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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
99
world-class

611 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 611
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 7.35%
Wants: 217
Gots: 80 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Trillium Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TheAnk on 10-04-2013

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1/5  rDev -77.7%

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3/5  rDev -33.2%

Photo of BradMatton13
3.1/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

First time having this, fresh from the brewery too, delicious but dissapointed big time, good IPA but id just say good

Photo of cpetrone84
3.42/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From bottle. Pour is extremely murky, dark golden amber, tight white head. Nose hits you from a distance with a big hop punch. Nose is a bit messy, lots of sugars and malt that aren't really tight but a huge citrus punch blasts the nose. Taste is the same, malt is very sporadic and unrefined, doesn't get too sweet but you can tell this is big. Hops really drown out any other flavor, full citrus blast with a hint of tea and a fairly light bitterness for the hop punch. Well carbonated and semi dry finish. Interesting beer, straight up citrus hop heads dream.

Photo of Rekrule
3.5/5  rDev -22%

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3.56/5  rDev -20.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -16.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -16.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -16.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -16.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -16.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -16.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -16.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -16.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -16.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of CraftFan5
3.82/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 12/23/14 and consumed on 12/29/14. So this might be the freshest IPA I've ever had.

A: Gross. I mean this might be the ugliest beer I've ever seen. Kind of a milky orange color that was completely opaque. Reminds me of the way Sixpoint RAD looked. Lacing was pretty though. I scored it a 2 on appearance just as a courtesy to the fine folks at Trillium, who obviously know what they're doing. As my brother said: "it looks like what 'your' sour beers taste like."

N: Bright, fruity, piney hops. A wonderful aroma. Better close your eyes before sniffing this one, or your senses might get confused.

T: Meh. I could tell it was a well-crafted beer, but it's just not my favorite combination of hops. Not sure what kind are in there, but one of them gave me the jibblies. Huge bitterness that stuck around for a while.

M: This is where the beer really shined. A full, coating mouthfeel from a somewhat low ABV IPA, which really impressed me.

O: 4 - I rarely give such disparate ratings to the categories for an IPA. IMHO, IPAs and stouts are either well-made or they're not, and the categories are usually not more than a point away from each other. Those kinds of ratings are usually reserved for sours. This one was unique. The nose and mouth almost fooled me into believing it was a world class beer, which most people obviously think it is.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.88/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 32 oz. growler. Filled on 4/16/2014.

Appearance: Hazy dark gold. Settles out a bit as it warms. Super creamy and fluffy white head. Sticky sheets and notches of lacing. Solid head retention for the duration. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Definitely tropical. Mango and peach with a nice layer of juicy grapefruit thrown in for good measure. Sweet and fruity. Malts are on the lighter side, with a mild toasted edge and some bready characteristics. Light, slightly earthy yeast with some mild fruity esters. Some citrus rind and lime. A touch pithy with some lingering bitterness. Well balanced, true to the East coast style. Some pale malt sweetness. A bit of juicy fruit. Big bitterness sits on the back. Some pine layered with all the tropical fruit.

Taste: A nice balance of tropical fruit, mainly peach and mango, with some underlying floral and citrus notes. Solidly but not bracingly bitter. A touch of mildly earthy yeast. Clean profile overall with a solid sweetness from the pale malts. A bit of powdery yeast as well. Some biscuit dough. Mild lingering bitterness. Some grapefruit as well. Pushes deeper citrus leaning toward lime with some good floral elements. Fruity hops push a vague sweetness. Woody green branches.

Mouthfeel: Nice and smooth, almost creamy. Drinks so easy. Moderate carbonation. Clean.

Overall: Crush it, bring it back, and repeat.

Not playing the hop smash game. This is a straight drinking "east coast" IPA with a bit more hop presence. frills, just a beer for drinking.

Photo of Andrew041180
3.97/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours a super-cloudy golden orange. Almost opaque. Nice head forms after a vigorous pour. The retention is decent, and the lacing is nice. All around an excellent looking beer.

S - Blast of tropical hops and some sweetness. Some of the newer IPAs that I've had lately are beginning to go overboard with the blatant tropical hop flavors and aromas. For me, this is one of them.

T - Follows the nose. The flavor is good, but not particularly interesting to me. It tastes like hops. I like hops, but I need something more. Additional points came off this one because of the back-end bitterness. I found this sensation to be quite similar to Stumpy Duck, which I believe suffered too much from the same one-two punch. Big hop bouquet up front, detached bitterness on the back end.

M - Not really memorable. I wanted a bit more body.

O - Good, but not memorable for me. It's a beautiful beer to look at, but it certainly didn't leave me wanting another.

Photo of pmarlowe
3.99/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 01/02/14 (yesterday). Tulip glass.

A: Pours a light straw color, opaque, with three fingers of pillowy head. Generous, intricate lacing and superb retention.

S: White grapefruit and orange, a light bready malt, a soft almost creamy note.

T: A bit of grassiness (maybe it’s pine), some light maltiness, and finishing with a light, fuzzy bitterness on the palate.

M: Light carbonation and medium-light body. Has that soft, farmhouse-y feel.

O: A nice effort. Very easy drinking, though a bit lighter on the flavors (approaching pale ale territory) rather than your typical big, flavorful IPA.

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4/5  rDev -10.9%

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4/5  rDev -10.9%

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4/5  rDev -10.9%

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4/5  rDev -10.9%

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4/5  rDev -10.9%

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Congress Street IPA from Trillium Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 611 ratings.