Fair Maiden Double IPA - Foley Brothers Brewing

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Fair Maiden Double IPAFair Maiden Double IPA

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Ratings: 501
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.66%
Wants: 96
Gots: 109 | FT: 3
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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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Ratings: 501 | Reviews: 69
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.73/5  rDev -15%
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 -17.8%
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 -26.7%
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 -6.2%
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 -6.8%
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 -23.9%
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 -3.2%
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 -2.3%
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 +8.7%
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 -0.5%
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 -3.9%
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 +10.5%
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 -5%
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 -5.9%
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 +9.3%
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 -18%
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 +1.6%
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 +13.9%
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 -13.9%
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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep good color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a nice blend of grassy hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of caramel and citrus that are quickly followed by a strong grassy hops bitterness. The malt character is hearty and brings a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, this is a very good 2IPA to drink for a long time.

Photo of founddrama
4.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A solid IIPA. Hoppy (of course) with slightly grassy hint at the bottom. Clarified but not clear. Something very smooth and silky about this one. Alright, dude at the store, you win: it's damn good.

Photo of Salsashark3d
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

feels right and does the job

Photo of huddyball
3.39/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Looked nice. Expected great things. Too malty for me.

Photo of MaltLickyWithTheCandy
3.41/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Taste was exceptionally bitter and sour. I don't get the hype surrounding this new beer. Perhaps I had a bottle that was very old and all of the hops faded. Taste was very malty with little to no hop presence. All DIPAs needs dates on the bottle for this reason.

Photo of Stevecarini
4.37/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hardy in it's punch of flavor this double IPA delivers a soft swill. She gives a wave of hops that only a lady of the sea can bestow upon your pallet

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Fair Maiden Double IPA from Foley Brothers Brewing
97 out of 100 based on 501 ratings.