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848. Trillium Brewing Scaled Up

Trillium Scaled UpThis is the first beer for me from Trillium’s new Canton location. It is now much easier to get Trillium beer if you don’t mind driving to Canton where there is plenty of parking, tons of employees so the lines are minimal and always a plethora of beer available to purchase.

Scaled Up is a very deep orange with an almost murky thickness. I have had thicker beers but this is pushing up against the line of how thick I like my beers. Aroma has loads of tropical fruits which follow through to the taste. Mildly sweet, a light bitter finish and almost no alcohol make for a very enjoyable beer.

The 32 ounce growler was probably more than I needed for an 8% DIPA but I enjoyed every ounce of it.
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Alcohol Content: 8.0% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewery Website: Trillium Brewing
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Brewer’s Description: The first Double IPA produced at our Canton brewery. Featuring four powerful aromatic hop varieties, Galaxy, Mosaic, Nelson Sauvin, and Columbus, Scaled Up emits dank, spicy, aromas that lead into fruity, citrusy flavors of peach and orange on the palate. Lighter in body than most of our other Double IPAs, Scaled Up finishes dry and smooth with a pleasant bitterness.

MALT: Pilsner, White Wheat, Flaked Wheat, Dextrine, Dextrose, C-15

HOPS: Galaxy, Mosaic, Nelson Sauvin, Columbus

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847. Tree House Brewing Sap

Tree House SapContinuing my run of Tree House beers with Sap. This one is a bit different from the others I have tried from Tree House. With a name like Sap I was expecting a big resinous piney flavor but I can think of several beers that had much more pine than Sap.

The pour is typical Tree House with a deep orange, thick off white head and a nice haze that is far from see through but not to the point of being murky. Aroma had quite of bit of grapefruit and pineapple but that did not flow through to the taste. Flavor was slightly dank and earthy with a bit of pine in the finish but not nearly as juicy as most Tree House beers. Perfect mouth feel, almost no bitterness and just a hint of alcohol make this a very drinkable beer.

Sap is an excellent beer that I would love to drink regularly even though it wasn’t quite what I was expecting given the name. 
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Alcohol Content: 7.3% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewery Website: Tree House Brewing
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Brewer’s Description: Our IPA brewed with Northwest American hops prominently featuring Chinook! A pungent aroma gives way to a delicate beer loaded with hop flavor. Soft notes of grapefruit, pine, pineapple, and young mango give way to a dry finish making this one hard to put down. We find Sap to be one of our most complex and intricate IPAs – We love it dearly!

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846. Tree House Brewing Haze

Tree House HazeAs you can tell I went on a bit of a Tree House kick a while back as I had a couple people that went and traded me a bunch of Tree House cans. I should make the trip to Monson more often than I do but it is a long boring drive from Western Maine and I don’t have many customers in that area, yet. Hopefully that will change soon and I can visit the guys and gals at Tree House more often. In the meantime if you make the trip and end up with extras let me know as I am sure we can work out a trade.

Haze looks very similar to the other Tree House beers with the murky orange and substantial off white head. Aroma is less citrusy than most with more tropical and peach than the others from Tree House but still very pungent and enjoyable. Flavor follows but adds a significant resiny pine character that is not in the nose. Finish has more bitterness than Juice Machine or some of the others but still relatively low compared to many IPA/DIPAs. Carbonation is typical Tree House low on the scale but enough to help keep the head and aroma coming.

Another superb beer from Tree House, if you enjoy hops you must try their beer as they are certainly in the top 5 breweries when it comes to hop forward beers. 
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Alcohol Content: 8.2% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewery Website: Tree House Brewing
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Brewer’s Description: We constructed this beer around hops we currently have plenty of access to, allowing us to re-brew it on a (relatively) consistent basis. We smell a ton of orange on the nose, with complimentary notes of peach and passionfruit. The flavor is similar with a blast of citrus fruit & orange quickly followed by spicy grapefruit, and earthy dankness. A lingering but pleasant hop oil finish awaits.

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843. Tree House Brewing King Julius

Tree House King JuliusI have been fortunate to trade for a number of Tree House beers over the past few months including this one which was right around Christmas time. Julius is one of their more frequently canned offerings but King Julius doesn’t come around very often.

King Julius pours a very cloudy deep orange with a solid white head. Aroma had loads of citrus, pineapple, grapefruit and was truly excellent. Flavor was just as juicy with those same citrus and tropical fruit flavors. Almost no bitterness and a relatively dry finish make this dangerously easy to drink considering its 8.3% ABV.

It will likely be several months before this beer is available again and unless you make the trip to the brewery than you will likely have to know someone to get your hands on a can but if you can I’m confident you will enjoy it. My only disappointment with this beer was that I had only a single can.
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Alcohol Content: 8.3% ABV
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Brewery Website: Tree House Brewing
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Brewer’s Description:Big brother of our favorite IPA, “Julius” and he’s crafted to be like “Julius” only more… stately. At 8.3% ABV and loaded with, frankly, a stupid amount of hops, it’s bursting with tropical flavors and just enough dryness to leave you longing for more.

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842. Long Trail Brewing Space Juice

Long Traill Space JuiceI had really high hopes for this one since I enjoyed Limbo so much and Vermont has a pretty good reputation for DIPAs in 16 oz cans. Love the can design on this one.

The beer pours a super clear copper color with a thick white head. Aroma was a mix of tropical fruits and a bit of pine. Overall the aroma was not as big as I expected from an 8.7% DIPA.  Taste was just OK with those tropical fruits and pine but also a solid malt backbone and big lingering bitterness. Much more of a traditional IPA just bigger and different than so many of the murky, juice bombs that are out there today. Alcohol was well hidden and overall a beer worth trying but not one that I will seek out again.
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Alcohol Content: 8.7% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 82
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Brewery Website: Long Trail Brewing
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Brewer’s Description: A Double-IPA of the cosmic kind, this super-limited offering is brewed with two-row and caramel malts that lay the foundation for hops, hops and more hops.

The truth is out there, so send your taste buds to orbit with the out-of-this-world citrus and pine notes of Galaxy, Mosaic, Citra, Columbus and Ella hops

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832. Rock Art Brewery Limited Access

Rock ArtRock Art decided to have a little fun naming their new DIPA. If you have visited Rock Art or Lost Nation in the past several months you know there has been a significant road construction project near their facility. The project is complete and instead of driving right by Rock Art, Route 100 now brings you behind their building. If you are not paying attention you can easily drive right past. This is why they decided to call this beer Limited Access and put a map to the brewery on it.

Limited Access is another great Vermont double IPA in a 16 ounce can that might be overlooked by those seeking Heady or Sip of Sunshine. Slightly hazy orange in color with a really nice mix of pine, grapefruit, pineapple and other tropical fruits. Taste follows with just enough of a malt presence to let the hops shine through. Very easy to drink for a DIPA with a nice amount of carbonation and reasonable bitterness.

Do not overlook this beer.
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Alcohol Content: 7.5% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 75
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Brewers Website: Rock Art Brewery
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831. Gilgamesh Brewing Fresh Prince

Gilgamesh Fresh PrinceThis is another beer from Paul given to me on my 40th birthday. Gilgamesh is an entirely new brewery for me, had not even heard of them before getting this beer but apparently someone at the brewery must like the show Fresh Prince of Bel Air as they have a couple beers with names relating to the show; this one, DJ Jazzy Hef and then a few others with movie references. Always interesting to see how breweries come up with the names for their beer.

Generally I am not impressed with wet hopped beers. It seems like a great idea, pick some hops from the bine, toss them into a beer and enjoy. Unfortunately the end result is not as hoppy as you would expect. Fresh Prince is described as a triple wet hopped double IPA so my expectations were high.

Great looking beer with a clear deep orange and off white head. Aroma was caramel malts and a bit of pine, overall pretty underwhelming for a double IPA. Taste moved away from the pine with a lot of flower and lemon zest. Finish had a fair amount of alcohol considering it is only 7.8% ABV.

Overall this is one of the better fresh hopped IPAs I have tried but still not a beer I would seek out again. 
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Alcohol Content: 7.8% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 87
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Brewers Website: Gilgamesh Brewing
Brewers Description: A double IPA brewed with copious amountss of Centennial hops fresh off the vines. This triple wet-hopped ale has a golden color, short-lived bitterness, and an astounding aroma.

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827. Breakside Brewery India Golden Ale

Breakside Brewing India Golen AleReceived this bottle as a gift at my 40th birthday party from Paul who travels to Oregon regularly as he works with Willamette Valley Hops. Breakside is located in Portland, Oregon and I believe this is the first beer I have tried from them.

India Golden Ale is a double IPA brewed with Eldorado. Mosaic and Chinook hops which makes for an interesting mix of aromas and flavor. Pour is a hazy deep copper color. Aroma has a solid amount of tropical fruit and is slightly sweet. The tropical fruits are all but gone from the taste which was a bit of a disappointment. They are replaced by a strong floral, piney flavor which was OK but not what I hoped for after the excellent aroma. Bitter on the frond end and the alcohol is well masked considering its 8.1% ABV.

I have no idea how old this bottle was when I got around to drinking it so it may have changed a bit from when it was brewed. If you find yourself in Oregon and see this on tap give a try as I don’t think you will be disappointed. 
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Alcohol Content: 8.1% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 60
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Brewers Website: Breakside Brewery
Brewers Description: Originally crafted with Ninkasi Brewing, this double IPA is the lightest, hoppiest beer you’ll ever try. Loaded with tropical and fruity notes from Mosaic, Eldorado and Chinook.

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825. Trillium Brewing Double Dry Hopped Sleeper Street

Trillium DDH Sleeper StreetI drink a lot of hoppy beers, partly because I enjoy IPAs and DIPAs but a lot has to do with the amount of beer I buy. Having a job that “forces” me to visit brewery after brewery I am constantly buying beer and since hops fade quickly I always try to drink my IPAs first. Because of this I have reviewed more hoppy beers than anything else; the first truly exceptional DIPA I reviewed was Dreadnaught from Three Floyds way back in February 2012. Since then I have tried almost all of the “best” hoppy offerings. Occasionally I come across a brewery that just knows how to use hops and Trillium is the most recent example of this.

Congress Street is one of the best single IPAs out there, Fort Point is an amazing hoppy pale ale and their DIPA offerings including Heavy Mettle and Vicinity are right up there with the best from Hill Farmstead and The Alchemist. Now add to these their dry hopped and double dry hopped offerings and you have all the hops any one person can handle. DDH Sleeper Street pours a hazy pale orange with a bright white head. Aroma is ripe orange, melons and tropical fruit. Taste follows with loads of fresh citrus and a little dank. Finish is slightly bitter but not as harsh as one might expect from a beer with this amount of hops.

Another exceptional beer from Trillium, can’t wait for their Canton location to open so it will be easier to get their beer. 
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Alcohol Content: 7.2% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Trillium Brewing
Brewers Description: Same base grist as Sleeper Street IPA, but with a double dose of El Dorado in the dry hop. These El Dorado hops impart a powerful aroma of distinctive lime zest, along with notes of grapefruit juice, and a subtle woodsy earthiness.  The taste is bright, floral, and citrusy hop upfront and finishes with candied lime. As with all Trillium “Street” IPA’s, Double Dry Hopped Sleeper Street is dry with medium-light body and a crisp finish.

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816. Two Roads Brewing Road 2 Ruin

Two Roads Road 2 RuinTwo Roads may be best known as the place that contract brews Lawson’s Finest Liquids Sip of Sunshine and Super Session #2  but they also have a pretty solid line up of their own beer. I have also heard that it is a great place to visit so if you find yourself in Connecticut check them out.

Road 2 Ruin is their double IPA and I purchased a 4-pack of cans on a recent trip to Vermont. Their beer is also available in Maine and may even be in New Hampshire now. Appearance is a deep slightly hazy orange color with a fluffy white head. Aroma has some floral and pine but is not as pungent as many other DIPAs. Taste has a sweet start, a little pine and then a huge bitter finish. The bitterness seemed to dull down a bit as I drank the beer, not sure if this was me getting used to the beer or a change as the beer warmed.

The can says “Plenty of Bite” at the bottom and that is certainly true.
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Alcohol Content: 8.0% ABV
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Brewers Website: Two Roads Brewing
Brewers Description: A big, hoppy IPA with plenty of bite! Our assertive, hop-centric Double IPA has a lean malt backdrop and is brewed with four American hop varieties – Summit, Palisade, Cascade and Magnum. Piney, citrus, floral, not-for-the-timid!

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