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Tröegs Nugget Nectar - Tröegs Brewing Company

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6,817 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,817
Reviews: 2,304
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.91%
Wants: 1,139
Gots: 770 | FT: 23
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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:
IBU: ~93

(Beer added by: Edwin on 02-13-2004)
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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
Photo of OnThenIn
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A nice copper with that is perfectly transparent. There was a small head, but there is some nice lacing.

Smell: The smell is not extremely pungent, but has a nice resiny and piney smell. Lots of hop smell. There is also a hint of sweetness.

Taste: There is a really nice balance of malt and hops in this beer. It does have quite a bitter kick at the beginning though. There is some creaminess to the taste, but it is mostly citrusy. There is definitely some grapefruit to this beer.

Mouthfeel: It is pretty thick and somewhat chewy. I would definitely say that this is a smooth beer that is nicely carbonated.

Drinkability: Overall this is an awesome beer, which I could definitely have quiet a few of.

OnThenIn, Mar 23, 2009
Photo of Brad007
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up while in Boston.

Pours a nice copper amber color with a frothy two-finger head that fades and leaves a bit of lacing in my glass.

Aroma is full of grassy, citrusy hops with a decent amount of malt showing through.

Taste is full of citrusy, grassy hop bitterness followed by a decent amount of biscuit malt underneath. Not overpowering or anything.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering hop bitterness, which doesn't feel anything like "93-ish IBUs".

A tasty, nicely balanced amber ale here. Doesn't taste like a hop bomb at all and the hops only add more to it. I like the usage of lesser-used/lesser-known (at least in my experience) hops such as Nugget, Warrior and Tomahawk. Tasty.

Brad007, Mar 23, 2009
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4.85/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a very clear orange/copper color. The smell was very reminiscent of a nice marijuana bud...brought back some old collegiate memories! Head was about half an inch high and lacing was left on the glass the entire way down. The taste was incredible. Pine and citrus dominated. This is one of those beers where the aftertaste is almost better than the swallow itself. I'll definitely be purchasing this beer again.

alkemy, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of AdmiralDiaz
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 12oz bottle to pint glass.

A: Pours a beautiful copper with perfect transparency and a nice two-finger white head with good retention and good lacing.

S: Floral hops with a nice malt character.

T: Hits hoppy instantly turning into caramel maltiness turning again into a floral hop finish with a bit of a pine bite. Well balanced but is more of an IPA than an amber. Alcohol stays pretty well hidden.

Overall: Good mouthfeel, well carbonated and a smooth oily medium body. Very drinkable, I could easily put away a few and be very satisfied!

AdmiralDiaz, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of buschbeer
3.25/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured into a pint glass to a half inch of head. One of the more hoppy smelling beers that I have tried. I can get the pine taste along with the bitterness. It's not a bad beer to start the night with. I wish I hadn't drank the others over the past week. Sometimes I feel that I get more out of a beer if I have more than one (and I'm not just talking about a buzz). I would drink it again.

buschbeer, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of akokandy
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to JoeyBeerBelly for the opportunity to try this one.

A- Pours copper with a 1" white head. Good retention, but settles down to a persistent film. Great lacing. Some carbonation evident. The beer is completely transparent.

S- Not as strong of a smell as I would like. Citrus and pine hops dominate, with sweet malts in the background.

T- Citric and pine hop flavor up front. The beer has enough sweet malts to have perfect balance. It's not too sweet and not too bitter either. Very, very good.

M- Medium body with ample carbonation. A little lighter than I expected from an "Imperial" beer. Really smooth going down.

D- I could drink this beer all day. Drinking one just makes you want more. I think I'm gonna make this beer a perma-want. The six pack he sent me went far too quickly.

akokandy, Mar 20, 2009
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4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a very nice coppery/caramel color. White head floats on the surface, nice rentention.

S - Strong scents of pine, undertones of grapefruit.

T - Up front taste of grapefruit, very juicy. Malt mixes nicely and sweetens the deal. Bit of piney aftertaste.

M - Rolls nicely. Very smooth, not thin, but not thick.

D - Very pleasant to kick back a few of these. Wish I had easy access to this stuff.

youngblood, Mar 20, 2009
Photo of mikecharley
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this brew many many time before, and just decided to review it tonight, on the fly.

Poured with some nice glugs, NN musters up a nice, 1 finger off white head, and has a dark amber color body. Carb creeps up the side of the glass giving it a nice effect. The head lowers to a layering on top of the brew, and leaves some nice lacing as I take my first sip.

The nose on this brew is pretty good. Some piney hops and a small small amount of citrus in the background.

The taste is where it is at! The hops mingle soooo nicely with the great malt backbone of this imperial amber. Has a malty sweetness to the finish, which works great for the style. The bittering hops stay with you for a minute after you set the glass down. Yum...

The feel for this beer is nice and creamy. It has a really nice body. It could use a tinge more of carb, but I'm not complaining.

I could drink these all night long, and thankfully, I have another in the fridge...

mikecharley, Mar 18, 2009
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3.33/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tall highball-style cocktail glass compliments of the hotel where I'm consuming this in my room.

Very nice brown/red/golden color with a bubbly, white, two-finger head that clings for life as it subsides.

Aroma - yes, I smell hops. Massive hops. It's hard to describe what I smell. Sweet, pine, and resin all come to mind. Regardless, I like it.

The taste has an interesting flat finish that lingers with nothing appealing about it. I'm getting hit up front with the hops as I take the sip and then everything just falls off the table as it slides down my throat.

The taste is a real let down coming off the amazing hop aroma.

I wonder if I got a hold of a bad batch here in SW Ohio as I'm in the minority on this one.

Yetiman420, Mar 18, 2009
Photo of BringusKilkenney
3.88/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very Hoppy ale has a great taste and good finish. The apperance is nice and golden has a great light foamy head. Taste is of apricot and a bit fruity with a nice hoppy aftertaste and finish. Smell is of citrus and fuit notes. Overall a good beer i tend to go back to this in the spring time when i want a lighter beer

BringusKilkenney, Mar 17, 2009
Photo of UDbeernut
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle at La Cave Du Vin, Cleveland Heights

poured into a standard pint glass

a: a nice amber/red color. Silky 1/4" head with very nice retention. Lace rings around my glass as I drink

s: nice citrus hop aroma hint of some malt

t: citrus hop dominates, slightly grapefruity. Well balnaced with malts on the finish.

m&d: medium to full bodied, decent carbonation lightens the mouth. Very drinkable brew

UDbeernut, Mar 17, 2009
Photo of thekanna
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My 100th Review!

A: A nice clear orange with a thin, lacy white head.

S: Strong hop smell that resonates lychee and tropical fruit sweetness. Kind of like the smell of lychee jellies that you buy at an Asian supermarket.

T: Overall bitter hoppiness is very strong throughout. The label tells me that this is a result of the "Trifecta of Nugget, Warrior, and Tomahawk Hops." The taste imbues notes of grapefruit, white grape /peach juice, and a strange smoky creaminess that hits at the very end.

M: Juicy and refreshing. Active carbonation, but not overwhelming.

D: Good drinkability. Does it deserve to be on the BA Top 100 though? I think probably not. There are a lot of great highly-hopped brews out there, and this one doesn't seem to stick out in any special way over the other brews.

thekanna, Mar 17, 2009
Photo of jculler82
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I almost feel bad that I rated this beer so high, like I was taken advantage of. But it really is that good!

Appearance is perfect in my book. Clear amber/copper color with a two finger off white head that stays. The lacing hangs on forever too.

The smell is grape fruity hops, but not horribly strong. I took time just smelling this beer far more than I have any other.

The hops are totally up front in the taste, but not to the point that they over whelm. The hop profile is grapefruity, but it doesn't taste like a glass of grape fruit juice like some hop bombs. The malt is there, its subdued, but not hidden.

I actually expected, with all the hype, to be let down by Nugget Nectar. I can honestly say this beer is everything its said to be.

Edit: Beer reviewed was my first of NN. After two six packs I am less blown away by the taste. Still a great beer, but I needed to update my review. I took taste from 4.5 to 4. The reason I did so was that the more time I spent with this beer the more I learned that it was a tad one dimensional.

jculler82, Mar 17, 2009
Tröegs Nugget Nectar from Tröegs Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 6,817 ratings.