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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: 532
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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Photo of tgbljb
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

purchased as part of sampler pack. Poured a clear, deep copper color with puffy tannish head. Smell is toasty, with notes of chocolate and caramel. Taste is heavy on the malt, coffee notes, little hops noted. Finish is a bit dry, but not overly. Good refreshing beer.

tgbljb, Aug 16, 2005
Photo of battlekow
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, dark, translucent brown that glows red in the light. Not much head but pretty good lacing. Smells chocolatey and malty; I would prefer the malty smell be toned down a bit so that the chocolate/nutty/roasty characteristics were highlighted. Taste is predominantly chocolatey, pretty malty, not as bitter and roasted as I would expect from a "nut brown." Mouthfeel is a little dead. Underwhelming beer, probably should be called just a brown ale, not a nut brown.

Thanks to mntlover for the bottle.

battlekow, Jul 27, 2005
Photo of lackenhauser
2.83/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Nice deep mahogany color-resembles a fine piece of furniture in color. Ok aroma-some caramel and slight coffee aroma. Rather sharp and bland flavor. Nutty tasting but somewhat acrid. Trace of maltiness Average body-a boost might bring the flavor up. Rather unimpressive overall. I want to say this is the first beer I had tried by Troegs more then 5 years ago and I wasnt impressed then. They can do better for sure. While this is an edit (07/19/07) from a slightly more postive review from 18 months ago I dont see this being worth a try, at least not for me.

lackenhauser, Jun 27, 2005
Photo of stephendedalus
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle. Appearance is a very nice reddish-brown. Good initial head, but fades quickly. Decent, lasting lacing. Smells just like it tastes: malty. Rugged Trail has a strong malt backbone with little hops contribution (some aroma, but I don't really detect bittering). Taste is, not suprisingly, somewhat sweet and smooth -- and coupled with the relatively low ABV of 4.4%, this makes for a tasty and easy drinking brew. Should be enjoyable year-round.

stephendedalus, Jun 02, 2005
Photo of Citadel82
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.

Citadel82, May 09, 2005
Photo of kmpitz2
3.13/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a rubied brown color with a small ring of head over top. The nose is caramel and slight toasted nut. Kinda weak. The flavor is okay. Roasted nut, slightly sweet, a little weak. The feel is thin to moderate, nothing really grabs me. Overall, an average beer. It doesn't grab me in any way.

kmpitz2, May 06, 2005
Photo of LuckySevens82
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle
Pours a reddish brown with a thin, slightly off-white head. Lacing and Retention are okay.
Smell is dominated by toasted malts, caramel. Fruit is also present (cherries, figs). A slight hop presence should also be noted.
Taste is distinctly nutty, with a little toasted malt quality and fruitiness. Hops are present but not as strong as perhaps I would like.
Overall, this is an okay brown ale. I'm not particularly fond of the nutty qualities and I really think that perhaps it is a bit too sweet for it's own good, but I would probably have it again were I to have the opportunity.

LuckySevens82, Apr 01, 2005
Photo of crookedhalo
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, no freshness dating. Pours a clear cola-colored brown with a fluffy beige short-lived head. Some malty, earthy dry malt aromas with faint chocolate and caramel suggestions. No discernable hops in the aroma. Predominantly sweet, with some light chocolate notes and a faint, earthy nuttiness. Again, hops played hookie this day. Too spritzy and overcarbonated for its style, a little too burpy. Just a bit of earthy dryness, but almost not noteworthy. I'm guessing this beer was simply geared towards being a sweeter, less attenuated beer, not out of the realms of its style. Not bad, but nothing to email home about; good for lovers of the nut brown style. Can't say I'd call this one a sessioner though, even considering the reasonable ABV.

crookedhalo, Mar 01, 2005
Photo of whartontallboy
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown pour with a nicely foamy head. Looks really tasty! Smell is nutty and malty but not much else and very faint. The flavor itself is malty with hints of chocolate, tiny earthy notes, and nutty undertones. The same foam that makes it look so nice lends it a wonderful mouthfeel as well; it's velvety and almost feels like a nitro. A decent enough session brew if you're in the market for a nut brown, but the flavor's not bold enough to really set it apart.

whartontallboy, Feb 20, 2005
Photo of babydoc
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark cola-color, with some ruby overtones. Head is a foamy 1-2 finger wheat color. It sticks around only briefly before fading, leaving litle lace as the beer is consumed. The nose is sweet dark malty, a bit of nuts or dark chocolate- really not a lot there. I like the way this tastes and drinks- It starts with sweet dark malt, with subtle but distinct dark chocolate accents steppng in. Only light carbonation, yielding silky creamy mouthfeel that's just a bit thin in the finish, hence a 4, not a 4.5. Thanks to fish311d for the opportunity to taste this one, just sorry it wasn't two.

babydoc, Feb 12, 2005
Photo of yeagerbm
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased as part of the brewer's dozen sampler pack.
Pours a clear dark reddish brown with a light brown head.
The smell is good with sweet roasty malt aromas. The taste is medium bodied with a light cocoa roasted flavor. Very flavorful with a nice hop balance. Overall a very flavorful but light enough and drinkable enough to be a great session beer.

yeagerbm, Feb 09, 2005
Photo of mentor
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Prostman for providing me the opportunity. Hard pour to get a half-finger light beige-colored head over a brown-orange liquid. Smells sweet with chocolate and a hint of nut. Tastes caramel, chocolate, mild nutty, and a hint of sour (roast grains?). Bitter from the hops competes with fine carbonation on my tongue (a bit of acidic forms). Later tastes reveal chocolate and some roast character that comes across as toffee-like. A bit more burnt grain than I like in my brown ales. The ending is dry, and is where the roast character makes itself most noticable. Medium bodied with a creamy quality usually found in oatmeal stouts. Moderately carbonated, but the carbonation that's present forms sharp fine bubbles on my tongue. The head quickly settled to a tiny ring around the glass and a minimum of lacing is present. A nice beer, a bit too roasty for me. More umph and color is all that's necessary to make this offering a dry porter.

mentor, Jan 28, 2005
Photo of beveragecaptain
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a dark copper color, but is transparent. There is not much head. Not much aroma, but what is there smells a little sour. Great nutty malt flavor. It’s sweet at first, then slightly roasted and nutty, then finishes with a bit of bitterness. Not too thick, low in alcohol, and a good, nutty flavor make this an excellent quaffing beer. I would definitely get this again.

beveragecaptain, Jan 09, 2005
Photo of bultrey
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on draft somewhere in Pittsburgh. You either like nut browns or you don't, I find. There isn't a whole lot of variation in the style, except for maybe DFH's India Brown.
But this is an excellent example of the style, a beautiful rich nutty, toffee flavor with just that edge of roasted bitterness. Mild hopiness keeps it all together and provides wonderful balance, really lets the roasted malt come through.

bultrey, Jan 04, 2005
Photo of jdhilt
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.

jdhilt, Jan 01, 2005
Photo of TheDeuce
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance-dark chocalate brown head with a dark brown body, head sticks around for a while, good job.

Smell-chocolate initally, some nutty flavors as well and then some coffee, nice.

Taste-dark with chocolate roast throughout, a little light on the coffee side, almost malty instead of ale like although good.

Mouthfeel-very dark and powerful, somewhat bitter almost overbearing but it balances out before you take it down.

Drinkability-a little dark for most but the chocolate makes it exceptional, still powerful for some normal drinkers, although ale drinkers will find it exceptional.

Overall-another fine ale from Troeg's, flavorful, dark, rich, and not overbearing even despite some bitterness. Not flawless but another great offering from Troegs,

TheDeuce, Nov 24, 2004
Photo of eksortso
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice dark amber color with a head that doesn't stay for too long. The aroma is immediately striking, with hints of chocolate. The nuttiness doesn't set in until it touches your tongue, then permeates your mouth. It's got good flavor, that's for sure, though it feels a bit too watery. I would definitely try this one again if it were offered to me.

eksortso, Nov 24, 2004
Photo of santoslhalper
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.

santoslhalper, Oct 04, 2004
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Troeg's Rugged Trail Nut Brown Ale

Appearance- dark brown/ amber with a thick frothy head. Laced the glass.
Smell- nutty, woodsy, and toasted.
Taste- roasted nut and ashy.
Mouthfeel- quite smooth. No bitterness and rather creamy.

Overall- a pleasant surprise. Brown Ale's aren't usually my cup of tea but this was a decent beer. Worth a try.

NJpadreFan, Sep 03, 2004
Photo of necoadam
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out a crimson/brownish color with just a little bit of lacing. Carbonation seems to be low in this one.

Smell: A nice nutty, cocoa-like aroma grabs you. A good amount of caramel and malts are in there as well. This beer has a really good nose to it.

Taste: A nice malt backbone to this brew begins hitting the palate. Some backround hoppiness can be detected as well. Finishes with some nutty and toasted flavors, but did finish dry which was a welcoming note.

Mouthfeel: Lacked a little bit of carbonation I thought. Could of used a tad more.

Drinkability: Besides the carbonation, this is a nice, full bodied brew which would be nice to have around during crisp fall months that are lying ahead.

Thanks to PIsskyNights for sending me this fine Brown Ale.

necoadam, Aug 25, 2004
Photo of ppoitras
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased somewhere in VA, one of many things gathered at either Vienna Whole Foods, Norm's, or Westpark Wine & Beer.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" tan head over the clear reddish-brown brew. Head is somewhat short-lived, with average lacing. Aroma is deeply malty, with strong nutty tones. Taste is as the nose portended, with nutty malts the menu for the day. Mouthfeel and drinkability both good. A nice representative of the style.

ppoitras, Aug 22, 2004
Photo of Fish113d
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Opening a bottle of one of my favorite breweries makes me very happy. however, I must admit, the Rugged Trail Nut Brown Ale is probably my least favorite, but it deserves recognition.

Color-wise, it appears mostly dark-brown, almost the color of chocolate, w/ a hint of red tint in there. pouring it, it gives very little head, that quickly dissipates, but leaves a rim of head (forget what it's called) around the glass. Smelling it, I get happy; i can smell the roasted chocolate malt in there mostly, which I normally love!

Tasting it, I don't get much of the chocolate taste, but more of a roasted malt. It almost tastes soapy (and no, my glass was totally cleaned!). Mouthfeel is pleasant w/ some good carbonation which is not overbearing, and it becomes very smooth toward the end.

Overall, I recommend you try this beer, but honestly, I know the Troeger boys can do much better, and have done much better...I'd love to score some mad elf if anyone has it!

Fish113d, Aug 17, 2004
Photo of edchicma
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice brew..dark chocolate color with a pronounced deep malty aroma that is very pleasant. Taste is rich in malt with a carbonation click that accents the malt presence...light touch of hops in the finish...very nice. Mouthfeel is medium in body and defintely not an invitation to swig. Very drinkable, especially in small sips. Another nice offering from Troeg's.

edchicma, Aug 08, 2004
Photo of merlin48
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brown ale pours a clear, dark ruby mahogany body, with a 2 cm beige head that lasts less than a minute. No lacing.

Aroma is chocolate and caramel malt, with a nice roasted touch. Understated, floral hops are in the background.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with appropiate carbonation for style.

Taste is nice for a brown ale. Toffee, milk chocolate, roasted caramel, and a hint of Brazil nuts lend a dominant malt profile. Floral hops are undrestated, but provide a pleasant, bittering balance. I enjoyed this one, and the style is far from my favorite. This is a fine example of an English style, brown ale from one of the better, Pennsylvania breweries.

merlin48, Aug 08, 2004
Photo of blitheringidiot
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From a 12 oz. browner with no Freshness date info, Rugged Trail Nut Brown Ale pours a deep brown, almost mahagony color into me pilsner glass, under an impressive tight tan cake like head, and a flow of carbonation bubbles streaming up the glass.

Strong sweet malts pervade the nose, almost like an a nutmeg & ice cream aroma.

First swigs: A delicately roasted caramel dry malt greeting, almost like a thin stout. Hops are squeaking out but barely. A bit of cocoa, pepper & mixed spice tastes blend, then lead to a lingering malt aftertaste.

Soft carbonation and a pillowy head make for a smooth drink. Gets a bit cloying to be a gulper, but I could have maybe one more until it's too much.

Last swigs: Brown Ale is kind of a type that is not really well defined. This is a flavorful Nut Brown. Malts overwhelm the taste, but not to a fault. An interesting and creative beer ofering, especially since this is from German influenced mid-PA Yuenglingville.

Beer is good. Happy local beering.

blitheringidiot, Jul 31, 2004
Tröegs Rugged Trail Nut Brown Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
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