Rhode Island IPA | Trinity Brewhouse

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Rhode Island IPARhode Island IPA

Brewed by:
Trinity Brewhouse
Rhode Island, United States

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
The first I.P.A. available throughout Rhode Island since Ballantine I.P.A. The most bitter of the Pale Ale family, India Pale Ales malty flavor is accented by fruity aromas, a dry bitter finish and bright copper color. Unfiltered.

65 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-10-2001

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4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I stopped by the Trinity Brewhouse on Sunday, November 12 in the mid-afternoon. This was the first significant beer consumption stop of my long awaited trip to New England, and one I was led to completely by accident by someone who doesn't even drink beer. I was very pleasantly surprised.

As I was limiting myself to one brew, I decided to go straight for the hops and selected the Rhode Island IPA. Delivered in a pint glass, I observed a murky auburn beverage with no head save a paper thin halo of lace. I haven't been to too many brewpubs, but this lack of head seems to be the norm. I'm sure there's a perfectly good explanation for this, but in the meantime, it does detract from the visual experience.

Passing responsibility along from my eyes to my nose, I took a good whiff and was met by the gentle arome of pine intertwined with a bittersweet citrus element that was part grapefruit and part tangerine. Had the odor been more pronounced, I would have been won over at this point, but instead, I had to wait for my taste buds to pass judgment.

The liquid was soothing upon entry into my mouth. This was followed by a cascade of piney hop flavor that was ultimately wiped clean by a grapefruit and tangerine finish. Again, very mild yet flavorful.

The mouthfeel was subtle with light carbonation, a mellow alcohol presence, and hops that didn't stick to my tongue but instead washed away clean.

This brew was very easy to drink, perhaps a bit mellow for a serious hophead, but still very flavorful and smooth enough to potentially be accessible to many who normally find IPA's to be too harsh on the palate.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of LXIXME
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BennyL1
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap yesterday at the Trinity Brewhouse. First time there so I figured I would go with one of there most popular brews. Served in a standard pint glass.

This IPA poured a dark copper with a bit of haze. Not much head to speak of. Some lacing on the glass too.

Nose was on the hoppier side with mostly floral accents. Some malt is also detectable in the aroma.

This is a nice and tasty brew. Bitter hops up front but a nice malt backbone rounds it out. Finish leaves a nice citric hop presence on the palate.

Medium bodied with medium or so carbonation.

I was impressed with the brewhouse overall and if I find myself back there I would probably order this one up again.

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Photo of chenieprudhomme
5/5  rDev +33.7%

Photo of Roguer
3.42/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

In terms of aroma and flavor, this brew doesn't offer anything that many other IPAs provide, and in much greater quantities and at higher quality.

There is very little to the aroma past dry biscuit and some grapefruit peel. Even less is delivered to the palate, although it is bracingly bitter.

Feel is by far the best attribute: it's medium-light, drinkable, lively, dry, and refreshing.

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Photo of Nickfellow007
5/5  rDev +33.7%

Photo of roopy40
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - Orange-red in color. Pours a decent frothy head that dissipates quickly and leaves hardly any lace.

Smell - Dank citrus and flowery hops.

Taste - Hops, a smack of bitter grapefruit and malt flavor.

Mouthfeel - Slippery, not overly carbonated, dry finish

Drinkability - Not my favorite offering from Trinity, but a very drinkable beer from my experience. I can envision drinking this on a hot day by the grill with a hot dog and good company.

Overall - Great local IPA, something I enjoy with good comfort food and worth bringing home a growler.

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Photo of diamondlie
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of WhitmansNiece
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of CraigTravor
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of OnryAndMean
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of dsa7783
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the Brewhouse in downtown Providence...
Pours a ruddy, copper dark hue with a decent foamy head that soon receded...
Hoppy aroma... Citrus and pine also detectable...
The taste strongly complemented the nose... Thorough, rich hops, citrus, pine, and lemons thrown into the mix...
Pretty impressed with this IPA that had a solid, warming, 7% ABV...
One of the best brews put out by this brewpub in my opinion...

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Trinity Brewhouse in Providence, RI, poured into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a brownish gold, with a foamy white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The smell is of hops (as you would expect), caramelized malt and citrus.

T: A bitter hops flavor dominates the taste but the malty, citrus sweetness compliments it well. Both the hops bitterness and the malt sweetness stick around in the after-taste. The taste is very well-balanced.

M: Crisp & smooth, medium body, medium carbonation and a dry finish.

D: It's got a good kick at 7.00% ABV, good taste and it's not very filling. This is a very poundable beer.

This one is definitely my favorite brew from Trinity.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap. Pours a dark amber color with a thin head. Fair amount of lacing. Aroma is of sweet pine. Maybe some brown sugar. Flavor is more of that sweet pine taste. Nice bitter finish. Good amount of carbonation. A bit floral. Overall, its a decent Ipa, and I'd order it again.

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Photo of Ken_P
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of jfstilling
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of smcolw
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So far I've found Trinity's beers to be hit or miss. In my opinion this is their best beer. Beautiful amber color with a nice head that leaves a decent lace. Floral hop is very evident in the aroma. The malt may be muted, but that's expected in an IPA.

The flavors are multi-dimensional and flow from malt to hop quickly and smoothly. The swallow leaves a strong fresh hop flavor in the mouth. The beer is full-bodied with a relatively low carbonation.

I found this beer to be a superior IPA, very enjoyable.

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Photo of Gavage
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper in color with a nice 1" head. Nice lacing develops. Carbonation is slighty strong. The aroma is fruity and hoppy. The flavor reminds me more of a pale ale, as the fruitiness and malts are stronger and the hop level is light. The alcohol is barely noticeable.

The mouthfeel is smooth at the start with a dry and crisp finish. The bitterness comes out a little more after the swallow, but doesn't really last long. The drinkability is all right, but I slowly became bored with this before I finished it.

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Photo of RaguFestivale
3.64/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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