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Congress Street IPA | Trillium Brewing Company

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Congress Street IPACongress Street IPA

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

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Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.38/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Finally tracked down this "classic." Was expecting it to be a bit mundane compared to the other Trillium craziness I've had before it, but it was very much able to keep up with the big boys.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into Aslin Teku glass.

L: Very nice hazy orange-gold. 3F head, very good retention, leaves lacing and cap.

S: Nice use of Galaxy and Columbus hops, you get orange, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, and berry, along with dank pineyness.

T: Junior fruitbomb, I would say. Lots of the aforementioned fruits along with light barley and wheat malts to balance the minor amount of bitterness. Just nicely done.

F: Light to medium body, light to medium carbonation. Good balance and construction. Higher ABV leads to quicker drying, but no heat. Very drinkable despite being kinda high for an IPA.

O: Excellent base IPA for an excellent company.

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Photo of kevanb
4.3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

16oz can, dated 06.29.2016, first can run, poured into a Trillium snifter.

The pours an expectedly turbid and cloudy golden color, bright and soft, with plenty of haze that has a nice, foamy, white head, about a finger or so high, good retention and large swatches of lace. The aroma is really nice, very tropical, lots of pineapple, mango, grapefruit peel, a bit of valencia orange, light pine, mild grassiness with some mineral water and soft, sweet grain. The flavors don't really burst out, but they are quite delicious, tropical fruits, lots of pineapple, papaya and passionfruit with some floral character, a bit dank that brings out some pine, mild bitterness up front, cereal grains and a typical yeasty sweetness come across nicely, sturdy malt character with a nice lingering bitterness. The mouthfeel is good, full bodied, chewy, thick and it coats the tongue super well and finishes easily enough with a dry and bitter kick.

Verdict: A great IPA from Trillium, bright and delicate flavors, tempered bitterness, soft and sweet malt character really adds to this one for me. This is probably one of the more balanced IPAs I've had from Trillium, not too aggressive on the hop front, no one flavor really pushing this beer, but instead, a more restrained, complex experience that is really easy to drink. A perfect staple IPA, one that I wish was local to me.

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Photo of JamesStreet
4.31/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy OJ looking pour. Big citrus smell, bubble gum(?), nectarines, tangerines. Whoah! Taste follows with citrusy sweetness that's cut into on the back with some bitter. Feel Is light medium with nice carbonation. Another great ipa from Trillium!

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.37/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

hazed golden orange, tight white head and excellent lacing.

pleasant on the nose - tangerine orange, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, plastic danks, light pine, gummy sweetness.

palate is candied orange, bready malts, citrus zest and a touch of pine on the finish. medium bodied, creamy feel.

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Photo of OmahaKF
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Smell is orange, mango, canned peaches, papaya, hints of pineapple, and citrus rind. Taste is fresh-squeezed orange juice, tropical fruit medley, pineapple, and just mild bitterness. So smooth and easy to drink - all juiciness and no alcohol.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.42/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the 750 ml. bottle. Sampled on July 2, 2016.

This pours a very milky looking pale yellow under a modest white head. Translucent.

Big aroma of pine, citrus, and melons lead the way with a little toasted pale malt character underneath.

Medium to full body.

The taste has to same brief encounter with toasted bread and biscuit but then the hops emerge and take things over to the bitter end. More melon in the taste than the other esters I got. Delightful.

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Photo of wulfie85
4.29/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Exactly what a New England style IPA should be. Cloudy in the glass with the fruity Galaxy aromas erupting from the glass. Mouth feel was a little on the thick side with tropical fruit flavors and just a hint of bitterness

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Photo of jcflorian
4.27/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Light Orange/Pale Gold light haze
Smell- faint tropical fruit, pineapple citrus
Taste- Subtle fruit , biscuit malt mid pallet and pine late
Feel- Little light for an ipa of this strength. Creamy but light at same time.
Overall- I liked this beer. Solid Trillium offering. However after having Double DH Congress a week prior, this is a big step down.

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Photo of avas
4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Canned 6/29.

A: Super hazy pale yelow pineapple juice. Decent head retention. Very thick and dense appearance.

S: Citrus and pineapple explosion complemented by a slightly bready contribution from the signature Trillium backbone. Very complex aromatically... Certainly not easy to describe.

T: Tropical fruit galore with a substantial bready malt balance. Orange, tangerine, peach, and pineapple. I may be biased after sampling the DDH variant, but I felt that the hop profile could've been a bit more powerful relative to the malt.

M: Classic Trillium 'house' mouthfeel. Medium/high carbonation, dry finish with medium-low bitterness.

O: The archetypal Triliium IPA. Excellent balance between the Galaxy hops and the malt backbone. Would prefer slightly softer mouthfeel, but the intensity of the aroma/taste carries this beer into my top 5 IPAs.

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Photo of Barracudas
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very well made beer! It is a very balanced beer with just the right amount of fruits, it is a wonderful beer for a hot summer day. I highly recommend it!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy dark gold color with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains strong fruity citrus and floral hops along with caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with a strong fruity citrus flavor. Then a strong grassy hops bitterness quickly follows. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a very good balance. The after-taste is hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, excellent representation of style, this is a very good IPA to drink for a long time.

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Photo of DirtyDawg10
4.57/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a pale hazy yellow color with a thick creamy head and some nice lacing. The smell was fantastic. Tropical citrus with plenty of orange, some pineapple and grapefruit. Unfortunately the flavor didn't live up to the smell. Don't get me wrong, I really liked this beer. The flavor though was mostly grapefruit and I just wish it had a bit more of the pineapple and orange. Overall this was a great beer. I will definitely get this one again.

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Photo of robroc
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Looks beautiful in the glass. People with more discerning noses picked out a bouquet of flavors. Grapefruit is what stuck out the most to me. The taste seems a little one-dimensional, but not in a bad way at all. Perfectly balanced. I could drink this all night without getting tired of it. No flaws, and no suggestions for improvement, so I'm going with a perfect score for this one.

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Photo of yung_peli
4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy golden straw/peach color, 2 finger creamy white head, good retention, little to no lacing
AR: Tropical Fruit: Guava, Mango, Pineapple, Pine resin underneath, hints of cracker malt
T: Follows nose, fruit forward, slight lingering hop bitterness and malt on the finish
M: Good prickly carbonation, medium body, wet on the palate.

Fantastic. Perhaps a touch more dank/bitter hops would help this brew shine even more. Turning up the malt also wouldn't hurt. As it is, this beer is incredibly good. In my Top 5 American IPA's.

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Photo of Beric
4.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Serving: On tap, 12oz pour, at Pastoral
Served: 14 May 2016

Appearance: Pours a beautiful hazy yellow with a pearl head that doesn't stick around too long, though I suspect that the alcohol content and glassware choice could have had something to do with it. The beer almost looks like egg drop soup- it seems like if you look close enough, you can see the swirls of stuff moving around in there.

Smell: Huge tropical fruit notes: grapefruit, pomelo, lemon, mandarin, passion fruit, guava, and mango.

Taste: Very much like the nose- it's definitely a juice bomb. Finishes off-sweet, which was nice. Amazing what flavors Trillium can whip up from just using hops. It's insane. Alcohol is perfectly masked.

Mouthfeel: High body with medium carbonation. Very drinkable.

Overall: Another incredible Trillium beer and very easily one of the best IPAs I've had. Highly recommended.

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.99/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - hazy as orange juice, lots of floaties, hazier as you finish the bottle, nice orange amber color, big fluffy white head that sticks forever and leaves nice lacing
S- super juicy, orange, tangerine, pithy peach, lemon/lime, overly ripe fruits
T - also super juicy, orange, tangerine, pithy peach, lemon lime, citrus rind, overly ripe fruits, like walking through the citrus Isle at the grocery store
M- light medium mouthfeel, alcohol covered, aftertaste orange rind, bitter
O- another basically perfect iPa from trillium

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Photo of tlema1
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: cloudy light gold, looks like grapefruit juice, thick head
S: tropical and Julio
T: ton of fruit, light malt on the finish
F: really coats the tongue, the taste lingers
O: my first NE style IPA, and it's freakin delicious!!!

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Photo of lovindahops
4.48/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Congress St picked up a growler yesterday 5/7/16
A- Congress St pours a light orange body with faint white lacing on the edges of the glass. Hazy and full of a New England IPA hop glow. This is truly my definition of an IPA appearance. Even web like lacing stabs the edges

S- prickly ruby red grapefruit scent that's pungent with those flavors. A tropical blend followed by complete bitter themes. As expected, New England hop profile at the forefront.

T- stinging grapefruit attacks the front end of the palate. Sweet and bitter melon, cantaloupe, and a dry pineapple follow up with the faintest hint of malt on the end. Can't emphasize enough the forefront of galaxy hops in display.

M- an attack of tropical lacing flavors coating your mouth like a layer of paint. I keep circling back to stinging flavors but that's the experience

O- again, the east coast continues to destroy the west coast. While this isn't the best galaxy hop forward brew I've ever had, it's certainly on the front lines. My first Trillium brew ends up being epic. Great stuff

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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 angrybabboon
4.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 5/6/16

A: Tangerine-gold with pale orange at the core and honey around the edges - hazy and opaque, as one would expect from a Trillium IPA - pours with a medium sized, white head, fades to a few wisps and a frothy collar, leaves streaks of lacing

S: Magnificent citrus - I've had this beer a number of times, and I still can't come up with a smart way to describe the nose on Congress - loads and loads of citrus, with some fresh-squeezed orange juice, slices of tangerines, and some ruby red grapefruit - the citrusy sweetness is balanced out by a dank herbal character - resinous and lightly leafy hops, but it's mostly juice - peach, mango, melon, pineapple, and something berry-like - some soft, pale malts at the base, touch of biscuit

T: Very citrusy, as the aroma suggests, with orange, tangerine, and ruby red grapefruit juice, flesh, and pulp - juicy, ripe peaches and apricots - waves of tropical flavors next, with some melon, mango, and pineapple - dark, herbal, resinous hops - pine - medium level of bitterness that lingers just a little bit - pale malts and grains at the base, touch of bread

M: Medium body, low carbonation, more smooth than crisp, almost finishes a bit watery, under-attenuated

O: No, this does not taste like orange juice left out in the sun

Congress Street is consistently lovely, and I have yet to find another "street" that really compares. The double-dry hopped versions of Congress Street barely even improve on a product that will already clean your sinuses.

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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 CayseyW
4.41/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful hazy orange body with a thick creamy head that leaves ample lacing on the glass. The smell is very bright and very tropical and sweet (think pineapple). Taste follows the smell, with the addition of caramel sweetness, that's borderline cloying. The feel is spectacular aside from the sweetness. Overall this is a world-class IPA, no doubt, however I wish it were a tad less sweet.

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Photo of lemmy187
4.52/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Looks like strained pineapple juice with about a finger of white head. Pick up citrus, pine, grapefruit, and lemon zest in the nose. Refreshing taste.....lemon, citrus, and low bitterness. Feel is silky with medium low carbonation. Excellent ipa.....drinkability is off the charts.

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Photo of SaulFox
4.74/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

-Turbid, bright, light orange color. Almost like a blended creme sickle.
-Mango, pineapple, peach, apricot, resinous.
-Juicy tropical fruits with piney resinous.
-Lingering bitterness
-Burping tropical goodness as I write this. One of the best ipas

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