Plane Over Car Over Train Over Boat
Trillium Brewing Company

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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #192
Ranked #1,779
4.35 | pDev: 7.82%
Trillium Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Plane Over Car Over Train Over BoatPlane Over Car Over Train Over Boat
Notes: Boston is known for its complex tangled transportation web. Unbeknownst to many, though, we also have a rarity that exists in only three locations in the world. At a short span on the Charles River is a place where a plane can fly over a train that rides over a car that drives over a boat. Inspired by this representation of the vibrancy of our city, we created the most amplified hoppy beer to hit our tanks. Plane over Train over Car over Boat reflects the seamless, stunning poetry of many synchronized parts moving together in a small space to create a greater whole. A beer that took a year of focused development and tweaking and fine-tuning to bring to life.

PoCoToB is our first ever Quadruple IPA. With a bumped up grain bill, we dosed this beer with massive additions of Citra, Mosaic, and Galaxy at our highest hopping rate to date. Pouring a heavily hazy orange color, the nose instantly is greeted with bold aromas of of creamy mango purée, candied lemon, tropical papaya, and underripe pineapple. PoCoToB’s luscious, full mouthfeel accentuates dynamic flavors of juicy apricot, sticky cantaloupe, and pulpy orange smoothies with a touch of guava. PoCoToB has a present yet smooth bite of spruce tips with mouthwatering and clean finish. An extended cold-conditioning period mellows the hoppy bite that often highlights beers of this magnitude, while also further developing the depth of tropical and citrus-like qualities that the intense dry hopping imparted.
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Photo of harrypowers
4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an opaque orange.

Smells of mango and citrus. Tastes of fruit with a boozy finish. Light carbonation. Medium/heavy body. Sweet syrupy mouthfeel.

This is a big bold bomb of a sipping beer!

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Photo of Kendo
4.06/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the can into a tulip glass. The body is hazy golden-orange with lots of sediment/particulate floating therein.

S: Good nose of citrus (oranges, orange peels), some brown sugary malt, and a bit of ethyl alcohol.

T: Brown sugar and caramel malt foundation is followed by candied orange peels and overripe tropical fruit (think mango). Heat from that 13% ABV is noted on the palate and on the way down into the belly (and then there too). Not surprised by that, or the alcohol burps.

M: Feels like the DIPAs of old - syrupy and thick, definitely full-bodied.

O: A big beer, no doubt. Not overly impressed, but it will definitely get you drunk. . . .

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Photo of hops_for_thought
3.73/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can in a glass taster, no date I can see. Purchased from trillium Fenway a little over a month ago, where I had it on draft. This seems like a very different beer than then

L: orange gold color, dirty clear with visible particulates I didn’t expect and don’t recall from the draft pour. Minimal head, no lacing. Legs like wine, considering abv appropriate

S: overripe tropical fruit, boozy sweetness. Expected and appreciated

T: boozy, more so than I remember from the draft pour. Would think it’d mellow somewhat in the can. Same solid fruit notes but quite bitter. Believe they mentioned some bite, but comes too aggressively imo

F: fine, wouldn’t call it smooth

O: hard to imagine the 1 month it’s been sitting in my fridge caused this to differ as much as it does vs. my memory of the draft pour. Would like to give the benefit of the doubt, but doubt I’ll seek it out again

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Photo of ChipChaight
4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can from the Fort Point brewery in Boston, purchased on the weekend of EBF 2020. Birthday beer number 1. Pours a gorgeous opaque deep gold with a sudsy white head that lingers with excellent lacing, smell wafts from the can and the glass, oozy ripe citrusy mango, frozen orange juice concentrate, hints of fresh cut grass and booze, taste is huge tropical fruit concentrate/nectar up front with mango, papaya, and overripe melon and finishes with warm booze akin to a orange liqueur that lingers, this beer is thick and creamy. A great way to kiss 30 goodbye and kick 31 right in the face, also my first quadruple IPA.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 16 oz Snulip glass not sure when it was canned. Pours a very hazy and dark orange with a half finger sticky off white head, that leaves thin wisps of lace, with excellent retention. 4.5

Smell huge ripe melon, guava, tangerine, pineapple, apricot, and a little hint of alcohol. 4.5

Taste follows melon, guava, tangerine, pineapple, apricot, and a little bit of booze on the back end, but at 13% just a little. 4.5

Mouthfeel is big, gentle carbonation, a tad sticky but not really dry, and at 13% goes down way to easy. 4.5

Overall this is another gem from Trillium, kind of a great brewery showing off when you brew a beer this good and it is 13% and crazy approachable. Thanks Larry @tasterschoice for this can. 4.5

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Photo of CHickman
4.09/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Canned 01/28/20, it pours cloudy orange color with 2 finger foamy off white head that faded slowly and left good spotty lacing. Smells like sour orange juice, grapefruit, papaya, rum soaked bread, pineapple and grains. It’s boozy and full of citrus, but not offensive to inhale, just not super hoppy in a way that a well crafted DIPA releases citrus or floral aromas.

Boy this is strong and pretty much what I expected for a 13% ABV quadruple IPA, except I thought it would be smoother since it’s an IPA by Trillium. It’s chock full of citrus fruit with orange juice, pineapple, tangerine, papaya, lemon, Razzles candy, sweet malt, graham cracker, syrup and rum or a dark booze that trails the tropical fruit and leaves a lingering dry, boozy finish. It’s a tad bit too hot and could use some aging.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 1/30/20

A - Dark muted orange gold and very opaque in color (after awhile, all these Northeast haze bombs look the same). Lacing is dense, thick, and vibrant white in color.

S - Tropical fruit aroma jumps out of the glass with juicy, bold, and intense pineapple, citrus, peach, and papaya. There's a tad hit of alcohol on the nose but to be expected with a beer this high in octane.

T - Tropical fruit up front and from start to finish. Pineapple, peach, papaya, and citrus with some spicy fruit rind.

M - Most noticeable is the alcohol warming almost immediately up front from the alcohol. Thick and chewy while leaving some sugar residue on the lips.

O - I would score this one higher on taste but the ABV plays some real havoc on the overall experience.

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Photo of Vidblain
3.54/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Interesting. Featuring curious tropical fruit notes and a very creamy texture, but man, this is one of the boozier triple IPAs I've ever had. Thankfully lacking the malt presence of many, it is still quite creamy. It's fine, but certainly not a favorite, in the style or otherwise.

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Photo of WickedBeer
4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 02/14/19. Heard this was super boozy when fresh, so I'm looking forward to trying it after a couple months.

A beautiful deep, golden orange color, murky and intimidating. Heavily hazy, with nice lace retention forming in random spots on the inside of the glass as the initial head settles back into the body of the beer.

Initially on the nose, you think all you're going to be getting here is sweet malt and booze. But let it open up a bit, and it completely changes. Aromas of overripe mango and papaya are very much prevalent, with a great lemony citrus quality that cuts through the abundant sweetness really nicely.

Surprising predominance of melon and stone fruit compliment a re-emergence of mango purée and orange juice flavor. Big, bold, profile that numbs the palate slightly as those hops start to settle on the tongue. That perfect combination of Citra, Mosaic, and Galaxy leave a burst of citrus in the finish, with a candied grapefruit sweetness perfectly complimenting warming booze.

Full-bodied, resinous beer. Good hop bite but with a creamy smoothness that makes for a very clean finish. Warming booze accompanies the tingling hops on the way down, leaving in their wake a sticky mouth-coating serving as the only memory to the truly powerful PoCoToB.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.36/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Traded for this *very* recently, as the date on the bottom of the can was from 2/14 of this year. Love the name as it had four forms of transportation on it as this was a Quadruple IPA. Quite strong and intense, this was also tasty, easy to quaff, and full of tropical fruit flavor. Even though this was one of the more potent beers that I've had from them, it was easy to like this if you're into the style like I am!

The pour to this was quite dark and murky as the apricot hue was off and not what I expected. Very little light seeped through and the head was quite voluminous for something that settled quickly. Only a few half-rings of lacing remained on the front of my pint glass as I worked my way through this, which was a bit of a surprise as well. Quite a sticky aroma to this as the candied fruit, mango, papaya, and hops combined for a sticky and sweet nose that had me in from the get-go. The apricot and mango came in the taste as this felt like fruit mixed in with some puree, nectar, and rind as a mild overripe mouthfeel took hold once this fully warmed up. The sugar was more of a reason to take it slow with this than the booze while the spruce tips were more felt in the finish that on the palate...

To be fair, this was strong and felt it at times but the alcohol and fruit were in really wonderful proportion to each other. Not as dank or cloudy as more popular beers from Trillium, this was just as good as those and worth the time that it took to concoct this. One of the best tropical-tasting beers I've ever had, this is up there for Trillium as well, which speaks as ot how damn enjoyable this was. Seek this one out if you're up in New England!

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Photo of HighLowJack
2.86/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Trillium does a lot right, and some bad. This beer is everything bad about Trillium combined into one. Reminds of the 1st time I had Dogfish 120 - this beer is about doing *something* without regard for it being a good idea or not. Pushing the limits for the sake of pushing limits. It tastes overly sweet and boozy. I couldn't drink more than 1/2 an ounce.

This is not nearly as good as the Trillium core hoppy offerings. A waste of good resources :(

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Photo of Damian
3.96/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Drank from a 1 pint can purchased at Trillium Brewing Company, Boston, MA
Canned on 02/14/19
Served in a tulip

The beer poured a completely opaque yellow ochre and was topped by a small, finely beaded, off-white crown that quickly transformed into a clingy collar. A few tiny, odd-shaped streaks of lacing trickled down the glass.

The aroma was super fruity and bold. Apricot nectar immediately came to mind. Quite sweet but not excessively so. There was a subtle dankness as well. Touch of booze. Juicy citrus notes appeared as the beer warmed. Orange and tangerine perhaps. The alcohol also intensified and became much more prominent by the drink’s end.

The flavor profile was great up front but finished quite astringent. Malty and nectar-like initially. Big apricot nectar presence. Some peach too. Touch of mango. Citrus notes appeared in the center and on the back end. Tangerine and clementine came to mind. Fairly tart and tangy. The beer finished with an incredibly pithy and bitter grapefruit rind-like quality and a sharp, boozy kick. I definitely tasted all 13% of this beer.

Terrific creamy, supple, smooth mouthfeel. Full bodied for the style. The liquid contained a super fine, frothy, tongue blanketing effervescence. Pillow soft and fluffy on the palate.

Plane Over Car Over Train Over Boat is Trillium’s first foray into the “quadruple IPA” game, and I hope it is their last. While triple IPAs can often be excessively sweet, boozy and/or bitter, this beer was all of these. A novel experiment perhaps but not one that ended very well.

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Photo of Damasen
5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nose is pineapple, mangoes, tangerine, and cantaloupe. Taste starts with a dank punch of mangoes with some pineapple in the background. Then it transitions into pithy tangerines with the sweet fruit. Finishes with super sweet honeyed mango. And as always with these hops there is a bit of onion in the background as well. There is also a whiskey like sweetness, due to the amount of alcohol but also there is that malty, caramel/honey sweetness, that is prevalent throughout. This balances the bitterness that comes with amount of hops. The finish is long, with the hop oils clinging with that honey cantaloupe, which is very enjoyable. Mouthfeel is chewy/clingy. Overall this is a very balanced brew brimming with pineapple, mangoes, citrus, and a big finish of honey cantaloupe.

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Photo of Holderness
4.11/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Trying the day of canning.

L — Crazy turbid orange body with three fingers of off-white head produced with moderately aerated pour. Surprisingly good retention given the ABV. Some lacing
S — Overripe mango, pineapple, strawberry, green onion, honeydew melon, booze, dank earthiness, hint of rubber. Explosive
T — Dried apricot, very sweet pale malts, peach, guava, mango puree, wildflower honey
F — Intensely syrupy sweet, as per usual with Trillium’s triple IPAs (and, now, Quadrupel IPAs), which cuts down on the drinkability a lot. Remarkably low bitterness, though, for 10lbs of hops per BBL.
O — The more of these huge hoppy beers that Trillium puts out, the more I'm convinced that they are just not my cup of tea. While this one has some killer aromas and is about as hazy as you can get, the syrupy maltiness is a big drawback for me. Like with most of their pastry stouts, this one feels like they're milking the hype train a little too much and banking on their name recognition to inflate ratings


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Photo of tigg924
4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a growler. Pours hazy, orange-gold in color with 1/3 inch head. Taste is orange, cracker, pineapple, and dried mango. Heavy bodied, medium low carbonation, boozy, and slightly bitter. Calms down after an aggressive first sip. Makes for a good ipa, although I prefer some of their other ipas.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16oz can dated 2/14/19.

Pours murky gold with an orangy hue. Minimal head, retention, or lacing. Aromatics are so pungent and dripping with fruit concentrate it's laughable. Peach, pineapple, orange, grapefruit, and pine with boozy fusels wafting through. Full bodied with a chewy, tacky, resinous, gummy mouthfeel. Candied grapes, mango, mandarins, and peach on the palate drizzled with honey schnapps. Finishes with long-lingering dank resins, citrus concentrate, and warming booze.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow. Super intense pungent tropical citrus and stone fruit aromatics leap out as soon as the can is cracked, followed by some dank herbaceousness that is welcome and fond. Reminds me of the "old" Trillium days when I used to smell some of their DIPAs. This one just smells like it's going to be one of their best, and my palate agrees with my nasal passage. Taste is super smooth and juicy, loaded with hoppy fresh fruit notes and dank earthy herbal flavors, balanced with a hint of pale malt sweetness. Aromas and flavors range from the tropical notes of underripe pineapple and creamy mango, to peach and papaya, with orange citrus, grapefruit and candied lemon on the side, juicy apricot, ripe cantaloupe melon, pulpy orange smoothie, a touch of guava, and a slightly spicy spruce tip earthy pine presence. The appearance is completely turbid opaque orange gold with a lasting creamy frothy white foam head. Mouthfeel is ultra smooth, juicy, soft, full-medium bodied, creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall an incredible and really great New England style Quadruple IPA.

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Plane Over Car Over Train Over Boat from Trillium Brewing Company
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 75 ratings