Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Trillium Double Dry Hopped Sleeper Street IPA

The Stats
Style: American IPA
ABV: 7.20%
Current Ratings...
- Beer Advocate: 4.47/5
- RateBeer: 3.78/5

Trillium is known for making some of the hoppiest beers in New England. If you look at a list of their offerings, it seems like most of their IPA's have a version that is dry-hopped, double dry-hopped, or dry-hopped with multiple hop variations. So, Sleeper St IPA got the same treatment with today's Double Dry Hopped Sleeper St.

Pours a hazy dark yellow with a generous two and a half fingers of white head.

Dank hops on the nose with an interesting fresh-cut cedar aroma and hints of peach and mango.

The taste has a lot more complexity than an already diverse aroma. Bitter, earthy hops up front followed by that cedar from the nose. A good sign of a true East Coast IPA is the presence of pine and spruce and this is no different. At the middle of the mouth the pine picks up momentum and even shows flashes of mint. Not much in the way of fruit, but the finish does have some acidic grapefruit to it.

In terms of mouthfeel, this is quite soft and fluffy. Medium-bodied with good carbonation. No alcohol presence whatsoever.

I really enjoyed the flavors in this beer. The combination of pine, cedar, and dank hops made for a diverse palate. Drinkability was sky-high thanks to a creamy mouthfeel and just an all-around delicious array of flavors. I can't remember the last time I had an IPA that brought together prominent pine and cedar, but it really does work in this case.


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