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Blind taste test. Nugget Nectar vs. Lagunitas Imperial Red

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by OneBeertoRTA, May 4, 2012.

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  1. OneBeertoRTA

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    While one is a seasonal and moderately hard (especially for west coasters) beer to acquire the other is widely distributed.

    To keep this fair I used two like glasses and denoted one of the beers with a blue marker dash on the bottom.

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    I gave an = pour with both bottles and closed my eyes and shuffled them around for 5 minutes.

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    After 5 minutes to let the head settle and for me to forget any of the random shuffling I readied for tasting. At this point both were nearly identical.

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    In order to not give anything away I tasted before taking a whiff.

    The first one was booming with citrus hops. Very light mellow sweet malts and medium to high carbonation. The second beer lacked the hops presence and had a much sweeter carmel malty tone resembling a more traditional amber ale. Both beers had great mouthfeels, no sign of high abv - dangerously drinkable.

    After tasting it was time for the smell. The first was a cacophony of different citrus/tropical and hops. The second of sweet carmel malts and very mild hops.

    Overall I chose the more hop dominant glass which as you could have guessed was Lagunitas. While both are equally a world class beer I would say 70% of the time i would prefer the less sweet LIRA over the NN. Makes me happy to think that with NN drying up in the next few weeks I will have a replacement.
     
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    Lucky you...wish I could just have access to one of those!
     
  3. lokieman

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    I did virtually the same thing a while back...sans the extensive documentation. Lagunitas came out on top for me as well. It's starting to dry up around here (Austin, TX) and becoming harder to find, but it's one those beers that while it's in season, I always try to keep in my fridge. Nugget Nectar gets a lot of hype and Lags Imp Red gets very little and NN is so hard to come by depending on where you're at. Lagunitas does "hoppy" as well or better than any brewer in existence. I'm drinking a Lagunitas Hop Stoopid ($4 bomber) right now and can't think of many IPA's I'd rather be drinking at the moment...
     
  4. jzeilinger

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    That's an eclectic match since they're two different styles.
     
  5. coronajm

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    Not according to www.beeradvocate.com
     
  6. lokieman

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    Dude Lagunitas distros to Colorado...should be able to find some Imperial Red fairly easy with a little effort.
     
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    They only recently re-entered the market and all we get is their IPA last I checked.
     
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    Apologies if I'm not picking up any intended sarcasm, but I find this a really apt comparison and seen it discussed many times over the past few months. FWIW, I bought a sixer of each when they both first dropped and also preferred Lagunitas over the NN.
     
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    I believe at one point NN was listed as an IPA.
     
  10. SammyJaxxxx

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    I have tried both of them together several times.
    I have decided that, like my children, I don't have to pick a favorite. I just enjoy them both.
     
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    Nice work! I've not done the side-by-side blind tasting, I thought they were both of equal greatness. Lagunitas is really killing it lately.
     
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    Yep, I've seen a lot of people say Lagunitas Imperial Red is about as close as you can get to Nugget Nectar. And of course there are pretty big gray areas for certain "styles" anyway.

    Thanks for sharing your results OP! I like Nugget Nectar, but certainly wasn't blown away by it. We get all kinds of Lagunitas beers here in Seattle but I don't recall ever seeing Imperial Red. I'll have to watch for it.
     
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    Oh man I didn't know that...figured since you guys get a very healthy craft beer distribution that Lagunitas would come full force in Colorado.
     
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    I had them both on the same day, not blind though. I found the Nugget Nectar to have a much strong "citrus" and "hop" profile, while the Lagunitas was more of the standard amber ale. But, to each their own.
     
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    I was horribly disappointed by Lagunitas Imperial Red. This was the first year I've had any.

    I felt Nugget Nectar was above average, but only firmly in the B+/A- category. This was the second year I've had NN.

    IMO, Nugget Nectar is a better beer. Just my $0.02 and palette's worth.
     
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  16. Pahn

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    both good, but i'd rather maine beer co. zoe or ithaca cascazilla.
     
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    I agree. The first time I had Zoe, it was so fantastic. Much better than the best bottles of Nugget Nectar I have ever had. I had it a few times in late 2011 and it just wasn't the same. I hope I can find some fresh bottles soon because I kind of forgot about this beer and it might be the best Amber I have ever tasted.
     
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    It was like night and day in the other direction for me. I thought the Lagunitas was pretty far closer to an IPA than than the NN.
     
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    I can't imagine how you could come to that conclusion, unless you haven't tried Lagunitas.

    I prefer Lagunitas, but they're both great.
     
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    Same here
     
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    Nugget Nectar is the winner for me. Lagunitas Imperial Red has a bit to much floral perfume flavor for me, I believe it is the cascade or centennial hop contribution.
     
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    Did you tell us the bottled on date and/or age of each beer? That can be critical.
     
  23. OneBeertoRTA

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    NN 3/21/12
    Lagunitas (Don't see a bottled on date) but I'm guessing really fresh as they just got them in a week ago.
     
  24. rfgetz

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    But that's like at least a month wayyyy past its peak!
     
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    Nugget Nectar was six weeks old, yeah that's not too shabby. You should be able to find the Lagunitas bottling date printed on the neck (not easy to see but it's there). I believe they have a Julian code.
     
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    08337616 is what's on the Lagunitas label. Not sure what that is.
     
  27. OneBeertoRTA

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    I'd rather have a Bar Fly and Don Quijote. What was this thread about? oh yeah...
     
  28. Pahn

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    it was about a blind taste test between two imperial reds. what was my post about? oh yeah, imperial reds.
     
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    March 23.
     
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    I found these both to be fairly similar, of course Nugget Nectar is a great beer but it's probably over-hyped by a wide margin. It's also all over the place here so maybe I'm jaded.

    FWIW I think Zoe is a lot better than both of these beers, in fact, the week old Zoe I had last year was one of the best of the year for me.
     
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    I liked NN i have had in the past but got a really fresh 6 pack and it wasn't hoppy at all.
     
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    Mix them together and they taste identical to Goose Island BCBS.
     
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    There's something very similar in most Lagunitas beers that I'm not crazy about. I think it's a heavy amount of munich malt, but I'm not sure.
     
  34. OneBeertoRTA

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    Interesting... I could have sworn it was a head to head between NN vs. Lagunitas imperial red like the pictures, thread title and OP indicates.
     
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    This post made me run down the street from my work and grab a single of the Lagunitas Red.I had week old Nugget Nectar this year,so I'ma see how this Lagunitas compares in a little while.....

    Cheers All.....
     
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    Haven't tried The Lagunitas... Your the fourth person who's nailed me on my stupid mistake. Expecting more to come, stay tuned...
     
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    Okay. Sorry. I thought you genuinely could not draw the lines between the two. You should pick some up. Despite that they are going to be a few months old, they hold up a great deal better than NN.
     
  38. jzeilinger

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    I would like to. I made a stupid late night mistake by comparing the two without considering the blurred lines that often happen between styles nowadays. That was my mistake. No harm no foul, I brought that one on myself! It's all good!! BTW, have seen your postings and always wondered what that creepy ass avatar is! (I say that with a smile on my face!!)
     
  39. Pahn

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    /facepalm. do you have any opinions on what i should eat for dinner tonight?

    turn your brain on. it makes sense for people to talk about other imperial reds in a thread about 2 imperial reds. my original post was not meant to insult you, but it's getting hard to avoid it now.
     
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    NN is better when fresh. You'll have a lemony sweet-tart like candy on the nose.
    If we are talking 6 weeks old, then yeah id go with the more piney Lagunitas.
     
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