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Tröegs Nugget Nectar - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Ratings: 7,454
Reviews: 2,426
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 9.7%
Wants: 1,264
Gots: 1,242 | 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 beerbully
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour into a pint glass from 12 oz. bottle

A-Clear copper color with 1/4 inch head that quickly dissipates. Some lacing

S-Citrus, citrus, and more citrus. sweet greatfruit

T-Hops, hints of pine, some citrus flavor but not as much as you get in the nose.

M-Slick and oily

D-very good

Photo of racer2k
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my favorite 20oz. beer glass

A - Beer pours a clear copper color and produces a two finger off white head which dissipates rapidly but leaves continuous lacing around my glass

S - Sweet grapefruit and citrus with a strong resiny pine smell. There is a caramel bread aroma which takes a back seat to the hops aroma.

T - A smooth blast of hop resin with flavors of citrus and pine anchoring the initial taste which fades to a sweet malty bread like flavor which is chewy and caramel like. I can definitely taste more of an amber profile here which is very unique and quite good. The finish is bitter typical of a strong IPA or DIPA.

M - Moderate carbonation with a pretty dry creamy finish. The hop profile really pops in my mouth and is quite tangy and sweet.

D - This is beer has a very pleasant roller coaster of flavor which hits you in all kinds of different directions. You do not even taste the 7.5% abv which can be dangerous. Excellent beer!

Photo of GregSVT
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into a pint glass

A: Pours a clear amber with a big white head that fades to a small layer and leaves a ton of sticky lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is huge with grapefruit, citrus, and hops.

T: Taste is lots of grapefruit puckering bitterness with a surprising amount of sweetness on the finish. The sweetness makes me want to take another sip and balances out the bitterness.

M: Kinda thin but crisp and refreshing.

D: I would reach for this all the time when I am in the mood for a hoppy yet crisp beer. Great stuff.

Photo of prdstmnky
4.84/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle (dated 1/7/10) poured into a clean pint glass.

Pours a beautiful orange/amber color with white head and a bit of retention - tons of lacing on my glass. The smell is amazing, with prominent citrus and pine notes. Taste is just as expected after a few sniffs - wonderful citrus/piney hops upfront, the bitterness and sweetness is very well balanced. Decent carbonation, medium bodied, love the mouthfeel on this beer. Very drinkable, alcohol is well hidden.

My favorite Amber Ale hands down, its really not even close (might even be my favorite beer - period). There just isn't anything like it. Most other beers you can find something that has similar qualities and flavors...Nugget Nectar stands alone. I look forward to some fresh cases at the start of every new year.

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

A - Amber colored with good lacing and head retention.

S - Grapefruit and pine. Not over powering and fades over time

T - Good balance of hops and malt. Not a punch in the mouth like a good DIPA but very balanced.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Does feel watery in the mouth with sticky finish.

D - Good beer to lean back several. Alcohol content is high and beware because the balanced flavors and watery mouth feel make these drain fast.

Would like to add that Troegs is getting too pricey for a beer made in Harrisburg. Good beers but price is well above equal offerings from Victory. I look forward to case of Nugget Nectars but at $45 a case, when it is gone, I am back to Dogfish or Victory.

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

Nice hoppy brew, a bit flat and light but in a rather quaffable manner maintaining the rich hoppy profile.

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle. Design pivoting around an almost action cartoonish illustration of a hand squeezing a bunch of hops. Neck label offers a small note on the intent of the brew, and hops used. . Shows a semi erased bottling date (0112...) Notes IBUs ("93ish") Alc. by Vol. (7.5%) Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Deep gold to pale amber clear pour, with a fair head, medium retention and some lacing.

S - There is brief initial whiff that is spectacular, very rich in citrus and fruit notes... Grapefruit, pineapple, floral. Then it fades so quickly that what is left, while nice, is a pale shadow of the initial scent... Retaining a very subdued form of the same floral, fruity, and citrusy hoppy aroma.

T - There is a rich hoppy range with a very particular malty base. In fact, like others point out, it is a well structured lager-like sensation that never overwhelms but neither fades completely. Citrus, pineapple, are woven richly with that soft honey like sweetness.

M - Medium body and carbonation. It feels a bit watery and flat at times with a smooth malty base leaning to a light feel, carbonation picks it up a bit and rescues it around the hoppy finish.

D - Rather nice drink, feels stimulating although some qualities fade to quickly to make it very remarkable.

Notes: A touch over-hyped, although still a rather worthy brew, although it could also be due this year's incarnation. The price-quality ratio is pretty good, and overall is recommendable albeit with a sense of measure. Could be a great step to introduce people to full and sturdier DIPA with a brew that offers a profound hoppy richness but is also sustained over a malty body that is not the thick and profound structure typically associated with them.

Photo of chicagoish
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Reddish / Orange color. Nice white head and decent retention.
S: Sweet and Peppery. Citrus.
T: Bitter, Piney and citrus. There is a nice malt balance.
M: Thick, full.
D: I have no problem having three or four a night. This is pretty substantial in alcohol, yet there is no overbearing alcohol esters or tast.

Photo of Augustiner719
3.56/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2010 vintage:

Appearance: Brownish amber color, crystal clear, small 1 finger head with no lacing and little retention.

Smell: Smells extrememly hoppy. citrusy and piney. big malty background but huge hops aroma.

Taste: This is nothing compared to last years. its off balanced, disjointed and austere on the attack. Hoppy, but bitter and unbalanced. nothing special or out of the ordinary. not the nugget nectar i remembered.

Mouthfeel: Solid carbonation but no head retention. slightly syrupy but overall its good.

Drinkability: good beer, but nothing to go running out for like everyone does. Last years was superiour to this years. Good beer, but you might as well get a hoppy IPA instead of this guy and its pricy this year too.

Photo of raverjames
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This has been my new replacement for COAST Hopart since the release.
A: Reddish color and a clear base. Nice white head and decent retention.
S: Weed. Pine. Citrus. There is some caramel in there as well.
T: Piney and citrussy hops. There is plenty or caramel and a nice malty backbone.
M: Bitter yet sweet. Perfectly balanced.
D: I have drank 2 6-packs so far and used this beer to sway non beer drinkers. If this beer was weaker in alcohol it would be my perfect session beer.

Photo of MbpBugeye
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Bright orange heady beer. Lots of lacing.

S- The smell is the best part. You can almost smell each individual kinds of hops. Sweet and citrusy, piney and bitter, oily and astringent.

T- I was a bit let down here. Malty smooth biscuity base up front. The hops arent really around until the finish. Its juicy and quenching. This is a very well balanced beer, I was expecting a little more though.

M- Prickly, medium body, juicy finish

D- Pretty good. Each sip leaves you wanting more. This beer goes down very easily.

Photo of JohnL9013
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is very good, but it is a bit overhyped.

A: This beer has a great appearance. A light amber with a nice head and moderate lacing.

S: The smell indicates that there is a very nice selection of hops used in this beer. My only complaint would be that it simply doesn't smell enough.

T: The taste on this beer is phenomenally balanced, but overhyped nonetheless. Expect an IPA balance with hops up front and roasted malt used in the background. A more complex taste than your average IPA, but not quite as gratifying as I expected for something that has "Imperial" on the label. Don't get me wrong, this is still great.

M: Too carbonated.

D: Very drinkable stuff. This was gone in no time.

Overall, I think this beer is a little overhyped. I whipped out my standard beer, Bell's Two-Hearted Ale after having this and, well, I still prefer the Two-Hearted, I hate to say it. It has more hops, more sweetness, and just more flavor in general. I was considering buying a six-pack of this given the hype, but now I think I will pass. Many have assured me that this is the hop head's delight but as a hop head I was let down.

Photo of weller1js
4.16/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Always excited for when this comes out; a very surprising beer.

Appearance: distinctly consistent golden-amber color, limited head but more-than-average carbonation.

Smell: hops are dominant which give off a pleasantly sweet, almost tangy aroma.

Taste: start is very clean, the hops do not become evident until towards the finish, with a surprisingly lasting effect.

Drinkability: very pleasant, well balances amongst abv, hops, and taste.

Photo of MetalHopHead6
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Tangerine and pink grapefruit.

Nugget Nectar is the color of tangerines and has the smell of pink grapefruit. It has a thick head and leaves tons of lace. The color is weird, yet striking, and the ale is otherwise beautiful. It should be poured into a smooth clear glass and carefully watched throughout the drink. Really. This ale has great visual complexity.

The aroma is as good as it gets. Grapefruit explodes during the pour and fills the nose with every sip. The flavor doesn't quite hold up to the smell; it's a bit more bland. The feel, however, is aggressive and as explosive as the aroma.

A great ale is a multi-sensory experience, and with the look, aroma, and feel, Nugget Nectar is a pleasure to drink.

Photo of MikeGill
4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a large rocks glass. Clear, deep amber with moderate head.

Good God, what a nose! Nugget, Warrior and Tomahawk hops jump out of the glass. The floral pine and carmel aromas have a hedonistic quality - I actully sat there and smiled while smelling.

The beer is fresh and juicy with lemon zest, pine resin and the faint taste of tropical fruits. The flavors are focused and the alcohol is balanced. Nugget Nectar is clean and luscious with just the right amount of Co2. The mouthfeel is incredible. I caught myself rolling it around serveral times. I will pick this one up again soon.

Photo of kiddynamite920
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottled 1-14-10...Super fresh Nectar
A: Pours as simple as most amber ales. Nice golden, copper color with a nice inch head. For some reason I remember this beer having a more red hue. Has more of an IPA color.

S: Super sweet malts, hops are super abundant. Nice floral hop smell. I get orange and brown sugar, making for a super malty yet citrusy amber. very nice.

T: Orange zest and floral hops hit first, get a nice sugar kick and its back to the hops. Very fragrant on the palate, strikes the nasal cavity with each sip. Good crisp hops and a nice amber backbone. Super fresh hops yet they dont hide the malts.

M: Just syrupy enough for an amber, not too much for an imperial amber.

D: Don't even think this is disputable. Nugget Nectar is something special. Troegs knows it, as well as us craft beer drinkers. Perfect drinkability, fantastic beer.

Photo of ATGHomebrewer
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle.

Appearence: very nice copper, amber, golden brown. one finger of off-white head.

S: Fresh hoppy smell dominates, with a sweet component behind it.

T: Hard to explain, but intense hoppiness while very smooth. not very knowledgable about imperial ambers, but it tastes like an intense ESB. very heavy hop profile while still a balanced malt body.

M: medium body. approporiate carbonation. nice mouthfeel.

D: very drinkable. complex hop flavors, with a nice, balanced body.

Photo of NoBitterFace
3.65/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I usually don't contribute bit I feel compelled on this one. I had this last year and fell in love. I had bought enough to last into spring. So for about 9 months I've been NEEDING this beer. We were reunited yesterday... I wish it tasted as good as I remebered.
It smelled great; very inviting, however my taste buds have been assaulted by these violently hopped beers over the past nine months and now the Nectar falls short on the flavor side. The flavor is watered down, there is no way the same amount of hops was used in this years nectar and I swear it has less carbonation than last year. It all falls apart so fast in your mouth. It's probably my fault I'm used to Arrogant Bastard type beers now so the Nectar is not on the map. I will buy one more six pack of this with hopes that I had a bad batch.

Photo of rpstevens
3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint glass. The beer is a resinous amber, looks like the cane handle from Jurassic Park, minus the mosquito. There is a one finger soap white head that fades quickly to a thin cap over the beer, leaving a nice oily lacing on the glass.

The smell is a crisp blast of pine cone hops, some grapefruit, lemon zest and orange peel. There is a faint hint of caramel underneath. The smell is nice, but not very strong.

The taste is more piney resinous sticky hops. There is a sharp citrus bite, mostly orange peels, but the finish is not very bitter and pungent, very unexpected. Mid palate some candied sugar/caramel sweetness makes an appearance, but it's brief.

The beer is medium bodied, well carbonated and the alcohol is well hidden. This is a very good beer, a lot of juicy hop characteristics without being real bitter.

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

After seeing rave reviews for this, I headed to my local beer store to pick up a six pack. Boy was that a good decision.

A: My pour didn't have a whole lot of head (could just be how I pour), very clear, deep orange/amber in color.

S: Very piney/hoppy with a scent of fruitiness.

T: Definitely tastes of hops with a piney aftertaste. I could also detect some citrus flavors, grapefruits and oranges were most apparent.

M: Very clean feeling on the tongue, medium carbonation.

D: Doesn't knock you around at all, very drinkable.

Photo of obywan59
4.85/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml into my Guiness Porter pint glass. A fist-full of hops on the label.

2nd half of "Troegs night" as this follows the Mad Elf bomber from the Mad Elf gift pack. (discounted to 9.99 from 18.99--a great buy!!)

Almost crystal clear amber. So clear you can read through it. (If you can read backwards) Large print anyway. 2 1/2 finger head leaving nice lacing.

Incredibly piney hop aroma. Some sweet malt as well. Grapefruit-like.

Fabulously floral, hoppy taste with amazing depth from the Nugget, Warrior, and Tomahawk hops. Plenty of malty sweetness to counteract the moderate bitterness, although the more you drink, the more the bitterness shows through. NIce piney and fruity grapefruit flavor. Very well balanced.

Light to medium bodied, but you don't need a fuller body for such a highly flavored brew. Refreshing.

Exceptionally drinkable. The main thing slowing me down was the Mad Elf's 11.0 ABV.

The first really hoppy beer I've reviewd since Dogzilla, (11 reviews ago) which it blows away, and the second highest ranking beer I've ever tried next to Stone Imperial Russian Stout. I wasn't all that impressed the first time I tried this, but apparently I've since become a hop-head as I now think this knocks off Firestone 13 as my new favorite brew. (Thanks to Stone Brewery for their Hopheads 101 course)

Photo of NicholasSchell
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a medium amber color with a dense 2 1/2 finger head that slowly dissipates to half a finger leaving lacing clinging for dear life on the way down.

S- Pine, it's like being on a christmas tree farm. Faintest citrus or floral aroma.

T- Still get lots of pine and resins but this is brilliantly balanced with the ever so light sweetness of the malt. Hops are not bitter at all, just packed with flavor.

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, both fit well with this brew.

D- Flavor is great and not overwhelming, I'll have a few aware of the ABV.

Photo of boatshoes
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber of this at Whole Foods Bowery on a recent trip to New York. My first experience with the beer and quite excited.

Appearance- Pours a translucent orange-amber with lots of bubbling carbonation about a finger and a half of off-white head sitting on top. Minimal head retention but some lacing left as I drink and beading carbonation throughout.

Smell- Lots of piney hops initially in the nose. However, definitely some detectable sweet caramel in there as well. Was not as much of a hop punch in the face as I was expecting and smelled almost like a barleywine. That being said, it was a very nice and well blended combination that showed lots of promise for the beer.

Taste- As with the nose, it is piney, resinous hops that are first across is flavor. A nice hop bite. Again however, really more balanced than I was expecting. Lots of sweet caramel and bready malt comes through to balance out the hops so that it isn't a complete punch in the tongue. I for one found this to be a very tasty and well balanced combination that lent itself well to my love of both extreme hops and malt. Once again I find myself almost comparing it to a hoppy barleywine.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is very solid with a thick and slick body but a touch of drying finish from the hops. Dangerously drinkable for the ABV as well if you are into big and balanced beers.

Overall, a pleasure to drink. May be a let-down to some hopheads, but I found the extra little balance to make this beer a real winner.

Photo of Kelp
3.65/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber red color with minimal head and lacing to it. Head recedes quickly.

Smells of hops, citrus(grapefruity), and pine.

It reminds me more of an IPA than an amber/red ale. Hopes right out front, followed by grapefruit and pinesol. No real after taste which is nice since I don't really like grapefruit.

It is a bit watery to me. Nothing overly impressive here. Feels a bit slick though only saving point.

I could have one or two, but not my favorite type. I know alot of people are talking about this or Hopslam right now, and let me tell you i would take a Hopslam 9 out of 10 times hands down. It's a good beer to me, but not a great beer. Maybe the next one will change my mind.

Photo of atremains
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a very pristine looking clear amber with a fluffy white head that diminishes rather fast reducing to a ring. Modest lacing. Carbonation is visible and attractive.
Smell is a slap of citrus with some earthy floral feel to it and malt. Fantastic!
Citrus hops join up with the with the carbonation and dance around on my tongue creating a deliciously enjoyable experience. Big malt body to it as well, synergistic with the bitterness of the hops to balance the extreme. Some earthen hoppy notes as well and a bit of caramel.
Bit thin on the feel, but nothing significant that I miss. The carbonation is dead on. Very! smooth beer, the taste is big and full and the finish leaves you thirsty for another one.

Photo of nhopkin
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Rich red-orange. Kind of light for an amber ale. Smallish offwhite head, with a little sticky lacing.

Smell: pungent hops and a sweet orange citrus aroma come through in the nose.

Taste: Nugget Nectar is far more subtle than I expected but delicious. Lots of fruity hop flavor; especially orange/grapefruit. Restrained but complementary sweet malt backs it up. Bitter, but not as bitter as many an IPA or other hoppy ale. Tiny amount of alcohol burn as well. Sweetish, balanced, and subtly complex. Nectar indeed.

Mouthfeel: On the lighter side, considering it's strength. Carbonation is adequate. A very juicy beer.

Dirnkability: Goes down startlingly easy. Great stuff, doesn't bash you on the head; balance wins the day.

Tröegs Nugget Nectar from Tröegs Brewing Company
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