Youth Lagoon
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IPA - New England
Ranked #602
Ranked #2,522
4.25 | pDev: 7.06%
Foam Brewers
Vermont, United States
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Sludgeman from District of Columbia

3.29/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Unimpressed. More boring than most in a world of copy cat/can’t fail NE IPAs. 3.25

Canned on 3/31/21 8:59 “Hibernation.” Poured into a shaker pint.

A - Typical New England IPA. Pours a brownish dull cloudy yellow. 3.75

S - Muted aroma. Not bright. Some spiciness. Low to no fruitiness. 3.5

T - Low bitterness, some citrus, more malty almost chalky. 3.0

MF - Medium bodied, dry finish, smooth almost coating. 3.75

Apr 16, 2021
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Holderness from Massachusetts

3.74/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned 6 weeks ago.

L -- Moderately hazy straw body with two fingers of rocky white head produced with moderate pour. Some retention and minimal lacing
S -- Lemon/lime zest, orange blossom, wheat, hint of kiwi. Pretty mild overall
T -- Orange flesh, green tea, lemon candy, noticeable wheat-forward malt bill, bit of earthiness. Again, fairly mild
F -- Medium- mouthfeel, medium+ carb. A bit thin and watery around the edges. Minimal bitterness on the finish


Mar 03, 2021
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matts2896 from Connecticut

4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Canned yesterday

S: vague citrus fruit in spades (I have a bit of a stuffy nose, so I can't determine fine details)

T: Orange, tangerine, and pineapple flesh; citrus rind; herbal tea undertones; hop bite on the finish gives the sensation of spruce tips

F: light body for an neipa. Prickly carbonation paired with some hop bite gives a seltzer-like impression

Overall, this drinks like a seltzer or a champagne cocktail. It's incredibly light and nimble without sacrificing any hop flavor. Hop character and yeast remind me of fresh fruit instead of the compost melange from similarly situated breweries. Awesome

May 08, 2020
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Traded for this a while ago, as the date on the bottom of the can read 7/12/18 with "X-RAY" written above it. This was the first brew from Foam that I ever reviewed on here and it was one of the better examples of a New England IPA that I've had in quite some time. Sure, the label was trippy, but the liquid on the inside was quite enjoyable as it was easily accessible from the first sip!

Not a bad pour to this as the liquid was was golden, hazy, and clear of any large sediment. Enough head topped it off but there wasn't much of any lacing left behind once the suds settled down. Lots of tropical fruit, dry white cheese, subtle dankness, and subtle, skunky weed weed all the nose as the latter two really came out in the taste once this fully warmed up. Passion fruit and overripe fruit took hold near the back end of this as this had a juiciness to it that wasn't typical and a good body to it. Just enough carbonation kept this from feeling too heavy, even though the hops weren't initially strong on the palate.

A good amount of booze was in this although I could only feel a slight warming effect take hold of me well before I finished this off. Not overly hazy or juicy like something from Tree House, Trillium, or Magnify, this was a good example of the style that felt a bit more rough and unpolished. It held up well over time and had me wanting more from Foam, just to see if their other offerings were like this. I really enjoyed this one!

Jan 15, 2020
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digboy from New Hampshire

4.56/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very cloudy orange-gold color with a two finger off-white head.

Aroma is rich semi-sweet citrus and a touch of pineapple.

Taste is similar with dense orange and orange pith dominating. There is a medium sweetness that evokes something sweeter like pineapple but I don't think I can pull that out reliably. This is a superior flavor though - fresh and bright and full of taste. Pale malt is way in the back to this hop profile.

Feel is very soft with plenty of seltzer to it. Bitterness is absent. This feels (and tastes) like a half-flat Orangina.

What a winner! This is a classic example of a juice bomb with the flavor, though the effervescence is a bit out of range while adding to the experience.

Oct 29, 2019
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a tallboy can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Hazed juice bomb pour with thick foamy white head. Fantastic lacing.

S: Juice! Tropical and fruity. Citrus and a bit of joy.

T.F: Just like it smells. Some fruit sweetness up front. Big and tropical. Grapefruit, mango, pineapple, papaya, and passionfruit. Rich and creamy carbonation. Modest bitterness mid-swig. A bit of tang towards the finish. ABV completely hidden.

O: A world class NEIPA. There is nothing wrong with this beer.

Sep 19, 2019
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dfillius from Iowa

4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 6/13, enjoyed on 7/3. Thanks warnerry! Aroma hits straight from cracking the can before I poured, as I opened the app. Juicy and tropical. Flavor is subdued and not very bitter at all. Very fruity with a sweet finish. This is 8%?! No sign of heat. None of the somewhat sticky starchy feeling I get from some NEIPA’s in the aftertaste/afterfeel. Quite good. One of the best NEIPA’s.

Jul 04, 2019
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Billolick from New York

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tall can direct from the source...6-13-19 canning date

Lovely and pretty darn typical Foam kinda neipa pour...hazed/clouded, minor fine cap, and leaves fine ringed sheeting behind.

Delicate tropical fruit sniff

Ripe pineapple, lime, mango and kiwi goodness all over this one....more of the same....mighty fine stuff .... go get some

Jun 25, 2019
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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

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

Pours a very hazy yellow with a 2 finger sticky white head that leaves some thin patches of lace as it slowly settles. 4.25

Smell is passionfruit, pine, orange rind, and some nice grapefruit rind. 4.25

Taste follows tropical front to back, some nice bitterness passionfruit, tangerine, pine, and grapefruit. 4.25

Mouthfeel is a solid medium, moderate life soft, a touch sticky but not dry, and at 8% easy drinking. 4.25

Overall once again Foam does it, this is a great beer and my expectations are alway though the roof with them. 4.25

Dec 16, 2018
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stoumi from California

4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Youth Lagoon pours a light and hazy straw yellow with nearly no head present, but a thin film around the edge of the glass. The smell is citrusy fruit with pineapple and passion fruit, there's a minor malt sweet and a hint of floral undertones. Taste is big pineapple with a soured grapefruit. Big and juicy with a pithy characteristic and the floral notes. Very little alcohol or hops present.

Sep 22, 2018
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NiceTaps from New Jersey

3.2/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16 ounce can in an IPA glass. Canned on 8/2, purchased at the brewery on 8/4, drinking now on 9/14/18.
Here goes another 8.0% abv ipa….

Hazy, watered down straw color. Pale and cloudy. The cap checked in at about 2F but dropped to the thinnest film in a blink of an eye. Zero lacing.

Pineapple and a tropical fruit mix. Malt and alcohol duel, malt wins, thankfully. Some morning earthiness. Nearly off putting.

Tropical fruit, mostly pineapple. Pineapple means sweet. Some pale malt underneath. Grapefruit on the finish.

Sweet, sticky juice. Not nearly enough body. The slightest hop bite.

Another juice bomb that's not enough of a "beer" to me.

Sep 14, 2018
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BoldRulerVT from Vermont

4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the can into a snifter.
Pours a hazy very light straw color with one finger of head.
Aromas are pineapple and mellow sticky fruit.
Flavors are a lot of pineapple, mellow guava and no bitterness anywhere.
Mouthfeel is excellent. Soft.
Overall, this beer is delicious and remarkable with each sip.

Sep 09, 2018
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.48/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. can. Murky yellow body. Smells a little bit dank and earthy. Some sweet tropical fruit. Tastes more of the sweet tropical fruit with some tangerine. Sweet pale malt and an orangey pith bitterness. Medium heavy. Pretty good DIPA.

Jul 09, 2018
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Sample at Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen 2018, Red Session. Aroma has really nice floral hop notes, chamomile and acacia flowers. Taste has soft floral hop notes and well integrated light leafy bitterness. Dry feel with great drinkability. A rather different hop profile between all the fruit forward IPAs.

Jun 04, 2018
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lovindahops from New York

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Foam Youth Lagoon from late March 2018 VT trip

A- appearance is a hazy straw yellow. Like a pale dole pineapple juice pouring from a can. One finger head disapates quickly. Minimal lacing on heads but still bold in the glass

S- very light scent of tropical fruit consisting of papaya and star fruit. This is the challenge here because there really is no burst.

T- great! Sour mango with a prickly pineapple overtone. Flavor stings the palate and over powers at the end with some citrus kick. Really bitter taste lingers as a dry companion

M- creamy and soft. Nice work on the feel that we all expect and love with New England

O- I’m in heart with Foam. This is so delicious. Not the best stuff I had from Vermont but I will always buy a bunch of this!

Apr 06, 2018
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papposilenus from New Hampshire

4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From an unmarked, unlabeled 64oz Other Half growler with an old, rusted Honest Weight screw-cap ('Omni'), probably filled about a week and a half, maybe two weeks ago, and hidden in a friend's cold chest until he remembered that he needed me to do something for him. So, what could go wrong? At any rate, I'm ninety-something percent sure I'm reviewing the right beer but let's find out... Served in a River Roost branded IPA glass in keeping with the spirit of getting things mixed up.

Pours a thoroughly cloudy, palest-of-possible-pale yellow-gold with (surprisingly!) nearly two fingers of soapy white head. Retention is pretty decent and leaves scattered loose clumps of lacing.

Smells sugary and citrusy, sugar-dusted lemon hard candies, grapefruit, lime and something vaguely flowery.

Taste is more bitter than the nose promised, principally grapefruit, lots of grapefruit, both juice and pith, some lemon and a little lime juice, with an elusive floral something or the other, like rosewater or gardenia, only with a hint of vanilla. There is virtually no detectable malt body, the bitterness dial is cranked up just past two-thirds, and the finish is fast and clean.

Feel is semi-dry-semi-juicy and quenching, medium-thin bodied with (despite user error) ample fine, prickly carbonation.

Nice. A little unsatisfying body-wise, sort of like thin lemonade, but obviously enough to carry the hops. A nice balance of juiciness and bitterness which you don't get every day. And, ifthere's any alcohol in here, I can't taste or feel it.

Jan 21, 2018
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

This smells like mango, pineapple, passionfruit, lime, and lemon rind.

This, like most Foam beers, is pretty great. It's got a nice bitterness- rindy and resinous, with lots of lime, pineapple, and passionfruit, and a slight hint of mango. Unsurprisingly, there's no malt character here.

This is medium bodied, a tad muddled, with a good level of drinkability.

I like this quite a bit. Foam makes some nice beers.

Jan 21, 2018
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DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The aroma is grapefruit deliciousness, so I was expecting a flat-out juicebomb. But a distinct bitterness comes across, especially in a long aftertaste. So it smells east coast and plays west coast. It looks cloudy in the glass, and has a robust mouthfeel. Foam does it again, thoroughly enjoyable.

Jan 20, 2018
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the brewery.
This was poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a firm murky copper color with a sturdy finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off at a nice pace. Sly roaming semi-messy lace ran here and there.
The aroma had some sweet citrus pith with a slight bitterness coming in subtly and then some passion fruit sweetness. Ended with a touch of lemon peel and touch of grassiness.
The flavor was moderately sweet running through the prior mentioned aromas and then gliding together on into the aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a good sessionability about it as I didn't find myself sipping as I thought I would have. Carbonation did feel a bit under but I expected that (ho hum, that New England style, you know). ABV felt appropriate. Nice smooth semi-juicy sort of finish.
Overall, another wonderful DIPA brewed by Foam Brewers, well worthy of having again.

Oct 24, 2017
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