Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Troegs Perpetual Imperial Pale Ale
I stopped in to the Troegs tasting room to pick up a case of the brand new Perpetual Imperial IPA (Imperial Pale Ale) in 22-ounce bombers. The beer pours a pale golden color with a frothy white head, helping it live up to the Imperial Pale Ale name and not the India Pale Ale name. The aroma consists of bitter grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, pine, pepper, spruce, and a bit of passion fruit. The taste is smooth and rounded on the tongue but nice and bitter with plenty of hops to tantalize the tongue. The hops bring out red grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, pineapple, and passion fruit. Some caramel peeks through as the backbone of the beer before pepper, pine, and spruce come out in the finish, drying out the tongue. The after taste is warming with a bit of alcohol on the back of the throat. The alcohol content is 7.5% ABV. I think Troegs hit the nail on the head with this Imperial Pale Ale. It has a very bitter and west coast feel to it with the slightest of caramel backbones that does not get in the way of the hop focus.