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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): 5.20%

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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Photo of Jcorn
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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Photo of SebastianOwl
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
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 ScaryEd
3.81/5  rDev -10.8%
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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4/5  rDev -6.3%

4.56/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BearsOnAcid
4.61/5  rDev +8%
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 Hophead717
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of pnihan
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -23.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of DrunkinYogi
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy orange-yellow with a small cap of head that disappears quickly. Aroma mostly orange. Taste follows nose. Chrisp and well bodied. Yummy!

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Photo of TheElectricOne
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
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 GimmeASchlitz
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From growler fresh from the brewery 2 hours ago and chilled in the fridge for the last hour and a half. Poured into brewery branded tulip glass.

Pours a nice hazy orange with a nice foam head that goes away pretty quickly and leaves a rim of foam at the top.

The smell is fantastic! You instantly get deep citrus aromas and subtle grassy notes from the hops. There is an undertone of grain that can be noted.

First sip gave a quick citrus flavor followed by biscuits and then the subtle bitter of hops. The flavors were all very balanced and were not overpowering over any other. The next few sips gave the notes of citrus zest and some light grains. The hops do not linger at the end and finishes well.

Feels drier than I was expecting but I'm ok with it. Medium carbonation and good balanced medium body.

Wow, I'm really digging this beer. This is a well executed pale ale. This is perfect for sitting out in the sun on a summer afternoon or watching the sun set after a long day at work. This is the kind of beer that can put you at peace and you know all is right at the moment. If this were year-round I would use this to introduce more people into the craft world as you can't just hand someone an IPA when they've only drank Bud Light their whole life.

Thank you Trillium for making this great ale!

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Photo of BEEPOP
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really smooth beer. That being said it is lacking of depth and flavor. Incredible easy drinking summer beer but don't expect the depth of Heavy Mettle or one of the highly rated special hopped beers.

Looks wise hazey. Smells of faint tropical citrus. Taste is a watered down Fort Point tbh. Feel wise watered down FP. Overall I am very happy I tried it but I would easily pass this up for other APA offerings from Trillium.

All this bad talk and this is still a very good beer. Easily try it if you go up but no need to trade for it.

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Photo of HankSingle
4.71/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Holy crap. Bright orange and tropical fruit on the nose; Front end tastes like livid, fizzy mango juice - like a perfect mimosa, then slides into a sharp, clean, grassy bite. Endlessly refreshing, and incredibly juicy, considering how light and easy going it is. I don't know how it would translate, but this is the exact sort of beer I dream about having in 12 oz cans - perfect fusion between New England juice and 'I need to drink this on a boat'. Great stuff.

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4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MattGrimley
4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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Tiny Chicken from Trillium Brewing Company
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