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Congress Street IPA - Trillium Brewing Company

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Congress Street IPACongress Street IPA

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Reviews: 122
Hads: 1,217
Avg: 4.48
pDev: 21.21%
Wants: 474
Gots: 207 | FT: 3
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Trillium Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States | website

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 needMIbeerinMD
4.69/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer pours a hazy almost fruit juice like color and consistency with a 1/4" head of white foam.
The smell is initially sweet and fruity followed by assertive but not overpowering hops.
Taste of sweetened grapefruit balanced out with floral and only slightly bitter hops.
I thought the beer had a perfect amount of carbonation which gave is a mimosa like mouthfeel.
Without a doubt a great beer and overy drinkable considering the 7.2% ABV.

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Photo of Damasen
4.65/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Hazy mix of pineapple and orange juice. Leaves a dense two finger off white head.

S: Starts with citrus and pineapple that goes into mango and peach. Slight floral in the background.

T: Follows nose. Starts with pineapple and citrus then goes into a bitter that mixed with fruit that is easily distinguishable. The bitter plays on the pineapple and some mango until the fruits take over and the drink eventually ends a tad sweet of fruit.

F: Medium to full body mouth feel that lingers of the citrus fruit. Very nice.

O: This is a great offering from Trillium. The smell is nice with a big hit of citrus and tropical fruit and the taste follows an interesting path of citrus and tropical fruit that goes into bitter that echoes the previous fruit flavors. The mouth feel only further enhances these flavors. Amazing.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.44/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler from the Fort Point location, think it was $16? Appearance was more than hazy, it was murky, swampy, and orange, guess this is what NE IPA's are supposed to look like? Aroma is citrus, hops, citrus, and citrus. Flavor is pineapple, orange juice, grapefruit and surprisingly not really bitter. This was fantastic and now I get why NE IPA's are the thing now. If I lived near Boston I would drink this every chance I got.

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Photo of beantown_hopster
4.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter from a growler, filled today around noon and consumed today around 6pm :)

Pours a beautiful hazy orange with very small lacing head. The smell also impresses, floral, peach and mango. The malt doesn't make it too sweet, or too juicy and the hops don't make it too bitter. It really is a nice balance, which I suppose is what a good IPA is going for. Finishes bitter and dry, makes you look at your glass and go hop bitterness and dryness from... orange juice? Mouth feel is medium-high carbonation, thinner on the body than others have experienced for me.

Very enjoyable to drink IPA.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle. Hazy orange with thick white head, fades slowly to a glob, lots of lace. Nice fruity aroma. Taste starts with some juicy goodness but is immediately taken over by dank piney hops, weedy. Hops turn earthy at the end. Full soft mouthfeel. Excellent bold dank IPA.

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Photo of Fireman_RK
4.66/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: Hazy golden hues with an inch and a half head - gorgeous lacing throughout
S: Tropical fruits with a mild dankness
T: Bursting with hops and a citrusy aftertaste; there's a certain dryness, but I didn't get as much as some other reviewers
F: Soft and pillowy - oddly enough this was my favorite aspect of the brew - so light and fluffy
O: Another terrific IPA from Trillium - certainly one of my favorites and highly recommended

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.73/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Been lucky enough to try a few beers from Trillium over the past few weeks. This one is the best I've had.

A: Pours a glowing dark golden color with a lively one finger bone white head. A good amount of lace down the glass with each sip.

S: Smells fantastic. Lots of fruit notes pop out right away. Mango, melon a little bit of peach candy rings, kiwi and green papaya. Some caramel and a light bit of herbaceous hops. You really get something new everytime you get close to the glass.

T: I think what impresses me the most about Trillium's beers is how clean they are. This is no different. Opens with mango, peach and some caramel. The middle brings just a tickle of piney hop bitterness, which falls off into a finish of dried mango, earthy malt and a light but lingering herbal hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and the carbonation is on point. Just a fantastic beer from Trillium. Can't wait to try more from them.

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Photo of brewmeister1984
4.27/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not trilliums best but an amazing beer none the less. Has a really nice dry finish but is less juicy than trilliums other options. A very solid offering from this amazing brewery.

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Photo of lokizan
4.33/5  rDev -3.3%
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 +1.3%
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 -10.3%
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 +2.9%
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 +4.5%
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 -0.4%
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 +4.2%
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 -5.1%
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 +0.4%
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 +3.8%
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%
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 +0.4%
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 +5.6%
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 +5.1%
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 -5.1%
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 +1.6%
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 +3.3%
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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Congress Street IPA from Trillium Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.