Moon Island
Trillium Brewing Company

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IPA - New England
Ranked #447
Ranked #2,505
4.3 | pDev: 8.37%
Trillium Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Notes: Nestled in the bay just off the coast, Boston's Harbor Islands are rich with history and intrigue. Each is known for its unique appeal and backstory, with a string of larger narratives tying them together en masse. The Harbor Islands IPA series grew out of the exploration that took place in our Permutation Series, where we developed a new series of IPAs that showcases extraordinary hops, building on our team's experience brewing hoppy beer at Trillium. Learn more about the Boston Harbor Islands from Boston Harbor Now.

During colonial times, the island, then known as Manning’s Moone, was mainly used as a grazing site for nearby farms in Dorchester and Quincy. Today, a ¾ mile long causeway actually connects the Island to the Squantum neighborhood of Quincy. Moon Island has an elevation of 98 feet providing exceptional views of downtown Boston and Peddocks Island.

Pouring a amber orange with moderate haze, Moon Island IPA’s signature Simcoe dry hop gives off an dank and spicy aroma bursting with notes of pressed orange, ripe mango, pineapple rings, and lively grapefruit zest. The palate builds upon the nose with a touch of fresh squeezed lemon balanced against a light, pillowy biscuit malt backbone. Moon Island IPA has a soft, mild mouthfeel and finishes with a gentle, clean bite of pine tips.

MALT: Pale Malt, Honey Malt, Victory Malt

HOPS: Simcoe
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brewme from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked-up the last two cans yesterday at the Trillium brewery in Canton for about twenty dollars. My eleventh brew from these guys. Solid brew. As with all Trillium beer, wish the price point was a bit lower.

Apr 21, 2019
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obamanaut from Massachusetts

4.93/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Really enjoyed this beer, could be my new favorite from Trillium. A little bit of sweetness but not too much. Smooth feeling going down. Drank from a can. Drinking the next one tonight and already looking forward to it.

Apr 10, 2019
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papposilenus from New Hampshire

3.31/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From a 16oz can, dated 03/13/19. Served in an IPA glass.

Pours dark and murky, a dull burnt apricot color with two fingers of lathery, sort of dirty-beige colored foam. Retention is very good, leaving a lumpy cap and bubbly clumps of lacing.

A robust, yeasty nose of sweet, sticky, overripe fruit.

Taste is as expected, sweet sticky pineapple and mango initially, then comes the citrus, pink grapefruit, orange, lemon juice and a bit of spice. Sweet, some bitterness but also some harsh graininess and that dreaded smoldering wire taste - not at unbearable levels, but definitely noticeable - which combines with Seville orange for a long-lasting, oily aftertaste.

Feel is juicy and oily, medium bodied with abundant-verging-on-aggressive carbonation - the super-bright carbonation accentuates the oily aftertaste.

Overall, it’s OK but I’m not tempted to have another.

Mar 30, 2019
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Ajibajiba from Montana

2.83/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

To me this beer is emblematic of trilliums decline. Where there used to be crisp flavor and hop bite, there is muddled sweetness and maltiness. Not a fan of this one at all.

Mar 15, 2019
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Greywulfken from New York

4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Opaque golden caramel color in the glass, under a coupla fingers of ivory foam... Featuring Simcoe hops, canned 11/15/18, this beers presents lots of sweet citrus and tropical fruits, like pineapple, grapefruit, orange, and mango in a New England fruit smoothie-kinda way - lush and plush, smooth and a little tangy, very mild bitterness... Like the vast majority of Trillium beers, this is really good...

Dec 29, 2018
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can dated 11/5/18.

Pours murky gold with a creamy head of white. Moderate retention and lacing. Dank and fruity in the nose. Candied peach with weed and grapefruit. Medium bodied with a creamy, soft mouthfeel. Honey-drizzled citrus on the palate with some balancing malt. Grapefruit pith and pineapple. Finishes a bit sweet and chewy.

Dec 27, 2018
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 11.15.18, opened 12.16.18, poured into a teku glass

Deep hazy orange, one finger off white soapy foam crown, settles to a foam layer, some lacings

Fragrant on the pour, citrus orange, candied orange, pineapple, mango, whiff of grapefruit, whiff of spice

Taste of citrus orange , hint of pine

Hop taste , no bite

Good beer

Dec 16, 2018
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.53/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

16 oz. can. Hazy orange. Smells of a light mango, lots of pine, and some bready malt. Has a little bit of a funky nose. Tastes has a nice spicy hop zing on top of the pine. Nice right up front. Dies off and turns to a little mango sweetness and some grapefruit back end. No bitterness. Bready and a little chewy malt backbone. Medium body. Starts off nicely. Maybe doesn't fully pan out, though. Good.

Dec 10, 2018
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Wasatch from Colorado

4.74/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanks goes out to tzieser for this brew.

16 oz. Can
Canned On: 11/05/18

Poured into a Tree House glass a very nice cloudy yellowish/orangy color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger plus white head, which also leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with a very nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit, mango, nectarines, pineapple), very nice diesel like. The taste is very nice, hoppy, malty, with a very nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit, nectarines, mango, pineapple), some pretty nice sweetness, very nice diesel like. Medium body, ABV hidden very well, with a pretty nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall, this is a very tasty brew. Addictive! Orange Julius! Milk Shake! Glad to have gotten a chance to try it. Thanks Tom!

Dec 07, 2018
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soze47 from Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great beer. In general, I think these beers need a week in the can to achieve optimal balance. Stone fruit and melon tones get a great malt kick of honey and wheat tang. Good stuff.

Nov 30, 2018
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TommyfromBeantown from Rhode Island

5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Looks like apple cider and tastes like candy. Had some green, haze, julius, heady topper, congress street and farnsworth st in the last week and this is the best hands down

Nov 14, 2018
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Naughead from Massachusetts

4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Another great entry into the Island series of IPAs from Trillium. The look and feel are similar to other Island series IPAs, smooth on the tongue, deep orange in the glass. I love 'em, keep them coming! How many islands are in the harbor?

Nov 13, 2018
Moon Island from Trillium Brewing Company
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 69 ratings