Small Bird Series: Little Rooster | Trillium Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Trillium Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
trilliumbrewing.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A refreshingly hoppy American pale ale, Little Rooster is another edition in our "Small Bird Series" of lower ABV offerings brewed for the summer. The nose is an intense, complex fusion of kiwi, citrus, and fresh hop. Candied peach, grape jam, and orange fill out the flavor profile, with a firm bitterness. Dry and effervescent, light to medium bodied.

MALT: American 2-row Barley, Malted Oats, Dextrine, C-15

HOPS: Galaxy, Nelson Sauvin

Added by JordanPhraczek on 07-13-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,086
Reviews:
48
Ratings:
270
pDev:
6.56%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
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Photo of Manfrombelmonty
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cosmicevan
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The last of 5 cans hand delivered by robbie. Many thank yous, my only regret is getting singles instead of more. Trillium is simply killing it lately.

Love these little birds and love me a good pale ale and this is a GREAT pale ale. Classic pale. Not hop centered but not all malt. Mmm mmm pale ale. Like the good ol days. Definitely a pale ale.

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Photo of jbertsch
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of alexsergio
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dirtyhands
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of soze47
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

I love the little rooster - the drinkablity of this beer may be highest of any in the trillium stable. The body flexes on both aroma and taste - citrus peach and grassy notes get nuanced on an bubbly brew that keeps the palette guessing as it warms slightly. Set upfront, it finishes surprisingly bitter and dry. Marmalade qualities from the malt are a marvel for such a hop forward and low abv beer.

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Photo of peterpunk15
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kevanb
3.49/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

16oz can, dated 8.1.17, poured into a Trillium Congress Street willibecher glass. Enjoyed on 9.1.17, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a very turbid orange color, light amber hues with a short white head that has good retention and yields nice soapy lace. The nose is pleasant, very green, very blunt earthy and piney hops, weedy with some spicy hop oil, mild citrus peel, lightly bitter and tangy with a bit of zesty juice with stale pale doughy malt. The flavors are nice, tropical fruits are more pronounced, plenty of citrus peel, strong weedy and leafy hops, resinous pine and earthy hop spice with just a touch of pale grain and mineral water. The mouthfeel is good, medium body that is very thick yet soft with lower carbonation and a dry and bitter finish.

Verdict: A good pale ale from Trillium. It's very simple, certainly overhopped which makes for a bitter experience, too bitter that kind of makes the beer feel bland in a way. Enjoyable yes, but hardly a stand out.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jdubz78
4.36/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of pprichar
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hootie159
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Treyliff
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16oz can poured into a tulip
Canned 8/1/17

A- pours a hazy pale orange color with a one-finger creamy white head that reduces to a ring around the edge

S- bold tropical and citrus hop aroma with an emphasis on orange, grapefruit, kiwi & pineapple, resinous & a bit grassy.

T- bold tropical fruity hops up front, with kiwi flavors following the aroma, followed by peach, orange marmalade, grape skin, orange pith and grapefruit zest. The finish is dry and lingers of more fruity hops

M- light-medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a bubbly mouthfeel and an effervescent dry finish

O- bold fruity hops throughout that has a unique hop profile and remains remarkably drinkable

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Photo of Wesmaze
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Muddy OJ color with a lovely 1 finger of head leaving tons of clumpy lace, just beautiful. I love this.

Aroma of squishy orange, peach, grapefruit rind, melon, mango...heck, it's a fruit stand. Slight fresh grass.

Flavors of bitter orange peel to start, followed by grapefruit pith, mango, fuzzy peach, rice cracker, and stiff dry herb. Herb and suggestions of juicy orange on the finish.

Feel is very sticky and dry throughout, almost saps your tongue of all moisture. Slight chalk. Very interesting.

Overall, a killer pale ale that is up there with Pseudo, Alpha King, and the others - and even juicier still. Definitely don't pass this one up, it's a sleeper next to the Street series.

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4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of madelf66
3.94/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JeffGuilly
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Nugget40
4.73/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Bshaw22
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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Small Bird Series: Little Rooster from Trillium Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 270 ratings