I had some mixed reactions when I saw that Trillium had released Deciduous again. At first I was excited to have another chance to get my hands on a beer I really enjoyed previously. However, when I saw that the recipe was changed from a red ale to a brown ale this time around, I was a little bit apprehensive as I’m generally not that excited about this style. Since I trust the brewery and my boss was buying, it seemed like this was worth a shot anyway.
Beer Name: Deciduous
Brewer: Trillium Brewing Company
Style: Imperial Brown Ale
Description: Brewed to celebrate the arrival of the fall season, this imperial brown ale features a complex mix of malts joining Columbus and Centennial hops. Full description can be found on the brewery website. The 64 oz. growler we split at the office cost $17 and 4 packs of cans were going for $17.20. Poured into one of the only clean glasses I could find that day.
Appearance: The body had a light, tannish brown color reminiscent of iced tea or apple cider. The brew was topped off by thin bubbly off-white head.
Smell: Slight fruity sweetness with lots of piney hops.
Taste: There were three very distinct elements to this beer, each of which had a chance to both stand out on its own and serve a supporting role. The beer started out sweet with orange and citrus notes. It then took on a moderate helping of toasted malts accentuated by a dank, resinous pine sap bitterness. There was a lingering blend of all three tastes at the very end that really captured the best of each aspect.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of bubbly carbonation.
Hype: Elevated. With a decent sized production run this beer has stuck around for a bit, but when Trillium makes something people inevitably want to try it.
Overall: Very good beer. While I think I preferred last year’s red version by a hair, that personal preference should by no means detract from this brew. Although I am not a huge fan of hoppy brown ales in general, I really enjoyed this and might consider it my shining beacon of the style going forward. I thought the sweetness was an excellent touch and brought with it a nice contrast to the toasted malts which I sometimes find overwhelming. The beer a big hit with my coworkers as well, so make sure you try this one out if you have the chance.