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Tröegs Pale Ale - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Pale AleTröegs Pale Ale

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1,250 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,250
Reviews: 583
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 16
Gots: 67 | FT: 3
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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Photo of bum732


3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden yellow, small creamy head leaving good lacing. Smells of grapefruit, grassy and floral hops, slight breadiness. Tastes of light bready malt up front with a nice grassy and mild grapefruit bitterness. Good crisp mouthfeel, finishes very dry with a touch of grain on the palate.

A solid pale ale, classic northwest hops with a fairly balanced malt profile. Clean and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2009 03:18:01 | More by bum732
Photo of bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Mr. Goodbar's in Buffalo. A fine dive bar for sure.

Pours a light amber with a tight white head, that showed decent retention and gave up a bit of lace. The aroma is a touch subdued by Tröegs standards, but pleasant enough with mild sweet citrus and an underlying breadiness. Likewise, the flavour doesn't push any envelopes, but stays within the limits of bing an easy-drinking session brew. Biscuity and lightly bready upfront, with lemon and grapefruit in the finish - its almost a lawnmower beer with its amiable personality. Creamy mouthfeel and restrained carbonation.

I liked this. Its a remarkable simple beer, but sometimes that's what you're looking for. It was also free from the bar, so that helps too.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2009 18:23:33 | More by bobsy
Photo of taez555


3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a golden orange/amber body with a small white head.

Nose was bready and malty with a firm, yet not overpowering, citric, grapefruit, woody hop smell.

Taste was medium bodied with an immediate strong citric hop bitterness and hop leaf taste. Malt is again, bready and very fresh caramel grain like, but takes a back seat to the overpowering hops. This is very much a session beer however and any big hops are mellow in comparison to any DIPA, it's just the hops are bit more present than the malt and in the 5.4% ABV beer, really stand out. Ends quickly with quick hop flash and mildly lingering citric peel flavor.

Troegs can't make a bad beer. Perfect session IPA/PA that easily is up there with Sierra Nevada or other standards.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2009 23:01:57 | More by taez555
Photo of abar22


3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Troegs Pale Ale poured a solid light-amber color. A puffy white 3 finger head turned into a thin cap with moderately thick ring. Light lacing was left around the glass as the head settled.
The smell is a bit strange to be honest. Hints of toasted malts at first and then the hops. At first these are lightly grassy and then they turn a bit citric. All this would be par for the course but I swear at the end I get a whiff of cucumber or perhaps vinegar. It's not unpleasant, mind you, but it is there none the less. It is a fairly aromatic APA overall.
Bready malts and carbonation hit the tongue at first,then a bit hop bitterness mid-sip, and finally a wave of grassy citric flavor. It is neither intense nor lacking in the hop department, which is where an APA should be. Solid if not spectacular here.
Overall this one is a bit watery and leaves a bit to be desired in the after taste. Moderately dry in the after taste it also has a bitter twang with a slight metallic edge. This isn't off-putting but isn't exactly what I'm looking for either. In the end it does go down easy and I could follow it up with more if I had another bottle to do so. As is this is a good APA that is definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2009 02:12:07 | More by abar22
Photo of Amalak

New York

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had out of a 12 ounce bottle.
A- Light brown color and bubbly with a good foamy head and good lace.
S- Pleasant malt scent.
T- Smooth, dulled malt taste with a slightly bitter aftertaste to it.

I would definitely have to say that this is a well balanced, more mild Pale Ale compared to some others that I've had.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2009 20:25:10 | More by Amalak
Photo of farrago

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Adequate finger plus head of mixed bubble sizes, fades quickly with haphazard streaks of lacing left behind. Clear golden orange color, a mild haze does not impair transparency, not many visible bubbles within. Mostly sweet nose, grainy hops and cereal, vague swipe of orange/lemon citrus, softly floral but no pine notes, while not that much malt or cocoa evident, does end on a creamy note. Medium-bodied, the foaminess lends a fluffy cushion to the mouth feel, raises the sour dough, raw bread up off the palate and into the swirl above where the sourness is less present. Not much fruit, peach pit, apple or pear skin. Raw grains, oats, wheat, not herbaceous though. Dryness here eliminates much of any maltiness. Keeps good balance as it nears the finish, not a lot going on but it does stay on point and nothing stands out awkwardly.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2009 20:39:45 | More by farrago
Photo of DavoleBomb


4.58/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass.

4.0 A: Clear very light orange color. Two fingers of off-white head with decent retention and tons of lacing.

4.5 S: Very floral and herbal aroma, almost like a high-end soap. Biscuity malts. Very nice overall.

4.5 T: Herbal and citrus hop flavor. Biscuity malts again. Flavors are in a perfect balance.

4.5 M: Medium body. Good carbonation. Smooth and creamy. Very nice.

5.0 D: Awesome brew. Probably the best pale ale I've ever had. I could drink this all damn night.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2009 05:41:13 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of UDbeernut

New York

3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap poured into standard pint glass

A: very light pale yellow hue, slight head with fair retention. Does reduce to light lacing.

S: nice floral hop aroma, hint of malt

T: nice hop flavor dominates the palate with a strong malt back. Hops are floral and slightly spicy. Alcohol is noticable as it warms.

M&d: medium mouth, wish it had a tad more carbonation. Drinkable, had 3 pints during my session.

Overall a nice pale from troegs.


Serving type: on-tap

06-21-2009 21:20:54 | More by UDbeernut
Photo of strengthdoc


3.05/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had this as part of a mixed 12 pack. The bottle poured out a very light golden colored ale. There as actually a very nice floral hop aroma. The taste was lightly hopped and consistent throughout the first taste, mid taste, and finish. The mouthfeel was light and fairly watery.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2009 04:23:41 | More by strengthdoc
Photo of Onenote81

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle received from jlb307 in a recent trade. Thanks!

Pours a light gold with plenty of bubbles rising through, creating a decent off-white head as a capper. Retention is weak, but there is some nice pretty lacing on the glass edge. Smells like honey, warm bread, lemon zest, and earth.

Mouthfeel is crisp and firm. I really dig the flavor on the Ale. Perfect blend of citrus hops that finish just slightly bitter, and ever-sweet malts that gives this a nice honey graham-like quality. This is very well done. I would love to be able to get this locally, as I would make this a regular in the fridge.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2009 16:33:13 | More by Onenote81
Photo of philbe311


3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Two fingers worth of crisp fizzy batter-like white head... Solid retention... A full rich lacing... Lots and lots of sticiness on the sides of the glass... Loads of medium-to-fast paced carbonation... Translucent golden color... Slight orange hue when held up to the light...

S - Hop forward aroma... Pineapple and assorted citrus... Loads of pale and crystal malt... Sourdough... Simple, straight forward and enjoyable...

T - Overall, a very muted flavor... Grain... Pale malt... Slightly astringent hop presence... All things considered there is a relatively solid balance...

M - Light bodied... Thin... Minimal carbonation... Slightly creamy... Smooth... I wish the mouthfeel was slightly more developed...

D - A slight let down based on a very promising appearance and aroma... A big let down based on the fact the Troegs is among my favorite breweries and this brew falls terribly short...

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2009 01:54:22 | More by philbe311
Photo of BigMike


3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange color somewhat hazy with a nice creamy head. About 2 fingers worth.
Smell is definitely more IPA than pale ale. Very Hoppy and pineapple like.
The flavor is somewhat of a let down following that delicious nose. I'm not saying it's bad it's just missing that certain oomph if you will. Not enough bite. That being said. I am enjoying this bottle. It's a little lighter then I would like but very drinkable.
Tröegs consistantly makes quality beers and this is no exception.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2009 23:15:10 | More by BigMike
Photo of projectflam86


3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a light copper color with a thick creamy off-white foam that leaves nice lacing.

S- Lots of fruity ester and floral hop scents. Light malt sweetness and yeast present as well.

T- Light hoppy bitterness initially with some citrus (apple and orange peel), floral, and earthy flavors. A nice malt sweetness and caramel taste in the backbone and finish help to balance. Hops were there but never really shined through.

M- Medium/light bodied with nice carbonation.

D- Overall, an easy drinking beer that didn't wow but didn't disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2009 06:27:48 | More by projectflam86
Photo of twelvsies


3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of Hopback Amber at the store, decided to go with the Pale. Pours clear and golden into an English pint, very impressive head and excellent retention. Light grain and barley aroma. Slight herbal hop flavor but mostly a grainy sort of finish, maybe a little toffee or biscuit. Nice smooth and sturdy mouthfeel. Really refreshing. Wish this was maybe a bit more crisp and a little more hop zip to it but overall a nice English style pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2009 01:15:12 | More by twelvsies
Photo of u2carew


4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A) Bronze in color. Visible carbonation flows from the bottom to the top. Pours with a thin head. Big bubble lacing.
S) Tangerine nose. Herbal. Floral. Slight grainy sweetness.
T) Citrus sweetness on the frontside. Earthy in the back end. Mild hop bitterness all the way through.
M) Creamy. Some crispness from the CO2. Medium bodied.
D) A well brewed APA and smooth enough to want another.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2009 22:43:46 | More by u2carew
Photo of OldYoda


3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hard to see how I haven't gotten around to a review on this until now - but here goes. Poured from the bottle into a my trusty Troeg's standard US pint glass. Not much of a head and no lacing, pours out a very pale caramel color in the glass.

Smell is very subdued. A whiff of sweet malt and maybe just a touch of hops.

Taste is ok but nothing much that you will remember tomorrow.

Mouthfeel to me is a little thin.

Drinkability is outstanding - this could be a session beer with no problem.

I'm a huge Troeg's fanboy but this is not one of my favorites. I may be unfairly comparing this in my mind to their Hopback or their Nectar which I think are outstanding. This is a decent little pale but there are better representatives of the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2009 01:29:17 | More by OldYoda
Photo of racer2k


3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: copper color with a very thin head which dissolves immediately.

S: Floral and citrus aroma with a strong hint of cascade hops on board.

T: Moderate malt with a nice tint of sweetness before a fruity citrus finish to the taste. Nice shot of cascade hops on the back end which makes this a nice finishing beer.

M: light to medium body with light carbonation

D: A good session beer that would be appealing to a wide range of craft beer fans and new BMC converts

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2009 23:34:10 | More by racer2k
Photo of MetalHopHead6


3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap, in a pint glass, at the brewery.

As served, Tröegs Pale Ale was a very pale golden bronze, with very little head and little-to-no lace. It didn't appeal much to the eye.

The smell and taste were malty and acidic with a low hop presence. No single hop characteristic (citrus, grass, pine, etc.) stood out, and as a result, neither did the ale.

Overall, Tröegs Pale Ale is better than average, but not remarkable. I won't regret it, but I don't expect to remember it in the morning.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2009 21:00:23 | More by MetalHopHead6
Photo of sarahspat


3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very clear and golden in color with a decent sized bone white head. Minimal lacing.

The nose is hard to put my finger on. Low key and malty with floral hops undercurrents.

Tastes of caramel, floral hops, fresh pear, grass, grapefruit. There are some good quality hops flavors here, but I feel like they are stifled somehow. Most of the flavors blend together, so most of the time it feels less complex than it is. However, it is crisp and refreshing.

Medium-light bodied, but not enough carbonation to go around. Gets a little flat toward the end of the glass.

Overall, a decent pale. I would be glad to see it at a bar or a party that lacked other craft options, but probably will not seek it out or choose it over too many other craft brews.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2009 03:55:24 | More by sarahspat
Photo of riversider76

New York

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden with a thin white head. Not much retention, but very nice lacing. Aroma is of piny hops and grapefruit. Body is crisp and refreshing with a good amount of carbonation. Some yeasty malts up front with a nicely hopped finish. Very,very nice.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2009 23:13:43 | More by riversider76
Photo of OnThenIn


3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A small half finger head that dispates quickly. With a nice copper color.

Smell: A nice citrus smell with some hints of grapefruit.

Taste: A bit of citrus hops up front with a strong malt backing and some bitter hop finish.

Mouthfeel: It is light to medium bodied and is maybe a little light on carbonation.

Drinkability: I enjoyed this beer, but it didn't strike me as anything out of the ordinary. It just seemed like a plain pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2009 01:59:37 | More by OnThenIn
Photo of beerman207


4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Looks like apple juice wi0th a small finger of head and some nice lacing

S: Good hop smell coming through as well as fruit

T: bitter hops up front, malt and buiscut coming through, and the bitterness gievs way to a nice malty finish.
MF: med bodied, good all around pale ale.

M: - Nice mouthfeel

D: Very high - very good brew and would be happy to have more than one.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2009 04:52:00 | More by beerman207
Photo of LumpyGuitar

New York

3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My local beerstop has started carrying Troegs, and I can't tell you how happy I am.

Poured a golden yellow with a finger of white fluffy head. Retention is weak, lacing is good.

Smells of floral hops with a light malty afternote.

Taste is strong with floral hops, very lite spice notes in the nose, a bit of light malt finishes it off.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, carbonation is moderate.

Drinkability is good. This is one of the best pale ales I've ever had and it has a great balance.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2009 02:24:25 | More by LumpyGuitar
Photo of gameface23


3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden with a foamy white head. Aroma is well balanced bready malt and hops (more earthy/floral than citrus/pine). The taste it well rounded, but the hops seem to be more of a bittering variety than flavor/aroma. The finish ends with malty sweetness. The mouthfeel is decent for an APA, and the drinkability is good @ 5.40%. This is definitely a sessionable beer, but I would buy a bunch of other beers instead of this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2009 22:13:31 | More by gameface23
Photo of ClockworkOrange


3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A growler purchased fresh from the brewery taproom. Poured into my nonic Imperial pint glass. Appears a hazed bright apricot color with about two fingers of dense off white head. The foam leaves a thin lace on the inside of my glass. Smells and tastes of sweet malt, citrus such as grapefruit and lemon, caramelized grains. Medium in both body and carbonation. Crisp,drinkable, and very fresh tasting.

Serving type: growler

04-28-2009 02:41:45 | More by ClockworkOrange
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