The slow but steady return of spring-like weather has made me more willing to go for lunchtime walks at work again. In need of a destination, I decided to take a peak at what Trillium had to offer last Friday and pretty quickly made up my mind as to where I was going.
Beer Name: Black Mettle
Brewery: Trillium Brewing Company (Boston, MA/Canton, MA)
Style: Black Double IPA
Description: A darker, roastier variant of the brewery’s popular Mettle double IPA. You can read up on the full story and brewing specs here on Trillium’s website. Price point was $20.20 a four-pack (or $5.05 per individual can).
Appearance: Thick black body topped by a foamy tan head.
Smell: Sweet upfront, with citrus notes eventually backed by pine resin and roasted malt.
Taste: Started out slightly creamy with notes of bittersweet dark chocolate that gradually blended into a more citrusy sweetness highlighted by notes of grapefruit. From there it transitioned towards roasted malts and coffee and brought on a moderate bitterness of pine resin and floral hops. The finish was quite dry and nicely blended all the different flavors.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, super dry finish with moderate carbonation
Hype: Perhaps a bit elevated as all things Trillium tend to be, but despite being a new addition this wasn’t a beer that had people lining up down the street.
Overall: An absolutely delicious black IPA with an excellent assortment and blending of flavors. Definitely check this one out if you’re able.