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Fort Point Pale Ale - Trillium Brewing Company

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Fort Point Pale AleFort Point Pale Ale

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116 Reviews

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Reviews: 116
Hads: 1,216
Avg: 4.49
pDev: 6.46%
Wants: 343
Gots: 201 | FT: 4
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:
Beer added by: Todd on 01-12-2013

Our signature American pale ale balances light, crisp, malt character with an abundance of hop-derived aromatics and flavors from the use of Citra and Columbus. The fragrant nose is fresh citrus, tropical fruit, and peach. Bold flavors of pineapple and mango mix with dank notes of zesty citrus and fresh pine needles. With the smooth mouthfeel, gentle bitterness, and dry finish, Fort Point is our standard daily-drinker.

MALT: American 2-row Barley, White Wheat, C-15, Dextrine

HOPS: Citra, Columbus
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Reviews: 116 | Hads: 1,216
Photo of Dolphinsmarlins1
4.52/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a trade. It was my first Trillium experience. I've had other since, but this one definitely stands out among some of the others I've now enjoyed. For a beer with such a "low" ABV, it's incredibly complex and flavorful. Has the right balance of bitter and juiciness. Would definitely seek out again.

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Photo of munsonptr
4.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Trillium beers taste like they were brewed in an old barn and maybe a little dirt got into the brew pot. And I mean that in the best possible way. Earthy, piney, citrus, this beer has it all.

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Photo of uvachief
4.32/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into a oilsner glass. Pours a light golden yellow that is cloudy and produces 3 full fingers of white fluffy head that lingered. Smells like light lemons and mosaic or amarillo hops. Taste is very light, smooth with lemon or grapefruit citrus. Very smooth and drinkable. Great pale ale. Could drink multiple bombers of this. 6'6% abv.

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Photo of W_Des
4.69/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice looking hazy yellow. The nose is big as is the case with every single Trillium pale ale I've had. I get sweet citrus and oranges and some tropical fruits and subtle grassiness. The body was juicy and satisfying with a subtle bitterness and finishes clean and refreshing. JC does no wrong in my book.

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Photo of mschantz
4.74/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Sampled a pour from a 750 ml bottle. Pours a hazy peach orange color with a huge bright white head. Nose is dominated by sweet stone fruit and orange with hints of dry hay. Taste is orange, mango and guava fruitiness with just enough hop bitterness to balance thing out. The hoppy bitterness lingers a bit longer providing a nice finish. An absolutely lovely beer!

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Photo of macher0
4.37/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared with brentlepping. Bottle to tulip.

A. Opaque, dark straw/dull copper color. Poured a 2-finger egg shell, slightly coarse head. Sturdy laces.

S. Juicy and hoppy. Green, fresh hops - mostly tropical. Notes of mangos, pineapples, tangerine rinds.

T. Starts with a slight bitterness that comes through with juicy and floral notes. A slight hop resin finish.

M. Huge body, a little harsh, high carbonation.

O. Cloudy, but that seems to be the trend with Trillium beers. You can almost chew this beer. Very full body and amazing flavors from the hops. Not much in respect to malts, mainly hops and water, what else does one need?

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Photo of dhitchcox
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 13 Aug 2015; poured in teku:
Look: 1/4 inch head. Hazy amber; not transparent but not super cloudy.
Smell: Tropical hop aroma: citrusy mango. Grapefruit. Subtle grassy smell developed over the tasting.
Taste: Again, CITRUS. More grapefruit, hint of lemon. Super crisp.
Feel: Creamy up front - coating on mouth that gives a serious but fleeting citrus burn.
Overall: I see the hype. Definitely a great IPA. Good from start to finish. In an over populated realm of tropical IPAs but this comes out ahead of most.

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Photo of mnj21655
4.46/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle dated 8/27/15 poured into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy, pale yellow with hints of gold. There is a finger and a half of off white head with good retention. Aroma is stongly hoppy with lots of citrus and a touch of pineapple.Taste follows the nose with citrus hops dominating; pale malts are subtly present in the background. The beer seems fairly well balanced, it is neither strongly bitter or sweet. Medium-light body with moderate carbonation and a clean finish. Overall this is an incredibly enjoyable beer if you love hops; its a great pale ale that delivers the hop flavor aroma and flavor of an IPA without the bitterness.

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Photo of BWCampbell
4/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is quite overrated, compared to other commercial APA's, this beer is par but not worthy of the hype afforded to the rest of their stuff. Nevertheless, its decent.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really nice hazy look. Aroma is full of citrus fruits and the taste follows it. Makes me think of something like a sweet lemon or lime. Body feels quite light but smooth and easy drinking. Bitterness is quite low for such an intense hoppiness. Definitely one of the best pale ales I ever had. It combines the intense, citrusy hoppiness with an easy to drink, refreshing base beer.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.41/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Michael T. Thanks man.

Yellow body, medium haze, quarter inch of white head. Lovely hop forward aroma. Citric hops, silky elegant body. Super drinkable / enjoyable. Light bodied and delicious.

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Photo of Ryancthomas7
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: 25.4oz bottle (bottled on 8/13/2015)
Cracked the bottle open and instantly smelled the citrus fruits in the air. Upon pouring it into my glass I was surprised by the color. Beautiful color and not what I expected from a pale ale. Extremely well balanced beer and easy drinking. I haven't had a 'wow' beer in a while. I'm so glad I was able to try this amazing beer. ISO more!!!

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Photo of SteveB24
4.02/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very clean tasting "pale ale", to me this is an IPA. taste begins citrusy, followed by a sharp punch of pine and floral notes. subtle malt presence in the background.

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Photo of Sheppard
4.79/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750 into a Trillium pub glass. Off white, cream colored head. The beer is a golden orange hue and between translucent and opaque. The aroma is like candied hops. It's not as aromatic as the DDH version, even if you stick your nose in the glass or in the foam. There's a ton of grapefruit. some pineapple/mango sweetness, and nice dank bitterness and citrus zest at the end. The mouthfeel is soft and inviting. It's not overcarbonated. All of the flavors in the beer pass over the palate when consumed.

Overall, this is one of my favorite beers period. The mouthfeel is terrific and the interplay between the sweet citrusness of the citra and the dankness of the columbus is playfully complex without reducing its drinkability.

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Photo of garyloveman
4.85/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Another killer from Trillium. Pours a bright luminous orange, total haze. Smells like pineapple and mango had a baby, so, so juicy good. Taste is loaded with sweet citrusy juice flavor, slight hop bitterness at the end. Great, monumental mouth feel. Insanely good pale ale.

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Photo of jakecattleco
4.61/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Rating based on crowler. I'm hoping the nose is better from the bottles, but what a great taste and finish!

Updated with pour from a 7 day old bottle. Damn what a tasty pale! Can only imagine how good the DDH versions must be for those so fortunate to sample them.

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Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

- 750mL bottle (bottled 14-Jul-15) poured into Societe tumbler on 16-Aug-15

Holy crap, this is one of the finest pale ales I've ever had. Good amount of fruity, citrus hop on the nose, but not too much hop in the taste that a IPA would deliver, which is appropriate for a PA. Great hop/malt balance with a clean finish. Kinda reminds me of Alpine Nelson's younger brother with the hop difference. I need more of this in my life.

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Photo of NizzleEGizzle
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank out of a tulip glass same day as bottling. Pours a hazy light yellow, with a soapy white head that dissipated quickly, leaving sporadic lacing. Nose was an explosion of tropical fruit: mango, grapefruit, candied orange, some pineapple. A very *dank* overtone on the nose as well. The mouth follows the nose, for the most park, with a harmonious blend of citrus, and a nice piney backbone. Not too much malt, and sweet in a way that is balanced. Not too carbonated, but very full and chewy texture. Overall exceptionally balanced flavors, tremendous nose, and thought provoking mouth feel. Hooray beer.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into Spiegelau glass bottle dated 7/14

A: murky dirty straw color with a little bit of an orangish caramel hue nice big head with soapy bubbles

S: smells like the rind off a honeybell orange maybe some apricots

T: very orange tasting then just a touch of pineapple with a nice bit of sweetness and a touch of bitterness on the end very smooth

M: nice full and creamy mouthfeel makes the beer very smooth

O: fantastic orange flavored Pale ale very nice and creamy reminds me a little of Jai Alai. I have to say for my first trillium beer I am not blown away its good but not crazy so.

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Photo of Nicole15
4.66/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow! I honestly wasn't expecting it to be this good. Perfectly balanced. Pours with a small white head that dissipates quickly. Nice lacing all the way down as you drink. The aroma is very hoppy. I get grapefruit and a hint of pine in the finish.

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Photo of imyourhero21
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is what all pale ales/ india pale ales should be. Hops and malt in perfect balance while being so drinkable that you cant wait to take the next sip. Trillium's hoppy beers show what brewing is all about.

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Photo of RobNewton
4.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I'm writing this review after having had this beer a few times. I traded for 4 bottles and have tried to space them out (it's been difficult!) to let the taste develop as the bottle conditions a bit. Every time I've tasted it, the nose has been incredible. Big, beautiful citrus. It smells so good. This is what I want every pale ale and most IPAs to smell like. The taste is solid. When it's too fresh, you get the veggie/grassy dry hop taste that fades after a few days. It's also a tad too bitter (for an APA) if you drink it within a couple days after bottling, but going forward, my only complaint is that the ABV is a bit too high for what I'm looking for in a pale ale (though you don't taste it at all!) Expect tons of grapefruit, mango, orange. I get very little pine and that's a good thing!

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle. Deep opaque orange with soft thick white head that slowly fades. Thin white head remains across the top all the way down. Great fruity citrusy aroma. Wow this is a juicy IPA! Citrus and mango flavors dominate up front and then it becomes a little piney/woodsy to me on the back end. Outstanding balance. Mouthfeel is super soft. First Trillium brew I've had and it was as good as advertised. Top notch IPA.

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Photo of DerekCarruth
4.42/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the brewery. Bottled on 7/28. Pours nice and hazy. Looks and smells great. Has a nice, hoppy bite. For me, the best mouthfeel on a beer that I've ever noticed or had. This beer is everything I'd hoped for.

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Photo of FickleBeast
4.27/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle picked up at the brewery. Bottled 7/28/15.

Pours cloudy amber with a finger of foam. Aroma is crazy happy, grassy, vegetal. Crazy hoppy for an APA.

Flavor is full of hoppiness but low on the bitter scale. Bursting with grassy hop flavors and easy drinking. I understand the hype.

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Fort Point Pale Ale from Trillium Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.