Perpetual IPA | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Perpetual IPAPerpetual IPA
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Perpetual IPAPerpetual 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.

Added by thain709 on 08-11-2011

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of 57md
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper with a half finger of head that dissipates very quickly and leaves only a trace of lace. The nose has both hop and pine notes present. The flavor has a decent dose of malt upfront. The finish has hop bitterness, but also a sweet note.

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of emyers
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy straw-gold color with a one inch fluffy white head.

Smell: Heavy on the pine and floral hops with pleasant spicy notes. No real malt presence in the nose other than a very slight toasted aroma. Smells nice, but definitely not as intense as the top-tier IPA's out there.

Taste: Similar to the smell. A lot of pine and floral hop flavors with a little bit of herbal character. Still virtually no malt presence. Bittering hops kick in on the finish. No alcohol presence. Very crisp and clean flavor-wise, but not quite as potent on the hop flavor as some.

Mouthfeel: Crisp with a nice bittering-hop bite on the finish. Medium-bodied with a fairly high carbonation level.

Overall: A very solid IPA, but lacks the punch of the best examples of the style.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of tectactoe
4.11/5  rDev +1%
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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3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of VictorWisc
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Single poured into a Leviathan goblet (don't have a lot of spare glassware). About 5 weeks old.

Pours medium amber to dark gold. Plentiful, soft, cream-colored head with good retention. Nice lacing. Some visible carbonation.

Aroma fruity, somewhat malty. Caramel notes. Not a lot of hops complexity on the nose.

The taste makes up for the lack of hops perfume. Light lemony/citrus front, followed by bitter spice, hints of apricot and lychee, without the sweetness. Finish resinous, piny, with lingering malt on the tongue. Nice, somewhat fruity IPA profile without excessive bitterness and tropical notes. Resinous bitterness makes a comeback after a few minutes, as the rest of the components are processed and absorbed in the mouth.

Light body, moderate carbonation, crisp, slight heat note in the finish, but not boozy. Some residual malt in the finish, but no heavy coating as with Hop Devil.

Overall, a very pleasant IPA, suitable for daily consumption. Not quite as tropical and hop-forward as Torpedo and lighter than Victory Hop Devil, but comparable to Lagunitas IPA with slightly better flavor profile. Balance would likely lean a bit more toward bitterness in a fresher bottle, but this was close to well-balanced (could use a bit more bitters). Would be excellent as a part of a mixed 12. Will buy more.

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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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4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle dated 6/20/2013, poured into a Russian River -tion glass today, 8/2/2013. Thanks to Matt for throwing this one in as an extra.

This beer looks fantastic. Pours a clear golden body with an effervescent 2cm white head that leaves sticky, thick lacing all over the glass. Its a true beauty that would impress even the jaded IPA drinker. It looks so refreshingly appetizing! One of the best looking IPAs I've ever looked at.

I smell a good bit of citrus, even pineapple that makes it a sweet and slightly bitter scent. It's balanced out by a nice bready toffee and caramel flavour. But its definitely hop-heavy. Not super pungent but definitely holds its own.

Drinking this beer makes me think of a bitter pineapple juice. It's not bad, a little too bitter but thoroughly enjoyable for any hop head. It's balanced out by a nice sweet malty toffee and caramel backbone, but its definitely on the hoppy side. The body is medium, well-carbonated and finishes smoothly. Heavy on the citrus bitterness for sure.

Very interesting IPA that brings a nice bitterness on the back end, even more so than most regular IPAs. It could be a DIPA for all I know. Showcases the hops well, a rather balanced IPA. Great local, not super outstanding but definitely an above-average IPA.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Photo of gr0g
4.41/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Straw-colored and high in clarity. A head of about two fingers forms, and retention/lacing are good, but not great. Effusive aromatics hit the nose: grapefruit rind and flesh, pine, resin, and some tropical fruit to round it out. The whole hop spectrum is covered.

Tons of hop oils and flavors on the palate, with a grassy and citrusy profile for the most part. It's very bitter for sure, but not astronomically so. With 7.5% ABV, there's a enough of a malt backbone to provide some semblance of balance with only a slight hint of alcohol. Mouthfeel is just about perfect for an IPA: oily, but not viscous, and a fine carbonation that's not the least bit prickly.

Another amazingly good hoppy American ale from Troegs. Highly recommended.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

Perpetual IPA from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 3,612 ratings