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640. Tröegs Brewing Nugget Nectar

Troegs Nugget NectarThis bottle came in an exchange from Virginia, there were actually two in the box and I had one within days of getting the box to ensure freshness and then opened this one a few weeks later. My review below is based on the original bottle as it certainly lost something in the few weeks it sat in my beer fridge.

The first thing you will notice about Nugget Nectar is the excellent label art, love the hand wringing the juices out of the hop. One might assume with a name like Nugget Nectar that it would be an IPA or a DIPA however this is actually an Imperial Amber. The appearance is what I expect from an amber, deep copper coloring with a bright white head. Lots of lacing on the glass and very clear.

Aroma is a nice mix of sweet malts and piney hops. Taste follows with a very sweet start followed by those piney hops and a slightly bitter finish. Overall Nugget Nectar is well balanced and tasty for an amber. Certainly worth tracking down if you know someone that has access to Troegs beer. 
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Cons:
Alcohol Content: 7.5% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 93
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Brewers Website:
Brewers Description: 
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.

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419. Oskar Blues Brewing G’Knight

Oskar Blues G NightThis is another beer I purchased at Top Shelf Brews in Hampton New Hampshire. This is the second imperial red/amber that I had in a short amount of time. The first was Red Sky at Night from Blue Lobster which was excellent and this was a great follow up. Not quite up to the same standard as Blue Lobster but still a very flavorful beer.

As you can see from the picture this beer has a great red color with a huge off white head. Aroma is mostly caramel malts but there certainly are some fruity hops in there as well. Taste has  more hops than I expected from the smell but it is also fairly sweet  with a fair amount of bitterness. Overall this is a pretty tasty beer.

Quite impressed with my first beer from Oskar Blues and looking forward to more from them soon. 
Pros:
Very flavorful
Cons: 
Alcohol Content: 8.7% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 60
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Brewers Website: Oskar Blues
Brewers Description: Our “Velvet M-80” is a hefty, dry hopped double-red ale with a nose full of aroma, a sticky mouthfeel, a malty middle and unctuous hop flavors. G’Knight sports a surprisingly sensuous finish for a beer of its size (8.7% ABV, 60 IBUs). It’s brewed in tribute to a fellow Colorado craft beer pioneer and Vietnam vet who died fighting a 2002 wild fire outside of our Lyons hometown.  For all the details behind this tribute follow this link to www.N3978Y.com. G’Mornin’.  G’Day.  G’Knight.

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410. Blue Lobster Brewing Red Sky at Night

Blue Lobster Red Sky

Red Sky at Night is Blue Lobster Brewing’s Imperial Amber ale. Unlike many amber/red ales this one has a great hop presence. The beer pours a deep red with a thick off white head that leaves little lacing on the glass. The aromas are mostly caramel but some of the hop character does come through. Doesn’t smell as good as the Gold Claw or Stalkholm Syndrome but still a very inviting beer.

Taste is where this one excels with a complex mix of malts and hops. Being an amber ale there is plenty of sweet malts to start but the piney/earthy hops quickly kick in with a slightly bitter finish. This drinks far too easy for an 8.1% beer and would have been dangerous if I opted for the 2L growler instead of just the 750.
Pros:
Complex
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 8.1% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Blue Lobster (FB Page)
Brewers Description: Red Sky At Night is our interpretation of an Imperial American Amber. Hopped with Nugget, Galaxy, and Nelson Sauvin over a heavily malty, caramel backbone.

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