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Tröegs Pale Ale - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Pale AleTröegs Pale Ale

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Ratings: 1,291
Reviews: 585
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 16
Gots: 80 | 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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Photo of asabreed

New York

4.08/5  rDev +7.4%

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: There are so many bubbles in the golden yellow body that the head stays extremely strong. And because of that constant flow of bubbles, the lacing's pretty thick and it's spread all over the glass. Surprising and because of that awesome to look at with a bit of light through it.

Smell: A clean and good balance between hops and malt, with nothing really dominating. That said, nothing is spectacular, but it's definitely pretty good. The hops come through with more grapefruit and citrus than anything else.

Taste: Like the aroma, there's a clean balance between the malt and hops. Some fruitiness of the hops and the citrus / grapefruit of the hops combine really well, and the finish, once again, is a harmonious balance of both (with maybe a tad more malt fruitiness). I feel like with some experimentation they could really make this sucker pretty incredible, but for now it's very solid.

Mouthfeel: A bit of creaminess in the mix boosts this up in my book. The carbonation seems at first like it may be a bit much, but it immediately settles into something surprisingly creamy.

Drinkability: A damn solid pale ale. Troegs once again doesn't disappoint. I could certainly throw back a few of these in a session without a problem.

03-02-2006 02:13:04 | More by asabreed
Photo of cubedbee


4.18/5  rDev +10%

12 oz bottle, best by 4/20, served in a pint glass. Pours a clear bright copper, two fingers off foamy off-white head, pretty decent retention and nice lacing. Nose is a nice herbal and citrus hops over a slight bready malt. Taste is smooth biscuity malt with a herbal slightly tea-like hoppiness, finishing with a gentle lingering bitterness. Medium/full bodied with a nice smooth mouthfeel. This is a really solid pale ale, a good easy drinker.

02-25-2006 17:02:01 | More by cubedbee
Photo of dawg


3.8/5  rDev 0%

Right from the 12oz bottle.

Smells a bit like stale hops.

First taste was metallic. Had to wipe the top of the bottle. Second taste was of citrus fruits mostly grapefruit and bitter hops. No traces of pine syrup like I expected. The hop bitterness is well balanced with the dryness of the malts in this one. Feels crisp and big bubbly. I like it. I don't care much for pale ales but I find this one drinkable. Remindes me of Sierra Nevada IPA. I'd say this one is good for the style.

02-05-2006 20:57:41 | More by dawg
Photo of EStreet20

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +10.5%

12 ounce bottle poured into a nonic pint glass.

A - Pours out a light golden color with a nice two finger white head. The head has a rocky top and stays around nicely. Bits of lace cling to the glass.

S - I smell a lot of citric hop with some floral notes in there. A great aroma for a pale ale.

T - A nice taste with a rush of bitter hops leading the way in with some nice smooth sweet malt flavor running nearly neck and neck. The hops leave a great aftertaste in the mouth, but don;t dominate during the drink. A nice taste.

M - Very slick and smooth on the tongue. Goes down great.

D - A nice drinkable pale ale that has a great hop profile, but doesn;t give you a hop shock. Basically falls between an average pale ale and SNPA in hoppiness. Me being a hophead I prefer the big hopped APAs like SN or my favorite, Alpha King, but I know many drinkers who find those too hoppy for the style. I'd suggest this brew by Troegs as a nice tasting, drinkable APA for drinkers with tastes along those lines.

02-04-2006 19:49:14 | More by EStreet20
Photo of Illinick


4.33/5  rDev +13.9%

HAND-PUMPED at the Sharp Edge.
A: Amber and light orange hues with some golden colors about. Fluffy, perfect head that retains incredibly. Great lacing.
S: Smooth, floral and citrus notes, more floral notes here than when bottled. More mellow citrus scents with some grain and mostly hops.
T: Incredible! Obviously smooth, but well balanced with estery flavors and citrus hodgepodge. Hop presence with much less bitterness than in the bottle. Pine and pungency seems to go away with this hand-pumped brew. Some grain and slight bitterness. Flavors mold together nicely.
MF: Medium and smooth.
Overall: I was really impressed with this hand-pumped brew. It's solid enough bottled or on tap, but having it hand-pumped was the kicker. If you can find it, get it. You will not be dissapointed. I'm going back to get more!

02-01-2006 14:29:17 | More by Illinick
Photo of UncleFlip


3.15/5  rDev -17.1%

Thanks agan to Chelsea for the nice sampler from this brewery...

Medium honey colour, off white smallish head, which recedes at a decent pace. Ever so slightly hazy.

Smell weak (trying to stick my face in the glass), but seems to be mostly hops.

Flavour is decent- a good balance of malty and hoppy. Nothing really outstanding here, but solid.

Carbonation is present, but not over the top. Liquid is hearty.

Takes a hit on drinkability, as it doesn;t really keep me intersted. Good and solid, but would lead me to look for something slightly more interesting.

Be well

01-18-2006 05:18:51 | More by UncleFlip
Photo of Shovelbum


4.18/5  rDev +10%

Pours a white head over a copper body. Head drops but leaves an intricate lace behind. Pronounced aromas of floral and citric hops with a bit of caramel malt as well. Smooth caramel malt with a light sweetness up front soon gives way to a substantial citric hop bitterness. Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with the hops leaving a lingering bitterness.

A PA session ale for all seasons. Loaded with flavor, but easily consumed during all night Appalachian drinking sessions.

01-18-2006 01:40:07 | More by Shovelbum
Photo of Gueuzedude


4/5  rDev +5.3%

This beer pours a brilliantly clear, amber tinged copper color that is topped by a frothy tan colored head. It has a fair level of carbonation which holds the head aloft. As the head falls it leaves a bit of lacing on the sides of the glass. The aroma has a nice up front hoppiness to it; it is dominated by grapefruit-like citrus notes but there is also a bit of pine thrown into the mix as well. As my nose gets used to the hop notes I detect a bit of dry toasted malt character that reminds me of lightly browned biscuits.

The taste has only a touch of sweetness up front, but does have a nice creamy mouth feel to it. There is a bit of malty caramel character here as well, it is fairly subtle and actually seems to contribute to the creamy mouth feel. This beer has an ample touch of hops though; it starts with a nice sharp bitterness which carries through to the finish. The citrus character is here, but it is downplayed a bit because of the dryness of the beer, instead there is an herbal pine note that dominates the soft citrus flavors.

This beer is a great example of a Pale Ale. This is a really easy drinking brew, with a great creamy mouthfeel. The malt though subdued plays an important role here; it really helps to balance the hops so that they are not too harsh.

01-14-2006 21:00:27 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of goodbyeohio


4.43/5  rDev +16.6%

yellow mixes fantastically with gold and orange.. the bubbles bring excitement to the crystal clear body. heady, nice and pillowy. disappears slowly leaving cloudlike patterns on the surface and webby lace. fresh, crunchy amarillo hop nose. essential and juicy. sweet in a floral way. drinks easy... light, airy bready character accented by those fruity hops. slightly metallic in the finish masked mostly by the faintest of bitternesses.. like a cherry stone. this beer is one of life's simple pleasures.. if hopback is medium and nugget nectar is high, this is a delightful low. another great beer from a great brewery.

01-11-2006 05:02:53 | More by goodbyeohio
Photo of pentathlete


4.1/5  rDev +7.9%

Glassy gold with a nice white head and even some stickiness. Smell is exactly what one would want in a pale ale, hops over a light malt base. Taste is more of the same. Fine malt and hop blend right off the bat, leading to a crispy finish. Mouthfeel was fine, a medium and this was an excellently drinkable brew. A fine pale ale and readily available where I live. I'll be keeping this one handy.

01-09-2006 01:19:10 | More by pentathlete
Photo of jaluria


3.9/5  rDev +2.6%

A copper colored ale with loads of white head that dissipates quickly and leaves behind minimal lacing. Aromas of hops, citrus, and pine seem to surface. The taste is dominated by hop bitterness that doesn't not fluctuate. Fruity flavors are also present but they are very much secondary and take a back seat to the hops. A refreshing brew with a dry finish that goes down easy and is filled with hop flavor. A very good APA.

01-03-2006 20:07:37 | More by jaluria
Photo of mobyfann


4/5  rDev +5.3%

Paid $25 for the mixed case...

This one pours a light amber color with a large white head, good one hour retention and a nice layering from the foamy head. The aroma is a light touch of hops with a minor accent of alcohol.

The taste is a classic pale ale, a little hoppy, a little pale and a minimal trace of alcohol. The beer is good in the mouth, a wet aftertaste wanting you to sip another... Very drinkable, this one is probably a better session beer than SNPA, and is a touch lighter too.

Final Thought: A classic session beer with all the solid components of a pale ale; light and tasty.

12-28-2005 08:12:18 | More by mobyfann
Photo of IceAce


4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Golden core topped with a full finger of foam with the consistency of egg whites. Nose is sweet, citrusy, and a little like juicy fruit...the gum, that is.

Entry tickles the sides of the tongue with ample carbonation and belies a mouthfeel that is perfectly full for the style. Midtaste is sweet and fruity courtesy of a strong backbone of malt which quickly gives way to the cheek tingling hops.

Finish is bright and grapefruit all the way, leaving just a hint of malty sweetness on the lips.

Not too many East Coast Pales can hang with their Western brethren, but this baby fits in nicely with those from RR and Stone. Many thanks to froggyfrog for this one!

12-27-2005 07:41:27 | More by IceAce
Photo of chOAKbarrell


4.33/5  rDev +13.9%

A pale ale more on the darker side. Smells great, with hops all over your nose. The taste gets really close to IPA territory, but pulls back right at the edge, giving only a hint of bitterness instead of engulfing you. Excellent toasty finish. This is a mighty fine pale ale, and more than worthy of its above-4.0 rating.

12-13-2005 22:18:51 | More by chOAKbarrell
Photo of UnionMade

New York

4.1/5  rDev +7.9%

Thanks to Jim and Allie for the bottle!
Bright brass, topped with a frothy white head. Good retention and lacing, leaving scattered flecks of foam down the glass. Punchy citrus/floral hop aroma. Sweetish pale malt backbone, with a bit of floral esters. A whiff of piney hops, as well. Smells very bright and lively. The flavor opens with a mild, sweetish toasty malt, easing into a mildy fruity middle, mostly pear, with an early introduction of floral hop flavor. Moderate bitterness in the finish, with a deliciously perky citric hopping. Soft piney bitterness, finishing fairly dry and crisp. Pretty smooth on the palate, this is an easy drinker. Mellower, yet maintains a sunny disposition.
Ah....fresh, hoppy beer. Simple pleasures, my friends. One of the better pale ales I've had in a while.

11-30-2005 09:03:54 | More by UnionMade
Photo of Goldorak

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Thanks Froggyfrog for the trade!

Appearance: Translucent amber, slightly hinting on orange, decent head.

Smell: Skunky (but not the unpleasing light-struck kind) and piney, herbal hops that almost had a catty character to it.

Taste: Hops shine through nicely in the flavor as well, oily, herbal and a great mouth-puckering finish. Could use a bit more malt, but a very interesting example of this style that may be run-of-the-mill for some but quite rare in my neck of the woods.

11-15-2005 01:19:39 | More by Goldorak
Photo of Foxman

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +7.9%

It starts a right golden glass of clear flash and bubbles. Two fingers of off-white egg-white head puffs up then flattens slowly to a frothy veil. Mosaics of lacing grace the inside of the pint.

The aroma delivers a very straightforward vent of lightly toastd grain, gently fruity, and a mellow yeast presence. The rounded perfume of hops lays a lacy backdrop.

On tasting, there comes light malt with a muted sweetness. A pitted fruit hint gives to a warm crusty dough yeast character. The final two-thirds are represented by a sturdy but graceful strain of citrusy hops mated with a mitigating bitterness. The finish sees a dashing return of the yeasty bread note, then a dry bitterness lingers nicely, knowing the extent of its welcome. Simply, the flavor is in fine fettle.

A bit more than just light bodied, the malt and hops lend a slick, coating essence, glowing comfortably on the palate.

It's mild, but it is far form wimpy. A pleasant pale that places its poignant parts precisely on the palate, it pleases plausibly, and then you realize, it's damned good and damned simple as well. The down-home flavor and simplicity make this about as drinkable as it could get, if it's something you enjoy, of course. And I enjoy it- quite a bit, in fact- and I envision sessions centered on this tasty creation.

11-11-2005 21:51:01 | More by Foxman
Photo of mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +8.7%

A - A nice copper hue. Pours up a one finger head that dissipates in about two minutes. A tiny ring of lacing adorns the glassware.

S - Predominantly pine hops a slight malty note as well. It is about what I would expect from a solid APA.

T - This is one of the best pale ale tastes I've ever had! It is extremely well rounded. Firstly, a smooth piney hop flavor hits you. It then rolls into a bit of a sharp bitterness meshed with a nice malty undertone. It finishes out with a more subtle bitter, a dwindling pine character with that malty flavor lingering.

M - The beer refreshes, but its hops are bit drying in the aftertaste. It is a bit thin and its carbonation is a little strong. Nothing devastating, but nothing great either.

D - The taste does it for this one. A solid APA, one that is hard pressed to be outdone in flavor. It is good for a session beer and it would go well with food as well. Troegs is a great brewery, and this the quality I expect.

11-08-2005 05:07:45 | More by mrasskicktastic
Photo of RedwoodGeorge


3.83/5  rDev +0.8%

The beer pours a deep gold color with a thinnish white head - not a lot of retention or lacing to speak of. The nose is a bit on the light side as well - no grain notes detected but a moderate amount of floral hops.

Taste is good but again, nothing spectacular. Very faint malt notes of raw grain in the background, present but restrained hop notes in the foreground. The hops is primarily floral and very aromatic with a few touches of pine and citrus in the background. Quite a lot of bitterness for the restrained hop flavors.

Mouthfeel is fine - a light bodied brew which could have used a bit more carbonation. The bittering leaves some astringency on the palate but that's par for the course with an American Pale Ale. No oily residue, no heavy aftertastes. Quite clean finish, actually.

All in all drinkable. If you're a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale fan you'll find quite a bit familiar in this brew. Not quite as much complexity but it's a good Pale Ale.

Thanks to mntlover for delivering this one from the East Coast...

10-01-2005 03:18:05 | More by RedwoodGeorge
Photo of jakester


4.35/5  rDev +14.5%

This is from a sampler case I bought at the Beer Mart in Reading. Date is marked on the case! YAY!

Pours a clear, light amber with a one finger head of off-white foam. Looks fairly well carbonated. The head drops to a decent coating with good lacing on the glass.

Aroma is citrus/grassy hops, very clean, with a nice touch of toffee malt. Fruity, with notes of lemon and lime peels.

Flavor is a smooth maltiness followed by a quick hop bitterness bite. It starts fast, but ends up being on the dry side. The caramel malt is very muted in this, with just enough to be noticed. Might not even be caramel malt. Vienna malt? Fruity like golden raisins or something. Aftertaste is a long, crisp, nice hoppiness.

This has a real good feeling in your mouth. Smooth yet tingly, with a decent hop bite, and resins on your tongue.

This is a damn good pale ale; hops are the showpiece here, but the malt supports it well. It's clean, fresh, and very refreshing. IMO, this is better than SNPA. No kidding! Highly recommended.

09-23-2005 03:03:05 | More by jakester
Photo of walleye


3.6/5  rDev -5.3%

thanks goes to weerae 138 ,. poured a amber wit a off wite head. aroma hops, and malts, grapefruit. flavor gotta love thise cascade hops they jump right out there. got some lemon and grapefruit and just a hint of malts. this was a good beer. would like to get this again

09-02-2005 00:51:11 | More by walleye
Photo of mmmbeer


4.6/5  rDev +21.1%

12 oz., bottled on 5/3/05 - served chilled in a nonic. Pours an amber/burnt orange and it's topped with a 1 inch tan head that leaves nice rings and sheets of lace on the glass. Smells like hops - pineapple, grapefruit, orange, pine, and floral/leafy, along with some toasty/biscuity malts. It is crisp on the palate with a medium body and a smoothness that makes me think it's bottle-conditioned. There's pineapple, grapefruit, orange, floral, and spicy/oily hop characteristics - all with a medium bitterness and biscuity/toasty malts and a hint of sweetness to balance. High drinkability - I could drink these all night. And the next night. And the next....

08-30-2005 02:46:53 | More by mmmbeer
Photo of tgbljb


3.78/5  rDev -0.5%

Purchased as part of sampler pack.poured a crystal cream amber color with off-white puffy head. Smell is hoppy with citrus notes. Taste is hoppy with notes of fruit. Leaves a nice dry bitterness in the mouth without being over-powering. Another good beer from Troegs.

08-12-2005 00:02:47 | More by tgbljb
Photo of hustlemuscle


4.13/5  rDev +8.7%

A very pleasant golden pale ale, with minimal carbonation or head. Suble hop aroma compliments the smooth crisp piney hop scent. Not overpowering, but very nice. Clean and sharp, with a touch, but not too much, hop oil. Overall, and excellent pale. I was very pleased to find a Troeg's mixed pack during a recent visit to PA, and brought home a case.

08-10-2005 02:04:34 | More by hustlemuscle
Photo of KroMagnon


3.7/5  rDev -2.6%

The beer was a nice golden-light amber color, but the head was pretty lacking. The aroma was not bad, but rather bland, with a faint hint of malt that comes across more grainy. I don't get much if any hop aroma. The flavor is pretty good, though - nice and clean, good crisp bitterness coming through, very drinkable. Overall this seems a tad light on the hop aroma and flavor but its a pretty good beer.

08-05-2005 01:01:39 | More by KroMagnon
Tröegs Pale Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
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