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Tröegs Pale Ale - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Pale AleTröegs Pale Ale

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Reviews: 599
Hads: 1,492
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 18.39%
Wants: 24
Gots: 201 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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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Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
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

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of oberon
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
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!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.44/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Another solid offering from the Troegs variety pack.. thanks to my job I was sent to MA for a week for training right down the road from Table and Vine in West Springfield so I got try non-CT distributed beers.

Very hoppy aroma for a pale ale... nice. Moderate lacing, light golden color. Taste is not as hoppy as the smell, very light bodied and I get a lot of "wetness" rather than flavor. I understand its an APA and not an IPA but I felt it could have used a little more body and balance to it. Easy drinker though and a solid beer.. just not one of their best.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
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

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Photo of Rifugium
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
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

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
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!

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Photo of orangesol
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Was part of the Troegs 12 pack I picked up.

A: Pours a slight hazy orange color with a 1.5 finger of-white head with decent retention. Little bits of sticky lace were left on the glass.

S: Nice hop aroma with lots of floral and citrus notes. Some orange zest and a bit of grapefruit are present. Slightly bready malt with a hint of graham as well.

T: Nice hoppy flavor profile for an APA, just how I like it. Some orange and orange zest with some grass as well. There is some light caramel and a bit of bready malt.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation Finishes slightly bitter and dry.

O: Drinks very easy and is what I am looking for in an APA - a little bit of hops, with a crisp mouthfeel, and not too filling. Done done and done.

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Photo of stakem
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very clear light orange/yellow color with a finger of white head that leaves a nice amount of lacing, a ring actually upon the glass with every taste. Nose has a pleasant citrus hop aroma that is very welcoming to the first sip. Also detecting a bit of grain in the nose as well. Taste is mildly bitter upfront and in the crisp finish from the hops. Little bit of malt taste, faint sweetness across the body. Feel is about medium to light. Very easy to drink, I think ill have another.

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Tröegs Pale Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
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