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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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267 Ratings
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Ratings: 267
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 8.3%
Wants: 77
Gots: 26 | 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 neophilus
4.45/5  rDev -0.2%

Pours hazy light yellow color with some amber hues. Dense white foam crowns the top. Aroma of hop resins with citrus and melon. Some malt sweetness on the nose as well.

Well-hopped flavor is bright and and substantial, citrusy hop bitterness mingles with tangy wine-like notes, thick but drinkable body of ale. Has a bit of rye like spice on the edges. Finishes smooth with lingering tang from the hops. Serious dose of juicy hops finishes off this tasty american ipa.

neophilus, Oct 15, 2013
Photo of Ljudsignal
4.45/5  rDev -0.2%

32oz growler poured into a Trillium pint glass. Growler filled today, 1/9/14.

Pours a cloudy golden-orange with a frothy but disappointingly thin one-finger white head. Head retention is fairly poor, lingering for only half a minute or so before vanishing completely. On the plus side, lacing is thick and plentiful, and a persistent collar and film sit atop the beer long after the head itself has vanished. On the whole, looks good but not great.

In the nose, though...oh man, this stuff is rich! Grapefruit, peach, tangerine, orange rind, and floral hops mingle potently with subtler notes of tropical fruit--notably pineapple and mango--and a light, sweet bready malt note. Beautiful, inviting, complex.

Taste follows the nose almost to the letter, and that is by no means a bad thing. Fruit-forward on the front of the palate, with lemon zest, grapefruit, bitter orange rind as well as a sweeter tangerine note, and floral hops all leading the charge. Mid-palate the focus shifts to pine oil and light bready malt, while on the back of the palate a bitter citric oil note joins the lingering pine. An almost rye-like spiciness is present on the very back of the palate and into the finish. Finishes dry and fairly clean, the aforementioned slight lingering pine oil and rye spice notwithstanding.

Medium-bodied while feeling lush and slick. Zippy carbonation balances a fairly creamy and resinous mouthful. Alarmingly drinkable, I could finish this whole growler easily if I wasn't being gently coerced into sharing it.

On the whole, this was everything I'd heard it was and more. Trillium has just leapt to the very top of my regional radar on the strength of the four beers I've had from them so far, and I can't wait to try more of their offerings in the future.

Ljudsignal, Jan 10, 2014
Photo of F2brewers
4.44/5  rDev -0.4%

750 mL bottle purchased at Trillium. Poured into a HF wine glass at 39F

Reviewed using the old scoring system.

A: 4.25 Thick blocky white head 1.5" thick. Cloudy to murky straw colored body with fine carbonation. Head regenerates with gentle swirling. Fine lacing remains on the glass.

S: 4.50 Sticky dank hops with notes of pine and resin. Tropical mango and citrus fruit in the nose. Malt is muted, but thos is west coast IPA all the way. Hints of fresh squeezed OJ.

T: 4.25 Again, tropical fruit and citrus. Think mango, pineapple and papaya. Pine notes in the nose are more or less absent in the taste. Malt backbone is barely present, but that is suitable for this style. A touch of earthy dryness on the finish, but this is bursting with juicy flavor up front.

M: 4.00 Surprisngly light given the heavy handed hop presence. Good carbonation balances the richness and even at 7+ % this is very drinkable. Coats the mouth with a slight stickiness, but not overly so and the muted malts prevent overt sweetness.

O: 4.50 This is a lovely east coast version of an IPA. Aside from the 750 mL serving size, this is great. Delicious hops up front with fruitiness and rich body. Highly recommended.

F2brewers, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of Damian
4.4/5  rDev -1.3%

Drank from a 32 fl. oz. growler purchased at Trillium Brewing Company, Boston, MA
Served in a pint glass

The super hazy, yellow ochre colored beer was topped by a tight, creamy, one-finger crop of off-white foam. Solid retention. Streaks of lacing trickled down the glass.

The aroma was bursting with hops. Incredibly dank, weed-like hop notes dominated. Amazingly fruity and semi-sweet. Tons of peach and nectarine notes. Lots of orange zest as well. There was also a noticeable tropical fruit presence. Hints of mango were detectible.

The flavor profile was really solid as well but, compared to the nose, it was definitely more dry and pithy. A pale malt backbone anchored the beer on the front end before the hops took over. Super intense citrus notes. Loads of bitter orange peel and juicy tangerine notes. Good dose of peach and apricot. Some earthy hops came through as well. The finish was crisp, dry and bitter and contained a strong grapefruit rind-like pithiness. The bitterness lingered on my palate long after each sip.

The mouthfeel was surprisingly light and highly effervescent for the style. Once the liquid settled, it turned creamy, supple and smooth.

Congress Street IPA is another fantastic offering from my favorite Boston brewery. Although this beer was definitely not as complex or as drinkable as their stellar Fort Point Pale Ale, it was super tasty and enjoyable nonetheless.

Damian, Jan 10, 2014
Photo of Texasfan549
4.4/5  rDev -1.3%

Texasfan549, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of Stevedore
4.33/5  rDev -2.9%

750ml bottle dated 8/16/2014, poured into a Lawson's snifter 8/27/2014, at 40F.

A- Beautiful hazy dark yellow body with a three finger white head that's thicker than custard with appropriate retention time; lots of lacing. Its an almost stereotypical New England appearance. [4.25]

S- Strong and powerful floral, citrus and pine notes. Very clean in terms of the hops, even a bit oily, but at the same time there is a sweet caramel backbone that is just enough to balance out the hop aromas. Well-balanced, but very intensely hop forward. [4.5]

F- Bitter floral notes up front, a strong citrus and tropical fruit presence in the middle aspect that also brings out the sweet caramel which lingers all the way through to the end. The bitter floral notes up front also carries through to the end. A robust, flavourful IPA with a nice cohort of hops on the palate that appropriately balances the malt. [4.25]

M- Medium bodied, well carbonated, creamy and quite resinous but without being particularly dry or sticky. Strikes the right balance I have come to prefer from IPAs. Bitter floral finish keeps me wanting more. [4.5]

O- Excellent IPA that follows the emerging tradition of hop-forward pale ales coming out of New England. I would have liked a bit less malt sweetness as that would make it closer to some of the others from the region, but as it stands, this is pretty damn good. [4.25]

Final score: 4.325

Appearance 5%
Aroma 20%
Taste 45%
Mouthfeel 10%
Overall 20%

Stevedore, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of nollie77
4.32/5  rDev -3.1%

nollie77, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of rjp217
4.3/5  rDev -3.6%

Filled a growler today at the brewery.

A - Poured into a tulip glass. Beautiful looking pour which leaves a light orange color with a one finger head that dissipates fairly soon with a nice lace.

S - Very fruit forward! Grapefruits, peaches, oranges. Very inviting.

T - Awesome. Follows the nose. Fruit forward taste followed by some bready biscuit details and finishes fairly dry but not overly bitter. Hops are somewhat muted for me but it rounds out really nicely.

M - Really a pleasure here. Crisp, clean and smooth. Almost perfect.

O - Wow, this is fantastic. One of the best IPAs out there. Blends together so so well. Trillium is flying under the radar right now and they are consistently pumping out excellent offerings.

rjp217, Nov 20, 2013
Photo of cincysig
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

cincysig, Apr 10, 2014
Photo of doremite
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Fantastic easy drinking IPA. Local so have only experienced through refillables within 3 days of purchase. Bright and has an earthly funk to the hop profile that doesn't impeded it's ease. Continually impressed by Trilliums hop forward stuff and Congress is no exception. This is one of their better creations and should be a constant.

doremite, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of dbkdev
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

dbkdev, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of Kevincredible
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Kevincredible, May 26, 2014
Photo of Denzo
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Denzo, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of Shaymus
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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 dcisco44
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

dcisco44, Mar 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

BColton1, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of oline73
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

oline73, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of Hophead717
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Hophead717, Wednesday at 11:39 PM
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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

jmlewisjr, Jan 21, 2014
Photo of Bilco
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Bilco, Jan 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

SebD, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of pisano
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

pisano, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of Ken_P
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Ken_P, Wednesday at 01:03 AM
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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

BostonPhilly, Jun 23, 2014
Congress Street IPA from Trillium Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 267 ratings.