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Small Bird Series: Itty-Bitty Goose | Trillium Brewing Company

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Small Bird Series: Itty-Bitty GooseSmall Bird Series: Itty-Bitty Goose
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Trillium Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
trilliumbrewing.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A refreshingly hoppy American pale ale, Itty Bitty Goose is another edition in our "Small Bird Series" of lower ABV pale ales. The nose is an ripe apricot, lemon, and lightly toasted malt. Citrus peel and grassy hop flavors fill the palate and ends in a soft yet crisp mouthfeel. Dry and effervescent, light to medium bodied.

MALT: American 2-row Barley, Malted Triticale from Valley Malt, Flaked Oats, Dextrine, C-15

HOPS: Amarillo, El Dorado, CTZ

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#7,365
Reviews:
34
Ratings:
202
pDev:
6.93%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
23
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 202 |  Reviews: 34
Photo of Pinkylives
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Keananmichael5
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Dharmelink
3.76/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of digboy
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a lightly cloudy gold color with a one finger off white head. Aroma is a light citrus, nothing too prominent. Taste is more than smell with a great citrus flavor, more grapefruit and unripe orange. This continues to the finish. Feel is soft and very effervescent. Bitterness is very low.

This is a great pale ale with a delicate yet powerful flavor.

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Photo of teamgalt
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of egrandfield
4.83/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of alexsergio
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kurmaraja
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bluesfolk19
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of KMcGrath
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of AnitaBrewski
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rainintheface
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cp45
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of njbusa
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kurzman
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kevanb
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz can, dated 7.27.17, poured into a Trillium Congress Street willibecher. Enjoyed on 8.22.17, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a very hazy and cloudy orange color, very turbid with a foamy white head that has good retention and yields some spots of lace. The aroma is nice, tropical fruits leap from the glass, more grassy and green as it warms with some herbal and floral qualities and a hearty pale dough backbone. The flavors are good, tons of bitter hops, green and piney with some bright tropical fruits, lots of mango and citrus and a nice floral quality with a more easy and soft malt profile. The mouthfeel is good, coating medium body that is pretty heavy for a pale ale, lively and crisp at the finish that is quite dry.

Verdict: A good pale ale from Trillium. Not as overhopped and intense as other Trillium beers, even within this Small Bird series. The flavors are allowed to develop and are expressed well, nicely made pale ale for any hophead.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

A hazy lemon color with a creamy head of 3 fingers, gradually receding to a layer of thick cream.

Aromas of orange, pineapple, grapefruit, and lactose.

Flavor starts with an "itty bitty" amount of cracker, then seltzer, and the fruit comes on the back end with tangelo, mango, grapefruit, and orange rind. Slight mint, slight pepper. Finish is grassy.

Feel is crisp and smooth, with a slight resinous character on the finish. Strongest suit, and very good for this since sessionability is what a regular old pale ale is all about.

Overall, my only major complaint is that this beer comes off a bit watery in the flavor department. It's still really good beer, but for Trillium it's on their lower end of their line.

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3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I CANsider myself very fortunate to have been the lucky winner of a buncha CANs in a recent lottery on a different social media site. I merely had to pony up the cost of shipping, which was modest, in return for a buncha CANs for The CANQuest (tm)! I had heard of & was certainly aware of Trillium B.C., but I have not been trading in a while & so I did not give them much thought. I am now interested in drinking & reviewing the entire Small Bird Series, especially Pipsqueak Penguin & Stumpy Duck since I have an affinity for the former & a rubber form of the latter who oversees my drinking & will be in an NBS pic later.

Nowt to report from the stark grey & white CAN. 8=(

I heard the Itty-Bitty Goose squawk when I Crack!ed her open & it was not my intention to goose the Goose any further, so I went with a slow, gentle Glug into the awaiting glass as my duck looked on. Jeez-O, man, doesn't anyone believe in filtration?!? The Goose was as cloudy as my brows at seeing yet another unfiltered beer. A quack, er, quick in-glass swirl raised just over a finger of foamy, soapy, eggshell-white head that flapped its wings and dissipated on the wind. Color was a cloudy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5). Nose had a distinct lemony citrusiness and the apricot was discernible, but I may not have identified it without their help. A toast & a draught & I was off and running. Mouthfeel was a bit light for the style, not watery, but weak for an APA. The taste was kind of light and ethereal, lemon and malt, evocative of lemon biscotti, but not as pronounced as I would have liked. I was also thinking about how it might stand up to the style's standard-bearer, SNPA & IMHO, it would be found lacking. Finish was pleasantly dry, slightly citrusy & bitter, but mellowed by its malt. It was a decent enough beer, but as an APA, I felt unfulfilled.

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Photo of kitch
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A 1 pint can, canned on 24th July 2017. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.

Appearance: A hazy dark yellow orange colour with a just over one finger frothy bubbled white head that dissipated fairly quickly while leaving some lacing.

Aroma: Orange, lemon, citrus peel, grapefruit, biscuit malt, pine and grass with a hint of apricot.

Taste: Starts a bit empty before being filled by orange rind, orange, lemon and grapefruit with hints of apricot, peach, pine and biscuit. Lightly bitter on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Started out a bit weak before improving on the finish. However, this was not one of the better ones in the Small Bird Series as I preferred both Tiny Chicken and Skimpy Sparrow over this.

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4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can from Rejtable

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3.84/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.56/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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Small Bird Series: Itty-Bitty Goose from Trillium Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 202 ratings