Begonia Skies
Trillium Brewing Company

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American IPA
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4.08 | pDev: 8.58%
Trillium Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Very Good
Notes: Music inspires us daily. We listen to music in our restaurant and in our taprooms, on the packaging line, in our offices, and on our commutes. From Sinister Kid to Headroom, examples of musical influence can be found tracing back to the beginning of Trillium. Early visitors to 369 Congress Street were often greeted with indie rock sounds of Cambridge's Passion Pit. Their breakout single, Sleepyhead, is the inspiration behind our latest offering, Begonia Skies.
Brewed with passion fruit and lactose, Begonia Skies is our first Sour IPA. Presenting a striking orange with a soft, glowing haze, a blend of tropical tones bursts out of the glass, shifting from passionfruit and pineapple to orange juice and papaya. Sweetness, acidity, and bitterness are all in balance, no sip shifting too far in one direction. Soft and plush on the palate, Begonia Skies is a lively and approachable Sour IPA
Malt: American 2-Row Barley, Flaked Wheat, Rolled Oats
Hops: Citra
Additional Ingredients: Passion Fruit, Lactose
Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 21 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap into a 10 oz (296 ml) stemmed glass that seemed a cross between a Wiezen and a Pilsner at Growler's Beer Bistro in Tuckahoe, NY.
A: Pours a cloudy pink golden color (think pink grapefruit juice) with no more than a half finger, pink chiffon head, solid rim retention, but no lacing to speak off.
S: On the slightly tart side of tangy with aromas of pink grapefruit, passionfruit, unripened nectarine, and pineapple, but also lactic acid, barnyard, and wet hay. Delightful, if you like that sort of thing.
T: Semisweet and mildly tart with a palate that closely favors the fruity elements of the nose. Very low bitterness (if any).
M: Medium bodied with low to moderate effervescence.
O: The server said that this was Trillium's first foray into the American Wild Ale arena. I do not know if that is true, but it was outstanding.

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Photo of odenbr12
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Upon first sip, this beer had that kind of quality that you see in a quirky friend that you try to limit hanging out with because they mentally drain you with their habitual antics. It takes a toll. You need time to recover. You need a blanket and some tea and just to hide for a while and turn off your social media.

That’s just the first sip. Was my impression wrong? Absolutely.

You find out through the beer’s description that this beer was inspired by Sleepyhead, song courtesy of Passion Pit. This early 2010s banger is an absolute smash hit, and you cannot go wrong listening to this song while sipping this brew. It comes alive. It’s ELECTRIC. It’s neon green. It’s alive and abundant, fruitful and full of true life. I have taken in a new and unique experience that I truly cherish.

I highly recommend pairing this beer with its muse for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Also the packaging. Much like this beer, the beautiful begonias make for a delightful moment. You can’t go wrong. Lean into this beer, you’re going to be surprised and that’s in the best possible way.

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Photo of ouchiemomo
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reminds me of one on the very fruit forward Permutations that was out towards the end of summer. Very fruity with a taste lingers afterwards. Slight bitter taste that is offset nicely by the lactose and passion fruit. I would venture to say this is more of a warm weather beer. Would be nice to drink sitting on Mayflower Beach on a late July summer day watching the sunset.

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Photo of Holderness
3.09/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Was really hoping for something similar to the magic that Hudson Valley is brewing, but this was not the case. Hazy straw body with pretty much no retention or lacing. Acidic, chemically aroma and taste that is dominated by this almost burning passionfruit presence. Limp mouthfeel. Should've figured this wouldn't be the greatest as soon as the description mentioned Passion Pit ;)


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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.87/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Smooth, sour, hoppy, fruity, pungent tropical passionfruit, citrusy tropical stone fruit notes like oranges, peach, mango, papaya, pineapple, some bitter earthy dankness, subtle lactose cream, with a smooth biscuity malt base

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Begonia Skies from Trillium Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 21 ratings