Deciduous Imperial Red Ale | Trillium Brewing Company

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Deciduous Imperial Red AleDeciduous Imperial Red Ale

Brewed by:
Trillium Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
We brew Deciduous to welcome the return of Autumn and celebrate New England's changing foliage. This imperial red ale is russet-amber and fills the nose with pleasant aromas of fresh baked bread, pine sap, and floral citrus. Deciduous embodies the seasonal transition from summer to winter with an earth, lemon and spicy pine aroma balanced on the palate with a hearty malt character and clean, refreshing bitterness. Deciduous is medium in body and dry on the finish.

MALT: American 2-row Barley, White Wheat, Dextrine, Carared, Carafa

HOPS: Centennial, Columbus

Added by BakeTheCake on 10-20-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 127
Photo of Treyliff
3.71/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz can poured into a snifter

Pours a murky amber-brown color with a small foamy white head. Smells of citrus and piney hops, caramel malt & toasted bread. Taste pretty much follows the nose. Medium body and carbonation, foamy finish. This one seems to be an internal struggle of deciding if it wants to be an amber or a brown, seemed a bit overhauled for the style

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Photo of Newport_beerguy
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This thing looks like pulpy apple cider, smells malty with plenty of dankness, tastes follows with the smell and is one of the better imperial hoppy browns.

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Photo of JohnnyB
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looks like beef broth. Nice herbal scent. Has a touch of citrus, Lemon. Spicy and a dry finish. An interesting take on a brown ale. Really enjoyed this.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber poured into a Sam Adams tasting glass

Russett amber in color, steady carbonation, dense, creamy, billowy white two finger foam cap, great lacings

Aroma of pine, bready

Taste of pine hops in the middle of the tongue

clean, crisp bitterness, bites but doesn't linger

good beer

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Photo of theIPAman
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The best red ale I've had. A cloudy red pour with a thin head. The scent is of tropical fruit, pineapple and hops. Taste includes pineapple, grapefruit, and mango. Maybe a bit of strawberry on the finish with perfect medium bitterness. So good! Trillium are true craftsmen.

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Photo of mickyge
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured cloudy reddish brown color with a thin head from the bottle, Great smell of fruits and malt, not as hoppy as some of their others but a nice little bite at the end. Smooth taste and solid mouth feel. I liked it enough to buy it again

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Photo of TheElectricOne
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 into tulip glasses:

Pours a dark red, magenta color, with a thin white head. Not all that much lacing here. The smell is caramelly and sweet, with a solid amount of dark fruit aroma. Some cherry and grape. The taste starts slightly malty, and finishes with a cranberry and cherry flavor. I definitely got that dry, bitter, taste that comes from raw cranberries oor unpitted dark cherries. It also finishes pretty dry, with a medium body, and a smooth mouthfeel. Overall, a pretty good red ale, which isn't my style of preference, but it tasted pretty good and was clearly well-made.

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Photo of MyThoughtsExactly
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

L: Hazy amber color with solid head and head retention
S: Intense hop aroma that one comes to expect from trillium. Herbal and fruit rind. Some notes of carmel and rye.
T: Ok, who replaced my Red with an APA? Lots of hop flavor, pine, herbs, pepper, and fruit rind. Notes of rye and carmel in the finish. Mild bitterness.
F: Great mouthfeel. Creamy, pillow feel on the pallet.
Overall a great hop forward red. It isn't exactly what I expect from a red ale but still delicious.

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Photo of MA_hops
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark shade of amber, hazy with a thick, foamy, white head.
S: Sweet malts, orange zest, lemon, pine and a hint of caramel.
T: Similar to the nose, balanced well between the malts and hops. Underlying sweetness allows the hops to pop out in the finish.
M: Medium carbonation, hops are prickly to the tongue, slight bitterness to the finish with a hint of dryness. Classic Trillium feel.
O: I heard that the amount of hops they used to make this batch rivaled that of some of their double IPA'S. Very good it out!

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Complete hybrid between a red ale and a classic west coast style ipa. Not a typical trillium offering. Dry, bitter, malty and flowery. Highly attenuated. If Red IPA was a style, I'd use this as a benchmark. As a regular ipa, it's ok, but I'll take their other hoppy offerings 10 out of 10 times.

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Photo of Kraj30
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is the best red ale out there IMO.. pours out a nice brownish/red that is opaque.. the nose is like tropical bread and.. the taste follows the nose.. its like orange zest bread in the best way possible.. mouthfeel is classic JC... this is a must try brew...

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Photo of AirBob
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- three fingers of fluffy white head which reduces to about one finger of a rolling cap. Excellent lacing. Hazy amber body witha ton of visible carbonation.

S- soft and well balanced. Some pine, ripe orange flesh, orange zest, caramel.

T- Follows the nose. Sweet orange and pine sap. Shifts to caramel and lemon flesh with some uderlying floral notes which carry through the finish. Finish is piney, spicy, and bitter.

M- medium bodu and carb. Sticky finish.

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Photo of SebastianOwl
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled dated 10/13/15 (Trillium needs a better bottle dater though, too many smudged dates lately); drank in a 16 oz tumbler on 10/24/15; i typically do not love this style but this is the best "red ale" i have ever had; much more in line with Trillium's specialty, it is much less malty, "red", and bitter than many hoppy ambers; finally, it is amazing that this beer is 8%, drinks so easy for the style; prost Trillium!

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Photo of Flounder57
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

64 oz growler was poured into a snifter.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy crimson brown color with no vision of anything. Frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Resiny pine, citrus, bittersweet chocolate, toasted malts, caramel, and toffee.

Taste: Nice hop flavor with malt bill in the background. Light bitterness and chewy notes in the rear too.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium to full bodied, light bitterness, medium carbonation, and a little chewy.

Overall: Solid RIPA. I'll look forward to this more in the future.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle served in a tulip. Pours a dull mahogany hue with a hazy clarity and a rocky, 1.5 inch, cream-colored head that eventually settles into a consistent, 1/8th inch cap embedded with pinpricks and ringlets. Nose is malty and piney with a hint of spice and citrus zest. Taste consistent with nose with the addition of some caramel sweetness in the background. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body - nice balance with a pleasant, even carbonation. Overall, a very good imperial red - not a goto style for me, but Trillium knows how to do it right.

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Photo of soze47
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Revisiting this one and adjusting my score down a little. This is a unique brew for trillium - not a hop bomb but not farmhousey either. The color and look is easily its biggest flaw. Kind of a muddled brownish red and a bit cloudy. Nose is nice - candy lemon hop nose with earthy background. Sweet upfront on the taste with a really nice progression of hop flavors hiring second and on the linger to balance it out. Lemon and earthy notes. Ultimately leaves a nice balanced taste. The body is a little too heavy on this though with some rye like twang sitting too hard, ruining the otherwise nice flavor progression.

I like this beer and think it could be one of my favorites in the style with some slight tweeks.

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Photo of mnj21655
3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

32 oz growler poured into a tulip

Pours a cloudy red-brown a finger of light brown head. Aroma is subdued; hoppy upfront with malts lingering in the background. Taste is dominantly malty with hop flavor and bitterness in the background. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Overall this isn't a bad beer but nothing special.

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Photo of stonermouse
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a growler into a goblet.

Pours very cloudy, typical of many Trillium brews. Normally I kind of like this, but in this case, with the red tint, the brew looks a little like swamp water.

The aroma is a blast of fresh hops. Slightly floral, slightly lemony, overwhelmingly fresh.

The hop profile is very similar to their Congress Street brew. Lots of citrusy flavors. But in this case the malt mutes the hops slightly, leaving lemon as the most potent flavor remaining. It is a nice refreshing complement to the sharp rye-like flavor. Together, the flavors combine to create a nice earthy brew.

Finishes sticky, slightly sweet, and not overwhelmingly bitter.

Another nice offering from Trillium. Compares favorably to my favorite Maine Beer company brew, Zoe.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a dark, brownish red hue. Thinner head. It leaves speckles of lacing along my cup.

S-Aroma isn't going to blow you away with its hoppiness. It's more of a complex, balanced brew. It's got some spicy rye to it along with a robust sweetness. The hops are spicy, floral and piney.

T-The flavor is again balanced. The hops are potent but matched by the beer's sweetness. Hops are spicy, floral and piney with some tangy grapefruit. I again get some light rye spice.

M-The booze is well hidden. Body isn't incredibly full; lending some high drinkability. Bitter. It the bitterness seems hollow and doesn't stem from a ton of hop flavor.

O/D-I was a bit disappointed by this one. This also came after drinking some of their Congress Street IPA (which is one of my favorite beers I have had all year). I don't know, it just came up a bit short for me. I want a more stiffing hoppiness. Still, it's a pretty solid beer.

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Deciduous Imperial Red Ale from Trillium Brewing Company
4.08 out of 5 based on 127 ratings.
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