Small Bird Series: Pocket Pigeon
Trillium Brewing Company

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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #68
Ranked #2,363
4.2 | pDev: 7.14%
Trillium Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Small Bird Series: Pocket PigeonSmall Bird Series: Pocket Pigeon
Notes: 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
Reviews: 45 | Ratings: 248 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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ManapuaMan from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Lighter in ABV than a traditional IPA but (from my perspective) make no mistake - this is a NEIPA. Or NEAPA if there is such a thing.

Orange and guava juice in a glass. Hazy for sure and perhaps even murky.

Aroma is a tropical fruit smoothie punch - mango, guava, pineapple. More pungent than dank.

Juicy, as is the NEIPA hallmark. A little pine and light bitterness. Thick for the ABV.

Feb 03, 2019
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4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

canned on 7/11/18.

Appearance; Pours out a hazy golden orange body with wispy and short lasting bone white head.

Smell: this hoppy beer smell just like pineapple orange juice with just a hint of dankness.

Taste: light bitterness and dankness. hint of sweet oranges and pineapples. Trillium house yeast. Weird flavor of seltzer water; a flavor that I have never tasted in a hoppy beer before. The flavor of seltzer water is distinct and I have full confidence that is what I am tasting. Luckily it does not distract too much from the hop profile, but its certainly notable.

Mouthfeel: Its a little bit thin for trillium, but it still drinks nicely. light body. medium carbonation levels / adequate carbonation. Slightly dry and crisp / clean finish. Not as creamy or juicy as most hoppy beers from trillium.

Overall: Solid APA. Trillium could do slightly better with this. It could also be because the beer is 1 month and a few weeks old. Who knows. Would still drink a can again if it showed up in my hand. Its better than most APA's out there.

Aug 27, 2018
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digboy from New Hampshire

4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium orange gold color, cloudy with a one finger bone white head.

Aroma is pungent and sharp with some earthy/grassy notes along with some general citrus.

Taste follows the smell with tangerine flavor up front while the earthy notes kick in midway through (very faint though), finishing with a slight tart citrus flavor. Taste is very clean and inviting. Very refreshing. I don't get the pineapple they say in the description though.

Feel is soft and seltzery, especially in the finish. very low bitterness.

This is a great beer from the bird series. What marks it is a light, clean taste that is full and rich - a tough combination to pull off but done masterfully here.

Jul 31, 2018
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful blushing apple juice to grape juice color with a dense head of 3 fingers, receding quickly to 1/2 of broken up head.

Lovely orange, mango, pineapple, passion fruit, kiwi, and ruby red grapefruit on the nose.

Flavor is a great balance of fruity complexity and herbal grassy-ness. Crisp cracker tightness with flavors of mango puree, orange peel, grapefruit and peel, light grass, light pine, finishes on pine, cracker, and grapefruit pith.

Feel is crisp, firm, and resiny.

Overall, another great knockout session ale from Trillium. Not quite as good as Little Rooster, but this one is still a great contender.

Nov 13, 2017
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Nicolaiw from Denmark

4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours light orange / golden, very hazy with white head.
Aroma has tangerine, sour lemon, peach, apricot
Taste is tangerine, lemons, moderate hoppy, smooth.

Oct 17, 2017
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Wasatch from Colorado

4.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to MastaaaGrillaaa for this brew, from NBS BIF#6

16 oz. Can
Canned: 22-AUG-17

Poured into a Tree House glass a very nice cloudy yellow/orangey color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger plus white head, which also leaves some very nice creamy sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with a very nice citrus complex (orange, pineapple, grapefruit, peach, mango), with some nice diesel like. The taste is very nice hoppy, malty, with a really nice citrus complex (orange, pineapple, grapefruit, peach, mango), pretty nice diesel like. Medium body, ABV hidden very nicely, with a nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall, this is a very tasty brew. Addictive! Orange Juilus! Milkshake!. Glad to have gotten a chance to try it.

Oct 16, 2017
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kevanb from Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can, dated 06.14.17, poured into a Trillium Brewing Permutation Series stemmed glass. Enjoyed on 6.20.17, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a bright orange color, copper hues that is very hazy and cloudy with a big, foamy white head, loose bubbles with moderate retention and soapy lace. The aroma is nice, very citrusy, lots of grapefruit, orange peel, lightly floral, nice and piney with some grassy and earthy hop character and a touch of soft grain, lightly sweet. The flavors are nice, quite dry, very earthy and green, plenty of bitterness for a 5.4% pale ale. Citrusy, leafy green hop, the signature Trillium "overhopped" flavor, dry and blandly hoppy, but there is some floral character that is really nice with some soft and sweet grain. The mouthfeel is good, coating, dry, medium body with nice lively carbonation and a crisp finish.

Verdict: A good pale ale from Trillium. Super hoppy, a bit bitter and dry but still approachable and refreshing. It has that overhopped flavor that is so distinctly Trillium that makes many of their beers hardly distinguishable from each other, but still a nice beer that I'd enjoy drinking regularly.

Sep 11, 2017
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Boccu from New York

4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange with big white head. Aroma of peach and pineapple. Taste follows the nose with tart pineapple and lemon bitterness. Not my style but well crafted.

Sep 05, 2017
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Hazy, vibrant light orange with thee-plus fingers of near-white head. Leaves some airy soap-bubble lacing.

Orange, pineapple, peach, white wine, distant spice and light herbal spice in the delicate nose.

Slightly bigger taste with many of the same flavors as the aroma, especially some light pineapple juice sweetness and a light herbal bitterness.

Medium to heavy bodied for the style. Low carbonation.

Very enjoyable. Canned on 8/22/17.

Sep 02, 2017
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a very hazy bright but light orange, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells kinda like fruit loops, with melon, pineapple, and mango- it's mostly fruit on the nose.

This is so light and crisp, with a soft fruitiness, and a little bit of cereal grain. There's blueberry, mango, pineapple, and lots of lemon. There's just a little bit of grainy bitterness on the finish, slight grassiness/chive/etc.

This is light bodied, with a mostly creamy/slightly grainy mouthfeel, and a good level of carbonation.

This is definitely one of the better entries in this series.

Sep 02, 2017
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LAp from Ohio

3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The most disappointing of the Trillium lineup the day we were there - to be fair, comparison certainly didn't help this beer given that it was up against a trio of DDH hop-bombs, and some quality stouts and sours. This beer surprised me most of all with its lagery finish. The beer started out with an unanticipated, almost barnyard-funkiness, and progressed into a far more malty and cereal mid-palate than I've ever experienced in a Trillium beer. The first of theirs that hasn't been a home run for me.

Aug 30, 2017
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Packageguy from Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's the Pidge!
Sidenote: I had a great grandmother named Flossie Pidgeon...and, we called her: The Pidge.
Anyways, I like a session IPA, and this one is on the money. It's kind of like a toned down Congress St, but with added flavor complexity...and, a little more yellow in color, than orange...but still hazy as hell, like a glass of pineapple juice.
Also, I really like the label on this can...very minimalist.
For what it's worth, I had this with a Polish Plate dinner, and it complimented it perfectly.
As I expected, another solid ale from Trillium. Well done.

Aug 28, 2017
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really hazy peach color with a bit of off-white foam. Aroma has fruity hops with peach, apricot and generic unripe stonefruit with a honey undertone. Taste is fruity, dry, really hoppy with grassy notes and light bitterness. Light body, well carbonated, really dry. Overall it's a very nice, hoppy, easy drinking pale ale.

Aug 14, 2017
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a hazy golden orange with two finger fizzy white head. The head leaves a good amount of sticky lacing.

S - Aroma is tangerine, grapefruit zest and lemon.

T - The taste is tangerine, lemon, grapefruit zest and grassy hops.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Soft mouthfeel with a crisp dry finish.

O - This is a solid Pale Ale. The flavors are bright and at 5.4% ABV extremely crushable.

Aug 12, 2017
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Opaque apricot with a tall but extremely airy foam head, settling to a hollow grid of webs.

Ain't nothing wrong with these aromas! Spicy eucalyptus pine. Pineapple, orange, lemon, white peach. White bread and biscuit.

Taste starts out spicy again, with that almost eucalyptus and pine bite, then in comes orange rind, lemon, and cracker with a more beer-centered bready, round fulfilling finish.

Light, fluffy, crisp and semi-wet.

Jun 27, 2017
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Holderness from Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at the Trillium beer garden on the Greenway. Certainly very good as far as sessionable, hoppy ales go, but lacking the unique character of some of their other offerings


Jun 25, 2017
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agreenman19 from Connecticut

4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - the label is so tiny! It's hazy, just a little less so than their IPAs. Orange of course. Big boisterous head that settles quickly but leaves a hell of a bubbly mess behind.

S - smells of mosaic and wheat bread. Coriander and Mandarin oranges.

T - earthy lemon and orange. Mild candy sweetness. A touch buttery. Grainy but not grassy. Finishes heavy and dry. Not what you'd expect from a pale ale.

F - honestly feels better than their IPAs. Viscous and full-bodied with just the right amount of (minimal) carbonation.

O - as far as pale ales go, this is fantastic. Trillium does the boring styles justice. Lots of breweries focusing on the biggest and bestest, but we can't forget about the little people!

Jun 25, 2017
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap. Pours hazy, orange-yellow in color with minimal head. Taste is big, sweet orange juice with light orange and lemon rind. Light bodied, nice mix of sweet and bitter, and medium bodied. Really really enjoyable orange juice bomb. Super impressed with all the flavor from such a low ABV beer. Trillium has a lot of strengths and I am finding that their small birds series are some of the most enjoyable beers I have had from them. I will be getting more four packs of this.

Jun 16, 2017
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Hallu from France

4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Like a pilsner, a session APA usually means all smell (at best) and no taste. This one is different. The smells is great, although maybe too much on the pineapple and nothing else. But on the taste it is more complex. Pineapple still there, but with a big malt kick. The dry finish reminds me of what Modern Times does. For an APA, this is very tasty, and very drinkable. The finish is maybe a bit too dry and sour, like lime juice. All in all this is a great beer for summer or to end a meal.

Sep 08, 2016
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dar482 from New York

4.94/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer comes in a super hazy, Hi-C, orange juice looking banger.

It smells of classic Trills, pineapple candy, grapefruit, pulpy grapefruit, mango, juice for days.

The flavor follows with wonderful carbonation to move a lightly creamy mouthfeel with reminders of pulpy orange juice and grapefruit, a bit of spicy quality layers the beer, onto a smooth finish and clean finish with some pithy bitterness lasting.

For unreal, this is one of the best APAs encountered.

Aug 25, 2016
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Meyers1023 from New York

4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a very hazy orange color with two fingers worth of bubbly white head. The nose is all hop forward, much more than I would expect in a sessionable ale, citrus and pineapple with a small amount of pine. The flavor is just like the smell. You get tons of citrus, tropical fruit, pine bitterness, and a bit of spice. The feel is medium with a medium amount of carbonation and a dry finish. This is another excellent beer from Trillium. I haven't had many but each one has been stellar.

Aug 13, 2016
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. can. Hazy pale orange with a medium white head. Smells of pineapple and citrus. Some white pepper and dank hops. Tastes bright and orangey up front. Grainy malt profile. Spicy and bitter with a long and lingering citrusy finish. Light body. Very easy to drink.

Aug 13, 2016
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quindog from Colorado

4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellow, with an inviting aroma wafting from the glass. Taste is phenomenal, with tons of flavor packed into a 5.4% abv package. Session ipa's of the world take note - it is possible to brew a beer with a unique hop profile without it tasting like hop water. Juicy hops mix with a well balanced amount of malt, finishing light and dry. I'll admit I wasn't expecting a beer of this caliber when cracking a 5.4% pale ale, and I am pleasantly surprised by the experience this beer provides. I wish more breweries were making beers like this. A solid hoppy beer at this low an abv would be a welcome addition to my rotation. I'm in Colorado, so won't get to see trillium often, but luckily odd 13 has caught on. This beer reminds me a bit of some of their offerings.

Aug 12, 2016
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NolaHopHead from Louisiana

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can. Pours super hazy golden, thick white head slowly fades leaving rings of lace. Trillium citrus aroma. Light citrusy taste, pineapple and orange, mild bitterness, delish pale ale. Thin to medium soft slick feel.

Aug 10, 2016
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TheDoctor from Canada (QC)

4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving: Can
Canned on: Jul-22-2016 (Consumed: Aug. 5th)

Looks like a Trillium beer with hazy glowing powder gold body and three plus fingers of fluffy beige head. Airy, scummy drops to a clumpy cover, soapy lace. (4.25)

Pungent potpourri of Orange, lemon, pineapple resinous hop sap sugars, spicy funky hoppy sweetness. (4.5)

Smooth, even malt-hop melange. Tea-like hop bitterness with some hints of the lemony citrus in the finish but nowhere near as present as it is in the aroma. (4)

Light plus carbonation with a drinkable, below medium body, lingering hop citrus tartness and some bitter finish. Drinkable. Refreshing. (4)

Good beer.
Solid and more sessionable than other beers I have had from them. Would have again. Not their best, but very good. The nose is nuts, a totally together citrus sweet/tart/resin/hop oil aroma that is pungent and enticing. The rest doesn't quite seem like the same beer but it has a lot of complimentary and contrasting things going on. The body was a little thinner than some of their others, but it made it drink nice on a brutally hot and sticky night like this one. Would have again. (4.25)

Aug 05, 2016
Small Bird Series: Pocket Pigeon from Trillium Brewing Company
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 248 ratings