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RATINGS: 1597   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
droopy49 (97) - Lancaster, California, USA - APR 29, 2006
12 oz bottle from Illinismitty! Poured a nice cooper color with a moderate white head. Good lacing down the sides of my PBR goblet. Yeah! Just got the glass today! Aroma is hoppy some slight citrus and pine notes. Flavor is similiar to the aroma. Medium mouthfeel and a lingering bitter finish. Balanced towards the hoppy side just the way I like it!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
notalush (5561) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 29, 2006
There’s nothing much to be said here - they certainly haven’t done anything original, but they sure have made a damn fine standard - truly juicy, as the name suggests - not really citrusy, but certainly fruity - lasting hop impression on the palate - nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 27, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2007 Amber color with a slight reddish haze. Very good IPA - lots of hop flavor to chew on. Hops are all over the place but are balanced by a sweet malt backbone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 27, 2006
Bottle. Orange colour with a big off-white head. Malty, grassy, pine, hop aroma and taste. Medium body with a dry finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - APR 25, 2006
(12 oz bottle: Obtained 21-Mar-06 in trade with Lou18, thanks Lou!) Given the attention and high accolades this beer has been getting, I was expecting to be mightily impressed by this, but frankly, I’m mightily under whelmed. Right off the bat, the hops-dominated nose has a strong vegetal quality that’s completely turned me off. Mild citrus, mild "classic" hops aroma, but mostly just vegetal. The flavor shows a bit more true hoppiness, moderate bitterness, some citrus, but the plant-like nature still has some presence here too. Grainy maltiness, sweet orange-citrus, some tea, man, this just isn’t doing a damn thing for me. And to call this an Imperial Amber is really pushing it; there’s not nearly enough malt body and presence to make that claim. Medium-bodied, a bit dry, somewhat crisp on the palate, average carbonation. The color is a gorgeous coppery-amber, fully clear in appearance, but topped by a small, quickly-receding, off-white head. The filmy layer and thin halo leave a wide ring of lacing on the glass. I don’t know, maybe this is a sub-par bottle? I have one more bottle that I will be trying later on, so hopefully that one will be better, and it better be, given the hoopla over this beer. But at least based on this bottle, I find this to be a pretty mediocre and severely overrated offering.

And here it is, later the same day and I’ve decided to crack the second one open while the first bottle is still fresh in my mind. Perhaps slightly less vegetal as with the previous bottle, but still one of the primary flavors, and it continues to dominate the nose. Better looking, displaying solid retention. So two different bottles from two different trades, but with essentially the same result. So no, this is simply how the beer is, and it’s just not that great. They need to hire better workers, more discriminating workers who will actually remove the hop cones off the plant, not throw in the entire plant -- roots and all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
BeerandBlues2 (11471) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 24, 2006
Blind rating. Pours copper with a patchy white film. Aroma is soapy, light pine and floral hops, citrus notes, malt (meal) with a perfume and alcohol nose. Moderately bitter and medium acidic flavor, soap and slightly sweet finish, kind of bland and tasteless. Medium bodied and crisp palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 24, 2006
Transparent deep amber with thin white head. Piney, floral and citrus hops dominate the aroma. Flavor is relatively balanced given the aroma, though certainly still mostly hoppy. Not too bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 24, 2006
Pours a clear copper bronze color with a wispy white head. Fresh rich piney green lightly grapefruity aroma has some mild caramel malty presence. Body starts with semi-sweet toasty caramel malt and lots of flavorful piney bittering and flavor hops toward a crisp bittersweet finish. This is practically a double IPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (7030) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 23, 2006
100% blind rating. Body is medium amber. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), moderately hoppy (apricot, grapefruit, flowers), with a light note of honey. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Pretty light, watery, and flimsy. I absolutely don’t get the 3.96 score.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 23, 2006
Light floral hop aroma. Small white head atop a light copper body. Initial taste is mild hops, taste grows and grows, leaving a massive hoppy bitterness in the finish. Very bitter. Finish is long, hoppy. Tasty stuff for the hop heads.

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