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Mettle | Trillium Brewing Company

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Trillium Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
In the spirit of tenacity and camaraderie, Mettle was first created to highlight the milestone of our inaugural year as a brewery. With an intense dual dry-hop treatment of Amarillo and Citra, this medium-bodied Double IPA beckons with aromatics of peach and nectarine. A fusion of grape juice and candied citrus greet the palate while accents of white-wine, grassy hop, and a mellow bitterness reveal themselves on a smooth, dry finish. We continue to brew Mettle in recognition of our devoted following of hopheads that have supported us from the very beginning.

MALT: American 2-row Barley, Valley Danko Rye, Valley Triticale, Valley Wheat, Dextrine, Dextrose

HOPS: Amarillo, Citra, Columbus

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Photo of professorchow
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can in a shaker pint. Pours light golden and very hazy,!with a moderate white headed and lacing that lasts. Nectarine and citrus mixed. Taste is same, and hip forward, aggressively but not harshly and--certainly!--not unpleasantly so. Is there malt in here? Dunno. Don't care. Just spent a weekend in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom and so my palate is pretty jaded, but came home to this, and I say: it rocks. !

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.67/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can dated 8/30/16. Inscription on the bottom of the can reads "BREWTAL."

Light amber color and hazy with a good-sized white head that diminishes fairly quickly. Aroma of grapefruit, orange, peach, and light tropical fruit. No malt. Flavor is more citrus than tropical fruit. Hop bitterness is very present and long-lasting, which makes for an unbalanced beer that is rough on the palate. A touch of alcohol noticeable on the back end. Medium bodied, almost a little too light and thin for the amount of hops it's trying to showcase.

"Brewtal" is a good way to describe my experience with Trillium's beers so far. The beer isn't bad, but their hop-forward beers are so similar in aroma/flavor and not very interesting at all. One beer runs into the next which runs into the next which runs into the next and so on... Mettle tastes like Pier, which tastes like Scaled, which tastes like Galaxy Dry Hopped Fort Point Pale Ale, which tastes like Double Dry Hopped Melcher Street. Where is the individual character in these beers? The only difference is Mettle had a little bit of alcohol heat to it given the strong ABV. The initial blast of hops gets old shortly after your first sip and I'm ready for something new after about 4 oz. of each beer.

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Photo of rudzud
3.39/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to JLindros for the can.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a nice hazy golden orange hue with a big fluffy two finger head that fades slowly to leave loads of sticky side lacing and a nice blanket. There are a TON of particulates though.

S - Aromas of decent citrus, some nice tropical notes, light malts, brief flashes of stone fruit. Overall everything is a bit muted.

T -Taste is similar to the nose. The citrus is pleasant, nice orange notes. The tropical notes are somehow even more subdued. Same goes for the stonefruit. There is a bit of a spicy hop finish along with some bitterness on the lighter side. Alcohol is somewhat discernible. The more I drink the more the bitterness overpowers the rest of the hops until it becomes just generically bitter hop water.

M - Mouthfeel is rather lowly carbonated. Alcohol hidden nicely, what little carbonated is there is on the sharper side.

O - Overall this was a rather strange beer for me. I've had plenty of duds from Trillium, but, I haven't had something that fell this short since they had their issues switching over to Canton. I'm going to call 'can inconsistencies' on this one as it most certainly should be better than it is. If I come across this one again I would make corrections, but based on this can alone, yeah...pass.

Serving Type: Can

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Photo of tigg924
4.71/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours hazy, orange-brown in color, with minimal head. Taste is peach, nectarine, mango, and cracker. Slightly bitter with a heavy body. Just a beautiful juice bomb. My favorite Trillium beer so far. I will be back again to pick up more.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours cloudy orange color decent white head that dissipates but leaves good lacing.

Smell - mild hops, mango, peach, grapefruit and pineapple.

Taste - Pineapple, peach, grapefruit very mild hop flavor. Nice blend of tropical fruit and hops.

Feel - Medium body, very smooth slightly dry on the finish.

Overall- This is a very solid IIPA, the flavors work together perfect great smell and feel.

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Photo of Antg8989
4.59/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

BANG! This is an excellent DIPA. RIght in the ranks of Heady and Sip, Pours an opaque light-medium gold. Nice thick white head. Some lacing. Exploding with citrusy aromas. Some earthy hints as well. Taste is similar with a consistent malt backbone. Feel is a tadddd bit undercarbonated for my taste. Even at 8.4% I feel like I could down these bad boys all day long!

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Photo of kculrich
4.16/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 16oz can, dated 08/30/16, served in an imperial pint/nonic.

A turbid pear coloured pour with a generous finger-plus of fine foamy head. Retention is fleeting but leaves a nice scummy film and ample sticky lacing.

The nose is faint. Can you say that something smells like water? It smells like tap water. And a little pineapple and crackers. Not much going on in the olfactory department. I suppose it could be me.

Upfront, the taste is orange pith, pineapples and fir - fir, not fur. Fir is different than pine, it's more needles and less sap. Follows with tart kiwi, guava, a little lemon, lime and bitter greens. Little detectable malt presence. Finishes quick and clean with a little fir (not fur) zip.

Mouthfeel is creamy, medium bodied and light-to-medium carbonated.

Overall, an excellent, easy drinking double and, for an 8%+ beer, the alcohol is virtually undetectable. It drinks like high-grade lemonade. Not necessarily my favourite Trillium double which, really, is a stupid thing to say because I love all of the Trillium doubles.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a turbid golden color. Aroma is juicy citrus and tropical fruit. Flavor is juicy citrus with a hint of tropical fruit and a mellow smooth clean finish. Has a nice body and overall a very delicious beer.

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Photo of Billolick
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can

Review (optional)
clouded, quality looking film, collar and lasting froth

Dank and delicious ripe cirus nose

Tasty, tasty DIPA, ripe citrus and earthy juice bomb goodness...glad to get to try a bunch of the Trillium brews

The good stuff...need to calculate how far this place is from my house

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Photo of TheElectricOne
4.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz can into a teku glass, can dated 8/30:

Appearance: deep and bright orange color, with a thick, pillowy white head. Lingers for a few minutes, and leaves some pretty sticky lacing. Body is totally opaque and hazy.

Aroma: light spiciness from the rye, presumably, followed by the typical trillium fruit blast. Peach, orange, nectarine. Yum, yum, yum.

Taste: slightly unripened peach, some tangerine flesh, lots of spice and everything nice. As the description states, there is a touch of sweetness here too, with some candied citrus character. This isn't always my favorite thing in hoppy beers, but it rates pretty lightly here, and isn't overwhelming at all.

Feel: full-bodied, medium carbonation, and maybe a little bit astringent on the finish.

Overall: not sure that Trillium is capable of making less than top-notch IPAs and DIPAs. This is awesome too.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i cant imagine a double version of this! its so pungent and intense already, it seems near perfect for the style to me, and was probably my favorite of the handful of trillium beers we just had. hazy as expected, but somewhat brighter than the others, sunny and glowing too, and sporting a full inch of shaving cream thick white head with fine lace. it smells great, juicy orchard fruit, red apple and apricots, grapevine, meyer lemon, definitely a softer citrus, this is loaded with citra hops i am sure from the aroma. the flavor holds up too, and unlike some of their others, the bitterness doesnt creep in until much later on, so the juicy fruity ripe fruity hop experience lasts through the entire beer. peach and pear in the flavor, with grapefruit notes too, pungent but also approachable, this is an entirely different kind of ipa, and its shocking to me that its so strong, it drinks like its half of its abv, and i could see getting into some real trouble with this one if it we had an infinite supply. creamy full body seems aided by whatever sediment is in here, very harmonious flavor and textural integration. this is among the best beers i have had from these guys, a really splendid offering enjoyed fresh as can be. hard to beat that! this gives heady topper a real run for its money...

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Photo of JLK7299
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I made a trade for this and it was well worth it! Trillium puts out some excellent beers as we all know. I haven't been lucky enough to try many of them but this one makes me want to make a trip and spend way too much money! Excellent beer!

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Photo of Rockjocknroll
4.31/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Hazy yellow golden with ample fine carbonation head.
S: More sweet light malt than some of the other Trillium hops...candied orange.
T: Bright flavors and citrus, a little ethanol and more of that biscuity-sweet malt. A long malty finish with more ethanol on the back end.
M: Light but still mouth-coating; slightly viscous and long-lasting.
O: Not my favorite Trillium but excellent nonetheless. Well worth seeking out.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

"10oz" pour at Worden Hall.

Murky gold and opaque in a small snifter. A half inch head settled minimally for the duration.
Laughably floral and pungent. A truckload of tropical fruit. Medium bodied and tacky with shag velvet. A tropical hop assault on the palate with an almost biscuity, peppery malt backbone.

Great beer. Almost cruel to be served such a meager portion.

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Photo of huntley101888
4.54/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the standard 25.4 oz bottle into my Spiegelau IPA glass. I don't see a date stamp, but my friend got this from the brewery a couple of weeks ago, so I'm sure it's fresh.

L - Hazy, opaque golden yellow with two finger white head after a vigorous pour. It is settling out to a thin coat of foam with some lacing and foam around the glass.

S - You can smell it as soon as you pop the bottle. Give a vigorous pour and treat your nose to wonderful tropical fruit smells. Think mango, some peach; it smells super juicy.

T - After all that aroma, I was expecting more juicy fruit in the taste. The first thing to hit your tongue is the bitterness and bite of the carbonation. I am definitely getting a peach undertone with a sweet but dry finish. The aftertaste continues to be peach. This definitely tastes well above average, but I've had better from them (for example, Artaic)

F - I mentioned the bite of the carbonation. After that, it has a slick mouthfeel, but I wouldn't say it's chewy. It's pleasant. The bit of dryness at the end is unexpected for an IPA this big, and I wonder if some of that is due to the alcohol.

O - You can't go wrong with anything you get from Trillium. This is an excellent IIPA.

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Photo of Dope
4.27/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

5/5/16 bottling date

A: A cloudy light orange pour. Tall, thick and effervescent light tan head. Great head retention.

S: Candied oranges with a side of grapefruit. Some pine and a hint of grass. Surprisingly mild but maybe I'm used to the DDH versions.

T: More of the same. Big candied citrus with pungent grapefruit. Spicy, resinous pine and grass kicks in in the middle. Herbal at times (especially in the aftertaste), adding another spicy kick. Almost a black pepper aftertaste in fact. Long lingering dry, spicy taste between sips.

M: Soft, smooth and borderline chalky at times.

O: Interesting DIPA. Dry and chalky and quite spicy. Makes me think of a dry white wine that's been hopped.

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Photo of kalosjakar
4.42/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy and slightly orange in color.

Aroma: papaya, peach, citrus, mango, all sorts of tropical fruits/citrus aroma.
The aroma on most Trillium beers is incredible and this is no different.

Taste: slight bitterness up front, sweet citrus and tropical flavors in the taste as well, great mouthfeel.

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Photo of BierRunner
4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice hazy look, as one would expect for a New England, and a wonderful nose of peach and citrus. Same flavors on the palate with a balanced but assertive bitterness. Mouth filling with pleasant carbonation. Lovely beer!

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Photo of GabrielEVH
4.22/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Sunshiny-haze color. Scent and flavor of this beer is more delicate than other offerings from Trillium. I get mainly passion fruit on the nose and perhaps some grape as Trillium describes. Taste follows the nose but it is subtle enough to let the alcohol come thru midway thru which isn't ideal. Wish they did a better job hiding it for this... but overall a quality beer, just not among my favorites for Trillium.

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Photo of HopHunter19
5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - nice murky orange amber kind of color, with a loose fluffy head that sticks and leaves great lacing
S - big orange, tangerine, peach predominating, pine and grapefruit too. Overly ripe fruits in the background. Smells kind of like a fruit basket with a lot of oranges in it, or the citrus area of the grocery store.
T - again orange, tangerine, grapefruit, peach, lemon/lime, citrus rind, overly ripe fruits. Almost a hint of dank, but not really dank per se.
M - light medium mouthfeel, alcohol covered, aftertaste is the same raw citrus
O - perfect. You really can't get better than this. You can get different, but not better.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.06/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 5/7/16

A: Golden orange with a lot of honey yellow - hazy, opaque - pours with a small, white head, fades to a few wisps and a tiny collar, leaves a few streaks of lacing

S: Big fruits and some general burliness - tangerine, orange, and grapefruit flesh, juice - herbal, leafy, and resinous hops - floral - peach, white grape, and melon - some fruity sweetness - a solid base of pale malts with some breadiness

T: Big citrus, juicy and almost chewy, with some tangerine, orange, and grapefruit - citrus zest and citrus oil - fleshy fruit including under-ripe peach, apricot, melon, and grape - straight-up hop resin - leafy and a touch grassy - spice - pronounced bitterness that lingers - earthy - pale malts with some touches of wheat - hint of alcohol

M: On the heavy side of medium, very low carbonation, smooth, a touch oily, finishes mostly dry

O: Finishing this bottle won't take much mettle

This is a solid DIPA, but it's not my favorite DIPA from Trillium. It has just a bit too much oily, herbal, vaguely spicy bitterness. That being said, it's still dangerously easy to drink.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.23/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy bright golden yellow color with a small creamy white head. Leaves some pretty good lacing.

The aroma is very sweet up front, with notes of oranges and peach. I also get some mango. On the back end there some pine and a touch of peppery spice.

The flavor is a juice bomb. It's like a fruit smoothie. Tons of candied orange and tangerine, some grapefruit, mango and pineapple. Finishes slightly grassy and spicy.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderately low carbonation. A bit acidic with a slight alcohol burn.

Overall, a very good DIPA. It's juicy as hell, though perhaps a touch sweeter than I'd prefer.

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Photo of Zythophile
4.27/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle Date: 4/1/16
Palate Contaminants: sweets an hour before

And down the homestretch on my Trillium cache...

Appearance is the usual opaqueness for Trillium. It is on the lighter side, maybe like grapefruit juice.

Smell is nice, but not the hammer-and-anvil that this brewery's brews usually have. It has sweet biscuits and a little citrus acidity, plus some pineapple juice.

Taste is a pleasant mishmash of sour and bitter, plus a little sweetness. It's like a good yellow grapefruit (by my taste, at least). Arugula, maybe? Yeah, arugula. Didn't expect more vegetable than fruit. It's certainly good, but for me it has the least complexity of any of their offerings.

Feel is moderately carbonated.

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Photo of mothman
4.44/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden sunset orange. White head with lace.

Lots of tropical and fruit flavors. Orange with mango and papay. Some resin and stickiness.

Medium bodied. Not malty for a dipa. Very well done.

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Photo of nhindian
4.37/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 4/1/2016.

Appearance - The appearance is slightly hazy, definitely opaque but thinner around the edges where some light can poke through. It is a bright yellow in color, perhaps leaning more towards a dandelion or straw shade rather than a darker orange. An ivory head crests the beer composed of foamy, large bubbles that quickly and quietly wisp away.

Aroma - The nose is a playful combination between fruity and piney. At first, peach, mango, and orange come across like freshly-squeezed juice that lends a beautiful brightness to the beer. Shortly thereafter, a spicier pine note adds a counter that steers the aroma towards a slightly bitter note.

Taste - The flavor is much bolder than I anticipated from the somewhat airy, flowery aroma. The hops kick you in the teeth immediately with a one-two punch that wavers between the fruit and spice at once rather than a gradual transition. The effect is bracing but certainly an experience. The flavors are big and start with those ripe fruit notes. The orange and even nectarine is the most dominant and enjoyable. The hop bitterness couples with the spiciness from the hop to balance that out and rides into the finish.

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel is medium-bodied with lower carbonation. The low level of carbonation is a double-edged sword; it doesn't detract from the beer but it does tend to make it a touch syrupy at times. A noticeable tingle is apparent in the cheeks after larger gulps as the hops infiltrate the palate.

Closing Arguments - Overall, another great beer from Trillium. A step down from Scaled Way Up, but there's no shame in that at all. So far, I've seen masterful hop integration with Trillium and hope that continues.

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Mettle from Trillium Brewing Company
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