Trillium Brewing Co. Double Dry Hopped Congress Street IPA, Canton, MA
7.2% abv. Born on 4/11/17 making this 3 days old. Many thanks to my friend Brian Souza, who dropped this one off on my doorstep wrapped in a plastic bag full of ice! Pours an opaque and murky yellow-gold-orange color with a thin white head. It is kind of the color of Trump’s face and hair combined. Grapefruit aroma jumps out of the can. My wife, who doesn’t drink beer, just turned to me and said, “boy that smells like grapefruit!” Some floral, grass, and pine notes as well, but mostly grapefruit on the nose. First sip is sweet pineapple and ripe mango with a strong grapefruit finish. Some white peppery spiciness all over the mouth as well. Medium to almost full bodied and a touch chewy. Perhaps the most viscous IPA I have ever consumed. Some malt sweetness, but mostly a delicious tropical and citrus fruit bomb. Love it.
Trillium Brewing Co. Mettle Double IPA, Boston, MA
8.4% abv. Pours orangish gold with a thin white head. Great Belgian lace. Peach, apricot, grapefruit and pineapple aromas smack you right in the face. This beer just plain smells amazing. First sip is fresh hops and no alcohol at all and that is scary with such a high abv.So fresh tasting and thirst quenching. I swear it tastes like summertime in New England. Some spicy, white peppery bite at finish which feels like a combination of the hops and the alcohol. Hops dominate, but the slightest caramel and rye malt flavors help balance it. The hop bitterness never overwhelms, this is a thoroughly enjoyable beer. Super juicy, but with a slightly dry finish. I will be honest, this beer is fantastic and you should definitely try it, but the price will certainly keep me from buying it again.
6% abv. Pours a gorgeous unfiltered gold with a thick and creamy white head. Grapefruit, pineapple, lemon, fresh cut grass, and pine resin on the nose. This is a great smelling beer. First sip reveals an oily slickness with medium body. Hop bite lingers for a while on the sides of the tongue and gums. Tropical fruit, orange zest and floral flavors dominate. Really nice carbonation. This one packs a lot of flavor for a relatively low abv IPA. Fantastic Belgian lace as I get halfway through the glass. Some dry cracker malt flavors help balance it a little, but it really is a delicious hop bomb. Herbal notes become more prominent toward the end of the glass. This is an excellent IPA. If you see this beer, buy it. (just in case you don’t get the obscure title of this post https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4b-by5e4saI)