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Trillium Melcher Street IPA

As of today I am no longer unemployed, I am back into the workforce after a 6 week break. My wife and I bought a house right before I found out I was losing my previous job, so the majority of my break was spent moving, cleaning out the old apartment and then dealing with all of the things that you need to deal with in a new home. Fortunately I wrapped most of that up and I was able to spend the last week of my break doing some relaxing, travelling to visit family in Maine and even visiting a few breweries. My good friend Mikey is a middle school teacher heading towards the end of his summer vacation and wanted to check out one of the many breweries he had read about on Hoppy Boston, so he and I made the trip down to Trillium in Canton last Monday. I’ve made a few trips down to the Canton location and I am a big fan of the extra space and parking, it’s much easier for suburban folks like myself to travel there instead of trying to drive into Fort Point and find somewhere to park. Mikey and I tasted a few beers and each left with some of our favorite selections, many of which are now available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans. One of the beers I tasted and then purchased was Melcher Street IPA, one of Trillium’s many versions of the popular style. Melcher Street showcases the Mosaic hop, a popular and complex variety that imparts tropical and citrus fruit flavors and aromas.

Trillium Melcher StTrillium Melcher Street IPA pours a hazy deep orange with a small white head. The scent is an enormous burst of hops led by bright tropical fruit aromas. The flavor is delicious hoppy fruit juice, notes of mango, passion fruit, clementine and grapefruit along with the soft bitterness that has defined the New England style IPA. There is just enough malt for balance, hints of white bread and cracked grains. Melcher Street is medium bodied and drinks very easy but packs a little punch at 7.2% ABV. The finish is crisp with some lingering fruity hop flavors. If you like the fruit flavors and mild bitterness of New England style IPAs this is a stellar version, probably my favorite Trillium IPA and one of the best local versions of the popular style. Hoppy Boston score: 5.0/5.

Previous Trillium Reviews:

Trillium Fort Point Pale AleTrillium Free Rise Dry-hopped with Citra, Trillium Pot and KettleTrillium Scaled Up, Trillium Launch Beer, Trillium PM DawnBREWERY OVERVIEW, Trillium Sinister Kid, Trillium Congress St. IPATrillium Farmhouse AleTrillium Wakerobin Rye

Trillium Fort Point Pale Ale

Next week my son turns a year old, it is incredible how quickly the time flies. When my wife was pregnant she completely abstained from drinking, there are plenty of women who have a drink here or there (which is fine, no judgment), but she decided not to and stuck to it throughout. Probably the closest she came to caving was when I sampled a bottle of Trillium Fort Point Pale Ale, the aroma from the hops was so amazing that she nearly gave in and joined me. I promised to get her some after the baby was born, but having a newborn really cuts back on your brewery visits. Fortunately, due to the recent expansion with the facility in Canton, it is now much easier to find Trillium beers, and we’ve had multiple bottles of Fort Point Pale Ale, both the standard version and the varieties showcasing different dry-hopping regimens. Each is stellar, and I though the perfect way to finish up Hoppy Boston pale ale month was to review one of the finest local takes on the style. Trillium Fort Point Pale Ale is available on a semi-regular basis on draft and in 750 mL bottles. My tasting notes are for the Enigma dry-hopped version, but I’ve enjoyed every version of this beer that I’ve tried.

Trillium Fort Point Pale AleTrillium Fort Point Pale Ale (Enigma-dry hopped version) pours opaque orange-yellow with a small white head. The first whiff is a pungent burst of hops dominated by citrus and tropical fruit. The beer is very hop forward, notes of orange, mango, papaya and grapefruit along with a very soft and mild bitterness. This is complemented by a solid dose of malt, touches of grainy bread and honey. FPPA is light bodied and very easy to drink but packs a little punch at 6.6% ABV. The finish is clean and dry with lingering hop flavor that keeps you coming back for more. Fort Point Pale Ale is an incredible beer, in my opinion it is the finest beer Trillium brews. Hoppy Boston score: 5.0/5.

Previous Trillium Reviews:

Trillium Free Rise Dry-hopped with Citra, Trillium Pot and KettleTrillium Scaled Up, Trillium Launch Beer, Trillium PM DawnBREWERY OVERVIEW, Trillium Sinister Kid, Trillium Congress St. IPATrillium Farmhouse AleTrillium Wakerobin Rye

Trillium Free Rise Dry-Hopped with Citra

One of my favorite non-traditional beer styles are saisons brewed with substantial additions of New World hops. Some traditionalists scoff at Belgian IPAs/hoppy saisons, but I find these complex and flavorful beers to be interesting and often delicious. Traditional Belgian saison yeast strains contribute a boutique of fruity flavors and aromas to the beer via byproducts in the fermentation process. These fruit flavors are a nice complement to the citrus and tropical fruit flavors and aromas that are characteristic of many popular new hop varieties. When the appropriate yeast strain is combined with a complementary mixture of hops the results can be outstanding. Trillium Brewing Company in Boston and Canton is probably best known for their IPAs and pale ales, but they have been brewing saisons from day one, including their flagship Trillium Farmhouse Ale. A newer addition to the Trillium lineup is Free Rise, a saison featuring locally source rye from Valley Malt. Free Rise is also available in a couple variants, each dry-hopped with a different hop variety. I recently found some 750 mL bottles of Citra dry hopped Free Rise (one of my favorite hops) and needed to give it a try.

Trillium Free Rise with CitraTrillium Free Rise Dry-Hopped with Citra pours a hazy gold with a small off-white head. The scent is a mixture of citrusy hops and fruity Belgian style yeast. The flavors contributed by the hops and yeast really complement each other in this beer. The yeast adds notes of apple, pear and white grape and a dry finish. The hops contribute touches of orange, lemon, mango and grapefruit along with a crisp but soft bitterness. The beer is rounded out by some pale malt flavor, hints of whole wheat bread, a little spicy rye and crackers. Free Rise is light bodied and refreshing but packs a little punch at 7.3% ABV. This is a stellar beer, I enjoyed the standard version of Free Rise but the Citra dry hops add another level of delicious and aromatic complexity. A must try for any saison lover. Hoppy Boston score: 4.75/5.

Previous Trillium Reviews:

Trillium Pot and KettleTrillium Scaled Up, Trillium Launch Beer, Trillium PM DawnBREWERY OVERVIEW, Trillium Sinister Kid, Trillium Congress St. IPATrillium Farmhouse AleTrillium Wakerobin Rye

Trillium Pot and Kettle

We are in the final week of porter month on Hoppy Boston, I have three reviews this week (all porters) and then I’ll summarize next Monday. Today I am writing up Pot and Kettle, the oatmeal porter from Trillium Brewing Company in Boston (and now also in Canton). Trillium is definitely best known for their hoppy beers, their stable of pale ales, IPAs and DIPAs are the driving force behind their recent expansion. While I love a number of Trillium’s hop-forward offerings, I have also enjoyed an array of other beers from the brewery. Pot and Kettle has been a mainstay in their lineup from the early days. The addition of oatmeal doesn’t add a ton of flavor but it adds body, giving that rich and full mouth-feel that you want from a great dark beer. The addition of oats is usually reserved for stouts, and it’s interesting that Trillium named this beer a porter and not an oatmeal stout. I guess it shows you how fuzzy the line is between the two styles, it is really up to the brewer to call the beer what they want. Trillium Pot and Kettle is available on a rotating basis on draft and in 750 mL bottles. One big advantage of the expansion, you can now also find Trillium beers in many local stores!

Trillium Pot and KettleTrillium Pot and Kettle pours pitch black with a mild off-white head. The aroma is full of rich and dark roasted malt. The beer is very malt forward, notes of milk chocolate, caramel, espresso, date and tobacco. This is balanced by just a touch of earthy hops that add some late bitterness and help keep the beer from being sweet. The addition of oats means a full body, but the beer is pretty easy to drink at 7.5% ABV, you get just a hint of warming alcohol in the flavor. The finish is clean and dry with a little lingering dark malt flavor. I really enjoy Pot and Kettle, it is different than a lot of porters on the market but still delicious. On your next trip to Trillium to stock up on IPAs you should diversify a little and try a couple bottles of porter! Hoppy Boston score: 4.5/5.

Previous Trillium Reviews:

Trillium Scaled Up, Trillium Launch Beer, Trillium PM DawnBREWERY OVERVIEW, Trillium Sinister Kid, Trillium Congress St. IPATrillium Farmhouse AleTrillium Wakerobin Rye

Trillium Scaled Up

I wish I could drink each beer 3-4 times from different batches before I reviewed it. I suppose I could, but it would mean writing far fewer articles. Every so often I try a beer and something about it tastes “off” to me, it can be actual off flavors in the beer (oxidation, contamination, etc.), that the beer was too old (or occasionally too young), or just something off with my palate at the time when I sampled the beer. Yes, even seasoned and respected beer writers have off-days (which means hacks like me have them all the time). If there is something wrong with the beer I am usually hesitant to write it up until I try it again, nothing would feel worse than trashing a beer in writing and then enjoying it on a second try. I guarantee this happens with the crowd-sourced beer reviews, especially when people are tasting a ton of beers at a festival and logging in each sample on Untappd or a similar site. How can you properly evaluate something by trying a 3 oz. pour in the middle of a festival?

I recently visited the new Trillium Brewery in Canton and picked up a case of different bottles including a couple bottles of Scaled Up, their new DIPA celebrating the increased capacity that comes with opening the new brewery. I bought two bottles, and tried one almost immediately. The first beer was OK overall, but there was one hop flavor that was aggressive and astringent on my palate (for the record my wife tasted it too). It wasn’t strong enough to ruin the beer, but it didn’t seem right so I hesitated writing about the beer until I could try the second bottle. I waited a couple weeks for the second sample, and that aggressive flavor was gone, the rest of the hop flavors and aromas remained in tact and the beer was very good. I am not sure if the beer was young and something needed to mellow out, or if it was a combination of the hop flavor with something we ate for dinner, but I am glad we had the second bottle to enjoy. Trillium Scaled Up is brewed with Galaxy, Mosaic, Nelson Sauvin and Columbus hops and is available for growler fills and in 750 mL bottles on a rotating basis.

Trillium Scaled UpTrillium Scaled Up pours a clear bright orange with a mild white head. The scent is a big hit of hops, predominantly tropical and citrus fruit aromas. The taste is very hop forward, notes of grapefruit, stone fruit, apricot and tangerine along with a soft bitterness. Some malts round out the flavor, touches of toast, honey and a little boozy sweetness. The beer is medium bodied and goes down very easy for 8% ABV. The finish is crisp and clean with some residual hop flavor. Scaled Up fits perfectly in the stable of good to great IPAs that have made Trillium so popular that they needed to increase production and build a second brewery. I am really glad I grabbed a second bottle. Hoppy Boston score: 4.25/5.

Previous Trillium Reviews:

Trillium Launch Beer, Trillium PM DawnBREWERY OVERVIEW, Trillium Sinister Kid, Trillium Congress St. IPATrillium Farmhouse AleTrillium Wakerobin Rye

Trillium Launch Beer

I mentioned yesterday that I visited two new breweries this weekend, the first was Castle Island in Norwood and the second was Trillium Brewing Company’s new location in Canton, a short drive away. Trillium’s line-up of well crafted and inventive ales has resulted in a zealous following, they could hold a bottle release at 2 AM during a blizzard and there would still be a line around the block at their Fort Point brewery. The new facility in the suburbs allows for increased production, a boon for fans of the brewery (aside from those few crazies who think beers only taste good if they are impossible to find). The new facility is also a fully functional brewery and retail store, they have a tasting room on one side (samples only for now) and the other side is for growler fills and bottle/merchandise sales. There are a few advantages to the drive to Canton, especially for those of us that live outside of Boston proper. The main one is parking, an absolute pain in the Seaport but plentiful at the Canton facility. When I arrived on a Saturday afternoon there was a short wait for growlers or bottles, the kind you would find at your local Chipotle during lunch (pre-norovirus and e coli outbreaks, maybe not the best example). I bought a number of beers including Launch Beer, an APA celebrating the opening of the new brewery. Launch Beer is brewed/dry-hopped with Mosaic and Citra hops, famous for the citrus and tropical fruit flavors and aromas that are so popular in New England’s newer hoppy beers. Trillium Launch Beer is available at the Canton location in 750 mL bottles and on draft for growler fills.

Trillium Launch BeerTrillium Launch Beer pours a clear golden yellow with a mild white head. The scent is a big burst of New World hops, tropical and citrus fruit. The beer is very hop forward, notes of mango, tangerine, lime and guava along with a very light bitterness. There is just enough malt for a little balance, touches of white bread and honey. The beer is crisp, clean and very easy to drink at 5.7% ABV. The finish is dry with just a little lingering hop flavor. Trillium Launch Beer is the perfect style to celebrate the opening of the new brewery, well crafted and featuring the big hop flavors that have made Trillium one of the most popular breweries in Massachusetts. Hoppy Boston score: 4.5/5.

Previous Trillium Reviews:

Trillium PM DawnBREWERY OVERVIEW, Trillium Sinister Kid, Trillium Congress St. IPATrillium Farmhouse AleTrillium Wakerobin Rye

Trillium PM Dawn

I don’t drink coffee. Not hot coffee or iced coffee, no Dunkin Donuts or Starbucks. It’s not that I dislike coffee per se, I just never started drinking it and I have a few reasons to keep that trend going. Due to some sleeping issues I’ve had to deal with I try to avoid caffeine in general. I also don’t need the added expense or calories (assuming I wouldn’t drink my coffee black), I’d rather save both for beer. So while I would probably enjoy quality coffee now (I do like the aroma which is a huge part of flavor), I am still avoiding it. Many of my co-workers are shocked that I made it through graduate school without taking up coffee, I joke that I only have one more test, namely the upcoming short nights due to the pending birth of my first child. I guess we’ll see what happens over the next few months. Many beer drinkers are also coffee enthusiasts, and breweries have noticed. Many are starting to brew porters or stouts with coffee, often using artisanal/craft beans from small producers. This winter Trillium Brewing Company brewed a couple of coffee-infused stouts including PM Dawn, which was made with cold-brewed coffee. The beer is probably done for the season, but due to it’s popularity it will most likely be revisited next winter.

Trillium PM DawnTrillium PM Dawn pours midnight black with a mild light brown head. The scent is dominated by strong coffee aromas, fresh and vibrant. The coffee leads the flavor too, rich and bold. The dark malts work well with the coffee flavor, touches of dark chocolate, roasted nuts and toasted bread. There is just a little bitterness, presumably from early hop additions, but this beer packs the malt-forward flavor you’d expect from a stout. PM Dawn is full bodied but goes down smooth, even at 9% ABV you don’t taste the alcohol. Again, I am not a coffee drinker but this is a very solid coffee beer, tons of flavor and easy to drink. Hoppy Boston score: 4.5/5.

Previous Trillium Reviews:

Brewery Overview: Trillium, Trillium Sinister Kid, Trillium Congress St. IPATrillium Farmhouse AleTrillium Wakerobin Rye