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Tröegs Perpetual IPA - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Reviews: 590
Hads: 3,102
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 8.82%
Wants: 155
Gots: 747 | 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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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. (524 characters)

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. (323 characters)

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. (1,319 characters)

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. (1,006 characters)

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. (517 characters)

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. (220 characters)

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. (352 characters)

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. (785 characters)

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. (557 characters)

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. (534 characters)

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. (878 characters)

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. :-) (903 characters)

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 (1,011 characters)

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. (468 characters)

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! (596 characters)

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! (882 characters)

Photo of TheSSG
3.4/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a huge, dense, resiny head that laces like mad and has great retention. Great, floral hop aroma with citrus in the background. Hazy, straw color. A nice, citrus rind bitterness starts, some floral aspects, too. It fades (into almost nothingness, which lingers for a moment), then peaks in a medium-high bitterness as it becomes more pronounced in the citrus rind flavor. Finish is citrus rind bitterness.

This isn't bad. The beginning is great, but then there is that awkward moment of almost nothingness as the citrus rind bitterness swells. I like the beginning a lot, but then it's only so-so for me. (610 characters)

Photo of Beejay
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale yellow brown, like a slightly dingy honey, only slightly hazy. The head is off white and fluffy.

S: Loads of hop aroma, herbal, grassy and grapefruit hints of tangerine peel as well. In the finish there is a little bit of a bread aroma.

T: Hop forward grassy and grapefruit in the front. The bitterness fills in the middle with an earthy feel, and the finish is a touch of bread followed by lingering bitterness. Nice. There is a touch of a spicy note in the finish.

M: Medium in body, carbonation is mid-range. There is a softness to the body, but the finish has a lingering bitterness that is paired with a somewhat dry feel.

O: Overall this is a really nice beer, good and solid, but nothing magnificent. This beer doesn't blow me away, but could definitely be a classic example of the style. (810 characters)

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

Bottle dated 03/2014

A: Very light golden color with a huge head that settles to about 1/4 inch and stays with great lacing.

Smell: Pine, grapefruit, lemons, pineapple. Its light but very nice.

Taste: A lot of grapefruit and grapefruit peel, pine, lemon. Definite bitter bite that hits you in the back of the mouth and lingers afterwards.

Mouthfeel: very light and dry (372 characters)

Photo of VanStrokin
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Nice color. A golden amber appearance. Good hoppy and fruity smell. Smells delicious. Also can taste the fruit right off the bat. Not as hoppy as I thought it would be. Has a little bitterness to it. Doesn't last that long. In my opinion, its a great IPA. (291 characters)

Photo of choicegrinds
3.15/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden and crystal clear..personally I like it a little murky. Aroma is mild citrus and a teeny bit dank. Taste reinforces the smell. I find this beer underwhelming. The bottle is just under a month old too. Probably a good intro ipa. I will not be picking this one up again. Now nugget nectar on the other hand.... (321 characters)

Photo of Bone53
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass at around 45°F

Appearance: I would have guessed this was a lager from the look of it. A bright golden color with a huge three finger off white head which resulted from an aggressive pour.

Smell: Mild yet balanced between citrus and pine notes

Taste: Crisp floral, citrusy, and pine hops along with a touch of bready malt. Grapefruit is prominent

Mouthfeel: Quite light for a DIPA with moderate dry bitterness

Overall: Not quite there as far as DIPA's go in my opinion. If this were labeled as a IPA, I may have given this a higher score. However, it's still tasty and I'll be grabbing for more from time to time. (658 characters)

Photo of Tmyhre802
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Continue to be blown away from Troeg's, how did it take me so long to discover this east coast gem!? Perpetual may be almost on far with the Nugget. Drank three last night was was throughly impressed I can't get enough of those high ABV's with maximum drinkability. Hope my old faithful keeps a constant supply of this stuff coming! (332 characters)

Photo of Hibernator
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tröegs Perpetual IPA
12 oz brown bottle
Bottled 010314 on the side of the bottle in jet ink
Served in a 20 oz tulip glass

Pours a light amber with a yellow tint. A decent head forms on top, leaving a circular white streak across the glassware. Residuals of the head leave sticky lacings behind.

Predictable whiffs from a big time hoppy IPA. I detect citrus fruits and maybe some pineapple.

Toasted grain or biscuit backbone with a nice surge of hops on the finish. Flavors of orange & lime as well as a tropical fruit presence. Guava and kiwi sweetness flavors are mixed in there too. I get a mini taste of dry chalk as I take additional sips. Interesting.

What a pleasant IPA from Tröegs, I really like the dry hop effect on this beer. Super drinkable with a well hidden 7.5% ABV. I would gladly have another. (818 characters)

Photo of rawfish
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Clear and bright straw pour, clumpy thick white head, two fingers in height. Excellent retention and loads of messy lacing on the glass. Very inviting.

Floral and bright, grapefruit rind, pineapple, and woven pine and bold dried grasses. Malt has some balancing honey and candied fruit, slight touch of alcohol.

Caramel and honey malt is equally balanced and eager to part ways to let in the springy grassy and delicate citrus flavors of the hops. Floral and delicate flavors dance across the palate leaving a clean, drying bitterness and lingering pine.

Easily drinkable, active carbonation has tight bubbles that smooth out the drink. Alcohol is very well hidden and the drying effect is a big player.

A winner, knocked down this one in an instant and would come back for more. Mouthfeel is damn near perfect, Very clean, easy and flavorful, bright IPA. If this were readily available on the west coast it would be my go to canned beer. (942 characters)

Tröegs Perpetual IPA from Tröegs Brewing Company
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