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Tröegs Nugget Nectar - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Ratings: 7,611
Reviews: 2,447
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 9.7%
Wants: 1,271
Gots: 1,324 | FT: 40
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:
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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Ratings: 7,611 | Reviews: 2,447
Photo of vfgccp
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Cream white, 1 finger head with a fine bubble structure and a nice lace. Beautiful gold-amber body.

S - Herbal hop aroma. Thyme, tarragon. Smooth with a touch of honey sweetness.

T - Pine up front and center. Touch of malty sweetness. Some caramel on the backend lends a really nice balance to the drink.

M - Medium body. Mellow sweet finish. The hop bitterness is powerful up front but faces to a nice echo in the back end of the drink.

D - Great balance and a nice flavor keep you coming back for more.

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

Reviewed from Notes

22oz Bomber served into a Duvel Tulip

A: dark amber with huge head (aggressive pour), sticky lacing

N: big beautiful hops! dank & sticky, citrusy, touch of pineapple

T: nice bitterness, balanced sweetness, not too complex, but solid...interesting style Imperial Amber, but tough to do. this one and Harpoon's Leviathan one are the only one's that do it for me

M: sticky and a touch chewy for me, slight detraction from the overall experience

D: good, but the sweetness and mouthfeel drop it down just slightly

I like this beer, but it doesn't reach the heights of desirability that others seem to reach for it. I can understand their appreciation, but for me its just really good.

Photo of GeezLynn
3.73/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 01/27/11. Courtesy of a trade with CaveDave.

A: Clear amber/brown color with a stout white head. Always nice to pour out something this bright and clear.

S: Fragrant floral and fruity hops with lots of sweet, syrupy caramel malt aroma.

T: Citrus and grapefruit pith, followed by some caramel and assertive toasted malts. Not nearly as sweet as the aroma had me expecting. Finishes with a light, but drawn out bitterness.

M: Medium to full-bodied with soft carbonation. I like the this aspect of the beer.

Based on the label, I was expecting this to be more of an amber, whereas it came off like as an IPA, dry with a heavier toasted malt bill. Not bad, but just didn't click for me.

Thanks Dave.

Photo of HopDiggityDawg
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass thanks to marine1975!

A - Amber orange, clear
One finger white head

s - Sweet hop smell, tropical fruit, caramel,
citrus, west coast Hop smell

T - Real nice Hop bitterness followed by malt-

M - Hop sweetness balances bitterness, fairly
light mouthfeel

D - 7.5 abv balanced very sessionable

I would file this brew under IPA/DIPA for
my personal reference. What a great beer
that stands up on its' own merits.
If Nugget Nectar was a boxer or a UFC
Fighter it would be referred to
as one of the best pound for
Pound. Not the biggest but one
of the baddest. "Not
Bad Meaning Bad but Bad Meaning Good"

Photo of perrymarcus
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottler served in a snifter.
bottled date 02/07/11

pours a translucent burnished amber tone with a creamy finger-plus of beige head. decent retention and good lacing. great presentation.

nose packs an aromatic wallop of hops: citrus and floral, with a hint of malt in the background. really nice aroma.

flavor delivers the promised hoppiness but complements it with more malt than i registered in the nose. could easily be mistaken for an IPA, characteristics overlap quite a bit. regardless, very tasty. some hoppy bitterness persists through the finish.

smooth, medium bodied (maybe a slight notch above) with average carbonation. ranks pretty high on my drinkability scale.

Photo of brew3crew
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-beautiful golden color with white lacing and slight head.
S-lots of fruity hops. Almost pineapple. Very tropical
T-a lot like it smells. Really well balanced and fruity.
M-medium bodied and smooth..
D-amazigly drinkable. A beer I always forget how much I like til it comes out every year.

Photo of washburnkid
4.74/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is to die for on tap. Hazy orange with a white cap just chillin' throughout the session. Aromas and flavors are huge and hoppy. Citrus, juicy, and resinous. Tons and tons of hoppy bitterness absolutely satisfies my craving for hops. Medium mouthfeel and good carbonation. I had a couple of pints and would have had a couple more had I the time. Looking forward to having this again.

Photo of ms11781
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 02/02/2011. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a brilliant clear amber color. A 1 and a half finger off white head rises and falls relatively quickly leaving a thin foamy cap and decent lacing.

Exceptionally hoppy nose. Smells fruity and piny. Different fruits are present, not the normal citrus and grapefruit aromas I've come to expect from a very hoppy nose. Maybe something sweeter like juicy melon. There is some malt sweetness as well but the hops dominate here.

The taste is more balanced than the nose but the same strong fruity and piny hops are present along with the sweet malt character. Fruity, juicy melon-like hops lead the way and a huge sweet malt flavor balances them out nicely. Piny, resiny hops show up again at the finish and bring a bit of bitterness.

Pretty full mouthfeel for a beer with a medium body and medium carbonation. Feels a bit slick at times and gets a decent bite at the end from a slightly bitter finish.

Excellent drinkability. Great hop aromas and flavor with the malt to balance it out. Drinks more like a well balanced IPA than an amber. 7.5% ABV is extremely well hidden, though it would probably keep you from having more than a couple pints.

Photo of smcolw
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Modest head but it leaves ample lace. The beer is crystal clear and has a deep amber color. Plentiful carbonation continually comes up from the bottom of the glass.

Strong aromas of crystal malts and grapefruit-like hop. Very fresh. Mild alcohol to the nose.

Huge hop blast midway through the taste. This bitterness lasts through the swallow and long thereafter. The base malt holds up well. Moderately rich body but it is balanced with an above average carbonation. Deceptively smooth.

This is a borderline extreme beer, full of flavor from every source.

Photo of JizackFH
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer pours a beautiful clear orange color. It has a 2-finger white head on it. The head has decent retention, and there is a lot of lacing left behind on the glass.

S - This smells of beautiful juicy hops. There are notes of citrus, pine, and a touch of toastiness. mmm smells good.

T - There is a nice sweet maltiness up front, that is immediately followed by a nice hoppiness. The hop presence intensifies as the taste goes on. The taste is very well balanced. The finish is a bit sticky and bitter. Also, I am getting a touch of toastiness in the the taste.

M - It has a medium body and good carbonation, that slightly tingles the mouth. There is a slightly puckering bitterness, and a sticky feel as well.

D - This has really good drinkability. It has a great flavorm and it is a very easy beer to drink. This is more like an amber IPA than a regular amber ale. I really like this beer, and I will definitely be having more of it. This is my first Troegs beer, and I look forward to many more.

Photo of dfclav
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter

A - pours a pretty much true amber color with a generous 2 finger head that doesn't stick around long, or leave much lacing, but does give me a good show of a cascade.

S - delicious! Huge citrus and floral notes all throughout this beer with a malt base that almost takes the taste to maple syrup. Simcoe notes float in the background giving it a whole lot of depth.

T - this beer has a generous amount of hops with delicious notes of grapefruit and floral. The hops are enough to appeal to a hophead, but not totally turn off a domestic drinker to the style. It helps that it was bottled less than two weeks ago, as well.

M - I am very big on mouthfeels and this one does not disappoint. Huge, sticky full body with hops attacking your tastebuds. If it had a tad more carbonation it would be perfection. But it's damn good.

D - drinkability is excellent. Alcohol hidden very well. Good use of malt keeping everything in check. This beer is a winner. Even my girlfriend liked it!

Photo of suspect
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a Dogfish Head pint glass.

A: Rich, deep amber color. Heavy lacing that does not disappear at all while drinking.

S: Exceptional. I know the label says it's an amber ale but it is truly an Amber IPA. Full of hoppy citrus.

T: What a beauty. This one rings in as one of the best beers I've ever had. Hop forward, citrus following closely and nice calm maltiness to balance at the end.

M: Medium body, mildly carbonated, not overly oily or bitter and the alcohol is non-existent in the mouthfeel.

D: The only reason this loses a 1/2 point for me is because of the elevated ABV - although you'd never know it. I'm so glad I bought a case of this, it is truly, one of the best beers I've ever had.

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

I saw this at the store and just had to give it a try.

Appearance is lovely. Nice, clear amber color.

Smell is an intense bitter.

Taste is lacking something in the middle I feel, almost like it it feels hollow. It does hold it's own with a full body. The end is great, a nice, hoppy spike springing up with a tingling carbonation. Tail is nice and bitter filled.

Even with the the brew being "93ish I.B.U.'s," I find it to be quite drinkable.


Photo of stonermouse
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Sam Adams glass.

Really nice look. Light-ish amber with a solid carbonation, with a head that stays as a nice white film for 10-15 minutes.

Smell is solid. It doesn't reveal a ton, but it has a bit of a melon aroma, with a bit of a spicy bite.

This brew is perfectly balanced. There's a solid hop bite to it. The hops are slightly floral and moderately bitter. But the malts are quite dense with a rye-like spiciness. The flavors are wonderfully compatible, and just mild enough to avoid becoming a distraction.

Mouthfeel is quite nice. It's a suprisingly dense brew, which provides a nice base for the complex flavors within.

Drinkability here really can't be measured. There's such a complexity of solid flavors. There is nothing here that stands out as the dominant flavor, which is a bonus for such a nicely balanced brew. A favorite- just awesome.

Photo of Shoegaze99
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh, hey, look. The spring beer. The beer that East Coast beer geeks look to to say, "Hey, spring is here!" Guess I should grab it.

But is it a good opener for spring?

Hell yes!

Had this on an unseasonably warm February night, in the high 60s, and boy did it go good. Grabbed a six, poured, and ...

Appearance - Pours a pure golden color, minimal head with a modest pour, NO head with a gentle pour, yet aggressive head with an aggressive pour. WOW! This is a beer that knows what it is. I suspect this beer is selling sex. Is it a hooker?

Smell/Nose - Okay, wow, her va-- I mean, this beer's aroma is phenomenal. They call it an amber, but the hops are up front like an IPA, and the citrus is up front like a hardcore West Coast IPA. How do they pull this off? Who knows? All I know is, it smells amazing. You fall in love at first whiff.

Taste - Can I use the F word here? 'Cause I want to. BANG, you get all the hoppy nose, but the front is as tasty as the T-Mobile 4G girl. Wonderfully blended and drinkable in the middle -- almost TOO drinkable -- and by the end, a burst of fruity hops.

Yeah, they call this an "amber," and it does have the mellow, grainy tones of an amber, but at times it's practically an aggressive IPA in disguise. IPA lovers will enjoy this. And so will some people who don't love IPAs. This beer earns its reputation.

Mouthfeel - I had been drinking a few selections from the Saranac mixer prior to this (why don't more reviewers put these things in context?), and they're nice, but damn does that experience show how nice and smooth the carbonation and feel of this beer is. It's a big beer, but it doesn't clear out your palate like a huge IPA. Feels nice, lots of carbonation but smooth.

Drinkability - Well hell, what do you say about a relatively big beer that goes down good? Not much other than, this shiat drinks great! Flavors are balanced and nice, carbonation is smooth, and all around it drinks excellent.

Bottom line

Hell yeah.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear and a beautiful amber-red color. Fine rising bubbles stream off the laser etching of my snifter. Head was one finger and ok but lacing was pretty good.

Smells hoppy, more so than expected from this style. More IPA like than anything else.

Toasty malts are present, but are mostly blown out of the water by hoppiness. More hoppy than you'd expect from a red. The balance is a bit askew towards hops, but isn't completely lost. Piney grapefruits tilt the tables tho.

Feel is medium bodied, medium carbonation, and smooth. Lingering bitterness of medium intensity.

Drinks pretty good. Can't complain on this one.

Photo of Tucquan
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this from a growler on 2011-02-18 just 45 minutes after being filled at the brewery from a new batch rolled out yesterday. It doesn't get much fresher than this! Had this in 2012 and just now on 2013-01-05 from bottles released yesterday. The 2013 version is much like the 2011 version and better than 2012; perhaps because they were dialing in their new brew house. The 2013 has the sharp citrus, earthy spice and solid bitterness that was missing a bit in 2012. I like this a bit better than their Perpetual IPA. The review that follows is from 2011 and the ratings reflect an average of the 2011 and 2013 tastings. Had this again on 2015-01-23 from a 6-day-old 16 oz can and it is tasting wonderful. I like this new canned format and the 2015 batch is as good as it has ever been.

A - Clear amber/red with a 2-finger white head into a Russian River snifter glass. Good lacing.

S - Tropical fruit, floral hop buds, mild grain, earthy. Very nice but not overpowering by any means, even when warm.

T - Tropical fruit, pine, tart citrus and caramel malt are first out of the gate with the orange peel bitterness and earthy/herbal, bright, vibrant hop cones closing in from behind. There's a lingering orange/pineapple/mango and malt sweetness to compliment the also-lingering orange zest bitterness that ultimately remains in-balance with a little "sour tart" note at the end as it dries out. Very fresh tasting. Reminds me of a sunny day in California. Delicious.

M - Medium body and carbonation with a substantial and resinous feel. This growler has more carbonation than when I had it on cask but not quite as much as directly on-tap or from the bottle. It could be just this particular keg and not the growler. It didn't have much time to outgas in my sealed Russian River, swing-top growler.

D - This is a wonderful beer and would be close to, or at the top of my list of beers to represent Pennsylvania in a head-to-head completion against other great beers from around-the-world. It's got everything going for it.

Notes: The brewery said they were close-to-the-end of Nugget Nectar availability for 2011 so I picked up a case, which was just bottled yesterday. Case prices at the brewery are $41.99 and a 64oz growler is $11.00, which are both quite a buy for a beer of this caliber. Get it while you can!

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Beautiful clear amber/orange color. Cascading bubbles form a thick, bubbly white head. Great head retention. Lacing is sparse and patchy.

S: Slick hop oils, resin, pine, dank sticky "herb" type smell. Juicy tropical melons: honeydew, cantaloupe. Fresh and fruity hop smells are truly mouth-watering. Sweet candy-like malt base underneath. Unlike any other beer.

T: Juicy melons, cantaloupe, honeydew, and maybe even some watermelon. Oily hop bitterness rakes the tongue. Resinous "dank" taste is there as well. Pleasantly sweet and grainy malt base cuts in briefly. Hops come back with sweet, fruity, and oily bitter flavors that linger forever into the finish.

M: Slick, creamy, and smooth. Carbonation adds just enough of a crisp, refreshing edge.

D: Drinkability is through the roof. Dangerously easy to drink at 7.5% abv, and damn tasty to boot.

Notes: Excellent. Easily one of my top 25 favorite beers. I could rip through a case of this in no time at all.

Photo of gskitt
4.74/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Heard all the hype. Here we go. Pours a beautiful shiny ruby red. Head is in gorgeous contrast and brilliantly white. Lot's of lacing. Smells remarkable, sweet pineapple, mango and hops. Wow! Candy. Taste has more hops than the sweet citrus but that comes through as well. Has a balanced bitter finish. Got some cloves at the end as well. Clean and dry mouthfeel, very drinkable. Worth the hype. Just edited this review after going through a bottle, insanely drinkable!

Photo of itsfreeasinbeer
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: a dark cherry mahogany with a finger of fast fading head that leaves little lacing.

S: A wonderful smelling beer that has an amazing citrus aroma.

T: again the citrus comes through, along with pineapple, floral hints, and a balanced malt sweetness.

M: mildly carbonated and a bit thin.

D: easily one of my favorite troegs offerings, alongside hopback. I wish this was available year round.

Photo of SalukiAlum
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into a pint glass. Nice amber appearance. Light foamy touch of foam on the top. Some carbonation.

S- Really enjoyed the aroma of this brew, probably one of the best smelling brews I can remember! I can smell citrusy, and very peachy!! Can smell the hops but not overwhelming.

T- Agree with someone earlier, you really don't notice the 93 IBUs and I love my hops, but no need for them to takeover the beer always. Again tasting the peaches.

M- Nice hoppy aftertaste, very smooth.

D- Very good beer, the difficult part is only having one to drink. I agree with most I could knock back a few of these. Very pleasant imperial amber red, in a class of its own. Hard to compare to others.

Photo of nickshep7
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Love this brew. Color is a deep yet transparent orange. 2 finer head that fades to a nice lace. I get a good amount of citrus hop and a touch of chive (?). Moutfeel is good -- the taste is truly what makes this brew. Drinkability is good. I could throw back a few of these on a cool winter/spring evening.

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was thinking this reminds me of a more imperial version of their Hopback - I'm always the last one to find out. Nugget Nectar has to be one of the most apt names out there for a hopcentric ale like this.

Awesome contrast between the compact, wet cotton candy, so-bright-its-almost-white, whipped cream head and the fiery orange glow of the sweet nectar below - mostly clear but with oily fruit viscosity more than apparent.

A slippery concentration of red ruby grapefruit and a smatter of creamy mango immediately in the nose - explosively so later in flavor. Super-thick Munich malt presence - mmm, sugar cookie. Mild booze, most welcome.

Blast of concentrated hop elixir greets the tongue first, riding sugar-sprinkled biscuit maltiness - not overly sweet thankfully - malt and hops in tandem, that is. Digging that tangerine-soaked sugar cookie. Bold wallop of nut late. My, what a dazzling sequence.

Even with a prickly bitter twing up front, and an approaching hot (but not) deep warming sensation washing through to the end, just avoiding chug burn, that damn fine malt oil slickness cools it all down - lubes the gears like a champ. Liquid candy.

Haven't had this in years - I think this keg had been tapped for a couple weeks now, too - and still it stands quite alone in what it offers. I wouldn't disagree with "out of this world". One of the few hyped brews I've had lately that wowed me. Ain't paying $18 or whatever for a sixer though. Pfft.

Photo of jboucher
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Bottled on 2/17/2011

Appearance: Nice clear copper, amber color with a slight orange hue. When held facing light, it appears like a blush wine. Nice sticky, but not overwhelming lacing that remains on the glass until it's gone. Thin head, with decent retention.

Smell: Hoppy nose with a little bit of mellow citrus (mango, tangerine, peach). Slight floral notes are present as well.

Taste: Beautiful balance between hops, malt, and citrus flavors. Very nice malt backbone, so to speak. There are mango, melon, and orange notes along with slight grapefruit notes. The hops are definitely not overwhelming, despite the high IBU count. The bitterness is only sensed on the sides and back of the palate. Malty and mellow citrus attack with a hopped finish. Extremely well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and a little heavier than medium bodied. Decent carbonation.

Drinkability: Goes down so easily. This brew makes you want to go back for more. Very enjoyable.

Ending notes: Easily the best of the Tröegs line. Would buy again in a heartbeat. At a moderate price, you can't go wrong.

Photo of oline73
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this on cask at Frisco Grille. This is the first time I've had this beer on cask, and I was not disappointed.

Appearance: Pours a reddish amber with a finger of off white head that went away completely.

Smell: Quite simply put, this beer smell awesome! There is a sweet herbal hop smell initially with a nice malty background. The hops and malt are in a perfect balance.

Taste: There is a wonderful herbal hop bitterness throughout the whole sip, but it doesn't wipe out the other flavors. In the background there is a bready malt sweetness and a little bit of alcohol at the very end.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium and there is little to no carbonation (this is a cask ale after all). There is a very little bit of dryness at the end of each sip.

Drinkability: This is the best beer on cask that I can remember drinking. It is very well balanced and I would love it if I could find more.

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Tröegs Nugget Nectar from Tröegs Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 7,611 ratings.