Fort Point Pale Ale
Trillium Brewing Company

Fort Point Pale AleFort Point Pale Ale
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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #7
Ranked #218
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
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Reviews: 245 | Ratings: 2,205
Photo of huddyball
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.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a fresh growler courtesy of Davepoolesque

Bright golden body with a bit of haze throughout and a bubbly white head

The scent of this beer is immense. Tropical fruits, citrus, and it just jumps out of the glass. This scent is as good as any ale I've had, and that's a long list.

This is a very complex but drinkable pale. You get the spice of the Belgian yeast character. It's not as juicy as the nose would lead you to believe. Got some bitterness and a bit of citrus rind.

Hopefully if this eventually gets bottled, it retains all of the great character that came through in growler form.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Growler fresh from the brewery (thanks Alex) poured into a bulbed pint glass. The liquid portion comes out a straw yellow color. Very hazy with lighter straw yellow on the sides when held up to the light. Liquid portion looks more like a hefeweizen than an American Pale Ale. Nice thick frothy white head with pretty decent lacing to it.

An excellent smelling American Pale, you can tell this one is really well hopped, and definitely some West coast IPA style hopping. Plenty of ripe citrus, peel, and lots of tropical fruits (primarily mango and not quite ripe pineapple). Give the glass the ol' wine swirl and you can pick up the malt backbone a little more, it's slightly bready I'd guess some type of wheat based malt with a little bit of biscuit.

Taste is awesome, one of the best tasting American Pale Ales I've had in a long time. It's hop forward, but not quite as much as the aroma. Thanks to the hop combination, you can really detect distinct citrus flavors like clementine, grapefruit and even a little blood orange. Plenty of citrus peel and a little more mango, pineapple, and even hints of kiwi. As I said very hop forward but really not that bitter. Malt backbone is nice, as I indicated before I think there's some type of wheat based malt because it tastes a little wheat bready/grainy. Dried oatmeal flakes glazed with some honey. This is a really awesome tasting pale ale.

Mouthfeel is really good, not very heavy, a nice medium body with a pleasant lingering flavor. Spot on carbonation level the whole way through. Slightly gushy, but overall nicely balanced. Starts initially a tart hoppy rolling to a nice gentle sweetness then back to a nice sharp, dry (very dry) bitter finish. Crazy drinkable beer, any beer lover could drink this year round. I refer to beers like this as craft beer crowd pleasers. Really happy to have finally gotten around to trying it. Huge props again to Alex for picking this up for me. Looking forward to seeing what else Trillium can do, but I'll gladly get this again.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.41/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

32 oz mini growler was poured into two pint glasses.

Appearance: This beer poured a good size head that reduced to a thin layer and left some nice lacing on the glass. It is a hazy pale orange with some clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Floral, citrus, tangerine, grapefruit, lemon, tropical, grassy, and pine with some bready and pale malts in the rear. It's like a symphony of aromas for my nose to smell.

Taste: Intense hop flavor. Pretty much what was mentioned above is true with the malts and bitterness in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Tingly bitterness, tart, medium bodied, medium carbonation, chewy notes, and some chalkiness in the rear.

Overall: You can't go wrong. Growler or draft and both have been solid. Speaking of growlers, this mini needs to get filled.

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Photo of dar482
4.67/5  rDev +4.5%
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 smcolw
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

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 GarthDanielson
4.12/5  rDev -7.8%
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 rjp217
4.89/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Filled at a 32oz growler from the brewery, yesterday. Poured into a pint glass.

A - Darker yellow, almost orange. One finger head after a center pour, lovely looking brew

S - Fruit, fruit, fruits! Mango, pineapple, grapefruit, oranges, passion fruit. Smells amazing! Just makes you want to immediately down it. Awesome aroma.

T - All of that tropical fruit aroma is exactly the taste you get! And I couldn't be more happy about it. Nose matches the taste and that's exactly what you'd want with this. A slighty bitter finish. Perfect.

M - Same thing with the smell and taste. Fruity. Very smooth hitting the palate, especially as it warms. Slight carbonation. A pleasant experience. Everything mixes well with this.

O - Almost a true, perfect 5 in my opinion. An excellent representation of the style. A fruit medley forward APA with a nice hoppy finish, this is brilliant. I could drink it all day or just enjoy a pint and it would leave me wanting more and more. I also personally love that it flys under the radar.

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

Very light head that dissipates quickly but that might be because the growler nearly 3-4 days old. the beer itself is a cloudy orange.

The beer has strong hop scent that resembles citrus and orange. In addition the beer's smell has tropical fruits such as pineapple and mango.

Taste like it smells but that the pineapple taste is stronger.

Biting carbonation and a medium body that is thicker than usual for most APAs. A slightly dry finish.

An extremely good APA and one that I plan to get again and again.

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Photo of Damian
4.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drank on-tap at jm Curley, Boston, MA
Served in a Trillium "pub glass"

Super cloudy, yellow ochre appearance. A thick, foamy, off-white crown topped the liquid. Excellent retention. The head deposited large, oddly shaped patches of lacing along the upper portion of the glass.

The nose was ridiculously hoppy and fragrant with boatloads of juicy, tropical fruit notes. Mango, guava and passion fruit dominated. Some dank, resiny, weed-like notes came through as well. Super intense, particularly for the style.

The flavor profile was just as impressive as the nose. Hoppy to the extreme. Again, tropical fruit notes were in full effect. Tons of guava, mango and pineapple. Beneath all the hops was a light, pale malt base. Some orange peel came through as well. The finish was slightly bitter with lingering notes of grapefruit pith. For a beer this intense, it was amazingly well balanced and uber drinkable.

The mouthfeel was perfect. Medium-full bodied for the style. Super creamy and supple on the palate. The liquid contained an ultra fine, tongue blanketing effervescence.

Boston's newest nano-brewery completely blew my socks off with their flagship offering. Dare I say this is an even better American pale ale than the venerable Zombie Dust? My only request would be to see this distributed to more places around town.

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.44/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served from a 32oz growler into a Lost Abbey Teku.

Appearance- Hazy orange with a small white head that didnt last long. Solid lacing.

Smell- Fruity pear and pineapple mixed with pine. Some solid malts, but mostly fruity and piney hops.

Taste- Pineapple, pear, apple, green grapes. Medium malt backbone. No hop bitterness. Awesome.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with mild carbonation and light resinous feel. No booze heat.

Overall- Phenomenal tasting beer. I'd like the ABV to be lower because I could drink it all day long if it was. Real impressed.

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Photo of Gatch
4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear, golden-yellow in color with a big, fluffy, soapy, bubbly, bright white head. I wish this was unfiltered. Darn.

S: Huge bouquet of flowers and fragrant, juicy hops. Super fruity and citrusy. When they were filling the growler at Trillium, you could smell the hops. That's a good sign.

T: Equally as fruity, hoppy, citrusy, resiny, grassy, and delicious as the nose suggested. Seriously awesome. Caught me by surprise. This is top notch stuff.

M: This was fantastic when I drank it fresh from the growler but unfortunately it's pretty flat two days after opening it. So it goes without saying, it's incredibly smooth! But seriously, the feel and carbonation were spot-on when this was fresh. The palate becomes coated with resinous hop goodness.

O: An amazingly fragrant and delicious APA. This is probably an IPA, though. Annnnd, I expect growlers to last longer.

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Photo of jlindros
4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
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 rudzud
4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
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 VelvetExtract
4.44/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | 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 SoPoSuds
4.67/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I work a block down the street from Trillium, so I'm now mad that I hadn't stopped by sooner.

Poured from a 32 oz growler into a Trillium saison style glass. About a finger worth of head that vanished pretty quickly. Nose is incredible. I'm getting papaya, mango, and grapefruit, followed by a hint of pine.

The fruit is also the first thing to hit the tongue but it's immediately conquered by a huge burst of hops, while not becoming too bitter. Finish is very clean, and certainly helped along by the addition of wheat to the grist.

Very sessionable, but the ABV will sneak up on your quickly. I'll certainly be going back to the brewery to get that growler filled again. Phenomenal brew.

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Photo of DrugsDelaney1
4.44/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm lucky enough to live right down the street from this micro-brewery. As far as I know their beer is only available in growlers and in a few local bars.

Poured from a growler into a Hill Farmstead tulip. The nose on this beer is excellent. I'm getting a lot of citrus (grapefruit) and pine.

Extremely drinkable beer for the alc %. This beer boarders on IPA territory w/ the taste, but not the huge hop punch you get with an IPA. Nice and dry with a slight bitter aftertaste.

I have filled my growler several times with this beer and will do so again soon.

If you live in Boston/ Southie area, do yourself a huge favor and try this beer.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.34/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed at Publick House, served in a Trillium pint glass.

A- Yellowish, slightly orange hazy golden with about two fingers worth of frothy head that has very nice retention and slowly recedes to a thin layer leaving behind nice layered lacing. Very inviting for a APA with a nice grape-fruit like appearance.

S- Oranges, a hint of lemon peel, balanced malt. Fairly aromatic, very pleasant smelling.

T- Bold orange flavors, some light vinous hops mixed with some lemon peel, just a hint of bitterness, very well balanced malt, finishes with a fruity lemony orange presence. Nice pronounced flavors with a nice citrus hop presence that comes out.

M- Medium bodied, decent carbonation level, incredibly drinkable.

O- I've had this beer at least a few times already including from a growler the day after it was brewed, double-dry hopped, and on draft. Never once have I been disappointed and this is easily one of the best beers coming out of the state of Massachusetts right now. In my opinion definitely a world-class APA standing up against some of the best I've had.

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Photo of jwjon1
4.14/5  rDev -7.4%
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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Fort Point Pale Ale from Trillium Brewing Company
Beer rating: 99 out of 100 with 2205 ratings