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RATINGS: 1501   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 93   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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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.


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leveejr (77) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 28, 2014
Nice resiny hop aroma. Taste is similar. Very tasty without being overly bitter. Solid beer ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chad9976 (1125) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 28, 2014
I poured a 12oz bottle into a goblet. The freshness date was smeared and illegible.

Appearance: Beautiful orange/flame red hue. Mostly clear with plenty of constant carbonation visible. Pours to an average sized white, frothy head which retains and laces very well.

Smell: Strong aroma of piney hops along with clean, floral overtones.

Taste: Tröegs Nugget Nectar is kind of an anomaly of a brew. Though marketed as an “imperial amber,” it drinks much more like a strong IPA as the hops dominate the palette. The malt does make itself known – providing for some general sweetness, but you wouldn’t likely describe this beer as being malty per se. It also lacks that confectionery sweetness often found in ambers.

This brew uses a variety of hops not commonly found in a lot of mainstream beers. Akin to a classic East Coast style IPA with a strong presence of pine and flowers from start to finish, though nothing earthy, herbal or resiny. The 93 IBUs are nothing to sneeze at. Strong bitterness right away, though the malt base quickly backs it up with some amber malt flavor. Continued hop bitterness at the apex, only dryer than at the beginning, followed by continued dryness on the finish. Thankfully, there’s genuine hop flavor to be found throughout, with pine at the beginning, flowers in the middle, and a bit of rich orange sherbet or grapefruit juice concentrate at the end (probably the impetus for the name). This palette is a bit repetitive, though I’m never bored by it. Consistently interesting and fun to drink.

Drinkability: For a beer that is full-bodied, rather heavy at 7.5% ABV, and aggressively bitter at 93 IBUs, Tröegs Nugget Nectar is remarkably drinkable given these parameters. The mouthfeel is calm and soft, but still crisp going down. There’s a dry aftertaste, but it’s not off-putting and easily tolerable. The alcohol never makes itself known, which makes it quite tempting to drink this en masse rather than savor it (as it probably should be).

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Berard (261) - Salem, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 28, 2014
Cask conditioned. Pours caramel in color with thin whit head that lingers. Smells of hops with mild carbonation. Nice fruity grapefruit hoppy flavor with nice complexity. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JBPortland (625) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAR 28, 2014
12oz bottle pours bright clear amber with 2 finger head. Nose is soft malt, citrus, piney fruit. Taste is round bitter piney citrus, biscuity malt, soft lemon. Finish is bitter citrus, dried apple, and malty. Clean.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
smitty7997 (3) - Williamsport, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2014 does not count
From bottle to pint, first sniff i get grapefruit, first swish confirms grapefruit. I’m not fond of IPA but this may make me try more.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BLADT (451) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 22, 2014
UPDATED: APR 4, 2014 From bottle. Lovely, clean amber. Big floral, hemp nose. Taste like orange sherbet. Creamy. Very enjoyable. Overall, this a well balanced and highly drinkable IPA.

0.5
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
KevinfromNH (11) - Concord, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 22, 2014
Ok this beer is much better than .5 however when I went into the shop there was a 2 six pack limit on this shit, so I figured it must be good. What the F is the hype over this crap. It basically tastes like any Sam Adams ale or any other run of the mill shit like that. Not even hoppy AT ALL. So because I got raped by their marketing scheme they get .5 pts. Trust me this beer is average.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drsandman (184) - New York, USA - MAR 22, 2014
On cask @ mission Dolores. Amber red pour with thick white head lots of lace. Nose is pine and malt, sweet malt backbone to the taste, some citrus zest, piney hop resin. Medium mouthfeel. Pretty glorious stuff, especially on cask ---Rated via Beer Buddy

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bellco33 (241) - Willington, Connecticut, USA - MAR 20, 2014
Poured from bottle into tulip: Pours amber with a thick white head, good retention, nice lacing. Aroma is citrus, pine, and sweet malt. Taste is sweet but incredibly well balanced with the citrus hoppy goodness. Slightly sticky mouthfeel, incredibly tasty. I miss my keg of this. This beer is in a league of its own, very unique. One of my all-time favorites.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dliberto (128) - Hampstead, Maryland, USA - MAR 17, 2014
Drank from bomber. Smells like a hop bomb. Tastes of citrus, pineapple, peach, and bread. I love this beer. Nice piney dry taste up front with a little bitterness at the end.


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