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Tröegs Nugget Nectar - Tröegs Brewing Company

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7,432 Ratings
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Ratings: 7,432
Reviews: 2,421
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 9.7%
Wants: 1,265
Gots: 1,235 | FT: 45
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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:
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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Photo of Richardberg
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - almost transparent copper, moderate head, lots of sticky lacing

S - great hop character: floral, piney, and slightly sweet

T - everything you smell and more. Lovely. Just enough alky to enhance.

M - balanced in every respect. Expected a little stickier, being "imperial", but i don't feel I'm missing anything.

D - one more, bartender!

Photo of dasenebler
3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've drank this beer several times now (fresh), and I don't think I've ever had such a fantastically drinkable hop fix of a beer.

Pours an attractive, clear copper. Modest head laces well from the start. Huge, glorious hop aroma. Dank and spicy.

Flavor is subtle compared to the aroma, but still fantastic. Well-balanced between the malt and juicy hops. Biscuity malts and woody, citrusy hops. I actually noticed the smooth, creamy mouthfeel first. It's pretty carbonated, and usually, I don't like that, but here it is a plus, somehow contributing to the creaminess. The malt base seems almost lager-like: very smooth and oh, so drinkable. Aftertaste is just bitter and hoppy enough to keep you wanting more.

Almost like a Maibock meets a double IPA. This is a great beer that is exceptional when fresh. Just about my ideal drinking beer. Oh how I love thee, Nugget Nectar.

2013 Update: Mercaptan bomb, oxidation. Man this is bad. What happened to my Nugget Nectar? Lowering numbers as a result. Womp, womp.

Photo of Lazerlobe
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to a tulip

A: Pours a seductive ruby orange, one finger of head.

S: Nose is citrus and malt with some floral and pine harmony.

T: Whoa, gets better as it warms. Strong citrus, mostly grapefruit and tangerine coming through. The fruit comes gushing out, leaving some residual pine coating the mouth. The malt comes through weakly, losing out to the hops. This is not a bad thing. The alcohol is surprisingly well masked.

M: Mouth begins to water. I want this to be a little thicker bodied and syrupy but it is so crisp that it is a danger to your sobriety if you bought a six pack.

D: Not a thirst-quenching beer but definitely quaffable and two go by before you know it.

Drink this.

Photo of mfunk9786
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the perfect beer. I'm not going to waste a lot of words on this one - just go out and buy a six pack of this now. Now.

A: The first thing that stands out when I pour one of these is how well-filtered it is. It is a beautiful amber - I almost want to let one of these fossilize with a mosquito in the center of the glass. It's just that gorgeous. There's about a finger's worth of head and nice lacing.

S: Beautiful smell of floral hops, citrus zest, and honey.

T: WHOA. For all the hops, this beer isn't bitter for a second, instead, it tastes downright juicy. The hop flavors are the most pleasant I've ever experienced, and they're counteracted by grapefruit and downright ooze-down-your-face juicy tropical fruit flavors that keep things tasting light. Some caramel and malt sweetness on par with the greatest Vienna lagers out there comes along, and the fruit pushes it aside for a smooth, satisfying finish.

M: See Appearance. Imagine that in your mouth instead of your eyeballs. Proceed.

D: Use context clues and piece this together for yourself. This beer is a dangerous 7.5% alcohol, as it's unbelievably smooth and easy-drinking.

Why are you still reading this? Go, buy some! Now!

Photo of WanderingFool
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nugget Nectar pours a clear copper color into the glass with a frothy, off white head on top. The foam dissipates slowly leaving behind a lot of netted lace on the glass.

The aroma is a filled with a strong scent of grapefruit citrus and pine. Each sip of this medium bodied beer is light and slightly slick on the palate. A touch of malt chewiness at the end. Low to moderate carbonation.

The taste is much like the aroma and filled with grapefruit and lemon citrus along with pine essence. In the background there's some sweet caramel malt flavor that makes a feeble attempt at balancing out the hops. It finishes dry and bitter which lingers into the aftertaste.

This is a very tasty beer that could use a bit more malt to balance out the hops. For 7.5% abv it hides the alcohol well, but does give you a warm feeling inside.

Photo of Ryan011235
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass on 3/22/10 at Vic's Café

Rustic amber in color & rather clear. A few lighter hues around the bottom & edges. Poured a one finger head that crested the top of the glass. The foam has since died down leaving about 1/8th inch on the perimeter, though it's thinner in the center. Thin retention & decent lacing.

The aroma is pretty good, I must admit. It offers pungent hop aromas that encompass most of the nose. There are a few floral notes & pine undertones, but it has a nice citric presence as well. Notes of ripe grapefruit, tangerine & a touch of lemon. There is a faint air of toasted malts at first, though they become more apparent as I the beer warms with notes of caramel.

The taste is similar to the nose, but it manages to a bit less impressive. Sure, it's hoppy & tastes good. It's just that the pungency seems to take on an essence of soapiness. It isn't too bad though & becomes less pronounced quickly. Grapefruit & lemon zest are most prominent with floral wisps throughout. Again, the malt seems well-seated & very much out of the way - swaths of toasted bread & caramel.

Mouthfeel seems close to spot on. It's essentially medium bodied, maybe leaning slightly toward the heavier side. This may be accentuated by the density & near-chewiness of the beer. Indeed, it's resiny & almost sticky without much grittiness. Appropriate carbonation - just enough prickliness. Lingering on the finish is a moderate bitterness & a few stray notes of toasty malt.

Nugget Nectar is quite good. It's certainly tasty without too much in the way of damaging faults. Still, for some reason I don't find myself clamoring for much more. I may have another or two while it's still in season, but I likely won't put it in any sort of rotation. But I digress...Without a doubt it's worth a shot.

Photo of kbeals
4.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First off, big thanks to gn0sis for this brew, totally unexpected!

A- Perfectly clear dark amber color with a finger and a half of soapy white head. Excellent head retention and lacing result in a beautiful looking brew. This is what an amber should look like IMO.

S- Tons of fresh hops, but sadly it has sort of an artificial sugary, gummy-bear type smell in the back. Sort of detracts, but still really good.

T- Plenty of fresh, citrusy hops along with a balance of sweet caramel malts. Gummy bear smell doesn't come through in the flavor luckily, most likely covered up by the intense hoppiness. Finishes bitter, but not dry. Delicious.

M- Light-medium body with good doses of carbonation. Slightly prickly mouthfeel, overall very smooth.

D- Ummmm, yeah! I wish I had year round access tot his beer, this would definitely be in my summer rotation.

Thanks again for this one Eric! You're world-class!

Photo of devilben02
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a glorious clear orange-amber color with a creamy head. The aroma is fresh and IPA-like with notes of orange and pine. The hops are likewise dominant in the flavor, but there is also an underlying caramel malt sweetness for more balance than a straight-up hop bomb. It doesn't come all the way to balance that I would hope for from an "imperial amber", though, with a lingering bitterness and a bit of a grainy finish that is somewhat off-putting.

The overall impression is one of a kicked-up amber trying to pass for a DIPA, but it come off like an American stripper-turned-actress playing the role of a French stripper in a movie. The accent isn't quite right, so although you get that the character is French, you know the actress is not. At the same time, because she is focusing so much on trying to be French, the rest of her performance suffers. In the end, though, you still enjoy the performance because you're watching a movie about a French stripper, even if she isn't completely believable as a French woman or as a stripper.

Photo of bigfnjoe
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, clear amber with a one and a half finger white head. I get a huge hit of grapefruit on my first smell...then I'm picking up some orange maybe? Not as nearly as hoppy as expected, a welcome surprise. I'm getting floral hops and fruit. Tastes very light, and I do not believe for one minute that this is 7.5%. No chance in hell. I can see why people like this so much...its totally awesome!

Photo of GJ40
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 12oz bottle in a hotel glass. Purchased at Total Wine & More on Robious in Richmond.

A - Copper with excellent clarity and a small off-white head. Some lacing as the glass empties.

S - Mostly piney and slightly citrusy hops with a touch of caramel.

T - Leads malty with a touch of honey then turns to citrusy hops. A nice balance of the two. The bitterness lingers lightly but nicely. It drinks much lighter than its 7.5% alcohol.

M - A bit on the thin side with a moderate yet noticeable carbonation.

D - A very smooth and drinkable beer. I wish this was available year round but I guess it's more interesting and appealing as a seasonal.

Photo of hops1337
3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade with lunch, thanks for the hookup!

Poured into a SA perfect pint glass. Nice dark golden to amber color. Small white head that dissipates to medium lacing.

Nice hoppy scent that transitions well into the flavor. Hops up front with a soft malt backbone. Glad i got to try this one, i wish i could get it where i live. Thanks Paul!

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

Appearance: Pours a crystalline, dark, peach and orange tinted amber with about half a finger of snow white fine bubbly head, and a ton of large carbonation bubbles that quickly move to the top. The streams of bubbles are highly inconsistent--around the edge of the glass, they are fine and tiny, in fast moving streams, but near the middle of the brew they move at different speeds to the point where they look more like they are individual bubbles floating to the top of the glass than small parts of an entire stream. The head doesn't last very long, and is about cut in half within the first couple minutes after the pour. What is left, however, is long lasting--and consists of a fairly consistent layer of foam across the top of the glass and about a wuarter of a finger of head still left. Minimal lacing is comprised of the same fine bubbles as the head and is sticky, web-like, and long lasting.

Smell: Full of sweet honey and floral hops, as well as sweet, bread and caramel malt notes. Plenty of ...nectar-like...daylily notes that are a highlight of this brew. Slight and very light orange citrus notes. When all of the scents blend together, there's some funky note that's a little bit hard to identify.

Taste: Crisp and spicy, with black pepper, and heavy pine hops. A bit of grapefruit in the finish. The aftertaste is excessively strong, slightly alcoholic and flavored with pine.

Mouthfeel is good--highly consistent, light to medium bodied, and not overcarbonated, though does seem a bit foamy at times. A slight amount of alcohol heat is present in the aftertaste and comes across as slight minty spice, and is a bit chewy, oddly enough.

Drinkability: easily drinkable and refreshing, though seems to come across as a bit hot for a 7.5%. A nice session beer, but doesn't blow me away the way brews like hopslam do.

Photo of tuckevalastin
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Orangish amber with a small foamy white head

S: Sweet citrusy smells come through very cleary. A bit of a piney note to it as well.

T: Fresh citrusy fruit and loads of bitter hops. Some caramelly malts help keep the flavor from becoming to bitter and keeps the nice sweet fruit tast strong.

M: Medium bodied with nice carbonation and considerable bitterness. No alcoholic heat comes through.

D: If you like hops it will be incredibly drinkable; for the average drinker the bitterness hurts it a little.

Overall its a "should try" for fans of hoppy beers. I recommend it to others as well.

Photo of digita7693
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally got a couple bottles of this in a trade, thanks walrusjockey

A nice clear redish orange, nice little head that goes away, good lacing

S WOW, this is wonderful, very floral citrusy, grapefruit, (someone I tried one with said papaya) with some hints of pine, simply amazing

T definitely similar to the smell, with some nice hop bitterness, very smooth

D excellent, another beer I could drink several in a row

Photo of dogfishandi
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a nice clear copper/amber color , maybe a little red. nice looking frothy off white head that sticks around the whole pint. really nice sticky lacing as well.

citrusy hops dominate to say the least. some tropical fruity hops come through as well. slight carmelized malt somewhere in there too. a little boozy smell way towards the end.

hoppy, definately more of an ipa, but in my opinion, this is totally subjective to the brewer. citrusy, raw pellet, tropical fruity like hops in the fore front with tastes of piney grassy like hops in the back. some slightly candied caramel malts to round things out. quite bitter finish. hints of alcohol heat as it warms. a nice array of hops.

medium body. a little resiny. really leaves your palate damaged with bitter hoppiness and i love it.

one of most favorite sessionable beers when its around. its a little more than your average six pack cost wise, but worth it by all means. definatly lived up to all the hype for me. get it well you can.

Photo of mjl21
3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a few of these during my most recent trades. 12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip. Comes in at 7.5% and 93ish IBUs. Bottled on is tough to read and is either 1/12/10 or 2/12/10.

A-A pour right down the middle of the glass results in a clear amber beer with a nice two finger off white head. The head has some nice retention.

S-The hops used do stand out. It has a nice spike of tropical citrus and some pine. Smells very fresh and compared to the aged versions I have tried before, it is definitely better. Deserves a 4.25 in this category.

T-It starts out with tropical fruit flavors that remind me of mango blended into a pina colada. There is a large malt backbone which imparts a definite caramel sweetness in the middle. It also has noticeable toasted malt flavors. The fruit flavors return at the end. It gets sweeter as it warms, but has a dry finish. As it warms bitter grapefruit flavors come out.

M-The body falls on the low end of the medium spectrum. I found it to be coarse in the back of my mouth.

D-Definitely the best bottle I have tried. Would love to try it fresh from the source.

A nice hoppy amber. Worth seeking out if it is super fresh.

Photo of abrand
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Credits to Ineedabeerhere for throwing this in as an extra in his LIF.

The Nugget Nectar pours an amber color into a standard pint glass. A pillowy head sits up top with some nice carbonated bubbles coming up from the base. Great lacing on the glass. Nose is amazing.. Dominated with malts and caramel with some IPA like citrus fruits coming through and a solid hop backbone. Taste is solid but nothing like the nose. Flavor profile is caramel malts up front with a very balanced hop finish that leaves the palate slightly bitter. Only complaint with the taste is that it is somewhat watery. Mouthfeel is fairly thin. Drinkability is solid. One of the more sessionable beers I have had.

Photo of jampics2
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at the Winking Lizard. I had this one just a few days after it arrived in Cleveland, but was actually fortunate enough to have a 2 day old bottle this summer when a kind BA sent me one from the special batch. I find this beer doesn't fade as much as some of the other hop Bombs but should be experienced as fresh as possible!

Looks great in a 22oz glass - amber bubbly body with a white head that leaves a bit of lace.

Smell is really nice. Hops provide a nice citrus and pine base, and the malt is there too. Caramel with orange, lightly toasted bread with pine needles.

Taste is really quite good. Not an imperial knock-out, but a nice mix of caramelized malt and citrus hops. The Nugget and Warrior have a nice mix of tropical and earthy, and a nice bitter finish that does not decimate. This is much more balanced between hop and malt flavors than West Coast DIPAs.

Mouthfeel is average density and decent carb, slightly creamy on tap, good but nothing groundbreaking.

Drinkability is excellent. This is a session beer for me and I can drink it quickly and with much enjoyment. This is a great beer, nothing that's redefining a style, but something that makes me happy every time.

Photo of beertunes
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to hops1337 for sharing this with me. I've been a fan of Troegs for a long time and I miss their beers a lot since I've moved west.

The beer poured a clear, coppery-amber color, with a decent off-white head that had good retention and OK lacing. The aroma was mostly piney hops with a noticeably solid malt foundation. The flavor had that solid malt base to build upon and the hops do just that very well.

The body was solid, full and sticky in the good way. Drinkability was very good, I could have several of these with ease. I know the brewery calls this an Imperial Amber, but really this is a solidly built IPA that would be at home in any beer lovers fridge.

Photo of jrallen34
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I drank this from a 12oz bottle into my Orval glass...The beer pours a very clear light amber with a light tope head. Great retention and even better lacing...The aroma is pretty nice but a little weak. Caramel on the front with a hint of rye, and some nice pine... The taste is not as strong as I remember. The hops are muted but bring some nice pine quality that make its really drinkable to me but still displays why you would like hops in the first place. Some really nice toffee shows off as well.

Not as great as I first remember, but still very solid.

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

Poured from the bottle into a crystal glass (split with my brother seeing as I may not get my hands on another bottle of this soon)

A: Rich golden orange under a creamy off-white head that disperses to a ring around the edge of the glass. Good lacing.

S: Bursting with juicy hops- much is going on here. Sweet evergreen is the crown on the head of juicy fruits such as pineapple, pear, slight grape, blood orange, and some malt hiding on the side.

T: Follows the nose in a deft swoop of flavors. First the evergreen and the rest of the hops, which seem as if they are going to demolish the mouth with bitterness, but then don't. Oh these hops are beautiful! The drinkability is fairly good because a good dose of malts show up in the flavor and work at balancing out the hop presence. Nice acidity, pleasing, fresh, and clean.

Mf&D: Mouthfeel is rich but not heavy, with a nice twang but some smoothness to boot. Refreshing. Drinkability is fairly good, but not quite at the level of "nectar".

Overall: A fun take on the style, highly recommended. I am pretty much as far from a hophead as you can get, but I can certainly appreciate a hoppy beer when it is brewed with flair and attention. My only complaint is that this beer does not fit its style very well, with 97 IBUs, can this truly be called an amber/red ale? (which are supposed to be "balanced")

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

reviewing this at maybe a week old. No freshness debates should arise from this.

pours a red or amber tinted copper with a two finger off-white head made up of very small bubbles. sticks to the glass to leave enough lacing to show where the head once was as it dissipates relatively quickly.

Smells like a pine tree with a bit of orange juice. The pine is oh-so apparent in the nose, and it makes me think of the forest after a rain shower. spicy too. May be the best smelling beer when its this fresh.

Taste falls off from the aroma. Pine is there, citrus is there, malt comes through too, whereas the aroma had mostly all hop. A bit woody and chewy, with a bitter aftertaste. very little caramel malt comes through in the finish.

Mouthfeel is a bit prickly at first, but watery going down. not enough lingering feeling.

drinkablility is good. best when fresh. high alcohol is very slightly apparent if you take a large sip, but otherwise is well hidden.

one of the most hotly debated beers at the moment. over-rated? maybe. solid? definitely. not an IPA, but hoppy. not as malty as most ambers, it is in-between the styles. I like it.

Photo of rawthar
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found a local watering hole that has this on tap a few days ago, and my life has slightly changed since. Reviewing off of the last three day's worth of tasting.

A- Loving the amber/red tonality going on here, very pretty body, but not much head to speak of. Only thing I can say is that the keg is in the front bar and I generally sit in the back, so who knows what it looks like between the pour and the walk back. But the color is enough for me to rank this highly.

S- I rate this an average with every intention of bumping it up later. At the bar, I can't get any where near as much of a handle on its aroma as I do when I'm drinking at home. But I can still tell you there's tons of citrusy hops in this monster.

T- Awesome. Super dry, citrusy, maybe a hint or two of floral, just about no malts come through, but you can tell they are there keeping the hops from bittering the hell out of this. There's a lot of the same things going on here as in the PtY I had earlier today, but it's missing a bit of the mystery I found in Pliny. Still- awesome.

M- It's all there. You know its in your mouth when you're drinking it, that's for sure, mostly driven by the hop sharpness, but also by a minor creamy carbonation.

D- Keep 'em coming.

So after a day where a successful PtY quest was completed, I definitely put this in the same echelon, and really only a slight notch lower. My suspicion is that anything that I would ding this beer for is due to the taplines rather than the beer. This is among the best.

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

Received as an extra in a trade with StormKing47. Thanks for hooking me up with a bomber of this one Josh! Poured into a pint glass. Review from notes.

Amber in color. Very clear. Bubbly one finger white head. Calms to a thin bubbly layer of foam that retains well. Tiny effervescent bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Wispy lacing.

Smells a bit like caramel. Citrusy hops smell like orange rind and mango. Pretty pungent.

I taste caramel malts first. Bitter dank, resiny hops produce flavors of lemon, orange rind and mango. A sort of buttery toffee flavor and slight hop bitterness lingers on the palate. Fantastic hop assault.

Medium bodied. Tiny prickly bubbles. Well carbonated.

I could drink this all night. Probably my favorite amber ale that I've tried. I'm not usually a fan of this style, but I can see myself trying more ambers after this.

Photo of berkey
3.8/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with no freshness info listed but it just arrived as an extra in a trade a few days ago. Poured into a tulip glass.

Clean amber body is capped with a medium sized off white head with slightly above average retention. Leaves some excellent lacing.

Smells more like an American IPA than the Imperial Amber listed on the label. Heavy on bitter and piney hops backed by a sweet but not distracting malt profile.

Smells much better than it tastes in my opinion. Hops are not as pronounced as I'd like and the malt profile dominates more than I'd expect considering the ABV is at 7.5%. It's bitter enough, but is lacking in complexity. Kind of a disappointment after the pleasant aroma.

I'll give this beer fairly high marks because it's a hoppy Amber, not an IPA, and as such it's pretty decent beer. I should note, though, that with a name like Nugget Nectar and a label that proclaims it as "Hopheads Nirvana" this would be a major disappointment if I measured against expectations and not purely what was in the glass.

Tröegs Nugget Nectar from Tröegs Brewing Company
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