Trillikini | Trillium Brewing Company

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Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 153

American IPA | 3.30% ABV

Trillium Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Notes: This beer is retired; no longer brewed. We teamed up with our friends at Evil Twin to brew Trillikini; our first beer available in cans and the ultimate summer crusher perfect for those endless days at the beach or timeless backyard BBQ's. Don't let the low ABV fool you, this hazy blonde IPA is loaded with hop-driven flavors of candied peach, grapefruit and lemon zest complimented by fluffy oats and a rustic graininess. Clean and crisp with firm, thirst-quenching bitterness, Trillikini is destined for your icy cooler.

MALT: American 2-row Barley, C-15, Rolled Oats, Dextrine

HOPS: Amarillo, Citra, Mosaic, Columbus
Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 153
Photo of Gatch
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to judkinst for the can while camping up in NH for July 4th weekend! Enjoyed on a public beach on Lake Winnisquam since public sand is hard to come by on Lake Winnipesaukee. Smells, drinks, and goes down like a hoppy Blonde Ale. Fantastic stuff, as expected.

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Photo of JebBeerFish
3.79/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Light straw yellow, 3 - 4 inch head on moderate pour that quickly dissipates.

S: light hops, watered down orange juice

T: Mild hops, faint orange juice, faint tropical fruits, mild bitterness

F: light and effervesent.

O: Quite refreshing, made for relief from hot, humid Summer days. I could down a whole 4 pack after mowing the lawn.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.28/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. can. Very pale orange. Smells of white pepper, garlic, orange, and cracker malt. Tastes a little less exciting. Orange with no sweetness. A hint of garlic and pepper. Light cracker malt and faint bitterness. Very light. Probably shouldn't have had this so late in the tasting, but it's nice.

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Photo of TrilliumFan
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

There is a lot of flavor here for 3.3% alcohol. Most flavor I've had in anything this low ABV. Not as much flavor as their flagship IPAs, etc, but a fine choice for a hot summer day.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.76/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Can. Pours very hazy and a dim orange. High in aromatic hoppiness; more than most. It suffers the same outcome as most all Session IPAs I have had. The hops fall off quickly and you are left with a dry, bland maltiness that isn't exactly unpleasant but it is sort of a letdown after the first half of the flavor. Very lightly bitter. Light bodied.

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Photo of chinchill
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A pour from a 16 oz. can.
Appearance: Pale golden body with a white head that has decent retention.
Flavor: Relatively mild bitterness.
Aroma: Pleasing fruity-hoppy aroma

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Photo of ManapuaMan
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Biggest nose and taste profile I've ever gotten from such a low-ABV beer. Hard to score within the IPA style. If low-ABV IPAs had its own category this baby would be way up there. Pours and looks like any of the great Trillium IPAs - turbid, hazy gold with a light head. Nose of mango, lychee and grapefruit comes out of the can screaming. Taste is right there with a little added herbal tea from the malt and tropical-fruit pungency. With any low-ABV IPA, the feel is less meaty and more watery. This adds to the drinkability but, combined with the carbonation, makes me think of a hop-seltzer. Bravo on the profile/ABV combo, for sure. Unreal.

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Photo of ScaryEd
3.51/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden straw color with minimal head. Doesn't leave much lacing as the head dissipates.

The aroma has a ton of tart lemon and grapefruit followed by a bready malt character.

The taste has some orange and lemon and finishes on whole grain wheat bread.

The feel is light bodied with moderate carbonation. A bit oily but finishes smooth and refreshing.

Overall, a pretty solid beer that is honestly more of a pale or blonde ale. The bready malt is very present and the hop flavors are present but restrained.

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Photo of jhavs
4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh can poured into flute.

Beer is hazy, golden hued, and has a foamy white head. The head is slow to fade, but leaves little lacing on the glass.

The aroma is bright with fresh hops. Citrus, tropical fruits, and a musty pine resinous background which many will describe as dank.

Big flavor for such a low ABV brew. Does not disappoint, layers of hops, mild graininess, bit toasty. Bright citrus, bitter zest.

Much more full-bodied then I expected, but still easy drinking. Moderate carbonation.

Great hot weather brew. Would be a go-to for summer days at the beach or on the boat if readily available. Super low ABV, but desirable flavor, aroma, and mouthfeel.

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Photo of ThrewRedButter
3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L - Hazy pale yellow with two fingers of white head.

S - Strong multi-grain bread and oats supported by lemon and orange peel.

T- Stronger lemon zest influence which is refreshing at time, but it is washed away quickly by the bready flavors and oats.

F - Incredibly light, but almost creamy and soft. Drinkability is through the roof.

O - More of a rustic, grainy presence than I was expecting, but has enough tropical notes to make a good balance. A really good SIPA, but it doesn't break the mold. Has a lot of familiar Trillium qualities, but with a thinner mouthfeel.

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Photo of SebastianOwl
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 6/20/16; drank on 6/24/16 in a tulip glass; excellent hoppy session beer; the feel and the overall profile reminds me of the Eureka variants by Tree House

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to TATURBO for this can!

Tallboy pint can. Canned on date of June 20th, 2016.

poured into HF wine stem.

Appearance: Opaque and turbid beer. Pale golden yellow body. Fluffy bone white head that stacks up to two fingers tall. Sticky lacing left on the side of the glass.

Smell: Orange, tropical fruits, pineapple, and a hint of pine all found in the aroma of the beers hop profile.

Taste: Light bitterness and lots of juicy hops. Light sweet tangerine citrusy profile with a little kick of pine needles and grapefruit imparting a hint of bitterness. Melon rind, earthy, grassy, and a hint of overripe tropical fruits. Lightly dirty and dank hops. Light grainy malts. Everything is balanced and nothing is overpowering the other flavors. Lots of complexity here, but this is not necessarily a flavor bomb of hops either. Just right for a session IPA; more flavor than most session IPA's, but not over the top with hops either.

Mouthfeel: Very light bodied beer. Moderate carbonation levels. Infinitely crushable. Light oily feel from the hop oils. Surprisingly enough this beer finishes pretty clean without much for lingering flavors. Very very refreshing beer.

Overall: A session IPA from Trillium that packs a ton of hop flavor into minuscule 3.3% abv. This beer is just brilliant and it has totally obliterated every single session IPA on the market. Session IPA's will never be the same if breweries all start brewing their session IPA's like this... Trillium is such an innovator of hoppy beers. How can they make some many different hoppy beers and people still want to drink the newest latest trillium beer? I have no idea, but you can count me in as another person in that crowd.

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Photo of Damian
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 32 fluid ounces growler purchased at Trillium Brewing Company, Boston, MA
Served in a pint glass

Cloudy, glowing orangey-yellow appearance. With an aggressive pour, a tiny, frothy, bone white crown rose above the body but it quickly dissolved. A thin, lasting halo encircled the liquid.

At 3.3% ABV, I had fairly low expectations on the intensity of the nose and the flavor profile, but neither disappointed. The aroma was actually outstanding. Super dank and fruity. Weed-like notes came through big time. Loads of musty passionfruit, mango, guava and papaya. Tropical fruits galore. Bit of orange and tangerine. Classic Trillium.

The flavor was also terrific but not quite as smooth as the nose. Citrus notes dominated. Loads of juicy orange and tangerine. Fairly tangy. Lemony in the center. White grapefruit came through on the back end and in the finish, turning more rind-like as the beer moved along the palate. For a hoppy Trillium beer, this was fairly bitter, but that probably has something to do with the amount of malt needed to brew something so hoppy AND so low in alcohol.

The mouthfeel was the only "smaller" aspect of this beer, yet it was still rather full considering the ABV. Lighter bodied for a typical IPA, but perhaps appropriate for a session IPA. Frothy and fluffy on the palate. The liquid contained a fine, crisp, zippy effervescence.

Trillium kills it once again with this beer. While not one of their most amazing offerings, this is truly perfection when it comes to session IPAs. How they managed to make this so hoppy yet so balanced and drinkable is truly mesmerizing.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

tried this at the new tasting room in canton. I cant believe this is a 3.3% abv beverage. packs a nice dankness with light citric qualities on the nose. very refreshing flavor - not sure if any individual notes were popping out at me but overall a very crisp hoppy ale. nice lightly bitter bit on the finish makes it super refreshing, and at such a low abv its very easy to pound. this is easily one of the best sessions ive tried.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.14/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler poured into snifter

Hazy orangish straw in color , one finger white foam cap settles quickly to a ring on the edges

Aroma of tropical fruits , mango, pineapple,

Citrus hop taste

Thin mouthfeel , a little winey , slight carbonation

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Photo of mnj21655
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, near murky pale orange in color with a finger of off white head, not particularly impressive. Lots of Ttillium character with tons of tropical fruits. On my first can the hops were all I could taste, the second can had a bit more complexity, I could be imagining it but I got some very faint sour notes. Light body and solid carbonation. Overall very easy drinking and a perfect beach beer, it has just enough flavor to be interesting but the light body and low ABV mean you can drink it all day. It definitely lacks the sour character of the original Bilini Beer but it does add the hoppy goodness that Trillium is know for.

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Photo of RAlmeida77
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a case on release day (Monday).

A - Pours an opaque orange with minimal white head that dissipates quick. This looks like many other NE hazy IPAs.
S - I can't believe a session has this much aroma. Fruity and tropical hops dominate in the aroma. Smells fantastic for a session.
T - Fruity/tropical hops up front...pineapple, mango and papaya followed by a bready malt flavor. So delicious.
M - Nice carb, super refreshing, doesn't drink like a session to me...more like a Fort Point Pale.
O - I can't believe this is a session. Hands down the best session I've ever had. Super flavorful and refreshing. Could easily crush a bunch of these and enjoy every last sip!

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Photo of crotharagain
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When I stopped by the brewery, this was flying out the door so I gave it a shot.
I'm rating this for what it is....a really decent substitute for shitty mass produced beers from macrobreweries for those of us who want a refreshing, low ABV ale after a 20 mike bike ride or round of golf in the hot sun. This does it for me. Refreshing and rehydrating without any compromise on flavor. It's thin, but it's supposed to be.
Wifey likes it too and she's not into beer.
Hope it's around all summer.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

16 oz. can dated 6/20/16 "Beach Body"

Pours opaque golden yellow with a frothy white foam head. Smells like fresh pineapple, ripe mango, candied peach, big grapefruit, orange, passionfruit, lemony citrus, guava, melon, grain, with resinous pine and dank earthy grass. Tastes like creamy oats, zesty lemony citrus, pineapple, some orange, grapefruit, mild mango and peach, passionfruit, guava, melon, bready grain, with dank earthy grass and pine. Feels medium bodied, thick and creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a real nice session IPA.

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Photo of anteatr23
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy pale orange with a one finger head. Aroma is filled with tropical fruits, citrus, and some earthy notes. Taste is blast of citrus, all the tropical hops from aroma are present, cracker malt with light bitterness and some peppery/spicy hops. Thin mouthfeel, little watery, definitely a light beer at 3.3%. Overall, it's pretty amazing to pack this much flavor into a beer this small. Good session/summer beer. Enjoyed this one.

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Trillikini from Trillium Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 153 ratings