Heavy Mettle
Trillium Brewing Company

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IPA - New England
Ranked #38
Ranked #146
4.52 | pDev: 6.86%
Trillium Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
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Notes: Double IPA brewed with Galaxy, Amarillo, Columbus.
Reviews: 155 | Ratings: 1,215 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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cj8311 from Maryland

4.68/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Jan 07, 2018
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.41/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle dated 8/16/2014. Poured into a Lawson's snifter 8/28/2014 at 40F.

A- Dark hazy peach-coloured body, three finger thick, frothy cappucino-like offwhite head with very good hang time. Wispy lacing covers the glass. Altogether, the head is a real winner here. [4.5]

S- Pine-forward aromas mix in with sweet caramel. Smells fairly resinous. There is also a blast of tropical fruit, mango and some pineapple. For the most part though, pine and caramel are the predominant contributors. [4]

F- Delicious tropical fruit hops up front. Sweet mango, pineapple juice-like flavours, which start to mix in with some sweet caramel and tapioca making for a substantial malt backbone which never quite overcome the hops, which is just the way I like it. More tropical fruit and a bitter pine kick on the backend. Very smooth and well-integrated between the hops and the malts. [4.5]

M- Medium bodied, smooth and silky whilst striking the balance between dry and resinous, very much like Congress Street does. Finish is a pine and caramel smoothness that isn't altogether too bitter to keep you from continuing to drink it. Very easy to drink, disturbingly so for a 9.3% DIPA- it goes down like a 6% IPA. [4.75]

O- I came into this one expecting a good DIPA, thinking that this brewery's hoppy offerings can't be as good as that of Tree House or Alchemist, but you know what, this is excellent stuff. As I mentioned in my review of Congress Street, there's just something in the water in New England that makes the mouthfeel with just the right amount of softness that just enables me to gobble down the hops. Still, it could use more vibrant burst of hop aromas on the nose; that would make the beer that much better. I look forward to trying other Trillium offerings. [4.5]

Final Score: 4.4

Appearance 5%
Aroma 20%
Taste 45%
Mouthfeel 10%
Overall 20%

Aug 28, 2014
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Resuin from Massachusetts

4.7/5  rDev +4%

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a willibecher. This was bottled yesterday, picked up from the brewery an hour ago.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, near-opaque honey/amber and leaves a full, two-finger white head, that lingers for a long time, leaving full lacing down the glass. (4.5)

Smell: Big mango and citrus hops, grapefruit juice, citrus rinds, a bit of grass. Super hop forward, refreshing, big aroma. (4.75)

Taste: Matches the smell pretty well. Starts with big bitter hop flavors, moves to juicy citrus + tropical hops flavors. Some malts in there to round it out. Really big flavor. For such a big IPA, the finish is wonderfully smooth. (4.75)

Mouth-feel: Medium to high carbonation with a medium to heavy, creamy body. Quite a presence in the mouth. Finishes smooooth. (4.75)

Overall: This is a wonderful, big IPA. Really well crafted to give huge, smooth flavor. It's not syrupy or high in alcohol taste like some of the 9%+ IPA's out there. Definitely not for the new-to-IPA's drinkers. Tons of hops in here. (4.75)

Aug 19, 2014
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folkstar from Rhode Island

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

Nov 10, 2018
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really stoked about this one! Loved Mettle, so Heavy Mettle is a must try. Pours a murky yellow (just how I like it) with a thock, white crown. Blobs and globs of lace. The nose is magnificent. Puréed fruit juice hops. Zesty, tropical fruit hops, passion fruit some moss and a tad if green onion. Chunks of mango. Very impressive. The hoppiness is incredibly intense. Starts with a huge passion fruit zap along with melon and mango. Guava. I believe they used Galaxy hops and they shine! Hints of grass and moss. Citrus and nectarine. Dry, pale malt. Fruit juice elixir. Hops are stunningly intense. Flavor lasts for days. Surprisingly not ridiculously bitter. Hop-oil feel. No booze. Sneakily drinkable. Trillium is vaulting into legendary status and this may be their best one yet. What a brilliant, modern Imperial IPA.

Via bottle.

Aug 22, 2014
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lovindahops from New York

4.93/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Grabbed a growler. Three days old.

A- heavy mettle pours a patented New England fluorescent orange with golden hues and a frothy white head of foam. As I always desire from a great IPA/DIPA, the brew glows in the glass and literally displays the Galaxy and Amarillo hop glow in used to seeing

S- orange juice in a glass! A burst of freshly squeezed juice is bundled with pineapple, tangerine, and guava. While congress st was predominantly grape fruit, HM is the fresh tropical flavors that I love. Not bitter, just sweet and mouth watering

T- nailed it. My first juice nuclear bomb. I was hoping the Galaxy and Amarillo would dominate and bundle into a juice smoothie on roids. While not overwhelming thick, the tropical flavors have no bitterness and just an unbelievable taste. What a combination of flavor that can be very hard to find.

M- carbonated and flavor piercing, heavy mettle feels fantastic. Not enough can be said about the feel and mouth watering experience this causes. Most drinkable 9.3% brew ever

O- maybe tree house juice machine could battle this but not even Julius can compare. This tropical profile is the literal depiction of a juice bomb. Trillium literally created a profile that is not easy to duplicate. One of the best DIPAS that I've ever had in terms of a tropical brew

May 11, 2016
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kscaldef from Oregon

4.21/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12/29/2014 Bottle

Very hazy yellow-orange, billowy head with good retention and lacing.

Smells like freshly cut pineapple, including the skin. Not the most aromatic IPA I've run into, but nice.

Very fruity. Peaches, lighter notes of pineapple.

A bit low on carbonation, but clean with a long fruity linger and minimal bitterness.

TBH, I've been a bit disappointed with most Trillium IPAs, finding them to have something of a vegetal off-flavor, particularly as they warm. This one, however, has none of that and is pure deliciousness. I don't know if it's just a matter of being fresher, or being kept nice and cold by being shipped through Polar Vortex 2015, but this is legit.

Jan 13, 2015
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Greywulfken from New York

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Don't think it was possible for this brew to fail me and it didn't - another legit world-class NEIPA from Trillium, this one featuring Galaxy and Amarillo hops in addition to their standard Columbus hop - and coming in at 9.3% abv, a heavy hitter for the brewers from Boston... My first grab of this beer was same day brewery fresh, meaning my 8/31/17 canning was the same day I bought and consumed it... Super green and taut - lots of unripe, bitter fruit impressions - really grabbed the palate and never let go... Bitter in a vegetal/fruit kinda way, mildly sweet, moderately carbonated, and medium-light feel... Instant classic...

Sep 01, 2017
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BEEPOP from Connecticut

4.65/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Favorite IPA beer from TBC and I don't think it is close.

Huge flavors and unlike most TBC beers the alcohol is hidden extremely well in this. Reminds me a lot of TH beers like Doppelganger if there was a comparison but better with this current batch. I could wax poetic about how good this beer is but IMO this going forward will be the beer that all other TBC beers will be judged by.

So mad at myself for only buying 1 when I drove up for the Upper Case release. I would put this beer on my bucket list as it is a must drink with this current batch.

Great job Trillium!

UPDATE: Was just a really good batch that day. The 6/15 batch was good but not god like like the late May batch was.

May 21, 2016
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ONovoMexicano from New Mexico

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

Served in a snifter from a 750 mL bottle.

I'm surprised how cloudy and murky this golden liquid is. The head is a foamy, chunky pale white bit that persists well and leaves a good deal of lace behind. 4.25

Bright floral nose, notes of pine and citrus. Tropical fruit emerges as well. Sweet, pungent and resinous. 4.25

Starts off lemony and acidic, almost has me thinking it's a sour, but then it veers into maltier territory and sweeter, tropical fruit flavors. 4.25

Creamy, spicy from the hops, and dry and bitter at the finish. It's a bit hot but ultimately smooth and drinkable. 4

Good stuff.

Jan 05, 2015
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atrocity from Virginia

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jan 09, 2015
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GregSemenza from Connecticut

4.58/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

May 12, 2016
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agilleo32 from Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Apr 20, 2017
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MA08 from Massachusetts

4.56/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jan 02, 2015
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robgage from Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jan 10, 2015
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-Rick from Massachusetts

4.7/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

IMO, the best IIPA in the country. The smell is loaded with dank notes, but also loaded with tons of tropic fruits. The taste is smooth and juicy. What an amazing brew

Feb 04, 2015
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Coltron23 from Connecticut

4.06/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jan 09, 2018
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SiepJones from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dec 18, 2017
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reyna311 from Delaware

4.49/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sep 25, 2017
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KCBeerNerd from Missouri

4.85/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Jan 23, 2015
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Stengelfoot from California

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Jun 25, 2016
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TylerGray27 from Connecticut

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

Jan 09, 2018
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4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

4.49/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aug 13, 2016
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HeadyBroughtMeHere from Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

Aug 23, 2014
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Josbor11 from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aug 17, 2016
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