Tröegs Perpetual IPA | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Perpetual IPATröegs Perpetual IPA

Brewed by:
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 DarkSideOfTheMoon
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look - golden amber color, semi-transparent. Lots of carbonation keeps the head going strong well after it's been poured

Smell - some citrus and pine hops on the nose but not much else

Taste - I need another sip. Hops are clearly present but not in your face like I expected with such a high IBU. Citrus/grass balanced well by the malt.

Feel - VERY drinkable. And thats scary at 7.5% ABV.

Overall - would certainly have another of these. Above average IPA.

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Photo of m_hall
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz longneck into an IPA glass. Crystal clear, golden-amber colored ale, topped by a dense three-finger tall off-white head. Good lacing all the way down the glass

Nose is dominated by citrus hop notes, some slight herbal and pine behind, with just trace of bread-y malt.

Flavors come in with bright citrus hop notes, grapefruit, tropical fruits, and just a bit of earthy (but not dank) flavors, gently supported by a soft malt backbone that carries through to a moderately bitter yet very clean finish, with lingering pine notes.

Mouth-feel is medium bodied, creamy, with just enough carbonation to give it some zest. Easy to drink but not insubstantial. the 7.5% ABV manifests as a comfortable warmth.

Troegs definitely has a winner here. A highly drinkable IPA, bracing, but not mouth-puckering-ly bitter, with well defined, articulate hops (perhaps a result of their Perpetual Hopping process, which from the sounds reminds me a bit of what Dogfish head does with it's -Minute IPA's.) I can see myself reaching for this one a lot- an IPA I could drink anytime.

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Photo of Buck89
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A crystal-clear medium-golden color with a 2-finger rocky white head. The aromas were a bit restrained for today's IIPAs, with some citrus, and pine notes. A bit of grassiness and some crackery malt. The taste followed the nose closely. Bracingly bitter with orange rind and bigger earthy notes. Not as much pine to my palate. Good balanced malt backbone and a clean, dry finish.

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Photo of Sorcerer
4.52/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Straight out of the green fields of Hershey Pennsylvania comes this imperial style IPA with a sensational reputation that ripples over the Rocky Mountains to Oregon and back at yah, like a fresh slap on the buttocks.

Forms a tasty a refreshing island of intense Imperial smoothness unaccounted for in my experience of this style. Wait, pinch me, is this a pale ale?


Let's see, 7.5ABV and 85IBU, if truth is told, how can this be?

You know what I think? This is one of those rare forms of near perfection that gracefully and modestly comes up with a little bare shoulder strap down and teases you with a wink, which surprises you, and then shockingly, and may I venture to say, erotically, grabs a good chunk of your arm or something, and presses up covertly against you with a sigh, causing all self doubt to evaporate into a mushroom cloud of, "woah dude!".

And now the best part:

A wet kiss!!!

It just makes you feel good.

This is like a cool snowflake of hop juice landing on the palette. Melting.

Served cold into a
pint glass this beer
opens up leaving legs
on my side of the couch
warming in my lap
with just the right amount
of fizzzzzzz.......

Yes, like a bitchy strawberry blonde, the lingering bitterness is ironically sweet.

The rusty old taste buds on the back of my tongue are scraped clean and they wake up!

This ale is like a bright clear morning in spring. Fresh and clear. This is an example beautiful symmetry where the sum of scent and taste is equal to the mouthfeel and finish. It culminates into a perfect lingering smooth bitterness which cleanly introduces the consequent quaff, so prim, so good, so inoffensive, so peaceful, so modest, leading to the flirty tease, the little cheek, this little reveal, and again in ambush, yet apparently contrived and delivered with devastating timing, the quick intense and secret wet, wet, kiss.

Is anyone looking? I think I might be blushing. This IPA wants to go out with me - I am lead to believe.

Perpetual seduction.

Take me, I'm yours.

Thanks Troegs!!!

I've got a crush on your IPA.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

"At Troegs, 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." Brewed in the style of an American IPA, available in 12 oz. bottled 6 packs and on year-round draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a tulip glass.

(Appearance) Pours a smooth, foamy head of a creamy off-white tone over a golden-hued amber with high clarity and fine, lively carbonation. Retention is very good and lacing is moderate and patchy. 4.75

(Smell) Pale and crystal malt body with a modest sweetness and high cleanliness meets a moderate hop profile of citrus pith and gentle tropical fruit notes with a moderate bitterness. Enjoyable yet shallow with mild aromatic qualities overall. Potency is light. 3.75

(Taste) The flavor largely follows the aroma, with a gentle, clean pale malt body with subtleties of pilsner and crystal malt sweetness, finishing with a gentle hop profile bitterness of tropical fruit essence and citrus rind, very light in flavor and with a relatively light bitterness, yet substantial enough to effectively counter the body. Very light delivery in flavor and a high drinkability- would be sessionable aside from the higher than average ABV. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, frothy, smooth, clean and moderately dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a medium frothiness and a medium crisp finish. Body is shy of medium for the style, short of medium overall. Balance is nearly even sweet to hoppy bitter. Alcohol presence is very low and there are no off characters. 4.25

(Overall) Troegs delivers a very enjoyable, albeit light-drinking IPA in Perpetual that does a good job at promoting the desirable subtleties of the hops without overloading on hop bitterness, and keeping a gentle, clean and sessionable malt backbone to balance it all out. It comes together a bit underwhelming on my end, and I think a beer of this caliber and ABV could aim for a richer malt and hop body and flavor without significant complications to the beer's flavor. I enjoyed Perpetual but it doesn't stand out distinguished as an American IPA standard, perhaps at a lighter ABV it would fare nicely as a session IPA. 3.75

Troegs Brewing Company's
Perpetual IPA

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

on tap, poured into a chilled pint glass

Clear deep amber liquid , two finger white foam cap

aroma of pine, grapefruit, malts

I get malts and hops on the taste, no bite

slight sudsing, dry finish

couldn't taste the alcohol, but, after two of these on an empty stomach, I noticed the earth started to move

good beer

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Photo of NastyNorseman
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours beautiful amber with creamy, lacy head that sticks around well throughout the beverage. Smell of floral hops a bit of pine and fruits. Nice taste with hops meets malts balance. Finishes sticky, medium with nice hoppy aftertaste. Well done Tröegs. This is a true IPA.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single, twelve ounce bottle copped from Total Wine and More in West Orange. Pours a ruddy, copper-colored hue with moderate frothing. Aroma reminiscent of pungent hops and pine. Comparable flavor profile and easily drinkable. Not bad.

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Photo of GeeL
4.81/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This IPA (DIPA?) is crazy-easy to drink. But at 7.5%, you gotta be careful because it'll catch up to you. The color is a deep amber with a thin lacy head. Smell is all IPA. There's a hint of spice and fruit. Taste is complex and deep: lots of malt, but lots of hops. The resins are slick while the malts are sticky. The flavor lingers a long time. Feel: classic IPA, some thickness but not too much to be overly filling.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tröegs Perpetual IPA has a medium, off-white head, a mostly clear, bubbly, golden appearance, and moderate lacing left behind. The aroma is of fruity hop oils and sweet, white bread. Taste is of sweet white bread, white bread crust, and citrus rind hop oil. Mouthfeel is medium, and Tröegs Perpetual IPA finishes dry and drinkable.


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Photo of Jwale73
3.56/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz. can served in a nonic. Pours a translucent copper with a tight, half-inch, bright white head that dissipates into a solid skim. Delicate strands of lacing are present during the tasting. Nose expresses citrus with a slight candied character and a light piney/earthy quality towards the back. Taste follows nose with a light malt profile. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body (but closer to light) with a mild carbonation. Overall, drinkable and a solid, year-round offering, but lacking in complexity.

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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 brureview
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a golden copper color in a Spiegelau glass with a 4F head, which took a while to resolve.

The aroma is not strong but good- malty, fruity, banana, and vanilla.

Very pungent, carbonated MF.

Great combinations of taste and finish:very balanced tropical fruit, vanilla, finished with a hoppy bitterness.

Overall, an excellent beer. The brewery calls it an Imperial Pale ale, its on a fine line between an IPA and a DIPA.

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Comes in a clear amber color with a big, fluffy, white head with excellent retention and lacing.

The aroma offers pine needles, juicy red grapefruit, pithy grapefruit bitterness, sweet bready malts, browned bread, brown sugar, orange peel, and a very light peach and pineapple note.

The taste is a nice balance of bittersweet citrus flavors and malt. The malt is biscuity, almost brown sugary, but none too cloying. There is a nice pithy orange peel bitterness with some juicy red grapefruit. There is a faint and elusive peach and pineapple note, probably from the Citra hops, but it is very subtle. The finish is lightly bitter and well-balanced. Lingering notes of grapefruit and orange peel and light pine.

The mouthfeel is fluffy, creamy, and a pleasure to drink. Seriously, this has a great mouthfeel for a shelf IPA! It drinks so smoothly.

This is an excellent widely available IPA, one of the best shelf IPAs in the Northeast competing with Smuttynose Finest Kind and Ithaca Flower Power. Recommend for IPA fans that want something between the bitter West Coast pine bombs and the New England tropical juice bombs.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap. Slightly hazy golden color with white head. Aroma has bittersweet tangerines and some dank/grassy hops. Taste starts with juicy citrus fruits and finishes with bitter, piney hops and lingers with grapefruit pith flavor. Medium body with soft carbonation. Overall it's a quite good IPA with a more classic hop profile.

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Photo of foretk
3.43/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Upon opening this bottle there was a mild aroma from the bottle. It poured in the glass nicely with just a slight head, maybe about a quarter to half inch. Color is very golden. Even in the glass the aroma is very mild. This lead to quite a surprise with the first sip when you taste the very hop forward beer. The taste lingers in your mouth for quite a while. Other notes are hard to detect. There is a little bit of citrus flavor. The beer is fairly high in carbonation and although it is 7.5% it does not seem to have a strong alcohol flavor. So be careful if you have a few. Overall the beer is a solid IPA, but I would not quite put it in the outstanding catagory.

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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 Beric
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Serving: From the bottle at a cookout
Served: 14 May 2016

Appearance: Had this from the bottle in the Tröegs summer sampler 12pk, with the sleek white branding. I can't really speak too much to the appearance of the beer itself, but I liked the elegant, simple label.

Smell: Bright citrus and pine hops.

Taste: Good light caramel malt sweetness complimented by a solid assertion of hop notes containing characteristics of grapefruit, blood orange, and lemon grass.

Mouthfeel: Medium-high body with high carbonation.

Overall: A good DIPA and comparable in many ways to Torpedo, though I think Torpedo has a refreshing bitterness this one lacks somewhat.

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

A very solid IPA. Lots of bitterness, a strong malt backbone, but sufficient aromatics to balance it out (though not enough to feel like a West Coast IPA). Stellar with a sophisticated flavor profile.

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Photo of stevoj
3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle from my brother. Pretty unassuming pour, gentle aroma, then taste comes on with a bang. Mild astringent piney hops on a nice slick medium weight body. Not huge hoppiness, but super tasty with a near perfect feel.

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Photo of johnnyc46
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Excellent IPA that I found by accident when I couldn't find my usual DalesPaleAle. Bought a 12 pack of cans for $20 in Staten Island NY. Great hoppy clean taste with a high ABV. I would buy this IPA a lot if it was readily available in my area. The flavor was really impressive,citrus, refreshing, and light. The ale is powerful so you could underestimate it. Great ale if you can find it.

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Photo of ale2thechief
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice IPA from Troegs. It has a good hop and malt balance. Bit of grainy aroma which is nice and not overpowering. Flavor is very balanced which tilts toward the malty side on the finish.

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Photo of fx20736
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a single bottle from Beers of the World. Poured into a Duvel tulip at fridge temp.

Look: Peachy amber, thinnish white head, decent lacing

Smell: Mild orange/ grapefruit

Taste: Balanced citrus and pale malt

Feel: soft

Overall: decent, drinkable IPA

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Photo of mschrei
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not sure when it was bottled. Poured into a Russian River nonic pint. Super healthy carb, totally the first thing that catches your eye. A very golden color. Super big head and lacing. A very subtle hop profile on the nose, not much else. Big hop taste but not too bitter – just a little, underneath. Juicy front with a malty back in a whole mouth filling feeling, exceptionally well balanced in that nothing really jumps out at you. We were debating if this should be called an imperial IPA, more due to its lightness and lower ABV. Doesn't matter what you classify it as to me, because this is one damn good beer.

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Photo of byronic
3.64/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pretty standard brew, nothing really sets it apart. That being said it's simple, straightforward and session-able. If you want a six to drink take it home, if you're looking for something a bit more complex keep looking!

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Tröegs Perpetual IPA from Tröegs Brewing Company
4.07 out of 5 based on 3,478 ratings.
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