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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 | website

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 wcudwight
4.76/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Enola for picking this one up for me while he was in Bristol. I've had this aged but have never had a fresh one.
Pours a crystal clear amber color with some golden hues. Thin sticky head with decent retention and wet sticky lacing.
Mmmmm smells like a Christmas tree farm. Mmmm!!!!
Taste like a tangerine chased with a pine cone. Lot's of hop goodness. This will blow even the most seasoned hop heads minds.
For such a tasty and flavorful beer the body is pretty light.
If you love hops you will think about tasting this beer long after it's gone. Warning: Nugget Nectar has been known to cause Hopcolism in labratory animals!
I think this and Big Hoppy Monster from Terrapin have taken this style to a whole new and exciting level.

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Photo of 484dan
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

at first glance this beer has a reddish tint to it w/a nice thick head when poured... the smell is very piney, maybe a hint of citrus... the smell along w/the taste scream hoppy!! the mouthfeel is... well... ok... a little bit of an after taste and the alcohol is apparent... the beer is absolutely worth a try...

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

tröegs- Nugget Nectar

Appearance- Reddish brown with a big foamy heavy lacing head
Smell- Big strong pine and green hops.
Taste- Oily pine with fresh of the vine hop flavor.
Mouthfeel- Oily and sweet up front with a dry body and a slight bitter and oily finish.

Overall- A huge flavored beer! Very good a 6er of this would be sufficient for the night!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a bright orange amber with a big billowing white head. Faded quickly leaving a nice layer of swirly, gooey lace on the top. No visible carbonation in the glass, which was crystal clear, no hint of any hazy or cloudiness. Smell was strong bitter hops, pine resin grapefruit, pineapple were the big players here. A very slight tinge of alcohol as it warmed tingled the nose a bit. The taste was a little thin, watery, but not too bad, just would have envisioned a bit fuller based on the smell. Biggest taste here was the grapefruit, big dry piney finish left this very nice. Good well rounded IPA. Overall this is a very good call. Lower ABV makes this very drinkable, and pretty much sessionable for a big time hop head. Very nice beer.

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Photo of bigdeuce
4.94/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This brew is ABSOLUTELY PHENOMENAL!!! Pours a nice head and a deep copper color. The nose is sensational, I smelled it before every sip. Leaves tons of lacing down the glass. Is sticky sweet, oily, with massive hops on the back end. Well balanced and dangerously drinkable. Should not be a session beer with the alcohol content, but I cannot stop drinking it. Please Troeg's bros, make this available in Ohio and make it a year round brew, you'd clean up! One of the best beers in the world!!

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Photo of nickss
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Light amber hue with very visible highly active carbonation. Big frothy 2 finger head which disipates ever so slowly. A pretty brew indeed.

Big hop aroma... lemon zest and tangerine... but the malt is certainly noticeable....a wonderful scent... very well balanced.

Subtle at first... then ker-plow... a hop-smack to the palate. Once again, though, the balance is quite nice... the malt bringing up a strong backbone to the hop assault... almost reminds me of a rye-IPA.... quite nice.

Perfect mouthfeel. The carbonation is significantly more subdued than the appearance would have led me to believe. Troeg's lets the hops subdue your tongue as opposed to the efferevescent bubbles. Moderately thick, and wonderful.

Though 7.5% is no longer considered to be a huge beer, it is certainly nothing to scoff at. That said, this beer drinks like a 4% session brew... I could drink this all night without any problem. Immenently quaffable, and thoroughly delicious.... certainly my favorite offering from Troeg's thus far.

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Photo of orsulacp
3.97/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The body was clear light amber with a big fluffy white head. The nose was fruity and piney. A real fresh cut pine sent dominated. The taste started bitter, woody and piney, then a little fruity sweetness in the middle some bready malts, and then a woody bitterness to end it. The mouthfeel seemed a little on the light side, the carbonation was really active. Very high drinkability for a 7.5%abv beer. I liked last years version slightly better, but this is still a great beer.

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Photo of klewis
3.7/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to markgugs for this one.

A: Pours a clear amber with a one-finger foamy head that subsides to a frothy ring around the glass. A bit of lacing.

S: Complex hop nose with citrus and floral notes.

T: A hint of maltiness teases you up front before it hits you over the head with hop bitterness. Not nearly as complex as the bouquet.

M: Medium-full bodied with fine carbonation and a nice sticky quality.

D: A nice beer, but this one falls a bit short of the hype for me. A bit more hop flavor (as opposed to bitterness) would make this one better for me.

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Photo of Matteox3
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Beer Mart, Route 10, Reading, PA. Good availability there if looking for it.

Hop, Hop, and more Hop flavor. However, unlike many IPA's, the hoppiness of this brew (although very very hoppy) blends well with the overall fruitiness of the beer. In my experience with sharing this beer with others who do not like hoppy beers, those people really enjoyed this brew.

The hop flavor is piney in nature. The color is a very appealing amber, with healthy (not foamy) head.

More complex in taste than an IPA. Very fruity. Hop flavor works with the flavor, and is not a separate flavor.

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

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into my shaker pint glass. Appears a clear amber color with a finger of off white foam. Smells of fruity citrus such as orange and lemon, sweet malts. Taste is mildly sweet. There are notes of grapefruit, orange and caramel malt. Medium to full bodied with medium carbonation. Outstanding and highly recommended.

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Photo of granite
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pint glass.

A---It poured golden with a medium white head.

S---Sweet smelling malt, pine, palm sugar and citrus hops.

T---Caramel, slightly sweet, bread, floral and earthy blend of hops. Nice balance of hops and malt.

M---Medium bodied.

D---Very balanced for an imperial ipa and I enjoyed that they showcased the malt instead of all hops forward.

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Photo of vwcraig
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One finger high head to start with from proper pour that fades to a thin cap and some bubbles. Perfectly clear and a deep amber color. Great first smells of fruity hops and sweet, juicy malt. Smells are close to a certain Bell's product. First taste was a quick resiny hop bite followed by a finish that was crisper than I had anticipated. Big hop tastes but not abusive. Medium bodied and very smooth. Dangerously easy to drink and hard to put down. Carbonation is on lower side but it still works. Great bargain for the price, too if you have access to this very fine offering from the Brothers Troegs.

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Photo of flexabull
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another great bottle courtesy of MuenchenerKindl

Pours a bright amber color, carbonation is visible, and a nice white head settled on top.

Aroma is quite citrus like. Very fruity smelling, and a bit sweet.

Taste is at first fruity, sweet and creamy. Beer then settles into hop flavors, I really notice a bitter hop zing on the finish. The flavors are quite crisp, and long lasting.

Mouthfeel is nice. Carbonation is well done.

Drinkability is up there on this one. It's a very flavorful and well balanced IPA/Amber Ale. But it's not overpowering at all. I could easily drink more than one of these. Good stuff!

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Photo of objectivemonkey
4.89/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Into a pint glass, pours a very clear golden amber, nice head that settles to a thin bubbly mass, nice lacing. Aroma is enticing, entrancing, and encouraging of whats to come, a beautiful floral hop shower, caramel and biscut malts, overall, fantastic and I'm ready to drink. Taste is magical, a delicious amalgamation of thick caramel malts, biscut, sweet and slick and almost thick, the hops are strong, citric, pine, floral, everything good that can be said about a nice sweet, malty, hoppy beer can be said of this one. The mouth, the taste, the aroma is phenominal, I want to live next door to this brewery.

Thanks a ton to both leftmindedrighty and upsjeff who each sent me one of these brews.

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Photo of vtfan77
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear orange-tinted gold with about an inch of white head.

S- Huge hop aroma, and I do mean huge. Piney as all hell, with some orange-like citrus. Malt is nonexistent in the nose.

T- Surprisingly mild. The citrus hop flavors blend perfectly with the sweet, bready malt. Supreme balance. Bitterness is very low for a 90+ IBU beer. It's there, no doubt, but it's by no means overwhelming. The overall taste reminds me a little of Bell's Two Hearted. I almost wanted a little more oomph from the taste, but I certainly can't complain.

M- Good, nice and smooth, not too much carbonation, but other than that nothing to write home about.

D- Very good. ABV is a little high, but you'd never know it from the taste. The fantastic balance in the taste gives this beer an equally fantastic drinkability.

Not what I was expecting, but very good nonetheless. I thought I was getting a hop monster, but instead I got a well-balanced, wonderfully drinkable beer. Good stuff. Recommended for sure.

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

Appearance - A nice orange color with a two finger thick off-white head. Nice retention along the glass while drinking.

Smell - Hops and caramel malt mixed with some grapefruit nose and other citrus fruits.

Taste - Up front you taste the hops, which is followed by by some caramel malts and honey. The grapefruit and citrus fruits then appear dissipating any hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with good carbonation throughout. Aftertaste leaves hops but with little to no bitterness.

Drinkability - Delicious! I need more.

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Photo of HossMcGraw
3.93/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Been wanting to try this one for a while. I nearly had to grab a change of underwear when I saw this at my local packie. A damn fine brew, but I guess I built it up too much in my mind. Set the bar a bit too high. That being said, this is just as good as many of its west coast contemporaries, and I'm fortunate to have it produced so close to me.

Pours a lovely orange/amber, with a finger or two of head, and decent lacing. Aroma is a letdown. It's just too faint. I can pick up some grapefruit, strawberry, a large steely character, and the ubiquitous cat urine that seems to make its way into so many IPAs. Not bad, just faint.

The flavor is better. A bit sweeter than I prefer, but retains a good bit of hop flavor. Not bitter, just lots of hop *flavor. More strawberry, grapefruit, and cherry flavor, with a nice hoppy, dry aftertaste that makes you want to reach for another sip.

Mouthfeel is thin and uncarbonated. Needs a bit more pop to it if you ask me. Drinkability is superb. I've had better IPAs, but few this drinkable. The 7.5% is barely noticeable, and the dry finish helps make this a certified session brew. Troegs rarely dissapoint, and this is another winner. A fine example of central PA craftsmanship.

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Photo of Freshie
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice bottle, with good artwork. IBU count, with types of hops used on the label, as well as the ABV. No freshness date.

Honey color, with slight head. Lack of head probably due to the frigid temperature of my garage. I let the ale warm for 15 minutes for experiencing.

Smell is floral/fruity hops.

The taste is hoppy. Grassy hops that are usually found in an American IPA, are complimented by a toasty, mildly sweet malt falvour.

Hops are spicy in the mouth, and the ale finishes very clean.

Has a very flavourful bite, that doesn't linger on the palate.

My first review from this brewery and I am impressed.


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

Poured an amber orange with a decent but not giant head. Nice lacing remains on the glass.

Wonderful hop aromas of grapefruit and pine.

Taste is a hop lover's dream. Bitter, fruity hops dominate, with just a hint of malt in the background.

Mouthfeel is slightly dry, with a bitter finish.

Overall, this is a very drinkable beer. Although I'm not a hophead, I enjoyed this beer and would recommend it.

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Photo of jdg204
4.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

After hearing all the praise for this PA brew, I had to give it a shot once I saw it at one of my local brew shops and it was awesome!!

Appearance - It's almost as if the organge color is glowing, it's that bright. This was something to see.

Smell - The citrusy (particularly orange) smells mixed with the spices was fantastic. This was off the hook!

Taste - Ok, this was even better than the smell! The richness of the different types of hops mixed with the orange flavor was superb. The hop combination provided for a great rich start and a nice subtle bitter undertone to finish.

Mouthfeel - Really nice consistent texture, the fullness of the flavor really pleases the mouth.

Drinkability - I flat out loved this beer, I've been quickly consuming my 6 pack in the days since I bought it. This is definetly a classic in the making, really enjoyed this hybrid of an Amber Ale and IPA, this would make a great everyday or special occasion beer. Get some before the season is over!!!

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.37/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head pint glass.
Pours a clear golden amber. Slight head that quickly recedes back into the beer.
Smell is heavenly hops. Not a barrage of hops, but a good hop presence in the nose.
Taste is bittery hops. Some nice, juicy, citrusy hops. Not overly bitter or tongue thrashing. This is a very toned down Dreadnaught. It's quite good, but just isn't the powerhouse that I was expecting.
The mouthfeel is crisp and medium bodied.
This does come across as something that would be highly sessionable. It being more reserved makes it much easier for more than one of these to go down.

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

My 100th review and a beer I've been waiting to try for a year, a perfect combination!

12oz bottle, the case dated best by 6/12/07. Pours a crystal clear orange amber, with light rising carbonation and a fluffy white head of foam, tall and airy. Nice lacing and good head retention as well.

Ooof, the nose is bursting with hops. Fresh and floral, citrusy and juicy. Just a touch of sweetness as well and a whiff of alcohol.

Taste is a sweet and citrusy burst of hops, this is one beer that can easily be described as juicy. There's some maltiness there, the amber part of this imperial amber, a nice subtle wash of malt before the bitterness returns in the swallow. Just delicious.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a nice combination of the sticky hops and the juicy hops, bringing the best of both attributes together. The carbonation level and dry finish make this a very clean and refreshing beer. Only the slightest alcohol warming.

Drinkability is great, this would be a heck of a session beer if you didn't have anything to do the next day or so. Hands down one of my favorite beers and yet another tasty offering from the Trogner brothers.

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Photo of Ieatlambfries
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very clear deep amber. Half inch off white head of very fine bubbles. Each sip leaves a blanket of lace which clings to the glass in a sheet before slipping back into the brew leaving nothing behind.

Resiny hop oils dominate the smell. Followed by hints of grapefruit and ocean or salt water.

Upfront flavors of grapefruit rind and pine resins. Followed by a slightly sweet malt presence. Smoky notes toward the end with some hints of alcohol.

The mouthfeel is slick with hop oils. You can feel a definite coating with the first sip. Little to no bite from the carbonation.

Very drinkable for a brew over 7%. Goes down almost too easy.

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Photo of Ego
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

$12 for a growler of this @ Andy's in Bogota NJ (they still have the nug on cask also as of today)

glowing orange, mesmerizing like c cup boobies on a jogger in the summer, 2 full fingers of white foam adorn this beauty.. and said head stays put, the head is like the blob, you tilt the glass but it remains in one, slowly blobbing down the sides of the glass to reform itself into the head, awesomely packed micro-bubbles sit on top of the beer.. damn the head is not fading. this is about as close to perfection as you can get.

tis better to have hopped and lost than to have not hopped at all.. is apparently the motto of this beer, a great mix of the citrusy type of hops and the floral variety, the sweetness of the malt comes through as a honey odor, the hop smell is just fantastic here. so, maybe it is a touch one dimensional but when you pull off that one dimensional better than most hopped up jobbers you deserve some credit.

taste etc..
medium bodied but the oils coat the mouth immediately delivering their hop packages all over your soon to be numb pallet. not overly bitter, not overly sweet, this beer goes down quicker than Anna Nicole in a hotel room... As you drink a glass you can count how many sips it takes to get to the center of this lollipop based on the O rings of lace left behind.

the Brother's T have crafted one of the finest American beers here, do whatever it takes to get some. if you are into hops this beer is screaming your name, this is one that is not overhyped...

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Photo of kevinhulit
4.79/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a hop of a good beer. kudos to the amber ale from troegs. overall a well made ale... intense in hoppy flavor and a beautiful amber/cooper color. highly aromatic (floral/clove). worth the wait for this seasonal offering. easygoing on the mouth although a slight tingle is apparent.

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Tröegs Nugget Nectar from Tröegs Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 2,497 ratings.
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