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Mettle | Trillium Brewing Company

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Trillium Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by JCTetreault on 03-19-2014

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Photo of Rockjocknroll
4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Hazy yellow golden with ample fine carbonation head.
S: More sweet light malt than some of the other Trillium hops...candied orange.
T: Bright flavors and citrus, a little ethanol and more of that biscuity-sweet malt. A long malty finish with more ethanol on the back end.
M: Light but still mouth-coating; slightly viscous and long-lasting.
O: Not my favorite Trillium but excellent nonetheless. Well worth seeking out.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

"10oz" pour at Worden Hall.

Murky gold and opaque in a small snifter. A half inch head settled minimally for the duration.
Laughably floral and pungent. A truckload of tropical fruit. Medium bodied and tacky with shag velvet. A tropical hop assault on the palate with an almost biscuity, peppery malt backbone.

Great beer. Almost cruel to be served such a meager portion.

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Photo of huntley101888
4.54/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the standard 25.4 oz bottle into my Spiegelau IPA glass. I don't see a date stamp, but my friend got this from the brewery a couple of weeks ago, so I'm sure it's fresh.

L - Hazy, opaque golden yellow with two finger white head after a vigorous pour. It is settling out to a thin coat of foam with some lacing and foam around the glass.

S - You can smell it as soon as you pop the bottle. Give a vigorous pour and treat your nose to wonderful tropical fruit smells. Think mango, some peach; it smells super juicy.

T - After all that aroma, I was expecting more juicy fruit in the taste. The first thing to hit your tongue is the bitterness and bite of the carbonation. I am definitely getting a peach undertone with a sweet but dry finish. The aftertaste continues to be peach. This definitely tastes well above average, but I've had better from them (for example, Artaic)

F - I mentioned the bite of the carbonation. After that, it has a slick mouthfeel, but I wouldn't say it's chewy. It's pleasant. The bit of dryness at the end is unexpected for an IPA this big, and I wonder if some of that is due to the alcohol.

O - You can't go wrong with anything you get from Trillium. This is an excellent IIPA.

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

5/5/16 bottling date

A: A cloudy light orange pour. Tall, thick and effervescent light tan head. Great head retention.

S: Candied oranges with a side of grapefruit. Some pine and a hint of grass. Surprisingly mild but maybe I'm used to the DDH versions.

T: More of the same. Big candied citrus with pungent grapefruit. Spicy, resinous pine and grass kicks in in the middle. Herbal at times (especially in the aftertaste), adding another spicy kick. Almost a black pepper aftertaste in fact. Long lingering dry, spicy taste between sips.

M: Soft, smooth and borderline chalky at times.

O: Interesting DIPA. Dry and chalky and quite spicy. Makes me think of a dry white wine that's been hopped.

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

Hazy and slightly orange in color.

Aroma: papaya, peach, citrus, mango, all sorts of tropical fruits/citrus aroma.
The aroma on most Trillium beers is incredible and this is no different.

Taste: slight bitterness up front, sweet citrus and tropical flavors in the taste as well, great mouthfeel.

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Photo of BierRunner
4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice hazy look, as one would expect for a New England, and a wonderful nose of peach and citrus. Same flavors on the palate with a balanced but assertive bitterness. Mouth filling with pleasant carbonation. Lovely beer!

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Photo of GabrielEVH
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Sunshiny-haze color. Scent and flavor of this beer is more delicate than other offerings from Trillium. I get mainly passion fruit on the nose and perhaps some grape as Trillium describes. Taste follows the nose but it is subtle enough to let the alcohol come thru midway thru which isn't ideal. Wish they did a better job hiding it for this... but overall a quality beer, just not among my favorites for Trillium.

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Photo of HopHunter19
5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - nice murky orange amber kind of color, with a loose fluffy head that sticks and leaves great lacing
S - big orange, tangerine, peach predominating, pine and grapefruit too. Overly ripe fruits in the background. Smells kind of like a fruit basket with a lot of oranges in it, or the citrus area of the grocery store.
T - again orange, tangerine, grapefruit, peach, lemon/lime, citrus rind, overly ripe fruits. Almost a hint of dank, but not really dank per se.
M - light medium mouthfeel, alcohol covered, aftertaste is the same raw citrus
O - perfect. You really can't get better than this. You can get different, but not better.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.06/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 5/7/16

A: Golden orange with a lot of honey yellow - hazy, opaque - pours with a small, white head, fades to a few wisps and a tiny collar, leaves a few streaks of lacing

S: Big fruits and some general burliness - tangerine, orange, and grapefruit flesh, juice - herbal, leafy, and resinous hops - floral - peach, white grape, and melon - some fruity sweetness - a solid base of pale malts with some breadiness

T: Big citrus, juicy and almost chewy, with some tangerine, orange, and grapefruit - citrus zest and citrus oil - fleshy fruit including under-ripe peach, apricot, melon, and grape - straight-up hop resin - leafy and a touch grassy - spice - pronounced bitterness that lingers - earthy - pale malts with some touches of wheat - hint of alcohol

M: On the heavy side of medium, very low carbonation, smooth, a touch oily, finishes mostly dry

O: Finishing this bottle won't take much mettle

This is a solid DIPA, but it's not my favorite DIPA from Trillium. It has just a bit too much oily, herbal, vaguely spicy bitterness. That being said, it's still dangerously easy to drink.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.23/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy bright golden yellow color with a small creamy white head. Leaves some pretty good lacing.

The aroma is very sweet up front, with notes of oranges and peach. I also get some mango. On the back end there some pine and a touch of peppery spice.

The flavor is a juice bomb. It's like a fruit smoothie. Tons of candied orange and tangerine, some grapefruit, mango and pineapple. Finishes slightly grassy and spicy.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderately low carbonation. A bit acidic with a slight alcohol burn.

Overall, a very good DIPA. It's juicy as hell, though perhaps a touch sweeter than I'd prefer.

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

Bottle Date: 4/1/16
Palate Contaminants: sweets an hour before

And down the homestretch on my Trillium cache...

Appearance is the usual opaqueness for Trillium. It is on the lighter side, maybe like grapefruit juice.

Smell is nice, but not the hammer-and-anvil that this brewery's brews usually have. It has sweet biscuits and a little citrus acidity, plus some pineapple juice.

Taste is a pleasant mishmash of sour and bitter, plus a little sweetness. It's like a good yellow grapefruit (by my taste, at least). Arugula, maybe? Yeah, arugula. Didn't expect more vegetable than fruit. It's certainly good, but for me it has the least complexity of any of their offerings.

Feel is moderately carbonated.

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Photo of mothman
4.44/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden sunset orange. White head with lace.

Lots of tropical and fruit flavors. Orange with mango and papay. Some resin and stickiness.

Medium bodied. Not malty for a dipa. Very well done.

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Photo of nhindian
4.37/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 4/1/2016.

Appearance - The appearance is slightly hazy, definitely opaque but thinner around the edges where some light can poke through. It is a bright yellow in color, perhaps leaning more towards a dandelion or straw shade rather than a darker orange. An ivory head crests the beer composed of foamy, large bubbles that quickly and quietly wisp away.

Aroma - The nose is a playful combination between fruity and piney. At first, peach, mango, and orange come across like freshly-squeezed juice that lends a beautiful brightness to the beer. Shortly thereafter, a spicier pine note adds a counter that steers the aroma towards a slightly bitter note.

Taste - The flavor is much bolder than I anticipated from the somewhat airy, flowery aroma. The hops kick you in the teeth immediately with a one-two punch that wavers between the fruit and spice at once rather than a gradual transition. The effect is bracing but certainly an experience. The flavors are big and start with those ripe fruit notes. The orange and even nectarine is the most dominant and enjoyable. The hop bitterness couples with the spiciness from the hop to balance that out and rides into the finish.

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel is medium-bodied with lower carbonation. The low level of carbonation is a double-edged sword; it doesn't detract from the beer but it does tend to make it a touch syrupy at times. A noticeable tingle is apparent in the cheeks after larger gulps as the hops infiltrate the palate.

Closing Arguments - Overall, another great beer from Trillium. A step down from Scaled Way Up, but there's no shame in that at all. So far, I've seen masterful hop integration with Trillium and hope that continues.

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Photo of CNoj012
4.21/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a cloudy and completely opaque bright golden color with a bit of an orange hue. The head is 2 fingers, dense and bright white. Retention is fantastic and the lacing is some of the best I have ever seen. There is more spots of white lacing than there is visible glass. Smell is grape, pineapple, mango and dank citrus. Taste is the same with a very mild bitterness. Feel is medium, slick and resinous. Overall a very good beer, but I'm not huge on the grape flavor.

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Photo of jlindros
4.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up the bottle yesterday, two hops I really like so hopefully this comes out swinging.

Pours a big fluffy creamy 1.5 finger head that fades at a med to slower pace, nice foamy lacing, super murky milk shake tangerine orange color.

NOse is awesome, loads of tangerine and orange juice, some grapefruit pith, a little generic tropical juicy citrus and some generic fruity, little creamy malt base, juicy orange flesh, even a touch peachy.

Taste brings tons of juicy citrus fruit again, plenty of tangerine and juicy orange, some grapefruit pith, orange flesh and clementine notes, a little rind notes, nice pith, plenty of fruit, some generic tropical fruit notes a little pineapple perhaps, into a little generic fruit and juicy peach. Some creamy fluffy malt, smooth malt just enough to prop up the hops, fair bitterness, little mango rind even. Finish is dry with more tangerine and orange pith, generic fruit and tropical notes lingering.

Mouth is med bod, a little creamy soft fluffy malt, nice carb.

Overall one of their best beers yet... surprising since I feel most of their beers are overrated, but then they still surprise me with something great like this!

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Service: Bottle
Bottled on: Unintelligible (looks like the month might be 4)

Pours a milky straw color with a chunky little finger+ of frothy white head that drops to a scummy ring around the glass. Meh retention; speckled lacing. (3.75)

Big, bold, bright tropical fruit. Mango, papaya, lime, weed, guava. (4.25)

Wave of softly sweet fruit juices (peach, nectraine, orange, mango) followed by some earthy green bitterness that leaves a resinous feel in your mouth, but is not overpowering (or even terribly strong). (4.5)

Rich, smooth, creamy, fluffy, soft carbonation and a lingering hoppy tingle. (4.5)

This is a rich, layered, fruity, stanky IIPA.
The aroma is fruitier than the smell with a lot of guava, apricot, mango and other juicy fruits; whereas the flavor has more of the dank sappy hop body that you can pick up on in the scent. Both have both characters, but in different levels. All-in-all this is an excellent beer. Smooth, quenching and drinkable. I would search high and low for it to have it again. (4.25)

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.81/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle dated 04/01/16

Pours a glowing opaque gold with a frothy white foam head. Smells like peach, nectarine, mango, white grape, candied citrus, rye, pineapple, passionfruit, guava, with fresh pine and dank earthy grass. Tastes like white grape, candied citrus, passionfruit, pineapple, mango, nectarine, guava, subtle spicy grain, with dank pine and fresh earthy grass. Feels medium-full, creamy with low carbonation. Overall a nice and unique Double IPA.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.47/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

750 mL bottle. Hazy orange body. Smell is citrusy, Kinda herbal. Rye? Smells pretty sweet too. Taste is citrusy again. Sweet pale malt. A little of that rye flavor also. Medium heavy. Not really that interesting, but nice.

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Photo of Rizzy17
4.11/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Trillium tumbler from a bottle bottled on 1/22/16.

A: A hazy orange with just slight translucence.
S: Tropical fruits and citrus rinds.
T: Fruity and citrusy. Tastes like I'm drinking a bitter fruit juice.
F: Drinkable, but not super juicy.
O: Great beer. Crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle. Served in a minisnifter glass. Pours a cloudy & hazy orange-copper body, one finger white head, good retention, some lacing. Smells of wonderful stonefruit, citrus and pine; very aromatic with a nice mellow caramel presence and some grainy sweetness. Some floral notes finish things out. Flavour is similarly hop-forward, plenty of stonefruit, pine, caramel, cereal grain, touch of tropical fruit with floral bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy, hefty with a really nice refreshing dryness on the finish. Not very bitter as usual despite the double IPA designation. Another very nice double IPA from Trillium, who are making the best hoppy beers in this country right now. It's not even close.

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Photo of pkalix
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

my 5th brew from Trillium. probably the lowest rated so far..... but still so good!
kind of thin, can taste some alcohol. some tropical flavors coming out.... very good! such a high pedestal.....

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.73/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look - That signature murky/turbid golden NE IPA look.
Smell - Citrus, candied orange type sweetness, grapefruit, apricots, slight tropical fruits
Taste - Sweet ruby red grapefruit, citrus, mangos, some pineapple, dank
Feel - Super chewy/creamy mouthfeel....glorious

Overall - Another killer offering from Trillium. These guys certainly know what they are doing.

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Photo of dar482
4.66/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a deep gold to pale amber color, fluffy white head, rich and hazy.

The aroma offers earthy, green weed dank qualities, pine sap, surrounded by dried citrus peel, tangerine/orange peel, with a surrounding peach and apricot.

The flavor transitions onto white grape, hints of sweet white wine, dried mango, pineapple, unripen mango, concentrated dried orange peel, a sugar coated light biscuity malt, onto a medium pithy bitterness while the beer dries out. The mouthfeel is chewy and medium plus.

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Love almost everything I have had by Trillium up to this point and this one was no exception! Loved this Trillium Hop Bomb! Trillium knows how to do hops right!!

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Photo of jcflorian
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into pint glass. Bottled Feb 3.

Appearance- pale orange, minimal head
Smell- more malt than hops, but still very enjoyable
Taste- blew me out of the water. I enjoy sweeter IPAs. This beer exceeded all expectations. Each sip left me wanting more.
Moithfeel- creamy lingering super smooth mouthfeel
Overall- Loved this beer. Top notch

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Mettle from Trillium Brewing Company
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