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

The wait is over...At last, this is my long anticipated, inaugural review of the revered and well-hyped Nugget Nectar...

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 14oz Libbey snifter...bottled on date: Jan. 23, 2012

A- The label lives up to its pours a clear, deep amber/bronze with a frothy, white head approaching 2 fingers in height...really beautiful.

S- Aroma was noticed as soon as the cap was removed. Citrus and sweet tropical fruit are immediate but notes of pine resin quickly follow into the aroma medley.

T- Bitter citrus notes hit the front of the palate with a tacky, resinous finish. Despite the hefty IBU calculation of "93ish," the malt bill keeps the hops in check and maintains a bitter, but not overly astringent character.

O- What is there to say/write? Simply stated, Nugget Nectar lives up to the hype and am ecstatic to have finally had the opportunity to taste/review this seasonal offering.

->Why does it seem that the best brews always happen to be seasonal offerings (Lagunitas, Founders, Troegs, Dogfish Head all come to mind)? Well, Nugget Nectar certainly falls into this category...get it while you can (I mean, bottle).

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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Photo of IronLover
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber in color with perfect clarity. Poured with a thick, soapy foam that slowly reduced leaving sheets of sticky lacing son the glass. The aroma is a fabulous combination of fresh pine, orange and grapefruit hops with an underlying thick caramel maltiness. Smooth, oily feel with lazy carbonation. Pine and citrus hop flavors bounce back and forth from beginning to end with a solid caramel malt backbone. Although characterized as an amber ale, this to me is the perfect IPA. It strikes the perfect balance of hop and malt flavor and character. This was also my gateway craft beer.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into an Alchemist pint glass. Thanks to greg4579 and Kirchhoff for independently surprising me with bottles of this. My wife and I are most pleased.

Appearance - Reddish dark amber body with a small khaki head. Nice sticky lacing inside the glass and a little bit of the head lingers past the first few moments.

Smell - Pine hops all over the place. Grapefruit and some peach in there too. The hop profile of an IPA with a nice dose of caramel malt. Not sweet smelling, but definitely malty.

Taste - Following the smell, but the malt is more pronounced than in the aroma. Hops right up front, but they blend nicely with the malt. The finish isn't terribly bitter, but it's enough to offset the maltiness.

Mouthfeel - I keep telling myself it's not an IPA. It seems like a heavy IPA, but the flavor is just distinctly amber enough to keep me interested. Decent carb and maybe a bit heavy.

Overall - It's tough to review this as an amber ale. It's really really good as an amber. As an IPA, it's good, but not great. I don't know how that sits with me. I need to be a mood for the malt backbone to enjoy this thoroughly.

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

A - Clear, slick amber body. Wonderfully distributed head.

S - Sharp, bitter hops. I knew I'd enjoy it from the first smell.

T/M - Powerful, biting hops. Bitter as can be, and I couldn't be more pleased with it. Hard to finish from the rough taste, but I got by. Oddly similar to an IPA. Surprised to see it wasn't.

O - You know, I just realized what it reminded me of; Dogfish Head 90! Yeah, this amber ale is oddly similar to one of my favorite IPAs on the market. Nevertheless, it's a fantastic brew. You hop heads should definitely check it out.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap into a nonic glass at the B Spot

A- Poured a clear deep red color with frothy head that left no lace

S- Light grapefruit, pine, and malty aroma

T- Big malt backbone, big caramel and toffee flavor, juicy citrus and pine hops, some floral notes. Very astringent and bitter

M- Very smooth, prickly carbonation, and finishes very dry

O- A nice balanced hoppy amber with a big astrigency. Very drinkable, but not as exciting as I was expecting. Nosferatu is still the best hoppy amber ale in my book.

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4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served chilled in a traditional pint glass.

Poured a dark amber gold color that was somewhat translucent and appeared to be totally filtered. Produced a small bone white, tightly laced head that reduced to a beautiful even blanket atop the brew. The smells are familiar and inviting. As a hop head who has been on an intense hop kick, I quickly feel at ease with this one. There is an intense hoppiness to this one. I don't notice much on the citrusy scale, but the darker, pinier hops make themselves well known. There is a roasted maltiness on the backend. Very subtle, but existent. The bitter bite is sufficient and finishes off crisp. Has some great qualities of an awesome IPA (or double IPA for that matter) paired with red ale distinctions. Crazy hybrid type beer. It is my first offering from Troegs and look forward to trying others in the future.


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

A- Rich red caramel orange color. Foamy one finger cream colored head. Little head retention. Average lacing. Really beautiful color.

S- Lots of citrus and some peach. Grapefruit is prominent. Big fruity notes are the highlights, but there is some light sweet malt characteristics as well. Pretty solid.

T- Super hoppy, but not without some malt attributes. A sweet, mild caramel flavor gives way to an awesome fruit profile with a lot of grapefruit, peach, and some orange. There is also some spice notes (like citrus zest) that roll into a smooth, solid bitter aftertaste. The flavor is awesome. Straight up. Good complexity while still highlighting their awesome work with the hops.

M- Moderate carbonation. Good mouthfeel. Just right.

O- Better beer fans than myself have waxed poetic about the beauty of this beer, so I won't waste your time. It is awesome. Go drink some!

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look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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Tröegs Nugget Nectar from Tröegs Brewing Company
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