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Trinity IPA - Trinity Brewhouse

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Trinity IPATrinity IPA

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156 Ratings
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Ratings: 156
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 15.24%
Wants: 5
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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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 ShogoKawada

Rhode Island

4.15/5  rDev +15%

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.

04-22-2010 23:39:12 | More by ShogoKawada
Photo of RevereBeer

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +10.8%

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.

04-10-2010 00:33:14 | More by RevereBeer
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.8/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

12-30-2009 05:12:44 | More by Billolick
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3.93/5  rDev +8.9%

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.

10-06-2009 16:17:23 | More by ClockworkOrange
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North Carolina

3.03/5  rDev -16.1%

Sampled from a 12oz bottle in a standard pint glass. Purchased from Yankee Spirits in Attleboro, MA. Label said fresh before January but no year was specified.

A - Amber with a slight haze and a moderate beige head of larger bubbles.

S - Caramel and bisuity malts with an off note of cardboard.

T - A dry smoky and slightly roasted flavor with a mild bitterness. The hops seemed pretty dull and uninvolved. I used to frequent the brewpub when it first opened and this beer is far from the same quality.

M - A very light, airy feel that almost evaporates in your mouth.

D - Not all that appealing.

09-17-2009 10:34:55 | More by GJ40
Photo of nlmartin


4.15/5  rDev +15%

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!

09-04-2009 20:41:45 | More by nlmartin
Photo of Jayli


3.93/5  rDev +8.9%

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.

07-31-2009 20:01:39 | More by Jayli


4.1/5  rDev +13.6%

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).

07-29-2009 16:01:50 | More by CHILLINDYLAN
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3.63/5  rDev +0.6%

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.

07-27-2009 00:33:13 | More by edchicma
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +1.9%

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

06-21-2009 22:35:28 | More by brentk56
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Rhode Island

4.03/5  rDev +11.6%

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.

06-19-2009 18:21:51 | More by JimmieFrisbee
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3.43/5  rDev -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.

05-20-2009 04:57:11 | More by Arbitrator
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Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -3%

Trinity offers a great selection at the brewhouse and this is one of their best. Unfortunately, this beer is not the same in the bottle as it is at Trinity Brewhouse. It is a very very hopyy and bitter IPA. Really hits you in the face with the smell and taste of hops. If you like IPA's this is a good one, but try it at the brewhouse.

04-09-2009 17:04:47 | More by greg202stewart
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New Hampshire

3.9/5  rDev +8%

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.

02-18-2009 02:30:18 | More by barleywinebrewer
Photo of brunop


4.93/5  rDev +36.6%

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.

01-24-2009 13:16:28 | More by brunop
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Rhode Island

5/5  rDev +38.5%

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!

01-23-2009 01:13:47 | More by Coorskid33
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3.9/5  rDev +8%

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.

12-27-2008 13:40:29 | More by BuckeyeNation
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3.63/5  rDev +0.6%

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.

12-22-2008 03:37:27 | More by Proteus93
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3.38/5  rDev -6.4%

Bottle courtesy of IBUnit63 - thanks!! Split with friends, w/ my portion poured into a brandy snifter.

Appearance: Pours a robust amber with a fine-bubbled and surprisingly nice off-white head. Retention is pretty nice, leaving some clingy, sticky, delicate lacing. There's also tons of carbonation, tons of it in fact, and it goes up at an average speed.

Aroma: Nutty, buttery, and leafy, with hints of tobacco and mint. It's faint and a little simplistic and also, fittingly, very English.

Taste: Very English and very bitter. Lots of smooth bitterness and lots of herbal, tobacco-like hops and citrusy notes, over a buttery, toffee-like backbone. It's slightly tart, which melds well with the bitterness, and also has a healthy amount of nuttiness.

Mouthfeel: Big carbonation in a relatively thin body leads to an uneven body of medium thickness. The bitterness and herbal hoppiness also enhances the prickle of the carbonation.

Drinkability: An interesting beer, and one I'm glad to have tried. It's a solid English IPA (not my favorite style), with a fair amount of bitterness and a decent array of tastes and aromas. Alcohol is gettin' up there for the style, however, though there's no sign of it, which is nice. Good to have a nice, local blue state beer, too! Cheers.

12-22-2008 03:28:42 | More by CrellMoset
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

Thanks to IBUnit63 for this one.

Poured a 12oz bottle into my Chimay chalice. The beer pours a reddish amber with a 1 inch head, that seriously lacked staying power. While the head receded quickly, it did leave quite a bit of lacing. The aroma is overwhelmingly malty. There is almost no hint of hops, just a small aroma of citrus at the end of the nose. The aroma is grainy with just a bit of brown sugar. The taste follows suit with malt being the dominant flavor with just a mild, non-descript bitterness at the tail of the flavor profile. The mouthfeel is light with a mild carbonation. This beer reminds me of what you get at local restaurants that just happen to make a couple styles of beer in house. Nothing exciting but nothing horrible either. Just average all across the board.

11-23-2008 02:45:32 | More by hwwty4
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3.68/5  rDev +1.9%

12 oz. into Alpine mug

Clear bourbon copper body with ample carbonation rising to thin, maple candy-colored yeasty head. Decent lacing, though.

A little earth with plenty of grassy hops to greet the nose. Sweet caramel malt is in abundance. Sligght bourbon/oaky scent (very slight).

BBD on this is March. Pretty sure it's 2009 but doesn't say - doesn't look like it was gathering dust or anything. There is some earthiness to this, though, but it has a decent hop quotient of grass. Malt is good for the backbone and provides a solid straightforward IPA experience. Even some minimal floral notes in there.

This has an even-keeled palate presence. Not too heavy and packing a hearty enough profile along with a straight-ahead hop drive. Finish is husky and solid.

No surprises here...a steady-Eddie sessionable IPA. Their brewpub across from the Dunk in Providence is also a good place to hit before baby B's games in the wintertime!

11-14-2008 12:25:10 | More by IBUnit63
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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

(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...

09-14-2008 16:53:43 | More by tai4ji2x
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3.05/5  rDev -15.5%

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.

08-29-2008 01:28:27 | More by prototypic
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3.55/5  rDev -1.7%

Purchased as a single in Warwick, RI.

A - Nice off-amber/copper look witha decent cloudy head that settles over time. Modest lacing with almost no visible carbonation.

S - Bold hops, especially as it warms.

T - Hops with a touch of leather and only the tiniest hint of malt.

M - Pretty decent. The carbonation is there albeit modestly. Not overly creamy.

D - Nice ale for a warm Rhode Island summer day, but would be best with some hot steamers.

08-15-2008 22:05:20 | More by pinotboy007
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2.8/5  rDev -22.4%

Purchased a bottle from Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Deep copper hue. Slightly hazy and opaque. Off white head with good stand.

S: Nice biscuit malt aroma. Some mineral/iron notes. Hop aroma is virtually non-existent. This smells like a British IPA.

T: An unbalanced flavor. No real malt balance to speak of. Hop flavor is grating and biting due to lack of malt balance. Hop flavor is bitter and lacking any concrete character - maybe some grapefruit.

MF: Highly carbonated with a medium body.

D: Not good. Very poorly balanced with no malt support. Poor sessionability.

06-27-2008 20:54:39 | More by Nipitato
Trinity IPA from Trinity Brewhouse
82 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.