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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Reviews: 598 | Ratings: 1,510
Photo of Erdinger2003
2.31/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a great frothy head with an awesome lacing. It also has a hazy yellow brown color that's nice. The smell is hoppy with an underlying skunk to it. The taste is hoppy and light with a little funky skunk to it. The mouthfeel is ok, but at the same time not so great. I will never try this again.

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Photo of lifebeer
2.62/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a. pours a light amber/straw color, 1/4 head made of large, medium and small bubbles that dissipates quickly, some sparse lacing

s. its difficult to tell, but some subtle aroma hops, maybe some roasted malts?

t. not much at first, some light malt character, finishes with a stale bitterness, some wheat and adjuncts (e.g. corn)

m. light to medium mouthfeel, highly carbonated

d. very drinkable, as in, pound it like a bud!

no aroma, hardly any flavor to call it a pale, very drinkable noetheless, would be good on a hot summers day as a bud or mgd upgrade

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Photo of badbeer
2.64/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I've been looking forward to trying beer from Tröegs for a little while now, here goes.

Poured a nice golden amber color with a fluffy white head leaving some lacing. Smell is rather weak, I think it's trying to be citrus-y, but just not really succeeding. Taste is much of the same, it has stuff going on, but it's just not very flavorful and good things. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and had average carbonation. Drinkability was merely, "meh;" I could finish it, but it just isn't something I plan on having again. I'll be sure to try other offerings from Tröegs, but this one started me out on the wrong foot.

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Photo of BatsforBeer
2.79/5  rDev -27.7%
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.

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Photo of nrpellegrini
2.8/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured to pint glass.

A: clear golden color, fast thinning white head
S: hoppy, malts, slight caramel aroma
T: initial hoppy bite, fades and smooths out
M: sore aftertaste
D: so-so, probably wouldnt reach for another one

Decent beer, pale ale's aren't my favorite.
It fit right in with the rest of them.

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Photo of theyellowdart
2.88/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I don't often drink APAs, so I will try to review the beer for what it is. -I was simply in the mood for something different.

Beautiful honey amber color with a slight head. The hop aroma was prevalent, but more of a wet grass smell. I am not a big fan of Liberty and Cascade hops, especially together I felt the hops ruined this beer for me. Otherwise the slight maltiness was nice, and hints of caramel.

If and when I go to drink a APA again, this would not be my first choice.

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Photo of Maxwell
2.88/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours an amber blonde with notes of carmeling. Nicely carbonated with a thick white head and some lacing

Smell: Smells of piney hops with a nice malt sweetness surrounding the hops bite. Nice Cascade hopping

Taste: Bitter with a bare backbone of malts. Slightly peppery with an almost bready after rush of taste. Good pale ale bite.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation brings a nice fizz to the tongue, while the bitters help to nicely bite into the tongue and cleanly wash out, leaving a bitter bite on only the top of the tongue.

Overall: This seems to be a nice classic pale ale, a little maltier than Sierra Nevada’s but still with a nice Cascade hop bite.

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Photo of ppvora
2.89/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a cold bottle into a ale glass.

Appearance: Dark yellow, with some copper tones, 1 finger head, very little or no aeration.

Aroma: Malt, barley, some citrusy notes in the background.

Taste: Malts are the most persistent flavor here, with some biscuity notes.

Mouthfeel: Some light bitterness.

Bought a 6-pack. I probably won't return to this beer again unless it's the only serious beer on tap at a restaurant.

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Photo of tlazaroff
2.92/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours out a perfectly clear, bright pale yellow (slight hints of orange) color. No head worthy to speak of and lacing is present, but nothing special.

S: I expected a little more out of the aroma. When I opened the bottle I got a little tangerine citrus, but it dissipated as quickly as it appeared.

T: Taste reminds me of the tropics, maybe Hawaii, to which I've never been. I can't pick out specific flavors, but I do like what I taste. I do get some tangerine, and I think pineapple.

M: Somewhat watery, very thin on the mouth. Carbonation is on the low-moderate end.

D: Drinks very easily.

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Photo of soco7tyx7
2.93/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Light golden with 1 1/2 finger, mildly frothy head. Bits of lacing present till finish
S - Not a ton here but I got some citrusy hops and some maltiness
T - Light on the palette with a vague malt up front. Finishes bitter and citrusy
M - Very carbonated, light and thin, watery like a tonic water
D - Being light, it's easy to drink and I could drink a few due to that reason alone, but I wouldn't because I just didn't enjoy it much

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Photo of wiseguy142
2.98/5  rDev -22.8%
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.

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Photo of jtierney89
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice bright golden color with good clarity and a sticky bright white head. Lots of grainy biscuit aromas with some piney hop resin underneath. Overall though rather faint in the scent department.

Crisp, grainy and dry. Lighter in body but it holds together very well. Hop presence is slightly mellow and really only coming through enough to present the palette with a touch of pine and balancing the malt to finish super dry. Refreshing, good, clean and pretty standard. I'd never grab this over hop back though which has the same sessionability, availability, and price tag.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.01/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewery into a snifter.

A: Clear amber body; light, fine head of white foam; moderate retention and nice lacing.

S: Biscuity malt and light, citrusy hops. Not much here.

T: Crisp, grainy malt throughout, with the hops only coming through on the tail end with some straight bitterness - no real flavor. Disappointing for a beer billed as "aggressively hopped."

M: Thin and watery, with very light carbonation. Cold.

D: Light, crisp, and cold = goes down easy enough.

Notes: This would be a fantastic macro/adjunct/lawnmower lager, but it's a very underwhelming pale ale.


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Photo of strengthdoc
3.07/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had this as part of a mixed 12 pack. The bottle poured out a very light golden colored ale. There as actually a very nice floral hop aroma. The taste was lightly hopped and consistent throughout the first taste, mid taste, and finish. The mouthfeel was light and fairly watery.

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Photo of dragonWhale
3.09/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Apologies in advance to Troegs for this 6er, just purchased, was bottled 10/25/10. I feel like there's no one to blame here, except maybe that people aren't drinking this fast enough. So it's all of our fault.
A fine looking pale. Hay-colored, a minimal head with a purchase of lace, very clear. I can see the buildings a block over magnified spectacularly through the glass. Aroma at this point is mostly pale malt, a little sweet, some faded pine and earthy hop. Flavor is mostly the same with a decently firm, yet comforting, bitterness. It's okay, probably better fresh. Maybe some other time, we shall meet again, and this review will be the future.

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Photo of andersony17
3.1/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked a variety pack (anthology) of bottles

A- Has a nice bottle label and the beer appearance has a nice amber color, pretty good foam head.

S- has a citrus smell, lemon/orange like

TM - very bitter after taste, need to recover after each sip

O - not my favorite Pale Ale, wouldn't buy this individually

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Photo of kennylopez
3.11/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into globe glass

Appearance: a light white head at about a finger and a half thick, it is a nice golden straw color with mild carbonation.

Smells: like hay and grass with a citrus note

Tastes: like it smells except with a nice pine note for the middle. has a more flavorful taste then the smell led on in the nose.

Mouthful: a light pale ale with a good balance and virtually no taste of alcohol.

Overall: a good brew for session or BBQ drinking. I will buy a another case for a staple to keep in the fridge. Good but still not my favorite American pale ale.

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Photo of UncleFlip
3.16/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks agan to Chelsea for the nice sampler from this brewery...

Medium honey colour, off white smallish head, which recedes at a decent pace. Ever so slightly hazy.

Smell weak (trying to stick my face in the glass), but seems to be mostly hops.

Flavour is decent- a good balance of malty and hoppy. Nothing really outstanding here, but solid.

Carbonation is present, but not over the top. Liquid is hearty.

Takes a hit on drinkability, as it doesn;t really keep me intersted. Good and solid, but would lead me to look for something slightly more interesting.

Be well

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.16/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark gold with a thin white head. Smells like grassy citrus Cascade in doughy malt. Mingles into a white grape juice aroma as it warms.

Flavor starts out great with grassy Cascade and doughy malt. Good malt to hop balance. As it warms though it gets a little bland champagne-y. Medium body.

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Photo of Brew33
3.17/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I had never had anything from this brewery before and had no real opinion of the brewery before purchasing a single from Jungle Jim's in Cincy.

The beer is a dark gold color, pretty light in color and a lot less Amber than most Pale Ales. Faint hops is the only smell I pick up, not too complex.

The taste was average. The hops were subdued and the malt was flat tasting. This is a boring beer. It lacked a hop punch that one should get from an APA, it was very dull and watery. Speaking of watery, that is what it was like; very thin, no head to speak of when poured.

All in all it was okay, I would drink it again, but never pay for it. Not a good rendition of an APA.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Has a rich golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops, maybe a touch of citrus. Taste is also overwhelmingly of hops, not well balanced. Feels light in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall a decent brew but a tad to hoppy for my liking.

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Photo of popery
3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.2/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into nonic

Crytal clear golden amber hue with a one finger light tan head that slowly settles to a thin cap, leaving behind a solid wall of lacing.

Sweet and grainy malt base with a sharp hop citrusy hop aroma.

Biscuity grain with some mild hop flavor, which is citrusy, but not too bitter. The feel is very smooth and thick. It seems this one has slightly lower carbonation. The finish is some steely grain that lingers for a little while.

I felt that this was a pretty average pale ale. It's okay, but I feel it's nothing special, just another Pale Ale. The hops were there but they weren't in the range that I would expect from an APA or as balanced as an EPA. It's stuck in the middle.

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Photo of musicforairports
3.22/5  rDev -16.6%
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.

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Tröegs Pale Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
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