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Congress Street IPA | Trillium Brewing Company

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Congress Street IPACongress Street IPA

Brewed by:
Trillium Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by TheAnk on 10-04-2013

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Reviews: 152 | Ratings: 1,412
Photo of lemmy187
4.52/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Looks like strained pineapple juice with about a finger of white head. Pick up citrus, pine, grapefruit, and lemon zest in the nose. Refreshing taste.....lemon, citrus, and low bitterness. Feel is silky with medium low carbonation. Excellent ipa.....drinkability is off the charts.

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Photo of SaulFox
4.74/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

-Turbid, bright, light orange color. Almost like a blended creme sickle.
-Mango, pineapple, peach, apricot, resinous.
-Juicy tropical fruits with piney resinous.
-Lingering bitterness
-Burping tropical goodness as I write this. One of the best ipas

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Photo of Zythophile
4.39/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle Date: 3/8/16
Palate Contaminants: none

Continuing Trillium adventures. Good ride so far.

Appearance is like an opaque pineapple juice.

Smell is very peachy, with some pear. It's as juicy as any I can recall. There's also a bit of coconut.

Taste balance is more toward bitterness than sweetness, compared to their other offerings. However, the fruit flavor is still there. Peach and pear were on the nose, and those are the main two on the tongue, too. And apricots. There are a lot of stone fruit flavors in here, but they're not so strong. There's also a muted lemon zest flavor. It's a bit tea-ish.

Feel is probably the most carbonated of the five Trillium expressions I've knocked back thus far.

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Photo of mothman
4.37/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy golden yellow. White head.

Juicy and tropical with some dankness. Grapefruit and mango. Citrusy. Melon. A touch of resin and bitterness.

Really great IPA. Very drinkable. Tons of flavors.

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Photo of Trevor11
4.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I had some discouraging preconceptions from some other friends of mine that have said not as good as Hill Farmstead, Lawson's, or Tree House. Nonetheless, I truly beg to differ. I think that Trillium really holds its own against all of them [Tree House is still the best though]. Congress is a deep, hazy orange with two finger soapy head. It smells of citrus especially grapefruit. The taste is also heavily grapefruit but not overly bitter by the balanced chewy softness of the mouthfeel and possibly the fact that some of the hop profiles faded after opening 2 months after bottling. All things considered, Trillium's Congress Street is something that should NOT be overlooked.

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Photo of groutenberg
4.21/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up today in Canton, poured into tulip glass

L: nice hazy orange color, 1/2" head settle pretty quick to almost no head at all
S: kinda have a cold but clean citrus comes through
T: my 1st Trilliums tonite and they taste great, actually have pretty darn good length, really soft but with good depth of flavors
F: softer than those from TreeHouse or Hill farm, but really nice, easy to drink, great balance, not bitty, maybe a small acidic ending but not huge
F: REALLY wonderful, coats the mouth, softer than I'm used to, kinda like th difference, still partial to Julius, but happy these guys at 65 miles closer, Julius costs less...

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Photo of rms3434
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I kid you not this beer deserves all 5s. It is the best IPA, and best beer I have ever had. It comes in with such a tropical taste, but smacks you with hops. The mouthfeel is amazing, and the grapefruit after taste is unreal. I actually got this from the liquor store I work at on a bit of a whim, and wow I am so glad I took this over the Jacks Abby Excess I was planning on buying. If you ever see this at a store, buy it.

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Photo of Celtics76
4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Trillium's flagship brew (or is it Fort Point?) is tremendous. Really strong orange rind, grapefruit..more bitterness than other Trillium beers I've had.

One thing I've noticed is all of their hoppy beers look the same - opaque golden yellow. I guess that's their trademark. Not complaining..

Anyway, another winner from Trillium. Not their best though..that title (so far) belongs to DDH Sleeper Street. I see this one getting lost in the shuffle with me going forward.

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Photo of KevinL
4.57/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Looks like orange juice. Very hazy, with that lighter orange color one is used to seeing at breakfast. 4/5.

S: Citrus and tropical aromas that punch you in the face. A friend sharing the bottle went immediately to grapefruit, for both the citrus and the bitterness. Wonderful. 4.5/5.

T: Even better than the aromas! Just delicious. More citrus and tropical fruit flavors than you can imagine. This is one of my first unfiltered NE IPAs, and I will absolutely be going back for more. The flavors just pop. 4.75/5.

M: Exceedingly drinkable. 4.5/5.

O: Loved this. Would absolutely go back for more. Planning a trip to Boston now. 4.5/5.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.35/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

in a lot of ways, i like this better than the double dry hopped edition thats getting so much hype. something a little more simple about this one, and i think it features a bit more bitterness, more true to ipa than some of these other east coast juice bombs. still, its a dull orange thick cloudy yeasty looking ipa, definitely east coast. pretty head on it, lacy, tall, and defiant. it smells awesome, juicy and southern hemisphere hops happening in this one, creamy and oily at the same time, leafy and green, incredibly fresh. tough to place the varietals, lemon notes and mango notes, hints of pine cleaner and tangy zest, lots happening. the flavor is a lot like the nose, but its divided into two parts. the first part is hop flavor, which includes citrus fruits and peach in its fruitiness, as well as a chlorophyll green new vegetal thing, lots of hops for sure. the second part is the bitterness, which i missed in the double dry hop edition, and really appreciate a lot here. its woody bitter like centennial hops, but too fruity for that, which carries over through the finish. lots of body for what it is, soapy sudsy feel, good carbonation, and i appreciate what the residual yeast contributes in flavor and in feel. overall an elite level ipa, one of the best i have had from these guys, and on par with most anything else coming out of the east and getting tons of hype. juicy and distinct, worthy of its high regard, insanely easy down. a weirdly awesome combination with a homemade meatball sandwich from belfiores, now thats lunch!

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Typical opaque & cloudy orange-juice-like appearance with a thin layer of eggshell coloured head.

S - Bright tropical fruit aromas of pineapple, tangerine, passion fruit and mango. A touch of honey sweetness in the background.

T - Bursting with bright tropical and citrus fruit flavours. Pineapple, mango, passion fruit and tangerine. A very light honey sweetness provides the perfect amount of balance.

M - Medium body. Sticky and oily. Light carbonation.

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Photo of Aws1187
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What I hate about this beer is that it makes other beers taste bad. Best single IPA I've had aside from Focal Banger. Tastes great. Juicy and fresh with a deliciously light malt backbone. Get your hands on a fresh bottle. It's great.

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Photo of hudsonvalleyslim
4.48/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Growler poured fresh from the brewery (this evening) into a Proclamation Ale tulip. Gonna keep this short and sweet. I've had hundreds of fine ales (and that was just last week!) but Congress Street is one of the finest I've tasted. Matter of fact, Trillium makes many of the finest ales I've ever tasted. I'm blessed to live a short drive away from the Canton brewery.

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Photo of emount91
4.62/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a beautiful murky orange with almost peach hue to it. beautiful lacing, uneven foamy head. smell is oranges, mangos, light citrus, some pine, orange creamsicle, and a little grassy. absolutely no malt on the nose. taste is the same as smell but very heavy on the orange and orange creamsicle tastes. very little malt on the back end. mouth feel is that perfect NE IPA juicy fuzz. beautiful beer from Trill, can wait to crack it's older brother in the fridge.

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Trillium just does not make bad beers. This one is no different. Lots of hazy, fruity I, sticky goodness with tons of delicious hop character on the nose. Perfect carb with a nice juicy pour.

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Photo of FFreak
4.38/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a willy glass. Pours a very hazy, dirty yellow-orange, with a fluffy, off-white head that coats the glass. Smell is very tropical, with pineapple being prominent. Taste is delicious - tropical, sweet, low bitterness, some grass, but mostly pineapple/mango/orange. Mouth is just right - medium body, creamy, silky, average carbonation, on the sweet side. Overall, another great one from Trillium.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle dated 02/10/16

Pours a turbid dark gold color with a dense creamy off-white head that doesn't want to go away. Smells like overripe peach and mango, some pineapple and melon, guava, orange citrus, with dank earthy grass and pine. Tastes like peach and clementine, mango, pineapple, guava, some fresh pine and grass, with a mild lingering biscuit note. Feels thick and creamy, medium bodied with low carbonation. Overall a really great and well made IPA.

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.48/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Bright yellow, with golden highlights. Off white, frothy head that is thick and silky. Body is hazy. Some lace left behind throughout the drink.
S: Very fruity. Peach, mango, lemon, papaya, and orange all wrapped up. Also the smell of sweet honey. Very fragrant
T: Sort of a repeat of the nose. Highly fruity, with some sweetness. Also has a peppery and minty quality as well. Very fresh. Finishes with a dry finish, though not incredibly bitter.
F: Full body, yet very silky and fluffy as well. Effervecent quality. Some drying bitter qualities which lend astringency, though it is very mild. Feels like drinking a fresh tropical milkshake.
O: Incredibly solid brew by Trillium.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.44/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into stemmed tulip.
Pours a hazy and glowing deep straw/light honey color with two fingers of thick head.
Aromas are fruity, slightly sweet, little malt character in the nose.
Flavors are complex with fruit, dried fruit, some candied orange all present.
Mouthfeel is excellent.
Overall, just another classic beer from Trillium, excellent!

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Photo of Dopen993
4.48/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 poured into tulip glass. 2/10/16

L. Hazy orange with two finger head and moderate lacing.
S. A light amount of pine and citrus that transforms into tropical, mango and passion fruit.
T. Light flavors all around that come together in a balance of west and east. Becomes more New England in style once it warms up, but pine is definitely noticeable.
F. Medium mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

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Photo of Nachojon
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Hit by the solid aroma upon opening, happy. This is the juiciest IPA I have ever seen, bottles 2/10. At first I was slightly disappointed, seemed a little one dimensional and thin. Let it warm up just slightly and boom! Everything changed, the hop profile really came through, that galaxy is amazing. Love the texture and depth of flavor, the yeast here is bar none ridiculous.

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Photo of Awolter
4.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolutely intense haziness and juicy smell. A complete surprise for me, and very delicious. For me, it's easy up in the Julius and King Sue category for juicy hoppy citrusy beers.

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Photo of danh53
4.52/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, opaque golden color with frothy head. Smells of pineapple, pine, passion fruit, and citrus. Taste follows the nose with a light earthy bitterness on the finish. Grapefruit comes through as well as passion fruit, maybe some melon and papaya. There's a lot of flavors going on here. The mouth feel is full and creamy. This is a perfect example of the tropical, hazy, east coast IPAs.

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Photo of BEEPOP
4.29/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tropical fruity deliciousness. 99.9% balanced. Not the best of the best but a very damn good beer. Is it worth the price point? Probably not but if you are in the area you have to try this at Trillium just for the experience.

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Photo of Skellbop
4.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - hazy peach color, small white head, some lacing
S - lots of passion fruit, some citrus
T - floral on the front, some bitterness of the back, very smooth
F - juicy, nice carbonation
O - very nice

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Congress Street IPA from Trillium Brewing Company
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