Last Saturday I was planning on waking up early and brewing a batch of beer. Wasn’t expecting to be up at 6 am but when you have 2 insane dogs you get used to it. Half way through the brew day my buddy Lance gave me a call and asked if he could swing by after he left the local home brewing store to talk about the recipe he was putting together. Unbeknownst to me he was bringing a bottle of beer with him that I will be telling you all about today.
After a few minutes of discussing the recipe for his batch of beer he said “I almost forgot I brought you a gift.” That gift was a beautiful bottle of Trillium Brewing Companies Congress Street IPA straight from the brewery located in Boston, Massachusetts.
As excited as I was to enjoy it, I decided to wait for the right time to crack it open. Although I didn’t want to wait too long because an IPA like this need to be enjoyed as fresh as possible. I never knew it would be as tough as it was seeing it sitting in my fridge, but I managed to wait a few days before taking it to my friend Jim’s restaurant Shango Bistro and Wine Bar. It’s a place we frequent and my home base for this blog.
Let me say it was well worth the wait!
Trillium Brewing Congress Street IPA
It pours a very hazy golden yellow color with a thick white head that sticks around for some beautiful lacing. Aroma is absolutely amazing. The first thing I picked up on was the thick smell of tropical fruits. A lot of them! As the temperature of the beer warmed more of that fantastic aroma shined through. Fresh oranges, orange rind, pineapple, grapefruit, melon, a touch of peaches and just the slightest hint of pine. So much going on but so perfectly blended together. The taste was very dry, very clean, and a little tart. Fresh oranges almost juice like, grapefruit and pineapple were the most predominant flavors I picked up on. They stuck around on my palate between each sip.
This beer was everything I thought it would be, and more. No doubt in my mind that when I have a free weekend I will make the trip to Boston to try the rest of their line beer line up. As my wife said when she finished her glass, “I wish I could go back in time and drink it all over again.”