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Tröegs Nugget Nectar - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Ratings: 6,959
Reviews: 2,326
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.68%
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Gots: 890 | FT: 33
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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

IBU: ~93
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Photo of purflyers
4.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Clear light amber color with a billowy head that sticks and laces nicely

Smell: Gobs of grapefruit with floral underpinnings. A bit of herb/grass and evergreen.

Taste: First hit is the grapefruit/citrus hops. The hops bitterness quickly follows but is mellowed by the malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Light carbonation (I prefer lower carbonation)

Drinkability: It's on tap at home, so it's high. A bit too easy to drink.

Serving type: On tap at home, in basic pint glass.

Photo of CoolJosh
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a case at Hickey's today for $36 a case, I have been waiting for a fresh Nugget Nectar for way too long.

Poured into my Penn State pint glass. A very pale light pink lemonade in color. The color Reminds me of the inside of a grapefruit. The body is incredibly clear and translucent. There is a creamier off white head from pour, that doesn't last for too long but leaves some decent lacing on the side of the glass.

The smell is very soft and refreshing, with tons of citrus notes. Lots of lemons are present, and there is definitely some noticeable grapefruit scents as well. The hops are very smoothed out, and incredibly sweet but slightly dry scent. Very simple, which is the way it ought to be for the style.

Very sweet grapefruit at the beginning of the sip which leads into some lemon tastes. Next comes a spectacular onset of spicy citrus hops that peak very nicely. Following the hop kick, comes a very dry white grape presence that creates a beautiful finish. There is some slight graininess in the texture, but for the most part this is an incredibly light easy to drink and refreshing beer.

Photo of brentk56
4.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a brilliantly clear light amber color with a billowy head that sticks and laces nicely

Smell: Loads of grapefruit but there is more; floral and slightly herbal, too

Taste: The toffee malt jumps out but is quickly joined by the grapefruit, though the hops bring an herbal element, too; after the swallow, this is all about the bitterness, although there is some residual sweetness on the tongue at the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Tasted within two weeks of bottling, it doesn't get much better than this for hoppy beers

Photo of TheMistler
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear orange with a puffy white head. Good retention, eventually settling to a whispy cap and solid ring that evidences pretty good lacing.

A sticky hop aroma. I think someone could be forgiven for thinking they were about to drink grapefruit juice. Grassy, just a slight touch spicy, too. As it warmed up pine became more noticeable. Every hop characteristic possible seems to evidence itself. Malt in the background, maybe caramel.

Biscuit notes, but as with the smell, they play distinct second fiddle to a variety of hop flavors. Grapefruit and orange cover the citrus. Some grass. There is some bittering left on the palate, but the beer finishes surprisingly clean.

Spritzy feel initially, there is some resin-y slipperiness as well.

Very nice flavor. While it is a hop-bomb, it doesn't hit you over the head or seem one-note, because of its full hop profile.

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

A - Very nice golden orange color, white head disappated rather fast.

S - Citrus and hops. Lots of citrus and hops, and I even smell a bit of apricot in the mix.

TM - Very hoppy, not overpowering at all. 7.5% ABV is hidden, malty malty malty which is very good.

D - Drinkability.. Hmm.. Generally I'm not a hop head and this one is VERY drinkable, nice brew from Troegs yet again.

Photo of ggroller
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have heard so many great things about this beer yet for some reason have not taken the time to try it until now. Hopefully the hype doesn't get in the way of my perception.

Clear amber beer with a big, fluffy, sticky head.

Big, citrusy hops in the nose.

Bitter hops immediately followed by a balance of silky smooth maltiness.

The alchohol at 7.5% is completely hidden in the massive amount of hops and malt.

This beer is incredibly hoppy and bitter while being extremely well balanced and unbelievably drinkable. Hats off to the creator of this brew.

Photo of froggyfrog
4.59/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Digging into my first case of this year's Nectar it occurred to me that I have never actually reviewed this beer. So I resolved to hammer out some quick notes to rectify this deficiency. I went to my Troegenator mug for the occasion.

This "amber" ale has a noticable yellow Pils-derived base color underneath the blatant orange and an unshakable thin white head. Clarity is the only reason for detraction in this category as there a haziness to this filtered beer which dulls the fiery orange in the glass.

Aroma is breathtaking. This beer smells more of hops than the bags of actual hops that I have downstairs in the freezer. I guess it's a miracle of the hopback and/or dry hopping, but this brew is so incredibly dank with grassy/catty/piney/citric hop volatiles as to almost defy logic.

On the tongue this beer delivers the dream. Working in concert with the amazingly hop-packed aroma, flavors of malt husk and light caramel shine through along with plenty of hop flavor and a solid level of bitterness that stands up well to the aggressive cottony sweetness of the malt.

MF is a treat. At once resiny and alcohol-slick, there is a silkiness from the residual sugars cut through to the core by the appreciable IBUs in the finish.

Drinkability. Huh. As far as ease of drinking goes, others have noted that this is not a session beer, and by definition I would be forced to agree. However I have very often found myself sailing through bottle after bottle of this stuff in rapid succession. I am by no means a lush, mind you. Most nights I will spend hours with just a single bomber, but this beer gets me moving. I just can't seem to get enough Nectar, though sometimes the alcohol gets in the way of my gluttony. Come with me as I ride this bus to Hophead Nirvana. I'll save you a seat.

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

In a pint glass:

Attractive beer, pours a rich red/amber color with fantastic lacing and reasonable head retention. Mouthfeel is much creamier than I had thought it would be. Lemon in the nose which follows through in the taste with pleasant sweetness and then quite a bit of grapefruit in the middle. Excellent hoppyness, refreshing level of bitter.

Overall: welcome to MA Tröegs! Quite a brew.

Photo of u2carew
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(A) Amber. Very clear and active carbonation. Head settles and thins out to the edge of the glass.
(S) Slight peach aroma with citrus fruits.
(T) Strong hop flavor... guessing Cascade hops. Good balance of hop bitterness and malt sweetness. Slight earthy aftertaste.
(M) A nice, full bodied brew. One can definitely feel this beer. Equal feel of carbonation, sweetness and bitterness.
(D) Drink more of this beer.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle

A-Medium amber with extreme clarity. Fluffy eggshell head that stays around awhile with nice lacing. Very attractive.

S-Hop and citrusy IPA smell with some sweet malts peeking through.

T-Grapefruit citrus and pine resin hops dominate at first with malts kicking in to provide a balance that is very enjoyable. Lingering mild hop bitterness in the finish.

M-Medium mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Well balanced overall.

D-This is an extremely drinkable beer that I would not really classify as an amber ale, as it leans more to the IPA realm to me, albeit with a bit of malts thrown in. Also, a great mid session transition beer in either direction.

I have been meaning to try this for awhile, and am happy that I did. This one bridges the gap for those times when a hop bomb is a bit much and malty sweetness is not the order of the day. It definately leans to the hop side, but does so in a very refined and tasty way. In some ways reminds me a bit of Arrogant Bastard, with a bit more of a citrus bite. I'd love to do them back to back.

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

Pours copper colored, with slight orange hue throughout. very clear with a big cloud of foam on top, lacing all down the sides.
93 ibus of nugget warrior and tomahawk and it smells delicious. grapefruit and a hint of lemon in the nose. some bread like notes there too. taste is a smack of hops and bitterness up front, then super bitter in the finish. mouthfeel has perfect carbonation to carry the heavy hand of hops off the tongue and leaving it to want more and more. bottle says 'hopheads nirvana' not a hop head by any means, but damn, this is nirvana liquified.

Photo of Pinto21
4.85/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a pretty pretty red amber pretty. It just looks fantastic pouring it out of the growler. Nice head to it as well.

Smells of citrus hops with malts coming through it. The hops dominate though.

Taste is mind blowing! The hops are show cased, just like the smell, but the malts, biscuit and carmel, are there to keep everything balanced. I would say this is a IPA that the malts are kicked up more to balance the hops and alcohol. I'm not a huge fan of most IPA because of this lack of balance. That being said I think this is the best beer that I have had.

There is a fair amount of alcohol in it, and I couldn't drink the nectar like hopback. I wouldn't want to though. This brew should be savored and enjoyed.

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

Appearance - Pours a rich caramel with a thin white head.
Smell - I first get a blast of grapefruit before it transforms to lemon and citrus. It finishes smelling of pine and resin.
Taste - A delicious blend of pine/resin, caramel and citrus.
Mouthfeel - This is well-carbonated and smooth with a clean, crisp finish.
Drinkability - Incredibly easy to drink and it can certainly sneak up on you.
Overall - Extremely well-balanced with a full-flavored blend of hops. You get a tremendous amount of hop flavor without an overly bitter finish.

Photo of philbe311
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Light bronzish amber color... Completely translucent... Two fingers of rich white foam... Great lacing... A minimal amount of very slow paced carbonation... Great rings cling to the glass throughout the session...

S - No real surprises as citrus and hop scents are first and foremost... A complex hop profile is noticeable... Floral aromas come to the forefront next... Followed by very faint hints of malt and caramel... The aroma develops nicely...

T - A complex blend of hops... Tomahawk are the most noticeable... A twinge of citrus... Floral and earthy notes... A faint malty caramel backbone emerges... Perhaps even a hint of spiciness at the finish...

M - Insanely smooth, rich, and creamy at first... Minor carbonation noted on the tongue... Oily hop resins coat the mouth... Only a slight bitterness lingers as an aftertaste... Hides the 93 IBU perfectly... One of the easiest drinking beers that I've ever tried (dangerous considering the 7.5% ABV)...

D - Fantastic... Much more well balanced and enjoyable than most "hop bombs..." Excels in all areas and leaves one wanting more... A truly well crafted brew that all Beer Advocates should seek out and try...

Note - The beer is excellent cold, but even more stellar once warmed to closer to room temperature...

Photo of boralyl
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours 2 fingers of sticky off-white head. Retention is good and it leaves nice lacing all the way down. It's clear and dark amber in color

S - Hops are the most prevalent aroma. Floral hops dominate with a small amount of orange is present. It's got a small malt background as well.

M - A light-medium bodied beer, feels a little thin. It has a surprisingly small amount of hop resin feel to it, although it is present.

T - Floral hops hit first followed by a biscuity malt. Next up is a mix of some sweeter malts followed by some more hops with an orange-like flavor. The earthly floral hops end the beer, leaving a slightly bitter finish.

This beer is so easy to drink, it wouldn't be hard to finish a 6 pack in a sitting, although you might be a little wobbly when you got up. It packs a surprising punch, even though you can taste the alcohol. One of my favorite Troeg's offerings.

Photo of Joeynocturnum
4.74/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Newly converted Hophead... This Troegs offering hides the 93-ish IBU's perfectly. This was the freshest IPA that I've had and probably the best so far. I am salivating at the thought of getting my hands on some Hopslam next week.

a: Appearance is a consistent Amber.
s: A wonderfully hoppy, floral aroma that makes you want to eat a handful of raw hops.
t: Very smooth hoppy, but not to bitter with a smooth after taste.
m: well balanced not as much bite as some of the IPA's I've tasted
d: 5+ could drink this all day long. The first one went down so smooth I didn't realize how fast I was drinking it. Made me wish I could taste every IPA at its freshest.

Photo of Kraken
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 01/16/09

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Firm evokes a quarter inch head that vanishes quickly. Mild lace. Color is moderate amber.

Nose-wonderful floral hop aroma, with some fresh bread thrown in. Maybe a hint of alcohol.

Palate- Fantastic. Bountiful floral hops. Moderate sweetness, fair amount of biscuity notes. Fairly well balanced, definitely hop forward. Plenty of bitter hops in the finish. Long finish. Bravo Troegs.

Mouthfeel- Active carbonation, dry.

Drinkability- Very Good. Too bad if you drink to many you get a hangover. This is the first time that I have had this fresh. Its fantastic.

Photo of taylor714914
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just picked up a case of Nugget Nectar the other day. For mid 40's, this beer is a steal.

A- Poured this lovely dark honey colored nectar into a tulip glass. It has a red tint to it. It produces 2 fingers of head which fades down to about a half an inch that slowly fades as it holds onto the inner walls of the glass as I drink it.

S- Lots of fresh hops. More hops. Pine, and floral notes. It just smells fresh and lively.

T- Great bitter hop flavors right from the initial sip. Some light pine and citrus notes creep in and out. The dryness to this brew makes you want to take another sip as soon as your done with the first. There is a faint sweetness mid palate that is ever so elusive. It comes and goes at random times. The finish is hoppy, bitter, with hints of pine and grapefruit making appearances as well.

M- The mouthfeel of NN is somewhat oily and slick, thin, but not too thin, dry, and the carbonation is just enough to keep things exciting.

D- Yeah, one sip of this and you want to take another, and another, and another. NN can gIet you in trouble though at
7.5% alcohol. A VERY drinkable beer.

This is a great beer from my home state. Troegs is a brewery that doesn't make a bad beer, and for the price, quite a bargain considering the quality of their brews. Pick up some nugget nectar along with any of their offerings. They are all outstanding.

Photo of Ezekiel81923
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Oh yea, the beer to end all beers. Bought several cases at The Beer Yard today, here's a review for it.

Appearance: Poured a beautiful amber/orange color. Very nice white foam head, I get anywhere from one to two fingers depending on the poor. Lacing down the glass is perfect, a nice web from top to bottom, all the way around. Little carbonation bubbles shooting up the middle of the glass during the entire drink help maintain minimal head on the surface.

Smell: Hops Hops Hops! Very floral aroma, like HopBack on steroids. This is a very fresh bottle (bottle 1 week ago) and you can tell.

Taste: Reminds me vividly of some of the better Double IPA's I've had. A good bitter taste right off the bat with citrus and grapefruit notes. Some lingering hop bitterness and a reasonable malt backbone.

Mouthfeel: Lingering bitterness, finishes a tad thin and goes down real easy. Piney/oily hop feel lingers on the tongue. The 95IBU's are not overbearing by any means. The carbonation is perfect and balances out the whole experience.

Drinkability: Well balanced, very well hidden alcohol content. I could drink this all night...and I did last night :)

Moral of the story: Worth the hype. Worth the price, whatever that may be. Fresh Nugget Nectar is one of the better beer experiences I've ever had. Seek it out, drink, and be merry.

Photo of jrw5061
4.97/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: It is a nice golden color. Not much head. Decent amount of lacing.

S: Smells delicious. Very aromatic. Definitely invites you to take a sip. You can't resist.

T: Tastes just like you'd expect from the smell. It has a very citrusy floral aromatic taste to it. It's hard to explain. You can definitely tell this beer has hop back at its roots. It's like Hop Back X 2.

M: Mouth feel is just perfect to me. A little thick. It just coats your tongue which is a good thing. Not too thick not too thin. Just perfect

D: Almost too drinkable at 7.5%. It is quite bitter at 95 IBU but you hardly ever notice because the aromatic hop flavor takes it over and that is perfectly balanced by the malt. Once you finish your first bottle you are just begging to taste that flavor again. It's hard to stop drinking to be honest.

Bottom Line: One of my favorite beers I've tried. If you are a hop head definitely try to get your hands on this beer. It's worth checking out. Even if you aren't I still recommend checking this beer out. Definitely has an original taste and in my opinion it lives up to the hype.

Photo of d0ggnate
3.92/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed 4/25/08. Poured from bottle to tulip glass.

A: Poured amber/orange/brown. Patch, dissident head.
S: Pronounced hop aroma, with notable pine and citrus characteristics. Orange, grapefruit, mango smells noted.
T: Tropical and citrus fruits continued. Delicious piney/herbal hops cover my taste buds.
M: Mildly dry, but coating and oily. Flavor lasting for minutes per swig.
D: Very good, and different from the usual. Balanced body in a beer that I don't have something to compare it too, but it is a positive. Great!

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

Appearance: Pours a beautiful copper-orange. Decent head and lacing. Fun watching some of the bubbles go down instead of up.

Smell: Extremely hoppy, heavy citrus aroma with a medium-sweet, caramel malt backbone. Lots of grapefruit and lemon.

Taste: Citrus hops, orange, with a very nice sweet-honey caramel malt. Sharp and bitter finish as one would expect.

Mouthfeel: Nice, thick, resinous mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Very well done, I like this one more and more each time I try it. That said, for the 2012 batch I had it in close proximity to Zombie Dust, Hopslam, Sculpin, etc and it seemed a bit overly malty and lacking.

Photo of funckygibbon
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

WARNING* - bias: This is my favorite beer of all time.

What is this spring you speak of? Ohhh, you mean Nugget Nectar season! I await this beer's release with great anticipation, and immiediately rush to Zeno's pub in State College in early February to get it on tap (then have a back up stock at home!).

Pours a deep orangish amber, with a somewhat off white head. Consistent lacing occurs. I don't get much time to view this however, as this beer's heavy hop nose permeates around the vicinity. Whoa. Now i know why hops is related to cannabis. With five types of hops (If i'm not mistaken) blended carefully into this beer, you get a mix of floral, grapefruit, and yes, cannabis-like smells intoxicating the palette before you even take any in. I find myself spending a great deal of time smelling this beer, almost between every swig.

When the smell of a beer is as strong as this one, you can only hope the taste will follow up. Nugget Nectar does so and then some. The taste is amazingly balanced, and highly complex, with esters and different distinct flavors occurring in stages. Initially, you are hit with the 93 IBU's of the hops, as one would expect for this beer type. As I tell folks who don't like hops as much as I do, this beer quickly will show them mercy, as the bitterness quickly is pulled away to reveal a flurry of grapefruit and floral flavors, riding along mellow but ever present malt backbone. Finally post swallow, you are left with all this pleasantness and just a slight puckering bitterness that I must keep renewing throughout the night.

Mouth feel is something that, in my opinion, you can only be negative about when it doesn't compliment the beer's flavor, or type. Nugget Nectar is ever so slightly on the "thicker" side, with moderate-heavy carbonation that livens it up quite nicely. Perfect for the beer that it is.

The final note- This beer is almost TOO drinkable. Weighing in at 7.5 Abv, It masks this strength amazingly well, so I often find myself drinking wayyyy more than I plan. Can't complain about that though!

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

Awesome logo of a huge hope nugget squeezed for the Nectar. Poured a medium amber in color. Tiny head that stayed through the end,

Smell was a very solid amber ale of a smell , not to many hops in the nose, Maybe to many ibus for my senses.

Taste was bitter forward, some cardboard detected, very slightly fruity. very bitter again. In a nicely imbalanced play with the malts.Doesn't finish bitter rather clean. A great HopBomb. Mouthfeel sticky,Medium high body.

This is a nice unique and innovative brew. It tasted way better when it had warmed up. Would buy this beer, if it was available to me. Love that nectar.

Photo of orcasteve
4.87/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

poured this into my saint arnold pint glass, this pours a sightley coludy amber color with a two finger white head that rises to the top ang quickley disapers to a thin lacing around the rim of the glass, the taste is sweet at first and heavy malt flavor, the second wave is a piney bitter that has a kick that leaves my mouth wattering for more, the final taste is more bitter that lingers for awhile, this is a great beer that i would drink all the time if i could get my hands on it, this is a beer every hop head should try!

Tröegs Nugget Nectar from Tröegs Brewing Company
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