Dead Wax
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IPA - New England
Ranked #1,445
Ranked #7,344
4.13 | pDev: 4.84%
Foam Brewers
Vermont, United States
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Notes: A single IPA, dry hopped with generous portions of Denali, Vic secret and Azacca. With enormous citrus and tropical aroma, this beer puts forth tasting notes of tangerine, pineapple and creamsicle. We took our first sip of this one and had no other words… we thought, damn, this is yummy.
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured in an ipa glas one finger with frothy cap , good retention, clingy lacings over a hazy pale yellow liquid

Aroma of citrus, lemon, tangerine, pineapple,

Taste is tropical fruits

Mouthfeel is sudsy, creamy

Good beer

May 29, 2021
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Sludgeman from District of Columbia

3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a can. Served in a small stemmed tulip.

A - Pale cloudy yellow boarding on a yellowish white with a white rocky head that dissipates quickly but nice lacing. 3.5

S - Tropical fruits without the sweetness and with some spiciness. 4.0

T - More citrus than tropical fruits coupled with dull herbalness. 4.0

MF - Medium bodied with a dry somewhat coating finish. 3.75

May 25, 2021
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buschbeer from Ohio

3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in a stemless wine glass

This beer pours yellow and turbid. It is topped with a couple inches of beige head that leaves spotty lacing.

The aroma is pretty tame. I struggle to get some melon notes along with light citrus and tropical fruit.

Luckily the flavor is easier to discern. I get citrus and melon. There are some dank flavors. Grapefruit in the finish.

Medium bodied with an effervescent mouthfeel

It's a solid beer. I don't find anything spectacular about it.

May 15, 2021
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy pale yellow with two fat fingers of dense, yellowed, sea-foam head. Good retention gives way to soapy lacing.

Strong pineapple, a touch of peach and light grapefruit rind in the nose.

Pineapple again up front in the taste, a mix of juice and rind, coupled here with a strong grassy, herbal bitterness. Maybe some juniper? And just a hint of orange citrus.

Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation.

Tasty balance of sweetness and herbal bitterness.

Feb 06, 2021
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Hazy bright light golden pour with big fluffy white head. Excellent lacing.

S: Grapefruit rind and citrus. Tangerine and pineapple.

T.F: Light crackery grains, grapefruit rind, orange/tangerine, and tropical fruit. Papaya and pineapple. Medium bodied and smooth/sticky mouthfeel. Gentle carbonation... modest bitterness... more citrus punch to finish.

O: A really well done NEIPA, and pretty crushable at 6.8%. Not my favorite Foam IPA but still a damned good beer.

Jan 17, 2021
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jpbrooklyn from New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love the zippy citrus in Dead Wax...and the mouthfeel is very smooth/lightly effervescent...just the right easy note of malt to give this a bitty heft...satisfying and if this where July and not January 4 I’d say this is a kickass summer brew. Foam kills it beer after beer!

Jan 04, 2021
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.77/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can from Jeff, thanks again!
Hazy lemon yellow with a small frothy white head that slowly recedes. Grapefruit lemon peach and pineapple with hints of earthy grassy pine. Light sweet bready malt

Dec 17, 2020
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Griffin2 from Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 oz can dated 9/17/2020 into a Willi Becher pint glass.
L - Pours a hazy light orange color with a white head that dissipates slowly.
S - Smells very citrusy.
T - Tastes of grapefruit with some orange peel on the back end.
F - Medium body and carbonation with a dry finish.
O - This is an outstanding IPA.

Oct 04, 2020
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16oz can dated 8/19/20.

Pours cloudy yellow with a half inch head of white. Moderate retention with thin ropes of lacing. Pineapple, peach, tangerine, and melon in the nose. Medium bodied with a creamy, slightly tacky mouthfeel. Ripe, juicy tropical fruit on the palate. Mango, pineapple, peach, and orange. Finishes fairly dry with lingering juicy citrus, and minimal malt or bitterness.

Sep 30, 2020
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Holderness from Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Canned 6 days ago.

L -- Hazy straw-orange body with two fingers of solid white head produced with moderate pour. Some retention and good lacing
S -- Very pale malt bready sweetness, orange zest, sweet floral, hint of fresh pine resin, apricot
T -- White peach, clementine, lightly sweet pale malts, bubblegum, zippy pine, white pepper spiciness from the yeast
F -- Very soft and fluffy with a super restrained bitterness on the finish. This is Tree House levels of fluffiness and drinkability
O -- Another solid offering in the Foam roster. Great for the folks who "don't really like IPAs"


Aug 26, 2020
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Brad007 from Vermont

4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I gotta admit, the label was confusing at first. Canned 5/14/20. Pours a hazy whitish-blonde hue with amber streaks and a frothy head that leaves lacing on the edges. Juicy pineapple and mango pop out on the nose. Pineapple and guava to be more accurate with a touch of biscuit-y malt. Mouthfeel is sweet and ready with lingering hop essences. Finally glad to try this from Foam. I really haven't been paying enough attention to them lately.

May 26, 2020
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bobv from Vermont

4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16 oz. can.
Canned 05/14/20.
Moderate to vigorous pour yields a 3/4 inch near white head over a murky, light golden body with some lacing. Nose of tropical fruit and all kinds of citrus. Taste follows nose closely with the tropical fruit giving way to the citrus. Pretty smooth and finishing with a bit of citrus pith. Good feel and overall, another Foam offering that will make the hazybois happy. Cheers to them for this!

May 21, 2020
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digboy from New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours medium gold color, cloudy with a soapy 2 finger head. Aroma is sweet like mango. The taste is not as sweet as I guessed and has a tame version of the mango that was on the nose - more intense up front but waning with time. There is an earthy tinge that offsets the mango. A light bitterness is introduced near the finish but I'm left with a pleasant tropical fruit flavor in the end. Very soft and creamy feel, not much seltzer.

This is a damn good NEIPA that brings a mellow tropical flavor and a solid mouthfeel.

Nov 13, 2019
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WoodBrew from Ohio

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried a can of this beer at the brewery. It poured a hazy yellow with white head that left some lace. The scent had bitter citrus presence. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with bitter citrus peel finish. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall its a good beer.

Oct 02, 2019
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can to tulip.
The appearance was a semi-dark yellow to orange paper color color. A sheet of foamy head sat atop that took it's time to leave the scene. In turn, slight lace appears and ends up running in strings along my glass.
The aroma had some mint leaves, fresh pine needles, orange pulp, creamy vanilla and a touch of juicy citrus character.
The flavor yielded to the sweet side initially then dropping a great balance of juicy bittersweet qualities. Mild aftertaste of orange pulp, pine needles and vanilla creaminess.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a decent enough sipping ability. It's smooth enough running along my tongue with some "grip," perhaps could use a touch more to me. Mild finish of sticky orange pulp and cream.
Overall, it's good enough for what Foam is doing these days. I'd have again.

Jun 17, 2019
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Canned on 3/7/19

Pours a hazy, glossy dark gold with multiple fingers of fairly dense white head topped with a thorough layer of bubbling; solid retention leaves a frothy collar and thick, soapy lacing in strands across the glass.

Aromas of herbal lemon, dank mint, tangerine, grapefruit peel come off strongly and offer an easygoing but intense combination of citrus, bitterness, and pith; huge green citrus is bright and reeks of juiciness.

Taste profile brings intense doses of passionfruit, lemon zest, and plenty of pulpy citrus resin upfront, with a massive tropical burst highlighting orange peel and pineapple influenburst from the background; raw hop bitterness and a touch of piney, almost minty, cream comes through fleetingly on the finish.

Mouthfeel is built off of a light-medium body and a moderate carbonation that pops across the tongue. Drying and slightly oily on the mid-palate, but transitions seamlessly to an excellent balance of flaky grit and hop prickle on the swallow. This beer is in sync across the palate from start to finish.

A really effortless NEIPA that commits to a raw, green persona while simultaneously holding to a supporting citrus character that ties it all together. Foam has this great tendency of condensing these complex, pretty intense flavor profiles into an approachable, even crushable package; this is a great example of that.

Mar 27, 2019
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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

pleasant aromas of orange cream, grapefruit peel, dankness, herbal, green, pine. palate is pulpy orange, some mellow bready malts, cream, lemon, slightly spicy floral character, pine resin. overall pretty solid but not my favorite profile, i think it needs some more malt sweetness or bready character to balance out the overwhelming green character from the hops. drinkable enough though.

Jan 28, 2019
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