Nugget Nectar

Discussion in 'Mid-Atlantic' started by Kadonny, Dec 27, 2012.

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  1. jmalex

    jmalex Zealot (595) Jul 7, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    This boggles my mind. I mean, I cannot get my head around this at all. I can't imagine a scenario where I pour any beer down the drain (save for contamination issues or staling approaching years old) let alone 4-week-old Nugget Nectar.

    Incidentally, I have a case of 1/3 and 1/8, and they're indistinguishable within any reasonable tolerances and solidly delicious (though not magical as it's seemed in the past).
  2. TheBigEast

    TheBigEast Initiate (0) Oct 21, 2004 New York
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    I can tell you that the vast majority of NN fans in Rochester were not happy with last years batch. Fortunately, the word is very different this year.
  3. ColdOne

    ColdOne Aspirant (219) Jan 19, 2013 New York
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    Just found it at Wegmans in Ithaca. Bottled 1/30/13.
  4. mark14580

    mark14580 Initiate (0) Jan 15, 2011 New York

    "It tasted so bad that I drank 5"
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  5. jmos

    jmos Initiate (11) Apr 20, 2010 New Jersey

    I had a 1/16 last night, excellent!!! Greatly looking forward to downing the rest of the case.
  6. Kadonny

    Kadonny Meyvn (1,224) Sep 5, 2007 Pennsylvania
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    Disagree too. I've been drinking NN for years. Each year I get usually 2 cases and one keg. Each year I have been drinking it, the beer has been different, but still excellent. Last year was the exception. It was different, but not in a great way. If you want to call me a "snob", so be it. I'm just telling you (and I am far from alone with this thought) that last years batch was below par. Like it or not, it was the truth. Was that because of the move and the time constraints to get it brewed? Perhaps, but only Troegs can answer that question for sure.

    I don't expect the exact same beer each year, we all know conditions change from year to year. What I do expect is a quality beer that I will not be disappointed in.
  7. slentz

    slentz Initiate (0) Mar 20, 2010 Pennsylvania

    At $15 a six pack I try to drink what I buy. But that day I needed a beer that I could enjoy. The others I drank but did not enjoy. By your logic I should have just dumped all of them? Not sure you even read exactly what I wrote.
  8. Matt7781

    Matt7781 Initiate (152) May 24, 2005 New Jersey

    For those that are looking for NN in North Jersey, Stew Leonard Wines in Clifton had about 10 cases this morning. Bottled 1/22/13, batch #130102. So, I'm interested to see how it compares to the dreaded (lol) 1/8 bottles that I picked up at Shangy's last week. #12.99/sixer btw.
  9. jasinviso

    jasinviso Initiate (178) Nov 11, 2006 New Jersey
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    Well put me down as one of the disappointed, batch 1/17/13. Unfortunately I bought a case, and drank 2 bottles that were nothing like anything I've had in years past, even last years I had several sixers which I know people complained about. I'm returning the rest. IMHO it's all bitterness with none of the awesome kicked up malt and citrusy hops. The Nugget Nectar aroma that I wait for all year was absent as well. Judge for yourself, but I think it's a mistake to buy cases without trying a bottle from the case, which in the past was a no brainer for this beer. I'm wrestling with my longstanding rating of this beer, which I think I have as a straight 5. I hope this is an aberration, but this ruined my day. :slight_frown:
  10. phishphorce

    phishphorce Initiate (0) Aug 4, 2011 Pennsylvania

    I hate to say it and I didn't even believe it until now. So far I have had bottles from 1/3 1/13 1/21 and 1/22

    I just got a case of 1/22 from Jersey and its garbage.

    the 1/13 and 1/21 batches were fucking unbelieveable, so juicy and crisp. This 1/22 batch tastes like someone put half a nugget nectar in a bottle and filled the other half with water. Hell I just had a 1/3 bottle on Sunday night and it destroys this bottle.

    So disappointing drove over the bridge and into Dirty Jerz just to get a fresh case for a ski trip this weekend and it sucks. I'll drink stouts and hopslam and when I get drunk I'll drink this 1/22 batch because it already tastes like I'm drunk from the first beer.
  11. headylamar

    headylamar Initiate (164) Feb 11, 2010 New Jersey

    Canals - lawrenceville is out. Grabbed last 2 six packs earlier tonight. Aside from some singles in the "make-your-own" 6 pack area, I didn't see any other on the floor. Hope they have some hidden - my girlfriend is drinking my entire stash!!
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  12. bkov33

    bkov33 Initiate (176) Dec 5, 2007 New Jersey

    to me, it tastes a lot more bitter this year versus last year. technically i think the IBUs would put this in IPA category, i don't know why they still classify it as a amber
  13. drtth

    drtth Poo-Bah (3,131) Nov 25, 2007 Pennsylvania

    Beers are categorized on more than one ingredient. Using only IBUs some would call fresh Storm King and fresh Bigfoot as being IPAs.
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  14. bkov33

    bkov33 Initiate (176) Dec 5, 2007 New Jersey

    American IPA Statistics:
    1.056 - 1.075 1.010 - 1.018 40 - 60+ 6 - 15 5.5 - 7.5%

    Imperial IPA Statistics:
    Vital Statistics: OG: 1.070 – 1.090
    IBUs: 60 – 120 FG: 1.010 – 1.020
    SRM: 8 – 15 ABV: 7.5 – 10%

    American Amber Ale Statistics:
    1.045 - 1.060 1.010 - 1.015 25 - 40+ 10 - 17 4.5 - 6%
  15. orangesol

    orangesol Poo-Bah (2,315) Dec 6, 2009 Pennsylvania
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    Scratch 83 (a RIS), has 5 more IBU's than Nugget Nectar does.

    I guess we should reclassify that one as a Black IPA while we are at it....
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  16. scraff

    scraff Initiate (163) Apr 18, 2003 Maryland

    Can anyone post what bottle dates this year sucked vs. were great. NN comes to MD next week, and I refuse to buy a case people are ripping apart. Seriously! I need excellent NN, not the watered down version! I know my NN well...and unfortunately many of its inconsistencies too.
  17. WagonCircler

    WagonCircler Initiate (131) May 15, 2011 New York
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    This year is good. I had a sucks last night and then a NN. Not buying anymore NN while sucks is still around...
  18. bkov33

    bkov33 Initiate (176) Dec 5, 2007 New Jersey

    style guidelines for RIS ibu is up to 90 so its not far off.

    nugget nectar ibu, srm, gravitys/abv fall in IPA category
  19. orangesol

    orangesol Poo-Bah (2,315) Dec 6, 2009 Pennsylvania
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    I have no desire to get into this sad, old discussion about what style of beer Nugget Nectar is.
    We have it every year and what you say will have no influance over me, or the people who brew it for that matter.
    I could honestly care less what style they say it is as long as it tastes good.
    Besides, based on this thread I would say this years batch isn't as hoppy as it was last year :rolling_eyes:
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  20. bkov33

    bkov33 Initiate (176) Dec 5, 2007 New Jersey

    tastes more bitter to me this year versus last year
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  21. Crabbicuss

    Crabbicuss Initiate (0) Jan 3, 2011 Maryland

    NN is already in MD. Just bought some at Old Line tonight.
  22. drtth

    drtth Poo-Bah (3,131) Nov 25, 2007 Pennsylvania

    Try it one more time but reverse the order and have the NN first.
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  23. shadowane

    shadowane Aspirant (204) Sep 7, 2007 Pennsylvania
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    Oh good, we've moved on from these two bottles I drank next to each other tasted different to last year's version was better. Wonder what's next.
  24. Kadonny

    Kadonny Meyvn (1,224) Sep 5, 2007 Pennsylvania
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    I had a few more bottles over the weekend of the 1/8 batch. I don't see in any world where anyone could say they were bad. For me, they were delicious. Were they "stellar" or the "best batch ever"? No, but still really, really good.
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  25. jasinviso

    jasinviso Initiate (178) Nov 11, 2006 New Jersey
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    I have 4 bottles left of 1/17/13 from the case I returned, because I felt weird returning a sixer that had 2 bottles missing. If there is someone who is curious to what people are complaining about, or wants to do a comparison of the batches, I'll be happy to donate a bottle to you, I live in Cape May County, NJ. I know I have no interest in drinking this thing that is labelled Nugget Nectar, that looks but doesn't taste or smell like Nugget Nectar. I would like to try a good batch, but that is not necessary for my offer. One string attached though, put down your thoughts of the beer on this thread. I'm a long time fan of Nugget Nectar, and I think I know what it tastes like but... just in case I want to open it up some doubters and curious types. PS I did email the company but have heard nothing from them.
  26. Steeeve

    Steeeve Initiate (0) Nov 16, 2010 Pennsylvania

    I finished the rest of my 1/8 NN sixer this weekend, and I have to say my posts here were a little overreacted. Still a fine beer. It does have a little more juicy hop flavor than I first perceived. I think, as others have touched on, that it's flaw is in the finish. It doesn't pop. It kind of just settles, like a stale IPA. It's a quality brew but it didn't match up to the hype or my past experiences with it. Just my two cents.
  27. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (3,005) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    As a FYI, JMSRN posted a couple of times that his 1/17/13 batch of NN was ‘off’:

    “I have a case from 1/17 and it's definitely off, similar to what Slentz experienced above. Contacted Troegs and they are swapping out the case for me. Great customer service.”

    “Just to give an update on my experience - I kept one bottle from the case I had replaced and did a side by side with one from the new case I picked yesterday (the batch # escapes me, but I think best buy date was 5/5/2013). To my palate, there was a noticeable difference between the two, with the new case being more enjoyable. Definite difference in the aroma and hop presence.”

    Since Troegs provided JMSRN with a replacement of the 1/17 batch hopefully they will do the same for you?

  28. Kadonny

    Kadonny Meyvn (1,224) Sep 5, 2007 Pennsylvania
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    I'm very excited for my keg now. Really looking forward to it.
  29. cracker

    cracker Disciple (300) May 2, 2004 Pennsylvania

    Me too. Just called Exton Beverage and they said end of February still. Was hoping to get it this week :slight_frown:
  30. John

    John Initiate (0) Sep 17, 2001 New York

    NSCS in Rochester just got another batch of NN. Bottled on 2/11/13 - Phuckin phresh! Any feedback from the super tasters on this one yet?
  31. kecarl7

    kecarl7 Initiate (0) Feb 6, 2010 California

    So kegs should be arriving(or have already arrived) this week?

    Also, has anyone in Center City Phila seen any bottles with February dates stamped on?
  32. Kadonny

    Kadonny Meyvn (1,224) Sep 5, 2007 Pennsylvania
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    No kegs yet here in the NW burbs. I have an empty spigot just waiting for it.....and waiting....and waiting.
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  33. cracker

    cracker Disciple (300) May 2, 2004 Pennsylvania

    You, me, and probably a bunch of other NN lovers.
  34. csurowiec

    csurowiec Devotee (413) Mar 7, 2010 Maryland

    I have a six pack bought in Bel Air, MD dated 02-04 and it is super yummy.
  35. Grohnke

    Grohnke Initiate (0) Sep 15, 2009 Illinois

    Hey dudes, a midwester BA here. Ill be in NYC this week, and was just wondering if NN is pretty widely available in the NYC area? and if its still on shelves
  36. Scope4Beer

    Scope4Beer Aspirant (292) Sep 28, 2009 Pennsylvania
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    Just cracked open a case bottled 2/8 yesterday. It was fantastic.
  37. Kadonny

    Kadonny Meyvn (1,224) Sep 5, 2007 Pennsylvania
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    Wait a minute, wait a minute. I don't think any sane BA poster has said any of the NN has "sucked" this year. There has only been some alleged complaints about consistency and various hoppiness. No NN will ever be "watered down", Troegs is just too good a brewery to do that. Just be clear on that.

    Buy whatever you come across this year, I bet you are NOT disappointed.
  38. BikeChef

    BikeChef Disciple (379) Dec 27, 2007 District of Columbia
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    Had a couple bottles from a 1/31 batch. A letdown-- it's like they forgot to dry-hop it or something (?). Going to try and get a sixer from a different batch to compare.
  39. digdug1810

    digdug1810 Aspirant (259) Mar 1, 2011 New Jersey
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    i've had bottles dated 1/16 & 1/17.. the 1/17 was a tad more bitter upon initial sip out of the fridge, but as it warmed it went away.. the 1/16 didn't have that as much but is still there.. besides that it tastes great to me, better than last years batches anyway.

    The bitterness i'm describing also isn't the hop kind of bitter, it's that dry aspirin like bitter, but as mentioned it fades away when the beer warms up closer to room temp
  40. scraff

    scraff Initiate (163) Apr 18, 2003 Maryland

    Just want to go on record and say that the batch of DOB's 1-30-13 was delicious. As good as NN has ever been. Hoping we can get some fresh batches delivered to MD before NN season is over. Cheers!
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