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Congress Street IPA - Trillium Brewing Company

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Congress Street IPACongress Street IPA

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Reviews: 91
Hads: 1,033
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 6.5%
Wants: 399
Gots: 160 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 91 | Hads: 1,033
Photo of huddyball
4.74/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (554 characters)

Photo of breadwinner
4.11/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Big bright tropical citrus hop nose that veers a bit toward the astringent citrus juice realm on the palate but manages to keep it just enough in check. Good...but Fort Point feels more complete, less like a slightly watery glass of (tasty) hoppy citrus juice. (260 characters)

Photo of KornWallace
4.37/5  rDev -2%
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 WI-Beer-Man
4.69/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (648 characters)

Photo of Hendry
4/5  rDev -10.3%

Opaque yellow pour with a magnificent white rocky head that stands at two fingers and stays put, textbook lacing in teku.

Aroma is sweet tropical fruits, pineapple and pine needles come to mind, however this is a subtle nose that can hardly be considered aggressive in the hop department, especially with all the horn blowing about double dry hopping.

Taste is reminiscent of sweet pineapple juice and pine, very pleasant but mild and slightly underwhelming.

Mouthfeel is medium, and soft on the palate. No strong bitterness which may or may not be good depending on your taste.

This is a fine IPA but I was expecting a bit more pop, especially for a $12 bottle.This is worth trying but I wouldn't go out of my way given the rarity and price point.I was glad to have tried it once. (785 characters)

Photo of WunderLlama
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
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 (154 characters)

Photo of aleigator
4.14/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful hazy, apricot pulp yellow color, with a decent head.

Smells flowery forward with wet grass in it, tied together by bready malts. Very dank, hop forward nose, featuring a nice hop balance, also revealing luscious, dried orange rind.

Has a medium carbonation, with a soft, smooth mouthfeel to it.

Tastes of orange peel wrapped up bread, accompanied by wet grass and a leafy, slightly herbal hoppiness. Utmost grassy with just the right amount of orange and lime, finishing with a sparkly, bitter dryness, still exhibiting the orange as well as the brews dankness.

Drinks amazingly easy, while providing a steamlined, focused hop presence, with a good amount of bitterness to it. (691 characters)

Photo of JohnG190
4.91/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thank you SuperHop18 for this amazing extra! Pours a hazy, gold color with a thick 2 finger head with great retention. Lots of tropical fruit on the nose with hints of pine resin. Fruity on the tongue with great bitterness and just enough malt to balance it out nicely. Medium bodied with good carbonation.
Overall, this is as close to a textbook IPA as I have ever had! Well balanced and expertly crafted, outstanding work Trilium Brewing. (441 characters)

Photo of -Rick
4.58/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (228 characters)

Photo of Bugs318
4.52/5  rDev +1.3%
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 (430 characters)

Photo of kevdemers
4.76/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Updated to reflect new scoring and newest batch:

Bottled 12/23/14. Unbelievable IPA. Smell is perfect, juicy hops on the nose. Taste follows with juicyness followed by piney hops. Great mouthfeel. This holds up to the big VT/ME IPA's for sure. (244 characters)

Photo of jjdc
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (384 characters)

Photo of CTFalcon
4.52/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (316 characters)

Photo of jrnyc
4.46/5  rDev 0%
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 MOVERTON1284
3.75/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured in a tulip glass. Color was straw colored and it was clearer than I expected. I was a little disappointed by this. Great aroma, but the taste was not as good as I hoped. Harsh bitter finish (196 characters)

Photo of stonermouse
4.66/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (867 characters)

Photo of mikeyv35
4.58/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (938 characters)

Photo of Tbub18
4.48/5  rDev +0.4%
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! (640 characters)

Photo of Tommo
4.36/5  rDev -2.2%
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 Shaymus
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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 Heady978
4.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

64 oz growler to the dome - call it the cure for the common government shutdown

Not really sure what to say here... This beer is incredibly delicious. I think a slightly thicker mouthfeel would make this perfect. Epic combo of tropical fruitiness and piney resinous characters. On par with most of the great Vermont IPA's that people are so crazy about. Go get some! Cheers! (375 characters)

Photo of TheElectricOne
4.24/5  rDev -4.9%
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 Guess2814
4.81/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I've had many different type of beers and this beer is a great IPA.. Trillium has been on point with a lot of beers and they hit it with this one.. This beer is hoppy with an unbelievable citrus taste.. If I had to compare this beer to any beer it would be Abner by Hill Farmstead.. Cheers!!! (292 characters)

Photo of Ready4aHeady
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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 neophilus
4.44/5  rDev -0.4%
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)

Congress Street IPA from Trillium Brewing Company
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