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Tröegs Nugget Nectar - Tröegs Brewing Company

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6,664 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 6,664
Reviews: 2,305
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.68%
Wants: 1,101
Gots: 737 | FT: 26
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 funckygibbon
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

WARNING* - bias: This is my favorite beer of all time.

What is this spring you speak of? Ohhh, you mean Nugget Nectar season! I await this beer's release with great anticipation, and immiediately rush to Zeno's pub in State College in early February to get it on tap (then have a back up stock at home!).

Pours a deep orangish amber, with a somewhat off white head. Consistent lacing occurs. I don't get much time to view this however, as this beer's heavy hop nose permeates around the vicinity. Whoa. Now i know why hops is related to cannabis. With five types of hops (If i'm not mistaken) blended carefully into this beer, you get a mix of floral, grapefruit, and yes, cannabis-like smells intoxicating the palette before you even take any in. I find myself spending a great deal of time smelling this beer, almost between every swig.

When the smell of a beer is as strong as this one, you can only hope the taste will follow up. Nugget Nectar does so and then some. The taste is amazingly balanced, and highly complex, with esters and different distinct flavors occurring in stages. Initially, you are hit with the 93 IBU's of the hops, as one would expect for this beer type. As I tell folks who don't like hops as much as I do, this beer quickly will show them mercy, as the bitterness quickly is pulled away to reveal a flurry of grapefruit and floral flavors, riding along mellow but ever present malt backbone. Finally post swallow, you are left with all this pleasantness and just a slight puckering bitterness that I must keep renewing throughout the night.

Mouth feel is something that, in my opinion, you can only be negative about when it doesn't compliment the beer's flavor, or type. Nugget Nectar is ever so slightly on the "thicker" side, with moderate-heavy carbonation that livens it up quite nicely. Perfect for the beer that it is.

The final note- This beer is almost TOO drinkable. Weighing in at 7.5 Abv, It masks this strength amazingly well, so I often find myself drinking wayyyy more than I plan. Can't complain about that though!

funckygibbon, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of cannabanaceae
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Awesome logo of a huge hope nugget squeezed for the Nectar. Poured a medium amber in color. Tiny head that stayed through the end,

Smell was a very solid amber ale of a smell , not to many hops in the nose, Maybe to many ibus for my senses.

Taste was bitter forward, some cardboard detected, very slightly fruity. very bitter again. In a nicely imbalanced play with the malts.Doesn't finish bitter rather clean. A great HopBomb. Mouthfeel sticky,Medium high body.

This is a nice unique and innovative brew. It tasted way better when it had warmed up. Would buy this beer, if it was available to me. Love that nectar.

cannabanaceae, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of orcasteve
4.88/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

poured this into my saint arnold pint glass, this pours a sightley coludy amber color with a two finger white head that rises to the top ang quickley disapers to a thin lacing around the rim of the glass, the taste is sweet at first and heavy malt flavor, the second wave is a piney bitter that has a kick that leaves my mouth wattering for more, the final taste is more bitter that lingers for awhile, this is a great beer that i would drink all the time if i could get my hands on it, this is a beer every hop head should try!

orcasteve, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of whoneeds8
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass a murky burnt orange with a one finger head. Smell is very strong and floral, very nice. Taste is hits with complex hop flavor that mellows to a nice malty sweetness. Mouthfeel is very easy. This is definatly the best/strongest amber I've ever had.

I enjoyed this beer alot.

whoneeds8, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of NCSUdo
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

A: Murky copper body under a small white head. Some decent lace, low retention.

S: Excellent smell of candy like citrus hops. Some caramel and toasted malt in the background. Excellent aroma.

T: Very tasty. Candy like citrus hops in the forefront, bitterness isn't overpowering. Bit of pine mixed in. Some sweetness and the malt backbone pokes its head in here and there, but this one is dominated by hops.

M/D: Medium bodied, carbonation isn't too heavy. Very easy to go down, extremely drinkable. This is one fine brew that I wish was available in NC.

NCSUdo, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of MiguelMandingo
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Just got this as an extra in a trade. Thanks Steve!

Poured a 12oz. bottle into a snifter.

Appearance - Pours into the glass an amber copper orange color. It is hazy and translucent. The brew produced a 1/2 finger head at best and quickly dissipated to a spotty crown. It leaves spotty light lacing behind as well. A swirl of the glass brings the head back for a few moments and then quickly dissipates once more.

Smell - The smell is pretty good. The malt build and hops notes are in pretty good balance here. I can detect notes of candied orange primarily, intermingled with apricot, along with notes of sweet grapefruit and distant pine. The malts scents peak through with notes of caramel, honey, and light toast.

Taste - The taste is almost as good as the smell, but not quite. The candied orange and apricot i detected in the scent is a bit more muted in the actual flavor. The hop flavor is smooth and carries throughout. There is a nice bitterness that rounds out the flavor. The malt build helps to balance this one out - tasty caramel and a hint of honey sweetness intermingled with a light toastiness.

Mouthfeel - I wish the mouthfeel was a little more interesting. The carbonation is a little prickly initially, but dies way too fast for my liking. By the time I swallow a sip, it feels like it has no carbonation at all. It has a medium body and feels resinous and oily as it rolls over the tongue.

Drinkability - This is a pretty drinkable brew. I expected more of a hoppy bitterness out of this beer, but it is mostly hop flavor, which I really enjoy. I wish it was a little more lively in the carbonation department, but the smell and the taste make up for it. All in all, this is a pretty good brew. I would search it out again.

MiguelMandingo, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of UA8
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a transparent amber with a mocha head 2 fingers thick.

S- Scents of heavy citrus (orange and tangerine) hops and lightly roasted malts roll from the brew.

T- First hit on the palate is an explosion of of oranges (how they get these great flavors without using the actual item is impressive) and caramel malts. The mid palate is nicely balanced and finishes with rich citrus and grassy hops.

M- Medium high carbonation with a moderate viscosity. could have a bit more thickness to it.

D- This is one quaffable beverage. Above average balance with a large hop presence. the first time I had this I was nearly as impressed with this as I am this time. I would attribute that to this bottle probably being a lot fresher. So with that in mind to get that most out of this beer get it fresh.

UA8, Nov 27, 2008
Photo of gdfan47
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is another one of the beers that im sad is a seasonal

its an imperial version of their "hopback beer"

it pours a coppery red with a good amount of head

it smells like hops , a little citrusy.... and it smells very fresh too

it tastes like it smells.. the hops are there, but its not too bitter to the point that it would scare off people that arent generally hop people

pretty high abv and a smooth enough beer that you can drink alot

this beer is what i call a gateway + beer, it can be used as a gateway beer used for people that wanna get into hoppy beer, and it can be enjoyed by people that already like the hops

gdfan47, Nov 24, 2008
Photo of LumpyGuitar
3.8/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Recieved in trade from MASPuros, been trying to get this one for a long time so a big thanks!

Poured an orangey amber with a good 2 fingers of frothy white head. Retention isn't great but the lacing is kinda nice.

Smells mildly of sweet malt and light grassy hop.

Taste is very good. The sweet malt does a nice job of overshadowing the grassy hop so that you get both flavors but the hop doesn't dominate as it does in, say, a Cream ale. Hop is a tiny bit dry but the whole flavor blends very well.

Mouthfeel is good, light bodied with a tad less carbonation than I'd like.

Drinkability is good. The way the flavor blends makes this beer very easy to drink. Well worth the wait, hopefully someone will start selling some near me.

LumpyGuitar, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of xpimptastikx
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to mikereaser for the trade.

POurs a nice amber with a creamy off white head that rises about a 1/2". It recedes to a nice ring with slight lacing. Smells like pine, citrus, and kind of like granny smiths. Tastes awesome, a nice upfront maltiness well balanced with a nice little bitter bite as a finish. I'd love to have this as a regular session beer.

xpimptastikx, Nov 11, 2008
Photo of OlieIPA
3.85/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks PatronWizard...

A: Huge and frothy head with a nice golden/amber hue. Filtered great!!

S: More sweet then hoppy, which leads me to believe that this bottle may be a little old. Still very appealing.

T: Sublte mix of spices and hop sweetness.

M: Light to medium body...perfect for the style.

D: Perfect for a BBQ and easy on the palate and body.

Overall: A good beer. A try it.

OlieIPA, Nov 08, 2008
Photo of rudylaw
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to mikeraser for this one.

Imperial amber... here we go. Pours, shockingly, amber with a tiny head. Nothing out of the ordinary so far... but I know that's about to change.

This smells of citrus. I agree with other reviewers that at the outset, this is just like an IPA.

I get citrus, hops and smooth malt all the way through. This beer doesn't evolve over the course of consumption... it stays delicious and true to the last drop.

I don't drink many ambers, but this Troegs beer has been on my want list for quite some time. After having one, I'll keep on wanting more. Very refreshing on this Indian Summer evening in the Chi.

rudylaw, Nov 01, 2008
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 12, 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 09, 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
Tröegs Nugget Nectar from Tröegs Brewing Company
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