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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
98
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286 Ratings
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Ratings: 286
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 8.31%
Wants: 84
Gots: 28 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Trillium Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TheAnk on 10-04-2013)
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Photo of nmann08
4.53/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

nmann08, Today at 12:47 AM
Photo of Texasfan549
4.4/5  rDev -1.1%

Texasfan549, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

kjkinsey, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

spycow, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of kylehay2004
4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

kylehay2004, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of SocalKicks
4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

SocalKicks, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev -10.1%

Kegatron, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of jlindros
4.53/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

jlindros, Apr 05, 2014
Photo of oline73
4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

oline73, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev -10.1%

mendvicdog, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Rochefort10nh, Apr 14, 2014
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.

smcolw, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of duceswild
4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

duceswild, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of Kelp
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Kelp, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of PEIhop
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

PEIhop, Apr 23, 2014
Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

iL0VEbeer, May 20, 2014
Photo of jrallen34
3.75/5  rDev -15.7%

jrallen34, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of chippo33
4/5  rDev -10.1%

chippo33, Mar 19, 2014
Photo of rudzud
4.6/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

rudzud, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of BGsWo22
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

BGsWo22, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of cpetrone84
3.43/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

cpetrone84, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of VelvetExtract
4.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | 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.

VelvetExtract, Oct 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -10.1%

msubulldog25, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of williamjbauer
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

williamjbauer, Oct 18, 2013
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Congress Street IPA from Trillium Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 286 ratings.