Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Tröegs Nugget Nectar (2013) - Gus #46

I've been away for a couple weeks on reviews because I've been traveling for work and staying busy.   I've brewed a couple beers since then and will have some HBW posts for the future.  My return to reviews is a good one.  It's the annual release from Tröegs called Nugget Nectar.  This is an extremely hoppy Imperial Amber Ale.  I'm a fan of Amber Ales when they are done right and I'm a hop head in my own right as well.  I haven't had this brew before so will this one live up to the big reputation it carries?

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Information from Tröegs website:
Alcohol by Volume:  7.5%
Hop Bitterness (IBUs):  93ish
Color (SRM):  Straw/Orange
Availability:  Seasonal (February-March)
Malts:  Pilsner, Vienna, Munich
Hops:  Nugget,Warrior, Tomahawk, Simcoe, Palisade
Hopback Hops:  Nugget
Yeast:  Ale

Tasting Notes
"Squeeze those hops for all they're worth and prepare to pucker up!  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."

Food Compliments
Cheese (Sharp, Blue, and Cheddar); Meat (Beef and Poultry)

Serving suggestions:  
Temp:  50-55 degrees Fahrenheit    Glassware:  Pint Glass

I poured this brew into my Jester King glass.

Appearance:  The brew poured out of the bottle with a copper/burnt orange color with some red hints.  Good amount of carbonation streaming up the sides of the glass.  Poured with solid two fingers of head.  Really clear.  I'm assuming they filter this one.  The lacing is all over the glass so it hides any hints of alcohol legs, if they were to be there.  It does look like what I would think an Imperial Amber Ale would look like.  It looks extremely tasty.  

Pretty good head retention.

Lacing all over the glass.

Aroma:  Right up front it has a really floral and citrus nose.  Hints of numerous flowers and grapefruit start to just fill your nose.  Some hints of something sweet like honey or maybe honeysuckle flowers.  Then come malty caramel notes come in to clean it up.  It's really hop forward.  I expected that given the description and hop bill that it has.  Also pick up some resiny pine notes.  Fresh green pine needles mixed with some grapefruits and honeysuckle could be a good description.  Don't pick up any hints of alcohol whatsoever.

Taste:  Taste is right there with the nose.  Really hop forward.  Getting a tone of grapefruit bitterness like you would get from the white part of the skin of a grapefruit.  Then some of those herbal floral notes come out as well.  Still getting a caramel sweetness from the malt mid palate and the back of the mouth.  That is cleaned out by another wave of bitterness.  More of the grapefruit in a sweeter tone.  Then the pine flavors come in on the finish.  It finishes really nice with enough bitter aftertaste to make you want another drink without overpowering anything.  Extremely drinkable and fresh tasting.  Pretty refreshing at that.  You pick up all of the flavors that you get from the nose and they blend really nicely.  I like the malt sweetness that comes forward as caramel or honey.  Still reminding me of those honeysuckle flowers.

Verdict:  This is some really nice stuff form Tröegs   This was my first year to try this one.  Tom was nice enough to split a case with me.  I think it will for sure be on my list to try again next year.  I have a few remaining of my half a case so I'm going to savor these.  I'd really like to have this with a nice salad that featured some fruit like strawberries or blueberries.  A nice tart vinaigrette would be a good dressing pairing.  The bitterness would cut through the tartness and mix well I think.  For a rating I'm going to give this one an A.  It really is one of the best Amber Ales I've ever had.  They took a base recipe from their Hopback Ale and just amped it up to something amazing.  After doing all that they kept it super drinkable and refreshing.  Really nice job from Tröegs.

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