williamstome (752) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - APR 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Was listed as a Pale Ale at Lord Hobo, but definitely tasted like an IPA; would have been the best Pale Ale Iíd ever had. Hazy gold, nice foamy white head. Big citrus and resin hop aroma, bitter citrus flavor with toasted malt and yeast notes.
msnelling09 (127) - Beverly, Massachusetts, USA - APR 6, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The beer pours a pale, greenish yellow with a nice, quarter fingerís width head of eggshell-white bubbles. In body, the beer is clear and clean with a slight chill haze, but no visible particles and a nice lazy carbonation. On the nose, the beer is a beautiful bouquet of Citra hops. Mango and tropical fruit blend with spicy pine needles, pine resin, and a just a faint whiff of cattiness. On the tongue, the beer tastes bitter, yet balanced by cracker smooth malt sweetness. Soft citric acidity snaps at the start and finish of the sip, providing nice, yet drinkable complexity. In flavor, the beer begins as lemon juice and pine, slowly unfurling into pine and tropical juice with a nice balancing cracker malt and light prickly, light pineapple flavors. The finish is a crisp burst of juicy fruit, cracker malt, and lime zest, and the aftertaste is soft and tame, ringing with bitter medicine, pine, and citrus. In the mouth, the beer feels crisp and on the light side of medium in body. Carbonation is soft, and the beer provides a nice smooth blanket for the tongue, even though it remains crisp as an overall sip. Overall, this is a great hoppy pale ale. Bitterness is definitely the dominant feature here, and the Citra hop definitely shines, making this a wonderfully balanced hoppy beer with great complexity. This is a borderline IPA, and I personally would label it as such, as the malt balance isnít quite where I like it for an APA. Overall this is a tremendously quaffable, hoppy pale ale with some great refreshing flavor. A beer to try!
dfroms (59) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 28, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Growler filled at brewery and opened five days later. Pours a beautiful hazy gold, like pulpy orange juice. Aroma leaps out of the glass, super pungent, signaling that youíre in for something great: lychee, mango, pine, orange, tropical-fruit explosion. Really great. Taste is pineapple, grapefruit pith, Asian pear, passionfruit, and lingering but not too pronounced bitterness. Very balanced. Clean. Creamy. Remarkable pale ale/IPA hybrid right up there with some of the styleís trendsetters.
Ataraxia (302) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 27, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hazy golden orange color with a dense, frothy, white head. Ripe fruit aroma of grapefruit, citrus, peach, mango, and pale malt. A smidgen of sweetness rounded out by hop bitterness. Crisp mouthfeel, moderately carbed, and refreshing. Dry finish of light bitterness.
MartinT (7523) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 4, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My Bottom Line:
Lively citrus, sandy and piney hop resins make this IPA a truly compelling pint for the hophead.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sturdy head of foam laces around the cloudy pale straw.
-The coniferous hop bitterness is as intense as the aroma. This is chock-full of hop aroma, flavor AND finish. And all is brightly expressed.
-Calling this a Pale Ale is quite deceiving. This is hoppier than many IPAs!
-Drinkability is perhaps lower than average due to the intensity of the bitterness.
-If you are turned off by the ícat litterí component of some hops, you might not like this brew.
On tap at Lord Hobo.
ClarkVV (3856) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 27, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Deep Ellum on 2/14/14
Mild haziness in the deep golden body and topped by a firm, fluffy white head that shows fair retention.
Nicely hoppy in the nose, providing plentiful C-hop notes; orange, grapefruit some light mango and pineapple and pretty low on the hop resin or alcohol. Lightly sweet malts provide honey and touches of cream-of-wheat notes with a clean yeast (despite the haziness). Medium-high to high strength of aroma.
Even better in the flavor, amazingly enough. Full of fruity hoppiness and moderately bitter citrus with only a kiss of pine on the end, culminating in more tropical fruits as it warms and a balancing but quite dry pale maltiness. Soft, almost creamy mouthfeel and no hop acid burn make this a standout beer and just an all-around well-done IPA. Certainly the best these guys offer and one Iíd happily drink any time. I like that the abv (while still high, objectively) is relatively low for the style. Would like to see a completely bright sample, which must be phenomenal if itís this good with some sediment in it.
Tonkun (609) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. Hazy, white orange pour with a finger of head that seem to last forever. Citrus, citrus peel, fruit juice. Powerful and juicy aroma. Body is medium but lighter than expected. Slight bitterness with a long fruity but bitter finish. Very nice
phaleslu (5867) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 22, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler shared at RBWG, Friday night tasting at the roach motel. This is the kind of garbage juice Loines drinks, so it must be good. Pours a hazy, pale gold with a small white ring for a head. Very clean - citrusy and herbal hops, sweet and pale and wheat and cereal malts, and some grass. Light-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a clean mouthfeel. Excellent APA.
mkgrenwel (556) - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 15, 2014
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy lemon yellow pour. Looks like a witbier. Creamy bone white head. Tons of lacing in the glass. Aroma initially is of actual hop pellets. Smells like sticking your nose in the fridge at the homebrew store. Then pineapple and mango come out. Lime and white grapefruit as well. Flavor is a huge hit of all kinds of juicy fruity hop flavors. This is citra dominated, so pineapple, mango and other tropical fruit are at the lead. Tons of that hop pellet dust flavor of pure unadulterated hops all over. Malt is light and understated. Just enough to contribute a light honey and biscuit foundation for hops to dance all over. Bitterness is ample and a bit strong for a pale, but softened by the aggressive juiciness of the hops. Palate is full and wet, completely thirst quenching. I canít get enough of this beer. A growler goes too fast. Everything Iíve had from Trillium has been solid, but this is the standout, must try beer.
bytemesis (2572) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 12, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler thanks to WillRunForBeer! Pours cloudy golden amber, small creamy white head, nice lacing. Aroma is very citra-esque with a great combination of pine, citrus, dank forest floor, cat poss. Flavor is the same, light sweet and light bitter but bursting with hop flavors. Full body for the style, quite creamy mouthfeel. Reaching Pseudo Sue levels of quality here.