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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 | 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

Added by TheAnk on 10-04-2013

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Reviews:
176
Ratings:
1,585
Avg:
4.49
pDev:
19.82%
 
 
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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.63/5  rDev +3.1%
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 LukieBL
4.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

What's to be said?
Just picked up a fresh growler today and this is my favorite batch in quite a while. It's more or less a perfect beer.

Juicy, clean, addictive stuff from 369 congress yet again.

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Photo of imonhiatus
4.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

super freshie from my man mark who snagged me a bottle at the brewery. bottled 2/10/16, so 5 days old, enjoyed from a trillium Willie becher. gorgeous looks...sticky goop lace all over the glass. nose is out of this world dripping with sticky fresh hops. taste follows suit...a bit on the bitter side for trillium, but juicy and super enjoyable.

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Photo of emount91
4.62/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a beautiful murky orange with almost peach hue to it. beautiful lacing, uneven foamy head. smell is oranges, mangos, light citrus, some pine, orange creamsicle, and a little grassy. absolutely no malt on the nose. taste is the same as smell but very heavy on the orange and orange creamsicle tastes. very little malt on the back end. mouth feel is that perfect NE IPA juicy fuzz. beautiful beer from Trill, can wait to crack it's older brother in the fridge.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.61/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Popping open a 750mL bottle from 7/30 acquired in a trade thanks to Michael. Rarely, and I mean this honestly, do I give out 5's. This beer, however, is just so beautiful that it is the first IPA I've ever had to receive 5 in the looks department. Super dense cloudiness, gold with hint of orange, and a fluffy white head. Great tropical fruit aroma here, too, really inviting. Great tasting IPA, too, easily jumping up there in terms of the world-class IPAs that I've had. Just spectacular, super juicy with tons of tropical fruit. Finishes a bit heavy and slick, but a pleasure to drink. Worth the wait.

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Photo of Markhdougherty
4.61/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Wow, this is why I love drinking IPA's. This beer achieves a perfect balance of complexity verses cleanliness and flavor without bitterness. Congress Street has a great citrus floral flavor with a clean smooth finish. This ranks as one of my favorites along with Lawson's sip o sunshine and Nightshift Santilli.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.61/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bright yellow/straw colored body with a bubbly white head. Loads of tiny bubbles in this beer and it comes through in the mouthfeel. Not sure what yeast is used, but it really brightens this beer up. Loads of carb almost like a bretted saison. Citrus rind bitterness on the tongue and a big fruity and juicy nose. This is really a fantastic and also different IPA. I'd choose this over a lot of the heavy hitters out there because of that. Easy to drink and quite tasty.

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Photo of Hootie159
4.61/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Review of previous had. On tap. Did they serve me orange juice? Great lacing also. Smells like bitter orange peel. Taste is much juicier. Blend of citrus but not without a great presence of bitter. Carbonation is appropriate and this beer is a bit creamy in a way. Fantastic feel. I haven't had this in over a year. Not sure if they've changed it, but I like it more now.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.58/5  rDev +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 rudzud
4.58/5  rDev +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 mikeyv35
4.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Date: 02/22/2015
Bottled: 10/18/2014
Type: 750ml. Bottle
Glass: Fiddlehead Wheat Glass

Pours a hazy golden in color w/ a massive multiple finger white head that laces the hell out of the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, white wine, weed, and cat piss. The flavor opens w/ some grapefruit and malt sweetness, transitioning into mild pine, and closes w/ white wine and herbal hop bite. Medium bodied and lush as Trillium really nails this aspect with their brews. The finish on this is pretty juicy. Due to the great depth of flavor, absence of bitterness, and juicy finish this can be crushed in great volume.

Overall, Wow! This is a go to IPA that you could drink everyday. If I were a Bruins fan, which I am NOT, I would want to drink this at every game. I am going to have to start sneaking this into Penguin games at the Consol Energy Center, making sure to pour it into a cup so my buddies don't realize it's from Boston.

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Photo of Beric
4.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Serving: On tap, 12oz pour, at Pastoral
Served: 14 May 2016

Appearance: Pours a beautiful hazy yellow with a pearl head that doesn't stick around too long, though I suspect that the alcohol content and glassware choice could have had something to do with it. The beer almost looks like egg drop soup- it seems like if you look close enough, you can see the swirls of stuff moving around in there.

Smell: Huge tropical fruit notes: grapefruit, pomelo, lemon, mandarin, passion fruit, guava, and mango.

Taste: Very much like the nose- it's definitely a juice bomb. Finishes off-sweet, which was nice. Amazing what flavors Trillium can whip up from just using hops. It's insane. Alcohol is perfectly masked.

Mouthfeel: High body with medium carbonation. Very drinkable.

Overall: Another incredible Trillium beer and very easily one of the best IPAs I've had. Highly recommended.

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Photo of -Rick
4.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Its been a while since I have had the regular version of this beer. Big citrus nose on this. Lots of orange smell and flavor in the taste. A smooth and slightly acidic mouthfeel on this, ends with a slight bitter fruit ending.

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Photo of DirtyDawg10
4.57/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a pale hazy yellow color with a thick creamy head and some nice lacing. The smell was fantastic. Tropical citrus with plenty of orange, some pineapple and grapefruit. Unfortunately the flavor didn't live up to the smell. Don't get me wrong, I really liked this beer. The flavor though was mostly grapefruit and I just wish it had a bit more of the pineapple and orange. Overall this was a great beer. I will definitely get this one again.

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Photo of KevinL
4.57/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Looks like orange juice. Very hazy, with that lighter orange color one is used to seeing at breakfast. 4/5.

S: Citrus and tropical aromas that punch you in the face. A friend sharing the bottle went immediately to grapefruit, for both the citrus and the bitterness. Wonderful. 4.5/5.

T: Even better than the aromas! Just delicious. More citrus and tropical fruit flavors than you can imagine. This is one of my first unfiltered NE IPAs, and I will absolutely be going back for more. The flavors just pop. 4.75/5.

M: Exceedingly drinkable. 4.5/5.

O: Loved this. Would absolutely go back for more. Planning a trip to Boston now. 4.5/5.

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Photo of avas
4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Canned 6/29.

A: Super hazy pale yelow pineapple juice. Decent head retention. Very thick and dense appearance.

S: Citrus and pineapple explosion complemented by a slightly bready contribution from the signature Trillium backbone. Very complex aromatically... Certainly not easy to describe.

T: Tropical fruit galore with a substantial bready malt balance. Orange, tangerine, peach, and pineapple. I may be biased after sampling the DDH variant, but I felt that the hop profile could've been a bit more powerful relative to the malt.

M: Classic Trillium 'house' mouthfeel. Medium/high carbonation, dry finish with medium-low bitterness.

O: The archetypal Triliium IPA. Excellent balance between the Galaxy hops and the malt backbone. Would prefer slightly softer mouthfeel, but the intensity of the aroma/taste carries this beer into my top 5 IPAs.

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Photo of mrz200
4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2nd time having this beer. Sticker date of 1/9, drank on 1/12. Opened it for about 45 min before pouring.
A little hazier and danker than Lunch, but many similarities. Hoppier. Excellent.

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Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Please, sir, may I have another? comes to mind. Poured from the bottle into a Teku glass. Vibrant tangerine body swept golden and yellow with a finger of pillowy, white head. Grapefruit and peach and pineapple all around: luscious fruity notes. A mouthfeel like feathers being dragged across your tongue. Refreshing, crisp, sensual, delicious.

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Photo of Celtics76
4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Trillium's flagship brew (or is it Fort Point?) is tremendous. Really strong orange rind, grapefruit..more bitterness than other Trillium beers I've had.

One thing I've noticed is all of their hoppy beers look the same - opaque golden yellow. I guess that's their trademark. Not complaining..

Anyway, another winner from Trillium. Not their best though..that title (so far) belongs to DDH Sleeper Street. I see this one getting lost in the shuffle with me going forward.

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Photo of RJQ3
4.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured 25 oz bottle into a Stella glass. Pours a cloudy golden color with a nice thick white head. Laces the glass nicely all the way down. Aroma is incredible to the point I keep smelling the empty bottle it's that good. All you smell is delicious hops, dank, flower, citrus hints attack the nostrils with veracity. Taste was very good but a little disappointed cause the smell was so good. Immediately get the hop forward taste I love with citrus Grapfruit, mango and the a good bitter resin grass finish. Mouthfeel was refreshing but a little light. Overall it's a great IPA, worthy of its #12 ranking!

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Photo of nmann08
4.54/5  rDev +1.1%
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 yung_peli
4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy golden straw/peach color, 2 finger creamy white head, good retention, little to no lacing
AR: Tropical Fruit: Guava, Mango, Pineapple, Pine resin underneath, hints of cracker malt
T: Follows nose, fruit forward, slight lingering hop bitterness and malt on the finish
M: Good prickly carbonation, medium body, wet on the palate.

Fantastic. Perhaps a touch more dank/bitter hops would help this brew shine even more. Turning up the malt also wouldn't hurt. As it is, this beer is incredibly good. In my Top 5 American IPA's.

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Photo of Bugs318
4.52/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy orange tinged light amber. Thick white head, nice lacing and some retention.
S: citrus, mango, pineapple, strawberries, some papaya. Delicious, fruity, complex, and amazing.
T: a touch of malty backbone restrains the hops, which come out very citrus forward and fruity in a decently lingering none too bitter finish.
M: perfect effervescence, medium light body.
O: amazing. Better than Heady if a touch behind SOS

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Photo of jlindros
4.52/5  rDev +0.7%
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 lemmy187
4.52/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Looks like strained pineapple juice with about a finger of white head. Pick up citrus, pine, grapefruit, and lemon zest in the nose. Refreshing taste.....lemon, citrus, and low bitterness. Feel is silky with medium low carbonation. Excellent ipa.....drinkability is off the charts.

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Congress Street IPA from Trillium Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.
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