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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 Jayli
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a surprisingly clear golden color with a three finger of bone white, thick foamy head. Head retans nicely and leaves ample, sticky, ringlet clumped lacing.

S: Nose is big leafy, piney hop notes, a bit of - onion, bready malts and a hint of citrus.

T: Taste starts very piney in the forefront, lots of earthy hop flavoring. Nice subtle bready malt that balances in the middle. Finish is spicy with some grapefruit citrus hop bit to it.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, oily, creamy, juicy body.

O: Goes down easily, tasty, somewhat filling, nice kick, nice representation of style. This reminded me of a better balanced Gubna - some similar flavoring, but far tastier. For the price, I'll be picking up a few more of these.

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

This beer poured a clear light amber and formed a huge foamy snow white head that left latticed lace as it subsided. A small amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of hops, citrus and pine. The flavor was of hops, caramel, citrus and pepper. The body was medium light and the finish bittersweet.

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Photo of prdstmnky
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my 2nd of 2 bottles obtained at the brewery - $5 each.

Poured into a pint glass, pretty clear golden body with a finger of fast fading head. Some nice lacing though. I think the nose of this beer is its best feature, lots of sweet citrus and tropical notes. More of a pithy citrus in the taste, grapefruit and citrus rind, bitter finish. Medium bodied, nice carbonation, fairly dry, drinkable despite tasting some of that 7.5% abv.

A solid brew from Troegs. It didn't blow me away, but I enjoyed it more than the Scratches, and the price is very reasonable for whats in the bottle. If this becomes a year rounder, I could see me picking up a couple bottles a month, especially given the freshness of the Troegs stuff we see here.

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Photo of baldmasterflex
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz Bomber. $7 from Sam's in West Chester, PA.

Pours a dark yellow/amber with a fluffy white head. Lots of thick fluffy sticky white lacing.

Smell is sweet pine. Not as strong as i was expecting, was hoping it would be the kind that you can smell as soon as soon as you start to pour.

Taste is great, a dry, spicy, pine/ sharp grapefruit flavor that bites the back of your throat.

So glad they didnt just rehash or tweak Nugget Nectar. A great IPA, and at 7.5%, i hope it will be sold in six-packs.

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Photo of tzieser
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottled on 8/10/11. poured from a 22oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

a: pours a darker than pale, crystal clear amberish color with a thick two finger head that slowly simmers into a thin lacing.

s: strong hop aromas of pine sap, grapefruit and fresh flowers. a very (and i mean very) subtle sweet malt smell is there. some of the best dry hopping i've smelled in a while.

t: citrus packed hop flavor quickly followed by strong pine character, giving the beer a bitter edge. malt backbone keeps the beer balanced enough.

m: slightly prickly mouthfeel

personally, i think an imperial pale ale is an IPA....just an alternative spelling of the abbreviation. i'd probably be a bit disappointed if this was their double IPA, but i am more than impressed with this IPA. recommended.

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Photo of ajkmetron
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Super impressed (with Troegs, yet again).

Found at the local packy in Salem MA, in a bomber bottle, really reasonable price ($5.25 I believe).

Always up for Troegs offerings, so this was a no brainer. The color is really golden and clear but the taste and depth of flavors rivals any darker competitors. Love the citrus/grapefruit notes, the aftertaste is what you want in a premium DIPA, subtle and nice. Goes down way too smoothly and easily for a 7.5% abv, that said, not too strong like other DIPAs (which get closer to 10%).

Wish they would start 6 packing this one, big fan.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bubble golden amber with good cap of white bubbles, good retention and sticky lacing. Scent is grapefruit and citrus forward with splashes of fresh flowers and pine, all backed by a lightly sweet and biscuity malt profile. Taste follows scent nicely with the bitter grapefruit and citrus rind notes, floral, grassy, piney and litly herbal notes also present in some form or another. Pale, lightly sweet biscuity malt provides a backbone and only a small touch of noticeable alcohol. Medium bodied, a touch bubbly, oily but clean. A very nice addition to the lineup... Not great enough to be a limited or seasonal, but should be a regular member of the lineup if Troegs ever decided to do so.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.08/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a clear golden color with a thin white head. Head is gone in a flash, becoming a thin layer of bubbles that leaves some ok layered lacing.

S- Smell is a bit of citrus hops, pine, and quite a bit of sweet and bready malts. Overall, the nose on this one is quite weak.

T- Quite a bit of citrus hops here. With a strong malt profile. Again nothing over the top here and kind of boring.

M- Medium in body and good amount of carbonation.

O- Pretty disappointed in this one. I thought this one felt short of quite a few brews I've had of this style recently or I've just been drinking some of the most gnarley ones out there. Not really feeling anything DIPA about this one.

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

A: A very clear, golden pour. Nice fluffy off-white head and tons of lacing and great lacing.

S: Tons of sweet grapefruit and citrus. Tiny bit of pine.

T: Wow. Great citrus flavor with a heavy sweetness from the malt. Some pine in the middle that follows through to the end. Superbly balanced, surprisingly low bitterness but still has that great hop flavor (and smell). Super smooth, not harsh like some hoppy ales.

M: Decent carb, medium mothfeel but the great part of this is the smoothness. Not abusive despite the hoppiness. I attribute this to the great balance.

O: Amazingly balanced, nice sweet character that really helps the whole thing shine. This is a great one.

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Photo of silentjay
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

IPA or Imperial Pale Ale or whatever, I'll let the beer speak for itself.

a bit of a chill haze in a straw/golden color that produces a big-bubbled off-white head that sticks around a while and leaves chunks on the glass.

lots of citric hops with some fresh cut grass and a bit of soft sweet malts behind that.

kind of spicy to start. peppery with citric rind, tropical fruit, grass clippings, and bitter grapefruit. malts stay well behind that, but add some sweetness, barely.

medium bodied with an abundance of prickly carbonation that makes me burp and a long lingering bitterness.

its pretty decent. I'd take their Nugget Nectar over this any day, any time of year, but this is pretty damn decent as it is.

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Photo of bbeane
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into an oversized snifter... starts with a decent off white head that doesn't linger for long and leaves little lacing. Beer is a crisp light amber color with little activity

S- Smells very balanced... sweet malts with some citrus hop notes

T- Pretty decent... Has a sweet malt flavor at the start, which is then accompanied by a citrusy hop flavor. The hops never seem to become intense enough to takeover, pretty much making a very balanced flavor for the finish

M- Light body with light carbonation

O- A very nice beer. Not sure if I've ever had an Imperial Pale Ale before, but I would say Troegs nailed the imperial version of this beer style


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Photo of Longstaff
3.04/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer is as confusing as using the IPA nomenclature for an Imperial Pale Ale. Darkish golden color, light caramel and leafy hop aroma. Thinnish medium body and a touch of sweetness that barely balances a big dose of grassy bitterness. Weak grassy hoppy middle which overides the malt character. Slight alcohol heat gives it a little spiciness. Finishes dry on the tongue and bitter on the palate. Can't tell if this is just an out of balance big pale ale or an IPA that fails to deliver hop flavor/aroma. Even on its own merits without the confusing naming convention, doesn't fare much better.

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

the beer is a light golden color with a sticky, huge, white head. strong citrus hops in the nose and has "West Coast" ipa written all over it from the start. Taste is a mostly bitter hops, though not as abrasive as some hop bombs. Bone dry finish. Malt backbone has hints pale ale malts, so maybe I'm starting to understand what they mean by "imperial pale ale" rather than calling this an India pale ale, though the distinction seems minor and unnecessarily confusing. I'd call this a straight IPA since that's essentially what it is. Overall very solid "I"PA from Troegs though this is a beer that belongs in 6-packs (and probably year-round) rather than high-priced bombers though I'll enjoy the temporary treat for now.

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Photo of Gushue3
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- clear light orange yellow body that looks somewhat pale. Nice 2 finger head thats got good retention.

S- nice sweet and piney nose witue some malt in there too. Sharp sweet citrus like grapefruit and orange.

T- nice floral and citrus up front that is big and satisfying. Mellows down in the middle and the malt becomes more obvious which is followed by a nice piney bitter finish. Grest taste

M- medium mouthfeel with nice creamy carbonation. Feels pretty good for an IPA/DIPA

O- really nice brew here. Very tasty and well rounded. Make this seasonal or year round please!

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

I was quite impressed with this beer. Lucky to snag the last bottle at Wegmans in Malvern. The aroma is in your face with lots of pine and a bit of citrus. Taste is more of the same. The bittering lingers but is well balanced with a nice malt backbone. I like the name Imperial pale ale. It really describes the aroma/taste well. It is balanced like a pale ale but hoppy and strong like an india pale ale. Another winner from Troegs. I hope to see it around again (for now it appears to be an August offering only).

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Photo of Soonami
3.38/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

$5 for a 22 oz bomber at Whole Foods Plymouth Meeting, great price for a new seasonal release from Troegs.

The beer is very pale for an "IPA." It is pale amber with a ring of white foam that deposits very thin lace on the sides of my tulip. The beer smells malty like graham crackers with herbal hops. The Citra and cascade seem to be masked by the earthier Mt. Hood hops. The beer tastes very bitter with a little herbal and lime leaf hops. The finish is dry and long lasting. The MF is a little thin. Overall this is an okay beer, kind of misleading to call this an IPA. This being a fresh bottle, less than 2 weeks since bottling, it is rather disappointing considering how hoppy and flavorful Nugget Nectar is compared to this rather pallid beer.

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Photo of imbibehour
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Bottled August 11th 2011.

Off the pour haze and a cloud hanging underneath the head in whispy layers and streaky, but mostly clear golden twenty four carat to dark brass colored body. Three finger head with a slightly creamy but mostly foamy consistency that slowly falls while the beer settles. There is no lacing while drinking this beer.

Bouquet is airy hop of grass, some earth like dirt, and a sweet citrus but very mellow. Not much else but pleasurable.

Taste is a solid thick malt, and light pine, mixing with some sugar citrus and a mild finish. Good texture, with a hint of pleasurable chew actually.

Overall a strange appearance but an otherwise solid brew from Troegs.

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Photo of jizfiasco
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sixty some odd ounces deep into a growler and still solid. The pour is fine good head great retention. Color is straw a bit cloudy and the color of IPA. Smell is lime pine and sweet caramel milk. Taste is more pine and plant with a lot of super sweet. Ithaca flower power mixed with troegs sweet hopback amber. Overall top notch.

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Photo of larryi86
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle dated 8/10/11 poured into a snifter

A- A clear golden color with a two finger white head.

S- Big juicy citrus hops, some pine, sweet malt backbone.

T- Citrus hops front, a sweet malt backbone, big bitter pine finish.

M- Medium, smooth, refreshing.

O- This is a beer that is hoppy and very easy to drink. I really like this beer, not as good as Nugget Nectar, but at $5 a bomber this is an IPA that I will get again and again when it is in season.

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

22 oz Bomber, bottled 8/11 consumed 8/26. 50 degrees served in a chilled pint glass

A - Hazy Golden color, 1 finger head, lingers. Good lacing

S - Huge Citrus and Pine smells, easy to smell. Very little in the malt department

T - Different than the nose, more balanced. Malts balance with the hops fairly well. Bitter aftertaste but kind of thin compared to others.

M - Good mouthfeel, above average

O - Good DIPA, barely a DIPA though but solid. Definitely good for the price.

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Photo of BB1313
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very fresh. 22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a beautiful shiny golden, slight haze, nice 2 finger white head and nice lacing; great color. Smells wonderful, lots of grapefruit, tropical notes, and resinous pine. Tons of mango and pineapple. These aromas are usually in your face, but in this case they're more subtle, but sharp; sweet and sticky; highly enjoyable. Reminiscent of a West Coast type. The flavors are very sharp and bitter; finishes very dry. As it warms, the "garlic/onion" aromas slightly come to life, which is okay with me. Lots of pine in the taste. Not much malt going on. There's really nothing to complain about when it comes to the taste, but I just wish the flavors lingered longer. Mouthfeel is nice and light; medium-bodied.. this is a very easy drinking IPA. Like most Troegs beers, this is very clean and well crafted.

After having a couple bottles of this the past week, I can say this is an excellent IPA. Troegs should consider making this part of their year-round lineup.

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

22oz into imperial pint glass. batch 110714.

A- Pale pale gold and a big snow white fluffy head. laces nicely and settles to a 1cm head after a few minutes.

S- Very hoppy, ripe citrus, grapefruit pith, orange peel. Very aromatic.

T- Lots of citrus and pine resin, pale pale malt doesn't provide much here. That's ok. Brutally bitter, really sticky on the tongue. These hops are an eye-opener.

M- Dry finish, lots of lingering bitterness. Very 'west coast' in style.

O- I like it. Very hoppy, scathing bitterness, pretty dry finish. Not what I expected from Troegs, but it's worth checking out.

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

I got this beer from StormKing47. Thanks Josh!

22oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear golden yellow with a white head that stayed as a layer and left waves of lacing behind.

S - grapefruit rind aroma.

T - bitter citrus taste upfront balanced out with some malt midway going back to bitter citrus on the finish.

F - medium bodied with good carbonation.

O - a good all around beer.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber, bottled on 8/10/11

Troegs decides that IPA equals Imperial Pale Ale? Ok, I'll play along and see if this turns out any different the recent spat of magically delicious hop bombs in APA form of Zombie Dust, Hoppy Birthday and Edward.

Appearance is a pale copper, mild clouding and a massive foamy whitish head with a cap throughout and some clumpy lacing. Aroma is smooth blend of citrus resin, pine and solventy alcohol. A little weak in the malt and not quite aggressively hoppy either. Sort of like the "pale ale" and "imperial" (more hops) negated each other instead of amplifying each. Flavor is noticeably sweet from start to finish. Caramel malt and syrupy citrus juice, with mild resiny bitterness. Finish is drier and breadier than the body. Mouthfeel is slightly thin and watery with active carbonation throughout.

Taking each component individually is lackluster, but the overall sum of the parts is extremely drinkable and enjoyable. The previously mentioned beers pull off what I expect from an "Imperial Pale Ale" better than this does. This was more of a citrusy, resiny light bodied west coast IPA, but I won't complain at the price and fact that they bottle date everything. Recommended.

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

Pours a large fluffy 2 finger head in my tulip, that fades semi slowly with soapy lacing over crystal clear golden pilsner straw color.

Nose brings lots of fresh hops, very resinous and musty fresh oily hop aromas, plenty of pine as well, some citrus and spicy hop aromas as well, hints of fruit and sweet malts somewhere hidden in there.

Taste brings sweet nectar flavors at first, sweet malts seem to come through but it quickly turns to hops as it seems to trick your taste buds, bringing very bitter orange rind, pine, and musty hop oils and resins, some tropical fruit and citrus, juicy even. The bitterness is fairly strong. Just a touch of sweet base malts underneath but mostly a west coast style piny bitter citrus hoppy beer. Finishes still fairly bitter but doesn't really ramp up just hits a peak almost right away, also not too dry but dry enough with lingering hop oils and resins, piny hops, light citrus fruit, and touch sticky.

Mouth is med bodied, bit oily and sticky, decent carb.

Overall good, typical west coast IPA with lots of resinous hops, pine, citrus, some tropical fruits, but not a ton, quite bitter. Its a good offering but still not quite the complexity and awesomeness of Nugget Nectar, but a tasty DIPA at that.

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Tröegs Perpetual IPA from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 3,607 ratings