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Tröegs Perpetual IPATröegs Perpetual IPA

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Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
At Tröegs, artisanal meets mechanical in a state of IPA we call Perpetual. Cycling through our HopBack vessel and dry-hopping method, this bold Imperial Pale Ale emerges rife with sticky citrus rind, pine balm and tropical fruit.

Added by thain709 on 08-11-2011

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Photo of jra173
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The addition of a full time IPA to Troegs lineup is phenomenal. Well balanced and not over powering, the Perpetual is hoppy and filled with citrus flavor and this beer is at the top of my list. This is on par with some of the best IPAs money can buy and has become my go to IPA.

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Photo of RunningFox
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Beautiful light golden color with a long-lasting, sticky, creamy head.

S: An immediate full nose of hops - on the catty side (which is a good thing for me). Became more complex with warming.

T: Fabulous balanced taste. Complex hops and a nice bread flavor. Clean bitter citrus taste in the middle and another intense hop blast in the swallow.

M: Carbonation was forward throughout the tasting with a light, dray and refreshing mouthfeel.

O: This beer was a fun - an absolute delight. Just can't think of a way to improve this brew, but then I have have too admit a bias toward hoppy IPAs.

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Photo of BellsFan
4.94/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

No glass; I simply drank from the bottle.
Aroma is amazing. The best hop aroma of ant IPA I Jane ever tried. Grassy. Resinous. Exceptional.
Taste is hoppy, piny, and husky.
Mouthfeel is clean, pure, light, drying, quenching.
Overall this an excellent example of an IPA.

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Photo of chadmoe1
4.92/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bomber, bottled on 8/11/11. Enjoyed outside on a nice summer evening in a pint glass.

A -- light copper / gold with 1/2 inch white head, nice lacing.

S -- hops, and lots of 'em. Pine, citrus, and according to my pregnant wife (who did not taste!), floral notes. Couldn't smell much grain.

T -- smooth and hoppy. Definitely pine, citrus, and flora hop tastes, maybe a tad earthy. Some light bread taste.

M -- medium carbonation, medium body.

O -- this was a fantastic beer and one that I'll seek out again. Definitely one of Troegs' best beers. I finished the second half of the bottle after it warmed up a bit, and the aroma/flavors were even more enjoyable.

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Photo of Moonrise
4.9/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Just got a fresh batch - bottled 12/14/14. Extremely pleasing IPA. Highest marks for this offering all across the board. When in doubt, grab a pack of these, can't go wrong.

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Photo of BeerTwigs
4.88/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into an imperial pint glass

A: This beer pours extremely clear with a blonde pale color. This beer has about a one-figer head with white foam.

S: Fresh, citrus-piney aroma

T: Smooth and really balanced with a herbal hop presence and sweet malty base.

M: Balanced and medium bodied ale with a slight
bitter piney feel and a balanced finish

O: This beer is awesome, I would definitely recommend it. Its really balanced with a nice piney feel thats not over the top. A well made beer thats dangerous at 7.5%. I can only imagine its a lot better on draft.

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Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.86/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I have had this on tap, bottle, and from a 12oz can.

This is my favorite beer that is not distributed in Texas. I feel that most complaints on here about this beer is that people are reviewing it as a double IPA. I don't believe this beer is. The label simply refers to it as an "Imperial Pale Ale" and while visiting the brewery they did not refer to it as a double IPA. As such, if you take it as a regular IPA then this beer is incredible and full of resin hop flavor. The light color appearance may surprise some but I don't see it as an issue. During my tour at the Troegs Brewery I got to sample this straight from the fermentor and it was fantastic. This is the single beer I look forward to the most when I visit Pennsylvania.

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Photo of josefnewsong
4.85/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a tinge of orange and two fingers of fluffly and bubbly/soapy bright white head that leaves great lacing everywhere. Smells fantastic. Floral hops with citrus tones - yes, tones - with a slightly sweet sweaty tangerine/marijuana and trace of pine smell. Taste: basically the same as the smell...if pine trees had flowers this is what the nectar would taste like. Hops hit u up front and malts slide down in the finish - perfectly balanced, and the balance is a delicate one, like walking a tightrope. Mouthfeel is perfect. Overalll - it lives up to the hype. Up there with flower power and two hearted for me without a doubt. Troegs better put this out in 12oz. bottles and make it a year-round affair or I will be very disappointed in them. Beautiful.

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Photo of thebrood1987
4.84/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deep and rich resinous hop smells of mango grapefruit and citrus all combining for an overall sweet smell. Very nice and crisp like a Stone IPA would be and rather refreshing because of the crisp hop bite and perfect amount of carbonation. I get the tastes of full on citrus orange juice qualities with the bitter grapefruit lasting on the back of the tongue.

As for malts I get a bready molasses thick sweetness although the body tends to stay towards the lighter side as the appearance indicates. The malt and hop sweetness work great in unison in this beer.

This and Nugget Nectar are obviously IPA nectars. They are juicy and crisp and exactly how an IPA should be. Very fruity although in a different way. This beer is fantastic.

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Photo of russwbeck
4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Cloudy yellow pour with a ton of bubbles and a wispy white head. The lacing is great, as is the retention.

S: Bitter, but fruity. The grassiness and the fruitiness is phenomenally balanced. I can't say I've ever smelled an IPA so well balanced.

T: Wow I have to say this is phenomenal. The balance between bitterness and fruit is insane. When you start it off, you get hops, bitter, grass, then the fruity hops hit you. The finish is crisp and dry.

MF: Carbonated really well. Light and crisp. Insanely drinkable. No notes of the 7.5% ABV.

O: This was spectacular. Best single IPA I've ever had.

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Photo of RLM15
4.79/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The beer pours a golden color. Has a slight orange hue to it. Great white soapy head in the pour. Smell is absolutely wonderful. Super citrus oriented, also a lot of pine in the smell, very dry smell. The taste is very dry as well. TONS of great citrus hop flavor. Slight malt finish to balance out the taste but very slight.

This beer never disappoints. I live about 30 minuets from the Tröegs brewery and there are not many things better than a fresh Perpetual from the tab at the brew house. I would recomend this beer to any hop head. One of my favorite IPAs. Super hoppy and dry. Lots of citrus notes. Perpetual IPA never disappoints.


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Photo of nhindian
4.78/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of tlazaroff
4.77/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Perfectly golden and clear as Hawaiian water. Slightly off-white head composed of large bubbles that cling to the glass like white on rice.

S: Pineapple, tangerine, mango, guava, lemon, you name it, this has all the nuances of citrus and tropical notes that hops can provide.

T: Orange citrus, slightly piney and resiny. The first thing that hits me like a punch to the face is the hop flavor. The bitterness comes in the mid-palate and lasts through the finish along with the flavor. A touch of grass and caramel round this out.

M: Moderatly-low carbonation levels and the same with the body. This beer isn't sticky, but it coats the palate well, not dry at all. I hesitate to use the word 'oily' but thats the first thing I think of.

D: This may very well be the best IPA I've had, if not, it's in the top three. I absolutely love this beer.

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Photo of goodolbrandon
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

This is an IPA for those who don't mind hoppy beers, but also want a little smoother hop taste. Give it a shot. The only thing I like that is hoppier is Hop Stoopid from Lagunitas. Either way, drink good stuff.

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Photo of ajkmetron
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Super impressed (with Troegs, yet again).

Found at the local packy in Salem MA, in a bomber bottle, really reasonable price ($5.25 I believe).

Always up for Troegs offerings, so this was a no brainer. The color is really golden and clear but the taste and depth of flavors rivals any darker competitors. Love the citrus/grapefruit notes, the aftertaste is what you want in a premium DIPA, subtle and nice. Goes down way too smoothly and easily for a 7.5% abv, that said, not too strong like other DIPAs (which get closer to 10%).

Wish they would start 6 packing this one, big fan.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.73/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy bright gold with a nice frothy two finger head that had good retention.

Smells heavily of grapefruit with some citrus notes and a slight biscuit aroma.

Good piney resin flavor throughout the palate. It hits you with a bright assault of pine and citrus hops up front and rounds into a touch of almost honey like sweetness on the back of the tongue. Finish is almost perfectly balanced between the pine and malt.

Medium carbonation levels and a nice sticky mouthfeel, but not thick or cloying in any way.

Can't believe it's been so long since I've had something from Troegs. I think I need an Ohio trip to replenish the supply after I'm reminded how great all of their beers are.

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Photo of StormKing47
4.73/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Out of review retirement briefly for a new offering from my favorite brewery that garners attention!

A- Hello beautiful where have you been all my life! After all the deeper amber and orange hued IPAs I have been drinking recently, it's nice to see a crystal clear golden masterpiece. What a color, clear, golden with bright yellow hues and a bone white, fluffy head. What a sight to behold it has a great amount of carb that forces you to investigate further. I am hypnotized by the steady stream of bubbles I don't even want to go any further because it just looks so damn sexy in my snifter.

S- BOOM! There it is. The steady stream of carb has rewarded my senses with an explosion of citrus. I feel like I have just been assaulted by grapefruits, tangerines, light pineapple and tiny stings of resinous pine. It lingers in the nostrils and is such a pleasant smell to inhale. Honestly, cannot believe it is a Pale Ale. It is crazy; a huge citrus rush with just enough earthy pine. As I control myself and reluctantly let it warm a faint sweetness comes out with a sweet touch of caramel and toffee, but is immediately smacked by the dominant citrus stench. Absolutely astonishing, why don't they make Citra hops cologne and deodorant? My only knock would be that the hops over power the malt, I really enjoy Troegs' malt bills in their other offerings they always add a nice balance to the nose of their beers.

T- Bliss! Hard to put into words so I will try my best. This is seriously one of the BEST PALE ALES that I have had the pleasure to consume to date. It is an amazing balance between bitter and citrus hops. The hop profile is superb. I have a grapefruit assault on my palate with tangerine, pineapple, light mango and even a touch of orange as back up. Then lagging behind the citrus group is a nice stinging, resinous pine that coats the taste buds and sticks with you through the whole experience. The flavors all meld together to allow me to enjoy the whole experience. As it finishes it's journey there is a slight caramel sweet finish that is just enough to keep the aggressive hops in check. In all honesty John has killed it with this one and should be proud. It is an aggressive hop profile, great malt bill that all works extremely well together to provide bitter, citrus and sweetness all in the same sip!

M- The carb provides a fantastic experience. It's right at the level that lets all the flavors dance around on your tongue. It pushes all the ingredients all over so you get the full experience and aren't left guessing. It's nice, effervescent and extremely refreshing. After all the flavors are pushed and pulled around your mouth the nice and light dry finish will leave you thirsting for more. Be glad it's in a bomber so you can pour yourself another immediately! My only knock here would be I would like a little more oily hop coating, but again it's a PALE ALE!

O- HOMERUN from John and the boys at Troegs. This is one of the most balanced pale ales I have ever had the pleasure of consuming. I know this will get knocked down as it gets traded out to other states, but I had the sincere pleasure of consuming this beer the day it was bottled. It is a pleasurable experience from how refreshing it is to it's hop bite, touch of sweetness and light dry finish. This is a dangerously drinkable beer that I could see being consumed by the gallon. I hope this is converted to a year round because it will curve my dependence on Nugget Nectar! Seek it out and enjoy!

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Photo of CoachC
4.71/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a beautiful copper color with a 1 inch foam head. Both the aroma and taste are of delicious tropical tasting hops with a good malt backbone. Mouthfeel is almost perfect. When fresh, this is one of the very best imperial IPA's out there. Cheers!

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Photo of nickthetick
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a light clear yellow gold into a DFH signature glass with a finger of white dense head that thins rather slowly.

S: pineapple, butterscotch, mango, passion fruit, floral, pears, citrus and apples.

T: a lot of the nose is in the flavor profile, there is quite a bit more of the citrus: grapefruit, orange, lemon and lime. The sweet fruits blend a little and there is a good bit of bread.

MF: a tad heavy, crisp, bitter, astringent and clean.

O: awesome IPA all around, love the fruit flavors. Great summertime IPA more specifically.

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Photo of WMEugene
4.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a nice golden color with a thick, frothy head and awesome lacing.

S - Great fresh piny hop notes; some floral and fruitiness as well. Not overpowering, but very pleasant.

T - Nice blend of hoppy and sweet flavors. Extremely well-balanced and a great single IPA. Piney/floral merge very nice with the caramel malt sweetness.

M - Soooo smooth. Medium bodied. Slight hoppy aftertaste. Delightful mouthfeel.

O - Troegs has made a fantastic IPA here. One of the best single IPAs on the market.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.67/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a sam adams custom glass: color is straw to gold, light carbonation, perfect amount of bright white head, some light lacing - very hard to make an IPA look better than this.

Smell is light malt, toast quickly overtaken by pleasant but strong bitter hops, pine, citrus and earthy notes, great balance.

Taste is great, light pale malt upfront, touch of toast and biscuit, no residual sweetness, strong bitterness, flavors range from pine, to grass to citrus/grapefruit prominent. Wonderful tasting ipa, nice and dry finish and not a touch sweet.

Mouthfeel is heavy on the tongue with light touches of bitterness on the cheeks, not strong carbonation which lets the hops and malt do their thing; malt flavors are just enough to keep the hop bitterness in check.

Overall, this is one of my favorite ipas, clean malt flavors and not sweet or cloying; hops are bitter but not overdone; great ipa to split the difference between ipa and dipa.

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Photo of bartmon
4.67/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Introduced to this gem at the State college beer fest, leading to the purchase of a case upon release in August. Bottle poured into stem hop glass.

Appearance - deep orange with a nice, creamy head. Lots of stickiness in the glass on each gulp.

Smell: Lots of fruit on the front, great hop aroma.

Taste: The hops bring out a slightly fruity taste to complement the bitterness. Reminds me of something between a hoppy imperial IPA and a smooth, session american IPA.

Mouthfeel: very crisp! Plenty of carbonation and doesn't leave your pallet overwhelmed with hops.

Overall: One of my favorites of summer 2011. This should be a year-found offering!

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Photo of jtierney89
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Gorgeous looking beer. Bright gold crystal clear color with a fluffy two.finger head. From what I was told by my brew rep, this beer has a lot.of similarities to nuggets nectar but with the difference in color there's gotta be a different malt bill. Smells slightly nugget nectarish. Super resinous piney hops grapefruit and citric fruits. Taste is very similar as well. Most noticeably though is that body is a little thinner and less slick feeling. Also less alcohol.detection. really really awesome beer. Smoother than nuggets nectar even.

In comparison to nugget nectar, theres a bit more sweetness, a bit more balance, and a bit more carbonation. Incredibly smooth.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden body, just a slight chill haze, mild steady carbonation streams, topped by four plus fingers of dentable snow white froth. Good stretchy lacing.

Potent powerful enticing fresh grapefruit aroma draws you in from across the table, maybe the room.

Sweet malt makes a flash appearance at the very tip of the tongue, but after that its all and all kinds of hoppy goodness. Juicy fruit oozes all over the mouth, with a big blast of grapefruit on center stage. There is a cleansing bitterness at snaps at the swallow. The grapefruit and the bitter entwine and encircle through a lingering afterglow.

Solid light/medium mouthfeel carries everything along well and smoothly.

Overall a superior IIPA, and another great beer from Troegs. This should be a perpetual treat.

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Photo of ummswimmin
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My favorite styles recently seem to be the multiple IPAs out there. That being said, I am pretty tough on this style because I can get it pretty easily from so many brands.

Overall this is an exceptional IPA. It smells and tastes great. There is multiple different hops. I get the citrus notes in the nose and body, but there are other hop flavors in there as well. This mix of hops yields a very well balanced IPA. The after bitterness isn't even there for long. Also, I didn't get the dry mouth associated with this level of hoppiness.

The coloring is a darker yellow, but my grade for the appearance is due to the head and lacing. On the pour I get a two and a half finger head. This dissipates down to a lingering small topping of foam. The result is some very pretty lacing on my glass (a fluted goblet style with tapering at the top).

I thoroughly recommend this beer. Good luck finding it. It has been sold out in many of the local stores. Oh well, here is my opportunity to try a new IPA beer.

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