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Tröegs Nugget Nectar - Tröegs Brewing Company

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6,626 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,626
Reviews: 2,305
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.68%
Wants: 1,093
Gots: 724 | FT: 26
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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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Photo of stumac
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this beer pours up a murky copper color with a big frothy off white head. decent lacing. the nose is grapefruit, piney hops, alcohol spice, sweet malts. the taste is the same as the nose. Lots of grapefruit in this brew. A very smoothe taste, low carbo, light to medium body. This would make a great session beer if I had it readily available to me here in Tejas!

stumac, Oct 31, 2008
Photo of spointon
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mikereaser for this trade. I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A= This ale poured a cloudy glowing orange gold color with a 3/4" dense white head. The head dropped slowly to a 1/8" cap that stayed throughout. Loads of lacing down the glass.

S= Sweet bakery malt base with a heavy pine and grapefruit aroma over the top. Lots of estery fruitiness as well.

T= This is a flavor war in each sip. The huge malt backbone tries to make this a sweet and grainy malt bomb. The spicy "west coast" hop profile gives this enough base bitterness to call this a hop bomb as well. No matter what you call it, I found this ale to be delicious and well balanced. After the hop/malt battle, the finish is smooth, rich, and not too dry.

MF= I found this ale to be very smooth and slightly to the heavy side of medium bodied. Very mild carbonation adds to the creamy and slightly oily mouthfeel.

D= Though my bottle was just slightly oxidized, I still thought this was an outsanding beer. Like a super malty IPA. I will hopefully have more of this in the not too distant future!

spointon, Oct 28, 2008
Photo of Mauerhan
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

thanks to patron wizard for this gem.

poured into a pint glass. small amount of fluffy cream colored head that falls quickly. a very nice golden orange color. with a slight bit of haze.

smells sweet. small hop nose, but mostly i get fruits. mandarins. tabacco.

taste is good. sweet. full flavored. i get alot of the malts. full rich. l

coats the mouth nicely, not to carbonated.

this is beyond smooth. it would be easy to put back a six pack of this without thinking twice. i would love to get some more.

Mauerhan, Oct 27, 2008
Photo of PatronWizard
3.88/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to a disgustingly generous trade from Kadonny.

Color of orange marmalade. Thin head of medium sized bubbles. Died quickly.

Smells of orange marmalade. Seriously.

Tastes of tea leaves. Not so hoppy. Not hoppy at all in fact. Well maybe a little at the end. Maybe a slight tobacco flavor. Peach too.

Nice and smooth. Refreshing even.

Overall: decent but kind of a let down. Actually at the end of the bottle, I was enjoying it a lot more

PatronWizard, Oct 21, 2008
Photo of mentor
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to BeerWorld for this one. Pours a solid finger of clingy tan head (some orange) over a clear polished copper liquid. Sediment was left in the bottle. Pretty. Smells piney hops, baby aspirin, tangerine, soured mango, and dried out musty leaves.

Tastes potent hop flavor with some hip bitter and supporting mild malt sweet. Mouthfeel is creamy and a significant contributor to the deliciousness of this beer. Wow, that first sip was wonderful. Hop flavor is pine and soured tangerine with some grapefruit pith and grapefruit seed. Hop bitterness is smooth with a spiciness that blends into the alcohol burn. Alcohol is clean of fusels and works with a sour cherry and metalic tang in the finish and lingering aftertaste. Malt flavor is mildly toasted, but quite under the hops. Fruity esters are present way beneath the hops, but are blended and supportive (unripe peach and rich watermelon heart). Smooth creamy mouthfeel just makes this beer. Md-thick and moderate, but sharp, carbonation.

Very complex and very well blended. A top notch american hopped up beer. This beer would be the pride and joy in the line-up of any american brewer.

mentor, Oct 17, 2008
Photo of bonbini26
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours bright dark orange/amber with a thin head that stays with the beer throughout Traces of lacing stick to glass.

S- Strong citrus, grapefruit and lemon. Pine and floral notes also come through.

T- The taste is very citrusy. Sweet, with the hops staying well ahead of the noticeable malt. Pine and floral notes interact well, giving the hop profile a wonderful complexity. This is an amazingly hoppy beer with just enough sweet malt to give it a nice depth and complexity. This is an extreme beer that is crazy hoppy, but still retains a nice malt backbone. A pinch of alcohol lends some spice.

M- Creamy and smooth full body leaves flavors lingering with an alcohol tingle.

D- Smooth drinking, IPA, red ale, w/e you wanna call it, always look forward to this every year, wish it was year-round

bonbini26, Oct 16, 2008
Photo of Buebie
4.85/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks jtrockchalk for this extra!

Poured rigerously from a brown 12 oz bottle, with no freshness date, into a snifter.

Brilliant golden transparent copper in color. 2 finger foamy white head. Nice little cake of retention and sticky lace.

Aroma is intoxicating on its own. Sweet tangerine, pine, mild grapefruit, mild peppery scent, raw honey, cloves?

Verry smooth upfront, sweet malts. Hops are almost delicate in flavor, more fresh marmalade, tangerines, pine, fruit rind (grapefruit).
The water seems very minerally, in a good way. Reminds me alot of Aquafina, crisp clean delicious water.
Some doughy bready flavors, mixed with a carmelly sweet honey.
Mouthfeel is creamy and rich, with an oily texture, hop oil?
The hops are not overly bitter, sweet wonderful balance. Like a piece of chocolate that you continue to suck on, in hops that it wont dissolve...its like that.

Outstanding brew! Highly recommend.

Buebie, Oct 02, 2008
Photo of ibbjamin
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this brew in a trade with deepsouth. Poured into a stein.

Quarter inch white head that dissipates instantaneously. Transparent amber color. Almost no lacing.

Smells more like an IPA than an Amber to me. Regardless, it smells quality. Some citrus tones, hoppy, some malts to back it up. Quality ingredients.

Hoppy up front. Well balanced brew. Again the quality reigns through.

Medium body. Nice smooth mouthfeel. Very easy to drink.

Highly recommended. I guess I haven't had an Amber this good possibly ever!

ibbjamin, Oct 01, 2008
Photo of aqsprint
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Fantastic orange hue with a white pillow of foam.

S- Pine, citrus, resin. Good aroma, just wish there was more of it.

T- Malty, bitter, smooth, some alcohol in the back of the tongue. Good balance.

M- I like my double IPAs when they don't have the consistency of oil. This is just about perfect for me.

D- Very drinkable! The mouth feel really helps it go down easy. I wish I had 11 more of these.

aqsprint, Sep 17, 2008
Photo of hellomcfly
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to chefnash! Poured from bottle into a tulip glass

A - Pours a pretty amber orange with a finger or so tall white head that dispated fairly quickly but still leaves a ring of lacing as the level of beer goes down my glass.

S - Very piney hop smell with orange citrus. Slightly earthy as it warms up. Starts the smell a little funky the warmer it gets. I dunno about this one.

T - More piney hop but more of a grapefruit citrus than an orange.

M - Nice mouthfeel. Medium bodied with nice carbonation and slight dryness.

D - Pretty high drinkability for a fairly hoppy brew.

Out of date and still an A-. Review to be edited should I obtain a fresh bottle. Great beer.

hellomcfly, Sep 11, 2008
Photo of Slynger
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nugget Nectar pours a beautiful, clear, deep fall orange with a nice, creamy, caramel toned cap.

The nose is excellent. Delectable scents of juicy, juicy, fresh fruity, spruciness.

The is where this beer really demonstrates its excellence. Solid malt base of lightly sweet caramel drizzled white cake, and lightly toasted bread provide an excellent balance to the awesome hop bill, coming in with fresh oranges, pineapples, and grapefruits, along with rindy and fresh pine needle bitterness.

Medium full body is lightly oily slick and smooth with a perfect amount of creamy-tingly carbonation.

Awesome beer, one of the best amber-ish brews of all time, and probably too deliciously drinkable for it's alcohol content. Well done Troegs.

Slynger, Sep 08, 2008
Photo of PerzentRizen
4.85/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This was the second beer from Troeggs I have had the pleasure of sampling. I loved the Troegganator so this was a logical step. I have to say it was one of my top 10 favorite beers of all time.

I poured this beer into a 16 ounce pint glass and now that I don't have any more I am kicking myself for not using a tupil glass to catch the beautiful piney aromas...stupid! stupid! stupid! Oh well, I'll get more this spring will in Florida.

The carbonation is delightful and I can already tell its going to be delicious because of the piney hop resin smell that I can sense before first sip. A good friend gave me this one and when he handed it to me he said, "drink this one slowly and savor." He being a fellow BA and a knowledgable one at that I decided to heed his advice.

From first sip to last this beer is hoppy, but not bitter, refreshing, but not watered down, just plain delicious. If I could only have one beer for the rest of my life this might be it! I loved it. Drink it slow and savor the flavor friends!

PerzentRizen, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of naproxen
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok so I am seriously torn between reviewing this as an 'amber/red ale' or just the damned tasty bevvy it is

fuck it

If you love HopSlam, this is your natural transgression.

The nose on this, and I can say with certainty as I am enjoying 100% side by side, that nugget smells very close to Hopslam. A little maltier, thats all. It is all honey-sugar-malt-hops and that is a good combo (where are my chex mix in this flavor??)

Taste...verrrry smooth. The after taste is earthy hops (p.s. this bottle is 2008 but cellared since July) Nothing horrendously bitter in any respect. September is my 'spring cleaning' so any really hopped up beers are making their debut. Not much else I can sat for the NN that hasn't been commented on, it really is a delicious way to spend a Friday night before gosh darn (eh, am i that lame?) hurricanes come aboard

Honestly it really is a beer I would gladly enjoy 365 days of the year, regardless of season.

naproxen, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of scootny
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 12 oz bottle consumed from a tulip tumbler. A lightly hazy liquid of reddish copper hue. An off white head of about a finger with good retention and lacing . Very gentle carbonation activity.

Smell is citrus and pine, a sweet malt and caramel.

Taste is more of the nose. Malt is first. A big and sweet backbone that supports the hops. Breadyness follows. Yeasty fruit esters mix in. Hops are balanced and prominent. Bittering in the finish is mild followed by a biscuity note on the palate. Finish is dry and mellow.

Mouthfeel is creamy and delectable. A smooth carbonation keeps the mouth ready for the next sip. Weight medium and perfect for andy season.

Drinkability is superb. It embodies all of the smoothness that is expected from and American amber ale at a deceptively high abv. Easy to kill a six and then pass out. Watch out!! Good Stuff Here!

scootny, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of RThomas436
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An orange-amber color with crystal clarity and a head that left alot of lace.

Aromatic and hoppy from the different types of hops used - there is some fruit and alot of pine.

Fresh and clean with hints of the pine slight bitterness

Smooth and the carbonation creates a glorious feeling in the mouth.

I loved this amber ale. This is pure heaven in a glass from the aroma to the taste and finish everything is enjoyable. The ABV is not to high but you can still a get decent buzz but drinking a few.

RThomas436, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of daleleboeuf
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

This beer had a hazy reddish amber appearance but was still fairly translucent. Had a little head at first pour. Once it settles, a ring of foam is retained around the edge.

Had a very floral and herblike aroma. What you would expect from a beer with a nugget on the label.

Extremely hopped but doesn't linger as long as other hoppy beers do. That helps a lot with the drinkability. Could definitely drink about 3 of these but then would have to move to a less extreme pale ale.

daleleboeuf, Aug 31, 2008
Photo of Hophead101
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had at home on 4/24/08. poured from bottle into wide mouth glass

apprearance: really nice clear golden copper color. small white foamy head from the pour. dissipated very quickly - good looking beer, would give it a better appearance rating but the lack of head knocked it down a bit

smell: great nose. sweet almost candy like hop smell. nice crisp smell - doesn't linger real long. could actually have a little more 'body' to the smell - not real over powering.

taste: full mouth hop flavor, but doesn't get out of control. it does hang around a good bit - good back of the tongue flavor. also nice and crisp.

mouthfeel and drinkability are pretty good. this is a keeper kind of beer. only produced once a year - and worth grabbing a couple cases if you can get a hold of them.

great beer, highly recommend.

Hophead101, Aug 25, 2008
Photo of Derek
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Amber-brown with an off-white head, slight haze, good retention & some leg.

S: Big hop nose: pine, apricot, grass, herbs & grapefruit; candied fruit; citrus rind; toffee & biscuity pale malts; slight sulfury mineral.

T: Big hop flavour with a good bitterness up front. Tangerine, pine, steelie-grass & herbs. Nice biscuity malt, dark toffee & candied fruit. Awesome.

M: Moderate body & carbonation, slight acidity, dry alcohol finish.

D: Incredibly drinkable for its weight, but definitely biased to the hop head.

An all around great beer. I think it's more of an IPA than an Amber though.

Thanks for the trade Sammy!

Derek, Aug 23, 2008
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 fl. oz. into my 8 oz. Peroni stange.

A ~ A strong pour produced an appealing amber glowing beer, almost a hazy iced tea color with a moderate head & nice, sticky lacing.

S ~ BIG Hops with notes of citrus rind, warm biscuits, malt & a touch of smoke.

T ~ A nice balance of sweet & bitter with gobs of layered hops that are distinctly featured & separated. A little smokey, with hints of malty grains on the front side & just bitter enough at the end (for me) at "93ish" IBU's. Nice & dry on the finish with a lingering snap on the tongue.

M ~ Cool & crisp ~ full bodied with a sparkling carbonation that enhances the complex 3 hop blend nicely. Smooth & creamy at first. A slightly bitter, astringent finish. A touch of warmth on the swallow ~ the 7.5% ABV is well masked.

D ~ While I'm still developing an appreciation for hops I found this intriguing & was left wanting more. Less bitter & very approachable. Recommended. I'm hoping to try this again sometime soon.

TATTORSO, Aug 17, 2008
Photo of Moxley
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have to first say that this beer received a ton of hype from my drinkin' buddies Hyland and Pleepleus. I still hadn't tried it when it went out of circulation for the season. Luckily my good buddy Hyland had one tucked in the very dark corner of his basement beer fridge and was kind enough to share it with me.

So please keep in mind this is a very important review you're about to read.

A - Poured an amber color with a bit of haziness about it. No head to speak of.

S - Christmas morning. Or, well, how it would smell if you were sitting in your Christmas tree on Christmas morning. Lots of pine and hops. Very interesting.

T - Not disappointed. Great beer. Probably, no definitely the best I've had of it's kind. Like a mouth full of hops and pine. I know that sounds gross, but it's actually really refreshing and delicious. I'm sure this is a beer enjoyed by Mr. Christmas himself on those cold nights he spends flying around delivering cases of this delicious nectar to all us good boys and girls - wouldn't that be great!?

M&D - Well balanced, good hop/bitter quality on the finish, but not pucker bitter. Just right.

Keep up the good work Troegs. I'll be making a visit to your brewery very soon!

Moxley, Aug 15, 2008
Photo of GreatPondBrewer
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was an absolute godsend. My good friend brought it back to Korea after a trip home to the states. It was one of the beers I hadn't even asked for, but after the guy at the store saw the list I had furnished my friend he picked out that some more hops wouldn't hurt.

The beer poured out a deep copper color with a spot of yellow tinted white head atop. This slowly receded into a slick of bubbles that remained with some considerable lacing sticking to the side of my glass. The nose on this beer was outstanding with deep rolling notes of pine hops mixed with just the slightest bit of caramel maltiness and a slightly boozy effect with a deep pull of air. The first blush revealed an immensely full bodied flavor mixing a sharp alcohol with grapefruit and pine hop flavoring and just the hint of malty backbone that any "imperial" should possess. The carbonation was nice and gentle leaving a creamy and altogether pleasing effect on my mouth. It was slightly warming in the finish and the perfect beer to drink in the humid monsoon of the Korean summer. After consideration I would say that this beer reminds me of a slightly higher octane version of Victory's Hop Devil. Simply delightful. If I could get a few cases of this shipped to me here life would be just about complete!

GreatPondBrewer, Aug 13, 2008
Photo of glid02
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got this from a trade with ShrLSU, much obliged good sir.

Pours a good amber color with a one finger head. Head dissipates into a thin layer of bubbles on top, and the lacing is pretty good.

Smells both sweet and hoppy. It really is a good balance between the two. Could be just a little more intense.

Taste is good. Lots of stuff going on, it's sweet and hoppy, hoppy at first, then sweet, then hoppy again. Really nice.

As good as the taste is, the mouthfeel is the best thing about this beer. It's smoother than a baby's bottom.

The smoothness makes this a very drinkable beer. The taste and smell certainly don't lessen the resume.

This is definitely worth a shot, it's the one of the smoothest beers I've ever had outside of the stout family. Get some if you can.

glid02, Aug 09, 2008
Photo of Holmes1135
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My very best beer that I have ever had...a hop lover's dream!

An absolutely gorgeous deep gold color!

A rich inviting pine and caramel aroma that is...well its just great!

The taste is...well I already said that this is my absolute favorite beer! That pine and caramel aroma caries right through into the flavor and is acompanied by a warm alcohol and floral flavor, but it does not overpower. The most balanced beer I have ever tasted!

I will buy a case of this beer every year upon release. I work at a beer distributor in Erie PA and we sell out of this beer faster then any other! If you get an opportunity, buy this beer...buy a case, you will NOT be disappointed.


Holmes1135, Aug 09, 2008
Photo of Reagan1984
4.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you to Redmagik99 for providing the information that led me to try this beer. It was worth the effort and I can't wait for the next release.

There were several people who even suggested that I avoid the beer since it was released last winter and suggested that the hop aroma and flavor will have faded significantly. Well if what I tasted was faded hops and what I smelled was diminished aroma then I REALLY can't wait to try a fresh one this winter.

Again, another beer lives up to the hype. It's a great one. I was lucky enough to secure 4 bottles and have shared one with a friend and enjoyed the other last night. (Savored is probably a better word)

I enjoyed this beer in a tulip glass to hopefully highlight the aroma. After pouring there was a thick 1 ½ finger head that slowly faded back into the beer. The color was quite bright Reddish/Amber with loads of orange highlights. It was slightly cloudy. There was a pretty good amount of lacing.

Aroma was Pine, Pine, beautiful pine, huge and fresh. Also a sharp citrus aroma that was sweeter smelling than just grapefruit. Really an amazing aroma.

When considering the taste the first thing I thought and wrote was "candy like" and that's meant to be a compliment. This does not describe the beer as too sweet, it's not. But it just takes over like a great treat. At first the taste was of tropical fruit with some nice complexity. I can't really identify a specific fruit, perhaps very ripe mango. Then a pine/hop bitterness enters the scene and really balances the flavor very well. It's really wonderfully balanced. Nice deep flavor that you could think about.

Actually had a bit of a lighter mouth feel than I had expected. But still nice. Drinkability isn't really the question here. It's how do I get more of this when it returns this winter.

Awesome beer and an instant classic on my list of personal favorites.

Reagan1984, Aug 08, 2008
Photo of MMAJYK
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Bright, hazy rust color. Head is 1/8" after an easy to medium decanting. Nice ring of surface bubbles on the top surface of the beer. Lacing seems like it is going to stick around in patches on the sides of my glass.

S- Very sweet caramel malts mingling with the hoppy aromas on first sniff. Deeper into the smell, you will find piney notes, citrus, and a subtle alcohol warming effect.

T- After first taste, I really want to just quit reviewing this beer; I actually just want to be selfish and give it my TOTAL attention. What a nice brew...Pleasantly malty, bittering hop not too overwhelming but balanced. The same citrus and pine carry right over from the hops. The finish is somewhat dry especially compared to how sweet it starts. The alcohol warmth brings up the rear.

M- Medium in the mouth and the carbonation is nice and tingly.

D- I don't think I really need to say anything...amazing beer. I really dont like amber styles, or should I say I really didn't like them until today. Outstanding, and I would love to have another one.

Cheers to my friend and fellow BA ncvbc for trading with me, allowing me to try this one!

MMAJYK, Aug 07, 2008
Tröegs Nugget Nectar from Tröegs Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 6,626 ratings.