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 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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Photo of Riff
4.16/5  rDev -3.7%
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 +0.7%
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 -12.5%
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 +4.2%
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 -25.2%
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 +4.2%
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 -10.9%
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 -25.7%
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 +8.8%
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 +4.6%
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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