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Tröegs Perpetual IPATröegs Perpetual IPA

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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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Photo of harrymel
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled: 11AUG11

A: pours crystal clean golden with a three finger white cap which falls slowly to a sheet of the same. Cobweb lace.
S: Bubble gum and grapefruit. Sweet and fruity. Nice and simple.
T: Nummy. Sweet grapefruit with some resin tones and a little remainder of cotton candy. Nice simple malt profile is clean and crisp.
M: Medium on light bodied with moderate carb and a slightly slick finish.
O: Really a nice beer from Troegs, glad to have tried this one. Reminds me of Two Hearted quite a bit actually.

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

22 oz bottle courtesy of a very fine trading partner. Thanks a bunch for hitting this want Alex. No discernible bottling date.

Pours a light yellowish orange with some persistent white bubbles and spotted lacing.

Smells like ramming your beak into a sack of dried apricots. But not the super old balls withered up 'cots, rather the stickier fresher kind.

Tastes like fleshy fruits: mainly apricot and peach. Healthy malt through the middle. Finish is sticky, drying, and modestly bitter. Decent alcohol heat flashes at the end and lingers.

Stickiness helps add some weight to the mouthfeel. Carbonation is appropriate and not distracting though the heat is slightly so.

I'd like more regular access to this and appreciate the hop forward drive and opportunity to try this. Thanks again Alex!

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Photo of Finn
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh piney citrus aroma rises from this orangey/gold slightly hazy IPA. It really is a nice looking beer with a small but stubborn white cap on top. the candy-like malt backbone blends very well with the citrusy hop flavors, and leaves just a bit of lingering flavor on the palate. Definitely not a very bitter IPA, which is actually quite fine by me. Balance is key here, which troegs are masters at. A very nice Imperial Pale Ale.

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

Thanks to inlimbo77

A-Nice murky golden body with prominent white head.

S-Great tropical fruit at the nose. Hints of grapefruit and other citrus fruits. Really pleasant smell

T-Not an attack on your palate. Very smooth clean crisp hoppy bite. Great fruity notes that is very refreshing.

M-Medium body with medium carbonation.

O-Very good ipa. Really refreshing and crisp. Not extremely hoppy, but sometimes it is what the mood calls for. Great for somebody who wants to get into IPA's, great starter beer.

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Photo of Natural510
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, no dating.

Pours a pale, cloudy orange-gold with small amount of bone-white head. Appears closer to a Belgian pale or golden ale, than your typical American IPA.

Very floral nose, with a grapefruit citrus edge. Light & sweet aroma.

Sweet, overly floral flavor. Notes of grapefruit rind with a medium hop finish.

Body is on the lighter side for an IPA, but fits well with the flavor profile.

Lighter, floral on the style; kudos to Troegs on a unique slant in a market flooded with IPAs. This is a Fall release but I think it would be ideal for the springtime.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to TheGordianKnot for this!

Pours a hazy, dark golden color. Stark white head, 2 fingers, great lace.

Somewhat subtle floral hoppy nose, but more pronounced is a bready, biscuity aroma.

Floral taste, with pleasant bitterness of the tongue, light citrus notes and a bit of bready malts.

Crisp and oily, but nice and creamy.

Overall, a well-crafted IPA.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dry, pale, bready malt with a floral and piney hop note. The flavor has a nice, well-balanced bitterness at the back end. Not bad. Pretty crisp and clean finish with a touch of citrus hop notes.

Rather dark gold color with a small whitish head. Weak retention and minimal lacing.

Body is pretty decent; lots of carbonation and a prickly tongue-scrubbing feel.
Overall, not bad. Not mind-blowing, but a solid IPA that is enjoyable and drinkable.
MUCH better than several of those Scratch beers that were ipas!

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Photo of Nugganooch
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from 10/14/11
*22oz bomber to pint glass

A: Perpetual IPA pours a super clear and effervescent straw gold color. Adorned with a frothy white head and some sticky lacing down the glass.

S: Smells real piney with some spicy hop notes as well. Bready malts do come through the aromas but not too intensely.

T: Tastes pretty hoppy. Juicy with big pine resins and sweet fruit flavors. Light sugary malt base. Nice lingering bitterness gives a dry puckering effect. Tastes pretty hoppy. Crisp finish. ABV’s def well hidden. Did I say tastes pretty hoppy?

M: Creamy and light bodied ale with solid carbonation and a dry puckering finish.

D: I could perpetually drink this IPA! A great brew that I would love to try again.
Really digging the label and engineering reference. Says it was run through the hop back and then dry hopped. Well the effort does not go unnoticed here.

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Photo of bonkers
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a bomber into a snifter, hazy orange pour, big white head, loads of white lacing. The aroma is pineapple juice, with orange rind and hints of pine. The beer is juicy, lots of citrus, definite tropical notes, hints of pine, lingering bitter pine on the finish. The brew is medium in body, good carbonation, drinks bigger than it is. A very nice IPA.

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Photo of pwsoldier
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 8/10/11

A - Pours hazy golden copper with a rich white head that lingers for a bit. Lacing is moderate.

S - Lots of citrus and pine with some malt coming through in the background.

T - Starts off with some malt sweetness, then the hops shine through with an earthy and citrusy profile. A mineral-like bitterness bites the palate on the back end.

M - A bit light on the palate, but not enough to be a problem. Finishes dry and clean with some lingering bitterness.

O - A solid IPA from a solid brewery. It doesn't stand out, but it certainly doesn't disappoint either.

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

Appearance: 22oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Colour is a pale, golden wheat. Pours with an enormous 2 1/2 finger head, leaves a mildly-bodied lacing evenly around the glass. Modest amounts of visible carbonation.

Smell: Aromas of floral hops and citrus are present just from opening the bottle. A nice malty presence is blended in nicely as well.

Taste: Strong, bitter, biting hops lead the way for a nice citrus hint and rounds off with a smooth and slightly sweet malt character.

Mouthfeel: Lightly bodied with a full texture. Just a small bite from the carbonation as well as a little bubbly. Finishes somewhat sticky.

Overall: A very solid, well-balanced beer. What stands out in this one for me is the nice balanced addition of the citrus and malts with the still strong hop flavour.

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

22 oz bottle

Nice deep gold color. Good one finger head that drops quickly to a thin skim that leaves great lacing. Smell of strong grapefruit with a strong malt base. Taste is a nice solid ipa in every way. Maybe not quite in the imperial range as indicated on the bottle but a good solid ipa.

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

22 oz bottle, dated bottled 08 11 11.

appears clear golden color with orange highlights, with giant fluffy bone-white head. fades to a thin covering that stays to the bottom of the glass, leaves nice lacing. great aroma. clean piney, citrus, grapefruit aroma.

taste starts with mild malt flavor, but is quickly overtaken by the hops. as with the aroma, a mixture of earthy and fruity hop flavors. body is neither thick nor thin. level of carbonation is good, just enough.

overall good, but doesn't really taste "bigger" than a normal IPA, as the label suggests with the "Imperial" tag.

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Photo of shawnsmith1
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours yellow gold into tulip with 1" off white fluffy head. Well defined lace rings.

S: Leads with intense pine. A bit of fresh torn orange peel. Like a face-full of Douglas Fir.

T: More pine and citrus. A little spice. Virtually nothing detectable of the malt. Maybe a little honey or sugar. It's there, but just to provide a foundation For the complexity of the hops.

M: Medium bodied--lighter than I expected . High carbonation level; cleansing, but bordering on sharp. Finishes quick and clean with refreshing bitterness.

O: Love it! Could drink a few.

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Photo of mattcrill
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Faint orange peel, light caramel notes, and some fruity esters up front. Mild citrus fruit asserts itself. Mild alcohol warmth on the nose.

Appearance: Cloudy amber pour with low white head. Head retention is fair.

Flavor: Moderate citrus flavors up front. Faint bread-like malt character provides a base. Balance is to the bitter. Finish is dry. Aftertaste is quick and bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. No alcohol heat noted.

Overall impression: Solid IPA. Nothing outstanding and seems fairly run-of-the-mill given Troegs track record and the hype surrounding this beer. Won't seek out again but a good example.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden body, just a slight chill haze, mild steady carbonation streams, topped by four plus fingers of dentable snow white froth. Good stretchy lacing.

Potent powerful enticing fresh grapefruit aroma draws you in from across the table, maybe the room.

Sweet malt makes a flash appearance at the very tip of the tongue, but after that its all and all kinds of hoppy goodness. Juicy fruit oozes all over the mouth, with a big blast of grapefruit on center stage. There is a cleansing bitterness at snaps at the swallow. The grapefruit and the bitter entwine and encircle through a lingering afterglow.

Solid light/medium mouthfeel carries everything along well and smoothly.

Overall a superior IIPA, and another great beer from Troegs. This should be a perpetual treat.

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Photo of drtth
4.36/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a large snifter glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a nice lightly hazed golden apricot color with a 1” fluffy off white head that leaves rings, legs and small patches of lacing as it recedes. Sipping continues to leave patches and speckles of lacing for much of the beer. Throughout there are lines and legs and small patches of lacing sticking to the sides of the glass.

Smell: Right out of the bottle the first aroma detectable is a sharp touch of pine resin. From the glass the aromas are dominated by some tangerine and other citrus zest but little or no malt.

Taste: The flavor is crisp and clean with citric and tropical fruits and touched a bit of pine resin from the hops. While there is some malt sweetness it is mostly in the background and plays a supporting role, leaving center stage to the hops.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and crisp with persistent gentle carbonation. The medium long finish begins with a touch of citrus rind and tangerine sweetness but then fades off into a long, dry but gently bitter finish.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: Drinkability is high on this one. It goes down easily, perhaps a bit too easily, and the dry finish invites the next sip quite naturally. My overall impression is that this is a well made beer that competes flavorably with others of its style and I’m hoping this will indeed be around a long time and bottled in 12 oz bottles.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. The bottle bears a batch # 110712, and was bottled on 8/11/11.

Pours a glowing honey gold, with a two finger white head with plenty sticky white lacing as the head reduces.

Has a piney, hoppy aroma, with plenty of malt and buttery resinous notes. Floral undertones round out the smell for a well balanced aroma.

Smooth and balanced, this beer starts sweet and malty, with a fruity middle and a bitter hopped finish. I had this a month ago, and frankly am surprised by how much more mellow this ale's taste has become.

Medium-bodied, a month or two of aging have rounded off the bitter edges to create a very smooth brew.

While I still like this beer quite a bit, the fact is that it was much better a month ago when I had it last. If you've still got this kicking aound your fridge, don't wait, drink it now.

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Photo of smcolw
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Large, lumpy white head. The liquid is modestly hazy and has a golden hue. Plenty of chunky, ring lace.

Very nice floral hop smell with a relatively light pale malt base. Attractive.

The alcohol is far more potent than the smell would indicate. Otherwise, the taste does match the aroma profile, perhaps with a stronger bittering bite. The body is typical of the style. The carbonation is low--surprising, given the thick, frothy head.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: bright blond with a buoyant white head. retention is good, not great. lacing is good. the body looks light for an AIPA, but still very inviting.

S: piney. resinous. really hop forward here. floral and lovely. there is a backbone of grain, but certainly focuses on american hops.

T: so tropical. tastes like a pina colada. coconut and pineapple. toasted malts come into the fruit party. sort of french toast-like. the fruit is so inviting this thing is dangerously drinkable.

M: bubbly and zesty carbonation keeps it from coating the palate. medium body? medium in my opinion.

D: really delicious brew. it is nice to have a big tropical IPA not be totally cloying and overpowering the palate. and for a very, very moderate price of $5 i hope this will be around a lot more.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.73/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy bright gold with a nice frothy two finger head that had good retention.

Smells heavily of grapefruit with some citrus notes and a slight biscuit aroma.

Good piney resin flavor throughout the palate. It hits you with a bright assault of pine and citrus hops up front and rounds into a touch of almost honey like sweetness on the back of the tongue. Finish is almost perfectly balanced between the pine and malt.

Medium carbonation levels and a nice sticky mouthfeel, but not thick or cloying in any way.

Can't believe it's been so long since I've had something from Troegs. I think I need an Ohio trip to replenish the supply after I'm reminded how great all of their beers are.

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Photo of HURTemHIZZY
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ligther pour than I think has become the norm for IPAs. Nice head, bone white, solid retention. Average lacing. Smell is heavy on the citrus end of the spectrum, with minimal pine and no presence of the abv.

Flavor follows suit, with a bit of bitterness towards the back end of the spectrum. Still almost no pine. Tropical fruits are toned down a bit (unfortunately) but there is still a solid wave of citrus that makes this quite enjoyable.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.67/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a medium yellow with a hint or orange. Appears filtered. Two fingers of bubbly white had formed with average retention.

S - Grapefruit, tangerine and pine. A good bitterness and not a lot of sweetness present.

T - Grapefruit, pine and herbal notes. A touch of sweet caramel in the background.

M - Medium body with light carbonation.

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Photo of bartmon
4.67/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Introduced to this gem at the State college beer fest, leading to the purchase of a case upon release in August. Bottle poured into stem hop glass.

Appearance - deep orange with a nice, creamy head. Lots of stickiness in the glass on each gulp.

Smell: Lots of fruit on the front, great hop aroma.

Taste: The hops bring out a slightly fruity taste to complement the bitterness. Reminds me of something between a hoppy imperial IPA and a smooth, session american IPA.

Mouthfeel: very crisp! Plenty of carbonation and doesn't leave your pallet overwhelmed with hops.

Overall: One of my favorites of summer 2011. This should be a year-found offering!

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Photo of rhong187
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served in a pint glass

A - deep orange, almost amber, while a bit opaque

S - citrus, with a small amount of pine. As it warms, the citrusy resin-y notes really begin to take over

T - Citrus bitterness is the best way I could describe it. You know how most beers begin to level out as you work your way through it? Nope, now this one. Stays bitter the whole way through...

M - Lots of carbonation, medium body, lots of bitterness

Overall, I really wish they would just go ahead and call this an IPA, not an imperial pale ale. The best part about this beer was it's price ($5/bomber), but still another decent offering from Troegs.

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Tröegs Perpetual IPA from Tröegs Brewing Company
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