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Mettle - Trillium Brewing Company

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35 Reviews
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Reviews: 35
Hads: 405
Avg: 4.36
pDev: 25%
Wants: 193
Gots: 51 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Trillium Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

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 SpeedwayJim
4.03/5  rDev -7.6%
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 +2.8%
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 +9.4%
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 -2.1%
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 -3.4%
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 +2.8%
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 +9.4%
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 -0.7%
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 +1.4%
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 -12.6%
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 +2.5%
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 +6.2%
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 -2.1%
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.

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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)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Mettle from Trillium Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.