Nugget Nectar | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Nugget NectarNugget Nectar

Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Imperial 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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2/5  rDev -53.7%

Photo of B967ierhunter177
2.1/5  rDev -51.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass and served at 47 degrees.

Appearance was typical beer yellow with half inch head that lasted fairly long. Aroma was mostly citrus, especially grapefruit with piney notes. Flavor was pure hop bitterness with a touch of the grapefruit. Way too bitter! Mouthfeel was light to medium but balanced over the palate. Drinkability is low, it's just way too bitter, a real hop bomb. NOT recommended!

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Photo of JB62
2.21/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Not a hop head. So not what I would normally drink.

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2.24/5  rDev -48.1%

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2.25/5  rDev -47.9%

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2.25/5  rDev -47.9%

Photo of timobkg
2.26/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Purchased the day it came out in NJ, poured into a Duvel tulip.

The appearance is a lovely clear amber, with a good head.

The aroma is straight grapefruit.

The taste is more grapefruit, mixed with grapefruit / citrus pith and rind. The aftertaste is mostly pith and rind. It's bitter, but not in the typical hops bitterness. It's bitter like you're chewing on grapefruit rind. The taste of grapefruit and pith overwhelmed whatever malt sweetness may have been present.

I love Troegs' Hopback, but this is not an imperial version of Hopback. Where as Hopback was a hoppy amber, featuring hops on top of sweet caramel malt, Nugget Nectar kicked the malt to the side, discarded the sweetness, and replaced it with grapefruit and pith, and is closest to a DIPA. I had a bottle last year, another this year, and someone shared a growler with me a couple weeks ago. Each time, the beer tasted exactly the same. It may be amber in color, but an Imperial Amber this beer is not.

If you like eating your grapefruit with the pith and rind still on, then this beer is for you. I'm not a big fan of grapefruit, hate eating the pith, and like my ambers to be malty.

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Photo of Mikewfspecialty
2.32/5  rDev -46.3%

Photo of Melocollo
2.34/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of shleepy
2.36/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from small-ish bottle (375?) into a snifter.

A: Very nice amber color, quite clear. Medium head.

S: Lots of malty / bready smell, along with heavy hops... And are those strawberries in there? Anyway, I have a feeling that this will be a very bitter and malty beer.

T: Not a hop bomb, but it's got quite a bit of bitterness and too much caramel flavor to balance it out. That bready strawberry flavor from the nose is in there, as well, but it's not great. Not my cup o' tea (or mug of beer). Unsophosticated and doesn't hide its alcohol well.

M: Heavy body. Not drinkable.

O: I'm going to take a couple more sips and then pour it out. Too much caramel and not interesting at all.

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Photo of Raziel313
2.37/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Another over hyped beer. Tastes extremely bitter. Not much else

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Photo of Drunkie
2.39/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of hsway
2.4/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass in two installments.

a: Poured a brownish red with a small amount of quickly disappearing head. Minimal lacing.

t: Not my favorite style. Very piney, almost sappy, with a slight mustiness.

d: I wasn't really enjoying it by the end of the glass.

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Photo of Sachsenfreude
2.42/5  rDev -44%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

appearance; a beautiful, clear amber. Fine white head that retains throughout the drink. Sparce, yet quality lacing.

smell; upfront quite sweet but fizzles out to very herbal and spicy hops. Hops dominate but an exceptable balance is present.

taste; at first resiny hops, then an odd sweetness from the malts. Very spicy hops in the finish, mostly a bitter hoppy beer but not enough so to be an IPA, the balance is much better but still off.

mouthfeel; very froathy carbonation, with a medium body and slick finish.

drinkability; hop bitters are just annoying, one is enough. I was really let down by this beer. Unless one is a hophead, I suggest to avoid this brew.

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2.5/5  rDev -42.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -42.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -42.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -42.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -42.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -42.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -42.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -42.1%

Photo of patgorman
2.53/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Since the initial release of Nugget Nectar several years back, I've anxiously awaited each new batch, along with thousands of fellow hopheads. Since so little was brewed, and there was such a high demand, the brew gained a cult status.

Imagine my disappointment with this years drastically watered down version of what was previously a world class brew. That is certainly no longer the case. All of the previous in your face character is gone. Mouthfeel is non-existent. Malt profile is average at best. Hopping is weak to be generous. NN has now become a total sellout to corporate profits!! Even the carton and labels have been drastically changed and cheapened in order to squeeze out a few more pennies of profit per case.

Do yourself a favor and DO NOT BUY THIS BEER!! What was once a classic is now not even average.

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Photo of Mudawg
2.75/5  rDev -36.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -36.3%

Nugget Nectar from Tröegs Brewing Company
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