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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Photo of ScaryEd
4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a tulip.

Pours a clear copper orange color with a finger of effervescent off-white head. The head has great retention, settling into a thin film. Leaves a minimal amount of lacing.

The aroma brings notes of caramel and bready malts, followed by a wave of piney hops and citrus.

The flavor is the perfect balance of sweet malts and bitter, piney hops. There are notes of caramel and toffee, finished off by pine and grapefruit, with a touch of orange rind.

The feel is medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly sticky, yet incredibly smooth. Has a beautiful lingering bitterness that coats the mouth in piney hops resins.

Overall, a truly great Amber ale that definitely lives up to the hype. It's very hoppy, but it's also very balanced. I would drink this all year long if I could.

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Photo of jjchristiano
4.84/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Troegs redesigned all of their packaging and I saw Nugget Nectar in cans for the first time with this release.
Gave it a try after years of not having and was really impressed. Remember it being good but this time taking one from an ice cold cooler at a pregame tailgate it was just perfect. Says 96 IBU but does not feel overly bitter hopped. I ran out to get more thinking this beer was readily available and the liquor store was down to last case. So I took it.

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep copper amber with smaller than expected head that leaves good lace. Nose is muted compared to expectations. Malt is well present and the hops are certainly West coast style with some resin, but doesn't pop like you'd expect from a highly ranked beer. Taste is fuller, with lots of pine and resin along with the amber malts and some stone fruits. Overall, a very good beer that didn't quite meet the very high expectations.

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Photo of digboy
4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 Oz can gifted by a friend - canned 3/27/17

Pours a clear deep reddish amber color with plenty of carbonation and a 3 finger fluffy head

Aroma is vaguely tropical with some cracker notes. This intensifies as the beer warms up and a very strong alcohol aroma grows with temperature as well.

Taste is sweet malt up front but fading into a more citrusy, resinous, bit of candy taste at the end - sort of like a wekly flavored lemon hard candy. Bitterness is present but does not overwhelm, inter-playing well with the malt. Once warmed up there is a strong alcohol burn but the flavor of the beer still wins over the battle.

Feel is a little sticky and heavy at first like an amber should be but it settles out to a very fresh and bright feel at the end. Very unusual and probably one of the reasons this beer rates so well.

I was pleased to finally be able to try this famous classic. It does not disappoint its reputation. A real treat.

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Photo of Phishagonia
4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz can in to snifter. Gorgeous amber and faint red color, with small to medium sized head. A bit of sticky lacing is present. Smell is of slightly bitter hops, a little pine, and some warm alcohol. The taste is fairly well balanced by malts considering the 93 ibus. I get more hoppy pine notes around the edges as this one finishes. Oddly enough, I did not taste much of the citrus notes that others have mentioned. Either way, this is one of my favorite offerings by Troegs, I will be getting this on an annual basis!

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Photo of htown_engineer
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass because that was all I had clean. Nice clear amber color with a slight head that dissapated fairly quickly. I immedatly got the classic hop smell with a slight pine. The taste is malty up front but then quickly follows through with citrus/ pine. For a 93 IBU it wasn't very bitter, it was crisp and refreshing and so smooth. Overall I loved it, wish I could get this in Texas every year and not just as an extra in a trade. Glad I got the opportunity to try it!

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Photo of daliandragon
4.39/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The famously hard to get (my brother says they made more this year) specialty of PA. Decent head leaving impressive lacing. Nose is mostly hoppy with pine and medicine but there is some underlying balance.

Really impressive melange of serious hop bonafides yet extremely drinkable and balanced. Ridiculously poundable for 7.5; these just slide down with no effort. There are malts here, they just get shadowed by pine and sweet citrus everywhere they go. Smooth as heck. I see why this is so highly regarded.

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Photo of geeves
4.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Light amber color with a head that fades fairly quickly. It is very aromatic with hints of citrus and fruits. Great flavor with plenty of hops and citrus taste. One of the best IPA's i have had.

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Photo of Holderness
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Lovely golden amber with a two finger cream colored head produced by an aerated pour out of the can. Aromas are balanced between a caramel malty sweetness and a floral and resinous hop character -- reminiscent of Dogfish Head's 90 Minute IPA. Taste largely follows the nose: it's not hard to tell this is an amber ale given the sweet caramel malt flavors, but it is backed up by a flavorful bouquet of fruity and floral hops that pushes this brew close to DIPA territory. Not much earthy, herbal, or resinous hops that I can taste, despite what is said on the packaging. Great mouthfeel, balance of flavors, and semi-dry finish. Well worth (at least) one sixer when available!

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Photo of handyandy
4.19/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Deep amber, one inch of head, little to no lacing.
S: Very citrusy with a hint of pine.
T: A bit of citrus/grapefruit with more pine than I expected.
F: Medium to even light feel. Carbonation is on point.
O: Best Troegs beer I've had so far. Nice and refreshing beer, very well balanced. I originally only got one bottle as the six-packs seem a little pricey, but I could definitely see myself spending the money in the future.

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Photo of BJB13
4.11/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Freshest by 05 19 17 printed on the label.
12 oz. Bottle poured into a tumbler style pint glass.

Poured a nice clear amber with two fingers of cream colored, thick and and foamy, lasting head. Moderate aroma of piney hops, bready malts and some hints of citrus. Hoppy and bitter all the way through but nicely balanced with malts and a touch of caramel sweetness. Finishes crisp with a little heat. The body is on the low side of medium with good, but not too high, carbonation.

The bitterness and ABV are well above the style guidelines but that won't stop me from drinking it. I'm not a judge anyway. This is a good one, definitely one you have to try.

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Photo of MFMB
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A dark Amber with a white head. Nose is of caramel malts, light pine and very light citrus. Taste of Malts, caramel, toffee, light orange and pine. Medium body with a silky and somewhat creamy mouthfeel. Has a nice crisp bitter finish, almost grainy but very good.

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Photo of Phineasco
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Dark amber with large fluffy head that sticks around.
Smell: Caramel, toffee, lemon, orange, tropical flavors. Good balance between malt and hops, but the malt dominates.
Taste: Caramel, toffee, lemon, and orange with some pleasant bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Fairly complex for an amber.
Overall: A classic amber. Well balanced and more hoppy than any amber I've had.

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Photo of challenja
4.82/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

12oz Bottle poured into Boulevard tulip glass
I have tried this beer for years and get it every year but this is my first review of this golden little nugget of IPA love..ok ok.. it's a fucking Red Ale..but tell that to your taste buds..
L: This beer has a great deep amber glow. The moderate head dissipates to a death grip white lace head that stick to the glass.
S: Sweet caramel/bready malts with suuuuweeet ripe ruby red grapefruit. The ever present Alcohol esters tickle your nose as its sweet core hides the hop bitterness that lies just beneath the surface.
T: Awesome, in your face over ripe red grapefruit bitter hop bomb wrapped in a beautiful surgery caramel whose bitter pine cone resin tackles the taste buds once the beer has passed your gullet.
M: Perfect for this style. Full, chewy, perfectly carbonated.
O: This is my must buy every year when the Old Man Winter shits all over my BBQ by the pool fantasies. If you need a close cousin to this as a year round option I would point you to Stone's Double Bastard.

Buy this beer you cunt.. Don't think twice.. just do it.. and then write a review and make your friends buy it, and then tweet about it ,so we can have a ground swell that this becomes a year round option, and not only a Winter release.

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Photo of GHow
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love the amber red color and the carbonated bubbles spectacle that rise from the bottom of the glass. Several cans poured and a nice head formed on each pouring and lancing holds. Hop and citrus aroma rates high as it stays with each sip from the glass and the hoppy bitter-resin flavors you get with each sip. NECTAR RATES :) Get it early.

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Photo of flgimp
3.62/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good but overrated. Poured golden amber with a substantial foamy head. Smell is faint of citris and pine. Taste is bitter grapefruit, overtones of apricot. Not fond of apricot. Mouth is medium. Overall not sure what the race is all about with this one.

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Photo of MosaicFlyer
3.74/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This was once a stellar beer. Since the brewery moved from Harrisburg to Hershey the bottom has dropped out. It was once a beer I waited the entire year for and would horde as much as I could. Now, I buy a six and hope it has changed. The fresh citrus/hop punch that made it so unique has been replaced by blandness with very little mouthfeel. This year, like the past couple, I will be limiting my consumption to one six. However, I still look forward to Nimble Giant - which has stepped up to replace NN has my favorite beer from Troegs. June cannot come soon enough.

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Photo of Bluecrow
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

-clear, amber bottle pour with a fruity hop aroma. The flavor is dominated by fresh hops. Apricot and some grapefruit are dominant. The hop bitterness is only moderate. There is a caramel note in the malt base. This is tasty and welcomed.

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Photo of mnj21655
3.68/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a perfectly clear amber and in color with a finger finger of off white head. Aroma is very muted with a bit of sweet malt and some pine hiding in the background. Taste is a bit of a letdown in that it is quite average; moderately sweet caramel malts with some pine. Moderately bitter in the finish. Medium in body, a bit of hop slickness, a touch of almost syrup like sweetness, and moderate carbonation. Overall I was a bit let down here. I have very fond memories of this beer from years ago but it just doesn't do it for me right now.

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Photo of beanpole
4.71/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Dark red/ amber. Off white head
S: Fantastically hoppy scent with hints of citrus
T: Not overwhelmingly hoppy, hints of fruitiness.
F: Surprisingly light
Overall: One of the tastiest of tasties

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Photo of Samlover55
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can into Nonic Pint
BB 5/24/27
L- clear dark red/light brown with somewhat of a pinkish hue as well, huge foam head, lacing
S- bright hop aroma, sweet caramel malt
T- I don't know if I've ever tasted anything like this, smooth (light, dare I say) malt, followed by a juicy burst of tropical fruit, and smooth clean finish with the just right amount of hop bitterness to bring you back for another sip
F- continuing with the rest of this beer it is smooth and easy drinking, with a medium body and average carbonation
Overall this is just an amazing beer, so smooth, flavorful, and balanced, actually has this nice subtle thing going as well, really really nice job

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Photo of Profundobaso
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at a restaurant in NYC.

L - Amber red, head quickly dissolves, leaving behind some lace.
S - My favorite part of this beer. Strong hoppiness, but not overpowering. Some fruitiness as well.
T - Did not taste as hoppy as it smelled, but very refreshing. A complexity in pine, flowery, and fruity flavors that probably come from the different styles of hops used.
F - More body than an IPA, but still refreshing. The alcohol is well masked. Carbonation is perfect.
O - This was good beer. Not my favorite style for this time of the year, but it really is great for hop-lovers.

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Photo of Ada_Ace
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Instant favorite.

Had on tap in Wethersfield CT.

Deep amber color, well carbonated with a sweet piney smell. Light off white head that dissapates quickly, somewhat lacey. Excellent taste.

This one is a no brainer if its available for you to try, id even recommend buying it in the store.

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Photo of horshamguy
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass.
L--Orange amber color. Nice, tan/white head that faded away, but left some lacing.
S--Sweet, light hoppiness, but leans more towards maltiness.
T--Grapefruit from the hoppiness and yeasts from the maltiness. Slight hints of pine and caramel.
F--A little sticky after feel. Nicely carbonated.
O--Excellent. Will keep my eye out for more. Troegs just rocks, they put out so many great beers, I'm glad I live in state.

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Photo of HogHeadJones
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

L: This beer pours a very clear, deep amber color. A moderate head dissipates to a spotty head with mostly tight bubbles that stays. Thick, sticky foam trails keep adding up as it is consumed and they persist.
S: Mostly sweet, bready malt with some citrus and some pine. The aroma wasn't in-your-face strong, however.
T: Slight underlying bread and biscuit. Bitter citrus peel initially with apricot, citrus and some pine. Some alcohol taste.
M: Extremely smooth and perfectly carbonated.
O: I've had this beer before and don't recall it being as good as I perceived it this time. A pleasure to drink.

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