Big Bird | Trillium Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Trillium Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Reviews: 32 | Ratings: 197
Photo of Sabtos
3.76/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

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Photo of Underclaw
4.27/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of StoutshoreBeersnob
4.64/5  rDev +4.5%
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

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Photo of WickedBeer
4.79/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of Summersoldier
4.69/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of eppie82
4.43/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.79/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of JLK7299
4.51/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of agreenman19
4.52/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of Jlabs
4.35/5  rDev -2%
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

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Photo of Holderness
4.05/5  rDev -8.8%
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


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Photo of Worcester90
4.73/5  rDev +6.5%
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

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.46/5  rDev +0.5%
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!

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Photo of cbutova
4.35/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.85/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

16 oz. can. Hazy pale orange. Smells of sweet pale malt, a hint of caramel, orange hops, and a zippy back end that's a little woodsy and limey. Taste has more of that zippy hop. Woodsy, more citrus, sweet tropical fruit. A little booze. Resiny finish. Medium heavy. Very nice, but big.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.44/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a turbid golden orange with a two finger fizzy white head. Light soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is tangerine, mango and grapefruit.

T - The taste follows the aroma. Mango, tangerine, orange peel, grapefruit and resinous hops.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Soft mouthfeel with a crisp dry finish.

O - This is a killer DIPA. Awesome mix of juicy tropical and resinous hops.

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Photo of bobv
4.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Moderate pour yields a 1/2 inch off white head over a murky body with some lacing. Head dwindles fairly rapidly to a thin ring in moments. Nice nose of tropical fruit, orange, tangerine, and other sweet citrus. Superb taste follows nose with more of the same flavors as aromas, but the mouthfeel suffers from the cloud making particulate matter. (?) Overall, delicious; but still falls flat along with too many others of this ilk. Searching for a more properly carbed, crisp finish. Is that too much to ask?

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.34/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dank. Earthy grass, pine resin, Grapefruit pith, orange zest and tangerine. Tongue tingling, citrus rind bitterness. Cracker malt profile. Lower end of the sweetness spectrum. Medium bodied. Delicious.

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Photo of Futbolmanby
4.51/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: hazy golden yellow, little to no head, solid lacing along the cup
Smell: lemon grass, pine, pinaple, light citrus
Taste: big lemon grass, citrus and pinaple followed by a piney finish
Feel: insably clean, medium body and light carbonation... finished semi dry... stupid easy to drink.

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Photo of ThrewRedButter
4.44/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L - Murky yellow body with almost no head

S - Lemon, sherbet, musty farmhouse, hop oils, white wine, and grapefruit

T - Lots of acidity and oily, spicy hops. Plenty of lemon and grapefruit too. Bitterness runs rampant.

F - Full and creamy. No alcohol presence. Cant find the 8.5%.

O - Not the most drinkable DIPA thanks to the crazy amount of bitter hops, but has enough citrus to keep you around.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.37/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pure OJ appearance. Just a shade darker, which doesn't gain it any less points. Head is pretty loose but leaves delicate rings. I can't knock this at all. When I pour a beer and go "oooh" that's an automatic 5. Bam.

Nose suggests a bit of cattyness, so I'm assuming some Mosaic and Azaca going on here. Some sweaty aromas, behind that some fresh grapefruit and grapefruit rinds, blueberry, berries, pineapple, a little bit of not-quite-ripe orange.

Soft profile overall, with a great balance of fruit and herbs. A lovely dance of grapefruit pith, papaya, pineapple, not-yet-ripe orange, tangelo, white grape, with a dash of thyme and a little rosemary on the finish. Nice bitter hoppy finish. Overall it comes of super soft with a nice bitter herbal profile supplemented by fruits of the southern Americas.

Feel is creamy, subtle carbonation, resiny finish. Really great.

Trillium so far has impressed the heck out of me. I can sense that this is probably not their best offering, but it's nothing to wag your head at. It's very tasty, and I could drink this all. day. long. Yep.

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Photo of Frudel
4.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy yellow liquid with a white head diminishing to a circle around the glass.
Nose is super fruity, smells like passion fruit, pineapple, sweetness, looks like mosaic, Azacca hops has been used in this brew am I wrong?
Taste is less fruity than smell, light pineapple, light grapefruit, grassy, intense resinous bitterness.
Slick mouthfeel, light to not even medium body, lighter than expected for the abv! High drinkability, another great brew from Trillium!

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

Look: Yellow, hazy, turbid with thin 1 inch head.
Smell: Kiwi, pineapple, pine, and grass.
Taste: Kiwi, pineapple, and white grape.
Mouthfeel: Complex, light, and creamy.
Overall: Another excellent IPA from trillium.

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Photo of BEER88
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The 4.5 i gave this can deserved it. The description of this beer by the brewers is just it! I wanted to rate it a tad higher but i think the 4.5 is perfect. Nothing more to say than to read the description because that's exactly what i got!

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Photo of Damian
4.69/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Drank from a 1 pint can purchased at Trillium Brewing Company, Canton, MA
Served in a tulip

The completely opaque, straw yellow body was topped by a fizzy, finger-tall white crown that quickly dissolved. Minimal lacing stuck along the glass.

The nose was amazingly hoppy and pure. Uber juicy and dank. Fresh bud came to mind. Definitely some white grape too. Pretty sure this beer's hop profile contains Nelson Sauvin hops, or something similar. Good amount of citrus. Tangerine and grapefruit were most apparent. Some zesty lemon and lime notes were detectable as well.

The flavor profile was also amazingly crisp and bright. Loads of juicy, tangy citrus notes. Tangerine and clementine dominated. Some orange and white grapefruit too. Bit of white grape. Lemon and lime notes appeared on the back end and in the finish. More grapefruit and grapefruit rind as well. Hint of pithy bitterness. Overall, fantastically balanced. As the beer sat, the bitterness increased slightly. I also picked up a bit of "hop burn."

Terrific, soft, frothy mouthfeel. Medium bodied for the style. Really creamy and slick on the palate. Signature Trillium.

Big Bird is an amazingly flavorful yet crushable double IPA from Boston's IPA gurus. Though perhaps not the biggest or boldest DIPA in their lineup, this is a perfect summertime sipper. I really hope this new "mystery hop" (which tastes distinctly Southern Hemisphere) makes it into future releases as well.

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Big Bird from Trillium Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.44 out of 5 with 197 ratings