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Congress Street IPA - Trillium Brewing Company

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Congress Street IPACongress Street IPA

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Reviews: 91
Hads: 1,033
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 6.5%
Wants: 399
Gots: 160 | FT: 8
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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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Photo of KMachHops
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml bottle dated 62215.

Look: Golden yellow and hazy.
Smell: Another citrus bomb from Trillium.
Taste: Oranges, grapefruit, and tropical notes.
Feel: Very smooth and the right amount carbonation. It's sticky leaving all that awesome flavor in your mouth.
Overall: It's up there as one of my favorite IPAs. Trillium is doing something unbelievable. (367 characters)

Photo of RichKent
5/5  rDev +12.1%

Purchased a case that was bottled the day before at the brewery.

Appearance is light and hazy - it looks a lot like pineapple juice in a glass.

Smell is light and fruity. Lots of juice and tropical fruit.

Tastes is pineapple forward for lack of a better term. Very fruity, very juicy with lots of other tropical fruit present, but the pineapple in Congress St. stands out the most for me.

Mouth is also light and nicely carbonated.

Overall this is one of my favorite IPAs. It's the most pineapple tasting IPA I've ever had - and I consider that a good thing. It's a little pricey if you drink it all the time, but worth every penny.

Trillium is producing some amazing beers, and they don't get nearly the hype they deserve. If you find ANY bottle of Trillium Beer, including this one, do yourself a favor and buy it on the spot. You will not be disappointed! (865 characters)

Photo of Heady978
4.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

64 oz growler to the dome - call it the cure for the common government shutdown

Not really sure what to say here... This beer is incredibly delicious. I think a slightly thicker mouthfeel would make this perfect. Epic combo of tropical fruitiness and piney resinous characters. On par with most of the great Vermont IPA's that people are so crazy about. Go get some! Cheers! (375 characters)

Photo of JohnG190
4.91/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thank you SuperHop18 for this amazing extra! Pours a hazy, gold color with a thick 2 finger head with great retention. Lots of tropical fruit on the nose with hints of pine resin. Fruity on the tongue with great bitterness and just enough malt to balance it out nicely. Medium bodied with good carbonation.
Overall, this is as close to a textbook IPA as I have ever had! Well balanced and expertly crafted, outstanding work Trilium Brewing. (441 characters)

Photo of Summerteeth
4.85/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Hazy, hazy, hazy. Looks like a creamsicle. Tried this for the first time yesterday. Nose is heavy mangoes and peaches and oranges. Taste is heavier on the peach and citrus - and is outstanding. Been waiting to try this for a while. Well worth the wait. (252 characters)

Photo of ScaryEd
4.83/5  rDev +8.3%
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. (994 characters)

Photo of Kramerbarthomer
4.83/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into a glass

A - Yellow-orange, thick, creamy head

S - Lovely citrus hoppy aroma

T - Follows the nose, excellent

M - So nice and creamy for an IPA, a real change of pace

O - this is one of the best IPAs I've had, not quite the best, but this is probably in the top 10. Will seek this out again. (313 characters)

Photo of Guess2814
4.81/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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!!! (292 characters)

Photo of MyThoughtsExactly
4.81/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle less than a week old. Color is a hazy yellow and looks like fresh squeezed juice. Aroma is sweet citrus . Taste is fresh and crisp with notes of grapefruit, peach, and apple. There is also some pine. The finish is a mild and enjoyable bitterness. Leaves the mouth coated with a slightly dry. Very delicious and drinkable IPA. (346 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.79/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle got in a recent IP trade, thanks Isaac.

This one pours essentially like orange juice, so orange and bright, basically opaque, with a half inch fizzy head, and tons of really nice looking lacing.

Smells pungently hoppy, like sticking your face into a bag of hops. Orange, peach, and mango puree, so fruity and nice.

The taste follows the aroma. It's a classic New England IPA- insane fruity hop flavor with minimal hop bitterness. This is dank as they come- tastes a bit like orange juice-soaked weed. There's very little bitterness, with the malt providing only a candied sweetness to the hop flavors.

This is medium bodied, with a crisp, juicy mouthfeel, and moderate level of carbonation.

This is a superb example of the new sort of IPA coming out of New England. It's on the level of the best from Vermont. (821 characters)

Photo of RichD
4.77/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750 into a tulip.

L: Pours and incredible yellow orange color. This is definitely the best looking IPA that I've ever laid my eyes upon. There's a small white head that fades into a small ring around my glass. Forreal though, this beer looks amazing. So juicy looking.

S: Smells like heaven. Not sure what this is hopped with, but it smells like Galaxy hops. Upon further research I am indeed correct. Absolutely massive notes of peach and citrus invade my nose like a Spanish conquistador. Not sure I smell much else, but what I smell is legendary.

T: The taste, of course, follows the nose to a "T." Huge citrus and peach flavors come through like no other beer that I've had. Dare I say that this may taste one dimensional?! However, the one dimension that I taste is magnificent. I can taste a bit of yeast, but the mango and orange and pineapple is great. There are few American IPAs that I've had that can even contend with how great this is.

F: Medium mouthfeel and the 7.2 percent is non existent. However, I only think I could do 1 750 of this because if I had more in a sitting then I simply would not enjoy it as much as I should.

Overall: This beer is awesome. RECOMMENDATION: Get this in the bottle. I had this a year ago in growler form and while great, it was not this great. There's something about 32oz. screw top growlers that make the carbonation lower than it should be. If you see this in bottles, buy as much as you can. This is my second favorite American IPA of all time and I don't really see anything unseating this. (1,563 characters)

Photo of kevdemers
4.76/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Updated to reflect new scoring and newest batch:

Bottled 12/23/14. Unbelievable IPA. Smell is perfect, juicy hops on the nose. Taste follows with juicyness followed by piney hops. Great mouthfeel. This holds up to the big VT/ME IPA's for sure. (244 characters)

Photo of HopDeezy
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

A - Golden yellow, cloudy, completely opaque in appearance. Much lighter color than most IPAs but the opaque OJ like appearance along with the fluffy, frothy inch plus head that laces perfectly hints at the explosive flavors to follow

S - Extremely powerful nose, dank pineapple, grapefruit, licorice, orange rind, bitters and hints of tropical fruit combine for a very unique experience.

T - Juicy dank bitter hops, more bitter than the nose let on but all of the flavors mentioned above were present and blended beautifully.

M - light juicy carbonation, light mouthfeel in term of the consistency, explosive, popping hops that linger into a long finish.

O - This brew is a fine example of just how far IPAs have come over the years. This is so different than any of the other IPAs I've had it could be in it's own category. The range of flavors and hops out there make for some creative brews and this one is one of my all time favorite beers. Trillium is as good as it gets. (986 characters)

Photo of imyourhero21
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Another winner from Trillium. Great nose and i just love the unfiltered look it has. Something that you could drink multiple of and never get tired of it. Wish i lived right around the corner !! (194 characters)

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. (433 characters)

Photo of jjdc
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Hazy orange in the glass, a bit like movie popcorn butter. The nose is mostly pine and tangerine with a touch of straw. The taste is as phenomenal as it is complex: minerals, dried herbs, weed, and tangerine round out with an assertive hop bite that perfectly dries the palate for the next sip. Julius was my previous benchmark for an IPA, but this is in the same league. Seek it out. (384 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.74/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a light golden orange with a fluffy white head.

The aroma is very hop forward. Citrus, lemon, pineapple, tropical notes.

The flavor follows with that citrus and tropical flavor and then onto a lingering piney bitterness. This is more substantial than Fort Port. There's a bit of a bready malt backbone, but dominated by fruit hoppy notes.

A very clean and easy drinking IPA. Incredible beer. (412 characters)

Photo of Resuin
4.74/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 32 ounce growler into a willibecher. This was filled from the brewery half an hour ago.

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber/gold and leaves 2 fingers of slightly off-white, sticky head which lingers around for a while before settling down to a layer atop the beer, with plenty of lacing.

Smell: Big juicy citrus, mango, tropical fruits, resin, pine, some floral hops. Huge hop presence - really nice.

Taste: Definitely still plenty of citrus and tropical fruits, which play really nicely. There is a bit more earthyness to the taste, but the delicious citrus hops still dominate, and it's really juicy! This is almost all hops and is done really well. Astonishingly delicious.

Mouth-feel: Medium to well carbonated with a medium, slightly sticky body. Finishes supremely smooth.

Overall: Wow, this IPA is delicious. Big flavor upfront and then finishes smooth. The hop flavors shine in this one more than in maybe any other beer I've had. Not only keep your eyes open for this one, but seek it out. (1,012 characters)

Photo of huddyball
4.74/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 32oz Trillium growler filled 4/12/14.

A: Light golden yellow with a one finger head. Beautiful haziness. Not much lacing left behind as I drank.
S: Mango, orange, and hops. Just fantastic.
T: Follows nose. Well balanced with the slight maltiness. Slight sweetness on the finish.
M: Very nice. Mild creaminess, yet clean.
O: Fantastic overall IPA. Not the dank happiness that you get from some other IPA's, but the balanced taste and slight sweetness really sets this apart. I can see myself filling these growlers many times in the future. (554 characters)

Photo of rjp217
4.73/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Filled a growler today at the brewery.

A - Poured into a tulip glass. Beautiful looking pour which leaves a light orange color with a one finger head that dissipates fairly soon with a nice lace.

S - Very fruit forward! Grapefruits, peaches, oranges. Very inviting.

T - Awesome. Follows the nose. Fruit forward taste followed by some bready biscuit details and finishes fairly dry but not overly bitter. Hops are somewhat muted for me but it rounds out really nicely.

M - Really a pleasure here. Crisp, clean and smooth. Almost perfect.

O - Wow, this is fantastic. One of the best IPAs out there. Blends together so so well. Trillium is flying under the radar right now and they are consistently pumping out excellent offerings. (733 characters)

Photo of Dope
4.7/5  rDev +5.4%

Bottled 9/9/14 (5 days ago)

A: Super cloudy light orange pour. So cloudy it basically looks like a witbier. Enormous, frothy and tall light tan head. Head retention is top-notch and there is heavy spiderweb-like lacing everywhere.

S: Oh wow, the aroma on this is absolutely incredible as soon as I start pouring it. It smells like sweet oranges and tangerines from a distance of about 10 feet. Upon closer inspection I get more tropical aspect, like pineapple and even mango. A touch of spicy pine maybe trying to break through. Wonderful aroma. If we still had ratings for each element of the brew, this would get a 5.

T: Taste is right in line with the aroma. Very hoppy from the get go. Loaded with tropical fruit and bitter citrus. A hint of spicy pine combines with a nice big citrus peel bitter bomb in the finish. No real sign of malt that I can discern. Maybe a hint of crisp cracker malt. Long lingering grainy, bitter aftertaste. Can practically feel gritty hop sediment and hop oils floating around.

M: Medium bodied, bitter, crisp and SUPER dry.

O: Big, bold, west-coast style IPA. Super fresh, super crisp, super bitter. Great citrus and tropical fruit. Seriously delicious and one of the very best IPAs I've ever had. Dryness is astounding which does detract from the drinkability a bit, but at the same time it really lets the hoppiness shine. (1,366 characters)

Photo of vonnegut21
4.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Growler poured into a CBS snifter.

A: Hazy deep gold, with two fingers of billowing white head that linger for a long time. Just the perfect image of what an IPA is supposed to look like.

S: Wow. HUGE tropical notes. Pineapple and mango really pop. Grapefruit citrus notes follow. This creamy, malt character lingers. Perfect.

T: Huge, juicy citrus just abounds. Tropical fruits and this wave of peach just wash over my palate. Creamy, bready malt and the perfect twinge of bitterness. I love Galaxy hops.

M: Creamy, smooth and nicely carbonated. Just a hint more body and this would be my dream beer.

O: This is just spectacular. Fort Point Pale Ale put Trillium on my radar. That beer is excellent. This beer is another level. It's just phenomenal. Easily the best single IPA I've ever had. Sits behind Ephraim, Double Galaxy and maybe Abner as my favorite hoppy beer of all-time. I though Julius was good, this is even better. Massachusetts is making waves with their IPAs. An absolute must try. (1,004 characters)

Photo of WI-Beer-Man
4.69/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the 750 ml bottle into a Central Waters snifter.

Pours a very hazy light orange color with 3 fingers of fluffy white head. Great retention and lacing. The most unique haze I've seen in an IPA.

Smell is strong with grapefruit and orange rind and a little pine.

The taste is very citrusy (grapefruit and pineapple juice) with a dry pine bitterness on the finish.

Very creamy mouthfeel with a dry finish on the tongue. It makes my mouth water and crave the next sip.

Overall - this is a great IPA and I'm happy to have had the opportunity to try it. The uniqueness of the look and flavor has convinced me to enter my first review. (648 characters)

Photo of fulcrumbs
4.68/5  rDev +4.9%
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...! (322 characters)

Photo of CoffeePorter
4.66/5  rDev +4.5%
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!! (486 characters)

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Congress Street IPA from Trillium Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.