Congress Street IPA - Trillium Brewing Company
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4.53/5 rDev +1.8%
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.
04-05-2014 02:30:38 | More by jlindros
4.21/5 rDev -5.4%
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.
01-12-2014 17:57:38 | More by smcolw
4.6/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
10-30-2013 00:18:38 | More by rudzud
3.43/5 rDev -22.9%
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.
06-17-2014 23:29:22 | More by cpetrone84
4.58/5 rDev +2.9%
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.
10-15-2013 01:07:48 | More by VelvetExtract
4.68/5 rDev +5.2%
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.
10-11-2013 01:22:55 | More by vonnegut21
4.63/5 rDev +4%
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.
12-31-2013 00:48:58 | More by dar482
Congress Street IPA from Trillium Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 223 ratings.