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Tröegs Nugget Nectar - Tröegs Brewing Company

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6,540 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,540
Reviews: 2,303
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 1,074
Gots: 699 | FT: 25
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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 Bubba83


4.33/5  rDev -0.5%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tumbler at 45 degrees. Drank it slowly to let it warm some by the time I finished.

Appears a nice looking orange, much like you'd expect an IPA to appear. Expected it to look more red. Two fingers worth of off-white head with a nice looking texture. Retention is moderate with good sticky lacing.

Exceptional qualities are made apparent in the smell immediately, even while pouring it without much sniffing effort. A beautiful blend of light toasted caramel, accentuated by pungeant spruce and pine. I found it a joy to swirl it around to create more head just to smell it over and over again.

After the smell, I was a little bit let down. There is a bit of toasted caramel at the forefront, but as the color suggests the malt backbone is not bold enough to keep up with the three strong hop varieties used (Nugget/Warrior/Tomahawk) They take over pretty quick indeed, which isn't bad because this combination turns out to be delicious. Awesome pine flavors with some spice and a little tartness, but pine dominates which is my favorite characteristic. I wish this beer had a stronger malt backbone that I'd expect for a red, because I feel the contrast of these flavors would be astounding. The malt came through a little more as it warmed up to around 55, but it still wasn't enough for me.

Feel is quite good, nice level of carbonation that helps release the scent of the brew and a nice prickly turned smooth experience in each sip.

Pretty easy to quaff if you are a pine lover like I am. Overall a very good beer and my first offering from Troegs, thanks Kegatron!

03-30-2008 13:31:12 | More by Bubba83
Photo of sinistrsam


4.93/5  rDev +13.3%

Pours a sligthly hazy red-gold with a medium off-white ehad and great lacing on the glass.
The aroma is a lot of piney hops but a strong sweet adn toasted malt presence. Mild grapefruit and citrus in this one.
Truly fantastic taste. Piney and floral hops for sure, btu a wonderful toasty and sweet malt presence is almost as pronounced. Sweet fruits and an almost grassy/floral character. I've neevr had anything like it before, and originally mistook it for an AIPA.
Once again I believe balance to be the mark of a fantastic beer, and this is no exception; the hop bitterness and sweetness of malt merge very well, and yet, for as hoppy as it is, the grassy and floral notes don't get overshaddowed? There is a lot going on in this beer and you're able to taste so much of it.
Overall my favorite beer I've had this season and has earned a place in my overall favoites. The only thing that I'm disappoitned about is its seasonal release, but then again, absence makes the heart (and palate) grow fonder.

03-28-2008 14:52:42 | More by sinistrsam
Photo of ATLbeerDog


4.1/5  rDev -5.7%

Pours a yellow, orange-red into a pint glass with ¼ inch white head. Fairly clear with only a tint of cloudiness. Smell of crisp hops accentuated with citrus. First sip is a bite of hoppy bitterness that does not fade. Nicely carbonated. A fine, fine Hoppy Ale. Bring on the Thai food!

03-28-2008 01:09:25 | More by ATLbeerDog
Photo of johnnyirishman


3.9/5  rDev -10.3%

Poured from a 12oz bottle.

Apperance- Poured a reddish copper color, with an off white head and good retention. Good Lacing

Smell- Powerful piney hops and a sweet cirtus smell.

Taste,Mouthfeel- Big piney hops and citrus, with a slight sweet malt that sneaks up. Medium Carb and body

Drinkabilty- Very good Beer, dangerously drinkable!!

03-27-2008 04:21:12 | More by johnnyirishman
Photo of turbine2475


4.22/5  rDev -3%

Thanks to Johnnyirishman for the chance to try this beer:
A - Pours an reddish amber with an explosive off white head that was very dense and sisipated slowly after an agressive pour.
S - Pine, citrus, and earthy hops with a slight hint of sweetness.
T - Tastes of pine and milk thistle with a little bit of a grassy and sweet malt finish.
M - Lower carbonation then I thought would be present from the head, but is not bad because it brings a good balance to the hop bite.
D - One of my favorite non ipa hop bombs. Unique approach and attention to detail make this a very enjoyable beer. ABV might sneak up on you though.

03-26-2008 05:12:01 | More by turbine2475
Photo of MrMcGibblets


3.8/5  rDev -12.6%

i've been dying to try this for quite some time and finally had the opportunity while out on the east coast. i have to say i was disappointed. not that this isn't a good beer, but for something that was rated well above alpha king and two hearted i was expecting a lot more. appearance is nice, surprisingly a little lighter in color than it's little sibling hopback amber-a clear deep copper with nice off-white creamy head and persistent lacing. nose is disappointing, a somewhat subdued melange of caramel, toffee, and spicy, herbal/vegetal hops. perhaps i was expecting some bright resiny citric notes not knowing the aroma profile of the nugget hop. taste is fine, nice rich caramel malts and a very smooth underlying hop bitterness. medium-bodied and nice creamy carbonation. overall for me this was like finally getting to nail some girl i really wanted only to discover she's not that great in bed.
on another note, after reviewing this i've noticed that many previous reviews mention citrusy hops in this, which i didn't get and i've been drinking it all weekend. perhaps some of you need to try an alpha king.

03-25-2008 03:22:39 | More by MrMcGibblets
Photo of JDV


4.2/5  rDev -3.4%

Courtesy of DIM on BA. Thanks!
Pours a clear amber with a big cream colored head. Smell is brimming with hops and bursting out of the glass. BIg fresh citrusy, grassy, and earthy aromas. Creamy mouthfeel with light carbonation and a smooth flavor. Hops are nicely balanced with the malt along with a zesty, spicy twinge at the end of the swallow. Moderate bitterness, and a bittersweet creaminess make this more drinkable than I imagined it'd be. Definitely a great, and sessionable beer.

03-24-2008 21:18:48 | More by JDV
Photo of ROMER79


4.63/5  rDev +6.4%

Well I finally had this beer that everyone has raved over, and I now understand why.

Pour: A nice copper orange with a two finger white head.

Smell: Sweet citrus, spices, and hops

Taste: A great balance between the hops and sweet, sweet citrus/fruity flavor with a spicy after note.

Mouthfeel: Refreshing and Delicious

Drink: Easy and enjoying. A great beer to have all year round. Definitely a session.

03-24-2008 18:15:48 | More by ROMER79
Photo of ryrust5301


4.4/5  rDev +1.1%

Poured into a tulip glass from a 12oz. brown bottle. Logo has a fist squeezing out all that sweet sweet hop nectar.

Appearance - Pours a clear red amber with a tiny 1/2 finger white head. Head vanished quickly leaving a smooth clear amber color on top.

Smell - Piney hops and some citrus notes, mainly lemon zest. Spiciness with a sweet malt.

Taste & Mouthfeel - Just as wonderfully hoppy as I expected. I love the malt sweetness that was immediate and sooner than expected. Crisp at first but smooth on the back end. Spiciness blends well with the hops. Citrus notes are present in the background as well. Hell a good beer, and balanced exceptionally. A whole lot more complex than I thought. A lot more to this brew than just the hops.

Drinkability - Picked up a case and i'm only two bottles in. So I have 22 more of these babies to enjoy, and I for damn sure will. A beauty of a brew by Troegs and one every hop head should try once.

03-24-2008 04:51:46 | More by ryrust5301
Photo of Tolann


4.43/5  rDev +1.8%

Big thanks bmjezekiel for this in a trade. I have high expectations for this one and hope it doesn't disappoint!

A - A very clear amber in color with a lose white head. Head goes from a little over 1 fingers to 0 in good time. Not a bit of cloudyness.

S - Could smell the citrus as soon as the bottle was opened. Mainly citrus being lemon and orange. Piney hops as well are easily found.

T - Sweet and piney were my first impressions. Some bitterness at the end of the taste. very wonderful and smoothly balanced. The big citrus in the smell is a bit more in the back seat. The overall sweetness of the taste really ties it together and brings it up. Realy great

M - Not a huge aftertaste, but a good reminder hangs lightly on your breath. No alcohol feel. Not too fizzy and not flat. A bit smoother than an IPA may be. Light/medium body.

D - Very nice taste, smell, appearance, and feel. I could enjoy many of these if only they were more available here in CO.

Really great beer. Not exactly what I imagined, but really great none the less. I really liked this beer. Might have to find more...

03-24-2008 03:24:21 | More by Tolann
Photo of kirok1999


4.43/5  rDev +1.8%

Pours a mild, clear copper with some moderate lacing.
Smells sweet and spicy with nice malt notes.
Taste is much like the smell, sweet and spicy. Lots of malt to balance the grassy hops that come through in the finish. It's not so bitter that you'd call it a hop bomb. The sweetness really makes this one tasty. It has a nice amount of carbonation and a bready mouthfeel.
Pretty damn drinkable, just wish I could get some more.

03-23-2008 23:32:25 | More by kirok1999
Photo of HopasaurusRex

New Hampshire

4.43/5  rDev +1.8%

Poured into my Stone Ruination IPA mug:

Hazy golden amber in color topped by cirrus clouds of foam.

Tangy aroma of pungent pine sap and dank high alpha hops. The Nugget, Warrior, and Tomahawk hops jump right out and grab me by the nose.

Mouth filling flavor of fresh grassy whole leaf hops cut by toasty caramel malt backbone. A squeeze of hops in every sip leads to a puckering citrus resiny finish.

Green is good. Take six and call me in the morning.

Cheers to nflmvp for hooking me up with this brazen hop beauty!

03-23-2008 22:25:34 | More by HopasaurusRex
Photo of drunkmonk

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +0.7%

Best by 6/10/08 printed on Case.

A- Crystal clear deep amber, with a creamy one finger head. Impressive amount of stick.

S- Oily sticky piney hops, Some faint bready malts.

T- Resin like citric and Pine hops assault the tongue. A slightly bready malt backbone try's to make itself known, but the hops win out. Left with a nice spicy hop bitterness. No alcohol is detected.

M- Moderate but approaching chewy, very nice creamy feel.

D- This drinks extremely easy for its 7+% abv. I could easily get into trouble with such a finely crafted brew. "Velvet Hammer Alert"

Not sure about a red or amber, but this is one fine American Pale Ale.

Highly Recommended.

*Note to self- Make trip to PA and try this on tap or even better Cask. Troegs brewing, here I come.

03-23-2008 03:20:23 | More by drunkmonk
Photo of jjboesen


4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

A first class beer brewed with nugget, warrior and tomahawk hops to create a finely tuned hop monster.

The Nectar opens with a 2" head that slowly dissapears into a moderate layer of lacing topping off a copper colored brew; a smattering of carbonation bubbles can be seen rising from the glass bottom.

Nose-wise, there are notes of lemon and orange. An orange is a fruit. Fruit is healthy. Ergo, the Nectar is healthy. (Beer Logic) Taste-wise, it offers your palate an excellent bite of hop without bitter aftertaste; subsequent sipping slowly reveals mild sweetness.

The mouthfeel is one that is well proportioned, having a smooth balance of malt and hops making for a surprisingly crisp quaff.

A truly drinkable and enjoyable craft from one of America's finer brewers. Thank you sir, can I have another?

03-23-2008 02:25:11 | More by jjboesen
Photo of usmittymc


5/5  rDev +14.9%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: deep amber orange with hints of red with a robust bubbly cream color head that slowly reduces and leaves rings of sticky lace.

S: Wow. Orange, grapefruit, peach, grass. Incredible hop nose on this beer. Caramel sweetness is present as well from the malt.

T: An instantaneous citrusy hop bite is overtaken by sweet malty flavors. The hop bitterness kicks in again after the swallow.

M: Nice and smooth. Good carbonation. Moderate body.

D: This is one of the best beers on the planet. Very impressive. Alcohol will sneak up on you, so take heed. Do what you can to get a bottle or sixer of this.

03-23-2008 00:43:29 | More by usmittymc
Photo of russpowell


4.88/5  rDev +12.2%

Got this from beeronthebrain, mad props!!

Pours an effervescent orange/amber with 1+ finger of cream colored head. Great head retention & lacing

S: Tons of citric hops & really nice honey & biscuitty malt hiding underneath the hops

T: Piney & citric hops, then honey & biscuitty malt, plus just a touch of alcohol warmness up front. Some caramel, grapefruitty & piney hops, plus mild fruittyness ( peach ). Finishes with great citric hops, a touch of biscuitty malt & some mineral dryness

MF: Medium-bodied with assertive carbonation that really shows off the hops. Creamy with great balance, skews hoppy, but really works

Drinkablity is through the roof! The ABV would eventually get you, but it you wouldn't regret it! This is easily one of the best beers I've tried in a while. Lives up to the hype

Thanks Khen!

03-22-2008 05:50:22 | More by russpowell
Photo of BMoney575


4.03/5  rDev -7.4%

Sampled on 3-21-08

Pours a crystal clear light orange, with a filmy white head and super thick lacing.

Smell is all grassy hops, very bitter, but at the same time nice malt backbone.

Taste is just like the smell, but the hops have a more citrus, fruity quality. The malt is still there to add some balance. The finish is dry and bitter, but very pleasant.

Mouthfeel is very good, a nice thickness to add to the hop flavor and help the bitterness.

Drinkability is good, very bitter, but very tasty.

Overall, one of the best amber ales I've had. The hops play a big part, but the nice malt character isn't lost in the shuffle.

03-22-2008 01:35:45 | More by BMoney575
Photo of lightindarkness


4.8/5  rDev +10.3%

Traded for this with Jw347, but burnt through it pretty quick. Thanks to a couple extras from jdoncbus and markgugs, I bring you this review.

A good pour into a tulip yields a cream colored fluffy head atop a very attractive slightly hazed orange colored brew. Plenty of full lacing.

Nose is of hops. Pinecone, sap, and grapefruit stand out in excellent balance. I don't need to say any more about the smell. It's just plain great. I have yet to find a beet with better overall balance in hops.

Taste is really an extension of the nose, with fresh piny hops and some juicy grapefruit goodness. All is filled out in the bottom end with nice caramelly malt. Has a zesty robust taste that is undeniably fantastic and hard to find anywhere else. Finishes with only slight resin, not overpowering, but extending the hop experience. Again, I can't quite imagine a better balanced hop taste in a beer. Fantastic.

Has a smooth and enticing feel, slightly oily, plenty of stickiness, and just the right amount of cleanness to the finish. Carbonation is done well enough not to notice, enhancing the flavor and feel.

Drinkability? It'd be hard to find a beer I'd say yes to drinking more quickly than this one. For hop lovers it is an extremely well flavored beer without being too intense or dramatic. Nicely done. I love it.

03-21-2008 03:23:23 | More by lightindarkness
Photo of Iceman77

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev -0.5%

The nectar pours a goldish amber, and i agree with some other posters about the faint greenish hue. I got a finger of thick head that left some nice lacing. The aroma hits you right away, a blast of hops and a citrus/fruit mix, like limes and peaches maybe? If you like the Hopback Amber this is basically a juiced up version, so for hopheads like me the taste is right on. A nice balance of heavy hoppyness. Going down it's crisp and bitter, with a very clean aftertaste. The amped up hop action might be too much for some, but for those that enjoy it you could definitely swill more than one. A quality offering from the Trogner bros.

03-21-2008 03:10:59 | More by Iceman77
Photo of acrawf6


4.72/5  rDev +8.5%

Pours out a rich orange amber with a thick tan head. nice lacing.

Smell. The hops burst out with a fresh character, some caramel, pine and cat urine (in a good way), like a strong simcoe characteristic. Bell's hop wallop comes to mind though , but this one is much richer. very nice

Taste. Balances out a whole lot better than i was expecting. the bottle says 93ish ibus, but there is no overwhelming hop sensation. It has a nice sweet and sour flavor as the hops give a citrus tartness as well as a caramel sweetness and fullness. Aftertaste leaves a nice hop dryness, but not all too bitter. very nice.

Mouthfeel. I thought it was going to be a fuller beer. It does have a fullness to it and is a bit chewy, but I find it still a bit refreshing. I think the alcohol hides extremely well here.

Overall, a fantastic beer. Incredible hop character, and such a drinkability (other than the price and rarity). Big props to Beerbuddha for pushing to get this one locally!

03-21-2008 02:46:56 | More by acrawf6
Photo of ncvbc

North Carolina

4.83/5  rDev +11%

A growler thanks to akorsak...what a kind trader!

Pours crystal clear just like from the bottle. A glowing amber, startling and beautiful. Slow, steady carbonation from the growler pour. Sticky lacing down the glass throughout the session (entire growler, yessir). This beer is just gorgeous.

Smells of fresh hoppy goodness. Clean and green. More green than the bottled version to me. Citrus greatness and malt, too.

Taste is the same incredible sensation that I get from the bottle. Crisp, mouth watering, just perfect. So damn unique, even today. The hops used make this a stand out.

Slightly bitter feel, lower carbonated from the growler, more silky smooth than crisp at first. Still a somewhat dry finish.

Infinite drinkability. It's one of those...one of the best. This beer is truly one of a kind. A permanent stay in my Top 10 most likely, something I'll always be searching for.

03-20-2008 04:15:21 | More by ncvbc
Photo of Beerbuddha


5/5  rDev +14.9%

OK I know I gave it all 5s. This beer fit everything I love about beer and to me is the perfect beer for me. It poured a great copper color with a nice thick off white head. Lacing was minimal but present. The aroma like the taste was a wonderful mix of hops and malts. Knowing nothing of brewing I have no idea what they used but it was sweet and not too bitter which you find in many overly hopped beers. Something balanced it out perfectly. The mouthfeel was thick and creamy with medium carbonation. Overall I REALLY enjoyed this beer a lot. I see why people buy this by the case. With such a limited supply you want to make sure you have enough to last you as long as possible.

03-19-2008 16:15:15 | More by Beerbuddha
Photo of fav628


4.33/5  rDev -0.5%

If you love hops, this beer for you. Tastes more like a double IPA to me like Weyerbacher Hops Infusion or Victory Hop Wollop. This beer is a must for hop heads. I only wish Troegs offered it year round, currently I think it is only brewed for spring.

03-17-2008 18:37:11 | More by fav628
Photo of joezak5

New Jersey

4.97/5  rDev +14.3%

12 ounce bottle purchased at the Princeton, NJ Wegmans at $10.99 for a 6 pack. Printed with a February 6, 2008 born-on date and enjoyed on March 15, 2008.

Appearance: This is a great translucent and rich amber color topped by a very pillowly and medium bubbled pure white head. It reached about a half inch from the lip of the Duvel sniffter it was poured into.

Aroma: The overwhelming sweet hops come through here. It has a very citrusy and piney aroma. It is a huge surprise to open your eyes and still see the beautiful amber color. The "Imperial Amber" labeled on this bottle really hits home here. This beer makes you thankful you've discovered a site like Beer Advocate that pointed it out you.

Taste: The good folks at Troegs were right on when they added "Nectar" to the name of this beer. It is sweet, balanced hoppy goodness. I had to double check the bottle to make sure the ABV was really 7.5%. The alcohol content was almost indetectable. It wasn't until the the finihing exhale that I was warmed by the sweet hops.

Mouthfeel: This is one of those beers that has you puckering on it to squeeze out all the hops flavor. It has a medium body with light carbonation. The sweetness and stickiness definitely comes out with an extended period in the mouth.

Drinkability: This is a beer I could definitely has a few more of. It is certainly a smooth and easy drinking exmample of the style. Nugget Nectar will be a regular in my drinking lineup.

A tip of the cap from a Philadelphia born and raised guy to a top notch Pennsylvania brewer.

03-16-2008 04:08:53 | More by joezak5
Photo of kwakwhore

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev 0%

Copper/amber pour with a small white head which doesn't last too long but does leave lacing down the glass. Exceptional clarity in this one.
Some sweet malt in the aroma, hops emerge as the beer begins to warm.
The flavor is an amalgam of hops, sweet malt, bready malt, and bittering hops dominating the finish. Hops are present all the way through, but perhaps not as much as promised on the bottle. Nonetheless this is a very well balanced beer.
Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing, perhaps not as thick as I thought it would be, but still a bit syrupy at the end. Enough carbonation to leave a tickling on the tongue all the way through the finish.
I could envision drinking two of these in a night, probably no more. Still this is a very easy beer to drink.
Not exactly a "Hophead's Nirvana" as promised on the bottle, a bit too much malt in there to make that claim, but still a very good beer.
Drinking a much fresher bottle of this now. The hops are way more prominent, much more out front and the malts are in the background. When it's fresh. it is a Hophead's Nirvana both in taste and smell.

03-14-2008 02:05:34 | More by kwakwhore
Tröegs Nugget Nectar from Tröegs Brewing Company
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