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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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Reviews: 203 | Ratings: 1,764
Photo of fulcrumbs
4.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Super solid IPA. Drank from a frosty... the smell didn't blow me away... but the start and finish of this IPA was fantastic all the way through. Was kind of sad when the bomber was gone. Still waiting to get my hands on some TreeHouse... but best AIPA coming out of MA to-date. If this stuff came in pint cans... oh ya...!

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Photo of jhavs
4.67/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Fresh bottle received in trade, poured into snifter tasting glass.

A= Hazy orange straw color, nice slightly less than pure white head, foamy, settles to ring around the glass with nice clingy lacing.

S= Rich and strong tropical hop aroma prevails over everything else, makes you want to take a sip.

T= Tropical, pine, and lemon zest hop flavors. Bit of inviting earthy dankness, easy finishing bitterness balances everything out. Awesome flavor.

M= Medium body with moderate carbonation.

O= Great explosion of hop aromas and flavors. Layers of both work great with the malt structure. Truly an excellent beer.

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Photo of Damasen
4.67/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Hazy mix of pineapple and orange juice. Leaves a dense two finger off white head.

S: Starts with citrus and pineapple that goes into mango and peach. Slight floral in the background.

T: Follows nose. Starts with pineapple and citrus then goes into a bitter that mixed with fruit that is easily distinguishable. The bitter plays on the pineapple and some mango until the fruits take over and the drink eventually ends a tad sweet of fruit.

F: Medium to full body mouth feel that lingers of the citrus fruit. Very nice.

O: This is a great offering from Trillium. The smell is nice with a big hit of citrus and tropical fruit and the taste follows an interesting path of citrus and tropical fruit that goes into bitter that echoes the previous fruit flavors. The mouth feel only further enhances these flavors. Amazing.

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Photo of CoffeePorter
4.66/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy, light pineapple yellow in color with a thin, white head.
S: Very hoppy, pine, some mango like citrus. Extremely fresh as it was bottled on 5/8/15.
T: Similar to nose. Immediately you can detect the powerful punch of the hops, which fades into a light citrus quality with a bit of pine. The hops are in your face throughout the sip.
M: Medium carbonation, hops are prickly to the tongue, slight bitterness/dryness aftertaste.
O: Another hit by Trillium, these guys are on fire!!

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Photo of Fireman_RK
4.66/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: Hazy golden hues with an inch and a half head - gorgeous lacing throughout
S: Tropical fruits with a mild dankness
T: Bursting with hops and a citrusy aftertaste; there's a certain dryness, but I didn't get as much as some other reviewers
F: Soft and pillowy - oddly enough this was my favorite aspect of the brew - so light and fluffy
O: Another terrific IPA from Trillium - certainly one of my favorites and highly recommended

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Photo of stonermouse
4.66/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a goblet out of a fresh growler.

Before I even pour, a blast of hoppy goodness hits my nose. Pinapple and orange juice shoot out of the glass as I pour it. Wow.

The pour is absolutely perfect. Nice thin, white head. Great lacing. Hazy, greenish-orange. Looks like fresh squeezed grapefruit juice.

Just incredible flavor. Clean fruits, orange and lemon with a touch of biting pine. Finishes flowery yet sweet. Spectacular.

Mouthfeel is sticky, and all of the nice flavors stick around. Certainly leaves a dry film on my tongue as I work through the growler.

This is a total palate-crusher. But it is truly wonderful. I wasn't prepared for there to be a place a mile from my workplace putting out a beer like this. I was ready to trash this brew. But alas, it was all and more than I expected. Kudos, I will grab this whenever available.

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Photo of MA_hops
4.65/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Top 3 IPA...citrus/hop bomb. Very cloudy/bright yellow in color. Has a creamy mouthfeel, notes of pine, mango and grapefruit. Perfectly balanced beer. Having the convenience to drink it fresh and often is why I often dream about Trillium.

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Photo of Dolphinsmarlins1
4.65/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Awesome beer from Trillium. After imbibing an UPPERCASE, I was pleasantly surprised with this one. Extremely aromatic and filled with flavor. Wish I got more.

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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 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 LukieBL
4.63/5  rDev +3.3%
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 +3.3%
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 +3.1%
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 +2.9%
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 +2.9%
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 +2.9%
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 +2.9%
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 +2.2%
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 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 moysauce
4.58/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Can dated 9/8/2016 poured into tulip on 9/29/2016

Appearance: beautiful deep hazy orange. Not obnoxious gross ass bathwater haze. But glowing orange in the light. Roughly one finger of white fluffy head.

Aroma: WOW. Opened the can and immediately hit with bursts of mango, orange, and some pineapple. INTENSE. Unfortunately the aroma died relatively fast, but when it was a live it was a solid 3 fire emojis.

Taste: Followed the nose exactly. Just a bit of bitterness. Nothing assertive. Really nice compliment. Bitterness was rind or pith. Excellent.

Feel: As full bodied as a beer can be without becoming chewy. Really nice to have some substance and body. Couldn't drink something this full bodied all the time, but it complimented the aroma and taste quite nicely.

Overall: Really really impressed by this beer. The only thing holding it back from being ranked any higher is that the aroma died relatively fast. Still some subtle nose as I continued to drink, but it would have been nice to experience it longer. Definitely lived up to the hype. Stoked I got to try this one. Thanks Beric!

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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 mikeyv35
4.58/5  rDev +2.2%
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 +2.2%
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 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 -Rick
4.58/5  rDev +2.2%
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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Congress Street IPA from Trillium Brewing Company
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