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Pocket Pigeon | Trillium Brewing Company

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Trillium Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Part of our Small Bird series of seasonal, sessionable pale ales, Pocket Pigeon features malted spelt and a large dosing of Mosaic, Galaxy, and Columbus hops. Deep gold in color with a heavy haze and bright white head, Pocket Pigeon emits aromas of freshly squeezed orange juice, tart pineapple, and spicy hops. Light in body with a delicate mouthfeel, this beer ends bone dry with a lasting, lemon pith bitterness.

MALT: American 2-Row Barley, Spelt, Dextrine, C-15

HOPS: Galaxy, Mosaic, Columbus

Added by JCTetreault on 02-15-2014

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Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 91
Photo of rudzud
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to JLindros for sharing this can.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice hazy milkshake orange with a bigger head that fades to leave sticky lacing and a thin blanket.

S - Aromas of nice citrus, really nice tropical notes, and then there mosaic pokes out with spicy earthy hops and crushes the rest of the nose.

T - Taste is similar to the nose nice citrus and and good light melon. The mosaic comes out really strong, loads of earthy pine. Clashes with the other hops.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, body was a bit thin.

O - Overall this was a solid beer, however, the mosaic gets in the way of the rest of the hops. Very unfortunate.

Serving type: can

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Photo of jlindros
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Canned 7/22/16

Bog Big foamy creamy thIck head fades slowly, tons of messy lacing, murky tangerine orange color.

Nose mixed, some great citrus and tropical hops, faint earthy pine sap, big musty guava, little passion fruit and orange, tangerine, pine sap increases.

Taste brings more musty tropical fruits, dank resin little oniony, musty passion fruit, guava, pine sap, again little oniony, juicy citrus, grapefruit, littler orange tangerine little malt. Finish dry slight sticky, little earthy spicy hop little mosaic again.
Mouth is med bod, decent but lighter carb.

Overall starts great then mosaic creeps in, still a good beer, mosaic isn't too crazy, hops are very nice otherwise.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

swung by the canton brewery today and snagged some cans. classic looks and a really solid pale ale. great hop profile and held its own after a can of cutting tiles. nicealthough backbone and a great hop. trilly.

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Photo of mnj21655
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy pale orange in color with a finger of white head. Aroma is very subdued; light citrus and tropical fruits. Taste mirrors the aroma with a focus on tangerine/orange and notes of pineapple and peach. Good mouthfeel, it had a bit of the fuller creamy texture of the NE style but is definitely on the lighter/thinner side. Very flavorful and drinkable for a pale. I'm really enjoying the Small Bird series and liking the price point, hoping to try another installment before the summer is over.

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Photo of TheElectricOne
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drank from the can, and from a glass, both equally rad. Purchased from the brewery.

Appearance: pours a brightish orange color, with a pure white foamy head on top. Looks a bit like a creamsicle, in fact, color wise. Body is murky and hazy as hell. Head dissipates after a minute or so, leaving spotty lacing.

Aroma: typical Trillium awesomeness. The second you pop the can, hops pour out in abundance. Smells of ripened pineapple, orange flesh, and a touch of dankness as well. Even more pungent out of the glass.

Taste: reminds of Derivative w/ Galaxy from Proclamation. Really soft and crushable, with tons of juiciness to go around. Trillium never ceases to amaze how much hop flavor they get out of relatively (nowadays) low percentage beers. Pineapple, mango, light citrus. Yum Yum YUMMMMMMMMM.

Feel: for 5.7%, it's full as can be, but still plenty crushable.

Overall: this is a great little beer. Second in the "Small Bird" series that I've had, and the second one that has been fantastic.

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Photo of MaineBeerDinner
4.51/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best small bird series offering, this has staying power (like a pigeon in Copley Square?). Drank from the can (in the great Alchemist tradition like Kimmich yelling capslock on DRINK FROM THE CAN) enjoying this new Trillium possibility. Notes hit with Galaxy straight on the nose, definite touch of pineapple, with a citrus punch. Not overwhelming smell as Trillium is prone to, which follows through with the taste. Beautiful delicate mouthfeel, with a full balance of fruit, with tastes of mango and pineapple, alongside definite citrus, some light spice zest, with a nice body of Galaxy, all in one swig, without any lingering aftertaste: creamy in the body if a dry finish. Simple light-bodied with punches of flavor, balance worth savoring and replicating. Brilliant stuff from Trillium

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.79/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

16 oz. can dated 07/22/16

Pours cloudy opaque gold with a frothy white foam head. This beer smells amazing with the duly noted freshly squeezed orange juice, big mango, some tropical pineapple, passionfruit, toasted bready grain, with dank earthy grass and mildly spicy herbal pine. Tastes like orange juice, pineapple, passionfruit, tropical mango, some lemon pith citrus, toasted bready grain, with dank earthy grass and spicy herbal pine. Feels medium-light bodied, soft, dense and creamy with low carbonation. Overall a unique and interesting hoppy pale ale.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.59/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

dated 7/22. dope looking can, nice hazed appearance with a white head that quickly dissipates to nothing.

big citric blast on the nose, as well as grassyness and medicinal dankness that is characteristic of Trillium. solid tropical notes as well - my girlfriend who doesnt drink beer can smell the pineapple from across the room. there is also orange, grapefruit, and fuzzy peach. the scent of this beer just screams galaxy!! smell is quite pungent, especially given the low abv. earthy and slightly spicy/peppery garlic and onion notes coming out as it warms, hello mosaic!

on the palate is tangerine orange, grapefruit, peach, melon, light mango, pineapple, subtle breadyness. these flavors blend perfectly on the tongue in waves of hop elixir, incredibly crisp bitterness on the finish, wonderfully dry. light-medium bodied, slightly creamy and coats very nicely. also getting that subtle spice coming out as the beer warms up.

overall this is absolutely a world class pale ale - after being disappointed by the last few hoppy offerings ive tried from Trillium, this beer is a bif of a relief as its back on the level of legendary status that I expect from these guys. in terms of finding an easy drinkinking beer with pungent aroma and delectable hoppyness - its tough to find a pale ale better than this. right up there with the varietals of FPPA as well as the legendary pale ales coming from HF. truly a pleasure to drink this one!

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Photo of sawbones420
3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz. can into an imperial pint glass to make room for head, of which there was a big ol' foamy one that dissipated almost as quickly as a warm soda. Leftover lacing very minimal. Opaque, looking very much like an unfiltered cider.

Slight grassiness that I'm starting to expect in a lot of the fresh, regional beers (e.g. Treehouse, Winter Hill, Big Elm). Not my favorite characteristic in a brew, but it is backed by some hop funk to lend balance.

Taste is hard for me to distinguish from other Pale Ales I've had from Trillium, and again reminded me of a lot of the other P.A.s being put out by local breweries. That grassiness plays pretty strong up front, but back tongue gets coated with a familiar hop flair that sticks around long past the last sip.

Mouthfeel is my favorite part of this beer. Full but goes down easy. Makes for a very satisfying long pull.

Despite some conspicuously large flavors, this is very drinkable, which is probably due in part to the relatively modest ABV of 5.4%. They are playing fast and loose with the term "Pale Ale" here, but if you know Trillium, you know you aren't ordering a Bass. The name of the beer and the series ("Small BIrd Series"), as well as the art on the can made me smirk, but is creeping into weird beer hipster territory.

I am more than a little curious about Trillium's current approach of brewing MANY very similar beers with slightly different names. It kinda reminded me of the scene in the The Wire when they are talking about changing the the colors of the dope vial caps to help keep the junkies clamoring for the newest shit. I am pretty sure I wouldn't be able to tell I was drinking two different beers in a blind taste test between their various Street Series entries.

I enjoyed this one, but it's not as strong as their Saison and IPAs, so not sure I'll be going back for more. Definitely worth trying out if you get the chance!

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Photo of ThrewRedButter
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L - Typical Trillium filthy, unfiltered goodness. I generate a large fluffy white head, but it disappears almost instantly and leaves no lacing.

S - Orange citrus and grassy hops.

T - Grass, orange, pineapple. Pretty damn bitter too. Big bready malts.

F - Noticeably dry. Bitterness lingers for a while. Can become almost chalky.

O - Despite it's desert-esque dryness, this is still another solid Trillium hop-forward beer with enough citrus to make this drinkable.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to jslot38 for sharing a growler of this one.

Some citrus, pine hops, dank, and tropical fruits. Easy to drink, would definitely like to have it again.

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Photo of Heavy-G
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

An easy drinking blonde ale. Pale gold coloration with some cloudiness. Minimal head and lacing. Slight hoppy aroma, some carbonation, minor ibu's on the backend. Some citrus. Overall pretty good.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pocket Pigeon pours a hazy straw yellow with a small, creamy head on top. Minimal lace on the glass.

The aroma is a nice blend of orange and tangerine citrus with a touch of tropical fruit mixed in.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft on the palate, a little creamy, with mild carbonation. The flavor is orange and tangerine citrus, some dank tropical fruit, and a mildly bitter finish. Once gone the citrus lingers on the palate.

This is an easy drinking, wonderfully flavored beer. Very refreshing.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

64 oz growler was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a slightly hazy golden yellow with some clarity of bubbles coming up through the glass. Frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank too.

Smell: Citrus, lemon, floral, piney, and herbal hops followed by yeastiness and bready and pale malts.

Taste: Same as above. Nice hop flavor, traditional blond style malts, some yeastiness, and light bitterness in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp, refreshing, a little chewy, light bitterness, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Might go back and get another growler this week.

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Photo of parris
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a really good example of a New England APA, it's a hazy yellow color, with aroma and flavor dominated with juicy, flowery hops. The only problem with it is you can't help but size it up against some of the other stellar hop forward beers that Trillium makes, in which it becomes a little thin and mellow, possibly even with grainy and medicinal off flavors.

Just had this latest batch, it's got some spinach flavors to it.

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Photo of danedelman
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Just grabbed a fresh growler

A-great hazy very pale yellow beer with a beautiful fluffy white head

S-subtle notes of grapefruit, pepper, lemon and slight malt lingering.

T-very similar to nose. Unsure of hops in this but it's a nice citrus, slight pepper like a wet hop IPA notes. Very fresh tasting. Clean and refreshing.

M- for a 4.8% this does not feel watery or anything. Very nice beer.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours very little bubbly head that is white and dissipates very quickly. The beer itself is a pale golden straw that is clear. The beer smell has a bitter grapefruit and pine smell with a bit of fruity sweetness. The taste is somewhat similar to the smell. Bitter and pine hops with a malty sweetness and a bit of fruity taste as well. The malt also has a slight bread flavor. The beer feel medium bodied but on the heavy side and biting carbonation. Overall, a pretty good beer and worth getting again.

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Pocket Pigeon from Trillium Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.
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