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Tröegs Pale Ale - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,427
Reviews: 596
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.64%
Wants: 20
Gots: 145 | FT: 2
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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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Photo of Hibernator
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tröegs Pale Ale
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip glass

Pours a hazy peach color with a mini head on top. Webs of sticky lacings on the side of the glassware.

Pleasant nose with whiffs of freshly cut fruit and baked bread.

Nice bready malt backbone. Some cereal and grain flavors. Light fruit flavors, possibly apple. Really nice hop snap on the finish.

Super drinkable. Perhaps a newly discovered session beer?

Photo of rdpoint
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice dark to coppery color gold, medium carbonation that leaves a small head.

Flowery and a hoppy smell followed in with something sweet, maybe a slight caramel smell.

Taste is very nice, smooth. Taste of hops is upfront followed by a nice sweet finish of caramel. Good beer for spring or hot days.

Feel is nice, good beer that you could stay with all day any day. Well balanced excellent BBQ beer for the upcoming summer.

Photo of pinotboy007
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Hazy amber with a decent cap that reduces slowly to a ring. Not much lacing.

S-Knocks your socks off with malted citrus and spices; fantastic aroma!

T-Delicious ale that tastes as it smells.

M-As it has warmed, it's become more creamy but the crispness is there too, so it's all good.

O-A splendid choice worth having on-hand year round. Yum.

Photo of bubseymour
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - clear golden brown color with very nice 2 finger frothy head

Smell - Wonderful citrus/hops scents.

Taste - Very well balanced and extremely "standard" for a well made American craft pale ale. Slight hop bitterness but nothing overpowering or that lingers too long.

Mouthfeel - decent

Overall - This is a very nice top of the line American Pale Ale right up there with DFH and Sierra Nevada etc. Definitely a good choice if found on a restaurant/bar menu, offered by a friend and worthy of return purchases and visits.

Photo of clr231
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours a nice amber color with frothy head. Pleasant smell with citrus and floral hops. Very nice. Good carbonation that holds up throughout. Taste has a slight hoppy bitterness but it's not overwhelming. Some malt is there and it's unexpected but nicely balanced. Mouthfeel is crisp and light bodied. Overall a very drinkable beer, Troegs was going for an American Pale Ale and I would say they hit the mark.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a bright clear copper-orange color with finger of white frothy head. The head fades down to a spotty layer and a ring around the outside leaving behind some lacing on the glass.

S - Aroma is full of citrus and floral hops. Also some nice sweet caramel malt in the background for balance.

T - Starts off with a nice hit of citrus hop with come nice bitterness. There is also some sweet caramel malts in the background. Through the middle some more floral hops come through. The finish has some nice lingering hop bitterness, some citrus flavor, and a bit of sweetness that linger nicely.

M - Medium-bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very smooth and crisp. The finish is a bit bitter and dry and really nice.

D - Very drinkable. Super smooth and crisp and very well balanced. Really nice and balanced hop profile.

Photo of CountJustinian
3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours dark golden orange with some cloudiness and lots of fizz. Head holds up well and laces nicely. Crisp carbonation. Hoppiness is as expected from an APA, though subdued somewhat by tart citrusy flavors. Fairly crisp finish. Not terribly complex, but not bad for guzzling.

Photo of LiquidBread219
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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

Photo of PicoPapa
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Bottled on 02/16/11. Pours a clear light amber color with a tiny head. Minimal lacing. Aroma is a big whiff of citrus hops. Slightly floral. Taste is hoppy with some caramel malts to it. Nice crisp bitterness. Citrusy orange aftertaste. This is an easy drinking Pale Ale that is perfect for the summer. Good amount of hops for this style of beer. Worth grabbing again.

Photo of Duff27
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a thin half-inch white head. Average lacing and a tad above average head retention.

S- Very floral smelling.

T- Clean. Citrus hops make their presence known at the end of each sip.

M- Crisp mouthfeel.

D/O- Very refreshing pale ale. I received and drank this at the wrong time of the year....downing a few of these outdoors during summer would have made my night...sadly that won't happen now.

Photo of chriswilkes33
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bottle in a trade thanks to stakem, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Golden colored with brilliant clarity, minimal quickly dissipating head, minimal lacing on glass.

Aroma: Strong citrusy hop aroma, deep sniff brings forward alcohol and perhaps small amount of caramel

Taste: Exactly as I would expect it to taste following the aroma. Hoppy, slightly bitter, crisp tasting, would be good on a hot day.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and dry, carbonation is perfect.

Drinkability: Every sip leaves me waiting for another sip. I could have several of these without a second thought.

Overall: Very well put together beer. Very good example of an American Pale ale. I would have expected this to come from the west coast. Recommended

3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Pours a nice amber orange color

S Hoppy up front with some malts in the background

T A nice hoppy american pale ale from troegs that hits the hoppy part but not too much like double ipa's do.

D Can sit on your backporch and drink plenty of these in the summer time with friends and family.

Photo of generallee
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: It has a light golden honey color with good clarity. On top is a just off white head which slowly fades from an inch thick cap to a wispy thin film covering.

Smell: The aroma has a sweet bready, almost honey like maltiness with a touch of leafy herbal hops.

Taste: Flavor wise it is very close to the nose with a firm medium body of bready sweet and light caramel/honey maltiness with a light touch of herbal hop bitterness. Its easy drinking and smooth on the plate.

Notes: Overall a bit light on hops for an APA but still tasty.

Photo of 9InchNails
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice looking beer. Some bubblage. Light golden color.

Excellent smell with this. Citrus, fruits, pine and hops. I have never smelled a Pale Ale like this!

Oh wow! What a tasty brew. Pine, citrus and a little bitterness that mixes perfectly. Very tasty. One of the best Pale Ales I have ever had!

Feels nice in the mouth. Crisp, fresh, refreshing. Perfect carbonation.

Drink ability is great. Tasty, feels good, this is a special session beer.

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

Appears light amber with spritzy white top. Not much lacing that I can see.

Smells subtle, not subdued. As far as I know (not much) a pale ale is like a less intense IPA with similar qualities. This aroma is just that: softer IPA hoppiness, which I appreciate. Soft citrus and a bit of spice with nice sugar smell in there. Smells clean and even a bit sharp; pilsner-esque in some way.

Tastes good as it smells good. An easy, low-level sweetness matches with a low-level hop profile. Pretty straight flavors without much malt complexity.

Pilsnery mouthfeel; a bit tannic and dry, which makes the bitterness ring on the tongue a bit.

Photo of Tartarus
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass.

A: Copper colored, with a thin head that dissatpates quickly. Copper color is reasonably translucent. A lot of carbonation bubbles up at the pour, but there does not seem to be much carbonation afterwards.

S: Faint scent of hops and i can't get much else.

T: Pretty even mix of hops and malt taste. It doesn't have a very strong flavor either way.

M: Feels pretty light, it feels more carbonated than it looks.

D: I don't know if I'd ever crave this or really pine for it. I could go for another though and it's light enough that I could drink a couple in one setting.

Photo of haazer
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at a Fridays, a step up for them as far as tap beer goes.

A- Tiny bit of white head, fizzles down and leaves lace on the glass. Brew is completely filtered, gold token coin color. Good lacing left througout the glass as you drink.

S- Good balanced smell of citrus and pale malt bill. Little bits of pine and lemon zest.

T- Better balance of the malts and hops in the taste. Strongest taste profile is lemon, followed by a little bit of orange. Pale malt rounds out the taste.

M- Light bodied, slightly bittering mouthfeel. On the brink of being watered down but just above that.

D- An easy drinking good tasting pale ale. Low enough ABV to session with I think. In my opinion of all the breweries in PA Tröegs gets the most use and flavor out of their hops better than anyone.

Photo of Buggies
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copper orange with a thin head. Aroma of caramel. Slight citrus aroma and a tiny hint of corn. A little floral hop aroma there to. To me, this beer has an amazing aroma.

Tastes great. Pretty well balanced I think. Caramel and a slight bitterness follow through. Slightly sweet caramel and citrus finish. The citrus from the Cascade is at the right amount. I'm a little bias since Cascade is favorite of mine. Carbonation is right on too.

This is just a pleasant beer to drink. Drinkability is way high. I could sit back and consume quite a few of these. Troegs is a go to beer of mine. I haven't been disappointed with a single beer of theirs.

Photo of SteelerNation
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Lacing is moderate. Heading is disappointing. Golden straw color.

S: Smells very appley and cider-like. Faint malt sweetness.

T: Toasted bicuit flavor with lots of tofee-like yeast. Hops are hardly dominate and compliment the bready malt profile. Hops taste of orange and lemon. There isn't a strong hop flavor or aroma, which is dissapointing for a pale ale.

M: Light and drying on the palate. Moderate dextrins.

D: Not incredibly drinkable.

I really like the diacetly yeast flavors. This seems too low hopped for an American pale ale to me. I would reach for their wheat over this one.

Photo of gopens44
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - 1/2" foamy brilliant white head that sat atop a crystal clear light straw colored liquid.

S - First impression was that of dandelions with a grassy hop experience. Nothing malty coming through in the nose.

T - Bitter lemony, grassy hop at first with a touch of a tart wave riding in front of a rather decently balanced malty taste in the finish.

M - Crisp, well carbonated and thin. A little bitter in the aftertaste, but fairly pleasant overall.

I'm beginning to think that Troegs really has it down pretty well. This one is no exception. Great low ABV beer that can easily be seen as a great summer drink.

Photo of fdw3
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a golden amber with one finger of fluffy white head. Head retains well but little lacing is visible.

S - Very flowery and hoppy with various spices and fruit notes.

T - Lots of citrus flavors, notably grapefruit. Hops dominate accompanied by a very nice spice-fruit combination. On the dry side with lasting notes of pine -- very crisp!

M - Light body with moderate-to-high carbonation that finishes on the dry side.

D - I really enjoyed this beer, particularly the citrus flavors and aromas that truly mask the alcohol. Highly drinkable and one of my favorite pale ales!

Photo of cetherid
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured into a pint glass


A golden straw colored beer with about 1 finger of white head that dissipated quickly. Looks basically like your standard american lager.


Some faint sweet malt aroma with subtle citrus notes. Nothing really standing out with aroma but good none the less.


some bready malts in the beginning with a touch of sweetness in there....then the little hop bitterness with a smooth malt finish at the end. I would alter the hop/malt ratio a little bit the other way, but a nice little refreshing beer. Tasting this beer makes me think it's like a "lite" German lager.


pretty much light bodied with decent carbonation. This Beer is definitely smooth and refreshing.


Decent, especially for someone just starting into craft beer. Just an OK beer for me...plus you can't buy this in Indiana so I highly doubt I'd ever try this again. If someone offered me one, I guess I'd accept.

Photo of AwYeh
3.01/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Clear golden, with one finger frothy white head and good lacing.

S: Caramel malts, bread, and a light bitterness.

T: Earthy hop bitterness is prevalent throughout; caramel malts are pretty well hidden here and light sweetness really only comes through on the finish.

M: Moderate body and carbonation, finishes dry and crisp.

D: Taste holds this one's drinkability bit a back; no desire to have another glass.

Photo of gabedivision
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle to Southern Tier pint glass.

A- Pale golden yellow, sticky thin white foam that slowly goes away.

S- Smells amazing, full of mild hops.

T- Sweet, caramel. Hoppy and a soapy-like bitterness.

M- Well bodied and crisp, leaves the mouth dry and wanting more.

D- Definitely drinkable and delicious.

Not bad a pale ale, but at the price for a 6pack i could find something a little more affordable and tastier.

Photo of woodychandler
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Transcribed from notes dated F, 30 July 2010.

This came off of the handpump with a finger of thin ecru head that held in amazingly well in the face of the day's humidity. Color was a slightly hazy deep golden-yellow. They CAN't all fall bright, I suppose. Nose was hop-forward with a soft grassiness that again started me to sweating. The CANQuest (TM) has had me drinking a lot of AmeriCAN Adjunct Lagers and I simply miss hops as a result. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full with a mildly understated grassy hop taste on the tongue. My hop jones monkey began to cease his incessant chattering. I began to feel some maintenance drinking upcoming that weekend. Finish was slightly bitter, very appropriate for the style, but leaving me still jonesing for more. Cue the Andrea True Connection ("More, more, more ...).

Tröegs Pale Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,427 ratings.