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Tröegs Pale Ale - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Pale AleTröegs Pale Ale

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Ratings: 1,423
Reviews: 596
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.64%
Wants: 20
Gots: 145 | 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 drtth
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a clear honey golden color with an off-white ½" head that soon recedes to a ring and a thin layer of foam, leaving a patch or two of foam on sides of the glass. Sipping creates speckled and leggy lacing.

Smell: The aroma is soft, and lightly grassy. It has some touches of grapefruit, pine and light caramel from the malt.

Taste: The clean, crisp flavors include a hoppy bitterness buttressed by some light, up-front light caramel/honey sweetness. The hop flavors include both grapefruit citrus rind and some light pine.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and smooth with moderate persistent carbonation. The finish is medium length and ends with a gentle bitterness.

Drinkability: This is neither my first nor my last of this beer. Each sip invites another so it is easy to have a second one. This also is on my shopping list for beers to drink periodically.

Photo of yesyouam
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tröegs Pale Ale is an extremely clear, pale golden ale with a dense white head that has excellent retention and lacing. It has a slightly sweet, fruity and spicy aroma with notes of fresh cut wood, flowers and citrus. It's medium-light bodied and very smooth with a dry finish. It has a well balanced flavor. It tastes resiny overall, without the sweetness of the aroma. The ample bitterness carries into the aftertaste. The malt flavor is pretty discreet and perhaps a touch melanoidal. Compared to a Sierra Nevada Pale, this seems more English in style but it's still solidly American. It would make a solid session ale.

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden body with a good one-finger head that dies but left lace behind. Aroma is plain but good as it is a mix of sweet malt and citric hops. Medium body, chewy, a solid malt base with some sweetness like caramel and sugar that is balanced and tapered by a slightly dry hoppiness with citric and leafy characteristics. Has a sharp backbite but does not finish dry but more crisp with mild sweetness and just a great ale to drink.

Photo of SeasonalBrew
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Received as an extra in a trade with StormKing47

A: Pours a pale gold with a finger of foamy white head that dwindles down thin. Leaves the occasional light spotty lacing.

S: Smell is dominated by bread-like and sweet malts, followed a light touch of hops. Makes for a very inviting smell..

T: Starts off with the sweet malts, quickly followed by some citrus notes and hoppy bitterness. The finish is once again malty with a slight bitter, but pleasant aftertaste. A very refreshing pale ale.. probably one of the better ones I've had.

M: Well carbonated and doesn't skimp on the body. Perfect for a pale ale.

D: I could easily take out a sixer of this in one night. Very drinkable and refreshing. Perfect for a warm summer night like tonight.

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours very pale orange with a foamy white head, some lacing. Good clarity.

Light citric hop aroma, some light malt scents.

Tell you the truth, this was a letdown. Very citric hop forward, which flips right to some biscuit like flavors and some light toasted malt. Finishes with a seltzer (almost salted) like element, which I found to be a bit unappealing. Flavors were fleeting and understated.

Medium-light body. Decent carbonation. Good structure for the flavor.

Overall, this was just ok. I didn't think this was strong enough, and the crisp clean thing was fine, but just some odd flavors and weakness that didn't really stand up on its own or with food. Really didn't care for this one. Nothing to hate by any means, but it is a far cry form some other Troegs products.

Photo of Stigs
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, served in a stadnard pint glass

A - pours with almost an inch of frothy and creamy slightly off-white foam. the beer is almost crystal clear, bright gold in color.

S - strong aroma of extremely floral hops, candied grapefruit and orange rinds. light caramel malt underneath, this is very nice to the nose.

T - very floral hops again from front to back, slightly bitter yet very sweet and candied.

M - light bodied, carbonation is present yet nice and almost subtle, works well. finishes very clean with some lingering floral bitterness and candied tropical fruits.

D - one of my favorite APA's, great floral presence. light and very drinkable. great beer from Troegs.

Photo of ToasterChef
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a slightly chilled bottled into a tumbler glass. The beer is a golden orange color with a modest white foam head. There is a good amount of minuscule bubbles rising up form the bottom of the glass. There a nice hop character to the nose; it smells fresh and pine like. The flavor is kind of average. There is some malt and some hops to balance it. There is a little bit of bitterness in the finish. There is a little bit of butter to the flavor. The butteriness is really apparent in the mouthfeel. This is a slick, slippery beer. I don't really like the film it leaves behind. In fact, I'd say the buttery qualities negatively affect the overall drinkability. In the future, I would choose a different pale ale over this one.

Photo of scoobybrew
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - clear golden color with a modest head and well retained lacing

S - sharp American citrus and pine hop aroma with some malt behind

T - moderately strong American hop flavor from start to finish with an apporiately moderate bitterness; malt is secondary but sufficiently supportive

M - medium body, moderate carbonation

D - A very nice APA, it certainly ranks among some of the better I've tried. It's quite hoppy but not overly so, which would push it into the IPA territory, but the malt and alcohol just isn't strong enough to classify it as such. So, hits the mark and is quite satisfying to style.

Photo of KTCamm
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a nice medium dark copper amber with a bit of white foam. Modestly sticky. Smell is hoppy, with some citrus notes. The taste is a balanced hop - ranges to bitter but never quite breaks a barrier - and is held is check by the malt. Overall a very nice blend. Good drinkability, well made APA.

Photo of TommyW
4.37/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Medium gold with a thin-but-sticky, white head.

S- Steely caramel malts with a touch of citrus hops.

T- Again, steely crystal malts with some notes of caramel malt, citrus hops with a tame, lingering bitterness.

M- Medium body with a nice crisp carbonation.

D- Very nice representations of the style, one of my favorites to date.

Photo of tone77
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

Photo of billab914
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer number three that came out of the new Anthology mix pack. poured from a 12oz bottle into my Otter Creek World Tour shaped pint glass. Poured a slightly yellowish amber color, with a thin white lacing for a head. Although it didn't have a huge head, what it had stuck around and left decent lacing.

The aroma gives off a moderate hoppiness for an APA. It has some floral, pine and citrus flavors present along with a decent bready and sweet malt flavor. Very nice clean and relatively balanced aroma for an APA.

The taste is is a lot like the nose suggested with a good mix and balance of flavors. It has some hoppy, citrusy flavors with a moderate bitterness coming through in the finish. It also has a nice sweet, bready, malt base to it. It has a nice clean, balanced and smooth taste to it.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, Drinkability is pretty good, it was a very enjoyable well made beer. It didn't have in your face hops or any extreme flavors but it had a nice balance to it and was an easy drinker. Very good all around beer.

Photo of rdub
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a fresh bottle (case good until July 2010) into a clean pint glass. Semi-clear golden color and a hoppy grassy smell. Never described a brew as "green" smelling before but that's how I perceived it. Taste was average Pale Ale, kind of spritzy and hpppy, not much malt. Mouthfeel was good, medium and drinkability was good. This would be a good intro to better beer for the mass produced drinking crowd.

Photo of curasowa
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden yellow color 1 finger of head that fades to a ring. Lots of citrusy hops in the aroma, with big grapefruit notes and a hint of grassyness in the back. The taste is dominated by a green hop bitterness that really swamps out the malt, until the end where there is a kinda unusual astringent graininess. The finish is lingering and the body is to the thin side of medium. An Ok P.A. with some balance issues.

Photo of jmerloni
3.47/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden yellow with orange tinge. Nice white bubbly head that has pretty good retention and laces fairly well.

S - Great aroma. Grassy, floral hops to the maximum. Smells very fresh.

T - Disappointing taking from the nose. Grassy and floral flavors but the hops are a little bit musty. The taste is unbalanced moving from the fore to after bite.

M - Not a great mouthfeel. Has the lightness of a pilsener and I would call it watery. So much so that the hops are dummed down quite a bit. Has the aftertaste of club soda.

D - Pretty drinkable. Low abv and I can see how this could be refreshing in the summer. But it's not much above some cheaper stuff. Probably wouldn't get this again.

Photo of berpwillie
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a slightly hazy golden yellowish color. good white head that recedes quickly, good lacing and spare carbonation. citrus hoppy smell, and light sweet malts. hop smell goes along with the taste. light floral hints, and a light thin body with a faint bitter finish. nothing special here but all around a pretty good beer.

Photo of krisandajt
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This here is another beer that I have enjoyed on multiple occasions but haven't yet sat down and gave it a proper review. Well...here it goes:

Appearance: An easy pour into my SA Perfect Pint Glass, I see before me a simple, light golden colored brew. There's a very small bit of head floating atop this brew, maybe a centimeter at its peak. There's not much head to retain, but the lacing is pretty decent with rings of foam clinging to the sides of glass that slowly trickle down as I swirl the beer around.

Smell: The smell is light and refreshing with a nice hoppy, grassy quality to it. I typically find Pale Ale's to be a mild, simple, easy drinking brews without any single quality really standing out and dominating another, so the nose is just about what I expected. Props for keeping it true to the "style".

Taste: Simple and refreshing, just what I expect with a Pale Ale. I'm getting a bit of malty sweetness, but it is quickly compensated with some grassy hoppiness. This is one of the few beers that I've had where the smell is very indicative of the taste...basically it's a "what you smell is what you get" kind of beer. It's simple, and that's what I'm looking for.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, a nice crisp taste, and a perfect medium body. The Troeg's brother's nailed what a Pale Ale is supposed feel like.

Drinkability: This is a great, easy drinking, sessionable beer. A relatively low ABV, nice flavor, and an all-round simplicity that just makes it a great drinking beer. There are times when you are interested in a simple, non-complicated beer that you just want to enjoy with thinking...and this is that beer. Well done.

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Always looking for beers I'd want to drink on a regular basis. Found one here, for sure.

Nice golden hue. Immediately after the pour, the head and flavor are moderately hoppy, quite tasty.

As it warms up a bit, a few very pleasing characteristics emerge - floral nose, subtle citrus, vaguely nutty in the aftertaste.

Wait a few minutes. This is best enjoyed not too cold, as a really well-balanced beer takes shape. Recommended for sessioning.

Photo of Natural52G
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into 16oz glass. Purchased this 4/27/10, drank one yesterday and one today.

A - Very little head from a pretty aggressive pour. A beautiful color - a deep yellowish orange.

S - A light nose, but pleasant. Floral hops dominate, with some citrus, as well.

T - Much like the nose - floral hops dominate with some citrus at the finish - but much more prominent. A nice balance, and the taste lingers pleasantly.

M - Crisp, light and fluffy. A smooth body, carbonation adds to the smoothness.

D - Crisp and tasty, I would definitely rate this as highly drinkable. I enjoyed one and would definitely buy it again.

Photo of drcarver
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - orange hued body with a small white head. decent lacing trails down the glass.

S - sweet honey-like notes mixed with pine hops

T/M - hops are more subdued than the aroma. buttery. musty finish. carbonation, while present, not overwhelming. smooth full bodied feel.

D - goes down nicely

Photo of akorsak
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of garuda
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear yellowish orange, 1" white head with good retention and decent lacing.

S - Great aromas for this pale. Floral hops, and a touch of citrus.

T - Nothing strong, but mostly of pale malts up front and floral hops at the back.

M - Light body, medium carbonation, perhaps a bit too high, but the hops help it finish nice and crisp.

D - A solid pale ale, I could drink a bunch of these on a nice warm day.

Photo of RedBrewer83
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass...

A: Pours a brilliant bright yellow very akin to BMC, but with a huge frothy two finger head that falls in pockets and leaves incredible lacing. Beautiful steady stream of fine bubbles from the bottom, almost like champagne.

S: Grassy floral hops, faint lemon peel, pretty clean overall, malt is very faint in the background.

T: Very balanced spicy hop profile, slightly grassy with a very clean and light malt presence. Crisp on the finish with some faint lingering bitter hops. Lemon peel lingers as well...

M: Crisp clean light body that is perfectly carbonated and incredibly smooth. Very refreshing!

D: Very smooth and drinkable and refreshing, a true pale ale not over hopped just clean and crisp.

Photo of dasenebler
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light, slightly hazy amber with a modest, bubbly head. Little bit of lacing; weak retention.

Aroma has a touch of earthy hops but is mostly musty and grainy.

Flavor is a bit better. Very mild for an American pale ale, with a subdued hop presence. Bitterness is moderate and tea-like. Hop flavor is more in the English style. Mouthfeel is very good-- Troegs seems to get this perfect with all of its beers. Smooth and creamy. Drinkability is fine given the moderate alcohol content and inoffensive, simple flavor.

I'd like to try this again when I can find a fresher sample.

Photo of Slatetank
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
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

Tröegs Pale Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
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