Tröegs Pale Ale - Tröegs Brewing Company
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4.2/5 rDev +10.5%
I’ve been sampling pale ales for the summer months. For me, the ideal pale ale is thirst quenching without being watery, yet well-crafted in terms of malt depth and hop balance. An ABV of about 5% and IBU levels between 35 and 50 seem about right, but I’m open to variations on the theme. I picked up a bottle of Tröegs Pale Ale to see if it meets my criteria. It does. ABV is 5.4%, IBU is 45.
Appearance: Golden, clear, with an average head, good carbonation, and a substantial lacing that lasts and lasts
Smell: Light malts and a floral hop note blend with some citrus and pine in a pleasant sweetness. The hops are subdued – not that over-the-top Pacific Northwest aroma but a more classic balance.
Taste: Excellent balance of hops and malt that is consistent with its aroma. There is some artistry here in the complexity of the malts (Pilsner, Munich, and Crystal, according to Tröeg’s website), as well as the hops (Amarillo and Cascade, with Cascade in the HopBack). It comes across to me as a hybrid between American and European styles but in a way that claims its own identity. I can taste the light caramel touch, the Munich and Pilsner base, and a pervasive hop balance that lets the malt sweetness comes through while still asserting itself. There is a dryness and a not-too-bitter aftertaste in the finish.
Mouthfeel: A soft, moderate carbonation makes this go down smooth – good substance without any harshness.
Overall: I like this pale ale – it’s up around the top of my favorites for this style.
07-21-2014 16:34:17 | More by etoimazo
3.86/5 rDev +1.6%
A: Pours a golden, clear with a relatively dense white head. Good retention with a bit of lacing.
S: Nice hop aroma, Floral, a bit of grapefruit, citrus and pine. Moderately sweet malt, some bubblegum with a light caramel and biscuity bread crust.
T: Very nice hop flavor. Floral with a bit of citrus and pine. Nice malt character with a slight orange/lemon peel and some light caramel. I detect maybe some pilsner malt character in this beer. Starts out with a bit of sweetness, then a light hop bite followed by a fairly dry finish. The bitterness doesn't linger too long but the complex flavor profile is prolonged in the finish.
M: Medium body with a moderate carbonation. Smooth and a bit velvety mouthfeel.
O: I really like this beer. It's quite a complex flavor for a pale ale. I can detect the different components through the finish. The balance is very nice with this beer and it drinks smooth. It will appeal to a lot of drinkers I think. The very last thing on the palate is that of chewing on fresh barley malt. The biscuit and bread crust flavors seem to shine through a well hopped beer. I will buy more of this.
07-15-2014 22:19:55 | More by slusk
Tröegs Pale Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
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