Congress Street IPA | Trillium Brewing Company

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Congress Street IPACongress Street IPA

Brewed by:
Trillium Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States | website

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 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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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.47/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

16oz. can into a Surly teku. Canned 9/8/16.

Peachy mud. Nose is clementine, white peach and cane sugar. Actually pretty mellow but the flavors are there. Beer opens light, soft citrus, white peach and honeydew. Some subtle notes of pine try to provide some balance but this beer is a NE IPA through and through. Finishes with a touch of spice and more citrus and peach. Near perfect. Body is light with moderate to ample carbonation. Goes down super smooth and quenching. Incredibly drinkable.

This is Trillium's best base IPA, single or double. The balance is great and the soft, juicy flavors are perfect for dry-hopping.

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Photo of TomD9170
4.99/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a complete fruit bomb. Light pine leads to sweet orange and pineapple on the nose and it tastes just like it smells. Smooth finish with very little bite. This is an amazing beer.

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Photo of hgw605
4.49/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Translucent orange juice. nice white head.
S: Citrus zest and pineapple are pretty prominent. Notes of pine.
T: Tropical fruit. Little more bitter than expected. Nice and dry.
F: Little more carbonation than expected which might lend to more perceivable bitterness.
O: A fantastic beer by trillium but not my favorite I have had by them.

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Photo of Beergasm1
4.64/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours out of the can beautifully with a hazy orange pineapple juice appearance.

The smell comes of in a green onion, pineapple, pine needle, and citrus zest kind of way.

The taste is a little more carbonated than most Trillium beers. I pick up on clementine, peach and a white wine kind of taste. The hops are dank and are beautifully accentuated by the biscuit malt character.

Mouth Feel is slightly carbonated with a pillow texture on the tongue. Goes down very nicely. Type of beer that you have to drink at least two.

My Overall opinion is that his beer is world class. Not like the othert beers from Trillium that are hop juice bombs. This is a Dank hop bomb that will battle with the Best. This is a Must Try

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Photo of Amguerra305
4.31/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden hazy yellow color in the glass with a slight tilt towards the red spectrum. Definitely lots of fruit in the nose; Mellon grapefruit and pineapple. Taste is rather dry with a slight bready quality that finishes a bit too bitter for my taste. Feel is nice with a medium high carbonation. Overall a really good beer that is just a tad too bitter for my taste.

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

beautiful creamy white head. lots of luscious tropical fruit flavors and aromas. these guys just don't put out a bad brew, do they? easy to drink. almost light on the palate....

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Photo of SenatorSpaceman
4.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

It looks beautiful like pretty much any Trillium beer. The nose is tropical with a bit of sweetness. The taste is a big juicy explosion of pineapple and melon with just enough bitterness and malt presence to give it that perfect balance. Overall, a truly excellent IPA.

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Photo of kettlehead1
4.81/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had it in a can dated 8/4/16 explosive aroma of orange,citrus, slightly dank. Looks like juice in a glass, mouthwatering, I can smell it across the room
Taste follows the nose, very well done IPA. Finishes dry wanting more.

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Photo of Meyers1023
4.69/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours an extremely hazy golden orange with over two fingers of foamy white head. The nose is an amazing combination of citrus, tropical fruit, and pine. The flavor starts off like the nose would suggest, tons of orange, pineapple, peach, and melon, with some pine but balanced very well by a malt backbone. Mouthfeel is medium, maybe a little thick feeling because of the medium to low carbonation. This beer has lived up to the hype for me! The smell has so much going on just as the taste does. All the flavors meld well together but each standout!

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

Pours hazy, golden. Aroma is full of fresh tropical fruit. Taste is great, juicy melon and orange, nice hoppiness, smooth finish. One of the best IPA's I've ever had.

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Photo of spacecake9
4.75/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Pours a hazy orange with a nice thick head.
S - Aroma hits you in the face as soon as you pop the top. Nice mix of orange, pineapple and grapefruit.
T - Flavor is very much like the aroma, lots of muted citrus, with just a hint of pine on the finish.
M - Mouth feel is a little thicker than your usual IPA, but not as thick as a DIPA. Medium carbonation.
O - Outstanding IPA.

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Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Finally tracked down this "classic." Was expecting it to be a bit mundane compared to the other Trillium craziness I've had before it, but it was very much able to keep up with the big boys.

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

Bottle poured into Aslin Teku glass.

L: Very nice hazy orange-gold. 3F head, very good retention, leaves lacing and cap.

S: Nice use of Galaxy and Columbus hops, you get orange, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, and berry, along with dank pineyness.

T: Junior fruitbomb, I would say. Lots of the aforementioned fruits along with light barley and wheat malts to balance the minor amount of bitterness. Just nicely done.

F: Light to medium body, light to medium carbonation. Good balance and construction. Higher ABV leads to quicker drying, but no heat. Very drinkable despite being kinda high for an IPA.

O: Excellent base IPA for an excellent company.

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Photo of kevanb
4.3/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

16oz can, dated 06.29.2016, first can run, poured into a Trillium snifter.

The pours an expectedly turbid and cloudy golden color, bright and soft, with plenty of haze that has a nice, foamy, white head, about a finger or so high, good retention and large swatches of lace. The aroma is really nice, very tropical, lots of pineapple, mango, grapefruit peel, a bit of valencia orange, light pine, mild grassiness with some mineral water and soft, sweet grain. The flavors don't really burst out, but they are quite delicious, tropical fruits, lots of pineapple, papaya and passionfruit with some floral character, a bit dank that brings out some pine, mild bitterness up front, cereal grains and a typical yeasty sweetness come across nicely, sturdy malt character with a nice lingering bitterness. The mouthfeel is good, full bodied, chewy, thick and it coats the tongue super well and finishes easily enough with a dry and bitter kick.

Verdict: A great IPA from Trillium, bright and delicate flavors, tempered bitterness, soft and sweet malt character really adds to this one for me. This is probably one of the more balanced IPAs I've had from Trillium, not too aggressive on the hop front, no one flavor really pushing this beer, but instead, a more restrained, complex experience that is really easy to drink. A perfect staple IPA, one that I wish was local to me.

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Photo of JamesStreet
4.31/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy OJ looking pour. Big citrus smell, bubble gum(?), nectarines, tangerines. Whoah! Taste follows with citrusy sweetness that's cut into on the back with some bitter. Feel Is light medium with nice carbonation. Another great ipa from Trillium!

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.37/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

hazed golden orange, tight white head and excellent lacing.

pleasant on the nose - tangerine orange, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, plastic danks, light pine, gummy sweetness.

palate is candied orange, bready malts, citrus zest and a touch of pine on the finish. medium bodied, creamy feel.

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Photo of OmahaKF
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Smell is orange, mango, canned peaches, papaya, hints of pineapple, and citrus rind. Taste is fresh-squeezed orange juice, tropical fruit medley, pineapple, and just mild bitterness. So smooth and easy to drink - all juiciness and no alcohol.

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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 wulfie85
4.29/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Exactly what a New England style IPA should be. Cloudy in the glass with the fruity Galaxy aromas erupting from the glass. Mouth feel was a little on the thick side with tropical fruit flavors and just a hint of bitterness

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