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Fort Point Pale Ale | Trillium Brewing Company

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Fort Point Pale AleFort Point Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Trillium Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by Todd on 01-12-2013

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Reviews: 148 | Ratings: 1,486
Photo of pkalix
4.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

absolutely phenomenal! dont like the thick pea soup but it smells incredible!!!!! fruits and more fruits, smooth fruit flavor, bitterness takes a back seat. flavor explosion!

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Photo of beantown_hopster
4.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle to a pint, first time trying FPPA but I've heard all the hype and love Scaled Up, PM Dawn and Congress St IPA.

Pours a hazy burnt orange. Thick head that lingers throughout. Don't get much a nose on it, it doesn't come at you strong at all but the malts are definitely there. The taste is wonderful and complex, mango and citrus finishing with a nice blend of malt sweetness and hop bitterness, neither overpowering the other. The mouth feel is the other place this beer shines, very balanced and smooth.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.21/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a globe.

A: Golden color. Thick pea soup haze. Head is white, bubbly, and meringue-like. Chunky and clumpy lacing.

S: Tropical notes of apricot, mango, and peach. Pithy and leafy with a hint of hop spice. Subtle pine and earth too. Grainy and toasty malt base.

T: Juicy flavors of peach, mango, pineapple, blood orange, and apricot. Grapefruit too. Leafy and spicy. Earth and pine pull through as the palate adjusts. Yeast. Grain and toast malt base. Tropical hop finish.

M: Medium bodied. Raw, unfiltered feel. Round, soft, and silky. Fine carbonation tingles the tongue.

O: A 'New Age' take on a pale ale. Southern Hemisphere hop-dominant, it leads with bold tropical flavors. Bitterness is extra tame and it has that raw and unfiltered feel too. Very much in line with the New England IPAs that top all the rating charts these days.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.77/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured 1/9/16 from a 32oz growler that was filled at the brewery that same day, into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark gold color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very strong and is an excellent blend of floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with strong flavors of caramel and fruity citrus. Then a strong piney hops bitterness quickly follows. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides an excellent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down extremely easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is an excellent beer to drink for a long time.

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.19/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours a beautiful burnt orange colored beer, golden on the edges. Head is frothy and silky, bubbles are small, and it leaves a nice lace on the glass.
S: Really nice tropical fruit. Mango, orange citrus, pineapple are just a few that come to mind. Also has the dank, wet plant smell as well. Picking up a little sweet malt as well, but this is hop forward.
T: Definately more subdued than the aroma. There is just a touch of bitterness, actually quite light. The malt has sweet/honey charactistics, and the hops bring forth the same fruity flavors as the aroma.
F: Quite smooth. Goes back easy, not overly astringent or drying. Somewhat silk in texture, though there is a slight bite from the carbonation.
O: Great beer, definately exemplary of the New England style, though the only issue I have is that the flavor seems somewhat weak on this beer. The flavor itself is great I just feel that its dialed back a bit and could use some stronger malt or hop flavors to really drive it home.

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Photo of JordonHoltzman
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

200th beer! 195th review. Poured from a bottle, very fresh, dated 12/31/15, a hazy orange color with a while head that has large bubbles, fantastic lacing as I drink it out of the teku glass.
Aroma is fresh and inviting, nice citrus notes, quite tropical, definitely get the Citra on the nose and palate. Peach is there subtly on the taste, as is melon and pineapple. Light pine notes too. Mouthfeel feel is also quite good, it's crisp, well carbonated and you get that fresh hop, unfiltered feel when you rub your tongue with the roof of your mouth.
Overall this is an outstanding beer, maybe the best pale ale I've ever had.

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Photo of Dolphinsmarlins1
4.52/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a trade. It was my first Trillium experience. I've had other since, but this one definitely stands out among some of the others I've now enjoyed. For a beer with such a "low" ABV, it's incredibly complex and flavorful. Has the right balance of bitter and juiciness. Would definitely seek out again.

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Photo of munsonptr
4.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Trillium beers taste like they were brewed in an old barn and maybe a little dirt got into the brew pot. And I mean that in the best possible way. Earthy, piney, citrus, this beer has it all.

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Photo of uvachief
4.32/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into a oilsner glass. Pours a light golden yellow that is cloudy and produces 3 full fingers of white fluffy head that lingered. Smells like light lemons and mosaic or amarillo hops. Taste is very light, smooth with lemon or grapefruit citrus. Very smooth and drinkable. Great pale ale. Could drink multiple bombers of this. 6'6% abv.

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Photo of W_Des
4.69/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice looking hazy yellow. The nose is big as is the case with every single Trillium pale ale I've had. I get sweet citrus and oranges and some tropical fruits and subtle grassiness. The body was juicy and satisfying with a subtle bitterness and finishes clean and refreshing. JC does no wrong in my book.

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Photo of mschantz
4.74/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Sampled a pour from a 750 ml bottle. Pours a hazy peach orange color with a huge bright white head. Nose is dominated by sweet stone fruit and orange with hints of dry hay. Taste is orange, mango and guava fruitiness with just enough hop bitterness to balance thing out. The hoppy bitterness lingers a bit longer providing a nice finish. An absolutely lovely beer!

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Photo of macher0
4.37/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared with brentlepping. Bottle to tulip.

A. Opaque, dark straw/dull copper color. Poured a 2-finger egg shell, slightly coarse head. Sturdy laces.

S. Juicy and hoppy. Green, fresh hops - mostly tropical. Notes of mangos, pineapples, tangerine rinds.

T. Starts with a slight bitterness that comes through with juicy and floral notes. A slight hop resin finish.

M. Huge body, a little harsh, high carbonation.

O. Cloudy, but that seems to be the trend with Trillium beers. You can almost chew this beer. Very full body and amazing flavors from the hops. Not much in respect to malts, mainly hops and water, what else does one need?

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Photo of dhitchcox
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 13 Aug 2015; poured in teku:
Look: 1/4 inch head. Hazy amber; not transparent but not super cloudy.
Smell: Tropical hop aroma: citrusy mango. Grapefruit. Subtle grassy smell developed over the tasting.
Taste: Again, CITRUS. More grapefruit, hint of lemon. Super crisp.
Feel: Creamy up front - coating on mouth that gives a serious but fleeting citrus burn.
Overall: I see the hype. Definitely a great IPA. Good from start to finish. In an over populated realm of tropical IPAs but this comes out ahead of most.

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Photo of mnj21655
4.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle dated 8/27/15 poured into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy, pale yellow with hints of gold. There is a finger and a half of off white head with good retention. Aroma is stongly hoppy with lots of citrus and a touch of pineapple.Taste follows the nose with citrus hops dominating; pale malts are subtly present in the background. The beer seems fairly well balanced, it is neither strongly bitter or sweet. Medium-light body with moderate carbonation and a clean finish. Overall this is an incredibly enjoyable beer if you love hops; its a great pale ale that delivers the hop flavor aroma and flavor of an IPA without the bitterness.

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Photo of BWCampbell
4/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is quite overrated, compared to other commercial APA's, this beer is par but not worthy of the hype afforded to the rest of their stuff. Nevertheless, its decent.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.5/5  rDev 0%
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 Huhzubendah
4.41/5  rDev -2%
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 +2.2%
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 -10.7%
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 +6.4%
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 +7.8%
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 +2.4%
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 +6.2%
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 +3.3%
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 -4.4%
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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