One of the nice things about working in Downtown Boston is being in close proximity to the Fort Point location of Trillium Brewing Company. In the office we have a semi-regular policy of drinking a few beers at the end of the day on Fridays to help reflect upon the week that was and look forward to the weekend. What this usually means is that one of us takes the three-quarter mile walk to the brewery to get some growler fills. Yesterday was my day and I brought back some goodies.
The first beverage of the afternoon was called Secret Stairs, described on the brewery’s website as a 6.5% “Boston” Stout. It poured about the way you would expect it to, black bodied with a fluffy tan head. The head eventually dissipated but remnants of it stayed around the top edges of the beer throughout. It had a nice slightly roasted dark malt smell, but the taste was where this one really excelled. The beer was rather flavorful without ever coming on too strong with any of the components. Upfront it offered a hint of sweetness and lightly roasted malts. The roast peaked in the middle with just the right amount to show itself. The finish was a subtle mix of sweet malts, roasted malts, and just a bit of cacao. There was a nice silky smooth, creamy thickness to the beer that suited it perfectly and kept everything together. Excellent beer, and at $8 for 32 oz. growler a great pickup.
The second beer we tried out was an 8.5% DIPA named Speed Dial. According to the description, they made this as preparation for brewing a third anniversary beer. If this is any indication of what is to come, that anniversary beer is certainly going to be something special. The beer started out with a golden-yellow/orangish hazy body on the pour topped off with a decent fluffy white head. The smell was fruity and juice-like as was the starting taste; I picked up mostly apricots and tropicals for both. On the ending there was a light tropical fruit bitterness that was quite a bit more subdued than I was expecting. Definitely no hop-bomb here. There was also a wheaty, dry aspect to the finish that also took me a bit by surprise. For the mouthfeel, this one was on the thicker side of moderate with a nice fluffy and creamy aspects. Overall, while this might not have been your typical super hoppy DIPA, it was quite good. $13 got us a 32 oz. growler fill.
And that about wraps up that session. Seeing as we actually had work to do as well, we weren’t about to go opening up anything else. Cheers!