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Mettle - Trillium Brewing Company

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Reviews: 23
Hads: 338
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 2.52%
Wants: 197
Gots: 35 | FT: 0
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Trillium Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: JCTetreault on 03-19-2014

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Photo of jbwimer
4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (215 characters)

Photo of Ready4aHeady
4.01/5  rDev -8%
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) (287 characters)

Photo of kscaldef
3.34/5  rDev -23.4%
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. (168 characters)

Photo of kevdemers
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From bottle dated 11/29/14:

Nose is absolutely amazing, the taste just didn't quite deliver on that promise the same way Congress St. IPA does. Still worth your while, but Fort Point & Congress St. are still my first options from Trillium. (240 characters)

Photo of BWild
4.96/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Just opened a bomber of Mettle (11/29/14) that I just picked up today. This beer is simply amazing. The scent of grapefruit is filling my kitchen. I am a happy man. It is so nice to no longer need to drive to VT for great beer. Welcome back online Trillium. (257 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
4.16/5  rDev -4.6%

Nov 19th bottle, opened Dec 14th. Special thanks to costanzo_mike for the bottle.

A - Pale, lightly opaque pear colored body. Mixed bubbled head pours a finger high with nice retention and lace.

S - Refreshing and sweet. Pear juice puree, apple skins, passion fruit, and thyme.

T - Bitter wood, straw, and pine wash over creamy, tropical undertones of passion fruit, banana, and mango. White bread and bitter green finish.

M - Creamy, medium-full body. Just a shade light on carbonation.

O - An interesting IPIA. Drinks like an imperial version of the white IPA's that were popularized a few years back, with more alcohol and alpha oil bitters.

4.16 Mettle
-- -Jay- -Jon- -Vin- -Avg- Weight Adj
A - 4.00 4.10 4.55 4.22 10% 0.42
S - 4.35 4.00 4.50 4.28 20% 0.86
T - 4.25 4.00 4.25 4.17 40% 1.67
M - 4.00 4.00 4.00 4.00 10% 0.40
O - 4.00 4.00 4.25 4.08 20% 0.82 (967 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.25/5  rDev -25.5%

Thanks to jslay013 for handing this off in an in person trade a week ago. My first taste of Trillium, looking forward to it. Minimalist brown-tone label, 750ML of liquid bottled on 11/29/14. Split with my wife.

The pour is dirtier than the Nile in full flood, moderate orange with enough light-blocking properties to qualify as a por-ter. Moderately fizzed. Nose is a riot of mixed light fruit, with orange peel and pear jumping out of the orchard. Strong underlying sweetness. I like.

Mettle – from thy nose, whither your taste? Taunted by an excellent nose, I find the taste drops off lead-balloon style. My first several sips I can hardly get past the mouthfeel, which is weak, almost watery. I try to get past it, but, but, but. And the effect does fade a bit as the beer warms. Taste? The bitterness is slow-building on the front end, almost non-existent at first, but arriving & sticking to the palate after a few ounces. Earthy pine, damp citrus, almost a light peach. Parching; I feel like I need a drink after every swallow. I would have been happy with a taster.

Glancing at the other reviews, I can’t help but wonder: what the hell? I’m not tasting the same beer that others are describing. Is this batch off, or is this beer benefiting from Mass hallucinations? Ah, well. Not bad, but just a decent enough brew. (1,335 characters)

Photo of RAlmeida77
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Really enjoyed the complexity and layers of hops in this one. Nose was citrusy and the initial flavor was as well but then a wave of bitter hops hit the back of the tongue and resonate for a minute before fading. Very interesting with the way the hop flavors are "layered". Very good DIPA. (289 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color capped by an impressive, two-finger head; excellent retention and the lacing is a nice dividend

Smell: Very juicy and dank, with tropical fruit tones dominant; sugary pineapple, guava and papaya, as well as some ruby red grapefruit

Taste: A touch of shortbread and then the tropical fruit flavors take over, bringing pineapple, apricot jam, guava paste and papaya, as well as the more bitter citrus flavors of ruby red grapefruit and lime; very bitter and dank, after the swallow, though the fruitiness dominates the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: After having been slightly disappointed by the Congress Street IPA (thought that is still a very good beer) this one brings me back to what I loved about Fort Point Pale Ale; a terrific DIPA

Thanks, Ljudsignal, for the opportunity (870 characters)

Photo of AirBob
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Notes from 10/28/14

A - 2 fingers of dense white head. Excellent retention and good lacing, Hazy, deep golden-orange body.

S - Tons of fresh citrus (lime, orange, and grapefruit) with intense sweetness and bitterness. Underlying resin. Maybe some pineapple.

T - Super fruity. Doesn't really follow the nose. Sweet tropical fruit and stone fruit balanced out with some citrus bitterness and resin in the finish. Maybe some bubblegum.

M - Medium carbonation. Full bodied. Just sticky enough to know it's a DIPA but still wicked drinkable.

O - This is even better than Heavy and Speed Mettle. So much depth and so intense. Another great beer from Trillium. (667 characters)

Photo of NAPO
4.8/5  rDev +10.1%

God bless New England water. Pours a cloudy golden orange with about half a finger head, gorgeous. Smell is apricot and peach with strong citrus scent. very dank which i love. Taste follows up with citric bitterness and peach sweetness. Mouthfeel is amazing, Juicy with a dry finish. Alcohol is ridiculously well hidden. What a great beer from Trillium. Second best DIPA out of Boston after Heavy Mettle. (404 characters)

Photo of HopDeezy
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%

A - hazy golden yellow orange glow....cloudy beer just how I like them.

S - Huge citrus orange, tangerine and peach nose with some bitter orange peel.....and dankness.....another favorite of mine.

T - same as nose but the bitterness kicks in as well but nothing too over the top. A remarkably well balanced beer that is very easy to drink for an 8.4% beer.

M - not too overly carbonated, very juicy with dryness and hop bitters that linger on the back end.

O - Like the other Trillium beers I've tried this is another grand slam. Glad this is right here in Boston. (576 characters)

Photo of fatsnowman22
4.67/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 32oz growler into snifter

A - hazy bright golden color with orange highlights. clarity only disturbed by the hop haze

S - stone fruit (nectarine, peach, apricot), pine and fruity marijuana

T - very dry and balanced. hops are assertive but not over the top. bitterness builds slightly as the glass is emptied but is very pleasant

M - pretty nice body - right in the middle. hops coat tongue increasing the feel

O - trifecta for Triliium. every hoppy offering i've had has been a wonderful surprise. this is really nice departure from the 10000 ibu dipa's. balanced but still plenty bitter and easy to have a few glasses. alcohol is well hidden. beyond solid stuff (681 characters)

Photo of alexbutler
4.07/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Got a squealer refilled from the brewery just a few days ago...

A - Very nice amber color with a thin head that dissipates quite quickly to a soapy top. Nice lacing on the glass after the first sips, but nothing too complex.

S - Amazing, full bodied aroma. The hops give way to a nice fruit, apricot flavor. There's a thickness, too, that reminds me of chocolate. Sounds crazy, but that's what came to mind.

T - No wonder there was such a long line to get this one filled - packs a great punch with the slightest sip. An initial crispness paves the way for a broad, hoppy flavor. This is a taste that lingers long afterward...

M - The first sip is as powerful as the last... goes to show that the 'staying power' of Mettle on your tastebuds is very impressive. That said, it might hang around too long... leading to a lousy after taste, but don't let it get to that. Have more Mettle.

O - One of the finest beers, if not the finest beer I've tasted from Trillium. Keep it up! (983 characters)

Photo of kevanb
4.16/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

32oz growler poured into a Trillium snifter. Enjoyed on 3/31/14, reviewed from tasting journal.

The beer pours a bright golden color, very hazy, hues of straw and a bit of copper, with a very soapy, thick, white head, about 2 fingers high, with nice retention and a fair amount of lace left behind. The aroma is of bright wildflower, lemon citrus, grapefruit zest, a bit of juicy fruity hop aromas with a strong dose of sweet malt and light alcohol. The flavors follow well, juicy fruit and tangy citrus, bright floral character, considerably dank relative to the nose, with sweet, pale grain and some assertive alcohol on the finish. The mouthfeel is nice, very juicy and sticky, a bit of a sappy quality to it, with nice carbonation and a lightly dry, almost creamy finish.

Verdict: A very nice DIPA from Trillium, my first experience from this brewery and hopefully not the last. It's simple, bright, juicy, a bit dank, but the strong alcohol on both the nose and tongue definitely hinders the delicacy of this beer. It's a bit rough around the edges, but still very enjoyable. (1,083 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.59/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared by yourefragile. Thanks Michael!

The beer is bright golden with moderate haze and an inch or so of white head. The aroma...ooh la la! A tropical citrus and hop paradise. Simply perfect. I could smell this beer forever. The beer tastes pretty damn good too! This is a showcase for tropical fruit and hops. lemon, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, melon. So fresh and wonderful. (388 characters)

Photo of rjp217
4.63/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Filled a few days ago at the brewery...

A - Pours a beautiful bright yellow with a frothy white head and amazing lace retention throughout consumption

S - Tropical fruits but mainly lemons, grass and some pepper

T - Very tropical yet again; grapefruit, oranges, peach, lemon lime, dank hops. Very creamy with the lightest of bite at the finish. Wonderful

M - Medium body, soft and supple, smooth with a slight pine bite off the palate

O - This is a home run. Would go neck and neck with any world class DIPA out there. Wonderful soft, fruitful taste with a great aroma. This is absolutely killer and we can only only hope its a regular addition to their lineup (665 characters)

Photo of HattedClassic
4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours some nice white and foamy head but dissipates quickly and is hard to get a decent head going. The beer itself is a hazy orangish yellow color that looks very nice. The beer smell is fantastic. Notes of grapefruit and lemon zest and a bit of pine to even out the transition between the two. The notes also have an interesting creamy smell. Slight hints of pepper but mainly hop notes dominating the nose. The beer taste is similar to the smell. The main notes are the lemon and grapefruit with the pine showing up in the aftertaste. Unlike the smell, the taste a malty sweetness to balance out the hops a little bit. The carbonation is fairly light and the feel is incredibly light and smooth for a DIPA. Overall, a fantastic and unique DIPA. While some are heavy, this is comparatively light. Furthermore, even though it resembles their Fort Point, I would say this drinks easier. (895 characters)

Photo of WanderingFool
4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mettle pours a hazy straw yellow with a small, creamy head on top. The foam disappears quickly leaving behind a few spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is full of grapefruit and lemon citrus, some pepper and a peachy earthiness.

Each sip of this full bodied beer is chewy with moderate carbonation and a dry finish. The flavor has lots of orange and grapefruit citrus. Pine. ripe tropical fruit in the middle. Enough sweetness in the background helps balance out the bitterness. Earthy finish with a touch of pepper and a hint of garlic. Once gone the citrus and fruit notes linger on the palate.

Tasty beer with lots of hoppy flavor. The flavors really emerge as the beer warms. (684 characters)

Photo of Chazari99
4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

I bought and drank this beer on the 22nd, and it was spectacular. Very smooth, and not excessively hoppy for a Double IPA, which I enjoyed. Trillium really outdid itself with this beer. It reminds me of Tree House's Julius. I can only hope that it will be brewed more often. I think this beer is as good as Heady, TH Julius, and Lawson's. The only beer that I've had that is better is Double Citra by HF. (404 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in the Publick House in Brookline MA as a remnant from the Trillium first anniversary party.

Served in a tulip glass with a half finger head. Chunky lace left on the glass. The liquid is whitish gold and is also quite cloudy.

Floral, citrusy hop aroma. Very fresh smell. Strong grapefruit zest in the mix as well.

Good but brief grassy malt start--lasts less than a second. This is not bitingly bitter but the hop resin is completely dominating. Dry but round finish with a mild hop pepper kick. The aftertaste has leaf like quality, but lingers forever. No notable alcohol. High carbonation with a neutral body level. Borderline extreme yet easy to drink. (669 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Dimly glowing orange body. A standard shelf of white foam floats above the body. Pretty consistent lacing.

S-An absolute backhand across the face. Hops jolt out of the glass. An intense mixture of pine and citrus with plenty of other tropical fruits. I thought it had some guava elements to it. Grass, citrus, fruit juice, a little marijuana. Super-high aromatic intensity. Also has a cutting graininess in the nose.

T-The flavor is exorbitantly hoppy. The grapefruit is undeniably tangy. A rush of various tropical fruits and pine, grass and dank herbal notes come with the grapefruit. It has such a phenomenal hoppy bite (bite is the perfect description). It just zaps your taste buds. A seemingly cozy malt backing only serves as a springboard for the hops.

M-Very, very bitter. Hints of heat. Endless aftertaste. Tingly bubbles. Such a flavor overload but it drinks very easily.

O/D-One of the better DIPAs I have had in ages. Probably in my top 10 all time. What a bruiser this one is! (996 characters)

Photo of Damian
4.88/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Drank on-tap at The Publick House, Brookline, MA
Served in a cervoise

Super hazy, straw yellow appearance. The beer was topped by a thin, flimsy, bright white crown. A drippy latticework of lacing coated much of the glass.

The aroma was phenomenal. Tropical fruits dominated. Loads of mango and guava. Intense peach and apricot notes were apparent. There was a strong candied citrus peel presence. Some dank, weed-like notes came through as well.

The taste was just as stellar as the nose. Lots of candied orange peel on the front end. The beer was anchored by a stiff yet unobtrusive pale malt backbone. Super peachy. Boatloads of tropical fruits. Mango and papaya came through strongest. Tons of juicy, tangerine flavor. Ruby red grapefruit appeared on the finish and gave the beer just enough bitterness to keep it from being too sweet. All in all, incredibly flavorful and amazingly well balanced.

The beer was medium bodied for the style. Super creamy and smooth. The liquid contained a fine, mellow, pillowy soft effervescence that more then made up for the slightness in body.

Although I really enjoyed Congress Street IPA, Trillium's "follow up" to their heralded Fort Point Pale Ale, it was a bit more pithy and bitter than its predecessor. Mettle, however, is truly Fort Point on steroids. At a mere 8.4% ABV, this beer has a hop profile that rivals any world class double IPA, yet it drinks as easily as a pale ale. I can only wish that this beer joins their regular lineup. (1,490 characters)

Mettle from Trillium Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.