Trillium/Cooks Illustrated El Dorado IPA

43788250_965375730313239_4901223778329034752_n“In 1993, the premiere issue of Cooks Illustrated arrived on newsstands and in mailboxes. Over the last 25 years, the brand has helped millions of home cooks become more successful in the kitchen.  And that kind of achievement deserves celebrating. Trillium Brewing Company crafted this limited edition IPA from Massachusetts-grown malted grains and Washington-State grown hops in order to help commemorate the anniversary.”

Glassware: IPA glass.

Appearance: Milky orange with a thumb of foamy head resting atop. Slow dissipation resulting in a ring with reasonable lace clinging to the glass.

Aroma: Loving this fusion between the NEIPA and the west coast hops. We get that really creamy body, lots of vanilla and oats, some botanicals and stonefruit with grassy, resinous and citrusy hop overtones. Brekky juice galore…mostly orange, guava and pineapple. Subtle peppery spice tickling the olfactory’s as well.

Flavour: Smooth, really well balanced and super juicy. Orange, paw paw, guava, melon, papaya, apricot and mango all present firmly. We get those really creamy textural oats, chalky notes and mild grassy hops shifting to a dry finish with tangy orange citrus, botanicals and light spicy notes on a length.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, chalky and a touch dry. Medium body with a nicely weighted co2. The 7.4% AbV is placed perfectly….neither here nor there.

Overall: Although it’s a decent drop we weren’t totally blown away. It’s smooth as silk and very easy to put back with oodles of flavour so really it has to score well. Can’t lie though we were hoping for a little bit more.