Tröegs Pale Ale - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,395
Reviews: 590
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.87%
Wants: 19
Gots: 125 | 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 hellcatsjg
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Crisp golden brew with active carbonation and a finger of white head. No lacing to speak of.

Smell: Balanced piney hops and malt. Aroma is on the light side.

Taste: Just like the nose. Starts with light piney and earthy hops. The maltiness comes in next along with the slightest of sweet flavors. Again, nice if a bit light.

Mouthfeel: Light body, which is expected here. Medium carbonation. Crisp flavor lingers momentarily after the swallow.

Drinkability: Crisp and light and easy to drink. Decent pale ale, though nothing out of this world.

Photo of jordoo
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poored into pilsner glass.

Very nice golden yellow with thick puffy slowley receiding head. Looks Great! Smells of Spicy floral/piney hops and sweet earthy malts. Tastes of piney/grassey hops up front with a constant malty sweetness throughout. Hops leave the tongue tingling for something more in the end. Nice light/medium mouth feel and a session brew for sure.

Photo of ewright
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours into an imperial pint glass a pale straw color shot through with light orange notes. A finger of fluffy head forms on top with moderate retention.

S: Muted grapefruit and tropical fruit aromas. There's also a faint musty note that shows up.

T: Pleasant bitterness up front that leaves the tongue wanting more. Notes of pine are evident in the bitterness with decent malty backbone showing notes of cereal grains.

M: Creamy carbonation as suggested by the fluffy head. Moderate feel, just right for a thirst-quenching pale ale.

D: This is a highly drinkable beer with low enough ABV to be considered for a moderate session.

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

Pours a crystal clear amber with a white head. Nose is sweet and a bit hoppy. Flavor is bitter and hoppy. Minor pine notes go against the stronger bitter tone. Very minor citrus as well. It's bright and crisp. Feel has a fairly biting carbonation to it. Liquid is a bit slick. Nice to drink. Definitely on the bitter edge and earthy. Would be interesting on cask I bet.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a beautiful clear bright orange with a thin, creamy dull white head that dissipated rather quickly after the pour. Visible carbonation was light.

S: a very nice beautiful fresh citrus aroma along with oranges and pine. The aroma was very sharp and pronounced and pleasant.

T: The initial flavor was dry oranges and citrus. A bright sweet citrus hopping really brought out the bright nature of this pale ale. There was some pineapple as well detected as the beer finished with a spicy hop finish.

M: light, oily, with sour oranges and citrus hopping.

D: Very easy to drink and like. A great session pale with a clean, sharp citrusy hopping that will make you keep coming back for more.

Photo of IronCitySteve
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle.

A: A golden color, giving a little less than a one finger foam head. Head was a tad thin. Good lacing up and down the glass.

S: A good aroma of pine with by some citrus. There is also some bready biscuit malt.

T: A citrus/pine taste, with a faint flavor of caramel, bread and biscuit. The malt was the least prevalent but gave a nice back bone to the beer and really balances out the flavor.

M: A decent medium body, with a bitter aftertaste.

D: Great "session" beer, easy to drink. Has a lower ABV. Nice balance, not overly complex but one of the better APA's I have had.

Photo of Durge
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This looks light and coppery with a scant white head and good lacing. I note a sharp pine hops smell, a little unusual but nice. The taste brings out a fine hoppy crispness with some malt background in a full bodied well carbonated ale. This goes down real easy, but is a little dry at the edges. Very nice.

Photo of thatguy314
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A: Pale with a fake-peachy/apricot colored tinge to it that makes it glow. They call it copper, and it really does look like a bright copper metal--not the "copper" color you usually call beer. Incredible clarity--rich color but at the saem time completely transparent. Its apperance matches its smell and flavor so well that I have to say it has a fairly perfect appearance.

S: Green, a little piney, strongs hints of peach. Really interesting smell reminds me almost of a fruit beer, but I know it's the hops--I've had this smell hinted by the hops in beer before, but it's the first time I've seen it well expressed

T: very pale, very dry, balanced towards bitter, but iwth a nice subtle sweetness. It tastes a little carbonic and almost pilsnery (they used pilsner and crystal to malt it). Nice nice bitter finish. Very, very refreshing. Has the subtlety and balance of a lower alcohol beer.

M: The use of pilsner shows that it's a little thinner than I'd want from a pale ale, and it's carbonated like a pilsner which leaves ita little carbonic.

D: Would I call this the ultimate pale ale? Absolutely not. Far from it. Too thin for me to be really representative of style. Would not tell anyone it's a good example of a pale ale. However, it is a great beer. It's incredibly pleasant and VERY REFRESHING. I will definitely buy again!

Photo of lifebeer
2.6/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a. pours a light amber/straw color, 1/4 head made of large, medium and small bubbles that dissipates quickly, some sparse lacing

s. its difficult to tell, but some subtle aroma hops, maybe some roasted malts?

t. not much at first, some light malt character, finishes with a stale bitterness, some wheat and adjuncts (e.g. corn)

m. light to medium mouthfeel, highly carbonated

d. very drinkable, as in, pound it like a bud!

no aroma, hardly any flavor to call it a pale, very drinkable noetheless, would be good on a hot summers day as a bud or mgd upgrade

Photo of hyland24
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass.

A- The beer poured a slightly cloudy golden color that settled clear with a 1 inch white foam head leaving speckled lacing throughout.

S- Hoppy sweetness with hints of fruit.

T- Spicy hop bite with a delicious slightly sweet dry finish. Has that great hop flavor I have come to expect from all of the Troegs I have tasted.

MF&D- Spicy and crisp with a nice hoppy oil feel leaving behind a sweet sticky mouth coating. Once again Troegs has knocked one out of the park. They have made a true believer out of me. Definitely a session worthy beer.

Photo of joezak5
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Poured into a Duvel sniffter; Deep clear caramelly gold with pillowy off white head out of the glass, bubbles lightly floating up everywhere. Good lacing, good retention.

Smell: Icy crisp hops, a little cinnamon action in there.

Mouthfeel: Sweet medium body, I wanna swallow...

Taste: Excellent crisp sweet hops, with a little dryness and maltiness.

Drinkability: An excellent session beer, very crisp and complex for a pale ale. Props to Troegs for their sampler case with this one, the Dreamweaver, Nut Brown and Hop Back; it should be called a session case.

Photo of nasty15108
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

A - Poured a golden orange color with slightly lighter hues around the edges. The pour produced a decent sized white foam head. Spotty lacing throughout the glass.

S - Hoppy aroma. Slight hints of citrus and pine. Reminded me a Nugget Nectur, only alot weaker.

T - Slightly citric with hints of pine up front followed by a hoppy floral finish.

MF&D - A little thinner then I usually like. Smooth and slightly oily texture. Above average drinkability. Good session ale.

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

On cask at Zeno's on 4/5/08. I was told this is Troegs Pale Ale dry hopped with Mt. Hood hops.

A - Hazy light orange tinted body with slim white head that fully receded into a thin ring of film around the glass.

S - Citrus and piney hops with sweet caramel malt and just a touch of alcohol. Aroma is akin to Nugget Nectar, though not quite as pungent.

T - Piney and citrus hops with a distinct bready malt finish. Very fresh hop flavor. Overall, a very nicely balanced brew.

M - Smooth and creamy, though a tad watery. Mild hoppy finish with some residual sweetness on the tastebuds.

D - I love Troegs Pale Ale, and the dry hopping really kicks things up a notch, creating a very fresh, flavorful ale. Could drink several of these in one sitting.

Photo of JDV
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of DrJay on BA.
Pours a clear and light amber color with small offwhite head. Smell is grainy malt mostly with light hops in the nose as well. Taste is smooth creamy, fruity malt and a nice moderate bitterness and light hop flavor but enough to let you know its a solid pale ale. Medium to thin bodied with moderate carbonation. Goes down easy and is extremely sessionable. Nice pale.

Photo of BeerSox
3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into nonic

Crytal clear golden amber hue with a one finger light tan head that slowly settles to a thin cap, leaving behind a solid wall of lacing.

Sweet and grainy malt base with a sharp hop citrusy hop aroma.

Biscuity grain with some mild hop flavor, which is citrusy, but not too bitter. The feel is very smooth and thick. It seems this one has slightly lower carbonation. The finish is some steely grain that lingers for a little while.

I felt that this was a pretty average pale ale. It's okay, but I feel it's nothing special, just another Pale Ale. The hops were there but they weren't in the range that I would expect from an APA or as balanced as an EPA. It's stuck in the middle.

Photo of madmanjf
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had this on cask on day two of it being opened.

This beer appeard as an orange/tan with a quick disipating head which quickly went to nothingness. The beer had a slight cloudy look to it, somewhat translucent, but more clear than cloudly.

The initial aroma was bready with no hop character; perhaps some light pine. Overall, it was somewhat difficult to pick up on a specific aroma.

The taste was that of a toasted biscuit flavor with some mild light hop. Very crisp, clean and not bitter at all. Quite a gentle malt flavor.

The beer was lightly smooth, low in carbonation and fizz, typical for a cask.

This beer is a great session ale. I mean this in a good way --- it was like beer water in the sense that you could drink drink these one after the other without issue.

I had two 20oz imperial pints.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a soapy head of foam, a ton of bubbles rushing all way toward the top. Nice styrofoam-like lace patches. Noticeably well-filtered, it glows with copper/gold radiance.

Aroma is fresh, fruity, hop-centered, lighter bready malts. Pretty much spot-on and par for the course, style-wise.

If you're a hophead tired of the stream of uninspired American pale ales, this is the one for you. The biting, hoppy sting is more assertive than most in the style. Lots of big juicy orange flavor. Well-balanced by soda-cracker crisp malts and a drying finish. The bristly carbonation could've been a little more gentle, it's not needed when the hops and the dryness are already working the palate over.

One of the more hop-centric pale ales out there. Not surprising considering this comes from the makers of Nugget Nectar and Hopback...good stuff, and extremely drinkable. I could see a huge glass of this stuff doing just the right thing for a summer afternoon.

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

very clear pale golden with a white head that fades quick but leaves nice lace. nose is hops with pale malt just like it should be. more hoppy than malty with some nice citrus flavors. good medium body, but the finish is quicker than i hope for. very good, but not stellar pale ale.

Photo of Hophead101
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: very clear golden orange color, good 1 finger head - dissipated quickly.

smell: great hoppy smell - mild malty hints as well.

taste: good mild flavor - not too hoppy - but all the taste is hops - some mil citrus as well, very subtle - nice clear finish

mouthfeel: a bit crispy at the end - doesn't leave much flavor in the mouth

drinkability: i could drink a bunch of this stuff

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

a: amber in color with a slight off-white head

s: Pale base malt with a nice caramel malt presence. Nice citric hop aromas. Just the right level of malt and hops, not too light and not overdone.

m: medium carbonation and light-medium body

t: A well-rounded Pale. Nice caramel malt presence tempered with a light base malt. Good hop flavor with a fresh citrus flavor coming out in the finish. Moderate bitterness.

d: enjoyed a couple

into a shaker pint at The Black Squirrel, DC

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

Pours a crisp bubbly pale orange with a thin head that leaves spotty lacing. Aroma is a nice subtle blend of sweet malts and earthy citrus hops. The taste is citrus hops up front with sweet fruity malts and slight caramel right behind. The body is light and crisp with just enough carbonation. This is a great refreshing Pale that would make for a great session or just a smooth nightcap.

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up recently to go along with this year's edition of the Nugget Nectar. I've never had a bad beer from Troegs, and this is no exception to that! Even though it wasn't as intense or high-hopped as the West Coast Pale Ale's that I've had, this is a quality brew that quietly snuck up on me as I downed my glass. For once, a beer of this style didn't hit me over the head!

The pour for this looked like that of a pils - light, clear, and very bubbly. The head was moderate and the lacing was even lesser than that - but still present. This was a lot maltier and heavier than I thought it would be, but the flavors balanced it out nicely. It's soapy, with citrus, melon, lemon, and of course, hops to balance it out, but the bitterness can't be detected up front. Instead, they softly linger in the back after everything else has gone down. The amber hue of this beer matches the richness of the taste and this was extemely crisp and drinkable, to boot!

I had no idea of the ABV % until I looked above, since it can't be detected at all. Hopheads won't go too crazy for this, but for those looking for an east coast version of this style, or a beer that's great bang for the buck, look no further than this. Treogs has a light, refreshing pale ale on their hands here, and this should be an excellent warm-up to their beer that I will be enjoying by the end of this week!

Photo of dsa7783
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single 12 oz bottle copped for $1.99 from Wine and Beverage Depot in Totowa...
Pours a light copper, golden, amber color with an impressive head that slowly receded, leaving lots of lacing and foam around the mouth of the glass...
Smell was on-point: very fresh, crisp, and clear, bursting with fresh florals, citrus, and a nice suggestion of mild hops...
Wonderful, creamy, grapefruit, pear, and apple taste, replete with heavy flavor, and strong, thick citrus... Slight bittersweet flavor that came off as being very fresh, crisp, and clean, with no interfering factors at all...
Equally good, filling mouthfeel... a very light, refreshing beer that would go well on a hot, Summer day...
Drinkability was likewise top-notch, as this one went down effortlessly and no alcohol was detectable at all behind rich, refreshing flavors...
Another winner from Troegs...
Great depiction of the style...

Photo of eberkman
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deep gold with a full, white head that diminishes fairly rapidly but leaves pretty nice lacing on the side of the glass. Nice clarity too -- a very clean looking beer. The nose presents a nice whiff of floral hops and faint caramel maltiness. The taste is pretty similar. A substantial but not over-the-top bite of hops is the first thing to hit the palate, giving way to rich, cookielike malts, which smoothly transition to a long, dry finish before things get too cloying. Medium-bodied beer with a suprisingly nice, snappy crispness. Complex enough to maintain interest over a couple of these while balanced and refreshing enough to be able to keep drinking them.

A good, solid brew that seems pretty versatile with food. Nice representation of an American Pale Ale without going too far off into the hop realm like many of its West Coast counterparts. I'd probably keep a sixer of these around if they were available in the land of the dropped r's.

Photo of nrpellegrini
2.75/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured to pint glass.

A: clear golden color, fast thinning white head
S: hoppy, malts, slight caramel aroma
T: initial hoppy bite, fades and smooths out
M: sore aftertaste
D: so-so, probably wouldnt reach for another one

Decent beer, pale ale's aren't my favorite.
It fit right in with the rest of them.

Tröegs Pale Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,395 ratings.