Ice Cream Man
Back East Brewing Company

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Back East Brewing Company
Connecticut, United States
New England IPA
Ranked #1,493
Ranked #5,296
4.14 | pDev: 8.45%
Mar 02, 2023
Sep 20, 2016
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Notes: American IPA brewed with Citra hops. This will be available ONLY in our tap room and only for growler fills and pints. This beer reminded us of an orange creamsicle, so we'll have an ice cream truck on site Thursday for your beer & ice cream pairing pleasure. This is a benefit for Therapeutic Wilderness Awareness Month, and $1 from the sale of every growler fill and pint will be donated to the Jason William Hunt Foundation, helping at-risk youth through outdoor education and leadership programs.
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Rated: 4.14 by wisegreensoul from Idaho

Mar 02, 2023
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Rated by CarolGrowler from Connecticut

4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Tasty! Smooth and easy going down, a smidge of sweetness, citrusy, not a lot of head. Recommended!
Jan 18, 2023
Rated: 4.39 by lakewy17 from New Hampshire

Oct 24, 2022
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Reviewed by Hobbs87 from New York

4.71/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Tried this on a whim at a restaurant as I’m always seeking a new beer. Just an excellent beer. By far one of the best that I’ve ever tasted. I’ve had Pliny the Elder and Bells Two Hearted which are two top recognized beers and both very good but I’d personally take this one over them. Flavorful, smooth and sweet which I prefer with low bitterness for me. Really enjoyable. Always keep some on hand. Go to one for me.
Oct 12, 2022
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Reviewed by NiceTaps from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pint can, a month since canned, in a teku glass.

Thick orange color, dense yet not hazed. The cap, tall and pure white fondant, sits up and hold up. Soapy lacing.

As for aroma, I’m picturing a ziplock bag full of citrus, a lemon, lime , orange, grapefruit, tangerine, along with peach and apricot. They’re all sliced and left to stew for a day or two til the aromas pop. Rind comes through and there’s a slightly dank background.

Yes, it’s an orange creamsicle flavor.

Near full bodied. Creamy and juicy at the same time. Citrus hops with little to no bitterness.

Yeah, it’s good.
Aug 15, 2022
Rated: 4.11 by jlmontague from Connecticut

May 01, 2022
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Reviewed by LiquidLunch from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Had this at the Tavern in Westfield MA. It surprised me a bit as it looked more like orange juice. The consensus on the smell was more grapefruit than pineapple. It didn't have that mouth numbing quality that some IPAs have, which to me was nice. Time to put on some Europe '72.
May 01, 2022
Rated: 4.12 by TonyStarks2231 from New York

Apr 16, 2022
Rated: 4.62 by rudy611 from Connecticut

Apr 09, 2022
Rated: 4.03 by socon67 from New York

Feb 18, 2022
Rated: 4.06 by Jjmj51 from Rhode Island

Feb 07, 2022
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Rated by dbcl from Connecticut

3.54/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
The more I drink this the worse it gets. It's too sweet, with little substance.
Jan 19, 2022
Rated: 3.86 by Cthokiebird from Connecticut

Jan 08, 2022
Rated: 3.89 by rorjets from Connecticut

Dec 30, 2021
Rated: 3.7 by SadMachine from New Jersey

Dec 23, 2021
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Reviewed by TripleShot from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
This beer is a regular on the shelves out here in Western Mass as is the Double Scoop. Phenomenal brew to find on the shelf so long as found within 3-4 weeks of being canned. Classic Hazy NE IPA juice bomb. Finally got around to rating.

Nice thick head on a hard pour, soft, juicy, extremely creamy which is why it goes down like a 5.0%. Obviously a bit lighter than its big brother Double Scoop making it more crushable.
Oct 20, 2021
Rated: 4.08 by NRMeadmore from Connecticut

Oct 16, 2021
Rated: 3.81 by lic217 from Connecticut

Oct 12, 2021
Rated: 4.03 by jcoleMA66 from Massachusetts

Oct 01, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by sdjkp from Connecticut

Sep 19, 2021
Rated: 4.22 by cdub70085 from Connecticut

Jul 30, 2021
Rated: 4.21 by M4CDO from Massachusetts

May 29, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by hughesm12 from Massachusetts

May 27, 2021
Rated: 4.02 by mltobin from Connecticut

May 08, 2021
Rated: 4.24 by xungmound98 from New York

Apr 30, 2021
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Reviewed by Roy_Hobbs from Connecticut

4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Hazy murky orange with lots of foamy, long-lasting head that leaves behind a lot of lacing. Smell is citrus and juice. Taste is on point for what I'd expect from the citra hops. I've had this beer several times (first time reviewing it) and find it inconsistent in terms of whether or not I pick up the creamsicle component. This time I'm not. Not sure if it's based on age or some other factor. Medium feel. Solid, but inconsistent is how I'd describe my experience.
Oct 09, 2020
Rated: 4.04 by Tbone2131 from Connecticut

Oct 04, 2020
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Reviewed by ovaltine from Indiana

4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
This beer pours like orange juice in my glass, a very hazy orange color with a dense white head. The nose is all about ripe orange and tangerine aromas, a bit dank, and a nice malt aroma.

The taste is led by the citrus flavors (simply delicious) and the sweetness from the malt does indeed make this taste like an orange creamsicle. The mouthfeel is a little creamy and soft, per the NE-style.

This is my first beer from these guys. If this is an example of their prowess as brewers, I need more of their stuff in my beer nerd life, because this beer is excellent.
Sep 27, 2020
Rated: 4.18 by fitzy84 from Massachusetts

Sep 06, 2020
Rated: 4.4 by Mjmoney23 from Connecticut

Aug 27, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by EatonHops from Massachusetts

Aug 14, 2020
Rated: 4 by smcel371 from New York

Jul 08, 2020
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Reviewed by Billolick from New York

4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
16 oc tall can with "canned 6/9/20" stamped on the bottom.

Typical hazed up NEIPA pour, minor darker khaki cap and leaves a bit of stringy lacing on the glass.

Ripe and pungent stone fruits on the sniff.

Fruity, tropical and very tasty brew, ripe pineapple, mango, and soft lemon/lime notes.

Smooth and well rounded in the mouth with the carbonation seemingly on point....well done and well worth a try
Jun 18, 2020
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Reviewed by dms from Connecticut

3.77/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
It's OK but it wears on me quickly. It's a little rough around the edges. To me, it looks, feels, and tastes like a Treehouse clone. But it falls short when it comes to balance and smoothness. I've purchased it a few times fresh over the last year and a half and while the first can has always been a welcomed change from whatever was in my fridge, by the third can, I'm offering it to my wife to use in cooking. It ages particularly poorly as well. Lacking in any malt backbone, its flavor profile is all prickly/peppery hops melded with the creamy feel. But it feels empty, inconsistent, not intentionally crafted to be what it is. Put it this way: Me on the first day with a new 6 pack of it, cracking the first can: "Awesome. This fills the void. I don't have to drive to Charlton." Me on the third day: "Eh . . . Hey Google, give me directions to Charlton Mass. Babe, I'll see you in a few hours." It's an attempt for sure. But to me Ice Cream Man is Ice Cream Meh.
Mar 11, 2020
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Reviewed by jrc1093 from Connecticut

3.71/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Canned on 2/12/20

Pours a turbid, glossy orange-dark gold body capped with multiple fingers of rocky, fluffy white foam; solid head retention reduces steadily to a creamy veil of cap, expanding frothy collar, and dense webs of sticky lacing spread around the glass.

Aromas of raw tropical citrus rind course throughout the bouquet, highlighting fresh tangerine and papaya before an earthy oolong tea middle into hints of vinous grape and musty wheat/cereal grain on the back end; touches of cream linger at the very end of the close.

Taste profile shows citrus cream lending to tangerine, papaya, orange zest and earthy kiwi peel as grassy hops take over across the mid-palate and a touch of lactic creaminess glides in through the swallow.

Mouthfeel brings a medium body with a subtle hoppy prickle at the back end and a slightly drying light-moderate chalky carbonation offering a background dryness; crisp across the mid-palate to a mildly gritty, slightly juicy, and overall palatable, if thin, finish.

Deep citrus and detailed hop saturation set the stage for a soft, quietly expressive NEIPA, though a slightly disordered palate has this just shy of its peak form; a touch more focus and aggression would do it wonders.
Mar 03, 2020
Rated: 4.5 by teamgalt from Massachusetts

Feb 23, 2020
Rated: 3.9 by McSeal from Connecticut

Dec 22, 2019
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Reviewed by Specialmick from Connecticut

4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Look ... lovely tangerine orange
Smell .... very nice hoppy juicy and very nice aromas
Taste... very nice. I saw one of the earlier reviews say that Counterweight Brewing made some better, not that I've had. This is definitively better than those that I had, and moreover in the echelon of New Park in my eyes. I really like this one. * need to make it out to fox farm and Fat Orange Cat
Feel ... one of the best aspects of this beer at 6.4% it feels much bigger. A taste I get from doubles most of the time
Overall... i wish this brewery would get their head out of their aSS....JUST MAKE IT DUDES. I would buy this all the time not because of shit hype. My biggest complaint about Back East and New England brewing too is that they produce the shit out of Sea Hag( so marginal) and Misty Mountain Hop(incredibly marginal) instead of their better beers
Nov 19, 2019
Rated: 4.31 by Pinkylives from Massachusetts

Nov 16, 2019
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