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.

Added by purplehops on 05-13-2002

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Photo of Reagan1984
1.98/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Got this out of a Troeg's variety pack. Man this is the dog of the group. Not even close to the quality of the other Troeg's items.

Where to begin?

Poured with a minimal head. Light beige Fades immediately and no lacing. A brown shoe polish color. Mahogany tones.

Aroma is very very light and almost non existent. Perhaps a bit of toasted malt. Maybe a touch of cinnamon.

The flavor is just flat and one dimensional. And that dimension is not very good. Muddy, very very light malt. No finish and very watery.

Mouth feel is light and flat. Almost no carbonation and with the lack of flavor it's not much.

Hate to say I ever drain poured a Troegs. But I just did. This kills the variety pack for me...

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Photo of BGsWo22
2/5  rDev -46.2%

Photo of gafferjohn
2/5  rDev -46.2%

Photo of Nichols33
2/5  rDev -46.2%

Photo of Knapp85
2.4/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Had this back on 3-22-09. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. This beer was a nice brown color with a tan colored head. So far so good. The aromas weren't bad it was semi sweet with some bitterness on the nose too. The Flavor just wasn't all there for me. Not sure why, it just didn't seem right. Kind of a little disappointing.

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Photo of Metalmonk
2.56/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Wow, that's a dark-brown brown ale. The label claims it's a "bronze" color, but I looked at this under several different light sources and it looks about as brown as brown gets before turning black. Head was fizzy and thick for about a minute before dropping to a skim, then a thin crown.

Aroma is nutty, husky, caramel-ish, faint tobacco and maybe watery milk chocolate.

Flavor is nutty with a background layer of milk chocolate. Some generic-brand cola too. The finish puts it in the grave with an unappealing plastic astringency.

Mouthfeel: yeah, it's carbonated, probably a little too much, but even that doesn't disguise that this is watery and too thin.

I dunno. There's not much to get excited about here. I'm not a huge brown ale fan, but even for the style it's lacking. Troegs brews much better beers than this. Rugged Trail is probably only for the insane brown ale connoisseur who has to try them all. I'm going to breeze through the rest of this bottle and finally get to my first Bigfoot of the 2008 season...

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Photo of olmatty
2.56/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- Pours a three finger tan head with poor retention and very little lacing. Very dark rich chocolate color

Smell- Nearly nonexistent aroma of malt

Taste- Chocolatey and roasty malts in far less abundance than necessary with hops bitterness running far in the background.

Mouthfeel- Slightly flat and watery

Drinkability- Easy drinking as a nut brown should be. Just a boring example. I wouldn't look forward to a second bottle ever.

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Photo of dacrza1
2.57/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A dark velvet, almost cola tint forms minimal head....syrupy sugar maltiness in the nose...swift thin rush to the throat--distributes evenly...a bit too fizzy and a bit too un-nutty to produce high marks...a malt presence that suggests imbalance...with time, the taste settles in the tastebuds...not among the better nut browns, but not a turn-off to the style either....Troegs gets the benefit of the doubt normally, but this lacks the professed "toasted" tag I read in its description....

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Photo of VTaler
2.58/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - very dark red with little to no lacing or head
S - hoppy with some malt background
T - strong taste for something with only 4.4% ABV. Sour. Tastes like a hefewiezen with more hops and molasses. Overall bitter and sour taste. Not what I've been expecting from a dark beer. I really don't like sweet beers but this could be a little sweeter to balance out the sour taste. It says there is chocolate notes in there but they are very subtle
M - medium carbonation and medium body
D - not very drinkable. Could barely finish one

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Photo of KenOnBass
2.6/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

There was really no head or anything. The beer itself was dark brown.

I could not smell anything either. Which I thought was weird from a nut brown ale.

It tasted alright.

The mouthfeel was good, as it was heavy and grainy. Like a nut brown ale should be.

I guess overall I would rate the whole package as slightly below average.

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Photo of wheelinshirt
2.7/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle from Abe's in Bethlehem. Poured a dark brown color, mahogony almost. Very clear and crisp looking. A finger of tan head that left some lacing, medium retention.

Smell is pretty tame (subtle if you are being optimistic). What is there is earthy and nutty. Taste is somewhat flat with a metallic aftertaste that i really did not like. Mouthfeel is too thin, Carbonation is pretty good, maybe a bit high. Overall an okay beer but not one that i will return to.

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Photo of maddogruss
2.72/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a glass mug. Very dark brown color; almost black. The head was pretty much nonexistent which may indicate where I will be going with the rest of this review. The small head also had very fast retention which did not even yield a layering on the surface of the beer afterwards. Could not really smell anything. I know I had a couple, so to double check I passed it to my friend and she said she could not smell anything either. Therefore, I deduce a poor smelling beer which did not get me too excited for tasting it. The taste was okay, nothing too impressive. Tasted a little bit on the bland side which is nto what I was expecting from an English Brown Ale; I was hoping for a little sweetness or a nutty taste to it but neither appeared. The mouthfeel was pretty good, it went down rather smooth. Overall drinkability, I would have to go with not too impressed. The lack of any hint of character in taste or smell does not really make a good beer. I will try another one and update later, if necessary, but I was not too impressed with this brew.

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Photo of TeachChefs
2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of PA-Michigander
2.75/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of lilbug09
2.82/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

It poured with a creamy/tan head. No lacing. The head quickly disappeared. It looked like an old cup of light coffee. it was a brown with ruby colors up to the light. The carbonation was low, very smooth light mouthfeel. it had a slight nutty taste and smelled like roasted malts - very malty.

There was not much to this beer. It was brown ale to definition. Nothing extraordinary.

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Photo of pavandal
2.83/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a mug from the bottle. Received in the Troegs Brewers 12 pack along with Their Pale Ale, Dream Weaver Wheat and The Hopback Amber ale.

Beer poured a dark brown, some deep magenta colors would show when held up to the light. No head, at least in the mug. No lacing either. A very "clean" beer.

Over powering yeast smell, not much else involved in the aroma here.

Coffee and a slight dark chocolate flavor fill the mouth in this one. Some nutty aftertastes, but not much else going on here. Barely any hop flavor to speak of, nor a real malty flavor. Seemed a bit weak in this department.

Light on the mouth, which is strange considering how dark of a beer this is.

Very low ABV going on here, so this beer is very drinkable. Definately not the best beer from the Troegs boys.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
2.85/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark brown color.. little to no head, very small amount of lacing. Smell is very nutty and has some nice roasted aromas to it. Taste is mildly light bodied, okay mouthfeel.. the usual brown ale nuttiness to it. Suffers from a lack of carbonation.. very flat, doesn't make the beer all too appealing. A decent beer.. clearly the low-light of the mixed 12 but it seems like every brewery feels obligated to make a brown ale. I'll drink it, but I'd rather have any other beer from this brewery.

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Photo of lackenhauser
2.88/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Nice deep mahogany color-resembles a fine piece of furniture in color. Ok aroma-some caramel and slight coffee aroma. Rather sharp and bland flavor. Nutty tasting but somewhat acrid. Trace of maltiness Average body-a boost might bring the flavor up. Rather unimpressive overall. I want to say this is the first beer I had tried by Troegs more then 5 years ago and I wasnt impressed then. They can do better for sure. While this is an edit (07/19/07) from a slightly more postive review from 18 months ago I dont see this being worth a try, at least not for me.

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Photo of mempath
2.9/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

vigorously poured into an english pint...if hadn't, i don't think the head would've been much of anything...which is settling fast but leaving a nice lacing...still the foam looks unstructured and thin. love holding this to the light; it's a deep deep blood-ruby red! or cola syrup.

smells of irish brown bread...simple, earthy and a promise of hearty satisfaction. nothing pretentious here. almost wish it flaunted a little bit...there's the caramel-malty notes.

taste/feel...hmmm, for a split second, i am still expecting something too sweet and too bitter...smokiness...but i don't get it at all...there's an immediate 'sourness' i do like but it's counterbalanced by a just as mediocre sweetness which i usually don't like, but would now. something missing. depth? the high carbonation masks alot. maybe it's too cold.

another swallow and i just got get alot here. it really needs the punch given to those stellar amber ales of troegs...please, DRY HOP this one and call it Ragged Nectar or something.

sure, this is drinkable, but it's sadly about as uninteresting as that Pete's i had the other day. thin, pedestrian. not bad at all. but nothing to crow and caw about. at all...

probably best with roast beef sandwich on sourdough...or fish and chips (and lots of vinegar)

40 minutes later, it has warmed up and really, nothing new emerges. nothing sweeter or even bitter. i think the low ABV doesn't allow this to really shine as other nut browns do.

this Trail is rather smooth and unrugged...

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Photo of tone77
2.9/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a brown bottle into a weizen glass. Has a dark, almost coffee like color with reddish hues. Smells of caramel and chocolate. Tastes somewhat bitter with caramel finish. Creamy in the mouth. Kind of heavy on the stomach so drinkability is not so great. Maybe nut brown ales are not for me.

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Photo of acrawf6
2.91/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clears out a clear dark ruby brown with a small tan head.

Smell. Good amount of malts, but not so sweet to me. Small bit of caramel but mostly nuts. Smell is quite rich and potent.

Taste. Malts dominate with barely any trace of hops (until the swallow). A bit nutty and roasted malts. Is a touch peppery. Is it just me, or is this flavor similar to a doppelbock? Does finish with a nice roasted maltiness.

Mouthfeel is ok. Body starts of strong, but finishes a little slick and empty.

Overall, not too big of a fan of this beer. Love their other ones, but i found this lacking any great qualities. I cant help but keep thinking of doppelbock with this one. And i question if i got a bad bottle, but there are no traces of skunk or infection.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
2.95/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into Macado's "Halloween 2009" branded American pint glass.

Appearance: Dark cola color with a medium tan head which leaves behind lots of lace as it dissipates.

Smell: Smells of chocolate malt with a bit of a roasted hint. Slight nuttiness.

Taste: Tastes of chocolate malt with a bit of grassy bitterness toward the end, which is rounded out by more sweet chocolate. Slight metallic hint that takes a bit away. Thin taste overall with little aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with balanced carbonation and a dryer finish.

Drinkability: Looks like a stout and would definitely be one if the body were heavier and it was more roasted and a bit dryer. Not bad, but thre are much better representations of this style to be found.

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Photo of SammiJo
2.96/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A- This beer looks great in the glass. It is deep brown with a nice head when poured aggressively. Lacing was also great.
S- There were no overwhelming aromas, a little caramel sweetness and malt, but you have to give it a strong sniff.
T- Very one-dimensional. Not as much caramel nuttiness as I hoped for. Not offensive. Light with a little sweetness. Slightly bitter aftertaste.
M- The mouthfeel is what ruined this for me. I know it is only 4.4% abv, but it felt very light and watery. Carbonation was also lower than expected.
D- The lightness makes it very drinkable.

I would recommend this to someone who likes very light, non-offensive beers. But it is not for me unfortunately.

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Photo of Danflurry
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of Rifugium
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at ? (notes don't specify)

Yeah, it's a brown ale...not really my style at all. Pours a murky walnut brown with a small layer of white bubbles for a head. Nutty, sweet aroma, a bit buttery. Toasted malts in the taste, nutty again, sweet, diacetyl, and a bitter finish. Not entirely bad, but just too sweet for me perhaps. Medium body, and not something I'd want to drink again, aka most brown ales.

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Rugged Trail Nut Brown Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
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