Trillium Brewing Company

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IPA - New England
Ranked #58
Ranked #226
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: 250 | Ratings: 1,755 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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SirElton from California

4.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mar 30, 2015
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akrz47 from Massachusetts

4.94/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First point: I am VERY critical of IPAs. I believe most people taste what they smell and give automatic huge scores to super hoppy beers, and then shit on Heady because it doesn't smell as good as others and makes them sound cool. Nice, guys, keep it real.


I'm not sure what the BA "Bro" saw or tasted, but here's the deal -- YESTERDAY Jason's review was 2.68. TODAY, it's 3.03, with the same review. Not sure what he tried at first, a few weeks ago -- not judging him on that. But I tried is yesterday and it was not even close to his review, which has not changed. So he either tried is unfinished earlier, or is trying to make up for it now by changing his rating. I have zero respect for the "Bros" now.

This is simply one of the most flavorful IPAs I have ever tasted. First, the appearance. It's a hazy orange-yellow, like most IPAs. The head is huge and lasting. Smell: 'POW' right in the kisser. Tangerine, grapefruit; it's incredible. Next is the Taste. And it stands up to the smell. Damn, that is powerful. Super sweet citrus just getting jammed down your throat. You want to chug it but the smell stops you. Gotta savor it.

Get two so you don't ruin your palate beforehand. Seriously incredible. This made me a fan of Trillium.

Feb 01, 2015
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Jason from Massachusetts

3.03/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Turbid appearance, minimal head. Smells of yeast, hops & grain. Not sure why this beer was not finished. Some hop character pops up but the turbid pour and yeasty mealy tone doesn't cut it. Love what Trillium is doing but I'll have to respectfully disagree with this beer. I'll try to revisit it again but trying it several times I doubt this beer has changed.

Pour was at Row 34

Jan 30, 2015
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BeantownBrews from Massachusetts

4.83/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a can (canned 7/12) on 7/12 into a snifter. Hazy beautiful pour, medium-large head that quickly dissipates on a moderately aggressive pour, smells similar to Trillium's Congress St. IPA, peaches mangos etc., with slight boozy and metallic hints, tastes like a less fruity Congress St. with more of a bitter piney afterbite, feel is crisp but almost watery which is surprising given the clear hop presence. Overall this was everything I expect from Trillium's hoppy beers -juicy and delicious! I completely and respectfully disagree with the "bros" rating. Ironically, the staff published on rating beers specifically advising against rating beer that was sampled at a tap as factors such as noise, setting, etc. might influence the perception. Further, tapping a keg at row 34 or anywhere else does not guarantee freshness or consistency across sampling. Grab a something packaged and be consistent in my humble opinion or don't bother reporting because it is useless.

Jul 12, 2016
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Tommo from Texas

4.46/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Im shocked the bros rated this so low. Great double ipa, wonderful flavor and great body. Not super bitter. Classic Trillium for sure, cant believe this isnt rated higher

Aug 07, 2015
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Sbboomerkid from Connecticut

4.86/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

What a nose!!!! Citrus and even a touch of lemon. Let it warm up a little and backend grows. Don't let the bros fool you this is a fantastic beer. Talk of no backend is completely off base. Trillium is a master in citrus and this beer does not disappoint.

Apr 27, 2015
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Damian from Massachusetts

4.69/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Drank from a 25.4 fl oz (750 ml) bottle purchased at Trillium Brewing Company, Boston, MA
Bottled 012015
Served in a snifter

The super hazy, bordering on murky, yellow ochre liquid was topped by a surprisingly small, bubbly and frothy crown. Fairly poor retention. The head quickly faded to a soapy looking ring of bubbles. Thin, drippy, streaky lacing trickled along the sides of the glass.

Outstanding aroma. It was intensely hoppy and uber tropical. Passionfruit dominated. Loads of guava. Juicy tangerine notes also came through strong. Perhaps some orange juice as well. Super dank with fresh, marijuana-like notes. Touch of candied citrus peel. Somewhat spicy and zippy. Coriander was detectible.

Flavorwise, the beer was also super juicy and fruity. Tangerine juice came to mind. Loads of guava and mango. Orange peel was apparent. Slightly peachy. Nice balance of sweet and bitter hop notes. Tart in the center. Super lemony and bright. Somewhat spicy and almost a bit peppery. Dank, weed-like notes were noticeable as well. The beer finished slightly pithy and bitter with notes of ruby red grapefruit. Amazingly quaffable and immensely enjoyable.

The mouthfeel was thinner bodied than anticipated but still solid. Creamy and frothy on the palate. The liquid contained a fine, mellow effervescence and almost seemed a bit under carbonated.

Trillium never ceases to disappointment me with their hoppy beer releases, and Vicinity is definitely another winner. Although I may not be quite as big a fan of this as I am with most of their variations of Fort Point Pale Ale and Mettle, it is nevertheless an outstanding offering.

Jan 24, 2015
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dar482 from New York

4.84/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a beautiful hazy bright orange, almost like Sunny D, with a big fluffy white head.

The aroma offers mango, passionfruit, juicy orange, tangerine, green herbaceous, plastic dank from Galaxy, a raw doughy quality.

The flavor follows with a bright smack of tangerine, orange zest, a medium minus white bready sweetness, then onto green grass, unripen mango, grapefruit pith, resin, a plastic dank again with a medium bitterness.

The mouthfeel is creamy, with some chewy breadiness, but a clean and bitter finish.

One of the best hoppy offerings from Trillium, or any brewery.

Jul 15, 2015
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huddyball from New Hampshire

4.09/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle dated 1/20/15.

Pours a hazy orange/amber with a beautiful fluffy white head. Initial aroma is of hops/resinous pine, and biscuity malt. You get some citrus, but more citrus rind than fruit.

Taste is right on point with the smell with that resin and citrus rind really pushing to the front.

Mouthfeel is above average, but nothing that makes you stop and really consider it.

Overall this is another solid IIPA from an amazing brewery. I score this lower that the other offerings I've had because I prefer less bitter/smoother brews that really focus on citrusy hops.

Feb 01, 2015
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Matty123 from Connecticut

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

A fantastic beer that is rated "70" and "ok" by "The Bros." Sup with that?! Must be a mistake.

Mar 08, 2015
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TheElectricOne from Rhode Island

4.66/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Poured from bottle dated 1/20 into tulip glass.

Appearance: Hazy, cloudy orange-yellow with a THICK, pillowy head. Spirals of carbonation throughout.

Smell: This beer absolutely floored me with regard to smell. Blasted with citrus rind, tangerine, and mango. Very tropical, with some maltiness hidden behind the juice blast that you first smell.

Taste: An absolute juice-bomb......starts piney and finishes with some of the most powerful tropical flavors I've ever experienced from an IIPA. The taste lived up to the smell and more. I expected fruit and citrusy flavors from the look and smell, but the taste was mind-blowing.

Feel: not as thick and sticky as some of the other Trillium brews, but the feel fits the beer. Smooth and medium-thick.

Overall: The best IIPA I've had from Trillium, and one of the better brews I've had in a long, long time. Delicious.

Feb 02, 2015
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epoole3 from Massachusetts

3.79/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Oct 18, 2015
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doldham from Ohio

4.16/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jul 12, 2016
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the recent 2/2015 release. Served in a snifter 2/8/2015.

A- Cloudy yellow-copper body, two finger fluffy white head that retains well, leaves an average amount of lacing on the glass.

S- Resinous pine, grapefruit, citrus zest. Toasted bread. Minerals.

F- Grapefruit, tangerines, orange peel, toasted bread, a bit of honey, minerals (presumably that house yeast) and a very bitter mix of pine and citrus on the backend. The bitterness seems to build up the more you drink this beer.

M- Medium bodied, a bit fluffy and feels soft yet substantial. Typical of Trillium's pale ales. Surprisingly bitter and resinous pine finish.

O- Very good and bitter DIPA, but not one of my favorites from this otherwise excellent brewery.

Feb 09, 2015
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ArkyVaughan from New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jul 18, 2015
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mschrei from Illinois

4.78/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a snifter. Just about the cloudiest double IPA I've ever had. Healthy foam and lacing, but it's so cloudy I can't tell how healthy the carb is. Big bitter hop nose that follows through on the taste. On both smell and taste, there's slight citrus and malt notes underneath everything. Very light for such a hoppy beer-not much alcohol present. Just a fantastic beer.

Jun 18, 2016
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njcraftguy from New Jersey

4.54/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Took a beer run from northern NJ to Trillium with a quick stop at Treehouse on the way back. If you're from my area I highly recommend the trip - it was so worth it. This was another stunning brew from Trillium. Not much of an aroma but that's not as important to me as taste and feel which this brew has. Wonderfully smooth and drinkable. Its almost dangerous how easy this drinks with this high a ABV level. Not the best I've had but a stellar brew. Will def do another MASS beer run in the future.

Aug 31, 2016
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ARMcCo87 from New York

4.06/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Sep 12, 2016
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

4.83/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

On-tap 4/1/2017 at the brewery in Canton, MA, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy dark yellow color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains strong floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a strong floral and dank hops bitterness that is followed by a strong fruity citrus sweetness. The malt character is hearty and brings a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down extremely easily, not too filling, good kick, excellent representation of style, this is a tremendously good 2IPA to drink for a long time.

Apr 01, 2017
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cjohns73 from Delaware

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nov 23, 2017
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whatsgoody from Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jun 06, 2018
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Gkruszewski from New York

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

Oct 25, 2016
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Rubenjr from California

4.59/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dec 14, 2017
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ead73 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Feb 16, 2017
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sandstd1 from Maryland

4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Feb 24, 2018
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