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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4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle from chefjack428 (thanks man!). Bottled 1/8/13. Served in a Boulevard tulip snifter.

Pours brilliant amber with a full one and a half finger cream colored head. Small patchy lacing.

Smells of sweet biscuits and tropical fruit.

Taste is bittersweet orange, pine, biscuit, caramel and citrus rind.

Oily medium feel with moderate carbonation. Orange bicuity finish.

A damn fine amber ale for sure. It's a pleasant mix of citrus hops and sweet bready malts. I'll be keeping my eyes out for more of this!

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into my snifter. Last six pack at the Beer Depot in Binghamton, very glad to get it! No date on the bottle, but it just came in, according to the clerk (he complimented my purchase of Sculpin, NN, and 2011 Mokah).

A - pours almost transparent, dark orange from the bottle to dark orange in the glass. Little head on the forced pour, little remains. Nothing too remarkable.

S - good. The hops yield a honey scent mixed with the usual (though unexpectedly subdued) hints of citrus fruit. Smells syrupy.

T - not terribly remarkable, which is surprising given the hype behind this one. The usual players are all there, bitterness on the front giving way to fruity tones (bitter ones, however), but there's something unpleasant about the aftertaste. Something clings, but I can't quite put my finger on it. Maybe I need one more.

M - good. Not overly carbonated, well-balanced in terms of alcohol and hops. Points off for the lingering taste though, which I can only attribute to a viscous consistency.

O - NN is a good beer, but I'm not sure it's worth the craze. I'll gladly buy up the lot at my local store for trades though!

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a super clean candied light amber, even bordering on orange a little. The head sits at a nice fingers’ width with creamy tight bubbles, which help to make this beer appear quite beautiful in the glass. The beer’s body is practically lager clean, letting almost all of the light through the beer and showing a nice lazy stream of bubbles streaming up the beer. The beer’s lacing is thin and slippery, leaving very little to look at, and really not helping the beer’s appearance. On the nose, this beer smells sweet and resiny. Pine dipped in light caramel bursts onto the nose, reminiscent of big IPA’s smells. The malts do get a little too sweet at times, but overall this smell is enticing. On the tongue the beer tastes crisply bitter and sweet. The beer begins with sweet caramel, melding into sweet piney grapefruit, which blossoms over the tongue, briefly hinting at medicinal flavors before pulling it solidly into resiny pine hops. The finish rings with bready sweet caramel malts, which levels out the beer and brings some balance to the palate, allowing this beer to give a nice big bitter hop bite while still kissing the sweet malts of a traditional amber/red ale. On the mouth, this beer feels thin to medium in body, but clean and crisp, almost like a lager. The mouth is left dry and resiny with a little bit of sweet lingering with saliva in the cheeks of the mouth. Overall, this is a tremendous India Red Ale or whatever you feel fit to call it. I feel like a new style in amber/red ales is coming soon, and this is a beautiful early example of the style. Hoppy like an IPA, yet still sweet and bready on the finish, this beer does some lovely balancing. The bitters do unfortunately hit a place where medicinal aspirin flavors hit the palate, but that fades quickly and doesn’t really downsize the drinkability of this beer. In terms of other India Red Ales, I would note Nugget Nectar as being highly drinkable, and oddly sessionable for its 7.5% ABV. Try this beer.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So good! Pours a nice amber-orange.

Very nice hops, fresh orange on the nose, pine, some grapefruit, a little caramel.

Taste follows with pine and dank citrusy hops, orange, grapefruit, a little pineapple, and a wave of lucious caramel malt/toasted flavors (buttered toast) and caramel. Real nice piney aftertaste with some lingering toasted malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel is really nice, medium carbonation, hoppy bite with a little chewiness.
This beer satisfies so many needs. The bite and crispness of hops, the warmth, sweetness, and chewiness of toasted malt in a very very drinkable beer

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Nectar of the Gods...Gotta love it. Outstanding.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally able to try the Nectar!

A: Clear, light copper-amber with a fluffy, pillowy, off-white head that leaves great lacing but just a bit of retention.

S: Incredible nose. Absolutely incredible! From even a foot away the hops overwhelm your nose with fruity, piney, cedary aromas. So fresh. So potent. The hop oils are strong.

T: This is what I've desired in every Amber/Red I drink. I've only found it in a few and this is one of those beers. Amazing balance of sweet, toasty malt and fresh, oily hops that explode with flavor. Bitter, piney, fruity, dry Nugget hops, as the name suggests.

M: Perfectly bitter and dry. Smooth and clean. Properly carbonated.

O: World-class stuff. Hop presence is absurd. The beer defines the style and sets the benchmark.

Update 3/21/13: on-tap...phenomenal as expected. Huge hop flavor balanced by delicious malt. Incredible beer.

Update: February 2016...Canned three weeks ago...I wanted to drink this again stricly for the new can, which is beautiful. So is the beer. Gorgeous amber color, wonderful balance between sweet malt and bitter hops. Lots of pine, fruit, and resin. Always a consistely delicious beer.

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Tröegs Nugget Nectar from Tröegs Brewing Company
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