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

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 286 | Ratings: 2,333
Photo of maximum12
4.03/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to DustinGalvin for this 16 oz. can; nice minimalist artwork. Can date 4/18/17.

I look left to right at my wife’s west coast IPA back to this mango puree & I don’t get it. Perhaps it’s my advancing age, or how my rods & cones are interacting with the Viagra. The nose brings lemon, tropical fruits, & a touch of herbs.

Congress Street: can I go here to yell at stupid congress people who act like morons? If so, I’d drink this beer every day. Unlike most of the new style IPAs, bitterness is front & center here, a west coast IPA in an orange juice Halloween costume. Big bitterness is accented by a large helping of pine, lemon grass, papaya, mango, & dried, dead Valentine’s Day flowers. Grainy, sharp, & so easy to drink.

Not what comes to mind when I think of a NE IPA, this slathers on the bitterness. Excellent beer.

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Photo of CTHomer
4.14/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: cloudy; medium gold in color; 1 finger off white head that receded to a wispy cap; very nice lacing;

S: intense tropical fruit;

T: caramelly tropical fruit; mild bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: very well made; not a personal favorite;

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Photo of PSanger
4.74/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great looking apricot with a fairly low amount of carbonation. This smell is of tropical fruit but isn't overpowering. There are so many better reviews from people with a more advanced palette than mine but What i can contribute is the smell and taste profile came out better to me when this beer was cold and freshly poured.

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Photo of digboy
4.61/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

16 oz can dated 4/18/17 (1 week old)

Pours a rich apricot color, very cloudy, beautiful silky pillowed 2 finger head, okay lacing.

Aroma is crisp with citrus notes and something vaguely like pineapple mixed with apricot behind it. Others describe pineapple, melon and pine but that is not what I'm getting from it.

Taste is more mellow than the aroma. So crisp and fresh tasting -- others have mentioned wildflowers and I don't think that is far off. Malt is certainly present but it plays a background role to the fragile hop flavor. This is really well done in terms of flavor profile. Very subtle, fresh and satisfying. Low bitterness and a lemony tingle finishes off the aftertaste.

Feel is light yet smooth and creamy. Carbonation is low -- I do think this would play better if there was more of a seltzer feel behind it, but that's not much to knock it on.

Having tried the DDH version first I was absolutely blown away by that. I put it on par with their Pow Pow coolaboration. Thisversion is so much more subtle , forcing me to come back down to think about what makes a standard IPA (or even the newish hazy IPA of the northeast) so good. By Hazy IPA standards this is superior because it blends so very well together instead of feeling like any one component (sweet backbone, sweetish hops, thin malt profile) outweighs another. This beer is a total winner in that category in my book. I am so glad I have 3 left :)

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Photo of Holderness
4.63/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Canned 7 days ago.

L -- Of the Trillium beers I've tried so far, this one is the prettiest: lightly aerated pour produces a lovely three-finger white head over a hazy orange brew. Great, pillowy retention and good lacing.
S -- Pineapple, sweet flowers, mild sulfur, mango, weed, and citrus
T -- Biscuity malts cede the stage to the fabulous palate of hops on display here. The canonical New England IPA
F -- Great mouthfeel. Dry finish with moderate carbonation.
O -- Easily one of the best IPAs I've had. As is par for the course, the biggest downside is the high price


EDIT (9/24/18):
Excited to finally be trying Congress and DDH Congress side-by-side to really evaluate the effects of double dry hopping. Appearance-wise, the DDH Congress is noticeably milkier, with much less light allowed through than regular Congress. Obviously both are completely hazed orange to begin with, but the DDH version really takes it to the next level. In contrast to my prior notes, I found the retention and lacing to be roughly the same — maybe just a hair better on regular Congress.
The aromas were the most noticeably different aspect. Both are full of pineapple, kumquat, peach, Concord grape, papaya, mango, the whole nine yards… but DDH is more dank, piercing and intense. In the flavors, both are full of tropical fruits with a subtle pale malt backbone but the regular version is slightly more earthy/green while the DDH variant is more oily and pithy. This could partially be due to the slight freshness advantage the regular version has. Regular Congress St is certainly more drinkable, whereas the DDH version has a more lasting, biting, fruity finish. Neither have a lasting bitterness on the finish. Overall these are both incredible IPAs and remain some of the best I’ve had. I’ll stick to my prior feelings that the DDH variant edges out regular Congress St, but not by much, especially when taking the difference in price into account.

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Photo of dogleg_left
4.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Deep apricot hazy hue. Small amount of head that barely clings to the glass befor settling into a stark white ring. Overripe mango over a whisp of hop vapor. The tropical notes really overpower the nose and its wonderful that they do. The flavor follow the nose with precision, but the hops become more assertive kicking of the back of the throat late. Creamy and gently carbonated, yet somehow crisp and dry. Simply an amazing world class flagship deserving of its continued praise. Congress Street will stand the test of time.

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Photo of intransitive
4.34/5  rDev -3.6%
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 -4.4%
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 +0.2%
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 +3.3%
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 -2.9%
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 +1.3%
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 -9.6%
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%
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 +3.8%
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
4.69/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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%
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%
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 -2.2%
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 +9.1%
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 -5.6%
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 +3.6%
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 +4.7%
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 +0.4%
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%
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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Congress Street IPA from Trillium Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.5 out of 5 with 2,333 ratings