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Congress Street IPA - Trillium Brewing Company

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Congress Street IPACongress Street IPA

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113 Reviews
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Reviews: 113
Hads: 1,148
Avg: 4.47
pDev: 21.7%
Wants: 431
Gots: 192 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Trillium Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

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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Reviews: 113 | Hads: 1,148
Photo of agreenman19
4.71/5  rDev +5.4%
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 Dope
4.7/5  rDev +5.1%

Bottled 9/9/14 (5 days ago)

A: Super cloudy light orange pour. So cloudy it basically looks like a witbier. Enormous, frothy and tall light tan head. Head retention is top-notch and there is heavy spiderweb-like lacing everywhere.

S: Oh wow, the aroma on this is absolutely incredible as soon as I start pouring it. It smells like sweet oranges and tangerines from a distance of about 10 feet. Upon closer inspection I get more tropical aspect, like pineapple and even mango. A touch of spicy pine maybe trying to break through. Wonderful aroma. If we still had ratings for each element of the brew, this would get a 5.

T: Taste is right in line with the aroma. Very hoppy from the get go. Loaded with tropical fruit and bitter citrus. A hint of spicy pine combines with a nice big citrus peel bitter bomb in the finish. No real sign of malt that I can discern. Maybe a hint of crisp cracker malt. Long lingering grainy, bitter aftertaste. Can practically feel gritty hop sediment and hop oils floating around.

M: Medium bodied, bitter, crisp and SUPER dry.

O: Big, bold, west-coast style IPA. Super fresh, super crisp, super bitter. Great citrus and tropical fruit. Seriously delicious and one of the very best IPAs I've ever had. Dryness is astounding which does detract from the drinkability a bit, but at the same time it really lets the hoppiness shine.

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Photo of vonnegut21
4.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Growler poured into a CBS snifter.

A: Hazy deep gold, with two fingers of billowing white head that linger for a long time. Just the perfect image of what an IPA is supposed to look like.

S: Wow. HUGE tropical notes. Pineapple and mango really pop. Grapefruit citrus notes follow. This creamy, malt character lingers. Perfect.

T: Huge, juicy citrus just abounds. Tropical fruits and this wave of peach just wash over my palate. Creamy, bready malt and the perfect twinge of bitterness. I love Galaxy hops.

M: Creamy, smooth and nicely carbonated. Just a hint more body and this would be my dream beer.

O: This is just spectacular. Fort Point Pale Ale put Trillium on my radar. That beer is excellent. This beer is another level. It's just phenomenal. Easily the best single IPA I've ever had. Sits behind Ephraim, Double Galaxy and maybe Abner as my favorite hoppy beer of all-time. I though Julius was good, this is even better. Massachusetts is making waves with their IPAs. An absolute must try.

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Photo of WI-Beer-Man
4.69/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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.

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Photo of Oswick
4.68/5  rDev +4.7%
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 fulcrumbs
4.68/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Super solid IPA. Drank from a frosty... the smell didn't blow me away... but the start and finish of this IPA was fantastic all the way through. Was kind of sad when the bomber was gone. Still waiting to get my hands on some TreeHouse... but best AIPA coming out of MA to-date. If this stuff came in pint cans... oh ya...!

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Photo of jhavs
4.67/5  rDev +4.5%
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 CoffeePorter
4.66/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy, light pineapple yellow in color with a thin, white head.
S: Very hoppy, pine, some mango like citrus. Extremely fresh as it was bottled on 5/8/15.
T: Similar to nose. Immediately you can detect the powerful punch of the hops, which fades into a light citrus quality with a bit of pine. The hops are in your face throughout the sip.
M: Medium carbonation, hops are prickly to the tongue, slight bitterness/dryness aftertaste.
O: Another hit by Trillium, these guys are on fire!!

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Photo of stonermouse
4.66/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a goblet out of a fresh growler.

Before I even pour, a blast of hoppy goodness hits my nose. Pinapple and orange juice shoot out of the glass as I pour it. Wow.

The pour is absolutely perfect. Nice thin, white head. Great lacing. Hazy, greenish-orange. Looks like fresh squeezed grapefruit juice.

Just incredible flavor. Clean fruits, orange and lemon with a touch of biting pine. Finishes flowery yet sweet. Spectacular.

Mouthfeel is sticky, and all of the nice flavors stick around. Certainly leaves a dry film on my tongue as I work through the growler.

This is a total palate-crusher. But it is truly wonderful. I wasn't prepared for there to be a place a mile from my workplace putting out a beer like this. I was ready to trash this brew. But alas, it was all and more than I expected. Kudos, I will grab this whenever available.

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Photo of MA_hops
4.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Top 3 IPA...citrus/hop bomb. Very cloudy/bright yellow in color. Has a creamy mouthfeel, notes of pine, mango and grapefruit. Perfectly balanced beer. Having the convenience to drink it fresh and often is why I often dream about Trillium.

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Photo of Dolphinsmarlins1
4.65/5  rDev +4%
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 LukieBL
4.63/5  rDev +3.6%
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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Photo of BranfordBound
4.61/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Popping open a 750mL bottle from 7/30 acquired in a trade thanks to Michael. Rarely, and I mean this honestly, do I give out 5's. This beer, however, is just so beautiful that it is the first IPA I've ever had to receive 5 in the looks department. Super dense cloudiness, gold with hint of orange, and a fluffy white head. Great tropical fruit aroma here, too, really inviting. Great tasting IPA, too, easily jumping up there in terms of the world-class IPAs that I've had. Just spectacular, super juicy with tons of tropical fruit. Finishes a bit heavy and slick, but a pleasure to drink. Worth the wait.

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Photo of Markhdougherty
4.61/5  rDev +3.1%
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 PHBoiler
4.61/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bright yellow/straw colored body with a bubbly white head. Loads of tiny bubbles in this beer and it comes through in the mouthfeel. Not sure what yeast is used, but it really brightens this beer up. Loads of carb almost like a bretted saison. Citrus rind bitterness on the tongue and a big fruity and juicy nose. This is really a fantastic and also different IPA. I'd choose this over a lot of the heavy hitters out there because of that. Easy to drink and quite tasty.

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Photo of rudzud
4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of mikeyv35
4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Date: 02/22/2015
Bottled: 10/18/2014
Type: 750ml. Bottle
Glass: Fiddlehead Wheat Glass

Pours a hazy golden in color w/ a massive multiple finger white head that laces the hell out of the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, white wine, weed, and cat piss. The flavor opens w/ some grapefruit and malt sweetness, transitioning into mild pine, and closes w/ white wine and herbal hop bite. Medium bodied and lush as Trillium really nails this aspect with their brews. The finish on this is pretty juicy. Due to the great depth of flavor, absence of bitterness, and juicy finish this can be crushed in great volume.

Overall, Wow! This is a go to IPA that you could drink everyday. If I were a Bruins fan, which I am NOT, I would want to drink this at every game. I am going to have to start sneaking this into Penguin games at the Consol Energy Center, making sure to pour it into a cup so my buddies don't realize it's from Boston.

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Photo of -Rick
4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Its been a while since I have had the regular version of this beer. Big citrus nose on this. Lots of orange smell and flavor in the taste. A smooth and slightly acidic mouthfeel on this, ends with a slight bitter fruit ending.

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Photo of mrz200
4.55/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2nd time having this beer. Sticker date of 1/9, drank on 1/12. Opened it for about 45 min before pouring.
A little hazier and danker than Lunch, but many similarities. Hoppier. Excellent.

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Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
4.55/5  rDev +1.8%
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 RJQ3
4.54/5  rDev +1.6%
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 nmann08
4.54/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of Bugs318
4.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy orange tinged light amber. Thick white head, nice lacing and some retention.
S: citrus, mango, pineapple, strawberries, some papaya. Delicious, fruity, complex, and amazing.
T: a touch of malty backbone restrains the hops, which come out very citrus forward and fruity in a decently lingering none too bitter finish.
M: perfect effervescence, medium light body.
O: amazing. Better than Heady if a touch behind SOS

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Photo of jlindros
4.52/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of CTFalcon
4.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy and thick this beer pours with a beautiful white head that lingers for what seems like an impossible amount of time. The tropical hops practically punch you in the face when you put your nose to it. A sip brings waves of mango, pineapple and peach comforted by an amazingly soft mouthfeel. An incredible IPA.

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Congress Street IPA from Trillium Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.