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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5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of MrVonzipper
3.92/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear light ruby color with a fizzy white head. Low retention and decent lacing. 

The nose starts off real nice with bright citrus and mild floral and light pine hops bit then it falls off and the pungency is gone fairly quickly unfortunately. 

Flavor is nice for the style. Definitely the red style tartness that is ever present but balance pretty well with nice floral an citrus hops. 

Mouthfeel is light bodied with a bit of a tart pucker. High carbonation. 

Overall it's a good beer. One of the better reds I've had. But nothing that gets me too excited. 

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Photo of MichPaul
4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

First and unfortunately, judging by how hard it is to get this beer here, it could be my only one for quite some time.
This is a great beer for me! Nice bite, but goes down nice and easy as well.
L-Beautiful dark Amber colored beer!
S-The smell was probably the low point for me. I really didn't catch much of a smell at all off this beer.
T-Splendid tasting beer! A nice blend of bitterness along with just a little citrus to even it out.
F-Medium carbonation in this beer.
O-Overall this is a GREAT beer! If I have the chance to get this, I will again, it's just going to be a tough get.

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4.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of IPhantom
4.57/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Really, the only bad thing I have to say about this beer is that it should be made year-round. But anyway...

Pours an intriguing true amber with a big, sticky, pillowy head. Gets down to about a finger at its lowest point, with nice even lacing. It's a good-looking beer, but really, that's the only area in which this one doesn't excel.

The nose is gorgeous. Bready base, some thick, woody, vinous notes, and of course the hops on top of it all--tending towards citrus-pine, but a little spicy and floral as well.

The taste is well-balanced for all the name would imply. It's actually more vinously sweet than malty, I'd say--but not cloying. Hops hit on several notes as the nose promised; piney, citrusy, and floral. Nice dry, tannic finish with a little sweetness and little to no alcohol (that can be detected through the hops, anyway). Mouthfeel is pleasantly sticky, kinda staying on your tongue so you can enjoy the interplay of all those hop flavors.

Overall, this is a legitimately great beer, and one that I'm really proud to say comes from my hometown brewery. I'd put it up against anything in the country for the most drinkable ale money can buy.

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Photo of drperm
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler fill from the taps at Billy Jack's Wings, Harrisonburg, VA.

A delicious American Ale:

Ap: Dark-copper glimmery temptation in the glass with a lovely white head.

Smell: extremely floral and grassy, smells like my hop vines in mid-August. A nice sweet biscuit/honey finish to the nose.

Taste: Sweet, hop explosion with a nice malt backbone to keep it multi-dimensional. Nugget nectar, indeed. Although the other non-nugget hops are noticeable as well, the Nuggs definitely take center stage. Pleasantly bitter and well-rounded.

Mouthfeel: almost too thick and syrupy, but it's such a pleasantly delicious taste I can forgive that.

Overall: I'm biased towards session beers, and for me this is definitely in the "one-and-done" category, both for ABV and flavor intensity. But what a One it is!

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

Bottled 2/14/12

A: One-finger, frothy just off-white color head, nice clear deep amber color, decent carbonation, some lacing

S: Wow, this aroma is awesome, so close to being a 5, sweet blend of hops, nice malts, a lot going on with the nose

T: Really well balanced from start to finish, good ingredients, good flavor

M: Very good, smooth, good carbonation, medium bodied, pleasing aftertaste

O: Quality stuff, I've drank probably a 12-pack by now and will be getting this every year I can, I'm very happy I was able to acquire some

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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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  rDev -7.4%

Photo of 3Hops
5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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5/5  rDev +15.7%

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle, shipped to me by JZeilinger, into a Spiegelau tulip. Thanks dude!

A: Pours a deep amber with a rocky white head. Nice retention and lacing.

S: Ripe peppery and citrusy hops, balanced by a smooth aroma of caramel and bready malt. Blood orange, grapefruit, apple skin, black pepper, a bit of mint. Smells so fresh.

T: Spicy hops confront the palate, soon to be pushed away by buttery caramel and hearty grain. Piney and earthy hoppiness lasts til the finish with a good dose of alcoholic, peppery bitterness and a last glimpse of citrus sweetness. Beyond balanced, although the alcohol shows a bit too much in the finish.

M: Medium-bodied with some nice, smooth carbonation.

O: Very well-balanced with a tasty hop profile straddling the line between fruity and earthy.

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Photo of danwho
5/5  rDev +15.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of jb413
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours an amber hue with over a finger of slightly tan/khaki head and good retention. Pretty clear with lots of rising bubbles. Looks like autumn. Lacing sticks in rings.

S - Lots of hops in the nose as expected. Big floral with some piney, resiny, and fruity notes. Reminiscent of Harpoon IPA.

T - Big juicy floral hops. Some of the piney/resiny is there as well. Good, moderately strong bitterness throughout. Underlying amber/malt profile rounds it out, with a bit of balancing caramel and sweetness.

MF - Smooth, amply carbonated, slight fizz on the tongue. Medium in body and moderately drinkable. Kicks back like a 5-6% brew. Solid finish.

O - Nice combination of caramel backbone with hop-forward bitterness. Very tasty and super drinkable for 7.5%. Worth looking for.

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Photo of demgoth
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Azurescens
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle bottled on 2/14/12 poured into Hair of the Dog tulip, reviewed on 3/14/12.

A: Pours a clear orange-amber with whitish head that has a slight hint of orange, leaves some nice rings of lacing around glass.

S: Hop forward with lots of pine, citrus and other fruit. A touch of sweet malt and only a hint of alcohol.

T: Hop bitterness balanced by malty sweetness up front. Bitterness fades revealing lots of sweet malt with resinous fruity and piney hops. Delicious hop flavors linger around until the next sip.

M: Slick, resinous mouthfeel with medium body and moderate carbonation, nice clean finish.

O: Great hoppy amber, beautiful beer with great flavor to back it up. Definitely one to seek out year after year.

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Photo of BrokenStones
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber orange with a little white head that dissapates quickly.

Smells of fruit, resin, pine, and a little malt comes through. Beautiful smelling beer

Great tasting beer!! Really upfront hops with a nice, but small malt backing to make it one of my favorites. I get a little soapiness, but it doesn't detract from the overall flavor. A floral attack on your taste buds.

Mouthfeel is light and clean. Dry with perfect carbs.

Bought this at the Rte 59 Bottle Shop in Nyack NY...crazy place with ridiculous beers. 4 cinderblock walls, a dog, dust, a whacky lady owner and some GREAT beers.

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Nugget Nectar from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 8,639 ratings