Cool Side Aroma Profile
Nugget is understated yet rich due mainly to the balance between myrcene and the perfume-like linalool, geraniol, nerol, etc and the more pungent sesquiterpenes. Lacking the turpentine essence of Chinook, Nugget’s smoothness and honey-ish presence blends very well with more malt forward recipes. Expect some aging from dry-hopping to produce more herbal, dank hints. Nugget definitely becomes more complex after aging.
Pairs Well With
Mt. Hood, Crystal, Tettnanger, Sterling, Centennial, Fuggle, Willamette, Nelson Sauvin
Avoid any overbearing varieties that tend to be extremely pungent like CTZ, Simcoe, Amarillo, Citra, etc. Choose partners with some herbal components added on the hot side and cool side partners with sweet fruit and spice.