1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Tröegs Rugged Trail Nut Brown Ale - Tröegs Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Tröegs Rugged Trail Nut Brown AleTröegs Rugged Trail Nut Brown Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
84
good

522 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 522
Reviews: 437
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 522 | Reviews: 437 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of TAMU99
TAMU99

Guam

4/5  rDev +7.5%

Very nice brown ale.
It's a dark brown with an eggshell colored foam that lingers.
It smells of caramel and hops.
It's fairly sweel with caramel, and syrup falovors, but well balanced with subtle yet strong hops.
Very drinkable, It really goes down nicely - careful.

Highly recommend this one.

04-14-2004 01:38:54 | More by TAMU99
Photo of CRJMellor
CRJMellor

Arkansas

3.88/5  rDev +4.3%

Pours a drak clear red with sheets of white lace.
Aroma of caramel, hint of smoke and dominate chocolate.
Flavor of chocolate and more chocolate, some dark fruits and just a touch of citrus. Somewhat one-dimensional with overpowering chocolate.
Mouthfeel starts swet and chocolately and remains so throuhgout. Very pleasant on the palate.
Drinkability is very high, smooth and beautifully chocolate malt. Stood up well to my spicy chicken dinner.
Thanks to trbeer for continuing to ship me excellent east coast beers.

04-10-2004 00:15:34 | More by CRJMellor
Photo of goindownsouth
goindownsouth

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +4.3%

A rather surprising find at a local haunt, this amber-coloured brew gave me a light beige-to-tan head from the onset. The aroma was righ of malts and nuts, with just a bit of sweetness mixed in (perhaps maple?). The flavor was rather smooth, and the nuts, again, worked their way into the flavor, as did some residual sweetness at the finish. A solid brew.

04-07-2004 23:43:31 | More by goindownsouth
Photo of WesWes
WesWes

New York

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.

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

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +11%

Appearance: Dark brown in color with an initially moderate head that faded to a thin clingy layer of foam.

Smell: Dark roasted malty smell, no discernible hop aroma.

Taste: Toasted malt sweetness, a strong hint of a caramel and coffee taste. Low amount of bitterness at first, but the finish is a lingering coffee bitter taste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and Creamy. Carbonation is good. Initial flash of a sharp astringent which fades quickly.

Drinkability&Notes: Wow, this is a fantastic Brown Ale. Flavors are top notch, alcohol level is low enough to put a few of these away, Newcastle would do well to study this beer.

02-10-2004 05:32:31 | More by JackTheRipper
Photo of Gavage
Gavage

New Jersey

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.

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

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +7.5%

this brew was mildly deceptive...i'll tell you why at the end of this review, but let's just say the deception could have been avoided with a bit of patience. pours a nice brownish amber colour with a decent sized, tan head which could've hung around a bit longer, though it left a nice sticky residue on the glass. smells a bit thin a first: a little sweet, a little malt and a bit nutty, but give it a few minutes and you'll pick up some earth tones and some chocolate as well. the taste is more nutty and earthy than the smell and also has some burnt bread qualities to it. malt is apparent throughout and this one finishes burnt and dry. nothing amazing but one of the more complex and enjoyable brown ales i've sampled. the problem with this one was that i was so eager to try it i poured it immediately upon returning home from the store, where it has been sitting for a while in a cold cooler. let it sit out for 10 or 15 minutes or so and this one will be that much more complex. i actually had it rated a bit lower based on the first, cooler half of the bottle. as it warmed it certainly improved.

02-03-2004 04:32:14 | More by SixpointJMH
Photo of oberon
oberon

North Carolina

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.

01-26-2004 23:21:05 | More by oberon
Photo of Gueuzedude
Gueuzedude

Arizona

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.

01-15-2004 03:02:56 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of stewart124
stewart124

Ohio

3.73/5  rDev +0.3%

Pours a very dark brown but there is still some translucence. A good amount of head forms when poured but after a minute the is little to be found. Still a very nice looking brown ale.

The aroma has a hint of chocolate and there is a malty presence. Tastey hints of chocolate and maybe a bit of toffee aftertaste. There is a slight nutty taste and overall it is quite smooth. A very nice beer.

01-09-2004 22:27:41 | More by stewart124
Photo of sulldaddy
sulldaddy

Connecticut

3.7/5  rDev -0.5%

I pour this brew into a pint glass and it gives off an amber/ruby color. The head is creamy and tan colored and puffs up easily.
The head is also not very tightly packed on the sides of my glass.

Aroma is lightly malty with some mild toffee hints and light floral notes as well.

First sip is sweet and malty with undertones of almonds and some caramel. Medium bodied brew, with a strange creamy texture to it. This actually reminds me of a dairy product and is a little strange. The brew has average carbonation and is very smooth. The finish lingers with a mild sweet flavor in my mouth. The mouthfeel is a little of a put off for me, but overall this beer is very drinkable and I think I could have a few more. Oh yea! I do have more in my brewers dozen pack!

12-28-2003 05:38:06 | More by sulldaddy
Photo of ElGuapo
ElGuapo

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +3.5%

A chocolatey brown pour with some amber tints when held to the light. It is topped by a nice covering of off-white foam. A nice sweet malty aroma hits the nose first, and it is then followed by a bit of caramel a touch of roastiness, and some nutty smells.

Very crisp brew with a nice medium body. It is nice and smooth, and drinkability is excellent. The backbone is sweet, but not cloying, it is well balanced with some light roasty notes. Some nutty flavors are in there as well. This is an excellent session brew. It is not very heavy, but it does have a good amount of body and flavor.

12-11-2003 16:22:25 | More by ElGuapo
Photo of ManekiNeko
ManekiNeko

Virginia

3.83/5  rDev +3%

12 oz bottle served lightly chilled in a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear dark reddish brown, almost Coke-like in appearance. Topped by a smallish taupe-colored head that's a wee bit rocky. Dissipates to a ring rather quickly and leaves small amounts of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Nice malty nose composed of toffee, caramel, and toasted malty goodness. Overtones of maple.

Taste: Sweet caramel malt with a hazelnut-like flavor shortly thereafter. Tasted malt flavors on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Solid medium body and slightly palate cleansing.

Drinkability: Another decent malty beer from these guys. Great beer to have on a crappy rainy day. Nice and hearty, would make a great session beer for the malt lovers among us.

12-11-2003 01:45:19 | More by ManekiNeko
Photo of GCBrewingCo
GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +0.3%

Dark brown beer with amber highlights. Head fell back quickly. Aroma of chocolate and slight nutty caramel aroma. Flavor is sweet caramel which dries out into a finish with lasting light bittersweet chocolate. The body is kind of watery and light. It is an easy drinking beer.

12-03-2003 01:04:00 | More by GCBrewingCo
Photo of NearerMyBeerToMe
NearerMyBeerToMe

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -5.1%

Color is a dark reddish-brown, almost mahogany, with auburn highlights at edges of glass when held up to light. No head to speak of, just a tiny ring of foam around edge, and a thin film of foam at the center of the beer. No carbonation, no lace. Aroma starts out with dark, rich maltiness that lasts its way through the entire nose. Faint smell of hops emerges after agitation; otherwise almost entirely a sweet, dark malt scent with hints of toffee and perhaps coffee. (A scent of hop freshness starts to emerge as the beer warms.) Taste is thankfully not as sweet as some other brown ales. Coffee is much stronger as a flavor than a scent, as are dark, roasted nuts. Prominent flavor of toasted almond skins up front gradually gives way to a slightly creamy, mellower maltiness in the back of the palate that becomes more apparent as tasting progresses... Mouthfeel a bit thin; slightly syrupy around edge of palate with a nice near-creaminess in midpalate accompanying warming malt. Drinkability is good but I'd rather have one or two of these with dessert--I bet this would be awesome with white chocolate and macadamia nuts. Not my favorite from Troegs, but a fine beer.

11-20-2003 03:00:39 | More by NearerMyBeerToMe
Photo of beergeek279
beergeek279

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Served in the 12 oz. bottle. The color is a dark brown, with a ring of white head. The smell is a nice dry malt. The taste is fairly dry, with a nice bitterness over the dryness of the dark malt. Mouthfeel is smooth. As for drinkability, could have a couple.

Though my favorite brown ales are the high-octane ones, for a low ABV brown ale, this is excellent. Much better than Newcastle! I'd likely have this one again.

11-19-2003 03:59:24 | More by beergeek279
Photo of pezoids
pezoids

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -19.4%

This beer poured out a very clear amber to light brown color. Topped with a small white head that dissolved quickly. There are some fruity notes in the aroma, along with bittersweet chocolate and buttery caramel. Chocolate and roasted grains come through in the flavor. Light malt body that really thinned out as the beer warmed up. Finishes clean and has some flavor but nothing there that knocks my socks off.

11-04-2003 04:25:14 | More by pezoids
Photo of ZAP
ZAP

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev +6.2%

Pours a nice mahogany color..looks rich...small tan head...nose is big on the chocolate....very rich smelling....smells like a BIG beer and I had to do a quick double take on the ABV to check it was 4.4 or whatever...body is more comperable with the ABV...on the thin side of medium...feels like a session ale which it should be...taste is sweet milk chocolate...also some small nutty characteristics (for some reason almonds come to mind)...finishes a little dry and keeps things from becoming overly sweet..

I've had several Troegs beers now and I continue to be impressed....I think there are better Nut Browns out there but this one has to rank near the top of my list...I would purchase this again...but wouldn't seek it out..

10-28-2003 05:44:14 | More by ZAP
Photo of oelergud
oelergud

Virginia

4.13/5  rDev +11%

Appearance: Brown glass bottle, regular cap. Label the usual Troegs blue, red and yellow. Body is deep ruby, tan head good retention.

Smell: Earthly sweetness and nut in the nose.

Taste: Sweet and nutty upfront, moderately brief hop kick through that fades quickly. Solid earthly flavors, very faint roasted coffee and maybe vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Thin and creamy at the same time, very interesting feel.

Drinkability: As said before, this is a great session beer, it's great flavor, smell and low alcohol makes it a beer you wont get tired of, and it wont trip you on your way to the pisser.

10-05-2003 22:10:40 | More by oelergud
Photo of beernut7
beernut7

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +8.3%

Pours a very deep brown underneath a huge creamy head. A powerful aroma of caramel and roasted malt first greets the senses. The first sip brings forth a roasted malt flavor with deep malty sweet caramel notes. The body is quite smooth and pairs nicely with a very mellow light bitterness flowing throughout.

09-28-2003 15:51:05 | More by beernut7
Photo of soilguy
soilguy

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7.5%

Color is a dark amber brown with very little head present. Aroma is slightly of toasted malt - no hop aroma detectable. Taste is initially slighlty sweet with some ale fruitiness, finishes malty with toasted hints - very little hop flavor and low bitterness. Nice, comparitively full mouthfeel for the gravity. A smooth drinking beer that I recommend for anyone who is a fan of the southern english brown ale style.

08-21-2003 02:12:06 | More by soilguy
Photo of avylover
avylover

Virginia

3.85/5  rDev +3.5%

Very dark brownish red ale with a nice looking foamy tannish head. Smell is mainly of english hops, nothing overpowering. Nice chocolaty taste, with a good coffee bitterness that make for a nice dry mouthfeel. Hints of hoppiness in the taste that go well with sweet chocolate maltiness. Nothing overpowering here, just a pleasant tasty brew that's quite drinkable. Nice job. One of the better brown ales i've had.

08-07-2003 23:58:04 | More by avylover
Photo of Greenlabel
Greenlabel

New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev +8.3%

I'm not ordinarily a fan of Nut Brown Ales but I have to say that this is an exception. Pours a great looking mahogany brown with a nice creamy head which doesn't last very long. Has a buttery caramel or coffee type flavor but without being overpowering. No unpleasant aftertaste. Hops are in the background but they're present nonetheless. Very drinkable - not at all heavy. Although this review is for the bottled version, I have also recently had the draft version and would have no changes to the above although, for once, I think I prefer the bottled to the draft by a very thin margin. Troegs has come through again with this product

08-07-2003 02:45:23 | More by Greenlabel
Photo of 99bottles
99bottles

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +4.8%

I had this on tap while in Lancaster county this weekend. It was served in a strange glass, similar to a hurricane--not what I was expecting for a brown ale, but I attribute this to the fact that I had it at an upscale tavern that was pretentious and geared towards fine dining. The beer is a mahogany brown that almost looks red (not amber) in the light. There is a faint head that quickly subsides. The smells are nutty and burnt. The beer is incredibly smooth and mild, in the fashion of most brown ales. The beer also had a certain sweetness to it, while still offering tastes of burnt nut, almond, faint choco, and malt. The beer was suprsingly thin considering its character, and it had a very watery feel across my palette. This is not to say it was watered down, but it does have a very subdued feel with just enough flavor to keep the mouth interested. A very good brown ale, though I can't really say how it stacks up against the classic English Nut Browns, as my experience is limited. I'd have it again, especially in the late summer and early autumn as it would pair well with many seasonal nuances in foods and atmosphere.

07-28-2003 12:58:10 | More by 99bottles
Photo of Maestro
Maestro

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +20.2%

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.

07-27-2003 21:28:48 | More by Maestro
Tröegs Rugged Trail Nut Brown Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 522 ratings.