Cutting Tiles (El Dorado)
Trillium Brewing Company

Cutting Tiles (El Dorado)Cutting Tiles (El Dorado)
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IPA - New England
Ranked #128
Ranked #607
4.41 | pDev: 6.35%
Trillium Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Cutting Tiles (El Dorado)Cutting Tiles (El Dorado)
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% El Dorado 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. Lime zest, orange creamsicle, and pineapple on the nose. Flavor follows with citrus and subtle rose character. New variants to follow!

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

HOPS: El Dorado
Reviews: 41 | Ratings: 200 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Naughead from Massachusetts

4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I got a huge whiff of pineapple upon cracking the can, and that's the first flavor I detected. I definitely taste the orange creamsicle flavor but don't personally sense the lime. Feel is good but just a tad less "fluffy" than some of the other Trillium hoppy ales. Overall, another excellent offering, though I personally prefer the Mosaic and Citra versions of Cutting Tiles (which happen to be my two favorite hops, so no surprise there).

May 23, 2019
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

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

16oz can dated 11/14/18.

Pours cloudy gold with a short-lived head of white. Retention and lacing are minimal as well. Bubblegum dripping with honey and pear juice in the nose. Medium bodied with a tacky, chewy mouthfeel. Tropical fruit laced with honey on the palate. Zero malt with pineapple, pear, and bubblegum. Finishes with lingering honey and citrus, warming alcohol, and fairly sweet.

Jan 15, 2019
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Vidblain from Minnesota

3.3/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I am putting in a good faith effort to like El Dorado hops. Thus far, it's a marked failure.

El Dorado Cutting Tiles is a strange mix of things. While it's a beautiful, thick, hazy pour, with a bit of stone fruit to the nose, the taste rapidly dries the taste buds and turns dry, antiseptic, and somewhat unpleasant. My tongue feels numb. I'm hoping that this is an aspect of the age of the beer (two months old now) or perhaps a bad can - but man, this beer is not good. I'm giving it a charitable rating, so as not to upset the ratings too much... I'm not sure what others are seeing in this beer that I am not.

Jan 11, 2019
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Greywulfken from New York

4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark murky golden orange body is basically opaque, with a finger or two of ivory foam on top that sheeted the glass with lace... Aromas and flavors go hand in hand, suggesting floral citrus and tropical fruits like orange pulp, just-shy-of-ripe mango, candied lime, and a mashed-up jam of apricot, peach, and nectarine... Honeyed sweetness and distant, mild bitterness are accompanied by a vague chewy dank undercurrent, earthy and husky, rounding off all the fruity elements with some depth... Feel is soft and pillowy with an occasional twang of tang that is quickly pulled back in by tendrils of sticky honey... A little thicker than I usually prefer, and the honey is very appreciable in this beer - dessert-like and nice... Real good, but to my tastes, not among their top-tier releases - in the Cutting Tiles series specifically, I liked the Citra and Galaxy iterations more... 11/15/18 canning...

Dec 31, 2018
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

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

Can poured into a teku glass

Three finger dense soapy white foam crown, sticky lacings over a lemony orange hazy liquid

Aroma is citrus lemon zest,

Taste is lime citrus

Hop taste, no bite, get a taste of the alcohol

Good beer

Dec 27, 2018
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Really hazy medium orange with thin dense white lacing.

S - Big orange citrus (with delicate tropical) aroma and smells somewhat like an Orange Julius.

T - Juicy lime, citrus, orange, spicy fruit rind. Finishes spicy and balanced leaning more towards the sweeter side.

M - Big medium body.

O - A little over-hyped, but really good!

Dec 22, 2018
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured as a hazy yellow orange color with a thin white head on top. Some sticky lacing on the edges of the glass. The smell of the beer is basically straight Orange Juice, I've never smelled a beer that gives off that aroma even if they say they've added juice to the beer. It's very impressive. The taste of the beer is very good also, lots of citrus flavors with some malt sweetness. The feel is smooth and juicy. Overall it's a very nice beer.

Dec 22, 2018
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a dark-ish orange color, with a small creamy looking head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like pineapple, lime, candied orange, tangerine, and simple syrup.

This is a tad syrupy, but still very tasty. It's got that classic Trillium candied fruit hoppiness, with mostly pineapple and orange, and a bit of earthy lime. There's very little bitterness here- just a touch of grass, but nothing much, really. There's no malt character, either. El Dorado hops are generally delicious, and the hop is expressed well here.

This is medium bodied, creamy and a touch syrupy, with a good level of carbonation, and a decent level of drinkability.

This is one of the better Trillium IPAs I've had lately. If it was slightly less syrupy, it would be amongst the absolute best.

Dec 16, 2018
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TommyfromBeantown from Rhode Island

4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just had a Dialed Up Triple IPA @ 11% abv and this tastes way more boozy. Not sure if this is a bad batch because i dont remember it tasting like bourbon, but it does. Its still a superior beer, but not as honey and fruity as previous batches

Dec 12, 2018
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Holderness from Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 14 days ago.

L -- Pours a hazy pale orange body with a finger of soapy white head produced with moderate pour. Some retention and decent lacing
S -- Concord grape, cedar, citronella, watermelon candy, vanilla, honey, lime & lemon zest, jackfruit. I have to say I really like the aroma of El Dorado, perhaps second only to Galaxy
T -- Wet earth, honey, sweet floral, basil, red grapefruit, melon, kumquat, white pepper
F -- Medium mouthfeel, medium carb. Feels a little lighter than I recall other Cutting Tiles variants being, perhaps due in part to the new fermentation profile
O -- A nice variant and well made. Trillium's recent fall from graces notwithstanding, this is good


Nov 29, 2018
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 16 oz can into a tulip glass.

Pours an opaque bright golden orange color with a finger of white head. The head leaves a ring of lacing as it settles into a thin sheet.

The aroma is straight up orange juice, with notes of pineapple, honey, grapefruit, melon, and key lime pie. Lovely.

The flavor brings notes of orange sherbet, key lime pie, cantaloupe, and honey before a subtle, rindy finish. Nicely balanced and exploding with flavor.

The feel is medium-full bodied with soft carbonation. Very smooth and creamy with a dry, soft finish. Thick and bordering on chewy for the style.

Overall, this is one of the best Trillium beers I've had, and possibly the best Cutting Tiles variation. It's so sweet and creamy you'd think you were drinking a creamsicle milkshake. Yet there's plenty of malt and rindy bitterness to provide balance. Absolutely delicious.

Nov 20, 2018
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Nicolaiw from Denmark

4.29/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours light orange / golden, hazy with white head.
Aroma has oranges, tropical fruits, honey, lots of hops.
Taste is oranges, mango, peach, very hoppy. Really really smooth, some honey notes in the finish and a little "bite".
L: 4.5 S: 4.25 T: 4.25 F: 4.5 O: 4.25

Oct 17, 2017
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RAlmeida77 from Massachusetts

4.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Trying to get caught up on ratings. This one is a close second as my favorite CT variant. Citra edges this by a little but the El Dorado in this is like candy!

Sep 20, 2017
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peterpunk15 from Massachusetts

4.98/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is absolutely incredible. Love the slight honey notes that complement perfectly the pineapple/orange combo from the hops. Tropical flavor all over, pours creamier than most Trilliums.

Sep 10, 2017
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Ciocanelu from Romania

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

Really hazy peach color with off-white head. Aroma has sweet malt, some honey, overripe orange and a hint of peppermint. Taste is sweet and fruity at first but gets really dry, slightly astringent. Aftertaste is long and quite sweet with dried orange peel flavor. Medium body and carbonation, quite dry. Overall it's quite interesting with a different hop profile.

Aug 14, 2017
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picture perfect hazy bulby orange juice color with bright orange/yellow tints. Head is gorgeous as always, lots of lace, but doesn't get in the way of enjoying the beer.

Wow, this smells gorgeous. It's really otherworldly. Honey and wildflower meet creamy sugar milk, with tailing notes of breakfast grapefruit sitting an arms' reach away.

Taste. It's just utterly amazing. Dude this is probably the best beer I've ever had. I just wiped a tear from my eye. Lavender, honey, pears, strawberries, and huge fresh pink grapefruit, ripe oranges, melon rind, and spicy pepper notes. Lactose sweetness and more honey wraps it up. It's just phenomenal.

Feel is also resinous and kind of pulpy, carbonation is a bit busy. I guess it's the weakest part of the beer but that's not saying much at all considering I've given the rest of it top scores. Could be a little less rough with carbonation, but I am splitting hairs here.

Overall, I can't help but say this is hands down the best beer I've ever had.

Jul 19, 2017
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Opaque bright peach-orange with a light bubbly foam that settles to bubble bath surface, then nothing.

Smell is quite tropical and exotic, yet pungent and sticky of ripe fruits. I'm getting mango, rambutan, peach, dragon fruit, pineapple, and peppery musky pine, with a hint of whole grain bread complete with sunflower seed.

Taste is spicy and fruity, again with that sticky and ripe fruit combo, bringing all of the same attributes from the nose, with an addition of orange.

Crisp, tangy and spicy, almost to the point of feeling salty, with a full, semi-dry body.

Really delicious--I liked this better than the original Artaic!

Jul 11, 2017
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.81/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy light gold color. Nearly no head and only a few spots for lace.

Mild aroma of pale malt and light floral hop.

The flavor is far more robust with some warming alcohol in the mouth and the swallow. The hop is light even after the swallow making for a well balanced beer. Moderate aftertaste. Not as rich as some of the Trillium beers but it's definitely above average. High carbonation.

Jul 08, 2017
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BEER88 from Washington

4.67/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Like every trillium ipa, nothing short of an orange juice looking, fruity smelling, juicy tasting, soft velvety felling DIPA that leaves wanting to live inside their Fermental tanks forever! I haven't had a bad trillium beer yet!

Jun 29, 2017
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SHODriver from North Carolina

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

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip to a hazy deep yellow topped by a finger of dense white head that fades to a collar around the edge of the glass with some lacing
S: Smells sweet on the nose with notes of tropical fruits and stone fruit. Slight honey and melon notes as well.
T: Taste is huge tropical fruits and stone fruits with some melon notes and some honey sweetness. Slight bitterness as well but it's very subdued. Swallow brings more tropical fruits, stone fruit and melon with some slight lingering sweetness.
M: This beer is a medium in body with a slightly oily mouthfeel. Carbonation is adequate and just a hair under prickly, perhaps just a hint too low. The finish on this beer is a nice oily hop finish that is fairly refreshing.
O: Overall this is a great beer with some really nice flavors and some great complexity. The hop notes are huge but there's enough sweetness to provide a bit of balance. Definitely worth a try if you can get your hands on it.

Jun 27, 2017
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agreenman19 from Connecticut

4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - pours a glowing orange juice. Has a lighter, more translucent paleness toward the bottom of the glass. Almost seems like it radiates its own light.

S - unique aroma suits there fact that el Dorado is a unique hop! Smells of grape candy. Like gummies. Rose petals. Bit of honey and lime candy. The whole thing feels sugary sweet.

T - oddly enough, salty lime Tostitos is my first thought. It is by no means salty, but there flavor is very limey without the bitterness or pith. But not quite sugary, hence the third sensation: salty. But it's really not salty like a gose, just how it makes the lime taste. More white grape and citric acid. Finishes dry with reserved bitterness.

F - one of my gripes with Citra Cutting Tiles is the prickly over carbonated feel. This one does have the sharpness that is present in most Trillium, but its impact is immediately softened with a pillowy fluffiness.

O - might be the best Cutting Tiles. Such a unique taste and insanely refreshing, while still boasting big hoppy flavor. I'm gonna call it lime, but I still feel like there's another flavors I can't quite put my finger on. Hopefully the rest of this 4pk will ring some bells!

Jun 22, 2017
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afroskully from New York

4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My brother in law just brought me a case of Trillium (woohoo!) and this so far has been my favorite i've tried. I thought the raw wildflower honey would be a weird addition, but it's not extra sweet or syrupy.. just seems to make the tasting notes linger a bit longer. This is one of the most balanced and drinkable DIPAs I've ever had. Orange creamsicle with a perfectly mild bitter finish. Outstanding! I can only imagine how incredible the galaxy version of this tastes.

Jun 20, 2017
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mnj21655 from Massachusetts

3.81/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy pale orange in color with a half finger of white head. Aroma is lime zest, a touch of honey, and a whiff of alcohol. Taste is lime zest, a hint of alcohol, white grape juice, an earthy note, and some more subtle alcohol in the finish. Medium-ish body, moderate carbonation. Overall I just really didn't enjoy this one, this must be my least favorite iteration of Cutting Tiles. I miss OG Artaic.

Jun 18, 2017
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HopBomb515 from New Jersey

4.57/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright hazy golden and orange hued, small head and moderate lacing. Dank and pineapple hoppy aroma. Notes of pineapple, orange juice, grapefruit piths, and honey bun. Medium, really drinkable, and dry. Stunning DIPA held back only by appearance.

May 04, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.64/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

hype aside, this beer is darn near perfect. a colossal thanks to my friends for saving this, then sharing with me, i feel special! lucky to have people around me like this who genuinely want to share their stuff with me, life is good! this is a one of a kind beer, for one, probably the best expression of el dorado hops i have ever seen, straight up, but more interestingly because the honey is so interesting and flavorful in here, but the beer isnt sweet at all, and the residual flavor of the seemingly raw and high quality flower honey with the hops together is just insane, never tasted a union like this, and i am in love with it. the honey is so floral in the flavor, waxy almost, and really pretty forward in the taste, right up there with the wheat, which i think is a genius add for texture to the mash. the hops have an almost candied quality about them, frosted and fresh, crystalline and juicy, budding, and powerful. tangerine comes to mind, essential oils, fragrant and bright, amazing with the honey flavor that pushes through. i like that its still bitter like an ipa in the end, and i love how smooth and frothy it feels, its second to none. without a shadow of a doubt this is one of the most memorable ipa types i have ever consumed, no kidding. the freshness is obviously a major factor to it tasting so awesome, but those who still want to hate on the cloudy ipas cannot have possibly had this beer, or any of them from these guys for that matter. trillium is positively setting the standard for the style. this is from heaven! not sure another hop varietal could do what the el dorado does here, but id sure like to try!

Apr 29, 2017
Cutting Tiles (El Dorado) from Trillium Brewing Company
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 200 ratings