Junior IPA
Frost Beer Works

Junior IPAJunior IPA
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Style:
IPA - New England
Ranked #901
ABV:
6%
Score:
92
Ranked #3,553
Avg:
4.16 | pDev: 6.01%
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
130
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Frost Beer Works
 
Vermont, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  3
Gots
  19
SCORE
92
Outstanding
Junior IPAJunior IPA
Notes: A little guy with showy aromatics and full flavor. The combination of bihempispherical dry-hopping and yeast profile create a juicy stonefruit essence. Essentially, this beer squeezes elements of a DIPA into a slimmer package.

45 IBU
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

3.79/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can. Pours a really bright color but it's very opaque. A bit of a paradox. Seeing the liquid pour from the can was interesting, too. Just an interesting color and haziness. Aroma sings with musty, New Zealand/souther hemisphere hops. When you know, you know. It just has that Nelson/Riwaka/Motueka kiwi aroma. Flavor is much of the same. I particularly enjoy such a hop profile. Earthen, musty, dank, fruity but in a very unique way. I will say that I don't know if I love the marriage of these hops in relation to the rest of the beer's flavor. Not sure that the way the beer finishes is great. Something about the sugary sweetness of the malt is a little off-putting. It doesn't ruin it but it's a note that pops into my brain as the beer finishes. Overall, love the hops but the beer as an entire entity has some flaws.

Jun 13, 2020
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.67/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: cloudy; pale gold in color; 1 finger white head that receded to a skim cap; very little lacing;

S: not especially aromatic; what's there is dank pineapple and orange;

T: follows the nose for a moment, then it's very dank, almost weedy, with a hint of pineapple in the background; very mild bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: I like beers that mimic weed and I like beers that mimic pineapple, but the ratios in this beer weren't to my liking;

Apr 20, 2020
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SebastianOwl from Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 9/25/19; drank on 10/5/19; unlike the photo here, my can is labeled as 6.0% ABV and 45 IBUs; very good NE IPA; a rare find in these parts, would love for this to be a regular at my local MA packie

Oct 06, 2019
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Arjen from Netherlands

3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught @ Beer Temple, 5 oz sample. Pours a murky (dirty) yellow colour and a big rocky white head with a small layer retention and some lacing. Aroma's: big dank hops and rather juicy. Retronasal it's dank, bitterish and juicy, both citrus and tropical. Flavour is moderate sweet, dank and juicy sourish, with a hint of bitterness. Light bodied. Long finihs, rather dry, dank, and light bitter.

Aug 24, 2019
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NiceTaps from New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 ounce can in a nonic pint glass.

Washed or "frosted" straw-golden orange color with a 1-plus F of white froth. Sticky rings and patches of lacing, and a film that lingers.

Herbal and floral aromas are prominent. The flavors to follow are not evident in the nose.

Citrus hop flavor, grapefruit at first, some lemon down the line. Stone fruit and herbs mix to round out the finish with some hop bitterness.

Medium body, nary a touch of juice, no alcohol, nice bite.

Well rounded.

Aug 24, 2018
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PicoPapa from Connecticut

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz can. Pours a translucent golden straw color with an inch of frothy head. No lacing. The aroma is a good deal of citrus fruits with some dank and floral hops as well. The taste has a bit more fruit diversity than the aroma. Stone fruits, grapefruit, lemon and kiwi. Spicy, herbal hops near the end with some light citrus peel. Straw and bread finish. A bit of a creamy mouthfeel with low to moderate carbonation.

May 20, 2018
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Gatch from Rhode Island

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Another solid NEIPA. Canned 11/29/17.

Are there any bad IPAs now? With major hop varietals so accessible and from specific regions, I'm starting to think and feel that flavors and character are blending together. Maybe I'm not sensitive enough to distinguish one hoppy beer from another, but this is starting to become silly. Every brewery makes great IPAs now, so it either isn't difficult or the ingredients allow these styles to become predictable. How many flavors can be pulled from these beers? The same ones, over and over. I'm beginning to become bored.

Sorry, Frost Beer Works, for ranting in a review for your well-done beer. Just felt appropriate now to state this.

Dec 30, 2017
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16 oz can into a tulip.

Pours a hazy golden orange color with 2 fingers of effervescent white head. The head sticks around for a while, leaving a few splotches of lacing as it settles in a halo.

The aroma is a bit hard to pin down. It's extremely earthy and dank, with some sweet tropical fruits underneath.

The flavor is full of grapefruit, grass, and pine. Has a very strong bready malt presence before a spicy finish.

The feel is medium-light bodied with lively carbonation. Fluffy yet crisp, with a dry finish. Bitterness lingers around for days.

Overall, a pretty good IPA that is nicely balanced and surprisingly bitter.

Nov 21, 2017
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snaotheus from Washington

3.91/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2017-10-06
22oz bottle served in a large snifter. Just a little guy -- bottled on 08/23/2017. Given to me by @mr-jj.

Pours hazy as hell, big white head. Lots of carbonation. Smell is a little funky (surprisingly) -- a bit of spice. Maybe some grass or other greenery.

Taste is brighter, still heavy on the green flavors. Not overly sweet, but strong malt. Bitterness is on the light side of heavy. A little bit of a milkshake/malt flavor.

Mouthfeel is thick and rich. Overall, very solid beer.

Oct 07, 2017
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bobv from Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Latest Batch
Bottled 8/1/17
6.0% abv
45 IBU's

Moderate to vigorous pour yields a 3/4 inch white head over a slightly hazy, golden body with some sticky lacing. Nose of tropical fruit with grapefruit at the forefront. Taste of pink grapefruit with a finish of white grapefruit bitterness. Very nice feel and overall, tasty stuff!

Aug 25, 2017
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EMH73 from New York

4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy, opaque orange with a very well retained one inch fluffy white head that left tons of lacing. Smells of citrus and tropical fruits with a hint of malt in the background. Tastes of orange, orange rind, peach, mango and a hint of grass. Grapefruit comes through as it warms. Finishes with a mild bitterness, light bodied, medium carbonation, lightly creamy mouth feel.

Aug 02, 2017
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mister_moose from Connecticut

3.26/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From a 22 oz bomber dated 6-27. Nose was nothing special, with some odd notes. Taste is funk with some astringent bitter and notes of tea. There's some beer in there too, but overall it's not yummy. Drinks a little lighter body than you'd expect even for 5.0 ABV. Not a big fan, lots of other IPAs I'd rather have.

Jul 04, 2017
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.89/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Review from notes, Sample at The Microbrew Invitational 6/3/2017
Hazy yellow thin head. Sweet bread and tropical citrus with hints of pine a grass. Tasty but a bit thin for my palette.

Jun 27, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into an English pub glass. The appearance was a soft hazy burnt orange pulpy color with a lasting one finger white foamy head. Boy, did that head last a good while. Head starts to concave and leave a thin lace around the glass. The smell starts off with a thick grapefruit juicy pulpiness pummeling bitter orange juice-like qualities for a spectacular collision of aromatics. Gentle grapefruit sweetness slides in as it warms. The taste brings together the bitter to juicy to sweet flavors and gently slides into the aftertaste with a quick little bite of a finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium in body with a fair sessionable feel to it. Bitterness hits nicely. Overall, hot damn, this is awesome stuff! Definitely would love to have again.

Jun 06, 2017
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TrojanRB from California

4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful opaque gold, with a finger and a half of creamy white head, with excellent retention

Smells of orange and mango

Taste is fruity, but also slightly herbal or grassy on the finish. Citrus zest as well.

Nice full mouthfeel, lightly carbonated, helps emphasize the juice characteristics

Apr 30, 2017
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JamFuel from Sweden

4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Farmhouse in Burlington.

Pours a lovely hazy orange with thick foam.

Smell is juicy and fruity, lots of orange, mango and peach.

Juicy is an understatement here, wow. An absolute fistful of peach and mango assault your tastebuds.

Mouthfeel is soft and pillowy, goes down easy.

I loved this! So juicy and refreshing, but still deep and layered.

Mar 14, 2017
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

From the 650 ml. bottle dated 1/12/2017. Sampled on February 19, 2017.

The pour is a milky and murky looking juicy pale yellow with a lasting white head.

The aroma is alive with pineapple, citrus, tropical fruit, orange zest, and a lower toasted bread character.

The body is light.

I get the same zesty and tangy citrus characters in the flavor with a low bitterness to finish. Easy drinking for someone who really wants a hop boost.

Feb 19, 2017
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really hazy yellow color with off-white head. Aroma is awesome. Lots of fresh fruits like pineapple, guava and avocado. Taste follows with the nice fruit notes but also lots of grassy flavors. Body is quite light and well carbonated. Really easy drinking hop juice.

Jan 16, 2017
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the slightly warm bottle, it pours a hazy amber with a HUGE head, slowly dissipating, ...maybe... Hoppy in the nose - fresh scent. A bit of bitterness in the mouth, but overall nice! Nice feel in the mouth. Very nice!!

Oct 30, 2016
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fmccormi from California

4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Straight pour from a 22oz/1 pint 0.9 oz pry-off bottle to an oversized wineglass (take a guess—JK stemware). This bottle was purchased the day before from a walk-in cooler, and straight into a cooler and then refrigerator it went. According to a bottling date printed in gray ink near the bottom-right corner of the bottle, this was packaged on September 8, 2016 (“LITTLE GUY BOTTLED ON 09/08/2016”). That would put the beer at two weeks old exactly at the time of consumption.

Appearance (4.5): Three fingers of custard-colored foam rise off of the pour, capping a cloudy orange-tan body. The foam is tight, leaving a rocky meringue-like surface with wide, foamy lacing and legs that link collars ultimately connected to that cap. This has very, very good lacing, and the body glows more orange in the light as the drink goes on.

Smell (5.0): You can smell it from a distance! Mango and key lime, with passion fruit underneath—but a holy, metric shitload of peach. Good God, that peach! Passion fruit steps forward as it acclimates to the room. Some red grapefruit and a hint of pine needle underneath. Rustic multigrain bread holds up the malt side of things, striking a subtle but very nice balance with the hops. That peach and passion fruit, though . . .

Taste (4.0): A stark departure from the nose, this is very bitter up front, but it’s not astringent: green banana peel, yellow grapefruit flesh, lemon water, etc. There’s a grassiness in the hop bite as well. In contrast to the nose, the malt here is very light, crisp, and crackery. Without a doubt, this drinks like a lean, mean, light IPA. Common crackers and not-quite-astringent citrus zest really dominate the palate. Clean and crisp, and very American.

Mouthfeel (4.25): Dry as hell, that’s for sure. The body is light, the carbonation is smooth, evenly-distributed, and tingly. The hops and dry, starchy malt are left to nearly scour your tongue by the very neutral yeast in play. The unfiltered state of the beer also really allows the beer’s different components to have their way with your palate. Aside from the strong bitterness, this is very light and drinkable.

Overall (4.25): It looks and smells like some bombshell New England DIPA, but tastes and feels like a bone-dry West Coast SIPA. Honestly, it’s very pleasant and fun to drink, but the aroma is so goddamned good that it’s hard not to feel let down by the rest of the beer. Setting that imbalance aside, this is a very, very good, nearly session-strength IPA. These guys obviously know their way around hops.

Sep 23, 2016
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at The Blackback Pub in Waterbury, VT.

This one pours a light hazy orange, with a small head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like a subtle but substantial hoppiness all at the same time- smells quite tropical, lots of fruity hop flavor.

This isn't the best beer I've had from Frost, but it's quite good all the same. It's a little bit too high in alcohol to be truly considered a session IPA, but it's close enough to be compared to them- and it's way better than most session IPAs. It's very juicy and full flavored for the lower ABV, with lots of tropical fruit, some mango maybe, and a hint of bitterness. It's incredibly drinkable.

This is lighter bodied, but not thin, at all- with a good level of carbonation.

Frost is making stuff that approaches the best of what Vermont has to offer. They cannot be slept on.

Sep 20, 2016
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IvoryFoxhole from Virginia

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated July 21. Poured into Belgian tulip glass.

L: Big head with good retention, leaves a ton of lacing and a ring. Beer is a hazy pale gold, pretty nice.

S: Lively orange, grapefruit, and tropical scents. Light malts.

T: Pretty much follows nose. A little bit of bitterness on finish, but nothing out of whack.

F: Light to medium body, on light side, medium carbonation, good drying, pretty crisp and clean. Very drinkable. Good balance.

O: Could drink this all day. Very nice session IPA.

Aug 17, 2016
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MA_hops from Vermont

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy, blonde straw in color with a thin white soapy head that dissipates into a sticky lacing.
S: Tropical notes immediately pop out. Along with an apricot/peach/mango kick to the nose!
T: Hop bitterness seems to cut in half the expected tropical citrus flavors. However there is a juicy presence that is evident about mid to late sip.
M: Medium carbonation with a crisp, hoppy, dry and moderately bitter mouthfeel. The hops are prickly to the tongue.
O: This beer is good. Be on the lookout for it!

Aug 03, 2016
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PHBoiler from Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very dry finish. Light body that carries a balance of orange and grapefruit zest with grassy bitterness. Balanced and quenching IPA. Good overall mouthfeel with the body balancing the dryness.

Jul 20, 2016
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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pretty nice looking brew, aside from a few floaters at the bottom of the glass. nose is pretty impressive for a session, nice tropical citrus blast, as well as some light pine. taste is much the same, sweet citrusy hops with little to no malt present, finishes with a subtle bitterness. feel is a bit light, but to be fair its pretty excellent considering that its a session. overall, while this beer may not blow you away, in my opinion it is a step above most other sessions - in basically every category.

Jun 14, 2016
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