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Tröegs Pale Ale - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Pale AleTröegs Pale Ale

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Ratings: 1,319
Reviews: 586
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.61%
Wants: 19
Gots: 91 | 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 mentz99
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Another well done beer by Troegs

Pours a clear golden color with a slight tint of orange. Very little head that quickly dissipates. A very appealing hoppy and sweet grapefruit-citrus scent. The taste upfront is hoppy and bitter, followed by grapefruit and orange. The bitterness carries over into the aftertaste but quickly leaves a sweet citrus on the tongue. Light-medium bodied with subtle carbonation. A very drinkable and refreshing APA.

mentz99, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of AleWatcher
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A bright, clear, glowing, golden tinted orange color with a 2 finger white head. Head stuck around for a few sips before becoming a lazy froth of bubbles that form a ring and amoeba like blob in the center.

Some sweet malts are clobbered and overshadowed by a (kind of tart) lemony note and somewhat of a grassy note. At first whiff I honestly thought this could be a Berlinner Weisse! The color indicates otherwise, however, so moving on... Taste is sweet up front, but only briefly-- the crisp hop notes fly in and dance across the tastebuds with a prickliness that I recognize. This is a strong and flavorful American pale ale or a milder American IPA.

There is something in the nose that reminds me of caramel corn. No joke. Not quite caramel malts, but caramel corn. Odd. This doesn't translate to the flavor, but it was an odd thing to pick out of the aroma.

The flavor is very pleasant-- slight sweetness with some light toast/bready malts... then a bright citrusy hop note: lemons and hint of grapefruit. The grassy note hits as well-- a fresh, clean grassiness. No earthiness muddying this one up. Towards the back of the mouth I pick up some buttery richness that is very nice, albeit short-lived. The finish has some lingering bitterness that returns to the citrus overtones.

I'm really leaning towards thinking this is a lighter west-coast IPA-- perhaps in the 5% to 6% range?
--opening envelope to reveal... Troegs Pale Ale!
I'm certain I've had this one before... but I can't remember it being so hop forward!

The body is nice: medium for an APA with plenty of carbonation to keep it smooth and creamy. This is an easy drinking beer. Man... Well, back on the wants list for this one!

AleWatcher, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of BeerNinja007
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this in a Troegs mix pack from Wegmans in Cicero NY. Served cold in a chilled pint glass.

Appearance: mostly-clear light golden brew. Head settles to a stable thick bubbly white layer. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Semi-sweet, pineapple, tropical fruity.

Taste: None of the sweetness that's in the nose, a very dry pine hop and a bit of lemon peel.

Feel: Dry and astringent, thin light body

Drink: Big disconnect between the smell and taste is kinda disappointing, lost points on both accounts but not because either was particularly bad by itself. Not bad though, pretty decent.

BeerNinja007, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of mtnbikerpa
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I drank this brew from the bottle. Pale copper color, light tan head. Mellow hoppy flavor, faint pine and citrus flavor. Nice malt flavor makes this pretty balanced. Mouthfeel is kinda watery all and all this is a very good American representation of the APA style. Nothing crazy, but nicely balanced.

mtnbikerpa, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Crystal clear light copper colored. Slight off-white one point five finger head and average lacing.

S - A little faint but definitely fresh hops. Not too "wet" smelling but the Earthiness is pleasant.

T - Again, a little on the dull side but only barely. Lots of clean floral hop flavors, and maybe just a hint of diacetyl. Slight slight sour fruit waaay in the background.

M/D - Light body that could stand to use just a slight bump in carbonation IMO. Finishes quite balanced between sweet and dry. Light flavors make it easy to drink and not to overpowering. Great drinking beer and very traditional.

VaTechHopHead, Sep 01, 2010
Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Thomas Hooker pint glass.

A: A clear, clean light copper color with a thin head of white foam which reduces to a thin, frothy coating atop the brew. Carbonation is moderate and clarity is superb, but leaves little lacing.

S: Pungent, floral and fruity Cascade hops with some sweet, fruity malt aromas as well. It's pretty darn clean and smells good.

T: Sweet, lightly toasted crystal malt flavor up front which throws buttery biscuit and toffee flavors onto the palate. This is washed dry, clean and spicy by the bitter, floral and fruity esters of the cascade hops. Only slight metallic sting along with the hop bitterness. Leaves a slight, bitter resin on the palate, but is mostly a balanced taste.

M: Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied and slightly bitter-hot because of the hop acidity. Pretty smooth and clean all around.

D: A pretty good, none-too-aggressive APA. Smooth and clean, balanced and slightly hop-centric. The 5.4% ABV is manageable over a session, but the flavors don't necessarily wow me. I would pick it up for a backyard BBQ where some uninitiated peers might want to try a craft ale without stepping too far outside their comfort zone.

Gambrinus1184, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of Blanco
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear, dark, golden color with a very large white head that takes a bit to dissipate. Very nice lacing. Smells of hops and pine; fresh and inviting. Tastes like it smells with hops up front and clean finish. Hardly any aftertaste at all and no bitterness. Medium to light-bodied, it has a pleasant mouthfeel. Overall this is a very clean and crisp beer that gives you just a hint of hops without bitterness and makes a great session brew.

Blanco, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of letsgopens
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another from the Troeges variety case. The APA pours a clear, true gold with some fainter yellow highlights. Snow white, somewhat frothy head; holds its ground very well. Seems to be a trend with their brews.

Resinous citrus. Understated pineapple and sweet grapefruit. A hint of floral spice. Some buttery English muffin and dry, raw pale malts. Bright and enthusiastic, a promising impression on the nose.

The hops hit me up front, then fade and mingle nicely through the swallow. A good malty character. Sweeter with some barely toasted, crusty bread and abbreviated toffee. The bitterness shows itself again in the finish along with a buttery, almost nutty note. Orange zest and some faint alcohol.

Crisp, bitey and light but not empty in the body. On the contrary, a solid medium body despite the paler appearance. Medium/high carbonation provides for the crisp backdrop to some real hop character and balancing malts. Well done and decidedly drinkable.

letsgopens, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of y2jrock60
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark gold in color with a two finger head that fades but remains till the bottom of the glass. The head left a slight amount of lace.

S- A very hoppy and sweet smell. You can tell there's a hint of citrus from the cascade hops but it's overwhelmed by the sweetness of liberty hops.

T- Very sweet and hoppy upfront. The bitterness dissipates quickly and leaves a sweetness on the tongue.

M- Light medium body. Not too light but lighter than most pale ales I've tried.

D- Highly drinkable on a hot summer day.

Overall a great beer and refreshing brew

y2jrock60, Aug 24, 2010
Photo of twiggamortis420
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of cmurren25, gracias amigo. Pours a hazed medium gold color with a fluffy crown of off-white foam. Retention is about average and laces up just a bit.

Nose is grassy hops with some lemon peel and grains. Reminds me of the Sunshine Pils a bit with the lighter malts and hoppy edge.

Taste is biscuity, doughy even with a sharp, crisp bite of hops. Has both bittering and flavoring lupulin in equal amounts while the light malts play nicely to create a very refreshing beer. The more beers I have from Troegs, the more I am impressed with their brewing prowess. This is a mighty fine pale and dare I say this might be a regular in my fridge if it were available here? Good stuff.

twiggamortis420, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of rabsten
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight up classic American Pale Ale. Clear copper color, not much of a head or lacing, good carbonation. Grapefruit citrus in nose over some biscuit-y malt - nice. Fine biiterness and hop profile with solid malt background, well-balanced. Crisp side of mouth feel range but well within style guidelines. Good, solid drinkability.

East coast version of SNPA. Good beer.

rabsten, Aug 08, 2010
Photo of salvo
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bright golden clear in an American pint glass under an inch of head that faded quickly to lace.

The scent was of fresh pine after a thunderstorm: clear, clean, crisp with very little else in the nose.

Underwhelming taste: I wish the nose translated to the tongue a little more directly, and very little by way of malt. A respectable APA.

Drinkable: I'd be thrilled if someone was serving this at a party, but a little underwhelming at a beer bar with an extensive selection.

salvo, Jul 29, 2010
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review notes from 7/20/10

Poured in to pint glass
Bottled on date of 5/17/10

A - Poured a light yellow colour with a half finger of creamy white head.

S - A nice nose of bitter citrus hops up front with some subdued bready malts in the background.

T - A nicely balanced pale ale with a good bitter hop kick. The hops are evident up front and have tangerine and grapefruit flavours. As the nose indicated there is a subdued crisp bready malt backbone to balance this out. The bitter hops linger in the finish. A very good pale ale.

M - light body, moderate carbonation.

D - An excellent example of the style and one that I will definitely buy again.

TheSevenDuffs, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of kbeals
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sent to me by brees6221 a while back in a trade.

A- Pours a bright golden yellow, nearly copper color. Two fingers of frothy white head leave behind good layers of multi-tiered lacing. Good head retention also.

S- Good doses of hops, more piney than anything. A muted malt backbone lingers in there but doesn't really make itself present too much.

T- Pine trees, good earthy hops and a touch of sweetness. Pretty decent overall I'd say, but there are better examples of the style.

M- Good clean, light body with adequate amounts of carbonation.

D- Easily drinkable, the pale ale is a great summertime beer and this one doesn't disappoint. I enjoyed this one.

kbeals, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of zimm421
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a standard pint glass; appears a very clear, golden color with a nice white head that has good retention and leaves some lacing.

The smell is subdued, but has a slight hint of hops as well as a good malt balance. There is a nice hoppy bitterness in the flavors, which is backed by a slightly sweet and light malt.

This is medium bodied with an average amount of carbonation, and it goes down easily. Only consumed one pint this time, but it would be very easy to drink several of these in a sitting.

zimm421, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of movingtrain
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

Pours a relatively clear copper color. The head on this one is minimal, though carbonation looks to be fairly strong.

The aroma given off by this pale is mildly hoppy, with wisps of lilies and fruit. Some bready malt notes, as well. Hints of pine needles also exist. Pretty basic notes in the aroma.

The taste, up front, is nice and bitter, followed by a good malty backbone. Somewhat floral, the beer lingers awhile on the tongue, imparting flavors of citrus, wheat bread, pepper and metal.

This beer is pretty spicy on the tongue...which is good. It gives off a nice bitter tinge, highlighting the hops and allowing for the malts to balance out the bill.

In terms of drinkability, this is one to be sipped all evening. It's nice and mild, spicy, and bitter. A decent example of a plain pale ale.

movingtrain, Jul 15, 2010
Photo of SteveTheDragon
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Color is of amber/orange. Looks well carbonated and leaves a thin layer of head with solid lacing.

S - Smell of citrus and grainy malts. The smell makes me want to drink it alone... getting thirsty.

T - Tastes a little light. The smell gave me the idea of something different. Lacks character and a little too clean for me.

M - Light and well carbonated.

D - Definitely very drinkable. Light and refreshing. Very smooth all the way.

SteveTheDragon, Jul 14, 2010
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

From bottle to pint glass. Bottled 3/10/10, consumed 5/25/10.

A: Pours with a one finger foamy white head that is long lasting. Loads of bubbles rush through the body and add to the cap, never letting what is now a film disappear completely. The body is magnifyingly clear and golden orange in color. Respectable lacing. As most Troegs beers do, this one looks particularly good in the glass.

S & T: Light malts of pilsner and munich create a lightly toasted aroma of grain and straw. This pale ale was hopped with liberty and cascade and provides light notes of flowers and grass. I realize that the Troegs Pale Ale *IS* a pale ale, but there is a hop void in this beer that needs to be filled. I am not excited or impressed with either the hop or malt bills. Lightly sweet with a pleasant long lasting flavor.

M: Medium full for the style with a creamy texture. Appropriately carbonated. Dry finish. Very little room for improvement in this department.

D: The drinkability suffers, for me, because of lack of personal interest. Overall a decent brew, but nowhere ner the upper-echelon of APAs.

FeDUBBELFIST, Jul 13, 2010
Photo of rfgetz
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clean and clear golden straw color, cap of whispy whit ehead, diminishing quickly with little lacing. Smell is grassy, dusty with a hint of fresh dried grain and light carmel. taste is mellow... grassy and earthy, a touch of fresh bread and light carmel, hint of citrus and pine. Light bodied, slightly watery, decent carbonation. An ok Pale that is very light and not as hoppy as other American creaft pales.

rfgetz, Jul 12, 2010
Photo of adamette
4.68/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Live Review. Poured from the 12 oz. single that I bought a few days ago at Save-On Tobacco & Beverage in Mentor, Ohio for $1.50 into my Brewery Ommegang Witte tumbler. No "best by" date observed by me.

A Very clear, light yellow body under a moderately brief (it lasted about 2 minutes) meringue like head in a very classic APA look, with a slight bump since the lacing was evident after repeated sips. 3.5

S The expected light hops but then an unexpected peppery, almost sage like organic smell that is interesting. This is already presenting like a great craft APA! 4.0

T Wow...this is a great tasting beer! I will be honest, I was not expecting that much from this beer. I have seen it in nearly every bottle shop that I wandered in and out of for the past 3 years and maybe because it was so available (and because it is a style that is not that dramatic or challenging) I never did pick it up. Anyway, back to the taste....Barley malt and muted hops along with that great sage organic taste, with maybe a touch of pepper really work to conspire into a nicely balanced APA, easily my favorite that I have tasted. Repeated tastes (and maybe due to the slight warming as I type and take it all in) reveal a subtle sweetness too that I really like. I cannot imagine improving the taste of this beer. 5.0

M Light physical feel beefed up a bit by the peppery/sage/slight sweetness. It is at least appropriate to the style but I think that it goes beyond that by challenging the taster to feel different things. 4.5

D Simply excellent. I had to make an effort to slow down and enjoy it. I could easily have 3 of these in an evening. 5.0

Notes: I am really, really impressed with this, my favorite APA. I just love it when I do not expect much and I am rewarded for all of my searching with such a great tasting beer. Of course, highly recommended!

adamette, Jul 04, 2010
Photo of oregonskibum
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Color is a clear golden orange that fades to a yellow-gold at the edges. Pours with a thin 1/2 inch white head, leaving some faint lacing.

S: Smell is mellow, with grassy notes, some light citrus, and bready malt flavors.

T: Light and refreshing with some Hefe characteristics. Grassy and bready malt flavors with citrus hops that provide a little zing to the beer. Some faint caramel flavors show up mid-taste. Biggest complaint is that the finish is a little "beery".

M: Light to medium body with moderate to high carbonation.

D: Not bad, refreshing and easy to drink. Not the greatest example of a pale ale, but something that would be enjoyable to drink on the patio on a warm summer afternoon.

oregonskibum, Jul 03, 2010
Photo of drtth
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a clear honey golden color with an off-white ½" head that soon recedes to a ring and a thin layer of foam, leaving a patch or two of foam on sides of the glass. Sipping creates speckled and leggy lacing.

Smell: The aroma is soft, and lightly grassy. It has some touches of grapefruit, pine and light caramel from the malt.

Taste: The clean, crisp flavors include a hoppy bitterness buttressed by some light, up-front light caramel/honey sweetness. The hop flavors include both grapefruit citrus rind and some light pine.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and smooth with moderate persistent carbonation. The finish is medium length and ends with a gentle bitterness.

Drinkability: This is neither my first nor my last of this beer. Each sip invites another so it is easy to have a second one. This also is on my shopping list for beers to drink periodically.

drtth, Jun 30, 2010
Photo of yesyouam
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tröegs Pale Ale is an extremely clear, pale golden ale with a dense white head that has excellent retention and lacing. It has a slightly sweet, fruity and spicy aroma with notes of fresh cut wood, flowers and citrus. It's medium-light bodied and very smooth with a dry finish. It has a well balanced flavor. It tastes resiny overall, without the sweetness of the aroma. The ample bitterness carries into the aftertaste. The malt flavor is pretty discreet and perhaps a touch melanoidal. Compared to a Sierra Nevada Pale, this seems more English in style but it's still solidly American. It would make a solid session ale.

yesyouam, Jun 26, 2010
Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden body with a good one-finger head that dies but left lace behind. Aroma is plain but good as it is a mix of sweet malt and citric hops. Medium body, chewy, a solid malt base with some sweetness like caramel and sugar that is balanced and tapered by a slightly dry hoppiness with citric and leafy characteristics. Has a sharp backbite but does not finish dry but more crisp with mild sweetness and just a great ale to drink.

clayrock81, Jun 18, 2010
Photo of SeasonalBrew
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Received as an extra in a trade with StormKing47

A: Pours a pale gold with a finger of foamy white head that dwindles down thin. Leaves the occasional light spotty lacing.

S: Smell is dominated by bread-like and sweet malts, followed a light touch of hops. Makes for a very inviting smell..

T: Starts off with the sweet malts, quickly followed by some citrus notes and hoppy bitterness. The finish is once again malty with a slight bitter, but pleasant aftertaste. A very refreshing pale ale.. probably one of the better ones I've had.

M: Well carbonated and doesn't skimp on the body. Perfect for a pale ale.

D: I could easily take out a sixer of this in one night. Very drinkable and refreshing. Perfect for a warm summer night like tonight.

SeasonalBrew, Jun 14, 2010
Tröegs Pale Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
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