We tried this seasonal from Tröegs Brewing Company over the weekend, fell in love, and got excited about having it around all summer long - until we realized that it's actually their spring
seasonal. As in, not around much longer. Curses! Well, we recommend scooping up what you can find immediately, because this one is a winner!
Nugget Nectar from Tröegs Brewing Company, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Billed as an imperialized version
of their HopBack Amber Ale. (7.5% ABV, 93ish IBUs)
Appearance: You'll want to pour this in a glass because it's a beauty! Tawny orange with a sticky parchment-colored head of foam. Energetic strings of bubbles are clearly visible.
Aroma: The aroma is total hop flower with a little citrus and warm caramel thrown in. It hangs in a heady vapor over the glass.
Taste: Hop flavors dance across the tongue: grapefruit and fresh orange juice, pine resin and lemony coriander. The malts play a supporting role here, adding just enough brown sugar and biscuit sweetness to hold up all those bright hops. There's citrus pith in the finish, but it doesn't really get too bitter.
It's medium-bodied and super smooth. There's a nice crisp quality to every sip, even as the beer warms up. Even with the relatively high alcohol, we could see having a few of these over the course of an evening!
Food Pairings: Call us crazy, but we could go for some sweet-sour Asian dishes with this beer. The citrus and brown sugar flavors in the beer would pair nicely with the flavors in the dish and the hops would add some refreshment between bites. Think Chinese crispy orange beef, Korean barbecue, and Thai curries. Yum!
What do you think of this beer?
Related: Beer with Dinner: The Basics of Pairing Food and Beer
(Image: Emma Christensen)