The Fruit That Ate Itself
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The Fruit That Ate ItselfThe Fruit That Ate Itself
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Style:
IPA - New England
Ranked #520
ABV:
7.2%
Score:
94
Ranked #2,397
Avg:
4.26 | pDev: 5.4%
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
99
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Foam Brewers
 
Vermont, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  3
Gots
  12
SCORE
94
Outstanding
The Fruit That Ate ItselfThe Fruit That Ate Itself
Notes: A 7.2% Single IPA with an all star hop profile of Galaxy, Motueka, Citra and Vic Secret. Notes of mango, orange and creamsicle.
Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 99 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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bobv from Vermont

3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16 oz. can.
Canned 05/07/20.
Moderate to vigorous pour yields a 1/2 inch off white head over a murky, light golden body. Head dissipates pretty quickly leaving very little lacing, if any. Nose of citrus (orange) and tropical fruit (mango.) Taste follows nose closely with a finish of citrus pith having an earthy herbal quality as well. Good feel and overall, a decent NEIPA for all you hazybois.
Cheers!!!

May 14, 2020
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Newbeergeek1 from Maine

4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very nice brew from a brewery I wish I could get to on a regular basis. Nice hazy pale look, hoppy floral citrus taste as it warmed in my glass. Exceptional as it warmed. Easy beer to give a great rating to.

Nov 16, 2019
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TimothyD11 from New York

4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

An amazing New England IPA. Visually beautiful. Smells of weeds and flowers and random fruit. Taste is that perfect balance of mild bitter hops and sweet fresh tropical fruit juice. If Tree House NEIPA’s are in that 4.4 to 4.7 range I can’t see how this isn’t.

Apr 02, 2019
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz can into a spiegelau glass.

Pours an opaque bright orange color with an effervescent white head. The head leaves some splotches of lace before settling into a thick blanket of foam.

The aroma brings lots of mangoes, lychee, and honeydew melon with some notes of pineapple, grapefruit, lemon, and pine. Nicely tropical with plenty of citrus. Very fruity aroma.

The flavor is more citrus forward, with notes of grapefruit, orange rind and lemon. There's still plenty of tropical notes as well, with pineapple, peach and melon as well as overripe mangoes. Finishes earthy, piney and bitter.

The feel is medium bodied with soft carbonation. Creamy and smooth with a dry, bitter finish.

Overall, a great IPA that certainly lives up to its name. Very fruity with plenty of bitterness to remind you of what it is you're drinking. Definitely worth trying again.

Mar 26, 2019
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a tallboy can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Hazed out golden juice pour. 2 fingers of foamy white head. Nice ring of lacing.

S: Grapefruit. Very strong grapefruit with citrus rind and tropicals.

T/F: More grapefruit juice... definitely the dominant flavor, with lighter pineapple and melon. Citrus rind... juicy but with a nice harsh bitterness. Creamy carbonation.... medium bodied and oily. More citrus at the finish.

O: An outstanding NEIPA. Just what you'd expect from Foam.

Mar 03, 2019
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Tony210 from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden stray color with appropriate head and carbonation. Tropical fruit aroma. Flavor is lots of triopical fruit: pineapple, orange, lemon. Very juicy - has a hoppy tropical fruit juice flavor, especiallly the way it makes my mouth water on the slightly bitter finish - unique. Overall a good IPA.

1/18/19
16 oz can dated 10/4/18 - thanks Adam
4 rating

Jan 19, 2019
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy pear nectar color with a one finger head that fades to a film; spotty lacing

Smell: A tropical fruit salad of aroma, with pineapple, orange, kiwi, berry and peach

Taste: Orange and pineapple forward, with hints of peach, kiwi and berry; there is also a touch of vanilla, that delivers a creamsicle, aspect; through the middle, the citrusy element builds, bringing a low to moderate level of bitterness that drives the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: An impressive NE IPA, bringing a nice balance between the tropical fruit and the citrusy bitterness

Dec 06, 2018
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csmrx7 from Canada

4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Another very good beer from foam, however the bitterness and ABV together are a touch harsh and not as balance with the malt sweetness of some of their other beers. Inteesting as the other IPAs of theirs I have had have been higher ABV.

Aug 28, 2018
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Phineasco from Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy yellow with big fluffy white head that recedes quickly. It has low carbonation. The beer smells of lemon, lime, mango, and pineapple. The Taste follows the nose with lemon, lime, mango, and pineapple. The feel is thin. A good IPA from Foam.

Jun 16, 2018
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

C'mon fruit, don't beat yourself up so much. Just because brewers have gone the way of exotic hop blends to emulate you doesn't mean that you're not loved. In fact as an attempt to make the hops seem fruitier we are coming back to you. You're copious additions to IPA make the customer think that the beer is more radiant, succulent and characterful than ever. But eat yourself if you wish.

The fruit That Ate Itself seduces the nose with a tangy perfume of citrus, tropical fruit and an herbal twinge that gives strong impressions of fruit cocktail, fruit punch and nearly mimosa. Goldenrod in color, the hazy beer crowns with a creamy eggshell froth that looks like fresh squeezed grapefruit juice. Succulent to taste, the sense of creamsicle and hawaiian punch come crawling with light honey, angel food cake and faint caramel.

As the hops open up on the middle palate, the taste simply blooms. With the sweetness scant and the starchiness lightly creamy- just enough to highlight the hop's fruit impressions. Pineapple, mango, gooseberry, white grapefruit and bold orange flavor overtakes the senses and give strong impressions of sherbet and fruit juices. Bitter and creamy, the beer trends grassy, herbal and chive-like as the plump fruit flavor develops a bitter peel character.

Medium bodied and trending dry, the beer's arid creaminess is a big part of its charm. Even while a modest astringency pangs away at the mouth, the vegetal tannins play into the bitter fruitiness quite well; selling a nearly wine wine tanginess as the taste delves deeper and deeper into the aftertaste.

Aug 22, 2017
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BoldRulerVT from Vermont

4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Foam.
Pours a deep golden sunset with tinges of orange. Thick head.
Aromas are fruit and hops, but a bit muddled.
Flavor was nice and hoppy but not overly fruity or citrus. A bit muddled.
Overall, the beer was tasy and enjoyable but more muddled than most Foam beers IMO.

Aug 15, 2017
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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

fruited IPAs often turn out to be major fails. BBCo tends to do really well with their fruited hoppy stuff but I think this is as good or better. its soft and tropical but has some spicy and piney hop notes. beautiful mouthfeel, overall a great summer offering!

Aug 12, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery. This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a burnt muddy orange color with a thin cap of a little white head. Quick dissipation. Speckled lace. The aroma curves some sweet to bitter orange rind inside of some mango and pineapple. Delicate grassiness develops somewhat bitter yet with a sly sweetness. The flavor brings those sweet tropical fruits to overlay the bitter rind with a nice sweet to bitter rind. Sly dry edgy orange aftertaste flowing into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body, perhaps closer to medium, the more I think about it. Malts only seem to be in this beer for body and alleviate some of the bitterness of a normal AIPA. Good carbonation. Overall, wonderful AIPA, of course I would have again.

Jun 05, 2017
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery. Hazy orange. Big fluffy head. Smells of orange and a strong garlic aroma. Mosaic? Tastes of tropical fruit, orange, and then a hefty mosaic bite. A little grain and pale malt sweetness. And just a bit of astringency. Medium body. Low carbonation. Tasty despite being a little rough around the edges.

Apr 06, 2017
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angrybabboon from Massachusetts

4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Review from notes, consumed 1/25/17

A: Medium orange with gold and yellow highlights - very turbid, hazy, opaque - pours with a small head but leaves some lovely lacing

S: Now this is what those kids would call a juice bomb - plenty of citrus with some orange and grapefruit juice - some leafy hops, straight-up hop pellets - some Mosaic, I would guess (tropical pine) - decidedly tropical with some tropical punch aromas - mango, melon, papaya, pineapple, ripe peach - light fruity sweetness, malts are pretty much nonexistent

T: The tasting notes list "creamsicle," and I agree - lots of super bright, notably juicy tangerine, orange, and grapefruit - all-around juicy, with lots of melon, papaya, peach, mango - some tropical pine - medium bitterness - light sweetness with some lingering fruit punch - the light sweetness plus citrus is very creamsicle like, except it's more like a mango creamsicle

M: Medium body, smooth, creamy, juicy finish

O: Fruit cannibalism has positive consequences

I tried this on tap before reviewing this growler, and I think it actually improved with about 48 hours on it. The Fruit That Ate Itself is remarkably juicy and is just all-around interesting. I'm not certain any lactose was involved here, but it would explain why it sort of tastes like a creamsicle.

Jan 26, 2017
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Conscious_Palate from Vermont

4.56/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A growler from this weekend...

First off, great album. This beer looks amazing poured into a tulip glass.

A: Orange haze juice with a fluffy white head atop the beer.
S: Citrusy, orange and mango. A slight pine note in the background that rounds it up.
T: Tastes like mango hop juice. Very dank
M: Super soft and juicy like mango clouds in my mouth. Gentle bitterness finish.
O: Yes please, I'll have another!

Jan 25, 2017
The Fruit That Ate Itself from Foam Brewers
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 99 ratings