Tasting: December 23, 2015
Beer #: 876
I assume Scaled as in “scaled up”. Use it in a sentence? Okay: With the opening of Trillium’s new facility in Canton, Massachusetts, the brewery has scaled up their output. While I’m hopeful that Trillium’s output would increase to the point where we might see distribution trickle to surrounding states (hint, hint, New York – maybe New Jersey). I have my doubts the two-year old company has reached that point in their evolution but then again, they may not have reached brewing capacity at their new facility. I cannot see having their type o demand and then building a brewery that would not ultimately allow for higher output.
Trillium’s website notes that Scaled IPA was the first IPA brewed and packaged their new facility. This squealer comes from their Fort Point location courtesy of a friend’s trek a few days ago. I’ll also note that there is a different beer from Trillium called Scaled Up IPA but that one checks in with an 8.0% ABV.
Trillium themselves describe Scaled IPA as a blast of citrus zest, pineapple, wet earth, and woody aromatics. The flavor brings a pithy bitterness and just a touch of toasted malt. Medium bodied with a dry, minerally finish.
By comparison to some of Trillium’s juice bombs, Scaled IPA is a scaled down version of these behemoths. Double entendre – well played Trillium, well played. I’ll make the comparison of Focal Banger is to Heady Topper. Same flavor profiles but in an elegantly lighter presentation. In my taste experience, I certainly did get the citrus rind and pithy (concise or concentrated) bitterness. Once you get your head and tastebuds around the fact that Scaled IPA isn’t the titan IPA most associated with Trillium, you’ll be in for a terrific experience – 93 points.