Fort Point Pale Ale | Trillium Brewing Company

204 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

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Reviews: 204 | Ratings: 1,876
Photo of kscaldef
3.5/5  rDev -21.9%

8/27 bottling, consumed 10/26. Was told this has been refrigerated since purchase, but it's still displaying some oxidized hops at this point. Can't particularly recommend it at this age from bottling. (2.5)

Revisited with a fresher bottle. While better, like Congress St, I didn't feel like it warmed up well and by the end of the glass I wasn't enjoying it nearly as much as when I first poured the glass.

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Photo of CraigShap
3.84/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful color and aroma. Marked down as indistinguishable from most IPAs, not much "pale ale" about it. Extreme hoppy end of the APA range. Almost none of the classic, biscuity malt you'd expect from the style.

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Photo of beerhan
3.91/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml dated March 1st

A-Poured into a snifter, hazy straw colored with a three finger white head that likes to linger

S-citra bomb

T-very similar too odd sides cpa but with a little lemon zest. Lots of citra flavor that is almost overwhelming

M-carbonation is a little high but quite drinkable and not too much of a tongue buckler

O-turn down the citra and put this in twelve ounce servings and you have a great deal. Lots of flavor but this is a one bottle per sitting beer.

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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 Amguerra305
4/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks a hazy golden yellow in the glass. Smells a bit more piney than most but there is definitely a juicy undertone. Citrus predominates with a bit of peach. Taste is sweet up front with a bready middle and only a slight bitterness on the end. Feel is rather coating. Overall a pretty good beer but I don't think it is anything outrageous.

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

This beer is quite overrated, compared to other commercial APA's, this beer is par but not worthy of the hype afforded to the rest of their stuff. Nevertheless, its decent.

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Photo of SteveB24
4.02/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very clean tasting "pale ale", to me this is an IPA. taste begins citrusy, followed by a sharp punch of pine and floral notes. subtle malt presence in the background.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.04/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slight chill haze on a dark gold tinged with orange. As it warms it pushes closer to the dark gold, dropping some of the orange hues. A touch of copper. Head is white, almost bright-white with ok retention. Starts with a fluffy head that drops to a small cap and slightly thicker collar. Solid notches of lacing.

Smell: Loaded with tangerine and tropical aromas. Hints of peach and mango with a solid punch of pineapple. Some grapefruit and pine needle thrown in as well. Very light pithy bitterness through the back. Malts are nice and bready offering a nice balance to the hop aroma. A touch of caramelized sweetness as well. Some pale malts add some cracker as well. Touches of flower petal run through the back. Solidly hoppy, but balanced. Mild yeast presence with a very slight earthy backing.

Taste: Slight bitterness sits on the back of the tongue. Initial sip hits with a flash of juicy peach and tangerine and slips away. Malts add a nice balance with some snappy cracker and whtie bread crust. Yeast adds a touch of a fruity character as well. A touch earthy with some floral elements added for good measure. A touch of oily pine bitterness. Hints of pith. Solidly fruity, running the gamut. Hints of pear, mango, and pineapple. Lots of fruitiness. Front of the sip has an almost woody bitterness to it.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate carbonation. Body runs a touch creamy on the initial sip with a lingering pseduodry finish.

Overall: Doing Boston proud.

A good pale ale. Has the same lingering bitterness (almost too much) that I expect from a Trillium pale ale, but it's good. Super drinkable on the sip. The finish hurts it in the long run, but the depth of flavor and the balance are spot on. Try this if you have the chance.

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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 coriswrasse
4.08/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

bottle shared for a friends birthday.
poured in 3 maple syrup snifter type jars.
1 inch of head. Color is a medium golden straw.
Excellent carbonation and clarity.
Smell is very nice piney and fruity hops.
Taste is a little bitter and off balance but still nice.
Mouthfeel is sweet and then dry and pine.
Overall a nice beer. Not sure of what it cost so I don't know if I would recommend a bomber. for 10 or less it would be worth it for sure.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.09/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz. can served in a nonic. Canned 04/13/17. Pours a hazy orange with a loose 1/8th inch off-white head the quickly disperses. Just somer residual suds remain between quaffs. Big orange juice notes on the nose as well as a hint of cat pee (is there Simcoe in this?). Taste expresses less juice and more rind and crackery/biscuity malts. Finish is slightly herbal and medicinal. Mouthfeel is light in body with a prickly carbonation and a light astringency. Overall, drinkable, flavorful and refreshing. A great APA.

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Photo of ColdOneKev
4.1/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark straw, hazy with a decent white head that fades slowly

S - Instant gratification. Dank, earthy hops,heavy on the citrus

T - Citrus hops, very light malt character

M - After the smell this is my favorite characteristic of this beer. Light body. Carb level is just right. Smooth across the tongue, but doesn't get held up.

O - I really like this beer and I will seek out again. This my second beer from Trillium. They're doing something right over there.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.1/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled yesterday (12/30/14).

A: Pours a gold-tinted straw color with two generous fingers of pillowy head. Excellent retention and persistent retention.

S: Very aromatic, reaching at least a foot away from the glass when the bottle is first opened. Citrus and a bit of tropical hops, a touch of bready malt in support.

T: Hop forward, with notes of citrus and pine. This reminded me of a heavy dry hopping of Cascade or something the day after bottling, but it’s mellowed out substantially since.

M: Medium body and light carbonation.

O: Pretty good for a pale ale, definitely on the hoppier end of the spectrum, but enough of a malt character to stay to style.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.12/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 32 oz growler from the brewery. Poured in a shaker pint, 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.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.13/5  rDev -7.8%
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)

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.13/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a yellow touched amber with barely any head that falls to nothing very fast. Nose was really boisterous at first; calms down pretty quickly. Flavor is insane levels of citrus and pine mixed together. At first it seems way overboard. I suppose I get used to it as time goes on. This is no calm pale ale. Out there and in your face. How much you appreciate this one will probably depend on your personal flavor preferences. And how much the hype train sways your reviews.

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Photo of jwjon1
4.14/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Not being from Boston or having done any research prior to this trip, I hadn't the first clue about either Trillium or Fort Point. But a friend ordered a pint and upon first whiff I was sold. Pale ale with some Columbus? Yes, please! And if there isnt some Columbus in here, I'll be damned. Wish it were lower in ABV, though. After three shakers... yes, there were plenty of other taps to choose from, but this was too tasty to pass up... I was already at my limit.

Looking forward to trying other Trillium products. Well crafted ale, this was.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks so much to my brother for sharing this bottle with me, enjoyed chilled in a willybecker.

The color is golden amber with 2 finger white head with thick ringlets of lace and very fine bead. The smell is very citrus heavy like tangerine with herbal accent and light yeast ester which augments the subtle malt and vegetal aspect of the hop scents. The feel is very good with moderate body and medium bitterness with a light sweetness and slight astringent element with gently dry and spiced finish.

The taste is very tangy and juicy with fruity semi-tropical tasting like grapefruit with mild malt sweetness to back it up with mild herbal taste mid palate with slight spicy element and gentle lemony quality with subtle pine hop flavors as it finishes with a wild grassy sort of taste with astringency toward the mostly dry finish. Overall this is a solid pale with lots of hop flavor and very drinkable as it is balanced enough to have hops 1st and malt secondary

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Photo of Sabtos
4.16/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solidly opaque yellow orange, Fort Point actually looks like pouring milk at first. It displays a huge, lumpy meringue-like head.

Bright citrus, fresh orange juice, and white pepper on the nose.

Lime and spice sting the tongue up front, with orange and other vibrant, fresh fruits, with nothing dank or piney coming through, yet there is still a fair amount of bitterness to go with it all.

The feel is a little thinner than it looks, actually come to think of it, it may even be thinner than their session Skimpy Sparrow, but it's not a detriment. Regardless, it's a magnificent brew, and in a way this beer reminds me of Julius.

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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 rlee1390
4.18/5  rDev -6.7%

A-Semi cloudy orange, nice carbonation, two finger sticky head

S-Nice bit of malt and caramel, then a mild citrus and a grassy note. Nice hops for a pale ale

T-Starts with sweet malt, then nice grassy notes and mild citrus.

M-Medium bodied, sticky and some carbonation.

O-A good beer, not a great as everyone is saying but a good beer.

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.19/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours a beautiful burnt orange colored beer, golden on the edges. Head is frothy and silky, bubbles are small, and it leaves a nice lace on the glass.
S: Really nice tropical fruit. Mango, orange citrus, pineapple are just a few that come to mind. Also has the dank, wet plant smell as well. Picking up a little sweet malt as well, but this is hop forward.
T: Definately more subdued than the aroma. There is just a touch of bitterness, actually quite light. The malt has sweet/honey charactistics, and the hops bring forth the same fruity flavors as the aroma.
F: Quite smooth. Goes back easy, not overly astringent or drying. Somewhat silk in texture, though there is a slight bite from the carbonation.
O: Great beer, definately exemplary of the New England style, though the only issue I have is that the flavor seems somewhat weak on this beer. The flavor itself is great I just feel that its dialed back a bit and could use some stronger malt or hop flavors to really drive it home.

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Photo of Maxwell
4.19/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pale, greenish yellow with a nice, quarter finger’s width head of eggshell-white bubbles. In body, the beer is clear and clean with a slight chill haze, but no visible particles and a nice lazy carbonation. On the nose, the beer is a beautiful bouquet of Citra hops. Mango and tropical fruit blend with spicy pine needles, pine resin, and a just a faint whiff of cattiness. On the tongue, the beer tastes bitter, yet balanced by cracker smooth malt sweetness. Soft citric acidity snaps at the start and finish of the sip, providing nice, yet drinkable complexity. In flavor, the beer begins as lemon juice and pine, slowly unfurling into pine and tropical juice with a nice balancing cracker malt and light prickly, light pineapple flavors. The finish is a crisp burst of juicy fruit, cracker malt, and lime zest, and the aftertaste is soft and tame, ringing with bitter medicine, pine, and citrus. In the mouth, the beer feels crisp and on the light side of medium in body. Carbonation is soft, and the beer provides a nice smooth blanket for the tongue, even though it remains crisp as an overall sip. Overall, this is a great hoppy pale ale. Bitterness is definitely the dominant feature here, and the Citra hop definitely shines, making this a wonderfully balanced hoppy beer with great complexity. This is a borderline IPA, and I personally would label it as such, as the malt balance isn’t quite where I like it for an APA. Overall this is a tremendously quaffable, hoppy pale ale with some great refreshing flavor. A beer to try!

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

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy orange body. Nice white head. Some lacing.

Smell - Initially it's a little dank, but it moves more toward the citrus end quickly. Orange. A little lemon.

Taste - More monotonous. Orange. Grapefruit. Some pine. Grainy cracker malt. Mild grassy hop bitterness in the back.

Mouthfeel - Medium light body. Drops off quickly. Mild bitterness.

Overall - Really nice hop aroma. Doesn't quite live up to the heights of its aroma, but it's very drinkable.

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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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Fort Point Pale Ale from Trillium Brewing Company
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