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Fort Point Pale Ale - Trillium Brewing Company

Fort Point Pale Ale
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191 Ratings

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Ratings: 191
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 6.26%

Brewed by:
Trillium Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 01-12-2013)
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4.24/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A - Poured from a growler into a Trillium tulip glass (wish this glass was a tad bigger btw). The beer is a beautiful golden straw color. Lighter than I typically expect from a pale ale. It's a little hazy, which is nice too. Little bit of active carbonation. Relatively low amount of lacing and head retention.

S - Bursting with fresh hop aromas. I consider this floral, but could possibly be on the verge of tropical. Bit of sweetness and pine.

T - I was afraid that it would be all hops, but even though it is certainly floral-hop forward, there are elements of biscuity malts, a bit of pine, and a light sweetness.

M - Not too memorable.

O - I'm biased against these guys based on some of the other beers that I had from them earlier on, but this one has got to be my favorite so far. Their flagship farmhouse beer is right up with this one though. Solid pale ale from Trillium.

Serving type: growler

04-13-2014 23:11:12 | More by Andrew041180
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4.19/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pale, greenish yellow with a nice, quarter finger’s width head of eggshell-white bubbles. In body, the beer is clear and clean with a slight chill haze, but no visible particles and a nice lazy carbonation. On the nose, the beer is a beautiful bouquet of Citra hops. Mango and tropical fruit blend with spicy pine needles, pine resin, and a just a faint whiff of cattiness. On the tongue, the beer tastes bitter, yet balanced by cracker smooth malt sweetness. Soft citric acidity snaps at the start and finish of the sip, providing nice, yet drinkable complexity. In flavor, the beer begins as lemon juice and pine, slowly unfurling into pine and tropical juice with a nice balancing cracker malt and light prickly, light pineapple flavors. The finish is a crisp burst of juicy fruit, cracker malt, and lime zest, and the aftertaste is soft and tame, ringing with bitter medicine, pine, and citrus. In the mouth, the beer feels crisp and on the light side of medium in body. Carbonation is soft, and the beer provides a nice smooth blanket for the tongue, even though it remains crisp as an overall sip. Overall, this is a great hoppy pale ale. Bitterness is definitely the dominant feature here, and the Citra hop definitely shines, making this a wonderfully balanced hoppy beer with great complexity. This is a borderline IPA, and I personally would label it as such, as the malt balance isn’t quite where I like it for an APA. Overall this is a tremendously quaffable, hoppy pale ale with some great refreshing flavor. A beer to try!

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2014 01:10:09 | More by Maxwell
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Ontario (Canada)

4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes (Growler enjoyed over the weekend during Extreme Beer Fest)

Appearance: It has a nice hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderateely and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of dank hops (citrus/papaya/mango), quite tropical, followed by plenty of pine resin and some bready malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a bunch of tropical notes (citrus/mango), a resiny pine bitterness, bready malts and some Belgian-like yeast.

Mouthfeel: It has a low/medium carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with by great flavors and aromas.

Trillium is definitely an up-and-coming brewery and they have a great future ahead of them. There line-up of year rounds and one-offs is one of the best out there. Keep it up guys!

Serving type: growler

03-25-2014 22:58:32 | More by SebD
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 32 ounce growler into a snifter. This was filled a couple hours ago from the brewery.

Appearance: Pours a translucent (almost opaque) peach color and leaves a finger of sticky white head that lingers for a while before fading to a layer atop the beer, leaving plenty of lacing.

Smell: Citrus, peach, a bit of resin, bread. Definitely hop forward aroma, with some nice juicy citrus in there.

Taste: Matches the smell pretty well: citrus, some peach, creamsicle, resin, earthy tones, some malts. Definitely hop forward but has a malt backbone to go with it.

Mouth-feel: Well carbonated with a medium, slightly creamy body. Finishes a tad bitter.

Overall: A quality pale ale. Nice hop forward flavor and aroma. Very well crafted and quite sessionable.

Serving type: growler

03-25-2014 22:52:19 | More by Resuin
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New Hampshire

4.51/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A) Light golden with a nice head (second pour gave a better head). Some lacing left behind. Beautifully hazy!
S) Hops, sweet hops. Slight piny notes and a bit of citrus/tropical fruits.
T) Goes hand in hand with smell. Exactly what I was expecting. Delicious.
M) Very nicely carbonated. Overall great mouthfeel.
O) One of the best APA's I've had in a long time. Very balanced and refreshing. Will definitely be grabbing this again in the future.

Serving type: growler

03-23-2014 18:40:30 | More by huddyball
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4.41/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a fresh growler courtesy of Davepoolesque

Bright golden body with a bit of haze throughout and a bubbly white head

The scent of this beer is immense. Tropical fruits, citrus, and it just jumps out of the glass. This scent is as good as any ale I've had, and that's a long list.

This is a very complex but drinkable pale. You get the spice of the Belgian yeast character. It's not as juicy as the nose would lead you to believe. Got some bitterness and a bit of citrus rind.

Hopefully if this eventually gets bottled, it retains all of the great character that came through in growler form.

Serving type: growler

02-24-2014 03:07:48 | More by PHBoiler
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4.49/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Growler fresh from the brewery (thanks Alex) poured into a bulbed pint glass. The liquid portion comes out a straw yellow color. Very hazy with lighter straw yellow on the sides when held up to the light. Liquid portion looks more like a hefeweizen than an American Pale Ale. Nice thick frothy white head with pretty decent lacing to it.

An excellent smelling American Pale, you can tell this one is really well hopped, and definitely some West coast IPA style hopping. Plenty of ripe citrus, peel, and lots of tropical fruits (primarily mango and not quite ripe pineapple). Give the glass the ol' wine swirl and you can pick up the malt backbone a little more, it's slightly bready I'd guess some type of wheat based malt with a little bit of biscuit.

Taste is awesome, one of the best tasting American Pale Ales I've had in a long time. It's hop forward, but not quite as much as the aroma. Thanks to the hop combination, you can really detect distinct citrus flavors like clementine, grapefruit and even a little blood orange. Plenty of citrus peel and a little more mango, pineapple, and even hints of kiwi. As I said very hop forward but really not that bitter. Malt backbone is nice, as I indicated before I think there's some type of wheat based malt because it tastes a little wheat bready/grainy. Dried oatmeal flakes glazed with some honey. This is a really awesome tasting pale ale.

Mouthfeel is really good, not very heavy, a nice medium body with a pleasant lingering flavor. Spot on carbonation level the whole way through. Slightly gushy, but overall nicely balanced. Starts initially a tart hoppy rolling to a nice gentle sweetness then back to a nice sharp, dry (very dry) bitter finish. Crazy drinkable beer, any beer lover could drink this year round. I refer to beers like this as craft beer crowd pleasers. Really happy to have finally gotten around to trying it. Huge props again to Alex for picking this up for me. Looking forward to seeing what else Trillium can do, but I'll gladly get this again.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2014 22:21:58 | More by AndyAvalanche
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4.41/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

32 oz mini growler was poured into two pint glasses.

Appearance: This beer poured a good size head that reduced to a thin layer and left some nice lacing on the glass. It is a hazy pale orange with some clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Floral, citrus, tangerine, grapefruit, lemon, tropical, grassy, and pine with some bready and pale malts in the rear. It's like a symphony of aromas for my nose to smell.

Taste: Intense hop flavor. Pretty much what was mentioned above is true with the malts and bitterness in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Tingly bitterness, tart, medium bodied, medium carbonation, chewy notes, and some chalkiness in the rear.

Overall: You can't go wrong. Growler or draft and both have been solid. Speaking of growlers, this mini needs to get filled.

Serving type: growler

02-15-2014 07:47:15 | More by Flounder57
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New York

4.68/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a yellowish orange with a fluffy head.

The aroma is very citrus forward with dried orange, tangerine, and grapefruit, along with mango and pineapple. A bit of a light bready malt too. Fantastic aroma for a Citra and Columbus hop beer. Some grass, passion fruit.

The flavor follows with tons of that juicy tropical, a bit of citrus, mango, tangerine, and light fruit like grapes and apples. A bit of a malt backbone, but not much. Not much bitterness as well, but instead with just lots of hoppy flavor. Drying of grapefruit pith.

Extremely drinkable. Next to Peekskill's Amazeballs, small breweries are releasing some world class pale ales.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2014 03:46:57 | More by dar482
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4.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

This beer has a nice dark golden look to it... Trillium just happen to be a random brewery I visited ... It turned out to diamond in the rough.. I had no idea about Trillium.. Soon as you walk into the brewery you can smell the hops.. It was jammed packed in there.. I tried this beer out and WOW!!! Probably thee best beer I ever tried, certainly one of them.. This is a mouthful and the hops smell so nice .. Great great Beer!! This will be in the top 100 soon...

I just had another growler.. This time it was different.. Everything as far as taste was the same but you can barely feel the alcohol ..

Serving type: growler

12-29-2013 19:55:15 | More by Guess2814
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4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Modest head but it leaves plenty of ring lace. Orange amber color and very cloudy.

Strong fresh hop aroma. Plenty of citrus rind and evergreen resin. Floral and attractive.

Bitter up front with a small tapering mid taste. The swallow brings a full black pepper bitter wallop. Long aftertaste. Lip puckering. Definitely hop head lovers beer. Full body with moderate carbonation level.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2013 18:25:00 | More by smcolw
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North Carolina

4.14/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 32 oz growler from the brewery. Poured in a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, bright, yellow-gold coloring that is almost opaque, with a frothy, foamy, bright white head that sits low profile and doesn't appear to be going anywhere. Aromas of citrus initially, with a grassy undertone that anchors the nose a bit. Flavors are a citrus blast on the forward tongue, followed by a subtle biscuit backbone that balances well. Lemon and tangerine dance across the palate with every sip, and there is a grassy and peppery blend to keep the sweetness in check. Smooth, mid-bodied, with light, almost effervescence into the aftertaste of citrus sweetness. Slick, clean, slightly dry finish that leaves some citrusy linger behind. Easy drinker.

Serving type: growler

09-16-2013 00:05:36 | More by GarthDanielson
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4.89/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Filled at a 32oz growler from the brewery, yesterday. Poured into a pint glass.

A - Darker yellow, almost orange. One finger head after a center pour, lovely looking brew

S - Fruit, fruit, fruits! Mango, pineapple, grapefruit, oranges, passion fruit. Smells amazing! Just makes you want to immediately down it. Awesome aroma.

T - All of that tropical fruit aroma is exactly the taste you get! And I couldn't be more happy about it. Nose matches the taste and that's exactly what you'd want with this. A slighty bitter finish. Perfect.

M - Same thing with the smell and taste. Fruity. Very smooth hitting the palate, especially as it warms. Slight carbonation. A pleasant experience. Everything mixes well with this.

O - Almost a true, perfect 5 in my opinion. An excellent representation of the style. A fruit medley forward APA with a nice hoppy finish, this is brilliant. I could drink it all day or just enjoy a pint and it would leave me wanting more and more. I also personally love that it flys under the radar.

Serving type: growler

08-17-2013 18:39:51 | More by rjp217
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4.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very light head that dissipates quickly but that might be because the growler nearly 3-4 days old. the beer itself is a cloudy orange.

The beer has strong hop scent that resembles citrus and orange. In addition the beer's smell has tropical fruits such as pineapple and mango.

Taste like it smells but that the pineapple taste is stronger.

Biting carbonation and a medium body that is thicker than usual for most APAs. A slightly dry finish.

An extremely good APA and one that I plan to get again and again.

Serving type: growler

08-12-2013 22:41:08 | More by HattedClassic
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4.98/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drank on-tap at jm Curley, Boston, MA
Served in a Trillium "pub glass"

Super cloudy, yellow ochre appearance. A thick, foamy, off-white crown topped the liquid. Excellent retention. The head deposited large, oddly shaped patches of lacing along the upper portion of the glass.

The nose was ridiculously hoppy and fragrant with boatloads of juicy, tropical fruit notes. Mango, guava and passion fruit dominated. Some dank, resiny, weed-like notes came through as well. Super intense, particularly for the style.

The flavor profile was just as impressive as the nose. Hoppy to the extreme. Again, tropical fruit notes were in full effect. Tons of guava, mango and pineapple. Beneath all the hops was a light, pale malt base. Some orange peel came through as well. The finish was slightly bitter with lingering notes of grapefruit pith. For a beer this intense, it was amazingly well balanced and uber drinkable.

The mouthfeel was perfect. Medium-full bodied for the style. Super creamy and supple on the palate. The liquid contained an ultra fine, tongue blanketing effervescence.

Boston's newest nano-brewery completely blew my socks off with their flagship offering. Dare I say this is an even better American pale ale than the venerable Zombie Dust? My only request would be to see this distributed to more places around town.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2013 03:12:03 | More by Damian
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Rhode Island

4.46/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served from a 32oz growler into a Lost Abbey Teku.

Appearance- Hazy orange with a small white head that didnt last long. Solid lacing.

Smell- Fruity pear and pineapple mixed with pine. Some solid malts, but mostly fruity and piney hops.

Taste- Pineapple, pear, apple, green grapes. Medium malt backbone. No hop bitterness. Awesome.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with mild carbonation and light resinous feel. No booze heat.

Overall- Phenomenal tasting beer. I'd like the ABV to be lower because I could drink it all day long if it was. Real impressed.

Serving type: growler

07-24-2013 01:22:01 | More by Seanniek91
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4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear, golden-yellow in color with a big, fluffy, soapy, bubbly, bright white head. I wish this was unfiltered. Darn.

S: Huge bouquet of flowers and fragrant, juicy hops. Super fruity and citrusy. When they were filling the growler at Trillium, you could smell the hops. That's a good sign.

T: Equally as fruity, hoppy, citrusy, resiny, grassy, and delicious as the nose suggested. Seriously awesome. Caught me by surprise. This is top notch stuff.

M: This was fantastic when I drank it fresh from the growler but unfortunately it's pretty flat two days after opening it. So it goes without saying, it's incredibly smooth! But seriously, the feel and carbonation were spot-on with this was fresh. Otherwise, the palate becomes coated with resiny hop goodness.

O: An amazingly fragrant and delicious APA. This is probably an IPA, though. I expect growlers to last longer. Maybe I'm wrong. This is just a guess, but...growlers go flat quicker with a filtered beer?

Serving type: growler

06-14-2013 01:10:07 | More by Gatch
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4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Growler thanks to Rudzud

Big fluffy head hits 1+ fingers and fades semi slowly with lots of soapy lacing, slightly hazy mostly clear golden honey colored.

Nose rides plenty of fresh hops, lots of resin and musty hop oils, citrus galore, bit of mango and passion fruit tropical fruit, papaya, slight floral hop, light fluffy airy malt base.

Taste stats with a light fluffy malt, hint of sweetness and plain juicy pale malt. Then hop just take over, fresh citrus hops, again tropical fruit, mango skin, papaya, and the resinous hop character leads to passion fruit again and touch of vinous notes, juicy overall fruit, light musty feel. Finish is dry with a super long fairly bitter tropical fruit, guava, passion fruit, etc, and citrus and resin lingering for what seems like forever.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb, slightly oily.

Overall very good. Great fresh hops, nice light malty base but enough to prop it up.

Serving type: growler

06-07-2013 15:16:27 | More by jlindros
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4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at the brewery today, shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a slightly hazy honey hue with a nice two finger head that leaves light lacing and slight blanket.

S - Aromas of big citra hop notes, light tropical notes mango and pineapple, subtle Columbus hop notes as well. Very pleasant and inviting.

T - Taste is just delicious, with loads of tropical notes tons of mango, and grapefruit. Light malty sweetness here. Super sessionable and hoppy, really solid.

M - Mouthfeel is nice, lightly carbonated. Drinkable

O - Overall I was happily impressed by this beer. Every bit add great add promised. Wish they were closer.

Serving type: growler

06-07-2013 00:31:48 | More by rudzud
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4.83/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-Pours a semi-hazed corroded orange color. Nice little head. Sample glass doesn't really lend much in terms of lacing.

S-Boom! Citra right off the bat. Concentrated citrus and herbals. Earthy yet exotically bright and fruity. Super-hopped aroma. Right down my alley. Intense, complicated and ultra-juicy in its hoppiness. Also has a cute little malty sweetness of wet, sweet dough.

T-In line with some of the best APAs I have ever had. Just a blast of ever-evolving hoppy flavor. Citrus, grass, mango, peach. Then a cool Citra-derived mixture of flower stems and clementines. There is a balancing factor from the malt but I'd still put this well into IPA territory.

M-So much flavor and so much drinkability. Bitterness with a purpose. Tingly bubbles. Very juicy, very ripe.

O/D-Thanks Trillium. What a great APA. Reminds me of a few hoppy beers from Hill Farmstead and the other two VT savant-breweries. Seek this out.

Serving type: on-tap

06-03-2013 23:56:41 | More by VelvetExtract
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4.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I work a block down the street from Trillium, so I'm now mad that I hadn't stopped by sooner.

Poured from a 32 oz growler into a Trillium saison style glass. About a finger worth of head that vanished pretty quickly. Nose is incredible. I'm getting papaya, mango, and grapefruit, followed by a hint of pine.

The fruit is also the first thing to hit the tongue but it's immediately conquered by a huge burst of hops, while not becoming too bitter. Finish is very clean, and certainly helped along by the addition of wheat to the grist.

Very sessionable, but the ABV will sneak up on your quickly. I'll certainly be going back to the brewery to get that growler filled again. Phenomenal brew.

Serving type: growler

06-01-2013 00:07:13 | More by SoPoSuds
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4.44/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm lucky enough to live right down the street from this micro-brewery. As far as I know their beer is only available in growlers and in a few local bars.

Poured from a growler into a Hill Farmstead tulip. The nose on this beer is excellent. I'm getting a lot of citrus (grapefruit) and pine.

Extremely drinkable beer for the alc %. This beer boarders on IPA territory w/ the taste, but not the huge hop punch you get with an IPA. Nice and dry with a slight bitter aftertaste.

I have filled my growler several times with this beer and will do so again soon.

If you live in Boston/ Southie area, do yourself a huge favor and try this beer.

Serving type: growler

05-30-2013 19:04:03 | More by DrugsDelaney1
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4.34/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed at Publick House, served in a Trillium pint glass.

A- Yellowish, slightly orange hazy golden with about two fingers worth of frothy head that has very nice retention and slowly recedes to a thin layer leaving behind nice layered lacing. Very inviting for a APA with a nice grape-fruit like appearance.

S- Oranges, a hint of lemon peel, balanced malt. Fairly aromatic, very pleasant smelling.

T- Bold orange flavors, some light vinous hops mixed with some lemon peel, just a hint of bitterness, very well balanced malt, finishes with a fruity lemony orange presence. Nice pronounced flavors with a nice citrus hop presence that comes out.

M- Medium bodied, decent carbonation level, incredibly drinkable.

O- I've had this beer at least a few times already including from a growler the day after it was brewed, double-dry hopped, and on draft. Never once have I been disappointed and this is easily one of the best beers coming out of the state of Massachusetts right now. In my opinion definitely a world-class APA standing up against some of the best I've had.

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2013 19:54:10 | More by jaasen64
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4.13/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Not being from Boston or having done any research prior to this trip, I hadn't the first clue about either Trillium or Fort Point. But a friend ordered a pint and upon first whiff I was sold. Pale ale with some Nelson? Yes, please! And if there isnt some Nelson in here, I'll be damned. Wish it were lower in ABV, though. After three shakers... yes, there were plenty of other taps to choose from, but this was too tasty to pass up... I was already at my limit.

Looking forward to trying other Trillium products. Well crafted ale, this was.

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2013 11:10:07 | More by jwjon1
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