Nugget Nectar has a massive purchasing swing each year when they release it and for good reason. Nugget Nectar is a fantastic brew, but I’ll say this: Anything you taste for a while afterwards WILL be impacted by the taste of this extremely hoppy brew!!
What they say: “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.”
Last year, I picked up Nugget Nectar just after starting to embrace the craft beer scene. That might have been a mistake. Seriously. I wasn’t ready for such a hopped up beer. I drank them all, but I wasn’t sure I liked it. It was overpowering in so many ways, so I really can’t suggest this as a starter for newcomers.
But here we are a year later and I can’t get enough of the stuff. When I visited the brewery, they had already sold out of cases and six packs, so all I could do was drool while I watched the bottling process happening right in front of me. The good news was, I knew I could get it once I got back to NJ.
Nugget Nectar pours nicely, especially into a hops glass. Nice golden orange color with a thick, white head. Has a nice, pine aroma with a little sweetness to it. Leaves nice lacing on the glass, too.
Again, the flavor is strong – the different hops remind you why you’ve bought Nugget Nectar. And if you like a beer with citrus flavors, this one will be right up your alley. Lots of orange and grapefruit, a hint of spices. And for all the complexity involved in creating this monster, it’s still one of the tastiest, most well-balanced ales available. The Trogner brothers just keep getting it right, one pint after another. Not too heavy to drink a few either, coming in at 7.5%.
Now that the release rush is over, it’s pretty easy to find at most stores that sell craft beer. A little outside my usual price goal at $12.99, but well worth it.
Nugget Nectar gets a 8.75 out of 10 in my book!