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Congress Street IPA - Trillium Brewing Company

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Congress Street IPACongress Street IPA

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112 Reviews
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Reviews: 112
Hads: 1,145
Avg: 4.47
pDev: 21.7%
Wants: 432
Gots: 190 | 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: 112 | Hads: 1,145
Photo of Ian_B
4.2/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Has a lot of similarities to Fort Point, but appears to feature something along the lines of Galaxy hops -- which gives this a brighter and more aggressive citrus bitterness. Notes of pear, sweet meyer lemon, blood orange, grapefruit rind, and maybe a touch of pineapple. Lightly sweet but highly citric fruit flavours with a pillowy smooth body and a dry, tongue-scraping bitterness on the finish.

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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 Andrew041180
3.97/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours a super-cloudy golden orange. Almost opaque. Nice head forms after a vigorous pour. The retention is decent, and the lacing is nice. All around an excellent looking beer.

S - Blast of tropical hops and some sweetness. Some of the newer IPAs that I've had lately are beginning to go overboard with the blatant tropical hop flavors and aromas. For me, this is one of them.

T - Follows the nose. The flavor is good, but not particularly interesting to me. It tastes like hops. I like hops, but I need something more. Additional points came off this one because of the back-end bitterness. I found this sensation to be quite similar to Stumpy Duck, which I believe suffered too much from the same one-two punch. Big hop bouquet up front, detached bitterness on the back end.

M - Not really memorable. I wanted a bit more body.

O - Good, but not memorable for me. It's a beautiful beer to look at, but it certainly didn't leave me wanting another.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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.

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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 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 AirBob
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

A - Hazy, golden-marmalade body. 3 fingers of white, fluffy head. Good retention and lacing.

S - Pineapple, apricot, and other tropical fruit. Sweet citrus hoppiness.

T - Candied or dried apricots and other tropical fruits. Slight lemon rind like bitterness. Well balanced.

M - Awesome. Full bodied throughout. Very little stickiness. Probably the best M I've had in an IPA.

O - Another terrific offering from Trillium.

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Photo of huddyball
4.74/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of WI-Beer-Man
4.69/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of KornWallace
4.37/5  rDev -2.2%
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

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Photo of Hendry
4/5  rDev -10.5%

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.

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Photo of aleigator
4.14/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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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 kevdemers
4.76/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of -Rick
4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of Bugs318
4.52/5  rDev +1.1%
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 JohnG190
4.91/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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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 jjdc
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of CTFalcon
4.52/5  rDev +1.1%
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 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 TheElectricOne
4.24/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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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 MOVERTON1284
3.75/5  rDev -16.1%
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

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Photo of Tommo
4.36/5  rDev -2.5%
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

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Congress Street IPA from Trillium Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.