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Tröegs Nugget Nectar - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Ratings: 7,399
Reviews: 2,414
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.68%
Wants: 1,265
Gots: 1,228 | 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 goldbot
4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 1/12/2010.

Pours golden amber in color with a foamy, albeit thin white head. The head quickly dissipates leaving a haze across the surface. A bit of lacing and good carbonation.

Strong, sticky aromas of pine tree, grapefruit, and orange. Nice and hoppy, as I expected. Floral, planty, and refreshing. As the beer warms, some malt notes become more noticeable.

Tastes of nice hops up front more bitter pine flavor, with grapefruit and orange again. Nicely bitter. What is surprising is the sweeter malt notes which immediately back up the hop presence. The aftertaste is pleasantly bitter with hoppy pine flavors making a comeback.

The body is nothing spectacular, but backs up the other aspects of the beer nicely. Light to perhaps medium body, the carbonation is not overwhelming.

Overall I was very pleasantly surprised. I expected a hop bomb which this definitely was not. It had good hoppiness for sure, but the malt flavors backed and balanced it perfectly.

Photo of ProudBeerSnob
4.11/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Never thought I'd find the Nectar at Wegman's !!! Poured into a pint glass, not much carbonation, thin head disappears quickly, very little lacing.

Aromas of very sweet citrus, just a touch of pine. A little like white grape juice, almost a little too sweet which hurts drinkability.

A good beer, but I'm not sure it's deserving of the hype. I paid 12 bucks for the six pack, and I'm kind of wishing I'd spent the same on Victory's Yakima Twilight.

Photo of 220emaple
4.02/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 12 0z bottle. Very nice amber/copper color with little retaining head.
The smell is my least favorite part--hoppy, yet seaweed-like, if that makes any sense.
The taste is very nice with tons of sweet hop flavors with a subtle bitter finish.

Would buy again and I recommend it to others. Cheers!

Photo of HURTemHIZZY
4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 24 oz bottle into a standard pint.

Pours a great looking amber color with a nice foamy off white head. Nice looking pour. Would have given a 5 but was hoping for a bit more from the lacing. Did leave some spotty lacing tho.

Smells great, floral, pine, citrus notes, little bit of sweet malts hidden behind the hop aromas.

Tastes of citrus and pine hoppiness, great flavor. This is definitely one of my favorite brews. Great balance for an ipa (although it says imperial amber it really tastes more like an ipa.)

Really enjoyable brew, with a great amount of hops but enough malty sweetness to keep its balance.

Photo of MrDanno96
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice amber color with about a finger of white head. Some spotty lacing down the sides of the glass.

S: Freshly cut grass, piney hops, and some sweet earthy malts. Pleasant.

T: Some sweet malts transition to a citric hoppy finish. Finish is also pretty bitter. To be honest, I was expecting more.

M: A solid medium body with a nice bite of carbonation in the finish.

D: Am I missing something here? This is by no means a bad beer, but I've seen lots of people raving about this one for months and I wasn't really impressed. I drank it kind of warm, 50ish degrees. Maybe I just need to drink it at a colder temperature, but as of right now I'm a little disappointed. Hype aside, however, it's a decent beer.

Edit 3/14/10: I've had this a few more times since my first disappointing experience and I admit it's grown on me some. I still don't agree that this is an amazing brew, but it's tasty and fairly drinkable. I've come to enjoy the nice mix of bitter hops and amber ale malt backbone. It's very refreshing on tap too. I'm changing taste and drinkability from 3.5s to 4s, raising the score from 3.75 to 4.

Photo of zackcg
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

(bomber into pint glass)

Appearance: clear coppery-amber-red. moderately carbonated with a nice healthy off-white head. Weak retention though, it dissipated pretty quick, however the lacing lasted the whole session.

Smell: I was mostly picking up on the hoppy madness.

Taste: sweet nectar start, finishes with a pleasant presence of bitterness. smell = taste!

Mouthfeel: thin yet flavorful.

Overall highly enjoyable!

Photo of animal69
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a crystal clear burnished copper color w/ a thick off-white head that settles a little quick and leaves a fair lacing in my snifter

S- smell is loaded with "catty" grapefruit & pine needles, faint malty aromas picked up in the background include bread and nuts

T- taste is also hop dominated w/ a soapy citrus hop bitterness up front which fades into an herbal note mixed with fresh baked health-nut bread, some notes of caramelish toffee and a dried fruit come into play at some point, finish is crisp, bitter and a bit minerally

M- a surprisingly dry med. body on this one, plenty of co2 gives it a rather creamy feel

D- a damn fine beer, very drinkable without a trace of alcohol, well deserving of the all the hype

Photo of Walken
4.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Troegs: Nugget Nectar (Bottled 01/07/10) (Tasted 01/23/10)
12 oz. Bottle, poured into a tulip pint.

Appearance: Brilliantly clear golden amber, bubbles rushing up to feed the even, frothy off-white head. Sticky lacing clings on the sides of the glass like a first time boyfriend.
Odor: Waxy grapefruit pith, orange zest, some perfumy floral aromas in the background with hints of breadiness. Intense and focused hop aroma.
Consistency: Light body, hop oils and bready malt lift the body up a bit, a few tics shy of being medium. Carbonation is perfect, not intrusive, but enough to lift the flavors into view.
Flavor: Juicy, fresh hop flavor, similar to the aroma but leaning more towards orange with a waxy grapefruit back-end. Malt is an afterthough, but that's ok! There's some definite complexity going on with the mixed German base malts, a layered breadiness that doesn't push too much sweetness. Finish is very clean, some hop and bready malt flavors linger, very refreshing.

This beer is remarkable. As per the recipe listed on their site, the subtle malt complexities in this beer come from a mix of pils, vienna and munich malt, with no specialty malts to muddy up the hop flavor, pretty brilliant. I look forward to looking forward to this beer hitting shelves every year.

Photo of david18
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I guess as an "imperial amber", as the brewery says, this beer is in the same category as Arrogant Bastard and Red Rocket (even though some of them might be called "strong ales". I would have to say that it definitely is as good as both of those others.

I haven't been a big fan of Troegs but this one is really worth trying. Alcohol by volume is strong but not overwhelming, flavor is an excellent balance of malt sweetness with light hops.

I would recommend this one.

Photo of CaptinRedBeard
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Duvel tulip. Pours with a nice one finger reddish white head. Some lacing. This may be the most beautiful beer I have ever seen in a glass. The dark yet translucent amber color is simply gorgeous. Aroma is strong with scents of apricot, citrus and hops. I recently reviewed Troegs Hop Back amber ale and this to me truly does seem to be an Imperial version of that beer. For the most part I'm getting the same flavors (caramel malt, citrusy hops) but much stronger and definitely a lot more hops. This stuff is great. I'm going to tour the brewery today, and I can't wait to try this fresh on draft there.

Photo of MirkoCroCough
4.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is beer.

Bottle poured into pint glass. Great lacing and beautiful copper/amber color.

That's the stuff. Sweet, sweet hops.

Nectar of the Gods.

Balanced, smooth, and slick.

Not filling at all, but pace yourself. You can whack these back with ease, but the abv% will eventually find you. A glorious beverage.

Photo of ujsplace
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured with vigor into an over-sized pub glass.

Massive white head that leaves lots of sticky lacing. The color is an amber-coppery color.

Complex hop flavors in the nose - burnt woody, herbal, citrus, earthy...

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Complex hop flavors, yet not at all overpowering in the least bit. Predominantly herbal, but again complex...burnt caramel or toffee, bready yeasts, mild citrus with a nicely bittered finish. The alcohol is well hidden...

Medium light mouthfeel with nice creamy carbonation.

A very good American Amber - possibly the best of the style that I've had, or at least in a long while...can get quite a few of these down rather easily...



Poured into a pint glass.

This brew is amber in color, clear and sports a finger thick off-white head that disappears into a complex, clumpy, wispy lace that clings to the sides of the glass and also lingers on the top of the brew.

Smells of citrus, maybe pink grapefruit, pine resin and earthy, herbal hopiness.

There a lots of complex hop flavors here; clearly present and in force, yet not overpowering at all. There are citrus, grapefruit-like hops, resinous, herbal, earthy hop notes as well as a mild bready maltiness in here as well.

Crisp, medium bodied and good carbonation.

I could take one of these every time. Very good stuff.

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

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours an reddish amber color, with a off white head that is thick and leaves lots of lace.

Brew smells of floral hop, pine and citrus. Has a a slight malt scent as well.

Brew tastes crisp initially, very smooth after you drink. Has a great balance of the hops and a malty background flavor. Finishes clean, slightly bitter, a little dry.

This is a very good brew, very well balanced. This is a serious session brew. Excellent.

Photo of Tiklmelmo
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Crystal clear dark ruby with a little brownish orange. Not a lot of foam, but a good amount of bubbles. Some lacing.

S - Smells amazing. Lots of big ripe citrus. Tangerines and grapefruits with some piney notes as well.

T - Follows the nose but with a nice bready malt backbone. Very toasted malt profile with a small amount of caramel. Lots of bitter grapefruit as well.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Good mouthfeel but nothing totally outstanding.

D - Very tasty with only a hint of booziness. Definitely could knock back a sixer without thinking about it.

A fine imperial amber. Maybe not hands down the best I've ever had but definitely in the top 2-3.

Photo of OneDropSoup
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker: finger of head over a clear, bright copper-ish orange, clearer than I remember. Heads drops to just a dusting, moderate amount of tiny, fast bubbles. Leaves spotty "world map" lacing.

Smell is real nice: mellow, sweet citrus--orange & ruby red grapefruit, a touch of piney potpourri. Very good aroma, but less "in-your-face" than I remember, doesn't jump out at you. As it warms, a kind of resin-y hop smell builds, still subtle though.

Again, bright citrus notes in the taste, rounded out by just enough clean malt to be detectable & balancing. Kind of a barely noticeable cola caramel taste to it. Aftertaste has hints of sweetness while still being on the bitter & refreshing side. Booze creeps in about halfway through the glass.

Medium-light body, enough carbonation & acid to entertain without becoming prickly or sharp.

Honestly not quite as good as I remember, but still pretty damn good. The smell & taste didn't jump out & wow me like in the past, but there are still some pretty awesome things going on here. The alcohol is enough to make things nice & relaxed without kicking your butt. Two or three easily, definitely worth back-to-back drinking.

Photo of drabmuh
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have had this beer in many different forms and I have only written a review for it from the bottle. I really like this beer, my bottle review gave it look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | drink: 4.5 for a total of 4.2. I had it on cask the other night and it fell way short of expectations.

The beer looked about the same but the head was soapy and diffuse and left very little lacing. The aroma was off. I could smell some hops but it was mostly a thin malty aroma.

Taste was not as hoppy as remembered, it seemed flat and thin and had a harsher bitterness at the back. The bar I had it at was also serving it at 50 degrees F, IMO that's a little too warm especially considering how hot the bar was that night. I would and will drink this beer again and again from the bottle but not on cask.

Serving type: cask

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Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a snifter. Beer does not have a born on date and with a beer that fades so quickly that fact is REALLY ANNOYING. Get with the program Troeg's and put a damn date on the bottle already. I'm penalizing you for that.

Beer is clear and forms a thin white head that falls away quickly leaving a diffuse single layers of bubbles. Some lacing on the glass. Carbonation appears to be low and the beer is CLEAR and red. Really beautiful from clarity and color.

Interesting smell. Hops and of the citrus variety. Kind of sharp, almost grapefruit flavored, slight pinapple. Smells great.

Medium body, nice hop flavor and some mild back of the mouth bitterness, no aftertaste, overall a really drinkable beer. Mouthfeel is good with minimal carbonation helping to carry the flavors through the mouth. Second taste, not much up front but there is a lingering hop flavor and some bitterness. Overall a really fine beer.

Photo of Scojo2usa
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great offering from Troegs, very floral and slightly piney. The warrior hops had a very nice bitterness while the nugget and tomahawk add a nice sent of a flower while standing next to a christmas tree. Great nose, and really really good amber color. I generally enjoy citrusy IPA's over piney but this is one of my favorites.

Photo of jlindros
4.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Can't wait to try this, it's my first!

A: Pours a light frothy head into my snifter. It fades quickly. It's a golden amber orange color with hints of a reddish hue and very clear.

N: Fresh hops glaore! Fresh musty wet hops hit right away. It's got some spicey hops, slight citrus and pine, as well as a juicy chewy hop aroma. A slight juicy fruit as well.

T: Spicy chewy juicy hops hit right away. More musty fresh hop taste. Slight juicy fruit taste. Very chewy fresh hop taste. A very slight malty flavor adds a slight sweetness and maltness. A bitterness hits a peak quickly and sits there, its a nice bitterness, not too heavy. No booze at all, its very pleasant and tasty.

M: Pretty thick for the type, decent carbonation.

F: It finishes slightly dry, with lingering heavy bitterness, but it doesnt grow beyond the point where its too bitter. It has some lingering juicy fruit tastes as well. A chewy fresh hop taste also lingers. With the hype behind this beer, I was a little worried it wouldn't stack up. I was also worried it would be too heavily hopped for being an amber. On the contrary, this is an awesome beer! It has some great hop characteristics, flavors, keeps itself light and doesn't go overboard. The only thing I can possibly see wrong is I would have liked a little more head and carbonation.

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

My first Nugget Nectar, stumbled across it today.

Bottled 1/7/10, so 2 weeks old here. 3x 12oz into 1L glass Lowenbrau stein.

A- What a site to see. Brilliant ruby/amber coloration, almost glowing orange. Nice ever-so-off-white head that laces and settles to a 1cm seafoam-like clump on the top.

S- Hops! Sweet, citrus, like orange or tangerine. New-growth earthy/floral hops. Nice!

T- Pretty much how I hoped it would taste; awesome. A strong, bitter amber ale hits you at first. Then the sweet, almost sugar-coated hops and a citric tang follow in strong suit. A nice amount of breadiness and sweet malt, it's spot-on.

M- Great balance, malt is just enough to round out the beer without becoming too heavy. Beer is crisp, moderately light all things considered, and goes down very easy.

D- Uh-oh... I think I have a problem, and the problem is not enough Nugget Nectar.

1L (3 bottles) at once was a joy, and I bet the other half of that 6pk is soon to be sniped...

Photo of mdfb79
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

a - An amber color that is somewhat see through. Very little carbonation, about an inch of head that lasted a minute.

s - Smells of very sweet hops, also smells fruity. Hops also smell a little piney.

t - Taste a little like citrus fruits, lots of hops, a little bit of a bitter taste. Pretty good considering the ABV and it was noit as hoppy as I thought it was going to be.

m - Very little carbonation and a light body. Lighter than I thought it would be, has a good feel to it.

d - Overall I liked it a lot. I was expecting more hops in the taste and some mroe bitterness, but it was pretty smooth. I would definitely recommend checking this outand I can definitely see myself buying more of this and having a few more.

Photo of bbeane
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into a snifter... starts with a light brown 1/4" head that disappears leaving some spotted lacing. Beer is a slightly crisp reddish amber color with light activity

S- After some swirls of the snifter, a pleasant bitter skunkiness with a very subtle malty sweet backbone

T- Not an overpowering hoppiness, but a very good amount of hop flavor with just the right amount of malty goodness accompanying it

M- Light carbonation with medium body, well masked alcohol. Nice bitter aftertaste

D- With the great taste and well masked alcohol, this beer is very drinkable... anyone who says the abv is to high to be that drinkable is full of it because I drank 2 6pks the other night


Photo of dborginis
4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a fresh bottle into a pint glass, date reads 01/XX/2010, the day is illegible. Lovely transparent copper color.

Smell is sweet, malty and Simcoe citrus.

Taste is the delicious Nugget hops (to me, is that right?) flavor. There is the malty sweetness and also a bit of the alcohol comes through, maybe a bit metallic. The bitter lingers. The carbonation is nicely done as well to complement the taste.

Drinkability is good for the alcohol, but a lower ABV is always appreciated.

Photo of Liverpool08
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep redish copper, with a nice thick white head. The head retreats a little but leaves good lacing throughout the glass. A great first smell, its jumps out with hops. A nice Piney,clean aroma. The taste follows, a nice hit of piney hops and grapefruit. Yet its not a overpowering hop hit. It melts into a nice malty finish. This keeps the beer very drinkable and doesn't tire out the taste buds with too much hops. What a great way to get a yummy hop flavor and still be able drink several. The ABV is hidden very well.

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

chilled 22oz bomber into a Samuel Smiths nonic pint glass.

a: pours a one plus finger head with a not surprisingly crystal clear amber color. head settles pretty quickly. not bad, but nothing to write home about.

s: nice refreshing hop aroma , with traces of toasted malt. really good stuff. hop scent consists mostly of pine and flowers.

t: great hop flavor! citrus and pine flavors, with a nice malt backbone to keep this beer from becoming too hoppy. the 7.5 is very well hidden. very well rounded brew.

m&d: good mouthfeel. well carbonated. drinkability is great, because they are so damn tasty and pretty well priced.

definitely give this one a try, especially if you like hops or amber ales in general. however, you may be expecting a bit more oomph from an "Imperial Amber", so don't be surprised if it doesn't blow your world.. regardless, this is good stuff.

Photo of punkrkr27
3.84/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Acquired in a trade. Clear deep gold pour with a small white head. Would like to see a little more color for it's style. Honey and caramel malt aroma with loads of juicy grapefruit hops and some peach. Chewy caramel malt flavor with a solid balance of pine and citrus bitterness. Medium body.

Tröegs Nugget Nectar from Tröegs Brewing Company
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