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Tröegs Nugget Nectar - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Ratings: 6,975
Reviews: 2,331
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.68%
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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 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!

Photo of whoneeds8
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass a murky burnt orange with a one finger head. Smell is very strong and floral, very nice. Taste is hits with complex hop flavor that mellows to a nice malty sweetness. Mouthfeel is very easy. This is definatly the best/strongest amber I've ever had.

I enjoyed this beer alot.

Photo of NCSUdo
4.54/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

A: Murky copper body under a small white head. Some decent lace, low retention.

S: Excellent smell of candy like citrus hops. Some caramel and toasted malt in the background. Excellent aroma.

T: Very tasty. Candy like citrus hops in the forefront, bitterness isn't overpowering. Bit of pine mixed in. Some sweetness and the malt backbone pokes its head in here and there, but this one is dominated by hops.

M/D: Medium bodied, carbonation isn't too heavy. Very easy to go down, extremely drinkable. This is one fine brew that I wish was available in NC.

Photo of MiguelMandingo
4.14/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Just got this as an extra in a trade. Thanks Steve!

Poured a 12oz. bottle into a snifter.

Appearance - Pours into the glass an amber copper orange color. It is hazy and translucent. The brew produced a 1/2 finger head at best and quickly dissipated to a spotty crown. It leaves spotty light lacing behind as well. A swirl of the glass brings the head back for a few moments and then quickly dissipates once more.

Smell - The smell is pretty good. The malt build and hops notes are in pretty good balance here. I can detect notes of candied orange primarily, intermingled with apricot, along with notes of sweet grapefruit and distant pine. The malts scents peak through with notes of caramel, honey, and light toast.

Taste - The taste is almost as good as the smell, but not quite. The candied orange and apricot i detected in the scent is a bit more muted in the actual flavor. The hop flavor is smooth and carries throughout. There is a nice bitterness that rounds out the flavor. The malt build helps to balance this one out - tasty caramel and a hint of honey sweetness intermingled with a light toastiness.

Mouthfeel - I wish the mouthfeel was a little more interesting. The carbonation is a little prickly initially, but dies way too fast for my liking. By the time I swallow a sip, it feels like it has no carbonation at all. It has a medium body and feels resinous and oily as it rolls over the tongue.

Drinkability - This is a pretty drinkable brew. I expected more of a hoppy bitterness out of this beer, but it is mostly hop flavor, which I really enjoy. I wish it was a little more lively in the carbonation department, but the smell and the taste make up for it. All in all, this is a pretty good brew. I would search it out again.

Photo of UA8
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a transparent amber with a mocha head 2 fingers thick.

S- Scents of heavy citrus (orange and tangerine) hops and lightly roasted malts roll from the brew.

T- First hit on the palate is an explosion of of oranges (how they get these great flavors without using the actual item is impressive) and caramel malts. The mid palate is nicely balanced and finishes with rich citrus and grassy hops.

M- Medium high carbonation with a moderate viscosity. could have a bit more thickness to it.

D- This is one quaffable beverage. Above average balance with a large hop presence. the first time I had this I was nearly as impressed with this as I am this time. I would attribute that to this bottle probably being a lot fresher. So with that in mind to get that most out of this beer get it fresh.

Photo of gdfan47
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is another one of the beers that im sad is a seasonal

its an imperial version of their "hopback beer"

it pours a coppery red with a good amount of head

it smells like hops , a little citrusy.... and it smells very fresh too

it tastes like it smells.. the hops are there, but its not too bitter to the point that it would scare off people that arent generally hop people

pretty high abv and a smooth enough beer that you can drink alot

this beer is what i call a gateway + beer, it can be used as a gateway beer used for people that wanna get into hoppy beer, and it can be enjoyed by people that already like the hops

Photo of LumpyGuitar
3.78/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Recieved in trade from MASPuros, been trying to get this one for a long time so a big thanks!

Poured an orangey amber with a good 2 fingers of frothy white head. Retention isn't great but the lacing is kinda nice.

Smells mildly of sweet malt and light grassy hop.

Taste is very good. The sweet malt does a nice job of overshadowing the grassy hop so that you get both flavors but the hop doesn't dominate as it does in, say, a Cream ale. Hop is a tiny bit dry but the whole flavor blends very well.

Mouthfeel is good, light bodied with a tad less carbonation than I'd like.

Drinkability is good. The way the flavor blends makes this beer very easy to drink. Well worth the wait, hopefully someone will start selling some near me.

Photo of xpimptastikx
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to mikereaser for the trade.

POurs a nice amber with a creamy off white head that rises about a 1/2". It recedes to a nice ring with slight lacing. Smells like pine, citrus, and kind of like granny smiths. Tastes awesome, a nice upfront maltiness well balanced with a nice little bitter bite as a finish. I'd love to have this as a regular session beer.

Photo of OlieIPA
3.86/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks PatronWizard...

A: Huge and frothy head with a nice golden/amber hue. Filtered great!!

S: More sweet then hoppy, which leads me to believe that this bottle may be a little old. Still very appealing.

T: Sublte mix of spices and hop sweetness.

M: Light to medium body...perfect for the style.

D: Perfect for a BBQ and easy on the palate and body.

Overall: A good beer. A try it.

Photo of rudylaw
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to mikeraser for this one.

Imperial amber... here we go. Pours, shockingly, amber with a tiny head. Nothing out of the ordinary so far... but I know that's about to change.

This smells of citrus. I agree with other reviewers that at the outset, this is just like an IPA.

I get citrus, hops and smooth malt all the way through. This beer doesn't evolve over the course of consumption... it stays delicious and true to the last drop.

I don't drink many ambers, but this Troegs beer has been on my want list for quite some time. After having one, I'll keep on wanting more. Very refreshing on this Indian Summer evening in the Chi.

Tröegs Nugget Nectar from Tröegs Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 6,975 ratings.