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Tröegs Pale Ale - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Pale AleTröegs Pale Ale

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Ratings: 1,340
Reviews: 587
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.61%
Wants: 18
Gots: 104 | 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 Dithyramb
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased as a six pack from Beltway in Baltimore. Enjoyed throughout the week whilst on vacation in various settings. Pours a clear gold with a decent compact white head.
Cascade aroma, very citrus in nature. Medium bodied hoppy brew that is pretty dry. Nice hop background that doesn't give much of a mention. Finishes slightly dry and hoppy with some lingering bitterness.
Very drinkable brew, one that was enjoyed surf fishing, swimming, and with several foods. A good all around beer and follows the style as expected.

Dithyramb, Jul 07, 2005
Photo of sacfly
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale copper. Good hop aroma, pine and citris, leaning towards pine. Off white, thick and creamy head, medium sized bubbles. High carbonation, but not overkill. Enough to keep the head around. (actually, it maintained for the entire duration of the glass!) The initial taste matches the aroma. Pine with a hint of citris that quickly gives way to a hint of sweetness before finishing bitter. Great every day beer. I am impressed with the entire lineup from this brewery.

sacfly, Jul 02, 2005
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - orange-tinted amber, has some brightness to it. Off-white head of an inch bubbles down to a scattered cover.

Aroma - soft and steady grapefruit aroma with some light pine scent.

Taste - grapefruit with a peppery effect from the carbonation. A warm, hoppy finish. A straightforward pale ale, good stuff.

Mouthfeel - slightly oily, very peppy carbonation, could actually stand to be toned down.

Drinkability - great everyday beer, a little more of a hop bite than Sierra Nevada and more carbonation too.

brewdlyhooked13, May 18, 2005
Photo of Erix
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a pint glass from a bottle
Appearance: A moderate pour yielded a significant white head which dissipated at a very reasonable rate. The beer is a nice gold color with some slight orange highlights. Very clear.
Smell: Rather powerful hops here in the nose, but not overwhelming. Piney and a little sticky smelling, and nicely rounded out by the sweetness of the malt. Fresh.
Taste: Clean, dominated by hops, but the malt is not too weak to deal with it. Hops are less green and sticky than I would have guessed from the smell, but they instead transition very nicely into a healthy dose of malt. The malt seems to me to be a little bit grainy, if that is really the correct term, but it does assert itself nicely. A sharper hop bitterness and a sweet lingering maltiness battle each other in the finish, with both slowly fading away. There is some sort of an almost but not quite metallic taste that I keep getting caught on, but it is overall quite tasty.
Mouthfeel: Refreshingly clean, well but not overly carbonated, with a slight astringent drying at the end, this is a well crafted pale ale.
Drinkability: I could have a few of these. Goes down smoothly and quickly, without becoming overbearing in any regard. Well done.

Erix, Mar 31, 2005
Photo of LuckySevens82
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz Bottle
pours a very nice orangy color with a sort of dense 1 finger head. lacing is nice and so is retention.
Smell is caramel, a bit of biscuit, and a slight, but noticable hop aroma.
Taste is very straight forward. Caramel, toasty malt, and hops, some fruit.
A good pale ale, but sort of forgetable. I would, however, pick this over many other commercially available pales.

LuckySevens82, Mar 25, 2005
Photo of kmpitz2
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes from merlin48. Thanks for this one. It pours a clear golden color with a small head that falls to coar the beer. The nose is rather nice, with a sweet citrusy hop and a sweet malt that gives this beer a slightly orenagey tone. The flavor is slightly orange sweet, slightly citrusy hop and slightly pepper hop as well. I like it. The feel is moderate with a moderate carbonation. I like the interplay of the sweet and hop flavors. Another nice Troegs beer.

kmpitz2, Mar 23, 2005
Photo of ski271
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden Amber with a small, mostly-diminishing, slightly off-white, frothy head and very good lacing.

Smell: Except for a very good, rather pronounced citrusy hop aroma, it is a little on the mild side, but there’s still enough malts in the nose to even things out somewhat.

Taste: More malty and sweet than the smell led me to think it would be. A little piney with a nip of caramel. Well-balanced.

Mouthfeel: Light body, slightly dry texture, not too much carbonation. Just a little thinner than I like a pale ale to be.

Drinkability: I really enjoyed this one. Highly sessionable, since it is hoppy without being one of those beers that fries your tasetbuds after half a bottle. Definitely worth a try.

ski271, Mar 21, 2005
Photo of willytime
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 12 pack sampler. Been wanting to pick this up for a while, and I'm glad I finally did. The Pale Ale is my 2nd favorite of the 4 in the bunch. Overall, a great example of an American Pale Ale.

Smell is of caramel with a hint of citrus. Taste follows the smell, with a hit of hops to follow, just the right amount to round out the sweetness of this beer. Mouthfeel is excellent. Slightly prickly up front, but smooths as you swallow.

I admit I was concerned that Troegs did not have much to offer but was pleasantly suprised with this Pale Ale. Definitely recommended.

willytime, Feb 21, 2005
Photo of yeagerbm
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark gold with a dense white head and lots of rising bubbles from the carbonation. The ale is clear.

The smell is floral with a generous amount of citrus hop aroma.

The taste is a well balanced blend of slightly sweet malt with a clean hop bitterness. The hop flavor is slightly citrusy and earthy. The finish also has a trace of toasty malt.

The mouthfeel goes well to the style, medium bodied and not too heavy, very smooth and satisfying.

Overall a very flavorful ale that has a great hop character but remains very well balanced with the tasty malt. This beer is up there with the best of APA's with its great real beer flavor and thirst quenching abilities. A great local beer to kick back with anytime of the year and for any occasion, whether to pair up with some fine food, or by itself for a session.

yeagerbm, Feb 20, 2005
Photo of Fish113d
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pouring into a pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle, it pours a golden-honey color w/ 2 fingers of foamy, sticky, clingy head that sticks to the glass like glue. Very clean looking brew. Bright citrus hops and floral tones accentuate this brew. Slight sweetness of rock candy comes through just enough to offset the hops. Also a slight grainy pine aroma as well comes through to me. Taste is bitter but smooth w/ grainy tasting grapefruit. Very citrussy w/ some slight sweetness of sugars throughout. However, not too complex in flavor. Feel is wonderful! Carbonation up front on the tongue gives way to a very smooth swallow and a very little alcohol burn. Very light in body but warming at the same time. Although it leaves a little bit to be desired in flavor, this is a very light, smooth, easy ale to drink! Another nice one from the Troegner Brothers!

Fish113d, Jan 29, 2005
Photo of TheDeuce
4.8/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Out of the sampler pack...

Appearance-nice frothy white head, the beer forms a hazy golden body that is nice to look at, top notch.

Smell-overflow of barley hops and grain while some sweet malt (Troegs trademark) seeps in as well

Taste-not too powerful, a nice mix of barely hops with sweet malt that tingles in your mouth, rather sweet for a pale ale yet it may be the great hops, wonderful.

Mouthfeel- a little sweet but top notch, the flavors hit on all cylinders and the beer goes down exceptionally smooth.

Drinkability-Among even the craft brews, this is exceptional, have as many as you can if you can handle the content.

Overall-an absolutely top notch pale ale, while not perfect Troeg's has brewed a classic pale ale with exceptional flavor, highly rated from me.

TheDeuce, Nov 24, 2004
Photo of santoslhalper
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice clear amber color with very few signs of carbonation. Has a huge frothy head that leaves nice lacing. Head has great retention as well. This beer is very clean and fresh on the nose, mostly malty with a mild hop smell. Also hints of flowers and citrus. Tastes very malty at first with a bit of caramel, then finishes nice and dry with the perfect amount of hops to round it off. Feels nice and creamy in the mouth. This is such a well balanced beer it's extremely drinkable. Overall another nice offering from Troeg's. Definitly worth a try.

santoslhalper, Oct 04, 2004
Photo of oelergud
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy golden body, low carbonation. Light tan head has decent retention and good lace, small to medium bubbled.
Spiced hoppy scent with a good deal of fruit smells mixed in.
Excellent flavor. Strong hoppy taste but still plenty of malts to go around. Distinct fruity flavors with a caramel overtone. Aftertaste is very pleasing, hoppy caramel lingers a long time.
Typical pale ale mouthfeel which places it between a thick stout and a watery lager. little coating on the tongue.
Very high drinkability, this would make an excellent session brew.


oelergud, Sep 24, 2004
Photo of 99bottles
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: An orange-copper body, very clear with low to moderate carbonation. Topped with an inch of white head that has average retention and settles to a thin lace mid-glass.

Smell: Bright citrus flavors and sweet carmelized sugar dominates the smell.

Taste: A perfect balance of slightly tangy hops and clean, no-frills crystal malts make this immensely easy to sip. Not overhopped like an IPA, this pale ale finds a great mid-ground with the hops imparting more flavor than bitterness. Sweet sugars, honey, grapefruit without the acidity, melon, tropical fruit juice, pine, dry biscuit --it's all in there, and in such harmony that one's head is inclined to spin. This complex beaut hides under a veil of simplicity. That's fine in my book.

Mouthfeel: Not overly carbonated, this has a nice soft mouthfeel and makes a solid sipper. Is quite enjoyable at cold temperatures along with cellar temps.

Drinkability: Awesome. This is Troeg's best beer IMO, and I've tried just about every one they've put out. A true session beer if there ever was one. A great deal also, but I imagine distribution is limited. Beermail for trade.

99bottles, Aug 27, 2004
Photo of bruachan
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

though i don't enjoy Tröegs Pale Ale as much as their Hopback, i guess i am giving it a solid score. right off the bat the head is glorious: at least three fingers deep. a small amount of lacing chases the diminishing beverage level. this beer is not as refreshing as most APAs are, with a very smooth, ever so slightly butterscotchy finish. pehaps Tröegs is straying from the path here, but i think it's a welcome interpretation (though a beer judge might think this innapropriate, i quite liked it)

interestingly, the six-pack carrier claims the brew to be "aggressively hopped," but i didn't see this as the case. it was actually very well balanced

bruachan, Aug 16, 2004
Photo of edchicma
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not quite as good as their Amber Ale offering, but pretty darn good, nonetheless. Appearance is a light copper with a nice chinky white head and outstanding lacing. Smell is lightly fruity with some maly undertones. Taste is mainly lightly tart throughout, with a pleasant hop finish...not as balanced as some offerings, but the nice lightly hop quality was a plus IMHO. Mouthfeel is medium, with a very slight oily quality that is not a drawback. Easy on the drinkability scale...recommended.

edchicma, Aug 05, 2004
Photo of drifter29
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I purchased a 1/4 keg of this Pale Ale in lieu of the Hopback Amber due to availability and was pleasantly surprised with the result. The initial citrus blast adds to the extremely refreshing nature of this brew and the hoppy aftertaste is maintained well after the first taste.

The head is moderate but firm and carbonation is just right for an IPA. I found this to be a great summer time thirst quencher and I will be getting it ontap again in the near future.

drifter29, Jul 29, 2004
Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, with no freshness dating to be found. Pours a nice gloden light amber,clear, white medium bubble head, dissolving to a tiny bubble film and leaving well developed lacing. Nice hoppy nose, notes of yeasty bread as well. Medium bodied. well hopped PA, slight citric bite, but not bitter. Very drinkable, well crafted brew. Troegs continues to impress.

Billolick, Jul 27, 2004
Photo of rabidawg
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear honey-colored fluid with above-average carbonation. Soft white head that settled slowly to a nice skim, leaving lots of lacing.

Smell: Smells very juicy, with a fresh hoppy kick from the heavy dose of aroma cascades. Sweetness from the crystal malts blends in well. Very nice.

Taste: Initial sweet maltiness. Soft in the mouth, with a nice spiciness. Big grapefruit juice hop bite toward the end, and a nice lingering crispness. Medium-bodied, and only moderately dry in the finish.

rabidawg, Jun 29, 2004
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright goldenrod containing a small number of tiny, pulp-like floaters. The cream-colored head is large, nicely firm and a little sticky. It's as impressive as the heads on a good many IPAs; from the generous quantity of hops, no doubt. It stays mounded in the center as it deflates, leaving abstract patterns of lace on the glass.

The aroma is pure Cascade: vibrant and bold, yet not quite IPA-like vibrant and bold. That's okay, it's plenty aromatic for a pale ale. The flavor doesn't quite deliver on what the appearance and the nose promised, but it's still better than many APAs that I've run across. There's a decent hop load that needs to be bolder if it wants to compete with the big boys of the style.

The initial rush of hoppy citrus fades too soon and is replaced by sweetish malt. A mild bitterness then reappears as the finish approaches. The finish is dry and relatively clean. The lack of bold, palate-fatiguing flavor, the light-medium body and the lowish ABV make this a pretty drinkable beer.

Troegs doesn't brew bad beer (although I wasn't at all impressed with Mad Elf, I can see how some might like it). Pale Ale is a solid pale ale, but isn't one that I'd go out of my way for. I did enjoy this bottle though.

BuckeyeNation, Jun 02, 2004
Photo of merlin48
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours an attractive, clear, honey gold color with a one finger offwhite head that eventually settles into a patchwork of lacing. Pine and tart citrus hops dominate the nose. I'm picking up very little malt on the nose, except a hint of biscuit. Mouthfeel is tart and well carbonated, with some spicy hops bite on the tongue. Taste is a lot of hops. Pine and tart citrus(sour grapefruit) rule the roost here. This is a very tasty American style pale ale, and I'm sure there is an excellent malt balance, but the hops just keep slappping my tastebuds around to the point that I can't pick up the malt essences. Nice finish is dry with pleasant hops aftertaste. I'm quite fond of this Troegs pale ale, even though I'm missing the malt backbone.

Re-Review on 5-27-04: Didn't know I had ever tried this until I tried to review as a new one. RoyalT and ngandhi really pegged this one for what it is. An absolutely extraordinary American pale ale. Today, I could have sworn there were no Cascades hops in this one, as the flavors and aromas seemed so smooth and lush, bathed in apple, pear, lemon, and orange. I went to the brewery website to see what hops varieties were used, and, sure enough, it says Cascades. Some pine and grapefruit emerge at the finish, this time, but this is just so smooth and balanced most of the way through. Must be the Crystal Malt. This is now my favorite pale ale. Extraordinary drinkability as an all purpose ale.

merlin48, May 27, 2004
Photo of ngandhi
4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'd boil this beer down and start taking orders for caramelized orange sugar -- if there were such a thing.

The nose and flavor of caramel, bright citrusy hops with pine coming out late, and brown sugar/raw maple is distinct, in my experience, to Troegs. I see both the Amber and Nugget Nectar borne of this and I can attribute it only to an adventuresomeness with the malt bill and precise brewing standards.

The hops are fresh in the Pale Ale and bitter only to the point of pricking the back of the tongue a single time, reminding themselves that this is not an IPA. The deep fruitiness of these hops is legendary -- British and American in nature with a proud dose of citric Liberty hops that come out on the nose and early palate as coriander-and-clove-infused Grand Marnier. A judicious dose of medium Crystal malt brings this wholesome brew together.

The website says that there are Cascades in this beer. I couldn't figure out what it was, but I would not have thought Cascades. The grapefruit is controlled as is any excessive tropical fruit, lending a light bittering and some refreshing citric qualities.

ESB meets American Pale Ale.

This is not the pale of DFH Shelter in its lightness nor of Victory HopDevil in its bitterness and outright hoppiness. Instead, Troegs is a cultivated, impassioned pale ale that considers the style for much more than the simple tasty session beer most brewers deem it. Honeyed and much fuller -- almost old ale like -- than most pales.

This isn't just a beer, it's an ideology -- as if a band of angry Brits set sail for Pennsylvania to brew a proper pint.

Relax, relax.

ngandhi, May 26, 2004
Photo of RoyalT
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance – The orange, thick and hazy body was covered with a wonderful head that lingered for many minutes and left some nice lacing on my glass.

Smell – Classic East Coast Pale Ale aroma. The light fruits and biscuit malts make up this enjoyable nose. The fuggle or Amarillo hops (or some other hops that we don’t get a lot of out here in the PacNW but that they seem to have in abundance back east) are sharp and inviting.

Taste – Ah, this is incredible. The nose falls cleanly to the tongue here. The fruity yet substantial hop profile is right on target. This is a classic PA PA (Pennsylvania Pale Ale).

The beautiful balance of hops and malts is dead on. The big biscuit mates perfectly with the citrus and floral hops. The fruity sugars are unrefined yet not overly sweet. They have their purpose here. Overall, this is harmony in motion. Mozart in a glass.

Mouthfeel – Impeccably smooth and well blended. This medium-bodied Pale Ale keeps the mouth alive and wanting more. It is chewy with a sophisticated sweetness and begs to be held in between the cheeks (then why am I chugging it?).

Drinkability – I poured this then had to go take care of something so it warmed a bit. This beer at cellar or close to room temperature will go down in three gulps. It is probably one of the most drinkable beers that I’ve ever had.

Comments – A big BA thanks to ericaweizen for sending me this treasure from PA.

RoyalT, May 25, 2004
Photo of yankeeheel
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden amber with a soft white head. Good retention and lacing.

Smells slightly estery with a subtle hop glow coming through.

Very gentle on it's introduction to your palate. Nice pale malt bathes your tounge with a scant sweetnees, but not sickly. Nice amount of piney hops finish the job to balance out the mix. Nicely understated. Too many Pale Ales want to impersonate IPA's. This one knows it's place.

Mouthfeel is dead on moderate with the carbonation coming through to help give it a slightly filling texture.

Drink and be happy.

yankeeheel, Apr 28, 2004
Photo of tar
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another in a long line of reviews I'm finally getting around to posting. Part of a sampler 12 pack brought back by one of my friends as a Christmas gift. Clear, light amber, with a one-finger, off-white head which diminishes fairly quickly and leaves minimal lacing on the glass. Nice aroma of fruity (citrus scents) hops issues forth both during the pour and once in the glass. A fairly nice tasting beer, some sweetness gives way to a bit of hop bitterness in the finish, again the fruity taste of hops is present. Thin to medium bodied with a bit of oiliness left in the mouth. An overall nice beer--not exceptional but on average pretty good, and I'm sure I'll try it again.

tar, Apr 27, 2004
Tröegs Pale Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,340 ratings.