Rhode Island IPA - Trinity Brewhouse

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Rhode Island IPARhode Island IPA

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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 14.32%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-10-2001

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
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Ratings: 64 | Reviews: 26
Reviews by beernut7:
Photo of beernut7
3/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BennyL1
3.7/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of Roguer
3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

In terms of aroma and flavor, this brew doesn't offer anything that many other IPAs provide, and in much greater quantities and at higher quality.

There is very little to the aroma past dry biscuit and some grapefruit peel. Even less is delivered to the palate, although it is bracingly bitter.

Feel is by far the best attribute: it's medium-light, drinkable, lively, dry, and refreshing.

Photo of roopy40
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of dsa7783
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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...

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

Photo of PicoPapa
3.7/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of smcolw
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

Photo of Gavage
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of bruachan
3.51/5  rDev -5.1%
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

Photo of taez555
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

Photo of waughbrew
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very hazy nutmeg(although it is listed as filtered), small head, good lacing. Smells of strong full-bodied flowery grapefruit. Flavor starts with dirty, strong hops (that seem American but are listed as Kent Goldings), then sizzles into a bitterness and an ok tasting finish. Carbonation a little rough. A sweetness is left coating the mouth in a Stone type of way.

Seems like a good idea but is rough and dirty. Needs somebody to clean it up and smooth it out, but even as it is now is pretty darned good to drink.

Photo of vitesse
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

served on draft...
seems to be trinity's signature beer. nice alcohol bite to it. fairly hoppy. nice light mouthfeel. it's an across-the-board decent brew. not a whole lot goin on other than the hops, though. not much malt or yeastiness in the flavor profile.

Photo of MuddyFeet
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Slightly darker than most IPAs, but it does not detract from the taste. It pours a dark copper color with a thick head in great lace the lines the entire glass. What I like about it is that the hops kind of hit you and then become subtle in the aftertaste. They linger, but are not overwhelmingly bitter. There are also hints of melon and other spices in the flavor.

Photo of PatandDavid
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lincoln Head Red in color when served, the low white head ended up sticking to the glass through-out the pour. Although hoppy, it was a bit old-school tasting as in not extremely hoppy. More citrus than anything else in the aroma. Malt was content to stay behind the scenes, but the hops behaved themselves and were pleasant and not overwhelming. I enjoyed the small carbonation. One hop listed was East Kent Goldings. The 7% abv leaves me wondering, and not sure of how many I could drink, thus only 3.5 on the drinkability.

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a pint on tap at the Trinity Brewhouse here in Providence.

Appearance: A deep cloudy amber, with heavy bubbles on the body. Head rose to maybe half an inch coming off a bit off-white.

Smell: heavy floral scent that feels a bit like pine forest, not bad but not the most exquisite of scents.

Taste: Though lacking the complexity of some IPAs I can really like this brew. Heavy floral and pine feel, like serious grapefruit flavor.

Mouth: Medium sticky, but not the most appetizing of brews. Like a yeasty bread feel at the end that feels a bit sour.

Overall: I love IPAs in general, this brew is definitely one I would recommend but just stick to two glasses max. Drink up and enjoy, salud!

Photo of Knapp85
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew poured out at the ACBF 2010 as a golden colored brew with a nice creamy looking white head on top. The lacing wasn't too exciting but the retention was pretty good. The smell of the beer is hoppy with some lighter notes of sweet malts in the background. The taste of the beer has a good semi-sweet bitterness to it. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy feeling with a little bit of a hop tingle. Overall I found this to be pretty good for a regular IPA.

Photo of radshoesbro
2.51/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

good head with a cloudy amber color. it actually reminds me a lot of a hefe. great lacing. the nose is filled with hops and yeast. mild malts. unfortunately the taste doesn't match anything before this point. this is what it tastes like when hops have gone bad. it's really got a shitty finish and is not good. ugggh.

Photo of Chincino
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer on-tap at the Trinity Brewhouse. It was poured into a clear pint glass and it poured to be a dark hazy orange/amber color.

The aroma was of citrus, a hint of floral, and smelled very hoppy.

It was a crisp clean taste with good drinkability.

Photo of Hautacam
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy amber...foamy head that dropped to a collar.
Smells faintly of floral and citrus hops.
Nice slightly sweet malt balanced well with the grapefruit rind bitter. There was a hint of some orange. Final bite and aftertaste of grapefruit rind. Pretty good.
Mouthfeel was light side of medium..carbonation from cask was silky. Dry finish.
Overall, a drinkable IPA...especially nice from the cask.

Photo of Bierman9
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Seemed to be a tad dark for an IPA; dark copper-brown, color, and a bit hazy. Very little head, and a touch of lace. Things picked up a bit with a nice hoppy nose. Medium bodied, but felt it could have been a bit smoother. Had good hoppy flvors, with citrus notes, and a dry finish. Tastes lingers a while on the palate. Not bad.

overall: 3.85
appearance: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 4


Photo of francisweizen
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glwoing pumpkin orange with a small collar of off-white foam. Nice lacing. Fresh raw hops are evident in the aroma. They are floral and citrusy. There are also some nice malt flavors in the background as well. The finish is drying for this unbalanced, yet, interesting IPA. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, drinkability is good. Not traditional, but not bad either. One of the better brews here.

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Off the tap at the brewhouse this beer was an orange-amber color. The one-finger head was beige, displayed very good retention and excellent lacing as torn curtains. The aroma was light, understated hops and some floral notes. The flavors were of citrus hops, herbal hops and hints of vanilla and floral hops built on a caramel malt backbone. Acidic and crisp. The mouthfeel was average, the body medium and the carbonation medium too. Nothing remarkable but a good offering.

Photo of instrumentality
4.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I stopped by the Trinity Brewhouse on Sunday, November 12 in the mid-afternoon. This was the first significant beer consumption stop of my long awaited trip to New England, and one I was led to completely by accident by someone who doesn't even drink beer. I was very pleasantly surprised.

As I was limiting myself to one brew, I decided to go straight for the hops and selected the Rhode Island IPA. Delivered in a pint glass, I observed a murky auburn beverage with no head save a paper thin halo of lace. I haven't been to too many brewpubs, but this lack of head seems to be the norm. I'm sure there's a perfectly good explanation for this, but in the meantime, it does detract from the visual experience.

Passing responsibility along from my eyes to my nose, I took a good whiff and was met by the gentle arome of pine intertwined with a bittersweet citrus element that was part grapefruit and part tangerine. Had the odor been more pronounced, I would have been won over at this point, but instead, I had to wait for my taste buds to pass judgment.

The liquid was soothing upon entry into my mouth. This was followed by a cascade of piney hop flavor that was ultimately wiped clean by a grapefruit and tangerine finish. Again, very mild yet flavorful.

The mouthfeel was subtle with light carbonation, a mellow alcohol presence, and hops that didn't stick to my tongue but instead washed away clean.

This brew was very easy to drink, perhaps a bit mellow for a serious hophead, but still very flavorful and smooth enough to potentially be accessible to many who normally find IPA's to be too harsh on the palate.

Photo of gibby
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at brew pub, served in a pint glass. Stopped by for a late night bite and a few brews. Poured a really nice copper color with a 1 finger fluffy head. Smelled of citrus hops and dank nuggets..very nice for sure. Taste was of citrus hops followed by a solid malt backbone. Really nice lacing left on the glass and I thought it was a very nice offering from trinity. 3 pints went down in no time. I have had this in the bottle and the draft is leaps and bounds better. Stop by and grab one if in Providence, RI.

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Rhode Island IPA from Trinity Brewhouse
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