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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Ratings: 1,510 |  Reviews: 599
Photo of Tartarus
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass.

A: Copper colored, with a thin head that dissatpates quickly. Copper color is reasonably translucent. A lot of carbonation bubbles up at the pour, but there does not seem to be much carbonation afterwards.

S: Faint scent of hops and i can't get much else.

T: Pretty even mix of hops and malt taste. It doesn't have a very strong flavor either way.

M: Feels pretty light, it feels more carbonated than it looks.

D: I don't know if I'd ever crave this or really pine for it. I could go for another though and it's light enough that I could drink a couple in one setting.

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Photo of haazer
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at a Fridays, a step up for them as far as tap beer goes.

A- Tiny bit of white head, fizzles down and leaves lace on the glass. Brew is completely filtered, gold token coin color. Good lacing left througout the glass as you drink.

S- Good balanced smell of citrus and pale malt bill. Little bits of pine and lemon zest.

T- Better balance of the malts and hops in the taste. Strongest taste profile is lemon, followed by a little bit of orange. Pale malt rounds out the taste.

M- Light bodied, slightly bittering mouthfeel. On the brink of being watered down but just above that.

D- An easy drinking good tasting pale ale. Low enough ABV to session with I think. In my opinion of all the breweries in PA Tröegs gets the most use and flavor out of their hops better than anyone.

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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 SteelerNation
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Lacing is moderate. Heading is disappointing. Golden straw color.

S: Smells very appley and cider-like. Faint malt sweetness.

T: Toasted bicuit flavor with lots of tofee-like yeast. Hops are hardly dominate and compliment the bready malt profile. Hops taste of orange and lemon. There isn't a strong hop flavor or aroma, which is dissapointing for a pale ale.

M: Light and drying on the palate. Moderate dextrins.

D: Not incredibly drinkable.

I really like the diacetly yeast flavors. This seems too low hopped for an American pale ale to me. I would reach for their wheat over this one.

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Photo of gopens44
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - 1/2" foamy brilliant white head that sat atop a crystal clear light straw colored liquid.

S - First impression was that of dandelions with a grassy hop experience. Nothing malty coming through in the nose.

T - Bitter lemony, grassy hop at first with a touch of a tart wave riding in front of a rather decently balanced malty taste in the finish.

M - Crisp, well carbonated and thin. A little bitter in the aftertaste, but fairly pleasant overall.

I'm beginning to think that Troegs really has it down pretty well. This one is no exception. Great low ABV beer that can easily be seen as a great summer drink.

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Photo of fdw3
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a golden amber with one finger of fluffy white head. Head retains well but little lacing is visible.

S - Very flowery and hoppy with various spices and fruit notes.

T - Lots of citrus flavors, notably grapefruit. Hops dominate accompanied by a very nice spice-fruit combination. On the dry side with lasting notes of pine -- very crisp!

M - Light body with moderate-to-high carbonation that finishes on the dry side.

D - I really enjoyed this beer, particularly the citrus flavors and aromas that truly mask the alcohol. Highly drinkable and one of my favorite pale ales!

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Photo of cetherid
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured into a pint glass


A golden straw colored beer with about 1 finger of white head that dissipated quickly. Looks basically like your standard american lager.


Some faint sweet malt aroma with subtle citrus notes. Nothing really standing out with aroma but good none the less.


some bready malts in the beginning with a touch of sweetness in there....then the little hop bitterness with a smooth malt finish at the end. I would alter the hop/malt ratio a little bit the other way, but a nice little refreshing beer. Tasting this beer makes me think it's like a "lite" German lager.


pretty much light bodied with decent carbonation. This Beer is definitely smooth and refreshing.


Decent, especially for someone just starting into craft beer. Just an OK beer for you can't buy this in Indiana so I highly doubt I'd ever try this again. If someone offered me one, I guess I'd accept.

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Photo of gabedivision
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle to Southern Tier pint glass.

A- Pale golden yellow, sticky thin white foam that slowly goes away.

S- Smells amazing, full of mild hops.

T- Sweet, caramel. Hoppy and a soapy-like bitterness.

M- Well bodied and crisp, leaves the mouth dry and wanting more.

D- Definitely drinkable and delicious.

Not bad a pale ale, but at the price for a 6pack i could find something a little more affordable and tastier.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Transcribed from notes dated F, 30 July 2010.

This came off of the handpump with a finger of thin ecru head that held in amazingly well in the face of the day's humidity. Color was a slightly hazy deep golden-yellow. They CAN't all fall bright, I suppose. Nose was hop-forward with a soft grassiness that again started me to sweating. The CANQuest (TM) has had me drinking a lot of AmeriCAN Adjunct Lagers and I simply miss hops as a result. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full with a mildly understated grassy hop taste on the tongue. My hop jones monkey began to cease his incessant chattering. I began to feel some maintenance drinking upcoming that weekend. Finish was slightly bitter, very appropriate for the style, but leaving me still jonesing for more. Cue the Andrea True Connection ("More, more, more ...).

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Photo of mattgreger
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew poured a pale golden, yellow color. It did pour with a small 1/4 inch white head, but it faded pretty quickly. There was hardly any lacing left in this brew.

The aromas on this brew were very nice. There was a strong floral flavor at the front, followed by a grape and honey aroma as well. There was also a bit of a grassy/piney notes as well at the finish of this brew.

The flavor on this brew is very malty upfront, these are followed by a bit of light piney/resiny notes. There is a bit of a citrus flavor as well. It all finishes up with a nice floral hops.

This is a nice, light bodied brew that is very crisp and has some very nice carbonation.

As stated in the mouthful, this brew is very easy to drink. Its got a nice dry finish and goes down very easily. Its exactly what to expect with an APA. Great representation of the style. I would reach for this brew again if given the chance.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 05 Oct 2010, consumed about 15 Jan 2011. Taking a break from Hopslam, Two Hearted and semiconductor band structure calculations to get a review in.

A clear light orange with a dense yet soft off-white head with good retention, there's also not much lacing present. Decent in appearance, this is also quite enjoyable on the nose. Bright citrus hops on the nose with a definite peach-like fruitiness. Grapefruit is also present, that classic Cascade hop character. As with the Hopback, this beer manages to integrate a mild bread-like malt profile on the nose in a very appealing way. Mildly cotton-candy like, the blend of pilsner and Munich malts is excellent here.

The palate opens with a light bitterness, grapefruit-like with some citrus and floral character too. Again, the malt character is present almost as a mild bread and a little caramel. Sweetness is low, and the hops are very well expressed. The bitterness slowly grows, lingering on into the finish with a blend of grapefruit and candied oranges. Light in body with moderate carbonation, this is a treat on the palate. Very drinkable, this is an excellent pale ale. I'm not the biggest fan of Cascade hops, but this beer manages to utilize them very well.

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Photo of beer2day
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light gold color, with 1-finger white head. Faint retention. Light carbonation and medium lace.

Bready, dusty, earthen nose. Slight orange flavor.

Nice citrus bite, grapefruit and orange. Fairly light and crisp in flavor, with a good malt backbone lending heft to the body. Nice dry hop finish.

I'd order more than one of these. Maybe several.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pale ale came off pretty average to me. Poured a nice clear yellow with a head that sticks around. Smells of slight earthy pine bit of bread and some sweet malts. Taste is better than most pales I have had since it is more hop forward and less bitter. Mouthfeel is pretty light to medium was able to put it away rather easy.

Overall drinkability is moderate at best since I really am into more hop forward pales this one came pretty close to my impression of hopback without so much hops. Sweet, drinkable, easy drinking. Would consider it for friends.

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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 erosier
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a nice clear yellow-orange color with a medium sized and medium bodied off-white colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet malts underneath a big citrus, floral, pine-y hop aroma with the hops taking over most of it but still leaving room for the malt.
T: Tastes of sweet malts, then a nice big citrus flavor mixed with some pine-y, earthy, floral hops.
M: Crisp, fresh, refreshing, light bodied, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable beer with great flavors, feel, and medium abv.

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Photo of orangesol
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap into a standard pint at the Troegs tasting room.

A - Pours pale yellow with a dense one finger head, dissipating to a light film, leaving sticky lacing down the glass.

S - Some piney, grassy, hops up front with a touch of sweetness from the pale malts. A good balance of hop bitterness and malt sweetness. A bit on the under-welming side but still a very nice nose.

T - Crisp lemony twang up front from the hops giving way quickly to a touch of malt sweetness. Finish is a nearly even balance of hop bitterness and malt sweetness. Very clean, crisp, taste that goes down oh so easy. A very nice example of a mild pale ale.

M - Light body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Nice lively feel with a mix of light malt sweetness and some hop bitterness lingering on the pallet for some time.

D - Fairly high. Clean, crisp, taste is very refreshing. I am not the biggest fan of pale ale's but this one is very nice.

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Photo of jsanford
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Crystal-clear orange-amber with a thin white head.
S - Pleasant hop aromas of grapefruit, pineapple, pine resin and mandarin orange with a slightly sweet caramel malt backbone.
T - More pineapple and grapefruit hops with caramel and cracker malts. Very well balanced.
M - medium-thin body with moderate, crisp carbonation.
D - Very drinkable, excellent example of a Pale Ale.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A- pours a slightly translucent shade of gold with a one finger pure white head. Lots of bubbles everywhere. Great lacing.

S- the aroma of hops I'm getting is very earthy as opposed to piney or fruity. It's pretty weak. A little disappointed

T- slight pine, slight earth...very mild, but then again, I'm drinking a pale ale and not an IPA.

M- feel is really thin, but at the same time, filling? I can't explain it. Whatever. It's about what you'd expect from the style

D- real easy to drink. Very mild with the hops, but still has a nice flavor to it

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Photo of Florida9
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Extra clear gold in color. Forms a half inch of whitish head that reduces down to a patchy surface coating. Some light lacing.

S: Rather faint aroma of citrus hops with a metallic tinge to it.

T: A bit of toasted malt and caramel malt with the light accent of citrus hops and a decent dose of bitterness, but, finishes with the flavor of mildly sweet grain. Overall, nothing too exciting.

M: Lighter bodied with appropriate carbonation and a clean, crisp finish.

D: The standard American Pale Ale. A decent, easy-drinking brew, but considering how many better beers there are on the market, I couldn't justify purchasing this one again.

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Photo of MowryJC
3.46/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Clear golden color with a finger of soapy head. Eventually collapses into a filmy top with rings of lacing that eventually become spotty.

S - A fairly one-note aroma of resiny hops, with a bit of citrus behind it. Not much in the malt department.

T - A little caramel on the front that moves pretty quickly into citrus hoppiness. Again, close to a one-note experience, but not quite due to the caramel at the start.

M - Light-bodied with a crisp, dry finish that works well to keep me drinking.

D - Pretty drinkable, but that's to be expected from an APA. The carbonation is on point, at least.

Nothing too compelling about this one. I definitely could quaff a few of these, but I can't say its in my top APA's.

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Photo of StormKing47
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh on tap at one of my local establishments. Reviewed from my napkin notes. Sometimes you got to improvise because every beer deserves a proper review so away we go...

A- A very pleasant clear yellow color with a faint amber hue. Looks absolutely clean and refreshing. A very thin, white head with an abundant amount of bubbles to help dissipate it quickly. Very nice level of carb. Very appealing and clean looking.

S- A very soft smelling hoppiness. Not piney, but a sublte citrus quality that is very enjoyable, but hard to dissect. A little underwhelming in the nose. As it warms I pick up a touch of malty sweetness with almost a lemon zest.

T- A tad malty with tiny hop bite. Not much going on in the taste, but in reality it's a pale ale. A little citrus bite is present, but there is more of a malt sweetness that leaves an almost grain or bready taste. Again a little underwhelming when compared to hop back.

M- Lively with a little carb prickle. A little stickiness, but more of a grainy coating. Not exactly chewy, but bordering on the edge. Goes down extremely well and is crisp, clean and refreshing. Perfect for the spring and summer.

D- Absolutely, great low abv pale ale with a decent hop profile and malt bill to balance it out. A nice session brew that is welcomed all the time. Glad I can get it regularly with ease. Nice job brothers.

A very nice cool, clean and refreshing beer with a nice crispy hoppiness that is sessionable. Could you ask more for a pale ale that's available year round?

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Photo of xnicknj
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass

Pours a pure golden with a nice buoyant head. Retains well with a solid bubbled film, leaving rings of lacing around the glass.

Scents of lemongrass, citrus rind, bitter hops and herbs.

A nice blast of citric hops up front with grapefruit and blood orange. Toasted grain and apricot maintain the middle. The malt backbone is on the small side, with a light touch of doughy feel and a hint of spice. Finishes crisp and clear with a bite of pine hops.

Lighter medium body, higher carbonation, a little dry and chewy. Superb drinking, and a nicely balanced, yet hoppy variety of the pale ale.

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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 whisperjet
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: Pours crystal clear caramel color. Has a thin head that retains well and leaves good lace rimming the glass.

s: Very open and floral. Hints of lemon; light and hoppy. Not too much in the nose though, it lacks a bit.

t: Hoppy and grainy. Limited citrus flavor but lots of cereal grains and bready malt

m: Medium bodied with high carbonation.

d: Odd taste for a pale ale but not bad. A bit maltier than I would like, needs more hop bite

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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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Tröegs Pale Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
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