Congress Street IPA | Trillium Brewing Company

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Congress Street IPACongress Street IPA
Congress Street IPACongress Street IPA

Brewed by:
Trillium Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: New England 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

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Reviews: 286 | Ratings: 2,334
Photo of cpetrone84
3.42/5  rDev -24%
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 JRed
3.48/5  rDev -22.7%
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.

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Photo of teromous
3.51/5  rDev -22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from the Fort Point location. None of the cans in my four-pack had canned on dates on the bottom.

Appearance: The body is a light beige color with some dull hues of orange. The head is average sized with a thick, frothy, creamy composition. It leaves spotty lacing on the glass and it has decent retention. It's a good looking beer in the glass.

Aroma: The aroma is very light. There is a light bit of peach and some pineapple. Again the aromas are nice but they are so light that the nose has to hover over the glass for a long time to really pick them up.

Taste: It has a bit of a grassy taste with a bit of mint and lime. While drinking the beer for a while it starts to pick up a bit of under-ripe pineapple flavor. It has a touch of mango in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Low bitterness. It feels light bodied and a wet finish.

Overall: It's a pretty average tasting IPA. The aromas are nice but very faint. The flavor profile of the beer is pretty good although it is a bit mixed. It's good enough that I would still drink it again but it wouldn't be my first pick of Trillium beers or IPAs in general. I would recommend trying it out.

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Photo of TheBeerCarl
3.54/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

The beer is a light yellow with intense haze. Good thick white head but poor retention and little lacing.

The nose is wonderful. I thought I died and went to hop heaven. Beautiful lemony sweet citus with a little bit of earthy grass. I wanted to chug this beer right away based on the smell.

And then the taste... bwah bwah bwah. The flavor is lacking. Light citrus and pine but pretty watered down. It lingers like a glass of water with lemon with some bittering hops.

The mouth feel is sharp. Too much carbonation to enjoy the malt or the hops. Its like I was drinking a trapist ale.

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Photo of stakem
3.63/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A pounder can poured into a tulip appears a chalky golden color with a white cap that holds well fading leaving webby lace.

This smells minty to herbal almost cheesy with hops. Some pine resins to the point of almost being smokey which is weird.

The taste is aggressively bitter with pine resin, less fruit and more herbal/dank. As more sips are taken, it gets a bit like grapefruit juice.

This is medium to lighter in body with modest carbonation. Overall not a bad brew and im glad to try it but it seems like these trillium brews are super volatile and best consumed within a week of them being packaged.

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Photo of IPAFAN1
3.68/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bought 4 pack from Canton. Was a bit disappointed. Am used to Treehouse and this was my first Trillium. Taste is more spring onion than juice bomb to me.

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Photo of MOVERTON1284
3.75/5  rDev -16.7%
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 DJA-Boston
3.77/5  rDev -16.2%
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

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Photo of CraftFan5
3.82/5  rDev -15.1%
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 GuyFawkes
3.84/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

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Photo of tigg924
3.85/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy, orange-yellow in color with minimal head. Taste is grapefruit, unripened mango, grass, and light cracker. Medium bodied, sweet start with distinct bitter finish. Tasty, juicy, solid showcase for Galaxy hops. Very very good when judged against most IPAs, but maybe in the middle for what Trillium does. Well worth seeking out.

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.86/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.88/5  rDev -13.8%
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 polloenfuego
3.9/5  rDev -13.3%
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?

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Photo of Jwale73
3.91/5  rDev -13.1%
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 -12%
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 -11.8%
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 -11.8%
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 -11.3%
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 brewme
4/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a Trillium Brewery recently. A fine brew, but did not quite live up to the hype for me. A bit too undercarbonated, and way too much mango for my liking.

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Photo of wedge
4/5  rDev -11.1%
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 -11.1%

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 WesMantooth
4/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A 3/30/15 dated bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Pours a very, very milky/cloudy pale orange to yellow. Looks like a glass of pale orange juice. Big white, fluffy head leaves a decent amount of lacing and a thin ring and film on top.

Smells very good, but nothing overwhelming. Very citrusy with a bit of a champagne or white wine like sourness. Slightly pungent hop oil. Light malts.

When it comes to the drinking of it part, things get more interesting. It is a blast of zesty orange, pineapple, grapefruit, and some lemongrass in that order. Then some green grape sweet and sour, and closes with a piney/herbal bite, but not real bitter. Alcohol is a non-factor.

The body is pretty solid, but easy drinking. Definitely a crisp, almost champagne like carbonation middle to end.

I am kind of all over the place with this one. I always try to rate as close to style as possible to be fair, but this one screams Double/ Imperial IPA to me. Getting harder these days. All of the kick ass ipas are drinking like imperials. This one is like a Dirt Wolf on steroids. The flavors are crazy good, but I am not a big fan of the carbonation/sparkly feel. I guess in the end, it is all about what it tastes like.

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Photo of PDonahue92
4.01/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4.5

I was a little disappointed in this IPA since it was one of there top rated beers on BA, as well as UnTappd. It poured a foggy translucent pale golden color with a white meringue head that laced ever so beautifully. it had immediate notes of citrus and pine in the taste and nose. overall it was a light bodied beer with surprisingly low bitterness.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.02/5  rDev -10.7%
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!

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Congress Street IPA from Trillium Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.5 out of 5 with 2,334 ratings