Tremont Freedom Trail IPA | Shipyard Brewing Company

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Tremont Freedom Trail IPATremont Freedom Trail IPA
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Tremont Freedom Trail IPATremont Freedom Trail IPA

Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-19-1998

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 97 |  Reviews: 77
Reviews by deanhead:
Photo of deanhead
3.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep orange color, with a frothy head of foam that laced nicely down the glass. Slight chill haze.

Aroma is buttery, and floral with hints of an herbal spiceness to it.

Buttery & bitter, this beer has a spicy finish.

Medium bodied, and almost dank mouthfeel. It's highly drinkable.
It's bee several years since I tried this. This is still a respectable beer woth trying if you have the chance. It's true to style, and tasty. Not the best IPA I ever had, but worth giving it a taste.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.95/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle with a similar label as their ale, except with a blue label.

Appearance: Burnt golden and very clear. Nice rocky head when first poured with good retention as it settles.

Smell: Sweet, slightly earthy, slightly fruity with a hop leaf aroma.

Taste: Nice sweet/dextrin mouthfeel with a tingly bitterness that runs over the tongue. A dry leafy bitterness is left to linger throughout the mouth, with traces of caramel.

Notes: A well balanced IPA. Big on hops, but they manage to control it with the use of dextrin malts, adding a rounded sweetness and caramel.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass, this beer was an orange color with a thick white head. Lots of lacing. A mildly citrus aroma, and the grapefruit taste was also pretty tame. I thought this beer was a bit on the timid side, but still worth drinking. I enjoyed it as much as Shipyard's own IPA.

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Photo of Jason
3.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle with a best before end of date on the side of the label. Brewed and Bottled by Shipyard Brewing Co. LLC Portland, ME.

Appearance: Thick pancake of head on top, solid lacing as well. Bright and shiny copper hue, good clarity.

Smell: Mildly fruity esters with a thin layer of buttery diacetyl in the back, sweet malt fends off a light hop aroma.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy with an up front alcoholic ester and assertive yet balanced hop bitterness. Malt plays on the palate with some sweetness and toasted grain. Hops gain a hard grip on the palate with some earthy herbal flavours. Bit of a musty diacetyl in the back showing the palate to a semi-sweet finish.

Notes: Not as bold as I can remember, seems a bit filtered within the hops and malt as they wanted to just burst with flavour yet never jumped at the moment. An all around good ale and certainly a brew I’ll pick up once in a while.

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Photo of Billolick
4.03/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, happy to see "best enjoyed before" notching on the label. Pours typical IPA light amber, but this one raises a well developed off white frothy head, with excellent retention and leaves tons of thick lacing. Nice grainy hoppy nose. This is well balanced, flavorful IPA. Nice hoppy bite, riding smoothly over a well developed malt base. Tasty IPA, a pleasant suprise to quaff this tasty nectar. Worth seeking out for all IPA lovers

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3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Thrasher
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear gold with small but substantial head that lasts. Very subdued aroma, hardly any evidence of hops within. Smooth mild malts, with a twinge of caramel sweetness and some lemon. Ringwood yeast is prevalent as are the hops which are citric and very clean. Bitterness is really only evident on the swallow. Dry, clean, sharp, and very mild for the style. An interesting beer but is so mellow that the Ringwood dominates which can grow tiresome. Bottle says Atlantic Coast Brewing, Boston, MA; no mention of FX Matt. Best-by notch is not marked - increasingly common among other bottled beers, I've noticed. Come on, breweries, why put the months on your labels if you're not going to mark them? Closer examination reveals a date stamped on the bottle but it is tiny and sadly smudged.

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Photo of yankeeheel
3.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear medium amber with a off-white head that wants to get me. For the size of the head it quickly bails out. Not much lacing.

Smells ver sweet for an IPA with a mild hop background.

Suprisingly sweet for an IPA. Not really with the american style, but I like it. Turns a little malty and ebbs all too soon from my palate. A slight hop afterglow reminds me of what I'm drinking.

Medium body and mouthfeel.

Solid little beer that hopheads will hate.

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Photo of tempest
3.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at the Party Source in Syracuse. Best by 04/2010. The Ringwood is all over this beer and it reminds me of a more drinkable, thinner version of Middle Ages' Pale Ale and Brooklyn's EIPA. It appears a clear light amber with a short white head. The aroma and initial flavor have a orange zest and Ringwood candy character. The flavor is fairly simple afterwords with long-lasting spicy peppercorn hops. The abv is high for a session ale, but this drinks like one. A simple but tasty beer.

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Photo of Stingray5
2.83/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a sixer of this on an impromptu visit to Beantown the other day. Pours orange/copper with a fluffy white head that leaves a nice ring of lace. Spices noted in the aroma, but where are the hops? Let's have a sip. medium mouthful, fruity malt taste, but where are the hops? To be fair, there is something of a nice bitterness present here, and it finishes quite dry, but not my idea of an IPA. A little on the British side of the style, but even there not up to par. Contract brewed. Hmm...

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Photo of warchez
3.86/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle
Aroma- not an assertive hop aroma, but the mild aroma is noticable. caramel smell is more detectable than should be.
Apperance- great bubbles in glass, light tan head with fine bubbles, "silks" the glass a bit. Orange hue to the beer. Briliantly clear. No sediment in bottle.
taste- clean taste, not an aggresive bitterness. Balances well with the malt. definate caramel taste. A little stale box like taste however. Perhaps an old sample???
Mouthfeel-body is middle of the road, where it should be. However it is a little slick on the tongue after swallow.

Overall- nice well balanced beer for drinking in session. I wouldn't really go after it if I needed a hoppy experience from an IPA. This beer is a standard fair well balanced ale.

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Photo of bditty187
3.95/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, tawny-coppery in hue; it is a lovely color. Off-white head, at the apex the foam was some three fingers tall. Slowly the sticky bubbles subsided to a soapy cap. On the way down the foam left some webby lacing. The subsequent lacing (after I started to drink it) was a bit spottier. Overall, the appearance is quite nice.

For an English IPA the nose is on the right track. I smell a mix of fruity notes, oranges but hints of citrus mainly with butterscotch as well, earthy notes, bready at times, plus some caramel with a tickle of grass at the end. Moderately-low potency, fairly chatty (especially for the style)… often English IPAs brewed in America are really just weak-ass American IPAs. I have to give some credit here; this smells like what I’d want an English IPA to smell like. Thus it is inviting.

The palate doesn’t deliver all the goods. I will say, though, it is much bitterer than I was expecting. It is bitter enough to be an IPA. Dried butterscotch upfront, crusty bread follows with a smattering of orange rinds and lemon zest followed by cracker maltiness near the end with some pleasant caramel undercurrents; sweet at the finish. Well, the palate does deliver more of the goods than I first thought. This isn’t a half-bad English IPA.

About medium in body, the mouthfeel is a tad harsh and prickly but I can live with it. I’d like to feel softer carbonation. I really like the cheesy-buttery-bitter aftertaste. I’m thinking this IPA would be great with burgers or grilled cheese sandwich. Rock on!

Plenty drinkable; I am surprised at how much I like this beer as English-style IPAs brewed in New England are not normally my favorite. Granted that is a very wide statement and I was proved wrong. Anyway, this is a tasty beer and I’d gladly buy it again if I seen it. I believe my bottle was given to me by danlwaggoner. Or maybe it was Bill from CM? I don’t remember. Thanks whoever it was.

Best enjoyed by: S 06

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Photo of OldIronLungs
2.47/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass with two fingers of smooth off-white head on top of a caramel colored body - solid retention, though I may have agitated this one a bit getting home.

Overly sweet bready caramel nose Where dem hops?

A sip is sweet buttery caramel with a hop bitterness indistinguishable from the medium carbonation. Not terribly pleasant lingering bitterness.

I don't think this is an IPA. Maybe some sort of brown, it's just too sweet for the style. My first home brew was better...

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Photo of edchicma
3.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reminded me more of a PA than an IPA. With that in mind, it still poured a nice amber with a white, chunky head. Lacing quality is quiote good. Smell had a light fruity hop presence, with some malt undertones...very nice. Taste is slightly sweet on the front, not overly bitter...Mouthfeel is ok,,,with a medium quality and a light hop finish. Fairly good on the drinkability scale with the dry finish being a plus. I could have another.

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Photo of Ablackbrew
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of SpdKilz
3.47/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a amber color with about a finger of head that dissipates quickly leaving minimal lacing.

Smell - Oddly enough, sweet malts, caramel is heavily present, and is that a bit of brown sugar? A slight hoppy/piney smell comes through at the end.

Taste - A bit bitter up front which is immediately followed by a prominent caramel taste (honestly, it tastes like a candy apple). This sweet, malty, caramel taste is followed by a light hop presence at the tail end of the sip.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and decently carbonated.

Drinkability - Relatively drinkable, however, it is an extremely sweet IPA. I have never had such a sweet IPA, not even DFH 90 min (which I thought was overly sweet).

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Photo of twillingthenoz
1.5/5  rDev -55.2%

Photo of PeatReek
2.55/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Amber/gold body, slightly hazy, with thick rocky off-white to slightly yellow head.

Aroma: thin, bitter, slightly grassy. very faint odor overall.

Taste &mouthfeel: OK, so we have the British style of IPA here: very bitter relative to body and sweetness, not a ton of hop flavor or aroma; what there is, is grassy and a bit earthy.. Very thin for an IPA, but smooth, not "hot" in an alcoholic sense.

Drinkability: Ugh... a bit too strong and bitter to be really highly drinkable. Plus the taste is just not that appealing.

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Photo of LPorter33
3.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Purchased single bottle for $1.90 from Liquor World in Porter Sq.

Appearance = strong carbonation, with big head which quickly dissipates to about 1/2 inch. opaque copper coloring.

Smell = Very strong hop scent, some of the typical sugary sweetness present that appears in most IPAs. I like the smell a lot as it makes me think this will be a darn tasty brew.

Taste = Very watery intitial taste without much flavor, then hops hit..extremely sour, much more so than most IPAs. This sourness lingers in the back of the mouth for awhile as the sugary sweetness barely permeates through. After this passes, the sourness remains for awhile longer.

Overall = I can't stay I love this beer nor do I dislike it. I definitely wouldn't want to drink more than one at a sitting. The sourness is a little too much for me.

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Photo of errantnight
3.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a beautiful gold with solid retention and nice lacing. A touch of butter in the nose over some nice toast and some spicy, herbal hop finish. Balance is nice, firm bitterness, medium body. A bit too much butter backing up a nice balance of hop and malt. Fine, but they let the ringwood get a bit heavy.

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Photo of Noelito76
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light copper hue with a one and a half finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a biscuity malt, caramel and some diacytl.

The taste consisted of an upfront diacetyl flavor that slowly faded into a biscuity clean malt with a touch of caramel sweetness. A nice herbal hop as well.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness for the style and creamy.

Overall a very tasty and seemingly authentic EIPA.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.89/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A cellared BOTMC good until 09/10 but must be better fresher, so let's give it a whirl. Popping the top yields a distintive English IPA smell, not the citrusy hoppy smell of American IPA but a heavy malt that smells of brown sugars and molasses. The brew pours to a golden color with a brown twinge. A nice multi-sized bubble head forms and laces as it recedes. The taste of this brew is indeed Brit. The Goldings and Willamettes jump out with their earthy flat bitterness. The malt backbone shines through in the middle of the taste adding balance but the taste then returns to hoppiness with a lingering bitter finish. Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, perfect for this style brew. For the style this brew is spot on. Cheers.

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Photo of sluhdrum07
1.88/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

bought this on a lark on my first trip to maine because i love ipa's, however this brau was a total waste of money and had no ipa taste at all. it was more like a coffee infused bitter than an ipa, with absolutely no hop flavour and and taste to kill yourself to

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Photo of LarryV
4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've left my original review of this beer from 2001 intact. I just sampled the newest batch of this brew and I think Tremont has come pretty damn close to the original. It doesn't seem quite as hoppy to me, but it's actually a rather pleasant change from the hop monster brews. Very nicely balanced with a big malt backbone, and the hops asserting their presence, but not overwhelming the beer. Tremont has always brewed English style beers, so it's no surprise that they're IPA doesn't resemble an American IPA. Instead, they're producing a solid, tasty beer that satisfies without being over the top. It definitely gets my seal of approval :)

My previous review from 2001:

This batch of Tremont no longer has the "Brewed in Boston" on the label, so my guess is that it's a contract brewed batch. This has always been my favorite IPA, but something is missing since they've changed to a contract brewer. The mouthfeel is thinner, the beer is much clearer, and all the things that I loved about this beer seem somewhat subdued, especially the hoppiness. It has a fruitier profile to it that I don't recall in the original. It's still a good beer, but it used to be an excellent beer. There's also a metallic overtone in the taste that wasn't there before. I've been drinking Tremont IPA for years and everytime it always strikes me how delicious it is .. that feeling is gone with this batch. What a bummer, I hope they return back to their original brewing method soon.

Update - 7/2/2002.
Chris Lohring mentioned a while ago that they weren't happy with the conversion of the Tremont IPA to the contract brew process. He said that they will be coming out with a reformulated version of the IPA around July, but I haven't heard anything more about it. The original Tremont IPA was superb, so I'm hoping they work out the bugs and get close to the original once again.


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