Tröegs Pale Ale - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,456
Reviews: 600
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.64%
Wants: 21
Gots: 179 | FT: 2
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Tröegs Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-22-2002

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Reviews by ThePaintedGrey:
Photo of ThePaintedGrey
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another real good offering from Troegs,pours a nice deep golden color with with a light but well retaines head,aroma is more on the malty sweetish side with some nice fruitiness as well.A very well balanced "Pale" nice biscuity sweetish malt to begin with with some grassy hop coming thrue in the finish.A very easy drinking appetizing brew from Troegs I think I will waste the rest of the day in these.

Photo of RoyalT
4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance – The orange, thick and hazy body was covered with a wonderful head that lingered for many minutes and left some nice lacing on my glass.

Smell – Classic East Coast Pale Ale aroma. The light fruits and biscuit malts make up this enjoyable nose. The fuggle or Amarillo hops (or some other hops that we don’t get a lot of out here in the PacNW but that they seem to have in abundance back east) are sharp and inviting.

Taste – Ah, this is incredible. The nose falls cleanly to the tongue here. The fruity yet substantial hop profile is right on target. This is a classic PA PA (Pennsylvania Pale Ale).

The beautiful balance of hops and malts is dead on. The big biscuit mates perfectly with the citrus and floral hops. The fruity sugars are unrefined yet not overly sweet. They have their purpose here. Overall, this is harmony in motion. Mozart in a glass.

Mouthfeel – Impeccably smooth and well blended. This medium-bodied Pale Ale keeps the mouth alive and wanting more. It is chewy with a sophisticated sweetness and begs to be held in between the cheeks (then why am I chugging it?).

Drinkability – I poured this then had to go take care of something so it warmed a bit. This beer at cellar or close to room temperature will go down in three gulps. It is probably one of the most drinkable beers that I’ve ever had.

Comments – A big BA thanks to ericaweizen for sending me this treasure from PA.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber gold with a frothy white head. Voluminous carbonation. Juicy citrus Cascade aroma. Big, lingering bitterness. Big citric/floral hop flavors balance well with sweet hops. Finish very dry and mildly acidic. Medium bodied and clean overall. Very juicy. Very drinkable.

Photo of chOAKbarrell
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pale ale more on the darker side. Smells great, with hops all over your nose. The taste gets really close to IPA territory, but pulls back right at the edge, giving only a hint of bitterness instead of engulfing you. Excellent toasty finish. This is a mighty fine pale ale, and more than worthy of its above-4.0 rating.

Photo of generallee
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: It has a light golden honey color with good clarity. On top is a just off white head which slowly fades from an inch thick cap to a wispy thin film covering.

Smell: The aroma has a sweet bready, almost honey like maltiness with a touch of leafy herbal hops.

Taste: Flavor wise it is very close to the nose with a firm medium body of bready sweet and light caramel/honey maltiness with a light touch of herbal hop bitterness. Its easy drinking and smooth on the plate.

Notes: Overall a bit light on hops for an APA but still tasty.

Photo of merlin48
4.47/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours an attractive, clear, honey gold color with a one finger offwhite head that eventually settles into a patchwork of lacing. Pine and tart citrus hops dominate the nose. I'm picking up very little malt on the nose, except a hint of biscuit. Mouthfeel is tart and well carbonated, with some spicy hops bite on the tongue. Taste is a lot of hops. Pine and tart citrus(sour grapefruit) rule the roost here. This is a very tasty American style pale ale, and I'm sure there is an excellent malt balance, but the hops just keep slappping my tastebuds around to the point that I can't pick up the malt essences. Nice finish is dry with pleasant hops aftertaste. I'm quite fond of this Troegs pale ale, even though I'm missing the malt backbone.

Re-Review on 5-27-04: Didn't know I had ever tried this until I tried to review as a new one. RoyalT and ngandhi really pegged this one for what it is. An absolutely extraordinary American pale ale. Today, I could have sworn there were no Cascades hops in this one, as the flavors and aromas seemed so smooth and lush, bathed in apple, pear, lemon, and orange. I went to the brewery website to see what hops varieties were used, and, sure enough, it says Cascades. Some pine and grapefruit emerge at the finish, this time, but this is just so smooth and balanced most of the way through. Must be the Crystal Malt. This is now my favorite pale ale. Extraordinary drinkability as an all purpose ale.

Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, with no freshness dating to be found. Pours a nice gloden light amber,clear, white medium bubble head, dissolving to a tiny bubble film and leaving well developed lacing. Nice hoppy nose, notes of yeasty bread as well. Medium bodied. well hopped PA, slight citric bite, but not bitter. Very drinkable, well crafted brew. Troegs continues to impress.

Photo of MisterDeeds
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden straw color. Lacy white head that thins out very quickly.

Smells clean and crisp. Slightly wheaty with some sort of grassy or floral scent.

Tastes light for a Pale Ale, but it seems to be completely unique. Starts with a bit of yeast and slight sour notes. Hops kick in and it finishes with a smooth bitterness that sets it apart from another Pale Ale I've ad.

Medium mouthfeel, with a good amount of carbonation.

This beer is a winner. Whether or not it is really a Pale Ale is not important. The fact is, this brewery continues to impress me. I could see myself becoming a huge fan if they were more readily available in Mass. Thanks to Kidwell for sneaking some in.

Photo of tigg924
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear, gold, one centimeter head

Smell: I smell grapefruit and hops

Taste: Way better than the smell. I get distinct grapefruit, citrus, and some melon

Mouthfeel: very smooth with a slightly bitter end

Drinkability: I will have this again and could pick up a six. I like this much better than their amber which I believe has similar qualities. Hoppy but not overly so..a complex beer.

Photo of badbeer
2.64/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I've been looking forward to trying beer from Tröegs for a little while now, here goes.

Poured a nice golden amber color with a fluffy white head leaving some lacing. Smell is rather weak, I think it's trying to be citrus-y, but just not really succeeding. Taste is much of the same, it has stuff going on, but it's just not very flavorful and good things. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and had average carbonation. Drinkability was merely, "meh;" I could finish it, but it just isn't something I plan on having again. I'll be sure to try other offerings from Tröegs, but this one started me out on the wrong foot.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hudsonphotog for bring this beer back with him from Pennsylvania.

Pours a clear golden color with a large white head. The aroma is citrus, pine and pineapple. The flavor is caramel malt with some nice orange and other citrus flavors. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation.

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

A: nice copper color with a pretty weak head. Decent but not great lacing

S: Smells like floral and fruity and cascades and thats about it

T: A malty sweetness hits the palate shortly followed by citrusy notes. There is a bread-like note in the background. Flavor from the cascades comes in near the end for a very pleasant finish.

M: light to medium body, there is a bit of a tingle from the carbonation at the swallow

D: This is a good beer, I wouldn't call it the best, wouldn't call it the worst

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz amber bottle. No freshness dating.

Appearance: Sparkly clear copper color with a rocky white head that really persisted. Sticky lacing of the glass an added bonus.

Smell: Other reviewers have hit it on the head: GRAPEFRUITS galore erupt from the bottle.

Taste: Very different flavor in this beer for me. A spicy bitterness from the hops, but not overbearing. A very well-balanced beer, with the hops dominating but tempered by the malty sweetness. A solid beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium body makes for a slightly creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Good drinkability. The somewhat dry and spicy bitterness at the end keeps you coming back for more.

Photo of jakester
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is from a sampler case I bought at the Beer Mart in Reading. Date is marked on the case! YAY!

Pours a clear, light amber with a one finger head of off-white foam. Looks fairly well carbonated. The head drops to a decent coating with good lacing on the glass.

Aroma is citrus/grassy hops, very clean, with a nice touch of toffee malt. Fruity, with notes of lemon and lime peels.

Flavor is a smooth maltiness followed by a quick hop bitterness bite. It starts fast, but ends up being on the dry side. The caramel malt is very muted in this, with just enough to be noticed. Might not even be caramel malt. Vienna malt? Fruity like golden raisins or something. Aftertaste is a long, crisp, nice hoppiness.

This has a real good feeling in your mouth. Smooth yet tingly, with a decent hop bite, and resins on your tongue.

This is a damn good pale ale; hops are the showpiece here, but the malt supports it well. It's clean, fresh, and very refreshing. IMO, this is better than SNPA. No kidding! Highly recommended.

Photo of jcdiflorio
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served on tap at the Hop House in a pint glass.

Clear,Light copper color, very white creamy head,good retention leaves a layer of foam throughout. Nice lacing down the glass.

A clean,brisk, inviting aroma lots of citrus,some pine with carmelly/toffee aromas very balanced makes the mouth water.

Just a clean refreshing citrusy slighty piney and carmelly maltiness. An execellent balance of tastes.Finishes with a pleasing citrus feel,balanced taste throughout. A great tasting pale ale always consistant be it on tap or in a bottle.

Meduim bodied,great mouthfeel,gets the juices flowing. Well built pale ale,very solid beer. There's not a more drinkable pale ale that I know of.
This a must try beer.

Photo of yankeeheel
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden amber with a soft white head. Good retention and lacing.

Smells slightly estery with a subtle hop glow coming through.

Very gentle on it's introduction to your palate. Nice pale malt bathes your tounge with a scant sweetnees, but not sickly. Nice amount of piney hops finish the job to balance out the mix. Nicely understated. Too many Pale Ales want to impersonate IPA's. This one knows it's place.

Mouthfeel is dead on moderate with the carbonation coming through to help give it a slightly filling texture.

Drink and be happy.

Photo of sarahspat
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very clear and golden in color with a decent sized bone white head. Minimal lacing.

The nose is hard to put my finger on. Low key and malty with floral hops undercurrents.

Tastes of caramel, floral hops, fresh pear, grass, grapefruit. There are some good quality hops flavors here, but I feel like they are stifled somehow. Most of the flavors blend together, so most of the time it feels less complex than it is. However, it is crisp and refreshing.

Medium-light bodied, but not enough carbonation to go around. Gets a little flat toward the end of the glass.

Overall, a decent pale. I would be glad to see it at a bar or a party that lacked other craft options, but probably will not seek it out or choose it over too many other craft brews.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a copper crystal clear color with an off white cream hued head. A healthy sized enduring head with a nice collar of lace forming as the lace settles, and as the glass empties the lace continues to cling form scattered patterns within annular rings spaced nicely with each sip. In the aroma, cascades make the appearance with floral, grapefruit tones with some hops of the pine cone esque variety going on here all built upon a backbone of caramel buttered malted barley also coincides to form balance. Taste is primarily bittering hops with tones of pine cones, earthy dicotamous grittiness on the palate, but by no means is this beer a palate killer just a wonderful representation of a balanced pale ale. Mouthfeel is light to medium in body, on the thin side but the oily texture from hop resins adds a nice sensation to the consistency of the texture. Drinkability easily a session no beer brewed Troeg's is as a drinkable except for the Hopback, but if I couldn't get a keg of the Hopback Amber for my kegerator than I would go with this brew very nice.

Photo of Shovelbum
4.19/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a white head over a copper body. Head drops but leaves an intricate lace behind. Pronounced aromas of floral and citric hops with a bit of caramel malt as well. Smooth caramel malt with a light sweetness up front soon gives way to a substantial citric hop bitterness. Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with the hops leaving a lingering bitterness.

A PA session ale for all seasons. Loaded with flavor, but easily consumed during all night Appalachian drinking sessions.

Photo of glid02
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade with ShrLSU, much obliged.

Pours a light copper color with a half finger white head. Head goes down pretty quickly to a wispy layer of bubbles, lacing is decent.

Smells like mild hops. It's almost grassy. There's a tiny bit of bready malt sneaking through, but the hops are the most prevalent.

Tastes just as it smells. Subdued hops, again almost grassy. The malt is a little easier to taste than it is to smell. A slightly citrus aftertaste. Not great, but certainly not bad.

Mouthfeel is good. Carbonation is very good and it's just thick enough. Goes down smoothly.

Drinkability is good as well. Goes down very easily.

Overall it's a solid APA, but nothing terribly special. A good session beer.

Photo of FredTheSeal
4.54/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A - Pours with a 1 finger slightly off white head. Sticks around for a little while before fading and leaving behind good lacing on the glass. Crystal clear light amber in color.

S - mmm APAs! Clean, pungent piney and resiney hops up front with a decent carmel malt background.

T - Piney hops that fade to a complex malty sweetness before the hop bitterness takes over.

M - Medium carbonation, medium body. The hop bitterness gives it a distinctive bite at the end.

D - I freakin love hops, I could easily drink this as a session beer. Even for those who aren't crazy over the hops, it isn't over the top so it might be good for them as well.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an America pint glass)

A- This beer pours a crystal clear caramely-orange body with a rocky off-white head that is supported by a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles.

S- The smell of biscuit malt has a hint of caramel malt and a light green hop note at the finish.

T- This dry biscuit flavor has a light toasted malt flavor that is slightly dry followed by a citrus hop flavor. There is a light raspberry note to the hops that is dry with a faint sulfur quality to it.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a slight watery texture to it with a crisp finish.

D- The soft malt flavors and the light hops note really needed some nuance to it, and the biscuit malt was a bit to much.

Photo of Brenden
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color is a coppery amber. The head pours just over one finger and fades to a layer with patchy islands of foam floating on the top, leaving a couple thin rings of lacing.
The smell is firm if not a little subtle. There's a decent balance between a piney hops aroma and a caramel malt.
There's a fair balance between the hops and malt, though,oddly, the malt tends to mute the hops. There's a very faint citrus presence just underneath. Hops ultimately prevail in a dry finish that lingers well.
There's a sturdy but not overpowering carbonation that adds a crispness to the medium body.
This one's a simple brew with a good flavor, strong enough to be enjoyed by seasoned drinkers and gentle enough for the amateur. A good in-between beer.

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Tröegs Pale Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
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