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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: 202 | Ratings: 1,763
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 yung_peli
4.53/5  rDev +1.1%
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 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 MatthewHopHead
4.34/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bomber poured into Teku glass.

Look: Straw color, very murky, and a nice thick head of tiny bubbles.

Smell: Citrus, straw, a little tropical fruit, and a touch of malty sweetness.

Taste: Similar to the nose with bitter hops and grapefruit.

Feel: Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Overall: a very good IPA, Trillium is one of the top beer makers out there IMO. Not this brewery's best showing.

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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 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 Summerteeth
4.85/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Hazy, hazy, hazy. Looks like a creamsicle. Tried this for the first time yesterday. Nose is heavy mangoes and peaches and oranges. Taste is heavier on the peach and citrus - and is outstanding. Been waiting to try this for a while. Well worth the wait.

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Photo of mrz200
4.55/5  rDev +1.6%
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 BEEPOP
4.29/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tropical fruity deliciousness. 99.9% balanced. Not the best of the best but a very damn good beer. Is it worth the price point? Probably not but if you are in the area you have to try this at Trillium just for the experience.

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Photo of F2brewers
4.44/5  rDev -0.9%

750 mL bottle purchased at Trillium. Poured into a HF wine glass at 39F

Reviewed using the old scoring system.

A: 4.25 Thick blocky white head 1.5" thick. Cloudy to murky straw colored body with fine carbonation. Head regenerates with gentle swirling. Fine lacing remains on the glass.

S: 4.50 Sticky dank hops with notes of pine and resin. Tropical mango and citrus fruit in the nose. Malt is muted, but thos is west coast IPA all the way. Hints of fresh squeezed OJ.

T: 4.25 Again, tropical fruit and citrus. Think mango, pineapple and papaya. Pine notes in the nose are more or less absent in the taste. Malt backbone is barely present, but that is suitable for this style. A touch of earthy dryness on the finish, but this is bursting with juicy flavor up front.

M: 4.00 Surprisngly light given the heavy handed hop presence. Good carbonation balances the richness and even at 7+ % this is very drinkable. Coats the mouth with a slight stickiness, but not overly so and the muted malts prevent overt sweetness.

O: 4.50 This is a lovely east coast version of an IPA. Aside from the 750 mL serving size, this is great. Delicious hops up front with fruitiness and rich body. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Oswick
4.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

What a great beer. The look is spot on. The smell is good. Doesn't blow your mind, but good. Feels good in the mouth. Almost tingly. Smooth finish with just a hint of bitterness on the finish. Really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of RichKent
5/5  rDev +11.6%

Purchased a case that was bottled the day before at the brewery.

Appearance is light and hazy - it looks a lot like pineapple juice in a glass.

Smell is light and fruity. Lots of juice and tropical fruit.

Tastes is pineapple forward for lack of a better term. Very fruity, very juicy with lots of other tropical fruit present, but the pineapple in Congress St. stands out the most for me.

Mouth is also light and nicely carbonated.

Overall this is one of my favorite IPAs. It's the most pineapple tasting IPA I've ever had - and I consider that a good thing. It's a little pricey if you drink it all the time, but worth every penny.

Trillium is producing some amazing beers, and they don't get nearly the hype they deserve. If you find ANY bottle of Trillium Beer, including this one, do yourself a favor and buy it on the spot. You will not be disappointed!

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Photo of HopDeezy
4.75/5  rDev +6%

A - Golden yellow, cloudy, completely opaque in appearance. Much lighter color than most IPAs but the opaque OJ like appearance along with the fluffy, frothy inch plus head that laces perfectly hints at the explosive flavors to follow

S - Extremely powerful nose, dank pineapple, grapefruit, licorice, orange rind, bitters and hints of tropical fruit combine for a very unique experience.

T - Juicy dank bitter hops, more bitter than the nose let on but all of the flavors mentioned above were present and blended beautifully.

M - light juicy carbonation, light mouthfeel in term of the consistency, explosive, popping hops that linger into a long finish.

O - This brew is a fine example of just how far IPAs have come over the years. This is so different than any of the other IPAs I've had it could be in it's own category. The range of flavors and hops out there make for some creative brews and this one is one of my all time favorite beers. Trillium is as good as it gets.

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Photo of DirtyDawg10
4.57/5  rDev +2%
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 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 Aws1187
5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What I hate about this beer is that it makes other beers taste bad. Best single IPA I've had aside from Focal Banger. Tastes great. Juicy and fresh with a deliciously light malt backbone. Get your hands on a fresh bottle. It's great.

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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 lokizan
4.33/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Aroma - As I was setting up to take a pic of my pour the hops were bursting out of the glass at me. A lovely bouquet of guava, orange, passionfruit, and melon.

Taste - moderate bitterness upfront that is immediately followed by an explosion of tropical fruit. Decent malt bill that sees the beer through on the back end. Finish is lingering hops and bitterness.

Feel: medium bodied, very pleasant feel on the tongue, the beer offers that soft carbonation that makes the beer smooth but still have a bit of bite to it.

Very fantastic beer overall, wish I could buy this all the time! This one will not disappoint, another amazing offering from Trillium!

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Photo of adnauseam007
4.4/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma - BIG aroma of orange citrus and some resiny and oniony hop flavors as well. Very inviting.
Appearance - Hazy yellow with thick white rocky head.
Flavor - Matches the aroma--resiny, oniony, and some orange or lemon citrus.
Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and fairly heavily carbonated.
Overall - I like the full-bodied feel with the juiciness but the resiny and oniony flavors aren't doing it for me. Overall, still a great IPA worth seeking.

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Photo of rms3434
5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I kid you not this beer deserves all 5s. It is the best IPA, and best beer I have ever had. It comes in with such a tropical taste, but smacks you with hops. The mouthfeel is amazing, and the grapefruit after taste is unreal. I actually got this from the liquor store I work at on a bit of a whim, and wow I am so glad I took this over the Jacks Abby Excess I was planning on buying. If you ever see this at a store, buy it.

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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 The_Kings_Thirst
4.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: Hazy. Orange at the center, fading to yellow at the edges. Big head and nice lacing
S: Grapefruit, citrus and a floral sweetness
T: Grapefruit and other citrus with a bitterness that finishes smooth
F: Medium light body.

Overall: Might be my favorite new beer this year. Great IPA. In a big city like Boston, I feel like there should be been a line out the door of the brewery with what these are crafting.

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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 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 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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Congress Street IPA from Trillium Brewing Company
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