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Tröegs Pale Ale - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Pale AleTröegs Pale Ale

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Ratings: 1,434
Reviews: 597
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.64%
Wants: 19
Gots: 152 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-22-2002

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Ratings: 1,434 | Reviews: 597
Photo of tempest
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Damn, nice pale ale. The only thing I can say is that it isn't crisp enough for my taste. There's a great hops profile in the aroma and flavor of fruity, hops resin with relatively sweet grapefruit and a decent, but not big, bitterness. There a touch of toffee and caramel malt in the back, but this is a smooth (odd, but ok I guess) and hoppy beer. Find this and enjoy it.

Photo of Phatz
4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I have enjoyed this beer on many occasions but never as much so as Io did this Evening. Sitting at the General Sutter with good friends and sipping this fine ale on *CASK* it was perfect.

This beer seems perfectly suited for cask conditioning.

Appearance: served a deep ruddy copper brown but the amber hues change as you move through the light. the cask beer has a frothy off white head that lingers nicely and leaves some good lacing.

Smell: The aroma is reserved, to be expected from this beer but the hops are noticeably present with the citrusy American hop (maybe cascade) presence gently tickling the nose.

Taste: Soft malty body with a sweet bready malt base and a lovely prickly resinous hop element. The aftertaste is very long lingering, beautifully dry and spot on bitter.

Mouthfeel: Perfectly smooth soft and extremely fluffy feeling as it slide across my tongue and down my throat.

Drinkability: IDEAL! This is simply a nice beer. It is as drinkable as they come. This is a beer I wanted to session all night but ... alas... the keg kicked.

Hope this is helpful.

Photo of BeerLover48Fan
4.47/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a clarified copper with a healthy white head and sheets of ornate lacing. Amazing balance of hops and malt in the nose. Loads of grapefruit with undertones of grass and a sweet caramel maltiness. Lots of caramel, toffee, and hinted at toast in the forefront of the flavor. It's hard to say when the hop presence comes in as everything melds together so well. Some citrus and modest pine. Drying finish. Body is moderate and with mild, soft bubbles. This is one of the best pale ales I've ever had and really reminded me of how good a pale ale can be.

Photo of AlexJ
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright coppery and perfectly clear, this pours with a solid white head that is lasting and lacey.

Aroma is fresh and full of floral, citrus, and green hop goodness with just enough malt and caramel toast.

Flavor is a perfect balance of clean, caramel and toasty bread malt and fresh floral and grassy hops that have notes of pine and grass. Very fresh tasting.

Body is on the lighter side of medium, with a clean mouthfeel and great drinkability.

Photo of LeftyBWS
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass. Bottled-on date is printed on the bottle, along with a tracking #.
A: Golden amber color, pretty coppery. One inch of creamy head, tan in color. The head recedes slowly leaving large foamy bubbles atop the beer, and thin foamy lacing on the glass that falls back into the beer over time.
S: Wonderful. When I whiffed the bottle right after opening it I couldn't wait to pour it and drink it. Floral hops prevail, with some smaller notes of spice and citrus. There's a sweet scent underneath, possibly from some caramel malts, but it's weak compared to the hops. A pleasant and enticing mix of scents.
T: The floral hops lead the way, much like the smell. The taste is fresh and gardeny, not that bitter. Some mild sweetnes kicks in towards the middle. The finish is mostly a weak hop bitterness mixed with some fading sweetish, floral flavor, kinda like honey or berries. Overall, it's okay, but it's a letdown after the enticing smell of this beer. The effects of the hops seem subdued, rather than subtle or nuanced, and the malts don't add much at all.
M: Wet and mild. Kinda crisp towards the middle, and a reasonably creamy finish. Overall, quite light and airy; it feels like I'm drinking slightly heavy flavored water.
D: For what it's worth, this beer is easy to drink; a pale ale that goes down easy.
Overall, a pretty good American pale ale, but not a great one. I'll drink this if I'm handed one, but there are better examples of this style that I'd prefer.

Photo of barefootbrewer
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a clear golden color with a white ½” rocky head. The aroma of fresh hops hits the senses immediately upon opening the bottle. The taste is bitter and heavy of hops. There is enough sweetness in the malt to balance the brew. The mouthfeel is medium to full. This is a very clean and easily drinkable beer.

Photo of goochpunch
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a clarified copper with a healthy white head and sheets of ornate lacing. Amazing balance of hops and malt in the nose. Loads of grapefruit with undertones of grass and a sweet caramel maltiness. Lots of caramel, toffee, and hinted at toast in the forefront of the flavor. It's hard to say when the hop presence comes in as everything melds together so well. Some citrus and modest pine. Drying finish. Body is moderate and with mild, soft bubbles. This is one of the best pale ales I've ever had and really reminded me of how good a pale ale can be.

Photo of ommegangpbr
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This makes it near the top of my list for American Pale ales.
Lacks some of the lacing and depth of color that some pale ales have but still is good lookin.
Aromas are fresh herbal and floral hops.
Very solid hop character with lots of clean flavors. Malts are just rich enough to balance out the rich hops.
Can't get Troegs in too many places, unfortunately... but if you can!
you're probably a pretty happy person.

Photo of HugoGrim
4.57/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint. This is from a sample case which is incredably fresh, as the bottles say it was bottled on 7/16/2007, just 2 weeks ago.

Classic pale ale look, golden body with a nice head. No lace.

Crisp, clean and fresh aroma with a robust yet subtle hop element.

The flavor is excellent in that it is what it is, nothing more or less. It is exactly what I want in a pale ale, not overly hoppy but with plenty of bite to let you know it was made by someone who loves real beer. Hops are clean and refreshing.

This beer is the definition of drinkable. This is a beer I could drink bottle after bottle with hot wings, pizza, burgers, ect.

Photo of younger35
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of two Tröegs beer extra's I received in a trade with Leftmindedrighty. Drank out of my favorite Laughing Dog pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a light orangeish yellow applejuice color with tiny little bubbles that permeate throughout. Foamy white head that lasts about 3 seconds but leaves a nice collar. Medium to light lacing.
Smell- Nice light floral bouquet from the hops. Touches of citrus but very mild and pleasant. Not much of a malty smell here, the smell is all hop.
Taste- Lightly bitter from the start with gentle grapefruit citrus tones. Very earthy, mild hoppyness that I really enjoy. There is a light sweetness as well to this beer that balances it perfectly.
Mouthfeel- Good carbonation. Very slick and crisp. Don’t know if it’s just my mood right now or what but I really like the feel of this beer.
Drinkability- This is one of those mildly hoppy beers that can be enjoyed at anytime. It’s well balanced and super tasty all around. It’s what you’d expect from a Pale Ale. Great beer!

Photo of DrJay
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at the Drafting Room in Exton, PA.
Cloudy, light caramel colour with a whitish head. Awesome retention and the lacing was solid foam that formed rings at each sip. Citrusy aroma (grapefruit and mild orange) with a hint of malt. Quite a mild flavour with medium/low bitterness. Balanced malt sweetness with mild citrus hopping. A little watery and thin, very low carbonation. Very easy drinking, but seems to need some extra carbonation to prop up the body. I'll try it again in bottles or draft to see how that changes things.

Photo of dacrza1
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First heard of this brewery from brother Jer...12 oz. bottle from a sampler poured into a shaker...solid copper body with even, strong two-finger head--attractive indeed...appropriate hops, though understated...a palate approach that rivals Sierra Nevada...a solid taste that softens with each sip...enjoyable from top to bottom.

Photo of klewis
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Extra thanks to leftmindedrighty for this extra.

A: Pours into my brand-spankin' new SA pint glass a clear amber color with a thick frothy head that subsides to an uneven, rocky layer of foam. Lots of lacing.

S: Nothing but hops here, but a very nice blend of grassy and citrus aromas.

T: A prominent cascade flavor with a crisp earthy bite. Though the hop flavor dominates, it is balanced very nicely with a subtle caramel malt taste.

M: Light and smooth with super-fine carbonation.

D: The smooth, balanced taste and nice mouthfeel make this one a winner. I imagine that this would make a great session beer.

Photo of charlesw
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale golden amber with a medium cream colored head that is gone in a flash. Lasting lace... Smells very light, malt and maybe some noble hops. Hmm. You know... Off the top of my head I don't recall tasting any ignoble (ahem) hops in Troegs beers. I mean the citrus ones, but whatever. And this beer is much like the others I've tried from Troegs. By that I mean that they are all very good beers and very drinkable. And, well. Hmm. I mean, I like them all and I'd drink them all every night and be perfectly happy doing so - they are all very good representations of their respective categories. What is missing, for me and with these brews, is the wow factor. I appreciate that they are going the traditional route and brewing to style. And I'm probably right there in the middle of the new trend of people looking for more. Maybe I need to get my hands on some Mad Elf and see what that's about. I'm sure that it's good - these are all good. I just want to be wowed!
So, this is a really good beer. Gently bitter, not too sweet, not too strong. Very pleasant going down. I'd like to see them experiment a little - go crazy. I mean, they're obviously good brewers...

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Foggy golden body with a thick and even creamy white head. Perfect head retention and plenty of lacing left behind in the glass.

S- Smells lightly of floral hops.

T- Light citrus hops and smooth malt have a great balance upfront followed by and refreshing floral hop finish. Refreshing hops linger.

M- excellent. Smooth and creamy body with low carbonation.

D- this was a great cask ale. Smooth and creamy with a refreshing hop balance. Quite delicious.

Photo of longarm
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great carbonation caps a style-typically light amber brew. Fades a little quickly. Orange-esqe and grapefruit NW U.S. hops masks some lightly sweet caramel notes on the nose. Solid hops flavor supports with enough malt to keep it interesting, moderately complex and less sweet (in a good way) than many brews in the style. One of the better AIPAs, especially for the price, that I've sampled on the east coast. Mouthfeel is a little watery, but not a major detraction. Very well balanced with good hop bitterness for finishing. Well rounded and smooth. Very drinkable beer, and I highly recommend as a session beer. Not in the same league as the great AIPAs, but it's a very good beer and well worth keeping around and serving to guests.

Photo of walshclimb
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a very tasty beer. We tasted it next to Sierra Nevada PA, and we were surprised by how well it compared. I think it is actually significantly better, and I hope to see this brewery expand!

A - clear, golden honey color with thick white foamy head which dissipates slowly, leaving lacy bubbles

S - Sweet, floral hops

T - bitter initial flavor with light, dry finish, slightly sweet with a hint of peach aftertaste. This is the highlight of the beer.

M - light bodied with slightly syruppy feel on the tip of the tongue. Soft carbonation

D - very smooth with good flavor. I would definitely buy this again.

Photo of cichief
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-cask at Friscoe's Grille, Columbia, MD.

A- Slightly hazy, with a good white head.

S- Hoppy, flowery, citrusy, very fresh.

T- Very fresh, nice and hoppy, but well balanced. Somewhat piney with hints of grapefruit.

M- Smooth, not overly carbonated, medium body.

D- A very good, hoppy beer. Enough said!

Photo of TheDragonTony
4.47/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear orange gold with less than one finger of head. Decent retention of what is there though. The lacing is good as well

S: Nose is all hops and citrus (mostly orange)

T: Hops and orange up front some fruitness in the middle, and hops again on the finish.

M: Medium in body and carbonation.

D: Highly drinkable beer, I'd be more than happy to session this beer.

Photo of maddogruss
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a glass mug. A light amber color that was pleasant to watch with pretty good carbonationa nd a good, solid, half-inch, white head. The head was nice, thick, and foamy and retained throughout the entire beer, which was quite nice. Smell was a little hoppy; not overbearing at all. Malts were also very prevalant, providing a nice balance. Taste was about the same, although the malts were more evident than the hops, which was a little surprising. As I drank the beer more, the hops began to come out more to provide the nice balance to the malts that I had expected in the first place. The mouthfeel was very nice; nice, and full-bodied, not very thick ro thin at all. Pretty drinkable overall; nice easy-going beer. A little warming but nothing overbearing at all. Quite pleasant.

Photo of soupyman10
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a mug. One finger of white head on top of a nice orange-ish amber color. Lots of little bubbles rising through the crystal clear beer. Looks pretty tasty. Nice lacing too. Nose is mostly hops, with some definite fruitiness coming through, and some floral hints. First taste is strong hops, although not overwhelming. Grapefruit and other fruits in there too. Light caramel malt sweetness too. Lingering bitterness sits on the tongue for just a bit. Feel is thin to medium bodied with solid carbonation. Yet another great offering from Troegs. A quality beer that might not astound the taste buds but is an all around good beer, close to sessionable.

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Alkey for the brew.

Pours a nice clean/clear golden color, nice carbonation, nice two finger off-white creamy head which lasted awhile, nice small islands and sticky lacing throughout the drink. The nose is of sweet malts, hops, grapefruit, and caramel. The taste is very nice of hops/malts, grapefruit and slight caramel. Medium body, well balanced brew. Very drinkable, a true APA.

Photo of orsulacp
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This poured a very clear copper with a slightly off white head that left plenty of lacing. It has a clean hoppy smell, a piney resinous smell with some floral notes, and a white bread background. The taste is excellent, a little bite form the carbonation then some sweetness and just a hint of piney bitterness. The body is on the heavy side of medium, maybe it was too cold, with a biting carbonation. This is a very drinkable beer, it is right up there with SNPA in my opinion.

Photo of Vancer
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This little tasty treat poured a mostly clear amber orange, with a fast disappearing foamy ivory head. Loads of an orangy citrus rushed up the nose, followed by a nice taste of prickly orange, with some underlying notes of floral hops.

Very crisp and dry, this would make for a good spring session brew, although a touch high in alcohol (above 5%). I really enjoyed the flavor of this P.A.

A nice payoff from BitterBrian in the Super bowl o beer bet.

Photo of SirPsyCole
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one tasty brew...
pours a clear, light copper, orange/golden hue w/ a 2 finger thick off-white head that quickly dropped to a thin film that never vanished with some nice lacing left behind.

Smell is of citrus, hops, pine, with a hint of malty sweetness

Taste is highly reflective of the aroma, nice fruity/citrusy hop flavors on top of a sufficient malt backbone. Medium carbonation and med/light bodied ale. A little hoppier than most pale ale's I'm already accustomed to, but goes down easy and still very well balanced, nonetheless. My mouth is watering for another and I believe this would make a terrific session beer.

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Tröegs Pale Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
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