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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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501 Ratings
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Ratings: 501
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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santoslhalper

Pennsylvania

4.7/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very nice brown color with crimson tinges. A nice off-white head with a little lacing. Smells of chocolate and mocha with a nice spicy chai hint. That taste is amazing. Best tasting of the Troegs I've had. Exteremly nutty. Imagine chocalte covered nuts with hints at caramel and a very mild hop flavor. Perfect. Balanced very well and feels great in the mouth. As with all Troegs, quite drinkable. This is my favorite of all troeg's offerings I've tasted. Unbelievably nutty and chocolatey. Tastes unlike any other beer, and to me, being unique is the most important characteristic in beer. I love it. Thank you Troegs.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2004 01:49:13 | More by santoslhalper
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shapudding

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark reddish brown, almost burgundy where light hits the corners, rather beautiful. head poured thick but only left an thin cream colored ring with slight lacing. Light carbination, not too flat, just perfect. Scent of coffee, toffee, caramel. The taste is smooth and lightly creamy, not heavy. There are the flavors you catch in the scent, the coffee and toffee. Maybe a bit of dried cherry in there. Very drinkable and goes down sooo easy. Very good brew, I am enjoying this one...

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2004 20:00:18 | More by shapudding
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

4.6/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Brown/crimson with amber highlights. Small tan head that disappeared immediately.

S - Sweet caramel, very nutty (hazelnut maybe?), hint of chocolate.

T - Very nutty (definitely hazelnut in the taste), hint of chocolate, caramel and toffee. Nice and malty.

M - Thin and creamy. Very smooth.

D - One of the best browns I have ever had. Very flavorful compared to most browns I have tried. I am really disappointed this is not available to me locally.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2006 23:28:55 | More by brewcrew76
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punkindrublic50

New York

4.53/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Definitely in my top 3 every day casual drinking beers, if for no other reason than its smoothness and drinkability. Looks like an extremely dark malty brew, but your first sip reveals a smooth light nutty beer, with a hint of chocolate on the finish and a slight sweetness throughout. Let me emphasize how smoothly this beer goes down - on my first bottle I took a sip, swallowed, thought wow this is good, immediately took another sip... and repeated down to 2/3rds through the bottle before I caught myself. Even if you don't normally care for darker beers give this one a try - you won't be disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2008 21:21:22 | More by punkindrublic50
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mophie

Delaware

4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, another really fine example from the two brothers at Troegs. First off, I am not a big fan of brown ales, but this one might just be the one to put me over the top. Pours a rich amber-brown, with a full tan head that never quite goes away. Smells of hints of chocolate, a bit of nuttiness, and a tangy, fresh, Fuggles hop aroma. Initial taste is Fuggles, followed by a smooth roasted/toasted malt and chocolatey sweetness. Finish is nutty and smooth. Really, really nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2002 19:38:29 | More by mophie
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IMincedTheKing

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ruby outlines the nigh-opaque dark brown pour. A chunky, cratered head tops off the glass.

The aroma is of slightly smoky and nutty malts. Almost cream-like. Some fruit presence.

On the palate it's juicy and nutty with a wisp of smoke. Sweet, but balanced by the hops. The mouthfeel is thin as water, but it seems almost creamy, somehow.

This is, overall, extremely balanced and very easy to drink. At 4.4% ABV, it's an excellent session beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2009 04:46:56 | More by IMincedTheKing
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clear, wonderfully colored crimson-tinged brown body capped by a short, frothy, and light-tan head that holds really well and leaves some nice lace throughout the pint. The nose gently becons you with a firm mocha note that's laced with gently spicy hop notes. The flavor, however, is much softer with a mildly sweet chocolate and caramel malt that's only fringed with roastiness and very mildly infused with hop character. Similar in many ways to a German-style dunkle. Bitterness is kept to a minimum to accentuate the malt, but still balances. A soft note of cocoa lingers on the palate in a short and dry finish. Exceptional. A really quaffable pint that still offers generous amounts of malt character and some limited complexity.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2003 08:58:43 | More by NeroFiddled
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Maestro

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This brown ale is great! Troegs has done a nice job with the Brown Ale. Mild is the word for this brew. The smell is quite mellow with hints of raisins or dates. The head is thin but resilient, making its way down the glass and leaving quite a lacing behind. The taste has notes of chocolate and coffee. The hops are quite subdued and the malts are warm and mellow. The carbonation is very thin and that makes for quite a session beer. Rugged Trail feels very smooth in your mouth and cleanses the palate as it refreshes. It goes well with a lot of foods. At 4.4% it is quite drinkable and goes down great in any setting. Good representation of the Brown Ale style.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2003 21:28:48 | More by Maestro
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aaronh

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, reddish brown, with a thin tan head. The head quickly fades to a thin ring of foam. The aroma is very nutty, and sweet, with a nice dark chocolate note. Maybe even a hint of roasted malt or coffee. The taste is very good, with a great roasted hazlenut taste. Also nice notes of coffee and chocolate. A bit of hop bitterness is present in the finish, but just to cleanse the palate. It is not a major player in the overall taste. The lingering aftertaste is like chocolate covered coffee beans. Just a touch of eathy graininess in the finish. The mouthfeel is solid, with just enough carbonation to liven things up a bit. The drinakbility is very good. Another fine brew from the Trogner brothers.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2003 13:12:44 | More by aaronh
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Alkey

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz. bottle poured a dark brown with very little head and some slight lacing. Smells mostly of roasted malts. Taste of a burnt malt chocolate with a bit of bitterness. Medium body mouth feel that seemed to thicken as it warmed. Very easy drinking beer I could have a few of. One of my favorites from Troegs and would purchase again.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2006 15:56:21 | More by Alkey
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gregpietsch

Alaska

4.4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a nice brown ale with a malty aroma. The color is a clear brown with a shite to tannish head. There are nice malt flavors balanced with a slight nuttiness. There is moderate hop bitterness with little hop flavor and mild hop aroma.

This is a very nice, drinkable session beer. There could be a little more malt body to balance out the hop bitterness for my taste but a pretty good example of a brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2009 00:59:53 | More by gregpietsch
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - pours a cherry wood reddish color, a healthy light mocha head of two fingers thickness. A wavy streak of lace here and there.

Aroma - nutty, roasty, some grainy and vague sugary sweetness.

Taste - toasty, nutty grain up front. Almost a bourbonesque flavor in there. Some light accompanying sweetness. The flavor thins out around mid-palate, some vanilla coming through. The swallow provides nothing new, just winds things down with a fading roasted grain. The flavors have tremendous balance. Any more intensity and nut browns can take on an unpleasant brown sugary taste, which I really don't like. This one, I like.

Mouthfeel - medium to med-plus body, carbonation is just a little lower than average. Amidst a bevy of macros at tonight's sand vb scene, this was a heavy hitter body-wise.

Drinkability - perhaps the most sessionable brown I've had. Big thanks to SlateTank for a whole sixer of these. Dude, you haven't written this one up? I shoulda kicked one back at ya, eh? :-)
These sre being enjoyed immensely...

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2008 03:09:37 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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UnionMade

Colorado

4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jim and Allie for the bottle!
Polished mahogany. On the darker side of the brown ale spectrum. Dissipating head, dying out to almost nothing very early on. Chocolatey malt, mild ale fruitiness, with enough caramel sweetness to go around. Some nutty qualities, with a mild herbal hop note (fuggles?). Very smooth drinking, with a soft, sessionable english vibe. Chocolatey malt up front, a touch grainy and biscuity, mildly toasty sweet. Soft fruity esters hint at plum and cidery apple. Mildy hopped in the finish, herbal and drying, coupling with the chocolatey flavors well. A distinct walnut skin aftertaste.
Very british feeling, right down to the carbonation. Put this in a 500ml bottle and I'd be fooled. Quite flavorful and satisfying, without being burdened by loads of alcohol. It would make for an easy session. One of the best brown ales coming out of the US, I think. Not exactly a popular style, but I like it a lot. Good stuff coming out of this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2005 08:16:13 | More by UnionMade
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tigg924

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: dark brown quarter inch head

Smell: nuts, earth, alcohol, and malt

Taste: sweet chocolate and a strong nut finish

Mouthfeel: smooth, sweet aftertaste

Drinkability: I like my nut beers to have a good nut taste to it and this fits the bill very smooth and sessionable...I like the multiple layers to this beer and it stands out among nut flavored beers..Dare I say, this may be the best nut brown I have had

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2009 18:48:51 | More by tigg924
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TheFightfan1

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a mug. Poured a deep cloudy brown with an off white colored heading. Lacing disapates quickly but settles and leaves a little bit of lacing rings throughout the tasting.

It has a kind of sweet smell. Chocolate, nutty,brown sugars.

Taste is of rich maltiness,again some chocolate flavor's and a subtle hop sting.

Mouth is thick but full-bodied heavily carbonated on the palate.

Drink is exceptional I could definetly have plenty more of these and they go down very smooth.

I think I have found my favorite from Troegs,very low ABV but the taste is simply awesome.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2009 23:08:41 | More by TheFightfan1
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RBorsato

Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light brownish-amber with a low light brown head. Roasty coffee-ish aroma and a light toasted malt aroma. Nice toasty and nutty flavors with a perfect light roasty finish. Light-medium bodied. A very good session beer.

Label states: "Fuggle Hops" & "Toasted Amber and Chocolate malts"

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2003 12:26:11 | More by RBorsato
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IrishRedRock

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow...another bottle of Troegs yields another amazing beer. Color is a deep reddish-brown with a thin head. Aroma lets you know what you're in for...plenty of sweet hazlenut and chocolate malt to make you want to drink some.
Mmmm...and it's delicious. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but has a very nice, low-carbonated smoothness to it. Big flavors of nuts and mild chocolate notes, and a surprisingly dark roasty malt flavor. Quite impressive. A wonderful effort at the style..to me, its right up there with Rogue's Hazlenut Brown Nectar. Good Lord, my glass is almost empty!

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2003 14:16:57 | More by IrishRedRock
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Citadel82

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with garnet - ruby highlights. Short-lived off white head that left minimal lacing. Aroma of sweet malts hints of leafy hops. Taste is sweet malt, biscut, some toffee and caramel balanced with some sourness and a hop essence. This is a malty brown for sure. mouthfeel is thin, though what one would expect. Very drinkable. I really like this brew and will definitely buy again.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2005 02:02:00 | More by Citadel82
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RyToy

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into a glass...minimal head that faded fast, but that's all right...dark caramel to chocolate color

malty sweet nose, very enticing

wonderful flavor...delicious malty sweetness with the perfect hop balance...just an amazing taste....one of the best of this style that i have ever had...the only fault i can find is that it may be a little bit overcarbonated

very drinkable and enjoying...second to onlty nugget nectar as far as brews from this brewery that i have had....highly recommended

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2006 02:29:57 | More by RyToy
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown body, with light brown cocoa cola highlights, topped by half-inch plus level slab of tight tan foam.

Inviting nutty and toasty nose.

Taste starts with soft caramel and nuts, and bits of chocolate. Earthy hop finish. Chocoate and nuts in the aftertaste.

Nice soft light-to-medium mouthfeel. Very easy drinkability.

Either the Troeg Bros have been tweaking, so my memory is faulty, but to me this is significantly better than it was a couple years back. Anyway, this is a highly enjoyable brown ale, one of several I've rediscovered lately.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2006 20:04:59 | More by RonfromJersey
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edskirk3

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Twelve-ounce bottle, I'm assuming it's fresh.

Pours brown with amber highlights, light caramel head. Smells like caramel, brown sugar, and maple syrup maybe.

The palate is caramel/toffee-ish, nutty, and altogether sweet (brown sugar and maple, to me). No hop character to speak of, this one's all about the malt.

This brown ale is pretty smooth, medium-bodied, and easy to drink. Very tasty indeed.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2006 04:45:36 | More by edskirk3
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Fireal1222

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this beer is certainly a favorite of mine.

the smelll is faint and its of chocolate and nuts.
the taste is almost perfect. the mouthfeel is a bit too smooth for my liking. but its very good.
another very easy to drink beer. perfect session brew

i've tried this beer a few months back. and it was just great. i knew i'd be back sometime down the road.. tonight at the local distributor i had a tough time making a decision. so i went with the troegs nut brown

its been quite some time since i've had it. but i'm enjoying a mug of it right now. and i def. made the right choice.

give this beer a try

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2008 01:31:37 | More by Fireal1222
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BigPlay1824

New York

4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Pint Glass. Rugged Trail pours a deep brown color that is bordering on black. The head of this brew is about a half-inch thick, foamy, and disappears quickly leaving a small amount of lingering lacing on top of the beer. As the beer is drank, however, it leaves absolutely no lacing on the glass which is quite typical for the style. This nut brown ale has the exact scent I had anticipated for the style with nice scents of roasted nuts and a slight underlying caramel or molasses note. The taste of the beer is absolutely spectacular. The nut flavor is perfectly balanced with the slight sweetness and the roasted character giving an incredible depth to the brew that I have not seen in many other nut brown ales. The only other Nut Brown I have had that could match up with this brew is Samuel Smith's Nut Brown ale which I thought was also astoundingly flavorful. Contrary to what I had expected given its depth of flavor and distinct character, Rugged Trail drinks impeccably smooth and light. Overall, I absolutely loved this brew and I must say I'm quite disappointed to find that it is retired.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 01:38:38 | More by BigPlay1824
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far333

Connecticut

4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep chestnut colored with a low off-shite head. Aromas of dark malts mixed with smoke and currant. Dry mouthfeel, a bit tannic, but full and rich. Lots of interesting flavors of cocoa, smokey charred wood, molasses, caramel, and some ripe cherry. Very smooth and balanced flavor, nothing too big tries to take over. A variety of flavors move in and out. Reminds me almost of a dry stout or porter. Really great beer, very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2007 18:59:21 | More by far333
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sleazo

New York

4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A_Pours a very dark brown, veering on black lest held to the light. The very light tan head starts out small but retains it's size and shape throughout. Lacing is minimal.

S_The Nose is pure roasted malt with slight hints of coffee, caramel and a bit of smoke. Very nice.

T_Fairly well rounded. The first sip rushes that roasted and smokey malt at you follwed by a nice coffee cake sweetness. The aftertaste is slightly floral hop bitterness with a generic nut flavour and completes the circle by being vaguely smokey. Nicely dry in the finish.

M_Slightly veering towards the thin side with a mildly aggressive carbonation. This really works for the beer as it manages to push the flavours around.

D_Simply put, outstanding. As I said before, well rounded and also eminently drinkable. Another winner from Troegs.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2008 02:44:31 | More by sleazo
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Tröegs Rugged Trail Nut Brown Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
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