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This next offering breaks up my theme of session beers, but it came out the same day I went to pick up the Skimpy Sparrow cans and I couldn’t resist getting it as well.  I’d missed out on this beer during its previous releases, so I took advantage of the fortunate timing.

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Beer Name: Scaled Up

Brewer: Trillium Brewing Company

Style: Double IPA

ABV: 8.0%

Description: According the company website, this was the first recipe produced at Trillium’s new facility in Canton, MA.  It features four types of hops, including the Galaxy variety they consistently put to such good use.  You can read up on more the beer’s specs by following the link.  A four-pack cost me $20.20, which is at the high-end of their canned offerings but in line with the rest of the brewery’s prices.

Appearance: The beer had a golden/light amber colored body with the hazy opacity typical of the brewery’s hop-forward offerings.  Topping it off was roughly a finger of fluffy white foam.

Smell: Sweet tropical fruits with just a hint of hops.

Taste: Fruit juice all the way through, primarily a sweet blend of orange, peach, and pineapple.  The sweetness upfront was mixed with light bready malts and had a piney, spicy hop bitterness coming at the very end of the beer and in the aftertaste.  Fairly moderate at first, this bitterness became increasingly aggressive as the beer went on.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus fluffy body with a slightly less than moderate amount of carbonation.  It felt a bit heavier on the finish where the beer took on a dry, sticky character.

Hype Factor: Not really hype, just high expectations.

Overall: Very good beer, right inline with my high expectations from this brewery.  I’d personally rate some of their other brews slightly ahead of this one, but it is definitely worth trying if you the chance.  It is certainly recommended.

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