Big Bird
Trillium Brewing Company

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IPA - New England
Ranked #105
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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

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AmeriCanadian from Tennessee

4.27/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My first trip to Trillium to pick up a flat for a week-long family vacation on the Cape happened to coincide with the release of Big Bird, so I figured I should pick some up along with more traditional Trillium staples. Poured one tonight (less than a day after canning, at least according to the stamp on the can), and had two high-level reactions: (1) Love the spectrum of fruit aromas and flavors they worked into this beer. (2) Think Big Bird will benefit from a week or two of mellowing, as the extremely fresh product is quite green and astringent.

Look is a briny, cidery pale gold with only a finger of off-white head that dissipates quickly and laces hardly at all.

Smell is sharp and big, filled with orange, grapefruit, tropical fruit salad, lemon, grass clippings, tree sap, rye bread, and an almost Pinesol note (the aforementioned astringency). Very inviting but a little raw, as well. Probably my favorite aspect is the strong grape notes. Really unique and intoxicating.

Taste isn't quite as harsh but still a little green, but there is a wonderful breath of flavors. Papaya, dried mango, sweet pineapple, bitter and pithy citrus, a lot of pine and grass, big doses of white grape juice, and some multi-grain cereal. Some soft berry notes and a little green onion, and certainly plenty of dankness. Very tasty and bright.

Feel is silky but fairly light. There's an edge to each sip but I don't think it's the alcohol, more he greenness. The ABV is pretty well hidden.

Jun 30, 2017
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mnj21655 from Massachusetts

4.7/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a turbid pale straw in color with a finger of dense white head. I love the aroma. Peach, candied pineapple, lime, citrus pith, something that seems close to white grape, and a bit of piney dankness. Tatse hits the same notes as the aroma but adds a touch of bitterness, alcohol, and maybe some yeast astringency but all these notes are restrained and help balance out the predominantly juicy character. Medium+ body with moderate carbonation. I love this beer, this experience reminds me strongly of why I fell in love with Trillium. It's big, intensely flavored, and has a delicious raw hoppyness that I love. I tend to prefer my beers super fresh but I'm curious to see how this one evolves over the next few weeks.

Jun 30, 2017
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.37/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Jul 10, 2017
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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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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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Abe_Froman from Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jun 20, 2019
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WanderingFool from Massachusetts

4.37/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Feb 25, 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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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.73/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Jul 30, 2017
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GeorgeAKeim from Oregon

4.34/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nov 21, 2019
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stereosforgeeks from Virginia

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

Jul 20, 2017
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szmnnl99 from Michigan

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

Jul 13, 2017
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BPCam from Massachusetts

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

Jun 28, 2020
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Damian from Massachusetts

4.69/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Jul 02, 2017
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mothman from Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jul 30, 2018
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Vicirus from Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jun 30, 2018
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PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

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

Jun 29, 2017
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pkalix from California

4.27/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aug 11, 2017
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grover37 from District of Columbia

4.36/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jul 15, 2017
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TWStandley from Massachusetts

4.17/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jun 23, 2018
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billab914 from Virginia

4.39/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Jul 30, 2017
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.51/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours bright yellow in color, hazy, with 1/3 inch head. Taste is lemon meringue, mango, and pine with peppery burn on the aftertaste. Medium-heavy bodied, sweet with light bitterness, moderate carbonation. Interesting, restrained, and complex at the same time. In the upper third of beers I have had from Trillium but not yet in the top ten.

Jun 30, 2017
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liquorpig from Massachusetts

4.27/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jul 02, 2017
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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
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dtlyons11 from Massachusetts

4.48/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Aug 12, 2017
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