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Tröegs Perpetual IPA - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Perpetual IPATröegs Perpetual IPA

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Reviews: 622
Hads: 3,230
Avg: 4.07
pDev: 23.1%
Wants: 169
Gots: 872 | FT: 5
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Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States | website

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 jifigz
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of chadmoe1
4.92/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

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Photo of perrymarcus
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of portia99
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of zoso1967
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of omniscientcause
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of DoctorDog
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Kadonny
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Jayli
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Wildman
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear light amber and formed a huge foamy snow white head that left latticed lace as it subsided. A small amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of hops, citrus and pine. The flavor was of hops, caramel, citrus and pepper. The body was medium light and the finish bittersweet.

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Photo of prdstmnky
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my 2nd of 2 bottles obtained at the brewery - $5 each.

Poured into a pint glass, pretty clear golden body with a finger of fast fading head. Some nice lacing though. I think the nose of this beer is its best feature, lots of sweet citrus and tropical notes. More of a pithy citrus in the taste, grapefruit and citrus rind, bitter finish. Medium bodied, nice carbonation, fairly dry, drinkable despite tasting some of that 7.5% abv.

A solid brew from Troegs. It didn't blow me away, but I enjoyed it more than the Scratches, and the price is very reasonable for whats in the bottle. If this becomes a year rounder, I could see me picking up a couple bottles a month, especially given the freshness of the Troegs stuff we see here.

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Photo of baldmasterflex
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz Bomber. $7 from Sam's in West Chester, PA.

Pours a dark yellow/amber with a fluffy white head. Lots of thick fluffy sticky white lacing.

Smell is sweet pine. Not as strong as i was expecting, was hoping it would be the kind that you can smell as soon as soon as you start to pour.

Taste is great, a dry, spicy, pine/ sharp grapefruit flavor that bites the back of your throat.

So glad they didnt just rehash or tweak Nugget Nectar. A great IPA, and at 7.5%, i hope it will be sold in six-packs.

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Photo of tzieser
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottled on 8/10/11. poured from a 22oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

a: pours a darker than pale, crystal clear amberish color with a thick two finger head that slowly simmers into a thin lacing.

s: strong hop aromas of pine sap, grapefruit and fresh flowers. a very (and i mean very) subtle sweet malt smell is there. some of the best dry hopping i've smelled in a while.

t: citrus packed hop flavor quickly followed by strong pine character, giving the beer a bitter edge. malt backbone keeps the beer balanced enough.

m: slightly prickly mouthfeel

personally, i think an imperial pale ale is an IPA....just an alternative spelling of the abbreviation. i'd probably be a bit disappointed if this was their double IPA, but i am more than impressed with this IPA. recommended.

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Photo of ajkmetron
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Super impressed (with Troegs, yet again).

Found at the local packy in Salem MA, in a bomber bottle, really reasonable price ($5.25 I believe).

Always up for Troegs offerings, so this was a no brainer. The color is really golden and clear but the taste and depth of flavors rivals any darker competitors. Love the citrus/grapefruit notes, the aftertaste is what you want in a premium DIPA, subtle and nice. Goes down way too smoothly and easily for a 7.5% abv, that said, not too strong like other DIPAs (which get closer to 10%).

Wish they would start 6 packing this one, big fan.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bubble golden amber with good cap of white bubbles, good retention and sticky lacing. Scent is grapefruit and citrus forward with splashes of fresh flowers and pine, all backed by a lightly sweet and biscuity malt profile. Taste follows scent nicely with the bitter grapefruit and citrus rind notes, floral, grassy, piney and litly herbal notes also present in some form or another. Pale, lightly sweet biscuity malt provides a backbone and only a small touch of noticeable alcohol. Medium bodied, a touch bubbly, oily but clean. A very nice addition to the lineup... Not great enough to be a limited or seasonal, but should be a regular member of the lineup if Troegs ever decided to do so.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.08/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a clear golden color with a thin white head. Head is gone in a flash, becoming a thin layer of bubbles that leaves some ok layered lacing.

S- Smell is a bit of citrus hops, pine, and quite a bit of sweet and bready malts. Overall, the nose on this one is quite weak.

T- Quite a bit of citrus hops here. With a strong malt profile. Again nothing over the top here and kind of boring.

M- Medium in body and good amount of carbonation.

O- Pretty disappointed in this one. I thought this one felt short of quite a few brews I've had of this style recently or I've just been drinking some of the most gnarley ones out there. Not really feeling anything DIPA about this one.

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Photo of Dope
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A very clear, golden pour. Nice fluffy off-white head and tons of lacing and great lacing.

S: Tons of sweet grapefruit and citrus. Tiny bit of pine.

T: Wow. Great citrus flavor with a heavy sweetness from the malt. Some pine in the middle that follows through to the end. Superbly balanced, surprisingly low bitterness but still has that great hop flavor (and smell). Super smooth, not harsh like some hoppy ales.

M: Decent carb, medium mothfeel but the great part of this is the smoothness. Not abusive despite the hoppiness. I attribute this to the great balance.

O: Amazingly balanced, nice sweet character that really helps the whole thing shine. This is a great one.

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Photo of silentjay
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

IPA or Imperial Pale Ale or whatever, I'll let the beer speak for itself.

a bit of a chill haze in a straw/golden color that produces a big-bubbled off-white head that sticks around a while and leaves chunks on the glass.

lots of citric hops with some fresh cut grass and a bit of soft sweet malts behind that.

kind of spicy to start. peppery with citric rind, tropical fruit, grass clippings, and bitter grapefruit. malts stay well behind that, but add some sweetness, barely.

medium bodied with an abundance of prickly carbonation that makes me burp and a long lingering bitterness.

its pretty decent. I'd take their Nugget Nectar over this any day, any time of year, but this is pretty damn decent as it is.

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Tröegs Perpetual IPA from Tröegs Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 622 ratings.