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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Photo of ELS
3.96/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Is it just me or are some beers from certain New England Breweries way overrated? This beer is good but nothing to get exited about. The smell is citrus which is good, but not enough of it. Maybe the dry hopped version is even better. The taste is bitter with a little citrus but mostly a combination of two hops that have a murky taste that doesn't showcase any specific flavors. Yet, it tastes pretty good. It goes down pretty well but a little acidic towards the end. Overall a good beer but not a beer that I would chase after.

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Photo of Zythophile
4.39/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle Date: 3/8/16
Palate Contaminants: none

Continuing Trillium adventures. Good ride so far.

Appearance is like an opaque pineapple juice.

Smell is very peachy, with some pear. It's as juicy as any I can recall. There's also a bit of coconut.

Taste balance is more toward bitterness than sweetness, compared to their other offerings. However, the fruit flavor is still there. Peach and pear were on the nose, and those are the main two on the tongue, too. And apricots. There are a lot of stone fruit flavors in here, but they're not so strong. There's also a muted lemon zest flavor. It's a bit tea-ish.

Feel is probably the most carbonated of the five Trillium expressions I've knocked back thus far.

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Photo of Amguerra305
4.31/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden hazy yellow color in the glass with a slight tilt towards the red spectrum. Definitely lots of fruit in the nose; Mellon grapefruit and pineapple. Taste is rather dry with a slight bready quality that finishes a bit too bitter for my taste. Feel is nice with a medium high carbonation. Overall a really good beer that is just a tad too bitter for my taste.

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Photo of beantown_hopster
4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter from a growler, filled today around noon and consumed today around 6pm :)

Pours a beautiful hazy orange with very small lacing head. The smell also impresses, floral, peach and mango. The malt doesn't make it too sweet, or too juicy and the hops don't make it too bitter. It really is a nice balance, which I suppose is what a good IPA is going for. Finishes bitter and dry, makes you look at your glass and go hop bitterness and dryness from... orange juice? Mouth feel is medium-high carbonation, thinner on the body than others have experienced for me.

Very enjoyable to drink IPA.

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4.52/5  rDev +0.7%
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 KMachHops
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml bottle dated 62215.

Look: Golden yellow and hazy.
Smell: Another citrus bomb from Trillium.
Taste: Oranges, grapefruit, and tropical notes.
Feel: Very smooth and the right amount carbonation. It's sticky leaving all that awesome flavor in your mouth.
Overall: It's up there as one of my favorite IPAs. Trillium is doing something unbelievable.

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Photo of neophilus
4.44/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy light yellow color with some amber hues. Dense white foam crowns the top. Aroma of hop resins with citrus and melon. Some malt sweetness on the nose as well.

Well-hopped flavor is bright and and substantial, citrusy hop bitterness mingles with tangy wine-like notes, thick but drinkable body of ale. Has a bit of rye like spice on the edges. Finishes smooth with lingering tang from the hops. Serious dose of juicy hops finishes off this tasty american ipa.

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Photo of brewmeister1984
4.27/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not trilliums best but an amazing beer none the less. Has a really nice dry finish but is less juicy than trilliums other options. A very solid offering from this amazing brewery.

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Photo of Sandalwood
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, pours a very cloudy dark orange golden color with a huge white foamy head. There is quite a bit of a frothy lacing. The odor to me is powerful, citrus, grapefruit, pineapple, grassy, peach, apricot, floral, slightly spicy, dried fruits, dank, and slightly malty. The taste for me is honey, floral, tropical fruits, apricot, grapefruit, lemon, orange, slight spice, slightly bread like, herbal, resin, some dry bitterness throughout.

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Photo of frozyn
4.48/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L -- A ridiculously hazy peach color. Frothy white head that sticks around for a bit and falls to a ring. The lacing sticks around for ages and falls down all sides.

S -- Holy smokes -- tons of citrus, tropical fruit, pine, pineapple. They say melon, which never really smells like much to me unless it's super ripe, but I do notice the same sort of "freshness" scent that comes from less-than-perfectly-ripe melon. I wouldn't have known what to call it unless I'd read the description on the page.

T -- Zingy pineapple, melon, a little pine, a minute touch of dank. Later on, some unripe peach comes through. The pine also becomes more predominant, but it's mellowed by the tropical notes.

F -- There's a strong zip to it, definitely like the acidic twang that comes with really good orange juice. It's easy drinking, but the zing makes you want to take it slow and enjoy it -- a good thing, in my mind.

O -- This is a great beer. The more I drink it, the more flavors I get and the more they tend to mesh together well. There's a ton of hop flavor in here, but the bitterness isn't overwhelming, and there's enough balance to make this downright delightful.

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Photo of RobbDogg
4.51/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Another great IPA from Trillium. An unfiltered cloudy straw pour from a fresh growler with a bubbly thin head. A big piney hop nose. Lots of grapefruit, pineapple, and pine, with a touch of tropical fruit....really good stuff. A bit of the ganja as well.... Ya mon! Nice bitterness throughout, with plenty on the finish. The mouthfeel is crisp yet creamy; a pleasure to drink. Like all of the street series IPAs from them, this is another well crafted beer by Trillium. A bit pricey at $23 for a growler, but worth the splurge. One I will remember as my Pats were winning #4 while I was having it.

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Photo of RockAZ
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just a short note on one of the most marvelous beers, it must have something to do with the white wheat that makes this very special. My good friend tolerates my IPA madness, but he screamed this is the first IPA he has ever liked a LOT. Could not give him enough of it, and I have to say the fragrance and overall balance of this beer between the malts and hoppy flower/fruit aromas makes it one of my very hard to get favorites!

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Photo of CoffeePorter
4.66/5  rDev +3.8%
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 hudsonvalleyslim
4.48/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Growler poured fresh from the brewery (this evening) into a Proclamation Ale tulip. Gonna keep this short and sweet. I've had hundreds of fine ales (and that was just last week!) but Congress Street is one of the finest I've tasted. Matter of fact, Trillium makes many of the finest ales I've ever tasted. I'm blessed to live a short drive away from the Canton brewery.

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Photo of arlo19
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Cloudy, which surprised me. As the other reviews mirror this, it is normal I see. Tropical citrus aroma anand taste. Smooth with a bitter and sweet finish. Overall, it is great and reminds me of a sweeter Two Hearted.

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Photo of TheBeerCarl
3.54/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

The beer is a light yellow with intense haze. Good thick white head but poor retention and little lacing.

The nose is wonderful. I thought I died and went to hop heaven. Beautiful lemony sweet citus with a little bit of earthy grass. I wanted to chug this beer right away based on the smell.

And then the taste... bwah bwah bwah. The flavor is lacking. Light citrus and pine but pretty watered down. It lingers like a glass of water with lemon with some bittering hops.

The mouth feel is sharp. Too much carbonation to enjoy the malt or the hops. Its like I was drinking a trapist ale.

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Photo of TimZebGir
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Land of patriots
And cold winters,
Clapboard puritans that tell me,
I can't enjoy this beer.
Screw those guys, I'm a Catholic.

A: Pours hazy golden yellow with greenish tinge. Pretty foamy head for an IPA, well-retained. (3/3)
S: Strong pineapple and grapefruit with a certain sweetness. A little bit of unnameable floral something, too. (11/12)
T: Marijuana comes to play with the pineapple and grapefruit. The more acidic fruits take over, and the hang is significant. (17/20)
M: So wet and juicy on the front with a medium dryness on the finish. Really just fills the mouth. Refreshing for sure. (5/5)
O: (9/10)

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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 Drvitlkeyustolit80
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
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 Ljudsignal
4.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

32oz growler poured into a Trillium pint glass. Growler filled today, 1/9/14.

Pours a cloudy golden-orange with a frothy but disappointingly thin one-finger white head. Head retention is fairly poor, lingering for only half a minute or so before vanishing completely. On the plus side, lacing is thick and plentiful, and a persistent collar and film sit atop the beer long after the head itself has vanished. On the whole, looks good but not great.

In the nose, though...oh man, this stuff is rich! Grapefruit, peach, tangerine, orange rind, and floral hops mingle potently with subtler notes of tropical fruit--notably pineapple and mango--and a light, sweet bready malt note. Beautiful, inviting, complex.

Taste follows the nose almost to the letter, and that is by no means a bad thing. Fruit-forward on the front of the palate, with lemon zest, grapefruit, bitter orange rind as well as a sweeter tangerine note, and floral hops all leading the charge. Mid-palate the focus shifts to pine oil and light bready malt, while on the back of the palate a bitter citric oil note joins the lingering pine. An almost rye-like spiciness is present on the very back of the palate and into the finish. Finishes dry and fairly clean, the aforementioned slight lingering pine oil and rye spice notwithstanding.

Medium-bodied while feeling lush and slick. Zippy carbonation balances a fairly creamy and resinous mouthful. Alarmingly drinkable, I could finish this whole growler easily if I wasn't being gently coerced into sharing it.

On the whole, this was everything I'd heard it was and more. Trillium has just leapt to the very top of my regional radar on the strength of the four beers I've had from them so far, and I can't wait to try more of their offerings in the future.

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Photo of robroc
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Looks beautiful in the glass. People with more discerning noses picked out a bouquet of flavors. Grapefruit is what stuck out the most to me. The taste seems a little one-dimensional, but not in a bad way at all. Perfectly balanced. I could drink this all night without getting tired of it. No flaws, and no suggestions for improvement, so I'm going with a perfect score for this one.

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Photo of BEEPOP
4.29/5  rDev -4.5%
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 Beergasm1
4.64/5  rDev +3.3%
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 drew42e
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
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 +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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Congress Street IPA from Trillium Brewing Company
4.49 out of 5 based on 1,933 ratings.
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