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Tröegs Pale Ale - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Pale AleTröegs Pale Ale

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Ratings: 1,347
Reviews: 587
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.61%
Wants: 18
Gots: 103 | FT: 2
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 iuhoosier336
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle with a nice head but it leaves pretty quickly. Color is of a normal pale ale, a light golden beer with nice small carbonated bubbles rising quickly. The nose is of hops and citrus. The taste is of the hops but it is very mild and good. This is a beer that I could drink pretty much all day. Very light and tasty but not heavy at all.

iuhoosier336, Apr 18, 2009
Photo of TheFightfan1
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

poured into my BA mug. Pours a copper colored heading with a frothy white heading. Globs of lacing all throughout the tasting.

Smell is of grapefruit upfront. Sweet malts,bready, with a nice lemon smell as well. Also a powerful citrus hop blast.

Taste is again of grapefruit with that nice blast of lemonny zest. A beautiful hoppy bite on the backend.

Mouth is medium bodied,very smooth and a heavy citrus hop aftertaste that just sticks to the palate. Also has great carbonation.

Drink is good very easy to put a few more down a little less in the citrus area and this would be a great session beer.

An awesome beverage this and the Hopback amber go hand and hand great combination.

TheFightfan1, Apr 18, 2009
Photo of LyonsHead
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: nice copper color with a pretty weak head. Decent but not great lacing

S: Smells like floral and fruity and cascades and thats about it

T: A malty sweetness hits the palate shortly followed by citrusy notes. There is a bread-like note in the background. Flavor from the cascades comes in near the end for a very pleasant finish.

M: light to medium body, there is a bit of a tingle from the carbonation at the swallow

D: This is a good beer, I wouldn't call it the best, wouldn't call it the worst

LyonsHead, Apr 15, 2009
Photo of WalrusJockey
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

A- clear, light amber color, close to a yellowish. Head poured slight, even with a straight-down pour, and fell to hardly anything at all, quickly.

S- fruity Cascades with a sugary malt backing aroma. Nothing distinguishably good or bad.

T- sweet malt, meets fruity hops, stays mainly sweet malt. Swallow is mostly a bready malt, with a faint hop bitterness, while the aftertaste is faint, and slightly sweet. Really, not much hops on thie one, and very little bitterness. It is pretty flavorful, but surprisingly little bitterness for the style.

M- light, crisp, medium body.

D- decent. I can't help but think that a little more bitterness would lend balance, and increase the drinkability, though.

WalrusJockey, Apr 12, 2009
Photo of Reagan1984
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Have had this on tap and in bottle several times. Have always enjoyed the freshness of this APA.

This bottle came out of a Troegs variety pack.

Nice foamy finger and half of head forms atop the copper/amber beer. Fades to a thin cap. A good amount of active carbonation in the brew. Excellent clarity. A nice amount of lacing is left behind in the glass.

Light fresh aroma that is a nice combination of cracker or lightly toasted malt and a touch of citrus hops.

Very well balanced APA. Nice bread like to begin, a moment of light fruit and then some mellow bitterness to the finish. A touch doughy. Definitely a fresh taste. Almost a touch of white pepper.

Mouth feel is bright and body is fairly light.. Just shy of chalky.

Very drinkable and sessionable.

Reagan1984, Apr 11, 2009
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear pale copper pour with a small finger of white head and decent lacing

S: Fresh spicy floral/citrus hops, pretty decent hop aroma for a pale ale, I like the way troegs does beer!

T: Mild bready caramel malts, with mild spicy floral hops

MF: med bodied, good all around pale ale.

D: Leans towards IPA, but a very mild one. malts and hops have good flavor and presence, but arent overwhelming. A good spring/summer pale ale. pales in comparison to the other troegs ive tried. but mainly because the others were that good.

CHILLINDYLAN, Apr 09, 2009
Photo of biegaman
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
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!

biegaman, Apr 05, 2009
Photo of RickKrumenacker
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Aggressive pour leaves a two-fingered, cream colored head...pale orange in color with great clarity...very sticky lacing

S - Initial citrus smells, primarily grapefruit...some grass works its way through as well...a little bit of sweet malt aroma to balance the smell out a little

T - Follows the nose...initially a grapefruit flavor...piney hops as I swallow...roastiness comes out the more I drink

M: low to medium bodied...a little bit prickly up front...bitterness hits in the middle of my tongue...fades to a nice, roasted balance in the end...leaves a small amount of lingering hoppiness

D - The best word to describe this beer is refreshing...I could drink these all night...I'm looking forward to enjoying this beer as the weather gets warmer

RickKrumenacker, Mar 26, 2009
Photo of MunchkinDrinker
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Crystal clear pale amber with a frothy rocky head that sticks around for a while. Good lacing down the entire glass.

S - Citrusy hops with a bit of underlying sweetness. Not picking up much else.

T/M - The taste sortof builds up rather than hits you. Light malty flavor comes first with a nice crisp piney hoppy bite. The hops taste different than in the smell, but this is not a bad thing. Juicy mouthfeel, not sure about this one way or another. Tastes nice, nothing stellar, but nice.

D - Something to sit down and enjoy quite a few of.

MunchkinDrinker, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of phantomwyse
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Absolutely gorgeous golden copper color with a full-out two finger head of classic white. Tornado of carbonation.

S: Very fresh smelling hops, wet pine needs, slight lemon and soft grapefruit citrus. Pale cracker malts.

T: Hops start in, warming pine, little bit of cleansing acidic citrus. Dry biscuit and cracker malts. Residual bitterness that just sticks with you.

M: Medium bodied, dry, lots of carbonation.

D: I can't hide my love of Troegs beers. A pale ale that would be an IPA for other brewers, but not so hoppy that it's overwhelming, just delicious, straight up.

phantomwyse, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of schroederm
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In a snifter:

Pours with a clear golden body, light lacing and head, but it may have been a little too cold when I served it. Smells absolutely fantastic. Are we sure this isn't an ipa? Tons
of hops and lemon. Grapefuit. Floral. Couldn't even wait. Tastes great with grapefruit and lemon notes and a wonderful hop bias. Aftertaste is absolutely fantastic, full of floral, bitter, and citrus. But it's a touch thin and lacking carbonation. Delicious hoppyness and light mouthfeel make this beer highly drinkable.

Overall: This is an excellent example of the style, and way above average. So happy to see Tröegs in my area now!

schroederm, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of Stimack
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brew poured to a nice golden amber color with a fairly good sized off white head that had great staying power. Real nice lacing down the side of the glass. The aroma at first is all hops, very inviting cascade smell that reminds me of fresh hop leaves, almost the aroma from the remnants in the primary of a homebrewed pale or ipa . While that is the dominant aroma, I am picking up a slight background malt aroma that comes across a little sweet. The flavor is nice, again hops come to mind at first but I am also picking up a tea like flavor(??), maybe I am crazy but that flavor goes extremely well with this brew. Some malt there as well, roasted profile. The hops that I noticed at first are dominant but not overly as the flavor breaks and does not remain at the back of the tongue. Finish is relatively dry, which is nice for this brew. I like brew a lot as the aroma, taste, feel and drinkability are hight for me!

Stimack, Mar 17, 2009
Photo of EPICAC
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Spitzer's Corner in NYC.

Pours a clear copper. The head thins to a film leaving pin-prick spots of lace. The aroma is relatively simple: predominantly resiny hops with a bit of caramel maltiness.

Toasty malts upfront, a bit of breadiness, and caramel sweetness with a pleasantly coarse leafy hop flavor in the finish. Medium-bodied, highly carbonated with a rough quality from the hops.

A good session beer.

EPICAC, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of billybob
4.72/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

third solid beer from troegs 12 pak sampler and i am impressed. pours a honey gold color with a one finger white head that faded to just cover the beer at the finish and a sticky lace that held well after the beer was gone. aromas of citrus and pine come through nicely. very nice balance of malt and hops. slightly fruity malt turning to fresh grapefruit ending with a tart slightly bitter taste finish. each beer just makes you want another.

billybob, Mar 10, 2009
Photo of mirish72
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Pours golden amber, with little lacing. Full bodied taste, with pretty good balance overall. Not as hoppy as other American pale ales, such as Sierra Nevada or even Geary's.

Very drinkable, which is nice in a pale ale. I could see this as a session beer or something to have on a Saturday afternoon around the house.

Definitely not as distinctive as Nugget Nectar, which is the only other offering from Troeggs I have sampled thus far.

mirish72, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of mempath
4.8/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a-great head, nice splotchy, creative lacing, golden-reddish color. looks good just sitting there, waiting to be swallowed.

s-hops jump right up before even being introduced. reminds me of Sierra Nevada in its assertion. a nice hint of potential things to come. a few good swirls and cereal-y sense issues up. i am getting hopeful. and excited.

t-this is pretty impressive. powerful, complex...the intense hoppiness is not a punch in the face and gut, but across the horizon...the bite of hops entice and tease and recede right before breaking the skin. maltiness makes its presence known in a nice finish. did i say impressive-powerful-complex? there is something wonderfully stealth about it, too. it challenges you to figure out the warp and woof of it. requires a 6-pack. or more.

m-nice and seamless...one of those rare moments i can't differentiate between taste and mouthfeel. it's a fluid moment i am happy to attempt to shadowbox with.

d-wow, drinkable, quaffable, sippable...all things to all discerning palates. prepare to be wow'd. a near damn perfect, singular piece of art.

mempath, Mar 06, 2009
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Another solid offering from the Troegs variety pack.. thanks to my job I was sent to MA for a week for training right down the road from Table and Vine in West Springfield so I got try non-CT distributed beers.

Very hoppy aroma for a pale ale... nice. Moderate lacing, light golden color. Taste is not as hoppy as the smell, very light bodied and I get a lot of "wetness" rather than flavor. I understand its an APA and not an IPA but I felt it could have used a little more body and balance to it. Easy drinker though and a solid beer.. just not one of their best.

oriolesfan4, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of Seanibus
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear golden with delicate frothy head and good lacing. The smell is delicate and grainy, like a good pilsner. The flavor is strong pale malt, a little bready, with subtle hop bitterness and just a taste of floral hops. There is a trace of bitter lemon and apple. The overall effect is crisp with a slight clingy mouthfeel. Quote refreshing and an excellent session beer.

Seanibus, Feb 27, 2009
Photo of alovesupreme
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured to cold so the head suffered; under the right circumstances I could tell the head would be much better. The color was a light yellow or a light copper.
Very hoppy aroma, with a citrus character due to the cascade hops.
Definite hop bitterness with a malt finish. The malt character is very pleasant but a little understated. Great flavors just not enough of each.
Carbonation was good, but mouthfeel was a little watery.
All in all a good APA,all the right components just not enough of each to make it great.

alovesupreme, Feb 27, 2009
Photo of mwa423
4.58/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A - Golden color with one finger of white head and plenty of bubbles. The lacing continued throughout the glass.

S - Strong hoppy and citrus smell, teases the nose.

T - Excellent strong hop flavor up front that is quickly dimmed by the smoothness of the malt.

M - Very good, perfect viscosity with a great aftertaste.

D - Could easily make this a session beer, the perfect blend of flavors to create a great pale ale.

mwa423, Feb 26, 2009
Photo of tigg924
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear, gold, one centimeter head

Smell: I smell grapefruit and hops

Taste: Way better than the smell. I get distinct grapefruit, citrus, and some melon

Mouthfeel: very smooth with a slightly bitter end

Drinkability: I will have this again and could pick up a six. I like this much better than their amber which I believe has similar qualities. Hoppy but not overly so..a complex beer.

tigg924, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of Jayli
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a nice deep, clear golden amber. A one finger frothy white head with nice retention. Thick sticky lacing coated the glass the whole way down. Nose is of citrus and floral notes, I can make out slight sweet malts. Taste is muted sweet - initial hit of citrus gives way to the bitterness in the hops, and on the back end the malts even it out. This beer definitely has an arc to it as you drink it. Mouthfeel is great - nice and crisp, lighter bodied. Another nice offering from Troegs. This is session worthy beer for me.

Jayli, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of scootny
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice honey color with a touch of chill haze. Decent head but really nice lacing.

A piney grapefruit nose with an underlying malt and light caramel structure. Some yeast based fruit esters.

Taste is just short of an east coast IPA. Firm, leafy hoppiness balanced by a biscuity malt backbone. Grapefruit and hop oil come in the second wave and blanket a layer of faint toffee and stronger caramel. Finish is effervescent hops and biscuits with a honeyed toasted scone. A nice dryness. Crisp feel is medium weight with a quenching effervescence and drying astringency.

Drinkability is top notch. Keep this around for good times with friends and food. I highly recommend this one.

scootny, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts with sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a strong hops bitterness comes in to provide a good balance. The malt character is on the thin side but is enough to give the beer some substance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is a very good mild but hoppy beer to drink for a very long time.

TheManiacalOne, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of albern
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not nearly as good as their wonderful Amber (IPA), but not bad either. The beer pours a clear golden with a nice white creamy head that retains a bit and laces. The nose on the beer is a bit more hopped up than what the taste will reveal. There are some residual florals, some bready malts, but mostly estery hops. I just wish more of those made their way into the taste.

The beer is light to medium bodied with a fairly smooth body, decent carbonation, a malty backbone, a slightly saltene character towards the finish. There are some florals present in the beer, it is quite sweet, in fact there is very little drying notes present. There is a slight tartness from the hops, but there really is nothing of the estery hop oils present in the beer. It's a decent APA, worth trying, but nothing really stands out here. The beer isn't overly complex.

albern, Feb 13, 2009
Tröegs Pale Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,347 ratings.