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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 johnrf
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
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 +2.3%
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 -6.5%
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 -2.8%
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 -6.9%
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 +7.6%
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 +6.5%
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 +13.9%
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 +6.5%
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 +0.7%
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 +9.7%
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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Photo of BeerLover48Fan
5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My first purchase of this wonderful beer and certainly not my last

Pours a beautiful crystal clear orange/copper color with a 2 finger off white head. Head subsides slowly leaving nice lacing on the glass.

Smell that hoppy goodness!! Citrus hoppiness dominates the nose with a hint of spice, Cinnamon? Subtle sweetness lets you know the malt character is there. Someone needs to bottle this smell as an air freshener.

The balance of this brew is remarkable. Hop bitterness hits the tongue first and threatens to overpower everything else, but just as you think that huge citrus flavors take over. Tastes of orange juice, lemonade, and grapefruit juice mixed to perfection. The sweetness of the malt really brings out the citrus flavors. Ends dry with a nice spicyness.

Overall, this is just as advertised, a Hopheads Nirvana. Another great offering from the Troegner brothers. I enjoy this and will eagerly await it yearly Cheers!! Thanks to my friends at Red White and Brew in Mount Holly NJ for yet another great brew suggestion

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

The beer poured a beautiful clear honey-gold with a creamy white head into a 12-oz pilsner glass. A sniff revealed a strong piney hop bouquet. The taste was big on hop flavor and bitterness, which seemed to coat my tongue and linger long after the last swallow. Serious hop content, but still some lingering malt sweetness coating the inside of my mouth. Good carbonation and lacing. An excellent beer.

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Photo of PhageLab
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Okay, with all the recent chat about overhyped brews, I was slightly nervous trying the somewhat legendary Nugget Nectar. Well, it lives up to the hype to put it simply. Poured into a weizen glass.

A - Deep amber hue with a huge cloud of froth that floated on top the entire time. Laced quite beautifully. Presentation is impressive.

S - Hops. That is all.

T - Amazing hop blast, no abv apparent, nice relatively smooth malt backing, but it does in no way interfere with the hoppy goodness. Finishes slightly sweet, relieving the mild bitterness contained in the body.

M - Medium body, low carbonation, sticky consistency, yum.

D - Someone would have to pry this from my cold dead hands. I'll probably find more while I still can. Hop head's delight I believe. If you happen upon it, get it.

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Photo of sjohansen
3.98/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The nectar pours an impressively clear orange-amber with a nice thick 2 finger bubbly white head. The head has pretty good retention and sticks around through almost half the glass. The head reminds you that it was there as it leaves thick ringed sticky lacing all over the glass. Here and there bubbles float to the top of the fluffy head for a couple minutes, and then there is no evidence of the carbonation.

The combination of the hops is all I can sniff in the nose. As it warms I get a brief balancing sweetness from the malts.

Hops, hops and more hops. There is a slight peppery taste of alcohol in the aftertaste, which is the only hint that this is a brew you shouldn't slam several of. And since it's quite tasty, and balanced so well; slamming several becomes a legitimate concern. Crisp, clean, powerful. Nice bitterness throughout the palate. The most amazing characteristic of this beer is that with all the bitterness from the hops, with all the power from the alcohol, there is an undercurrent of sugary sweetness throughout the beer that keeps everything balanced.

For all the hops, I was expecting the mouthfeel to be oily or greasy. Definitely not the case. I would describe it as explosive, slightly syrupy but not to the extent where it leaves the mouth coated. Syrupy as in thick and not at all watered down.

This is good stuff. Overhyped? You decide.

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Photo of ajr24
4.88/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Note: this is an edit.

Wow! I'm still weak at the knees it's so good on Cask... For a while this has been my holy grail of beer, and I found it at Johnny Brenda's on Cask. Pours deep amber, orange, without the sparkle that you would see on tap or from a bittle, but still completely appetizing! Creamy white head that leaves decent lacing and lasts all the way down the pint glass. Smells of hops, with some hops, and other hops, not to mention the floral and citrusy smells, too. Tastes of sweet hops, bitter hops, and some caramel/apricot, maybe some peach in there, too?-- amazing blend of the flavors. As I've said before about great hoppy beers "There's a party in my mouth and everyone's invited!" High drinkability in my book, the alcohol may sneak up, though.

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Photo of MmmIPA
4.95/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2008 vintage.


Amber colored body with no head.Very clear.

Hoppy goodness is all I smell.

Hoppy upfront with bittering hops taking the back.

AWESOME and very worth it beer! I recommend everyone to go out and try this.Perect hop combination.

Once again I need to get a case of this stuff.

edit: this beer is in the bottle.

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

Bought a sixer @ the katonah beverage barn, happy to find something new there, bottle's etching tells me this was bottled on 1-24-08. Pours auburn amber, clear, with a few bubbles continuing to rise. Medium tan tiny bubble head and leaving some blotchy lacing. Nose is all about the hops, leafy and herbal. Hoppy, dry and assertive brew. Resiny hops carry the load here. Bready malts to balance things out. tasty brew, glad to finally find it locally. Doubt it will be around for long. Seek out and enjoy.

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

Enjoyed on cask at Union Jacks Inn on the Manatawny
Poured a cloudy amber/copper color with a big, creamy off-white head. Good retention and great lacing sticking to the glass with every sip. Hello hops! Lots of floral hops, citrus, and cut grass in the nose along with a nice hint of caramel. Tastes are big in citrus followed by grass and pine, all with a good sweet malt backbone. Medium in body with good carbonation, smooth and creamy, and a nice pine bite in the finish. Probably my favorite beer from the folks at Troegs, good in a bottle, great on tap, but on cask it goes on a whole different level. As rare as it may be to get this on cask, I'll do my best to get it as often as I can.

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Photo of Gmann
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden amber color with a decent cream colored head that left a small wall of lacing on the glass. The smell is a blast of floral and piney hops, very nice. The taste is of floral and piney hops, some resin bitterness, a decent malt presence that balances out the brew. The feel is light but not watery, average carbonation, finishes bitter but fairly balanced. A nice hop brew that smell great out of the bottle. The finish is rather balanced which makes this brew quite drinkable.

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Photo of Lenny2884
4.95/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've been waiting a long year for this to return. Always a late winter favorite of mine.

Pours a beautiful crystal clear orange/copper color with a 2 finger off white head. Head subsides slowly leaving nice lacing on the glass.

Smell that hoppy goodness!! Citrus hoppiness dominates the nose with a hint of spice, Cinnamon? Subtle sweetness lets you know the malt character is there. Someone needs to bottle this smell as an air freshener.

The balance of this brew is remarkable. Hop bitterness hits the tongue first and threatens to overpower everything else, but just as you think that huge citrus flavors take over. Tastes of orange juice, lemonade, and grapefruit juice mixed to perfection. The sweetness of the malt really brings out the citrus flavors. Ends dry with a nice spicyness.

Overall, this is just as advertised, a Hopheads Nirvana. Another great offering from the Troegner brothers. I enjoy this more and more with every year. Cheers!!

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Photo of dsigmon
3.95/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


A: I wish you could see mouth is watering. Poured into a Unibroue tulip, orange/amber color with perfect 2 finger off-white head. Head slowly recessing leaving some heavy lacing on the glass.

S: Initial smell of sweet grass and oooops...sucked a little foam up the nose and some spice with light tones of caramel.

T: Very balanced beer here. Initial bitterness across the tongue with the always apparent bitter grapefruit and citrus including lemon and orange zest. As it warms every sip brings a little something different.

M: Mild carbonation and somewhat oily. Not heavy at all, flows across the tongue into the abyss.

D: I give it a 10! Not something I would get old of drinking. Not too bitter, the malts come in at the end but not too sweet. Great beer to umm...session with...if want to be hurting in the am.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Huge surprise to score a sixtel at Frank A. Smith's in Pottstown...

Appearance is a beautiful burnt orange color with slightly off-white, two finger head, and tight/tiny bubbles. Light lacing throughout.

Smell is fabulous - like I'm in a hop forest, with an added hint of both orange and sweet cinnamon spice.

Taste is of fresh, fresh, fresh, juicy/piney hops which simply envelop the mouth, followed by a slight caramel malt backbone.

Mouthfeel is actually quite creamy/oily, which is SO nicely balanced with the intense flavor that I simply want to chug this beer.

If you couldn't tell by now, this is an extremely drinkable beer - IF you enjoy fresh hops and smooth beer mouthfeel. Warning: having this on tap at home is dangerous!

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

A: Pretty traditional golden amber color. Huge white head with tons of little bubbles that stayed for a couple of minutes. Not too much of a lacing left on the glass.

S: Hops, hops, hops, hops and did I mention the hops. Tangerine, orange rind, and a hint of vanilla.

T: Actually very balanced. The hops aren't as over bearing as I thought they would/should have been (maybe a little too balanced). Malty. And the slightest hint of vanilla.

M: Pretty good. Nothing exrtroidinary and nothing unappealing either.

D: This isn't the hoppy beer I was hoping for, but it still isn't a bad brew at all. Another solid outing by troegs!

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.54/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz picked up in a recent trade with a very generous DIM ... shared with my brother after a very long Super Tuesday work day... we need a good beer... I think we picked the right one.

Short lasting 3/4" head atop a fairly clear orange/amber brew.

Aroma is all grapefruity hops... literally smells like grapefruit rind... Steven says their is a hint of flowers... subtle toasted malts in the background.

Big bitterness .... balances the adequate malts .... flows like a river into big citrus mid palate... finish is fairly floral... huge oily complex hop profile but some how remains in that perfectly balanced realm... body is smooth/silky lite/medium with persistant small bubble carbonation... I would have sworn this was brewed in the PNW.

This beer just tastes sooo fresh and sooo good.... It was bottled on 1/7/8.. I've had this beer on a number of occasions, but never anywhere this fresh... If I had access to it, it would certainly be a goto beer for me and a very likely fridge staple.... Huge props to Dan... If I ever make it back home to PA, we must have brews.

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Tröegs Nugget Nectar from Tröegs Brewing Company
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