Monday, June 6, 2016
Trillium Tiny Chicken
Style: American Pale Ale
- Beer Advocate: 4.34/5
- RateBeer: 4.02/5
"With the New England summer fast approaching we release Tiny Chicken, another edition in our Small Bird Series of lower ABV, hazy pale ales. Deceivingly diminutive in name, Tiny Chicken packs a hoppy punch with a powerful combination of Galaxy and Amarillo. Engaging aromatics pop with notes of bright citrus and peach, while flavors of tropical fruit, melon, and orange sweep over the palate in refreshing waves. Finishing crisp and dry with slight earthy/spicy grain character from the use of locally malted wheat and Danko rye."
Pours a hazy, glowing orange with three fingers of fluffy white head that stuck around forever.
It smells like ripe peaches and sherbet with some orange and mango. There's nothing dank or earthy about this one as it is all juice.
A nice, dank pop of Galaxy hops hit me first on the taste. From there it just gets juicer with peach, mango and ripe melon. When it hits the middle of my tongue, the weed-like dank qualities come back in full force with just enough sweetness to balance it all out. While not earthy on the nose, I do get some grassy notes as this warms up and even some floral hop flavors. An overall hop oil taste blankets the palate in a good way and is present from start to finish.
Mouthfeel is full-bodied and feels bigger than a 5.6% pale ale. It feels like a 7-7.5% IPA and the array of fruit flavors make for high drinkability.
Tiny Chicken has delivered as a hop-forward, flavor-packed pale ale. You might mistake this for a sizeable IPA if blindfolded, but you don't need any form of sensory deprivation to enjoy the hell out of this one. I'm looking forward to the other small batch pale ales in this series if they are as good as Tiny Chicken.