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Congress Street IPA - Trillium Brewing Company

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Congress Street IPACongress Street IPA

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Reviews: 92
Hads: 1,039
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 6.74%
Wants: 403
Gots: 159 | 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 nmann08
4.54/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle, pours a bright but opaque yellow, light orange color with a very soft white head. Great lacing.

Nose is intense and bright. Citrus, tropical fruit, a little candy, pineapple, and soft earthy pine. The malt is present, but in the backdrop. The flavor is balanced, juicy, citrus, more tropical fruit, a little sweet smooth finish. This is refreshing, clean, so balanced and delicious. This is great, love it. (428 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.24/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy honey color with a massive head; great stickage with lacing clumping on the side of the glass

Smell: Subtle wafts of tropical fruit, with papaya, pineapple and a whiff of mango

Taste: A touch of shortbread in the malt and then the tropical fruit takes over, just as in the aroma; papaya and pineapple forward with a touch of mango and orange pith; the finish is fruity and not overly bitter

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: With the high ratings here, I thought this might be an off the charts IPA and, while it is excellent, I cannot bring myself to score it in the 4.5 range; I actually prefer the Fort Point Pale ale to this beer; still, it is quite good and I am glad to have tried it

Thanks, Ljudsignal, for the opportunity (796 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.52/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got out to the brewery, while the family was at the Children's Museum. Snuck in just before they closed, sorry guys, but I wasn't the last person either, by far! Filled a few hours ago.

Pours a ridiculously murky hazy almost cartoony solid color, orangey carrot golden yellow, with a light fizzy head that barely covers the beer but at least sticks around for a while in the smallness of itself. But, I've had plenty of amazing IPAs that weren't the best lookers.

Nose really is great, starting with pure mango juice, like mango puree, some guava and a bit papaya, even a hint of a musty passion fruit note, mild citrusy orange and tangerine, it has the smell of one of those awesome Dole Mango Orange + other tropical fruit style juices, like all the fresh squeezed fruit out the wazoo. A hint of a mild juicy malt base as well, a bit of pith and hint rind, quite nice.

Taste brings lots of hops, as expected, fruits and fresh tropical fruit flavors mostly, a little grapefruit pith punches through at first, then quickly into the mango and papaya, little passion fruit resin and mild musty dank fresh hop resin, with a little orange juice and grapefruit juice, and even pineapple, it seem to have it all. This is pretty much a big glass of tropical and citrus fruit juice. The pithy little rind bitterness starts to really come through, with touch of bready slightly sweet malt, and decent creamy malt, nice creamy feel that really fills out to help deliver the hops everywhere. Finish is more pith and rind, quite bitter, with more tropical fruits and plenty of them lingering, but fairly dry finish, and the faintest hint of booze late. Hops bring just a touch of a minty note and apple skin like chracter super late on the bitterness.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, fairly creamy and rich, it has the feel of actual pureed mango with lots of pulp (but no real chunks just thick), nice carb esp for a growler, and the faintest hint of booze late.

Overall awesome! I can really see where they get their reputation now. This rivals Julius and many of the Hill IPAs. So much tropical fruit, juicy, nice malt base, and great mouth feel. It really was like drinking fresh pureed smoothie of tropical fruits. (2,217 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.21/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

after trying the pale it was a special treat to taste this from the growler -thank you Tim!

The color is golden with thick haze and thick white lasting head with full lace stickage and fine bead. The smell is slightly fruity and tropical with mildly floral with juicy sweet and tangerine odor and hint of spice with slight yeast ester adding to the tropical citrus quality. The feel has a mild tangy and resinous quality with medium carbonation and mild malt with slight alcohol and spicy dry finish.

The taste has tangy citrus hops and light grassy taste with mild tropical taste with lingering spice and peppery balanced by malt with yeast drying yet semi-dry finish with hardly any alcohol as it finishes. The taste is great -a very good American style IPA as refreshing as is possible for the abv, so drinkable and full of hoppy goodness. (844 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.21/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Good bar-pour head. Settles to a thin layer of bubbles. Leaves some patchy, blanketing lace. Very cloudy. Gold color with a tinge of green.

Attractive spruce and grapefruit aromas. Smells fresh and prickly.

Starts off with a wonderful pale malt base. The strong pepper hop kicks in at the swallow. The grapefruit even comes through in the taste. Long, long bitter aftertaste. Full bodied and lowly carbonated. Overall, this is a very bitter beer. (450 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.43/5  rDev -0.4%

From 10/02/14 Notes. 22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Picked up at the brewery 2 weeks ago.

Pours a hazy orange-amber color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident. Oranges, citrus hops, tropical fruits, juicy fruity malts, and light pine hops. Taste is very good, lightly bitter Medium body and low carbonation, easy to drink.

Overall tihs is really good; I would put this ahead of Sunshower as my favorite IPA from them, and would put it up there with their New England Red and Lineage Rye as one of their best beers so far. Lots of tropical and citrus notes and easy to drink, would buy this all the time if I could. (644 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.21/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Bright yellow orange. Nice white head and great lacing inside the glass.

Smell - Bright orange hops. Cracker malt. A little piney.

Taste - All citrus hops here. Orange hops. A little grapefruit. Cracker malt. Light pale malt sweetness. Low bitterness.

Mouthfeel - A little astringent. Medium body. Well carbonated.

Overall - Another hit from Trillium. (416 characters)

Photo of kscaldef
4/5  rDev -10.1%

Really liked this cold out of the fridge (4.5), but as it warms I enjoy it less. There seems to be something in the Trillium house character that I don't particularly care for, although I have a hard time putting my finger on it. (229 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at the Dive Bar.

A - Poured into a standard pint glass a wonderful slightly hazy hidden hue with s dense, creamy white one finger head that fades slowly to leave a creamy sudsy blanket.

S - Aromas of nice citrus and grapefruit rind, not much malts at all this is all aromatic hops.

T - Taste is very fun, almost a combo of floral hops and tangerine/Clementine citrus notes. Just delicious, great grapefruit notes, light light biscuit finish. This is primarily citrus oil, wonderful bitter finish that while not oppressive is still prominent. Very good.

M - Mouthfeel is just what I'd want from a higher ABV ipa, crisp and clean with enough carbonation that makes this jump off the tongue.

O - Overall this beer is freaking excellent. Very well executed. Exceptional. (779 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.51/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours murky and milky. So much haze! The head is a mushroom cap of doughy and froth. The head is damn persistent as well. This looks like it'll be right in my wheelhouse, the murkier the better.

S-A liquified orgy of tropical hop aromatics. One of the most pineapple-stressed aromas I have sniffed. You name the exotic fruit, it's here. Then, behind that there is a healthy dose of herby/piney/earthy hops. A really satisfying, malty totem of sweet popover dough.

T- Trop-hop explosion again. It's all there, trust me.

M-Drinks with sinister ease. Great bitterness with purpose. Slight creamy feel. A bit resiny.

O/D-Another Trillium gem. I must say that the aroma is a tad bit more delectable than the flavor but either way, this is a show pony. Bring this beer back, Trillium! Very reminiscent of their Fort Point Pale Ale with a bit more brawn but a tad less finesse. (876 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
3.91/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle served in a tulip at 47 degrees. Bottled 050515. Pours a dull orange-gold with a murky clarity and a rocky, two inch, bright white head. Head eventually settles into a thick dollop of foam with delicate swaths of lacing revealed as the beer recedes. Nose expresses sugary citrus nose, a grassy quality and a kiss of spice. Taste comes off a bit dull - earthy hops upfront followed by a light citrus character and a mild medicinal quality that lingers between quaffs. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a consistent, even carbonation and a mild acidity that lightly stimulates the salivary glands. Overall, a decent IPA but not my favorite Trillium offering. It all comes off a bit dull. (711 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.42/5  rDev -23.1%
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. (562 characters)

Photo of popery
4.42/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer is a pale tan yellow color. The head is white and voluminous. Lots of lacing and whatnot. The aroma is full of fruity hop flavor. Big pineapple and tangerine. Lime, orange peel, mango. Light yeasty note. Maybe a little fresh pale malt character but it’s way in the background. Taste is hoppy with essentially no initial bitterness. The finish is yeasty and dry with lingering moderate bitterness. Very flavorful. Fresh and bright hoppiness. Easy to drink. Soft, full mouthfeel. Another tasty, tasty hoppy beer from Trillium. (535 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.79/5  rDev +7.6%
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 dar482
4.74/5  rDev +6.5%
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 Stevedore
4.33/5  rDev -2.7%

750ml bottle dated 8/16/2014, poured into a Lawson's snifter 8/27/2014, at 40F.

A- Beautiful hazy dark yellow body with a three finger white head that's thicker than custard with appropriate retention time; lots of lacing. Its an almost stereotypical New England appearance. [4.25]

S- Strong and powerful floral, citrus and pine notes. Very clean in terms of the hops, even a bit oily, but at the same time there is a sweet caramel backbone that is just enough to balance out the hop aromas. Well-balanced, but very intensely hop forward. [4.5]

F- Bitter floral notes up front, a strong citrus and tropical fruit presence in the middle aspect that also brings out the sweet caramel which lingers all the way through to the end. The bitter floral notes up front also carries through to the end. A robust, flavourful IPA with a nice cohort of hops on the palate that appropriately balances the malt. [4.25]

M- Medium bodied, well carbonated, creamy and quite resinous but without being particularly dry or sticky. Strikes the right balance I have come to prefer from IPAs. Bitter floral finish keeps me wanting more. [4.5]

O- Excellent IPA that follows the emerging tradition of hop-forward pale ales coming out of New England. I would have liked a bit less malt sweetness as that would make it closer to some of the others from the region, but as it stands, this is pretty damn good. [4.25]

Final score: 4.325

Appearance 5%
Aroma 20%
Taste 45%
Mouthfeel 10%
Overall 20% (1,475 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
4.17/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Fresh bottle from trade. BIG thanks! Pours murky yellow golden with a one finger fluffyish white head. Looks a little flat on the pour. Aroma of pineapple juice, oranges, lots of tropical citrus here. Flavor is very sweet pineapple juice and orange zest, lightly bitter, twinge of lemongrass. Mouthfeel is fuller and smooth, but this is way on the flat side with nearly no carbonation. Everything is there flavor wise, but this really seems like it might be a bad batch or bottling given the low carbonation, and that really takes away from what seems to otherwise be a delicious treat. Hope to try it again and up the score, though it's good as is. (649 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
4.3/5  rDev -3.4%

A-Very cloudy orange, well carbonated and a two finger head that leaves nice lacing.

S-Lots of hops, citrus, some tropical and lemon.

T-Similar to the nose, starts with nice citrus and tropical notes with nice bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, nice carbonation and hop resins.

O-A really good IPA that I must try again. (318 characters)

Photo of Dope
4.7/5  rDev +5.6%

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 Resuin
4.74/5  rDev +6.5%
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 wedge
4/5  rDev -10.1%
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. (336 characters)

Photo of vonnegut21
4.7/5  rDev +5.6%
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 thebigredone
4.02/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another great IPA from Trillium. Personally I prefer a couple of the others I've had, Melcher, Pier, etc., but I wouldn't throw any of them out of bed. (152 characters)

Photo of bobv
4.14/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Looks nice.
Smells nice.
Tastes nice.
Feels good.
Overall: Maybe if this was a bit fresher it would have been nicer, but, as it is, it's like every other real good IPA. Really good! I was slightly more impressed with their Fort Point. (234 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
4.48/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Growler was poured into a perfect pint glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy pale yellow color with slight vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Tropical, grassy, pungent, floral, grassy, herbal, pilsner malts, and pale malts.

Taste: Same as above. Mild tingly bitterness in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, refreshing, medium carbonation, medium bodied, and mild tingly bitterness.

Overall: Pretty solid IPA. You can never go wrong. (567 characters)

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Congress Street IPA from Trillium Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.