Congress Street IPA - Trillium Brewing Company

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Congress Street IPACongress Street IPA

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Reviews: 79
Hads: 968
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 1.79%
Wants: 378
Gots: 151 | FT: 9
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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 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 -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 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 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 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)

Photo of CoffeePorter
4.66/5  rDev +4.5%
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!! (486 characters)

Photo of RobbDogg
4.51/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (597 characters)

Photo of MA_hops
4.65/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (239 characters)

Photo of TimZebGir
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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 (637 characters)

Photo of Ljudsignal
4.45/5  rDev -0.2%
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 MyThoughtsExactly
4.81/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle less than a week old. Color is a hazy yellow and looks like fresh squeezed juice. Aroma is sweet citrus . Taste is fresh and crisp with notes of grapefruit, peach, and apple. There is also some pine. The finish is a mild and enjoyable bitterness. Leaves the mouth coated with a slightly dry. Very delicious and drinkable IPA. (346 characters)

Photo of arlo19
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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. (217 characters)

Photo of fulcrumbs
4.68/5  rDev +4.9%
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...! (322 characters)

Photo of KMachHops
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml bottle dated 62215.

Look: Golden yellow and hazy.
Smell: Another citrus bomb from Trillium.
Taste: Oranges, grapefruit, and tropical notes.
Feel: Very smooth and the right amount carbonation. It's sticky leaving all that awesome flavor in your mouth.
Overall: It's up there as one of my favorite IPAs. Trillium is doing something unbelievable. (367 characters)

Photo of F2brewers
4.44/5  rDev -0.4%

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)

Congress Street IPA from Trillium Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.