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Tröegs Nugget Nectar - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Ratings: 7,411
Reviews: 2,414
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.68%
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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 rowingbrewer
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

had this beer becuase of a very generous BA at the southampton release who gave my friend and I a bomber to take home, I wish I remembered his BA name.

this beer pours a beautiful red color and is crystal clear. nice head with decent retention. the smell is out of this world wonderful hops floral and citrus. the flavor is the whole hop spectrum liquified and put into my glass. there is a little hop bitterness but not to much. perfect ballance of flavor. the beer is very thin thats the only reason i gave it a 4 in mouthfeel.very drinkable.

I can see why this beer is the king of red ales

Photo of thagr81us
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Massive thanks goes out to Lunch and bs870621345 for the chance to have multiple bottles of this brew from in-person trades at Sexual Chocolate '11! Served from bottle into a Warsteiner mug. Poured red-orange with a two finger off-white head that subsided to one finger slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus hop, and citrus. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, and caramel. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this brew was quite excellent. Had a great flavor and aroma going on here. Very well balanced flavor here that kept me coming back for more. The citrus aspect on this one made this quite excellent. This is an absolute must try given the opportunity!

Photo of patreely12
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

excited to taste this and see what the hype is all about.

A - nice color. pours a more orangish shade of amber. some light carbonation bubbling to the top. decent sized off-white head. definitely a "pretty" beer. great creamy lacing, retains all the way down the glass.

S - very fruity, very hoppy. the hint of pineapple is a distinct characteristic. nice blend of sweetness of bitterness. smells fresh. I'm ready to dive into this beer.

T/M - there is the bitterness from the hops but the citrus adds to the bitterness as well. the sweet malts balance out the bitterness and provide a nice, clean finish. really tasty stuff right here. lighter than I thought it would be. also the bitterness on the aftertaste isn't as strong as I thought it would be either.

D - the drinkability is good. very drinkable for 7.5% ABV, you can't taste the alcohol at all. the combination of great taste and lightness in the body makes it easy to put this down.

Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance -- Pours a coppery amber hue with two fingers of sudsy cream head and quite a bit of lacing. Very bright.

Smell -- Juicy fruit, citrus, leafy hops, and a bit of menthol. Gently toasted malt and raw cane sugar.

Taste -- Hops lend a little bit of everything: pithy citrus, juicy fruits, leafy and medicinal vegetation, and a modicum of spiciness in the finish. Malting is lightly toasted and slightly sweet, akin to raw cane sugar. Moreover the malt stays in the backdrop and leaves the heavy lifting to the hops. As advertised, it's an uber-hopped amber ale. Lingering flavors of dry toast and citrus pith.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied, mildly viscous, with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability -- I had one of these a few weeks ago and this was remarkably more bitter. Honestly, I think the mild hop fade does Nugget Nectar some good. Still quite hoppy, though MUCH more balanced and less rough. That said, this beer is a little over-hyped. Quite good, and I'm glad there are five more in my fridge, but not the revelation that so many people make it seem.

Photo of nataku00
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Beer is a clear dark orange with an initial two fingers of off white head consisting of mostly large bubbles. Head dissipated quickly, leaving a lot of lacing on the edge of the glass, until there was a small collar of off white bubbles along the surface of the beer. Some light carbonation visible, slowly rising to the surface.

Nose is a combination of light caramel malts and mandarin orange, maybe a little grapefruit peel. A bit on the sweet side for a beer that is pretty much an IPA.

Taking a sip, mandarin orange and citrus peel bitterness that was faint on the nose shows up on the tongue. Nice bittering throughout, mixing with some fruity and caramel malt sweetness mid tongue and on the finish. Medium bodied, slick feeling beer with soft but ample carbonation that helps lighten it up. The finish is dry, with the orange peel being the primary note.

There is probably enough malt backbone to call this an amber, but it's hopped as heavily as a DIPA. Very good beer.

Photo of Marty30
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Beautiful golden amber color with nice 2 finger pillowy head. good carbonation and tons of sticky lacing.

S. I'm not really getting anything but citris hops alot of pineapple, I am getting some caramel notes on the back burner.

T. very much like the smell, lot of citris hops and pineapple I really dont get to much else which is not a bad thing at all. There is a bit of caramel malts to balence the beer.very bitter after taste.

M. medium to light smooth mouthfeel good
carbonation stings the palate.

D. very drinkable I will recommend this to anyone.If you havnt tried do so. this was my first time having this TO me this is just like an IPA .another great beer from troegs!

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

Big thanks to sonicwaveofbees for the opportunity to try one that's been on the want list for a while.

A: A deep redish amber with billowy white head. Recedes slowly leaving behind a film with huge bubbles around the rim. Sticky lacing. Looks delicious.

S: Huge aroma of pineapple and tropical fruits. As it warms, I get a little pine smell. You can certainly pick up the malts as well. Smells delicious.

T: Big rush of tropical fruit followed by malt backbone. Citrus flavors are also present. The sweetness and bitterness of this beer play off each other quite well. Not picking up any of the pine that I got in the nose. Very enjoyable.

M: Oily and rich. Finishes pretty dry...a little sticky.

D: Goes down well and is pretty easy to drink. Not that it's a bad thing, but the dry, sticky quality will slow you down a little.

Really like this one a lot. Will be hitting Dan up next year for another round of Nugget Nectar.

Photo of headbucket
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A:a nice burnt orange/ruby color. Slick looking little oily bubbles form around the rim of the glass,the sign of a nice hoppy beer.

S:tropiical fruits:a sweet, light pineapple scent sticks out most to me, faint caramel/maltiness in there too.

T:light bitterness at first, then the fruity hop flavors hit, a bit of tropical citrus and grapefruit. Then the "amber" flavor comes in, malty with mainly a light caramel flavor, it is behind the hop taste, but definately makes itself know. A nice slighty bitter, fruity aftertaste hangs around.

M:a little oily and slick, nice carbonation on the end, but seems a bit still at first.

D: it is up there. not too strong on the abv, goes down easy for a 7.5% beer, great flavors that aren't overpower, and overall seems like a "lighter" beer for being as strong and flavorful as it is.

Photo of rembrant
4.79/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour..is Red Orange,good clarity,not much head,some viscosity and film. If they can put a head on this they would get big prettiness points.. Oddly, I seem to be running into a lot of beers lately with this strong orange-red and virtually no head. Hopslam, Northern Liberties,and an ESB have nearly the same look except this has more clarity.

Aroma....QUITE aromatic. The only beer recently to out aroma this was a fresh Yakima Glory a few days ago...yes...Nugg even out-smelled Hopslam. Like Hopslam, big Pineapple,the ripe and fresh kind a trace of the caramel lurks behind the acres of fresh pineapples. Aloha.

Flavor. The Pineapple does not act alone. Grapefruit is an accomplice and the Malts watch the door ...Dank ganja like whole hop resins drive the getaway car. Real dramatic. This gang is well armed and will blow away some taste buds just for fun.

The malt role here is to mute the bitterness some and let them big hop cones dance about. Seems to work. An Imperial Amber? Okay, Hopslam, Nugget Nectar and Yakima Glory get 3 different style tags and each has a similar mission,to bring a ton of hop flavor and use the malts to mostly buffer off the excess bitterness. All 3 beers succeed.

Mouthfeel/ Quite fine. Here's some substance with sparkle,with aftertaste you'll think about an hour later...the whole deal.

Drinkability Not a big ABV..or a lightweight,flavorful yet not overbearing. NN brings much of what Hopslam has but at about $1 less a bottle...and ya gotta love that. One could drink theseas easily as anything that's worth drinking. My niece was in town,and loved NN and she's not used to big time hops.

Photo of CooperEllis
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Don't believe the hype. Seriously, about whatever it was that Public Enemy was rapping about do not believe the hype. However, Nugget Nectar is really really good.

12oz bottle into .3l tulip. Popping fresh from afksports.

This pours a pure bright amber with a nice head and lacing that slides down the glass.

Solid aroma, both hoppy and full of malt without any of the sour or mash aroma that sometimes comes along with this style.

Very nice balanced taste. The floral hops in the nose melt right into the light malt middle and keeps a nice amount of bitter citrus right through to the end.

The whole package here is all what is so remarkable. It is light, it is floral, it is bitter hoppy and the carbonation pops in the mouthfeel. I'd drink it all night fresh.


Photo of tchenery
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nice ruby orange pale color and has a sticky white head on top.

It smells fantastic. Very fruity and piney. Tropical fruit hop aromas take this one over for sure.

Very very fruity on the taste as well. It almost seems like they mixed the beer with grapefruit or orange juice. It's perfect for springtime. The alcohol is sneaky so watch out.

Mouthfeel is incredibly smooth but a bit sticky. It has a resiny taste and feel from all the hops.

Incredibly drinkable for it's heft and style.

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

Appearance - Beautiful clear copper color in glass. 1.5 finger head

Smell - Wonderful combo of fresh hops and apricot.

Taste - Quite hoppy on the palet yet extremely good with a lingering aftertaste but not overly bitter. The extreme fruity aroma is more subdued in the taste and the hops prevail. I definitely understand why hop-heads like the brew.

Mouthfeel - Buttery smooth. Very nice.

Drinkability - With the extreme hops, it perhaps a beer to pound down several in a row. With that said its one of the better brews I've had so far. Good job Troegs!!!

Overall - An exceptional and outstanding beer. I understand the hype now and think its quite justified after sampling. My only complaint is the $14 for 6pack cost where other comparable beers run around $9-$10. Perhaps that is because of the specialized hops in the ingredients.. It is a seasonal brew so I'll give them some slack because of how well its made.

Photo of haazer
4.59/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this treasure into a pint glass.

A- Beer pours a amber color, with decent carbonation. This beer is filtered completely, almost a dark clear amber, kinda a oxy moron. Pours a finger and half of khaki head. Head is bubbly, settles down to a nice thin layer on top. Leaves a tad bit of lacing.

S- Ahhhh the smell. Fresh Nugget Nectar aroma is hard to beat. Potent piney hops in the front, mixed in with a healthy blend of citrus and lemons. You can pick up a decent amount of caramel malts in the background. I detect some hints of honey also. Sniff this beer for all its worth and do it often before the hops weaken.

T- Taste is a lot like the aroma. Great pine, and resiney hops nail the palatte. The citrus is not as pronounced in the taste as the aromas, but it follows the hops nicely. The malt balance is there at the end, but then the aftertaste again becomes the hops, what the brew is all about!

M- Light to medium bodied, smooth yet crisp mouthfeel. The bitterness is there to make your tastebuds submit. Tingly from the nugget, warrior, and tomahawks spiked in this.

D- Overall a very drinkable beer. Alcohol is not present until after multiple of these. Which will occur because the taste will make you come back for more. Best drank fresh, as in get this right after it's released. Better yet if you can make it to the brewery and get it on tap. One of the best, if not the best offerings from Troegs. (the Mouflan is great and my rating was much higher in my young virgin BA days, its a toss up between that and this IMO).

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

Had this 'on the engine'. Nice dark copper color with deep ruby red hue. Solid two finger head on this one.
Holy moly, the aroma is so very hoppy, so floral with hints of citrus coming through. Exceptional to say the least.
Taste is again all floral. Dang, this is one of the best examples of what can be done with different kinds of hops.
Hands down one of the best red ale's and one of the best ale's Troegs has to offer.
A must try for every hop-head, an absolute must. Glad I got a chance to try this. Very highly recommended.

Photo of BikeChef
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ah, how I love this beer. Great hop smell-- so much stronger than most DIPAs. The taste follows through with great hop flavors. It's all about the hop flavors/aromas with this beer--- that's why it's so sought after. Nice acidic, crisp finish too it. Very drinkable (as much as I love hops, I don't say that about too many DIPAs)

Photo of mckeowbc
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a medium amber color. Beer is clear. Very little head, and a leaves only a little lacing.
S - Smell is a little sweet, with lots of fruity hop aroma. There's hints of mango, peach, and citrus.
T - Taste is complex, a little malty with lots of fruity hop goodness. The peach and citrus are very apparent.
M - A little fuller than an IPA. The extra maltiness gives this a little heavier mouthfeel.
D - Very drinkable, although it's a big beer. Might be too much for some people to drink a lot of, but I found it to be well balanced.

Photo of larryi86
4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle dated 1/14/2011 poured into a snifter

A- Dark amber color with an one finger off-white head.

S- Tons of hops! Getting piney hops, grapefruit hops, kind of earthy, kind of tropical. Nice balance between between bitter and sweet.

T- Grapefruit hops up front, solid malt backbone, piney hop finish, nice bitterness in the end.

M- Medium to light body, smooth, crisp, refreshing

D- Goes down really easy. Well balanced beer, nice hops. Awesome beer, I have been looking for it for almost a month and it finally hit the shelves, I wish I could get this year round.

Photo of cetherid
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into a tulip


Beer is a nice transparent amber color with about 2 fingers worth of fluffy off-white head. Getting some decent lacing around the glass.


First whiff is some nice fresh smelling hops. Getting some fruity citrus aroma with a hint of pine. This beer smells like an IPA or DIPA.


Up front is a small amount of slightly sweet malts.. a bit "fruity"...then you get a nice little bitter punch, almost like it's an IPA but at the very end another dose of malt that really smooths out the finish. Basically sweet, bitter, and sweet again.


not really medium bodied but not too thin. Perfect carbonation in this beer. A slight sticky feeling in the mouth...probably some resiny hops...


A very sessionable beer. I think hop heads would even enjoy this as it almost drinks like a Hopslam very sessionable but unfortunately hard to get in Indiana as I had to trade for this.

Photo of BarrelO
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled on 1/14/11.

A: Dark amber body, respectable head and lacing.

S: Grapefruits and other citrus, mangoes, and other tropical fruits. Quite delectable.

T: Big-time citrus hops overlaid on a backbone of candy-like sweetness. Piney and grassy notes.

M: Middle of the road, feels pretty resiny.

D: Very well done and amazingly easy to put down. A treat for hopheads.

Photo of VMWhelan
4.63/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 01/07/11, Drank/Reviewed on 01/30/11. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sierra Nevada tumbler.

Very clear amber with a nice one finger off white head. Decent lacing.

Smells great. Hops dominate the nose: mostly fruity (mango, pineapple, and grapefruit) but a little bit of pine as well. Good balance of fruit and floral. Some nice malt and sweetness as well.

Taste matches the smell, but it's incredibly balanced. Tastes less like an IPA than it smells, but it's close. The hops are there, but the bitterness isn't as much. Instead, there is a fruity flavor from the hops backed with some nice malty sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium with medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability is high. All around excellent beer from a very reliable brewery.

Photo of 321jeff
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beer many times, finally getting around to reviewing it.

Pours a clear still amber with two fingers of off white rocky head that hangs around for most of the drink.

Aroma is dominated by piney hops but there is also a solid dose of caramel malt in the background. Unfortunately, the blast of hops fades relatively quickly. I've had this on tap quite a bit and I feel like the hops are stronger and linger around for longer as well.

Taste is similar featuring lots of sticky pine resin hop flavors up front with some malt sweetness and a relatively bitter resiny finish.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium with tons of carbonation and a sticky overall feel. I always look forward to Nugget Nectar every winter but I prefer it on tap. It doesn't quite stand up to some of the great IPA's out there, but it's not supposed to, it's an Amber and by far my favorite of the style.

Photo of KAP1356
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this one countless times and can't belive that that I have never reviewed it. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle dated 1/07/2011 into a Hoppin' Frog pint glass...

A - Pours a nice clear, amber-orange color with a very slight off-white color head that very quickly recedes to a top with some patchy yeast spots. Really nice lacing.

S - Floral hops, some great fruit notes as well. Getting some slight pineapple and a little grapefruit. Nice pine scents as well. I seem to remember this one having a much brighter scent, but still quite nice.

T - Fruity and sweet right up front. Great floral, citrusy hops right away. Piney flavors come through. Great malty backbone. Best, and maybe only?, imperial amber ale I have ever had.

M - Medium bodied and a really nice level of carbonation. Nice bitterness at the end of the palate. Nice feel.

D - Quite drinkable and a really nice, and my personal favorite from Troeg's. Glad that I get to have this as much as I can when it comes out.

Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm
3.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Date: 30 January 2011
Glass: Pint glass
Type: On-tap @ R.F.D. Washington in Downtown DC

Taken from notes.

Appearance: Although it was a dark bar, color appeared to be a clear copper with average lacing.

Smell: Pine, little citrus, very fresh hops, slightly roasted malts

Taste: Delicious bitterings hops, bitter between tastings, bitter orange, angostura, sweet biscuit, touch of spice

Mouthfeel: Very biscuit-like bitterness on the palate between tastes.

Drinkability: Alcohol hotness isn't very present, making this a slightly higher ABV session beer.

Certainly not as hoppy as last year's brew if I remember correctly, but very good.

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My favorite Troegs offering to date, poured into a snifter.

Has a nice amber look with shining yellow highlights, a nice full foamy head that dies after some time and leaves nice legs wherever it touches on the glass.

Smell was at first (near the front of the pour) almost IPA/Double IPA like in its awesome citrus and tangerine/pine hop character, but this smell died down once the head went down as well and took a back seat to the dry biscuity sweet wheaty maltiness of fine amber ales. Good stuff, just wish the hops stayed around through enjoying the beer.

Taste is consistently nice with the hops, and features a sugary sweet front and a semi bitter (not too much) citrusy back. Tangerine, bready notes, lemon zest and the signature amber malt strains prevail. A tasty brew for sure.

Mouthfeel is a nice medium to light feel, bitter on the tongue in the back, good carbonation. This is quite a drinkable beer, a very nice offering from troegs.

Photo of jc85
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz into a pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a nice amber color with a nice white head. Okay, retention and leaves little lacing.

Smell- Hops, pine, grapefruit, and other citrus notes.

Taste- Like the nose, nice and hoppy with some citrus notes. Almost no bitterness. Tastes amazing.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and a little sticky.

Drinkability- This goes down really easily, the lack of bitterness makes this great.

Tröegs Nugget Nectar from Tröegs Brewing Company
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