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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: 532
Reviews: 437
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 3
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 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
Photo of ZAP
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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..

ZAP, Oct 28, 2003
Photo of oelergud
4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

oelergud, Oct 05, 2003
Photo of beernut7
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

beernut7, Sep 28, 2003
Photo of soilguy
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

soilguy, Aug 21, 2003
Photo of avylover
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

avylover, Aug 08, 2003
Photo of Greenlabel
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Greenlabel, Aug 07, 2003
Photo of 99bottles
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

99bottles, Jul 28, 2003
Photo of Maestro
4.47/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Maestro, Jul 27, 2003
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

TheLongBeachBum, Jul 23, 2003
Photo of bditty187
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

bditty187, Jul 18, 2003
Photo of Jarod
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Jarod, Jul 17, 2003
Photo of feloniousmonk
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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...

feloniousmonk, Jul 09, 2003
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep ruby brown tone with a thin but frothy beige head, and with each sip this beer leaves even patterns of lace around the glass. Aroma consists of a healthy serving of malted barley giving this ale layers of sweetness entwined with a nutty almond esque tone very nice appeasing aroma perfect in every sniff of this divine nectar. In the sip there are some dark roasts giving a harsh tone within the sweet nutty flavors dancing in this lightly hopped ale. Very clean finish a refreshing wonder for the style very well made beer from Harrisburg. Mouthfeel is a little thin, but with all of the well done flavors it doesn't detract from the overall score that badly. A definite session nut brown ale meant to be enjoyed one after another a couple at a time at 4.4% abv I could enjoy this beer thoroughly.

WVbeergeek, Jul 03, 2003
Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed this hearty nut brown ale from Troegs! It poured a nice dark brown colour with a frothy tan head. The aromas were of nuts, malts, and light hops. The flavors were very similar and this was a very malty, lightly hopped, nut brown ale. The mouthfeel was pretty full for a nut brown ale and the drinkability was also very good for a beer of this style. I was suprised at the low alcohol content of this one as well...A very good brown ale!


francisweizen, Jun 25, 2003
Photo of tavernjef
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Caramel richly dark in color, solid and moderately opaque, thin dark ivory head, faded quickly with tiny lace spots slipping right back in. Smell is roasted sweet malts, tangy of dulled oranges with floral hop notes, nuts and honey. Taste is mildly roasted and tangy sweet malts, steadfast and quick on the buds with lingering nuts and hops into the finish. Solid tasting brown, good medium body with a bit of carbonation and ziz with flighty airyness in through the finish. Pretty solid brown, easy drinkin', mild and filling.

Thanks to Francisweizen for the bottle.

tavernjef, Jun 06, 2003
Photo of IrishRedRock
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow...another bottle of Troegs yields another amazing beer. Color is a deep reddish-brown with a thin head. Aroma lets you know what you're in for...plenty of sweet hazlenut and chocolate malt to make you want to drink some.
Mmmm...and it's delicious. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but has a very nice, low-carbonated smoothness to it. Big flavors of nuts and mild chocolate notes, and a surprisingly dark roasty malt flavor. Quite impressive. A wonderful effort at the style..to me, its right up there with Rogue's Hazlenut Brown Nectar. Good Lord, my glass is almost empty!

IrishRedRock, May 10, 2003
Photo of aaronh
4.4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, reddish brown, with a thin tan head. The head quickly fades to a thin ring of foam. The aroma is very nutty, and sweet, with a nice dark chocolate note. Maybe even a hint of roasted malt or coffee. The taste is very good, with a great roasted hazlenut taste. Also nice notes of coffee and chocolate. A bit of hop bitterness is present in the finish, but just to cleanse the palate. It is not a major player in the overall taste. The lingering aftertaste is like chocolate covered coffee beans. Just a touch of eathy graininess in the finish. The mouthfeel is solid, with just enough carbonation to liven things up a bit. The drinakbility is very good. Another fine brew from the Trogner brothers.

aaronh, May 05, 2003
Photo of Darkale
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is nutty, of course -- a blend of hazelnuts, earth, and unsweetened chocolate. Predominant smell is a sharp, dry snap of nuts, as if your nose were pressed right up against a hazelnut the moment that it cracked open. Smoky and sharp.

Head is full and fast with very good lacing, body is dark brown.

Taste is chocolate and nuts, and more chocolate than nuts! This should be called chocolate nut brown ale. Slightly sour aftertaste, which for me anyway is not unusual in a brown ale. Just an edge of chalkiness.

Mouthfeel is thin, which is odd for a beer with so much chocolate taste and aroma -- one expects something chewier, as with a stout or porter.

This beer makes you slow down. Complex flavors, well blended.

Darkale, May 04, 2003
Photo of Stubbie1
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Well this is brown ale and that is the color it poured, a dark brown. It is meet with a small off white head on the top. The head faded and left very little lace. The aroma has hint of caramel and roasted malt and small hint of coffee. The taste has a nutty flavor to it with the hints of coffee and sweet malt. There is a very mild hint of hops on the finish. This beer is light and very drinkable

Stubbie1, May 03, 2003
Photo of jreitman
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Quite nice chocolate nose with some fruitiness. Pours an amber brown color with a thing light brown head that is quite creamy and laces nicely. Chocolate and a sweetness are evident from the start with a roasted nuttiness coming out as the beer warms. Slightly slick, but medium bodied mouthfeel. Bitterness lingers on the side of the tongue for a while after each sip.

jreitman, Apr 17, 2003
Photo of beerluvr
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one poured out with a quickly fading medium tan head, over attractive dark reddish/brown liquid. Nose is a nice smelling blend of light chocolate and dry coffee aromas mixed with some malty sweetness...quite an appetizing mix. Taste is indeed nutty, with a tasty background chocolate character that changes to a malt based sweet note, with subdued hoppiness. Finishes clean and a bit dry on the palate. The easy-to-quaff character and relatively light alcohol content makes for a super session ale.

beerluvr, Apr 10, 2003
Photo of Riggo
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Troegs take on a traditional English brown, this ale pours a deep, dark caramel color with a beige head and moderate lacing. The aroma is malty and earthy with subtle spicy herbal hop notes and elements of burnt sugar and a very faint note of gingerbread (maybe good for the holidays). The flavor is of roasted malt, caramel, and nuts, with very low carbonation. Sweet malt dominates but subtley balanced with hops. The mouthfeel was a little thin.

A good session beer if you're looking for something a little earthy and sweet without being cloying, especially because of the low carbonation, which makes for a mellow quaffability and the low abv--4.4%, according to the website.

Riggo, Feb 22, 2003
Photo of RBorsato
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light brownish-amber with a low light brown head. Roasty coffee-ish aroma and a light toasted malt aroma. Nice toasty and nutty flavors with a perfect light roasty finish. Light-medium bodied. A very good session beer.

Label states: "Fuggle Hops" & "Toasted Amber and Chocolate malts"

RBorsato, Feb 07, 2003
Tröegs Rugged Trail Nut Brown Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 532 ratings.