Trillium Brewing Company

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New England IPA
Ranked #12
Ranked #44
4.64 | pDev: 6.47%
Trillium Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Notes: Headroom is about pushing boundaries. From its first batch brewed on Congress St. in 2015 to today, Headroom stands as a landmark, watershed beer in terms of our evolution as a brewery. Conceptually, we sought to create our boldest, most daring, hoppiest beer we could possibly dream up. Our ability to conceive and brew new Double Dry Hopped Double and Triple IPAs is born out of our foundational experience brewing Headroom. Remaining our hoppiest beer, laden with over 8 pounds per barrel of Galaxy and Mosaic Hops, Headroom represents a yearly look back at our past, a reflection on our present, and a glance into our future.

This years batch displays huge aromas of pressed orange, lemon zest, and papaya with a burst of fresh grassy hops. Rich flavors of candied peach and orange peel lead the palate with supporting notes of pithy red grapefruit, ripe pineapple, white table grapes, and mango smoothies. As with previous years, Headroom is balanced with a full, rounded mouthfeel and a soft, creamy finish.

MALT: Pale Malt, White Wheat, Flaked Wheat, Cara-Pils

HOPS: Mosaic, Galaxy, CTZ
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Photo of Alieniloquium
4/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. can. Murky orange body. Smells of onions, lime zest, tropical fruit, and sweet pale malt. Taste has strong orange and lime zest. Garlic comes behind it. The zippy hop flavors linger long into the back end. Slight earthy tones and a little sweetness in the finish. Medium heavy. Drinks pretty well for its size. It's still a big beer, but it delivers on flavor.

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Photo of WickedBeer
4.4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Canned 08/01/19, 10:11:09.

Lightly pale golden yellow.. opaque in appearance and without much of any rising and/or settling head above the beer. Small dots of lace cling to the glass.

The nose is more hop-forward than you’d think; scallions and grassy hops, with undertones of underripe papaya and bright citrus.

Great balance of hops and fruit on the palate. Pineapple-heavy, with undertones of mildly bitter tangerine and dank, grassy hops. As it opens up a little more, lime really stands out and compliments the hops.

Lighter mouthfeel than I expected. Fairly sharp carbonation, with a smooth finish that leaves a noticeable stickiness behind. Very mild booziness, a smooth 8%.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Veil Summer Fest.

Nice orange golden hazy look with some lacing. Lots of citrus and papaya type notes in the nose, a bit zesty as well. Taste follows nose with lots of citrus flavor and a good dose of earthiness. Moderate mouthfeel due to the flaked wheat, light carbonation, construction and balance the excellence you expect from Trillium.

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Photo of alextastic
3.88/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours thick and milky and golden, just what you'd expect from a well-loved Trillium beer. Smell is grass, green onion, and maaaaaybe a liiiittle citrus? But not enough for my liking. Taste is equally bitterness-forward, and doesn't match the flavors my eyes were expecting. It's nice to be reminded NEIPAs aren't all pure juice, but it also reaffirms what I like in a beer. Great for what it is, and if you like that, you will love it, it's just... not for me.

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Photo of Rub_This_BBQ
4.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

8/17 pour at greenway.

L strong haze on pale yellow side
S little alcohol mixed with strong hop notes of pineapple and tropical fruit
T nice firm bitterness and follows the smell
Over all a great ipa was happy to see on tap

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Photo of HomeOffice230
4.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Can: "Canned On 08/01/19 08:43:21"

Reviewed: 8/14/19

L: full body; thick laguna yellow appearance; .5 mm head, fast dissipating, no lacing

S: lemon-lime, pineapple, orange sorbet, and tangerine

T: lemon-lime, pineapple, orange sorbet, and tangerine (reminds me of Green)

F: thick mouthfeel, front-tongue bitterness, very little burn

O: excellent rendition of Headroom; big improvement from the 8/2018 release

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Photo of brentk56
4.57/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives the usual cloudy honey color with a modest cap; spots of foam cling

Smell: Papaya, mango, melon, passionfruit and tangerine; pithy, bright and juicy aromatics

Taste: The pith assaults the tastebuds right away, letting you know this isn’t the usual NE IPA juice bomb; still, there is the progression of tropical flavors with papaya, mango and passionfruit forward -land just a hint of melon underneath; the mid-palate is all tangerine and the finish has a moderately high degree of bitterness

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate to high carbonation; slightly creamy

Overall: Glad to be in the Boston area during the week after the can release; sorry to miss the cans but glad to taste this impressive beer on tap

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Photo of egrandfield
4.51/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The Epitome of a Trillium NEIPA.
L: Tropicana no pulp
S: Orange Rind, cinnamon
T: Juicy with some bitter, overall, thicc
F: Burn down the throat
O: Good stuff

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Photo of Underclaw
4.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Know Trillium well but had not been able to get opportunity to get Headroom to date. This is a hyped release (once a year so far) and had burden of expectations. Happy to say this has lived up to the hype -- at least 2019 release. Poured from a can dated 8/1/19 to a Teku. Pours a hazy light yellow. Never one to linger on smell that but this one comes across right away with wafting a bright citrus. The taste is up there with best I have had. Notes of pineapple, orange..tropical as you would expect with this packed with Galaxy but no bite. Glad I got the max allotment..gonna have to let this last a while.

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Photo of dlos
4.71/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

My first Trillium beer, have to figure out how to get more regularly!

Canned on 6/10/18, poured from can into tulip glass 10/2/18. Guessing I missed some of the highlights here but this is still a great beer. Murky orange-yellow pour with large foamy head that quickly disappears leaving a little lacing. Juicy citrus with a touch of sweetness to it on the nose. Clean, crisp taste with touch of hoppy bitterness to finish. Delicious beer, wish I was closer so I could get more of their stuff regularly.

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Photo of Zach_Attack
4.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

08/2015 - Typical Trillium juiciness on the nose with orange, tangerine, and some citrus up front; notable onion on the palate with a nice sweetness, creaminess, and slightly bitter back end; the finish is clean, bright, fruity, and a touch dank.

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.31/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving: Can
Canned: Aug-10-2018 (Consumed Sep-9)

A very Trillium-looking beer. Chalky peach flesh color with a couple fingers of airy off-white head that descends to a skiff. Ok retention with a little lacing.The smell is that of peachy BO: stone fruit, funky hop odor and general layers of greeny, almost grassy pseudo bitterness. The flavor follows with a rich, thick hop funk. Big Columbusy green bitterness with a real depth of pot-like, pine-bough flavor with some dank stone fruit notes. It has a fairly big body with a creamy feel, moderate carbonation and a lingering hoppy finish. A nice IIPA from these guys that seems to be immensely bitter without being bitter at all and quite fruity without being fruity. Lots of rich, strong hop flavor and a nice feel. Pretty much pure, concentrated hops from across the spectrum on a sugar cookie canvas. AKA a Trillium beer.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16oz can dated 8/10/18.

Pours murky gold with minimal retention or lacing. Hop and citrus tonic in the nose. Pithy grapefruit, orange, peach, and pine. Medium bodied with a slickish, oily mouthfeel. A carpet-bombing of hops on the palate. Raw hop resins with a bitter booziness. Grapefruit and candied pine. Finishes with a fairly strong throat burn and alcohol-infused hop concentrate.

What a bruiser. Old scool Trillium at its best.

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Photo of yoshie
4.75/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2018 batch - canned 8/10

8/23: I could understand the hype, but it was way too dank for me. It popped up in the mid palate and wiped everything else out, except for the greenness. Otherwise, it was excellent on the initial attack, with soft tropical fruits.

9/20: I am now part of the hype. The dankness and greenness have mellowed out to allow more of the tropical fruits to pop up. Dankness is still heavy, but comes through prominently in the finish with a medium bitterness. A month's time has done this wonders, and I like it significantly more than I did when fresh.

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Photo of Vidblain
4.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Headroom has been a wishlist beer for a couple of years now - as with other Trillium offerings, I've only sporadically been able to nail down trades. We're only talking about IPAs here - but they can still be confoundingly difficult to locate.

Headroom, strangely, fell in to my lap via a friend. This 2018 release can was a very pleasant surprise.

The beer pours a light orange - the nose is soft and fruity and very pleasant. Mouthfeel is rich - in a blind test, I might very easily misidentify this beer as a milkshake IPA. It's surprisingly, really - it's just super thick and yeasty and malty. It's also tremendously sweet and soft, which I think may be the unfortunate source of the slight lingering and unpleasant aftertaste. It could definitely use a bit of a cleaner finish. I'd also have to add that it's just a bit boozy - the ABV isn't really discernible per se, but it's certainly a little hotter than your standard 8% IPA. I like, and do not like, this about the beer. I'd really like it to be a little more sessionable.

But, that's my personal bias, and I haven't factored that in to my ratings.

Headroom is a fantastic beer - I'll admit that I'd prefer a lot more DDH Fort Point in my life, but lacking the option, I'd very definitely take some Headroom!

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Photo of Holderness
4.53/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 5 days ago.

L — Pours that nice orange juice haze that is characteristic of Trillium. A little less milky than I was expecting. Finger of white head dissipates fairly quickly, leaving spotty lacing
S — Phew! This one’s up there with DDH Congress. Pineapple, mango, orange, peach, papaya, guava, kumquat, berry, lime zest, earthen resin
T — Very intense hop character on this one, backed up by a fairly sweet pale malt profile. More like hop candy than hop juice: candied pineapple, dried mango, dried apricot, candied citrus peel. Also getting lots of earthen bitterness. After just a couple of sips my palate was already blown out.
F — Big mouthfeel, medium carb. The hop bitterness is pretty intense and unlike most of Trillium’s hoppy offerings, the resinous mosaic bitterness really sticks around on the finish. Less syrupy than their other intensely hopped offerings (esp. Big Bird and All Hundred Thousand Trillion Everything), which is a definite plus
O — This is a tasty, intensely hopped DIPA from Trillium that avoids many of the pitfalls of the majority of their DIPAs. The hops are definitely a bit excessive, and this certainly isn't as good as some of their more mild galaxy-hopped releases (especially DDH Congress and Galaxy Fort Point). Very good clarity of flavors, though


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Photo of Worcester90
4.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2018 batch

Much more drinkable right away than last year. The 2017 batch was hop burn overload. This even looks more hazy and fluffy than last year. The smell is amazing. I liken it to Perm 32. Pineapple and mango overload. It smells so incredibly juicy that it could be passed off as a smoothie in look and smell. Taste is great. A lot like 32, but with less sweetness and more hop bite. Loads of tropical fruit, as well as oranges galor. There’s definitely a bite here, but it’s not as overpowering as last year’s batch. Overall really enjoyed this. It’s not topping 32 or even Galaxy Cutting Tiles, but Trillium has been putting out amazing IPAs all year and this is no different.

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Photo of ryno6616
4.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This beer was fantastic,
I am absolutely shocked that this doesn't have a better rating than 57? This is hands down one of the top 5 hoppiest beers I have ever had - Hop Heads rejoice!

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Photo of BWood
4.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

L: beautiful beer. A combination or orange and pineapple juice look. Clear head that goes away. Probably the only drawback.

S: huge pineapple smell. Citrus fruit. Balanced hops.

T: wow. So balanced. The fruit and hop flavors melt together. Nothing overpowered by the other.

F: smooth and soft. A tad thinner than I thought. Slightly bitter aftertaste.

O: awesomeness in a glass. Great IPA.

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Photo of thatche2
4.79/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 16oz can into a tulip glass (~1 month old). Smell is a ton of bright/green hop flavor and citrus with notes of orange pulp, pineapple, tropical fruit, resin and oats.

Taste has even more hop flavor than expected with some nice spice coming through in the finish. Sweetness and bitterness are low to moderate. Mouthfeel is medium to full in body with a nice surge of carbonation on the finish (crisp). It is soft but nor as much as some others in the style.

Overall this is maybe my favorite ipa from Trillium. It is a nice complement to their more balanced DIPA, Heavy Mettle. Headroom is just an explosion of hop flavor. It has mellowed nicely over a month and actually is quite balanced for a hop bomb. Either way, seek it out if you love hops.

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Photo of peterpunk15
4.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This was absolutely incredible. Hops were absolutely incredible, creamy mouthfeel, the aroma just bursts out as soon as I opened the can. Pineapple notes all over.

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Photo of SenatorSpaceman
3.67/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It pours the color of Orangina and has a hazy neon glow. Not as opaque and cloudy as some reviews indicate, though.

The nose is more subtle than I expected but I got some notes of pineapple juice and ripe mango.

My first impression upon sipping is that this beer is thinner than I ever thought it might be. Pineapple soda and peach candy lead into a dank bready presence before an even danker resinous piny weed finish.

ABV is well-hidden. Carbonation is on the high side. Mouthfeel is shockingly low. Incredibly thin for a big DIPA from Trill.

Overall a decent DIPA, but in my opinion this isn't anywhere near the top tier of Trillium hops. Give me a Galaxy Cutting Tiles or an O.G. Congress over this any day.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Cloudy grapefruit juice

S: Fruity and floral

T: Dank and bitter with tropical fruit notes, all melding into one.

F: Standard Trillium

O: This beer is not as "clean" as most of Trillium's offerings but its flavor is fantastic. Perhaps a bit overrated but certainly worth trying and repeating.

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Photo of ThrewRedButter
4.58/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

L - Orange milkshake with a finger of white head

S - hop resins and oils, grapefruit, dankness, pine, black pepper, cedar, blueberry

T - Wonderful combo of tropical fruits and dankness.

F - Full and creamy. No alcohol. Fruity hops give it drinkability

O - Love how it transitioned from fruity juice to dank hops.

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Photo of Kdouble
4.71/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A 16 oz. can dated 8-11-17 poured into a tulip.

Appearance- looks like a mix of pineapple and orange juice. Definitely a thick fruit bomb. About a finger of light white head that disappeared quickly. No noticeable lacing.

Smell- an interesting mix of tropical fruit with galaxy hops. Something tart in it but not certain what.

Taste- surprisingly more hop than I expected from the smell. Pineapple seems dominant for the fruits but some mango and that nice hop kick. No hint of alcohol.

Feel- nice and smooth with perfect carbonation. A slight tart aftertaste which is very enjoyable.

Overall- this was not a typical Trillium brew for me. The hops took it to the next level. Every sip leaves me wanting one more and even at 8% this is fantasticly drinkable beer.

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Headroom from Trillium Brewing Company
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 733 ratings