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 yesterdayfaraway
4.79/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: pours thick and pale orange in color. Complete haze with 2 fingers if fluffy foam
S: oranges, tangerines, grapefruits, lemons...sweet but with the Rhine peels to balance it with slight twangy bitterness.
T: awesome balanced beer. Lots of citrus, but it has slight peel dank and bitterness near the end but not off putting and actually love the balance. Slight cracker malt in there too. Just awesome.
F: wow, an awesome drinker. Thick, velvet smooth, pillow soft. This is an absolute crusher

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Photo of CHickman
4.44/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Classic New England IPA looks with that yellow gold color and a massive 2 finger off white head that faded slowly and left really nice spotty lacing. Trillium IPA's keep the looks at the highest standard.

Smells super dank with fresh weed, orange peel, tangerine, guava, fresh pineapple, mango, wet citrus hops, floral notes, very light peppery spices, sweet malt, caramel and gummy bears. Not the most balanced brew, but super juicy smelling.

Tastes as good as it smells with everything listed in the description above plus grapefruit, lemon, Razzles candy, faint piney notes, orange juice and fresh cut grass. The same dank qualities from the nose come through with the flavor and add nice complexities.

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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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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 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 DustyBeerz
4.29/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Columbus Hop is biting right up front. Not a huge fan of this hop. It’s creamy. Opposite beer for me. Dulled when it warmed up. Showed it’s single hopped “ Sheare’ness “. Very good. Another good one from Trill. Need to try the Dub version of this!

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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 Harrison8
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright, opaque orange with a finger and a half of white foam for head. Head retention is good, as is the lacing left behind. Aroma is orange, papaya, mango, melon, and pineapple layered over biting pale and wheat malt notes. Lovely citrusy aroma luring in the lips for a sip. Flavor profile is smooth and round notes of orange, pineapple, melon, and mango. Tropical fruits are suspended over a base of wheat, pale, and biscuity malt notes. Hops absolutely dominate the flavor profile ratio here. Mouth feel is medium-thick, with a filling, grainy, velvety texture that drives this beers presence from modest to unabashed. Overall, it's pack-a-punch without remorse. It carries a heavy weight, and manages to deliver it unbroken. Big citrus notes, both domestic and tropical, layered over thin, but firm, malts.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 16oz can.

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Photo of Pray_For_Mojo
4.17/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: the body is a cross between baby yellow and tan. Totally opaque with haze with a 1-finger white head with good retention.

Aroma: super hoppy, but there this is an off aroma of ammonia and Windex.

Flavor: sticky lupulin that overpowers any other flavors that the hops might yield. There are no standout distinctive flavors to speak of – really just generically hoppy. There malt base is a very good start point; I’d try this beer repeatedly using different hop combinations.

Mouthfeel: medium-medium. Appropriate for style, but nothing to write home about.

Overall: the hype precedes this beer. It is good, but no beer than many unhyped NE IPAs readily available in my market (Denver). Overall, I’m not tremendously impressed.

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Photo of npolachek
4.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very solid smooth IPA. Contains Australian galaxy hops with peach Clementine fruit and pine. Didn’t think it was amazing compared to other offerings like DDH fort point but solid.

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Photo of beatonian
4.53/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tastes and smells like biting into a citrus fruit on a freshly cut lawn beside a copse of pine trees. Great mouthfeel, very drinkable. Enough bitterness to balance out the juiciness nicely. A stalwart in Trillium’s awesome lineup.

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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 Bork77
4.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This should be top 10 ipa. Had in draft at the Greenway beer garden and in a 4 pack from the Congress st Brewery. Got a mixed case and no surprise , they are all incredible.

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Photo of Beer_Maineiac
4.6/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can from brewery, package date 4/17/18. Pours a golden, glowing hue; head dissipates quickly, some lacing left behind. Smells of grapefruit.

Taste entry is a perfect balance of carbonation, citrus, and bitterness. Very drinkable — perhaps dangerously so, for a 7.2% ABV! Long finish on tip and middle of tongue. Really nicely done.

Brewery in Canton, MA is worth the trip. Lines are segmented into “pour line” and “can / bottle / growler line,” which keeps things moving. Fort Point location (Boston) sells beer, but not for tasting on premises. Their Boston “Beer Garden,” which I visited in fall ‘17, was a really nice outdoor venue (separate location from Fort Pt.)

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.19/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours murky cloudy deep orange color with nice fluffy white head. Lots of streaky lacing around the glass.

Aroma - Light orange, mango and tangerine mixed with some citrus peel, hops, pine.

Taste - Light citrus flavors mostly tangerine and pineapple not overly sweet. Nice hop bite flavor leans more to the bitter side than sweet.

Feel - Medium bodied prickly carbonation slightly dry bitter finish.

Overall - Well done IPA, little weak on the nose but solid citrus and hop flavors.

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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 SawDog505
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 13 oz Tired Hands Teku glass canned on 2/14/18. Pours a beautiful orange yellow with a massive 2 finger head that leaves plenty of thick lace behind.

Smell is guava, passion fruit, pineapple, mango, and grapefruit rind.

Taste is tropical front to back, a little hint of grapefruit and really juicy.

Mouthfeel is a big medium, gentle carbonation, not dry but slightly sticky from all the fresh hops, and excellent drinkability.

Overall an absolute treat and one of many greats that are around.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 2/6/18 . 16 oz. Can. That was popped on 2/14/18

A murky..lo.k hazy....white gold that has an orange tint. I swear, Trillium IPA's look the same. NEipa. A finer than usual, white foam keeps a solid ring and light cover. Minimal lacing, despite one big quarter moon shaped ring.

Super-robust hoppy aromatics. Freshly picked spruce tips and hand crushed hops give off some deep aroma's : sweet mandarin orange, peppery pineapple, cantalope, strawberry tarts and maybe a tropical fruut juice blend. Dense, Heady nose., the malt usually hits me first, in this case it's, chunky, light bodied effect with wild honey pie, man....yeah, herbal and light wheat/grains are light but heady. Melons, starfruit, agave nectar and pineapple juice seem to make up most of the rest of the hoppy complexity. Maybe some stark, leafy, dry, earthy tones follow in a rather sticky way.

The feel is super crispy, heady, dry, earthy, semi-bitter, peppery with very little malty effects. Light to lush, smooth, maybe juicy? And d r y.

Overall, A typical Trillium effort, mildly different effects from each "street" version ipa.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.19/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Yellow orange and cloudy, but still somewhat see through, with lots of fine bubbled carbonation, and topped with 3 fingers of white, fluffy head. A nice lacing is left in the glass.

Smells of pineapple, catnip, oranges, and orange juice. Hints of spice and evergreen, but these are in the background.

The taste is amazing. Rich and complex and smooth, but really not at all overpowering. There are hints of diesel fuel, pine, orange juice, and pineapple, all smooth and balanced with a sweetness.

The feel is incredibly velvety, with rich and smooth carbonation, and a very little bitter puckering on the finish. It makes the brew feel palatable and not abrasive, like for me eating ice cream.

I picked this up today at the Canton Brewing site in the outskirts of Boston, MA. January 2nd, 2018. Unparalleled mouth feel from my perspective, and great taste.

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Photo of FBarber
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy cloudy, completely opaque orange color. Thick velvety white head dissipates somewhat but a residual one finger head remains on the beer even as its consumed.

Aroma has notes of orange, mango, nectarine, pineapples and a hint of citrus. Very aromatic with strong fruity notes.

Taste follows the nose with orange, peach, mango and pineapple. A hint of piney bitterness comes through on the back end into the finish. Cracker malt backbone come through on the back end. Mild hop bite on the back end, but very balanced.

Feel is medium bodied, smooth, with medium carbonation.

This is really the quintessential NE style IPA from Trillium. A fantastic beer and a fantastic NE styled IPA.

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Photo of Tim5085
4.64/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Aroma: Strong hop presence with nice citrus/spice/mellon notes.
Taste: Very Nice IPA with balanced malt backbone and tasty hops
Appearance: Orange/Amber with haze.
Overall: Would definitely drink this beer again.

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Photo of Hawkeyejam
4.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look- Hazy Orange. Has a thick luck to it. Very little translucency

Smell- Nothing over powering. Light hints of orange, pineapple, melon with a twist of pine resin

Taste- Very nice orange/melon/pineapple palate. Nothing over powering but we'll rounded throughout each drink

Feel- Juicy and Full. Nice carbonation with a slight peppery/hop bite at the end

Overall- This is a nice beer. Alot of good qualities and we'll rounded. Easy drinker that can be a Crusher or a sipper depending on your mood

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Photo of keith40
4.56/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16oz can purchased at the Canton brewery stamped 11/02/17. Hazy orange look and citrus/grassy/piney nose. Complex flavors come and go and include citrus such as mango, orange and grapefruit along with a hint of peach sweetness. Slight grapefruit bitterness comes in on the finish. Another very enjoyable beer from Trillium.

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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 Taybeh
4.51/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From a tall boy from the fort point shop, into a willibecher, pours a chalky hazy and murky orange. Nose is excellent — a little sweet weed, some faint pine, and then a mix of tropical and citrus fruits. Taste is along the same lines, though less pine. Mouthful is lush and soft, super juicy. Among the best in style?

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