Trillium El Dorado Cutting Tiles IPA June 14, 2017

Trillium Brewing Company, Canton, MA
Trillium Brewing Company, Canton, MA
Trillium Brewing Company, Canton, MA

Trillium Brewing Road Trip, June 14, 2017
El Dorado Cutting Tiles

Tasting: June 15, 2017
Style: Imperial IPA
Beer #: 1,077
ABV:8.5%

El Dorado Cutting Tiles

Cutting Tiles was once known as Artaic. A quick Google search on the term “Artaic” leads mostly to a Boston-based company that specializes in custom mosaic tiles. I’m not sure if there were any legal issues that prompted the name change. My guess is that the beer started as a Mosaic single hop beer and simply that Trillium started creating alternate hop versions like Galaxy and El Dorado. If anyone finds differently, I’d appreciate your insight.

If you go…Trillium Canton

The Trillium facility in Canton is a craft beer lover’s dream. While many breweries have restrictive limitations, you are limited here by your own wallet. There are typically six to ten offerings and many have up to one case limits. The day we were there, there were ten.

If you go…parking

No real issue with parking. The lot has plenty of come and go traffic. If you travel here on the weekend, they may ask that you park in their overflow parking lot at 50 Hudson Street (just up the road 100 yards).

El Dorado Cutting Tiles

Can I just leave this review of El Dorado Cutting Tiles as, “Wow!”. Brewed with wildflower honey. Flavor bursts with juicy sweet pineapple and an undercurrent of tart pear. El Dorado Cutting Tiles may be the best IPA I’ve had to date. Easily 97 points.

Visit the Trillium Brewing website for more details

Here are a couple of other Trillium beers from our road trip (previously reviewed):

Read my thoughts on Double-Dry Hopped Fort Point – 97 points

Read my thoughts on Double Dry Hopped Melcher Street – 93 points

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Mosaic Dry-Hopped Fort Point by Trillium Brewing

Mosaic Dry-Hopped Fort Point Pale Ale by Trillium Brewing

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Tasting: July 23, 2015
Style: Pale Ale
Beer # 993
ABV: 6.6%

Mosaic Dry-Hopped Fort Point

Another high reputation IPA in my hands? This must be my own summer of love. This time, a four pack comes my way by way of a friend that went north on his way to see Phish. My own supply from my June trip to Trillium’s Canton, MA location has dwindled to a single bottle of Heavy Mettle. A four pack of cans was a welcome sight and I’m thankful to be popping one open.

Days after we visited Canton, Trillium announced that all of their hop-forward beers would be packaged in cans. Since I am a can collector, I wanted to turn right around and go buy more. I like cans for more than the esthetics. There’s the obvious light elimination for hoppy beer and quick chilling aluminum. In Trillium’s case because it offers some additional value. If you do the math, two 25-ounce bottles of their Fort Point Pale Ale would sell for $16.10 while a four-pack of 16 ounce cans is now selling for $15.20. That’s 50-ounces in two bottles versus 64-ounces in four cans.

This beer has some cat pee qualities. You’d probably assume that I dumped the beer down the drain. I’m confident that the brewer didn’t use cat pee in the recipe but I know that certain hops like Citra, Nelson Sauvin, Mosaic and Simcoe are the usual cat pee hop culprits. The result is a pungent and a little acrid aroma. At first, the hops come across as a tart pear.

In conclusion, another Fort Point winner – 97 points.

My thoughts on other Fort Point variants:

Fort Point Pale Ale – 96 points

Double Dry-Hopped Fort Point – 97 Points

Galaxy Dry-Hopped Fort Point – 97 points

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Trillium Road Trip, June 16, 2016

Trillium Brewing Company sign, Canton, MA

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Trillium was our second stop of the road trip and we arrived at their Canton location right on schedule. Funny, the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp tour bus was parked in front but we didn’t ask any questions. We were on a mission.

1. Night Shift Brewing in Everett, MA by 11:30,
2. Trillium in Canton, MA by 12:30,
3. Jack’s Abbey in Framingham, MA by 2:30
4. Treehouse in Monson, MA by 3:30
5. New England Brewing in Woodbridge, CT by 7:00.

We were off to the new tasting room open. The tasting room offers 5 ounce or 10 ounce pours with a maximum of 20 ounces. They stamp a card to keep track of your allotment. A 5 ounce of Dialed In convinced me to up my purchase to six bottles and my 5 ounce pour of Galaxy Fort Point Pale Ale convinced me that I have good taste in beer. One minor disappointment was that Artaic was listed on the draft list but was long gone. Next time.

Trillium Brewing Road Trip June, 2016

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The lineup of beer available was exceptional. The photo looks like the Mount Rushmore of Trillium offerings. Double Dry-Hopped Congress Street currently ranks a perfect score on Beer Advocate and checks in at #35 on the Beer Advocate Top 250 beer ranking. Meanwhile Galaxy Dry Hopped Fort Point also has a perfect score and currently ranks # 44 on the same list. I’ll also note: Heavy Mettle # 112, Vicinity # 150, Dialed In # 202. It’s an all-star list and I’m happy to have a combined two cases to take me through July.

Double Dry-Hopped Congress Street
Tasting: June 29, 2016
Style: American IPA
Beer # 974
ABV:7.2%

A tropical aroma fills the room (or at least the general vicinity) when I pour this cloudy IPA into my snifter. It really looks like orange juice. Right out of the gate is that trademarked Trillium pillowy soft mouthfeel with loads of complexity. There’s tropical fruit sweetness of mango and pineapple, mellow bitter of an orange rind with some grassiness. It all rounds out to a crisp finish. Amazing beer 97 points.

From the brewery:
MALT: American 2-row Barley, White Wheat, C-15, Dextrine, Dextrose
HOPS: Galaxy, Columbus

read my thoughts on the base beer Congress Street – 95 Points

Heavy Mettle
Tasting: June 30, 2016
Style: Imperial (plus) IPA
Beer # 975
ABV:9.3%

I have been looking forward to the day when I could crack open this beer. Over the last couple of years, the trade market was dry and as recently as the morning of our road trip, Heavy Mettle was was still listed on the “coming soon” list at the brewery. Seeing it available was very exciting.

Mettle is already an imperial IPA with an ABV of 8.4% so seeing it kicked up to 9.3% in Heavy Mettle peaked my interest. Same opaque cloudy pour and bursting aroma. Really dank raw green, smokey, pot-like and a really nice tart-pineapple sweetness to carry the load. As usual has wonderful fullness. Booziness is well-concealed. Actually, not hint of it at all. Not sure how many more superlatives I can heap on Trillium. 96 points.

read my thoughts on Mettle – 94 points

Dialed-In
Tasting: June 18, 2016
Style: Double IPA
Beer # 976
ABV: 8.5%

It’s just a broken record with me telling you about the awesomeness of this brewery. Dialed-In was their third anniversary offering released earlier this year and this version contains some tweaks to the recipe. As far as I can tell, they’ve substituted Sauvignon Blanc grape juice with Chardonnay grape juice and Galaxy hops in place of another New Zealand hop – Nelson Sauvin. Here’s the description of Dialed-In from the brewery’s website:

This iteration of Dialed In is a fresh, juicy Double IPA intensively dry hopped with Galaxy and Citra. Pouring a vibrant, hazy gold; aromas of white wine, tropical fruit, and citrus swirl around the nose. Upfront flavors of grassy hop, orange juice, and pineapple coincide with vinous notes from the mid-fermentation addition of Chardonnay and Gewurztraminer juice. Soft and creamy with moderate bitterness; Medium-Light bodied with a crisp, dry finish.

Love the idea of wine grape addition and loved the sample in the tasting room enough to up my purchase from 4 bottles to 6. Right up front, pillowy, pithy orange rind, not as much juiciness as other offerings. The white wine takes over mid-palate and it rounds to more of a crip wine finish. 93 points.

This image is from my photo archive. I just can’t get over what beautiful beer comes from Trillium.

Double Dry-Hopped Fort Point Ale by Trillium Brewing

© 2015 popsonhops DDH Fort Point

I’ve previously reviewed Galaxy Dry Hopped Fort Point Pale Ale and Vicinity previously. Read my thoughts here:
Trillium Galaxy Dry Hopped Fort Point – 97 Points
Trillium Vicinity – 96 Points

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Tree House Brewing Company, Monson, MA.

February 25, 2016

I’ve been waiting to take this road trip to Trillium and Tree House for some time now. My friend Mike and I got off at 8:30 a.m. and we arrived at Trillium’s Canton facility just before noon. We had a quick couple samples and at least a few quiet moments to plan our purchase. Just a smattering of customers. Between the two of us, we lugged about seven cases back to the car and packed them on ice. After a lunch break at Smash Burger, we were on our way westward to Tree House in Monson, MA. The trip was about an hour and a half from Canton and I’d say we pulled into the lot at about 3:30 p.m. for what was supposed to be a 5:00 p.m. opening.

Tree House Brewing, Monson, Massachusetts

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Parking is in a few different lots and the brewery has a couple of employees that will point you in the right direction. What was a nice day turned raw, rainy and cold. The anticipation was enough to keep me from complaining.

Shortly before opening, the Tree House staff will pass out growler order cards and an availability sheet (and yes – pencils were available). As you can see the cards are numbered in order and that will come in handy later. My advice is to check their website for the latest growler fill limits so your expectations are in order. Don’t flip out that you can’t buy 4 growlers of one beer. They sell it as fast as they make it and they want to make sure that everyone walks away with something. One more thing, they only fill their own growlers (apparently its a state law). I brought a couple Mike had gotten me on an earlier trip. They will collect the cards once they think the initial line has had a chance to fill out. Again, not a concern as the cards are numbered.

Tree House Brewing Order Card

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We were surprised when they opened for sales earlier than expected. I guess they felt pity for us cold and wet wretches. One tip, as you get close to the brewery door, you’ll be asked to keep the single entry/exit door clear. Don’t crowd in, apparently, it’s an ongoing issue.

Your first line is the cans purchase line and they will assume that you want the maximum number of cans. As you can see from the photo below, the can line offers a great view right onto the brewery floor. Today’s limit was three each of Sap, Julius and Doppelgänger. Once you pay for your cans (cash or credit) you’ll need to wait for your growler fill order to come up. They will call your number “deli-style” on a tote board. They seem to pre-fill growlers as they had already gone through the first fifty-five orders when I stepped off the can line. Really an efficient process.

Tree House Brewing Company

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We were in line by 3:30 and out the door and on our way home by 4:45 – it’s a well-oiled process. Staff was amazingly cheerful, friendly and fun. An outstanding experience. We pulled into my driveway about 12 hours after our journey began.

In retrospect, we could have added New England Brewing on the way home. I was kind of bummed when I learned the next day that they had released Fuzzy Baby Ducks as we drove past the brewery just off the Merritt Parkway. The disappointment was short-lived as we certainly went home with more than a consolation prize. It was a very good beer day.

Tree House Brewing : Julius, Sap and Doppelgänger

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Sap
Tasting: March 1, 2016
Style: American IPA
Beer #: 911
ABV: 7.3%

Certainly not the juice bomb that one might expect from a Tree House IPA but Sap is no slouch in the flavor department. I like that they made something easily unique and identifiable. Sap has lots of grapefruit, juniper and assaulting bitterness. Puckery and dry finish and a pillowy mouthfeel. If you like your IPA scale tipped in favor of bitterness over sweetness – this is your beer. I enjoyed Sap – 93 points. Can was stamped 2/23/16 – 7 days old.

Doppelgänger
Tasting: March 8, 2016
Style: Imperial IPA
Beer #: 912
ABV: 8.2%

A Doppelgänger is a double of a living person…like if native of China said they were one in a million, they would have a thousand doppelgängers. If this Doppelgänger is a copy of another beer – then I want to find that beer. This may be the best of the three beers pictured above. Dank, resinous, smokey, sharp bitterness, juicy. 97 points.

I’ve had Julius before check out my thoughts here:
Julius – 96 Points

Double Shot
Tasting: February 26, 2016
Style: Imperial Stout
Beer #: 913
ABV: 7.6%

A couple of months ago, I had the opportunity to try Tree House Brewing’s Double Shot Gracenote Kenya
Double Shot Gracenote Kenya Irati- 94 Points
This time around, it is just the “regular” double shot. Massively decadent and smooth with espresso, chocolate and vanilla. Double Shot is certainly not run over by roasted grain bitterness found in other stouts. In retrospect, I think I may have short-changed the Gracenote Kenya Irati – but I won’t make the same mistake. Double Note is a solid 95 points in my book.

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