Fair Maiden Double IPA - Foley Brothers Brewing

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Fair Maiden Double IPAFair Maiden Double IPA

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Ratings: 522
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.68%
Wants: 98
Gots: 115 | FT: 4
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Foley Brothers Brewing
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Bierman9 on 05-26-2014

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Photo of santomark
4.09/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lets first start with what UPSETS me with this beer. Says to "Drink Fresh", yet posts NOTHING about an Enjoy By or Bottled On Date. It's such an empty gesture to do this. Now for the actual review. This is a good beer, definitely different than your modern citrusy IPA. It is not even comparable to Pliny or Heady. This is a classic IPA doubled up. Pours a darken golden body, 2 finger head, malt forward in the smell and taste, subtle hints of pine, not tropical by any means. This is a solid beer. Again my only complaint, post when this thing was bottled for a better experience!

Photo of acread
4.91/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A beautiful IIPA with a ton of complex citrus intermingled with tropical fruits and resin. If your idea of a perfect Double IPA is Pliny the Elder, this is going to be quite different. Much more on the Heady Topper end of the scale, but with its own unique flavor profile. Very well-made in any case with a luscious fruity flavor and aroma and a spectacular mouthfeel for an IPA. I understand that every rating has an element of personal preference, but it's hard to dispute the quality of the craftsmanship needed to make this beer.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a golden color ale with a nice large white foamy head with good retention with some lacing. Aroma of floral hops notes with citrusy notes is pleasant but somewhat overshadowed by some bitterness. Taste is also dominated by citrusy hops with light tropical fruit notes with some bitter notes distinguishable. Body is full enough with good carbonation. Closer to your typical IIPA then some of the other beers from this brewer which are closer to Vermont IPA with less bitterness then the level that would be found in this beer.

Photo of scotorum
4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 22 oz. bomber into a Lawson's tulip.

a: Hazy dark gold with a finger and a half white head which receded to even surface foam and dense lacing.

s; Intense tropical fruit.

t: Composite of tropical fruits over a full brady malt base, followed by a heavy hop bite. Bitterness lingers somewhat on the dry finish.

m: Smooth medium to full, great body and lots of carbonation tingle.

o: The keyword here would be "substantial" or "meaty." Unusual tropical aroma is more muted in the flavor but results in an uniquely enjoyable DIPA, in which the malt and hops are ramped up in a pleasant balance even as they stand out individually.

Photo of LXIXME
3.28/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured without any head to speak of and had very little lacing and none stuck to the edge of the glass that this was poured into, which caused pause.
The color of this beer is a opaque pale copper to a goldish color similar to a unfiltered wheat IPA or some such newer beer style.
Having heard this was world class amazing considering the initial pour and look of this beer I was eagerly awaiting putting this to my nose and then tasting it.
Then lets do it.
The aroma is of light fruits probably mostly orange without any popular hops hints coming through at all. Although I am a big fan of fruits: raw, in pies, drink aromas, jellies, whatever: I can not honestly say that a beer with a light oranges aroma would immediately win me over I must now drink from the glass I poured.
Light orange peel taste is quite welcome to me when I'm drinking a hefe or American Wheat beer but when drinking a Double/Imperial IPA I was overwhelming disappointed with the taste of this beer.
I was so looking forward to drinking this beer, having to hunt it down when I was in the general area that this beer is produced I was greatly disappointed in what it had to offer. It is nowhere close to anything like Heady Topper, Pliny the Elder, Project Dank, or any of the other worthy IPA's or double IPA's I have tried.
I guess the one saving grace of this beer is that there are no real negatives, turn offs, and I'm sure you have all tried those beers that give you that bitter beer face, or whatever face. You know what I mean.
My only remaining hope is that the alcohol percent lives up to its billing.

Photo of Beastcpa
3/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not very good at all

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.73/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Slight chill haze on a dark gold with vague hints of orange. Head is white, almost bright-white, and creamy. Drops to a persistent small clumpy cap with sticky sheets and notches of lacing. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Runs the gamut. Tons of pine and citrus with a solid push of tropical fruit, cat pee, and earthy/herbal/floral elements. A ton of hop complexity, but that's expected given 7 hop varietals. Malts offer some backing caramelized sweetness. Solidly bready with some pale malts as well. Lots of peach and a mild earthy yeast character. Bitter pine sap and grapefruit oil. Slightly dank. Some bread crust.

Taste: Bitter and woody. Pine brach and sap. Deeply floral backed by a punch of grapefruit flesh and oil. Peach, weed, and a touch of cat pee and onion. It's really a little bit of everything. A touch of mint and something that almost says tobacco. Malts are a bit sweeter than the nose would indicate. Caramelized sweetness coupled with some pale malts and a touch of biscuit dough. A slight alcohol spiciness. Lingering earthy bitterness. Solidly herbal. All over the place. Lingering persistent bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Slightly creamy and slick. Medium body with a moderate to low carbonation. Astringent but not unbearably so.

Overall: Not the hottest wench in port.

It's a big hoppy mess that never really falls apart. A ton of stuff going on with a sticky sweet boozy thing that feels a bit unrefined. It's good, but I won't be writing long missives about it.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.61/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy orange body. Nice white head. Good retention and lacing.

Smell - Orange hops. Lots of sweetness on the nose. A bit of booze.

Taste - Malts are strong. Almost as strong as the hops. Orange and grapefruit hops. Gets grassy and bitter quickly. Astringent and boozy malt finish.

Mouthfeel - Kinda heavy for me. Boozy and sweet. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Good, but I expected a lot better considering its current average of a 4.4. Plenty of other, more impressive offerings from VT.

Photo of Roze
3.22/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Way too sweet and malty for me.

Photo of TBonez477
4.12/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Boozier than most DIPA's I've had but brought forward a nice malt sweetness to balance hops.

Photo of Kraj30
4.09/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was not as good as I hoped. Solid IIPA.. but not better than heady like ppl say. Very citrusy

Photo of Boston_Steve
3.34/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Too much bitterness for my liking.

Photo of fitzy7840
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The look is murky, like a dirty pond. I can't see through it, all I can see is the carbonation bubbling up along the sides of the glass. Nice orangey hue. The carbonation looks nice as the tiny bubbles rise from the bottom throughout consumption. Nice thin white head. I guess it's the malts I'm smelling. Of all the things that could give away its abv, this seems to be the closest thing. All in all the scent of its abv is mild at best, reminds me of a much, much milder dfh 120. The taste is very smooth for its abv; the malts work beautifully to cover any burn. Some pine for tongue feel and taste at the end. Very clean, easily likable in a good way.

Photo of snowmageddon
4.29/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a light orange with a frothy head that dissipates fairly slowly
S: orange, pear
T: follows the nose, with floral hop notes as well
M: so creamy/silky. the soft mouthfeel is my favorite aspect of this beer
O: my first Foley Bros. and a pleasant introduction. a great take on the style.

Photo of mhs413
4.77/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

What a great beer. Though I have access to it almost always, this is one of the "special occasion" beers I treat myself to from time to time. Fair Maiden has a unique flavor, but it stands up well against other big VT brews.

Photo of IPAGeorge
4.37/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a tulip

A. Pours a nice amber mostly transparent beer with a 2 finger cream colored foamy head. 2 minutes of had retention with a nice cobblestone pattern lacing around the glass.

S. Cracker malts, pine, white grape and other tropical aromas. Smells nice.

T. Very nice. Sweet malts come through. A nice pineyness with white grape, pear. Juicy. Agrees with the nose. Some alcohol. Grassy aftertaste. Very nicely flavored dipa.

M. Body is a 6 out of 10 on thickness. Minor alcohol feeling. Light carbonation. Kind of a silky body for a DIPA.

O. A really nice beer the flavors a distinct and to the point. Nice body. Smells great. Very happy with it.

Photo of jmdrpi
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle, no date.

Slightly hazy golden color. Small amount of bone white head. Excellent aroma, citrus and tropical fruit hop flavors. Taste is dominated with the same flavors, slightly bitter. Medium body, appropriate carbonation

Photo of KatieCake82
4.85/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Delicious and smooth! I'm a very happy customer :)

Photo of dynajack1
4.17/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wonderful hazy golden unfiltered look. Nice dank onion aroma. Top notch DIPA taste. Very well balanced with a nice bitter sting at the end. Great Job Foley Bros.

Photo of fulcrumbs
4.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bought my first bomber while roaming around VT looking for Lawson's... but was totally impressed with Foley Bros. Tried their native IPA as well. If you see it... and haven't tried it... buy it... drink it... you won't be let down. I have gone back for seconds and thirds... and always looking for my 4th.

Photo of CraigMack61
4.8/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Drank: Edward, Susan, Mosaic from Hill...Permanent Funeral, Zonbie Dust and Dreadnaught from FFF in the same night, and Fair Maiden was by far the star of the show.

Photo of vfgccp
3.6/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Special thanks to Maverick74 for the great extras

A - Hazy apple cider body with two fingers of pillowy off-white head. Nice retention and great lace.

S - Slightly worty nose. Wet bread, leafy greens, wilted basil, touch of spearmint.

T - Wet cilantro, rosemary and a touch of pine. Grass, boiled broccoli, and lemon on the backend.

M - Medium-light body. Ok carbonation.

O - Surprisingly vegetal. The beer was extremely hit or miss in the tasting group that I enjoyed this with.

Photo of von_kaiser
4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Found this one to be very similar to the Otter Creek / Lawson colab Dbl Dose. Solid dbl ipa! Look forward to having again.

Photo of rhythmandbooze
5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another amazing brew from the Foley Brothers company - they need to hurry up and distribute in NY! Just the right balance of hops to malt for me, I can't get into the fancy language but it's a damn good beer.

Photo of stonermouse
3.78/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Picked up at Bogeys, Beverly MA. Good distro! Paid for it though at 10/bomber. Poured into a Sam Adams glass.

Stunning pour. Golden body, smooth, frothy head. Slight haze gives it a chewy look. Love it.

Really interesting aroma. It's a bit floral and a bit musty a just a touch fruity. Reminds me of my Grammy's living room growing up. Always smelled like old flowers and must, regardless of the season.

The flavor is solid all around, nothing earth shattering. A little banana, a little mango, and some grassiness at the backend. Smooth, fairly nondescript, but pleasant enough.

Sticky finish, with a bit of booze and overripe fruit.

Pretty good brew here, but not worth the premium. Glad to try it though.

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Fair Maiden Double IPA from Foley Brothers Brewing
97 out of 100 based on 522 ratings.