Trillium Brewing ‘Permutation 61’ Imperial IPA


44240138_968207303363415_3786306330495549440_n“Permutation is our experimental series of small batch offerings, showcasing the unique visions and innovative concepts developed by our brewing and cellar crew.”

Glassware: IPA glass.

Appearance: Hazy orange body that caps off with a 2cm head. Good retention with sudsy lace clinging to the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Showcases the hops brilliantly. It also helps that this trio (citra, mosaic and simcoe) are three of our top five U.S hops! Just overflowing with fruity hop notes; mixed citrus, tropical and stone fruits, pine needles, orange candy and herb garden. The malt bill offers a kind of wheaty and cereal grainy profile…can’t say we’re huge fans of it though, thank goodness the hops do most of the talking.

Flavour: It comes on pretty fierce. We had to double take at the AbV (9.3%) it’s quite high and it shows upfront. We get lots of that tangy orange citrus, grapefruit and stonefruit mixed in with the grainy cereal malts. Some piney notes and peach midway moving in to a slightly aggressive finish with citric bitterness and a warming booze burn in the tail.

Mouthfeel: Dry, bitter and fairly astringent….as mentioned earlier the booze certainly doesn’t shy away. Medium body and co2.

Overall: Certainly not as streamlined as previous Perm’s (namely the 49 & 50). The malt bill didn’t seem to work for us personally and the booze was showing through a lot more. Nevertheless, we won’t complain as it’s not like Trillium beers come by all that often!