Perpetual IPA - Triple Dry-Hopped | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
This hopped-up version of Perpetual IPA is a result of field testing a new hop infusing system built by BrauKon. While testing the ‘Hop Gun,’ we wanted to experiment with its capacity so we tripled the dry-hop levels for Perpetual.

Added by stephenjmoore on 06-09-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of MNishCT77
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

64 oz. growler purchased from the brewery on 6/15/13 (thanks, 1sophrosyne1!) unclear bottling date, poured into my FFF Teku glass, drank 6/24/13 over several hours.

A: 4.75 - straw golden-yellow coloration, impressive clarity (can both see or read through), eggshell white head dissipates into subtle glass lacing with moderate middle residuals, medium alcohol legs

S: 4.75 - wow, hop bomb...lots of grapefruit and dank notes up-front and herbal/spicy aroma in the background (likely from Nugget)...also picking up some onion and garlic notes

T: 4.50 - on the anterior tongue, it's what you'd expect from the aroma with a big hop presence but not overly bitter, dry but not overly so (accentuates the hop character well)

M: 4.75 - full-bodied with thick hop oils coating the tongue, 7.5% is hidden by the hops; moderate-to-large carbonation and alcohol legs

O: 4.75 - wow! I have had Perpetual before, but, like others have wrote below, this triple dry-hopped example takes it to the next (world-class) level; this reminds me of a slightly more dirty version of Founders Double Trouble that still hits all the high notes for me: huge grapefruit and onion/garlic aroma, slap of bitterness on the anterior tongue and super dry; anyway, I recommend a visit to the brewery or growler trade to get this beer if you already like Perpetual and love hop-forward imperial IPAs!

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Birdmarg741
4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into a 14 oz goblet.

A: Pours a golden yellow with a nice head- solid retention for at least one minute, and lacy film remains atop the liquid 15 mins in. Foam clings tightly to the glass with every movement. The liquid is quite translucent. Bubbles from the carbonation constantly rise to the surface throughout the experience.

S: This tripple hopped version of Perpetual can knock you over with the smell from the first pour; aroma from the head is very robust, smelling more earthy than fruity to me -cut grass, hemp, pine, bark. Vague floral notes do shine through as well, in a way that beautifully compliments (and importantly - not competes) with the earthy backbone.

T: This IPA tastes impressively round for its hoppyness and scratch status. In my opinion, Troegs should just replace Perpetual with this version of it :) The extra hops add much more (dare I say needed) flavor to this IPA. The creation tastes similar to its smell. Not overly aggressive in the mouthfeel; balanced. The bitterness stands out immediately and is met with a sweetness that is again, largely earthy - nondescript florally. It's spice is certainly there, but less aggressive than other IPAs. The bitterness stays on the tongue through the swallow and is met, with delay, to grassy sweetness. The lingering taste is an extremely pleasant balance of bitter and sweet.

M: Medium bodied with nice moderate carbonation. Crisp. Initial hit on the tongue is hop. The spice plays around in your mouth right after and is immediately followed by light sweetness.

O: A significant improvement on Perpetual IPA. Much more noticeable character than the original, that is nicely balanced and dangerously drinkable. A great IPA showcasing more earthy notes than citrus. Its components taste and smell simple; coherent; complementary. I absolutely hope to have this again.

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4.19/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed on tap in the Troegs tasting room in snifter flight aliquots followed by a full pilsner pour over 30 minutes.

The color is a pretty ambered gold with rather exceptional clarity, considering three rounds of dry hopping. The bright glow fits with both scents and flavors. A pleasing head holds on rather well, with bubbly shelves leaning below legs on the sides of the glass, around a delicate, lacy center isle.

Hops leap into the nose--grapefruit, fir, earthen ore, and toasted rope...followed by green herbs like cilantro and sage. There is a sweetness, a red licorice glue, holds together the end of each breath. The air is actually a little thin, but aggressively pleasing.

With all that smell, the taste is a bit of a slow starter. The feeling of the beer layering over teeth and tongue takes charge, demanding that the flavor unfold from beneath its bitter bubbles. Citrus fights through first, making for birght sips, followed by a spicy buzz that folds into grass. Then tropical fruits--mango and pineapple briefly appear. The finish is long, but not as complex and rewarding as all the tightly wrapped elements could be if they would fully unfurl. Bitter warmth closes things down just a fraction too soon, though evergreen, caramel, and stone do come through in the finish at higher temperature.

The mouthfeel, as noted, deserves mention for literally blanketing the flavors. Body and fizz complement the malty smoothness in very nice balance. As one would expect, the tongue-coating lasts longer as the beer warms; it is remarkable, though, how an iron persistence seems to hold back some flavor potential.

What makes this beer the most fun is giving it time. Time to open under the hand of nursing love makes a good creation even better. I will confess to not adoring the factory standard Perpetual the way others do, so my endorsement of this post-assembly modified ride may be numerically understated.

(And by the way, the growler I ran off with proves that it's great with spicy Chinese takeout!)

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5/5  rDev +16%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Slatetank
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am very appreciative to my brother tenderbranson69 for sharing this growler with me, ok who am I kidding -gifting me with this growler, enjoyed from a tulip and mug chilled.

The color is deep golden with light amber and mildly hazed appearance with a generous heaping head of 3 fingers and which settles leaving fine beading and a lace pattern on the glass which is wavy retention is very good. The smell is very citrus dominated which makes me think it has citra or chinook or another c hop, in the dry hopping but it is so floral and has some tropical aroma too, lots of hops which seems to make the other aromas indistinct. The feel is very resinous and slightly sticky with some malt and light astringency with moderately high carbonation and low alcohol in the feel with moderate bitterness and generally dry finish.

The flavor is great it is like perpetual in every way except the mouthfeel seems smoother and the oiliness and aroma of the dry hops contributes a more citrus less spicy flavor with more tropical dankness in the peripheral flavor yet there is still enough malt that I think it straddles the line between IPA and Imperial IPA. I love how the hops are showcased yet this IPA has more flavor and doesn't just concentrate on the bitterness of the high alpha hops used. I was very happy to have the opportunity to enjoy several pints and enjoyed it again the next day at the tasting room -it is that good.

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Photo of stakem
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I am admittedly a pretty big fan of Perpetual to begin with so the idea of dry hopping it with 3x the normal amount of hops sounds like a winner in my book. I never imagined it actually being this much better...

2-liter growler into a matching pint glass. The brew appears with a polished clarity of golden yellow with a finger of frothy white atop. Some patchy strings of lace stick to the glass and the cap shows solid retaining powers.

The aroma is pretty damn awesome. Tropical hops burst out the glass reminescent of the freshest hop brew you might have smelled. Some notes of pine and a bit dank quality. It gets fruity and floral the more you smell it to say the least. Across the back it is mildly grassy as it warms up.

The flavor is herbal with almost a minty hop note. Grass, pine, rinds, pith, grapefruit, orange zest and a hint of pineapple even thrown in there to mix the hop flavors up. There is a soft dry biscuit grain backing providing a very soft sweetbess that makes the hops taste somewhat floral as well.

This is quite a crisp, clean and rediculously drinkable medium bodied brew with a perfect level of modest carbonation. This is hands down the finest hoppy brew Troegs has offered in recent contest and just wowing. Whether you want to argue over it be an Indian Pale Ale, Imperial Pale Ale or Double Insult Pedestrian doesnt matter. This is the first time I ever consuned a 2-liter in less than an hour, its that good.

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4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-slightly hazy amber color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-citrus, tropical fruit, pine, bready malt, slightly grassy

T-grapefruit, tropical fruit, bready malt, pine, light grassy and herbal notes, nice bitter hop finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-the new hop injection has made a good beer even better, a tasty ipa

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4.51/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap, and from a Firkin, at the Brewery. A special batch of Perpetual IPA to test the new BrauKon Hop Gun dry hopping vessel.

A - Pours slightly hazy golden yellow with a foamy one finger tall white head leaving spotty trails of lace down most of the glass. Firkin looked a tiny bit better than the draft but it was minimal.

S - Smells of pungent citric hops, pine resin, fresh cut grass, caramel sweetness and the rest of the perpetual base. The hops are aggressive and in your face but not out of control. This is sooo nice.

T - Starts off with a huge citric hop bite that never really fades away. Hints of pine, fresh grass, a touch of caramel sweetness and some biscuit malt help round things out. Finish is just as hoppy as it was initially with plenty of bitterness lingering on the palate long after the finish. The firkin and the draft taste nearly identical, the only difference being the feel (see below).

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Over the top hop feel leaves the palate destroyed for the rest of the day. The firkin was quite smooth, while the tap version was much cleaner and crisper.

O - Welp, this makes regular perpetual look like a sub par IPA. The sheer amount of hops in this one is staggering. The firkin was really nice but I think I prefer this one from the tap, it is a little cleaner and crisper in the feel. This is how the regular version should taste from now on.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.54/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Medium golden clear body with a sticky bone-white head that leaves a ton of lacing.

S- Hop city. Mango, pine, citrus, even hints of peach and pineapple.

T- The triple dry hopping adds a whole new layer of juicy hop character. All of the aromas mentioned above come through in the taste.

M- Medium carbonation, a little less than the standard PIPA, but very drinkable.

O- A great version of PIPA. Tastes closer to one of the top IIPAs out there. Hope to see this one again.

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Perpetual IPA - Triple Dry-Hopped from Tröegs Brewing Company
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