Free Rise - Citra Dry Hopped Saison
Trillium Brewing Company

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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #318
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4.05 | pDev: 7.16%
Trillium Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Free Rise - Citra Dry Hopped SaisonFree Rise - Citra Dry Hopped Saison
Notes: This special edition of Free Rise, one of our signature farmhouse ales, highlights locally sourced Danko Rye from Valley Malt and Citra in the dry hop. A floral, citrus hop profile is balanced with subtle, nutty malt character and a delicate black pepper spice. Light in body, with a clean, bone-dry finish, Citra Dry Hopped Free Rise is a welcomed addition to our family of farmhouse ales.

MALT: Pilsner, Danko Rye, Flaked Wheat, Dextrose

HOPS: Citra, Columbus
Reviews: 43 | Ratings: 258 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Traded for this a while ago, as the date on the bottom of the can read 7/20/17. Yes, I know that this was old when I cracked it but it held up well as there was no sediment in it whatsoever and the taste was relatively close to the beer's description. I haven't had any of the other releases in the Free Rise series but if this was an indicate, I'd want to since it was *not* like their more notable IPA's. Dry and nuanced, this felt quite a bit like white wine with some hops and malt thrown in for more depth!

Nice pour to this as the beer was bright, brassy, and somewhat muted but not cloudy or overly dank. Plenty of lively foam topped this off but surprisingly, there wasn't much lacing to be seen outside of the tiny collar at the top. Floral and Pilsner tones filled the dry notes with a bit of white wine and white grape thrown in for good measure. The taste was just as dry with some woodsy, champagne, and wheat in the mix as the citrus slickness could be felt in the mouthfeel. Fun and easygoing, this wasn't light in taste or body as it was nicely balanced white being easy to quaff, with just a bit of water needed at the end as a chaser...

Not a lot of booze here and just a hint of warming could be felt as I finished this off. Hard to find the spice or black pepper her but regardless, an underlying funk served as a reminder of what kind of beer this was. Wish I could get my hands on the other iterations of this, as I found this to be very enjoyable!

Mar 13, 2019
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WickedBeer from Alabama

4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Canned 12/13/17, 11:35.

Pours a nice hazy orange juice orange.. nice head that fades quickly , no lace.

Floral, slightly peppery, yeast. Some subtle farmhouse qualities to remind you you’re drinking a farmhouse.

Clove, Belgian character with noticeable amounts of citrus from that dry hop. Very subtle pepper and hop bitterness.

Jan 13, 2018
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can dated 8/30/17.

Pours hazy gold with a short head and minimal retention or lacing. Aromatics are laced with banana, clove, apples, and cut grass. Light to medium bodied with a crisp but lightly carbonated mouthfeel. A hint of bready malt with a light dankness and plenty of clovey Belgian character on the palate. Zero bitterness with a slight warmth on the throat. Finishes with citrus undertones.

Tasty beer but way undercarbonated for the style. The Citra hops have pretty much faded though.

Nov 01, 2017
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SpeedwayJim from New York

3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz. can into a Surly teku.

Nose is foamy, peppercorn, cotton, orange juice and coriander. Sweet and spicy. Beer opens peppercorn, coriander and hay. There's a subtle, dry bitterness. Almost like dried wheat. Juicy in the middle with a fruity hop presence. Finish the way it started. Peppery and spicy. Nice. Body is light with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and goes down aggressive with a dry finish. Very drinkable.

Pretty good. This could do with a lower ABV but as is, its worth trying.

Oct 14, 2017
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I CANsider myself very fortunate to have been the lucky winner of a buncha CANs in a recent lottery on a different social media site. I merely had to pony up the cost of shipping, which was modest, in return for a buncha CANs for The CANQuest (tm)! I had heard of & was certainly aware of Trillium B.C., but I have not been trading in a while & so I did not give them much thought. I am now interested in drinking & reviewing the entire Small Bird Series, especially Pipsqueak Penguin & Stumpy Duck since I have an affinity for the former & a rubber form of the latter who oversees my drinking & will be in an NBS pic later.

Nowt to report from the stark grey & white CAN. 8=(

If this beer follows today's trend, I expect that it shall be unfiltered & cloudy. That is fine in a Saison & so I will bear that in mind in CANducting my review. It all begins with a Crack! & Glug, the latter heavy-handed, but not inverted, in this case. I got two fingers of soapy, foamy, eggshell-white head for my efforts, only to watch it sink slowly into the sunset. Color was much as expected - a cloudy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5). Nose had a pronounced barnyard funk along with a citrusy tartness. Mmm. My mouth was watering. Clearly, these guys like their hops! Mouthfeel was medium, but big for a Saison. I liked the interplay between the pronounced funk and the grapefruit citrusiness. I was reminded of some of the Hopfen Ales coming out of Belgium, in which they have begun taking traditional Belgian beers and hopping them to AmeriCAN levels. Wild! Chouffe comes to mind as does one other whose name escapes me at the moment. The brewer is a striking blonde, but the brewery is lost to me, momentarily. Finish was dry, bone dry, thanks to a CANbination of the hops & the yeast. I have to be honest & say that I am not usually a fan of Saisons, but this one was fantastiche! The funkiness CAN sometimes be too much for me, often setting off mild allergies, but here, the yeast met is match in the hops. I would be curious as to how other hops varietals fare in the base Saison. Perhaps a return to BOS is in the cards ...

Oct 08, 2017
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. Can. I xannot read the canned on date. It has the number 30 in it. So its either 8/30 or 9/30/17. Opened on 10/3.

A very hazed-out yellow golden color. A tall but fizzy, bubbly white foam cap is sparse but lively.

The nose has, black pepper citrus aroma's, sweet fruits, funky sour banana notes and lemmon zest. The Citra dry hopped aroma is very fruity and tangy overall.

The flavor has some major black pepper and dry earthy tones upfront, sour to sweet, grains and spices with a rather odd, wheat, oats and honey combo. Sour lemmon zest, more grains and a wild funk from perhaps the yeast and Citra hop combo. This is truly an American-style saison that features a cleaner, more straightforward (and perhaps mundane) yeast profile. The malt is pretty hefty with mostly a clean wheat and oats effect but actually becomes a bit long and cloying as a certain slickness rides in. The first hit is an uplifting and light mouthfeel which turns dry. Then the malt gets a but chewy in the long run. Low level complexity in the yeast and a very strange Citra hop charecter brings this into "no man's land" stylewise. I can enjoy the the extra heft and complexity of this malt with the dry-earthy and hearty notes of tge Rye addition. I think "nutty" malt charecter is dead on. Nutty, full, slick but full of interesting, if not strange effects. The Citra ends with a lemmon/citrus dry kick.

Certainly unique and interesting, while also very odd for the style. I can dig tge unique aspects but some of my favorite features of this style are over shadowed by the malty complexity. It lacks the full-on wild complexity of Belgian or French yeast chatecters, low level herbal dryness and or sour tones. In place, showcasing the malt and Citra hop.

Oct 04, 2017
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Greyvtrayn from New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Canned on 8/30/17. First Saison from Trillium. A deep yellow slightly hazy color, nice tall head but faded quickly and left no lacing. Nose is wild flowers, a little honey and grassy. Very crisp flavor, floral and a little tart, grassy aftertaste. A thin mouthfeel but that's what I want in a saison, decent if not a little higher carbonated. The citrus hops add a little bit to nose and flavor to make this a little more bitter that most saisons. Overall have to say this is a very tasty beer.

Sep 30, 2017
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazed light yellow with two fingers of bubbly white head that dissipate fairly quickly, leaving a thin crown and spotty lacing.

Saison aroma with coriander, light clementine juice and a hint of peppery spice.

Nice bitterness in the taste, mixing citrus pith, orange juice, lemongrass, coriander and faint doughy malt from the start through the fairly clean aftertaste.

Medium bodied for the style with a peppery, softly seltzer-like sort of feel.

Another really nice, dry-hopped saison from these guys. 7/29/17 canned on date.

Sep 29, 2017
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WesMantooth from Ohio

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 3 week old 16oz can

It is a hazy gold with a moderate white head. Pretty turbid for the style. It looks more like a NE IPA than a Saison.

Aroma is musty with some spicy mango, melon, and lemon rind. I also get some cloves and banana similar to a Hefeweizen.

Very nice earthy flavors. Lemongrass, mango, melon, a touch of peach. Peppery with crisp grains and some herbal tea leaves. Still notice what tastes like banana and a baking spice.

The body is crisp, light, and drinks a lot lighter than the ABV listed.

This is a very tasty, and refreshing beer that is nicely complimented by dry hopping rather than dominated by.

Sep 27, 2017
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JBowenGeorgia from Georgia

4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy light orange with a smaller than expected head that quickly disappeared.
Smells mildly of orange and lemon, bread, a light musty funk in there too.
Taste was a slight citrus with a hint of pepper, very mild earthy funk.
Light to medium feel with a dry finish.
Overall a tasty beer, hops were milder than I expected from Trillium, especially after the DDH beers I had.

Sep 18, 2017
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kevanb from Illinois

3.69/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

16oz can, canned in July of 2017, the exact date is illegible, poured into a Trillium Brewing Permutation Series stemmed glass.

The beer pours a nice, lightly hazy and cloudy golden color with orange and lemon hues, foamy white head about two fingers tall with moderate retention and some sticky lace. The aroma is pleasant, lightly spicy yeast, some clove, a bit of pale grain, mild fruit esters with some pleasantly juicy citra hop expression, a bit of black pepper is in there as well and some floral characteristics grow as it warms. The flavors are nice as well, juicy hops add some fruit character to the beer while the yeast profile is pretty darn nice for an American brewer, especially one known for their hoppy beers. Black pepper is more prominent in the flavor, light clove, mild berry, grassy green hops linger with some pleasant pale grain and a touch of the rye malt makes itself distinctly known. The mouthfeel is good, coating, lively carbonation without being too prickly yields some creamy textures at the finish that is lightly dry and almost a bit tart.

Verdict: A pretty good American take on the Saison style, especially for one that is aggressively hopped a la Trillium. I was expecting to hate this beer after having tried Sunshower and the Motueka version of Free Rise, but was pleasantly surprised and impressed. A worthy beer.

Sep 02, 2017
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hopsputin from New Jersey

3.89/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

a: hazy pale orange color with a 1/2 finger thin head which fades pretty quickly. not much head for a Saison at all

s: wheat, lemongrass, pepper, orange peel, apricot, grainy grass, dry crackers, fresh dough. definitely hops in this Saison

t: follows the nose pretty well. grains, grass, lemongrass, and pepper hit you up front. coriander and sweet orange behind that. there is a big doughy malty backbone here as well. there is a noticeable grapefruit bitterness at the end as well to give it a nice crispness. quite refreshing tasting

m: mouthfeel on this walks the line between light & medium. it's well-carbonated, and pretty effervescent

o: very refreshing and easy to drink. the citra dry hopping holds true to it's name and is more noticeable in the aroma than flavor. i do not feel that hops add to a Saison (my knock would be its a touch too bitter), which is why i rated it a little lower but make no mistake it is an enjoyable beer on its own for sure. worth a try!

Aug 15, 2017
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.22/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Trillium Canton. Hazy bright orange. Smells immediately of yeast. Orange, lemon, earthy and almost plastic. Tastes of citrus, a touch of sweet doughy malt and floral notes, then yeasty earthiness. Medium body. Doesn't quite distinguish itself from a host of other beers that go for the same profile of hops and yeast.

Aug 02, 2017
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cmurphy7 from Massachusetts

3.74/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Not a saison fan generally, but did try to keep an open mind with this one. even so, I was not a big fan. the mouth feel was nice, but the look was very light and the taste was a little sour with a hint of lemon.

Jul 27, 2017
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teromous from Virginia

3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from the Fort Point location. From the bottom of the can: "CANNED ON 20-JUL-17 08:43"

Appearance: The body is a milky yellow color that is completely opaque. The head is short and white with a fizzy-looking texture. Not much head retention and no lacing.

Aroma: It has a sour lemon aroma with the scent of old yeast. There is a bit of a wet cardboard scent in there too.

Taste: It has a bit of an herbal tea and bay leaf flavor mixed in with a touch of lime and clove. There is a bit of a peppery finish to the beer. It definitely starts to take on a spicy Belgian yeast flavor as the drinking experience goes on, and it is very nice.

Mouthfeel: The beer is light and dry with a bright mid-body and a crisp finish. It is very nicely done.

Overall: The beer really doesn't conjure images of the Citra hop at any point. Perhaps its contributions are more subtle but in a way it works better because it allows the natural elements of the Saison to really show through. The beer as a whole really works nicely. It is a nice beer and every now and then I would probably drink it again. I would recommend at least trying it out.

Jul 24, 2017
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crotharagain from Rhode Island

4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - Turbid and deep dark golden with a massive head of foam that stays put
S - Pine and crackers
T - Malty cracker backbone, wicked Citra up front, finishes more on the saison syle
F - Silky smooth
O - The most hopped up saison I've ever had. Didn't think I'd like it but was very pleasantly surprised to find that I loved it. A very unique beer and quite delicious.

Dec 07, 2016
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mothman from Minnesota

3.74/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hazy pale golden yellow.

Has a brett and funk flavor. Earthy and citrus profile. I think the citra adds something this beer really needed. I wasn't a fan of the base beer, but this is a touch of an upgrade. Spicy, floral, herbal. Grapefruit and lemon zest.

Light to medium bodied. Dry.

Dec 01, 2016
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lic217 from Connecticut

3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Big head, light orange/yellow, very hazy
Smell: tropical hops and some fruity like esters
Taste: Spicey, little bubble gum, ends with a tropical sweetness
Feel; Easy drinker, smooth mouthfeel, prickly carbonation
Overall: A nice beer

Nov 27, 2016
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dabeerbuddha from Canada (ON)

4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Interesting twist on a saison.
Lovely orange hue. Minimal head with lacing.
Nice juicy citra aroma. Sip gives you a fat mouthfeel with big citrus and finishes with a characteristic saison dry finish. I love the saison and this is a great new world style take on it.

Nov 26, 2016
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

3.45/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ Canton. Pours hazy, caution light yellow in color with 1/2 inch head. Taste is lemon, orange rind, earthy hops, light pepper and funk. Medium bodied, medium-low carbonation, bitter with a dry bitter aftertaste. Makes for a complex saison. Decent above average beer and worth a try. This one may be victim to a numbers game. Tried two other Trillium beers that night that blew me away. This one I was left with, hey this is decent, but not quite as good as the others.

Nov 23, 2016
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Roguer from Connecticut

4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a modest head, with only OK retention. Body is lemon-yellow, and downright murky (as is typical with Trillium). The body is legitimately opaque.

Very noticeable hop presence on the aroma, but there's also a sweet softness from the malts and yeast. Lemon, sugar, and hay, to which are added the Citra notes of mango, pineapple, tangerines, and a green, slight dankness.

If you've had a good dry-hopped Saison before, you know how successful the fusion of flavors can be. This is one of those. There's a musty, rustic quality to the malt base, like sipping a light, sweet beer while sitting in a pile of hay. Lemon-drop candy tones are provided primarily from the yeast, along with a bare touch of peppery spice. The hops provide bold flavors mostly up front, but the juicy tangerine and melon tones, along with green, earthy, vegetal dank notes, are entirely complementary to the malt base.

Very smooth and drinkable; lively enough for a refreshing Summer brew. Plenty of hop oils linger, but the main finish is fairly dry, with a pleasant effervescence.

Nov 15, 2016
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.63/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

16 oz. can dated 11/10/16

Pours cloudy opaque straw gold with a creamy white foam head. Smells like fresh peaches, mango, orange citrus, lychee, pineapple, some banana, vanilla, mild peppery clove spice, bready grain, rye, with dank earthy herbal grass and floral pine. Tastes like peach, mango, orange, lychee, pineapple, some banana, vanilla, peppery clove spice, bready grain, rye, with dank earthy herbal grass and resinous floral pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a real nice Citra dry hopped saison.

Nov 14, 2016
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Severymusic from Massachusetts

4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

11/09 sample at the Canton location.

Tropical fruit and light pepper nose. Not sure how I feel about the look. It's a great hazy pale orange/yellow typical of IPAs but I don't know off hand how that matches up with saison standards. Taste compliments the nose with more pepper spice and "barnyard" flavors. Light feel and dry finish make for easy drinking.

Nov 09, 2016
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jtomacchio from Massachusetts

4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer is surprisingly good. Not typically a fan of saisons. Beer has a gorgeous golden color with a nice creamy one finger head. Has a malty aroma with hints of orange, mango, and pineapple. The taste is not at all what I expected. Had a nice, not overpowering, citrus flavor to start, with a malty undertone. The aftertaste has a biscuity flavor. Very very easy to drink and very crisp. Would be a great beer on a warm day.

Mar 28, 2016
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Jason from Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml brown bottle, purchase at the Gordon's DTX location in Boston, MA.

Wow, such a beautiful looking brew. Big frothy head with some stickage on the glass. A little hazy but expected for the style and the dryhopping as well. Smashed oranges and a tad bit catty in the nose with undertones of bready grain and a suggestion of mild herbal tea in the nose. Crisp and smooth, zesty citrusy hop resin meets a malt backbone of bread crust, spicy rye, & crackers. Kiss of alcohol and some well placed esters. Finishes peppery, herbal, grainy, & rind-like. A very well put together beer, the aftertaste is quite a show and make me want to keep on sipping. Highly recommended,

Mar 13, 2016
Free Rise - Citra Dry Hopped Saison from Trillium Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 258 ratings