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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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530 Ratings
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Ratings: 530
Reviews: 437
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 2
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 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?

ramrod666, Jun 01, 2004
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.

BuckeyeNation, May 23, 2004
Photo of tar
3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

tar, Apr 28, 2004
Photo of Beaver13
3.05/5  rDev -18%
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.

Beaver13, Apr 22, 2004
Photo of Boto
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
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!

Boto, Apr 18, 2004
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...

shapudding, Apr 17, 2004
Photo of jackndan
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

jackndan, Apr 16, 2004
Photo of mtbikeguru
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
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

mtbikeguru, Apr 15, 2004
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.

TAMU99, Apr 14, 2004
Photo of CRJMellor
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

CRJMellor, Apr 10, 2004
Photo of goindownsouth
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

goindownsouth, Apr 08, 2004
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.

WesWes, Apr 01, 2004
Photo of JackTheRipper
4.13/5  rDev +11%
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.

JackTheRipper, Feb 10, 2004
Photo of Gavage
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.

Gavage, Feb 05, 2004
Photo of SixpointJMH
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

SixpointJMH, Feb 03, 2004
Photo of oberon
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.

oberon, Jan 26, 2004
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.

Gueuzedude, Jan 15, 2004
Photo of stewart124
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

stewart124, Jan 09, 2004
Photo of sulldaddy
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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!

sulldaddy, Dec 28, 2003
Photo of ElGuapo
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

ElGuapo, Dec 11, 2003
Photo of ManekiNeko
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

ManekiNeko, Dec 11, 2003
Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

GCBrewingCo, Dec 03, 2003
Photo of NearerMyBeerToMe
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

NearerMyBeerToMe, Nov 20, 2003
Photo of beergeek279
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

beergeek279, Nov 19, 2003
Photo of pezoids
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

pezoids, Nov 04, 2003
Tröegs Rugged Trail Nut Brown Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 530 ratings.