Do you like Trillium's new fermentation profile?

Discussion in 'US - Northeast' started by AlcahueteJ, Dec 29, 2018.


Do you like Trillium’s New Fermentation Profile?

Poll closed Jan 26, 2019.
  1. Yes, the majority of their beers have improved

  2. No, all of their beers taste worse

  3. Their core beers are worse, but some of their newer offerings taste good

  4. Their core beers have improved, but I don’t like their newer beers

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  1. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Poo-Bah (1,941) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    Fairly straight forward poll. See the poll question and options.
  2. buking21

    buking21 Aspirant (265) Jan 21, 2009 Massachusetts

    From a quick check of my finances, my Trillium spending was down over 50% in 2018 and about 70% since the cost-cutting fermentation profile change in June. Spent over $2k each of the last few years but not even close this year--and $0 last two months. I'll still go on Sundays to grab stouts to send to friends but I'm all set with the new IPAs. (I check in pretty much every beer I drink on Untappd and DDHMS was probably my all-time favorite beer: 108 check-ins before they changed the beer in June, just 4 check-ins since.) It's trickled down for me as I used to go to Trillium-stocked Five Horses and Lulu's 1-2x per week; now don't even go once a month.

    You see that company picture--there's like 200 people working there now! Was like 8 people three years ago lol. Trillium is corporate now and they don't need us beer geeks and that's fine. It happens. I liken it to what us old guys used to say about rock bands "selling out". Trillium's reputation was built on the backs of the beer geeks drinking it at Publick House, Lord Hobo etc and telling people about it and trading it to other geeks around the country but Trillium now has to think about bottom lines and profit margins and they don't need the geeks anymore. The beer itself no longer matters as the reputation is there ("#3 brewery in the world!!!" lol) and Joe Fourpack (I'm guessing Joe Sixpack is sticking to Bud Lite) going into Fort Point or the Greenway for the 1st time has no idea the beers now suck ass compared to what they were.

    Trillium used to be world class and now it's an also-ran. Whatever. I'm fine spending more at Tree House, Counterweight, Definitive, River Roost etc and I'm sure JC & Esther won't miss me when they're cashing their $1B check from Constellation/InBev...
  3. Sweatshirt

    Sweatshirt Initiate (0) Jan 27, 2014 New Hampshire

    I like a few of the new beers a lot. I like mettle and scaled up more than I did previously. The rest of the core beers are trashed.

    "For me" so I don't get some pedantic response telling me I'm wrong again.

    A couple years back I said they seemed to be positioning themselves for a buyout .Seems more of a reality now than ever.
  4. chipawayboy

    chipawayboy Devotee (469) Oct 26, 2007 Massachusetts

    I honestly need a fifth option -- I really can't tell. If pushed - I'd opt for #3 but not with much conviction. I don't buy as much Trillium as I used to but I still always have something in the fridge that's under a month old. I really liked the recent batch of DDH Farnsworth St and thought Minot's Ledge Light was awesome. Recent samples of DDH CS and FPPA did seem a bit muted but I still enjoyed them. Had a Citra CT last night and thought it was good. I've sworn in the past that my favorite hoppy beers went south at some pointy -- first PtE....then HF IPAs shifted for the worse in 2014-15 (still convinced to that seismic shift -- then they came back)...and HT will never have the same aroma as it did in 2011. But at the moment I'm so juiced out w/all of the great available options I honestly don't know.
  5. nesarebad

    nesarebad Zealot (517) Feb 4, 2012 Massachusetts

    I excel in pedantry. Who do you think will buy them?
  6. Stormfield

    Stormfield Aspirant (229) Feb 21, 2011 Massachusetts

    I'm not interested in getting in on the latest Trillium debate, but having 200 employees doesn't make them corporate. They are far from being a corporation.
  7. folkstar

    folkstar Initiate (196) Sep 28, 2017 Rhode Island

    Ok, but at the same time they’ve definitely strayed from the “aww shucks we’re just a humble young couple” identity they constantly hawk every chance they get.
  8. prezhulio

    prezhulio Initiate (0) Feb 23, 2016 Massachusetts

    While I think consistency of product has vastly increased (less hop particulate, less onion/garlic in certain hop treatments- though I didn’t have that latest batch of el Dorado CT), I don’t love that all their beers are sweeter and more bubblegummy to me than they were before.

    Not to say I don’t like that bubblegum flavor in some beers, just it’s not what I came to expect from their core beers.

    Not sure how much of these “fixes” are coincident with growing pains from expansion and actually the new fermentation profile.

    No one seems to say “it needs a week” since the new fermentation profile deployed, so mission accomplished? I never got that compalint though, for my palate I appreciated the hotter citric hop burn fresh that balanced out nicely with time.
  9. Al_Bundy

    Al_Bundy Initiate (0) Jul 27, 2014 Massachusetts

    I'm on record as hating the new fermentation profile. I used to drink 80% trillium from 2015-2017 and they were my favorite brewery. Beers like DDH Fort Point and Congress were the kings of IPA.

    Now, I feel like it's just overpriced still aimed at the masses with too much money and not enough beer knowledge to know any better. Gone is that nice hop taste and in its place is a heavy muddled mess of a beer.

    If they weren't Trillium, they wouldn't succeed in this golden age with the other breweries out there pumping out great product for less. Like others my spending at trillium has basically reached zero and those dollars are now going to smaller local breweries, which honestly is a great thing.

    I wish Trillium would revert the core beers back to the old profile, but part of me thinks the old fermentation profile was something that left with the exodus of brewers that have gone elsewhere.

    It's sad, but nobody can come here and realistically tell me that any trillium ipa holds a candle to some of the other titans like bissell, treehouse, hill farmstead, other half, etc.
  10. DucRacer900

    DucRacer900 Initiate (114) Aug 13, 2013 Massachusetts

    I voted #3
    My Trillium purchase are down significantly as well.
    I do think the fermentation profile changed my favorites (FPPA and Congress St) but I still like and purchase them. I would say their beers are still better on tap as well. Moon Island was pretty damn tasty and agree with Sweathshirt about Mettle. For me, the increased thickness is what really sucks about the new profile and I think they lost crispness and flavor definition (all a bit muddled now)
    Fortunately, there are plenty of great NEIPAs out there.
    Also wish Notch was in my hood....
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  11. robo55

    robo55 Initiate (64) Oct 29, 2015 Massachusetts

    Have you had Mettle? Phenomenal beer, maybe even better with the new fermentation profile. Mettle blows away anything from Bissell. Tree House has serious consistency issues with all their hoppy offerings (green might be the only one that’s somewhat consistent). Hill Farmstead is on another level than pretty much anything in the NE.
  12. Sheppard

    Sheppard Poo-Bah (2,265) Mar 16, 2013 Massachusetts
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    It's been interesting to see people comment that the new fermentation profile has been better for the high alcohol beers. I thought it was peculiar that a lot of the Permutations that were produced prior to the adaptation of this profile were higher (8%+). I was surprised that we didn't see more lower abv tests. I think there were maybe 1-2 in the 6% range.

    Also, with regards to the discussion on this being a cost cutting method. Are you saying that because they decided to go with only one yeast profile for the hoppy beers or because you all believe that the change itself was driven by cost cutting?

    I'm not voting because I haven't been able to try these changes to the core beers. I will say that by the time I moved, Trillium was producing more beers that I disliked than beers I liked, which made it less worthwhile to visit/buy stuff.
  13. Justin42

    Justin42 Aspirant (229) Apr 3, 2013 Massachusetts

    Heavy Mettle is still really good, as is Dialed In. And I loved Dialed Up. But my two go-tos, FPPA and DDH Melcher are not nearly as good as they once were.
  14. wasatchback

    wasatchback Devotee (413) Jan 12, 2014 Tajikistan

    Hasn’t it been confirmed that the new “fermentation profile” was just a switch to a different yeast strain? Went from Conan to LAIII? Although JC said there were three yeast changes since Canton started. The new beers are definitely reminiscent of LAIII femented beers. I brewed a few beers with yeast fermented with dregs built up from a few small birds and it definitely acted like LAIII. That yeast is know for not attenuating quite as much and not finishing “sweeter” regardless of gravity which is what sounds like everyone’s biggest beef??
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  15. Sweatshirt

    Sweatshirt Initiate (0) Jan 27, 2014 New Hampshire

    Confirmed? No. Rumored? Yes.
  16. nesarebad

    nesarebad Zealot (517) Feb 4, 2012 Massachusetts

    The big rumor is that it is a cost cutting measure. How is LAIII cheaper? Inquiring minds and such...
  17. wasatchback

    wasatchback Devotee (413) Jan 12, 2014 Tajikistan

    I highly doubt it was a cost cutting measure. Just a different yeast strain. If by coincidence a different yeast strain allowed them to go a few more generations or harvest more yeast effectively then it could technically be a “cost saving” measure I guess. But don’t think that every production brewery under the sun would do the same thing. Yeast ain’t cheap.

    In my opinion the older beers were so raw so often. They always seemed to suffer from
    The hop burn when fresh. I absolutely hated that about their beers. I only get to drink them in quantity 3-4 times per year but the two times I’ve picked up cans from the brewery since the fermentation profile change they were much less raw. I can definitely see that they would be perceived as sweeter but I prefer that to the over saturated hop burn from before. Haven’t really enjoyed many of their beers since the bomber days. That being said if you put that bomber from 4 years ago in front of me now I wonder what I would think of it.
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  18. Newport_beerguy

    Newport_beerguy Defender (639) Feb 24, 2011 Rhode Island

    I mean, as a pure business move regardless of whether the new yeast is "cheaper" this makes sense. With the bomber format, I would treat myself once in a while but not be sessioning Trillium beers often. But now with more availability and the opportunity to have multiple cans in a night or consecutive days, the acid reflux issue due to the hop burn was real. Anything keeping patrons from enjoying your product on a more consistent basis, with the high limits Trillium has now, is counter-productive.

    That said, this is a business move and not necessarily designed to improve the existing stock although the beers newly designed to this profile are very good in their own right.
  19. oldbean

    oldbean Initiate (0) Jun 30, 2005 Massachusetts

    It's wild how the current range of Trillium opinions goes from "they're a world class brewery" to "they struggle to brew beer that doesn't literally burn my throat".
  20. papposilenus

    papposilenus Poo-Bah (2,063) Jun 21, 2014 New Hampshire

    I don't agree that the high abv brews are improved. Each of the ones I've tried have been sweet, thick and syrupy. Strictly on technical merits, that might be OK - if you like that sort of thing - and maybe I've more-or-less enjoyed the first few sips, but I've struggled mightily to drink an entire 16oz can.
  21. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Poo-Bah (1,941) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    I mean, how many high ABV beers can you drink 16 oz. of?

    I can’t think of many that are >10% ABV that aren’t a bit much to drink 16 oz. of.
  22. Sheppard

    Sheppard Poo-Bah (2,265) Mar 16, 2013 Massachusetts
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    Maybe better phrasing would have been that it's gotten rid of some of the hop burn in those beers (again, your mileage may vary as far as enjoying that).

    Personally, at most 1 per night. I often will see a higher abv beer (>8%) and think...I don't feel like having that...and picking up something else if I want a beer. This was the case for me for the original The Streets. "I don't want a 10% beer right now."
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  23. invertalon

    invertalon Devotee (498) Jan 27, 2009 Ohio

    Every beer I’ve had with the new profile has been worse. Mettle, Dialed In, Congress, DDH Congress, Melcher, Fort Point, etc…. The new profile is garbage IMO.

    I still don’t know how they manage to get a savory, almost peanutty note in some of these beers now. The absolute worst.

    Buddy was in the area and asked if I wanted any (usually I grab at least a mix case) and I politely declined. Not at their price point and current quality level. It's a bummer, but whatever.
  24. AirBob

    AirBob Crusader (713) Jul 15, 2014 Massachusetts

    I agree that the older beers we're often raw, but that's what set Trillium apart in my opinion. Some of the DDH variants were a little too agressive for my tastes, but the core beers, like FPPA and Congress St., rarley had the chaulky hop burn - they were bright and assertively hoppy where as the new profile muddles the same, and lends a sweeter and heavier mouthfeel. That all being said, this based purley on my personal tastes and experience. I can understand why some people would enjoy the new profile over the old.
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  25. papposilenus

    papposilenus Poo-Bah (2,063) Jun 21, 2014 New Hampshire

    Oh. Um. I always kind of thought of a four-park as single-serving packaging.
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  26. BigStein88

    BigStein88 Disciple (309) Nov 5, 2007 New Hampshire

    Yeah, I definitely do not put Bissell in the "titans" of NE category. I certainly am not as excited about Trillium beers now and buy much less than I used to. From what I have had, it seems that the new profile works well for beers with Citra and less well with pretty much all the other hops. Just my opinion based on the stuff I have had. I used to think that Galaxy Cutting Tiles was one of the best beers I have ever had but did not like it at all on the new profile. Had the Citra Tiles the other night and still found that very enjoyable and I did like the Lighthouse beer that was Citra as well.
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  27. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Poo-Bah (1,941) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    Well yeah, of course. But honestly when the ABV gets over 10% I split the can with someone if I can.

    That's the equivalent of ~2.7 drinks.
  28. trsC

    trsC Initiate (84) May 5, 2013 Spain

    I somehow doubt yeast is a cost whatsoever for Trillium right now. However, the quantity of hops used certainly is. I'm no homebrewer, but could a yeast strain change help accentuate hop aroma or flavor such that hop quantity could be altered and taste/aroma stay somewhat similar? Perhaps this "thicker" feel of the beer makes it harder to tell if hop levels have decreased?

    How's that for paranoia.
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  29. invertalon

    invertalon Devotee (498) Jan 27, 2009 Ohio

    Absolutely, yeast can drastically change a beer by altering finished beer pH (perception of brightness), mute or accentuate hop flavor profiles, the esters given off by the yeast itself can drastically be different and fluctuation characteristics can change mouthfeel perception. Yeast is a huge part of finished beer aroma and flavor. Change the yeast, the beer is completely different.

    So yes, to answer your question, it is plausible that trying to use a different strain while reducing hop quantities is possible, while *trying* to make the beer taste as it always has.
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  30. LakesideBrewing

    LakesideBrewing Initiate (94) Dec 1, 2013 Massachusetts

    I don’t really care for any IPAs in the 9-10% abv range, Trillium’s or others. So I can’t really comment on theirs. However, I was a huge fan of Congress Street and Fort Point; Galaxy Fort Point was my favorite ipa (I know it’s a pale ale) for quite some time. But for the past year or so, those beers are not very close to what they once were. I also think the beer started to change before the ‘fermentation profile’ change happened.
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  31. jbertsch

    jbertsch Poo-Bah (1,593) Dec 14, 2008 Massachusetts
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    I don't care how they label it. It's a 6.6% hop bomb, it's an IPA.
  32. chipawayboy

    chipawayboy Devotee (469) Oct 26, 2007 Massachusetts

    what beers are u getting a peanut butter note in?
  33. invertalon

    invertalon Devotee (498) Jan 27, 2009 Ohio

    DDH Congress, Mettle and Dialed In are three I recall. To clarify, it's not peanut butter. Just like raw, unsalted peanuts in the finish. Its faint, but awkward.

    My girlfriend pointed it out to me and ever since she said it, I cant un-taste it from those beers when I had them.
  34. EastCoastCajun

    EastCoastCajun Initiate (0) Mar 11, 2018 Massachusetts

    I used to spend 100-200 per month at Trillium. Now I find myself going to Proclamation, and Tilted Barn more often. Last time I went to Trillium was to pick up some beers a trade partner asked me to get for him, I didn't buy anything to bring home for myself.
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  35. slengteng

    slengteng Initiate (0) Apr 9, 2014 Massachusetts

    I can't speak to Trillium's recent offerings as I haven't had any in months, but I get that peanut note in a lot of IPAs. To me it makes me think of peanut oil. I first picked up on it in Heady Topper and once I recognized it I now can't miss the flavor any time it is present. I had assumed it was related to a specific type of malt, but maybe it's more complicated than that. I get it in Exhibit A's Hair Raiser as well as some Singlecut IPAs.
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  36. robo55

    robo55 Initiate (64) Oct 29, 2015 Massachusetts

    Had mettle this past Saturday and it was pure juice. There were three of us and all of us commented that it was pure juice. Didn’t taste any peanut butter whatsoever.
  37. Davl22

    Davl22 Disciple (370) Sep 27, 2011 New Hampshire

    It’s definitely from using London 3. I’ve used it in home brew and won’t use it again. I’ve gotten the same peanut flavor on the finish from some Treehouse, Bissell and new Trillium. Not a fan.
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  38. wasatchback

    wasatchback Devotee (413) Jan 12, 2014 Tajikistan

    Treehouse and Bissell don’t use London 3.
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  39. infectedlobster

    infectedlobster Initiate (89) Apr 22, 2014 Massachusetts

    I think the change benefits huge, high ABV IPAs like The Streets, Dialed Up, and some Permutations.

    I've found the smaller beers to be sweeter and "flabbier" than I remember.
  40. Jbrews

    Jbrews Disciple (351) Aug 6, 2013 New Hampshire

    ISO: Peanut Butter Arrogance DDH Congress Street
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