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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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 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 IBUnit63
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. into Alpine mug

Clear bourbon copper body with ample carbonation rising to thin, maple candy-colored yeasty head. Decent lacing, though.

A little earth with plenty of grassy hops to greet the nose. Sweet caramel malt is in abundance. Sligght bourbon/oaky scent (very slight).

BBD on this is March. Pretty sure it's 2009 but doesn't say - doesn't look like it was gathering dust or anything. There is some earthiness to this, though, but it has a decent hop quotient of grass. Malt is good for the backbone and provides a solid straightforward IPA experience. Even some minimal floral notes in there.

This has an even-keeled palate presence. Not too heavy and packing a hearty enough profile along with a straight-ahead hop drive. Finish is husky and solid.

No surprises here...a steady-Eddie sessionable IPA. Their brewpub across from the Dunk in Providence is also a good place to hit before baby B's games in the wintertime!

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Photo of chinabeergeek
4.23/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(from notes taken early august 2008)

12oz bottle with a notch marked between oct/nov. no year indicated.

poured into shaped pint glass.

medium pale amber color with slight haze. decent head slowly fades to wispy layer. decent amount of delicate lacing, esp. with the bottom half of my glass.

smells of fruity peach, with mild citrus zest and pine. hint of malt in background. whiffs of yeast plus yet some more mild pine resins and citrus zest.

flavor has moderately aggressive hops. again, piney and citrusy, plus some leafy and grassy tones too. backed up by fruity character and background of toasted malts, albeit on the faint side. relatively bold hop bitterness gives slightly resinous finish and aftertaste.

not thin. decently smooth. moderate and lively carbonation.

hmm... i thought this was pretty decent. other reviewers obviously not so much...

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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 pinotboy007
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased as a single in Warwick, RI.

A - Nice off-amber/copper look witha decent cloudy head that settles over time. Modest lacing with almost no visible carbonation.

S - Bold hops, especially as it warms.

T - Hops with a touch of leather and only the tiniest hint of malt.

M - Pretty decent. The carbonation is there albeit modestly. Not overly creamy.

D - Nice ale for a warm Rhode Island summer day, but would be best with some hot steamers.

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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 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 albern
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad beer, but a tad unbalanced. The appearance is quite good, it pours a tawny amber with a slight creamy head, a bit of lacing, and some retention. The aroma is pretty typical of a mainline IPA. There are some grassy hops, a touch of malt in the background. The aroma is not of the oily, estery hop character and the same goes for the taste. There is a pretty upfront hoppy bitter taste, but it is more dryish, a bit tea like, perhaps a bit grassy, but it does lack that oily and estery hoppiness that I prefer. You will get some grapefruit like astringency coupled with the bitterness. The result is a overly bitter beer, with not enough biscuity malts in the backbone to balance it out. There is also too much of a bittering aftertaste. Not a bad beer, quite refreshing, with some carbonation, fairly light to medium bodied, worth giving a try. I would very much like to visit the brewpub and have this on tap.

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Photo of smcolw
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dirty copper color with a slight haze. Moderate head with decent ring lace.

Predictable hop aroma.

Strong bitterness up front. The body provides some balance: creamy with a malt background. The aftertaste is like sucking a hop pellet and it goes on forever.

Pretty good entry for an IPA.

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

12 oz bottle, contract brewed by Cottrell

Pours a deep, hazy, mahogany orange with a large, foamy tan head. Chunky lacings line the glass walls, as the head persists throughout.

Pungent hop oils in the nose with sweet malt, grapefruit, pine needles and citrus rind.

Massive, citrus, pine hops assault the palate but are just barely tempered by the flavors of sweet malt and orange. Grapefruit, bitter citrus rind, evergreen and a touch of raw sour dough create a hop lover's haven. The finish is bitter and dry and begs for another sip.

Well carbonated and medium bodied, the drinkability is only partially hindered by a bit of detectable booziness.

I was surprised by the big hop flavor in this brew...it has been years since I tried this at the brewpub but I recall the in-house version being a bit more tame. A solid, hoppy IPA.

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

A: Pours a solid copper color with a thin layer of foam. Decent lacing is left behind on the glass.

S: Some citrus and pine hops come through blended with a nice hit of sweetness from the malt.

T: The hops lead the way with a bit of citrus coming through at first, followed by a bit of pine and grassiness. The malt balances this one out very nicely, with a solid caramel backbone.

M: A bit grainy, but it finishes crisply.

D: This is a solid, standard IPA. It's got a nice kick with a great balance. Pretty well done overall.

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Photo of devildog1633310
4.68/5  rDev +30%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

With taps at the ready a very knowledgeable brewer prepared my beer with a noticeable head that cascaded around as he turned the pint slightly in drought. The distinct aroma of pine with citrus hoppy foam was my first sensory pleasure. At first sip its head grasped my upper lip with a very light rose scent. The 7% ABV isn't noticeable, which has it's drawbacks. After 6-8 you thank the beer gods that you are within walking distance of the train in downtown Providence. It is one of the better IPA's that I have encountered in a brewpub.

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

A - Poured a nice murky/hazy dark amber, a good sized white head graced the top for a few minutes before falling back to just a layer of lace. Nice side glass lace retention, and a good amount of carbonation coming up from the bottom.

S - Aroma was kinda grainy sweet actually. Definate hint of hops, well more then a hint, but there was a nice balanced back to it definatly. Had alot of sweetness and strong character to the aroma.

T - Very very balance. The first thing to hit was the nice hop assault, orange and pine, flavored with the off but present grapefruit. After this mellow you realized there was a nice grassy, earthy maltiness under thier that really served to keep the hops in line. Very well structured brew. Great flavors, with a long drawn out finish.

M - Super smooth, great carbonation. There was a nice consistency and it went down great. Really clean tasting and well put together.

D - Awesome session beer, the balance really leneded to that. And with a low ABV it was easy to drink alot of them for sure. I could have a six pack in the fridge with ease on this one.

Overall this was a quality little IPA that I had never heard of but impressed me none the less. It was just put together well, not overally explosive on teh hops and just well, nice. I would definatly not turn this one down.

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Photo of Foxman
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It pours a middle-of-the-road amber, quite clear and fairly carbonated. Two fingers of egg-shell colored head swell and dwindle in a gradual cycle. Slats of lacing lath the inside of the glass.

The aroma is sweet malt, lightly toasted and mildly earthy with caramel and brown sugar. Thin strains of pine, dry citrus, and a general tropicality flit about but never directly impress, and fail to integrate with a notable alcohol piece.

Upon sipping, the malt is succinctly sweet, with dollop of caramel there and gone before the hops bitter up the scene. That bitterness mostly masks hints of pine and crisp orange. It doesn't mask the alcohol, though, which is rather hot on the tongue. The malt turns biscuity toward the close, and the finish is a resurgence of a numbing bitterness that is nonetheless very dry and cleansing. The flavor is staccato, uneven, and just a bit more disjointed than the ingredients themselves can salvage.

Surprisingly light bodied, despite the presence of considerable hops, it washes away with little to recommend the lupulin, short of the lingering bitter blast.

I wanted to like this, and the ingredients are actually good, you can sense that underneath, but the blending, or what there is of it, is inept and unbalanced. And with an ABV that plays a lot bigger than it actually is, it's one more distraction and an obstacle to drinking more easily. I doubt I'll run across this again, and the shame is, that's okay.

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Photo of
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle, best before August (07, I hope).

Crystal clear, amber color. Medium sized, creamy, ivory head. Very lively. Not much in the way of lacing or legs.

Aroma was strong. Pineapple and peach. Brown sugar and/or caramel. Oranges.

Taste was more bitter than sweet. Biscuity in the middle. Peaches and just a hint of brown sugar. Grass at the finish.

Light to medium in body, seems like it should be heavier. Medium or more carbonation, could be lighter. Quite dry.

Very drinkable. Good hop flavor without an over the top ABV. Only complaint is the mouthfeel. The lack of body and xs carbonation don't do this beer any favors.

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Photo of plaid75
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a murky deep copper hue with a four finger frothy white head. There was excellent retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured a solid upfront caramel malt with a smattering of oily hop.

The taste was a well balanced combination of sweet malts and a drying hop. Good biscuity finish.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness.

Overall a good and drinkable ale. Closer to an EIPA in my opinion based on the hop profile.

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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 YankChef
3.76/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at trinity brewhouse

Appearance is a dark amber with hues of brown and red, very thin head of foam that retains well and sticks to the glass.

Smell: Very piny and aromatic. I get pine, apple, rose water, peach and apricot.

Taste: THe first thing that is detectable is sweetness that tastes like apricot, pear and peach. This then gives way to a sharp hop bite that really lingers on the palate. 7% a/c is not very noticable.

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation that is just right and it gives a rich and flavorful mouthfeel. This beer was also very, very fresh contributing to its great mouthfeel.

Overall: One of my favorite beers at trinity, and the one time they actually had it on cask it was probably the single best single IPA i have ever had. Its ok in the bottle too, but to get the real experience head to the brewhouse!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Trinity IPA (contract brewed by Cottrell) pours a hazy deep-copper body with orange-chestnut highlights beneath a creamy head of ivory that holds quite well and leaves some thin but very stick lace about the glass.

Citrusy hop notes weave their way throughout the nose amidst some yeasty fruitiness and sweetish caramelish maltiness.

A gently bristling mouthfeel, compliments of the bottle-conditioning, seems appropriate for the style in a historical sense, and the fully attenuated medium-body follows suite.

The flavor is concentrated and direct, combining malt, hops and yeast into one solid flavor. The somewhat sweetish malt is darkly caramelish, and balanced by a bold bitterness. Yeasty fruitiness adds a fresh, sweetish accent that's reminicent of apples, berries, pear, and cherry. The citrusy hops round it out, but are more restrained than might be expected, helping to focus on the whole rather than just the hop component. And yet, there's still enough there to allow each component its own berth, and enough depth of character to give it some complexity and drinkability. Additionally, some actual yeast flavor sneaks in, giving it another dimension (although a more careful pour might help to hold that back). Nicely done! A bright, lively IPA that wakens the tastebuds! Certainly worth trying.

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Photo of Vancer
3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow, what an impressive dark and cloudy amber brown pour. The sheets of ivory lace that ring the glass only enhance the quaff session. The aromas from the sniff are subsumed, just some lite hops, as well as the quaff. Just another example of a great American brew from the great U.S/

Still, I enjoy this great sipping brew from the great Northwest.

Another great beer, sent from Mark – TheManiacalOne
in the 2007 beer super bowl o beer

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Photo of Doomcifer
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a light copper/amber color with a ridiculous head....I couldn't pour the entire 12oz beer (maybe 3/4 if that) into my pint glass because the head just exploded right out of the bottle. It produced wuite the rocky head but maybe just a tad too much. Some sediment floating around in the beer was noticed as well. The gigantic, overactive head prioduced some great lacing though.

Smell if of citrus and slightly piny hops and a slight metallic tone.

Taste is all out hops, very aspiriny, dry finish. Citrusy, some grapefruit. Very little maltiness to even things out.

Mouthfeel is kind of light and over-carbonated...probably adding to the humungus head.

I would say this beer is pretty drinkable. Very crisp and refreshing.

A lot better than my previous experience with Trinity IPA, which was almost 2 years ago. I remember it having a very metallic taste to it which wasn't present this time around, although the overflowing head problem was pretty annoying.

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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 GreatPondBrewer
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice pick up on the way back from CT. Poured a dark amber color with very little in the way of head or lacing, which is somewhat surprising considering the alcohol content. In any event from the first smell this was going to be a very drinkable beer. The sweet malty flavor clung to the front while there was just a waft of hops lingering about the edges of my nostrils. Just a tad bit of fruitiness could be detected with a deep inhalation. The taste mimicked the nose with that malty, fruity flavor upfront. As the beer slid down the back of my tongue and onto my throat the hops became detectable. This is definitely a nice balance between the hoppiness that is more prevalent with American IPAs with a nice smooth maltiness of the English style. I could easily drink 4 or 5 of these without any trouble. A good choice for a sixer at the end of a long day.

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

Pours a medium dark orange amber with an impressive full finger white head that melts to a beautiful top covering lacing.
Aromas are caramel amber malt and a light citrus malts.
Taste is immediately all about the hops. A smooth mouthfeel with tingly carbonation. Amber malt gets smothered with citrus peel hops, then tries to come out again only to be finally taken over completely by the bitterness as you swallow. Hops are sort of one dimensional, but still makes for a very refreshing, clean tasting beer. Tonight I was really in the mood for something hoppy. This is just perfect.
Thanks TheManiacalOne for the chance to try this brew.

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