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Tröegs Perpetual IPA - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Reviews: 590
Hads: 3,103
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 8.82%
Wants: 155
Gots: 747 | FT: 5
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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 jizfiasco
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sixty some odd ounces deep into a growler and still solid. The pour is fine good head great retention. Color is straw a bit cloudy and the color of IPA. Smell is lime pine and sweet caramel milk. Taste is more pine and plant with a lot of super sweet. Ithaca flower power mixed with troegs sweet hopback amber. Overall top notch. (329 characters)

Photo of larryi86
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle dated 8/10/11 poured into a snifter

A- A clear golden color with a two finger white head.

S- Big juicy citrus hops, some pine, sweet malt backbone.

T- Citrus hops front, a sweet malt backbone, big bitter pine finish.

M- Medium, smooth, refreshing.

O- This is a beer that is hoppy and very easy to drink. I really like this beer, not as good as Nugget Nectar, but at $5 a bomber this is an IPA that I will get again and again when it is in season. (464 characters)

Photo of HoosierInOhio
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz Bomber, bottled 8/11 consumed 8/26. 50 degrees served in a chilled pint glass

A - Hazy Golden color, 1 finger head, lingers. Good lacing

S - Huge Citrus and Pine smells, easy to smell. Very little in the malt department

T - Different than the nose, more balanced. Malts balance with the hops fairly well. Bitter aftertaste but kind of thin compared to others.

M - Good mouthfeel, above average

O - Good DIPA, barely a DIPA though but solid. Definitely good for the price. (482 characters)

Photo of BB1313
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very fresh. 22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a beautiful shiny golden, slight haze, nice 2 finger white head and nice lacing; great color. Smells wonderful, lots of grapefruit, tropical notes, and resinous pine. Tons of mango and pineapple. These aromas are usually in your face, but in this case they're more subtle, but sharp; sweet and sticky; highly enjoyable. Reminiscent of a West Coast type. The flavors are very sharp and bitter; finishes very dry. As it warms, the "garlic/onion" aromas slightly come to life, which is okay with me. Lots of pine in the taste. Not much malt going on. There's really nothing to complain about when it comes to the taste, but I just wish the flavors lingered longer. Mouthfeel is nice and light; medium-bodied.. this is a very easy drinking IPA. Like most Troegs beers, this is very clean and well crafted.

After having a couple bottles of this the past week, I can say this is an excellent IPA. Troegs should consider making this part of their year-round lineup. (1,010 characters)

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

22oz into imperial pint glass. batch 110714.

A- Pale pale gold and a big snow white fluffy head. laces nicely and settles to a 1cm head after a few minutes.

S- Very hoppy, ripe citrus, grapefruit pith, orange peel. Very aromatic.

T- Lots of citrus and pine resin, pale pale malt doesn't provide much here. That's ok. Brutally bitter, really sticky on the tongue. These hops are an eye-opener.

M- Dry finish, lots of lingering bitterness. Very 'west coast' in style.

O- I like it. Very hoppy, scathing bitterness, pretty dry finish. Not what I expected from Troegs, but it's worth checking out. (602 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this beer from StormKing47. Thanks Josh!

22oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear golden yellow with a white head that stayed as a layer and left waves of lacing behind.

S - grapefruit rind aroma.

T - bitter citrus taste upfront balanced out with some malt midway going back to bitter citrus on the finish.

F - medium bodied with good carbonation.

O - a good all around beer. (401 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber, bottled on 8/10/11

Troegs decides that IPA equals Imperial Pale Ale? Ok, I'll play along and see if this turns out any different the recent spat of magically delicious hop bombs in APA form of Zombie Dust, Hoppy Birthday and Edward.

Appearance is a pale copper, mild clouding and a massive foamy whitish head with a cap throughout and some clumpy lacing. Aroma is smooth blend of citrus resin, pine and solventy alcohol. A little weak in the malt and not quite aggressively hoppy either. Sort of like the "pale ale" and "imperial" (more hops) negated each other instead of amplifying each. Flavor is noticeably sweet from start to finish. Caramel malt and syrupy citrus juice, with mild resiny bitterness. Finish is drier and breadier than the body. Mouthfeel is slightly thin and watery with active carbonation throughout.

Taking each component individually is lackluster, but the overall sum of the parts is extremely drinkable and enjoyable. The previously mentioned beers pull off what I expect from an "Imperial Pale Ale" better than this does. This was more of a citrusy, resiny light bodied west coast IPA, but I won't complain at the price and fact that they bottle date everything. Recommended. (1,222 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a large fluffy 2 finger head in my tulip, that fades semi slowly with soapy lacing over crystal clear golden pilsner straw color.

Nose brings lots of fresh hops, very resinous and musty fresh oily hop aromas, plenty of pine as well, some citrus and spicy hop aromas as well, hints of fruit and sweet malts somewhere hidden in there.

Taste brings sweet nectar flavors at first, sweet malts seem to come through but it quickly turns to hops as it seems to trick your taste buds, bringing very bitter orange rind, pine, and musty hop oils and resins, some tropical fruit and citrus, juicy even. The bitterness is fairly strong. Just a touch of sweet base malts underneath but mostly a west coast style piny bitter citrus hoppy beer. Finishes still fairly bitter but doesn't really ramp up just hits a peak almost right away, also not too dry but dry enough with lingering hop oils and resins, piny hops, light citrus fruit, and touch sticky.

Mouth is med bodied, bit oily and sticky, decent carb.

Overall good, typical west coast IPA with lots of resinous hops, pine, citrus, some tropical fruits, but not a ton, quite bitter. Its a good offering but still not quite the complexity and awesomeness of Nugget Nectar, but a tasty DIPA at that. (1,248 characters)

Photo of oline73
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy amber color with over two fingers of thick, fluffy white head. Very good head retention and nice lacing.

Smell: Juicy citrus hops with a sweet malt backbone. Hints of tangerine and clementine.

Taste: Extremely bitter up front. Super bitter citrus peel hops with hints of tangerine. There is some sweet malt in the background, but it is dominated by the hops. Really nice. The finish is quite bitter and a little bit peppery.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation. A bit slick in the finish.

Overall: This is a really nice IPA. I hope they end up doing this one again. The hop bitterness is wonderful with just enough malt in there as well. Definitely would have another. (769 characters)

Photo of jtingue
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

Appearance. Gorgeous crystal clear straw color with large bubble rising intermittently from the bottom of the glass. Pours with 2 fingers of head with a really interesting assortment of bubble sizes.

Smell. Dominant grassy, herbal hops. Also contains some citrus hops as well with some grapefruit in there. A light bready malt note is also in there.

Taste. Starts out with a citric hop and surprising sweetness, but not overwhelming. Bitterness comes next followed by some more citrus, namely grapefruit, as well as a light grassy/herbal hop note. The finish is slightly dry with a lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel. Awesome medium to full body that is very creamy and filled with carbonation.

I love the balance of this one. It has a ton of bitterness, but also a surprising sweeter, cream malt undertone. Highly recommended! (853 characters)

Photo of jayhawk73
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a beautiful medium gold color w/ an amazing two finger off white head which sticks around a long time. Great carbonation and spotty lacing. Easy to see through this beer.

S- Whoa. Really nice nose! Hops, pine, honey, citrus, maybe some malt in the background. Everything melds really well together- super balanced and very nice.

T- Taste is really good, although on the dry side from what I was expecting. Some oak also comes through in the taste in addition to the nose palate. Hops much more forward than the nose. Malt more present than in the nose as well. Nice tasting beer.

M- This beer is super smooth, and fairly dry feel wise. I almost think it might be a little too dry, but that's personal preference. There's almost a honey feel that coats your throat, but the dryness makes that evaporate pretty quickly on the aftertaste.

O- Overall, this is another solid beer from the Troegs Brothers. I don't like it quite as much as Nugget Nectar, but it's definitely worth picking up. I know I'll look for this brew again, it's worth it. (1,054 characters)

Photo of stevenstofen
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into my tulip.

A - Beautiful orange golden color with a 2 finger head that last for a good while. Decent amount of lacing too.

S - Hops, pineapple, grapefruit. Getting some lemon and lime zest also. More citrusy than piney. What a gorgeous aroma.

T - Wow. Complex. The first thing I get is a very subtle sweet honey note on the tip of the tongue. Then the hop "bitterness" dominates the palate for a short period; bitterness is in quotes because for a DIPA it is really not THAT bitter. The finish has lots of citrus to it. Again the grapefruit comes out here. Small bread, pepper and wood notes? Very zesty with lemon and lime as well. A

MF - Light bodied brew with a very smooth feel. The drinkability is not bad. During my second glass the distinct flavors i mentioned all fall into one taste: hops.

O - One of the best DIPAs I have had. Very well balanced. Not outrageously hoppy or bitter. Would DEFINITELY buy this again. Especially for $4.99/22oz! (980 characters)

Photo of chugalug06
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 8/11/11, super fresh!

A - HUGE white soapy/foamy head!!! Aggressive pourability. Brew is wonderful golden color with slight murk... Nice slow stream of bubble rise to the top. Very little lacing.

S - Holy Cascade HOPs!!! Big grapefruit and lemon scent. Hop balance is super smooth.

T - WOW. Very nice flavor. Lots of smooth vanilla and lemon with a slight kick of apple and pine. A very earthy DIPA!

M - Smooth, wet and delicious! Perfect carbonation! Awesomely low bitterness, very unusual for this style.

O - This brew reminds me a lot of Myrcenary from Odell, fantastic brew! Thank you for sending this one my way as an extra StormKing47, you rock! (665 characters)

Photo of argock
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz brown bomber into a Duvel tulip. Bottled on 080111 on bottleneck. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $5.49.

A: Straw yellow with 2-finger, off-white head with good retention and ample lacing.

S: Tropical fruit and citrus lead with pineapple and orange with a floral touch. Maltiness is very pale with the lightest dash of caramel sweetness.

T: The flavor is very hoppy and delicious with very light resin, pineapple, orange, and floral qualities. The maltiness is pretty one-dimensional but it lets the hops do the heavy lifting.

M: THe feel is light as this barely moves into the DIPA range, not that that's a bad thing, but it does feel light for the style. Low carbonation keeps it very drinkable.

O: A nice beer but not one I'm going to turn to too often as there are quite a few IPAs at a better price point with more hoppy complexity (see FW Union Jack, Bear Republic Racer 5, Titan IPA, etc.). (944 characters)

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

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: golden yellow with a 2 finger off white head

smell: citrus, pine, hops, caramel, malts

taste: citrus, pine, hops, some booze, sweet, malts

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: a very nice Imperial Pale ale. Glad I got to try it.

The CPJ (298 characters)

Photo of boralyl
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours 2 inches of creamy white head into a tulip. The head has great retention and leaves nice globs of lace. The beer is crystal clear with visible carbonation. The beer has a very light golden-orange hue.

S - A nice balance between hops and malts. On the malt side there are some caramel and toasted malts. On the hops side there is citrus, orange rind and floral notes. The aroma is nice, but seems slightly muted and doesn't pack the punch some other IPAs and DIPAs have.

M - Light-medium in body with a creamy finish and good carbonation. Hop resin sticks behind after each swallow.

T - Toasted malts race across the tongue before being overtaken by floral flavors midway through the taste. The floral flavors are replaced by a wave of citrus, orange, and an almost indistinguishable tropical fruit. There is a little bitterness in the finish.

This a very well balanced beer. I believe it is the better than all of the previous Troegs Scratch IPA series, although not as good as that wet hopped Citra IPA aka Scratch #35. The Troegner brothers did a great job with this one. (1,087 characters)

Photo of victory4me
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard shaker.

Pours a golden haze with two fingers of fluffy, pillowy head. Aroma is wonderfully floral: citric, resinous, piney, and grassy.

Lots of flavor. Initial blast of citrus with the piney/resinous and bitter follow through. Very bitter before finishing extremely dry. The best way to describe the flavor would be somewhere between Headwaters and Flower Power with a little bit of fresh on tap 60 Minute included. Mouthfeel is awesomely prickly while quickly shifting to smooth and creamy.

Overall this is a very enjoyable IPA that I hope to see in 12oz bottles someday. Recommended. (612 characters)

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

Appearance – Poured into a pint glassand is a light yellow color. Thick head with lots of lacing.

Smell – Lots of hops and pine.

Taste – Slightly dry and mostly bitter.

Mouthfeel – Again the dryness and bitterness are prevalent.

Overall – A very good pale ale that reminds me a lot of Dogfish 90 Minute but without the sweetness of 90 MIn. I think I prefer the 90 minute but this beer is good for a change of pace. (428 characters)

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

Bomber, bottled 8/11/11.

Pours a chill-hazed light amber with a nice creamy head and textbook lacing.

The aroma is fresh and hoppy, with lots of grapefruit and mango, plus a spicy character.

The flavor is like sweet hop nectar. Solidly bitter on the finish, but juicy, tropical and hoppy all the way through. Malt sweetness is definitely there, yet this is an extremely well-balanced IPA (Imperial Pale Ale, India Pale Ale, it's all the same anyway). Mouthfeel is hoppy-resiny with medium-low carbonation. Very smooth and drinkable.

My oh my, this stuff is just as good and drinkable as Nugget Nectar, though in a different way. Glad I picked up more than one bomber (which, at $4.99 in NJ was a steal!). Thank you, Troegs! (728 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was fortunate enough to kick the keg of this at Churchkey, 10 ounce pour into a shaker pint of sorts. Beer is orangish and mostly clear with a big off white head of small and medium bubbles. Some lacing, moderate carbonation, looks nice.

Aroma is great, piny, mildly citrusy, earthy grinding hops.

Beer is medium in body and great, if I hadn't kicked the keg I would have gotten it again. Beer is wonderfully hoppy, strong and has that chewy hop resiny back bitterness that I love in a beer. This IPA does it right balancing hops bitterness with hop flavor and only the minimal malt backbone. I want this in the bottle now. (627 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 10th August 2011, purchased at 6PM today and consumed at 10PM. At 12 days old, I could do a lot worse.

The pour catches me by surprise. A mildly hazy golden yellow melon in color, this looks nothing like the amber/Nugget Nectar-looking beer the label might suggest. With a dense, creamy, off-white head with good retention and nice lacing, this is a good looking IPA. The nose has a nice, bright, pungent hop character. With a blend of bright citrus, moderate floral aromatics, pine-like water (not quite pine resin, if that makes sense). The malt character is light on the sweetness, but there's a mild bready, toasty character present. However, the nose is definitely all hops, and mostly aroma hops at that with the Citra adding a fair bit here.

The palate opens with a blend of moderate hop bitterness, with pine and orange peel resin and plenty of juicy, fruity citrus hop character. Moderately fruity, this really is a citrus fruit salad. The malt character here rather faint. The base malt seems fairly neutral, but there is a little bit of a bread-like, white toast flavor that's more noticeable on the body than the palate itself. It's almost like a cross between Wheat malt and Vienna malt, in some ways. Drying on the finish with the lingering flavors of Citra hops this beer is light in body with a soft feel, medium-light carbonation that's darn right perfect and a wonderful hop flavor on the finish. The fact that this beer doesn't seem to be filtered does really add to the mouthfeel, making this both full and light at the same time. Just a touch of alcohol is noticeable on the finish, making me dock half a point. Wonderfully conditioned, this beer is great on the palate.

Definitely better than any of the Scratch IPA's I've had, this is one I will drink more of when I can. (1,809 characters)

Photo of aficionado
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright golden body with a little tinge of caramel, a frothy "perpetual" white head that sticks around for quite some time along with a nice ring of lacing.

A big fruity, citrusy, hoppy blast on the nose. Smells very inviting. Lowly carbonation and moderate mouthfeel leaning towards full.

Eh... the taste. Not a perpetual drinker only because I was expecting something less sweet. Caramel backbone is strong. Any bright citrusy flavors that would have been are severely downplayed because of all of those residual sugars. However, the fruitiness is still quite present. The bitterness is not as smooth as I would have liked and I don't agree with the toasty caramel quality which makes it too rich for my liking and less refreshing. In the end, I've brewed much better IPAs despite being strikingly similar as far as character goes. (834 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8/11/11 bottle date. Bomber bottle poured into Golden Monkey snifter.

A: Pours a beautiful yellow-orange color that is fairly clear. Fluffy white head of about a finger and a half. Some sticky lacing on glass. Great carbonation.

S: Deliciously floral nose! Grapefruit and citrus fruits are potent. Its not too over powering though.

T: So, at the front of your tongue you get that punch of hop bitterness. But it really smooths in the middle of the tongue. Really surprising mellowing in the center. Can't point a finger at the flavor?!? Maybe the malt bill that coats the mouth. The close is actually pretty clean. The carbonation helps clear the palate.

M: It's a medium bodied IPA or DIPA or whatever they'll call it.

O: This is a reall solid beer. Glad I was able to sample while super fresh! (800 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

So Troeg calls this an IPA "Imperial Pale ale" since pale ale is one of my favorite styles I am down with that!

A - Wow the lacing on this is great an inch of creamy sticky white head. Color looks of a pale ale with only a slight hue of amber, golden amber.

S - Very piney from the bottle neck and very fruity hops in the glass. Pineapple, citrus, and pine hops all the way

T - Eh not as impressive as say "Nugget Nectar" but it is damn good for a pale. Too good really. You get some pale malts, mostly sweet, with a touch of bitter pine and citrus hops in the back. Not as bitter as most folk say for sure.

M - The craziest part of this beer. It's got the strength of a regular hopped pale but a whopping 7.5 percent. Tasty.

Overall I have mixed feelings. In one hand if this was an Indian pale ale it would be the smoothest one since it's balanced and not too bitter. As apposed to the other it's the best pale I ever got my hands on. Regardless of what it is or what it's trying to be it's dangerously drinkable and a steal at $5.50 a bomber. Damn good beer. (1,066 characters)

Photo of SpdKilz
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to Kevin (kzoobrew) for sending me this treat! Cheers buddy!

Appearance – Pours into a tulip with a slight amber, golden hue. About a finger of white head is achieved with a moderate pour that dissipates quickly leaving slight lacing.

Smell – Lots of herbal floral hops up front, pine, tropical fruits (pineapple mostly) and a malty backbone.

Taste – Bitterness up front, earthy herbal hops (more so than floral), lots of pine, and not as much citrus flavor than I was expecting. The pine becomes more prominent as the beer warms, and the fruit flavors are more lemon and orange peel than pineapple (and grapefruit mixed in). Overall low malt backbone and high on bitterness and pine.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, creamy, carbonation on par with the style.

Overall – Honestly, I was surprised by the bitterness of this brew. It reminds me of a West Coast DIPA, which is a good thing. I love a big hoppy, piney, citrusy bitter DIPA and this does not let down. The low sweetness adds to the dryness of the beer, and does not overwhelm one with a sugar shock. A pretty good DIPA that I would have again. Thanks again Kevin! (1,147 characters)

Tröegs Perpetual IPA from Tröegs Brewing Company
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