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Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
At Tröegs, artisanal meets mechanical in a state of IPA we call Perpetual. Cycling through our HopBack vessel and dry-hopping method, this bold Imperial Pale Ale emerges rife with sticky citrus rind, pine balm and tropical fruit.

Added by thain709 on 08-11-2011

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640
Ratings:
3,392
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
23.4%
 
 
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Reviews by jongullotti:
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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Photo of TheIPAHunter
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Solid as a rock... and nothing's changed. But the thrill is still, hot. I'm not sure if this is underrated; quite frankly, I don't care. I enjoy its balance, as much as I enjoy the subdued citra hops on the finish. Not overly bitter, despite the abv. There's an intelligent balance on this one for sure. I'm glad that it's now readily accessible in my area.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look - Golden color, clear in appearance, good amount of carbonation
Smell - Grapefruit, citrus, pine, dank
Taste - Grapefruit, pithy, pine, pine needles, dank, citrus, citrus peel

Overall - One of the better, everyday, readily available IPAs on the shelves. Reliable, refreshing and always good.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: brilliant gold, 1” white head, thick, fluffy and lacy. S: American hops, malt, spice, light fruit, a little pine and citrus. T: Starts with malt, peach and plum, then citrusy hops, and finishes with citrus rind bitterness – has long lingering citrus. F: Medium body and carbonation. O: A big hoppy beer with a good range of hop flavors.

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Photo of ordybill
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Hops and citrus, good mix
Appearance- A clear golden color with a small white head.
Taste- Has a nice malt / citrus & hop flavor
Palate- A light to medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Has a dry finish with a slight bitter aftertaste.
Overall- A well balanced double IPA. I will drink this again.

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Photo of TangTKE402
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

A: Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Sandy, orange-brown in color with an airy 1-finger white head. Some nice lacing appears as the head dissipates. Mostly clear with a light effervescence.

S: Toasted caramel malt up-front with a nice pine hop finish. Light on the nose, with notes of balsam fir, lemongrass, toasty malts, crackers.

T: Well-balanced with a firm malt backbone and a nice citrus/pine hope finish. A light linger that isn't very dry is a nice change for an IPA. Grass, earth, pine needles, and barley all lightly play together in the flavor profile. A nice flavor all-around.

M: Lightly bodied for an IPA, but not insubstantial, this has a good session feel with a laid-back dryness that isn't overpowering. Good stuff all-around.

O: A nice offering that does the IPA style well. At the same time, it's nothing too fancy or crazy. Right-down the middle, but in a nice, pleasant way.

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Photo of Pop-Pop1
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Golden color, nice lacing on glass, thick creamy head, clear
Smell: citrusy hops and slight biscuity smell
Taste: Well hopped ipa, slightly bitter aftertaste. not very complicated.
Mouthfeel: light
Overall: A good ipa overall i wouldn't shy away from this one but didn't knock my socks off. Definately worth a taste

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Photo of rjd722
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Pours a clean, clear, golden-amber with a two-finger white head which after dissipating leaves a thick ring for lacing around the glass.

Aroma: Floral, grassy hops with sweet malt. Also getting some pine and orange notes.

Taste: Definitely a pine heavy IPA, but in a good way. My expectation was that it would be more bitter, but the immediate pine resin yields to a somewhat sticky, sweet finish.

Feel: Light body and sticky mouthfeel. Has me feeling like I bit off a chunk of Eastern Hemlock (PA's state tree). Great hoppy bitterness lingers through to the end and beyond.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%

(bottled 071814 - poured into a tulip pint)

A: filtered-clear, bright golden-yellow liquid... two-finger tall, yellowish-white foam... thick, spongy-sudsy build... as nice as the head looks at first, it collapses fairly swiftly and fails to leave much lace

S: lightly-spicy lemon, piney hop resins with a faint background flame of booze... familiar hop aromas that, coincidentally, seem to often accompany lighter-colored IPAs... the citrus be concentrated, however, a bit of light caramel malt pokes through... altogether, invitingly vibrant and suggestively sweetish

T: lemon-tart coated cereal grain... almost an "imperial" Czech pils-like, malty and floral mid point... somewhat herbal finish with a very slight doughy yeast tang in the aftertaste...

M: super-duper foamy-soft flow - at first, it masks an initial hop/alcohol prick that eventually becomes more of a jump-in-the-pool, refreshing, zesty, (fiery) flash that glows long through the finish... very soft and blanket-y (as in flattened)... dry, however, leaving mellow residual streaks of plant syrup

O: the fermentation characteristics from the yeast seem to come through more so than the lion's share of IPAs querfed in my time... the hops flow in a low-voltage electric current - bitter, stingy, and citrusy - so it doesn't knock you over the head - provided you eat well, you could easily knock back 3-4 of these over an evening hanging outside or at a bar, watching the game of the hour

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Photo of kojevergas
3.44/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BOTTLE: 12 fl oz. Brown glass. Great label art & design. Branded pry-off pressure cap. Purchased at a bottle shop in New York City for $2.29.

Expectations are high given the brewery. Served cold into a pilsner glass at low altitude in Austin, Texas. Reviewed live as an IPA per the label.

7.5% ABV.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 2 fingers in width. Off-white head. Has an even consistency and a nice complexion. Frothy and soft-looking. Ample lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is superb - about 8 minutes.

BODY: Clear vibrant yellow-copper. Translucent and transparent. Clean; there are no visible yeast particles. Appears well-carbonated.

Overall, it's a solid albeit typical appearance for an IPA, but it's not unique or special. Has no obvious flaws.

AROMA: Fruity, with some rindy bitterness alongside melon, mango, pine, and faint tangerine. Pale malts check the hop bitterness aptly. I dig the hop profile, but it's not the most expressive aroma in spite of its moderate intensity. I like that there's no overly sweet caramalt, and this does suggest a balanced brew.

The hop profile isn't highly citrusy, nor is resinous, dank, herbal, or sprucey.

Overall, it's a pleasant inviting aroma, with a clean presentation devoid of any yeasty notes or off-character - though the alcohol isn't unnoticeable.

TASTE/TEXTURE: Clean and crisp, with a smoothness and wetness that underscores the lightly oily hop profile comprised primarily of fruit with notes of mango, faint rind, some tangerine, and floral notes. It's not the fresh juicy citrusy flavour profile I tend to go for in IPAs, nor is a grapefruit bomb or a resinous piney brew, but I do like it. The simple but effective pale malt core hides any hop bitterness, leaving this with no bite but plenty of flavour. This fundamental balance is the beer's key strength. Discerning drinkers will crave still more complexity, depth of flavour, and subtle layering of flavour, but it doesn't disappoint in any category.

Flavour duration and intensity are average. It's a well-built IPA but features no stand-out characteristics. Very likable and approachable.

It's a biteen overcarbonated, with a medium body and moderate thickness. Overall, this texture complements the taste well but it fails to elevate the beer, and I don't consider it too refreshing. A lighter body and more refreshing presence on the palate would do it well.

OVERALL: More good work from Troegs. Perpetual IPA is a good go-to beer in the style with a balanced flavour profile and plenty of complexity. While it lacks the intricacy and depth to compete with world-class offerings, it's a solid standby and I'd put it on regular rotation in my fridge if I had ready access to it - though I hope it doesn't run $2.29 a bottle everywhere in its distribution zone. Absolutely worth trying and highly drinkable. I'll enjoy finishing my glass and wish I had more. One thing is for certain - I need to try more Troegs.

High B-

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Riding that fine line at the upper end of the alcohol scale, this "American IPA" is spot on with a dry malt taste and a complete hop dominance- this ale does its namesake in providing me eternal drinking pleasure... for at least a half hour.

Strikingly clear in its pour, its golden body gleams as the last few bubbles race to contribute to the beer's frothy white cap. Long lasting, the beer's foam stance is sturdy and is slow to release. In its wake the head trails with blanketed intricate lace. Lighter than expected in color, the beer's appearance is exceptional!

While the hop's presence dominates the nose with vibrant pink grapefruit, vine-ripened oranges, delicate pine and a boisterous grass note- its not without a ribbon of malt. A light honey and caramel scent gives the hop-fruit character a sense of being candied or sweetened. its simply and juicy and nearly teeth-churning aroma.

Delicious in it hop-to-malt ratio, the malts actually strike first with a creamy caramel and honey taste- so delicate in fact that it almost seems pilsner-like. But just as the taste begins to waiver, here come the hops! Grapefruit, freshly zested oranges and lemon peels develop into a pleasant grassy and bitter taste. Seemingly of pine resin- the beer's final impression is of dry malt to prop up the cleanest and crispest hop taste imaginable.

Malty-dry early and even drier late, the beer opens with that creamy-sweet note to buffer against all that bitterness and would-be astringency. But as the sweetness quickly fades and the carbonation subsides, the beer seems to skip over the middle in order to usher in a quick finish of hop dryness that's aided by alcohol evaporative cooling to ensure a dry and refreshed palate with every sip... ok, drink.

Perpetual IPA's balance is all about the standard IPA profile. There's no added sweetness that "imperial" versions display. Nor does the alcohol compounds become a part of the flavor profile. Its utmost dryness and focus on hop dominance makes this an irresistable yet fortified dream for hop lovers. Now if I could just keep it going...

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.49/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle.

Deep gold with great clarity and a white head. Strong citrus and pine in the aroma with very little malt at all. Even for an IPA, the balance in the flavor is poor. Loads of pine cause for a sticky and resinous mouthfeel, which is not very enjoyable. The hops are too harsh and make it difficult to have more than one.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a bright yellow gold with a creamy white foam head. Smells like buttery pears, faint pineapple, and honey grains. The taste is slightly bitter and hoppy with honey, pineapple, lemon, and bready malts. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Creamy and smooth. Overall a delicious and bittersweet IPA.

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Photo of Nmelione
2.51/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Bought it 5/5/15 after started drinking say caned dated was 3/2/15. A little too old for an IPA so I assume it was just because it was old. Will find a fresher one and update this

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Photo of Apellonious
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle bottled 3/31/15 poured into an IPA glass

A - Mostly clear, golden orange with a two finger fluffy head and a slight haze.

S - Grapefruit, citrus.

T - Follows the nose, with some bready malts, and a piney bitter finish.

M - Carbonation medium low, smooth.

O - A straight forward, well executed IPA

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Photo of ppvora
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at a local restaurant in a 16 oz. lager glass.

Dark yellow color, very little head, some aeration and lacing.

Aroma of hops and citrus. Very inviting and refreshing smell. Oh my!

Taste: Despite citrusy aroma, no citrusy flavor at all. This beer is all hoppy malts and barley. The largest taste that emerges is that of noble hops. Not much complexity, but delicious hops all the way.

Mouthfeel: Some hoppy bitterness toward the end. Very pleasant and tasty.

All in all, loved this beer. Gorgeous aromas of citrus and hops. Very narrow taste of noble hops, no citrus. Nice.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BOD 8/19/14. Clear golden pour with a normal head. Excellent lacing, normal retention. Nose of tropical and citrus hops, with some pine in the background, over a light biscuit. Light medium body with a nice slick texture. Slightly above normal carbonation with a nice bit of effervescence on the finish. The excellent flavor profile is complex and a masterpiece of balance. It begins with a balanced blend of hop flavors that flow into a moderate bitterness, that has a spicy note, over a slightly sweet biscuit background. The middle is where the flavor components fade with the alcohol completely hidden. The finish effervesces nicely and leaves you with a nice slightly spicy pine bitterness that flows into grapefruit rind. Outstanding!!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this was a let down for me a little bit. just found it to be a little weak and lackluster. the pour was a really clear light golden color, with a small but lacey white head with reasonable retention. the nose exudes bitter hops, but they seem stale or distant or something, and the malt profile is very light for a big ipa. flavor was fine, but not inspiring, light euro malt profile, with bitter hops starting in the middle and riding on through the finish and then some. some light fruity notes, but i found it all to be a little overwhelmed by the alcohol, which was rather brisk and forward for a beer not even 8% abv. not a bad ipa at all, but certainly not one in the top 10 percent. it was all up pretty average in my book, nothing to distinguish it at all form the masses. i know troegs can do more.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Undated bottle at 40 degrees into SA lager glass
Aroma of conifers
Head small (2 cm), white, frothy, slowly diminishing to 2 mm ring and layer
Lacing good – broken rings of small to medium bubbles
Body straw, clear
Flavor begins bitter with slight piney taste, ends lightly bitter; no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, slightly oily, lively carbonation

Appearance 4.25, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4.25, Overall 4.25.
A pleasant IPA, attractive in appearance and aroma. Alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of oberon
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glas a clear light golden with one finger white head atop that held well.Big pithy hops in the nose,grapefruit really stood out,really fresh and in you face.A big shot of citric hops at the onset with a big sweetish caramel base coming into play midway,more sugary sweetness in the finish.Started out great,and was a really good DIPA,but there was some big sweetness in there as well.

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Photo of aszatk01
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of tectactoe
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Kevin for hitting this want of mine. Perpetual pours out a mostly golden color with some faint orange tints around the edges, top, and bottom of the brew. There's a nice clarity throughout, and its only mildly obscured by a small chill haze. A white head grows up quickly but settles nearly as fast to a wimpy little bubbly skin and collar that, sadly, leaves no lace in its path.

I dip my nose into the glass and the first whiff is promising me good things. Dank, oily, and mildly pungent hops clash with lots of grapefruit juice and vivid citrus peel. Like a late night sesh with the fruit-alicious munchies. A brash of pines bats clean up; you can feel the bitterness creeping up in the aroma with time, along with some mild spicy pepper. This is a hop-heavy sucker, no doubt.

One sip and you're walking through hills of hops; mild white pepper and ashy pines run amok. Vigorous hop oils all over your face, dank resins and a bitter grapefruit peels smack your pie-hole and jump to epic proportions very quickly. Bitterness starts off small but grows exponentially into the back end, and starts scraping the back of the tongue like a pickaxe in the finish.

There isn't much noticeable malt, so the hops stand out even more. Despite being so hop-centric and bitter, it's actually quite refined and drinkable when all things are considered. This bottle is quite fresh, and the raw how power confirms it. Medium bodied with a light sticky quality on the palate; carbonation is medium, pretty good for the style with a slick, oily, lightly resinous mouth feel.

Yum! I've wanted to try this beer for a while, though that doesn't mean I necessarily had crazy expectations for it or anything. It was actually a bit better than I thought it would be, and what's even better is that it's a year-round brew. A very nice brew for the dank-heads out there who need to get their hop oil fix but don't feel like taking alpha acids straight to the vein. Very nice IPA, enjoyable from start to finish.

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Photo of ExtraStout
3.72/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clean yellow to orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, grapefruit and orange citrus hops. In the taste, dry citrus rinds, and somewhat pine like. A small hop bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry trace of hops in the aftertaste. Big nose and mellow taste, lack of aftertaste, good but mellow

I like this as an above average IPA by comparison but as an "Imperial" IPA, which it bills itself", I feel it's no higher than barely average.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of ccapurso
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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