Fort Point Pale Ale - Trillium Brewing Company

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Fort Point Pale AleFort Point Pale Ale

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world-class

947 Ratings
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Ratings: 947
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 6.73%
Wants: 270
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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Ratings: 947 | Reviews: 88
Photo of RichKent
5/5  rDev +12.1%

Fort Point is, without question, the best APA I've ever had. Trillium hit it out of the park with this one. I picked up a Case 2 days after it was bottled, so I've had only very fresh bottles FYI.

Appearance - Pours cloudy amber with a nice 2-3 finger head. The color is a bit darker than you'd expect. Fort Point is darker in color than Trillium's Congress Street IPA by several shades.

Smell - Open the bottle and you'll instantly smell fruity hops. The Citra really shines in this one.

Taste - Follows the smell. There's plenty of lemon/lime, grapefruit, and other citrus flavors, but they're nicely balanced by the use of malt and wheat. The wheat adds a unique flavor compared to other APAs - just a hint of banana sweetness maybe?

Mouth - Perfect. Smooth, crisp, light, nicely carbonated.

Overall - I could drink this beer every day. It's also my wife's favorite beer. Everyone I've shared it with has given me a double take WOW. It's really that good. If you like APAs/IPAs and are in the Boston area, Trillium is a must stop.

Photo of everythingiszen
5/5  rDev +12.1%

Cloudy, straw-colored, and delicious. This pint stood out from my recent visit to Boston. Grapefruit and grass, lingering grapefruit on the finish. Light and crisp. Great session beer (if only I could get my hands on some!)

Update 12/8/14: I keep on pinning for this one as the weeks go on, so I'm updating my score to a perfect. Me wantee!

Photo of tregan_20
4.99/5  rDev +11.9%
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!

Photo of ntmastromarino
4.98/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This beer is my ultimate. Perfectly hoppy beer without any alcohol burn. Looks like a great orange juice.

Photo of Damian
4.97/5  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.

Photo of jcarroll10
4.92/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Possibly my favorite beer out there right now.

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 hudsonvalleyslim
4.88/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Photo of Teddy_Hopper
4.88/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Near perfection...the standard for APAs.

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 VelvetExtract
4.84/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | 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.

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 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 AirBob
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - One finger of dense white head. Excellent lacing and retention. Hazy unfiltered deep grapefruity orange body.

S - Tons of tropical fruit (mango and pineapple) and stone fruit (peach). Sweet and sharp grapefruit.

T - Follows the nose. Really well balanced. Some grass complements the citrus notes in the finish.

M - Medium carbonation. Just enough stickiness in the finish to make it fruit juice-like.

O - The best pale ale ever!

Photo of fulcrumbs
4.74/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Not a huge pale ale fan... but this beer is awesome...! The most drinkable pale ale around that is smooth and full of flavor.

Photo of carney710
4.73/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Great APA, hint of citrus with a smooth after taste

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 Ian_B
4.7/5  rDev +5.4%

Resting on the higher end of ABV for a pale ale, this beer is crisp and smooth, teetering between light and pillowy.

Aromas of sweet tangerine, pineapple, and maybe a little mango are accompanied by a slight caramel sweetness and some spicy grass and pine.

Taste follows the nose, with a very thorough blend of tropical juicy sweetness and dank, earthy, and spicy pine. Dry and slightly bitter on the finish, but incredibly well balanced with residual fruit and spice flavours.

Photo of LJTate
4.69/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The best Pale Ale that I've ever had. Period.

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 dar482
4.67/5  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.

Photo of Kraj30
4.67/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Absolutely top 3 Pale Ale ever

Photo of neurobot01
4.66/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle dated 5/31/14 (just over 2 weeks old) into an IPA glass at fridge temp. Big thanks to HopSynonymous!

Look: hazy pale yellow with a hint of orange, pretty decent foamy head, ample carb.

Smell: fresh-grated orange rind, pine, some mild anise. Bright and sharp.

Taste: lots of pine/grass, and lemon/lime/orange. Subtly sweet. The sweet and bitter flavors are so well integrated that you don't even notice them if you aren't looking for them. Very nuanced, with several distinct waves of flavor.

Feel: really damn soft and smooth—not overly prickly, but just right to balance the citrus notes in the taste. Fairly dry, and a pretty hefty medium body given the ABV.

Overall: a fantastically well-crafted beer. The complexity and slight astringency keep it from being ridiculously crushable—though the feel tends in that direction—but this is a beer that deserves to be savored. Overall=4.625.

Photo of elvisdoc
4.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Nice hoppy APA that I would definitely drink again.

Photo of benloho
4.65/5  rDev +4.3%

Bomber received in trade. Bottle dated 8/27/14
A: Beer pours a vibrant orange/amber color. A little cloudy. Big fluffy white head, about two fingers that sticks for a while. The very definition of gorgeous lacing.
S: WOW! Huge hop bomb on the nose. The Citra is exploding with grapefruit, tangerine, dank garlicky earthiness, pineapple, guava, and mango. Fresh bag of hops smell. One of the best beers on the nose that I can remember.
T: Boom! Follows the nose wonderfully with citrus, dankness, slight pine and tropical notes. Such a fresh and green taste. Not one aspect overpowers the other and very little bitterness in the finish for such a hop bomb. Nice yeasty taste on the back end as well. So tasty.
MF: My mouth was watering between sips. Great carb. My only negative is that I wish there was a little more malt backbone, especially since the beer is at 6.6% ABV.
O: What a treat! This beer is easily up there with Zombie Dust and PseudoSue.

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