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Tröegs Rugged Trail Nut Brown Ale - Tröegs Brewing Company

Tröegs Rugged Trail Nut Brown AleTröegs Rugged Trail Nut Brown Ale

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500 Ratings
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Ratings: 500
Reviews: 436
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.56%


Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: purplehops on 05-13-2002)
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Reviews by jackndan:
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jackndan

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tröegs Rugged Trail Nut Brown Ale: pours a clear reddish brown. Not much head, and what there was dissipated quite quickly. Nice aroma, very coffee like, with hints of roasted malts. The taste is not dissimilar to the aroma, very prominent tastes of roasted malts. Some sweet malts linger on the palate. Light clean mouthfeel. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2004 02:20:13 | More by jackndan
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T: Tastes of smoke, acidic nutty bitters, vinegar, and earth.

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Tröegs Rugged Trail Nut Brown Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
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