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Budget: Tröegs Brewing Company Nugget Nectar

If I were allowed to drink only the beers of one brewery for the remainder of my days, that brewery would almost certainly be the Tröegs Brewing Company.  I’ve expounded the reasons why Pennsylvania is so fortunate to have this gem of a brewery in a previous post, and here I am visiting them again.  Except this time, they seem determined to confuse me.  I’ve mentioned before how Tröegs is able to brew fantastic exemplars of each of the major styles.  This time, they’ve also demonstrated that they know how to bend and blur those lines, as well.

When I picked up a sixer of Tröegs Nugget Nectar in Northern Virginia for $12 (~$2 ea.), it was an interesting revisitation of a beer that I’d met long ago in the past at Zeno’s Pub in State College, PA, while still firmly in my beer neophyte days.  Deceptive in its style, the first thought that comes to mind upon tasting is “Double IPA”. Even the packaging suggests this, with a fist firmly clutching, and squeezing the ever-living hell out of a hop cone.

I wasn't kidding.

I wasn't kidding.

Alas, it is not.  It is an (Imperial) American Amber Ale, and it’s here to run a hop train on your palate.  Pour yourself a glass, sit back, and prepare to enjoy.  Also, feel free to count the money still in your wallet, because at $2/bottle in Northern Virginia, this one sits firmly within ‘budget’ beer territory.

Tröegs Brewing Company Nugget Nectar
Pours out of the bottle delightfully amber, just as the category would imply. Strong head forms, and persists as long as one would hope. Laces along the glass nicely.
I still can't believe this one isn't an IPA. Citrusy hop smell takes center stage here, but slightly darker pine, earthy tones present.
This is almost everything I'd want in a beer. Bold, strong, hoppy flavor, that doesn't completely annihilate the palate. I attribute this to the nice balance of maltiness on the back end. Finishes with just the right amount of booze as well. Just phenomenal. I don't anticipate giving out many 5 ratings, but I can't imagine asking for more than this.
Because of its well-balanced nature, and extremely drinkable body, I could easily put away several of these, something that can't be said for most DIPAs.
At $12 for a six-pack of this, this beer represents a remarkable value. You won't find many selections this highly-regarded (97 on BeerAdvocate) at such a budget price.
This is an unbelievably solid offering from Tröegs. If you happen to find this on sale anywhere, in a bottle, on tap, or in a cask, you owe it to yourself to give it a try, and experience this style-trickery that the Tröegs Brewing Company has sent our way.

Beer Stats
Style: American Amber Ale
Serving: Bottle
Size: 12oz
ABV: 7.5%
BA Score: 97
RB Score: 100

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Written by Garrett Miller

Garrett brings a somewhat different perspective on beer to the table. While always thrilled to try any new, exotic brew that finds itself his way, Garrett finds that he's often quite satisfied with reliable, common craft choices. As such, Garrett is a fan of trying and reviewing these (admittedly less expensive) beers, and using them to introduce the exciting, flavorful world of craft beer to those not-yet-acquainted. Garrett’s favorite styles are IPAs and bourbon stouts, but won’t turn his nose up at anything. Find Garrett Miller on Google Plus

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