Lushsicle
Frost Beer Works

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Style:
New England IPA
Ranked #611
ABV:
8%
Score:
93
Ranked #3,404
Avg:
4.23 | pDev: 6.38%
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
69
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Frost Beer Works
 
Vermont, United States
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Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 69
Photo of BillRoth
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at Farmhouse Tap and Grill in Burlington VT.
Very good milkshake style IPAwith smooth lactose aroma and taste contributions as well as milky smooth body.
Has a light orange citrus cast to it the comes across as creamsicle.
Delicious.

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Photo of jrc1093
3.56/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Canned on 2/28/19

Pours a deep, opaque golden orange topped with a thick, lasting head of white foam; huge smattering of thick, soapy lacing and a sizable collar come through as the head fades; tons of smaller-sized particles hang around, but doesn't detract entirely from the beer's otherwise appealing appearance.

Aroma shows plenty of cream, orange, mango, and grapefruit pith from the start, with the lactose forming a delicate balance between the sweet and juicy notes.

Taste brings ample herbal hops, tangerine, and orange and lemon zest backed by a quiet dose of lactose, with general citrus tones coursing through the milky influence that dominates the profile quietly. Although lactose is in a primary position here, it refrains from overwhelming and allows plenty of herbal tones, along with some minor citrus, to shine through.

Mouthfeel holds a medium-heavy body with subdued carbonation and a very subtle but stiff bitterness in the background; a consistent and light hop prickle glides atop the general creaminess on the palate nicely, and avoids becoming too sweet on the tongue.

Solid example of a milkshake IPA; even with the lactose a bit too prevalent in parts, this beer manages to find a subtle balance while still quietly expressing some of its better hoppy/bitter and juicy characteristics.

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Photo of csmrx7
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Really enjoyed this one. Mouth feel is over the top and fun as you would expect from the big lactose serving but not overly sweet which is nice. Great hop character too.

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Photo of Jesterr44
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Liked Lush, but the added lactose in this version makes it too sweet. That said, it looks great and there are still some decent flavours, but in the end just a bit too sweet.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can. Pours a hazy dark orange color with over an inch of thick, frothy head. Lots of lacing. The aroma is almost like a creamsicle along with some peach, tangerine and guava mixed in. The taste is orange peel and lime zest followed by sweet cream. Orange sherbet finish with light tropical notes. Creamy mouthfeel with low carbonation. Slightly dry. This variation of Lush works quite well.

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Photo of gbiello
3.49/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly cloudy pour with a solid two fingers of head. Couple floaties in there, but they never bothered me at all. Light acrid citrus scent on the nose. Lactose sweetness comes through more on the taste, leading to a nice creamy mouthfeel.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a moderately hazy orange color, with a small head, ad lots of lacing.

This smells like stone fruit creamsicle, with peach, apricot, melon, floral hops, and sweet grapefruit.

This has such a nice creamy flavor to it- the lactose plays a very important part here. There's lots of soft fruit character- it's pretty juicy, with a sweet and creamy finish.

This is definitely creamier and softer than regular Lush, which is already pretty creamy and soft to begin with. There's a high level of drinkability here, and a great rich body.

This is yet another worthy entry into the large stable of IPAs that Frost produces.

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Photo of digboy
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Slightly dark orange-gold color, cloudy with a 2 finger frothy bone-white head that leaves large streak lacing.

Aroma is on the sweet side with strong pineapple notes along with some citrus.

The taste is also sweet with the same pineapple notes but it is tempered with sweet candy flavor. The malt stays in the background pretty well and the bitterness is pretty low. The finish has an odd taste to it as the candy flavor begins to degrade and a tart (cherry flavor maybe?) kicks in.

The feel is very soft an d creamy from the lactose and there is a small amount of alcohol coming through, which is understandable given its ABV. There is a also a noticeable seltzer fizz that sticks around.

This is an unusual beer in many ways, mostly for the candy flavor. All in all a pretty clean flavor with a finish that doesn't do too much for me but it is a minor complaint over all. Very impressive and not what I was expecting out of the Vermont beer scene. Pleasantly surprised though... can't wait to try the Lush I picked up on my trip along with a few others from Frost.

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Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

canned 04/04/18

L-The beer pours somewhere between gold and orange. It's hazy, but not to the level of many NEIPA's. The head is a good 3 fingers of off white irregular bubbles. As the head recedes there is a thick curtain of lace left behind.
S-The nose is similar to regular lush with those wonderful tropical fruits reminiscent of pineapple and mango.
T- Here is where I start to take notice of the lactose addition. Normally the nose translates brilliantly with waves of juice. In this iteration those flavors are muted slightly, appearing, but not quite popping like they normally do. Bitterness is also a touch less sharp, leaving the whole feeling slightly less bright than the base beer.
F- The lactose does have the desired affect here. The overall mouthfeel is creamy and full. Carbonation is similar to the original in that it's light and allows the beer to coat the tongue.
O- A decent variant of one of my favorite DIPA's. The lactose addition is mild and does not overwhelm the beer. The lactose does improve the mouthfeel, but at the expense of some of it's tropical brightness. I'd drink either readily, but still prefer the original.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

beautiful looking beer, this one was definitely reminiscent of creamsicle with other citric and tropical notes including candied orange, grapefruit and peach. .. it has sweetness but it was never overbearing and was balanced by some malty sweetness and bitterness from pithy grapefruit and other herbaceous character. great offering!

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Photo of Brad007
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

"I'm Melting! Canned 4/4/18"
Pours a hazy orange-gold with a huge head into my glass. Soft, creamy citrus upfront, primarily mango. Sweet, frothy hop juice with a hell of a citrus kick in the middle and end. The lactose "softens" the overall bitterness, echoing the creamsicle effect they were looking for. Pick it up!!

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 16 oz can into a snifter.
Pours a medium to deep straw color with half a finger of head. Hazy with no floaties.
Aromas a light levels of lemon, citrus and hops.
Flavors are in line with aromas. Not huge here. Some lemon and hops. Almost no alc. for a 8% beer.
Mouthfeel was good.
Overall, this beer was good but for a DIPA I was hoping for bigger flavor.

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Photo of polloenfuego
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks is hay gold and slightly hazy, with a lovely 2 or 3 fingers of fluffy white head. Retention is good and there is ample lacing. A nice looking beer.

Smell is grassy wet hay first, but then it gets interesting. Citrus and tropicals come through a bit more as the beer opens up.

The flavor is one which brings across the citrus aspects of the nose. I get nice orange and pith flavors. I think I can pick up a bit of the lactose there as well.

The feel is nice and creamy with a nice full body. The finish is coating and there is a lingering pith bitterness.

A nice beer, I may just not have liked it as much as I wanted to. I think it's solid and that many BAs will love this, but for me it misses something to make it fantastic.

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Photo of bobv
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Moderate pour yields a 3/4 inch white head over a hazy golden body with some sticky lacing. Nose of tropical fruit, candied citrus, and just a tiny bit of hay immediately after pouring. Very nice taste of tropical fruit with a dry, citrus pith finish. Creamy feel and half way through it DOESN'T fall victim to my complete and utter disdain for lactose IPAs that are severely lacking in anything resembling a carbonated mouthfeel. Overall, brewers take note; lactose in moderation really works.
Cheers to Hinesburg!

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Lushsicle from Frost Beer Works
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 69 ratings