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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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525 Ratings
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Ratings: 525
Reviews: 437
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | 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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Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

Sammy, May 28, 2006
Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -19.4%

djrn2, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%

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.

Thorpe429, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

zestar, Jun 26, 2014
Photo of brentk56
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%

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

brentk56, Jan 25, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.83/5  rDev +3%

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.

BuckeyeNation, May 22, 2004
Photo of mikesgroove
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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.

mikesgroove, Feb 23, 2007
Photo of Knapp85
2.35/5  rDev -36.8%

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.

Knapp85, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

oberon, Jan 26, 2004
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +20.2%

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.

NeroFiddled, Jan 05, 2003
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%

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.

TheManiacalOne, Jan 20, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%

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.

RblWthACoz, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%

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.

WVbeergeek, Jul 02, 2003
Photo of Kegatron
3.84/5  rDev +3.2%

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
Photo of feloniousmonk
4/5  rDev +7.5%

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...

feloniousmonk, Jul 09, 2003
Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev +7.5%

I picked this up at Crazy Tomato in York after learning of the imminent retiring of the brown ale from Tröegs. I remember tasting this years ago when it was simply called 'nut brown' ale and later when updated to Rugged Trail. I poured this into a tulip pint chilled from the brown 12oz'er.

A - A deep brown shade with crimso hue when held to the light with a rocky 2 finger beige cap. The ale has good clarity and the lace clings well in copious amounts like a camouflage pattern

S - A roasted nose, dark grain w/ coffee-like elements and mild fruit ester w/ a hint of caramel and light woody scent

M - A mild body w/ light toasted and moderate sweet texture w/ mild carbonation and light roasted barley dry edge w/ a semi-sweet finish

T - A slightly toasted and coffee tinged roastiness from the barley w/ mild nutty tinge and slight creamy yeast taste. The ale has a moderate smooth chocolate malt flavor and mild sweet light brown sugar aspect w/ a semi dry grain note in the finish

D - I like this beer, not very jazzy but traditionally made English style - simple and quaffable - very nice for pairing with poultry or maybe a simple meal of meatloaf and brown rice -I enjoyed it and feel it fits the style well -see you on the flipside rugged trail!

Slatetank, May 10, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

drabmuh, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of Rifugium
3/5  rDev -19.4%

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.

Rifugium, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +7.5%

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.

WesWes, Apr 01, 2004
Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev -19.4%

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.

Mora2000, Jan 14, 2010
Photo of jwc215
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%

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.

jwc215, Sep 13, 2006
Photo of smcolw
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%

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.

smcolw, May 01, 2009
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.98/5  rDev +7%

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.

Gueuzedude, Jan 15, 2004
Photo of Gavage
3.98/5  rDev +7%

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.

Gavage, Feb 05, 2004
Photo of oriolesfan4
2.85/5  rDev -23.4%

Pours a dark brown color.. little to no head, very small amount of lacing. Smell is very nutty and has some nice roasted aromas to it. Taste is mildly light bodied, okay mouthfeel.. the usual brown ale nuttiness to it. Suffers from a lack of carbonation.. very flat, doesn't make the beer all too appealing. A decent beer.. clearly the low-light of the mixed 12 but it seems like every brewery feels obligated to make a brown ale. I'll drink it, but I'd rather have any other beer from this brewery.

oriolesfan4, Mar 02, 2009
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Tröegs Rugged Trail Nut Brown Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 525 ratings.