Friday, August 26, 2011


Brewery: Troegs (PA)
Style: IPA
ABV: 7.5%
Grade: A-

Tröegs Perpetual IPA is a new one — only out for about two weeks when I had it. I was surprised when I realized that Tröegs had never had an official IPA before, which seemed odd for such a long-running brewery. Not that every craft beer drinker needs to share the majority's hops obsession, but still. Anyway, I wanted to try it as soon as possible, as Tröegs is one of the best things to come out of central Pennsylvania after, uh... the Amish, and whoopie pies. 

I'm happy to report that this IPA is worth the wait, one of the better east coast IPAs I've encountered. It's got a lot more bite than most, with a focused, piney bitterness that's aggressive but pleasant. It's quite dry, not overly malty — I'd compare it to Stone's IPA, off the top of my head. Not particularly floral or fruity, as the hop flavor is mostly focused on the bitterness. I had this one in a group, and everyone was a big fan, agreeing that Perpetual has a nice blend of the various "types" of hop flavors — piney, a bit spicy, a bit floral, etc. The high ABV is well hidden, as, again, this one is focused on well-blended hops — the sweetness is mostly masked by everything else going on, and the dryness dominates.

I liked this one a lot, and I hope Tröegs keeps it as a regular. Also, the label is pretty badass. Bonus points.

1 comment:

  1. this is definitely something i'd pick up based on the label alone. glad there's valuable substance underneath those good looks.


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