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Tröegs Nugget Nectar - Tröegs Brewing Company

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6,459 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,459
Reviews: 2,302
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 1,063
Gots: 677 | 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 maddogruss

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a bottle of this at the Cloverleaf Tavern last MBA night.

A: Pours a golden, amber body with a small white head. Pretty low retention on the head but decent lacing. Nice lacing along the top of the beer after the head dissipates with some lacing along the sides of the glass as I consumed it.

S: Smells of floral, bitter malts with slight, citrus undertones. Some sweet malts were evident as well.

T: A nice, hoppy taste with a smooth, citrus aftertaste. Hints of sweet grapefruits noted in the aftertaste as well.

M: A little thin, but still pretty smooth and crisp.

D: Definitely a drinkable beer. The hops and malts are very well balances. The mouthfeel, while thin, is still refreshing and pretty good. Definitely an excellent beer I will consume much of again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2008 01:26:06 | More by maddogruss
Photo of rbowser

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This Troegs seasonal offering, hits the glass with an amber-orange hue and has a strong citrus, grassy, pine hop aroma. Decent head retention, it looks good in a glass.

As the name implies, this IPA focuses on hops and I assume nugget hops and I am guessing several others as the hop profile is complex. It has a high bitterness level and a supportive malt background, that seems to have some Munich malt and others.

Overall, the malt background and the hops additions make a fairly complex IPA. This is a clean fermented, West Coast style IPA, that seems to have a more complex malt and hop ingredient list then is typical. The bitterness is intense and lasting. Although still a very drinkable and an excellent IPA.

If I compared this IPA to the best in this class, and this is a very competitive category, the one shortcoming in this excellent beer is that it is not as well balanced for the style compared to the very best IPAs. This is also somewhat odd, as it says it is an Imperial Amber, but really lacks the malt backbone to be in the Amber category.

I am guessing, the use of many different types of hops, most of them high alpha acid hops, seem to make this beer less smooth in its intense bitterness and with a slightly more complex flavor profile which muddies the overall taste profile. So, a great beer but not one of the best in this category.

Still, I could easily drink a case and this is an excellent IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2008 20:40:26 | More by rbowser
Photo of atsprings

North Carolina

4.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On draft at Capital Ale House. Served a crisp orange with a decent head that lasted as a thin layer and left spotty lacing on the glass. The aroma was fragrant piney hops and loads of caramel. The taste was a very complex blend of carmel malts, fruity citrus hops and just a general sweet fruit taste. The beer was medium bodied with low carbonation, somewhat hidden alcohol. This is a truly enjoyable and unique beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2008 04:29:06 | More by atsprings
Photo of jneiswender


4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a pint glass.

A--amber gem color with an off white head. Nice lacing.

S--pine scent and citrus.

T--sweet malt front that quickly gives way to a heck of a hop ride. The hops are not overwhelming nor are they so much that it makes it undrinkable. Some fruity tones, like pineapple midway through. Very balanced minus the obvious hop kick.


D--really love this beer. I am not a hop addict. But this one could definitely turn me over to the dark side. Far and away the brewery's best offering. The fresher of this, the better.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2008 17:52:12 | More by jneiswender
Photo of drumrboy22


4.22/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jjayjaye for this one! Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Dogfish Head snifter. Served at cellar temperature. Beer was orange in color with a clear, sparkling body. Two finger head that was off-white and rocky. Very light carbonation.

Aroma was heavy hops. A combination of pine, citrus and flowers.

Taste was hoppy and bitter, with a nice malt backbone to help balance it out. Had a heavy alcohol presence.

Thick, creamy mouthfeel. Full bodied with a long, bitter finish. Really nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2008 15:50:12 | More by drumrboy22
Photo of jeremy13586


4.88/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours a lovely amber color with and leaves a nice fluffy off-white head that likes to stick around. That first whiff is very floral with a slightly sweet finished. Pretty much the most amazing beer i've ever smelled.
The taste a lot like the smell, very floral but with a bitter finish. A crisp finish with every sip and a sweet after-taste. A very well balanced beer that is stronger than the taste leads you to believe. A little less than medium mouthfeel and VERY drinkable.
I bought two cases of this stuff only to find out it is a double edged sword. You want to drink it all as fast as possible just because its that damn good, or you want to savor it and keep it around because its that damn good. I chose the latter. Basically, drinkability is a 5.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2008 03:39:02 | More by jeremy13586
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4.05/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Pours copper with 1.5 cm white fluffy head. Strong aroma of hops and pine. Initial flavor is slightly more balanced than I was expecting, light malts help to subdue the crushing pine and hop notes of flavor. Aftertaste is bitter and lasting. Light lacing, light carbonation, light to medium mouthfeel, and well hidden alcohol. Drinkable and different, worth finding and drinking.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2008 02:39:03 | More by joekfsu
Photo of wagenvolks


4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Last of my 12 oz. bottles, into a Duvel chalice.

Body pours an appealing copper hue, lots of carbonation rising up from the engraved, old english "D". Head is somewhat thin, almond in color, and retreats to a ring while leaving behind average lacing. The aroma, as the label proclaims, is Hopheads Nirvana: Big, resinous pines give way to juicy, sweet citrus hops. Caramel & toffee malts try their best to balance, but the aroma belongs to the hops.

The flavor picks up where the aroma leaves off, with pine-tree resins and bitter, fresh hop notes. It's as if someone were squeezing a giant hop bud with all their strength into this beer...(oh, wait). A malty sweetness greets the front of the palate, but get lost in the sea of greenery. It's very good, don't get me wrong, but I tend to like a bit more balance & complexity, especially with an amber ale. The mouthfeel is upper echelon: medium body, perfect carbonation level, and a sticky bitter hop finish. Alcohol makes a quick appearance, hitting the sides and back of the palate. Not only is Nugget Nectar a hoppy ride for the senses, but it's actually quite easy to drink. I could see myself getting carried away with a six pack. Definately a must try for any hop-head.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2008 01:50:56 | More by wagenvolks
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Poured a clear copper-orange with a slight sudsy white head. Visible carbonation was very soft.

S: The nose was perfumy and flowery, with a huge, fresh tropical fruitiness (citrus, pineapples). The aroma was soft, very refined and smooth. Honestly one of the best smelling ipas ive come across.

F: sweet/bitter citrus, with fresh flowery hops of tropical fruit (pineapple, mangos) and fresh orange juice. The hopping takes center stage here, was well rounded, refined and very smooth providing a mouth watering lacing. Unlike other highly hopped west coast ipas, this one was not coarse but very smooth in nature. The fruity pineapple, mangos and citrus hopping made you feel you were drinking a spiked orange juice. Overall a hop heads delight.

M: The mothful was medium with fresh flowery citrus and pineapples leaving your mouth quenched with a tropical fruitiness. The beer was lightly carbonated with a smooth texture.

D: An incredibly balanced ipa with a magnitude of fruity hoppiness will make you wishing you can drink this all night. Case worthy by all means.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2008 23:55:34 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of Sponan


4.72/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - This one is a nice copper color. Great head and lacing.

S - Hops and more hops with just a hint of earthy malt. The hop smell on this one is complex, with floral and grass predominant.

T - Love the balance here. Strong hop flavor, predominantly of flower. Just enough sweetness. Excellent balance here.

M - Thick but clean. Coats the mouth nicely and fades away. Just enough carbonation.

D - My favorite lighter American style beer. This one will become a staple. Very easy to drink, would be sessionable if not for the ABV.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2008 23:46:23 | More by Sponan
Photo of AltBock


4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this on-tap at High Street Bar on 2/15/2008. They served it to me in an official Tröegs Nugget Nectar standard pint glass.

It poured a clear copper/amber color that had a tall creamy 1 1/2 to 2 inch head of white foam that had real good rentention that left behind a small white film and a few streaks of white lace. The aroma was so strong that you could smell this beer being poured. It was that powerful! This strong aroma consisted of pine, citrus fruits, citrus hops, and a light touch of toasted malts. It the beer is swirled around, a tiny juicy fruit aroma will emerge from the background. It had strong bitter taste of citrus hops, citrus fruits, and quite a few pine needles. I couldn't detect any malts or anything thing else in the taste because all the citrus bitterness this beer offered covered everything else up, except for the pine of course. It was more of a full bodied beer than medium bodied beer. That's because it had a strong long lasting aftertaste of pine, citrus hops, and citrus fruits. This aftertaste won't leave your tastebuds alone until you drink a few cups of water to wash it all away. This is another winner from the Tröegs brothers! Although I had this on-tap, I'm sure the bottled version is just as hoppy as the on-tap version.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2008 17:01:22 | More by AltBock
Photo of BravoTwo


4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Bright, copper brown with a slight head

S - Hoppy! Good overall floral hops resonate through the nose, very aromatic.

T - Great hops flavor. The hops really come through with a superb sweet, floral hop that is not overpowering. Beautifully managed flavors.

M - Good mouthfeel , crisp and clean with a oily resinous backdrop.

D - I could drink this beer consistently. Well designed beer that highlights the aromatic qualities of the hops without being overpowering.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2008 01:08:29 | More by BravoTwo
Photo of Hoppington

New York

4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Troegs' Nugget Nectar is nothing short of a superb beer IMO. I would classify this as an Double (or Imperial) IPA, but you can call it what you want.

Smell is all florals and grapefruit with a strong malt backbone. Appearance is a perfect burnished copper. The taste of this beer is outstanding and well balanced, though the malt is in a supporting role to the hops. Mouthfeel is rich and slightly resinous and oily. Overall, this is a great beer and may surpass my current favorite - Loose Cannon Hop3.

I will be drinking this stuff whenever I can!

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2008 23:17:30 | More by Hoppington
Photo of dnichols


4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to bonezx86 for a great trade. I poured the capped 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A: It poured a orange-amber body with a slight hazy. I poured aggressively and got hardly any head but what head was there was off-white white and clung to the collar supporting a thin leggy lacing.

S: It had a strong pleasant aroma of oranges and grapefruit. Orange. Grapefruit. Under the hops there were hints of sweet lightly toasted malts.

T: This is a creamy mouthful of malt and tasty hops. Rich in citrusy flavors including oranges and grapefruity with hints of pine.

M: It was creamy and medium bodied with the smoothist hop profile I have ever experienced. It finishes clean and warm....nice.

D: I'm glad bonezx86 sent me two bottles...I only wish I had more. Great brew and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2008 06:56:26 | More by dnichols
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice, clear golden color with a finger of off-white foam. Smell is similar to an ipa but not as assertive as the best ones. Pine and citrus as well as orange and a slight grapefruit aroma with a nice touch of sweetness from the malt. The taste is more malt and more in liking with an amber ale but what distinguishes this beer is the nice hoppy aroma. Toasty and biscuit malt flavors combine nicely with the hops as the beer starts to warm a bit.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2008 02:05:58 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of Mudpuppet


4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for gwong for the chance to try this.

A- Poured from a 32oz growler into a pint glass. Pours a amber color with little to no head.

S- Definite hops in this. Cirtus, spruce and some sweet malt too.

T- Hops for sure. But I am not a huge hop fan but I really dig this one. Cirtusy, spicy, and malty. Nice red ale backbone with extra hops.

M- Good carbonation and a bit thicker mouthfeel from the sweet malts.

D- Yeah I could have a few glasses of this. The hops would get to me personally after a certain amount of time though.

Serving type: growler

02-18-2008 01:10:24 | More by Mudpuppet
Photo of aerozeppl

New York

4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A:Wonderful red/amber color with two fingers of white head. Lacing from the top of the glass down.

S:Very floral hops. White grapes. Sweetness throughout.

T: Hops then citrus and grapes. A slight hint of malt in the middle then has a great sweet hop finish. Really nicely balanced.

M:Med body that coats everything on the way down.

D: Super smooth and balanced. A totally unique beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2008 16:41:10 | More by aerozeppl
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4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Clear amber, fair haed, medium lacing, medium carbonation.

S = Pine and honey. Not completely balanced, but lots of different smells are in there from very sweet to very spicy and tart.

T = Strong pine hops flavors, some grapefruit rinds, too, not much other citrus, at mid-palate get some malt, but mostly this is about the hops. Long bitter, tart finish.

M = Medium body, fair mouthcoating, good carbonation level for the body and alcohol.

D = This is a tasty hop-bomb, that goes down very smoothly and leaves the mouth wanting more.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2008 20:51:21 | More by Traquairlover
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a crystal clear amber color - big head and nice lacing. There is a huge fresh hop aroma. The taste is initially bitter and green (fresh hops) with a nice malt balance that comes on later. It finishes clean with a faint lingering of hops. The mouthfeel is full and creamy. Overall, this is an exciting brew to drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2008 00:59:53 | More by barefootbrewer
Photo of johnrf


4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light copper color, lighter than a Hopback. Small head, did not last long, some lacing. Grapefruit nose, lot of hops. Rich taste. Citrus, pine taste. Nice bitterness aftertaste.

I guess this a richer, stronger version of their hopback amber. A nice well rounded beer.

Right now I'm comparing the Hopback and Nugget Nectar. The NN is much brighter(?), richer, nicer smoother aftertaste.

Bought a 6 yesterday. I think I'll pick up a case this weekend.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2008 22:01:23 | More by johnrf
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4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received from RutersBeerGuy in Top100Bif. Thank you!

A-Pours a nice amber color with a with a thick finger of dense head. Left great lacing on my pint glass.
S-All of those fantatsic hops in the nose leaving big scent of grapefruit and pine and secondary citrus scents
T-This is my favorit part of this beer. The heavy citrus flavor is rounded out very well from the sweet malt. Slightly biscuity in the malt flavor.
M-Full bodied with light carbination and I could only barely really tell the alcohol was there in the mouthfeel.
D- I would love to get my hands on this more often, if it were available here in Indiana this would be part of my regular inventory.

Thank you again for the chance on this one Matt!

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2008 17:47:03 | More by TheodorHerzl
Photo of abcsofbeer


4.05/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear, dark amber color topped by a 1 finger light tan head.

The aroma is of pine and grapefruit and an overall, very nice hoppy notes. The taste is similar in that it is flowery and hoppy. I also detect some sweetness from the malts, which give it a hint of caramel. There is a touch of warming alcohol and a medium bodied mouthfeel. A very good choice as I enjoyed a full six pack. Not all in one night, however.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2008 17:14:17 | More by abcsofbeer
Photo of gwong

New York

4.22/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a beautiful golden amber color with minimal off-white head. A tiny bit of lacing stays on the glass when drinking.

S: Strong hop and citrus aroma.

T: It's certainly hoppy but the citrus does a good job mellowing it out a bit.

M: Medium body with little carbonation - goes down smoothly.

D: Not too carbonated and just short of being too hoppy makes for a very drinkable beer.

Serving type: growler

02-15-2008 02:21:55 | More by gwong
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4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Definitely up there with kindred spirit brews like Stone Ruination and Victory Hop Devil, this popular Troegs offering stands up as a big time hop beer.

Resembling the complexity and richness of a Werther's original candy, Nugget Nectar puts off a pungent hop aroma, which is startling at first and emblematic of the flavors to come.

Biting would be an understatement for this beer, which explodes on the tongue with spicy hop flavor and grapefruit bitterness from moment one and never lets up.

An occasional whiff of citrus fruit hides under a never ending wave of intense flavor that may scare off the casual beer fan, but this beer is definitely worth all the hype for the hop-addict in need of a fix.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2008 00:50:58 | More by deapokid
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4.65/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got to try this at Frisco's in Columbia. On cask this beast is simply sublime

A: Similar to the regular in color but a cloudier with a thin head. I'm partial towards cloudy beers!

S: Good lord, this is a very different beast! While i love the regular nectar, this goes beyond. Massive floral hops in there with the hops even more in-your-face but mellow at the same time.

T&M: The sharpness of the regular NN is mellowed out but this is no less potent hop-wise. The mouthfeel is spectacular - my one little gripe with the bottled version is the carbonation. This is beer. This is beer

D: I drank two when i was planning on drinking only one. That's how good it is.

I can not recommend cask Nugget Nectar enough.

Serving type: cask

02-14-2008 04:13:15 | More by DefenCorps
Tröegs Nugget Nectar from Tröegs Brewing Company
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