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Tröegs Pale Ale - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Pale AleTröegs Pale Ale

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1,392 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,392
Reviews: 589
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.87%
Wants: 18
Gots: 122 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-22-2002)
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Photo of dirtylou
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, of which I consumed 6oz in a small mason jar, thanks expatsteve

appearance: served in a mason jar...clear golden body, big frothy white head, decent amount of lacing left from the pour. Standard

smell: light and toasty aromas, sweet malty body, green apple, lightly hopped but definitely not a hop-bomb APA, light citrus aromas

taste: more malt driven than anything else with a light toasted malt flavour, grapefruit-citrus hop presence is complimentary with some apple/pear flavouring in the background. Fairly standard but well done and enjoyable

mouthfeel: medium-light body, refreshing

drinkability: high

Photo of plaid75
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger pillowy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell consisted of a subtle flowery and citrusy hop aroma. There was a soft pale malt doughy aroma as well.

The taste was a delicate combination of light oily hop, wildflower honey sweetness and a biscuity grain body. Very well balanced.

The mouthfeel was light and clean.

Overall a nice low key APA. Very very quaffable. An excellent session beer.

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

12oz bottle -> goblet
no date on the bottle, but the case was marked best by Nov 6, 06

Pours a clear bright golden orange, with an one inch white head that fades to a dish soap suds layer rather fast. A couple mild swirls brings back a nice covering of head. Decent thin spriderweb to spotty lacing. Persistant light carbonation.

Nose- A nice sweet fruity smell which at some times i thought featured the hops and other times the malts. Also some sweet fruit, either apricot or grapefruit is present.

T - Very well balanced. Malts and hops combine to produce an ale that taste like the APA is supposed to taste like, IMO. A nice smooth malt beginning with a hop kick in the rear. Low bitterness. A sweet concoction.

M - A good mouthfeel with ample carbonation and little to no lingering bitterness.

This is a very drinkable pale ale and highly recommended for those of you who are not looking for a hop blast everytime. Would be a good choice for a session APA.

Photo of jackorain
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Dark straw color a little chill haze goin' on. 1-inch sudsy heady, decent retention, decent lacng
S-floral and graprefruit hops with a malty/bready characteristic after the hops
T-Floral and herbal hops with only a little citrus. Fairly well balnaced by a malt bitterness and subsequent sweetness. Pretty tasty overall, but there are better
M-nice carbonation but a little watery for style
D-Not bad, could have more , also copuld session it if I had the case.

Overall, A pretty good interperetation of the style but there are better like sierra nevada pale ale

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

Appearance: very yellow end of golden orange, with great visibility. Pours a big 3/4 inch head with thick suds cover. Low/medium viscosity.

Aroma: Sweet strawberry grapefruit hops--wonderfully mellow aroma, with a little caramel and honey in the background.

Taste: Light, malty front palate--light caramels, a little bread. Hops are constant though mild--grapefruit, lemongrass ginger. Malt finish. Mild and balanced, though not a beer that's ever going to wow the hopheads among us.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light, cleansing. Low carbonation and constant mild hops showcase a very pleasant malt finish and aftertaste.

Drinkability: One of the most pleasant APAs I've ever had--session in every way, I wish I had about ten more of these. One of the most enjoyable (though not the most exciting) pale ales I've had in a while.

Photo of shbobdb
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I'd be lying if I said this beer blew me away, but it was really good.

It poured a golden amber with a bubbly head that soon faded.

Yeah, I'm diggin' this beer. It is a wonderful mix of hops balanced ever so slightly by just enough malt to make it very very drinkable.

A wonderful beer in terms of that balance and in terms of its drinkability. Think 'American Pale Ale" and your mind will picture a beer pretty much like this.

Wonderfully done. I'm very glad Muenchenerkindl was kind enough to send this one my way. Very drinkable. Perfect for sipping on a Friday afternoon after skipping out of work early. It's great!

Photo of MmmIPA
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-almost no head and what I did have disapeared real quick.Very clear.

T-Evident of the hops,cant describe the flavor, it had fruit in it.

S-Fruity,Cant describe the smell either.

D-Very good,hoppy,good beer, would recommend to others.Well worth $9.25 for a 6 pack.

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

Poured form a 12 oz. Bottle to a pint glass. The liquid is 24k gold, very good carbonation pushing up a modest 1 finger head that is white and foamy.

The smell is very hopy, very sharp to the nose.

The taste is hops on hops. Some nice malt flavor in-between, with a dry bitter finish. Very nice up hope APA taste.

Mouth feel nice, nice carbonation, and that PA bite with a great fruity aftertaste.

Drinkability is very high, very easy to drink would go well with spicy foods. This beer is refreshing & pleasant yet offers a bolder taste up front then most. Prosit MK

Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hauled back from PA by my buddy expatsteve - thanks again.

Pour: light golden amber, crystal clear visibility under a finger of sparse white bubbles that fade with soapy lacing.

Nose: British/leafy/medicinal hops, bit of juicy citrus and some vanilla malt.

Taste: Leafy, almost plasticky astringent hops, grapefruit, apricot, very light husky balancing malts.

Feel: on the light side for body, carbonation is middle of the road.

Drinkability/Overall: APA has never been my favorite style and this isn't the greatest rendition I've had either. Leafy and plasticky instead of juicy and malty. Still a decent beer that's fairly easy to drink.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle, clear auburn orange with nice poofy white head.

The smell is fruity and hoppy, more fruit in the nose than I expect out of an American Pale Ale which is a promising sign.

The flavor is fruity and hoppy just like the aroma, so good I wish I could find it more often. Almost a mild IPA, a perfect session beer.

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

Clear amber gold with a frothy white head. Voluminous carbonation. Juicy citrus Cascade aroma. Big, lingering bitterness. Big citric/floral hop flavors balance well with sweet hops. Finish very dry and mildly acidic. Medium bodied and clean overall. Very juicy. Very drinkable.

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

Poured a clear gold, with a slight orange color, modest amount of head. Aroma was primarily hops, no real smell of malt or anything else to speak of. Flavor was similar, with hops coming across as orange/lemon citrus. Slightly bitter, but in a good way. A light bodied beer, with medium to high carbonation, somewhat drying. Very refreshing, and excellent session beer.

Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice light copper and foamy head. Significant aroma of grapefruit and the malt. Refreshingly carbonated bitterness and malt, nicely balanced. A touch citrus and fruity. Bit drying finish, excellent with light food, and with that it is very quaffable. Second bottle 21 months later, good bitterness though aggressive side of carbonation.

Photo of beermanbrian
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beer many times in the past and have just never gotten around to reviewing it.

Golden color with foamy white head that leaves behind nice lacing. Great citrus hops smell that blends nicely with the caramel maltyness. Note that this one must be put into a glass to really get the citrus note. Out of the bottle it becomes somewhat plain but in a glass it really shines. Taste is just as enjoyable, nice maltyness with just enough of a citrus hops note to give it some character. Clean dry finish with just a hint of bitterness. Overall a very clean beer that makes a good session beer. Another winner from Troegs.

Photo of bigdeuce
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one incredible session brew!! Slight maltiness takes the top, followed by an almost dry-hopped finish, that is smoother than hell. Nice cirtusy, piney smell to it and a delicate balanced of great hops and malt. The taste doesn't linger, making you yearn for the next sip. I just went over to PA and tried this at a hotel and bought a case of it. If you are looking to put a few away, I cannot think of a better session beer.

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

Poured a light copper color into a pint glass with a half inch white head that left decent lacing on the glass.

Aroma typical of an APA. Mild flowery with some pine notes, but not overpowering.

Tasted very similar to smell. Some hoppy-bitterness with fruity overtones. Enough malt backbone to balance. Not an overpowering APA, but a very nice example of the style.

Mouthfeel was a bit overcarbonated with a lingering hop taste and presence. I'd like this better if it had a cleaner finish, but it is not as strong as other beers I've had of this style.

Overall a very drinkable APA. Maybe not the best I've had of this style, but still very good.

Photo of acrawf6
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a nice dark orangish golden with a whte head. good lacing.

Smell. Hoppy, i get a cascade hoppiness. a little light and very refreshing.

Taste is good. great hop presence, with a nice malty backbone. has a nice citrus taste, slightly tart. quite nice and refreshing.

Mouthfeel is good. good body, nice carbonation, great balance.

Overall a quite nice beer, very refreshing (have i already said that?) I believe the six pack cost about $9.

Photo of SwillBilly
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

Appearance: Light, clear, amber in color with a small, dense head. Rings of lacing line the glass.

Smell: Initially, somewhat musty, then transitions to herbal and fruity notes (grassy, sweet apricots, ). A slight hint of citrusy hops make an appearance as the beer warms.

Taste: The beginning is slightly sweet with a nice malt backbone that transitions to a citrusy, hoppy middle. Finishes dry, with the bittering hops lingering in the mouth.

Mouthfeel: Ample carbonation makes this a lively beer in the mouth. Very smooth with a medium mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Troegs Pale Ale would make a great session beer. Highly drinkable and well balanced. Not one element of this beer dominates the other, so the palate doesn't get worn out from too much hops or too much sweet, malts. At 5.4% abv, I could easily put these back throughout an evening session. A nice pale ale and one I would definitely have again. Another fine beer from one of the mid-atlantic's best breweries. Seek out and enjoy this well balanced APA.

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

This beer poured a light orange. There is a small head and no lacing. The smell is hoppy and semi-sweet. The taste is bitter. It is fairly smooth for the style. There is a lingering bitterness in the mouthfeel. There was no harshness. I could drink this beer again. A good beer from Troegs. Just a bit too bitter for me to consider a session beer.

Photo of psinderson
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Golden amber, nice white head, about 2 fingers think with good staying power. Tiny bubbles stuck to the side of the glass.

Smell: This wasn't what I expected. This was a woody aroma, somewhat like English hops. Just a hint of citrus.

Taste: Background hops flavor with definite maltiness up front. Not quite as much up front hops as others. A hint of bitterness stays with you a little while. A slight alcohol flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. I would have liked a bit more carbonation.

Drinkability: Goes down well if you don't mind a little lingering bitterness.

This beer seemed like something in between an English pale ale and an American pale ale to me. The low carbonation and partial English hop flavor threw me a little bit. Not a bad beer at all, just not quite what I expected. This is one I think I will have to try again to see if I feel the same way.

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

Thanks to Enola for bringing this back from his TN visit. Reviewed with and compared to Dale's Pale Ale.
Copper in color with an inch and a half of sticky white head. Sticky lacing trails down the side of the glass.
Smells like juicyfruit gum.
Taste starts of with a fruity type sweetness, with floral hop flavors in the middle, and finish that is a nice combination of piny and citrus hops. Taste lingers a bit with some nice hop burps.
Mouthfeel is more crisp and refreshing and not the sticky oily feeling of a lot of hop bombs.
A wonderful well-balanced session beer.
This is not a hop bomb type of beer, but it is a very good hoppy beer.

Photo of jockstrappy
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a transparent copper color with a 2" head, that settles to a thin cap. Aroma is mainly floral, and hoppy with a hint of buttery malt. Taste starts off with a touch of buttery malt, then the hops come on....finishes clean, with a pleasant aftertaste that is both hops and malt, nice! Fairly light body with good carbonation makes for a nice mouthfeel. Drinkability on this one is very high! Great session beer (also very affordable if you're not too far from the brewery).

This beer defines the style in my opinion!

Photo of RyToy
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured very clear, copper color with a nice two finger head which quickly subsided...looked pretty sweet for a while though...nice sticky lacing

the nose was unimpressive...very slight citrus hop aroma, which lessened over time which is when a damp rag odor took over

the taste was good, but not great...not a very strong hop character, which doesn't really seem to fit the style characteristics that this beer ostensibly is trying to display...my disappoinment may be more a result of my own expectations than anything else..this beer is very drinkable, and absent any hopes this is a good beer, just closer to the centerline on the maltiness/bitterness scale than anything else

the body is toward the heavy side of medium, decent carbonation...just about what i would look for in a beer of its type

overall: not a bad offering, wouldn't be my first choice though due to the absence of the bitterness that i alluded to earlier...if looking for an american style pale ale, there are better choices out there, but standing alone it is a pretty tasty choice

Photo of Zorro
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 OZ bottle provided by Thaichile.

Pours a clear copper colored ale with an off white head, looks good.

Smell is malt and citrus hops. The smell seems to diminish quickly which I interpret to be that it is milder than the first sniff indicated.

Taste is malty and mildly bitter at the beginning with a bit of bready taste. Flavor doesn't change much except a biscuit malt flavor comes out after a while. A milder Pale Ale not made on the West Coast model. A tasty mild beer.

Mouthfeel is good.

Mild smooth and drinkable, that is what this beer excels at. If I would change one thing about it I would add more aroma hops but not everyone is attuned to the West Coast HopHeads thoughts on the subject. A good beer and a good choice to lure Budweiser drinkers to better beers.

Photo of nlmartin
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer was poured into a pub glass.

Appearance: This beer is very pleasing to the eye. The beer pours a coppery coloration. The carbonation is plentiful and tight. The head was thick and fluffy off white. The head has fantastic staying power.

Smell: The beer has a great hoppy smell. The smell of floral hops and citrus and grapefruit spill forth.

Taste: This beer does not play around. The beer is very well hopped great citrusy grapefruit punching out. The beer has a very nice malt complement.

Mouthfeel: The beer is medium bodied. The carbonation seems about right. This is a very well balanced pale ale.

Drinkability: This is a very well crafted beer. The beer is easy to drink and is definately a sessionable beer.

Tröegs Pale Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,392 ratings.