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Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-22-2002

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Photo of woodychandler
4.17/5  rDev +8%
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 ...).

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Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours copper with a 1/4" of thick, foamy, white head that has great retention. The nose has notes of faint malts, bread, and floral hops. The taste is lightly bready up front followed by a moderate floral, pineappley hop character. The hops leave a slight bitterness on the palate after the finish. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, smooth, and well carbonated.

This is a smooth, easy drinking pale ale. The flavor profile is moderate, but for a pale ale its solid and rather complex. This is one of the first craft beers I had when in college, and I get more whenever I can.

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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 smakawhat
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of WesWes
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
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?

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of tempest
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of Gavage
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a pale, golden coloring, with a steady flow of carbonation and a sparse, clingy, white head. Aromas of subtle floral notes, bittering hops, and a toasted backbone. Flavors are heavily roasted forward, with a solid dose of resinous hops, pepper spice, floral notes, and a toast backbone. Light and crisp bodied, with a tangy sweet and slightly bitter aftertaste. The finish is dry, smooth, and clean. Pretty tasty and damn drinkable.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review notes from 7/20/10

Poured in to pint glass
Bottled on date of 5/17/10

A - Poured a light yellow colour with a half finger of creamy white head.

S - A nice nose of bitter citrus hops up front with some subdued bready malts in the background.

T - A nicely balanced pale ale with a good bitter hop kick. The hops are evident up front and have tangerine and grapefruit flavours. As the nose indicated there is a subdued crisp bready malt backbone to balance this out. The bitter hops linger in the finish. A very good pale ale.

M - light body, moderate carbonation.

D - An excellent example of the style and one that I will definitely buy again.

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Photo of Duff27
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a thin half-inch white head. Average lacing and a tad above average head retention.

S- Very floral smelling.

T- Clean. Citrus hops make their presence known at the end of each sip.

M- Crisp mouthfeel.

D/O- Very refreshing pale ale. I received and drank this at the wrong time of the year....downing a few of these outdoors during summer would have made my night...sadly that won't happen now.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.9/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of Zorro
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of biegaman
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
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!

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Photo of plaid75
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Has a rich golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops, maybe a touch of citrus. Taste is also overwhelmingly of hops, not well balanced. Feels light in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall a decent brew but a tad to hoppy for my liking.

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Photo of corby112
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of akorsak
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Tröegs Pale Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
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