Tröegs Perpetual IPA - Tröegs Brewing Company
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Reviews by nhindian:
4.8/5 rDev +17.4%
22oz bottle poured into a Troeg's Mad Elf chalice.
A - Pours fairly light for an IPA, focusing itself more on a pale yellow color, nearing on straw. Not much carbonation is streaming from the glass, although it is a touch cloudy. About 2-fingers of snowy head, with moderate retention. A big collection of bubbles gathers when it dies down, with ghastly wisps of foam slowly radiating out from it. Lacing is a much scattered affair, with luxurious curtains at one end and horizontal beams at the other.
S - Now this is the aroma I've been longing for in an IPA for a long time, especially from an East coast brewery. Big, big floral notes interspersed with resiny pine sap, pineapples, oranges, and grapefruits. It flitters between nearly all ranges of hop descriptors while delivering blows from each. It even finishes slightly spicy (hop spice).
T - Luckily the taste follows the nose and oh so much more. It starts with just the slightest of malt backbones in the form of a touch of bread and caramel before jumping into the carousel of hops. Take your pick, as I'm sure no matter which type of hops you'd prefer, you'll find your stop here. The Chinook and Mt. Hood hops pack the flavor with a sticky, floral, resiny taste that is reminiscent of the best West coast IPAs. But then there's a cut of spice, before transitioning into a juicy tropical and citrus fruit note that takes the beer into the finish. You get the pineapple, mango, grapefruit, even a bit of orange to whet the palate and give the sharp, yet enjoyable transition from the pine forests and flower fields. No hint of alcohol, and just pure hops in the aftertaste.
M - Mouthfeel is moderate-bodied with good carbonation. Despite the abundance of hops in here, it is not overly bitter at all which is definitely surprising but not at all missed. A bit resinous, but the citrus finish helps alleviate that. If anything, I'd dig a bit more carbonation but that's really grasping.
D/O - Drinkability is high. I am honestly taken aback by this beer. I wasn't really sure what to expect from this at all, and I have to say it is easily one of the best East coast IPAs I've had and a strong contender against the giants in the West as well. Definitely hop forward, but from there it balances itself among the hop influences and hits nearly all major categories (floral, pine, citrus, spicy) strongly. I will most definitely be seeking this out soon to try again, an absolute joy.
09-03-2011 03:20:44 | More by nhindian
More User Reviews:
4.1/5 rDev +0.2%
Poured into a standard pint glas a clear light golden with one finger white head atop that held well.Big pithy hops in the nose,grapefruit really stood out,really fresh and in you face.A big shot of citric hops at the onset with a big sweetish caramel base coming into play midway,more sugary sweetness in the finish.Started out great,and was a really good DIPA,but there was some big sweetness in there as well.
09-19-2011 12:49:30 | More by oberon
4.1/5 rDev +0.2%
Thanks to Kevin for hitting this want of mine. Perpetual pours out a mostly golden color with some faint orange tints around the edges, top, and bottom of the brew. There's a nice clarity throughout, and its only mildly obscured by a small chill haze. A white head grows up quickly but settles nearly as fast to a wimpy little bubbly skin and collar that, sadly, leaves no lace in its path.
I dip my nose into the glass and the first whiff is promising me good things. Dank, oily, and mildly pungent hops clash with lots of grapefruit juice and vivid citrus peel. Like a late night sesh with the fruit-alicious munchies. A brash of pines bats clean up; you can feel the bitterness creeping up in the aroma with time, along with some mild spicy pepper. This is a hop-heavy sucker, no doubt.
One sip and you're walking through hills of hops; mild white pepper and ashy pines run amok. Vigorous hop oils all over your face, dank resins and a bitter grapefruit peels smack your pie-hole and jump to epic proportions very quickly. Bitterness starts off small but grows exponentially into the back end, and starts scraping the back of the tongue like a pickaxe in the finish.
There isn't much noticeable malt, so the hops stand out even more. Despite being so hop-centric and bitter, it's actually quite refined and drinkable when all things are considered. This bottle is quite fresh, and the raw how power confirms it. Medium bodied with a light sticky quality on the palate; carbonation is medium, pretty good for the style with a slick, oily, lightly resinous mouth feel.
Yum! I've wanted to try this beer for a while, though that doesn't mean I necessarily had crazy expectations for it or anything. It was actually a bit better than I thought it would be, and what's even better is that it's a year-round brew. A very nice brew for the dank-heads out there who need to get their hop oil fix but don't feel like taking alpha acids straight to the vein. Very nice IPA, enjoyable from start to finish.
08-05-2013 11:41:58 | More by tectactoe
3.73/5 rDev -8.8%
12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.
Pours a clean yellow to orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, grapefruit and orange citrus hops. In the taste, dry citrus rinds, and somewhat pine like. A small hop bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry trace of hops in the aftertaste. Big nose and mellow taste, lack of aftertaste, good but mellow
I like this as an above average IPA by comparison but as an "Imperial" IPA, which it bills itself", I feel it's no higher than barely average.
01-31-2014 02:32:50 | More by ExtraStout
4.39/5 rDev +7.3%
Great summer IPA. Nice clear pale yellow to straw in color, with white head that dissipated rather quickly. Smell is a bit lacking. Faintly watery, the hops smells good, but not quite as present as I'd like. Taste is wonderful though. What this beer lacks in aroma, it quickly makes up for in taste. Superbly grassy and a wonderful floral hoppiness to it. I get some apricot and a sweetness that I can only describe as when you chew on Dallisgrass on a hot day.
07-20-2013 01:51:10 | More by mverity
Tröegs Perpetual IPA from Tröegs Brewing Company
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