Beer Review: The Shining (Foam Brewers)

Beer Review: The Shining (Foam Brewers)

All Hallow’s Eve

I’ve been saving this review for today – Halloween. All Hallow’s Eve. Because, lets be honest – what a perfect beer for Halloween right? Well… I mean… there’s literally thousands of other craft beers with Halloween inspired names I could choose from too…. but meh… I chose this one.

Anyway, as per the Britannica definition of Halloween and All Hallow’s Eve:

Halloween, contraction of All Hallows’ Eve, a holiday observed on October 31, the evening before All Saints’ (or All Hallows’) Day. The celebration marks the day before the Western Christian feast of All Saints and initiates the season of Allhallowtide, which lasts three days and concludes with All Souls’ Day.

Halloween | Definition, Origin, History, & Facts | Britannica

Its that perfect time for brews and boos and scares and jeers and leers. Walking around town doing Trick or Treat with the kiddos, and a nice craft beer in hand, enjoying the company of other scary bats and ghouls and goblins (or most likely a ton of kids in Marvel inspired outfits like Spider-Man or Iron Man). Nice fall weather, cold, but not frigid, light breeze, hoodie weather. Halloween is always just one of those perfect nights.

Shout Out to Emily

Firstly, I want to give a shout out to Emily at work for giving me the beer. Thanks a lot Em! Definitely one of the benefits of working at a brewery – is all the beer everywhere, and who doesn’t love that?

You can also see my initial impressions of the beer here: YouTube Review: Futurama: How the West was 1010001.

And in this article: Futurama Episode Review – How the West was 1010001 and Beer Review: The Shining (Foam Brewers)

Beer Review: The Shining by Foam Brewers

The Shining by Foam Brewers

Beer: The Shining
Brewery: Foam Brewers
Style: IPA – Imperial / Double New England / Hazy
ABV: 8%
IBU: N / A
Untappd Description: tasting notes: pineapple, mango, smoothie

All Work and No Play Makes Ben A Dull Boy… All Work and No Play Makes Ben a Dull Boy…

Or as Homer says:
Homer: All Work and No Beer… Makes Homer… Something… Something…

So let’s dip into this great beer, enough thematics and dramatics. Lets just get down to it.

On appearance – this is a beautifully bright yellow hazy IPA. Almost a Simpsons’ yellow one might even say. This is a gorgeous looking beer. The hue is spot on for a New England (literally a New England) Hazy IPA; and the foam and retention is exactly what you expect from a brewery named “Foam Brewers”.

The aroma is wonderful as well with this, you could just stick your nose in the can, and inhale all day and be a happy hoppy IPA boy. Certainly not a dull boy. A powerful blast of hop notes assails you as soon as you are cracking the can open. A ton of passionfruit, mango, and pineapple overpower the senses almost immediately. All wonderfully blended together for one fantastic and terrific smell.

This certainly doesn’t feel like an 8% IPA. (For comparison’s sake – Perpetual IPA by Troegs Independent Brewing is a 7.5% West Coast IPA.) This is so clean, so smooth, so easy to drink, you would think it was a 4% Session IPA or something. This is a wonderfully rich, delicious drink, it is easy to see why it has tasting notes of “smoothie”, as its just so smooth, so rich, so delicious, and such a great blend of pineapple, mango, and passionfruit notes. The beer is overwhelmingly strong with pineapple and mango notes with background noise of passionfruit flavors. This isn’t a milkshake IPA but it certainly gives you ‘smoothie’ like feelings and ideas, and I’m all here for it. This is definitely one of my favorite ‘gift beers’ I’ve gotten, and I am very appreciative of Emily for it, as well as for the others my co – workers and people visiting the brewery have given me. But, this has been very much top of the pack so far.

My Untappd Rating: ****.25
Global Untappd Rating: 4.26 (as of 10.31.23)

The Shining

So lets get the question out there – which do you prefer? Stephen King’s novel The Shining or Stanley Kubrick’s movie adaptation The Shining? They are certainly two different beasts. Which do you prefer? Let me know in the comments!


What is everyone’s plans for Halloween tonight? Amy and I will be taking Scarlet out trick or treating tonight. It will be her first trick or treat, so we’ll see how it goes. We have an Ewok costume for her. We might have pictures on Instagram, if we do, stay tuned for them.


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