Cutting Tiles (Galaxy)
Trillium Brewing Company

Cutting Tiles (Galaxy)Cutting Tiles (Galaxy)
Write a Review
Beer Geek Stats: | Print Shelf Talker
New England IPA
Ranked #38
Ranked #158
4.53 | pDev: 6.18%
Trillium Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Cutting Tiles (Galaxy)Cutting Tiles (Galaxy)
Notes: Cutting Tiles is an exploratory series of double IPA's featuring a range of aromatic single hop varietals brewed with raw wildflower honey. This familiar first version, formally known as Artaic, is dosed with 100% Galaxy in all kettle, whirlpool and two massive dry hop additions. The local wildflower honey keeps the body light and drinkable but provides a floral, earthy backbone. Juicy, candied peach and nectarine up front backed up with a nuanced white wine on the nose that continues straight through in the flavor profile. Pillowy soft mouthfeel, with a restrained bitterness on the finish. New variants to follow!

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

HOPS: Galaxy
Reviews: 86 | Ratings: 592 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of jheimbigner
4.01/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a turbid murky orange color - is very reminiscent of OJ. Nose smells of OJ/citrus with a honey sweetness and a mild bitterness on the end. taste follows the nose, sweet citrus, followed by some bitterness but ends with hop burn/resin that remains for a bit - the can was rolled before opening. Feel is viscous and think for an IIPA, but has very good carb. Overall, this smells incredible and initial good taste, but the hop burn overtakes the palate. Maybe the hops need to dye down some - but this can is around a month old at this point. Have two other cans, and will open in increments over the next month. Will update if the taste increase.

 652 characters

Photo of AyatollahGold
4.46/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pouring from a 16 oz. can into a Trillium Willi Becher style glass, this beer pours out like a cross between mango and orange juice. Forms a thin crown that dissipates to only an outer ring, attached to the glass.

The nose brings a beautiful citrus mixing with a very natural, sweet honey. Wow. The way the two mix are amazing. Mango, orange, peach, honey and caramel all backed by a dank background.

The taste comes in with those dank, pronounced layers of citrus tangling through sweet layers of honey and caramel; slight bubblegum wants to come out but never does with much pronunciation, just as an accent. There are some floral notes, but not too pronounced.

Fairly clean with little to no sharpness; slight bitterness but overall smooth and creamy on the mouthfeel.

Overall, I love the way the honey and layers of sweetness interact with the pungent, citrus, earthy hops. It’s a smooth, enjoyable brew.

 918 characters

Photo of Stevedore
4.44/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can, breaking in the new Trillium snifter. Bright hazy golden yellow body, one finger frothy and thick latte white head, plenty of retention, lots of lacing. Looks positively appetizing. Smell is massive Galaxy aromatics- tropical fruit, grapefruit, mild herbal spice, floral notes, mild caramel. The honey isn't really present here on the nose, but on the palate, it's there in spades at the end and finish, for sure. It's a wonderful mild honey sweetness that lingers for a while. Mild-moderate spicy bitterness, otherwise big but relatively balanced galaxy and caramel malt. This is pretty delicious, and the honeyed finish is really, really very nice. Medium fuller bodied, good carbonation, silky smooth with a slight dry floral and herbal resin that is supplanted by a mild lingering sweet honey.

 807 characters

Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.69/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: super thick, and crazy dark orange with complete haze. The head fades in less than 1 minute. This looks like while fruit purée.
S: a citrus bomb! Whole fruit with peels to add a touch of dank was a d balance.
T: just awesome. It’s all whole mango purée. Juicy sweet with Rhine peels in the finish to make the back of my mouth clinch and want more ASAP
F: so thick, creamy and smooth. Usually word I use for ba stouts with huge abv’s, but this is right there. Impressive

 483 characters

Photo of Underclaw
4.65/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

From a can dated 4/22/19. Up there with Minot's Ledge as one of their top Galaxy bombs. Does not have a heavy feel to it even at 8.5%. An exceptional beer.

 155 characters

Photo of GuyFawkes
4.42/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Canned 8/16/18; drank 8/26/18 @ Harvest Hop Haus.

Opaque yellow appearance.

Minimal white head; minimal lace.

Pineapple, peach & faint dry grass notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Pineapple, peach & fresh spring water flavors up front; faint dry grass notes on the finish.

Refreshing & pleasantly dry; delicious!

 326 characters

Photo of Griffin2
4.31/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 oz can into a Willi Becher pint glass.
L - Pours a hazy orange with a white head that dissipates slowly.
S - Smells of pineapple and mango.
T - Tastes of tropical fruits with a nice bitterness.
F - Medium body and carbonation with a little prickliness on the finish.
O - Excellent double IPA.

 309 characters

Photo of JBowenGeorgia
4.34/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours like orange juice with a finger of white head.
Smells sweet, honey, citrus, a bit of bubblegum, light pine.
Taste starts with the resinous pine, turns to sweet fruits, peachy, honey, faint bubblegum notes linger.
Medium to full body, smooth, amply carbed.
Overall a great beer!

 283 characters

Photo of CanConPhilly
4.39/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L - 1-finger offwhite head atop a glimmering orange juice body.

S - tropical fruit, honey. Very inviting.

T - grapefruit, melon, tangerine, with just a hint of honey sweetness. Earthy middle. Moderate bitterness. Low sweetness. Low booziness.

F - medium-full, creamy body with lower than normal carb.

O - I was worried this would be too sweet, but it’s perfectly balanced and a joy to drink.

 397 characters

Photo of jrc1093
3.21/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Canned on 10/11/18

Pours opaque, glossy honey gold with about a finger of pillowy, white foam that recedes pretty quickly in favor of thin layers of sticky lacing.

Aromas of raw honey meld with dank hops for an absolutely pungent bouquet forming notes of herbaceously sweet sugar cane and lighter notes of rubber; powerful stuff, and definitely an aroma I’m finding personally polarizing.

Taste brings plenty of herbal hops to start, building slowly in honeyed sweetness and saturating further tones of hops, pine, grapefruit zest, and mango to an effect similar to the aroma.

Mouthfeel has a medium body with well-balanced carbonation, and actually reveals a certain level of prickly hops to the finish; little to no bitterness, and surprisingly trending toward light on the palate.

Maybe the most polarizing NEIPA I’ve tried to date; I tend to like IPAs on the pungent side, but the honey really brings this to a new level, one that is equal parts confidently herbaceous and dramatically too dank.

 1,008 characters

Photo of SierraNevallagash
4.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

One of the rare reviews I'll do, NOT from stream-of-consciousness, but rather from notes I wrote down. I drank this can in the mountains a few hours ago, in silence, save for the rushing river next to me. An experience.

A world of thanks to Jon for this can.

Pint can dated 10/11/18 - poured into a tulip at about 45 degrees.

Pours an unbelievable glowing neon orange juice color. Completely opaque. Creamy, milky, turbid, murky, all of it. Haze for dayz. Almost literally glows in the dark.

Nose has an undeniable dankness to it, and some exotic floral notes I cannot place. Creamy and musty with round, yeasty notes. Very unique hopping. Overall, the nose is mellow, but what it has going on is unique. Truly smells like a hop galaxy, if that makes any sense. I know it doesn't.

Palate is earthy eucalyptus, lavendar, manuka honey notes, vanilla, and some exotic floral accents, that I have not experienced before. Moderate to decent sweetness in the middle, and finishes with ZERO bitterness. Some Douglas fir (piney lemon) dryness, but absolutely no bitterness. Finishes floral, pine, eucalyptus, and yeast notes. Vanilla lingers extremely long into the finish. Getting what I can only describe as a birthday cake note. Cake batter. Flavor profile is very round, full, floral, earthy, and impressions of sweet things without the sweetness.

Mouthfeel on this is truly divine, and even goes toe to toe with Julius. Luscious, pillowy, soft, round, full. The word in a nutshell is fluffy. This is a fluffy beer. Excellent carbonation gives it a touch of lift, but doesn't sharpen it. World class feel. Amazing.

Overall, this is a phenomenal beer. A truly delicious and pleasing beer. Satisfying. Exotic hops give unique floral impressions that I haven't experienced before. Must be unique to Galaxy. Restrained, balanced, and soft spoken. It doesn't come out and demand you acknowledge it's presence. It remains quiet, mysterious, and alluring, and waits for you to come to it, recognizing its greatness on your own. I enjoyed every last drop of this beer, and will seek it out again at all costs. You should too, because it is a fantastic beer, with a fantastic feel, and some very unique character and nuance. Special.

 2,229 characters

Photo of Vidblain
4.6/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Galaxy is not one of my favorite hops - I'll be honest and just throw that out there.

That being said, there are things about galaxy that I do like quite a lot. When combined with other hops, it tends to be a smorgasbord of sweet, clean, rich haze. Cutting Tiles delivers in spades - it's almost too sweet, but it doesn't quite cross that border in to syrupy, which is good - I cannot abide that in an IPA. The beer is still plenty drinkable and doesn't have that filling quality that I hate. The bubble gum/cotton candy tasty that many attribute to galaxy is not all that forward - it's there, but not offensive or overwhelming.

I'd generally prefer a Fort Point - but this specific variant of Cutting Tiles is quite good.

 725 characters

Photo of etipton04
4.78/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer is a beautiful expression of galaxy which I’ll admit I’m a galaxy fanboy. This is so tasty and the honey only smoothing out the edges of the pine and sweet resin from the galaxy makes it even better. Perfect execution. The only tweak I would make to make it my number 1 beer ever (beats is infinite by monkish, a DDH All galaxy imperial IPA) would be to double dry hop this beer with more galaxy to bring out that grapefruit and grassy taste to the next level. Phenomenal. Best trilltive ever and it’s not close.

 528 characters

Photo of thebeers
4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Creamy-looking dark OJ color with a thin finger of off-white head. Nice lacing. Huge aroma of weed, earthy smoked herbs and nuts. They carry over the taste, coupled with orange juice, lime, pithy and piney bitterness and a peppery alcohol bite. Some hop bite, too. Full bodied with a prickly feel. There’s a lot of depth and ton of alcohol in this one, but the nutty, smokey quality when fresh isn’t to my preference. I am interested to see how it changes with some age.

 481 characters

Photo of Zach_Attack
4.46/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

08/2016 - While I enjoy the base beer, the Galaxy usage is top notch in my opinion. That said, the honey does a nice job balancing the Galaxy; tasty, refreshing, and super flavorful.

 182 characters

Photo of BranfordBound
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Trillium Garden on the Greenway a month or so back. Super hazy and golden color. Huge flavors of peach, citrus rind, honey, and resin attack the palate. It's very chewy and sticky in the mouth, a bit heavy in the stomach but still so very drinkable due to the flavor. This beer is incredible and the blend of wildflower honey with Galaxy was near perfect.

 373 characters

Photo of mothman
4.7/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Can. White head. Super hazy golden sunset orange. Looks like juice.

This is one of trillium's best beers and one of my favorite NE DIPAs. It is so soft with no bitterness or burn. Tropical juice. Orange, pineapple, and mango. The wildflower honey must do something here, because the feel is incredible. This beer is way too drinkable for a double.

 348 characters

Photo of Worcester90
4.71/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of the best IPAs I’ve had. Would put this just below Perm 32 for me. I remember having Mosaic Cutting Tiles last year, and thought it was a mess. The new fermentation for these beers not only makes the hop flavors pop, but also smooths them out and they look great in the glass. Really, this is possibly the best looking IPA I’ve had. It’s looks like a puree of pineapples and oranges, and has a thick, sticky head. The taste is like 32, but a little more bite that I really liked. They’re knocking these beers out of the park lately.

 546 characters

Photo of gcamparone
4.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a very hazy, cloudy orange body with a two finger white head that reduces to a layer and leaves spotty lacing.

Aromas are heavy citrus and pillowy clementine, fruity and Inviting. Taste is lightly sweet honey and pulpy citrus, tangerine, pineapple, almost no bitterness. Creamy mouthfeel - very soft and easy, I can’t believe this is 8.3%.

This is a real winner. Delicious and so flavorful, yet balanced and delicate.

 429 characters

Photo of Blackrobe
4.63/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Dated 5/18/18 on the bottom of the can, one week since brewing.

Pours an opaque soft pale yellow in the glass with a finger of dense white head. Huge pungent citrus aromas upon cracking open the can; followed by a light earthiness, fresh pineapple, fresh apricot, summer flowers, honey and a light wheat cracker. Taste matches the nose, think of a citrus marmalade w/ honey on a wheat cracker. At the end of the taste I get a little bit of ruby grapefruit pith and pine resin. Fantastic! I'm a big fan of honey added to IPAs and this really hits the spot. If you've had Buzz from Night Shift, this is that brews bigger sibling with a PhD. Super refined and smooth. Mouthfeel is a smooth medium with a little bit of prickly carbonation, low dryness but a medium- bitter kick at the very end of the sip. Not the stereotypical fruit smoothie, it's got both a detectable honey sweetness and ruby grapefruit bitter kick. I wish I picked up more of these cans during this batch!

 973 characters

Photo of degueulasse
4.57/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has the beautiful yellow appearance of egg whites, which might be tacky if it weren't backed up by an excellent smell of citrus and peach and a delectable taste of tangerines and brown sugar. Trillium is on one with this masterpiece, which has a texture that feels thick, bites nicely, and finishes crisp. This is one of the best, and I'm very happy to be moving to Boston next year in large part of the guys at Trillium.

 431 characters

Photo of woodychandler
4.01/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | 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=(

My last of the day for NBS (Week 659) began with a Crack! followed by a gentle Glug, revealing yet another deeply cloudy, unfiltered beer. Hmm. A vigorous in-glass swirl raised a brief finger of soapy, foamy, tawny head with limited retention, quickly reducing to wisps. Color was a milky, murky, cloudy Yellow-Gold (SRM =4 - 5). Nose smelled of both tangerine/ sweet orange and honey, but it also had a bready yeastiness, like rising dough, that might have been avoided with some filtration. Mouthfeel was medium, but light for the style. The taste was kind of an oddball admixture of flavors, ranging from earthy, freshly-turned soil to sweet clover honey to rising bread dough to tangerine/sweet orange to a light alcohol heat that tingled my sinus cavity. Phew! It was certainly attention-getting, but it also had a graininess that left my mouth feel like it was coated in powder after each swallow. I CANnot help but wonder what even a modicum of filtration might have done for this beer. Finish was dry, but not overly bitter, more citrusy than anything else. I was glad to have tried it, but I was not as big a fan as others seem to have been, based on the overall score.

 1,858 characters

Photo of wedge
4.36/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

[From Notes | Consumed 8/13/17]

@ Trillium (Canton)

Glowing cloudy orange color with minimal head. Aroma is thick with fruity hop dankness...ripe passion fruit, fresh peaches, pineapple juice, and nectarines. Heavy fruity hop flavors, Galaxy bringing deep juicy apricot, passion fruit, and tangerine. The underlying spicy, oily pine sap and herb dankness helps cut through the fructose. Fullish, creamy, fluffy feel with a dry finish. Big juicy awesomeness.

 464 characters

Photo of kitch
4.32/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A 1 pint can, canned on 26th July 2017. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.

Appearance: A hazy dark yellow orange colour with a one finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly and left only sparse lacing.

Aroma: Orange, mango, peach and pineapple with hints of honey.

Taste: Pretty much follows the aroma with mango, peach, pineapple, orange rind, grapefruit and light floral notes. Good balance of light sweetness and light bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium to full bodied with moderate lively carbonation.

Overall: An excellent DIPA with a good balance of sweet and bitter and nice tropical and citrus fruit, aroma and taste.

 642 characters

Photo of anteatr23
4.19/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden hazy orange with a two finger head, quickly dissipating. Smells of peppery hops, stone, earthy, with citrus. Taste is a bitter bite into tropical fruit, juicy and sharp. Lingering bitterness on the end, little bit of booze burn. Mouthfeel is nice and chewy. Not getting much of the honey. This is likely my favorite of the cutting tiles hop varieties. Good beer.

 384 characters

Cutting Tiles (Galaxy) from Trillium Brewing Company
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 592 ratings