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
Reviews: 244 | Ratings: 2,204
Photo of Rristow
4.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted from can. Pours a murky yellow with white head. Aroma of grapefruit, orange and other citrus notes. Moderately bitter. Flavors of orange, grapefruit, mango, papaya, biscuits, caramel. Excellent pale ale.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
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.

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Photo of thebeers
4.2/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy orange-juice color with two fingers of airy off-white head. Big mango, pineapple and tangerine in the nose with a definite herbal, spiced element. The taste follows with some nice piny bitterness added to the mix. Light bodied with a prickly, pillowy feel. Excellent, easy-drinking beer with enough bitterness, herbs and spice to balance out the fruit.

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Photo of AmeriCanadian
4.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look is pale golden-orange with a cloudy, pulpy haze and a frothy, bubbly white head that provides some faint lacing. Smell is tropical citrus and sharp grapefruit, very pungent and sweet. Taste is dominated, for me, by grapefruit bitterness, very pithy and puckering, with grassy and herbal notes, some nectarine sweetness, and a light biscuity backbone. Very juicy, refreshing, and tasty. Feel is quite substantial. Medium mouthfeel, silky and creamy on the tongue, which adds to the lasting bitterness that seems to hang on forever. Fantastic beer, and outstanding APA.

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Photo of njcraftguy
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Its amazing how Trillium puts out great beer after great beer. They don't smash you in the face like Treehouse juice bombs but they are just so damn well done. Balanced and super smooth.

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Photo of NiceTaps
4.11/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz can in a stemmed tulip glass.

A careful pour yields a hazy glass-beaded orange color with a 1f white cap. The head tapers to a lasting film and leaves some foam lacing.

Hop aromas spill into the air; citrus, orange, tropical pineapple. Slightly dank with some alcohol soaked wheat and malt.

Mango and pineapple with a peach finish. The flavor is hop driven, the dry biscuit malt takes a back seat.

The light crisp body is good, and the hop flavor and gentle hop bite are good. I'm not getting enough "pale ale" malt body behind those hops.

I like it and I'll seek out some more of this brew but, honestly, it's an all-hop pale me.

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Photo of SuomiHobbit
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Citrus aroma, flavor delivered on the promise of the aroma, soft bitterness lingers slightly after the swallow (not off-putting). A really good brew.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer looks like freshly squeezed orange juice. There is a small white head with a smidge of lace.
A nice citrus and tropical fruit aroma.
Even better taste. Pineapple and orange, mostly.
Quite good!

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Photo of GuitarIPA
4.27/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My mom gave me this beer. Your mom sucks.
L - Pineapple juice poured from the can, minimal head
S - Smell is terrific, pineapple, citrus, and hops
T - Citrus, hoppy, and some hop funk.
F - Surprising body and perfect carbonation.

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Photo of Greyvtrayn
4.46/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 4/26...consumed out of a Teku. Going to keep this one short. This one checks off a ton of boxes for me...the look, smell and taste are just out of this world (maybe not so much the look as it's your standard NEIPA muddy orange haze). Really enjoying the smell though, its delightful...very easy to drink. Bitter but not terribly dry on the finish. A nice balance of juicy and floral. All around a top notch beer for the NEIPA lovers.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.29/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to HighLowJack for sending this one! Reviewed from (long-standing) notes. Poured from a 16 oz. can into an El Catador Barrel-Aged glass.

A: Turbid yellowish gold, typical of the New England IPA style. A thin fluffy white head forms, with low visible carbonation.

S: Melon and citrus, dank and tropical. Lighter flowery, minty, and spicy hops. Biscuity malts and some wheat but without almost any grainy character. Nice, though I’m not blown away.

T: Melon, tangerine, and citrus rind. Dankness swells up with pineapple and tropical fruit following. Biscuity malts don't add a ton of sweetness, but the bill seems hefty for an APA. It finishes with more dank and melon and orange juice, and stays only very modestly bitter in the hang.

M: This is full-bodied for anything calling itself an APA; it's even leaving sheets on the sides of the glass. The carbonation is a touch on the low side, and there's minimal alcohol flavors.

O: This was awfully tasty. I'm not sure that it lived up to its sizeable hype or not. But I can certainly see where the hype came from. Very, very good.

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
4.77/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 16 oz can,into a Cigar City spiegelau IPA glass.Canned on APR/26/17.

L- Thick soapy white colored head that stands 2 finger widths tall,with good retention and thick sticky lacing.Deep hazy straw colored body,with light orange hues.Low clarity through the glass,with distorted light showing through.Medium amount of carbonation,with some sediment.

S- On the nose I get heavy amounts of citrus and tropical fruit hops.Peaches, grapefruit, mango,pineapple are all in the forefront.Bright notes of sweet malt,white wheat,and bright barley are there for a beautiful balance.This APA smells wonderful.

T- The palate follows the nose perfectly.Up front I get light pine needle,mango fruit,and peaches.In the middle I get sweet malts,and grapefruit citrus.On the back end I get pineapple, white wheat,and the pine hops return.The citrus is dank and zesty.This beer tastes amazing!!!

F- The mouth feel is silky and smooth,with moderate oxidation on the tongue.Moderately dry finish,that leaves the slightest chalky texture after the sip.

O- I have seen and heard alot about this beer prior to drinking it,and it definitely lived up to the hype.This is by far my favorite APA out of all the ones I have tried so far.Looks great,smells and tastes great,perfectly balanced.This beer is the total package.Just enough bitterness,mixed with fruity hops,dankness,and light sweet malts.I could drink this beer all year long,and probably will seeing as it is only 40 minutes away.If you love a hoppy / dank APA then I would definitely recommend you get your hands on this one,by any means necessary.I can't wait to get back out to the brewery in Canton,MA.

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Photo of craftaholic
4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hot damn pretty tasty, loved the varietals better but the base is quite juicy and dank. Seek it out like most of the trillium ipas this bad boy is a winner

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Photo of BeerGuy8315
4.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a snifter. Canned 3/15/17.

A: Pours a super hazy golden orange in color with a one inch, frothy, cream colored head with good retention. Thick, white lacing throughout.

S: Aromas of citrus and tropical fruits including grapefruit, orange, melons, peaches, pineapple, and guava. Notes of piney and earthy hops as well.

T: Juicy Pale Ale. Starts off with soft notes of melons, grapefruit, and citrus rinds followed by pineapple and guava. Finishes with a nice light lingering, piney, resinous hop bitterness.

F: Light to medium bodied. Super smooth and velvety feel. Slightly dry on the finish with very light carbonation.

O: Overall, this is a great Pale Ale. Super smooth and crushable. Nice balance between the fruitiness and hop bitterness. Could crush these one after another on a nice summer day. Would love to try this one fresh from the source.

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

Canned 11 days ago.

L -- Moderately aerated pour produces a skimpy one-finger white head atop an effervescent turbid orange. Not quite as hazy as Trillium's IPAs, but still very clouded. No retention or lacing
S -- Big orange, grapefruit, pineapple, and peach. A hint of soap as well
T -- Bright, elegant, and refined. The tropical fruits from the hops really dominate the flavors here, with very little residual bitterness. The biscuity malts give a nice dry character that further accentuates the hop profile. Some green/grassy/herbal flavors on the finish
F -- Each sip is a juicy bomb that washes my tastebuds in a gentle fruity hoppiness before finishing dry but not bitter
O -- If Trillium could figure out a way to reduce their pricing by a few dollars per 4-pack, I would be buying this by the case as my summertime go-to. Or maybe they could start subsidizing their beers for their lower-income fans ;)


Canned 10 days ago. Trying a batch that was I believe brewed on the new Fort Point system. A bit pinier, rindier, and yeastier than I remember, perhaps due in part to the new fermentation profile. Still very drinkable

EDIT (3/10/19):
Had on tap at Fort Point. Much better than the last batch I had and aligns solidly with my initial impressions. This stuff is really quite excellent given that it's their 'standard' beer

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Photo of CHickman
4.67/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Canned 04/13/17, it pours cloudy orange color with a 2 finger foamy white head that's full of bubbles of all sizes, dissipating slowly and leaving really good spotty lacing.

APA??...could have fooled me. This leans more towards an IPA with an aroma of orange peel, lemon zest, grapefruit, biscuit, fresh citrus hops, papaya, piney hops, caramel, toasted grains, coriander and floral notes. Well balanced with a lot of fresh hops, tropical fruit and a nice malty backbone, this would pass as an impressive IPA so in the pale ale class it's top notch.

Tastes just like it smells with grapefruit, orange peel, fresh citrus hops, lemon zest, pineapple, caramel, and piney hops followed by a malty sweetness that brings graham cracker, biscuit, light brown sugar, wheat bread, toasted grains and finally some mild spices like pepper and coriander. It fades clean and dry with near perfect balance of those bready flavors, pungent citrus and floral notes.

Mouthfeel crisp and smooth at the same time, with average carbonation, a medium body and a perfect level of hoppy bitterness that masks the ABV and makes it extremely easy to drink. A year round session beer that's full of flavor.

Overall this is up there with Zombie Dust at the top of the mountain. Happy to finally have gotten a 4 pack of it as this has been on my BeerAdvocate "Want" list since 03-21-2015. An outstanding beer, world class indeed.

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

A 16 oz can dated 3-15-17 poured into a TH tulip

Appearance- A very cloudy hazy orange with thin finger of white head. A dull sort of look

Smell- Melons with tropical fruits. I smell pineapple, grapefruit, and a nice hint of peach. Lite hops and even less piney resin.

Taste- A citrus and melon taste dominates the first sip. Not much hop in the taste but there is slight bitterness that grabbed my attention. The fruity taste lingers with a palate clinging sweetness.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation with a soft pleasing creamy texture. Rather oily for the finish and I have not had another APA that it really compares with.

Overall- The creamy texture sets this apart from most APAs. I have recently been enjoying Zombie Dust and this is a huge change in the feel and fruitiness. Great job Trillium.

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Photo of Boccu
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours merky deep orange with a two finger white head. Nice lacing as head fades slowly. Aroma pine,citrus and orange juice. Taste follows the nose with pineapple, mango, pine needles and light dank. Very strong IPA. Big fan of trillium.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.09/5  rDev -8.5%
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 MFMB
4.37/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a turbid orange color with a bright white head. Tropical and citrus notes on the nose along with pine and pale malts. Taste is of mangos, bright citrus, light pine and crackers malt like taste. Nice medium body with a slight creaminess. Nice dry bitter finish. Really enjoyed the OG Fort Point.

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Photo of EMH73
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange color with an inch and a half white head that left lacing all the way down the glass. Smells of tropical fruits, citrus and pine. Tastes of orange, pineapple, mango, pine and a nice malt presence. Full bodied, moderate carbonated, finishes slightly dry, smooth and crisp.

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Photo of dee4maine
4.27/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a very solid pale ale. Nose was much stronger then the taste. It is definitely incredibly balanced in terms of citrus, pine, Malts and ending pleasant bitterness.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.05/5  rDev -9.4%
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 scottfrie
4.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

10oz tulip on tap at TRB.

A: Super cloudy orange juice color with a soft, greasy, white head. The color is more of a glowing, brighter, orange than it is a muddy yellow orange.
S: Sweet tropical fruit scents along with hints of melon. Fruity and clean smelling. No bitterness on the nose, but I get hints of mild grapefruit pith.
T: Sweet tropical fruit follows the nose with notes of tangerine and papaya. Juicy perfumey hops; kiss of pale bready malt. Bitterness is lightly herbal but fairly easy on the palate.
M: Very soft and smooth medium-full body with creamy carbonation and a well-rounded soft feel overall. Slight spritzy tingly fresh hop oils, moderate bitterness that is cut by the sweet fruity quality. Surprisingly fairly drying finish. Not the wettest cloudy APA I've had, which is great to me.
O: A delicious beer. I've had clear beers that have taste and smell similar to this, but the carbonation in this is more soft and creamy. Thankfully, the mouthfeel is still drying and not overly muddled feeling. Delicious.

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Photo of JLK7299
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

So this is like the OG of the Trillium hoppy beers. There are many variants out there but the OG remains one of the best hoppy beers that you will every have!

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Fort Point Pale Ale from Trillium Brewing Company
Beer rating: 99 out of 100 with 2204 ratings