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Tröegs Nugget Nectar - Tröegs Brewing Company

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6,831 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,831
Reviews: 2,306
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.91%
Wants: 1,142
Gots: 774 | FT: 23
Brewed by:
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 andrewm190
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Powerfully sweet and hoppy, this beer is quite the winner. It finished with a sweet coating and a hint of hops. The hops taste is far more powerful during the actual sip, when it can be smelled as well. Nothing too overpowering, but nice. A bit more carbonation that I would prefer, but I'm really picking at this point. Overall, a great beer and a nice recommendation.

andrewm190, Mar 04, 2009
Photo of JoeBloe
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i've been a few 6-packs into this lately - had one on cask at the blind tiger and picked up a 22oz bomber today - it certainly lives up to the hype - nicely balanced throughout - real tasty and really drinkable - i like it better from the bottle than on cask ( the fresh =hop tastiness seemed lost) - a real nice 'go to' beer - i can drink way too many of these.

*it's been over a year since this review and i've had this on cask yet again, at dba, along with a friend - something was wrong -
this was just awful - since i've been into craft beer i've found that ipa's and the like (this being the 'like') don't lend themselves to cask servings - however the fresh growler i'm working now, from a fresh keg, is remarkable - it's nugget nectar at it's best!

JoeBloe, Mar 03, 2009
Photo of MacDomer
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recently received from IBUnit63 in a trade - thanks for the opportunity, Larry.

Appearance is nice - a bronze orange color with golden highlights. Nice light head, not particularly big, but it's fluffy and enticing.

The nose is hoppy, as expected, with nice malts coming through on the back end. The nugget hops here are a nice change, which I'd call more herbal or grassy than most.

The taste is like a hoppy amber, but it's not quite imperial as the label asserts. Very tasty, and toasty too, to balance the hops. This is good drinking beer right here, but it doesn't make me say wow in the flavor department.

The mouthfeel on this one is about medium. It's a bit sticky too, which is quite enjoyable. Carbonation is just right.

Drinkability...well, this is quite good. If I had access to this around me, I'd probably buy a six pack every release. I was really glad to have been able to try it, but I probably won't seek it out intentionally in a trade.

MacDomer, Mar 03, 2009
Photo of brianlg
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After hearing good things, and being a huge fan of Troegs I had to try Nugget Nectar. I just got a single 12oz bottle and poured into my pint glass. It pours a deep iced tea color with a 2 finger creamy head, which dissolved rather quickly. It smells very piny and hoppy. The taste is also very piny, but also tastes tart and citrusy. Very smooth and goes down beautifully. Extremely tasty, it just gets better sip after sip. I could drink this all day. Troegs, you are my hero!

brianlg, Mar 03, 2009
Photo of imagineiii
3.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought everything left on the shelves in Boston the weekend of EBF.

Poured into a pint tumbler, solid inch of tight creamy head. Great retention. Great amber hues. small carbonation.

Great pine sap and earth on the nose. clean scent, doesnt show alcohol sweetness.

This beer has such perfect balance. Hops are present but dont bite the palate. They stay mostly at the back of the beer, covered by a perfect sweetness. Neither bitter nor sweet linger after the beer is gone.

Mouthfeel is actually rather thin for a self described "imperial amber". Hop bitterness does start to collect on the palate after a few sips, but overall, Im detracting for being too drinkable.

If I want an imperial, I wont be craving this beer. If I want an unbelievably smooth and balanced beer that will go down all too quickly for 7.5%, Ill go for this beer.

imagineiii, Mar 03, 2009
Photo of Beerzebub
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Yetiman420 for trading me this.

12oz bottle, poured in a big wine glass at 50 F/ 10 C.

Copper-amber color, fine haze, small cream colored head, finely patterned lace.

Aroma of musky, piny, citrusy hops, and caramel malt. Nice richness to the malt, and some complex notes along the lines of mild leather, sweet tobacco, and dulce de leche. Mild, but exceedingly pleasant.

Tastes like an array of piny, fruity hops and toasty fruity caramel malt. An overall fruitiness binds the malt and hops; totally cohesive. Moderate musky resinous bitterness comes in, and the malt grows deeper and more complex. Very well balanced and very tasty. Long finish of tasty caramel malt.

Soft, supple, rich texture. Quite drinkable.

Tasty, well crafted, interesting beer. I enjoyed this.

Beerzebub, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of TequilaSauer
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours with little head retention. Beautiful amber color.

Smell is hoppy and slightly sweet, but it doesn't jump out and slap you in the face.

This beer is definitely all about taste and it lets you know. Attack is fairly subtle, but the hops kick in quickly with hints of orange and even a little caramel. The finish is awesome, one of my favorites in an Amber. Very vegetal and it lingers very pleasantly.

This is one of the best drinking beers around, IMO. The ABV is totally hidden and it's extremely enjoyable and light without losing any of its great flavor. MOAR!

TequilaSauer, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of johlendorf
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Much more like an IPA than an amber. Sweet nuggety goodness.

A = Dark amber, clear.

S = Balance of citrus and piney hops.

T = Hops dominate but don't overwhelm. Smooth malts are detectable.

M = Bubbly and very clean.

D = Easy for the ABV, the carbonation adds a nice lightness.

Not sure why something labeled with a fist squeezing dankness out of a giant hop would market itself as an Amber.

johlendorf, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of jimj21
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 ounce bottle poured a snifter. Pours a nice dark amber color topped by a finger of creamy white head. Head dissipates quickly, leaving some lacing. Not too many bubbles moving up the glass.

Lots of hop aroma. Mostly sweet citrus, along with some pine. A swirl reveals a bit of maltiness as well. Smell isn't as strong as a lot of other hoppy beers though.

Hoppy deliciousness. Hops smack you in the face right away, but then the sweet malt backbone is there to balance. Hops taste mostly of pine and some grapefruit. A little bitterness on the finish. Not too dry. Lots of complexity.

Mouthfeel is really creamy. Carbonation is perfect. Medium bodied. A little oily on the swallow.

I really wish Tröegs was available in CT. Very balanced. The hops don't numb the palate. Delicious. This definitely deserves a spot in the top 100.

jimj21, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of jlb307
4.9/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a nicely chilled 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Beautifully clear with a copper color hard to describe. It looks a lot like what I stained my deck with, so I can only call it "Mahogany Flame". The head was only about a finger, but it retained nicely.

S: Like being smacked in the face with a snowball made of hops. Still very nicely balanced with overtones of citrus, pine, and malt. The only reason it's a 4.5 is because the aroma actually seemed to fade as it approached room temp versus intensify.

T: I was amazed at how smooth this beer is. The least bit of that hoppy beer aftertaste, which is soooo nice. Wonderfully clean. Still getting hints of the citrus and pine, but not as much of the caramel malt, and definitely not much alochol.

M: Superb. A perfect balance between carbonation and taste, not to sharp or flat. It feels just right.

D: I was so pleased by this beer, I couldn't wait until I finished it to post this review. I would definitely go looking for this if I had to. Must drink it...but then it's gone....but must drink it....but then it's gone...

jlb307, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of Bierguy5
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, 7.5% ABV. Pours a clear copper color. Thick, rocky off-white head. Great retention. A few spots of lace left on the glass at the end.

Bursting with hop aroma. Piney, citrusy and floral notes all coming together. A good hint of caramel malt in the nose as well to keep things from getting too crazy.

Good caramel malt background that withstands the good amount of bitterness. Piney, juicy citrus and herbal flavors. Bitterness lingers for quite a while.

Medium body, smooth carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden in this brew, making it very easy to drink. Very enjoyable.

Bierguy5, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of woodychandler
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Holy (Beer) Spit (and Cursing), Batman! I cannot believe that I have never reviewed this beer in any of its forms. Last night was probably the best-attended Cask Night at Lititz's GEN Sutter Inn to date and it was thanks to a couple of locals, including this one. Many thanks to the incomparable Paul Pendyck for hosting an event that so many look forward to on a monthly basis!

Onward. This came out of a hand-pump manned by Mr. Pendyck. It had two fingers of light-tan head with decent retention. The color was a beautiful BUPGOO amber with NE-quality clarity. The nose was oozing with pine. My mouth began to water like that of Pavlov's dogs upon hearing a bell. Yow! The mouthfeel was silky smooth, caressing my tongue in its gentle grip. The taste was like licking a pine tree. Mmmm. I loved it, but it may not be for everyone. The finish lingered with a sticky, pine-y, resinous aftertaste.

woodychandler, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of thehand
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass. Appearance is clear deep golden orange. About 1" off-white head, settles to bubbly film. Decent amount of spotty lacing. Aroma of grapefruit, pine, some kind of musty earthiness also. Taste is very hoppy, braced by a solid malt backbone. Resinous finish, lots of lingering pine and earth. Medium bodied, sticky, with smooth carbonation. Very drinkable.

thehand, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of tegelaar
4.9/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Welcome to Boston, Troegs! Finally located a 22oz bomber after trying a few places. Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a slightly redish copper color. Not a huge head but it doesn't go away after calming down. Nice lacing.

S: Citrus and pine. My only minor complaint is the smell is a little faint for my tastes. Perhaps a different glass would help it out for me.

T: Absolutely delicious! Lots and lots of hops but well balanced at the same time. No taste of alcohol despite the fairly high ABV.

M: Very smooth with the perfect amount of carbonation. Tingles in all the right places.

D: If I could get enough of it, I wouldn't have a problem turning this into a session beer. Might not be wise.. but still, it goes down easily.

What can I say.. this one lived up to the hype. A great beer I would love to get my hands on regularly.

tegelaar, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of tigg924
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: amber, clear, medium head that stays

Smell: complex combination of grapefruit, hops, citrus, pine, and sweet caramel

Taste: awesome for the style: a floral start-followed by a middle containing hops, pine, and the sweet caramel finish

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. A light start, with a sharp bitter middle followed by a sweet tasting end

Drinkability: This is perhaps the only amber ale that I have said I need to buy this again. It does have a high ABV, but wow is this good. I like it for the hops and the complexity and can only imagine how it tastes on draft...Not an amber fan, but I do love this beer.

tigg924, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of Brew33
4.93/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a Bomber at Jungle Jim's.

This is undoubtedly one of the best beers I have ever had in my life. Unreal. Beautiful color, unearthly aroma, sticky lace, delicious,complex. Wow. I can't say enough about this beer. The hops are dominant but it is fairly well balanced.

This beer besides being absolutely delicious has dangerous drinkability. I could session this beer at 7.5%.

I may go max out a credit card on this stuff. Wow.

Brew33, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of yesyouam
4.97/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Troegs Nugget Nectar is a very clear amber ale with a dense, foamy, yellowed off-white head that leaves outstanding lacing. How can a beer be this hoppy and this clear? Who knows? The aroma is a huge blast of fresh American hops. It smells like a handful of hops. It's no lie. It is medium bodied, very smooth and a touch fizzy. The finish is crisp, dry, and clean. It has a bold pine flavor with juicy citrus peel. It tastes like... essence of American hops. It's hard to detect the malt. There may be a touch of pretzel. There is no distracting sweetness. It's a miracle beer for hop heads. It really doesn't come off as all that bitter. It's just hoppy! How do they do this? It's fantastic!

yesyouam, Feb 27, 2009
Photo of psugrad98
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours reddish amber. Thick creamy head.

Aroma is very rich and floral with huge citrus grapefruit nose. First sip if of intense hop bitterness that is pleasantly balanced by a modest sweet maltness. Lace clings thickly through leaving beautiful cascades down the glass.

As beer warms hops are more pronounced with bitterness contrasted with bright slightly citrus tones. Finishes very dry and crisp.

psugrad98, Feb 27, 2009
Photo of scifan
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to sirpsycho for throwing this extra in the box. Very excited to review this amazing brew.
Lovely golden amber color with a nice dense foamey head.
Smells amazing like a I shoved my nose into a bushel of hops. BIG piney, citrus, grapefruity, aromas hit my nose like a nine pound hammer. I'm gonna like this alot.
Taste soooo good this is the best IPA I've had since Hopslam. Not quite as good as Hopslam but very close. LOTS of piney bitterness but I'm getting more fruity citrus flavor. Feels nice very smooth goes down nice and easy. Awesome beer.

scifan, Feb 27, 2009
Photo of eberkman
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pretty orange-gold with good clarity and plenty of carbonation bubbles meandering to the surface. Nice, sticky eggshell-colored head. A few fingers to start. Slowly reduces, leaving a web of lacing on the side of my Ommegang 10-year anniversary goblet.

Big aromas of piney, floral and citrusy hops -- outstanding complexity of the nose in the hops alone. A strong backbone of malty caramel smells balances it out.

The taste is again dominated by a complex blend of grapefruity hops. Some sweet maltiness toward the middle giving way to a lingering bitter finish. Each sip calls for another one. Hoppy as hell without being harsh. Smooth is the operative word here.

Mouthfeel is oily -- again from the big hop presence -- but feather-light as well. A little more heft wouldn't hurt, but nothing to complain about.

Extremely drinkable at 7.5% for something that I would categorize more as a DIPA. If I'd gladly throw back a bunch of Racer 5s in a night, a few of these would more than hit the spot too.

eberkman, Feb 27, 2009
Photo of John_M
4.63/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From a firkin/pin at Max's last night.

The beer pours the expected hazy orange color with pretty good head retention and sticky lacing. As always, this beer has just a gorgeous nose of orange hoppy citrus and lots of underlying spice. You know right off this is going to be great stuff. On the palate this beer is just excellent. Cask conditioning softens this beer, but it loses none of its delicious flavor profile. There is still that wonderful marriage of fruity, bitter hoppiness one gets from the excellent balance of malt and hops. The beer finishes with a nice dry hoppy bitterness, but the cask conditioning gives this beer a creaminess that is just amazing. The finish is quite long and is exceptional. Alcohol is well disguised and you could easily fool yourself into believing that it would be OK to drink pint after pint after pint (which I nearly did).

One of the finest beers made here on the East Coast and well deserving of its accolades and place on the BA top 100. Excellent stuff.

John_M, Feb 26, 2009
Photo of dohastmich
4.78/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - 1/4 inch head which dissipates fairly quick, color is amber, and is crystal clear

S - wonderful smell, as if your nose is in a bag of hops

T - perfectly balanced, no hit of the 7.5%, strong hop taste with citrus undertone. No bitter hop flavor after swallowing

M - taste is smooth, various hop flavors are apparent. 93 IBUs and no sense of the higher alcohol.

D - sign me up for another, this is a good one

dohastmich, Feb 26, 2009
Photo of hooliganlife
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a bottle. pours deep copper with puffy white head, light retention and lacing.

smell is huge sweet citrus with faint hints of pine.

taste is smooth up front into a slight bitter citrus bite slightly balanced out by the malts.

very light carbonation but very thick and what feels and looks to be oily (hop juice, right?)

overall, this is damn good! so drinkable yet dangerous. great hop presence and insanely smooth. i can see why some say this is more like a DIPA. thanks keith!

hooliganlife, Feb 26, 2009
Photo of shirfan
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nugget Nectar poured clear amber-orange with a thin but sticky layer of foam that left lacing throughout the glass.

Aroma of pine needles, tangerine, grapefruit, and some earthy malt.

Flavor starts with a lot of the same aspects as the nose. Pine and some zesty citrus lead the way, and although this is a very hoppy amber ale, it's sweet enough to balance the bitterness nicely. Finishes with a mild earthy, peppery note. This could easily pass as an IPA, although the mouthfeel might be just a touch smoother than average.

If you enjoy hops, Nugget Nectar is a must-try.

shirfan, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of daveGsus
4.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had the bottle before I had the draft. I thought the bottle was good. I was delighted to see that they had it on tap at bube's. has a nice orangish yellow color. the smell is all-world. it smells and tastes like some really good marijuana(not that I condone that kind of activity). far better cold than warm. an electric feel in my mouth. I could drink this all year.

daveGsus, Feb 25, 2009
Tröegs Nugget Nectar from Tröegs Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 6,831 ratings.