The first entry from my backlog of posts, I was actually on the fence as to whether or not I wanted to use this review. My wife, however, was adamant that someone needed to warn the people about this brew, so that is what I shall do.
Beer Name: Spectacle Island
Brewery: Trillium Brewing Company (Boston, MA/Canton, MA)
Description: Part of the brewery’s Boston Harbor Island series, this beer is named after one of the most popular destinations on account of its beaches and walking trails. More details are available on the company website, but in brief this juicy IPA was brewed with a blend of Pale, Honey, and Victory malts and hopped with Galaxy. My four was canned on August 7 and consumed with in a week or so if that date.
Appearance: Poured a cloudy, murky brownish-yellow body topped by a wispy white foam.
Smell: Lots of pulpy citrus and tropical fruit upfront with some light malts lurking in the background.
Taste: Fruity and sweet upfront as promised by the smell. Lots of citrus rind and tropical flavors going on. Towards the middle, however, it picked up a gritty, grainy malt/yeast profile that not so pleasantly carried into a hot, earthy bitterness on the end.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Right on par for the style.
Hype: I’d heard some good things about Trillium’s island series, indeed my wife even enjoyed a different one while at the taproom, so I was pretty interested in trying this. It had also been a while since I’d had anything from them.
Overall: Both my wife and I were incredibly disappointed by this one. It had a sandy, gritty quality that gave me the impression that perhaps they took the island inspiration just a bit too literally. This was so prominent that it quickly overtook any hint of sweetness and left the ending something of a hot mess. I know you always have to take these numbers with a grain of salt, but the fact that this rated a 4.13 (out of 5) on Untappd is simply mind-blowing. I know different people have different tastes, but at this point I’m generally able to differentiate a well made beer I don’t like for personal reasons from one that has some pretty significant flaws and this was definitely the latter.