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Tröegs Perpetual IPA - Tröegs Brewing Company

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2,487 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,487
Reviews: 545
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.51%
Wants: 126
Gots: 317 | FT: 8
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 PhotoMattT
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

PhotoMattT, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of jondeelee
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perpetual IPA opens with a bright citrusy shock of hops, with lemon, dandelion stem, grapefruit rind, and pink grapefruit dominating the profile, followed closely by mint and rose hips. Below the hops is a pleasant malt base that leans heavily on sugars, brown sugar mixing well with an assortment of fruit esters, including orange, nectarine, and berry. Added to this is a good measure of rising bread dough and biscuit, with just a touch of wet wheat. As a whole the nose is good, with plenty of hops and crystallized sugar aromas, and seems balanced and diverse for an IPA. It doesn’t necessarily bring anything new or remarkable to the table, but it does present itself solidly.

On the tongue, the beer begins with hops, bursting onto the tongue with grapefruit rind, pine resin, lemon, eucalyptus, mint, pink grapefruit, and dandelion stem goodness, providing an immediate glimpse into an IPA that has been crafted by careful selection of ingredients by people who really know what they’re doing. The hoppy 85 IBU bitterness bites at the tongue and soft palate, largely dominating the flavor profile. But a good measure of sugars and malts comes through, bringing rising dough and biscuit, along with berry, orange, nectarine, and a touch of toasted nut. Late in the mouthful, as the sugars die off, the bitterness of the hops becomes even more pronounced, and the dandelion stem, pine resin, and grapefruit rind flavors occupy the vast majority of the profile, and continue this domination into the aftertaste, which lingers on the tongue for a long time, joined by toast crust and biscuit. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium to medium-high, adding to the burning sensation.

Overall, this is a solid IPA, and while the nose isn’t necessarily remarkable, the flavors on the tongue do an excellent job of showcasing what is possible with hops, experience, and patience. A must-try for serious hopheads.

jondeelee, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of flagmantho
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a goodly effervescence and only the tiniest hint of haze. Head is a thick finger of frothy ivory foam. A nice looking beer.

Smell: earthy, piney malt aroma on top of a sweet malt backbone with a lightly biscuity character. A good combination.

Taste: sweet and malty right up front, with the same earthy and piney hops coming in later. I like the dynamic effect.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a big level of carbonation and a particularly good creaminess for an IPA. I really like what they've done here.

Overall: a tasty, well-crafted and refreshing IPA. I'd definitely have this again.

flagmantho, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of YouSkeete
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mildly hazy golden/amber with a short egg-white colored head. Fresh hops, zesty citrus, rich malts and some raw barley in the aroma. Moderate hop blast, orange rind and lemon zest on the first sip. Rounds off to a tamer, smoother body with soft & bready malts and mild spice. Solid hoppy and malty finish.

YouSkeete, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of diddly
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber with a thick, bubbly white head, which went down pretty quickly.

Aroma is floral and citrus-hopped, but not as strong as I expected. Honestly, a little weak for an IPA.

Flavor fills in the blanks in the smell - hoppy hit up front, but with good balance. Hops are fresh tasting and citrussy, with some floral mixed in for good measure. Good malt base for balance, although the beer is still a bit spicy (in a positive way).

Carbonation seems well-balanced, mouthfeel is medium, although perhaps a bit light for the style.

Overall, although the hop flavor's definitely there, there's a surprising amount of sweetness for a big IPA. Quality choice from a great brewer.

diddly, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of Buggies
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Buggies, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of facundoCNB
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a clear light amber pour, 1/2" of white foamy head which quickly vanished. smells very well balanced with sweet malt and floral hops. taste is bitter up front with a very nice powerful floral hoppiness. slightly nutty in flavor as well. sweet malty backbone fills in the gap.
medium body with a nice creamy feel. very light tasting for the high abv.
i really like what troegs did with this one.. it's just a strong pale ale, but not quite like an ipa. beautiful beer overall.

facundoCNB, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of beep71
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

beep71, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of vfgccp
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Nice white head sits about a finger high with nice lace and retention. Light haze on a deep gold body.

S - Nice, relatively straight forward orange and sweet malt nose.

T - Bready sweetness into a rolling, woody hop. Light macadamia nut. Broad, but restrained bitterness through a dry, lightly acidic finish.

M - Low carbonation on a smooth, medium/light frame.

O - A nice brew that holds its booze well, but overall the imperial levels of sweetness make me wish there was a little more hop bitterness in the profile to balance it out - but I guess that's the catch when you set out to make an imperial pale ale.

vfgccp, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of Arbitrator
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass, courtesy of KevSal. Thanks, Kevin!

A: Pours a golden-amber body with two fingers of off-white head. Great retention with some lace. When the head finally collapses, it maintains a thin collar.

S: Bright citrus with a touch of pine; grapefruit pith is particularly noticeable with some pine needle accents.

T: Orange and grapefruit pith are evident; the taste is a bit stronger than the nose, leading me to wonder how old the beer is. No obvious bottle date that I can tell. Nice pine needle presence with a touch of grass in the finish. Very little malt; just a pale malt backbone that imparts some crackery presence. Modest bitterness.

M: Medium-bodied, with good flavor and moderate bitterness. The beer finishes cleanly and goes down very easily.

O: Great beer, but I suspect this bottle isn't uber-fresh, and I bet the beer is even better without that age.

Arbitrator, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of leftbehind126
4/5  rDev -2.2%

leftbehind126, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of allhaildracula
4.5/5  rDev +10%

allhaildracula, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of jjboesen
4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This magical elixir opens in a furious froth, one that cascades in the smiling glass to settle into a pleasing amber body, light colored and semi-translucent, endowed with a crown of shimmering foam.

The nose is a powerful blast of mango, grass and tangerine; the taste is one of initial citric sweetness that is quickly overwhelmed by the expected backwash of pine and grapefruit.

Body-wise, this is, for an imperial-style brew, rather crisp and airy; easy-going quaff that one would like to see linger a bit. There is a pleasant semi-dry finish. The it's over.

A truly wonderful beer that one would love to stockpile for the winter ... or the summer ... or the fall... or - you know. A must try from Troeg's.

jjboesen, Aug 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

sliverX, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of dtmets84
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was seeking this out after hearing about it from a buddy.

Pours the generic light yellow with a slight white .5inch head. The lacing is mediocre at best. Smells of fresh hops with some grapefruit. Thankfully not a big biting hop taste which I tend to stay away from. The hops are definitely present but not too intense.

Would seek it out again.

dtmets84, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of rrfolk
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

rrfolk, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of mrosenfeld32
4/5  rDev -2.2%

mrosenfeld32, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of csmartin6
4.5/5  rDev +10%

csmartin6, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of Mack2012
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Mack2012, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of GFish
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

GFish, Aug 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

dubdrop, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of uustal
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light, golden yellow with a slight bright white head. Worthwhile lacing. Great aroma. Juicy fruits. Tropical formost, with flowers and Nugget Nectar like grapefruit and deliciously sweet malt aroma in the background. Nice quick hop bursts to begin the beer. More floral and grassy than in the aroma. Actually, very floral and herbal. The tropical hops are more subdued, but have their moments. Good and fast sweet malt background before solid bittering pine. Really compact flavor, comes and goes and finishes dry, but a whole lot of action packed in it.

uustal, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of BeerTwigs
4.9/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

BeerTwigs, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of KTracy
4/5  rDev -2.2%

KTracy, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of Ville
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Ville, Aug 22, 2012
Tröegs Perpetual IPA from Tröegs Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,487 ratings.