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Beer Review: Troegs Nugget Nectar

In Imperial Amber Ale, Reviews on October 8, 2010 at 12:25 pm

Troegs, a brewery out of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania makes this beer, which has a pretty big beer geek following.  An Imperial version of the Hopback Amber Ale, it’s got more bold hop and malt flavors, as well as the ubiquitous fanfare that comes with many Imperialized beers.  I really loved the Hopback when I first tried it.  It has an awesome balance of malt and great American hop flavors, and the Nugget Nectar is all of that and more.  I love it.  Here’s my review:

Pours a copper amber hue with a white finely bubbled head.

Malt and a floral/fruity hop harmony in the aroma.  Notes of red apple, cherry, peach and some musty and earthy hop tones.

On the palate, sweet malt upfront that seamlessly moves into a fruity and floral hop presence and leaves a very minor bitter taste.  Toasty bread and biscuit flavors wrap around the fruity hop center and lead to a lasting finish that is sweet and breadlike with more of a nice hop bitterness.

The mouthfeel is bright, with a medium body a flavorful and refreshing beer.

Balance and simple flavors combine to make a nice display of the varied ingredient’s flavors.  The sweet maltiness up front and the floral hops and their eventual bitter bite make every sip a nice journey through the brewing process.  As you drink you stay intrigued by all the flavors, so it’s a hard one to put down.  One of my favorite beers.

Style: Imperial Amber

ABV: 7.5%