My cooler had room for one more 4-pack. Since we were there at Trillium, why not go back in for a variety of single cans? My selections? Scaled – 93 points, Secret Stairs (review to come) and two selections from Trillium Small Bird Series: Pocket Pigeon and Tiny Chicken. While the names in the series suggest diminutive ales, it refers to the lower ABV in each offering.
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Tiny Chicken Tasting: July 23, 2017 Style: Pale Ale Beer # 1,082 ABV: 5.6%
Tiny Chicken pecks away at your palette with a sturdy and hoppy punch. Made with a combination of Galaxy and Amarillo hops and out of the gate, it pops with bright citrus and a wisp of tropical fruit. In typical Trillium fashion, Tiny Chicken is soft around the edges and pithy. This beer does not offer much in the way of a base but that’s not its purpose. It’s a lawnmower beer meant for a summer’s day and a pretty good one at that – 90 points.
Pocket Pigeon Tasting: July 26, 2017 Style: Pale Ale Beer # 1,083 ABV: 5.4%
Pocket Pidgeon is made with Mosaic, Galaxy, and Columbus hops. Pours a hazy and golden color with a fresh juicy aroma. My first impression is that of a grilled pineapple. It’s dank smokey up front with some sweet pineapple. Also has some mellow orange rind and a dash of black tea. Nicely crisp finish. Pocket Pigeon rocks, 93 points. If you call this is a sessionable ale, then this is probably the best one I’ve had.
Amarillo Ninja by Pipeworks was a surprise find at Cable Beverage a couple of weeks ago. I’ll say that the 9.5% ABV does shine through a bit much. It lends an astringent experience. Amarillo Ninja has some very nice tangerine and rind, as well as apricot. Overall – 91 points.
Tropical by Cigar City and Boulevard Tasting: November 23, 2015 Style: Pale Ale Beer #: 861 ABV: 7.2%
Had high hopes for this beer but that faded after the first sip. Yeasty banana was not the tropical fruit I was expecting. Tropical has some grapefruit bitterness on the finish. 84 points. Sorry – on to something else.
The Hop Concept Hop Freshener Series Tropical & Juicy
The Hop Concept is the third brand creation from the people that brew Lost Abbey and Port Brewing offerings. To this point in time, the brewers have created four annual offerings centered around the attributes of IPA. I think they’ve at least created four very solid categories that encapsulate the IPA category.
Our Hop Freshener series simplifies your choice of which beer to enjoy right now. Just read the name and you’ll know exactly what to expect. After all, those dank and piney notes you enjoy so much? That’s really just your nose doing its job, and proof you should trust your senses. Each season, we release a limited edition using different aromatic and flavorful hop combinations to bring out a specific character. Four IPAs, each available just once a year, and all crafted by The Hop Concept, the same team of lifelong brewers behind Port Brewing Company. It’s that simple. Honest, hoppy beers, from the people who know how to make them. So slow down, inhale, and drink fresh.
Sorry, not as juicy or tropical as I’d expect. Not the papaya, pineapple and tangerine combination promised but more of a tangerine dominant brew. It does have the advertised spiciness on the finish in black pepper. A nice imperial IPA – 87 points.
Sit Down Son by Carton Brewing Tasting: November 23, 2015 Style: Dry-Hopped Session Lager Beer #: 863 ABV: 4.0%
Wasn’t expecting this release a couple of weeks ago but I wouldn’t pass on any of Carton’s canned offerings. This one is marked that it was brewed by Smuttynose for Carton. Crisp and hoppy, entirely drinkable. A lager (or bottom fermenting beer) takes away the yeast flavor found in ales leaving you a straight shot of malt and hops. Sit Down Son does exactly that. A nice sessionable beer – 87 points.
Born Yesterday by Lagunitas Tasting: November 1, 2015 Style: Pale Ale Beer #: 864 ABV: 6.5%
About as fresh tasting as a beer can get. Very drinkable and crisp. Tropical flavors over a bread-like malt base. Grassy and some herbal notes. A little thin but overall an excellent pale ale. 94 points.
Modus Hoperandi by Ska Brewing Tasting: November, 26 2015 Style: IPA Beer #: 865 ABV: 6.8%
Bam – dankness in a can. At least out of the gate you get that sticky resin, wet and raw lots of herbal qualities like black tea and caramel. A few sips in and it unravels a little bit. Some astringency and clunky bitterness. All in all the total experience rates 88 points with me.
Mosaic Ninja by Pipeworks Tasting: December 6, 2015 Style: Imperial IPA Beer #: 866 ABV: 10.0%
How about one more from Pipeworks single hop series? This time the featured hop is Mosaic. A favorite aroma hop, this variety is said to import a berry, herbal and citrus aroma and flavor. I certainly get all three in lemon, mango, blueberry and some cannabis smokiness. High alcohol by volume does create a boozy burn. A nice and big imperial IPA – I’ll say 89 points.
Baja Hoodie by Smutlabs Tasting: December 6, 2015 Style: Lager brewed with chilies and agave Beer #: 867 ABV: 7.7%
Nectarine and some undertones of caramel sweetness. Reminds more of a red ale than an IPA. Hop bitterness is awkward in that it doesn’t have any distinguishable characteristic that creates the bitterness – like grapefruit for example. It’s okay – 86 points.