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Style:
New England IPA
Ranked #105
ABV:
8%
Score:
97
Ranked #484
Avg:
4.42 | pDev: 5.66%
Reviews:
60
Ratings:
268
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Notes: Citrus, pineapple, tangerine
Reviews: 60 | Ratings: 268 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Grosshammer
4.94/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this at a bar in Stowe, amazing flavor. Starts as light IPA beer, then changes to a great taste of tropical fruits. Light feel in mouth, extremely drinkable. If looking for a smooth 8% beer with bite, this will make you happy. Make sure you keep cold while storing.

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Photo of PSanger
4.13/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Good beer with great texture and feel. Looks like orange juice. Spicy and a hint of pepper on nose more. That taste is more prevalent than tropical fruit. Pineapple is what I got as well. I enjoyed.

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Photo of DaveMaciolek21
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Foam's flagship DIPA is cloudy gold that explodes with aroma. While the beer smells fruity, the taste leans more toward a moderate bitterness with underlying melon notes. Delicious long-lasting taste stays with you. My only greivance is the name, because spilling this beer would be a sin.

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Photo of thebeers
4.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Cloudy pale yellow-orange with three fingers of antique white head. Thick soap-suds lacing.

Creamy orange aroma with pepper and a little papaya and grass.

Heavier on the papaya and grass in the taste. There’s some pineapple, too, cut by fairly strong herbal bitterness for the sub-style, as well as some pith.

Full bodied and creamy with light, right carbonation.

Another very enjoyable, well-balanced NEIPA from these guys.

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Photo of CanConPhilly
4.31/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - 2-finger offwhite bubbly head atop an opaque medium-otange body.

S - pungent grapefruit, pineapple, melon.

T - follows the nose. Very tropical. Grapefruit rind leads the way, with melon placing second. Earthy middle, with sour lime. Moderate bitterness. Low sweetness. Low booziness.

F - medium body and carb.

O - Foam’s flagship for a reason. Well crafted and very drinkable.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy orange color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap that leaves decent lacing

S: Citrus, light tropical fruit, and some dank and spicy hop undertones

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the citrus and tropical fruit and then adds on some dank, grassy notes. Lightly bitter. Finishes with lingering dank, tropical, and spicy hop notes

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. On the smoother side

O: A great NE DIPA that is on the easier side to drink. Love the fruity/dank combo

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Photo of Bloodbuzz99
4.36/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had from can dated (?) at ZCs Dec 2018

Big time NE haze, a glassful of papaya pulp; very juicy,, slightly chewy and some dank tones running through, great stuff

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Photo of SawDog505
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a 13 oz Weyerbacher tulip glass canned on 11/08/18. Pours like a glass of pineapple juice with a half inch sticky white head that leaves thin spotty lace behind.

Smell guava, papaya, pineapple, a tad dank, and grapefruit.

Taste follows tropical all the way, a little weedy and grapefruit in the finish.

Mouthfeel is a big medium, soft on the palate, not dry, and amazing drinkability and balance.

Overall this is what I expect out of Foam, just an utterly amazing NEDIPA.

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Photo of papposilenus
4.37/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 16oz can, dated 11/08/18. Served in a spiegelau-style IPA glass.

Pours a thoroughly murky, dull orange with two-plus fingers of fluffy, puffy, creamy head. Retention is just about meh but leaves a solid fizzy cap and spotty lacing.

A faint-to-moderate nose of your tarter tropical fruits, kiwi, papaya, guava, orange peel; that sort of thing.

Taste is in line with the nose, tart and zesty with some citric bitterness. Kiwi, clementine, lime, bubblegum and peachy yeast with a fair balance of toasty, biscuity malt. Earthy, fruit-juicy, a touch of catty dankness, decent bitterness, a little sour booziness at the finish.

Feel is juicy and refreshing, medium bodied and brightly carbonated. It takes a while to notice but tingly, spicy hop oils build up on the tongue over the course of the drink, finally needing a cracker to scrape them off at the end.

Overall, nice. In fact, damnfine. I can't imagine how much even finer it would be if it were 90° and I were outside on the lawn instead of it being a million below and me huddled in front of the woodstove. Anyway... Virtually indistinguishable from Alter Ego except the base here is a little heftier with a toasted-almost-charred maltiness missing from the Tree House brew.

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Photo of GinjaSlice
4.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a perfect light cloudy yellow, but minimal head and lacing.
Nose is amazing with lots of pineapple and papaya/citrus.
Taste i get a lot of pineapple and some stone fruit, which turns to a citrus/bitterness at the end, and it leaves a bit of stickiness on the tongue.
Feel is that great kinda thick New England Ipa style but slightly sticky finish.

Great ipa, but slightly bitter at the end and a little sticky. The taste is great though and reminds me a lot of 'very hazy' with that juicy fruit taste.

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Photo of digboy
4.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque, bright gold color with a 3 finger fizzy biscuit-colored head that settles quickly down to a film. You can hear the fizzing on the initial pour, so seems plenty effervescent.

The nose is densely packed with guava and tangerine notes, some earth notes, with a zesty tang to it. Intense and very enticing.

The taste starts off a little watery with brilliant tangerine notes - not what I was expecting from a seemingly thick NEIPA, but a pleasant surprise. The flavor is really a lightly sweet blend of citrus and guava and a touch of earthy must that comes out most in the finish.

There is a moderate bitterness that balances off nicely the light, effervescent orange-ade feel of this one. It is more watery seltzer than soft feel, which is the most surprising aspect of this beer. For a DIPA this has no alcohol burn at all - something I have found Foam does remarkably well at. As someone who does not like the burn I am endeared to this brewery now and may actually seek out their DIPAs rather than buy around them.

Foam seems to be establishing themselves as nuanced magicians at this NEIPA thing. I tried 6 others of them at the bar recently and loved all of them - something I can't say about most other breweries focusing on this style. They are a must-get in New England I think.

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Photo of Newbeergeek1
4.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful New England style dbl IPA. I gotta be thinking that Foam has to be a destination brewery. I can make a case for up there with Trillium and Treehouse. Not on par yet and maybe never but what I have had from Foam compares. This Built to Spill is superb. I am not good at all the ratings with individual stuff. I just know when I have a decent beer, or a good brew and certainly when I have a a mouth feel and taste like this. Exceptional. I just wish I lived in the area and am great full for a friend who brings me some when he visits me in Maine.

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Photo of csmrx7
4.54/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First sip was just meh, but as this opens up it.is truely amazing. There is a more floral note than you see in many NEIPA and an acidy that enhances the citrus hop notes. Really brilliant.combination.

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Photo of Tony210
4.08/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light straw color. Nice citrusy aroma. Unique hop flavor here - slight pine, ample cirltrus, and floral. Nice. Carbonation lends itsself to its creaminess. Overall a cool brew, very enjoyable.

7/6/18
12 oz can no date thanks BJ
4 rating

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Photo of larryi86
4.49/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can, dated 2/22/18, poured into a teku

A- A hazy golden straw color with small white head

S- Citrus, tangerines, grapefruits, grapefruit zest, pineapple, topical fruits, somewhat dank, some melons.

T- Grapefruit, oranges, orange rind, citrus zest, melons, some pineapple, tropical fruits, earthy/dank finish.

M- Smooth, medium body, a little creamy.

O- A great DIPA that is worth seeking out. Bright and juicy with just enough bitterness in the finish.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.62/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a cloudy golden yellow color with a thin foamy head. Head retention is mild. Lacing is good. Very nice juicy, citrus aroma. Orange, grapefruit and mild piney resin. Taste follows the same pattern, but get more pineapple at the end. Nice bitter piney hop up front. Medium bodied with mild to moderate carbonation. Very good beer.

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Photo of RT-Kris
4.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Fresh can poured into a wheat beer glass. Very white but minimal head. Very hazing orange, yellow. Looks like grapefruit juice. Nice fruity aroma and taste. Juice bomb

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Photo of Billolick
4.34/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tall can, about 5 weeks in the can

Typical NE IPA kinda pour/look...supports a long lasting and looser egg shell cap and leaves larger bubble ringed sheeting.

Pineapple, oranges and mango infuse the juice bomb sniff

Tasty, fruity, juicy ale, with more pineapple and orange notes dominating the palate...in a good way...been quite impressed with the handful of beers from Foam that I have sampled in the past few weeks, fresh, flavorful and highly enjoyable stuff...this one is no different...go get some

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving: Can
No date


A:
Pours a milky orange-gold with a fizzy finger of dirty dish soap head that disappears. (3.5)

S:
Orange juice and pine. Overripe orange, juniper, spicy hops. (4.25)

T:
Similar to the smell. Grapefruit (every part), French bread, earthy hop middle. (4.25)

M:
Medium body with active carbonation,well hidden alcohol and a citrus shellac finish. (4)

O:
This is a nice IIPA.
It looks like juice, to the point that there is no head. The aroma and flavor are basically a mix of pine sap and grapefruit sap. The nose being sweeter and the taste being bitterer. A nice drinkable beer that could look a little nicer but was otherwise a hit in my mind. Also, I don't usually care too awful much but the label on the can is AWESOME!!
I really liked it. Thanks a ton, Jacob! (4.25)

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Photo of njcraftguy
4.54/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I visited Foam recently and came away very impressed. The brewery is not real big and not the easiest to get to but well worth it. This is another tasty brew from Foam. Smooth and drinkable but full of citrus goodness. Cheers

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Photo of thatche2
4.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 16 oz can into a tulip glass to weeks old. Appearance is straight OJ with one finger thick head and low retention. Smell is fresh pineapple juice, OJ, floral hops, resin, oats, and some earthy/pine notes.

Taste reminds me of a Painkiller with orange juice, pineapple juice, and coconut. There is some creamy resin/coconut flavor up front with the OJ and a nice surge of tangerine though the finish. Sweetness is moderate with low bitterness. Some fruit acidity appears on the finish as well, which adds a nice touch. Mouthfeel is medium to full in body and very creamy/thick with just enough carbonation.

Overall, this is an excellent NE style IPA with unbelievable tropical juice notes. It's about as juicy of a beer that I can recall and fairly sweet. Smooth and creamy body up front with a nice finish. Just a great IPA.

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Photo of EMV
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at the brewery and also poured from a tallboy can into a tulip

L: Cloudy light golden pour. 2 fingers of foamy white head... modest rim of lacing.

S: Dank tropical fruits... loads of citrus, pineapple, and guava. Fruit juice ahoy!

T/F: Light grains... drinks like a hop fruit juice shake. Tropical fruits... with pineapple and guava. Citrus rind and some floral character but mostly juice. Medium in body... chewy and resinous. Finish is fruity and bittersweet.

O: An outstanding New England style DIPA. If you see it... grab it.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.14/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Can: Poured a cloudy bright yellow color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of juicy hops with dry floral hops notes with some grapefruit notes and some light resinous notes. Taste is a great mix of juicy hops notes with dry floral undertones with some grapefruit notes. Body is full with good carbonation. Another nice NEIPA but finish is maybe a tad dryer then I was expecting.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

This smells like tangerine, pineapple, and flowers.

This is yet another amazing IPA from Foam. It's so fruity and soft- with tons of pineapple and tangerine, a bit of floral bitterness, and nice creaminess.

This has a creamy mouthfeel, with a nice crispness on the finish.

Foam cannot be underestimated at this point

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

Appearance: pours a cloudy light orange color with a 1/2" head.

Smell: some orange and tropical fruit comes through to the nose.

Taste: caramel, biscuit, orange, mango, pineapple, and a floral bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, less crisp at the finish.

Overall: a smooth and easy to drink DIPA. Well balanced and refreshing.

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Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 268 ratings