Nugget Nectar
Tröegs Brewing Company

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Style:
Red Ale - Imperial
Ranked #1
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
96
Ranked #652
Avg:
4.33 | pDev: 9.47%
Reviews:
2,626
Ratings:
8,816
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Tröegs Brewing Company
 
Pennsylvania, United States
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96
World-Class
Nugget NectarNugget Nectar
Notes: 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
Reviews: 2,626 | Ratings: 8,816 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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flepkows from Ohio

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

You people in these forums absolutely kill me with your ridiculous commentary. Tastes like glacier water that froze and thawed and ran down a magical rainbow rock before it was used to brew this beer. Spare me, most of you cant tell the difference between any craft beer and a coors light.

Apr 20, 2021
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AElfwine_Nerevar from Connecticut

4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a can with a BB of 05/12/21

L: Pours a medium amber with excellent clarity. An aggressive pour yields two fingers of fine, khaki head with good retention. As the beer recedes in the glass it leave a nice webbed lacing.

S: Very weak nose. I get a bit of caramel malt and a hint of C-hop character. The nose seems to be faded.

T: I get toffee, caramel, grapefruit, honey graham cracker, light herbal notes that transition into resinous pine, tangerine, a bit of citrus pith, and a light earthy spice character on the finish. A very nice bitterness complements the above flavors. Wow this one has an impressive palate!

F: Medium body with medium-light carbonation. The mouthfeel is a bit creamy, but also resinous on the finish. The finish has a minimal dryness, but just enough to bring your mouth back to the glass.

O: Why did I wait so long to try this? I will have to get a fresher can next time to see what is up. As is it is recommended.

Apr 11, 2021
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nugget Nectar pours a darker bronze color, with a small, lacing head. Aroma, is earthy, hints of burnt floral hops. Flavor has hints of sweetness, a strong earthy hoppy flavor, hints of pine and dry. Great sticky feel. Overall, a perfectly crafted amber ale, so much enjoyable flavors, hoppier and more bitter, love the dryness.

Apr 07, 2021
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Shiredave from New York

4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Freshest by 3-15-21". Oh well... I shoulda looked under the can in store.
Pours a beauteous deep amber with a tall, pale tan head of dense, rocky foam. Great lacing and cling and occasional rising carb bubbles are visible through the clear, ever so slightly chill hazed beer.
Aromas of rich caramel malt and deep pine forest, orange jam with honey smeared over lightly toasted bread. faint hints of apple and maple.
Flavor is weak up front and body is thin on the tongue. But it's still cold so I'll wait a bit............
Rich, complex malt flavor move in as it warms. Delicious toffee and lush fruit - berries and watermelon blend right into warm pine bite of hops. Lovely balance and tasty malt character.
Medium -lite in body and very drinkable despite the 7.5%.
A classic, full flavored Amber Ale. A rare thing these days.

Mar 26, 2021
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Bshaw22 from Wisconsin

4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very good IPA. As a reviewer of a beer like this, one can’t let time influence the review.
This is an old school IPA.
Nice resinous presence with malty backbone. It’s filled out by a nice tropical fruit character of pineapple and citrus. Very drinkable beer. Could crush a few.
Has a nice amber red body with a fluffy white head. Altogether a world class ipa.
Don’t let the Hazies of the world tell you that this isn’t world class.

Feb 21, 2021
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KRug from Massachusetts

4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Best by 5/12/21

I'm very excited for this one, and I'm really not sure how I haven't tried it yet. My first imperial red, and it's the highest rated of the style! This is a truly legendary beer, and I'm so happy to finally try it. Let's not waste any more time and just dive in

Pours an absolutely crystal clear golden amber with a finger and a half of soapy white head that slowly fades to a cap and leaves great lacing

The simplicity of the aroma is quite appealing, as it shows a great balance between malt and hops. I'm picking up on aromas of pithy grapefruit, resinous piney hops, honey sweetness, lightly spicy red malt, doughy bread, and juicy orange

The somewhat understated aroma really pops in flavor, but maintains the fantastic balance that it set up. On the front end of the sip I'm tasting fresh pine, juicy orange, honey, doughy malt, and a hint of pepper. The swallow brings notes of dank weed, underripe melon, grapefruit, red malt, oily hops, and crisp bready malt

A medium body pairs with mild carbonation, resulting in a super smooth and crisp beer, drinking well under 7.5% Finishes incredibly dry with a nice lingering bitterness

Well shit, color me impressed. It's so simple, but it's more than just the sum of its parts. I need more. I could find some really good food pairings for this one

Feb 18, 2021
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realJohnnyHobo from Maryland

4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

In 2008 I remember being on a list just to get a case. The signup was quick and a lot of people queued up just for the opportunity, a year later this sold out within mere seconds of hitting the shelves, and though the hype being my favorite beer of all time has died down the beer is still great.

The term ‘juice’ bomb seems to be a modernized describe well fitting for Nugget Nectar. There is a huge sweetness that smacks you right in the face with each sip. Ultra smooth, and oddly dry on its finish. Yes there is a bit of the nugget hop lingering but it is ultra smooth. At the end of the day, this is the best beer in the Imperial amber ale range.

Feb 14, 2021
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Best before 4/29/21; consumed on 2/8/21

Pours a crystal-clear, deep copper body, glistening and steadily effervescent, capped with multiple fingers of thick, fluffy, off-white foam; great head retention yields a half-finger of creamy cap, a broad, soapy collar, and many thin layers of chunky, webby lacing coating the walls of the glass.

Aroma starts off with a wave of honeyed malt sweetness, quickly establishing a foundation for ruby red grapefruit and pine laced with a dense array of sweaty, dank hop resins evolving over the middle with a distant tinge of bread crust interspersed throughout; peach and apricot flesh accent the back end of the bouquet as intermittent, sweet pineapple and dank mango continue driving a fading citrus tone through the close.

Taste first approaches with a suave honeyed malt balanced with the deft citric undertones of grapefruit rind upfront; building resin soon takes over, with grassy tones sporting a rawer, herbal touch over the mid-palate peaking with dirt, earth, and flaky malts into the back end, where citrus peel underscores and a light mango/apricot compote presents on the finish.

Mouthfeel brings a medium body and a fluffy, moderate carbonation; slick, bright, and paradoxically boggy with notions of a sticky weight which never quite materialize over the mid-palate, the back end highlights a prickly bitterness as a taut malt texture allows for a consistent, moderately dry finish.

In a similar vein to regional stalwarts like Sip of Sunshine, this brew sits in a perpetual flow state of sweaty hop resins and vivid yet simple malt expressions; a distinct focus on the core of natural hop characteristics gives this a perpetual appeal.

Feb 09, 2021
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Jaasoares from Virginia

4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark orange with an inch head. Hoppy pine and orange on the nose. Taste is the bomb! Well balanced mildly tangy sweetness with the bitterness of resin, pine. Excellent brew!

Feb 05, 2021
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mjsullivan86 from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Golden amber color with a thin head that fades, but leaves decent lacing. Smell is hop floral and pine. Bitterness takes the stage here, but in a good way. Earthy and floral hop flavor well balanced with malt. Quite carbonated with a medium body. Enjoyable and easy drinking.

Feb 04, 2021
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RandomVideoGameCharacter from Massachusetts

4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This is probably one of my favorite IPAs. It’s balanced. Drink it fresh and as often as possible. I have purchased cases of this. I dunno what else to say.

Jan 30, 2021
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artiefufkin from New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Practically perfect imperial red ale. Less woody and more herbal nugget hops notes blends perfectly with the malt profile. Picture-perfect color, with moderate lacing. Drink fresh and it's one of the best beers from Troegs.

Jan 25, 2021
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skisonic from Maryland

4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fully transparent but well-tinted light brown. Notes of pine, orange citrus, lemon on the nose. Brilliant bouquet. Medium bodied with a healthy amount of hops, its active on the tongue. Taste is extremely well-balanced, not too hoppy (but quite hoppy), not too citrusy, not too earthy, but all of these things. this is great!

Canned YESTERDAY BABY. FRESHHH.

Jan 22, 2021
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TheCakePounder from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

People claim its not world class, and try to compare to world class stouts. Its one of the best red ales, hence world class. If world class was at these so called review standards, they'd be nothing but stouts. I love stouts, and i dont typically write reviews, but i had to use this stage to announce my statement. I read hundreds of reviews and most are fair. Others are beyond bias. Ive read reviews where someone tried the beer several times, while stating they never cared for the style, just to bash it in a review

Again this is not a review of the beer, but a review of the common demeanor of this site. Beer snobs are the pettiest of people, and sit themselves on the highest of pedestals.

For the people in the back, rate the beer and compare it to others with in the style. It doesnt take the smartest guy in fermentation to know people are biased to styles, so why bother.

Ps i know this is a waste, but it didnt take up any of my time as i was sitting on the toilet as i typed this

Jan 14, 2021
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1009 from Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I was as happy as a honey bee drinking this nectar. This beer displayed a gorgeous amber color with a foamy head that is mouth watering. It has a piney and citrus smell to it that converts to a flavorful beer that is malty and sweet. I could not believe the amount of flavor packed into this brew. It is almost like drinking a juice and thus makes sense why it is called Nugget Nectar. An excellent beer.

Jun 03, 2020
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Ernald_Elbertson from Delaware

4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is potentially my favorite beer. Even though it isn't as complex or decadent as some beers, it is drinkable, full of flavor, and at what I consider to be the perfect ABV.

Look: Typical amber style in terms of color and clarity, but with a small ever-present head that gives it a sense of smoothness you don't always get from other hoppy beers.

Smell: Immediately extremely fruity, like a freshly peeled citrus. Hops and malt combine with bitter and sweet to provide this experience. Slightly dank and herbaceous, rounding out the smell with a full and complex undertone.

Taste: Malt and hops combine together on the first sip, giving the signature fruity bitterness. Hop bitterness is very high at 93 IBU, and lasts for quite a while in the mouth. Each subsequent sip refreshes you and starts the process over again; this beer can be enjoyed in sips over a long period of time, or finished off quickly if you desire. You'll both want to go back for the next sip, but also linger on the last one. As for the particular fruit taste here, it could really be a few. I get mango, grapefruit, but also some orange and possibly even some notes of dried fruit. The head gives every sip a creamy flavor as well. Almost like if you were to have an orange creamsicle with real fruit flavors as opposed to artificial orange flavor. Dank in the flavor as well, adds a lot of complexity here.

Feel: Creamy, but not overly heavy. Perfect feel for this style of beer, and works with the fruit flavors very well.

Overall: This beer is fantastic, provided you enjoy hoppy beers. It can serve different drinking purposes (despite being labeled an Imperial, you can drink a few at a time), and will be sure to satisfy. Personally I might bump the ABV up just a notch to 8-8.5%, but other than that, this beer is nearly flawless. Next time you want a Double IPA, try this instead. It provides a similar experience, but with a more gentle and smooth malt than the typical intense malts of DIPAs. I can guarantee this will be in my beer rotation for as long as they keep making it, and it certainly deserves its reputation as the best of the best Ambers.

May 10, 2020
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kookajamo from Delaware

4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nugget Nectar strikes again. Malty, fruity, hoppy, crisp... not much more you could ask for in a well hopped imperial red. Agreed that anyone saying this has lost its luster over the years probably got a bad batch. For the price Toregs is basically giving this away.

Apr 05, 2020
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Singlefinpin from North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Drinking this at home due to the ongoing pandemic that prevents me from going out to have a proper pint on draft.
Poured from a can into a pint glass.
Appears clear, amber, with a nice foamy head that capped over into a thin head that lasted.
Smells, as I was pouring it, it's floral, citrusy, piney aroma was prevalent.
Taste didn't disappoint, follows the nose, tangerine notes, at 93 IBUs not all that bitter.
Mouth feel is medium plus for the style.
Overall at an ABV of 7.5 not boozy at all. I'd definitely order again.

Apr 04, 2020
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Jas0921 from Florida

4.83/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This one is superb! Dark, amber color. Strong notes of pine and hop bitterness, backed up by mango-malt sweetness. Don’t listen to those who claim the hype is lost on this one. It is still worthy.

Mar 26, 2020
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BillBarnshaw from New Jersey

4.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is another great 1x a year beer from Troegs. Comes out around February in our local Market (New Jersey). Great color and balance. Not as good as Giant Nimble in my opinion but well balanced and great taste none the less. Color is slightly red / orange. Lots of citrus and pine flavor.

Mar 12, 2020
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Claude-Irishman from New Jersey

4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a translucent light caramel color with a decent creamy/foamy head. Smell hops, almost a sweet bun smell, very muted. Taste an explosion of hops,citrus,toffee,stone fruit. Feels medium bodied and finishes juicy. Overall a very good beer, I never had an imperial red before-

Feb 09, 2020
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PathofChaos from Maryland

3.73/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance:
Pours a bright, translucent, orange marmalade color. Clear as a clean window in a gated community. Its head has a white tinged-with-orange hue that boasts respectable retention and heavy, webbed lacing.

Bouquet:
The presence of tropical fruit, citrus hops, and sugary syrup are all quiet as mice in a cat kennel. I really had to breathe deep to detect anything at all.

Taste:
Bold, shameless hops cut to the front of the line, jumping up and down for attention, shoving the semi-sweet honey, caramels, red malts, and floral spices sprawling to the ground on its oafish way there. The flavors injured by this carelessness still come limping along, but weaker for their sufferance. At times, there's even a hint of something that wants to call itself mango creamsicle, but those citrus hops relentlessly rave and whoop across the palate with bombastic abandon, while the more exotic flavors are subdued into stunned whispers.

Feel:
A medium body that's smooth and finishes with a warm, bitter bite. Refreshing, almost crisp, and most inoffensive!

Overall:
A daydream of captivating flavors that never quite becomes reality. Nugget Nectar is nice, yeah... but not a World-Class 96 out of 100. That puts it in league with real flavor titans like Stone's Xocoveza, Terrapin's Wake-n-Bake Oatmeal Coffee Imperial Stout, and Founders KBS Stout, which it certainly is not.

Feb 07, 2020
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drinkdrankdrunk56

4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

gives off a darker orange and straw look. smells of a lot of tropical fruits and pine notes, just a lot of different hop smells going along. Taste matches the smell with a semisweet hit up front, I', assuminig from the malts but then hit with all kinds of hop flavors from juicy to bitter

Feb 07, 2020
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SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to Ryan for hooking me up with this one!

Pint can - freshest by 05/15/20 - poured into an IPA pint at 46°F.

Pours a delightfully brilliant reddish-amber, with excellent clarity. Nearly two fingers of bone white head form, before receding to a half-finger of sheet that persists throughout. Absolutely mesmerising effervescence that begins nucleating at the base with micro bubbles, before growing and absolutely swarming upwards, keeping that sheet of foam alive. Some heavy sheet lacing is formed.

Nose: That unique red ale malt base sets the tone - not nearly as sweet and honey-like as caramel malt, and also restrained enough to let the hops take the spotlight. Some warm, toasty notes, with a touch of caramel and fresh baked bread, and then a ton of hop notes. The hops are very bizarre. There's a real English floral and spiciness to it that you almost never encounter in an American hoppy ale. There are some very forward pine and citrus notes, but then this bombardment of dank and earthy impressions hit. I definitely get some Simcoe mustiness and touch of black peppercorn, but the rest is just this very unique bouquet of dank, earthy, spicy, and floral notes. .

Palate: The beer greets the palate with a malty sweetness first and foremost. Somewhat akin to typical crystal malt, there is a moderate sweetness, but it lacks the darker, toasty caramel flavour. The sweetness is actually somewhat restrained. The hops comenin quick, with a whole mosaic (not the hop) of earthy, spicy, and dank notes, with a little hint if bright fruity citrus. A firm boiled hop bitterness - pithy and resibous in nature, comes into focus fairly early on, but is kept beneath everything else by the malt. These are unusual hops to me, and therefore I cannot say what it typical of them, or even identify what flavours are from what, but I can absolutely spot some musty, earthy Simcoe in the mix, from a mile away. It tastes like they added Simcoe in boil, but also used it in the dry hop as well. European hop spice, grapefruit, tangerine, black pepper, Douglas fir sap, fresh herbs, a bit of grass, and all these earthy notes, with that punch of musty Simcoe. The finish dries out much of the malt, and sees an increase in bitterness, which becomes purely resinous, with all the spicy notes from before, some dry potpourri florals, dried orange zest, and a ton of sappy, resinous hop oils, which lends a bit of pine. Bitterness does not linger, and the finish ultimately concludes clean and crisp.

Mouthfeel/Body: The beer is squarely medium-bodied. The malt lends some sweetness, some heft, and just a hint of stickiness, but I've had regular old West Coast IPAs that are way sweeter and stickier than this. It is quite crisp and drinkable, and the malt never feels chewy, heavy or sticky. Effervescence is fairly average, or maybe just a bit below average, but for all intents and purposes, it's perfectly adequate, and helps move the beer along. Some resinous hop oils cling to the palate, and while not entirely dry, the finish definitely has some hoppy drying qualities.

Overall: I have to give this beer credit for being unique and a bit against the grain. I've had some red ales before, and while some hit the mark, others just come across as IPAs - often overly bitter and sappy IPAs. This was has a character that is entirely it's own. The malt is absolutely perfect, and really sets the feel for a red ale, the hops themselves are just ridiculously unique and unusual, and the hopping is done to perfection, with the perfect balance of bitterness, flavour, and aromatics. This is a very fine imperial red ale - a bit unusual, yes, and perhaps not what many are used to, but it's a job well done, and a finely crafted ale.

Feb 04, 2020
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jkblr from Indiana

4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz can freshest by 04/22/2020 poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass at fridge temp 7.5% ABV 93 IBU. The beer pours bright copper amber in color with sticky light khaki head. The head recedes to a thin cap and leaves a little lacing. The aroma is sweet, sticky pine needle and dank tropical fruit. The taste is semisweet burnt sugar caramel with big dank hoppy overtones of evergreen and mango. Heavy bitterness throughout. The mouthfeel is medium plus bodied with average carbonation and a mostly dry finish. Overall, excellent. Very happy I picked up a six pack.

Jan 30, 2020
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Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 8816 ratings