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

537 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 537
Reviews: 437
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 4
Gots: 13 | 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:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 537 | Reviews: 437 | Display Reviews Only:
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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
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
3.83/5  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.

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.

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.

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!

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
3.8/5  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.

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

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
3.88/5  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.

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.

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
4.13/5  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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Tröegs Rugged Trail Nut Brown Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 537 ratings.