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While it isn’t the Bird Series beer getting all the attention right now, this had the distinct advantage of being the one I could get without having to wait in a long line.  By no means a consolation prize, I was going to pick up some these regardless of what else the brewery had available last week.

Beer Name: Stumpy Duck

Brewery: Trillium Brewing Company (Boston, MA and Canton, MA)

Style: Pale Wheat Ale

ABV: 5.6%

Description: Part of the brewery’s Small Bird Series, this seasonal wheat ale was generously hopped with Columbus, Centennial, and Citra.  More specs are available here on the company website.  Price was $13.20 for a four pack of tall boys.

Appearance: Super hazy orangish-yellow body with half a finger of fluffy white foam

Smell: Sticky sweet tropical fruit mixed with pine sap.

Taste: Juicy tropical fruits upfront blended into a mix of wheat and crackery light malts roughly mid-sip.  I want to say there was also perhaps a hint of yeast lurking underneath as well.  The finish was a moderately bitter mix of grapefruit and a combination of piney, floral, and earthy hops.  Slight bite of hops on the very end.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with just about moderate carbonation for the style.

Hype: Nothing out of the ordinary for this brewery.  The  beer is part of a well-regarded series, but there was a different release taking up all the excitement around the time I picked this up.

Overall: Great beer to sit out on the back deck with.  Although a bit stronger than your typical session brew, the slight dip in ABV is appreciated especially since this packs all flavor of the brewery’s larger offerings.  Don’t pass this, or any of the other Small Birds, up if you see them available.