I’ve been hitting up Trillium a lot lately, but still felt the need to head on out and pick up their latest special release last Friday. Motivating factors were these two breweries previously joined forces to create one of my top three Trillium collaboration beers and that it was an absolutely beautiful day to go for a walk when this came out.
Beer Name: Two Hundred Thousand Trillion
Brewery: Trillium Brewing Company (Boston/Canton, MA) and Other Half Brewing Company (Brooklyn, NY)
Style: Double IPA
Description: Another collaboration between two popular East Coast breweries, this double IPA was aged on peach, apricots, and guava. As usual, Trillium has more of the specs here on their website.
Appearance: Golden/straw yellow colored body. Lots of cloudy haze underneath a lively white head that was very quick to fizz away.
Smell: Mild tropical fruits followed by a rush of bitter resin.
Taste: Light to moderate fruit upfront; perhaps best described as a combination of peach, apricot, mango, and pineapple. A light, crackery malt came through about mid sip. The finish was bitter, slightly spicy, and featured a slightly tangy reappearance of the opening fruits.
Mouthfeel: Medium, fluffy body with perhaps just a touch more carbonation than I was expecting.
Hype: Huge! The release was announced on Twitter about 10 before the brewery opened. Working downtown, I arrived about 10 minutes after opening and still got stuck with a 10-15 minute wait. By the time I got out with my cans there was a line down the block. Honestly, if I didn’t get there when I did I would have bailed. As usual, the brewery staff did a great job moving people along but there were also a lot of people in line loading up on everything which slowed the process down.
Overall: I like this beer a lot. It walked an immensely satisfying line between mellow fruit and harsh bitterness and successfully offered the best of both worlds. This was another collaboration that came out a bit different than your typical “New England (D)IPA” and I really appreciated the variety. Trillium and Other Half seem to work very well together.