Minot's Ledge Lighthouse
Trillium Brewing Company

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IPA - New England
Ranked #123
Ranked #983
4.51 | pDev: 5.54%
Trillium Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Notes: Minot’s Ledge refers to the notorious rock formation located about a mile off the coast of Cohasset and Scituate. Between 1832 and 1841, approximately 40 ships were lost in the vicinity of these rocks, leading to the construction of a 70 foot iron tower to help guide ships in late 1849. This initial tower was knocked over in a massive storm in April of 1851. Recognizing the need for a stronger design, the second Minot's Ledge Lighthouse utilized over 3,514 tonnes of perfectly interlocking dovetailed Quincy granite reinforced with iron shafts. Completed in 1860, this engineering marvel was the most expensive in the history of the United States. Even as waves have been known to crest over the top of the Lighthouse, the strongest gales and storms cause little more than a strong vibration inside.

Minot's Ledge Lighthouse' eponymous beer is a Double IPA brewed with Australian Galaxy hops and pours a light marigold orange with heavy haze. The nose displays a bevy of ripe fruits as diced mango, sweet pineapple, and orange candies entice the palate. Extending through to the palate these flavors present themselves as layered tropical smoothie with an accent of freshly squeezed white grapefruit. Minot"s Ledge Lighthouse has a soft, pillowy mouthfeel and a medium body, with a restrained bite on the finish.

MALT: Pale Malt, Honey Malt

HOPS: Galaxy
Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 62 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Damian from Massachusetts

4.82/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Drank from a 1 pint can purchased at Trillium Brewing Company, Boston, MA
Canned on 02/18/19
Served in a tulip

The completely opaque, pale marigold yellow body was capped by a frothy, half-inch tall, off-white crown that quickly fell to a lasting collar. Odd-shaped streaks of lacing stuck along the glass.

The aroma was amazingly fruity and bold. Honeydew melon notes came through big time. Loads of ripe apricot too. Good dose of white grape as well. Citrus notes were also apparent. Orange and tangerine came to mind. As the beer warmed, the white grape intensified.

The flavor was also fantastic. Juicy citrus notes dominated. Huge orange creamsicle presence. Nice vanilla-like sweetness. White grape came through in the center. Tangy tangerine notes appeared on the back end. Some pineapple too. Hint of pithy citrus rind on the finish. Minimal bitterness. Incredibly well balanced overall.

Outstanding frothy, fluffy mouthfeel. Completely full bodied for the style. Almost smoothie-like. The liquid contained a finely beaded, zippy effervescence that turned uber creamy, slick and smooth on the palate.

Monot’s Ledge Lighthouse is the best beer I have tried thus far in Trillium’s Lighthouse Series and one of their most impressive overall hoppy beers to date. The fruity hop notes were in full effect and the malts provided the perfect amount of balance and body. While many folks have been complaining about Trillium’s new fermentation profile, JT and company knocked it out of the park with this beer.

Mar 01, 2019
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AZBeerDude72 from Arizona

4.59/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Chewy gold with rich white head and thick lacing.
N: Pineapple, orange, hops, and some grape notes.
T: Loads of pineapple, orange, creamy hops, and a hint of grape juice.
M: This is so easy to drink, creamy and refreshing, light medium feel.
O: One of my favorite Trillium beers to date.

Dec 24, 2018
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

4.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Growler from the source.

Pours murky gold with a minimal head of whipped white. Moderate retention and lacing. Pungent and juicy in the nose. White grape, mango, pineapple, and orange. Medium bodied with a creamy, rounded mouthfeel. Ripe, juicy tropicals on the palate with zero malt and some honey sweetness. Grape jam, candied peach, orange creamsicle, and sugar-dusted pineapple. Finishes a bit sweet with juicy hops for days and minimal bitterness.

Great beer.

Dec 11, 2018
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really hazy bright yellow color with off-white head. Aroma has fermented pineapple juice, really hoppy, grape forward and slightly boozy. Taste is sweet and fruity, a bit nutty, well balanced by a light grassy bitterness. Easy drinking for a DIPA.

Dec 07, 2018
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Wasatch from Colorado

4.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanks goes out to tzieser for this brew.

16 oz. Can
Canned On: 11/20/18

Less than 2 weeks on this can, AWESOME!

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, peaches, nectarines, pineapple), very nice diesel like. The taste is very nice, hoppy, malty, with a very nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit, peaches, nectarines, mango, pineapple), some pretty nice sweetness, very nice diesel like. Medium body, ABV hidden very well, with a pretty nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, this is a very tasty brew. Addictive! Orange Julius! Milk Shake! Glad to have gotten a chance to try it. A very nice take on the style. Thanks Tom!

Dec 03, 2018
Minot's Ledge Lighthouse from Trillium Brewing Company
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 62 ratings