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 RichD
4.54/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this into my perfect pint glass.

A: Pours an amber color as it should. About a finger and a half of sudsy head. Not bad

S: Smells of grapefruit, citrus and piney hops are the prominent scents in here. Not overpowering, it's actually a little faint.

T: The grapefruit, citrus and piney hops are what I taste first. And then some caramel malty goodness come right in. Holy hell, what balance this has. This is some awesome stuff. The effortless transition from hops to malts make this beer incredibly enjoyable.

M: Medium bodied beer with such a smooth feel. This drinks kind of like a lager. This has a medium level of carbonation which is perfect for a brew like this. Good stuff.

Overall: This is one of few imperial ambers I've ever had and this is definitely the best in it's style. Troegs has done an incredible job with this beer. This will be a yearly staple in my fridge every February. Good shit Troegs.

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Photo of MVotter
4.54/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - The Troegs Nugget Nectar pours into a chalice a perfectly clear amber, with a 1/2 inch antique white head.

S - Grapefruit, pine, sweet malt aromas, sweet pea floral aroma.

T - Bitter-sweet hops in front, metallic if served too cold.

M - Lots of effervescence, sticky, medium-heavy, nice and dry.

O - Nugget Nectar is reminiscent of the Sierra Nevada Torpedo...because of the dry-hopping? It's a delicious brew which, if served very cold, the hop flavors become metallic. So, be patient. Let this one "warm" to a temperature that will do the wonderfully blended hop flavors justice. Outstanding!

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Photo of kirchy
4.69/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

ST. bottle pored into pint glass

A. copper amber with half inch head , looks great

S. citrus aroma, not over whelming

T. very smooth with a bite of hops that stays on your tongue, tasty grapefruit flavor with a taste of pine that stays with you

M. smooth and easy going

O. I just love this beer, glad my son bought a case, would go great with anything, world class, in my top two

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Photo of JohnQVD
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright copper with no haze. While foamy at the pour, after a minute it dies back to a thin wispy head that leaves light lacing down the glass. Nose is floral with some citrus, mostly orangey. Taste is malty and mildly bitter, with mild carbonation. This is surprisingly well-balanced. I expected it to be hoppier. Aftertaste is quite mild, just a touch of lingering tannins.

This is a pretty fantastic beer overall, just excellent overall.

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Photo of brureview
3.92/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

After much waiting, the beer arrived and I bought a six pack.

The bottle date was 1/29. Newly brewed.

The beer poured an amber-copper color with a large 3 finger head.

Lots of pine and some citrus. You can smell the hops.

As expected, carbonated mouth feel.

Quite bitter for an amber ale. Exceptionally hoppy and imbalanced for an amber ale.

Definite citrus, pine, cradled in hops. The hops and the bitterness overwhelmed the citrus and pine.

I was expecting more. I really like the beer from this brewery, especially the Flying Mouflan.
I was a bit disappointed. I have had other American Ambers which balance the hops with the flavor: Maine beer Zoe comes to mind.

Will try again not in a pint glass, and slightly warmer.

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Photo of Act25
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This may be best-in-USA Imperial IPA. 7.5% but calm, mellow, warming. Let this beer warm to open up. I needed to go back and taste against other favorites like Stone and the very different unfiltered seaside Ipswich.

12 oz poured into a .5 L cylinder.

A: Clear, copper, amber with nice 2 finger white head with great lacing and lots of lasting retention.

S: Great nose. ... fruity, piney, cedary, grapefruit, cigar box... . fresh. Powerful. let it warm.

T: Almost a 5! Nice balance of sweet, toasty malt and fresh, oily hops that explode with flavor. Bitter, piney, fruity, dry. Nugget Nector is apt name.
M: Good weight and body. bitter and dry. Smooth and clean. Well carbonated, clean. Class IPA feel.

O: Agree with others this beer is World-class. Hop presence is strong. A benchmark beer.

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Photo of Titans77
4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on 2/15/13, bottled on 2/5/13.

A - Bronze/Copper/Orange with a good bit of carbonation and some nice lacing on top. That beautiful amber glow shows a little bit of alcohol legs where it touches the glass.

S - Big grapefruit, citrus, and pine notes up front with a hint of caramel maltiness and a bit of booze on the back end. Not as intense of an aroma as I was expecting after pouring it out. But when I first cracked open the bottle I could smell the beer with it a foot from my nose. Impressive.

T - WOW! Huge grapefruit and pine notes up front. Getting a mix of citrus flavors mid way through. The slightest taste of caramel malts is there, but only VERY slightly. Hops, hops and more hops for the big flavors.

M - Bitter and dry finish on this one. The booziness that I could smell is non existent. Every sip leaves you wanting more. Very solid.

O - Best beer I have had in 2013 so far. I expect Green Flash Palate Wrecker will compete with this beast. Easily a beer worth seeking out and buying a case of.

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Photo of Dirte1096
3.35/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A - Copper/amber in burnt honey. Minimal head and not much lacing on the glass.

S - Pretty underwhelming. Hop-forward for an amber ale. Sweet juicy hops. Some mango, peach, pineapple...your typical tropical fruit hops. Strong malt backbone to this one...very sweet caramel/molasses malts coming in distinguishing this imperial amber from the IPA category.

T - Follows the nose. Citrus hops up front...grapefruit and lemon...followed by the juicy hop flavors of mango, peach, and pineapple...maybe a touch of pine. Then the malts kick in with a strong molasses/caramel-type sweetness. Very sweet on the finish. I think Troeg's marketing division is taking alot of liberty claiming that this beer is in the "93ish IBU" range. Good but pretty underwhelming just like the nose.

M - Medium body with low carbonation. Wouldn't mind a little more carbonation to liven up this beer a bit.

O - Man, this beer has a strong following where I live (Philly). People around here wet their pants when this beer is about to release and buy it up by the case as soon as it hits the shelves. I just don't understand the hype. There's also alot of confusion about the style when people rate this's not an IPA; it's an imperial amber ale. If it was an IPA it would have a hard time holding its own with the better IPA's out there, but because it belongs to a completely different category it fairs pretty well considering there aren't a ton of good, hoppy ambers out least compared to how many good hoppy IPA's exist. It's good...not in the same league as Lagunitas Lucky 13, but it's still a good imperial amber...nothing more. If you like the style, or if you like extremely balanced IPA's you will like this. Just don't buy into the's nowhere near one of the best beers out there.

Re-reviewed 1/24 - docking some points from my previous review...just don't think this beer is anything more than good. Sorry, just doesn't do anything impressive for me.

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