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Tröegs Nugget Nectar - Tröegs Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

6,420 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 6,420
Reviews: 2,300
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 1,054
Gots: 666 | FT: 25
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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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santoslhalper

Pennsylvania

4.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearence: Pours a clear, light copper with a thin one finger near-white head that dies down to a collar. A little bit of slow moving carbonation is present.

Smell: The smell is a gentle balance of rich, bready malts and strong floral and citrusy hops, with a tiny touch of alcohol, and a hint of oak as well.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Delicious!! Perfect balance between an IPA and a red ale. Mmmm mmm mmm... The hops create a wonderful juiciness in the mouth, and are balanced perfectly by just the right amount of malts. But, obviously, the hops are the focus, and they are truly dazzeling. Floral, citrusy, and full of long lasting bitterness. Hell yeah. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and smooth.

Drinkability and Overall: Ah, the ever-hyped, ever-elusive Nugget Nectar finally available in bottles. And it was worth the wait, and the hype. This is a truly spectacular beer, and one I can (and probably will) drink all freaking night. Chris & Jon, once again you've created a world class brew. INCREDIBLE!

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2006 19:55:47 | More by santoslhalper
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Imstillthegman

Delaware

4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden copper color. Medium head that leaves nice lacing. Wow! Smell the hops! Very strong hoppy smell...a little pine scent to go with the citrus. The taste isn't as bitter as you would think it would be after smelling it. Mouthfeel is just a bit too bubbly. Very good beer for fellow hopheads to try. Close to a DFH 90 minute but not quite as smooth in my opinion. Still very drinkable, though.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2006 01:15:45 | More by Imstillthegman
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gbarron

Georgia

4.05/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Bottle states it is an "imperial amber" with about "93ish IBU's" with warrior, nugget, and tomahawk hops. No freshness dating, but I know this beer was only made in the last six months or less.

A - golden orange, perfectly bright and clear. Sparklingly white, full head with tons of small bubbles that hold together nicely the whole way down. Beautiful, thick lacing the whole way. Rarely see lacing like this.

S - pungent aroma of fresh hops. Pine, pine, and more pine. Some citrus notes in there as well. Hop smell is very intense, almost smells faintly of cat piss - I'm not kidding, and in a good way. Smells like ammonia. Hint of toffee malt in there, but not much.

T - hops dominate the palate. Strong, fresh bitter flavor of pine and citrus both at the front and at the end. Dry, hoppy bitter aftertaste. There is a malt presence, however, and this beer is actually amazingly well balanced considering the hop content. Don't get me wrong - hops win out here by a long shot. But there is clearly a malt backbone to this beer, some malty sweetness is right there in the middle of each sip. Toffee, caramel, grainy biscuit. Alcohol extremely well hidden, no alcohol aromas or flavors whatsoever.

M - medium to thin body. The only points I'm taking off here are the carbonation - tingles the tongue a bit too much. Seems on the high end to me. Significant hop dryness in your mouth.

D - extremely tasty brew. I'm a little tired of the endless battle brewers seem to be having of "my IBU's are bigger than your IBU's," but this is tasty. The bitterness is very well balanced and it has amazing fresh hop flavor. Give this one a try, especially if you like Hopback Amber - of which this basically seems to be a doubled up version.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2006 00:25:09 | More by gbarron
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Sephiroth

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in a huge box from Beerbeing. Phenomenal lacing, light amber color, complex hoppy aroma. Grassy, and piney, with a noticeable malt backbone.

I don't usually find such complexity of flavor in an IPA. Initial bitterness, then sweet orange, then sweet grapefruit, then bitter grapefruit. I think the malt is there, but the hops are so delicious that they alone are noticed. Piney finish on the back of my palate.

Mouthfeel is light, although the flavor makes it seem heavier. It seems oily, but the bitter finish wipes everything clean. Drinkability is obviously high for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2006 08:57:41 | More by Sephiroth
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DarkerTheBetter

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a radiant bright orange, much like orange colored hard candy. The head was tall and slightly off white that left a little lace.

Smells of an overwhelming nectarine and pineapple with an earthy, ash and pine hop dryness and a little orange juice sweetness.

Upfront, this beer had a bit of pine hops and a delicate citrus to it, but then came the onslaught of tingling acidic nectarines and apricots. Underneath this was a subtle banana and powdered sugar. Finished with a strong sappy pine.

Mouth feel was light and dry with a swarm of small bubbles that when drank slowly, seem to actively resist being swallowed. However, when drunk quickly, it’s only slightly tingly.

I think that this beer is easily the most potent, yet tasty hop concoction I’ve ever had. The flavors are so intense, and it looks, smells and tastes a little like candy, paired with a fizzy carbonation, I want to call this “hop soda“. What ever you want to call it, I’ll call it delicious.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2006 23:45:29 | More by DarkerTheBetter
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Prufrock

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pilsner.

clear golden orange with some rising bubbles and thin white head that leaves strings of lacing.

grassy, flowery hops and some candied, sugary malt sweetness. citric and peachy aromas come forward more as the beer warms.

smooth texture with a light carbonation. tons of grassy hops in the flavor, but balanced with a fruity, sugary sweetness. amazing how the sweet fruit flavors poke through the relentless hops.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2006 03:45:26 | More by Prufrock
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jaluria

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This has quickly become one of my favorite beers.

Poured a light, copper-orange color with a white colored head that was thick and left behind quite a bit of lacing. Moderate to high carbonation was present. Aromas of hops, pine, citrus, and grapefruit all whirled together and ever so enticing. The taste was quite bitter with hops and grapefruit flavors dominating each sip. As I drank this beer, I felt as if I were drinking a cross between a Double IPA and a Irish Red; malty and hoppy. Slight malt presence in the finish and in the texture of the beer as it rolled around my mouth. A sour tasting finish and yet refreshing and robust. The flavors just pounce all over my tongue making me want more. This beer is such a wonderful experience, I highly recommend it.

An exceptional beer with excellent drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2006 16:58:52 | More by jaluria
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mjc410

Vermont

4.13/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter for review purposes...

A: Very bright, red-orange amber. No head formed, only a few bubbles on the surface and slight lace on the side. The bright color is very nice.

S: Grass, pine sap, candied fruit, maybe?

T: Strong, biscuity malt back bone (like those southern-style biscuits!). Pine of course comes through, and a bite of alcohol that warms the mouth and throat very quickly. It seems very well balanced and enjoyable.

M: Strong tingling of carbonation, but not a very thick beer. Certainly doesn't dissapoint here; it feels just right.

D: IPAs have really been growing on me - or maybe I've just been drinking better ones. This is a highly drinkable, enjoyable example.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2006 20:01:36 | More by mjc410
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meathookjones

Virginia

4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have been waiting to try this for awhile and was very happy to hear they were bottling it this year. I had high expectations for this and was not let down at all. Clear dark amber body with a tall frothy white head that left plenty of strings and webs of lacing as it was consumed. Once poured the hoppy nose jumps right out at you, piney and citric hops galore. Some sweet caramel blends in to support the hops. Very clean smell as well. Plenty of bitter grapefruit notes mixed with caramel and biscuit malts get the flavor going. Piney hops are in full affect as well. Ends with some nice bitter piney hops with a touch of sweetness. Pretty well balanced while still being juicy with hops. Very clean and crisp overall taste and smell are nice. Drinkability is about as good as it gets. I have to go pick up another case before it’s all gone.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2006 15:12:23 | More by meathookjones
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

4.63/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was on my doorstep when I got home today. It pours a solid golden color with a 2 finger head maintained by a light cascade from the bottom of the glass, with clarity not to be rivaled. The dank hop aroma hit me as soon as I opened the cap. Very green and brilliant American hop profile. I really need to get more in tune with individual hop aromas, but I would image this is the tomahawk and nugget or some variation there of. The caramel base is super. There is a big sweetness, giving me illusions of spun sugar. The finish is only moderately bitter, with a moderate caramel sweetness. The bitter does not hang on too far into the finish and is very clean, not offensive. The finish is almost a touch soapy from the interaction of the bitterness and the residual sweetness. Still tasty. I really like the super fresh hop character. Very brilliant. Feel is moderate with a strong carbonation which keeps it very nice. This is a nice beer. No hint at all of the 7% ABV definately keeps it working well for me. Its deceptively drinkable and tasty, though the finish could be a little more clean. I'm going to have no problem drinking this one down!

Edit: flavor in the second bottle is not coming across as soapy to me. Lots of chunky citrusy (almost apircot with the interaction between caramel malt and the hop) fruity hop, with a ton of fresh picked green hop flavor. This one will be a staple for the near future...as long as I have more bottles around.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2006 22:55:12 | More by kmpitz2
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dawg

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had another nugget nectar. This time from poured from a cask into a faceted beer mug.

My last review of this beer was from the same bar (Fat Heads, Pittsburgh). I didn't have a very good experience from the tap. This time, from the cask, was much better. Actually very good.

The beer was served at the correct temperature for a cask pour. Not cold nor warm, somewhere in between. The head was already settled when the beer arrived, but not quite gone. Perhaps about 100 mils. Laces starting to cling.

The nose to this was stunning. At first I got a large woft of hops. This migrated to mellow orange peel and then ruby red grapefruit.

The feel was very soft and medium to meduim light. I was trying to rethink the feel from the tap but I don't remember the tap as good as this cask beer was. Tasted like nice clean hops and citrus fruits. The cask temperature really tamed the bitterness away. Not quite a sweet one but better balanced for my taste.

While I really enjoyed this beer, I stopped at one.

Serving type: cask

02-21-2006 03:05:07 | More by dawg
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clvand0

Kentucky

4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber/orange color with a small head that falls fast and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma is all citrus hops. Smells pretty good with the pine hops and a sweet malt. The flavor has a lot of the citrus and pine hop character along with a sweetness from the malt that tends to help balance the brew. The body is moderate and the drinkability is good. Great hoppy brew.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2006 17:37:50 | More by clvand0
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jakester

Pennsylvania

4.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear orange with a one finger head of just off-white foam. The head falls to islands and a ring, with decent enough lacing. Carbonation appears medium.

Aroma is grassy/piney, strong but very pleasant. Fruity, with a strong mango or kiwi smell. This beer smells great! Very clean.

First flavor is big crystal/pale malt, followed quickly by hop bitterness. Juicy grassy/piney hop flavor is next. The picture on the label tells the story. This all works very well together. For as hoppy as it is, it's well balanced. Mango and kiwi fruits are there in the background, adding a nice touch. Aftertaste is a very long bitterness and a wonderful piney flavor.

Mouthfeel is resiny, medium bodied, with a low to medium carbonation. Residual sweetness is fairly sticky. Finish is sticky with a bitter grab at the back of my throat.

It is absolutely amazing that they get this much flavor and aroma from the Nugget, Warrior, and Tomahawk hops they use, considering all three hops are high alpha bittering hops. This beer is fantastic, delicious, wonderful, and any other adjective you want to use.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2006 18:22:01 | More by jakester
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Terp96

North Carolina

4.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have waited for this and I was not disappointed. Wine World in Abingdon, MD shelved this for $9.75 last week so I had to pick some up. Interesting that the bottle label indicates that this is an "Imperial Amber." Nice artwork too.

Pours a very nice, clear amber color. One finger thick, slightly off-white head. Nice lacing down the glass. This is a good looking beer.

Smells amazing. Very complex hop profile. You can actually pick out the tomahawk and warrior aromas. Very floral and very complimenting.

Taste is exceptional. Sweet upfront and hoppy in the back. Very complex and balanced. Not like chewing on a pine cone. Perfect balance of grapefruit and spruce.

Mouthfeel, again is very balanced. Slick and oily and not overly drying or prickly like so many IPAs out there.

All in all, exceptionally drinkable. This is an amazing IPA. Perhaps, one of the most balanced, enjoyable beers I have had. It quickly shot up my "go to" list. Too bad this is a seasonal. Troegs would get a lot of business from me if this was on the shelf year round.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2006 16:48:17 | More by Terp96
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beermanbrian

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark gold color with a thick off white head. The head clings to the glass leaving trails of lacing that just hang there.

Smell is just tremendous. Great piney hops followed by a citrus note. It just fills your nose with the awesome smell. I could just sit and smell this all night if it wasn't for the anticipation of what it must taste like.

Taste is just as overwhelming. Huge hops character but unlike a lot of hop bombs there is plenty of malt sweetness to back it up. This beer is so much more than the hops. Supper malt sweetness with great character.

Mouthfeel is just smoothness, with a slight dryness at the end that make you want to take the next sip. Nice carbonation level.

Ohhhh so drinkable especially at 7%. It will catch up with you if you aren't careful. I've been debating this review since the beer first came out in bottles a couple of weeks ago. My first inclination was that it deserved the perfect 5.0. A half a case later I still feel like it deserves the perfect score. This is the beer I've been searching for. Another winner from Troegs. Glad I live close enough to the brewery to get a nice supply of this before it's gone until next year.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2006 01:19:26 | More by beermanbrian
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Jacobob10

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap @ The Shepherd and Knucklehead Pub in Haledon, NJ.

Served in a pint glass, it has an orange color with a nice fluffy white head. Great head retention that gives off a piney and citrusy hop aroma. The flavor is fantastic. Loaded with hops, but there is a strong malt backbone to back it all up. The finish was not too dry and coated the inside of my mouth nicely. This is a beer I could drink all night long, but it definitely packs a punch.

Overall, an excellent IPA that is worth every penny, especially if you get lucky enough to find it on tap. Another great beer from Troegs!

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2006 17:51:25 | More by Jacobob10
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warriorsoul

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BeerBeing for my first bottled version of this one..
Pours a clear golden amber color with a full head of off-white head...of which 1/4 sticks around to sit gently on top, as almost suspended above the brew itself.
Thick lacing holds on tight and goes absolutely nowhere for half of the pint.
Sticky, piney hops in the nose and a generous amount of sweet carmelized malt to add to its odor.
The taste is sweet at first, but the hops explode in the finish, coating the entire mouth with just enough bitterness and dryness to pull you instantly back for more.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and the carbonation is a touch high.
Easy to throw back a few of these in an evening and you'd be well on your way.
Solid brew...I look forward to a few more of these...a premature "thanks" to the BA's I bother to get more of this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2006 00:49:09 | More by warriorsoul
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asabreed

New York

4.88/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Purchased two six packs on general principle. When I say that, I mean because of both lack of availability (through bottles) and the fact that I don't how long it's going to be available. And also being a Troegs fan big time, and, well, a huge IPA fan. So I guess both turns into four reasons. At any rate: 12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. The beer's been chilling in the fridge for about an hour and a half.

Appearance: Yellow body, lots of bubbles rocking to the top. Looks like a normal IPA in that respect. However, there's lots of good lacing, and the head fights to stay up. Plus with a bit of a swirl it kicks back up and stays. Deceiving and nicer than expected.

Smell: An extremely harmonious balance between malt and hops. Complex. Intoxicating. A bit piney, a bit citrus, a bit of malt sweetness. The balance is remarkable.

Taste: The best IPA I've ever had? Certainly rivals DFH 90 Minute. The creaminess is insane. The taste is impeccable, with the malt overtaking the hops a bit, while the initial finish is all hops, and the long finish beyond takes it to new levels. This should be tasted in small sips. The backbone is balanced to all hell, yet still remains complex and hoppy for all the crazy hopheads. Wonderful stuff, and don't be fooled by the rumors, this is not a stronger and hoppier Hopback; this is its own thing.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, thick, and velvety, with a perfect contributing amount of carbonation which makes it a pleasure to drink. Best mouthfeel I've ever had for an IPA easily, that's for sure.

Drinkability: Worth the hype. And I hope this doesn't stay limited; this will certainly be a staple for me if I can ever get cases of it. I don't know how long it's around, and I haven't had it on tap yet, but I'm damn glad I bought two 6-packs. Bravo, Troegs.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2006 02:04:17 | More by asabreed
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drugsbunny

California

3.68/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Nugget Nectar offering from Troegs has been recently released in sixpacks. This beer is aptly named an Imperial Amber because it tastes just like their Hopback Amber, only bigger. It pours out with a minimal white head and has an inviting red copper hue. The smell is strong and bitter, just like pine. And the taste is signature Troegs. Bitter pine hops balanced well with the malt flavor. Sharp hop tang aftertaste and no hint of the over 7% alcohol abv. This is a very pleasant beer, but not the outstanding IPA that most people are espousing. I would be just as happy drinking the Hopback Amber, and saving two bucks. But if you need the bigger beer version, this is a good choice for you.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2006 16:36:19 | More by drugsbunny
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whartontallboy

New York

4.7/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a brilliant, shiny clear orange-copper color with a thin white head. The head isn't enormous, but the lacing is pretty nice.

Smell is hugely hoppy...grapefruits, peaches, pine sap, spruce tips, bitterness out the wazoo. Any scent you associate with hops is pretty much in there in a thick blanket.

The flavor does not disappoint, as an initial wall of grapefruit hops gives way to a bitter, resinous evergreen flavor. However, the real revelation that I wasn't expecting was how big the malt presence was. It really made itself felt, and it was the very definition of "biscuity." I've called other malts biscuity in the past, but this tasted like eating a biscuit does, with light caramel tones around the edges. Lovely.

Mouthfeel is firm and well-carbonated.

Overall: Wow. This is the best IPA I've had in months, and it really goes up there with the Stones, Racer 5's, and Smuttynoses of the IPA world for me. Track this one down.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2006 03:39:45 | More by whartontallboy
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yelterdow

New Jersey

4.97/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What a challenge reviewing this in a bottle after a most enlightening experience on cask. I found a few cases here in North Jersey, so I bought one. $37 at Home Liquors, and worth every damn penny. Here's the skinny...

Appearance- Clear, blazing orange in my imperial pint glass, with a two finger head. Sheets of lacing are left behind, craggy masses that cling with mad determination. Gorgeous color.

Smell- Candied, honeyed grapefruit with notes of Douglas fir... simply intoxicating.

Taste- The grapefruit elements flow over the tongue so completely, with a richly satisfying malt thickness that gives way to a sweet, beautiful display of Nugget and Tomahawk hops. Lasting and so well done it's a crime.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Sublime. Period.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2006 02:25:54 | More by yelterdow
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ScarletLady

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was disappointed in this as were the folks I was drinking it with. It poured a nice light copper color but was done in such a hurry that it wasn't a 'proper pour' so I will skip the head & lacing. The nose was great - hoppy & floral. At first taste the hops were great, then something went terribly wrong. the finish tasted like a wet dog, almost like it was unfinished. It got a little better as you drank it, but not much. I couldn't get past the wet dog. yikes

i'm worndering if we just got a bad bottle. I looked at the other reviews and did not have the wonderful experience every one else seemed to. I guess I would try it again....warily.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2006 22:46:35 | More by ScarletLady
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OldFrothingSlosh

Pennsylvania

4.65/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The gang at Once Upon a Vine come through for me again. Having read the message board and finding out that there was some Nugget Nectar to possibly be had in Virginia, I called OUAV and was pleased to find out that a case could be reserved. Got the call and made haste to obtain.

A: Fiery copper in color. Clear. Sticky-slathery white head leaves globs of lace on the glass. Wonderful.

S: "Imperial Amber Ale", eh? If by "Imperial" they mean "a shitload of hops" then I can see it. Egads! There's a threesome of sweaty hop action here: Pine cones drizzled with grapefruit juice dusted with freshly-cut grass. Surprisingly, there's a stong backbone of caramel sweetness as well. Given the vast quantities of hops this must have, that's sayin' something.

T: The first thing I thought when I tried this was that it tasted like a beefier version of DFH 60 minute IPA. This is good. Up-front sweetness quickly falls victim to the hop onslaught. Noticeable citrusy flavors last throughout the profile. Not too overwhelming. Nicely balanced. ABV cloaked almost completely. Wonderful finish. Hoppy and dry. Not very long-lasting.

M/D: Exceptional. Pefectly balanced. Creamy and slick on the palate at the same time. Spot-on carbonation. Perhaps a case is not enough?

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2006 01:28:18 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
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Fish113d

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving from a growler and into a pint chilled.

It pours a amber honey color with a dense, spongy off-white head (about 1/3"). The body is very clear and nice. The head is very sticky to the glass.

Aroma? Hops! A strong pine & earthy hops aroma shoot through my nostrals along with some slight candy aromas (sugar).

Sipping reveals a very strong and bitter hops flavor that feels very creamy, while the carbonation is not overbearing. Toward the swallow a sweet rock candy flavor pops through the bitterness of the hops to help balance this out. Odd to me though that usually I get sweetness up front with the bitterness coming after; this is the opposite; it starts bitter and sweetens up just a bit keeping my jaw from clenching. Very nice and interesting.

The alcohol is present in this one just a bit, which helps dry it out toward the swallow. The body is a bit creamy actually, making it more medium-bodied than most IPAs I've tried.

Overall, I'm glad I got a growler. I bet i can finish it! haha

Serving type: growler

02-12-2006 01:13:10 | More by Fish113d
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ggaughan

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I just picked up a case of Nugget Nectar this evening at the Beer Yard. I had this last week on tap and in growler but I had to also try the bottles.

The beer poured a nice copper color with a medium thickness off-white head that lingered. There was also some good bubble activity from the bottom of my tulip glass. At first sniff you get a strong piney, hoppy aroma which is wonderful and refreshing.
The taste was a nice thick hoppy, piney taste that I enjoy. I find this beer very drinkable although it has a fairly high ABV of 7.5%. I even convinced my wife to enjoy this beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2006 04:52:39 | More by ggaughan
Tröegs Nugget Nectar from Tröegs Brewing Company
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