Big Sprang
Trillium Brewing Company

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Trillium Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Ranked #1
Ranked #2,536
4.23 | pDev: 8.04%
Mar 10, 2023
Oct 22, 2014
This amplified version of Sprang, our hoppy welcome to Spring, is a kölsch inspired ale, cool fermented and dosed heavily with Nelson Sauvin. Lower fermentation temperature slows the yeast's metabolism and provides balance by gently subduing super-fruity esters and spicy phenols. Big Sprang is medium bodied with dank aromatics of earthy evergreen, passion fruit, and faint doughy malt. Flavors of juicy concord grape, mango, and herbaceous white wine interweave with cracker-crisp, pilsner malt character and minimal bitterness. The finish is dry with a lasting touch of grain.

MALT: Pilsner, Valley Danko Rye, Dextrine, Dextrose

HOPS: Nelson Sauvin, Goldings
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Rated: 4.25 by seakayak from Massachusetts

Mar 10, 2023
Rated: 4 by tscanlon51 from Massachusetts

Nov 04, 2022
Rated: 3.68 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

May 21, 2022
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Rated by Roguer from Connecticut

3.43/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75
Not remotely a Kolsch. It’s a dank IPA.
Apr 30, 2022
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Reviewed by ScaryEd from New Hampshire

3.08/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
16 oz can.

Pours a hazy straw color with a small white head. Not much retention and almost no lacing to speak of.

Smells like white grapes, passion fruit and pine. Has a subtle minty character with some cracker malt.

The flavor brings white grape skin and passion fruit with some spearmint, sweet dough, crackers and grass. Has that signature "peanut shell" flavor all Trillium hoppy beers have. This is more of an IPA than a Kolsch.

The feel is medium bodied with lower carbonation. Creamy and soft. Good for a NEIPA, not so much for a Kolsch.

Overall, this is basically just another mediocre hoppy Trillium beer that tastes like all their other hoppy beers do now. Calling this a "Kolsch" is quite the stretch.
Apr 25, 2022
Rated: 4.04 by Taenim from Maine

Apr 14, 2022
Rated: 5 by wcampbell69 from Massachusetts

Mar 25, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by BEER88 from North Carolina

Jun 27, 2020
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Reviewed by mgrady3 from Missouri

2.72/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
Like the normal version of this beer, this is just not a Kolsch. You could call this a pale ale or an imperial pale or something, but by no means is it a Kolsch, even if the original recipe was inspired by a Kolsch. Kolsch's shouldn't be much above 5% ABV so 7.5% is just nutty.

That said, this is still a great beer, just not a Kolsch at all.
Jun 13, 2020
Rated: 4.21 by snowmageddon from Massachusetts

May 20, 2019
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Reviewed by Blackrobe from Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Dated 4/30/19 on the bottom of the can, just over 2 weeks old.

Pours a an extremely hazy pale golden yellow with a finger of slight off-white rocky head. Nose of pine resin, slight bubblegum, candied papaya, white flour, herbaceousness, sweet grain and just a hint of spice. Taste starts off with a strong white grape must + moves in to the notes of the nose with candied papaya and sweet grain especially prominent. A fantastically crushable brew for 7.5%, if I didn't know it was that high I wouldn't have guessed. Perfect for a hot summer day. Low bitterness, medium- drying, medium sweetness and a medium- well carbonated prickly body.
May 17, 2019
Rated: 4.31 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana

May 13, 2019
Rated: 4.36 by Icka31 from Ohio

May 11, 2019
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Reviewed by Holderness from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
For once I agree with the BA 'official' rating on this one. It's tasty enough but definitely not a kolsch by any stretch. Less easy drinking than regular Sprang, if I want hoppy I'll just buy one of their APAs/IPAs
May 07, 2019
Rated: 3.99 by 11-52_4hops from Virginia

Jul 01, 2018
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Reviewed by MFMB from Idaho

4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours a vibrant golden straw yellow. Fluffy bright white head on a heavy pour. Nose is a medley of grasses, dough and light citrus notes. A bit of a rustic quality to this beer. Grainy dough and light notes of yeast tangle with lemony citrus undertones. It’s a sizable beer both in alcohol and feel. Despite all that it still maintains refreshing qualities of a lighter Kölsch. Is it a lawn mowing beer? Probably not but it is one that would go well bbqing on a hot summer afternoon.
Jun 09, 2018
Rated: 4 by npdevil27 from Massachusetts

Jun 06, 2018
Rated: 4 by Kurzman from Rhode Island

May 29, 2018
Rated: 4 by Zaphog from Michigan

May 04, 2018
Rated: 4.09 by beergorrilla from Michigan

May 04, 2018
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