The fourth and final beer from the Tröegs Variety Pack is the Tröegs Pale Ale. Since there were three bottles of each style, observant readers will note that the reviews were actually written on the second go round of each type. In terms of the beers represented, I’ve saved the best for last!
The neckband states “A Tröegs Brewery Classic – this American style pale ale balances the bitterness of Cascade hops with sweet crystal malt, creating a copper-colored crisp ale.” The bottle poured a light copper color; think a little more yellow than a shiny new penny, with a finger-width head that rapidly dissipated. Of the four, this poured the largest head and also had the most lacing. A nice white trace remained on the glass throughout consumption.
The Pale Ale had less carbonation than the Tröegs HopBack, but more than the other two varieties (Dream Weaver and Java Head). Some bubbles remained as the glass is enjoyed. I couldn’t detect a floral or citrus aroma, though the taste is definitely on the fruit side, perhaps grapefruit or orange. There’s a very faint aftertaste, also in the citrus family, and almost no bitterness. The Pale Ale had a very silky mouthfeel and went down very smoothly. There was no residual taste; the tongue did not feel “coated” as with other beers. In fact, each sip of this very drinkable beer made me want to reach the bottom of the glass!
At 5.4% ABV, this is a nice session beer, and also a good introduction to craft breweries for drinkers of the macros. I would not hesitate to buy this one again! Another four star offering from the Tröegs Brothers.