True New Englander
Trillium Brewing Company

True New EnglanderTrue New Englander
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Style:
IPA - New England
Ranked #264
ABV:
8.1%
Score:
95
Ranked #1,836
Avg:
4.41 | pDev: 6.12%
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
54
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Trillium Brewing Company
 
Massachusetts, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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SCORE
95
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True New EnglanderTrue New Englander
Notes: Genuine New Englanders are the type of people who are brave enough to take on a long, snowy shoveling session and lighthearted enough to crack a beer in their lawn chair afterwards. This new Double IPA is brewed for those True Englanders. For this beer, we used the new Sabro Hop from the Pacific Northwest.

Pouring a hazy golden yellow, True Englander swirls unique aromatics of coconut, ripe pineapple, white lily, and stone fruit. Full flavored tropical tones of piña coladas, lychee and key lime pie grace the palate underpinned by fresh tangerine, papaya and white nectarine. Medium bodied with a luscious and creamy mouthfeel, True Englander has a balanced and smooth finish.

MALT: Pale Malt, White Wheat

HOPS: Sabro
Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 54 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

4.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 16 oz Nordic pint glass hard to tell when it was canned but within 4 weeks for sure. Pours a hazy orange with a a finger plus sticky slightly off white head that leaves loads of thick webs of lace yielding excellent retention. 4.75 Beautiful

Smell ripe cantaloupe, peach, papaya, mandarin, pineapple, and apricot. 4.5 Awesome

Taste follows melon, papaya, peach, tangerine, pineapple, and apricot. 4.5 Excellent

Mouthfeel is bigger than medium, soft gentle carbonation, sticky not dry, and at 8.2% really easy drinking. 4.75 Incredible

Overall you call a beer a New Englander you better bring your A game and they really did. This stuff is really tasty and special. 4.5

Feb 23, 2020
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farrago from New Jersey

3.94/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fluffy off-white head highly dimpled with thick lacing. Completely cloudy yellow puree liquid. Peppery, spicy nose, good focus, white grapefruit pith, tar, charcoal, not especially fruity. Longlasting pungency. Medium-bodied, quite foamy which helps combat the overall dryness. Palpable pineapple component then maybe nectarine, mango in support. Grainy, bready in a toasty manner, pepper, citrus seems a touch weaker than in the nose. No noticeable dankness. Square shouldered finish, if astringent. Good, not great.

Jan 04, 2020
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

4.07/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz can dated 12/10/19.

Pours cloudy yellow with an inch of white fluff. Decent retention and lacing. Coriander rubbed grapefruit and tangerine with lime in the nose. Medium bodied at best with a thinnish mouthfeel. Candied tangerine with honeydew and zesty lime on the palate. Finishes with zero malt, a drying bitterness, and lingering spicy citrus.

Jan 03, 2020
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MaltsOfGlory from Oregon

4.01/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

16oz can

Pours a finger of white head into a whiskey snifter. Retention is average, maybe a little above. A little soapy looking. Body is orange juice. Looks fine.

Nose is primarily citrus rind up front. Very small notes of earthy hops. The nose in the can is extremely spicy hops, much better. Ultimately I'm reviewing out of the glass, which is a fine nose, but nothing special.

Flavor follows pretty close suit to the nose, citrus. Very clean, smooth, nothing wrong here, but somewhat one dimensional. It’s refreshing and tasty though, I'll be generous and give it a 4.

Mouthfeel does a lot of work, this is very silky and smooth, while also being bright and very effervescent. Body carries a good amount of weight to it. Carbonation is medium. Bitterness is on the lower end. Not sweet, not dry, well balanced. Some hop trub burn. Wonderful mouthfeel.

Drinkability is very high. The flavor is nothing to write home about, but the mouthfeel really brings it together.

The appearance turned out mediocre, lacing was very patchy.

Overall this beer gets its points from drinkability, refreshment, and its general feel. All and all it's a pretty nice beer.

Jan 03, 2020
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soze47 from Massachusetts

4.06/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really needs to warm up to get to fuller expression of flavors - almost has an unpleasant vinious quality at first. Like zest with too much pith.

Pretty beer that is a little too full bodied for my liking at this abv. There are some great flavors I here though - love the lime specific qualities against some of the sweet notes of tangerine and peach.

This one could get dialed in a bit more and would be outstanding.

Dec 17, 2019
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stoumi from California

4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

True New Englander pours a hazy, deep golden yellow with a well form 1-finger fluffy head that leaves some wispy lacing. The smell is quite pungent with pineapple, ripe peach and mango a hint of lime zest and sweet floral notes. It's medium bodied, somewhat creamy, slightly bitter up front with big tropical fruits; mango, papaya and guava with notes of pineapple and orange.

May 01, 2019
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Billolick from New York

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

Tall can....1/21/19

Typical heavily hazed Trillium look, leaving nice looking froth n lace behind on the glass.

Pungent tropical juicy fruit sweetness on the sniff.

Loaded with ripe pineapple, orange, lemon/lime juice goodness...Delicious, complex, top quality NEDIPA...great creation in brewing...go get some..easily one of my favorite TBC brews.

Feb 19, 2019
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.51/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Trillium Brewing Company in Boston, MA.

This one pours your expected shade of murky orange, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

On the nose, this is a pineapple bomb, with mango, some lemon/lime, and a touch of grassiness.

This is absolutely pure juice, but it tastes excellent. Pineapple is the dominant characteristic here, with stone fruit and loads of citrus as well, and just the slightest hint of bitterness on the finish.

This is crisp and juicy, with a great level of drinkability.

This isn't super different from most Trillium IPAs, but like most Trillium IPAs - it's very delicious.

Feb 04, 2019
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Damian from Massachusetts

4.94/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drank from a 1 pint can purchased at Trillium Brewing Company, Boston, MA
01/21/19
Served in a snifter

Milky, yellow ochre appearance. The hazy liquid was topped by a frothy, near finger-tall crown that quickly dissolved. A thin collar encircled the liquid, but it too was gone relatively fast. Patchy streaks and dots of lacing trickled down the glass.

The aroma was insanely fruity and exotic. Ripe peach notes dominated. Super fresh and punchy. Peach schnapps came to mind. Maybe some peach candy rings too. Tropical fruits were also apparent. Loads of mango and pineapple. Bit of lactose-like sweetness and milkiness. I can see how some reviewers made the comparison to a piña colada.

The flavor profile was just as stellar as the nose. Huge peach presence initially. Tons of ripe mango too. Big juicy, freshly squeezed orange notes were apparent in the center. Some pineapple as well. More peach on the back end. Sweet but not excessively so. Slightly boozy. Again, peach schnapps came to mind. Zesty tangerine notes and some rind-like pith appeared after the swallow. Hint of bitterness. Perfectly balanced.

Outstanding creamy, fluffy mouthfeel. Super smooth and medium-full bodied for the style. The liquid contained a fine, frothy, tongue blanketing effervescence.

While I approach every new Trillium hoppy beer with a bit of skepticism and ask myself, “How much better/different/notable could this beer truly be?”, I am continually amazed by how they manage to up their game. True New Englander features the newly bred Sabro hop varietal, which lends a unique tropical fruitiness and milky sweetness that is absolutely delicious. All things considered, this might be my favorite hoppy Trillium beer to date.

Feb 03, 2019
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Nichols33 from Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This new hop is interesting. Very sweet, almost gives it a milkshake IPA smell & taste. Nose is awesome. Little bite on the back end. Can't wait to try more beers with this hop.

Feb 01, 2019
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PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

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

So here we have a new DIPA from Trillium. This one using a new hop called Sabro. I have read a lot on different social media forums. The greatest was something to the effect of...I have read some reviews of the new hop, and I am a bit worried. (Not quote worthy)
Why would you be worried? What endeavor has ever grown and advanced, by staying the same? It would be awesome if Trillium put out a new beer that tasted like all of the others, and everyone would go, "DUDE!"
This beer highlights a new hop, and does it well. I get the coconut/pineapple/tropical note, and the sweetness/balance. I love how this brewery makes the effort in doing so, highlighting a newer hop varietal.
Don't be scared, hop heads. Just admire that your favorite brewery is leading you away from the mosaic/citra 2017/18, into a new frontier. If you have trouble climbing up, we'll drop a rope. The new is exciting, not something to be feared.

Jan 27, 2019
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours hazy, orange-gold in color with 1/2 inch head. Tastes like dry pina colada, pineapple, coconut, dry orange juice. Medium heavy bodied, moderate carbonation, and slightly bitter. Delicious. Best Trillium beer I have had in a while. Love the Sabro hop and the coconut taste. Glad I picked up a full four pack.

Jan 26, 2019
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Holderness from Massachusetts

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

Canned 2 days ago.

L -- Opaque orange body with two fingers of off-white head produced with moderate pour. Better retention and lacing than usual with Trillium
S -- Orange/grapefruit/lime zest, thyme, basil, oregano, lemongrass, lemon sorbet, vanilla, white grape, mango, sweet floral
T -- Much more tropical than the aromas suggest. Mango puree, juicy guava, papaya, white peach, Jasmine, coconut
F -- Slightly dryer than most Trillium DIPAs, which is nice. Medium mouthfeel, medium+ carb.
O -- I dig this newfangled Sabro hop.

90/100

EDIT (12/13/2019):
I love sabro even more than I remember. The coconut, pina colada, fresh garden herb, honeydew melon character is just awesome and super refreshing. Head retention and lacing are still quite good and the mouthfeel feels softer than last year

91/100

Jan 24, 2019
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.94/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Opaque gold color with a dense creamy white foam head. Smells like ripe pineapple, lime, coconut, white lily flowers, stone fruit, mango, peach, white nectarine, papaya, melons, orange citrus, tangerine, grapefruit, lemon, mild pale white wheat malt, with some floral grassy notes. Tastes soft and delicate, highly drinkable, refreshing with smooth notes of pineapple, mild coconut, lime, white nectarine, mango, papaya, tangerine, grapefruit, lemon, peach, some floral earthy grassy notes, with a creamy pale white wheaty vanilla-esque dry malt base. Feels fuller-medium bodied, smooth and creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a really great DIPA.

Jan 23, 2019
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VTbrewfan from Massachusetts

4.99/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look: hazy yellow, white head and lacing
Smell: citrus, pineapple, coconut
Taste: coconut, lime, kiwi. The coconut flavor increased as I drank it.
Feel: super creamy and rich. Never had an IPA with this rich a mouthfeel before. Similar to a stout!
Overall: Trillium has been consistnely cranking out some of the best NEIPAs recently and this is no exception. Really fortunate that the wife picked up a four pack of this one for me today- it was just canned this morning! When it comes to the NEIPA style my opinion is the fresher the better. This one is no exception. I was pretty pumped to try this one because it used a new hop variety. I hope they put it on their regular winter rotation. It was insanely smooth and creamy for an IPA and had some crazy flavors that I haven’t seen in the style before. Can’t even tell it was 8.1%. Get it!

Jan 21, 2019
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egrandfield from Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L: opaque, consistent mellow honey
S: creamy citrus
T: piney and citrus, hint of lemon
F: just the right amount of carbonation
O: a phenomenal treat for a snowy day

Jan 21, 2019
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