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Tröegs Nugget Nectar - Tröegs Brewing Company

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6,731 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,731
Reviews: 2,305
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.68%
Wants: 1,115
Gots: 752 | FT: 24
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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:
IBU: ~93

(Beer added by: Edwin on 02-13-2004)
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Photo of Freshie
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice bottle, with good artwork. IBU count, with types of hops used on the label, as well as the ABV. No freshness date.

Honey color, with slight head. Lack of head probably due to the frigid temperature of my garage. I let the ale warm for 15 minutes for experiencing.

Smell is floral/fruity hops.

The taste is hoppy. Grassy hops that are usually found in an American IPA, are complimented by a toasty, mildly sweet malt falvour.

Hops are spicy in the mouth, and the ale finishes very clean.

Has a very flavourful bite, that doesn't linger on the palate.

My first review from this brewery and I am impressed.


Freshie, Feb 15, 2007
Photo of doppelmeup
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an amber orange with a decent but not giant head. Nice lacing remains on the glass.

Wonderful hop aromas of grapefruit and pine.

Taste is a hop lover's dream. Bitter, fruity hops dominate, with just a hint of malt in the background.

Mouthfeel is slightly dry, with a bitter finish.

Overall, this is a very drinkable beer. Although I'm not a hophead, I enjoyed this beer and would recommend it.

doppelmeup, Feb 15, 2007
Photo of jdg204
4.93/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

After hearing all the praise for this PA brew, I had to give it a shot once I saw it at one of my local brew shops and it was awesome!!

Appearance - It's almost as if the organge color is glowing, it's that bright. This was something to see.

Smell - The citrusy (particularly orange) smells mixed with the spices was fantastic. This was off the hook!

Taste - Ok, this was even better than the smell! The richness of the different types of hops mixed with the orange flavor was superb. The hop combination provided for a great rich start and a nice subtle bitter undertone to finish.

Mouthfeel - Really nice consistent texture, the fullness of the flavor really pleases the mouth.

Drinkability - I flat out loved this beer, I've been quickly consuming my 6 pack in the days since I bought it. This is definetly a classic in the making, really enjoyed this hybrid of an Amber Ale and IPA, this would make a great everyday or special occasion beer. Get some before the season is over!!!

jdg204, Feb 14, 2007
Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.35/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head pint glass.
Pours a clear golden amber. Slight head that quickly recedes back into the beer.
Smell is heavenly hops. Not a barrage of hops, but a good hop presence in the nose.
Taste is bittery hops. Some nice, juicy, citrusy hops. Not overly bitter or tongue thrashing. This is a very toned down Dreadnaught. It's quite good, but just isn't the powerhouse that I was expecting.
The mouthfeel is crisp and medium bodied.
This does come across as something that would be highly sessionable. It being more reserved makes it much easier for more than one of these to go down.

FtownThrowDown, Feb 14, 2007
Photo of foureyedgeek
4.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My 100th review and a beer I've been waiting to try for a year, a perfect combination!

12oz bottle, the case dated best by 6/12/07. Pours a crystal clear orange amber, with light rising carbonation and a fluffy white head of foam, tall and airy. Nice lacing and good head retention as well.

Ooof, the nose is bursting with hops. Fresh and floral, citrusy and juicy. Just a touch of sweetness as well and a whiff of alcohol.

Taste is a sweet and citrusy burst of hops, this is one beer that can easily be described as juicy. There's some maltiness there, the amber part of this imperial amber, a nice subtle wash of malt before the bitterness returns in the swallow. Just delicious.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a nice combination of the sticky hops and the juicy hops, bringing the best of both attributes together. The carbonation level and dry finish make this a very clean and refreshing beer. Only the slightest alcohol warming.

Drinkability is great, this would be a heck of a session beer if you didn't have anything to do the next day or so. Hands down one of my favorite beers and yet another tasty offering from the Trogner brothers.

foureyedgeek, Feb 13, 2007
Photo of Ieatlambfries
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very clear deep amber. Half inch off white head of very fine bubbles. Each sip leaves a blanket of lace which clings to the glass in a sheet before slipping back into the brew leaving nothing behind.

Resiny hop oils dominate the smell. Followed by hints of grapefruit and ocean or salt water.

Upfront flavors of grapefruit rind and pine resins. Followed by a slightly sweet malt presence. Smoky notes toward the end with some hints of alcohol.

The mouthfeel is slick with hop oils. You can feel a definite coating with the first sip. Little to no bite from the carbonation.

Very drinkable for a brew over 7%. Goes down almost too easy.

Ieatlambfries, Feb 11, 2007
Photo of Ego
4.63/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

$12 for a growler of this @ Andy's in Bogota NJ (they still have the nug on cask also as of today)

glowing orange, mesmerizing like c cup boobies on a jogger in the summer, 2 full fingers of white foam adorn this beauty.. and said head stays put, the head is like the blob, you tilt the glass but it remains in one, slowly blobbing down the sides of the glass to reform itself into the head, awesomely packed micro-bubbles sit on top of the beer.. damn the head is not fading. this is about as close to perfection as you can get.

tis better to have hopped and lost than to have not hopped at all.. is apparently the motto of this beer, a great mix of the citrusy type of hops and the floral variety, the sweetness of the malt comes through as a honey odor, the hop smell is just fantastic here. so, maybe it is a touch one dimensional but when you pull off that one dimensional better than most hopped up jobbers you deserve some credit.

taste etc..
medium bodied but the oils coat the mouth immediately delivering their hop packages all over your soon to be numb pallet. not overly bitter, not overly sweet, this beer goes down quicker than Anna Nicole in a hotel room... As you drink a glass you can count how many sips it takes to get to the center of this lollipop based on the O rings of lace left behind.

the Brother's T have crafted one of the finest American beers here, do whatever it takes to get some. if you are into hops this beer is screaming your name, this is one that is not overhyped...

Ego, Feb 11, 2007
Photo of kevinhulit
4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a hop of a good beer. kudos to the amber ale from troegs. overall a well made ale... intense in hoppy flavor and a beautiful amber/cooper color. highly aromatic (floral/clove). worth the wait for this seasonal offering. easygoing on the mouth although a slight tingle is apparent.

kevinhulit, Feb 10, 2007
Photo of EPseja
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On cask for Troegs promo night at Andy's Corner Bar in Bogota, NJ.

Vibrant apricot orange color with sudsy, clingy head that leaves thick, sticky rings of lacing. Smells like everything wonderful about hops... citrus and florals perfectly intertwined with mild malts. This cask was dry-hopped, which turns the nose from good to fantastic. Mouth-filling, viscous hop nectar (for lack of a better word) that is devoid of excess carbonation and loaded with wonderful balance and amazing presence.

On cask, this beer is sublime. Seek it out. You will be a better beer lover for it!

EPseja, Feb 08, 2007
Photo of jwc215
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours bright orangish amber with a thin head that descends to a lasting swirling patch. Traces of lacing stick to glass.

The smell is powerful citrus - grapefruit and lemon. Pine and floral notes also come through.

The taste is very citrusy. Sweet, almost honeyish dough balances out the bitterness, with the hops staying well ahead of the noticeable malt. Pine and floral notes interact well, giving the hop profile a wonderful complexity. This is an amazingly hoppy beer with just enough sweet malt to give it a nice depth and complexity. This is an extreme beer that is crazy hoppy, but still retains a nice malt backbone. A pinch of alcohol lends some spice.

Creamy and smooth full body leaves flavors lingering with an alcohol tingle.

The is dangerously drinkable ...Here's to hops...yummy!

jwc215, Feb 06, 2007
Photo of Estarrio
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured clear copper with some amber tones. Lots of visible carbonation and a large, frothy head. The head retains well and sticky lacings line the wall of my glass throughout.

Excellent balance of big, citrus, pine hops in the nose along with a big malt character. Sweet caramel, molasses and vanilla become increasingly apparent as this warms to room temp.

Sweet malt tastes balance smoothly with pink grapefruit, citrus rind, bitter hops and an explosion of pine forest bliss. The hops are fantastic in this beer, highly potent without being insanely over-the-top. Not that too much is bad, as I've had this brew dry hopped and it was also amazing! The hop flavors are so fresh that I can envision myself biting into a hop cone, absolutely amazing! The malt character reappears in the finish, along with some caramel flavors but the hop flavors remain throughout. The finish is bitter, smooth and crisp.

I did find this to be slightly too carbonated but not enough to hinder the drinkability to greatly. The smooth, balanced flavors render this brew highly sessionable.

Enjoying this fine beer gives me a great amount of respect for Troegs. I wish they distributed to my state! Many thanks to Sudsdog for sharing this with me.

Estarrio, Feb 06, 2007
Photo of EStreet20
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Stopped in at Oak Tree to stock up on brews and snapped up my case of this year's Nugget Nectar. I loved this beerr last year, here goes...

A -Pours out a fairly transparent golden amber witha slight red tint. Small white head that stays around throughout the drink. Nice rings of lacing remain on the glass.

S - Grapefruity hops hitting you right off the bat. Some pine sticks through there as well. Loads of hop aroma, as always with this brew.

T - Big piny hops up front with a kick of fruitiness. A nice citrusy flavor is met by some sweet malts. The beer finishes rather clean for a hoppy brew leaving a slight, but not overpowering, hop aftertaste.

M - A light to medium body, just what I would desire for an amber. Stays fairly light in the mouth wihout crossing over to watery, coats the tongue nicely allowing the hop flavors to dance around.

D - Unbelievably drinkable and also tough to believe this brew clocks in at 7.5 abv. The alcohol is well hidden between the layers of flavor and this one drinks like a session brew.

EStreet20, Feb 02, 2007
Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a bright orange which is a little weird but it is labeled as an "imperial amber." Strong smell of hops. Not much head but feels perfectly carbonated going down. The taste is wonderful for hopheads like me. Wow is this a drinkable beer! I could drink this all night and be happy. Not really an amber IMO but a very, very good IPA.

SkinnyElvis, Feb 02, 2007
Photo of yeastpuppet
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours crystal amber with a perfect , clingy , fine head with lacing .The foam has major staying power . Good carbonation .

I can smell the hops in this brew from two feet away. Resiny , pungent , hop candy coated , with a trace of malt .Yummy pine aroma up close .
If Santa has a fav IPA this might be it .

Plenty of hop flavor , with a clean , balanced bitterness . A bit on the dry side with minimal to non existent , esters .Some citrus notes , but not overpowering or cloying . damn good .

Feels good on the tongue , slick , but with a trace of hop stickyness .

Medium density and hoplyness combine to make the beer level drop in the glass quickly .

A very tasty , pungent IPA that is , alas , seasonal .
stock up while you can . I will .

yeastpuppet, Feb 01, 2007
Photo of emericanchaos
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i've had a few of these guys tonight so bear with me.

served in a 12oz off a sixer. pours a transparent ruby red with generous foamy head that's somewhat short lived.

smells of hops. mostly warrior hop. extremely floral with a slight fruit acidic note.

taste broadens the picture from the aroma. lots of floral spicey hop with a touch of fruitiness from the malt additive to this hopped up brew. tastes like a caramel, malted barley hybrid with maybe some pilsener malt. hard to tell with the warrior hop being the main character here.

thick in the mouth but not overly sludge like or syrupy. very balanced with a heavy earthy hop spice.

extremely drinkable with hints to grapefruit, flowery hop and some melon. alchohol only reveals itself on the the throat. no taste of booze what-so-ever.

overall an awesome brew for the hophead. file this one under session brew with a big effing hammer. heavy hitter with enough flavor to stand against belgians or malty micro's. all hop though, no messing around when it comes to flavor.

this brew is a love/hate. the main character is the warrior hop. in my opinion it's an excellent hop to work around. i love this nugget though. if you're not a fan of warriors i advise to stay away as you'll hate this beer. better interplay with malt and yeast would bring this to unholy 9+/10 levels. awesome brew. must have for hopheads. seek it if you haven't had it. worth every bit of effort, especially for those seeking the flower of the gods that is the hop. : )


emericanchaos, Jan 28, 2007
Photo of pavandal
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler I got earler today from the brewery. The beer poured a nice apple juice like color, with a thick 1 inch head that dissipated down to a 1/4 inch. A nice lacing formed on the walls of the glass. Fantastic looking beer!

Interesting smell here. Very piney, with a backbone of honey and soft tea like notes.

Once sipped, my mouth was full of that pine hop scent I detected earlier. It's not overbearing though, as there is a strong malty background to back up such a hopped up brew. The hoppy flavors are very piney, and the malty flavors are rather honeylike and smooth.

Soft, thin mouthfeel here. It wasn't too thin, though, but just the right viscosity for this beer. I'll give this a five in this catagory.

I can't reccomend a session of this, simply because of the ABV being so high, but it is good enough to warrant a 2nd pint.

Such a wonderful brew by Troegs. I'm very lucky to live by these guys, as they have a bunch of awesome beers to offer.

pavandal, Jan 25, 2007
Photo of Enola
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of mntlover.

This is a real treat. The beer is cloudy light orange and there was a small head. Fair amount of lacing. The smell is citrusy. The taste is a sweet hoppy taste. To me, this is really more of a pale ale gone extreme. Very good, smooth mouthfeel. The hops seem subdued a little. Very drinkable. The 7.5% abv is not evident at all. This is Troegs finest that I have tried yet. I will certainly seek this beer out in the future.

As a neat note, the neck label says 93ish I.B.U.'s.

Enola, Jan 25, 2007
Photo of ByTor2112
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Brouche, for this one acquired through trade.
Aroma- Hop aromas of citrus, pine and some grassy notes as well, sweet malt notes are present also.
First sip- just like the label says, this is NECTAR! Great sweet malt flavors and all the hop aromas are transformed into flavors here as well. A nice hop astringency is felt towards the finish. A good froth on the palate sweetens this up real nice. Listed as an Imperial Amber on the bottle, this is tasting and feeling like some killer IPA's with just the right touch of sweetness. Great hop profiles and I am digging Troeg's as I can git my hands on their beers.

ByTor2112, Jan 21, 2007
Photo of JohnnyM2002
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled at the brewery, poured into several tasting glasses. Freshly tapped this week - was sure to bring home a case!

A - Pours an orangish copper with an off-white head; good retention with a thick, sticky lace that followed the beer down the glass.

S - Powerful, complex aroma built on top of the hoppy goodness. Tangy fruit and sweet malt are both very strong and work very nicely with the spiced hops. Very inviting.

T - My tastebuds really got a workout today. Juicy hops come rushing out right away, but there's no super-bitterness. Instead, they're met with tea leaves, honey, and a plethora of fruits, until finally a malty-caramel kicks in. The end result? A very hoppy beer that doesn't rip the tastebuds right off your tongue with bitterness...wonderful flavor combinations.

M - Medium body with good carbonation...flavors are much more pronounced as the beer warmed. A very tasty aftertaste of sweet and tangy hops. Only a slight alcohol presence...it would be tough to cram any extra flavors in there!

D - It's been a long wait for this one, but now I've stocked my closet for the winter. This is one I can't wait to share with those less fortunate (i.e. the other 45 states that doesn't get Troegs!). I'd love to see more Imperial Ambers out there.

I'd normally expected a higher ABV than 7.5%, but this makes it much easier to drink. Excellent!

JohnnyM2002, Jan 20, 2007
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid is pure gold, nice carbonation, a full 2 finger head that leaves nice lace.

The smell is sweet malt and big hops.

The taste is Awesome. Pure perfection for a hop head that demands balance.

The mouthfeel is thicker then medium, great carbonation and lingers just right.

The drinkability is excellent. I seldom drink 2 of the same in a night. This is 3 today and I have a growler on Masala Mama in the fridge. What a great brew. Prosit und Zum Wohl. MK

MuenchenerKindl, Jan 20, 2007
Photo of Tyrawlings
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Deep orange with a slight copper hue. Impressive off white two finger thick head. Ample head retention. Nice sticky lace clings to the glass throughout the serving.

S: Floral and juicy hops. A slight smell of honey. Caramel malts.

T: Juicy citrus hops with a nice clean bite. Pine resin is followed by rich balanced caramel malts. Finish has a slight honey taste and is very earthy. Mouth watering!

M: Crisp and clean. Smooth medium mouthfeel. Pleasant dryness.

D: A thirst quencher! Frighteningly clean and refreshing for a beer with some pop to it! A well balanced brew that can be enjoyed during any occasion!

Tyrawlings, Jan 15, 2007
Photo of BlindPig
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A bit cloudy darker golden body with a thin off white head. Thin lacing covering the whole top.
S- Big citrus hops with a balance of caramel malt. Grapefruit and a bit of orange too.
T- Big blanace of caramel malt of citrus hops. Big grapefruit. Some grass hops in there too.
M- Medium to full body with medium carbonation.
D- It is pretty good. It's more of a IPA with a bigger malt backbone.

BlindPig, Dec 15, 2006
Photo of WeisGuy
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Capital Ale House

a - dark copper color, clear, large off-white head, good retention and lacing

s - very floral hops balanced nicely with sweet malts, not very strong aroma though

t - nice sweet maltiness up front with a prominent piney bitterness to follow, long bitter finish, alcohol very masked

m - low carbonation, very smooth, medium-bodied

d - very drinkable, very balanced flavor with little noticeable alcohol

Great beer all-around. Abv might be a little hight to be a session beer, but I could drink this all night.

WeisGuy, Nov 25, 2006
Photo of Generik420
4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First off.. WOW this is some good beer! Much thanks to BuckeyeNation for throwing this one in with a trade!

Nugget Nectar pours a nice deep coppery color. Mine didn't produce much of a head even with a semi-vigorous pour, but the little that was there was off-white. There was a modest bit of lacing as this was consumed.

The smell is something wonderful, full of citrusy hops and a bit floral. I couldn't wait to take the first sip.

No letdown from the smell in the taste department. Full of very citrusy hops, and if I had to guess I would think there was a fair bit of amarillo hops in there. Awesome! Bit of malt and a nice well rounded bitterness from the hops.

Medium body and very drinkable. I could drink these all night long and not get tired of it.

Generik420, Nov 22, 2006
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4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out orange copper, with a nice fizzy off white head, pour retention, minimal lacing. The nose offers some sweet hops, orange and a touch of honey. I also get some herbal sage, grapefruit, and tangerine. The taste is hoppy, with ruby red grapefruit, sweet malt, and a sort of fresh cut grass.

dherling, Nov 12, 2006
Tröegs Nugget Nectar from Tröegs Brewing Company
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