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Fort Point Pale Ale | Trillium Brewing Company

154 Reviews
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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Photo of ArrogantB
4.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle from the brewery in Boston. Super cloudy orange-yellow. Aroma is juicy citrus. Flavor is delicious and juicy citrus. If it didn't say pale ale then I would peg this as an IPA, great beer.

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Photo of Dopen993
4.21/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

25 oz into tulip. 12/31/15.

L. Copper orange with full haze. 1 finger head with lots of lacing.
S. Lots of pineapple, a bit of mango and some nice grapefruit, light on the pine.
T. Some nice passion fruit and tropical fruit notes. Light pine and hops on the back end.
F. Medium mouth feel with light carbonation.

Let's go Manning.

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Photo of BeerMagistrate
4.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Such a perfect beer. Tastes more like an IPA. Looks and smell is beautiful. Goes down smooth.

Smell and taste is similar to the classic TreeHouse fruity hop recipe.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pours a dull orangish yellow/dull and earthy gold. a two finger white head with good retention and leaving behind a frothy lacing. has a milky cloudiness/haziness making it completely opaque.

Smell: fresh cut grass, citrus and tropical fruits. pineapple, lemon zest, peach fuzz. light pine. bread-like malts along with some fruity yeast.

Taste: opens with a kick of citrus hops, orange flesh mixed with lemon zest. some fresh cut grass brings it around to tropical fruits, and mango. hops and fruit keep coming with a light peach fuzz. back end has a bread like malt base and a lightly fruity yeast.

Mouthfeel: super drinkable, moderately bitter. a bit on the dry side. yeast and light sweetness clean it up leaving it fairly clean.

Overall: a top notch pale ale. bursting with hop flavor in a wide variety. but like a good pale ale the malts still show through. I really like the bready malt character along with the slightly estery yeast.

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Photo of Zonk
4.39/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I don't mind haze but this poured really murky with lots of "floaties" Colden in color.

Explosive nose with tons of fruity citra, peach and tropical fruit on the palate.

very well done but I would call it more of an IPA than an APA.

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Photo of kalosjakar
4.49/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge citrus aroma as im pouring.
Cloudy golden color.

A pale ale which drinks like a IPA.
So much fruitiness.
Screams New England style.

Best pale ale ive had so far.

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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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Fort Point Pale Ale from Trillium Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 154 ratings.