Small Bird Series: Pipsqueak Penguin
Trillium Brewing Company

Small Bird Series: Pipsqueak PenguinSmall Bird Series: Pipsqueak Penguin
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Style:
American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #117
ABV:
4.9%
Score:
91
Ranked #3,772
Avg:
4.13 | pDev: 6.78%
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
172
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Small Bird Series: Pipsqueak PenguinSmall Bird Series: Pipsqueak Penguin
Notes: A refreshingly hoppy American pale ale, Pipsqueak Penguin is another edition in our "Small Bird Series" of lower ABV offerings, this time brewed for the colder months! The nose is a fusion of lime zest and pineapple. White grape and clementine fill out the flavor profile, balanced by a structured grainy backbone and a crisp, dry finish.

MALT: English Pale Malt, Flaked Oats, Flaked Barley, Dextrine, C-15

HOPS: CTZ, El Dorado, Nelson Sauvin
Reviews: 30 | Ratings: 172 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by AzIpaGuy:
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5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wasatch
4.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanks goes out to larryi86 for this brew.

16 oz. Can
Canned On: 02/28/17

Pours a very nice cloudy yellowish color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy two-finger white head, which leaves some very nice creamy sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, slightly malty, with some very nice citrus, slight lime, slight pineapple, some nice little diesel/dank. The taste is really nice, hoppy, malty, with some very nice citrus (pineapple, lime), very nice diesel/dankness. Medium body, ABV hidden very nicely, with a nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, another very tasty brew from Trillium. Thanks Larry!

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Photo of stereosforgeeks
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, fruity citrus and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a strong but not over-powering floral hops bitterness that is followed by some sweetness from flavors of citrus and caramel. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is a very nice beer to pound down for a long time.

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Photo of Damian
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Drank from a 1 pint can purchased at Trillium Brewing Company, Boston, MA
12/29/2016
Served in a pint glass

This was definitely a pretty unattractive beer. The liquid poured a murky, dull yellow ochre and was topped by a short-lived cap of fizzy white froth. No lacing whatsoever.

The nose however was really solid. Super hoppy and dank. Loads of pungent, chronic-like notes. Stone fruits also came through strong. Ripe peach and apricot for sure. Quite sweet. Citrus notes were also apparent. Some juicy orange and grapefruit. Zesty lime too.

Compared to the nose, the flavor profile was a bit disappointing. Citrus notes dominated. Loads of tangerine and clementine up front. Quite tart and tangy. Lemon and lime notes appeared in the center. Crisp and zesty. Grapefruit peel followed on the back end and in the finish. Touch of pithy bitterness.

The mouthfeel was light and lively. Somewhat thin for the style. The liquid contained a fine, zippy, tongue tickling effervescence.

Trillium's Small Beer Series offerings never blow me away like most of their other hoppy beers, but Pipsqueak Penguin was perhaps more disappointing than the previous releases. While this was definitely a flavorful and highly quaffable take on the style, it was a bit too tart for my palate.

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Photo of dar482
4.57/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a medium to deep gold, a medium haze.

The aroma offers grainy malts, a bready sweetness, stone fruit, citrus, floral.

The flavor is not an explosive hopping, it's pine with a light earthy quality, it's grainy and refreshing, with a bit of citrus and green watermelon rind, pine lingering on the backend. A wonderful balance of hops and a light grainy malt for excellent sesionability.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16oz. can served in a tulip. 02/28/17 printed n the bottom of the can. Pours a hazy, golden-orange with a loose, 1/8th inch, off-white head that quickly dissipates towards the edges into a broken band. Nose express bright citrus notes. Taste reveals biscuit malts with a pleasant graininess and a brief burst of grape juice towards the middle. Finishes with a kiss of earthy/herbal notes. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body (closer to light) with a lively carbonation that finishes with a crisp bite. Overall, really tasty and drinkable for a 4.9% beer. I'd love regular access to this beer.

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Photo of jlindros
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Canned on 2/28

Pours a decent fizzy bubbly 1/2 finger head that fades at a quicker pace, a little lacing, typical murky milkshake orange tangerine color.

Nose lots of orange juice, orange cream, tangerine, a little fruity melon and some citrus lemon, hint musty white grape, a bit of tropical pineapple like, little creamy oat and malt.

Taste brings similar characters, a little pithy note, tangerine with a little orange juice and orange cream, touch pineapple and tropical notes, generic fruity blends with lemony zest, faint musty white grape but not quite vinous, some toasted creamy oats and a touch of cracker malt base, grainy but not quite biscuit. Dry clean finish, fair to milder bitterness, a little lingering pith and clementine.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, decent carb, maybe a little thin and watery.

Overall not bad, a bit too light but I guess it's supposed to be, not a bad profile, wish the hops came through a bit more but then maybe it wouldn't balance the delicate light body.

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Photo of PhineasMcClintock
3.84/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can shared with Jon.

Hazy, orange juice body, though not as hazy as the most turbid NE IPAs. Aromas of pale malts, bright citrus, maybe pineapple and grapefruit. Light in body and easy drinking. One of the more balanced hoppy offerings from Trillium, as in this one is a tad more malt forward than is customary. That said, the balance is well done, which expected from a world class operation like Trillium. Good stuff!

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Photo of nmann08
3.71/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chefduff2
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of billab914
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tigg924
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap. Pours hazy, bright yellow in color with 1/4 inch head. Taste is grapefruit, clementine, lemon, and cracker. Light bodied, slightly bitter, with moderate carbonation. As with the rest of the birds series, I am really impressed with how much flavor and juice comes out of such a light beer. Enjoyable and crushable. I would get this again.

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Photo of trevorpost
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of waiting4lunch
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of liquorpig
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheEpeeist
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jaydoc
3.79/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of halfshell
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JamFuel
4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, light orange, with soft foam.

The smell is juicy and tropical, with loads of orange and pineapple and just a hint of vanilla.

The taste is as juicy and tropical as the smell. Orange and pineapple combine with a perfect hop bite, to create a superbly refreshing pale ale.

Mouthfeel is soft and fluffy, like all Trillium.

Overall, one of the best pale ales I've tried. So balanced, so refreshing and yet bursting with flavor. Great, great stuff.

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Photo of thinwhiteduke
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of oline73
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Small Bird Series: Pipsqueak Penguin from Trillium Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 172 ratings