Connecticut Valley Brewing – Trailblazer

  • Style: New England IPA
  • ABV: 8%


“Launched in 2012, Connecticut Valley Brewing Company is an independently owned and operated family business. The company was founded by two Connecticut locals who have dreamt of opening a brewery for many years and have always wanted to create a place where the community could gather and enjoy each other’s company. Our South Windsor facility, which we officially opened in early 2018, is situated in the heart of the Connecticut Valley. Our brewery is just a short, five minute drive to the banks of the beautiful Connecticut River.

Our logo features the F4U Corsair airplane which is the Connecticut State Airplane and a great testament to the spirit of the state. Because we feel community is important, our company is highlighting some of the state’s great industries and adventure spots by featuring them on our cans. These people and places have not only inspired our own lives and the life of the brewery, but they also honor the places we’ve come to live, love and grow in. We hope you enjoy your time here and we look forward to serving you again in the future.” Connecticut Valley Brewing Co.


The beer poured a deep murky orange color, with a thin head that lent no lacing. Deep tropical aromas of mango, pineapple, guava, orange zest, bubblegum, and honey-dew melon. Medium carbonation left a mildly soft mouthfeel. Upfront flavors of mango, pineapple, and guava laid on top of citrus flavors of orange zest, and grapefruit. Subtle background notes of pine, and fresh grass. Strong grapefruit pith bitterness that coats your mouth and follows through the finish which lingers for some time.

Overall, I think this beer is pretty solid. It doesn’t have that super soft mouthfeel you’ve come to expect with NEIPA’s but the flavors are balanced out really well. It’s bitter and resinous on top of sweet tropical and citrus notes. The strong bitterness balances out any sweetness perfectly. Awesome beer, by an awesome brewery.

Bottoms up!

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