Ballmer Peak
Trillium Brewing Company

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #312
Ranked #3,002
4.4 | pDev: 6.36%
Trillium Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Notes: Collaboration with Equilibrium Brewery

Legend tells of a mythical "peak" that the human brain can hit after a beer or two - atop this peak all tasks flow with creativity and ease. Computer programs come to life, musical symphonies are born... and delicious beer recipes are created. We worked with the scientific geniuses from Equilibrium Brewery on an all Citra-hopped triple IPA that represents the precarious wonder of this Ballmer Peak.

Pouring an eye catching golden yellow with a heavy milky haze, Ballmer Peak has an explosively aromatic nose revealing mouthwatering tones of mango nectar, pineapple slices, and vibrant orange peel. Ripe stone fruit flavors of apricot and peach build on the palate adding to a melange of tropical papaya, lime, melon and lychee. With a pillowy soft mouthfeel, pleasant biscuity sweetness, and rounded floral bitterness, Ballmer Peak is an open invitation to explore your own creativity.

MALT: American Two Row, White Wheat, Honey Malt
HOPS: Citra
Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 36 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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hopley from Massachusetts

4.86/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I gotta say, this one just knocked it out of the park for me. Yes, pretty sweet, but it was just one of those beers that hit on all cylinders for me. It poured thick and creamy out of the can, and created a thick white head. Mouthfeel was thick. Taste was sweet and thick, almost like there was some Lactose in there; resembled and one of the better Other Half triples to me. Alcohol was well hidden. Really hope they do more with Equilibrium.

May 24, 2019
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Rub_This_BBQ from Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: think and hazy burnt yellow
S: for triple a little muted some malt sweetness , booze and hops
T: mix of front end and back end booze with hop burn with some sweetness in the middle
F: for a triple what I like is not over sweet and hides the ABV

O: has triple go not the best I have had but tasty

Apr 06, 2019
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Arjen from Netherlands

4.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can (one off from De Bierkoning) at home, canned March 5 (22 days ago). Pours a murky mustard yellow color with a small white-ish head. Aroma's of dank hops, honey, juicy fruit, oats. Retronasal it's very dank, resinous, sweetish, onion. Flavour is moderate bitter with some honey-ish sweetness and dank hops. Warming alcohol. Medium bodied. Moderate hopburn. Long finish, somewhat dry, dank and moderate bitter. Could do with a little less alcohol. (Double IPA would have been just fine). Still very nice.

Mar 27, 2019
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Growler from the source.

Pours murky gold with a short-lived head of white. Minimal retention or lacing. Unripe peach and orange in the nose with shades of honey and faint solvent. On the thicker side of medium bodied with a tacky, resinous mouthfeel. Sweet on the palate with honey-drizzled orange, peach, and grapefruit. Finishes with plenty of jammy hops and mild throat warmth.

Mar 26, 2019
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Newport_beerguy from Rhode Island

3.37/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look: Murky as hell, trub-water appearance and not at all a "proper" hazy IPA (whatever that is).

Smell: Honey or maple(?), herbs, like a marinara sauce. Just not in line for style, would classify this as "herbed/spiced" beer if I was blindfolded.

Taste: Honey & herbs, can't ID specific hops, just the acidity tells me the hops are there. Muddled with no distinct strong flavor.

Feel: Pleasant feel echoing the honey portion, but an acidic/burning undertone.

Overall: Just no driving force behind this offering, for a 10+% TIPA you would think it would standout one way or another, boozy, hop saturated, something. But this one registers as nondescript a TIPA as you could drink.

Mar 23, 2019
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Damian from Massachusetts

4.34/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 1 pint can purchased at Trillium Brewing Company, Boston, MA
Canned on 03/05/19
Served in a tulip

Completely opaque, orangey-yellow appearance. This looked just a glass of Tropicana orange juice. The body was topped by a small, soapy looking cap of off-white bubbles that quickly dissolved. No lacing whatsoever.

The aroma was all Citra hops. Juicy and citrusy but perhaps a bit simplistic. Orange notes came through big time. Orange flesh specifically. Touch of creamy vanilla. Subtle peach and apricot notes were also detectable. Fairly sweet but not excessively so.

Citrus notes dominated in the flavor profile as well. Freshly squeezed orange juice came to mind. Hint of rind-like pith. Somewhat tart and tangy. Tangerine was also noticeable. Bit of creamy vanilla. Orange creamsicle perhaps. More tangerine and pithy citrus rind on the back end and in the finish. There was a subtle “hop bite” and a kiss of alcohol warmth too.

Nice frothy, fluffy mouthfeel. Creamy, slick and smooth on the palate. Lighter bodied than expected, given the style. The liquid contained a fine, moderate effervescence.

Ballmer Peak is a very solid Citra hop forward triple IPA that drinks like a well balanced double IPA, which is certainly a good thing in my book. While not the most punchy or complex of Trillium’s recent hoppy beer releases, this was enjoyable and surprisingly drinkable.

Mar 17, 2019
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Holderness from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 4 days ago.

L -- Pours an immensely turbid orange body with 2.5 fingers of fluffy eggwhite head. Good retention and decent lacing
S -- Definitely can tell this is citra hopped. Lots of yellow grapefruit, orange zest, lemon sorbet, light floral
T -- Passionfruit, red grapefruit, clementine flesh, simple syrup, pine resins
F -- Medium+ mouthfeel, medium carb. Some spicy hop bite and decent amount of syrupy sweetness on the finish, but not as bad as most Trillium TIPAs


Mar 10, 2019
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TommyfromBeantown from Rhode Island

5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best beer ive ever had. My girlfriend hates beer and smelled this from across the room and wanted to taste it and loved it. This is a new level of ipa

Mar 10, 2019
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cloudy opaque gold with a lasting creamy frothy white foam head. Big aromatic tropical citrus and stone fruit notes of mango, peach, apricot, sliced pineapple, lemon, orange peel, grapefruit, papaya, lime, melons, lychee, some biscuity sweet malts, a touch boozy, with floral bitter earthy herbal piney spice. Feels full-medium bodied, pillowy soft, creamy with moderate smooth carbonation. Overall a really nice Citra hopped Triple IPA.

Mar 10, 2019
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