Big Bird
Trillium Brewing Company

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IPA - New England
Ranked #104
Ranked #493
4.43 | pDev: 5.64%
Trillium Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
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Notes: Making its return migration to New England, Big Bird remains one of our hoppiest beers ever. Drawing inspiration from our “small birds” by utilizing speciality grains and unique hop varieties, Big Bird has an amped profile worthy of a larger fowl. Pouring a noticeably cloudy yellow, this intensely aromatic Double IPA conjures up a tropical fruit cocktail nose of fresh pressed orange and ripe pineapple with a garnish of lemon and light spruce tip spice. Strong citrus flavors of key lime pie, mandarin orange, and tangy grapefruit pith lead into a creamy profile of kiwi flesh, cantaloupe, and honeydew melon with papaya. Medium bodied, Big Bird’s tropical sweetness on the front of the palate is balanced out on the finish by a soft herbal bitterness. Don’t sleep on this bird, it’s one for the books!

MALT: American 2-Row Barley, White Wheat, Dextrine Malt, Flaked Wheat, Valley Danko Rye, Valley Malt White Wheat Malt, Malted Oats, Dextrose

Reviews: 43 | Ratings: 230 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Glad to finally try this and thank you PhineasMcClintock for bringing this can back from Boston. Canned on 04-15-21.

A - Opaque, bright light milky gold color with a thin, dense white lacing ring resting on top.

S - Citrus fruit aroma with vinous pineapple, grapefruit, and papaya with some spicy citrus rind. Aroma is not intense but assertive, impressive for being two months old.

T - Pithy citrus, citrus rind, spicy/peppery citrus rind, pineapple, sweet grapefruit, tangy lemon, and some tropical fruit.

M - Thick, chewy, and a little frothy with very well hidden ABV.

O - I can't believe how well this beer has held up after two months.

Jun 24, 2021
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.49/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The word is out about Trillium Brewing's Imperial New England IPA. With a racy collection of contemporary hops and a juicy mindset, this beer is big. Looks like bird is the word after all.

With a matte finish on the glass and a milky yellow appearance overall, Big Bird tops it all off with a creamy white froth and a billowing bouquet of zesty citrus, tangy tropical and botanical herbal scents. A background of sweetness breaches the tongue with early palate introductions of wafers, agave and angel food cake.

But anything that resembles malty is short lived as the hops simply blossom on the tongue with a burst of citrus. Grapefruit, lime, lemon and orange carry that racy citrus acidity and bitterness that's most associated with the actual fruit and rarely seen in hops. But the complex flavors continue as a more tropical under current of passionfruit, papaya, gooseberry, white grape and under ripened pineapple all fold into the mix. Closing with a tangy and bitter interplay, the smooth hop bite includes that mineral and racy "zing" that only Trillium provides.

Medium bodied and finishing on the drier side of malty-dry, Big Bird has a lighter and much more palatable mouthfeel than the normal cereal laden hazy IPA. With a crisp finish and a highly refreshing taste, the ale lingers into a medium length flavor of tropical fruit peels, hemp and herb.

May 04, 2021
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VTbrewfan from Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 4/15/21 and enjoyed in a tulip glass. Pours a milky pale canary yellow with minimal head and lacing. Lots of fresh queened lime on the nose, some freshly cut grass and citrus ring. Getting prominent lime flavors - creamy lime, definitely reminiscent of key lime pie. Super creamy smooth mouthfeel. Not very bitter, but a substantial amount of linger hoppy bitterness on the palate. First time having big bird after a few years of missing it - glad I was able to snag some. Really enjoyable beer with the standard Trillium DIPA character.

Apr 25, 2021
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Bshaw22 from Wisconsin

3.71/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer looks pretty good. Big haze and nice white head.
Drinks like a big hot mess. It is so boozy and not hidden well. Finishes bitter and boozy. No tropical notes at all.
Drank one fresh and the other 4 weeks later hoping it cooled down. NOPE!

Jun 30, 2020
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RaulMondesi from California

4.1/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

You don’t need Gonzo’s nose to know what you are getting into here. Then again, things are a little more faint than this player’s liking. It kinda has basic citrus notes like the tail end of Raul’s lemonade stand he hustled as a kid. You know, when we were more or less selling lemon flavored water, rather than lemonade because we were running low on the good stuff. Taste hits me like a pretty damn good memory. I’m not thinking like that one time me and captain of the volley ball team went under the bleachers during Sadie Hawkins, but more so the double I hit the following summer with Collette, an exchange student from France.

Yeah, I’m pretty into this thing like how my lil soldier is stoked with a shovel and a pail at the beach.

I’m out!

Jun 09, 2020
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TheIPAHunter from Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lemonade haze with blood-orange accents; completely milked out; copious lacing; decent retention. Smells of cantaloupe up front, featuring added layers of sweet bread, lemon peel, grapefruit, pine needles, and pineapple. Taste follows with hints of tangelo, and additional suggestions of pink starburst aka strawberry. The feel is prickly up front, but rounds into somewhat of a delicate, creamy finish. Medium carbonation. Very nice. This is a 9% beer, and that's quite evident. After all, this bird isn't small -- it's LARRRGE. Cheers.

Jun 02, 2020
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brewme from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked-up four cans as part of a mixed case, courtesy of Trillivery. My fifteenth brew from these guys. Very pungent smell, & very boozy taste to this drinker.

Jun 02, 2020
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smcolw from Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very cloudy milkshake whitish, dirty gold color. Nice dense starting head but it does settle more quickly than expected to a thin film of bubbles. Minor streaks for lace.

The powerful smell is a weedy aroma of a freshly mowed lawn. Some earthy elements to the nose as well. No notable malt.

Dry pale malt beginning. Rich body with a moderate level of effervescence. The hop is spicy and less bitter than many DIPAs...initially. There's an interesting coffee-like astringent element. As the other flavors fade, the final one is straight bitterness leaving an extraordinarily long aftertaste, like sucking on a hop pellet. The alcohol, while present, is among the subtler effects of this beer.

May 31, 2020
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TheSixthRing from California

4.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From tasting notes 07/17/19
Had on-tap at Monkish Brewing in Torrance, CA

Appearance - Served in a tall snifter, hazy and orange in color with a thin, broken layer of suds. A few decent chunks and some small spotting make up the lace.

Smell - Juicy aroma of Pineapple, tangerine and lesser mango.

Taste - Follows the nose. Big pineapple upfront and throughout with lesser tangerine and a hint of mango by mid-taste. Finish is pineapple, and developing pith bitterness as it warms.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with fair carbonation. Smooth, slightly creamy texture before a slightly dry finish.

Overall - Pretty damn good hazy. Nice pineapple base. Bitterness on the finish is a nice touch.

Aug 09, 2019
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.41/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives a murky golden color with a one finger head; a few strands of lacing

Smell: Fruity and dank hops bring grapefruit, lime, cantaloupe, clementine oranges and mango

Taste: Mango and cantaloupe forward with the citrus blend of clementine orange, grapefruit and lime building; dank, through the middle with a juicy finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate to high carbonation; somewhat creamy

Overall: Lucky to be in Boston in time for the release as this fits right in among the best of Trillium

Jul 31, 2019
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stoumi from California

4.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big Bird pours a deep and hazy yellow, not unlike the the Sesame Street character. A great looking big, slightly off white head that looks creamy, delivering some spotty lacing. The smell, what an array of aromas, dominated by stone fruit and a bubble gum with pineapple and mango combined with ripe and juicy tropical fruits. The taste, oh, now this is awesome! Big, bold with juicy pineapple with ripe papaya and mango. In fact lots of juicy fruits, including sweet melon and c antelope with a hint of spicy hops to round our the swallow.

Jul 18, 2019
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.76/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Opaque mango puree yellow with a large khaki head leaving fuzzy lace on the glass.

This is kind of astringent and dank with hints of rug and cat, but even moreso sharply acidic of aspirin, mango, pineapple and eucalyptus.

The light body has an expanding but airy froth before finishing paper dry.

I truly feel like Trillium is on a steady decline and is losing its touch.

Jul 01, 2019
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Underclaw from Massachusetts

4.46/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Teku from can dated 6/12/19. It's tough to divorce expectations from reality...this release was very much hyped. I find that the high ABV beers skew higher on ratings, and this one coming in at 9% ABV would touted. And it was. I liked it for sure. I did note that the higher ABV did come across. But it was still very drinkable. Notes of pineapple, mango, citris. A very good Imperial but not the top level of the Trillium class IMO.

Jun 23, 2019
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StoutshoreBeersnob from Massachusetts

4.64/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

For me trillium haze goes #1 perm 62 #2 headroom and #3 big bird.. this is definitely up there with the big boys

Nose: Pineapple, Mango juice, Tropical Fruit, and some dank juicy hops it truly hops out the glass. Even cracking the can kicks you in the head

Taste: Candied mango, Orange Juice, Sweet Tropical pineapple, Some Dank Weed mixed into the juice, a little bit of pine spice but man this is a juice bomb

Mouthfeel: Medium body with good hop spice carbonation, Easy Drinking for 9.0 ABV. Certainly not a crusher but an easy drinking get a quick buzz pool beer

Jun 19, 2019
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WickedBeer from Alabama

4.79/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

CANNED ON 06/19/18.

Pours a slightly pale creamy yellow, with a nice half inch head of creamy foam and thin, weak lace.

The nose is really nice as it opens up, with a combination of sweet malt, papaya, and overripe pineapple. Potent and wonderful.

Trillium’s Imperials are the best you can get, IMO, with Monkish always rivaling closely. An awesome balance of pineapple, ripe mango, sweet malt, and booze. The hops give off a nice stinging bitterness and really rounds out the flavors well.

Sharp, medium carb, a super creamy body, and a sticky finish. Juicy, bold, boozy warmth, wonderful beer.

Jul 20, 2018
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Summersoldier from Massachusetts

4.69/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Tasted this alongside MBC Lunch, Four Quarters Ghost in the Sky and Gun Hill Vox Populi. The others didn't fair well in comparison. And I love all of them. Part of that was the shear "this one goes to 11" of Trillium's study in utter lack of restraint. Intense tropical and resin aromas backed by juicy, massive flavor. You simply cannot not stop drinking. Pacing yourself is not an option. A beer I would likely abandon my wife and children for. A small complaint though--this beer is not easy on the eyes. Sludgy gray-ish peach color, like the complexion of some consumptive poet. From now on I'll just drink it from the can.

Jul 16, 2018
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eppie82 from Illinois

4.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Draft at Trillium - Canton location.

Deep yellow-orange opaque appearance. Super ripe tropical fruit flavors. Loads of mosaic or galaxy hops (can't quite pick out which one). Great mouthfeel.

Jul 15, 2018
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.79/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This one pours a super cloudy bright yellow color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like a big pineapple bomb, with mandarin orange, tangerine, melon, cantaloupe, malt sweetness, and grapefruit pith.

The taste is pretty similar- there's tons of pineapple and orange here. It's definitely slightly malty, but that doesn't detract at all- the added sweetness is pleasant. There's just a touch of piney bitterness as well.

This is medium bodied, creamy and rich, with no feel for how boozy the beer actually is. It's surprisingly pretty drinkable.

This is an instant favorite for me from this brewery.

Jul 06, 2018
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JLK7299 from North Carolina

4.51/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Really starting to believe that Trillium is the best beer in New England (south of Greensboro, Vermont) and this beer is a great example of why. Hardly ever brewed but world class none the less.

Jul 02, 2018
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agreenman19 from Connecticut

4.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - oh man, this just looks like a doozy when pouring it. Thick and hazy. Pineapple mango juice. Oily head that quickly dissipates in classic Trillium fashion.

S - vast aroma. Fills every inch of my nasal cavity right down into the lungs. Bready and doughy. Candied papayas and apricots. Mango jam. Crisp, tight, minty herbaceousness on the end.

T - sweet and sugary hop oils. Oozing with ripe, humid, tropical flavors. Guava, kiwi, grainy grapefruit. Honey, orange marmalade, and sourdough. This is sticky and sweet, yet balanced by subtle bitterness on the end that you really have to look for to overcome the preoccupation with all the cloy prior.

F - low carbonation... a creeping crawling sort of dank heaviness. Not terribly full-bodied, but just feels like a meal in a can. Woof.

O - no idea why this is called Big Bird, but it's delicious. P sure I've had hoppier Trillium beers, but this is a heavy hitter all the same. Odds of me passing out on the couch have greatly increased.

Jul 01, 2018
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Jlabs from New York

4.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter glass via draft at Trillium

Color is super bright yellow..just like big bird!
Smell is a fruit cocktail that i cant quite put my finger or my nose on..grapefruit, pineapple, melon, lemons?

Taste is definitely citrus..oranges, lemons
Medium carbination
Body is full..just a notch below from being thick and syrupy
Damn fine DIPA..was very lucky to be at the brewery when they had this on tap

Jun 30, 2018
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Holderness from Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Garden on the Greenway

L -- Very lovely peach-juice haze with two fingers of fluffy white head and lively carbonation. Good retention and lacing, even in the plastic cup
S -- Pineapple, grapefruit, peach, mango, musty basement, new sneaker, the whole nine yards... Very lively
T -- Quite resinous and grassy. Lots of pithy citrus and an almost syrupy juicy quality. Also getting some green onion, yeast bite, booze, and wildflower honey. Very heavily hopped, you can really feel the particulate
F -- The new fermentation profile has definitely made the mouthfeel gentler and creamier. Medium+ mouthfeel, Medium- carb. The afformentioned pine resin and sugar syrup qualities weigh the beer down a bit much.
O -- Yep, this is definitely a Trillium DIPA! Although the aromas and appearance are great, it lacks a certain balance in the flavors and mouthfeel. Hopped to all hell, that's for sure


Jun 23, 2018
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Worcester90 from Massachusetts

4.73/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is up there. This is is a fruit explosion. It’s just Peaches and pineapples everywhere in the smell and taste. Actually, one of the best smelling IPAs I’ve had. I have nothing else to say, trilliums IPAs have been nearly
Perfect lately

Jun 21, 2018
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

4.46/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16oz can dated today, 9.4% ABV this year.

Pours cloudy gold with a minimal head or retention. Pungently hoppy in the nose with big tropicals. Blood orange, sugar-dusted grapefruit pith, and candied mango. Medium bodied with a tacky, almost syrupy mouthfeel. A blast of hops on the palate with minimal malt and a firm bitterness. Honey-drizzled pineapple, grapefruit, pine, and orange. Finishes with lots of resinous, chewy hops and light alcohol.

Great beer. Plenty of hops but the carbonation and mouthfeel could use some help. A triple IPA in disguise!

Jun 20, 2018
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cbutova from Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks for the can Kevin!

A- Classic Trillium pour from the tallboy to a wide tulip with a very cloudy, almost murky pale golden body and a frothy white cap. The head makes it to about a finger tall with decent retention before slowly dying to a small ring at the edges. Lacing is formed with a few spots and webs but overall not a ton.

S- A plethora of fruity and dank hops with immense overall strength, it bursts out of the glass. Grapefruit, fresh lime juice, cantaloupe, dank weedy herbs, tart clementine, oranges, mango and bubble gum from the beastly hops. The yeast and grains only serve at basal levels to accentuate the hops.

T- Sticks to its guns with a similar overall balance of flavors that were presented in the aroma. Bubble gum, mango, grapefruit, intense citrus oil extract (is this some sort of hop powder/oil), clementine, oranges, dank herbs, floral, pine and earthy hop notes. A bit of cereal grains, light sweetness, yeast bread and crackers to form a base for the intense hops.

MF- Medium-heavy body with an extremely silky and creamy texture. The smooth brew has a high level of carbonation which comes off like a pillow on the palate due to the overload of grains with long chained sugars. Ends with a sharp citrus bitterness.

Trillium has the best bodies and often the best aromas in the business with obvious competition from their MA brethren right down I-90. This beer finds a great balance of everything citrus, stone fruit and herbal without really throwing all the chips into one character.

Sep 23, 2017
Big Bird from Trillium Brewing Company
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 230 ratings