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Trillium Itty-Bitty Goose

Brewery: Trillium Brewing Company
Country: USA
ABV: 5%
Style: American Pale Ale
Other Notes: Small Bird Series. Malts – American 2-row Barley, Malted Triticale from Valley Malt, Flaked Oats, Dextrine and C-15. Hops – Amarillo, El Dorado and CTZ

Brewer Description: (from website) A refreshingly hoppy American pale ale, Itty Bitty Goose is another edition in our “Small Bird Series” of lower ABV pale ales. The nose is an ripe apricot, lemon, and lightly toasted malt. Citrus peel and grassy hop flavors fill the palate and ends in a soft yet crisp mouthfeel. Dry and effervescent, light to medium bodied.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.78
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.6

Intro: A 1 pint can, canned on 24th July 2017. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A hazy dark yellow orange colour with a just over one finger frothy bubbled white head that dissipated fairly quickly while leaving some lacing.
Aroma: Orange, lemon, citrus peel, grapefruit, biscuit malt, pine and grass with a hint of apricot.
Taste: Starts a bit empty before being filled by orange rind, orange, lemon and grapefruit with hints of apricot, peach, pine and biscuit. Lightly bitter on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Started out a bit weak before improving on the finish. However, this was not one of the better ones in the Small Bird Series as I preferred both Tiny Chicken and Skimpy Sparrow over this.

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Trillium Skimpy Sparrow

Brewery: Trillium Brewing Company
Country: USA
ABV: 5.4%
Style: American Pale Ale
Other Notes: Small Bird Series. Malts – American 2-row Barley, White Wheat Dextrine and C-15. Hops – Galaxy, Nelson Sauvin, Simcoe, Citra and Columbus

Brewer Description: (from website) An easy drinking hoppy American pale ale, Skimpy Sparrow is another edition in our “Small Bird Series” of lower ABV offerings brewed for the summer. The nose is an intense, complex fusion of pineapple, grapefruit pith, and woodsy hop aromatics. Citrus rind, grape jam, and lemon fill out the flavor profile, with a firm and long-lasting bitterness. Very dry and effervescent, light to medium bodied.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.1
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.9

Intro: A 1 pint can, canned on 11th July 2017. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A hazy dark yellow orange colour with an almost two finger large frothy bubbled white head that had decent retention while leaving some lacing.
Aroma: Orange juice is quite strong, with grapefruit, mango, peach and pineapple in the background.
Taste: Mild bitterness, peach, mango, pineapple with hints of orange, citrus rind and bready malt.
Mouthfeel: Dry, crisp-ish, light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Something about the aroma makes me enjoy the taste more than the aroma. But still refreshing and easy to drink. Tasted side by side with Lights On. Preferred the aroma of Lights On, but Skimpy Sparrow tasted better.

Tree House Lights On

Brewery: Tree House Brewing Company
Country: USA
ABV: 5.6%
Style: American Pale Ale
Other Notes: Utah! Get Me Two!

Brewer Description: No description on their homepage at the time of writing. Will update this if something changes.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.15
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.9

Intro: A 1 pint can, canned on 7th July 2017. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A hazy yellow orangey colour with a big three finger white head that had great retention and left nice lacing.
Aroma: A bit doughy and bubble gum-ish, not in a bad way, followed by lots of tropical fruits, guava, melon, mango and pineapple with hints of orange pith.
Taste: Mango, guava, cantaloupe and pineapple dominate with some citrus, pine, bubble gum and light bready malt in the background.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: This was really nice but not quite up there with psudeoSue or Zombie Dust for APAs in my opinion. Not a juice bomb, but good fruitiness in both the aroma and taste. Refreshing and easy to drink.

Trillium Tiny Chicken

Brewery: Trillium Brewing Company
Country: USA
ABV: 5.6%
Style: American Pale Ale
Other Notes: Small Bird Series. Malts – American 2-row Barley, Valley Rye, Valley Wheat, Flaked Oats, C-15 and Dextrine. Hops – Galaxy, Amarillo and Columbus

Brewer Description: (from website) With the New England summer fast approaching we release Tiny Chicken, another edition in our Small Bird Series of lower ABV, hazy pale ales. Deceivingly diminutive in name, Tiny Chicken packs a hoppy punch with a powerful combination of Galaxy and Amarillo. Engaging aromatics pop with notes of bright citrus and peach, while flavors of tropical fruit, melon, and orange sweep over the palate in refreshing waves. Finishing crisp and dry with slight earthy/spicy grain character from the use of locally malted wheat and Danko rye.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.3
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.1

Intro: A 1 pint can, canned on 1st June 2017. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A cloudy hazy orange colour with a big two finger soapy white head that dissipated fairly quickly and left only sparse lacing.
Aroma: Citrus and juicy grapefruit, fresh squeezed orange juice and orange zest.
Taste: Very juicy citrus with grapefruit, mandarin and orange, some grape and honeydew melon, with hints of tropical mango and peach on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a hint of dryness.
Overall: A very nice and juicy, easy to drink Pale Ale. Perfect for a hot summer day.

Bellwoods Jutsu

Brewery: Bellwoods Brewery
Country: Canada
ABV: 5.6%
Style: American Pale Ale

Brewer Description: (from website) In life, Jutsu is all about stealthy ninja techniques (well actually, techniques, skills, methods, tricks, or spells according to Wikipedia) but in beer it’s a fantastically balanced pale ale. Easy drinking with low bitterness. Brewed with an expressive Vermont ale yeast and weighing in at a cool 5.6%, it is quite easily the answer to a) your prayers, and b) the question, “What should I have to drink right now?”.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.46
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.3

Intro: A 500ml bottle with no bottled on or best before date, pouring into a Holy Mountain tulip glass.
Appearance: A hazy straw yellow colour, with a one finger white head that dissipates fairly quickly, but leaves some nice lacing.
Aroma: Tropical mango, pineapple, citrus grapefruit and melon.
Taste: Similar to the aroma but less tropical and more citrus. Only lightly bitter.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: An excellent surprise. A very enjoyable, juicy, easy to drink and refreshing hazy Pale Ale.