Unfortunately I missed out on picking up another bottle of Affogato, but all was not lost as I happened upon another unannounced collaboration release. I’ll admit I was slightly hesitant about this after my thoughts on Trillium’s last collaboration with Monkish, but I had a good feeling about this one based on the description.
Beer Name: Dial Up the Seven Digits
Brewery: Trillium Brewing Company (Boston/Canton, MA) and Monkish Brewing Company (Los Angeles, CA)
Style: Double IPA
Description: A double IPA brewed with muscat grape juice, this collaboration is said to be a fusion of Trillium’s Dialed In (a beer I like very much) and Monkish’s Dial the Seven Digits (a brew with which I am unfamiliar). You can read up on the specs here in a lot more detail. Price was $22.20 for a four-pack of tallboys which has consistently been the high water mark for Trillium cans.
Appearance: Really cool looking body on this; super hazy with an almost glowing pale yellow color. A thin white head formed on the pour but bubbled away pretty quickly.
Smell: Tropical fruits atop a dank pine cone bitterness.
Taste: Mellow blend of tropical fruits upfront, though I picked up mainly upon pineapple, mango, and a bit of peach. These were followed by an assertive bitterness that was a blend of dank pine resin and earthy hops. The grape juice came through almost at the finish, cutting into the bitterness right on the verge of it peaking, giving the beer a smoother finish than it would have had otherwise.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, a bit creamy on the end beneath a slightly more than moderate level of carbonation.
Hype: People seemed to be a bit more excited about this release than they were for the one on Tuesday. This time there was a small line when I arrived at the brewery, despite the short notice about the release. There was also some dude walking down Congress Street making trades for extra cans, so there’s that to consider as well.
Overall: A very good beer and definitely one that made up for any lingering disappointment about the last collaboration between these two popular breweries. The addition of grape juice really set this apart from your typical hazy, juicy New England DIPA and brought the beer to a really enjoyable finish. I can’t speak to the Monkish side of this, but any fans of Trillium’s Dialed In brews should definitely give this a try if they can. On a side note, as someone who works near Fort Point, I am a huge fan of how the last two special releases have been handled. Minimal lines and no advanced consumer frenzy really made getting these beers so much less of a hassle.