Pocket Pigeon | Trillium Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
26
Ratings:
154
Avg:
4.25
pDev:
18.82%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
17
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 26 | Ratings: 154
Reviews by danedelman:
Photo of danedelman
4.42/5  rDev +4%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of Jcorn
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Meyers1023
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of dankjohn
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ccurrid
4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Studfarm69
4.69/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of doremite
4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beer21
4.61/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of acurtis
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Guess2814
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great smell! Smooth drink! Nice beer for the summer

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Photo of schinebd
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jbh26
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of BigMFDaddy
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of grahuba
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of Hallu
4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of Bieniek30
3.59/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sawbones420
3.96/5  rDev -6.8%
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 Tbone2131
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Peter1977
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of liquorpig
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of quindog
4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of rjp217
4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gatorclos
3.44/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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