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Tröegs Perpetual IPATröegs Perpetual IPA
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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.

Added by thain709 on 08-11-2011

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Photo of CHickman
4.54/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy amber gold with a huge 2 finger foamy beige head that had tons of bubbles in it and faded very slowly, leaving a creamy layer on top and very good lacing sticking to the sides.

Smells of huge hops up front, with a wet hop aroma and a mix of floral, citrus and piney hops that all give a strong aroma; the nose also has pine cones, herbs, flowers, grapefruit, orange peel, tea leaf, pepper and other spices like coriander from the hops. This beer smells like cracking open a wet hop cone, and is as strong as the Nugget Nectar. Nose hides the alcohol, grains and malt in the mix, but who cares as I’m a hophead and love the way this smells. There are some faint whiffs of biscuit that come through before the citrus hops unleash more notes like mango and pineapple.

Tastes like it smells, with huge hops up front including floral hops, herbs, flowers, piney hops, pine cones, fresh cut grass, hay, citrus hops, grapefruit, orange peel, lemon zest, mango, pineapple, tea leaf, sweet malt, caramel, light brown sugar, pepper, coriander and other spices from the hops, which leaves a sweetness and slight alcohol twang like this was an alcohol punch. This beer is all hops and on as a DIPA with a dry hopping or wet hopping essence that really makes it taste like there is a hop floating in the glass. To me this is what a DIPA should be like, drinkable and yet extremely hoppy.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with very light fizzy carbonation, a medium to heavy body that is chewy and feels like there are hop leafs floating in the glass; the sweetness and hop burn sizzle a little bit and then give way to a sweet finish is on the bitter side and seems like drinking a glass of fruit juice with hops in it. The alcohol is very well hidden, which might be because the tongue is numb from the hop bombardment.

Overall this was a great beer that went down real easy for me, especially considering the strength and the massive hop flavors. I caution anyone who does not want an in your face hoppy IPA to stay away from the beer so us professionals can handle this bad boy. Bought this for $5 at the brewery and it was worth every penny. I hope I can find more up here in NY. Hats off to Tröegs for creating another fine beer!

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

A- pours a brassy golden color with a finger of white head. Solid sticky retention with some slight lacing.

S- yummy big hop aromas of pine and leafy herbal qualities. Some cat pee comes out as well... Yum. Nice biscuity malt profile as well bringing some awesome balance.

T- very good hop flavor of pine and leafy hearbal notes. Balanced biscuity malt in the middle. Fresh hop flavor long into the aftertaste. Hop flavor reminded me alot of nugget nectar with out the slight caramel malt flavor.

MF- creamy smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and creamy smooth carbonation.

D- emense drinkability.

Overall a great pale ale that I would love to have more of!

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-Pours a hazy honey color. Lively frothed head laces and is well sized. The head retains too.

S-An awesome aroma of primarily citrus and tropical hops. Very, very fresh and ripe. Behind the fruity hops is a hefty dose of piney hops as well. Smells nice! Good malt backing, a bit bready.

T-Ripe and fresh. Citrus, a bit of pineapple, and some crushed pine needles. Malt has a slight peppery flavor along with the breadiness. I am enjoying the taste very much. Taste is not very bitter, but the bouquet of hops is very enjoyable.

M-Medium body with slight carbonation. A tiny bit resinous. Slightly dry.

O/D-At $4.39 this is an exceptional value. This is my type of DIPA. Just a bunch of fresh exotic fruits. Exceptionally juicy. Wow... $4.39. Thank you Troegs.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Amyliz4 for stopping by Rick's in Alexandria to pick this one up this evening. $5.49. Served in a Mikasa tulip.

Pours a night dark peach color, similar to that of Pliny the Elder. That's where the similarities begin, but certainly not where they end. Good white head and some spotty lacing. Thin collar throughout.

The nose packs a punch with some strong citrus hops to start as well as some nice notes of pine in the background. Bit of light alcohol and general hoppiness throughout. The flavor is fairly comparable to Elder in the it starts out as an amalgamation of bright hops and eventually the individual components come through. Mostly citrus rind with bits of tropical fruit and pine, the former at first and the latter especially as it warms. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. Very dry finish. Slightly-noticeable alcohol.

Overall, this is a very, very solid attempt and I am quite happy that this will seemingly be readily available at a very nice price point, though not quite as nice as having it in sixers.

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Photo of magnj
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lucky enough to get 2 bombers of this, taking the first one on alone tonight.

a - Light orange-amber body is clear. Poured straight down the middle of my snifter produced a 2 finger head.

s - Cold it had a good hop nose that was earthy and inviting. Let it warm and it opens up to straight pine with a bit of heat and vague honey. Squeeze a Pine tree into your nostril. You've now smelled this beer.

t - Right out of the fridge it's real bitter up front and ends with a heavy earthy hop flavor. Not much going on with the malt. However let it warm up and again you end up with a piney hop bomb with flavor throughout and a touch of sweetness. Hot at times but overall nice.

m/d - Sticky and full bodied. Definitely drinkable, this cool summer evening is helping, might be a different story if it was still 90. Overall a nice big IPA, I think it's priced right, probably a little over hyped because of how little they made.

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Photo of Fish113d
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a growler into a tulip glass, it pours a golden straw color with a slight amber tint. Nice 2 fingers of head form on top, creamy tan color and slowly leaves a sticky lacing on the glass.

Nice robust aroma of cascade hops bringing in the pine and floral tones, and also a bit of grapefruit or lemonpeel also come out on the nose. Biscuits, quite complex.

First sipping I get the flavor of some pepper on the tip of my tongue followed by a lot of floral flavors, a bit of pine, and followed by lemonpeel. It's also a bit hot and slighly drying on the finish. Not as "oily" and heavy as Hopback.

Excellent feel. It's not as sticky and thick as their Amber (Hopback) offering, has a slight bit more alcohol and is slightly hot on the sip. Fantastically balanced.

Overall, i think this is going to become a flagship-type beer for Troegs, as if they need another. This is just excellently done! Wow!!!

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle bottled on 8/11/2011, so this one is nice and fresh! Served in a pint glass as recommended on Tröegs website page for this brew, the beer pours a mostly clear golden/orange color with an inch and a half frothy off-white head. Head retention is pretty good, and there's also a lot of lacing. Aroma is mostly citrusy hops (grapefruit, tropical fruits, orange peel), along with some pine hops and bready/grainy malt. Taste is similar to the aroma, the brew tastes like citrusy hops (grapefruit, lemon and orange peel, tropical fruit), pine and floral hops, and some bready malt. There's also a long lasting bitter hoppy finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and creamy with moderate carbonation. It's smooth and goes down easy. I liked this brew a lot. Not quite as much as I like Nugget Nectar, but it's still very, very good. For only $5.99 a bomber I think it's worth every penny, I'd definitely buy this again!

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Photo of justintcoons
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear gold/orange with about 1 1/2 fingers of tight laced head that dissipates moderately slow. Low-medium carbonation and webbed lacing.

N: Pine, orange, tangerine, grapefruit, clementine, pineapple and caramel.

T: Nice juicy bouquet of citrus and tropical fruits upfront consisting of tangerine, pineapple, clementine, orange, lemon zest and grapefruit. This flows into bitter, resinous pine, tropical fruit and caramel malts. Finishes dry and bitter with pine, orange zest and lemon peel.

M: Medium bodied, juicy, smooth, slightly bitter and dry.

O: Another excellent beer from Troegs on par with Nugget Nectar! Juicy and mouth watering with a lot of hop flavors. Beautiful citrus and tropical fruit notes. Hop-heads will love this one. I could drink this all night.

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Photo of Chaney
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review #600... the number of the Citra hop bomb.

IPA - "Imperial Pale Ale," not to be confused with "India Pale Ale."

A: Pure gold, through and through. Maybe a mild bit of haze, but this sucker was pretty damn translucent overall. Mild wispy white froth for a head.

S: VERY floral and bitter, with a generous amount of dry hopping most evident. Not much in the way of yeast. The Citra dominated everything.

T: A candy IPA lovers dream, very hop forward, but more balance than I was expecting. There was a generous candy quality on the finish that negated a lot of the more bitter elements.

M: Highly gulpable, citrusy (grapefruit and orange peel primarily), nice bitter kick in the front and middle, but fairly smooth on the finish. Moderate lacing.

O: Troegs' taste profile was most evident and I would be describe this as "Citra Nectar." - Get it? lol

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Photo of forcedlaughter
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Burnt orange color. Looks good in my tulip. Head sticks around.

Smells fantastic. Grapefruit, earthy and sweetness.

The taste is much like the smell. Finishes with a lingering sweetness. Good drinkability. I could have this anytime, and while I prefer Nugget Nectar, this is a great hoppy beer.

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Photo of rootbeerman
3.66/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 8-11-11 so very fresh

A: pours golden orange, with a nice initial two finger head, then settled with a nice amount of lacing.
S: resinous pine, slight floral hint, very little grapefruit.
T: same as the nose mostly, a bit more pine and a bit more floral. Just enough malt sweetness to keep the hops from being overpowering.
M: hops give a nice bite, overall smooth with crisp and clean carbonation.
O: I have to admit I wasn't the biggest Tröegs fan, this may have changed my mind.

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Photo of xnicknj
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into dfh signature glass

Pours a clear amber color with bright orange hues and a few dashes of cherry red tones. A layering of white head fades into bubbly retention, leaving patches and spots of lacing on the glass.

Very inviting nose, sweet fruits with some tropical tones. Pineapple, grapefruit, and orange all come through with some pithy rind tones. Bitter hops and juiciness, almost no alcohol whatsoever.

Bitter with a pleasant smackdown of hoppiness up front. Pithy grapefruit mixes with rind and pulp, followed by some sweeter tones from other citrus fruit. Hints of orange and pineapple with a note of sweetness. Medium malt backbone, still allows the hops to sing while providing decent support. Somewhat darker bready tones with caramel. Finishes with a long gasp of bitter hops and a faint suggestion of alcohol.

Medium body, nice carbonation, sticky and aggressive on the palate. I've come to expect greatness from Troegs, and this is another hit for me - I hope this eventually becomes a more regular release.

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Photo of DrStiffington
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was looking forward to trying this one. I mistakenly thought that Troegs made a new IPA, but found out that the I was for Imperial, not India. Why doesn't Troegs make an IPA anyway? At any rate, I poured it into one of those bumpy pint glasses. Nice fluffy head, with a light, golden color. Interesting hops smell with some sweetness. Kinda reminds me of Nugget Nectar. Wonder why? Hmmmm. This tastes kind of like a Nugget Nectar light. Hoppy but not overwhelmingly bitter. Very enjoybable and the alcohol was very well hidden. I will grab another one or two for sure.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big 22 ounce bottles got my case for 35 bucks for 12 bottles not bad. I really wanted to try Troeg's new offering. Pours a pale golden honey tinged hue pretty interesting looking IPA, pale color with a slight chill haze. Head forms a bright white pale color with thick even bands of lacing dwindling down the sides of my chalice. Aroma has a nice pungent citrus base of hops with some tropical and pine elements close behind. Really sweet sugar coated hop nose, basically hop candy with a nice biscuit breadiness to it. Flavor I guess we should remember kids their calling this an imperial pale ale, not an imperial IPA but it is labeled Perpetual IPA. A bitingly hoppy, mildly bitter experience presents with some warming alcohol and layers of hop oils carrying pineapple, citrus grapefruit, very flavorful profile amongst the big beer package of a 7.5 percent ale. Luscious layers of hop oils build up to a medium bodied ale flowing nicely. Drinkability is solid a beer I will share with friends I'm not sad that I did invest in a case.

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Photo of StormKing47
4.73/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Out of review retirement briefly for a new offering from my favorite brewery that garners attention!

A- Hello beautiful where have you been all my life! After all the deeper amber and orange hued IPAs I have been drinking recently, it's nice to see a crystal clear golden masterpiece. What a color, clear, golden with bright yellow hues and a bone white, fluffy head. What a sight to behold it has a great amount of carb that forces you to investigate further. I am hypnotized by the steady stream of bubbles I don't even want to go any further because it just looks so damn sexy in my snifter.

S- BOOM! There it is. The steady stream of carb has rewarded my senses with an explosion of citrus. I feel like I have just been assaulted by grapefruits, tangerines, light pineapple and tiny stings of resinous pine. It lingers in the nostrils and is such a pleasant smell to inhale. Honestly, cannot believe it is a Pale Ale. It is crazy; a huge citrus rush with just enough earthy pine. As I control myself and reluctantly let it warm a faint sweetness comes out with a sweet touch of caramel and toffee, but is immediately smacked by the dominant citrus stench. Absolutely astonishing, why don't they make Citra hops cologne and deodorant? My only knock would be that the hops over power the malt, I really enjoy Troegs' malt bills in their other offerings they always add a nice balance to the nose of their beers.

T- Bliss! Hard to put into words so I will try my best. This is seriously one of the BEST PALE ALES that I have had the pleasure to consume to date. It is an amazing balance between bitter and citrus hops. The hop profile is superb. I have a grapefruit assault on my palate with tangerine, pineapple, light mango and even a touch of orange as back up. Then lagging behind the citrus group is a nice stinging, resinous pine that coats the taste buds and sticks with you through the whole experience. The flavors all meld together to allow me to enjoy the whole experience. As it finishes it's journey there is a slight caramel sweet finish that is just enough to keep the aggressive hops in check. In all honesty John has killed it with this one and should be proud. It is an aggressive hop profile, great malt bill that all works extremely well together to provide bitter, citrus and sweetness all in the same sip!

M- The carb provides a fantastic experience. It's right at the level that lets all the flavors dance around on your tongue. It pushes all the ingredients all over so you get the full experience and aren't left guessing. It's nice, effervescent and extremely refreshing. After all the flavors are pushed and pulled around your mouth the nice and light dry finish will leave you thirsting for more. Be glad it's in a bomber so you can pour yourself another immediately! My only knock here would be I would like a little more oily hop coating, but again it's a PALE ALE!

O- HOMERUN from John and the boys at Troegs. This is one of the most balanced pale ales I have ever had the pleasure of consuming. I know this will get knocked down as it gets traded out to other states, but I had the sincere pleasure of consuming this beer the day it was bottled. It is a pleasurable experience from how refreshing it is to it's hop bite, touch of sweetness and light dry finish. This is a dangerously drinkable beer that I could see being consumed by the gallon. I hope this is converted to a year round because it will curve my dependence on Nugget Nectar! Seek it out and enjoy!

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Photo of kzoobrew
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Cmurren25 for the bottle.

Poured into New Belgium globe. Golden body, clear and free of sediment. Two and a half finger frothy white head is perched atop. The head quickly works its way back down to scant cap that remains for the duration. Solid lacing clings to the walls of the glass.

Big bright citrus aromas up front. Grapefruit, slightly under-ripen tangerine and subtle pineapple. Pleasant floral essence balance the citrus and prevent the aroma from becoming lopsided. I am really digging for some malt in the nose but coming up with very little at the moment. A soft pale malt base is buried beneath, at this point Perpetual is hop dominant.

From the get go, I am impressed by the balance of the beer. The flavor is well layered, each seemingly in proper proportions. Bright citrus upfront quickly combines with a pithy bitterness. Nearly ideal balance of sweet and bitter hop flavors. A floral flavor picks up steam on the mid-palate and continues through the finish. While new flavors join the party, none of the actually fade. The flavor on the back of the palate is a pleasant combination of the citrus, pith and floral flavors.

Medium bodied IPA. Carbonation is a smidge under moderate, very appropriate for the beer. A soft resinous flavor digs into the tongue remaining for a bit. The finish is appropriately dry for the style and my preference.

Perpetual is a great beer. One whose sum is greater than its parts. Picking it apart and breaking it down into categories does not do it justice. Enjoying the beer as a whole is where you can most appreciate it. Tremendously drinkable, The bomber is disappearing without much effort. Well done Troegs, Cheers!

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

Big thanks to the House of Wiss for the quick turnaround.

Appearance -- Pours a hazy peach gold with a tuft of frothy parchment head. Wide bands of lace. I like.

Smell -- Dank herbal hops, candied orange peel, tangerine, tropical fruit, and a dab of caramel. Nice balance of dank hops, fruity hop aromatics, and malt sweetness.

Taste -- Dankness and citrus dominate the palate: tangerine, musky herb, and cane juice sweetness. Additionally, some mild grainy malt. Hop bitterness is certainly pronounced, but it shows itself more plainly in the finish; not a kind of deep penetrating bitterness that I tend to enjoy from the style. Lingering flavor of musky hop bitterness and candied orange peel.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied with a bite of carbonation up front followed by soft seltzer-like bubbles. Very unique and quite nice!

Overall -- I like this more than any of the pilot Scratch IPAs that lead up to this. Really nice, and for the price, you're a sucker to pass this up. Hopefully six-packs are on the horizon.

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Photo of warbird07
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
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 +3.2%
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 +5.7%
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 +13.5%
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 +11.1%
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 +3.2%
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 +5.7%
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 +3.2%
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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Tröegs Perpetual IPA from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87.8% out of 100 with 3,554 ratings
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