Fort Point Pale Ale - Trillium Brewing Company

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Reviews: 81
Hads: 987
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 1.79%
Wants: 276
Gots: 151 | FT: 6
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Trillium Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 01-12-2013

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Photo of hardysf
4.41/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

As far as pale ales goes this was excellent.

Pours extremely cloudy,can't imagine what the dry hopped version looks like.

Smells very hop forward. Big mango and grapefruit nose with a hint of pine.

Taste starts sweet and the malt is present which is a huge plus for a hoppy pale.hops take over with some juicy full bodied grapefruit and pine flavors.

Feel is amazing. Smooth, light, syrupy, and carbonated all at the same time. Finishes dry. Can't stop drinking. (467 characters)

Photo of Booty
4.74/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This Pale Ale is pretty much an IPA. And a good one at that. Great beer, worth buying a bottle, cuz there is no tasting the beers at the brewery. Also grab a bottle of their Congress St IPA. (190 characters)

Photo of SirBentham
4.55/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Drinking this blindly, I would say it's an IPA - the smell, feel and hops all jump out right away.
Hazy, unfiltered. a ton of tropical fruit and citrus.
another top notch offering from Trillium. (195 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.13/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Citrus, Bold, Yeast, Bread

A serious pale ale we have here, hop forward enough that it pretty much drinks like an IPA without the massive bitterness. There is some balance even with the big push of hoppiness, citrus rind, tobacco, pith, & earthy pine from the Columbus and Citra hops. Its obvious why this beer is so sought after. Kudos to Trillium for making such an exceptional American Pale Ale.

STYLE: American Pale Ale | ABV: 6.6% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #91 (Aug 2014) (522 characters)

Photo of KMachHops
4.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle dated 60215.

Look: Golden orange and hazy. Thick fluffy white head.
Smell: Citrus bomb.
Taste: Explosion of lemon and grapegruits, and follow with a tart bite.
Feel: Very smooth and the right amount carbonation.
Overall: So much flavor a pale ale. Not sure how this is in a pale ale category. Where's the malt? (339 characters)

Photo of mabermud
4.63/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: This looks like orange juice. Opaque. Good head retention. Fluffy and mousse-like head. Sticky froth. No visual carbonation.
Smell: Tropical fruit and grapefruit. A touch of dankness.
Taste: No detectable alcohol. Tropical fruit and grapefruit. A touch of pine. Compared to double dry hopped Congress and Ataic, this of course, has a restrained hop bitterness. Still hoppy, just more tame.
Feel: The body is drying. Short finish. Even carbonation.

Overall: This is a very desirable APA. I like the taste of Zombie Dust better, but the overall experience belongs to this APA. I am sure the double dry hopped versions enhance this beer exponentially. A great APA. (690 characters)

Photo of RichD
4.87/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

6/2/15 bottle poured into a tulip glass.

L: Pours a hazy, straw yellow with about a finger or two of sudsy head. A little bit of lacing is left as I drink this.

S: Smells of mango immediately invade my nose. A medley of faint orange and lemon also come through. A little papaya also comes through. I can tell that this beer has citra hops in it. I had the galaxy dry hopped edition and the nose was completely different.

T: The taste follows the nose pretty well. The mango and orange come through at first with a bit of lemon. The yeast is pretty prominent in the taste as well, which is something that many breweries cannot pull off. The bitterness on the back reminds me that this is a well hopped beer. Simply fantastic.

F: This feels heavier than 6.60%. I'm not used to such full flavor in an American Pale Ale. Regardless, I'm tempted to take another sip almost immediately after the sip before it.

Overall: This is a world class pale ale. The appearance is juicy, the smell is tropical and the taste is both. The mouthfeel is more of a regular IPA than a pale ale, but it's still pleasant. I think I might prefer the Galaxy dry hopped version to this, but this is still one of the best out there. I'm thinking I might have to do a side by side to settle the debate. (1,278 characters)

Photo of MikeM417
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Incredible. Juicy. Soooo tasty. That signature hazy look. It should be a rule that you are not allowed to leave Trillium Brewery without a Fort Point Pale Ale. (164 characters)

Photo of MA_hops
4.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If "Pseudo Sue" is the best APA, then Fort Point and all its variants are #2. FPPA is a mango and citrus bomb, with the hops added to it, the finish is superb! Top 5 MA beer right here! Must have! (196 characters)

Photo of tregan_20
4.99/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Being a big pale ale fan, I was blown away with this beer's smooth and full flavor. This beer is definitely awesome and worth seeking out; you will not be disappointed! (168 characters)

Photo of anteatr23
4.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy and golden with a tall head. Smells of yeast and hints of fruit... a little mineral-ish. Tastes mostly bitter, not much citrus specifically shining through. Hops are very present. Aftertaste is like a warm bread roll. I've been looking forward to trying some Trillium and this is a solid introduction. Not blown-away, but Fort Point is very tasty and I'd come back for more. (391 characters)

Photo of MOVERTON1284
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 2/19/15, so 2 months old. Very balanced beer that I preferred to the Galaxy version. Light in color and super smooth, all I can ask for in a pale ale. (158 characters)

Photo of hudsonvalleyslim
4.88/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Fort Point Mosaic Pale Ale. Coulda given this straight 5s, it is outstanding. World class outstanding.

Growler, fresh poured this afternoon at the brewery, and splashed into the souvenir pint glass I got there. (I know, I got pint glasses comin' outta the rafters!)

Gorgeous looking brew, golden, unfiltered, and aromatic. This particular offering was dry-hopped with Mosaic, a Simcoe hybrid I'm told.

It is a citrus monster with very fine carbonation. Balanced. One of the finest pales I've tasted, though a decade ago would have fallen into the IPA realm. (560 characters)

Photo of beerhan
3.91/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml dated March 1st

A-Poured into a snifter, hazy straw colored with a three finger white head that likes to linger

S-citra bomb

T-very similar too odd sides cpa but with a little lemon zest. Lots of citra flavor that is almost overwhelming

M-carbonation is a little high but quite drinkable and not too much of a tongue buckler

O-turn down the citra and put this in twelve ounce servings and you have a great deal. Lots of flavor but this is a one bottle per sitting beer. (482 characters)

Photo of -Rick
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: orange
Smell: sweet fruit, tropical,
Taste: mellow sweetness, melon, hints of citrus
Feel: good....
Overall: an amazing pale. almost like an IPA. Phenominal (165 characters)

Photo of ApolloFreedman
4.93/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

It's amazing beer advocate changed the rating system. Now, only ratings That come with a review of 150 characters will count. They've now just discounted thousands of ratings just because they want "quality". Well guess what, you now have a smaller sample size and beers with only 159 ratings are cracking the top 20. So stupid. It's 2015, people are busy. I don't want to spend 10 minutes describing my feelings about every beer I drink! (438 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
4.57/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from trade. Pours cloudy yellow gold like all the other Trilliums out there. Big fluffy/ccreamy white head that just sticks around forever. Pretty! Aroma is fantastic with lots of pineapple mango grapefruit, super tropical, papaya, light grass, a bit of lemon peel. Mhmmm. Flavor is dry pine and grass, less tropicalness as the smell might indicate, nice bitterness going on here, some pineapple and lots of bitter grapefruit skin. Interesting. Medium light bodied with adequate carbonation and a dry finish. Really nice. I was skeptical as to whether this would really be any different from the Galaxy Dry Hopped version, but this one seems a bit more dry and grassy, while the Galaxy version had big tropical notes. Both are fantastic brews. (750 characters)

Photo of SenorHops
4.61/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing beer, but really not a pale ale. Either way I will judge it on it's merits, which are in abundance to say the least. Don't die before you treat yourself to this brew. (174 characters)

Photo of CoffeePorter
4.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange/yellow in color. With a tad bit of white head.

Smells of peaches and a bit of grapefruit, very citrusy. I could honestly smell this ale all day, purely exceptional!

Tastes very sweet with mild carbonation. Piney notes with citrus flavors. Mild bitterness.

I'd love to drink this ale again and again. A+ (317 characters)

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
4.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Jeez. The few times I had this were magical. Only better Trillium beer I've tried was Big Sprang; that is out of this world good! I went to Publick House in Boston for the first time and ended up ordering 3, despite the wide selection of well-curated beers. That was the first and only time I'd ever done that. (310 characters)

Photo of TheElectricOne
4.21/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber bought at the brewery into a tulip glass.

Appears a golden-orangish color, with a thick head composed of small bubbles. Relatively hazy, though less so than Trillium's IPAs. Smells orangy and citrusy, with a touch of bitterness. The taste is only slightly malty, with some mild breadiness....the flavor is overwhelmingly hoppy and fruity, with some tangerine and orange flavors present. Bitterness on the finish. The beer is exceptionally smooth and drinkable. Crisp and sessionable like an APA, but with the hop character of an IPA. Overall, an excellent, excellent APA. Will drink many times in the future, especially when the variant dry-hopped versions are available! (693 characters)

Photo of CraigShap
3.84/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful color and aroma. Marked down as indistinguishable from most IPAs, not much "pale ale" about it. Extreme hoppy end of the APA range. Almost none of the classic, biscuity malt you'd expect from the style. (213 characters)

Photo of M_chav
4.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 12-30-14 Poured on 1-11-14

Look - Beautiful light blood orange pours with 1/2 inch head that dissipates quickly. hazy-yellowish-tropical sunset look
Smell - Forget it, one of the juiciest, tropical brews I can remember smelling, must be blood oranges/mangos
Taste - Earthy grass flavors pop out initially, tropical fruits in the end - light malt and forest undertones. Very special brew here, as good as advertised
Feel - Soft and clean feel, perfect carbonation touch in the finish
Overall - Excellent, one of my favorite Pale Ales - its already my favorite style of beer and I have to say this stands right up with the other giants in the Pale Ale world (670 characters)

Photo of kevanb
4.41/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle, undated, poured into a Trillium etched snifter.

The beer pours an intensely hazy and cloudy orange color, hues of copper and light amber with a thick finger of soapy white head that has nice retention and leaves behind a wonderful amount of soapy lace. The aroma is super dank and hoppy, intense fruity Citra and Columbus hops, earthy pine, grapefruit citrus, grassy wildflower with a punch of doughy and chewy pale grain. The flavors mirror the nose very well, bitter, but fruity hops, citrusy with some pineapple and tropical fruit, lightly floral with some definite dankness, grassy and lightly piney with a bit of earthiness and the doughy malt, quite like the malt profile on Hill Farmstead's pale ales, lingers behind the bitterness. The mouthfeel is great, really thick and substantial, a touch of zippy carbonation, very coating that finishes with a creaminess but also a stiff dryness.

Verdict: A delicious pale ale from Trillium, incredible showcasing of the hops with a soft but anchoring malt profile. This is easily the best use of Columbus hops I've encountered and while the Citra definitely carries the flavors, the Columbus adds a nice bitterness but also accentuating fruity and dank flavors. This is top notch stuff, easily one of the best pale ales on the market. (1,300 characters)

Photo of pmarlowe
4.1/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled yesterday (12/30/14).

A: Pours a gold-tinted straw color with two generous fingers of pillowy head. Excellent retention and persistent retention.

S: Very aromatic, reaching at least a foot away from the glass when the bottle is first opened. Citrus and a bit of tropical hops, a touch of bready malt in support.

T: Hop forward, with notes of citrus and pine. This reminded me of a heavy dry hopping of Cascade or something the day after bottling, but it’s mellowed out substantially since.

M: Medium body and light carbonation.

O: Pretty good for a pale ale, definitely on the hoppier end of the spectrum, but enough of a malt character to stay to style. (676 characters)

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Fort Point Pale Ale from Trillium Brewing Company
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