Beers in Review: More from Troegs

Last week, I talked about the outstanding 2015 and 2016 Mad Elf varietals from Troegs Independent Brewing. I have two more beers from Troegs for reviewing, so let's get started.

First up is Troegs' year-round Perpetual IPA, which utilizes 6 different types of hops throughout the brewing process. Perpetual comes in at 7.5% ABV and 65 IBU, and pours a honey-gold color. The hops bring a wide variety of flavor notes into this IPA, most notably citrus and pine. A subtle tropical fruit note resulted in some hop candy and orange candy notes. This IPA has a medium body with a mild bitterness that ramps up as it gets warmer.

Next up is a beer out of Troeg's Scratch Series, which is their experimental small-batch series. At this point, they're up to batch 270+, but around Christmas, I got to try #258, which they call an American-Style Sour Ale. This particular sour was brewed using cherries, making it pretty much 100% up my alley. This sour pours a pretty pink color, rates at 5.5% ABV and a mere 9 IBU, but it packs a puckering tart punch. The flavor profile is straight forward, with loads of tart cherry and berry notes. The sour is highly carbonated, with a crisp finish. I found it to be a truly outstanding sour.