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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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Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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

A deep brown with modest initial white head on top. Suitable carbonated, aroma of nut and molasses and licorice. Smooth and very malty drinkable. Little bitterness from hops. Nice transition beer. Good example of its style. Moderate alcohol appreciated as a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2006 03:18:34 | More by Sammy
Photo of BuckeyeNation


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

Heavily red-influenced dark walnut with light visible on the opposite side of the glass. The beige head is small-average in size and is otherwise nondescript. It deflates to a not quite covering film and leaves a trifling amount of lace. The nose is malty and a little spicy, but isn't that aromatic nor that impressive.

I like the way Rugged Trail tastes; it reminds me of a light porter. The dominant element of the flavor profile is chocolate, a little different for a brown ale. There's also a gently roasted maltiness and just a hint of coffee and of oven-baked nuts, but they're subservient to the cocoa/chocolate. No real hoppiness that I could detect. The body/mouthfeel could stand to be a tad more rugged; the beer is a little thin for my tastes.

Rugged Trail Nut Brown Ale is another good Troegs beer, but it falls short of very good. Even though I'd like to see a bigger body, the one that has been provided, as well as the lowish ABV, means that drinkability and sessionability are two of its biggest strengths.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2004 23:16:57 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep dark brown with a nice thick creamy head, this quickly faded but left about a half an inch of frothy cream on the top. Very nice lace, and lots of visible carbonation on pouring. Smell could have been a bit stronger, but what was there was caramel predominating, followed by hints of hazelnut and bread and yeast tones. Some residual grassy hints as well. Taste was rather odd when cold, but as it warmed a bit of nuttiness and a bit of a dry somewhat muted hoppiness came through. The consistency was very odd, had a slick, oily feel to it that was rather off, and could also feel a bit syrupy at times. Towards the end I seemed to have found a bit of a taste for it as it seemed to start to come off better. Would like to try this again, as it may have been a bad first impression. Could be a decent session beer when all is said and done.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2007 23:51:04 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy tawny color with a bit of head that retains well and leaves behind splashes of lacing

Smell: Nice aroma of malted milk chocolate and hazelnuts

Taste: Very malty milk chocolate and hazelnut flavors up front; by mid-palate, a bitter coffee element creeps in; after the swallow, the malt and nut flavors return with a flourish, but that coffee emerges again at the very end; a bit aqueous at the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a healthy level of carbonation

Drinkability: Nothing overly complex here; just one of the most drinkable browns you will encounter

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2006 00:06:47 | More by brentk56
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3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

G: Poured into a Nugget Nectar pint glass.

A: Dark, nutty brown on the poor. Minimal whitish head. Nearly opaque in the glass.

S: Slightly nutty and sweet; perhaps some molasses and a little bit of caramel.

T: Malt and a bit of caramel. Hints of molasses and some hops are there. Almost tastes a bit watered down.

M: Slight carbonation and light-bodied. Not terribly smooth.

D: More "sessionable" than most brown ales, but I don't know if that's a good thing in this case--probably the least impressive brew I've had from Troegs.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2009 01:55:17 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown with some reddish tint with not much head to speak of,the aroma is malty and sweet with some light fruitinessto it.Flavor had bready maltiness to it with some nice fruity estures with a light chocolate flavor in the finish,not your typical brown in my opinion neither nutty or real chocolaty but I think a real nice beer none the less.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2004 23:21:05 | More by oberon
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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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4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clearish, caramelly-brown color, with ruby tinges. Head is proper, solid, cocoa-tan in color.
Distinctly nutty aroma, creamy, with hints of cocoa and soft spices. A very pleasant meet and greet with the nose, with evidence of carbonation trickling in.
Smmooooth drinking, but not uncomplicated either: nice hoppiness, what there is, and big, tasty malt, very flavorful. Finish impressively lingers on the palate, never seeming to wish to quit the mouth. Fine by me. Taste is rich, full, body is medium, drinkability is supreme, and offers many rewards.
A happily finished brown, ..no, wait, there's a few ounces left...Ah...

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2003 14:20:32 | More by feloniousmonk
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Rhode Island

4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from stewdawg, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a thin but dense off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malt, maple and nuts along with a little hops.

T: The taste is very malty with sweet flavors of maple, caramel, nut and some roasted coffee in there. There’s a mild but complimentary hops presence that provides a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly bready with a touch of sweetness.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style. This is nice beer with a lot of substance that won’t knock you over, thus it’s your quintessential “session” beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2008 02:13:26 | More by TheManiacalOne
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New York

4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a translucent dark brown color with a thick frothy off-white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice dark roasted scent with some nutty and chocolate aroma. The taste is good. It has a rich black and roasted barley flavor with some nutty flavors. It goes down smooth and finishes dry with good mouthfeel. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good brown ale. It has great malt character and an awesome nutty brown flavor. This is a fine sessions ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2004 01:46:49 | More by WesWes
Photo of drabmuh


3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Beer is dark brown (looks nearly black at first but its still see through). Thin brown head forms and breaks really quickly. Carbonation is moderate to low and there is no lacing left on the glass. This beer is much darker than I was expecting but it looks fine.

There is almost no aroma. Maybe a slight roast, no hops or anything. No malt or sweetness at all.

Beer has a slight roast character to the flavor in the back of the palate, no bitterness from hops that I can detect, a little caramel in there. Overall the beer is medium body and roasty.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2009 00:25:27 | More by drabmuh
Photo of Mora2000


3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle provided by hudsonphotog.

Pours dark brown with an off-white head. The aroma is basically non-existent, possibly some roasted or caramel malt. As it warmed you got some maple syrup aroma, but it was always very faint. The flavor is also not very strong, with some roastyness and nuttyness. The mouthfeel is fairly watery and the carbonation is low. I have liked the other beers from Troegs and maybe this was a bad bottle, but this one is a miss for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2010 22:10:45 | More by Mora2000
Photo of Gueuzedude


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

A nice clear brown-amber color, which, when roused, forms a light amber colored head. There is a malty biscuit type aroma that is accompanied by a bit of hop character as well. The taste is lightly sweet with biscuit notes that finishes with some toasty chocolate notes. It has some pleasing hop flavor as well, though this is quite restrained, and a bitter finish. Quite a good brown ale with some nice toasted malt flavors.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2004 03:02:56 | More by Gueuzedude
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 jwc215


3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours medium brown with reddish highlights. A thin bubbly head almost immediately disappears to a few bubbles rising to the top. No lacing is left.

The smell is of roasted grain with a hint of nuts.

The taste is of toast wrapped in sweet malt. Just a hint of nuts emerges. While the taste is not bad at all, it is basic.
There is just enough hop bitterness to harness the sweetness.

It thins in the mouth, but leaves some traces of sweet, nutty malt.

It's pretty smooth and drinkable. Watery thinness detracts from its potential. On the ocassions I've had this, the bottom line has always been - an okay beer. Pretty much hits the style, though a bit thin. But, nothing noteworthy. There are plenty better, but also worse, brown ales.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2006 01:18:44 | More by jwc215
Photo of RblWthACoz


4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ah my first Troegs. I have waited a bit to get my hands on anything from this brewery, and now I have it. And I have it as I sit in Brooklyn. You can't get Troegs in NY. But I have it...because I went all the way to Philly to get it. I nominate myself for beer freak of the year.

Pours a clear dark brown. Tan head that has some staying power. Nose is not very there. Seems mild and almost dirty. Very mild nut quality to it. Flavor is oh my goodness. Damn Gina! Such subtle qualities to it. It doesn't yell and scream in your face but hits you with multiple layers of things to ponder. I even get a small amount of raisins here. Beyond that the nice earthy and woody stuff. Minor caramel mixed with almost a wood/bark flavor. Amazing levels of flavor here, but you really have to be ready to seek them out. Feel has a good carbonation and a nice level of liquid feel. Very drinkable. One of the best EBAs I have had in so long. More of a beer to ponder than just down. I like.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2008 03:13:39 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of WVbeergeek


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

Pours a deep ruby brown tone with a thin but frothy beige head, and with each sip this beer leaves even patterns of lace around the glass. Aroma consists of a healthy serving of malted barley giving this ale layers of sweetness entwined with a nutty almond esque tone very nice appeasing aroma perfect in every sniff of this divine nectar. In the sip there are some dark roasts giving a harsh tone within the sweet nutty flavors dancing in this lightly hopped ale. Very clean finish a refreshing wonder for the style very well made beer from Harrisburg. Mouthfeel is a little thin, but with all of the well done flavors it doesn't detract from the overall score that badly. A definite session nut brown ale meant to be enjoyed one after another a couple at a time at 4.4% abv I could enjoy this beer thoroughly.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2003 23:55:03 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely deep brown / bronze color with a nice tan colored head. The aroma is of nuts and roasted malt. The flavor was of a nice brown ale with a light touch of nuttiness. The malt levels were nice as it produced a slight roastiness and caramel tones. A very faint chocolate tone was detectable as you swallowed.

The mouthfeel was light and smooth. The is a thinner bodied brown ale. The roasted nuttiness lasts softly on the tongue for several seconds. This is a nicely drinkable ale as the nuttiness is light and not overbearing.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2004 23:35:28 | More by Gavage
Photo of smcolw


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

Dark ruby color--light does shine through. Modest head that settles to a single layer of bubbles. Good lace on the glass.

Chaulky cocoa smell. Weak.

Quite thin, almost like water. Light chocolate malt with a mild hop kicker. A little one-dimensional, easy to drink, but not fascinating.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2009 02:15:47 | More by smcolw
Photo of tempest


3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is to English brown ales what American Oktoberfests (like Sam Adams) are to German Oktoberfest. It share a lot of basic qualities, but goes a little darker and with a stronger roasted flavor. Overall, it's darn tasty with cocoa, black roasted grain and a hint of walnut. The aroma is a little tame, losing the great chocolate undertones, but overall this is a good looking, good drinking beer. Yummy.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2007 00:32:31 | More by tempest
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3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a 12 oz bottle of Rugged Trail served in a DuClaw Serum tumbler. The ale is cold.

Appearance: The ale has a nice deep brown color to it. When held to light, caramel hints emerge throughout the glass. There is a small ring of head but nothing substantial.

Smell: The ale has a nice biscuity malt aroma. There is no appreciable hop aroma.

Taste: The ale has a biscuity flavor that really hits the spot. The malts involved trend towards a nutty flavor, helping it live up to its name. There is a small hop presence, just enough to prevent a malt overload.

Mouthfeel: The ale sits well on the mouth with the nuttiness of the malts adding a very pleasant flavor.

Drinkability: At 4.4% abv, this is a good session candidate.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2006 00:53:13 | More by akorsak
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3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at ? (notes don't specify)

Yeah, it's a brown ale...not really my style at all. Pours a murky walnut brown with a small layer of white bubbles for a head. Nutty, sweet aroma, a bit buttery. Toasted malts in the taste, nutty again, sweet, diacetyl, and a bitter finish. Not entirely bad, but just too sweet for me perhaps. Medium body, and not something I'd want to drink again, aka most brown ales.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2011 01:16:07 | More by Rifugium
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New York

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

12 oz bottle, with no freshness dating. Poures a dark brownish amber, tan head, some minimal lacing. Sweet malty nose, sort of rustic in character. Malt, glorious malt carries the day here. Its sweet, smooth, nutty, vanilla notes and sticky in character. NIcely crafted Brown ale. Not the most exciting style, but this one is nicely rounded, smooth and somewhat warming.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2004 00:47:59 | More by Billolick
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4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a warm brown body that is slightly dense in body that is crystal clear when held to the light. It also shows a hint of red to the body. There is a thin light tan head that fades to a thin ring but there is no sign of carbonation in this body.

S- This beer has a light note of coffee and toasted malt note with a soft nutty quality. As it warms there is a light maple syrup quality.

T- The light toasted malt flavor has hints of biscuit malt although they are soft. There is a hint of coffee malt with a slight tartness that has a chocolate malt note that comes through when it warms. This beer has soft bitterness in the finish that comes more from dark malt than hops.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a clean finish.

D- This beer has a smooth lagered quality to the malt flavors but still has some nice complexity. It is very drinkable with no off flavors.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2007 04:06:58 | More by rhoadsrage
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New Hampshire

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

Pours a light brown, one-fingered head, fades quickly and leaves a little lace. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Deep, amber color. Malty nose. Starts with a light sweet, roasted coffee and finishes with a mellow malt/hop mix. $1.55 for a 12oz bottle from Vintage Cellar Blacksburg, VA.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2005 23:52:07 | More by jdhilt
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Tröegs Rugged Trail Nut Brown Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 501 ratings.