Trillium / Evil Twin - Personal Submarine
Trillium Brewing Company

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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #411
Ranked #3,423
4.33 | pDev: 6.24%
Trillium Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Notes: The 4th annual nautical inspired collaboration with our friends from EvilTwin Brewing, Personal Submarine is our second ever Quad IPA, building upon the recipe from previous years with an amplified malt bill and one of our heaviest hop charges to date with Amarillo, Citra, and Mosaic. Cracking the can, Personal Submarine is explosively tropical and citrus forward on the nose filling the glass with a gorgeous, eye catching haze of vibrant orange. On the palate, huge flavors of sweet mango, diced pineapple, and ripe papaya take the lead graced by waves of freshly squeezed orange juice, bright lemon and stone fruit. These flavors coalesce towards the finish calling to mind a luscious tropical smoothie highlighted by a soft, fluffy mouthfeel and full body with a smooth grassy bitterness that cuts the sweeter notes.

MALT: Pilsner, Flaked Oats, Flaked Wheat
HOPS: Mosaic, Amarillo, Citra
Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 41 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Blackrobe
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dated 6/28/19 on the bottom, 7 weeks since canning.

Pours an opaque darker orange with a finger of fluffy slightly off-white head. Nose is exploding with fresh mango, papaya, mandarin orange rind, pineapple, stone fruit, a slightly dank herbaceousness and wheat. Even after almost 2 months it has a very vibrant nose! Taste brings in all the notes of the nose as well as lots of ruby grapefruit rind and straight orange juice followed by wheat and oatmeal. Every sip has a wonderful mouthwatering sweetness. If you told me this was half fruit juice I'd believe you. Medium++ creamy body, borderline monster stout territory. High sweetness, medium bitterness and a low rolling carbonation. You get a little bit of the alcohol peeking through after it warms, but at 13%, it's almost perfectly hidden. Big beer yet they somehow managed to balance a 13% IPA's maltiness with tons and tons of tropical fruit. Fantastic brew!

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.8/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Exuding boldness with each and every sip, the "quadruple" IPA that drips from the hands of Trillium and Evil Twin brewers has taken the New England styled IPA to an alcohol place where its never been before.

Sinking into the barstool is their obvious intent as Personal Submarine pours a viscous peach, burnt orange and goldenrod melange of colors. Hazy with a fine vegetal silt, the beer's frothy character captures a bevy of fruit aromatics that entice the nose with a monstrous citronella perfume. Laced with tropical and orchard scents, the strong spice of gin and rum tease the nose with its strength. Sweet with simple syrups, agave, honey, a pastry dough taste tries for a malty rebuttal to the hops.

But its the hops that win out quickly as even the nearly barleywine level of maltiness is no match for the brazed macerated fruit flavors. Fruit cocktails and tropical punch come to mind as grapefruit, lemon and orange bring a curacao type of spice across a followup of papaya, mango, pineapple, apricot and apple with another grouping of brandy spice. Maraschino cherries bring the rum while the sappy bitterness of gin-like botanicals strike the late palate once more.

Full bodied, full flavored and evading the juiciness and radiance of hazy IPA, this New England styled American Barleywine give a lot for craft beer drinkers and brewers something to think about, right down to its expansive bitter and spicy aftertaste that might allow for a normalization of the tastebuds in about a week or so.

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Photo of mntlover
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours rich hazy ligly dark yellow small white bar pour head, good lace. Very juicy and fruity, juicy fruit chewing gum, mango, overipe pinnapple, peach sweet and not really over hopped in the nose just fruit. Taste is the same big fruity nose all the above on a bready malt base bisquit like. Very smoot very fruity lingering bitterness is fruity with hints of hefbal/light pine. Mouthfeel is big with smooth carbonation. Overall excellent hard to believe this is 13% tastes like you could drink it all day.

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Photo of WickedBeer
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 06/28/19, 7:42:58.

Beautiful deep orange pour, completely opaque. It was fresh from the fridge, so at the current temp there wasn't a whole lot of rising head. What did appear was white in color, fairly soft, and quick to settle into a thin ring around the rim of the beer.

The nose on this is great, very reminiscent of their last Quad IPA (Plane Over Car Over Train Over Boat), filled with a sweet, fruity, juicy profile. Rich, overripe mango, peach candy, bubblegum, pineapple juice, and orange smoothie aromas all come forward in perfect harmony; inviting is an understatement.

The flavors here are most simply characterized as a boozy tropical fruit salad. Pineapple, mango, papaya, oranges, all cushioned by a backbone of dank, resiny hops. The bite is intense at first, and while it does leave a potent grassy linger in the finish, it's not enough to make it uncomfortable. That abundance of tropicality is still very present, however if it finished just a bit softer this thing would have been a banger. Maybe even letting it sit for a bit longer will do the trick.

A soft, full-bodied IPA that that coats the mouth nicely and leaves behind in its wake a hoppy bitterness and boozy warmth. Resiny, sticky, but damn smooth. Hard to hide 13% in an IPA, but overall they did a good job with this one.

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Photo of Damian
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 1 pint can purchased at Trillium Brewing Company, Boston, MA
Canned on 06/28/19
Served in a tulip

Smoothie-like appearance. The beer poured a cloudy, pale apricot color and was topped by a larger bubbled, near finger-tall crown that quickly dissolved. A fine collar encircled the liquid. No lacing whatsoever.

The aroma was super fruity and quite sweet. Ripe peach and apricot notes dominated. Peach candy rings came to mind. Mango was also apparent. There was a generic tutti fruity quality as well. Juicy Fruit gum perhaps. Bit of weed-like dankness too. The dankness really intensified as the beer warmed.

The flavor profile was nearly identical to the nose. Loads of ripe peach and apricot notes on the front end. Big mango presence as well. The beer was anchored by a rich, sweet, malty backbone. Somewhat honey like. Juicy orange and tangy clementine notes appeared on the back end and the finish. Some booziness was noticeable but, given the insanely high ABV, I was surprised by its subtlety. More lingering sweet malty notes and zesty citrus peel after the swallow. Hint of pithy bitterness.

The mouthfeel was a bit disappointing. It was thinner bodied than I anticipated for the style. The liquid contained a fine, subtle, spritzy effervescence. By the drink’s end, the sugars in the beer deposited a slightly sticky film on my lips.

Even in the dead of summer, Trillium continue to crank out boozy hop bombs. While Personal Submarine was far better overall than Plane Over Car Over Train Over Boat, Trillium’s first attempt at a quad IPA, it is still perhaps best enjoyed in small quantities. Hopefully low ABV IPAs become a trend sooner or later, because I can only take so many of these types of beers.

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Photo of egrandfield
4.78/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Dangerous. Tastes like it’s maybe 6%...had at Five Horses in Davis Square in Somerville, MA. Juicy, but balanced. This is the Trillium we know and love.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.47/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Can. Not sure about this one.Bought some for a friend and now I attempt to wade into the fiery waters of a 13% beer. New England IPAs start to shit the bed once they approach double digit ABV in my experience. So this could be an exception or a monstrosity. Pours Trillium-y. Wet, rich, perfumey hop profile. You can tell it is barely tethered together. The alcohol is swelling and begging to take over everything. All the hops and fruity flavors try their damnedest to suppress the booze but it stops working after the first sip. The alcohol coats my mouth and dries it out; overpowering the slickness of the juicy hop profile and feel. Thick body that leaves a sharp, drying, cloying ghost on the bed of my tongue. Heat breath. This beer is too big for it's corset. I wonder what it's half-life is.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft in canton.

Completely hazy, deep orange. Pinky of bone white crown.

Nose is hugely dank. Weed, resin mixing with pineapple. That weed note hits hard.

Taste tones back that weed dankness and brings in more of a citrus/tropical fruit vibe. Diced, candied pineapple

Big, thick, sweet and boozy.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.85/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Notes of tropical stone fruits, citrus, pineapple, peach, mango, fresh orange, papaya, tropical smoothie, creamy, full bodied, soft and smooth, touch of booze

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Photo of StoutshoreBeersnob
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nose: Pineapple, Mango, Tropical Smoothie, you do also get some Sweet Honey Lemon Malt and pine spice but not as much as you get tropical juice

Taste:Almost exactly what you get with the nose but with some added pine hop spice, Pineapple, Mango, Sweet Orange Juice and a bit of that malt. The bitter pine and grass on the finish definitely call you back for more juice!

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: To be honest very easy to drink, dangerous.. I have a fat buzz on and I drank within 15-20 minutes lmao. Full body with sweet juicy mouthfeel

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Trillium / Evil Twin - Personal Submarine from Trillium Brewing Company
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 41 ratings