Tröegs Perpetual IPA | Tröegs Brewing Company

BA SCORE
91
outstanding
3,513 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
Tröegs Perpetual IPATröegs Perpetual IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
troegs.com

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.

Added by thain709 on 08-11-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,513
Reviews:
671
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
10.1%
 
 
Wants:
185
Gots:
1,094
For Trade:
5
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 3,513 |  Reviews: 671
Photo of Sammy
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A surprisingly good beer, a great IPA with dry hopping taste and very well malted. Pours medium yellow bodied with lots of carbonation bubbles. A tad above average mouthfeel, smooth. Hoppy aroma. Good hop flavour well integrated with sweet malt.Fresh bottle from Premiere Gourmet helped, tasted near-on draft.

 309 characters

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: small head with good retention however on a clear deep golden body. Excellent lacing.

S: very hoppy like a strongly hopped session with earthy hops dominating and citrus and floral hop compliments.

T: lightly malty IPA with a very nice herbal and floral hop character. Light tangerine and orange citrus flavors as well. Perfect degree of bitterness.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: this is an excellent IPA which is flavorful, drinkable and complex.

 474 characters

Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -20%

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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.

 807 characters

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Knapp85
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours out as a nice looking golden orange color. The head has some nice lacing and retention. The smell is really nice, plenty of hops and citrus aromas. The taste of the beer is smooth and piny, kind of refreshing too. The mouthfeel of this brew is pretty light bodied, but really goes down nicely. Overall this IPA pretty much rocks. I enjoyed it quite a bit and would probably buy it again some day.

 412 characters

Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy straw yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some fine particles visible floating in suspension. It poured with a finger high dense white head that has excellent retention properties, consistently leaving a half finger high head covering the surface as well as lots of lacy rings of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of citrus hops in the nose.
T: The taste is somewhat more complex than the smell, having flavors of both citrusy and spicy hops along with a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish leaves your mouth relatively dry.
O: This IPA is packed with hop aromas and flavors but is rather well balanced and quite easy to drink. No traces of alcohol are perceptible in the taste.

 875 characters

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

New offering from Troegs, pours a light golden color, nice head to it. Great hoppy aroma. Taste is light to medium bodied, great mouthfeel. Nice crispness and balance to this one, a hop bomb for sure but also has a nice 'wet' finish and doesn't have the typical bitter dryness most IPAs have. Finishes clean and smooth. A very good IPA and is un the upper echelon of this style that is widely available out there. Highly recommended, will be getting a few more 6 packs of this while I can.

 489 characters

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...

 2,098 characters

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-

 3,009 characters

Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of oline73
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
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 brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A very nice head forms atop the pale amber colored liquid; excellent stickage and a nice drizzle of lace

Smell: Tropical fruit and citrus; rather floral

Taste: Mango and pineapple, up front, followed by a citrus flavor that builds in bitterness through mid-palate; plenty of bitterness after the swallow, as well; the malt is clearly in the background here

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate, but crisp, carbonation

Overall: A fine IPA; just like I like it, as it is all about the citrusy hops and the malt provides the platform rather than the competition

 574 characters

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.54/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a deep clear blonde color ale with a large foamy white head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of powerful floral aroma with some green hops notes and a light sweet malt base is very well done and very enticing. Taste is dominated by huge floral hops aroma with light green hops notes and very little bitterness with some lightly sweet malt notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. I really enjoyed the floral notes and if I were to compare I would say this is a notch below Heady Topper for floral notes but still ay ahead of most IIPA.

 576 characters

Photo of LXIXME
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of largadeer
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks, Dyan. This was bottled 5-31-12, consumed 6-29-12.

Appearance: Golden, clear, two fingers of sticky head. Looks like IPA.

Smell: Citrus, primarily grapefruit, with both flesh and zest. Tropical fruit becomes more evident as the beer opens up. Hops don't explode from the glass, nor are they weak. Malt is biscuity and dry. Apparently Troegs used pils malt as a base for this one, but it doesn't shine through much.

Palate: Pretty impressive, showing more depth than the nose. Grapefruit is dominant again, largely zesty, but there are great mango and guava notes, and a touch of floral spiciness. Citra is evident as the beer warms. The malt backbone is crackery, bready, very dry. Strong resinous bitterness clings to the palate in the finish, but doesn't overstay its welcome. The balance between bittering and flavor hops is spot-on.

Overall: Initially I thought this was just decent, but it grew on me quite a bit. It benefits from warmer temperatures and a bit of time to breathe.

 996 characters

Photo of WillieThreebiers
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of dmorgan310
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Tröegs Perpetual IPA from Tröegs Brewing Company
4.06 out of 5 based on 3,513 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.

    Learn More
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.

    Learn More
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Learn More