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Tröegs Perpetual IPA - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Perpetual IPATröegs Perpetual IPA

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Reviews: 589
Hads: 3,098
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 8.82%
Wants: 155
Gots: 746 | FT: 5
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Tröegs Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: thain709 on 08-11-2011

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Photo of kojevergas
3.44/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BOTTLE: 12 fl oz. Brown glass. Great label art & design. Branded pry-off pressure cap. Purchased at a bottle shop in New York City for $2.29.

Expectations are high given the brewery. Served cold into a pilsner glass at low altitude in Austin, Texas. Reviewed live as an IPA per the label.

7.5% ABV.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 2 fingers in width. Off-white head. Has an even consistency and a nice complexion. Frothy and soft-looking. Ample lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is superb - about 8 minutes.

BODY: Clear vibrant yellow-copper. Translucent and transparent. Clean; there are no visible yeast particles. Appears well-carbonated.

Overall, it's a solid albeit typical appearance for an IPA, but it's not unique or special. Has no obvious flaws.

AROMA: Fruity, with some rindy bitterness alongside melon, mango, pine, and faint tangerine. Pale malts check the hop bitterness aptly. I dig the hop profile, but it's not the most expressive aroma in spite of its moderate intensity. I like that there's no overly sweet caramalt, and this does suggest a balanced brew.

The hop profile isn't highly citrusy, nor is resinous, dank, herbal, or sprucey.

Overall, it's a pleasant inviting aroma, with a clean presentation devoid of any yeasty notes or off-character - though the alcohol isn't unnoticeable.

TASTE/TEXTURE: Clean and crisp, with a smoothness and wetness that underscores the lightly oily hop profile comprised primarily of fruit with notes of mango, faint rind, some tangerine, and floral notes. It's not the fresh juicy citrusy flavour profile I tend to go for in IPAs, nor is a grapefruit bomb or a resinous piney brew, but I do like it. The simple but effective pale malt core hides any hop bitterness, leaving this with no bite but plenty of flavour. This fundamental balance is the beer's key strength. Discerning drinkers will crave still more complexity, depth of flavour, and subtle layering of flavour, but it doesn't disappoint in any category.

Flavour duration and intensity are average. It's a well-built IPA but features no stand-out characteristics. Very likable and approachable.

It's a biteen overcarbonated, with a medium body and moderate thickness. Overall, this texture complements the taste well but it fails to elevate the beer, and I don't consider it too refreshing. A lighter body and more refreshing presence on the palate would do it well.

OVERALL: More good work from Troegs. Perpetual IPA is a good go-to beer in the style with a balanced flavour profile and plenty of complexity. While it lacks the intricacy and depth to compete with world-class offerings, it's a solid standby and I'd put it on regular rotation in my fridge if I had ready access to it - though I hope it doesn't run $2.29 a bottle everywhere in its distribution zone. Absolutely worth trying and highly drinkable. I'll enjoy finishing my glass and wish I had more. One thing is for certain - I need to try more Troegs.

High B- (3,009 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: crystal clear; deep gold in color; 1 finger ivory head that receded to a thin cap; nice rings of lacing;

S: earthy, pine, grapefruit;

T: grapefruit up front; pine and grapefruit rind at mid-palate; bitterness kicks in at mid-palate and increases to the finish; grapefruit is dominant at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish;

O: complex flavors and aroma; very enjoyable; (400 characters)

Photo of TheIPAHunter
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Solid as a rock... and nothing's changed. But the thrill is still, hot. I'm not sure if this is underrated; quite frankly, I don't care. I enjoy its balance, as much as I enjoy the subdued citra hops on the finish. Not overly bitter, despite the abv. There's an intelligent balance on this one for sure. I'm glad that it's now readily accessible in my area. (357 characters)

Photo of rdilauro
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice clean crisp taste. Enough of the grapefruit pine resin aroma but not over whelming. Totally drinkable, easy on the palate.
A medium body beer, not as dry as some other hoppy IPAs,. The finish was the same as the start, very enjoyable (240 characters)

Photo of Roguer
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.75

Crystal clear (seriously; I can read through it), almost lemon-yellow brew tinged with a hint of copper, and topped with a one-finger snow white head. Good retention and lots of nice lacing.

Zesty, fresh hoppy aroma: citrus; a little, slightly sweet tropical; a little dank, green, grassy, and herbal; big notes of Citra. All resting on a clean pale malt backbone of dry, non-sweet biscuit.

Very, very bitter brew, but not in a way that really showcases the hop flavors. They're all there, but they're kind of muddled. More malt grain than I expected based on the aroma. Grassy, earthy, and spicy.

Very dry hoppy bitterness on the back-end, all citrus rind, grass, and pine resin. Slight lingering sweetness.

Extreme bite to this brew; lots of sting. Unpleasantly so, actually. Very dry finish, with a slightly sickly sweet aftertaste from lingering hop oils.

This is an odd beer to evaluate. Tons of new-ish, bright, forward hop aromas; but a massively bitter old-ish DIPA taste. It's good, but the extreme amount of sting is a major downgrade, as it makes it nearly impossible to really appreciate the flavors. (1,117 characters)

Photo of PA-hunter
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured 12 oz bottle into glass. 7.5% abv

Appearance- Pours a crystal clear amber with a twho finger head.

Smell- Grapefruit and orange notes are prominent along with some biscuity malt.

Taste- A toasted malty start builds up to some grapefruit-like citric flavor. Blends into some grassy pine notes ending with a quite dry and bitter finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium heavy with active carbonation.

Overall- Not mind blowing but very solid and done right. I still think this tends to be a regular American IPA vs a true double in looks and taste. But still a good hoppy brew. (572 characters)

Photo of Moonrise
4.9/5  rDev +20.1%
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. (173 characters)

Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This was a very acceptable IPA, not the best I've ever had, but definitely fitting for the style. It has good head retention and lacing that lasts throughout. The taste is fairly mild, with a bitter aftertaste that does not interfere with the enjoyment of the moment. Overall, a satisfying, if not stellar, brew. (315 characters)

3.18/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Not as hoppy as I'd expected. Drinks easy enough for an imperial ipa, but didn't satisfy my hop craving. More malty. More like a heavier hopped strong ale. (155 characters)

Photo of IPAGeorge
3.23/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a tulip

A. A very transparent golden color with a 2 finger white head

S. Seems to be a pretty malt forward IPA by the aroma. Getting a lot of bready and biscuity malt. Slight pine smell.

T. Agreeing with the nose it's a more malt forward IPA. Again bready and biscuit malt with some pine flavor and a little bitterness at the finish. Some grassy backbone. Bit of a metallic taste.

M. Light to medium body. Decent carbonation.

O. An OK beer. I myself like more hip character and I just get a little pine. More malts which aren't bad but not great. Mouthfeel is average. Probably wouldn't buy again with all the IPA options but definitely not a bad beer. Worth a try. (710 characters)

Photo of FLima
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Light amber color with a huge thick head with great retention.
Nice aroma with predominant notes of pine and grapefruit. Hints of bread, fresh oranges and honey.
Hoppy flavor with notes of pine, some grapefruit, spicy and earthy hops, caramels, lemon, mild cantaloupe and mangos. Its citrusy and tropical nuances start to show up a bit more as it warms up. Quite dry and long lasting bitter aftertaste. Though its 85 IBUs are not that aggressive given its balance.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 7.5% abv is well disguised.
A bold American IPA that deceives one to be assertive and still showing some ties to its origins, to later show its citrus soul with tropical nuances in the background. Drink it slowly and you will see. Worth trying. (762 characters)

Photo of BeerBeast
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is NOT an Imperial/Double IPA. It says "Imperial Pale Ale" on the label; it is a single IPA.

All that aside, this is an excellent, hoppy & delicious IPA. Nice balanced nose, beautiful golden color, and a winning floral hop flavor that finishes very nicely.

Highly recommended. (283 characters)

Photo of KidDoc
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Crystal clear medium gold color. Half inch head which dissipated. Enough carbonation to maintain a light head throughout. Nice light lacing. Aroma is a nice balanced slightly earthy hop note but not overpowering. Taste follows the nose with an exceptionally nice balance of hops and malt. The finish is a hair sweet but then the bitterness comes through and lingers on the tongue, but not objectionable at all. This is a very well balanced beer for those who are new to IPAs. This is always in my standard rotation. Very nice. (584 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.71/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, slightly hazed, yellow-gold coloring, with a filmy, clingy, bright white head. Aromas of subtle toasted grains, hints of caramel, floral and herbal spice highlights, and a blend of citrus and tropical fruit notes. A bit less nose than I was expecting. Flavors are citrus and tropical fruit forward, with a char undertone. Pineapple, mango, and apricot blend nicely with grapefruit and lemon zest. Cut grass, pepper spice, evergreen, and pitch notes from the hops provide a good balancing bitterness and dank feel. The body is smooth and light, with a fruit cocktail aftertaste. The finish has a tangy sweet cloy balanced by a solid resinous bitter note. Decent linger on a pretty tasty brew. (754 characters)

Photo of MattR2014
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Update of previous ranking. Drinking out of can this time, like I tried in past. The can and draft much better then bottle. This is back as one of my must buy 6 packs!! (168 characters)

Photo of SomethingClever
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

4 oz taster on tap

A: cross between golden and Amber in hue great lacing on the glass this thing clings white head

S: these taster glasses are horrid for smelling I don't get much out of this maybe some resin

T: nice quick flash of fruit and then some nice resin taste finishes with light bread and lingers on the tongue with the resin with just a little bitterness

M: I don't want to say thick but it lingers on the tongue but the body itself is medium very satisfy feel 

O: impressed this is just a good beer all the way around nice resiny beer with some small fruit tones. You see it grab it don't go out of your way though. (643 characters)

Photo of fscottkey
3.21/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: [3.25] Golden yellowish color. Forms a nice dense 1 finger white head. I can see lots of bubbles coming up from the insignia on the bottom of the glass. The head has staying power. Decent lacing on the glass. The ABV is clearly marked at 7.5%. The born on date is a treasure hunt. I found a Julian code (I think). It seems the beer is 5 months old. Man julian codes tick me off

S: [4.00] Nice aroma. Pine, floral and some sweet undertones.

T: [2.75] Not like the nose. The first sip was metallic. That faded quickly. The following sips were bitter front to back - not overpowering - but it is the main element. I keep sipping looking for more. I assume there is hop fade due to the age. There is some corn taste, maybe a slight hint of lemon citrus - but nothing really following the nose.

M: [3.00] The bitter front to back is not a great benefit to mouthfeel. The carbonation and body are right - but the bitterness is a distraction.

O: [3.25]The nose and the appearance were pretty promising after that it kind of fell down. I guess I will try another one, in the future, if I find it fresh. The alcohol is well hidden - so that is a plus. This is a "C" beer. (1,191 characters)

Photo of tillmac62
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BOD 8/19/14. Clear golden pour with a normal head. Excellent lacing, normal retention. Nose of tropical and citrus hops, with some pine in the background, over a light biscuit. Light medium body with a nice slick texture. Slightly above normal carbonation with a nice bit of effervescence on the finish. The excellent flavor profile is complex and a masterpiece of balance. It begins with a balanced blend of hop flavors that flow into a moderate bitterness, that has a spicy note, over a slightly sweet biscuit background. The middle is where the flavor components fade with the alcohol completely hidden. The finish effervesces nicely and leaves you with a nice slightly spicy pine bitterness that flows into grapefruit rind. Outstanding!! (750 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Undated bottle at 40 degrees into SA lager glass
Aroma of conifers
Head small (2 cm), white, frothy, slowly diminishing to 2 mm ring and layer
Lacing good – broken rings of small to medium bubbles
Body straw, clear
Flavor begins bitter with slight piney taste, ends lightly bitter; no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, slightly oily, lively carbonation

Appearance 4.25, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4.25, Overall 4.25.
A pleasant IPA, attractive in appearance and aroma. Alcohol is well hidden. (517 characters)

Photo of JV-NH
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Unassuming golden color and standard 1" head are not foreshadowing what you are about to taste. Sorry, the head has already disappeared..... Pleasant mouthfeel with creamy and adequate levels of carbonation are there, which is a must for me. Some complex flavors bouncing back between citrusy and piney hops continue to develop. Initial swallows had extended moments of 'sweetness' randomly timed in my mouth. I'm still waiting to figure out if ragweed and goldenrod are ruining the my nose or it's nose....as there doesn't appear to be anything of importance developing. That said, it is an awesome Imperial, while not much to be said of the malt, and everything to be thanked for the layers of hop flavor. (713 characters)

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.16/5  rDev +2%

(bottled 071814 - poured into a tulip pint)

A: filtered-clear, bright golden-yellow liquid... two-finger tall, yellowish-white foam... thick, spongy-sudsy build... as nice as the head looks at first, it collapses fairly swiftly and fails to leave much lace

S: lightly-spicy lemon, piney hop resins with a faint background flame of booze... familiar hop aromas that, coincidentally, seem to often accompany lighter-colored IPAs... the citrus be concentrated, however, a bit of light caramel malt pokes through... altogether, invitingly vibrant and suggestively sweetish

T: lemon-tart coated cereal grain... almost an "imperial" Czech pils-like, malty and floral mid point... somewhat herbal finish with a very slight doughy yeast tang in the aftertaste...

M: super-duper foamy-soft flow - at first, it masks an initial hop/alcohol prick that eventually becomes more of a jump-in-the-pool, refreshing, zesty, (fiery) flash that glows long through the finish... very soft and blanket-y (as in flattened)... dry, however, leaving mellow residual streaks of plant syrup

O: the fermentation characteristics from the yeast seem to come through more so than the lion's share of IPAs querfed in my time... the hops flow in a low-voltage electric current - bitter, stingy, and citrusy - so it doesn't knock you over the head - provided you eat well, you could easily knock back 3-4 of these over an evening hanging outside or at a bar, watching the game of the hour (1,461 characters)

Photo of goodolbrandon
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

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. (210 characters)

Photo of TangTKE402
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

A: Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Sandy, orange-brown in color with an airy 1-finger white head. Some nice lacing appears as the head dissipates. Mostly clear with a light effervescence.

S: Toasted caramel malt up-front with a nice pine hop finish. Light on the nose, with notes of balsam fir, lemongrass, toasty malts, crackers.

T: Well-balanced with a firm malt backbone and a nice citrus/pine hope finish. A light linger that isn't very dry is a nice change for an IPA. Grass, earth, pine needles, and barley all lightly play together in the flavor profile. A nice flavor all-around.

M: Lightly bodied for an IPA, but not insubstantial, this has a good session feel with a laid-back dryness that isn't overpowering. Good stuff all-around.

O: A nice offering that does the IPA style well. At the same time, it's nothing too fancy or crazy. Right-down the middle, but in a nice, pleasant way. (923 characters)

Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.86/5  rDev +19.1%
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. (735 characters)

Photo of burnstar
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours crystal clear and very pale gold with medium to small head. Nice lacing. Smell is big lemon and grapefruit citrus hops. Taste is much the same as the smell up front and through the finish. Very rarely have I had a beer so consistent from the smell through the finish. And in this case it's consistently citrus hops. Actually though it ends up being a bit one-note, even if that note is good. Full bodied. Fairly drinkable and a really solid IPA throughout. (462 characters)

Tröegs Perpetual IPA from Tröegs Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 589 ratings.