Congress Street IPA
Trillium Brewing Company

Congress Street IPACongress Street IPA
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Style:
New England IPA
Ranked #41
ABV:
7.2%
Score:
100
Ranked #149
Avg:
4.51 | pDev: 6.21%
Reviews:
295
Ratings:
2,397
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Trillium Brewing Company
 
Massachusetts, United States
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World-Class
Congress Street IPACongress Street IPA
Notes: Our flagship American IPA highlights the distinctively aromatic Australian Galaxy hop. The nose bursts with pine, citrus rind, melon and pineapple. Pronounced flavors of peach, clementine, and tropical fruits are accentuated with moderate bitterness and balanced by a light, biscuity malt character.

MALT: American 2-row Barley, White Wheat, C-15, Dextrine, Dextrose

HOPS: Galaxy, Columbus
Reviews: 295 | Ratings: 2,397 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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CraftConsumer_97 from New York

4.24/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Unbelievably soft, like drinking flavored silk. Very unique, does not taste how it smells. Has a nice blend of citrus and grass notes, this one leans more to the malty side. Has a mild, clean, dry finish. Creamy and smooth and offers a nice change of pace from the world class juice bombs and/or other NEIPAs that have a dynamic flavor profile. Congress Street's flavor profile offers a certain...tranquility instead.

Interesting and refreshing, and dam solid, but not sure why it has 100 score. I'd give it a 91

Dec 15, 2019
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scotorum from Massachusetts

4.36/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

TRILLIUM CONGRESS STREET IPA 12/3/19

Canned 11/19/19. Poured from the 16 oz. can into an English nonick pint.

a; Opaque orange with a half finger thick white head which receded to thick surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Fragrant citrus leaning to orange and floral.

t: Wet hoplike grassy notes dominate initially along with moderate hop bite. Dry finish with some lingering bitterness.

m; Medium, good body and carbonation tingle.

o: Unusual NEIPA with aromas which do not match the flavor. Somewhat reminiscent of Heady Topper but stronger grassy notes and less citrus.

Dec 04, 2019
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RaulMondesi from California

4.23/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: dark orange orange like a pumpkin in November
A: light, hoppy citrus like the Easter Bunny on vacation in Malibu
T: dry, pithy orange juice with a dollop of alcohol - Minute Maid has nothing on this
F: beautifully soft like running your hands through princess Jasmine’s hair.

I really like this beer. It’s not the best of the best, but it’s damn solid for being a flagship.

Oct 30, 2019
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Vidblain from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank on 8/6/2019 - traveling hotel beer. Classy plastic glass at the Holiday Inn. Lots of mango, a bit pithy. Both juicy and resinous AND lightly bitter. Good one. I like this a lot. Beautiful hazy pour with tons of mouth feel.

Sep 30, 2019
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DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

4.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

World class, indeed! Beautiful foamy white head, hazy golden pour. Tropical fruit, citrus and pine flavors all vie for attention on your palate. The flavors that unfold do not attack you, they draw you in with understated subtlety.

Aug 19, 2019
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addiwilliams from Virginia

4.66/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L- Hazy orange with frothy white head
S- Sweet papaya, Jamaican pineapple
T- Tropical bomb
F- Slick and refreshing. Perfect carbonation. The only bitterness is a deep mineral bitterness.

One of my favorite IPAs. The drinkability of a witbeer with the flavor of a DIPA. Amazing

Aug 19, 2019
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.31/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Hazy medium orange color with very sticky lacing.

S - Juicy peach and passionfruit slams the nose. The nose is pretty awesome overall.

T - Dank, juicy with a little but of spice. Peach, passionfruit with a little bit of citrus. The fruitiness carries from start to finish and ends on the sweeter side with very slight bitterness.

M - Full body with chewiness and a wet finish on the tongue.

O - Trillium has this one dialed in to the sweet spot.

Jun 22, 2019
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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

4.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Dark orange body, thick but slightly translucent, with a short white head and extravagant tiny bubble lacing. Nose is orange juice, slightly funky, with mango and other tropical notes in the background. Stronger tropical flavors, pineapple and passion fruit with the mango and citrus, and a close that is mild and clean. What a strong showing. This beer is so tightly dialed in, it is remarkable. Truly a great one.

Jun 12, 2019
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Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

4.62/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Two finger head with retention on a beautifully light-hearted hazy hue. Nose and taste is a little tropical but mostly pineapple and pine with some great and subtle herbal qualities. Shared with a friend then immediately went to work for a Trillium trade! I've tried to do it again with no bites, I won't give up - this place lives up to the hype!

May 05, 2019
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yesterdayfaraway from Missouri

4.79/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: pours thick and pale orange in color. Complete haze with 2 fingers if fluffy foam
S: oranges, tangerines, grapefruits, lemons...sweet but with the Rhine peels to balance it with slight twangy bitterness.
T: awesome balanced beer. Lots of citrus, but it has slight peel dank and bitterness near the end but not off putting and actually love the balance. Slight cracker malt in there too. Just awesome.
F: wow, an awesome drinker. Thick, velvet smooth, pillow soft. This is an absolute crusher

Apr 28, 2019
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CHickman from New York

4.44/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Classic New England IPA looks with that yellow gold color and a massive 2 finger off white head that faded slowly and left really nice spotty lacing. Trillium IPA's keep the looks at the highest standard.

Smells super dank with fresh weed, orange peel, tangerine, guava, fresh pineapple, mango, wet citrus hops, floral notes, very light peppery spices, sweet malt, caramel and gummy bears. Not the most balanced brew, but super juicy smelling.

Tastes as good as it smells with everything listed in the description above plus grapefruit, lemon, Razzles candy, faint piney notes, orange juice and fresh cut grass. The same dank qualities from the nose come through with the flavor and add nice complexities.

Mar 16, 2019
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

4.02/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yeah, my can of this is old - really old (7/21/16) but this is a classic and I vowed to have it, along with everything else in my basement, before it burst or broke. Even though this was quite a bit of a malt bomb when I opened it, it wasn't bad and was still enjoyable to a large extent. Very little sediment was poured out as well, which made the experience that much better!

Not a bad pour to this as the liquid was a muted peach with a ton of cloudiness to it. The head was sufficient and there was a bit of lacing here and there after the thin collar at the top, but it wasn't terribly thick or bright. Not a lot of pine in the nose but there was enough orange, tangerine, and cream in the nose to keep this soft. The clementine and rind came through in the taste along with a citrus sweetness that made this quite soft and easy to drink. A mild dank hop presence came through in the aftertaste and it was no secret that this felt like a malt bomb, given how much was in here. Loads of wheat gave this body as this was not terribly juicy nor dry from start to finish...

Just the right amount of alcohol was present too, as I felt a bit of warming but not enough to serve as a deterrent. This was a nice beer that had everything in proportion and was quite easy to quaff. I have no idea who Paul and Jess are but if they had this at their wedding, it would have been a great choice!

Feb 28, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.84/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned 10/27/16; drank 11/5/16 @ the Yarchives.

Opaque light orange appearance.

Huge, fluffy white head; thick, frothy lace.

Mango, mint & fresh ganja notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Prickly grapefruit & honey flavors up front; mild mint notes on the finish.

Interesting & refreshing, but not revelatory.

Feb 26, 2019
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MaltsOfGlory from Oregon

3.86/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16oz can

Pours two big fingers of fluffy white head into my willi becher glass. Dissipates a little bit, bit half a finger hangs around for quite a while. Body is redundant at this point – juice. Overall looks good so far.

It’s beginning to get very difficult to describe the differences between these NEIPA’s, they all smell so similar. Grapefruit, citrus dominate. Mild notes of dank/earthy hops in the background. Some sweetness muddling in here. Smells fine, I’m getting quite bored of drinking these though.

Flavor is refreshing, dank, earthy, borderline dirty hops are most present. Light citrus, mango is most distinguishable. This is a good beer, still prefer a solid west coast though.

Carbonation is light, body is medium-light. Bitterness is moderately low, and doesn’t linger, maybe one day we’ll all remember putting hops in our boil isn’t a bad thing. A little sweet, though it doesn’t coat my mouth. I don’t know why the carbonation is usually low in Trillium beers, would like something a little more effervescent. Mouthfeel overall is whatever, to style I guess, I want more character.

Drinkability is good, it’s a tasty beer.

Appearance turned out very nice, thick sheets of lacing coated the glass.

Overall a fine NEIPA, I’ll try to leave it at that.

Feb 15, 2019
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DustyBeerz from New York

4.29/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Columbus Hop is biting right up front. Not a huge fan of this hop. It’s creamy. Opposite beer for me. Dulled when it warmed up. Showed it’s single hopped “ Sheare’ness “. Very good. Another good one from Trill. Need to try the Dub version of this!

Feb 07, 2019
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DJA-Boston from Massachusetts

3.77/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I expected a little more for the price they are charging. Solid IPA, nothing more. The price gouging makes a ride to Charlton or VT for true world class beer a lot more appealing

Jan 12, 2019
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright, opaque orange with a finger and a half of white foam for head. Head retention is good, as is the lacing left behind. Aroma is orange, papaya, mango, melon, and pineapple layered over biting pale and wheat malt notes. Lovely citrusy aroma luring in the lips for a sip. Flavor profile is smooth and round notes of orange, pineapple, melon, and mango. Tropical fruits are suspended over a base of wheat, pale, and biscuity malt notes. Hops absolutely dominate the flavor profile ratio here. Mouth feel is medium-thick, with a filling, grainy, velvety texture that drives this beers presence from modest to unabashed. Overall, it's pack-a-punch without remorse. It carries a heavy weight, and manages to deliver it unbroken. Big citrus notes, both domestic and tropical, layered over thin, but firm, malts.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 16oz can.

Oct 26, 2018
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Pray_For_Mojo from Colorado

4.17/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: the body is a cross between baby yellow and tan. Totally opaque with haze with a 1-finger white head with good retention.

Aroma: super hoppy, but there this is an off aroma of ammonia and Windex.

Flavor: sticky lupulin that overpowers any other flavors that the hops might yield. There are no standout distinctive flavors to speak of – really just generically hoppy. There malt base is a very good start point; I’d try this beer repeatedly using different hop combinations.

Mouthfeel: medium-medium. Appropriate for style, but nothing to write home about.

Overall: the hype precedes this beer. It is good, but no beer than many unhyped NE IPAs readily available in my market (Denver). Overall, I’m not tremendously impressed.

Oct 14, 2018
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npolachek from New York

4.28/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very solid smooth IPA. Contains Australian galaxy hops with peach Clementine fruit and pine. Didn’t think it was amazing compared to other offerings like DDH fort point but solid.

Oct 11, 2018
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beatonian from Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tastes and smells like biting into a citrus fruit on a freshly cut lawn beside a copse of pine trees. Great mouthfeel, very drinkable. Enough bitterness to balance out the juiciness nicely. A stalwart in Trillium’s awesome lineup.

Sep 22, 2018
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JRed from New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Deep cloudy orange with white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma of orange cream soda, lemon skin. Tastes of orange cream soda, grass, lemon skin. Heavy body with light carbonation.

Jun 14, 2018
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Bork77 from Massachusetts

4.73/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This should be top 10 ipa. Had in draft at the Greenway beer garden and in a 4 pack from the Congress st Brewery. Got a mixed case and no surprise , they are all incredible.

Jun 08, 2018
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Beer_Maineiac from Maine

4.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can from brewery, package date 4/17/18. Pours a golden, glowing hue; head dissipates quickly, some lacing left behind. Smells of grapefruit.

Taste entry is a perfect balance of carbonation, citrus, and bitterness. Very drinkable — perhaps dangerously so, for a 7.2% ABV! Long finish on tip and middle of tongue. Really nicely done.

Brewery in Canton, MA is worth the trip. Lines are segmented into “pour line” and “can / bottle / growler line,” which keeps things moving. Fort Point location (Boston) sells beer, but not for tasting on premises. Their Boston “Beer Garden,” which I visited in fall ‘17, was a really nice outdoor venue (separate location from Fort Pt.)

May 27, 2018
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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

4.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours murky cloudy deep orange color with nice fluffy white head. Lots of streaky lacing around the glass.

Aroma - Light orange, mango and tangerine mixed with some citrus peel, hops, pine.

Taste - Light citrus flavors mostly tangerine and pineapple not overly sweet. Nice hop bite flavor leans more to the bitter side than sweet.

Feel - Medium bodied prickly carbonation slightly dry bitter finish.

Overall - Well done IPA, little weak on the nose but solid citrus and hop flavors.

May 03, 2018
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polloenfuego from Canada

3.9/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a light gold and hazy with a small thumb of head. Not great retention and lacing is not really there.

Smell is fruity and yet grassy at the same time. I found some nice e tropicals in there, but also a bit of grassy hop as well.

Taste was similar to the nose. I really expected more from this one. It was tropical but there was an underlying vegetal taste that took away from it.

Feel was medium weight with good carbonation. A dryish finish with a lingering bitterness.

Not what I expected at all. It was a little disappointing to me. I did enjoy this, but this sample didn't meet the hype. Can was a month old, so perhaps it's a quick fall for this beer?

Mar 18, 2018
Congress Street IPA from Trillium Brewing Company
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 2397 ratings