Tröegs Rugged Trail Nut Brown Ale - Tröegs Brewing Company
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Reviews by BuckSpin:
3.93/5 rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Presentation: 12oz bottle in a Shaker pint glass
BAside: thanks to BA StefGriff for the op! Being born & bred in PA, I miss Tröegs up here in Maine.
This one poured slightly thick, dark, fluid, a soft crackle to it. Not sure if its by design, but for a beer named Rugged Trail that has an imprint of a hiking boot on the label it has a nice "outdoorsy" nose. Minerals, rocks, dirt, mountain air in the AM. Malts are very flat & earthy with a dry, subtle cracker quality. The aroma of fallen hardwood timber is unmistakable with a echo of some burnt caramel.
A solid finger's worth of taupe colored, tight, smooth, snappin' foam decorates the top, and has some decent retention as it slowly settles to a blanketing of the same with some thin, curtain-like lacing that tree rings with each sip. The body is beautiful - a clear, crisp mahogany brown, ruddy & warm, cozy, inviting. A steady stream of bubbles charges up thru it to further sweeten the eye candy.
Oh, so smooth & creamy. Its like a mouthful of silk, thin and light but not watery. Wet in feel, its true to its English origins with a nice, semi-sweet aspect that hints at very mild brown sugar and caramel with a subtle nut bitterness to counter it and keep it on the right path to Balancedville. Its going down damn easy & nice, and pretty quick as well!
Growing slightly more bittersweet on the palate, it gets a wee bit sharper and mildly acidic before finishing very clean with just a little film that leaves a mildly chewy aftertaste of brown bread & a whisper of praline nut sweetness.
Damn nice & damn easy to drink. Not a taste bomb but just a great, easy to drink beer that could easily be sessioned. This would be spot on with some nice cheddar, or that same cheddar all melted atop a big ol' burger on a bulky roll with fresh cut fries, maybe a wedge of grilled onion to add some sweetness. I could also see this working with a simple grilled steak, some sauteed 'shrooms and a liitle bit of some melted Bleu cheese to add some funk & creaminess.
For a few minutes it was nice to be "back" in Pennsylvania. Definitely recommended.
Serving type: bottle
11-07-2007 01:09:56 | More by BuckSpin
More User Reviews:
3.5/5 rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
A: A deep brown at first glance but when held up to the light a rich deep red. Pours with a thin head with minimal retention. Melts into a thin film that laces the top of the glass.
S: Smells strongly of bitter skins of nuts, malt, and vinegar. Light essence of coffee, mulch, and urea.
T: Tastes of smoke, acidic nutty bitters, vinegar, and earth.
M: Medium bodied - lighter than expected for its rich color. High carbonation, with a bitterness that wraps around the sides of the tongue, while smoke tingles the center.
O: A nice, very palatable brown ale. Too acidic and rancid for true balance in my taste. But certainly has a strong set of flavors that don't apologize for each other. Bravo for the effort - definitely worth a try!
Serving type: growler
06-30-2013 23:33:35 | More by Birdmarg741
3.65/5 rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Consumed over half an hour in the Troegs tasting room after a recent batch was fortuitously returned to the brewery.
This trailblazer pours a deep but relfectively clear brown based on pleasing clarity. Against a backlight it's a glowing cordovan. The biege head leaves prominent lacing after hanging on for quite a nice while.
It smells of very toasty malt coated in moussy mocha. There's just a hint of strawberry accompanying spiced banana deep in the nose. Almonds and mildly bitter hazlenuts keep the fruits in check while holding a dram of pinesap. All these hang in pleasing balance beneath the rim of the glass, but it's a rather thin set of aromas dissolved in a watery air.
The leading taste is surprising--a piney, metallic wash that's interrupted by the buzz of carbonation that morphs into peppery spice. The remaining flavor experience is of a thin caramel coffee that drops fairly quickly into nibbles of nuts. It's rather short and sweet, and lacking in body that would make it more interesting. But with fatty, smoky foods that need a matched thirst quencher, this brew performs better.
There's not much depth to the way it lays in the mouth. Carbonation helps keep interest, but not for very long. A little chewy dryness does complement the nut flavors, though.
Overall, despite shortcomings in its components, this brew is a bit more than the sum of its parts. It can be drunk rather rapidly as it is without offending, and it sits beside complex foods very nicely. On its own, though, it just gets a little mundane.
Serving type: on-tap
06-30-2013 23:30:24 | More by 1sophrosyne1
3.84/5 rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Back on tap at the brewery after a couple of years on hiatus. Pours a deep clear ruby with a foamy off-white head. Nice retention that leaves a rich smattering of lacing down the sides. The aroma smells of floral and green citrus notes with a light sprinkling of toasted nuts and cocoa along the back. The taste switches things up, being more sweet and nutty (and just a smidgen of dark fruit) up front before giving away to bitter tingle of earthy citrus flavors. Dry and bitter on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium with a firm creaminess to the carbonation that flows nicely in the mouth. It's good to have the Rugged Trail back, as it is a nice and slightly Americanized take on an English Brown Ale. I'd hoping this is the first of many return appearances for this beer.
Serving type: on-tap
04-30-2013 18:16:45 | More by Kegatron
Tröegs Rugged Trail Nut Brown Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
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