Congress Street IPA | Trillium Brewing Company

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Congress Street IPACongress Street IPA

Brewed by:
Trillium Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

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 intransitive
4.34/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big citrus smell, really wonderfully fragrant... big fluffy head, round and creamy mouthfeel... lots of orange peel, ripe stone fruit... hoppy but not bitter... I'm not usually an IPA guy, but boy am I enjoying this.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured a cloudy yellow body with soapy head that slowly died and left lace patches. The soapy suds leave an acidic orange juice like aroma with some sweet fruit smells hanging around. Thin bodied and smooth but oh so flavorful and great with an acidic sharpness that is balanced with a mild tangerine sweetness and there are touched of earth/dirt and pine/resin to add a little crispness to finish.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.51/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

10oz tulip on tap at TRB.

Cloudy powdery orange juice color with a very soft, creamy, and fluffy white head that faded into a thin collar leaving tons of wispy lace down the glass.
S/T: Slight melon on the nose along with dominating notes of sweet tropical fruit hops and citrus nectar. Juicy tropical flavors overall with some sweet and sticky sugary nectar flavors lingering in the aftertaste.
M: Soft mouthfeel with very creamy and smooth carbonation. Medium-full body.
O: Smooth, fresh, fragrant, and flavorful. A pleasure to drink.

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Photo of Prager62
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A pint can dated 02/01/17 received in a surprise box from the very generous BA jhavs. poured in a 13oz. tulip for the review.

Look- Pours a hazy straw color leaving a generous two fingers of creamy white foam. It slowly settles revealing some thick lacing. A very bright and iridescent pale yellow and a sight to behold. They don't get any better than this!

Smell- Grapefruit, orange zest, passion fruit and guava.

Taste- Succulent fruit including grapefruit, mango, passion fruit, guava and a little pineapple. A slight bit of floral taste comes out in the finish.

Feel- Thin but creamy smooth with a bitter and slightly acidic finish.

Overall- My first beer from Trillium and I can now say I understand the love for this brewery. It's a beautiful looking beer that delivers on all levels. This work of art is a masterpiece! I can't say much more than that as the beer speaks for itself.

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Photo of Narkee
4.37/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned 19 Jan 2017. Apricot and acidic orange juice aroma. Some very subtle bubblegum also. Little carbonation. Palate has nice stone fruit sweetness up front and a dry crisp bitterness a the end.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.56/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, orange brew with a white head that leaves a few gobs of lacing on the glass. The orange stands out the most but there is a healthy dose of grapefruit pith and pine. This goes for both the scent and taste. The beer is like a glass of o.j. with grapefruit pith. There is a really nice bitter finish. Very good, hazy IPA.

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Photo of ChipChaight
4.07/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can from the brewery in Boston
Hazy mild orange, fluffy head and good lacing, dank mango skin, citrus cleaning solution, creamy hint of sweet malts, astringent bitter pith that lingers, similar to Fort Point. Pungent, soft, litmus test bitterness.

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

02/01/17 canning, featuring Galaxy and Columbus hops, 7.2% abv...

Man, this is some juicy juice! Even looks like juice... Aromas of dank citrus pith and rind preview lightly sweet, orchard and tropical fruit impressions wrapped in mild pine with a clenching bitterness... Plushly carbonated and soft on the tongue... A superior brew for sure...

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Photo of Rugg315
4.67/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Finally I get to Trillium! Worth the wait! Everything you need to have in this style of beer. Great hazy look to this beer light gold color cannot see through. Smell is citrus with a pine hint. Taste is awesome wish I lived closers! Feel is just right. I should just conclude that if you like craft beer this is what you want!

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Photo of DrederickTatum
4.87/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This checks all the boxes you want in an ipa. Has that nice NE cloudy appearance. Smells a little more subtle than expected but all the notes are there. Pineapple, mango, pine, a little earthiness. Taste explodes with pineapple, peach, pine, and some wheat cracker malt. Feels smooth and creamy. Great ipa that's surprisingly balanced for a tropical hop bomb.

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Photo of SmashAdams
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
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 +0.2%
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 -2%
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 +9.4%
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 -5.3%
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 +3.8%
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 +4.9%
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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4.52/5  rDev +0.7%
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 +0.2%
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 -2.7%
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 -3.1%
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 -14.3%
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 +3.6%
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 +1.6%
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 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 +11.4%
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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