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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Troegs Nugget Nectar

4.32 out of 5 on Beer Advocate. 99 overall and 100 style scores on RateBeer. 4.03 out of 5 on Untappd.

Nugget Nectar


Malt: Munich, Pilsner, Vienna

Hops: Nugget, Palisade, Simcoe, Tomahawk, Warrior

HopBack Hops: Nugget

Yeast: Ale

Color: Straw / Orange

It’s impossible to forget your first squeeze. Once a year, as the newest humulus lupulus harvest arrives at Tröegs, we blend these super-fresh hops into an Imperial Amber Ale. Excessively dry-hopped, Nugget Nectar is an explosion of pine, resin and mango.

Picked up a 6 pack for $12.99 at Savor Pint.

Did spot a polar bear tap handle at Savor Pint. Should be next to the Thirsty Dog bone tap handle.

Last time I had Nugget Nectar was on draft at Savor Pint almost a year ago, January 19, 2017.

Last time I got a 6 pack was in March of 2016. That time it was in cans.

Earned three badges on Untappd with this years version of Nugget Nectar.

99 Bottles (Level 2)

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Middle of the Road (Level 16)

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First Squeeze! (2018)

The wait is over! Nugget Nectar, an explosion of mango, creamsicle, and pine, has made its return. Enjoy this bright spot in the dead of winter.

Since it has been almost 2 years since I bought a 6 pack, it was time to actually get some again.

Haven't had a ton of Troegs beers over the years. Tried 10 of their beers. Most of those were back in 2014. Don't see Troegs a lot.

One beer I wish I could see less of is Pabst Blue Ribbon.

One way to spot a PBR drinker is that they look like this.

PBR swillers tend to say this a lot as well. Most of the time, it's said to their uncle.

Typical PBR wedding.

What PBR drinkers like to do in their free time.

Best advice to give to a PBR drinker during the winter.

Happens to PBR swillers, quite a bit.

PBR drinkers are strangely atrracted to this dancing sock monkey.

PBR drinkers do sleep like a baby.

When you find yourself around PBR swillers, the only way to get out is this.

Not exactly a fan of the artwork. Think the fist holding a hop is somewhat stupid. Wish the white would be replaced with all red. Don't like how the the ABV and IBU are listed on part of the label. Don't like to turn the bottle to read part of it.

Poured with a decent head. Plenty of lacing. Some nice resiny pine to the aroma.

Taste certainly has some resinous pine to it. Add in some tropical citrus. Finishes with a pleasant bitterness. While it is bitter, I wouldn't have thought the IBU was 93. Maybe it's because I like the bitterness too much, it doesn't seem high. Had rated it 4.25 out of 5 on Untappd. Actually raised the rating to 4.5 out of 5.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Flying Dog Pearl Necklace Chesapeake Stout

3.69 out of 5 on Beer Advocate. 86 overall and 95 style scores on RateBeer. 3.57 out of 5 on Untappd.

Pearl Necklace is brewed with local Rappahannock River Oysters and is the perfect compliment to everyone's favorite aphrodisiac - whether they are grilled, fried, stuffed or raw.


All day, every day

35 IBU

Roasted Barley, Midnight Wheat, Cara-Pils, Black


English Ale

Picked Flying Dog Pearl Necklace Chesapeake Stout today. $10.99 for the 6 pack. No, I didn't pick it up at Savor Pint. Actually got it at Giant Eagle.

Spotted Pearl Necklace at Giant Eagle the other day, when I was looking for another beer. It had been a few years that I've actually seen this one. Debated on if I should get it. Decided today to go get some.

Last time I checked into the beer on Untappd was in December of 2012. I think the last time I have actually had it was in February of 2013.

Earned the Untappd Wheel Of Styles level 14 badge.

Round and round the wheel goes! Which style you’ll be drinking, nobody knows! Your desire to explore different styles is inspiring. Keep it up! That's a check-in to at least 70 different styles. Try 5 more for Level 15!

Don't usually see oyster stouts around. Pearl Necklace is brewed with Rappahannock River Oysters.

Pearl Necklace should make people think of a song.

Pearl Necklace by ZZ Top

If the second thing (or the first one) thought of is a actual pearl necklace, than the internet has ruined you.

PBR drinkers are probably confused right now. They probably have never heard of ZZ Top. So the song is lost on them. Then they are probably trying to think what a pearl necklace refers to, other than the jewelry. The ZZ Top song refers to the other meaning.

Applies to all PBR drinkers.

They like to listen to EDM and dance like this.

PBR swillers also think the above is an actual Heavy Metal band.

Nothing screams metal like the album cover.

PBR drinkers are not aware of actual bands like Ghost.

These album covers are more metal than what Pantera could ever produce.

Ghost - Square Hammer

Electric Wizard is another band that PBR drinkers are unaware of.

Pantera fans can't believe that there are much better album covers from other bands out there.

Electric Wizard - See You In Hell

Artwork is by Ralph Steadman. An artist associated with Hunter S. Thompson.

Poured with a smallish head that quickly went away. No lacing to speak of. Little bit of a roasted malt smell. No brine smell.

Taste leans a bit towards coffee. Not much of a briney taste to it. Does seem to have a bit of a "calcium" taste. Body is a bit on the thin side. Pearl Necklace does not show much of a oyster, or seafood taste. Wouldn't have thought it was brewed with oysters. Overall, a very decent stout. Rated it 4 out of 5 on Untappd. Body could have been a bit thicker.