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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Photo of dougfur
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a really pretty straw color, with a touch of haze and a modest head. The smell is a nice subtle mix of hops and breadiness, pretty much what you'd expect from a decent APA. The taste follows through; nothing to write home about, but nice. A solid everyday kind of beer, that would be enjoyed by almost anyone.

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Photo of 1sophrosyne1
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I've had this Troegs standard a number of times and ways--decided over the last few pours over the last few hours that its versatility and stylistic precision deserved a review.

Pours an amber gold with fine clarity. Rising rings of fine bubbles come off the bottom of an IPA glass to feed a fallen head that had begun thick and collapsed in lumps. Patches of lacing hang on.
The bouquet holds a balance of spruce and fruity sweetness including strawberry and passionfruit. It's also mildly biscuit-malty with a kiss of buttery caramel. And there's just enough must for heady depth. More metallic as it warms.
There's sufficient cream as it crosses the lips to carry a bready foundation upon which to build a long, yet clean taste. Bright acidity lifts up the passionfruit alongside pineapple and lemon zest. lemon peel, orange, pineapple. Later bitterness of the hops brings resin that then relaxes into a chewy flour dough with a fairly lengthy finish.
The body is sufficiently light for lots of easy drinking, but just thick enough with grain and glycerol to allow all the taste complexity to unfurl. And the carbonation level is just right to make it all dance gracefully, but not too long.
Overall, there's very little to critique in the way of making improvements. A bit higher alcohol content might be nice; it's just a touch thin. But really, this is an APA splashed with quintessence. All the core scents and flavors are present with a hint of charm from others in fine balance. Whenever the scratch options aren't exciting, I count on this standard for a satisfying experience in the Troegs tasting room with or without food.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a: light hazy orange/copper. 2 finger forthy white head that fades quickly

s: sweet fruit - strawberries, lots of pineapple, juicy passionfruit, nice light caramel. smells real juicy and makes your mouth water

t: right away i can tell its good. light juicy fruits mix with a nice sweet bread flavor. it is a sweet citrus - lemon peel, orange, pineapple. next you're hit with a solid amount of sweet malt and fresh biscuits - harmonizes and blends real nice. finally you're left with a slight bitterness which tastes like earthy pine

m: quite light with mild carbonation

o: this is a really solid APA in my opinion. its light and refreshing, but has nice juicy flavors in here combined with that fresh biscuit and finished with the light bitterness that makes this a great warm weather drinker. only thing against it would be feels a little watery - but it doesn't really effect in a negative way.

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Photo of scotorum
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into an Innis & Gunn flute

a: Golden amber with a two finger white head which receded to surface foam and some lacing.

s: Moderate citrus. Smelled like an IPA.

t: Hops first greet the palate but move to the background in favor of malt with an occasional tinge of orange. Very pleasant and easy drinking, although the orange seems to mutate to a sort of RAID odor finish which is otherwise clean and dry.

m: Slick and smooth.

o: A very good pale ale which although lighter in color than most pale ales, ultimately seems more traditional than the relatively hopped up American versions we tend to encounter today. Not that I don't like that, just what this one isn't..

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Single bottle with a Troegs mixpack for some camping drinkin', picked up at Consumer Beverages in Orchard Park, NY.

Poured into a nonic. Light amber golden, about a half inch of head which has survived very well after an aggressive pour. Thick layer of foam, lots of lacing.

Nose is bread crust, caramel, citrus and pine hops. Faint, but good.

Tasty pale ale, I have to say, and a great sipper by the campfire. Hops are mild, but certainly contribute to the flavor department. Mild bodied, creamy feel, good carbonation.

Solid brew, good pale ale with some flavor to it. Hops accentuate the brew, rather than dominate.

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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 BWED
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a souvenir Tröegs tumbler from the brewery.

A- Pours a yellow-orange body with some gentle haze. The head is white and retains at a fairly thin layer, but all the way down the glass. Lacing drags behind.

S- The definite smell of Cascade hops, a little pine, a little citrus is up front, with a subtle malt background, leaning on the grainy/straw end of the spectrum. Agitation brings up a little bit of a sweeter fruit aroma.

T- Very mild and well balanced bit of sweetness in the malt, and a bit of pine and spice in the hop character.

M- Body is on the light side, with just a bit of stickiness. Still a pretty easy drink, however. Dull bitterness hangs around for the finish.

O- This is a good easy drinker. Nice and mild, but still flavorful enough to keep coming back for more. Well done.

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Photo of ThePaintedGrey
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. - Originally consumed directly from bottle, which resulted in a less-than-pleasant experience. Re-reviewing based on latest session.

A: Pours a nice slightly hazy honey-golden color, with a huge rocky and frothy slightly off-white head. Moderate amounts of carbonation bubbles rise quicky, maintaining a frothy cap that leaves a nice amount of sticky lacing all down the glass. Nothing bad in this department, but nothing great enough to warrant a higher rating.

S: Vivid aroma of a hoppy and grapefruit melody, with some underlying malt sweetness that seeps through to balance out the overall floral characters. Not much else going on here, but that's to be expected. This brew offers enough aromatics for the style.

T: A huge initial rush of hop and grapefruit bitterness that almost immediately gets cut down a notch by some malty sweetness and earthy notes that really help to balance out the flavors. The bitterness makes a mild comeback towards the end before finishing off with a wave of floral hops. The aftertaste is flowery and semi-sweet.

M: A lightweight body with crisp, mild carbonation and a slightly smooth texture make this one quite drinkable. The relatively low ABV makes it a decent session brew.

O: While APAs are admittedly not my favorite style, I found this one to be very drinkable on my most recent session with it. This one is hoppy enough to give it a nice bitter bite, but its rounded off well with some malty sweetness so it's not too palette-busting. An overall decent choice that's widely available in my area. I might go back to this one in the future, solely for its easy-drinking qualities.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Hazy; golden-orange; small head, but long lasting and good lacing

Aroma: Malty with citrusy (grapefruit) hops; reminiscent of an IPA

Taste: Citrus bite right up front with grapefruit notes; malty and juicy in the mid; finishes slightly dry and hoppy with grapefruit aftertaste; pretty well balanced and smooth

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Photo of MistahBeah
3.59/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Completely clear gold with a thin rim of tiny white carbonation. Some speckles in the middle and a series of gentle bubble streams moving freely throughout. Looks like snow falling upwards. Decent lacing. Nice but nothing out of the ordinary for the style

Aroma: Floral hops at first with a sugary malt backbone. The hops are slightly piney and grassy. There are faint fruity esters. Citrus - maybe grapefruit. The malts are caramel and bread. This has a nice aroma to it

Taste: Crisp hops dominate. Pine and some earthy grass. Juicy grapefruit. Mostly pine though. Some yeasty notes. There's some caramel throughout but it's an afterthought. Nothing earth-shattering here but a nice crisp clean flavor

Mouthfeel: Very clean and crisp. Smooth. Watery actually

Overall: Troegs has a great lineup in my honest opinion. This isn't their best offering but a really nice brew for a hot summer day or any other time of the year. This doesn't do anything to push the envelope or anything (nor does it claim to) but a good refreshing representation of a pale ale done right

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Photo of utopiajane
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours clear and golden with some friendly bubbles coming up from the bottom. A faint finger plus a little more of foam that fell pretty fast to some sticky lace. Nose is amiable, bright with cascade hops, juicy and fruity with some grass underneath. Malt is deliciously sweet on the nose with biscuit, bread and honey. Taste is crisp, light with a mild astringency and a grainy aspect of the malt sweetness. Broad leafy hops give a touch of bitter and a kiss of orange while the malt stays ample and sweet. This is an enlivening pale ale that keeps it’s bitterness in check leaving the palate open to a variety of foods. So far Troegs is a go to brewery for good session beers

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Photo of WissBrauSean
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I poured this beer fairly cold from the bottle into a tulip glass and it poured a gold to amber color clear and crisp with a two finger head that settles to a nice full ring and Friar Tuck center cap with lacing that looks like Charlie Brown Halloween ghost costumes on the glass. GHOUL! Er, cool!

The aroma is of sweet pale malt, lemon peel and floral aromatic hops and some grapefruit-like yeast esters.

The sip starts off mellow and mildly sweet with pale malt and caramel with a bit of floral hops for good measure and as the the beer passes across your tongue and palate some of that sweetness fades and grapefruit mixed with the malt sweetness is balanced with the now more apparent floral and citrus hops and finally the beer finishes with hop bitterness overriding a bit of malt sweetness.

The moutfeel is light and smooth, slightly dry and leaves a slick feeling on the tongue. Carbonation is moderate and playful.

Overall, I find this beer incredibly drinkable! The body is light enough as to where you can drink a few on a hot day but not session them. Preferably they would imbibed indoors in the AC. At first this beer is not at all that bitter but by the end of the glass there is an aftertaste for sure making this a tough beer to recommend as a transition beer from pee-water but making it an excellent example of an APA! This one is tough to score. I don't like the slimy feeling on my tongue and will have to take points for that but all in all, EXCELLENT! 4 out of 5!!

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From: Anderson's, Columbus, OH
Glass: US pint glass

Troegs' Pale Ale is the first beer from this brewery I've been able to try. The work is true to style, featuring prominent hop and malt character, and the brewery's usage of pilsner and Munich malt is, I suppose, fairly novel. Still, while I thought the beer was very well put-together, there wasn't that much distinction from any other quality US pale ale, and so while enjoyable, I don't think I'd go to much trouble to acquire more of this (and as Troegs does not disribute in my region, I would have to).

Pours a 1.3cm tall head of slightly off-white bubbles, small in size and fairly dense. Retention is about a minute-and-a-half, above average, but not by a large amount. The lacing that is left is fairly minimal, a few lines and dots scattered sparsely across the insides of the glass. Body is a dark golden orange color, with light bringing out bright yellow-orange hues. Carbonation is visible through the transparent body, moderate in both size and activity.

Aroma is of flowery Cascade hops, slightly fruity ale yeast esters, and a notable caramel malt backbone. While this clearly is showing some of its age, I'm also surprised by how "average" it is when I learned that its hopped with Amarillo and Cascade.

Overall flavors are of floral, slightly citrusy hops, sweet and caramelized malts, and fairly mild bitterness. Tasting opens with caramelized malts on the front of the palate, joined to a light floral hop quality. Mid-palate is a combination of sugary malt sweetness (like a strange mix of caramel malt and smarties candy), flowery and perfume-like hops with a slight citrus component, and moderate hop bitterness. Back of palate notes continued floral hops, enhanced hop bitterness, and a slightly sweet, crackery and caramel-like malt presence. Aftertaste of more notable hop bitterness, slightly grapefruit-like, with a background flavor of light caramel malt.

Beer is medium-bodied, with low to medium-low levels of carbonation, resulting in a smooth, lightly foamy mouthfeel that's easy on the palate and flows relatively well. Closes fairly dry, with lingering bitterness enhancing this parameter across the palate. Residual stickiness is moderate to low.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 012313

A: Pours a golden color with 2 fingers worth of head that retains for a very long time and leaves some nice lacing

S: Pleasantly hoppy, with a nice grassy and floral presence and a good malt backbone. Simple, but nice

T: Follows the nose. Lightly sweet malts meet floral, earthy hops. Lightly bready. Not too much beyond that

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A nice, highly drinkable pale ale with a great balance of hops and malts. Quite simple, but it is a pale and not an IPA

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Growler (courtesy of J.J. Rasimas) purchased from the brewery on 2/10/13, poured into a 3Fs Teku long-stemmed glass, drank 2/12/13 over ~one hour.

A: 4.5 - light brown coloration, crystal clear color, whitish frothy 2 finger head that lingers into an attractive rim lacing, no alcohol legs

S: 4 - clean, Noble hop smell with slight grapefruit and tangerines in the background, mild malt backbone

T: 4.25 - slight bitterness on the anterior tongue with clean grassy overtones, mild bitterness on the aftertaste but little astringency, slight alcohol notes

M: 4.5 - light-medium body, moderate carbonation

O: 4.25 - definitely the most sessionable offering that I've had to date from Troegs, very well-balanced with a pleasant blend of Noble and PW hops, would go well with or without food, N.B. the innocent maiden cousin of Nugget Nectar or Perpetual that is worth seeking out if you want something sessionable/low alcohol and clean tasting

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tröegs Pale Ale pours a clear bronze color with a small head on top. The foam disappears quickly leaving only a few spots of lace.

The aroma has nice notes of orange citrus and some pale malt. It's not very strong, but pleasant.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft with firm carbonation. The flavor is much like the aroma. A nice balance of sweet pale malt and orange citrus with a touch of tropical fruit mixed in. It finishes bitter with lingering hop citrus.

This is a well balanced easy drinking beer. Something you could enjoy everyday.

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Photo of Act25
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Poured into a .roomy 5l cylinder glass.

A: Copper, golden, perfectly colored for APA bright beer. a pale hue with medium white head. Retention is strong. Much lacing. Almost as PRETTY as DALES PALE ALE.

S: approachable bread & citrus. floral. cantaloupe and rind.

T: Taste is similar to the nose. floral, while still remaining bitter as it arcs. orange peel. sweet, then trending to nice clean bitter finish. amen on the finish!

Some orange peel. Nicely balanced, between sweet and bitter, and nice arc change on the palate that characterizes great APA like this and Dales Pale Ale. ... has both sweet and bitter with a wonderful lasting tension between them like a kiss.

M: Strong carb. well suited weight. medium body. weighty, yet refreshing. Very tingly as per the APA signature style.

D: A great APA up there with Dales Pale Ale. Wish this also came in cans!

Will definitely order again, and at 5.4% not too heavy, easy to session. Great early beer, before dinner beer, outdoor beer. Recommended among their best.

Returned to this again and loved it again. Upped my review.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle. bottled 12.12.12. batch # 121106

A: very bright beer. a pale hue, definitely some copper in there. big head starts things off. retention is more on the average side. some lacing.

S: pretty floral. cantaloupe and a mild lime. soft orange peel. sweet, not bitter rinds.

T: floral, while still remaining bitter throughout. similar to the nose orange peel, however the body has both sweet and bitter aspects. linger battles between a cereal grit and mild bitterness.

M: tingly carb. well suited. light, almost medium body.

D: after recently having some at the source, I found this bottle that was also pretty young. really enjoyable pale here, nothing over the top, just good drinkable flavors.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a duvel glass

A: pours a perfectly clean golden orange. A steady stream of tiny carbonation bubbles can be seen rising from the center of the glass. Looks crisp clean and refreshing. Excellent lacing .

S: aroma is a bit on the light side... I do pick up on some nice citrusy hop aromas along with a bit of grain.

T: nice hop flavor right up front, citrusy with a touch of pine. along with a sturdy malt backbone, lightly toasted grain, overall this brew is nicley balanced. They is a touch of yeast and some deffinate breadyness here as well.

M: light and very drinkable, moderate slightly creamy carbonation... Bready on the finish.

O: this is a pretty decent pale ale, especially if you are a fan of the bready/grainy ones, refreshing and easy drinking, not a bad beer at all.

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

A: Color is tangerine-gold with a nice looking moderate sized white head. The head holds as a 1/4" layer until the beer is finished.

S: Packed with fresh, crisp, dry citrus/orange, melon, and a dash of summer meadow.

T: This beer tastes like a pale ale should. Simple, flavorful, and refreshing. Light malt with brisk dry hops, pine crystals and citrus rind.

M: Fine prickly carbonation, light body with substance, smooth, and slick.

O: I only picked up a single of these to try but I'd rather have a 12 pack.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very nice "transition beer" that could appeal to a broader audience than many APA's.

Pours an attractive golden amber with limited white head. Decent mouthfeel. Hop-forward aroma has a tropical fruit focus with a decent malt backbone. Balanced flavours of sweet caramel and toffee tones with pineapple, mango and other fruit tones. The mild but bitter finish lingers for a respectable time.

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Photo of AC-Mivsek
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A- Pours a light translucent copper with a white 1 finger head which dissipates quickly.

S- Citrusy hops, wheat, a bit grassy

T- Straightforward pale ale. There is a bit of hop bite but it is minimal. I find the malts/grains to have a larger presence. I'm also tasting some wheat and just a hint of grassiness.

M- The body is on the lighter side. Medium carbonation, very nice. This is a smooth and very drinkable beer.

O- A fine pale ale. It is very good, but there are better ones out there. Although its worth a try if you like lighter and/or grainy beers.

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Photo of tylerprince
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler poured 9/30/12, opened 10/1/12, reviewed the next day.

Pours a nice ever-so-slightly hazy copper with a thin off white head with poor retention. Thin lacing clings to the glass through the drink.

Aromas are reminiscent of a low-key English IPA. Sweet, biscuity malts hit the nose first and are quickly followed by grapefruit with hints of floral hops. Ketones are immediately recognizable and give the beer an almost Belgian-like scent.

Hits the palate with sweet, bready malts, which then give way to grapefruit with a subtle, lingering bitterness. Again, there's a Belgian-like astringency, with a mild and pleasant alcohol taste with a hint of yeast.

Even a day after opening the growler, this beer is adequately carbonated. I tend to like my pales low on the carbonation scale, and I would say this is pretty close to perfect - so it was probably well carbonated in the first place. This beer is smooth and refreshing with some nice sticky resins.

I'm new to Troegs, but have heard great things. So far I've only tried their pale ale, Perpetual IIPA, and rye IPA, but they do an awesome job. While this is certainly a hop-forward, modern American IPA, it's a great brew. I wish I could get my growler refilled in Colorado.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy golden-orange. One inch off white head settles fairly quickly. A swirl of the glass will revive it, but only briefly. Lacing consists of thin, spidery veins that stick to the glass.

S: Good balance of malt and hop scents on the nose. Leafy and citrusy (orange and sugary grapefruit pith) hops run alongside a sugary sweet and slightly bready/grainy malt base.

T: Rind and resin hop bite at the outset settles into some gentler tropical hop tastes. Grapefruit rind, grapefruit pith, blood orange, pine resin. Hops go leafy and tobacco-like on the mid palate, and a touch spicy. Staunch malt presence of toasted grain and bread crust fights to keep its head above the water as the wave of hop flavor tries to drown it out. There's a sweetness in the malt base too; perhaps crystal malt. Finishes with a fading tide of citrusy hop tastes, bread crust, and maybe a touch of yeast.

M: Medium bodied. Creamy and very smooth. Aggressive, prickling carbonation. Good.

O: Not my favorite beer from Troegs, but certainly not bad. As American Pale Ales go, it's fairly generic. It relies perhaps a bit too much on its hop profile, as so many APAs these days do. I found the sweetness (crystal malt?) to be a touch off-putting too. A little bit more malt character would go a long way, as would a less heavy-handed dose of hops. Still a refreshing quaff, and worth a try.

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

A coppery gold beer with a superbly-retained head that is struggling to stick in the glass, however.

Semi-sweet biscuity malts and a light floral hop aroma that promises some bitterness.

Truly bittering. Toasted grain and astringent floral and earthy hops. Orange and light caramel and some pineyness. Breathy booze finish.

Brushy carbonation. Medium body. Revealing alcohol.

Not a bad pale ale. A bit aggressively bitter without the hoppiness.

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Tröegs Pale Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
3.86 out of 5 based on 1,510 ratings.
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