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RATINGS: 1627   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 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 22, 2006
Looking forward to trying this one. I can tell from the aroma that I am going to love this beer. Has a piney hop aroma. Oh wow, i love this beer. Has a wonderful hop flavor but also has a nice sweetness that ties everything together wonderfully for a perfectly balanced beer. The aroma and flavor have a great fresh hop to them, and as a hophead, this beer soothes my soul. Also has a great smooth texture out of the bottle that reminds me of what I would expect from a draft. If you enjoy hops, this beer is for you. I don’t know how i didnt try this sooner.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 22, 2006
Transparent, magnifying orangish-brass in color with a dense khaki grey head shaped like a foam sponge, 1/8" thick, spanning the tulip’s rim. Sweet green hops expel forcefully at first sniff. Smashed hop pellets pump out dry papaya enzymes, grapefruit pulp, bitter orange sheddings, mildewed grass stains and a healthy dose of dextrose. Flavor is fairly true to its namesake. Bitter chords cause a fervent tongue flinch, as orange powder dries the sockets. Pineapple and mango citrus accents are aroused in its gentlest state of suspicion. Slight sulfurous tinge on its way out. Body is abandoned, forsaken by the sand-blasted and date-raped palate. Just enough sticky caramel-cherry feelings to keep it balanced and not defrock its claim as a nectar. Orange pulp takes grapefruit and pineapple to task in the finish, prolifically reaching an agreement to vacate the area and let the IBUs reek further havoc on the taste buds. Thanks for the bottles, Jhop!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cbrixius (136) - Newberrytown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 21, 2006
For some reason this skyrocketed into one my favorites based on this seasons batch, which seemed to outpace last years in hoppiness and clarity. The first impression I had was how clean this beer appeared. It was the clearest I had seen a beer in a while. The head was a nice white. You did not have to tip your nose in to get the hop aroma, as it is overpowering. This "hop soda" definitely explodes in your mouth, leaving you wanting more.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - MAR 20, 2006
Special delivery from Zathrus13. Hled this up to a light and it showed a nice copper amber with some bubbles rising to the top. Caramel and hops,hops and caramel.Can’t decide which is on top. Either way,it’s good. Has a little bitterness in the aftertaste but this is all IPA. Thanks Jeff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mkgrenwel (606) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 20, 2006
Very strong caramel backbone. Really reminds you that this is based on an amber. After the malt, it’s full full hop flavor. Juicy citrus, mostly orange. Pine is very prominent, more than usual. Nice bitterness in the back. Not just a hop showcase. They fit in well with the malt. Lacking real complexity, but who doesn’t love just drinking hop juice mixed with caramel?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 20, 2006
Poured a clear amber color with a small off-white head. Big hoppy aroma with caramel malt below. Citrus and earthy hop. Caramel and sweet malty flavor. The end turns to hop flavors leading to a mild bitterness on the finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blankboy (7275) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 17, 2006
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry courtesy of Thaichile. Pours a clear orange-amber with a spare diminishing white head. Aroma of funky hops (I mean a teenager’s gym bag funky but in a good way) along with some pine and some sweet malt in the background. The flavour’s not as wacky as the aroma suggests but it’s damn tasty nevertheless. Flavour of strong resiny hops along with some floral and citrus hops, a mild malty sweetness and a nice bitter finish. Medium bodied. This is a terrific IPA and I wish I could call it one of my local session beers.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - MAR 17, 2006
Bottle scored from the man, LarryPitonka. Pours a brilliantly clear medium amber color. A pleasing white head issues forth and fades at a moderate pace to form a persistant layer and ring. Fair lacing is left behind. The nose on this is truly fantastic. Peachy caramel, layers of citrus, esters out the wazzoo. Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level that amplifies the flavors nicely. Toffee and caramel are awash in a sea of citrus and flower petals. More peach influence. Balance is nicely pulled off, a lingering hop finish that never overwhelms. Terrific!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sethdude (706) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 16, 2006
Dang. Thanks Lou. I consider myself a hophead, but this borders on ridiculous. Pours a nice amber color with a medium head, good lacing. Aroma is pure hops, like I just rubbed fresh hops in my hands. Stunning grapefruit and pine bouquet, I wish they made air freshener that smelled like this. Flavor is sharp and piney, but still makes some attempt at co-mingling flavor (I wouldn’t try to call it balance, per se), some warm malts accent the hops well. Lots of citrus, and a lingering, grassy finish. Pretty amazing, if not somewhat one-sided.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SB (334) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 16, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2006 From Bottle

Poured copper, with huge fluffy white head. Aroma of grapefruit. Huge hop flavor from first sip. I must mention the first sip was a little off, sour. But when the beer sat in the glass for a minute or two then flavors of wood, pine, and grass with earthy tones. Nice lingering sweet aftertaste. Medium to full bodied. Smooth mouthfeel. Flavors really meshed well together. Nothing was overpowering. Easy to drink.

On-Cask. at Sharp Edge Creekhouse.
Poured Copper, thick creamy 2-inch white head that was present until the last drop. Beautiful lacing on the glass. Aroma of sweet grapefruit, and fresh hops. Flavor of grapefruit, grass, and a sweet hop kick in the finish which mellowed into a sweet candy-like taste. Creamy mouthfeel. Medium to full bodied. Again the flavors mixed well. This is a treat in the bottle and a treat on cask.

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