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Tröegs Pale Ale - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Pale AleTröegs Pale Ale

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Ratings: 1,415
Reviews: 595
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 19
Gots: 137 | 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 xnicknj
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass

Pours a pure golden with a nice buoyant head. Retains well with a solid bubbled film, leaving rings of lacing around the glass.

Scents of lemongrass, citrus rind, bitter hops and herbs.

A nice blast of citric hops up front with grapefruit and blood orange. Toasted grain and apricot maintain the middle. The malt backbone is on the small side, with a light touch of doughy feel and a hint of spice. Finishes crisp and clear with a bite of pine hops.

Lighter medium body, higher carbonation, a little dry and chewy. Superb drinking, and a nicely balanced, yet hoppy variety of the pale ale.

Photo of biteme398
3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark yellow with a shade of amber. A little hazy and a very lively look to it. Head is about an inch and it recedes slowly, leaving decent lacing. Smells of flowers and pine; both very fragrent and mix nicely. Hops immediately present on taste, almost as if it were an IPA. There is a bit of sweetness in the back as well. I feel like this beer is actually a fusion between an traditional pale ale and an IPA. Overall, this is pretty good, maybe not my first choice in the style, however.

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

a: Pours crystal clear caramel color. Has a thin head that retains well and leaves good lace rimming the glass.

s: Very open and floral. Hints of lemon; light and hoppy. Not too much in the nose though, it lacks a bit.

t: Hoppy and grainy. Limited citrus flavor but lots of cereal grains and bready malt

m: Medium bodied with high carbonation.

d: Odd taste for a pale ale but not bad. A bit maltier than I would like, needs more hop bite

Photo of FredTheSeal
4.54/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A - Pours with a 1 finger slightly off white head. Sticks around for a little while before fading and leaving behind good lacing on the glass. Crystal clear light amber in color.

S - mmm APAs! Clean, pungent piney and resiney hops up front with a decent carmel malt background.

T - Piney hops that fade to a complex malty sweetness before the hop bitterness takes over.

M - Medium carbonation, medium body. The hop bitterness gives it a distinctive bite at the end.

D - I freakin love hops, I could easily drink this as a session beer. Even for those who aren't crazy over the hops, it isn't over the top so it might be good for them as well.

Photo of spinrsx
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a hazy gold/amber colour with an average size frothy/fizzy off white head. There is a low to average amount of carbonation, and there is some faint lacing on the sides of the glass. The head didn't last for very long before it was gone.

Smell - Breads/grains, hops, citrus zest, a light woodiness

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and the beer comes across as slightly watery. The taste consists of breads/grains, very light hops, and lemon zest notes. There is also a pale malt flavour and a bit of corn syrup taste. The beer finishes with a citrus zest bitter aftertaste.

Drink - A very drinkable beer but nothing special. It actually reminded me more of a pilsner than a pale ale but it's still worth a try.

Photo of Samp01
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden copper with a small white head. Aroma of floral piney hops, citrus, some malt. Taste of piney citrusy hops, malt. Palate is medium body, nice carbonation, smooth and crisp mouth feel. Finish is earthy piney hops, some malt and caramel, ending is a little nutty with some light bitterness. Overall a very nice easy drinking brew.

Photo of BigPlay1824
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass
Poured from a 12oz glass

A: pours a nice golden color. Small amount of foamy white head that dissipates quickly. Leaves a nice amount of foamy lacing

S: very nice scent, slight hop notes and also has a small amount of sweetness

T: nice taste that mirrors the smell, slight hop notes and a nice sweetness

D/M: real smooth drinking brew. Slight carbonation tingle. Not much of a lingering taste but the fact that it is sweet with slight hop notes makes it easy to drink and quite desirable.

Photo of prdstmnky
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on date: 10/1/10

Pours a light golden color, with a 1/2 inch of white head - not much retention but nice lacing. Nice hop aroma, consisting of grapefruit and pine for the most part. I get mostly hops upfront in the taste, a crisp bitter sweetness with a slight malt finish. Light bodied, with good carbonation. Very drinkable, I love this stuff during the warmer months, very clean and refreshing. This is right up there with SN Pale Ale.

Photo of musicforairports
3.22/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours very light in color, kind of like a pilsner or adjunct lager.

Smells like distant C-hops. Nothing very strong here--I get little citrus or pine or anything.

Taste is the same--nothing bad at all, but nothing too serious. Light malt flavor up front, finishes rather bitter and with a lingering, light hop taste in the mouth.

Light and smooth. Very drinkable, and with a low ABV that makes drinking a bunch of it easier. But it's just a lot less interesting than Troegs' other offerings.

Photo of JunkYardJake
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the White Swan in Lititz.
Good head, good clarity, nice copper color and plenty of lacing. Smells good and hoppy. Grapefruit aroma from the hops are fairly prominent. Palate is pretty much classic APA. Pine and citric hop juice with plenty of backbone from the caramel malts. Very flavorful and balanced and doesn't ride the APA/IPA fence. Bitterness is mild and mouthfeel is wet without being too watery. Very drinkable and enjoyable ale.

Photo of lovindahops
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wegman's mix a 6 pack is going to open many doors for me in cost effectiveness with sampling. Awesome

A- pours a pilsner yellow with the standard head of foam. Oddly enough, the TPA looks like an American adjunct

S- not much in the hops department as far as the scent goes. There is a bit of grain, spice, and bitter

T- malt and spice are at center stage. Very bitter at the end, however that seems to be the gist of it

M- the mouthfull is crisp and good on flavor

D- Troegs has a drinkable pale ale. There just isn't the flavor that you would expect from this crew. Maybe nugget nectar took all the hops

Photo of greengorilla
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this from a 12 ounce bottle into a mug. It is a copper color with a nice white head and good lacing.

The smell is good, but not great.

The taste is okay but it is a little bit bland. It is not bad though.

The mouthfeel is just fine.

It is certainly very drinkable though. This would not be my first choice of APA.

Photo of BeerCon5
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orangish color with a decent amount of white fluffy head.

The scent is of piney hops, citrus, and light caramel.

The taste is of citrus, moderately bitter piney hops, and some caramel malt.

Light bodied, crisp and smooth, high carbonation.

This is a pretty good pale ale, well balanced, refreshing, and very easy to drink.

Photo of micromaniac129
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice golden straw color that is clear and with avg. carbo's.A white foam cap that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.
A good hoppy aroma greets you followed by a bready malt aroma.
A balanced beer with neither malt or hop winning out. Just enought malt with a sweet bready taste and just enought hops to hold up the malts. Hops are slightly citrusy in taste.
A nice refreshing beer one could drink on a regular basis. It is also a good crossover beer for drinkers of those other beers.
A good fresh tasting, balanced, filling, beer
Drink well my friends

Photo of Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice golden orange color with a several finger white head and a good amount of lacing as it goes down the glass. The nose brings a nice amount of citrus hops along with a tiny bit of pine. Some mildly sweet malt comes through as well. Taste brings good citrus and pine along with some bitterness as well as some mild bready sweetness in the background. Light feel with good carbonation; overall, nice and subtle, though not as good as the HopBack.

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

Golden orange in color, with a rather white finger of head. This thing is clear. Clarity on this joker is one to be reckoned with; I can almost watch t.v. through it.

Aroma has a lot of sticky malts , with only a hit of hops (citrus).

Taste is a bit more hop forward, but still with a pretty big malt backbone. Slightly lingering with minutely tart, more bitter aftertaste.

Feel is crisp, slippery, and smooth. Light in body with a hint of substance. Nice amount of carbonation.

Drinkability is fairly good.

Photo of paco1029384756
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to Jwiss22.

Pours a golden color with a small white head.

Scent of sugar, light grainy malts, and sweet, fruity hops. A nice, fairly light scent with a great balance.

Taste of light grainy malts, and some grassy, citrusy, lightly bitter hops. I'm not picking up much complexity or strength, but this would make a great session beer.

Mouthfeel is light and lightly oily with a nice crisp carbonation. For the style and flavor of this beer it has a perfect mouthfeel.

Photo of sjverla
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nose: Grass and lemon with hints of caramel. It smells green and fresh.

Appearance: Fantastic clarity. Light- to middle-gold coloring. Billowing white head with decent sticking power, but not frustrating.

Taste: Fairly complex. Hop bitterness that hits across the spectrum. A hint of sweetness cuts through and floats to the top of the palate. The aftertaste is bold and earthy.

Overall: Solid beer with big flavor.

Photo of geryeb624
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle from Troegs Anthology 2 sampler pack.

A- Light golden orange color with a little bit of white head. Hangs around for a bit and leaves pretty nice lacing.

S- Nice hoppy aroma. Some pine and some citrus zest. This is balanced by some nice malt aroma. Pretty well-balanced.

T- Pretty well-balanced as well. Not overly hoppy, but nice pine and citrus. Malty sweetness in the background finishes the taste.

M- Pretty thin and slick, with some prickly carbonation.

D- Very high. A nice, well-balanced session ale. Goes down easy.

A nicely executed pale ale. A bit less hop-forward than something like SNPA, and than what I was expecting, but works nicely. Tasty stuff.

Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. I feel it should be called Very Pale Ale, it was bright yellow close to a yellowish pilsner type color. Good clarity on it. There is about a half inch white head that slowly fades and provides some better than average lacing to it. The smell is good, when you crack it open you can tell it's pretty hoppy, by far the dominant feature in the aroma. Citrus, floral notes, and a little bit of pine. All in all smells like a good pale ale. The taste is good, not an aggressive pale ale, but good. In my opinion it's more of a pine hop in the flavor than anything else. There's a sweetness from the malts that make it pretty well balanced, but mild overall, still good. Mouthfeel is good, it has a clean, crisp, bitter finish. Good carbonation level. Very drinkable goes pretty quickly. I like this Pale Ale, very reliable. I can't say I'd go out of my way to get it or drink it again, but I'd certainly get it if available. I don't know why, but I really want to try it on tap.

Photo of popery
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nothing special for the style but an alright beer. It pours a medium gold with a smallish white head. Not too much lacing. The aroma is caramel, light fruity hop notes and some butterscotch. It's just kinda simple and light on the hops. Mouthfeel is a bit watery but not bad. Mild piney hop bite in the finish. It's just a bit boring, lacking any real strengths.

Photo of mentz99
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of AleWatcher
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
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!

Photo of BeerNinja007
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Photo of mtnbikerpa
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Tröegs Pale Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,415 ratings.