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Style:
IPA - New England
Ranked #123
ABV:
8%
Score:
97
Ranked #520
Avg:
4.41 | pDev: 6.58%
Reviews:
65
Ratings:
285
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Foam Brewers
 
Vermont, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  33
Gots
  40
SCORE
97
World-Class
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Notes: Citrus, pineapple, tangerine
Reviews: 65 | Ratings: 285 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Beers-es from Virginia

4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a 2-week-old can, pours a bright, hazy yellow-orange. Smells has tropical and citrus fruit, along with earthy herbs. Taste follows. An excellent example of the style.

Mar 11, 2021
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.66/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Can from Jeff.
Hazy lemon yellow with a bubbly white head that recedes. Aromas of citrus grapefruit earth and grass with hints of bread and a light alcohol note. Lingering astringency coats my palette long after every sip. I'm bored with the genre.

Dec 04, 2020
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16oz can dated 8/19/20.

Pours cloudy yellow with an inch of white fluff. Moderate retention and lacing. Pineapple, grape, and candied mango in the nose. Medium bodied with a creamy mouthfeel. Juicy tropicals on the palate with minimal malt or bitterness. White grape, pineapple, and peach fuzz. Finishes juicy and a bit dank.

Oct 13, 2020
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Holderness from Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned a week ago.

L — Golden orange haze in the glass with two fingers of dense white head produced with moderate pour. Good retention and lacing
S — Orange creamsicle, soft tropical fruits, light bready malt, coffee berry
T — Largely follows the nose. Not the most intense or complex, but I think that’s a good thing here
F — Soft, creamy, and fluffy. Love the mouthfeel from the yeast that they use at Foam
O — A great flagship DIPA

87/100

Aug 29, 2020
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Limazulu from Idaho

4.84/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a 12 oz Nonic Pint
A-looks like a pineapple smoothy, with above-average rocky head and modest lacing
S-tangerine and tropical fruit
T-It takes a bit to unpack the different fruit notes here that come from the combination of Galaxy and Citra hops. Some melon, tangerine, and sour lime perhaps. Moderate (-) bitterness, Moderate (+) sweetness, no booziness
M-Moderate (+) body, nearly Full. Some sort of strange (in a good way) carbonation that really pops on the swirl. More of what I would call effervescent.
O-phenomenal

Jul 10, 2020
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Grosshammer from New York

4.94/5  rDev +12%
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.

May 02, 2020
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PSanger from Connecticut

4.13/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Nov 28, 2019
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DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +2%
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.

Sep 07, 2019
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -7%
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.

Aug 04, 2019
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CanConPhilly from Pennsylvania

4.31/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Jul 24, 2019
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
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

Apr 22, 2019
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Bloodbuzz99 from Georgia

4.36/5  rDev -1.1%
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

Dec 29, 2018
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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Nov 16, 2018
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papposilenus from New Hampshire

4.37/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Nov 14, 2018
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GinjaSlice from Connecticut

4.52/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Nov 13, 2018
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digboy from New Hampshire

4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Nov 13, 2018
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Newbeergeek1 from Maine

4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Oct 13, 2018
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csmrx7 from Canada (AB)

4.54/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Aug 23, 2018
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Tony210 from New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev -7.5%
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

Jul 07, 2018
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larryi86 from Delaware

4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Mar 05, 2018
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jngrizzaffi from Texas

4.62/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Feb 13, 2018
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RT-Kris from New York

4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
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

Jan 26, 2018
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Billolick from New York

4.34/5  rDev -1.6%
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

Dec 29, 2017
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TheDoctor from Canada (QC)

4.18/5  rDev -5.2%
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)

Dec 26, 2017
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njcraftguy from New Jersey

4.54/5  rDev +2.9%
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

Dec 13, 2017
Built To Spill from Foam Brewers
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 285 ratings