by Derek Brewlander | June 28th, 2012

I really don’t think I have ever been disappointed with a Troeg’s beer product, and the 7.5 ABV Perpetual IPA is no different in that matter. It pours a crystal clear deep gold with a small fingertip sized head that in a few seconds reduces to thin film in the middle surrounded by a slightly thicker ring. Although the smell seemed somewhat faint to me(damn allergies), if you really jam your nose in there you get a real nice resin/citrus aroma. The balancing malts are pretty light and definitely hard to pick out by smelling it, as the piney bitterness of the hops combined with the hints of grapefruit citrus are really the dominant force in the aroma. The flavor is much like the smell except obviously much stronger, and in a very good way. It has the classic bitterness of the IPA, however what’s interesting is that before you get that bitter hoppy flavor, the first thing that hits you is the grapefruit, which is much easier to pick up tasting it rather than smelling it. The bitterness of the strong hops follows immediately after, blending together with the citrus perfectly. There is VERY slight sweetness from the malts buried in the flavor somewhere that actually does a good job of balancing the bitterness just the right amount without compromising that beautiful American IPA flavor. The finish is crisp and dry and although I’ve heard people say that there is a bitter aftertaste, I feel like the dry finish eliminates the aftertaste almost completely, but hey that’s just me. It is on the lighter bodied side of IPAs and as I said before has that dry finish to it. Overall, I think this is a great IPA. Even though it is brewed in Pennsylvania, it really has a west coast IPA feel to it with such little emphasis on balancing out the bitterness of the hops with sweet caramel malts. While there are always those non-IPA people(you know who you are!) who don’t like the bitterness of the hops, it is not nearly as hop heavy as something like Nugget Nectar and I would still recommend this to both IPA fans and just casual beer drinkers who want to try out a great new beer. Troegs continues to brew truly bad ass beers!

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