Small Bird Series: Tiny Chicken | Trillium Brewing Company

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Small Bird Series: Tiny ChickenSmall Bird Series: Tiny Chicken

Brewed by:
Trillium Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
With the New England summer fast approaching we release Tiny Chicken, another edition in our Small Bird Series of lower ABV, hazy pale ales. Deceivingly diminutive in name, Tiny Chicken packs a hoppy punch with a powerful combination of Galaxy and Amarillo. Engaging aromatics pop with notes of bright citrus and peach, while flavors of tropical fruit, melon, and orange sweep over the palate in refreshing waves. Finishing crisp and dry with slight earthy/spicy grain character from the use of locally malted wheat and Danko rye.

MALT: American 2-row Barley, Valley Rye, Valley Wheat, Flaked Oats, C-15, Dextrine

HOPS: Galaxy, Amarillo, Columbus

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Photo of zonker17
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy yellow pour split between 2 Duvel tulips from 750 mL bottle. Fruity floral nose with some grass and pepper in the background. Mild and balanced flavor I could drink all day. Bright hops and moderate malt and hops. Medium feel and carbonation.

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

tiny chicken. Big meh. I get this is a pale, I get it's supposed to be different from their other offerings, but it's gotta still taste good right? well this really didn't.

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Photo of ThrewRedButter
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L - Hazy golden orange with three fingers of fluffy, white head

S - Sherbet, melon, oranges, mango, peaches. All juice.

T - Taste yields more dank Galaxy qualities and some grassy notes. The juice remains with the everlasting presence of mango and orange sherbet.

F - Full-bodied. Feels like a 7-7.5% IPA.

O - Juicy with dank qualities. Taste and feels bigger than the abv would suggest. Flavor-packed and hoppy pale ale.

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Photo of Damian
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 25.4 fl oz (750ml) bottle purchased at Craft Beer Cellar, Belmont, MA
Served in a pint glass

Fantastic appearance. The opaque, yellow ochre liquid was topped by a super tight and creamy, two-finger tall cap of off-white foam. Solid retention. Large patches of thick, drippy lacing trickled down the glass.

The nose was amazing. I could smell the beer as soon as I popped the bottle. Exotic tropical fruits dominated. Loads of mango, papaya and guava. Quite sweet. Super dank and weed-like. Citrus fruits were also noticeable. Orange peel was most apparent. Zesty lemon notes came out as the beer warmed. Bit of honeydew melon. Really dynamic and complex.

The flavor profile was solid but quite different from the aroma. Super crisp and tart. Citrus notes came through big time. Loads of tangy, juicy tangerine. Quite lemony. Zesty. White grapefruit was also noticeable. The grapefruit intensified as the beer moved along the palate. Rind-like notes appeared in the finish. Pithy and quite bitter.

The mouthfeel was lighter bodied for the style. Frothy and fluffy on the palate. The liquid contained a moderate, zippy effervescence.

Trillium's hoppy beers are immensely flavorful, well balanced and contain a super plush and creamy mouthfeel. Though enjoyable, Tiny Chicken was much more tangy and bitter than their other offerings and also much thinner bodied. All in all, this is a solid session-style American pale ale, but it is a far cry from any of their Fort Point Pale Ale renditions.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Orange, tangerine, orange zest, grapefruit juicy. Lots of citrus happening here. Clean pilsner malt. Light, balanced and dry. Classic Trillium creamy mouthfeel. Really good for a low alcohol pale.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle dated 05/17/16

Pours opaque dark golden amber with a dense creamy off-white foam head. Smells sweet, fragrant, almost perfumey with fresh peaches, plums, nectarine, musty papaya, ripe melon, mango, orange, grapefruit, some caramel, toasted grain, mild rye spice, with floral pine and dank earthy grass. Tastes like fresh orange citrus, ripe cantaloupe, peaches, plums, nectarine, some papaya, sticky mango, mild grapefruit, earthy toasted caramel grain, light rye spice, with floral pine and dank earthy grass. Feels medium bodied, soft dense and creamy with low carbonation. Overall another great beer from Trillium. It's a bit lighter than usual, still hoppy and fruit forward with a complex malt character. A very interesting and unique juicy pale ale.

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Photo of Pierre_Pressure
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy gold color with a finger's worth of head. This is about what I've come to expect from Trillium's hazy offerings.
S: Very citrusy. Again, fairly similar to some of the other beers I've had from Trillium with one notable difference: this beer doesn't have nearly the "dank" aroma that the others have.
T: Very dry. Definite citrus notes. This is kind of like a toned down version of some of their heavier hopped higher ABV beers. Don't take that as a knock though; this is one of the better 5-6% ABV beers I've tasted and I can drink a lot more of this in once sitting that I can their heavier DIPAs.
F: Crisp, medium body.
O: This is a great beer in context of what it is. If I were having just one glass this wouldn't be my first choice, but if I want something lighter for a long night of drinks I haven't found many that I would choose over Tiny Chicken.

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Photo of MarcGetty
5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Yes, a perfect score across the board. Yes, it's that good. No doubt about it. I'm lucky to have experienced it.

Pours thick and cloudy with a perfect head. It tastes great from the first sip to the last sip. Not quite a "northeast IPA", but close to it and thus the American Pale Ale moniker does fit.

Do yourself a favor, get some of this.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a pint glass. Thanks Steve for picking this up for me.

Pours a very hazy, orange juice body with a thick white head that reduces very slowly to leave heavy lacing and chunky retention.

Aromas of pungent citrus, oranges, creamsicle, grapefruit. Taste is citrusy as well, with melons and tropical fruits in there too. A little light on the mouthfeel but to be expected considering the ABV, medium low carbonation.

"Trillium Lite" is what I'd call this. All the flavors but less body.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy orange-yellow with a small cap of head that disappears quickly. Aroma mostly orange. Taste follows nose. Chrisp and well bodied. Yummy!

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Photo of TheElectricOne
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750ml bomber into tulip glasses:

Appearance: pours a lovely looking vibrant orange color, with an incredibly sticky and lingering white head. Body is totally turbid. No sediment present. Looks like a creamsicle between the bright orange body and the pure white head.

Aroma: not as pungent as in your face as the Heavy Mettle, Upper Case, and Galaxy FP I drank this weekend, but the hop aroma still beats out 95% of the beers out there. I got a lot of citrus, as usual with this hop profile, along with some dry, spice base from the rye malt.

Taste: not as flavorful and "raw" tasting as the double IPAs and the more heavily hopped Trillium beers, but still packs lots of hop flavor, along with the spice and dryness from the rye mentioned above. Flavor profile includes citrus, a touch of melon, and that dry, crackery spice.

Feel: much less sticky and full-bodied. At 5.2%, this is much more of session able brew than Trillium's other beers.

Overall: a unique beer in Trillium's hoppy arsenal in its dryness and its low ABV. Still, very flavorful and aromatic. Worth the search.

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Photo of BEEPOP
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really smooth beer. That being said it is lacking of depth and flavor. Incredible easy drinking summer beer but don't expect the depth of Heavy Mettle or one of the highly rated special hopped beers.

Looks wise hazey. Smells of faint tropical citrus. Taste is a watered down Fort Point tbh. Feel wise watered down FP. Overall I am very happy I tried it but I would easily pass this up for other APA offerings from Trillium.

All this bad talk and this is still a very good beer. Easily try it if you go up but no need to trade for it.

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Photo of HankSingle
4.71/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Holy crap. Bright orange and tropical fruit on the nose; Front end tastes like livid, fizzy mango juice - like a perfect mimosa, then slides into a sharp, clean, grassy bite. Endlessly refreshing, and incredibly juicy, considering how light and easy going it is. I don't know how it would translate, but this is the exact sort of beer I dream about having in 12 oz cans - perfect fusion between New England juice and 'I need to drink this on a boat'. Great stuff.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 hazy yellow orange color with slight vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Tropical, citrus, lemon, grassy, spicy, wheaty, bready, and pale malts.

Taste: Same as above. Nice hop flabor, complimentary malt bill, light chewy notes, sessionable, and light bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light bodied, a little chewy, light bitterness, medium carbonation, and a little chewy.

Overall: Nice and hoppy sessionable IPA. I could get used to this one quite a bit.

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Photo of Desgallacher
4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Galaxy fort point like, only missing a little depth and the mouth feel. A great option when a little less ABV is in order. Hopefully this is available in more batches through the summer, great lawnmower beer.

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Photo of mnj21655
4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy pale orange in color with a finger of off white head. Aroma is a big hop punch upfront, lots of tropical fruits, namely mango and maybe guava with peach and a touch of citrus. Flavor follows the aroma, it has all the same fruits but adds some white wine notes. This beer mani yams a relatively juicy quality. Mouthfeel starts out on point but then falls off a bit and finishes a bit thin. Overall I'd say this is a very nice easy drinking pale ale. There is a lot going on in terms of aroma and flavor but the mouthfeel isn't quite there; nonetheless I enjoyed this and would definitely purchase again.

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Photo of ScaryEd
3.81/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy golden straw color with a 2-finger fluffy white head. Leaves lots of clingy lacing.

The aroma is quite tropical, with notes of mango and sweet melon. I also get some grapefruit and spicy bread. Not a lot going on, but pleasant.

The flavor brings lots of orange and sweet citrus up front, followed by some notes of melon and peaches. Finish is slightly peppery and spicy.

Feel is medium bodied with good carbonation. Slightly dry finish with some lingering bitterness.

Overall, a good pale ale that is nicely balanced. Doesn't match up to Fort Point but it's still a very solid beer.

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Photo of GimmeASchlitz
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From growler fresh from the brewery 2 hours ago and chilled in the fridge for the last hour and a half. Poured into brewery branded tulip glass.

Pours a nice hazy orange with a nice foam head that goes away pretty quickly and leaves a rim of foam at the top.

The smell is fantastic! You instantly get deep citrus aromas and subtle grassy notes from the hops. There is an undertone of grain that can be noted.

First sip gave a quick citrus flavor followed by biscuits and then the subtle bitter of hops. The flavors were all very balanced and were not overpowering over any other. The next few sips gave the notes of citrus zest and some light grains. The hops do not linger at the end and finishes well.

Feels drier than I was expecting but I'm ok with it. Medium carbonation and good balanced medium body.

Wow, I'm really digging this beer. This is a well executed pale ale. This is perfect for sitting out in the sun on a summer afternoon or watching the sun set after a long day at work. This is the kind of beer that can put you at peace and you know all is right at the moment. If this were year-round I would use this to introduce more people into the craft world as you can't just hand someone an IPA when they've only drank Bud Light their whole life.

Thank you Trillium for making this great ale!

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Photo of jaasen64
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed at Publick House, served in a Trillium pint glass.

A- Pours a hazy yellowish, orange golden color with a little over a fingers worth of frothy head that has nice retention and leaves nice layered lacing while receding to a thin layer.

S- Oranges, a hint of vinous hops, orange peel, balanced light slightly grainy malts hiding in the background. Decently aromatic for a 5% APA and very pleasant smelling with the fruity oranges coming out nicely.

T- Oranges come out nicely again in the taste balanced with a zesty orange peel bitterness that follows through with the finish balancing with some light lemon juice. Very tasty and flavors grow on me the more I drink it.

M- Fairly light, finishes slightly on the dry side, pretty sessionable, nice amount of carbonation.

O- These guys are making some fantastic hoppy brews that could easily be paired against some of the best. Fort Point was slightly better in my opinion, but this beer is nice in its own unique way. I could easily drink a few pints of this and I can't wait to try some more stuff from Trillium.

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Photo of BearsOnAcid
4.61/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pillowy head; light golden body. Amazingly fresh and robust hop aroma. Extremely sessionable. Soothing spicy finish from the hops and rye. Dry with some prickly carbonation. One of the best I've had so far from Trillium. Such a simple but well executed beer.

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Small Bird Series: Tiny Chicken from Trillium Brewing Company
4.31 out of 5 based on 134 ratings.
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