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 Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A deep brown with modest initial white head on top. Suitable carbonated, aroma of nut and molasses and licorice. Smooth and very malty drinkable. Little bitterness from hops. Nice transition beer. Good example of its style. Moderate alcohol appreciated as a session beer.

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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 djrn2
3/5  rDev -19.4%

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 brentk56
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy tawny color with a bit of head that retains well and leaves behind splashes of lacing

Smell: Nice aroma of malted milk chocolate and hazelnuts

Taste: Very malty milk chocolate and hazelnut flavors up front; by mid-palate, a bitter coffee element creeps in; after the swallow, the malt and nut flavors return with a flourish, but that coffee emerges again at the very end; a bit aqueous at the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a healthy level of carbonation

Drinkability: Nothing overly complex here; just one of the most drinkable browns you will encounter

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Photo of NeroFiddled
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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Photo of DrBier
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Decided to revisit this after several years since it was fresh on tap at the brewery. One word, OUTSTANDING! Blew Bells Jupiter out of the water.

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Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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 TheManiacalOne
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from stewdawg, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a thin but dense off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malt, maple and nuts along with a little hops.

T: The taste is very malty with sweet flavors of maple, caramel, nut and some roasted coffee in there. There’s a mild but complimentary hops presence that provides a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly bready with a touch of sweetness.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style. This is nice beer with a lot of substance that won’t knock you over, thus it’s your quintessential “session” beer.

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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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Photo of REVZEB
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Thorpe429
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

G: Poured into a Nugget Nectar pint glass.

A: Dark, nutty brown on the poor. Minimal whitish head. Nearly opaque in the glass.

S: Slightly nutty and sweet; perhaps some molasses and a little bit of caramel.

T: Malt and a bit of caramel. Hints of molasses and some hops are there. Almost tastes a bit watered down.

M: Slight carbonation and light-bodied. Not terribly smooth.

D: More "sessionable" than most brown ales, but I don't know if that's a good thing in this case--probably the least impressive brew I've had from Troegs.

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Photo of smcolw
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark ruby color--light does shine through. Modest head that settles to a single layer of bubbles. Good lace on the glass.

Chaulky cocoa smell. Weak.

Quite thin, almost like water. Light chocolate malt with a mild hop kicker. A little one-dimensional, easy to drink, but not fascinating.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.84/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Back on tap at the brewery after a couple of years on hiatus. Pours a deep clear ruby with a foamy off-white head. Nice retention that leaves a rich smattering of lacing down the sides. The aroma smells of floral and green citrus notes with a light sprinkling of toasted nuts and cocoa along the back. The taste switches things up, being more sweet and nutty (and just a smidgen of dark fruit) up front before giving away to bitter tingle of earthy citrus flavors. Dry and bitter on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium with a firm creaminess to the carbonation that flows nicely in the mouth. It's good to have the Rugged Trail back, as it is a nice and slightly Americanized take on an English Brown Ale. I'd hoping this is the first of many return appearances for this beer.

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Photo of BEER88
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at Crazy Tomato in York after learning of the imminent retiring of the brown ale from Tröegs. I remember tasting this years ago when it was simply called 'nut brown' ale and later when updated to Rugged Trail. I poured this into a tulip pint chilled from the brown 12oz'er.

A - A deep brown shade with crimso hue when held to the light with a rocky 2 finger beige cap. The ale has good clarity and the lace clings well in copious amounts like a camouflage pattern

S - A roasted nose, dark grain w/ coffee-like elements and mild fruit ester w/ a hint of caramel and light woody scent

M - A mild body w/ light toasted and moderate sweet texture w/ mild carbonation and light roasted barley dry edge w/ a semi-sweet finish

T - A slightly toasted and coffee tinged roastiness from the barley w/ mild nutty tinge and slight creamy yeast taste. The ale has a moderate smooth chocolate malt flavor and mild sweet light brown sugar aspect w/ a semi dry grain note in the finish

D - I like this beer, not very jazzy but traditionally made English style - simple and quaffable - very nice for pairing with poultry or maybe a simple meal of meatloaf and brown rice -I enjoyed it and feel it fits the style well -see you on the flipside rugged trail!

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep dark brown with a nice thick creamy head, this quickly faded but left about a half an inch of frothy cream on the top. Very nice lace, and lots of visible carbonation on pouring. Smell could have been a bit stronger, but what was there was caramel predominating, followed by hints of hazelnut and bread and yeast tones. Some residual grassy hints as well. Taste was rather odd when cold, but as it warmed a bit of nuttiness and a bit of a dry somewhat muted hoppiness came through. The consistency was very odd, had a slick, oily feel to it that was rather off, and could also feel a bit syrupy at times. Towards the end I seemed to have found a bit of a taste for it as it seemed to start to come off better. Would like to try this again, as it may have been a bad first impression. Could be a decent session beer when all is said and done.

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Photo of orangesol
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The dead have risen! Zombie beer from the past back by popular demand. A small batch brewed on the Scratch system, tap only for the locals at the brewery.

A - Pours deep dark brown with a pillowy two finger tall white head leaving light streaks of lace down the glass.

S - Smells of caramel, toffee, fresh roasted nuts, day old coffee, and a touch of molasses. Not the best smell but not the worst either.

T - Starts off with a bit of sweetness; mostly molasses and caramel; quickly giving way to hints of nuts, stale coffee, and a touch of hop bitterness. Grows a bit watery at the end of the glass but it was still easy to finish.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Smooth, slightly sweet feel with a bit of chewiness coming through more and more as it sits in the glass.

O - I am glad to see this one back around, all be it for a short period of time. I have missed this one dearly as it is very easy to drink and the low ABV make it very sessionable. I shall get my fill while it lasts...

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Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +7.5%

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 stakem
3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color that appears to be very clear judging from the edges of the darkness. Has less than a finger of tanned head without much retension and leaves little lacing on the glass. Nose is full of a malty sweetness and a touch reminescent of caramel. Also includes a bit of hops on the backend blended with the sweetness. Taste is full of grain, little bit of malt sweetness, caramel and finishes quite crisp. Minorly bitter in the finish as well. Lingering taste of grain and hops with only a trace of bitterness.

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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 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
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