Max Headroom
Trillium Brewing Company

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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #96
Ranked #1,070
4.65 | pDev: 6.24%
Trillium Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Notes: This year to celebrate the annual return of Headroom we sought to make a special batch of beer that honored Headroom’s legacy yet challenged us to push the recipe forward. Our hoppiest beer ever, Max Headroom marks countless hours of formulation, planning, and execution. With a bumped up gravity to handle a massive hop charge of 11 pounds per barrel of Galaxy and Mosaic, Max Headroom is a beer we excited to finally share with you!

Pouring a heavy milky haze of pale yellow straw, Max Headroom is resplendent with ripe aromas of fresh pineapple and juiced citrus with a lively underpinning of clipped grass. With each sip, waves of tropical mango smoothies and guava crash over the palate highlighted by deep notes of orange candies, meyer lemon slices and freshly squeezed pink grapefruit. Extended cold conditioning keeps the bitterness from becoming overbearing, yet a gentle buzz of vibrant pine strikes a balance on the finish. Max Headroom is medium bodied with a rounded mouthfeel and creamy, smooth body. We hope you are able to share this beer with the special people in your lives, raising a toast in celebration of time well spent together.

MALT: American Two Row, White Wheat, Flaked Wheat
HOPS: Mosaic, Galaxy
Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 38 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of alextastic
4.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Headroom? Meh. Max Headroom? Hell yeah. Pours a gorgeous, milky, creamy looking opaque yellow. Head was not suuuper big, but it was there for a minute before transcending into being nonexistent. Smell is sweet, syrupy peaches and tangy, tart citrus. Flavor is along the same lines, but more stone fruit-focused, with the perfect little moment of bitterness at the end. Body is similarly impressive, smooth, easy to drink, but substantial and thick in the right way. This is one of those beers that makes you say, "Damn, that is good." I have one sip left in my glass, and as much as I'm looking forward to gulping it down, I'll be sad to see it go.

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Photo of Damian
4.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Drank from a 1 pint can acquired in a trade with Nestor87
Served in a tulip

The beer poured a completely opaque, pale straw yellow hue. Thick and turbid, like an Orange Julius. Quite intense, even by Trillium standards. The body was topped by a small bubbly film that quickly dissolved. A thin collar encircled the liquid, but that too was short lived.

The nose was pure hop candy. Juicy orange notes came through big time. Freshly squeezed orange juice for sure. Super sweet and bright. Ripe tropical fruit notes were also apparent. Overripe mango and guava perhaps. Good amount of dankness too. Cannabis notes came to mind. The dankness intensified as the beer warmed. Touch of fresh cut grass as well.

The flavor profile was also amazingly juicy and fruity. Citrus notes dominated initially. Loads of fresh squeezed orange juice. Tropical fruits appeared in the center. Ripe pineapple was most prominent. Some mango, guava and Meyer lemon too. White grapefruit came through on the back end and carried into the finish. Touch of pithy bitterness. Overall, super intense but very well balanced.

Terrific frothy, fluffy mouthfeel. Medium-full bodied for the style. The liquid contained a fine, moderate effervescence that turned creamy and smooth on the palate.

Headroom is considered to be Trillium’s top rated hoppy beer, but this Max version might be even better. Unlike many of their recent triple and quadruple IPAs, this beer packs an amazingly hoppy and fruity punch but veers far from being overly sweet or boozy. In my book, this is as close to perfect as a double IPA gets.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.98/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Milky yellow opaque haze. Smells super fruity and juicy, almost gummy and candied, with jammy citrus and tropical fruits, with some spice and earthy dankness. Tastes like tropical jammy fruit and dankness, guava, mango smoothie, candied orange, meyer lemon, pink grapefruit, pineapple, with spicy green floral earthy pine. Feels medium-full bodied, creamy smooth with moderate low carbonation

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Photo of Fireman_RK
4.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours a gorgeous milky apricot hue with a foamy white head and sticky lacing
S: Big mango, peach rings, and ripe melon
T: Bursting with boozy pineapple, guava, bitter grapefruit, and juicy cantaloupe - the Galaxy and Mosaic effortlessly intermesh and round out with a bold hoppy bite
F: One of the thickest, most viscous IPAs I’ve ever had with ample carb
O: Max Headroom is like drinking a top-tier NE IPA on full volume. Everything is BIG and well executed. Enjoyed this side-by-side with regular Headroom and Max makes a unique statement. This beer is equally bolder with amped up hop profiles, but smoother, less boozy, and much more well rounded. Still a heavy hitting IPA ensconced in hazy hoppy syrup. It would be challenging for anyone to rein in the massive profile of this beer, but Trillium pulls it off flawlessly.

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Photo of brentk56
4.34/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Arrives cloudy and honey colored with a thin cap that fades to a ringlet; splotches of lacing

Smell: Citrusy, grassy and tropical, with tangerine, pineapple, papaya, melon, guava and mango

Taste: Quite a bitter hop blast, at the outset, with tangerine, grapefruit and grassy tones galore; tropical flavors of pineapple, papaya, mango and guava emerge, among with some melon, before the hops return to overwhelm; very bitter, like the old days of 100 IBU competition

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy with moderate carbonation

Overall: Quite a brew but I will go with the regular Headroom as my preference; less is more here but glad to try this

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Photo of devildog1633310
5/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Yes, I did the unthinkable! I waited in line in Canton, MA for this beer & Headroom. I am so glad I did. Their Big Bird 2IPA was fantastic but the Max, lets just say The Divinyls “I Touch Myself” could be used in advertising for this IPA that takes hazy hops to the level of the Mango & Citrus Gods of the Pacific Islanders. I’m thankful that I live near Trillium but if you don’t take the pilgrimage to taste NE haze perfection.

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Photo of agreenman19
4.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - zoinks. Pure hop mud. Pale, yellowy, and milky. The color starts to blend into the glass after a while. Fizzy white head that doesn't last long. Swampy, murky, and the very definition of turbid. Looks like the bottom of every keg ever all mixed together, which is either your thing or isn't. The Bros would be appalled at the look of this one!

S - huge punch of Galaxy in the form of pineapple rind and spicy, oniony grapefruit. Creamy vanilla and orange pith. Durian candy and some melon sweetness on the end.

T - pure hop extract. Feels like it should be roasting my insides, but somehow channels the acidic hop energy into oily flavor resins. Toes that burning line, but hits the sweet spot of chalky hoppiness without too much bite. Vinous white wine character, likely from the elevated ABV, and plentiful rindy tingles. Massive hop saturation actually smooths out the prickly, pithy character from OG Headroom. Feels draped in a soft hop blanket instead of more razor sharp bitterness that you'd expect with the addition of more hops. Liking this direction. Grapefruit, orange, and a bit of heat on the finish. Acidity comes out as it warms.

F - huge step up over Headroom. Still has that airy, fake-carbonated, burp-inducing frothiness, but it's the lining on a much heavier, thicker beer. The backbone here is meaty and robust. Hop syrup.

O - far more saturated, which gives it a heavier, muggier, and stickier feel than Headroom. Still retains those sharp pineapple, grapefruit, and melon flavors with boosted acidity and humidity.

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Photo of Holderness
4.53/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Fort Point

L -- Super hazy, milky orange. Minimal white head. Nothing unexpected here
S -- Trillium kills it on the aromas with these heavily hopped beers. Huge smack of all the tropical fruits, all the citrus, all the dankness
T -- My first thought was how glad I am that this isn't as sweet as a lot of Trillium's recent highly hopped stuff. Mostly pithy, rindy citrus with just the right amount of pale malt sweetness
F -- Usual Trillium prickly carb
O -- Pretty much as expected; Headroom, but with more of a hop smack

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Photo of ThrewRedButter
4.53/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - Filthy, murky body, orange color. A finger of head that disappeared quickly.

S - Grapefruit, oranges, touch of spice

T - Great combo of tropical, citrus, and stone fruit. A noticeable touch of booze. Lots of bitterness

F - Full and soft.

O - Side by side with 2019 Headroom, the standard Headroom has a smoother finish, but there is a noticeable difference as Max Headroom has more prominent citrus flavor.

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Max Headroom from Trillium Brewing Company
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 38 ratings