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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,021
Reviews:
242
Avg:
4.48
pDev:
6.25%
 
 
Wants:
597
Gots:
470
For Trade:
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Ratings: 2,021 |  Reviews: 242
Photo of Sammy
4.11/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of acurtis
4.33/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Texasfan549
4.4/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

in a lot of ways, i like this better than the double dry hopped edition thats getting so much hype. something a little more simple about this one, and i think it features a bit more bitterness, more true to ipa than some of these other east coast juice bombs. still, its a dull orange thick cloudy yeasty looking ipa, definitely east coast. pretty head on it, lacy, tall, and defiant. it smells awesome, juicy and southern hemisphere hops happening in this one, creamy and oily at the same time, leafy and green, incredibly fresh. tough to place the varietals, lemon notes and mango notes, hints of pine cleaner and tangy zest, lots happening. the flavor is a lot like the nose, but its divided into two parts. the first part is hop flavor, which includes citrus fruits and peach in its fruitiness, as well as a chlorophyll green new vegetal thing, lots of hops for sure. the second part is the bitterness, which i missed in the double dry hop edition, and really appreciate a lot here. its woody bitter like centennial hops, but too fruity for that, which carries over through the finish. lots of body for what it is, soapy sudsy feel, good carbonation, and i appreciate what the residual yeast contributes in flavor and in feel. overall an elite level ipa, one of the best i have had from these guys, and on par with most anything else coming out of the east and getting tons of hype. juicy and distinct, worthy of its high regard, insanely easy down. a weirdly awesome combination with a homemade meatball sandwich from belfiores, now thats lunch!

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Photo of djrn2
4.27/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Knapp85
4.61/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Great IPA here, poured out as a hazy golden color with a white head on top. Great retention and lacing. The smell of the beer has a great hoppy aroma, loads of citrus and dank hops. The taste is also very good too, great heavy Hop flavors and subtle sweetness. Overall I love this beer, it's a great offering from Trillium once again.

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Photo of nmann08
4.54/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle, pours a bright but opaque yellow, light orange color with a very soft white head. Great lacing.

Nose is intense and bright. Citrus, tropical fruit, a little candy, pineapple, and soft earthy pine. The malt is present, but in the backdrop. The flavor is balanced, juicy, citrus, more tropical fruit, a little sweet smooth finish. This is refreshing, clean, so balanced and delicious. This is great, love it.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.39/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -16.3%

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

Bracingly bright and gripping with bitterness, Congress Street avoids many pitfalls that even great IPA fall into, which is great succulence in aroma and flavor but lacking the bitter balance that the style deserves.

Trillium's flagship IPA kicks off with a turbid haze that's suggestive of orange juice with extra pulp. A creamy and fluid white froth billows on top while an aromatic display of pink grapefruit, clementine, kumquat, lemon and lime team up with passionfruit, pineapple, honeydew and gooseberry for a fragrance and initial taste that's straight out of sherbet dessert.

As the flavor unfold on the middle palate, its juicy, tangy and teeth-churning fruitiness unleashes the full breadth of citrus, tropical, orchard and berry fruits for a medley similar to hawaiian fruit punch. Herbal late, the beer's premiere taste of fresh grass clippings, muddled pine needles, citrus peels, and chive.

Bitter, dry and fantastically refreshing, the IPA's juicy upstart dives deep into a gripping bitterness in the throat that's long, smooth and unwavering. Lightly peppery, the aftertaste is accompanied by citrus and grass deep into the next sip.

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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of brentk56
4.24/5  rDev -5.4%
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 SocalKicks
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.45/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -10.7%

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

Hazy golden yellow. White head.

Juicy and tropical with some dankness. Grapefruit and mango. Citrusy. Melon. A touch of resin and bitterness.

Really great IPA. Very drinkable. Tons of flavors.

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Photo of DrBier
4.19/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Photo of jlindros
4.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got out to the brewery, while the family was at the Children's Museum. Snuck in just before they closed, sorry guys, but I wasn't the last person either, by far! Filled a few hours ago.

Pours a ridiculously murky hazy almost cartoony solid color, orangey carrot golden yellow, with a light fizzy head that barely covers the beer but at least sticks around for a while in the smallness of itself. But, I've had plenty of amazing IPAs that weren't the best lookers.

Nose really is great, starting with pure mango juice, like mango puree, some guava and a bit papaya, even a hint of a musty passion fruit note, mild citrusy orange and tangerine, it has the smell of one of those awesome Dole Mango Orange + other tropical fruit style juices, like all the fresh squeezed fruit out the wazoo. A hint of a mild juicy malt base as well, a bit of pith and hint rind, quite nice.

Taste brings lots of hops, as expected, fruits and fresh tropical fruit flavors mostly, a little grapefruit pith punches through at first, then quickly into the mango and papaya, little passion fruit resin and mild musty dank fresh hop resin, with a little orange juice and grapefruit juice, and even pineapple, it seem to have it all. This is pretty much a big glass of tropical and citrus fruit juice. The pithy little rind bitterness starts to really come through, with touch of bready slightly sweet malt, and decent creamy malt, nice creamy feel that really fills out to help deliver the hops everywhere. Finish is more pith and rind, quite bitter, with more tropical fruits and plenty of them lingering, but fairly dry finish, and the faintest hint of booze late. Hops bring just a touch of a minty note and apple skin like chracter super late on the bitterness.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, fairly creamy and rich, it has the feel of actual pureed mango with lots of pulp (but no real chunks just thick), nice carb esp for a growler, and the faintest hint of booze late.

Overall awesome! I can really see where they get their reputation now. This rivals Julius and many of the Hill IPAs. So much tropical fruit, juicy, nice malt base, and great mouth feel. It really was like drinking fresh pureed smoothie of tropical fruits.

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Congress Street IPA from Trillium Brewing Company
4.48 out of 5 based on 2,021 ratings.
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