Vicinity | Trillium Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Trillium Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
trilliumbrewing.com

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by American_Hawk on 11-13-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#225
Reviews:
233
Ratings:
1,671
pDev:
6.5%
 
 
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4.27/5  rDev -4.3%
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4.48/5  rDev +0.4%
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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4.49/5  rDev +0.7%
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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3.4/5  rDev -23.8%
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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Vicinity from Trillium Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 1,671 ratings