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Tröegs Nugget Nectar - Tröegs Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

6,540 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 6,540
Reviews: 2,303
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 1,074
Gots: 699 | FT: 25
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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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aforbes10

Iowa

4.03/5  rDev -7.4%

Thanks to my dad for bringing me this from PA.
Orange brown and very clean with a short white head and sticky lacing. Smells mildly malty, but with a ton of smooth citrusy hops. Nectarine and light toffee on the nose too. Creamy, almost delicate hop flavor, while still being very hoppy and bitter. Great malt backbone, interesting mild spiciness on the finish mingling with the bitterness. Medium bodied, a very nice drinking beer.

05-19-2008 13:42:39 | More by aforbes10
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biggmike

Mississippi

4.33/5  rDev -0.5%

Immediate hop attack on the olfactory sense on opening of bottle. Pours a medium copper/amber color with good white head that diminished to white film over top. Hop aroma is strong and begs you to drink this beer. Flavor is intense hop explosion. Mouthfeel is great and drinkability is high. Great beer, but all the hype had me expecting a bit more.

05-19-2008 06:22:52 | More by biggmike
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bbothen

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

A - Pretty amber/rust color with a fluffy white head.

S - Alot going on here. Citrusy hops. Tangerine/grapefruit. Sweet malt. Very nice.

T - Follows nose. Bam. Citrus hops. Oily hops. Back of throat numbing delicious hops. Sweet mellowing malt. Then more fruit stand hops. Awesome burst of flavor here.

M - Medium. Sticky. Hot.

D - Good. This is sessionable. For me at least. Okay, at 7.5% maybe only a few.

I really enjoyed this beer. The flavor was off the charts. I'm the target audience. Thank you Troegs. Get some distribution in California. Immediately.

05-18-2008 04:57:05 | More by bbothen
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oneeye

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev -0.5%

Last bottle from a case of 24.Bye,Bye,see ya next year.

Poured into a pint glass.
A. Amber/orange with a big two fingered fluffy white head.You can almost see orange in the fluffy head.Lace sticks to the sides as the head recides back into the beer.
S. Smells of floral hops like a fragrance.Citrus,lemon,and oranges sweet with a piney hop presence. You can smell the malts too.
T. Bitter hops upfront,orange/grapefruit, malts,more hops that linger.It's like an explosion of taste,then it hangs on.
M. Sticky,creamy,slick,oily,and sticky.
D. Another sipper,You do not want to drink this too fast.Take your time and enjoy!My favorite amber so far.

05-17-2008 23:32:39 | More by oneeye
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DontCallMeSurly

Wisconsin

4.63/5  rDev +6.4%

12 oz bottle

I poured this into a 16oz Stone pint glass and was met with a color which resembled marmalade. There was the faintest amount of haze to it as well. The top of the beer had a one inch bed of fluffy white foam which collapsed within about 30 seconds into a very thin layer of foam. This beer leaves quite a bit of lacing to is as well. The nose is of very sweet fruity hops, I was expecting to smell some pine, but I don't. At first I couldn't detect any sort of malt, but after a few whiffs I'm able to detect the slightest of malt smells which are again very sweet. After the first sip I know exactly why the word 'nectar' was chosen for the name. I couldn't find a more fitting word! Given the picture on the front of the bottle I was really expecting to have my tastebuds conquered by bitter hops but much to my surprise I got a sweet and juicy flavor instead. The mouthfeel on this is medium-bodied with a perfect amount of carbonation. I really wish I could get this in Wisconsin. It seems like the perfect beer to sip on while I'm laying in my hammock, listening to Bob Uecker update me on the Brewers status.

Definitely going to seek this one out again and soon!

05-12-2008 22:19:40 | More by DontCallMeSurly
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YankChef

Louisiana

4.53/5  rDev +4.1%

12 oz bottle poured into a la fin du monde glass

appearance: amber with a burnt orange glow almost like the dying embers of a fire. foamy white head with bubbles concentrating in the center

Smell: Sweet almost juicyfruit like aroma with strong hop aroma that is more resiny, sweetness in the way of a strong honey. Sort of a fresh mystery fruit

Taste: Up front there is a certain cloying sweetness that has some of the aforementioned characteristics such as the fruit and honey and then fades to a smooth but assertive bitterness with the hops dominating but not overpowering if that makes any sense

Medium bodied on the palate with a very low carbonation level

Overall: What can i say that has not been said? This beer kicks ass, one of the best beers in pennsylvania for sure and an interesting beer in and of itself, smells and tastes like a IIPA to me in a lot of ways, but yet it has its own unique quirky characteristics that make it stand apart. Drink it when you can get it, its worth going out of your way. Cheers

05-11-2008 07:13:48 | More by YankChef
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BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

4.4/5  rDev +1.1%

A hazy orange beer with a wispy head that that lasted throughout. Flowery pine, oranges, grapefruit and other hoppy contributors form a beautiful bouquet. Smooth and slick on the palate. Some amber malt sweetness followed by an explosion of flowery piny hops. Again orange and grapefruit and a slight fruity sweetness join the party. Finishes with some bitterness and a spritz of alcohol on the way down. A good beer. Nicely balanced, nothing is out of whack, which makes it very drinkable. Definitely worth trying if you have not had the pleasure.

05-10-2008 19:38:05 | More by BeardedBoffin
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paulthebeerguru

Florida

4.33/5  rDev -0.5%

Troegs Nugget Nectar
12oz brown bottle

A: poured into a pint glass. Nugget Nectar pours a hazy amber color that is more orange than red. A nice slightly tan head rests on the top of the beer, with a great retention rate. Nice fair amount of lacing.

S: The beer has a wonderful, sweet and extremely hoppy aroma. A nice floral and citrus aroma from the hops. I mostly pick up the Warrior variety of hops in the aroma. Some of the sweet malts come through but only to compliment the hop aromas.

T: Wow! That is the tastiest Imperial Amber I have had yet. Wonderful bitterness from the hops, but I am also picking up some sweetness from the crystal malts. A great citrus flavor from the high alpha hops. I get some brown sugar in the finish along with a palate full of hops.

M: Unbelievably smooth. Great palate, malts and hops are perfectly balanced with a good carbonation level. Very crisp and refreshing.

D: One of the best beers from Troegs that I have had, and a great Imperial Amber ale. Very drinkable, and you could put a few down at 7.5%. Give it a shot...if you can get some.

05-09-2008 18:06:22 | More by paulthebeerguru
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Boppar

New Hampshire

4.15/5  rDev -4.6%

12 oz. into pint glass

A: Pours a lovely amber color, with two fingers of creamy white head.

S: A delightful bouquet of hops, of both the pine tree and floral variety.

T: It's funny, this isn't as hoppy as I'd expected given the name and the picture on the bottle, and even the aroma. I was set for mouth-puckering pine pitch. That being said, this is a tasty burger... err, beer. What I like best about it is that the hops are definitely present, but they're not so out of proportion that drown everything else out. There's still a solid malt backbone, and a faint creamy sweet taste.

M: Creamy and smooth with enough weight to satisfy while remaining light enough to want more.

D: Absolutely.

Solid.

05-09-2008 12:31:48 | More by Boppar
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brewandbbq

New Hampshire

4.53/5  rDev +4.1%

As reviewed on 3/12/06

Pours orangy-gold, clear, with a substantial, dense, off- white head.
Retention is short-lived, revealing moderate curtains.
Multiple, expanding strands of ultra-fine Co2 sustain a meager coating on the surface.
Aromatics are floral and pungent.
Some light caramel notes suggest that some malt exists in the lupuline elixer, but it remains in the shadows.
The nose is awash with fresh citrus fruits, candied apple, garlic, and peaches at the base of a pine sapling.
Further pondering brings forth visions of kindbud swaying in the breeze, after a spring rain, in a freshly mown tangerine orchard.
Mouthfeel is thinnish, and creamy with an appitizing dry crispness.
A sudued, smooth bitterness, sets the foundation for a substantial base of fresh, leafy hops on the pallet.
Exceedingly fruity with a very earthy personality.
Sugared tangerine segments harmonize with orange oils and spruce dew.
A lingering finish- with a continued drying bitterness, a mild warmth, and a suggestion of nugget pulp.
Drink up boys, the hoppy ones lose a lot of glory in the first month or two.

Revisited 5/9/08

Clear copper with a two-inch head of porous off-white head that quickly falls. Spongy lacework remains.

Fresh tangerines, mandarin oranges, cut grass, and peaches in the nose.

Medium bodied and sticky. Crispish with some tacky residuals.

Loads of tropical fruit on the pallet. Fresh mandarin, lush orange blossoms, pine dew, and mangoes. A firm malt base makes for a great balance, and bitteness is low for such a hoppy one.

Finishes with lingering tropical fruit and a hint of alcohol.

What an incredibly drinkable, hoppy, and fun beer to drink. A freshly draught pitcher would be bliss.
Impossible not to drink the whole six-pack quickly!

05-09-2008 01:06:12 | More by brewandbbq
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Homerbag

Wisconsin

4.28/5  rDev -1.6%

Thanks to CrazyMacHarris99 for the hook up at Dark Lord Day.

Has an Amber body with one inch fluffy head. Big, complex hop punch that mixes a grapfruit and pine hops into a great pucker that is eased up by a malty foundation. Great taste that I just want to savor with each drink. Has a good mouthfeel that leaves a little aftertaste to invite a refresher drink.

Great beer that I wish would make its way to the west coast of Lake Michigan. I will definately trade for more the next time this comes around.

05-07-2008 06:22:40 | More by Homerbag
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tinman1940

New York

4.22/5  rDev -3%

An Above average Ale (better because of the cask).

Some of cask ales have a diffrent taste in when poured from the cask.

If you haven't had cask ale try it, everthing's diffrent.

Would like to try it in bottle form to get a better opion.

Found this at T J Finley's in Bay Shore on a wendnesday when they have a second cask on the bar.

05-07-2008 03:46:33 | More by tinman1940
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

4.55/5  rDev +4.6%

Thanks to MuenchenerKindl for this one. It pours a clear bright red color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of grapefruit, pine, gin, oranges, and flowers. The taste is has everything from the aroma, with the addition of a mild bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with lively carbonation, and a silky texture. Overall, this is a great beer. Other Imperial Ambers I have had have been more like darker colored IIPAs, but this has a firm malt backbone which really makes the beer work for me. I could drink this endlessly.

05-07-2008 01:21:30 | More by KarlHungus
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Pleepleus

New York

4.68/5  rDev +7.6%

WOW! This is great stuff.
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, a clear amber color with an inch of firm foam head. Smells like a fresh bag of sticky kind buds. Hippitty Hop Hop. Crisp taste of fruity hops that seems to sweeten as it warms. Citrus sweetness clings on the finish. Hardly noticed the 7.5 APV under the hoppy goodness of this "Nectar". I would recommend this to all whether they have ever been a pothead (ahem hophead) or not.

The ONLY bad thing about this beer is that it seems to be seasonal, and when I tried it the season was sadly at it's end. Truly a reason to look forward to next year when I will stockpile it.
Troegs' best by far.

05-03-2008 03:44:38 | More by Pleepleus
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Monsone

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +1.8%

Received as winnings from BA Fantasy Football

A - Pours an amber hue with nice frothy head

S - Big hop scents. Pine and citrus, lots of citrus. Some sweet carmel malt in the back.

T - Citrus, grapefruit, orange peel, pine. Good sweet malt backbone. Slight spiceyness.

M - Medium body with a little bit of hop oilyness

D - Pretty drinkable, more so than I expected.

Overall, just a great beer. I wish I could get this in Chicago.

05-02-2008 17:33:31 | More by Monsone
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cjohnson

South Carolina

4.68/5  rDev +7.6%

Got this as an extra in a trade with Lupe.

Pours a nice, clear orange color with a pretty minimal head.

The nose is full of hops, and also some orangey / citrus smells. Also something like cedar comes through for me.

Pretty hoppy taste, but not as strong as I'd thought it'd be, and certainly not overwhelming (compare to something like Victory's Hop Devil, which is what I thought this might taste like). There is a certain "sappy" taste to it that I'm not overly fond of, and is the only reason I gave this 4.5 instead of 5 for taste.

Medium-bodied, not too carbonated. A little bit sticky feeling. Very drinkable and enjoyable, and something I'd probably drink regularly if I had access to it.

05-01-2008 01:25:32 | More by cjohnson
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thickerfreakness

Texas

4.3/5  rDev -1.1%

Thanks go out to HopDerek for this one!

It pours and looks like an average amber ale with a nice one inch head that lasts for about 5 minutes. The smell is almost pure hops, piney, grapefruit, and a little bit of floral hop smell with a little bit of caramel malts sneaking through at the end. Taste is similar to the smell but even more balanced than the smell led me to believe. Nice and hoppy with a respectable caramel malt backbone. I could drink this one all the time. Oh, I also wanted to add that this is definitely one of my favorite labels of all time.

04-30-2008 06:00:39 | More by thickerfreakness
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Phillyduke

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

After never being in the right place at the right time, I was finally able to enjoy this on cask at Theresa's Next Door. I sessioned this with the Hopback Amber from a freshly tapped firkin, so I got to taste both of the Troegs amber real ales in one sitting. Even got to talk with Chris Troegner while I was enjoying his wares.

For the most part my review is the same as the bottled and tapped version, but having this on cask really takes it to another level entirely. The head is denser and creamier, and there is absolutely no bite in the taste. The ingredients just seem to meld into this all at once sweet/citrusy/piney/malty/bitter glorious concoction. Lack of artificial carbonation makes the mouthfeel even creamier than the head. Some I was with thought that TND should store their casks separately from their kegs, but I actually preferred the cooler serving temperature, as it made the beer that much more refreshing.

This one's going to be tough to beat if you can find it. I can't think of a better pound-for-pound beer out there right now.

04-28-2008 02:12:46 | More by Phillyduke
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m1ked

California

3.85/5  rDev -11.5%

Finally got to try the infamous NN.

A- Clear orangey amber with a brief 1/2" white foam head, minimal lacing appreciated.

S- Strong sweet piney resin with a slight amaretto note. Wierd after smell like starchy pasta.

T- Sweet maltiness up front followed by a bitter pineyness. Honey-ish biscuit followed by lingering bitter.

M- Medium bodied, oily.

D- Easy to drink, a very respectable Amber. Unfortuneatly I fell victim to the hype, and was expecting more. I have to guard against that better. By like I said a good beer overall.

04-27-2008 22:42:20 | More by m1ked
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hellcatsjg

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev -5.7%

Appearance: Amber beer with a finger of head that sticks around for a few minutes. Layer of foam lasts most of the beer and leaves a good bit of lacing.

Smell: Hops. Nice blend of citrus and piney hops along with a bit of sweet caramel.

Taste: Just like the nose, just not as bold as you would think. Nice complex hop flavor mingles with a back end of caramel and maltiness.

Mouthfeel: Slightly light. Oily hoppy flavor coats the mouth and lingers for a while after the swallow.

Drinkability: Very good beer. While I expected something a bit bigger, this actually helps the beer in this category. Not being overpowering makes this something you can drink several of without feeling full after a couple. Very nice.

04-27-2008 22:08:41 | More by hellcatsjg
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0110x011

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Thanks to Tilley4 for the hookup.

Pours a reddish copper with a one-finger head that dissipates quickly, moderate lacing. Nose is all citrusy hops, with a hint of caramel malt. Taste is similar, with a strong lemony presence, a bit of pine, and caramel. A bit of a bitter kick, but not super strong. Great balance, and very drinkable.

04-26-2008 00:52:06 | More by 0110x011
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IronCitySteve

Pennsylvania

4.85/5  rDev +11.5%

Drank out of a bottle.

A: A deep copper color, with some reddish hints. Foam head disapated quickly.

S: The floral and citrus hops are very potent but not overpowering.

T: Not overally bitter surprisingly. The hop taste hits you at first sip, but contains a little malty aftertaste. Lots of citrus and floral hops in the middle and on the back end. The caramel and bread malt gives a nice backbone.

M: Extremely smooth, medium body beer

D: I really enjoyed this beer and am looking forward to it coming out next season. One of the best beers all time

04-25-2008 17:55:10 | More by IronCitySteve
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Umbra

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

Orange brew with sharp white, two-fingered head. Good retention and excellent lacing.
Citrus and piney hops on the nose with some caramel playing in the background--it at least smells well balanced.
Big citrus hops (grapefruit, orange, and lemon), mixed with some piney goodness. Excellently well balanced with a fine malt backbone with enough umph to keep hop bitterness in check.
Even with all the flavors described, i'd still define this brew as light to medium bodied, which leaves the mouthfeel and drinkability off the charts. Carbonation is shy of perfection. Finishes dry, leaving the drinker wanting more.

04-25-2008 14:30:55 | More by Umbra
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desertbronze

Idaho

4.55/5  rDev +4.6%

Got a sixer of this beer in a trade with beerbuddha.

Beautiful light amber color - just a slight haze as is typical with hoppy beers. Pours with a 2 finger head which settles to a thin head with lots of lacing in the glass. Tremendous citrus hop aroma which only whets your appetite for what is to come.

Good caramel malt flavor in the forefront with a hoppy finish. The hop flavor lingers on the tongue after the swallow. Very good balance - hops are dominant but don't overwhelm the malt. Just slightly thin on the mouthfeel - I would prefer a little more body.

Goes down very smoothly for a 7+% beer - it would be real easy to drink several of these. A very good example of a hoppy American style amber ale.

04-25-2008 02:49:59 | More by desertbronze
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indiapaleale

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +2.8%

The Nugget Nectar pours a beautiful deep apricot color with a short fluffy head that hugs the glass firmly. Faint islands of foam are left once the head begins to settle down. As for the smell of this stuff..well its almost too good to put into words. Its very sweet, citrusy and bursting with fresh hop goodness. Its like ruby red grapefruit juice mixed with some strong Pacific Northwest hops. I love it. Someone make this into a perfume and give it to my wife.

Taste is sweet, strong with a nice hop bite finish. There is definitely a citrusy tartness but its balanced so well with this malt that its a very balanced beer, even at 7.5%. There is a dryness to this beer but its at the very end after the initial juiciness. Everything about this beer is excellent, in my humble opinion. Its definitely one of my favorites.

Love the brewery. Love the label. Love the look. Love the smell. Love the taste.

04-25-2008 00:35:41 | More by indiapaleale
Tröegs Nugget Nectar from Tröegs Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 6,540 ratings.