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Tröegs Nugget Nectar - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Ratings: 6,664
Reviews: 2,305
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.68%
Wants: 1,101
Gots: 737 | FT: 26
Brewed by:
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 chadspivey
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to upsjeff for the opportunity

I guess this is about 5 months old by now. poured into a mug

A: pours a golden-copper color with a one finger offwhite head that dissapates to a nice looking film on top.

S: smells like a really well made IPA, even though it's not. Fresh hops, good malty tones to bring away from the bitterness. pretty simple, really...

T: A little dissapointed here. Semes like this one would have been better fresh. The hops just don't deliver like I know they should. That being said, it's still a damn good beer with a damn good taste. No particular flavor triumphs over the others, just a balanced, well crafted brew. Still pretty hoppy conisdering the age.

M: Exceptional mouthfeel. Carbonation is fantastic. Just a little swirlinng of the mug, and I've got a brand new one finger head. Amazing. It's balanced and it just works well for the beer.

D: This beer keeps tasting better with every sip.

I can only assume that this beer was better fresh. Still, it's great now. The werid thing about this beer being so good is that no one flavor lashes out at you. Its just a well balanced brew. A pleasure to drink.

chadspivey, Jun 01, 2007
Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a 6 pack from Frontier Liquors in Hackensack, NJ.

Bottle poured into a standard pint glass. While pouring, I was already blessed with the smell of those wonderful graperfruity hops. The color was a true amber color- a deep orange (almost red)- tons of spiderweb lacing and a small amount of head, although after the first sip it disappeared.

Oh so bitter- oh so hoppy- oh so good.

The 7.5% abv is well hidden but after two it crept up on me. This is a beer that is so drinkable it is almost scary- I'm in love.

A great offering from Troegs- wish this stuff was brewed year round-thank you sir may I have another!

DavidSeanNJ, Jun 01, 2007
Photo of Matthew
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, pours into my tulip glass a slightly hazey burnt orange color with a 1/8 inch white soapy head. There is some spotty lacing around my glass.
Big citrusy notes in the nose, mainly orange and some grapefruit. There is a bit of piny hop aroma that is a bit more apparent as the beer warms. In the foreground against a heavy dose of hops is a malty base that is sweet and promotes a tinge of caramel flavor.
A nice big dose of hoppy bite is upfront characterized by lots of citrus, sweet meaty orange zest, sweet lemon, a tinge of a more spiced hoppy note, some pine, and a decent malt comes through although the finish is dry.
This beer is easy to drink and has a nice well rounded hoppiness. This beer isn't super fresh but still has a nice big hop to it. Easy drinking, flavorful and not overdone. This is a big Ol' IPA IMO, but whatever they'd like to classify it as, its tasty.

Matthew, May 31, 2007
Photo of crwills
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big, bad, hoppy red ale. This one I received from zrrbrrt as part of Secret Santa 2007.

Poured into a standard pint glass one cool spring evening. Attractive amber/brown colour with a small, quickly fading head. Lots of sticky lacing on this one. Aroma is powerful citrus hops, right from the get go (as soon as the bottle was uncapped). A little bit of soapiness and earth in there as well. Flavour is surprisingly balanced after the hop blast, with a solid backbone of caramel/vanilla malt supporting the grapefruit-and-pine hops. Some definite yeasty and roasted notes in there as well. Great body, oily mouthfeel, and a bitter but not astringent aftertaste. Would love to have a supply of this!

crwills, May 22, 2007
Photo of nlmartin
4.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer was served in a Imperial Pint glass. This review is based off of the second Nugget Nectar poured into this glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a clear amber coloration. The head is dense and has a biege coloration. The head was 2 fingers thick with very good staying power. Thick streams and webs of lacing remain behind on my glass.

Smell: The hops produce a three way assault on my sense of smell. The hops are grassy, grapefruit citrus and pine resin. This smells like a hop heads delight. The hops tag along with a major malt backbone. The toasted caramel maltyness supports the hops well.

Taste: The taste of the beer is exceptional. The hops come on strong with grapefruit citrus and a long lasting pine resin. The caramel maltyness has a great toasted flavor. The flavors are long lasting and balanced.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The body of the beer is medium. The carbonation complements the beer well. This has quickly become one of my beer glasses constant companion. some folks may not be able to session this beer due to ABV; however, I am a fairly big guy and it sessions fine for me. When my inlaws move to Cincinnati from Pennslyvania I will have to come up with a regular supply of this beer.

nlmartin, May 21, 2007
Photo of boxofepilepsy
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into standard pint glass. pours golden with rapidly disappearing head. looks like a typical amber. smell is crazy hops. pine also present.
this is a seriously tasty beer. hop bitterness dominates up front and draws attention to its own complexity. not overly biting, floral, resinous, or dry. everything in moderation. woody tastes and a little biscuity malt. finishes sweet in balance with the hops. carbonation pretty strong and the beer is a little surprisingly light. despite the hops in this, it doesn't slaughter the mouth so I could sip this one for a good while.

boxofepilepsy, May 18, 2007
Photo of alexgash
4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bronzed amber body with golden edges. Thick finger or sticky, glass-crawling, off-white head. Nose is pure, unadulterated hops. Wow. The only thing I can compare it to is opening a fresh, 1-ounce package of juicy hops. Pungent, herbal, resinous, funky, piney and blissfully hoppy. Ahh, but I can now also pick up traces of caramel and butterscotch malt.

Hop flavors and bitterness explode onto the palate. Juicy, resinous, funky, and delicious. Did I mention juicy? Some pine and a little citrus in there too. Toasted caramel malts combine with slightly boozy fruit to give some semblance of balance. Finish is cookie dough and pine resin citrus hop bitterness. Wow. Great stuff! Medium body with a creamy feel. Would buy this by the case if I lived in PA! Thanks upsjeff!

alexgash, May 11, 2007
Photo of northernbrews
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle recieved via trade from BeerBeing. Thanks Alex!

Appearance: Pours a beautiful one finger white creamy head. The body is orangish-brown with a red tint around the edges. The head fades to a nice layer leaving nice lacing on my DFH snifter.

Aroma: Starts with slightly sweet and biscuity malts. This is followed by some nice hops. Mostly pine and citrusy flavors. I wish the hops were a little bit more pronounced.

Taste: The taste is kind of mild even compared to the aroma. There is a nice balanced blend of malts and hops. The biscuity malts balance out the gentle pine and citrusy hops.

Mouthfeel: This starts slightly creamy. The sweetness of the malt and the piney hops hang around for a while.

Drinkability: See as this is 7.5%, this goes down very smooth. If this were available locally, I'd buy this as a regular in my beer fridge.

Overall: A very nicely balanced IPA (Imperial Red). I'm glad I got to try this and even happier I picked up another bottle when I was in Virginia last weekend. Worth picking up if you see it.

northernbrews, May 10, 2007
Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a goblet. A nice pale orange color with a finger's worth of white head that leaves a nice lacing. Pretty.

This has got a big grassy hop aroma with a sharp bitter edge that is seriously inviting to a hophead. The nose is balanced nicely with malt.

More balance in the flavor than the nose. A nice malty character mixed with the grassy and a little citrusy hops. Hops finish with a heavy bitter grapefruit taste, and the malt stays along for the whole ride.

This (Imperial?) Amber Ale is medium bodied and very smooth in the mouth with a slightly carbonated feel. Nice.

Nugget Nectar is rejuvenating in a way and I could drink a few of them no problem.

ZimZamZoom, May 09, 2007
Photo of cooncat
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sample from a 12 oz. bottle, well within fresh date.

The pour produces a copper hued brew, with a good sized creamy head. The head is moderately long lasting, and leaves ample rings of sheeting along the glass sides.

With 4 kinds of hops (Nugget, Warrior, Simcoe & Palisades), this "Imperial Amber" (as Troeg's describes it) has a real hop nose! Mostly floral in content, but also very citric (grapefruit rinds).

The taste is HUGE, with a floral hop presence, and a solid malt background. With the many varieties of hops used, the hop taste is also varied, with a citric taste behind the floral. The hops dominate all the way down to the last sip. This is a hop head's delight. This is the first "Imperial Amber" I've had, and even if it's a statement beer from Troegs, it's a good statement! Mouthfeel is medium full, with carbonation that is right on. Alcohol content is not 'over the top' (7.5%) and was not detectable in the taste. I would rate this rather high on the drinkability scale .. with caution, as even 7.5% abv can sneak up on you! Highly recommended!


cooncat, May 07, 2007
Photo of grub
3.9/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

got this bottle in a trade with ClockworkOrange at dark lord day. thanks jason!

pours a nice amber colour with a bit of dense off-white head. drops slowly and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is good. bit floral hops, with a little citrus and pine. biscuity malt. hint of alcohol. hint of dms.

taste is good. medium bitterness. biscuit malt. touch of alcohol. floral and earthy hops. touch of grapefruit.

mouthfeel is good. medium body and nice med-low carbonation.

drinkability is good. balanced and enjoyable.

grub, May 05, 2007
Photo of steamingheap
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured amber with a pitted white head. Beautiful lace left on the glass. The aroma is a mix of pine and citrus, with the pine fading faster leaving citrus and some type of sweet malty aroma hiding somewhere under those hops. The flavor starts sweet and malty. Then a quick hit of hop bitterness flies in before a prolonged period of hop flavor, which gives a profile that covers everything from grassy to fruity. The hop bitterness comes back for the aftertaste and lingers long enough to make you want another sip... which you will take.

I love the beers that bring several distinct waves of flavor. Even though this has "93ish" IBU's I do not think that the bitterness overwhelms the malt and hop flavors. Everything has a chance to take center stage for a second. Highly drinkable. Amazing.

steamingheap, May 05, 2007
Photo of bruachan
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

ooooeee, that's a nice head. tall, rocky and it releases some fine aromas (the lacing is spotty, however). big warrior aroma

sweetness presents itself up front, but i soon learn it's attached to some juicy hop flavors. the sweetness is more than enough for the hops to merely latch onto, offering itself to the beer as a significant contributor. it's not all that dynamic, however it is yummy. i dig that the bitterness is minimal (at least compared to the magnitude of hop aroma and flavor)

despite its strength, i feel i could drink a few of these. a six pack would be a very tasty way to spend a drunk evening

bruachan, May 02, 2007
Photo of BeerRun13
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super clear golden with a just off white head. Decent lace.
Hopville, hello! Piney and citrus hop aroma.
Malty with a heavy handed hop flavor. Bitter balance and finish. Darn good!
Medium-light bodied with low to moderate carbonation. Bitter finish and bite, but overall smooth like few other.
This opne really warms up nicely. Hops and malt dance well with eachother. One of the better beers I've had lately.

BeerRun13, Apr 28, 2007
Photo of dmamiano
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful, clear golden color. Great head and carbonation.
Hops hit the nose like a ton of bricks. Simcoes are wild in the aroma.
Outstanding hop flavor, citrus, floral with a extra bottir finish.
Wonderful if you like hops. Malty ,almost bready flavor to balance the slam of hops.
Excellent beer for us hop heads out there.

dmamiano, Apr 21, 2007
Photo of argock
4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into pint glass

Appearance: orange-amber with very thin head with no lacing

Smell: piney aroma with sweetness and honey underlying

Taste: balanced as well as any beer -- malt, crispness, bite, and pleasant aftertaste are all here. The smoky malt flavor is exceptionally balanced by the hop combination.

Mouthfeel: silky smooth with low carbonation and medium body

Drinkability: I could drink these all day -- no other beer tastes like it.

1/18/10: I held onto one bottle from a case I purchased last year out of curiosity. It is still decent beer, but a shadow of its complex, hoppy self. The hops have distilled down to mainly bitterness and spiciness. The enjoyable floral and citrus notes are long gone. It's a very harsh beer, especially when consumed side-by-side with this year's NN, which continues the nuanced, toasted maltiness paired with tropical fruit and floral hoppiness that makes it a special brew.

argock, Apr 21, 2007
Photo of number1bum
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a crystal clear, vibrant orangey amber with a nice 2 finger ivory head. Retains a nice lace and leaves a ton of, but there's sticky lacing. Smell is hoppy but not bitter, with big citrus aromas of tangerine, orange and grapefruit, along with some sweet malts to round it out. Taste is a wonderful cornucopia of flavor...yes that's right I said cornucopia. Citrusy hops, some piny flavor, mild honey sweetness, caramel maltiness...but very little hoppy bitterness! Incredible...I love the emphasis on finishing hops and not bittering hops. So much wonderful flavor. Moutfeel is very nice...creamy from all the hop oils, but also very crisp and clean on the finish. Simply the most drinkable 93 IBU beer you will ever find, I think.

Amazing, delicious beer. It's hard to imagine how anything could be better.

number1bum, Apr 20, 2007
Photo of tjthresh
3.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours crystal clear amber with not much to speak of in head. The hop aroma is really clean. Lots of pine. The flavor seemed more on the earthy side. Maybe a touch of pine. Really kind of thin and oily. The bottle said imperial amber. I dig it.

tjthresh, Apr 18, 2007
Photo of heathtm
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What a fantastic beer. A great mix of warrior and tomahawk hops. Without a doubt one of the best beers, if not the best, I've ever had. The aroma of this hoppy beer is like nothing I've whiffed before. Hats off to the brewmaster at Troges in Harrisburg. Can't wait to shake the had of whoever is at their booth at the BrewErie MicroFest in Erie PA.

heathtm, Apr 18, 2007
Photo of showpe01
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One of the best ales that I have had so far. I wish that it was produced more than just in Feb. since I was only able to get one case of it where I work. The alcohol content does not really impact the flavor and this is very typical in most of Troeg's products.

showpe01, Apr 17, 2007
Photo of L4t3rg4t3r
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a Bottle dated 1/17/07
A-Dark Straw/Light Amber

S-Hops and a wonderful grassy/tart scent, almost seems to catch the back of the throat and taste-buds

T-excellently balanced between the various hop varieties, has bitter/dryness that peaks and fades in a well-timed fashion. Smooth.

M-Medium, it has a certain weight to it but is neither cloying nor too light.

D-Excellent, One of my favorite beers, this brew has a smell, flavor, and drinkability that are exceptionally well balanced and that combine in an eminently enjoyable fashion.

L4t3rg4t3r, Apr 16, 2007
Photo of Cresant
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Markgugs for the opportunity to try this one. Poured this 12 oz. undated brown bottle into a shaker pint glass. The golden amber body buzzed with tiny carbonation beads. The creamy head left clumpy sheets of white head.

Smell was fantastic. Bright hops. Citrus, piney, leafy, and even cat pissy. Wow, nice.

Taste was citric. Frisee lettuce bitterness. Flavorful and pleasant. The sweetness of the malts is present yet the chorus of hops takes the lead. Interesting and very drinkable.

Mouthfeel was smooth. Medium body and carbonation.

Cresant, Apr 15, 2007
Photo of Jmamay22
4.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Amber colored as labeled and topped with a good sized head. Leaves lovely lacing.

Smell - Piney smell for sure with some hint of caramel? Smells like a pine forest in the spring as flowers are beginning to bloom.

Taste - Hops up front and center followed with malts sweetness. Oily and piney aftertaste. There's a good amount of bite, but its kept in check and its not just a hop bomb. Very balanced despite the listed 93ish IBUs.

Drinkability/Notes - Light carbonation and medium mouthfeel. I could drink it all day, but at 7.6% I probably shouldn't. I would definetly put this in my top 5 seasonals of all time. I'd like to try it on cask sometime. Buy it by the case.

Jmamay22, Apr 13, 2007
Photo of ressletr
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a honey tone with carbonation that of soda. However little to no head remains. Smells quite pleasant, a very light smell up front but after a deep smell it brings the hops to the nose. If all golden ales were this good that would be a good thing. Absolutely a wonderful golden ale. The taste is fresh, crisp, and quite frankly awesome. Mouthfeel has a bit on tinging, which can be expected from the hops. If I could get this beer year round, I would definitely be a happy camper. Thanks to vwcraig for such a nice treat.

ressletr, Apr 09, 2007
Photo of Illinick
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Orange amber in color with copper highlights. Nice sized tan head that is semi-thick and sticks around nicely. Really nice lacing.
S: Huge pine and resin up front with some citrus pulp and rind scents following. Ends with some caramel and sweet malt scents.
T: This year's offering seems better than last year's. Although it could be the maturation of my palate as well. Huge pine and spiciness up front followed by some grapefruit pulp and citrus hodgepodge rind flavors. The sweet caramel from the amber aspect peeks it's head through towards the middle-end with some slight alcohol presence near the end as well. Ends with an interesting smooth bite. Expertly balanced!
MF: Medium and ends with a bite, and yet is smooth.
Overall: A true classic. The best interpretation of an Imperial Amber. I truly look forward to every Feb. so I can get my hands on some Nugget Nectar!

Illinick, Apr 07, 2007
Tröegs Nugget Nectar from Tröegs Brewing Company
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