This brew is from Tröegs Brewing Company in Hershey, PA. This was once a seasonal/special release but Tröegs has now changed this to a year round brew. The brew is Tröegs Perpetual IPA. Not your typical IPA mind you. This stands for Imperial Pale Ale instead of the traditional India Pale Ale.
Now I don't know how much difference Tröegs IPA will be from your typical IPA as most reviews and others put this in the India Pale Ale category. But I'll review it and see what I think.
How it rates with others:
Information from Tröegs website:
Alcohol by Volume: 7.5%
Hop Bitterness (IBUs): 85
Color (SRM): Straw/Golden
Availability: Year Round
Malts: Pilsner, Crystal, Munich
Hops: Bravo, Chinook, Mt. Hood
Hopback Hops: Mt. Hood, Nugget
Dry Hops: Citra, Cascade
"In our constant evolution as a brewery, we've developed an undying drive to meld the organic and mechanical Perpetual IPA utilizes our hopback and dry-hopping to engineer a bold Imperial Pale Ale. It features Bravo, Chinook and Mt. Hood hops in the boil, Mt. Hood and Nugget hops in the hopback, and is further dry-hopped with Citra and Cascade Hops."
Temp: 50-55 degrees Fahrenheit Glassware: Pint Glass
I poured this brew into a 10oz tulip glass instead of the pint or shaker style glass.
Appearance: Poured a dark golden/straw color with a nice solid two fingers of head. Decent amount of head lacing and the head stuck around. No real visible alcohol legs, but I didn't expect heavy legs from a 7.5% ABV brew. Great looking ale. Super clean with not much haze. You can see light coming through the brew.
Aroma: Big sweet citrus notes. Very fruity with a distinct bitterness as well. Some malty notes. The distinct citrus fruit smell of grapefruit and pineapple is big with just a hint of an apple or pear aroma. I really like the smell of this brew. I think the pineapple hints are very nice. There is a spice backbone in there as well. The combination of hops work very well. If the taste follows the aroma, I already know I'm going to like this beer a lot.
Taste: Very clean. Hop bitterness up front. Followed by fruity, sweet tastes in the middle of the mouth. The grapefruit and pineapple aromas are reflected here as well. That sweet pineapple taste is very, very good. After taste brings more of the bitterness from the hops. The spice notes take over and it cleans itself off your palate nice. A little lingering bitterness but that is enjoyable. Mouthfeel is light to medium light. Not the heavier mouthfeel you usually get in double/imperial IPAs.
Verdict: This brew is a very nice offering from Tröegs. Very good "Imperial Pale Ale." The mouthfeel is probably what keeps this from being called an India Pale Ale. Whatever it is, it's very good and I would definitely drink another one. I received this one in a trade with a buddy from New Jersey. Tröegs distribution is not very wide spread as of yet. For pairings I think this would go well with spicy foods, a good club sandwich or a good burger.
This brew is going to score a solid A from me. I'd love to have it as a steady offering down here. I'll be sure to keep my eyes open for it when I travel up north. Thanks to Tom for the trade!