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Congress Street IPA | Trillium Brewing Company

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Congress Street IPACongress Street IPA
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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

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Reviews: 164 | Ratings: 1,485
Photo of AirBob
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

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Photo of jjdc
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Hazy orange in the glass, a bit like movie popcorn butter. The nose is mostly pine and tangerine with a touch of straw. The taste is as phenomenal as it is complex: minerals, dried herbs, weed, and tangerine round out with an assertive hop bite that perfectly dries the palate for the next sip. Julius was my previous benchmark for an IPA, but this is in the same league. Seek it out.

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Photo of CNoj012
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer pours a cloudy yellow orange color that looks like tropicana with a fluffy bright white head that eventually fades to a ring around the edge of the glass and a microfilm layer. Smell is amazing. Dank pine, pineapple, mango, grapefruit and orange peel all burst out of the glass. Taste is the same with a nice nectarine juiciness as well. Feel is medium and very soft and juicy with just the right amount of bitterness. Overall just fantastic. This is my favorite beer by Trillium and absolutely world class.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
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 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 dar482
4.74/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a light golden orange with a fluffy white head.

The aroma is very hop forward. Citrus, lemon, pineapple, tropical notes.

The flavor follows with that citrus and tropical flavor and then onto a lingering piney bitterness. This is more substantial than Fort Port. There's a bit of a bready malt backbone, but dominated by fruit hoppy notes.

A very clean and easy drinking IPA. Incredible beer.

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

Poured from a 32 ounce growler into a willibecher. This was filled from the brewery half an hour ago.

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber/gold and leaves 2 fingers of slightly off-white, sticky head which lingers around for a while before settling down to a layer atop the beer, with plenty of lacing.

Smell: Big juicy citrus, mango, tropical fruits, resin, pine, some floral hops. Huge hop presence - really nice.

Taste: Definitely still plenty of citrus and tropical fruits, which play really nicely. There is a bit more earthyness to the taste, but the delicious citrus hops still dominate, and it's really juicy! This is almost all hops and is done really well. Astonishingly delicious.

Mouth-feel: Medium to well carbonated with a medium, slightly sticky body. Finishes supremely smooth.

Overall: Wow, this IPA is delicious. Big flavor upfront and then finishes smooth. The hop flavors shine in this one more than in maybe any other beer I've had. Not only keep your eyes open for this one, but seek it out.

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

Poured from a 32oz Trillium growler filled 4/12/14.

A: Light golden yellow with a one finger head. Beautiful haziness. Not much lacing left behind as I drank.
S: Mango, orange, and hops. Just fantastic.
T: Follows nose. Well balanced with the slight maltiness. Slight sweetness on the finish.
M: Very nice. Mild creaminess, yet clean.
O: Fantastic overall IPA. Not the dank happiness that you get from some other IPA's, but the balanced taste and slight sweetness really sets this apart. I can see myself filling these growlers many times in the future.

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Photo of rjp217
4.73/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.73/5  rDev +5.3%
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 tregan_20
4.73/5  rDev +5.3%
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 +4.9%
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 +4.7%

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 +4.7%
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 needMIbeerinMD
4.69/5  rDev +4.5%
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 WI-Beer-Man
4.69/5  rDev +4.5%
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 +4.2%
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 +4.2%
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%
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 Damasen
4.67/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | 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 CoffeePorter
4.66/5  rDev +3.8%
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 Fireman_RK
4.66/5  rDev +3.8%
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 stonermouse
4.66/5  rDev +3.8%
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 +3.6%
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 +3.6%
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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Congress Street IPA from Trillium Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 164 ratings.