Nugget Nectar
Tröegs Brewing Company

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American Imperial Red Ale
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4.33 | pDev: 9.47%
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
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
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Photo of Marraybay
4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Dark reddish amber; clear; smallish dissipating head, lacing;

Smell: Pine / Spruce

Taste: Great deal of depth; Sweet maple or caramel malt out of the gate that continues--(even more so when it warms)-- rounding into a large bitter & lingering close; a bit of alcohol also.

Feel: rich;

Overall: This is a really large flavorful beer, which leans marginally sweet, but has huge citrus depth as well.
Drinks like a large DIPA. Good beer.

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Photo of TooManyGlasses
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Single from Whole Foods in Harlem on an NYC trip. Pours a clear amber to copper colour with 1/2 finger off white head. Aroma is a little muted - caramel malt sweetness, hint of hoppy pine.
Taste begins with a wonderful sweet caramel malt, but quickly turns with the full force of resinous piney hoppiness, hints of grapefruit pith, mango - but always with the sweet malt sitting in back.
There is a little heat of the 7.5% ABV on a slightly sticky medium full mouthfeel and the piney bitterness lingers in a pleasing manner. Super solid beer and a treat to find!

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Photo of usernamenotinuse
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz can into pint glass.
Clear copper color, small soft white head, good lace and long lasting.
Smells of butterscotch, orange, pine, vanilla, hay.
Tastes butterscotch, orange, pine. Neutral clean finish.
Medium body, round, smooth, mouth feel.
Solidly awesome amber IPA ("Imperial Red Ale", apparently) with significant malt contribution. Wow, one of my favorites.

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Photo of darktronica
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, for an annual "big but accessible" release, I prefer this to Hopslam. I dig the Nugget hops, as an older new-school American variety. Solid hop character, moderately resinous, but still leaving plenty of room for the grain bill to present itself.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pouring from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass, this beer pours out a perfectly clear golden color. It forms two full fingers of tingy yellow, creamy and well packed crown. Leaves lacing all the way throughout. Looks great and I love the clarity.

The nose is a classic old school ipa. Some dank pine notes, syrupy sweet notes. Honey, caramel.

The taste comes in with some malt presence. It’s a really nice and clean malt background to a pine hop presence. Really nice sweetness in there with the honey and caramel notes. Slight crystal malt being used, but not overdone.

Mouthfeel isn’t cloyingly syrupy, and really well balanced while remaining wet and sticky.

Overall, I could see how this is a winner for people. I wish it pronounced on something a little more, but it’s a really well made, clean and balanced offering.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had this more than enough times in life. And finally, I'm getting around to record my thoughts here.
This time, in a clean nonic pint glass.
The appearance was an amber glossy semi-transparent color with an eggshell slim yet semi-rocky white foamy head. Spotty lace spreading out evenly.
The aroma takes the sweet biscuity malts to a sweet honey toned grassy hoppiness. Light toffee/caramel smooth character strolls through a super light piney bitterness.
The flavor took all of those prior mentioned aromas to bring them together sweetly with a sturdy bitterness but not as cohesive as I thought it could be. So, I can't really say "bittersweet" for this beer. Definitely has a long biscuity to caramel/toffee coated honey to piney aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied, perhaps just a touch under. Good carbonation and ABV. Semi-smooth honey finish with a touch of crisp grassiness and malt.
Overall, a very nice imperial red ale, well worthy of coming back to.

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Photo of SSS
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear bright Amber color with a cappuccino head
S- Somewhere between dank and malt, with notes of brown sugar, toffee and molasses. Some elements of ripe dark fruits, plums and dates
M-Medium body with a well balanced carbonation that is spot on.
T-Nice sweetness that is also resinous and compliments the bitterness that sets in and glides into the aftertaste
O-I was not expecting so much malt character that I always find takes away from any potential hop profiles, but the summary on the can fits what was in the can...hopped amber ale. Try it!

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

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) bottle into a custom tasting pint; no obvious production information.
A: Pours a crystal clear copper color with a one finger, off-white to wheat head, retention to a rim and minimal cap, and soapy lacing. Reminded me of cognac in color.
S: Spicy with strong caramel, molasses, and honey aromas. Lemon and pine elements. More cocoa as it warms.
T: Sweet to semisweet with a caramel and white pepper predominating over other elements of the nose. Peppery bitterness lingers pleasantly.
M: Light to medium bodied with fairly light carbonation. Drinks smooth and citrusy.
O: My first American Imperial Red Ale. Straightforward, but quite complex. I'm a bit shocked by the ABV (7.5%) and IBU (93 or so), but that they can take one by surprise as part of the artfulness of this brew's composition. An impressive accomplishment: Kudos!

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Photo of Ronl12
3.92/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz can into IPA glass. Dated best by 5/17/19.
Look is fairly clear reddish brown. Smell is fairly light hops/yeast/malt balance. Taste follows nose. Very balanced. Feel is light. Overall a nice beer but I would not seek it out but would drink again.

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Photo of Amendm
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12-oz. can, Freshest By 05/17/2019. An easy pour creates a finger of light beige froth with long retention and ridges of lacing. Clear deep copper-amber, orange-amber in front of light.
Bright hops; pine, citrus, herbal and spicy greet the nose with some caramel malt and faint alcohol.
Semi-sweet, caramel malt-rich start to the taste with semi-bitter hops. The hop flavors and bitterness increases during the middle with apple and citrus fruit. The finish is fast and clean, a little dry and bitter with the hop flavors lingering for a long aftertaste. Alcohol is hidden during the taste. Medium-full bodied, ample carbonation. Smooth easy drinker. Great looks, smell, taste and feel. Hoppy as all hell yet balanced by the abundance of malt.

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Photo of Stead2112
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A WONDERFUL drinking experience.
Golden finish, an amazing hops experience.
I can't say I've ever tried a "Imperial Red Ale" before this...But I loved it!
Solid recommendation.
So much character in a single glass.
Can't wait for my next one!

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Photo of Harrison8
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a translucent amber with two fingers of white foam that retains beautifully well, with a long lingering foam ring. Aroma is pine, resin, citrus, and sticky hops forming a lightly sweet, balanced nose. Bready, earthy, caramel malts round out the remainder of the aroma profile. Flavor profile is pine, resin, citrus, and lightly dank hops for a semi-sweet opening that is balanced out well by malts. Malts are bready, earthy, and caramel. Mouth feel is lightly fuzzy, with a touch of effervescence. It's a little too fuzzy to be 'crisp', but nears that level of refreshment. It has a medium thickness. Overall, balance between hops and malts are fantastic, with both being allowed to shine.

Served in a 15.5oz Speigalau tulip from a 12oz bottle.

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

Look ? Ooooooo!!! Beautiful copper-orange!!! A lot of people don't like orange....anything... I do :) ("Official beer of Oompa Lumpas everywhere!" ??? :P ) . Luxurious off-white head, that persists for awhile, and leaves a good amount of lacing.

Aroma is ruby grapefruit, on the sweet end of the grapefruit spectrum, some sweet, honey-ish toasted malt , and some mango , as promised on the label.

Taste is pine, sweetish grapefruit, bitter-grapefruit pith, and some fruited-mead-like sweet/sour. It finishes with a rounded stab of pine/grapefruit bitterness , on the anterior quarter of the tongue, that lingers for a minute or so.

Feel is moderately oily/creamy, with some very fine carbonation tingle that mixes in, builds, and takes over on the finish.

Overall, very good. Nice balance between the fruity elements, the pine, and the sweetish malt. Smooth, and easy-drinking. The total is greater than the sum of the parts.

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Photo of MoreBeer4me
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Meh? Its alright but definitely overrated. I was expecting something incredible special and was somewhat disappointed. Anticipated more of a potent amber ale with some hoppy snap added, but just got another IPA really. I'm suffering from IPA fatigue and really don't need another. I'll finish my sixer and that'll be it.

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Photo of Lamar
4.83/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I tend to say away from hoppy beers but this one is just plain fantastic. The hops have a pleasant almost grapefruit like taste that balances well with the sweetness of the beer. I am on my second one and will grab another six pack tomorrow.

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Photo of rapayn01
3.77/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer was ok, but not in my wheelhouse. It has a fair amount of hop, so I was not turned of by too much malt (which happens with some red ales). However, it is kind of boozy. I had this from a can a couple of months ago.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, deeper orange amber colored with a large off white head that lingers leaving good lacing, clear

S: fresh earthy and citrus hops balanced with sweet grain, citrus pine

T: big blast of bitter hops up front, pine, lemon, grapefruit, middle sweetens to balance with malt, caramel, bread, finish is pine bitter

M: thick and sticky

O: great beer picked up in PA

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Photo of SoccerSeuss
4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from can into pint glass. Poured a clear orange tinted amber with a nice fluffy cream colored head. Notes of citrus, pine, and resin on the nose. Taste followed aroma, smooth with a crisp finish. Pleasantly surprising with the stated high IBU. Very easy to drink. Lives up to the hype ... though admittedly I did not know there was any hype until a friend/coworker who lived in Hershey prior said I had to try it and gave two cans to sample. I would highly recommend. To bad it is only brewed once a year.

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Photo of dafla67
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Nice pour for a deep amber color. The aroma is hoppy, malts and pine. The taste is amazing, flavorful throughout with a good crisp finish. Definitely not too much hops. Very easy to drink. Lives up to the hype.

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Photo of Oliver_Twist
3.33/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a case of Nectar at the brewery in Feb 2018. Very disappointed! Compared to the 2017 version, the 2018 version lacks the the aroma and taste which made this an outstanding brew. It is a very good brew but not as good as the previous batch. I will cautiously try the 2019 version and hope for the best.

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Photo of SteelerBeerNut
4.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is a great go-to beer, especially for a group with different tastes. The flavor explodes and this hoppy brew starts well and finishes even better. The IBU is 93ish, but well hidden in this delightful brew. BUT, it is a brewed ONCE A YEAR, so get it when it is available. Straw/orange in color, this beer pours great out of the bottle. Love this one in a snifter. Great pine and mango flavor will leave you coming back for a second one. A great complement to any meal. Once again, the Troeg Brothers have produced a must try!

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Photo of mpyle
3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale amber color, brilliantly clear. Poured good sized just off white head with good retention.

A bit malty caramel sweet, and a complex hop nose with some citrus and pine. Hop aroma fairly intense.

Big malt up front, somewhat caramelly and sweet. Then loads of piney/earthy hop flavors, yet the overall flavor profile stays somewhat sweet most of the way. A funky animal urine hop flavor that I don't like. A very subtle, smooth bitterness in the finish. The 93 IBUs are well hidden.

Medium body and carbonation. No astringency, minimal warming

I liked everything about it accept for the flavor. Hop preferences are very personal, and this one didn't match my tastes. Still a good beer, but for me some hop variety swaps would improve it for my palate.

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Photo of Radcpa
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear reddish copper appearance with slight white head. Aroma is a hoppy sweet. Taste is a sweet hoppy very much like an IPA that is unlike and amber red ale I have had.

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Photo of Hunamaga
4.16/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark copper orange in color. Clear appearance with off-white head. Smells of citrus, pineapple, and some spicy floral and pine notes. Taste is sweet citrus fruits, mango, honey, some dank pine resin. Bittering finish. Medium mouthfeel. Overall a complex, tasty imperial amber ale.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.86/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear amber color, above average carbonation but still feel a little thin. Aroma is pine,malt and mild citrus. Taste comes off almost identical,pine is dominant,not overpowering yet still lingers a while

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