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Congress Street IPA - Trillium Brewing Company

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Congress Street IPACongress Street IPA

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490 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 490
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 7.61%
Wants: 146
Gots: 50 | FT: 4
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 AirBob
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

A - Hazy, golden-marmalade body. 3 fingers of white, fluffy head. Good retention and lacing.

S - Pineapple, apricot, and other tropical fruit. Sweet citrus hoppiness.

T - Candied or dried apricots and other tropical fruits. Slight lemon rind like bitterness. Well balanced.

M - Awesome. Full bodied throughout. Very little stickiness. Probably the best M I've had in an IPA.

O - Another terrific offering from Trillium.

AirBob, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of Hendry
4/5  rDev -10.5%

Opaque yellow pour with a magnificent white rocky head that stands at two fingers and stays put, textbook lacing in teku.

Aroma is sweet tropical fruits, pineapple and pine needles come to mind, however this is a subtle nose that can hardly be considered aggressive in the hop department, especially with all the horn blowing about double dry hopping.

Taste is reminiscent of sweet pineapple juice and pine, very pleasant but mild and slightly underwhelming.

Mouthfeel is medium, and soft on the palate. No strong bitterness which may or may not be good depending on your taste.

This is a fine IPA but I was expecting a bit more pop, especially for a $12 bottle.This is worth trying but I wouldn't go out of my way given the rarity and price point.I was glad to have tried it once.

Hendry, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of Guess2814
4.64/5  rDev +3.8%

I've had many different type of beers and this beer is a great IPA.. Trillium has been on point with a lot of beers and they hit it with this one.. This beer is hoppy with an unbelievable citrus taste.. If I had to compare this beer to any beer it would be Abner by Hill Farmstead.. Cheers!!!

Guess2814, Oct 13, 2014
Photo of Flounder57
4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Flounder57, Sep 30, 2014
Photo of Shaymus
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

purchased same day as bottled on!!

poured a light golden hazy orange with a lingering inch/2 inch head

nose was hoppy with a "typical" Trillium malt backbone

taste was tasty, hoppy, grapefruit a bit of orange, the "typical" malt is there as well, with a bit of bitterness towards the end

mouthfeel was medium to light,creamy, nothing overpowering.... carbonation was nice.

Overall: I quite enjoyed this IPA the "typical" malt I referred to is one that I taste in a few of Trillium's brews, not sure if its the malts they use or the hops can't quite put my finger on it but it is distinctive; earthy funk maybe? I guess I'll just have to keep drinking them to figure it out!.....Cheers

Shaymus, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of smashy_smashy
4.64/5  rDev +3.8%

smashy_smashy, Today at 06:26 PM
Photo of Roguer
4.39/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful hazy golden-yellow brew, topped with a sizable snow white, fluffy head. Great retention and very nice lacing.

Very fruit-forward hop aroma: light citrus (lemon, orange, ruby red grapefruit pulp) and tropical fruit (mango, pineapple, starfruit), herbal and slightly dank. Just a bit of sweet pale malt grains wafting in the background.

Flavor is what you'd expect from that hop profile: sweet and juicy. Emphasis is on the tropical fruit (again with starfruit and mango), with just a hint of grapefruit juice and peel in the flavor profile, and a dank, sticky sweetness. Pale malt biscuit and sweetness throughout, but the sharp hops cut through it all: sharply on the front, dank and lingering on the back-end.

Very lively brew, smooth and silky, with an oily retention. Bitterness and hop oils linger for a while; relatively short, dry finish to the bulk of the flavor, with only the hop oils remaining. Very drinkable, with a medium overall feel, somewhere between a beer you can gulp and a beer you have to sip.

An excellent brew overall, which beautifully showcases the modern, fruity hop profiles that have come to dominate the boutique brews on the market. Drinks like a DIPA as far as the hop blast, but the balance and ABV are single-IPA territory.

Roguer, Today at 04:48 PM
Photo of robgage
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

robgage, Today at 04:32 AM
Photo of LouStruble4
5/5  rDev +11.9%

LouStruble4, Today at 12:34 AM
Photo of kscaldef
4/5  rDev -10.5%

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.

kscaldef, Yesterday at 06:23 AM
Photo of Petegrieco
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Petegrieco, Tuesday at 10:28 PM
Photo of nathanmiller
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

nathanmiller, Tuesday at 01:24 PM
Photo of Shy5
4.65/5  rDev +4%

Shy5, Tuesday at 01:15 PM
Photo of WI-Beer-Man
4.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 750 ml bottle into a Central Waters snifter.

Pours a very hazy light orange color with 3 fingers of fluffy white head. Great retention and lacing. The most unique haze I've seen in an IPA.

Smell is strong with grapefruit and orange rind and a little pine.

The taste is very citrusy (grapefruit and pineapple juice) with a dry pine bitterness on the finish.

Very creamy mouthfeel with a dry finish on the tongue. It makes my mouth water and crave the next sip.

Overall - this is a great IPA and I'm happy to have had the opportunity to try it. The uniqueness of the look and flavor has convinced me to enter my first review.

WI-Beer-Man, Tuesday at 02:35 AM
Photo of fugazidps
4/5  rDev -10.5%

fugazidps, Monday at 10:04 PM
Photo of ChurchofPayton
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

ChurchofPayton, Monday at 09:03 PM
Photo of SCanthony
4.56/5  rDev +2%

SCanthony, Monday at 08:38 PM
Photo of orangesol
4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

orangesol, Monday at 07:10 PM
Photo of nickbman
5/5  rDev +11.9%

nickbman, Monday at 09:54 AM
Photo of J-Bonestradamus
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

J-Bonestradamus, Monday at 02:21 AM
Photo of KornWallace
4.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Date: 11/16/14
Location: Trillium Brewing
Draught/Bottle: 750ml Brown bottle
Glassware: Snifter

Appearance: Dark yellow to orange in color fading to clear near its edges. Solid two finger white carbonation head with fantastic retention, over two minutes. Dissipates to a carbonation ring that never leaves. Some murky haze but the beer allows in a lot of light and it is not impossible to see through.
Aroma: This IPA starts off with a mellowed spruce hoppiness that leads us into a range of citrus fruit. Pineapple, tangerine, and mango fruit juices give this a very early morning breakfast feel. The malt presence is slight but can be found in the lightly buttery and bread crust qualities.
Taste: Dank fruit flavors give this beer a stronger presence then the aroma credits it for. Strong mango and tangerine flavors move into a moderate low to moderate hop bitterness that can't quite be categorized as pine but closer to spruce. Similar crusty buttery pale malt flavors can be found in the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied as the fruits more to the dank, but not resinous, bitter and momentarily dry. The dryness doesn't last and isn't that strong to begin with but leads you to crave that next sip. Medium carbonation but it doesn't quite succeed in cutting through those strong dank flavors.

Notes: Bottled 10/18/14

KornWallace, Monday at 01:55 AM
Photo of LoveStout
4/5  rDev -10.5%

LoveStout, Sunday at 08:45 PM
Photo of acurtis
4.31/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

acurtis, Sunday at 08:26 PM
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Congress Street IPA from Trillium Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 490 ratings.