Trillium Brewing Company

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New England IPA
Ranked #1,458
Ranked #12,073
4.1 | pDev: 11.95%
Trillium Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Notes: The Emerald Necklace series tells a foundational piece of the Trillium Brewing story. If you’ve visited our home of Boston, you’ve likely encountered and enjoyed a section of the Emerald Necklace. Beginning downtown at the Boston Common and Public Garden, extending out to Back Bay, and all the way to Dorchester, this 1,100 acre, seven-mile-long public park system is a cherished green oasis in the heart of the city. Years ago, JC cultivated a plot in the Fenway Victory Gardens, where he grew edible and decorative plants, trees, and even some hop bines!

Named after Emerald Necklace architect Frederick Law Olmsted, Olmsted Park features a chain of fresh-water ponds and a dual-path system that residents and visitors to Brookline can enjoy year-round. The third release in the series highlights a pair of Southern Hemisphere hops, offering a vibrant and fresh drinking experience. Brewed with Galaxy and Nelson, Olmsted pours a glowing golden yellow with a soft and inviting haze. Flavors shift from tropical mango smoothie and pineapple juice to more citrus-forward orange pith and lemon zest notes throughout the course of each sip. Medium-bodied with a finish that never fatigues the palate, Olmsted is a true joy to drink.

MALT: American 2-row Barley, Flaked Rice
HOPS: Galaxy, Nelson
Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 23 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Blackrobe
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Dated 2/12/17 (which I assume is an error, being released in 2020), 7 weeks since canning.

Pours a hazy but not opaque deep golden straw with two fingers of fluffy white head. Nose of mango, papaya, ruby grapefruit, gooseberry, white cracker, apricot, sugary lemon and ever so slight black pepper. Taste follows the nose with a little more emphasis on the white cracker/lemon/pepper. I also get some additional notes of orange rind and a slight grassy herbaceousness. A bit weaker on the viscosity side for a 7% brew, medium- body. Decent bitterness, more than normal for a NEIPA and low+ sweetness. If you're looking for a brew that introduces a west coast style IPA drinker to NEIPAs, this could be a go to.

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Photo of SebastianOwl
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was bought today but is canned on 2/12/20 , which is longer than I typically like to a review a beer; the age may have muted some of the bitterness described by others but it also has undoubtedly taken away some aroma and flavor

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Photo of teromous
3.36/5  rDev -18%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the bottom of the can: "CANNED ON 02/12/20 09:36:48"

Appearance: The beer is a very pale straw yellow color that is opaque and has a bit of a dried pineapple appearance. The head is medium sized, white, fluffy, and has great retention. It looks fantastic in the glass.

Aroma: It smells immediately of hop bine oil with a bit of garlic aroma. There are notes of mango flesh and pineapple.

Taste: Up front there is a lot of hay-like flavors with some grass notes. Towards the middle there is a bit of alcohol flavor and grapefruit pulp flavor. Towards the end there is more of an orange pith flavor.

Mouthfeel: Bitterness is higher than the standard New England IPA but the body still feels light.

Overall: The beer is pretty grassy and carries more bitterness than competitive New England IPAs. If you don't mind a grassy beer it is still worth drinking because it has a lot of hop character. I could see myself drinking it again from time to time but it wouldn't be on my list of beers to buy from Trillium again.

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Photo of digboy
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours cloudy bright gold color with a two finger off-white head that leaves little lacing. Aroma has notes of papaya and dank/pot. Taste is not so much dank, focusing more on the tropical sweet notes including papaya but also a strong orange showing. Bitterness cuts into the flavors but is tempered. Feel is soft and low in carbonation. This is a good showing from Trillium but has a little more bitterness cutting into the tropical hops.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.77/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours cloudy hazy opaque golden yellow with a frothy white foam head. Smells like orange citrus, lemon rind, yellow mango, fresh pineapple, crisp white grape, passionfruit, white grapefruit, dank floral lemongrass, earthy pine, with a hint of peppery spice. Taste follows with a little less intensity, finishing dry and crisp rather quickly with yellow tropical fruit notes like mango smoothie, pineapple juice, passionfruit, white grape, lemon zest, orange pith, white grapefruit, a touch of grainy pale malt, with floral lemongrass, earthy pine and some peppery spice. Feels medium bodied, creamy with moderate smooth carbonation. Overall a real nice IPA.

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Olmsted from Trillium Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 23 ratings