Fort Point Pale Ale | Trillium Brewing Company

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Fort Point Pale AleFort Point Pale Ale
Fort Point Pale AleFort Point Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Trillium Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our signature American pale ale balances light, crisp, malt character with an abundance of hop-derived aromatics and flavors from the use of Citra and Columbus. The fragrant nose is fresh citrus, tropical fruit, and peach. Bold flavors of pineapple and mango mix with dank notes of zesty citrus and fresh pine needles. With the smooth mouthfeel, gentle bitterness, and dry finish, Fort Point is our standard daily-drinker.

MALT: American 2-row Barley, White Wheat, C-15, Dextrine

HOPS: Citra, Columbus

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Reviews: 243 | Ratings: 2,193
Photo of hopsputin
4.08/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A. Super hazy, fluffy looking orange color with some darker caramel notes. 2 finger fizzy white head that fades quick

S: mango, guava, melon, passionfruit fruit, pineapple, caramel, sweet dough, biscuits, candied apricots. A touch of sweet lemons citrus as well

T: guava, melon, apricot, and some green hop burn upfront. Grapefruit, sweet malts, clementines, and cantaloupe behind that. A touch of floral hops in here as well with a hint of residual earthy bitterness

M: medium mouthfeel with low carbonation. Not quite as fluffy as I would have imagined, but that’s ok - this is a Pale Ale

O: pretty decent offering. Sweet, but just enough bitterness to make this slightly refreshing, which a Pale Ale should be to me. Not mind-blowing, but something that isn’t offensive either

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Photo of WaffleNugget
4.04/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Swung by Trillium on the way through Boston. Grabbed a 4 pack of these along with some other goodies. Can dated 6/5/19 and poured into a tulip glass.

L: Deep wheat/orange with a good 2 inches of froth that sticks around for a little bit but quickly fades.

S: Deep mango richness - tropical bubble gum and some citrus zest. Quite aromatic - you can smell the beer after you pour. Almost a bit of peach.

T: To me, the taste doesn't necessarily follow the nose of this beer. I taste lots of rind, some pine, and a bit of zip that isn't exactly peppery but something to that effect. A bit of an alcohol burn/taste that is a little unusual - perhaps a unique batch?

F: Another review mentioned effervescent, and that is a great description. Along with the high level of carbonation, its pretty zesty.

O: A nice APA, although it definitely reminds me more of a NE IPA. Great aroma but I didn't find this as easy to drink as many of the other great NE IPAs out there these days. I'm sure that Trillium has several others that are stronger than this offering.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.12/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a pint from the can.

Appearance: Cloudy yellow orange color with medium bubbles. Off white head rising maybe a nudge over a finger's length.

Smell: light lemon skin scent.

Taste: Light smooth malts. Lemon and slight grass. Touch sweet of pinkgrapwfruiit.

Mouth: Slight sticky with medium carbonation.

Overall: Very good brew and borderline IPA like. I say grab it, Salud!

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Traded for this a while ago, as the date on the bottom of the can read 1/24/17 with "HOW ABOUT NO" written below that. It's easy to see how this would be Trillium's flagship offering as this was quite heavy, dank, and tasty at the same time, while being a good example of what an American Pale Ale should be. Even though this can was two years old, it aged well and had very little sediment in it, as the flavors held up quite well over time!

This had a nice pour to it as the liquid was a quietly radiant apricot with a fair head topping it off. A thin ring of lacing was left around the top of my pint glass as the faint collar was the best residue that I could find. A few soapy sections remained as I worked my way through this but it was disappointing for something that was quite enjoyable. Lots of bright stone fruit, peach, wheat, and white grape could be found in the varied nose as the taste had quite a range of flavors to it as well. Light wood, citrus pith, and a subtle earthiness could be found on the palate as this warmed up as I enjoyed the nuances of this beer. Moderately slick and lightly carbonated, this felt like Hawaiian Punch in the aftertaste as the tropical and juicy notes lingered on my tongue once the liquid fully went down...

Not a lot of booze to this as this truly was an American Pale Ale and not an IPA that went by another name. Balanced in body, there was little sediment in the liquid or at the bottom of my pint glass once I finished this off. Certainly enjoyable, this wasn't a standout beer but had enough going for it that the hype wasn't entirely unjustified. Fans of Trillium would be wise to see this out although it's certainly not a hop bomb or full of dankness. Instead, this was a beer that anyone could easily embrace, since there was enough to like about it from the get-go!

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Photo of JRG281
4.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This is a very good beer. A few years ago, I would have said "Amazing." With what we're finding at other breweries, I'd buy it if I were local, but wouldn't go out of my way.

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.73/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

16oz can - Double Dry Hopped version

Pours a small finger of white head into my willi becher glass, a little soapy looking, dissipates quickly. Good initial lacing. Body looks like orange juice. Meh, looks ok I guess.

Nose is pretty juicy, loaded with grapefruit, some mango. Dank, piney hops linger underneath the fruit. Small amount of creamy wheat present as well. Pretty nice job of staying balanced between traditional hop aromas, and fruit. Not an “American pale ale” by any means, as their website says, regardless, smells pretty good.

Flavor is good, but doesn’t quite have that crisp refreshing punch I’m looking for. A little under carbonated, and while the hops are there, they don’t help make up for the lack of carbonation with any real mouthfeel contributions – drinks like juice. As for actual flavors, mostly those dank piney hops come through. Grapefruit is a secondary flavor, mango is not really present. I’m glad the hearty hop notes are the ones that are shining, yet it is still missing something - perhaps a little watery in some areas. At times, it’s hard to differentiate between poor mouthfeel, and flavor. Definitely not a sweet NE style, which again, is good. Tastes good, but has its issues.

Not much else to say about mouthfeel that hasn’t already been said, under carbonated, a little watery, bitterness does not linger, not too sweet. Overall sub par.

The drinkability is very high, it’s not a perfect beer, but it’s very tasty and unoffensive.

Appearance turned out decent I guess. Lacing was patchy to say the least, but better than nothing.

Overall it’s a tasty brew that hits home with the right flavors, but it is a little derailed by a low carbonation and watery taste/feel.

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Photo of SSS
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-Hazy pineapple juice look with a nice head that dissipates quickly
S-Big tropical punch of sweet fruit aroma with a slight sweet malt background
M-Thick and pillowy but also quite peppery and effervescent
T-Sweet deception with a smooth and lasting bitterness
O-Really great beer. The peppery flavour was a little harsh on the senses.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky orange that glows like a Dragonball when held up to the light. Snow-white foam tops out at just over a finger after a modest pour, and retains well. Aroma is orange, tangerine, papaya, and pineapple form a smashing, but not brutal or harsh, tropical fruit display. It smells a little sweet. Toasty biscuit, wheat, and bread malt notes help bring down the sugary citrus rush. Flavor profile is papaya, tangerine, orange, and mango with a hit of toasty biscuit, and bready malt notes. Mouth feel is medium-thick with a fuzzy, nearing-on-velvety texture at the onset and then thins out on the tongue. It has a middle of the road consistency. Overall, a flavorful American Pale Ale, although it really drinks like any other NE IPA just with a little more malt at the forefront. Knocked down 1/4 of a point for that. The malt balance here helps counteract the sugary hop pull most NE IPAs carry, landing this one at a very favorable balance.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 16oz can.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.31/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From the 16 oz. can which was canned 09/13/18. Sampled on September 27, 2018.

Murky, milky looking light amber-yellow in color with a lingering and modest white foamy head. Some lacing.

The aroma emits vibrant characters of grapefruit juice, pineapple, citrus, and tropical fruits. There is a mellower toasted pale malt barley grain presence.

Medium to full body.

Fruitiness leads to pungent bitterness in the flavor. Still a sweet start and a lingering bitter finish. I could drink a few of these back to back.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.05/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a Spiegelau IPA glass, sure why not. Canned July 24th 2018.

Quit a good soapy three finger bubbly head that dissolves and pops with quite a bit of gusto. Opaque dark lemon yellow to hinting orange body color, not quite full turbid character but also with a nice glow.

Very nice aromatic nose. Light malts with a touch of crispy brown sugar, mixing with a very noticeable tropical hop angle of mostly pineapple. Soft possible sensing body, with an excellent sugary quality that isn't overbearing. Quite nice.

Palate is very solid. Light bodied even for a pale ale, but just flirts with wetness in mouthfeel and inching to a chalk aftertaste. Base flavors are very good, a rich light almost crusty character with mixing pineapple and touches of light pine. Finishes about the same aromatically but goes almost weak mint and earth rich on the aftertaste.

Very solid new age pale, staying in both ground places, but also flirts with a little baby aspirin as well. Very drinkable and still enjoyable.

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Photo of Snowcrash000
4.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy peach coloration with a small, fizzy head. Smell is initially quite lovely, with hoppy, juicy tropical/citrus fruit notes of mango and passion fruit with a hint of pineapple and tangerine, but takes on a light cat piss note as it sits. Taste is very bright and hoppy, dominated sweet, juicy tropical fruit notes of mango, passion fruit and pineapple and with zesty citrus notes of grapefruit and tangerine. There's a light dankness and a hint of pine to this as well, almost no malt presence detectable though. Finishes with a light bitterness and very mild hop burn. Soft mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation. This is the quintessential NE style Pale Ale and I would say that it has an amazing juicy hoppiness, mouthfeel and depth of flavour for a Pale Ale, BUT is this even a Pale Ale at 6.6% ABV? Nonetheless, it's still an excellent beer at a relatively low ABV. The balance of sweet tropical fruit, zesty citrus fruit and dankness/pine really is outstanding here.

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Photo of dcscientist
4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first thing I said when I tasted this beer was "pineappley goodness", and I'll stick to that. The overwhelming flavor of this beer is certainly what you notice, but behind that, it's actually pretty balanced. I thought it was a bit less hazy than most of the recent "New England-style" beers, but I get why this is their main APA, and I'd bet it is one of their two or three biggest sellers too.

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Photo of Blackrobe
4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dated 5/9/18 on the bottom of the can, 12 days since brewing.

Pours a nearly opaque straw-gold with a finger and a half of compact white head. Aromas bursting out of the can as soon as I cracked it open. First notes of the nose are of spices; pepper, coriander and cumin. This is followed by ruby grapefruit pith, black licorice, honeydew and a selection of over-ripened tropicals (mango, apricot, pineapple). Taste follows the nose with the over-ripened fruit and spices, but also brings in some dankness, pine resin and pale grainy malt. Body is a smooth medium- with low dryness and a medium- hoppy bitterness. Another great IPA from Trillium, perfectly balanced and smooth, Great blend of hops that give mix of pungent spices, tropical fruit and hoppiness.

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Photo of wedge
4.34/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

CANNED ON 05/09/18

Pours an opaque peachy haze topped with a pillowy layer of white foam. Fragrant tropical hop saturated and apricot slices, grapefruit, pine needles, and a faint leafy herbal spice. Heavy Citra hop flavors - bold and fruity leaving lingering oily resins on the tongue. Peach, mango, zesty citrus, pine sap, and a general fresh hop earthy greenness. Smooth and frothy, fairly heavy for an APA, but stays drinkable thanks to a super crisp finish. Good stuff...essentially an IPA.

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Photo of brewme
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a few of these on draft the other day at The Tinker's Son in Norwell for eight dollars a pop! I prefer this to Congress Street, less of the mango taste. Would buy if I saw in cans, but not for $8/.

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Photo of ThrewRedButter
4.64/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

L - Hazy orange with murky body and two fingers of white head

S - Orange juice and bitter hop juice explosion. Some pine, lemon zest, and grapefruit too

T - Also an eruption of oj, bitterness, mango, grapefruit.

F - Soft and calm. High drinkability

O - One of the best pale ales out there

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Photo of WickedBeer
4.39/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 12/20/17, 14:31.

Pours a really nice hazy orange color. Some sticky lace and a small white head of foam.

Tropical and malt nose, with lingering hoppy bitterness. Hints of peach, an overall very refreshing scent, with some grassiness as it warms.

Malty, grapefruity citrus, and a bitter hoppy finish. A great pale ale, and as APAs are my least favorite style, that’s saying something.

Crisp carb, smooth, and a very refreshing beer. Crushable.

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.22/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Decanted from a 16 oz (473 ml) can into a conical pint glass; canned on 10/18/17.
A: Pours a hazy, gold-orange color with a white head, some retention, and moderate lacing.
S: Aromas of mango, lemon, and peach complete with a graininess.
T: Lemon is definitely the predominant fruit, with a biscuity backbone. Fruity, grainy, but semi dry, with well calibrated bitterness.
M: Medium bodied with low carbonation. Leaves a tingling in the mouth.
O: Like the other Trillium offerings, flavor forward and at the edge of the style. Highly drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of ExtraStout
3.75/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer is a hazy, bright, yellow-gold coloring that is almost opaque, with a frothy, foamy, bright white head that sits low profile and doesn't appear to be going anywhere. Aromas of citrus initially, with a grassy undertone that anchors the nose a bit. Flavors are a citrus blast on the forward tongue, followed by a subtle biscuit backbone that balances well. Lemon and tangerine dance across the palate with every sip, and there is a grassy and peppery blend to keep the sweetness in check. Smooth, mid-bodied, with light, almost effervescence into the aftertaste of citrus sweetness. Slick, clean, slightly dry finish that leaves some citrusy linger behind. Easy drinker but just okay for me. Review may have been influenced by drinking a Cutting Tiles DIPA prior to this.

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Photo of heymikew
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought one at the brewery and had to check my luggage to get it and 10 various others home.
I wish this was available where I live cause it would be a refrigerator beer
Curious why it's not considered an ipa. It certainly qualifies in the hop category...

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Photo of Radcpa
4.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy straw appearance with slight whit head. Mild hoppy aroma with a touch of citrus. Taste is definitely pleasant citrus first with a hint of hoppyness

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

Very enjoyable DDH pale ale. Perfect balance but it definitely taste more like an IPA. Citrusy, grapefruit, and mango. Medium bitterness, yet very smooth.

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Photo of Vidblain
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've had the Enigma-hopped variant, but boy howdy, I surely prefer the original - beautiful, creamy head, wonderfully hazy and juicy. This exemplifies what I love about NE IPAs. I'd happily drink this for about 50% of the rest of my life. Then if I could have Abraxas or Vanilla Noir for the other 50%, life would be good.

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Photo of keith40
4.59/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The 3rd beer purchased at the Canton brewery in a 16Oz can stamped 29 Aug. A nice color and citrus nose. Flavors of Pineapple, Mango, and possibly Orange come through with some Grapefruit on the finish to dry things out. An excellent and enjoyable beer. We are quickly becoming Trillium fans.

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Photo of Rristow
4.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted from can. Pours a murky yellow with white head. Aroma of grapefruit, orange and other citrus notes. Moderately bitter. Flavors of orange, grapefruit, mango, papaya, biscuits, caramel. Excellent pale ale.

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Fort Point Pale Ale from Trillium Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.47 out of 5 with 2,193 ratings