Trinity IPA | Trinity Brewhouse

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Trinity IPATrinity IPA

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Trinity Brewhouse
Rhode Island, United States

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of InkedinRi
1/5  rDev -72.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This is a nasty malt bomb! I don't know if the bottle was sitting in the shelf for 2 years before I got it? But it was a drain pour. Just being honest.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
1.99/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 7/28/11
*From notes

A: When I opened the bottle, it oozed out a bit. Once in the glass, it looked like a wheat ale - cloudy, hazy honey amber. A 2.5 finger head take a while to subside, and leaves minimal lacing around the rim of the glass.

S: Super barley and grain, and over-the-top bitter hop oil. Hints of biscuity lemon scone are detectable.

T: I'm having a hard time with this one. The bittering hops are absolutely obnoxious. It's gross - it's not floral or even a touch juicy. Just bitter all the way home. Bready in places, but the 120 IBU's overwhelm everything you might call flavor. Rubbing alcohol on the back end. Blech!

M: The mouthfeel is decent. It's bubbly enough and kinda creamy. The carbonation isn't overly obtuse.

O: Trinity's IPA is not a good beer. It doesn't even come close to being passable.


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Photo of Matty1918
2.8/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy, amber with a white head. A little lacing.

Aroma is of mild citrus and mild floral. Not too much more.

A little bitterness up front. This IPA is kind of watery and not big on flavor. There's a hint of pine at the end not much going on.

Not much to this IPA. A bit watery and not much in the flavor. I tried it but won't seek it out again. If it was for free I wouldn't turn it down though.

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Photo of Nipitato
2.87/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Purchased a bottle from Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Deep copper hue. Slightly hazy and opaque. Off white head with good stand.

S: Nice biscuit malt aroma. Some mineral/iron notes. Hop aroma is virtually non-existent. This smells like a British IPA.

T: An unbalanced flavor. No real malt balance to speak of. Hop flavor is grating and biting due to lack of malt balance. Hop flavor is bitter and lacking any concrete character - maybe some grapefruit.

MF: Highly carbonated with a medium body.

D: Not good. Very poorly balanced with no malt support. Poor sessionability.

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Photo of bigone4
2.88/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Nice cloudy amber brownish color. Huge head disapated after a few minutes. Way over carbonated in the sixer I got. The bottle cap basicly blew itself clear across the room upon opening. Poured very poorly. Had to wait about 10 minutes to pour it. Not much lacing. Sharp hop bite nice mild flavor. Citrusy, floral, grassy smell had some sand or earthy scent to it. Subtle maltiness in the background. Rather strong had a good taste to it but very bubbly. Like an IPA momosa. Besides the over carbination it was a decent beer. On tap is much better at Trinity Brewhouse. This sixer did this beer no justice. Once the bubbles are managed then I will seek a rematch. Better on tap at Trinity.

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Photo of BearsOnAcid
2.91/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Transluscent dark copper. Fluffy white head. Lacing that sticks and webs itself to the glass. Looks like animals roaming the African desert.

Subtle tea-like hopping with a buttery carmel malt backbone. Taste is like the nose and has a buttery carmel malt and tea off the bat with a quick peppery bitterness on the back of the tongue. Slightly herbal and grassy.

Thin mouthfeel and a moderate-high carbonation for the style. Pretty solid. Its butteryness was a problem, but it didn't completely distract me from the beer. Possibly a problem with the yeast not cleaning up all the diacetyl after fermentation but who knows. Didn't realize this was 7%, that's funny. Why is it so high?

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Photo of TrickKnee
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As my review states this is just an overall average beer. It is however much better than the first batch of trinity that was brewed by cottrell. That stuff was pure swill. Not an overly hoppy IPA and pretty bland taste. However it still was pretty good overall. I would like to try some directly from the brewery to see the difference.

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Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours with a nice IPA style color. This beer has a good IPA smell. Has a small amount of sweetness which I enjoy in an IPA. This is an above average IPA and I look forward to consuming another Trinity IPA when I make it back up to this region.

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Photo of hwwty4
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to IBUnit63 for this one.

Poured a 12oz bottle into my Chimay chalice. The beer pours a reddish amber with a 1 inch head, that seriously lacked staying power. While the head receded quickly, it did leave quite a bit of lacing. The aroma is overwhelmingly malty. There is almost no hint of hops, just a small aroma of citrus at the end of the nose. The aroma is grainy with just a bit of brown sugar. The taste follows suit with malt being the dominant flavor with just a mild, non-descript bitterness at the tail of the flavor profile. The mouthfeel is light with a mild carbonation. This beer reminds me of what you get at local restaurants that just happen to make a couple styles of beer in house. Nothing exciting but nothing horrible either. Just average all across the board.

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Photo of GJ40
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled from a 12oz bottle in a standard pint glass. Purchased from Yankee Spirits in Attleboro, MA. Label said fresh before January but no year was specified.

A - Amber with a slight haze and a moderate beige head of larger bubbles.

S - Caramel and bisuity malts with an off note of cardboard.

T - A dry smoky and slightly roasted flavor with a mild bitterness. The hops seemed pretty dull and uninvolved. I used to frequent the brewpub when it first opened and this beer is far from the same quality.

M - A very light, airy feel that almost evaporates in your mouth.

D - Not all that appealing.

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Photo of prototypic
3.06/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: This one pours a darker, caramel brown color. It's mostly clear. Perched atop is an off-white, two finger head. Retention on this one was more than solid and a nice, thick coat of lace lined the glass.

Smell: Whoa! Caramel malts are strong here. Not a good sign for me personally. They're followed by some citrus grapefruit and pineapple. It's surprisingly yeasty. Hops are noticeable, but seem to be drowned out by the wealth of caramel malt. It smells out of balance and it's not all that enticing at all.

Taste: My fears have been realized. Caramel malts are the predominant flavor. For an IPA, that's a poor quality. Some light citrus grapefruit and pineapple and a little sweetness. It's definitely yeasty. Did I mention the caramel malts are strong? Hops emerge a little late in the game and give it more of a bitter kick than I expected, but they're still drowned out way too much by the malts. It finishes sweet and a little bitter.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: The body is medium. It's a got a decent feel, but it could stand more carbonation. Drinkability is really limited for me. The malt/hop balance is out of whack for an IPA. I'm not really enjoying this bottle much at all.

Trinity needs to work on this IPA. It primarily needs less malt and more hops. That would be a huge stip in the right direction. As it is, it's just very average. Not one I would suggest seeking out.

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Photo of Viggo
3.06/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review #800!

Thanks to TheManiacalOne for hooking me up with this for BC2. Had a bit of a leak, but seems to be okay.

Pours a murky caramel brown, reddish highlights, huge off white head, lots of sticky lace, good retention, never wants to go away. Smell is lots of sweet malts, caramel, pine, some citrus, bit of floral, lots of fruit, not too hoppy, pretty balanced. Taste is weak, some grain, caramel, pine, bit of citrus, kind of medicinal in the finish, nutty bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, carbonation is low, possibly lower than normal due to a bad seal. Still seems to be in shape judging by previous reviews, just not entirely interesting. Thanks for the brew Mark!

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Photo of silentjay
3.21/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

looks as I would expect an IPA to, a golden/copper with a decent hop haze and a sizable almost pure white head that rises to 3 fingers, sticks around a while and leaves chunks on the glass.

aroma is not as good as the appearance. lots of biscuity and grainy malts with some pine and herbal hops hiding behind that. english IPA in the aroma.

herbal hops out front with plenty of graininess making its way through. plenty bitter and just a tad sweet, without the hop flavor I like in my IPA's mostly hop bitterness to counter the grainy sweet malts. nothing I haven't had a thousand times before.

almost medium bodied with plenty of carbonation.

drinks okay. not something I'd buy by the six pack, but not something I'm about to pour down the drain either. just meh.

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Photo of kennyo
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

In one of my rare trips to Jamestown, RI, finally found it.

Pours an amber color with a small white head, Aroma has a sweet malt, piney hops, some honey. Taste is some malt, hop bitterness, citrus. Kind of dry. Not a bad drinking beer but nothing to wait on

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Photo of CTBeerPope
3.26/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got a fresh bottle of this as part of a mix 6.

12oz bottle to snifter

Pours a radiant deep orange with a dense frothy 2 finger head. There is a considerable amount of lacing. This beer looks better than I imagined.

Smells very sweet and malty with a faint floral hop aroma. Pretty standard aroma that is pleasant.

The taste is a good balance of malt and hops. This is an EIPA and tastes so. The 7% abv is not noticeable.

For a 7% brew the mouthfeel is on the thinner side. The carbonation is a bit prickly on my tongue.

Overall I'm glad I tried it but it isn't a standout ipa that ill be tracking down.

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Photo of beals
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: light copper / very-pale brown with 2+ fingers of fluffy off-white head. decent lacing.

S: sweet malt and a mix of piney and floral hops.

T: biscuity malt, most evident at the finish accompanied by bordering-on-astringent bitterness. overall hop presence is muted, but since it's an English IPA, that sounds about right.

M: good amount of carbonation for the style, body also appropriate. astringency at the finish leaves the mouth feeling a little dry.

O: just noticing now that it's 7%. wouldn't have noticed from the aroma or taste -- they blend it well. i would have guessed 5%, maybe 6% max. given that and the astringency, i don't think i'd have more than one of these in a session. i've had this beer at Trinity on-tap, and remember it being tastier than this bottled version.

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Photo of flexabull
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of TheManiacalOne, thanks again!

Pours a cloudy orange color, with a nice big white head.

Aromas are of hard candies, a little bit dusty, with some earthy hop notes as well.

Taste is of mineral hops, Light hard candy like malts are in the background, but they are faint. This isn't overly flavorful, and what flavors I taste, are just light bitter hops. This beer kind of lacks flavor and balance.

Mouthfeel is so so, kind of thin at first, but it has a decent finish.

Drinkability is ok. This isn't a bad IPA, but it's not a great one either. Kind of average...

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Photo of steve8robin
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Found this bottle at a RI beer store. Never tried anything from Trinity yet. 12oz bottle, best before June 2011...

A: A murky light copper color with a small white head that fades quickly. Decent.

S: Smells of a maltiness with a hint of bitter piney hop. Some earthy flavors hidden in. Ok.

T: A very dry spicy bitterness with an almost peppery taste. Grapefruit in the middle and some bitter wateriness on the backend. Very dry and bitter, but almost not in a flattering way. Decent.

M: Medium body with a good carbonation. A very dry finish. Good.

D: The super dry taste makes this harder here. Ok.

All in all, this is so dry that it seems to take away from the brew. An earthy hoppy metallic type dry. Not really worth hunting, but if you like Trinity, give it a try when you're at the brewhouse. Many better IPAs.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.36/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of IBUnit63 - thanks!! Split with friends, w/ my portion poured into a brandy snifter.

Appearance: Pours a robust amber with a fine-bubbled and surprisingly nice off-white head. Retention is pretty nice, leaving some clingy, sticky, delicate lacing. There's also tons of carbonation, tons of it in fact, and it goes up at an average speed.

Aroma: Nutty, buttery, and leafy, with hints of tobacco and mint. It's faint and a little simplistic and also, fittingly, very English.

Taste: Very English and very bitter. Lots of smooth bitterness and lots of herbal, tobacco-like hops and citrusy notes, over a buttery, toffee-like backbone. It's slightly tart, which melds well with the bitterness, and also has a healthy amount of nuttiness.

Mouthfeel: Big carbonation in a relatively thin body leads to an uneven body of medium thickness. The bitterness and herbal hoppiness also enhances the prickle of the carbonation.

Drinkability: An interesting beer, and one I'm glad to have tried. It's a solid English IPA (not my favorite style), with a fair amount of bitterness and a decent array of tastes and aromas. Alcohol is gettin' up there for the style, however, though there's no sign of it, which is nice. Good to have a nice, local blue state beer, too! Cheers.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. My first RI beer, received in trade from fellow BA Dave. Label has an illustration of a large eye floating high above a cityscape of what I assume is Providence. There must be some symbolism there I'm not getting...


A: A gauzy, translucent chestnut brown. Almost no carbonation bubbling, but a spongy/creamy one-finger ivory head with good retention and attractive lace.

S: Mmm...big sweet malts. Almost sugary with hints of dry herbal spiciness that give my nostrils a little tingle. Hops are juicy and citrusy.

T: After an enticing smell, taste was disappointing. Hops are characterized by bitterness that's medicinal, earthy, and dry. Very little of the promising malt nose comes through in the mouth. What maltiness is present has a sourdough pretzel quality, dry and slightly acidic. Taste wasn't awful, but definitely was not balanced...hence my score of '3'.

M: Also a '3'. Rather light and slick mouthfeel; what clinging aftertaste there was skewed toward medicinal bitterness.

D: I wouldn't refuse another one, but I also wouldn't go out of my way for this IPA. Good appearance and smell, but with flawed taste and mouthfeel make this a 'worth a try' beer at best.

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Photo of wedge
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours lucent amber with a 2+-finger billowing head and light, bubbly lacing. Bold citrus/pine hops with subtle apricot - a bit uneven. Big bitter hops on the tongue - well carbonated and dry as hell.

Lots 'o hops but somewhat unbalanced if you ask me. Needs more of a malt presence to back up the bitter. Not terribly bad, but not too far above average either.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a slightly hazy orangish amber color with an off white head that is thick and creamy, about 2 full fingers. The retention is quite nice and the lace is thick and full

S-the nose is lighter and quite balanced. A fair amount of pale malts and roasted barley up front. Light notes of lemon, herbal tea leaves, and grapefruit at the finish

T-the taste follows the nose pretty spot on. Roasted barley and pale malts balanced but light hops in the back. Herbal hop presence and notes of lemon and grapefruit. A very light bitterness at the finish

M-medium body, smooth on the palate. Light to medium carbonation and a little syrupy on the mouth.

D-this is a pretty easy to drink IPA with a lot of balance. A definite malt presence in this beer but it still leans towards the hops. Light bitterness in the finish.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chilled 12oz bottle into a glass. Received as an extra from portia99. Thanks Bill!

A: Pours an amber body with reddish and copper tint when held to the light. Has an inch of off-white head with moderate retention and some clumps of lace down the glass.

S: A classic East-Coast IPA smell. Earthy, grassy hops with a slight citrus component and some caramel malt.

T: Following the nose, the hop flavor is dominated by earthy and grassy tones. I have a hard time detecting the citrus, but the caramel makes a nice stand to offset what would otherwise be a bitter flavor.

M: Medium-bodied, with medium carbonation. No stickiness or coating.

D: Nothing mind-blowing. A good session IPA and probably a pretty good value.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A massive puff of off white foam froths up vigorously on the pour, requiring about ten minutes to get the whole bottle into my pint glass. Attractive enough caramel colored brew, an early chill haze clears to reveal tiny yeast particles in suspension. The head settles into a rocky, craggy heap that laces up the glass nicely. Hoppy nose, kinda piney, with some toasty malt balancing things out. Ale-like fruitiness, a bit of yeast, with some soap and floral quality to the hops. .The first sip starts out toasty, some grainy flavors involved, with an unusual flavor somewhere between metal and wort. I can't quite place it. A touch of cardboardy oxodization, although the bottle was notched best before somewhere between March and April. I'd expect that this would be in much worse shape if it were last April. Plenty of hop flavor, with modest bitterness. Very piney, a bit floral and metallic. Charged carbonation makees me burp a lot. It actually feels like it's fizzing up on my tongue as I hold a sip. Full bodied, although the bubbliness manages to make it feel lighter. Kinda powdery and grainy on the palate. Something about this beer feels like it's old and oxodized, althoough the punchiness of the hops speak otherwise. Rather dry, with a lingering floral/metallic hop bitterness.
I'd had their IPA on tap at the brewpub several times, and it was always, always much better than this. I'm guessing there's some quality issues on the production level. For one, losing at least some of the yeasty flavor, and perhaps some actual yeast, may improve both the flavor and mouthfeel. Also, perhaps the bottling line is failing to remove enough oxygen from the bottles prior to capping? Not letting them foam up enough before capping? The frothing of the head, the cardboard flavor, and the huge amount of carbonation are all things I expect in an old, oxodized bottle of beer. If I'd bought this at a less than reputable shop, I'd chalk it up to just sitting there since last year, but I have enough faith in the store to assume the problem was in the bottling. I mean, the beer's nice enough as it is, drinkable in small quantity, but it could be so much better. Fix the problems and you have a real winner.

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Photo of TheElectricOne
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Trinity Brewhouse; served in a pint glass.

Appearance: A nice, copper-golden color, with a medium-sized white head. Not much in the way of retention, and only light lacing.

Aroma: I didn't get really any hops coming through at all, mostly just maltiness.

Taste: A pretty good IPA; not really featuring any crazy hop flavor, but a more standard English-style product. Malty, with a lot of piny bitterness instead of hoppy juiciness coming through.

Feel: Crisp and smooth, with some lingering stickiness after sipping.

Overall: A pretty good English IPA. Not my favorite, and the aroma was seriously lacking, but if it was on tap with the macros, I'd pick this instead.

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