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Tröegs Rugged Trail Nut Brown Ale - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Rugged Trail Nut Brown AleTröegs Rugged Trail Nut Brown Ale

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Ratings: 531
Reviews: 437
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 3
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Rugged Trail Nut Brown Ale is back on tap in our Tasting Room for a limited time. Originally released as “Nut Brown Ale,” Rugged Trail was eventually given a makeover and became one of our first year-round beers. Rugged Trail boasts a deep bronze hue, rocky head, and subtle hop aroma. Toasted Amber and Chocolate malts impart a rich nutty character and creamy texture, making Rugged Trail an obvious quaffing delight! 5.0% ABV and 33 IBU. 2014 Availability: draft and growler fills only.

(Beer added by: purplehops on 05-13-2002)
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

wrightst, Jun 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

stephenjmoore, May 04, 2013
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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.

Kegatron, Apr 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +21%

troegaarden, Apr 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a SA "perfect pint" glass.

pours an opaque, deep dark brown tone with a finger of beige head that recedes somewhat quickly into a circle around the collar of the glass; very nice walls of lacing. great looking brew.

nice, roasted malty aroma with notes of spice and nuts; nose pulls through in the flavor with an added mid-palate coffee character to it. very faint hoppy presence. good. not great, but solid and enjoyable.

IMO mouthfeel does not impress... to me it seems a bit on the watery side, average carbonation. good drinkability, however; the fairy tasty, inoffensive type of beer you could easily take a few of.

original review on: 10-19-2010

BostonHops, May 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

BrianSwoyer, Mar 25, 2012
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3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this a while back when they re-released a small batch at the brewery only.

A - Served with a dark brown that was pretty clear...ruby highlights stood around the edges...the head was light brown in color and was two fingers tall...slowly falls to a thin cap and leaves decent lacing

S - The nose wasn't very big...sweet malts showcased caramel and toffee...there was an underlying fruitiness

T - Caramel and toffee start things off...they let you know this beer has a sweet side to it...maybe a little too sweet at times because the roasted flavors don't come through too hard...there is a slight nuttiness which, again, would have helped cut the sweetness...there is a bright citric hop presence towards the end that provides a little bitterness

M - Medium bodied...smooth and sweet with a hop bite right at the end

O - It was really cool they brought Rugged Trail back because I never had the chance to try it when it was in full production...this one is really easy to drink, but I wish there was more nuttiness or roastiness to cut the sweetness

thain709, Mar 14, 2012
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3/5  rDev -19.4%

StaindProject86, Mar 10, 2012
Tröegs Rugged Trail Nut Brown Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 531 ratings.