Fort Point Pale Ale | Trillium Brewing Company

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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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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 hgw605
4.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: New England haze. Golden yellow. 2 inch white head with medium retention.
S: Citrus, orange peel, light malt. Strong for a pale.
T: Citrus and tropical fruits. Relatively dry with an assertive pine note towards the finish.
F: Softer carbonation. Good mouthfeel.
O: Pretty incredible "standard daily-drinker." Almost more of an IPA than a Pale but where is the line anyways these days.

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Photo of wulfie85
4.29/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

One of the best pale ales. Great aromas from the Citra hops of citrus and tropical aromas. The flavors on the tongue back up those tropical aromas as well.

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Photo of quindog
4.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to cosmic Evan for my first Trillium experience, and for the next six that are in my fridge. This one pours a hazy yellow, a beautiful depiction of NE haze. Anticipation is building. Smell is quite fragrant for a pale ale, def smells like a great IPA. Yet this beer is smooth going down, and demonstrates its underlying base is less bitter than an IPA. A pale ale it is, but the accentuated flavor and aroma of hops puts it well in its own category of pale ales. Finished slightly tart that was quite refreshing. Overall, a great beer and highly recommended. Can't wait to dry the double dry hopped version!

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Photo of Buck89
4.56/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. A very murky yellow-amber color with a modest and sturdy white head. The most aromatic pale ale I've had that wasn't homebrew: big citrus, orange, resin, and white bread. The taste was a nice interplay between the citrusy notes and a dank resin/piney undercurrent. Great soft feel with a bready backbone. Exceptional.

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Photo of Meyers1023
4.83/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured a very hazy golden orange with two fingers of bubbly white head. The nose is jam packed with smells. You get citrus and tropical fruit with hints of pine in the background. The flavor fits the description as you get pineapple, mango, and pine as the nose suggests as well. The feel is medium high, smooth, almost creamy. This Pale ale is amazing! Easy to drink with so much going on with the interplay of flavors. I wish I could get this beer all the time.

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Photo of OompaMentor
4.56/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into pint glass. Hazy golden color with one finger head. Fruit notes of pineapple, grapefruit and hops are apparent. Medium body and balanced without bitterness. Overall a very nice APA

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Photo of spacecake9
4.56/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Trillium, poured into a tulip glass.
A - Pours an opaque orange color with one inch of foamy head.
S - Big citrus aroma - pineapple, grapefruit and orange. Great smelling beer.
T - Citrus flavors are quite muted, some cracker flavor, very little bitterness.
M - Medium mouth feel and carbonation.
O - I don't normally like Pale Ale's, but this one is darn near perfect. Wish I had bought more.

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Photo of crotharagain
4.73/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Canned 7/19/16 and poured on 7/29/16 into a tulip glass.
Note - I'm taking a self imposed break from IPA's for a couple of weeks. I'm a little OCD, I get stuck.
L - Deep hazy golden orange with full finger of foam. Laces
S - Nice - Malt, citrus, stonefruit/peach aroma is strong.
T - Hops shine through but without the bitterness of an IPA.
F - Silky smooth feel with a nice finish
O - This is the best pale ale I've ever had and one of the top ten beers I've ever had. The Canton brewery is also a nice place to visit and stock up. Although I'm a big fan of Treehouse, I'm starting to lean toward Trillium. I'm glad they expanded.

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Photo of Jay_P22
4.42/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this at the brewery on Monday. Poured into a Trillium tulip.

Look is a hazy juice bomb. Orange and cloudy with significant lacing that sticks.

Smells is of pineapple, passion fruit, and mango.

Taste follows the nose. Great pale ale. Super fruity but hopped up. Really balanced. Not as good as the galaxy fort point, but still great.

Feel is medium bodied and smooth. Good finish.

Overall a great APA. Love the co Plex fruit and earth tones mixed with hops. This brewery earns it's hype. I have 2 more of these and will enjoy drinking them.

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Photo of Mateo2699
4.81/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pour is that signature hazy NE style hue, excellent lacing with small bubbled head that settles to a ring. Aroma is very tropical fruit foward, with a nice array of hops and biscuit like malt in the background. Plenty of mango, pinneapple, kiwi. Somewhat grassy. Very hop foward taste, with the same, equal array of tropical fruit found in the aroma with a certain pine bitterness in the back end. Mouthfeel is relatively thick and mouth coating. This has the longest coating of straight hops I've ever tried in an APA. Overall although this is an APA, the most similar beer this reminds me of is Heady Topper. Definitely no subtle hop or tropical fruit about this, in your face. But so well balanced. A1

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

Had this on 2016-07-18 in Columbia, PA freshly 16-oz canned 13 days ago. Very fresh.

A - Cloudy golden-orange with a 2-finger white head and great lace.

S - Peach, pineapple, pine, orange, mango, lightly dank, nutmeg and floral. Big, bold and juicy.

T - Hop forward like a bold, complex IPA. Then it's a lot of tropical fruit with pine, mint, biscuit with the mildest hint of caramel, orange flesh and zest, earthy spice, white pepper and a not-over-the-top bitterness. Some alcohol taste. Long-lasting finish that is spicy and moderately bitter.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Resinous, soft going down and a little prickly in the finish.

O - Strikes a nice balance between a Pale Ale and a Northeast IPA. Reminds me somewhat of a Three Floyds Zombie Dust although this is even more hop-centric. The ABV is higher that I look for in a Pale Ale so to me, this is an IPA with tons of flavor and a restrained bitterness (something I definitely appreciate). Good stuff indeed.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.43/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, bottles about a week before tasting

Pours a hazy light golden color with a one-finger head that sticks around for a while. Green and leafy aroma with notes of mango, papaya, hints of pine & citrus. Tastes of leafy, green resinous hops with tons of tropical fruit on the finish, mango, peach & citrus. Medium body and carbonation, foamy mouthfeel and a crisp finish. Quite a tasty pale that drinks like an IPA.

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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 stephenjmoore
4.45/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very hazy orange/peach colored body with some floaters and a fluffy off-white head. Aroma is big on hoppy fruit notes; mango, tropical fruits, big notes of citrus. Flavor is big and hoppy as well with moderate bitterness. Big fruity notes, some grassy notes. Medium bodied, some creaminess, medium carbonation. Really great hoppy beer; drinks more like a big IPA.

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.51/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful hazy deep orange with a medium white head and nice lacing. Huge fruity hoppy nose on this. Citrus, tangerine, grapefruit, light stone fruit, and a touch of honey. I knocked this on feel as its only real flaw as the carbonation is high, flavors are a bit muted by it, crisp, finishes slightly dry with a little linger. Refreshing brew. It's hard to think of this as a pale ale, even though I think that's what they intended. This drinks like an IPA, and one of the best at that.

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Photo of ELS
4.33/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It looks like a hazy orange hop bomb that I've come to expect from the Northeast. Smells big time citrus. Taste is tangerine and a little grapefruit. Taste is a little bit masked by the carbonation. I actually let the beer get a little flat and it drank easier and the flavors came out even more.

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Photo of wellsnb
4.58/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very impressed by the first hoppy trillium beer that I've had. I can smell it from 10 feet away. Gray hazy pale ale. Excited to try all the IPAs and Dipas that I also picked up today.

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Photo of rabbott2
4.46/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

5/31 bottle drank in a Trillium chalice on 6/7/16

Look-hazy orange. thin white head. a little bit of lacing, which is surprising for this style

Smell-citrus burst. heavy pineapple and some grapefruit. Also a little grassy on the nose

Taste-citrus burst as well, with a little more complexity than the nose. Orange, maybe nectarines, pineapple for sure are all very present in a beautiful way. A little mango, earthy, and bready

Feel-soft and creamy for a pale ale but not surprising based on the lacing as stated above. Very refreshing and drinkable and kind of sticky.

Overall-this is a PHENOMENAL pale ale. I've had this before a few times and they weren't as fresh and I wasn't nearly as impressed as I was with this one. I already am trying to get more! May be the best APA out there. Thanks Trillium!

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Photo of Barracudas
4.85/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is one of the better pale ales I have had. The aroma was nice, the taste was nice, overall a very well made and very complex beer which I look forward to drinking again!

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Photo of DirtyDawg10
4.54/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a nice hazy golden orange color with a thin white head. The smell is a citrus fruity with some melon mixed in. The flavor is great for a pale ale. I get the citrus and grapefruit at the beginning, the melon in the middle and a slight bitter finish. The mouthfeel is slightly on the lighter side but overall I really enjoyed this beer. Probably my favorite of the Trillium beers I have tries so far.

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Photo of CayseyW
4.51/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A very beautiful pale when poured. It's hazy orange/copper with a full soft head that has just a touch touch of brassiness in color that dissipates to white. Lots of lacing when the head recedes in rest, but as you drink it the lacing becomes very speckled.

Smell is tropical and earthy up front. This has a saison characteristic that I pick up in Heady Topper as well. Very interesting. The finish has more biscuity malt aromas you'd expect in a pale.

I love the balance in flavors. This is a hoppy beer, but the malts mellow it out nicely which allows for a long complex taste. Tropical fruits--mostly mango--hit me right up front, with pine resin and grapefruit in the finish.

The feel is amazing: soft, but well carbed; bitter but smooth; not boozy but the body is full yet very drinkable.

This is one of my favorite pales around. It's a fantastic beer that reasserts how a juicy beer can also be classically balanced.

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.99/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - nice hazy golden beer with a creamy white head that leaves nice lacing
S- big tropical fruit, mango, dank, orange pith, garlic, onion, less overtly tropical than the mosaic dry hopped version but honestly still just as good
T - same as the nose, big tropical fruit, mango, dank with garlic/onion/ganja, papaya, passion fruit, again less tropical than the mosaic dry hopped version but it's not possible to knock it
M- light to medium mouthfeel, alcohol covered, aftertaste is dank, breadth malts, orange pith.
O- easily one of the best pale ales I've ever had. I have a few more bottles, I'm going to do a side by side with fresher Zombie Dust and see where it comes out.

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Photo of CNoj012
4.29/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a cloudy and completely opaque yellow orange color with a two finger bright white head. Retention is solid and there is lots of chunky lacing. Smell is peach, citrus and pine. Taste is the same with moderate bitterness and some crackery malt in the background. Feel is light and crisp with some tingling from the bitterness on the finish. Overall a great beer, but the DDH version is miles ahead in my opinion.

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Photo of Seanem44
4.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a pale ale! Pours a beautiful hazy Amber/orange that just reeks of freshness. One of the best examples of a pale ale I've ever had! Make sure you drink it fresh and as soon as possible! I picked it up at trillium and flew it and two others home with me.

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Fort Point Pale Ale from Trillium Brewing Company
4.48 out of 5 based on 1,837 ratings.
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