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Review by Ricarrdo on 02/28/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 3 9 15 4 8 2010
Fairly hoppy IPA in a traditional style with not a lot of malt. Mildly resinous and bitter with some fruit but mostly light motor oil overtones. Pours a traditional yellowy color IPA style with not a lot of head. The initial nose is all hops but it only mildly follows through on the flavor profile with some bitterness, grapefruit, apricot, and a tiny bit of resin.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by everetends on 02/16/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 10 18 5 9 2010
Old Review
12 oz bottle thanks to AmishT and BamaBeerBuff convincing him of my worthiness. Poured into a shaped pint.

A: Poured a nice copper color, clear with some carbonation bubble activity. Poured a good size head that receeded down to a white ring. The head produced some soapy lacing that really sticks to the glass leaving a web like/helix trace on the glass.

S: Hops. Big, sweet, floral hops. As the brew warms we can get some sweet malt, orange rind. So nice.

T: The taste is of some sweet, floral hops. The hops really shine here because they don't have crazy bitterness. The bitterness is there but is very well balanced with some sweet, caramel, malt. Brown sugar comes across a touch. Alcohol does rear its head but still nice.

M: Medium bodied brew that has amazing creaminess. This beer really sticks to your mouth and brings the flavors out. Alcohol burn sits on the back of the throat, but works well.

D: Great drinkability. Easy to drink because the balance is damn near perfect. I could drink a sixer of this in a sitting with no problem. I would be drunk, but I would be happy. Amazing beer.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by joe1510 on 11/17/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 9 17 5 8 2009
12oz Bottle

I was lucky to get a six pack of Nugget Nectar sent my way thanks to Kempleton. Nugget Nectar has a crystal clear polished copper body. Moderate streams of carbonation rise to the surface supporting the pillowy head. A one finger creamy white head appeared on the pour and stuck around for the remainder. This is without a doubt a good looking beer.

When I stick my nose in the glass Nugget Nectar makes my mouth water. There's a fair amount of toasted malt in the background but more importantly there's a boatload of hoppiness jumping out at me. The hops are mostly citric but there's some resinous hoppiness sprinkled throughout. The nose is alive with orange and apricot. There's a great candy-like sweetness.

The flavor follows in stride. The big sweet juicy fruitiness runs from beginning to end. There's enough malt in there to keep the hops from running away but it's holding on for dear life. Although there isn't a huge amount of bitterness the tongue certainly feels the hop load. This is very nicely done.

The body is spot on for the style. The body is medium with a moderate carbonation that creates a soft creaminess.

This is a very citric flavorful beer and an easy drinker without a doubt. The alcohol is no where to be found but at 7.5%, to use a too commonly used term, this is dangerously drinkable.

Nugget Nectar is one of those beers that are right up my alley. Big citric hoppiness with the tongue numbing element I love so much. It's too bad this isn't available in my area.

Reviewed: 2/3/08

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Lum on 11/04/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 11 18 4 9 0
Pours a clean, clear amber color, with slow moving bubbles of carbonation on the rise. One finger of french vanilla colored head finds it's way to its peak, then down to a thin cap, fed by the afore mentioned carbonation.
Nice lacing (hubba hubba).

Aroma reaches out, grabs your nose by the nostriles, and pulls your beak into the bottle upon opening this thing. NICE. I like it when my beer plays rough with me.
Citrus hops dominate this thing - sweet oranges/tangerines, and a squeeze of grapefruit. The absolute best part (for myself) is the caramel spine on this thing - perfectly balancing and complementing to the hops.

On the taste - grapefruit. Oh yes please. Strong grapefruit and orange zest... this is a tongue ripper - completely out of your head, slap it against the wall, drop it and leave it for dead.
Slightly earthy, and just a touch of bready goodness to this. Remember your tongue, lying on the floor, near death? Well, the caramel malts in this pick it up and breast feed it back into health, and gently place it back in your head.
Again, well balanced... but quite hop forward (if that makes sense).

Moderate in body, clean, crisp and abrasive mouthfeel... dry-ish in the finish. Carbonation is spot on. Subtle hints at the ABV... very, very nice.

Completely enjoyable, everything I had hopes it would be. I am SOOOO glad that this is readily available to myself and my fridge these days... as I will fully take advantage of this.
If you don't like this stuff - slap yourself - HARD - across the face, and repeat.
Multiple times.
A Must Try.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Kegergator on 09/09/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 11 17 5 9 2009
Brew bottled on 8/24 :heart:

A- Awesome....crystal clear with an off white head that is really frothy. nice lacing left as the foam settles.

S- Awesome...I can smell it as I pour it oot. Orangie...mostly hops with a touch of malts.

T- Was expecting more from the smell, but that's not such a bad thing. SUPER balance here. Nice hop kick, but the nice malt balance in the middle leads to a crisp hop bite finish. Awesome

M- Perfect

O- Awesome

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by k3n on 03/12/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 10 18 5 8 2009
12 oz bottle, dated Dec-ish, 2008, courtesy TangFred.

A: Crystal clear burnt reddish gold. Pours up with a 1/2" cap of tight bubbles. Little glops of lacing on the way down.

S: Pow! Hops! Citrus, pineapple...really invigorating, really.

T/M/D: Starts out nicely slick. Entry of malt sweetness quickly transitions to oily/citrus-rind hops, and ends with a pleasant bitterness. Dry finish. Pleasant weight on the tongue, feels as good as it tastes. Exceptional.

Served In: Tulip

Review by Organized Chaos on 05/18/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 9 18 4 8 2008
Thanks to Beagle for this one

pours a dark clear amber color with a very thin head, nice lacing on glass.

good smell, citrus hops, sweet malts.

Love the taste, for an amber beer to have this nice hop taste is awesome IMO. Nice balance between the sweet malts and hops taste, similar to a good IPA.

good mouthfeel, smooth beer.

Overall, this is a very good beer that I would look for when on the east coast.

Served In: Tulip

Review by seaoflament on 02/20/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 2 10 17 3 8 2008
Thanks to ncvbc for sending me a fresh bottle of this fine beer. Bottled 1/11/08

Pours an amber color with a thick inch an a half of foam.

Pine aromas with lots of toast and caramel. Citrus hops follow closely; some grapefruit and orange. Very well balanced in the aroma, the pine and citrus hops blend very well with the toasty and caramel malt.

Taste is well balanced for the most part, medium bitterness with pine and toast. Flavors are mostly toast, toffee, caramel, pine and citrus peel. There’s also the slightest metallic flavor in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is just a tad thin but easy to drink.

Drinkability is good.

It’s a very good imperial amber, I just think I’m a slightly harsher critic these days.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Tip Top on 12/26/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 9 18 5 9 0
Originally reviewed 07/18/06

A - Orange rusty color that has a slight haze to it. Nice thick and pillowy off white head.

S - Orange. Grapefruit. The nose is all citrusy hops with a slight scent of pine.

T - Very much like the smell. Fruity hops hit and don't let up. Pine at the end, but it is the citrus that dominates the taste.

M/D - Almost oily on the tongue. Fine carbonation dances on your tongue and leaves a little tickle. Very easy to put down. I wish this beer was available to me, it would be in very regular rotation.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by KingG on 11/22/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 2 10 18 4 8 0
Not a big fan of Red/Amber ales unless they have a big, juicy hop profile but since this is titled "Imperial Amber Ale" i thought I'd give it a chance.

Received in a trade from....i forgot who, but whoever it is thanks.

Pours dark red with orange hues around the edges. Beautiful color. Decent head appeared with small amount of lacing sticking to the glass.

Smell is very nice. Juicy hops with sweet malt. Smells like a nice west coast DIPA to be honest. Nothing too complex but way above where the style typically goes.

Taste is very good. Juicy citrus hops are bittering up front then the malt profile gives this beer a great balance. They didn't hold back on the hops in this one but while most Reds typically have a numbing-of-the-palate type of bitterness, the hop profile here is juicy and sweet creating a mouth-watering effect on the flavor that is excellent.

Mouthfeel is great. Carbonation is almost perfect.

Drinkability is also great. I could kill a sixer of this stuff easily.

Overall: Very impressive. I wish they distributed this in San Diego. This is the only Imperial Red/Amber I've tasted that can compare to the Winter Yulesmith.

Highly recommended.

Served In: Pint Glass

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