Double Nugget Nectar
Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
Red Ale - Imperial
Ranked #2
Ranked #2,328
4.27 | pDev: 5.85%
May 13, 2022
Feb 09, 2021
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Notes: Let's take Nugget and double it. Well, it wasn't quite that easy, but it sure was a fun balancing act. To start, we boosted the Simcoe, and this complex hop's notes of apricot, peach rings and bright citrus are the star of the show. Azacca enters the picture to add hints of juicy orchard fruit, and Munich malt brings a bready sweetness. To strike a balancing note, Columbus joins Nugget hops, grounding this limited release with a layer of dank pine.
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4.19 by buzzy from Pennsylvania on May 13, 2022
4 by ejimhof from Pennsylvania on May 03, 2022
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3.31/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3
by WesMantooth from Ohio

Smells good. Flavor is pretty decent, with some apricot and bitterness… until the finish. Nothing but lingering sugars. Which is all irrelevant. The body of this is terrible. It’s like trying to drink syrup.

Apr 03, 2022
4.34 by petewheeler from Maryland on Mar 20, 2022
4.49 by Coronaeus from Canada (ON) on Mar 20, 2022
4.22 by MrDarcy from Massachusetts on Mar 19, 2022
4.34 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts on Mar 18, 2022
4.11 by Wizzman from Massachusetts on Mar 16, 2022
4 by Lukass from Ohio on Mar 15, 2022
3.93 by Duncian from Pennsylvania on Mar 11, 2022
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4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by harrypowers from Massachusetts

Pours a hazy mahogany with a small fluffy tan head and moderate lacing.

Smells of slightly dank grassy, piney hops with some citrus and sweet fruit.

Tastes of sweet malt, grapefruit, lemon and pineapple with a slightly peppery alcohol warm finish.

Medium light body with light carbonation. Clean dry mouthfeel.

This is a very enjoyable, nicely balanced sipper. I would love to see a barrel aged version!

Mar 10, 2022
4.33 by RichRubes610 from Pennsylvania on Mar 06, 2022
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4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Rug from Massachusetts

Best by 5/19/22

Now this is a release that had many people talking on the BA threads. I was hoping to find it about a month ago but it didn't show up in MA for a while. I'm happy to have found some now to give it a try. OG Nugget Nectar is god tier stuff, so this has pretty big shoes to fill. Let's see if it's a worthy variant

Pours an opaque brownish orange with 3 fingers of soapy off white head that slowly fades to a cap and leaves nice lacing

The nose here is very expressive, and presents an interesting blend of spice and fruit. I'm picking up on aromas of earthy malt, dank weed, pithy grapefruit, tangerine, toast, resinous hops, and a touch of peach

It takes a more earthy and spicy side in taste, but the juicy fruit is still present for a nice balance. On the front end of sip I'm tasting resinous hops, orange candy, white pepper, tangerine zest, caramel, light toast, and a touch of grapefruit. The swallow brings notes of white pepper, earthy hops, peach rings, toffee, orange zest, toasted malt, and light grapefruit

A medium body pairs with gentle carbonation, resulting in a creamy yet drying beer. Finishes mostly dry with a decent spice

Against all odds, this slightly edges out the original! They're both wonderful in their own ways, but the balance achieved on this one is nothing short of amazing. I need more. Oh also I'm review #69 on this beer. Nice

Mar 05, 2022
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3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by maximum12 from Minnesota

Man it’s been a long time, Nugget! And not sure I’ve met your big bro. Pleased to meet this 16 oz. can (marked by a best buy date of 5/18/22), courtesy of adrock314.

The pour is the love child of a red ale & an old school IPA to make a ruddy, clouded sun red. Nose is mostly sugar-coated oranges, slight bittering hops, & a bit of peach. Interesting combo.

Double Nugget Nectar: was this the birth of the Red IPA? Plenty of crisp, citrusy hop bitterness up front. There’s an accompanying dankness that I normally find disagreeable but works here. Light peach, hard-crust bread (probably baked in a brick oven), white sugar, with a finish of light booze. Full bodied for an IPA or a red & dangerously easy to sip.

Eager to revisit the original to see how it stack up. This is very good.

Mar 02, 2022
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4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

Poured into a chalice: color is copper/amber, surprisingly hazy/dense looking, head is light tan with fine bubbles and presents 1.5 fingers thick, very solid, head laces well.

Smell is citrus/orange forward, dank, pine, light caramel, maybe some light toffee and peach/apricot notes.

Taste is similar to aroma and amped up version of base Nugget Nectar with a slightly syrupy/sweeter flavor: dank, pine, citrus/orange forward, light caramel, very light toffee and notes of peach/apricot. Where base Nugget Nectar is clean and crisp, this is a bit sweeter with fruitier flavor.

Mouthfeel is low/moderate carbonation, moderate sweetness, moderate bitterness: this beer threads the sweet/bitter line very well - the taste is sweet but the finish/feel is bitter and helps to clean that up and leave a balance of sweet/bitter on the tongue.

Overall a beer I was excited to try as the namesake is one that is anticipated every year and I think it lived up to the hype - big on classic hop flavor/aroma, slightly sweet, no heat from the strength, and bitterness to balance.

Feb 25, 2022
4.25 by alexsergio from New York on Feb 23, 2022
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3.06/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by Holderness from Massachusetts

Tried side by side regular Nugget Nectar. This one is much more herbal and black tea-like, without the same dank citrus character that you get in the OG. Basically a big, malty, west coast bruiser that is a bit out-of-date given recent trends in DIPA brewing


Feb 21, 2022
4.35 by Jdells09 from New Jersey on Feb 21, 2022
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4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by bubseymour from Maryland

Has a more rounded flavor than regular Nugget. Really creamy and slick. Not too sweet and a crispness in the finish with a little lingering bitter. I think regular NN might be a tad sweeter as well.

Feb 21, 2022
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4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Beersnake1 from California

Poured at fridge temp. Pours a nice opaque dark orange with off-white head. Lots of lacing as the head recedes. The nose is an absolute delight. An initial burst of caramel is followed quickly by a tropical fruit note. Mango and pineapple. What a great mix. A slight pine note, along with a floral scent. Really nice.

The taste is wonderful. Mostly sweet upfront. Caramel, Jolly Rancher candy, dried mango, vanilla, and slight hoppy note. This is just a really wonderful and easy-drinking beer. I really can't believe this is 9.5% ABV - no alcohol comes through. As I continue to sip on this one, more flavors start to emerge. Slightly unripe banana, orange peel, bread, and a bit of an earthy/grass note.

Feb 21, 2022
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4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by SawDog505 from New Hampshire

Today is the day I get to finally try this one, thank you @jzeilinger for this one. Poured into a wide tulip glass, best before 1/19/22. Pours a very attractive cloudy orangish red, with a finger plus sticky off white head, with amazing retention, and leaves streaks of lace all over the place. 4.75

Aroma is pine, caramel, biscuit, caramel, toffee, apricot, and grapefruit. 4.5

Taste follows pine, caramel, caramel, toffee, apricot, and grapefruit really well balanced. 4.5

Mouthfeel is pretty big, plenty of carbonation, maybe a little sticky, and at 9.5% is drinks rather easy, but big flavor and body. 4.75

Overall I wanted to really like this and man I really did. A real treat and a fitting new seasonal from them. 4.5

Feb 20, 2022
4.6 by JamieDuncan from Maryland on Feb 19, 2022
4.29 by crobinso from Colorado on Feb 19, 2022
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4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by VABA from Virginia

Pours a nice looking amber color with a nice head and lacing
Aroma has hop and malt hints
The taste follows the nose with a well balanced hop and malt flavor
A medium bodied well carbonated beer
A well balanced Imperial Red Ale

Feb 19, 2022
4.09 by GreenMind from Pennsylvania on Feb 19, 2022
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4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by Roguer from Connecticut

Dark brownish-amber color, exactly as expected given OG NN. Head production is good, with about 2 1/2 fingers of off-white, cream-colored foam. Retention is good, and lacing is quite nice. Surprisingly, the body is rather hazy. It's not pulpy or a murk bomb, but it is at best translucent, with no ability to read through the glass, but allowing just barely more than silhouettes.

Aroma is a nice mellow but rich blend of toasted malt, pine, honey, apricot, and orange. It very clearly shows the heavy malt base; it may be quite hoppy, but it doesn't smell as vibrant or bright as an imperial IPA.

Aroma is pretty well represented on the palate. It's quite juicy but still malty, like apricot and orange marmalade spread onto toasted rye bread. Overall bitterness is moderate at best; it's noticeable but not salient, not something that stands out, but something you definitely pick up on once you go looking for it.

Overall, this is a very enjoyable beer that, while a worthy successor and amplification of the original, can't quite live up to it in terms of innovation and influence. It's delicious, but at 9.5%, isn't something you can (or at least should) throw back that quickly.

Feb 19, 2022
4.25 by McBraniel from Virginia on Feb 19, 2022
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4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
by teromous from Virginia

From the bottom of the can: "FRESHEST BY 05/19/2022 21:15 220117-301"

Appearance: The body is a dark bronze-amber color which is difficult to see through aside from some dark shadows. The head is medium-large and off-white in color. It has a frothy head with good retention and fantastic lacing.

Aroma: I could smell grassy hops as soon as it was poured. There is a great aroma of candied orange, tangerine, and fresh grapefruit. It has a great citrus aroma but this candied orange scent is the strongest. It's really enticing.

Taste: Up front there is a sweet tasting gummy peach flavor, which swiftly turns into an orange flavor as it passes over the tongue. Towards the middle there is a candy orange with a light touch of caramel, keeping things sweet but very citrusy. The back of the palate is freshly squeezed grapefruit and orange juice mixed together. The aftertaste has a great orange flavor. The beer tastes very fresh and the flavor profile is wonderful.

Mouthfeel: It has a wonderful light acidity with a medium citrus bitterness, similar to drinking some grapefruit. Carbonation feels fantastic. The label sticker on the can says "ALC./VOL. 9.5%" and it does an excellent job of hiding that. The beer is very drinkable and feels very refreshing and bright. It has a lower-medium to upper-light mouthfeel with a slight slickness.

Overall: It's frankly an exceptionally well made beer. The beer tastes fresh and wonderful with a bright citrus character. I enjoyed this beer and I would both drink it again and highly recommend it. The highlight of the beer is the candy orange-like sweetness that manages to stay light and not overpowering but is just present enough to refresh the palate and keep things exciting.

Feb 19, 2022
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4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by mickyge from Massachusetts

Poured from a can bb. 5/22/22
Cloudy amber color, foamy head with soapy lacing and white cap

Aroma of peach, malt, citrus, yeast, and a piney note

Taste is layered well with sweetness, stone fruits, malt, citrus rind and dank pine

Mouthfeel is creamy sticky, medium carbonation
Slight resinous feel lending to some sour citrus finish

Overall it is insanely easy drinking and no hint of alcohol for a 9.5 abv. Nice balance of sweet and bitter, well layered flavor structure

Feb 18, 2022
4.7 by chrismattlin from Ohio on Feb 17, 2022
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4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by jlindros from Massachusetts

Best by 2022/05/18
Pours a fizzy foamy 1/2 finger semi dense head with moderate retention, plenty of sticky lacing, hazy almost cloudy amber to slight burnt orange color

Nose brings bright citrus, sweet malts, candied fruits, quite fragrant, a hint of pine, earthy spicy notes, some sweet malt with a touch of caramel and toasted notes, candied stone fruit and big clementine, faint perfumey alcohol

Taste semi sweet malt again, fairly toasty with a touch of caramel, into fair candy sweet characters, big hops, med bitterness in general, lots of bright citrus, clementine, sweet orange peel, Valencia orange even, a bit of candied sweetened stone fruit as well, hint of grapefruit, not pithy just juicy citrus, semi sweet finish, a touch of warming and perfumey alcohol, med to a bit lighter bitterness

Mouth is med to a bit fuller bod, med frothy carb, very light warming alcohol

Overall quite nice, more than the sum of its parts, great balance, nice malt profile that supports the big citrus and candied fruit hops, nice bitterness throughout, just the right amount of alcohol, I know Troegs makes good stuff but this was better than I expected

Feb 17, 2022
4.09 by prototypic from Ohio on Feb 14, 2022
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4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

(16 oz can, freshest by 05/19/2022; gifted a single from a cold 4-pack... poured into a fat tulip)

L: mildly-hazy, tawny-amber liquid; tight, orange-y off-white foam; no suspended sediment... the foam is temporarily stable; one lousy streak of lace; broken collar

S: apricot, canned peaches, dried orange fruit... musky, fruit blossoms; bit of a pointed, piney edge... the floral, outdoorsy overtones dominate; subtle boozy spike... decent intensity; muddy expression

T: floral-herbal, pungent hop overtone; peach pie essence in the foundation; perfumy, almost potpurri aftertaste... notably cakey, right from the first sip... while there's a hint of caramel up front, the palate floor remains relatively dry and hop dusted... basically peach and cake

F: lighter in body than regular NN, with the alcohol (and stealth suds-ing) likely helping to lift any residual resins or malt roundness... aft remains flat/level, with a delicate flame alit at the back of the palate... subdued strength; suave and silky

O: definite similarities to the standard version... honestly, now drinking a full can after sharing one last night, I'm finding this is be a tasty, if somewhat run-of-the-mill, old-style West Coast imperial IPA... it just tastes like it's already breaking down; not a candidate for aging perhaps... I prefer the original (1869)

Feb 14, 2022
4.28 by TheEpeeist from Pennsylvania on Feb 13, 2022
4.35 by Cpmitchno1 from Virginia on Feb 13, 2022
4.39 by Manthon from Pennsylvania on Feb 12, 2022
4.24 by Stofko1992 from Pennsylvania on Feb 12, 2022
4.23 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania on Feb 12, 2022
4.19 by Sulty from Massachusetts on Feb 12, 2022
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4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by jackflaps from Pennsylvania

Can into pint glass. Freshest by 5/19/2022. Side-by-side with Nugget Nectar.

L: Hazy, but otherwise the same copper tone as the original, with a thicker, paler head that retains better.
S: Mostly peach and malt sweetness. Hardly any hops at all.
T: Hops up front with some citrus peel and stone fruit notes, big malt backbone in the middle, fading to a bitter finish.
F: Dangerously smooth for 9.5%. Pillowy. Sticky and resiny in the end.
O: Another one to look forward to in the winters for sure. Not sure I prefer it to the original, though. I've got three more cans to decide for sure.

Feb 12, 2022
Double Nugget Nectar from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 81 ratings