Frost Beer Works

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New England IPA
Ranked #178
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4.35 | pDev: 6.67%
Frost Beer Works
Vermont, United States
Notes: A double IPA with luxuriant aromatics and succulent flavors. The combination of hops from both hemispheres and our ale yeast complement each other to create rich, juicy character. ABV: 8%, IBU: 80
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Photo of jbertsch
3.81/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Missing necessary bittering hops. Nice aroma and hop flavor but not enough early boil hops to balance the hop character. Not quenching enough to teally make you want another sip. But most NEIPA fan boys will be happy enough with this.

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Photo of Grosshammer
4.8/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

from the hazy color to amazing flavors, great beer. This is one of the best drinks from amazing Vermont. You can taste mango and fruity notes. At 8%, this is the best tasting beer

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Photo of Specialmick
4.56/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look...Hazy yellow brown that you cannot see through. Perfect look No floaties
Smell...Very nice hoppy smell. Luscious smell perhaps? Little yeasty smell but more evident in the taste
Taste...sweet melon mmmm, fruity. Something about that nice Vermont trap rock ridge filtration aquifer.
Sweetness for sure but the balance is very nice. If i was really thirsty this would be in danger and so would my sobriety.
Feel...A very customary NEIPA feel (Smooth and Full)
Overall....I would def be picking this up if it was local unfortunately it is not but a friend from Vermont is a good thing.
This is really good

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Photo of stevoj
3.66/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle at share. Light hazy golden, small white head. Tropical, fruity notes in both aroma and taste. Hops even favor the citrus , so this one is kind of juicy. Melons and mangos, nice feel overall.

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Photo of PowderyFresh
4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Find it, trade it, look for it. Delicious. Drink slow, savor and then have another. A true beer snobs beer.....always fresh and outstanding much like every thing else FBW puts out.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.41/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can dated 12/4/19.

Pours cloudy yellow with an inch of white fluff. Very nice retention with tattered sheets of lacing. Grape bubblegum with tangerine and grapefruit in the nose. Medium bodied with a creamy, soft mouthfeel. White grapes with candied peach and mango on the palate. Finishes with zero malt, minumal bitterness, and plenty of lush tropicals.

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Photo of mushroomcloud
4.03/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz canned on 9/9/19 with the inscription "The New Normal" - opened 10-10-19.
2 1/2 finger white head that cones out over the rim of my glass. Completely opaque orange-gold NEDIPA. Fresh, sticky lacing. Excellent retention - no movement at all for a couple of minutes.
Fairly classic IPA aromas of citrus (mainly orange) and some pine...slight creamy Orangesicle note.
Flavors are spot on to the aroma with orange, light pine and a creamy note that may be perceived through the mouthfeel more than actually tasted as vanilla.
Full body. Round, soft mouthfeel. Low bitterness. Some alcohol heat / prickle is noticeable.
Very drinkable but doesn't explode with the aromas and flavors of some NEIPA I've had recently.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I tried this beer at the Farm House restaurant in downtown Burlington,VT. It poured a hazy orangish with white head that left some lace. The scent had tropical fruit notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with tropical fruit peel presence. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall its a solid beer.

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Photo of safaricook
3.72/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Being already 3 months old and shipped across the big pond under unknown circumstances it is not the biggest surprise that this beer was not as expressive on the aroma as it probably was when it was younger. What was left was definitely good with a smooth full body rather than a sludge, mild bitterness, some sweetness and the alcohol was very well hidden. Would like to taste this fresh.

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Photo of WayneRooneyFan
4.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

What else can I say...Vermont breweries keep knocking the ball into the back of the net at an impressive rate in 2019. This time, it is Frost Beer Works' Lush providing a clinical finish. The hazy double NEIPA was poured from a 16 oz. can into a typical pint glass, presenting dark yellow/amber orange in color. Although there was very little lacing, the head maintained long after the initial pour. While many would consider this beer juicy in nature, I would say the melon-like characteristics keep Lush more luxurious and velvety. As a result, the 8.0% ABV doesn't reveal itself early in the drinking process. Unlike similar offerings, I'm not getting a peppery bite as the beer warms (which, to me, is a good thing). Lush is extremely well balanced and impeccably brewed.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.81/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottom of can: Hundies $$$
Opened and reviewed on 8/2/19

A very hazy straw gold with some orange and white highlights. Dense white foam, solid ring with lace. Plenty of foamy coverage with small bits of lace leftover.

The nose is very impressive. Full of tropical fruitiness, pineapple, sweet citrus, mango, strawberries and cream. Sweet creaminess from the golden malted grains. Freshly crushed up hop cones with sticky lupilin powder and a sharp, tangy but very sweet fruity smell from these hops is really intense and fresh overall.

First sip.... Sooo juicy!! Light bodied, airy and easy feeling, but soft, smooth and.. yep... You guessed it lush and plush. Perhaps even dry, yet effervescent the way it simply disappears off of the palate. Amazing body, texture and feel!! Crazy good feels.

The flavor... I mean, damn! The flavor seems to ride on forever. Intense complexity from the hops, deep and fresh... Lush and lingering. The fruitiness from the hops is out of control good. Dense and deep pineapple, mango, red tropicals, grapefruit, fruity candies, and whipped cream over strawberries. I'm getting all that and more. The malt once again, is very light bringing in golden wheat and slightly malted summer grains of the field. The malt tastes like it could be from a fine pilsner, Golden Belgian style and or, a nice American Cream ale. At any rate, the light but highly effective malt charechter allows these wonderful hops to really shine... And shine on like a crazy diamond in the sun.

It's very rare for all of the best aspects to find peak craftsmanship. The hop flavor, complexity and juiciness is off the charts, mouthfeel and drinkabilty.. crazy good... 8%abv. Does not seem possible. The aromatics are intense and only seems to get better as the liquid warns slightly.

Overall=pure fire in a glass.

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Photo of Jlabs
4.21/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass via can

color is a cloudy/hazy yellow with white lacing

smell is a tropical paradise of citrus and melons

taste follows the nose

low carbonation and the mouthfeel is a bit thin but sticky

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy, bubbly yellow/orange color with a fine white head of foam. Moderate lacing.

Aroma: Bitter grapefruit peel, sugary orange juice and pine cone. Mild apricot and banana on the tail end.

Taste: Slow on arrival. . . Gentle tangerine and banana upfront. Some soft spruce tree / pine notes to round it out mid-palate for bitterness, finishing on flavors of guava and juicy pineapple. Complex notes of cane sugar, soda bread and coconut develop over time, almost to the degree of good quality Haitian white rum. As it warms it becomes more peppery and dry.

Feel: Full bodied and moderately carbonated. Creamy and thick yet at the same time bubbly and juicy. Bittersweet. Slightly dry. Very refreshing.

Overall: This is a very mellow and approachable, but at the same time full bodied and uncompromising double NEIPA.

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Photo of metter98
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is very hazy to cloudy pale yellow in color. It poured with a quarter finger high dense white head that died down a bit and consistently left a thick head covering the surface along with lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of citrusy and tropical fruits are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has flavors of mangos, oranges, and papayas with no associated bitterness whatsoever.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied, very smooth, and a little juicy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is packed with lots of aromas and flavors of citrusy and tropical fruit hops and also has an incredible smoothness to the mouthfeel. No alcohol is perceptible.

Serving type: can

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.61/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Cloudy golden-yellow appearance. Small white head. Good retention.
Aromas and flavors of big peach and apricot, mango, tangerine, and a bit of grapefruit and pine. Juicy and zesty. Creamy and soft mouthfeel. Light to moderate carbonation. A nice bitterness on the finish of orange peel and grapefruit.
Excellent VT NEDIPA! Reminds me a lot of Heady Topper.

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Photo of Bluecrow
4.22/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

-deep orange-amber can pour with 1 cm fine foam cap. The aroma is mango-rich with orange blossom notes. The flavor is of tropical fruit with citrus zest. The hop flavors are backed with a mellow malt base. The mouthfeel is smooth and there is no alcohol heat. This is superb.

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Photo of jykleo
4.09/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned on 4/24. Poured to Birrateque IPA 18OZ Glass on 5/19.
A: Very hazy light orange. Clouds disappear very fast. Nice lacing.
S: Opening aroma is citrus and some mango but not strong.
T: Clear, not sticky, good citrus tastes. but ,,. to edgy bitterness.
M:Medium body and medium carbo. Felt some edge? in my mouth.
O: After taste has keen bitterness with some fruity taste. But bitterness main.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned 12.16.19, opened 12.31.19 -updated tasting notes

“Less talk, more dragons”

Poured into a teku glass, two finger off white , a dense soapy foam crown over a hazy orange liquid, good lacings

Tropical hop aroma, orange zest, whiff of spicy pepper ness on the end

Juicy orange, tangy, hop taste, no bitequenching gentle bitterness,

Good sudsing, semi dry finish

Good beer, repeatable

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.04/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Big on booze, big on bitterness, big on sweetness, big on floral character... the imperial IPA of Frost Beer Works crm packs this sixteen ounce can with bigness on all fronts. There's just one word to sum it all up, and that is "lush".

Visually textured with a dense golden orange, slightly burnt color, the beer's matte finish is crowned by a creamy, lathery froth. Rich aromas of tropical fruit, citrus and pastry grains illuminate the nose along with a balancing scent of herb, chive and green vegetation. Cereal, pastry and raw dough sweetness has a candied and poundcake flavor that coats the early palate with malt for a strong first impression.

But as the ale rolls onto the middle palate, the attention turns away from the grains and toward the hops. Vivid flavors of mango, tangerine, grapefruit, papaya, pineapple, gooseberry and pawpaw spring to life and give the beer a sherbet-like taste with the textures to match. Then trending bitter with fresh grass clippings, chive, spruce, hemp and hay in a spicy and resinous grip on the gullet.

Full in body and retaining a creamy, rich and persistent sweetness, the imperial, hazy IPA finishes long, and both bitter and sweet. Malty dry textures carry a vegetal spice that invites a green and peppery astringency that plagues the more New England styled IPA if they attempt such aggressive bitterness.

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Photo of Berkbill
3.35/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am a fan of hazy NEDIPAs and this one is not one of my favorites. The color is a bit too dark of "hazy orange". There is a lot of sediment floating in it. There is also a pretty strong boozy element which remains with you after each sip. A decent beer but not up there with the really good NEDIPAs.

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Photo of jrc1093
3.75/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Canned on 3/8/19

Pours a beautiful hazy dark orange topped with a few fingers of dense, creamy white head; solid retention eventually produces a thick, uniform wall of soapy lacing along with an ample collar of foam. Overall an incredibly appealing look for the style.

Aromas of dank orange zest and herbal grassy tones are prevalent, with a nice menagerie of tropical fruits showing in spots along the way; vague, but well done creamy tone in the backdrop; subtle but nicely done as a whole, as the bouquet hits solidly in notes ranging from bitter to fruity.

Taste shows dank, herbal orange along with bitter pine and earthy moss upfront, with undertones of pineapple, peach, and a hoppy tropical medley; faintest creaminess and some light doughy malts finish things off. Straightforward balance of citrus and herbal tones, but very enjoyable all the same.

Mouthfeel has a body on the lighter end of medium, but carries a creamy-juicy weight to it; minimal carbonation shows on the palate, allowing a nice bit of raw bitterness to come through in sync with the juicy tones. Great balance, with a lighter body that adds (and doesn't detract) from a fulfilling feel on the palate.

Great easy-drinking DIPA that, in spite of lacking a truly outstanding character, wins you over with an awesome approachability and a profile that hits on notes both juicy and bitter. Nothing stunning, but would have no trouble drinking this almost any time the mood for a NEIPA strikes.

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Photo of TimothyD11
4.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A beautiful "sophisticated" New England might be the haziest / murkiest hazy beer I've ever had! Looks gorgeous. Smells fair (however, in fairness I let this can get too old) Tastes incredible, a perfect balance of juice and bitterness...probably even better when fresh. I have to remember to get more of this and Cloud Drop when up in Vermont.

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Photo of TonyLema1
4.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: thick, cloudy, orange/yellow, nice head and lacing
S: citrus peels
T: citrus and tropical fruit juice
F: smooth, juicy, goes down easy
O: freaking delicious!!

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Photo of Kendo
4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from the can into a Palm tulip. Body is hazy dark golden - a little more orangey when backlit. No real head, but a touch of whitish lace left on the glass.

S: Big nose of tropical fruit hoppiness - pineapple, mango, papaya - and a touch of green pine needles underneath it all.

T: Juicy pineapple and papaya with a touch of under-ripe melon and melon rind. Hint of peach/apricot. Finishes with a good citrusy bitterness - think grapefruit rind and lemon.

M: Milkshake consistency - this nails the NE IPA in feel. Call it medium in heft, juicy in feel.

O: Really good. A big shout-out to my old friend James, who brought this from VT last week. We drank the Heady first, but I think I may be liking this one better, at least tonight.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.94/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can (born 7/26/18) traded from the wonderful brutalfarce poured into Goose Island nonic pint glass. Deep, thick, "lush" yellow-orange color with a tall fluffy, creamy white head of 3 fingers.

Aroma is like a dead-on Orange Julius. Walking through the mall, up to the food court, grabbing that delicious frosty creamy treat. Amazing. It has hints of orange creamsickle too. Five, baby!

Flavor brings a dank element to the equation, with a strong mineral content as well. Some ethanol off-flavors. Slight peach schnapps. Dry grass. Orange pith. Grapefruit juice. Finishes on tree bark/dead grass.

Feel is creamy and smooth, with a somewhat harsh biting acidity and a hard water quality.

Overall, was amazing up until the taste. Perhaps I let it go too long, though I don't detect any hop spoilage. I don't know how they got that nose, it was fabulous, but the flavor profile really leaves a lot to be desired. Not sure I can finish this one.

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Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 462 ratings