Sprang - Trillium Brewing Company

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Reviews: 8
Hads: 65
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: n/a
Wants: 11
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Trillium Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: JCTetreault on 05-08-2014

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Reviews: 8 | Hads: 65
Photo of rudzud
4.18/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Enjoyed on tap at the Armsby Abbey.

A - Poured into a standard pint glass a nice not quite crystal clear golden straw hue with a one finger head that faded to leave a thin blanket and some creamy lacing.

S - Aromas of juicy tropical fruits, tutti fruity like with absurd amounts of pineapple and mango, tangerine, Clementine. Not really getting the biscuit malts that I'm used to though. Regardless this smells delicious.

T - Taste is a fun combo, I get the malty cracker of a kolsch and then an assault of tropical fruit, big big Nelson notes going on here. Tasty pineapple and mango with nice citrus. Very fruity and refreshing.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, alcohol hidden, super drinkable.

O - Overall this beer was a fun one. A kolsch inspired beer with Nelson hops, tasty, though not really a kolsch. Just call it a hoppy German pale lager. (857 characters)

Photo of WanderingFool
4.5/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sprang pours a hazy yellow with a small, creamy white head on top. The foam fades quickly leaving lines of lace on the glass. For a Kolsch this beer is awfully cloudy.

The aroma is loaded with tangerine and orange citrus with some dank tropical fruit, pine and grass mixed in for good measure.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth, creamy with mild carbonation. The flavor is loaded with tangerine citrus, lemon rind, and mango. Bready wheat comes through in the background. It finishes a bit dank with a touch of peppery spice. Grassy bitterness finishes off the flavor. Once gone the dank fruit, tangerine and tangerine citrus lingers on the palate.

This is a fantastically delicious beer. It's a terrible example of a Koelsch, but a great example of a full flavored, sessionable IPA. (798 characters)

Photo of joesinboston
3.56/5  rDev n/a
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer on tap at Deep Ellum in Allston. The keg had just kicked and I got the first glass from a fresh keg. It was served in a willi becher glass.

It poured an incredibly cloudy pale yellow that in certain light almost appeared grey. The head was frothy and light and lasted a good while. It smelled very herbal and lemony with a very faint hint of breadiness. The taste wasn't too far off from the aroma, the hops dominated the flavor upfront and there was some spiciness that lingered on the back of your throat in the aftermath. Combined with a grainy mouthfeel, the best way to describe this beer I think is earthy. It was drinkable, but it was nowhere near what I expected.

I typically love Trillium's beer, but was very let down by this considering it was labeled as a Kolsch. Maybe it was because it was the first pour and there may have been sediment at the bottom of the keg, but I detected very few Kolsch-like aspects to this beer. If I put this next to a Reissdorf and told someone that they are the same style of beer, they would think I was mad. (1,070 characters)

Photo of Resuin
4.63/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 32 ounce growler into a willibecher. This was filled at the brewery an hour ago.

Appearance: Pours a translucent yellow/pale gold and leaves a finger of light, white head that fades slowly to a layer atop the beer, leaving some white lacing.

Smell: Big floral hops, honey, a touch of mango and peach. Lovely and quite refreshing aroma.

Taste: Mmm. Citrus/floral hops, light biscuity notes, mango, peach, and finishes juicy - really lovely finish. Ridiculously refreshing, and really nice flavor profile. Highly, highly drinkable.

Mouth-feel: Medium to well carbonated with a light to medium, creamy body. Fits the style wonderfully. Finishes smooth and juicy.

Overall: Really well balanced light, but really nicely hopped beer. Super sessionable and with one of the smoothest flavors I've ever encountered. A fantastic brew, especially for the summer months, but I would drink this every day, year-round. (924 characters)

Photo of HattedClassic
4.41/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours some light white and foamy head that dissipates quickly. The beer leaves a lot of lacing behind. The beer itself is hazy but clear enough to see through it. The beer color is a nice golden yellow that looks very clean even if it is a bit hazy. The notes from the beer smell are aggressively hoppy but not very aggressive that it dominates the notes. The hop notes are tropical citrus but with a hint of sweet pale malt as well. The notes also contains hints of spice that mix very well. The taste notes are similar but that the hop notes are stronger and the dry malt taste comes out in the end. the spices seem to last through the drink. The mouthfeel is medium bodied but on the lighter side of medium bodied. The feel is smooth with biting carbonation. Overall, a very easy drinking beer and great on a warm day. (830 characters)

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.22/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is labelled a Kolsh. If all Kolshes tasted like this, I could give up Pales/IPAs.

Poured out of the growler, I nice pale yellow. About 1 finger of a bright, white head.
Huge punch of hops right off the bat. Fruity, but not tropical. Just really pleasant smelling.
Really good balance of the hop flavor with the light, biscuit malt character. Almost drinks like a pale ale. Like their Fort Point, but brewed solely with Nelson Sauvin. Ultimately super crushable. Could down a ton of this stuff on a hot day. (517 characters)

Photo of nas5755
4.57/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A damned delicious beer.

A hazy, golden blonde, nice head. Solid.Nose is spicy, some nelson hops, grapey, citrus, some spice .Hoppy, but not overdone. For the style, I almost wanted less hop presence but I am fine and really love drinking this beer. Very clean, nelson hop flavors, lots of rye bite, spritzy carbonation. A really easy drinking beer, might be the perfect lawnmower beer. Hopped up nicely, but not overdone, clean. Love this beer and would/will drink this all summer. (484 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.8/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A-Pours a hazy yellow color. Thinner white head. Head is a soft, fluffy blanket that sits atop the pretty illuminated body of the beer. Light lacing.

S-First I must say, once I found out this was Nelson Sauvin hopped I was really excited. Nelson is my favorite hop varietal. Upon first whiff, I am immediately ecstatic. A Kolsch hopped to the brim with perhaps the most unique smelling hop in the world. The Nelson hops explode with herbal, onion and lemon hops. The hops smell green and vinous but they also impart some wonderful fruity, tropical notes. Hops are spicy, too; or is that the rye? Such a wonderful aroma.

T-The flavor of the hops are fruitier and more tropical. I still get that vinous flavor but the more coercive 'green' hop elements found in the nose have softened and turned into a medley of passion fruit, mango, and white peach. I really do understand why people equate the flavor to white wine in some essences; it gives off a Sauvignon Blanc flavor. Hey, that's where the name came from, right? The Kolsch aspects of this beer are hidden by the shocking hoppiness but I can pick them up to some extent. It finishes with a crisp, cracker and grain flavor along with a spiciness that I will attribute to both the hops and the rye.

M-Light bodied with noticeable bitterness. Soft carbonation. Frighteningly drinkable. I would substitute this water any day. It maintains the thirst quenching qualities of a Kolsch but it almost has a cask feel with its light carbonation (especially as it warms). Ultimate session beer.

O-One of my favorite breweries utilizing my favorite hop within a style that deserves more attention. An absolute gem of a beer and one of my favorites from Trillium. This may not be for everyone but it's definitely, definitely, definitely for me; what a unique brew! (1,810 characters)

Sprang from Trillium Brewing Company
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