Fort Point by Trillium
Tasting: August 4, 2015
Style: Pale Ale
Beer #: 781
My friend Mike summed up this past week simply – “it was a good beer week”.
Yes, indeed it was.
If timing is everything, this past week gave us both ends of the spectrum. One friend was in Vermont and after collecting a supply of Heady Topper and Sip of Sunshine – he texted me from Fiddlehead Brewing Company. “What do you want?” read the text. Immediately, I shot back two names – Mastermind – 95 points and Second Fiddle – 95 points. A few minutes later another text “Mastermind comes out next week and no Second Fiddle”. His timing might have been off – but he did bring me back some of the other aforementioned goodies.
Meanwhile, another friend drove from New Jersey on Saturday morning to catch a 1:30 Red Sox game. Because of the traffic on Route 95 he only had about fifteen minutes to spare at the Trillium Brewery. I know they posted that they had some Fort Point bottles a couple of days earlier but I was waiting for the further announcement that possibly Double Dry Hopped Fort Point or Congress Street IPA would be available as well. Wouldn’t you know it – they tweeted that both were available just minutes before he arrived. He put them on ice, didn’t miss a pitch and we popped open a bottle of the Double Dry Hopped Fort Point on Sunday night.
If you aren’t familiar with Trillium, they are a first-class brewery that operates in the Fort Point Channel neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. They are garnering critical acclaim and quite the buzz in the beer trading community. Trillium creates a number of world class IPA’s and pale ales including Galaxy Dry Hopped Fort Point – 97 points.
Fort Point is made with American two-row, dextrine malt and wheat and hopped with citra and columbus hops. Pours an opaque bright orangey-yellow. What an amazing aroma. Beautiful and mellow citrus rind bitterness layered over lemongrass, mango some caramel and black pepper. Really massive flavor for a pale ale and very drinkable. Wonderful mouthfeel. Another absolute gem from this two-year old brewery. I’ll put Fort Point at 96 points. Wow. Can’t wait to try the Congress Street IPA and another Double Dry-Hopped Fort Point. I can’t wait to see what else is coming from this brewery.