Sleeper Street | Trillium Brewing Company

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Sleeper StreetSleeper Street

Brewed by:
Trillium Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Following in the footsteps of our other “Street” IPA’s, Sleeper shares the same base grains while placing the unique El Dorado hop at center stage. Opaque orange-yellow in color with floral aromas of lime zest, grapefruit peel, pine sap, and candied orange. Juicy, hop-driven flavors of bright citrus, melon, and herbal pine are balanced with medium bitterness, fluffy mouthfeel, and dry finish.

MALT: American 2-row Barley, White Wheat, Dextrine, C-15

HOPS: El Dorado, Columbus

Added by JCTetreault on 03-28-2014

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Walking through the chasm of hops just like walking the historic streets of Boston, the brewers at Trillium pluck the hop varieties one at a time and apply them to the single-hop series now known as their "street" series. The next stop: El Dorado.

Sleeper Street pours in the same turbid vein as their other New England-style IPA, bright orange and with deep goldenrod hues. As a creamy white froth builds, its scent is chocked full of citrus with a gentle waft of botanicals and fresh grassiness along with the tangy sweet scent of fructose and honeysuckle. Creamy and sweet to start, suggestions of angel food cake batter comes to mind- delicate but lush.

As the malts begin to lift, its sweetness is replaced by fruity hop impressions. Leading with lime and kiwi, the beer's greater citrus taste of white grapefruit and succulent tangerine soon steal the show. A late charge of juniper and freshly shaven pine offer their own bitter and racy notes of gin & tonic.

Medium bodied, the beer's creamy maltiness buffers against the premiere dryness and bitter focus of more west coast style varieties. But Trillium captures the true essence of El Dorado hops in full glory but with a semblance of balance- complete, right down to its grassy, citrusy, parsley and geranium-like aftertaste.

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Photo of NickandToni
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Double Dry Hopped. Every great brewer is in this mix as of now. "with a double dose of El Dorado in the dry hop", as the descriptor of their double process makes me think that no oil or powder addition was made, hmm. Only my second Trillium beer and, "Holy, oh my God" greatness".

L: Softer easy going golden straw, hint of fresh grapefruit juice appearance
S: Bread/dough with a tropical hint. Lemon, lime, orange, clementine, touch of mango and pineapple. Slight resin dank
T: Wow. For an IPA with a 7.20%, this drinks big. Candied citrus, medium to light body that has so much continual flavor. A three part flow from candied citrus to clementine to orange juice, moving toward grapefruit skin. Ending with the ever present American IPA beautiful bitterness
F: Hard to remember this is an IPA not an IIPA. The feel is where it is supposed to be. Clean, easy, and drinkable
O: Great IPA. Among the top of New England beers. The El Dorado hop gives this beer a structure worth having multiple times

Loving Trillium beers. A must have for the beer enthusiast!

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Photo of Mateo2699
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pour is your typical hazy trillium IPA with zero opacity, golden orange hue. Aroma is heavy on the candied orange sweetness, hints of melon, and super stone fruit forward. Taste follows the aroma well, plenty of stone fruit, melon, candied oranges, hints of nectarine and and sweet cracker like malt. Mouthfeel is pillowy and soft. Excellent IPA, the candy like sweetness of the el dorado definitely shines here.

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Photo of smcolw
3.91/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Impressive double pour to create a two finger head. Orange amber color. Very cloudy. Decent spotty lace from the rim bubble based result of the small head.

The smell is mild but very attractive. Light fruitiness, some hop spice without being floral.

The taste starts great with a pleasant blend of malt and hops but there's a strong distracting yeast kick which I'm not fond of given the soft approach up to this point. The body leans full but with ample carbonation. The swallow and aftertaste are bitter but less from the hop and more from the yeast.

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Photo of thebeers
3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy, almost shake-like mix of banana yellow and orange with two fingers of foamy head that's relatively quick to dissipate, but leaves heavy lacing. A modest amount of gritty-looking floaters settle at the bottom.

Clean aroma of orange marmalade on a toasted English muffin, with a hint of soap behind.

Weird taste of herbal, citrus and melon flavors, like something in a long-lost German folk remedy, again with a little soap in the mix and a fairly clean aftertaste that exhibits just a touch of hop bitterness and lingering burnt orange flavor.

It does have a nice mouthfeel. Medium bodied, somewhat pillowy, somewhat watery and somewhat prickly all at the same time.

Overall, not my favorite from these guys, but enjoyable enough nonetheless.

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Photo of tigg924
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

From a growler. Pours hazy, orange-brown in color with 1/2 inch head. Taste is cracker, mango, and orange. Slightly bitter, light bodied, juicy. I would put this one up in the top quarter of all the Trillium beers I have had. Go out and get this one.

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opaque deep orange, big fluffy head and great lacing on the glass. Big hoppy aroma of citrus, pine, sweet malt. Notes of grapefruit, sugar coated orange, pine, pith and lime zest. Medium body, perfect smooth carbonation and a pleasantly dry finish. Just a spot on Juicy low bitterness IPA.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yellow-orange, slightly hazy, but decent clarity for a Trill brew, with a large fluffy, active white head.

All sorts of citrus abounds on the nose, along with some cucumber melon, juniper, and herbal qualities, with a faint, light pine.

A spicy taste up front quickly settles down to orange blossom, lemon, pine, green peppercorn, and a surprisingly bready finish for a Trillium beer, making this drinkable in a more Germanic way in an odd sense.

Frothy and zippy with a medium body, semi-wet.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottom of can says 07/07/16.

A- Pours a hazy medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Super juicy aroma almost smells like Froot Loops. I almost don't want to call it hoppy because there's not really any piney or "green" characteristic, it's all sweet fruit juice.

T- Very cohesive flavor profile with more juicy hops, some malt sweetness and a restrained bitterness. Incredibly easy to drink for the ABV. Some lingering resins on the palate in the aftertaste.

M- Somewhat sharp from the hops with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- Even at a month old, this IPA's still got plenty of life in it. One of the most approachable offerings I've had from Trillium and definitely ranks up there with one of my favorites from them.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz tallboy can. canned on date of 07/07/2016.

poured into JK wine stem.

Appearance: Opaque yellow orange body with a large head. Head has really good staying power and leaves heavy lacing on the glass as it drops down to a thick cap.

Smell: Awesome nose on this IPA; unique and complex. Interesting mix of citrus orange zest, lime zest, juicy grapefruit and juicy clementines. Melon rind, tropical fruits, dank, herbal, spicy, zest hops with some fresh cut grass. Intense aromas that are smooth and robust.

Taste: Moderate bitterness balanced with mild sweetness. Even though this is an IPA it drinks at a bitterness level of an APA because of the balance that is struck between malt and hops. Sweet oranges, pineapples, and lime zest. Herbal, zesty, and dank hops. Finishes with a lingering lightly bitter and dry pine note. Also a pleasant lime zest note that lingers with even more intensity than the pine.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. Juicy mouthfeel with a light dryness on the backend. Very drinkable.

Overall: I really liked this IPA. Really nice hop combo that makes some really unique hops aromas and flavors. I realize that this beer is a month old, but I really think its still pretty tasty. I do prefer my hoppy beer to be much fresher than this, but this beer is still pretty delicious.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

this is a little more orange in color, closer to rust colored than many of their other more washed out pale looking beers, but its still incredibly hazy, and holds a puffy white head nicely. the nose is great, el dorado they say, but to me i get more of a citrus kick than i am used to from that hop, grapefruit flesh without the bitter zest in the nose, but the flavor packs more bitterness than any of these do, at least for my palate. the delicate summery citrus fruit and tropical vibe vanishes midway through and turns almost harshly bitter, certainly in comparison with many of their others. there is a bit more of a malt flavor and body to this one too, nutty a little bit, short of caramelized on the sugars, but concentrated and big enough to not be lost to the hops in here. there is also a slight glimpse of the alcohol strength of this, mostly when it warms up, but it fits nicely in the context of everything else going on. while this is still hazy and intense aromatically, i really think this is more of a compromise with the more traditional ipa types. still with the trillium attributes, but more in line with what some other breweries are doing. i liked this one a lot, but it has far less drinkability than some of the less bitter trillium offerings.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bright orange body with only a slight haze and a few floaters. Aroma is some citrus zest and a dash of tropical fruit hops. The flavor is very juicy and interesting; citrus juice, hints of lime, a dash of tropical fruit. The feel is juicy, slick, medium carbonation, medium bodied. Really nice IPA with big juicy flavor.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

huge thanks to rob for hooking up this bottle. getting a little long in the tooth with a 6/8 born on date, but I will be brave.

the age definitely shows as this has a noticeable malt presence but all is not lost as a nice candied hop still cuts through making for a tasty ipa. not my favorite from trillium but perhaps I would dig fresher...I am certain I would. good beer bit drink em if ya got em from 6/8.

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Photo of BeantownBrews
4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Looks a bit lighter than a typical Trillium IPA (less cloudy). Much more crisp and less grassy than the nose or taste would make you expect. I might just be spoiled but Congress St. is much better.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle, sampled about a week after bottling

Pours a murky orange color with a small creamy white head, looks like unfiltered juice. Smells of mango, papaya. passionfruit & citrus hops. Tastes of juicy mango and passionfruit with a finish of resin and fresh mint. Medium body, gritty murky mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Nice citrus-forward IPA.

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Photo of gcasher
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16oz can
Mowed the lawn and weeded in the heat. Poured amber with white bubbly head. Luminescence in the sun. A beautiful beer. Smelled sweetly of hops. The taste was much like the aroma, but with a dank bitter follow through. This ale was like a comfortable blanket wrapping me up in fresh hop awesomeness.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

appearance is golden orange with a tight white head, leaves some nice lacing. pretty good looking brew but not a huge fan of the clumps of sediment on the first pour.... looking into the bottle I see massive globs floating on around on the bottom.

big orange on the nose, some tropical scents coming through, super dank earthyness and a touch of pine. caught a fat whiff of this the second i popped it - nice stuff here! candied orange note comes through the clearest on the palate, bready malt, gummy sweetness and a subtle pine on the finish.... could definitely be cleaner. mouthfeel leaves something to be desired - a bit thin. overall a flavorful and crisp IPA, this goes down easy on a hot day and is quite refreshing, cheers!

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Photo of OmahaKF
4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Smell is mango, a little dankness, mandarin orange, and tropical fruit. Taste is light tropical fruit flavor, mango, and moderate bitterness. A solid IPA, reminds me somewhat of Todd the Axe Man

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle
Cloudy yellow, thin white head
Big citrusy and pineape aroma.
Dank citru pineapple flavor, some floral hops on the back end.
Fruity floral excellence.

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Photo of lovindahops
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sleeper St

A- light yellow murky body with solid foam and fair lacing
S- sweet hop scent followed by a mild vinegar theme. Pineapple meshes with the exit. It's a light scent and unique
T- faint tropical hops with a sweet flavor profile. Bitter on the exit and fluffy during the process
M- light fluff
O- soft is an understatement for this IPA. Extremely drinkable for the alcohol content. Interesting to say the least

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Photo of Stevem68
4.56/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy honey orange color. Aroma is delicious citrus with a light crisp refreshing note. Flavor is juicy citrus with a hoppy aftertaste and a smooth ran finish. This is so drinkable and overall this this really delicious.

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Photo of jhavs
4.07/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fresh bottle, poured into stemless wine glass.

Look: Yellow, bit of haze, not as hazy as a lot of Trillium hoppy brews, white frothy head, slowly settles into a ring around the glass, lots of lacing.

Smell: Big bursting whiff of tropical fruits, pineapple and mango up front, bright.

Taste: A bit different than what I was expecting. Pineapple, tropical, I get minimal bitterness and minimal malt backing.

Feel: Moderate level of carbonation, medium body. Pretty crisp, clean.

Overall: I like this, but not quite as much as many of the hoppy Trillium offerings. Luckily, all of theirs are great.

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Photo of kalosjakar
4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy yellowish gold with a white frothy head.

Aroma of pineapple, lots of pineapple, citrus, orange and grapefruit at the end.

Much better taste than the Melcher Street I had earlier today. Very little bitterness up front, citrus flavors follow.
Good mouthfeel, not big and also not too thin.
Light carbonation, no grainy aftertaste.

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Photo of agreenman19
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - more translucent and most Trillium beers. Has a dull hazy glow.

S - the aroma hit me hard from the moment I opened the bottle. One of the stronger points of this beer. Lemon, lime, piney citrus. Bitter fruit rinds.

T - lots of faintly tart lime and candied orange. Definitely getting the melon with a pungent pine blast. Spicy grapefruit. Tingling hop bitterness dances on the tongue but isn't too persistent. Pleasant.

F - lighter than other Trillium stuff, but just as soft. They sure have that velvet nailed down.

O - I've only had the double dry hopped version, so it's good to try the base beer. Limes are still there and it seems more balanced. But that was part of the DDH charm!

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Photo of Dope
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

03/03/16 bottling date.

A: Very cloudy golden pour. Almost orange actually. Tall frothy white head. Great head retention and thick soapy tendrils of lacing left behind.

S: Huh, limes? Sweet oranges too. Very citrusy.

T: More of the same, lots of citrus. Oranges and limes and grapefruit now. Some spicy pine in the middle and finish with a little wave of bitterness.

M: Soft, medium body. VERY soft and smooth.

O: Great IPA. Strong, sharp citrus hop flavors but well balanced. Not very bitter but quite dry. Great soft body makes for excellent drinkability. Really top notch if you like refreshing, balanced and citrusy IPAs.

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