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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: 518
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)
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Photo of JackTheRipper


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

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

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

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


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


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


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

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


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
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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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
Photo of TheLongBeachBum


4.08/5  rDev +9.7%

Presentation: 12 ounce (355ml) bottle with a dark blue colored label that has a background of a forest twilight night. A yellow walking boot footprint covers the words, Tröegs Independent Craft Brewery – Rugged Trail Nut Brown Ale. Unlike the Pale Ale and Lager, for some reason this label does actually indicate the strength, shown at 4.4% alc./vol. No freshness date and another invitation to visit the Brewery on Saturdays at 2:00pm on the neck label; that’s 3 tonight now.

Appearance: The 12 ounce pours almost perfectly, the lovely tan brown head stopping just short of the top of the 16 ounce glass. But yet again, the head soon decides that it has had enough and goes home, leaving a broken surface where a once enticing smooth head resided. A chestnut brown body, with a perfectly clear appearance and an auburn hue when backlit, that leaves very little lacing. Average inherent carbonation.

Nose: Lightly roasted biscuit malts, oats and whole-wheat odors which have a grainy aroma. Nuts and chocolate in the middle and a caramel dimension that imparts some sweet aromas. Restrained in strength, but nice aromas nonetheless.

Taste: Mmmmm….. I like this with just the first taste. Biscuit malts with an oat texture, lightly roasted malts build in the middle with some caramel, chocolate and walnut flavors in the end. A light bitterness comes through too in the end which appeared to increase in strength as the beer warmed (not that it got much chance to). This bitterness mixes well with the nutty aspect of this Brown Ale.

Mouthfeel: Quite thin at times, maybe a slight distraction for the beer, but as the beer warms it appears to improve along with the bitterness. Creamy mouthfeel with a liveliness that aids the thin body, this earns it an extra half-mark. Just above average but this is by no means a weakness for the beer, if anything, it somewhat helps the drinkability.

Drinkability: The 4.4%ABV is not a draw-back, it is an enhancement to this Nut Brown Ale, and it lends a very refreshing, clean dimension to the beer, not heavy but rather light in character. A good drinker, I could easily manage a few bottles of this Ale without any problems.

Overall: A very tasty example of a Nut Brown Ale that drinks well. A favorite style of mine when I was back in England and this is a very solid example of it. I would certainly gladly purchase a Sixer of these again.

Nice One Francisweizen.

07-23-2003 05:22:17 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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3.45/5  rDev -7.3%

Translucent ruby-brown hue, tiny bubbly beige head that faded quickly… no lace either. Very inviting nose, nutty chocolate upfront with very mild sweetness and caramel influences at the end… a smidge one-dimensional. Relatively complex palate for a Brown ale… chocolate malts, spicy (but subdued) hops, nutty, distant caramel… tasty! The body is too thin, the carbonation is minimal and this combination creates a distraction in the overall enjoyment of drinking it… it is easy to drink, aside from chalkiness in the back of the mouth. Medium body. The finish is pleasant… the aftertaste is nutty chocolate. Bitterness grows as the beer warms, nice touch. The low abv is a key in making this beer work as well as it does… a solid Brown ale.

07-18-2003 20:51:15 | More by bditty187
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

This beer came to me a crystal clear mahogany/nut color that had an orange hue to it, and was well carbonated. It created a light tan/beige colored head that was fairly thick, dense and creamy. The foam left behind a faint lace behind that was spotty in areas. The aromas were fairly simple and light: roasted nuts and malt, flowers, and a light cocoa powder. Flavors had more of a dimension to it: roasted malts, light floral hops, nuts, fruit, some sweet malt (as it warmed and detected in the mid of the sip), cocoa powder and burnt chocolate at the end. It left a roasted chocolate nut flavor behind on the tongue. Light to medium bodied. This beer became nuttier and creamier as it warmed. It’s light alcohol content makes it a good session beer and it’s clean flavors keep it from getting boring if you are just sitting around and having a few with friends.

07-17-2003 01:59:42 | More by Jarod
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...

07-09-2003 14:20:32 | More by feloniousmonk
Tröegs Rugged Trail Nut Brown Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 518 ratings.