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.
Beer Name: Permutation Series: Idaho 7
Brewer: Trillium Brewing Company
Style: Pale Ale
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.