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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-22-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 1,510 |  Reviews: 599
Photo of MrOH
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brilliant gold, the white head is small but sticks around.

Appetizing citrus and floral hop aromas, with a touch of resin and caramel in the background.

Crisp, citrus hops, a bit of sweet, toasty malt, and then a nice lingering grapefruit rind finish.

Medium light body with lots of carbonation.

Quite the easy drinker. Could definitely have a few.

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Photo of thebrood1987
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I get that very nice fruity, floral, almost bubblegum Cascade hop smell that you get in a lot of the top notch Pale Ales like Victory's Headwater, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and Dales Pale Ale. I get a fruity hop spiciness followed by a hop crispness some biscuit malt in the middle and ending with the crisp dry Cascade hop.

Very delicious Pale Ale. Its nothing too different than a lot of the top notch craft beer Pale Ales but it definitely holds its own as an extremely drinkable fruity hop forward ale. The biscuit malt is perfect with the hops and as it warms it the malt becomes sweeter. I also get bubblegum, tea, herbal and fruitiness from the hopping.

This definitely ranks amongst the best Pale Ales you can get. It blends all the flavors perfectly and gives off one of the best hop flavors you can get without it being an IPA.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
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 SolipsismalCat
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Stoudts American Pale Ale.

A: Clear golden amber with a two-finger, white, foamy head that lasted a few minutes. Nice lacing.

S: Hay and citrus hops.

T: Moderately sweet and light bitterness. Toasted malt flavor in the finish. Slightly herbal tea flavor. Nice.

M: Light to medium bodied. Very smooth and slightly cream. Soft carbonation.

O: This beer didn't smell like much, but the taste was pretty good, and the mouthfeel was really smooth. I liked this one slightly more than the Stoudts.

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Photo of shawnsmith1
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours yellow into a pint glass with 2" ivory head.

S: Citrus/ pine. Nice hoppy nose.

T: Nice malt character, well balanced against hop bitterness.

M: Medium bodied, soft carbonation, nice clean finish of bittering hops.

O: A fine representation of the style. Not trying to be something it's not. I could drink a few of these . . .

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Photo of kennylopez
3.11/5  rDev -17.7%
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 BierBliss
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle drank on 9/11

aroma: citrus and hops

appearance: poured into a pilsner glass. light head 1/8 inch. minor lacing. dark yellow to gold

flavor: dry hoppiness throughout

mouthfeel: light carbonation, medium body

overall impression: a good pale ale. not my normal style so I'm not the best judge to provide comparisions. a beer I would drink again though.

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

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A very light pale almost straw yellow, with a cloudy sense and some orange hues for the body. Head is kind of weak foamy and only about two fingers at its largest size. Scattered lacing not much really.

Nose is subtle but nice. Clean with a small pine hop and a small mushy citrus fruit sense. It's not bold or big, but it's decent and very pleasant.

A just mild enough hop kick with a malt bread almost crisp finish. Hops come in at first, but stays low enough to give the malt to breath. Bready finish comes next with a mix of crispness to balance and smooth it out. Not too carbonated either with a solid feel. Slightly wet but okay with a minor citrus bent also.

This is a good solid mix of a pale ale that doesn't try to be a borderline IPA hop bomb. Lets the malt come through and eventually dominate but gives enough presence to make a statement. Easy drinking as well. Solid Pale Ale here.

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

Poured a 1.5" white head. Clear color is golden verging on amber. Smell has malt plus an interesting floral aspect to the hops. Taste is far richer than either the smell or my expectations prepared me for. The hop bitterness carries through in the aftertaste and is refreshing. There's also a slight acidic zing to the beer which perks me up. Quite a respectable pale ale.

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Photo of k7sw
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- A deep golden pour with 2 fingers of head that recedes to a layer of tan foam that leaves a nice lacing all the way down the glass.
S- Floral scent laced with something I can't quite name
T- Pleasant hoppy bitterness leaving a good bit of aftertaste.
M- Wonderfully smooth
D- Could drink quite a few of these.

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost no head over a clear, copper body. Aroma is sourdough bread with a large fruity character. Grapefruits and tangerines. Flavor has a solid malt backbone. Bready caramel sweetness supports a bold fruity hop layer. More of the same hop characters from the nose. Finish has a light bitterness that sits on top of the malty body well. The fruity hop character is what makes this beer. Enjoyed a six pack while hanging out with some friends I haven't seen in a while. Goes down smooth, easy drinking.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Was part of the Troegs 12 pack I picked up.

A: Pours a slight hazy orange color with a 1.5 finger of-white head with decent retention. Little bits of sticky lace were left on the glass.

S: Nice hop aroma with lots of floral and citrus notes. Some orange zest and a bit of grapefruit are present. Slightly bready malt with a hint of graham as well.

T: Nice hoppy flavor profile for an APA, just how I like it. Some orange and orange zest with some grass as well. There is some light caramel and a bit of bready malt.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation Finishes slightly bitter and dry.

O: Drinks very easy and is what I am looking for in an APA - a little bit of hops, with a crisp mouthfeel, and not too filling. Done done and done.

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Photo of coachdonovan
3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in January, this is a hazy yellowish orange. Actually now that I look more closely, it's not all that hazy at all, surprisingly. Aroma is very sweet - both from the hop fruit notes as well as the malt. It's obviously toned down compared to an IPA, but it's plenty interesting.

The taste falls a little bit short for me. The sweetness appears again with a juicy/chewy mouthfeel, but there isn't much more to it than that. The hops help dry out the finish, and certainly this is easy-drinking, but there isn't anything that stands out.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was part of the sampler I had over the weekend when I visited the brewery for the first time. I have had this beer in the past but didn't recall much about it. Having it again was really nice though. The beer poured out as a golden orange color. The head was white and fizzy and leaves just a bit of lacing on the glass. The smell has a nice sweet hoppy aroma to it. The taste is a very good, nicely balanced with hops and malts. The mouthfeel of the beer is a also very nice, it's smooth and bubbly, very drinkable brew. Overall I found the Pale Ale to be quite nice on most levels. I almost wanted to bring home a growler of it but chose the Flying Mouflan instead.

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Photo of Philabeerphia
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden hue, translucent and crisp with a small off-white head of small bubbles that dissipates quickly and retains almost no lace.

Nose is large, round & filled with equal parts dirt, grapefruit and healthy weeds. All the components are there for a nose that I consider above average.

Starts off light and candy sweet on the tongue, goes round and honeyish on the top of the mouth, then transitions to moderate hop bitterness, biting and distinctive of the style. That bitterness is tempered well by a chewy, shortbread-like maltiness that lingers heavy in the throat. They nailed it with the hop/malt balance. This is all helped along by the mid-light body and the fullish carbonation. Zippy but not too effervescent. Nailed it again my friend.

Overall its a classic take on the style and a welcome sight in the fridge.

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Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at the excellent Capital Ale House in downtown Fredericksburg, VA. Pours a bubbly light orange with a 1/2 inch foamy head, that dissipates to a thin head that stays throughout. Smell is a floral cascade of hops, with hints of malt and wheat. Taste is initially bitter, but has a smooth, dry finish.Good session beer. Really enjoyed this.

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Photo of NODAK
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has a somewhat floral and toasty aroma to it, but it isn't a very strong one.

Label states it's made with Cascade hops and crystal malts, and both are really obvious. First, the body of the beer is a tug of war between floral notes and fruity, sweet malty notes as well. It isn't really bitter from the hops, but the flavor is imparted quite well from the Cascades. There's a small bitterness on the finish, with a toasty note showing up afterwards from the crystal malts.

It's like they took a standard APA, added the sweetness of some ambers and the toastiness of a pils. Interesting mix. It does say it's a "copper APA". Very tasty stuff, actually. Exceptionally easy to drink.

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Photo of IronLover
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on May 19, 2011. Dark yellow in color with a touch of red and perfect clarity. Poured with a frosty white head that quickly reduced to a wispy cap that leaves nice sticky lacings on the glass. Floral hop aroma with a touch of citrus orange and lemon hop aromas balanced nicely with bready malt. Medium bodied with assertive, biting carbonation. Nice balance of bready and toasted malts with herbal citrus and pine hop flavor from the beginning thru the middle. Malt flavor stays consistent through the finish as hop character transitions from herbal to lightly piney. Finishes crisp and dry with a light bitter aftertaste. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of gskitt
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
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 goblue3509
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
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 vande
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a = a somewhat shimmery, golden color with a quickly dissipating head that leaves a light laced top...yet at the same time, one can see the bubbles drifting upwards from the bottom showing a decent amount of carbonation.

s = that blend of citrus/pine coming out first with the back of a bit of floralness to it

t = trying to put my finger on it here... or rather my tongue... something happens at the back end that take the taste in a different direction... some orange/mandarins going on, with a splash of lemon...watered down citrus accenting the taste, some sort of a fruit cocktail sans pineapple & cherry?

M = medium to light bodied with a good level of carbonation keeping this one kicking..

O = not bad, but not spectacular. worth a try as are most Troegs from what I've had.

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

First had: on tap at ? (guessing Johnny Brenda's)

Decent, simple brew. Poured light golden brown with about an inch of well-lacing, white head. Sweet malts in the aroma well-balanced with some piney hops. Toasty malts in the taste, along with some mild hop bitterness. Pretty well-balanced. Nothing out of the ordinary really. Light-medium mouthfeel, and overall very drinkable if you're just looking for something simple.

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

Enjoyed at Troeg's tasting room on the cusp of beautiful Harrisburg.

A- Light blonde/staw colored, poured into snifter. Would have liked more head, maybe even more depth of color.

A- Cascade, prominent enough. Some base malt comes through.

T- I like Cascade, but I like other hops better, or for it to be used in conjunction w/ other hops. It does it's job and if I had never tried a beer hopped w/ Cascades - or any C-hops, for that matter - I would be even more impressed.
Anyway, I do think the Pils base malt, while creative clashed with the hops and brew. Maybe it's just personal preference, but I like quality Pale malt. I dunno, it's hard to place.

For what it's worth, it's a refreshing beer that punches above its weight. It just doesn't seem to work in sync. I feel myself enjoying the refreshment, but still looking for something more.

M- Slightly thin,even for style.

O- Good, not great. Wishing for more. To be perfectly honest, I think this is one that grows on you. Some beers are best enjoyed several drinks deep. Sipping at one and then passing onto something else causes you to miss its depth and allow the flavors to settle. Even in saying all that, there's something about the bite in this one that I feel grows eally annoying.

I'd take this over 95% of what's being brewed out there, but I doubt I'll ever seek it out again.

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Photo of obywan59
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear golden-ywllow with a2 finger near white head that leaves decent lacing. A moderate amount of carbonation bubbles.

Wonderful floral, grassy hops with plenty of over-ripe citrus in the aroma.

Sweet malts shine through in the taste, but less so as the beer warms. There are hops as well, but they are a bit of a let down after the aroma. Good lasting hoppy bitterness, but not near the complexity as was in the aroma.

Medium mouthfeel. Some substantial heartburn on the first glass, though I became inured to it by the second. Perhaps the oiliness of the hops?

A decent brew, but I was expecting more after the aroma.

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Photo of jifigz
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass from the Waterfront in Lewistown, Pa.

A: A transparent yellow/orange color with a small white head. The head disappeared quickly but left nice lacing on the glass.

S: A decent floral tone from the hops seem to dominate the aroma of this beer. It smells tasty since I love hops.

T: A delicious taste that is well balanced. The hops add a nice citrus tart and crispness that is not overpowered by the malt. It is an easy drinking beer and not boldly flavorful. The modest alcohol level does not add an ethanol bite at all either. Very enjoyable.

M: The beer did not seem overly thin and watery on my palate but it may have been a little too carbonated, but that's just nit-picking. It wasn't extremely over carbed.

O: A solid beer from a pretty decent brewery. It is a good warm weather, easy drinking beer that actually has flavor (unlike the major adjunct lagers). I would enjoy one of these anytime I had the chance.

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Tröegs Pale Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 1,510 ratings
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