Trillium Brewing Company

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New England IPA
Ranked #54
Ranked #220
4.47 | pDev: 6.49%
Trillium Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Notes: Originally brewed in celebration of the first anniversary of Row 34, our favorite Fort Point oyster bar and craft-beer purveyor, Vicinity highlights a neighborhood collaboration of passion and vision. The beer's appearance is a yellow straw-color, with a significant haze. Heavy citrus aromas of pineapple, orange flesh and mango dance on the nose and palate. The pilsner malt provides a medium body and wraps up each sip with a slight balancing bitterness.

MALT: Pilsner, Flaked Wheat, C-15

HOPS: Galaxy, Citra, Columbus
Reviews: 249 | Ratings: 1,748 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of beergoot
4.42/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Excellent cloudy bright yellow body; head is very thin and wispy, lasting with a bit of foamy fingers clinging to the glass. Beautiful aroma of freshly squeezed orange juice. The taste brings an outstanding presence of biscuit and light bread crust base with subtle citrus highlight; rather mild orange; strong yet balanced bitterness; some boozy notes; lemon bread. heavy body; creamy; some appreciable alcohol heat; dry mouthfeel overall, deftly counterbalanced with soft background of sweetness.

My can was packaged 04/28/20. I don't know if a fuller head would normally be expected from this beer, but if that is all I have to gripe about, well, it's not much to worry about in the grand scheme of beer tasting. The balance, depth, and complexity of the beer is otherwise phenomenal.

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Photo of IrishChocolate
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

You know i pounded 7 of these and I did not even yak. Had a killer hangover, but luckily I had one left and that helped with the shakes. Mind you, I am a 300 pound former NFL lineman so I know how to put them back. Overall, I would say very crushable and I would recommend.

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Photo of CoryNaplesFlorida
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

***By Far, The Best IPA I have Ever had in my Entire Life***
I've consumed 1000s of IPAs from all over the world. It's been a hobby. My brother sent me this Vicinity and I'm hooked. Trying to get Trilium to ship to Naples FL.

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Photo of DoLoveIPAs
4.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

As a HUGE Trillium fan, the Vicinity sticks out of the pack as my favorite Trillium to date. Creamy, creamy head. Smooth, buttery aftertaste. I refer to this as the "Nectar of the Gods" in the Beer World. If I could only have 1 beer for the rest of my life, this is the one

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Photo of Blackrobe
4.34/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Pours nearly opaque pale straw in the glass with a finger of rocky white head. Nose of nectarine ice cream, mango, candied pineapple, crushed grains, slight black pepper, guava and a distant onion. Taste follows the nose with lots of sweet tropicals. Higher bitterness than normal for a Trillium smoothie with some decent drying. Medium+ sweetness and a low rolling carbonation leading to a soft medium body. A wonderful brew but nothing to freak out about. Maybe I've had too many Trillium brews.

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Photo of Kendo
4.02/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the can into a tulip glass. Body is hazy yellowish with a half-finger of white head that settles quickly.

S: Tropical fruit salad - mango, pineapple, papaya and ripe melon.

T: Juicy ripe canteloupe. Papaya and mango. Ripe oranges & creamsicle. Sweeter tropical fruits dominate the overall impression.

M: Juicy, low-carbonation.

O: Meh - a little too sweet for me. . . .

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Photo of andrewjraab
4.23/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Another home run NE IPA from Trillium. Copper orange and hazy, tropical fruits, piney, citrus on both he nose and the palate. Nicely balanced and extremely quaffable for the abv.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.66/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look - creamy light yellow color slight head
Smell - orange pineapple mango scents
Taste - super fruity orange pineapple mango
Feel - creamy medium body
Overall - incredible

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Photo of stoumi
4.51/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Vicinity pours a light, straw yellow with a bit of murk from the flaked wheat. No real head (old can?) or lacing present. The smell is big citrus with orange, grapefruit and pineapple with a hint of mango. The taste has a medium body over the palette with pineapple and a hint of grapefruit, slightly bitter finished with some alcohol.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: dark orange, full pulp orange juice. Complete haze that poured thick with a white fluffy head that fades fast
S: sweet fruit, whole ripe mangos, pineapple and oranges. The Rhine peel is present an balanced
T: yum.. I love the sweet fruit forward and dank slight biter bite at the end that makes me immediately want another sip.
F: thick and creamy, while soft and smooth.

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Photo of Rub_This_BBQ
4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

You might hate them or love them but this looks the NEIPA part nice bright haze with glow yellow orange .strong smells ripe tropical notes without the rotten notes .
Taste where it turns in the wrong direction over taken w more over ripe fruit muddled nothing stands out or layers mouth fell is average to a touch thin ...

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Photo of metter98
4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is very cloudy whitish yellow in color, which becomes darker towards the bottom of the can. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that quickly died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of grapefruit are present in the nose along with notes of limes and pineapple.
T: The taste follows the smell and has more balanced flavors of pineapple and lime with hints of grapefruit pith in the finish. Only a slight amount of bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very juicy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This New England IPA is very juicy and really packs the in the hops in the smell and taste. I liked the combination of limes and pineapples in the taste.

Serving type: can

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.59/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Canned on Aug/09.
Drank on Oct/12.
Poured to a BrewDog stemmed glass.

A: Body is a vibrant mix of yellow and orange that's totally opaque. Head is minimal, existing only when pouring.
S: There's tons of hoppy grassy tones with a citric base that's even hard to explain due to the intensity of the hop aroma. It's too prominent actually.
T: Taste starts off so sweet, having hints of vanilla, orange, tangerine, mango, peach, even a bit of milk can be felt here. After this genius mix of flavours the beer ends with a perfect grassy hoppy tone that's very solid.
M: Body is medium to high. Carbonation is perfect. Alcohol is unnoticed. Bitterness is high. Generally speaking, this mouthfeel is genius.
O: This is some of the best Trillium beers I've had so far.

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Photo of josanguapo
4.21/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can. From Zombier. In Teku glass. Playing Avernum 5. Really strong frutality and bitterness, with some milkshake ipa reminiscences. Good but didnt live up the hype, as it is nothing that more accessible breweries cant do nor surpass

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Photo of csmrx7
4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great NEIPA. Departs from some of the standards but is still a great beer. I appreciate the level of bitterness as it balances the immense pineapple and papaya that the hops give off.

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Photo of jakecattleco
4.49/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Two day old growlette poured into a tulip glass.

L: Pours murky white golden with less than 1 finger of quickly dissipating white head that left minimal spotted lacing.

S: Great nose, very tropical. Plenty of orange and mango, more subtle notes of passionfruit, pineapple and papaya.

T: Follows the nose to a large degree, but with more citrus prominence. Finishes with moderate bitterness and acidity, bitterness clears quickly while the acidity lingers. I liked that it wasn't crazy sweet juice.

F: Medium bodied with medium-high carbonation, lively on the tongue with some burn from the carbonation and acidity, slick on the swallow.

O: Loved the nose and taste, didn't feel this hit the normal creamy mouthfeel of a Trillium NEIPA. Liked the bitterness element, and would gladly repeat if given the opportunity.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.4/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Currently #185 in the Top 250 beers list. My first Trillium beer...I'm rather excited.

CAN: Acquired at Trillium. 1 pint formt with a minimalist white label and a standard pull-tab.

8% ABV. "Double IPA."

Served cold and fresh into a nonical pint glass.

HEAD: ~1cm in height. Off-white colour. Not as dense or thick as would be ideal. ~8 minute head retention. Leaves no lacing as it recedes.

BODY: Turbid dull orange. Haziness is obvious. I see no yeast/lees within. Nontransparent as a result of its turbidity. Lacks the vibrance and life I'd expect in a world-class imperial IPA, but it's certainly enticing in a general sense without looking unique or special. I do have to wonder if filtration would render it more attractive (I reckon it would).

Appears well-carbonated.

AROMA: Tropical fruit is the main note I'm getting. Guava, passionfruit, citrus zest, mango, subdued pineapple, tang. The New World (Galaxy, it seems) hop aroma edges out the more classic hop aromatics for dominance. Not piney, grapefruity, oily, resinous, or overtly bitter.

Suggests a fruity imperial IPA with no trace of hop bitterness or alcohol. Not the India Odwalla Ale aroma I've come to anticipate in wilfully turbid IPAs, which is a plus. Doesn't seem yogurty or milk sugar-redolent (also a plus).

Aromatic intensity is moderate. I detect no off-notes. Lacks overt yeasty or malty notes (save for generic pilsner malt/wheat sweetness).

TASTE & TEXTURE: Mysteriously light on the palate, tending almost a bit thin in spite of its medium-bodied presence on the palate. Has a very brief flavour duration as well.

Juicy? Sure, but not full-on India Odwalla Ale thankfully. Mango, citrus zest, pineapple, pale malt sweetness, orange pulp. Somewhat shallow, actually, lacking the hop pungency and depth of hop flavour one would expect in a world class imperial IPA.

What it does well is disguise its ABV devilishly well. Hop bitterness isn't present at all, but the erasure thereof seems to come with the tradeoff of losing hop pungency (my main issue with this Johnny-come-lately turbid {I}IPA trend).

Well balanced generally speaking, but not dialed in to ideal harmony. Not the most complex imperial IPA out there either, but it's not simple - just wanting in terms of intricacy.

Has a pulpy yet thin feel on the palate. Could have a fresher juicier taste. Frankly, I think the hop profile could be better. Well-carbonated. Somewhat refreshing. Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

OVERALL: I'm not sold on the nascent imperial IPA trend, but this is one of the better executed expressions of the style I've had recently. It flirts dangerously close with India Odwalla Ale territory given its juice-like flavour profile, and were it slightly boozier it would invite comparisons to a well-made Screwdriver, but I enjoy it for what it is even if it's nowhere close to world class level in my book. Not a beer I'd stand in line for or spend $16+ a 4 500ml pack for, but to each her/his own.

B- (3.40) / WORTHY

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Photo of JLK7299
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

When I first cracked this, it was the first beer from Trillium that I had ever had. I have now come to think that Trillium is second in New England only to Hill Farmstead.

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Photo of stt1118
4.44/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crisp and clean but with some floaters too! Nice tropical fruits up front give way to a solid bit of hoppy bitterness on the end. Refreshing and satisfying double here that doesnt taste like a double.

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Photo of Ccads
4.66/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Delicious. Smooth with tons of flavor. Fruity, hazy, with a great finish. Definitely not overdone with the alcohol content like some double IPAs have. To be honest surprised it’s a double IPA almost to smooth to be a double.

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Photo of chicagobeerguy
4.31/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden peach with a fluffy fast dissipating head. Aroma is big on mango and pineapple with a piney crackery malt note. Flavor is tropical fruits, slightly bitter hops, and a soft malt backbone. Goes down smoothly with a crisp finish. A well crafted DIPA.

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Photo of brentk56
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Arrives cloudy and goldenstraw colored with a frothy but modest head; decent retention and some clumps of lacing hang around

Smell: Tropical fruit elements of pineapple, starfruit, mango and tangerine

Taste: The dankness builds after the tropical fruit flavors emerge; pineapple, mango and starfruit forward, with orange and pithy tones developing, through the middle; crisp and hoppy, after the swallow and into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate to high carbonation; juicy and very crisp

Overall: A top notch DIPA with a really crisp finish

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Photo of WickedBeer
4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours Golden yellow, frothy head of foam and thin lace on the glass.

Lots of citrus on the nose with slight bitterness , hints of tropical mango. Really boozy as it warms.

Lots of hops upfront, nice and bitter. Citrus follows, tangerine and grapefruit. Light malt backbone.

Crisp, light body, effervescent carb.

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Photo of ADesus
4.96/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is an amazing beer! Could be the best I've had.. If this beer is not to your liking, than clearly you do not like NE style ipa period. Amazingly well crafted, and balanced. Honestly amaze balls!

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Photo of NathanBeets
4.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned 2/06/18. Consumed on 2/22/2018.

Incredibly cloudy look to this brew.

Citrus on the nose.

Nice bitter and dry mouthfeel.

Galaxy hops are one of my favorite hops this is one that I will look forward to acquiring again... Thanks Jpingy!!

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