Fort Point Pale Ale
Trillium Brewing Company

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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #7
Ranked #227
4.47 | pDev: 6.26%
Trillium Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Fort Point Pale AleFort Point Pale Ale
Notes: 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
Reviews: 252 | Ratings: 2,241 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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MaltsOfGlory from Oregon

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.

Feb 13, 2019
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mirish72 from Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

I am lucky enough to be in very close proximity to the Trillium Brewery and have started to grab growlers on a pretty regular basis. When I do, I always make sure to grab one of these. This is probably the best pale ale I have ever had. Blows you away with a lot of hops and citrus flavors, but never bitter. If you can try this beer you will not be disappointed, world class.

Sep 25, 2014
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emount91 from Connecticut

4.44/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

juice anyone? pours a gorgeous hazy/murky golden yellow, foamy head that dissipates pretty quick but leaves beautiful lacing. smell is straight from a bowl of mashed tropical fruit: pineapple, peaches, and mangoes dominate, some citrus blended into the mix with very little malt. taste is straight pineapple juice mixed with mangoes, topped with a freshly cut peach slice. nice citrus overtones, almost no malt on the taste. also a slight piney aftertaste, but not an overpowering one. feel is almost perfect for a pale ale. it takes every ounce of my will power not to drink this beer straight out of the wine bottle it comes in, I could beat someone drinking water in a chugging contest if this is what I was chugging.

Feb 19, 2016
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algebeeric_topology from Florida

4.77/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I'm writing this review after having had this beer a few times. I traded for 4 bottles and have tried to space them out (it's been difficult!) to let the taste develop as the bottle conditions a bit. Every time I've tasted it, the nose has been incredible. Big, beautiful citrus. It smells so good. This is what I want every pale ale and most IPAs to smell like. The taste is solid. When it's too fresh, you get the veggie/grassy dry hop taste that fades after a few days. It's also a tad too bitter (for an APA) if you drink it within a couple days after bottling, but going forward, my only complaint is that the ABV is a bit too high for what I'm looking for in a pale ale (though you don't taste it at all!) Expect tons of grapefruit, mango, orange. I get very little pine and that's a good thing!

Aug 09, 2015
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huddyball from New Hampshire

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

A) Light golden with a nice head (second pour gave a better head). Some lacing left behind. Beautifully hazy!
S) Hops, sweet hops. Slight piny notes and a bit of citrus/tropical fruits.
T) Goes hand in hand with smell. Exactly what I was expecting. Delicious.
M) Very nicely carbonated. Overall great mouthfeel.
O) One of the best APA's I've had in a long time. Very balanced and refreshing. Will definitely be grabbing this again in the future.

Mar 23, 2014
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MA_hops from Vermont

4.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If "Pseudo Sue" is the best APA, then Fort Point and all its variants are #2. FPPA is a mango and citrus bomb, with the hops added to it, the finish is superb! Top 5 MA beer right here! Must have!

May 18, 2015
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senglish7 from Mississippi

4.79/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Wow. Pineapple on the aroma. Thick, thick and beautiful golden appearance. Taste is very fruity. Super smooth. This is an awesome pale ale. My first from Trillium, hopefully not my last.

Feb 07, 2016
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mabermud from Washington

4.63/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: This looks like orange juice. Opaque. Good head retention. Fluffy and mousse-like head. Sticky froth. No visual carbonation.
Smell: Tropical fruit and grapefruit. A touch of dankness.
Taste: No detectable alcohol. Tropical fruit and grapefruit. A touch of pine. Compared to double dry hopped Congress and Ataic, this of course, has a restrained hop bitterness. Still hoppy, just more tame.
Feel: The body is drying. Short finish. Even carbonation.

Overall: This is a very desirable APA. I like the taste of Zombie Dust better, but the overall experience belongs to this APA. I am sure the double dry hopped versions enhance this beer exponentially. A great APA.

Jun 25, 2015
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Dec 11, 2016
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Beautiful hazy OJ color, definitely brighter, not turbid or anything. A nice creamy, frothy head of 1/2 finger, and leaves bubbly lace skirted on the sides.

Aromas of oranges, orange pith, peel, juice; grapefruit, cracker, and herb.

Pithy grapefruit and orange coming forward first, followed by orange peel, some bright orange juice/pineapple mix, and an herbal bitter/bread finish. I could use a bit more juice here, instead of the bitter-herb-pith I get.

Feel is pithy as well, that's the word of the day here, with a resinous pucker and a soft carbonation profile.

Overall, this is a solid drinker. I don't really think it's the 99 world class rating it gets, but it's a solid 90 for sure. Good beer, as with any Trillium, and don't pass it up if you get a chance to nab it.

Jul 12, 2017
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RichD from Rhode Island

4.87/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

6/2/15 bottle poured into a tulip glass.

L: Pours a hazy, straw yellow with about a finger or two of sudsy head. A little bit of lacing is left as I drink this.

S: Smells of mango immediately invade my nose. A medley of faint orange and lemon also come through. A little papaya also comes through. I can tell that this beer has citra hops in it. I had the galaxy dry hopped edition and the nose was completely different.

T: The taste follows the nose pretty well. The mango and orange come through at first with a bit of lemon. The yeast is pretty prominent in the taste as well, which is something that many breweries cannot pull off. The bitterness on the back reminds me that this is a well hopped beer. Simply fantastic.

F: This feels heavier than 6.60%. I'm not used to such full flavor in an American Pale Ale. Regardless, I'm tempted to take another sip almost immediately after the sip before it.

Overall: This is a world class pale ale. The appearance is juicy, the smell is tropical and the taste is both. The mouthfeel is more of a regular IPA than a pale ale, but it's still pleasant. I think I might prefer the Galaxy dry hopped version to this, but this is still one of the best out there. I'm thinking I might have to do a side by side to settle the debate.

Jun 23, 2015
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Dope from Massachusetts

4.54/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

07/24/14 bottling date. 3 days ago? Damn.

A: Pours an extremely cloudy light orange. So cloudy it almost looks like a witbier. A cross between a witbier and heady topper. Tall, frothy white head that fades out slowly. Nice retention and thick tendrils of lacing are left behind.

S: Oh geez. I've had a lot, and I mean a LOT of good beers in my life. This one still made me grin like a fool when I smelled it. The fresh, juicy hop aroma is off the wall. It's like fresh squeezed orange juice. There is some light, spicy, almost garlicky pine in there too. Tropical fruits, plenty of them. I swear I get kiwi and papaya? Is that even a thing? Really wonderful aroma regardless of my poor descriptions.

T: More of the same, just a bit less juicy. Lots of spicy, herbal, garlicky pine. Must be citra I assume because I also get some light, juicy tropical fruits floating around. Wonderful balance of hop flavors and intensity. Light bready, almost cracker-like malt at times. Sits in the background and lets the hops sing their song. Mildly bitter on the back end but nothing over the top at all. Mildly dry, herbal and spicy aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, lightly dry. Goes down easy.

O: The hop flavors in this are bold and vibrant but are somehow not overpowering at the same time. Bitterness is moderate. Drinkability excels for such a hoppy beer as a result. I guess this IS an APA after all. I can't really quantify exactly why this is so delicious, it just got a level of balance, hoppiness and drinkability that you don't find often. Absolutely delicious. This is a Zombie Dust level APA, period.

Jul 28, 2014
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Smakawhat from Maryland

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.

Aug 10, 2018
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Immortale25 from North Carolina

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

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. Sticker on bottle says 091214.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch of-white head that retains well before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a small center patch of surface foam. Bubbly snowflake pattern of lacing sticks to the glass.

S- Sweet hop aroma with the bready malt working as a perfect template for the citrusy, grassy hops to play off of. Amarillo hops?

T- Flavor is not nearly as hoppy or bitter as the aroma would lead you to believe. The malt comes through more with its sweetness and more bread notes as the hops work as more of a balancing agent. Very tasty stuff. So drinkable, yet so flavorful.

M- Somewhat oily from the hops with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- Such a unique beer that somehow exhibits the best of both worlds in hoppy beers as it is sweet and earthy as well as citrusy and dank. Remarkable.

Sep 27, 2014
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BeerAdvocate from Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Citrus, Bold, Yeast, Bread

A serious pale ale we have here, hop forward enough that it pretty much drinks like an IPA without the massive bitterness. There is some balance even with the big push of hoppiness, citrus rind, tobacco, pith, & earthy pine from the Columbus and Citra hops. Its obvious why this beer is so sought after. Kudos to Trillium for making such an exceptional American Pale Ale.

STYLE: American Pale Ale | ABV: 6.6% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #91 (Aug 2014)

Jul 15, 2015
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Celtics76 from Rhode Island

4.57/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a beer I've been trying to get my hands on for quite some time. I'm fortunate to live about 40 minutes from Trillium's new Canton brewery, and a couple of local liquor stores are starting to carry their stuff.

I wasn't disappointed in the least - pours nice and cloudy, appropriately gold-ish in color. It straddles the IPA/Pale Ale line but the bitterness shows enough restraint to fall at the edge of the pale ale category. But it's close.

This beer gives off a wonderful tropical aroma. Taste-wise I'm picking up some serious orange peel to go along with pineapple and a touch of pine.

Wow. This may be the new gold standard for American Pale Ales.

Mar 20, 2016
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smcolw from Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Modest head but it leaves plenty of ring lace. Orange amber color and very cloudy.

Strong fresh hop aroma. Plenty of citrus rind and evergreen resin. Floral and attractive.

Bitter up front with a small tapering mid taste. The swallow brings a full black pepper bitter wallop. Long aftertaste. Lip puckering. Definitely hop head lovers beer. Full body with moderate carbonation level.

Sep 22, 2013
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djrn2 from New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jan 04, 2015
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Kramerwtmf from California

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Sep 18, 2014
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BG718 from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

May 19, 2014
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mythaeus from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Sep 18, 2014
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JoeD77 from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Aug 03, 2014
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will_cathey from Georgia

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

Jun 30, 2018
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Zstets from New Jersey

4.96/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Sep 01, 2015
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marker2525 from Florida

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Nov 19, 2016
Fort Point Pale Ale from Trillium Brewing Company
Beer rating: 99 out of 100 with 2241 ratings