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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 4.11/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Our "small birds" are a series of pale ales experimenting with combinations of adjunct grains and hop varieties to create seasonal, sessionable pale ales. Big Bird is a continuation of some of these experiments in an amped-up Double IPA form. One of the hoppiest beers we’ve made to date, Big Bird is featuring a new signature hop. This new hop gives Big Bird an intense nose that zaps the senses with aromas of lime, overripe papaya, and pithy citrus. Flavors of pineapple and tangy grapefruit are balanced by a light body and dank, resinous finish. Pumped up with hop forward flavor and weighing in at 8.5% ABV... there’s a new bird in town, and this clucker is big!

MALT: American 2-Row Barley, White Wheat Malt, Dextrine Malt, Flaked Wheat, Valley Danko Rye, Valley Triticale, Malted Oats, Dextrose

HOPS: ?

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4.1
ClarkVV (6893) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 29, 2017
Canned 6/29/17, shared 7/7/17 and another can drunk 10 days later.
Strong soupiness to it, with a medium-small, white head showing moderate retention. Typical bronze-amber-maize color of the Street series.
Juicy and lush in the nose with tangy lime, dense papaya and guava and tons of "sweet" tangerine. I think the general consensus is that this is Vic’s Secret and it makes sense, given all of the soft, highly juicy, round tropical and tangerine fruit notes. With eight days on the first can I tried, it’s still got a good greenness to it that adds a strong citric bitterness (strong lime and lemon) but it’s nonetheless quite enjoyable.
The texture is as one would expect for the Street series and that bump from 7.2% to 8.5% isn’t felt tremendously. Good backing of supple malts that are well-attenuated with rich honey and light biscuit character. Tight carbonation concentrates the intense hop character and there’s an explosion of fruit and moderate bitterness on the finish.
The can drunk at about three weeks old proved even better, showing none of the slightly rough edges of the younger and no less intense, fresh, juicy hoppiness. Really wish I’d saved more of these things to try in the three to four week range as this was superb. I’m looking forward to batch 2 already. Much less intensely hop soup-like and less "thick" than Headroom.

4
rejtable (2847) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 19, 2017
Can from Kevin. Pours cloudy yellow some head and some lacing. NOse is fruity, orange juice, grapefruit. Taste medium juicy sweet, medium bitter. Mouth is orange juice with lively carbonation. Another well done beer.

3.8
ctipping (2251) - Florida, USA - AUG 18, 2017
16 oz. can. Hazy pale orange. Smells of sweet pale malt, a hint of caramel, orange hops, and a zippy back end that’s a little woodsy and limey. Taste has more of that zippy hop. Woodsy, more citrus, sweet tropical fruit. A little booze. Resiny finish. Medium heavy. Very nice, but big.

4
Lubiere (14182) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 17, 2017
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2017 A hazed blonde ipa with a thin white head. In aroma, sweet fruity malt with loads of resinous floral hops, grapefruit pulp, light treacle and clovers, very nice. In mouth, a nice biscuit malt with loads of resinous floral hops, light, light tropical fruits, clovers, very nice. 8-3-8-4-16.

4.3
czar (9496) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 15, 2017
can shared by louis-augustin, many thanks! pours cloudy grey-golden with a small white cap offering some retention and lacing. tons of orange fruitiness, trillium’s usual hop suspects; very tropical, citrus garlic, juicy oils, candied garlic, vidalia onions, sweetish grains, but rather clean as opposed to peppery and grainy since wheat, rye and oats are present in malt bill; warming pineapple spirir, never boozy though; very clean fruity yeast action. moderate carbonation, medium body - oily; smooth, balanced and incredibly juicy tropical-piney-citrusy finish.

4.3
50belair (3684) - Florida, USA - AUG 9, 2017
Can. Cloudy yellow pour with a white head. Amazing citrus bouquet. Taste follows suit with mild hoppy bitterness and caramel malts. So good. Great mouthfeel and body.

3.2
Sammy (12844) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 29, 2017
My can must have been fresh, but did not deliver a big oomph. Its like the dry hopping evaporated somewhat. Rather plane drinkability particularly for billing as a big hop beer. Thanks Richard for the hook up, I guess this one exception.

4.6
tderoeck (10335) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 29, 2017
17/VII/17 - 1Pt can from a trade @ the tasting without Jon (home) - BB: n/a, canned: 29/VI/17 (2017-1044) Thanks to Ryan for sharing the can!


Very cloudy bright yellow beige beer, small creamy irregular yellow head, unstable, bit adhesive. Aroma: very fruity, passion fruit, pineapple, mango, papaya. MF: soft carbon, medium to full body. Taste: lots of tropical fruits, resinous, grapefruit, bitter, sweet malts, very hoppy. Aftertaste: resinous bitterness, hoppy, citrus, pineapple juice, grapefruit, sweet, passion fruit, mango, papaya, lovely stuff!

3.9
djd07 (15651) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 23, 2017
Can. Pours a cloudy yellow orange with small white head leaving spotty lacing. The aroma is tropical fruit, earth, papaya. Medium body, juicy, pineapple, papaya, mango, light bitterness, very nice.

4.3
MrHangover (4693) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JUL 22, 2017
Bottle @ Floris’ Leaving Party. Pours a typical Trillium NEIIPA look, murky, golden orangey beer, medium sized white head on top. Awesome. Aroma is very hoppy, citrussy, some onions, grassy notes and a hint of piney influences. Flavor is bittersweet and juicy, very fruity, mild in carbonation and a rahter thick and juicy mouthfeel. Great example of the style, awesome stuff!!


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