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Tröegs Nugget Nectar - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Ratings: 6,944
Reviews: 2,323
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.91%
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Tröegs Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Edwin on 02-13-2004

IBU: ~93
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Photo of jwhawkins81
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Aroma - Very floral hops with some citrus. This is probably the most hops I've ever smelled.

Appearance - Golden red with plenty of carbonation building a decent off-white head that hangs around.

Taste - Hops and more hops with a slight acidic touch. Different than piney hops more floral like the aroma. Bitterness is there too. Tons of flavor and almost none of it beer like, in a good way.

Mouthfeel - Medium thanks to that carbonation

Drinkability - I'm not a hophead, but this was an amazingly interesting beer.

Photo of beerman207
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bamadog for the hookup on this one!

A: Amber and golden - frothy white head, bubbles and sticky lacing

S: Very floral, spiciness and citrus in the nose - grapefruit maybe?

T: Some piney hops with spice coming through, citrus and a nice balanced bitterness in the front and in the finish.

M: Medium carbonation and a slight drying effect in the finish

D: This is a great beer - very enjoyable and sessionable even with the 7.5% ABV

Photo of PEBKAC
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served at the most recent Chelsea cask event

One of the most satisfying beers I've ever experienced on cask.

Still remembered how faint I felt after trying this at the last cask event, I made it a priority to impose upon some patrons & nudge my way into their booth for this one.

Cask was actually a bit more unsettled then I remember. I think they were tipping it at this point, & I got one of the next to last draws. No matter, just more of what I want. A muddled brown leather color. A heavy quarter-inch ring of meringue head that I wasn't expecting.

Smell at first was solvent-y, but quickly warmed into a macerated glass of stollen, with plenty of extra orange & pit-y zest.

Taste was immensely doughy & packed with crusty loaves & stale cake. Citrus bitterness roamed the background, a bit muddled, but more intertwined then it's straight edged bottle self. A little lactic maybe, filled in with some stale pepper. Finish was a tad leafy, but very grainy & hearty as well.

Drinkability isn't quite as good as it should be just because of my love/hate relationship with cask, but wow, this is better then the bottle. Carbonation is about the same, but I just don't sense the hops that everyone points out. Much more juicy & bittersweet, & delicately peppered, then shudderingly masochistic.

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

A- Pours a beautiful deep amber/ruby color. Medium head with medium lacing.

S- Smells delicious... big citrusy hops with a sweet, almost molasses-like note lingering behind (carmel?).

T- Not as hoppy as I would have hoped... wait, I take that back. Starts with a nice bready (and some slightly toasted) malt. Moves into a nice blend of citrusy and piney hops. Some sweetness lingers in the background, as in the nose. Definitely one of the better ambers I've had.

M- Creamy. Smooth and medium-light bodied.

D- Loving this one. Definitely a good drink, especially on a hot summer day.

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

The label for this puppy is really friggin' sexy in my opinion. Bright orange with a fist-sized hop: labels do not get any more blunt than that.

Poured out, this beer looks a lot like cream soda. It's completely transparent and clear looking with some satisfactory head retention.

The smell of this beer definitely is impactful. Hops, citrus flavors (particularly orange) all burst into your nostrils to create an overall sweet aroma. Other than that, it's really nice smelling and the hop complexity of the beer definitely rubs off on you.

The only real flavor that hits you hard is hop. However, unlike hops in IPAs, which generally can be sharper, the hops in this beer are completely incremental. As I enjoyed each gulp and swooshed it around, I could taste each of the different hops that this beer is loaded with. Additionally, Troegs really perfected the release of flavors with this beer; nothing is nullified from a different flavor and it's possible to really taste each part of the beer.

Although the mouthfeel wasn't anything spectacular and was a bit thin for my liking, it was so delicious that I didn't care.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer and found myself a new favorite by Troegs. I wish they would make this an all-year round brew though...

Photo of bulletrain76
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from newest release. Appearance: amber with a small white head and some lace.
Aroma: Grapefruit, blood orange, light pine or cypress sawdust.
Flavor: Hoppy, citrus, fruity, just enough malt sweetness to stand up to the hops. Sweet grainy caramel touch.
Palate: Medium bodied with fine bubbles.
Overall: Doesn't really have the malt you would expect in an imperial amber, but the massive hops do make it hard to tell. Pretty tasty stuff.
Rerate: Cask at Birerria Paradiso. Huge hop nose seemed more expressive than the bottle. Have to give that a boost.

Photo of stonequarrywest
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Golden orange pour with 1/2 inch white head....little retenton and a bit of lacing

Great smelling beer. Hops..pines.mango/pineapple

Taste is big wonderful hops with a good smooth malty balance. Mouthfeel is nice with bubbly carbonation..
Extremely drinkable!!

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

fresh filled growler served in a standard pint glass.

Clear orange color with a fluffy off-white head that left a good coating of lacing behind. The aroma is full of piney and citrus hops. The taste of the hops is balanced out well with a bold malty back bone. Medium bodied brew with mild carbonation is very drinkable.

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Acquired this in a recent trade with tai4ji2x. Bottled around mid-January, which makes it about four months old. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear, orange-amber, body with creamy, frothy, off-white, head. Retention is okay - dies to a soapy ring after a few minutes. Tons and tons of lace with this one. Looks mean.

Smell: Tons of sweet grains. Caramel, pine, toastiness, wood, spice, and then there's the hops! Sweet, herbal, floral, hops with added citrus to boot! Damn!

Taste: Mouthful of toasted bread and grain. Good dosage of caramel and citrus keeps things sweet, but not overly so. Hop bite is mild; nowhere near the listed 93 IBUs. Lots of herbal and floral characters in here. This is super, super smooth! Hops form a sweet, resinous, citrus flavor as well. Simple, but ridiculously tasty and balanced. Best amber I've ever had - hands down!

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied; much lighter than I expected from an "Imperial Amber". Carbonation is perfect and makes this one velvety smooth. Sticky, resinous, and a little gritty. Nicely done.

Drinkability: What an awesomely drinkable beer! The best balanced amber I've ever had. Flavor profile isn't too pungent or mild; it's exactly where it needs to be. More of a warm weather beer (perfect right now). I could easily drink this all day long.

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

Pours a semi cloudy bright orange color with a nice head that retains very well. Excellent lacing left on the glass with each sip, leaving rings behind. Smells extremely citrusy, citrus hops galore, very juicy, tropical fruit coming out, melons, watermelon, pineapple, smells delicious!!! Tastes of more citrus hops, cantaloupe, orange peel, tangerines, pineapple, bitter astringent finish, balanced out nicely with a tasty malty bill. Medium bodied, great carbonation, dry finish...astringent. Very drinkable...awesome.

Photo of Jwale73
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to PhiDelt for the opportunity to try this one. 12oz. bottle served in a standard pint glass. Bottled on 01/05/09 indicated on the bottle. Poured a translucent amber with copious tiny bubbles in solution. One inch bright white head sizzled and popped as it slowly receded into a quarter inch consistent cap; thick bands of lacing coated the sides of the glass during the tasting. Nose suggests grapefruit with piney hops hidden in the back. Taste is not as sweet as the nose suggested. Flavors are piny, floral and slightly resinous on a malty backbone with the citrus quality coming across as citric acid astringency. Mouthfeel is between light- and medium-bodied with a consistent background carbonation; a little oily on the tongue, but also a little bit of citric acid burn as the brew hits your mouth and tongue that slowly dissipates as it's swallowed. Awesome brew. This would be a staple if it was available in RI.

Photo of McGIPA
4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

first off, love the graphics on this bottle...

A - great look! darker amber, with a tan head..cloudy unfiltered look (which I love)

S - you can smell the hops as soon as you pop off the cap (you can almost smell them through the bottle, also a def. hint of citrus...for fans of IPAs or hoppier beers...this ones for you!

T - You'd think this one is an IPA...very hoppy, strong....a bit of a citrus twang...

MF - not too carbonated, but could be a little less

D - definitely an A! in my top 5 of beers!

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

Fresh perrenial flowers. Good smell of the openning petals of a flower. Great amber color that is deeper than most. Great fluffy head. Hello hops. Like fresh topsoil. Good stuff. Leaves a great hoppy aftertaste. Despite the complex hop profile and sweet/bitter notes, this is very smooth.

Photo of SirDrinxAlot
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(This bomber was purchased end of April)

Poured a clear caramel/amber color with a 1 finger head that leaves some sudsy lacing.

Smells of pine,hops,malt, spice, light orange peel, and even a light floral rose scent?

Taste is light maple/spicey/pine hops with a good malt balance. Hop bitterness lingers but isn't overwhelming. More complex in flavor than I thought it would be. Has some flavors in there that I'm having a hard time coming up with a description for.

Mouthfeel is chewy and medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Good beer that I look forward to trying again when it first comes out for the season.

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

22oz bottle bought from Austin Liquors in Worcester, MA

A - Slightly hazy deep golden honey color. poured a 1-finger head dissipating into a medium lacing.

S - Hops hops hops - Beautiful and citrus in the front leading to more pine at the end.

T - Very smooth malt profile with the bitter of the hops present only at the end with a rather clean finish and a relatively low alcohol presence for a 7.5%.

M - Rich body and nice malt chewyness to complement the hop aroma and flavor

D - Good drinkability, but not for the hop head searching for a bitter sting, rather a bit more subtle in its hop presentation. An interesting brew indeed.

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

Pours a mid-color copper, a bit light for a red ale; nice initial head with some good lacing though. Huge hoppy scent, no malt attributes noticable over the American (cascade?) hops, would have been a great pale ale aroma, but not a red ale. Nice taste, but again, mostly hops with almost none of the maltiness that goes with a good red. Goes down fine, with a huge bitter aftertaste on the tongue that sticks around. Huge drinkability, because I really liked the ale, but I wish it had more red ale attributes; it's pretty much a pale ale, even in color.

Photo of BrianOhio
4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my first review so I won't get too deep into the various criteria. I will leave that to experts and will endeavor to refine my review skillz over time.

Purchased a six of this at the recommendation of a friend. I used to be a firm amber drinker, but recently transforming into a hophead. The bottle denoting "Imperial Amber" immediately struck my interest.

After a deep amber pour, you are immediately hit with the floral citrus hops that any hophead is looking for. I could inhale it all day. Don't get me wrong, this is not the wondrous assault of a Hopslam to the nose, but it's nice.

Drinkability of this brew is near perfection. The smoothness of an amber coupled with the hoppy bitterness of a DIPA. This beer immediately moves into my top 3, and is nipping at the heels of Hopslam.


Photo of Thorpe429
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Copper-amber color with an off-white head and a decent amount of lace.

S: Lots of hops back up by sweet amber malt.

T: Lots of hops going on here as promised. A very unique taste, and I really, really wish that more breweries would get behind this and start up the Imperial Amber style.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation. Hoppiness throughout.

D: Much more drinkable than the typical IPA. There's something very smooth about this one and I look forward to having it fresh again next year.

Photo of kbutler1
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a six after being in Cincinnati for the weekend.
A: Poured an amber red color with a tan head.
S: Hops, just like the bottle depicts. Smells like an IPA
T: Floral hops taste moving to a bitter aftertaste
G: Medium to light in my opinion.
D: I really didn't pick up the alcohol taste all that much so I would drink more than 1 in a sitting.
Overall, I enjoyed this beer. I had heard it being compared to Bell's Hopslam but I don't really think they are all that close. They both are hoppy but the NN has a thinner mouthfeel and more watery taste.

Photo of BarrytheBear
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of newtonty via a DLD trade.

Hazy orange pour, indeed nectary

Hops on the nose, pineapple juice and fresh ripe pear. Nice.

Ripe fruit on the tongue, again with the pear, but there's more here. Really vibrant: peach, nectarine, and oddly some perfume quality, followed by a malty punch and back of the mouth bitterness to finish her off.

Multi faceted beer starts a bit thin, rolls thickish and creamy, and finishes bitter clean, but a bit watery.

I'm thankful for the opportunity to drink this. While it may not stand up to some big IPA's , this beer stands strong in its style and is a treat.

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

Thanks goes out to DoctorDog for this one in our trade!
12oz Bottle

A: Hazy amber orange with a sand colored head, about a quarter of an inch or so, and it's hanging in there nicely. Excellent big gobs of lacing. Really a nice looking amber.

S: Big smack of dank hops, citrus, earth, pine, "herbal" as well. In fact, not a whole lot else, just a big ol' load of hops. Very nice.

T: Big time hops, citrus rind just sticks to my mouth, also a really nice roasted flavor to it too, like a roasty IPA. Caramel malt stands out a lot more in the mouth than in the nose. Quite bitter, but not overwhelming. Lots of good flavors going on. Really reminds me of an IPA, but with a little more of a roasted feel to it. Very nice.

M: A little thinner than I had expected, medium carbonation, nice dry finish, and a hint of alcohol heat.

D: Not too shabby, I'd probably open another bottle if it were available. Tasty beer all around. I'll have to trade for this one again.

Thanks Ben!

Photo of MrIncognito
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had on tap at Magnolia's in Purcellville, VA

A - Reddish-gold body beneath a slightly yellowish 2-finger head. Head subsides to mere thin lacing but leaves a nice film on the glass.

S - Wonderful floral hop smell with some sweet candy sugar lemony smell. I had this beer last night and I can still smell it in my nose. Such a great smell.

T&M - Senses are hit immediately with the bouquet of floral hops. The hops are very foreward and prominent but not bitter like an IPA. It's quite amazing. Lemon zest adds some sweetness and it's like drinking a hops iced tea. Incredibly smooth and moderately carbonated to add some crispness. Alcohol becomes a bit slick as it warms but the alcohol taste never becomes all that noticeable.

D - I could drink these all night, literally. Like drinking hop juice that never becomes overly bitter or cloying.

Photo of IMincedTheKing
4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

So, after enjoying Hopback, reading on the Troegs website that this was based on Hopback, and two reccommendations (one from a random dude at a liqour store which didn't have Nugget Nectar in stock, and one from a guy who worked at another store saying it was one of his favorites), I've got high hopes for this bastard. (My bias has been duly noted, and if I'm let down, I'm totally slamming this thing. Kay?)

Printed on the glass it tells me it was bottled on 2/17/09, and the bright orange label says Imperial Amber Nugget Nectar, 7.5% ABV, and short description on the neck that tells me it's "93ish I.B.U.'s". It's also, like all their beers, Handcrafted by the Troegs Brothers. Troegs disappoints me with their lack of gratuitous information (I like big paragraphs hyping the beer!), but the artwork is to die for. The first guy mentioned above described it as a hand holding a hop like a hand grenade, and I see that now (very Green Day), but I just thought it was a hand squeezing a hop. Either way, I love it.

Okay, down to business. The color is burnt orange in the glass with a sticky, bright white head--the color contrast is surprising and alluring. Big soap bubbles comprise the good size head, but it's not over-the-rim large. Very quick to dissipate, though.

The aroma is of earth and oranges. Very floral. Hoppy to its heart, but not in an overpowering way. "Nectar" IS a great word to describe it.

That is... that is good, smooth, tangerine (you may WTF? now). For what I thought might easily end up a hopbomb, that was well played. The flavor is extremely resinous and hoppy, sweet citrus taking the lead. The malt is definitely present and there's a mild caramel flavor, but it's riding along like a backseat driver, only hoping to have some influence. But in the end, without much bitterness or astringency, the hops smack the malts in the face and say "Shut yo' mouth."

The carbonation is light and smooth. No tingling or prickling, just a good effervescence. Big enough in the mouth to make a beverage out of it, but thin enough to make it go down like water (The ABV? What ABV?).

I crawled across two state lines on hands and knees to get a hold of this, and I slithered my way back before I drank it. Was it worth it? You bet your ass! (And I think I'm gonna go back and get some more very shortly....)

Photo of taez555
3.83/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours an amber body with a small white head.

Nose hits you immediately with a huge fresh citrus resin hop smell. There's some light caramel sweetness in the background, but this puppy SCREAMS citrus, grapefruit and resnin.

Taste is medium bodied with an immediate hop slam of a taste. The maltiness of the beer does have a distinct amber/red, sweet tinge too it, unlike some of the other huge caramel hop killers out there, but... almost immediately you're attacked with a bitter citrus hop taste. It's very fresh, and citrusy, and tons of grapefruit peel, lime juice, lime peel, but very encompassing. There's some dry, fireplace brick sort of granite taste in there with the malt. Bitterness is kept right up front and completely dominates over the malt. Although, I must say this isn't a palate killer. Over the top, but not completely. Ends with a long lingering grapefruit bitterness.

Quite an interesting beer. I understand what they're trying to go with, HOPS, HOPS and more HOPS. If that's all you want, this is the beer for you. I just felt it was a bit out of balance. Good beer though.

Photo of CHADMC3
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber with orange hues giving way to the foamy off white head packed with dense carbonation bubbles and maintaining its retention for quite a few minutes before giving way to a sticky off white lacing.

Big pine and floral hop aroma with notes of citrus to follow. As advertised, this really is a bouquet of hops. The light wood/pine scents become even more pronounced as time passes.

The palate offers a pleasant trifecta of hops with just the right bite, most noticeable are the pine and citrus flavors with compliments of lemon zest or grapefruit and a sweet finish of caramel as the brew warms a bit exposing additional flavor character.

Dry and smooth, great flavor that although its primary characteristics all involve hops, is still not overwhelming to the non-hophead. Medium in body with a noticeable carbonation and just a bit of a kick on the back of the throat.

What a great brew, glad I saved a few for the summer months ahead to enjoy with any variety of foods but instantly seafoods, spicy chicken, and white pasta dishes come to mind. This beer is much more aggressive than your traditional American Amber Ale, primarily in aroma, but perhaps in flavor as well. With that said, the category seems fairly broad in my opinion and this certainly is a winner within it, just perhaps hard to compare to some of its more subdued brethren.

Tröegs Nugget Nectar from Tröegs Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 6,944 ratings.