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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 RobbDogg
4.51/5  rDev +0.9%
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 +0.9%
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 +0.7%
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 +0.7%
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 +0.7%
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 +0.7%
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 +0.7%

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 +0.7%

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 +0.7%
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 +0.7%

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)

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Photo of gcamparone
4.49/5  rDev +0.4%
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 +0.4%
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 +0.2%
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 +0.2%
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%
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 -0.2%
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 -0.2%
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 -0.2%
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.

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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.

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Photo of Ljudsignal
4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
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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Photo of F2brewers
4.44/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

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Photo of neophilus
4.44/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.43/5  rDev -0.9%

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.

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Photo of Damian
4.42/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of popery
4.42/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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