Tröegs Perpetual Imperial Pale Ale: No, dude, it’s INDIA Pale Ale. No really, brochacho, it says IMPERIAL Pale Ale.

Next up, Tröegs Perpetual IPA (Imperial Pale Ale):

They’re at it again. First Tröegs tries to exercise mind-control with their Nugget Nectar. Then Sierra Nevada, in search of the elusive Hopps-Boson, puts us all at risk with a giant hop collider under Chico, CA. This time, utilizing seven different hop varieties, Tröegs defies at least two laws of thermodynamics, and flies in the face of the theory that time is finite, to bring us a “perpetual” IPA.

Whoa. Shit just got surreal up in here. Don’t go crying for your Dada.

Of course, time being finite is a little suspect. Physicists were just pissed that they couldn’t calculate the probability of anything, because if time is infinite, then even improbable events will occur an infinite number of times.

Although, the Cubs would still never win a World Series.

Some Spanish physicists have even claimed that time is actually slowing down and will eventually stop. But they’re Spanish physicists, so it’s probably just a clever nerd-ruse to justify coming in to work at 10am and taking a 3 hour lunch.

For the hop lineup, Tröegs uses Bravo, Chinook, and Mt. Hood in the boil; Mt. Hood and Nugget in the Hopback; and Citra, Cascade, and Amarillo in the dry-hop. It pours clear gold with light amber highlights. I got about a finger of foamy head that loitered for a bit and left some lacing. At first, the smell is citrus (orange and grapefruit), then some floral and a light backing of pine swoop in unannounced. It’s cool, though. There is harmony, as no single hop aroma bleeds the block. The citrus follows through on the first sip, followed by a little spiceyness. Then, about half-way through, I start picking-up apricots. This is strange, but it’s the second time this has happened with a Citra dry-hopped beer (the other was Sound Brewing’s Humulo Nimbus). The malt supports, the carbonation is just about right, and the finish is dry with a pleasant, almost herbal, bitterness…and no trace of the 7.5% abv.

Don’t expect a hop bomb. This is a balanced, enjoyable, summer drinker, with varied hop flavors that aren’t all up in your grill, abusing and jading your palate.

The Haybag: This is a nice change of pace from the never-ending stream of abusive hop-bombs that have been cycling through our fridge.

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11 thoughts on “Tröegs Perpetual Imperial Pale Ale: No, dude, it’s INDIA Pale Ale. No really, brochacho, it says IMPERIAL Pale Ale.

  1. I recently got a taste of this stuff and loved it. I have no idea what they’re going on about with the “Imperial Pale Ale” label though. Yards did the same thing with the Cape of Good Hope beer, but I’m not buying it. It’s pretty solidly an IPA, verging on a DIPA. Though you’re right, it’s not a hop bomb (though still pleasantly hoppy), which is perhaps what they’re getting at.

    • Yeah, I did find that a little strange. If forced to guess, I would have thought it was an IPA. Ah well. We can leave that to the style-fascists. We can just sit back and enjoy drinking it.

    • Actually, the Haybag is typically pretty masochistic when it comes to hops. But a change of pace is nice. Sometimes it seems like when you go on too long a hop-bomb tear, your taste buds get all jaded, and you can’t taste the subtly hoppy beers as well.

    • Egad! Troegs is becoming one of my favorites. Have you had Nugget Nectar? Hopback Amber (one of the only Ambers I have ever truly enjoyed)? Troegenator? Mad Elf? Say it ain’t so!

  2. The whole Imperial pale ale vs India pale ale thing is just wording. Think about it for a second. An India pale was origonally just a pale ale with more hops to survive the voyage to India. Any time you see imperial what do you think? More hops and alcohol of course. So an Imperial pale ale is exactly the same as an India Pale Ale. It’s an IPA no matter how you look at it. Or is it????

    • Seems like a reasonable explanation to me. I will leave it to the more uptight style-fascists to argue any possible distinctions or misuse in this instance.

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