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Tröegs Nugget Nectar - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Ratings: 7,432
Reviews: 2,421
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 9.7%
Wants: 1,265
Gots: 1,236 | FT: 45
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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 ThaBobfather
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh perrenial flowers. Good smell of the openning petals of a flower. Great amber color that is deeper than most. Great fluffy head. Hello hops. Like fresh topsoil. Good stuff. Leaves a great hoppy aftertaste. Despite the complex hop profile and sweet/bitter notes, this is very smooth.

Photo of SirDrinxAlot
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(This bomber was purchased end of April)

Poured a clear caramel/amber color with a 1 finger head that leaves some sudsy lacing.

Smells of pine,hops,malt, spice, light orange peel, and even a light floral rose scent?

Taste is light maple/spicey/pine hops with a good malt balance. Hop bitterness lingers but isn't overwhelming. More complex in flavor than I thought it would be. Has some flavors in there that I'm having a hard time coming up with a description for.

Mouthfeel is chewy and medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Good beer that I look forward to trying again when it first comes out for the season.

Photo of Baron
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle bought from Austin Liquors in Worcester, MA

A - Slightly hazy deep golden honey color. poured a 1-finger head dissipating into a medium lacing.

S - Hops hops hops - Beautiful and citrus in the front leading to more pine at the end.

T - Very smooth malt profile with the bitter of the hops present only at the end with a rather clean finish and a relatively low alcohol presence for a 7.5%.

M - Rich body and nice malt chewyness to complement the hop aroma and flavor

D - Good drinkability, but not for the hop head searching for a bitter sting, rather a bit more subtle in its hop presentation. An interesting brew indeed.

Photo of JamesS
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a mid-color copper, a bit light for a red ale; nice initial head with some good lacing though. Huge hoppy scent, no malt attributes noticable over the American (cascade?) hops, would have been a great pale ale aroma, but not a red ale. Nice taste, but again, mostly hops with almost none of the maltiness that goes with a good red. Goes down fine, with a huge bitter aftertaste on the tongue that sticks around. Huge drinkability, because I really liked the ale, but I wish it had more red ale attributes; it's pretty much a pale ale, even in color.

Photo of BrianOhio
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my first review so I won't get too deep into the various criteria. I will leave that to experts and will endeavor to refine my review skillz over time.

Purchased a six of this at the recommendation of a friend. I used to be a firm amber drinker, but recently transforming into a hophead. The bottle denoting "Imperial Amber" immediately struck my interest.

After a deep amber pour, you are immediately hit with the floral citrus hops that any hophead is looking for. I could inhale it all day. Don't get me wrong, this is not the wondrous assault of a Hopslam to the nose, but it's nice.

Drinkability of this brew is near perfection. The smoothness of an amber coupled with the hoppy bitterness of a DIPA. This beer immediately moves into my top 3, and is nipping at the heels of Hopslam.


Photo of Thorpe429
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Copper-amber color with an off-white head and a decent amount of lace.

S: Lots of hops back up by sweet amber malt.

T: Lots of hops going on here as promised. A very unique taste, and I really, really wish that more breweries would get behind this and start up the Imperial Amber style.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation. Hoppiness throughout.

D: Much more drinkable than the typical IPA. There's something very smooth about this one and I look forward to having it fresh again next year.

Photo of kbutler1
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a six after being in Cincinnati for the weekend.
A: Poured an amber red color with a tan head.
S: Hops, just like the bottle depicts. Smells like an IPA
T: Floral hops taste moving to a bitter aftertaste
G: Medium to light in my opinion.
D: I really didn't pick up the alcohol taste all that much so I would drink more than 1 in a sitting.
Overall, I enjoyed this beer. I had heard it being compared to Bell's Hopslam but I don't really think they are all that close. They both are hoppy but the NN has a thinner mouthfeel and more watery taste.

Photo of BarrytheBear
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of newtonty via a DLD trade.

Hazy orange pour, indeed nectary

Hops on the nose, pineapple juice and fresh ripe pear. Nice.

Ripe fruit on the tongue, again with the pear, but there's more here. Really vibrant: peach, nectarine, and oddly some perfume quality, followed by a malty punch and back of the mouth bitterness to finish her off.

Multi faceted beer starts a bit thin, rolls thickish and creamy, and finishes bitter clean, but a bit watery.

I'm thankful for the opportunity to drink this. While it may not stand up to some big IPA's , this beer stands strong in its style and is a treat.

Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to DoctorDog for this one in our trade!
12oz Bottle

A: Hazy amber orange with a sand colored head, about a quarter of an inch or so, and it's hanging in there nicely. Excellent big gobs of lacing. Really a nice looking amber.

S: Big smack of dank hops, citrus, earth, pine, "herbal" as well. In fact, not a whole lot else, just a big ol' load of hops. Very nice.

T: Big time hops, citrus rind just sticks to my mouth, also a really nice roasted flavor to it too, like a roasty IPA. Caramel malt stands out a lot more in the mouth than in the nose. Quite bitter, but not overwhelming. Lots of good flavors going on. Really reminds me of an IPA, but with a little more of a roasted feel to it. Very nice.

M: A little thinner than I had expected, medium carbonation, nice dry finish, and a hint of alcohol heat.

D: Not too shabby, I'd probably open another bottle if it were available. Tasty beer all around. I'll have to trade for this one again.

Thanks Ben!

Photo of MrIncognito
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had on tap at Magnolia's in Purcellville, VA

A - Reddish-gold body beneath a slightly yellowish 2-finger head. Head subsides to mere thin lacing but leaves a nice film on the glass.

S - Wonderful floral hop smell with some sweet candy sugar lemony smell. I had this beer last night and I can still smell it in my nose. Such a great smell.

T&M - Senses are hit immediately with the bouquet of floral hops. The hops are very foreward and prominent but not bitter like an IPA. It's quite amazing. Lemon zest adds some sweetness and it's like drinking a hops iced tea. Incredibly smooth and moderately carbonated to add some crispness. Alcohol becomes a bit slick as it warms but the alcohol taste never becomes all that noticeable.

D - I could drink these all night, literally. Like drinking hop juice that never becomes overly bitter or cloying.

Photo of IMincedTheKing
4.69/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

So, after enjoying Hopback, reading on the Troegs website that this was based on Hopback, and two reccommendations (one from a random dude at a liqour store which didn't have Nugget Nectar in stock, and one from a guy who worked at another store saying it was one of his favorites), I've got high hopes for this bastard. (My bias has been duly noted, and if I'm let down, I'm totally slamming this thing. Kay?)

Printed on the glass it tells me it was bottled on 2/17/09, and the bright orange label says Imperial Amber Nugget Nectar, 7.5% ABV, and short description on the neck that tells me it's "93ish I.B.U.'s". It's also, like all their beers, Handcrafted by the Troegs Brothers. Troegs disappoints me with their lack of gratuitous information (I like big paragraphs hyping the beer!), but the artwork is to die for. The first guy mentioned above described it as a hand holding a hop like a hand grenade, and I see that now (very Green Day), but I just thought it was a hand squeezing a hop. Either way, I love it.

Okay, down to business. The color is burnt orange in the glass with a sticky, bright white head--the color contrast is surprising and alluring. Big soap bubbles comprise the good size head, but it's not over-the-rim large. Very quick to dissipate, though.

The aroma is of earth and oranges. Very floral. Hoppy to its heart, but not in an overpowering way. "Nectar" IS a great word to describe it.

That is... that is good, smooth, tangerine (you may WTF? now). For what I thought might easily end up a hopbomb, that was well played. The flavor is extremely resinous and hoppy, sweet citrus taking the lead. The malt is definitely present and there's a mild caramel flavor, but it's riding along like a backseat driver, only hoping to have some influence. But in the end, without much bitterness or astringency, the hops smack the malts in the face and say "Shut yo' mouth."

The carbonation is light and smooth. No tingling or prickling, just a good effervescence. Big enough in the mouth to make a beverage out of it, but thin enough to make it go down like water (The ABV? What ABV?).

I crawled across two state lines on hands and knees to get a hold of this, and I slithered my way back before I drank it. Was it worth it? You bet your ass! (And I think I'm gonna go back and get some more very shortly....)

Photo of taez555
3.89/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours an amber body with a small white head.

Nose hits you immediately with a huge fresh citrus resin hop smell. There's some light caramel sweetness in the background, but this puppy SCREAMS citrus, grapefruit and resnin.

Taste is medium bodied with an immediate hop slam of a taste. The maltiness of the beer does have a distinct amber/red, sweet tinge too it, unlike some of the other huge caramel hop killers out there, but... almost immediately you're attacked with a bitter citrus hop taste. It's very fresh, and citrusy, and tons of grapefruit peel, lime juice, lime peel, but very encompassing. There's some dry, fireplace brick sort of granite taste in there with the malt. Bitterness is kept right up front and completely dominates over the malt. Although, I must say this isn't a palate killer. Over the top, but not completely. Ends with a long lingering grapefruit bitterness.

Quite an interesting beer. I understand what they're trying to go with, HOPS, HOPS and more HOPS. If that's all you want, this is the beer for you. I just felt it was a bit out of balance. Good beer though.

Photo of CHADMC3
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber with orange hues giving way to the foamy off white head packed with dense carbonation bubbles and maintaining its retention for quite a few minutes before giving way to a sticky off white lacing.

Big pine and floral hop aroma with notes of citrus to follow. As advertised, this really is a bouquet of hops. The light wood/pine scents become even more pronounced as time passes.

The palate offers a pleasant trifecta of hops with just the right bite, most noticeable are the pine and citrus flavors with compliments of lemon zest or grapefruit and a sweet finish of caramel as the brew warms a bit exposing additional flavor character.

Dry and smooth, great flavor that although its primary characteristics all involve hops, is still not overwhelming to the non-hophead. Medium in body with a noticeable carbonation and just a bit of a kick on the back of the throat.

What a great brew, glad I saved a few for the summer months ahead to enjoy with any variety of foods but instantly seafoods, spicy chicken, and white pasta dishes come to mind. This beer is much more aggressive than your traditional American Amber Ale, primarily in aroma, but perhaps in flavor as well. With that said, the category seems fairly broad in my opinion and this certainly is a winner within it, just perhaps hard to compare to some of its more subdued brethren.

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

12oz poured thrice into pint glass

A sleeping giant

A - not as ruby as expected thin head layer stays consistant throughout
S - beautiful citrus with a slight peachy or canteloupe fragrance
T - the trio of hops is perfection not overwhelming
M - silky smooth
D - if only there was a higher rating than 5.0

Photo of Gosox8787
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been looking forward to trying this beer for a while. I've heard countless good things about it, so I junmped at the chance to get it when I saw it at my liquor store. Poured from a 1 pint, 6 oz bottle into a glass in two parts. Beer was an amber to golden color with no haze and no head. Aroma was piney upfront, but there were caramel and vanilla notes to balance the scent. Taste follows what you would expect from the aroma. Pine and citrus notes hit upfront from the hops. This is balanced nicely with the caramel and vanilla notes, with give a nice sweetness. The finish is nice and clean considering how strong the pine flavor of the hops is upfront. The mouthfeel is medium with a nice bite from the sharp carbonation. Drinkability is good as the beer has good flavor and a clean finish. The higher than average ABV could be a problem for having more than a couple though.

Overall, a tasty amber ale. Enjoyable and definitely worth the effort.

Photo of patmcd
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.

Buying one case of this simply wasn't enough for satisfy me, next year, I'll have to buy an additional.

Poured a gorgeous opaque amber. The head was a dark eggshell white, but billowed upward like a smoke stack on a calm day.

The nose was extremely easy to pick up, and I could smell it a good distance a way. Consisted of pine, citrus, and lemongrass.

Tasting this was a beer-drinking journey, the variety of hops all showed themselves fully and complimented each other, without making the beer overly hoppy. It had an intriguing hint of sweetness at the end, but the hops gave it a clean, and quenching finish. Flavors consisted of pine, lemongrass, orange rind with some grapefruit, and a nice touch of sweet malt and caramel.

Had a decent amount of carbonation, and although quite richy, felt light and enjoyable on the palette.

As for drinkability, I just couldn't get enough, a bit strong to be a session beer, but enjoying it responsibility for and entire evening was a delightful task.

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

Got on trade from Joeynocturnum, thanks a lot man!

Pours orange and has nice lacing and decent head. Smells very good, with a fresh hop smell.

We had this at a tasting during the UFC fights and we had tried a few IPA's, on taste I found this beer to have a faint peach flavor to it which I really liked. A few other people also found the peach flavor while others didn't.

MF and drink are very good and I could have a few of these if I could find them. Went ona recent trip to MD and sadly I couldn't find it anywhere. :(

Photo of Yesac
3.85/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle says 08 on the bottom.

A- Amber/golden. Thin layer of bright white head. Sloppy lacing on the glass.

S- Slight hop bitterness.. then a grape/cherry type of sweet fruit some malt characteristics.

T- Piney and strong hop bitterness up front. Nice malt balance as well. Dry finish. Very refreshing brew.

M- Medium/thick bodied. Almost creamy type texture. Dry finish on the palate.

D- Great balance, finish and body. Easy drinker for the hop head in you.

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

Acquired through a combined trade.

Dark amber in color with bisibly light carbonation and a thin bone whit lacey head.

Sweet hoppy aroma with a syrupy fruit smell.

Tastes of citrus and malt. Very sweet. Bitter on the back on the tongue.

Smooth mouthfeel but slightly sticky and forced oilyness.

Good drinkability if it was local. But due to it's difficult availability in NorCal and how it is valued comapared to other good Hoppy brews I think I will go with other local options.
I don't think I will trade for it again, but it would be a nice option.

Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a wonderful deep dark orange with an off white head. Good lacing and semi-unfiltered

S - Obviously hops are up front, but not too bitter. There is a slight faint sweetness in the background that might be helping mellow out the hop aroma a bit.

T - Tastes of super fresh hops, a little bit citrus, but mostly bitter...but not dry your mouth out bitter. In the middle of the beer is the "amber" flavor and it finishes out a little piney with a slight citrus fruit.

M/D - An average amount of carbonation with a medium body. The beer isn't too dry, nor too smooth. Very drinkable given the 7.5% alcohol (not too much, not too little).

One of the best beers I've had in terms of hop flavor and freshness/crispness of the hops. The hop profile is phenomenal!

Photo of sgoodship
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

100th review today. Celebrating with this little number that was graciously sent to me by Hophead101. Thank you very much for your kindness Greg.

A: Nice hazy reddish amber. Lighter and more orange toward the bottom with some carbonation bubbles sticking to the bottom of the glass. A frothy, creamy off-white head. The head reduces but sticks around. Lacing is really nice.

S: Lovely. Reminds me of the Hop Slam I had last night. Grapefruit but with a hint of pine. Caramel malt coming through in the background.

T: Wow. I love this beer. Instant piney bite, goes into some grapefruit and caramel sweetness and settles into the finish and aftertaste with a more bready malt but retains the dry bitter hop which keeps the palate wanting more. Just got tastier and tastier as the drink went on. I was sad when it ended. Delicious.

M: Amazingly smooth. Feels slick and buttery as it slips down. Medium light body. Medium carbonation that adds interest without getting in the way. Perfect.

D: Interesting brew. It's an Indian Amber Ale of sorts. I like the balance of malt and it's definitely not sacrificing the hops. I wish more breweries would take Ambers to this very happy place. If I could get this beer easily, I would drink it all of the time. Nuff said.

Photo of FickleBeast
4.64/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a RB Oregonic Amber pint glass

A - Pours a gorgeous orange-amber with one finger of head. Foam sticks to the side of the glass.

S - Wonderfly fragrant, floral, this one assaults your nose

T - Awesome bitter kicks you in the teeth, then a sweet maltiness rounds out the beer. Hop aftertaste lingers - this is unbalanced on the side of hoppiness, but in a good way

M - Pleasant fizziness, bitter taste lingers on the tongue

D - I would drink this all day every day if I could.

One of my favorite beers. It's a shame this is my last bottle of the season.

Photo of Sean9689
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours orangish/gold in color with a white fluffy head into my nonic. Citrus/hoppy on the nose with some malts in there as well. Tastes like it smells, citrus/hops. Good carbonation and light on mouthfeel, perfect for this style of beer. I would 100% revisit this beer if given the chance over and over again. Hopefully, I'll obtain some more.

Photo of Stockfan42
4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber gold body, very citrusy at first. Foam isnt a big eye pleaser in this brew.

Floral hoppy aroma with a sweet malty kick. Pretty darn good smelling beer.

Very hoppy taste with a malty any citrusy body. Grapefruit and pine also on my palate. Great tasting and almost sets the bar for a great american red amber ale.

Great carbonation going on and very sweet, bitter and malty. Great beer over all. If you get a chance to have one of these bad lary's be prepared to wan't more.

Photo of MS22
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Serving: Tap (Also have bombers)

A: Beautiful amber/orange-gold. Thin lacing, very little head, perhaps 1/4".

S: Hops! Big citrus notes, lemony, pine as well but not as pronounced. A bit of bread on the backbone.

T: Wow! Great variation of what Troegs calls an American Red Ale. More like a nice nitche between an Ipa and a Dipa. Taste was remeniscent of the smell, hoppy without much spice, very little malt presence.

M: Carbonation was nothing special, as I find it quite trivial 90% of the time to even mention it. So long as it is not either missing or overly there I am happy.

D: Well, being that I had 6 or 7 from the tap over the course of 2 hours I'd give it a 5.

Seek this out and try it.

Tröegs Nugget Nectar from Tröegs Brewing Company
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