Vicinity | Trillium Brewing Company

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Trillium Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: New England 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

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Reviews: 239 | Ratings: 1,710
Photo of jbertsch
2.98/5  rDev -33%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Reviewing cans both 1 day old and 1 week old. Hazy and light in appearance. Aroma is somewhat muted, but I do get some generic citrus notes plus a touch of melon. Somewhat dank. Flavor completely lacks malt character. Hops are citrusy (lemon, orange, and a little lime) but not strong at all, kinda spritzy and thin. Mouth feel is too close to seltzer...refreshing but too thin for a DIPA. Overall it drinks like a session IPA. For a DIPA I want some thing that doesn't taste like its 4.5% and it needs some malt character. Not a bad beer, just not good for the DIPA style.

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Photo of Jason
3.03/5  rDev -31.9%
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

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Photo of PDonahue92
3.32/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

not as bitter as i would like to see from an imperial IPA. it poured a hazy golden orange with a white head. the notes where dank and earthy with flavors of grapes and other sweet fruits.

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Photo of maltman24
3.33/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from 750 ml bottle from brewery.
slightly vegetal in aroma and flavor. could be attributable to substantial malt body.
substantial hop presnece is predominantly citrus. Very good beer. would buy again.

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Photo of ILikeGoodCider
3.4/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Looks really good! I don't get a ton of hops in the nose like others and the taste is a tad too onion-y and vegetal. Based on the average review, I must be crazy. Oh well, maybe a bad bottle. Cheers! Love what Trillium is doing overall!

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Photo of kojevergas
3.4/5  rDev -23.6%
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 Miccal
3.56/5  rDev -20%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I stopped into the Fort Point location to get some Secret Stair, and they didn't have any. After describing what I generally like (strong ales - Double, triple, quad generally Belgian in style and Stouts) not overly bitter and hoppy. I have had some Double IPA's that I really like Six Point Resin, and my local Sip of Sunshine by Lawson's - Heady is just a little much for me. This Double IPA sounded great, but just didn't hit the mark.

The look is wonderful straw colored and murky, can't see my fingers around the glass thick. Poured with a nice creamy head that lingers - looks great, good start...

The smell - As soon as I popped the cap I could smell the grapefruit and other citrus rising from the bottle, it was enticing me to love this drink...

The taste following the smell, was a good complex flavor of Citrus, fruity, malty great front end - then the bitter, hoppy after bite - just what I said I didn't want. I prefer it smooth. This is not as hoppy as Heady I could finish it and I've been know to pour out a Heady.

The feel was thick creamy and full in the mouth, with a mild carbonation that felt good. Not as effervescent as I would generally want but satisfying.

Overall, For me this was an OK beer. There are many I would turn to first - Like Sip of sunshine - on a hot day. but if you are looking for a flavorful citrus IPA with a bitter bite you could do worse than this.

I am interested now in the others that they sold me, Metal, Heavy Metal and Pot & Kettle - will they be as bitter? We shall see...

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.58/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ML bottle dated 1/20/2015 poured into a larger version of the Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Beer comes out an extremely hazy cloudy dark yellow color. Glows when you hold it up to the light, but you still can't see through it. Little bit of a head mostly small bubbles but a few a little bigger that stick around and provide a little bit of lacing, but not a ton. To sum it up it kind of looks like pineapple juice with a head on it. Not really how I prefer my double IPAs to look because it's so hazy, but I guess some like it that way.

Smell is actually really good, not quite like any Double IPA I've ever smelled before. It's the hops at first, but there's huge amounts of tropical fruits, primarily pineapple and mango. Very bready/yeasty as well in the middle then there's some herbal tea like aromas. I don't really like how strong the yeasty aromas are, but the hops smell so good it's worth it.

Taste is a really huge step down, there are good parts to it, but really a lot of it is odd. Starts sort off sort of sweet, gets bready/yeasty in the least flavorful way possible. There are some tropical fruit flavors but different than the aromas. The tropical aromas smelled natural and fresh, it tastes like canned/syrupy mango and pineapple, maybe papaya too. There's also a sort of weird club soda bitter flavor towards the end. There's an aftertaste though that's pretty good, it tastes like the natural tropical fruits again, don't know how that makes sense, but that's how it tastes to me.

Mouthfeel is pretty ok, almost good. Has a really strong layering/lingering flavor with just a sloppy, messy mix of flavors going on. A good carbonation level with a gritty dry bitter finish. It's such an interesting array of flavors it really adds to the drinkability, I keep wanting to drink it. Overall I think it's a pretty over hyped beer, I think Trillium tired to do something a little different and it just didn't quite mesh well. I don't quite get all of the high reviews, maybe I got a bad bottle. If you were to ask me this is worth trying but not worth seeking out. Right now Mayflower has a Double IPA out that is leaps and bounds better than this; I'd say if you wanted to stay local and want a good Double IPA, go for that.

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Photo of Herky21
3.65/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fruit forward and incredibly unique. Carb is a bit strange. Mouthfeel overall detracts from it. Otherwise, it is really an unusual and interesting DIPA.

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Photo of stakem
3.7/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A pounder can into a tulip appears hazy golden with yeast chunks in suspension and white head that fades leaving patchy lace.

An aroma of grapefruit juice, herbs and fruity alcohol little sulfuric with egg farts.

The taste is citrus grapefruit pith/pulp with lingering bitterness and mild fruity alcohol feel.

This is medium in body with modest carbonation - it is decent.

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Photo of halo3one
3.72/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Way overhyped by locals. Heavy Mettle and Congress St. are far more complete and well rounded. Please rate beer accordingly, not just to hype up trade value.

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Photo of SenorHops
3.72/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This marks the first time I've been a little disappointed in a Trillium brew. This has an odd vegetal taste in the finish that sits on the back of the tongue. It is actually tasty until that note hits and sticks in the finish.

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Photo of VoxRationis
3.75/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Decanted from a 16 oz (473 ml) can into a conical pint glass; canned on 10/16/17.
A: Pours a hazy straw to golden color with a half inch head, low retention, and minimal soapy lacing.
S: Aromas of lemon, cracker, course grain, and oregano.
T: Palate follows nose with less lemon and more grain. Bitterness in very good balance.
M: Medium bodied with low carbonation. Relatively crisp finish.
O: Odd flavor profile for a DIPA, but interesting and drinkable.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.79/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz. bottle served in a tulip at 44 degrees. Bottled 042515. Pours a dull orange with a tight, one inch, bright white head that eventually settles into a solid quarter inch cap. Clarity is quite turbid and lacing is delicate and textured. Nose expresses tangerines, citrus rind, and a grassy/spicy quality towards the back. Taste is a bit odd - consistent with nose in many ways; however, there's a strange medicinal quality in the middle and a light earthy hops presence at the finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a crisp carbonation and a kiss of acidity. Overall, decent DIPA but not my favorite Trillium offering. Nose and flavor profile comes off a bit muddled.

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Photo of Greyvtrayn
3.81/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can. 4 weeks old. A flatl and opaque orange body that had an inch and half of head after being poured into a teku, decent lacing and a nice ring of foam as the head settled. A little muted nose but there is still plenty of citrus notes, sweet tropical fruits as well. Very bitter throughout, this seems more of a west coast style to me. It smoothed out a touch as it warmed but not much. Above average carbonation and a dry, bitter aftertaste. Not a homer in my book. Have one more can so may edit it if there happens to be a noticeable difference.

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Photo of atomicnemesis
3.87/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16oz can into a tulip glass. Hazy golden color, white head dissipated quick, looks like typical NE ipa hop juice. Smell is extremely tropical citrus, hit me the instant I opened the can. Taste followed briefly but was more bitter than expected. It felt more west coast and had an underlying spice. Overall it's a good brew to try on tap but not one I'd purchase more cans of.

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Photo of 2ellas
3.89/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look is a hazy, yellow/orange with a bright white head
smell is a bit more muted than I was expecting. Hoppy but not overly so.
Taste is like an orange or sweet grapefruit juice with a bit of beer mixed in
Mouthfeel is average. Nothing to write home about unless you haven't written home in a while and need an excuse to do so.

overall an awesome beer but I will admit that it does not line up with the price point.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.9/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pour is a dark amber, extremely hazed, light edges, tight white head that lingers for a little and leaves a thick lacing. Nose has a rich tropical fruit presence, pineapple, peach, light orange citrus, a bit of caramel malt and notes of resin. Body is full and heavy, assertive carb, gets a touch sticky. Some sweet malt backbone, a little sugary, hops are super aggressive, Peach, citrus, faint resin. Finish is fairly bitter and takes away from the clean hop flavors slightly.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.93/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned date of 07/12/16

Appearance - Pours hazy and pale orange in color with a white, finger width head that doesn't hold for long before fading to a thin, broken layer of surface suds. Not much for lacing.

Smell - Slightly juicy aroma. Mild mango and lesser citrus.

Taste - Follows the nose. Not much punch, but juicy with mango notes, lesser citrus, some mild pineapple zing, and a hint of pine and pith in the finish. Malts are beneath, but hit on some doughy bread character. Finish is lightly bright citrus and some fair white grape character.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth, and quite drinkable.

Overall - A pretty good NE DIPA. I don't know. Maybe the Yojo has spoiled me, but I didn't find this particuarly amazing.

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Photo of popery
3.94/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer is a tannish burnt orange color. Rocky off white head. Lots of lacing. Nice sweet tropical fruit hops in the aroma. Little malt character. Very nice. The taste is light and full of hop fruit flavor. Mango, pineapple, a little papaya, mild tangerine. Good stuff. No real malt sweetness but it is fairly sweet. It makes me think of hoppy beers that stay away from early hop additions. Moderate bitterness in the finish. Solid DIPA.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.95/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Big thanks to NizzleEGizzle for hooking me up.

3.25 A: Murky, but "bright" orange brown color. Less than a finger of creamy off-white head formed. Retention is well below average given the style. A few scattered wisps of lacing are left behind.

4.5 S: Pretty awesome nose on this. Huge lemongrass right from the start. Grapefruit and pith, orange, touch of lemon. Secondarily floral with coriander and white pepper-esque spiciness. Clean overall, but there's a hint of bready yeastiness.

3.75 T: While the nose is vibrant, the taste is more subdued. To start, for a DIPA, there's only a very mild bitterness. The hops are almost equally floral and citrusy, while the nose was more citrus forward. Still lots of lemongrass with grapefruit and orange following. Finishes with the same mild spiciness.

3.75 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. There's some creaminess but I could use some more.

4.0 D: Solid beer, but doesn't quite live up to expectations.

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Photo of Jam23
3.97/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a decent double IPA from Trillium, but not the best. It has the look of all of their lightly hazy doubles, and it is a decent beer. The smell to me is like ocean water, but I can't tell if thats because there's oysters on the label or if its reality! It taste decent, its hoppy and tangy, maybe tangerine. Mouthfeel is pretty standard, fairly dry finish. Overall a decent double, but I would take uppercase over it anyway. not to mention a few other of their DDH streets.

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Photo of TheAlcoves
3.97/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours straw with lots if floaties. Nose is tropical fruits but not common ones, lychee, a little crackery. Taste is very interesting, fruit juice, cracker, maybe some lemon juice on the finish. Thinner mouthfeel and body. Low bitterness. Very good and interesting beer

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.98/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Great, awesome pineapple/OJ color with a glorious head of 2 fingers in my Deschutes pilsner glass.

Aromas of tropical mango, pineapple, orange, grapefruit, and hop resins.

Heavy quantities of orange, grapefruit, pineapple, stone fruit, but met with a rather firm and overwhelming spiciness and peppery flavor, meeting pine-cone bitterness. Peppery, herbal finish. I could have done with more juiciness, and less pepper overall here.

Feel is very creamy and sparkling water-like carbonation. A resin-y finish.

Overall, a pretty good DIPA. Definitely worth a shot if you can grab it.

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.98/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz undated can (ink smudged)

Pours hazy gold with a minor head and barely a trace of lacing and no retention. Aromatics are subdued for a Trillium. Hints of pineapple and mildly dank. Light tropical fruit. Medium bodied and a bit syrupy. A bit grainy on the palate with pineapple pith and grapefruit. Finishes with a lingering bitterness and fading fruit.

A departure from all the other Trilliums I've tried. Lacking the fresh, juicy hops and smooth bitterness as usual and a bit stale.

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Vicinity from Trillium Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.45 out of 5 with 1,710 ratings