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Congress Street IPA - Trillium Brewing Company

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Congress Street IPACongress Street IPA

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world-class

855 Ratings
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Ratings: 855
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 6.89%
Wants: 329
Gots: 123 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Trillium Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: TheAnk on 10-04-2013

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Ratings: 855 | Reviews: 96
Photo of MA_hops
4.65/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Top 3 IPA...citrus/hop bomb. Very cloudy/bright yellow in color. Has a creamy mouthfeel, notes of pine, mango and grapefruit. Perfectly balanced beer. Having the convenience to drink it fresh and often is why I often dream about Trillium.

Photo of ScaryEd
4.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Yet another hazy, orange juice appearance with a creamy white head. I enjoy the hazy beers but Trillium sure doesn't offer much in the way of variety in how their beers look, that's for sure. But you know what? I love it.

Anyway, the aroma is a subtle balance of pine, orange, pineapple, and what seems to be pepper? I can't quite tell. Anyway, it's beautiful.

The taste is creamy and citrusy, with the piney hop resin coming in full throttle at the end. Definitely a far more subtle tasting IPA than I expected, considering the hype. But this is not a bad thing by any means. I expected something more akin to a typical "hop bomb", but got a beer far more balanced and creamy. Love it.

The carbonation is moderate with the alcohol being well hidden. This beer has a very thick, creamy feel to it that I can always appreciate.

Overall, one of the best IPA's I've ever had. An absolutely fantastic offering from Trillium, who continue to blow my mind every time I go to Boston for a visit.

Photo of Jwale73
3.91/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle served in a tulip at 47 degrees. Bottled 050515. Pours a dull orange-gold with a murky clarity and a rocky, two inch, bright white head. Head eventually settles into a thick dollop of foam with delicate swaths of lacing revealed as the beer recedes. Nose expresses sugary citrus nose, a grassy quality and a kiss of spice. Taste comes off a bit dull - earthy hops upfront followed by a light citrus character and a mild medicinal quality that lingers between quaffs. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a consistent, even carbonation and a mild acidity that lightly stimulates the salivary glands. Overall, a decent IPA but not my favorite Trillium offering. It all comes off a bit dull.

Photo of 4lo
4.36/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice haze to it with citrus and hops on the nose. Taste follows the nose with a bit of earthiness and pine to it as well. Great beer overall.

Photo of anteatr23
4.42/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

An IPA drinkers IPA. Congress St looks, smells, and feels beautiful. Taste is hop forward, bitter and delicious.

Photo of justinneg
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It's between Congress St. and Julius for me...

Photo of CoffeePorter
4.66/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy, light pineapple yellow in color with a thin, white head.
S: Very hoppy, pine, some mango like citrus. Extremely fresh as it was bottled on 5/8/15.
T: Similar to nose. Immediately you can detect the powerful punch of the hops, which fades into a light citrus quality with a bit of pine. The hops are in your face throughout the sip.
M: Medium carbonation, hops are prickly to the tongue, slight bitterness/dryness aftertaste.
O: Another hit by Trillium, these guys are on fire!!

Photo of rickbb
4.03/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Not my favorite Trillium with so much resin overtone but it's still better than 99% of the beers out there.

Photo of WesMantooth
4.38/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A 3/30/15 dated bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Pours a very, very milky/cloudy pale orange to yellow. Looks like a glass of pale orange juice. Big white, fluffy head leaves a decent amount of lacing and a thin ring and film on top.

Smells very good, but nothing overwhelming. Very citrusy with a bit of a champagne or white wine like sourness. Slightly pungeunt hop oil. Light malts.

When it comes to the drinking of it part, things get more interesting. It is a blast of zesty orange, grapefruit, and some lemongrass in that order. Then some green grape sweet and sour, and closes with a piney/herbal bite, but not real bitter. Alcohol is a non-factor.

The body is pretty solid, but easy drinking. Definitely a crisp, almost champagne like carbonation middle to end.

I am kind of all over the place with this one. I always try to rate as close to style as possible to be fair, but this one screams Double/ Imperial IPA to me. It is like a Dirt Wolf on steroids. The flavors are crazy good, but I am not a big fan of the carbonation/sparkly feel. I guess in the end, it is all about what it tastes like. To me, it is a World Class beer. No White Rajah though ;)

Photo of 2Xmd
4.35/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great tropical fruit smell and taste. Lots of Grapefruit. Another great ipa from Trillium.

Photo of BeerRay
3.99/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Great nose and flavor. Nice hops.

Photo of bmeGT
4.42/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Trillium is steady on the rise. Haven't had a bad beer from them yet!

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.21/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Bright yellow orange. Nice white head and great lacing inside the glass.

Smell - Bright orange hops. Cracker malt. A little piney.

Taste - All citrus hops here. Orange hops. A little grapefruit. Cracker malt. Light pale malt sweetness. Low bitterness.

Mouthfeel - A little astringent. Medium body. Well carbonated.

Overall - Another hit from Trillium.

Photo of earljones199
4.74/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I'm sick of my recent IPA binge and this still tastes amazing!!

Photo of richj1970
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750 bottle dated 3/17/2015 into snifter.

A: Pale sunshine yellow with 3 finger fluffy white head that lasts forever and sits like a marshmallow cap. Significant lacing.

S: Bright ctirus, grapefruit, lemon, orange peel, and dank hops.

T: Fairly citrus forward with some underlying earthy and floral hops.

M: Medium body with a dry bitter finish. Very easy drinking and almost crushable.

O: Another nice IPA from Trillium. Just wish I could get these regularly in my neck of the woods.

Photo of stanwerlin
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

great citrus flavor, smoother than Cigar City IPA

Photo of adnauseam007
4.4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma - BIG aroma of orange citrus and some resiny and oniony hop flavors as well. Very inviting.
Appearance - Hazy yellow with thick white rocky head.
Flavor - Matches the aroma--resiny, oniony, and some orange or lemon citrus.
Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and fairly heavily carbonated.
Overall - I like the full-bodied feel with the juiciness but the resiny and oniony flavors aren't doing it for me. Overall, still a great IPA worth seeking.

Photo of fulcrumbs
4.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Super solid IPA. Drank from a frosty... the smell didn't blow me away... but the start and finish of this IPA was fantastic all the way through. Was kind of sad when the bomber was gone. Still waiting to get my hands on some TreeHouse... but best AIPA coming out of MA to-date. If this stuff came in pint cans... oh ya...!

Photo of SenorHops
4.67/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Holy f**kness! Incredible! Enough said.

Photo of DanP120
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great beer. Complex and smooth.

Photo of bsm80x
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I don't give out many 5's, this is one.

Photo of mikeyv35
4.58/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Date: 02/22/2015
Bottled: 10/18/2014
Type: 750ml. Bottle
Glass: Fiddlehead Wheat Glass

Pours a hazy golden in color w/ a massive multiple finger white head that laces the hell out of the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, white wine, weed, and cat piss. The flavor opens w/ some grapefruit and malt sweetness, transitioning into mild pine, and closes w/ white wine and herbal hop bite. Medium bodied and lush as Trillium really nails this aspect with their brews. The finish on this is pretty juicy. Due to the great depth of flavor, absence of bitterness, and juicy finish this can be crushed in great volume.

Overall, Wow! This is a go to IPA that you could drink everyday. If I were a Bruins fan, which I am NOT, I would want to drink this at every game. I am going to have to start sneaking this into Penguin games at the Consol Energy Center, making sure to pour it into a cup so my buddies don't realize it's from Boston.

Photo of ironchefmiyagi13
4.67/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Smooth criminal, this one. Aroma on point, flavor smooth and creamy, mouthfeel soft and non-astringent. Damn this was good!

Photo of BMMillsy
4.17/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Fresh bottle from trade. BIG thanks! Pours murky yellow golden with a one finger fluffyish white head. Looks a little flat on the pour. Aroma of pineapple juice, oranges, lots of tropical citrus here. Flavor is very sweet pineapple juice and orange zest, lightly bitter, twinge of lemongrass. Mouthfeel is fuller and smooth, but this is way on the flat side with nearly no carbonation. Everything is there flavor wise, but this really seems like it might be a bad batch or bottling given the low carbonation, and that really takes away from what seems to otherwise be a delicious treat. Hope to try it again and up the score, though it's good as is.

Photo of snowmageddon
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy yellow pours with a billowing head that contains small bubbles
S: As with many hoppy trillium beers, you can smell the fruity/bitter goodness right when you crack into it. Oranges or grapefruit scent is everywhere.
T: the grapefruit/orange notes, but a piney, earthy backbone is certainly present from the light malts. There are some earthy hop notes as well.
For a hoppy bear, the finish is quick.
M: Like grapefruit juice. Full-bodied for the style. Carbonation is average for the style.
O: Can't believe I've never reviewed this one. Exceptional beer. I usually don't go gaga over hoppy IPAs, but this juicy beer distinguishes itself in a crowded field of great New England IPAs.

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Congress Street IPA from Trillium Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 855 ratings.