Crown And Crate | Trillium Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Trillium Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Crown & Crate brings together raw wildflower honey straight from Massachusetts hives, along with lactose sugar to create a unique and luxurious double IPA. The energy of buzzing hives is channeled in the radiant glow of this beer and the nuanced sweetness that dots its tropical flavor palate. The royal queen bees and the milk crates that give this beer its name both foreshadow delicious ingredients, and Crown and Crate is the perfect beer to kick off a bright and exciting spring.

Pouring a heavy, milky haze of deep blonde straw, Crown and Crate announces itself with dank and enticing aromatics of tropical fruit and honeysuckle that leap out of the glass. The palate opens with a wash of sweet summer berry flavors as notes of ripe cantaloupe, mango smoothies, pineapple sorbet and juicy apricot build in intensity. Medium bodied with a luscious mouthfeel accentuated by a creamy sweetness, Crown & Crate finishes clean with a pleasant bitterness calling to mind orange and grapefruit pith.

MALT: American Two Row Barley, White Wheat, Flaked Wheat, Dextrose
HOPS: Mosaic, Galaxy
ADDITIONAL INGREDIENTS: Raw Wildflower Honey, Lactose

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 19
Photo of Blackrobe
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dated 4/26/18 on the bottom of the can, just under 3 weeks old.

Pours an extremely hazy, almost opaque pale straw, with a finger of rocky white head. Nose starts of with apricot, sweet dankness and melon; moving in to notes of mango ice cream, sugary Portuguese bread, a little herbaceousness and a tiny hint of green onion. Taste follows the nose but with most notes muted and what remains is a sweet + dank herbaceous ice cream, with background notes of tropical fruits. Medium+ sweetness, low+ bitterness, medium- drying, decent carbonation and a medium, mouth coating body. I'm very sensitive to lactose additions, they come off a little chemically to me, so I notice the lactose. However, the honey was underplayed as well. TBH, not one of Trillium's best brews, there's nothing wrong with it except for the nose outclassing the taste, but nothing makes me want another one. Can't always hit home runs!

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Photo of ericstin
3.91/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Man, I do not like this one. One word, (and I can't even take credit for it). This beer is Green! Needed to sit more or needs to mellow out in the can for a few weeks? With honey and lactose, I was hoping for a sweet, creamy offering. This one smells fruity and tastes like bitter grapefuit peel. Wish it tasted like it smelled. It has something off putting in the aftertaste.

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Photo of soze47
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Turbid yellow without much head. Drinking on draft at canton. Really potent nose. Really surprising amount of balance from honey dryout. Tropical fruits - but not so much ripe as almost green. Green Plaintain almost comes to mind. Surpingly balanced for a lactose ipa.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can, about 2 weeks old, snifter glass. Bright pulpy straw yellow body, one finger frothy white head, thin collar, not much lacing, good retention. Smell is distinct grapefruit and papaya, a bit of spicy herbal notes, mild-moderate sweetness that isn't distinctly caramel or malt, perhaps it's a combination of honey and caramel, fairly mild lactose, not anywhere near milkshake proportions as I had initially feared. The hops are front and center here through the nose and palate. The distinct honey sweetness comes through on the backend, which is kind of neat, actually. The lactose is pretty mild and does not detract from the otherwise hop-forward double IPA above it. Medium bodied, creamy with appropriately mild carbonation, mild herbal bitterness with a nice delayed honey sweetness on the backend.

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Photo of Holderness
3.76/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Canned 4 days ago.

L -- Pours a pale orange haze with a finger of rocky white head produced with moderate pour. Minimal retention or lacing
S -- Melon, fusels, weedy resins, kumquat, basil, pineapple, green onion
T -- Orange rind, grassy earthiness, honeydew melon, wildflower honey, green onion
F -- Trends towards the sweet side thanks to the lactose addition. Medium mouthfeel, medium+ carb.
O -- Not a huge fan of this one, reminded me a bit of their Exchange Student collab w/ Cloudwater.


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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Tropical aroma, citrusy, dank, some honey and lactose sweetness followed by flavors of white raspberries, cantaloupe, mango smoothie, pineapple sorbet, juicy apricot, pithy orange and grapefruit, a hint of creamy lactose sugar and raw wildflower honey, with floral earthy pine

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Crown And Crate from Trillium Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 19 ratings