Tröegs Pale Ale - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,394
Reviews: 590
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.87%
Wants: 18
Gots: 124 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-22-2002)
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Photo of deaconoflove
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Ap. Clear gold color with a slight amber cast.
Sm. Grapefruit, hops, and then lemon zest for sure.
Ta. Lemon zest first with a tart clean taste. A nicely bitter finish.
Mf. Crisp and clean and fresh. Medium body and carbonation.
Dr. Very easy going here.

Photo of MeisterBurger
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, golden amber with a bone white head and highly apparent carbonation.

The nose is sweet grapefruit flesh and tropical fruits with a graham cracker like, biscuity caramel.

The taste is very light, sweet and bready caramel with a honeydew melon in the middle and a light, lemon rind bitterness in the off-dry finish.

It's light bodied and the high level of carbonation really detracts from the taste and leaves me with an aftertaste reminiscent of club soda.

Overall a drinkable and enjoyable beer well suited for sessioning...but after being blown away by Tröegs Dead Reckoning Porter I found myself wishing it had a little more oomph in the flavor department and a lot less carbonation in the body.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of Nezzy
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this for the first time at a tasting hosted by Troegs. Take in stride I'm not usually a fan of pale ales and ended up loving this one.

Appearance: Nice golden color and little head. Decent amount of carbonation.

Smell: While I get a lot of hops, its also a bit sweet and acidic reminding me of orange or grapefruit giving it a strong aroma.

Taste: Very very refreshing beer with a light crispness to it. Pretty surprising. More I drink it the more I get fruit tastes making it a nice ale versus an overpowering ale. The subtle of the hops makes it that more enjoyable, yet some malts are still apparent.

Mouthfeel: Not too overly carbonated like I expected but very nice and light.

Drinkability: This is an overall good beer and meant to be enjoyed often and during warm weather. I might have liked a little more hops then this one offers but all in all a very great beer that I could enjoy all night.

Photo of aerozeppl
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Very hazy golden pour. Quite a bit of hop particles floating in the glass. More than fine with me. A little less than a finger of white head with some really nice lacing.

S: Really fragrant especially for a pale ale. Tons of hops. Little bit of citrus. A little bit of pine. Really nice actually.

T: Very well balanced beer. Quite a bit of hops but enough malt in there to balance it out. Finished with a nice lingering bitterness.

M: Well carbonated for being served from a gravity cask.

D: Great session beer. Went down great and I wish I could have had another. Hopefully we get more firkins up this way from them.

Photo of woosterbill
2.98/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewery into a snifter.

A: Clear amber body; light, fine head of white foam; moderate retention and nice lacing.

S: Biscuity malt and light, citrusy hops. Not much here.

T: Crisp, grainy malt throughout, with the hops only coming through on the tail end with some straight bitterness - no real flavor. Disappointing for a beer billed as "aggressively hopped."

M: Thin and watery, with very light carbonation. Cold.

D: Light, crisp, and cold = goes down easy enough.

Notes: This would be a fantastic macro/adjunct/lawnmower lager, but it's a very underwhelming pale ale.


Photo of nickd717
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle.

Pours a mostly clear copper color with an average white head.

Aroma is mostly floral and citrusy hops, with a touch of sweet malt in there.

Caramel and bready malts and east coast style hops create a balanced flavor. Fairly citrusy with grapefruit notes.

Medium body for the style, fairly crisp and not watery.

Overall this beer is not super-exciting, but very drinkable. Definitely on the better side of all American pale ales out there, even if it's a far cry from something like Three Floyds Alpha King. HARRISBURG!!!

Photo of JTahoe
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Bright yellow-gold with tiny effervescent bubbles, 1 finger off-white head reduced to lasting ring.

S - Grassy with hay and wild flowers. Grain and light fruitiness in the background.

T - Nice citric hoppy character with a hint of sweetness, fruit (mild apple), dry straw, malt, and grain.

M - Light-medium body with perfect carbonation, bitter dry finish.

D - Well balanced and pleasing to drink. Not as bold as many APAs, but solid and nicely subdued. Very drinkable.

Photo of corby112
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

Photo of callmescraps
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a sixer as a go-to for a week at home. Always interested in Troegs offerings.

Appearance- A light copper color. Pretty clear. About an inch of just off-white head. Not much lacing at all.

Smell- Lots of crisp grapefruit. Followed by a bready malt. Nice and sharp hops. Definitely cascades.

Taste- Follows the smell nicely. It's got a nice hop bite, but is mellowed by the bready malt. Very mellow. Gets a touch harsh on the finish.

Mouthfeel- Nice and light, good carbonation.

Drinkability- Pretty damn good. Wasn't sure if I wanted a beer, now I want two.

This is a pretty solid beverage. It's quite mellow. If anything, too mellow. Kind of forgettable, but perfect as a go-to when you just want a bev.

Photo of drabmuh
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of chicagobeerriot
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

There seems to have been a gradual hop arms race in the APA category as the style has steadily advanced toward territory once held exclusively by its close cousin, the IPA. I freely admit that my love for Daisy Cutter and Alpha King is a symptom of this "problem." By comparison, Troegs Pale Ale is a throw-back: it does a nice job of bringing the style back to its roots.

The beer shows up in your glass as crystal-clear gold with a moderate head that dissipates relatively quickly, leaving minimal lacing.

Some light lemon peel and floral notes are layered on top of a very light pineapple smell. As this is a classic APA, no hop assault is warranted or delivered. The mouthfeel follows suit: it's light-bodied with effervescent carbonation.

The taste is well-balanced and there's enough complexity to keep things interesting. Light floral and pineapple notes complement background flavors of honey and lemon zest. The finish is crisp and dry with just a bit of lingering bitterness. Is this the most amazing APA you'll ever have? No. The flavors here are more restrained than the latest brawny APAs. But it's very refreshing and there's enough flavor here to make it worth your while.

Drinkable? Well, it's downright gulpable. There is still plenty of room in this category for a good beer that keeps you cool during a summer BBQ. Troegs Pale Ale fills that need quite nicely.

Photo of darklordlager
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden colour with a modest 1/2" white head with some retentions.
A bit of lacing as it works its way down the glass.

Smell is of sweet citrusy hops, pale malt, and caramel malt.

Taste is of slightly bitter grapefruit rind, pale malt, a little caramel malt, not as pronounced as in the smell. Honey.

Medium to high carbonation, very fitting for the flavour profile.

D- Easy to drink, and enjoyable. Wouldn't mind picking this up every now and then if it were available in these parts.

Photo of donniecuffs
4.78/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured orange-amber into an American pint glass, with decent carbonation, over a finger of white head, and very good lacing. The aroma was citrusy (pink grapefruit, orange peel), piney, and malty, but the taste revealed a near-perfect blend of these individual flavors. In fact, the balance between pine/citrus hop flavor and malt flavor might be this beer's strongest suit. Furthermore it finishes on a nice dry orange peel note. Perfectly carbonated and medium-bodied, this is an excellent session pale ale.

Photo of rye726
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an orangish copper with a beige gead. Good lacing and retention. Nose has grassy hops and pale bready malts. Taste has grainy malts and some stale hops. Light body is well carbonated, but a bit light through the finish. Not bad, good session ale.

Photo of Mosstrooper
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into Roanoke College branded American Pint glass.

Appearance: Deep straw in color with a one-finger white head that dissipates quickly and leaves heavy lacing.

Smell: Grainy malt with spicy, herbal hops. Some flowery notes as well.

Taste: Toasted bread throughout, finishing with a bit of hop spice and a pleasant, earthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Relatively light bodied with only a touch of carbonation. Slightly dry finish.

Drinkability: This is a great session beer, but lacking because the malts are a little weak and there isn't as much depth in the hops as I would expect. Still, very drinkable and pleasant.

Photo of taigor
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap from cask into pint glass.

A - Pours golden with slight orange color, no head and no lacing.

S - Mostly hops with some fruitiness and floral.

T - Just like smell it is predominantly hoppy with grapefruit bitterness at the end.

M - Medium bodied with very light carbonation because it was out of cask.

D - Very drinkable and I even liked it more out of the cask because it was warmer.

Photo of wahhmaster
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Macado's Halloween-branded American pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a translucent dark golden color with a thin fizzy head that dissipates almost immediately and leaves almost no lacing.

Smell: Hoppy and fruity. Has notes of grapefruit and floral hops.

Taste: Very hoppy and bitter. It is well-balanced with some sweet malts as well.

Mouthfeel: A little on the thin and over-carbonated side but not overwhelmingly so.

Drinkability: A decent pale ale. There are better out there but this one is worth a try.

Photo of ledzepp817
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall it is a very tasty and drinkable pale ale. Poured from a bottle into a tall pilsner glass. One finger white head with a moderate red color. Rich, full aromas and a sharp taste without too much hops/bitterness. After the first bottle I was craving more of the same.

Definitely would drink again if i had the chance too.

Photo of thecarster1
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a pint, two finger head that fades slowly to a rocky layer of lace that stays the whole beer long, crystal clear golden coloring.

s- crisp, little hay, grass, typical pale ale.

t- crisp, nice bit of hops toward the end, slight bit of bitterness, grass, nice and tasty though, very solid apa.

m- light body.

d- very drinkable, i'd have this again for sure, easily sessionable definately, good troegs beer.

Photo of Travlr
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Chevy Chase Beer & Wine, chilled for 8 hours.
Very clear golden straw with a very small white head that disappears quickly. Little carbonation.
Aroma of fresh flowers and grass, some citrus and a faint hint of black pepper.
Taste is clean and crisp, slightly bitter edge but plenty of malt as well - good balance. Hint of sweetness at the beginning, finish is dry and nicely bitter.
It's always a pleasant surprise to find a subtle American pale ale that doesn't clobber your palate with hops. Good example of the style.

Photo of SkunkWorks
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a nice, grassy golden color with a fairly thin head. The aroma is fairly light with the American hops coming out clearly. The taste is a hoppy flavor with hints of citrus that you would expect from an APA. However, it is very understated and is almost too much so. Since it is not very bitter, it is incredibly easy to drink and so the drinkability of this one is exceptional.

Overall, it is not as hoppy as I like from my APAs, but its still worth a try as hop levels are probably a personal preference.

Photo of jhammel01
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Taken From Notes:

Poured a light orange - yellow with a white head. A fresh beer that laces down the glass as I drink. Looks great!

Smells of oily hops and citrus. A bit of pine as well.

A solid tasting beer with notes of citrusy, earthy hops that are the strong point of the beer with a nice bready backbone. Its a very nicely balanced brew.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the medium side thats nicely carbonated.

Troegs is by far my favorite brewery and I love all of their beer. This is a good, solid, "normal" all year beer. Nothing too ground breaking and always there if something else isnt available. Definitely gives sierra nevada a run for its money in my book when it comes to APA's.

Photo of snaotheus
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours golden with a very slight reddish tint, little head and a little lacing, steady medium carbonation. Smells damp and musty, slightly citrus, not very hoppy.

Taste is medium-bitter with a sourish aftertaste, a little grapefruit, still not heavy on the hops. Somewhat malty.

Mouthfeel is fairly thick ("chewy" comes to mind) but not sticky. Pretty drinkable. Good, but not great.

Photo of droomyster
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a solid gold with a decent white head that casts bold aromas of fresh citrusy and floral hops and a honey sweetness. Flavors are well balanced; a nice blend of caramelly malts backed by vibrant hops. There's is nothing overpowering about this beer. It works just as well on its own as it does with food.

Tröegs Pale Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
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