Frost Ponyboy IPA

How have I never reviewed a beer from Frost Brewing? I’ve been enjoying their beers for a while, I remember buying some of their IPAs in 750 mL bomber bottles. Frost is one of the many stellar breweries from the great state of Vermont, their brewery and taproom in Hinesburg cranks out a variety of beers with a heavy focus on New England style IPAs. In addition to their taproom you can find Frost beers out in distribution in a number of northeastern states. I knew that the beers made it down to Rhode Island because my friend Amanda (who lives in Providence) saw that my last stock-up photo included Frost Ponyboy IPA and wanted to make sure I would review the beer, she is a fan of Frost IPAs but hadn’t tried this one yet. So this review is for you Amanda! Frost Ponyboy is brewed on a rotating basis and available on draft and in 16 oz cans.

Frost Ponyboy IPA pours hazy light orange with a moderate white head. The aroma features a big burst of hops, heavy on the tropical fruit. The flavor is also very hop forward, notes of peach, mango, and papaya but minimal bitterness. This is balanced by a pale malt backbone, hints of crackers and bread crust. Ponyboy is light and easy-drinking, at 5.5% ABV it is on the lower end for the style. The finish is crisp with some lingering hop flavor. I love NEIPAs, but I am always looking for more tasty examples that are lower ABV, and this definately fits the bill. Hoppy Boston score: 4.5/5.

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