Small Bird Series: Itty-Bitty Goose
Trillium Brewing Company

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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #203
Ranked #6,158
4.04 | pDev: 6.93%
Trillium Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Small Bird Series: Itty-Bitty GooseSmall Bird Series: Itty-Bitty Goose
Notes: 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
Reviews: 35 | Ratings: 206 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Blackrobe from Massachusetts

4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dated 6/17/19 on the bottom of the can, 2.5 weeks since brewing.

Pours a hazy pale gold with some light passing through; finger and a half of big bubbled white head. Nose of orange peel, lilac, sweet florals, ever so slight lime, brown bread and ruby grapefruit. Taste follows the nose however a little bit mellowed out. I get some some additional lemon, slight honeydew melon and sweet pine after tasting. Wonderful balanced flavors and bright citrus for a 5% brew. Body is light, almost watery with prickly carbonation; leaving a little bit of minerality/water nerdiness at the end. Low bitterness, low+ sweetness, almost no drying. Easy to drink several of these without even thinking about it.

Jul 06, 2019
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digboy from New Hampshire

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.

Dec 25, 2018
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kevanb from Illinois

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.

Jan 29, 2018
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hoptheology from South Dakota

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.

Oct 16, 2017
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

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.

Oct 08, 2017
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kitch from Hong Kong

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.

Sep 18, 2017
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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

pours out a golden straw color, nice bright white head with excellent retention and lacing. aromas and palate are light orange, grapefruit, lemon, mint, mellow biscuit, some grassy floral notes and a touch of spice, mellow grapefruity bitter bite on the finish. mouthfeel is light, a bit watery.

Aug 15, 2017
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy golden orange with a two finger fizzy white head. The head dissapates quickly leaving a good amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is lemon, grapefruit zest and cracker malts.

T - The taste is orange peel, grapefruit, lemon, cracker malts and light piney hops.

M - Medium/light body with medium carbonation. Soft mouthfeel with a crisp dry finish.

O - This is a APA. The flavors are light and refreshing. Definetly a crushable beer.

Aug 14, 2017
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

This one pours a very orange with a small head and not much lacing.

This smells like orange peel, with orange creamsicle, lemon, and grapefruit.

There's no malt here- just delicate hopping- lots of fleshy orange and grapefruit, with grassy goodness and fruit cup water.

This is light bodied, kinda watery with a really good drinkability.

The small bird series is interesting but not one of my favorites from these guys.

Aug 05, 2017
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cmurphy7 from Massachusetts

3.84/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

this beer is a little one dimensional. a dry pale ale that finishes with a bitter hoppy taste. the look is a light golden haze with a subtle citrus scent. It is a super drinkable lighter brew, but it just doesn't have the hook you need despite being a pale ale.

Aug 01, 2017
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

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

Can shared at the holiday party, thanks!
Slightly hazy deep yellow in color with a moderate off white head. Light apricot earthy and pine with a solid toasty light bready maltiness. Everyone ignored this beer on the table, but I really enjoyed it!

Dec 11, 2016
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cbutova from Massachusetts

3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks for the can Kevin!

A- Very cloudy pour from the tallboy into a chalice. On the top of the brew a creamy white cap forms to about one finger high with decent retention. The medium ring at the edges drops a few wide sheets of lacing and random spots.

S- Tangerine off the top with notes of tropical, citrus and stone fruits beyond that. Orange, mango and lemons come to mind. Really not much to speak of besides the hops with a hint of cereal grains.

T- Loses a bit of steam from the aroma coming off as a bit muddled in the end. The focus shifts to bitter oranges, grapefruit and tangerine with subdued tropical fruits, floral, pine and herbal hops rounding out the hop bouquet. Cereal grains, bread, whole wheat, cracker and light sweetness.

MF- Puffy and foamy body that lacks a fully smooth and creamy feel that goes so well in the style. Medium-high carbonation and a clean bitter finish.

Good but not one of Trillium's best. Things just seem a bit muddled and the body is not nearly as smooth as some of their other hop beasts.

Nov 10, 2016
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NolaHopHead from Louisiana

4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours hazy light yellow-orange, thin white head dades leaving Jin patches of lace. Mild tropical citrus aroma. Bright citrusy taste, orange and lemon, decent back end grapes and herbal bitterness that lasts. Medium slick feel. Solid low ABV pale.

Oct 31, 2016
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Flounder57 from Massachusetts

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

64 oz growler was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a yellow orange with no clarity, but vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Citrus, some lemon, grassy, and herbal hops followed by biscuity, wheaty, bready, toasted, chewy, pale, and caramel malts.

Taste: Nice and subtle hop flavor followed by toasted, pale, and chewy chewy malts. Light bitterness in the rear too.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp, refreshing, a tad chewy, light bitterness, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Another solid offering from the little bird series. While I have liked others more, this one is still a little tasty treat.

Oct 20, 2016
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. can. Hazy pale orange. Really nice El Dorado aroma. Bright tropical fruits. Citrus zest. Tastes really nice too. Maybe a little less interesting. More orange-y than tropical. Light pale malt. A bit spicy in the finish. Like white pepper. Light body. Low carbonation. Simple and delicious pale ale.

Oct 17, 2016
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy, orange-brown in color with1/2 inch head. Taste is big cracker, bread, and light apricot. Light bodied and slightly sweet. Compared to the Trillium IPAs I have had, this one is much more light and the flavors are a bit more subtle. Excellent sessionable beer. Will look for this again.

Oct 17, 2016
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Meyers1023 from New York

3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into an IPA glass a hazy straw color with just over a fingers worth of head. The nose is lemon and toasted malt as advertised, maybe a hint of apricot. The flavor is a lot of citrus bitterness, some pepper, and little bread. The feel is crisp, medium, and full of carbonation. This is a great APA, maybe not the best by Trillium but would be the star in a lot of other lineups.

Oct 15, 2016
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anteatr23 from Massachusetts

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

Looks thin, orange, with a one finger head, big thin bubbles. Smells earthy and mineraly with sweet tropical notes. Taste is crisp, a quick bitter bite into a buttery-cracker malt. Fresh tasting, but thin lacing. Hoppy, refreshing and light. Definitely sessionable.

Oct 12, 2016
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can dated 9/30.

Pours turbid yellow with minimal head and retention. Aromatics are mildly tropical and hoppy. Shades of grapefruit and flaked oats. Light bodied and crispish. Grapefruit and zesty pith on the palate. Bone dry with a hint of toasted bread ends.
Finishes with a firm bitterness and fruit pith.

Tasty pale ale but the hops are a bit one dimensional.

Oct 11, 2016
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dar482 from New York

4.69/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a hazy medium gold.

The aroma hits of floral, great call on the lemon and toasted malt, almost like lemon cleaner.

The flavor offers more grass and tons of citrus essence with the peel and all, instead of being overly juicy. Trilll notes as spot on as usual.

Oct 10, 2016
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emount91 from Connecticut

3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

pours a completely murked out yellow, barely any head. smell was very crackery and bready, with some slight citrus over it. taste was a lot heavier on the sweet citrus, with a crackery back end. the mouthfeel is what threw me off a bit: it was almost so velvety that it was somewhat gritty. hard to explain but I feel this beer should be a little cleaner. nonetheless a decent one from trillium, though they have made MUCH better.

Oct 09, 2016
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mnj21655 from Massachusetts

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

Pours a lightly hazy pale straw in color with a finger of white head. Aroma is mostly citrus with tangerine, orange, and a hint of lemon. Taste hits the same citrus notes but adds some tropical juiciness with mango. Decent mouthfeel, light-ish body. Overall a solid beer, good amount of flavor packed into a 5% pale ale.

Oct 08, 2016
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rudzud from Massachusetts

3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to JLindros for sharing.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice hazy light orange hue with a thin white head that fades to leave light wisps.

S - Aromas of light stone fruit, faint dank hops, very light citrus.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. There is huge cracked wheat thing going on just destroys the hops. Hops which are lightly citrus.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated.

O - Overall this was a rather messy beer, huge wheat ruined the beer.

Serving Type: can

Oct 06, 2016
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Light fizzy head, little lacing, murky pale orange color.

Nose tons of fruit, tropical orange tangerine, peach apricot, papaya, little melon and faint citrus lemon zest, little sweet cracker malt wheat.

Taste brings toasted wheat, little cracker, then spicy hop, plenty of rind, citrus, juicy apricot, stone fruit, little pine like spicy, melon rind, lemon zest, then cracker creamy wheat kicks in again and takes over the hops. Dry wheat finish, little grainy, touch stone fruit and citrus rind lingering.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, touch creamy , decent but lighter carb.

Overall not bad, hops are nice but wheat dominated a bit too much.

Oct 06, 2016
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PDonahue92 from Massachusetts

3.31/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

a well balance new england style Pale ale. Definitely a crowd pleaser with the great hop aromas of an IPA but not the bitterness. it poured a hazy orange pale with a white head that does not stick around for long. Aromas of lemon, citrus, grass, and even a little bready backbone. the flavor profile consisted of lemon grass, and citrus peels. The finish of this beer is mild, not too bitter but also juicy, yet short lived. This is a beer worth pouring.

served on Draft in small snifter.

Oct 06, 2016
Small Bird Series: Itty-Bitty Goose from Trillium Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 206 ratings