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Tröegs Nugget Nectar - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Ratings: 7,617
Reviews: 2,450
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 9.47%
Wants: 1,272
Gots: 1,328 | FT: 42
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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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Ratings: 7,617 | Reviews: 2,450
Photo of Phillysportswhiz
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Finally found this at a beer festival outside of Philadelphia, after searching for a few months. Poured this into a Pint Glass (recommended by their website). Has an orangey/amber look to it. Head was a little off white, dissipated quickly. When you smell it, the hops punch you in the face reminds you of an IPA. Very smooth for a beer with a higher IBU. Can definitely feel the strong alcohol content. Has a dry malty taste to it, which is expected when dealing with a higher IBU. Not for your typical non-beer drinker. Overall, not quite what I was expecting but it's still a great beer. I would highly recommend this beer for anyone who enjoys IPAs. Just another reason why Troegs is becoming my favorite Brewery.

Photo of axeman9182
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a "bottled on" date of 2/3/11, poured into my Duvel tulip.

Nugget Nectar pours a crystal clear amber. The khaki colored head tops out at over three fingers in height, before displaying above average retention and coating the glass with sticky rings of lace. The nose is almost entirely a hop bomb, much more pine and resinous notes than anything citrus. I'm actually a little bit disappointed that there's no more than a faint whiff of caramel, I was expecting a little more of a malt presence for an amber. The malt really steps it up on my palate though, as there is a fairly solid dose of caramel up front. That's quickly run over by hops though, as a fairly powerful bitterness punch clears the way for lots of sticky, resiny, piny hop goodness. As with the aroma, there's a lack of maltiness in the body, the beer is a little dry. Carbonation is fine though, cuts through what sweetness there is and elevates the hops without becoming fizzy. I do love me some Nugget Nectar, it's right there with Hopslam as my one-two punch of winter hoppy releases.

Photo of dizknee24
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I like this beer very much. Ususally bring to parties where there are not many people who drink craft. i find it an excellent gateway beer.

A- golden nice to look at

S- hops hit u in the face. smells like flowers!

T- if there was a perfect use of hops i would think this is. (does not make a perfect beer mind you)

M - nothing out of the ordinary here

D- not bad at all maybe a bit hoppy for some but i like it and so do people i have given them too.

Drink it up

Photo of tewaris
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Ipatsfans!

Imperial Amber Ale
7.5% ABV
93ish IBUs

12 oz bottled within a month poured into a Surly pint glass. Poured oily looking and very clear dark copper-amber with a good head, retention and lacing. Smell was big on tropical fruit, especially pineapple, with some citrus undertones. The fruitiness was accentuated by sweet smelling malts but plenty of fresh mint like character was present to balance it in a nice way.

The fruity character of aroma was present in the taste as well: smoothly bitter blending well with the sweet malts, the puckering sensation was absent in this one. Sweet oranges and pineapple! Clean flavors of light fruit and a medium finish with lingering bitterness. As it warmed, a spicier character emerged that is not to the best of my liking. Warming to some degree, but very clean finishing with the right body and right amount of cleansing carbonation. Drinks like a killer!

Scores: Appearance 4.5/5; Aroma 4/5; Taste 4/5; Mouthfeel 4.5/5; Drinkability 4.5/5

Photo of FollowedMyFolly
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I must say that Ambers are my favorite beer. The Taste of this Imperial Amber is amazing. it's body is full with a smooth after taste. Thank You Troegs for this. Fat Tire is my favorite Amber and now Nugget Nectar is my favorite Imperial Amber so far in my new tasting experiences. Living on the East Coast and knowing that Troegs is a state above me is a great thought. I wish they made it more than once a year... Can't wait until then.

Photo of bmonty412
4.85/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a beautiful hue of clear amber/orange.

What a nose! Outstanding citrusy nose with plenty of fruit notes ( orange, sweet melon,grapefruit)

Taste is an amazing blend of sweet citrusy fruits with all the hop flavor without the bitterness and better as it warms!!!
Alcohol apparent in between sips, but that's a good thing!
...great lacing on glass!! Amazing beer that lives up to the hype!!

Photo of coldmeat23
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Troegenator Dimpled Mug
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees
Thanks to Deuane for hooking us up with the NN love, down here in Tulsa!

This pours a beautiful, medium shade of deep amber in color. It is crystal clear. It has a loose, foamy head that is slightly tan tinted in color. It starts at almost a fingers thickness, then recedes to a decent sized surface covering layer. Lacing is in mostly thick strands which are sticky enough to hang around for a little while.

Loads of citrus and tropical fruits burst out of this one. Grapefruit, mango, pineapple, tangerine, lemon, light hints of peach, it just goes on and on. Light hints of pine and caramel try to peek through.

Much like the nose, except that all of the fruit flavors have been dipped in pine oils and drizzled with pine sap. There is a very brief appearance by some caramel notes, around 2/3rds of the way through the sip. It opens back up to hops for a lightly drying finish.

This has a medium body and a medium level of carbonation, as well. it has a slight touch of creaminess to it, yet also has a slight stickiness, which is really nice. The finish still manages to be crisp.

This is actually a very balanced beer. The big thing that it has going for it, in my opinion, is that it's completely packed with hop flavor, yet manages to forego a lot of the hop bitterness. This is very appealing to me, as I'm keen on hop flavors, especially tropical and citrus, but don't really care for the bitterness.
The 7.50%abv is also nowhere to be found here, which only ads to it's drinkability.

Photo of Vdubb86
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint Glass

Thanks to hannydawg for hooking me up with this want

This beer pours a nice clear amber color with a fluffy white foam head on the surface. The aromatics are nice and piny with a touch of grapefruit to make them wonderful on the nose. The taste is actually well balanced for a hoppy amber ale. There was a decent light caramel flavor to match the grapefruit and pine. The mouthfeel was a little on the dry side, which I'm not particularly used to when it comes to this style, but then again many offering in this style don't tend to be very hoppy. This drink very well and I would have no problem handling a sixer of this if only it weren't 7.5 ABV. Still an excellent example of a hoppy amber.

Photo of tbraun1
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle to pint glass

A - Rich, golden, copper color with a thick, frothy white head two fingers deep. Rings of lacing surround the pint glass as sipped. Somewhat cloudy in the glass; a rich and inviting amber ale.

S - The hops take center stage in this brew but its not pungent. Flowery/citrusy hops with somewhat subtle bready undertones

T - Wow. Superb balance between the hops and malts. Nice bready aftertaste and rich, toasted, caramel flavors. Much less hoppy than the smell would lead you to believe. Very well built for the style.

M - Somewhat light to medium on body with a nice, crisp, dry hop finish.

D - This is easily a top three for the style. I think I'll stock up while its around.

Photo of JednoPivoProsim
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 fl oz bottle into an Ommegang tulip. Bottled 012511.

Appearance: Dark amber with a thick white heads that recedes rather quickly.

Smell: This one is going to be hoppy. I feel like I just stuck a Christmas tree up my nose.

Taste: Full of flavor, sweet and very fruity. Definite peach to apricot flavor. The interesting thing about this beer is that the strong hop taste comes at you like a bullet, but moves away just as quick. I feel like I'm hurrying through one sip just to get to the next.

Mouthfeel: It coats the mouth but is not a heavy beer. Only a slight (read = pleasant) hoppy aftertaste.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, especially for the 7.5% ABV. I could see this being a beer you could drink all night (although I'd hate to see the light of the next day).

Overall: This beer is like candy for adults. I can see why it is consistently rated so high.

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.79/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful amber with an off-white head.

In the nose is bitter grapefruit, orange, and persimmon backed by a nice floral bouquet. A delight to smell.

It tastes of sweet orange up front, which is quickly eliminated by bitter grapefruit popping in the back of the mouth. Then, it finishes dry with bitter spice - cardamom. It has a very nice mouthfeel and an excellent flavor. A very drinkable beer - deceptively smooth at 7.5.

Photo of heebes
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottled 020311.

Pours a dark ruby copper with perfect foamy off white head, into a tulip. Nose was noticeable right from popping the cap. Plenty of floral / citrus hops. Sweet auromas of pine, grapefruit; smells so juicy. Sip reveals a deliciously hopped amber that has immidiate bite and dryness, bitterness in the middle then smoothed out with a balance of malt. Medium bodied mouthfeel. A beer that tastes great fresh, highly drinkable. Just dont compare it to a DIPA...as it is, a wonderful hopped up Amber Ale.

Photo of CampbellKe11
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: had to drink this one from the bottle so I did not get a chance to see much of the color.
S: Thought this beer ha a great smell to it. Very pleasing and it made me anxious to have my first drink.
T: Taste was good. Enjoyed the citrus. Nice hop flavor but not overpowering.
M: I thought this one sticks with ya for a bit afterwards, but its ok because of the great taste.
D: Great, drank the better part of the sixer through the night while playing darts with the family and never felt overpowered by the beer.

Photo of wburch1967
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My buddy fred over a six pack this weekend, got to try finally. Medium amber, big head, som lacing. Smells of tropical fruits and smells sweet. The taste is grapefruit and very sweet. this was smooth a very drinkable. A truly great beer. Thanks, fred!

Photo of Kelly88
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into my Cincinnati Beerfest pint glass, bottled on 1-25-11.

A- Great looking beer. Clear, very clear, amber color that looks how you expect an amber ale to look. After an aggressive pour the beer yielded a nice 2 inch off white head that was bubbly and frothy. Head fades to a ring of lace yet fails to leave any on the side, oh well still a beautiful beer

S- This beer has one of the greatest smells I have ever smelt! Huge HUge grapefruit and orange aromas with just a hint of bread. If I was blindfolded I would have thought I was about eat a big ripe grapefruit just unbeleivable.

T- Nice balance of the huge grapefruit taste with some bread coated with a thin layer of caramel. I would have liked more of that grapefruit but that is the IPA lover in me coming out. Overall a great balance of flavors, really hoppy but yet not really.

M- nothing really special here which is not a bad thing. Im not really thinking about it so its not distracting which keeps your mind on the great taste and smell. I would call it light to medium light bodied. Good carbonation that is refreshing

D- very refreshing beer that goes down smooth without hardly a hint of alchohol. I think I will go back to the fridge for another right now

Photo of Jimmys
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: bright copper, amber hued brew. white fluffy head that leaves some bubbly lacing on its way down.

S: sweet butterscotch quickly turns into a hop bomb. big american hop aromas of tart grapefruits and citrus.

T: tangy grapefruit and some serious pine resins. sticks to your pallet like milk duds. a touch of sweetness in there to keep everything in balance. not as much a sweet touch as most ambers, but me having a soft spot for big hop flavors im finding this very tasty.

M: decent carbonation on a body that is full of refreshing hop character.

D: definitely an imp. a hop bomb, but clean and refreshing as well. one of my favorites from troegs.

Photo of Zinsk
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2-26-11 gravity draw from cask @ Rattle 'N' Hum in NYC:

A: beautiful amber; much cloudier than from bottle & head less voluminous & quicker dissipating than from bottle, both expected from cask
S: a bit more malt than from bottle, but hops aroma still very aggresive in multi-dimensional citrus, pine, floral way
T: excellent flavor differentiation with the hops elements of citrus, pine, and flowers predominating, but stronger bread & other malt characteristics than on nose, including faint sweetness in the mid-palate; hops took over in the finish, which is dry
M: soft carbonation plus a flow of yeast & malt sediments made this my best cask-ale experience in the U.S.; I literally felt like the amber "nectar" was gently dancing over my tongue, with the memory lingering long after swallowing
D: the above combination makes this an ale I would be happy to drink almost any time; the alcohol is so well cloaked in the other elements that palate fatigue should not be relied upon as a guage for when to stop

Photo of Brewbro000
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I don't know what it is about East Coast beers but man this one packs a punch. Something about the hop presence in beers from the East just seems to be so balanced without too much of a hop bite. Don't get me wrong, love bitterness but this beer has a great aroma profile that follows through with the flavor without being too forward. Granted it's an Amber and not an IPA, i love the balanced hop presence of citrus fruits, pineapple, lemon, ect. Just as the name describes it pours a very clear amber with a thin white head, and all the hop aroma and sweet caramel malts pour through the nose. To me, this could be something of Hopslams little brother. I wish i had more of this because i would drink it all day.

Photo of duffcalifornia
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Thanks to bigfnjoe for this..

A: An absolutely gorgeous amber, perfectly translucent. The only thing that keeps this from being a 5 is the fact that the 1" head, while white and fluffy, fades quickly. It does provide decent lacing while it exists.

S: Seems to be all hops in the aroma, with equal parts pine and citrus dominated by grapefruit. Almost no smell of the malt in this at all.

T: Very closely mirrors the nose - taste is primarily hops, with grapefruit and pine, with a hint of malt on the finish. It is perhaps *just* a bit more pine-forward than I'd like, but it is not a real detriment to this excellent beer.

M: Has a medium mouthfeel with appropriate carbonation, and a dry finish, which I'm not necessarily a fan of, hence the score.

D: This is an extremely easy to drink Amber Ale. There is no hint of the alcohol in this at all, and for around $10 a six pack, this is a great value. While I'm not always in the mood for an ale, this would be one of the first I'd reach for if I could get it all the time.

Photo of vkv822
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into tulip pint.

Pours a clear orange hued golden color with a frothy white head and some visible rising carbonation.

Aroma is dominated by resiny pine and and some citric hops. Only a faint malt backing.

The resinous and citric hops are still the focal point, though there is much more of bready malty balance that finishes up the taste than is found in the nose.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with fairly subtle, yet appropriate carbonation.

Hop-forward yet still well balanced, this one of those beers that I could easily buy a sixer of and just sit back and enjoy a few without having to think about it too much.

Photo of legalpete19340
4.95/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: This thing is gorgeous. Its a radiant shiny copper hue with a thick two finger head that coats the glass and laces superbly.

S: Incredible ripe grapefruit with serious sweet pine and just a bit of biscuit. These words dont do justice to what I am smelling.

T: Just like the nose, ripe grapefruit and pine. The malt backbone is perfectly balanced with the distinct flavor of scones. Hop bitterness hits in the mid swig and sticks around just the right amount of time afterward.

M: Medium with noticeable but controlled carbonation.

D: Insanely drinkable! Not too sweet, not too bitter, not heavy not light, just perfect. Somebody hold me back.

Being from the west coast I had heard great things but never had the chance to try this beer. It blows expectations away. Insanely good. I am not an Amber guy and have no idea what an Imperial Amber is but this thing rocks. Get this and drink it. It defies reason.

Photo of philly224
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving type: 12 oz bottle

A: Very orange with a small white head
S: A ton of grapefruit and pine scent, this beer smells great
T: Lots of citrus flavor up front, finish is extremely hoppy. Hides abv extremely well
M: Very thick mouth feel
D: Drinkability is great, I could easily drink a 6 pack of these without getting tired of it.

Final comments:

I finally got to try this beer after over a month of searching for it, it was well worth the wait. This beer lives up to the hype.

Photo of DrinkingDrake
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden copper with a head that disappears quickly. A thin ring around the glasses and some splotches of bigger bubbles.

Smells amazingly spicy, zesty and fruity. Tropical fruits are dominant. A sweet caramel body compliments the sweet fruit flavors that have been perfectly extracted from the hops.

An initial bubbly sweetness. A bigger malt character than I expected. Caramel with an enormous amount of flavorful mango and a spicy finish with well balanced bitterness, malts and fruity characteristics of these strong hops.

A medium body with a nice after bite of hoppy bitterness and carbonation.

Photo of AleWatcher
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Blind beer #1 from Sitarist-- thanks man!

I cracked this open and smelled... Decided a tulip pint was the way to go...

This is a nice orangey color with hints of copper. Two finger light beige head has good retention and nice lacing. This is a hoppy brew... For sure. I'm thinking an IPA, or perhaps Nugget Nectar...

The aroma has huge hops-- citrus and grapefruit, slight pine, fresh and clean. Malts are there too, but the hops are awesome! Malts have a caramel malt and sweet breadiness - Haiwaiian Bread.

Taste is sweet maltiness and big citrus hops. This drinks like a great IPA-- well balnced in terms of flavor profile, but this certainly has some assertive hoppiness. Nice pleasant bitterness is perfect-- it lasts for a while, but doesn't linger excessively. Very nice flavor and aftertaste. Medium full body holds some oily feel and a good prickly carbonation. This beer is tasty and refreshing.

I could drink this all day. It is a spectacular beer that has enough flavor to keep me interested, but light enough to spend a few hours with... I'm still thinking this an IPA-- or possibly Nugget Nectar... Either way, I feel like I've had this before!

--- reveals--
Troeg's Nugget Nectar.
Man do I love this beer. Drinking it blind made me totally think IPA (I cracked a bomber of this yesterday at the HiFi release, and it wasn't as hoppy as it was today!)
What a great beer! Thanks sitarist!
A -4, S -4.5, T -4.5, M -4, D -5

Photo of Pballa4lyfe
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After a long search, i finally found this beer and had to give it a shot

A- poured this into a pint glass, gave a small white head, and was a copper amber color

S- this is probably one of the best smelling beers ever, very potent and terrific

T- taste was somewhat of a let down, don't get me wrong though, it tasted great! but just didnt live up to the hype i was expecting...but it was a great beer, wonderful hops

M- good mouthfeel, good carbonation

D- def drinkable, a few of these should do you good

Overall, a great beer by anyone's means, didn't live to the hype though, but still worth it and wouldn't mind getting more of this

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