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 jeremy13586
4.87/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours a lovely amber color with and leaves a nice fluffy off-white head that likes to stick around. That first whiff is very floral with a slightly sweet finished. Pretty much the most amazing beer i've ever smelled.
The taste a lot like the smell, very floral but with a bitter finish. A crisp finish with every sip and a sweet after-taste. A very well balanced beer that is stronger than the taste leads you to believe. A little less than medium mouthfeel and VERY drinkable.
I bought two cases of this stuff only to find out it is a double edged sword. You want to drink it all as fast as possible just because its that damn good, or you want to savor it and keep it around because its that damn good. I chose the latter. Basically, drinkability is a 5.

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Photo of joekfsu
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Pours copper with 1.5 cm white fluffy head. Strong aroma of hops and pine. Initial flavor is slightly more balanced than I was expecting, light malts help to subdue the crushing pine and hop notes of flavor. Aftertaste is bitter and lasting. Light lacing, light carbonation, light to medium mouthfeel, and well hidden alcohol. Drinkable and different, worth finding and drinking.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Last of my 12 oz. bottles, into a Duvel chalice.

Body pours an appealing copper hue, lots of carbonation rising up from the engraved, old english "D". Head is somewhat thin, almond in color, and retreats to a ring while leaving behind average lacing. The aroma, as the label proclaims, is Hopheads Nirvana: Big, resinous pines give way to juicy, sweet citrus hops. Caramel & toffee malts try their best to balance, but the aroma belongs to the hops.

The flavor picks up where the aroma leaves off, with pine-tree resins and bitter, fresh hop notes. It's as if someone were squeezing a giant hop bud with all their strength into this beer...(oh, wait). A malty sweetness greets the front of the palate, but get lost in the sea of greenery. It's very good, don't get me wrong, but I tend to like a bit more balance & complexity, especially with an amber ale. The mouthfeel is upper echelon: medium body, perfect carbonation level, and a sticky bitter hop finish. Alcohol makes a quick appearance, hitting the sides and back of the palate. Not only is Nugget Nectar a hoppy ride for the senses, but it's actually quite easy to drink. I could see myself getting carried away with a six pack. Definately a must try for any hop-head.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Poured a clear copper-orange with a slight sudsy white head. Visible carbonation was very soft.

S: The nose was perfumy and flowery, with a huge, fresh tropical fruitiness (citrus, pineapples). The aroma was soft, very refined and smooth. Honestly one of the best smelling ipas ive come across.

F: sweet/bitter citrus, with fresh flowery hops of tropical fruit (pineapple, mangos) and fresh orange juice. The hopping takes center stage here, was well rounded, refined and very smooth providing a mouth watering lacing. Unlike other highly hopped west coast ipas, this one was not coarse but very smooth in nature. The fruity pineapple, mangos and citrus hopping made you feel you were drinking a spiked orange juice. Overall a hop heads delight.

M: The mothful was medium with fresh flowery citrus and pineapples leaving your mouth quenched with a tropical fruitiness. The beer was lightly carbonated with a smooth texture.

D: An incredibly balanced ipa with a magnitude of fruity hoppiness will make you wishing you can drink this all night. Case worthy by all means.

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Photo of Sponan
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - This one is a nice copper color. Great head and lacing.

S - Hops and more hops with just a hint of earthy malt. The hop smell on this one is complex, with floral and grass predominant.

T - Love the balance here. Strong hop flavor, predominantly of flower. Just enough sweetness. Excellent balance here.

M - Thick but clean. Coats the mouth nicely and fades away. Just enough carbonation.

D - My favorite lighter American style beer. This one will become a staple. Very easy to drink, would be sessionable if not for the ABV.

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Photo of AltBock
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this on-tap at High Street Bar on 2/15/2008. They served it to me in an official Tröegs Nugget Nectar standard pint glass.

It poured a clear copper/amber color that had a tall creamy 1 1/2 to 2 inch head of white foam that had real good rentention that left behind a small white film and a few streaks of white lace. The aroma was so strong that you could smell this beer being poured. It was that powerful! This strong aroma consisted of pine, citrus fruits, citrus hops, and a light touch of toasted malts. It the beer is swirled around, a tiny juicy fruit aroma will emerge from the background. It had strong bitter taste of citrus hops, citrus fruits, and quite a few pine needles. I couldn't detect any malts or anything thing else in the taste because all the citrus bitterness this beer offered covered everything else up, except for the pine of course. It was more of a full bodied beer than medium bodied beer. That's because it had a strong long lasting aftertaste of pine, citrus hops, and citrus fruits. This aftertaste won't leave your tastebuds alone until you drink a few cups of water to wash it all away. This is another winner from the Tröegs brothers! Although I had this on-tap, I'm sure the bottled version is just as hoppy as the on-tap version.

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Photo of BravoTwo
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Bright, copper brown with a slight head

S - Hoppy! Good overall floral hops resonate through the nose, very aromatic.

T - Great hops flavor. The hops really come through with a superb sweet, floral hop that is not overpowering. Beautifully managed flavors.

M - Good mouthfeel , crisp and clean with a oily resinous backdrop.

D - I could drink this beer consistently. Well designed beer that highlights the aromatic qualities of the hops without being overpowering.

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Photo of Hoppington
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Troegs' Nugget Nectar is nothing short of a superb beer IMO. I would classify this as an Double (or Imperial) IPA, but you can call it what you want.

Smell is all florals and grapefruit with a strong malt backbone. Appearance is a perfect burnished copper. The taste of this beer is outstanding and well balanced, though the malt is in a supporting role to the hops. Mouthfeel is rich and slightly resinous and oily. Overall, this is a great beer and may surpass my current favorite - Loose Cannon Hop3.

I will be drinking this stuff whenever I can!

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Photo of dnichols
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to bonezx86 for a great trade. I poured the capped 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A: It poured a orange-amber body with a slight hazy. I poured aggressively and got hardly any head but what head was there was off-white white and clung to the collar supporting a thin leggy lacing.

S: It had a strong pleasant aroma of oranges and grapefruit. Orange. Grapefruit. Under the hops there were hints of sweet lightly toasted malts.

T: This is a creamy mouthful of malt and tasty hops. Rich in citrusy flavors including oranges and grapefruity with hints of pine.

M: It was creamy and medium bodied with the smoothist hop profile I have ever experienced. It finishes clean and warm....nice.

D: I'm glad bonezx86 sent me two bottles...I only wish I had more. Great brew and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice, clear golden color with a finger of off-white foam. Smell is similar to an ipa but not as assertive as the best ones. Pine and citrus as well as orange and a slight grapefruit aroma with a nice touch of sweetness from the malt. The taste is more malt and more in liking with an amber ale but what distinguishes this beer is the nice hoppy aroma. Toasty and biscuit malt flavors combine nicely with the hops as the beer starts to warm a bit.

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Photo of Mudpuppet
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for gwong for the chance to try this.

A- Poured from a 32oz growler into a pint glass. Pours a amber color with little to no head.

S- Definite hops in this. Cirtus, spruce and some sweet malt too.

T- Hops for sure. But I am not a huge hop fan but I really dig this one. Cirtusy, spicy, and malty. Nice red ale backbone with extra hops.

M- Good carbonation and a bit thicker mouthfeel from the sweet malts.

D- Yeah I could have a few glasses of this. The hops would get to me personally after a certain amount of time though.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A:Wonderful red/amber color with two fingers of white head. Lacing from the top of the glass down.

S:Very floral hops. White grapes. Sweetness throughout.

T: Hops then citrus and grapes. A slight hint of malt in the middle then has a great sweet hop finish. Really nicely balanced.

M:Med body that coats everything on the way down.

D: Super smooth and balanced. A totally unique beer.

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Photo of Traquairlover
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Clear amber, fair haed, medium lacing, medium carbonation.

S = Pine and honey. Not completely balanced, but lots of different smells are in there from very sweet to very spicy and tart.

T = Strong pine hops flavors, some grapefruit rinds, too, not much other citrus, at mid-palate get some malt, but mostly this is about the hops. Long bitter, tart finish.

M = Medium body, fair mouthcoating, good carbonation level for the body and alcohol.

D = This is a tasty hop-bomb, that goes down very smoothly and leaves the mouth wanting more.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a crystal clear amber color - big head and nice lacing. There is a huge fresh hop aroma. The taste is initially bitter and green (fresh hops) with a nice malt balance that comes on later. It finishes clean with a faint lingering of hops. The mouthfeel is full and creamy. Overall, this is an exciting brew to drink.

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Photo of johnrf
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light copper color, lighter than a Hopback. Small head, did not last long, some lacing. Grapefruit nose, lot of hops. Rich taste. Citrus, pine taste. Nice bitterness aftertaste.

I guess this a richer, stronger version of their hopback amber. A nice well rounded beer.

Right now I'm comparing the Hopback and Nugget Nectar. The NN is much brighter(?), richer, nicer smoother aftertaste.

Bought a 6 yesterday. I think I'll pick up a case this weekend.

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Photo of TheodorHerzl
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received from RutersBeerGuy in Top100Bif. Thank you!

A-Pours a nice amber color with a with a thick finger of dense head. Left great lacing on my pint glass.
S-All of those fantatsic hops in the nose leaving big scent of grapefruit and pine and secondary citrus scents
T-This is my favorit part of this beer. The heavy citrus flavor is rounded out very well from the sweet malt. Slightly biscuity in the malt flavor.
M-Full bodied with light carbination and I could only barely really tell the alcohol was there in the mouthfeel.
D- I would love to get my hands on this more often, if it were available here in Indiana this would be part of my regular inventory.

Thank you again for the chance on this one Matt!

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Photo of abcsofbeer
4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear, dark amber color topped by a 1 finger light tan head.

The aroma is of pine and grapefruit and an overall, very nice hoppy notes. The taste is similar in that it is flowery and hoppy. I also detect some sweetness from the malts, which give it a hint of caramel. There is a touch of warming alcohol and a medium bodied mouthfeel. A very good choice as I enjoyed a full six pack. Not all in one night, however.

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Photo of gwong
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a beautiful golden amber color with minimal off-white head. A tiny bit of lacing stays on the glass when drinking.

S: Strong hop and citrus aroma.

T: It's certainly hoppy but the citrus does a good job mellowing it out a bit.

M: Medium body with little carbonation - goes down smoothly.

D: Not too carbonated and just short of being too hoppy makes for a very drinkable beer.

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

Definitely up there with kindred spirit brews like Stone Ruination and Victory Hop Devil, this popular Troegs offering stands up as a big time hop beer.

Resembling the complexity and richness of a Werther's original candy, Nugget Nectar puts off a pungent hop aroma, which is startling at first and emblematic of the flavors to come.

Biting would be an understatement for this beer, which explodes on the tongue with spicy hop flavor and grapefruit bitterness from moment one and never lets up.

An occasional whiff of citrus fruit hides under a never ending wave of intense flavor that may scare off the casual beer fan, but this beer is definitely worth all the hype for the hop-addict in need of a fix.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got to try this at Frisco's in Columbia. On cask this beast is simply sublime

A: Similar to the regular in color but a cloudier with a thin head. I'm partial towards cloudy beers!

S: Good lord, this is a very different beast! While i love the regular nectar, this goes beyond. Massive floral hops in there with the hops even more in-your-face but mellow at the same time.

T&M: The sharpness of the regular NN is mellowed out but this is no less potent hop-wise. The mouthfeel is spectacular - my one little gripe with the bottled version is the carbonation. This is beer. This is beer

D: I drank two when i was planning on drinking only one. That's how good it is.

I can not recommend cask Nugget Nectar enough.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I'm drinking this courtesy of a trade from the formula- thanks very much! Pours a nice amber with an okay head that fades to a thin cap. Balanced smells of citrusy hops and some sweet malt, somewhat spicy with hop oils. Flavor is where its at. Huge fresh flavors of oily hops with lots and lots of delicious pine, a decent malt base to support the hops, and a long moderate piney bitterness. Delicious, and most impressive to squuze all that piney goodness into a 7.5% abv beer. Mouthfeel is ample- good full body without being over the top. Firm, and almost oily from all the hops. Really fantastically drinkable. Its all I can do to stop myself from sucking the whole glass down immediately. Just a great hop experience.

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Photo of IPADAN
4.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Medium amber color. 1 finger head that leaves wonderful lace as you drink out of the pint glass.

S - Citrusy hoppy aromas. Really wonderful smelling beer!!!

M - creamy feel. nice sweetness, then spicy bitter at end. fresh hop feel for sure.

T -sweetness, citrusy, bready, hoppy taste. delicious.

D - Very easy to drink! Wow this went down way to fast. Finished my 6 pack easy. One of my favorite beers for sure!

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Photo of Proteus93
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A nice brilliant golden amber, sporting a great off-white sticky marshmallow head.

S: A pretty huge hop profile here... a very clean pine/grapefruit melding with a sweet malt. When first smelling it, the first thought was "This is what car fresheners or Pinesol SHOULD smell like" ;)

T: Like the smell, the hops carry over here, in a very good way. A very pine/spruce taste with a bit of a sweet, malty balance towards the back of the tongue, followed by a bittering finish. Truly spectacular.

M: A full body, a moderate carbonation - not overly so, but just about right to balance the rather big flavour.

D: A well-done 'imperialization,' I was quite shocked with how well this all went over. This one seems to be worthy of the hype, and I'd go for it again.

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Photo of ClassicBrad
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My favorite Troeg's flagship beer is Hopback.
Needless to say, this imperialization of the recipe pleases me beyond words!

Amazing ruby/amber body with a sticky lace, that smells almost as beautiful as it taste; with hints of hops and deep caramel malt.

Beautiful carbonation bubbles the combating hops and malt down my throat as they both still battle for my taste buds.

I will most definitely need to get a case of this to disburse at my discretion over the year.

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Photo of slvrmon82
4.74/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely one of the best Hoppy Ales on the market. Pours a delicious dark amber color. Head about a finger that sticks around for quite a while. Smell is amazing. Know doubt that this is a hopped up ale. Intense in hops. Taste is just the same a full kick you in the teeth hop explosion followed by a crisp amber lager. The mouthfeel is great and goes down smooth. Drinkability is great as well. Goes down smooth and tastes great and has a nice backing of 7.5%. Great job again Troegs brothers.

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