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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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Photo of Omnium
4.49/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler > Pint glass

A - Pours a cloudy orange cold 2 fingers of really some thick white head with thick lacing.
S - Big juicy hop aroma, lots of white grape, mango, and some nice dankness, a little rye.
T - You get those big juicy fruit flavors front and on the end, but a nice pine dankness in the middle, fresh bread malt, and some spicy rye and peppery on the end.
M - No trace of the 7.2, more on the full side, love the lush feeling of this beer though.
O - Outstanding IPA, lots of fresh flavor in it, with just a touch of rye and spice bite. Great work Trillium!

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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 Damian
4.42/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 32 fl. oz. growler purchased at Trillium Brewing Company, Boston, MA
Served in a pint glass

The super hazy, yellow ochre colored beer was topped by a tight, creamy, one-finger crop of off-white foam. Solid retention. Streaks of lacing trickled down the glass.

The aroma was bursting with hops. Incredibly dank, weed-like hop notes dominated. Amazingly fruity and semi-sweet. Tons of peach and nectarine notes. Lots of orange zest as well. There was also a noticeable tropical fruit presence. Hints of mango were detectible.

The flavor profile was really solid as well but, compared to the nose, it was definitely more dry and pithy. A pale malt backbone anchored the beer on the front end before the hops took over. Super intense citrus notes. Loads of bitter orange peel and juicy tangerine notes. Good dose of peach and apricot. Some earthy hops came through as well. The finish was crisp, dry and bitter and contained a strong grapefruit rind-like pithiness. The bitterness lingered on my palate long after each sip.

The mouthfeel was surprisingly light and highly effervescent for the style. Once the liquid settled, it turned creamy, supple and smooth.

Congress Street IPA is another fantastic offering from my favorite Boston brewery. Although this beer was definitely not as complex or as drinkable as their stellar Fort Point Pale Ale, it was super tasty and enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.83/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Yet another hazy, orange juice appearance with a creamy white head. I enjoy the hazy beers but Trillium sure doesn't offer much in the way of variety in how their beers look, that's for sure. But you know what? I love it.

Anyway, the aroma is a subtle balance of pine, orange, pineapple, and what seems to be pepper? I can't quite tell. Anyway, it's beautiful.

The taste is creamy and citrusy, with the piney hop resin coming in full throttle at the end. Definitely a far more subtle tasting IPA than I expected, considering the hype. But this is not a bad thing by any means. I expected something more akin to a typical "hop bomb", but got a beer far more balanced and creamy. Love it.

The carbonation is moderate with the alcohol being well hidden. This beer has a very thick, creamy feel to it that I can always appreciate.

Overall, one of the best IPA's I've ever had. An absolutely fantastic offering from Trillium, who continue to blow my mind every time I go to Boston for a visit.

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Photo of pmarlowe
3.99/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 01/02/14 (yesterday). Tulip glass.

A: Pours a light straw color, opaque, with three fingers of pillowy head. Generous, intricate lacing and superb retention.

S: White grapefruit and orange, a light bready malt, a soft almost creamy note.

T: A bit of grassiness (maybe it’s pine), some light maltiness, and finishing with a light, fuzzy bitterness on the palate.

M: Light carbonation and medium-light body. Has that soft, farmhouse-y feel.

O: A nice effort. Very easy drinking, though a bit lighter on the flavors (approaching pale ale territory) rather than your typical big, flavorful IPA.

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.39/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A 3/30/15 dated bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Pours a very, very milky/cloudy pale orange to yellow. Looks like a glass of pale orange juice. Big white, fluffy head leaves a decent amount of lacing and a thin ring and film on top.

Smells very good, but nothing overwhelming. Very citrusy with a bit of a champagne or white wine like sourness. Slightly pungent hop oil. Light malts.

When it comes to the drinking of it part, things get more interesting. It is a blast of zesty orange, grapefruit, and some lemongrass in that order. Then some green grape sweet and sour, and closes with a piney/herbal bite, but not real bitter. Alcohol is a non-factor.

The body is pretty solid, but easy drinking. Definitely a crisp, almost champagne like carbonation middle to end.

I am kind of all over the place with this one. I always try to rate as close to style as possible to be fair, but this one screams Double/ Imperial IPA to me. Getting harder these days. All of the kick ass ipas are drinking like imperials. This one is like a Dirt Wolf on steroids. The flavors are crazy good, but I am not a big fan of the carbonation/sparkly feel. I guess in the end, it is all about what it tastes like. To me, it is a World Class beer. No White Rajah though ;)

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Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
4.55/5  rDev +1.6%
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 agreenman19
4.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L - hazy medium orange. Beautiful and piercing. Very consistent color through and through. Just a pleasant beer to look at.

S - very nice. Bright, yet subtle juicy flavors of pine and citrus. Begins smooth and ends smooth. Slight dankness in the end.

T - that smidgen of dank in the nose carries SEAMLESSY into the taste. Wow, huge dank pine blast up front, coasting throughout the entire experience. Clean, lemony zest with a good balance of floral hops. The finish is an upswing with mild hop bitterness that lingers ever so slightly.

F - lush and smooth. Bountiful. Complements the rest of the beer amazingly.

O - the transitions in this beer are out of this world. Among the best I've had. The nose leading into the taste, and then the lazy twists and turns, finishing on a hoppy high note are insanely well-done.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.4/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 5/6/16

A: Tangerine-gold with pale orange at the core and honey around the edges - hazy and opaque, as one would expect from a Trillium IPA - pours with a medium sized, white head, fades to a few wisps and a frothy collar, leaves streaks of lacing

S: Magnificent citrus - I've had this beer a number of times, and I still can't come up with a smart way to describe the nose on Congress - loads and loads of citrus, with some fresh-squeezed orange juice, slices of tangerines, and some ruby red grapefruit - the citrusy sweetness is balanced out by a dank herbal character - resinous and lightly leafy hops, but it's mostly juice - peach, mango, melon, pineapple, and something berry-like - some soft, pale malts at the base, touch of biscuit

T: Very citrusy, as the aroma suggests, with orange, tangerine, and ruby red grapefruit juice, flesh, and pulp - juicy, ripe peaches and apricots - waves of tropical flavors next, with some melon, mango, and pineapple - dark, herbal, resinous hops - pine - medium level of bitterness that lingers just a little bit - pale malts and grains at the base, touch of bread

M: Medium body, low carbonation, more smooth than crisp, almost finishes a bit watery, under-attenuated

O: No, this does not taste like orange juice left out in the sun

Congress Street is consistently lovely, and I have yet to find another "street" that really compares. The double-dry hopped versions of Congress Street barely even improve on a product that will already clean your sinuses.

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Photo of needMIbeerinMD
4.69/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer pours a hazy almost fruit juice like color and consistency with a 1/4" head of white foam.
The smell is initially sweet and fruity followed by assertive but not overpowering hops.
Taste of sweetened grapefruit balanced out with floral and only slightly bitter hops.
I thought the beer had a perfect amount of carbonation which gave is a mimosa like mouthfeel.
Without a doubt a great beer and overy drinkable considering the 7.2% ABV.

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Photo of Celtics76
4.54/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | 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 Goblinmunkey7
3.88/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 32 oz. growler. Filled on 4/16/2014.

Appearance: Hazy dark gold. Settles out a bit as it warms. Super creamy and fluffy white head. Sticky sheets and notches of lacing. Solid head retention for the duration. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Definitely tropical. Mango and peach with a nice layer of juicy grapefruit thrown in for good measure. Sweet and fruity. Malts are on the lighter side, with a mild toasted edge and some bready characteristics. Light, slightly earthy yeast with some mild fruity esters. Some citrus rind and lime. A touch pithy with some lingering bitterness. Well balanced, true to the East coast style. Some pale malt sweetness. A bit of juicy fruit. Big bitterness sits on the back. Some pine layered with all the tropical fruit.

Taste: A nice balance of tropical fruit, mainly peach and mango, with some underlying floral and citrus notes. Solidly but not bracingly bitter. A touch of mildly earthy yeast. Clean profile overall with a solid sweetness from the pale malts. A bit of powdery yeast as well. Some biscuit dough. Mild lingering bitterness. Some grapefruit as well. Pushes deeper citrus leaning toward lime with some good floral elements. Fruity hops push a vague sweetness. Woody green branches.

Mouthfeel: Nice and smooth, almost creamy. Drinks so easy. Moderate carbonation. Clean.

Overall: Crush it, bring it back, and repeat.

Not playing the hop smash game. This is a straight drinking "east coast" IPA with a bit more hop presence. frills, just a beer for drinking.

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Photo of lemmy187
4.52/5  rDev +0.9%
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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Photo of CraftFan5
3.82/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 12/23/14 and consumed on 12/29/14. So this might be the freshest IPA I've ever had.

A: Gross. I mean this might be the ugliest beer I've ever seen. Kind of a milky orange color that was completely opaque. Reminds me of the way Sixpoint RAD looked. Lacing was pretty though. I scored it a 2 on appearance just as a courtesy to the fine folks at Trillium, who obviously know what they're doing. As my brother said: "it looks like what 'your' sour beers taste like."

N: Bright, fruity, piney hops. A wonderful aroma. Better close your eyes before sniffing this one, or your senses might get confused.

T: Meh. I could tell it was a well-crafted beer, but it's just not my favorite combination of hops. Not sure what kind are in there, but one of them gave me the jibblies. Huge bitterness that stuck around for a while.

M: This is where the beer really shined. A full, coating mouthfeel from a somewhat low ABV IPA, which really impressed me.

O: 4 - I rarely give such disparate ratings to the categories for an IPA. IMHO, IPAs and stouts are either well-made or they're not, and the categories are usually not more than a point away from each other. Those kinds of ratings are usually reserved for sours. This one was unique. The nose and mouth almost fooled me into believing it was a world class beer, which most people obviously think it is.

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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 kevanb
4.3/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

16oz can, dated 06.29.2016, first can run, poured into a Trillium snifter.

The pours an expectedly turbid and cloudy golden color, bright and soft, with plenty of haze that has a nice, foamy, white head, about a finger or so high, good retention and large swatches of lace. The aroma is really nice, very tropical, lots of pineapple, mango, grapefruit peel, a bit of valencia orange, light pine, mild grassiness with some mineral water and soft, sweet grain. The flavors don't really burst out, but they are quite delicious, tropical fruits, lots of pineapple, papaya and passionfruit with some floral character, a bit dank that brings out some pine, mild bitterness up front, cereal grains and a typical yeasty sweetness come across nicely, sturdy malt character with a nice lingering bitterness. The mouthfeel is good, full bodied, chewy, thick and it coats the tongue super well and finishes easily enough with a dry and bitter kick.

Verdict: A great IPA from Trillium, bright and delicate flavors, tempered bitterness, soft and sweet malt character really adds to this one for me. This is probably one of the more balanced IPAs I've had from Trillium, not too aggressive on the hop front, no one flavor really pushing this beer, but instead, a more restrained, complex experience that is really easy to drink. A perfect staple IPA, one that I wish was local to me.

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Photo of snowmageddon
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy yellow pours with a billowing head that contains small bubbles
S: As with many hoppy trillium beers, you can smell the fruity/bitter goodness right when you crack into it. Oranges or grapefruit scent is everywhere.
T: the grapefruit/orange notes, but a piney, earthy backbone is certainly present from the light malts. There are some earthy hop notes as well.
For a hoppy bear, the finish is quick.
M: Like grapefruit juice. Full-bodied for the style. Carbonation is average for the style.
O: Can't believe I've never reviewed this one. Exceptional beer. I usually don't go gaga over hoppy IPAs, but this juicy beer distinguishes itself in a crowded field of great New England IPAs.

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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 Dreadnaught33
4.46/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer is awesome, well worth visiting the brewery to get it. Unfiltered hoppy goodness, very well balanced with a super piney nose and flavor with a decent lighter body and bitter lasting finish. Great stuff.

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Photo of lovindahops
4.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Congress St picked up a growler yesterday 5/7/16
A- Congress St pours a light orange body with faint white lacing on the edges of the glass. Hazy and full of a New England IPA hop glow. This is truly my definition of an IPA appearance. Even web like lacing stabs the edges

S- prickly ruby red grapefruit scent that's pungent with those flavors. A tropical blend followed by complete bitter themes. As expected, New England hop profile at the forefront.

T- stinging grapefruit attacks the front end of the palate. Sweet and bitter melon, cantaloupe, and a dry pineapple follow up with the faintest hint of malt on the end. Can't emphasize enough the forefront of galaxy hops in display.

M- an attack of tropical lacing flavors coating your mouth like a layer of paint. I keep circling back to stinging flavors but that's the experience

O- again, the east coast continues to destroy the west coast. While this isn't the best galaxy hop forward brew I've ever had, it's certainly on the front lines. My first Trillium brew ends up being epic. Great stuff

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Photo of Gatch
4.27/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I shared this bottle with friends and they had tried it in the past and insisted this is a different/off batch. This is my first time having it (drank the DDH version a few weeks ago) and there was just something weird about it.

Super cloudy, beautiful golden-yellow. Typical Trillium gorgeous looks. Very sticky, resiny, bitter, strong hop flavor. Smooth, easy drinking. Tropical fruit is heavy but something is missing or overpowering or maybe the balance is just off with this brew/batch.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle. Hazy orange with thick white head, fades slowly to a glob, lots of lace. Nice fruity aroma. Taste starts with some juicy goodness but is immediately taken over by dank piney hops, weedy. Hops turn earthy at the end. Full soft mouthfeel. Excellent bold dank IPA.

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

L - hazy peach color, small white head, some lacing
S - lots of passion fruit, some citrus
T - floral on the front, some bitterness of the back, very smooth
F - juicy, nice carbonation
O - very nice

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Trillium just does not make bad beers. This one is no different. Lots of hazy, fruity I, sticky goodness with tons of delicious hop character on the nose. Perfect carb with a nice juicy pour.

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Photo of RichD
4.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750 into a tulip.

L: Pours and incredible yellow orange color. This is definitely the best looking IPA that I've ever laid my eyes upon. There's a small white head that fades into a small ring around my glass. Forreal though, this beer looks amazing. So juicy looking.

S: Smells like heaven. Not sure what this is hopped with, but it smells like Galaxy hops. Upon further research I am indeed correct. Absolutely massive notes of peach and citrus invade my nose like a Spanish conquistador. Not sure I smell much else, but what I smell is legendary.

T: The taste, of course, follows the nose to a "T." Huge citrus and peach flavors come through like no other beer that I've had. Dare I say that this may taste one dimensional?! However, the one dimension that I taste is magnificent. I can taste a bit of yeast, but the mango and orange and pineapple is great. There are few American IPAs that I've had that can even contend with how great this is.

F: Medium mouthfeel and the 7.2 percent is non existent. However, I only think I could do 1 750 of this because if I had more in a sitting then I simply would not enjoy it as much as I should.

Overall: This beer is awesome. RECOMMENDATION: Get this in the bottle. I had this a year ago in growler form and while great, it was not this great. There's something about 32oz. screw top growlers that make the carbonation lower than it should be. If you see this in bottles, buy as much as you can. This is my second favorite American IPA of all time and I don't really see anything unseating this.

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Congress Street IPA from Trillium Brewing Company
4.48 out of 5 based on 1,703 ratings.
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