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Tröegs Pale Ale - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Pale AleTröegs Pale Ale

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595 Reviews
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Reviews: 595
Hads: 1,482
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 5.64%
Wants: 22
Gots: 194 | FT: 2
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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 PhillyJay1701
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a stange-style glass.

Look: Hazy golden-yellow color with minimum bubbles and a thin, foamy white head. Head dissipated quickly.

Smell: Glad I got the nose onto this before the head went away, because once it did it was gone forever. Light floral hops and citrus notes, along with malts.

Taste: Hop bitterness hits you at the very start and very end of the taste. Overall, this is a maltier beer than it is hoppy. Slight citrus feel follows the nose. Eminently drinkable, however, and balanced. Though nothing really stands out as exceptional. Just solidly built.

Mouthfeel: Creamier than expected but overall medium bodied and light in carbonation.

Overall a good, drinkable, solid beer. But certainly not the best in the category I've ever had. (797 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.26/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Undated bottle at 42 degrees into shaker
Aroma weak, somewhat citrusy
Head large (6 cm, aggressive pour), off white, creamy, diminishing to irregular five to seven mm ring and layer
Lacing poor – rare tiny island of tiny bubbles
Body medium yellow, clear
Flavor very slightly bitter, slight malt flavor, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light, watery, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 3, Flavor 3, Palate 4, Overall 3.5 (424 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
3.47/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: crystal clear; medium gold in color; 1 finger ivory head that receded to a thin cap; very little lacing;

S: restrained; bready; a little soapy; what aroma is there dissipates within seconds;

T: bready up front; a little soapy at mid-palate; moderately bitter finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: not really anything to get excited about, but it's easy to drink; (402 characters)

Photo of ppvora
2.89/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a cold bottle into a ale glass.

Appearance: Dark yellow, with some copper tones, 1 finger head, very little or no aeration.

Aroma: Malt, barley, some citrusy notes in the background.

Taste: Malts are the most persistent flavor here, with some biscuity notes.

Mouthfeel: Some light bitterness.

Bought a 6-pack. I probably won't return to this beer again unless it's the only serious beer on tap at a restaurant. (429 characters)

Photo of Roguer
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful clear light amber brew, topped by a large, snow-white, firm head. Good retention and nice lacing.

Classic pale ale aroma: bready, dry, biscuity malts, with a touch of floral hops.

Flavor follows. This is a more traditional, less hoppy pale ale. Pale malts and grains; a tiny touch of flower honey; dry biscuit; nice balancing bitterness.

Lively with minimal sting; medium-light mouthfeel with a flat, cloying finish.

This is a solid pale ale. Nothing stands out remarkably, but it's easy drinking and traditional. (528 characters)

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.16/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark gold with a thin white head. Smells like grassy citrus Cascade in doughy malt. Mingles into a white grape juice aroma as it warms.

Flavor starts out great with grassy Cascade and doughy malt. Good malt to hop balance. As it warms though it gets a little bland champagne-y. Medium body. (296 characters)

Photo of Mikus
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful, honey hue with just a touch of head. Some pine, definitely a ton of Cascade in there. Some floral notes and noticeable bitterness. Clean and fresh as can be on the palate. Excellent balance. Medium mouthfeel, aftertaste of pine needles. This is a BIG pale. P.S. This was about 2 weeks old. Amazing fresh. (316 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.54/5  rDev -9.2%
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. (485 characters)

Photo of tillmac62
4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

BOD 8/17/14. Clear light amber pour that is slightly darker than golden. Very nice head with normal lacing and retention. Light nose of citric and floral hops over a light biscuit. Light medium bodied with an almost slick texture. Perfectly carbonated with an exceptional effervescent finish. The flavor profile is exceptional - intense, balanced, clean and somewhat complex. It begins with a wave of blended hop flavor (pine, citric and a touch of spice) over a light biscuit background. The middle is a medium bitterness that is mostly pine, but also has grapefruit rind aspects, which fades into a very light caramel. The finish is quite effervescent and yields a nice dryness. A mild bitterness lingers that has a bit of pepper and caramel sweetness. An outstanding Pale Ale. (791 characters)

Photo of hophugger
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Malt and citrus aromasa. Nice carbonation and color. I get citrus and hop flavors quite abundantly. The balance is very nice(as is in most of Troegs beers). The carbonation is normal and the mouthfeel is well alanced with just the right amount of sweet and pine to make a great, easily drinkable brew!!!!! (305 characters)

Photo of etoimazo
4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I’ve been sampling pale ales for the summer months. For me, the ideal pale ale is thirst quenching without being watery, yet well-crafted in terms of malt depth and hop balance. An ABV of about 5% and IBU levels between 35 and 50 seem about right, but I’m open to variations on the theme. I picked up a bottle of Tröegs Pale Ale to see if it meets my criteria. It does. ABV is 5.4%, IBU is 45.

Appearance: Golden, clear, with an average head, good carbonation, and a substantial lacing that lasts and lasts

Smell: Light malts and a floral hop note blend with some citrus and pine in a pleasant sweetness. The hops are subdued – not that over-the-top Pacific Northwest aroma but a more classic balance.

Taste: Excellent balance of hops and malt that is consistent with its aroma. There is some artistry here in the complexity of the malts (Pilsner, Munich, and Crystal, according to Tröeg’s website), as well as the hops (Amarillo and Cascade, with Cascade in the HopBack). It comes across to me as a hybrid between American and European styles but in a way that claims its own identity. I can taste the light caramel touch, the Munich and Pilsner base, and a pervasive hop balance that lets the malt sweetness comes through while still asserting itself. There is a dryness and a not-too-bitter aftertaste in the finish.

Mouthfeel: A soft, moderate carbonation makes this go down smooth – good substance without any harshness.

Overall: I like this pale ale – it’s up around the top of my favorites for this style. (1,538 characters)

Photo of slusk
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a golden, clear with a relatively dense white head. Good retention with a bit of lacing.

S: Nice hop aroma, Floral, a bit of grapefruit, citrus and pine. Moderately sweet malt, some bubblegum with a light caramel and biscuity bread crust.

T: Very nice hop flavor. Floral with a bit of citrus and pine. Nice malt character with a slight orange/lemon peel and some light caramel. I detect maybe some pilsner malt character in this beer. Starts out with a bit of sweetness, then a light hop bite followed by a fairly dry finish. The bitterness doesn't linger too long but the complex flavor profile is prolonged in the finish.

M: Medium body with a moderate carbonation. Smooth and a bit velvety mouthfeel.

O: I really like this beer. It's quite a complex flavor for a pale ale. I can detect the different components through the finish. The balance is very nice with this beer and it drinks smooth. It will appeal to a lot of drinkers I think. The very last thing on the palate is that of chewing on fresh barley malt. The biscuit and bread crust flavors seem to shine through a well hopped beer. I will buy more of this. (1,132 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Re-review. 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear copper color. There's a finger's worth of head, just barely off-white in shade. Retention is about average for the style. While the head is rather short, it leaves behind a respectable amount of lacing on the glass.

S: Nicely flowery from the Cascade hops. When I first pour it, it has more of a caramel malt note, but becomes hoppier with just a bit of time in the glass. I don't think the nose is particularly special; having said that, it gets the job done nicely. Like most pale ales, really.

T: Slightly fruitier than the nose indicated - and that's good! The Cascade hops not only bring some flowery notes, they also bring notes of grapefruit peel and lime. This one seems to have more fruitiness than other standard pale ales. Its malt backbone also does a good job of ballasting the hoppiness without being too sweet (amazing considering it's loaded with my 'favorite malt' - crystal). Just a nicely balanced yet drinkable pale ale, plain and simple.

M: The body is very crisp, with a nice bittersweet finish - it doesn't have the oppressive sweetness most crystal malt beers tend to have. It's definitely not bone dry, though. Carbonation might be a tad low, but otherwise the drinkability is quite good.

O: I've always overlooked this one in lieu of everything else Troegs makes - I mean, it's just a Cascade-hopped pale ale for cryin' out loud. How many of those exist on the shelves, after all? But, the way it shows off nice fruitiness (lime, primarily) with minimal bitterness puts it a cut above most other examples of the style. I'd have no trouble drink 2 or 3 of these in a sitting. (1,665 characters)

Photo of Sensaray
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Clean and clear dark golden
Smells fruity sweet and bit flowery
Tasty, nice bitter close that's dry, hints at sweetness and good one to let linger. Clean citrus flavors with piney, slightly resinous bitterness
Mouthfeel is really nice, perfect level of carbonation to spread out the flavor and bitterness
Really solid offering that I've always enjoyed (352 characters)

Photo of tbraun1
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Nice, golden, clear pour. Hefty lacing and a rich head.

S- Nice citrus nose with some bready/biscuity malts coming through. A bit of straw.

T- Wonderful taste. Clean and balanced. Citrus, just enough bitter from the hops. Great session potential.

M- Again, well balanced. Not too carbonated, just enough effervescence makes it refreshing.

O- A great session APA. I'll definitely enjoy this one again. (411 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Golden amber color with a thin thick head with low retention but leaving lots of laces.
Aroma of bread malt with light notes of herbal hops and papaya.
Flavor is more intense, notes of sweet pale malt, herbal hops with some lemon and grapefruit citrus, a hint of spices and resin finishing. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light body with low carbonation.
Pleasant beer that grows over time. Balanced and refreshing APA on the average lower side of intensity. Great fit for a session beer. (484 characters)

Photo of JJKBeerLvr
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Light amber color, with nice thick and very light colored (almost white) head. The head lasted a very long time, and left a nice coating on the inside of the glass.

Smell: Pleasant, with a strong hops influence in the aroma. There is some sweetness and herb aromas, but the hops dominate.

Taste: A nice mix of hops and herb flavors with a touch of citrus, that make for an interesting Pale Ale. There is a nice after-taste, that lasts for a while but not too long.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and crisp, with a medium body.

Overall: This is an interesting Pale Ale. (610 characters)

Photo of SaintM
3.51/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a sampler pack of troegs and this was the first to be grabbed at random. Had slight rusting around rim which I hope did not effect flavor in any way. Poured into a glass mug. This brew pours beautifully with a full luscious head of about 3 fingers that slowly dissipates over a couple minutes leaving lacing.

In the glass it looks very appetizing with a light gold hue with some light merky depth. The olfactory senses ever so slightly tingle with a not overpowering aroma of crisp fresh hops with a citrus finish. Taste however left something to be desired with a finish that was so so. First few where better than the rest....

This is my first review by the way and I have been enjoying this website. (715 characters)

Photo of GaryLuderitz
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wonderfully hoppy pale ale that has a medium bitterness that grows on you. It is rich, but not heavy. Love the smell. The modest alcohol content allows me to have several pints. Of course it tastes best right out of the tap from Troegs Brewery right here in Hershey. I think it's their best beer, but I know there is some disagreement on that. (343 characters)

Photo of delta490
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- a clear medium gold. A creamy white head has nice retention and leaves big lacing. A steady stream of carbonation from the bottom

S-caramel malt and grapefruit

T- mirrors the aroma but is a little more balanced with strong caramel malt tones on the finish. Pretty much one note, but a tasty note

M- a hint of the carbonation but otherwise smooth and pleasant.

O- a nice above-average Pale Ale. (400 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from trade. Thanks! Pours a clear golden color with a nice small fluffy white head. Aroma is floral with some nice citrus and herbal notes. Flavor is a nice juicy light citrus with mild bitter and a sweet malt backbone. Goes down easy with plenty of carbonation. Nice simple exposition of the style. Good stuff. (318 characters)

Photo of dougfur
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a really pretty straw color, with a touch of haze and a modest head. The smell is a nice subtle mix of hops and breadiness, pretty much what you'd expect from a decent APA. The taste follows through; nothing to write home about, but nice. A solid everyday kind of beer, that would be enjoyed by almost anyone. (315 characters)

Photo of 1sophrosyne1
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I've had this Troegs standard a number of times and ways--decided over the last few pours over the last few hours that its versatility and stylistic precision deserved a review.

Pours an amber gold with fine clarity. Rising rings of fine bubbles come off the bottom of an IPA glass to feed a fallen head that had begun thick and collapsed in lumps. Patches of lacing hang on.
The bouquet holds a balance of spruce and fruity sweetness including strawberry and passionfruit. It's also mildly biscuit-malty with a kiss of buttery caramel. And there's just enough must for heady depth. More metallic as it warms.
There's sufficient cream as it crosses the lips to carry a bready foundation upon which to build a long, yet clean taste. Bright acidity lifts up the passionfruit alongside pineapple and lemon zest. lemon peel, orange, pineapple. Later bitterness of the hops brings resin that then relaxes into a chewy flour dough with a fairly lengthy finish.
The body is sufficiently light for lots of easy drinking, but just thick enough with grain and glycerol to allow all the taste complexity to unfurl. And the carbonation level is just right to make it all dance gracefully, but not too long.
Overall, there's very little to critique in the way of making improvements. A bit higher alcohol content might be nice; it's just a touch thin. But really, this is an APA splashed with quintessence. All the core scents and flavors are present with a hint of charm from others in fine balance. Whenever the scratch options aren't exciting, I count on this standard for a satisfying experience in the Troegs tasting room with or without food. (1,636 characters)

Photo of hopsputin
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a: light hazy orange/copper. 2 finger forthy white head that fades quickly

s: sweet fruit - strawberries, lots of pineapple, juicy passionfruit, nice light caramel. smells real juicy and makes your mouth water

t: right away i can tell its good. light juicy fruits mix with a nice sweet bread flavor. it is a sweet citrus - lemon peel, orange, pineapple. next you're hit with a solid amount of sweet malt and fresh biscuits - harmonizes and blends real nice. finally you're left with a slight bitterness which tastes like earthy pine

m: quite light with mild carbonation

o: this is a really solid APA in my opinion. its light and refreshing, but has nice juicy flavors in here combined with that fresh biscuit and finished with the light bitterness that makes this a great warm weather drinker. only thing against it would be feels a little watery - but it doesn't really effect in a negative way. (900 characters)

Photo of scotorum
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into an Innis & Gunn flute

a: Golden amber with a two finger white head which receded to surface foam and some lacing.

s: Moderate citrus. Smelled like an IPA.

t: Hops first greet the palate but move to the background in favor of malt with an occasional tinge of orange. Very pleasant and easy drinking, although the orange seems to mutate to a sort of RAID odor finish which is otherwise clean and dry.

m: Slick and smooth.

o: A very good pale ale which although lighter in color than most pale ales, ultimately seems more traditional than the relatively hopped up American versions we tend to encounter today. Not that I don't like that, just what this one isn't.. (702 characters)

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Tröegs Pale Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 595 ratings.