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Tröegs Nugget Nectar - Tröegs Brewing Company

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6,723 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,723
Reviews: 2,304
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.68%
Wants: 1,116
Gots: 751 | FT: 25
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 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
Photo of scurfie
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a hard beer to find and it's not cheap either. After reading some of the comments written about this beer I thought I would take a chance and try it. I have nothing new to add about this beer! It is a very hoppy beer, with the requisite bitter bite, yet it is so smooth and drinkable it's very hard to put down. If you enjoy an IPA style beer, and you really crave a hit of hops, I couldn't recommend a beer more than a Troegs Nugget Nectar.

scurfie, Apr 06, 2007
Photo of emerge077
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice hoppy Amber courtesy of markgugs ('07) & PEBKAC ('08)...

Two fingers of thick foam appear, some yeast/sediment floats under the surface, without dispersing into the full body of the liquid. Sticky lacing coats the sides of the pint glass. Color is a deep amber with fine clarity.

Piney, resiny aroma of fresh picked hop cones, some vague citrus and malt also.

Taste has a big grapefruit component, some tangerine, with a light malty back end. Hoppy bitterness lingers briefly. Very malty and smooth on the palate. Sessionable.

emerge077, Apr 04, 2007
Photo of beerphan
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Troegs Case Review #2

12oz bottle -> goblet
botted on: 02.13.2007 (on the bottle)
freshest by: 07.13.2007 (on the case)
purchased: 02.22.07

Pours a clear dark oranged amber with a thick tight bone white head that leaves sheets of thin lace. Carbonation is slow and steady.

Nose: Orange juice, pineapple, all citrus hops all the time, a little sassy spiceyness and some toasy malts lingering behind the scenes

A nice malt base backs up the hop slam of flavor and bitterness. Sweet hop citrus flavors tingle the lips as bitterness creeps up and last and last.

Mouthfeel is semi-thick and dry.

Balanced, hoppy, sweet and delicious!! The first day a bought home the case i had a real hard time stopping myself from drinking the whole damn thing. The last bottle i am sampling now had to be hoarded away like the last kernal of food in a survival bunker. Easy to drink, hard to hold on to, thus i noticed no real differences between the first swig and the last.

beerphan, Apr 02, 2007
Photo of instrumentality
4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Note: This is perhaps a somewhat unfair review since I'm reviewing it based on the fact that it tastes like a weak IPA rather than reviewing to style. For an amber, it's pretty damn good.

I received this brew a couple months ago as part of a highly lopsided (in my favor) trade with BA sirhc. Not only did he hook me up with this brew, but I also got a sneak preview when we passed a bottle around at a recent meeting. I remember liking it, but I don't remember much. Now I get a full dose to myself. I'm looking forward to it.

Keeping a level playing field, this is about the 900th beer in a row that I've poured into my Stone IRS tulip glass. Its appearance was nothing special - a light, transparent copper body with a finger of foam that didn't hold out for long before descending into a murky lace surrounded by a white halo. Reminds me a bit of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

A little swirl and sniff revealed some awesome citrusy hops. This, clearly, is where the "nectar" begins to come into play - a mix of sweet tangerine, sour grapefruit, and pine. My breathing, as usual, is a little obstructed, and I can still get enough of a sense of the odor for my mouth to water.

The first sip was not quite what I expected, but it was still tasty. A bit of piney and grapefruity bitterness kicks things off, followed by a warming, smooth, creamy honey-like flavor and texture and a splash of tangerine. I expected the sweetness to be more dominant, but the brew was actually well-balanced - not too sweet, not too bitter.

I remember reading that this brew is best consumed fresh, so perhaps I waited too long, but it wasn't quite as flavorful as I had expected. The flavors that were present were good, but not quite potent enough, and the body felt a bit watered down. Good for drinkability, bad for mouthfeel.

I remember enjoying this beer much more when I sampled it initially, so one of these days I'll have to track down a fresh batch and give it another shot.

instrumentality, Apr 01, 2007
Photo of BigJTrucker
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Recieved this bottle as part of a trade with JasonM of Pittsburgh,PA.

Pours a beautiful amber color. Slightly off white head. Mildly carbonated. Smell is somewhat piney. Taste starts of piney and finishes with a bit of citrusy bitterness. Mouthfeel is slightly oily. Very drinkable.

Tastes more like a mild DIPA than a standard american amber. But it is nonetheless very delicious, and light enough to have in the afternoon.

BigJTrucker, Mar 30, 2007
Photo of rabsten
4.97/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is awe inspiring. I love it. I've been busy this past six weeks or so and largely missed my opportunity to quaff some on tap while it was available. Then, this past Tuesday at Sharp Edge Creekhouse, I made up for it.

Lovely clear orange-amber, thick head, good lacing. Sticky lacing, too. Just a fine beer to look at.

Sweet, sweet floral hop character to the aroma. Perfect, as far as I'm concerned. Almost orange blossom-y in nature.
The promise of nuggety hop goodness awaits.

And flavor-wise, the promise is fulfilled. Explosion of floral hops, with mild pine and citrus in the background. Smooth and not overly bitter.

Perfectly balanced mouth feel, immensely refreshing. Goes down smooth and clean. Highly drinkable.

Bottom line: Awe inspiring. I'm just kicking myself that I haven't spent the last month getting this everywhere it's available. To make up, I'm getting two cases this afternoon.

rabsten, Mar 24, 2007
Photo of jjayjaye
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden amber color with better than a full finger fluffy white head that resists fading. A nice amount of lacing is present.

The smell is aggressive citrus orange and floral pine with a basic malt undertone.

The mouth feel is immediate and consuming hops. It's not overly carbonated.

Past the HOP sensation there is underlying sweet flavor that tends to linger some.

I'm giving it a WOW for complexity and imagination. Drinkability - i enjoy it, but i can see myself drinking more than one at a sitting.

jjayjaye, Mar 23, 2007
Photo of Redwood21
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a re-review:

A: A great fluffy white head with a beautiful reddish hue

S: the aroma is almost all hops, but with a picture oh a hand crushing a hop bud on the bottle, this should not be a surprise there is a bit of a citrus note in this beer but not like a strong 2ipa

T: Extremely smooth and easy to drink. there is an undercurrent of malt that is slightly masked by the hop character. there is a little bit of grain bread in here as well with a tart bittering finish

M/D: this beer is extremely clean given the varied sensations. it has a bit of a creamy nature with a bitter puckering but nothing that clings to the mouth

Redwood21, Mar 23, 2007
Photo of drseamus
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a slightly darker amber color. It has a white head that falls quickly. The aroma is overwhelmingly hoppy grapefruit. A very American hoppy aroma overall. The flavor is surprisingly smooth. There is very little hop bitterness compared to the aroma but a bunch of hop flavor mostly consisting of grapefruit flavors. The background is very smooth and the beer is very balanced overall.

On a side note, how does get classified as an Imperial Amber instead of an Imperial IPA? I realize that it's an amber, but I would easily fit into the Imperial IPA category.

drseamus, Mar 21, 2007
Photo of Metalmonk
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Modest bumpy bone-white head comprised of bubbles of all sizes. But the head doesn't last very long. The color is copper/amber with good clarity. Lace appears in small dots.

Aroma is a prickly hops leaning toward citrus, especially orange and some lemon too.

Flavor is where it's at, providing a depth of flavor that takes you through the whole spectrum of all that hops can offer. Succulent fruits, bitter grapefruit rind, flowery perfume-laced delicateness, earthy huskiness...well-incorporated with the rest of the ingredients. Malt backbone is firm while playing a subtle role, highlighting the depth-heavy orange-leaning hop flavor. Finishes sweet and tangy.

Higher carbonation level makes things sizzle...would've liked a little less action in this department, but I'm sure others think it's just fine. And it is. No big complaint really.

Strikes these tastebuds as more IPA than Amber Ale, but whatever, this is a delicious lip-smacking offering from the high-quality Troegs brewery.

Metalmonk, Mar 20, 2007
Photo of hunteraw
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Coppery orange in color, good sized white head and retention, some lacing.

Smell: Juicy, citrusy hops, with a good dose of caramel. Nice.

Taste: Wouldn't have guessed it was 7.5% alcohol. Maltier than I expected, but I guess that's what makes it an amber rather than an APA. Flavor profile is much the same as the nose: juicy, citrusy hops and caramel malts.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium-body, good carbonation.

Drinkability: Good, but body a little heavy for the style perhaps. I didn't realize this was a seasonal - perhaps a bit overrated on the whole.

hunteraw, Mar 20, 2007
Photo of soupyman10
4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

UPDATE: 6/25/08 - 4.5/4.5/5.4.5/4.5
Some notes from one of the many bottles I've had this summer. Beautiful bright amber color with a huge billowy head and excellent lacing. Strong grapefruit and citrus, tons of bread, and spicy hop bitterness. Roasted, toffee malt, and light cookies. A hugely hoppy beer that's basically perfectly balanced. One of my favorite beers of all time.

ORIGINAL: 3/18/07 - 4.5/5/4.5/4.5/4.5
12 oz bottle into a mug. Pours a fairly strong copper-orange color with a nice two finger white head. Lacing forms immediately. Crystal clear beer. Strong nose, lots of hops right off the bat. Spices and scent of sweet dried apricots. Excellent smell. Nice taste, although not as hoppy as the scent would have you expect. Fairly nice balance of hops and malt, actually. Son enough, though, the fairly strong hops hit you. Nice floral esters. Light fruity flavors as well, that apricot is sitting in the background. Nice mouthfeel, medium body with good carbonation. Overall, another great beer from Troegs (I seem to say that a lot). I am consistently impressed with the originality and quality of their beers. This one's right up there with the Hopback for me, a really excellent beer.

soupyman10, Mar 18, 2007
Photo of IgnatiusReilly
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle to a tall pint glass at home on a rainy St. Patrick’s Day afternoon.

A: Brilliant orange/amber coloring. Very clear. Nice thick head, about a finger plus, with loads of retention. Gorgeous.
S: All hop citrus in the nose. Mostly grapefruit and a little pine scent. Can also catch a faint scent of malt sugar coming through.
T: The hop oils burst in your mouth immediately. Tons of hop spiciness, both the citrus/grapefruit flavor as well as the piney/bitter bite. Towards the middle you have the slightest hint of caramel of the malt sugars, but the ending is back with the hops allowing for a dry finish and warm alcohol glow.
M: Good amount of carbonation helps the hop flavor pop in your mouth. Slick and mouth-coating.
D: Very. Big 7.5%abv, but not so much that it’ll wear you out quickly. Not overwhelming for an imperial. Definitely could have a few.

This is excellent for hopheads. Although the hops completely dominate, there’s still enough malt sugar in here that it doesn’t come off as astringent or too bitter. A full, well-balance beer. Exceptional, and as far as big IPA's go, I'm not sure you could ask for too much more.

IgnatiusReilly, Mar 17, 2007
Photo of bobbyc881
4.85/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

HUGE thanks to todd1 for allowing me to try this!

Pours copper/amber color, absolutely clear. Nice white/off-white head supported by healthy levels of carbonation. Looks brilliant.

Strong smell of sweet, wet hops. No doubt this is a hoppy, American beer.

Punch of bitter hops up front... strong, sweet malty flavor through the middle, finishes clean due to the carbonation levels, citrusy-sweet hop flavors lingering afterwards. Great resiny-hop-stickiness left behind--perfect. I love enjoying an IPA/amber with great malt flavor to complement the hops. Very well done. Very well-balanced. I need a case of this stuff.

Very drinkable. At 7.5%, it's not a super-heavyweight, but a couple of these could make for a splendid night.

bobbyc881, Mar 17, 2007
Photo of cichief
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep golden orange, with an off white head of foam. The beer smells flowery of hops, very inviting. It explodes with hops, but remains balanced. It is smooth on the tongue, very nice. It would be a great everyday beer, but at 7.5% alcohol, I better stop at a couple...if I can.

cichief, Mar 17, 2007
Photo of meatyard
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, light amber with a white head that falls fairly quickly but leaves very nice lacing.
The smell is crisp, clean piney hops with a slight citrus aroma.
The taste is mostly hop bitterness with a bit of citrus in the aftertaste.
The mouthfeel starts with a carbonation blast on the tip of the tongue and is slightly thin.
Drinkability is good, it's easy drinking and is a tasty beer that will make it's ABV known if you end up drinking too many.
This is another beer that I prefer as it warms up past recommended temp. because more hops taste is released.

meatyard, Mar 15, 2007
Tröegs Nugget Nectar from Tröegs Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 6,723 ratings.