Wipeout Beat
Foam Brewers

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Foam Brewers
Vermont, United States
Imperial IPA
Ranked #727
Ranked #5,205
4.23 | pDev: 4.73%
Aug 04, 2023
May 28, 2021
Wipeout Beat is a Triple IPA, brewed by Foam, released in collaboration with the estate of the late Alan Vega, punk icon and artist, and one of our early creative influences.⠀

First, the beer. Wipeout Beat was dry-hopped heavily with a collection of overtly citrus and tropical fruit forward hops such as Nelson, Riwaka, Sultana and Bru - 1. This 10% TIPA was brewed with the intention of paying tribute to Alan's work, in that it's "in your face", yet elegant. This beer is beautifully soft, especially considering its abv. Notes of pineapple juice and white grape hit the palate and are complimented by a creaminess that rounds out each sip. This is one you'll surely want to pace yourself with.⠀

Next, the collaboration. For those who don't know him by name, Alan Vega was a punk musician and artist who's influence resonates throughout the music world still. In the mid 80s, our brewmaster, Todd began diving into Vega's music after purchasing a record at Freebeing Records in New York. This was a moment in musical history that Todd can't forget. When our friend Jared Artuad, of @TheVacantLots offered to facilitate an Alan Vega collaboration beer, we were in awe. Jared and Alan worked together on music projects before Alan's passing, and he has a close relationship with Alan's partner, Liz Lamere. We feel an overwhelming sense of honor to release this posthumous collaboration, Wipeout Beat. We hope you enjoy, and we hope it pays a beautiful tribute Alan.⠀
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Reviewed by Cathartes from Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75
For national IPA day

16 oz can acclimated to 56°F and poured into an IPA glass.

Pours a hazy, soft, pale (in both saturation and pitch) yellow with a 2 finger, quickly dissipating, foamy white head. Looks very soft and fluffy, a very pleasant color that I associate with sunshine.

Initial aroma is heavy citrus and hops with a bit of what I would describe as a burn, this is completely ridiculous but it smells a little like how running your feet on a shaggy rug feels. I get lemon zest and I think peach. After agitating that burn smell intensifies and becomes more bitter. Other than that, I really find it hard to pick up any specific tastes because the intensity is rather high.

Initial taste before swallowing is highly bitter, with alcohol burn building as time passes. After swallowing I get citrus notes that feel like fumes first, followed by alcohol burn and sweetness. That burn flavor that isn't alcohol burn is there in the beginning, I guess that's the hops. If I'm honest I find it unpleasant, it's tingly like the sound of a buzzer going off.

Mouthfeel is buttery and thick, flowing softly and smoothly. The carbonation persists throughout, proving that what I'm drinking is vivid. An impressive standard.

Overall in my opinion it's done most things very well. The mouthfeel is superb, the taste is great other than that burn that I don't love. Absolutely a great beer, just that one thing I don't enjoy.

May buy again, I'm honestly a lot more likely to buy a different triple IPA to taste than this, but I now know what this tastes like, and that it's certainly serviceable.
Aug 04, 2023
Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

Aug 02, 2023
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Reviewed by brewandbbq from New Hampshire

4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
16oz can dated 6/14/23.

Pours cloudy gold with an inch of white head. Moderate retention and lacing. Blood orange, mango, pineapple in the nose. Medium bodied with a soft mouthfeel. Ripe tropicals on the palate with minimal malt or bitterness. Papaya, mango, pineapple. Finishes juicy and ripe.
Jul 08, 2023
Rated: 4.36 by zotzot from Vermont

Jun 18, 2023
Rated: 4.27 by EMH73 from New York

Apr 21, 2023
Rated: 3.81 by oberon from North Carolina

Aug 31, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by warrendietrich2001 from Nevada

Jul 03, 2022
Rated: 4.2 by DVMin98 from North Carolina

Jun 18, 2022
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Rated by Captain69 from Illinois

4.56/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
great hop full beer great hop taste in every sip. very refreshing
May 28, 2022
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Reviewed by jlindros from Massachusetts

4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
I've always loved their beer at the homebrew festivals, so super excited to finally try their commercial versions. Canned 2021/11/23

Pours a large almost 2 finger frothy pillowy head with great retention, soapy lacing, hazy cloudy light pale color

Nose brings lots of juicy citrus and dank musty tropical fruits, some dank grassy tropical Kiwi like hop notes, touch of white wine, tangerine and orange cream, a bit of doughy creamy flaked protein, and faint chalky mineral water-softening note,

Taste brings more juicy citrus, orange cream, tangerine, tropical fruits, papaya, a bit of mango, low bitterness, general tropical with a bit more of that mild dank musty tropical Kiwi like hops, creamy doughy flaked proteins and soft grainy malts, a hint of water softening mineral but not chalky and only really barely detectable so well done, tropical brings a touch of papaya, mango, and others, and then getting a touch spicy late, drier finish, a touch of smooth alcohol

Mouth is med to fuller bod, but super soft creamy, juicy, med frothy carb, a hint of warming alcohol

Overall nice beer, smooth, alcohol hidden well, nice juicy citrus and tropical fruits, good water softening level and nice flaked proteins, good Triple-NEIPA even though I've not a big fan of the style these days, but that's what I expected from FOAM
Dec 29, 2021
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Reviewed by DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Cloudy yellow and juicy, with a pillowy white head. The mouthfeel is soft, medium bodied. Really unusual hop profile--could be my first contact with Sultana hops. Tropical fruit flavor--pineapple, guava--dominate the taste that does an impressive build from first taste to finish. And Foam blends it well, burying 10% ABV in the mix.
Sep 09, 2021
Rated: 4.62 by chiefz1 from New York

Sep 04, 2021
Rated: 4.23 by ElGallo from New Hampshire

Aug 17, 2021
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Reviewed by jpbrooklyn from New Jersey

4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Alan Vega’s music set to beer: hard delicious edges softened with pillow-cloud light sweetness. The triple shows, as it should for a namesake brew, but oh so fucking drinkable.
Aug 10, 2021
Rated: 4.19 by MDDMD from Pennsylvania

Jul 31, 2021
Rated: 4.49 by cd34 from Illinois

Jul 18, 2021
Rated: 3.97 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana

Jun 28, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by Velivolus1 from Vermont

Jun 12, 2021
Rated: 4.19 by clake from Vermont

Jun 07, 2021
Rated: 4.36 by benjaminsa from Vermont

Jun 05, 2021
Wipeout Beat from Foam Brewers
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 22 ratings