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Rhode Island IPA - Trinity Brewhouse

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Rhode Island IPARhode Island IPA

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53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 15.24%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Rhode Island, United States

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
The first I.P.A. available throughout Rhode Island since Ballantine I.P.A. The most bitter of the Pale Ale family, India Pale Ales malty flavor is accented by fruity aromas, a dry bitter finish and bright copper color. Unfiltered.

65 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-10-2001)
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Ratings: 53 | Reviews: 25 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by beernut7:
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2.95/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This IPA is not among my favorites. The aroma is spicy, but strangely not as spicy as the pale ale. The thin body barely supports a moderate bitterness and a watery malt character. A soapy flavor binds itself to each sip and grows toward the finish. Just doesn’t seem to be at the top of its game.

beernut7, Jan 01, 2004
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

bulldogg915, Nov 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7%

virinow, Nov 17, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Cynic-ale, Wednesday at 11:49 AM
Photo of BennyL1
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap yesterday at the Trinity Brewhouse. First time there so I figured I would go with one of there most popular brews. Served in a standard pint glass.

This IPA poured a dark copper with a bit of haze. Not much head to speak of. Some lacing on the glass too.

Nose was on the hoppier side with mostly floral accents. Some malt is also detectable in the aroma.

This is a nice and tasty brew. Bitter hops up front but a nice malt backbone rounds it out. Finish leaves a nice citric hop presence on the palate.

Medium bodied with medium or so carbonation.

I was impressed with the brewhouse overall and if I find myself back there I would probably order this one up again.

BennyL1, May 28, 2011
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5/5  rDev +33.7%

chenieprudhomme, Dec 04, 2011
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5/5  rDev +33.7%

Nickfellow007, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of roopy40
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - Orange-red in color. Pours a decent frothy head that dissipates quickly and leaves hardly any lace.

Smell - Dank citrus and flowery hops.

Taste - Hops, a smack of bitter grapefruit and malt flavor.

Mouthfeel - Slippery, not overly carbonated, dry finish

Drinkability - Not my favorite offering from Trinity, but a very drinkable beer from my experience. I can envision drinking this on a hot day by the grill with a hot dog and good company.

Overall - Great local IPA, something I enjoy with good comfort food and worth bringing home a growler.

roopy40, Jan 27, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

WhitmansNiece, Oct 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

CraigTravor, Jul 21, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

OnryAndMean, Thursday at 10:20 PM
Photo of dsa7783
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the Brewhouse in downtown Providence...
Pours a ruddy, copper dark hue with a decent foamy head that soon receded...
Hoppy aroma... Citrus and pine also detectable...
The taste strongly complemented the nose... Thorough, rich hops, citrus, pine, and lemons thrown into the mix...
Pretty impressed with this IPA that had a solid, warming, 7% ABV...
One of the best brews put out by this brewpub in my opinion...

dsa7783, Sep 22, 2008
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4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Trinity Brewhouse in Providence, RI, poured into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a brownish gold, with a foamy white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The smell is of hops (as you would expect), caramelized malt and citrus.

T: A bitter hops flavor dominates the taste but the malty, citrus sweetness compliments it well. Both the hops bitterness and the malt sweetness stick around in the after-taste. The taste is very well-balanced.

M: Crisp & smooth, medium body, medium carbonation and a dry finish.

D: It's got a good kick at 7.00% ABV, good taste and it's not very filling. This is a very poundable beer.

This one is definitely my favorite brew from Trinity.

TheManiacalOne, Jul 29, 2006
Photo of PicoPapa
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap. Pours a dark amber color with a thin head. Fair amount of lacing. Aroma is of sweet pine. Maybe some brown sugar. Flavor is more of that sweet pine taste. Nice bitter finish. Good amount of carbonation. A bit floral. Overall, its a decent Ipa, and I'd order it again.

PicoPapa, May 16, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Ken_P, May 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

ber12, Dec 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

dannymo24, Oct 28, 2014
Photo of smcolw
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So far I've found Trinity's beers to be hit or miss. In my opinion this is their best beer. Beautiful amber color with a nice head that leaves a decent lace. Floral hop is very evident in the aroma. The malt may be muted, but that's expected in an IPA.

The flavors are multi-dimensional and flow from malt to hop quickly and smoothly. The swallow leaves a strong fresh hop flavor in the mouth. The beer is full-bodied with a relatively low carbonation.

I found this beer to be a superior IPA, very enjoyable.

smcolw, Apr 30, 2005
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3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper in color with a nice 1" head. Nice lacing develops. Carbonation is slighty strong. The aroma is fruity and hoppy. The flavor reminds me more of a pale ale, as the fruitiness and malts are stronger and the hop level is light. The alcohol is barely noticeable.

The mouthfeel is smooth at the start with a dry and crisp finish. The bitterness comes out a little more after the swallow, but doesn't really last long. The drinkability is all right, but I slowly became bored with this before I finished it.

Gavage, Jul 15, 2004
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Bito401, Apr 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

jascott2112, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of bruachan
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

not an exciting or imaginative IPA, but standard and certainly cerviceable. substantially bitter with a hoppimus aroma: citrus and pine. it's not particularly attractive (well...not UNattractive), as it's hazy and the head is poor. something this heavily hopped has no excuse for lame head and lacing

not exhilirating, but a fresh growler of this for $10 would have been enjoyable

bruachan, Aug 25, 2006
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Dbot, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of taez555
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had it fresh on tap the brewpub yesterday, and am enjoying a Fresh Growler today. (Taste is identical)

This beer poured a completely opaque dark murky orange reddish tan body with small off-white head. It almost looks like a natural apple cider brew or something, very murky. You can't see light through this baby.

Nose is a hop attack. Strong ressin, earthy and fresh EKG type hops. Not your typical Chinook or Cascade monster. Very big and very unique.

Taste is in your face hops with a huge malt backbone. The hops are very earthy with some root and stick like touches, but at the same time there's a big hop resin, grapefruit peel taste as well. Not typical Chinook or Cascade IPA, which really gives it an almost Homebrew quality about it. It's really hard to make out any distinct malt flavors, but it's the typical big caramel, 2 row, or marris otter type malt backbone. Very reminisant of Sierra Nevada Barleywine, or other malt backbones. Ends with a lingering hop bitterness.

I first had this beer back in 1999 during my first visit to Trinity, and to this day is my favorite of their beers (The RIS comes in a close 1 1/2). Simply put, what Brewpub has a 7% ABV DIPA as their flagship session beer? Anyway, it's a big malty beer with tons and tons of EKG hops, which give it a unique flavor. Always a great beer.

taez555, Feb 16, 2010
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Rhode Island IPA from Trinity Brewhouse
85 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.