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835. Trillium Brewing Galaxy Dry Hopped Fort Point

Trillium Brewing Fort Point GalaxyThis is the third variety of Fort Point Pale Ale I have reviewed. The originalMosaic Dry Hopped and now the Galaxy dry hopped version. All have been excellent and received 4.5 star reviews. You just can’t go wrong when you start with such a solid pale ale and amp it up a bit with an extra dry hopping.

Appearance is a little less hazy than the original and the Mosaic version but still far from see through. Aroma is loaded with tropical fruits; mango, pineapple, grapefruit and a bit of citrus – really excellent smelling beer. Taste is super juicy fresh hops, not as crazy as the double dry hopped varieties but still a crazy amount of hops especially for what is called a pale ale. Carbonation, mouthfeel are all right where I like them.

Just another excellent brew from Trillium. 
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Alcohol Content: 6.6% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewery Website: Trillium Brewing
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Brewer’s Description: This version of our signature American pale ale is dry hopped with the pungent Galaxy variety. Enticingly hazy and blonde in appearance with frothy carb, the nose erupts with strong citrus, passion fruit, and pineapple aromatics. Upfront and resinous hop-derived flavors of grapefruit pith, peach, and mango are balanced with a subtle, bready malt character and mild, subdued bitterness.

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834. Trillium Brewing Artaic

Trillium Brewing ArtaicTrillium is making some fantastic beer and I have been fortunate to make several trips down to visit the brewery in Boston and most recently the new location in Canton. This one came from the Boston location and I enjoyed it a few weeks ago. Artaic is a double IPA with 100% Mosaic hops and includes raw wildflower honey. Honey seems like an odd addition to beer but Anna from Hill Farmstead is great and Hopslam from Bell’s is also excellent and both include honey. Maybe honey is the secret ingredient as Artaic is truly exceptional.

Pour is a very clear deep copper color with a thick bright white head that left a lot of lacing. Appearance is much different than so many of Trillium’s murky offerings.  Aroma is peaches, mango, melon, citrus always amazed as the depth of aroma brewers can get from a single hop variety. Taste is very similar to the nose with plenty of citrus, tropical and a slightly sweet finish. Artaic is incredibly drinkable for an 8.5% ABV beer with light carbonation, very little bitterness.

This beer is a unique take on a double IPA that works on all levels. Last time I only bought two bottles but next time I will bring home my limit. 
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Alcohol Content: 8.5% ABV
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Brewery Website: Trillium Brewing
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Brewer’s Description: Artaic Double IPA is brewed with 100% Mosaic hops in all kettle, whirlpool and two massive dry hop additions. Local raw wildflower honey keeps the body light and drinkable but provides a floral, earthy backbone. Juicy, candied peach and nectarine up front backed up with a nuanced white wine on the nose that continues straight through in the flavor profile. Pillowy soft mouthfeel, with a restrained bitterness on the finish. Artaic is an innovative Fort Point business that creates dynamic mosaics only possible through robotics.

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833. Trillium Brewing Deciduous

Trillium Brewing DeciduousI am not a big fan of red ales but after how much I enjoyed Ma from Tree House I decided to open this bottle from Trillium. This beer may be my least favorite beer to date from Trillium but that’s not saying much as they have all been exceptional.

Deciduous pours a deep amber with a reasonably thick off white head. Aroma is pine, toffee and pretty sweet. Taste was too sweet for my tastes with some piney hops and a reasonably bitter finish.

Overall a well made beer that just didn’t do it for me. If you enjoy red ales than you will likely enjoy this one.
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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: We brew Deciduous to welcome the return of Autumn and celebrate New England’s changing foliage. This imperial red ale is russet-amber and fills the nose with pleasant aromas of fresh baked bread, pine sap, and floral citrus. Deciduous embodies the seasonal transition from summer to winter with an earth, lemon and spicy pine aroma balanced on the palate with a hearty malt character and clean, refreshing bitterness. Deciduous is medium in body and dry on the finish.

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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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828. Hill Farmstead Civil Disobedience #15

Hill Farmstead Civil Disobedience 15This is actually my first review of a beer from Hill Farmstead’s Civil Disobedience series even though I have tried several and have many more in the cellar. The Civil Disobedience beers are typically a blend of various barrel aged beers and have included some of the more rare offerings from Hill including Art, Ann, Mimosa and Juicy. CD15 is a blend of barrels that was then aged on “mangos… many, many mangos”.

CD15 pours a very clear pale orange with thin white head that disappeared quickly leaving a small ring and minimal lacing. Aroma was slightly funky with some mango, citrus and wine. Taste was juicy mango, very little brett funk and not a lot of wine barrel but just enough to be noticeable.

Overall this is an excellent beer that has enough complexity to make it interesting but isn’t overwhelming. 
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Alcohol Content: ??% ABV
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Brewers Website: Hill Farmstead
Brewers Description: A blend composed of beers from a diversity of barrels ranging from 16 to 30 months and further aged on organic, hand peeled mangos… many, many mangos, thanks to the able assistance of some great volunteers!

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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
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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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824. Lost Nation Brewing The Wind

Lost Nation The WindI travel to Vermont often and for the past couple of years we have made the trip out for Hill Farmstead’s Festival of Farmhouse Ales a two day trip spending the night in Montpelier on Friday and then heading to Hill on Saturday for the event. Each time we spent a significant amount of time (and money) at Three Penny Taproom eating and drinking some great beer. The highlight of this years trip to Three Penny was The Wind from Lost Nation. Before going to Three Penny I had no idea this beer even existed but after having it I knew I had to find some bottles. Fortunately a few months later Lost Nation released another batch and I made a point to visit the brewery to grab some bottles.

For those that don’t know The Wind is Lost Nation’s Gose dry hopped with Citra and grapefruit added. Their Gose is excellent by itself but add some more hops and grapefruit and it makes it even better. Appearance is a pale yellow with a thick white head that disappeared quickly leaving a small rim around the glass, pretty typical of the gose style. Aroma give you a nice mix of citrus and grapefruit, no real surprise there. The Citra hops are essentially lost in the flavor leaving a tasty gose with plenty of grapefruit. Carbonation is low but seems intentional.

This beer is every bit as refreshing as the original Gose and bit more flavorful with the grapefruit coming through nicely. Excellent beer and if someone out there happens to have the Brett version of this beer let me know as I would really like to try it.
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Alcohol Content: ??% ABV
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Brewers Website: Lost Nation Brewing
Brewers Description: Introducing our latest bottled beer, The Wind. The Wind is our classic Gose dry hopped with Citra hops and grapefruit. Some of you may have had this beer in the past as a cask beer. Well we liked it so much that we figured out how to bottle it.

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823. Enlightenment Ales Illumination

Enlightenment Ales IlluminationThe Belgian IPA or Hoppy Saison is not a style I drink a lot. I like IPAs and drink a lot of them and I like saisons but rarely do the styles mix and create something worthwhile. Hugh Malone from Allagash may be the only memorable beer within the style and this year’s Hugh Malone was even better than the one reviewed above. I got this bottle from a friend and decided to give it a shot.

Illumination pours a very bright and clean copper color with a very thick soapy white head. Aroma was an interesting mix of floral hops, saison yeast and a bit funky. The hops are there in the aroma but they really shine in the flavor with a big blast of citrus and floral hops to start. When I say big I mean big relative to the style, there is enough there to satisfy an IPA drinker but you won’t be overwhelmed by hops. Finish turns more towards that traditional saison with some spice and yeast coming through and a very mild bitterness.

Overall a very interesting and complex beer from Enlightenment Ales and one of the best of the style that I have tried.
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Alcohol Content: 6.8% ABV
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Brewers Website: Enlightenment Ales
Brewers Description: Illumination is a beer inspired by two of my favorite brewing traditions: the rustic farmhouse ales of Belgium and the generously hopped IPA’s of America’s West Coast. Born from a grist of barley, wheat and rye, and fermented with a blend of infamously expressive farmhouse ale yeasts, Illumination begins its life as a classic Saison, only to be transformed into something unique through robust additions of American dry hops. The result is a beer with an intensely tropical aroma, a juicy, citrus flavor, and a dry, crisp bitterness. While this beer may not provide immediate illumination to the mysteries of life, it’s sure to at least brighten the corners.

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784. Frost Beer Works Another VT IPA

Frost beer Works Another VT IPAFirst beer from Frost Beer Works in Hinesburg, Vermont. Have not made it to the brewery yet but that will change the end of the month as I have a 3-day conference in the area and I should have time to stop by and check out the space. In the meantime I traded some Maine beers for some Vermont beers on a recent trip to Hill Farmstead. I like the simple label design and naming structure of Frost Beer Works line up.

Deep amber color with a thin white head. Carbonation seemed light and the head disappeared relatively quickly for an IPA. Aroma was mild but pleasant with a mix of tropical fruit and a nice sweetness. Taste is bitter up front followed by the tropical fruits and a sweet malt finish. Odd to have the bitterness on the front end but it worked.

Overall this is a very well balanced, refreshing IPA from Frost Beer Works. This was one of the first round of beers released so it may improve as they get things dialed in a bit more.
Pros: Well balanced
Cons: Light on carbonation, might be intentional 
Alcohol Content: 7.0% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 70
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Brewers Website: Frost Beer Works
Brewers Description: a balanced, aromatic IPA with six malts, a Mosaic/Citra dry hop, and the signature of VT’s ale yeast. Citrus and tropical fruit aromas from hops complement malt smoothness and nuanced yeast complexity to create a flavor that encourages having another sip.

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