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Tröegs Nugget Nectar - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Ratings: 7,420
Reviews: 2,419
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 9.7%
Wants: 1,263
Gots: 1,232 | FT: 46
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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 nickd717
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cask at Blind Tiger in NYC. From Harrisburg, like me (sort of).

A - Golden-amber appearance with a nice white head and good lacing.

S - Aroma of sweet malts, floral piney hops, and maybe even a little of the "wacky weed" if you know what I'm saying.

T - Pure heavenly Nugget hops blended perfectly with sweet caramel malts. Also light toffee, honey, and tropical fruits. Incredibly good.

M - Medium palate, a little syrupy with hoppy oiliness. Very smooth.

D - This beer keeps you wanting more.

Photo of r0nyn
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a mug from a 22 oz bottle.

'Whoa' was my first thought as I poured the beer into the mug. It pours into an entrancing burnt orange/caramel color that looks just great. Has a decent-sized head that dissipates gradually. The smell is phenomenal. I definitely caught some citrus and mango along with the maltiness. I almost thought I was smelling some sort of fruit cocktail, to be honest.

The initial sip has a blast of bitterness that coats the tongue with the kick of roasted hops. This resolves into the citrus-y fruitiness of the smell to create an evenness between the malt and the bitterness. The finish is lingeringly bitter. Not too much carbonation going on in the mouthfeel; it's silky smooth. Not too heavy, not too light on the body; makes for easy drinking.

Before I knew it, my mug was down to almost nothing. With a good balance of hops and malts, a great look and smell and a pleasant feel, this is one of the easiest beers I've ever had to drink. You definitely don't feel the 7.5% ABV that it carries. Just an excellent all around brew.

Photo of beerdrifter
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My favorite nephew sent me twelve of these incredible beers since Tröegs is just a short drive away for him. Beautiful clear copper pour with a nice foamy head with lacing that lasts forever. The nose is huge and full of pine, grass, and fresh hops.

The taste is complex and well balanced. Really nice sweet malty base with hints of pine, citrus and resiny hops that completment perfectly. This is one of the most drinkable beers I've ever had. And you would never know that it's nearly an 8% beer. This is one of those beers you never forget. Too bad it's a seasonal. Did I mention I could drink this all night long. Thanks Jason for hooking your uncle up with such a wonderful beer!

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

22 oz bottle into a pint glass. From the brand new summer batch that was released @ the brewery on 8/25/09. I've actually reviewed this beer 3 times now, and this is the first time out of the bottle.

Pours an absolute brilliant clear copper, with 2+ huge foamy fingers of eggshell-white colored head. Near finger of foamy froth hangs tough, just drenching the sides with rich lace that hangs in thick swathes down the sides of the glass. The aroma is basically just a HUGE blast of hops in the face! Flowers, herbs, spice, pine, pretty much any kind of hop accents that you could ask for. A robust tang of pineapples, oranges, mangos, and toasted grains add a certain amount of stickiness to the this hoppy bouquet. Man, does this pop in the nose though!

The hops in the taste are bitter, spicy, and sticky, yet drying. Herbal qualities and a rich and sweet tangy blast of tropical fruits guarantee that there is no lack of hop flavors here. An undercurrent of toasted malts give this a grainy texture in the back, which gives the hops something to nicely lean on. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a sharpness to the carbonation that runs the whole way through, yet this stays just so silky and easy feeling in the mouth. Just an effortless body here, and I would never guess in a million years that this was an nearly 8% beer.

I don't know if I was just extra fired up to be drinking a fresh bottle of this in the summer or what, but I'll be damned if this wasn't probably my best experience with this beer in the bottle. The flavors just POPPED so much here and I can't remember the body on this ever being so ridiculously smooth. God, I love this beer!

Photo of OStrungT
3.29/5  rDev -24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color, with a thin light tan head. The head fades quickly, leaving a thick curtain of lace.

This beer smells a bit less intense than I thought. I can detect some mild piney hop aroma. A subtle caramel aroma also mixes in. Some citrus aroma also.

This beer tastes like it smells. It is a lot less intense than I thought. Mild pine and citrus flavors mix in with a slightly sweet caramel like aftertaste.

This beer is carbonated well. It leaves a slightly piney aftertaste. It is a little syrup like in mouthfeel though, thicker than I would think.

This beer would make a decent session beer. The alcohol content is a bit high, but it is not too much so. Also, the flavor isnto too aggressive or bad to drink.

Overall: Thanks go to monsterfat for this beer. It was part of the 2009 Great BIF race. Rating this beer is a bit harder than I expected. It isnt a bad beer, but it was far from what I was expecting. The bottle said "A Hopheads Nirvana" I can not agree with that. This beer is not very hoppy at all. It is nto a bad tasting beer though. Just not what I was expecting. Oh well, I cant love them all.

Photo of Kadonny
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was lucky enough to get to the CAH in Limerick for the very limited summer release of NN. Troegs brought down a firkin for us to drink. Poured from firkin on the bar into a NN standard pint glass (free glass too, cool).

A: A medium orange color with a 2 finger fluffy billowy white head. Pretty full glass lacing.

S: Ah, the smell of fresh NN in August is sublime. Huge citrus and pine hop notes with that nice full sweet caramel malt.

T: Sweet citrus flavors up front with huge pine notes mixed in. The hops hit first but the heavy caramel malt sweetness really keeps them held down. Some light floral hop notes as well. The mid taste is pretty much the sweeter caramel malt flavors but mixed with a sweet tropical fruit flavor. The finish is where the hops really shine here as some bitterness sets in. This cask version is so much smoother and less prickly than the tap or bottle. The hops are much more subdued in the flavor and the sweetness really blends almost perfectly with the hops. Creamy smooth, awesome.

M: Creamy smooth, full and coating. No alcohol and slight bitterness on the finish. The sweetness lingers with just a hint of hops.

D: Need I even say this? From cask/firkin it was the ultimate in drinkability.

Overall what a treat to be able to enjoy this fresh from the brewery firkin. Thank you Troegs. You know I love this beer, and being able to enjoy a few of these from the top of the bar was amazing. I love you Troegs.

Photo of mltobin
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a perfect amber & orange color with a one finger head remains in place for a short period of time.
Smell contains sweetness and fruit, a dash of cinnamon.
Upon sipping Nugget Nectar, a beautiful nectar taste comes across that makes you go : mmm, very tasty indeed.
Mouthfeel is kinda creamy, smokey, some warm alcohol presence.
Drinkability is good, one could have a few of these while relaxing with their friends.

Photo of fiver29
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Sparky27. Pours an orange color with an off white head that slowly dissipates. Hop smells fills the air when I pour it in the glass. I didn't have to put the glass to my nose to catch a whiff of lovely hops. When I put it to my nose it has strong pine and grapefruit coming from the glass. Has a medium mouthfeel and tastes like the grapefruit juice I had at breakfast this morning. There is little malt flavor, though I know its there. Laces the glass as you drink it. Tasty brew.

Photo of philcast
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Drank on 4-29-09

Poored into DFH pint glass, batch from Feb 2009

Look: Burnt orange with about 1 finger white head

Smell: Malt, hops, spices, a bit of orange

Mouthfull: Moderate body and decent carbonation

Taste: Extremely smooth with the malts up front and the hops on the back end to balance out the malts nicely. Citrusy orange flavor present but not overwhelming at all. Alcohol completely hidden.

Overall: Absolutely loved it and would love to grab it next year when it's fresh. Very smooth and delicious.

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

Appears a rich peach/orange color with a modest finger of head. Aroma is a balance of malt and hops, with the pine and citrus weighing more heavily. Same going on in the flavor, but so much more of it. The hops keep coming with delicious oily bitterness and the malts give it some caramel sweetness that never becomes cloying. Too easy to drink for 7.5% alcohol. Definitely a must have for any hophead.

Photo of JoeyBags1
4.82/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best Red Ales I have ever had.

A- Pours a deep amber color with a dark brown head 2-3 fingers thick. The lacing stays throughout.

S- Aroma is a mixture of competing malts and hops. Piney and citrus hops battles with caramel and sweeter malts.

T- Initial taste is sweet. The citrus and pine hops flavor takes over, but then give way to more sweer caramel taste. The finish is a solid bitter hoppy taste. Great tasting beer that manages to balance out the flavors.

M- Medium mouthfeel as the Carbonation is enough to move the beer smoothly across your palate.

D- Very drinkable. This would a great example of the "American Red Ale" style.

Photo of aewinte1
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Beautiful somewhat hazy amber color. Poured semi-vigorous and produced thin 1" head.
S- smells like caramel covered hops. Smell is very sweet. Hops are definitely there, but very subdued.
T- Taste is definitely not your normal amber. Caramel malt taste with a touch of hops. Just enough hops to keep it balanced but nowhere near a hop bomb. Very malty and sweet. Hops make it finish crisp and clean.
M- Somewhat thin, but not terribly oily. Not a huge head when poured, but carbonation seems to be plentiful and appropriate.
D- Could drink a 6 pack of this. Extremely easy to drink. Not bland though. Flavorful and drinkable, awesome.

Photo of scottyshades
4.82/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy golden/copper color that produces a gorgeous fluffy head that retains very well and gives the pint glass some thick notchy lacing. Not exactly your average amber ale.

S: Floral, twangy, and bitter hops dominate the nose. Just a bombardment of different types or aromas. A hophead heaven. A little citrus and a decent malt base provide a great balance for the hops. Also as it warms, there becomes a sweet caramel note that seems to linger.

T: Perfectly balanced flavors. A floral bouquet of hops (wide variety), the bottle says Warrior (my fav), Tomahawk, and Nugget. Firm malt base that really keeps the hop bitterness from running out of control. Just a simple recipe with amazing hops.

MF/D: Thick body for an amber ale, strong and long floral hop finish, PERFECT balance, amazing, finishes a little dry.

Photo of davexisxrabid
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this as an extra with 6DaysBottomOcean. Thanks!

Poured a hazy amber color into my pint glass. One finger thick white head with decent retention. Moderate lacing during the drinking period.

Aroma was odd but pleasant; baked cookies with brown sugar with a strong piney hop note. Trippy!

Very balanced flavor. Nice and sweet at first but not too malty with a hop kick at the end that wasn't overpowering or too bitter.

Full bodied with a light lingering flavor. The abundant carbonation help carry the flavors.

Very good drinkability I would say. Good flavor and clean on the palate; won't wreck your taste buds for a nice meal. Glad I got to try it!

Photo of ralree
3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy amber with a white head. Incredible lacing, good retention. Full finger head.

S: Barley, lots of hops, brown sugar, caramel, very sweet. Cross between apricot and grapefruit.

T: Hops and tangy fruit come through immediately, with a strong barley flavor backing them up. Alcohol detectable, but not invasive. Very sweet and fruity. Hops are bitter enough to give it lots of bite, but the sweetness tones it down. Definitely more apricot flavor than grapefruit. Could be a little tangier. A tiny bit of metallic taste comes out after swallowing. Taste is a little watered down...

M: Chewy, thick, heavy body, a little syrupy. A little astringent. Carbonation good.

D: Overall, good ale. Goes down easy, but its a little hard to drink a lot of. Will possibly buy again.

Photo of SykDoc
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this courtesy of brewdlyhooked13, much thanks. Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It pours a very nice amber color with a 1/4 inch very light tan head that reduces to a very nice lacing. No sediment and definitely noticeable carbonation.

The aroma includes a nice level of citrusy hops up front. As the beer warms, a sweeter caramel note becomes present. A mild earthy component is noted.

The taste is again quite good with a nice level of piney hops up front, then a more caramel sweet malts and a grapefruit finish.

The mouthfeel is highlighted by a good level carbonation that accents the flavor well. It is medium bodied. A pleasant dry/sweet sensation is left over at the finish.

Overall, this is a unique but very tasty beer. I was a little surprised when I initially tasted it but as I sit with it longer, it is very good. I hope to get my hands on it again in the future.

Photo of Brownsfan7
4.73/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the pinnacle of beers in my opinion.. Grabbed it on tap in to a growler at my local dealer.. It had a great mouthfeel like delicious fruit and sugar..I could drink this like Kool-Aid.. A huge Grapefruit taste and smooth citrus taste.. I have thrown down several growlers of Nugget Nectar on several different occasions.

Photo of NewGeneric
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this as part of a tasting session with a buddy a while back. Poured an amber color with thin white head that left decent lacing. Smelled of earthy, spicy hops and toasted caramel malt. Tasted the same just in reverse order. Pretty smooth, just a tiny bit overcarbed. Would have drank more but it was my buddy's last one.

Photo of mrkrispy
4.01/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a fresh bottle.

Poured a vibrant orange, stunning clarity. Small head, stuck around for a while.

Aroma has a very interesting hop bouquet, mixed with a bit of sugar. Almost smells like a wet hop beer...bit grassy...but some citrus hops too. Nice.

Beer has a full body, almost a little off-putting at first maybe because it was unexpected. Very nice hop flavor, fairly bitter but some sweetness lingering around. Vanilla, mild sweetness of fruit juice but I can't place what kind....orange? Hint of lemon. Still sweet. Still sweet. Odd.

A very interesting beer, excellent hop character. Not real fond of the sweet aftertaste, but the rest of the beer is great.

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

Got in a trade with kmurray8621...thanks again for everything Kevin.

A- Pours a deep and hazy copper amber color. Good 2 finger darker mocha/tan color head. Nice lacing on the sides that sticks around for the entire beer.

S- Nice piney hops upfront with the aroma. Grassy smell mixes along with a sweeter caramel malt backbone. I detect citrus hops in here as well. I think this beer might be a little cold because I have trouble detecting a lot without having to stick my nose almost in my beer.

T- Sweeter taste right from the get go. Citrus and piney hops come through at first followed by a caramel sweet malt middle. The ending is a crisp bitter hoppy taste. Nice tasting beer that is balanced for the most part. I wish there was a little more hop presence in the middle of the beer.

M- Medium-light mouthfeel to this. Carbonation is good and helps the beer move around smoothly on the palate. Nice oily resin of citrus hops left on the tounge balancing a sweeter malt taste as well.

D- This is a very drinkable beer that I would suggest to anyone who wants to try the style out. I would love to get my hands on this more often and can't wait to finish the last couple bottles of it in my fridge.

Photo of thirtysixbelow
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - hazy golden brown / orange color with a dark tan airy head

s - citrus and piney hops

t - sweet and spicy up front with a big hop punch as expected. Hops are very piney. Great lasting aftertaste.

m - great balance of carbonation and smoothness

d - I'm starting to like some of these highly hopped beers. I really enjoyed this one and can taste a lot of flavors under the hop punch.

Photo of rye726
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a rusted copper color with a silky tan head. Nice lacing. Nose has grassy hops, candy malts and citrus. Taste has herbal hops up front and through the finish. Well balanced by rich caramel malts. Medium body has a crisp carbonation. Great example of the style.

Photo of oldpinecone
4.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First off this is one of the most delicious beers ive ever had. The hype is true. It took quite some time to find it, due to it always being on backorder and sold out almost immedietley. Truely worth the wait.

: Served out of a bottle into a pint glass it had a beautiful coppertone color. It smelling of citrus and pine...not typical of the style IMO. It tasted similar to the smell with a sort of pineapple after-taste. Delicious. The mouthfeel was decent, a bit watery from what im used to but it was fine. Very, very drinkable but the alcohol content will get you quick.

Photo of Soonami
4.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I bought a case as soon as it was released earlier this spring. I think there is probably still some leftovers around in the area. This review is from notes of the first bottle I had of the year served at the perfect 50F temperature.

This beer is easily one of my favorites. Though I will admit that fresh is much better than the older, but still great specimens. The beer is the perfect rust amber that I like in a hoppy/amber beer. The sustain and cling of the head is fantastic and leaves nothing to be wanted. The aroma was perfect mix of bready cereal and fruity, piney hops. And all of this was before tasting the beer, which was full of juicy grapefruit, earthy-biscuity malt, and bitter hops. This is a beer that will impress anyone that is even remotely interested in having a good beer. This is the one beer that I would choose if I could only have one for the rest of my life. All of the flavors from the ingredients mix impeccably, it looks great and smells like everything I like in beer.

Most highly recommended.

Photo of kmoore149
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best beers for hop heads. I love everything about this beer; aroma, taste, drinkability, and even got a nice kick at 7.5%, and since these go down very smooth with a bit of sweetness to them, it is easy to knock off a few. Being a seasonal makes it even better as you need to wait for it, usually showing up in early February, and is gone by late March. Well done Troegs!

Overall a fantasic beer. Possibly the best in America.

Tröegs Nugget Nectar from Tröegs Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 7,420 ratings.