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Tröegs Perpetual IPA - Tröegs Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,481 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 2,481
Reviews: 545
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.51%
Wants: 126
Gots: 314 | 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 SummitVA
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%

A - Pale orange pour with vigorous carbonation. Thick, frothy head falls off quickly.

S - Big pine, citrus, and resin. Mangoes and an overripe peach character, finishing with alcohol heat and more dank hops. Great complexity in the nose.

T - Pine foremost with some citrus and less distinct overripe fruit character. More citrus and tropical fruit mid-palate as it warms. Sweet caramel malt flavor along with some breadiness. Hop character strikes me as muddled in flavor, and the finish is not as crisp as I'd like; rather, sweetness lingers on the palate. Alcohol heat is there, as well; more than you would imagine for a 7.5% brew, but the heat and hop resin in the finish is wonderful.

M - Definitely a medium-bodied brew. Heavier than I'd prefer for the style.

O - Really happy to have had this, and it has to rank among the best East Coast IPAs out there. That being said, I still long for the day when there is a well-distributed bone-dry IIPA east of the Mississippi. A bit too sweet for my palate overall, but I'm getting through the bomber just fine. If you like 'um a little chewy, you're going to love this, but pick one up regardless.

SummitVA, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of bigfnjoe
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Bottle straight from the brewery

A- this beer looks GORGEOUS. It pours a dark yellow/light orange with a three finger white head. The head is pretty puffy and sticks around for awhile, and leaves some great lacing on the way down.

S- the citrus is strong within this one. Lots of oranges coming out. Very good

T- it's not nearly as hoppy as most IPAs, but there is still a strong citrus flavor there, with a piney aftertaste. Almost tastes like Sculpin, but a little watered down

M- the body is actually relatively thick, like an IPA would be. Not syrupy, though

O- half the cost of Sculpin for a bomber, and tastes just as good. Yeah, I'm down

bigfnjoe, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of donkeyrunner
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Hazy, dark gold color with a big bubble head. Good retention and lace.

Sharp, ruby red grapefruit, tropical fruit and prickly pine hop aroma.

Taste features more buzzsaw grapefruit bitter with minor contributions from tropical fruit and pine. Tastes like it smells actually. Mouthfeel is "wet." Yeah, I know, all liquid is wet but it's like the molecules are holding more water for extra wetness. Whatever.

Yes it's an IPA but I don't get a sense of any malt personality whatsoever - even as a springboard.

Good in all aspects but for whatever reason doesn't stand out for me either.

donkeyrunner, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of 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.

nhindian, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of gabedivision
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%

poured from a duece to a snifter glass.

Pours a clear light light copper yellow with a 2 finger head that forms a pretty 1/4 inch lace around the glass. Smells of sticky pine hops, traces of grapefruit, mango, melon and other citrus fruits can be found. Very IPA'ish on the bite, bit juicy hop burst with all the before mentioned citrus tones balanced perfect with the gentle malt in the background. This beer is medium in body, sweet, very bitter on the finish. This is good stuff i dont understand why Troegs makes there best stuff all limited editions...

gabedivision, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of TurdFurgison
4/5  rDev -2.2%

22oz bottle, picked up in Columbus for somewhere south of $6.00. $6.00, I love this retro pricing, so sick of overpriced 22oz bottles.

It pours crystal clear and light golden colored, with a few fingers of foam that lace in huge clumpy sheets on the glass. Citrus aromas throughout, grapefruit and such. Strongly bitter up front, with a lot of caramel malt balance and a citric aftertaste. Slightly heavy body for an IPA, nice. Very good value and solid overall.

TurdFurgison, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of gc4hokies
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%

Grabbed a 22oz bottle of this at Total Wine in Chantilly, VA.

It's labeled as an Imperial Pale Ale...? This is an American IPA despite the marketing on the bottle.

Pours a light golden color with a nice white, thick head. Great lacing on this one. Nice.

Aroma is typical of an American IPA...grapefruit is dominant for me.

Taste follows the aroma grapefruit up front, spicy notes on the finish. Good flavor.

Mouthfeel is a little thin for me. Not bad, but I prefer a 7.5abv IPA to have a little more substance.

Overall, very drinkable. Not my favorite, but pretty good beer. Would buy again.

gc4hokies, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of josefnewsong
4.88/5  rDev +19.3%

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.

josefnewsong, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of Morey
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%

22oz bomber with "Bottled on 8/11/2011" stamped just below the neck of the bottle.

Pours a golden-orange color with nice clarity. Two fingers of fluffy off-white foam has settled to a forth of an inch after several minutes, but there's still some really nice head retention/lacing on the sides of the glass.

Nice citrus and floral hop aromas in the nose. Smells both fruity and crisp at the same time. Inviting.

Not as bitter as I expected. I see now why they're calling this an Imperial Pale rather than an Ipa. Not as much malts or bitterness as with most Ipa's. Lots of citrus flavor though, and you get some wet hop grassy bitterness on the back end.

There's a slight creaminess with the mouthfeel on this one. I'd say medium bodied with a fairly low carbonation level allowing you to more easily pick up on the citrus/floral notes of this beer.

A nice beer from Troegs. I'd rather see it in 12oz bottles though.

Morey's Bottom Line: A really good beer here. If it's not elite where Ipas and hoppy Pales are concerned, it's darn close. Alcohol is well hidden, and this one goes down too easy. Cheers!

Morey, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of jifigz
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%

A bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: A beautiful hazy orange color that reflects the wonderful citrus smell so well. A huge head that never wanted to disappear and fantastic lacing. This looks very promising.

S: A delicious and very strong hoppy presence in the aroma. It smells spicy, citrus and juicy-fruit like, and extremely good. It isn't an unusually distinct smell though, lots of IPA's smell just like it. Still, it is very tempting.

T: The taste is loaded with good citrus hop flavor and wonderful light tones of pine. This beer is nicely bittered but certainly not overly done. The malt is definitely there to keep it in check.

MF: The mouthfeel is pretty standard for this and just what I would expect it to be.

O: This is a wonderful IPA. This has to be one of the best American IPA's I have recently tasted, and quite possibly ever tasted. It reminds me of Bell's Two-Hearted in the taste profile, but it is more complex. Bell's is pretty much just delivering one flavor, while this has many tones and complexities in comparison. I have been drinking Troeg's for quite a while and it is about time they added a beer like this to their lineup. Good Work.

jifigz, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%

Troegs Perpetual IPA
(bottled 08-10-11)

A true pale ale in appearance, the Perpetual IPA exhibits a deep straw yellow color. Sporting a well retaining, soapy foam, its hard to tell what lace is on the glass at the onset due to Perpetually filling my pint with the remainder of the 22oz bottle. Chunks of lace stick to the side, and overall, a splendid look.

Aroma is bready and hoppy with suggestions of honey, pinched hop buds, and pine sap. A pineapple scent also chimes in, and is heard. The "Hop Back" employed at the brewery condenses the hop flavor as beer is pressed through it and onto the fermenting tanks.

In the taste, there's an oily, resinous hop profile. Pale malts are used to balance, but the beer finishes semi dry and bitter. Hop flavor is citrus rind like, leafy, a bit spicy and definitely herbal. Malt and ale yeast play a downplayed role of mild sweetness and balance.

A lighter bodied ale, with the aforementioned semi dry finish and clean at that. Easy drinking, leaning toward the bitter side of things. A 22oz serving size seems ideal.

The Troegs Perpetual IPA has a well deserved name. The flavor is consistent with each sip, and has a very deep hop presence which is always welcome. This brew has crossover potential, as it is light, with some hop flavor but totally unoffensive. A worthwhile investment, and could be a mainstay.

Stinkypuss, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.13/5  rDev +1%

Picked up a case of this, due to the silly PA case law, but I can't say that I regret that doing it after having tried it. Poured this one into my Duvel tulip glass. A majestic beer in a majestic glass.

The body is slightly chill hazed right out of the fridge, but a few degrees warmer than that, and it is crisp and clear. The body is a golden copper that lights up with a beautiful shine. 2 inches of fluffy and sticky head that leaves spiderweb lacing all over the sides of the glass.

An awesome west-coasty smell, this is what I have been waiting for on the east coast for so so long. Aromas of tart citrus -- grapefruit and lemon zest -- some piney aromas, and a healthy dose of floral hops. A slightly dank bitterness also accompanies these, as the hop aromas -- both bitter and aromatic -- drown out the sweeter malty backbone. The flavor is similarly impressive, as it is more aromatic and flavorful than it is bitter. The bitterness is present in a perfect imbalance. It drowns out any caramel malt that might be present, but it does not overwhelm the grapefruit and floral flavors that now dominate my palate. A slight supple breadiness accompanies the hops and and adds to the mouthfeel.

The ample carbonation medium thickness leave a nice slick oily film on he palate after the finish. The grapefruit flavors are left as an aftertaste, too. Overall, this is one helluva good beer. The long-awaited supposedly more-often-than-one-off IPA from Troegs delivers on all fronts.

NittanyBeerFan, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of chadmoe1
4.93/5  rDev +20.5%

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.

chadmoe1, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of perrymarcus
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%

22oz bottle served in a pint glass.

pours a clear golden yellow while yielding a massive 3"+ creamy head. excellent retention and a good amount of lacing.

aromatic nose offers a bonanza of hoppy goodness: big citric presence with a good dose of pine, coupled with some floral notes. a touch of bready malt in the background.

taste follows the aroma. citrus, pine, floral, and a touch of malt. very tasty, though maybe a touch more bitter than i typically look for. still, a well-crafted beer. medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall, a really great IPA; very tasty. while i wouldn't put it up there with the best of the best, it's an excellent brew. at a nice price point, too.

perrymarcus, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%

22 ounce bottle into tulip, bottle 8/11/11. Pours slightly hazy golden amber color with 2 fingers of dense off white head with amazing retention that reduces to a thick lacing cap. A bit of nice lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of big pine, caramel, orange, tropical fruits, and spices. Very nice aromas here with good strength as well. Taste of big pine, grapefruit, orange, caramel, and big spiciness. Nice amount of bitterness present on the finish that lingers for a decent period of time with caramel, citrus, pine, and spice notes. Very nice balance of bitterness to sweetness. Medium carbonation and body, with a decently creamy mouthfeel. No alcohol noticed other than a very small warming after the finish. Extremely smooth and easy to drink as well. Overall an excellent and delicious IPA. Very hoppy and nicely balanced, with smooth drinkability.

superspak, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of portia99
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%

22oz bottle (bottled on 8/10/11 - batch 110714) poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a very, very clear and marginally amber tinted golden color. Two fingers of loose and rocky head forms, lingers a bit, falls halfway to resolve itself into thick, sticky lacing on the glass. Good looking beer!

S - Sweaty, peachy, piney and grapefruity. Pretty much 100% hops...really struggling to get much else. With lots of effort I'm picking up hints of earthiness and a bit of biscuity malt. No balance here, but that is a compliment and not a complaint. Loving the hoppiness here.

T - Pretty much just what I was expecting from the aroma. Hops really shine here. I'm getting pine at the forefront with the grapefruit/citrus character close behind. This is West Coast hoppy to say the least! Strong hop bitterness with a light, pretty much non-descript malt character that leaves this one really pretty dry on the finish.

M - Somewhat light...apparently pretty well attenuated fermentation on this one. Carbonation is pretty smooth, a bit creamy, but still of medium strength. Dry, hoppy, resiny, quite bitter. This is good stuff...at $4.99/bomber this really is tough to beat. Hoping to get lucky and find some more!

O - Had high hopes for this one...although without knowing much about what to expect from it. I will border on saying this is Pliny-esque...although not quite matching it for overall character. This bottle is just over 2 weeks old and its freshness is really shining thru. Glad I grabbed a couple when I could - already looking forward to the next bottle.

portia99, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of zoso1967
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%

Perpetual IPA pours a lovely light amber color with a foamy beige head. The head has very nice retention, as well as excellent lacing abilities.

The aroma is your classic blend of sweet biscuit malts and American hops. The hops are super citrusy and have plenty of white grapefruit like pithiness. They also have a dry pine and some tropical aroma to them. Some caramel is also appreciable in the nose.

The flavor follows the aroma quite well, but the hops seem even more prominent. This brew is very, very bitter and there are tons of dank and dry hop flavors that come on strong late in the sip. Grapefruit, pine, pineapple, all the classic American IPA flavors are there. The malt does make a stand when I first imbibe the beer, but the hops rule the rest of it.

The mouthfeel is lighter than you would expect from an ale like this, but not overly light. It also has a nice smoothness and a crazy dry finish that has plenty of full on hop bitterness.

This brew is pretty crazy and quite tasty. The hop character and malt character are great, though I think they went just a bit overboard with the hopping for my taste. I like hoppy IPAs, but this one just seems a bit too bitter for the malt backbone that it has. Still quite good though, and definitely recommended.

zoso1967, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of wvsabbath
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Golden yellow/tan, monster insane 4 inch+ creamy white head, tons of lacing.

Smell - Huge piney hops, orange, grapefruit, pineapple, banana, very floral, some sugars and yeast, smells amazing, looks amazing!

Taste - Grapefruity and sweet hops at first, with a nice malt backbone. Orange and lemon is a featured flavor. Theres some rye and a floral, grassy feel to each drink. Alcohol comes out a little.

MOuthfeel - Hops coat mouth and tounge. Palette gets some malts at the swallow. Fairly thick for a ipa, sweet on the tounge at the finish.

Overall - Really tasty and smooth. More balanced and malty then the smell was leading me to believe. I really am glad this beer was finally made, now i hope it will be made year-round.

wvsabbath, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of omniscientcause
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%

Bottle served in a tulip glass

A: Golden Orange with a 1.5 finger width head. Light lacing that sticks along the opposite side of the glass.

S: Fresh grassy and floral nodes with citrus hops of orange and grapefruit.

T: Fresh bitter piney hops mellowed down with nice blend of floral and citrus flavors. The bready malt balances the beer well and creates a balanced flavor.

M: Medium balanced body that is smooth and very refreshing

This beer is too easy to drink. Washed down a salad with this beer and could have easily downed two more. I look forward to seeing this around on a more frequent occasion, as i thoroughly enjoyed it.

omniscientcause, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of DoctorDog
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Presentation: 1 pint 6 oz. bottle into a snifter.

A- Light orange/golden and nearly clear. ~2 fingers of off white head, which fades slowly to a thin cap. Lots of sticky lacing left behind.

S- Citrus...piny, spicy hops...malty caramel sweetness....

T- Piny, with big grapefruit/grapefruit peel flavor and a lingering bitterness. A bit of caramel malt sweetness provides some balance.

M- Moderate carbonation...maybe a bit prickly, with a medium feel.

O- Good. Solid and enjoyable across the board.

Future outlook: As expected from Tröegs, another quality brew.

DoctorDog, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of mdaschaf
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%

Picked up a bottle for $4.50!

A: Pours a clear golden orange color with tons of small bubbles being released from the bottom. A white, foamy head forms upon pouring, about 2.5 fingers in height. Very thick head, with great retention, slowly reducing to about a finger of foam. Foamy lacing covers the entire glass.

S: Very floral with a lot of grassy and citrus hops. Some grapefruit and orange zest with some faint pine mixed in. A little bit of graham cracker malt mixed in. Finishes with a pine/resin aroma.

T: Nice hoppy flavor profile, not as floral as the aroma, but there is some nice orange and orange zest, a bit of grapefruit, and some oily pine resin. Not much in the way of a malt backbone, but just a little bit of caramel. Finishes with a piney bitterness.

M: Medium bodied, very creamy with medium to high carbonation. Definitely on the oily side.

O: A very nice beer. Hard to know what its true style is APA vs IPA, but whatever it is, I like it. And at $4.50 a bomber, its a great deal.

mdaschaf, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of hosehead83
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%

Poured from a "bomber" bottle into a standard pint glass.
Hazy gold in color, with a big, fluffy head of eggshell-white foam. Classic, smart-looking IPA.
Aroma-Very fragrant, juicy, citrussy hops bouquet.
Taste-Apricot, brown-sugared grapefruit, pineapple, followed by a nice dose of hops that offer a nice balance and great flavor. Fragrant and very tasty, this brew would match well with sweet and sour chicken infused with Wasabi, or a round of spicy Thai spring rolls.

hosehead83, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of Kadonny
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass. $5 a bomber at Wegmans is a bargain!

A: A medium straw golden color with a two finger white head. Nice spotty glass lacing sticks.

S: Right away you pick up the signature Troegs yeast smell with tropical fruit, citrus, pine and some biscuit sweet malt. Smell is a bit sweeter than I expected.

T: As with lots of Troegs beers, you get that huge citrus blast up front with notes of pine mixed in. Grapefruit, pineapple, grassy tones, lemon get mixed with the heavy biscuit bready malt character that keeps this somewhat sweet. Finish turns to some pine and bitterness to end in a crisp note. Very nicely balanced beer that keeps the hops and malt on an even playing field.

M: Medium, it's not real sticky or sweet but it lasts. The alcohol is barely tasted and hidden really well. Finish is clean.

O: I like that Troegs is making an imperial IPA (of sorts), I wish they would add an IPA to their everyday lineup, but until that happens I am happy with this offering. I understand it will probably just be a seasonal, but still a real nice beer. Keep them coming Troegs.

Kadonny, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of Teleweizen2
4.05/5  rDev -1%

A - pours a pale honey yellow with tints of amber. Minimal head white in color leaves some spotty lacing.

S - smells like tröegs. That signature grassy and citrus hops but with with a biscut malt profile and a touch of medicinal cherry note.

T - flavors are similar to the nose. Noted of doughy bread and sweet honey up front followed by notes of grass and bitter orange peel which carries on well past the dry finish.

M - lighter medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth but slightly watery texture.

O - classic tröegs. Easy drinking and full of flavor and a great value. What more could one ask for in an IPA.

Teleweizen2, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of Jayli
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%

Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a surprisingly clear golden color with a three finger of bone white, thick foamy head. Head retans nicely and leaves ample, sticky, ringlet clumped lacing.

S: Nose is big leafy, piney hop notes, a bit of - onion, bready malts and a hint of citrus.

T: Taste starts very piney in the forefront, lots of earthy hop flavoring. Nice subtle bready malt that balances in the middle. Finish is spicy with some grapefruit citrus hop bit to it.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, oily, creamy, juicy body.

O: Goes down easily, tasty, somewhat filling, nice kick, nice representation of style. This reminded me of a better balanced Gubna - some similar flavoring, but far tastier. For the price, I'll be picking up a few more of these.

Jayli, Aug 29, 2011
Tröegs Perpetual IPA from Tröegs Brewing Company
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