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 Greyvtrayn
4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 2/22, poured half into a teku glass. Yielded about an inch and half of quickly dissipating head that left substantial amount of lacing on the sides. Hazy pale orange juice that smells like peach, tangerines and fresh cut grass. One of the more pleasant aromas to be honest. Getting more of the grassy flavor upfront with bitterness throughout that leaves a lasting coating. The flavor slowly fades away into a citrusy and malty finish. Slightly less full body than other DIPAs I've had but the carbonation is spot on, just enough. This is the third Trillium I've had (2nd one I rated/reviewed) and I can understand why they are so coveted. Very spoiled with the recent selection but this one is up there with the best so far! Thanks for sharing Matty!

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Photo of larryi86
4.44/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thank you Doug537 for this
16 oz can, dated 2/22/17, poured into a teku

A- A hazy golden orange with a two finger white head.

S- Citrus, limes, tropical fruits, pineapple with some hints of mangos and melons, light stone fruits, peach skins

T- Citrus, pineapple, melons, tropical fruits, finish is very piney and slightly grassy.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- Finish is never much like a normal DIPA, little bit of wet grass is out of place in the finish.

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Photo of Beef_Curtains
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky orange with thin white head that dissipates quickly.
Smells fruity: orange, nectarine, apricot, mango
Tastes fruity, both tropical and citrusy with some peachiness. Some dank herbal notes too with mild to moderate bitterness.
Drinks like juice with some carbonation and bitterness in the backend.
A very good hazy juicy ipa from the folks at trillium.

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

L: Poured a cloudy orange color with a thin layer of white head that dissipates quickly. This has the standard NE style IPA look to it. Looks like orange juice in a glass.

S: Smells like a juice bomb. Overwhelming amount of fruity aromas in here: orange, grapefruit and pineapple juice. It's got a great tropical citrus blend.

T: Very similar to how it smells but with the addition of a nice hop profile aside from the citrus. I get a lot of the same fruits as I did in the nose, but with some nice flowery, herbal finishes. I do get a little bit of the alcohol as well as this is over 8%.

F: The mouth if on point. It is so juicy. There's a little more of an alcohol burn than I would have liked, but it makes my mouth water after each sip, making me crave even more.

O: It's got a lot of the qualities one would expect out of a beer in this style. There's a good amount of hoppiness, fruitiness, and juiciness. I wish the alcohol was toned down a little bit more and that it had a little more of a bitter bite, but it's great nonetheless.

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

Really hazy bright yellow color with slightly off-white head. Aroma has a really soft hop profile, mostly grassy and herbal. Taste starts slightly sweet and juicy, some dank hoppy notes, finishes with a light to medium bitterness. Medium body, really smooth mouthfeel, well carbonated. Really nice NE style IPA, straight forward, well made, awesome.

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Photo of digboy
4.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

16 oz can dated 1/18/17

Pours a deeply hazy yellowish orange color with almost a finger high head that dissipates quickly to thin film but leaves nice lacing on the glass. I don't find the color terribly compelling as it almost looks "dirty" colored... but then I ain't drinking color, right?

Aroma is strong with tropical fruit but a distinctive citrus scent included that is missing from many of their other beers - clearly this is where the Citra comes in.

Taste is very hop-forward, more tart than sweet, so those looking for a Trillium tropical fruit juice bomb will only be met half way. A very compelling bitterness cuts through the taste up to the end. I feel the citrus hops (blend of grapefruit, lemon and orange) linger the longest but there is a strong nectarine flavor presenting.

Mouth feel is crisp, clean and ends with a dry finish.

This is a real win for everyone but I think it will appeal more to those who enjoy the NE style IPA but find they are getting too thin on the bitterness and malt. This beer brings back many of the often-missing typical IPA properties but maintains a fantastic hop profile that is the hallmark of Trillium.

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Photo of mterrence5
4.29/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

really strong beer. This is a very hoppy version of the basic trillium beer that all end up being called "american pale ale" very fruity citrus NE IPA. I like to call it headroom light because its very similar.

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Photo of DrederickTatum
4.36/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours turbid with a medium sized head that fades quickly into a ring. Smells of orange rind with a little pine sap. Tastes follows the nose with a slight dryness and alcohol tinge. Not as creamy a mouthfeel as I expected. Good Dipa but not mind-blowing.

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Photo of chong0
4.31/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from can, obtained less than 2 weeks from brewery. My first experience with trillium and I was excited to pop the trillium cherry!

A: less opaque than a treehouse, small floaties in stasis. I can't tell if it's orange or yellow but a pleasant blend of both.

S: quite pleasant with citrus but not in your face.

T: slightly thinner than I prefer, with a very pleasant taste overall. The taste is smooth with a slight kick of bitterness that kicks in about 3 seconds. Overall very good

O: very good beer. Much less bodied than a heady, little thinner than a treehouse, but overall very enjoyable.glad to have it in my fridge

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Photo of Amguerra305
4.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Yellow hazy orange like most beers of this type that excite your anticipation. Smell is tropical citrus with slight peach and pineapple and an underlying dankness; juicy. The taste does not live up to the smell. Sweet stone fruit in the end but a mishmash in the middle and bitter back end. The aftertaste leaves a resiny coating that lingers and coats; not pleasant. The feel is medium with a normal amount of carbonation. Overall the beer is good but far from great as it is way too bitter and resiny for the top end of this style.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.52/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bright, almost fully opaque orange with a soft but thin bubbly blanket. The lack of 100% opacity makes a ton of large floaters unappetizingly visible in this beer.

Smell is pear, kiwi, something pungent, with pine bark, a hint of dankness, and lemon.

Tangy, semi bitter, with a sharp yeast bite and a semi-dry finish, I taste graham cracker, grapefruit, orange rind, pine tar and burnt rubber. There is an alcohol burn here I've rarely if ever gotten from Trillium, like Triple Sec or some kind of bitter booze, reminding me a bit of an Old Fashioned.

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Photo of MalarkeyMcGee
4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Poured from a can a nice hazy yellow. Orange tinge. Quite expected and to style.

S: Definitely citrus, probably orange. There's sort of a dark fruit component that's really working for me, or maybe it's wood.

T: First sensation is orange juice. It's incredibly smooth for a double IPA. Tastes like overripe oranges. Best of class so far.

F: So delicate for a double. You'd never suspect the 8.4%.

O: Incredible. I can't believe a double IPA is this juicy and drinkable. Could be dangerous.

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Photo of mister_moose
4.17/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I really like this beer, in spite of what I'm about to write. Can dated 10/24/16, so only 2 weeks old.

The nose is off-putting, full of funk with hints of redemption. The beer is fairly cloudy, a good omen. Taste is immediate gratification, I get mostly lemon with light dank, together with background palette of mixed flavors over a sweet malt background. Texture, body is wonderful, On the lighter end of a DIPA. The finish is not as dry as some that proclaim a dry finish. High marks with subtraction for the nose and dank, which I could use less of.

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Photo of Jpb123
4.59/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a tulip glass from can. Very cloudy and amber in color. Couldn't smell very well today but picked up citrus smells (tangerine?). Tasted great with great balance between alcohol and carbonation. I think I could drink these all the time, but was included in a trade and unfortunately I'm not in the distribution.

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Photo of Boccu
4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours nice white headthat fades quickly with great lacing. Hangs to the sides of the snifter. Aroma of hops, mango, peach, grapefruit and pineapple. Taste is nice citrus, grape juice, mangos earthy, pine needles,grass and hop finish. Another strong brew from trillium.

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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

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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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