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: 1,166
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 Gtreid
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks go out to Paul 68 for a great extra!
Poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy burnt orange with one finger of creamy white head. Very nice retention, great lacing lines the glass.

A: Caramel, pineapple, and orange. Nice citrus and grassy hops. Caramel and sweet malts balance the nose.

T: Again hops dominate, but the malts balance it nicely. Sweet and delicious. Finishes slightly bitter, but in a very good way.

M: Medium body beer, just the right amount of carbonation, excellent.

D: Overall a very good beer. At 7.5% ABV, I could drink this one often. Great selection from Troegs.

Photo of ckeegan04
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Dark orange color with one finger off-white head. Moderate retention and a little light on the lacing.

S - Dominated by a citrusy hop smell but also have hints of piney and floral hops. A hint of a malt backbone to it as well.

T - Light candy sweetness initially that is quickly overcome by a big citrus and tropical fruit taste. Lots of grapefruit, mango, and even a hint of orange. The malts are present with hints of caramel primarily, but the big in your face hoppiness dominates.

M/D - Medium bodied with good carbonation. A great tasting beer that is very drinkable.

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

Poured gingerly from bottle into pint glass

A - Brilliant amber in color. A nice one-finger off-white head...would've been even bigger if I'd poured it more aggressively (this isn't the first nugget nectar I've head, so I've seen how awesome the head can be). Leaves lots of lacing behind. Badass label, to boot.

S - O man, truly hop-head nirvana in the nose. Lots of flowery hops. I think that's enough said here

T&M - Delicious hops start off and endure for as long as it's held in my mouth. Appropriate carbonation level that blends real well with the hops. A real delicious earthy hop after-taste that goads one into taking another sip. Light-medium bodied.

D - So damn tasty. As alluded to earlier, the after-taste really enhances the drinkability. Delicious. K, gonna stop reviewing so I can keep drinking.

Photo of MrMonkey
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to sholland119 for hooking me up with this one in our recent trade!

Pours a clear light amber with a one-finger off-white head that fades quickly to a sticky ring and floating cap, and leaves a couple of thick rings at the top of the glass.

Smell is a bit faint, but there is some sweet bready malts, a slight fruitiness, a hint of citrus, and some floral and piny hops.

Taste starts off with some sweet bready malts, a hint of honey, and a toffee sweetness. There's a fruity undertone that I can't quite put my finger on. It finishes with some spicy, earthy floral hops and a hint of citrus.

Crisp, medium-bodied mouthfeel.

Drinkability is pretty good; I really wish this was readily available up here in NH.

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

Thanks to the Kempleton as part of the Virgin BIF.

A-More Aamber than copper with a small white head. Looks inviting.
S-Pine, citrus, mild malt underneath, smells really good
T-Same smell with orange and grapefruit mixed in. Great sweet malt/honey like taste that balances great with the hops. Slightly bitter on the end with a great finish.
M-Smooth in the mouth, good carbonation, easy in the mouth while sipping
D-Got more flavor as it warmed. A beer that I want to keep drinking and was smooth enough and flavorful enough to keep drinking all day.

Great beer. One of my new favorites.

Photo of travloh
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to sam adams beer glass/

Orange red color, nice head that wafts up to lip of glass and holds. Pretty clear, ever so slight hazyness.

MMM...this stuff smells good. I can smell the hops. Pine, slight malt, citrus.

oh the taste...complex yet balanced, save for the slight burn of alcohol and it gushes down. I like that, though. Slight grapefruit. Honey and pine aftertones. I cheated and checked some other reviews to try to put a name on this wonderful taste. I think it is clover.

This stuff is ridiculously drinkable. The high alcohol and the astringency will remind you to slow down, but it will be tough!

Photo of JEdmund
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance
Vibrant orange and clear; easy to pour tall head that's frothy and leaves clumps of lace as it settles

Smell
Rich! Piney, fruity, and spicey--all great and working well together to form a complex and pleasing aroma. The five hop varieties used are really showing off here; just a hint of honey

Taste & Mouthfeel
After the first sip I fell in love with this beer. It's everything I like...in an IPA; so as an amber ale, I'm not totally sure how to rate it; but as it is, it's an explosion of complex hoppiness held up with just enough sweet malt; it has a silky texture and a medium body; to be an amber/imperial amber, I'd like some more maltiness

Overall
Nugget Nectar lived up to the hype and then some. There's just not much to fault other than its labeling as an imperial amber. I don't get enough malt to think of it as that; to me, it's an IPA ("93-ish IBUs"...come on!). I'd rank this right next to Celebration Ale it's so good.

Photo of MSchae1017
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Timtheenchanta for this one!

A - transparent amber with a golden hint. White head that holds a nice film the entire time, leaving plenty of lace.

S - sweet caramel malts laced with citrus hops.

T - Far more up front with a wonderful citrusy hop mixture than the smell. Caramel malts comes out more as it warms. Lingering hop presence. Could be an IPA.

M - medium bodied with good carbonation. Appropriate for the style.

D - Very good beer, probably more of an IPA than even HopDevil, IMO, but I like it. I would drink this quite often.

Photo of khiasmus
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a completely clear amber with a finger of head that lasts as a single layer throughout.
Hops are prominent to say the least in the nose. Pine and citrus are evident, and there is just a bit of malt in the back, but not enough to balance.
Taste is initially honey-sweet pale malt that is quickly balanced and then overwhelmed by the immense hoppiness, both in flavor and bitterness.
Clean and smooth in the mouthfeel, with medium-low carbonation and a bit of thinness giving way to immense astringency from the hop bitterness.
The more of this beer you drink, the more you want. This was my last of the six-pack, so I'm putting it back on my wants... highl;y recommended.

Photo of beachbum1975
4.85/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this highly acclaimed beer from beast464 on a trade, thanks again!!!

A: Just looking at the packaging on the beer makes me thirsty for hops!!! In my opinion, this is the most beautiful, most intense, and tasty hop-related picture I have ever seen on a beer label. A big, mean fist squeezing the juice from a ripe hop... No batch # or drink on date to be seen. Poured this bad boy into my Samuel Smith's Imperial Pint glass at 45°F (Just pulled from my special beer fridge!). Pours a gorgeous, slightly cloudy, dark peach or apricot color - lots of orange highlights when put up to the light- looks thick and syrupy. Nice ¼ inch off-white head that remains for a few minutes while I smell.

S: Lots of piney, oily hops and sweet caramelized malts. Brown sugar, orange rinds, light clover and honey all trailed with the faintest hint of alcohol. Delicious nose, I am drooling over here now.

T: Much like the smell. Big, enjoyable blasts of piney hops balanced beautifully with adequately sweetened malts, as should be expected. Also, I think I captured some grapefruits on the finish. Amazingly balanced taste - for me, this is a wonderfully crafted example of an IPA, oh wait! This is classified as an Amber Ale?! Kidding...

M: Medium bodied and refreshing. Slightly waxy aftertaste with honey also detected on the finish. Very good carbonation.

D: EXTREMELY session-able beer here. I can totally see me putting back a few of these on ANY given happy hour. The only question that remains is - WHY THE HELL CAN'T TROEG'S DISTRIBUTE TO OHIO - we're the next freggin' state over!!!???

Kidding, but overall, this is an amazing beer and a real pleasure to drink.

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

Ex-squeeze me? Pours a mostly light copper to amber color with red hues through out. A nice pour leaving a white head with good head retention that lasted through most of the tasting but did hid to the edge of the glass. Decent lacing.

The nose is most notably hoppy (and crazy hoppy for a red). Mostly citrus and floral but blended very nicely. Orange, grapefruit and lemon with a hint of hibiscus. Some lighter malt notes come out but do play second to the IPA esk nose. A bit of a generic grain with some sugary notes as well. Very clean yeast smell.

The taste is right on line with the nose. The malt comes out more with more of a balance but still is second fiddle to the hops. The hops are mostly finishing hops but bittering comes out nicely as well. Citrus notes come out with orange and grapefruit. The herbal notes come out more with some spicey almost peppery flavors that accent the finish. Some bready almost biscuit notes. And hints of honey in the malt. Very subtle overall but accented by such a clean yeast flavor.

The body is closer to light than moderate. A light texture with a somewhat creamy finish. Very impressed with clean yeast. Very easy to drink and closer to an IPA than a Red. Maybe that is why everyone enjoys it sooo much.

Photo of aforbes10
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my dad for bringing me this from PA.
Orange brown and very clean with a short white head and sticky lacing. Smells mildly malty, but with a ton of smooth citrusy hops. Nectarine and light toffee on the nose too. Creamy, almost delicate hop flavor, while still being very hoppy and bitter. Great malt backbone, interesting mild spiciness on the finish mingling with the bitterness. Medium bodied, a very nice drinking beer.

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

Immediate hop attack on the olfactory sense on opening of bottle. Pours a medium copper/amber color with good white head that diminished to white film over top. Hop aroma is strong and begs you to drink this beer. Flavor is intense hop explosion. Mouthfeel is great and drinkability is high. Great beer, but all the hype had me expecting a bit more.

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

A - Pretty amber/rust color with a fluffy white head.

S - Alot going on here. Citrusy hops. Tangerine/grapefruit. Sweet malt. Very nice.

T - Follows nose. Bam. Citrus hops. Oily hops. Back of throat numbing delicious hops. Sweet mellowing malt. Then more fruit stand hops. Awesome burst of flavor here.

M - Medium. Sticky. Hot.

D - Good. This is sessionable. For me at least. Okay, at 7.5% maybe only a few.

I really enjoyed this beer. The flavor was off the charts. I'm the target audience. Thank you Troegs. Get some distribution in California. Immediately.

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

Last bottle from a case of 24.Bye,Bye,see ya next year.

Poured into a pint glass.
A. Amber/orange with a big two fingered fluffy white head.You can almost see orange in the fluffy head.Lace sticks to the sides as the head recides back into the beer.
S. Smells of floral hops like a fragrance.Citrus,lemon,and oranges sweet with a piney hop presence. You can smell the malts too.
T. Bitter hops upfront,orange/grapefruit, malts,more hops that linger.It's like an explosion of taste,then it hangs on.
M. Sticky,creamy,slick,oily,and sticky.
D. Another sipper,You do not want to drink this too fast.Take your time and enjoy!My favorite amber so far.

Photo of DontCallMeSurly
4.63/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

I poured this into a 16oz Stone pint glass and was met with a color which resembled marmalade. There was the faintest amount of haze to it as well. The top of the beer had a one inch bed of fluffy white foam which collapsed within about 30 seconds into a very thin layer of foam. This beer leaves quite a bit of lacing to is as well. The nose is of very sweet fruity hops, I was expecting to smell some pine, but I don't. At first I couldn't detect any sort of malt, but after a few whiffs I'm able to detect the slightest of malt smells which are again very sweet. After the first sip I know exactly why the word 'nectar' was chosen for the name. I couldn't find a more fitting word! Given the picture on the front of the bottle I was really expecting to have my tastebuds conquered by bitter hops but much to my surprise I got a sweet and juicy flavor instead. The mouthfeel on this is medium-bodied with a perfect amount of carbonation. I really wish I could get this in Wisconsin. It seems like the perfect beer to sip on while I'm laying in my hammock, listening to Bob Uecker update me on the Brewers status.

Definitely going to seek this one out again and soon!

Photo of YankChef
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a la fin du monde glass

appearance: amber with a burnt orange glow almost like the dying embers of a fire. foamy white head with bubbles concentrating in the center

Smell: Sweet almost juicyfruit like aroma with strong hop aroma that is more resiny, sweetness in the way of a strong honey. Sort of a fresh mystery fruit

Taste: Up front there is a certain cloying sweetness that has some of the aforementioned characteristics such as the fruit and honey and then fades to a smooth but assertive bitterness with the hops dominating but not overpowering if that makes any sense

Medium bodied on the palate with a very low carbonation level

Overall: What can i say that has not been said? This beer kicks ass, one of the best beers in pennsylvania for sure and an interesting beer in and of itself, smells and tastes like a IIPA to me in a lot of ways, but yet it has its own unique quirky characteristics that make it stand apart. Drink it when you can get it, its worth going out of your way. Cheers

Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A hazy orange beer with a wispy head that that lasted throughout. Flowery pine, oranges, grapefruit and other hoppy contributors form a beautiful bouquet. Smooth and slick on the palate. Some amber malt sweetness followed by an explosion of flowery piny hops. Again orange and grapefruit and a slight fruity sweetness join the party. Finishes with some bitterness and a spritz of alcohol on the way down. A good beer. Nicely balanced, nothing is out of whack, which makes it very drinkable. Definitely worth trying if you have not had the pleasure.

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

Troegs Nugget Nectar
12oz brown bottle

A: poured into a pint glass. Nugget Nectar pours a hazy amber color that is more orange than red. A nice slightly tan head rests on the top of the beer, with a great retention rate. Nice fair amount of lacing.

S: The beer has a wonderful, sweet and extremely hoppy aroma. A nice floral and citrus aroma from the hops. I mostly pick up the Warrior variety of hops in the aroma. Some of the sweet malts come through but only to compliment the hop aromas.

T: Wow! That is the tastiest Imperial Amber I have had yet. Wonderful bitterness from the hops, but I am also picking up some sweetness from the crystal malts. A great citrus flavor from the high alpha hops. I get some brown sugar in the finish along with a palate full of hops.

M: Unbelievably smooth. Great palate, malts and hops are perfectly balanced with a good carbonation level. Very crisp and refreshing.

D: One of the best beers from Troegs that I have had, and a great Imperial Amber ale. Very drinkable, and you could put a few down at 7.5%. Give it a shot...if you can get some.

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

12 oz. into pint glass

A: Pours a lovely amber color, with two fingers of creamy white head.

S: A delightful bouquet of hops, of both the pine tree and floral variety.

T: It's funny, this isn't as hoppy as I'd expected given the name and the picture on the bottle, and even the aroma. I was set for mouth-puckering pine pitch. That being said, this is a tasty burger... err, beer. What I like best about it is that the hops are definitely present, but they're not so out of proportion that drown everything else out. There's still a solid malt backbone, and a faint creamy sweet taste.

M: Creamy and smooth with enough weight to satisfy while remaining light enough to want more.

D: Absolutely.

Solid.

Photo of brewandbbq
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

As reviewed on 3/12/06

Pours orangy-gold, clear, with a substantial, dense, off- white head.
Retention is short-lived, revealing moderate curtains.
Multiple, expanding strands of ultra-fine Co2 sustain a meager coating on the surface.
Aromatics are floral and pungent.
Some light caramel notes suggest that some malt exists in the lupuline elixer, but it remains in the shadows.
The nose is awash with fresh citrus fruits, candied apple, garlic, and peaches at the base of a pine sapling.
Further pondering brings forth visions of kindbud swaying in the breeze, after a spring rain, in a freshly mown tangerine orchard.
Mouthfeel is thinnish, and creamy with an appitizing dry crispness.
A sudued, smooth bitterness, sets the foundation for a substantial base of fresh, leafy hops on the pallet.
Exceedingly fruity with a very earthy personality.
Sugared tangerine segments harmonize with orange oils and spruce dew.
A lingering finish- with a continued drying bitterness, a mild warmth, and a suggestion of nugget pulp.
Drink up boys, the hoppy ones lose a lot of glory in the first month or two.

Revisited 5/9/08

Clear copper with a two-inch head of porous off-white head that quickly falls. Spongy lacework remains.

Fresh tangerines, mandarin oranges, cut grass, and peaches in the nose.

Medium bodied and sticky. Crispish with some tacky residuals.

Loads of tropical fruit on the pallet. Fresh mandarin, lush orange blossoms, pine dew, and mangoes. A firm malt base makes for a great balance, and bitteness is low for such a hoppy one.

Finishes with lingering tropical fruit and a hint of alcohol.

What an incredibly drinkable, hoppy, and fun beer to drink. A freshly draught pitcher would be bliss.
Impossible not to drink the whole six-pack quickly!

Photo of Homerbag
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to CrazyMacHarris99 for the hook up at Dark Lord Day.

Has an Amber body with one inch fluffy head. Big, complex hop punch that mixes a grapfruit and pine hops into a great pucker that is eased up by a malty foundation. Great taste that I just want to savor with each drink. Has a good mouthfeel that leaves a little aftertaste to invite a refresher drink.

Great beer that I wish would make its way to the west coast of Lake Michigan. I will definately trade for more the next time this comes around.

Photo of tinman1940
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An Above average Ale (better because of the cask).

Some of cask ales have a diffrent taste in when poured from the cask.

If you haven't had cask ale try it, everthing's diffrent.

Would like to try it in bottle form to get a better opion.

Found this at T J Finley's in Bay Shore on a wendnesday when they have a second cask on the bar.

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

Thanks to MuenchenerKindl for this one. It pours a clear bright red color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of grapefruit, pine, gin, oranges, and flowers. The taste is has everything from the aroma, with the addition of a mild bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with lively carbonation, and a silky texture. Overall, this is a great beer. Other Imperial Ambers I have had have been more like darker colored IIPAs, but this has a firm malt backbone which really makes the beer work for me. I could drink this endlessly.

Photo of Pleepleus
4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

WOW! This is great stuff.
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, a clear amber color with an inch of firm foam head. Smells like a fresh bag of sticky kind buds. Hippitty Hop Hop. Crisp taste of fruity hops that seems to sweeten as it warms. Citrus sweetness clings on the finish. Hardly noticed the 7.5 APV under the hoppy goodness of this "Nectar". I would recommend this to all whether they have ever been a pothead (ahem hophead) or not.

The ONLY bad thing about this beer is that it seems to be seasonal, and when I tried it the season was sadly at it's end. Truly a reason to look forward to next year when I will stockpile it.
Troegs' best by far.

Tröegs Nugget Nectar from Tröegs Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 6,875 ratings.