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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: 1,511
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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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass

Appearance – An orange/amber color mix with a very light head. The thin white head faded leaving very little lacing.

Smell – The aroma was pretty mild, but some citrus hoppines mixed with an ever so slight bit of biscuit maltiness was detected.

Taste – Mostly citrusy grapefruit bitterness at the forefront. A little bit of caramel and roasted malt sweetness then comes into the taste profile. Nothing is off in the taste, but nothing is really too potent or enticing either. Just a bit above the norm.

Mouthfeel – A little thin on the body with a nice level of carbonation for the style.

Overall – A very standard brew through and through. Nothing bad, but nothing too exceptional either.

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Photo of CountJustinian
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours dark golden orange with some cloudiness and lots of fizz. Head holds up well and laces nicely. Crisp carbonation. Hoppiness is as expected from an APA, though subdued somewhat by tart citrusy flavors. Fairly crisp finish. Not terribly complex, but not bad for guzzling.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
3.26/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, golden amber with a bone white head and highly apparent carbonation.

The nose is sweet grapefruit flesh and tropical fruits with a graham cracker like, biscuity caramel.

The taste is very light, sweet and bready caramel with a honeydew melon in the middle and a light, lemon rind bitterness in the off-dry finish.

It's light bodied and the high level of carbonation really detracts from the taste and leaves me with an aftertaste reminiscent of club soda.

Overall a drinkable and enjoyable beer well suited for sessioning...but after being blown away by Tröegs Dead Reckoning Porter I found myself wishing it had a little more oomph in the flavor department and a lot less carbonation in the body.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.26/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Undated bottle at 42 degrees into shaker
Aroma weak, somewhat citrusy
Head large (6 cm, aggressive pour), off white, creamy, diminishing to irregular five to seven mm ring and layer
Lacing poor – rare tiny island of tiny bubbles
Body medium yellow, clear
Flavor very slightly bitter, slight malt flavor, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light, watery, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 3, Flavor 3, Palate 4, Overall 3.5

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Photo of midaszero
3.28/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Drank at RFD while on a trip in Washington DC

A - Clear straw body with very little white head

S - Malty but not a lot but not faint either

T - Matly with good hop taster and a little bitter

M - Medium body with light carbonation

D - Not great but not bad

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Photo of OldYoda
3.28/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hard to see how I haven't gotten around to a review on this until now - but here goes. Poured from the bottle into a my trusty Troeg's standard US pint glass. Not much of a head and no lacing, pours out a very pale caramel color in the glass.

Smell is very subdued. A whiff of sweet malt and maybe just a touch of hops.

Taste is ok but nothing much that you will remember tomorrow.

Mouthfeel to me is a little thin.

Drinkability is outstanding - this could be a session beer with no problem.

I'm a huge Troeg's fanboy but this is not one of my favorites. I may be unfairly comparing this in my mind to their Hopback or their Nectar which I think are outstanding. This is a decent little pale but there are better representatives of the style.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.28/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours very pale orange with a foamy white head, some lacing. Good clarity.

Light citric hop aroma, some light malt scents.

Tell you the truth, this was a letdown. Very citric hop forward, which flips right to some biscuit like flavors and some light toasted malt. Finishes with a seltzer (almost salted) like element, which I found to be a bit unappealing. Flavors were fleeting and understated.

Medium-light body. Decent carbonation. Good structure for the flavor.

Overall, this was just ok. I didn't think this was strong enough, and the crisp clean thing was fine, but just some odd flavors and weakness that didn't really stand up on its own or with food. Really didn't care for this one. Nothing to hate by any means, but it is a far cry form some other Troegs products.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hauled back from PA by my buddy expatsteve - thanks again.

Pour: light golden amber, crystal clear visibility under a finger of sparse white bubbles that fade with soapy lacing.

Nose: British/leafy/medicinal hops, bit of juicy citrus and some vanilla malt.

Taste: Leafy, almost plasticky astringent hops, grapefruit, apricot, very light husky balancing malts.

Feel: on the light side for body, carbonation is middle of the road.

Drinkability/Overall: APA has never been my favorite style and this isn't the greatest rendition I've had either. Leafy and plasticky instead of juicy and malty. Still a decent beer that's fairly easy to drink.

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Photo of HopEnthusiast
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

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Photo of gameface23
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden with a foamy white head. Aroma is well balanced bready malt and hops (more earthy/floral than citrus/pine). The taste it well rounded, but the hops seem to be more of a bittering variety than flavor/aroma. The finish ends with malty sweetness. The mouthfeel is decent for an APA, and the drinkability is good @ 5.40%. This is definitely a sessionable beer, but I would buy a bunch of other beers instead of this one.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orangish copperish color with a skim head with a thicker ring around the outside. The are gobs of lace left up and down the glass. Carbonation is visible. The aroma is faint a sweet malt backbone with a floral and citrus hop bite in the middle and end. Good aroma but faint. The taste has a bigger sweet malt backbone more pronounced then I thought it would be. At the backend is a floral and citrus hop bite. The bite brings balance and isn't in your face or tongue. The mouthfeel is light and moderatley carbonated. Overall it is a decent beer nothing spectacular not spectacular but solid.

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Photo of curasowa
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden yellow color 1 finger of head that fades to a ring. Lots of citrusy hops in the aroma, with big grapefruit notes and a hint of grassyness in the back. The taste is dominated by a green hop bitterness that really swamps out the malt, until the end where there is a kinda unusual astringent graininess. The finish is lingering and the body is to the thin side of medium. An Ok P.A. with some balance issues.

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3.32/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

From bottle to pint glass. Bottled 3/10/10, consumed 5/25/10.

A: Pours with a one finger foamy white head that is long lasting. Loads of bubbles rush through the body and add to the cap, never letting what is now a film disappear completely. The body is magnifyingly clear and golden orange in color. Respectable lacing. As most Troegs beers do, this one looks particularly good in the glass.

S & T: Light malts of pilsner and munich create a lightly toasted aroma of grain and straw. This pale ale was hopped with liberty and cascade and provides light notes of flowers and grass. I realize that the Troegs Pale Ale *IS* a pale ale, but there is a hop void in this beer that needs to be filled. I am not excited or impressed with either the hop or malt bills. Lightly sweet with a pleasant long lasting flavor.

M: Medium full for the style with a creamy texture. Appropriately carbonated. Dry finish. Very little room for improvement in this department.

D: The drinkability suffers, for me, because of lack of personal interest. Overall a decent brew, but nowhere ner the upper-echelon of APAs.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

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Photo of rye726
3.34/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an orangish copper with a beige gead. Good lacing and retention. Nose has grassy hops and pale bready malts. Taste has grainy malts and some stale hops. Light body is well carbonated, but a bit light through the finish. Not bad, good session ale.

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Photo of ralree
3.37/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: A little cloudy, eggshell head of 2-fingers, big bubbles. Lacing is OK, retention is OK. Yellow-orange color.

S: Pretty grapefruity with a nice hop background. Alcohol undetectable. A little bit of metallic smell.

T: Mainly apricot and grapefruit with a slight hop background. Slight metallic taste in the background throws the flavor off. Watery - the flavor goes away almost immediately after swallowing. Very slight bready malt flavor in the aftertaste.

M: Light-bodied, a little undercarbonated, kinda oily. Non-astringent.

D: Not too great. Maybe it would be alright with a meal that you didn't want to overpower with beer since it's such a light flavor. Doesn't go well on its own at all.

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Photo of zimm421
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a standard pint glass; appears a very clear, golden color with a nice white head that has good retention and leaves some lacing.

The smell is subdued, but has a slight hint of hops as well as a good malt balance. There is a nice hoppy bitterness in the flavors, which is backed by a slightly sweet and light malt.

This is medium bodied with an average amount of carbonation, and it goes down easily. Only consumed one pint this time, but it would be very easy to drink several of these in a sitting.

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Photo of JKuras
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Golden/orange straw in color, about a finger of fluffy head. Clear and clean looking. Decent lacing on the way down.

Smell: Not a heavy scent, but good hops presence. Notes of citrus, apple, and sweet malts.

Taste: Bitterness of the hops hits right away and doesn’t back down. Lots of pine but low on the fruit and malts I got from smelling it. The bitter hops really overpowers everything else for me, and still lingers for a minute or two afterwards.

Mouthfeel: Nice and crisp, goes down smooth. Great for a hot summer evening grilling outdoors.

Overall: I love a hoppy beer, but the other flavors just don’t quite come through. Not a bad beer at all though, I could have several of these in one sitting. Just a little one-dimensional.

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Photo of JDV
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of DrJay on BA.
Pours a clear and light amber color with small offwhite head. Smell is grainy malt mostly with light hops in the nose as well. Taste is smooth creamy, fruity malt and a nice moderate bitterness and light hop flavor but enough to let you know its a solid pale ale. Medium to thin bodied with moderate carbonation. Goes down easy and is extremely sessionable. Nice pale.

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Photo of TheSSG
3.41/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice, dense, white head that collapses, leaving nice lacing along the edges. Mellow, warm notes of citrus hops. Straw color. Starts with a very bright, citric hop profile (with a few notes of pine) which transitions into a citrus rind flavor as the bitterness peaks, all the while the malt peeked through. As the bitterness peaks it takes on a poignant orange rind flavor. The finish is lingering orange rind with a slight pine aspect to it.

Overall, not bad. Definitely a bit more of the pine/citrus rind hop profile, which I am not crazy about. If that's your thing, then this does not disappoint in quality, though.

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Photo of biteme398
3.42/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.42/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a bottle from the anthology mixed case, poured into a pint glass. Tried this after recently trying an otter creek pale ale

yellow, quite clear, decent carbonation, head thin, but persisted, and left some lacing

Smell was pleasant, slightly citrus

taste was good, definitely better than the otter creek offering, citrusy, delicate hops, not at all bland. Mouthful was medium, quite smooth.

Overall, a good offering. Can see drinking several of these with a light supper.

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Photo of gskitt
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear, bubbly, pale orange, huge two-finger head that lasts only briefly. Smells of wheat or grain, a bit of hops and a bit of malt. Taste is a bit more hoppy than malty but not by much. Has some sweetness to it but refreshingly so. Mouthfeel is crisp and dry, really nice and the best part of the beer in my opinion. Overall, a very nice summer quaff from Troegs.

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Photo of DrJay
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at the Drafting Room in Exton, PA.
Cloudy, light caramel colour with a whitish head. Awesome retention and the lacing was solid foam that formed rings at each sip. Citrusy aroma (grapefruit and mild orange) with a hint of malt. Quite a mild flavour with medium/low bitterness. Balanced malt sweetness with mild citrus hopping. A little watery and thin, very low carbonation. Very easy drinking, but seems to need some extra carbonation to prop up the body. I'll try it again in bottles or draft to see how that changes things.

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