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Tröegs Perpetual IPA - Tröegs Brewing Company

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2,259 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,259
Reviews: 536
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 121
Gots: 222 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: thain709 on 08-11-2011)
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Photo of projectflam86


4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber served in a tulip.

A- Pours a very clear light orange color with a thick white head that leaves nice rings of lace.

S- All grapefruit and pine needles in the nose. Incredibly hoppy.

T- Very bitter hop flavor initially with a slight sting of alcohol in the finish. Little to no malt presence in this one which I think might have accentuated the 7.5% ABV making it taste a little hot. Nice bright hoppiness but a touch one dimensional that is all pine.

M- Medium bodied with good carbonation.

O- Overall another very nice hoppy beer from Troegs.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 00:59:53 | More by projectflam86
Photo of jayhawk73


4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a beautiful medium gold color w/ an amazing two finger off white head which sticks around a long time. Great carbonation and spotty lacing. Easy to see through this beer.

S- Whoa. Really nice nose! Hops, pine, honey, citrus, maybe some malt in the background. Everything melds really well together- super balanced and very nice.

T- Taste is really good, although on the dry side from what I was expecting. Some oak also comes through in the taste in addition to the nose palate. Hops much more forward than the nose. Malt more present than in the nose as well. Nice tasting beer.

M- This beer is super smooth, and fairly dry feel wise. I almost think it might be a little too dry, but that's personal preference. There's almost a honey feel that coats your throat, but the dryness makes that evaporate pretty quickly on the aftertaste.

O- Overall, this is another solid beer from the Troegs Brothers. I don't like it quite as much as Nugget Nectar, but it's definitely worth picking up. I know I'll look for this brew again, it's worth it.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 16:32:23 | More by jayhawk73
Photo of Scrapss


4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Growler pour into a 6 oz tasting nonic. I let this warm all the way to 55-60 degrees

A: nice 1 finger head and golden body. some good effervescence.

S: nice balance of pine, citrus and gobs of malt.

T: smooth pine, floral, citrus hop with a moderate biscuity malt backbone.

M: nice carbonation yields creaminess and nice hop dryness. Lighter than most DIPA.

O: Well balanced, tasty and lots going on. I think this is a very good example of the style and I'll definitely have this again if I run into it.

*** Update 12/29/2013 ***

So, with a few months on it, it has muted some...the middle-roasted malts are shining and the hops are now an earthy, musty grapefruit. Strangely reminds me of a Dirtwolf with some age on it, the earthy hops shine more than the strong grapefruit it once had.

Serving type: growler

10-12-2013 23:07:04 | More by Scrapss
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Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear golden pour. 4+ finger soapy eggshell head that drops to two finger cap that hangs around leaving sticky gobs all over the glass.

S- Floral and grapefruit with a touch of pine in the back. A subtle sweetness that resembles gum or pixie sticks.

T- Pine and mandarin oranges with a bubble gum sweetness in the back. Very balanced yet provides the hop bite that we all crave.

M- Medium bodied and juicy up front with a slightly dry bitter aftertaste. Sticky on the lips.

O- Excellent IPA not overly hopped up, not overly sweet. Perfectly balanced. If only my glass was always full of this!

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2011 00:56:10 | More by korguy123
Photo of brewsadedotcom


4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in to my Bogota Beer Co. pint glass. Bottling date of 10/31/12. Batch # 121003

A: Half inch of head. Golden color.

S: Pleasant flowery hop aroma, not overpowering

T: Well balanced hop bitterness, piney aftertaste

M: Very easy drinking. Moderate carbonation

O: A solid IPA. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 17:43:46 | More by brewsadedotcom
Photo of PeterIngemi


4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12pz bottle into a duvel glass

A: pours a clean golden orange with about half a finger of head after a rather aggressive pour, a bit of spotty lacing.

S: citrus, orange, hops the nose is not overwhelimg in any fashion,
Could use a little bit more here.

T: nice tropical citrus hops and malts blend very nicley with a touch of pine bitterness, very well rounded and tasty, I get orange, with a bit of tropical fruit, grapefruit and hint of pinneapple. Yum.

M: medium bodied, with medium carbonation and a nicley dry finish, that leavs a slightly bitter aftertaste, very well balanced and very drinkable.

O: this is a very good ipa from troegs, delicious and drinkable,
With a very well rounded profile, beatiful citrus notes and a nice dry pine bite.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2012 03:55:51 | More by PeterIngemi
Photo of eclipse54


4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22 ounce bottle from inlimbo77; thank you! Into a DFH signature glass...

Pours a wondrous, vibrant gold color with pure-white head, and lots of it. The body is hazy to the point of distortion, but not entirely opaque. The smell is of citrus, faint spice, more citrus, pine resin, straw, freshly cut grass, and bittering hops. An IPA scent for the ages. Taste follows suit, with grapefruit, orange, lemon, loads of hops, pine, grass, straw, and faint, faint caramel. A touch of cane sugar on the finish and in the mouth brings it down slightly, as it adds a sense of artificiality to it (not a gripe, just an observation). Mouthfeel is otherwise, crisp, bitter, and rejuvenating; finishes dry and slightly sticky. Overall, a great IPA that certainly stands out.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 04:43:05 | More by eclipse54
Photo of corby112


4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at The Pour House in Westmont, NJ.

Pours a cloudy, pale golden orange color with yellowish colored edges and a two finger, frothy white head. Good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap-ring.  Large streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Über fresh, dank hop aroma with strong resinous and floral notes countered by a boat load of citrus and tropical fruit.  Subtle pale malt presence with some bread and biscuit.  There's also a pine needle character along with prominent pineapple, mango and grapefruit.

On the lighter end of medium bodied with a nice balance of dry, earthy bitterness and sweet tropical/citrus fruit notes.  Dry grassy pine  notes followed by a strong tropical and citrus fruit presence.  Lots of pineapple, grapefruit and lemon peel flavor countered by a pale malt backbone.  Really well balanced and easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2012 22:32:02 | More by corby112
Photo of gkatsoris

4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: very pale yellow. No head, lots of bubbles, decent lacing.

S: good I love east coast floral hops!

T: floral hops. Pretty bitter. Some vanilla and very slight grapefruit rind. Pineapple.

M: pretty thicker. Good chewyness. Very nice cost left on the tongue.

O: maybe not in the top 5 ipa's, but a very treasury and respectable brew.

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2013 23:44:34 | More by gkatsoris
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4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams glass.

Pours yellow, clear as water, with very little head but surprising lacing.

The aroma is interesting, if a bit incongruent to the flavor. The aroma is earthy, almost compost-like (this is a good thing), with floral aromas very noticeable. From the way it presents, I thought this was going to taste like a bouquet of lilies smells.

The flavor, however, totally belies the aroma. Lots of melon sweetness. Very rich, deep flavor. For how sweet and melony it is, it's fantastically dry and bitter on the finish, which adds some serious complexity. For a mass-produced, readily available, moderatly-high ABV IPA, this one has tons of depth and intrigue.

Finishes dry, but leaves a good deal of sweetness behind as well. Very neat finish.

This is a great go-to beer for bang-for-the-buck. It's not the cleanest, nor most flavorful or bitter IPA, but given the availability and potency, it's worth every penny. I go back to this brew frequently.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2012 01:36:29 | More by stonermouse
Photo of kylehay2004


4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: small head with good retention however on a clear deep golden body. Excellent lacing.

S: very hoppy like a strongly hopped session with earthy hops dominating and citrus and floral hop compliments.

T: lightly malty IPA with a very nice herbal and floral hop character. Light tangerine and orange citrus flavors as well. Perfect degree of bitterness.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: this is an excellent IPA which is flavorful, drinkable and complex.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2012 02:03:26 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of younger35


4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Received this delight from Gibby out in Philly. I’ve heard good things and I really enjoyed the first bottle I tried. Drank from my Ithaca Nonic Pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a crystal clear light yellow with hints of orange and a big frothy bright white head. Plenty of rich lacing strewn about my glass from the nice cap and collar.
Smell- Nice and fruity with a touch of pineapple and grapefruit. Actually the more I smell the more that grapefruit pith really comes out. Maybe a touch of orange peel but for the most part the grapefruit dominates. A light touch of caramel malts but not a whole lot in the nose.
Taste- Starts with a grassy bitter bite that quickly turns fruity and lush. The grapefruit I got in the nose is definitely in full force in the taste as well. It’s bitter and pithy with hints of passion fruit and peach. Maybe a touch more sweetness that I usually like but it’s okay here for some reason. There’s a doughy sort of toast in the background from the malt but it’s pretty tame. The 7.5% is nowhere to be found.
Mouthfeel- Nice feel here. The beer is full bodied with nice light carbonation and feels oily and smooth.
Drinkability- Really nice beer that is extremely easy drinking and pretty damned tasty. I’m definitely not always a fan of Troegs IPA’s but they did a great job this time. Thanks much Jeff, mucho enjoyable!

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 20:28:46 | More by younger35
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Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lightly hazy blonde colour, ring of white head with very little lace hanging around. Smell is really well hopped, pine with some earthy lemony citrus, and bit of fruitiness, a mild underlying mat and a bit of faint alcohol detected as well. Taste is also quite hoppy, citrus, orange and lemon, some pine, malty towards the finish, assertive bitterness throughout, more hops in the aftertaste. Light prickly drying carbonation, some hop oils and medium bodied. Really enjoyable IPA that drinks really quickly, something I would order again, solid stuff.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 17:10:53 | More by peensteen
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4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Troegs Perpetual IPA...is it an Imperial Pale Ale like the label states, or is this an American IPA? Or, perhaps, these one in the same? I don't know, and personally, I don't care. I am usually a stickler for style guidelines, but these 2 "styles" are conceptually the same.

Pouring this into my chalice, we get a solid and creamy white finger of head on top of this clear golden body. The head is really tight and has a great creamy texture I can tell right from the look of it. Lacing coats the glass...geez, talk about hops.

Smells hoppy. Understatement. This beer reeks of ripe tropical fruits and pine sap. I can tell there is a little sweetness behind everything, which is good and helps the fruitiness 'pop' a little more. Also, with all the hops present, we'll need something to back it all up with.

Flavor up front is full of notes of sweet mango and delicious hops. Bitter on the back end, but nothing that is overwhelming. Balanced fairly well, though the alcohol does come through more than I really like. However, the phenolics help with the tropical fruit characteristics. At 7.5%, this is pushing into Imperial IPA territory. There I go with the styles again...

Mouthfeel is super smooth and creamy, not like dry stout smooth, but as about as creamy as it gets for CO2 beers... The carbonation is really fine and leaves this beer feeling very silky and soft. Full bodied beer here for sure!

Overall? Thank you Troegs for making an IPA that stands up to those pesky West Coast IPA's...seriously, this has what every hophead is looking for. Real shame that this is a limited release only. Hopefully it is "limited release" like Flying Mouflan was "Limited Release." Glad I bought a case of these bombers...

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 04:33:58 | More by MusicaleMike
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New York

4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours to a nice, full foam, off white in color, with good retention and lacing. Golden amber color and clear. Aroma was hoppy with floral and citrus notes. Nice taste, good hop notes with some grassy, floral and citrus touches. Mouthfeel was medium to full with a lightly bitter aftertaste.

Serving type: can

02-22-2014 22:10:55 | More by Huffs
Photo of MikeWard


4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on a couple on draft yesterday at the Deer Lake Pub, Deer Lake, PA. Standard pint glass.

First off, I forgot to specify non-frosted glass, so had to clear off the glass and let in warm up just a little. 2nd time around, got it right. This place is relatively new with craft beers. The beer itself is cold enough, no need for a frosted. They'll learn.

Pint was clear golden yellow, nice foamy white head. The head retains, although only as a light film. However, the lacing is quite thick, and sticks to the side of the glass all the way down.

Smell was clear clean fruity sweey hops. Love it.

Taste was the same, sweety fruity hops.

Mouth is clean, medium, nice tingly hops around the side of the tongue .

Overall, this is an excellent IPA. Brewery only an hour or so away, so likely very fresh. Great summertime IPA. Definitely recoommended.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2013 16:29:07 | More by MikeWard
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4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Troegs markets this beer as an “imperial pale ale,” but that’s not really a real style, and anyone who has quaffed this hoppy delight instantly recognizes all of the hallmarks of what tastes surprisingly closer to a hopped-up west coast-style IPA than the more balanced, maltier IPAs typically favored by east coast brewers. Perpetual boasts six different hop varieties — boiled with Bravo, Chinook and Mt. Hood; hopped back with Mt. Hood and Nugget; and dry-hopped with Citra and Cascade — and the Citra and Cascade dry-hop is the dead giveaway for why Perpetual exudes a delightfully citric west coast-style aroma and flavor profile. As an unapologetic hop head and New Yorker, I tend to scoff at certain east coast takes on my favorite style, but Perpetual is an IPA the northeast can be proud of.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2013 18:26:02 | More by LarryK
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New Jersey

4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chilled 12 oz bottle into .5cl cylinder glass.

Look- Excellent lacing. Very light colored, well carbonated, not much haze, pale golden color. Rich head that fades fairly quickly, moderate bubbles.

Smell- Hop dominant smell. Pleasant, forward, forthright, a good waft, spicy resin balanced by citrus. Nice aroma.

Taste- Mellow bready malt undertone with resin, hop, dominant over layer. Light lime, pineapple, tea, and tingly esters all balance a complex flavor arc. Nice pine bite. Great taste arc.

Mouthfeel- Easy, and refreshing. While good body, syrup, weight and esters power a true DIPA.
Crisp, medium body, moderate carbonation. Juicy, tea-like. Complex. Good meditation beer.

Overall- A solid DIPA. Complex, makes you want to try it again under different circumstances and with different foods. (Tonight mozzarella, home made bread after a nyc party). A must try for hop heads. ** Great tonight (2nd review) with leftover pasta, fresh garden tomatoes, cucumbers after a long TEDx meeting. Indeed a delightful meditation beer. A must try!
Not quite as unified a brew as the best. ** 3rd time, also a knockout with Squash soup with garden carrots and mozzarella. *** Must try.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2013 01:36:22 | More by Act25
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North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 12:49:30 | More by oberon
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4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2013 11:41:58 | More by tectactoe
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4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my 2nd of 2 bottles obtained at the brewery - $5 each.

Poured into a pint glass, pretty clear golden body with a finger of fast fading head. Some nice lacing though. I think the nose of this beer is its best feature, lots of sweet citrus and tropical notes. More of a pithy citrus in the taste, grapefruit and citrus rind, bitter finish. Medium bodied, nice carbonation, fairly dry, drinkable despite tasting some of that 7.5% abv.

A solid brew from Troegs. It didn't blow me away, but I enjoyed it more than the Scratches, and the price is very reasonable for whats in the bottle. If this becomes a year rounder, I could see me picking up a couple bottles a month, especially given the freshness of the Troegs stuff we see here.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 00:34:42 | More by prdstmnky
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4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perpetual Imperial Pale Ale is a lighter copper/amber color. Looks slightly hazy. Backlighting gives it a distinct orange hue. An off-white head covers the top and stands about a finger and a half tall. It’s quick to dissipate and leaves a sticky web of lace trailing down the glass.

The nose is very impressive. It’s definitely hoppy. Strong citric hop notes of orange and grapefruit are noted. There are also some piney and light floral hop scents. It’s a rather diverse mix. There are some malty notes in the mix, but they take a back seat to the hops. I like it. The malt base is somewhat bread-like and candied. There might be a light caramel scent there, but it’s not much. Very interesting. Alcohol is blended extremely well.

The flavor is quite good, but isn’t quite as good as the nose. The malt base has a cracker vibe to it and is sweet and sugary. There’s a little caramel, but it’s quite restrained and mild. Nice. Hops emerge quickly and add a citric grapefruit and orange flavor. Piney and floral flavors are also noted. I like the profile, whatever it is. It’s bitter and dry, but isn’t palate wrecking. Alcohol isn’t much of a factor at all. It’s masked very well. Finishes hoppy and dry.

Perpetual IPA has a light-medium body that is surprisingly smooth. Carbonation is dialed down nicely. This stuff goes down super easy. A bomber is a great serving size, but I’m not sure it’s enough. I’ll polish this one off easily and quickly.

I was a little apprehensive about the Imperial Pale Ale designation. I should’ve never doubted Tröegs. Those guys are too damn good. Perpetual IPA is a very impressive, very flavorful Imperial Pale Ale. I wouldn’t mind if the flavor were skewed a tad more in the hoppy direction, but it is damn good as it is. It features a lively hop flavor and is restrained on the malty side, especially with the caramel variety. Find a bomber! Very good stuff!

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 03:24:54 | More by prototypic
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4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Massive thanks to Centennial for this, as he sent it to me in an LIF.

Appearance - Nearly clear dark golden body with a nice white head. Head retention isn't great, but the lacing is pretty. Nice and sticky down the glass.

Smell - Great hop aroma. Not a one-note hop aroma either. Grapefruit and a bit of a grassy hop aroma with a pinch of pine in the back. Good stuff.

Taste - Not as apparent as the aroma, but still a big hop presence. Grapefruit, grass, and pine. The malt is barely there, which is how I like it. A light, but lingering bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and medium carbonation. It's somewhat dry in the finish, which takes away from its drinkability. It makes the bitterness hang around while the other flavors drop off.

Overall - Very nice IPA. Glad to see more and more east coast breweries making west coast style IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 01:05:30 | More by Alieniloquium
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4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served in a pint glass

A - deep orange, almost amber, while a bit opaque

S - citrus, with a small amount of pine. As it warms, the citrusy resin-y notes really begin to take over

T - Citrus bitterness is the best way I could describe it. You know how most beers begin to level out as you work your way through it? Nope, now this one. Stays bitter the whole way through...

M - Lots of carbonation, medium body, lots of bitterness

Overall, I really wish they would just go ahead and call this an IPA, not an imperial pale ale. The best part about this beer was it's price ($5/bomber), but still another decent offering from Troegs.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 17:29:44 | More by rhong187
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4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Yellow/Golden leaning just a tad copper. Bright and clear (2nd pour from bomber has a touch of haze) with just a very few small lazy bubbles. Good-size off-white head that sticks around okay and leaves big curtains of lace.

S: West cost style US hops. Pale malt, grainy sweetness and a hint of caramel. Hops are the stronger with foral, citrus, bit of pine, and tropical fruit notes. Lots of character with decent amount of umph.

T: Oh yeah! In the same direction as the nose but bigger and badder. Pine comes more to the fore with a good amount of resin. It really coats and lingers. Spicy hop aspect comes in middle to end. Tropical fruits and citrus dance around the edges. Malts provide a good base – some sugar cookie sweetness, hint of caramel, and a touch of grain in the background – but otherwise the malts stay out of the way. I also pick up a super faint bit of diacetyl that actually works with everything else that is going on. Alcohol stays well hidden. Overall, there is a big bitter bite up front and then it mellows to let all the flavors shine.

M: Actually it is fairly medium body with average to moderate carbonation. Does not seem as big as abv would seem to indicate. Hop goodness adds some structural tannins and coats the mouth. There is just the barest hint of dextrins, but the hops still take their time taking the finish drying. Faint alcohol warming.

D: I was thinking that this was the easiest drinking 7.5% abv IPA I have encountered, and then I went to pour the rest of the bomber. Imperial Pale Ale – that explains it! That is why I was thinking it was so light colored, restrained in the malts, and light in the body. Here I was think it was a somewhat tame (but still quite good) India Pale Ale that drank more like a Pale. Silly me. This bugger is dangerously drinkable precisely because the “light” traits make it drink more like a 6% brew. Imperial Pale – kick ass.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2011 23:51:56 | More by SickGnar
Tröegs Perpetual IPA from Tröegs Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,259 ratings.