Tröegs Nugget Nectar - Tröegs Brewing Company

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6,875 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,875
Reviews: 2,307
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.91%
Wants: 1,169
Gots: 794 | FT: 23
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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 Finn
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm excited to try this one, as there is a lot of hype surrounding it.

Appearance: A hard pour leaves a modest but dense, fluffy head. Crystal clear with a light orange hue to it. Looks more IPA-ish than Amber ale-ish.

Aroma: Grass, pine, tropical fruit, sweet malt with a hint of alcohol.

Taste: Begins with a malt sweetness mixed with the hops fruity qualities, and then the bitter pine and grass flavors coat the tongue and stay there. The malt is in the background, but is definitely doing it's job well here, by balancing out all those dang hops!

Mouthfeel: Nice full, smooth body with quite moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: This is quite a drinkable beer, especially considering how "extreme" in flavor it is. Troegs has done an amazing job balancing this hop monster just right so that drinking one of these doesn't feel like a big commitment, which is what can easily happen when you make a beer that's 7.5 ABV with a ton of hops. Fantastic beer! (if you like hoppy beers)

Photo of dukedevil0
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 12oz single from Valley Wines in Steubenville, OH while on business.

A: Pours amber colored with a white head and good lacing on the glass.

S: Smells more like an IPA than an amber, but whatever. Hops and citrus.

T: Really tastes like a blend of an IPA and an amber ale, pretty interesting. Tastes like it smells, hops and citrus with a bitter finish.

M: Feels like a regular IPA, not quite as coating as a DIPA. Somewhere in the middle.

D: Very drinkable as the alcohol is barely noticed and it has good flavor.

It ranks up there with some DIPAs, but this is slightly below a few I'd prefer more.

Photo of soccerman7
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass,

Poured nicely though the head quickly vanished leaving a ring. A nice copperish red color.

Definitely hops, hops, hops. Pine and spruce are the main notes, along with sweet malts.

Very nice. Much smoother than an IPA. the hops are right there but the malt really shines through. Leans a tough towards the malts, but the hops hold. Excellent version of the imperial amber. The malt lingers more than the hops which is pleasant.

Very smooth and not over sweet or coating.

An excellent brew. Freshness matters on one like this. I have a feeling that the hops will disappear if its left too long. nice.

Photo of jjanega08
4.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I got a Sixer of these from grandq in an amazing trade. Great guy. Took the beer straight from the box to taste it. very excited for this one.
A= Completely "see through" amber color, not as dark as I expected. One finger head sticks around becoming chunky as time passes and leaving great lacing.
S= very interesting hop malt mix. The hops are definitely there big grapefruit smells and then there's the delicious honey malty odor coming from it.
T= Oh the fun part. Hmmm. floral and hoppy but not too overpowering. A very well balanced beer. huge grapefruit notes and then a large amount of sweet malts before finishing bitter. So good
M= Smooth and sweet but not totally sticky. Very well balanced. Dry finish on this one.
D= Very high. ridiculously high. I really wish this was available in MN just because there's nothing that I can think of like it. It might be the perfect balance for an IPA or imperial red whatever that is. Soooo good

Photo of br3wmeister
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Half inch foamy off white head that dissipates fairly quickly to a thin layer that lay on top of the beer. Some great lacing going on here. This beer is an orange gold color with light red hues.

S- Some sweet caramel aromas with lots of pine and citrus that work beautifully together.

T- Lots and lots of hoppy goodness. Mostly pine character from the hops but some citrus. Malt makes a small presence with some caramel sweetness and some roasted flavors. Though there is not a whole lot of malty sweetness there is enough to keep the hops from destroying my mouth. The hop bitterness sticks around making your mouth watter.

M- This is a medium bodied beer that coats your mouth with hoppy goodness. Good carbonation and lots of hoppy bite with some dryness in the end.

Overall- This is a great beer, the hop character is different from most beers I have tried. Any hop head will enjoy this beer.

Photo of Mattysox
4.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one awesome beer that really does live up to its hype. I've had it several years in a row, but have never reviewed it. While I prefer it on cask, this review is for the bottled version.

A beautiful, bright orange/amber body is capped off by an off-white, rocky head that hangs around for a good long while. The lacing is sticky, beautiful and long lived.

Nugget Nectar has maybe my 2nd favorite nose ever, after Pliny the Elder. Just gobs and gobs of perfumey citrus notes, fresh pine needles, clove, banana, toffee...just gorgeous. I almost just want to keep smelling it. But the taste...

The mouthfeel is full and creamy, palate coating but not sticky. The first sip is like biting into a ripe ruby red grapefruit. Just so juicy and sweet, then the hoppy astringency washes over the palate and makes you crave another sip. A long lingering finish goes on and on.

This is dangerously drinkable; 7.5 percent isn't that big, but it's barely even noticeable here. This beer is nearly perfect and definitely something to look forward to every year.

Photo of adamette
3.73/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Live review. Poured from bottle indicating that it was bottled 1 19 09 into my DFH clean, clear pint glass.

A Nice generous light colored head over a nice golden brown translucent body with no active carbonation. Head creates nice lacing on glass after drinking.

S Ughh..I was afraid of this...floral hops with a permeating scent of pungeant grapefruit that makes my eyes water...but also my mouth. I was afraid of this but I read so many positive things about NN here on BA I thought that I would like to give it a try. As anyone can guess I do not like this smell as it is just unimaginitive to me and kind of, well, easy. I also do not like it since that smell dominates any other smell that may be available in there, eclipsing other smells. Of course I will continue on and taste it but this leaves me unimpressed. You may not like what I have to say next but it reminds me very much of the smell of my cat's urine stains on my carpet.

T Nice...I am glad to say that there is much more balance in the taste than I perceived in the smell. I was greeted by the sting of hops but then mixed in was the malt (presumably amber malt) and even some sweet syrupy (nectar?) tastes. I do not have a problem with beers that feature hops unless they are too "one note" beers. This has some interesting balances in it. Upon further consideration I taste a honey presence in the taste too.

M Full with big hops, malts and a nice syrupy aftertaste accompanied by a hops aftertaste well afterwards.

D Better than average and a very interesting beer.

Notes: Mad Elf and Hop Back IMO are better but it was a treat to try this beer. The guys at Troegs obviously know what they are doing.

Photo of Dodo2step
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

P- Troegs Brewery!

A- a nice tangerine orange and amber mix color. Very clear and little bubbles pass up through. little head but it laces my glass.

S- a burst of hops strikes the nose. Very potent and smells wonderful. Grapefruit, pine and floral hops roundoff the back end.

T- citrus grapefruit and pine come to the forefront and it packs a powerful punch. Quite hoppy like and IPA but dry like the Red. Complex flavors complement each other very well.

M- dry and bitter but it is so good like a red should be. Citrus and pine coat the mouth and it goes down fairly smooth. Crisp and fresh as well.

D- i could pound these back all day but it is a pricy beer. Well worth it though. A nice session beer even though the ABV is high.

Photo of tai4ji2x
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber. no date on bottle, but the case is recently arrived.

clear, gemstone amber. nice head, fades to thin layer. quite decent lacing.

aroma has fresh pine and grapefruit, both flesh and zest. fresh, fresh, fresh! piney resins then give way to caramel note and hint of peach and peach skin.

flavor is surprisingly balanced and not bracingly bitter. sweet malts and fruity esters combine with the citrus and pine notes of the hops. grapefruit zest again, but a gentle malt backbone throughout the fresh hop showcase. bold, but not too aggressive in the bitterness, which lingers slightly into a faintly resinous finish.

feel is smooth, not thin at all, with faint resins in the finish again. nice, moderate carbonation is lively, fluffy at times, and give s spritzy lift to the flavors.

it is scary how drinkable this is despite the bold hopping. very nice!

Photo of Seanibus
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear light copper with a thin, white head that falls to decent lacing . The aroma is strong, sweet and hoppy, with a bit of both pine and grapefruit and a nice sweetish malt. The flavor is a blast of hops, strong, round and grapefruity, with some resiny, piny overtones. There is a sneaking bitterness that develops at the back of the tongue. The finish is fairly dry and the mouthfeel is clingy, leaving a satisfying citrusy bitterness behind.

A good beer.

Photo of scottoale
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. brown longneck with a bottling code: Bottled 123105 Track #081210. It pours a beautiful amber-gold with great clarity and carbonation and a lofty two-finger white sticky head.

The smell is hoppy pine sap and citrus aplenty. Very hop forward with a floral sweetness. The taste is piney hops that turn fully citrus with a bit of bite towards the clean finish. The alcohol is burried within the big hoppy profile.

Medium body with good zest from resinous hops and complementary carbonation...very refreshing mouthfeel. Highly drinkable and very hop friendly.

Thanks corby112 for the bottles, tasty!

Photo of StrangeBrewer76
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Even the color is imperial amber. The lacing is very sticky.

It smells of caramel malt and extremely fresh hops and tastes the same with a hop resin aftertaste that makes me want to wash it away with another sip.

The mouthfeel is great. This is an extraordinarily drinkable brew for the hop head in all of us.

More please!

Photo of blackie
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: tyranena pint, honey amber in color, nice white head with average retention and light lace

s: complex hop aroma of young evergreens and sweet citrus carried on layers of lightly caramelized barley sugars, pale malts give a clean base, pulpy, hop-forward and moderately malted with excellent balance achieved, just swell

m: smooth carbonation on the light side of medium, medium-full body

t: pale and lightly caramelized malts provide the structure upon which the powerful hop character is set, mostly fresh pine and grassy herbs with some sharp citrus in the finish, great balance for such a bold flavor but I would like a touch more malt complexity (minor knock)

d: easy and dangerous, good for at least three

last of a sixer from the P Street Whole Foods, DC

Photo of TooleBurger
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is the shit! First off, the bottle looks great and makes it appear succulent.

a: nice caramel put with minimal head

s: has a nice citrus smell, almost like a pale ale, but there is a nice hop aroma as well

t: the taste is great! it has some nice fruit tones in there and the hops really make it pop in your mouth

m: a little carbonated, but overall it was nice

d: these can really get you tuned up, but they are so tasty it is hard to do

overall, this is one of my favorite beers. i was turned onto it by a close friend and have been hooked since. this is the kind of beer i would buy an entire case of and always keep on hand.

Photo of benmiliron
3.73/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Paid 1.99 for a 12 oz bottle. Pours nice white a frothy white top that disappears quickly. Smell is a lot of pine. taste is again pine with little citrus. Malt is present but in a more supporting role beneath the dominating hops. There is almost an oily presence due to the quantity of hops. Mouthfeel is ok - carbonation is good but the alcohol a bit bitey. This does go down very nice, could be a good session beer if the alcohol were lower.

Photo of tosshin
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a : Clear, Amber beer with a light carmal head (kind of like buttered popcorn). Head disipated quickly leaving minimal lacing.
s : Flowers, hops, and sugar (not the best description here, sorry). Sweet smelling.
t : Sweet, slightly acidic taste that finishes with a nice bitterness.
m : This beer has a really nice consistency, coats the mouth well and goes down smooth. Nothing to complain about at all!
d : Goes down smooth enough to drink more than one at a time. I think it is deceptively high in alcohol, be careful.

My first Troegs brew. I rather enjoyed it. Goes down smooth and has a great taste and smell. What more could you want in a beer.

Photo of Dubbercody
3.8/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle, First beer of my super bowl commercial watching afternoon. Amber pour with a fluffy white head. Smells hoppy, with citrus and pine mingling. Flavor of lots of nice hops swirled in with a mitigating malt presence. Hops are nicely on show here. Tasty beer. Awesome trade bonus beer!

Photo of BrewerB
4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to travismiller15 for the hookup on this beer. A great new BA trader.

A - Poured into my Firestone Walker nonic pint glass. Medium orange with yellow highlights. Formed a persistent, moderately-large off-white head. Lacing left as it retreats. Good clarity. Thin layer of foam retains itself throughout session.

S - Prominent, intense hop character. Grapefruit and piney aromas dominate the hop content. Moderate toasted malt character. Slight caramel malt also present, perhaps this should be stronger.

T - Flavor profile slanted towards hops. Grass/piney hop flavor is strong. The toasty malt is moderate to moderately strong. Lingering piney hop flavor in the mid-dry finish. Moderately intense level of bitterness which also lasts into the finish.

M - Medium/medium-full bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Smooth and lacking any hop-derived astringency.

D - This is one hopped-up amber ale. Grass/piney/citrusy hop flavors dominate with a moderate level of toasty/caramel malts playing backup. Could use some more maltiness to help keep things in balance. Otherwise an excellent, hoppy red ale.

Photo of jpiper
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber and clear with a short white head.

Smells of citrus: grapefruit and grass. Quite pleasant and inviting.

This is a high 4. Nice citrusy hop taste. A good sweet malt backbone, but not overpowering - well balanced. Short but clean finish with some floral hints at the end.

A little thinner than anticipated based on the malt flavor.

An easy drinker. Bitterness is not obtrusive. Medium mouthfeel
with malt sweetness makes it easy going.

A wonderfully hoppy Amber. Not too much to improve on this beer for the style.

Photo of rasta16ry
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had it on tap a number of times, but I have a bunch of bottles so I figure I'll review that. I drank it in a pint glass.

This good beer pours a nice - obviously - amber color, and the head is nice and thick. The smell is also very sweet and nugget-y, and I feel compelled to say that there is even the sense of some citrus hops (sarc.). The smell and the look alone make this a session beer for me, even if it's an imperial. The preliminaries, especially for a beer out of the bottle, are fantastic.

The taste is, as many have avowed, a little overhyped, but I swear this is still a great beer. Certainly Troegs' best, and I love the Troegenator. It's malty and hoppy, but nothing is overdone and noting dominates the flavor throughout the progression. Citrus-y, then a little hoppy and the finish is a lot of malt, but nothing is too powerful. Some pine elements too, although I think that's really just the hops and the malt interacting. The smell and appearance are the best part of the beer, but the taste almost equals them. The feel less so, but like I said everything is balanced.

I could pwn n00bs with this beer any weeknight or weekend. And lately it's been around on LI (at Big Z) for 9.95/six, so with that kind of deal why not?

Photo of bamadog
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a pretty good beer overall, but I've gotta say, I think it may be a little over-hyped by some. I'm also not sure it's quite worth the 13 bucks for a six pack (thankfully, I split the sixer with a friend so the hit on the wallet was a little easier to take), if I had to choose a reasonable price, I'd say closer to 10 -- but I'm also not considering what it costs to brew and ship, so take that last bit for what it's worth.

Appearance: Nice amber/coppery color. A thin sticky looking head floats on top and there's a light carbonation to it.

Smell: This is probably my favorite aspect - it cuts through my nose and it's almost pungent -- comes across pretty bitter, and almost metallic like a handful of pennies.

Taste: Bitter, but smooth. I'd dare say a little piney.

Mouthfeel: Sits in the mouth creamy, and even a little chewy. Leaves the mouth feeling sticky so you definitely continue to taste it once it's gone down the throat. This is my second favorite aspect about this beer.

Drinkability: Goes down smooth and the fact that it tastes pretty good makes it easy to drink as well. I don't think I'd want to sit down and drink too many though with a 7.5 ABV. I'm definitely feeling it.

Photo of organicbrewer
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Brilliantly clear. Deep amber bordering on Ruby. Huge tight long lasting eggshell head.

S-Crazy Grapefruit with a little pine mixed in for good measure.

T-More grapefruit and pine. Some caramel sweetness but the bitterness cuts that away. Nice

M-Thick but the high bitterness keeps it from being sweet. This is not a dry beer!

D- Too drinkable for 7.5%

Wish Troegs would make this year round.
Great beer!

Photo of tburkhart
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 6pk on a recent trip to Columbus.

Pours a crystal clear light amber with no sediment what so ever. I don't think I've ever seen such a pristine beer. Head doesn't stick around long.

Smells of sweet hops. The label says Nugget, Tomahawk, and Warrior.

Tastes slightly of grapefruit due to the high alpha acid hops used. Very enjoyable.

Very smooth mouthfeel.

An extremely drinkable beer. Too bad it is only a seasonal as it would be a main stay in my beer fridge.

Photo of duffextracold
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Amber brown color, nice 1 finger head.
S- Wow...Smells like when i pick fresh hops and mash 'em up in my hand to get a good whiff. I've never smelled such a hoppy beer. I wanted to pour some into my nose so I could just keep smelling it.
T- All kinds of hops - sweet , floral, herbal, earthy. with all that sweet, sweet hop action going on, i would have expected much more bitterness, but no, not much at all. very well balanced with some sweet malt.
M-great carbonation level, on the low side. perfect mouthfeel.
D- !!! extremely drinkable, well balanced, damn tasty! This beer truly lives up to the hype.

Photo of treyrab
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Why it has taken me so long to drink this beer boggles me. I finally grabbed a sixer and poured one into a pint glass tonight...

A: Pours a radiant crystal clear peach copper color with a one finger bone-white head that dissipates quickly to a thin ring. The colossal hop work in here yields a semi-sticky head that has adequate lacing.

S: The smell is magnificent. It is jam packed with cascade and other citrus hops into a huge citrus hop bomb. Some orange and lemon come through on the scent followed by some caramel malt to back it up.

T: The taste is not as refined or complex as the smell suggests. The great citrus flavors are apparent, but I was expecting more complex flavors out of this. The orange and lemon come to the forefront and blend into a nice munich malt back. Overall, the flavors are very nice and enjoyable, but I would have liked this to be a little fuller and flavorful.

Overall, an incredible job by the Troegs brothers. I could easily session this beer, and will probably drink 4 tonight.

Tröegs Nugget Nectar from Tröegs Brewing Company
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