Tröegs Pale Ale | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Pale AleTröegs Pale Ale

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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 rabidawg
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear honey-colored fluid with above-average carbonation. Soft white head that settled slowly to a nice skim, leaving lots of lacing.

Smell: Smells very juicy, with a fresh hoppy kick from the heavy dose of aroma cascades. Sweetness from the crystal malts blends in well. Very nice.

Taste: Initial sweet maltiness. Soft in the mouth, with a nice spiciness. Big grapefruit juice hop bite toward the end, and a nice lingering crispness. Medium-bodied, and only moderately dry in the finish.

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

Bright goldenrod containing a small number of tiny, pulp-like floaters. The cream-colored head is large, nicely firm and a little sticky. It's as impressive as the heads on a good many IPAs; from the generous quantity of hops, no doubt. It stays mounded in the center as it deflates, leaving abstract patterns of lace on the glass.

The aroma is pure Cascade: vibrant and bold, yet not quite IPA-like vibrant and bold. That's okay, it's plenty aromatic for a pale ale. The flavor doesn't quite deliver on what the appearance and the nose promised, but it's still better than many APAs that I've run across. There's a decent hop load that needs to be bolder if it wants to compete with the big boys of the style.

The initial rush of hoppy citrus fades too soon and is replaced by sweetish malt. A mild bitterness then reappears as the finish approaches. The finish is dry and relatively clean. The lack of bold, palate-fatiguing flavor, the light-medium body and the lowish ABV make this a pretty drinkable beer.

Troegs doesn't brew bad beer (although I wasn't at all impressed with Mad Elf, I can see how some might like it). Pale Ale is a solid pale ale, but isn't one that I'd go out of my way for. I did enjoy this bottle though.

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Photo of merlin48
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours an attractive, clear, honey gold color with a one finger offwhite head that eventually settles into a patchwork of lacing. Pine and tart citrus hops dominate the nose. I'm picking up very little malt on the nose, except a hint of biscuit. Mouthfeel is tart and well carbonated, with some spicy hops bite on the tongue. Taste is a lot of hops. Pine and tart citrus(sour grapefruit) rule the roost here. This is a very tasty American style pale ale, and I'm sure there is an excellent malt balance, but the hops just keep slappping my tastebuds around to the point that I can't pick up the malt essences. Nice finish is dry with pleasant hops aftertaste. I'm quite fond of this Troegs pale ale, even though I'm missing the malt backbone.

Re-Review on 5-27-04: Didn't know I had ever tried this until I tried to review as a new one. RoyalT and ngandhi really pegged this one for what it is. An absolutely extraordinary American pale ale. Today, I could have sworn there were no Cascades hops in this one, as the flavors and aromas seemed so smooth and lush, bathed in apple, pear, lemon, and orange. I went to the brewery website to see what hops varieties were used, and, sure enough, it says Cascades. Some pine and grapefruit emerge at the finish, this time, but this is just so smooth and balanced most of the way through. Must be the Crystal Malt. This is now my favorite pale ale. Extraordinary drinkability as an all purpose ale.

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Photo of ngandhi
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'd boil this beer down and start taking orders for caramelized orange sugar -- if there were such a thing.

The nose and flavor of caramel, bright citrusy hops with pine coming out late, and brown sugar/raw maple is distinct, in my experience, to Troegs. I see both the Amber and Nugget Nectar borne of this and I can attribute it only to an adventuresomeness with the malt bill and precise brewing standards.

The hops are fresh in the Pale Ale and bitter only to the point of pricking the back of the tongue a single time, reminding themselves that this is not an IPA. The deep fruitiness of these hops is legendary -- British and American in nature with a proud dose of citric Liberty hops that come out on the nose and early palate as coriander-and-clove-infused Grand Marnier. A judicious dose of medium Crystal malt brings this wholesome brew together.

The website says that there are Cascades in this beer. I couldn't figure out what it was, but I would not have thought Cascades. The grapefruit is controlled as is any excessive tropical fruit, lending a light bittering and some refreshing citric qualities.

ESB meets American Pale Ale.

This is not the pale of DFH Shelter in its lightness nor of Victory HopDevil in its bitterness and outright hoppiness. Instead, Troegs is a cultivated, impassioned pale ale that considers the style for much more than the simple tasty session beer most brewers deem it. Honeyed and much fuller -- almost old ale like -- than most pales.

This isn't just a beer, it's an ideology -- as if a band of angry Brits set sail for Pennsylvania to brew a proper pint.

Relax, relax.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance – The orange, thick and hazy body was covered with a wonderful head that lingered for many minutes and left some nice lacing on my glass.

Smell – Classic East Coast Pale Ale aroma. The light fruits and biscuit malts make up this enjoyable nose. The fuggle or Amarillo hops (or some other hops that we don’t get a lot of out here in the PacNW but that they seem to have in abundance back east) are sharp and inviting.

Taste – Ah, this is incredible. The nose falls cleanly to the tongue here. The fruity yet substantial hop profile is right on target. This is a classic PA PA (Pennsylvania Pale Ale).

The beautiful balance of hops and malts is dead on. The big biscuit mates perfectly with the citrus and floral hops. The fruity sugars are unrefined yet not overly sweet. They have their purpose here. Overall, this is harmony in motion. Mozart in a glass.

Mouthfeel – Impeccably smooth and well blended. This medium-bodied Pale Ale keeps the mouth alive and wanting more. It is chewy with a sophisticated sweetness and begs to be held in between the cheeks (then why am I chugging it?).

Drinkability – I poured this then had to go take care of something so it warmed a bit. This beer at cellar or close to room temperature will go down in three gulps. It is probably one of the most drinkable beers that I’ve ever had.

Comments – A big BA thanks to ericaweizen for sending me this treasure from PA.

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

Pours a clear golden amber with a soft white head. Good retention and lacing.

Smells slightly estery with a subtle hop glow coming through.

Very gentle on it's introduction to your palate. Nice pale malt bathes your tounge with a scant sweetnees, but not sickly. Nice amount of piney hops finish the job to balance out the mix. Nicely understated. Too many Pale Ales want to impersonate IPA's. This one knows it's place.

Mouthfeel is dead on moderate with the carbonation coming through to help give it a slightly filling texture.

Drink and be happy.

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Photo of tar
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another in a long line of reviews I'm finally getting around to posting. Part of a sampler 12 pack brought back by one of my friends as a Christmas gift. Clear, light amber, with a one-finger, off-white head which diminishes fairly quickly and leaves minimal lacing on the glass. Nice aroma of fruity (citrus scents) hops issues forth both during the pour and once in the glass. A fairly nice tasting beer, some sweetness gives way to a bit of hop bitterness in the finish, again the fruity taste of hops is present. Thin to medium bodied with a bit of oiliness left in the mouth. An overall nice beer--not exceptional but on average pretty good, and I'm sure I'll try it again.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

TROEGS is only two hours away from here. It don’t get any fresher than that kids! Good ole 12 oz. Browner wiyhout any dating on it, flows into a pilsner glass pour that reveals a solid clear ale pour with a tight wafer thin white head, leaving lattice lace. Medium carbonation bubbles flow nicely. I can smell the hops while I write. Heavy, bright, fresh cut grass aroma with piney hops oils.

Not quite as hop-til-ya-drop hoppy as Nugget Nectar (seasonal) or Hopback, but still, those Troegs hops are upfront over the malts. Yum. Not picking up on much else. Solid taste even as she warms up. Mild carbonation that slides into an oily refreshing Springwater finish, but not watered down, mind you. Grassy woody pine hops.

Last swigs: A lot more flavor that some Pales. Grassy sweet taste and tone, highly gulpable. Good summer swigs! I met Chris Trogner at a Beeryard tasting. He is only too happy to share his passion for our beloved brews. BA Brownie points for TROEGS $30 mixed cases that have 2 x12 boxes so you can trade. Each 12 box has three of HopBack, Pale Ale, Lager and Nut Brown. Smart micro-brew marketing! Too bad there ain’t no Troegs at the new Phillies [omit corporate sponsor name that puts the word “offal” in “official” here] Ballpark. Price for a mixed case is $30.

Beer is good. Happy (local) beering.

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Photo of Gasp100
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the second time I've had this and I'm glad I waited to review it until now. I'm a big fan of Pale Ale's but I haven't found too many East Coast brews that compare with the West Coast in this style (Liberty, SNPA, Red Seal, etc...).
This poured your standard deep amber color with a nice, frothy off -white head. The smell was slightly hoppy with a touch of citrus, pine and malt sweetness. The taste was pretty complex with a nice hop bite that mellowed near the end. This was very drinkable and a welcome change after some big IPA's and a couple of lemony wheat's. Troeg's has a great line up and you should try them all if possible. Really easy drinking anytime brew at a decent price as well.

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Photo of WesWes
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a gold color with a thick frothy white head. The aroma is good. It has a nice balance between malts and hops. It is slightly malty and has a fine hop aroma. The taste is great. It has a complex malty core made up of pale and light crystal malts. There is also a strong hop flavor that makes this beer. It goes down easy and really satisfies. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a fine pale ale. It has great flavor, aroma, and mouthfeel. What else is there?

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Photo of ElGuapo
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It doesn't look nearly as impressive without being topped in a massive frothy cask head, but there is still a good covering on this one. The aroma is very nice with a lot of citrus from the hops. Grapefruits all over the place.

It is balanced very well, and at the same time the mild hops bite just enough. It is very crisp, and could really hit the spot out in the sun. I will certainly be looking for this one over the summer. Drinkability is excellent. The beer has enough flavor to keep from boring me.

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Photo of mntlover
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden amber with white head that falls to a nice white ring that laces down the glass. Smells of subdued pine hops, not as strong as could be. Taste of fruity citrus hops, not too bitter, nice crisp refreshing brew. Light and refreshing average pale ale nothing out of the ordinary, but also nothing extraordinary.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

my favourite brewery of the moment, troegs puts out good to great stuff, and i've yet to sample anything bad from them. while not mindblowing, their pale ale is solid and a bit different nonetheless. it pours a light orange/amber colour with a nice thick, foamy head. the body looked to be a bit thin, but other than that, solid all around. the smell was quite floral with sweetness all about. fruit smells were enticing on top of hop and malt. the flavour echoed the smell, but was more fruit flavoured than floral, though the floral flavouring was still apparent in it's own right. this one was light to medium bodied and actually juicy it seemed. like i said, different, but nice. moutthfeel was just right for a pale ale and this was a crisp, easy drinking brew. took as few sips to warm up to this one, but after that it was certainly tasty and enjoyable. definitely worth a try.

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Photo of oberon
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another real good offering from Troegs,pours a nice deep golden color with with a light but well retaines head,aroma is more on the malty sweetish side with some nice fruitiness as well.A very well balanced "Pale" nice biscuity sweetish malt to begin with with some grassy hop coming thrue in the finish.A very easy drinking appetizing brew from Troegs I think I will waste the rest of the day in these.

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Photo of stewart124
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An amber color with a nice golden hue. The head is a nice fluffy white with little lacing. The smell is a rush of hops to the head with a hint of citrus. The taste lives up to the smell with a little bit of citrus taste and a very good amount of hop character. The hops stimulate your tastebuds and get your mouth ready for another taste. The aftertaste is a hoppy dry one but still very good. A quality Pale Ale that you don't want to put down. Very nice for any season.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The brew pours an amber color with orange tints. Bright white head foams up easily and has good staying power.
The aroma is dominated by piney hops.

First sip is similar to the aroma, very tangy hops with some citrus notes. The carbonation is fairly sharp as well. No hints of alcohol in the flavor. Fairly thin body on this one.
The beer is very crisp and has a clean finish. No strong lingering flavor in my mouth after the swallow.
this is extremely easy to drink and if you dig hops this one is for you.

Overall a very nice brew.

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Photo of ManekiNeko
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle served chilled in a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear amber color topped by a yellowish head. Nice and rocky, eventually recedes to a ring and layer of foam leaving some great lacing on the glass.

Smell: Mildly grapefruity, peppery, and piney hops. Nice biscuity malts on the nose.

Taste: Spritely light pale malt sweetness with some grassy, piney, and herby hops. Borders on IPA in hoppiness. Nice malt backing. There's also this taste of some herb/spice I can't identify yet, but I know I've had it in Mexican cooking.

Mouthfeel: Solid medium body with great palate cleansing from the hops.

Drinkability: The weird herby taste is slightly offputting, but I must figure out just what in tarnation it is. I'll guess I'll have to drink the others I got.. and I won't be complaining one bit.

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

Golden brew with small white head which quickly fell. Aroma of cascade hops and slight caramel in the background. Flavor is well done with sweet caramel initial impression that quickly changed to a well balanced yet bitter beer. The pleasant bitterness increases and lingers well into the dry finish. The mouthfeel is good for a pale ale and the drinkability is good as well.

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Photo of NearerMyBeerToMe
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a decent, slighty rocky, pure white head of medium-sized bubbles that quickly fades from the inside out, leaving nice, sticky lace around edges of glass. Color is very nice, bright (!) amber-to-honey colored, with orange highlights. Hop smell comes right out of the bottle; fruity hops are up front in the aroma, with a sweet, mellow orangey quality. For this review, I'm drinking this beer at a slighty higher temperature than usual, and the complexity of flavor has increased. Served cold, I recall more of a piney hop bite; this serving has a more distinct fruitiness to it. Subtle malt background, but the real show is the robust, resiny hops... is this halfway to an IPA? Very refreshing mouthfeel. Although a bit thin in body, that resiny hop character leaves a sticky bite that lingers. As for drinkability, I highly enjoy this by the six-pack, especially with that moreish, lip-smacking hop body. Pairs well with just about any main course at mealtimes and a pleasurable beer in just about any situation.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in the 12 oz. bottle. The color is copper, with a thich white head. The smell is a good hoppiness. The taste is a very nice citrus taste, with a decent bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is smooth. As for drinkability, could have this one all day long!

Another quality brew from Troegs, and though it's overshadowed by its cousin the Hopback, this beer deserves some acclaim of its own. As good as the West Coast pale ales, only made a lot closer to home. Definitely one I'll be having again!

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

Appearance: clear amber color, big, creamy tapioca-like head.
Aroma: soft, but bright and fruity, good hops, sweet malt.
Once on the tongue and down the throat, it's smooth sailing. Perfect balance & integration. Medium-bodied, with a tasty, long finish. An excellent session brew, a nice pale ale, indeed.
So far, I've yet to meet a beer from Troeg's I didn't like!

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

The Pale Ale poured nicely sporting a copper color with slight head. A mellow aroma that doesn't spark any extra interest. Hop flavor distinguishes this pale ale as it is bold but not overpowering. More hoppy than other Pales, but definitely not entering the IPA zone. The malt flavor slightly hides behind the hops, but has a good taste that I enjoy. After finishing, I opened another one. Very drinkable and satisfying.

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Photo of cretemixer
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden amber with an off-white head with good retention. Left a delicate lace.
Clean malty aroma with floral hop notes. Sharp & crisp with a mild breadiness too.
A full hop bitterness. Grassy undertones. Very refreshing. A little more malt to balance out the hops and it would rate a bit higher.
Medium-light body with delicate carbonation make for a really drinkable brew.
A nice example of a Pale ale. Thanks PintOfAle for the bonus beer.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 ounce (355ml) bottle with a dark green colored label that simply states Tröegs Independent Craft Brewery – Pale Ale. No strength or freshness date, but it does have an invitation to visit the Brewery on Saturdays at 2:00pm.

Appearance: Lucid copper color that looks very promising. Fortunately, unlike the one previous example of Tröegs beer that I have had, the head on the Pale Ale looks a little better, albeit a thin covering comprised of large off-white bubbles and a thin broken carbonated film. Some light lacing and good inherent carbonation.

Nose: Fantastic, a lovely, luscious “fruity” smell that immediately puts my mind at rest, no Pale Ale can smell this good and be a let down. All the bits are there and in perfect working order, citric floral hops, light biscuit malts, and yet more fresh hops, all synchro-meshed in a delightfully well-balanced nasal package.

Taste: A light sweet malt introduction, that is smooth and almost immediately balanced with a marvelous punch of fresh floral hoppiness. The bitterness in the middle and the end lingers with a light hoppiness that is crisp in nature. The hops are never overpowering, keeping this Pale Ale well behind the IPA fence, but it is there, often touching fingers with other IPA’s through the wire-mesh fence. This is certainly a well crafted Pale Ale, and it is definitely not an IPA, but it does put some others so-called IPA's to shame.

Mouthfeel: Way above average, an upstanding body that will easily tackle a very spicy Indian, Thai or Mexican meal.

Drinkability: Little resistance to this, my mouth was anticipating this beer way before it arrived. Given all the signals my brain was sending out after just smelling this offering – I was finding it hard to resist, long before I even tasted it. It is well-balanced, and easily dispatched.

Overall: An Excellent Pale Ale, which has perfect balance and a lovely hop character that drinks well. The 12 ounce sample, sadly, disappeared all too quickly for my liking.

A BIG Thanks to Francisweizen for this one!

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a copper crystal clear color with an off white cream hued head. A healthy sized enduring head with a nice collar of lace forming as the lace settles, and as the glass empties the lace continues to cling form scattered patterns within annular rings spaced nicely with each sip. In the aroma, cascades make the appearance with floral, grapefruit tones with some hops of the pine cone esque variety going on here all built upon a backbone of caramel buttered malted barley also coincides to form balance. Taste is primarily bittering hops with tones of pine cones, earthy dicotamous grittiness on the palate, but by no means is this beer a palate killer just a wonderful representation of a balanced pale ale. Mouthfeel is light to medium in body, on the thin side but the oily texture from hop resins adds a nice sensation to the consistency of the texture. Drinkability easily a session no beer brewed Troeg's is as a drinkable except for the Hopback, but if I couldn't get a keg of the Hopback Amber for my kegerator than I would go with this brew very nice.

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