Fort Point Pale Ale - Trillium Brewing Company

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Fort Point Pale AleFort Point Pale Ale

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Ratings: 952
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 6.73%
Wants: 271
Gots: 145 | 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

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Beer added by: Todd on 01-12-2013

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Photo of mirish72
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

Photo of huddyball
4.52/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of Immortale25
4.31/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of MA_hops
4.56/5  rDev +2.2%
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!

Photo of mabermud
4.63/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of RichD
4.87/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Photo of SunDevilBeer
3.31/5  rDev -25.8%
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.

Photo of Guess2814
4.62/5  rDev +3.6%

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 ..

Photo of CoffeePorter
4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
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+

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.2/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy orange body. Nice white head. Some lacing.

Smell - Initially it's a little dank, but it moves more toward the citrus end quickly. Orange. A little lemon.

Taste - More monotonous. Orange. Grapefruit. Some pine. Grainy cracker malt. Mild grassy hop bitterness in the back.

Mouthfeel - Medium light body. Drops off quickly. Mild bitterness.

Overall - Really nice hop aroma. Doesn't quite live up to the heights of its aroma, but it's very drinkable.

Photo of beerhan
3.91/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.71/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Extremely good APA! One of the best trillium brews I've had

Photo of rjp217
4.89/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.81/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A bottle of this amazing nectar found its way to me via some nice BAs. Thanks guys!

Pours a gorgeous, hazy, nearly opaque orange, with a 2.5 inch head, massive and beautiful, leaving big spots of lacing down the snifter. Just a really awesome looking beer, honestly.

Smells incredible, like mango, peaches, oranges, pineapples, slightly floral, with a bit of pine and oil.

The taste is similar. Unbelievably crisp and smooth, goes down so easy. The Citra and Columbus hops are used masterfully. As the beer warms up it becomes even more citrusy- orange, grapefruit, peach, mango. Some slight sweet pale malt flavors are there as well. Mild bitterness, this is mostly juicy.

Medium bodied, much fuller body than a typical pale ale with little malt. It's just so juicy, almost tastes creamsicle like with the foamy head. Clearly quite sessionable, despite the slightly "high for a session" 6.6% ABV. Crisp, clean mouthfeel, fairly dry in the finish, but juicy up front. Medium carbonation.

If it's not clear from the review above, this is an amazing beer. Possibly the best regular pale ale I've ever had. Not many people can make beer like this. I need more!

Photo of angrybabboon
4.45/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes dated 8/2/14

Cheers to Bilco for sharing this

A: Hazy honey-orange, apricot color - pours with a medium white head, fades to a few wisps, leaves some nice lacing

S: Bright with some big, potent hops - extremely hoppy without actually being aggressively hoppy - resiny, dank, wet, juicy-smelling hop cones - very fresh - extremely fruity with some juicy, tropical, and citrus aromas - tangerine, pineapple, mango, grapefruit, pine, and leafy hops - basically, a bag of hop pellets blended with some pale malts

T: Extremely hoppy without really being bitter - this is a matter of creative hop chemistry, a question of alpha acids and such - extremely flavorful, extremely drinkable - tangerine, orange flesh, ruby red grapefruit, tropical flavors, pineapple, mango - pale malts hold everything together

M: Medium body, nicely carbonated, smooth, and drinkable

O: I finally understand how someone could be obsessed with Trillium

This is the best thing I've ever had from Trillium, and it's also one of the best beers I have had in 2014. Truly a treat.

Photo of rlee1390
4.18/5  rDev -6.3%

A-Semi cloudy orange, nice carbonation, two finger sticky head

S-Nice bit of malt and caramel, then a mild citrus and a grassy note. Nice hops for a pale ale

T-Starts with sweet malt, then nice grassy notes and mild citrus.

M-Medium bodied, sticky and some carbonation.

O-A good beer, not a great as everyone is saying but a good beer.

Photo of HattedClassic
4.39/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of ColdOneKev
4.1/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark straw, hazy with a decent white head that fades slowly

S - Instant gratification. Dank, earthy hops,heavy on the citrus

T - Citrus hops, very light malt character

M - After the smell this is my favorite characteristic of this beer. Light body. Carb level is just right. Smooth across the tongue, but doesn't get held up.

O - I really like this beer and I will seek out again. This my second beer from Trillium. They're doing something right over there.

Photo of BigMurph
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Truly remarkably consistent time after time every time I pen one how delicious it smells and tastes. All time favorite brewery. My only negative comment would be I wish I lived closer to the city to make picking it up more frequently easier

Photo of SoPoSuds
4.67/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of SebD
4.47/5  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!

Photo of jlindros
4.48/5  rDev +0.4%
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.

Photo of WunderLlama
4.31/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear golden orange , white foam layer, great lacings

Nice aroma of pine and citrus

Slight bitterness on the edge of the tongue. Very smooth

Low sudsing. Clean finish

Great beer

Photo of smcolw
4.28/5  rDev -4%
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.

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.12/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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