I know, summer is long gone now. I miss it, I really do. Especially back in August when we headed down to the Jersey shore with one of the last available Tröegs Anthology Summer Sampler packs from my local Wegman’s.

The posted availability of this sampler is February – April, but I found it as late as August 4th. This fantastic mixed box features some of Tröegs’ finest beers including their Perpetual IPA, Sunshine Pils, Crimson Pistil Hibiscus IPA, and Scratch #284 Raspberry Gose.

Don’t worry though, you didn’t miss your chance for these brews, the first three are available year-round.


Tröegs Perpetual IPA Review

At Tröegs, artisanal meets mechanical in a state of IPA we call Perpetual. Cycling through our HopBack vessel and dry-hopping method, this bold Imperial Pale Ale emerges rife with sticky citrus rind, pine balm and tropical fruit.

The Perpetual IPA is a bright, hop-forward IPA brewed year-round. With the hop aroma and flavor coming out of this bottle, you’d think you were drinking a West Coast IPA.

The aroma is dominated by the aforementioned hops, with pine and citrus at the front, and just the slightest hint of caramel malt.

The taste is much more balanced than the nose, with the citrus hop flavor and bready malt body combining into a refreshingly smooth drink. This medium-bodied beer is 7.5%, but the alcohol is never overwhelming, the beer finishing dry and bitter. Easily one my favorite from the Tröegs Summer Anthology lineup.


Tröegs Sunshine Pils Review

Like the rising sun, Sunshine Pils delivers winter, spring, summer and fall. This deceptively complex pilsner is all about the tightrope walk of two-row barley, zesty Saaz hops and lager yeast. It’s a go-to when the sun is shining, and it makes us happy when skies are gray.

Another Sunshine Pils pours a gorgeous, clear golden color, with thin wispy head that dissipates quickly. Smells like a typical American lager alongside hints of crackers and citrus.

The crackers come through in the flavor with a mild bitter flavor coming along for the ride, like any good old-world pilsner. The citrus comes through in back, adding a nice punctuation to the beer without deviating from the pilsner style.

Sunshine Pils is a refreshing, light-bodied dry session beer. This would make an absolutely perfect transition beer to convert Big Beer drinkers to the world of craft without putting them off. Definitely one of the best beers of this style that I’ve ever had. Perfect cooler-stocking beer for any party.


Tröegs Crimson Pistil IPA Review

It’s summertime. Hop vines are growing up to 6 inches a day. Hibiscus is in full bloom. And in Crimson Pistil, the two get in a glorious tangle of berry-like tanginess, sunset technicolor and sticky tropical notes.

Pours a clear crimson with the lightest pink head. An absolutely beautiful pour, moderate head and decent retension with mild lacing.

As I dive my nose into the glass, I am hit with the dank and citrus hops, alongside cranberry and raspberry notes from the hibiscus. Lemon and grapefruit come along for the ride, with a hint of peppery spice.

The cranberry and raspberry come through a bit more in the flavor, backed by a grassy lemon citrus. This is an incredibly well-balanced IPA, just enough bitterness to balance out the malt character, without overpowering.

With a drying, bitter finish, you can still taste the lingering pineapple and hibiscus for some time after putting this down. This was a perfect vacation beer to have out on the beach with me.


Tröegs Raspberry Gose Review

Sour meets sweet in this puckish summer wheat. Scratch Raspberry Gose, born as an antidote to hot and hazy East Coast summers, is a friendly tug-of-war between ruby red raspberries and the benevolent bacteria lactobacillus. Prickly and floral, tangy with a touch of salt, this beer is your ticket to an endless summer. Just be home by dark.

Tröegs’ Scratch Series are one-off beers, brewed in their custom small-batch brewhouse, where they are constantly experimenting and tweaking new flavors and combinations.

As I poured this beer, I couldn’t help but notice the gorgeous and eye-catching pink hue. Immediately I am hit with the smell of fresh raspberries, alongside sour and wheat notes.

The initial taste is of sweet and fresh red raspberries, with a tartness that slowly grows in intensity. Surprisingly thirst quenching, this beer doesn’t overdo it on the sour flavor. Perfect for those just starting out in the style, or just about anyone who wants a good sour.


Andrij Harasewych
Editor at The Craft Beer Diaries. Devoted husband and father. Excessively geeky. Comic books, video games, and craft beer are my vices. Favorite beer style easily the IPA. Growing love for the DIPA, specifically.
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