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Congress Street IPA - Trillium Brewing Company

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Congress Street IPACongress Street IPA

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Reviews: 122
Hads: 1,218
Avg: 4.48
pDev: 21.21%
Wants: 473
Gots: 207 | FT: 3
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Trillium Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States | website

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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Photo of nmann08
4.54/5  rDev +1.3%
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 +0.9%
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 +0.9%
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 beantown_hopster
4.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter from a growler, filled today around noon and consumed today around 6pm :)

Pours a beautiful hazy orange with very small lacing head. The smell also impresses, floral, peach and mango. The malt doesn't make it too sweet, or too juicy and the hops don't make it too bitter. It really is a nice balance, which I suppose is what a good IPA is going for. Finishes bitter and dry, makes you look at your glass and go hop bitterness and dryness from... orange juice? Mouth feel is medium-high carbonation, thinner on the body than others have experienced for me.

Very enjoyable to drink IPA.

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Photo of CTFalcon
4.52/5  rDev +0.9%
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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Photo of RobbDogg
4.51/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Another great IPA from Trillium. An unfiltered cloudy straw pour from a fresh growler with a bubbly thin head. A big piney hop nose. Lots of grapefruit, pineapple, and pine, with a touch of tropical fruit....really good stuff. A bit of the ganja as well.... Ya mon! Nice bitterness throughout, with plenty on the finish. The mouthfeel is crisp yet creamy; a pleasure to drink. Like all of the street series IPAs from them, this is another well crafted beer by Trillium. A bit pricey at $23 for a growler, but worth the splurge. One I will remember as my Pats were winning #4 while I was having it.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.51/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours murky and milky. So much haze! The head is a mushroom cap of doughy and froth. The head is damn persistent as well. This looks like it'll be right in my wheelhouse, the murkier the better.

S-A liquified orgy of tropical hop aromatics. One of the most pineapple-stressed aromas I have sniffed. You name the exotic fruit, it's here. Then, behind that there is a healthy dose of herby/piney/earthy hops. A really satisfying, malty totem of sweet popover dough.

T- Trop-hop explosion again. It's all there, trust me.

M-Drinks with sinister ease. Great bitterness with purpose. Slight creamy feel. A bit resiny.

O/D-Another Trillium gem. I must say that the aroma is a tad bit more delectable than the flavor but either way, this is a show pony. Bring this beer back, Trillium! Very reminiscent of their Fort Point Pale Ale with a bit more brawn but a tad less finesse.

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Photo of Sandalwood
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, pours a very cloudy dark orange golden color with a huge white foamy head. There is quite a bit of a frothy lacing. The odor to me is powerful, citrus, grapefruit, pineapple, grassy, peach, apricot, floral, slightly spicy, dried fruits, dank, and slightly malty. The taste for me is honey, floral, tropical fruits, apricot, grapefruit, lemon, orange, slight spice, slightly bread like, herbal, resin, some dry bitterness throughout.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer that's been in a growler for a week

The beer pours a very nice and creamy white that lasts a bit but dissipates quicker than what I would have liked. The head does not dissipate completely and still leaves a film after it has dissipated from the middle. The beer itself is a very clear orange amber.

The beer has a nice citrus and sweet smell to it. The orange rind and citrus hops dominate the smell but is lightly balanced with sweet malts.

The taste is similar to the smell but hoppier and with different types of hops. The hops taste is closer to a grapefruit rind with hints of citrus and a slight sweet malty backbone. Despite all the hops, the beer still seems to have a hint of sweetness to balance out the flowery hops.

The beer is very smooth and medium bodied but feels lighter. The carbonation is biting. The IPA has a surprisingly clean feel to it with some light carbonation.

Overall, an extremely impressive IPA and one to be proud of. I would say that this IPA should rank among the best and will as soon as the brewery grows a little bit more.

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Photo of snowmageddon
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy yellow pours with a billowing head that contains small bubbles
S: As with many hoppy trillium beers, you can smell the fruity/bitter goodness right when you crack into it. Oranges or grapefruit scent is everywhere.
T: the grapefruit/orange notes, but a piney, earthy backbone is certainly present from the light malts. There are some earthy hop notes as well.
For a hoppy bear, the finish is quick.
M: Like grapefruit juice. Full-bodied for the style. Carbonation is average for the style.
O: Can't believe I've never reviewed this one. Exceptional beer. I usually don't go gaga over hoppy IPAs, but this juicy beer distinguishes itself in a crowded field of great New England IPAs.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler poured into antique German pilsener glass

Hazy honey amber in appearance

Tropical fruits and pine notes in the taste.

Smooth and very good beer

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Photo of arlo19
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Cloudy, which surprised me. As the other reviews mirror this, it is normal I see. Tropical citrus aroma anand taste. Smooth with a bitter and sweet finish. Overall, it is great and reminds me of a sweeter Two Hearted.

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Photo of brureview
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Poured an darker orange color with a 3F head in a Speigelgau glass. Some lacing.

I could smell the aroma without putting my nose to the glass. At first, a strong non-grapefruit citrus, more like orange rind. Some dank-earthiness, which transitioned to a piney aroma with warming.

The mouth feel was exceptionally carbonated, tangy, and bitter.

The taste was mostly non-grapefruit citrus- more like an orange, or citrus rind.

The beer has one of the best finishes I have tasted in an America IPA: hops galore, not off-putting, manageable hoppiness, and a deep bitterness. This is not a Stone finish- it's the same magnitude, but not in-your-face hoppy bitterness.

This beer is a sipper, unlike some IPAs which are easier to drink. Similar to a high ABV beer, one savors the taste, and it's enjoyable to take ones time drinking this beer.

It's not a West coast style IPA. The citrus is different than a West Coast IPA, and the hoppy bitterness is more piquant.

Outstanding beer.

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Photo of Getalegup
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great tropical fruit smell when the cap is first opened, tastes same balanced with a light dankness, amber/yellow, pours 1 in of-white fluffy foam that lingers at 1/2 inch. Recommended.

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Photo of TimZebGir
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Boston,
Land of patriots
And cold winters,
Clapboard puritans that tell me,
I can't enjoy this beer.
Screw those guys, I'm a Catholic.

A: Pours hazy golden yellow with greenish tinge. Pretty foamy head for an IPA, well-retained. (3/3)
S: Strong pineapple and grapefruit with a certain sweetness. A little bit of unnameable floral something, too. (11/12)
T: Marijuana comes to play with the pineapple and grapefruit. The more acidic fruits take over, and the hang is significant. (17/20)
M: So wet and juicy on the front with a medium dryness on the finish. Really just fills the mouth. Refreshing for sure. (5/5)
O: (9/10)
45/50

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Photo of gcamparone
4.49/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Trillium Tulip. Purchased at the brewery on bottle day.

Pours a golden orange hazy body with a nice frothy white head that reduces slowly to leave a little retention and some lacing.

Aromas of grapefruit, citrus, fresh raw hops, tons of tropical fruits. On the tongue it's an even bigger fruit medley of pineapple, grapefruit, citrus, with a slightly bitter zing on the finish. Creamy, soft consistency, medium carbonation and body. Very nice, very well done.

Another great IPA from Trillium I love these guys.

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Photo of Omnium
4.49/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler > Pint glass

A - Pours a cloudy orange cold 2 fingers of really some thick white head with thick lacing.
S - Big juicy hop aroma, lots of white grape, mango, and some nice dankness, a little rye.
T - You get those big juicy fruit flavors front and on the end, but a nice pine dankness in the middle, fresh bread malt, and some spicy rye and peppery on the end.
M - No trace of the 7.2, more on the full side, love the lush feeling of this beer though.
O - Outstanding IPA, lots of fresh flavor in it, with just a touch of rye and spice bite. Great work Trillium!

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Photo of Tbub18
4.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appeared to be really hazy while in the bottle, and is completely opaque in my glass. Nice orange color with a solid white head.
Great tropical aromas wafting out--I'm getting mango the most here I think. Smells fruity but not overly sweet
Taste follows the nose. I'm loving this beer. Incredibly smooth for a hop bomb, no alcohol taste whatsoever for a higher ABV IPA. Enough malt backbone to keep it balanced but the hops shine through.
Medium body, nice and creamy
I'm very impressed by this beer. Been hearing good things about Trillium for a while and this was a great introduction. Looking forward to trying others from here!

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Photo of Flounder57
4.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Growler was poured into a perfect pint glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy pale yellow color with slight vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Tropical, grassy, pungent, floral, grassy, herbal, pilsner malts, and pale malts.

Taste: Same as above. Mild tingly bitterness in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, refreshing, medium carbonation, medium bodied, and mild tingly bitterness.

Overall: Pretty solid IPA. You can never go wrong.

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Photo of hardysf
4.47/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy Orangish yellow. Looks like pear juice.

Smell is fruity, floral, and piney.

Taste is sweet malt and then a pleasant overtaking of hops. Not bitter though. Very well balanced.

Very good mouthfeel. Super easy drinker, no booziness.

This was a great beer. Happy I traded for it.

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Photo of macher0
4.46/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Light murky straw color, cloudy, opaque, frothy fine-bubble head with an egg shell color. Strong effervescence and laces.

S. Fruity and floral. A little cat piss.

T. A peppery tingle that usually comes from fresh hops. Spicy and floral. Mild malt backbone. Very earthy.

M. Moderate body, high carbonation, smooth.

O. Slightly under whelmed. I think the notes from the hops are very good, but I am curious why the beers are so cloudy? For some reason I prefer my hoppy beers to be translucent.

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Photo of mnj21655
4.46/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

32oz. growler (filled today) poured into a tulip

Pours orange-gold in color with a finger of frothy white head the fades to just a thin coating. Tropical aroma: citrus, mango, pineapple. Taste is heavy on the citrus, namely grapefruit, with a malt backbone that supports a solid bitterness with a semi-dry finish; alcohol is well masked. Overall this a very good IPA, not a hop bomb but well balanced for an IPA.

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Photo of jrnyc
4.46/5  rDev -0.4%
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.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.46/5  rDev -0.4%
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.

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Photo of Ljudsignal
4.45/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Congress Street IPA from Trillium Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.