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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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132 Reviews

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Reviews: 132
Hads: 1,321
Avg: 4.49
pDev: 20.49%
Wants: 381
Gots: 233 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Trillium Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States | website

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

Top 1 pale ale, F the bros. Juicy, with great hop bitterness and pop on the end. I love the unfiltered aspect of all of trillium beers and this fits in perfectly

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Photo of rorykanderson
4.56/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a beer. 25 oz bottle capped less than a week ago. Aroma of pine and citrus with a pleasant dankness. Pours a golden hue with moderate head. Man, this beer tastes great! The aroma leads to a near-perfect imbalance of hop, malt and bitterness. Not sure how this is considered a pale ale instead of an IPA. Simply one of the best beers I've had in a long time.

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

Beautiful pour, 1/2 inch head, sticky lacing.
Nose is pine and cat pee.
Hop head's dream on the palate; bitter, hoppy flavor.
Nice mouthfeel.
Overall: Glad I finally got to try this one. Not really my favorite style, but, I appreciate a job well done.

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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 gcamparone
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Trillium tulip glass. Purchased at the brewery 2 days ago, bottled 28Jul15 which was 5 days ago.

Pours a very hazy deep amber body with a 2 finger white head that reduces slowly to leave a little lacing and a a good amount of retention.

On the nose is big citrus, fruity tropical aromas, mango, pineapple, really an explosion of tropical fruits. Very nice on the nose.

The taste really follows the nose, I've never quite tasted a beer with this degree of tropical character.. big pineapple, mango, papaya, grapefruit, a splash of citrus, oranges, finishes with a light malt backbone and a slight bitter zing on the tongue.. citrus rind on the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is excellent, very easy drinker, medium carbonation and medium body.

Very impressive.. the hop profile is outstanding and fruity. I've never tasted an IPA/pale ale/DIPA with this much tropical character. Would recommend.

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Photo of winningwes91
4.56/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

My first trillium beer. Pours a beautiful hazy orange. Nose is mango, pineapple, orange, and hops. Taste follows suit. Super creamy mouthfeel. The only complaint I have is it's a tad bitter on the backend. Still an awesome pale, and probably top 3 I've ever had!

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Photo of Ready4aHeady
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dated 6/16, opened on 7/28... received as an extra... Normally at 6 weeks old I find hoppy ales to be grassy and somewhat unappealing, but not this bad boy! Hazy pour with an inch of foam, incredible nose of mango, pineapple and pine, with similar flavors and a clean bright hops, enough malt to balance, and just the right amount of bitterness.... really delicious and more IPA than PA!

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

As far as pale ales goes this was excellent.

Pours extremely cloudy,can't imagine what the dry hopped version looks like.

Smells very hop forward. Big mango and grapefruit nose with a hint of pine.

Taste starts sweet and the malt is present which is a huge plus for a hoppy pale.hops take over with some juicy full bodied grapefruit and pine flavors.

Feel is amazing. Smooth, light, syrupy, and carbonated all at the same time. Finishes dry. Can't stop drinking.

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Photo of JamesStreet
4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle purchased at Trillium into Trillium snifter. Great looking beer. Yellow-orange pour with enormous white puff of foam. Smell is ridiculous: orange rind, grapefruit, tropical fruits, some spicy pineyness.
Taste follows the nose with that big citrus sweetness balanced by a pronounced bitter finish. Not too dry at all either. Feel is light-medium and amazingly easy to drink. Trillium is doing some awesome stuff. They really have this PA/IPA thing down Pat.

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

This Pale Ale is pretty much an IPA. And a good one at that. Great beer, worth buying a bottle, cuz there is no tasting the beers at the brewery. Also grab a bottle of their Congress St IPA.

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Fort Point Pale Ale from Trillium Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.