Tröegs Nugget Nectar | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Nugget NectarTröegs Nugget Nectar

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Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by Edwin on 02-13-2004

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Reviews: 2,523 | Ratings: 8,480
Photo of Riff
4.16/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep reddish amber color with a thick, almost three fingers tall, white head. Smells of malts and a little bit of citrus. Tastes of sweet malts, a little juice, and some floral notes. Didn't notice much in the way of bitterness, just the tiniest bit towards the end. Creamy, good mouthfeel, with just a little lingering afterwards. Tasty and easy drinking beer.

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

poured from 12oz can from this year's release
awesome amber color - deep red
smell i would say is mostly malt upfront with piney notes
taste is fantastic - crisp and soft, big blast of hops, really strong malt backbone and big bitterness at the end. a great, classic beer that packs a wallop but stays refreshing, balanced and nuanced. excellent

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Photo of pro45
3.78/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best By date says 4/17/17. No idea when it was canned. I'm really getting to dislike this Best By stuff. Put the damn bottling/canning date on your beers without all the other mysterious coding. Has a number 301, so could it be canned on the 301st day of 2016? Nose is hops, pine, malts, caramel, grapefruit pith. Pours a beautiful ruby gold with an off white head. Good carbonation. Taste is hoppy, piney, fruity. Some dank bitterness on the finish. This years offering was not as good as previous years. Didn't exhibit that juicy hop quality. At $14.99 a six pack, one is enough for me.

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

Love it.....Recently had Hopslam for the first time and I'll put this ahead of Hopslam because I found Hopslam to be overly boozy...this keeps all the nice hop flavors......I'm ready to go out and get some more!

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Photo of Terptwerp
3.23/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Not sure if the beer has changed or if my taste has. In prior years I thought this was a very good beer. This year it seems thin without much flavor. Not terrible, but not something that I will buy again.

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

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Dogfish tulip

L: Clear golden copper pour. Two fingers of off-white head with sticky lacing.

S: Malty and rich... mixed with juicy citrusy hops. Floral as well.

T/F: Rich caramel malts... full bodied and juicy. Not bitter, but a delicious juicy/floral hop profile. Grapefruit and pineapple... hibiscus. Resinous and sticky on the tongue. Finish is caramel and juice. A little warming... hides the ABV super well.

O: A delicious Red ale/IPA hybrid that is a yearly event here in Pennsylvania. Always a favorite, and one to stock up on for some every day fantastic while supplies last.

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Photo of TripleSun
3.85/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L - Ruby/Dark red
S - Caramel malt and pine mostly
T - Sweet but not too much, nice subtle flavors. Nothing really dominates though. Some grapefruit and caramel.
F - Kind of thin to be honest but a really delightful, easy to drink brew. Can't believe it is 7.5% ABV

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Photo of Manfrombelmonty
3.21/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a glass.

Bought this for a few years on the trot. Never got the hype.

Smell ain't great. But if malt. Bit of hops. Not much going on.

Looks nice. Lovely warm colour.

Taste is muted. Nice maltiness. Hops seem subdued. I sip it, I gulp it, I swirl it around. There's not much to write home about. Tastes ok but seems weak.

Bit fizzy. Thin.

Overall it's not what you'd hope for from such a highly rated beer.

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Photo of Lilbeck23
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Overall awesome amber ale. It has a slight hop smell of the bat, but a subtle hop taste and refreshing finish. The hops are not overpowering and it definitely has the dry feel to it. It leaves your tongue very fast and a smooth complexion gives it a delightful balance. Overall a mist have and awesome seasonal!!

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Photo of Vetbidder
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Looks pretty decent, I'm calling it amber with not much head. Ok, I'm getting hops citrus scent out of this beer, as an IPA man this is getting better. Wait this is an amber ale, your kidding, this is awesome. Hopped up for sure, this is the best take on an amber I've had. Wait, this is a 7.5 percenter, I can't tell. Wait, this ain't available all year for some reason... hurry up and GET THIS BEER !

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Photo of ocelot2500
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a clear reddish brown color with a tight, off-white head that little bits of lacing.

Smells of citrus and herbal hops.

Tastes of the hops upfront layered over a great malt base. Hops lead off with notes of grapefruit and some pine. This gives way to caramel malts with notes of toffee and toasted bread. More hops come next as herbal and earthy notes appear. Finishes with some lingering hops.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a great, hoppy red.

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Photo of DeaconWhite82
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice IPA. Got a 6 pack. Nice color, not much lacing. Great taste, easy to drink. The beer is not super bitter. This IPA would work well with food. Troegs has a winner with Nugget Nectar.

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Photo of Meyers1023
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear deep amber color with a fingers worth of foamy white head. The nose has some citrus notes with pine and some caramel. The flavor is well balanced. A perfect combination of the amber ale and IPA characteristics. The feel is medium with good carbonation. I've been waiting a long time to try this one and it may not be as big as some of the beers out there not but it gets everything it does right!

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Photo of Whey2Hoppy
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- One of the most beautiful looking copper pours that I have ever seen.

Smell- Floral hops, some resin, and burnt sugar sweetness.

Tatse- Damn near perfect balance of classic hop flavor with that malty brown sugar sweetness, much stronger in the flavor punch than the aroma lets on.

Feel- What you would expect for the style, more medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall- An excellent beer from Troegs, and definitely stands up there with some of the best in the style. If you like your IPAs a little more balanced than complete palate wreckers, this is for you.

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Photo of HopslamClan
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not intense at all. Actually leans towards a brown ale to me at first squeeze. Finishes without any desire to make a point. Bold yeungling, loblolly, goes perfectly with herb roasted chicken. Keep it light but not poolside light. Can't get a 7.5 like this anywhere.

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Photo of The_Beer_Guru
4.14/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours an amber color with a one finger foam head. Smells citrusy, grapefruit, and floral hops. Taste caught me off guard, I was expecting from the smell a citrusy hoppy beer. Instead it tastes very good with a nice hop presence and a little bit of a sweet finish. Very well balanced beer with a low lingering bitterness. I would definitely buy again!

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Photo of puck1225
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass, well before the enjoy by date. A deep clear orange with a beautiful thick beige head and excellent lacing. Very pleasant smell, malty, sweet, and floral. The taste is very nice with caramel, orange, and a nice earthiness. A very enjoyable beer!

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Photo of Salt-n-Beer
3.94/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice enough beer but I honestly do not understand the hype. I got a fresh one from a can. It pours a reddish amber with roughly an inch of head. The nose is surprisingly devoid of too much hop aroma. The taste is similarly not as hoppy as one is made to expect and most of the bitterness arrives late. Overall, it's not as complex or unique as others describe it.

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Photo of fyrespritetryst
4.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Being that this is my favorite beer in the world, I was honestly a little disappointed this year. One of the best things about nugget nectar is the simplicity of its hop profile. Citrus introduction with a piney resinoid mid to a metallic finish has always been how I've known the beer...the epitome of an imperial red ale. It reminded me of a Six Point Sweet Action with a thicker mouthfeel and a bit of chew. Now I'm seeing imperial amber everywhere on the labels and what used to just be warrior and nugget hops has turned into warrior, nugget, tomahawk, simcoe and palisade hops. It muddies the transition of a cult classic and I wish Troegs didn't mess with a good thing. Regardless, it's still delicious, but it blends in with a lot of other IPA's now...

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Photo of Oopssorryy
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an interesting light amber, with orange highlights. Has a massive off white head, but has little lacing. Head sticks around for a long time. The smell is sweet citrus, grapefruit and orange, along with bitter floral and grassy qualities.
Bitter and floral in the mouth, with large flavors of pine. The finish starts off with a ting of sweet caramel, then shows a massive swell of pine, hints of resin, and again, floral. The whole experience is very bitter, with only a brief hint of sweetness to try to balance it all out. The beer is incredibly light, easy in carbonation, and very drinkable. It's dry, as the bitter profile would suggest, but isn't overly so. Overall a great beer, and a nice break from the IPAs while still offering many of the same qualities they'd give you.

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Photo of InfoInfo209
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

As someone who usually drinks IPAs, American ales tend to lean too malty for my personal tastes, but this has a nice balance of hops at basically every turn. The finish is particularly well-balanced, providing a little gush of hops at the end that leaves you ready for more very quickly. It's very drinkable, especially for a beer at 7.5 ABV. If you are a fan of ales, I recommend you try it at least once if it's available. Poured on tap at Flanagan's Pub in Dayton, OH.

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Photo of 1947
4.64/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hugely hoppy hops, and yet the overall flavor remains beautifully balanced -- really a masterpiece. Inviting start, good mouthfeel, enjoyable finish, where hoppiness threatens to overwhelm, but doesn't. "Dramatic," is that a beer word? On the negative side, I found the head shortlived, and thinnish, but I have yet to find the perfect beer, though many come very close.

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

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass at Bottoms Up in Jingan, Shanghai, China.

A: Amber/dark orange with a 2 finger off-white head that lasts over 2 minutes.

S: Fruity and citrusy. Sweetness of light honey, light yeasty bread

T: Balance. Sappy hops with bread underneath. Slightly yeasty with light bread notes.

Overall: Great drinkable beer, balanced with good hop and malt profile. Very drinkable!

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.93/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Here's a red ale with a lot of hops in it. One of the earliest examples of a hoppy beer on the East Coast, before they fell in love with orange juice beer hype.

Lots of carbonation, full 1" off white head on a red/amber ale appearance. Aroma had all that red malt and plenty of the bitter nugget hop. Is this only nugget hops? They aren't the most aromatic hop to use.

Its plenty malty, plenty bitter. Its a bigger beer than i thought at the outset. The citrus is grapefruit, there is some woodiness but not pine like. Lots of caramel. The nugget hops seem to provide more in the way of bitterness moreso than a discernable flavor.

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Photo of twage04
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark gold with medium carbonation. Aroma is of sweet caramel. Taste is of the same with some fruity hops joinging in. Overall this is a pretty solid tasty beer that toes the line between the hops and the malt. Malty IPA? Hoppy Amber?

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