Trinity IPA | Trinity Brewhouse

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Trinity IPATrinity IPA

Brewed by:
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 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 Gambrinus1184
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the Mooring in Newport, RI.

A: Poured a hazy, coppery golden amber color with a on-finger head of frothy white foam. Not the best retention and little lacing to speak of.

S: Citrus fruits, fresh pine needle droppings and a slightly sweet roasted aroma comes through the hop resin.

T: Good, toasted English malts and mildly sweet graininess up front, the hop resins soon take over the palate. Smooth, citrusy hop oils make up the flavor, which washes down with a fruity, floral and herbal hop bitterness.

M: Medium-full bodied and made a bit sticky from the hop resins. Flavors cloy together slightly.

D: A pretty good English IPA and one might argue dangerously drinkable at 7% ABV. The strength of the brew is not measured by its alcohol flavor, but rather the hop content. Mellow enough to have a couple, but not the most exciting or balanced English IPA you could probably find.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a clear yellow color with a white head. The aroma begins as citrus but then gets a strong buttery popcorn note. The flavor is also dominated by butter with only the slightest hint of pine and citrus hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of orcasteve
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a tulip glass, poured a cloudy orangeish color with a 4 finger head that is a creamy thick white color that is sticking around for awhile. the smell is floral and citrisey hops and fresh baking breed. the first drink is ritch breedy malt up front then floral hops in the midle and a lingering piney hop bite that leaves a plesent after taste that wont go away. as it warms the beer gets slighty sweeter and the piney flavor is still strong but gets i tuch more citrusey. this is a beer i would drink often if it were avalable hear.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 64oz growler. Pretty excited to drink another new IPA!

A- Poured a amberish copper color. One finger light tan head comes up and dies down to a thin cap on the beer. Light streaky lacing on the glass when I drink down.

S- Caramel malts come threw a very earthy (piney mostly) hop overload in the front. Some light spicing in the backing of the nose. Plain and simple really but it does good for what it is suppose to do.

T- Nice piney hops kick start the front of the beer. Some light spicing (peppery) and a touch of citrus after the front hopping which dies into a balanced IPA with some caramel malts crashing through. It pretty much stays balanced through the entire beer with a light bitter hopping in the backend.

M- Light-medium mouthfeel. Carbonation was good for the beer. Bitter hops left on the palate with some light caramel sweetness in the aftertaste. Flavors blended well but were not overly crisp in the mouth.

D- This was a very drinkable IPA that I enjoyed a growler of. Actually I split it with some friends and we all had no problem drinking it at all. Will look to try this from the bottle to see what the difference is. A good drinking east coast IPA for sure.

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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 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 ShogoKawada
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

64oz growler into Portsmouth tulip. Stopped in today after work and picked this up, $11 w/ $2 growler deposit. Living in RI for seven years now and this was my first time @ Trinity... lol. I've had this in bottles before (it's the only beer they distribute).

A- Moderate 'pssht' when the growler was uncapped. Beer pours darker than most IPAs, a rich amber/caramel. Moderate sandy head, 1cm, settles into a thin veil of bubbles and leaves sticky icky lacing down the sides.

S- Pine resin hops come through strong with a caramel malt base close behind. Sweet, a bit of spice to follow.

T- Follows the nose.. pine resin, a bit of spicy/peppery hops and a bit of orange rind. Strong malt backbone, not overpowering but def. assertive. Earthy/musty, but in a good way.

M- Great balance, good carbonation, held up pretty well in the growler. Comes across with a stronger malt in the growler than in the bottles, although hops seem a bit more potent here too.

D- A more intense beer in the growler than in the bottle, I really liked this. It's a shame I've slept on this for so long.. I see myself picking up a growler on a pretty frequent basis. I enjoyed this more than the bottle version.

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Photo of RevereBeer
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the brewpub in a pint glass. Pours a nice hazy amber with a decent head and good lace.

The nose is mostly pine and flora hops. Bittering hops are also detectable and some sweetness as well. A powerful aroma which was very pleasant.

Citrus, pine and floral hops. Bitter, but well balanced with a sweet caramel maltiness. This IPA has a powerful taste overall, but it was really enjoyable. The high alcohol content wasn't noticeable at all.

Medium carbonation and sweet, but still pretty light and drinkable. So well balanced that I feel like I could go for a few of these in a row. Quite hoppy, but the alpha acids aren't overwhelming which makes for a really nice drink.

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Photo of Billolick
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, best before dat of March notched onto the label, pours orange hued, cloudy medium amber. The head is typical khaki, loose and leaves behing ample tiny bits of scattered lace. Soft, Brit style hops in the nose. Pleasingly balanced IPA, the hops are smooth and soft, but quite noticable. Enjoyable, understated and well crafted. Nothing earth shattering, but worth a try. Would work quite well as an all night sessioner.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle poured into my shaker glass. The IPA appears a hazed copper color with about a finger of off white head. Aromas and flavors consist of pine notes, citrus, mainly lemon, toasted bread, sweet malt, some orange. Amply carbonated with a medium body and a crisp bitter finish. Pretty tasty.

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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 nlmartin
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer came my way from the ManicalOne as part of the Little Guy Tribute Bif. Thanks man this is exactly what I wanted!... The beer was served chilled in an Imperial Pint glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a slieghtly hazy amber coloration. The head of the beer is 1/4 inch high with biege coloration. Good head retention. The lacing of the beer leaves a trail clinging to my glass.

Smell: A melange of toasted caramel bready tones mix with a pleasing floral, citrus hops and pine toned hops. Very nice!

Taste: This is a very well balanced IPA. The hops are as expected from the aroma. The citrus hops come in toward the end and are very subdued. The malty caramel backbone of this beer elevates this beer drinking experience. Very nicely done!...

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The body of the beer is on the thin side of medium bodied. The beer is very smooth and well balanced. This beer isnt a hop bomb and wasnt meant to be one either. I think the brewer tried for and achieved a very well balanced IPA. Just an excellent treat!

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Photo of Jayli
3.91/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a deep clear amber/brown color with a 2 finger of off white head that fades to a film relatively quickly. Some thin wispy lacing is left on the glass throughout. Nose is of sweet caramel malts and a healthy dose of floral hops and a hint of some citrus hops. Taste is of caramel malts upfront, possibly some molasses. Hops presence hits in the middle to end - nice rich floral hops and a piney character that I didn't detect in the nose. Finish has a citrus hops bite to it. Medium body, medium carbonation, nice clean taste to it with a dry finish. This is a great one to sit with though the ABV sneaks up on you.

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4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A hazy orange copper pour with a big fluffy offwhite head with decent retention. Soft sticky lacing.

Hop aromas were floral, pine and citrus, but not overwhelming. A toasty caramel breadiness and slight fruitiness from the yeast complemented the hop aroma. A hopped up English IPA.

The hops are very pleasant citrus and floral with a nice bitterness that builds. Hints of pine and citrus grace the finish. I get a bit of apple fruitiness from the yeast. The malts give a nice toasty caramel breadiness and really balances out the hops, creating a beer that is focused on being a great well-rounded, drinkable beer.

Medium bodied, nicely carbonated, dry with a long smooth finish.

A very complex and well balanced IPA. A New England approach to English IPA (hoppier than most traditional English IPAs, which is good news in my book). The Kent Golding hops are used to perfection to create this hoppy bitter brew, that is not overwhelmingly hoppy or bitter. simply a very solid and drinkable IPA. One of my local favorites.

It is also extremely delicious when they have it on cask (even smoother and more complex).

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Photo of edchicma
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque copper with a very nice head and lacing. Smell is a nice blast of citrus hops with a veiled malt presence. Taste is a bitter hop blast..not much balance on the malt side. Drinkability and mouthfeel suffer a tad from the overly bitter quality of the hops...needs just a tad more smoothness.

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Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper color with a rocky head that retains well and traces with lace

Smell: Piney tea-like bitterness along with an underlying hint of toffee

Taste: After laying down the toffee backbone, the piney and herbal tea hops spring forth to dominate the flavor profile; after the swallow, the bitter flavors mellow out somewhat, but the finish in awkward, with an aspirin-like bitterness on the back of the tongue with the toffee sweetness on the tip

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Other than the finish, I rather liked this beer; too bade avout the after-taste

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Photo of JimmieFrisbee
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass from 12 oz bottle.

Decent pour yields decent white head. Body is a light brownish-orange. Doesn't let a whole lot of light through -- uniformly cloudy.

Smells like a bitter IPA. Not getting a whole lot of floral, piney, or citrus notes in the smell, just that hop bitterness. Also getting some maybe caramel characteristics from the malt.

Taste is quite bitter. Again, like the smell, the hop presence for me is all bitterness. Not quite a biting bitterness, and I wouldn't say overwhelming, but a very strong bitter flavor. Also that caramel sweetness from the smell really comes through in the flavor. The caramel taste acts as a nice backdrop for the bitterness -- not quite balancing it out, but adding a nice context for it to exist. Finish is strongly bitter.

Nice and thick, almost syrupy but not too heavy or viscous. Just a really substantial mouthfeel. Not my favorite type of IPA so I probably wouldn't go on drinking these all night, but after one bottle the taste doesn't yet become tiresome. The bitter finish lingers on the palate for just a bit, which of course leads to another sip. Drinks like a beer with a lower ABV than 7%.

Not my kind of IPA, but a good offering if you're into the bitter kinds as opposed to the citrus kinds. I especially like the way the malt gives you just enough sweetness. Probably a favorite English-style IPA I've ever had.

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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 greg202stewart
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Trinity offers a great selection at the brewhouse and this is one of their best. Unfortunately, this beer is not the same in the bottle as it is at Trinity Brewhouse. It is a very very hopyy and bitter IPA. Really hits you in the face with the smell and taste of hops. If you like IPA's this is a good one, but try it at the brewhouse.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

decided to have this with an nice pasta dinner and garlic bread. a nice amber brew with a solid white head greats me. a nice citric / herbal hop note balanced by a bready maltiness. taste follows the nose with a bitterness which cuts through dinner nicely. Medium bodied, nicely carbonated with a nice residual bitter note and a clean finish.

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Photo of brunop
4.92/5  rDev +36.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

i love this ipa. the first sip i had i thought "whoa! HOPS! lots and lots of hops!"

pours not as dark as say ipswich (my other most favorite ipa), but fairly dark. a medium hard pour produces a fine head.

nice medium lacing on the glass.

a very hoppy (to my palate) ipa.

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Photo of Coorskid33
5/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

Appears~ Amber red with a slight copper in color. Poured a perfect one inch head that lingers and laces the glass. A clean and crisp pour and appearance.

Smells~ Like IPA. I can't put my nose on it, but it's phenomenal. All Beer should smell this good!

Taste~ Starts malt like, hits you with hoppy-ness very quickly and ends with smooth bitterness if that makes sense. Sorry, I'm drinking one now and it taste very very good.

Mouthfeel~ Perfect combination of bitterness, hops, carbonation, and smoothness.

Drinkability~ This one is a personal favorite so if the rating seems too high, too bad. haha~ This is a great IPA and more than deserving of a great review. Strongly recommend it!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bronzed pumpkin pie with a swirling shower of fine yeast that remains in suspension for the duration. Atop the beer sits two fingers of khaki colored foam that is tight-bubbled enough to last and is tacky enough to grace the glass with all manner of attractive lace.

The nose is English IPA all the way. Even though it doesn't assault the nostrils with lupulins, it's still a pleasant sniffer. The East Kent Goldings hops contribute their usual herbal earthy citrusiness. This should be a solid brew.

Trinity IPA tastes like what it is; namely, an English India pale ale brewed by Americans (who are usually more generous with hops than their English counterparts). It's both chock full of ingredients and is nicely balanced in the bargain. For a hophead, that is.

The malt tastes mostly pale with a hint of toasted breadiness that is probably due to one of the European metropolis malts (Vienna or Munich). The EKG hops provide plenty of flavor and bitterness, both of which accumulate on the tongue as the ounces pass. This really is impressively drinkable beer.

The body/mouthfeel gets it done as well. It's at least medium for the style during most of the mouthful and holds up pretty well on the finish. The finely calibrated carbonation gives it the creaminess needed for the above score to be granted.

Trinity IPA is a rock-solid English IPA brewed by New Englanders. Even though I prefer the flavor of American hops, a change of pace is always good. If it was available locally, I'd be down for a sixer right here and now, no questions asked.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Fresh off the mint copper penny colour. Offwhite head with a little bit of a yellowish hue to it.

S: A big, juicy grapefruit with a pleasant malty backbone coming through. Just the slightest cracker scents.

T: Quite a bitter flavour. Herbal and a little spicy... almost like a hint of ginger or something to it. Flavours linger on for a while post-finish.

M + D: Lighter carbonation and a bit of oiliness. Fairly straight forward... a little heavy in alcohol content, so a bit easy going. Not too shabby, but there are some other options I would lean towards more.

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Trinity IPA from Trinity Brewhouse
3.6 out of 5 based on 189 ratings.
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