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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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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3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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5/5  rDev +15.7%

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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%

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5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +10%

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4.75/5  rDev +10%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +10%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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

Massive props to nicks6217 for surprising me with this extra.

Gorgeous sunset-orange, largely clear, with a moderately dense off-white head. Falls to a half-inch raised curtain. Moderate bead.

Sturdy baked caramel and toffee malts paired with an equal hop presence of resinous pine, candied orange, sweaty socks and a hint of zippy herbs.

Rich, syrupy orange dominates, before slowly morphing into bitter earthy pine. Very solid and chewy toffee and savoury malt backbone. Quite a straightforward flavour profile, but so moreish.

Starts out full and syrupy, then is gradually replaced by a dry and astringent bitterness with good length.

Easy to see why this is so popular. Massively approachable and balanced red ale that is impossible not to like.

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3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Nugget Nectar from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 8,650 ratings