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Rugged Trail Nut Brown Ale | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Rugged Trail Nut Brown AleRugged Trail Nut Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

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.

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Ratings: 561 |  Reviews: 442
Reviews by avylover:
Photo of avylover
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of ravenwork
4.56/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Troegs Brewery, bit too dark for a brown ale, but still a nice brown, and not amber, color, wonderful silky white foam, very tasty, and with pleasing lacing to the bottom of the pint. The flavor profile was robust, a good smooth blend of grain flavors, with a nice hop kick. The word was that the batch had been more highly hopped than in the past for Rugged Trail. It was posted as 5.2% ABV and 50 IBU. This is a very drinkable and satisfying brown. It's too bad brown ales aren't the American Beer du Jour these days.

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Photo of oberon
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of punkindrublic50
4.51/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Definitely in my top 3 every day casual drinking beers, if for no other reason than its smoothness and drinkability. Looks like an extremely dark malty brew, but your first sip reveals a smooth light nutty beer, with a hint of chocolate on the finish and a slight sweetness throughout. Let me emphasize how smoothly this beer goes down - on my first bottle I took a sip, swallowed, thought wow this is good, immediately took another sip... and repeated down to 2/3rds through the bottle before I caught myself. Even if you don't normally care for darker beers give this one a try - you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of hopsleeroy
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle received in trade from Zapata. Thanks for the opportunity

A-Pourd into oversized wine glass, dark brown/black color, very little head, alot of carbonation bubbles, looked kind of like cola
S-Nutty, caramel, toasted malt
T-Toasted grain, caramel/toffe, nice hop balance on the back end ending bitter, nut falvor on finish as well
M-Well carbonated, very light and effervescent
D-Very dirnkable brown-easy paring with food. I enjoyed this one and would drink again when the mood for a brown strikes me.

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Photo of chOAKbarrell
4.23/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Filled a growler at the Troegs brewtour yesterday for $7.25.

This is the first time I've had this beer on draft, and I do notice some differences from the bottled version. Or at least, there are some qualities present that I did not pick up on before.

The most noticeable difference is that this beer has an awesome chocolately undertone to it. This really adds to the full body and makes for a memorable, filling nut brown experience all around.

This is the best nut brown ale I can ever remember having. Highly drinkable and perfect for any time.

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Photo of banddfarms
5/5  rDev +34.4%

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.

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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...

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Photo of generallee
4.23/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The label lists the abv at 4.4% and there is no freshness date on it.

Appearance: The body has a dark caramel brown color with reddish highlights and a tall tan head on top. The head is very long lasting and thick. It is supported by nice visible carbonation that streams up the sides of the glass. As I drink it leaves behind lots of cool lace patters.

Smell: There is a nice malty aroma with toasted bready notes and sweet roasted caramel notes. Just behind that is light earthy/leafy hop presence.

Taste/Palate: It is sweet overall with nice roasted and toasted character. Sweet caramel and nutty notes mix with dark chocolate and roasted coffee notes. This is then backed up in the finish with some earthy and leafy hop spice and bitterness for some balance. The body has a good medium feel with just enough carbonation to give it some life.

Notes: Overall this was a very enjoyable Brown Ale with nice layers of roasted maltiness with hop backing.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of MisterDeeds
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a perfect pint glass.

Dark brown color. Almost appears black, until you hold it up to a light. Slight creamy head, most of which fades fast, but a very faint ring of of foam lingers throughout.

Smells sweet and malty. Just a like agood brown ale should.

I don't taste any nuts, as the name would suggest, but other than that, it seems like a decent brown. Not too sweet, with a slght malt aftertaste.

Smooth and easy going down. Is this what they mean by a "session beer"?

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Photo of tigg924
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: dark brown quarter inch head

Smell: nuts, earth, alcohol, and malt

Taste: sweet chocolate and a strong nut finish

Mouthfeel: smooth, sweet aftertaste

Drinkability: I like my nut beers to have a good nut taste to it and this fits the bill very smooth and sessionable...I like the multiple layers to this beer and it stands out among nut flavored beers..Dare I say, this may be the best nut brown I have had

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Photo of Mora2000
3.01/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle provided by hudsonphotog.

Pours dark brown with an off-white head. The aroma is basically non-existent, possibly some roasted or caramel malt. As it warmed you got some maple syrup aroma, but it was always very faint. The flavor is also not very strong, with some roastyness and nuttyness. The mouthfeel is fairly watery and the carbonation is low. I have liked the other beers from Troegs and maybe this was a bad bottle, but this one is a miss for me.

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Photo of jakester
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was from a sampler case I bought at the Beer Mart in Reading. I drank it in a pilsner glass.

Pours a pretty garnet with brown tints. A one finger head of light tan foam forms on top. This quickly settles to islands and a ring, with intermittent lacing on the glass. Carbonation looks medium.

Aroma is smooth dark chocolate, a little roasted malt, some citrusy/piney floral hops, very inviting.

First flavor is chocolate, followed by sweet caramel and burnt toffee. There are some light citrusy hops in the background, and fruity/nutty notes as well. This comes on sort of sweet, but finishes on the dry side. Tasty beer. Aftertaste is sweet and chocolaty.

Mouthfeel is smooth but tingly from carbonation. Finishes dry and refreshing; a well made beer.

This is a good English brown. It's dry and nutty, not too sweet, with just a hint of hops to keep you interested. I'd do this again, anytime.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic glass,a clear reddish-brown color,with a fluffy light tan head lacing the glass.
A very malty nose,with a clean smell,a combination of nutty,caramelly,chocolatly malt aromas,with a bit of a woody smell.
A complex malty taste with a balanced combination of all the malt tastes.
None of the malt tastes overrule here,just a nice sampling of all the malt flavors.
The mouthfeel was inbetween light and medium,a nice creamy texture finishing with a clean gentle refreshing bitterness,easy on the palate.
Execellent drinkability,an enjoyable experiance,a malt lovers delight.
A session brown ale for me,could drink this all night long.
I must try brown ale.

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Photo of jondeelee
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Has a medium-dark, earthy smell, as of fresh tilled soil. Mixed in with this are the aromas of lightly roasted nuts and toasted grains, along with a hint of chocolate malt.

On the tongue, the dark, nutty earthiness dominates the tastes, with many of the flavors from the nose translating directly over: roasted nuts and grains, and small amounts of chocolate malt. There's also a light caramel thread that runs through. Hops are light, but still faintly noticeable in the background as a bitter grapefruit fuzz. The aftertaste is a long fading off of the primary malt flavors, ending with a whisper of dark chocolate malts. The ale is more heavily carbonated that I would have expected, which takes away slightly from the flavors, making them seem weaker than they are.

Overall, while I do like the flavors in this ale, they seem weak, and the mouthfeel is a bit watery.

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Photo of Vintarabo
4.5/5  rDev +21%

Photo of Mantooth
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of far333
4.27/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep chestnut colored with a low off-shite head. Aromas of dark malts mixed with smoke and currant. Dry mouthfeel, a bit tannic, but full and rich. Lots of interesting flavors of cocoa, smokey charred wood, molasses, caramel, and some ripe cherry. Very smooth and balanced flavor, nothing too big tries to take over. A variety of flavors move in and out. Reminds me almost of a dry stout or porter. Really great beer, very drinkable.

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Photo of gunnerlincoln
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Kmahood13
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of williamjbauer
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

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Rugged Trail Nut Brown Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 561 ratings