Vicinity | Trillium Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#274
Reviews:
239
Ratings:
1,710
pDev:
6.52%
 
 
Wants:
189
Gots:
345
Trade:
3
 
User Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 239 | Ratings: 1,710
Photo of Sammy
4.11/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Marvelously crushable double IPA. Hop aroma wafts across the room. Orange citrus, good mouthfeel for DIPA. Very well crafted. Thanks Joe for hooking me up.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.29/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

maybe the best of the three sent from the east. when melons turn to liquid and in hop form, that can make one think, ponder the limey ethos of ethereal permanence, funny how that works. a hop here, a hop there, skip a little filtration and then double down, make it stick, yeah. maybe you have a yacht? a boat only floats on high gravity ale yeast right? make it soupy, thick, realllllllllll thick. pay the price of new brewery taxation, fill in the grooves, bend, even break, whatever, do what you need to do to play it cool, its harder than it looks. beer like this shines, squirts hops (yee haw!), inks, tattoos, blacks out, something you should try, its fully fun. yeah baby, all good. hop it up. refinement be damned, who cares?! its not about that, its about a shine, a luster, a dry hopping nobody else can quite pull off in this way. nothing negative at all here, just an unexpected realization that quality is imperative and these dudes do it best. a diamond mine, a bastard child, mesmerizing euphoric bliss. all in a real remarkable ipa. ya learn something new every day!

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Photo of acurtis
4.24/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jaydoc
4.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kjkinsey
4.4/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Knapp85
4.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out as a hazy yellowish gold color with a thin white head on top. The smell has some awesome hoppy notes, not too much else going on but still awesome. The taste is well done also, great bitterness and sweetness working together. The feel is on the heavier side, good amount of body. Overall it's an awesome beer.

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Photo of djrn2
3.98/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of spycow
4.44/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of metter98
4.28/5  rDev -3.8%
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 nmann08
3.96/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.24/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.02/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 emerge077
4.26/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of oline73
4.25/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4.56/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of brentk56
4.35/5  rDev -2.2%
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 dbrauneis
4.39/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of smithj4
4.38/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jgunther71
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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