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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

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 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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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 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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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 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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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 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 TheManiacalOne
4.63/5  rDev +3.3%
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 Slatetank
4.21/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

after trying the pale it was a special treat to taste this from the growler -thank you Tim!

The color is golden with thick haze and thick white lasting head with full lace stickage and fine bead. The smell is slightly fruity and tropical with mildly floral with juicy sweet and tangerine odor and hint of spice with slight yeast ester adding to the tropical citrus quality. The feel has a mild tangy and resinous quality with medium carbonation and mild malt with slight alcohol and spicy dry finish.

The taste has tangy citrus hops and light grassy taste with mild tropical taste with lingering spice and peppery balanced by malt with yeast drying yet semi-dry finish with hardly any alcohol as it finishes. The taste is great -a very good American style IPA as refreshing as is possible for the abv, so drinkable and full of hoppy goodness.

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Photo of smcolw
4.21/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Good bar-pour head. Settles to a thin layer of bubbles. Leaves some patchy, blanketing lace. Very cloudy. Gold color with a tinge of green.

Attractive spruce and grapefruit aromas. Smells fresh and prickly.

Starts off with a wonderful pale malt base. The strong pepper hop kicks in at the swallow. The grapefruit even comes through in the taste. Long, long bitter aftertaste. Full bodied and lowly carbonated. Overall, this is a very bitter beer.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.43/5  rDev -1.1%

From 10/02/14 Notes. 22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Picked up at the brewery 2 weeks ago.

Pours a hazy orange-amber color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident. Oranges, citrus hops, tropical fruits, juicy fruity malts, and light pine hops. Taste is very good, lightly bitter Medium body and low carbonation, easy to drink.

Overall tihs is really good; I would put this ahead of Sunshower as my favorite IPA from them, and would put it up there with their New England Red and Lineage Rye as one of their best beers so far. Lots of tropical and citrus notes and easy to drink, would buy this all the time if I could.

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Photo of stakem
3.63/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A pounder can poured into a tulip appears a chalky golden color with a white cap that holds well fading leaving webby lace.

This smells minty to herbal almost cheesy with hops. Some pine resins to the point of almost being smokey which is weird.

The taste is aggressively bitter with pine resin, less fruit and more herbal/dank. As more sips are taken, it gets a bit like grapefruit juice.

This is medium to lighter in body with modest carbonation. Overall not a bad brew and im glad to try it but it seems like these trillium brews are super volatile and best consumed within a week of them being packaged.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.21/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Bright yellow orange. Nice white head and great lacing inside the glass.

Smell - Bright orange hops. Cracker malt. A little piney.

Taste - All citrus hops here. Orange hops. A little grapefruit. Cracker malt. Light pale malt sweetness. Low bitterness.

Mouthfeel - A little astringent. Medium body. Well carbonated.

Overall - Another hit from Trillium.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.58/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Typical opaque & cloudy orange-juice-like appearance with a thin layer of eggshell coloured head.

S - Bright tropical fruit aromas of pineapple, tangerine, passion fruit and mango. A touch of honey sweetness in the background.

T - Bursting with bright tropical and citrus fruit flavours. Pineapple, mango, passion fruit and tangerine. A very light honey sweetness provides the perfect amount of balance.

M - Medium body. Sticky and oily. Light carbonation.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.79/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle got in a recent IP trade, thanks Isaac.

This one pours essentially like orange juice, so orange and bright, basically opaque, with a half inch fizzy head, and tons of really nice looking lacing.

Smells pungently hoppy, like sticking your face into a bag of hops. Orange, peach, and mango puree, so fruity and nice.

The taste follows the aroma. It's a classic New England IPA- insane fruity hop flavor with minimal hop bitterness. This is dank as they come- tastes a bit like orange juice-soaked weed. There's very little bitterness, with the malt providing only a candied sweetness to the hop flavors.

This is medium bodied, with a crisp, juicy mouthfeel, and moderate level of carbonation.

This is a superb example of the new sort of IPA coming out of New England. It's on the level of the best from Vermont.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.42/5  rDev -1.3%
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 dar482
4.74/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a light golden orange with a fluffy white head.

The aroma is very hop forward. Citrus, lemon, pineapple, tropical notes.

The flavor follows with that citrus and tropical flavor and then onto a lingering piney bitterness. This is more substantial than Fort Port. There's a bit of a bready malt backbone, but dominated by fruit hoppy notes.

A very clean and easy drinking IPA. Incredible beer.

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Photo of rudzud
4.58/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at the Dive Bar.

A - Poured into a standard pint glass a wonderful slightly hazy hidden hue with s dense, creamy white one finger head that fades slowly to leave a creamy sudsy blanket.

S - Aromas of nice citrus and grapefruit rind, not much malts at all this is all aromatic hops.

T - Taste is very fun, almost a combo of floral hops and tangerine/Clementine citrus notes. Just delicious, great grapefruit notes, light light biscuit finish. This is primarily citrus oil, wonderful bitter finish that while not oppressive is still prominent. Very good.

M - Mouthfeel is just what I'd want from a higher ABV ipa, crisp and clean with enough carbonation that makes this jump off the tongue.

O - Overall this beer is freaking excellent. Very well executed. Exceptional.

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Photo of kscaldef
4/5  rDev -10.7%

Really liked this cold out of the fridge (4.5), but as it warms I enjoy it less. There seems to be something in the Trillium house character that I don't particularly care for, although I have a hard time putting my finger on it.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.51/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours murky and milky. So much haze! The head is a mushroom cap of doughy and froth. The head is damn persistent as well. This looks like it'll be right in my wheelhouse, the murkier the better.

S-A liquified orgy of tropical hop aromatics. One of the most pineapple-stressed aromas I have sniffed. You name the exotic fruit, it's here. Then, behind that there is a healthy dose of herby/piney/earthy hops. A really satisfying, malty totem of sweet popover dough.

T- Trop-hop explosion again. It's all there, trust me.

M-Drinks with sinister ease. Great bitterness with purpose. Slight creamy feel. A bit resiny.

O/D-Another Trillium gem. I must say that the aroma is a tad bit more delectable than the flavor but either way, this is a show pony. Bring this beer back, Trillium! Very reminiscent of their Fort Point Pale Ale with a bit more brawn but a tad less finesse.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.33/5  rDev -3.3%

750ml bottle dated 8/16/2014, poured into a Lawson's snifter 8/27/2014, at 40F.

A- Beautiful hazy dark yellow body with a three finger white head that's thicker than custard with appropriate retention time; lots of lacing. Its an almost stereotypical New England appearance. [4.25]

S- Strong and powerful floral, citrus and pine notes. Very clean in terms of the hops, even a bit oily, but at the same time there is a sweet caramel backbone that is just enough to balance out the hop aromas. Well-balanced, but very intensely hop forward. [4.5]

F- Bitter floral notes up front, a strong citrus and tropical fruit presence in the middle aspect that also brings out the sweet caramel which lingers all the way through to the end. The bitter floral notes up front also carries through to the end. A robust, flavourful IPA with a nice cohort of hops on the palate that appropriately balances the malt. [4.25]

M- Medium bodied, well carbonated, creamy and quite resinous but without being particularly dry or sticky. Strikes the right balance I have come to prefer from IPAs. Bitter floral finish keeps me wanting more. [4.5]

O- Excellent IPA that follows the emerging tradition of hop-forward pale ales coming out of New England. I would have liked a bit less malt sweetness as that would make it closer to some of the others from the region, but as it stands, this is pretty damn good. [4.25]

Final score: 4.325

Appearance 5%
Aroma 20%
Taste 45%
Mouthfeel 10%
Overall 20%

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.02/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you, Patrick. Bottled 05 Nov, consumed 24 Nov.

Pouring a mildly hazed orange with a dense, off white head with excellent retention, this looks great. The nose is a riot of hop juice. Peach, Satsuma mandarins, grapefruit, baked oranges, a mild caramel. Incredibly floral and fragrant, there's a lot of honey here. The palate opens with a big, fruity hop sweetness with a blend of orange, peach, nectarines, pineapple, papaya, just a riot of hops. Leafy hops, mildly gritty, mildly chewy. Bitterness is mild to moderate though more herbal than a clean hop oil. Malt is mild, a little caramel and done honey. Brilliant hop flavor, though the mild chewy, gritty character is less than perfect. Medium in body though driven by hop character. Creamy carbonation. Drying, fruity, bitter finish. A little messy, a little flabby. In some ways, the feel and the texture really reminds me of Heady Topper. Very very good, despite all my criticisms.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.91/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle served in a tulip at 47 degrees. Bottled 050515. Pours a dull orange-gold with a murky clarity and a rocky, two inch, bright white head. Head eventually settles into a thick dollop of foam with delicate swaths of lacing revealed as the beer recedes. Nose expresses sugary citrus nose, a grassy quality and a kiss of spice. Taste comes off a bit dull - earthy hops upfront followed by a light citrus character and a mild medicinal quality that lingers between quaffs. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a consistent, even carbonation and a mild acidity that lightly stimulates the salivary glands. Overall, a decent IPA but not my favorite Trillium offering. It all comes off a bit dull.

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

A- The tall can drops into my tulip with a very chalky, cloudy golden yellow body and a gargantuan fluffy white head. The cap ascends quickly to a few fingers high dying slowly to thick pillows and a ring around the sides.

S- Bright citrus fruits merge with tropical and stone fruit varietals all from the hops in a nose with plenty of strength. Grapefruit and clementine are very distinct and the forerunners with melon, passionfruit, tangerine, lime and pineapple in the backdrop. Just about 100% a hop show.

T- For whatever reason the biggest difference between here and the aroma is a shift in the dominant flavors with honeydew and just general melon juice greatness bursting out the gate alongside the grapefruit, clementine and peach. Other notable things from the hops are pinepple, dank herbs, floral tones, pine, tangerine, orange, lime and spiciness. Just a light touch of sweetness, cereal grains, bread and yeast hints to form the shrine for the hops.

MF- Creamy and silky with some chewiness and frothy texture to the body. The carbonation is spot on and a at a high level driving out subtleties from the hops. Finishes with a clean moderate bitterness.

Like the millionth great hop forward brew I have tried from Trillium thus far and what is becoming a MA staple. This is not my first time with this hoppy beauty and certainly not the last. For fans of fruity IPAs with both citrus and tropical notes balancing each other out. Juicy but still reserved enough to not be a full on nectar.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.3/5  rDev -4%

A-Very cloudy orange, well carbonated and a two finger head that leaves nice lacing.

S-Lots of hops, citrus, some tropical and lemon.

T-Similar to the nose, starts with nice citrus and tropical notes with nice bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, nice carbonation and hop resins.

O-A really good IPA that I must try again.

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Congress Street IPA from Trillium Brewing Company
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