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Tröegs Rugged Trail Nut Brown Ale - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Ratings: 542
Reviews: 439
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.29%
Wants: 5
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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Tröegs Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: purplehops on 05-13-2002

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.
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Ratings: 542 | Reviews: 439
Photo of TheDeuce
4.29/5  rDev +15.3%
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,

Photo of eksortso
3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of santoslhalper
4.67/5  rDev +25.5%
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.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.29/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

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.

Photo of ppoitras
4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of Fish113d
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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!

Photo of edchicma
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of merlin48
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of blitheringidiot
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Photo of Billolick
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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

Appearance: Deep ruby-brown when held to light, with a creamy off-white head. Spots of lacing.

Smell: Nice rich smell, with significant semi-sweet chocolate and caramel malt notes. Hops are minimal, and this gives every impression of being a nice complex, sweet brew.

Taste: Comes across as creamy, yet still slightly watery up front. Middle is slightly sweet, with a pleasant nuttiness and charred dark malt notes. Finish holds coffee, and is relatively dry.

Photo of ramrod666
3.03/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

this beer pours a dark amber color with a one inch head that quickly dissapears. this beer smells as malty as it tastes with a sour- bitter aftertaste that dominates. very little lacing as i sip this better than average brew. Again, maltiness rules the flavor of this beer with maybe a hint of smoke and walnut. Pretty average overall but, not my favorite style. Will try again on draft...if i can find it. maybe better?

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of tar
3.27/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark brown, ever so slightly transparent--turning a reddish color as light passes through. Very little head, and what is there quickly disappears. Smells of coffee and roasted malts--a very nice and inviting aroma. Tastes mostly of roasted malts--a bit of coffee, and a bit nutty. Some hops come through in the finish. A somewhat unpleasant bitterness lingers. Taste is a bit disappointing compared with the very nice aroma. As it warms more of a smokey flavor comes through. Thin to maybe medium bodied, an alright beer, but nothing special.

Photo of Beaver13
3.07/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a reddish brown with a fizzy light brown head that is quickly gone save for a thin collar that eventually fizzes out as well.

The aroma is malty, nutty, chocolate.

The taste is sweet malt up front (a little too sweet and kind of chemical tasting) with chocolate notes followed by a crisp nutty finish. It is medium to thin bodied with low carbonation, a little watery.

Overall, a somewhat uninspired brown ale.

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

12oz. bottle: This one pours a nice brown color with a hint of red. A bit if a tan head. The aroma is quite nice: malty sweetness with a good nose of chocolate. The taste is fairly rich with flavors of chocolate and a hint of nuttiness. It is medium bodied. The hops are a bit lost but they balance the sweetness nicely. A good one!

Photo of shapudding
4.6/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark reddish brown, almost burgundy where light hits the corners, rather beautiful. head poured thick but only left an thin cream colored ring with slight lacing. Light carbination, not too flat, just perfect. Scent of coffee, toffee, caramel. The taste is smooth and lightly creamy, not heavy. There are the flavors you catch in the scent, the coffee and toffee. Maybe a bit of dried cherry in there. Very drinkable and goes down sooo easy. Very good brew, I am enjoying this one...

Photo of jackndan
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tröegs Rugged Trail Nut Brown Ale: pours a clear reddish brown. Not much head, and what there was dissipated quite quickly. Nice aroma, very coffee like, with hints of roasted malts. The taste is not dissimilar to the aroma, very prominent tastes of roasted malts. Some sweet malts linger on the palate. Light clean mouthfeel. Very nice.

Photo of mtbikeguru
3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice light brown/bronzy oak color with a nice fluffy head. This bier is fairly well balanced between caramel, toffe/coffee flavors and the hops with some some residual sweetness at the end. Very pleasant on the palate.

Great bier for after a hard days work

Photo of TAMU99
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of CRJMellor
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of goindownsouth
3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of WesWes
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.

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

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.

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