Friday, February 9, 2018

Trillium Fort Point Pale Ale

The Stats
Style: American Pale Ale
ABV: 6.6%
Current Ratings...
- Untappd: 4.26/5
- Beer Advocate: 4.46/5
- RateBeer: 4.04/5

"Our signature American pale ale balances light, crisp, malt character with an abundance of hop-derived aromatics and flavors from the use of Citra and Columbus. The fragrant nose is fresh citrus, tropical fruit, and peach. Bold flavors of pineapple and mango mix with dank notes of zesty citrus and fresh pine needles. With the smooth mouthfeel, gentle bitterness, and dry finish, Fort Point is our standard daily-drinker."

Can you believe with all of the Trillium beers I have reviewed I have never reviewed the standard Fort Point Pale Ale? I've had it on countless occasions, but never sat down to do an official review. Here's to making up for lost time.

Pours a hazy light orange with a murky body and two fingers of white head.

It pretty much smells like fresh-squeezed orange juice. Wave after wave of acidic citrus and bitter hop juice with some notes of pine, orange rind, and lemon zest.

Much like the nose, this is swimming in a mound of orange juice and bitter hop juice. It's hard to believe that this is a pale ale rather and an IPA because the amount of flavor in here so intense, especially the bitterness. The citrus gets a bit sweeter on the taste as I am reminded of tangerines with some mango thrown in for good measure. That bitterness can't be ignored as it acts as an exclamation point at the end of every burst of citrus. The bitter flavor is also what lingers the most in the aftertaste and keeps growing in intensity with each fading moment.

Mouthfeel is full, fluffy, and soft. Drinkability is through the roof with the overload of citrus, smooth texture, and comfortable mouthfeel.

Fort Point Pale Ale is a money shot of Citra hops with superb bitter hop juices. The amount of flavor packed into this pale ale easily outshines any standard IPA trying to accomplish the same. A four-pack of this could easily be destroyed and FPPA is one of the best pale ales being brewed today. There are many variants on this beer, but thanks to the Citra hops, this one is one of my personal favorites.


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