Small Bird Series: Pocket Pigeon | Trillium Brewing Company

Small Bird Series: Pocket PigeonSmall Bird Series: Pocket Pigeon
BA SCORE
4.19/5
226 Ratings
Small Bird Series: Pocket PigeonSmall Bird Series: Pocket Pigeon
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Trillium Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
trilliumbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,722
Reviews:
41
Ratings:
226
pDev:
7.4%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
39
Trade:
0
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Photo of Nicolaiw
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of Montanabeerz
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ContentmentDIPA
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Rizzy17
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thatche2
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of virinow
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kevanb
4/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of sd123
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dmbphoenix
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of nelson88
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jaydoc
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Boccu
4/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of thebeers
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of Stofko1992
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Knapp85
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of crobinso
3.52/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BEER88
4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Yummm trillium.

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Photo of drummerdwzp
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BabaBeer
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LAp
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of alexsergio
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 1Sundown2C
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Packageguy
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 226 ratings
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