Tröegs Perpetual IPA - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Reviews: 598
Hads: 3,129
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 23.28%
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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 silentjay
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
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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Photo of bbeane
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into an oversized snifter... starts with a decent off white head that doesn't linger for long and leaves little lacing. Beer is a crisp light amber color with little activity

S- Smells very balanced... sweet malts with some citrus hop notes

T- Pretty decent... Has a sweet malt flavor at the start, which is then accompanied by a citrusy hop flavor. The hops never seem to become intense enough to takeover, pretty much making a very balanced flavor for the finish

M- Light body with light carbonation

O- A very nice beer. Not sure if I've ever had an Imperial Pale Ale before, but I would say Troegs nailed the imperial version of this beer style


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Photo of Longstaff
3.04/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer is as confusing as using the IPA nomenclature for an Imperial Pale Ale. Darkish golden color, light caramel and leafy hop aroma. Thinnish medium body and a touch of sweetness that barely balances a big dose of grassy bitterness. Weak grassy hoppy middle which overides the malt character. Slight alcohol heat gives it a little spiciness. Finishes dry on the tongue and bitter on the palate. Can't tell if this is just an out of balance big pale ale or an IPA that fails to deliver hop flavor/aroma. Even on its own merits without the confusing naming convention, doesn't fare much better.

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

the beer is a light golden color with a sticky, huge, white head. strong citrus hops in the nose and has "West Coast" ipa written all over it from the start. Taste is a mostly bitter hops, though not as abrasive as some hop bombs. Bone dry finish. Malt backbone has hints pale ale malts, so maybe I'm starting to understand what they mean by "imperial pale ale" rather than calling this an India pale ale, though the distinction seems minor and unnecessarily confusing. I'd call this a straight IPA since that's essentially what it is. Overall very solid "I"PA from Troegs though this is a beer that belongs in 6-packs (and probably year-round) rather than high-priced bombers though I'll enjoy the temporary treat for now.

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Photo of Gushue3
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- clear light orange yellow body that looks somewhat pale. Nice 2 finger head thats got good retention.

S- nice sweet and piney nose witue some malt in there too. Sharp sweet citrus like grapefruit and orange.

T- nice floral and citrus up front that is big and satisfying. Mellows down in the middle and the malt becomes more obvious which is followed by a nice piney bitter finish. Grest taste

M- medium mouthfeel with nice creamy carbonation. Feels pretty good for an IPA/DIPA

O- really nice brew here. Very tasty and well rounded. Make this seasonal or year round please!

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

I was quite impressed with this beer. Lucky to snag the last bottle at Wegmans in Malvern. The aroma is in your face with lots of pine and a bit of citrus. Taste is more of the same. The bittering lingers but is well balanced with a nice malt backbone. I like the name Imperial pale ale. It really describes the aroma/taste well. It is balanced like a pale ale but hoppy and strong like an india pale ale. Another winner from Troegs. I hope to see it around again (for now it appears to be an August offering only).

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Photo of Soonami
3.38/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

$5 for a 22 oz bomber at Whole Foods Plymouth Meeting, great price for a new seasonal release from Troegs.

The beer is very pale for an "IPA." It is pale amber with a ring of white foam that deposits very thin lace on the sides of my tulip. The beer smells malty like graham crackers with herbal hops. The Citra and cascade seem to be masked by the earthier Mt. Hood hops. The beer tastes very bitter with a little herbal and lime leaf hops. The finish is dry and long lasting. The MF is a little thin. Overall this is an okay beer, kind of misleading to call this an IPA. This being a fresh bottle, less than 2 weeks since bottling, it is rather disappointing considering how hoppy and flavorful Nugget Nectar is compared to this rather pallid beer.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Bottled August 11th 2011.

Off the pour haze and a cloud hanging underneath the head in whispy layers and streaky, but mostly clear golden twenty four carat to dark brass colored body. Three finger head with a slightly creamy but mostly foamy consistency that slowly falls while the beer settles. There is no lacing while drinking this beer.

Bouquet is airy hop of grass, some earth like dirt, and a sweet citrus but very mellow. Not much else but pleasurable.

Taste is a solid thick malt, and light pine, mixing with some sugar citrus and a mild finish. Good texture, with a hint of pleasurable chew actually.

Overall a strange appearance but an otherwise solid brew from Troegs.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of BB1313
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.).

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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.


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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.

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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.

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