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RATINGS: 1594   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
millysdaddy (67) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - FEB 9, 2007
12 oz. bottle. Pours a golden amber with a small off-white head. Great aroma that is floral, citrusy and piney. The flavor starts out similar to the aroma. Lots of grapefruit and pine hops. This is balanced by a little bit of sweet maltiness and a slightly dry bitter finish. I like this a lot.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Arayaga2 (1982) - portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 8, 2007
Nice coppery color with a thin tan head. Aroma is a fantastic blend of pine and flowers. Taste is same, but not quite as bold, but more grapefruit shines through here. Carbonation is present but not distracting, and the bitterness finishes quickly without a hint of the "extra" alcohol. $2/12oz

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2007
I managed to miss out on last year’s release of this one, so it was nice to grab some as it was being put on the shelf. Nice looking orange-amber color with a lasting head. Sweet, piney-floral hop aroma. Sweet upfront, with a rush of sticky-sweet pine & grapefruit hops rushing over the palate. Sweet malts help to balance things out and make ’NN’ very tasty. Very smooth, finishes very nice. I’ve always been down on their Hopback ale, which isn’t always profound enough, but this is really good. Not touted as an IPA, but an "Imperial Amber", this one really takes strong, hoppy flavor to the next level. well done!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
marcus (8278) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 2, 2007
12oz bottle from Artusory. This reddish amber ale poured with a thin off-white head, eliciting a malty aroma. The flavor is unlike anything I have had before. It starts with banana and honey, then quickly goes to piney hops and grapefruit, with a lasting bitterness on the palate. As the beer warms, a distinct caramel malt taste evolves. This indeed a very complex brew, and quite tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
obxdude10 (2175) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2007
Fantastic IPA, I’ve been waiting a long time to get my hands on this & finally I have, and I’m very impressed, this IPA has it all, a fully balanced nose & body of flavors, big hop profile & a lot of malty backbone, at first it punches you in the face, then apologizes, but then turns around clocks you in the back of the head, pours a deep copper color with an off-white head, nice lacing around the glass, nose full of hops, pine & citrus, medium in body, smooth & extremely drinkable, big & bold hoppy flavors with hints of earth, pine & grapefruit, very tart, bitter & dry, as mentioned previously there’s a lot of hops up front, but then the subtle & very well-balanced malty flavors take over, and finally the finish explodes with more huge hoppy flavors, the alcohol strength is well hidden with only a very slight hint of it in the aftertaste, has a lingering finish with (of course) bitter & dry hops, this is a prototypical IPA, one that most others should be judged by, well worth waiting for

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (8875) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 31, 2007
UPDATED: APR 11, 2015 Draft. Crystal clear and clean looking honey amber colored body with only a hint of a head. Soft and syrupy on the palate, with sweet and sticky honey and a faint grassy hop leaf flavor being the most noticeable characteristics. Faint nose of oily hop resin and honey, but this is by no means a hop bomb, or even close to such a thing. Hop flavors and aromas are almost like crackers and butter. The hops remind me of fuggles with a weird honey note, rather than nugget, which I guess I don’t get that much in this beer. I would have guessed amber ale or pale ale simply by aroma, taste and texture.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - JAN 30, 2007
Nice hop aroma with caramel malt scents as well. Dark orange and brown in color. Fairly full and sticky mouthfeel. Very good caramel malt flavor with a nice earthy hop balance. Very enjoyable--a nice suprise.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Flanny (24) - Severn, Maryland, USA - JAN 26, 2007
12-oz bottle, 6-pack purchased at Latela’s in Jessup. Why is Troegs trying to call this an "Imperial Amber?" It’s IPA all the way! From the fresh fragrant aroma to the citrusy, sprucy, full, pleasantly bitter, tantalizing hops, which might be overpowering but for a light maltiness that reins them in, to the lasting aromatic finish, this is a hophead’s dream. Glad it’s back, and I hope it stays around more than last time.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JAN 24, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2008 Draft at Capone’s. Clear amber/orange with a medium head. The most fragrant IPA I’ve run across. Citrus and pine and lot of tropical fruit. It smells like your putting the freshly crushed hop flowers under your nose. Fairly balanced with caramel and biscuit, but they are definitely not the stars here.
The picture on the label says it all. You really have to try this fresh. It’s like hop-nugget nectar. Heaven.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2007
Got some sweet malts and citrus hops in the aroma.Pours an orange/copper with a thin white head.Get lots of citrus fruits in the flavor.Thin to medium mouthfeel with a citrus finish.

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