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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
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: bewley on 08-18-2005

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Reviews: 87 | Hads: 182
Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper color with a rocky head that retains well and traces with lace

Smell: Piney tea-like bitterness along with an underlying hint of toffee

Taste: After laying down the toffee backbone, the piney and herbal tea hops spring forth to dominate the flavor profile; after the swallow, the bitter flavors mellow out somewhat, but the finish in awkward, with an aspirin-like bitterness on the back of the tongue with the toffee sweetness on the tip

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Other than the finish, I rather liked this beer; too bade avout the after-taste

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

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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 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 jlindros
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color with a very thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: Floral hops aroma with a citrus & caramelized malt background.

T: Heavy hops bitterness up front in the taste and it remains prevalent from beginning to end. There’s some caramelized malt and citrus sweetness to try to create a balance, but the flavor is still dominated by hops.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, clean & dry finish.

D: Tasty due to the good hops kick, not-too-filling, seems to lean toward an English-style IPA with some extra hoppiness. I thought this beer would taste similar to their Rhode Island IPA that they have on-tap at the brewpub, however although it was still good, the two beers are quite different, even when you factor in the bottle vs. tap.

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Photo of smcolw
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dirty copper color with a slight haze. Moderate head with decent ring lace.

Predictable hop aroma.

Strong bitterness up front. The body provides some balance: creamy with a malt background. The aftertaste is like sucking a hop pellet and it goes on forever.

Pretty good entry for an IPA.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Billolick
3.78/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of plaid75
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
1.99/5  rDev -44.7%
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.


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Photo of Viggo
3.06/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review #800!

Thanks to TheManiacalOne for hooking me up with this for BC2. Had a bit of a leak, but seems to be okay.

Pours a murky caramel brown, reddish highlights, huge off white head, lots of sticky lace, good retention, never wants to go away. Smell is lots of sweet malts, caramel, pine, some citrus, bit of floral, lots of fruit, not too hoppy, pretty balanced. Taste is weak, some grain, caramel, pine, bit of citrus, kind of medicinal in the finish, nutty bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, carbonation is low, possibly lower than normal due to a bad seal. Still seems to be in shape judging by previous reviews, just not entirely interesting. Thanks for the brew Mark!

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a slightly hazy orangish amber color with an off white head that is thick and creamy, about 2 full fingers. The retention is quite nice and the lace is thick and full

S-the nose is lighter and quite balanced. A fair amount of pale malts and roasted barley up front. Light notes of lemon, herbal tea leaves, and grapefruit at the finish

T-the taste follows the nose pretty spot on. Roasted barley and pale malts balanced but light hops in the back. Herbal hop presence and notes of lemon and grapefruit. A very light bitterness at the finish

M-medium body, smooth on the palate. Light to medium carbonation and a little syrupy on the mouth.

D-this is a pretty easy to drink IPA with a lot of balance. A definite malt presence in this beer but it still leans towards the hops. Light bitterness in the finish.

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Photo of prototypic
3.06/5  rDev -15%
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.

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Photo of wedge
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of Vancer
3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow, what an impressive dark and cloudy amber brown pour. The sheets of ivory lace that ring the glass only enhance the quaff session. The aromas from the sniff are subsumed, just some lite hops, as well as the quaff. Just another example of a great American brew from the great U.S/

Still, I enjoy this great sipping brew from the great Northwest.

Another great beer, sent from Mark – TheManiacalOne
in the 2007 beer super bowl o beer

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. My first RI beer, received in trade from fellow BA Dave. Label has an illustration of a large eye floating high above a cityscape of what I assume is Providence. There must be some symbolism there I'm not getting...


A: A gauzy, translucent chestnut brown. Almost no carbonation bubbling, but a spongy/creamy one-finger ivory head with good retention and attractive lace.

S: Mmm...big sweet malts. Almost sugary with hints of dry herbal spiciness that give my nostrils a little tingle. Hops are juicy and citrusy.

T: After an enticing smell, taste was disappointing. Hops are characterized by bitterness that's medicinal, earthy, and dry. Very little of the promising malt nose comes through in the mouth. What maltiness is present has a sourdough pretzel quality, dry and slightly acidic. Taste wasn't awful, but definitely was not balanced...hence my score of '3'.

M: Also a '3'. Rather light and slick mouthfeel; what clinging aftertaste there was skewed toward medicinal bitterness.

D: I wouldn't refuse another one, but I also wouldn't go out of my way for this IPA. Good appearance and smell, but with flawed taste and mouthfeel make this a 'worth a try' beer at best.

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Photo of flexabull
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
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...

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To celebrate NH4ker #30 Passaconaway

Very cloudy dandelion to dark wheat color. Thin head dissolves into a lichen pocked film.

Smells like herbal, earthy East Kent Goldings. Soft, prickly piney bubblegum EKG. Tastes hoppier than it smells with sharp piney bitter and dry cracker malt.

I'm not usually and English IPA guy but this is up there with the ones I like best (Berkshire Lost Sailer comes to mind). I think I prefer American brewers brewing Engilsh IPAs just like I like Billie Joe imitating an Englishman imitating an American better than a British accent. Yup.

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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 Arbitrator
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chilled 12oz bottle into a glass. Received as an extra from portia99. Thanks Bill!

A: Pours an amber body with reddish and copper tint when held to the light. Has an inch of off-white head with moderate retention and some clumps of lace down the glass.

S: A classic East-Coast IPA smell. Earthy, grassy hops with a slight citrus component and some caramel malt.

T: Following the nose, the hop flavor is dominated by earthy and grassy tones. I have a hard time detecting the citrus, but the caramel makes a nice stand to offset what would otherwise be a bitter flavor.

M: Medium-bodied, with medium carbonation. No stickiness or coating.

D: Nothing mind-blowing. A good session IPA and probably a pretty good value.

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Photo of Doomcifer
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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