Beer 258/365 – Troeg’s Pale Ale

Troegs Pale Ale

Style: American Pale Ale

ABV: 5.4%

Purchased at: Vecenie Beer – Millvale, PA

What makes this beer different: Very very bitter for a Pale Ale

Will I be drinking this again: Probably not, too bitter.

Grade: B-

7/24/2010: I drank this beer at a Pirates tailgate. Anyone who knows me knows that I am a die hard Pittsburgh sports fan, but I have all but given up on the Pirates. Actually I have been trying to avoid going to games completely as if me not going is really going to put a hurting on ownership’s pockets. The only reason I went to this game was because Steve Miller was playing a free concert afterward. But onto the tailgate, it was 97 degrees, and we were sitting on a black asphalt parking lot. I’m not exaggerating when I say this was by far the hottest I have ever ever been in my life. I just sat in my chair and didn’t move.

Usually I email myself notes on a beer through my blackberry as I’m drinking it, but it was way to hot for me to even move on this day. Therefore everything I am about to type is purely from memory. I can’t tell you what this beer smelled like because the air was so thick that nothing would penetrate the humidity. The flavor though was full of VERY bitter hops, with some pale malt in the background. It was well carbonated and relatively light which saved this beer a bit for me. Maybe I was just miserable from the heat, but this beer just didn’t do it for me.

Picture of the day: I see what you did there… also over here.

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Beer 240/365 – Troeg’s Dream Weaver Wheat

Troegs Dreamweaver Wheat

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

ABV: 4.8%

Purchased at: Vecenie’s Distributing – Millvale PA

What makes this beer different: Not very hoppy at all for a Pale Wheat Ale, but very drinkable

Will I be drinking this again: Yes, bought a mix case.

Grade: B+

7/6/2010: Picked up a couple mix packs for the Lesnar vs. Carwin fight. Decided on a mix case of Troeg’s and Smuttynose. Pretty much everything but the Shoal’s Pale Ale and Sunshine Pils were gone by the end of the night. I had a 6 pack left of gumball head also, so I threw those into the mix. Needless to say that is what ran out first.

I had no idea Dream Weaver Wheat was an American Pale Wheat Ale when I first drank it. It hits me more as a hefe weizen for sure. The smell is tons of banana, and the flavor is much of the same, with a hint of clove. It also has a peppery kick to it as well. The mouthfeel is a bit light for the style, and well carbonated. But both of the aforementioned qualities are good things for a summer beer in my opinion.

Picture of the day: It looks like you are installing windows.

Beer 158/365 – Troegs Sunshine Pils

Style: German Pilsner

ABV: 5.3%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman OH

What makes this beer different: Very fresh and grainy

Will I be drinking this again: Yes, I need to turn my “miller lite” friends onto this beer

Grade: B+

4/15/2010: I have tried a ton of Troeg’s beer in my a day, but this is the first time trying Sunshine Pils! I would say Troeg’s probably has some of the best beer in PA. Actually they probably have the most solid beer overall from A-Z, with Victory a close second.

The smell on this I can only describe as “vibrant”… Very grainy, almost like smelling multi-grain bread, with some lemon scents in there too. The flavor is very crisp, a nice dose of hops for a pils, and again grainy. Very smooth and finishes a little bit dry. This would be a perfect gateway beer for your Miller Lite drinking friends.

Picture of the day: Okay this one isn’t so much funny, actually kind of sad. America is not #1.

Published in: on April 15, 2010 at 8:02 am  Leave a Comment  
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Beer 75/365 – Tröegs Nugget Nectar

Style: American Amber

Purchased at: 3 Sons – Wexford PA

What makes this beer different: Not a ton of complicated ingredients, which makes it very crisp.

Will I be drinking this again: Yes

Grade: A-

1/22/2010: There has been a ton of hype behind this beer, and lots of discussion on Beeradvocate about how amazing it is. I was pretty excited to try this beer, especially because its #34 on Beeradvocate’s top 100. I usually find that I psyche myself out by getting overly excited for beer with a ton of hype. It’s almost like I expect it to taste like an angel gave birth in my mouth or something. Half of the time the beer doesn’t quite live up to the hype in my opinion.

This beer almost lived up to the hype. Don’t get me wrong it is a very very good beer, but again I expected it to be life changing. Again remember I am just recently being more open to IPA/hoppy beer. The smell is very hoppy, a bit of caramel, and some citrus. The taste is very clean and crisp, with hops upfront, and caramel malt behind it. The scale tips a tiny bit too much on the hop end for me, but not enough for me to dislike it. The taste is still very refreshing, and it impresses me that they get this much flavor out of a beer that’s this transparent. Very good beer, but one I need to be in the mood for.

Funny Picture of the day: The big bad wolf must be in cahoots with Al Queda.

Published in: on January 22, 2010 at 2:48 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Beer 34 – Troegs Mad Elf Ale

Style: Winter Warmer

Purchased at: Vintage Estate

What makes this beer different: Honey Covered Cherries

Will I be drinking this again: As long as you keep that angry elf away from me

Grade: A

12/12/2009: What the hell is this elf so pissed off about anyways? He is the cover boy for one of the best Winter Warmers out right now. Maybe he is pissed because everyone is drinking all of his brew? You would think part of the beer label deal would involve some kind of stipend in the form of beer. Who knows.

Anyways I am sure a lot of you already know that this stuff is just plain awesome. Might just be my favorite domestic winter warmer out right now, with Anderson Valley Winter Solstice a close second. The primary taste is without a doubt cherries, with a hint of honey in the aftertaste. There is little to no hop flavor in this one. Even though I am not a hop guy I would say thats the only thing this one is missing; a little bit of hop bitterness. If you haven’t tried this one, you really need to run out and grab some.

Published in: on December 12, 2009 at 10:45 am  Comments (4)  
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