The Publick House IPA
Trillium Brewing Company

The Publick House IPAThe Publick House IPA
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IPA - New England
Ranked #605
Ranked #1,786
4.22 | pDev: 6.4%
Trillium Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
The Publick House IPAThe Publick House IPA
Notes: Brewed in appreciation of The Publick House, a craft beer mecca in Brookline, MA where close friends and warm hospitality welcome us time after time. The Publick House IPA features Citra, Centennial, and Columbus hops with an aroma bursting with fresh orange juice and under-ripe peach along with notes of toasted malt. The flavor profile is more bitter than our “Street” IPAs, but with a toasted, bready malt character to balance. Bitter grapefruit flavors emerge with mild pine on the finish.

MALT: American 2-row Barley, White Wheat, Flaked Wheat,C-15, C-60, Dextrine, Dextrose

HOPS: Citra, Centennial, Columbus
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.96/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque (not hazy) tea-honey color with a creamy head of 1/2 finger.

Aromas of vanilla, oranges, grapefruit, lemon, and pilsner malt.

Flavor is very rindy and bitter - very opposite of many Trillium offerings. Lots of red grapefruit rind and lemon rind, then hop resin, pine, pepper, grass, and more resin. Slight orange gummy bear aftertaste.

Feel likewise is resiny and residual, lots of good carb, spritzy finish.

Overall, not my favorite Trillium, but it's a stray from the norm so if you're curious about Trillium but wary of the juice bombs, try this one out.

Nov 11, 2017
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strohme2 from Michigan

4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned sometime 7/17, went into a tulip glass. Poured muddled peach nectar, orange and ruby highlights. White head. Recedes quickly.
Nose is grapefruit peel, floral, peach notes.
Taste is citrus, white grapefruit, some tropical fruit notes.
Dry, abrasive and bitter finish.

Oct 02, 2017
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FBarber from Illinois

4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy matte orange color. Thin weak white head dissipates leaving just a partial slick of bubbles on the beer. Smell is a pungent aromatic array of fresh fruits - orange, tangerine, peach, mango and some light malts. Taste follows the nose with those fruits up front - orange, tangerine, grapefruit, mango and some peach all coming through before passing into a slightly bitter, but very hoppy flavor balanced with some lightly toasted malts. Very nice balance here with some bitterness to keep it interesting. Feel is light and drinkable while carrying some heft. Moderate carbonation. Smooth with a somewhat dry finish. Overall a very nice IPA from Trillium - one Id be happy to drink again.

Sep 28, 2017
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Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

4.56/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz can into a speiglau IPA glass.

Amazing looking hazy golden amber with an inch thin head.

Aroma is a dry tangerine orange peel with a slight cracker.

Taste is a lot more bitter up front then gives way to that citrus.


Sep 18, 2017
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains a nice blend of strong fruity juicy citrus, floral hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a strong burst of floral hops bitterness that is quickly followed by a strong fruity juicy citrus sweetness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is an excellent IPA to pound down for a long time.

Sep 18, 2017
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Newbeergeek1 from Maine

4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy orange "ish", little bit of lacing and no head to speak of. Slight resins, piney, and citrus tastes that I found worked beautifully together. I am not much on smell at 70 so I grade almost everything at a 4. Exceptional taste and a lot going on, all good, in my mouth as I swirl some before swallowing. I got whatTrillium would give me and can't wait o share with some friends. Love it.

Sep 11, 2017
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digboy from New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright, warm orange-gold color, very cloudy with a one-finger silky head.

Aroma is pungent with notes of lemon and tangerine.

Taste is similar to the scent along with some peach notes, but there is an added element of wheat grain flavor that blends fairly well with the hops making a truly pleasant flavor profile. Just well crafted there. This is a strong, bold flavor that comes across as lightly malted but moderately bitter.

Feel is thick, smooth and creamy with a moderate dose of seltzer.

Can't say much bad about this one. It is well within the range of outstanding beers from Trillium. It has a surprising amount of hop flavor and smell for a non-DDH variety. Well worth picking up.

Sep 10, 2017
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KidDoc from Connecticut

4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured kind of flat with minimal head which dissipated quickly and left minimal lacing. Color is a hazy dark gold. Aroma is strong of dank grapefruit with peach undertones. Flavor follows and is quite nice but a little short of the full mouthfeel usually associated with the better Trillium juice bombs. Overall, very nice but not Trilliums best. Of course, that is nit-picking...

Jan 07, 2017
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Jay_P22 from Virginia

4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned 11/29 and poured into a tulip.

Looks hazy like it should. Orange juice with a finger sized head, lacing is minimal and dissipates quickly.

Smell is juice - pineapple, mango, etc. But the nose isn't as strong as most Trillium juice IPAs.

Taste follows the nose but is much more prevalent than the nose. Really good IPA. Juicy, bold, and complex.

Mouth feel is medium bodied with not a lot of aftertaste.

Overall a really good beer. Surprised me because people don't talk about publick house as much as the others, but it's really good. Would love more.

Jan 02, 2017
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Amguerra305 from Florida

4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy yellow orange like most beers of this style. The smell is peach and passion fruit that fades a bit once it warms up. The taste follows the smell and leaves a strong peach after taste. Not too bitter on the back end and a slight sweetness on the front end. The piney resiny nature of the hops definitely a bit longer than other beers of this style; still not too overwhelming though. The feel is medium with nice and lively carbonation. Overall a really good beer but nothing out of the ordinary for the style (though far better than your run of the mill IPA).

Dec 16, 2016
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can dated 11/23/16.

Pours hazy gold with a smallish head and short retention.

Aromatics lead off with peach, orange, and grapefruit. Tropical and citrusy with a hint of pine as the beer warms. Light to medium bodied, typical for Trillium hop-forward offering. A bit creamy and soft. Juicy, plump hops on the palate with zero malt and low bitterness. Peach, pineapple, mango, and grapefruit. Finishes dry with lingering fruity hops.

Another great Trillium IPA. Not as pungently hoppy in the nose or the palate as others but very tasty.

Dec 14, 2016
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Damian from Massachusetts

4.54/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 1 pint can purchased at Trillium Brewing Company, Boston, MA
Served in a tulip

The opaque, dark yellow ochre liquid was topped by a tight, creamy, finger-tall crop of off-white froth that fell rather quickly to a lasting ringlet. Copious amounts of sticky, streaky lacing coated the glass.

The nose was spectacular. Super hoppy and pure. Amazingly fruity and bright. Overripe peaches dominated. Big juicy orange notes as well. Some exotic, tropical fruits were also apparent. Mango was most noticeable.

The flavor profile was really solid but definitely more pithy and bitter than the nose. Lots of juicy orange on the front end. Some tangy tangerine-like notes came through in the center. As the beer moved along the palate, white grapefruit took over. Fairly pithy and dry. More grapefruit and grapefruit rind-like bitterness on the finish. Hints of pine sap came through as well. As the beer sat, sweet peach notes appeared. The bitterness in the finish also subsided a bit.

Nice frothy, fluffy mouthfeel. Creamy, slick and smooth on the palate. Fuller bodied for the style. The liquid contained a fine, lively effervescence.

I have been a patron and a big fan of the Publick House for over a decade and would consider them to have a big role in my love of craft beer. Kudos to the guys at Trillium for giving due diligence to these folks with this fantastic IPA.

Dec 10, 2016
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy, orange-brown in color with 1/4 inch head. Taste is tangerine, bitter orange juice, blood orange, and a good deal of wet hop/breadiness and cracker. Dry, sweet start with a bitter middle spike, moderate carbonation. Great by most breweries' standards but more towards the middle of the Trillium scale. Better as it warms. Would get this again, but I prefer several Trillium beers more.

Dec 09, 2016
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vfgccp from New York

4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apr 13 2016 bottle, opened May 6 2016.

A - Beautiful IPA. Glowing, milky gold East Coast body with 3 fingers of bright white head.

S - Green nose. Fresh cut grass with orange rind, lime.

T - Lima beans and juicy orange. Touch of oat. Soft sage.

M - Creamy medium body.

O - An outstanding IPA

May 15, 2016
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HopHunter19 from Missouri

4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - just as hazy as any of these new northeast ipas, nice big fluffy off white head, body is murky orange amber color
S- grapefruit, pine, peach. Bready, biscuity, malt backbone.
T- big peach, pine, grapefruit. Again bready/biscuity malt backbone.
M- light-medium mouthfeel. Alcohol covered. Aftertaste is peach and grapefruit.
O- another awesome brew by trillium, everything they do seems to be awesome

May 11, 2016
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thedaveofbeer from Massachusetts

4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is one of my favorite Trillium brews. I like precisely because is is different from the typical unfiltered juice bombs that has begun to typify the trillium portfolio. This brew carries some malt backbone and aroma while still bringing tons of hops bouquet. Compared to other offerings from trillium, it feels restraint in a English style ipa- well done!

May 05, 2016
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750 mL bottle. Orange body. Medium white head. Strong centennial aroma. Grapefruit and orange hops. Some caramel malts. Tastes about the same. Grapefruit and orange. Caramel malt backbone. Strong pithy bitterness. A very traditional IPA from Trillium. Medium body. Good, but it doesn't strike me as the adventurous hop monsters for which Trillium is known.

May 03, 2016
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cosmicevan from New York

4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

what can one say about trillium ipas that hasn't already been said? trillium is a leading pioneer in that NE hop bomb ipa. the public house is yet another home run from these purveyors of fine suds.

bottled 4/13/16 (just north of 2 weeks ago) thanks rob!
juicy grapefruit hops w a nice bitter bite in the finish. super easy drinking and simply delish. not my favorite from trillium but a beer I will always snag when fresh along with just about everything in their lineup.

Apr 30, 2016
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TBonez477 from Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Nice slightly hazy copper pour with a finger and a half of fluffy white head.

S: Aroma is immediate deep pitted fruit paired with tangerine. Second whiff is similar with finishing notes of earthy pine.

T: Similar to the smell, first flavors are nectarine and tangerine with the slight sweetness from the malt bill to support the flavors. The finish is slightly bitter pine but not strongly enough to distract from the initial fruit flavors.

M: Where Trillium excels, this easily could have been a run of the mill IPA by having a clean, sharp mouth feel... But it's not. The feel from this one is light yet full and has a softness to it that really becomes the perfect vector for enjoying the flavors provided.

O: A very good IPA from Trillium that doesn't get as much credit as some of their other offerings do.

Mar 31, 2016
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FFreak from Vermont

4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up in Canton on 2/22 - consumed 3/19 - poured into willy glass. This one is not murky. It's semi-hazy, with a burnt yellow-orange color, and a tall, frothy, orange-tinted head. Aroma is tropical and piney - not super aromatic. Taste is somewhat juicy, but finishing extremely piney. Not in a bad way at all, actually very enjoyable. On the sweet side with low bitterness, medium-body and ample carbonation. Overall, another fine IPA from Trillium.

Mar 21, 2016
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emount91 from Connecticut

4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

very different, but still very trillium. haze bomb, little darker than other brews from them. smell is actually light: dry citrus with something sweet smelling, too light for me to pick up. taste is very juicy, very citrusy, some peach in there then a sweet malt backbone. a lot more pungent than smell. mouthfeel is a little thick, since it's not a DIPA but still supports the tastes and juiciness well. overall very good though, like I said: very different but very trillium nonetheless.

Mar 19, 2016
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rudzud from Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a bottle of this from Julio's. They get a bunch of Trillium now that they are bottling in Canton. Bottled on 2/3/16

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a hazy golden orange hue with a good two finger fat white head that fades to leave a thin blanket of a head with light side lacing.

S - Aromas of potent orange flesh and rind, rather juicy with a light malt backbone. The pine is super light.

T - Taste is a bit of orange up front and then is turns somewhat vegative, almost onion like. Not quite there, but...there's something off. There is citrus....and it keeps trying to poke through, but this off flavour keeps it rather subdued. There is a light bitterness on the finish.

M - Mouthfeel is somewhat brightly carbonated, slightly thinner.

O - Overall this beer had promise, but, that weird vegative taste throws me for a loop here. I don't think this was intentional...but...yeah, it is concerning. So far, I haven't actually had a good bottle from the Canton facility; every one of them seems to have some type of flaw or distinct off flavour...a huge shame because their stuff SHOULD be better than this.

Serving type: bottle

Mar 15, 2016
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pkalix from California

4.44/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

another great one from Trillium! starting to see a pattern here, though.... very hazy, lemon-y flavors, easy to drink and delicious! obviously a great line-up! large format bottles are expensive and difficult to ship, however, and cost a lot of money.... like The Bruery, i'd love to see a slew of 'em in 12oz bottles instead.....

Mar 13, 2016
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled on 02/03/2016. 750ml bottle served in a tulip. Pours a dull orange with a hazy clarity and a rocky, half-inch, bright white head that dissipates into a soapy slick. Swaths and spots of lacing were present during the tasting. Great nose - juicy, rind, earthy/herbal and perhaps a hint of stone fruit towards the back. Taste is pleasant but not as bright - more earthy/herbal than citrusy. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with an assertive carbonation that leaves a residual prickle at the back of the throat between quaffs. There's also a light acidity. Overall, a very good offering - quite enjoyable, but not as juicy as I would have anticipated from the nose.

Mar 10, 2016
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trevorpost from Massachusetts

4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful hazy orange that seems to glow when held up to the light. 1 finger pale white head leaves decent lacing on the glass as it recedes.
Aroma is pine, resin, grapefruit, mango.
Flavor is some sweet biscuity malt with grapefruit pith and a hint of lemon.
Bitter up front, but silky in the finish.
No juice bomb, but not everything needs to be. Fits in well with the rest of Trillium's hoppy offerings.

Mar 06, 2016
The Publick House IPA from Trillium Brewing Company
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 402 ratings