Heavy Mettle
Trillium Brewing Company

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New England IPA
Ranked #38
Ranked #148
4.52 | pDev: 6.86%
Trillium Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Heavy MettleHeavy Mettle
Notes: Double IPA brewed with Galaxy, Amarillo, Columbus.
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Photo of SierraNevallagash
4.51/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pint can - dated 10/11/19 - poured into an RC IPA glass at 46F.

Pours a turbid, nearly milky, delightfully glowing pale orange hue, topped with a very short head that quickly recedes to a thin film and collar. A small swirl deposits some scant lacing along the glass.

Nose: The aroma is bursting with ripe, succulent citrus aromas - orange juice, pomello, and grapefruit - along with a big bouquet of ripe tropical and stone fruits. Lots of mango, some guava, pineapple, and a hint of papaya, with secondary notes of kiwifruit, strawberry, blueberry, coconut, lychee, peach, nectarine, and a remarkably sweet, exotic fruity element that I simply cannot place. The aroma is completely saturated, sweet, and fruity, and bears no earthy, musty, or funky components.

Palate: The beer greets the palate with a forceful, sugary sweetness, which is to be expected from a dry-hopped beer of this calibre. It isn't a starchy, malty sweetness, but rather a concentrated fructose sweetness, like ripe tropical fruit. Speaking of ripe tropical fruit, the flavour is bursting with ripe mango, pineapple, papaya, and overripe peach, the latter being very indicative of the Galaxy hops that are crammed into this. There are some bright, juicy, slightly acidic notes of orange juice and grapefruit, which highly compliment the pineapple notes, and also help to cut through some of the sweetness. Much of this acidity is presumably hop burn, though it's restrained enough to be enjoyable, adding a layer of complexity rather than being detrimental to the beer itself. There is just a touch of earthy dankness which is also to be expected from a bill containing any amount of Galaxy. I suspect the grist contains a measurable amount of oat, as the malt is clean, fairly neutral, and possesses practically zero graininess. The finish is quite fruity and floral, before the sweetness gently subsides, allowing just a touch of resinous bitterness to peek through at the very end, before lifting off, leaving a clean, oaty dryness and a whisper of peach lingering.

Mouthfeel/Body: It's a big, bold, dry hopped New England double IPA clocking in at 9.3% ABV, AND it's from Trillium. Anyone who has had a big Trillium IPA can imaging that this beer is just one massively fluffy hoppy pillow. The beer is soft, fluffy, creamy, and velvety smooth, yet still possesses enough effervescence to lend texture and cut through some of the heft. Nevertheless, this is a very stout beer, and is by no means a midday summer refresher. While the flavour profile would allow this to pair nicely with food, I think the sheer weight of it may prevent it from being the ideal mean accompaniment. Also bear in mind that aside from the heft of this beer, it shows little-to-no evidence of it's ABV, which could make this a dangerous little creeper.

Overall: For what this beer is, it's hard to find much, if anything wrong with it. It's a wonderfully fruity, sweet, succulent double (verging on triple) IPA crafted with the trademark uniqueness that has made Trillium a cult classic. It embodies everything the brewery is known for, from its top-tier hops, to the pillowy mouthfeel, all packed into a whopper of a beer, that's easy and enjoyable to drink. A true hoppy cornerstone of the Trillium lineup.

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Photo of Bshaw22
4.63/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

One of the best NE IPAs I’ve had from trillium. A real bench mark for the style.
Nice thick orange body. Big white head.
Smell is pineapple and mango juice.
Flavor follows with a sweet yet dry finish. Allows you to keep coming back.
Juicy as hell. Thick but crushable. Doing all of the right things for the style.

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Photo of egrandfield
4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured on 10/15 from a can dated 10/11 into a Spiegelau IPA glass
L: Creamy yellow, opaque
S: cantaloupe, apricot, melon, grass
T: fruit at first, then hop burn
F: a little more carbonation and it would be have been perfect...that said, it did seem to dance on the tongue. A bit more would have enhanced the flavor.
O: In Trillium’s style, but slightly distinct from the others

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Traded for this a while ago, as the date on the bottom of the can read 1/15/17 with "EW-WAM-AM-AH" written below that. I don't know what that means or if that is a heavy metal reference but I can honesty say that this was a typical Trillium beer that had all of their attributes present in it, including an easy sense of enjoyment to it throughout my session!

Not a bad pour to this as the liquid was a muted honey with enough off to offset the the cloudy, dull liquid even though that settled relatively quickly. Only a few spots of lacing was left behind as I worked my way through this as the residue on the side of my pint glass was quite disappointing. Tons of mango, citrus rind, booze, and yeast filled the nose although they were quite muted from the first whiff onward. Dank, pithy, and strong, tons of melon, cantaloupe, and kiwi came through as this warmed up but it was never easygoing enough for me to fully embrace. This had a creaminess and slickness to it that saved it from being a disappointment but it needed more sugar and tangerine from feeling too heavy, as the carbonation was nearly nowhere to be found...

No doubt that this had enough alcohol to it and it seemed to complement the subtle hop burn quite well. That wasn't what I was looking for as this beer put the "heavy" into heavy mettle. Tons of Galaxy hops ensured that this would be a dank hop bomb but in the end, this needed it's rough edges rounded out a bit. Worth a go for those who love Trillium but this didn't match up with their better, and more popular offerings...

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.74/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Hazy gold/yellow with rich white head and sticky lacing.
N: Loads of citrus, hops, tropical tones, and pine.
T: Follows the nose a lot, tropical forward with solid hops hit, some bite but silky at the same time.
M: Medium
O: Loved it, drank so clean and easy, hard to believe it' s almost 10% ABV.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.46/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look - classic nehazy and golden color
Smell - juicy fruity. Grapefruit tangerine
Taste - slight bite fruity tangy. Similar to the scent but more extreme
Feel - medium full body with a light carbonation
Overall - great beer but more bite then needed

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Photo of folkstar
3.08/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

10/15/18 batch, updated rating and review... .my Prior rating was 4.7, this was the first trillium beer I ever had and it opened my eyes to the unique flavors that hops can impart on a beer.

what a disappointment ... a formerly magical and uniquely flavorful beer is now a heavy, overly sweet and muddled mess

Look is dark.. pour yields very little head, a small ring remains

Smell : surprisingly muted , very little tropical or juicy characteristic.. I almost get a rotten citrus smell

Taste- at once sticky sweet (which this beer never was before, despite its high abv) and bitter . With this hop combo I expect that classic trillium magic (and I could allow for a bit of hop burn), but this is just sharp, bitter and unpleasant to drink. No single fruit characteristic comes to mind- it feels like a huge mouthful of extra sweet jolly ranchers mixed with garlic cloves .. it tastes thick, chewy and muddled— galaxy and Columbus hops flavors are completely buried

Feel: harsh, mouth-coating unpleasantness ; surprisingly thin for such a high abv.

IF this is a result of the new fermentation profile, this is a major disappointment and has confirmed that trilliums beers are no longer for me.

Never thought I would have such a strong opinion about a beer

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.66/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright orange, sticky head. Smells like sweet orange, mango, pineapple, and dank hops. Tastes are the same as the scent with a great balance of sweetness from the fruit flavors and the bitterness from the hops. Nice creamy mouthfeel and hidden alcohol. Great beer.

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Photo of Radcpa
4.67/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very cloudy straw color with white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is a grapefruit and other citrus without any hoppyness. Taste is a Devine grapefruit that is very smooth and no hops at all.

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Photo of iguanodon
4.46/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

[Original rating 2017-12-26] Draft at Armsby Abbey Worcester MA. Easily one of the best DIPAs I've ever had. I want to just sit and smell it. Pours cloudy dark gold with a medium white head. Aroma of citrus, peach, straw. Taste is tropical fruit, peach, a little bitter in the finish. Great balance. The alcohol is very well hidden, does not seem like 9.3%.

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Photo of degueulasse
4.44/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another excellent beer from Trillium, this one pours a thick, hazy yellow and smells softly of stone fruits. To the tongue, the peach and nectarine are most prevalent, but there is a little more of a citrusy taste underlying it. The milky texture and grainy undertones prevent this from being too fruity.

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Photo of brewme
4.25/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wife Picked-up a four-pack at the Trillium Brewery in Canton for about twenty bucks. Guessing she didn't notice the 9+ ABV. Pretty smooth, considering the ABV, a bit dank, nice brew.

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Photo of papposilenus
4.19/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 16oz can, dated 10/15/18. Served in a Trillium-branded tulip. #properglassware

Pours a massively murky glass of OJ with a scant finger of soft, creamy head. Retention is no better than so-so, leaving a pretty, creamy collar and a thin curtain of lacing.

Robust nose of pineapple, weed and sexy, sweaty girl.

Taste is massively dank and weedy, sort of a cross between ditchwater and bhang water. Wow. Give me a second here. OK. Super-juicy with overripe pineapple, orange rind, sweet, sticky, dripping peach, composty melon, guava, lime and macerated ditch weeds steeped in sexy sweat. A little composted-melon-rind-sour-booziness lingers on the palate and in the sinuses at the finish.

Feel is thick and juicy, verging on sticky/syrupy, medium-hefty bodied and well carbonated. Drinks like a mixed-drink cocktail like they might serve you at brunch with a bamboo umbrella and a maraschino cherry.

Whew. I've had Heavy Mettle a couple times before, maybe not since Canton opened? and somehow managed not to review it but is this the original recipe? Because it seems to me that the intensity dial has been cranked hard over to the right and jammed down with a brick. A) this beverage belongs in a 12oz can, and B) sweet fucking mercy, enough... uncle!!

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Photo of bobv
4.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned 11/21/17.
Moderate pour yields a one inch white head over a cloudy, golden body with some sticky lacing. Nose of dank everything. Taste of Columbus hop dankness first, followed by the citrus of Galaxy and Amarillo hops, with a bit of flowery spice from the Amarillo. Normal soft feel for a cloud bomb such as this. Finishes with a moisture-sucking dryness. Overall, I think I'd like this even less if it was fresh and more palate-whacking. Cheers!

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Photo of ManapuaMan
4.14/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just an enormously hopped beer that blows beyond what my finicky palate can handle these days. Carry on and pick up the info you seek from a more hop-headed review.

About as archetypical, in look and taste and feel, for a 9%+ NE Style DIPA that without the darling new hops in the mix (Mosaic, Citra, Galaxy, etc.). Just an enormous specimen that will hop-punch your pie hole out the back of your head.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.28/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampling a cold 16 oz can poured into my snifter. The beer pours a hazy orange color with creamy bleached white head of 1 cm foaming up and fading to a sturdy surface layer soon after the pour is complete.
The aroma is the expected citrusy notes of orange and some grapefruit, with also some fresh cut grass and a bit of pine sap and resin. I get just a little bit of biscuity malt buried in the beer and the high ABV is pretty well hidden on the nose.
The first sip reveals a silky texture with very fine and prickly carbonation. The beer dries out intensely on the swallow, but before that I experience a wide range of hop characteristics. I get orange peel and grapefruit rind with some pine sap and again the fresh grass, (especially on the burps). There is a bit of sweetness, but not from malt, more the citrusy fruit notes. I get a bit of peppery alcohol bite on the swallow along with some warming in my belly, but this beer could be consumed quickly, which makes it a little dangerous at 9.3%.
Quite a nice Double NEIPA, Im glad I got to try this one and would do it again if trying to fulfill my hop needs some night.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.1/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden and hazy with no visible carbonation. Topped with a finger of yellowish head.

Smells of grapefruit, grass, orange juice, a hint of evergreen, heated hop resin and a hint of paint thinner.

Amazing taste, certainly get the alcohol on the end but very orange juice, hoppy, resinous, and turpentine forward, with hints of green leaf. Its slightly sweet with a grapefruit pith bitterness.

Medium feeling body, with moderate, foamy carbonation, and an alcohol burn in the throat.

Got this at Trillium Brewing Co in Boston. Drinking up in Canada by Lake Muskoka, Feb 1st, 2018.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.41/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If I wanted to impress Amanda Kerr, if she said, “Raul, bring me the best haze you got...” I would not hesitate, and I’d go straight for Heavy Mettle. Hella robust tropical fruits on the nose and tongue; but all greeted by that oh-so-familiar dry, pithy aftertaste. Again, the last part is not for Raul, but he defends your right to love it. Cheers.

*huge edit - damn, as this beer warms it grows on you. The flavor was always there, but the aftertaste is so lush and balanced. Hell yes, Trillium

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.26/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured to a teku glass.

A: The body is yellow, bright, opaque and hazy with a matte finish. The head is white but shows medium to weak retention and no lacing.
S: The aroma is very rich on grapefruit, pineapple, resinous profiles and citric ends. Alcohol is just a bit too noticeable.
T: Taste starts off with a citric and grapefruits flavour that evolves to a pineapple-y fusion that finished off the presentation with a big resinous profile. In the back, a big hoppy, Mosaic and Galaxy? like.
M: Body is medium to high. Carbonation is good. Alcohol is noticeable but not huge. Bitterness is also high.
O: Overall, very aromatic DIPA. Trillium-good DIPA.

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Photo of vikingpillager
4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great color, lots of carbonation, some floaters (which was unusual given the freshness of the can), but TONS of flavor that really punches you right in the mouth. AWESOME!!

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Photo of Wasatch
4.84/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanks goes out to colby600 for this brew.

16 oz. Can
Canned On: 11/21/17

Poured into a Trillium glass a very nice cloudy orangy/yellow color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty 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 (orange, grapefruit, nectarine, tangerine, peach, mango), very nice diesel like. The taste is very nice, hoppy (really picking up on the Galaxy), malty, really nice citrus complex (orange, grapefruit, tangerine, peach, nectarine, mango), 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 Bill!

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Photo of Choppin-Banana
4.24/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy orange pour with slight head and nice lacing .... smells of passion fruit, pineapple, mango and light orange ... tastes of all the same with little boozy bite at the end.... at 9.3 you’d never know based on taste.... dangerously tasty beer

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Photo of FBarber
4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark orange color. Completely opaque and quite hazy. Thin white head dissipates leaving a thin ring of white foam along the outside of the beer. No lacing.

Aroma has notes of green hops, melon, orange, pineapple with a hint of a soapy aroma.

Taste follows the nose with some green hops, pineapple, grapefruit and lots of grapefruit rind. Touch of honey sweetness. Bit of alcohol flavor on the back end. Medium bitterness lingers to the finish.

Feel is medium bodied, somewhat harsh with moderate carbonation. Packs quite the punch with a strong hop bitterness creating a palpable feel on the palate.

Overall a nice DIPA, its well done and good, but I guess I don't think its quite as good as the vast majority of the reviews see seem to indicate. Not a knock on the beer, its still great.

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Photo of CNoj012
4.55/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a cloudy golden orange color reminiscent of honey. There is a two finger, creamy white head with average retention for the style. It leaves some spots and patches of lacing on the glass.

Smell is pineapple, melon, mango, and orange hop flavors with a nice bit of honey sweetness to round it out.

Taste is the same, but there is a pithy and piney bitterness that goes along with the fruit and malt sweetness. Also a touch of alcohol heat on the finish.

Feel is full side of medium bodied and resinous with a nice prickle from the carbonation on the finish. This is a big DIPA for sure.

Overall this is an excellent beer. It reminds me of a much more complex and refined version of hopslam. A version that would actually be worth the hype.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.36/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 11/21. Luscious orange-yellow color with a creamy 2 finger head.

Aromas. Wow. Yes, plenty of them. Oh, you want a description? Freshly sliced fruit platter - it's all here. Mangoes, kiwi, oranges, melon, tangerines, honeydew, strawberries, passion fruit. Slight dough-y smell, too. It's just incredible.

The juicy fruits in the nose are more muted on the tongue than I was expecting. IBU's are through the roof here. Lots of orange-tangerine-pith, with heavy rindy bitterness and hints of cantaloupe. Bitter rye cracker, pine sap, some light alcohol flavors. Lots of resin and rindy bitterness remaining. I wish it was more fruity and easy-drinking, hence the 4 vs the 5 on the nose.

Feel is creamy and delicious as always, with a tight and busy carbonation, and a good heat presence.

Overall, a great beer, with a perfect nose, and a less perfect flavor, lots of palatable IBU's, but paints a whole picture of a beer that is indeed still top shelf. Happy and blessed I could try this.

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