Little Rooster | Trillium Brewing Company

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Little RoosterLittle Rooster

Brewed by:
Trillium Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

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

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Photo of JohnnyMc
4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a very hazy golden orange.

Aroma starts with intense white grape followed by peach, sweet orange, apricot and a hint of dankness. Very bright and white grape forward!

Taste also starts off with white grape/juice, orange smoothie, candied apricot, peach, mango and some dankness on the finish. Very juicy, but very bright too.

Lighter side of medium bodied, crisp, creamy mouthfeel, gentle carbonation and super easy to drink! Low bitterness.

Another great Trillium beer and one of my favorite Pale Ales now!

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours cloudy hazy orange color nice thick white head that dissipates after a few minutes but leaves nice strings of lacing down the glass.

Smell - Lots of citrus, orange, mango, pineapple and hints of grape. Hoppy smell blended in well.

Taste - Nice citrus flavor the kiwi is a little more noticeable in the flavor. Orange and mango little more hop flavor than the smell lets on. Great flavor nice balance between the hops and citrus.

Feel - Medium body very well carbonated very juicy feel.

Overall - Another great beer, flavors mix well and the feel is very smooth.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.86/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Absolutely fantastic. Perfect light body for a pale ale. Huge tropical fruit nose. Limes, tangerine, melon, and passionfruit come to mind. Light and easy to drink.

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Photo of Amguerra305
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

looks a hazy golden orange in the glass. Smell is an orange bomb up front with only the slightest bit of pinyness on the very back end. taste follows the smell with citrus sweetness up front and not much bitterness on the back end though it is still there. feel is medium and pleasantly carbonated. overall one of the better trillium offerings I have tried, right up there with pier. Kind of reminds me of haze with the orange flavor. seems like an underrated beer in the trillium offerings.

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Photo of dar482
4.77/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer comes in a medium to deep gold color, very hazy.

The aroma hits of white grape, great call on the kiwi, stone fruit.

The flavor tons of apricot and peachy notes, and more great calls with the smooth citrus and upfront white grape notes. Smooth and creamy with not as much bitterness as described.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

64 oz growler was poured into a nonic glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a slightly hazy yellow orange color with some clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Tropical, stone candied fruits, bouquet, danky, grassy, orange, pale, wheaty, biscuity, and a little sweetness.

Taste: Nice galaxy and nelson sauvin flavor with a complimentary malt bill. Light bitterness and chewy notes. Lasting hop flavor too.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light, crisp, medium carbonation, refreshing, slightly chewy, light bitterness, and very sessionable.

Overall: Little bird series keeps going strong. Looking forward to the next offering.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.77/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can shared by Curran, thanks man.

This one pours a very thick looking hazy orange, with a small white head, and lots of lacing.

Smells like pure orange juice, maybe a bit muddled, some peach and pineapple- but it feels maybe a bit messy.

The nose on this is better than the taste- it's even more muddled than the aroma. The body doesn't seem to hold up, and it feels quite, quite juicy, but the flavors aren't distinguished, and kind of run together.

This is very juicy, and feels both heavy and light at the same time. It starts pretty full bodied, but still finishes quite thinly.

This is not bad, but hardly the best beer from Trillium. Not really close.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.9/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. can. Hazy, almost murky, orange. Aroma has peaches and a soft sweet fruitiness. Just a bit of garlic. Tastes much less sweet. Still has a little of the peach flavor, but a lot more garlic with a moderate bitterness. Medium light. Soft carbonation. Excellent pale ale without being remarkable.

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Photo of Ri0
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured 16oz can into snifter. Cloudy deep apricot color with a foamy 2 finger white head and massive lacing. Aroma is filled with ripe tangerine, kiwi, and some peach. The flavor is very similar with soft yet bright hoppy notes and some faint biscuit malts. Feel is lighter, very juicy and carbonated. It is simply delicious and refreshing.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can poured Weiss bier glass

Translucent orange with a white foam cap

Citrus aroma

Light fresh hop test

Low sudsing , drinkable , no sharp bite
Good beer

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Photo of jhavs
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz can poured into a flute.

Golden, some haze but not nearly cloudy as some Trillium brews. Foamy white head. Sticky lacing.

Aroma is citrus zest, leafy, earthy, resin, grass.

Flavor is crisp and clean, hoppy, but not too hoppy. Grassy notes and citrus zest. Bit of tropical fruit creeps in.

Moderate carbonation and medium body.

Nice pale ale. Crisp flavors. Nice for warm days.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.11/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16oz. can served in a Spiegelau nonic. 09/09/16 and 'DON'T DON'T' printed on the bottom of the can. Pours a dull cloudy, orange with a tight, one inch, bright white head that gradually dimples and slowly recedes into a consistent slick. Spots and blobs of lacing are present during the tasting. Bright citrus notes, most likely attributable to the Galaxy, are present in the nose as well as an earthy/herbal quality that falls behind. Nelson Sauvin is more forward in the flavor profile - think gooseberries and passion fruit with some residual citric acid and biscuit malt at the back. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body (but closer to light) with a semi-crisp carbonation, a light acidity and a semi-dry finish. Lovely and quaffable with a nice balance between hops and malt.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Combination of Nelson and galaxy hops leads to a juicy and very drinkable pale ale....perfect for the summer. Had poured on tap at the brewery in canton and this was perfectly balanced from the citrus notes to the clean finish

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Photo of Severymusic
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nothing special, enjoyable offering from Trillium but I felt like there were no qualities that really blew my nips off. In the "little bird" series from Trillium, I enjoyed the skimpy sparrow much more.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.06/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 8/15/16

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for the hookup

A: Tangerine-gold with some honey highlights - hazy, but not milky turbidity - pours with a medium sized white head, fades to a small, wispy cap, leaves some spots and streaks of lacing

S: Fruit, to be concise - not exactly exploding with hops, but it is an APA after all, so it really shouldn't be - some citrus, with tangerine and grapefruit - straight-up hops with some leafy, resinous aromas - juicy, fleshy tropical fruits, mango, passion fruit, guava - some white grape - malts are pretty much nonexistent, overall impression is more like a session IPA than an APA

T: Follows the aroma, lots of hops and minimal malt, aka a hop soda - some citrus, mostly orange and grapefruit flesh, zest - hop cones, leafy and resinous hops - touch of hoppy spiciness and a hint of dank - tropical flavors, including pineapple, mango, and guava, but it's more of a sharp hint of tropical than the juicy flesh from the aroma - some grapes, of course from the Nelson - dry bitterness - some soft pale malts at the base

M: On the lighter side of medium, more crisp than smooth, dry finish

O: Yeah, they come to snuff the rooster

I frankly think Trilium's Fort Point is one of the finest modern American Pale Ales on the market right now. Period. So I guess I had high hopes for the "small bird series." What an odd concept... Little Rooster is the first I've had from the series. Although it is quite good, I am not particularly impressed. The hop profile is nice, but the malts are just missing. I don't get any oats at all in the mouthfeel. If I had to guess I would say the ABV on this would be below 5, as it really drinks more like a session IPA than anything else.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
4.01/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

If you're working with my tame palate, Trillium's IPAs taste closer to DIPAs so that only means their APAs are like meaty IPAs. Hard to find the distinction. As is their hallmark, this little guy is packed to the gills with whatever hops they're showcasing, so this baby has tons of grape, melon, peach, mango...and I taste guava. Sticky and acidic. Nose is pungent and acidic fruit. I have a tough time distinguishing their smaller ABV offerings that hover in the 5% range. Pocket Pigeon and Skimpy Sparrow taste basically the same to me. All great beers but I wish they would come out with a run of beers that are lighter in hops and showcase their malt-magic. Come back to us, Sprang.

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Photo of cbutova
4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks Kevin for the gifted cans.

A- The tallboy drops a very hazy, almost milky, pale golden yellow brew into my tulip atop which a thick, creamy white cap rises to about an inch high. Good staying power by the head as it ends up as a large pillow and ring on the brew. Thin but plentiful lacing as sheets stick around most of the glass.

S- Dank tropical fruit explosion. Many tropical and stone fruit varietals come to mind with pineapple, kiwi, cantaloupe, mango and tangerine being especially intense alongside hints of pale cracked barley and nectar fruit sweetness.

T- Plentiful hops once again produce most of what you will find here but the overall complexion of the situation is a bit different. Grapefruit and orange show themselves as citrus and pine become more prominent here. Tangerine, mango, peach, melon, dank herbs, floral hints, pineapple and kiwi come to mind. White wine grapes from the Nelson also show up. A hint of spiciness as well as a minimal touch of pale barley.

MF- Medium bodied with a creaminess that is just about approaching chewy. Moderately high level of carbonation produces a crispness and a platform for those delicate hops to jump off of. Finishes with a fairly sharp citrus bitterness.

Another great hop forward brew out of one of the starts-with-a-T craft beer masters of Massachusetts. Little Rooster explodes with intense tropical aromas before shifting a bit to citrus in the flavor. Are beers with these hop profiles truly becoming the standard? (I am not complaining)

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

another awesome hoppy cloudy truly east coast style ipa from these guys, nice to have something a little more sessionable from them. having it side by side with the galaxy fort point was a cool experience, i feel like that brought some of the galaxy hops out in this one, especially in the nose, which i found to be the best feature of this one, its hyper fruity, and the lime notes of the galaxy are prominent. i pick up some nelson too though, white grape, lemon, tang, pineapple juice from the can, orange peel, its pretty awesome, smells healthy even. the flavor is a little muted compared to the nose, i found the bitterness to rise up a little early and take away the fruity hop experience too soon, but the bitterness remains only moderate through the finish. drier than many of their others, this is gone on the swallow. awesome mix of hops in here, juicy and succulent, and not as thick with sediment and protein and hop bits as a lot of their others. this is one of the few i would make a day of. nicely done as always.

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Photo of MaineBeerDinner
3.9/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Fresh from the can, with the smell of dank hops not as heavy as Trillium normally delivers but nothing held back from this small bird. Smells of citrus, a bit tropical, a bit floral, nice notes. Taste is a powerful 5.8%, punch of hops and consistent citrus. Lacks the delicate balance of the Pocket Pigeon, but nice trying a distinct palate. Dry finish, bit heavy on the bitterness

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.56/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Typical trillium appearance. Big tropical hop explosion on the nose, mainly citric notes, medicinal danks, slight spiciness. Palate follows perfectly - peach, pineapple, tangerine orange, grapefruit, and pine all coming through very clean. Not much malt balance provided but that's the way I like it. Very light and easy drinking, slightly creamy feel. Overall, Trillium's pale ale game isn't even fair to other breweries, makes the other 99% of pale ales seem profoundly boring. Cheers to Bill for including this as an extra in a trade, awesome stuff!

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Photo of Damian
4.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 1 pint can purchased at Trillium Brewing Company, Canton, MA
Served in a pint glass

The super cloudy, dark peach colored body was topped by a finger tall, creamy white head that quickly fell to a thin collar. No lacing whatsoever.

The nose was incredibly dank and intense. Weed-like notes came through big time right from the get-go. Super fruity. Overripe peach and mango were quite apparent. Loads of Nelson Sauvin hops. Really bright and lemony. Touch of white wine. Simply put, spectacular.

The flavor profile was also impressive yet more pithy and bitter than the aroma. Here, the Galaxy hops dominated. Loads of white grapefruit. Intense lemon and lemon rind notes. A bit white wine-like. Juicy, tangy tangerine also came through strong. Some orange peel too. Pithy grapefruit rind appeared on the back end and trailed into the finish. Somewhat bitter. More lemon rind as well.

The mouthfeel was one of the only aspects of the beer that did not completely blow me away. It was lighter bodied for the style. The liquid contained a spritzy, bubbly effervescence that came across as slightly prickly.

The guys at Trillium has created another amazing beer here in their "Small Bird Series." This American pale ale has more nuance and complexity than a great majority of IPAs and double IPAs on the market. These folks are true masters of their craft.

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Photo of jlindros
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Growler filled a few days ago

Pours a light fizzy head fades semi quickly, little lacing, super murky bright milk shake orange.

Nose pretty nice, bright tropical fruit, guava, tangerine, grapefruit, little earthy zest sap, tons of lemony tropical citrus, dank tropical, passion fruit.

Taste brings more green tropical fruit, citrus notes, grapefruit zest, orange citrus, lemony, passion fruit, guava, maybe even papaya mango, orange juice, orange cream. Finish dry nice orange juice citrus, little grapefruit, Clementine, tropical fruits.

Mouth is a bit thin, lighter carb too.

Overall other than being a little thin and light carb it's great, awesome hops, just enough malt to get through it.

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Photo of rudzud
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to JLindros for sharing.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great a nice hazy milkshake orange hue with a thin head that fades to leave light wisps.

S - Aromas of green papaya, guava, light citrus, faint melon, light tropical, loads of green fruit.

T - Taste is really really pleasant, very similar to the nose, good tropical fruits, nice papaya and green fruits. Loads off melon, really lightly bitter.

M - Mouthfeel is very lightly carbonated, body is a bit thin.

O - Overall this was a rather nice, excellent young tropical notes. Really nice.

Serving Type: growler

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Photo of CNoj012
4.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours an extremely cloudy murky golden orange with a nice fluffy white head. Retention and lacing are both outstanding. Smell is citrus, peach, tangerine and a hint of something else that I can't quite put my finger on. Taste is the same. The unidentified scent comes of as a nice twang in the finish. Feel is light and crushable, but not watery at all. The twang at the end along with a touch of bitterness give this some bite in the finish. Overall excellent. So bummed I could only get a growler. I would have bought a case of cans and drank this for the rest of the summer.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.18/5  rDev -3%
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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