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Tröegs Pale Ale - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Pale AleTröegs Pale Ale

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1,317 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,317
Reviews: 586
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.61%
Wants: 18
Gots: 91 | 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 tai4ji2x
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz, bottled 1/13/09

clear, pale amber straw. nice foamy head, fades to thin layer, then wisps. a few rings of lace.

aroma is pine and lemon zest, grapefruit. caramelized malts in the background.

flavor remains hop-forward, but lively and fresh. more grapefruit. malt is nice and underlies it all, but wish it was less watered down in flavor. yeast hint at the end. moderate bitterness and resins into the finish.

smooth, but just slightly watery. again, some resins in the finish. lively carbonation.

a solid APA, but nothing to get worked up about either.

tai4ji2x, Jan 29, 2009
Photo of Duhast500
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

The color is a light gold, clear, with a foamy white head.

The smell is fruity. Citrus flavors orange, lemon and grapefruit.

The taste is hoppy, some malt flavor. Some citrus overtones and a nice light feel.

This beer is quite tasteful. Is really drinkable and crisp. A great beer from PA.

Duhast500, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of NJpadreFan
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Troegs Pale Ale- 12oz bottle

re-reviewed on 1/25/09

A- Golden clear orange with a thick frothy head. Good messy lacing.
S- Sweet citrus, lemon and grapefruit.
T- Light toasted grainy bread with a sweet lemon grapefruit citrus hop bite.
M- Light citrus sweetness up front with a good chewy malty body and a dry hoppy finish.

Overall- 1 of my favorite Pale Ale's. I slammed this 1 (a bad bottle I presume) years ago but have done a 180 since.

NJpadreFan, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of theghost3
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden straw color with a one-finger white head. Some lacing. Smell is mainly citrusy hops with a hint of wheat. The taste begins with lots of bitter Cascade hops, then a slight malt compliment. Mouthfeel is crisp, acidic. Overall, a pretty good APA, but not as flavorful as many that are out there.

theghost3, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of Pauly2X
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to dashirey for this one.

A- Slightly hazy gold, one finger head.

S- Pleasant yet asertive citrus and floral hop aroma. The aromas suggest a nod to the style's historic british past.

T- Great hop/malt balance from the get go. Shortly after first sip the malt takes center stage ever so briefly. Next the hops manage to steal the show with a slight floral note that combines with the light malt sweetness to create a honey like finish.

M- Light bodied and crisp, pretty typical.

D- If I'm ever in Pennsylvannia, this would most likely be my go-to beer.

A classic fantastic example of the style. Nothing fancy, just good, damn good.

Pauly2X, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of rlparker3
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

10-Jan-2009 Home

Poured orange with a head constantly replenished by active bubbling. Mildly hoppy aroma... not this beer's strong suit. The taste is initially bitter and fades into a nice balance with a yeasty finish. This is a fabulously rich and rewarding beer which I enjoy in almost all seasons and circumstances... perhaps my favorite "all around" choice.

rlparker3, Jan 21, 2009
Photo of sonicdescent
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden brown with a thick and bubbly head with good retention and lacing.

Smells of earthy hops and a hint of sweetness.

Tastes right on with the smell. Fairly balanced on both ends. Leaves a pleasant aftertaste.

Medium bodied and med/high carbonation.

Would absolutely buy again, very easy to drink.

sonicdescent, Jan 21, 2009
Photo of genog
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Finally got Troegs available in Ohio this year. I have tried the Hopback, Doppelbock, and now the Pale Ale. Can't wait to get Nugget Nectar.

This one poured a pale golden colour with plenty of frothy lacing. Smell of lemon zest, and citrusy hops. Taste is very subtle with a little of the hops coming through, very similar to other pale ales. Mouth feel is very light and one bottle was watered down while the other seemed fresh. All in all, I would buy this again for a good session beer.

genog, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of BuffaloTapHugger
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 12 oz. bottle into pint glass. Golden straw in color with minimal head and lacing. Touch of lemon zest and hops are the feature title. Gulp. Good mouthfeel upon entry. Crisp in nature, very refreshing. A good session beer all the way. Recommended to those who can handle a medium hoped beer. Will be drinking more Troegs in the near future. This was a great introduction beer, to test the waters on.

BuffaloTapHugger, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of JamesS
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden color, not very deep, with just a bit of lacing and just a bit of head. Nice hoppy scent, a bit floral, although a little unbalanced. Nice taste, crisph with nice hops, although the hop mixture seemed a bit odd to me (mixture of English and American hops?). Goes down fine. I would be happy to drink this any time, even if it's not the best.

JamesS, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of czfreeman
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My third Troegs offering from a mixed 12 pack. Hopback Amber was my favorite so far.
Pale Ale pours out a malted amber tone of golden brown, light fluffy head,lots of residual lacing. Low-medium carbonation apparent.
Aromas of Cascade, Liberty hops greet the nose upfront,light maltiness follows. Some citrus notes,yet not as complex as I had hoped.
Slightly bitterness upfront,light citric bite of piney Cascades again,smoothed by a slight malt body, finishes light and bittering
Mouthfeel is on the medium side, not extremly complex,but good. Solid,not really standout. Toss me a Stone Pale Ale.

czfreeman, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of therica
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 June 2010 - I'm SUBSTANTIALLY modifying my original review. This batch is apparently greatly improved, or else I had a bad batch for my original review.

A= dank gold, lightly cloudy, plentiful foamy head, fair lacing, plentiful carbonation rising.

S= grapefruit, light orange and other florals. Not strong but pleasant.

T= nice balance of hops bitters and florals, mainly grapefruit and citrus; plentiful sweet malts balancing it out.

M= nicely balanced grapefruit and citrus bitters and malts.

D= very drinkable, could be session.

I'm not surprised that some hops-fanatics rate this highly, but... read on for my own impressions.

A= dank gold, lightly cloudy, very little head or lacing

S= grapefruit, light orange and other florals. Stick your face in an empty eaten half-grapefruit rind and it's about the same.

T= WAAAY too much grapefruit-hops here (Chinook or whichever cousin). Unbalanced in my opinion. If you're into a nice bitter APA, you've got it here-- but yet with over-the-top grapefruit. Mild other citrus tastes (orange) and honey sweetness. The malts are nearly lost in the hops.

M= syrupy honey and clinging hops bitters with grapefruit belching.

D= for hops fanatics I'm sure it's a session beer. For me, it's this one to try it. And I'm usually a huge Troegs fanatic. I'll stick to their HopBack Ale.

therica, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of zeff80
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, bubbly, orange color with a small, foamy, white head. It left thin traces of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of citrus, mostly orange peel. It also had some nice floral notes.

T - It really brought a good deal of citrusy zest with a burnt toast maltiness and just enough sweet toffee.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good pale ale. I would make a great session brew.

zeff80, Jan 12, 2009
Photo of dmamiano
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Fairly light, yellow color with a slight haze. Pilloy white head after a hard pour. Staying power of the head and lacing observed.
Big citrus and piney note for the hops hit the nostrils. Malts take a back seat here.
Taste is big on the citrusy hops, grapefruits seem to come about. Well balanced though, an enjoyable beer for sure.

dmamiano, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of cpn920
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not a hop head and I really enjoyed this beer and I am starting to really appreciate hops. I hope that I can start enjoy some of the real hoppy beers out there in the near future. Beer poured a golden color with a big head that left sheets on my pint glass. The hops really are prevalent as expected. Smelled very strong of flowers/pine/grapefruit. The beer was slightly bitter but very well balanced and kept me wanting more. I really could sit back with a six of these and watch some football or hockey.

cpn920, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of wiseguy142
2.95/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours macro-yellow (not that that's a bad thing) with a little more golden depth to it. Some head and some lacing stay with the beer a couple minutes after the pour, but not much. Aroma is very pilsner-like with most of the aroma coming from the base malt instead of the specialty malts. Very light and clean, almost corn-like. Taste is.. well.. not very pale ale like. More like a pilsner with slightly more body. Soft 2-row taste with the mineral-free water quality to go with it. Soft flavor of aroma hops and maybe just a touch of cascade in there. Well balanced, but slightly watery and not true to style. Overall, a generally above average beer in terms of brewing technique but I think they're a little confused on their definition of an APA.

wiseguy142, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of jkrich
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with bottled on date stamped on glass.

Poured a clear, deep golden to copper with a creamy white sustained head that left lacing on glass.

The aroma was a spicy mix of hops and malt; there was no noticable domestic hop aromas usually found in american pale ales.

Initially, the sweet malt flavor was evident and lingered in the mouth with a light hop bitter flavor following up. As the ale warms the taste becomes slightly more hoppy and there is a slight sourness in the aftertaste. In most cases, as an ale warms the malt comes to dominate.

Moderately carbonated with a slick mouthfeel that, at least initially, left a pleasant sweetness on the tongue; light bodied for the style.

This is a very quaffable pale ale that is very flavorful despite its lack of complexity. The flavor actually suffers a little as the ale warms.

jkrich, Jan 01, 2009
Photo of SwiftyMcBeer
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice copper color with a slightly off-white head. Smells hoppy, pine forest hoppy, not citrus hoppy. I've been having a lot of beers lately where the malt is followed by the hops in the taste department, this one kind of flips the script. Slammed into a pine tree at first sip, it mellows into biscuity malts by the end. I like it, is it the best beer in the world or even the best from Troegs? No, but it is an extremely solid effort and very sessionable, a few of these would disappear into my belly in no time.

SwiftyMcBeer, Dec 29, 2008
Photo of mjmbeer
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great offering from Troeg The beer pours a wonderful golden copper color with a bone white head. The taste up front is spicy pine hops but after that you get a nice subtle malty taste. The aroma is the same spicy hops with subtle malts. This is a very drinkable beer for sure. Almost and IPA in its hop.

mjmbeer, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of jaxon53
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you to dashirey, for send this as an extra, in the Growling at the Moon BIF. Served this one chilled, in a pint glass, from a twelve ounce bottle.

Appearance: Troegs Pale Ale pours out a bright golden copper color that has great clarity. A rather easy pour yielded about a finger of creamy white head. Head faded fast but left some thin rings of lace on the glass.

Smell: Nice floral hop aroma hits the nose first, with touches of citrus and pine. A thick toasted malt presence follows right behind the hops. Hints of yeast are noticed in the background. A nice mellow nose on this one.

Taste: The flavor of this beer is definitely the highlight. Smooth hop kick out front with some citrus and pine. Had a faint pineapple like flavor deep in the background. Great malt backbone that balances this beer almost perfectly. Hints of yeast and tobacco are also noted. Finished dry with a hit of hops. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Has a nice flavor, almost sweet.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium bodied mouthfeel. Plenty of tingly carbonation.

Drinkability: This beer is quite drinkable. Smooth and full of flavor. Wish I had regular access to this. Thanks again Dain!

jaxon53, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of cameraman
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An amber color with touches of gold along the sides od the glass. About a half inch high head forms, cream in color, showing tremendous retention. At first scent you are hit with the strong aroma of grapefruit citrus fragrance along with with a grassy aroma. There is also the feint scent of malty mildness finishing off the aroma. That malt comes out at the front of each taste, mild in flavor, almost like a light to bland bread flavor. Then as it reaches the halfway point the hops take over, with grassy, earthy flavors at first, then finishing with a grapefruit bitterness. A light to medium bodied feel, light at the front and gaining weight as it crosses the palate. This is a solid, if not a very good pale ale. Very easy to drink,plus you can throw this at many different dishes and dinners.

cameraman, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of TheycallmeTim
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an American pint glass.

A--Body pours up golden light copper, kind of a yellowy amber (or a more orange pilsner) with a thick foamy one finger head. Decent head retention and awesome lacing.

S--Serious hops, with some orange grapefruit swirl and a nutty slightly deeper note on the nose.

T--Less hoppy than an IPA while still having a pronounced dry character, with plenty more citrus on the tongue. Decent balance, though tilts more toward fresh hops, about whose flavors I for one am not complaining! Malt makes a small presence in the form of some caramel sweetness in the middle.

M&D--This beer replicates SN Pale in a number of ways, which is high praise, but mouthfeel is not one of them. It's a little thinner and less mellow and creamy. Still, the hops are fresh and crisp and I would definitely not turn away this exemplary session pale ale.

Impressive stuff from a brewery I've heard puts out good brew (can't wait to try Nugget Nectar). Onward to Mad Elf!

TheycallmeTim, Dec 21, 2008
Photo of BeerTruth
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up at Party Source.

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic. Bottled 103008.

Pours a crystal clear light copper hue with a two finger fluffy white head that dies down to a thin layer that lasts throughout. Spotty chunky webbing sticks to the sides of the glass. Light pine and fresh citrus up front in the nose with a good dose of floral hops as well. Nice balancing caramel and pale malts in the aroma too. Taste starts off with pine and herbal hops with some bready characteristics. Toasted grains and biscuit flavors midway with a touch of lemon zest. Aftertaste is sweet and malty with a slight bitterness from the hops. Light to medium body with a crisp feel and a solid carbonation. This is what an APA should be. Good flavor, good balance, and easy drinking. I'm so glad Tröegs is finally available in Syracuse. This will definitely frequent my fridge from here on out.

BeerTruth, Dec 21, 2008
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 7/11/08. Bottle. Pours a clear orange with a small white head. Aroma of wheat cracker. Flavor a nice balance between fruity, sweet, wheaty malt and flowery hops. I love the wheat base in this pale and the flowery hops complement it so well. Very tasty, one of the best pales I've had.
7/4/8/4/15 (3.8/5)

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of Voonder
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours clear golden yellow with decent white foamy head leaving lots of lace. Nice hoppy flavor with trace of malts. Taste - hops are dominating, but not overhelming. nice malt character as well. Well done beer, nothing exceptional, well balanced and very drinkable. I would get a six-pack of this if it was readilly available.
Thanks a lot Sean!

Voonder, Dec 19, 2008
Tröegs Pale Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
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