Field Study | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
A slightly hazy IPA dry-hopped with Citra, Mosaic and El Dorado featuring notes of ripe grapefruit, mango, pear, and melon.

The path to Field Study began with our small-batch, experimental Scratch Series, the same starting point for our recent Double IPA LolliHop.

“Field Study began life as Scratch #327, when we first started tinkering with some new hopping techniques,” explains Tröegs brewmaster John Trogner. “We built on those experiments over the next few Scratch releases and landed on a grain bill featuring a backbone of local Rustic Pale Malt.” Rustic Pale is grown in Mount Joy, PA, about 15 miles from the brewery and malted by Double Eagle near Philadelphia.

With the malt bill in place, Trogner and his team focused on hop selection, fine-tuning the beer’s recipe. “After a few trials, we finally arrived at what we think is a winning combination for Field Study – Citra, Mosaic and El Dorado.”

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 61
Photo of Vetbidder
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This looks very light straw colored with a decent white head. Although the bottle lists this beer as “hazy golden”, mine is straw and see through. The nose on this one gives me the impression of a juicy NE style brew; very pineapple, peach and melon forward with a citrus back...good nose. Oh man, nice flavor but I was expecting a punch and got a glancing jab, its watery dank if that makes sense. Also more carbonation than you would normally find which I actually like and a decent abv level for this “summer” IPA I guess. In summary, nice nose.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tröegs Brewing Co. "Field Study"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "FRESHEST BY 082219" and sampled on 061519

Notes via stream of consciousness: It's poured a lightly hazy yellow-gold body beneath an inch and a half of bright white foam. The aroma is bright, and citrusy & tropical with notes of orange, berries, pineapple, peach, melon, and lemon zest. So far so good. On to the flavor... the fruity hop flavors remain along with a sweetish, grainy maltiness. Just to check, let me go through and list what I'm finding to compare to the aroma: orange, lemon, peach, blueberry, mango, pineapple, apple, pear, melon, and (I'm not sure what kind). There's a touch of pine and earth as well. Hmmmm... it looks from what I've listed as if the flavor is even fruitier than the aroma but that's not actually the case. The aroma is brighter, but I guess the flavor is more complicated even if the notes are a little muted. It's interesting though, and refreshing. A firm bitterness balances it and it finishes dry and fruity. In the mouth it's medium bodied and crisp. This one is juicy and "crushable" while still offering a good bit of interesting complexity. It'll be great for the summer, but I'd imagine you could enjoy it even in the depth of winter. Well worth trying.

Review #6,603

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

Pours a pale, straw color. Decent carbonation with moderate head that dissipates quickly but leaves a light lacing.

Smell is pineapple and orange, very fresh and fruity. I actually preferred the smell to the taste.
Taste: light on the malt, which makes it nice and refreshing for summer - Again, citrus and pineapple... only after it started to warm up did I notice an aftertaste of melon.
Feel: moderate carbonation

Nothing spectacular, but not bad either. I'm not a fan of wheat beers, and I'm finding the wheat in an IPA not to be my favorite combo. Choice of hops is nice... not too overwhelming, but distinct and noticeable... for me, the hop aromas were what stood out the most in both smell and taste.

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Photo of mntlover
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light pale yellow lightly hazy thumb sized white head falls to ringed scum.

Aroma is bright fruity citrus grapefruit, lime, honey dew melon.

Taste is cracker malts, melon, lime, pear bitterness is light grapefruit bitterness with some mingled grassy notes.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp goes down easy.

Overall light easy drinking session IPA at an higher level ABV.

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

On tap.

A - Gold color with nice clarity and sticky white lacing.

S - Very aromatic and juicy citrus on the nose with red grapefruit and pear.

T - Nice fruit rind spiciness, melon, mango, and ends with some lingering mango juiciness and a citrus bitterness that lingers.

M - Big medium body with lots of prickly carbonation giving way to a soft finish.

O - Troegs has a winner here.

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Photo of EMV
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Clear light golden pour with 2 fingers of fluffy white head. Nice lacing on the glass.

S: Grains and grassy/citrus hops.

T.F: Crackers and grains. Sweet up front... grassy/earthy hops with lemon and light grapefruit citrus. Modest bitterness... floral notes and a bit of melon. Light bodied.

O: Not a favorite... too malt/grain forward... hops kind of lacking, and a pretty average IPA in my opinion. Troegs can do way better. Glad I only got a single.

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Photo of Humanusfermentum
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lemony pour with a pillowy, persistent white head and spotty, amoeba-like lacing. Delicious, citrusy-tropical nose with lemon and pineapple. The hops are out front on this one with plenty of tropical flavors: mango, pineapple and zesty citrus. A nice light malty presence in the finish. Lots of flavor, much more so than a session. Crisp and incredibly refreshing. Perfect summer IPA.

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Photo of dbl_delta
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Rockfish in York PA. Pours a clear amber with a thin off-white head. Initial impression is malty citrus, with grapefruit and mango predominating. Mouthfeel is medium-light and refreshing. Finish is smooth with minimal residual bitterness. Not bad.

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Photo of drh88
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great new addition to Troegs Hop Cycle series and a near perfect summer IPA. Very light bodied, but not watery like session IPA's. Nice combination of hops that provide lots of citrusy flavors, but very little bitterness. Finishes dry. Kudos to Troegs, this one is a winner.

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Photo of malrubius
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Almost CLEAR straw with lasting small head. Pineapple citrus aroma and similar sweetness with some greasiness and medium light citrus bitterness. Medium light body soft and fine. TOTALLY FUCKING EXCELLENT.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle

clear, golden yellow color, white head, fairly clear. hop aroma is fairly strong - citrus, grassy, melon. taste is fairly bitter, but a bit thin on flavor, and very little body.

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Photo of IronLover
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pale, sunny yellow in color with a light haze that clarifies a bit as this warms. Poured with a tall, soapy, bright white foam with medium retention. Ripe pineapple and mellow sweet melon with notes of crackers and malt. Medium bodied with soft, medium light carbonation and a delicate creamy, silky smooth feel. Tropical fruit and pineapple flavors followed by medium hop bitterness. Fruity and melon flavors follow. Finished with tapering bitterness and fruity notes that fade into the sunset. Nice look and a fabulous feel. Hop flavors and aromas are delicate and mellow and are nicely balanced by medium light maltiness and fruity hop characters. A great new addition to the Troegs lineup.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tons of ripe melon intermixed with with some spicy black pepper and husky malt. Tries to be a mix of old school / new school IPA, doesn’t quite get there but decent

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Photo of medicinewheel
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I’m so tired of jaded raters. Seriously. This is a damn good IPA. Troegs owned this one and I really liked it. Will go into rotation. I’m looking forward to it again. It’s got it going on in every way. Just try it and see for yourself. Great job Troegs. A mid sized regional brewery doing what they do and succeeding well.

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Photo of rypkr
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Light straw slightly milky yellow colored.

Aroma is faint for being dry hopped.

Taste is fresh, zippy and light. Almost kolsch or pilsner refreshing/crisp.

Feel is thin and drinkable.

Overall not an impressive ipa but a very nice drinkable porch beer. I would put it in line with a pale ale or pilsner drinkability with a fresh grassy hop finish.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a pale Amber with a tight bubbly white head that leaves a trail of lace.

Tropical fruit, stone fruit, mango, orange, up front backed by malty bread.

Taste is tropical fruit up front pineapple, mango, orange followed by sweet malt bread notes. Finishes dry and slightly piney.

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Photo of teromous
3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the bottom of the can: "FRESHEST BY 08/21/2019 23:20:21 130413-302"

Appearance: The body is only slightly hazy with a light straw gold color and a thick frothy white head. Decent retention and good lacing.

Aroma: It has a big catty aroma with notes of onion and garlic.

Taste: The taste is a mix of rye flour, garlic, and a bit of cabbage.

Mouthfeel: It has a clean presence on the palate with low bitterness and good carbonation.

Overall: It is a very herb-forward beer in regards to aromatics and flavors. While it does have some good hop flavor it just doesn't deliver the promise of "ripe grapefruit, mango, pear and melon" (as indicated by the can). It is one of those beers that straddles the fence of being decent enough but not good enough to recommend or want to drink again.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

One look at the hops (citra, mosaic, and el dorado) and I thought this was a can't miss IPA. Somehow, they managed to use these hops and make a dud. Nose is lights, with a little floral and grassy, with just a bit of citrus. Taste is also light, with a grainy character and a bit of cracker and grapefruit. Mouthfeel is a tad on the watery side...a little like a session IPA (but this is 6.2%). Not much here to be honest.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this on 2019-05-13 in Columbia, PA from a fresh 12oz bottle

A - Clear straw gold with a 1-finger white head that drops quickly leaving little lace

S - Lots of ripe pineapple, pear, mild-moderately dank, whiff of Pils-like malt, honeysuckle floral

T - Echoes the aroma minus the dankness and with the addition of some pink grapefruit, melon, white grape and some herbal spice. Mild bitterness for the style.

M - Medium body and carbonation.

O - An easy-going, easy-to-quaff IPA. Has some Helles qualities. Enjoyed this.

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Photo of good_to_sea
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Clear, pale yellow with good carbonation and a thick, creamy, off-white head.
Smell: Strong pineapple and mango aromas. Pine, lemon. Great aromas from this beer.
Taste: Lemon citrus with some malt, mango, and melon sweetness. Slight hop bitterness at the end. On the whole, this is fairly crisp and dry, very much like a Brut IPA.
Feel: Thin, crisp, dry, and extremely refreshing.
Overall: Another great IPA from Troegs.

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Photo of MikeWard
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can into a pint glass. freshest by 8/22/19. very recent release.

Pale watery yellow body. small light streams of carbonation. A small white head dissipates to a ring and faint covering. not looking good.

However, there is a very vice aroma of mango and melon .Also faintly floral with a little hay.

The hop and non citrus fruit notes, mostly melon, mix and balance very nicely. There is a solid slightly sweet malt background. Enjoying this one .

Mouth around medium with a little sharpness on the tongue. A hoppy mango/melon finish.

Overall, I was quite alarmed by the look of this beer, but Troegs comes through again with a quality well balanced fruity summertime ipa.

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Photo of BB1313
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Freshest by 8/24/19. 12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours golden with great clarity and has bubbles racing upwards; small white head that fades leaving nice retention and decent lacing. The aromas have a subtle blend of tropical, citrus and floral notes. Lots of bread and crackers. Malts are there. The flavors are clean and crisp. Lots of fresh grass. Some grapefruit, pineapple, lemon and orange in the mix. More crackers and bread. Moderate bitterness. Malts seem to almost take a backseat. Finishes dry. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium-bodied with active carbonation. It's sharp, smooth and easy to drink.

This is a solid IPA. It's clean, crisp, sharp and refreshing. The craftsmanship is on point, which can always be expected from Tröegs. Solid hop aromas and flavors. This one is probably even better than my "numerical score" might indicate. Not bad at all.

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Photo of therealmattyb11
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a six pack at the local bodega for 11 bucks, pours a very light, slightly hazy yellow with one finger of rocky head. Smell is slightly fruity and sour. This is a very dry IPA, and the pale malt character is almost completely subdued by the aggressively grassy hops. I get mango notes very reminiscent of first cut IPA, with melon coming through at the end. Not my favorite from troegs as I tend to prefer sweeter beers, but very crisp and a good fit for summer

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Field Study from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 61 ratings