Small Bird Series: Pocket Pigeon | Trillium Brewing Company

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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
Ratings:
193
Reviews:
33
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
7.51%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
31
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 193 |  Reviews: 33
Reviews by muzzy:
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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Photo of Jcorn
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tigg924
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of ShandyTime
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Meyers1023
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
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 -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ccurrid
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Studfarm69
4.69/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Beer21
4.61/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of acurtis
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Guess2814
4.43/5  rDev +4%
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 JoeB51982
3.96/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of schinebd
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jbh26
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of qcbrewer
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BigMFDaddy
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
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 -2.8%
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 -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ZappaCat
3.96/5  rDev -7%
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 TheIPAHunter
3.91/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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