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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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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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Photo of BostonHops


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

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2012 01:43:36 | More by BostonHops
Photo of jondeelee


3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Has a medium-dark, earthy smell, as of fresh tilled soil. Mixed in with this are the aromas of lightly roasted nuts and toasted grains, along with a hint of chocolate malt.

On the tongue, the dark, nutty earthiness dominates the tastes, with many of the flavors from the nose translating directly over: roasted nuts and grains, and small amounts of chocolate malt. There's also a light caramel thread that runs through. Hops are light, but still faintly noticeable in the background as a bitter grapefruit fuzz. The aftertaste is a long fading off of the primary malt flavors, ending with a whisper of dark chocolate malts. The ale is more heavily carbonated that I would have expected, which takes away slightly from the flavors, making them seem weaker than they are.

Overall, while I do like the flavors in this ale, they seem weak, and the mouthfeel is a bit watery.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2011 15:59:28 | More by jondeelee
Photo of mltobin


3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, poured into a pint glass.

A copper color with a larger one finger head to it. It has a smell that contains roasted nuts, malts, carmel, faint hops. The taste is a mix of roasted malts, coffee, nuts, some chocolate. MF is medium, a bit dry in the finish. A decent brown ale, but nothing that is going to blow you away.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 00:54:30 | More by mltobin
Photo of Knapp85


2.35/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Had this back on 3-22-09. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. This beer was a nice brown color with a tan colored head. So far so good. The aromas weren't bad it was semi sweet with some bitterness on the nose too. The Flavor just wasn't all there for me. Not sure why, it just didn't seem right. Kind of a little disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 23:51:22 | More by Knapp85
Photo of ngeunit1


4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep brown color with a touch of red around the edges and a half-finger of tan-brown head. The head fairly quickly reduces down to a ring around the glass leaving some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is full of toasted toffee malts and a lot of nutty aroma. Also a nice hint of chocolate mixed in as well.

T - Starts off with some nice sweet caramel malts and a lot of nutty flavor. Through the middle a touch of chocolate comes through with just a touch of hops. The finish is a mix of sweet caramel hops, some nutty flavor, and a touch of chocolate that linger nicely.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A little bit sweet overall with a nice dry finish and some flavors that linger on the tongue.

D - Very drinkable. Lots of nutty flavors that blend really nicely with the rest of the flavors. The beer is fairly sweet, but not too sweet. Nicely balanced.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 02:22:46 | More by ngeunit1
Photo of 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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3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a thin but dark brown, almost a ruby brown, with some light coming through. A very thin layer of head forms and quickly settles. LACING

S: Sweet, nutty malts. Faint caramel as well.

T: The malts are lightly roasted in taste alongside the nuttiness. Hints of chocolate here as well. Everything is very light, but in a good way.

M: Moderate to low carbonation, with a medium body a hair on the thin side.

D: This is one easy drinking Troegs beer, as most of them have been. Light and roasty flavors make for a good sessionable beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 02:58:06 | More by kirkpjr
Photo of kagent777


3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 Oz bottle brought back from PA from Ken, Thanks! This one is pored into a goblet.

Appearance: I clear deep bronze/brown, with no head or lacing. Only the thinnest of rings around the glass.

Smell: Chocolate and hints of coconut. No hops to speak of.

Taste: Follows the scent. Roasty malts and chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Seems a little thin, however the carbonation lifts this beer a little.

Drinkability: By no means bad, just not outstanding. This is one I would not seek out, but I would gladly drink it if offered. Easy to drink several with only 4.4 %ABV.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 04:53:53 | More by kagent777
Photo of perrymarcus


3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2010 04:38:39 | More by perrymarcus
Photo of sixerofelixir


3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Freshness date above front label is smudged away.

Pours a nice, clear, dark-tea brown. A tan head soon becomes a patchy ring. Smells good, of brown sugar, caramel malts, and a hint of nuttiness, like a good piece of brittle. I detect more of the chocolatey richness and bitterness from the first sip. May be just a bit thin, but the taste is filling and good. Nice dry but smooth finish. Easy drinkability. I'm bummed this one was retired.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2010 04:28:32 | More by sixerofelixir
Photo of SamuelJackson45


4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark brown look in color.

S- Very nutty aroma. Hint of caramel and chocolate notes.

T- Nutty taste with chocolate and caramel sweet from the wort. Mild hops in the background.

M- Semi dry. The chocolate and caramel notes linger in the mouth the whole time with settle hops in the background.

D- I'm glad I got a chance to grab a 6pk since Troegs not making it anymore. Areal good tasting beer. It will be miss.


Serving type: bottle

09-08-2010 20:50:38 | More by SamuelJackson45
Photo of wvsabbath

West Virginia

3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving type - Bottle

Appearance - Very dark tan/black

Smell - Carmael and some hops, malts, molasses and nuts

Taste - Well, very mild. The malt mixes well with the hops to give this beer the standard nut brown flavor. Nothing other then the malts stood out, nothing overpowering the flavor.

Mouthfeel - Just thick enough to coat the mouth, yet dry with little trace after the swallow. Your could go into any other style of beer after this one.

Drinkabilty - After having smuttynose and samuel smith, i almost want to call this a light beer. Its low alcohol mixed with it being so mild and smooth, i could rip though a 6-pack in no time. Would drink again but there are better nut browns out there.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2010 04:10:03 | More by wvsabbath
Photo of nukem5


3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark and delightful on pour with solid 1/2 inch cap.

S: Very light malt and very little chocholate.

T: Nice malty taste but not alot, some dark chocolate notes.

M: Metalic not in a bad way but there with light body.

D: could be a nice session/ everyday beer.

And quite the contrary not retired just bought it with new label... its back from the dead.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2010 01:37:55 | More by nukem5
Photo of washburnkid

New York

3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Why is this beer retired??? Reviewed from notes.

Just under a finger of beige head. Body is dark brown/mahogany, and there's a tiny bit of retention and not much lace to speak of. Aromas are chocolate maltiness dominating, but not explosive by any means. Acidity discernible in the aromas as well. Flavors are definitely chocolate. A nice tang that balances out, but the emphasis here is definitely on the chocolate biscuit malt, just what I'd expect from an English brown. Mouthfeel is high carbonation, seemingly making whatever acidity is there pop out. Lighter body, all in all a really easy drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2010 00:22:19 | More by washburnkid
Photo of twiggamortis420


4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle from cmurren25, thanks Chad. Pours a dark crimson color with a fine-bubbled tan foam. Fades fast to a bubbly sheen and leaves a bit of lacing.

Nose is milky sweet and cocoa malts. Maybe a little bit of nuttiness makes it in there as well.

Taste is nutty with a decent roast and touch of chocolate. Very good combination of malty flavors, I like it. Quite drinkable, and sessionable to boot at 4.4%. The nut flavors are very prevalent and varied...peanuts to brazil nuts to cashews. I wouldnt mind a bit creamier body and more malt presence, but I am still digging it, one of the better nut browns I have had.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2010 14:26:25 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of adamette


4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Live Review. Poured from the 12 oz. single that I bought a few days ago at Save-On Tobacco & Beverage in Mentor, Ohio for $1.49 into my Brewery Ommegang Witte tumbler. No "best by" date observed by me. I love the "boot print" on the label as if it were hiked across!

A Good looking dark brown/ruby body that lets light through but is moderately dark under a great light brown creamy head that leaves moderate lacing. 4.0

S I get the expected medium roast malt with a muted sweetness and not too much hop presence but I believe that I also get a really nice cinnamon that is intriguing and irresistable! 4.0

T Not as nutty as Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale (anyone reading this owes it to themselves to seek out and drink that classic!) but with a similar medium roast malt and moderately nutty taste. I do not pick up much of the cinnamon that I perceived in the smell but that is just fine. A good Nut Brown Ale for sure. 4.0

M Appropriately smooth and full as you would want for this style. 4.0

D Really good and with the 4.4 ABV mentioned on the label, this can be consumed over and over. 4.5

Notes: My favorite English Brown Ale from "this side of the pond."

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2010 03:13:34 | More by adamette
Photo of socon67

New York

4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried this with dinner. Was pleasantly surprised.

Smell was a nice subtle caramel. The taste was pretty darned good. Kind of like a toffee flavor. The finish had some chocolate hints that I could pick up.

I could see picking up a 6 pack of this if I came across it. It isn't the best nut brown I've had, but much better than I expected.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2010 23:42:20 | More by socon67
Photo of Daniellobo

District of Columbia

3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A fair and rather quaffable nut brown ale.

Presentation: 12 oz capped brown bottle. Design pivoting around an rubber footprint over a forest skyline. Shows an illegible semi erased bottling date, Alc. by Vol. (4.4%). Served in a tulip glass.

A - Brown pour with ruby brown edges, slightly short frothy head, with poor retention, good lacing through the glass rescues the appearance with solvency.

S - Light nose, a bit of chocolate and roasted malt with a faint nutty sense.

T - Lightly roasted malt, tiny nut feel, chocolate hints.

M - Light-medium body with generous carbonation holding it up.

D - This works pretty well, nice brown session beer, not too enticing but quality and quaffable.

Notes: Sure enough, it may not be nothing remarkable but it is a decent brown ale, rather quaffable, pity to see it discontinued but luckily Tröegs will keep on brewing something quality to replace this one in their line up.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2010 15:34:57 | More by Daniellobo
Photo of BeerCon5


3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber color with about 1/2 inch of slightly off-whit fluffy head.

The scent was primarily of toasy caramel malts.

The taste is toasty caramel malts and toffee up front, some apparent nuttiness, not much of a hop presence.

Light bodied, smooth and refreshing, somewhat thin, average carbonation.

This was a very easy drinker with good flavor. I thought it was a bit thin but was still tasty. Wouldn't mind having a few of these.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2010 15:00:22 | More by BeerCon5
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a dark reddish brown w/ 1/2 ginger white foam. Some residual at the top.

Milk chocolate smell.

Nutty taste, light sweetness, some caramel. Good close, balanced hop. Good carbonation.

Nicely blended - simple, well made, very drinkable. Enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2010 14:59:11 | More by KTCamm
Photo of TommyW


3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark brown with an off-white head that sticks well.

S- Toasted bread, caramel malts and a touch of molasses.

T- Toasted and caramel malt flavors with some dark sugary molasses. A very faint floral hop profile. A little lingering burnt bitterness.

M- Medium/full, slick feel with an easy carbonation.

D- A nice brown ale that isn't overly sweet; very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2010 12:52:56 | More by TommyW
Photo of bgildea


3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice dark brown color. Very little head that is white/tannish. The head faded quickly and left little lacing.

S: Nice smell of roasted malts with a sweet hint of chocolate.

T: Very nice flavor. Great balance of roasted malts with a slight background of hops. There is also a slight hint of chocolate that comes across at the beginning.

M: Pretty thin beer, little chew. I was hoping and expecting a little more though.

D: It's definitely a very drinkable beer. I'd describe it as a lighter brown ale, and I would have preferred a little more of a punch than 4.4 ABV.

Overall - Overall the beer was good. The flavor was well balanced of roasted malts and hops and also tasty. It's a drinkable beer that will probably appeal to most beer drinkers. I'd call it a light brown ale, so ale drinkers will enjoy, and it isnt too heavy for any light beer drinkers. I prefer porters and stouts, but I also enjoyed this one for a lighter brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2010 23:20:07 | More by bgildea
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear brown with a cap of off-white head. Smell is of roasted nuts, slight carmley sweetness and earthy hops. Taste begins as somewhat carmley sweet, prgressing quickly into the roasted nut territory. Finished with some earthy hopyness. Medium bodied, good level of carbonation. A good brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2010 14:51:02 | More by rfgetz
Photo of rdub


4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the fresh bottle into a clean pint glass. Brown color with a half inch of tan head, moderate lacing. Smell was "English" and reminded me of other nut browns. Roasty toasty and delicious. I liked this one. Easy to drink and made me want some fish-n-chips.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2010 00:19:44 | More by rdub
Photo of kbeals

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

brees6221 sent me a few of these awhile ago, decided to open up my last one last night.

A- Pours a dark, nearly black color with a finger of off-white, nearly tan head. Head subsides rather quickly, with very little lacing.

S- Hints of chocolate and black licorice seem to dominate. A bit of caramel malt, slightly roasted.

T- Similar to the smell, the black licorice seems to stand out a little bit more than the chocolate. Slightly bitter, about right for the style. Nice and sweet to finish.

M- Medium body, good amounts of carbonation.

D- Very drinkable, I really enjoy black licorice so any beer that I find with this flavor is a pleasant surprise.

I really enjoyed this one, thanks again!

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2010 01:01:21 | More by kbeals
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