Junior IPA | Frost Beer Works

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Brewed by:
Frost Beer Works
Vermont, United States

Style: New England IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 24 | Ratings: 118
Photo of NiceTaps
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of Gatch
4.38/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of ScaryEd
3.88/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.91/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of bobv
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
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!

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Photo of EMH73
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of mister_moose
3.26/5  rDev -21.8%
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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.89/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of TrojanRB
4.21/5  rDev +1%
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

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Photo of JamFuel
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
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!!

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Photo of fmccormi
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of MA_hops
4.38/5  rDev +5%
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!

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of Steve_Tkachuk
4.44/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bottle date 5/26/16
Poured into my beloved tulip glass. A: That perfect very hazy and opaque sunny yellowish hue. A lively 2.5F bone white head that settles slowly to a thicker cap in the middle. Lacing is a plenty all the way down the glass; spectacular. S: the nose on this little guy is fairly potent, consisting of some grapefruit, mango? and certainly peach. A touch of sweetness finishes it off.
T: The taste mostly echoes the nose, definite grapefruit, with some peach and a nice hop bouquet. There is a some definite bitterness to this little devil, although pleasant. Very solid.
F: Although a little on the thin side, I forgive it as it's tougher to achieve a full feel with a session. It's on the med to higher end for carbonation.
O: I was so excited to grab some of Frost BW bottles. It was my main focus when in Stowe last weekend, I am upset I didn't get any Lush, but hopefully soon I can get my hands on that.
For what this bet is, I love it ! It has great overall aroma and taste. It's probably the best session I have had yet. I want more :-)
Job well done folks at Frost.

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Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 5-26-2016

L-A modest pour leads to a two finger bone white head of bubbles which recede to a thick white film of with a large central island. The beer is a very hazy yellow similar to it's big brother Lush. Lacing is thick and clings to the glass throughout.
S- The nose is strong with mango and pineapple. There is no need to stick your nose in the glass. It can be picked up from afar. The nose stronger on this one than on its big bro.
T-The tropical nose is present on the front of the palate and eventually transitions to a very mild lingering bitterness.
F- The mouthfeel for the beer is on the thinner side of medium. Carbonation seems to be higher than Lush and the brew feels lighter for it.
O- The beer is meant to be a sessionable version of Frost's highly popular Lush. It has much of the hop flavor which I enjoy in Lush while being significantly lower in ABV's and IBU's. It is more balanced than a lot of the session IPA's that I've had. That is a quality I like. Highly Recommended.

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Photo of Brad007
4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy whitish/amber hue with a decent amount of lacing on the glass. Bottled just yesterday, 5/26/16.

Light and refreshing with just enough citrus aroma upfront to please fans of bigger IPAs. Grapefruit and mango to be more specific.

Drinks like a much stronger IPA with a crisp, light citrus finish.

Clean in the back with no alcohol burn whatsoever.

I can honestly say that this is one of the best session IPAs I've had. It has everything you could want but without the "heaviness" of a standard IPA or double IPA.

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Junior IPA from Frost Beer Works
Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 118 ratings