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Tröegs Pale Ale - Tröegs Brewing Company

Tröegs Pale AleTröegs Pale Ale

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1,203 Ratings
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Ratings: 1203
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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-22-2002)
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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 Billolick

New York

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

12 ounce bottle, with no freshness dating to be found. Pours a nice gloden light amber,clear, white medium bubble head, dissolving to a tiny bubble film and leaving well developed lacing. Nice hoppy nose, notes of yeasty bread as well. Medium bodied. well hopped PA, slight citric bite, but not bitter. Very drinkable, well crafted brew. Troegs continues to impress.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2004 02:17:42 | More by Billolick
Photo of rhoadsrage


3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an America pint glass)

A- This beer pours a crystal clear caramely-orange body with a rocky off-white head that is supported by a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles.

S- The smell of biscuit malt has a hint of caramel malt and a light green hop note at the finish.

T- This dry biscuit flavor has a light toasted malt flavor that is slightly dry followed by a citrus hop flavor. There is a light raspberry note to the hops that is dry with a faint sulfur quality to it.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a slight watery texture to it with a crisp finish.

D- The soft malt flavors and the light hops note really needed some nuance to it, and the biscuit malt was a bit to much.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2008 20:34:17 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of Zorro


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

12 OZ bottle provided by Thaichile.

Pours a clear copper colored ale with an off white head, looks good.

Smell is malt and citrus hops. The smell seems to diminish quickly which I interpret to be that it is milder than the first sniff indicated.

Taste is malty and mildly bitter at the beginning with a bit of bready taste. Flavor doesn't change much except a biscuit malt flavor comes out after a while. A milder Pale Ale not made on the West Coast model. A tasty mild beer.

Mouthfeel is good.

Mild smooth and drinkable, that is what this beer excels at. If I would change one thing about it I would add more aroma hops but not everyone is attuned to the West Coast HopHeads thoughts on the subject. A good beer and a good choice to lure Budweiser drinkers to better beers.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2006 22:11:24 | More by Zorro
Photo of Wasatch


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

Thanks Alkey for the brew.

Pours a nice clean/clear golden color, nice carbonation, nice two finger off-white creamy head which lasted awhile, nice small islands and sticky lacing throughout the drink. The nose is of sweet malts, hops, grapefruit, and caramel. The taste is very nice of hops/malts, grapefruit and slight caramel. Medium body, well balanced brew. Very drinkable, a true APA.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2007 02:06:58 | More by Wasatch
Photo of corby112


4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear golden amber color with golden yellow hues when held to a light source and a one finger frothy white head that quickly fades into a lasting ring.

Earthy hop aroma with lots of golden straw and grass character. Hints of biscuit malt and bread along with some crisp light fruit.

Light, crisp medium body which is very well balanced and more complex than the average pale ale. Nice earthy dry hops up front which are quickly countered by a very refreshing sweet biscuity pilsner malt-like backbone. There's also a fairly prominent earthy grass/straw presence and some sweet light crisp fruit notes, especially green apple. Very quaffable, excellent example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2010 05:23:57 | More by corby112
Photo of woodychandler


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

Transcribed from notes dated F, 30 July 2010.

This came off of the handpump with a finger of thin ecru head that held in amazingly well in the face of the day's humidity. Color was a slightly hazy deep golden-yellow. They CAN't all fall bright, I suppose. Nose was hop-forward with a soft grassiness that again started me to sweating. The CANQuest (TM) has had me drinking a lot of AmeriCAN Adjunct Lagers and I simply miss hops as a result. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full with a mildly understated grassy hop taste on the tongue. My hop jones monkey began to cease his incessant chattering. I began to feel some maintenance drinking upcoming that weekend. Finish was slightly bitter, very appropriate for the style, but leaving me still jonesing for more. Cue the Andrea True Connection ("More, more, more ...).

Serving type: cask

01-17-2011 16:31:19 | More by woodychandler
Photo of stakem


3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2009 21:47:52 | More by stakem
Photo of biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

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

Toasty bread and caramel spread, the beer is pale but far from colourless. Soft golden shades blend with denser copper tones all the while maintaining a near perfect clarity. The head, a collection of film, froth and bubbles, is insistently assertive. It also turns out to be quite the decorator as well - my glass is adorned with lace of all shapes and patterns.

I wasn't expecting this many hops for a lowly pale ale! The zesty character of the Cascades draws my mind to budding flowers, green fields and warmer weather. It's a pleasant pungency and it's almost strong enough to be categorized along with weaker IPA's. I love how Troegs presents these spicy, bold hops in such a modest and unassuming manner.

A pale ale need not be overly complicated or even all that characterful so it's fine that this isn't either of those things. It is a simple, straightforward taste of bready, lightly toasted malts. It's a near equivalent to drinking dry white crackers (which sounds less tasty than it actually is). There is a pleasant sweetness and just a tickle of light, spicy hop bitterness.

If a pale ale is to be judged on one aspect only, it should arguably be its drinkability. This is a style that is meant to have wide spread appeal and caters to really one demographic only: thirsty people. Troegs Pale Ale gets the job done in fine fashion - it is agreeable, crisply bitter, pleasantly sweet and is both restorative and refreshing.

I can imagine Troegs sells a lot of this stuff. Most pale ales on the market really are nowhere near this pleasing; it's surprisingly uncommon to come across such a fine example of this dreadfully common style. Although a simple beer like this really doesn't show off all the brewer's talents it certainly shows their skill. Thanks DrJay!

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2009 18:12:48 | More by biegaman
Photo of plaid75

New York

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

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger pillowy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell consisted of a subtle flowery and citrusy hop aroma. There was a soft pale malt doughy aroma as well.

The taste was a delicate combination of light oily hop, wildflower honey sweetness and a biscuity grain body. Very well balanced.

The mouthfeel was light and clean.

Overall a nice low key APA. Very very quaffable. An excellent session beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2006 01:46:38 | More by plaid75
Photo of Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle picked up in Buffalo.

Pours a lightly hazy golden, some light orange hues, tangerine, very thick one finger white head forms, very tight and compact, drops slowly to a thin layer and ring, leaves behind some nice sheets of lacing. Smell is nice, very citric, some lemons and tangerines, very light grapefruit tartness, not a lot of malt, but a light bit of toast in the nose, a bit of honey like sweetness in the back, nice balance, doesn't blow your nose off with hops. Taste is similar, quite light in flavour but refreshing, some toasty malt and light caramel sweetness at first, followed by grapefruit and a lemony acidity, a bit of fruity tartness in the finish, has a strange iron/orange peel flavour in the finish, lightly bitter. Moutfeel is light bodied with medium to high carbonation, a bit too high makes it rough on the palate. Overall a decent pale ale, I like the real citrusy hopping, but the carbonation is a touch too high for my liking.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2009 00:41:57 | More by Viggo
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a beautiful clear bright orange with a thin, creamy dull white head that dissipated rather quickly after the pour. Visible carbonation was light.

S: a very nice beautiful fresh citrus aroma along with oranges and pine. The aroma was very sharp and pronounced and pleasant.

T: The initial flavor was dry oranges and citrus. A bright sweet citrus hopping really brought out the bright nature of this pale ale. There was some pineapple as well detected as the beer finished with a spicy hop finish.

M: light, oily, with sour oranges and citrus hopping.

D: Very easy to drink and like. A great session pale with a clean, sharp citrusy hopping that will make you keep coming back for more.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2008 00:20:01 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. 12 oz bottle poured into a glass. Hazy light golden brown with some soapy head clinging to the edges. Spotted lace dots the glass.

S. Nose is of earth hops and some light toffee malt. A bit english indeed.

T. My first notion was a bit malty actually, with a pineapple citric hop twang that finishes a tad dry. Crisp hop prescence. Simple flavors that work well together.

M. Light bodied and crisp. A bit of lingering hop bitterness. Dry finish.

D. A very sessionable pale ale that is hoppy enough for a hop lover and balanced enough for anyone. At 5.4 you could knock a few of these back before a good meal. Good example of a pale ale here.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2008 00:14:37 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of DrJay


3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at the Drafting Room in Exton, PA.
Cloudy, light caramel colour with a whitish head. Awesome retention and the lacing was solid foam that formed rings at each sip. Citrusy aroma (grapefruit and mild orange) with a hint of malt. Quite a mild flavour with medium/low bitterness. Balanced malt sweetness with mild citrus hopping. A little watery and thin, very low carbonation. Very easy drinking, but seems to need some extra carbonation to prop up the body. I'll try it again in bottles or draft to see how that changes things.

Serving type: cask

07-21-2007 04:06:57 | More by DrJay
Photo of glid02


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

Got this in a trade with ShrLSU, much obliged.

Pours a light copper color with a half finger white head. Head goes down pretty quickly to a wispy layer of bubbles, lacing is decent.

Smells like mild hops. It's almost grassy. There's a tiny bit of bready malt sneaking through, but the hops are the most prevalent.

Tastes just as it smells. Subdued hops, again almost grassy. The malt is a little easier to taste than it is to smell. A slightly citrus aftertaste. Not great, but certainly not bad.

Mouthfeel is good. Carbonation is very good and it's just thick enough. Goes down smoothly.

Drinkability is good as well. Goes down very easily.

Overall it's a solid APA, but nothing terribly special. A good session beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2008 23:28:06 | More by glid02
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 Gusler


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

The pour a light crystal clear amber color. Head is frothy, mountainous, the lace lumbersome sheets that last till the end of the glass. Nose is malt, lightly floral, hints of citrus, clean and fresh. Front is malt, ambosial, the top light, the finish meaningfully hopped, thoughtfully acidic, mindfully dry. A quite pleasant beer, just right in all respects, wish I could have been nicer with the lager. Well worth the sample, and wish it was available here in Arizona. Ranks A deserving #484 on my current 1000 beer master list.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2002 18:20:01 | More by Gusler
Photo of smakawhat


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

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A very light pale almost straw yellow, with a cloudy sense and some orange hues for the body. Head is kind of weak foamy and only about two fingers at its largest size. Scattered lacing not much really.

Nose is subtle but nice. Clean with a small pine hop and a small mushy citrus fruit sense. It's not bold or big, but it's decent and very pleasant.

A just mild enough hop kick with a malt bread almost crisp finish. Hops come in at first, but stays low enough to give the malt to breath. Bready finish comes next with a mix of crispness to balance and smooth it out. Not too carbonated either with a solid feel. Slightly wet but okay with a minor citrus bent also.

This is a good solid mix of a pale ale that doesn't try to be a borderline IPA hop bomb. Lets the malt come through and eventually dominate but gives enough presence to make a statement. Easy drinking as well. Solid Pale Ale here.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 01:38:15 | More by smakawhat
Photo of dirtylou


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

12oz single, of which I consumed 6oz in a small mason jar, thanks expatsteve

appearance: served in a mason jar...clear golden body, big frothy white head, decent amount of lacing left from the pour. Standard

smell: light and toasty aromas, sweet malty body, green apple, lightly hopped but definitely not a hop-bomb APA, light citrus aromas

taste: more malt driven than anything else with a light toasted malt flavour, grapefruit-citrus hop presence is complimentary with some apple/pear flavouring in the background. Fairly standard but well done and enjoyable

mouthfeel: medium-light body, refreshing

drinkability: high

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2006 15:24:44 | More by dirtylou
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 tavernjef


4.53/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Cloudy pale golden color, thin white head that faded fast and leaves spotty glaring lace. Smell is sooo nice and fresh, yummy nose filling aroma of floral hops, citrusy, grapefruitish, piney lightness, with a small backing of malts. Taste is right on for a pale, excellent fresh hop taste, bite and bitterness. Grapefruity lightness, oily a bit. Drys and lingers in a smooth style of boldness leaving the notes of malts in the back. Feel is solid medium body, bitterness slowly settles, thinly finishing. One very nice pale, quite quenchingly yummy.

Thanks to Francisweizen for the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2003 17:35:07 | More by tavernjef
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

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

A: Poured from bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a fairly clear consistency. Not a huge amount of head, but some good lacing.

S: There was a sharp malty smell mingling with the floral hops.

T: A decent taste. Mild malts and floral hops together. Tasty, but not overwhelming.

M: A fair amount of carbonation and a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is a drinkable beer, though it didn't wow me in any particular way. Not bad, though.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2008 14:03:19 | More by avalon07
Photo of twiggamortis420


4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of cmurren25, gracias amigo. Pours a hazed medium gold color with a fluffy crown of off-white foam. Retention is about average and laces up just a bit.

Nose is grassy hops with some lemon peel and grains. Reminds me of the Sunshine Pils a bit with the lighter malts and hoppy edge.

Taste is biscuity, doughy even with a sharp, crisp bite of hops. Has both bittering and flavoring lupulin in equal amounts while the light malts play nicely to create a very refreshing beer. The more beers I have from Troegs, the more I am impressed with their brewing prowess. This is a mighty fine pale and dare I say this might be a regular in my fridge if it were available here? Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2010 18:48:38 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of RoyalT


4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance – The orange, thick and hazy body was covered with a wonderful head that lingered for many minutes and left some nice lacing on my glass.

Smell – Classic East Coast Pale Ale aroma. The light fruits and biscuit malts make up this enjoyable nose. The fuggle or Amarillo hops (or some other hops that we don’t get a lot of out here in the PacNW but that they seem to have in abundance back east) are sharp and inviting.

Taste – Ah, this is incredible. The nose falls cleanly to the tongue here. The fruity yet substantial hop profile is right on target. This is a classic PA PA (Pennsylvania Pale Ale).

The beautiful balance of hops and malts is dead on. The big biscuit mates perfectly with the citrus and floral hops. The fruity sugars are unrefined yet not overly sweet. They have their purpose here. Overall, this is harmony in motion. Mozart in a glass.

Mouthfeel – Impeccably smooth and well blended. This medium-bodied Pale Ale keeps the mouth alive and wanting more. It is chewy with a sophisticated sweetness and begs to be held in between the cheeks (then why am I chugging it?).

Drinkability – I poured this then had to go take care of something so it warmed a bit. This beer at cellar or close to room temperature will go down in three gulps. It is probably one of the most drinkable beers that I’ve ever had.

Comments – A big BA thanks to ericaweizen for sending me this treasure from PA.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2004 02:15:36 | More by RoyalT
Photo of DrDemento456


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

This pale ale came off pretty average to me. Poured a nice clear yellow with a head that sticks around. Smells of slight earthy pine bit of bread and some sweet malts. Taste is better than most pales I have had since it is more hop forward and less bitter. Mouthfeel is pretty light to medium was able to put it away rather easy.

Overall drinkability is moderate at best since I really am into more hop forward pales this one came pretty close to my impression of hopback without so much hops. Sweet, drinkable, easy drinking. Would consider it for friends.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2011 07:15:04 | More by DrDemento456
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