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Little Rooster | Trillium Brewing Company

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Little RoosterLittle Rooster

Brewed by:
Trillium Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States | website

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

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Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 69
Photo of Davepoolesque
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Smells dank. Lime, grapefruit pith and lemon rind. Finishes full on cracker malt with a decent amount of bitterness. Fairly dry. Semi sweet. Pretty good. Tiny Chicken is still the king of the Small Bird Series.

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Photo of SebastianOwl
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 7/14/16; drank on 7/18/16 in a teku glass; I love the entire small bird series, especially getting to try different combos of hops/malts in a more sessionable ABV; this is my favorite version so far, excellent beer

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Photo of rjp217
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Incredibly juicy profile, both aroma and taste. Quite a nice amount of hopping done with this one. In my opinion you can never go wrong with galaxy and nelson. An all day beer that is done really well.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.73/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

16 oz. can dated 07/14/16

Pours cloudy opaque gold with a creamy frothy white foam head. Smells like kiwi, pineapple, mango, guava, candied peach, grape jam, orange and grapefruit citrus, bready grain, with an earthy pine note. Tastes like kiwi, pineapple, mango, guava, grape jam, candied peach, orange citrus, grapefruit, bready oats, with earthy grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall another great juicy pale ale from Trillium.

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Photo of emount91
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

killer session brew. pours a murky golden yellow, head goes quickly. smell is tropical and light: mangoes, pineapple, citrus rind. taste follows the smell notes exactly, but with a small light malt ending, those Nelson hops come through at the end of the big galaxy taste and it's wonderful. almost a slight peppery after taste that works very well. feel is nice and fuzzy, perfect beach beer.

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Photo of mnj21655
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy yet vibrant orange in color with a finger of white head. Strong citrus and tropical aroma when I open the can that becomes more muted in the glass. Lots of peach and melon here with some orange and tropical fruits in the background. Low bitterness. Light-medium body and moderate carbonation, it starts a bit creamier then thins out in the finish. Very good overall, has the typical Trillium look and character. Would be a solid choice for a beach beer.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a creamy white head. The beer itself is a slightly hazy and golden amber color.

The beer has strong citrus and hop notes. The hops come out grapefruit but there also floral notes that come out but is easily overwhelmed by the other notes.

The beer has a bitter and sour taste. The bitterness comes from the hops and the sour flavor builds a little but mixes well with the hops. Underneath all of this is a little bit of sweetness from the malts but those are overwhelmed.

The beer itself has a slightly biting carbonation and medium-bodied. Surprising given the abv content.

A pretty good beer and a very nice APA. Definitely worth picking up if you happen to be in the Boston area.

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Photo of JordanPhraczek
4.16/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a Growler bought a half hour beforehand. Poured into a regular pint glass.

A - Light pale with a strawberry blonde tinge. Really good retention even out of the growler. Leaves nice off-white lacing.

S - Fresh hops but with a noticeable flowery aroma that smells like a rye malt. I wish I new more about what was in this beer it isn't as simple as most APA's. I can smell the floweriness (yes, that's a word) every time I reach for a sip without the smell becoming muted.

T - Not overly pungent with really tasty hops. This is a great summertime beer. A lasting sour bitterness builds up in the back of your tongue the more you drink it. The flower scent doesn't come through as strongly in the taste. Light toasty taste goes well with the slight bitterness.

M - Not watery even for a 5% pale ale. Not as lathery as the head and lacing would suggest.

O - Great display of American hops. Satisfying but not overbearing. This is my 7th or 8th Trillium brews and it is one of my favorites.

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Little Rooster from Trillium Brewing Company
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