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At work last Friday we continued our semi-official office tradition of picking up a few growlers at Trillium Brewing Company to help close out the week.  We went with an old favorite, their Galaxy Dry-Hopped Fort Point Pale Ale, and a little something new to try out alongside it.  Here’s a look at that something new.

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Beer Name: Permutation Series: Idaho 7

Brewer: Trillium Brewing Company

Style: Pale Ale

ABV: 4.5%

Description: The first installment in Trillium’s new Permutation line of draft-only brews, this was presented as a sessionable pale ale featuring the up and coming Idaho 7 hop.  Some more information about the beer and recipe specs can be found on their website here.  I poured this round from a growler acquired earlier in the day into one of the office pint glasses.

Appearance: The body was pale straw yellow that had the brewery’s distinctive cloudy haze.  Topping it off was a fluffy white head that stuck around through most of the drinking experience.

Smell: Earthy hops with a hint of lemon zest.

Taste: Started out with a light bit of earthy and floral hop bitterness, accompanied by light malts and notes of orange and lemon zest.  It had a grainy, earthy finish that served to blend together the different tastes really well into one refreshing whole.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and on the lighter side with the carbonation.  Very smooth and really easy to drink.

Hype Factor: There’s always a certain amount of excitement around a new Trillium beer, especially one that is part of an experimental series.  The Idaho 7 hop variety has been showing up a lot in these parts lately, and I was very curious to see what Trillium could do with it.

Overall: This was a hit among the Friday beer crew at work.  Refreshing and flavorful, it was the perfect beer for the end of a long work day that also happened to be one of the warmest days of the year so far.  This would be a great beer to drink outside.

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