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Congress Street IPA | Trillium Brewing Company

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Congress Street IPACongress Street IPA

Brewed by:
Trillium Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our flagship American IPA highlights the distinctively aromatic Australian Galaxy hop. The nose bursts with pine, citrus rind, melon and pineapple. Pronounced flavors of peach, clementine, and tropical fruits are accentuated with moderate bitterness and balanced by a light, biscuity malt character.

MALT: American 2-row Barley, White Wheat, C-15, Dextrine, Dextrose

HOPS: Galaxy, Columbus

Added by TheAnk on 10-04-2013

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Photo of wulfie85
4.29/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Exactly what a New England style IPA should be. Cloudy in the glass with the fruity Galaxy aromas erupting from the glass. Mouth feel was a little on the thick side with tropical fruit flavors and just a hint of bitterness

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Photo of jcflorian
4.27/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Light Orange/Pale Gold light haze
Smell- faint tropical fruit, pineapple citrus
Taste- Subtle fruit , biscuit malt mid pallet and pine late
Feel- Little light for an ipa of this strength. Creamy but light at same time.
Overall- I liked this beer. Solid Trillium offering. However after having Double DH Congress a week prior, this is a big step down.

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Photo of Barracudas
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very well made beer! It is a very balanced beer with just the right amount of fruits, it is a wonderful beer for a hot summer day. I highly recommend it!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy dark gold color with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains strong fruity citrus and floral hops along with caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with a strong fruity citrus flavor. Then a strong grassy hops bitterness quickly follows. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a very good balance. The after-taste is hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, excellent representation of style, this is a very good IPA to drink for a long time.

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Photo of DirtyDawg10
4.57/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a pale hazy yellow color with a thick creamy head and some nice lacing. The smell was fantastic. Tropical citrus with plenty of orange, some pineapple and grapefruit. Unfortunately the flavor didn't live up to the smell. Don't get me wrong, I really liked this beer. The flavor though was mostly grapefruit and I just wish it had a bit more of the pineapple and orange. Overall this was a great beer. I will definitely get this one again.

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Photo of robroc
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Looks beautiful in the glass. People with more discerning noses picked out a bouquet of flavors. Grapefruit is what stuck out the most to me. The taste seems a little one-dimensional, but not in a bad way at all. Perfectly balanced. I could drink this all night without getting tired of it. No flaws, and no suggestions for improvement, so I'm going with a perfect score for this one.

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Photo of yung_peli
4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy golden straw/peach color, 2 finger creamy white head, good retention, little to no lacing
AR: Tropical Fruit: Guava, Mango, Pineapple, Pine resin underneath, hints of cracker malt
T: Follows nose, fruit forward, slight lingering hop bitterness and malt on the finish
M: Good prickly carbonation, medium body, wet on the palate.

Fantastic. Perhaps a touch more dank/bitter hops would help this brew shine even more. Turning up the malt also wouldn't hurt. As it is, this beer is incredibly good. In my Top 5 American IPA's.

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Photo of Beric
4.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Serving: On tap, 12oz pour, at Pastoral
Served: 14 May 2016

Appearance: Pours a beautiful hazy yellow with a pearl head that doesn't stick around too long, though I suspect that the alcohol content and glassware choice could have had something to do with it. The beer almost looks like egg drop soup- it seems like if you look close enough, you can see the swirls of stuff moving around in there.

Smell: Huge tropical fruit notes: grapefruit, pomelo, lemon, mandarin, passion fruit, guava, and mango.

Taste: Very much like the nose- it's definitely a juice bomb. Finishes off-sweet, which was nice. Amazing what flavors Trillium can whip up from just using hops. It's insane. Alcohol is perfectly masked.

Mouthfeel: High body with medium carbonation. Very drinkable.

Overall: Another incredible Trillium beer and very easily one of the best IPAs I've had. Highly recommended.

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.99/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - hazy as orange juice, lots of floaties, hazier as you finish the bottle, nice orange amber color, big fluffy white head that sticks forever and leaves nice lacing
S- super juicy, orange, tangerine, pithy peach, lemon/lime, overly ripe fruits
T - also super juicy, orange, tangerine, pithy peach, lemon lime, citrus rind, overly ripe fruits, like walking through the citrus Isle at the grocery store
M- light medium mouthfeel, alcohol covered, aftertaste orange rind, bitter
O- another basically perfect iPa from trillium

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Photo of tlema1
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: cloudy light gold, looks like grapefruit juice, thick head
S: tropical and Julio
T: ton of fruit, light malt on the finish
F: really coats the tongue, the taste lingers
O: my first NE style IPA, and it's freakin delicious!!!

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Photo of lovindahops
4.48/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Congress St picked up a growler yesterday 5/7/16
A- Congress St pours a light orange body with faint white lacing on the edges of the glass. Hazy and full of a New England IPA hop glow. This is truly my definition of an IPA appearance. Even web like lacing stabs the edges

S- prickly ruby red grapefruit scent that's pungent with those flavors. A tropical blend followed by complete bitter themes. As expected, New England hop profile at the forefront.

T- stinging grapefruit attacks the front end of the palate. Sweet and bitter melon, cantaloupe, and a dry pineapple follow up with the faintest hint of malt on the end. Can't emphasize enough the forefront of galaxy hops in display.

M- an attack of tropical lacing flavors coating your mouth like a layer of paint. I keep circling back to stinging flavors but that's the experience

O- again, the east coast continues to destroy the west coast. While this isn't the best galaxy hop forward brew I've ever had, it's certainly on the front lines. My first Trillium brew ends up being epic. Great stuff

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Photo of ELS
3.96/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Is it just me or are some beers from certain New England Breweries way overrated? This beer is good but nothing to get exited about. The smell is citrus which is good, but not enough of it. Maybe the dry hopped version is even better. The taste is bitter with a little citrus but mostly a combination of two hops that have a murky taste that doesn't showcase any specific flavors. Yet, it tastes pretty good. It goes down pretty well but a little acidic towards the end. Overall a good beer but not a beer that I would chase after.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 5/6/16

A: Tangerine-gold with pale orange at the core and honey around the edges - hazy and opaque, as one would expect from a Trillium IPA - pours with a medium sized, white head, fades to a few wisps and a frothy collar, leaves streaks of lacing

S: Magnificent citrus - I've had this beer a number of times, and I still can't come up with a smart way to describe the nose on Congress - loads and loads of citrus, with some fresh-squeezed orange juice, slices of tangerines, and some ruby red grapefruit - the citrusy sweetness is balanced out by a dank herbal character - resinous and lightly leafy hops, but it's mostly juice - peach, mango, melon, pineapple, and something berry-like - some soft, pale malts at the base, touch of biscuit

T: Very citrusy, as the aroma suggests, with orange, tangerine, and ruby red grapefruit juice, flesh, and pulp - juicy, ripe peaches and apricots - waves of tropical flavors next, with some melon, mango, and pineapple - dark, herbal, resinous hops - pine - medium level of bitterness that lingers just a little bit - pale malts and grains at the base, touch of bread

M: Medium body, low carbonation, more smooth than crisp, almost finishes a bit watery, under-attenuated

O: No, this does not taste like orange juice left out in the sun

Congress Street is consistently lovely, and I have yet to find another "street" that really compares. The double-dry hopped versions of Congress Street barely even improve on a product that will already clean your sinuses.

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Photo of nhindian
3.97/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 4/7/2016.

Appearance - Compared to the other Trillium IPAs I've had so far, Congress Street is noticeably darker in appearance, taking on an orangish hue in contrast to the light yellow of the others. It still retains the signature head composition of the others, however, with a soap bubble texture, fragmented and disjoint, but with very nice lacing around the sides.

Aroma - The nose is tons of citrus and pineapple, with a subtle berry note, like a fruit smoothie.It's slightly piney as well, but the star of the show here is the fruit aroma all day.

Taste - Congress Street lets the hops dominate the flavor, but unfortunately the Galaxy hops struggle to really turn the engine. While the taste is quite good - especially with the tropical fruits, especially pineapple and mango, orange rind, and "green" notes - it almost paradoxically seems one-dimensional at times. It may be a result of the mouthfeel, and by no means is it not a joy to drink, but compared to the complexity of the other Trillium IPAs, Congress Street struggles to clear the bar.

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel is medium-bodied, bordering light, with low carbonation. This is where the bottom seems to fall out on this beer, as it seems thin and unsupportive of the big hops weighing down on it.

Closing Arguments - It may seem like my words are harsh, but this is still a very good beer, but below the other offerings I've had from Trillium. With a beefier texture, it'd be that much more though.

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Photo of CayseyW
4.41/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful hazy orange body with a thick creamy head that leaves ample lacing on the glass. The smell is very bright and very tropical and sweet (think pineapple). Taste follows the smell, with the addition of caramel sweetness, that's borderline cloying. The feel is spectacular aside from the sweetness. Overall this is a world-class IPA, no doubt, however I wish it were a tad less sweet.

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Photo of lemmy187
4.52/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Looks like strained pineapple juice with about a finger of white head. Pick up citrus, pine, grapefruit, and lemon zest in the nose. Refreshing taste.....lemon, citrus, and low bitterness. Feel is silky with medium low carbonation. Excellent ipa.....drinkability is off the charts.

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Photo of SaulFox
4.74/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

-Turbid, bright, light orange color. Almost like a blended creme sickle.
-Mango, pineapple, peach, apricot, resinous.
-Juicy tropical fruits with piney resinous.
-Lingering bitterness
-Burping tropical goodness as I write this. One of the best ipas

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Photo of Zythophile
4.39/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle Date: 3/8/16
Palate Contaminants: none

Continuing Trillium adventures. Good ride so far.

Appearance is like an opaque pineapple juice.

Smell is very peachy, with some pear. It's as juicy as any I can recall. There's also a bit of coconut.

Taste balance is more toward bitterness than sweetness, compared to their other offerings. However, the fruit flavor is still there. Peach and pear were on the nose, and those are the main two on the tongue, too. And apricots. There are a lot of stone fruit flavors in here, but they're not so strong. There's also a muted lemon zest flavor. It's a bit tea-ish.

Feel is probably the most carbonated of the five Trillium expressions I've knocked back thus far.

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Photo of mothman
4.37/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy golden yellow. White head.

Juicy and tropical with some dankness. Grapefruit and mango. Citrusy. Melon. A touch of resin and bitterness.

Really great IPA. Very drinkable. Tons of flavors.

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Photo of Trevor11
4.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I had some discouraging preconceptions from some other friends of mine that have said not as good as Hill Farmstead, Lawson's, or Tree House. Nonetheless, I truly beg to differ. I think that Trillium really holds its own against all of them [Tree House is still the best though]. Congress is a deep, hazy orange with two finger soapy head. It smells of citrus especially grapefruit. The taste is also heavily grapefruit but not overly bitter by the balanced chewy softness of the mouthfeel and possibly the fact that some of the hop profiles faded after opening 2 months after bottling. All things considered, Trillium's Congress Street is something that should NOT be overlooked.

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Photo of groutenberg
4.21/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up today in Canton, poured into tulip glass

L: nice hazy orange color, 1/2" head settle pretty quick to almost no head at all
S: kinda have a cold but clean citrus comes through
T: my 1st Trilliums tonite and they taste great, actually have pretty darn good length, really soft but with good depth of flavors
F: softer than those from TreeHouse or Hill farm, but really nice, easy to drink, great balance, not bitty, maybe a small acidic ending but not huge
F: REALLY wonderful, coats the mouth, softer than I'm used to, kinda like th difference, still partial to Julius, but happy these guys at 65 miles closer, Julius costs less...

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Photo of rms3434
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I kid you not this beer deserves all 5s. It is the best IPA, and best beer I have ever had. It comes in with such a tropical taste, but smacks you with hops. The mouthfeel is amazing, and the grapefruit after taste is unreal. I actually got this from the liquor store I work at on a bit of a whim, and wow I am so glad I took this over the Jacks Abby Excess I was planning on buying. If you ever see this at a store, buy it.

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Photo of Celtics76
4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Trillium's flagship brew (or is it Fort Point?) is tremendous. Really strong orange rind, grapefruit..more bitterness than other Trillium beers I've had.

One thing I've noticed is all of their hoppy beers look the same - opaque golden yellow. I guess that's their trademark. Not complaining..

Anyway, another winner from Trillium. Not their best though..that title (so far) belongs to DDH Sleeper Street. I see this one getting lost in the shuffle with me going forward.

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Photo of KevinL
4.57/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Looks like orange juice. Very hazy, with that lighter orange color one is used to seeing at breakfast. 4/5.

S: Citrus and tropical aromas that punch you in the face. A friend sharing the bottle went immediately to grapefruit, for both the citrus and the bitterness. Wonderful. 4.5/5.

T: Even better than the aromas! Just delicious. More citrus and tropical fruit flavors than you can imagine. This is one of my first unfiltered NE IPAs, and I will absolutely be going back for more. The flavors just pop. 4.75/5.

M: Exceedingly drinkable. 4.5/5.

O: Loved this. Would absolutely go back for more. Planning a trip to Boston now. 4.5/5.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.35/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

in a lot of ways, i like this better than the double dry hopped edition thats getting so much hype. something a little more simple about this one, and i think it features a bit more bitterness, more true to ipa than some of these other east coast juice bombs. still, its a dull orange thick cloudy yeasty looking ipa, definitely east coast. pretty head on it, lacy, tall, and defiant. it smells awesome, juicy and southern hemisphere hops happening in this one, creamy and oily at the same time, leafy and green, incredibly fresh. tough to place the varietals, lemon notes and mango notes, hints of pine cleaner and tangy zest, lots happening. the flavor is a lot like the nose, but its divided into two parts. the first part is hop flavor, which includes citrus fruits and peach in its fruitiness, as well as a chlorophyll green new vegetal thing, lots of hops for sure. the second part is the bitterness, which i missed in the double dry hop edition, and really appreciate a lot here. its woody bitter like centennial hops, but too fruity for that, which carries over through the finish. lots of body for what it is, soapy sudsy feel, good carbonation, and i appreciate what the residual yeast contributes in flavor and in feel. overall an elite level ipa, one of the best i have had from these guys, and on par with most anything else coming out of the east and getting tons of hype. juicy and distinct, worthy of its high regard, insanely easy down. a weirdly awesome combination with a homemade meatball sandwich from belfiores, now thats lunch!

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Congress Street IPA from Trillium Brewing Company
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