rajendra82 (911) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - APR 28, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Came in a growler filled through a keg by BA weeare138. The beer poured out nicely carbonated despite some of the contents having leaked in the shipping. The body was pale and clear with a foamy off white head. The smell of highly volatile citric and piney hops got my mouth salivating for the first sip, and it did not disappoint. The taste was dominated by leafy and grapefruit hop flavor as anticipated. The malts were solid in their caramel drizzled biscuit flavor, but the hop oils were definitely the king of the hill. Towards the end of each sip the hops turned peppery and resinous but the beer was never overly bitter. I guess there was enough malt sweetness in here to balance the hops. The beer felt airy and refreshing despite the medium thick body. This is one tasty IPA with not a single flaw to be found anywhere. After finishing the glass I look at the ABV and I read 7%, I am shocked that there is alcohol in here.
walleye (1060) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - APR 28, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks goes to weeare138 from the other site for this growler filled with this great stuff. poured a nice rich copper with a big fluffy light tan head. aroma hops, caramel, orange, hints of grapefruit and malt. flavor the wonderful hops that were in the aroma, honey, grapefruit, has a nice smooth mouthfeel. again thanks weeare138
Jine (896) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - APR 21, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at Andy’s. An absolutely tasty IPA. The somewhat lacking carbonation allowed for a fuller hop attack. Malt isnt highly noticeable compared to the hops.
Also I think beaconstreet was hallucinating from the hops because I was sitting next to him and I’m pretty sure it said "Troeg’s Nugget Nectar"...I mean maybe the last e was present ha
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2005
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
on cask at andy’s, a nice citrus aroma and gold colored body with a foamy white head. tons of sweet grassy hops blended together with a light malt flavor...i would actually have thought this was and Imperial IPA based on the taste and the smooth aftertaste. if this is a standard IPA, it may be my favorite of that genre.
beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - APR 21, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Simply delicious. Had this on cask at Andy’s. Seemed to be under the name "Troeg’s Natural Nectare". Good, hearty feel to it, rosy hops that fulfill the senses. Would love to have this again.
Hotspur2001 (44) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smack you in the face Hops! Strong hoppy full bodied and citrusy. Poured without much head cold. I’ve had this on cask and it’s just sublime! A must for any fan of hops. (Wife’s taste test review - "Flowers!!")
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 11, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
From a growler: appearance: a gorgeous golden amber hue, clear, with a huge frothy cap above, lookin’ nice, indeed.
Aroma: pine mixed with caramel, a bright, hoppy amber-y nose, rife with hops, a mellow citric blend, but leavened with other sensations, as well, apple meets toffee, etcetera...and I like that.
Let’s drink, shall we?
Mmmmm! Big, bristling caramel-coated hop feel on the palate, very spicy and slick, with a thick feel on the mouth, a never-ending twang that resounds throughout the senses. Excellent malt back-up. Damn, this is tasty! Slightly sweet, but with no relenting from the hop department, it’s a continual kick, riding on the bready, malty, toffee-like underpinning, a thoroughly tasty tango.
Medium to full in body, with a long, hoppy finish, and a rich, unparallelled flavor...well,except when compared to...nope, not going there...
I haven’t even gotten halfway through the growler, so perhaps there are wonders yet to be had...who know, but the pleasure has been felt, the bell has been rung. Great IPA, Troeg’s!
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at the Grey Lodge in Philly. Good IPA. Very cirtusy, if that’s a word, in the smell and taste. Not a heavy IPA.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - FEB 24, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2006 Cask at Andy’s. For an IPA I liked it, poured amber with nice white head. Aroma was all hops, and The flavor was malt with big hop kick. Finish dry and citrus.
3-11-06 Re-rate from a bottle.
Crystal clear amber body. White fluffy head. Nose screams HOPS man!. Nice lacing. Verey juicy mouthtaste that leaves my mouth completly dry, wanting more! Either I am becoming a hop head, or this is an excellent brew, hop head or not.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - FEB 21, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2005 Bottle. I wanted to drink a few of these before rating to get a good handle on whats going on. For an East Coast IPA it’s not bad but average at best. Pours amberish gold with a fair sized head. Aroma is nice and hoppy with some malt back. Hop taste is dry and bitter and somewhat sour and citrus. The finish is sweet.