Upper Case
Trillium Brewing Company

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IPA - New England
Ranked #36
Ranked #149
4.52 | pDev: 5.75%
Trillium Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
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Notes: UPPER CASE has a delicate, dry pilsner malt character with a smooth, soft, doughy mouthfeel from the raw wheat, oily hop resin which all serves as a canvas for this twice dry hopped 9% double IPA. Overripe mango, pineapple and passion fruit aromas leap out as the beer is poured. The impression of tropical fruit also takes the lead in the flavor which is layered further by white wine, pine resin and grapefruit zest. Hopped primarily with Mosaic with supporting roles played by Galaxy, Citra and Columbus.

MALT: Pilsner, Flaked Wheat, C-15, Dextrine, Dextrose

HOPS: Mosaic, Galaxy, Citra, Columbus
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GregDBoston from Massachusetts

4.56/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Exceptional hope load. Great lupulin bitterness, but balanced. The only way I can fault Upper Case is that it seems a tad watery and could be a little hazier -- related, I supppose.

Feb 20, 2021
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Kendo from New York

4.46/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 8/7/20, consumed on 9/15/20.

A: Poured from the can into a tulip glass. Body is hazy yellow-golden with a half-finger white head that settles fast.

S: Really nice nose - a strong nose that jumps out of the glass. Dank, green, raw hops and a lot of tropical fruit: mango, some pineapple, papaya.

T: Follows the nose, with mango, pineapple, citrus pith and peel, and a bite of leafy green hops. White grape skins as I take a few more sips (makes me wonder if Nelson hops are in the house tonight - wait . . . I see that's not the case, must be the Mosaic and Galaxy hops instead. . . ). Alcohol is noted as heat on the back of the palate. Good balance, with a nice bite of bitterness at the end, which lingers.

M: Juicy in feel, call it medium in heft/weight. Somewhat juicy up front, but lightly dry and chalky into the aftertaste. A bit of booziness.

O: Very good. A little too much alcohol, but otherwise a very well done brew.

Sep 16, 2020
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Bloodbuzz99 from Georgia

4.57/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Can dated August 4 - beer share at Canton St, thanks Zack!

Phenomenal. Tons of sweet mango but so perfectly balanced against a back drop of dank, chewy hops.

Aug 24, 2020
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mynie from Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap in Vermont. I do not remember where. Three Penny? Probably.

The pour is that of an NEIPA: Hazy, thick, and yellow.

The aroma is aggressively fruity and tropical. Nice, but, again, nothing too exceptional for the style.

Flavor is, again, nice. Well balanced. The fruitiness is pretty extreme but still well-rounded.

Aug 23, 2019
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Naughead from Massachusetts

4.42/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very light for it's ABV. Doesn't have the nose of some of Trillium's other IPAs, and is lighter in body than expected for the ABV. The flavor is there, notes of mango and pineapple abound. It might just need a bit more time in the can for the nose to burst free - I will re-visit if that is the case. For now, this is a solid offering with a sneaky light feel for such a big beer. I remember when 9.1% implied Triple!

Jul 30, 2019
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AmeriCanadian from Tennessee

4.39/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Outstanding beer, and very different. Actually a very similar experience to Big Bird, which I lucked into two years ago as I picked up a flat of Trillium beers in Fort Point on our way to Cape Cod for a bi-annual multi-family trip. I think this one is actually more polished and tasty, fresh, than Big Bird was. But the amazing hop experience is similar. Looks like a muddy pineapple juice, but the aromas and (to a just slightly lesser degree) flavors cover just about every hop-related note I love about hoppy beers. Citrus, pith, berries, mango, musky wine grapes, dank hemp, tropical fruit, wheat biscuit, sugared grapefruit. Absolutely phenomenal. Grassy, but not overly so, which is a nice departure from most NE IPAs. Really nice level of sweetness, as well, and zero green astringency, even fresh, which distances this beer from Big Bird. Feel is a little thin, but that doesn’t take anything away from the amazing, complex, and harmonious nose and tongue. Amazing that you can throw an ungodly amount of different hops together and get such a wonderful end result.

Jul 29, 2019
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Traded for this a while ago, as the date on the bottom of the can read 10/31/16 (yes, I know it's old!) with "HAPPY HALLOWEEN" written below it. Sure, this beer was quite filling but the flavors, stickiness, and lack of any massive sediment at the bottom of the liquid led me to believe that this was a quality brew, even down to the last sip!

This beer looked like nectar as I poured it out with the waxy, hazy liquid being quite appealing and thicker than anything that I've had from Trillium. Hardly any lacing was left behind as there were just a few spots below a faint thin ring near the top of my pint glass. Lots of mango, papaya, ripe fruit, and tropical hops in the nose as this had quite a heavy aroma, albeit not anything terribly strong. More hops, grape, white wine, faint wood, and hints of a Wild Ale came through in the taste as this was much more complex than I was first led to believe. This malted out for sure but the Pilsner, and Flaked Wheat Malt held on along with some of the Galaxy, as this was not light in body and had little carbonation to keep things lively...

This wasn't light in booze either but it didn't knock me out at all. Nice to see Trillium not brew a beer that I couldn't see through or reminded me of their other offerings. Dry like white wine, I needed a bit of water to get this down when I finished it off...but that's not a knock on this. It was quite a delicious beer that I'd easily get a second time around!

Mar 01, 2019
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stoumi from California

4.44/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Upper Case pours a thick, murky orange juice yellow with a small, 1-finger ivory white head that leaves little lacing on the glass. The smell has a big tropical fruit aroma with orange, mango and grapefruit with a big bite of danky hop resin. The taste is sweet candied fruit inducing pineapple, mango and good dose of citrus zest with a creamy goodness from the raw wheat. A complex bitterness creeps in finishing rather sticky. Overall, this is a very solid NE style DIPA. Another great beer out of Trillium brewing. Cheers!

Aug 30, 2018
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jakecattleco from California

4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draught pour at The Smoke Shop. Nose is mute (opens up a bit once warm) , but the taste explodes with tropical fruit, papaya, guava, passion fruit, mango, kiwi, and some faint citrus. Creamy feel on the tongue and swallow, some ABV burn that drys the palate. Damn delicious brew, just wanted more from the nose.

Aug 18, 2018
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digboy from New Hampshire

4.35/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an opaque orange gold color with a one finger bone white head that doesn't leave much lacing.

Aroma has tropical notes of orange and grapefruit along with something a little more tart.

Taste is more on the sweet side of the hops with the tropical flavors dominating, mostly in the citrus range. A dry tartness is still present but smartly stays in the background. Malt is lightly present and bitterness is low.

Feel is very soft and smooth, not too effervescent, with a dry alcohol burn in the finish.

This is a pretty damn good DIPA with the soft feel laid on very thick. Flavors are mellow yet very present. Any fan of NEIPAs would be very happy with this one.

Aug 04, 2018
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mflevy from New York

4.85/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of the best IPA's I've ever had. Went to Trillium over the weekend and tried all the beers on the tap line including Upper Case. Along with Permutation 52 (mentioned in other review), this was my favorite beer of the bunch. All the others were amazing too (including Meddle at a close runner up), but this one had more complex flavors and smell. A great NE IPA style, very juicy, and very smooth for the ABV level. I live in NYC and can say this stacks up very well with some of our favorites from Other Half, Sand City, LIC, etc.

Aug 01, 2018
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oldmankoch from Tennessee

4.58/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wow! Full on blast of overripe mango& pineapple w/ slightly tart resin finish. Extremely slick and thick. Carbonation bursts on my tongue. Outstanding Beer

Jul 30, 2018
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pmarlowe from Virginia

4.55/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned 7/17/18, so a week and a half ago.

A: Pours a light, opaque orange with two fingers of foamy white head. Solid retention and a bit of lacing.

S: Candied pineapple, creamy mango, clementine, and white grapefruit. Rich and flavorful!

T: Lots of sweet mango and citrus, grass, and a bit of banana and herbs. Finishes with moderate sweetness but still a moderate bitterness, maybe a touch higher than ideal, and a bit muddled on the finish.

M: Creamy medium-full body and medium carbonation that cuts the body.

O: Very tasty tropica/citrus NE IPA. Among the better in Trillium’s stable.

Jul 30, 2018
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BranfordBound from Connecticut

4.66/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a freshy can thanks to my friend who graciously gifted me one since I threw a bunch of brews his way for a party. When you open the can, it doesn't just greet you with an aroma, it jumps out and punches you in the face. The flavor is wave upon wave of juicy and dank hoppy goodness. It's hard to describe all the flavors since it's like describing the sound of a volcanic explosion: really fucking loud. I get a ton of tropical fruit with berries and dank resin. Mosaic plays the lead role with Galaxy as an obvious supporting job. Serious body commands this to be sipped and enjoyed, but I never got any booze heat or warmth. Overall this is my favorite Trillium to date with Galaxy Cutting Tiles coming in a close second.

7/17/18 can consumed on 7/26/18 in a tulip glass.

Jul 27, 2018
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raspy22 from Arizona

5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oddly enough, this beer is exactly as they described it. Thick, beautiful orange juice pour, Doughy mouthfeel, and loads of papaya, mango, pineapple, and doughy yeastiness. Very well hidden 9%. Really loved this. Very recommended.

Jul 25, 2018
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Canned yesterday, the day I picked it up at the brewery, 12/21/17

Pours a decent fizzy foamy 1 finger head that fades at a med pace, a little lacing, super hazy murky orange-yellow color

nose loaded with citrus and tropical, dankness, papaya, mango, pineapple, orange tangerine juice, a bit of biscuity toasty wheat and creamy as well

Taste brings that initial typical Trillium flavor profile, citrus, big creamy wheat and malt base, little toasty, plenty of citrus hops, loads of orange juice, mango sorbet, papaya, tangerine, loads of pineapple, lots of pith and a bit of rind, candied orange notes, a touch of alcohol warmth later, fair bitterness throughout that creeps in a bit on the drier but mildly sticky finish.

Mouth is med bod, creamy juicy, fluffy carb, little warming booze

Overall pretty standard DIPA from Trillium, not that that is a bad thing, it's def a common profile for Tillium, but delicious nonetheless.

Dec 23, 2017
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GeorgianBayPackr from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I enjoyed this beer, especially the nose. The nose promised bright floral hop perfection, but after taking it on I expected the taste to be different. It is more earthy than I expected. It is a great dipa, but the taste does not invite the next sip as well as other excellent IPAs I've had from this fine brewer.

Nov 11, 2017
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Rristow from Ohio

4.53/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted from can. Pours a hazy gold with white head. Aroma is tropical fruit with lemon. Taste is moderate to heavily bitter. Flavors of lemon, mango, melon, pineapple, resin, caramel. As almost all of Trilliums beer very well done.

Aug 16, 2017
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Canned 6/5/17; drank 7/20/17 @ the Yarchives.

Opaque orange/yellow appearance.

A rough pour yielded a big, bright white head; decent lace.

Dry wheat, orange citrus & faint yeast notes in the nose.

Soft, medium mouthfeel.

Mild orange citrus & peanut butter flavors up front; wheat & mild clove notes on the finish. No booze heat.

Not the fruit-forward juice bomb I want in the style; this is pleasant but ultimately forgettable.

Jul 21, 2017
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Nedry from Florida

4.74/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Getting lots of mango, papaya, pineapple, some pine. All on top of a nice pilsner presence, with some fresh baked bread and wheat. Hop oils in full force, it coats your mouth aggressively, but with barely any unpleasant bitterness. This one is top class.

Jul 08, 2017
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TonyLema1 from South Carolina

4.27/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: cloudy yellow, quickly dissipating head, some lacing
S: apricots, mangoes, and citrus
T: citrus, trop fruits, slight amount of pine
F: upfront mouthfeel, dangerous for that ABV
O: great offering from Trillium

Jul 02, 2017
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Holderness from Massachusetts

4.41/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at the Trillium beer garden on the Greenway. Nice, full aromas and flavors that lean towards the fruity pungency of Galaxy and Mosaic. At 9% ABV and $20/4-pack of 16oz cans, this is Trillium's 'best value' DIPA.


EDIT (7/23/18):
6-day-old can. Appearance could definitely be worked on in terms of head retention and lacing. Nice orange juice body, though. Nice interplay between the galaxy and mosaic aromas, with both contributing a nice tropical fruit character alongside tons of weedy dankness and even a touch of fresh pine resin. Lots of juicy peach and apricot in the flavors. Bit of booze and yeast bite, but not too bad for the ABV. Good stuff

Jun 25, 2017
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FFFjunkie from Illinois

4.39/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look is cloudy dark stew colored with 2 fingers of slightly off white head.

Smell is tropical fruits like mango and papaya maybe and some pine coming up through the background.

Taste is sweet mango and other tropical fruits followed by a nice punch of pine and some bitter grapefruit as well.

Feel is soft and smooth as every ipa I've had from them has been so far.

Overall an excellent DIPA. It's bold and balanced. It's also a punch in the mouth but with a very soft feel to it. Really well done.

Jun 22, 2017
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dogleg_left from North Carolina

4.87/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Turbid apricot hues. Finger tall head that recedes onto an ever present ring.

Huge sweet trioical fruits, subtle undertones of grass, pine resins, and bread. The balance between the hops is amazing.

My my. Mango and sharp bittering pine. The bittering just cascades away. The flavors are even more balanced than they were on the nose.

No evidence of the ABV. Smooth and full with a juicy start and a crisp finish. Low carbonation.

Signature Trillium. Nuanced and bold. A contradiction. A new favorite.

Jun 20, 2017
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

4.49/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can dated 6/17/17.

Pours cloudy gold with a short-lived head and minimal retention. Aromatics are hugely tropical and dank. Pineapple, mango, candied grapefruit, white grapes, and weed. Medium bodied with a tacky, soft, resinous mouthfeel. Ripe tropical fruit abounds on the palate. Lush with mango, peach, pineapple, and pine. Hints of blossom honey and a mild warmth hint at the heft of the brew. Subdued malt and fairly dry for the style. Finishes with a slight sweetness and a sustaining tropical note.

Great beer, a bonanza of tropical citrus.

Jun 13, 2017
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