Review: Tröegs Brewing Company Pale Ale | Craft Beer & Brewing

Style: American Pale Ale

ABV: 5.4 IBU: 45

91/100
Aroma: 12
Appearance: 3
Flavor: 17
Mouthfeel: 4

Tröegs Brewing Company Pale Ale

What the brewers say

“Tröegs Pale Ale is an American-style Pale Ale that is aggressively hopped with Northwest Cascades and balanced with crystal malts to create a hoppy, crisp, copper-colored ale. Simple and classic, yet full-flavored and sessionable.”

What our panel thought

Aroma: “Green onion, savory, spicy lemongrass on the nose with low malt aromatics and medium esters that complement the hops. Esters pull out notes of pineapple, kiwi, and peaches and cream oatmeal.”

Flavor: “Malt sugary sweetness peeking out from behind some intriguing hops flavors. Green onion, tamarind, and fenugreek. This is a weird, well-balanced not-a-typical-APA beer. Fruity floral hops meld smoothly into bitterness. Light-medium body and medium-high carbonation. Malt is fairly simple with some subtle biscuity undertones. Finishes clean.”

Overall: “VERY interesting aromas and flavors going on. This tastes a bit like an Asian curry dish—I’m enjoying it, but it should come with a warning label! They hit the sweet spot between malty and bitter and deliver great balance. Light esters complement overall flavors without demanding attention. Nose is weak for the style, but the unique notes draw you in. Fruity side of the style but overall pretty well done. Balance is nicely executed.”

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