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 CHADMC3
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A clean white head develops from a somewhat vigorous pour above the deep copper to orange body leaving the faintest hint of lacing around the glass.

Very clean hop aroma with pine or grass notes and some citrus hints as well.

Fresh hops, citrus zest, floral tones, and something vaguely sweet highlight the flavor of this APA.

Medium bodied with pleasant hop freshness off set by just enough malt make this beer easy to drink, completely refreshing and a great value.

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Photo of aibkstaff
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pale ale has a pale, goldeny, coppery color that's partly cloudy, with a very light head. It smells of sweet malts and light flowery hops. The taste is light, and has a good balance of malt and hops. It tastes just like it smells, good. The mouthfeel is good. Light in body with just enough carbonation. This is such a refreshing and crisp beer. I could definitely see this pale ale turning into one of my regulars.

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Photo of babaracas
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice hue of orange, decent white head with good retention, nice lacing. Smells like a bouquet of citrus hops. Lots of grapefruit here, but nice malt undertones. Taste: umm, where did those hops go? brief malts, hop bitterness throughout, but not what the nose promised. Citrusy, but not well defined. Dry finish, earns points in the mouthfeel, smell is great, but tasting was a bit of a letdown.

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Photo of KFaulkner
4.85/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is, perhaps, my favorite beer of all time. Perhaps it is proximity, or availability... I don't know. This is both a weekday sipper and a weekend session ale. It's not too sweet, not too bitter, not too hoppy and not too malty... it is... everything a pale ale should be. Delicious. Drinkable. Wonderful.

This is MY beer.

Rock on Troegs.

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Photo of midaszero
3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
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 Stinkypuss
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. 12 oz bottle poured into a glass. Hazy light golden brown with some soapy head clinging to the edges. Spotted lace dots the glass.

S. Nose is of earth hops and some light toffee malt. A bit english indeed.

T. My first notion was a bit malty actually, with a pineapple citric hop twang that finishes a tad dry. Crisp hop prescence. Simple flavors that work well together.

M. Light bodied and crisp. A bit of lingering hop bitterness. Dry finish.

D. A very sessionable pale ale that is hoppy enough for a hop lover and balanced enough for anyone. At 5.4 you could knock a few of these back before a good meal. Good example of a pale ale here.

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Photo of joepais
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Kempleton
Bottle poured into a pint glass produced a good two fingers worth of head that turned to a thick lace across the glass. The body of the brew was a clear copper to gold in color

Aromas of nice fresh hops hit my nose first then a light sweet bready, caramel note soon followed.

My taste buds appreciated the well balanced flavors of this brew not to bitter not to sweet. A nice rounded Pale light in the mouth and crisp on the tongue

Very drinkable a nice sessionable brew was a great lunch beer with my sandwich. I would drink this one again

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Photo of maximum12
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This falls under the "have to have another beer to wash that nasty last beer taste out of my mouth" banner. Thanks to MrBURTON55 for sending this as part of the Summer Beer BIF.

My second venture into Troegs & I declare this a good brewery. This is a solid APA, a little deeper than the Dale's I had earlier, but otherwise much the same, with only a touch of earthiness & a slightly more pronounced hoppiness.

Solid beer.

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Photo of argock
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date.

A: Honey-gold hue with off-white 1-2 finger head with stalactite lacing on multiple levels.

S: Smells hoppy with floral and citrus notes dominating. Pale, caramel, and sugary crystal malt aromas are also strong to give a very full and balanced aroma.

T: I think I may have found a new favorite session beer. Very full-flavored with solid caramel and pale malt backing crisply met with satisfying floral and grapefruit and orange citrus hops flavors. The flavors are spread nicely without anything over- or underwhelming -- a great quality for an APA.

M: The mouthfeel is excellent with a medium body and strong sweet-bitter aftertaste with low carbonation.

D: A great session beer with strong malting obviously yet pleasant hoppiness and a little less than medium body with great aftertaste. This is a special beer in that it does nearly everything well.

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Photo of saradad
3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, poured into a glass...cold. Off white head about 1 inch, medium amber color with visible carbonation. Head fades to a nice lacing around the glass. Smells of fruit, perhaps pears, and citrus. Tastes the same, with slight piney or citrus rind taste, also. Light malt sweetness balanced with the citrusy bite of hops, fades to a grapefruit like aftertaste that does not dry the palate overmuch leaving the mouthfeel as lightly creamy and full. There's also slight buttery feel left in the mouth and something of pine or lemon rinds, though it's very faint. Not bad brew and seems to follow the style. Also popped open a second bottle and tried it with pizza and wings and overpowered it badly,my fault, not theirs. 'Wiedersehen, Y'all.

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Photo of philipquarles
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours clear copper with a small white head. Leaves very nice lacing.

Smells of light hops primarily, along with a bit of malted barley. There's a bit of a woodsy smell to it. Tastes much the same, though a bit sweeter than one would expect. Hops come through at the end to balance it out nicely.

Overall, it's a pretty nice pale ale that's quite drinkable.

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

Drank this from cask at Racer's. A good color for a Pale Ale, a bit more darker then I remember them being. Not much of a head, and next to no lacing.

A good mix of hops and malts in the smell, smelled some fruitiness there.

The taste was like the smell, but without the fruit, great balance of hops and malts. Mouthfeel is a little thicker then I thought it would be, light carbonation.

I'm not usually a fan of cask beers, but this was pretty damn good, I was quite surprised. Usually one and done, but I could have drank this all night.

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

I poured a 12 ounce bottle into my SA pint glass. It poured a pale yellow with a thin, quickly disapearing head. It left lots of lacing on the sides. The nose is of floral hops and the taste follows the nose. It has a thin to medium mouthfeel, adequete carbonation. The beer went down very smoothly. Overall a fine APA.

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Photo of tburkhart
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Welcome to Ohio Troegs, I didn't know what I was missing.

A - Golden with a very, very slight head. It quickly disappears.

S - Grassy/Floral hops.

T - Just like the smell. It's not an overwhelming hop presence like a lot of pale ales. Nice balance.

All and all it is a very enjoyable Pale Ale and a good first experience with Troegs. Looking forward to trying the rest of their lineup. This is definitely a beer I could drink a few of each night.

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Photo of Brew33
3.17/5  rDev -16.1%
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 ljbrisson
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottlecap is interesting with the fanciful Troegs logo. Poured a golden-orange color into a pint glass. A small, white head with moderate retention and a small amount of lacing. Aroma is of straw, grass, a little berry fruitiness and some yeast, hops. Taste is like the nose, not overwhelming, with a subdued hop finish. Mouthfeel is not as thin as I expected it, with a perfect amount of carbonation for the light-medium body. Drinkability is very high especially due to the hop character which I enjoyed, as a person who is just starting to appreciate hops in beer.

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

Another from Troegs' sampler case. Poured from bottle to a pint glass a clear golden color with a minimal white bubbly head. Smell was sweet hops up front with mild malt and grass. Taste was hoppy but not as strong as smell had me expecting with a mellow bitterness. This was a crisp, hoppy, very drinkable ale. Troegs has made another Gem!

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

Grabbed this one in a trade a while back, had it sitting in the fridge waiting for me and cracked it open with dinner the other night. Served right out of the fridge in a pint glass. Consumed 08/11/2008.

Poured a very nice deep copper color with a good amount of clarity to it. Nice streams of carbonation could be seen coming up towards the top and a good sixed two inch head of white foam came over the top right away. Slight settling still left behind copious amounts of sticky white lace, with a bare top.

The aroma was nice and hopped, grassy with some decent touches of light citrus and pine mixed in. A bisuit like bready middle to it that really came out once it warmed up. The flavor was more of the same, crisp and clean, with a quick hitting citric hop bite in the front that mellowed out with some light grain, and bready malts to balance nicley, all the while staying very light and towards the hoppier side of the style. Crisp and clean with a light feel and a great carbonation profile, this was defintly a very nice offering that was easily sessionable during the evening,

Overall not bad at all here This was a very good little session ale that I would have no issue at all with trying out again some day. I would love to find it on cask to give it a good whirl. Definitly worth another look here.

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Photo of glid02
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade with ShrLSU, much obliged.

Pours a light copper color with a half finger white head. Head goes down pretty quickly to a wispy layer of bubbles, lacing is decent.

Smells like mild hops. It's almost grassy. There's a tiny bit of bready malt sneaking through, but the hops are the most prevalent.

Tastes just as it smells. Subdued hops, again almost grassy. The malt is a little easier to taste than it is to smell. A slightly citrus aftertaste. Not great, but certainly not bad.

Mouthfeel is good. Carbonation is very good and it's just thick enough. Goes down smoothly.

Drinkability is good as well. Goes down very easily.

Overall it's a solid APA, but nothing terribly special. A good session beer.

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Photo of Applesauce1
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I picked up a sixer of this from The Westover Market in Arlington.

Appearance: copper-gold color with a nice 3/4" head off the pour

Smell: mild hops with some pine scent

Taste: mild hoppiness - balanced - some sweet pale malt with a hint of some citrus flavor

Mouthfeel light to medium body...some creaminess to this surprisingly

Drinkability: about as good as you can could drink a sixer of this easily one night without wearing out the palate or getting filled up

*This beer tastes a little better if you let it warm up for about 15-20 mins out of the fridge. Overall, an impressive beer for a brewery I'm starting to really like.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color with light lace. The aroma is hops,grains and malts.
The taste is sweet at first sip,hops pop and then bready malts.
Some citrus notes,not many.
The feel was crisp,medium body and great carbonation with just a mild bitter finish. Great balance.

Notes: No complaints here. I would buy a sixer and they would provide me with good refreshment on a hot day.
All around a good brew and worth a try.

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Photo of russpowell
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to jwc215 for this one, Cheers Joe!

Pours an effervescent gold/bronze with 2 fingers of beige head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Citrus hops & fruityness

T: Citric hops, honey malt dryness, & slight appleskins up front. Pears & citric hops dominate as this warms. Crisp lemony & grapefruitty finish

mF: Medium bodied with near perfect carbonation, making the hops pop out & good balance to boot

Drinks very easy, another winner from Troegs! Nice APA

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Photo of ralree
3.37/5  rDev -10.8%
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 starsbleedblue
4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a- light golden color with a small off white head

s- clean and crisp citrus hop aromas

t- it has a great sharp citrusy/floral hop bite and a strong flavor that is like green apples and grapefruit. Finishes smooth and nicely bitter.

m- medium bodied with decent carbonation

d- i loved it! It had a really unique flavor that I wasn't at all expecting but will definitely try again:)

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Photo of MisterDeeds
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden straw color. Lacy white head that thins out very quickly.

Smells clean and crisp. Slightly wheaty with some sort of grassy or floral scent.

Tastes light for a Pale Ale, but it seems to be completely unique. Starts with a bit of yeast and slight sour notes. Hops kick in and it finishes with a smooth bitterness that sets it apart from another Pale Ale I've ad.

Medium mouthfeel, with a good amount of carbonation.

This beer is a winner. Whether or not it is really a Pale Ale is not important. The fact is, this brewery continues to impress me. I could see myself becoming a huge fan if they were more readily available in Mass. Thanks to Kidwell for sneaking some in.

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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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