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Tiny Chicken | Trillium Brewing Company

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Trillium Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
With the New England summer fast approaching we release Tiny Chicken, another edition in our Small Bird Series of lower ABV, hazy pale ales. Deceivingly diminutive in name, Tiny Chicken packs a hoppy punch with a powerful combination of Galaxy and Amarillo. Engaging aromatics pop with notes of bright citrus and peach, while flavors of tropical fruit, melon, and orange sweep over the palate in refreshing waves. Finishing crisp and dry with slight earthy/spicy grain character from the use of locally malted wheat and Danko rye.

MALT: American 2-row Barley, Valley Rye, Valley Wheat, Flaked Oats, C-15, Dextrine

HOPS: Galaxy, Amarillo, Columbus

Added by BearsOnAcid on 08-28-2013

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Reviews by BearsOnAcid:
Photo of BearsOnAcid
4.61/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pillowy head; light golden body. Amazingly fresh and robust hop aroma. Extremely sessionable. Soothing spicy finish from the hops and rye. Dry with some prickly carbonation. One of the best I've had so far from Trillium. Such a simple but well executed beer.

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Photo of TheElectricOne
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750ml bomber into tulip glasses:

Appearance: pours a lovely looking vibrant orange color, with an incredibly sticky and lingering white head. Body is totally turbid. No sediment present. Looks like a creamsicle between the bright orange body and the pure white head.

Aroma: not as pungent as in your face as the Heavy Mettle, Upper Case, and Galaxy FP I drank this weekend, but the hop aroma still beats out 95% of the beers out there. I got a lot of citrus, as usual with this hop profile, along with some dry, spice base from the rye malt.

Taste: not as flavorful and "raw" tasting as the double IPAs and the more heavily hopped Trillium beers, but still packs lots of hop flavor, along with the spice and dryness from the rye mentioned above. Flavor profile includes citrus, a touch of melon, and that dry, crackery spice.

Feel: much less sticky and full-bodied. At 5.2%, this is much more of session able brew than Trillium's other beers.

Overall: a unique beer in Trillium's hoppy arsenal in its dryness and its low ABV. Still, very flavorful and aromatic. Worth the search.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed at Publick House, served in a Trillium pint glass.

A- Pours a hazy yellowish, orange golden color with a little over a fingers worth of frothy head that has nice retention and leaves nice layered lacing while receding to a thin layer.

S- Oranges, a hint of vinous hops, orange peel, balanced light slightly grainy malts hiding in the background. Decently aromatic for a 5% APA and very pleasant smelling with the fruity oranges coming out nicely.

T- Oranges come out nicely again in the taste balanced with a zesty orange peel bitterness that follows through with the finish balancing with some light lemon juice. Very tasty and flavors grow on me the more I drink it.

M- Fairly light, finishes slightly on the dry side, pretty sessionable, nice amount of carbonation.

O- These guys are making some fantastic hoppy brews that could easily be paired against some of the best. Fort Point was slightly better in my opinion, but this beer is nice in its own unique way. I could easily drink a few pints of this and I can't wait to try some more stuff from Trillium.

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Photo of MarcGetty
5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Yes, a perfect score across the board. Yes, it's that good. No doubt about it. I'm lucky to have experienced it.

Pours thick and cloudy with a perfect head. It tastes great from the first sip to the last sip. Not quite a "northeast IPA", but close to it and thus the American Pale Ale moniker does fit.

Do yourself a favor, get some of this.

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Photo of Jcorn
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cincysig
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of doremite
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Ace1117
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CraigMack61
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Tukiluka
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jamesb7
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of zonker17
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy yellow pour split between 2 Duvel tulips from 750 mL bottle. Fruity floral nose with some grass and pepper in the background. Mild and balanced flavor I could drink all day. Bright hops and moderate malt and hops. Medium feel and carbonation.

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Photo of Spigs
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of waddellc2
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of rjp217
4.51/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jaydoc
4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SebastianOwl
4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 5/17/16; drank on 5/21/16

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Photo of SveNss0N
3.87/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ScaryEd
3.81/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy golden straw color with a 2-finger fluffy white head. Leaves lots of clingy lacing.

The aroma is quite tropical, with notes of mango and sweet melon. I also get some grapefruit and spicy bread. Not a lot going on, but pleasant.

The flavor brings lots of orange and sweet citrus up front, followed by some notes of melon and peaches. Finish is slightly peppery and spicy.

Feel is medium bodied with good carbonation. Slightly dry finish with some lingering bitterness.

Overall, a good pale ale that is nicely balanced. Doesn't match up to Fort Point but it's still a very solid beer.

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Photo of jtk21351
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cjs61679
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of garyloveman
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Yellolab2010
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

4.56/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Pierre_Pressure
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy gold color with a finger's worth of head. This is about what I've come to expect from Trillium's hazy offerings.
S: Very citrusy. Again, fairly similar to some of the other beers I've had from Trillium with one notable difference: this beer doesn't have nearly the "dank" aroma that the others have.
T: Very dry. Definite citrus notes. This is kind of like a toned down version of some of their heavier hopped higher ABV beers. Don't take that as a knock though; this is one of the better 5-6% ABV beers I've tasted and I can drink a lot more of this in once sitting that I can their heavier DIPAs.
F: Crisp, medium body.
O: This is a great beer in context of what it is. If I were having just one glass this wouldn't be my first choice, but if I want something lighter for a long night of drinks I haven't found many that I would choose over Tiny Chicken.

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