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Trinity IPA - Trinity Brewhouse

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175 Ratings
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Ratings: 175
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 15.64%
Wants: 4
Gots: 20 | FT: 1
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Rhode Island, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: bewley on 08-18-2005

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Ratings: 175 | Reviews: 86
Reviews by Estarrio:
Photo of Estarrio
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, contract brewed by Cottrell

Pours a deep, hazy, mahogany orange with a large, foamy tan head. Chunky lacings line the glass walls, as the head persists throughout.

Pungent hop oils in the nose with sweet malt, grapefruit, pine needles and citrus rind.

Massive, citrus, pine hops assault the palate but are just barely tempered by the flavors of sweet malt and orange. Grapefruit, bitter citrus rind, evergreen and a touch of raw sour dough create a hop lover's haven. The finish is bitter and dry and begs for another sip.

Well carbonated and medium bodied, the drinkability is only partially hindered by a bit of detectable booziness.

I was surprised by the big hop flavor in this brew...it has been years since I tried this at the brewpub but I recall the in-house version being a bit more tame. A solid, hoppy IPA.

More User Reviews:
Photo of ddean
4.58/5  rDev +27.9%
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.

Photo of Doomcifer
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a light copper/amber color with a ridiculous head....I couldn't pour the entire 12oz beer (maybe 3/4 if that) into my pint glass because the head just exploded right out of the bottle. It produced wuite the rocky head but maybe just a tad too much. Some sediment floating around in the beer was noticed as well. The gigantic, overactive head prioduced some great lacing though.

Smell if of citrus and slightly piny hops and a slight metallic tone.

Taste is all out hops, very aspiriny, dry finish. Citrusy, some grapefruit. Very little maltiness to even things out.

Mouthfeel is kind of light and over-carbonated...probably adding to the humungus head.

I would say this beer is pretty drinkable. Very crisp and refreshing.

A lot better than my previous experience with Trinity IPA, which was almost 2 years ago. I remember it having a very metallic taste to it which wasn't present this time around, although the overflowing head problem was pretty annoying.

Photo of Billolick
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, best before dat of March notched onto the label, pours orange hued, cloudy medium amber. The head is typical khaki, loose and leaves behing ample tiny bits of scattered lace. Soft, Brit style hops in the nose. Pleasingly balanced IPA, the hops are smooth and soft, but quite noticable. Enjoyable, understated and well crafted. Nothing earth shattering, but worth a try. Would work quite well as an all night sessioner.

Photo of Mora2000
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of far333
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best before September, hopefully 2006.

Hazy apricot colored with a huge inch-high head of light orange foam. Bubbles are small and fine, contributing to a thick meringue feel. Aroma is light but malty, a little grainy, not too hoppy, perhaps because the foam holds it down. Flavor is initially piney hops with specks of grapefruit and tangerine, followed by a faint malt presence. Also some bits of metallic flavor which detract. Good mouthfeel, but average drinkability because it's not very complex or multidimensional.

Photo of IntriqKen
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium dark orange amber with an impressive full finger white head that melts to a beautiful top covering lacing.
Aromas are caramel amber malt and a light citrus malts.
Taste is immediately all about the hops. A smooth mouthfeel with tingly carbonation. Amber malt gets smothered with citrus peel hops, then tries to come out again only to be finally taken over completely by the bitterness as you swallow. Hops are sort of one dimensional, but still makes for a very refreshing, clean tasting beer. Tonight I was really in the mood for something hoppy. This is just perfect.
Thanks TheManiacalOne for the chance to try this brew.

Photo of tastybeer
3.81/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Huge frothy light tan colored head every time I pour this! It hovers an inch over the glass rim and instead of spilling over the edge holds together. Great sticky lacing too. Color is nice amber brown, and clear not murky. Very aromatic full of citrus hops, some apricot, spice and floral notes. Also a very sparing sense of maltiness. Tastes fairly complex with hops everywhere. Malty with citrus, floral and earthy hops and spice. Carbonation comes on a bit strong, but blends nicely with the hoppy sensations. Mouthfeel is interestingly good, smooth with a slight sense of chewiness. Some slight alcohol warming. Drinkability is pretty good but I would probably try something else after a few.

I was pretty suprised (I don't know why) at the great apearance, smell and taste of this IPA. It is better than I expected, decently full of hops and great looking.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Trinity IPA (contract brewed by Cottrell) pours a hazy deep-copper body with orange-chestnut highlights beneath a creamy head of ivory that holds quite well and leaves some thin but very stick lace about the glass.

Citrusy hop notes weave their way throughout the nose amidst some yeasty fruitiness and sweetish caramelish maltiness.

A gently bristling mouthfeel, compliments of the bottle-conditioning, seems appropriate for the style in a historical sense, and the fully attenuated medium-body follows suite.

The flavor is concentrated and direct, combining malt, hops and yeast into one solid flavor. The somewhat sweetish malt is darkly caramelish, and balanced by a bold bitterness. Yeasty fruitiness adds a fresh, sweetish accent that's reminicent of apples, berries, pear, and cherry. The citrusy hops round it out, but are more restrained than might be expected, helping to focus on the whole rather than just the hop component. And yet, there's still enough there to allow each component its own berth, and enough depth of character to give it some complexity and drinkability. Additionally, some actual yeast flavor sneaks in, giving it another dimension (although a more careful pour might help to hold that back). Nicely done! A bright, lively IPA that wakens the tastebuds! Certainly worth trying.

Photo of prototypic
3.06/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: This one pours a darker, caramel brown color. It's mostly clear. Perched atop is an off-white, two finger head. Retention on this one was more than solid and a nice, thick coat of lace lined the glass.

Smell: Whoa! Caramel malts are strong here. Not a good sign for me personally. They're followed by some citrus grapefruit and pineapple. It's surprisingly yeasty. Hops are noticeable, but seem to be drowned out by the wealth of caramel malt. It smells out of balance and it's not all that enticing at all.

Taste: My fears have been realized. Caramel malts are the predominant flavor. For an IPA, that's a poor quality. Some light citrus grapefruit and pineapple and a little sweetness. It's definitely yeasty. Did I mention the caramel malts are strong? Hops emerge a little late in the game and give it more of a bitter kick than I expected, but they're still drowned out way too much by the malts. It finishes sweet and a little bitter.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: The body is medium. It's a got a decent feel, but it could stand more carbonation. Drinkability is really limited for me. The malt/hop balance is out of whack for an IPA. I'm not really enjoying this bottle much at all.

Trinity needs to work on this IPA. It primarily needs less malt and more hops. That would be a huge stip in the right direction. As it is, it's just very average. Not one I would suggest seeking out.

Photo of aluskungs
3.61/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A well done IPA. Not too crazy and not too whimpy.

Great mouthfeel with good hop flavor. Poured in the glass nicely with a little head that receded to a lacy overcoating. Standard coloring for it's style. Would like a bit more hop smell, not enough compared to what you're tasting. Tastes a tad too bitter for me, would like more hop flavor with the bitterness (but this could just be me). Great mouthfeel (did I already say that?) and good hop lingering after taste. Leaves your palate thirsting for more!

Photo of edchicma
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque copper with a very nice head and lacing. Smell is a nice blast of citrus hops with a veiled malt presence. Taste is a bitter hop blast..not much balance on the malt side. Drinkability and mouthfeel suffer a tad from the overly bitter quality of the hops...needs just a tad more smoothness.

Photo of alleykatking
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of dexterk1
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of CHILLINDYLAN
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A hazy orange copper pour with a big fluffy offwhite head with decent retention. Soft sticky lacing.

Hop aromas were floral, pine and citrus, but not overwhelming. A toasty caramel breadiness and slight fruitiness from the yeast complemented the hop aroma. A hopped up English IPA.

The hops are very pleasant citrus and floral with a nice bitterness that builds. Hints of pine and citrus grace the finish. I get a bit of apple fruitiness from the yeast. The malts give a nice toasty caramel breadiness and really balances out the hops, creating a beer that is focused on being a great well-rounded, drinkable beer.

Medium bodied, nicely carbonated, dry with a long smooth finish.

A very complex and well balanced IPA. A New England approach to English IPA (hoppier than most traditional English IPAs, which is good news in my book). The Kent Golding hops are used to perfection to create this hoppy bitter brew, that is not overwhelmingly hoppy or bitter. simply a very solid and drinkable IPA. One of my local favorites.

It is also extremely delicious when they have it on cask (even smoother and more complex).

Photo of wedge
3.41/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours lucent amber with a 2+-finger billowing head and light, bubbly lacing. Bold citrus/pine hops with subtle apricot - a bit uneven. Big bitter hops on the tongue - well carbonated and dry as hell.

Lots 'o hops but somewhat unbalanced if you ask me. Needs more of a malt presence to back up the bitter. Not terribly bad, but not too far above average either.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a nice murky/hazy dark amber, a good sized white head graced the top for a few minutes before falling back to just a layer of lace. Nice side glass lace retention, and a good amount of carbonation coming up from the bottom.

S - Aroma was kinda grainy sweet actually. Definate hint of hops, well more then a hint, but there was a nice balanced back to it definatly. Had alot of sweetness and strong character to the aroma.

T - Very very balance. The first thing to hit was the nice hop assault, orange and pine, flavored with the off but present grapefruit. After this mellow you realized there was a nice grassy, earthy maltiness under thier that really served to keep the hops in line. Very well structured brew. Great flavors, with a long drawn out finish.

M - Super smooth, great carbonation. There was a nice consistency and it went down great. Really clean tasting and well put together.

D - Awesome session beer, the balance really leneded to that. And with a low ABV it was easy to drink alot of them for sure. I could have a six pack in the fridge with ease on this one.

Overall this was a quality little IPA that I had never heard of but impressed me none the less. It was just put together well, not overally explosive on teh hops and just well, nice. I would definatly not turn this one down.

Photo of angrybabboon
3.59/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of Proteus93
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Fresh off the mint copper penny colour. Offwhite head with a little bit of a yellowish hue to it.

S: A big, juicy grapefruit with a pleasant malty backbone coming through. Just the slightest cracker scents.

T: Quite a bitter flavour. Herbal and a little spicy... almost like a hint of ginger or something to it. Flavours linger on for a while post-finish.

M + D: Lighter carbonation and a bit of oiliness. Fairly straight forward... a little heavy in alcohol content, so a bit easy going. Not too shabby, but there are some other options I would lean towards more.

Photo of ThomasMetal75
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
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!!!

Photo of Fluke828
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of plaid75
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a murky deep copper hue with a four finger frothy white head. There was excellent retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured a solid upfront caramel malt with a smattering of oily hop.

The taste was a well balanced combination of sweet malts and a drying hop. Good biscuity finish.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness.

Overall a good and drinkable ale. Closer to an EIPA in my opinion based on the hop profile.

Photo of bewley
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with "best before JAN" notched on side of lable.

Clear amber liquid with light tan head that doesn't last long.

Nose is slighty hoppy with hints of caramel.

Strong in hop flavor, a bit high in alchohol, leaves a bitter aftertaste.

Not something I would drink everyday, but would probably go well with spicy foods.

The ABV is not listed on the bottle, but I read it was 7.0 in a review.

Worth a try.

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%

Twelve ounce bottle. Could not find a bottle or best by date.

A: Pours a darkish orange/copper with a nearly 1-inch thick fluffy white head which lingers and yields clingy lace.

N: Caramel malty sweetness balances with a mild citrus and floral/herbal overtone.

T: More citrus here and some pine, herbal and earthy, grassy/hay, grainy malty sweetness.

M: Moderate body and medium carbonation. Fairly clean and bitter with a semi-dry finish.

O: A good traditional English IPA, so don't come expecting a West Coast hop bomb. One day I'd like to visit and try this on tap.

Photo of devildog1633310
4.68/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

With taps at the ready a very knowledgeable brewer prepared my beer with a noticeable head that cascaded around as he turned the pint slightly in drought. The distinct aroma of pine with citrus hoppy foam was my first sensory pleasure. At first sip its head grasped my upper lip with a very light rose scent. The 7% ABV isn't noticeable, which has it's drawbacks. After 6-8 you thank the beer gods that you are within walking distance of the train in downtown Providence. It is one of the better IPA's that I have encountered in a brewpub.

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Trinity IPA from Trinity Brewhouse
81 out of 100 based on 175 ratings.