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Congress Street IPA - Trillium Brewing Company

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Congress Street IPACongress Street IPA

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542 Ratings
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Ratings: 542
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 7.37%
Wants: 164
Gots: 67 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Trillium Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TheAnk on 10-04-2013)
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Reviews by Ljudsignal:
Photo of Ljudsignal
4.45/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

32oz growler poured into a Trillium pint glass. Growler filled today, 1/9/14.

Pours a cloudy golden-orange with a frothy but disappointingly thin one-finger white head. Head retention is fairly poor, lingering for only half a minute or so before vanishing completely. On the plus side, lacing is thick and plentiful, and a persistent collar and film sit atop the beer long after the head itself has vanished. On the whole, looks good but not great.

In the nose, though...oh man, this stuff is rich! Grapefruit, peach, tangerine, orange rind, and floral hops mingle potently with subtler notes of tropical fruit--notably pineapple and mango--and a light, sweet bready malt note. Beautiful, inviting, complex.

Taste follows the nose almost to the letter, and that is by no means a bad thing. Fruit-forward on the front of the palate, with lemon zest, grapefruit, bitter orange rind as well as a sweeter tangerine note, and floral hops all leading the charge. Mid-palate the focus shifts to pine oil and light bready malt, while on the back of the palate a bitter citric oil note joins the lingering pine. An almost rye-like spiciness is present on the very back of the palate and into the finish. Finishes dry and fairly clean, the aforementioned slight lingering pine oil and rye spice notwithstanding.

Medium-bodied while feeling lush and slick. Zippy carbonation balances a fairly creamy and resinous mouthful. Alarmingly drinkable, I could finish this whole growler easily if I wasn't being gently coerced into sharing it.

On the whole, this was everything I'd heard it was and more. Trillium has just leapt to the very top of my regional radar on the strength of the four beers I've had from them so far, and I can't wait to try more of their offerings in the future.

More User Reviews:
Photo of AirBob
4.75/5  rDev +6%

A - Hazy, golden-marmalade body. 3 fingers of white, fluffy head. Good retention and lacing.

S - Pineapple, apricot, and other tropical fruit. Sweet citrus hoppiness.

T - Candied or dried apricots and other tropical fruits. Slight lemon rind like bitterness. Well balanced.

M - Awesome. Full bodied throughout. Very little stickiness. Probably the best M I've had in an IPA.

O - Another terrific offering from Trillium.

Photo of Hendry
4/5  rDev -10.7%

Opaque yellow pour with a magnificent white rocky head that stands at two fingers and stays put, textbook lacing in teku.

Aroma is sweet tropical fruits, pineapple and pine needles come to mind, however this is a subtle nose that can hardly be considered aggressive in the hop department, especially with all the horn blowing about double dry hopping.

Taste is reminiscent of sweet pineapple juice and pine, very pleasant but mild and slightly underwhelming.

Mouthfeel is medium, and soft on the palate. No strong bitterness which may or may not be good depending on your taste.

This is a fine IPA but I was expecting a bit more pop, especially for a $12 bottle.This is worth trying but I wouldn't go out of my way given the rarity and price point.I was glad to have tried it once.

Photo of Guess2814
4.64/5  rDev +3.6%

I've had many different type of beers and this beer is a great IPA.. Trillium has been on point with a lot of beers and they hit it with this one.. This beer is hoppy with an unbelievable citrus taste.. If I had to compare this beer to any beer it would be Abner by Hill Farmstead.. Cheers!!!

Photo of Shaymus
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

purchased same day as bottled on!!

poured a light golden hazy orange with a lingering inch/2 inch head

nose was hoppy with a "typical" Trillium malt backbone

taste was tasty, hoppy, grapefruit a bit of orange, the "typical" malt is there as well, with a bit of bitterness towards the end

mouthfeel was medium to light,creamy, nothing overpowering.... carbonation was nice.

Overall: I quite enjoyed this IPA the "typical" malt I referred to is one that I taste in a few of Trillium's brews, not sure if its the malts they use or the hops can't quite put my finger on it but it is distinctive; earthy funk maybe? I guess I'll just have to keep drinking them to figure it out!.....Cheers

Photo of Flounder57
4.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Growler was poured into a perfect pint glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy pale yellow color with slight vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Tropical, grassy, pungent, floral, grassy, herbal, pilsner malts, and pale malts.

Taste: Same as above. Mild tingly bitterness in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, refreshing, medium carbonation, medium bodied, and mild tingly bitterness.

Overall: Pretty solid IPA. You can never go wrong.

Photo of AshlandNacho
4.75/5  rDev +6%

Photo of cincysig
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of JakerLou
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Photo of Jason
4.45/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of alienlifeforcecube
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of ccurrid
4.75/5  rDev +6%

Photo of boatshoes
4/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of sourdog
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Photo of Cynic-ale
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Photo of doremite
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

Fantastic easy drinking IPA. Local so have only experienced through refillables within 3 days of purchase. Bright and has an earthly funk to the hop profile that doesn't impeded it's ease. Continually impressed by Trilliums hop forward stuff and Congress is no exception. This is one of their better creations and should be a constant.

Photo of HoppySeb
4/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of williamjbauer
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Photo of striker2160
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Photo of terry33
4.75/5  rDev +6%

This beer is one of the best that I've ever tasted. Just my style of IPA.

Photo of acurtis
4.31/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mdaschaf
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.47/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of twizzard
4.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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4.6/5  rDev +2.7%

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Congress Street IPA from Trillium Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 542 ratings.