Frost Beer Works

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New England IPA
Ranked #444
Ranked #1,780
4.26 | pDev: 5.63%
Frost Beer Works
Vermont, United States
Notes: A double dry-hopped DIPA with a soft mouthfeel and juiciness reminiscent of both the late Scott Weiland and stuffed animals. Really, those two things aren’t that different after all.
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

3.76/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Canned on 4/22/20

Pours an opaque, dulled lemon gold body capped with a cascading multiple fingers of chunky, soapy white foam; great head retention eases slowly to mounds of cap, a frothy, moderate collar, and thick globs of webby, soapy lacing clinging to the glass.

Aroma opens with soft lemon tang into pale malt and zesty orange smoothie; deep note of mint in the middle eases into wet grass, mango juice, and a vague tropical medley; wisps of banana split come together on the back end, fading in the background.

Taste brings out peach skins and fresh grass upfront, leading into a tightly-wound mango and raw earthy/herbal middle; banana peel and white bread build a soft heft on the back end while underripe tropical zest and a bit of dirt mark the finish/swallow.

Mouthfeel presents a medium/upper medium-bodied with a steady fluffing of moderate carbonation; a brief juicy interlude along the mid-palate gives way to an effortless chalky spritz as encroaching bitterness adds an appreciable stiffness to the finish, though with minimal alcohol presence detected.

Solid complexity to an NEIPA, though lacking much of a consistent flow, and thus doesn't quite find its footing. The overall vibe is promising, highly drinkable, and yet imprecise, with some sincere hoppy depth losing focus before exercising itself to the fullest.

May 07, 2020
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.92/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: cloudy; medium gold in color; 2 finger finely pored ivory head that receded to a thin cap; nice rings of lace;

S: mandarin orange and vanilla;

T: pineapple and orange up front; peach and orange in the middle; just orange on the finish; mild bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish;

O: nice complexity of flavor;

Apr 22, 2020
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz can into a tulip glass.

Pours a hazy orange-straw color with 2 fingers of sudsy off-white head. Excellent retention. Leaves some splotchy lacing as it ultimately settles into a soft blanket of foam.

The aroma brings notes of pineapple and candied peach rings, with some lighter notes of grapefruit, orange, and green tea. There's some biscuit malt present as well. Not very aromatic, but still pleasant.

The flavor is more citrus-forward, with notes of grapefruit, orange, and key lime before a wave of tropical fruits emerge: namely pineapple, peach, and papaya. There's plenty of grainy character, as well as a bit of dry biscuits before an ever so subtle piney finish.

The feel is the tits: Medium-full bodied with low carbonation. Pillowy soft and creamy with a smooth finish.

Overall, this is a very good DIPA that throws a fruit cocktail in your face whilst remaining pretty well-balanced. The biggest knock is the unfortunately restrained aroma.

Mar 01, 2020
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16oz can dated 12/5/19.

Pours cloudy yellow with several inches of white fluff. Tattered lacing aplenty with teriffic retention. White grape with candied peach and grapefruit in the nose. Medium bodied with a creamy, very soft mouthfeel. Juicy tropicals on the palate with zero malt and a minimal bitterness. Peach, pineapple, and grapefruit. Finishes dry with lingering juicy citrus and some light throat warmth.

Jan 05, 2020
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RockHop from Massachusetts

4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Definitely a top shelf brew. Fresh and complex. Pale yellow orange with lots of haze, creamy head, and excellent lacing and retention. Creamy and plush as the name implies. Leads with pineapple and papaya and finishes with a nice hoppy crisp finish.

Oct 19, 2019
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Funny story.. before I read the little blurb below about this beer, I got an overwhelming urge to play the STP song "Plush" a classic to my generation. I had to pull out my original cassette tape!. Flash back!

Bottom of the pint can:
Lighthouse society
Opened and reviewed on: 8/1/19

Plush stuffed animals and Scott Weiland , both played a large part in different phases of my early, formidable years... so whatever....

Thick and hazy liquid, straw gold and milk. Lacy and heady white foam holds strong. Good coverage.

Creamy tropical sweetness with dense citrus explosion and mango puree is the effect I get from the hop aroma. Very inticing. Creamy golden malt, light grains from a sun drenched field, grasses(cannabis sativa and or Indica), hay and maybe even wheat.

When you sip it, or perhaps gulp it...
The liquid texture and mouthfeel really stands up to say: "Hey!! Look at me!!" Or even better..."Feel me"!!
Silky smooth body. Ooh la la.
Full, crisp, juicy, clean but milk shake, fruit shake style.

The hops are crazy complex. Dense tropical fruits inside a smoothie. Smoothie feel and hop effect. Rolls and rolls of hops...
Pineapple>mango>carrot juice>lupilin powder>dried wheat and grass>sparkling spring water.... specific ly within.
*Plush* the STP song is classic.

Fluffy pillows... mouthfeel is accurate. Layers of hop on taste is like memory foam.

Sour bananas and herbs with more whipped cream style sweetness finishes it off. Maybe a dry feel in the finish?! I've lost track.

Green veggies, dry herbs and creamy malted barley sing can sweet tune of times gone by... And shout to the ever present future.

Aug 01, 2019
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The haze is all the rage and if you live in Vermont, you wouldn't be caught dead without a big and luscious hazy IPA in your arsenal. Double dry hopped and reaching imperial status the plush hop bomb of Frost Beer Works gives the New Englanders the hop flavor that they crave without the brash bite of bitterness in the end.

Somewhere between taupe and amber, the yeasty pour of Plush builds a creamy, velvety froth. Pastel in its hue and cast in a matte finish, the visually weighted ale carries the radiant perfume of tropical fruit, citrus and tea-like herbs. Cereal sweetness greets the early palate with a notion of pastry dough, steel cut oats and agave.

Once the aromatics of hops and the rich sweetness of grain intertwine, a thicker fruit flavor is smoothie-like with orange, mango, pineapple, passionfruit, pink grapefruit, lemon and apricot. A strong and persistent sweetness and grain creaminess resists any attempt at bitterness as the late palate is cast in a citrusy, cereal, green tea trio.

Medium full on the palate, the beer's lush maltiness keeps the drinkability and refreshment limited but the aromatics and initial hop taste is spectacular. The beer's difficulty in weight and textures keeps the beer a sipper although the tendency is to drink for thirst quenching properties. The final pour reveals a thick yeast cake of vegemite flavor and an alcohol spice of gin.

Apr 22, 2019
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours with quite a bubble show, building the head to the full three fingers above the cloudy honey colored liquid; impressive retention and splashy lace

Smell: Lemon chiffon pie and pine, with just a hint of the fusel

Taste: Up front, there is a sweetness that reminds me of lemon chiffon pie which shortly is joined by some tropical fruit tones of papaya and lychee; dank and quite piney, through the middle; assertive bitterness, with some fusel alcohol in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: I'm having trouble warming up to this one

Mar 15, 2019
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csmrx7 from Canada

4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Nice change up from the usual juice bombs. A nice addition of resiny pine and earthy note. As for mouth feel this has the whole soft water feel down to a t.

Aug 25, 2018
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digboy from New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy darkened orange gold color with a fizzy 4 finger head that retains well. Aroma has nice orange notes along with a light amount of malt. Taste has a bit of a grapefruit rind taste right up there with the orange flavor accompanied by a lightly sweet malt base. The finish is kind of acerbic more than aromatic. The feel is very soft and bitterness is low to moderate. There's a bit of an alcohol burn too.

A pleasant beer. I feel the acerbic "rind" flavors cut into the pleasantness of the sweet orange flavor, so that's a little knock for my tastes but it is still a very good beer worthy of trying.

May 18, 2018
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polloenfuego from Canada

4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy gold in color, with a very nice and frothy 3 finger head. Retention is quite nice e, on break there are fluffy islands of foam and some good lacing.

Smell is tropical fruits and pineapple. I really pick up some passionfruit as well. It just smells very enticing.

Taste follows the nose with passionfruit and citrus coming on strong. There are also elements of pineapple and a touch of grassyness. Very enjoyable.

The feel is about a light middleweight. Carbonation is average, but it's the finish that gives this one the marks. Finish is dry, but not too much so and the citrus bitterness lingers.

A real nice beer. I don't think I have been let down by Frost yet. I would recommend this, and especially on a beautiful sunny day on a patio.

May 01, 2018
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cfalls from New York

4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L - slight haze, thin white head

S - subdued by nice fruity aromas, mostly stone fruits, and maybe a little crystal malt

T - medium plus sweetness and bitterness, no really specific flavors stand out, but some grapefruit, and some pine on the finish

F - medium thickness, slight burn on the finish

O - no complaints but didn't wow me either

Mar 15, 2018
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metter98 from New York

3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color with some faint hues of amber and a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that gradually died down, consistently leaving a short head covering the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of citrus are present in the nose—oranges seem to stand out in particular—along with faint hints of pine.
T: The taste is mostly dominated with flavors of citrusy hops including oranges and bits of grapefruit and pine. There is a light amount of bitterness. No alcohol is detectable.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems to be a litter lighter in body compared to other Imperial IPAs, but is packed with lots of aromas and flavors fro the hops.

Serving type: can

Mar 11, 2018
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Holderness from Massachusetts

4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 11 days ago. I believe this is the first canning run of Plush

L — Slighty hazy golden straw body with a one-finger white head produced with moderately aerated pour. Some retention and lacing
S — Sweet floral, honey, clementine, peach, ripe apple, candied citrus flesh, hint of cheese rindy yeast. Somewhat muddled
T — Pine, fresh cut grass, tangerine/orange flesh and rind, crisp bready malts, honey, bubblegum, honeydew melon, light floral, touch of booze. Surprisingly more bitter than Lush, but most of it drops off on the finish. The light sweetness from the malts helps cut through the bitterness as well
F — Less fluffy and smooth than Lush, which is a bit of a bummer since it’s my favorite aspect of that beer. This is slightly more ‘limp’ feeling in the mouth. It’s still quite pleasant, though. Medium mouthfeel, medium carb.
O — Another great IPA from Frost, although it is surprisingly different than Lush despite being the same base recipe(?). Doesn't quite have that same ripe juiciness


Feb 18, 2018
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curtis6290 from New York

4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I found this to be a very mediocre beer, but solid from Grimm. Better than the average can or beer that you find around the city, but doesn't stand out to me.

Feb 09, 2018
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kevanb from Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

650ml bottle, dated 7.17.17, poured into a 14oz snifter glass. Enjoyed on 8.31.17, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a bright orange color. very cloudy and hazy with a foamy white head that has good retention and lace. The aroma is nice, lots of tropical fruits, strong pineapple and passion fruit with some bitter orange peel, light grassiness and green hop leaf that brings out some floral qualities and faint pale grain. The flavors are very nice, juicy and tropical, tangy fresh fruits with some nice citrus rind, melon and stone fruits as well with a lightly bitter hop oil character, mild pine and wildflower with a soft grainy finish. The mouthfeel is good, coating and creamy, medium body with a nice vibrant carbonated texture that finishes easily but with a dry snap.

Verdict: A very nice IPA from Frost Beer Works. Less balanced and expressive than Lush, but still a very good beer that is firing on all its hoppy cylinders. Nice array of flavors, refreshing and with a nice brightness.

Jan 29, 2018
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a moderately hazy dark orange, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like floral and piney hops, with a grapefruit, pineapple, and orange peel.

This feels like a cross between a West Coast and a NE-style IPA, as there's a healthy bitterness- floral and slightly piney, along with a slight caramelly malt backbone. However, there's a great juicy fruit hop aroma- pineapple and grapefruit mainly, with some slight peel/rind bitterness.

This is medium bodied, fairly crisp, with a good level of carbonation.

Frost is basically 90% an IPA factory. However, they really do it well, and each of their IPAs do find a way to differentiate from the rest.

Jan 18, 2018
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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a notical Sixpoint glass canned on 12/08/17. Pours a very hazy orange yellow, with a 2 plus finger sticky white head that leaves loads of thin webs of lace.

Smell is guava, papaya, tangerine, mango, pineapple, and grapefruit rind.

Taste follows tropical front to back, guava, papaya, tangerine, pineapple, and a very balanced shot of grapefruit in the finish.

Mouthfeel is bigger than medium, moderate carbonation, not drybut sticky from the abundance of fresh oily hops, and exstremely approachable at its ABV.

Overall this is awesome and in all the best ways, incredibly drinkable and juicy. Really a standout.

Dec 27, 2017
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PicoPapa from Connecticut

3.96/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz can. Pours a slightly hazy burnt orange with over an inch of frothy white head. Some lacing. The aroma is light citrus and tropical fruits as well as some pine. The taste is light grapefruit, orange peel, pine, and bread crusts. Lemon peel and grassy hop finish with more toasted malts. Medium body with an oily mouthfeel. Decent Imperial IPA.

Oct 22, 2017
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j_d_b from Maine

4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bright golden darker orange. Nice hazy level; very nicely lit. The head is so good like a beautiful orange-hinted mountain and revives easily with a swirl of the glass. So good lacing.

Smell is light but tropical and refreshing. Clean.

Feel is soft and foamy.

Classic citrus but I tasted lemon and pineapple; little bit of bitterness towards the end, but like more just like citrus tang. Definitely feels like a fruit blast. Classic malt flavor is not there but there is some thicker darkness from them kind of; not much. Really interesting and nice to have overall.

Jun 24, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip, the appearance was a rugged orange murky color with a two finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off at a moderate pace. Some light lace.
The aroma had a nice blend of lemon to orange pulpy sweetness flowing over some mango/papaya sweetness. Subtle freshly cut grass, a light grapefruit clean sweetness and ended with a little bit of clean wheaty malt.
The flavor took all of the prior mentioned aroma to boot and moderately blended to guide and round out the sweet levels to follow into the aftertaste nice and clean.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a pretty good sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt good. ABV felt good. Nice softness along my tongue as the "normal" bitterness components of the style aren't exceedingly harsh.
Overall, very nicely done DIPA, well worth my time and money. Super glad these guys have legit prices for the quality of their beers.

Jun 06, 2017
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papposilenus from New Hampshire

4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a 22oz bottle, dated 04/27/17. Served in a spiegelau.

Pours a moderately hazed, happy, sunshiney gold, like a fat overripe mango, with four-plus fingers of pouffy whipped-cream head. Retention is exceptional and leaves huge clumping wads of lace.

Nose is a malty-fruity-yeasty stew of Vermont goodness. Spicy wheat? layered with limes and papaya and something like freshly sanded wood. I wish the nose were a little more prominent but it's still bright enough to claw-out a 4.0.

Taste agrees with the nose. Yeasty white bread slathered with tropical fruit marmalade. Oranges, lemons and lime, peach and papaya, a little spice. Finishes with some raw, sticky hop oils.

Feel is smooth and clean, medium bodied and brightly carbonated. No detectable alcohol whatsoever.

I THINK, this is supposed to be the DDH iteration of Lush, right? But I've had Lush recently enough that this seems wholly different to me - not, oddly enough, the hop profile so much as the malt bill itself and the yeast. Not that I care particularly because they're both freaking delicious. Good stuff; gets the job done.

May 11, 2017
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bobv from Vermont

4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Wednesday, 2-1-17.
2 days old!
Moderate to vigorous pour yields a one inch white head, hazy golden body, and very nice lacing. Ah, such a wonderful nose on this, I haven't had too many that smell this nice. Tropical fruit with just enough pine to keep from being one dimensional. Taste follows to a "T." Very nice feel and overall, this rivals those Tree House juice bombs.

Feb 04, 2017
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FFreak from Vermont

4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

22 oz. bottle dated 9/28/16. Poured into a willy glass. A super-hazy dirty orange with a two finger soft off-white head that sticks to the glass as it drops. Smells are somewhat muted, but full of tropical and citrus fruits. Taste is awesome - full of juicy tropical fruits with just a bit of bitterness on the finish. Mouth feel is perfect - creamy and soft, medium body, refreshing despite being a juice bomb. Overall, another excellent creation from Frost. Keep 'em coming!

Oct 12, 2016
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NotAlcoholicJustAHobby from Vermont

4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L-The beer pours a hazy golden yellow reminiscent of OJ. The head is a modest one finger of white. This recedes to a thin film leaving good lacing.
S- The nose is what you would expect from a double dry hopped beer. There is grapefruit, mango, and some fruity sweetness.
T- I find this to be a bit disappointing. The elements of the crisp fruity nose are quite muted here. The bitterness overrides that fruitiness and lingers on the palate. Unfortunately its not a crisp piny bitterness, but a more dull pithy variety.
F-This is the best aspect of the beer. There is clearly some wheat or oat in the malt bill. The overall mouthfeel is on the higher side of medium. Carbonation is low, but far from flat. The beer coats the tongue and allows the bitterness to linger.
O- This is a research series beer. The mouthfeel is good, but on the whole I much prefer the Original Lush and Double dry hopped version of that beer far more. The beer promises a lot in the nose, but just falls kinda dull and flat on the palate.

Oct 09, 2016
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