Fort Point Pale Ale | Trillium Brewing Company

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Fort Point Pale AleFort Point Pale Ale
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Brewed by:
Trillium Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
trilliumbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
204
Ratings:
1,876
Avg:
4.48
pDev:
6.25%
 
 
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Photo of brentk56
4.34/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours out a vary hazy goldenstraw capped by a magnificent head that leaves clumps of lacing

Smell: Floral, with citrus, tropical fruit and peach tones; sugary

Taste: The backbone has a bit of wheat bread and biscuit and although it is present from start to finish, the beer is all about the hops, bringing tropical fruit, citrus and peach; the finish is dry but sugary, if that makes any sense

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: All though I have tasted a beer from this brewery once before, this excellent APA (verging on IPA) was totally off my radar; glad to have had the chance to try it

Thanks, mj0126, for the opportunity

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Photo of mothman
4.42/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap. Super hazy golden subset orange.

Massive tropical hop bomb. Orange, mango, papaya, and grapefruit citrus. Floral and earthy.

Medium bodied. Nice light bitterness. Juicy.

Very good IPA.

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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 jlindros
4.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Growler thanks to Rudzud

Big fluffy head hits 1+ fingers and fades semi slowly with lots of soapy lacing, slightly hazy mostly clear golden honey colored.

Nose rides plenty of fresh hops, lots of resin and musty hop oils, citrus galore, bit of mango and passion fruit tropical fruit, papaya, slight floral hop, light fluffy airy malt base.

Taste stats with a light fluffy malt, hint of sweetness and plain juicy pale malt. Then hop just take over, fresh citrus hops, again tropical fruit, mango skin, papaya, and the resinous hop character leads to passion fruit again and touch of vinous notes, juicy overall fruit, light musty feel. Finish is dry with a super long fairly bitter tropical fruit, guava, passion fruit, etc, and citrus and resin lingering for what seems like forever.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb, slightly oily.

Overall very good. Great fresh hops, nice light malty base but enough to prop it up.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured 1/9/16 from a 32oz growler that was filled at the brewery that same day, into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark gold color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very strong and is an excellent blend of floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with strong flavors of caramel and fruity citrus. Then a strong piney hops bitterness quickly follows. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides an excellent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down extremely easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is an excellent beer to drink for a long time.

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Photo of smcolw
4.28/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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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 Ciocanelu
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really nice hazy look. Aroma is full of citrus fruits and the taste follows it. Makes me think of something like a sweet lemon or lime. Body feels quite light but smooth and easy drinking. Bitterness is quite low for such an intense hoppiness. Definitely one of the best pale ales I ever had. It combines the intense, citrusy hoppiness with an easy to drink, refreshing base beer.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

Have had this one several times, review from 10/02/14, 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

Pours a deep amber color with one finger of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Fruity malts, citrus hops, oranges, and some tropical notes. Medium body and low carbonation; super easy to drink. Some light pine as it warms more.

Overall less hoppy than Congress Street (to be expected), but very good. A very good, somewhat hoppy, APA that is easy to drink and worth checking out for sure.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.41/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Michael T. Thanks man.

Yellow body, medium haze, quarter inch of white head. Lovely hop forward aroma. Citric hops, silky elegant body. Super drinkable / enjoyable. Light bodied and delicious.

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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 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 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 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 GreesyFizeek
4.81/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A bottle of this amazing nectar found its way to me via some nice BAs. Thanks guys!

Pours a gorgeous, hazy, nearly opaque orange, with a 2.5 inch head, massive and beautiful, leaving big spots of lacing down the snifter. Just a really awesome looking beer, honestly.

Smells incredible, like mango, peaches, oranges, pineapples, slightly floral, with a bit of pine and oil.

The taste is similar. Unbelievably crisp and smooth, goes down so easy. The Citra and Columbus hops are used masterfully. As the beer warms up it becomes even more citrusy- orange, grapefruit, peach, mango. Some slight sweet pale malt flavors are there as well. Mild bitterness, this is mostly juicy.

Medium bodied, much fuller body than a typical pale ale with little malt. It's just so juicy, almost tastes creamsicle like with the foamy head. Clearly quite sessionable, despite the slightly "high for a session" 6.6% ABV. Crisp, clean mouthfeel, fairly dry in the finish, but juicy up front. Medium carbonation.

If it's not clear from the review above, this is an amazing beer. Possibly the best regular pale ale I've ever had. Not many people can make beer like this. I need more!

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Photo of dar482
4.67/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a yellowish orange with a fluffy head.

The aroma is very citrus forward with dried orange, tangerine, and grapefruit, along with mango and pineapple. A bit of a light bready malt too. Fantastic aroma for a Citra and Columbus hop beer. Some grass, passion fruit.

The flavor follows with tons of that juicy tropical, a bit of citrus, mango, tangerine, and light fruit like grapes and apples. A bit of a malt backbone, but not much. Not much bitterness as well, but instead with just lots of hoppy flavor. Drying of grapefruit pith.

Extremely drinkable. Next to Peekskill's Amazeballs, small breweries are releasing some world class pale ales.

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Photo of Nichols33
5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The best pale in the world, in my opinion. First had on draft at the Armsby Abby in Feb '14 and had never heard of Trillium. After drinking that first glass, I did something I've never done at the Abby, I ordered the same beer again. I've since become a frequent Trillium visitor and still love this beer. One of my favorites.

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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 rudzud
4.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at the brewery today, shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a slightly hazy honey hue with a nice two finger head that leaves light lacing and slight blanket.

S - Aromas of big citra hop notes, light tropical notes mango and pineapple, subtle Columbus hop notes as well. Very pleasant and inviting.

T - Taste is just delicious, with loads of tropical notes tons of mango, and grapefruit. Light malty sweetness here. Super sessionable and hoppy, really solid.

M - Mouthfeel is nice, lightly carbonated. Drinkable

O - Overall I was happily impressed by this beer. Every bit add great add promised. Wish they were closer.

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

750ml bottle, dated 5/31/2014. Poured into a Lawson's snifter today, 6/12/2014.

A- Hazy orange-copper body with a fluffy two finger white head with good retention, awesome lacing. This looks very much like a Vermont style pale ale to be honest.

S- Grapefruit, mango, pineapple, biscuits, a bit of honey. This smells awesome.

F- Grapefruit, biscuit, a bit of pine, more tropical fruit, some grassiness. Fairly bitter for an APA, but not so much that it's closer to being an IPA. The pineapple is nicely forward on the finish.

M- Soft, medium bodied pale ale with good carbonation. Finish is pineapple, some grassy bitterness that lingers a bit. Very easy to dome this bottle.

O- This was a surprisingly awesome drinking experience that I didn't expect since I received this as an extra in an IP trade when I visited Boston, and didn't look up this beer at all before cracking it open. I'll definitely have to seek this one out again; this is an excellent APA.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.31/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a semi-hazed corroded orange color. Nice little head. Sample glass doesn't really lend much in terms of lacing.

S-Boom! Citra right off the bat. Concentrated citrus and herbals. Earthy yet exotically bright and fruity. Super-hopped aroma. Right down my alley. Intense, complicated and ultra-juicy in its hoppiness. Also has a cute little malty sweetness of wet, sweet dough.

T-In line with some of the best APAs I have ever had. Just a blast of ever-evolving hoppy flavor. Citrus, grass, mango, peach. Then a cool Citra-derived mixture of flower stems and clementines. There is a balancing factor from the malt but I'd still put this well into IPA territory.

M-So much flavor and so much drinkability. Bitterness with a purpose. Tingly bubbles. Very juicy, very ripe.

O/D-Thanks Trillium. What a great APA. Reminds me of a few hoppy beers from Hill Farmstead and the other two VT savant-breweries. Seek this out.

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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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Fort Point Pale Ale from Trillium Brewing Company
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