Troegs Brewing Company's Nugget Nectar
American Amber Ale - 7.5% ABV
Purchased at: Weiland's
From: Hershey, Pennsylvania
Troegs Nugget Nectar rightfully has a following - it's damn delicious. I picked up one of the last bottles I've seen around (don't worry - I've had a few six packs of it this year). Before you even pop the cap, you know what you're getting into; the label has a hand gripping a humongous hop cone dripping with (presumably) alpha and beta acid-rich resins. In fewer words - this is a bitter beer made for hop heads.
Very clear and copper in color, with a large sticky white head. The aroma is...lots of hops. Right at the end of the inhale I get a faint sweetness to assure me that, yes, malts were used to brew this drink - good! We need those to make alcohol.
The taste: It's not bitter at all. No? I'm messing with you. A very well-balanced bitterness rides the tongue throughout the entire drink - pine, grapefruit, earth, lemon, and herbs. You can really taste several varieties of hops in this beer. I get Nugget (duh) and Warrior, but I'm not sure what else. The beer finishes very cleanly with a slight astringency that makes me click my tongue after I swallow. The entire experienced is supported on the backs of the sweet honey/toffee flavors. Just a hint of booze hits you. This is lovely.
This beer is deceptively easy to drink, so be careful. With that said, I've had more bitter beers, but IBU measures aren't a contest. It's not the beer for everyone, but it's definitely the beer for me.
Hop/malt balance: 4/4
Mouth feel: 2.5/3