Nugget Nectar | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Nugget NectarNugget Nectar

Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 8,661 |  Reviews: 2,575
Photo of blmar311
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

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

Sample: 1 bottle 2012

A: Dark orange amber, minimal internal carbonation, pours a light foamy head which quickly becomes moderate lacing,

S: Decently fragrant, citrus fruits, hops, some apple and floral undertones, papaya, quite nice

T: Mimics the nose, hops, citrus, floral notes, light touches of alcohol to finish, a very delicious red

M: One of the smoothest beers I've had, so much flavor and yet incredibly drinkable, not too lingering, not overpowering, light floral aftertaste

O: A great brew all-around, certainly at the top of my list, great fragrance, great flavor, nice look

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Photo of Wmbolling
5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of JakeDebus
4.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of dorianmarley
4.58/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is rich orange-brown with superbly sticky head and lacing.

Nose is firm hops with pine and light spice.

Taste is buttery oak with hops that are almost sugary, with a tantalizing bite. Malt is smooth caramel. Also, there is black peppercorn. It is packed with perfectly balanced flavor.

Mouthfeel is creamy with plenty of carbonation and some oil slickness.

Overall, one of the best out there.

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Photo of jeanphony
4.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of jhmiv
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of skipjack17
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of bigash
5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of KDawg
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into a pint glass from bottle. Pours a really nice gold/amber color with a small head

very balanced aromas of caramel, hops, florals and a good amount of citrus as well

medium/full bodied with a really nice smooth feel. Balanced with good depth and flavors of caramel, bits of pine resin, florals, hops and citrus flavors too

So, this is nugget nectar. Count me a fan and very glad to have gotten some from a friend

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Photo of gleeky99
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of stimulus
4.16/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Part of a six IPA tasting session.
Bottled on 3/20/12. 6 pack.
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours a clear red with a one finger beige head.
S: Lots of vibrant grapefruit with a sweet caramel finish.
T: Follows the aroma fairly simply, with a dose of bitterness on the finish that doesn't linger.
M: Crisp, light, and well carbonated.
O: It has a top notch reputation for a reason, and compared well to the others in the tasting (as it is an Amber, not an IPA). Similar to the OB Deviant Dale's.

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4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance : transparent orange colored brew with a two finger white head that quickly fades away leaving a white ring of bubbles. Sticky lacing clings to my glass

Smell : lots of pleasant evergreen and pine tree aromas. Very inviting aromas with a hint of sweet malts

Taste : great ipa flavors abound in this beer. I get bitterness up front and lingering bitterness in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel : medium bodied brew with adequate carbonation

Overall : I did really enjoy this beer. Hope to try more in the future. Definitely worth seeking out

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Photo of ThePortlander
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a pint at the Columbus Circle Whole Foods "Tap Room" of places. Not an ideal spot, but my fiancée and I were walking in the park, and swung by for some food.

The head and the color were both pleasant, the microfoam-like white head contrasting nicely with the amber hued beer. The nose is a little spicy and citrusy, with a nice caramel malt presence. But, the nose is misleading–this thing is packed with complexity (though it's still balanced). Bread and sweet malt mix with pine, spices, and orange-and-grapefruit citrus bitterness. The mouthfeel is nice, though I feel like it could be a little less carbonated (but that's my bias for ambers). Still, almost perfect, and definitely amazing. I wish I could brew something like this: so balanced and so complex.

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Photo of cjac
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of matzah
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of Dope
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A clear, deep reddish-amber pour. Large dense light tan head. Retention is quite good, never quite fades. The lacing leaves big fluffy remnants everywhere.

S: HUGE sweet orange aroma backed up with a little bit of resin and pine. Almost equally huge sweet malt backbone with mostly caramel. I get a little bit of peach here and there.

T: Nice bitterness up front with orange, grapefruit, mango and perhaps peach like the nose. Hugely sweet caramel malt is everywhere too, balancing the intense bitterness. Finish is more resinous and piney. Swear I get a little honey sometimes, almost like a hopslam. No indication of alcohol whatsoever.

M: Medium bodied, smooth. A touch drying on the back end.

O: Great imperial amber. It has an intense hop character but an equally intensely sweet malt to balance it. It makes me think of a lighter version of a 120min in a way. Pinnacle of the style. The only thing that comes close is Zoe, which is great in a different way.

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Photo of sukwonee
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Okay, so second bottle tasted better. Changed my scores accordingly. Still doesn't smell very good.


Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Reddish brown (transparent and clear), 2 finger head, good lacing.

S: I don't get much smell at all, other than some hops.

T: Maybe it's because I'm having this one after Abrasive, I am not really getting much flavor at all either. I can taste the hops a little bit and that's it. Disappointing to be honest.

M: Low carbonation but not really that smooth. It's ok.

O: Not a big fan of this beer... but it's drinkable. I wouldn't really seek for this in the future (although it's ok).

To be fair - I will re-review this beer soon (before having other brews).

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of amir
5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of BitterNuggets
4.75/5  rDev +10%

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4.75/5  rDev +10%

Nugget Nectar from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 8,661 ratings