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Tröegs Pale Ale - Tröegs Brewing Company

Tröegs Pale AleTröegs Pale Ale

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Ratings: 1202
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:
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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 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 thecheapies


3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A coppery gold beer with a superbly-retained head that is struggling to stick in the glass, however.

Semi-sweet biscuity malts and a light floral hop aroma that promises some bitterness.

Truly bittering. Toasted grain and astringent floral and earthy hops. Orange and light caramel and some pineyness. Breathy booze finish.

Brushy carbonation. Medium body. Revealing alcohol.

Not a bad pale ale. A bit aggressively bitter without the hoppiness.

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2012 03:17:09 | More by thecheapies
Photo of devinoconnor

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had Troegs' pale ale countless times, but realized I've never reviewed.

pours a hazy orange color with nice two fingers of frothy head. Smell is a little boring, subtle citrus and malt.

Taste makes up for the boring nose. Bittet hops are well balanced with caramel malts. I like a hoppier pale ale, and this one satisfies.

Nice, easy drinking mouthfeel although a tad bitter on the finish.

Overall, good pale ale for craft beer enthusiasts.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2012 19:24:55 | More by devinoconnor
Photo of OWSLEY069


4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clean orange-ish to yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, a small mellow grapefruity hop. In the taste, a grapefruity hop and the dryness of the rind. A small hop bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry grapefruit rind in the aftertaste. A really nice hop presence for a pale ale, almost on the verge of an IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2012 13:57:13 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of Darkmagus82


3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass

Appearance – An orange/amber color mix with a very light head. The thin white head faded leaving very little lacing.

Smell – The aroma was pretty mild, but some citrus hoppines mixed with an ever so slight bit of biscuit maltiness was detected.

Taste – Mostly citrusy grapefruit bitterness at the forefront. A little bit of caramel and roasted malt sweetness then comes into the taste profile. Nothing is off in the taste, but nothing is really too potent or enticing either. Just a bit above the norm.

Mouthfeel – A little thin on the body with a nice level of carbonation for the style.

Overall – A very standard brew through and through. Nothing bad, but nothing too exceptional either.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2012 02:04:14 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of Tucquan


3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-01-04 in Lancaster, PA at the Belvedere Inn

A - The light is pretty dim in this establishment but it appeared a dark yellow-orange with a 1.5-finger off-white head and very good lacing.

S - Mild citrus and mild hop floral.

T - Quite nice. A refreshing bit of citrus, some restrained caramel malt and a burgeoning bitterness into the aftertaste.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation. Smooth and refreshing.

O - Compares favorably to a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale minus the very bright citrus and pine. Worth having again.

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2012 12:51:13 | More by Tucquan
Photo of Knapp85


3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was part of the sampler I had over the weekend when I visited the brewery for the first time. I have had this beer in the past but didn't recall much about it. Having it again was really nice though. The beer poured out as a golden orange color. The head was white and fizzy and leaves just a bit of lacing on the glass. The smell has a nice sweet hoppy aroma to it. The taste is a very good, nicely balanced with hops and malts. The mouthfeel of the beer is a also very nice, it's smooth and bubbly, very drinkable brew. Overall I found the Pale Ale to be quite nice on most levels. I almost wanted to bring home a growler of it but chose the Flying Mouflan instead.

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2011 15:39:41 | More by Knapp85
Photo of oldirtycaffrey


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

Had this at the excellent Capital Ale House in downtown Fredericksburg, VA. Pours a bubbly light orange with a 1/2 inch foamy head, that dissipates to a thin head that stays throughout. Smell is a floral cascade of hops, with hints of malt and wheat. Taste is initially bitter, but has a smooth, dry finish.Good session beer. Really enjoyed this.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2011 02:29:00 | More by oldirtycaffrey
Photo of Rifugium


3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at ? (guessing Johnny Brenda's)

Decent, simple brew. Poured light golden brown with about an inch of well-lacing, white head. Sweet malts in the aroma well-balanced with some piney hops. Toasty malts in the taste, along with some mild hop bitterness. Pretty well-balanced. Nothing out of the ordinary really. Light-medium mouthfeel, and overall very drinkable if you're just looking for something simple.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2011 01:09:10 | More by Rifugium
Photo of MONKandTUCK


3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at Troeg's tasting room on the cusp of beautiful Harrisburg.

A- Light blonde/staw colored, poured into snifter. Would have liked more head, maybe even more depth of color.

A- Cascade, prominent enough. Some base malt comes through.

T- I like Cascade, but I like other hops better, or for it to be used in conjunction w/ other hops. It does it's job and if I had never tried a beer hopped w/ Cascades - or any C-hops, for that matter - I would be even more impressed.
Anyway, I do think the Pils base malt, while creative clashed with the hops and brew. Maybe it's just personal preference, but I like quality Pale malt. I dunno, it's hard to place.

For what it's worth, it's a refreshing beer that punches above its weight. It just doesn't seem to work in sync. I feel myself enjoying the refreshment, but still looking for something more.

M- Slightly thin,even for style.

O- Good, not great. Wishing for more. To be perfectly honest, I think this is one that grows on you. Some beers are best enjoyed several drinks deep. Sipping at one and then passing onto something else causes you to miss its depth and allow the flavors to settle. Even in saying all that, there's something about the bite in this one that I feel grows eally annoying.

I'd take this over 95% of what's being brewed out there, but I doubt I'll ever seek it out again.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2011 04:07:11 | More by MONKandTUCK
Photo of rdpoint


3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice dark to coppery color gold, medium carbonation that leaves a small head.

Flowery and a hoppy smell followed in with something sweet, maybe a slight caramel smell.

Taste is very nice, smooth. Taste of hops is upfront followed by a nice sweet finish of caramel. Good beer for spring or hot days.

Feel is nice, good beer that you could stay with all day any day. Well balanced excellent BBQ beer for the upcoming summer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2011 14:02:13 | More by rdpoint


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

A Pours a nice amber orange color

S Hoppy up front with some malts in the background

T A nice hoppy american pale ale from troegs that hits the hoppy part but not too much like double ipa's do.

D Can sit on your backporch and drink plenty of these in the summer time with friends and family.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2011 14:24:52 | More by SBALDWIN
Photo of haazer


3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at a Fridays, a step up for them as far as tap beer goes.

A- Tiny bit of white head, fizzles down and leaves lace on the glass. Brew is completely filtered, gold token coin color. Good lacing left througout the glass as you drink.

S- Good balanced smell of citrus and pale malt bill. Little bits of pine and lemon zest.

T- Better balance of the malts and hops in the taste. Strongest taste profile is lemon, followed by a little bit of orange. Pale malt rounds out the taste.

M- Light bodied, slightly bittering mouthfeel. On the brink of being watered down but just above that.

D- An easy drinking good tasting pale ale. Low enough ABV to session with I think. In my opinion of all the breweries in PA Tröegs gets the most use and flavor out of their hops better than anyone.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2011 22:38:30 | More by haazer
Photo of JayS2629


4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear yellow with a medium white head that dissipates quickly but leaves a nice thin wall of lace

S- Sweet malt, caramels, citrus, pine, earthy floral notes

T- rich caramel backbone with nice citrusy notes, grapefruit, orange, lemon and pine hints.

M- Crisp, clean, light and refreshing

D- This is what a pale ale should be. Easy to drink, light, refreshing, well balanced. Tasty, not weak.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2011 17:23:48 | More by JayS2629
Photo of orangesol


3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap into a standard pint at the Troegs tasting room.

A - Pours pale yellow with a dense one finger head, dissipating to a light film, leaving sticky lacing down the glass.

S - Some piney, grassy, hops up front with a touch of sweetness from the pale malts. A good balance of hop bitterness and malt sweetness. A bit on the under-welming side but still a very nice nose.

T - Crisp lemony twang up front from the hops giving way quickly to a touch of malt sweetness. Finish is a nearly even balance of hop bitterness and malt sweetness. Very clean, crisp, taste that goes down oh so easy. A very nice example of a mild pale ale.

M - Light body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Nice lively feel with a mix of light malt sweetness and some hop bitterness lingering on the pallet for some time.

D - Fairly high. Clean, crisp, taste is very refreshing. I am not the biggest fan of pale ale's but this one is very nice.

Serving type: on-tap

12-26-2010 23:17:19 | More by orangesol
Photo of StormKing47


3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh on tap at one of my local establishments. Reviewed from my napkin notes. Sometimes you got to improvise because every beer deserves a proper review so away we go...

A- A very pleasant clear yellow color with a faint amber hue. Looks absolutely clean and refreshing. A very thin, white head with an abundant amount of bubbles to help dissipate it quickly. Very nice level of carb. Very appealing and clean looking.

S- A very soft smelling hoppiness. Not piney, but a sublte citrus quality that is very enjoyable, but hard to dissect. A little underwhelming in the nose. As it warms I pick up a touch of malty sweetness with almost a lemon zest.

T- A tad malty with tiny hop bite. Not much going on in the taste, but in reality it's a pale ale. A little citrus bite is present, but there is more of a malt sweetness that leaves an almost grain or bready taste. Again a little underwhelming when compared to hop back.

M- Lively with a little carb prickle. A little stickiness, but more of a grainy coating. Not exactly chewy, but bordering on the edge. Goes down extremely well and is crisp, clean and refreshing. Perfect for the spring and summer.

D- Absolutely, great low abv pale ale with a decent hop profile and malt bill to balance it out. A nice session brew that is welcomed all the time. Glad I can get it regularly with ease. Nice job brothers.

A very nice cool, clean and refreshing beer with a nice crispy hoppiness that is sessionable. Could you ask more for a pale ale that's available year round?

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2010 03:42:09 | More by StormKing47
Photo of JunkYardJake


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

On-tap at the White Swan in Lititz.
Good head, good clarity, nice copper color and plenty of lacing. Smells good and hoppy. Grapefruit aroma from the hops are fairly prominent. Palate is pretty much classic APA. Pine and citric hop juice with plenty of backbone from the caramel malts. Very flavorful and balanced and doesn't ride the APA/IPA fence. Bitterness is mild and mouthfeel is wet without being too watery. Very drinkable and enjoyable ale.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2010 20:12:51 | More by JunkYardJake
Photo of salvo


3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bright golden clear in an American pint glass under an inch of head that faded quickly to lace.

The scent was of fresh pine after a thunderstorm: clear, clean, crisp with very little else in the nose.

Underwhelming taste: I wish the nose translated to the tongue a little more directly, and very little by way of malt. A respectable APA.

Drinkable: I'd be thrilled if someone was serving this at a party, but a little underwhelming at a beer bar with an extensive selection.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2010 00:41:27 | More by salvo
Photo of zimm421


3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a standard pint glass; appears a very clear, golden color with a nice white head that has good retention and leaves some lacing.

The smell is subdued, but has a slight hint of hops as well as a good malt balance. There is a nice hoppy bitterness in the flavors, which is backed by a slightly sweet and light malt.

This is medium bodied with an average amount of carbonation, and it goes down easily. Only consumed one pint this time, but it would be very easy to drink several of these in a sitting.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2010 16:25:34 | More by zimm421
Photo of Slatetank


3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at The Field house in Etters, PA - served chilled in a shaker pint.

A - A pale golden w/ good clarity and thick white cap of about 3/4 inch. The lace is thick w/ streamers and bead is of average size

S - An aroma w/ hops that have piney notes w/ slight floral accents. The nose has a mild sweet malt odor that has a light toasted aspect

M - A nice balance between hops and malt w/ moderate carbonation and mild bitterness w/ lightly dry finish

T - A taste that is on the mild end of the American Pale spectrum w/ hopping that is moderate w/ mellow pine edge and slight bitterness. The malt has a mild grainy taste w/ hops adding nuances of subtle lemony citrus notes and the malt has a lightly toasted flavor w/ a slight crisp edge - almost nutty w/ a mild sulfur hint from the yeast in the back. The ale finishes semi-dry w/ a light bitter echo

D - A pretty solid American Pale- it is easy to knock back a few. It has a clean quaffable quality and the ibus aren't high enough to confuse you as to wether it is a hoppy pale or an Ipa

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2010 14:22:19 | More by Slatetank
Photo of woosterbill


2.98/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewery into a snifter.

A: Clear amber body; light, fine head of white foam; moderate retention and nice lacing.

S: Biscuity malt and light, citrusy hops. Not much here.

T: Crisp, grainy malt throughout, with the hops only coming through on the tail end with some straight bitterness - no real flavor. Disappointing for a beer billed as "aggressively hopped."

M: Thin and watery, with very light carbonation. Cold.

D: Light, crisp, and cold = goes down easy enough.

Notes: This would be a fantastic macro/adjunct/lawnmower lager, but it's a very underwhelming pale ale.


Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2010 16:38:37 | More by woosterbill
Photo of donniecuffs

New Jersey

4.78/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured orange-amber into an American pint glass, with decent carbonation, over a finger of white head, and very good lacing. The aroma was citrusy (pink grapefruit, orange peel), piney, and malty, but the taste revealed a near-perfect blend of these individual flavors. In fact, the balance between pine/citrus hop flavor and malt flavor might be this beer's strongest suit. Furthermore it finishes on a nice dry orange peel note. Perfectly carbonated and medium-bodied, this is an excellent session pale ale.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2009 06:31:47 | More by donniecuffs
Photo of taigor

New York

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

On-tap from cask into pint glass.

A - Pours golden with slight orange color, no head and no lacing.

S - Mostly hops with some fruitiness and floral.

T - Just like smell it is predominantly hoppy with grapefruit bitterness at the end.

M - Medium bodied with very light carbonation because it was out of cask.

D - Very drinkable and I even liked it more out of the cask because it was warmer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2009 15:29:27 | More by taigor
Photo of BretSikkink


3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shiny and orange, clean look on the tap. Sticky head does a good job, and leaves some lacing as well. Lots of hops in the aroma, leaving it pleasantly bold while waiting for my sip. Citrics all over this one, although the sweet pale malts take over a bit much for my preference toward the end. Light body and low alcohol make this a fairly sessionable hop delivery vehicle.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2009 04:44:09 | More by BretSikkink
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Tröegs Pale Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
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