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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Reviews: 598 | Ratings: 1,510
Photo of Tucquan
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-01-04 in Lancaster, PA at the Belvedere Inn

A - The light is pretty dim in this establishment but it appeared a dark yellow-orange with a 1.5-finger off-white head and very good lacing.

S - Mild citrus and mild hop floral.

T - Quite nice. A refreshing bit of citrus, some restrained caramel malt and a burgeoning bitterness into the aftertaste.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation. Smooth and refreshing.

O - Compares favorably to a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale minus the very bright citrus and pine. Worth having again.

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Photo of theyellowdart
2.88/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I don't often drink APAs, so I will try to review the beer for what it is. -I was simply in the mood for something different.

Beautiful honey amber color with a slight head. The hop aroma was prevalent, but more of a wet grass smell. I am not a big fan of Liberty and Cascade hops, especially together I felt the hops ruined this beer for me. Otherwise the slight maltiness was nice, and hints of caramel.

If and when I go to drink a APA again, this would not be my first choice.

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

I'm sure that I've had this before today and as I am doing now, I was liking it. It's not necessarily something one must try, but it's a nice, drinkable pale - not really much of an APA as it is a bit too wimpy, but the color is really great.

It leaves a nice lace too. Overall, this is a nice experience and might make a good "starter" APA. I recommend it for that purpose and for nice session drinking.

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Photo of tlazaroff
2.92/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours out a perfectly clear, bright pale yellow (slight hints of orange) color. No head worthy to speak of and lacing is present, but nothing special.

S: I expected a little more out of the aroma. When I opened the bottle I got a little tangerine citrus, but it dissipated as quickly as it appeared.

T: Taste reminds me of the tropics, maybe Hawaii, to which I've never been. I can't pick out specific flavors, but I do like what I taste. I do get some tangerine, and I think pineapple.

M: Somewhat watery, very thin on the mouth. Carbonation is on the low-moderate end.

D: Drinks very easily.

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Photo of confer
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Solid gold, Crystal clear, Trace of the frothy head hangs around.
S- The grapefruit citrus smell is easy to pick up.
T -Two distinct tastes in the flavor. First is the grapefruit bitterness followed by a bit of malty sweetness. The bitterness returns and stays on the tongue.
MO-Goes down easy. These guys are becoming a favorite. I will go with this one again.

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

overall a damn good session pale ale. nothing unique necessarily, just a well made easy drinker here. pours standard pale ale color with a 2 inch head. smells and tastes well balanced with a mix of hop varieties. quick crisp finish and bright carbonation make the mouthfeel just right. this is an all season all situations beer that is as versatile as it is drinkable. not my favorite troegs brew, but a solid day to day beverage. will undoubtedly buy this again

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

This one poured a bright, clear yellow with minimal head and some lacing. Aromas were mild - mostly hops and some pine ... but nothing overpowering. Flavor was a great balance between the hops and malt - light in body and a clean, crisp finish. A very simple but great session beer.

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Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours copper with a 1/4" of thick, foamy, white head that has great retention. The nose has notes of faint malts, bread, and floral hops. The taste is lightly bready up front followed by a moderate floral, pineappley hop character. The hops leave a slight bitterness on the palate after the finish. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, smooth, and well carbonated.

This is a smooth, easy drinking pale ale. The flavor profile is moderate, but for a pale ale its solid and rather complex. This is one of the first craft beers I had when in college, and I get more whenever I can.

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Photo of IPhantom
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours copper yellow with a thick, fluffy head like a cross-section of a slice of white bread. Lacing indicates sticky hops (and it's right). Smell is piney hops with a sweetness behind it, sort of a glutinous smell. Taste is spicy, piney hops up front and biscuity malts in the back, with an almost cidery note in there somewhere. Mouthfeel is pleasantly carbonated. Not a bad APA at all, but there are better.

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

Pours hazy gold orange in color with a 1 finger foamy white head that faded slowly and left great sticky lacing clinging to the sides; there were a ton of bubbles in the head and it left a creamy layer on top.

Smells of floral hops, flowers, sweet malt, light toasted grains, citrus hops, orange peel, lemon, coriander, grapefruit, wheat, crackers, biscuit and a sweetness like brown sugar; there is some piney hops along with a hoppy finish which mellows the grains and sweet malts and adds great balance.

Like the nose, the flavor is quite hoppy for a pale ale with floral hops, flowers, citrus hops, orange peel, lemon, coriander, caramel, grapefruit, sweet malt, toasted grains, wheat bread, crackers, biscuit, grass, hay, brown sugar and a slight bitter bite; really well balanced, this is the ideal tasting pale ale for me: hop dominant and still malty for an incredibly tasty and balanced brew.

Mouthfeel is crisp and creamy at the same time, with a light body and light fizzy carbonation, and then a slightly bitter finish that's sweet and almost clean. An excellent pale ale, top notch, and a definite session beer. A very high recommendation, this is a tasty and refreshing beer.

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Photo of smxr88
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Pilsner glass. Has a light coppery color and a light not very long lasting head. It has some nice carbonation and is pretty hoppy. It has a kind of sweet malty taste with a nice crisp finish. Overall I enjoyed this beer. It is something on the lighter side that I wouldn't mind having a 6 pack of in a sitting. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in straight-edged glass

A: yellowish orange, clear; 1.5-finger head; decent carb action
S: a big poof of hops at first; mellows into mostly malt (cotton-candy-like)
T: bitter, hoppy; buttery flavor with subdued spicing; round, broad flavor; most pronounced in the tenor-note levels; bready, salty, and crispy

Overall a pretty good pale ale; more robust than most

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Photo of brewsclues
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Really nice golden-amber color with a clear body. Excellent frothy head, with great retention from start to finish. It just looks refreshing - this is how a Pale Ale should be.

Smell: Citrus and floral, and plenty of hops.

Taste: Robust citrus and floral tastes, hops are noticeable while remaining understated. Malts come out after a few sips. Blends into the palate seamlessly. A totally balanced beer all the way through.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, yet exceedingly refreshing.

Overall: A really solid pale ale, another great offering from Troegs. An excellent "session" beer (ok, it's 5.4% ABV, so not quite) with plenty of character. One of my favorite APAs.

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

Brilliant gold, the white head is small but sticks around.

Appetizing citrus and floral hop aromas, with a touch of resin and caramel in the background.

Crisp, citrus hops, a bit of sweet, toasty malt, and then a nice lingering grapefruit rind finish.

Medium light body with lots of carbonation.

Quite the easy drinker. Could definitely have a few.

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Photo of thebrood1987
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I get that very nice fruity, floral, almost bubblegum Cascade hop smell that you get in a lot of the top notch Pale Ales like Victory's Headwater, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and Dales Pale Ale. I get a fruity hop spiciness followed by a hop crispness some biscuit malt in the middle and ending with the crisp dry Cascade hop.

Very delicious Pale Ale. Its nothing too different than a lot of the top notch craft beer Pale Ales but it definitely holds its own as an extremely drinkable fruity hop forward ale. The biscuit malt is perfect with the hops and as it warms it the malt becomes sweeter. I also get bubblegum, tea, herbal and fruitiness from the hopping.

This definitely ranks amongst the best Pale Ales you can get. It blends all the flavors perfectly and gives off one of the best hop flavors you can get without it being an IPA.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.42/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a bottle from the anthology mixed case, poured into a pint glass. Tried this after recently trying an otter creek pale ale

yellow, quite clear, decent carbonation, head thin, but persisted, and left some lacing

Smell was pleasant, slightly citrus

taste was good, definitely better than the otter creek offering, citrusy, delicate hops, not at all bland. Mouthful was medium, quite smooth.

Overall, a good offering. Can see drinking several of these with a light supper.

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

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Stoudts American Pale Ale.

A: Clear golden amber with a two-finger, white, foamy head that lasted a few minutes. Nice lacing.

S: Hay and citrus hops.

T: Moderately sweet and light bitterness. Toasted malt flavor in the finish. Slightly herbal tea flavor. Nice.

M: Light to medium bodied. Very smooth and slightly cream. Soft carbonation.

O: This beer didn't smell like much, but the taste was pretty good, and the mouthfeel was really smooth. I liked this one slightly more than the Stoudts.

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Photo of shawnsmith1
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours yellow into a pint glass with 2" ivory head.

S: Citrus/ pine. Nice hoppy nose.

T: Nice malt character, well balanced against hop bitterness.

M: Medium bodied, soft carbonation, nice clean finish of bittering hops.

O: A fine representation of the style. Not trying to be something it's not. I could drink a few of these . . .

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Photo of kennylopez
3.11/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into globe glass

Appearance: a light white head at about a finger and a half thick, it is a nice golden straw color with mild carbonation.

Smells: like hay and grass with a citrus note

Tastes: like it smells except with a nice pine note for the middle. has a more flavorful taste then the smell led on in the nose.

Mouthful: a light pale ale with a good balance and virtually no taste of alcohol.

Overall: a good brew for session or BBQ drinking. I will buy a another case for a staple to keep in the fridge. Good but still not my favorite American pale ale.

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

12 oz bottle drank on 9/11

aroma: citrus and hops

appearance: poured into a pilsner glass. light head 1/8 inch. minor lacing. dark yellow to gold

flavor: dry hoppiness throughout

mouthfeel: light carbonation, medium body

overall impression: a good pale ale. not my normal style so I'm not the best judge to provide comparisions. a beer I would drink again though.

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

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A very light pale almost straw yellow, with a cloudy sense and some orange hues for the body. Head is kind of weak foamy and only about two fingers at its largest size. Scattered lacing not much really.

Nose is subtle but nice. Clean with a small pine hop and a small mushy citrus fruit sense. It's not bold or big, but it's decent and very pleasant.

A just mild enough hop kick with a malt bread almost crisp finish. Hops come in at first, but stays low enough to give the malt to breath. Bready finish comes next with a mix of crispness to balance and smooth it out. Not too carbonated either with a solid feel. Slightly wet but okay with a minor citrus bent also.

This is a good solid mix of a pale ale that doesn't try to be a borderline IPA hop bomb. Lets the malt come through and eventually dominate but gives enough presence to make a statement. Easy drinking as well. Solid Pale Ale here.

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

Poured a 1.5" white head. Clear color is golden verging on amber. Smell has malt plus an interesting floral aspect to the hops. Taste is far richer than either the smell or my expectations prepared me for. The hop bitterness carries through in the aftertaste and is refreshing. There's also a slight acidic zing to the beer which perks me up. Quite a respectable pale ale.

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Photo of k7sw
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- A deep golden pour with 2 fingers of head that recedes to a layer of tan foam that leaves a nice lacing all the way down the glass.
S- Floral scent laced with something I can't quite name
T- Pleasant hoppy bitterness leaving a good bit of aftertaste.
M- Wonderfully smooth
D- Could drink quite a few of these.

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost no head over a clear, copper body. Aroma is sourdough bread with a large fruity character. Grapefruits and tangerines. Flavor has a solid malt backbone. Bready caramel sweetness supports a bold fruity hop layer. More of the same hop characters from the nose. Finish has a light bitterness that sits on top of the malty body well. The fruity hop character is what makes this beer. Enjoyed a six pack while hanging out with some friends I haven't seen in a while. Goes down smooth, easy drinking.

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

Review from notes. Was part of the Troegs 12 pack I picked up.

A: Pours a slight hazy orange color with a 1.5 finger of-white head with decent retention. Little bits of sticky lace were left on the glass.

S: Nice hop aroma with lots of floral and citrus notes. Some orange zest and a bit of grapefruit are present. Slightly bready malt with a hint of graham as well.

T: Nice hoppy flavor profile for an APA, just how I like it. Some orange and orange zest with some grass as well. There is some light caramel and a bit of bready malt.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation Finishes slightly bitter and dry.

O: Drinks very easy and is what I am looking for in an APA - a little bit of hops, with a crisp mouthfeel, and not too filling. Done done and done.

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