Tröegs Pale Ale - Tröegs Brewing Company
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Reviews by ThisWangsChung:
3.68/5 rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Re-review. 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a clear copper color. There's a finger's worth of head, just barely off-white in shade. Retention is about average for the style. While the head is rather short, it leaves behind a respectable amount of lacing on the glass.
S: Nicely flowery from the Cascade hops. When I first pour it, it has more of a caramel malt note, but becomes hoppier with just a bit of time in the glass. I don't think the nose is particularly special; having said that, it gets the job done nicely. Like most pale ales, really.
T: Slightly fruitier than the nose indicated - and that's good! The Cascade hops not only bring some flowery notes, they also bring notes of grapefruit peel and lime. This one seems to have more fruitiness than other standard pale ales. Its malt backbone also does a good job of ballasting the hoppiness without being too sweet (amazing considering it's loaded with my 'favorite malt' - crystal). Just a nicely balanced yet drinkable pale ale, plain and simple.
M: The body is very crisp, with a nice bittersweet finish - it doesn't have the oppressive sweetness most crystal malt beers tend to have. It's definitely not bone dry, though. Carbonation might be a tad low, but otherwise the drinkability is quite good.
O: I've always overlooked this one in lieu of everything else Troegs makes - I mean, it's just a Cascade-hopped pale ale for cryin' out loud. How many of those exist on the shelves, after all? But, the way it shows off nice fruitiness (lime, primarily) with minimal bitterness puts it a cut above most other examples of the style. I'd have no trouble drink 2 or 3 of these in a sitting.
Serving type: bottle
05-03-2014 18:49:13 | More by ThisWangsChung
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4.2/5 rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
I’ve been sampling pale ales for the summer months. For me, the ideal pale ale is thirst quenching without being watery, yet well-crafted in terms of malt depth and hop balance. An ABV of about 5% and IBU levels between 35 and 50 seem about right, but I’m open to variations on the theme. I picked up a bottle of Tröegs Pale Ale to see if it meets my criteria. It does. ABV is 5.4%, IBU is 45.
Appearance: Golden, clear, with an average head, good carbonation, and a substantial lacing that lasts and lasts
Smell: Light malts and a floral hop note blend with some citrus and pine in a pleasant sweetness. The hops are subdued – not that over-the-top Pacific Northwest aroma but a more classic balance.
Taste: Excellent balance of hops and malt that is consistent with its aroma. There is some artistry here in the complexity of the malts (Pilsner, Munich, and Crystal, according to Tröeg’s website), as well as the hops (Amarillo and Cascade, with Cascade in the HopBack). It comes across to me as a hybrid between American and European styles but in a way that claims its own identity. I can taste the light caramel touch, the Munich and Pilsner base, and a pervasive hop balance that lets the malt sweetness comes through while still asserting itself. There is a dryness and a not-too-bitter aftertaste in the finish.
Mouthfeel: A soft, moderate carbonation makes this go down smooth – good substance without any harshness.
Overall: I like this pale ale – it’s up around the top of my favorites for this style.
Serving type: bottle
07-21-2014 16:34:17 | More by etoimazo
Tröegs Pale Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
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