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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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BA SCORE
98
world-class

110 Reviews
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Reviews: 110
Hads: 1,110
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 5.79%
Wants: 312
Gots: 171 | FT: 5
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

No notes at this time.
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Reviews by backbaybrewer:
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

More User Reviews:
Photo of mirish72
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

I am lucky enough to be in very close proximity to the Trillium Brewery and have started to grab growlers on a pretty regular basis. When I do, I always make sure to grab one of these. This is probably the best pale ale I have ever had. Blows you away with a lot of hops and citrus flavors, but never bitter. If you can try this beer you will not be disappointed, world class. (380 characters)

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! (801 characters)

Photo of huddyball
4.52/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (446 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.13/5  rDev -8%
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 Immortale25
4.31/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. Sticker on bottle says 091214.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch of-white head that retains well before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a small center patch of surface foam. Bubbly snowflake pattern of lacing sticks to the glass.

S- Sweet hop aroma with the bready malt working as a perfect template for the citrusy, grassy hops to play off of. Amarillo hops?

T- Flavor is not nearly as hoppy or bitter as the aroma would lead you to believe. The malt comes through more with its sweetness and more bread notes as the hops work as more of a balancing agent. Very tasty stuff. So drinkable, yet so flavorful.

M- Somewhat oily from the hops with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- Such a unique beer that somehow exhibits the best of both worlds in hoppy beers as it is sweet and earthy as well as citrusy and dank. Remarkable. (948 characters)

Photo of MA_hops
4.56/5  rDev +1.6%
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 mabermud
4.63/5  rDev +3.1%
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 +8.5%
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 tectactoe
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of delaced21
4.36/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Krafty34
4.84/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.09/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of JayGreezy
4.36/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Todd
4/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of SunDevilBeer
3.31/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Way out of balance on the citrus side, needs more malt backbone. Tastes too much like fruit juice. (98 characters)

Photo of Rrjeff
4.46/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

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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

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Fort Point Pale Ale from Trillium Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.