Perpetual IPA
Tröegs Brewing Company

Perpetual IPAPerpetual IPA
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American IPA
Ranked #286
Ranked #3,488
4.08 | pDev: 10.05%
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
Perpetual IPAPerpetual IPA
Notes: 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 warbird07
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh bottle boured into the ole New Belgium globe...I have been real excited to try this brew since the moment I heard of it..

Pours clear, slightly darker orange in color, no sediment, medium, bubbley wgite head that fades into bubbley whisps..sticky lacing..good pour, good looking brew...

smells does not dissappoint..real nice piney ctirus hop aroma..other reviews I have read have mentioned a smell of fresh grass clippings..I do get that..but it is quite pleasent and clean...

taste is oh so piney and clean...bit of a lemon citrus notes, pine, smooth in the middle with a muted malt presence..near pefectly bitter on the back end..little after taste...

mouthfeel is pretty spot on, what you should expect out of a beer of this ilk..medium weight on the tounge, smooth..real enjoyable

7.5 apv is not too odvious..this beer is quite drinkable..worth picking up...

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Photo of Kegatron
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear gold in the glass, with several fingers of robust looking bright-white head. This retains nicely with a foamy half finger that stays creamy and rich, while leaving back some spotty swathes of lace down the sides of the glass. The aroma is equal parts leafy and grassy in the nose, with a big push here from a ripe smelling herbal dankness. A touch of peppery spice and some pine round out the edges, while toasted grains and some alcohol warmth prop things up underneath nicely under those hops.

The taste has a fresh and bright feeling citrus character to it, while a LOT of leafy herbal character spreads out into the mouth along with all of that bitterness and pine. The malts have a sugary sweetness to them, with more of a toasted biscuit feel on the edges, and just do a marvelous job of balancing those hops. The finish has some strength to it, with resins, spice, and bitter rind all being adhered to the tongue by some light warmth. The mouthfeel is medium, maybe a touch fuller bodied, with a smooth creamy crispness to the carbonation. This is undercut by a certain amount of oily slickness that tries to do it’s best to keep this silky in the mouth. That 7.5% ABV does have some presence here, adding some fullness to the feel and especially being felt when it pops those hop flavors in the finish.

I REALLY like where they are going with this beer. It had that sort of bright, fresh, crisp, and clean hop profile that I really enjoy in a lot of my favorite APAs out there. While the flavor profile screams DRINK ME, DRINK ME, the ABV unfortunately holds this back just enough to keep it from being what I would consider thirst quenching. I realize that this is an Imperialized version, but for me, if they could just find that sweet spot in the middle between the flavors and alcohol, this would really be something special.

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Photo of philbe311
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Doesn't get much fresher than this - Bottled 8/11/11...

A - Three full fingers of a slightly airy whimsical rich creamy eggshell colored head... Pretty impressive retention lasting most of the session... Once faded; what is left is a thing veil lacing and a moderately thick collar... The color is a very pale copper... A good bit of small bubbled briskly paced carbonation... A good bit of lacing clings to the sides of the glass...

S - Hop forward would be an understatement... Loaded with fresh earthy hop resins... A good bit of piney, but a little citrus mixed in for good measure... Some very faint peppery touches as well...

T - Juicy hop resins... A touch of pine... Lots of earthiness.. Some grassy notes... There's very little if any malt to be found in this one, with just some very light bready malts cutting through... Some very light pepper notes linger...

M - Medium bodied... Rigid and sturdy... Exceedingly smooth with very limited carbonation... Rather sleek... The bitterness is present but doesn't blister the tongue as expected... Sophisticated... Very nice...

D - Another success from Troegs... Not only is this a great beer, but it's an extreme value as well... Bursting at the seams with hops, but never overpowering... Sophisticated and worldly... Glad I picked up a couple of bottles...

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Photo of Retail1LO
4.62/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now, IPA in this instance means Imperial Pale Ale, and not India Pale Ale. However, I just can't grasp that. Nor can I grasp how it's categorized as an APA. This sucker's an A1 hop bomb. Pours with a thin, wispy head. As soon as you pop the cap, you'd swear you were drinking a bottle of bud. The kind variety...not that bullshit. Wow. What a smell. It's much stronger out the nose of the bottle than poured into a pint glass, but man is it strong. The taste is marvelous. A very hop heavy effort. This is right there with the best of 'em. The mouthfeel is marvelous. You could swish and gargle with this and never get tired of it. Overall, this is one of my favorite beers...and certainly a top 2 Troegs beer. Right there with Nugget Nectar. If this is limited, get it while you can.

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Photo of DaveHack
4.52/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into my Mad Elf tulip. Best By 12/8/11 marked on the case.

Perpetual is very light, very light gold color.
The smell is awesome! Smells of earthy, fresh hops.
It tastes slightly sweet, then a wonderful strong bitter, followed by a creamy roll down the hatch.
Mouthfeel is light and crisp, with a slight resin. It's as if it is dancing in my mouth!

Troegs hit a homerun with this one. This is definately a contender for a year round brew.

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Photo of regspeir
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle from Pinocchios (in Media, PA) poured into a pint glass. Appearance was dark gold with a finger of white head which settled to a coating. Lacing was light but lasting. Nose was citrus hops up front with elements of floral and grassiness and spice. Taste is a very nice and refreshing - citrus, some bready yeast, mild bitterness and caramel sweetness. APA? Nah… this is an IPA taste for sure, but like most of my favorites - even with a refreshing bite, still overall quite nicely balanced. Mouthfeel is medium, mildly carbonated, and on the sticky side. At 7.5%, this is (carefully) sessionable. I am pretty excited about this beer. Nugget Nectar is our finest right-coast IPA ( I know, I know…not how Troeg's classifies it) but with limited (seasonal) availability. Now they have filled some of the void! Try this again - are you kidding? I am on my way back to the fridge RIGHT NOW!

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Photo of ffejherb
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Troegs on 8/15/11.

A - Slightly hazy golden honey liquid with about half a finger of bubbly white foam on top that settled into a patchy retention, leaving some stringy lacing around the glass.

S - Bold hop nose with peppery notes, citrus rind, pine sap and leafy attributes, as well as a moderate alcohol fume after the liquid was given ample time to warm up.

T - Initial flavor delivers a pronounced hop character that is ultimately quite complex with dry, leafy bitterness as well as citrus rind and resinous piney notes. The malt backbone provides a hefty dose of sweetness, but doesn't detract from the hops at all and, instead, offers near perfect balance.

M - Medium bodied with a syrupy texture and plenty of hop oils in the mix. Carbonation is moderate yet the mouthfeel ultimately retains a slickness that I enjoy from hoppy ales. Finishes with a touch of lingering bitterness on the palate.

D - Perpetual IPA is easily better than all of the recent Scratch IPA offerings (save for #35, the fresh hop Harvest Ale). For all intents and purposes, this IS an IPA regardless of what they want to call it. I found the hop profile to be quite complex while the brew still retained a balanced flavor. I'm glad they decided to make this a regularly available beer!

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Photo of stakem
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint, this brew appears a very polished color of gold. Not quite orange or yellow but caught somewhere in-between. Subsequent pours yield a light haze with faint particulate stuck in suspension. A creamy off-white head appears and slowly fades down to a thin film across the top. Patches and fingers of lace make a pattern all over the glassware. Overall, this is a very attractive looking brew.

The nose of this brew provides a pleasing bouquet of hop characteristics. Floral, citrus rinds, herbs, grass, catty quality and even a bit dank smelling. A scent of grapefruit comes to mind mixed with orange zest and pulp. A light amount of cheese is across the back mixed with a touch of sulfur. As the brew warms up, it has an herbal aspect that comes out that is nearly minty smelling. The alcohol hits with a light tingle to the nose and accents the fruited aspects of the hops. As I enter the second half of the bomber and pour myself a second glass, the nose becomes mostly herbal and focused more on sulfur and cheese.

The taste is absolutely juicy with hop oils. Bitter and resinous tasting herbal, catty, rindy like grapefruit meets orange pulp and a bit of tropical character thrown in there as well. The herbal aspect leads into a taste somewhat like stinky cheese. There is a toasted grain element underneath the hop character that is evident with a toasted quality and faint sweetness. The aftertaste of this brew is a bit grassy while the alcohol continues to evolve and make it's presence known as the brew comes up in temperature. Once warm and when a second glass is poured, the flavor is quite herbal and less bright with the fruited hops. I commend Troeg's evolution through their last scratch IPA series leading up to this release. That common underlying note of yeast quality that I really despised is fortunately missing in this offering.

This brew is medium bodied with a modest to light level of carbonation. Fairly easy drinking for 7.5% but the alcohol is there and hits with a warmth and flavoring expected of that strength. It is aggressively hopped (does that even need to be said?) Overall a pretty good offering. This is as over hopped as Nugget Nectar is for its "style" to the extent that it is outside the normal realm. I don't know if calling this an Imperial Pale is a joke of sorts or if "IPA" is ambiguous. I guess "India and Imperial" are interchangeable.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this pint at the Troeg's tasting room chilled in a standard pint on tap.

First of all why APA, at 7.5% and hopped to the extent this is, no way is an IPA, come on. the color is deep golden with amber hues like a fading sunset -thick white rocky cap crowns this with good retention and tight bead. The lace collects in spots and the liquid is lightly hazed but clear enough to see rising carbonation. The smell is a huge bouquet of floral and tropical aromas, mild rind like citrus with some herbal and spicy elements. There is not much yeast aroma the hops are the star-there is plenty of Citra in the nose. The feel is great -the slight bready yeast of the previous scratches is gone -dry body with slight tinge of sweetness, lots of resinous texture and moderately high carbonation -seems like more of a west coast influence yet there is a slight caramel sweetness under a bevy of moderately bitter and astringent hops.

The taste is definitely and IPA thorugh and through -so much herbal citrus and slight tangerine sweetness from the hops with moderately high bitterness, yet the flavor of the hops is the star with slight tropical tinges from the Citra yet some lemony aspects from the Bravo and gentle floral component from the cascade in there. I love how full and expressive it is. the malt is just there as a backdrop to pin all the vibrant hop flavors upon, very dank herbal and almost peachy at times with a gentle juicy hop tinge -an incredible amount of hop flavor which I am sure will get compared to Nugget nectar, yet it leaves no doubt this is the IPA they have been working hard to achieve with lots of practice blending on the scratch IPA series leading up to this. Overall it is great -Chock full of hops of the American high alpha ilk which should please anyone who likes dank, juicy and still moderately high in bitterness too. I enjoyed the drinkability of this most -a well crafted IPA.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Was in Harrisburg today on business when I got word this anticipated beer was JUST released. For the first time, I happened to be in the right place at the right time so naturally, 'had to stop by Troegs for some bottles!

A - Pours a bright, clear, pale gold color with a very thick, creamy, white head. Carbonation is minimal, but looks very nice sitting in my tulip glass.

S - The hops dominate the nose, no question here, it definitely lets you know up front who's boss in this recipe. Big citrus grapefruit, a little bit of orange, spicy, and very grassy. The malt doesn't really show up much. The overall aroma is best described as "pungent".

T - Some orange nips the tip and sides of the tongue up front, followed by a big wave of very bitter grapefruit and pine that comes crashing through the middle and rides all the way to and through the end of the sip. There's some caramel malt underneath to support the hops, but it keeps a very low, supporting profile. Overall, the hops are spicy, grassy, and pungent.

M - Medium body that's a tad on the thin side, finish is fairly dry and the gentle carbonation on the tongue gives Perpetual an almost smooth sensation as it glides down the hatch.

O - This is one bitter hop bomb of a beer that will satisfy any hop head. In fact, had this been sampled when blindfolded, I would swear it's a West Coast beer. The East Coast is rising to the extreme IPA challenge and this one ranks right at the top of the list in perceived bitterness, I'm really digging this beer. Definitely worth going out of the way to seek out, this is WAY over the top when compared any of the other beers I've had from Troegs and they've done a darn good job of designing a tremendously lopsided beer. Well done Troegs, could you PLEASE add this to your regular rotation?

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Photo of HoopTime
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into “regular” pint glass the same evening as it was released..

A – Hazy, light golden, poured with a finger and a half head that quickly receded to leave a thin white layer on top with a fair amount of sticky lacing around the sides of the glass.

S – Mild orange peel and fresh cut grass. Not at all as bold a hops aroma as I expected given the amount of hops used to brew it. That is not a complaint. It just is a more subtle scent than many Imperial IPAs.

T – Nice hoppy bitterness as it hits the tongue. There is citrus there, but it is more grapefruit than orange. Well balanced by a little caramel, but it is definitely the hops that steal the show. Perhaps owing to the blend of six different varieties used in different stages of the brewing, no one stands out, giving it a very nice balance.

M – Very smooth, not very carbonated, though the second bottle I opened seemed a bit more bubbly than the first. There is a lot more body than you might expect given the light gold appearance. This would be a good beer to demonstrate to a beer novice that the color of the beer does not determine how full bodied it is.

D – At 7.5% abv, it's not too big to drink a few. But it is not a session beer either. After the first glass, I paired it with some pasta topped with fresh mozzarella and some fresh tomato sauce that had a heavy dose of fresh garlic, fresh basil and fresh oregano (all ingredients rough chopped and sauteed for about 15 minutes). This stood up very well with those bold flavors and complimented the dish extremely well. Also would be a great beer on the porch on a perfect summer night (like tonight!).

Overall, I am going to want to taste this side-by-side with a few of the Scratch series IPAs they released leading up to this to confirm my memory, but my initial reaction is their development process worked perfectly because this is the best of what was a series of very good IPAs.

ADDED NOTE: I agree with Slate, and would also not the brewer calls this an IPA. Should not be classed as an American Pale Ale

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Photo of thain709
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an Imperial Pale Ale, hence the name Perpetual IPA. Two pints today, the release day.

A - There is a slight haze to the golden body...two fingers of white head start and slowly fade to a small, yet full cap...spiderweb lacing is left behind

S - The dry hopping really adds to the nose of this beer...bright citrus with orange and grapefruit leading the way...there is a grassy presence to the beer as well a strong caramel backbone

T - Bright citrus flavors start off just as they did in the nose...they have sweet citrus flavors (orange) upfront...the grain presence builds as the beer warms a bit...the grassy and spicy hops play off the grainy malts in the middle of the beer...the caramel finishes with a nice hop bite

M - Medium bodied...this ale is crisp and refreshing...the caramel mellows out the hop bite a bit, but the hops are still able to show their bitterness

O - This is exactly what the name says...Imperial Pale Ale...a great hop presence and flavor with an equally balancing malt bill...the flavors play off of each other perfectly

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Perpetual IPA from Tröegs Brewing Company
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