Mettle | Trillium Brewing Company

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Trillium Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American 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 the intense dry-hop duo of Amarillo and Citra, this medium-bodied Double IPA beckons with aromatics of pineapple, mango, orange, and a hoppy dankness. A fusion of orange, melon, light pineapple, and a subtle pithiness round out the palate with a smooth, pillowy mouthfeel. 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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Reviews: 144 | Ratings: 1,189
Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.29/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Traded for this a while ago, as the date on the bottom of the can read 8/3/17. This held up very well over the year and half since it's canning as there wasn't' any sediment to be seen in the liquid and it was just as tropical and juicy as it's description led me to believe. Smooth as any beer that I've ever had from Trillium, this reminded me of the brews that have been cranked out by Greenpoint, Other Half, SingleCut, and Interboro in recent months as the fruitiness and sweetness were so enjoyable from start to finish!

Good pour to this as the beer was a muddle apricot with a bit of light seeping in around the edge and an opaque hue to it. The head was complementary enough to the liquid as the lacing was spotty after the rocky half-collar near the top of my pint glass. Plenty of orange, tangerine, melon, and mango in the nose as they all came out stronger in the taste. This beer was described as being soft and pillowy and that was true to a t as it was as enjoyable as anything that I've had in quite some time. The sweetness was lightly present but not enough to overpower the fruit as a dank, earthy pithiness came through in the back end and aftertaste of this. There might have been a bit too much malt in this but thankfully, the Columbus on the palate and Citra in the mouthfeel were enough to offset the heavy-handed nature of this beer as the end result was a brew that felt like a dessert beer without having any cream or lactose in it...

The alcohol was fine but could have been toned down a bit since it made this stronger than it needed to be. This was a bit overrated to me but was something that I'd easily reach for again, especially if I could get my hands on a fresh can. Enjoyed this beer and it's lack of haze as it had so much else going for it!

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.92/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

16oz can

Pours nearly two fingers of white head into my willi becher glass. Average retention, but it leaves a quarter finger of head for a very long time. A little soapy looking, but initial lacing looks good. Body looks like juice. Not bad so far.

Good amount of grapefruit and lemon, some mango as well. Extremely faint notes of dank hops. Smells fine, it’s clean on the nose, just nothing separating it from all the other hazies they make.

Flavor is a nice blend of flavors, but I can’t pull too many out individually, which is good and bad. Smooth for a 8.5 % beer. It’s citrusy, not too much in the way of dank, or earthy hops. A little sweet, boozy finish, not a burn though. It’s a well put together beer, I wish there was more obvious things to pull out of it, but it’s flavorful and balanced for the most part. Could do with a little lower sweetness, certainly a pet peeve of mine in doubles.

Mouthfeel is Relatively light. Body is somewhat thin and carbonation is pretty low. Pretty low bitterness, with a bite in the back of my throat in the finish. Sweetness is a little high for my liking, and lingers a tiny bit. Not sure why these guys can’t knock down their carbonation, but the body always seems like a weak area, plus the sugars on this one.

Drinkability is nice enough, the alcohol is not offensive, and the hop bite in the finish is acceptable. The sugars are unfortunate, but not derailing.

The appearance turned out very lovely, huge thick sheets of lacing all the way down.

Overall a nice beer. Redundant in flavors for the most part within the hazy community; but with the exception of the slightly high sweetness, it’s pretty balanced and flavorful.

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Photo of npolachek
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crisp and fruity very good beer. Taste of nectarine Malin and citrus very soft mouth feel. Well balanced and solid color and drinkability. 8.4% ABV well taken.

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Photo of brewme
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked-up a four-pack of cans at the Trillium Brewery in Canton for about twenty dollars. One of my favorite brews from these guys, although very expensive.

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Photo of egrandfield
4.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Hazy, like half-pulp Tropicana and amber
S: Lightly floral
T: Mango, Spice, smooth, soft with a slight kick
F: Spicy, bubbly aftertaste
O: Wow
Got from the brewery, can said bottled on 9/25, I drank it 9/25

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Photo of jakecattleco
4.39/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Same-day growlette into a tulip glass.

L: Pours murky orange bronze with less than 1 finger of variable density white head with limited retention and limited lacing.

S: Just upon opening the growlette a huge whiff of cantaloupe and mango filled the room. Loved the nose, lots of melon, mango, and pineapple. Subtle grassy and bready undertones and floral hints.

T: More balance between tropical aspects of the nose and other attributes. Not quite as impressive as the nose, but damn solid. Finishes with mild bitterness, moderate astringency and some acidity, acidity lingers on the palate. Note I got more dankness on the second pour from the growlette, but left my rating unchanged.

F: Medium body with medium carbonation, full on the tongue (as it tingles from the acidity, and maybe the rye), silky on the swallow.

O: Another solid offering from Trillium. I thoroughly enjoyed it and it made for an excellent 1900th rated/reviewed beer for me on BA.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.21/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can, into glass

hazy yellow color, thick white head. good head retention. fruity hop aroma - orange, peach. similar taste, medium bitterness. softer mouthfeel.

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Photo of mflevy
4.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very good beer. Went to Trillium this past weekend and this was my 3rd favorite beer after Upper Case and Permutation 52. Definitely a group favorite though. Very smooth, juicy, flavorful DIPA. Didn't think it had as much flavor and aroma as Upper Case though.

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Photo of Holderness
4.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Canned 11 days ago.

L -- Golden haze with a half finger of soapy white head produced with aerated pour. Some retention and minimal lacing
S -- Orange, grapefruit flesh, melon, papaya, guava, fresh garden herbs, light vanillin character. Not explosively aromatic
T -- Ripe citrus, kiwi, herbaceous bitterness, sweet floral, hint of fresh pine sap. I like the malt bill in this one
F -- Medium mouthfeel, medium carb. Crisp and oily. Green. Semi-sweet. Minimal bitterness on finish. Less yeast bite than average for a Trillium DIPA
O -- Lacks the assertiveness of some of Trillium's better DIPAs. Still, as usual, it's well put together


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Photo of PHBoiler
4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drinks lighter than the ABV. Soft pillowy mouthfeel. Bold citrus flavors on the front end. Just enough backing bitterness. Malt profile allows flavors to shine.

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Photo of Blackrobe
4.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Dated 5/11/18 on the bottom of the can, 11 days since brewing.

Pours an opaque yellow gold with two fingers of creamy slightly off-white head. On first nose I got a big hit of fresh hops followed by a sweetened tropical smoothie of pineapple, mango, papaya, apricot, nectarine, tangerines and ending with a lingering dankness. Taste is exclusively a mix of soft sweet tropical fruit and a hoppy dankness with a "heartier" malt backbone. I additionally get a bit of ruby grapefruit and cantaloupe upon a second taste. The complete taste profile lingers for quite some time, allowing you to drink slowly and bask in the flavors. Medium+ soft resinous body that sticks to your palette and lingers for a time, wonderful. Medium- drying and low bitterness on this brew, keeping the focus on the sweeter notes. One of my favorite brews from Trillium. I haven't got the chance to try Heavy Mettle yet, but after this version, I am 200% more eager to get my hands on it.

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Photo of alextastic
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Trillium knows what they're doing. Their beers are big, lush, juicy, and balanced with a bite. This one is no exception, and is a fine example of what they're capable of.

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Photo of Apellonious
4.31/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can 2/23/18 poured into a tulip glass. A hazy milkshake yellowish orange (think high pulp OJ) with a two finger white head that moves to small layer of foam rather quickly. Aroma is grapefruit/citrus and melon. The flavor is as described, a good amount of peach/citrus flavor and some mild grass/dirt comes in at the end. The heat is well masked, though it comes through every now and then. The feel is medium, it starts smooth but finishes sharp/dry, a scoche above medium amount of carbonation. Thanks to Rick for the delivery, heard a lot about the Trillium stuff, and this did not disappoint.

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Photo of unclejazz
4.61/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This one I finally got a chance to try, courtesy of a fresh can from Sean at work. Great man. Equally great beer. Delivers on mouthfeel and aroma to the nth degree. Very high drinkability, could be amazing!

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.67/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pint can. Canned on : 2/23/18 opened on 3/11/18

A murky white gold with orange and amber highlights. 3" high, dense, bubbly sea foam cover recedes reeal sloww. Major, chunky lacing clumps are stuck to the glass. A constant bubbly, but solid layer of foam remains.

These hoppy aromatics are astounding! First, it's like freshly crushed up hop comes, lupilin sticky aroma everywhere. Golden wheat and rye malt, honey, mango, citrus, pineapple and strawberries, dry earthy tones and tropical style mellons make this one helluva fruity-based hop aroma. As the liquid warms, a serious white wine and vodka like boozy edge pops out. Nothing short of remarkable.

Oh, dear lord! The first sip lingers on and on....huge hoppy complexity seems to shape-shift in flavor. The hops have multiple levels of taste: serious, dried leaves and dry grasses, tangy and crispy citrus, grapefruit and white grapes. The malty aspects are perhaps, the show-stopper....m.v.p.....dry and earthy flavors from excellent rye and wheat. A light, golden but seriously heady malt brings the noise! But the double dry-hopping brings it all to another level. Amarillo and Citra...make for a dense display of dry citrus, white grape juice and tropical mellon adventure. Dry, bitter, earthy effects are just perfect for a New England Style DIPA.

Easily my favorite Trillium ipa experience. This one has more complexity in both hops and malt...mouthfeel is just about as remarkable, as it features a big, fresh, crispy, lively feel with a chunky, lush and smooth bodied effect, finishing dry and earthy like it should.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.23/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Hazy gold with great foam and lacing.
N: Sweet notes of citrus, peaches, hops, and floral.
T: Follows the nose, very crisp and smooth.
M: Medium
O: Very nice DIPA, flavors are amazing.

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

Can from the brewery in Fort Point in Boston, MA, whilst in town for EBF. Hazy yellow-orange with light white head and mild lacing, smells like overripe peaches with a hint of lemon drop candy and passionfruit, taste is white wine must, a drop of passionfruit, and malt sweetness, finishes with a mildly spicy and boozy grapefruit bitterness, medium bodied. Solid DIPA, not to be meddled with.

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Decanted from a 16 oz (473 ml) can into a conical pint glass; canned on 10/19/17.
A: Pours a hazy, tawny color, with a one half inch, white foamy head, moderate retention, a solid rings of lacing.
S: Aromas of nectarine and orange citrus predominate. A little mushroomy, which only adds.
T: Peach and grapefruit flavors definitely more evident than in nose. Light bitterness in excellent balance. A pleasure to consume.
M: Light to medium bodied. Drinks smooth and somewhat creamy. Really clean finish for DIPA.
O: Highly drinkable and enjoyable. Goes down nicely.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.71/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Thanks goes out to larryi86 for this brew.

16 oz. Can
Canned On: 25-SEP-17

Poured into a Trillium glass a very nice cloudy pale yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger plus white head, which also leaves some pretty nice creamy sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with a really nice citrus complex (oranges, grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine, peaches, nectarines, grapes), very nice diesel like. The taste is very nice, hoppy (really picking up on the Amarillo/Citra), nice maltyness, really nice citrus complex (oranges, grapefruit, tangerine, peaches, nectarines, pineapple, grapes), really nice diesel like. Medium body, ABV hidden very well, with a nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, another very tasty brew from Trillium. Addictive! Orange Julius! Glad I got a chance to try this. Thanks Larry!

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Photo of fitzy84
4.1/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Publick House in Brookline. The beer was bright orange with thick lacing but no real head. The aromas were a very thick, hoppy flavor mixed with a vocal orange aroma. The taste was a pretty piney, orange citrus wrapped in a crisp, medium body. Overall, I really like the flavors sensed in the aromas and taste.

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Photo of Radcpa
4.52/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very cloudy straw appearance with small white head. Aroma is a pleasant citrus and grapefruit with minimal hops. Taste is a slightly sweet mild citrus and grapefruit.

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Photo of WickedBeer
4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned on May 1, 2017. Not at its freshest but definitely still worth the taste.

Pour a beautiful hazy gold, nice head of frothy white foam. Some residual bubbly lace.

The smells here are clear citrus on the nose with some grapefruit dominance. Nice strong hops, a difference from other East Coast hazy bombs that are just fresh squeezed juice all around. This is a pleasant distinction.

Hops and grapefruit! You get a nice bitterness that has a slightly odd lingering finish, even some bitter white grape. Could be from sitting in the can a little too long, not sure having not tried a super fresh Mettle. Either way, I definitely don't see too many faults with this. It's a super smooth DIPA that has kept those nice citrus qualities, but with a very noticeable hoppiness.

Creamy yet crisp, and super smooth. Even a slight residual stickiness that's really nice. Like orange juice.

Overall, it's always tough tasting a beer that's more than a month or two old, but I'm really not finding too much to complain about here. I'd eventually love to try this at its freshest, but for now this is getting high marks. It deserves it.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.56/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Just pure orange juice. Totally awesome. Head diminishes a little fast for me but that's the only caveat. Nice rocky head to start.

Smells like bitter orange juice. Lots of fresh squeezed, with a good dose of pith/peel. Slight musty hop dankness. Gorgeous.

Taste...Oh. My.
This beer is so full of freshness, juiciness, and flavor that it's hard to describe in words just how good it is. Tons of orange juice to start, some chunky white grapefruit, a touch of plastic (the only fault), and a slight catty amarillo/mosaic thing at the end. And hey -- This beer gets more bitter the longer you drink it, because the bitterness clings to your mouth and compounds itself like several hop mitoses, making this for a very positive, hop-forward, bitter experience the further you go.

Feel is married nicely with the feel and aroma - creamy but not too creamy, carbonated but not too much, and very resiny and sticky. Lots of hop oils going on here.

Overall, Mettle is a grand slam. Not for the faint of heart, but this beer is one of the kings. Very highly recommended.

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Photo of peterpunk15
4.56/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lots of grapefruit here. The nose is so pungent and the flavor barely leaves any bitterness behind. It has that particular Trillium flavor all over. Grassy.

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
4.67/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

P- Poured from a 16 oz can,into a Cigar City spiegelau.Canned on 03-AUG-17.

L- Thick foamy head that stands 2 finger widths tall,with very good retention and lots of sticky lacing.Hazy gold / amber colored body with low clarity,and distorted light showing through the glass.Very high amount of carbonation,with a low amount of sediment.

S- On the nose I get peach,nectarines,sappy pine,and toasted malts.Some peach and mango in there as well.

T- The palate follows the nose with toasted malts and dank pine up front,tropical fruits in the middle,and a mild bitter hop bite,with some sweet bread on the back end.One earthy,herbal,spice hop notes on the back end as well.

F- The mouth feel is medium heavy with a heavy chalk texture.Moderate oxidation with a smooth yet dry finish.

O- This is a very good IPA,that is perfectly balanced.Nice amount of fruity and piney hops,balanced by toasted and bready hops.I will definitely drink this one again,recommend to all the IPA lovers.

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Mettle from Trillium Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.41 out of 5 with 1,189 ratings