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Tröegs Pale Ale - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Pale AleTröegs Pale Ale

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1,249 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,249
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 TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts with sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a strong hops bitterness comes in to provide a good balance. The malt character is on the thin side but is enough to give the beer some substance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is a very good mild but hoppy beer to drink for a very long time.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2009 02:05:42 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of albern


3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not nearly as good as their wonderful Amber (IPA), but not bad either. The beer pours a clear golden with a nice white creamy head that retains a bit and laces. The nose on the beer is a bit more hopped up than what the taste will reveal. There are some residual florals, some bready malts, but mostly estery hops. I just wish more of those made their way into the taste.

The beer is light to medium bodied with a fairly smooth body, decent carbonation, a malty backbone, a slightly saltene character towards the finish. There are some florals present in the beer, it is quite sweet, in fact there is very little drying notes present. There is a slight tartness from the hops, but there really is nothing of the estery hop oils present in the beer. It's a decent APA, worth trying, but nothing really stands out here. The beer isn't overly complex.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2009 23:57:08 | More by albern
Photo of Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle picked up in Buffalo.

Pours a lightly hazy golden, some light orange hues, tangerine, very thick one finger white head forms, very tight and compact, drops slowly to a thin layer and ring, leaves behind some nice sheets of lacing. Smell is nice, very citric, some lemons and tangerines, very light grapefruit tartness, not a lot of malt, but a light bit of toast in the nose, a bit of honey like sweetness in the back, nice balance, doesn't blow your nose off with hops. Taste is similar, quite light in flavour but refreshing, some toasty malt and light caramel sweetness at first, followed by grapefruit and a lemony acidity, a bit of fruity tartness in the finish, has a strange iron/orange peel flavour in the finish, lightly bitter. Moutfeel is light bodied with medium to high carbonation, a bit too high makes it rough on the palate. Overall a decent pale ale, I like the real citrusy hopping, but the carbonation is a touch too high for my liking.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2009 00:41:57 | More by Viggo
Photo of HopEnthusiast


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

Pours a nice copper color with a slightly off-white head. Little lacing. Smells hoppy, almost pine forest hoppy, not citrus hoppy. Taste is very piney, it mellows into biscuity malts by the end. Supprisingly i thought that this was more bitter than the Hopback Amber but not as delicious. It is a very sessionable beer, a few of these would disappear into my belly in no time.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2009 00:13:03 | More by HopEnthusiast
Photo of aubuc1


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

poured from a 12 oz bottle in to a tulip glass

pours a clear dark golden with a fluffy off white head

piney citrusy sweet smell. not too strong, but very present.

very balanced taste. very nice. malty sharp bitter taste that all comes together well.

very drinkable beer and a very pleasant mouthfeel.
this beer was better than i expected. first troegs

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2009 23:17:49 | More by aubuc1
Photo of BigIrishman

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into standard pint glass

Appearance: Light amber with white 1 finger head which dissipates quickly, plenty of lace.

Smell: Faint hops, fruity but overall pretty clean.

Taste: Very crisp with little bitterness, same fruity hops come through.

Mouthfeel: Very light.

Drinkability: Easy on the way down, good session brew.

Notes: Standard APA here, nothing over the top but still pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2009 03:46:48 | More by BigIrishman
Photo of olmatty


4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a fluffy, white four finger head with excellent lacing and retention, beer is an uncluded deep golden hue.

Smell- slightly fruity hops and a hint of sour pale maltiness

Taste- The name of the game here is balance. Moderate graham cracker malts with a slightly sour finish which are followed by a beautiful hop presence with a nice pairing of pine with grapefruity notes. Hops and malts continue on the palate in equal measure.

Mouthfeel- Mild bodied, creamy and smoothly carbonated

Drinkability- A quaffable pale ale occupying a very versatile place, good in any weather and an excellent accompanyment for many foods.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2009 08:16:50 | More by olmatty
Photo of tai4ji2x


4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz, bottled 1/13/09

clear, pale amber straw. nice foamy head, fades to thin layer, then wisps. a few rings of lace.

aroma is pine and lemon zest, grapefruit. caramelized malts in the background.

flavor remains hop-forward, but lively and fresh. more grapefruit. malt is nice and underlies it all, but wish it was less watered down in flavor. yeast hint at the end. moderate bitterness and resins into the finish.

smooth, but just slightly watery. again, some resins in the finish. lively carbonation.

a solid APA, but nothing to get worked up about either.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2009 22:40:14 | More by tai4ji2x
Photo of Duhast500

Rhode Island

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

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The color is a light gold, clear, with a foamy white head.

The smell is fruity. Citrus flavors orange, lemon and grapefruit.

The taste is hoppy, some malt flavor. Some citrus overtones and a nice light feel.

This beer is quite tasteful. Is really drinkable and crisp. A great beer from PA.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2009 02:53:21 | More by Duhast500
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Troegs Pale Ale- 12oz bottle

re-reviewed on 1/25/09

A- Golden clear orange with a thick frothy head. Good messy lacing.
S- Sweet citrus, lemon and grapefruit.
T- Light toasted grainy bread with a sweet lemon grapefruit citrus hop bite.
M- Light citrus sweetness up front with a good chewy malty body and a dry hoppy finish.

Overall- 1 of my favorite Pale Ale's. I slammed this 1 (a bad bottle I presume) years ago but have done a 180 since.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2009 01:45:34 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of theghost3


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

Pours a hazy golden straw color with a one-finger white head. Some lacing. Smell is mainly citrusy hops with a hint of wheat. The taste begins with lots of bitter Cascade hops, then a slight malt compliment. Mouthfeel is crisp, acidic. Overall, a pretty good APA, but not as flavorful as many that are out there.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2009 05:12:39 | More by theghost3
Photo of Pauly2X


4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to dashirey for this one.

A- Slightly hazy gold, one finger head.

S- Pleasant yet asertive citrus and floral hop aroma. The aromas suggest a nod to the style's historic british past.

T- Great hop/malt balance from the get go. Shortly after first sip the malt takes center stage ever so briefly. Next the hops manage to steal the show with a slight floral note that combines with the light malt sweetness to create a honey like finish.

M- Light bodied and crisp, pretty typical.

D- If I'm ever in Pennsylvannia, this would most likely be my go-to beer.

A classic fantastic example of the style. Nothing fancy, just good, damn good.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2009 20:44:20 | More by Pauly2X
Photo of rlparker3


4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

10-Jan-2009 Home

Poured orange with a head constantly replenished by active bubbling. Mildly hoppy aroma... not this beer's strong suit. The taste is initially bitter and fades into a nice balance with a yeasty finish. This is a fabulously rich and rewarding beer which I enjoy in almost all seasons and circumstances... perhaps my favorite "all around" choice.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2009 03:29:00 | More by rlparker3
Photo of sonicdescent


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

Pours a golden brown with a thick and bubbly head with good retention and lacing.

Smells of earthy hops and a hint of sweetness.

Tastes right on with the smell. Fairly balanced on both ends. Leaves a pleasant aftertaste.

Medium bodied and med/high carbonation.

Would absolutely buy again, very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2009 02:22:52 | More by sonicdescent
Photo of genog


3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Finally got Troegs available in Ohio this year. I have tried the Hopback, Doppelbock, and now the Pale Ale. Can't wait to get Nugget Nectar.

This one poured a pale golden colour with plenty of frothy lacing. Smell of lemon zest, and citrusy hops. Taste is very subtle with a little of the hops coming through, very similar to other pale ales. Mouth feel is very light and one bottle was watered down while the other seemed fresh. All in all, I would buy this again for a good session beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2009 15:45:01 | More by genog
Photo of BuffaloTapHugger

New York

3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 12 oz. bottle into pint glass. Golden straw in color with minimal head and lacing. Touch of lemon zest and hops are the feature title. Gulp. Good mouthfeel upon entry. Crisp in nature, very refreshing. A good session beer all the way. Recommended to those who can handle a medium hoped beer. Will be drinking more Troegs in the near future. This was a great introduction beer, to test the waters on.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2009 02:42:00 | More by BuffaloTapHugger
Photo of JamesS


3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden color, not very deep, with just a bit of lacing and just a bit of head. Nice hoppy scent, a bit floral, although a little unbalanced. Nice taste, crisph with nice hops, although the hop mixture seemed a bit odd to me (mixture of English and American hops?). Goes down fine. I would be happy to drink this any time, even if it's not the best.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2009 01:57:34 | More by JamesS
Photo of czfreeman


3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My third Troegs offering from a mixed 12 pack. Hopback Amber was my favorite so far.
Pale Ale pours out a malted amber tone of golden brown, light fluffy head,lots of residual lacing. Low-medium carbonation apparent.
Aromas of Cascade, Liberty hops greet the nose upfront,light maltiness follows. Some citrus notes,yet not as complex as I had hoped.
Slightly bitterness upfront,light citric bite of piney Cascades again,smoothed by a slight malt body, finishes light and bittering
Mouthfeel is on the medium side, not extremly complex,but good. Solid,not really standout. Toss me a Stone Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2009 04:22:38 | More by czfreeman
Photo of therica


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

22 June 2010 - I'm SUBSTANTIALLY modifying my original review. This batch is apparently greatly improved, or else I had a bad batch for my original review.

A= dank gold, lightly cloudy, plentiful foamy head, fair lacing, plentiful carbonation rising.

S= grapefruit, light orange and other florals. Not strong but pleasant.

T= nice balance of hops bitters and florals, mainly grapefruit and citrus; plentiful sweet malts balancing it out.

M= nicely balanced grapefruit and citrus bitters and malts.

D= very drinkable, could be session.

I'm not surprised that some hops-fanatics rate this highly, but... read on for my own impressions.

A= dank gold, lightly cloudy, very little head or lacing

S= grapefruit, light orange and other florals. Stick your face in an empty eaten half-grapefruit rind and it's about the same.

T= WAAAY too much grapefruit-hops here (Chinook or whichever cousin). Unbalanced in my opinion. If you're into a nice bitter APA, you've got it here-- but yet with over-the-top grapefruit. Mild other citrus tastes (orange) and honey sweetness. The malts are nearly lost in the hops.

M= syrupy honey and clinging hops bitters with grapefruit belching.

D= for hops fanatics I'm sure it's a session beer. For me, it's this one to try it. And I'm usually a huge Troegs fanatic. I'll stick to their HopBack Ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2009 02:12:48 | More by therica
Photo of zeff80


4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, bubbly, orange color with a small, foamy, white head. It left thin traces of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of citrus, mostly orange peel. It also had some nice floral notes.

T - It really brought a good deal of citrusy zest with a burnt toast maltiness and just enough sweet toffee.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good pale ale. I would make a great session brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2009 22:36:06 | More by zeff80
Photo of dmamiano

West Virginia

3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Fairly light, yellow color with a slight haze. Pilloy white head after a hard pour. Staying power of the head and lacing observed.
Big citrus and piney note for the hops hit the nostrils. Malts take a back seat here.
Taste is big on the citrusy hops, grapefruits seem to come about. Well balanced though, an enjoyable beer for sure.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2009 19:47:23 | More by dmamiano
Photo of cpn920

New York

4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not a hop head and I really enjoyed this beer and I am starting to really appreciate hops. I hope that I can start enjoy some of the real hoppy beers out there in the near future. Beer poured a golden color with a big head that left sheets on my pint glass. The hops really are prevalent as expected. Smelled very strong of flowers/pine/grapefruit. The beer was slightly bitter but very well balanced and kept me wanting more. I really could sit back with a six of these and watch some football or hockey.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2009 16:43:04 | More by cpn920
Photo of wiseguy142

New York

2.95/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours macro-yellow (not that that's a bad thing) with a little more golden depth to it. Some head and some lacing stay with the beer a couple minutes after the pour, but not much. Aroma is very pilsner-like with most of the aroma coming from the base malt instead of the specialty malts. Very light and clean, almost corn-like. Taste is.. well.. not very pale ale like. More like a pilsner with slightly more body. Soft 2-row taste with the mineral-free water quality to go with it. Soft flavor of aroma hops and maybe just a touch of cascade in there. Well balanced, but slightly watery and not true to style. Overall, a generally above average beer in terms of brewing technique but I think they're a little confused on their definition of an APA.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2009 00:06:12 | More by wiseguy142
Photo of jkrich


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

12 oz. bottle with bottled on date stamped on glass.

Poured a clear, deep golden to copper with a creamy white sustained head that left lacing on glass.

The aroma was a spicy mix of hops and malt; there was no noticable domestic hop aromas usually found in american pale ales.

Initially, the sweet malt flavor was evident and lingered in the mouth with a light hop bitter flavor following up. As the ale warms the taste becomes slightly more hoppy and there is a slight sourness in the aftertaste. In most cases, as an ale warms the malt comes to dominate.

Moderately carbonated with a slick mouthfeel that, at least initially, left a pleasant sweetness on the tongue; light bodied for the style.

This is a very quaffable pale ale that is very flavorful despite its lack of complexity. The flavor actually suffers a little as the ale warms.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2009 00:13:08 | More by jkrich
Photo of SwiftyMcBeer


4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice copper color with a slightly off-white head. Smells hoppy, pine forest hoppy, not citrus hoppy. I've been having a lot of beers lately where the malt is followed by the hops in the taste department, this one kind of flips the script. Slammed into a pine tree at first sip, it mellows into biscuity malts by the end. I like it, is it the best beer in the world or even the best from Troegs? No, but it is an extremely solid effort and very sessionable, a few of these would disappear into my belly in no time.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2008 14:28:27 | More by SwiftyMcBeer
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