Big Bird
Trillium Brewing Company

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Trillium Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
IPA - New England
Ranked #121
Ranked #493
4.42 | pDev: 5.66%
Wednesday at 02:26 AM
Jun 29, 2017
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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

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4.5 by The_Beer_Guru from New York on Wednesday at 02:26 AM
4.23 by lochraneg from New Hampshire on May 13, 2022
4.52 by abrodsky from Massachusetts on May 11, 2022
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4.64/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

Poured on 5/4/2022 from a 16oz can that was purchased at the brewery on 5/1/2022 into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a very hazy light gold color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains very strong floral and hops, juicy citrus and tropical fruits and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste likewise starts out with a very strong burst of floral and dank hops bitterness that is quickly followed by strong juicy and sweet flavors of citrus and tropical fruits. The malt character is on the light side and brings an excellent balance. There is a bit of a hops spice bite in the finish. The after-taste is hoppy and sweet.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down extremely easily, not too filling, well-disguised kick, very good representation of style, this is an excellent NE-style hop/juice bomb to drink for a very long time.

May 05, 2022
4.5 by kevindp9 from Arizona on May 03, 2022
4.49 by CHickman from New York on May 01, 2022
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4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by lucius10 from California

2022 Batch! Sweet tropical hoppy, slightly malty, and prominent orange-tangerine citrus nose on this one! Taste follows with a juicy and hoppy, lemony orange-grapefruit citrus bitter finish...some citrus bitter hop burn lingers a bit on the back of the throat as it warms. This is more juicy than soft, and may be a tad under-carbed, but still feels nice on the palate. This is fantastic!

Apr 27, 2022
4.78 by TheeWarPig from Michigan on Apr 21, 2022
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4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

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
4.5 by aucanuck from Georgia on Jun 13, 2021
4.25 by gelasin from California on May 16, 2021
4.49 by DaveCash from New York on May 13, 2021
4.44 by Jcarriglio from Florida on May 07, 2021
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4.49/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by BEERchitect from Kentucky

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
4.5 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania on Apr 25, 2021
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4.53/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by VTbrewfan from Massachusetts

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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4.62/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by Jbusa2

Huge hops and delicious!

Apr 24, 2021
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4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by bret27 from California

Can courtesy of yllib.

Apr 20, 2021
4.23 by FabFourCJV from Massachusetts on Apr 19, 2021
4.27 by paresis from Massachusetts on Nov 10, 2020
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3.71/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Bshaw22 from Wisconsin

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
4.46 by BPCam from Massachusetts on Jun 28, 2020
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4.29/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by GregDBoston from Massachusetts

Balanced and drinkable. Not notable for a unique flavor, but solid.

Jun 26, 2020
4.25 by MellowHype from Massachusetts on Jun 24, 2020
4.5 by RickyBfromCT from Connecticut on Jun 12, 2020
4.5 by smartassboiler from Illinois on Jun 09, 2020
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4.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by RaulMondesi from California

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
4.48 by lemmy187 from Missouri on Jun 07, 2020
4.46 by mattmarka1 from Minnesota on Jun 06, 2020
4.5 by smcel371 from New York on Jun 06, 2020
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4.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by TheIPAHunter from Pennsylvania

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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4/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by brewme from Massachusetts

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
4.5 by Joesapp from Connecticut on May 31, 2020
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4.15/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by smcolw from Massachusetts

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
5 by wcampbell69 from Massachusetts on May 23, 2020
4.34 by GeorgeAKeim from Oregon on Nov 21, 2019
4.21 by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois on Aug 24, 2019
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4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by TheSixthRing from California

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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4.41/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by brentk56 from North Carolina

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
3.9 by KingforaDay from New Jersey on Jul 22, 2019
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