Max Headroom
Trillium Brewing Company

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IPA - New England
Ranked #32
Ranked #362
4.65 | pDev: 5.38%
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: 16 | Ratings: 66 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

4.63/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I'd had DDH King Sue recently and this seemed comparable (I know different hops), not as citrusy but seemed more drinkable for a pretty high ABV NEIPA. Really good, creamy, smooth and orange/pineapple.

Oct 01, 2020
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

4.49/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can dated 7/30/20.

Pours murky gold with a short-lived head. Minimal retention or lacing. Pungently hoppy in the nose with a whiff of warming alcohol. Pineapple, grapefruit, orange pith, and fruit cocktail syrup. Medium bodied with a tacky, slick mouthfeel. Pithy, unripe citrus aplenty on the palate with a big, boozy bitterness. Finishes rough and a bit hot on the throat with long-lingering raw hops and unripe citrus.

Oct 01, 2020
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SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.49/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Trillium - Max Headroom

Pint can - dated 07/30/20 - poured into a teku at 38°F.

Huge thanks to Matt for this one!

Pours an absolutely turbid pale creamy orange - basically orange juice - ropped with a finger of foamy white head that quickly recedes to a razor-thin collar. No visible effervescence.

Nose: Ultra fruity hop profile with notes of peach rings, nectarine, papaya, pineapple, mango, guava, grapefruit zest, and tangerine all atop a clean, pale, oaty malt base. Super tropical, and despite the faintest hint of clean grass, absolutely no earthy or dank notes.

Palate: The beer greets the palate with slightly sweet, but very pale malt, and then an explosion of tropical hop flavours follow. First and foremost is guava, followed by ripe pineapple, mango, apricot, and papaya. There is just a kiss of hop acidity, which nicely showcases the pineapple note. Moving forward, this nice candied orange and sweet grapefruit peel note comes in, turning it almost smoothie-like. A subtle grassy dank note peeks through, truly revealing its Galaxy component, and then this big, oily, pithy bitterness washes everything away, showing a touch of pine resin, and drying everything out, with a lingering oily bitterness.

Mouthfeel/Body: As with many Trillium IPAs, this beer really showcases that big, fluffy, pillowly softness that is associated with the New England IPA. This beer is plush. Soft and full, yet retains a surprising level of crispness and drinkability given its 9.1% ABV. It doesn't stick or cling, and that ultra pithy finish really dries the beer out. Effervescence is fine and perfectly fizzy.

Overall: To be honest, I wasnt hopeful for this beer, but it genuinely surprised me, and that's an honest review. I don't care for high ABV NEIPAs, and this diesbt drink like one. I don't care for ultra musty dank bombs, and this isn't at all. I don't care for hop burn, and this lacks it. This is a perfectly crafted New England double (triple, really) IPA, with a wonderfully tropical hop profile, and exquisitely balanced malt base, superb mouthfeel, and not a single glaring flaw. It diesnt quite taste at all like what I'd expect a Galaxy/Mosaic/Columbus IPA to taste like, but it's fantastic nevertheless. A must-try in the Trillium lineup.

Sep 10, 2020
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lucius10 from California

4.58/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sweet, tropical hoppy, bready/biscuity, and diesel dank nose on this one! Taste follows with a smooth, tropical and citrus bitter finish...the diesel dank notes show up more and more as it warms. This is nice and heavy and thick on the palate! Murky and balanced and delicious!!!

Aug 29, 2020
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Kendo from New York

4.5/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 7-30-2020, consumed on 8-23-2020.

A: Poured from the can into a tulip glass. Body is juicy/hazy golden with a half-finger of white head that settles quickly.

S: Nice nose of tropical fruit - pineapple, mango, papaya, melon - grapefruit peel and dank, earthy grass.

T: Think orange-pineapple juice. Lots of tropical fruit - like the nose, I get pineapple, mango, papaya, melon, but also some white grape skins and apricot. Finishes with grapefruit bitterness/bite and some pine or grassiness. Given the 9.1% ABV, I'm really surprised to not be getting more alcohol. I note a bit of heat in the belly, and a touch on the back end of the palate, but that's about it.

M: Juicy, medium-to-full in heft. Carbonation is modest, provides some "bite."

O: Very good. I really liked the "regular" Headroom, and while this one doesn't quite live up to it, it's very good.

Aug 24, 2020
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.61/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Canned 7.30, opened 8.8

Can poured into a teku

Two finger big bubbled rocky gosamer white foam cap , okay retention, settles to a ring over a hazy, pulpy looking pale orange liquid, no lacings

Aroma is mango, pink grapefruit, whiff of pine, yeah i get fresh clipped grass

Taste is mango, orange citrus , hint of pink grapefruit

Low sudsing, smooth with a gentle hop nibble that lingers on the back and sides of the tongue. The 9.1% abv is invisible

Great beer, glad i grabbed some today

Aug 08, 2020
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TheIPAHunter from Pennsylvania

4.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a striking peach-colored haze in the glass. Full-bodied, and glowing. Smells of pink grapefruit, orange starburst, mangoes, and hints of cardamom. Taste follows with additional nuances of fruit smoothie, lemon zest, and a detectable grassy note on the back end, as well as a hint of booze heat. Texture is soft & creamy, with the just the right amount of carbonation and bitterness. Decidedly more assertive than its little brother, and presents at a higher level of flavor overall. A world-class offering from a world-class brewery.

Aug 08, 2020
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alextastic from California

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.

Aug 25, 2019
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Damian from Massachusetts

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.

Aug 20, 2019
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

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

Aug 20, 2019
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Fireman_RK from North Carolina

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.

Aug 17, 2019
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brentk56 from North Carolina

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

Aug 14, 2019
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devildog1633310 from Massachusetts

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.

Aug 14, 2019
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agreenman19 from Connecticut

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.

Aug 14, 2019
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Holderness from Massachusetts

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


EDIT (8/9/2020):
Trying blind a week old can alongside a week old can of Headroom. Affirming all above notes. Prefer Headroom by a small margin -- it's a little less boozy in the aromas and more drinkable. But the pungency of aromas on this are pretty unmatched. The perfect level of dryness for a heavily hopped DIPA, none of that hop syrup nonsense

EDIT (9/9/2020):
Just tried the final can of this I had, it was stored my fridge since I got it. Holy shit, this thing becomes a malt bomb fast. At five weeks out it is *much more* malt forward than before (and especially in contrast to a fresher can of DDH Vicinity I had earlier this evening). Would not expect something with this much hop saturation to fall off this fast. If I were to rate this can instead, it would be around a 3.75

Aug 12, 2019
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ThrewRedButter from Massachusetts

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.

Aug 08, 2019
Max Headroom from Trillium Brewing Company
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 66 ratings