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Tröegs Perpetual IPA - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Perpetual IPATröegs Perpetual IPA

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Reviews: 599
Hads: 3,135
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 160
Gots: 784 | 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 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.

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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!!

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Redrover
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had the Perpetual IPA on tap at the Sharp Edge in Pittsburgh.

It was served in a pilsner style glass; the beer is deep gold with slight chill haze. It has a sticky off white head and lace.

It has an aroma of pine sap and something sweet like a slow poke

The taste is a nice mix of pine and citrus. Lots of caramel malts and a bit of something like taste of honey candy bar

The mouth is coating and slick

I like how this one is put together. My first beer from this venerable brewer & I look forward to having more.

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

Had on draft at Vin 909

A-Pours a golden yellow-orange with medium small white head. Nice spotty lacing.

S-Aroma grassy and citrus hops and a bit of malt.

T-Flavor herbal and piney hops, moderately bitter, bit of malt sweetness.

M-Mouthfeel is well balanced and carbonated.

O-Overall a very decent IPA goes down well.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.72/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Re-review, because I can. 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear golden color. The head is a finger high, with a white shade. It's very creamy for the style, even if retention isn't quite the best.

S: I'm just not as impressed with the nose as I used to be. Primarily, I'm getting subtle hints of pine, earth, and cracker. Maybe this batch falls a bit short compared to the others? It definitely doesn't smell bad - it just doesn't smell like much of anything.

T: Luckily, it tastes mostly the same. The hops here are mostly piny and herbaceous, but there are subtle tones of mango and melon lying throughout. There are also nice hints of sweetish malt - they never obstruct, they just blend with the hoppiness brilliantly. Still one of the most enjoyable 'balanced' IPAs on the market.

M: It's actually not an light or bone dry beer, but wow is it crisp. Crisp and refreshing. As far as 7.5% IPAs go, this drinks with unbridled effortlessness. Carbonation isn't overdone, either.

O: It's just like a more lightly malted Nugget Nectar. At times when I drink it, I don't think it's the same beer as I remembered; but after a few more sips, I go "this is EXACTLY what I remembered it to be". I really wish the aroma had more punch, however. But who cares? This is one of those beers where one isn't enough.

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Photo of DarkBeerGuy
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Troegs on 6/11/2014

A - Slightly hazy golden honey liquid with about half a finger of bubbly white foam on top that settled into a patchy retention, leaving some stringy lacing around the glass.

S - Bold hop nose with peppery notes, citrus rind, pine sap and leafy attributes, as well as a moderate alcohol fume after the liquid was given ample time to warm up.

T - Initial flavor delivers a pronounced hop character that is ultimately quite complex with dry, leafy bitterness as well as citrus rind and resinous piney notes. The malt backbone provides a hefty dose of sweetness, but doesn't detract from the hops at all and, instead, offers near perfect balance.

M - Carbonation is moderate yet the mouthfeel ultimately retains a slickness that I enjoy from hoppy ales. Finishes with a touch of lingering bitterness on the palate.

D I found the hop profile to be quite complex while the brew still retained a balanced flavor. I'm glad they decided to make this a regularly available beer.

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Photo of dbl_delta
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Undated bottle into pint glass. Pours a clear amber with a nice, eggshell-colored head. Moderate carbonation. Quite citrusy, some pine resin (although not dominant), with a decent amount of maltiness to offset the hops nicely. Finish is grapefruit rind bitterness. ABV is pretty well hidden. Quite drinkable. One of the better offerings from this brewery, although not (by far) my favorite for the style (nor - by far - my LEAST favorite for the style). Decent go-to IPA if nothing more exciting is available.

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Photo of baconfromwalmart
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Darker golden yellow with a small, quickly dissipating white head.
S: Pine, funky locker room
T: Pine, I'm not sure what else but I like it. Balanced with a lingering bitterness.
F: a little thin, but not off-putting.

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Photo of VALIS666
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Smells of orange zest, tangerine. Beautiful hazy gold color, lots of lace. Tastes light and fresh and crisp and citrusy, really quite an accomplishment to make a 7.5% beer easy drinking. May not be that super skunky IPA you drive hours to get just to stand in line for a few more hours, but it’s one I’ll buy any time I see it. Perfect summer beer.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Bottleneck says 032714

A-Pours a light amber color with 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves large clots behind.

S- Grassy, somewhat citrusy hop aroma without a lot of malt backing. Pleasant but somewhat mild for a pseudo-double IPA. Slightly musty with a tinge of alcohol.

T- Bitterness comes in and creeps up on the palate with some citrusy character but nothing too crazy. Alcohol is very well hidden as this drinks like a single IPA with double IPA assertiveness and flavor.

M- Sharp and oily from the hops with medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- Such a great IPA that dances on that DIPA borderline.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can poured into a Flying Dog goblet (canned on 3/6/14)

A: Nice light straw color that is slightly hazy. Nice pencil thick foam that was quite stiff and leaves a nice frothy covering that has decent lacing.

S: Light hop notes that are nice and floral.

T: Just a bit hoppy and quite light. It is a bit old, but the can sure helps keep it decent. Good enough flavor that is very easy to drink and flavorful.

M: Bumpy and rough, it has the feel of big bubbles that just lightly brush past.

O: Good stuff here but I will need to try it a bit fresher.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.61/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The Troegs DIPA is similar to most big IPAs that are trying to have 1000 IBUs....very malty with bitter hops. The beer poured a nice copper with white head that is leaving a lace. The scent is mostly bittering hops. The taste is bolstered by big malt that is slightly sweet....to balance the beer there is bitter hops with not much pine or citrus. The mouthfeel is full in body with good carbonation. Overall this is a good DIPA for those that like it bitter....for those that want pine and citrus will be dissappointed with this one.

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Photo of BoardwalkBock
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

I don't know what the deal is but this most recent batch is absolutely superb! I've had this beer many times but this new batch has blown me away.

A: Nice dark yellow, orange hue. Decent head to start and fades into a very nice lacing around the edge. Leaves that spiderweb-like appearance on the glass.

S: Pine, tropical fruit, citrus.

T: First thought on this new batch: amazing. The tropical fruits really explode and leave such a perfect flavor in your mouth well after the initial sip. Nice bitterness, not overwhelming. Pine, citrus and bready malts follow.

M: Medium bodied, well carbonated. ABV undetectable.

O: Like I said in the beginning of the review, totally amazed by this new batch of Perpetual. Leaves me wondering if they have changed the recipe. Classic IPA that may become world class if every batch is this amazing.

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Photo of IowaPA
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Cdunk11 for sending this one over as a bonus! Poured from a can into a pint glass.

A: Thick 3 finger head on the pour, stuck around for most of the glass. Pours a nice crystal clear straw color, really lovely looking beer.

S: That dank, almost oniony smell. It's a strong scent, not something I seek out, but not unpleasant either. Reminiscent of Surly Furious, as a reference for those who have had that.

T: Taste is really well balanced. Starts a hair on the sweet side, moving towards some malty background, and then a nice bitter hoppy finish. But none of these were over powering, I keep coming back to balanced. Pretty enjoyable.

M: Super light feel, very easy drinking for as pungent as the flavor is. Would be a great hot day IPA.

O: Not something I would go out of my way to get ahold of, but if I saw it on the shelf, I might grab one. Certainly wouldn't kick it out of bed. :-)

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Photo of Ego
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

just slightly hazy golden hue, active carbonation feeding a white cap standing at a perfect 1.5 fingers and holding, great lacing, the color seems a bit light but that is kind of nit picky, pretty damn fine looking brew

mango-ish hops with a sharp medicinal edge, some orange notes, lemony effervescence, some sweetness, pretty subdued but nice

taste etc...
good hefty feel in the mouth, really full body here, decent bitterness, kind of medicinal/herbal type of hop flavor with a more pronounced acerbic nature in the aftertaste, mild warming from the midling ABV here (compared to most DIPAs that is), the bittering overpowers the
malt, the lack of malt presence really makes this drink more bitter than it probably is, the hop profile of this brew just does not speak to me

not bad, in fact it has some super moments (look and feel) but overall the way the hop signature is built just does not work for me, which is strange considering how friggin bonkers I am over Nugget Nectar

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Photo of d5001986
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into Spiegelau tulip.

A: Pours clear golden with a finger of off-white head.

S: Orange, honey, and grass.

T: Pungent and lightly sweet. Some good maltiness followed by orange peel, lime, floral, and a little bitterness. As it warms I start to notice a slight 'buttery' taste in the finish.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation. Clean and crisp.

O: Well balanced. It's crisp and refreshing qualities make it a good brew for a hot summer day.

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Photo of smanders
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a single of Perpetual a couple of months ago but served it to a buddy of mine during dinner so I had to go back to TW and get a 6'er. This bottled beer was poured into a Pub craft glass for evaluation.

Appearance - A clean copper with no haze whatsoever. Bulbous, white head with delicate lacing.

Smell - Is that citrus? Yes!

Taste - Hopheads who enjoy grapefruit/citrus notes will love this IPA. Great balance!

Mouthfeel - smooth as silk.

Drinkability - High! If it's between Jai Alai and Perpetual, I gotta go with Perpetual; $1 less per 6'er, and from Tröegs. You can't beat it!

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Photo of DrinkMoreBigBeers
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Date - Date on bottle says bottled 01-03-14

A - Pours out a supper clear light golden with a two finger white sudsy head that leaves behind beautiful lacing.

S - Sweet caramel malt, and slight dank and floral. Not to much in you face.

T - Dry Bitter bite in the beginning with lemon zest, spic, resiniss, light caramel, slight pine, and floral notes.

M - Medium to full chewy soft and pillowy body with an aggressive bitterness that is assertive to you tongue.

O - At first I was worried with the aroma of the beer but the Taste and Mouthfeel really make this beer come alive and become a great drinking enjoyable IPA. The mouthfeel definitely stands out on this and leaves a lot of other ipa's wanting in this department. Wonder what this would have tasted like when fresh. If you like the way your beer feels in you mouth and you like IPA this one is a must have, Cheers!

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Tröegs Perpetual IPA from Tröegs Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 599 ratings.