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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 ZeroSignal
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown with hints of red with a two finger beige head that settles and remains light on top.

S - Nose is malty with light hints of cocoa and chocolate

T&M - I feel as though this should feel more full bodied, but it's actually rather light...seems very sessionable. In the flavor there is a malt predominance but a slight bitterness as well. I've never really commented much on carbonation, but here it seems very pleasing on the tongue.

D - Seems very easy to drink, but I think overall I found this slightly lacking in depth of flavor. Not bad though if I want to throw a few back.

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Photo of deapokid
3.22/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Since this Troegs sampler pack staple is getting put out to pasture, I figured I'd give it a farewell review.

Pouring a dark brown/caramel color with minimal head and touch of lacing, this English brown boasts an average amount of lacing and not much in the way of retention. Passable, but not inspiring.

Smells include roasted notes, rich caramel and a hint of doughiness. Aroma is subtle, but the faint scent of coffee bean is quite nice if you can nose it out.

The flavor profile benefits most from the boatload of caramel, but hints of milk chocolate and a mild fruit sweetness are also notable. Unfortunately, the flavors are undermined a bit by the thin and watery character of the liquid, which definitely lessens the power of the sweet and dry aspects.

This isn't necessarily the hardest thing to drink, but it is a pretty standard issue brown ale and I presume that's why Troegs decided to retire it.

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Photo of JerseyPaul
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear, dark brown color with some reddish highlights; light tan head that dissipates rather quickly but leaves good lacing

Smell: Sweet, roasted nuts with hints of chocolate

Taste: Sweet malt with roasted nuts to start; some hints of chocolate and coffee also

Mouthfeel: Medium body; good carbonation; goes down smooth with a little chewiness at the end

Drinkability: Easy to consume; can drink a lot of these in one sitting; would definitely have another

Overall, Rugged Trail is a very good brown ale. The aroma and taste are above average, although the mouthfeel is a little lacking. The low ABV (4.4) makes this an outstanding selection for a session beer, especially in the colder months of fall & winter. I'm very disappointed that this has been retired by Troegs.

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Photo of soco7tyx7
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep brown in color with a 1 finger light tan head

S - Sweet roasted malts, some dark fruit, earthy tones

T - Sweet roasted malts, notes of toffee, hint of bitter chocolate leaving lingering bitterness

M - Wet, body on the lighter side, smooth. Kind of thin but finishes a touch velvety

D - Very drinkable. Refreshing and enjoyable to drink. Decent and could kick back a few for sure

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Photo of bob3701
3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint. Poured a clear deep mahogany color with a small tan head that quickly goes into a ring with pretty good lacing. Light malty aroma but not much else. Very mild in taste malty with a slight sour note and a clean finish. Overall a pleasant experiance. The mild taste and low AVB make this an excellent session beer too bad it took me this long to try it now that it will not be brewed anymore.

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

Picked up at Save-On Tobacco & Beverage, Mentor, OH. as a single for $1.49. Poured into my SA glass at fridge temp. The pour produces a deep mahogany colored brew that isn't opaque. Holding it to the light produces some red highlights. Head is beige and on the small side, which reduces to a very thin cap in short order. Not much lacing left on the glass, though you get some with a swirl.

The nose is malty and spicy ... almost a peppermint spiciness in there. Faint chocolate and no noticeable hop presence in the nose.

Taste is similar to the nose. Different from porters in that there is little roastiness, but a faint hint of chocolate is in the background. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, I thought .. but that's me. At 4.4% abv, you gotta love this as a good session brew. Drinkability +.

I understand that Troeg's is discontinuing this beer from their lineup, which contains so many great brews. Much of their lineup is made of of robust *big* brews. Lets hope they always find a place for a nice mild session brew. Get some while you still can.

Na Zdravje!

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Photo of keanex
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought this at a local Canals while trying out other Troegs.

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It resembles coke in a way. Dark but semi-transparent with a fizzy looking head. Head was medium sized but fizzled out rather fast. Smelled like some sort of nut, slightly off-putting.

Taste is rather lacking, slightly nutty flavor. Goes down smooth though with a decent drinkability.

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Photo of ToasterChef
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a cellar temperature bottle into a pint glass. There is no freshness date on the bottle, but I've had it for a number of months, so it may be past its prime. The beer is a very dark brown; not as dark as dark chocolate, but close to that. There was a modest head of tan bubbles that quickly settled to something that's less than a skim of foam, just a few small bubbles and a little foam lacing, but I can see bare spots as well. Swirling the beer around gives a minimal amount of lacing. There's a little sweet malt in the nose; maybe some raisin; and some warm, toasted grain. All of the aromas are very slight though. The beer has some sweet malt flavor up from to compliment the aroma. This gives way to a nutty, biting flavor. At first I thought it was an off taste; but after taking a few more sips, I like it. The flavor is a bit watery for my tastes, and I'm the first to say that I'm not a big fan of brown ales, but I like this one. This beer has a light body, but it is also complex. The watery flavor makes it feel light at first, but the robust, nuttiness in the finish gives the beer some punch as you swallow. Very little mouthcoating, just a hint of sweetness can be found if you go looking for it. This beer drinks very easy. I can't think of any real objections, other than it's not a challenging beer. The Rugged Trail will never command your full attention, but would be great to drink whilst engaged in other activities.

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Photo of drifter29
4.14/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - extremely dark with a creamy, lacy head that quickly vanishes

S - not much here, maybe it's just me

T - nice and smooth with a subtle carmel finish, not alot of bite but chewy enough to satisy

D - At 4.4% you can easily session this beer, not as scary as it looks

Troegs is one of my favorite brewers and while this beer is a bit tame, the taste is great

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Photo of mtnbikerpa
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle. Bottled on date 8/09. Poured into a pint glass with lil head. Dark brown color. Scents of roasted nuts, coffee, and cocoa. Very little carbonation. Very smooth creamy mouth feel. Slight nutty flavor along with a slighty bitter chocolate, coffee almost mocha taste. Pretty drinkable. I just wonder if this bottle is a little flat because of the bottled on date.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at the brewery into a snifter.

A: Clear body is a dark brown with ruby highlights; the small head disappears fairly quickly, leaving a small ring and only the faintest hint of lacing.

S Nutty, toasty, slightly smoky malt and a bit of dry, grassy hops (Fuggle, according to the accompanying literature). Not bad.

T: Follows the nose, with a focus on the rich, nutty malts. Nice smooth finish. Tasty, straightforward English brown.

M: Medium-to-full-bodied with lots of soft carbonation.

D: A bit over-powering with the nutty malts, the hops fail to provide much balance.

Notes: Tasty enough beer (and thoroughly to style), but hardly inspiring.


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Photo of nickd717
3.57/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Now I love Troegs, but I wasn't a huge fan of this offering.

Pours a somewhat cloudy dirty brown color with almost no head.

Aroma is malty and nutty, your typical brown ale profile, no two ways about it.

Flavor is Maris Otter malts, nuts, earth, and a little water. Doesn't round out the way I'd like it too, but certainly not bad. Slightly hopped.

Medium-bodied and fairly smooth on the palate, but just a tad watery.

This is definitely very easy to drink. Overall it is decent, but in a whole different class from, say, AleSmith Nautical Nut Brown.

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

Appearance - Dark brown with an off white head, not much in terms of lacing.

Smell - faint but I smell roasted/caramel malts.

Taste - chocolate and nutty but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel - nice and crisp and lightly carbonated

Drinkability - Pretty good in my opinion, not the of it's kind but you could do a lot worse.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.01/5  rDev -18.9%
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 OatmattStout
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

nice head and very nice crimson color up to a light.

nose is really nice caramel nougat nose

taste is solid definite coco undertones, solid malt flavors but not overly sweet and makes it easy to keep drinking. nice drying hop finish.

nothing jumps out at you but thats what an english brown is and this is a good one.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.61/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Beer is dark brown (looks nearly black at first but its still see through). Thin brown head forms and breaks really quickly. Carbonation is moderate to low and there is no lacing left on the glass. This beer is much darker than I was expecting but it looks fine.

There is almost no aroma. Maybe a slight roast, no hops or anything. No malt or sweetness at all.

Beer has a slight roast character to the flavor in the back of the palate, no bitterness from hops that I can detect, a little caramel in there. Overall the beer is medium body and roasty.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.26/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Very nice nut brown color. Plenty of head.
S - Smells faintly of walnuts but mostly hops.
T - Wanted more sweetness but I got some nut flavor.
M - Dry and hoppy with very little malt.
D - Not that great. I will be looking for a better nut brown ale.

Overall I don't see myself paying 1.99 for this beer again. Especially when I can get a Samuel Smith Nut Brown ale that's around 5% ABV and taste's way smoother for 2.50.

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Photo of chicagobeerriot
3.07/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer sure looks the part: in the glass, it appears black, but shows off some nifty ruby highlights when held to the light. Two fingers of off-white foam stick around for a while, before scaling back to a thin haze on the surface.

I fully understand that the style is supposed to be reserved, but this beer is downright introverted. Not getting much on the nose: there's a bit of whole grain bread and some light molasses, but that's pretty much it.

The flavor is similarly shy. Bread and brown sugar flavors are in there along with a light bitterness, but the flavors are all too restrained. This beer isn't awful by any stretch of the imagination. The flavors are clean and in balance. I just wanted a bit more to chew on.

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

Poured a deep brown color, with less than a finger of off-white head and little lacing, in an American pint glass. Smelled of nuts, caramel, a little cocoa powder, and a little roasted malt. The taste was more intense, with more nuttiness, chocolate, roasted malt, and even a little bit of coffee flavor. Surprisingly, the body was light and decently carbonated, but at least this made for an easy-drinking session brown ale.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured out of a 12oz. glass into a Captain Lawrence pint glass.

A: Gentle pour yields a half finger coarse light brown colored had that dissipates almost instantly, leaving nothing more than a thin white film on top. Brew is a deep, almost opaque satin color. Lacing is thin and stringy but present.

S: A bit boozy on the nose, grapes, a slight hint of chocolate, caramel, and a subtle nuttiness.

T: Poured this one a little cold so I let it warm a bit... opens a bit sour, grapes, nutty towards the middle with just a bit of chocolate. Ends boozy and a bit caramel nutty but its just really too watery to tell. Almost no aftertaste.

M: Very light bodied and coarse and crisp. Finishes simple and clean with near no aftertaste. Goes down real easy.

D: The body helps a bit here but this is not the most impressive brew. Not enough character and not enough flavor. This one is a bit too mellow for my tastes. I'll pass on it next time.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
2.95/5  rDev -20.5%
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 -20.2%
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 thecarster1
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a pint,

s- not very aromatic, roasted malt, biscuit, chocolate.

t- nice roasted caramel malt, milk chocolate, little smoke and roast, biscuit, tasty, non offensive but flavorful and enjoyable.

m- medium body, little bit of coating.

d- really tasty and drinkable, didn't realize that the abv was this low (4.40%), i could easily have two or three of these, another great troegs offering.

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Photo of deaconoflove
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

updated review on 01/10/2010.
ap. very dark brew with red/amber highlights. Not much head at all.
sm. Caramel, chocolate malt with a little grapefruit hops back in there. Fresh!
ta. Caramel, chocolate up front moving to a roasted, burnt coffee flavor...slightly bitter kick at the end. Very very nice.
mf. good carbonation, medium body
dr. goes down way easy, I could do more than one if I had it on hand.

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Photo of jhammel01
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown with a two finger head. Its a bit off white, almost coffee color. Head dissipates but keeps a ring around the top and laces all the way down. Always a good sign...

Smells a bit hoppy with some dark roasted malt lingering in the background..

Tastes a bit nutty, possibly walnuts with a bit of hoppy mildness and roasted, smokey malt in the finish. The nut flavors linger long after the last sip...almost peanutty, I just cant put my finger on the nuts used..

Mouthfeel is not overly carbonated like some brown ales Ive had. I definitely think thats a good thing. Its a also a nice full bodied brew.

Last time I had this I did not find it to be that memorable....This time though, I'm ready to go out and get a full sixer of it! Good stuff!

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Tröegs Rugged Trail Nut Brown Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
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