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Tröegs Nugget Nectar - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Ratings: 7,613
Reviews: 2,449
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 9.7%
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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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Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice reddish color, with orange highlights, that when the light reflects through (because it's very clear), shadows a nice pink color on my white countertop. Head is foamy, white, a nice size, and long lasting.

S: Nose is a hop head's heaven. A sweet and complex nose of caramel malts with pine/citrus hops. Nugget & Simcoe definitely stands out to me in this one.

T: Taste is amazing. Perfectly balanced between hops and malts. Flavors of sweet caramel malts, candy sugar, pine, grapefruit, & floral hops. Really nice flavor with no hint of the high ABV.

M: Smooth, pillowy in texture although a bit sticky mouthfeel, medium body & carbonation.

F: I've never liked this style until now. Amazing. That's all I can say because I'm too busy drinking this beer.

Photo of skenyon1811
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint sporting the Nugget Nectar logo.

A: Amber reddish appearance. Pours with about a quarter inch of head. Excellent retention. Does not look overly carbonated or bubbly. I LIKE IT!

S: Real good aroma here. It has a nice earthy hop flavor, almost like an IPA. There is something also very smooth about this scent. I can tell this is going to be good just by the smell.

T: Super smooth and sweet right at the first sip, then a great hoppy bitterness. Real nice contrast but also well balanced. The hoppiness builds and builds leaving a really good earthy aftertaste. This beer is not bullshit, it tastes like awesome ingredients and excellent brewing methods.

M: I love how this beer has the perfect balance of just about everything. So smooth but a nice tingly bitterness on the tongue. Medium body with perfect amount of carbonation.

D: I could drink these over and over again. The cost is alittle steep, $10 six packs in Upstate NY, but I will continue to pay it.

NOTE: I have been really nervous about other Tröegs Brews after having Mad Elf, but I guess I don't need to be. Nugget Nectar is AMAZING!

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

Bottle dated 02/07/2011.

Pours a clear amber/red with a big fizzy white head. Big piney, earthy hop aroma with a slight caramel sweetness. Aroma follows the nose. Big toasty, sweet toffee caramel malts combine with a piney, citrusy hop punch. Finishes with a grapefruity sweetness and slight bitterness Chewy, sticky body with a medium amount of carbonation. I really enjoy this beer. Very well balanced with big flavors. Extremely high drinkability.

Photo of zrab11
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- HAs a burnt amber color with a orange hue to it also

S-Pine and floral notes with hints of citrus and hops

T-You know the hops are there but its hard to notice them with the citrus flavors flowing

M-good carbonation with a crisp and clean taste

D-Love this beer. Its alot different than i expected. Thoght it would be alittle more hoppy but im not disspointed. I could drink this all summer if i got it in Indiana. If you havent had this beer! GET IT

Photo of patm1986
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

when i first tried this beer several years ago, i could never understand why they called it an "Imperial Amber." it was so hoppy. the hop character was fully present, with only a slightly noticeable malt flavor on the back end like some American IPAs and even DIPAs i've had. this year's batch is different. or maybe i am:

a- red. dark red. it's an ominous color, like rage in your glass. the beer pours a lesser head than i expected, but the head present is a greyish, finger-nail high ring of foamy excrement. it settles after a short period, leaving strands of inviting lace around the glass. great color.

s- smells like muscavado sugar, honey-glazed something, and resiny earth.

t- the balance is excellent. it really is. the malt and hops are harmoniously present. it's actually one of the most balanced beers i've had in some time. i get all those heavy-duty hop flavors like chinook and citra, but the malt kicks right back at you, leveling the playing field. this is crisp, richer than i remember--a testament to the balance--and deeper tasting: sweet, floral, earthy, savory. the alcohol is non-existent as you pick up each flavor specifically and singularly.

m- all the hops and malts give this beer serious body. it's almost fatty. if a beer was fatty tasting, it'd be like this.

d- i remember stomaching more in a session than this year's batch. last week i had two, and i've only had two at a time since this year's release. i like that. i would've liked it to retain its initial flavors all the way through to the last sixth of my pour, but it can only sit for so long waiting to unleash its ferocity; i imagine that can be exhausting.

this beer has gained more and more complexity each year. it's nice to sit on one or two for a while, examining its features. this year, it's extremely refined. glad to be near the Troegs bros.

Photo of mdr4669
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've had this brew several times now, and it never fails to impress. This review is from a 12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Pint Glass.

Appearance: Clear and amber, VERY bubbly. and about a finger of head.

Smell: First thing I notice is citrus, then there's an earthiness like fresh cut grass.

Taste: Now time for my favorite part, and once again this does not disapoint. The taste is very similar to the scent, with added caramel and perhaps butterscotch.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth. Delectable and after wards a bit sticky.

Drinkability: For 7.5% ABV I get only the slightest taste of alcohol, this brew's all hops, refreshing, and it's delicious.

So far, this is the best six pack beer I've tried.

Photo of sjverla
3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nose: Upfront hops--woody and slightly sugary. Something I can't quite place. Enticing, viney....complex, but not quite astounding.

Appearance: Pretty good cream-colored head that laces through a burnt red-amber that almost approaches an unnatural orange hue. Excellent clarity to boot.

Taste: Bitterness hits before the first sip washes all the way back. Smokey, almost musky in depth. Minor heat on the sides of the tongue. Distinctly not fruity, but posses a mild candy sweetness that just peeks through at the end. Slightly prickly and lively across the tongue.

Overall: Excellent beverage. However, I found it to be somewhat palate fatiguing--I had to stop at 3.

Photo of musicforairports
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Firkin at The Ruck in Troy.

Pours clear amber, like the bottled version but with less bubbles and more head. Big and fluffy head; some of it persists the whole way and there's lots of lacing.

Smell is a bit more subdued, semi-sweet crystal malts and a bunch of hops, more floral than the bottled version.

Taste is way too cold at first for cask, but I can't fault Troegs for that. Smooth flavors, rich crystal malt and a bunch of hops. Hops start of very floral and become stickier and much more citrus at warms. By the end, it's delicious grapefruit hop flavors.

Mouthfeel is lightly creamy and smooth, nearly zero carbonation. Goes down easy.

I can always drink this beer no problem, and I'm always up for another one.

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

over the last few weeks I have had this on, draft, 22 ounce bottle this one was a 12 ounce bottle pour in a snifter.

A: burnt orange, nice stiff white head

S: aromatic hops, pine, mostly floral, citrus, then a touch roasted.

T: malts, roasted, hops are right there, crispy beer refreshing, reminds me of a double ipa with lower alcohol.

M: good carbonation, finishes crisp and clean, refreshing.

D: great beer I had it las year and was just as good, this is a beer to get when ever it is released. drink as fresh as possible the draft pour at the blind tiger 2 weeks ago was the best.

Photo of devinoconnor
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

From my experiences, Troeg's doesn't make bad beer. Nugget Nectar, however, is possibly their star brew.

Pours a golden color with dark undertones.

Smell is rich and bountiful. Citrusy and a decent amount of hops.

Perfectly balanced which gives it a wonderful taste. Hops mixed with orange and maly. Wonderful.

It's balance allows for easy drinking. It is a fairly high ABV beer, so limit to a few.

Photo of n2185
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear, orangish-red with about a finger of white head which quickly recedes into a thin layer with good lacing.

S: Lots of pineapple aromas from the hops up front with a little piny bitterness on the finish. It smells very good.

T: Tastes of grapefruit and rind up front mixed with some caramel malt. There are some pine notes in there as well with a finish that is a little bitter and some more grapefruit rind.

M: Medium body and carbonation, which goes pretty well with the hop profiles. The body's a little watery, though.

D: Goes down pretty smoothly without too much bitterness.

Overall, this beer is more an IPA than an amber/red ale, but it's still quite good.

Photo of webbcreative
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Rhettroactive for the trade.

Poured a beautiful dark amber color, with a 1 finger white head that settled out fairly quickly. Left some nice sticky looking lace on the glass.

S = I know its labeled as an Imperial Amber, but it sure smells like a DIPA to me, but it does have some toasty aroma to it that makes me think of an amber ale. Other than that the smell is big time hops! Very floral hops.

T = Sweet malt, a bit toasty and really hoppy, but not extremely bitter, more aroma and flavor hops it seems. It taste less than Imperial to me, and thats not a snarky comment, I just seems like it needs some more malt to be called Imperial.

M = a nice, slightly thicker then medium, medium.

Overall = This is a really great beer. Im glad I got a chance to try this beer finally. Its actually pretty drinkable to me, dangerously so even. I could easily throw back 3 of these without thinking about it. Thanks again to Rhett.

Photo of jsh420
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours clear amber orange with a 1+ finger head that left lacing down the glass

smells of juicy pineapple hops and soft sweet caramel malts

taste is like the nose - very juicy very fresh citrus/pineapple hops then those soft malts - just an outstanding flavorful ipa/amber

mouthfeel - medium body with good carbonation - very smooth and creamy

drinkability is great - all those wonderful clean flavors - didnt pick up any booze - could drink multiples of this one every night

Photo of CliffBrake
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright, copper-amber color with a modest white head that leaves some lacing on the glass.

Piney and citrusy hops on the nose yield to a big hop flavor. Juicy mouthfeel with a peppery finish. Very drinkable and smooth. The label says 93+ IBU's, but the bitterness is mostly masked.

Photo of dannywest26
4.84/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle Poured into a DogFish tulip glass

Appearance is a deep amber with a finger of tan head that dissipates quickly. Smell is lots of hops and lots of malts and lots of amazing. Taste is a punch in the mouth of hop flavor that slowly melts away to a wonderful amber malt sweetness with the slightest hint of alcohol in the end. Mouthfeel is smooth and bubbly and nothing but a bunch of love for the mouth. Drinkability, I would not feel bad about having one or two of these in a night but they are slow sippers that deserve to be savored and loved.

Photo of Sneers
3.78/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled exactly 5 days ago. Talk about fresh beer!

Pours a brilliant orange capped by a finger-and-a-half white head. Surprisingly little lacing for a beer this hoppy.

The nose on this is all hops, but isn't remarkably aromatic; I've got to get my nose in there to get a good whiff. Citrus and grapefruit dominate, and some alcohol comes through as the beer warms as well. It's nice, but really nothing special.

The taste, too, is hop-dominated. Bitter grapefruit is supported by a slight caramel sweetness (interestingly enough, when I had this for the first time last year, I found it too sweet). Notes of pineapple and bubblegum as well. The hops add a respectable bitterness that lingers on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-thin, smooth, and generally low in carbonation.

Now, this is almost as fresh as it comes, so the hops are at their peak, and their overall effect is bright and zesty. Personally, this detracts from its drinkability for me; I'm sure most will disagree, but this one stays a sipper for me.

Photo of CraftAleRookie
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass at the Washington House.

Nice bright amber color, very clear. Amazingly big, thick three finger foamy head, with excellent staying power. Took a while to bubble down to thick sticky lace that had amazing retention.

Full, hoppy aroma- very nice sweet hop smell. Typical notes of pine and grapefruit.

Not as bold a taste as the smell implies; a bit on the softer side. Light notes of barley and malt, mixed with soft hop.

The mouthfeel was also a bit softer than I had expected for a brew that smelled like a wonderful DIPA.

I would get this again- I remember having a glass on tap a few weeks ago that had better character than this bottled sampling, but very good overall.

Photo of Tifore
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Melt Bar & Grilled. Poured into a pint glass.

A - A deep orange, ultra clear amber color that is a little darker than I thought but I'm not complaining. Looks like a liquid orange almost. Blood Orange more like it. Has a nice one finger off white head that leaves some amazing lacing down the side of the glass and has great retention.

S - Lots of minty, piney hops that excite me to drink it, also some light citrus notes that round it out nicely. Theres some malt in the background that has a nice sweet aroma to it.

T - Taste is of a sweet orange right off the bat with a bit of minty taste to it. Lovely. Lots of citrus and piney hops with some good caramel and roasted malt tastes. Very fresh tasting and a easy drinker. 7.5% alcohol isn't noticable at all.

M - Mouthfeel is medium with some good viscosity to it. Also very smooth across the tounge and throat. Some slight bitter notes that linger at the end of each taste.

D - Drinkability is high on this one. A great beer that went well with dinner. Sadly they only got one keg so I'm not sure I'll see this one again.

Photo of Brianjames16
4.87/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours a beautiful translucent amber color. Head is small but overall its a wonderful looking brew.

S- I can smell some earthy hops in the front. I also get some fruity smells like fig or nectar like the label says mixed with pines and floral aromas. I could smell this all day!

T- This beer has such a great balance of wonderful flavors. The perfect amount of bitterness from the hops is balanced by the fruity and earthy taste. It drinks more like an IPA with unique components. WOW! This is one of my new favorites !

M- Very smooth with a light/medium body. Not too much carbonation but finishes clean for me. Very refreshing !

D- I would love to sit down with a few of these. I'm already thinking about a six pack for the weekend. Thanks for suggesting this beer to me man at the beverage store ! ! !

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

A- 4.5 Poured a nice rusty orange/amber color with a good .5" white, foamy head. A close look shows lots and lots of bubbles. A slosh of the glass leaves them clinging to the edges like glue.

S- 4 Pine, citrus (grapefruit, a little orange) and hops.

T- 4 Like the smell, there's a strong citrus/hop flavor to this brew. The hops come thru even more in the taste. They're strong, but I felt there was enough else going on that it wasn't over-bearing (not the biggest hop-head here). Overall the taste is pretty crisp and refreshing considering the powerful flavors.

M- 4.5 Just a tad syrupy on the tongue but turns into a nice bubbly fizz as it lingers and goes down. Makes me want more of it this way. I'd say its a medium body that could be confused for light because of its citrusy flavor.

D- 4 If you did drink this as if it were 'light' it'd sneak up on you! Its a well-balanced brew but boasts some intense flavors that could limit how many you'd want in a sitting. Overall, it's a very well-done hoppy amber that I'd definitely recommend.

Photo of yuriruley
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - red/copper color, white head, and good amounts of lacing.

Smell - citrus fruit with an earthiness in the background.

Taste - much like the smell with a little pine to it.

Mouthfeel - nice and crisp, good carbonation, lighter mouthfeel than I was expecting.

Drink - really easy to drink, could drink plenty of it.

Pretty good beer, thanks to THECPJ for sending it out.

Photo of thebrood1987
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow probably one of the fruitiest smelling hop forward beers I've ever smelled. It smells like a collection of juicy fruits most that stand out are grapefruit mango and citrus overtones with some slight resin in the back. The taste is that same really smooth and almost syrupy grapefruit, mango citrus taste with the vienna and wheat malt in the middle and ending with that dry hop sort of resin like finish. Not as bitter as most IPA's but maybe that's why they dont call it one? This is all about the hop flavor. As you drink more the bitterness builds with the citrus and resin like dryness but that's only after you get the strong pungent hop flavor that you notice right from the first sip.

This is the perfect beer for people who want IPA flavor without being too turned off with the bitterness not to say it doesn't have bitterness but it's definitely not like the "hop bombs" of the West Coast but damn this stands up when it comes to hop taste pungency. That aroma though is so appealing and what really draws you into the beer. The taste just follows it up and lets you know that this isn't just a smelling type of beer.

The only other beer I've had from them is their HopBack which I wasn't too impressed with but it was so long ago and it was probably a way older bottle than this fresh Nugget Nectar. Now that I've had this beer though I see them as a top notch brewery just like the best of them. A plus to the Nugget Nectar.

Photo of nas5755
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Extremely clear with dark amber color with red hues, decent head with a little retention and some lacing

S- Tangerines are a serious player in this beer, with other minor citrus notes. Big and bold dry-hopping.

T- Sweet tangerines and citrus, nice malt caramel malt character before a huge tangerine and citrus finish with a moderate pine bitterness. Tangerines and citrus are awesome within this beer and even though it is sorta one-dimensional in that aspect it is done very, very well.

M- Smooth, clean, very crisp. Nice medium carbonation. Solid.

D- Way to drinkable for a 7.5% abv beer, dangerous in fact. The tangerine and citrus elements are just awesome as noted earlier. Look forward to this each year.

Photo of paulozanello
4.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours the same gorgeous clear copper red color that you get from pouring a bottle. Head is tan and persistent with amazing lacing all over. Perfect.

Aroma is fresh! Wow! Grapefruit, orange, citrus, pine and also some caramel malt, honey and bread.

Taste is hoppy upfront with grapefruit and pine. Malts kick in the middle with moderate sweetness. Then comes a mild hop bitterness that progresses to the finish. Aftertaste is again very citric with lots of orange.

Mouthfeel on cask is amazing. Way silkier and smoother than the bottle. Carbonation is also lower, as expected.

Drinkability is extremely high. It took me 10 min to finish the pint.

Photo of timobkg
2.26/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Purchased the day it came out in NJ, poured into a Duvel tulip.

The appearance is a lovely clear amber, with a good head.

The aroma is straight grapefruit.

The taste is more grapefruit, mixed with grapefruit / citrus pith and rind. The aftertaste is mostly pith and rind. It's bitter, but not in the typical hops bitterness. It's bitter like you're chewing on grapefruit rind. The taste of grapefruit and pith overwhelmed whatever malt sweetness may have been present.

I love Troegs' Hopback, but this is not an imperial version of Hopback. Where as Hopback was a hoppy amber, featuring hops on top of sweet caramel malt, Nugget Nectar kicked the malt to the side, discarded the sweetness, and replaced it with grapefruit and pith, and is closest to a DIPA. I had a bottle last year, another this year, and someone shared a growler with me a couple weeks ago. Each time, the beer tasted exactly the same. It may be amber in color, but an Imperial Amber this beer is not.

If you like eating your grapefruit with the pith and rind still on, then this beer is for you. I'm not a big fan of grapefruit, hate eating the pith, and like my ambers to be malty.

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