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Tröegs Pale Ale - Tröegs Brewing Company

Tröegs Pale AleTröegs Pale Ale

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Ratings: 1194
Reviews: 583
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 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
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
Photo of Jimmys


4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle. bottled 12.12.12. batch # 121106

A: very bright beer. a pale hue, definitely some copper in there. big head starts things off. retention is more on the average side. some lacing.

S: pretty floral. cantaloupe and a mild lime. soft orange peel. sweet, not bitter rinds.

T: floral, while still remaining bitter throughout. similar to the nose orange peel, however the body has both sweet and bitter aspects. linger battles between a cereal grit and mild bitterness.

M: tingly carb. well suited. light, almost medium body.

D: after recently having some at the source, I found this bottle that was also pretty young. really enjoyable pale here, nothing over the top, just good drinkable flavors.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2013 00:58:57 | More by Jimmys
Photo of PeterIngemi


3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a duvel glass

A: pours a perfectly clean golden orange. A steady stream of tiny carbonation bubbles can be seen rising from the center of the glass. Looks crisp clean and refreshing. Excellent lacing .

S: aroma is a bit on the light side... I do pick up on some nice citrusy hop aromas along with a bit of grain.

T: nice hop flavor right up front, citrusy with a touch of pine. along with a sturdy malt backbone, lightly toasted grain, overall this brew is nicley balanced. They is a touch of yeast and some deffinate breadyness here as well.

M: light and very drinkable, moderate slightly creamy carbonation... Bready on the finish.

O: this is a pretty decent pale ale, especially if you are a fan of the bready/grainy ones, refreshing and easy drinking, not a bad beer at all.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 00:53:05 | More by PeterIngemi
Photo of tastybeer

North Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Color is tangerine-gold with a nice looking moderate sized white head. The head holds as a 1/4" layer until the beer is finished.

S: Packed with fresh, crisp, dry citrus/orange, melon, and a dash of summer meadow.

T: This beer tastes like a pale ale should. Simple, flavorful, and refreshing. Light malt with brisk dry hops, pine crystals and citrus rind.

M: Fine prickly carbonation, light body with substance, smooth, and slick.

O: I only picked up a single of these to try but I'd rather have a 12 pack.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 01:20:01 | More by tastybeer
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very nice "transition beer" that could appeal to a broader audience than many APA's.

Pours an attractive golden amber with limited white head. Decent mouthfeel. Hop-forward aroma has a tropical fruit focus with a decent malt backbone. Balanced flavours of sweet caramel and toffee tones with pineapple, mango and other fruit tones. The mild but bitter finish lingers for a respectable time.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 22:38:07 | More by hopsolutely
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3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A- Pours a light translucent copper with a white 1 finger head which dissipates quickly.

S- Citrusy hops, wheat, a bit grassy

T- Straightforward pale ale. There is a bit of hop bite but it is minimal. I find the malts/grains to have a larger presence. I'm also tasting some wheat and just a hint of grassiness.

M- The body is on the lighter side. Medium carbonation, very nice. This is a smooth and very drinkable beer.

O- A fine pale ale. It is very good, but there are better ones out there. Although its worth a try if you like lighter and/or grainy beers.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 00:59:12 | More by AC-Mivsek
Photo of BeerKangaroo


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

Continuing on in my Pennsylvania project:

Bottled on 09/12/2012, had at Franz's in Lebanon, PA:

Into a pint glass:

A: nice ever-so-slightly copper colored body leaving barely any head and it left no lacing, no carbonation was seen rising

S: sweet with biscuity malts up front combined nicely with some light citrus and some pine coming in at the end, more so as the beer warmed.

T: sweet and bready with some nice subtle grapefruit bitterness coming in slightly.

M: light with a nice smoothness added. It was really gentle on my tongue and for the most part very drinkable.

O: for as many times I've had this beer, I'm glad I'm finally able to get back to it. I would have this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2012 18:10:47 | More by BeerKangaroo
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3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy golden-orange. One inch off white head settles fairly quickly. A swirl of the glass will revive it, but only briefly. Lacing consists of thin, spidery veins that stick to the glass.

S: Good balance of malt and hop scents on the nose. Leafy and citrusy (orange and sugary grapefruit pith) hops run alongside a sugary sweet and slightly bready/grainy malt base.

T: Rind and resin hop bite at the outset settles into some gentler tropical hop tastes. Grapefruit rind, grapefruit pith, blood orange, pine resin. Hops go leafy and tobacco-like on the mid palate, and a touch spicy. Staunch malt presence of toasted grain and bread crust fights to keep its head above the water as the wave of hop flavor tries to drown it out. There's a sweetness in the malt base too; perhaps crystal malt. Finishes with a fading tide of citrusy hop tastes, bread crust, and maybe a touch of yeast.

M: Medium bodied. Creamy and very smooth. Aggressive, prickling carbonation. Good.

O: Not my favorite beer from Troegs, but certainly not bad. As American Pale Ales go, it's fairly generic. It relies perhaps a bit too much on its hop profile, as so many APAs these days do. I found the sweetness (crystal malt?) to be a touch off-putting too. A little bit more malt character would go a long way, as would a less heavy-handed dose of hops. Still a refreshing quaff, and worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 17:01:23 | More by ryan1788a5
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 MDDMD


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

A-orange amber colr with a nice white head and some lacing

S-citrus, malt, slight floral aroma

T-citrus, biscuit, caramel, light grassy and floral notes, decent bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp mouthfeel

O-a solid pale ale with good flavor, refreshing on a hot summer day

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2012 19:15:13 | More by MDDMD
Photo of ummswimmin

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this from a tall wheat glass on a warm summer afternoon.

This is one of the ideal examples of an American Pale. It is a subtle, simple mix of flavor that plays well. Nothing knocks your sox off, or does anything different. I would provide this as a good beer for people that are tired of complexity.

You get a little citrus. The body is decently light, which supports a very drinkable beer. The flavor includes a touch of citrus hops and wheat flavor.

I recommend this beer while we still have the warm (hot) summer days. You won't regret pulling it from the fridge.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 17:50:15 | More by ummswimmin
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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 tobelerone


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

Slightly hazy dark orange; a finger of off-white head; good retention and lacing. Looks nice, not particularly pale though. Hoppy aroma; lots of citrus and floral notes atop a sweet malt base. Smells balanced and promising; not overly assertive.

Quite tasty, with the flavor following the nose. Lots of balance between lightly sweet biscuity malt and the moderately bitter hops that feature citrus, floral, and to a lesser extent, grass notes. Again, the flavor isn’t overly big or aggressive but everything works very harmoniously.

Medium to slightly light bodied, medium carbonation, pretty crisp overall feel. Dry with a slightly lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. Very drinkable and very well made contemporary APA.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2012 12:28:04 | More by tobelerone
Photo of flagmantho


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

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium orange hue with a moderate haze and a strong effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy ivory foam. Nice!

Smell: sweet malt aroma with a bit of a perfumey quality. Hop content is mild and citrusy in character. It's good, and I like the genuine malt character, but the perfuminess gets to me a little bit.

Taste: sweet malt with citrusy and somewhat piney hops and a bitterness which is balanced but a little on the harsh side. Still, the overall picture is quite good.

Mouthfeel: medium to medium-thick body; there's a lot of texture here for a 5.4% pale ale! Moderate carbonation adds a nice creaminess. Good stuff!

Overall: this is a pretty tasty and drinkable pale ale, although I could live without the strong perfume in the aroma.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2012 02:41:34 | More by flagmantho
Photo of chefhatt


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

I poured this beer into a pint glass, it has a golden straw color body with a nice 2"white foamy head that stays a while. The smell is of pine and hops. It has a nice hop taste with a slight bitterness to it. Also it has a nice malt flavor to it also. It has a excellent mouth feel and is well carbonated and is easy drinking. Overal a good APA.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2012 19:42:32 | More by chefhatt
Photo of JKuras


3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Golden/orange straw in color, about a finger of fluffy head. Clear and clean looking. Decent lacing on the way down.

Smell: Not a heavy scent, but good hops presence. Notes of citrus, apple, and sweet malts.

Taste: Bitterness of the hops hits right away and doesn’t back down. Lots of pine but low on the fruit and malts I got from smelling it. The bitter hops really overpowers everything else for me, and still lingers for a minute or two afterwards.

Mouthfeel: Nice and crisp, goes down smooth. Great for a hot summer evening grilling outdoors.

Overall: I love a hoppy beer, but the other flavors just don’t quite come through. Not a bad beer at all though, I could have several of these in one sitting. Just a little one-dimensional.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 00:28:08 | More by JKuras
Photo of yamar68


3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours like a true ale... semi-hazed lively body with a finger of dense fizzing head. Decent lacing.

The nose is smooth and balanced - bittersweet hops supported by a brighter malt structure. Smells fresh.

A bit more aggression on the tongue than anticipated. Crisp hop punch on the front, fading into a smooth and sweet malt profile.

Exceedingly drinkable, dangerously so perhaps.

Not my go-to style but I always enjoy a solid beer from Troegs.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2012 23:01:19 | More by yamar68
Photo of Blueribbon666


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

Reviewed from notes;
Pours a golden straw yellow color into pint glass with little head to speak of save for a thin white lace.
Smells of mostly piney & citrus hops with a bit of malt to balance the hops.
Full hop front end with a mild citrus bite and a bitter, crisp clean finish.
Overall, a solid pale ale which would be great with a meal but I couldn't do more than 2 or 3 as the bitter bite would wear thin, but the hops are balanced well and it does finish clean.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2012 12:15:20 | More by Blueribbon666
Photo of Maxwell


2.9/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours an amber blonde with notes of carmeling. Nicely carbonated with a thick white head and some lacing

Smell: Smells of piney hops with a nice malt sweetness surrounding the hops bite. Nice Cascade hopping

Taste: Bitter with a bare backbone of malts. Slightly peppery with an almost bready after rush of taste. Good pale ale bite.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation brings a nice fizz to the tongue, while the bitters help to nicely bite into the tongue and cleanly wash out, leaving a bitter bite on only the top of the tongue.

Overall: This seems to be a nice classic pale ale, a little maltier than Sierra Nevada’s but still with a nice Cascade hop bite.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2012 22:31:30 | More by Maxwell
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4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 fl oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottled 122811.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy lighter-than-light amber. Sticky, soapy head with a ton of lacing.

Smell: Pleasant Cascade hop aroma. Smells exactly like a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

Taste: Peppery Cascade hop flavor. A lot of bite upfront and throughout.

Mouthfeel: This is chewy and highly carbonated.

Overall: Tastes like a classic American pale ale. Nice.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2012 22:02:31 | More by JednoPivoProsim
Photo of Scotchboy


3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer sent by schwaeh, thanks man! Poured into a Rogue pint glass. 12oz bottle dated 02/22/12.

A: Brilliant and beautiful clear gold, moderate effervescence, light white head and lacing.

S: Pine, sweet orange, toasted grain, hints of bitter astringency, floral character.

T: Sweeter pine, citrus rind, orange, flowers, caramel-like biscuity malt, faint astringency.

MF: Dry, moderate body with lower carbonation, moderate bitterness.

O: Decent, refreshing Pale Ale. Good hop character with enough of a biscuit undertone to offset. Thanks Steve!

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 15:14:31 | More by Scotchboy
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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice bright golden color with good clarity and a sticky bright white head. Lots of grainy biscuit aromas with some piney hop resin underneath. Overall though rather faint in the scent department.

Crisp, grainy and dry. Lighter in body but it holds together very well. Hop presence is slightly mellow and really only coming through enough to present the palette with a touch of pine and balancing the malt to finish super dry. Refreshing, good, clean and pretty standard. I'd never grab this over hop back though which has the same sessionability, availability, and price tag.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2012 01:23:19 | More by jtierney89
Photo of microbrewlover


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

This brew pours a beautiful amber/copper color with a medium head which dissapates after a few minuets with lacing remaining in the glass throughout. Good carbonation

The smell is very hoppy, lots of floral hops, with a few malts and orange and grapefruit. Slight bready taste too.

The mouthfeel is thick, chewy and bready.

Strong floral hop taste, the malts also come in after the first sip but the hops dominate. There is also a grainy, slightly bready/biscut taste. The hops dominate thoughout out the hop oils linger on the toungue after swallowing.

Overall a good beer, especially for the warm weather. Kind of like a Troegs "Nugget Nectar" light.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 21:43:11 | More by microbrewlover
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