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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: 1,215
Avg: 4.49
pDev: 6.46%
Wants: 341
Gots: 199 | 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: 1,215
Photo of brentk56
4.34/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours out a vary hazy goldenstraw capped by a magnificent head that leaves clumps of lacing

Smell: Floral, with citrus, tropical fruit and peach tones; sugary

Taste: The backbone has a bit of wheat bread and biscuit and although it is present from start to finish, the beer is all about the hops, bringing tropical fruit, citrus and peach; the finish is dry but sugary, if that makes any sense

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: All though I have tasted a beer from this brewery once before, this excellent APA (verging on IPA) was totally off my radar; glad to have had the chance to try it

Thanks, mj0126, for the opportunity

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Photo of jlindros
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks so much to my brother for sharing this bottle with me, enjoyed chilled in a willybecker.

The color is golden amber with 2 finger white head with thick ringlets of lace and very fine bead. The smell is very citrus heavy like tangerine with herbal accent and light yeast ester which augments the subtle malt and vegetal aspect of the hop scents. The feel is very good with moderate body and medium bitterness with a light sweetness and slight astringent element with gently dry and spiced finish.

The taste is very tangy and juicy with fruity semi-tropical tasting like grapefruit with mild malt sweetness to back it up with mild herbal taste mid palate with slight spicy element and gentle lemony quality with subtle pine hop flavors as it finishes with a wild grassy sort of taste with astringency toward the mostly dry finish. Overall this is a solid pale with lots of hop flavor and very drinkable as it is balanced enough to have hops 1st and malt secondary

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.13/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a yellow touched amber with barely any head that falls to nothing very fast. Nose was really boisterous at first; calms down pretty quickly. Flavor is insane levels of citrus and pine mixed together. At first it seems way overboard. I suppose I get used to it as time goes on. This is no calm pale ale. Out there and in your face. How much you appreciate this one will probably depend on your personal flavor preferences. And how much the hype train sways your reviews.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

Have had this one several times, review from 10/02/14, 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

Pours a deep amber color with one finger of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Fruity malts, citrus hops, oranges, and some tropical notes. Medium body and low carbonation; super easy to drink. Some light pine as it warms more.

Overall less hoppy than Congress Street (to be expected), but very good. A very good, somewhat hoppy, APA that is easy to drink and worth checking out for sure.

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Photo of smcolw
4.28/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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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 Alieniloquium
4.2/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.12/5  rDev -8.2%
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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Photo of kscaldef
3.5/5  rDev -22%

8/27 bottling, consumed 10/26. Was told this has been refrigerated since purchase, but it's still displaying some oxidized hops at this point. Can't particularly recommend it at this age from bottling. (2.5)

Revisited with a fresher bottle. While better, like Congress St, I didn't feel like it warmed up well and by the end of the glass I wasn't enjoying it nearly as much as when I first poured the glass.

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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 rudzud
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.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.84/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.81/5  rDev +7.1%
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!

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Photo of dar482
4.67/5  rDev +4%
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.

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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.

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

The beer is a hazy orangey yellow. More than hazy, quite cloudy. Big white head. Glowy color. Lots of lacing. The aroma pops with fresh hoppiness. There’s a big pineapple note with pine, tangerine, grass and lime. It has that yeasty, minerally sharpness of the new wave of top hoppy beers. The taste is dry and full of hop flavor. Moderate bitterness, builds to medium bitter in the finish. Wonderful mineral character. Crisp and light. Mouthfeel is full, light and refreshing. Super easy to drink. Feels dangerously lighter than 6.6% abv. Excellent beer.

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

Growler gotten at the brewery and consumed within an hour.

Pours apricot colored and pleasantly effervescent. Smells like a giant burst of mango and other mellow citrus fruits. If their website hadn't corrected me, I would have thought for sure this was a straight-Citra IPA.

Only, unlike lesser Citra IPAs, Fort Point mango-ness does not lead in to a rather disappointing, malt-heavy finish. ATG's Citra Ass Down is an example of such a beer--excellent aroma and front end with a finish that's merely pretty good. I don't know if Citra is just the Fruit Stripe Gum of hops or what, but balancing it out a bit with Columbus ensures a more lingering hop presence, which works excellently.

Not *quite* at the level of Zombie Dust or PsuedoSue, but damn close.

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

750ml bottle, dated 5/31/2014. Poured into a Lawson's snifter today, 6/12/2014.

A- Hazy orange-copper body with a fluffy two finger white head with good retention, awesome lacing. This looks very much like a Vermont style pale ale to be honest.

S- Grapefruit, mango, pineapple, biscuits, a bit of honey. This smells awesome.

F- Grapefruit, biscuit, a bit of pine, more tropical fruit, some grassiness. Fairly bitter for an APA, but not so much that it's closer to being an IPA. The pineapple is nicely forward on the finish.

M- Soft, medium bodied pale ale with good carbonation. Finish is pineapple, some grassy bitterness that lingers a bit. Very easy to dome this bottle.

O- This was a surprisingly awesome drinking experience that I didn't expect since I received this as an extra in an IP trade when I visited Boston, and didn't look up this beer at all before cracking it open. I'll definitely have to seek this one out again; this is an excellent APA.

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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)

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.57/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from trade. Pours cloudy yellow gold like all the other Trilliums out there. Big fluffy/ccreamy white head that just sticks around forever. Pretty! Aroma is fantastic with lots of pineapple mango grapefruit, super tropical, papaya, light grass, a bit of lemon peel. Mhmmm. Flavor is dry pine and grass, less tropicalness as the smell might indicate, nice bitterness going on here, some pineapple and lots of bitter grapefruit skin. Interesting. Medium light bodied with adequate carbonation and a dry finish. Really nice. I was skeptical as to whether this would really be any different from the Galaxy Dry Hopped version, but this one seems a bit more dry and grassy, while the Galaxy version had big tropical notes. Both are fantastic brews.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.45/5  rDev -0.9%

1814th Review on BA
Bottle to Glasswhales Tulip

Labeled 111414

Thank you to Jlindros & Rudzud for this one.

App- In the glass this is a very hazy pour. A good amount of orange is there with a bit of a lighted yellow and golden center. Color radiates outwardly and with a good 2-1/2 finger head it leaves bit soapy and filmy cling down the glass.

Smell- Out of the shoot this has the markings of a fabulous smelling beer. Whispy notes come waving out of the neck. A good amount of hoppy bitter with intermixed tropical fruits and soft floral notes. Tangerine, Orange and a bit of a pine note. Not much. A bit of a soft peach note backs it up.

Taste- I am really enjoying this. For a pale ale, it delivers big flavor and saves on some of the booze. The flavors are more of a creamy note with a big fruit flavor. The hops are there but don't have residual flavors of too much bitter or pine. The pale ale flavors shine through more. I think they nailed this and didn't try to make this overly big or hoppy instead a wonderful beer with a mild ABV.

Mouth- Big, luscious and creamy. Not always the way I describe a pale ale, but very billowy and medium bodied. The carbonation is like drinking some cream soda but instead of vanilla you get more fruit and cream flavors that lay down
on the tongue

Drink- I had to wait a long time to get my hands on one of these locals from my RS guys and I am quite glad I did. I think I will have to search out more and get a glass and more of these guys delicious beers. This was a wonderful pale ale, rich of flavor and delicate and smooth in body and carbonation. Well done.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.18/5  rDev -6.9%

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.

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Photo of Resuin
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of Dope
4.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

07/24/14 bottling date. 3 days ago? Damn.

A: Pours an extremely cloudy light orange. So cloudy it almost looks like a witbier. A cross between a witbier and heady topper. Tall, frothy white head that fades out slowly. Nice retention and thick tendrils of lacing are left behind.

S: Oh geez. I've had a lot, and I mean a LOT of good beers in my life. This one still made me grin like a fool when I smelled it. The fresh, juicy hop aroma is off the wall. It's like fresh squeezed orange juice. There is some light, spicy, almost garlicky pine in there too. Tropical fruits, plenty of them. I swear I get kiwi and papaya? Is that even a thing? Really wonderful aroma regardless of my poor descriptions.

T: More of the same, just a bit less juicy. Lots of spicy, herbal, garlicky pine. Must be citra I assume because I also get some light, juicy tropical fruits floating around. Wonderful balance of hop flavors and intensity. Light bready, almost cracker-like malt at times. Sits in the background and lets the hops sing their song. Mildly bitter on the back end but nothing over the top at all. Mildly dry, herbal and spicy aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, lightly dry. Goes down easy.

O: The hop flavors in this are bold and vibrant but are somehow not overpowering at the same time. Bitterness is moderate. Drinkability excels for such a hoppy beer as a result. I guess this IS an APA after all. I can't really quantify exactly why this is so delicious, it just got a level of balance, hoppiness and drinkability that you don't find often. Absolutely delicious. This is a Zombie Dust level APA, period.

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