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Congress Street IPA - Trillium Brewing Company

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Congress Street IPACongress Street IPA

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Reviews: 92
Hads: 1,039
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 6.74%
Wants: 403
Gots: 159 | FT: 8
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Trillium Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: TheAnk on 10-04-2013

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Photo of jrnyc
4.46/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy and hazy. Foamy and great lacing.

S - Awesome smell, as unique as any beer I have had.

T - Great tasting beer also, very unique to me.

M - Nice and creamy, great mouthfeel.

O - Excellent, high quality beer a hop-head should love. (245 characters)

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.46/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer is awesome, well worth visiting the brewery to get it. Unfiltered hoppy goodness, very well balanced with a super piney nose and flavor with a decent lighter body and bitter lasting finish. Great stuff. (212 characters)

Photo of Ljudsignal
4.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,776 characters)

Photo of F2brewers
4.44/5  rDev -0.2%

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. (1,203 characters)

Photo of neophilus
4.44/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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. (469 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.43/5  rDev -0.4%

From 10/02/14 Notes. 22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Picked up at the brewery 2 weeks ago.

Pours a hazy orange-amber color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident. Oranges, citrus hops, tropical fruits, juicy fruity malts, and light pine hops. Taste is very good, lightly bitter Medium body and low carbonation, easy to drink.

Overall tihs is really good; I would put this ahead of Sunshower as my favorite IPA from them, and would put it up there with their New England Red and Lineage Rye as one of their best beers so far. Lots of tropical and citrus notes and easy to drink, would buy this all the time if I could. (644 characters)

Photo of Damian
4.42/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,407 characters)

Photo of popery
4.42/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer is a pale tan yellow color. The head is white and voluminous. Lots of lacing and whatnot. The aroma is full of fruity hop flavor. Big pineapple and tangerine. Lime, orange peel, mango. Light yeasty note. Maybe a little fresh pale malt character but it’s way in the background. Taste is hoppy with essentially no initial bitterness. The finish is yeasty and dry with lingering moderate bitterness. Very flavorful. Fresh and bright hoppiness. Easy to drink. Soft, full mouthfeel. Another tasty, tasty hoppy beer from Trillium. (535 characters)

Photo of Roguer
4.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful hazy golden-yellow brew, topped with a sizable snow white, fluffy head. Great retention and very nice lacing.

Very fruit-forward hop aroma: light citrus (lemon, orange, ruby red grapefruit pulp) and tropical fruit (mango, pineapple, starfruit), herbal and slightly dank. Just a bit of sweet pale malt grains wafting in the background.

Flavor is what you'd expect from that hop profile: sweet and juicy. Emphasis is on the tropical fruit (again with starfruit and mango), with just a hint of grapefruit juice and peel in the flavor profile, and a dank, sticky sweetness. Pale malt biscuit and sweetness throughout, but the sharp hops cut through it all: sharply on the front, dank and lingering on the back-end.

Very lively brew, smooth and silky, with an oily retention. Bitterness and hop oils linger for a while; relatively short, dry finish to the bulk of the flavor, with only the hop oils remaining. Very drinkable, with a medium overall feel, somewhere between a beer you can gulp and a beer you have to sip.

An excellent brew overall, which beautifully showcases the modern, fruity hop profiles that have come to dominate the boutique brews on the market. Drinks like a DIPA as far as the hop blast, but the balance and ABV are single-IPA territory. (1,271 characters)

Photo of adnauseam007
4.4/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma - BIG aroma of orange citrus and some resiny and oniony hop flavors as well. Very inviting.
Appearance - Hazy yellow with thick white rocky head.
Flavor - Matches the aroma--resiny, oniony, and some orange or lemon citrus.
Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and fairly heavily carbonated.
Overall - I like the full-bodied feel with the juiciness but the resiny and oniony flavors aren't doing it for me. Overall, still a great IPA worth seeking. (444 characters)

Photo of WesMantooth
4.39/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A 3/30/15 dated bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Pours a very, very milky/cloudy pale orange to yellow. Looks like a glass of pale orange juice. Big white, fluffy head leaves a decent amount of lacing and a thin ring and film on top.

Smells very good, but nothing overwhelming. Very citrusy with a bit of a champagne or white wine like sourness. Slightly pungeunt hop oil. Light malts.

When it comes to the drinking of it part, things get more interesting. It is a blast of zesty orange, grapefruit, and some lemongrass in that order. Then some green grape sweet and sour, and closes with a piney/herbal bite, but not real bitter. Alcohol is a non-factor.

The body is pretty solid, but easy drinking. Definitely a crisp, almost champagne like carbonation middle to end.

I am kind of all over the place with this one. I always try to rate as close to style as possible to be fair, but this one screams Double/ Imperial IPA to me. Getting harder these days. All of the kick ass ipas are drinking like imperials. This one is like a Dirt Wolf on steroids. The flavors are crazy good, but I am not a big fan of the carbonation/sparkly feel. I guess in the end, it is all about what it tastes like. To me, it is a World Class beer. No White Rajah though ;) (1,275 characters)

Photo of KornWallace
4.37/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Date: 11/16/14
Location: Trillium Brewing
Draught/Bottle: 750ml Brown bottle
Glassware: Snifter

Appearance: Dark yellow to orange in color fading to clear near its edges. Solid two finger white carbonation head with fantastic retention, over two minutes. Dissipates to a carbonation ring that never leaves. Some murky haze but the beer allows in a lot of light and it is not impossible to see through.
Aroma: This IPA starts off with a mellowed spruce hoppiness that leads us into a range of citrus fruit. Pineapple, tangerine, and mango fruit juices give this a very early morning breakfast feel. The malt presence is slight but can be found in the lightly buttery and bread crust qualities.
Taste: Dank fruit flavors give this beer a stronger presence then the aroma credits it for. Strong mango and tangerine flavors move into a moderate low to moderate hop bitterness that can't quite be categorized as pine but closer to spruce. Similar crusty buttery pale malt flavors can be found in the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied as the fruits more to the dank, but not resinous, bitter and momentarily dry. The dryness doesn't last and isn't that strong to begin with but leads you to crave that next sip. Medium carbonation but it doesn't quite succeed in cutting through those strong dank flavors.

Notes: Bottled 10/18/14 (1,328 characters)

Photo of Tommo
4.36/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Raising the score, after not having this for a few months, then having it again, other ipas pale in comparison (sick joke). but seriously, if you like unfiltered north east ipas, this is where to start (201 characters)

Photo of doremite
4.35/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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. (335 characters)

Photo of Keananmichael5
4.33/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great beer. Solid balance of malt and dry hop. Similar in taste to four point but more hoppy as it should be. Great warm weather beer that has a balanced taste (159 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
4.33/5  rDev -2.7%

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% (1,475 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
4.3/5  rDev -3.4%

A-Very cloudy orange, well carbonated and a two finger head that leaves nice lacing.

S-Lots of hops, citrus, some tropical and lemon.

T-Similar to the nose, starts with nice citrus and tropical notes with nice bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, nice carbonation and hop resins.

O-A really good IPA that I must try again. (318 characters)

Photo of Gatch
4.27/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I shared this bottle with friends and they had tried it in the past and insisted this is a different/off batch. This is my first time having it (drank the DDH version a few weeks ago) and there was just something weird about it.

Super cloudy, beautiful golden-yellow. Typical Trillium gorgeous looks. Very sticky, resiny, bitter, strong hop flavor. Smooth, easy drinking. Tropical fruit is heavy but something is missing or overpowering or maybe the balance is just off with this brew/batch. (492 characters)

Photo of richj1970
4.25/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750 bottle dated 3/17/2015 into snifter.

A: Pale sunshine yellow with 3 finger fluffy white head that lasts forever and sits like a marshmallow cap. Significant lacing.

S: Bright ctirus, grapefruit, lemon, orange peel, and dank hops.

T: Fairly citrus forward with some underlying earthy and floral hops.

M: Medium body with a dry bitter finish. Very easy drinking and almost crushable.

O: Another nice IPA from Trillium. Just wish I could get these regularly in my neck of the woods. (511 characters)

Photo of Shaymus
4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

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 (694 characters)

Photo of Ready4aHeady
4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

750 ml received as an extra!
Fabulous beer--- have to go on memory as I brought this to a barbecue last night
Nose and Taste the same, funky dank hops...
Crisp and clean- enough malt to balance but sits in the background...
A great beer if your a hop-head, and a huge surprise for me since it was an extra (of course it was a HF/Lawson's DS trade) (348 characters)

Photo of TheElectricOne
4.24/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle dated 1/31 into a tulip.....slightly older than I wanted to drink this one, but not too far out. I've had this beer the day of release before, and the overall experience wasn't all that different

Appearance: a thick, hazy orangish color with a billowy head and solid lacing throughout consumption. Looks like carbonated fresh grapefruit juice.

Aroma: Lots of pineapple and orange. Like most of Trillium's IPAs and DIPAs, the smell is incredibly potent and fresh-smelling.

Taste: Juicy, and sweet at first, tasting like clementine and pineapple, but finishing slightly bitter and resinous. Sweetness comes back to the palate between sips though.

Feel: crisp, but thick and juicy feeling. Incredibly smooth.

Overall: A very, very good, tropical-tasting IPA. The "Street" series from Trillium continues to come through with absolutely knock-down delicious IPAs. (884 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.24/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy honey color with a massive head; great stickage with lacing clumping on the side of the glass

Smell: Subtle wafts of tropical fruit, with papaya, pineapple and a whiff of mango

Taste: A touch of shortbread in the malt and then the tropical fruit takes over, just as in the aroma; papaya and pineapple forward with a touch of mango and orange pith; the finish is fruity and not overly bitter

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: With the high ratings here, I thought this might be an off the charts IPA and, while it is excellent, I cannot bring myself to score it in the 4.5 range; I actually prefer the Fort Point Pale ale to this beer; still, it is quite good and I am glad to have tried it

Thanks, Ljudsignal, for the opportunity (796 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.21/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Bright yellow orange. Nice white head and great lacing inside the glass.

Smell - Bright orange hops. Cracker malt. A little piney.

Taste - All citrus hops here. Orange hops. A little grapefruit. Cracker malt. Light pale malt sweetness. Low bitterness.

Mouthfeel - A little astringent. Medium body. Well carbonated.

Overall - Another hit from Trillium. (416 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.21/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Good bar-pour head. Settles to a thin layer of bubbles. Leaves some patchy, blanketing lace. Very cloudy. Gold color with a tinge of green.

Attractive spruce and grapefruit aromas. Smells fresh and prickly.

Starts off with a wonderful pale malt base. The strong pepper hop kicks in at the swallow. The grapefruit even comes through in the taste. Long, long bitter aftertaste. Full bodied and lowly carbonated. Overall, this is a very bitter beer. (450 characters)

Congress Street IPA from Trillium Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.