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Trillium Brewing Company

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IPA - New England
Ranked #47
Ranked #334
4.56 | pDev: 5.92%
Trillium Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Notes: Collaboration with Monkish Brewing Co.

Following up on our previous collaboration with our good friends from Monkish Brewing, is an all Citra Triple IPA. Pouring a gorgeous pale orange with heavy, milky haze, bright aromas of ripe mango, juiced citrus, and pineapple burst from the glass delicately underpinned with floral spruce tip. Bold orange peel upfront develops into a palate layered with waves of tropical melon, ripe papaya, lychee and lime. With a gentle touch of pine and a pleasant biscuity sweetness, displays a full body and smooth pillowy mouthfeel that makes each returning sip enjoyable.

MALT: Two Row, Malted Oats, Flaked Wheat, White Wheat, Crystal malt, Dextrine, Dextrose

HOPS: Citra
Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 113 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.83/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16 oz. can. Hazy yellow. Smells of booze, lime, herbal notes, and tropical fruit. A little acidic. Tastes acidic up front, but it dies down quickly. Sweet pale malt. Tropical fruit and some citrus. Boozy finish. Heavy IPA. Drinks strangely well for such a huge IPA.

Dec 23, 2020
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agreenman19 from Connecticut

4.69/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L - murky pour with thick, impenetrable haze. Looks like mud. Dark orange mango juice. Menacing, almost. Big-bubbled head that dissipates a little less quickly than typical Trillium fare, but I can already tell it's not going to stick around long.

S - hits hard with lime and bread. Toasted orange peel and graham crackers. Pithy pineapple, vegetal qualities, and hop puree. Smells like choking down hops. That's a good thing. If hops were air, I could breathe this.

T - lively burst of grapefruit juice. Some serious depth of flavor, featuring papaya, guava, apricot, and bubblegum if "hops" were a flavor. Warming, doughy orange peel and loads of citrus pith. Oat bitterness. Full and suffocating in flav. Rindy OJ, complete with pulp. Pineapple freshness. Syrupy candy on the finish that quicky zips it up with some tingly bitterness and lingering dryness.

F - pillowy. Yes, generic description, but it's true. It's seriously full and satisfying. An elixir to behold.

O - just wow. Such flavor range. Like wringing out every last bitter drop of your favorite ball of citrus. If I lived in the middle ages, I might think this has healing properties. In fact, I think I might be coming down with something (bit of a sore throat), but this is curing me up nicely. Hearing reviews saying it's too green so I'm glad I sat on my can for a month. It's perfect now.

Sep 05, 2020
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Holderness from Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Fort Point

L -- Very hazy amber orange body with a small layer of fine white foam that actually retains fairly well.
S -- Somewhat hard to pick out the nuances because Trillium is currently serving in single-use cups. Orange creamsicle, weedy dankness, dried leaves, mango
T -- Tootsie roll, syrupy dank hop candy, green onion, citrus pith, bit of green yeasty character on the back end
F -- A bit chalky and syrupy. Big mouthfeel, medium- carb
O -- Eh, another TIPA that smells good but kinda loses it in the flavors/mouthfeel


Aug 05, 2020
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TheIPAHunter from Pennsylvania

4.57/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Insert Hip Hop Reference There, a masterful collab from Trillium x Monkish. Brilliant marigold haze on the pour, capped by a stunning billowy white head that sticks around longer than J Lo's a$$ when she's leaving the room. Aromas of creamy mango custard, a light herbal effervescence, and subtle notes of tropical fruit. Taste follows with a battle for superiority between lemon curd, mango lassi, and pineapple. There's a touch of heat on the back end, but it does not diminish or overwhelm the palate. Soft, chewy, and fully mouthcoating, this beer seduces you with each sip taken. The hype on this one is realer than real. If you're fortunate to get a can, pinch yourself. Hip Hop, you're the love of my life.

Aug 05, 2020
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Rub_This_BBQ from Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: murky hazy but a non appealing way more brown then orange /yellow
S: candy sweetness and over ripe fruit
T is over the top sweetness
Overall this just missed the mark for me

Aug 03, 2019
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cbutova from Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for the can Kevin!

A- Tallboy into a tulip with an incredibly muddy and murky, hazy golden body more like a milkshake than a beer, at least in the past. A one finger cap forms with a foamy texture up to about half a cm high. Fair head retention and lacing is just found in a few spots after the head dies out completely.

S- An absolutely massive hop aroma with citrus up front and tropical fruits beyond that with floral and pine notes hanging in the backdrop. When it comes down to it this aroma is basically orange juice with hints of grapefruit, dank herbs, huge pineapple, tangerine, melon, creamsicle, bubble gum and mango. Bright and fresh hop bomb.

T- The orange and pineapple juice theme continues onto the palate and a moderate sweetness and booziness joins in with the massive hops and bitterness. A whole lot of bold flavors on the taste buds. Orange and pineapple juice blend leads into big ruby red grapefruit juice, bitter pine resin, melon, clementine peel, mango and lime. The booze is real here and while it doesn't disturb the hops that much certain sips end warm and are reminiscent of a tropical mixed drink. Hints of whole grain bread, cereal, cracker and alcohol.

MF- Heavy and slick body that is very substantial on the palate. The texture seems to come out late but the dextrins from the mash provide a silky feel and a luscious milky creaminess. Ends very warm.

A good Trillium offering but the high end ABV is just intense at times and accentuates the heavy citrus bitterness making it taste like a piece of citrus zest on the edge of a tropical mixed drink.

Oct 18, 2018
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Rristow from Ohio

4.98/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Tasted from can. Pours a hazy gold. Aroma of orange, pineapple and tropical fruits. Taste is well balanced with tons of tropical and citrus fruit. Orange, melon, mango, pineapple. Delicious

Oct 03, 2018
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MFMB from Idaho

4.32/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a gleaming, turbid pale orange. Creamsicle like. Thick bright white head on heavy pour. Nose is packed with bright fresh citrus. Orange, grapefruit and lemon. Juice like if you will. Taste loses me a bit for one reason only, it’s hot. Really boozy is this one! There is tasty notes of citrus and hints of stone fruits along with sweet dough buried under all that boozyness tho. So I can’t too much. I just think it’s pretty green and it’s definitely a can you could sit on for a month in hops the heat is tamed. Thick creamy body with a hoppy hot finish. It’s hot!!! That’s all I got.

Sep 30, 2018
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RAlmeida77 from Massachusetts

4.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Could not tell this was a 10% TIPA. Absolute juice bomb!! Damn good brew. Top 3 triple for me, easily. Full of citrus aromatics and flavor. The hop saturation in this really hides the abv well.

Sep 14, 2018
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.61/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can, snifter glass. Pours a bright pulpy yellow body, slight settling orange hue; one finger thick white head, good retention and rings of lacing despite the high ABV. As soon as I pull the tab back, it seems like the aroma was being barely held in by the aluminum, and bursts out in wafts of massive grapefruit, citrus and miscellaneous tropical fruits. Maaaasive fruit bomb that ultimately settles a little bit when the caramel and dextrin malt kicks in a fair dose of sweetness. This is probably the best, if not one of the best, hop aromas I've had the fortune to smell. Flavour is more of a balance of a big sugary dextrin, and relatively light (though not insubstantial) caramel sweetness added to the big tropical fruit and citrus bite. Excellent. Even adds a warming feeling to the back of my throat and stomach from the relatively high ABV. Mouthfeel is medium bodied although it remains not too thin or watery, with a big balance of sugary and hoppy depth backing things up on the backend, mild-moderately bitter with a decent warming heat on the backend. Overall, a massive citra bomb with a warming finish. It's everything you expect from a triple IPA, although you expect a little more body to it, I'm really not going to complain.

Sep 13, 2018
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Damian from Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Drank from a 1 pint can purchased at Trillium Brewing Company, Boston, MA
Canned on 08/28/18
Served in a tulip

Fairly unattractive appearance. The body was somewhere between cloudy and opaque but poured thinner than I anticipated. A small cap of cream colored bubbles topped the liquid and quickly fizzled away. No lacing or head retention whatsoever.

The nose was punchy and bright. Juicy, fruity hop notes dominated. Big tropical fruit presence. Overripe mango and papaya came to mind. Hint of booziness. Citrus notes were apparent too. Freshly squeezed orange juice specifically. Some tangerine as well.

The flavor profile was fairly sweet and boozy. Juicy orange notes came through strong. Lots of tangerine and clementine too. Fair amount of sugary sweetness. Pineapple and peach notes appeared in the center. Pithy white grapefruit notes came through on the back end. The beer finished with an intense combination of bitter citrus rind, resiny pine sap, sugary malt sweetness and boozy heat. I could also feel a hoppy burn in my throat after the swallow.

The mouthfeel was thinner bodied for a triple IPA and contained a fine, rather subtle carbonation. As the beer moved along the palate, the liquid turned creamier and fluffed up a bit. The 10% unfortunately came across as surprisingly hot.

I usually appreciate the hoppy/sweet/boozy combo found in most triple IPAs, but Insert Hip Hop Reference There was a bit overwhelming. Perhaps more time on this might help integrate the flavors and smooth out some of its rougher edges.

Sep 09, 2018
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Phineasco from Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy yellow with a small white head that recedes immediately. It has low carbonation. The beer smells peaches, apricots, lemon, and orange. It tastes of peaches, apricots, kumquats, lemon, and orange. The feel is medium light. A good IPA from trillium.

Sep 08, 2018
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

4.49/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

5oz pour at the brewery.

Cloudy gold with minimal head or retention. Big tropical fruit in the nose with hits of grapefruit pith, peach, and orange. Medium bodied with a tacky, almost syrupy mouthfeel. Pithy citrus on the palate with a fairly strong bitterness. Finishes with some mild sweetness and a bit of rough throat burn.

A big and agressive IIIPA.

Sep 05, 2018
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gcamparone from Rhode Island

4.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served into a tulip at Trillium canton tasting room.

Pours a super hazy, orange juice looking body with a small head and almost no lacing or retention.

Aromas are pulpy and tropical with tons of grapefruit, orange creamsicle, ripe mango, pineapple. Tongue matches the nose with tons of tropical fruits with little burn for 10%.

Sep 04, 2018
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Buddha_belly from Massachusetts

4.83/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Everything’s fine in the big time. Amazing tropical aromas and flavors. Full mouthfeel. No alcohol burn at all. Drank in a teku on 9/1. It is a little green. I’m going to try to let the rest sit for a few days.

Sep 02, 2018
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mnj21655 from Massachusetts

4.59/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can in a teku. Label is cool with some metallic highlights. Pours a milky pale orange with a finger finger of short lived frothy white head. Aroma is full of orange, pineapple, and mango. Taste is also heavy on the citrus and tropical fruits and adds some melon. A bit juicy upfront, very smooth throughout. Some sweetness but not overwhelming or cloying. As the beer warms I get a bit of alcohol in the nose and some in the finish but still well hidden for 10% ABV. Medium-full bodied but not as heavy as a Triple IPA could be. Very tasty and drinkable, great beer. My wife LOVES this.

Sep 01, 2018
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

16 oz. canned on 08/28/18

Pours cloudy opaque gold with a creamy frothy white foam head. Smells like gigantic peaches, mango, tropical melons, citrus galore, pineapple, papaya, lychee, lime, orange, grapefruit, some sweet caramelized bready biscuity malts, with dank floral earthy herbal resinous grassy pine. Tastes like giant peaches, sweet mango, tropical melons, fresh citrus, pineapple, papaya, lychee, lime, orange, grapefruit, some sweet caramelized bready biscuity malts, with dank floral resinous earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels full bodied, creamy smooth with moderate low carbonation. Overall a really nice triple IPA.

Sep 01, 2018
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Worcester90 from Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Just a straight up amazing TIPA. It’s an orange and mango bomb. Maybe the smoothest 10%+ IPA I’ve had. Booze is nearly undetectable. There’s a hint of greenness but it’s not ruining the beer. Was going to trade away a 4-pack but I think I may hold it all.

Sep 01, 2018
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