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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: 1,216
Avg: 4.49
pDev: 21.16%
Wants: 343
Gots: 201 | 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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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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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 SirBentham
4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Drinking this blindly, I would say it's an IPA - the smell, feel and hops all jump out right away.
Hazy, unfiltered. a ton of tropical fruit and citrus.
another top notch offering from Trillium.

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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 KMachHops
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle dated 60215.

Look: Golden orange and hazy. Thick fluffy white head.
Smell: Citrus bomb.
Taste: Explosion of lemon and grapegruits, and follow with a tart bite.
Feel: Very smooth and the right amount carbonation.
Overall: So much flavor in a pale ale. Not sure how this is in a pale ale category. Where's the malt?

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Photo of mabermud
4.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: This looks like orange juice. Opaque. Good head retention. Fluffy and mousse-like head. Sticky froth. No visual carbonation.
Smell: Tropical fruit and grapefruit. A touch of dankness.
Taste: No detectable alcohol. Tropical fruit and grapefruit. A touch of pine. Compared to double dry hopped Congress and Ataic, this of course, has a restrained hop bitterness. Still hoppy, just more tame.
Feel: The body is drying. Short finish. Even carbonation.

Overall: This is a very desirable APA. I like the taste of Zombie Dust better, but the overall experience belongs to this APA. I am sure the double dry hopped versions enhance this beer exponentially. A great APA.

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Photo of RichD
4.87/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of MikeM417
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Incredible. Juicy. Soooo tasty. That signature hazy look. It should be a rule that you are not allowed to leave Trillium Brewery without a Fort Point Pale Ale.

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

If "Pseudo Sue" is the best APA, then Fort Point and all its variants are #2. FPPA is a mango and citrus bomb, with the hops added to it, the finish is superb! Top 5 MA beer right here! Must have!

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Photo of tregan_20
4.99/5  rDev +11.1%
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!

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Photo of anteatr23
4.38/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy and golden with a tall head. Smells of yeast and hints of fruit... a little mineral-ish. Tastes mostly bitter, not much citrus specifically shining through. Hops are very present. Aftertaste is like a warm bread roll. I've been looking forward to trying some Trillium and this is a solid introduction. Not blown-away, but Fort Point is very tasty and I'd come back for more.

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Photo of MOVERTON1284
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 2/19/15, so 2 months old. Very balanced beer that I preferred to the Galaxy version. Light in color and super smooth, all I can ask for in a pale ale.

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Photo of hudsonvalleyslim
4.88/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of beerhan
3.91/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml dated March 1st

A-Poured into a snifter, hazy straw colored with a three finger white head that likes to linger

S-citra bomb

T-very similar too odd sides cpa but with a little lemon zest. Lots of citra flavor that is almost overwhelming

M-carbonation is a little high but quite drinkable and not too much of a tongue buckler

O-turn down the citra and put this in twelve ounce servings and you have a great deal. Lots of flavor but this is a one bottle per sitting beer.

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

Look: orange
Smell: sweet fruit, tropical,
Taste: mellow sweetness, melon, hints of citrus
Feel: good....
Overall: an amazing pale. almost like an IPA. Phenominal

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Photo of ApolloFreedman
4.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

It's amazing beer advocate changed the rating system. Now, only ratings That come with a review of 150 characters will count. They've now just discounted thousands of ratings just because they want "quality". Well guess what, you now have a smaller sample size and beers with only 159 ratings are cracking the top 20. So stupid. It's 2015, people are busy. I don't want to spend 10 minutes describing my feelings about every beer I drink!

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