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Tröegs Nugget Nectar - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Ratings: 7,623
Reviews: 2,451
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 9.47%
Wants: 1,270
Gots: 1,328 | FT: 42
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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 joshstevens87
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a red orange with an inch and a half light tan head
S-citrusy hops with a hint of pine a bit of sweet malt background
T-brillant balance of hops big presence, yet not overpowering with notes of citrus and pine very complex flavor with a sweet caramely malt in the background
M-heavy body and moderate carbonation make this beer very refreshing yet definately one you must slowly enjoy
D-very drinkable yet with a high abv and body it is a beer you can enjoy all night but you may end up with bad results

Photo of olympuszymurgus
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

with much fanfare, and of course, much debate, comes the angstfully awaited debut upon my palette of the nugget nectar. it starts like a mildly hoppy amber, talking about how its an amber. malty goodness, crystal caramel, with a bit of hop to it. as the sips continue, the hops continue to show, culminating in a mad flow of hopped malt flavor that can leave a man (or lady) wanting for more.
do not split this with 3 people, you will want more, especially if you have no more.

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

Poured from a bomber into a Captain Lawrence pint glass.

A: Vigorous pour yields a 3.5 finger coarse, creamy orange head bursting with aroma... but that's for later. Retention is decent considering how much head there is. Beer is crystal clear red. Lacing is frothy, thick, to the point where I can barely see the glass.

S: Strong hop character contrasts starkly with a distinct citrus. I've never experience two scents so cleanly different from each other. But this is proving to be the exception.

T: Astringent hop character upfront that transitions nicely into a citrus flavor. There's a battle going on here between these two and the longer I keep the beer in my mouth, swirling it around, the more punches I experience. Astringent hops triumph towards the end though, leaving my mouth and tongue throbbing from the fight.

M: Light to medium bodied, a bit carbonated, but surprisingly smooth as it goes down. Watery but at the same time, hop character is so strong it almost becomes sticky. Finish and aftertaste don't let you forget anything. This beer stays in my mouth long past the swallow.

D: I had this before I was an "experienced" craft beer drinker and I absolutely HATED it... how times (and palates) have changed. Incredible drinkability because of the smoothness with a big, bold, distinctive flavor. Not a balanced brew at all, but I definitely appreciated it. My first bomber alone! if that says anything...

Photo of jera1350
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Joe (krisandajt) for this one. You are one hell of a trader and an outstanding guy.

Bright copper color with a thin layer of off-white foam that leaves a bit of lacing.

Sugary malt with a moderate mandarin orange scent to compliment. Getting some apricot as well.

Everything you could ask for in an amber, but with some extra. Nice amount of caramel malt for sweetness and then the hops kick in. Are they huge and in your face? No, not at all. They make their presence known, but at the same time complement the malt. It's a nice and lightly biting citrus hop taste. Nice balance happening.

Great smooth feel with carbonation that feels soft and slightly prickly. Very clean and dry finishing.

I'm almost done with the beer and I just started it. Goes down as easy as any beer I've had. It's almost impossible for me to believe this is seven and a half percent alcohol. If I didn't know that, I would call this a session beer. Just a solid, solid beer that I think almost every craft beer drinker would enjoy. Thanks again Joe!

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

Big thanks to Beandip for this bottle. Cheers!

Clear honey amber colored body capped by a two finger creamy white head. The head slowly makes its way back leaving very decent lacing clinging to the side of the glass. Creamy ring is ultimately all which remains of the head.

Hop profile hits on aromas across the spectrum. Citric aroma is the most dominate though there is a rather strong pine presence. Grassy smells come through but are largely overwhelmed by the citrus and pine. The malt is not to be completely ignored either. Caramel and slightly bready malts provide a sturdy base and slight balance.

Sweet citrus flavors meet the tongue first. Citrus sweetness soon turns to pithy bitterness and a piny bite. Lingering hops flavors tend to lean towards the more floral, earthy side of the spectrum. Malt is strong but an underlying flavor. Bready, caramel with a slight nuttiness. Certainly hop forward but very well balanced. The balance was not expected to this extent but is appreciated.

Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Drinks smooth leaving a coating of sticky icky hop resin plastered to the tongue.

I am certainly glad to have tried Nugget Nectar, I walk away impressed with my first offering from Troegs. While I was expecting a little more, it is hard to be disappointed. Very easy drinking with loads of flavor. Alcohol just slightly noticeable in the back of the throat but it would take a few to become a hindrance.

Photo of cleeze
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Stopped by Julio's the other weekend on my way home from the wine-expo to grab some goodie, glad I finallly got my hands on this nectar.

Poured a decent amber hue that produced a huge, frothy creamy colored head and some bad ass lacing to go with it.

Smells like a hop bomb, my friends! Piney on the nose. Some citrus fruit up in there as well (grapefruit and some orange) Is that some malty goodness I detect? I think so.

Again loads of fresh crisp hops. An amber ale ater a cyle or two on some roids and peaking with some rage. Malty goodness. I really think this sucker is well rounded. great brew.

Drinkability is off the charts, so smooth and crisp. I would drink this as fresh as possible

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a dark amber with an off-white head that quickly dissipated. Film left on the surface, no lacing.

Smell: Tons of piney hops in this one. Mild citrus hops and mango aromas in the background. Second time around, floral notes become increasingly present with some orange and spice. Very, very clean aromas here.

Taste: Piney and citrus hops dominate. Toasted malts. Nicely bittered and the above-average ABV is hidden well. Slightly sweet, dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with light carbonation. A little on the heavier side and a slightly syrupy finish.

Drinkability: Pretty drinkable. Lots of aromas and flavor notes to uncover. Could have a second.

Overall, a great hoppy brew. A lot of times these sort of hop-forward brews are too bitter to for me to enjoy thoroughly, but Nugget Nectar certainly has its sweet balance which makes it approachable for anyone.

Photo of billab914
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked up a 6 pack of this recently and finally getting around to reviewing one of them. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Harpoon IPA shaped glass. Pours amber in color with a two finger white head. It's very bright and clear and left good lacing which makes it a pretty damn good looking beer in my opinion.

Aroma is hoppy and floral with some pine and citrus. A very nice pleasing hoppy smell for anyone that enjoys hops. Taste is just as delicious as the nose lets on. It's hoppy as one would expect but also slightly sweet. The sweetness is offset by the long dry bitter finish very nicely though. Very nicely balanced between the sweetness and the bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is fantastic, I could drink these all day. if this was beer that was available all year long it would definitely be my go to beer. Since it's not I'll settle for drinking this when it's in season and drinking Torpedo when it's not.

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

Troegs Nugget Nectar
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a Harpoon Leviathan tulip glass

Pours a rustic orange with burnt colors. Nice webbed trails of sticky lace on the sides of the glassware.

Wow!, awesome aroma with super hop whiffs. Pine, citrus fruit and mango in the nose.

This is just an excellent beer, as simple as that. So drinkable, wicked hoppy and a malt backbone that pleases the palate. I love that oak wood dryness and grapefruit. A citrus hop kick with a resinous, syrup profile. Great sweetness of honey or juicy caramel malt flavors. I like how hoppy, yet controlled this beer is.

Photo of natelocc787
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Typical Amber ale appearance, nice thin sheets of lace remain as you finish the beer. I had to give the perfect score in the smell category because it was the most pungent nose I've ever had the pleasure of whiffing on an Amber Ale. Lots of dark, resiny grapefruit, toasted malts, spruce with orange and caramel rounding it out in both aroma and taste. Nice medium thickness for the style with an understated carbonation to offset the crispness. One of the few Amber Ales I would buy often if it where available in my area.

Photo of zdk9
3.85/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a dark golden color. I could go for some more head and lacing from this hoppy beer.

S- Sweet orange sweet grapefruit, unripe mango, touches of pine sap.

T- More pine and bitter hops attacking my tongue. Grapefruit pith rubbed onto pine bark. Good and intensely hoppy.

M- The hops strangle my tongue, but only for a bit and then let me drink some more.

O- Good, hop forward

Photo of sisuspeed
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Clear, amber-red body with a decent white head. A very nice looking Red.

Earthy, piney, grassy hops attack the nose, eventually giving way to sweeter and roastier malts.

The taste is excellent. The best way I can think to describe the flavor is smooth, malty, bitterness. By far, the best Red Ale I have had. Oily, bitter hops mix with sweet, yet slightly bitter malts. Earth and grass notes linger on the finish. Lots of flavor in this Red.

Mouthfeel is fairly smooth and somewhat chewy. Good, full body on this beer.

Drinkability is quite good. The glass in front of me is almost empty. Not quite a session beer, but once you have one of these, it will be hard to resist grabbing another.

Overall, this is a great Imperial Amber/Red Ale. Most definitely my favorite and it almost lives up to the hype. My mind wasn't blown, but I'm really glad I have another six pack of this in the fridge waiting for me. I'm pretty sure Nugget Nectar will become a staple in my drinking routine this time of year, every year. Nice work Troegs.

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

Pours a nice red-amber color with very little head. Pretty lacing, though. Smells in all respects like an IPA with floraly citrusy fresh hops. Amazing smell, but as the name implies.

Tastes incredibly bitter, but in the best way imaginable. Intense hop flavor at first sip with a little citrus backing to it but mostly in your face hopness, smoothed out so thin it doesn't hurt your tongue by silky maltiness. It's almost light-bodied, but the maltiness bumps it just into the medium range and leaves a gentle, clean finish. How is it so hoppy and so drinkable? I don't know. It's like magic.

Carbonation is small and adds some piercing zing to the beginning, but not enough to KO your tongue. Mouthfeel is a little grainy in with the carbonation, but almost watery smooth on the way out. Very, very drinkable. This bottle will be over entirely too quickly.

Overall, it's a pretty neat brew. I have never tasted a better red ale. I don't know if I ever will.

Photo of tko741
3.97/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice ruby-gold, with a rich just-barely-off-white head that dissipated into a thin wisp that remained until the glass was empty. Medium lacing clinged to the slippery sides of the pint glass.

Smells of strong pine and resin, the two most accurate adjectives for describing hops. Nice.

The taste is rich in hop citrus, a bold rush of them, in fact. However it never becomes overpowering and the bitterness is relatively tame. The coldest initial sips were a bit marred by a hint of soapiness in the aftertaste, but this slowly faded. Tastes of biscuit and orange zest blossom as it warms. Mouthfeel is good but nothing unique about it.

I'd order another, but wouldn't be drinking this all night.

Photo of zoso1967
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours very nice, orangey amber with resiny foam. This beer has a great aroma that is both malty and full of fresh citrus hops. The taste is very interesting with very nice grapefruit and other citrus flavors as well as some pine, all incorporated with a nice smooth caramel malt backbone. It is quite sweet, but with just enough bitterness to make it all come together. Why can't all ambers have this much hop character? Medium bodied with a finish that is quite nice and not too sweet. A very drinkable beer that is luckily easy to come by in my neck of the world. Recommend for IPA lovers who are looking for something a little different.

Photo of BetterDarker
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into pint glass.

A- pours a clear polished copper color with a nice off-white head. Some retention, not much

S- Oh yeah, my hop head is already spinning with just the aroma! Earthy and citrus pine, can not detect any malt, I know it's in there, but the aroma is pure hoppiness divinity.

T- Obviously hop dominated with a crisp citrus hop bitterness up front with earthy goodness in the back. Finish is crisp and bitter.

M- Well carbonated and medium body dances on the tongue.

D- Highly drinkable with no taste of alcohol, a beautifully crafted and tasting beer.

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

A - poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Brilliant orange-copper color, bright white head with good lacing.

S - really nice citrus flavors - orange or grapefruit with plenty green, 'piney' hop notes. No question this has a hop monster.

T - very well balanced. The big hop presence carries into the taste with more citrus and piney hops. But the hops don't fade to bitterness. Instead, there's just enough sweetness (think honey, not sugar) that balances the hops perfectly. Not cloying or overdone. Instead, the taste just invites another drink.

M - Medium body and very enjoyable. Maybe a little light for an imperial, but works well for this beer.

D - wish I could get this on a regular basis. It would quickly become a go-to beer. Light enough to drink several, but big enough to be a real beer with a nice hop kick. Very enjoyable.

Photo of SShelly
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to FooFaa for the bottle.

Pours a medium copper with a nice poofy head.

Aroma is light hops with some malt as well.

Good sweet bitterness dominates, large mouthfull of hop flavor as well. nice smooth bitterness left in the mouth.

very glad I got to try this, its no evil dead red but still damn tasty.

Photo of caresville
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a- amber orange to copper pour with a fluffy white head. nice amount of lacing throughout the glass.

s- fruity and foresty. grapefruits, guava, mango, straw, hay, pine trees!!

t&m- hop bomb for sure!! lots of hops and woodsy taste going on here. also lots of bittersweet fruits, grapferuits, mango, guava, green apples and clementines. a little syrupy, but very fresh pine tree taste too.

d- slides right down the throat. so smooth, so tasty and so easy to love. hoppy but not super bitter. perfect balance!!

Photo of beerbully
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour into a pint glass from 12 oz. bottle

A-Clear copper color with 1/4 inch head that quickly dissipates. Some lacing

S-Citrus, citrus, and more citrus. sweet greatfruit

T-Hops, hints of pine, some citrus flavor but not as much as you get in the nose.

M-Slick and oily

D-very good

Photo of racer2k
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my favorite 20oz. beer glass

A - Beer pours a clear copper color and produces a two finger off white head which dissipates rapidly but leaves continuous lacing around my glass

S - Sweet grapefruit and citrus with a strong resiny pine smell. There is a caramel bread aroma which takes a back seat to the hops aroma.

T - A smooth blast of hop resin with flavors of citrus and pine anchoring the initial taste which fades to a sweet malty bread like flavor which is chewy and caramel like. I can definitely taste more of an amber profile here which is very unique and quite good. The finish is bitter typical of a strong IPA or DIPA.

M - Moderate carbonation with a pretty dry creamy finish. The hop profile really pops in my mouth and is quite tangy and sweet.

D - This is beer has a very pleasant roller coaster of flavor which hits you in all kinds of different directions. You do not even taste the 7.5% abv which can be dangerous. Excellent beer!

Photo of GregSVT
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into a pint glass

A: Pours a clear amber with a big white head that fades to a small layer and leaves a ton of sticky lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is huge with grapefruit, citrus, and hops.

T: Taste is lots of grapefruit puckering bitterness with a surprising amount of sweetness on the finish. The sweetness makes me want to take another sip and balances out the bitterness.

M: Kinda thin but crisp and refreshing.

D: I would reach for this all the time when I am in the mood for a hoppy yet crisp beer. Great stuff.

Photo of prdstmnky
4.84/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle (dated 1/7/10) poured into a clean pint glass.

Pours a beautiful orange/amber color with white head and a bit of retention - tons of lacing on my glass. The smell is amazing, with prominent citrus and pine notes. Taste is just as expected after a few sniffs - wonderful citrus/piney hops upfront, the bitterness and sweetness is very well balanced. Decent carbonation, medium bodied, love the mouthfeel on this beer. Very drinkable, alcohol is well hidden.

My favorite Amber Ale hands down, its really not even close (might even be my favorite beer - period). There just isn't anything like it. Most other beers you can find something that has similar qualities and flavors...Nugget Nectar stands alone. I look forward to some fresh cases at the start of every new year.

Photo of happybear
3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Amber colored with good lacing and head retention.

S - Grapefruit and pine. Not over powering and fades over time

T - Good balance of hops and malt. Not a punch in the mouth like a good DIPA but very balanced.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Does feel watery in the mouth with sticky finish.

D - Good beer to lean back several. Alcohol content is high and beware because the balanced flavors and watery mouth feel make these drain fast.

Would like to add that Troegs is getting too pricey for a beer made in Harrisburg. Good beers but price is well above equal offerings from Victory. I look forward to case of Nugget Nectars but at $45 a case, when it is gone, I am back to Dogfish or Victory.

Photo of Daniellobo
3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice hoppy brew, a bit flat and light but in a rather quaffable manner maintaining the rich hoppy profile.

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle. Design pivoting around an almost action cartoonish illustration of a hand squeezing a bunch of hops. Neck label offers a small note on the intent of the brew, and hops used. . Shows a semi erased bottling date (0112...) Notes IBUs ("93ish") Alc. by Vol. (7.5%) Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Deep gold to pale amber clear pour, with a fair head, medium retention and some lacing.

S - There is brief initial whiff that is spectacular, very rich in citrus and fruit notes... Grapefruit, pineapple, floral. Then it fades so quickly that what is left, while nice, is a pale shadow of the initial scent... Retaining a very subdued form of the same floral, fruity, and citrusy hoppy aroma.

T - There is a rich hoppy range with a very particular malty base. In fact, like others point out, it is a well structured lager-like sensation that never overwhelms but neither fades completely. Citrus, pineapple, are woven richly with that soft honey like sweetness.

M - Medium body and carbonation. It feels a bit watery and flat at times with a smooth malty base leaning to a light feel, carbonation picks it up a bit and rescues it around the hoppy finish.

D - Rather nice drink, feels stimulating although some qualities fade to quickly to make it very remarkable.

Notes: A touch over-hyped, although still a rather worthy brew, although it could also be due this year's incarnation. The price-quality ratio is pretty good, and overall is recommendable albeit with a sense of measure. Could be a great step to introduce people to full and sturdier DIPA with a brew that offers a profound hoppy richness but is also sustained over a malty body that is not the thick and profound structure typically associated with them.

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