Nugget Nectar is a beer that Troegs Brewing Company of Hershey, PA releases each spring. Though a very hop-forward beer, it is not nominally an IPA. Troegs instead styles it as an ‘Imperial Amber Ale’. At 7.5% alcohol by volume, one can see why it is called an ‘Imperial’ amber.
Nugget Nectar pours a deep amber, almost copper color. The head is a shade darker than white and it settles fairly quickly, leaving a thin layer of foam sitting atop the surface of the beer. The head that remains sticks to the side of the glass as you drink it, leaving an impressive amount of lacing.
Hops comprise the overwhelming majority of this beer’s aroma, and it’s tough to pick out much else. The primary aroma you get off the nose are big, juicy notes of citric fruit, and resinous pine.
It has a wonderfully creamy mouthfeel, with a modest amount of carbonation that you pick up mid-palate. There’s a really solid malt backbone here that, while not the star of the show, allows the hop character to shine. The taste of the beer backs up the impression given by the aroma.
It’s a big, juicy beer that hides its moderately high alcohol content extremely well. The beer starts off with a lot of fruit and some citrus at the front of the palate before transitioning to a more bitter, resinous taste on the middle and back of the palate. It leaves a pleasant bitter aftertaste that clings to the back of the tongue for a good fifteen to twenty seconds after you’ve swallowed. It finishes remarkably dry considering the sweet, fruity notes you’re hit with at first.
One the whole, this is an incredibly enjoyable beer that has a great amount of subtlety to match the powerful hop character. It’s a shame that this beer only comes out once a year. If you see this on the store shelf, do yourself a favor and pick it up. You won’t regret the decision and I promise you that this beer will be gone fast.
If You Liked This Try: Troegs Hopback Amber Ale, Six Point Resin, Port Brewing Mongo IPA
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