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Tröegs Pale Ale - Tröegs Brewing Company

Tröegs Pale AleTröegs Pale Ale

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very good

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Ratings: 1200
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 Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice light copper and foamy head. Significant aroma of grapefruit and the malt. Refreshingly carbonated bitterness and malt, nicely balanced. A touch citrus and fruity. Bit drying finish, excellent with light food, and with that it is very quaffable. Second bottle 21 months later, good bitterness though aggressive side of carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2006 04:00:22 | More by Sammy
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright goldenrod containing a small number of tiny, pulp-like floaters. The cream-colored head is large, nicely firm and a little sticky. It's as impressive as the heads on a good many IPAs; from the generous quantity of hops, no doubt. It stays mounded in the center as it deflates, leaving abstract patterns of lace on the glass.

The aroma is pure Cascade: vibrant and bold, yet not quite IPA-like vibrant and bold. That's okay, it's plenty aromatic for a pale ale. The flavor doesn't quite deliver on what the appearance and the nose promised, but it's still better than many APAs that I've run across. There's a decent hop load that needs to be bolder if it wants to compete with the big boys of the style.

The initial rush of hoppy citrus fades too soon and is replaced by sweetish malt. A mild bitterness then reappears as the finish approaches. The finish is dry and relatively clean. The lack of bold, palate-fatiguing flavor, the light-medium body and the lowish ABV make this a pretty drinkable beer.

Troegs doesn't brew bad beer (although I wasn't at all impressed with Mad Elf, I can see how some might like it). Pale Ale is a solid pale ale, but isn't one that I'd go out of my way for. I did enjoy this bottle though.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2004 17:29:29 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

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

Grabbed this one in a trade a while back, had it sitting in the fridge waiting for me and cracked it open with dinner the other night. Served right out of the fridge in a pint glass. Consumed 08/11/2008.

Poured a very nice deep copper color with a good amount of clarity to it. Nice streams of carbonation could be seen coming up towards the top and a good sixed two inch head of white foam came over the top right away. Slight settling still left behind copious amounts of sticky white lace, with a bare top.

The aroma was nice and hopped, grassy with some decent touches of light citrus and pine mixed in. A bisuit like bready middle to it that really came out once it warmed up. The flavor was more of the same, crisp and clean, with a quick hitting citric hop bite in the front that mellowed out with some light grain, and bready malts to balance nicley, all the while staying very light and towards the hoppier side of the style. Crisp and clean with a light feel and a great carbonation profile, this was defintly a very nice offering that was easily sessionable during the evening,

Overall not bad at all here This was a very good little session ale that I would have no issue at all with trying out again some day. I would love to find it on cask to give it a good whirl. Definitly worth another look here.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2008 00:32:03 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of womencantsail


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

Thanks to Matt for sending me this bottle.

A: The pour is a slightly hazed golden orange color with a massive, rocky, white head and some sticky lacing.

S: Plenty of hops to the nose. Lots of great floral and earthy notes with some citrus peel to it as well. Pale cracker malts with a touch of bread providing a light sweetness.

T: A massive orange flavor to the beer--orange peel and some orange juice. Lots of floral qualities as well. Quite dry with a moderate breadiness. Notes of grass and sweetness as it warms up a little bit. The bitterness is fairly light.

M: Medium in body with an extremely high level of carbonation.

O: A good pale ale, though a bit different from what I'm used to. Good hop flavor, though, without being super bitter.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 04:39:10 | More by womencantsail
Photo of Thorpe429


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

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice golden orange color with a several finger white head and a good amount of lacing as it goes down the glass. The nose brings a nice amount of citrus hops along with a tiny bit of pine. Some mildly sweet malt comes through as well. Taste brings good citrus and pine along with some bitterness as well as some mild bready sweetness in the background. Light feel with good carbonation; overall, nice and subtle, though not as good as the HopBack.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 00:31:28 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of metter98

New York

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

A: The beer is crystal clear light orange in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that quickly died down and left lacy patterns of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of caramel malts and citrusy hops in the nose.
T: The initial taste has some malty sweetness and flavors of caramel; there is a slight amount of bitterness in the finish along with some flavors of grapefruit.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and has a very good balance between the flavors of malts and hops in the taste.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2011 20:11:29 | More by metter98
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2004 20:11:29 | More by oberon
Photo of NeroFiddled


4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear. Deep amber in color with an off-white head that holds well and leaves some nice lace. The aroma is boldly floral & citrusy! Very nice. The body is medium with a moderate carbonation that leaves it smooth and creamy in the mouth. The flavor is rich with a lightly caramel malt sweetness and lots of gentle citrus, floral & grassy hop flavors. Very well balanced with a bitterness that is solid enough to hold the beer in place, but restrained enough to let the sweetness of the malt and depth of the hop flavors come through. Finishes drying with some residual honey-like maltiness and swirls of hop flavor & bitterness. Excellent! A highly enjoyable and extremely drinkable beer with lots of character. Well brewed!

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2002 18:21:28 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of feloniousmonk


4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear amber color, big, creamy tapioca-like head.
Aroma: soft, but bright and fruity, good hops, sweet malt.
Once on the tongue and down the throat, it's smooth sailing. Perfect balance & integration. Medium-bodied, with a tasty, long finish. An excellent session brew, a nice pale ale, indeed.
So far, I've yet to meet a beer from Troeg's I didn't like!

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2003 09:37:10 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts with sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a strong hops bitterness comes in to provide a good balance. The malt character is on the thin side but is enough to give the beer some substance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is a very good mild but hoppy beer to drink for a very long time.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2009 02:05:42 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of russpowell


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

Thanks to jwc215 for this one, Cheers Joe!

Pours an effervescent gold/bronze with 2 fingers of beige head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Citrus hops & fruityness

T: Citric hops, honey malt dryness, & slight appleskins up front. Pears & citric hops dominate as this warms. Crisp lemony & grapefruitty finish

mF: Medium bodied with near perfect carbonation, making the hops pop out & good balance to boot

Drinks very easy, another winner from Troegs! Nice APA

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2008 01:27:17 | More by russpowell
Photo of WesWes

New York

4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a gold color with a thick frothy white head. The aroma is good. It has a nice balance between malts and hops. It is slightly malty and has a fine hop aroma. The taste is great. It has a complex malty core made up of pale and light crystal malts. There is also a strong hop flavor that makes this beer. It goes down easy and really satisfies. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a fine pale ale. It has great flavor, aroma, and mouthfeel. What else is there?

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2004 01:25:33 | More by WesWes
Photo of drabmuh


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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Beer is orange and clear. Carbonation is moderate to high and there is a thin broken head made up of small white bubbles. There is some but not a lot of lacing on the glass. Looks fine.

There is a citrus hop aroma, almost like orange candy and a slight sulfurish smell.

Medium to low bodied beer. Everything is mild but well balanced. There is a slight sweetness followed by a nice level of hop bitterness. The mid-palate was met with nice citrus hop flavors. Drinkability is high and mouthfeel is good. I would recommend this beer as a pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2009 00:18:46 | More by drabmuh
Photo of Mora2000


4/5  rDev +5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2010 17:53:15 | More by Mora2000
Photo of zeff80


4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, bubbly, orange color with a small, foamy, white head. It left thin traces of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of citrus, mostly orange peel. It also had some nice floral notes.

T - It really brought a good deal of citrusy zest with a burnt toast maltiness and just enough sweet toffee.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good pale ale. I would make a great session brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2009 22:36:06 | More by zeff80
Photo of Gueuzedude


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

This beer pours a brilliantly clear, amber tinged copper color that is topped by a frothy tan colored head. It has a fair level of carbonation which holds the head aloft. As the head falls it leaves a bit of lacing on the sides of the glass. The aroma has a nice up front hoppiness to it; it is dominated by grapefruit-like citrus notes but there is also a bit of pine thrown into the mix as well. As my nose gets used to the hop notes I detect a bit of dry toasted malt character that reminds me of lightly browned biscuits.

The taste has only a touch of sweetness up front, but does have a nice creamy mouth feel to it. There is a bit of malty caramel character here as well, it is fairly subtle and actually seems to contribute to the creamy mouth feel. This beer has an ample touch of hops though; it starts with a nice sharp bitterness which carries through to the finish. The citrus character is here, but it is downplayed a bit because of the dryness of the beer, instead there is an herbal pine note that dominates the soft citrus flavors.

This beer is a great example of a Pale Ale. This is a really easy drinking brew, with a great creamy mouthfeel. The malt though subdued plays an important role here; it really helps to balance the hops so that they are not too harsh.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2006 21:00:27 | More by Gueuzedude
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 jwc215


3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light amber with a thin white head that becomes a lasting, swirling patch and ring that leaves some trailing lacing.

The smell is of mild ctirus with light sweet dough in background.

The taste is of citrus hops upfront. Doughy malt in the background. Orange citrus stays well ahead. Very slight metallic tinge. in finish.

The body is chewy and firm. Pretty smooth.

A decent "session" ale. A bit imbalanced for the style. It almost begs to be an IPA, but doesn't quite make it. Easy to drink, especially if you like hoppier pale ales.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2007 18:44:23 | More by jwc215
Photo of RblWthACoz


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

Pours a crystal clear amber with a white head. Nose is sweet and a bit hoppy. Flavor is bitter and hoppy. Minor pine notes go against the stronger bitter tone. Very minor citrus as well. It's bright and crisp. Feel has a fairly biting carbonation to it. Liquid is a bit slick. Nice to drink. Definitely on the bitter edge and earthy. Would be interesting on cask I bet.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2008 17:31:57 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of WVbeergeek


4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2003 11:39:03 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

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

The Pale Ale poured nicely sporting a copper color with slight head. A mellow aroma that doesn't spark any extra interest. Hop flavor distinguishes this pale ale as it is bold but not overpowering. More hoppy than other Pales, but definitely not entering the IPA zone. The malt flavor slightly hides behind the hops, but has a good taste that I enjoy. After finishing, I opened another one. Very drinkable and satisfying.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2003 12:12:30 | More by Gavage
Photo of smcolw


4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear and bright copper in color. Modest head but it retains some bubbles. Minimal lace.

Excellent blend of hop and lighter malts in the nose.

Fresh hop flavor in the taste--somewhat prickly in a pine needle sort of way. Good malt base; closer to a amber ale on the malt side. The body is thinner than I would expect, but that may be the only distraction. This is one of the better APA's I've had.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2009 20:59:20 | More by smcolw
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

overall a damn good session pale ale. nothing unique necessarily, just a well made easy drinker here. pours standard pale ale color with a 2 inch head. smells and tastes well balanced with a mix of hop varieties. quick crisp finish and bright carbonation make the mouthfeel just right. this is an all season all situations beer that is as versatile as it is drinkable. not my favorite troegs brew, but a solid day to day beverage. will undoubtedly buy this again

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 04:31:33 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of tempest


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

Damn, nice pale ale. The only thing I can say is that it isn't crisp enough for my taste. There's a great hops profile in the aroma and flavor of fruity, hops resin with relatively sweet grapefruit and a decent, but not big, bitterness. There a touch of toffee and caramel malt in the back, but this is a smooth (odd, but ok I guess) and hoppy beer. Find this and enjoy it.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2007 02:52:46 | More by tempest
Photo of akorsak


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

A growler filled on 23-Apr-10. Ths is the last pour.

A: The ale is still, all carbonation having left it following multiple openings. As it sits in the glass, the pale ale is golden brown and clear.

S: The nose is grainy with a vegetal, leafy hop finish. Plenty of malts lying around but the hops can't be denied.

T: The hops are crisp upfront before yielding to the grainy malts. Grapefruit strikes the right note, just bitter enough to enliven the tastebuds. The ale is well-balanced, especially when it is devoid of carbonation. The bitterness and maltiness leap together, sweet and sharp in every sip. The hoppienss lingers, a nice send-off.

M: The APA is leafy, driven by its hoppiness. The last glass has really accentuated those hops.

D: I think that I am single-handedly responsible for finishing off the growler. A sessionable pale ale.

Serving type: growler

04-25-2010 00:21:52 | More by akorsak
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