Nugget Nectar
Tröegs Brewing Company

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American Imperial Red Ale
Ranked #1
Ranked #600
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 Claude-Irishman
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-

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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Photo of 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

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Photo of SierraNevallagash
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.

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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.

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

L - clear copper with near 2-finger off-white head. Good lacing.
S - tropical and fruity, with pine. Nice mix.
T - follows the nose but like drinking juice. More noticeable pine taste.
F - medium mouthfeel with semi-dry finish.
O - good beer. Easy to drink for the ABV. Nice and tasty.

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Photo of Peach63
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber with a 1 inch thick, creamy, white head, which lasts. Heavy lacing to the end.

Aroma is pine, citrus, resiny, earthy, floral.

Taste is grapefruit, pine, slight malt sweetness.

Medium bodied, light carbonation. Semi-sweet, bitter finish.

An outstanding amber ale from Troegs. very hoppy.

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Photo of DavetotheB
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

From a 12 oz bottle with a "freshest by" date of 5/5/20. Pours a translucent copper color with about a half finger of white head. Retention is ok with moderate lacing. Smell is quite interesting. There's a bit of hoppy floral/fruitiness but also a noticeable sweet smell. Taste is resiny and piney but not to the point where it's off-putting or a palate wrecker. Mouthfeel: Given the abv and the hoppiness of this beer, it might be one of the smoothest I've ever had even with a noticeable stickiness. Dangerously drinkable...Overall, a great beer. Probably my favorite from Troegs.

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Photo of cjeep
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: beautiful rich orange color. Head is nice but short lived.
S: pine, citrus, bit of sweetness.
T: starts off sweet. Then hop notes. Citrus, light pine.
F: rich and smooth
O: it’s a classic and it’s beautiful. Enjoy it fresh when it comes out.

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

I live 10 miles from the brewery and this is one ofthe few things I look forward to every winter. Beautiful appearance with great lacing. The 7.5% alcohol is well masked (perhaps too much). The 4 kind of hops compliment one another perfectly and include Nugget, Warrier, Tomahawk, Simcoe, Palisade. Brewed once per year and you need to drink it fresh so if your drinking it from April > December expect a different experience as this is not a beer that ages well. It is one of the best red ale's I've ever had.

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

pours a clear, dark amber with a medium head. nose; rye, sweet biscuit, light pine, & citrus hops (palisade & simcoe). taste; light caramel malt, clean barley, mango, pine resin, floral lemon, grapefruit, spicy rye, & more citrus hops. medium carbonation & mouthfeel. lighter on the malts than most red ales, but that’s a good thing here since the hop mixture is fantastic & well-balanced; not something that needs hidden behind a wall of grain. a solid, hoppy red ale.

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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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