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Featured Beer of the Week: Troeg’s Pale Ale

troegs craft beer logo 300x296 Featured Beer of the Week: Troegs Pale AleTRÖEGS: An aura of Complete Enjoyment and Contentment

By Tim Rodgers

Founded by brother team Chris and John Trogner in 1997, the Pennsylvania based Troeg’s Brewing company start is like many craft brewing companies throughout the United States today.  Tired of the rat race compounded with the love of beer, the Trogner brothers started the crafting art in Mechanicsburg PA.

 According the brewery itself, the definition of TRÖEGS (tr?gs) *v-tröeged, -tröeg’in is…  The act of tröeg’in, ie “I tröeged it” or {slang} “that boy is tröeg’in” -adj.  An aura of complete enjoyment and contentment, ie “My you look Tröegy this morning” -n. a new tradition of Pennsylvania specialty ales {from the brewers of Tröegs}, ie “I’ll have a Tröegs!”

Today, the brewery produces nine different beers including Hopback Amber Ale, Troegenator Doublebock, Rugged Trail Ale, Tröegs Pale Ale, Nugget Nectar (seasonal) Dead Reckoning Porter (seasonal), Sunshine Pils (seasonal), The Mad Elf (seasonal), and distributes its product in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Washington, D.C., Maryland, Delaware, Ohio, Massachusetts and Virginia.

troegs pale ale beer pic Featured Beer of the Week: Troegs Pale AleAs many of you may be aware, the East Coast and especially the Northeast have been rocked by brutal winter weather.  Some say that Eskimos (or Inuits for the overly sensitive politically correct) have over 20 different words to describe snow and we’ve been hit with all of them in recent weeks.  Being “cooped-up” this January, I felt compelled to drown my cabin fever in some Troeg’s Pale Ale.

 It poured a nice gold to amber color in my pint glass.  It settled to a medium to small head that rapidly “thinned” out as the glass became full.  It had a nice floral-hoppy aroma as I put the pint to my nose.  As I drank the beer, it had a nice hoppy character but with distinct spice notes.  But what stood this pale ale apart from most others is the dry bitter malty finish.  Overall, the beer seemed very fresh with bold hop, bitter and malt flavors for a pale ale.  Other than the weakness in the head, I believe this beer makes up for it in bold flavor.

 Pick up some of this immediately!

Cheers!

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3 comments to Featured Beer of the Week: Troeg’s Pale Ale

  • Tim Rodgers

    Not sure you know what your talking about. According to beer expert Smagalski, “head will hold the delicate aromatics within the beer, and release them gently for your olfactory pleasure. Gases that live within bubbles that form the head will affect mouthfeel, creating sensations that differ on your tongue. When formed as a result of the natural carbon dioxide created by the action of yeast, bubbles will feel more tingly and effervescent than the creamy ones infused with a mix of carbon dioxide and nitrogen. Each style demands its own type of head, or rather, the proteins in barley or wheat malt, coupled with bittering hops, will determine the outcome of the head for each style”

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    Matt Goldstein Reply:

    Who in the heck is smagaslki? I’m talkin about M. Goldstein out this piece. Forget the head. You want the bubbles in the beer!

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  • Matt Goldstein

    Head is completely overrated! The more head, the flatter the beer. I give props to this pale ale. The more bubbles that are in the beer and not in the head, the crisper the beer will be. It’s all about the bite.

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