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Congress Street IPA - Trillium Brewing Company

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Congress Street IPACongress Street IPA

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114 Reviews
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Reviews: 114
Hads: 1,150
Avg: 4.47
pDev: 21.7%
Wants: 432
Gots: 192 | 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

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
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Photo of lokizan
4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Aroma - As I was setting up to take a pic of my pour the hops were bursting out of the glass at me. A lovely bouquet of guava, orange, passionfruit, and melon.

Taste - moderate bitterness upfront that is immediately followed by an explosion of tropical fruit. Decent malt bill that sees the beer through on the back end. Finish is lingering hops and bitterness.

Feel: medium bodied, very pleasant feel on the tongue, the beer offers that soft carbonation that makes the beer smooth but still have a bit of bite to it.

Very fantastic beer overall, wish I could buy this all the time! This one will not disappoint, another amazing offering from Trillium!

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Photo of RJQ3
4.54/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured 25 oz bottle into a Stella glass. Pours a cloudy golden color with a nice thick white head. Laces the glass nicely all the way down. Aroma is incredible to the point I keep smelling the empty bottle it's that good. All you smell is delicious hops, dank, flower, citrus hints attack the nostrils with veracity. Taste was very good but a little disappointed cause the smell was so good. Immediately get the hop forward taste I love with citrus Grapfruit, mango and the a good bitter resin grass finish. Mouthfeel was refreshing but a little light. Overall it's a great IPA, worthy of its #12 ranking!

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.02/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you, Patrick. Bottled 05 Nov, consumed 24 Nov.

Pouring a mildly hazed orange with a dense, off white head with excellent retention, this looks great. The nose is a riot of hop juice. Peach, Satsuma mandarins, grapefruit, baked oranges, a mild caramel. Incredibly floral and fragrant, there's a lot of honey here. The palate opens with a big, fruity hop sweetness with a blend of orange, peach, nectarines, pineapple, papaya, just a riot of hops. Leafy hops, mildly gritty, mildly chewy. Bitterness is mild to moderate though more herbal than a clean hop oil. Malt is mild, a little caramel and done honey. Brilliant hop flavor, though the mild chewy, gritty character is less than perfect. Medium in body though driven by hop character. Creamy carbonation. Drying, fruity, bitter finish. A little messy, a little flabby. In some ways, the feel and the texture really reminds me of Heady Topper. Very very good, despite all my criticisms.

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Photo of Markhdougherty
4.61/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Wow, this is why I love drinking IPA's. This beer achieves a perfect balance of complexity verses cleanliness and flavor without bitterness. Congress Street has a great citrus floral flavor with a clean smooth finish. This ranks as one of my favorites along with Lawson's sip o sunshine and Nightshift Santilli.

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Photo of Oswick
4.68/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

What a great beer. The look is spot on. The smell is good. Doesn't blow your mind, but good. Feels good in the mouth. Almost tingly. Smooth finish with just a hint of bitterness on the finish. Really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of macher0
4.46/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Light murky straw color, cloudy, opaque, frothy fine-bubble head with an egg shell color. Strong effervescence and laces.

S. Fruity and floral. A little cat piss.

T. A peppery tingle that usually comes from fresh hops. Spicy and floral. Mild malt backbone. Very earthy.

M. Moderate body, high carbonation, smooth.

O. Slightly under whelmed. I think the notes from the hops are very good, but I am curious why the beers are so cloudy? For some reason I prefer my hoppy beers to be translucent.

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Photo of jhavs
4.67/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Fresh bottle received in trade, poured into snifter tasting glass.

A= Hazy orange straw color, nice slightly less than pure white head, foamy, settles to ring around the glass with nice clingy lacing.

S= Rich and strong tropical hop aroma prevails over everything else, makes you want to take a sip.

T= Tropical, pine, and lemon zest hop flavors. Bit of inviting earthy dankness, easy finishing bitterness balances everything out. Awesome flavor.

M= Medium body with moderate carbonation.

O= Great explosion of hop aromas and flavors. Layers of both work great with the malt structure. Truly an excellent beer.

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

Drank within 2.5 weeks of bottling. Aroma of tropical fruit and pine. Murky gold pour with a plump head that lingers. Taste of melon, mango, pineapple, apricot and orange. Not as big of a hop kick as I expected; more of a nuanced, mellow, even complex cascade of citrus flavors with a very light malt backbone that doesn't detract from the fruit. Very enjoyable but I found Fort Point PA to be bolder in flavor and aroma, which was surprising. Maybe it was an odd bottle? Will definitely try again and update.

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Photo of Getalegup
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great tropical fruit smell when the cap is first opened, tastes same balanced with a light dankness, amber/yellow, pours 1 in of-white fluffy foam that lingers at 1/2 inch. Recommended.

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Photo of Dolphinsmarlins1
4.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Awesome beer from Trillium. After imbibing an UPPERCASE, I was pleasantly surprised with this one. Extremely aromatic and filled with flavor. Wish I got more.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow! Where do I start. Pours a orangy honey color. Has a fantastic aroma of dank resiny hops with orange peel notes. The flavor is fantstic. Juicy hops with a dank resiny flavor with a nice citrus aftertaste. Nice finish to the beer and overall this is fantastic

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Photo of Sandalwood
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, pours a very cloudy dark orange golden color with a huge white foamy head. There is quite a bit of a frothy lacing. The odor to me is powerful, citrus, grapefruit, pineapple, grassy, peach, apricot, floral, slightly spicy, dried fruits, dank, and slightly malty. The taste for me is honey, floral, tropical fruits, apricot, grapefruit, lemon, orange, slight spice, slightly bread like, herbal, resin, some dry bitterness throughout.

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Photo of tregan_20
4.73/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle poured into a Gandhi Bot snifter. Chilled at under 50F. Appeared hazy dark yellow with two finger white head and lots of lacing. The aroma is strong with floral, citrus and pine notes. It is a well-balanced, intensely hop-forward brew from Trillium. The flavor matches the aroma verbatim on the palate. A very solid, flavorful IPA with decent amount of hops for those hopheads out there. The bitter floral finish makes me wanting more... I polished the 750mL by myself haha (don't judge, I was thirsty). Overall an excellent IPA coming out of Boston and would love to try their Double Dry Hopped version of this as well. Cheers!

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Photo of agreenman19
4.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L - hazy medium orange. Beautiful and piercing. Very consistent color through and through. Just a pleasant beer to look at.

S - very nice. Bright, yet subtle juicy flavors of pine and citrus. Begins smooth and ends smooth. Slight dankness in the end.

T - that smidgen of dank in the nose carries SEAMLESSY into the taste. Wow, huge dank pine blast up front, coasting throughout the entire experience. Clean, lemony zest with a good balance of floral hops. The finish is an upswing with mild hop bitterness that lingers ever so slightly.

F - lush and smooth. Bountiful. Complements the rest of the beer amazingly.

O - the transitions in this beer are out of this world. Among the best I've had. The nose leading into the taste, and then the lazy twists and turns, finishing on a hoppy high note are insanely well-done.

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Photo of zac16125
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle into a pint glass
no bottling dates

Thanks to eb1610 for sending this over as an extra in a recent trade!

A: Slightly hazy, pale golden yellow, 2.5 fingers width of light off white head, great retention and lots of lacing. 4.5

S: Really dank, resinous, a bit minty, floral, some sweet citrus, sweet malts to balance. Excellent. 4.5

T: Lots of citrus, lemon-lime and orange, piney bitterness, some floral characters. Not as dank or resinous as the aroma implied but still very good. 4

M/D: Great mouthfeel, very smooth for the style, appropriate carbonation, drinkability is excellent. 4.5

O: Excellent IPA. I’ve heard good things about Trillium and it did not disappointment. Thanks eb1610! 4.25

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Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
4.55/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Please, sir, may I have another? comes to mind. Poured from the bottle into a Teku glass. Vibrant tangerine body swept golden and yellow with a finger of pillowy, white head. Grapefruit and peach and pineapple all around: luscious fruity notes. A mouthfeel like feathers being dragged across your tongue. Refreshing, crisp, sensual, delicious.

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Photo of LukieBL
4.63/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

What's to be said?
Just picked up a fresh growler today and this is my favorite batch in quite a while. It's more or less a perfect beer.

Juicy, clean, addictive stuff from 369 congress yet again.

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Photo of The_Kings_Thirst
4.77/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: Hazy. Orange at the center, fading to yellow at the edges. Big head and nice lacing
S: Grapefruit, citrus and a floral sweetness
T: Grapefruit and other citrus with a bitterness that finishes smooth
F: Medium light body.

Overall: Might be my favorite new beer this year. Great IPA. In a big city like Boston, I feel like there should be been a line out the door of the brewery with what these are crafting.

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Photo of mnj21655
4.46/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

32oz. growler (filled today) poured into a tulip

Pours orange-gold in color with a finger of frothy white head the fades to just a thin coating. Tropical aroma: citrus, mango, pineapple. Taste is heavy on the citrus, namely grapefruit, with a malt backbone that supports a solid bitterness with a semi-dry finish; alcohol is well masked. Overall this a very good IPA, not a hop bomb but well balanced for an IPA.

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Photo of MatthewHopHead
4.34/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bomber poured into Teku glass.

Look: Straw color, very murky, and a nice thick head of tiny bubbles.

Smell: Citrus, straw, a little tropical fruit, and a touch of malty sweetness.

Taste: Similar to the nose with bitter hops and grapefruit.

Feel: Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Overall: a very good IPA, Trillium is one of the top beer makers out there IMO. Not this brewery's best showing.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.94/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip

Look - A gorgeous golden honey orange color. Completely cloudy/hazy with a fluffy/frothy/pillowy white head. Beautiful glass lacing. Very easy on the eyes!
Smell - A bouquet of tropical fruits. Pineapple, mangos, grapefruit along with some underlining piney dankness. Could have smelled it all night long.
Taste - A wonderful blend of fresh pineapple and fresh grapefruit juice! With hints of mangos and pine to go along with the ride. Middle to back of the palate you get a perfect amount of bitterness just to keep it interesting that beautifully rolls and falls off the tongue.
Feel - Just when you thought that this beer couldn't get any better, after you swallow you are left with this creamy/velvety mouthfeel that is so enticing that you just cant help but to take another sip.

Overall - My first experience with Trillium. Let me tell you, the hype is most certainly real folks. There is a reason why people from all over seek out their beers. But now the question is.......Can it get any better? Will my senses ever experience such bliss again??

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Photo of wedge
4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky straw color under a frothy white head that sticks to the glass. Fruity aromas like mango, orange, and papaya meet more of a green hoppy spice. Tastes of unripe fruit, creamy tangerines, and light scalliony dankness. Pretty light and soft in the mouth. Nice, if nothing special. I’d love to try the Double Dry Hopped variety.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.49/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Trillium Tulip. Purchased at the brewery on bottle day.

Pours a golden orange hazy body with a nice frothy white head that reduces slowly to leave a little retention and some lacing.

Aromas of grapefruit, citrus, fresh raw hops, tons of tropical fruits. On the tongue it's an even bigger fruit medley of pineapple, grapefruit, citrus, with a slightly bitter zing on the finish. Creamy, soft consistency, medium carbonation and body. Very nice, very well done.

Another great IPA from Trillium I love these guys.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.61/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Popping open a 750mL bottle from 7/30 acquired in a trade thanks to Michael. Rarely, and I mean this honestly, do I give out 5's. This beer, however, is just so beautiful that it is the first IPA I've ever had to receive 5 in the looks department. Super dense cloudiness, gold with hint of orange, and a fluffy white head. Great tropical fruit aroma here, too, really inviting. Great tasting IPA, too, easily jumping up there in terms of the world-class IPAs that I've had. Just spectacular, super juicy with tons of tropical fruit. Finishes a bit heavy and slick, but a pleasure to drink. Worth the wait.

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Photo of MOVERTON1284
3.75/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured in a tulip glass. Color was straw colored and it was clearer than I expected. I was a little disappointed by this. Great aroma, but the taste was not as good as I hoped. Harsh bitter finish

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Congress Street IPA from Trillium Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.