Tröegs Pale Ale | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Pale AleTröegs Pale Ale

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Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-22-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 598 | Ratings: 1,510
Photo of canoehornpoint
4.92/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a truly great beer. The cascade hops are well balanced with maltiness in this pale ale. I like this better than SNPA and I love cascade hopped beers. Availability is limited to the eastern PA area.

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Photo of KFaulkner
4.85/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is, perhaps, my favorite beer of all time. Perhaps it is proximity, or availability... I don't know. This is both a weekday sipper and a weekend session ale. It's not too sweet, not too bitter, not too hoppy and not too malty... it is... everything a pale ale should be. Delicious. Drinkable. Wonderful.

This is MY beer.

Rock on Troegs.

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Photo of gpallaway
4.82/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The great nose just hints at the flavor that bursts from this delightful beer. Initial fresh hop flowers followed by moderate to strong, but not overwhelming, bitter notes then a well balanced follow through. A lively, well stored cask beer that makes for a very refreshing pint. Overall an excellent, world class ale.

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Photo of TheDeuce
4.78/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Out of the sampler pack...

Appearance-nice frothy white head, the beer forms a hazy golden body that is nice to look at, top notch.

Smell-overflow of barley hops and grain while some sweet malt (Troegs trademark) seeps in as well

Taste-not too powerful, a nice mix of barely hops with sweet malt that tingles in your mouth, rather sweet for a pale ale yet it may be the great hops, wonderful.

Mouthfeel- a little sweet but top notch, the flavors hit on all cylinders and the beer goes down exceptionally smooth.

Drinkability-Among even the craft brews, this is exceptional, have as many as you can if you can handle the content.

Overall-an absolutely top notch pale ale, while not perfect Troeg's has brewed a classic pale ale with exceptional flavor, highly rated from me.

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Photo of mempath
4.77/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a-great head, nice splotchy, creative lacing, golden-reddish color. looks good just sitting there, waiting to be swallowed.

s-hops jump right up before even being introduced. reminds me of Sierra Nevada in its assertion. a nice hint of potential things to come. a few good swirls and cereal-y sense issues up. i am getting hopeful. and excited.

t-this is pretty impressive. powerful, complex...the intense hoppiness is not a punch in the face and gut, but across the horizon...the bite of hops entice and tease and recede right before breaking the skin. maltiness makes its presence known in a nice finish. did i say impressive-powerful-complex? there is something wonderfully stealth about it, too. it challenges you to figure out the warp and woof of it. requires a 6-pack. or more.

m-nice and of those rare moments i can't differentiate between taste and mouthfeel. it's a fluid moment i am happy to attempt to shadowbox with.

d-wow, drinkable, quaffable, sippable...all things to all discerning palates. prepare to be wow'd. a near damn perfect, singular piece of art.

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Photo of donniecuffs
4.73/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured orange-amber into an American pint glass, with decent carbonation, over a finger of white head, and very good lacing. The aroma was citrusy (pink grapefruit, orange peel), piney, and malty, but the taste revealed a near-perfect blend of these individual flavors. In fact, the balance between pine/citrus hop flavor and malt flavor might be this beer's strongest suit. Furthermore it finishes on a nice dry orange peel note. Perfectly carbonated and medium-bodied, this is an excellent session pale ale.

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Photo of billybob
4.7/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

third solid beer from troegs 12 pak sampler and i am impressed. pours a honey gold color with a one finger white head that faded to just cover the beer at the finish and a sticky lace that held well after the beer was gone. aromas of citrus and pine come through nicely. very nice balance of malt and hops. slightly fruity malt turning to fresh grapefruit ending with a tart slightly bitter taste finish. each beer just makes you want another.

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Photo of aaronh
4.68/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful amber color with striking clarity, topped by a thick, off white head that displays tremendous staying power. It generates a sticky, clinging lace on the glass. Nice, hoppy citrus aroma smells very fresh and clean, with a touch of soapiness. The initial taste is mostly hops, with a noticeble mild hop flavor. Not a smack you around hoppiness like many AIPA's, but just a prominent, floral/citrus/soapy hoppiness. After a couple sips, the malt sweetness becomes apparent and really balances out this beer beautifully. A touch of bitterness on the finish leads to a lingering hop-laced sweetness on the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is very solid as well. Not as outstanding as the rest of the beer though. The drinkability is very good as well. I'd love to have a bunch of these on hand. This is a masterfully crafted beer. Truly outstanding. I can't say enough about this beer. Wow. And to think this has been in my cellar for a month!

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Photo of mentor
4.62/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle was a 2006 GABF left-over that was given to me as a reward for my volunteer efforts. Thanks a million to GABF and to Troeg's for the opportunity.

Pours a two-finger light-tan floating head over a crystal clear dull light rust liquid. Many tiny suspended particles. Smells nearly blank of aroma. Orange and pine from hops. Pear from hops, too. Hops are a touch dirty and earthy. Mild, but enjoyable.

Tastes crisp. Nice malt sweet, but not wet. Limited number of fruity esters, but the hops are the focus. Not strong, like an IPA, but standing above the malt ending. My guess is Simcoe hops. Light and clear refreshing hops. lemony with a gentle touch f lemon pith. Some oranges and pine. No flat oily character. Grassy is present, but serves a filling role to the lemon and o/p. Has a bit of tangerine fiber (stuff after you suck all the juices out of the meat of a tangerine wedge).

Md thick due to dextrinous character (dang, too thick for the style). Mild carbonation put a playful fine sting. Well done APA, about as good as I've had of the style.

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Photo of adamette
4.62/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Live Review. Poured from the 12 oz. single that I bought a few days ago at Save-On Tobacco & Beverage in Mentor, Ohio for $1.50 into my Brewery Ommegang Witte tumbler. No "best by" date observed by me.

A Very clear, light yellow body under a moderately brief (it lasted about 2 minutes) meringue like head in a very classic APA look, with a slight bump since the lacing was evident after repeated sips. 3.5

S The expected light hops but then an unexpected peppery, almost sage like organic smell that is interesting. This is already presenting like a great craft APA! 4.0

T Wow...this is a great tasting beer! I will be honest, I was not expecting that much from this beer. I have seen it in nearly every bottle shop that I wandered in and out of for the past 3 years and maybe because it was so available (and because it is a style that is not that dramatic or challenging) I never did pick it up. Anyway, back to the taste....Barley malt and muted hops along with that great sage organic taste, with maybe a touch of pepper really work to conspire into a nicely balanced APA, easily my favorite that I have tasted. Repeated tastes (and maybe due to the slight warming as I type and take it all in) reveal a subtle sweetness too that I really like. I cannot imagine improving the taste of this beer. 5.0

M Light physical feel beefed up a bit by the peppery/sage/slight sweetness. It is at least appropriate to the style but I think that it goes beyond that by challenging the taster to feel different things. 4.5

D Simply excellent. I had to make an effort to slow down and enjoy it. I could easily have 3 of these in an evening. 5.0

Notes: I am really, really impressed with this, my favorite APA. I just love it when I do not expect much and I am rewarded for all of my searching with such a great tasting beer. Of course, highly recommended!

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Photo of mmmbeer
4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz., bottled on 5/3/05 - served chilled in a nonic. Pours an amber/burnt orange and it's topped with a 1 inch tan head that leaves nice rings and sheets of lace on the glass. Smells like hops - pineapple, grapefruit, orange, pine, and floral/leafy, along with some toasty/biscuity malts. It is crisp on the palate with a medium body and a smoothness that makes me think it's bottle-conditioned. There's pineapple, grapefruit, orange, floral, and spicy/oily hop characteristics - all with a medium bitterness and biscuity/toasty malts and a hint of sweetness to balance. High drinkability - I could drink these all night. And the next night. And the next....

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.57/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

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Photo of mwa423
4.57/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A - Golden color with one finger of white head and plenty of bubbles. The lacing continued throughout the glass.

S - Strong hoppy and citrus smell, teases the nose.

T - Excellent strong hop flavor up front that is quickly dimmed by the smoothness of the malt.

M - Very good, perfect viscosity with a great aftertaste.

D - Could easily make this a session beer, the perfect blend of flavors to create a great pale ale.

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Photo of HugoGrim
4.57/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint. This is from a sample case which is incredably fresh, as the bottles say it was bottled on 7/16/2007, just 2 weeks ago.

Classic pale ale look, golden body with a nice head. No lace.

Crisp, clean and fresh aroma with a robust yet subtle hop element.

The flavor is excellent in that it is what it is, nothing more or less. It is exactly what I want in a pale ale, not overly hoppy but with plenty of bite to let you know it was made by someone who loves real beer. Hops are clean and refreshing.

This beer is the definition of drinkable. This is a beer I could drink bottle after bottle with hot wings, pizza, burgers, ect.

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Photo of FredTheSeal
4.54/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
4.54/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First of all, this pale ale smells awesome! Like others have said, its loaded with grapefruit aroma, but the floral hop is also quite strong in the nose as well. It's a golden/orange with a thin white head that retains pretty well. I can't get past the smell though, wow its good. So fruity and two favorite things.

Flavor is not a hopheads dream...but the balance is impeccable. Starts off with strong citrus flavors, tangerine, and grapefruit, a full malty middle, and a hoppy finish that has just enough bite. Slightly carbonated in the mouth, but smooth and so easy to drink. I would love to try this on tap. This is a killer Pale Ale, and it has far exceeded my expectations.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.52/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Cloudy pale golden color, thin white head that faded fast and leaves spotty glaring lace. Smell is sooo nice and fresh, yummy nose filling aroma of floral hops, citrusy, grapefruitish, piney lightness, with a small backing of malts. Taste is right on for a pale, excellent fresh hop taste, bite and bitterness. Grapefruity lightness, oily a bit. Drys and lingers in a smooth style of boldness leaving the notes of malts in the back. Feel is solid medium body, bitterness slowly settles, thinly finishing. One very nice pale, quite quenchingly yummy.

Thanks to Francisweizen for the bottle.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served on tap at the Hop House in a pint glass.

Clear,Light copper color, very white creamy head,good retention leaves a layer of foam throughout. Nice lacing down the glass.

A clean,brisk, inviting aroma lots of citrus,some pine with carmelly/toffee aromas very balanced makes the mouth water.

Just a clean refreshing citrusy slighty piney and carmelly maltiness. An execellent balance of tastes.Finishes with a pleasing citrus feel,balanced taste throughout. A great tasting pale ale always consistant be it on tap or in a bottle.

Meduim bodied,great mouthfeel,gets the juices flowing. Well built pale ale,very solid beer. There's not a more drinkable pale ale that I know of.
This a must try beer.

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Photo of goochpunch
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a clarified copper with a healthy white head and sheets of ornate lacing. Amazing balance of hops and malt in the nose. Loads of grapefruit with undertones of grass and a sweet caramel maltiness. Lots of caramel, toffee, and hinted at toast in the forefront of the flavor. It's hard to say when the hop presence comes in as everything melds together so well. Some citrus and modest pine. Drying finish. Body is moderate and with mild, soft bubbles. This is one of the best pale ales I've ever had and really reminded me of how good a pale ale can be.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a: light hazy orange/copper. 2 finger forthy white head that fades quickly

s: sweet fruit - strawberries, lots of pineapple, juicy passionfruit, nice light caramel. smells real juicy and makes your mouth water

t: right away i can tell its good. light juicy fruits mix with a nice sweet bread flavor. it is a sweet citrus - lemon peel, orange, pineapple. next you're hit with a solid amount of sweet malt and fresh biscuits - harmonizes and blends real nice. finally you're left with a slight bitterness which tastes like earthy pine

m: quite light with mild carbonation

o: this is a really solid APA in my opinion. its light and refreshing, but has nice juicy flavors in here combined with that fresh biscuit and finished with the light bitterness that makes this a great warm weather drinker. only thing against it would be feels a little watery - but it doesn't really effect in a negative way.

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Photo of joezak5
4.48/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Poured into a Duvel sniffter; Deep clear caramelly gold with pillowy off white head out of the glass, bubbles lightly floating up everywhere. Good lacing, good retention.

Smell: Icy crisp hops, a little cinnamon action in there.

Mouthfeel: Sweet medium body, I wanna swallow...

Taste: Excellent crisp sweet hops, with a little dryness and maltiness.

Drinkability: An excellent session beer, very crisp and complex for a pale ale. Props to Troegs for their sampler case with this one, the Dreamweaver, Nut Brown and Hop Back; it should be called a session case.

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Photo of merlin48
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours an attractive, clear, honey gold color with a one finger offwhite head that eventually settles into a patchwork of lacing. Pine and tart citrus hops dominate the nose. I'm picking up very little malt on the nose, except a hint of biscuit. Mouthfeel is tart and well carbonated, with some spicy hops bite on the tongue. Taste is a lot of hops. Pine and tart citrus(sour grapefruit) rule the roost here. This is a very tasty American style pale ale, and I'm sure there is an excellent malt balance, but the hops just keep slappping my tastebuds around to the point that I can't pick up the malt essences. Nice finish is dry with pleasant hops aftertaste. I'm quite fond of this Troegs pale ale, even though I'm missing the malt backbone.

Re-Review on 5-27-04: Didn't know I had ever tried this until I tried to review as a new one. RoyalT and ngandhi really pegged this one for what it is. An absolutely extraordinary American pale ale. Today, I could have sworn there were no Cascades hops in this one, as the flavors and aromas seemed so smooth and lush, bathed in apple, pear, lemon, and orange. I went to the brewery website to see what hops varieties were used, and, sure enough, it says Cascades. Some pine and grapefruit emerge at the finish, this time, but this is just so smooth and balanced most of the way through. Must be the Crystal Malt. This is now my favorite pale ale. Extraordinary drinkability as an all purpose ale.

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Photo of TheDragonTony
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear orange gold with less than one finger of head. Decent retention of what is there though. The lacing is good as well

S: Nose is all hops and citrus (mostly orange)

T: Hops and orange up front some fruitness in the middle, and hops again on the finish.

M: Medium in body and carbonation.

D: Highly drinkable beer, I'd be more than happy to session this beer.

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Photo of jhammel01
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Taken From Notes:

Poured a light orange - yellow with a white head. A fresh beer that laces down the glass as I drink. Looks great!

Smells of oily hops and citrus. A bit of pine as well.

A solid tasting beer with notes of citrusy, earthy hops that are the strong point of the beer with a nice bready backbone. Its a very nicely balanced brew.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the medium side thats nicely carbonated.

Troegs is by far my favorite brewery and I love all of their beer. This is a good, solid, "normal" all year beer. Nothing too ground breaking and always there if something else isnt available. Definitely gives sierra nevada a run for its money in my book when it comes to APA's.

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Photo of BeerLover48Fan
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a clarified copper with a healthy white head and sheets of ornate lacing. Amazing balance of hops and malt in the nose. Loads of grapefruit with undertones of grass and a sweet caramel maltiness. Lots of caramel, toffee, and hinted at toast in the forefront of the flavor. It's hard to say when the hop presence comes in as everything melds together so well. Some citrus and modest pine. Drying finish. Body is moderate and with mild, soft bubbles. This is one of the best pale ales I've ever had and really reminded me of how good a pale ale can be.

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