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Congress Street IPA - Trillium Brewing Company

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Congress Street IPACongress Street IPA

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

267 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 267
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 8.3%
Wants: 78
Gots: 26 | FT: 2
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 -0.2%

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.

Ljudsignal, Jan 10, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of AirBob
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

AirBob, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of Hendry
4/5  rDev -10.3%

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.

Hendry, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of Shaymus
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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

Shaymus, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of AshlandNacho
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

AshlandNacho, Mar 26, 2014
Photo of cincysig
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

cincysig, Apr 10, 2014
Photo of JakerLou
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

JakerLou, Friday at 11:46 PM
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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

ccurrid, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of boatshoes
4/5  rDev -10.3%

boatshoes, Mar 29, 2014
Photo of sourdog
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

sourdog, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of doremite
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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.

doremite, Oct 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

williamjbauer, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of striker2160
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

striker2160, Apr 30, 2014
Photo of Guess2814
4.55/5  rDev +2%

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!!!

Guess2814, Apr 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

EvoJoe, Jun 17, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

jbh26, Feb 07, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Ace1117, Aug 27, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

jburns301, Aug 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

snowmaggedon, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of F2brewers
4.44/5  rDev -0.4%

750 mL bottle purchased at Trillium. Poured into a HF wine glass at 39F

Reviewed using the old scoring system.

A: 4.25 Thick blocky white head 1.5" thick. Cloudy to murky straw colored body with fine carbonation. Head regenerates with gentle swirling. Fine lacing remains on the glass.

S: 4.50 Sticky dank hops with notes of pine and resin. Tropical mango and citrus fruit in the nose. Malt is muted, but thos is west coast IPA all the way. Hints of fresh squeezed OJ.

T: 4.25 Again, tropical fruit and citrus. Think mango, pineapple and papaya. Pine notes in the nose are more or less absent in the taste. Malt backbone is barely present, but that is suitable for this style. A touch of earthy dryness on the finish, but this is bursting with juicy flavor up front.

M: 4.00 Surprisngly light given the heavy handed hop presence. Good carbonation balances the richness and even at 7+ % this is very drinkable. Coats the mouth with a slight stickiness, but not overly so and the muted malts prevent overt sweetness.

O: 4.50 This is a lovely east coast version of an IPA. Aside from the 750 mL serving size, this is great. Delicious hops up front with fruitiness and rich body. Highly recommended.

F2brewers, Aug 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -10.3%

Kegatron, Mar 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

dbkdev, Nov 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Kevincredible, May 26, 2014
Photo of Denzo
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Denzo, Nov 16, 2013
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Congress Street IPA from Trillium Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 267 ratings.