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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
Reviews:
213
Ratings:
1,815
Avg:
4.48
pDev:
18.3%
 
 
Wants:
572
Gots:
402
For Trade:
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Reviews: 213 | Ratings: 1,815
Photo of Furlinator
4.27/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can dated 08/11/16. "Very beer. Much wow!"

Pours like orange juice with a fluffy white head that remains as a cap and ring on top and leaves thick curtains of lace. The smell is a subdued blend of citrus, tropical fruit and pine. The taste follows with bitter grapefruit, peach, mango, orange and a subtle malt presence. Full texture with low carbonation. Impressive.

Thanks Ed!

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Photo of richj1970
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750 bottle dated 3/17/2015 into snifter.

A: Pale sunshine yellow with 3 finger fluffy white head that lasts forever and sits like a marshmallow cap. Significant lacing.

S: Bright ctirus, grapefruit, lemon, orange peel, and dank hops.

T: Fairly citrus forward with some underlying earthy and floral hops.

M: Medium body with a dry bitter finish. Very easy drinking and almost crushable.

O: Another nice IPA from Trillium. Just wish I could get these regularly in my neck of the woods.

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Photo of Shaymus
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

purchased same day as bottled on!!

poured a light golden hazy orange with a lingering inch/2 inch head

nose was hoppy with a "typical" Trillium malt backbone

taste was tasty, hoppy, grapefruit a bit of orange, the "typical" malt is there as well, with a bit of bitterness towards the end

mouthfeel was medium to light,creamy, nothing overpowering.... carbonation was nice.

Overall: I quite enjoyed this IPA the "typical" malt I referred to is one that I taste in a few of Trillium's brews, not sure if its the malts they use or the hops can't quite put my finger on it but it is distinctive; earthy funk maybe? I guess I'll just have to keep drinking them to figure it out!.....Cheers

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Photo of Sabtos
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Opaque yellow-tan with a large foamy, porcelain head and clingy lace.

Absolutely magnificent and aromatic on the nose, bursting with fruits not that much unlike the DDH version. Lemon, orange, starburst, passionfruit, mango, and a hint of spicy yeast in background.

Taste is toned down, which is the largest difference between this and the DDH version, but it is still a divine combination of green mango, papaya, light peach, tangerine, and faint wheat malt.

Congress Street has a somewhat thin mouthfeel, but is crisp and tangy, and not very bitter at all. Juicy frooot all the way!!!

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Photo of zac16125
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle into a pint glass
no bottling dates

Thanks to eb1610 for sending this over as an extra in a recent trade!

A: Slightly hazy, pale golden yellow, 2.5 fingers width of light off white head, great retention and lots of lacing. 4.5

S: Really dank, resinous, a bit minty, floral, some sweet citrus, sweet malts to balance. Excellent. 4.5

T: Lots of citrus, lemon-lime and orange, piney bitterness, some floral characters. Not as dank or resinous as the aroma implied but still very good. 4

M/D: Great mouthfeel, very smooth for the style, appropriate carbonation, drinkability is excellent. 4.5

O: Excellent IPA. I’ve heard good things about Trillium and it did not disappointment. Thanks eb1610! 4.25

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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 Ready4aHeady
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

750 ml received as an extra!
Fabulous beer--- have to go on memory as I brought this to a barbecue last night
Nose and Taste the same, funky dank hops...
Crisp and clean- enough malt to balance but sits in the background...
A great beer if your a hop-head, and a huge surprise for me since it was an extra (of course it was a HF/Lawson's DS trade)

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

Drank within 2.5 weeks of bottling. Aroma of tropical fruit and pine. Murky gold pour with a plump head that lingers. Taste of melon, mango, pineapple, apricot and orange. Not as big of a hop kick as I expected; more of a nuanced, mellow, even complex cascade of citrus flavors with a very light malt backbone that doesn't detract from the fruit. Very enjoyable but I found Fort Point PA to be bolder in flavor and aroma, which was surprising. Maybe it was an odd bottle? Will definitely try again and update.

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

Opaque yellow pour with a magnificent white rocky head that stands at two fingers and stays put, textbook lacing in teku.

Aroma is sweet tropical fruits, pineapple and pine needles come to mind, however this is a subtle nose that can hardly be considered aggressive in the hop department, especially with all the horn blowing about double dry hopping.

Taste is reminiscent of sweet pineapple juice and pine, very pleasant but mild and slightly underwhelming.

Mouthfeel is medium, and soft on the palate. No strong bitterness which may or may not be good depending on your taste.

This is a fine IPA but I was expecting a bit more pop, especially for a $12 bottle.This is worth trying but I wouldn't go out of my way given the rarity and price point.I was glad to have tried it once.

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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 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 lic217
4.22/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Looks turbid, nice fluffy long lasting head with lacing
Smell: Tropical/pineapple hops
Taste same as smell, starts sweet and finishes with a lightl bitterness
Feel: Slightly resiny, cream like mouthfeel, moderate carbonation
Overall: Tastes like hop juice

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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 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 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 groutenberg
4.21/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up today in Canton, poured into tulip glass

L: nice hazy orange color, 1/2" head settle pretty quick to almost no head at all
S: kinda have a cold but clean citrus comes through
T: my 1st Trilliums tonite and they taste great, actually have pretty darn good length, really soft but with good depth of flavors
F: softer than those from TreeHouse or Hill farm, but really nice, easy to drink, great balance, not bitty, maybe a small acidic ending but not huge
F: REALLY wonderful, coats the mouth, softer than I'm used to, kinda like th difference, still partial to Julius, but happy these guys at 65 miles closer, Julius costs less...

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Photo of Ian_B
4.2/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Has a lot of similarities to Fort Point, but appears to feature something along the lines of Galaxy hops -- which gives this a brighter and more aggressive citrus bitterness. Notes of pear, sweet meyer lemon, blood orange, grapefruit rind, and maybe a touch of pineapple. Lightly sweet but highly citric fruit flavours with a pillowy smooth body and a dry, tongue-scraping bitterness on the finish.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Big bright tropical citrus hop nose that veers a bit toward the astringent citrus juice realm on the palate but manages to keep it just enough in check. Good...but Fort Point feels more complete, less like a slightly watery glass of (tasty) hoppy citrus juice.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.17/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Fresh bottle from trade. BIG thanks! Pours murky yellow golden with a one finger fluffyish white head. Looks a little flat on the pour. Aroma of pineapple juice, oranges, lots of tropical citrus here. Flavor is very sweet pineapple juice and orange zest, lightly bitter, twinge of lemongrass. Mouthfeel is fuller and smooth, but this is way on the flat side with nearly no carbonation. Everything is there flavor wise, but this really seems like it might be a bad batch or bottling given the low carbonation, and that really takes away from what seems to otherwise be a delicious treat. Hope to try it again and up the score, though it's good as is.

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Photo of bobv
4.14/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Looks nice.
Smells nice.
Tastes nice.
Feels good.
Overall: Maybe if this was a bit fresher it would have been nicer, but, as it is, it's like every other real good IPA. Really good! I was slightly more impressed with their Fort Point.

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Photo of aleigator
4.14/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful hazy, apricot pulp yellow color, with a decent head.

Smells flowery forward with wet grass in it, tied together by bready malts. Very dank, hop forward nose, featuring a nice hop balance, also revealing luscious, dried orange rind.

Has a medium carbonation, with a soft, smooth mouthfeel to it.

Tastes of orange peel wrapped up bread, accompanied by wet grass and a leafy, slightly herbal hoppiness. Utmost grassy with just the right amount of orange and lime, finishing with a sparkly, bitter dryness, still exhibiting the orange as well as the brews dankness.

Drinks amazingly easy, while providing a steamlined, focused hop presence, with a good amount of bitterness to it.

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

Another great IPA from Trillium. Personally I prefer a couple of the others I've had, Melcher, Pier, etc., but I wouldn't throw any of them out of bed.

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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 PDonahue92
4.01/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4.5

I was a little disappointed in this IPA since it was one of there top rated beers on BA, as well as UnTappd. It poured a foggy translucent pale golden color with a white meringue head that laced ever so beautifully. it had immediate notes of citrus and pine in the taste and nose. overall it was a light bodied beer with surprisingly low bitterness.

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Photo of wedge
4/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky straw color under a frothy white head that sticks to the glass. Fruity aromas like mango, orange, and papaya meet more of a green hoppy spice. Tastes of unripe fruit, creamy tangerines, and light scalliony dankness. Pretty light and soft in the mouth. Nice, if nothing special. I’d love to try the Double Dry Hopped variety.

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Congress Street IPA from Trillium Brewing Company
4.48 out of 5 based on 1,815 ratings.
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