Fort Point Pale Ale | Trillium Brewing Company

196 Reviews
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

Added by Todd on 01-12-2013

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Reviews: 196 | Ratings: 1,846
Photo of dee4maine
4.27/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a very solid pale ale. Nose was much stronger then the taste. It is definitely incredibly balanced in terms of citrus, pine, Malts and ending pleasant bitterness.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.05/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I think this was my favorite during the tap takeover at Rare Barrel. Well organized event by the way.

Pours a cloudy yellow. Pretty much all of Trillium's offerings that day "looked" like shit, but they were all above average in every other department. Relatively thin 1/3" white head. Aroma gives hints of citrus and tropical, nicely restrained.

As usual for many of the trillium beers, they use wheat to lighten up the malt base and stays away from heavier caramalt. Appreciated. Notes of pineapple and pine. I wouldn't describe the back end as dry, more oily than anything. A little bit of mango sweetness to it. Strong for a pale ale.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.47/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

10oz tulip on tap at TRB.

A: Super cloudy orange juice color with a soft, greasy, white head. The color is more of a glowing, brighter, orange than it is a muddy yellow orange.
S: Sweet tropical fruit scents along with hints of melon. Fruity and clean smelling. No bitterness on the nose, but I get hints of mild grapefruit pith.
T: Sweet tropical fruit follows the nose with notes of tangerine and papaya. Juicy perfumey hops; kiss of pale bready malt. Bitterness is lightly herbal but fairly easy on the palate.
M: Very soft and smooth medium-full body with creamy carbonation and a well-rounded soft feel overall. Slight spritzy tingly fresh hop oils, moderate bitterness that is cut by the sweet fruity quality. Surprisingly fairly drying finish. Not the wettest cloudy APA I've had, which is great to me.
O: A delicious beer. I've had clear beers that have taste and smell similar to this, but the carbonation in this is more soft and creamy. Thankfully, the mouthfeel is still drying and not overly muddled feeling. Delicious.

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Photo of nuggetlover
4.44/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The look is the "typical" cloudy, juicy NE IPA glowing glass- I know it is a pale ale, but you know what I mean.
The nose is soft, but getting some peach and pineapple.
Taste is what the look and smell portend, just a crazy easy drinker.
Feel is crisp, smooth, and clean.
Overall, this is a first rate pale ale.

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Photo of Drvitlkeyustolit80
4.22/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

First had 2/9/17 at home. My recent trip to Extreme Beer Fest was a fruitful one. I brought home 3 cases of beer, most of it Trillium. This pale ale is almost an IPA, but it super fragrant with tropical notes. Flavor is similar with citrus and mango, but it is more malty than their IPA's. This is the daily drinker of my dreams!

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.43/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another glass of fresh-squeezed juice, this 6.6% abv pale ale features Citra and Columbus hops. 1/24/17 canning.

Lighter, and gentler, bitterness-wise, than the Trillium IPAs, it has a floral bouquet of citrus and sweet pine on the nose. The taste has a mild sweetness of pale orchard fruits and hints of flower and wheaty grain. Feel is soft and gently carbonated and smooth.

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Photo of ctylinebeer
4.36/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

16 oz can boss poured into a tulip glass. Canned on 1/24 and has "How About No!" written on the bottom. Only available at the brewery, very special thanks to fellow BeerNerd Pete for muling this from Massachusetts.

L - light peach color, super cloudy body, super tiny bubble foam with Lunt lacing

S - almost completely stumped on this one. Peach pulp comes to mind, cracked pepper, lemon peel, grapefruit. Wow, what a nose

T - crisp pilsner like taste, juicy citrus, slight hop finish.

F - super crisp and clean, some body but easy to drink.

O - I had to slow down in trying this beer to fully enjoy it rather than just putting in a review. This is as good as beer gets right here. People go nuts over Trillium and it's well deserved. Don't turn down Fort Point by your beer mule or trader, this one is a winner. Cheers!

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Photo of ryno6616
4.2/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This was really good.
I am not a huge Pale Ale guy, normally prefer IPA but as with just about all Trillium brews, this is solid. the Double Dry Hopped Fort Point is WAY better in my opinion, but this is still very good and one to check off the list.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.46/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Q6 oz can

Super hazy, white hued, straw- golden color. Lively and active. White foam cap. Looks unfiltered and very healthy.

The nose is unreal. Robust, zesty , floral, hearty with grains, golden wheat..and very citric. .An amazing array of intense, earthy aroma's. I mean, huge aromatic scent! Easily the best aroma/nose for an American Pale Ale I can remember.

Light,, very crispy and bold malt that is quickly overtaken by a truely abundant grouping of hop flavors. Mostly, earthy, hearty, herbal with big spicy tones. Very complex, multi-layered and honestly, intense! Wildly drinkable, but with huge, interesting flavor. Hops and malty balance is golden.

I cannot describe the wicked huge complexity in this. Robust and intense, yet utterly crushable.

The feel is medium, to heavy, crispy with a nuce healthy bite, but also robust and rather full. The finish has a long, lush but dry thing. Just like the rest of the aspects from this brew, complex is a good word.


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Photo of brewandbbq
4.46/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16oz can dated 1/24/17.

Pours milky gold with a short-lived head of whipped fluff. Moderate lacing. Aromatics are pungent and filled with ripe tropical fruit. Orange juice with splashes of grapefruit, mango, and peach. Medium bodied with a creamy, chaulky mouthfeel. Bright citrus on the palate with zero malt and low bitterness. Peach and grapefruit with shades of tangerine and more mango. Finishes with plenty of lingering tropical citrus and bone dry.

Great beer and insanely drinkable. Quite a luscious juice bomb.

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Photo of digboy
4.64/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can dated 1/24/17 into a tapered glass

Pours an hazy-to-opaque semi-bright orange with one-finger bone white head that quickly dissipates to a thin veneer with sparse lacing.

A fantastic tangy aroma smacks you as the glass is raised with a base of earthy dank citrus and pine. For me the fruit notes (peach and mango maybe?) were very subtle but present.

The taste is smooth and creamy and a little bread-sweet, which augments the dank hops. The tropical fruits come out in the taste with hints of orange and pineapple along with the citrus and grassy pine. Low bitterness lingers in the aftertaste along with the tangy side of the hop flavor. Mouth feel is light and creamy with minimal stickiness and a zing of carbonation. It becomes more juicy the longer it sits.

Just wow! As a fan of the style this is a huge treat of balanced dank and sweetness. I am drinking this only 4 days after being canned so I suspect that it is more earthy than others have noted. You may want to let this sit a bit before opening.

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Photo of Devinci1206
4.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I thought this was an IPA at first as it comes across as less harsh version of one. As others have said, the aroma is great and follows the flavor nicely, very citrusy but never overwhelms

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Photo of jfitzbrew
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a lovely APA. Citrus zest and pineapple. Some bready notes and a soft body allow it to be flavorful while very refreshing and easy to drink. Beautifully balanced and thoroughly enjoyable.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can shared at the Christmas Party tonight. Slightly hazy deep yellow with a moderate white head. Tropical earthy citrus and pine on the nose and flavor. Decent bready malt backbone. Tasty beer for sure.

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Photo of Gambyt20
4.88/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Simply wow! Great nose of juicy citrus. Golden orange beauty nice and hazy. Soft pillowy texture and taste follows the nose with tons of citrus. Spot on Pale Ale, must get more.

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Photo of tigg924
4.39/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy, orange-gold in color with 1/2 inch head. Taste is orange juice, cracker, mango, and slight grapefruit rind. Medium-light bodied, moderate carbonation, and slightly bitter. Makes for a very very good juicy pale ale. One of the better pale ales I have had. I will get this one again.

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Photo of fireazzi
4.49/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice hazy amber color on this beer. Great basic pale ale. Nice fruity aromas. Soft carbonation. Nice mouth feel, fruity and hop forward and smooth.

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Photo of KidDoc
4.36/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can poured into std pint glass. Hazy medium gold color with light creamy white head which dissipated quickly. Not much lacing to speak of. Nice tropical and citrus fruit nose. Taste follows with nice balance and a well-balanced bitterness in the finish. This not as exciting as some of their other exceptional offerings but outstanding as a "daily drinker". Getting to Trillium is hard for me so I have to be selective when there but given the cooler capacity, I would grab 4 whenever I am there.

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Photo of peterpunk15
4.54/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Super juicy as most Trillium Pale Ales. It is extremely aromatic. I could fine a ton of citrus and very peachy too. Goes down really smooth but leaves a bit of a bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of ChipChaight
4.17/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz can from the Fort Point Brewery in Boston
Pours quite hazy dark golden orange with white head and good lacing, smells like candied peach/apricot/mango/citrus zest and green pine, taste follows the nose well with sweet tropical fruit juice and peach skins that transitions into a deeply bitter citrus pith that lingers, feel is medium minus with bright carbonation. Nice tropical fruit sweetness, but the bitterness is slightly too aggressive to balance it out.

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Photo of gopens44
4.46/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful hazy golden yellow and foamy white head rides this awesomely mango, peach and grapefruit smelling masterpiece. Taste follows perfectly, save for a depth bearing biscuity and slightly crackery malt backbone. Wonderful beer that leaves a slightly pungent bitter aftertaste after this medium bodied beer exits.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a BIF from oline73. 16 ounce can into signature tulip glass, canned on 9/16/2016. Pours hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, passion fruit, papaya, mango, lemon/orange peel, light pine, wheat, cracker, bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of juicy citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, passion fruit, papaya, mango, lemon/orange peel, light pine, wheat, cracker, bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine/grassy/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, passion fruit, papaya, mango, lemon/orange rind, pine, wheat, cracker, bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and minimal lingering hop astringency after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately sticky/resinous, and creamy/grainy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 6.6%. Overall this is an outstanding pale ale. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink. Not quite as vibrant and aromatic as some of their other beers, and more resinous/drying in the mouthfeel; but still highly enjoyable.

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Photo of LAp
4.43/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful, hazy, deep straw color with a just-off-white head. Nose is dank hops. The palate is similarly dank, but with touch of resin and citrus. The mouthfeel is medium without being sweet and malty. The haziness reflects the outstanding mouthfeel of this beer, accomplished without sacrificing its avoidance of overly strong use of malt. A world class pale ale. Exceptional.

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Photo of John_M
4.24/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My first beer from this highly regarded brewery.

The beer pours a hazy orange amber color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose, there's a huge orange citrus presence, with some underlying tropical fruit and light vanilla as well. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in this fruit bomb of a pale ale, though I appreciate the fact that there's a least a little bit of bitterness in the finish (unlike many of the other NE/Vermont style pales and IPA's). Happily, the beer isn't overly sweet, though certainly the beer delivers plenty of citrus and tropical fruit flavors. Mouthfeel is fairly light, and the alcohol is barely an afterthought in this well crafted beer.

Shrug. I guess the demand for this style of beer is insatiable back East, as there sure seem to be plenty of breweries making them in this style. Regardless, this is a very solid effort, and I'm looking forward to the cans of IPA and DIPA I have from these guys.

Thanks Derek!

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Photo of drew42e
4.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from can into pint glass. Opens with big citrus nose and follows that up with a great taste. This is as flavorful as an IPA but less bitter. One of the best pale ales i've had.

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