Tröegs Pale Ale | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Pale AleTröegs Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-22-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance – The orange, thick and hazy body was covered with a wonderful head that lingered for many minutes and left some nice lacing on my glass.

Smell – Classic East Coast Pale Ale aroma. The light fruits and biscuit malts make up this enjoyable nose. The fuggle or Amarillo hops (or some other hops that we don’t get a lot of out here in the PacNW but that they seem to have in abundance back east) are sharp and inviting.

Taste – Ah, this is incredible. The nose falls cleanly to the tongue here. The fruity yet substantial hop profile is right on target. This is a classic PA PA (Pennsylvania Pale Ale).

The beautiful balance of hops and malts is dead on. The big biscuit mates perfectly with the citrus and floral hops. The fruity sugars are unrefined yet not overly sweet. They have their purpose here. Overall, this is harmony in motion. Mozart in a glass.

Mouthfeel – Impeccably smooth and well blended. This medium-bodied Pale Ale keeps the mouth alive and wanting more. It is chewy with a sophisticated sweetness and begs to be held in between the cheeks (then why am I chugging it?).

Drinkability – I poured this then had to go take care of something so it warmed a bit. This beer at cellar or close to room temperature will go down in three gulps. It is probably one of the most drinkable beers that I’ve ever had.

Comments – A big BA thanks to ericaweizen for sending me this treasure from PA.

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Photo of oelergud
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy golden body, low carbonation. Light tan head has decent retention and good lace, small to medium bubbled.
Spiced hoppy scent with a good deal of fruit smells mixed in.
Excellent flavor. Strong hoppy taste but still plenty of malts to go around. Distinct fruity flavors with a caramel overtone. Aftertaste is very pleasing, hoppy caramel lingers a long time.
Typical pale ale mouthfeel which places it between a thick stout and a watery lager. little coating on the tongue.
Very high drinkability, this would make an excellent session brew.


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Photo of 99bottles
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: An orange-copper body, very clear with low to moderate carbonation. Topped with an inch of white head that has average retention and settles to a thin lace mid-glass.

Smell: Bright citrus flavors and sweet carmelized sugar dominates the smell.

Taste: A perfect balance of slightly tangy hops and clean, no-frills crystal malts make this immensely easy to sip. Not overhopped like an IPA, this pale ale finds a great mid-ground with the hops imparting more flavor than bitterness. Sweet sugars, honey, grapefruit without the acidity, melon, tropical fruit juice, pine, dry biscuit --it's all in there, and in such harmony that one's head is inclined to spin. This complex beaut hides under a veil of simplicity. That's fine in my book.

Mouthfeel: Not overly carbonated, this has a nice soft mouthfeel and makes a solid sipper. Is quite enjoyable at cold temperatures along with cellar temps.

Drinkability: Awesome. This is Troeg's best beer IMO, and I've tried just about every one they've put out. A true session beer if there ever was one. A great deal also, but I imagine distribution is limited. Beermail for trade.

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Photo of Buggies
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

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Photo of ngandhi
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'd boil this beer down and start taking orders for caramelized orange sugar -- if there were such a thing.

The nose and flavor of caramel, bright citrusy hops with pine coming out late, and brown sugar/raw maple is distinct, in my experience, to Troegs. I see both the Amber and Nugget Nectar borne of this and I can attribute it only to an adventuresomeness with the malt bill and precise brewing standards.

The hops are fresh in the Pale Ale and bitter only to the point of pricking the back of the tongue a single time, reminding themselves that this is not an IPA. The deep fruitiness of these hops is legendary -- British and American in nature with a proud dose of citric Liberty hops that come out on the nose and early palate as coriander-and-clove-infused Grand Marnier. A judicious dose of medium Crystal malt brings this wholesome brew together.

The website says that there are Cascades in this beer. I couldn't figure out what it was, but I would not have thought Cascades. The grapefruit is controlled as is any excessive tropical fruit, lending a light bittering and some refreshing citric qualities.

ESB meets American Pale Ale.

This is not the pale of DFH Shelter in its lightness nor of Victory HopDevil in its bitterness and outright hoppiness. Instead, Troegs is a cultivated, impassioned pale ale that considers the style for much more than the simple tasty session beer most brewers deem it. Honeyed and much fuller -- almost old ale like -- than most pales.

This isn't just a beer, it's an ideology -- as if a band of angry Brits set sail for Pennsylvania to brew a proper pint.

Relax, relax.

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Photo of corby112
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear golden amber color with golden yellow hues when held to a light source and a one finger frothy white head that quickly fades into a lasting ring.

Earthy hop aroma with lots of golden straw and grass character. Hints of biscuit malt and bread along with some crisp light fruit.

Light, crisp medium body which is very well balanced and more complex than the average pale ale. Nice earthy dry hops up front which are quickly countered by a very refreshing sweet biscuity pilsner malt-like backbone. There's also a fairly prominent earthy grass/straw presence and some sweet light crisp fruit notes, especially green apple. Very quaffable, excellent example of the style.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in the 12 oz. bottle. The color is copper, with a thich white head. The smell is a good hoppiness. The taste is a very nice citrus taste, with a decent bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is smooth. As for drinkability, could have this one all day long!

Another quality brew from Troegs, and though it's overshadowed by its cousin the Hopback, this beer deserves some acclaim of its own. As good as the West Coast pale ales, only made a lot closer to home. Definitely one I'll be having again!

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Photo of BeerdedEric
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

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Photo of JayS2629
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear yellow with a medium white head that dissipates quickly but leaves a nice thin wall of lace

S- Sweet malt, caramels, citrus, pine, earthy floral notes

T- rich caramel backbone with nice citrusy notes, grapefruit, orange, lemon and pine hints.

M- Crisp, clean, light and refreshing

D- This is what a pale ale should be. Easy to drink, light, refreshing, well balanced. Tasty, not weak.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

yellow mixes fantastically with gold and orange.. the bubbles bring excitement to the crystal clear body. heady, nice and pillowy. disappears slowly leaving cloudlike patterns on the surface and webby lace. fresh, crunchy amarillo hop nose. essential and juicy. sweet in a floral way. drinks easy... light, airy bready character accented by those fruity hops. slightly metallic in the finish masked mostly by the faintest of bitternesses.. like a cherry stone. this beer is one of life's simple pleasures.. if hopback is medium and nugget nectar is high, this is a delightful low. another great beer from a great brewery.

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Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a sparkling light copper color, with a full head that held its form the whole glass. Typical citrus aroma that I love was evident. On the palate very nice balance of citrus notes upfront and slight caramel tones which evened the brew out…
Ends with a clean crisp finish! Great stuff!

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Photo of bditty187
4.39/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Translucent tawny-gold hue. Smallish white head that collapsed quickly, soapy residue that did produce thin rings of lace. Very inviting nose, pleasantly hoppy… raw & leafy with grapefruit highlights, a note of floral too, even a faint kiss of malt. The bouquet is dead-on for the style (it does lack a little potency)! The invitation is not misleading… awesomely hoppy palate, just raw enough, bitter and crisp, kisses of toasty malt… leafy and dry finish. Balanced and flavorful… the grapefruit influence is mild and blended well with the floral influences. Tremendously drinkable! Medium body. Ideal carbonation. Hoppy and “more-ish” aftertaste… yeah, I’d love to have this beer in my daily diet. Recommend!

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Photo of Schwarzbart
4.39/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: I drink this beer quite regularly and one thing that always stands out is the lacing. It is some of the nicest you will witness. In fact the appearance of the beer in general is very nice with a pale orange honey color and the head always pours a 2 finger head. When the head recedes there's nice pillowy puffs of foam that remain until the end.
Smell: A nice balance of bready malts and hops. Some lemon and herbs.
Taste: Bready malts hit the roof of the mouth and the hops hit the tongue and throat with a crisp grassy hop flavor. Some alcohol flavor, but it disappears quickly after swallowing. The aftertaste of grassy hops remains in your mouth long after a drink, which I think makes me crave more.
Mouthfeel: A little creamy with a crisp finish.
Drinkability: Very refreshing and crisp with just the right amount of hops. One of my favorites to session.

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Photo of LagerMan
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at The Wine Seller, Herndon, VA

Medium gold in color, with a rich, creamy head, two fingers worth. Initial smell was "herby". Nice lacing throughout, with good head retention. Medium bodied, excellent mouthfeel. Not as hoppy as other APA's I've sampled recently, which is not a bad thing.

One of the best-tasting pale ales I've had; another great beer from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

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Photo of bigdeuce
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one incredible session brew!! Slight maltiness takes the top, followed by an almost dry-hopped finish, that is smoother than hell. Nice cirtusy, piney smell to it and a delicate balanced of great hops and malt. The taste doesn't linger, making you yearn for the next sip. I just went over to PA and tried this at a hotel and bought a case of it. If you are looking to put a few away, I cannot think of a better session beer.

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Photo of TommyW
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Medium gold with a thin-but-sticky, white head.

S- Steely caramel malts with a touch of citrus hops.

T- Again, steely crystal malts with some notes of caramel malt, citrus hops with a tame, lingering bitterness.

M- Medium body with a nice crisp carbonation.

D- Very nice representations of the style, one of my favorites to date.

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Photo of ReelBigwigFish
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into mug, bottle dated 4-21-11.

A: Clear amber color with frothy off-white head. Generous lacing.

S: Citrus hops up front, very grapefruity. Vague pale malt sweetness.

T: Citrus fruit and floral hop burst of flavor. Wonderfully hoppy for a pale ale. Dry, bitter hops fade to a slightly sweet bready malt.

M: Great mouthfeel; light-medium body, good carbonation, starts a little bitter and dry, finishes sweet.

O: This might be my new favorite pale ale. It's got great flavor without pushing itself past being a 'pale ale' if you know what I mean. Super drinkable, and super tasty.

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Photo of acrawf6
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a nice dark orangish golden with a whte head. good lacing.

Smell. Hoppy, i get a cascade hoppiness. a little light and very refreshing.

Taste is good. great hop presence, with a nice malty backbone. has a nice citrus taste, slightly tart. quite nice and refreshing.

Mouthfeel is good. good body, nice carbonation, great balance.

Overall a quite nice beer, very refreshing (have i already said that?) I believe the six pack cost about $9.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This makes it near the top of my list for American Pale ales.
Lacks some of the lacing and depth of color that some pale ales have but still is good lookin.
Aromas are fresh herbal and floral hops.
Very solid hop character with lots of clean flavors. Malts are just rich enough to balance out the rich hops.
Can't get Troegs in too many places, unfortunately... but if you can!
you're probably a pretty happy person.

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Photo of argock
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date.

A: Honey-gold hue with off-white 1-2 finger head with stalactite lacing on multiple levels.

S: Smells hoppy with floral and citrus notes dominating. Pale, caramel, and sugary crystal malt aromas are also strong to give a very full and balanced aroma.

T: I think I may have found a new favorite session beer. Very full-flavored with solid caramel and pale malt backing crisply met with satisfying floral and grapefruit and orange citrus hops flavors. The flavors are spread nicely without anything over- or underwhelming -- a great quality for an APA.

M: The mouthfeel is excellent with a medium body and strong sweet-bitter aftertaste with low carbonation.

D: A great session beer with strong malting obviously yet pleasant hoppiness and a little less than medium body with great aftertaste. This is a special beer in that it does nearly everything well.

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Photo of 1sophrosyne1
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I've had this Troegs standard a number of times and ways--decided over the last few pours over the last few hours that its versatility and stylistic precision deserved a review.

Pours an amber gold with fine clarity. Rising rings of fine bubbles come off the bottom of an IPA glass to feed a fallen head that had begun thick and collapsed in lumps. Patches of lacing hang on.
The bouquet holds a balance of spruce and fruity sweetness including strawberry and passionfruit. It's also mildly biscuit-malty with a kiss of buttery caramel. And there's just enough must for heady depth. More metallic as it warms.
There's sufficient cream as it crosses the lips to carry a bready foundation upon which to build a long, yet clean taste. Bright acidity lifts up the passionfruit alongside pineapple and lemon zest. lemon peel, orange, pineapple. Later bitterness of the hops brings resin that then relaxes into a chewy flour dough with a fairly lengthy finish.
The body is sufficiently light for lots of easy drinking, but just thick enough with grain and glycerol to allow all the taste complexity to unfurl. And the carbonation level is just right to make it all dance gracefully, but not too long.
Overall, there's very little to critique in the way of making improvements. A bit higher alcohol content might be nice; it's just a touch thin. But really, this is an APA splashed with quintessence. All the core scents and flavors are present with a hint of charm from others in fine balance. Whenever the scratch options aren't exciting, I count on this standard for a satisfying experience in the Troegs tasting room with or without food.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle, clear auburn orange with nice poofy white head.

The smell is fruity and hoppy, more fruit in the nose than I expect out of an American Pale Ale which is a promising sign.

The flavor is fruity and hoppy just like the aroma, so good I wish I could find it more often. Almost a mild IPA, a perfect session beer.

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Photo of OKCNittany
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 1/4" white head with good retention & lacing. Clear amber body.

S: Citrus, pine, & floral hops. What more could a hop head want?

T: Awfully hoppy for an APA (and that's not a complaint). Citric & piney hops with enough caramel malt for good balance. Very tasty.

M: Light to medium body with soft carbonation. Smooth with an excellent, lasting, hoppy aftertaste.

D: Great session beer. I had planned on trying every new (to me) beer in the bar that night, but this was too good to stop at one (didn't stop 'til they ran out).

I believe I have a new favorite PA (and would take this over most IPAs too).

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Body is a light yellow-orange with a slight chill haze, topped by a fluffy white two-finger-plus head. Good lacing.

Another grapefruit grove in the nose.

Taking a sip, or swig, the malt & hops arrive together, briefly separate, introduce themselves, and then re-merge. Its balanced, then malt & hops on separate parts of the tongue, and back for a big finish. Plenty of hops, but not over-hopped. This is not an "is it an APA or IPA?" Nice dryish note to the aftertaste.

A very well crafted Pale Ale. From a brewery that gets better and better.

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Photo of mophie
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another really nice surprise from these guys. Amber colored, with a really nice full head that stayed for the whole glass. Cascade hops give it the typical floral & citrus APA aroma, but it's nicely balanced by the Belgian malts used in the brew. Taste is also well balanced, with a combination of citrus and a caramel sweetness, with a nice, bitter, refreshing finish. I am now a bona-fide Troegs fan.

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Tröegs Pale Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
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