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Tröegs Nugget Nectar - Tröegs Brewing Company

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6,723 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 6,723
Reviews: 2,304
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.68%
Wants: 1,116
Gots: 751 | FT: 25
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 gameface23
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz. bomber poured into a snifter. It was a clear amber with a nice, foamy 1 inch head. Lace slid down the sides of the glass.

The smell was very strong. Pure hops: pine, apricot, pineapple, maybe even some marijuana (?). There was a slight malty sweetness, but it was quickly put into a chokehold by the hops.

The taste was strong piney hops with an amber malt backbone. Not bitingly bitter at all.

It had a creamy mouthfeel that ended smooth. Very drinkable. Not cloying or bitter - It finds a great balance between sweet and bitter.

gameface23, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of Fredk24
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: It looks like a copper colored ale with a 1.5 finger head, well filtered. Sticky lacing.

S: Muy excellente. Fresh hops slaps you in the face. The best part of this beer is the fresh aroma of citrus-y hops. Many beers in this vein don't smell as good, or effuse such a nice smell. It really makes you pine for some hops. AND then

T: Grapefruit. Some light maltiness. Not much in terms of sweetness. Long lasting hop bitterness.

M: Thin/medium mouthfeel. Decent carbonation.

D: Ight. I didn't care for the balance on this beer.

The interwebs told me to buy this beer. I did. I felt a little disappointed in you, internets.

It's a good value and would go great with a plateful of loaded nachos. I didn't really care for the overall balance of this beer. But, seat for every ass, that's what I say.

Fredk24, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of kels
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Okay, so after seeing a million posts on the US-Great Lakes forum about this beer, I had to pick up a six when it came to my area. Here's my review on a bottle poured into a pint.

Appearance: Pours a clear and bright shade of orangey-brown with carbonation bubbles running throughout feeding the 2 finger tannish-white airy head. The head fades pretty quickly to 1/2 inch, and major sticky lacing hangs off all sides of the glass.

Smell: The smell is a major punch in the nose of bright, citrusy, floral hops with a slight sweetness from the malts. It is seriously prominent, and it really makes me look forward to the taste.

Taste/Mouthfeel: The taste is unbelievably sweet and bitter all at once. All the scents from the hops are magnified in the taste. The citrus is bitter like grapefruit or orange peels, the floral is sweet and bright and there's even a sappy, piney hop quality that wasn't as present in the nose. There are just enough malts to sweeten the taste and provide a little challenge (note, very little) to the powerful hops. The mouthfeel is very light and crisp thanks to the good carbonation, and the aftertaste leaves a sticky film throughout the palate.

Drinkability: Definitely a tasty beer - full of flavor and really crisp and light. Couldn't do too many of these though. The stickiness and huge hops would limit my intake.

Lives up to the hype. I saw a lot of posts comparing this and Hopslam, but I think they're different enough to warrant picking up a few of each.

kels, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of NoLiberty
2.95/5  rDev -32%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours clear and light reddish orange in color. Definitely on the lighter side for an amber but well within style. Totally filtered and fresh with a nice solid white frothy head on top that settles into an ever present cap with nice stickiness at the edges and soft lacing spotted up with side. Tiny carbonation lazily floats up feeding this nice head situation.

The aroma is strongly hop forward and starts with subtle fruit and floral notes and moves to a slightly more sweet middle with citrus followed by an underlying ammonia notes. Resiny throughout with a moderate sweetness that makes for an aroma that's complex almost melony but also almost unpleasant.

Strong hop resins and oil up front with moderate fruit flavors. Overall this is too hop dominant without a backing malt quality. The hops are used too extensively with little balancing flavors. The hop choice, nugget, is unpleasant for an imperial amber. The alcohol that comes through is astringent and unconnected to the other flavors of the beer.

Mouthfeel is oily up front followed by a cloying sweet finish and lingering bitter aftertaste that doesn't invite me to drink more. I am a hop fan and I realize this is a highly favored beer but the drinking experience doesn't match the apparent popularity. The ingredient choice and integration leaves an unbalanced beer with overly assertive qualities

NoLiberty, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of bowersdm
3.93/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a german pilsner. Bottle says it was bottled on 1/19/09.

A - the color of a new penny, copper. A small 1cm head, off-white in color, crowned the beer. It dissipated every so slowly.

S - hops, floral and citrusy; there's some grapefruit and pineapple going on, maybe some other fruit too.

T - hops, hops, more grapefruit and pineapple. I did not notice any malt flavor at all, however the beer did maintain some sort of sweetness throughout. I do not know where it came from. There's was also a slight bitterness at the end that did not seem to come from the hops. (Edit: after a second bottle I decided to drop the taste rating from 4.0 because of this beers lack of a malt character.)

M - seemed about average for any hoppy ale.

D - pretty good. the beer wasn't filling, it was a lot cheaper than Hopslam, and it wasn't quite as hoppy, which is a good thing to me.

bowersdm, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of Dulliwhig
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Thick head, some ultrafine bubbles, some massive bubbles - maybe I screwed up the pour...

S - Sweet piny fruits

T - Tastes like it smells, bittersweet fruit, piny bitterness

M - High carbonation, slighly oily

D - Drankly one bottle quickly and wished I had more than just one!

Excellent all around beer, I loved it last year, and this year tastes even better!

Dulliwhig, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of SerieDNo3
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams sensory glass

A: Pours a dark copper with a finger of cream-colored head. decent head retention and moderate lacing.

S: Has a very fresh hoppy aroma, very citric.

T: Lots of fresh hops, notes of various citrus fruit other than oranges. Quite bitter, with a very light malt content.

M: Puckering, crisp, but could use a little more carbonation.

D: Goes down pretty well for a 7.5% beer; the bitterness approaches sourness, but in a pleasant way. I probably couldn't do more than two or three of these, but it's very nice to drink.

SerieDNo3, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of cvfish
4.85/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Poured a beautiful copper amber that produced a fluffy white head that retained well and left a great lace

S - A great blend of hops and fruit and honey

T - Malty character, with a great hops, honey, tropical fruit blend

M - Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation

D - Now I know what the hype is about! This was an incredible beer, too bad that Troegs pulled out of La

cvfish, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of drgonzo3705
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a copper color with nice amber hues and a small head with beautiful lacing left in its absence.

S: Faintly smells of its Amber origins but a very pleasant mixture of floral and pine hop aromas melding together.

T: It definitely has that Amber flavor but its very subdued in the background. Hops are for sure in the foreground.

M: Nice creamy medium bodied and oily. Very pleasant in the mouth. Not too much as some Ambers/Reds can be. Very tame, yet very flavorful at the same time.

D: Hands down an easy drinker! This is added to my list of Ambers/Reds to enjoy from Oct-March (Lagunitas Impy Red and Nosferatu are my other two in that timeframe) Definitely going to enjoy as much of this as possible, and trick my friend who doesnt like Ambers into liking it!

drgonzo3705, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of Jettanbass9
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I find it hard to believe that after two years of drinking this beer I have not reviewed it. It may have taken me this long but better late than never. I digress, I have had this beer on cask, on draft and in the bottle and every which way this beer is amazing.

A - Sappy amber, with highlights of light brown, copper and orange. Soft, delicate head with a sticky lace that etches my journey to the bottom of the glass.

S - a hoppy mix of tropical and stone fruits, a pleasant mix of peaches, pineapple and a delicate floral honey aroma lingers. A bready, almost biscuity rounds out the aroma and ties back into the hop character.

T - Light bitterness is balanced by bready, sweet malts. A dark fruit-like character lingers in the background. Hoppy resins of pineapple, grapefruit and peach are balanced by an earthy complex of cedary resin.

M - Smooth almost creamy complexity without a hint of alcohol. For as much hop character as this beer has there is no hint of astringency or grassiness. The balance of this beer is remarkable neither cloying or too bitter, only a light malt and hop note lingers.

D - Dangerously drinkable. This is the type of beer you can do some damage with. It's balance is key here, neither too cloying or too bitter, this beer balances itself and invites you back for a few more rounds.

Jettanbass9, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of zerofear13
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was recommended this beer by some personal friends of mine from the beer tasting club. First brew from Troegs.

Once I poured it, the aroma hit me. It smells amazing. The cascade/centennial/chinook grapefruit hops overpower the nose. It smells amazing. I think I inhaled at the lip of the cup for well over a minute.

The taste is quite light and delicious. Great malth flavor, that citrus kick from the flavors and hops hit as well, but I think that's to be expected after the nose. Really light mouthfeel - crisp and refreshing without being too heavy. I think amber is a great category for the ale, as I feel like the hops MIGHT classify it as an IPA, but it really doesn't have that heaviness.

Ultimately, a delicious brew. Grab em if you see em. They are well worth the try.

zerofear13, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of tittymcj
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this with William Pang (Queens, NY) as per usual.

Poured a dark gold/light amber color, with a quickly dissipating head and pretty minimal lacing.

The smell of this beer is absolutely fantastic. Straight grapefruit and citrus, with a little hint of pine. Definitely a lot of hops in this one.

The taste is not as outrageously hoppy as the smell. There is somewhat doughy taste, backed by the definite citrus from the hops.

Very thin in the mouth, with a bit of bitterness that lingers behind for quite some time.

Very drinkable. The 7.5% alcohol is hidden well, and this is a very easily enjoyed brew.

tittymcj, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of rhinos00
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

According to the stamp, the beer was bottled 9 days ago on 1/19/09. Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

A- Clear, amber. The bottom of the glass seemed to glow as the beer was consumed. One fingers width of white formed and dissipated quickly upon consumption.

S- Absolutely amazing. Potent scents of peach and citrus hops jump out and infiltrate the nose.

T- Really unique. On first taste, presence of earthy, citrus hops blow up in the mouth. The bitter hops carry throughout the finish, but are accompanied with malts of bread like characteristics. Unlike anything I have had before.

M- Smooth, delicious, perfect. Nice amount of carbonation with a thin to medium body feel.

D- This is one drinkable brew. I could honestly put my 6-pack away in one sitting.

Overall, drink this one fresh!!! I have had it with some months on it and it doesn't compare. Drink it while it's hot.

rhinos00, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of CrazyMacHarris99
4.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer!!! As for those that think it is just hyped, well I guess you'll never know.

Poured into my Sharp Edge Over the Edge goblet a clear amber red with a thick frothy and soapy white head. The head thins down in size but is still thick and clings to the side of the glass. Right off the bat it smells like someone put the Christmas tree back up. Big pine burst with a sweet, citrus scent in the back. The taste isn't as strong on the pine but its there with mostly a sweet citrus that coats the inside of my mouth. A dry hop aftertaste and an oily coating in mt mouth. The mouthfeel is slightly thin but it slides down my throat like silk. I could drink this one all day. The perfect over-hopped Amber Ale!

CrazyMacHarris99, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of TStandley13
4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

And I think I just found my new all-time favorite brew.

a- firey deep red in color, which contrasts very nicely with white head that this beer produces. Lacing is very wet, yet holds to the glass long after the beer is complete. A different type of lacing that I have only seen on a few beers before, very moist looking not "foamy" like other beers.

s- the smell was my first indication of what I was in for. first smell is without a doubt grapefruity. slight outdoor foresty smell. some other citrus notes such as lemon and orange can be smelt, leaving a nice tangy smell.

t- nothing short of amazing. grapfruity, citrusy, with a definite bitter hop finish. slightly sweeter than other ambers/IPAS, but a very pleasant taste and aftertaste.

m- very smooth with not-so-aggressive carbonation. I think that they could have carbonated a tad more to give it a more shocking mouthfeel, but I was impressed in the fact that this beer goes down very smooth.

d- very drinkable, which is upsetting because I only picked up a sixer....must find more!

TStandley13, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of HopEnthusiast
4.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice clear amber color with an incredible white frothy head that leaves some lasting lacing in the glass. It has an aroma of citrus hops with malts coming through it. The hops dominate incredibly though.The taste is mind blowing! The hops are show cased, just like the smell, but the malts, biscuit and carmel, are there to keep everything balanced. I would say this is a IPA that the malts are kicked up more to balance the hops and alcohol. There is a fair amount of alcohol in it, and I couldn't drink the nectar like hopback. I wouldn't want to though. This brew should be savored and enjoyed. It is freking delicious. A must try by any beer enthusiast.

HopEnthusiast, Jan 27, 2009
Photo of callmemickey
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

so i just had to re-review this... last year i had nugget nectar on draft... and was rather disappointed... at the time i suggested that hype/a prior ipa/bad case might have been the source of the problems...

well i got a case of NN this year (2009) and i love it... i also have some hopslam and one night i had a hopslam before the NN... same effect as last year, the tastebuds are dulled and NN comes across as a blurred mess to me... there seems to be some difference in appearance compared to my previous cask review... so i call bad cask on that review...

here is my new review:

A: Blazing amber/red body... the imperial amber description nails what this beer looks like.. bold offwhite head, that lasts for ages and leaves lovely sticky lacing

S: the blend of hops here has a wonderful bouquet, grapefruit, pine and floral notes all kick serious butt... deliciously welcoming

T: the flavor trails off slightly from the nose, but is still excellent, there is a point somewhere in the middle of the flavor profile that can use some work as the malt and hops interplay on the tongue... but i am just being picky now

M: Smooth, medium bodied beer, with a nice bitter finish... as noted above there is a very brief gap in the middle

D: Glad i gave this another go and went for a case... now i just need to get another before its all gone

callmemickey, Jan 27, 2009
Photo of BigIrishman
4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into standard pint glass

Appearance: Very clear amber red with 1 finger head, leaves good amount of lace.

Smell: Wow, what a rush of hops, everything under the rainbow here. Can't really explain much more, just overwhelming.

Taste: Taste is right in line with the smell. They may have dry hopped for a richer aroma but the taste is even more extreme, just full of hops. There are some fruity hops (maybe some grapefruit), there are some nugget hops, earthy, etc...Just amazing,

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel, bitter but still extremely smooth.

Drinkability: Unbelievable, no traces of alcohol and like already said, oh so smooth.

Notes: Expectations are most likely very high for this beer but trust me, you will not be let down at all. Buy a case and try your very best to drink it over a 2-3 month period and you can pull out little differences as the beer "ages". Wait now that I think of it, buy 2 cases because 1 will not get you to 3 months.

BigIrishman, Jan 27, 2009
Photo of gciccarelli
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle into pint glass.

A - Clear pale orange/amber with huge fluffy white head. Excellent head retention.

S - Hops, hops, hops. Citrus hop smell, pine hop smell, grapefruit. Very impressive.

T - Considering the hops and IBU, it's surprisingly balanced. Sweet, bready malts give way to a citrus, floral hop taste. Finishes slightly bitter. There is more hop taste than bitter taste, if that makes sense. Very good.

M - Feels amazing. Medium body, medium carbonation, nice pleasant feeling afterward - a rare occurrence that you want to hold the beer in your mouth for a while.

D - Highly drinkable. Great mouthfeel and combination of taste and balance...could get tricky with this one because you wanna drink it all night (it's 7.5% abv).

I'm very impressed with this brew...not quite up to the RIDICULOUS amount of hype it gets, but what could be? A fantastic beer overall and worth picking up even a case.

gciccarelli, Jan 27, 2009
Photo of smedley
4.88/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Crystal clear orangish amber, nice head which lasts and leaves beautiful lacing

S - Fresh grapefruit, floral hops, delicious goodness

T - Major grapefruit taste, hoppy but not overly bitter

M - Medium body, medium carbonation

D - Can't...stop...drinking....

A lot of hype around this beer, which can lead to disappointment....but not in this case. Easily one of the best beers I ever had. I absolutly love this.

smedley, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of bonkers
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from 12 ounce bottle into my SA pint glass. It pours a clear amber in color with a moderate white head and a little lacing. The aroma is heavy on citrus and pine. The flavor follows. The taste is nicely balanced and has a nice hoppy finish. Every sip leaves a thin pine resin on your tongue, giving the beer a fuller feel. A very good and drinkable brew.

bonkers, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of BeerSox
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into nonic.

Crystal clear deep amber hue with a one finger light tan head, which leaves behind a solid wall of lacing as it settles to a thin cap with bubbles sprinkled around.

The aroma of this seems to fill the room. The amount of hops in this beer are amazing. Sharp pine along with grapefruit, and a good amount of pineapple.

I could write a couple sentences describing the malts (slightly toasty, balancing to the hops), but why bother? The hops are citrusy, plentiful, sharp, spicy, bitter, imparting a little bit of pineapple like in the aroma. Both the bitterness and flavor is on the high end. Full bodied, with citrus fruit lingering for a while after each sip.

Certainly one of the more sought out ultra-hoppy beers. Plenty of hop flavor and bitterness without it becoming overwhelming. Surprisingly drinkable, but not quite sessionable. Still, it's a beer that can sneak up on you with its high drinkability. It's actually somewhat refreshing as well. Recommended.

BeerSox, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of FrothyBeverage
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nuggets and nectar? nothing pleases me more. The bottle has very cool artwork, i would personally title it "hop grenade." Has a very citrusy fruity smell. It has a very lovely "summer taste". I think this would be a great bbq beer. Goes down very smoothly and pleasantly. Overall a solid beer.

FrothyBeverage, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.63/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a clear deep orange/amber with a thick, foamy white head. Aroma of grassy and garlicky hops. Flavor of sweet caramel malt and grassy hops with a bitter finish. Nice and drinkable. The hop profile isn't my favorite, but this is a decent IPA.
7/4/7/4/15 (3.7/5)

LilBeerDoctor, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of Biggness
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a very clearm amber with a 1 fingered head with nice amounts of lacing. The smell consists mostly of a citrusy hop smell with notes of vanilla. For being such a high IBU beer this beer is very smooth and the flavors in my opinion are very well balanced. There is a large citrus flavor but it balances well with the nice malt base. The mouthfeel is nice, but it has a slight dry aftertaste and is a little undercarbonated. I certainly look forward to when this comes on tap locally because I wanna try it all night long it is that drinable and that yummy :)

Biggness, Jan 25, 2009
Tröegs Nugget Nectar from Tröegs Brewing Company
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