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Mettle - Trillium Brewing Company

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Reviews: 46
Hads: 504
Avg: 4.38
pDev: 23.29%
Wants: 198
Gots: 85 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Trillium Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA | 8.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JCTetreault on 03-19-2014

In the spirit of tenacity and camaraderie, Mettle was first created to highlight the milestone of our inaugural year as a brewery. With an intense dual dry-hop treatment of Amarillo and Citra, this medium-bodied Double IPA beckons with aromatics of peach and nectarine. A fusion of grape juice and candied citrus greet the palate while accents of white-wine, grassy hop, and a mellow bitterness reveal themselves on a smooth, dry finish. We continue to brew Mettle in recognition of our devoted following of hopheads that have supported us from the very beginning.

MALT: American 2-row Barley, Valley Danko Rye, Valley Triticale, Valley Wheat, Dextrine, Dextrose

HOPS: Amarillo, Citra, Columbus
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Photo of mdfb79
4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 02/08/16 notes. Picked up 2 bottle of this at the brewery in Boston on 2/5, drank one on 2/6 and one on 2/8. Poured into my Trillium tulip.

Pours a murky brownish-yellow color with two inches of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Citrus hops, juicy tropical fruits and hops, oranges, grapefruit notes, fruity malts, and bread. Medium body and low carbonation, super smooth and creamy. Crazy easy to drink for 8.4%.

Overall I liked this one a lot; very easy to drink and a lot of juicy tropical and citrusy notes. Well worth checking out.

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Photo of Tracs
4.68/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

By far the best Trillium beer I've had. The first that really compares with the top IPA's from hill farmstead and treehouse. Might be one of the best IPA's I've ever had. Just a perfect production of the "New England IPA" style.

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Photo of Horbar
4.61/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Growler fill.
The beautiful standard Trillium haze. A bit paler than most.
Sweet fruity hops dominate the nose.
A treat for Amarillo lovers
A bit chewy
A nice bite at the end

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Photo of rorykanderson
4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Great DIPA with the classic Trillium aroma that makes you feel like you've stepped into the brewery. Dank, citrusy smell bursts forth from the bottle. Taste of unripened mango, pineapple, orange peels and sweet malt. The malt is actually the sweetest I've tasted from any Trillium beer. Strong alcohol heat envelops the mouth; not off-putting but it makes its presence well known. Extremely bitter.

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Photo of Dopen993
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 bottle poured into tulip. 12/10/15

L. Copper, yellow/orange with light haze. 2 finger head with lots of lacing.
S. Lots of tropical fruit notes and light citrus. Mango, passion and orange.
T. Taste follows nose, tropical with a slight bitter finish. Bready and with a slight malt finish. Nice hops up front.
F. Nice carbonation, even for being almost a month old, and really nice mouthfeel.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.29/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a clear reddish color, with a half inch head, and a good amount of lacing. Clear and red?! This is entirely unlike any other Trillium IPA I've had, in terms of appearance at least.

Smells like peach, pineapple, melon, grapefruit, with very minimal malt presence.

Despite the 'off-putting' look to this, the taste follows like a Trillium IPA should. It's got a soft delicate fruitiness, with some minimal pine bitterness. There's lots of peach and grapefruit, and some mango and pineapple- the Amarillo, Citra, and Columbus is clearly a compelling combo.

This is lighter bodied than I'm used to with this brewery, with a normal level of carbonation.

Not up to Trillium's usual standards, but still pretty magical anyway.

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Photo of emount91
4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

yet another great double IPA from one of the masters of East Coast beers. pours a darker orange color with haziness, beautiful head that lasts a while and leaves gorgeous even lacing on the glass all the way down, but i've seen better looking heads, even from them. smell can be described as tropical without the "warmness" and sweetness that tropical fruits typically have. peaches and that dank hop profile are the 2 main flavors when sipping this beer. malt is there, and is actually very sweet when compared to some of their other beers. feel is right spot on to Trillium, carbonation carries the flavors through and breaks up some of that slick mouth feel that DIPAs are known for. overall another awesome one from Trillium, can't wait until this or Heavy Mettle comes back again.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.37/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured into pilsener glass

Pours a clear golden yellow, steady stream of micro carbonation, dense , billowy, fluffy two finger white foam cap

Aroma of pine on the first whiff. A bit of orange citrus on the second sniff

Taste of citrus hops

Smooth , bitterness without a sharp bite, gentle hop bitterness lingers

Lots of hop , drinkable, good beer

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.39/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle. Hazy apricot orange with thick white head with lots if lace. Big ripe fruit aroma, peaches. Ripe fruit and citrus sweetness up front, backed by toasty bread. Back end earthy bitterness, dry finish. Silky soft full mouthfeel. Excellent DIPA with tons of flavor.

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Photo of jhavs
4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into snifter. Fresh. About 12 oz. pour.

A= Cloudy light orange with a thick foamy head that is slightly off-white. Sticky lacing.

S= The beer has a lot of piney resinous aroma with hints of tropical fruit and citrus. A bit of toasted malts and malt sweetness is noticeable too.

T= A lot of earthy hop flavors, some citrus, pine, dankness. Malt backing is definitely noticeable with some toasted bread and caramel sweetness. Bitterness is fairly strong but balanced by the malt.

M= Medium body with moderate carbonation.

O= A tasty and balanced imperial IPA. Lots of hop aroma, flavor, and bitterness with suitable malt backing to make it really enjoyable and easy on the palate.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.03/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dan for this one. 750ml bottle into a Grrrz teku. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a dense, powder white 2 finger head with great retention. Beer is a slightly cloudy peach. Lacing is patchy, thick and layered with excellent stick. Fantastic!

Nose is tree sap, resin, pine and a light sweet caramel. Kind of sappy and grassy. Really aromatic.

Opens sweet tree sap, pine, bark and morning mist. Malt body is prominent in the middle and broken up by short bursts of sap hop bitterness and grass. Resin and sweet caramel and brown sugar notes towards the end leave a light, sticky bitterness in the aftertaste. Decent.

Medium bodied with moderate to ample carbonation. Lively and aggressive in the mouth and goes down crisp and quenching. Messy finish with a dry, lingering aftertaste. Very drinkable. The ABV is barely there.

A really well-made IPA that just has the flavor profile that I'm not quite into for the style. Still well worth trying if you're into pine-y, sappy IPAs.

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Photo of SteveCarrozza
4.48/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Add it to the list of Trillium IPA success stories. First Trillium beer in a while/first time trying Mettle and it did not disappoint. Great orange color and citrusy aroma. Nice and soft on the pallet. Can't wait to grab some more soon

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Photo of garyloveman
4.77/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A delicious dipa from trillium? Totally unexpected.
Pours a hazy orange.
Smells like I stumbled in drunk, stepped on a bag of peaches, and found them a day later.
Taste is of soft citrus. Peaches, white grape.
Solid medium body mouth feel.
Incredible beer. On par with everything else trillium puts out.

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Photo of anteatr23
4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy orange with a two finger head. Smells of citrus and sticky fruit, Amarillo hops. Taste is light (for the ABV) with hop flavor and citrus. This honestly feels a bit watered-down compared to most Trillium offerings. Peppery mouth feel that finishes bitter and lasting. Overall, better than average for IPAs, but a slight disappointment from Trillium, which usually offers more.

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Photo of Sheppard
4.21/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice golden orange with a bright white head. Smells like orange marmalade. Lots of orange. Some intense oranges, not on the level of Congress St as far as the mouthfeel. It's a really solid DIPA.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.48/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

64 oz growler was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a slightly hazy golden yellow with some clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Resiny pine, tropical, citrus, lemon, wheaty, bready, toasted, and pale malts. Tropical, citrus, resiny pine, lemon, grassy, and lime.

Taste: Awesome hop flavor with balancing malt bill in the rear. Some medium bitterness and chewy notes in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, mediumto full bodied, medium carbonation, medium bitterness, and a little chewy.

Overall: So happy to have tried this beer. Definitely getting more before it's gone.

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Photo of Gatch
4.77/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Now this is a proper DIPA! Trillium nails it every time. Perfect hop balance but with massive tropical fruit and piney zing. I'm really not sure how a beer of any style can be better. Thanks judkinst for sharing a growler!

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Photo of SebastianOwl
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Growler filled 11/14/15, the same day the beer was tapped; also drank that day in a teku glass; great beer, but it is a little more grassy and bitter than other Trillium hoppy beers; as a DIPA, perhaps it could stand to age a week or in the fridge to mellow out a bit; UPDATE: drinking it again after 5 days in my fridge in a bottle instead of off draft from a growler. Great choice to let it mellow a little, excellent beer, like it much better from the bottle.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle served in a tulip. Pours a translucent orange-gold with a tight, one inch, bright white head that settles into a fluffy, 1/8th inch cap. Swaths of textured lacing are revealed during the tasting. Nose is incredible! Huge tropical fruit notes right off the bottle pop. Once in the glass you get a kiss of rind and spice and an earthy quality towards the back. Taste follows nose with a suggestion of candied tangerines and herbal notes at the finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body (but closer to light); perhaps a little thin. Carbonation is lively, but overall, the body could use a little more texture. Overall, another top notch Trillium DIPA that is totally in my wheelhouse. I can't wait until the larger production facility opens!

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Photo of SenorHops
3.81/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Typical Trillium haze and straw color. A swirl shows a watery look and poor lacing and head. Aroma features light fruit, vegetal notes and caramel. Flavor lacks Trillium's hop punch and lacks the appropriate bitterness of a DIPA . Vegetal notes return with a mash up of over ripe fruits, caramel and booze. Mouthfeel is soft and thin. I am one if Trillium's biggest fans, but this falls dreadfully short when compared to this breweries extensive line up of world class hoppy beers.

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Photo of mnj21655
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

32 oz growler poured into a tulip.

Pours a relatively clear vibrant gold in color with a very minimal soapy white head. Aroma is brightly hoppy with grapefruit, lemon, and pineapple. Taste initially mirrors the aroma with citrus and pineapple notes but then some light malts, resiny hops, and a moderate bitterness. Good mouthfeel, medium-ish body and carbonation. Very drinabkle, a wonderful combination of aromas and flavors with good balance and nuance.

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Photo of Resuin
4.63/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a snifter. This was bottled today.

Appearance: Pours a medium gold/amber, only slightly hazy and leaves a finger of white head.

Smell: Lemony citrus, pineapple hints, grapefruit, hint of cracker.

Taste: Citrus zest, hint of grassy notes, juicy pineapple, orange and grapefruit. Really smooth and well balanced.

Mouth-feel: Smooth and creamy with a medium carb. Finishes great - that nice balance between sweet and bitter that works so well.

Overall: This is a terrific DIPA. Drinks easier than it should and with some nice but not super in-your-face flavors. Citrus and tropical fruits play the lead role in a nice medley of flavors.

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Photo of jbwimer
4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle in late November... Really pleased with how this held up. Candied citrus rind, caramel malt, hint of grapefruit along with some piney/grassy character. Gonna have to get my hands on a fresh bottle next round.

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Photo of Ready4aHeady
4.01/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A solid DIPA--- one man's unattractive hazy and vegetal quality is another's love that hazy look (who wants a clear beer?) and piney flavor.... mixed in with hoppy goodness and tropical fruits make this another trillium winner (would prefer a scunch less malt but im a no-malt kinda guy)

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Photo of kscaldef
3.34/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11/29/14 bottling. Unattractively hazy. Some nice tropical notes, but also still has a definite tinge of that old vegetal character I get from most of Trillium's IPAs.

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Mettle from Trillium Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.