Rugged Trail Nut Brown Ale | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Rugged Trail Nut Brown AleRugged Trail Nut Brown Ale

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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.

Added by purplehops on 05-13-2002

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5/5  rDev +34.4%

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5/5  rDev +34.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +27.7%

Photo of santoslhalper
4.67/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very nice brown color with crimson tinges. A nice off-white head with a little lacing. Smells of chocolate and mocha with a nice spicy chai hint. That taste is amazing. Best tasting of the Troegs I've had. Exteremly nutty. Imagine chocalte covered nuts with hints at caramel and a very mild hop flavor. Perfect. Balanced very well and feels great in the mouth. As with all Troegs, quite drinkable. This is my favorite of all troeg's offerings I've tasted. Unbelievably nutty and chocolatey. Tastes unlike any other beer, and to me, being unique is the most important characteristic in beer. I love it. Thank you Troegs.

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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 brewcrew76
4.6/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Brown/crimson with amber highlights. Small tan head that disappeared immediately.

S - Sweet caramel, very nutty (hazelnut maybe?), hint of chocolate.

T - Very nutty (definitely hazelnut in the taste), hint of chocolate, caramel and toffee. Nice and malty.

M - Thin and creamy. Very smooth.

D - One of the best browns I have ever had. Very flavorful compared to most browns I have tried. I am really disappointed this is not available to me locally.

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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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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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4.5/5  rDev +21%

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4.5/5  rDev +21%

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4.5/5  rDev +21%

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Photo of mophie
4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, another really fine example from the two brothers at Troegs. First off, I am not a big fan of brown ales, but this one might just be the one to put me over the top. Pours a rich amber-brown, with a full tan head that never quite goes away. Smells of hints of chocolate, a bit of nuttiness, and a tangy, fresh, Fuggles hop aroma. Initial taste is Fuggles, followed by a smooth roasted/toasted malt and chocolatey sweetness. Finish is nutty and smooth. Really, really nice beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +21%

Photo of IMincedTheKing
4.48/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ruby outlines the nigh-opaque dark brown pour. A chunky, cratered head tops off the glass.

The aroma is of slightly smoky and nutty malts. Almost cream-like. Some fruit presence.

On the palate it's juicy and nutty with a wisp of smoke. Sweet, but balanced by the hops. The mouthfeel is thin as water, but it seems almost creamy, somehow.

This is, overall, extremely balanced and very easy to drink. At 4.4% ABV, it's an excellent session beer.

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4.45/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clear, wonderfully colored crimson-tinged brown body capped by a short, frothy, and light-tan head that holds really well and leaves some nice lace throughout the pint. The nose gently becons you with a firm mocha note that's laced with gently spicy hop notes. The flavor, however, is much softer with a mildly sweet chocolate and caramel malt that's only fringed with roastiness and very mildly infused with hop character. Similar in many ways to a German-style dunkle. Bitterness is kept to a minimum to accentuate the malt, but still balances. A soft note of cocoa lingers on the palate in a short and dry finish. Exceptional. A really quaffable pint that still offers generous amounts of malt character and some limited complexity.

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4.45/5  rDev +19.6%
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.

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4.39/5  rDev +18%
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.

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4.38/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a nice brown ale with a malty aroma. The color is a clear brown with a shite to tannish head. There are nice malt flavors balanced with a slight nuttiness. There is moderate hop bitterness with little hop flavor and mild hop aroma.

This is a very nice, drinkable session beer. There could be a little more malt body to balance out the hop bitterness for my taste but a pretty good example of a brown ale.

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Photo of Alkey
4.37/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz. bottle poured a dark brown with very little head and some slight lacing. Smells mostly of roasted malts. Taste of a burnt malt chocolate with a bit of bitterness. Medium body mouth feel that seemed to thicken as it warmed. Very easy drinking beer I could have a few of. One of my favorites from Troegs and would purchase again.

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4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - pours a cherry wood reddish color, a healthy light mocha head of two fingers thickness. A wavy streak of lace here and there.

Aroma - nutty, roasty, some grainy and vague sugary sweetness.

Taste - toasty, nutty grain up front. Almost a bourbonesque flavor in there. Some light accompanying sweetness. The flavor thins out around mid-palate, some vanilla coming through. The swallow provides nothing new, just winds things down with a fading roasted grain. The flavors have tremendous balance. Any more intensity and nut browns can take on an unpleasant brown sugary taste, which I really don't like. This one, I like.

Mouthfeel - medium to med-plus body, carbonation is just a little lower than average. Amidst a bevy of macros at tonight's sand vb scene, this was a heavy hitter body-wise.

Drinkability - perhaps the most sessionable brown I've had. Big thanks to SlateTank for a whole sixer of these. Dude, you haven't written this one up? I shoulda kicked one back at ya, eh? :-)
These sre being enjoyed immensely...

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4.32/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a mug. Poured a deep cloudy brown with an off white colored heading. Lacing disapates quickly but settles and leaves a little bit of lacing rings throughout the tasting.

It has a kind of sweet smell. Chocolate, nutty,brown sugars.

Taste is of rich maltiness,again some chocolate flavor's and a subtle hop sting.

Mouth is thick but full-bodied heavily carbonated on the palate.

Drink is exceptional I could definetly have plenty more of these and they go down very smooth.

I think I have found my favorite from Troegs,very low ABV but the taste is simply awesome.

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4.32/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.32/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jim and Allie for the bottle!
Polished mahogany. On the darker side of the brown ale spectrum. Dissipating head, dying out to almost nothing very early on. Chocolatey malt, mild ale fruitiness, with enough caramel sweetness to go around. Some nutty qualities, with a mild herbal hop note (fuggles?). Very smooth drinking, with a soft, sessionable english vibe. Chocolatey malt up front, a touch grainy and biscuity, mildly toasty sweet. Soft fruity esters hint at plum and cidery apple. Mildy hopped in the finish, herbal and drying, coupling with the chocolatey flavors well. A distinct walnut skin aftertaste.
Very british feeling, right down to the carbonation. Put this in a 500ml bottle and I'd be fooled. Quite flavorful and satisfying, without being burdened by loads of alcohol. It would make for an easy session. One of the best brown ales coming out of the US, I think. Not exactly a popular style, but I like it a lot. Good stuff coming out of this brewery.

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Rugged Trail Nut Brown Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
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