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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 Lupe
4.97/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours clear and a bright orange color with a dense white head. Good head retention and excellent lacing is left behind.

Big, bright, and clean hop aroma. Citrus, floral, and pine aromas are all present. Juicy grapefruit and orange make up the citrus aroma, which is the strongest of the three. Pine comes in second place. So enticing.

Flavor starts just like the aroma. Juicy citrus with grapefruit and orange. A little pine with some resin and a sappy sweetness. Floral notes are present as well. A nice underlying caramel sweetness along with some bread do a superb job of balancing the beer, yet still letting the hops shine. The hops do not hit you with a tongue lashing of bitterness like other big hoppy beers. Delicious.

Medium bodied, super smooth and crisp. Light carbonation but not too creamy. Seems just right for this beer.

Ridiculous drinkability. So smooth and flavorful, full of hops but not harsh or overwhelming. Great juicy flavors and extremely well balanced. Hard to put this one down. Alcohol barely shows up, and at 7.5% you better watch out as this beer drinks too easy. Excellent.

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Photo of DIM
4.91/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

note: I have already reviewed this beer in growler form, but the casked version was different enough, I felt, to warrant another review.

a: The cask version is better in all ways except here. The Nectar I am used to shines in a way that no other beer does. The casked version had a haze to it that would not have bothered me with any other beer. It was darker than other versions, almost a light brown color. It was served to me with a perfect white frothy head.

s: This was served at the proper temperature to allow all the hop aromas to shine perfectly. Some nice caramel malts came through as well.

t: This beer is absolutely perfect. The casked version seemed hoppier to me with the malts being more subdued. The lack of carbonation means the only tickle left is from the hops.

m: Creamy, thick, and sublime.

d: I wish this had an abv of about 2% so I could drink it all day and night. This beer is my answer to the question, "If you were stranded on a deserted island and could only have one beer for the rest of your life, what would it be?"

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.17/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into Hess truck glass...

Clean and clear body with light carbonation and honey/apple juice/butterscotch color. Average head with decent lacing.

Bountiful hops are mostly floral with a little bit of grass (first whiff reminds me of catnip?!). There's also a little honey and a lot of grapefruit. Sweet and tangy aroma.

The hops are in front and well-presented but this is not about a balanced effort. Slight off taste at first (dog blanket?). Alcohol is well-concealed, probably mostly by the carbonation. Malt completes the backbone but its flavor is slow to emerge until the offering warms a little bit. Well-made but was expecting to be wowed a little more.

This is very clean and clear with, of course, strong hop pucker. The deep, bitter hop finish is very enjoyable. A little citrus tang goes a long way here. Body is not too thick on the mouth and there's not a lot of alcohol burn.

Very clean drinking - again, this is all about the hops! Well done.

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

On cask at the General Sutter Inn in Lititz, PA.

A: The amber ale is a darker color, more brown than orange, with a steady haziness that arkens the ale enough to prevent translucence. The careful attention to the detail of the pour has resulted in a one finger head that nicely laces in strata as I drink the ale.

S: The nose is an awesome blast of floral citrus hops. The firkin has mellowed out the flavors a touch, allowing more caramel maltiness to come through.

T: The first sip is a silky masterpiece. The hops are as strong as ever, bitingly sharp with herbal grass and citrus flavors. The malts are a minor thought in the body, never adding more than a brief flick of caramel. The hops are the focal point of the ale and they do not disappoint. A booziness is just below the surface throughout the glass, coming close to overwhelming the pleasing drinkability.

M: The hops are biting and strong, softened up just a bit by the cask conditioning. The warmer temperature of the ale really brings out the deliciousness. This ale was meant for the cask.

D: Two imperial pints, each delicious, made for a great night. This was my first Nugget Nectar cask but I hope it won't be my last.

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Photo of sholland119
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pured form the bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery tulip glass.

A-pours a deep clear amber, with a thin white head. Nice lacing.

S-Strong hops, with a little more citrus than floral but strong presence of both. Nicely balanced, in the hop aroma sense anyway.

T-Hops all the way through but with enough malt to keep it smooth and balanced. Finishes very smooth with only moderate hop bitterness.

M-Light carbonation. The hops linger on the tongue. I always like that.

D-Very drinkable for an Imperial anything. Hoppy as hell but still leaves me wanting more. ABV is high but not crazy.

Why don't those boys at Troegs have a brewpub already? This is one awesome beer, and I would gladly drive 100 miles to Harrisburg to get it. Fortunately I don't have to.

I will also note that the cask version is, if possible, even better. The carbonation is nicer, it stands up well to the warmer temp, and the sweetness is more present, in a really good way.


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Photo of DrDogbeer
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Leftmindedrighty for this great beer-
Pours a nice light orange amber color with a thin white head. Leaves nice lacing. Smell is amazingly strong and wonderful. Fresh Piney, floral hops seem like they are floating in the top of the beer. Just a great smell. Taste is a hop wallop right off the bat. Great full pine hop flavor with some earthy malts to keep the mouthfeel very full to finish. Flavor stays full and fresh all the way to the end of the beer- each sip is great! Cant wait to get more!!! (any traders???)

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Photo of brdc
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks markgugs for this one.

Small capped bottle, bottled on 01/11/08, poured into a pint.

Beautiful golden orange, with a fluffy light tan head that shows good retention and lacing.
Aroma is fresh, hoppy but a lot more floral and earthy, and the citric notes are a lot more orange than grapefruit. There is also a hint of caramelized and bready malts.
It has a nice medium body, with good carbonation and a velvety mouthfeel opening to a nicely hopped, floral and earthy, at times orangey taste that is not overdone, and well balanced by somewhat sweet caramel malty notes.
Impressively well balanced, nicely hopped but without that grapefruit explosion that characterizes the "hoppy masses".
Impressive, even for someone that is not a hophead like myself.

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Photo of jscondon
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Warning: this is a very biased review, Troegs is currently my favorite brewery. Bottled 1-08-08.

Pours a golden amber with a large head that subsides to about 1/2 in, releasing a wonderful hop aroma that is reminiscent of citrus. Minimal visible carbonation is a plus, and I have let this warm to about 55F b/c i have found that i like the Troegs beers better when they are a little warmer. The flavor profile of this one is very complex and balanced nicely. It is smooth up front with a touch of tartness, and the middle has a nice sweet flavor rounded out with a little caramel, finally to finish with a polished grapefruit/citrus hoppiness that lingers on the palette. The mouth is nice and thick and this one is definitely good.

In all this is a great beer, I would recommend it for sure.

Hats off to Mike L. for hooking me up with the beers hard to get in Mass.

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Photo of SierraGS
4.57/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On cask at multiple locations, and also on tap and in the bottle (and always best on cask!)

This beverage pours a lovely reddish amber with a medium level of creamy white head which sticks to the sites of the glass from start to finish.

This is an incredibly sticky beer with an incredible aroma. There is a real piney resinous quality to this ale, and the sting of citrus bites the sides of my mouth and the sides of my tongue. Carmel malt flavors balance the hops keeping this big flavored beer in check.

Don't miss this one if you can get it, and go out of your way to get it on cask.

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Photo of chefboy812
4.77/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured A clear glowing copper/red. nice off white head that fell quickly to a nice lacing.

huge floral and citrus nose, with some nice caramel malt backing it up. gets you mouth watering.

Big huge hops smack, but is what this guy is about. Many a beer geek wails at his beer guy for the weeks coming up to the release of this brew.

Nice fruit charachter and some good malt chew.

The finish is nice and well lived without making you tired at the end of the bottle.

One of my favorite hop bombs. good job this year.

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Photo of hwwty4
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Akorsak.

Poured a 12oz bottle into my second favorite glass, my Chimay goblet. Pours a orangey amber with not much carbonation. It pours a slight white head that leaves no lacing and disappears into a thin oily layer. Aroma is hoppy. I was expecting a bit more sweetness in the nose with a Amber Ale. There are definite floral notes in the aroma also. Taste is big on the hops too, but mellows into a nice sweetness on the back of the tongue. Mouthfeel is light and florally with just a slight carbonation. Very drinkable brew.

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Photo of SaucyA
4.69/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thank you Lothore! So glad I got to try this!

A - Nice orange/amber color. It looks like a malty IPA... not necessarily an "Amber" but it could pass, I suppose.

S - I have never smelled anything quite like this. Flowery... at least 3 different kinds of hops. I can say nothing more than "Shit, this is amazing."

T - Lemony, piney, flowery hops. It tastes like an up north camping trip. Phenomenal. Earthy, slightly metallic bitter finish. Not too oily.

M - Half point docked for thinness. If it were a little thicker, it'd be perfect. But that might limit the...

D - Absolutely perfect drinkability. Easily the best tasting, easiest drinking beer at this ABV. If this were available here it would be a standby. I'd buy more of this than Hopslam.

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Photo of pwoods
4.74/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to PEBKAC for this nice brew.

12oz. brown bottle poured into an imperial pint.

A: Crystal clear pour of dark amber nectar. 1 1/2 fingers of eggshell rocky head with great retention. Nice chunks of lacing.

S: Cascade and Columbus hops all over the place. Citrus, pine, resin.. a beautiful thing.

T/M: Again, hop dominant. Citrus and pine. Malts are on the Scottish side, reminding me of Furious' malt bill. Body is just under medium and plenty creamy.

D: Awesome.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to rodgers for this treasure....What an overwhelming tasty brew this one is...

Beatiful reddish copper color with a small 1 inch head... Great looking..

Of course, smells very hoppy as expected.... wonderful aroma, this one has.... I can't get my nose out of the glass long enough to take a drink at this point...

Mmmm.... not the hop bomb I was expecting at all... surprisingly balanced brew.... very hoppy and delicious but also balanced perfectly with the sweet malts throughout as well...

What an awesome brew....

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Photo of NolanGTI
4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really one of the shining stars out there from one of the great PA breweries. While this review is for a bottle-pour, cask is one of my 5 all-time favorites.

Copper color, nice one fingered head. Plenty of lacing.

Grassy and floral in the nose with hints of sweet fruit. This beer smells fresh and inviting. The hops are evident from the first whiff.

Great mouthfeel with a tight carbonation that accentuates all of the hoppy goodness. Lower ABV than many similarly styled beers makes this a much better choice when you are having a few.

Most importantly is how this beer tastes. Highly hopped, but not overwhelming like some IIPAs/DIPAs. Dry grassy notes dominate with a slight hint of fruit in the middle. Sharp aftertaste. Hints of malty sweetness on the sides of the tongue show this beer is an all-around player, despite the starring hops. Just enough of an aftertaste to leave you wanting more without ruining your palate. A stunning beer.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.92/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a bottle of this at the Cloverleaf Tavern last MBA night.

A: Pours a golden, amber body with a small white head. Pretty low retention on the head but decent lacing. Nice lacing along the top of the beer after the head dissipates with some lacing along the sides of the glass as I consumed it.

S: Smells of floral, bitter malts with slight, citrus undertones. Some sweet malts were evident as well.

T: A nice, hoppy taste with a smooth, citrus aftertaste. Hints of sweet grapefruits noted in the aftertaste as well.

M: A little thin, but still pretty smooth and crisp.

D: Definitely a drinkable beer. The hops and malts are very well balances. The mouthfeel, while thin, is still refreshing and pretty good. Definitely an excellent beer I will consume much of again in the future.

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

This Troegs seasonal offering, hits the glass with an amber-orange hue and has a strong citrus, grassy, pine hop aroma. Decent head retention, it looks good in a glass.

As the name implies, this IPA focuses on hops and I assume nugget hops and I am guessing several others as the hop profile is complex. It has a high bitterness level and a supportive malt background, that seems to have some Munich malt and others.

Overall, the malt background and the hops additions make a fairly complex IPA. This is a clean fermented, West Coast style IPA, that seems to have a more complex malt and hop ingredient list then is typical. The bitterness is intense and lasting. Although still a very drinkable and an excellent IPA.

If I compared this IPA to the best in this class, and this is a very competitive category, the one shortcoming in this excellent beer is that it is not as well balanced for the style compared to the very best IPAs. This is also somewhat odd, as it says it is an Imperial Amber, but really lacks the malt backbone to be in the Amber category.

I am guessing, the use of many different types of hops, most of them high alpha acid hops, seem to make this beer less smooth in its intense bitterness and with a slightly more complex flavor profile which muddies the overall taste profile. So, a great beer but not one of the best in this category.

Still, I could easily drink a case and this is an excellent IPA.

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

On draft at Capital Ale House. Served a crisp orange with a decent head that lasted as a thin layer and left spotty lacing on the glass. The aroma was fragrant piney hops and loads of caramel. The taste was a very complex blend of carmel malts, fruity citrus hops and just a general sweet fruit taste. The beer was medium bodied with low carbonation, somewhat hidden alcohol. This is a truly enjoyable and unique beer.

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Photo of jneiswender
4.54/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a pint glass.

A--amber gem color with an off white head. Nice lacing.

S--pine scent and citrus.

T--sweet malt front that quickly gives way to a heck of a hop ride. The hops are not overwhelming nor are they so much that it makes it undrinkable. Some fruity tones, like pineapple midway through. Very balanced minus the obvious hop kick.


D--really love this beer. I am not a hop addict. But this one could definitely turn me over to the dark side. Far and away the brewery's best offering. The fresher of this, the better.

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Photo of drumrboy22
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jjayjaye for this one! Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Dogfish Head snifter. Served at cellar temperature. Beer was orange in color with a clear, sparkling body. Two finger head that was off-white and rocky. Very light carbonation.

Aroma was heavy hops. A combination of pine, citrus and flowers.

Taste was hoppy and bitter, with a nice malt backbone to help balance it out. Had a heavy alcohol presence.

Thick, creamy mouthfeel. Full bodied with a long, bitter finish. Really nice beer.

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Photo of jeremy13586
4.87/5  rDev +12.7%
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 -6.3%
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 +2.3%
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 +9.3%
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 +8.8%
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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