West Coast Style Double IPA
Frost Beer Works

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #2,600
Ranked #19,108
4.03 | pDev: 11.17%
Frost Beer Works
Vermont, United States
Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 14 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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ManapuaMan from Massachusetts

4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Vermont West Coast DIPA...I think. I make up this style since there's clearly a VT influence going on.

Hazed orange, not the gold or bronze hue that comes to mind when you think of a West Coast DIPA.

Aroma is citrus-forward with a mix of orange and tangerine followed by light pine and pink grapefruit. Not too sweet, malty or piney. A balanced imbalance.

Taste is citrus first and pine second. I like my west coast brew the other way around, but this is still a nice cascade. Not resin-y or sappy. Nothing sticky or sweet.

Feel is crisp, moderate and fairly clean. Alcohol kiss after each sip, which is a hallmark of the size and style. Nice beer.

Feb 08, 2019
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mmhannon from New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Aug 19, 2019
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nlb802 from Vermont

4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I would have liked this more if I wasn't expecting a true west coast style IPA. It is hazy, smooth mouthfeel, not very piney - these are not characteristics of the west coast. Basically only has some tropical and piney flavors but otherwise not really hitting the mark on the style. It is good beer though! Just remove the haze, and up the pine flavor and it might cut it.

Jan 23, 2020
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ichorNet from Massachusetts

3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Okay, this is Frost's attempt to make a big ol' bruisin' DIPA in the West Coast style... you know, stuff like Pliny the Elder and more commonly-found beers such as Port Brewing Mongo et al. I will be rating this "to-style" but also will give them a little bit of benefit of the doubt because just from the pour alone I don't think it's a total emulation of that style.

As I just mentioned, this looks a little off but the color is almost there. It's a nearly-opaque, very hazy burnished-copper, orange-y hue with sticky, almost beige-like head that lasts and lasts at about a half-finger after the initial pour which seemed to pile up to almost two full fingers of foam. The lacing here is nice and consistent, and the legs aren't half-bad either. I wish it were a little clearer, but it's not as bad-looking as some are making it out to be, in my opinion.

The nose is very, very dank and earthy with notes of grassiness/greenness and resin, light grapefruit rind and even a touch of onion. A light touch of honey malt which seems a little distracting, but I can also tell they definitely pushed the IBUs here, likely in an effort to "balance" the beer to be a 10:1 IBU-to-ABV ratio, which was a little more common back before the 5:1 (or lower) ratio came to fruition with later-kettle/post-ferm focused hop schedules during the advent of the "NEIPA."

Flavor profile is essentially as expected, with some bitter grapefruit rind and Vienna-ish malt in the beginning tempering toward a lightly-piney and oniony/green middle. The finish has a hit of citrus with some unexpected tropical aspects, but dank and spicy hops and a suggestion of ethanol heat carry through to the finish, which is medium-slick and a bit sweeter than expected. Sure, it's bitter and hoppy, but it's not very crisp or overly-drinkable unlike many very highly rated WCIPAs. I enjoy the flavors here, for sure, but I agree with some other reviewers that there's something slightly off, kind of like the beer equivalent of "uncanny valley." It resembles, to some extent, a WCIPA, but it's missing some integral factors/elements that makes it feel less successful than it could be.

May 09, 2020
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clake from Vermont

3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

May 31, 2019
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zotzot from Vermont

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jan 19, 2020
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

2.64/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured on draft at the brewery.

Pours a hazy golden orange color with a finger of creamy white head. The head has solid retention, leaving a few splashes of lacing before settling into a thin halo. Not a bad looking beer, but not even close to what a "West Coast IPA" should look like.

The aroma is a bit faint, bringing notes of grapefruit and pine. That's it. Maybe some lemon zest. Maybe.

The flavor is basically what an Alien brewery would decide is a solid representation of the WCIPA style after reading Beer Advocate for 2 months. It's rindy citrus and some pine. The sweet malt comes through and overpowers everything.

The feel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Creamy and relatively soft. Again, not the feel for the style.

Overall, dammit Frost. I enjoy the NEIPA's and other styles from this brewery but this is the second "West Coast IPA" I've had from them and both have been piss poor. It's like New England Brewers have either forgotten or just never learned how to brew a proper WCIPA. This is a parody of the style.

Feb 23, 2020
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Velivolus from Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

May 27, 2019
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Velivolus1 from Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aug 02, 2020
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acurtis from New Jersey

3.46/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Oct 15, 2018
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Atticus from Kansas

4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Jan 24, 2019
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whatsgoody from Vermont

4.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Dec 31, 2018
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buzzy from Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Jan 22, 2019
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benjaminsa from Vermont

4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Jan 07, 2019
West Coast Style Double IPA from Frost Beer Works
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 14 ratings