Tröegs Perpetual IPA | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Perpetual IPATröegs Perpetual IPA

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Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American 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.

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Photo of HoppyPeteSkolnik31
1.66/5  rDev -59.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Bottled 10/31/2012 Batch 121003
Beware of this date and batch

Appearance: straw yellow pour with a thin whitish head, from the appearance you could've thought this was your typical Troegs Perpetual IPA.

Smell: I was expecting this beer to smell the same way it always does, piney, citrusy, juicy, hoppy goodness. However, I was sadly disappointed. It almost smelled like a Belgian ale with some sort of spices. Just from the smell, I knew this batch was gonna hurt my feelings.

Mouthfeel: this part of the beer was fine. The carbonation seemed like usual.

Taste: Again, I was expecting that hoppy, piney, delicious Perpetual flavor, but I got something I couldn't even explain. It didn't provide me with the flavor I have become accustomed to from this outstanding beer. All I could taste was cloves or something strange, for what I know this IPA to normally be.

Overall: This beer could have very easily ruined my night, if I didn't have a bunch of great beers to drink after. I have come to love this beer since it started year round production, but this must be a bad batch. I hate to say negative things about this beer, but I wanted to warn others of this specific batch. I got mine at a Wegmans.

Update: Per my friend Terry, he messaged Troegs on Facebook only to find out from them that Hurricane Sandy messed up this batch of beer and made it too yeasty. Not only were they willing to acknowledge their mistake, but they told him to bring the case to the brewery to rectify the problem with an exchange. He made out fine on the deal by getting a fresh one. I only bought to bottles, so I chugged them instead.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
2.31/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Wow. Straight up, this thang kinda smells like the ripe underbelly of a skunk - while the taste is more like an average Pale Ale at best. Not stoked, Raul ain't stoked at all. What's going on here? Raul was pumped on this Tröegs offering, but like a Hershey kiss, Raul rather leave it in the wrapper.

*Consensus: terrible attempt at a West Coast IPA.

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Photo of Damian
2.34/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle
Freshest by 08 08 16
Served in a snifter
Thanks to my father-in-law Neil for bringing a six-pack of this to our dinner party.

Gorgeous appearance. The crystal clear, amber colored body was capped by a three-finger tall, super tight and creamy, off-white crown. The head slowly fell to a lasting cap of foam. Large patches of thick, drippy lacing coated the glass.

The nose was very yeasty initially. Powdery and dry. Slightly sweet with very subtle earthy hop notes. Even as the head died down, the hops were very mellow. Half way through the glass, the hops finally began to come out. Moderate citrus notes. Orange peel was noticeable. Good dose of malty sweetness as well. This smelled more like an English pale ale than any type of double IPA I have ever encountered.

The flavor profile was very West Coast circa 2006. Quite malty and sweet up front. Bit of caramel malt. Pungent citrusy hops soon appeared and intensified as the beer moved along the palate. Candied orange peel was most noticeable initially. On the back end, the hops turned sharp and quite bitter. Super oily and resinous. The bitterness came through even more in the finish. Uber pithy and piney with an astringency that was off the charts.

The mouthfeel was light and frothy. Fairly thin for the style with a large bubbled and rather aggressive effervescence. The liquid felt somewhat airy on the palate.

Even with all the outstanding New England-style hoppy beers available in my area, I still feel like I have reasonable expectations when it comes to commonly available IPAs and double IPAs. That said, Tröegs Perpetual IPA is one of the worst examples of the style I have tried in a very long time. If you like palate wrecking, super resinous and bitter, over hopped beers, then this might be your thing. Otherwise, I would recommend steering clear of it.

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Photo of Nmelione
2.51/5  rDev -38.3%
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 Momar42
2.66/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into Duvel artist tulip glass

A - light straw yellow. small head with large bubbles and mild lacing.

S - virtually non-existent. little to no hop aroma at all. light zestiness that reminds me more of a summer pale than an IPA.

T - better than the nose but also a slight let down. Mild hop at the front that fades quickly and finishes clean with very faint bitterness. very little similarities to most IPAs

M - very clean and refreshing. I could easily drink alot of these on a summer day...but not sure I would want to honestly.

O - unfortunately I just dont get the glowing reviews for this beer. I am usually a Troegs fan but this one fails to hit the mark. Easy to drink yes, but fails to live up to most all of the requirements for an IPA. Just meh, and barely that. I will give it another try and revise if needed. They deserve that at least.

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Photo of SmashAdams
2.75/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This is a pretty ordinary and standard IPA. Doesn't seem much like a double IPA for sure. Rather malt forward with some hop presence but no exciting character. nb

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.88/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yellow appearance, white head, 3/4" in depth. Found it to be a lot lighter in color than most ipa's much less 7.5% ones. Aroma, hmm. Where's the hops? Never a good sign when you're drinking an ipa and can't smell it. Do they do bottle dating? I couldn't find one on my bottle, so who knows, I've had good Troegs beers, so maybe this isn't their fault, but its not my fault I can't find a bottle date, so the review is what it is. Citra hops are allegedly in here? Could have fooled me, they are dainty hops in terms of longevity, so my theory grows. . .

Taste, rampant bitterness, you can definitely tell some high alpha acid hops were used, and not a lot of malt (from both the color of the beer, as well as the massive bitterness, lack of caramel, body etc. . . ). Unfortunately, they impart virtually nil in terms of mouthfeel of the hop. Carbonation is high, alcohol is mildly stinging like an antiseptic. The bitterness just doesn't have any flavor to it, nothing in terms of pine, tropical or citrus fruit. Its kind of bland. Reminiscient of double take ipa, all bitterness, no substance. I'd try it again based on the fact that I know Troeg's is much better than this in every other effort I've had from them.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.94/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yellow appearance, almost an inch of white head. Matching a might as well be imperial ipa with this yellow color can lead to some great/disastrous results. Aroma was not hoppy, thought it was gonna be.

Lots of bitterness, not a lot of hop flavor. Prickly carbonation whisks it all away, or at least tries to. Just can't understand the love for this one.

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Photo of Longstaff
3.04/5  rDev -25.3%
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 adamette
3.05/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review from notes taken while I enjoyed a pint on tap at La Cave Du Vin September 9th, 2012. I do not recall the price.

A Creamy head over a translucent light copper body. Once again, deifficult with low light at La Cave. 3.5

S Floral hops and little else. A little bit “one note” for me. 3.0

T Solid IPA taste. Bitter hops which are not very balanced. The bitterness lingers on the back of my tongue for a while. Hop heads rejoice! 3.0

M Moderate feel with bitter hops. 3.5

D/O Drinkability is only fair. Overall this is a fair beer from Troegs, home of some of my all time favorite beers including Troegs Pale Ale which I would drink readily before this one. 3.0

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Photo of DanJan
3.06/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just a standard IPA from Troegs. My bottle might be old as I feel like I've had better experiences. Color is a nice light amber with just a little bit of head. Nothing too noticeable on the nose; smells faintly of hops but not much else. Despite a 7.5% ABV, it tastes more like a pale ale than an IPA. Would've liked a standout note but it all blends to a vague "ale" taste. I'll have to revisit this again but I prefer other Troegs IPAs to this.

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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 scotorum
3.09/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bought this because I liked Troegs' colorful graphics and the price for a single was relatively low. Then when I saw it mentioned more often than any other IPA on the BA IPA Day forum I thought I had lucked out on a real winner.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into an Innis & Gunn flute.

a: A bright clear gold, finger thick head lingered, eventually dwindled to a patchy surface foam film and full lacing.

s: Surprisingly little detected.

t: Near mouth-puckering resiny hops.

m: Light to moderate. Looks more refreshing than it tastes, due to the hop bitterness lacking in flavor beyond a sharp resin. Mellows out somewhat as it is drunk, but leaves an unappealingly bitter finish.

o: A deceptively strong-tasting brew considering its light and bright appearance. I can see why hopheads would like this one, and I do enjoy a good IPA (Union Jack, Double Jack and Ruination are favorites) but Perpetual was just too unredeemably bitter.

I'm wondering why my review does not jibe with most others here. The label is dated 2012, which may or may not relate to bottling date. But age usually mutes hops. not accentuate them. Puzzling.

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Photo of seeswo
3.11/5  rDev -23.6%
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.

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Photo of choicegrinds
3.15/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden and crystal clear..personally I like it a little murky. Aroma is mild citrus and a teeny bit dank. Taste reinforces the smell. I find this beer underwhelming. The bottle is just under a month old too. Probably a good intro ipa. I will not be picking this one up again. Now nugget nectar on the other hand....

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Photo of CaptainSloose
3.16/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Was left in my frig after a recent homebrew session. From a 12oz bottle into a pint sized tulip glass.

A: a golden straw color, maybe a hint of orange

S: very piney, almost with a hint of cat pee.

T: medium malt up front, then the backend of pine and bitterness hits you. It's not overly bitter, but very pine forward. It finishes dry but the bitterness lingers.

M: nicely carbonated, the aftertaste is a little piney for my taste. I can't taste any dry hops, but the bottling could be the cause of that. It's almost as if this beer is heavily bittering and flavoring hops, with almost no finishing or dry hop charachter.

O: I don't hate this beer, as i usually hate most commercial IPAs, but I certainly won't be chosing it off the shelf.

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Photo of DocBrewroo
3.17/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Well made IPA… golden color and full head with good lacing. I prefer a balance and drinkability, and do enjoy a serious hop kick, but am not an extreme IPA freak. This beer has nice citrus/fresh hop aroma and a very slight malt/breadiness on the nose. I’m not getting much malt backbone even though it’s a 7%+ brew, but it has a very classic hop profile. I enjoy Troegs beers and their Perpetual IPA is pretty solid, but it seems a bit reserved for what I was expecting.

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3.18/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Not as hoppy as I'd expected. Drinks easy enough for an imperial ipa, but didn't satisfy my hop craving. More malty. More like a heavier hopped strong ale.

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Photo of emount91
3.19/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours a clear copper color, small head that seems to retain pretty well. smell is of pine, resin, and sweet malts. taste is a bitter hop bomb, LOTS of pine and resin, a little bit of very bitter citrus (lemon or lime concentrate), and a less sweet malt backbone than the smell suggested. no booze bite at all, in fact i dont know how they could consider this an Imperial or Double when the ABV is only 7.5% and the taste isnt very balanced, definitely more of a standard IPA. mouth fell was actually very good and made up for where the taste lacked. decent beer, but probably wont ever buy again.

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Photo of JackRWatkins
3.2/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

solid, but not mindbending, good but nothing special, if you can find this, chances are you can by 90 minute ipa from dogfish head, buy that it's better

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Photo of fscottkey
3.21/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: [3.25] Golden yellowish color. Forms a nice dense 1 finger white head. I can see lots of bubbles coming up from the insignia on the bottom of the glass. The head has staying power. Decent lacing on the glass. The ABV is clearly marked at 7.5%. The born on date is a treasure hunt. I found a Julian code (I think). It seems the beer is 5 months old. Man julian codes tick me off

S: [4.00] Nice aroma. Pine, floral and some sweet undertones.

T: [2.75] Not like the nose. The first sip was metallic. That faded quickly. The following sips were bitter front to back - not overpowering - but it is the main element. I keep sipping looking for more. I assume there is hop fade due to the age. There is some corn taste, maybe a slight hint of lemon citrus - but nothing really following the nose.

M: [3.00] The bitter front to back is not a great benefit to mouthfeel. The carbonation and body are right - but the bitterness is a distraction.

O: [3.25]The nose and the appearance were pretty promising after that it kind of fell down. I guess I will try another one, in the future, if I find it fresh. The alcohol is well hidden - so that is a plus. This is a "C" beer.

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Photo of IPAGeorge
3.23/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a tulip

A. A very transparent golden color with a 2 finger white head

S. Seems to be a pretty malt forward IPA by the aroma. Getting a lot of bready and biscuity malt. Slight pine smell.

T. Agreeing with the nose it's a more malt forward IPA. Again bready and biscuit malt with some pine flavor and a little bitterness at the finish. Some grassy backbone. Bit of a metallic taste.

M. Light to medium body. Decent carbonation.

O. An OK beer. I myself like more hip character and I just get a little pine. More malts which aren't bad but not great. Mouthfeel is average. Probably wouldn't buy again with all the IPA options but definitely not a bad beer. Worth a try.

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Photo of Rock_Glenn
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Underwhelming, pours amber with a hint of copper. The head looked nice and full but had an odd texture with inadequate lacing. Smelled like an assortment of hops, though not particularly strong. Taste is of caramel malt, a bouquet of different hops and heavily of alcohol. Too strong tasting even for an imperial. Body is very thick, reminiscent of a smooth whiskey.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.29/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look: Pours a light orange color that is almost completely see through 1/2 inch foamy head with good retention and some nice circular lacing

Smell: A slightly muted floral presence from the hops and not much else. Pretty much a one trick pony wish it had more

Taste: Upfront the hops create a artificial fruity flavor that I am not a big fan of backend there is not much more than a malt presence

Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium carbonation. Crisp and clean on the finish

Overall: This is just another east coast ipa that just doesnt stack up to some of the better examples of the style

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Photo of teromous
3.29/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Canned on 122115 16:17 151220-302

Appearance: Brilliantly clear transparency with a nice golden colored body under a thick fluffy white head. It's a very lovely looking beer.

Aroma: It has a very floral aroma. Not a complex aroma but a very nice one that smells like being in a flower shop.

Taste: Up front there is a very light orange peel character with a good deal of bitterness that starts at the front and follows through to the end. Much like the aroma the flavor has a very floral soap-like character.

Mouthfeel: Lots of bitterness with a slightly off-dry presence in a light body.

Overall: It's pretty good. Nothing really stands out as something I would specifically remember but it's a good beer. The floral soap-like flavor and aroma might put some people off. I wasn't a huge fan of it because I've tasted many other more inviting flavors in other DIPA/IIPA's.

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