alobar (2503) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A little slice of heaven if you like hops. Pours a clear amber color with a small white head. Aroma of hops, malts, fruit and pine. Taste is complex with citrus, hops, malts, with a nice hoppy finish.
freekyp (1449) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 5, 2006
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
OMG! A stunning aromatic bouquet of mango, pine, peach, marijuana and resinous hops takes a lead role in this amazing nugget of a beer. Somewhat sweet, hops dominate the middle of the beer leading to a resounding peppery resinous finish. Never overly bitter, the hop character is akin to the zest of a citrus peel. Complex and pleasing, this is one amber nugget that makes more then a nice decoration.
zathrus13 (1661) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - FEB 5, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2010 Bottle. copper/amber, with a tan head. Aromas are grapefruit, pine, also with malt and pineapple. Flavors are grapefruit, pine, and caramel. Body is a bit thin. Nice, but not as good as I expected. Rerate: The 2010 version is really good. Raising my score.
argo0 (11077) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 4, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2008 (1/29/08, 12oz bottle, thanks kmweaver) Crystal clear amber body topped by small beige head that leaves nice lacing. Aroma is moderately sweet, juicy grapefruit/orange, pine, pineapple, mango. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit, pine/pineapple, some caramel. Smooth medium body, fairly easy to drink despite the ABV. (9/4/7/4/15)
(2/4/06, draft) Minimal off-white head atop clear golden body. Aroma is moderately sweet, pineapple, some pine, caramel, grapefruit. Taste is moderately sweet, pineapple, some pine, light grapefruit. Medium body with some resin and light acidity. Nice hop burp. (8/3/7/4/15)
Nejhleader (1148) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow this stuff is awsome. Picked up a fresh growler from the brewery and will have to go back to get a case. This tastes similiar to there amber ale, but times that by 53 and thats what you get. Oh yeah the aroma is like injecting your nose into a bale of hops.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 1, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fresh bottle that landed today in MD - Clear sparkling dark amber, creamy lasting white head. Strong pine and earth aromas are layered on light citrus and toffee, with a slight nutty tone at room temp. Moderate bitterness on the initial sips with notes of pine, earth, citrus, and soft melon. Caramel malt need not apply here...and it pretty much does not. Just a great unbalanced brew for the true hophead. Medium bodied, light carbonation, super dry, hoppy finish. This is a seasonal why? Should be considered for year-round in my book. Loved it!
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2006 May I have the pleasure of being the first rater of the new mass batch rollout? I had a cask conditioned pint of the latest addition to the Troegs line at the back bar of Monks. It had a solid grapefruit flavor and aroma; at first tasting quite sweet and smooth, befitting the title of a nectar. The bitterness is modest (to me) and I can imagine it being widely accessible to geeks and non-geeks. Those first sips are so sweet and smooth I can’t avoid a mental thought of "hop kool aid", but in a nice way, with plenty of body and no artificial flavors, just something that made me feel a bit like a kid and want to guzzle the stuff. It has a good medium-full mouthfeel; almost creamy. It became more bitter as I worked down the pint and/or had bigger sips, and the grapefruit seemed to be almost tinged with lime. Has a nice orange amber with cream color and quality size and density head. John and Chris Troegner were present and I learned some interesting Nugget nectar trivia: when John named the beer, he had no idea nugget was also a name for a bud of weed, which is pretty funny when you look at the picture. The brothers are real nice folks, but I came up with these numbers before striking up conversation. Obviously it’s mostly nugget hops used (80% according to one brother), but they also used some warrior and tomahawk. The aim was to make a hoppy beer with a even malt balance and my feeling is that they succeeded here.
drkilmer (35) - Myersville, Maryland, USA - OCT 27, 2005
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
WOW. Had this on tap and it was incredible. Very nicely ballanced ... which is something most beers of this ilk don’t achieve. Drive a long way to get it if you have to ...
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAY 10, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear and bright dusty orange body with a thin white cap of tight froth. Slips away quickly as it unfolds from a heavy pour. Keeps a loosely bubbled collar and the lace sticks in minimal strings.
Nice floral citrus nose. Boastingly big with a nice grapefruit peel zest and solid pine notes. A fine spraying mist of caramel keeps company on the back quarters.
Flavors are consistent with the aroma, solid piney hops upfront, tamely handled bite and bitterness to its portions. Delicate floral acsents with squeezes of citrus peels. Smidgeons of caramel in the back, way back areas. Takes a toasty grain turn just past midway... and now this is where it gets really fun. Woohahh...nice finishing qualities totally turn this into a whole nother elemental brigade of hoppy stuff. What I find most interesting and striking is the toasty blackened grapefruit peels that escape the hopped oily coating and blended dark pine and earthy dirty peach tones that smoothly float off with only the smallest amount of bitterness. Amazingly in check bite control. Quite fun to behold, just for the sake of its finish.
Feel is medium creamy with a slight hop oiled finish and tends to carry more toastyness to its overall character then the citrusy stuff. Another unique position intwined into the character. At least in most parts, in kinda sweeps back and forth between the two and definately ending more citrusfied with a blackenedness to its edges.
A unique IPA to say the least.
flemdawg (520) - Naples, Florida, USA - MAY 2, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear golden/copper color with a frothy white head. Grapefruit bitter hops with a peachy sweetness nd a touch of carmel. Hoppy taste but with a big dose of sweetness(candy sugar) and a peachy fruitness. The bitterness becomes more intense near the end of the sip. Syrupy feel with a long lasting bitterness.