Today’s beer painting is of Perpetual Imperial Pale Ale from the Tröegs Brewing Company in Hershey, Pennsylvania. I have to admit I was a little skeptical of this Imperial IPA, because most breweries put a single IPA in a can. Although there is no light contamination, and the breweries can just about eliminate any oxygen from the can, whenever I see a 7.5% IPA in a can, I worry about heat contamination. The aluminum, although not a very good heat sink, transfers more heat than a glass bottle. The good news is that this can was very fresh, and not to my real surprise, the beer was phenomenal! I have been really happy with every product I have tasted from Tröegs! Thanks, Rich, for taking the time to mail another batch of PA brews!
For only 85 IBUs there were a lot of floral hops in this one, and when I look at the hop bill I can see why. It’s a very diverse group: Bravo, Chinook and Mt. Hood in the boil, and Mt. Hood and Nugget in the HopBack machine, then dry hopped with Citra and Cascade! A process that obviously shows that these guys love beer! You can make a beer with hop extract and skip almost all these steps, but your beer will be yellow and boring without any amazing hop character. With this three-step hopping procedure you get Perpetual IPA! A fine example of a fresh hop grenade!
Let the machine keep turning its gears! I want this beer perpetually in my beer fridge, but sadly I only got one! I should be happy I even go to try this incredibly fresh Hop Bomb of an IPA! Cheers!