Pavement
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Style:
IPA - New England
Ranked #125
ABV:
8.2%
Score:
97
Ranked #526
Avg:
4.41 | pDev: 6.12%
Reviews:
63
Ratings:
282
From:
Foam Brewers
 
Vermont, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  22
Gots
  35
SCORE
97
World-Class
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Notes: Mango, passion fruit, citrus
Reviews: 63 | Ratings: 282 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Roy_Hobbs from Connecticut

3.92/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very nice appearance. Inch+ of foamy white head with reasonable retention and excellent lacing. It's hazy without being murky, and a really nice, bright yellow in color. I found the aroma relatively unremarkable. When it comes to IPAs, I have a bias towards aromas that burst from the glass, and this one has me sticking my nose well into the Teku in which it was served to pick up the citrus and tropical notes.

Taste is nicely balanced, with grapefruit & a potpourri of citrus notes, although I find it overall somewhat subdued (much like the aroma). I am enjoying how the tropical notes are well complemented by just the right amount of bitterness.

Overall this is an interesting beer. It's not overly complex, but is a good example of how a more simple approach in the hands of the right brewer can still be very good. I have no general love for IPAs, but am enjoying this one.

Saturday at 06:15 PM
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MacMalt from New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I received a can from @Roy_Hobbs. Canned on 5/13/2021. Poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass. It pours a cloudy, bright lemon-yellow with a substantial, foamy, bright white head and copious amounts of soapy lacing. The strong, fruity nose features lemon, grapefruit, pineapple, ripe melon, a whiff of onion, and sweet floral hops. When first sipped the ripe pineapple is big and sweet but it's balanced by the tart bitterness of the grapefruit and lemon. At mid-palate the initial sweetness gives way to a grassy, clean bitterness. While there is nothing unique about dry hopping with Citra and Mosaic, Foam Brewers has done it perfectly with this beer. The mouth feel is full-bodied with fairly lively carbonation, and the 8.2% ABV gives it a lot of substance. Overall, Pavement is exquisite in its simplicity and craftsmanship. It truly deserves its World Class rating.

May 31, 2021
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Mortal_Wombat from Texas

4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a spiegelau glass.

Look: Pours a deep hazy yellowish orange. 2 fingers of fluffy white head that quickly dissipated.

Smell: Juicy with pineapple, tropical fruit and some grapefruit.

Taste: Lots of citrus up front, with pineapple and other tropical fruits intermingling. Very light bitterness at the end.

Feel: Medium body with moderate carbonation. Pillowy mouthfeel and creamy.

Overall: A very solid version of the style.

Apr 16, 2021
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JamFuel from Sweden

4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a azy pale yellow with soft, fluffy head.

Smell is juicy and crisp with a slight hint of tartness. Notes of citrus, passionfruit and pineapple.

Taste is juicy, fruity and crisp with hnts of dankness and tartness. Notes of lemon, lime, passionfruit, pineapple and grass, with a soft bitterness. Absolutely lethally easy to drink.

Mouthfeel is medium, soft and pillowy with good carbonation.

Overall, a terrific DIPA that goes down so easy, maybe too easy.

Mar 27, 2021
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Siriusfisherman from Vermont

4.51/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: Hazy yellow with a thich, creamy head and good lacing.

S: Ripe tropical fruit, citrus rind, and pineapple. A nice bready malt sweetness as well.

T/M: Moderate bitterness, but huge juicy fruit flavors. Pineapple, mango, orange and citrus pith all blend to create a luxurious fruit flavored cocktail. Some earthy flavors intermingle as well, giving this beer a complex, well rounded hop character. The malt adds some breadiness and sweetness without becoming to overpowering, as well as a full, creamy body.

Overall: A really amazing NEIPA, I would rate this as up there with some of the best breweries offerings. An absolute tropical fruit bomb. Definitely worth a try.

Mar 08, 2021
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Holderness from Massachusetts

4.06/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler fill from Lulu's, Allston. A bit underwhelming for a flagship beer -- might have just been an off batch. Had all the nice soft creamy character on the nose and mouthfeel, but the flavors had a bit of a diacetyl note

82/100

Nov 08, 2020
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Griffin2 from Virginia

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

Poured from a 16 oz can dated 9/17/2020 into a Willi Becher pint glass.

L - Pours a hazy orange color with a frothy white head that dissipates slowly, leaving lots of lacing on the glass.
S - Smells of tropical fruit, especially pineapple.
T - Taste matches the smell, I'm getting peaches and pineapple, with a nice bitterness.
F - Medium body and carbonation. It leaves a sticky pineapple juice film on your tongue.
O - Really nice fruity IPA.

Oct 20, 2020
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SierraNevallagash from Maine

3.94/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pint can - no date - poured into a an IPA glass at 40°F.

Pours a fully hazy deep juicy yellow hue, topped with two fingers of very loose, airy white head with poor retention - quickly deflating, leaving no lacing behind. No visible effervescence through the haze.

Nose: Intensely tropical fruit aromas - primarily melon, passionfruit, guava, and papaya, with lesser notes of gooseberry, pineapple, mango, orange, grapefruit, and kalamansi lime. There is also some herbaceous green grass and unripe fruit rind, which, paired with the gooseberry, lime, melon, and passionfruit, makes me think there may be some Nelson or other NZ hops in here. In the background, a hint of pale grainy malt, and a slight perfumey note conclude the aroma.

Palate: The beer greets the palate with surprisingly sweet malt with a honey-like quality to it. Melon is the first note to emerge, with a sweet, almost overripe aspect. Gooseberry follows closely, along with papaya, mango, pineapple, guava, and some tangerine. A pronounced pithy flavour emerges, along with some grassiness and a peppery bite. The sweetness takes a while to subside, eventually fading behind the pithy, peppery, grassy finish.

Mouthfeel/Body: The beer is on the full side of medium-full bodied. That New England softness comes into play, but it's also a fairly big beer with a pretty hefty malt backbone. The sweetness also contributes weight, as well as a slight stickiness, perhaps even a touch cloying. Minimal drying in the finish, and fairly low effervescence. A bit heavy and slow to drink.

Overall: I know this brewery is insanely hyped, but this particular offering doesn't do anything for me. I think it has potential, but there are some overbearing qualities that, in my opinion, work to the beer's detriment. It's just too sweet, with honey-like malt becoming a bit cloying. I'm not sure what hops are used, but I think an extra varietal like Amarillo or Mosaic would help to cut the monotony of the melon. A bit less malt could be beneficial. Overall, it isn't a bad beer, and I'm sure it would float a lot of people's boats, but I don't find this to be on-par with countless excellent NEIPAs. A miss for me, but surely a hit for those who like sweet, malty, melon-y beers.

Aug 03, 2020
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Limazulu from Idaho

4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A-pours like a pineapple smoothy. The head on this thing was like eggwhite in consistency and persisted longer than expected
S-smells like a pineapple smoothy
T-tastes like a pineapple and mango smoothy (are we sensing a theme with this beer?). Average sweet, average (+) bitterness. A little more hoppy than typical for the style, but that is ok with me.
M-exceptionally creamy smooth. balanced carbonation. Full (-) body
O-Foam Brewers knocks it out of the park again (although Built-to-Spill is still my favorite from them)

Jul 11, 2020
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WaffleNugget from Vermont

4.65/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Picked up at the brewery today - canned 2/20. Poured into a tulip glass.

L: Beige haze with about 1 inch of light head with larger bubbles.

S: Peach aroma right out of the can - the aroma is powerful. Cantalope, honeydew - very ripe. Just a wonderful nose to this beer.

T: A strong double that follows the flavor profiles of some other NEDIPAs out there. But this one is really nicely done - The melon/peach/ripe fruit is there at the front, but the back end is effervescent, piney, and plenty of hops. I get a little bit of alcohol at the end, too.

F: Relatively low carbonation, but a peppery sharpness on the tongue.

O: The aroma of this one is just fantastic. You are hit with the nose of this as soon as you open a can and pour. It is really wonderful. I've had some other Doubles that are not quite as astringent as this, but it is certainly well crafted and stands in the top tier of DIPAs in the region. It is certainly worth getting your hands on, especially if you like a beer with a powerful aroma and don't mind bitterness.

Mar 04, 2020
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SunnyD90

4.79/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This smells so fresh and delicious and I sniffed it several times before sipping because that’s a big part of the enjoyment for me. This is interesting- in a good way. It smells juicy but then has some unexpected complexities. Fruity but grassy and earthy. Airy, light, effervescent and yummy.

Feb 16, 2020
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cbutova from Massachusetts

4.29/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Tallboy pour into a snifter with a somewhat floury golden, light orange body. The head rises quickly to an inch high with a creamy texture. Good head retention as a thin foam layer remains atop the beer and lacing is rare.

S- Very aromatic as soon as you open the can. The overall summary is strong hops that have plenty of dank weed and juicy stone fruits. Sweet mango, papaya, guava and bubble gum open up for the weed, melon nectar, mint, cantaloupe and tangerine hops.

T- Aroma carries over to the taste buds very well and the powder/astringent effect that many new IPAs have does not happen here at all. Again the beer is centered around juicy fruit nectar hops with melon and guava really popping off. Some tangerine comes alive here as well as grapefruit notes. Weed, onion, mango, papaya, oranges and lemon as well. Medium sweetness and hints of whole grains and oats.

MF- Puffy texture more than anything with just a bit of creamy chewy consistency. Carbonation is moderately low for the style but the flavors still pop off very well. Ends with a clean herbal bitterness, fairly strong.

Juicy and really popping flavors of melon, dank weed and juicy tropical fruits. Another rather impressive brew from Foam and liking this brewery more and more with every beer I try.

Jan 18, 2020
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

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

A: Pours a hazy yellow color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a nice cap that leaves good lacing

S: Lots of tropical and citrus fruits up front along with some lighter floral notes. Mango and passion fruit stand out

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the tropical fruit notes and then picks up some lighter citrus and floral notes. Light malt backing. Again, mango and passion fruit stand out. Finishes with lingering tropical fruit and light bitterness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A great hazy NE IPA that shows off the juiciness of the hops without being too bitter. Super drinkable for 8.2%. Definitely worth checking out

Apr 18, 2019
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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

4.04/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz Teku glass canned on 11/08/18. Pours a very attractive hazy yellow, with a finger and a half of white head, that leaves tiny little bubbles of lace as it slowly settles.4.25

Smell is papaya, guava, passionfruit, pineapple, and a little grapefruit rind. 4

Taste follows tropical front to back, a little bitterness in the back end but papaya and guava are most dominant. 4

Mouthfeel is bigger than medium, soft on the palate, not dry but a tad sticky, and goes down easy at 8.2%. 4.25

Overall this is excellent, but Foam is so good that I actually was expecting more.

Nov 18, 2018
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digboy from New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very cloudy, bright gold color with a 2 finger white head that starts off fizzy but settles into a dense film.

The aroma is pungent with guava, peach and orange notes. It smells like juice really.

The taste is all earthy guava up front that is made lighter by a fair amount of effervescence. Some orange notes come out midway through making for a fruity finish with a touch of alcohol to it.

The feel is very soft and seltzery with very little bitterness but a slight alcohol burn in the finish.

Having tried a bunch of DIPAs from them at the bar and in can I was impressed with how they tend to avoid the burn feel, but this one seems to have not gotten that feeling. Regardless, this is a superb beer that is helped by the effervescence to cut the heavy juice feel. Really a fantastic beer that is masterfully crafted... again from Foam.

Nov 15, 2018
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colts9016 from Idaho

4.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I received this beer from a recent BIF. I never heard of this brewery and my first Vermont beer. The temperature of the beer is 46 degrees and served in a tulip glass. The hard pour on the beer produced a two finger head with lousy retention. The white head was airy and creamy. The head dissipated quickly leaving no lacing on the glass. A thin ring is all that remains in the glass. Colors are a medium gold with amber hues, SRM 5. The haziness in the beer produces no clarity.

The aroma in the beer are oranges, lemons, grapefruit, floral, herbal, musty toasted malt, and grassy.

The flavors in the beer are grapefruit, lemons, floral, honey, tropical, dank, herbal, floral esters, toasted malt, crackers, oranges, yeasty, resin, and grassy.

The mouthfeel of the beer is astringent and crisp.

The body of the beer is medium, high carbonation, and a full finish.

I was surprised by this beer. It stated it was a NEIPA, but for me, it bridges WCIPA. It is not as juicy as a NEIPA but not grapefruity and piney as a WCIPA. It does have that dank notes in the beer too. The mouthfeel has this oil slick feeling to it, the more I drank this beer. I am on the fence with this beer. It is good but not great. I would drink again if I did not buy it.

Oct 14, 2018
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BoldRulerVT from Vermont

4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the can into a tulip.
Pours a glowing vibrant and deeply hazy sunset color with one finger of thick head.
Aromas of mango, sticky tropical fruit abound.
Flavors are bursting, hops, sticky fruit...wow. No bitterness.
Mouthfeel is soft and beautiful.
Overall...stunning beer.

Oct 05, 2018
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Billolick from New York

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

Tall can, from the source a few hours ago. Canned 8-30...2 days ago

Fully hazed pour

Over ripe pineapple nose dank and delicious

Full juice .. full dank flavor ...fully ripe pineapple goodness....tremendous creation ... go get some

Sep 02, 2018
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remingtonsteele1987 from California

4.04/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice hazy, bright orange color with a finger head. Not much lacing on the glass. Some dank aromas with fresh citrus and papaya. A bit on the dry side with some hop bitterness, slightly tart citrus and tropical fruit flavors. Medium body feel with good amount of carbonation. Has a nice spicy finish and lasting hop flavors.

Sep 01, 2018
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csmrx7 from Canada (AB)

4.29/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is an amazing DIPA that is well balanced, bitter but not over the top, juicy but not overly so, but at the same time it doesn't have the crazy wow factor. But I think it makes it pretty drinkable.

Aug 23, 2018
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T-34-85 from New York

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Absolutely amazing NEIPA.

A bright juicy brew with an orange juice look and a great balance of tart, sweet fruitiness and good carbonation. Lots of tropical fruit in the hoppy nose.

Phenomenal

Jul 25, 2018
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SHODriver from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a tulip glass to a hazier than hell yellow topped by a finger of dense white head which fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of huge tropical fruit notes and a hint of citrus.
T: Taste is intense tropical fruits and some citrus with a little green hop flavor. Very juicy and resinous with a hint of sweetness. Swallow is more tropical fruits and citrus with some lingering resin.
M: This beer has a body that is somewhat light but not watery. Carbonation is effervescent and adequate as well while the beer has a refreshing finish.
O: Overall this is an awesome DIPA. Great and fresh flavors make this one a really nice drink along with some decent complexity. It's definitely worth a try if you can get your hands on it.

Jul 16, 2018
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CanConPhilly from Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pavement - Foam
DIPA - 8.2% abv
Canned 6/21/18 (9 days ago)

L - 1/2 finger offwhite head rapidly bubbles away to nothing. Body is an opaque medium yellow.

S - lemon, orange, pineapple, pine, mango, melon. Yes please!

T - orange and lemon to start, with a thin, dank wrapper. Dirty, earthy middle. A hint of cheesy funk. Pine. Medium bitteness. No sweetness. Low booziness.

F - medium body with minimal carb.

O - quite a complex beast of an ipa. This would definitely stand out in a blind tasting, and would probably be polarizing. I personally like the interplay of flavors here. It’s not just juice.

Jul 01, 2018
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larryi86 from Delaware

4.51/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can, dated 6/21/18, poured into a teku

A- A hazy golden straw with a small white head

S- Mangoes, citrus, lime zest, a little dank, passion fruit and some melons, very well balanced.

T- Mangoes, tropical fruits, limes, citrus, dank/piney finish, bright and somewhat abrasive hops.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A great DIPA, very easy to drink. Well balanced, easy to drink. Highly recommend.

Jun 24, 2018
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From can. Pale yellow color, really hazy. Sweetish malt notes and juicy hops. Taste is sweet, juicy, fruity, really hoppy with milky yeast notes. Medium body and carbonation. Balanced, easy drinking, bitter on the finish with grapefruit rind flavor.

May 11, 2018
Pavement from Foam Brewers
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 282 ratings