Cutting Tiles (Citra)
Trillium Brewing Company

Cutting Tiles (Citra)Cutting Tiles (Citra)
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IPA - New England
Ranked #101
Ranked #419
4.41 | pDev: 6.35%
Trillium Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Cutting Tiles (Citra)Cutting Tiles (Citra)
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 new version is dosed with 100% Citra in all kettle, whirlpool and two massive dry hop additions. The local wildflower honey keeps the body light and drinkable but provides a earthy backbone. Floral and zesty up front backed up with a nuanced citrus character 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: Citra
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harrypowers from Massachusetts

4.34/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellow/orange with no enduring head.

Tastes of grapefruit and citrus with a light bitter finish. Light mouthfeel, body and carbonation.

Excellent beer!

Mar 07, 2020
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Beers-es from Virginia

4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great hazy IIPA. The honey adds an interesting dimension, playing well off the earthy, fruity Citra. Dry bitterness offsets the touch of sweetness from the honey. Good stuff.

Feb 27, 2020
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Gajo74 from New York

4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From the can, it pours a turbid orange color. A moderate head quickly dissipates, leaving thin broken rings of lacing, without which, this pretty much looks like a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice.

A dank and pungent nose opens with notes of berries followed by a heavy citrus character. Zesty aromas of tangerine, orange, lots of grapefruit, lime and lemon are balanced by soft notes of passion fruit, mango and guava. The malt displays a honey sweetness that provides a counterpoint to herbaceous, floral and grassy aromas.

The taste opens with orange juice like juiciness is complimented by the bitterness of grapefruit rind and lime zest. In addition, there are fruity flavors of tropical and stone fruit, including mango, passion fruit and peach. The firm malt backbone is full and chewy, with a honey and bready sweetness. Medium to full bodied, mouth coating, and moderately carbonated. A frothy, soft and creamy mouthfeel later develops a gentle prickle as the more herbaceous hops begin to display their grassy spices and dank resiny bitterness. The finish is dry, sticky and resiny, with a lingering bitterness.

Excellent NEIPA that expertly uses the many attributes of the Citra hops.

Feb 23, 2020
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Medium to dark opaque orange color with thin white lacing.

S - Pungent and juicy citrus aroma. Juicy sweet grapefruit, tropical fruit, and some lime.

T - Sweet grapefruit, lime, some spicy tropical fruit, peach, apricot, mango, guava, and apricot. Starts on the sweeter side and ends on the sweeter side. There's a nice lingering earthy spiciness long after the sip.

M - Thick and soft on the palate with some dryness on the back of the tongue. Soft up front but a tad frothy on the finish.

O - The ABV is very well hidden in this beer. Nicely done.

Feb 10, 2020
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured out as a slightly hazed yellowish orange color with a thin white head on top. The smell of the beer has an interesting dankness to it that I wasn't expecting but I like it. The taste has a great blend of sweetness and hoppiness going on. The feel is smooth, very easy to drink. Overall it's a really good brew.

Jan 31, 2020
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lucius10 from California

4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sweet, orange-citrus, slightly floral, tropical hoppy aromatics on this one! Taste follows with an orange blossom like, citrus bitter bite on the finish...lingers just a bit. This has outstanding depth and decent mouthfeel to it. This is fantastic!

Jan 25, 2020
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Billolick from New York

4.39/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16 ouncer, just under a month in the can.

Typical TBC pour clouded, dull squash soup in color, leaves a ring of low fine bubble sheeting on the glass.

Sweet tropical fruit nose, with honey dew melon coming to mind.

Delicious double NEIPA careening into flavor town with more and more candied melon, some smokey honey, soft lime, ever present juicy pineapple...well done and well worth a try.

Jun 15, 2019
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can, 3/19/19 date. Sent by my buddy egrandfield.

An absolutely gorgeous juicy hazy body of orange-honey-yellow, with a creamy head of 2 fingers, receding to 1 with sparse lacing.

Aroma is breath-releasing. Freshly peeled orange and orange juice, sweet lactose, peach, mango, and tangerine.

I'm thoroughly convinced that Cutting Tiles is the best IPA series on the planet. Okay - maybe second best next to Other Half's Daydream series. Absolutely orgasmic explosion of oranges, pineapple, peach, and peach milkshake. Red and white grapefruit creep in but are kept to a minimum. Resins build on the palate and create a very bitter coating of dank and pine the more it is drank. That's the only thing saving it from a total 5.

Feel is creamy and juicy with heavy carbonation. Heavy resins on the finish, almost too much.

Overall this beer rocks my world, as I expected it to. Not quite as good as El Dorado, but it's close.

Apr 30, 2019
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JA_26 from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy light orange, with a nice, firm head. Smells delicious! Pine, grass, grapefruit galore - with a bit of spice. Tastes delicious too - very well balanced, and the 8% alcohol is well hidden. Firm, luscious mouthfeel. Very, very nice beer.

Apr 22, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Canned 10/25/16; drank 11/6/16 @ the Yarchives.

Cloudy light orange appearance.

A violent pour yielded a big, noisy bright white head; strong, frothy lace.

Pine, fresh ganja, honey & grapefruit notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Pine, honey & fresh ganja flavors up front; caramel & dry grapefruit notes on the finish. No booze heat.

A drinkable but not enjoyable American Barleywine in my opinion; cloying & dry.

Mar 04, 2019
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just as juicy, succulent and balanced as ever for the beer's at the Cutting Tiles head of the class, the careful use of wildflower honey gives the exotic Citra hops a riper fruit quality than they can munster on their own. Breaming with vibrancy, the hop-centric beer retains a semi-sweet balance for both complexity and smoothness.

Cutting Tiles, the Citra eddition, pours a heavily hazed, golden matte finish, capped with a rich and creamy lather. A strong citronella burst is followed with tropical fruit, berry and herb which mingle in the nose while the taste is pastry sweet with honey, light caramel and an overall angel-food maltiness.

With the sweetness standing tall through the middle palate, its fructose flare blends into a growing bitterness seamlessly. Tangerines, red grapefruit, mango, nectarine, apricot and cantaloup each align on the tongue with the dripping sweet and acidic action of citrus fruit with other orange influences of kumquat, blood orange and mandarin orange . Spruce, chive and fresh herb frame a finish that circulates around the bitterness of fresh fruit peels with mild hemp.

Teeth churning and mouth-watering, the medium-full IPA carries a resinous dryness deep into aftertaste with the bitter bite accompanying the spruce. But lingering sweetness keeps the fruit impressions bold and bright, crisp and clean, refreshing and tropical punch-like all at once.

Jan 17, 2019
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Blackrobe from Massachusetts

4.56/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 12/20/18, just under 4 weeks since brewing.

Pours a nearly opaque pale orange in the glass with a finger + half of rocky head, dissipating rather quickly. Big candied tropical forward nose followed by some florals and sweetness. Notes of ruby grapefruit, mango, honey, green florals, apricot and just a tiny hint of bubblegum. Taste follows the nose with all notes of the nose plus a little wheat and guava. It also has a stronger vegetal note rather than the softer florals of the nose. (A little side note, I had this on the day of brewing at Canton and the vegetal aspect was really quite overwhelming hot, so I let it sit a few weeks.) It's got a wonderful soft medium body with smooth carbonation. No alcohol detectable, as usual with Trillium beers. I could easily see myself downing several of these. It's really one of the best they brew. If there's any negative, it's that hot vegetal note on first brewing, but after letting it sit, it's fabulous. If you see this one, pick it up.

Jan 17, 2019
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Gatch from Rhode Island

4.78/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Canned 12/20/18.
We all know Citra hops are incredible so this is guaranteed to be amazing. Sweet, floral, fruity. Tropical fruit bomb with insane juiciness and mind-boggling drinkability for a DIPA. Zero bitterness, naturally, with the appearance, aroma, and flavor of freshly squeezed citrus and tropical fruit. Not surprised...just wow!

Dec 31, 2018
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DustyBeerz from New York

4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Stunk on crack. Creamy,Fluffy tight bubbled Head.Whos not up for some good head?Rocking soft body. Honey keeps it from being to thick but thick in all the right places.

Dec 28, 2018
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egrandfield from Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Light, fluffy, and citrusy at 8.5%. Dangerously high ABV for a beer so smooth and drinkable. Another amazing beer by Trillium, and the best beer I have ever had. BEST. BEER. EVER.

Dec 23, 2018
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Bshaw22 from Wisconsin

4.69/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Love this beer. One of my favorite IPAs of all time.
Nice thick orange glow to it. Thick like a milk shake. The Citra and honeybplay perfectly with each other. Bitter juicy with just enough sweet.
Seal this out.

Aug 03, 2018
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Jlabs from New York

4.66/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifer glass via draft at trillium
beautiful bright orange in color
Smell is as strong a citra hop presence as ive seen in a beer..amazing
Taste..such a blast of citra in my mouth..overwhelming citrus fruits and melon
Medium carbination and lovely body on this..
This is my favorite hop for NEIPA'S, and this beer might be my favorite citra hop beer..sorry All Citra Everything

Jul 02, 2018
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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

4.39/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

great beer with plenty of sweet honey soaked candied fruit notes.. creamy peaches, grapefruit, and mango leading the way. there is a sharp and slightly spicy vegetal green quality hanging around in the background. solid mouthfeel.

Jun 20, 2018
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Holderness from Massachusetts

4.17/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Growler picked up from the brewery earlier today.

L — Milky, murky orange body. Aerated pour produces a half finger of white head that quickly dissipates. Minimal retention and spotty lacing
S — Orange candy, freshly sliced citrus, honey, peach, booze, sweet floral, hint of weedy dankness
T — Big rindy orange and grapefruit notes upfront. Also getting peach, pear, honey, chive. Alcohol heat and yeasty bite are both present.
F — Has a nice drying rindiness throughout. Crisp and semi-sweet. You can really feel the hop particulate on this one.
O — Falls into the same pitfalls I’ve found with most Trillium DIPAs (notably overly-present booze and yeast bite), but still a nice display of citra. Reminds me a lot of the citra-hopped Toppling Goliath DIPAs. Quite pricey


Jun 19, 2018
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ManapuaMan from Massachusetts

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

Last time I had Cutting Tiles it was called Artaic and I stood in a long line to pick up a couple bottles. Growler filled on Wednesday and enjoyed on Saturday.

Orange juice body with a whipped, creamy head. The archetype for the style.

Aroma is something else - orange, tangerine, clementine, resinous. Absolutely bursts out from beneath the cap.

Taste is the aforementioned fruit cut by a sweetness in the malt body. There’s an earthiness in the backend that’s probably the honey. Not too sweet or sticky.

Mouthfeel is classic trillium - slightly acidic from the massive hopping, fruit saturated, pungent and sweet. Low bitterness.

Mar 18, 2018
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cmurphy7 from Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

wow. impressive brew. the sweetness of the honey really cuts the hoppy aftertaste you normally get with Trillium. rich orange hazy on the pour and perfect mouthfeel.

Mar 15, 2018
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.27/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up some of this while visiting JLindros. First time at the Canton location.

A - Poured in my Duvel tulip a nice hazy milkshake honey gold hue with a fat two finger white head that fades slowly to leave a thick creamy blanket.

S - Aromas of bright citrus, orange peel, little bit of grapefruit, some light mango. Some faint almost vegative honey notes along with some toasted wheat. There is something on the back end that I'm not a fan of at all, not sure if its the level of toast or the vegative notes.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. Excellent citrus peel, orange juice, toasted creamy wheat. Some light sweetness from malts and honey, little bit of earthy notes. Nice lingering citrus peel bitterness on the finish. Nice and dry with just a little bit of alcohol.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, crisp yet smooth from the honey.

O - Overall this was a very nice citrus forward beer. I really enjoy honey in beers but I'm not sure if it was that or the toast notes but something is clashing with the citrus. As it warms up that quality fades away and brings out more mango notes. Enjoy hoppy offering from Trillium.

Serving Type: Can

Mar 13, 2018
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned 03/02/18

Pours a decent fizzy bubbly 1 finger head that fades at a med pace, a bit of lacing, very murky milk-shake orange color

Nose is loaded with citrus, orange cream, orange juice, tangerine, mango sorbet, a bit of creamy base malt and toasted creamy wheat

Taste brings brings more loads of citrus, orange juice, a little pith, mild rind too, big clementine, maybe even a touch of mandarin orange, some mango sorbet, creamy orange cremscicle, creamy base wheat and faint honey like character mostly late, mild bitterness at first that ramps to a fair bitterness late, dry finish, hint of alcohol. As it warms, some nice fresh papaya and mango.

Mouth is med bod, fairly creamy, soft, and juicy, decent carb, very little alcohol

Overall a great citrus juice bomb, showcases citra well and nice base beer to bring it out.

Mar 12, 2018
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WickedBeer from Alabama

4.12/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Trillium Canton.

Pours a Hazy golden yellow, small frothy head, no lace.

Sweet citrus nose, mango comes through strong. Good fruity balance, good contrast from the flavor profile.

Dry, slightly bitter, nice hop presence, finishes with lots of citrus. Smooth.

Creamy, smooth, juicy mouthfeel.

Mar 10, 2018
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ExtraStout from Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz. can into a tulip glass. 8.5% ABV.

Not much to look at, just a golden haze. This one doesn't really generate much head. Nose is pineapple, citrus and Sunkist soda. Sweet throughout. Though a bit mellow. Beer opens clementine, pineapple and starfruit. Juicy, crisp and sweet. The hop bitterness is almost non-existent. Fruity with a big malt body throughout. Excellent, bright finish. Light to medium body with moderate to low carbonation and a crisp, clean finish. Super drinkable with a juicy, bursting aftertaste.

Nov 27, 2017
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