Tröegs Rugged Trail Nut Brown Ale | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Rugged Trail Nut Brown AleTröegs Rugged 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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Photo of washburnkid
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Why is this beer retired??? Reviewed from notes.

Just under a finger of beige head. Body is dark brown/mahogany, and there's a tiny bit of retention and not much lace to speak of. Aromas are chocolate maltiness dominating, but not explosive by any means. Acidity discernible in the aromas as well. Flavors are definitely chocolate. A nice tang that balances out, but the emphasis here is definitely on the chocolate biscuit malt, just what I'd expect from an English brown. Mouthfeel is high carbonation, seemingly making whatever acidity is there pop out. Lighter body, all in all a really easy drinking beer.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle from cmurren25, thanks Chad. Pours a dark crimson color with a fine-bubbled tan foam. Fades fast to a bubbly sheen and leaves a bit of lacing.

Nose is milky sweet and cocoa malts. Maybe a little bit of nuttiness makes it in there as well.

Taste is nutty with a decent roast and touch of chocolate. Very good combination of malty flavors, I like it. Quite drinkable, and sessionable to boot at 4.4%. The nut flavors are very prevalent and varied...peanuts to brazil nuts to cashews. I wouldnt mind a bit creamier body and more malt presence, but I am still digging it, one of the better nut browns I have had.

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Photo of adamette
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Live Review. Poured from the 12 oz. single that I bought a few days ago at Save-On Tobacco & Beverage in Mentor, Ohio for $1.49 into my Brewery Ommegang Witte tumbler. No "best by" date observed by me. I love the "boot print" on the label as if it were hiked across!

A Good looking dark brown/ruby body that lets light through but is moderately dark under a great light brown creamy head that leaves moderate lacing. 4.0

S I get the expected medium roast malt with a muted sweetness and not too much hop presence but I believe that I also get a really nice cinnamon that is intriguing and irresistable! 4.0

T Not as nutty as Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale (anyone reading this owes it to themselves to seek out and drink that classic!) but with a similar medium roast malt and moderately nutty taste. I do not pick up much of the cinnamon that I perceived in the smell but that is just fine. A good Nut Brown Ale for sure. 4.0

M Appropriately smooth and full as you would want for this style. 4.0

D Really good and with the 4.4 ABV mentioned on the label, this can be consumed over and over. 4.5

Notes: My favorite English Brown Ale from "this side of the pond."

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Photo of socon67
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried this with dinner. Was pleasantly surprised.

Smell was a nice subtle caramel. The taste was pretty darned good. Kind of like a toffee flavor. The finish had some chocolate hints that I could pick up.

I could see picking up a 6 pack of this if I came across it. It isn't the best nut brown I've had, but much better than I expected.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A fair and rather quaffable nut brown ale.

Presentation: 12 oz capped brown bottle. Design pivoting around an rubber footprint over a forest skyline. Shows an illegible semi erased bottling date, Alc. by Vol. (4.4%). Served in a tulip glass.

A - Brown pour with ruby brown edges, slightly short frothy head, with poor retention, good lacing through the glass rescues the appearance with solvency.

S - Light nose, a bit of chocolate and roasted malt with a faint nutty sense.

T - Lightly roasted malt, tiny nut feel, chocolate hints.

M - Light-medium body with generous carbonation holding it up.

D - This works pretty well, nice brown session beer, not too enticing but quality and quaffable.

Notes: Sure enough, it may not be nothing remarkable but it is a decent brown ale, rather quaffable, pity to see it discontinued but luckily Tröegs will keep on brewing something quality to replace this one in their line up.

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Photo of BeerCon5
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber color with about 1/2 inch of slightly off-whit fluffy head.

The scent was primarily of toasy caramel malts.

The taste is toasty caramel malts and toffee up front, some apparent nuttiness, not much of a hop presence.

Light bodied, smooth and refreshing, somewhat thin, average carbonation.

This was a very easy drinker with good flavor. I thought it was a bit thin but was still tasty. Wouldn't mind having a few of these.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a dark reddish brown w/ 1/2 ginger white foam. Some residual at the top.

Milk chocolate smell.

Nutty taste, light sweetness, some caramel. Good close, balanced hop. Good carbonation.

Nicely blended - simple, well made, very drinkable. Enjoyable.

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Photo of TommyW
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark brown with an off-white head that sticks well.

S- Toasted bread, caramel malts and a touch of molasses.

T- Toasted and caramel malt flavors with some dark sugary molasses. A very faint floral hop profile. A little lingering burnt bitterness.

M- Medium/full, slick feel with an easy carbonation.

D- A nice brown ale that isn't overly sweet; very easy to drink.

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Photo of bgildea
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice dark brown color. Very little head that is white/tannish. The head faded quickly and left little lacing.

S: Nice smell of roasted malts with a sweet hint of chocolate.

T: Very nice flavor. Great balance of roasted malts with a slight background of hops. There is also a slight hint of chocolate that comes across at the beginning.

M: Pretty thin beer, little chew. I was hoping and expecting a little more though.

D: It's definitely a very drinkable beer. I'd describe it as a lighter brown ale, and I would have preferred a little more of a punch than 4.4 ABV.

Overall - Overall the beer was good. The flavor was well balanced of roasted malts and hops and also tasty. It's a drinkable beer that will probably appeal to most beer drinkers. I'd call it a light brown ale, so ale drinkers will enjoy, and it isnt too heavy for any light beer drinkers. I prefer porters and stouts, but I also enjoyed this one for a lighter brown ale.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear brown with a cap of off-white head. Smell is of roasted nuts, slight carmley sweetness and earthy hops. Taste begins as somewhat carmley sweet, prgressing quickly into the roasted nut territory. Finished with some earthy hopyness. Medium bodied, good level of carbonation. A good brown ale.

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Photo of rdub
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the fresh bottle into a clean pint glass. Brown color with a half inch of tan head, moderate lacing. Smell was "English" and reminded me of other nut browns. Roasty toasty and delicious. I liked this one. Easy to drink and made me want some fish-n-chips.

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Photo of kbeals
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

brees6221 sent me a few of these awhile ago, decided to open up my last one last night.

A- Pours a dark, nearly black color with a finger of off-white, nearly tan head. Head subsides rather quickly, with very little lacing.

S- Hints of chocolate and black licorice seem to dominate. A bit of caramel malt, slightly roasted.

T- Similar to the smell, the black licorice seems to stand out a little bit more than the chocolate. Slightly bitter, about right for the style. Nice and sweet to finish.

M- Medium body, good amounts of carbonation.

D- Very drinkable, I really enjoy black licorice so any beer that I find with this flavor is a pleasant surprise.

I really enjoyed this one, thanks again!

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Photo of Slatetank
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
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 generallee
4.23/5  rDev +14%
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 Hojaminbag
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rugged Trail is a beer that I've had many times, but I never got around to reviewing it. Now it is at the end of its line, as Troegs plans to stop brewing it, so I figured I would make a point to write a review of it.

Rugged Trail has a mahogany colored body with ruby highlights and a lot of carbonation bubbles. A thick tan head rises about two fingers in height, and it has good retention. Some pretty nice lacing is left behind.

The aroma has caramel, hints of bitter chocolate and an earthiness.

Caramel and toffee are up front, but they are tempered with bitter chocolate and even a touch of coffee. Surprisingly, the chocolate seems to be the dominant flavor. A little bit of roasted malts are in there also. There is a touch of earthy, nutty flavor in the middle. There is just a hint of hops that come out in the finish. Rugged trail is definitely a malty beer and it is pretty good. It tastes like a mix of a brown ale and a porter, which I guess makes sense considering the brewers always say they don't care about style, just their personal taste.

The body is medium to light in heft, and the carbonation is on the lower side.

Rugged Trail goes down really easily, and the fairly low ABV makes sure you don't pay for it. Rugged Trail was never my favorite in the Troegs line-up, and when I bought sampler cases they always seemed to be the last to go. I like it, but I don't think I will miss it too much.

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Photo of garuda
3.89/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very dark brown, almost black, little tan head, with some retention that clings to the inside of the glass, with decent lacing.

S - Very pronounced chocolate aromas, backed by roasted malts, some earthy, pine hops and a touch of coffee as it warms

T - Follows the nose, with the hop character very subtle, and the coffee barely making a presence as it warms.

M - Medium to full body, perfect lower carbonation makes a nice and creamy mouthfeel. Feels thick and even a bit oily, slick across the tongue.

D - I've thoroughly enjoyed this brown ale on a number of occasions, and am a bit disappointed that it was retired.

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Photo of berpwillie
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a dark brown color with not much off-white/ tanish colored head which went away quickly. vague malty and nutty smell but was much more present in the taste. very light for a darker style beer in my opinion. this one could use a significant boost to the ABV. pretty good beer but probably my least favorite of the troegs beers i've tried.

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Photo of krisandajt
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A local favorite of mine that I've enjoyed many times, just never reviewed. Since it is being retired, now is as good a time to review as I'm going to get.

Appearance: The beer pours a deep, rich, dark brown color. There's a nice half inch worth of small-bubbled, light tan head sitting atop this fine brew. The head fades rather quickly, but there is plenty of sticky lacing adhering to the side of my DFH glass.

Smell: The smell is sweet, and has a hint of milk chocolate to it. There's also a subtle bit of nuttiness to it that really adds to the overall nose. Very nice.

Taste: Sweet, refreshing, simple. There's some nice roasted malt characteristics mingling with the same milk chocolate that I picked up in the nose. The sweetness has an almost candy like quality to it, reminds me a bit of caramel.

Mouthfeel: A light to medium body, with just the right amount of carbonation for the style. Very refreshing.

Drinkability: A very drinkable beer. Some nice, albeit simple flavors, and a relatively low ABV makes this beer very sessionable. A tasty beer from Troegs, it's a shame it's being retired. If you can still find it, I recommend picking some up.

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Photo of Lunch
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12oz.l bottle purchased at Wells in Baltimore, Maryland (03/30/10) into my Troegs Troegenator mug at the appropriate temperature. I figured that I should review this beer before it is not longer available.

A: Pours a nice mahogany brown with a creamy tan head standing about a finger. Decent retention and bits of lacing.

S: Nice aroma of roasted malt, nuts, chocolate, caramel, toffee and some hints of raisin.

T: Easy drinking and flavorful profile including layers of roasted malt, caramel, toffee, chocolate, raisin, and a nice nuttiness. Well balanced.

M: Medium-bodied with vibrant and active carbonation.

D: Extremely easy to drink and only 4.4% abv. This is a very sessionable ale.

Overall this was a solid offering from Troegs and I am a little sad to see it go. Give this a try before it is all gone. Recommended.

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Photo of cdbooth219
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into mug

A: Pours a deep mahogany brown with one finger of tan head that dissipates rather quickly leaving some nice lacing on the glass

S: Smell is mainly of sweet caramel malts, with some hints of nut and biscuit as well

T: The nuttiness comes out first, followed by a nice malt backbone, and undertones of raisin and chocolate as well. Also some notes of brown sugar. Not a lot of bitterness, but theres a bit of it there at the end, giving kind of a bitter chocolate finish.

M: Rather medium in body and smooth. Leaves a bit of a lingering bitter chocolate aftertaste, and has a moderate amount of carbonation

D: Very easily drinkable and quite tasty. Low abv means that it is quite sessionable. I could definitely drink quite a few of these in one sitting.

Overall, this is a very enjoyable sessionable beer. If i can find a few more bottles i will definitely grab them.

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Photo of dasenebler
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich mahogany with reddish highlights. A generous off-white, frothy head forms and dissipates quickly.

Aroma is very mild, but nice, with notes of toasted malt and nutty sweetness.

Flavor is like the aroma, but a bit more complex. Lots of mellow nut flavor, coupled with a kiss of earthy, English hops. Lingering flavor is of toasted bread and grain. Mouthfeel is quite good for such a light, mild beer; smooth with creamy carbonation. Troegs always makes beer with great feels. The low alcohol makes for an easy drinking beer with a great dose of flavor.

Another keeper from Troegs, though I am disappointed to see that this great brown ale will be discontinued.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a reddish brown liquid, the edges allow nice red hues shine through. The head is tan in coloor, somewhat bubbly with little retention but leavings a thin lace covering the sides in a spider web fassion

S-the nose is light but very nice. Hints of roasted malts, lots of caramel with a touch of carmelized sugar, notes of dark chocolate and molasses.

T-the taste is not quite as nice as the nose, it is light though much like the nose. Slightly watery in the back, roasted malts, notes of chocolate and a hint of roasted coffee. Caramel and brown sugar all come in towards the back and are the most present of the flavors. Light tea like hops in the back and a faint bit of bitterness.

M-medium body but a little watery in the back similar to the taste. Syrupy and coats the mouth. Very smooth feel and a nice bit of carbonation.

D-this is a decent beer. It doesn't have huge flavor but what it does have works very well and offers a nice array of tastes.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A- pours a very dark brown with a paper thin white head that immediately disappears. Very strong lacing is left on the glass, at least.

S- not getting much of anything. Hardly any smokiness or nuttiness coming through at all.

T- a nutty, smoky sensation...I'm getting a little cinnamon or nutmeg maybe? The flavor isn't overwhelming...its very nice

M- very light. Almost tastes like a cola.

D- its a drinkable session beer. Probably the worst offering I've had from Troegs, which is saying something with how I'm grading this. I can see why they discontinued it, but its not a bad beer by any means...just a little light for Troegs standards

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Photo of yesyouam
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tröegs Rugged Trail Nut Brown Ale is a solid, dark brown ale with a thin, off white head that leaves solid sheets of lacing on the glass. It has a slightly sweet, wooden aroma that's nutty, with a note of toffee. It has a medium-light body that's very smooth with a slightly syrupy finish. It has a nutty, wooden flavor that's lightly sweet and lightly bitter with notes of toffee and malt extract. It's a very enjoyable brown ale.

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Photo of billshmeinke
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received as an extra in a trade with StormKing47.

Very dark brown bordering on black with some hints of ruby towards the edges of the glass. Finger and a half tan head that quickly died down to a thin layer of foam on top. Quite nice lacing too.

Smell is predominately dark fruits and caramel. Light at first, but becomes more fragrant as it warms.

The taste mostly follows smell. Some caramel and dark fruits, though the dark fruits were more prominent in the smell. There is a nutty flavor too. As well as a leafy bitter hop flavor.

Light bodied. Carbonation is on the low side of medium. Fitting of the style.

Very drinkable. Very flavorful for such a session-able beer.

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Tröegs Rugged Trail Nut Brown Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
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