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RATINGS: 1624   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 93   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
Squeeze those hops for all they’re worth and prepare to pucker up: Tröegs’ newest single batch brew, Nugget Nectar Ale, will take hopheads to nirvana with a heady collection of Nugget, Warrior and Tomahawk hops. Starting with the same base ingredients of our flagship HopBack Amber Ale, Nugget Nectar intensifies the malt and hop flavors to create an explosive hop experience.

While the brewery considers this an "Imperial Amber Ale" RateBeer considers it an IPA due to the hopping rate. There is no need to send any other corrections on the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joekfsu (138) - Boardman, Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2008
12 oz bottle. Pours copper with 1.5 cm white fluffy head. Strong aroma of hops and pine. Initial flavor is slightly more balanced than I was expecting, light malts help to subdue the crushing pine and hop notes of flavor. Aftertaste is bitter and lasting. Light lacing, light carbonation, light to medium mouthfeel, and well hidden alcohol. Drinkable and different, worth finding and drinking.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 20, 2008
Pours a clear, dark orange-amber body. A small, foamy, cream colored head leaves behind thick tapestry lacing on the glass. The aroma is like an evergreen forest, with pine resin and spruce springing forward from a nice, creamy, caramel and toffee malt background. The flavor follows suit, with the full frontal pine attack kicking into full gear. The malts balance this hop monster out quite well, with a unique, almost lactic creaminess intertwined with the caramel. The smooth, medium body finishes with toned down, resinous hops that slowly fade away into oblivion. This is a mighty fine IPA, and one that I would drink regularly if it were available to me. The balance is incredible.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PilsnerPeter (3037) - Flushing, New York, USA - FEB 19, 2008
Bottle: Deep orange pour with perfect clarity. Nice tropical fruit hop nose. Some evident mango qualities and mild tangerine. Creamy yet mild carbonation. Nice tropical fruit presence in the flavor as well. Some mango, peach and mild citrus rind resins in the finish. Not very bitter, but has a nice and fruity hop character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kyzr (1312) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - FEB 18, 2008
Thanks to Immy for this bottle. Pours a copper color with nice sized off-white head. Good bit of citrus and pine on the nose. Flavor is all hops up front with a with just enough malt to balance it out. Very big on the hoppy flavor, medium body and dry finish. Didn’t really feel like a 7.5% alcohol beer, went down nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MaxxDaddy (415) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 18, 2008
Bottle. Pours clear copper-red with a little bit of head. Aroma is piney hops for sure, lives up to its name. Taste is hop-dominated as well, go figure. More pine trees with little malt support. For whatever reason, I wasn’t terribly in love with this one. It felt like something as missing, maybe it was some heft. Mouthfeel was average at best and finished bitter. This bottle came from PA a couple of weeks ago. Now that I can get it in NY, this may deserve another visit.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DragonsHead (142) - Morgantown, West Virginia, USA - FEB 17, 2008
Deep copper color with a light foamy head. Big hop aroma from the start. This feels like walking through a freakin’ pine forest. Taste is pure hops flavor. The malt balances well, but it’s a hop show overall. Absolutely love it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrBunn (2645) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 16, 2008
Bottle. Wow, this looks so transparent that I was a little confused. Coppery color with a finger or so of head and a lovely hops aroma that reminds me of pine, grass, grapefruit and all the loveliness of a heavy hopping. Flavor is hops dominated, to say the least. Pine and grapefruit flavors dominate and there is not quite enough malt body or something to keep it from seeming slightly thin. That said, the alcohol, while nicely covered by the hops flavors, is there and will bite you back. Nicely brewed and well worth the try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hiddenvariable (207) - pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 16, 2008
bottle. pours a quite clear copper with a thick off white head, which fades slowly and laces thickly. pine and floral hops dominate, backed up with a rather spicy bready malt scent. the whole thing creates a sort of cotton candy character as it warms. the malt comes out quite a bit more in the taste, with the bread taste dominating, but still backed up by huge spicy grassy, piney, and floral hops. moderate bitterness on the finish, with a light sweetness. medium body, tons of carbonation. coating, resinous mouthfeel. this stuff is great. i remember asking these guys at a festival a few years back if they would ever bring this back, and they intimated that i wasn’t the only one who’d been asking, and that they were considering it. i’m quite glad they did, as it’s their best stuff, near as i can tell.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Acknud (1081) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - FEB 14, 2008
Beautiful copper pour. Frothy head. Aroma of hops and light malt aroma. Tastes starts off lightly sweet of citrus fruits. Finishes with a hop bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 14, 2008
12oz thanks beastiefan2k - Now this is what I’m talking about! Aroma is strong pine tar hops with caramel and crystal malts fighting for attention. Pours transparent copper with a small head and good lacing. Flavor matches aroma with the piney hops adding a chewy earthy quality in the finish. Palate is sticky and tart. Very tasty if you like hops.

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