jersey

4.97/5  rDev +14.3%

They say its an "imperial amber" and amber it is, but the nose is all ipa or dipa - I'd say ipa and a half. The smell of grapefruity hops just come bursting out of the bottle especially when that bottle is fresh as this one is. The taste is also at first pure hops and lots of them, lovely bitterness. After a few sips you can also get hints of caramel from the malt of which this has a bit more of than the typical ipa - a nod to the imperial amber moniker I guess. This beer feels so good in you mouth you don't want to swallow it, but you do so that you can drink some more. All in all this is probably my favorite beer. Why not all fives then? I guess I'm a hardass.

As a side note this beer must be drunk fresh. Last year's batch started to fade seriously in June. Was drinkable but a mere shadow of its former self in November and a drainpour when I had it side by side with this year's batch this week.

01-24-2009 23:20:33 | More by roscoehnj
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4.72/5  rDev +8.5%

Pours a crystal clear deep amber with a smallish white head that dissipates quickly. Smells of pine resin and grapefruit. Some sweet malt in there if I strain my nose a bit. Wow the taste is less bitter than I imagined. Sweet malts fade to pine and resin. Not bracingly bitter, very smooth hop bitterness. This stuff rocks. Leaves a lingering grapefruit in the finish. Smooth almost creamy mouthfeel, medium body, ample carbonation. This is one of the best hop forward brews I've ever had.

01-24-2009 21:38:38 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of OtherShoe2


4.43/5  rDev +1.8%

Pours a deep orange amber with a nice off-white sticky head that left a bunch of rings on the glass.

Tons of grapefruit/citric hop aroma here. Find the malt if you can.

Pow -- a punch in the mouth with the hops right off. Not overpowering though, good balance with a toasted malt sweetness. Finishes bitter and a bit caramely.

My first 5 in this category. Was expecting this to be thinner, but the chewiness of this brew is just right for the flavors represented.

First time I saw this around here, so I bought a single. Overall, smart, but wow I wish I bought a full 6. Terrific drinkability, and the alcohol doesn't ven seem present. Buy this when/if you find it.

01-24-2009 20:37:20 | More by OtherShoe2
Photo of DavoleBomb


4.8/5  rDev +10.3%

Poured into a pint glass.

5.0 A: What a wonderful sight! Orange amber color, crystal clear. The head is amazing...simply amazing. It is so fucking stubborn...excellent retention. Plenty of lacing to go along with it.

4.5 S: Lots of citrus (GRAPEFRUIT BOMB). Herbal hop aroma with a bit of flowers too. Not a whole lot of malt in the nose, but a lingering sweetness exists.

5.0 T: I'm not the biggest fan of grapefruit, but I'm loving it in this beer. Grapefruit dominates...period. I had heard that this beer has a lot of IBU power to it, so I looked it up. On Troegs site, it says "93ish". This really surprised me as I didn't find this beer very bitter. I do find a shit ton of hop flavor with citrus foremost. Not much malt character at all...maybe a touch of caramel sweetness. If this beer was more balance, it wouldn't be as good, so I'm glass the malts stay the fuck out of the way.

4.0 M: Medium body. Creamy, but not creamy enough and good carbonation.

5.0 D: It's impossible not to crave another. So drinkable, so tasty.

01-24-2009 04:21:27 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of sonicdescent


4.22/5  rDev -3%

Born on 1/16/09, this is right off the bottling line.

Pours a beautiful amber color with a thin head that turns into a crown. Carbonation is very nice.

Smells of citrus, mostly grapefruit. Different than I had expected, but very interesting and appealing.

Very refreshing taste. Crisp, clean fruity hops.

Mouth is good at a medium body an carbonation. Really couldn't be any better combination for this flavor profile.

Drinkability is good, I could hammer these and it hides the alcohol incredibly well. Excellent brew and glad to have finally tried one.

01-24-2009 03:18:05 | More by sonicdescent
Photo of bluejacket74


4.6/5  rDev +5.7%

12 ounce bottle, bottled on 1/19/2009. The beer pours a clear amber color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention is very good, lacing is decent. Carbonated bubbles rise from the bottom to the top of the glass long after the first pour. The aroma is just, wow! It's plenty of hoppy goodness, with lots of citrusy, tropical fruit and grassy hops, along with a sweet and biscuity malt backbone. Excellent mix of hops and malt. The taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like citrusy hops (grapefruit, orange zest, mango), grassy/pine hops and sweet/biscuity malt. There's also a nice lingering bitter hoppy finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's slick, a bit creamy and has good carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, it's very smooth and goes down very easy. I have to say Nugget Nectar is a pretty good beer, it's even better than I expected it to be. If you find any don't think twice, just buy it. You'll be glad you did!

01-24-2009 02:12:45 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of TheycallmeTim

New York

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an American pint glass.

A--Two finger white dense foamy head floating on a little more orange than pure amber body. Body actually is a lot like Sierra Nevada pale ale, except a little more yellow in the orange than red, which is weird because this is supposed to be an amber and that's supposed to be a pale ale. What are you gonna do? Nice dishsoap spotty lacing and it only takes a swirl in the glass to get the foam working again. Lively and inviting bubbles.

S--When cold, oranges, pure juicy valencia sweet oranges--almost more like the oil in the rind smell than the smell of juice. As it warms the nose opens up considerably to give you some other citric notes, with brighter tangy grapefruit sneaking in there and even, if you've ever had them, kumquats. I hope that's not too esoteric, but seriously: I've only had them once, but that's nearly exactly the smell on this as it warms. Anyway, bottom line is lots of citrus, low on floral, and some more skunky/catty odors creep in as it warms. Gets kind of, well, urinal smelling underneath all that sweet, which I kind of like, though I feel a little weird admitting it.

T--While I think the nose was not as impressive as SN's Wet Hope Harvest, which is such a hop bouquet that you can actually pluck out the scent of individual flowers, the taste on this one beats it by a whisker. Especially when it gets to cellar temperature, this sucker proves to be a hop bomb on some high-grade LSD; this is a seriously beefed-up beer. Aside from the obvious citric notes up front, there's plenty more cat pee ushering in next (but only when not really cold), with a middle palate of /fantastic/ crackery malt that's just right for everything around it, as well as a touch of caramel. The finish is long, smooth, and dry, somewhere between fresh sawdust and pinetar. Smack smack smack, sip sip sip. The thing I love best about this beer is you can almost taste the three hop varieties separately and distinctly working on regions of your tongue and mouth. A dry, but not really bitter, citric brew with plenty of malt in the middle.

Mouthfeel is creamy, again the comparison to SN pale I hope is not getting old, because that's what it reminded me of, which is high praise in my books. Drinkability is average, really, at seven and a half. Despite the suck and squeeze every last drop of flavor from one ingredient motif, I think this highly impressive brewery could get more flavor out of less boozy. Then again, I'm not manning the tanks! Still an overall awesome beer I'd highly recommend.

01-24-2009 00:55:01 | More by TheycallmeTim
Photo of magnj

New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +4.1%

a - Amber and golden, nice 2 finger head from an aggressive pour. Good head retention leads to lots of lacing.

s - Reminds me of sticking my nose into a packet of pellet hops. Pure, fresh, hops...almost like Marijuana. Otherwise the only thing that comes through is a little sweetness.

t - Again, liquid hops. The taste is great but I'm really not getting that bite that I'm expecting from a 90+ IBU brew. There is a bite but it doesn't seem to match the bark, must be a lot of dry hopping going on. But that's not to say a hop head wouldn't enjoy this. Drys out toward the end, not much malt to back it up, unbalanced like the style calls for.

m/d - Nothing much to say here, feels fine...doesn't strike me as thick or thin. Taste lingers which is nice. Dangerously drinkable, so tasty but the 7.5% is undetectable even at room temp so be wary.

01-23-2009 23:33:05 | More by magnj
Photo of Hojaminbag


5/5  rDev +14.9%

Nugget Nectar is good, really good. This sample was on tap at the brewery. Here's what I have to say about my favorite beer:

Think about being on a desert island in the extreme heat, dying of thirst.

But then imagine a genie appears and offers you, instead of three wishes, a choice of three items: A glass to catch rain in, a drink of nugget nectar, or some water that could save your life.
What do you do?
You brain that son of a bitch genie with a rock and take all three items. You use the water to wash the glass to make sure it is completely clean. Then you pour the water out in your excitement because drinking it would take too long and only delay your drinking of the Nugget Nectar. You pour the Nugget Nectar into the glass, so as to appropriately release the aroma. It is not the best smelling beer on earth, it is the best smelling THING on earth. You weep as you drink the beer, out of sadness that you can't have anymore and due to its perfection. It is like a religious experience, you are reborn in the face of Nugget Nectar.

When you're finished you break the glass (after licking it clean), because you can't bear to drink anything else out of that glass ever again, because it would only remind you of the sad memory that the glass no longer held the most bestest beer ever.

01-23-2009 23:25:31 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of mrandypandy


4.45/5  rDev +2.3%

12oz bottle from the Foodery (North), in Philadephia.

A- Pours a ridiculously clear light orange/amber, with a white head that leaves a wonderful lacing on the side of my glass.
S- Hops. Lots of hops. Pine, citrus, and a quite a bit of grapefruit. It's nice when the label does the beer justice.
T- At first the pine/citrus/grapefruit hops slame you right out of the gate, but trust me, that's a good thing. As the beer warms the malty/biscuity (is that even a word?) backbone starts to peek through. All in all, a delicious beer.
M- Medium to light body, with the little carbonation. I was expecting heavier, but was pleasantly surprised.
D- Dear lord, I could drink this all night. The higher ABV would kick me in the ass, but it would be well worth it.

Overall, fantastic beer. If you can get a hand on this one, make sure you get two. Or six. It's well balanced, drinkable, and just plain delicious. Currently, this is the saving grace of my trip to Philadelphia...

01-23-2009 04:36:27 | More by mrandypandy
Photo of Brewnami


4.28/5  rDev -1.6%

Bought this beer on recommendation from a fellow beer advocate member. Very happy I listened. This beer tastes similar to an IPA, but not as bitter and a bit heavier. Smells of citrus fruits, piney hops, and malt. Very well balanced flavor. Very flavorful; hoppy, but not very bitter. Very sweet and malty. This is a really unique brew. I will absolutely purchase this again if I come across it again as I just bought the last six pack in the store. Great beer for IPA fans even though its a red ale. Stick with a six pack though, not a very good session brew.

01-23-2009 03:45:39 | More by Brewnami
Photo of trbergman


4.28/5  rDev -1.6%

12oz bottle into a shaker pint.

A - Rich copper body with one finger of off-white head.

S - Very aromatic and juicy, with sweet toffee, pine, orange, pineapple, and some biscuity malt in the background.

T - Luscious caramel and biscuity malts are easily overshadowed by a huge hop bill. Hints of sweet grapefruit juice, orange zest, pineapple, and mango. Aggressive hop bitterness comes in early and never leaves, building on itself over time. Pleasant, dryish finish.

M - Medium-bodied. Like a good IPA, but chewier - a bit more meaty. Yum.

D - Definitely leaves me wanting another. Good from start to finish.

01-23-2009 02:31:57 | More by trbergman
Photo of purflyers


4.58/5  rDev +5.3%

Appearance: Clear light amber color with a billowy head that sticks and laces nicely

Smell: Gobs of grapefruit with floral underpinnings. A bit of herb/grass and evergreen.

Taste: First hit is the grapefruit/citrus hops. The hops bitterness quickly follows but is mellowed by the malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Light carbonation (I prefer lower carbonation)

Drinkability: It's on tap at home, so it's high. A bit too easy to drink.

Serving type: On tap at home, in basic pint glass.

01-23-2009 02:08:18 | More by purflyers
Photo of CoolJosh


4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Picked up a case at Hickey's today for $36 a case, I have been waiting for a fresh Nugget Nectar for way too long.

Poured into my Penn State pint glass. A very pale light pink lemonade in color. The color Reminds me of the inside of a grapefruit. The body is incredibly clear and translucent. There is a creamier off white head from pour, that doesn't last for too long but leaves some decent lacing on the side of the glass.

The smell is very soft and refreshing, with tons of citrus notes. Lots of lemons are present, and there is definitely some noticeable grapefruit scents as well. The hops are very smoothed out, and incredibly sweet but slightly dry scent. Very simple, which is the way it ought to be for the style.

Very sweet grapefruit at the beginning of the sip which leads into some lemon tastes. Next comes a spectacular onset of spicy citrus hops that peak very nicely. Following the hop kick, comes a very dry white grape presence that creates a beautiful finish. There is some slight graininess in the texture, but for the most part this is an incredibly light easy to drink and refreshing beer.

01-22-2009 05:03:59 | More by CoolJosh
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +5.7%

Appearance: Pours a brilliantly clear light amber color with a billowy head that sticks and laces nicely

Smell: Loads of grapefruit but there is more; floral and slightly herbal, too

Taste: The toffee malt jumps out but is quickly joined by the grapefruit, though the hops bring an herbal element, too; after the swallow, this is all about the bitterness, although there is some residual sweetness on the tongue at the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Tasted within two weeks of bottling, it doesn't get much better than this for hoppy beers

01-22-2009 03:40:44 | More by brentk56
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District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Poured a clear orange with a puffy white head. Good retention, eventually settling to a whispy cap and solid ring that evidences pretty good lacing.

A sticky hop aroma. I think someone could be forgiven for thinking they were about to drink grapefruit juice. Grassy, just a slight touch spicy, too. As it warmed up pine became more noticeable. Every hop characteristic possible seems to evidence itself. Malt in the background, maybe caramel.

Biscuit notes, but as with the smell, they play distinct second fiddle to a variety of hop flavors. Grapefruit and orange cover the citrus. Some grass. There is some bittering left on the palate, but the beer finishes surprisingly clean.

Spritzy feel initially, there is some resin-y slipperiness as well.

Very nice flavor. While it is a hop-bomb, it doesn't hit you over the head or seem one-note, because of its full hop profile.

01-22-2009 00:25:25 | More by TheMistler
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