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Tröegs Pale Ale - Tröegs Brewing Company

Tröegs Pale AleTröegs Pale Ale

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1,203 Ratings
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Ratings: 1203
Reviews: 584
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.29%

Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-22-2002)
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Photo of Sensaray


3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Clean and clear dark golden
Smells fruity sweet and bit flowery
Tasty, nice bitter close that's dry, hints at sweetness and good one to let linger. Clean citrus flavors with piney, slightly resinous bitterness
Mouthfeel is really nice, perfect level of carbonation to spread out the flavor and bitterness
Really solid offering that I've always enjoyed

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2014 22:36:29 | More by Sensaray
Photo of tbraun1


3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Nice, golden, clear pour. Hefty lacing and a rich head.

S- Nice citrus nose with some bready/biscuity malts coming through. A bit of straw.

T- Wonderful taste. Clean and balanced. Citrus, just enough bitter from the hops. Great session potential.

M- Again, well balanced. Not too carbonated, just enough effervescence makes it refreshing.

O- A great session APA. I'll definitely enjoy this one again.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 01:49:04 | More by tbraun1
Photo of FLima


3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Golden amber color with a thin thick head with low retention but leaving lots of laces.
Aroma of bread malt with light notes of herbal hops and papaya.
Flavor is more intense, notes of sweet pale malt, herbal hops with some lemon and grapefruit citrus, a hint of spices and resin finishing. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light body with low carbonation.
Pleasant beer that grows over time. Balanced and refreshing APA on the average lower side of intensity. Great fit for a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 16:25:24 | More by FLima
Photo of JJKBeerLvr


3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Light amber color, with nice thick and very light colored (almost white) head. The head lasted a very long time, and left a nice coating on the inside of the glass.

Smell: Pleasant, with a strong hops influence in the aroma. There is some sweetness and herb aromas, but the hops dominate.

Taste: A nice mix of hops and herb flavors with a touch of citrus, that make for an interesting Pale Ale. There is a nice after-taste, that lasts for a while but not too long.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and crisp, with a medium body.

Overall: This is an interesting Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 01:16:41 | More by JJKBeerLvr
Photo of SaintM


3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a sampler pack of troegs and this was the first to be grabbed at random. Had slight rusting around rim which I hope did not effect flavor in any way. Poured into a glass mug. This brew pours beautifully with a full luscious head of about 3 fingers that slowly dissipates over a couple minutes leaving lacing.

In the glass it looks very appetizing with a light gold hue with some light merky depth. The olfactory senses ever so slightly tingle with a not overpowering aroma of crisp fresh hops with a citrus finish. Taste however left something to be desired with a finish that was so so. First few where better than the rest....

This is my first review by the way and I have been enjoying this website.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2013 02:30:18 | More by SaintM
Photo of GaryLuderitz


4.19/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wonderfully hoppy pale ale that has a medium bitterness that grows on you. It is rich, but not heavy. Love the smell. The modest alcohol content allows me to have several pints. Of course it tastes best right out of the tap from Troegs Brewery right here in Hershey. I think it's their best beer, but I know there is some disagreement on that.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2013 21:42:20 | More by GaryLuderitz
Photo of delta490


3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- a clear medium gold. A creamy white head has nice retention and leaves big lacing. A steady stream of carbonation from the bottom

S-caramel malt and grapefruit

T- mirrors the aroma but is a little more balanced with strong caramel malt tones on the finish. Pretty much one note, but a tasty note

M- a hint of the carbonation but otherwise smooth and pleasant.

O- a nice above-average Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2013 22:19:38 | More by delta490
Photo of BMMillsy


3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from trade. Thanks! Pours a clear golden color with a nice small fluffy white head. Aroma is floral with some nice citrus and herbal notes. Flavor is a nice juicy light citrus with mild bitter and a sweet malt backbone. Goes down easy with plenty of carbonation. Nice simple exposition of the style. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 00:36:15 | More by BMMillsy
Photo of dougfur

New York

3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a really pretty straw color, with a touch of haze and a modest head. The smell is a nice subtle mix of hops and breadiness, pretty much what you'd expect from a decent APA. The taste follows through; nothing to write home about, but nice. A solid everyday kind of beer, that would be enjoyed by almost anyone.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 01:28:18 | More by dougfur
Photo of 1sophrosyne1


4.36/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I've had this Troegs standard a number of times and ways--decided over the last few pours over the last few hours that its versatility and stylistic precision deserved a review.

Pours an amber gold with fine clarity. Rising rings of fine bubbles come off the bottom of an IPA glass to feed a fallen head that had begun thick and collapsed in lumps. Patches of lacing hang on.
The bouquet holds a balance of spruce and fruity sweetness including strawberry and passionfruit. It's also mildly biscuit-malty with a kiss of buttery caramel. And there's just enough must for heady depth. More metallic as it warms.
There's sufficient cream as it crosses the lips to carry a bready foundation upon which to build a long, yet clean taste. Bright acidity lifts up the passionfruit alongside pineapple and lemon zest. lemon peel, orange, pineapple. Later bitterness of the hops brings resin that then relaxes into a chewy flour dough with a fairly lengthy finish.
The body is sufficiently light for lots of easy drinking, but just thick enough with grain and glycerol to allow all the taste complexity to unfurl. And the carbonation level is just right to make it all dance gracefully, but not too long.
Overall, there's very little to critique in the way of making improvements. A bit higher alcohol content might be nice; it's just a touch thin. But really, this is an APA splashed with quintessence. All the core scents and flavors are present with a hint of charm from others in fine balance. Whenever the scratch options aren't exciting, I count on this standard for a satisfying experience in the Troegs tasting room with or without food.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2013 01:24:02 | More by 1sophrosyne1
Photo of hopsputin


4.49/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a: light hazy orange/copper. 2 finger forthy white head that fades quickly

s: sweet fruit - strawberries, lots of pineapple, juicy passionfruit, nice light caramel. smells real juicy and makes your mouth water

t: right away i can tell its good. light juicy fruits mix with a nice sweet bread flavor. it is a sweet citrus - lemon peel, orange, pineapple. next you're hit with a solid amount of sweet malt and fresh biscuits - harmonizes and blends real nice. finally you're left with a slight bitterness which tastes like earthy pine

m: quite light with mild carbonation

o: this is a really solid APA in my opinion. its light and refreshing, but has nice juicy flavors in here combined with that fresh biscuit and finished with the light bitterness that makes this a great warm weather drinker. only thing against it would be feels a little watery - but it doesn't really effect in a negative way.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2013 04:33:37 | More by hopsputin
Photo of scotorum


3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into an Innis & Gunn flute

a: Golden amber with a two finger white head which receded to surface foam and some lacing.

s: Moderate citrus. Smelled like an IPA.

t: Hops first greet the palate but move to the background in favor of malt with an occasional tinge of orange. Very pleasant and easy drinking, although the orange seems to mutate to a sort of RAID odor finish which is otherwise clean and dry.

m: Slick and smooth.

o: A very good pale ale which although lighter in color than most pale ales, ultimately seems more traditional than the relatively hopped up American versions we tend to encounter today. Not that I don't like that, just what this one isn't..

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 04:40:29 | More by scotorum
Photo of JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Single bottle with a Troegs mixpack for some camping drinkin', picked up at Consumer Beverages in Orchard Park, NY.

Poured into a nonic. Light amber golden, about a half inch of head which has survived very well after an aggressive pour. Thick layer of foam, lots of lacing.

Nose is bread crust, caramel, citrus and pine hops. Faint, but good.

Tasty pale ale, I have to say, and a great sipper by the campfire. Hops are mild, but certainly contribute to the flavor department. Mild bodied, creamy feel, good carbonation.

Solid brew, good pale ale with some flavor to it. Hops accentuate the brew, rather than dominate.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2013 04:14:46 | More by JohnnyBarman
Photo of TheSSG


3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice, dense, white head that collapses, leaving nice lacing along the edges. Mellow, warm notes of citrus hops. Straw color. Starts with a very bright, citric hop profile (with a few notes of pine) which transitions into a citrus rind flavor as the bitterness peaks, all the while the malt peeked through. As the bitterness peaks it takes on a poignant orange rind flavor. The finish is lingering orange rind with a slight pine aspect to it.

Overall, not bad. Definitely a bit more of the pine/citrus rind hop profile, which I am not crazy about. If that's your thing, then this does not disappoint in quality, though.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 01:24:23 | More by TheSSG
Photo of BWED


3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a souvenir Tröegs tumbler from the brewery.

A- Pours a yellow-orange body with some gentle haze. The head is white and retains at a fairly thin layer, but all the way down the glass. Lacing drags behind.

S- The definite smell of Cascade hops, a little pine, a little citrus is up front, with a subtle malt background, leaning on the grainy/straw end of the spectrum. Agitation brings up a little bit of a sweeter fruit aroma.

T- Very mild and well balanced bit of sweetness in the malt, and a bit of pine and spice in the hop character.

M- Body is on the light side, with just a bit of stickiness. Still a pretty easy drink, however. Dull bitterness hangs around for the finish.

O- This is a good easy drinker. Nice and mild, but still flavorful enough to keep coming back for more. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 01:05:14 | More by BWED
Photo of ThePaintedGrey


3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. - Originally consumed directly from bottle, which resulted in a less-than-pleasant experience. Re-reviewing based on latest session.

A: Pours a nice slightly hazy honey-golden color, with a huge rocky and frothy slightly off-white head. Moderate amounts of carbonation bubbles rise quicky, maintaining a frothy cap that leaves a nice amount of sticky lacing all down the glass. Nothing bad in this department, but nothing great enough to warrant a higher rating.

S: Vivid aroma of a hoppy and grapefruit melody, with some underlying malt sweetness that seeps through to balance out the overall floral characters. Not much else going on here, but that's to be expected. This brew offers enough aromatics for the style.

T: A huge initial rush of hop and grapefruit bitterness that almost immediately gets cut down a notch by some malty sweetness and earthy notes that really help to balance out the flavors. The bitterness makes a mild comeback towards the end before finishing off with a wave of floral hops. The aftertaste is flowery and semi-sweet.

M: A lightweight body with crisp, mild carbonation and a slightly smooth texture make this one quite drinkable. The relatively low ABV makes it a decent session brew.

O: While APAs are admittedly not my favorite style, I found this one to be very drinkable on my most recent session with it. This one is hoppy enough to give it a nice bitter bite, but its rounded off well with some malty sweetness so it's not too palette-busting. An overall decent choice that's widely available in my area. I might go back to this one in the future, solely for its easy-drinking qualities.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2013 05:29:33 | More by ThePaintedGrey
Photo of IchLiebeBier


3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Hazy; golden-orange; small head, but long lasting and good lacing

Aroma: Malty with citrusy (grapefruit) hops; reminiscent of an IPA

Taste: Citrus bite right up front with grapefruit notes; malty and juicy in the mid; finishes slightly dry and hoppy with grapefruit aftertaste; pretty well balanced and smooth

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 21:56:31 | More by IchLiebeBier
Photo of MistahBeah


3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Completely clear gold with a thin rim of tiny white carbonation. Some speckles in the middle and a series of gentle bubble streams moving freely throughout. Looks like snow falling upwards. Decent lacing. Nice but nothing out of the ordinary for the style

Aroma: Floral hops at first with a sugary malt backbone. The hops are slightly piney and grassy. There are faint fruity esters. Citrus - maybe grapefruit. The malts are caramel and bread. This has a nice aroma to it

Taste: Crisp hops dominate. Pine and some earthy grass. Juicy grapefruit. Mostly pine though. Some yeasty notes. There's some caramel throughout but it's an afterthought. Nothing earth-shattering here but a nice crisp clean flavor

Mouthfeel: Very clean and crisp. Smooth. Watery actually

Overall: Troegs has a great lineup in my honest opinion. This isn't their best offering but a really nice brew for a hot summer day or any other time of the year. This doesn't do anything to push the envelope or anything (nor does it claim to) but a good refreshing representation of a pale ale done right

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 02:59:09 | More by MistahBeah
Photo of utopiajane

New York

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours clear and golden with some friendly bubbles coming up from the bottom. A faint finger plus a little more of foam that fell pretty fast to some sticky lace. Nose is amiable, bright with cascade hops, juicy and fruity with some grass underneath. Malt is deliciously sweet on the nose with biscuit, bread and honey. Taste is crisp, light with a mild astringency and a grainy aspect of the malt sweetness. Broad leafy hops give a touch of bitter and a kiss of orange while the malt stays ample and sweet. This is an enlivening pale ale that keeps it’s bitterness in check leaving the palate open to a variety of foods. So far Troegs is a go to brewery for good session beers

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 08:44:54 | More by utopiajane
Photo of WissBrauSean


3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I poured this beer fairly cold from the bottle into a tulip glass and it poured a gold to amber color clear and crisp with a two finger head that settles to a nice full ring and Friar Tuck center cap with lacing that looks like Charlie Brown Halloween ghost costumes on the glass. GHOUL! Er, cool!

The aroma is of sweet pale malt, lemon peel and floral aromatic hops and some grapefruit-like yeast esters.

The sip starts off mellow and mildly sweet with pale malt and caramel with a bit of floral hops for good measure and as the the beer passes across your tongue and palate some of that sweetness fades and grapefruit mixed with the malt sweetness is balanced with the now more apparent floral and citrus hops and finally the beer finishes with hop bitterness overriding a bit of malt sweetness.

The moutfeel is light and smooth, slightly dry and leaves a slick feeling on the tongue. Carbonation is moderate and playful.

Overall, I find this beer incredibly drinkable! The body is light enough as to where you can drink a few on a hot day but not session them. Preferably they would imbibed indoors in the AC. At first this beer is not at all that bitter but by the end of the glass there is an aftertaste for sure making this a tough beer to recommend as a transition beer from pee-water but making it an excellent example of an APA! This one is tough to score. I don't like the slimy feeling on my tongue and will have to take points for that but all in all, EXCELLENT! 4 out of 5!!

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 01:15:43 | More by WissBrauSean
Photo of falloutsnow


3.49/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From: Anderson's, Columbus, OH
Glass: US pint glass

Troegs' Pale Ale is the first beer from this brewery I've been able to try. The work is true to style, featuring prominent hop and malt character, and the brewery's usage of pilsner and Munich malt is, I suppose, fairly novel. Still, while I thought the beer was very well put-together, there wasn't that much distinction from any other quality US pale ale, and so while enjoyable, I don't think I'd go to much trouble to acquire more of this (and as Troegs does not disribute in my region, I would have to).

Pours a 1.3cm tall head of slightly off-white bubbles, small in size and fairly dense. Retention is about a minute-and-a-half, above average, but not by a large amount. The lacing that is left is fairly minimal, a few lines and dots scattered sparsely across the insides of the glass. Body is a dark golden orange color, with light bringing out bright yellow-orange hues. Carbonation is visible through the transparent body, moderate in both size and activity.

Aroma is of flowery Cascade hops, slightly fruity ale yeast esters, and a notable caramel malt backbone. While this clearly is showing some of its age, I'm also surprised by how "average" it is when I learned that its hopped with Amarillo and Cascade.

Overall flavors are of floral, slightly citrusy hops, sweet and caramelized malts, and fairly mild bitterness. Tasting opens with caramelized malts on the front of the palate, joined to a light floral hop quality. Mid-palate is a combination of sugary malt sweetness (like a strange mix of caramel malt and smarties candy), flowery and perfume-like hops with a slight citrus component, and moderate hop bitterness. Back of palate notes continued floral hops, enhanced hop bitterness, and a slightly sweet, crackery and caramel-like malt presence. Aftertaste of more notable hop bitterness, slightly grapefruit-like, with a background flavor of light caramel malt.

Beer is medium-bodied, with low to medium-low levels of carbonation, resulting in a smooth, lightly foamy mouthfeel that's easy on the palate and flows relatively well. Closes fairly dry, with lingering bitterness enhancing this parameter across the palate. Residual stickiness is moderate to low.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2013 06:15:12 | More by falloutsnow
Photo of BEERMILER12


3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 012313

A: Pours a golden color with 2 fingers worth of head that retains for a very long time and leaves some nice lacing

S: Pleasantly hoppy, with a nice grassy and floral presence and a good malt backbone. Simple, but nice

T: Follows the nose. Lightly sweet malts meet floral, earthy hops. Lightly bready. Not too much beyond that

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A nice, highly drinkable pale ale with a great balance of hops and malts. Quite simple, but it is a pale and not an IPA

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2013 01:26:32 | More by BEERMILER12
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District of Columbia

4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Growler (courtesy of J.J. Rasimas) purchased from the brewery on 2/10/13, poured into a 3Fs Teku long-stemmed glass, drank 2/12/13 over ~one hour.

A: 4.5 - light brown coloration, crystal clear color, whitish frothy 2 finger head that lingers into an attractive rim lacing, no alcohol legs

S: 4 - clean, Noble hop smell with slight grapefruit and tangerines in the background, mild malt backbone

T: 4.25 - slight bitterness on the anterior tongue with clean grassy overtones, mild bitterness on the aftertaste but little astringency, slight alcohol notes

M: 4.5 - light-medium body, moderate carbonation

O: 4.25 - definitely the most sessionable offering that I've had to date from Troegs, very well-balanced with a pleasant blend of Noble and PW hops, would go well with or without food, N.B. the innocent maiden cousin of Nugget Nectar or Perpetual that is worth seeking out if you want something sessionable/low alcohol and clean tasting

Serving type: growler

02-13-2013 02:16:33 | More by MNishCT77
Photo of WanderingFool


3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tröegs Pale Ale pours a clear bronze color with a small head on top. The foam disappears quickly leaving only a few spots of lace.

The aroma has nice notes of orange citrus and some pale malt. It's not very strong, but pleasant.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft with firm carbonation. The flavor is much like the aroma. A nice balance of sweet pale malt and orange citrus with a touch of tropical fruit mixed in. It finishes bitter with lingering hop citrus.

This is a well balanced easy drinking beer. Something you could enjoy everyday.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2013 00:02:13 | More by WanderingFool
Photo of Act25

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Poured into a .roomy 5l cylinder glass.

A: Copper, golden, perfectly colored for APA bright beer. a pale hue with medium white head. Retention is strong. Much lacing. Almost as PRETTY as DALES PALE ALE.

S: approachable bread & citrus. floral. cantaloupe and rind.

T: Taste is similar to the nose. floral, while still remaining bitter as it arcs. orange peel. sweet, then trending to nice clean bitter finish. amen on the finish!

Some orange peel. Nicely balanced, between sweet and bitter, and nice arc change on the palate that characterizes great APA like this and Dales Pale Ale. ... has both sweet and bitter with a wonderful lasting tension between them like a kiss.

M: Strong carb. well suited weight. medium body. weighty, yet refreshing. Very tingly as per the APA signature style.

D: A great APA up there with Dales Pale Ale. Wish this also came in cans!

Will definitely order again, and at 5.4% not too heavy, easy to session. Great early beer, before dinner beer, outdoor beer. Recommended among their best.

Returned to this again and loved it again. Upped my review.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2013 01:53:44 | More by Act25
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Tröegs Pale Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
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