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 Gmann
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a toasted straw color with a fluffy off white head that settled into a nice puffy cap.

The aroma is hoppy but not overly strong. Very pleasant grapefruit aroma, juicy and fresh. There is a hint of some pine.

The taste is bigger on the pine. Pine seems to be the dominate hop flavor. Starts off with some orange and grapefruit rind then transitions to pine, perhaps some resin. The malt is trust there to serve as a base doesn't add much flavor. This is a spot on AIPA. It is nice to see.

Moderate feel is active carbonation. Mildly sweet to start but then finishes with a drying hop bitterness, not too dry though.

A very nice AIPA, pretty much nails the style. Not the most flavorful hop profile but is still quite good. Would prefer more citrus and fresh hop flavor.

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Photo of claspada
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice light golden yellow with a nice white fluffy head leaving some spotty lacing.
Aromas are pretty straight forward. Pine and lemon and grapefruit hops with light pale sweet maltiness.
The tastes directly follow the nose with pale malts up front, then immediately you get the bitter pine, grapefruit and citrus hops flavors.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is dry due to ample hopping. Not quite crisp because of the sticky resiny hops.
Overall this was a good beer but nothing to write home about. It was tasty but not really worth the price point because of the serving size. This is a 6-pack beer in a 22 oz package which is never good for your wallet. Nugget Nectar is heads and tails better and will be the only Troegs beer I buy going forward.

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

got this as an extras in a trade from Mob2332 -Thanks Mike.

Poured from bomber into pint goblet - No best by date visible.

A: Deep yellow w/ orange hues , two finger head that decended into a thick creamy lacing, great webbing , Good carbonation.

S: Tropical fruit, citrus , grapefruit, pine.

T: Grapefruit with nice citrus /tropical fruit, slight pine bite with plenty of hops, slightly sweet malts.

O: Overall this is going to become a regular feature in my fridge.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pleasing beer to gaze upon.
Pours a deep golden straw color and is quite clear.
I was able, with very little effort mind you, to produce a very substancial head. Very tall with a thick dense off white foamy head that lingers for massive amounts of time leaving lots of lacing around the glass.
Turbulent carbonation underneath.

Very aromatic from dry hopping. Aroma is citrusy and malts have a caramel aroma.
Leaving the beer sit for a moments brings out a musty or oily aroma.

Sweet malts and hoppy bitterness is the upfront taste. Malts have a pale sweetness and hops are big and bold with pine resin. Falvors seem to balance out okay.

Mouthfeel is medium but heavy.
Very bitter, oily and dry finishes.

Not a bad beer but pretty bitter. With the amount of bitterness and hops used I was expecting more hop flavor. This tends to be more bitter then flavorfull.

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

22oz bottle poured into a snifter

An orange body sits beneath a one finger off-white cap. The cap fades to form some sticky, spider web lacing that reveals sip marks the whole way down.

Nicely hopped. Aromas of papaya, mango, ruby red grapefruit, apricots and pineapple. A tropical fruit assortment. A faint whiff of ethanol holds steady. Clean bed of pale malt.

The flavor profile mimics the nose. Layers of tropical fruit on top of super clean malt. The finish has a touch of ethanol and a sugary, fruity sweetness first, before a moderate bitterness takes control.

Smooth and a tad creamy on the feel. Medium weight with nice carbonation.

Overall, this is a very nice imperial pale ale. One of the best I have had in this category. The nose and palate remind me a lot of some of the elite IPA's. This is a winner.

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Photo of JAXSON
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a bottle. Pours clear medium gold with a weirdly fizzy white head. Nose is a pretty nice balance of fresh hops and citrus rind, some candied orange. Mouth is fresh and balanced, hops focus on pine needles. A one-note bittering effect from beginning to end. Not as large and expressive as Nuggest Nectar. A decent IPA, good stuff right now, but not the greatest I've had recently and nothing to go nuts over. Succeeds in being nicely balanced and highly drinkable.

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Photo of Clydesdale
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a lightly hazy orange-bronze color. The orange-tinted head is initially tall, with a dense, frothy texture. Head retention is nice, and wispy curls of lacing stick to the glass rather thickly.

S: Lightly sweet, pale malt aroma up front. Sugar cookie/honeyish notes. Hops are bright and vibrant, with an overall fruit cocktail aroma. Citric and tropical notes are prominent - orange rind and pineapple - with some secondary herbal notes.

T: Faintly sweet and lightly toasty malt up front. Thin caramel flavor. Hop bitterness is strong but restrained. Hop flavors are tropical, citric, and floral/herbal. Orange oil and pineapple stand out. At 7.5% abv, alcohol manages to stay out of the picture fairly well.

M: Medium body. Carbonation is on the lighter-than-average side, with a pleasant prickliness. A bit oily. A gradually drying hop presence builds into a rather dry overall finish.

D: This is a very nice brew from Troegs. It seems to fit into that vague "Extra IPA" territory between IPA and Double IPA, but that's mostly a matter of semantics. I really enjoyed the Citra and Nugget dry hop character, which definitely adds a distinctive (and nicely complementary) character to this beer. Troegs does good work with hoppy styles (see Nugget Nectar and Hopback Amber), and this is no exception.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice hoppy offering, imperial diatribe aside...

Presentation: 22 oz brown capped bottle. Design pivoting around the image of a tap serving beer from a clogged mechanism pushing hops with names embedded in them, the illustration is repeated perpetually inside the tap handle. Neck label offers a small note on the intent of the brew, and ingredients. Shows 7.5% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Deep gold to pale amber clear pour, fair head, medium retention and some lacing.

S - Nice hoppy nose, not as strong or intense as rumored but rich in any case. Citrus with some pine, grapefruit… lightly floral.

T - Nice hoppy range with grapefruit, citric peel, a bit of resin with herbal touches… Floral sweetness ties it to the malt.

M - Medium body and carbonation with a nice bitter sense and a lingering finish.

O - Nice flow, very quaffable and enjoyable.

Notes: Imperial Pale Ale hence IPA… Troegs always seems to be playing with this denomination, for instance with their Nugget nectar. It may work for them but meddles a bit the denomination of what is a nice hefty IPA, short of any imperial denominations I guess… Different than their NN, which I like more now, but at this price point this is a nice offering.

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Photo of siege06nd
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Jackie O's tulip...

A: Pours a hazy sunset orange with a beautiful, crisp, two-finger white head. Head quickly recedes to a half finger of bubbly. Thick globs of lacing adorn the sides of the glass. Very nice, indeed.`

S: Grapefruit, pineapple, citrus sweetness. Mild grassy hops.

T: Oh man is that good. So well balanced. Piney, grassy hops with a nice clean mild pineapple citrus finish and moderate, lingering bitterness. This is a delicious pale ale.

M: Thick and chewy for the style. Carbonation is damn near perfect and all the flavors compliment each other. Great.

O: Troegs Perpetual is a true achievement. An APA with chops. It's flavorful, crisp, and clean and I must say I think they accomplished exactly what they were going for. This is a great beer.

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Photo of Rschis16
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Brewed a little less than a month before opening according to the brewed on date. Slowly dissapating white and bubbly head that leaves perfect lacing as it goes. Perfect clarity, and very light in its amber hue. Lots of visible carbonation from the bottom in a slow rise. Pretty beer. Citrus hops that smack of grapefruit, a large hit of pine hops, and a touch of resin to round it out. Very aromatic, and so pleasant to the nose.

So perfectly bitter in the taste. Grapefruit and piney hops run rampant and really make for a balanced, albeit on the very hoppy side, pale ale. A lemon citrus taste is detected in the middle, making for a juicy mouthfeel. A very light biscuit quality is in the back that only makes the hoppiness stand out more, as it makes for a backdrop, like a blank canvas. The best part may be the ultra clean mouthfeel and finish. Crisp and dry, but still juicy in the middle. Aftertaste holds some of the bitterness to remind you just how potent it is and makes you want to take another sip. Although its 7.5% abv, it doesn't really show it at all, except for maybe just a breath in the end. This is one of those beers that goes to show that there doesn't always need a large amount of malt presence to make a great beer. There is some malt presence, but the hops really just do what they do best here. I am impressed with this one and will probably buy again.

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

A- Pours a vibrant golden yellow into my DFH glass. Fluffy white 1 1/2 finger head that drips and grips the glass before leaving a delicate lacing all around.

S- Spicy tart grapefruit, orange zest, tangerine and a hint of tropical pineapple. Nice pungent grassiness with delicate hints of the lightly toasted malts. Pine punch gets better as it warms up.

T- Nice bitter citrus pith and pine bury the sweetness from the malts. This is all about the hops! Grapefruit, lemon, orange, sour apple and pineapples. Really piney! Wish the astringent bitter hops let the malts come thru a touch more.

M- Really mouth puckering! HOPS, HOPS, and MORE HOPS!!! Very dr, crisp finish with terrific carbonation.

O- Nice, reminds me a bit of SN Hoptimum. Grassy, piney and brash hop flavors! Certainly not ground breaking, nor is it even in my top 20 IPA's... but it was nice to try.

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Photo of Meerkey
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: White bubbly head. Clear, pale straw gold. Bubbles.

S: Grapefruit and hops. A little resiny and musky.

T: Hoppy and roasted. Hops are really intense, which make it nice and balanced.

M: A little bit carbonated, but pretty weak.

O: Pretty nice taste and smell. Well balanced. Enjoyable.

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Photo of gdkersey
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - I guess this is really one of the aspects that defines it as a imperial pale ale instead of an IPA; very light and crystal clear body. Fluffy, bubbly white head that sticks around, leaves nice lacing. Reminds me a fresh cask pour of a good British pale ale.

S - Very yeasty nose, with hops taking a backseat. Almost like a homebrew, where you'd experience more residual yeast. Not bad, but not what I necessarily what I'd expect from a hopped up "imperial pale ale". Also catch some light toasted malt.

T - Starts off with the familiar Troegs hop juice profile found in beers like Nugget Nectar and Hopback Ale. Fruity yeast flavor, finishes with sharp bitterness and anise.

M - Great carbonation. On the thin side, but not enough to make the hops harsh.

Imperial Pale Ale or strong IPA? I imagine it could really pass for an IPA and nobody would really question it, perhaps noting that it is a bit light. Overall easy drinking, great tasting, and interesting beer.

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Photo of tlazaroff
4.77/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Perfectly golden and clear as Hawaiian water. Slightly off-white head composed of large bubbles that cling to the glass like white on rice.

S: Pineapple, tangerine, mango, guava, lemon, you name it, this has all the nuances of citrus and tropical notes that hops can provide.

T: Orange citrus, slightly piney and resiny. The first thing that hits me like a punch to the face is the hop flavor. The bitterness comes in the mid-palate and lasts through the finish along with the flavor. A touch of grass and caramel round this out.

M: Moderatly-low carbonation levels and the same with the body. This beer isn't sticky, but it coats the palate well, not dry at all. I hesitate to use the word 'oily' but thats the first thing I think of.

D: This may very well be the best IPA I've had, if not, it's in the top three. I absolutely love this beer.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my buddy Mike for grabbing me two bottles of this Troeg’s beer. One of my favorite breweries and I was quite pleased to see they were brewing a standard IPA.
Bottled 8/1/11
A two finger cap of foamy/sudsy bright white head forms. It falls by about 50% and then hangs around for a while. The beer is a bright gold/amber color that’s very bright and clear. Some light carbonation is visible. Some light clumps of thick lace.

Aroma is fresh and light. A bit of light fruit, some light grain and a moment of citrus peel.

Pretty nice balance of light/bready toasted malt and some light hop bitterness. I like this, but in my opinion it drinks more like and aggressive Pale Ale vs. a full IPA. Half Acre Daisy Cutter came to mind as something that’s probably more aggressive than this. (I know there is a blur in styles, I am just describing that it’s on the lighter end of the IPA spectrum) A bit if residual sweetness and a moment of yeast. Mid palate I get some fruit and specifically apricot.

Very light and refreshing body. Just a light prickle of carbonation.

It’s a fine beer. Nothing wrong with it, but also not as exciting as I had hoped. Good, Not great

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Photo of Pellinore1
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jwiss22 for sending this one.

Pours light, golden amber and crystal clear into a tulip. Two fingers of nearly white head fade slowly, leaving some lacing.

The hops are bright and floral, with a touch of citrus. Some definite sweetness comes through as well.

Pine and grapefruit hops hit the tongue first, then just a tiny bit of malty sweetness. The finish is long and bitter.

Medium bodied and a little sticky, with a dry finish.

Overall a very good beer, although the taste was almost a letdown after how much I liked the look and smell.

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Photo of rapidsequence
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. 5 bucks or so from Pints O'Plenty. Bottled 8-11-11.

Appearance: Brilliant, luminous golden with extreme clarity. Great retention on the head and sticky webs of lacing.

Smell: Strongly piney with a little dank and some bitter smelling citrus. There's a bit of pale malt sweetness and a touch of grainy flavor.

Taste: Wow, that's bitter. Sharp, resiny pine and grapefruit pith. Barely a kiss of crackery malt and graininess. Lasting bitter, dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Resiny. Finishes dry and crisp.

Overall: I enjoy the smell a lot. The taste less so. I don't like when an ipa is grainy or vegetal, and this has a little of that. Also a little too unbalanced with harsh bitterness. Good, not great.

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

A new hoppy Troegs beer? Sign me up. Perpetual IPA has a surprisingly light colored body for the style; a slightly hazy, dark shade of yellow. The off-white head has pretty good retention and is pretty soapy looking. There is not a ton of lacing that stays behind, but the few stragglers there are cling to the glass in thick lines.

The aroma has an aggressive amount of hops to it, with mostly pine, resin, and leafy hop smells. Citrus aromas do make an appearance, and the more that I sniff the more I notice them, but the original scents are notice are still more powerful. The malt is barely there, with just a bit of bread in the background.

This one is bursting with hops. Just as I noticed in the aroma, the citrus flavored hops are there, with bits of grapefruit and orange, but they are taking a backseat. Actually, I think they are weaker in the flavor than they are in the aroma. The backbone from the hop flavors are spicy and piney, bringing along some resin and leaf to go along with them. The bitterness is powerful, with a good bite to it. The malt base is great. Some sweetness, and then light cracker or bread. The malt takes a back seat to the hops the way that it should, and there isn't a ton of sweetness or caramel flavors, which is how I like my IPAs.

Slightly oily, big-bodied, smoothly carbonated.

7.5% is a surprise, because Perpetual IPA doesn't show it at all. I also expected this one to be a little more citrus forward, but that is a small qualm. Overall, this is another solid beer from Troegs.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought this 22oz bomber last week at Harringtons for $4.95 and I quaffed it yesterday, 05SEP11.

Poured into a nonic, this IPA was clear, medium golden, and had scattered carbo. A nice, 1/4" layer of frothy, off-white foam crowned things, with decent lacing in the glass. Aroma was of rindy citrus, though light on maltiness. Medium bodied, the feel on the tongue was solid and smooth, overall.

Flavor? More citrus, though a touch of toasty malt sweetness does hit the palate first. Thereafter, it's a good dose of pithy, rindy hopping, with a bit of apricot and tangerine floating about. Decent and solid all around. Prosit!!

3.68 rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


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Photo of nandemo1
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear gold with a finger a frothy head that leaves a ton of lacing.

Smell is a very fragrant grapefruity citrus, a little flowery as well. Taste is slightly citrusy but this is a bitter bomb at first. Balances out a little better through the glass, not sure if my buds are just dead from the bitterness, or if the maltiness emerges as it warms.

Mouthfeel is full for an IPA but is crisp and dry, very nice.

Overall this is a solid bitter IPA, I'd have preferred a bit more balance however.

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Photo of meatyard
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden/orange with a lingering 2-finger, off-white head that ends with a covering

The smell is a lot of citrus (orange and grapefruit) along with some sweet maltiness.

The taste starts bitter then the citrusy flavors come into play followed by the balancing, sweet malt.

Mouthfeel is full with a steady, dry bitterness.

Overall: I would say this is a nice IPA, less so as a IIPA though even that is not bad. Like an IPA, I prefer this cooler than the 50-55 degree recommendation for IIPAs. Yes, this is better than the Scratch IPAs I've had. Drink this slightly cooler than 50 degrees. This is a nice beer put out by an excellent brewery.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.46/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is ok, for me this might be the best ipa they've done, but that's not saying a whole lot.

Pours a nice darker orange with some gold highlights. Not a lot of head or lacing. The smell is weak, what's there isn't bad. A little floral and maybe some light citrus on the sweeter side. A little pale malt that translates to the taste too. The taste has a nice dry lemongrass quality and finishes very dry. Wheatlike notes. Overall ok, but nothing compared to many DIPAs out there.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am pretty excited to finally try this hyped troegs IPA

White fluffy and sticky head with a clear, light amber body. There isn't nearly as much color as I have come to expect with any decent DIPA. Otherwise, the carbonation is ample and keeps a generous amount of white fluff floating on top of the beverage.

Aromatic hops and....wet fart? What the hell is the putrid sulfur that I initially smelled in the bottle and after first pouring? Either way, there was a strange essence that left after a few minutes and was replaced by sticky pine hops and some alcohol. I would generally rate a beer this later nose as being "good," but I'm just not sure what the initial fart aroma was...

Great beer with a lot of hops forward and a secondary sugary sweetness. Great aftertaste and lots of bittering hops to sit on my palate. There is no doubt about this being a DIPA with the alcohol, but I think they could have brought out more of the malt sweetness to balance the strong hops and liquor ethanol.

There is no grapefruit rind bitterness, always a plus for a strong IPA. Initial sweetness is rushed through each sip by creamy, foaming carbonation to make space for a lingering bitterness. This is a drinkable DIPA, whereas some are definitely a...SIPPA (must sip because of the incredible, mouth-pucking bitterness). One can easily consume this bomber, I chose to share.

This is a good DIPA, one that's worth both the price and time drinking. I would have appreciated more sweetness from the malt, but I understand that most IPAs are really just a canvas for an extreme display of hops and bitterness. In the end, this is probably one of the best beers that troegs produces, and is worth seeking out.

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

Bomber bottled Aug. 11. Reviewed Sept 3.

Golden and clear, two-finger head in my tulip leaves some nice lacing.

Smells fruity and tropical: mango, pineapple, grapefruit. Pretty legit aromas that actual smell more like real fruit than hops.

Taste is dominated by the same fruity hops detected in the nose, with earthy floral and pine characteristics as well. Finish is kind of prickly/spicy. No malt flavors really, but there's a decent sweetness here that keeps this beer from being dry and keeps the hops from being overwhelming. Taste is rather bitter for how sweet this beer is.

Smooth and lightly sticky-sweet on the palate.

I'm glad Troegs made an IPA. This beer has a distinctive hop profile that reminds me, in some ways, of Nugget Nectar.

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Photo of Sensaray
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours bright golden with fluffy big bubbled off white head.

Big fresh flowered citrus pine hop scents. Some light sweet maltiness seems to be there too.

Flavors are tropical, orange, a huge array of citrus, pine, fresh flowery hops with great bitter throughout that builds into the finish that leaves light citrus and hoppy spiciness tingling. Never overly bitter as well with a light sweetness. Huge hops persist and attack throughout and it's tasty with a balance.

Mouthfeel is excellent with a nice spicines throughout and good carbonation. Light to medium feel.

Overall it's delicious. Lives up to expectations. I wish I had more than one bomber...

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Tröegs Perpetual IPA from Tröegs Brewing Company
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