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Tröegs Nugget Nectar - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Ratings: 6,964
Reviews: 2,328
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.68%
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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

IBU: ~93
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Photo of yourefragile
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Figured it was time to finally review this beer. This time had it on tap at the Tally Ho in Bethlehem. I prefer the draft version to the bottle this season, but still not as good as the cask.

A: Clear copper/amber color with a two finger fluffy white head that has nice retention and deteriorates into a thin film and leaves some nice streaky lacing.
S: Wow, this always smells so good and is more than capable than cutting through the smoke of the bar (something I usually have trouble with for most beers). Amazing hop smell, strongest tones are citrus (slightly sweet grapefruit) and slightly floral.
T: Medium body, very creamy and smooth. Nice balance of hoppy smooth bitterness and sweetness. Malt background is very noticeable but the hops are what dominate. Leans very strongly toward the citrus end of things like the smell, but also a weaker piney taste. My favorite part is probably how soft and smooth this feels in the mouth. Alcohol is well hidden, a little more obvious in the bottle version. This isn't necessarily a blow you away beer, like Hopslam, etc but is pretty darn good for what it is.

Photo of goschool
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle courtesy of guzzle211

Appearance: The pour is a rustic golden-amber color topped by two fingers of frothy white head.

Aroma: There is a nice balance of hops and malts in the nose. The hop aroma has an array of pine, grass, grapefruit, and mango while the malts are sweet, but clean, i.e., not at all cloying.

Taste: Maybe my palate is tuned abnormally since I'm from Southern California, I drink Pliny the Elder semi-regularly, etc, etc, because to me, this tastes like a well-hopped session beer that just happens to be 7.5% ABV. There's a lot of great stuff going on, but I don't quite get imperial or copious amounts of violently fresh squeezed hops.

The flavor profile has a nice burst of bitter hops up front which run the gambit of pine, grapefruit, grass, pineapple, and peach. The malts kick in at the mid-palate and it's here when this beer becomes special. Imagine a scenario where two enterprising brewers purchase the rights to make Fuller's ESB. One of the brewers wants to tweak it to be more like a West Coast American pale ale while the other wants to make it more like a märzen. They get started on a batch with the original recipe, but each brewer substitutes his own ingredients when the other isn't looking. The resulting malt base is toasty with bread and slightly sweet toffee- solid, yet soft. The APA brewer's hops finish what they started with a crisp splash of bitterness. That's what this beer tastes like.

Mouthfeel: It's medium-bodied and delightfully wet with plenty of carbonation and a sticky finish.

Drinkability: This is one of four beers that have stuck out as having a flavor that will always appeal to me, regardless of what style(s) I'm in the mood for. I'm not giving it 5.0, however, since the ABV is higher than other similarly flavorful beers.

Photo of david131
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Perfectly clear, golden and amber with a creamy white head.

S- Sweet, earthy, pineapple. Mango, grapefruit, and grassy. Very rich and complex.

T- Carmely malt, pineapple, mango, citrus. Very rich, complex and very bitter.

M- Sticky, smooth. For as clear as this is, it it sure is not harsh.

D- A little bitter and rich for my tastes. But, it is thoroughly enjoyable none-the-less.

Photo of SurlyDuff
4.82/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Behold an ungoldy amount of hop!
Copper, almost reddish/brick body, with sticky lacing.

Super dose of american hops to the nose. Yet what do I detect? Malt!

Surprisingly, there is a malt background that holds the hops aloft and prevents that one-dimensional flavor that some other IPA's have. Hop profile is more pine than I expected, but juicy grapefruit and citrus poke through.

Creamy buttery mouthfeel at first, then a nice resiny hoppy coating takes over. Full body.

Drinkability is phenomonal. I did a Hop Wallop earlier tonight, which has long been in my top 5, and this Nectar made it turn it's tail and run.

I know this one isn't an IPA (technically), but it tastes like one. The strong malt footing chisels it away though, so sure, I'll settle for Imperial Amber. I can't wait for more breweries to attempt imperial ambers, reds, etc.

Great job Troegs! This has made my top 5! Thanks to WVBeerGeek for the trade, you rock Tony!

Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Hopheads Nirvana. Experience a heady Trifecta of Nugget, Warrior, and Tomahawk hops. 93ish I.B.U.'s"

a: Clear copper body, big frothy, fluffy lace-inducing head.

s: A beautiful bouquet of hops: citrus, flowers and herbs. Some toasty malt too.

t: Toasted malt perfectly complements a complex hop profile. The hop bill of Nugget, Warrior, and Tomahawk produces a rare balance of flavor. Orange, grapefruit, pine, just an incredible flavor. All without pulling in too many directions or overwhelming you with bitterness.

m:Medium body, lower carbonation, sticky feel.

d: If this is an Amber Ale, it is the best Amber Ale ever made. Nothing else is close. If this is an America IPA, it is one of the better American IPAs out there. Whatever box you put it in, this is a terrific beer. It is quickly becoming one of my favorites. Wonderful hop flavor and aroma with a great toasted malt profile. A unique, delicious, aromatic and wickedly drinkable brew.

Photo of mully
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-- crimson and clear, head fades quickly to something that looks like a cooking pancake with adiffrent sized bubbles

s-- fruity citrus slightly metalic earthy and flowery little bit of caramel

t -- roasty caramel grapefruit -- th hops really slap you around -- almost a creamy bitterness

m- clean / cops linger a little boozy

overall -- very good ber my wife and I both loved it huge hops but enough malt to balance it out.

Photo of wolffman17
4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to leftmindedrighty!

Nugget Nectar is dark orange / bright red and completely clear. The off-white head looks nice and creamy and leaves big chunks on the walls of the glass.

Initially a candy-sweet aroma fills the nose. The hops add plenty of citrus (orange) too, but it seems the malts dominate here. Very inviting thus far.

Man, this tastes good. The malts, which aren't nearly as sweet as in the aroma, are balanced by the perfect amount of bitterness. Tons of hops make their presence known, mostly resulting in grapefruit. Seemingly no alcohol.

Smooth as can be with a bit of oily hop goodness. Tart aftertaste leaves me yearning for more.

Drinkable? Doesn't get much better than this. Wish it could last all night.

One of the better beers I've had the pleasure of consuming, and easily one of the best beers in the 7%-8% range.

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mymrnngjckt for this one.

Poured from a bottle a deep, clear amber gold with a frothy off-white head and much sticky lacing.

Nice aroma of citrusy and piney hops along with a touch of peach and honey.

The taste is happily much like the aroma. Citrus and pine upfront along with the peach and honey from before. Slightly bitter in a good way.

Medium mouthfeel, clean yet oily, mildly carbonated.

I love this hoppy beer. Now to set up some trades and get some more.

Photo of mvanaskie13
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have been looking forward to this one since last years batch...

Poured from the bottle a clear amber with light carbonation and 1/4" head that clings to the glass as it dissipates.

Smell is intense, fruity hops. Very refereshing citrusy and pine scents.

Taste is crisp, intense hops followed by a sweet malt and smooth finish.

Mouthfeel is not overpowering, somewhat smooth and crisp.

Very drinkable for the alcohol content, I can definitely sit down and have a few in an evening.

Overall a very good smelling and tasting brew. too bad its only around once a year.

Photo of dbatch
4.09/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hopped on the hop bandwagon on this one, a twelve ounce bottle poured into a Magic Hat snifter.

A: Pours a faint red/orange color, reminiscent of rust off a 1973 Pinto. I dont see any carbonation at all, and a quick swirl of the glass shows just a bit of egg white lacing. This is a very clear beer as well.

S: Hops are strong with this beer, both piney and citrus aromas, definitely grapefruit, but quickly followed by a sweet caramel aroma, perhaps even a honey cough drop at the end. Very nice indeed.

T: The pine hop flavor grabs the tongue and controls it, but its followed by a sweet, honey like flavor. Citrus brings up the rear, with pink grapefruit definitely noticeable. There is a very, very mild soapy taste as well.

M: Despite the lack of visible carbonation, this beer has plenty of it. The hop bite is strong and leaves the mouth dry. And just as the appearance of the beer, it feels very thin, not too much to chew on this beer.

D: The ABV is not too bad, but the carbonation for me makes it two to three tops. Excellent drinking.

Photo of NCBeernut
4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Great name and a great label that is very telling of the beer.

A: nothing really out of the ordinary. Has a nice coppery glow, with a white one finger head with a little bit of retention.

S: Pine and citrus hops with a blend of fruits, mainly peaches. The peach aroma is pretty prevalent and distinct. A SLIGHT touch of caramel and honey. Not as much hop aroma as I was expecting.

T: Hops up front. The hops become more citric in the taste, but still retain a pine quality. The peach is more subdued and the caramel and honey come out more, especially on the finish. Mouthfeel is good but nothing to really talk about. Good level of carbonation though.

D: I could drink a growler of this no problem...which would be amazing for a cookout, especially with the warmer weather we have been having here in Raleigh. Delicious beer, with a much lighter body that I was expecting. I wish I could get more.

Photo of csmiley
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a copper color leaning a little towards amber. A hard pour gave up a head of less than half inch. Retention is average. lacing is good.

S - Cirtus hop aromas are up front leaving no doubt what kind of beer this is going to be. The background contains earthy notes and a sweeter smell similar to molasses.

T - Of course, citrus hop flavors are the first part of this beer. Period. When the citrus starts to fade, it is replaced with an earthy hop flavor. After making it through the hops there are some sweeter flavors that start to peak through. I picked up caramel and honey flavors that tend to stay in the background.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation. Finish is dry but the beer remains smooth for the amount of hops in it.

D - Drinkability is very good. I only wish I had more. The alcohol does not show up in the characteristics of the beer which makes it a little dangerous.

Photo of shbobdb
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ahhh, the fabled Nugget Nectar. I can see why this is so regularly drank where it is available. It has all the hop-punch of an IPA and a nice strong malt backbone. I'm not sure what makes it an "amber" as opposed to just an "IPA". The hops really dominate the beer, lots of lemon and grapefruit zest that leads to a little bit of cottonmouth. The hop blast fades into a surprisingly chocolate finish.

I dig. A nice beer that encapsulates everything I like about beer, really. Malt? Check. Hops? Check. It is pretty solid.

Photo of CpnYates
4.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I'm not sure how It gets much better than this, but curses to the weather gods who are going to make beers of this nature so hard to come by in late 08.

I poured this thrill ride of the taste buds into my favorite 16oz dixie cup. Looking down into the cup i noticed a beutiful tobacco, autum, tangarine mix of colors. Lovely

The smell, well damn, my nose just chews hops.

Taste.. wow, hops, the only way this could be better is...more hops

Mouthfeel... insert silly adjectives for tasty here. Hops that would smack your grandma.

Photo of bboven
4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to PEBAK for this one.

Perfect amber body, c;ear, one finger of head that leaves tons of lacing.

Big high alpha hop aroma (Chinnok? Warrior?) and not much else too bad, with a red there'd be a lot of room for the malt to show up even with the hoppiness going on.

A palate shredder, for sure. Sweet and sticky hops are way out of balance with the malt, but that's the point here, so I'm not even considering it a red anymore.

Mouthfeel is where it should be for a red. The extreme drying power of the hops is actually balanced out with the sheer amount of hop oil in this beer.

Definitely one to actively seek out. Get your hands on it whenever you can if you're a hophead.

Photo of Avryle
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yea! Troegs is now in NY & I kick myself twice for not encouraging the significant other to purchase more of this sweet, sweet nectar of the gods.

A- Pours a sexy orangey-brown color. Very distinctive. I didn't get much head or retention out of this pour though.

S- Hops. Citrus-y. Pine-y. Floral-y. Its very earthy smelling. Aroma hops dominate all else

T- Tastes like camping sans the fire. The combination of the hops provide a woodsy taste with a splash of sweet malt towards the end.

M- Medium body. Light carbonation. Nothing remarkable

D- I'm not a big fan of this "Let's over-hop everything" trend, but this is one brew that I certainly like to have more of. Yea, Troegs!

Photo of Lupe
4.97/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours clear and a bright orange color with a dense white head. Good head retention and excellent lacing is left behind.

Big, bright, and clean hop aroma. Citrus, floral, and pine aromas are all present. Juicy grapefruit and orange make up the citrus aroma, which is the strongest of the three. Pine comes in second place. So enticing.

Flavor starts just like the aroma. Juicy citrus with grapefruit and orange. A little pine with some resin and a sappy sweetness. Floral notes are present as well. A nice underlying caramel sweetness along with some bread do a superb job of balancing the beer, yet still letting the hops shine. The hops do not hit you with a tongue lashing of bitterness like other big hoppy beers. Delicious.

Medium bodied, super smooth and crisp. Light carbonation but not too creamy. Seems just right for this beer.

Ridiculous drinkability. So smooth and flavorful, full of hops but not harsh or overwhelming. Great juicy flavors and extremely well balanced. Hard to put this one down. Alcohol barely shows up, and at 7.5% you better watch out as this beer drinks too easy. Excellent.

Photo of DIM
4.91/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

note: I have already reviewed this beer in growler form, but the casked version was different enough, I felt, to warrant another review.

a: The cask version is better in all ways except here. The Nectar I am used to shines in a way that no other beer does. The casked version had a haze to it that would not have bothered me with any other beer. It was darker than other versions, almost a light brown color. It was served to me with a perfect white frothy head.

s: This was served at the proper temperature to allow all the hop aromas to shine perfectly. Some nice caramel malts came through as well.

t: This beer is absolutely perfect. The casked version seemed hoppier to me with the malts being more subdued. The lack of carbonation means the only tickle left is from the hops.

m: Creamy, thick, and sublime.

d: I wish this had an abv of about 2% so I could drink it all day and night. This beer is my answer to the question, "If you were stranded on a deserted island and could only have one beer for the rest of your life, what would it be?"

Photo of IBUnit63
4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into Hess truck glass...

Clean and clear body with light carbonation and honey/apple juice/butterscotch color. Average head with decent lacing.

Bountiful hops are mostly floral with a little bit of grass (first whiff reminds me of catnip?!). There's also a little honey and a lot of grapefruit. Sweet and tangy aroma.

The hops are in front and well-presented but this is not about a balanced effort. Slight off taste at first (dog blanket?). Alcohol is well-concealed, probably mostly by the carbonation. Malt completes the backbone but its flavor is slow to emerge until the offering warms a little bit. Well-made but was expecting to be wowed a little more.

This is very clean and clear with, of course, strong hop pucker. The deep, bitter hop finish is very enjoyable. A little citrus tang goes a long way here. Body is not too thick on the mouth and there's not a lot of alcohol burn.

Very clean drinking - again, this is all about the hops! Well done.

Photo of akorsak
4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On cask at the General Sutter Inn in Lititz, PA.

A: The amber ale is a darker color, more brown than orange, with a steady haziness that arkens the ale enough to prevent translucence. The careful attention to the detail of the pour has resulted in a one finger head that nicely laces in strata as I drink the ale.

S: The nose is an awesome blast of floral citrus hops. The firkin has mellowed out the flavors a touch, allowing more caramel maltiness to come through.

T: The first sip is a silky masterpiece. The hops are as strong as ever, bitingly sharp with herbal grass and citrus flavors. The malts are a minor thought in the body, never adding more than a brief flick of caramel. The hops are the focal point of the ale and they do not disappoint. A booziness is just below the surface throughout the glass, coming close to overwhelming the pleasing drinkability.

M: The hops are biting and strong, softened up just a bit by the cask conditioning. The warmer temperature of the ale really brings out the deliciousness. This ale was meant for the cask.

D: Two imperial pints, each delicious, made for a great night. This was my first Nugget Nectar cask but I hope it won't be my last.

Photo of sholland119
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pured form the bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery tulip glass.

A-pours a deep clear amber, with a thin white head. Nice lacing.

S-Strong hops, with a little more citrus than floral but strong presence of both. Nicely balanced, in the hop aroma sense anyway.

T-Hops all the way through but with enough malt to keep it smooth and balanced. Finishes very smooth with only moderate hop bitterness.

M-Light carbonation. The hops linger on the tongue. I always like that.

D-Very drinkable for an Imperial anything. Hoppy as hell but still leaves me wanting more. ABV is high but not crazy.

Why don't those boys at Troegs have a brewpub already? This is one awesome beer, and I would gladly drive 100 miles to Harrisburg to get it. Fortunately I don't have to.

I will also note that the cask version is, if possible, even better. The carbonation is nicer, it stands up well to the warmer temp, and the sweetness is more present, in a really good way.


Photo of DrDogbeer
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Leftmindedrighty for this great beer-
Pours a nice light orange amber color with a thin white head. Leaves nice lacing. Smell is amazingly strong and wonderful. Fresh Piney, floral hops seem like they are floating in the top of the beer. Just a great smell. Taste is a hop wallop right off the bat. Great full pine hop flavor with some earthy malts to keep the mouthfeel very full to finish. Flavor stays full and fresh all the way to the end of the beer- each sip is great! Cant wait to get more!!! (any traders???)

Photo of brdc
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks markgugs for this one.

Small capped bottle, bottled on 01/11/08, poured into a pint.

Beautiful golden orange, with a fluffy light tan head that shows good retention and lacing.
Aroma is fresh, hoppy but a lot more floral and earthy, and the citric notes are a lot more orange than grapefruit. There is also a hint of caramelized and bready malts.
It has a nice medium body, with good carbonation and a velvety mouthfeel opening to a nicely hopped, floral and earthy, at times orangey taste that is not overdone, and well balanced by somewhat sweet caramel malty notes.
Impressively well balanced, nicely hopped but without that grapefruit explosion that characterizes the "hoppy masses".
Impressive, even for someone that is not a hophead like myself.

Photo of jscondon
4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Warning: this is a very biased review, Troegs is currently my favorite brewery. Bottled 1-08-08.

Pours a golden amber with a large head that subsides to about 1/2 in, releasing a wonderful hop aroma that is reminiscent of citrus. Minimal visible carbonation is a plus, and I have let this warm to about 55F b/c i have found that i like the Troegs beers better when they are a little warmer. The flavor profile of this one is very complex and balanced nicely. It is smooth up front with a touch of tartness, and the middle has a nice sweet flavor rounded out with a little caramel, finally to finish with a polished grapefruit/citrus hoppiness that lingers on the palette. The mouth is nice and thick and this one is definitely good.

In all this is a great beer, I would recommend it for sure.

Hats off to Mike L. for hooking me up with the beers hard to get in Mass.

Photo of SierraGS
4.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On cask at multiple locations, and also on tap and in the bottle (and always best on cask!)

This beverage pours a lovely reddish amber with a medium level of creamy white head which sticks to the sites of the glass from start to finish.

This is an incredibly sticky beer with an incredible aroma. There is a real piney resinous quality to this ale, and the sting of citrus bites the sides of my mouth and the sides of my tongue. Carmel malt flavors balance the hops keeping this big flavored beer in check.

Don't miss this one if you can get it, and go out of your way to get it on cask.

Tröegs Nugget Nectar from Tröegs Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 6,964 ratings.