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Congress Street IPA | Trillium Brewing Company

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Congress Street IPACongress Street IPA
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Brewed by:
Trillium Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by TheAnk on 10-04-2013

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Avg:
4.49
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19.82%
 
 
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Photo of cpetrone84
3.42/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From bottle. Pour is extremely murky, dark golden amber, tight white head. Nose hits you from a distance with a big hop punch. Nose is a bit messy, lots of sugars and malt that aren't really tight but a huge citrus punch blasts the nose. Taste is the same, malt is very sporadic and unrefined, doesn't get too sweet but you can tell this is big. Hops really drown out any other flavor, full citrus blast with a hint of tea and a fairly light bitterness for the hop punch. Well carbonated and semi dry finish. Interesting beer, straight up citrus hop heads dream.

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Photo of MOVERTON1284
3.75/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured in a tulip glass. Color was straw colored and it was clearer than I expected. I was a little disappointed by this. Great aroma, but the taste was not as good as I hoped. Harsh bitter finish

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Photo of CraftFan5
3.82/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 12/23/14 and consumed on 12/29/14. So this might be the freshest IPA I've ever had.

A: Gross. I mean this might be the ugliest beer I've ever seen. Kind of a milky orange color that was completely opaque. Reminds me of the way Sixpoint RAD looked. Lacing was pretty though. I scored it a 2 on appearance just as a courtesy to the fine folks at Trillium, who obviously know what they're doing. As my brother said: "it looks like what 'your' sour beers taste like."

N: Bright, fruity, piney hops. A wonderful aroma. Better close your eyes before sniffing this one, or your senses might get confused.

T: Meh. I could tell it was a well-crafted beer, but it's just not my favorite combination of hops. Not sure what kind are in there, but one of them gave me the jibblies. Huge bitterness that stuck around for a while.

M: This is where the beer really shined. A full, coating mouthfeel from a somewhat low ABV IPA, which really impressed me.

O: 4 - I rarely give such disparate ratings to the categories for an IPA. IMHO, IPAs and stouts are either well-made or they're not, and the categories are usually not more than a point away from each other. Those kinds of ratings are usually reserved for sours. This one was unique. The nose and mouth almost fooled me into believing it was a world class beer, which most people obviously think it is.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.88/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 32 oz. growler. Filled on 4/16/2014.

Appearance: Hazy dark gold. Settles out a bit as it warms. Super creamy and fluffy white head. Sticky sheets and notches of lacing. Solid head retention for the duration. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Definitely tropical. Mango and peach with a nice layer of juicy grapefruit thrown in for good measure. Sweet and fruity. Malts are on the lighter side, with a mild toasted edge and some bready characteristics. Light, slightly earthy yeast with some mild fruity esters. Some citrus rind and lime. A touch pithy with some lingering bitterness. Well balanced, true to the East coast style. Some pale malt sweetness. A bit of juicy fruit. Big bitterness sits on the back. Some pine layered with all the tropical fruit.

Taste: A nice balance of tropical fruit, mainly peach and mango, with some underlying floral and citrus notes. Solidly but not bracingly bitter. A touch of mildly earthy yeast. Clean profile overall with a solid sweetness from the pale malts. A bit of powdery yeast as well. Some biscuit dough. Mild lingering bitterness. Some grapefruit as well. Pushes deeper citrus leaning toward lime with some good floral elements. Fruity hops push a vague sweetness. Woody green branches.

Mouthfeel: Nice and smooth, almost creamy. Drinks so easy. Moderate carbonation. Clean.

Overall: Crush it, bring it back, and repeat.

Not playing the hop smash game. This is a straight drinking "east coast" IPA with a bit more hop presence. frills, just a beer for drinking.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.91/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle served in a tulip at 47 degrees. Bottled 050515. Pours a dull orange-gold with a murky clarity and a rocky, two inch, bright white head. Head eventually settles into a thick dollop of foam with delicate swaths of lacing revealed as the beer recedes. Nose expresses sugary citrus nose, a grassy quality and a kiss of spice. Taste comes off a bit dull - earthy hops upfront followed by a light citrus character and a mild medicinal quality that lingers between quaffs. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a consistent, even carbonation and a mild acidity that lightly stimulates the salivary glands. Overall, a decent IPA but not my favorite Trillium offering. It all comes off a bit dull.

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Photo of ELS
3.96/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Is it just me or are some beers from certain New England Breweries way overrated? This beer is good but nothing to get exited about. The smell is citrus which is good, but not enough of it. Maybe the dry hopped version is even better. The taste is bitter with a little citrus but mostly a combination of two hops that have a murky taste that doesn't showcase any specific flavors. Yet, it tastes pretty good. It goes down pretty well but a little acidic towards the end. Overall a good beer but not a beer that I would chase after.

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Photo of nhindian
3.97/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 4/7/2016.

Appearance - Compared to the other Trillium IPAs I've had so far, Congress Street is noticeably darker in appearance, taking on an orangish hue in contrast to the light yellow of the others. It still retains the signature head composition of the others, however, with a soap bubble texture, fragmented and disjoint, but with very nice lacing around the sides.

Aroma - The nose is tons of citrus and pineapple, with a subtle berry note, like a fruit smoothie.It's slightly piney as well, but the star of the show here is the fruit aroma all day.

Taste - Congress Street lets the hops dominate the flavor, but unfortunately the Galaxy hops struggle to really turn the engine. While the taste is quite good - especially with the tropical fruits, especially pineapple and mango, orange rind, and "green" notes - it almost paradoxically seems one-dimensional at times. It may be a result of the mouthfeel, and by no means is it not a joy to drink, but compared to the complexity of the other Trillium IPAs, Congress Street struggles to clear the bar.

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel is medium-bodied, bordering light, with low carbonation. This is where the bottom seems to fall out on this beer, as it seems thin and unsupportive of the big hops weighing down on it.

Closing Arguments - It may seem like my words are harsh, but this is still a very good beer, but below the other offerings I've had from Trillium. With a beefier texture, it'd be that much more though.

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Photo of Andrew041180
3.97/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours a super-cloudy golden orange. Almost opaque. Nice head forms after a vigorous pour. The retention is decent, and the lacing is nice. All around an excellent looking beer.

S - Blast of tropical hops and some sweetness. Some of the newer IPAs that I've had lately are beginning to go overboard with the blatant tropical hop flavors and aromas. For me, this is one of them.

T - Follows the nose. The flavor is good, but not particularly interesting to me. It tastes like hops. I like hops, but I need something more. Additional points came off this one because of the back-end bitterness. I found this sensation to be quite similar to Stumpy Duck, which I believe suffered too much from the same one-two punch. Big hop bouquet up front, detached bitterness on the back end.

M - Not really memorable. I wanted a bit more body.

O - Good, but not memorable for me. It's a beautiful beer to look at, but it certainly didn't leave me wanting another.

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Photo of pmarlowe
3.99/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 01/02/14 (yesterday). Tulip glass.

A: Pours a light straw color, opaque, with three fingers of pillowy head. Generous, intricate lacing and superb retention.

S: White grapefruit and orange, a light bready malt, a soft almost creamy note.

T: A bit of grassiness (maybe it’s pine), some light maltiness, and finishing with a light, fuzzy bitterness on the palate.

M: Light carbonation and medium-light body. Has that soft, farmhouse-y feel.

O: A nice effort. Very easy drinking, though a bit lighter on the flavors (approaching pale ale territory) rather than your typical big, flavorful IPA.

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Photo of wedge
4/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky straw color under a frothy white head that sticks to the glass. Fruity aromas like mango, orange, and papaya meet more of a green hoppy spice. Tastes of unripe fruit, creamy tangerines, and light scalliony dankness. Pretty light and soft in the mouth. Nice, if nothing special. I’d love to try the Double Dry Hopped variety.

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Photo of kscaldef
4/5  rDev -10.9%

Really liked this cold out of the fridge (4.5), but as it warms I enjoy it less. There seems to be something in the Trillium house character that I don't particularly care for, although I have a hard time putting my finger on it.

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Photo of thebigredone
4.02/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another great IPA from Trillium. Personally I prefer a couple of the others I've had, Melcher, Pier, etc., but I wouldn't throw any of them out of bed.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.02/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you, Patrick. Bottled 05 Nov, consumed 24 Nov.

Pouring a mildly hazed orange with a dense, off white head with excellent retention, this looks great. The nose is a riot of hop juice. Peach, Satsuma mandarins, grapefruit, baked oranges, a mild caramel. Incredibly floral and fragrant, there's a lot of honey here. The palate opens with a big, fruity hop sweetness with a blend of orange, peach, nectarines, pineapple, papaya, just a riot of hops. Leafy hops, mildly gritty, mildly chewy. Bitterness is mild to moderate though more herbal than a clean hop oil. Malt is mild, a little caramel and done honey. Brilliant hop flavor, though the mild chewy, gritty character is less than perfect. Medium in body though driven by hop character. Creamy carbonation. Drying, fruity, bitter finish. A little messy, a little flabby. In some ways, the feel and the texture really reminds me of Heady Topper. Very very good, despite all my criticisms.

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Photo of bobv
4.14/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Looks nice.
Smells nice.
Tastes nice.
Feels good.
Overall: Maybe if this was a bit fresher it would have been nicer, but, as it is, it's like every other real good IPA. Really good! I was slightly more impressed with their Fort Point.

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Photo of aleigator
4.14/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful hazy, apricot pulp yellow color, with a decent head.

Smells flowery forward with wet grass in it, tied together by bready malts. Very dank, hop forward nose, featuring a nice hop balance, also revealing luscious, dried orange rind.

Has a medium carbonation, with a soft, smooth mouthfeel to it.

Tastes of orange peel wrapped up bread, accompanied by wet grass and a leafy, slightly herbal hoppiness. Utmost grassy with just the right amount of orange and lime, finishing with a sparkly, bitter dryness, still exhibiting the orange as well as the brews dankness.

Drinks amazingly easy, while providing a steamlined, focused hop presence, with a good amount of bitterness to it.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.17/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Fresh bottle from trade. BIG thanks! Pours murky yellow golden with a one finger fluffyish white head. Looks a little flat on the pour. Aroma of pineapple juice, oranges, lots of tropical citrus here. Flavor is very sweet pineapple juice and orange zest, lightly bitter, twinge of lemongrass. Mouthfeel is fuller and smooth, but this is way on the flat side with nearly no carbonation. Everything is there flavor wise, but this really seems like it might be a bad batch or bottling given the low carbonation, and that really takes away from what seems to otherwise be a delicious treat. Hope to try it again and up the score, though it's good as is.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.18/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Big bright tropical citrus hop nose that veers a bit toward the astringent citrus juice realm on the palate but manages to keep it just enough in check. Good...but Fort Point feels more complete, less like a slightly watery glass of (tasty) hoppy citrus juice.

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Photo of Ian_B
4.2/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Has a lot of similarities to Fort Point, but appears to feature something along the lines of Galaxy hops -- which gives this a brighter and more aggressive citrus bitterness. Notes of pear, sweet meyer lemon, blood orange, grapefruit rind, and maybe a touch of pineapple. Lightly sweet but highly citric fruit flavours with a pillowy smooth body and a dry, tongue-scraping bitterness on the finish.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.21/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Bright yellow orange. Nice white head and great lacing inside the glass.

Smell - Bright orange hops. Cracker malt. A little piney.

Taste - All citrus hops here. Orange hops. A little grapefruit. Cracker malt. Light pale malt sweetness. Low bitterness.

Mouthfeel - A little astringent. Medium body. Well carbonated.

Overall - Another hit from Trillium.

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Photo of smcolw
4.21/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Good bar-pour head. Settles to a thin layer of bubbles. Leaves some patchy, blanketing lace. Very cloudy. Gold color with a tinge of green.

Attractive spruce and grapefruit aromas. Smells fresh and prickly.

Starts off with a wonderful pale malt base. The strong pepper hop kicks in at the swallow. The grapefruit even comes through in the taste. Long, long bitter aftertaste. Full bodied and lowly carbonated. Overall, this is a very bitter beer.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.21/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

after trying the pale it was a special treat to taste this from the growler -thank you Tim!

The color is golden with thick haze and thick white lasting head with full lace stickage and fine bead. The smell is slightly fruity and tropical with mildly floral with juicy sweet and tangerine odor and hint of spice with slight yeast ester adding to the tropical citrus quality. The feel has a mild tangy and resinous quality with medium carbonation and mild malt with slight alcohol and spicy dry finish.

The taste has tangy citrus hops and light grassy taste with mild tropical taste with lingering spice and peppery balanced by malt with yeast drying yet semi-dry finish with hardly any alcohol as it finishes. The taste is great -a very good American style IPA as refreshing as is possible for the abv, so drinkable and full of hoppy goodness.

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Photo of groutenberg
4.21/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up today in Canton, poured into tulip glass

L: nice hazy orange color, 1/2" head settle pretty quick to almost no head at all
S: kinda have a cold but clean citrus comes through
T: my 1st Trilliums tonite and they taste great, actually have pretty darn good length, really soft but with good depth of flavors
F: softer than those from TreeHouse or Hill farm, but really nice, easy to drink, great balance, not bitty, maybe a small acidic ending but not huge
F: REALLY wonderful, coats the mouth, softer than I'm used to, kinda like th difference, still partial to Julius, but happy these guys at 65 miles closer, Julius costs less...

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Photo of TheElectricOne
4.24/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle dated 1/31 into a tulip.....slightly older than I wanted to drink this one, but not too far out. I've had this beer the day of release before, and the overall experience wasn't all that different

Appearance: a thick, hazy orangish color with a billowy head and solid lacing throughout consumption. Looks like carbonated fresh grapefruit juice.

Aroma: Lots of pineapple and orange. Like most of Trillium's IPAs and DIPAs, the smell is incredibly potent and fresh-smelling.

Taste: Juicy, and sweet at first, tasting like clementine and pineapple, but finishing slightly bitter and resinous. Sweetness comes back to the palate between sips though.

Feel: crisp, but thick and juicy feeling. Incredibly smooth.

Overall: A very, very good, tropical-tasting IPA. The "Street" series from Trillium continues to come through with absolutely knock-down delicious IPAs.

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Photo of brentk56
4.24/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy honey color with a massive head; great stickage with lacing clumping on the side of the glass

Smell: Subtle wafts of tropical fruit, with papaya, pineapple and a whiff of mango

Taste: A touch of shortbread in the malt and then the tropical fruit takes over, just as in the aroma; papaya and pineapple forward with a touch of mango and orange pith; the finish is fruity and not overly bitter

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: With the high ratings here, I thought this might be an off the charts IPA and, while it is excellent, I cannot bring myself to score it in the 4.5 range; I actually prefer the Fort Point Pale ale to this beer; still, it is quite good and I am glad to have tried it

Thanks, Ljudsignal, for the opportunity

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Photo of richj1970
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750 bottle dated 3/17/2015 into snifter.

A: Pale sunshine yellow with 3 finger fluffy white head that lasts forever and sits like a marshmallow cap. Significant lacing.

S: Bright ctirus, grapefruit, lemon, orange peel, and dank hops.

T: Fairly citrus forward with some underlying earthy and floral hops.

M: Medium body with a dry bitter finish. Very easy drinking and almost crushable.

O: Another nice IPA from Trillium. Just wish I could get these regularly in my neck of the woods.

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Congress Street IPA from Trillium Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.
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