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Tröegs Pale Ale - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Pale AleTröegs Pale Ale

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1,317 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,317
Reviews: 586
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.61%
Wants: 18
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 hdofu
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I can't say anything bad about this beer. Was a nice clean hoppy taste with a bit of a sweet grape finish, smell is hoppy. Color is a clean gold with white head. The beer is light mouthfeel compared to most apas which is a good thing in some ways. The drinkablity is aided by the lightness.

hdofu, Sep 14, 2009
Photo of morimech
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This turned out to be a middle of the pack APA. Attractive looking with a clear golden color and a two inch head that had good retention. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass. The Cascade hops give a nice citrus aroma that compliments the sweet malt. Has a citrus flavor and a slightly sweet malt flavor but it lacks depth and substance. Finishes with a slight citrus flavor that does not linger too long. The body is a little thin but the carbonation is nice. Easy to drink but overall it lacks the qualities that make a good beer.

morimech, Sep 08, 2009
Photo of rosmhuire
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in a sampler 12 pack of craft beers from FreshDirect (hey, it's one of the few ways those of us located in NYC can find craft beer!). Appearance was a light amber color. I thought this was a very nice balance between the hops and the malt, just like an APA should be. Great drinkability - this went down nice and easy.

rosmhuire, Sep 04, 2009
Photo of Brenden
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color is a coppery amber. The head pours just over one finger and fades to a layer with patchy islands of foam floating on the top, leaving a couple thin rings of lacing.
The smell is firm if not a little subtle. There's a decent balance between a piney hops aroma and a caramel malt.
There's a fair balance between the hops and malt, though,oddly, the malt tends to mute the hops. There's a very faint citrus presence just underneath. Hops ultimately prevail in a dry finish that lingers well.
There's a sturdy but not overpowering carbonation that adds a crispness to the medium body.
This one's a simple brew with a good flavor, strong enough to be enjoyed by seasoned drinkers and gentle enough for the amateur. A good in-between beer.

Brenden, Sep 04, 2009
Photo of BatsforBeer
2.75/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Bright golden yellow, very lively; 1 finger head, off white, disperses quickly with little lacing

Smell: Fruity esters, pearish, some sweat malt

Taste: Plain, neutral taste, finish with piney hops. The hops are not as prevalent as I like to see in APA's and isn't quite as balanced as it should be. The malt lacks any defining taste; the beer is kind of bland

Mouth feel: Thin and light bodied

Drinkability: Truthfully this beer is really drinkable, for all that it lacks, it also lacks anything unpleasant. It is easy to drink, and may be a good beer for someone in transition between NASCAR beer and "good" beer. In summary I would say this is what the folks in the Box seats should be drinking at the races.

BatsforBeer, Sep 01, 2009
Photo of alleykatking
3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Poured a nice golden straw yellow color. Good 1 finger cloudly white head that melted away at a good rate leaving some slight lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- It took a little bit for me to smell this. Faint aroma of citrus hops (maybe pineapple or grapefruit) that seemed to float under a huge sweet biscuty malt backbone. Not what I thought it would smell like and a little taken aback by it. Also, there is a faint piney hop type smell with this beer but it faded in and out.

T- Big sweet malty upfront makes me think this beer could of been something a tad better. Faint citrus flavors come and go in the forefront of this beer. They battle to much with the malt and the be honest lose at the game. Middle of this is a sweet malt finishing up with a faint piney hop smack in the end.

M- Lighter mouthfeel. Good carbonation in the beer makes for a easy drinker. Nothing stays too long in the mouth but rushes along quite nicely. Malty sweetness rules over the palate after a sip. Malty aftertaste with just a hint of bittering hops in there.

D- Well this beer was kind of a let down from them. I was excited to get it and it just didn't do anything for me. It could have been a little more bitter and it would have scored a lot better than what I gave it. Neither good or bad...more like a fence sitter.

alleykatking, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of MrIncognito
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Lighter copper body with a very thin white head on top. I had a hard time getting decent head out of this. Ok lacing, nothing special.

S - Caramel malt with a nice hop aroma. A little piney with a nice sweetness in the background.

T&M - Very much like the small. A bit hoppier than I expected which was nice. Cascade hops dominate the flavor, in a good way, with nice caramel malts in the background. A bit sweet in the finish that lingers with the remaining light hop bitterness. Moderate carbonation makes this smooth and non-spritzy.

D - Very drinkable given the ABV and smoothness. A great session beer for sure and would love to have this stocked in the fridge.

MrIncognito, Aug 17, 2009
Photo of thain709
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A bright golden body with lots of carbonation running to the top...a 1 finger foamy white head...nice lacing

S - I would have liked more coming from the nose...a nice blend between sweet and crisp hops

T - A very nicely balanced APA...the sweetness was crisp up front and not overly sweet...the hops were also crisp and bitter...just the way I like them...the sweetness (malts) come back and mute the hops just a little...but the bitterness lingers

M - Light bodied...very crisp and refreshing with a lingering bitterness

D - This is a great go-to beer for me during the summer...it's not a hop bomb but they are there...I love how crisp this one is

thain709, Aug 14, 2009
Photo of kwakwhore
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A:Golden pour, slightly cloudy. A small white head leaves some nice lacing on the glass.
S: Hops, hops and hops.
T: Nice blend of malt and hops. Bitter hops are in front followed closely by some bread malt and a bit of sweet fruit. Very nice and a generous amount of hops for a pale ale.
M: Just the right touch for a hot summer evening. A nice bit of carbonation which stays on the tongue for a while.
D: Refreshingly hoppy and easy to drink. A very sessionable ale especially at 5.4% abv.
A nice change of pace from the IPAs and Double IPAs I like to drink, but hoppy enough to satisfy most of the hopheads I know.
A solid beer from a solid brewery.

kwakwhore, Aug 12, 2009
Photo of TheViolator666
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Nice golden yellow hue with 1 finger white foamy head left on top. Head dissipated quickly and beer leaves light lacing.

S: Smells like a pale ale.

T: This is perfect for a hot summer day such as today. Slight hops more than anything. Goes down smooth as hell and does not leave much of an aftertaste behind.

M/D: Great amount of carbonation. Perfect body.

Overall a very standard pale ale that I could see myself purchasing again, especially at such a great price!

TheViolator666, Aug 11, 2009
Photo of KenOnBass
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Gold color. Not really a thick head but good lacing.

S: Sweet pleasant smell.

T: Biting, crisp and refreshing. The hops are a nice touch, although not a lot. Very well balanced.

M: Well carbonated and fizzy. Nice grainy feel.

D: Great pale ale, good summer beer. Very refreshing and well balanced. I would compare this to a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, but rate it slightly ahead.

KenOnBass, Aug 11, 2009
Photo of mountdew1
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a shaker pint glass. Color was an darker orange amber with a very thin bubbly head. Small amounts of carbonation kept rising from the bottom. Aroma was hoppy, and slightly sweet. Taste was a bit bitter, with undertones of burnt grains. Felt very good in the mouth. Coated well, lasted just long enough to be pleasant. Went down very fast, not terribly satisfying unfortunately.

mountdew1, Aug 10, 2009
Photo of GordonQuid
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a dimpled pub mug.

Clear copper with a nice foamy white head with moderate lacing.

Good clean, fresh smell of alpha hops and pilsner malts.

Taste is a classic APA style of fresh high alpha hops and spicey hops in the finish. Good balance between pils-mailts and hops.

Very fresh and crisp drinker!

GordonQuid, Aug 07, 2009
Photo of donteatpoop
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a finger of white head initially, but this quickly thinned out into a thin film that floated atop the beer. What little foam there is does a good job at clinging to the side of the glass, leaving a series of thready foam residues on along the sides. The ale itself is a pale amber color that is in no way opaque, a thick fog rests in its depths so that I can see but shadows of my fingers on the other side.

The upfront scent is semi-dry hops, notes of both citrus and pine, with a vaguely spicey malt hinting at its presence in the background.

The hops are very pleasant, the grapefruit flavors are the first to hit the palate, followed soon after by a nice dry piney taste that sits in your mouth long after the swallow.

The aftertaste was pleasant, a sort of fade-out of the flavors; and the mouth is left somewhat dry.

This is a solid representation of an APA, not the most magnificent I've had but certainly not one to scoff at. I will likely be trying this again in the future.

donteatpoop, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of Natural510
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light, transparent copper with nice, cotton-like set of frothy head.
Scent is faint; hints of floral hops with breaded malt. Not much going on in that respect.
Slightly sweet breaded malt coupled with a kiss (but not bite) of hops make up the flavor. Note of white sugar and citrus, with the faintest of pinecone hops in the background.
Smooth and crisp in the mouth, it is decidedly velvety and refreshing at the same time.
Drinkable, but unremarkable. For a pale ale, whether of the British or American variety, it could've used a healthier dose of bitterness.
Not bad, but given the option, one would surely be better off trying a pale from another brewery, or another offering from Troegs.

Natural510, Aug 01, 2009
Photo of BDIMike
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a great look for a pale ale. The brew has a nice dark golden color. There is a good amount of carbonation that creates a fluffy white head that has ridiculous retention.
Smell is very nice for a pale ale. The cascade hops are stronger than I am used to in a pale ale, which sounds great to me. There is a bit of sweet malt smell too, but the citrus smell of the hops dominates.
Taste is nice, but not what I expected from the smell. The taste is a lot more subdued than the smell, with the malts coming in stronger. At first the hops bite the tongue quickly with a nice shot, but the smooth malts calm down the palate and really balance out this beer.
Mouthfeel has a nice smoothness and thickness to it for a pale ale. It has a refreshing crispness in the beginning, but it smooths out.
Drinkability is very good for a pale ale with a lot of taste. Because this beer is so well balanced, I could drink a good amount of these. However, the beer still provides plenty of taste to keep you wanting to drink more.

BDIMike, Aug 01, 2009
Photo of VTaler
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to a pint glass

A - Honey color with nice thick head goes away after a while
S - Citrus hops
T - First taste is of orange/citrus hops. Pretty low bitterness for a pale ale. After that comes in the nice sweet malt taste. Caramel malt taste Beer is somewhat sweet but not citrus sweet, malt sweet. Notes of pine come in. A little bit watered down. A little bit sour toward the end.
M - Nice light bodied with medium-high carbonation
D - Drinkable. Could have a few of these

VTaler, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of bum732
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

bum732, Jul 29, 2009
Photo of bobsy
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

bobsy, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of taez555
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

taez555, Jul 23, 2009
Photo of abar22
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

abar22, Jul 16, 2009
Photo of Amalak
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Amalak, Jul 15, 2009
Photo of farrago
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

farrago, Jul 05, 2009
Photo of DavoleBomb
4.58/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

DavoleBomb, Jul 03, 2009
Photo of UDbeernut
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
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.


UDbeernut, Jun 21, 2009
Tröegs Pale Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
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