My favorite IPAs and DIPAs are big citrus hop bombs. If they are unfiltered and cloudy even better. I appreciate balanced IPAs but there not quite in my sweet spot. There are several breweries that are making these beers and Trillium is right there with the best of them.
Heavy Mettle is their biggest DIPA and was brewed for a couple of events they were part of in August. The extra went into bottles that were sold at the brewery and fortunately for me one of my beer trading friends in Boston grabbed me a bottle.
This beer pours a radiant orange with a single finger white head that left great lacing. Aroma was big and full of tropical fruits and piney resin. Taste follows with a wonderfully juicy citrus and tropical fruit hop bomb. There is a bit of pine and just the right amount of bitterness. The alcohol was basically non-existent which is impressive for a 9.3% ABV beer.
Overall an excellent beer and would love to try Mettle to see how that one compares.
Pros: Big, citrus, alcohol well hidden
Alcohol Content: 9.3% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): Lots
Brewers Website: Trillium Brewing
Brewers Description: When we were invited to the Hop Jam (!!!) our instincts drove us to take the most intensely hoppy beer we’ve brewed to date, our 1st Anniversary Double IPA, Mettle and crank it up even more to make Heavy Mettle! We’ve set aside some kegs for both the Hop Jam and The Armsby Abbey dinner later this month. But not everyone is going to these killer events, so the rest has made its way to 750ml bottles (no growler fills).