Pale Ale | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Pale AlePale 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 u2carew
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A) Bronze in color. Visible carbonation flows from the bottom to the top. Pours with a thin head. Big bubble lacing.
S) Tangerine nose. Herbal. Floral. Slight grainy sweetness.
T) Citrus sweetness on the frontside. Earthy in the back end. Mild hop bitterness all the way through.
M) Creamy. Some crispness from the CO2. Medium bodied.
D) A well brewed APA and smooth enough to want another.

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Photo of OldYoda
3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
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 racer2k
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: copper color with a very thin head which dissolves immediately.

S: Floral and citrus aroma with a strong hint of cascade hops on board.

T: Moderate malt with a nice tint of sweetness before a fruity citrus finish to the taste. Nice shot of cascade hops on the back end which makes this a nice finishing beer.

M: light to medium body with light carbonation

D: A good session beer that would be appealing to a wide range of craft beer fans and new BMC converts

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Photo of MetalHopHead6
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap, in a pint glass, at the brewery.

As served, Tröegs Pale Ale was a very pale golden bronze, with very little head and little-to-no lace. It didn't appeal much to the eye.

The smell and taste were malty and acidic with a low hop presence. No single hop characteristic (citrus, grass, pine, etc.) stood out, and as a result, neither did the ale.

Overall, Tröegs Pale Ale is better than average, but not remarkable. I won't regret it, but I don't expect to remember it in the morning.

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Photo of sarahspat
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very clear and golden in color with a decent sized bone white head. Minimal lacing.

The nose is hard to put my finger on. Low key and malty with floral hops undercurrents.

Tastes of caramel, floral hops, fresh pear, grass, grapefruit. There are some good quality hops flavors here, but I feel like they are stifled somehow. Most of the flavors blend together, so most of the time it feels less complex than it is. However, it is crisp and refreshing.

Medium-light bodied, but not enough carbonation to go around. Gets a little flat toward the end of the glass.

Overall, a decent pale. I would be glad to see it at a bar or a party that lacked other craft options, but probably will not seek it out or choose it over too many other craft brews.

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Photo of riversider76
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden with a thin white head. Not much retention, but very nice lacing. Aroma is of piny hops and grapefruit. Body is crisp and refreshing with a good amount of carbonation. Some yeasty malts up front with a nicely hopped finish. Very,very nice.

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Photo of OnThenIn
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A small half finger head that dispates quickly. With a nice copper color.

Smell: A nice citrus smell with some hints of grapefruit.

Taste: A bit of citrus hops up front with a strong malt backing and some bitter hop finish.

Mouthfeel: It is light to medium bodied and is maybe a little light on carbonation.

Drinkability: I enjoyed this beer, but it didn't strike me as anything out of the ordinary. It just seemed like a plain pale ale.

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Photo of beerman207
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Looks like apple juice wi0th a small finger of head and some nice lacing

S: Good hop smell coming through as well as fruit

T: bitter hops up front, malt and buiscut coming through, and the bitterness gievs way to a nice malty finish.
MF: med bodied, good all around pale ale.

M: - Nice mouthfeel

D: Very high - very good brew and would be happy to have more than one.

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Photo of LumpyGuitar
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My local beerstop has started carrying Troegs, and I can't tell you how happy I am.

Poured a golden yellow with a finger of white fluffy head. Retention is weak, lacing is good.

Smells of floral hops with a light malty afternote.

Taste is strong with floral hops, very lite spice notes in the nose, a bit of light malt finishes it off.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, carbonation is moderate.

Drinkability is good. This is one of the best pale ales I've ever had and it has a great balance.

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Photo of gameface23
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
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 ClockworkOrange
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A growler purchased fresh from the brewery taproom. Poured into my nonic Imperial pint glass. Appears a hazed bright apricot color with about two fingers of dense off white head. The foam leaves a thin lace on the inside of my glass. Smells and tastes of sweet malt, citrus such as grapefruit and lemon, caramelized grains. Medium in both body and carbonation. Crisp,drinkable, and very fresh tasting.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown bottle; served in a tumbler.

Thin, pale straw in color beneath a somewhat creamy white head that fades to a somewhat intact sheet. Lots of noticeable carbonation. Patchy condensed lacing.

Moderately perfume-driven floral hop aromas; faint notes of spicy pine. Biscuity malt base with touches of diacetyl over a slightly grainy, wheat base.

Floral hops, more perfume-flavored than earthen. Dark spices throughout that provides a lot of activity. A mild, wheat-filled astringency primarily covers a subtle, diacetyl breadiness. Notes of floral hops and light biscuity malt in the aftertaste.

Medium in body; active on account of the carbonation, yet almost filmy in spots due to the hop profile. A balanced texture for the most part.

Not really a memorable Pale Ale; however, there is nothing quite unpleasant about this offering either.

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Photo of IMincedTheKing
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright gold with a small head.

The aroma is sweet with citric hops and a slight earthiness.

Feels a little watery in the mouth with a palate of balanced malt and hops. The flavors mesh extremely well, and it tastes of sweet citrus complimented by a rindy bitterness. Smooth, with a soda-like carbonation. Sweetness and bitter rind both linger through the finish.

Not a very complex beer, but very drinkable.

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Photo of smcolw
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear and bright copper in color. Modest head but it retains some bubbles. Minimal lace.

Excellent blend of hop and lighter malts in the nose.

Fresh hop flavor in the taste--somewhat prickly in a pine needle sort of way. Good malt base; closer to a amber ale on the malt side. The body is thinner than I would expect, but that may be the only distraction. This is one of the better APA's I've had.

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Photo of iuhoosier336
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle with a nice head but it leaves pretty quickly. Color is of a normal pale ale, a light golden beer with nice small carbonated bubbles rising quickly. The nose is of hops and citrus. The taste is of the hops but it is very mild and good. This is a beer that I could drink pretty much all day. Very light and tasty but not heavy at all.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

poured into my BA mug. Pours a copper colored heading with a frothy white heading. Globs of lacing all throughout the tasting.

Smell is of grapefruit upfront. Sweet malts,bready, with a nice lemon smell as well. Also a powerful citrus hop blast.

Taste is again of grapefruit with that nice blast of lemonny zest. A beautiful hoppy bite on the backend.

Mouth is medium bodied,very smooth and a heavy citrus hop aftertaste that just sticks to the palate. Also has great carbonation.

Drink is good very easy to put a few more down a little less in the citrus area and this would be a great session beer.

An awesome beverage this and the Hopback amber go hand and hand great combination.

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

A: nice copper color with a pretty weak head. Decent but not great lacing

S: Smells like floral and fruity and cascades and thats about it

T: A malty sweetness hits the palate shortly followed by citrusy notes. There is a bread-like note in the background. Flavor from the cascades comes in near the end for a very pleasant finish.

M: light to medium body, there is a bit of a tingle from the carbonation at the swallow

D: This is a good beer, I wouldn't call it the best, wouldn't call it the worst

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Photo of WalrusJockey
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

A- clear, light amber color, close to a yellowish. Head poured slight, even with a straight-down pour, and fell to hardly anything at all, quickly.

S- fruity Cascades with a sugary malt backing aroma. Nothing distinguishably good or bad.

T- sweet malt, meets fruity hops, stays mainly sweet malt. Swallow is mostly a bready malt, with a faint hop bitterness, while the aftertaste is faint, and slightly sweet. Really, not much hops on thie one, and very little bitterness. It is pretty flavorful, but surprisingly little bitterness for the style.

M- light, crisp, medium body.

D- decent. I can't help but think that a little more bitterness would lend balance, and increase the drinkability, though.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Have had this on tap and in bottle several times. Have always enjoyed the freshness of this APA.

This bottle came out of a Troegs variety pack.

Nice foamy finger and half of head forms atop the copper/amber beer. Fades to a thin cap. A good amount of active carbonation in the brew. Excellent clarity. A nice amount of lacing is left behind in the glass.

Light fresh aroma that is a nice combination of cracker or lightly toasted malt and a touch of citrus hops.

Very well balanced APA. Nice bread like to begin, a moment of light fruit and then some mellow bitterness to the finish. A touch doughy. Definitely a fresh taste. Almost a touch of white pepper.

Mouth feel is bright and body is fairly light.. Just shy of chalky.

Very drinkable and sessionable.

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

A: Clear pale copper pour with a small finger of white head and decent lacing

S: Fresh spicy floral/citrus hops, pretty decent hop aroma for a pale ale, I like the way troegs does beer!

T: Mild bready caramel malts, with mild spicy floral hops

MF: med bodied, good all around pale ale.

D: Leans towards IPA, but a very mild one. malts and hops have good flavor and presence, but arent overwhelming. A good spring/summer pale ale. pales in comparison to the other troegs ive tried. but mainly because the others were that good.

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

Toasty bread and caramel spread, the beer is pale but far from colourless. Soft golden shades blend with denser copper tones all the while maintaining a near perfect clarity. The head, a collection of film, froth and bubbles, is insistently assertive. It also turns out to be quite the decorator as well - my glass is adorned with lace of all shapes and patterns.

I wasn't expecting this many hops for a lowly pale ale! The zesty character of the Cascades draws my mind to budding flowers, green fields and warmer weather. It's a pleasant pungency and it's almost strong enough to be categorized along with weaker IPA's. I love how Troegs presents these spicy, bold hops in such a modest and unassuming manner.

A pale ale need not be overly complicated or even all that characterful so it's fine that this isn't either of those things. It is a simple, straightforward taste of bready, lightly toasted malts. It's a near equivalent to drinking dry white crackers (which sounds less tasty than it actually is). There is a pleasant sweetness and just a tickle of light, spicy hop bitterness.

If a pale ale is to be judged on one aspect only, it should arguably be its drinkability. This is a style that is meant to have wide spread appeal and caters to really one demographic only: thirsty people. Troegs Pale Ale gets the job done in fine fashion - it is agreeable, crisply bitter, pleasantly sweet and is both restorative and refreshing.

I can imagine Troegs sells a lot of this stuff. Most pale ales on the market really are nowhere near this pleasing; it's surprisingly uncommon to come across such a fine example of this dreadfully common style. Although a simple beer like this really doesn't show off all the brewer's talents it certainly shows their skill. Thanks DrJay!

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Photo of RickKrumenacker
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Aggressive pour leaves a two-fingered, cream colored head...pale orange in color with great clarity...very sticky lacing

S - Initial citrus smells, primarily grapefruit...some grass works its way through as well...a little bit of sweet malt aroma to balance the smell out a little

T - Follows the nose...initially a grapefruit flavor...piney hops as I swallow...roastiness comes out the more I drink

M: low to medium bodied...a little bit prickly up front...bitterness hits in the middle of my tongue...fades to a nice, roasted balance in the end...leaves a small amount of lingering hoppiness

D - The best word to describe this beer is refreshing...I could drink these all night...I'm looking forward to enjoying this beer as the weather gets warmer

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Photo of MunchkinDrinker
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Crystal clear pale amber with a frothy rocky head that sticks around for a while. Good lacing down the entire glass.

S - Citrusy hops with a bit of underlying sweetness. Not picking up much else.

T/M - The taste sortof builds up rather than hits you. Light malty flavor comes first with a nice crisp piney hoppy bite. The hops taste different than in the smell, but this is not a bad thing. Juicy mouthfeel, not sure about this one way or another. Tastes nice, nothing stellar, but nice.

D - Something to sit down and enjoy quite a few of.

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Photo of phantomwyse
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Absolutely gorgeous golden copper color with a full-out two finger head of classic white. Tornado of carbonation.

S: Very fresh smelling hops, wet pine needs, slight lemon and soft grapefruit citrus. Pale cracker malts.

T: Hops start in, warming pine, little bit of cleansing acidic citrus. Dry biscuit and cracker malts. Residual bitterness that just sticks with you.

M: Medium bodied, dry, lots of carbonation.

D: I can't hide my love of Troegs beers. A pale ale that would be an IPA for other brewers, but not so hoppy that it's overwhelming, just delicious, straight up.

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Photo of schroederm
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In a snifter:

Pours with a clear golden body, light lacing and head, but it may have been a little too cold when I served it. Smells absolutely fantastic. Are we sure this isn't an ipa? Tons
of hops and lemon. Grapefuit. Floral. Couldn't even wait. Tastes great with grapefruit and lemon notes and a wonderful hop bias. Aftertaste is absolutely fantastic, full of floral, bitter, and citrus. But it's a touch thin and lacking carbonation. Delicious hoppyness and light mouthfeel make this beer highly drinkable.

Overall: This is an excellent example of the style, and way above average. So happy to see Tröegs in my area now!

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