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Reviews: 580
Hads: 3,056
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 8.82%
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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 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)

Photo of projectflam86
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber served in a tulip.

A- Pours a very clear light orange color with a thick white head that leaves nice rings of lace.

S- All grapefruit and pine needles in the nose. Incredibly hoppy.

T- Very bitter hop flavor initially with a slight sting of alcohol in the finish. Little to no malt presence in this one which I think might have accentuated the 7.5% ABV making it taste a little hot. Nice bright hoppiness but a touch one dimensional that is all pine.

M- Medium bodied with good carbonation.

O- Overall another very nice hoppy beer from Troegs. (570 characters)

Photo of BeerImmediately
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz poured into Stone IPA glass.

Pours w/a short off-white head over a golden body with plenty of chill haze.

Fresh hop aroma featuring stone fruits and pine, followed up by a kiss of caramel. Aromas are rather faint for the style.

Flavors are pleasant - not overpowering. Mostly orange peel and grapefruit. Sweetness from the malts try to hang on, but are slightly overshadowed (as they should be)... 70/30 balance.

Mouthfeel is fairly dry and soft. Quite pillowy, which I appreciate, as it makes it an easy drinking DIPA.

Given the low price point, and ABV at 7.5%, this is a huge winner. You can have more than one without bruising your tongue, wallet, or brain cells. (680 characters)

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

22oz bottle to pint glass.
A new, non-Scratch release from Troegs! And a hop bomb at that. Nice looking golden beer with a full head and ample lacing. First whiff reveals a truck load of raw citrus hops that makes me immediately regret buying only one. Palate is super fresh and hoppy with a perfect amount of pale malt to balance it out. Bitterness is there but doesn't overpower the palate. Very tasty IPA. I think Troegs found a winner here and a perfect fit to their seasonal lineup. (487 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Perpetual in the glass looks very bright golden with some hits of straw yellow. A nice semi firm inch of loose white foam on top fading to a cap leaving smeared lacing.

Getting a big pale malt whisp right up front. Biscuit with a nice citrus hit of pineapple, papaya. Cant help to notice some alcohol in the nose as well. The nose smells a bit green.

A nice hop punch of the 3-c variety, getting citrus ioncluding pineapple and grapefruit. Some bubblegum as well with a slight candi middle. Malt is pretty heavy on the pale. A bit of the alcohol seeps through, kinda killing it for me.

Feel is a mice strong medium with very active bubbles. Comes across like juice with alot of sitting and warming. Not to warming from the alcohol, but the alc does stick to the gullet. Nicely carbed up, not dead in any way.

A good attempt at a "double", even though this is not technically a double according to Troegs. The amount of pale malt used solidifies that. I guess im just looking for more bitter/pine taste which I've come accustomed to from troegs, but it's not here. (1,101 characters)

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

golden amber, with loads of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass, very well done with tons of head that came up and over the top forming the nice lacing down the side of the glass.

light citrus starts it off, lots of pineapple and grapefruit coming off here. light though with hints of grass, nice touches of light malt mid palate. as you take the sip the first thing you notice is the light, crisp body and the clean, easy drinking nature, especially for the abv. it just drank soo clean. nice touches of grapefruit an crisp, dry hops bit the tongue and dry the palate out perfectly. (602 characters)

Photo of beergod1
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an Orange/copper color with a thin head, dissipated but kept a foam ring around the glass, only about 5 oz. Shared with 3 other people. Very tasty 2IPA. Aroma of citrus and some spicy hops. Some nice doughy malt to round it off nicely. I would like to get one of these all to myself. (290 characters)

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a golden amber color with a fluffy 1/2' white head. Significant lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Citrus dominates the nose. Scents of grapefruit and orange peel are present accompanied by apricot, bread crust, and some bitters.

T: Sweet citrus hits the tongue at the outset. Grapefruit and orange flavors dominate the beginning of the sip. A significant malt backbone enters in the middle consisting of biscuit and some pumpernickel bread. The citrus enters back into the equation towards the end accompanied by a fair amount of bitterness.

M: This is a light to medium bodied beer. Carbonation is good. The beer is quite refreshing.

Overall, this is an excellent beer. Ignore IPA on the label. This is not an India Pale Ale or a IIPA. As the label clearly states, it is an Imperial Pale Ale. That is the way this drinks. It does not contain the hops and citrus that one would expect from a traditional IPA or IIPA, it has more of a malt backbone as a Pale Ale would. When judging this beer for what it actually is, the flavors are balanced and complex. The sweet citrus blends well with the biscuity malts and finishes with just the right amount of bitterness. (1,219 characters)

Photo of seeswo
3.11/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle 8-11-11 (fresh!) Poured into a Bell's tulip. Looks exactly like apple juice with a white cap of head on it. The nose is malt dominant with soapy, flowery hops and a smell my wife calls "those candy hearts you get with the phrases on them". I don't know exactly what she is talking about and yet I do. Not a huge fan of the nose. Flowery, bitter hops, a bready malt back, it almost tastes lagered some how. Not really a fan and surprised how much I don't like the hop profile for how fresh it is. Oddly bland for a really fresh IPA. Bitterness, but not in a fun way. If you try really hard, there is a pine presence, but mostly flowery. Nothing wrong with this beer - good mouthfeel and whatnot, but I don't like it. Also, Imperial Pale Ale for IPA? The definition of no errors, but distinctly average. (808 characters)

Photo of ShanePB
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Well if it's from Troegs, you can bet I'm trying it. 22 ounce bottle picked up for $4.99 which is pretty awesome for such a quality beer. Poured into a tapered cone class.

A: Golden clear colored body with some soft copper highlights. Bubbly and creamy white head along with a thin retention film and some gorgeous sticky lacing. For an 'Imperial Pale Ale' this is nothing short of what you should be looking for.

S: Citrusy hop aromas, grapefruit, lemon zest, orange oil, pine needles and a some bready malts. Although the range of flavors are discernible they seem quite muted in general. I would have expected a more aggressive nose for the style but it just wasn't what I thought it should be.

T: Bitter and hoppy flavors immediately coat the palate. A nice floral element comes through next followed by some sweet citrus hop flavors. Bright lemon and pink grapefruit peel are mid-palate and into the finish. Although not a big fan of Pale Ales, this is really a nice diverse profile with the perfect ratio of hops-to-malt.

M: Bubbly and seriously creamy, medium-bodied with a touch of bitterness in the linger. Nothing dry in the finish but it is somewhat sticky. I love it. The hop oils stay around and provide a refreshing and unique flavor long after the beer is down your throat. Simply an exceptional feel.

This seems to be more akin to an India Pale Ale, however simply saying it's an over-hopped Pale Ale would do justice as well. However you wish to classify this beer, the bottom line remains the same: brilliantly hoppy, balanced and flavorful. If this is any indication of things to come from Troegs, I think we're all in for a real treat. (1,660 characters)

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

22 oz brown bottle, with bottled on dating

A - Clear gold with a thick white head that has great retention and leaves sheets of lacing down the glass.

S/T - Bright, citrus, grapefruit hops, a touch of sweet caramel malt with a little breadiness to it, and finishes with a punch of resinous pine hops. Strong lingering bitterness through the finish.

M - Medium body, ample carbonation, hops are a little abrasive but I like that in an IPA. FInishes dry and bitter.

O - This has changed categorization a couple times already, and I'm not sure why. Its an IPA, and even says so on the label. Not an APA, and not a DIPA. With that, I really enjoy the aggressive citrus hops with the touch of malt to back it up. Clean flavors, nice and bitter. I can only hops they make this at least a seasonal release, if not a year-round one. (828 characters)

Tröegs Perpetual IPA from Tröegs Brewing Company
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