Permutation Series #49: Double IPA w/ El Dorado & Lactose
Trillium Brewing Company

Permutation Series #49: Double IPA w/  El Dorado & LactosePermutation Series #49: Double IPA w/  El Dorado & Lactose
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American Imperial IPA
4.38 | pDev: 10.05%
Trillium Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Permutation Series #49: Double IPA w/  El Dorado & LactosePermutation Series #49: Double IPA w/  El Dorado & Lactose
Notes: Permutation is our experimental series of small batch offerings, showcasing the unique visions and innovative concepts developed by our brewing and cellar crew.

Permutation 49 is a Double IPA brewed with Lactose featuring El Dorado in the double dry hop and pours a deeply hazy, vibrant orange hue. Dank, citrus driven aromatics of orange peel and pressed grapefruit meld on the nose with a cotton candy sweetness. Rounded flavors of creamy orange sorbet, lime zest, and watermelon popsicles develop on the palate. Full bodied with a smooth mouthfeel and a soft, reserved level of bitterness.

MALT: Pale Malt, Honey Malt, Lactose
HOPS: Mosaic, El Dorado
Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 54
Photo of Rub_This_BBQ
3.67/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

look nice off white head with strong lacing and a dark orange body almost like dark khaki, tough for me to review it is little sweet for me and feel it over powers the hops and malt. Love trill and

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Photo of Radcpa
4.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a very cloudy dark amber with a slight white head. Aroma is a nice grapefruit citrus with very little hoppy accent. Taste is a solid grapefruit citrus with a slight hoppy that is very flavorful

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Photo of gcamparone
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz can into a Trillium tulip glass. Canned 6/26/18, purchased at the brewery.

Pours a dark orange, milkshake hazy body with a one finger white head that leaves nice lacing and retention.

Aromas of orange creamsicle, tropical hops, sweet melon and lightly metallic.

Taste is sweet orange creamsicle, grapefruit, citrus, lightly bitter hoppy zest, citrus peel, finishing sweet and candy like. Medium body, creamy but easy to drink.

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Photo of snowmageddon
4.37/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deeper orange color, with an almost reddish tinge. Tons of El dorado lime flavor, balanced a bit with mango and orange. El dorado is def in your face though. Mouthfeel has fairly high carbonation. Fantastic beer, will drink again.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.57/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

[IMG] Trillium has another tasty offering here. Poured into my Weyerbacher tulip glass canned on 6/26/18. Pours a very hazy dark orange yellow with a massive 2 plus finger stick off white head that leaves big sticky gobs of lace behind, with excellent retention. 4.75

Smell is guava, candied sugar, papaya, cantaloupe, and grapefruit rind. 4.5

Taste follows big tropical guava, papaya, Mellon, and very moderate grapefruit bitterness. 4.5

Mouthfeel is big, nice and soft on the palate, not dry but a stickyness Coates the entire palate from the absurd amount of fresh hops, and at 8.3% goes down way too easy. 5

Overall this is absolutely deliscious, really leaves me craving more. 4.5

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.51/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a very hazy and milky dark burnt orange color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like orange sherbet, passionfruit, watermelon, honey sweetness, lactose, and grapefruit.

This is a super expressive use of the El Dorado hop- there's orange sherbet, orange peel, sweet candied grapefruit, and a bit of lime in the taste, with lactose adding a vanilla-eque creaminess that works really well with all of the soft fruit flavors. There is a very light and subtle bitterness on the finish.

This is medium bodied, creamy and very rich, with a nice level of carbonation.

These latest Permutation cans have all been fairly ridiculously tasty.

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Photo of Damian
4.56/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Drank from an 1 pint can purchased at Trillium Brewing Company, Boston, MA
Served in a Permutation Series glass

Dark peach and completely opaque in appearance. The nectar-like body was topped by a frothy, near-finger tall, off-white crown that dropped to a thin collar. A few streaks of drippy lacing cascaded along the glass.

The aroma was fruity, juicy and really interesting. Apricot came through strongest. Some peach too. Quite sweet overall. Vanilla and lactose notes were also apparent. Hint of strawberry. Citrus was noticeable as well. Freshly squeezed orange juice for sure. Orange creamsicle also came to mind.

The flavor was excellent and very similar to the aroma. Loads of juicy orange up front. Big apricot and peach presence too. Creamy, lactose notes appeared in the center. Touch of honey. Fairly sweet. Like the aroma, this was very reminiscent of an orange creamsicle. More orange on the back end and the finish. Some tangerine as well. Fairly tart and tangy. Hint of rind-like pith but next to zero bitterness.

Terrific thick, creamy, full-bodied mouthfeel. Like the appearance, very nectar-like. The liquid contained a fine, frothy effervescence that turned fluffy and slick on the palate. By the drink’s end, the sugars in the beer deposited a subtle sticky film on my lips.

Trillium have been releasing a number of bigger, sweeter, pulpier, (often) lactose-infused hoppy beers lately, and Permutation Series Number Forty-Nine fits this particular mold too. The lactose gave the beer a nice creamy, vanilla quality, and the El Dorado hops contributed some really interesting strawberry notes. Not sure I want to see lactose appear in most of their new hoppy beers moving forward, but it is an enjoyable novelty for sure.

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Photo of twizzard
4.97/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My Trillium reviews are becoming all too predictable. This is my new all time favorite Trillium. Incredible nose and the taste!!!Citrus and berries. They continue to raise the bar!

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Photo of Jlabs
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured into a pint glass via can dated 6/26/2018

color is a deep dark orange
smell is pungent citrus(lemon and pineapple) and piney
taste is muted citrus with some sweet melon
medium carbination and light body
very nice

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.83/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

16 oz. canned on 06/26/18

Pours cloudy opaque orange gold with a lasting creamy white foam head. Smells like a zesty citrus creamsicle, orange peel, fresh grapefruit, lime, cotton candy, watermelon, some tropical fruits like pineapple, creamy lactose, some caramelized bready crackery honey malts, with dank floral resinous earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like orange sorbet, lime zest, grapefruit, watermelon popsicles, some tropical fruit like pineapple, cotton candy, creamy lactose, caramelized bready crackery honey malts, with dank spicy floral resinous earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium-full bodied, creamy smooth with moderate carbonation. Overall a really nice DIPA with lactose and El Dorado hops.

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Permutation Series #49: Double IPA w/ El Dorado & Lactose from Trillium Brewing Company
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 54 ratings