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
trilliumbrewing.com

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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218
Ratings:
1,852
Avg:
4.48
pDev:
6.25%
 
 
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Photo of SmashAdams
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a wonderful beer for sure. A great expression of Galaxy without being over the top. Tropical fruits and citrus with that earthy weedy taste in the finish. Appropriately bitter and delicious. yb

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Photo of Drvitlkeyustolit80
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First had 8/14/16 at home from Erik L. Super citrusy, with a nice hop punch. Also balanced with some bisuityness. This is, to me, exactly how an IPA should be.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.4/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a tulip

Pours a hazy murky orange color with a think foamy white head. Smells of orange peel, pineapple, mango, melon & pine. Tastes of melon, stone fruit, mango, papaya & citrus rind, with a light basicity malt finish. Medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that turns slightly creamy into the finish. Tropical fruity notes throughout while remaining very drinkable

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Photo of king75
4.91/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This one is a tropical bomb. I get a ton of mango, and orange juice flavor out of this one with the mango being the star. Everything about this beer screams New England style IPA juice bomb. Love this beer, the only problem is that I live no where near the source.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, opaque, orange coloring, with a low profile, filmy, clingy, foamy, white head. Aromas of orange, melon, pineapple, and mango...nice and juicy. Flavors are citrus and tropical fruit forward, juicy and slightly acidic, with a heavy dose of orange, mango, melon, grapefruit, and pineapple. Subtle grassy bitterness in the backbone to balance perfectly. Smooth, mid-bodied feel, with an acidic edge towards the end. Completely fruit juice aftertaste, sweet and juicy, with a solid linger past the crisp, clean finish. Great beer.

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Photo of fireazzi
4.66/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Congress Street is the IPA that made me fall in love with them. Such a beautiful smooth hop taste. Great citrus taste, very juicy and very smooth. Amazing mouthfeel.

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Photo of gopens44
4.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Absolutely terrific beer. To have an IPA take me back with such a well balanced citrus / pine bittersweet punch in such a sophisticated frenzy at this point (after having well over 500+ IPAs) was breathtaking. Consistent throughout the beer, smooth and well crafted body, terrific finish that leaves behind a crisp memory of the citrus and sweetness.

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Photo of THANAT0PSIS
4.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Trillium Congress Street

A: This Trillium IPA, the flagship entry in the venerated Street series, pours like most of their other offerings: it toes the line between the absurd murky haze of Tree House and the slight haziness of The Alchemist. It is a bright orange, and while it is not possible to see through the beer even at its thinnest, it does allow light to shine through. Hop and yeast particulate abounds, tossed around by the active carbonation, like a beer snow globe. The head is about two fingers and is pure white. Retention is excellent, eventually resulting in a solid finger of dense foam that will not recede anymore. Lacing is similarly awesome. Some will find the particulate off-putting, and it is uglier than the typical haze, but otherwise this is a beautiful beer. 4.75/5

A: Strong aromas of mango, peach, and apricot dominate the nose. Guava lies underneath alongside a piney dankness and pithy grapefruit. Lastly, a light, crackery malt presence rounds it out. Strangely for Trillium, there is a crisp and clean cut finish to the aroma. Lots of enticing and strong scents, but it lacks the complexity of other Trillium beers. 4.5/5

T: The taste follows the aroma to the letter, bringing mostly apricot and peach up front, ripe mango and guava in the middle, and finally bitter grapefruit, resinous and earthy pine, and crackery malt at the very end. Moderate bitterness creeps in about halfway through and takes over completely by the end, leaving a very dry feel in its wake. The beer never really approaches sweet, but there is a citrus juiciness that connects the whole beer together until finally succumbing to the bitter dryness. Again, this is great, but it cannot quite reach the heights of some others from this brewery. 4.5/5

M: As expected, the signature Trillium feel is in full force. Thick, creamy, medium full liquid washes over the tongue with a pleasant, active, soft prickle pushing it along. It is remarkably refreshing with its dry finish, never-sticky feel, and the moderate bitterness does not linger too long. There is no alcohol evident at all. It feels wonderful to drink. 5/5

O: Trillium loves their Galaxy hops, as evidenced by their position in most beers that they make and their two flagships, Fort Point and this. Galaxy is a great hop, but its moderately strong bitterness and slightly one-dimensional fruit flavor make it a better accent hop than a star, in my opinion. The flavors here are great, but it is missing an X-factor to really push it into that elite level. Of course, it is a Trillium "Street," and any other brewery would be more than happy to have this as part of their lineup, but some other Streets are more appealing to take a drive down. Pair with Fiona Apple's only slight miss "Extraordinary Machine." 4.25/5

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Super hazy golden peach color with a thick white head and great lacing. Citrus and hops flood the nose. Notes of citrus peels, grapefruit, stone fruits and honey dipped tangerine slices. Medium body, chewy heft, snap of carbonation fills the mouth, finishes dry. What an amazing IPA!

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Photo of gbiello
4.37/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look - beautiful pale orange color
Smell - nice citrus smell, but could be a bit stronger
Taste - great citrus hoppy taste, could be a little stronger
Overall - superior beer

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Photo of Kendo
4.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. Body is hazy apricot-yellow with no head.

S: Peach and apricot keep coming to mind, along with some citrus - predominantly lemon and lemon zest - but it's not a terribly strong nose.

T: Sweetness underneath is followed by hops - stone fruits (peaches and apricot), grapefruit peel and lingering lemony bitterness. Nice taste overall.

M: Slightly "sharp" carbonation; call it medium in heft.

O: Very good. Not as good as the Fort Point (Galaxy Dry-Hopped) beer we had from Trillium the same night, but still a world-class beer.

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Photo of tigg924
3.85/5  rDev -14.1%
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 JLK7299
4.65/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got lucky yesterday at Treehouse and was able to trade a Green for a Congress Street in the parking lot. Put it in the refrigerator over night, drinking it now and it was easily worth the trade! Great beer all around!

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Photo of Billolick
4.56/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can, bottom of which tells me this has been in the can for just over a month

Typical Trillium IPA look...murky, orangy, frothy and sturdy high quality looking head, extensive lacing....you know the deal

Pungent nose loaded with tropical fruit infused hoppy goodness.

More of the same on the palate, loaded with fruit juicy goodness, tropical hoppy overload...simply delicious...complex, big, bold and super yummy...

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Photo of RockAZ
5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just a short note on one of the most marvelous beers, it must have something to do with the white wheat that makes this very special. My good friend tolerates my IPA madness, but he screamed this is the first IPA he has ever liked a LOT. Could not give him enough of it, and I have to say the fragrance and overall balance of this beer between the malts and hoppy flower/fruit aromas makes it one of my very hard to get favorites!

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Photo of amano_h
4.8/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Fresh-sliced pineapple. Red grapefruit. Mango. Pine. Dank grass. Subtle peach.

T: Purée. Grapefruit. Bitter melon. Marmalade-like tangerine. Peach pits. Subdued caramel-like finish.

M: Medium-bodied. Creamy. Prickly carbonation. Mildly sweet finish.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

O: A great showcase of Galaxy hops. The fundamental feel of the brew isn't too different from Fort Point as they share a similar malt bill and bittering hop (Columbus), but whereas the fruity elements in Fort Point presented themselves in a bright and light (as if they'd fly away any minute) manner, the same elements are better grounded and feel more substantial on the palate here. Slightly sweeter finish than Fort Point, but not at all unpleasant.

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Photo of superspak
4.47/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got in a BIF from oline73. 16 ounce can into signature tulip glass, canned on 9/21/2016. Pours very hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of huge grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, lemon/orange peel, light pepper, pine, honey, wheat, cracker, bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Incredible aromas with fantastic complexity and balance of bright/juicy citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of huge grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, lemon/orange peel, light pepper, pine, honey, wheat, cracker, bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine/grassy/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, lemon/orange peel, pepper, pine, honey, wheat, cracker, bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of bright/juicy citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero lingering hop astringency after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/grainy/sticky, and lightly resinous balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Zero warming alcohol for 7.2%. Overall this is an insane IPA! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of bright/juicy citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the modest bitterness. A highly amazing offering.

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Photo of JohnnyMc
4.42/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out like orange juice. Murky/hazy bright orange.

The aroma starts with loads of fresh pineapple and sweet orange and then goes into melon, grapefruit, peach and a hint of pine. Very bright and juicy smelling.

First sip tastes like they combined fresh squeezed orange juice, grapefruit juice and pineapple juice into a smoothie! Lots of tangerine and orange peel, tons of pineapple, bittersweet grapefruit, pine, hints of mango, some peach. Tropical and juicy. A bit of a bready malt backbone.

Medium bodied, pretty creamy mouthfeel, moderately bitter and finishes dry.

Another awesome Trillium beer!

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Photo of Furlinator
4.27/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can dated 08/11/16. "Very beer. Much wow!"

Pours like orange juice with a fluffy white head that remains as a cap and ring on top and leaves thick curtains of lace. The smell is a subdued blend of citrus, tropical fruit and pine. The taste follows with bitter grapefruit, peach, mango, orange and a subtle malt presence. Full texture with low carbonation. Impressive.

Thanks Ed!

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Photo of PDonahue92
4.01/5  rDev -10.5%
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 Mateo2699
4.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour is a hazy, murky medium orange hue, almost looks like straight OJ. Frothy white head that settles to a ring quickly. Aroma is a big burst of tropical fruit. Getting plenty mangos upfront, backdoor with burst of bananas, pineapple, papaya, and cantaloupe. Subtle sweet malt, and earthy hops come out as it warms. Following the nose well, the taste has the same tropical fruit. Hints of citrus zest, some sweet malt. Mouthfeel isn't overly thick or palate coating, but a little resinous with the hops. Overall a very well balanced, nothing is too overpowering, and very refreshing.

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Photo of moysauce
4.58/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Can dated 9/8/2016 poured into tulip on 9/29/2016

Appearance: beautiful deep hazy orange. Not obnoxious gross ass bathwater haze. But glowing orange in the light. Roughly one finger of white fluffy head.

Aroma: WOW. Opened the can and immediately hit with bursts of mango, orange, and some pineapple. INTENSE. Unfortunately the aroma died relatively fast, but when it was a live it was a solid 3 fire emojis.

Taste: Followed the nose exactly. Just a bit of bitterness. Nothing assertive. Really nice compliment. Bitterness was rind or pith. Excellent.

Feel: As full bodied as a beer can be without becoming chewy. Really nice to have some substance and body. Couldn't drink something this full bodied all the time, but it complimented the aroma and taste quite nicely.

Overall: Really really impressed by this beer. The only thing holding it back from being ranked any higher is that the aroma died relatively fast. Still some subtle nose as I continued to drink, but it would have been nice to experience it longer. Definitely lived up to the hype. Stoked I got to try this one. Thanks Beric!

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Photo of drew42e
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Consumed a fresh can in early August. Light orange haze, similar to other Trillium brews. Lemon/lime citrus on nose and taste, also getting pine and some grassiness. Very good.

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Photo of eifster82
4.78/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Fresh can from Trillium. Kept cold since moment of purchase.

Hazy bright orange appearance. Tropical citrus fruits, pineapple, mango, melon are all there on nose and taste. The feel is really special. It's got a super smooth welcoming feel. I know it's a bizzare way to describe it but every sip was great as it went down. Even after having Juice Machine (from Tree House), this held it's own very well.

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Photo of TheBeerCarl
3.54/5  rDev -21%
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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