Trillium Brewing Company

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IPA - Imperial
4.39 | pDev: 5.92%
Trillium Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: This past August, we were fortunate to be a part of the inaugural Forever Summer Festival, hosted by The Veil at their brewery in Richmond, Virginia, where JC met owner/Head brewer, Matt Tarpey. Matt’s approach to brewing breaks from conventionalism by pushing boundaries and methodologies. IwanttoBU blends Trillium’s techniques and house character, with The Veil’s unique brewing style to create an incredibly flavorful and aromatic hop forward beer with no kettle hop additions.

IwanttoBU is a 0 IBU beer with no hop additions in the kettle. A large whirlpool addition of El Dorado, Simcoe, Citra and Citra Lupulin Powder, plus a massive dry hop (4 lbs per barrel) of Citra and Simcoe. The nose is filled with notes of pine needles, citrus zest and plum. Flavors of lemongrass and citrus emerge on the palate, complimented by a dank, piney character. The beer finishes with a mild bitterness and malty backbone.

MALT: British Pale Malt, White Wheat, Dextrin, C-15, Dextrose

HOPS: Citra, Citra Lupulin Powder, Simcoe, El Dorado
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

4.01/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Obtained this a while ago, as the date on the bottom of the can read 11/8/16 with "I VOTED FOR KOOOS" written below it. Yes, this beer was quite old but there was very little sediment in the liquid when I poured it out and I found this highly enjoyable and quite easy to drink. With plenty of fruit flavor, a lack of overt bitterness, and a recessed alcoholic presence, this was a likeable beer that became easier to drink as it warmed up!

Not a bad pour to this as the liquid was a somewhat dank and waxy apricot hue with some light seeping through around the edges. Enough head topped this off but that was probably more due to the age of this beer than anything else, as the lacing was quite thin and sparse throughout my session. Not a strong nose to this though there was enough stone fruit, lychee, wheat, and plum to (barely) pull me in. The taste was there this stood out as the dank fruit rind, strong pineapple feel, sticky peach, and tropical mouthfeel came through and held me until the end. The juice was here but if you wanted something bitter, this would not be your cup of tea! A dry malt presence and balanced mouthfeel made this stand out, even if it wasn't that impressive up-front...

Plenty of booze here but you wouldn't know it until you finished it off and felt a bit of warming take hold. While not a "juice bomb", the 0 IBU made this stand out from Trillium and Veil's other offerings, as well as American Imperial IPA's in general. If you want a juice bomb that has little carbonation and plenty of juicy notes to dwell on, you've found your match here. I enjoyed this and was impressed by how well it held up, and took a hold on me...

Apr 11, 2019
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JohnnyMc from Ohio

4.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out turbid/hazy like mango/apricot juice.

Aroma is papaya, guava, orange, mango, apricot and a hint of dank piney notes.

Taste is super tropical fruit juice forward! Tons of mango and papaya right up front followed by guava, sweet orange juice, apricot and a hint of pineapple. About midway there is pine, fresh green hops and a dank finish. Super crushable!

Medium bodied, no hint of alcohol, high level of carbonation.

For 0 IBUs there is still a VERY mild bitterness and dry finish. Great stuff!

Dec 19, 2016
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jhavs from New Hampshire

4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can poured into tulip.

Super hazy, burnt orange color. Foamy white head about 2 inches with an aggressive pour. Settles into floaty foam islands and slight ring around the glass.

Aroma is pine, big citrus, and tropical fruit. Resinous and bold.

Flavor is similar to the aroma, the citrus and earthy resins take control and the tropical flavors seem a bit subdued.

High side of medium body, not syrupy, moderate carbonation.

A good brew, but not the best I have had from Trillium and/or The Veil (as collabs tend to be).

Dec 16, 2016
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Sheppard from Virginia

4.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not particularly attractive. It looks like murky cantaloupe flesh. Smells of tropical fruit and citrus. It's very juicy with the aforementioned fruit character, but there's an unavoidable oaty bitterness that hinders further enjoyment. It's soft and hides the alcohol well. It's definitely gotten better with a little time, but I don't think that brewers should be credited with releasing a beer that benefits from some of the hop character dying out. It's a collab and I feel that there's a bit of a lack of refinement versus Trillium's regular beers, that have been dialed in.

Dec 14, 2016
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KillerJigger from Iowa

4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Verging on great but very very good is my grade. Juicy, bitter, to a decent finish. Profiles the hops well. Worth looking this one up and snagging a few.

Dec 12, 2016
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beerbully from New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Canned 11/8/16

Poured into DFH IPA glass

L-Haze bomb.......murky, dirty orange.......1/2 inch head.....quickly settles into a small white cap......lacing is thick but with little retention

S-aroma is faint.....Orange, pineapple

T-Sweet juicy tropical hops..........Orange, pineapple, pine, lemon rind, slight bitterness in the finish, a bit piney towards the finish....little bready finish

F-Smooth, creamy, medium, perfectly carbonated

O-Another ultra drinkable beer from Trillium

Dec 10, 2016
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16oz can poured into a tulip
Canned 11/8/16

A- pours a hazy orange color with a one-finger foamy white head that reduces to a ring around the edge

S- smells of fresh orange juice mixed with leafy green hops, fresh cut grass, pine needle and a hint of garlic

T- opens up with sharp citrus zest, along with resinous pine & grass. Mid-palate brings lemon-grass and a bit of tropical fruit, the finish brings just a hint of sweet malt with lingers of more citrus notes

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and finish, just a hint of abv on the linger

O- in true form of both breweries, a juice bomb. Drinks way too easy for 8%

Dec 10, 2016
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Amguerra305 from Florida

4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rather hazy orangish yellow color; deeper color than most beers of this style. Smell is orange and citrus forward with a hint of lemon in the back end. Taste is also citrus orange forward with a sweetness in the middle that ends dry. There is a touch of bitterness on the back end but not coating; balanced. Feel of this beer is medium with a touch of carbonation. Overall this beer is rather balanced and citrus forward that is balanced. Not too bitter, just the right amount of citrus sweet juice. Overall a stupendous beer!

Dec 10, 2016
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.75/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16 oz. can. Pours orange and murky. Smells of citrus, garlic, and onion hops. Sweet pale malt. Tastes very citrusy. Lots of garlic, but no bite. El Dorado is kinda woody and resiny in the middle. cSweet pale malt. Medium body. Very tasty, but I kinda miss the bitterness.

Dec 06, 2016
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NolaHopHead from Louisiana

4.46/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can. Pours cloudy apricot color with thin white head that fades quickly to a ring. Big juicy citrusy aroma and taste. Orange and grapefruit are met by dank earthy piney hops. Back end has solid bitterness. Medium slick feel. Great brew.

Dec 05, 2016
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Flounder57 from Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a slightly hazy orange yellow color with some clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Pineapple, spruce, citrus, orange, grapefruit, and herbal hops followed by pale, wheaty, bready, and caramel malts.

Taste: A plethora of awesome hop flavor where it does let the malt bill compliment this flavor a lot. Light chewy notes and bitterness in the rear too.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light to medium bodied, a little chewy, crisp, refreshing, tasty, nice hop flavor, and light tingly bitterness.

Overall: Between the hop flavor, aroma, and malt bill, you can't go wrong with this beer. Only one more can left which means you folks need to make more.

Dec 02, 2016
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Futbolmanby from Michigan

4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: super hazy, can't see anything through its beautiful muddy orange color
Smell: sweet tropical fruit and big pine
Taste: piny dank hop bomb with some sweet citrus undertones
Feel: big resin, medium body, medium carbonation and a crisp finish
Overall: one excellent beer, super refreshing

Nov 29, 2016
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mnj21655 from Massachusetts

4.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a super hazy pale orange in color with a finger of slightly frothy white head that quickly fades to nothing. Aroma is pine, citrus, and stone fruit. Taste is much of the same, very dank and piney with stone fruits. Super low bitterness but not much malt character either. Good mouthfeel, light-medium body and moderate carbonation. Overall a tasty beer. If my Untappd is any indication then I enjoyed this just as much tonight as I did the day is was packaged.

Nov 23, 2016
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anteatr23 from Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange with a one finger head, quickly dissipating, lots of carbonation. Smells sweet and sticky, hops and tropical fruits, candied fruits. Taste is a splash of citrus and light-to-fair bitterness. Not quite as long as described. Hops are present, ABV is very well hidden. The hoppy bite is short lived for a DIPA. Very very drinkable. Really cool collab I was looking forward to trying. Interesting idea, tasty beer.

Nov 22, 2016
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edthehead from New York

4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Tropical citrus pineapple nose, good head retention, and creamy tropical taste and mouthfeel that follows the nose. Love the drinkability of this beer, very refreshing.

Nov 20, 2016
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jcflorian from Connecticut

4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Never had a 0 Ibu beer before, and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised.

Pours straight up orange juice. Would not know it is beer without someone telling u.

Aroma is strong citrus up front. I get oranges, mango, lime.

Taste is very good. Lack of bitterness is a little strange at first, but bottom line I liked it.

Mouthfeel is solid for style. Not creamy but nice.

Overall this is a rock solid albeit a slightly unusual IPA. Very happy i tried it

Nov 20, 2016
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agreenman19 from Connecticut

4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - deeply murky orangey brown. Glows beautifully in the light and gets really dark and mysterious at its core. Not much head to speak of.

S - rich candied orange and hints of vanilla. Orange creamsicle and mango juice. Slight crackers and pineapple.

T - pithy orange rind pineapple smoothie. Quite juicy, but also earthy. Not necessarily bitter, but mealy and gritty. Leaves a sandy doughy consistency on the tip of my tongue and roof of my mouth that lasts long after the sip is completed. Creamy flavors, decadent and juicy. Hints of lemon with mango tango. Finishes bone dry with that mealiness really stepping up and leaving me with cottonmouth. Pith city. Orange pith, grapefruit pith, pithy pith.

F - supple and creamy. This drinks like a fruit juice moreso than a beer. The fact that it's carbonated is the only thing keeping it in check!

O - this is just a treat. Hardly beer. Zero alcohol taste and just candied stone fruits galore. Very rindy all around without the bitterness. Unique.

Nov 19, 2016
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Fireman_RK from North Carolina

4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Light orange and yellow hazy hues with a 1cm white head
S: Mango, pineapple, and tangerines
T: Smooth tropical citrus, grapefruit, and a hint of pine
F: Smooth and creamy
O: Awesome collab and definitely one worth seeking out

Nov 19, 2016
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.6/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can poured into pilsener glass

Hazy golden yellow, one finger foam cap, good lacings

Aroma- smells great , citrus, orange, melon, papaya, delicious

Taste- smooth, almost creamy , citrus, orange

No sudsing

Really good collaboration beer

Nov 18, 2016
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.96/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

16 oz. can dated 11/08/16

Pours cloudy opaque gold with a frothy white foam head. Smells like dank pine and juicy tropical stone fruits, peach, plum, nectarine, mango, papaya, ripe melon, orange and grapefruit citrus, crackery caramelized bready malts, with floral earthy herbal grass. Tastes like juicy tropical stone fruits and dank pine, peach, plum, nectarine, mango, papaya, melon, orange and grapefruit citrus, crackery caramelized bready malts, with floral earthy herbal grass. Feels medium-full bodied, creamy and slick with moderate low carbonation. Overall a real nice DIPA.

Nov 18, 2016
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Damian from Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 1 pint can purchased at Trillium Brewing Company, Boston, MA
Served in a snifter
Thanks to my friend Bill for grabbing me this can.

The completely opaque, deep apricot colored body was capped by a thin fizzy film of short-lived bubbles. No lacing whatsoever.

The aroma was hoppy and pleasant but definitely not as punchy as most of Trillium's other hoppy beers. Nice mix of citrus and stone fruits. Juicy orange notes were apparent. Some peach and apricot as well. Bit of zesty grapefruit peel. I also picked up a touch of booziness.

The flavor was juicy and citrus forward as well. Lots of orange and tangerine. Fairly tangy. Some peach and mango came through in the center. The beer finished fairly bitter with notes of pithy white grapefruit rind.

Nice creamy, smooth mouthfeel. Soft and supple on the palate. The liquid contained a super fine, zippy, tongue blanketing effervescence. Solid.

IwanttoBU is an impressive double IPA, but it definitely falls short of many of Trillium's better hoppy beers. With so many good but not great collaborations recently, it might be in their best interest to just keep releasing their own beers. Why mess with perfection?

Nov 17, 2016
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

4.32/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Golden yellow orange in color. Turbid. Dank. Lime, pine and and citrus. Super weird that it's not crazy bitter. It's like bitting an orange and the rind leaves a tingling feeling. Real good.

Nov 15, 2016
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BergBeer from Virginia

4.61/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look:Hazy opaque orange with a thin white head. Mild activity. Looks like straight up orange juice.

Nose: Vibrant and fruity hops. Explodes from the glass with notes of peach, pineapple, guava, grapefruit, and a light floral finish. All hops.

Taste: Juicy hops. Ripe pineapple, piney green mango, and tart grapefruit. The finish is very young and green with hint of floral. There is a brief flash of honey malt but this fades to a lightly bitter hop finish. All hops.

Feel: So soft on the palate. Drinks sticky from all the hops yet remains quenching. Almost no alcohol detected given the ABV. Finish is dry.

Overall: Incredible. I'm usually pretty hesitant about collaborations as I've been burned in the past but damn is this tasty. It's so juicy and vibrant yet remains so soft on the palate. If other beers have been an ode to the hop then this shit is Hamlet. Outstanding.

Nov 15, 2016
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Stolenface1 from Virginia

4.56/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours murky yellow orange with fluffy white head that settles to a ring. Aroma is amazing.. fresh pine needles, orange, grapefruit, mango, melon, sativa.. flavor follows with low malt influence, a TOUCH of sweet crystal malt balances the truly juice like character of this beer. The lupilin powder seems to add even more of the "hop juice" character because I get next to no vegetal/plant notes whatsoever. Slightly more Trillium-like than Veil-like, but both breweries are very well represented here.. The feel is medium-ish with a dry finish and moderate carbonation. As a RIchmonder, I am really happy to have been able to experience this beer. Great job.

Nov 13, 2016
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emount91 from Connecticut

4.6/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

got on tap in Canton, they didnt have cans or fills by the time I got there. pours the murkiest or the murky yellow/orange, foamy heads that seems heavy and dissipates very quickly into beautiful lacing. smell is like taking a bag of hops, sticking your nose in it, and inhaling until you pass out.... in a good way lol. peaches, pineapples, mangoes, pine, it's all there. no malt to speak of on the nose. taste was extremely interesting, tastes like straight orange juice garnished with pineapples and peaches (a real fruit salad). the thing that made it interesting was that it had no bitterness, it was very VERY hoppy, but never had a bitter aftertaste. although it was very good, i almost miss the bitterness that should have been there, but the juiciness of the whole ordeal made up for it. feel was very bubbly, it really helped carry out the hop flavor and aroma. great collab by these 2, I'm glad I at least got a pour of it.

Nov 13, 2016
IwanttoBU from Trillium Brewing Company
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