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Trinity IPA - Trinity Brewhouse

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Trinity IPATrinity IPA

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87 Reviews
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Reviews: 87
Hads: 182
Avg: 3.6
pDev: 22.5%
Wants: 4
Gots: 23 | 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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Reviews: 87 | Hads: 182
Photo of Coorskid33
5/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

Appears~ Amber red with a slight copper in color. Poured a perfect one inch head that lingers and laces the glass. A clean and crisp pour and appearance.

Smells~ Like IPA. I can't put my nose on it, but it's phenomenal. All Beer should smell this good!

Taste~ Starts malt like, hits you with hoppy-ness very quickly and ends with smooth bitterness if that makes sense. Sorry, I'm drinking one now and it taste very very good.

Mouthfeel~ Perfect combination of bitterness, hops, carbonation, and smoothness.

Drinkability~ This one is a personal favorite so if the rating seems too high, too bad. haha~ This is a great IPA and more than deserving of a great review. Strongly recommend it!

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Photo of brunop
4.92/5  rDev +36.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

i love this ipa. the first sip i had i thought "whoa! HOPS! lots and lots of hops!"

pours not as dark as say ipswich (my other most favorite ipa), but fairly dark. a medium hard pour produces a fine head.

nice medium lacing on the glass.

a very hoppy (to my palate) ipa.

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Photo of devildog1633310
4.68/5  rDev +30%
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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Photo of ddean
4.58/5  rDev +27.2%
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.

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Photo of tai4ji2x
4.23/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(from notes taken early august 2008)

12oz bottle with a notch marked between oct/nov. no year indicated.

poured into shaped pint glass.

medium pale amber color with slight haze. decent head slowly fades to wispy layer. decent amount of delicate lacing, esp. with the bottom half of my glass.

smells of fruity peach, with mild citrus zest and pine. hint of malt in background. whiffs of yeast plus yet some more mild pine resins and citrus zest.

flavor has moderately aggressive hops. again, piney and citrusy, plus some leafy and grassy tones too. backed up by fruity character and background of toasted malts, albeit on the faint side. relatively bold hop bitterness gives slightly resinous finish and aftertaste.

not thin. decently smooth. moderate and lively carbonation.

hmm... i thought this was pretty decent. other reviewers obviously not so much...

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

This beer came my way from the ManicalOne as part of the Little Guy Tribute Bif. Thanks man this is exactly what I wanted!... The beer was served chilled in an Imperial Pint glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a slieghtly hazy amber coloration. The head of the beer is 1/4 inch high with biege coloration. Good head retention. The lacing of the beer leaves a trail clinging to my glass.

Smell: A melange of toasted caramel bready tones mix with a pleasing floral, citrus hops and pine toned hops. Very nice!

Taste: This is a very well balanced IPA. The hops are as expected from the aroma. The citrus hops come in toward the end and are very subdued. The malty caramel backbone of this beer elevates this beer drinking experience. Very nicely done!...

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The body of the beer is on the thin side of medium bodied. The beer is very smooth and well balanced. This beer isnt a hop bomb and wasnt meant to be one either. I think the brewer tried for and achieved a very well balanced IPA. Just an excellent treat!

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

64oz growler into Portsmouth tulip. Stopped in today after work and picked this up, $11 w/ $2 growler deposit. Living in RI for seven years now and this was my first time @ Trinity... lol. I've had this in bottles before (it's the only beer they distribute).

A- Moderate 'pssht' when the growler was uncapped. Beer pours darker than most IPAs, a rich amber/caramel. Moderate sandy head, 1cm, settles into a thin veil of bubbles and leaves sticky icky lacing down the sides.

S- Pine resin hops come through strong with a caramel malt base close behind. Sweet, a bit of spice to follow.

T- Follows the nose.. pine resin, a bit of spicy/peppery hops and a bit of orange rind. Strong malt backbone, not overpowering but def. assertive. Earthy/musty, but in a good way.

M- Great balance, good carbonation, held up pretty well in the growler. Comes across with a stronger malt in the growler than in the bottles, although hops seem a bit more potent here too.

D- A more intense beer in the growler than in the bottle, I really liked this. It's a shame I've slept on this for so long.. I see myself picking up a growler on a pretty frequent basis. I enjoyed this more than the bottle version.

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Photo of greybeardloon
4.11/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
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).

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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Photo of tinusch
4.09/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of Estarrio
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of RevereBeer
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the brewpub in a pint glass. Pours a nice hazy amber with a decent head and good lace.

The nose is mostly pine and flora hops. Bittering hops are also detectable and some sweetness as well. A powerful aroma which was very pleasant.

Citrus, pine and floral hops. Bitter, but well balanced with a sweet caramel maltiness. This IPA has a powerful taste overall, but it was really enjoyable. The high alcohol content wasn't noticeable at all.

Medium carbonation and sweet, but still pretty light and drinkable. So well balanced that I feel like I could go for a few of these in a row. Quite hoppy, but the alpha acids aren't overwhelming which makes for a really nice drink.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of gcamparone
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

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

Poured into pint glass from 12 oz bottle.

Decent pour yields decent white head. Body is a light brownish-orange. Doesn't let a whole lot of light through -- uniformly cloudy.

Smells like a bitter IPA. Not getting a whole lot of floral, piney, or citrus notes in the smell, just that hop bitterness. Also getting some maybe caramel characteristics from the malt.

Taste is quite bitter. Again, like the smell, the hop presence for me is all bitterness. Not quite a biting bitterness, and I wouldn't say overwhelming, but a very strong bitter flavor. Also that caramel sweetness from the smell really comes through in the flavor. The caramel taste acts as a nice backdrop for the bitterness -- not quite balancing it out, but adding a nice context for it to exist. Finish is strongly bitter.

Nice and thick, almost syrupy but not too heavy or viscous. Just a really substantial mouthfeel. Not my favorite type of IPA so I probably wouldn't go on drinking these all night, but after one bottle the taste doesn't yet become tiresome. The bitter finish lingers on the palate for just a bit, which of course leads to another sip. Drinks like a beer with a lower ABV than 7%.

Not my kind of IPA, but a good offering if you're into the bitter kinds as opposed to the citrus kinds. I especially like the way the malt gives you just enough sweetness. Probably a favorite English-style IPA I've ever had.

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Photo of GreatPondBrewer
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice pick up on the way back from CT. Poured a dark amber color with very little in the way of head or lacing, which is somewhat surprising considering the alcohol content. In any event from the first smell this was going to be a very drinkable beer. The sweet malty flavor clung to the front while there was just a waft of hops lingering about the edges of my nostrils. Just a tad bit of fruitiness could be detected with a deep inhalation. The taste mimicked the nose with that malty, fruity flavor upfront. As the beer slid down the back of my tongue and onto my throat the hops became detectable. This is definitely a nice balance between the hoppiness that is more prevalent with American IPAs with a nice smooth maltiness of the English style. I could easily drink 4 or 5 of these without any trouble. A good choice for a sixer at the end of a long day.

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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!!!

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Photo of orcasteve
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle poured into my shaker glass. The IPA appears a hazed copper color with about a finger of off white head. Aromas and flavors consist of pine notes, citrus, mainly lemon, toasted bread, sweet malt, some orange. Amply carbonated with a medium body and a crisp bitter finish. Pretty tasty.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of Jayli
3.91/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a deep clear amber/brown color with a 2 finger of off white head that fades to a film relatively quickly. Some thin wispy lacing is left on the glass throughout. Nose is of sweet caramel malts and a healthy dose of floral hops and a hint of some citrus hops. Taste is of caramel malts upfront, possibly some molasses. Hops presence hits in the middle to end - nice rich floral hops and a piney character that I didn't detect in the nose. Finish has a citrus hops bite to it. Medium body, medium carbonation, nice clean taste to it with a dry finish. This is a great one to sit with though the ABV sneaks up on you.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

decided to have this with an nice pasta dinner and garlic bread. a nice amber brew with a solid white head greats me. a nice citric / herbal hop note balanced by a bready maltiness. taste follows the nose with a bitterness which cuts through dinner nicely. Medium bodied, nicely carbonated with a nice residual bitter note and a clean finish.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bronzed pumpkin pie with a swirling shower of fine yeast that remains in suspension for the duration. Atop the beer sits two fingers of khaki colored foam that is tight-bubbled enough to last and is tacky enough to grace the glass with all manner of attractive lace.

The nose is English IPA all the way. Even though it doesn't assault the nostrils with lupulins, it's still a pleasant sniffer. The East Kent Goldings hops contribute their usual herbal earthy citrusiness. This should be a solid brew.

Trinity IPA tastes like what it is; namely, an English India pale ale brewed by Americans (who are usually more generous with hops than their English counterparts). It's both chock full of ingredients and is nicely balanced in the bargain. For a hophead, that is.

The malt tastes mostly pale with a hint of toasted breadiness that is probably due to one of the European metropolis malts (Vienna or Munich). The EKG hops provide plenty of flavor and bitterness, both of which accumulate on the tongue as the ounces pass. This really is impressively drinkable beer.

The body/mouthfeel gets it done as well. It's at least medium for the style during most of the mouthful and holds up pretty well on the finish. The finely calibrated carbonation gives it the creaminess needed for the above score to be granted.

Trinity IPA is a rock-solid English IPA brewed by New Englanders. Even though I prefer the flavor of American hops, a change of pace is always good. If it was available locally, I'd be down for a sixer right here and now, no questions asked.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Trinity IPA from Trinity Brewhouse
82 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.