Nugget Nectar | Tröegs Brewing Company

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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 Sammy
4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Double amber, IPA, whatever, it's a terrific beer. An IPA, and not too bitter. Very drinkable. This would be a standard back home, thanks to Dan123 who will correct me, whom I enjoyed a good trade and lots of good beer in Atlanta with. Smooth with orange worked in..

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jmpizzo for sending me this one!

Bottled 2/20/12.

Pours a clear copper/amber with a 1 inch foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks and dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of lots of citrus zest, herbal hops, and some tropical fruit aromas. Taste is super hoppy with citrus zest and tropical fruit flavors up front with a herbal hop quality on the finish. There is a pretty assertive bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a light level of carbonation with a medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a wonderful hop presence in the aroma and taste.

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

its like the hopback on steroids. the pour is almost ruby red, super radiant amber color with a few inches of fading white fluff. it looks pretty dense. the nose is real hoppy, more like an imperial ipa than the red its listed as here, piney and resinous, like strong ganja, with a nice dusty caramel red malt underpinning. i like the hop flavor of this beer, its complex and tricky, some citrus in there amongst the trees, pleasantly refreshing for its gravity, and really well balanced by the malts. troegs has gotten the big beers down pat, with the mad elf and the troegenator, in your face beers that still retain some degree of drinkability. id happily attempt a sixer of this! nice carbonation and a lot of body, long sticky hop finish. the label is just right for this beer, it tastes like what comes to mind when looking at the bottle, its perfect really. i like the red malt bill for this, it makes the standard big ipa a whole lot more interesting. very well done.

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5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of Knapp85
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This Imperial Red is one of the best out there I think. It pours out as a really nice amberish color with a strong thick head that leaves a great lacing. The aroma on this beer is wonderful. It smells like a citrusy floral IPA. It's makes my mouth water just smelling it. The taste is piney and citrusy. It's very bitter and pretty much a kick in the mouth. The mouthfeel is slightly heavy, not heavy enough to keep you from having multiple over the course of some time. Overall this beer is quite good. Highly recommended upon it's release. Do yourself a favor and try this if you haven't already.

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3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of nmann08
4.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just moved from Connecticut to Maryland, always heard about this beer, never got a chance to try it. Walked into a MD liquor store and saw a huge display of it.

Pours a nice amber color, medium sized head to it. Smell is of nice piney hops. Taste is medium bodied and full of flavor. Some absurd amount of hoppiness but a great malt backing to it. Finishes clean and smooth with a great, tasty bitterness. Superior drinkability for a 7.5% ABV beer. A little expensive at $11.99 a 6 pack but it is well worth it, easily met my expectations. A nice malty, hop bomb that goes down smooth... perfect.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
4.07/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of metter98
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear amber and a thin, white head. Not much carbonation is evident.
S: There's a gentle aroma of piney hops with some subtle hints of citrus.
T: There's a big, rich taste of hops and the finish is somewhat dry and bitter. The hop flavor is rather strong, but balanced to some degree by the underlying malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate.
D: It's relatively easy to drink but I got slowed down to some degree by the bitterness. This beer packed in a lot of hop flavors and I would definitely have it again.

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

Quite possibly the best IPA I've ever had. A serious bronze, copper, golden hue; mostly clear except a light haze; with a dense bleached white head. Difficult to want to drink--you just want to keep your nose in the glass; the aroma is that good! Serious grapefruit, grassy, and citrus characters in the aroma travels flawlessly into the flavor. Could be easily mistaken for grapefruit juice if not for a moderate, yet firm malt base. Citrus flavors with low level bitterness and bite-eyness because of the caramel barley sweetness. Smooth and silky to the mouth with a lightly alcoholic and hop drying sensation. The perfect summertime refresher and a treat for the senses at any occasion.

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Photo of kojevergas
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Schlimenhaumer for shipping me this one from New York. Label is predominantly orange. 7.5% ABV confirmed. Brewed with Nugget, Warrior, and Tomahawk hops. 93ish IBUs. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given its current ratings. I can't read the bottled-on date; it's smudged.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a healthy 5+ finger beige-khaki colour head of smooth frothy cream, great thickness, and fantastic retention (5+ minutes) for the high ABV. Body colour is a rich clear vibrant copper; translucent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Light sticky lacing as the head slowly recedes. That's a hell of a head. Looking great for an Imperial Amber; the best I've seen since Alesmith My Bloody Valentine. Soft and appealing. I'm excited to try it. That's fecking gorgeous.

Sm: Evocative floral and nectary hops balanced well by lightly sweet pale malts. Subtle pine and grapefruit. Clean, pleasant, and fresh. I don't get any hop bitterness or signs of imbalance from the aroma. A bit of spicy character, actually. Light toasted malt. Some oily hop character. Juicy citrus. Quite appealing, all around. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. A fairly strong aroma. I'm impressed.

T: Juicy citrus with light grapefruit very well balanced by the amber malt/toasted malt backbone. Sugary in the third act. It's nectary indeed, evoking bright fruits and soft floral goodness. Light subtle spiciness; it doesn't seem to be from the yeast though. In any case, it's well integrated and betrays a masterful complexity often unseen in any hoppy beer style - let alone an Imperial Amber. I get some restrained kisses of orange peel. A bit of tangerine. Estery and clean. Very pleasant to drink. The balance is fantastic. Light caramel malt is subtly worked in. The sweetness/bitterness balance is near perfect for my tastes. Juicy grapefruit and evocative pine are dominant. I love it.

Mf: Soft, smooth, and wet. Juicy and chewy. A touch oily. Refreshing. Carbonation is almost ideal; right on the money for the style. None of the bite or sharpness of inferior Imperial Ambers.

Dr: Obscenely drinkable for the high ABV; I could down this one all night. The ABV is very well hidden. I'm a big fan. I've heard this is inexpensive and widely available in New York; how fantastic. Probably the best Imperial Amber I'll ever hope to have. This is a style definer for me. Lives up to the hype. This would be a staple if I was lucky enough to live in a region where it's distributed.

Low A

02/06/17: Living in NYC, I had to pick up 2 sixers based on my memory of how good this stuff was and how high my previous rating is...even though the best price for it in the city is $13.99 per 6 pack (at Whole Paycheck). Brief impressions below from revisiting it via the 2017 batch:

Pours a vibrant gold with a reddish tint and a healthy frothy head, amber malts tempered by pale malts in what looks like a fusion of an amber ale proper and an IPA.

Aroma hints at resin and onion, implicating simcoe. Vague fruits are in there too couched in the sweetness of amber and pale malts, suggesting a more biscuity heartier hoppy ale than you'd find in an IPA - and a hoppier beer than you'd expect of a traditional amber ale. Nectary is a good word for it, with sticky resins abound. A blip of bubblegum phenol indicates additional yeast-derived flourish. A complex aroma promising a balanced yet approachable and somewhat unique imperial amber ale. If I'm nitpicking, I suppose it could be still more fresh and expressive, but this aroma makes me eager for the first sip. Aromatic intensity is moderate.

TASTE & TEXTURE: How I didn't find the oily pine in the aroma is beyond me, but it fuses brilliantly with the amber malt backbone in the taste. Oniony simcoe is there too, along with a hug of floral and resinous hop flavours. Hop oils meet amber malts and the result is a lovely harmony of flavour with more body and nuance than most IPAs or amber ales...this is a true imperial amber, and may be one of a kind.

Highly drinkable for the ABV.


With some age (a scant 2 weeks), this drops to a mere B. Current rating reflects this beer when fresh.

I'm not a huge freshness-obsessive like many out there, but this beer in particular seems to succumb rather quickly.


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Photo of oline73
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this on cask at Frisco Grille. This is the first time I've had this beer on cask, and I was not disappointed.

Appearance: Pours a reddish amber with a finger of off white head that went away completely.

Smell: Quite simply put, this beer smell awesome! There is a sweet herbal hop smell initially with a nice malty background. The hops and malt are in a perfect balance.

Taste: There is a wonderful herbal hop bitterness throughout the whole sip, but it doesn't wipe out the other flavors. In the background there is a bready malt sweetness and a little bit of alcohol at the very end.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium and there is little to no carbonation (this is a cask ale after all). There is a very little bit of dryness at the end of each sip.

Drinkability: This is the best beer on cask that I can remember drinking. It is very well balanced and I would love it if I could find more.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of emerge077
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice hoppy Amber courtesy of markgugs ('07) & PEBKAC ('08)...

Two fingers of thick foam appear, some yeast/sediment floats under the surface, without dispersing into the full body of the liquid. Sticky lacing coats the sides of the pint glass. Color is a deep amber with fine clarity.

Piney, resiny aroma of fresh picked hop cones, some vague citrus and malt also.

Taste has a big grapefruit component, some tangerine, with a light malty back end. Hoppy bitterness lingers briefly. Very malty and smooth on the palate. Sessionable.

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Photo of zeff80
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured out a clear, amber color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled strongly of pine and some citrus notes, too. Notes of caramel and toffee. It tasted piney and resiny with a toasted malt, caramel and toffee. It was crisp and smooth.

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Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip. Pours slightly hazy orange-amber color with a fairly dense 2 finger off white head with amazing retention that reduces to a lacing cap. Some good lacing on the glass. Aromas of strong grapefruit, with orange, pine, caramel, and spices. Taste of strong sweet grapefruit and orange with light caramel up front, that leads to a very strong citrus and pine bitterness on the finish that lasts. No alcohol was noticed at all in the taste or finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full body. Very smooth drinking as well, and very tasty. Overall I highly enjoyed this one, very drinkable and delicious.

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