Melcher Street: Part of Trillium’s Street series – I’m always curious about the origin of street names. I’m making an assumption, but I believe the Boston street is named for Frederic Gershom Melcher (April 12, 1879 – March 9, 1963). Melcher was an American publisher raised in the suburbs of Boston. He was named one of the most important one-hundred leaders in the library science field of the twentieth century.
Sleeper Street: There were a number of distinguished Sleepers from Boston. From youngest to eldest: Henry Davis Sleeper (1878-1934) was a nationally-noted antiquarian, collector, and interior decorator. Henry’s father was Major Jacob Henry Sleeper, a distinguished Civil War veteran. Lastly, Henry Sleeper’s grandfather was Jacob Sleeper, one of the founders of Boston University.
Tasting: December 26, 2015
Style: Imperial IPA
Beer #: 880
On occasion, one of our cats will forego the litter box and pee on a throw rug. I guess that’s why they call it a throw rug because we’ve thrown a few of them away. My wife’s nose is well-conditioned to zero in on these destructive accidents. A few minutes ago, she was certain that she got a whiff of cat pee and she began inspecting the area around my chair. She ultimately came to the conclusion that the aroma of my beer was the source of the cat pee aroma. While I don’t think it comes across as a compliment to my choice in beverage, I understand the comparison. Cat pee is acrid and the same can be said for some strong aromatic IPA’s. I also recall it being used as a descriptor in white wine. Certain hops like Citra, Nelson Sauvin, Mosaic and Simcoe are reported as noted culprits. Maybe they are on to something as it seems Melcher Street features Mosaic hops.
Anyway, I didn’t find it offensive as the flavor is succinct with citrus rind – grapefruit in particular. After that pithy punch of grapefruit, Trillium’s trademark soft and mellow undertones sweep in to balance out the experience. Digging deeper, I get peach and some grassiness. Not a juice bomb – but certainly juicy enough. I’ll put Melcher Street at 93 points.
Tasting: December 27, 2015
Style: Imperial IPA
Beer #: 881
I noticed that Sleeper Street and Melcher Street have the identical 7.2% ABV. A little poking around and I see that Trillium utilizes the same base grain profile in their “street” series of beers. Sleeper Street utilizes El Dorado and Columbus hops and my wife’s cat pee radar was not triggered.
When compared to Melcher Street, Sleeper Street certainly has that same “pillowy soft” quality but it certainly has a bit more fruit punch sweetness under a throttled back citrus and pine. I think when push comes to shove, I would put Sleeper Street one hair ahead of Melcher Street but the same 93 points. But when comparing Trillium, it’s really all about splitting hairs. Probably the finest quality from top to bottom.
Other Beer from Trillium’s street series: Trillium Congress Street – 95 points
Not entered: A Street, Summer Street and Green Street