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Trinity IPA - Trinity Brewhouse

Trinity IPATrinity IPA

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138 Ratings
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Ratings: 138
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 15.83%

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Trinity Brewhouse visit their website
Rhode Island, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: bewley on 08-18-2005)
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Photo of youngs11

Rhode Island

3.59/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is an opaque light amber. An inch of head settles to a nice quarter-inch cap after a minute. Really nice lacing and excellent retention.

Smells of sweet citrus and hops. It also smells a little malty.

Very hoppy and bitter on the front-end. It is borderline metallic. There is robust hop flavor but the sweetness mentioned in the nose does not really come through in the taste. There is a nutty and malty aftertaste that offers a little more complexity to the palate.

This has a great MF. Moderate carbonation with a great silkiness in texture. Light to medium body.

Overall I think this is a pretty good example of the style. Slightly bitter for my taste, but those who are all about the IBUs will like this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 22:12:56 | More by youngs11
Photo of ddean


4.6/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

As a fan of the big West Coast double IPAs (Lagunitas Maximus, Racer 5, Sculpin...), I would say this is one of if not my favorite IPA on the East Coast, and I have extra respect for it because, to me, it captures a unique deliciousness niche that I don't know from other beers. My go-to when I visit Providence, RI.

Appearance- A rusty orange hue with nice lacing in the pint glass. Clarity varies a lot depending on where they are in the keg, but I did not notice a difference in the taste when the pint was relatively cloudy, so nothing to worry about.

Smell- Earthy overall, but I first get hops, then sweet orange or grapefruit malt with the hops lingering. Adds a nice preview to the tasting experience.

Taste- A continuation from the citrus, from the smell, with a drier, sharper, tart middle and finish. Also some grounding, courtesy of barn-dank malt down below. Smooth mouthfeel kind of melds into the same category here. Very enjoyable experience.

I have tried this one in a bottle as well as on-tap, and although the bottle is just fine, this is one with subtleties that come off much better on-tap....Come on over to Trinity during a quiet afternoon, play chess with a friend, take your time with a couple of pints of this, and savor away.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2013 20:28:17 | More by ddean
Photo of angrybabboon

Rhode Island

3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes taken a couple hours ago, 8/7/13

Appearance: Somewhere between medium orange and copper - some chill haze, but mostly clear - big, rocky, creamy, off-white head - very impressive retention, and some nice lacing - decidedly pretty

Smell: Light citrus, herbal, and grassy hops - oily grapefruit, rind, and some pith - orange rind as well - pine needles and mint - earthy and tea-like aromas - some caramel malt sweetness

Taste: Sharp, unexpectedly bitter citrus and pine - oily grapefruit rinds - orange rind and some lemon zest - dry pine needles - notably earthy, herbal, grassy, and spicy - cooked, caramelized malts, caramel malts, and some toasted grains - medium amount of sweetness - notably bitter, more than average bitterness

Mouthfeel: Medium body, smooth, nicely carbonated, earthy, bitter finish

Overall: Makes a little more sense now that I know this is supposed to be an English IPA

The hop profile in this is quite odd. It's not a blast of bitter citrus like most American IPAs. It's more herbal, earthy, and grassy, but it packs a bitter punch. I've been meaning to try beers from Trinity for a while, and this was not a bad choice.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 06:12:04 | More by angrybabboon
Photo of ThomasMetal75


3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Deep copper/orange. Hazy without lots of sediment. Tons of soapy head and lacing. Very good looking IPA.

S- Toasted malts and citrus. I even get a kind of nuttiness as well.

T- Bitter hop bite! WOW! Citrus hop flavor! sweet, but not too sweet. Mild malt flavor. I don't get the toasted notes in the taste as I did in the smell. This is a hop head's dream come true! An honor to see this came from Rhode Island!

M- Medium mouthfeel. Dry! I like how dry it is, but it's not the easiest thing to drink in the world.

Overall this is a great IPA. I really liked it! I just wish it had a high malt to hop ratio. I like my IPAs with a bigger malt presence. It was a flavorful hop bomb for sure. If I ever am in the mood for a big IPA, and happen to see this in Southern New England or in Rhode Island, I'll get it no problem!!!

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2013 02:44:01 | More by ThomasMetal75
Photo of gcamparone

Rhode Island

3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Samuel Adams pint glass. Purchased at Wakefield Liquors in Wakefield, RI.

A- Clear golden-orange body. 2 finger fluffy white head with high retention and sticky lacing.

S- Floral, citrus, hops, slightly soapy. Pretty strong aromas

T- Floral notes upfront big hoppy aftertaste that lingers for a while. Tasty

M- Very little carbonation, medium body. I would prefer a little more carbonation.

Overall, a very flavorful IPA. Big hop aroma and flavor, but not much malt to balance it. Good

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2012 18:21:12 | More by gcamparone
Photo of CTBeerPope


3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got a fresh bottle of this as part of a mix 6.

12oz bottle to snifter

Pours a radiant deep orange with a dense frothy 2 finger head. There is a considerable amount of lacing. This beer looks better than I imagined.

Smells very sweet and malty with a faint floral hop aroma. Pretty standard aroma that is pleasant.

The taste is a good balance of malt and hops. This is an EIPA and tastes so. The 7% abv is not noticeable.

For a 7% brew the mouthfeel is on the thinner side. The carbonation is a bit prickly on my tongue.

Overall I'm glad I tried it but it isn't a standout ipa that ill be tracking down.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 02:07:31 | More by CTBeerPope
Photo of dexterk1


3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour from a bottle into a pint glass. Has a nice head of about an inch or two. Color is a dark copper or reddish yellow.
Odor is nice. It has a floral and somewhat citrus smell.
Taste is pretty good overall. Hops upfront and mellow in the middle. It ends pretty crisp and with not much aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Carbonation is prevalent.
Overall a nice IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 23:42:03 | More by dexterk1
Photo of horshack7


3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: On top is an inch worth of head. Underneath is hazy copper beer. Good lacing is left behind as the head thins out.

Aroma: Citrus hop along with sweet fruits. Grapfruit and piney notes. Simple syrup and caramel malts towards the back. A minor graininess is mixed in as well.

Taste: Straight out of the gate is a hop bite and a very crisp mouthfeel. Citrus notes make themselves very known. A solid amount of yeasty breadiness in the middle. In the end is a fairly dry finish.

Notes: This is quite hoppy for an English i.p.a but still tasty all over. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 23:44:58 | More by horshack7
Photo of greybeardloon

Rhode Island

4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before January.

A: Opaque orange with a thick head and lots of lacing.

S: Mostly vegetal and herbal hops. The smell is a bit weak.

T: Substantial, somewhat sweet malt and herbal, slightly citric hops. The hops become quite bitter and slightly juicy and the finish is long, bitter and somehow hay-like. This is fairly balanced as IPAs go and definitely falls on the English side.

M: Fine for the style.

O: Dangerously drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2011 00:05:58 | More by greybeardloon
Photo of Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

1.95/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 7/28/11
*From notes

A: When I opened the bottle, it oozed out a bit. Once in the glass, it looked like a wheat ale - cloudy, hazy honey amber. A 2.5 finger head take a while to subside, and leaves minimal lacing around the rim of the glass.

S: Super barley and grain, and over-the-top bitter hop oil. Hints of biscuity lemon scone are detectable.

T: I'm having a hard time with this one. The bittering hops are absolutely obnoxious. It's gross - it's not floral or even a touch juicy. Just bitter all the way home. Bready in places, but the 120 IBU's overwhelm everything you might call flavor. Rubbing alcohol on the back end. Blech!

M: The mouthfeel is decent. It's bubbly enough and kinda creamy. The carbonation isn't overly obtuse.

O: Trinity's IPA is not a good beer. It doesn't even come close to being passable.


Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 19:42:19 | More by Rhettroactive
Photo of jlindros


3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice big 1.5 finger fizzy head that fades semi slowly with some sticky lacing over slightly hazy yeast chunked pale straw colored beer.

Nose has earthy grassy very slight herbal UK style hops, not the hedgerow style I really don't like though, just a light earthy, grassy, slight vegetative bitter hops, and very slight grainy malts.

Taste starts with an ale flavor, a light pale malt, some grainy malts and a bit sweet, then some hops, a nice bitterness, hops bring a bit of earthy tastes, very slightly spicy at first, fluffy, slightly juicy, some light bready malts. As it finishes it gets pretty bitter, almost astringent, light spicy hops, plenty more earthy slight grassy hops, a bit dry with a slight yeast and long grassy straw like taste. Late on the finish it starts to get salty and briny that make it a bit weird, maybe salts in the water, or the hop astringency just makes it taste salty.

Mouth is med bodied, good carbonation.

Overall not bad, the hops were pretty good and didn't get that herbal Hedgerow bittering hops I don't like, they were decent grassy and earthy hops, little juicy and spicy, nice malts to back it up a bit, a nice ale flavor, but the yeast seems to change it a bit.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2011 01:41:42 | More by jlindros
Photo of beals


3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: light copper / very-pale brown with 2+ fingers of fluffy off-white head. decent lacing.

S: sweet malt and a mix of piney and floral hops.

T: biscuity malt, most evident at the finish accompanied by bordering-on-astringent bitterness. overall hop presence is muted, but since it's an English IPA, that sounds about right.

M: good amount of carbonation for the style, body also appropriate. astringency at the finish leaves the mouth feeling a little dry.

O: just noticing now that it's 7%. wouldn't have noticed from the aroma or taste -- they blend it well. i would have guessed 5%, maybe 6% max. given that and the astringency, i don't think i'd have more than one of these in a session. i've had this beer at Trinity on-tap, and remember it being tastier than this bottled version.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 23:06:21 | More by beals
Photo of silentjay


3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

looks as I would expect an IPA to, a golden/copper with a decent hop haze and a sizable almost pure white head that rises to 3 fingers, sticks around a while and leaves chunks on the glass.

aroma is not as good as the appearance. lots of biscuity and grainy malts with some pine and herbal hops hiding behind that. english IPA in the aroma.

herbal hops out front with plenty of graininess making its way through. plenty bitter and just a tad sweet, without the hop flavor I like in my IPA's mostly hop bitterness to counter the grainy sweet malts. nothing I haven't had a thousand times before.

almost medium bodied with plenty of carbonation.

drinks okay. not something I'd buy by the six pack, but not something I'm about to pour down the drain either. just meh.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 05:14:12 | More by silentjay
Photo of steve8robin


3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Found this bottle at a RI beer store. Never tried anything from Trinity yet. 12oz bottle, best before June 2011...

A: A murky light copper color with a small white head that fades quickly. Decent.

S: Smells of a maltiness with a hint of bitter piney hop. Some earthy flavors hidden in. Ok.

T: A very dry spicy bitterness with an almost peppery taste. Grapefruit in the middle and some bitter wateriness on the backend. Very dry and bitter, but almost not in a flattering way. Decent.

M: Medium body with a good carbonation. A very dry finish. Good.

D: The super dry taste makes this harder here. Ok.

All in all, this is so dry that it seems to take away from the brew. An earthy hoppy metallic type dry. Not really worth hunting, but if you like Trinity, give it a try when you're at the brewhouse. Many better IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 01:37:00 | More by steve8robin
Photo of Fluke828


3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice pale copper color into an SA perfect pint glass with gorgeous lacing and a serious 1+ finger head. Smells of bountiful floral bouquets with citrusy and piny resin aromas. Taste isn't quite on par with smell, has the herbal and floral for sure but also a faint bitterness that is very well balanced that wasn't detectable in the nose. Feels very smooth going down, crispy with the mild bitter finish, again very well balanced. This brew is very drinkable, crisp, and refreshing, sure to satisfy on a hot day. Had this while I was cooking up a dinner with copious amounts of garlic and spiciness and it went very well with the few bites I had as I was cooking away. Nothing too overpowering, bitterness was balanced by floral and fruitiness, overall nothing that blew me away but nothing terribly disappointing either.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 20:00:07 | More by Fluke828
Photo of Wasatch


3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to TheManiacalOne for this brew.

Best By: March 2011

Pours a nice cloudy orangy color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with a nice hop note, some nice citrus notes, slight pine note. The taste is very nice malty, with a very nice hop note, nice balance, citrus, and some slight pine notes. Medium body. Drinkable, this is my first Trinity brew, and it's very nice. Thanks Mark.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2011 00:36:38 | More by Wasatch
Photo of Vdubb86


3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a SA perfect pint glass

Thanks to TheManiacalOne for letting me get my hands on more than one RI brewery

This beer pours a cloudy copper color with a nice ecru froth to top it all off. The aroma is much more caramel based than most IPAs I'm used to...oh this is an EIPA, that would explain that. The aroma given off is most similar to an orange marmalade with some sugary sweet fruit notes to go along with the malt base. The flavor is still plenty bitter from the hops but has a nice brown sugar flavor with the orange citrus notes. The mouthfeel is a tad on the dry side for my liking but it's not unpalatable. There is nothing special or outstanding about this beer but, it is overall a quality brew

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 21:05:13 | More by Vdubb86
Photo of BearsOnAcid


2.88/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Transluscent dark copper. Fluffy white head. Lacing that sticks and webs itself to the glass. Looks like animals roaming the African desert.

Subtle tea-like hopping with a buttery carmel malt backbone. Taste is like the nose and has a buttery carmel malt and tea off the bat with a quick peppery bitterness on the back of the tongue. Slightly herbal and grassy.

Thin mouthfeel and a moderate-high carbonation for the style. Pretty solid. Its butteryness was a problem, but it didn't completely distract me from the beer. Possibly a problem with the yeast not cleaning up all the diacetyl after fermentation but who knows. Didn't realize this was 7%, that's funny. Why is it so high?

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2010 01:36:27 | More by BearsOnAcid
Photo of tinusch

Rhode Island

4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-oz. bottle poured into a 16-oz. pilsner glass. Not ideal glassware, but... do dishes on a Sunday? One of Little Rhody's precious few microbreweries, and a familiar IPA I see often but typically overlook in favor of my preferred hop-bombs.

A: A dull, cloudy orange haze capped by about 1/4" of fizzy white head. Dissipated very quickly with a modest trail of lace in its wake. Fairly dull appearance, but cozily inviting in its own way. Looks like frothy honey.

S: Butter, caramel. A rich, buttery maltiness right up front, with a soft, floral piney hop presence tickling the underside of it. Mostly rich and malty, but the hops make a brief but assertive cameo on the other end. Very pleasant. The hops seem to become a little more noticeable as the beer warms.

T: Follows the smell for the most part, but maybe leaning a little more in the hop direction. Warm, buttery malts right upfront are very quickly complemented by a wave of mild, sweet piney citrus, which gradually fades back into a mostly malty, biscuity aftertaste. The 7% abv makes a brief appearance after the maltiness, but is immediately swept away by that hoppy undercurrent nearly the moment it's detected. Impressively well-balanced and satisfying.

M: Full-bodied and thick, swells up on the tongue and oozes right down your throat leaving an oily, sticky presence that lingers. Moderately-carbonated, which helps cut through the slight syrupiness, leaving an overall very satisfying impression on the palate.

D: A hearty, malty IPA that holds together very well. Well-balanced and a good departure from my usual go-to hop-bombs. Probably a bit too rich and filling to squash too many in one sitting. I tend to criminally overlook this solid IPA, probably because it's so common in these parts, but it grows on me a little bit more each time I try it. Not quite in my list of all-time favorite IPAs, but always a good choice.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 16:44:30 | More by tinusch
Photo of flexabull


3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of TheManiacalOne, thanks again!

Pours a cloudy orange color, with a nice big white head.

Aromas are of hard candies, a little bit dusty, with some earthy hop notes as well.

Taste is of mineral hops, Light hard candy like malts are in the background, but they are faint. This isn't overly flavorful, and what flavors I taste, are just light bitter hops. This beer kind of lacks flavor and balance.

Mouthfeel is so so, kind of thin at first, but it has a decent finish.

Drinkability is ok. This isn't a bad IPA, but it's not a great one either. Kind of average...

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 04:37:14 | More by flexabull
Photo of Gambrinus1184


3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the Mooring in Newport, RI.

A: Poured a hazy, coppery golden amber color with a on-finger head of frothy white foam. Not the best retention and little lacing to speak of.

S: Citrus fruits, fresh pine needle droppings and a slightly sweet roasted aroma comes through the hop resin.

T: Good, toasted English malts and mildly sweet graininess up front, the hop resins soon take over the palate. Smooth, citrusy hop oils make up the flavor, which washes down with a fruity, floral and herbal hop bitterness.

M: Medium-full bodied and made a bit sticky from the hop resins. Flavors cloy together slightly.

D: A pretty good English IPA and one might argue dangerously drinkable at 7% ABV. The strength of the brew is not measured by its alcohol flavor, but rather the hop content. Mellow enough to have a couple, but not the most exciting or balanced English IPA you could probably find.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2010 19:36:05 | More by Gambrinus1184
Photo of Mora2000


3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a clear yellow color with a white head. The aroma begins as citrus but then gets a strong buttery popcorn note. The flavor is also dominated by butter with only the slightest hint of pine and citrus hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2010 01:50:03 | More by Mora2000
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North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a tulip glass, poured a cloudy orangeish color with a 4 finger head that is a creamy thick white color that is sticking around for awhile. the smell is floral and citrisey hops and fresh baking breed. the first drink is ritch breedy malt up front then floral hops in the midle and a lingering piney hop bite that leaves a plesent after taste that wont go away. as it warms the beer gets slighty sweeter and the piney flavor is still strong but gets i tuch more citrusey. this is a beer i would drink often if it were avalable hear.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2010 15:54:51 | More by orcasteve
Photo of alleykatking


3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 64oz growler. Pretty excited to drink another new IPA!

A- Poured a amberish copper color. One finger light tan head comes up and dies down to a thin cap on the beer. Light streaky lacing on the glass when I drink down.

S- Caramel malts come threw a very earthy (piney mostly) hop overload in the front. Some light spicing in the backing of the nose. Plain and simple really but it does good for what it is suppose to do.

T- Nice piney hops kick start the front of the beer. Some light spicing (peppery) and a touch of citrus after the front hopping which dies into a balanced IPA with some caramel malts crashing through. It pretty much stays balanced through the entire beer with a light bitter hopping in the backend.

M- Light-medium mouthfeel. Carbonation was good for the beer. Bitter hops left on the palate with some light caramel sweetness in the aftertaste. Flavors blended well but were not overly crisp in the mouth.

D- This was a very drinkable IPA that I enjoyed a growler of. Actually I split it with some friends and we all had no problem drinking it at all. Will look to try this from the bottle to see what the difference is. A good drinking east coast IPA for sure.

Serving type: growler

05-14-2010 01:41:33 | More by alleykatking
Photo of ejimhof


3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours with a nice IPA style color. This beer has a good IPA smell. Has a small amount of sweetness which I enjoy in an IPA. This is an above average IPA and I look forward to consuming another Trinity IPA when I make it back up to this region.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2010 00:17:28 | More by ejimhof
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Trinity IPA from Trinity Brewhouse
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