Reynolds314 (2755) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 10, 2015
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow this is goddamn phenomenal. growler to tulip is hazy golden straw colored with fluffy white head. Aroma is out of this world juicy grapefruit, mango, lime, and pear. taste doesnt quite live up to that ridiculous aroma but its still great. mild bitterness with tropical fruity sweetness that finishes dry. This brewery really destroys it with these lower abv pale ales. i want gallons of this.
thornecb (4736) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 8, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours hazy light gold into a tulip. Bright white head with medium retention recedes leaving slight sheets. Bread, earthy leaves and funky yeast aromas. Soft with caramel, grilled meat, and earthy yeast front to back. Dry vegetal finish. This is a strange one...glad others are enjoying it...
mkgrenwel (601) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 3, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Spot on example of the new style APA/IPAs coming out of New England. Hugely aromatic, light, clean, slightly mineral malt profile. Huge tropical fruit notes. This one is straight papaya, with candied lemon, pineapple and light cantaloupe. Finish is dry and just slightly bitter. What sets these beers apart is just how delicate they are. They’re not just throwing tons of hops in a beer, they’re brewing with finesse. It really doesn’t get better than this.
dogfish120love (1028) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 9, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a vibrant dark brown with an off white lacing. The aroma is citrus and tropical fruit forward with back notes of pine and resin.
mathieuc (1952) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 2, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Tip Tap Room, Boston. Pours a hazy light golden and is topped by a medium white head that leaves really nice lacing on the glass. Nose is of fruits, pine and feels really juicy overall. Taste is bitter to a medium level, offers some nice pine notes alons with some fruits and fresh cereals. Carbonation was medium-high and mouthfeel slightly juicy. Finish was floral x spicy and nice. A nice way to start with Trillium, I need to sample more from these guys!
ScipioA (372) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 24, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Orange/gold hazy body with a huge white head that fades away quickly. The aroma is great, unlike with the Fort Point Pale Ale there’s some diversity beyond citrus. Orange and grapefruit dominate unsurprisingly, but there is weed and pine coming in as well. This continues over into the flavor, along with some really interesting malt presence to make this about more than just the hops. Spicy rye with some whole wheat bread. Hops are still the main attraction though, with grassy flavors joining the citrus/pine/weed in the aroma. On the tongue it’s got a medium body with some graininess that leads to a dry finish. FPPA is slightly better, but this is great!
jackl (5474) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUN 24, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottleshare in Asheville. Hazy gold pour with a small head. Honeyed orange, some tea cake and dark fruits. Maple bar. The taste is of orange peel, more honeyed grain. Mildly spicy, woody. Dirt-covered hop accents. Medium body, soft carbonation.
ClarkVV (4058) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 27, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught at Deep Ellum, 2/21/14
Very hazy pour, even worse than the fort point I had. Deep golden with very light amber tints and, at least, a mountainous, very well-retained white head.
Nose is similar to Fort Point, though not as expressive and a little more straightforward with the citrus. Perhaps a touch more pine in there but no alcohol. A bit of doughiness and some other strange notes (almost a hickory nut-like lime-sugariness). Medium to medium high strength of aroma. No alcohol noted.
At first sip, it’s a little muddled thanks to all the sediment. The hops certainly come forward, adding plentiful dry orange rind and lots of white grapefruit bitterness. Grows more acidic on the palate until the malts take over towards the end, adding simple sugar and honey like notes. As it warms the malts continue to pour forth really sweetening things. An odd, almost bittersweet lime-like note works its way in leaving a slightly unclean feel. By the end of the glass, it’s too sweet for my taste, albeit not horribly so. Very "thick" texture, medium to medium-full bodied.
There’s certainly a fine line between over and under producing a beer. In a very good example, this was certainly under produced (ie. it seems like it came off secondary too quickly and was just thrown in to kegs in a very rustic, unfiltered/unfined state) while the Mayflower Rye that my friend had was overproduced, being ultra clear and having a hard, almost lifeless/industrial feel to it from the over-filtration.
phaleslu (7362) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler shared on the Thursday Night Beer Fart Dungeon-Aloft at RBWG. Pours a cloudy gold with a finger of white head. Notes of tangerine citrus, pine, pale malts, straw, grass, maybe also some lemon citrus. Light-bodied, with a dry mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Nice, clean, hoppy pale ale.
GT2 (9241) - San Diego County, California, USA - FEB 14, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
[ Growler ][ RBWG Afterparty Day 1 ][ 500mL ][ RBWG Globe ][ Free ][ 2/6/14 ]
>> Thank you Leighton for this APA beast. Nose is incredibly fresh sourdough, dank herbal hops, buttermilk biscuit, fresh pizza crust style farmy grist. Taste brings a fresh malt biscuit body, bright crust. Quenching, bright, just an amazing example of APA on grain and hops fronts. Serious APA skills here that will launch this brewery into the top.